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Sep 27 10:25

I Asked Israel's Only Journalist in Palestine to Show Me Something Shocking – This Is What I Saw

Show me something that will shock me, I told Amira Hass. So Israel’s only journalist in the Palestinian West Bank – or Palestine, if you still believe in so unorthodox a word – took me down a road outside Ramallah that I remember as a highway which led to Jerusalem. But now, just over a hill, it deteriorates into a half tarmac road, a set of closed, rusting shop doors, and garbage. The same old summer smell of raw sewage creeps up the road. It lies, green and gentle, in a pool at the bottom of the wall.

Sep 27 10:24

Palestinians say one killed as Israeli troops fire on Gaza protest

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian who was among a group of Gazans throwing burning tires and fireworks during a protest along the border on Sunday, officials in Gaza said.

An Israeli army spokesman said “hundreds of rioters and demonstrators” had gathered along the border.

“The rioters were burning tires and hurling burning tires and firecrackers,” the spokesman said, adding that the soldiers “responded with riot dispersal means” and operated “in accordance with standard operating procedures.”

Sep 27 10:23

Israel uses occupied Palestinian lands for high-speed rail link

Israel is building a rail-link form Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem that passes through parts of the occupied West Bank, in a move that Palestinians believe is further institutionalising the occupation on their territories.
The scheme is a part of a $2 billion project to build a high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv's Ben Guirion Airport and Jerusalem within 40 minutes, with trains travelling at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour (100 mph).

The line will also run through parts of the occupied West Bank, such as the Palestinian village of Beit Surik, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem and in the Latrun Valley.

Despite the fact the rail link will illegally use Palestinian land, Palestinians will generally not be allowed to take advantage of the new form of transport.

Sep 27 10:23

Why Israel is a racist state

That Israel is a racsist state is a well-established fact. On July On July 19 2018, it enacted a quasi-constitutional nationality bill – ‘Basic law: Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people’ – which has been widely condemned as institutionalising discrimination against Israel’s non-Jewish citizens. As many have observed, this law merely codifies and formalises a reality that long predates it.1) Within its pre-1967 borders, Israel is an illiberal semi-democracy. It defines itself as “Jewish and democratic”, but, as its critics point out, it is “democratic for Jews, Jewish for others”. In the territories ruled by it since 1967, Israel is a military tyranny, applying one system of laws and regulations to Jewish settlers and an entirely separate one to the indigenous Palestinian Arabs.

Sep 27 10:19

Autopsy shows Palestinian beaten to death, PA says

Preliminary results of the autopsy on Muhammad al-Rimawi show that he died as a result of severe beatings by Israeli soldiers, Palestinian authorities are saying.

The Israeli army is disputing this.

The autopsy was conducted at Israel’s Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in the presence of Dr. Rayan al-Ali, the Palestinian Authority’s chief medical examiner.

Al-Rimawi, 24, died shortly after he was beaten by Israeli soldiers in his home in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Rima on 18 September.

“The martyr was subjected to a policy officially approved by Israeli political and military circles, which allows soldiers to act freely and at their own discretion with detainees,” the Palestinian Authority’s Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs stated, according to Quds News Network.

“This led Israeli soldiers to use beatings and assault in their worst forms.”

Sep 27 10:18

War criminal promoted to chief of Israel lobby group

War criminals are seldom out of work. The shrewdest can turn a bloodstained history to their advantage.

The career of Israeli military strategist Michael Herzog is a good case in point.

Herzog has been sued by human rights activists over his role in a 2002 attack on Gaza. Despite – or perhaps because of – his association with state violence, Herzog’s analysis has been much in demand.

Without fanfare, Herzog has been promoted lately. He is now heading the Forum of Strategic Dialogue, a group which arranges confabs between Israel and Europe’s movers and shakers.

Sep 27 10:18

Video: Obliterating Gaza’s cultural center

Israel bombed and destroyed a building housing the Said al-Mishal Establishment for Culture and Sciences in Gaza City on 9 August.

The cultural center was one of the few major venues in the besieged territory that housed performance and educational facilities for dance, music, theater and poetry.

One organization in the building was the Palestinian Culture Palace.

“We sent messages of peace through our activities,” Muhammad Baroud, artistic supervisor of the Palestinian Culture Palace told The Electronic Intifada.

“The targeting of the center was unbelievable,” Baroud added. “It shocked everyone.”

The destruction of the center left children and artists with no place to rehearse or perform.

“Everything we built was destroyed in one moment,” Fatima Mhawesh, a choir singer who practiced at the center, told The Electronic Intifada.

Sep 26 11:02

American ‘Lone Soldiers’ reflect on fighting for Israel: they seek escape, devotion, or ‘just want to shoot’

Yosef explained, there are three broad categorizations of young people from abroad who chose to enlist in Israel: “Type A” he said are purely motivated by Zionism. They are not running from turmoil in their home countries and personal lives. This type of soldier is, “just coming to Israel to draft because he thinks that it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

The second, “Type B,” Yosef continued, are soldiers who have problems in their home lives and they “kind of like Israel.” To them, enlisting “sounds like a really cool experience.” This is more of a “why not?” group and Yosef said this classification applies to him.

“Then there’s ‘Type C’ which is like, ‘I’m crazy and I kind of just want to go shoot some stuff,’” Yosef stated bluntly.

Sep 26 11:00

Fascism, the Nazis and Israel  

Are there valid comparisons to be made between Israel and Nazi Germany, or with other examples of fascist states in history? Just asking this question could get you into trouble as a British Labour Party member.

The party’s ruling national executive decided recently to do a U-turn on its code of conduct against anti-Semitism, and to embrace fully the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s discredited “working definition” of anti-Semitism. The highly criticised IHRA document includes a clause (an “example” of anti-Semitism) outlawing “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

This is just yet another example of why the document is useless as a definition of anti-Semitism. It was created by pro-Israel groups – in close consultation with Israel itself – purely as a weapon against the Palestine solidarity movement.

Sep 26 10:59

Israel has killed 2 journalists, wounded 254 this year

Israeli occupation forces have killed two Palestinian journalists and wounded 254 in Gaza, and arrested 82 in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, a report issued yesterday revealed.

According to Quds Press, the report, which was issued by the Journalist Support Committee (JSC), said that it had documented 638 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists since the start of the year.

The JSC said that occupation forces killed journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein while covering the Great March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip.

Sep 26 10:57

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa over Sukkot Holiday

Heavily armed Israeli soldiers escorted hundreds of Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Tuesday, to celebrate the Jewish Sukkot holiday, while the Israeli authorities prevented restoration work from being completed in the compound.

Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), said that at least 420 Israeli settlers stormed the compound from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Al-Dibs added, according to Ma’an, that Israeli settlers stormed the compound in large successive groups through the Moroccan Gate, one of the compound’s entrances under full Israeli control.

Al-Dibs mentioned that the Israeli settlers were chanting the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah” as they provocatively toured the entire compound.

Sep 26 10:26

No evidence a single Gaza protester killed by Israel was armed

Not one of the more than 140 Palestinian protesters, journalists or medics killed during the mass protests along Gaza’s eastern boundary since 30 March were armed when they were targeted by Israeli occupation forces.

That point was stressed by the Gaza-based human rights group Al Mezan during a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

Human Rights Watch meanwhile told the council that it “has not documented instances where protesters posed an imminent threat to life.”

Israel has validated its unlawful conduct “after presenting a gross distortion of international law” to its high court, Nils Mollema, representing Al Mezan, stated. Its military’s “investigation into some of the protest deaths is expected to find that none of the incidents involved violations of open fire orders.”

In other words, such internal investigations merely rubber-stamp Israel’s war crimes.

Sep 26 10:25

Defying Israel lobby, Labour votes for arms freeze

In a historic move, the Labour Party’s annual conference on Tuesday voted to end UK arms sales to Israel.

But The Electronic Intifada has learned that Emily Thornberry, the woman who would become foreign minister were a Labour government elected tomorrow, had privately tried to scupper the motion.

Although Thornberry is a close ally of Labour leader and Palestine solidarity veteran Jeremy Corbyn, she is also a supporter of Labour Friends of Israel and opposes an arms embargo.

Amid a sea of waving Palestinian flags, and chants of “Free Palestine,” delegates debated a motion condemning Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters – more than 140 to date – since the Great March of Return protests began on 30 March.

Sep 25 09:44

The Israeli government is paying for anti-BDS journalism

The Israeli ministry tasked with fighting the BDS Movement is spending millions of shekels to place propaganda that looks like news in Israel’s most prominent media outlets.

Sep 25 09:43

Meet the spies injecting Israeli propaganda into your news feed

When Sima Vaknin-Gil took over as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs at the start of 2016, a crucial fact went largely unnoticed.

For years, she had been a high-ranking officer with an Israeli spy agency.

This means that for the last two years a former intelligence officer has been running Israel’s global war against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Her ministerial boss is Gilad Erdan, a key ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

They were last month revealed to have spent huge sums creating anti-BDS propaganda targeting social media and news media.

Sep 25 09:33

Rabbis for Human Rights in Solidarity with Bedouin Community, Celebrate Sukkot at Khan al-Ahmar

Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) announced on that they have set up sukkah’s, which are temporary tents constructed for use during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

RHR decided to set up sukkah’s at the Bedouin village to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, to show solidarity with the residents and as a protest against Israel’s planned demolition of the village.

RHR said, in a statement,

“We will express solidarity with our Bedouin brothers and we will live as they do for a little bit. We will remember that our forefathers lived as free human beings for 40 years in the Sinai Desert.”

“We will sit during Sukkot in the Judean Desert during the seven days of the holiday. We will live a life of confidence in our temporary quarters, together with members of the Jahalin tribe, who have been living in this vulnerable situation for years.”

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Sep 25 09:30

Israeli Government OKs $72 Million Anti-BDS Project

Israel’s government has approved a plan setting aside $72 million to fighting the campaign to boycott it.

Sep 25 07:48

Israel’s judicial system whitewashes the crimes of its soldiers

An Israeli military court in Jaffa extended the detention of two Israeli army corporals on Friday over allegations that they stole money from Palestinian travellers and sexually abused women during body searches at the notorious military checkpoint which is the only route for Palestinians to get from Ramallah to East Jerusalem and Israel itself. At first glance, this suggests something positive about the Israeli military and that its troops are committed to an ethical code of conduct which stipulates holding them accountable for crimes committed against the Palestinians. However, the facts on the ground shed a completely different light on the situation which allows Israeli soldiers to act with impunity in the way that they deal with Palestinians as they try to go about their daily business.

Sep 25 07:47

The blocking of Palestinian rights at an international level is endorsed by the PA

The illusion of two camps – Israel and the US purportedly opposing the Palestinian Authority and the international community – is being promoted by Abbas, and none of the political actors are averse to the gimmick. As US President Donald Trump surpasses the pro-Israel approach of previous US presidents, it has become easier to focus on the current contempt for international law and ignore the subtle manoeuvres which paved the way for the Zionist colonisation of Palestine. Yet it is impossible to ignore one main fact: Trump and Israel are holding themselves beyond any accountability whatsoever and are wilfully eliminating Palestinian rights, while the international community and the PA hold conferences and meetings, and give meaningless speeches, in which support is professed but action is withheld.

Sep 25 05:52

Egypt Pushes Interests As It Brokers Palestinian Talks

By acting as mediator between Palestinian factions and Israel, Egypt wants to reassert its regional role, analysts say.

Sep 24 11:42

Israeli border guards arrested for ‘stripping & sexually harassing’ Palestinian women

A military court has extended the detention of two Israeli soldiers accused of forcibly stripping and sexually harassing Palestinian women, and of stealing money, at a checkpoint in the West Bank.

One combat soldier and one security observer from the Military Police’s Border Crossings Unit are accused of violating orders and sexually harassing women during their searches at the Qalandiya checkpoint next to Ramallah.

According to the allegations, the pair touched Palestinian women’s private parts during their frisking and sometimes forced them to strip. The two IDF servicemen also allegedly stole cash from Palestinians at the checkpoint.

Sep 24 11:33

Autopsy shows detained Palestinian was beaten by Israeli forces

A Palestinian who died after Israeli occupation forces arrested him at his home was indeed assaulted, autopsy results have revealed, reported AFP on Sunday.

Mohammed Khatib, 24, died after being taken into custody during a pre-dawn raid on Beit Rima village in the occupied West Bank last Tuesday.

At the time, the family said occupation forces had “beaten [Mohammed] into an unconscious state” while still in the house; two hours after he was taken, his family was informed of their son’s death.

The latest findings, published by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, contradict claims made by Israeli authorities that there had been no violence by soldiers during or after the arrest.

Sep 24 11:33

Israeli-Americans call on Trump to stop Abbas entering the US

A group of Israeli-American families have called on President Donald Trump to stop Mahmoud Abbas from entering the United States, Israel Hayom reported on Sunday. The President of the Palestinian Authority is scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly in New York.

The newspaper described the families as “families of American victims of Palestinian terrorism.” They have, apparently, appealed to Trump to declare Abbas persona non grata because of the PA’s payment of stipends to relatives of their families’ “murderers”. One person, Micah Lakin Avni, whose father Richard Lakin was killed in 2015, described Abbas as “the grand wizard of incitement to violence and terror.”

In a letter sent to Trump, the families said that allowing Abbas to enter the US is a violation of the law and poses a threat to the American people.

Sep 24 11:32

Egyptian delegation tells Hamas Israel wants an end to demonstrations

The Israeli news website Wallah revealed yesterday that the Egyptian delegation which visited Gaza on Saturday passed a message from Israel to Hamas, Al-Wattan Voice reported.

The Egyptians, the news website said, told Hamas that Israel is asking for an end to the demonstrations taking place near the fence along the eastern side of the Gaza Strip and to halt flying incendiary balloons.

According to the Israeli website the Egyptian intelligence delegation met with the Hamas leadership in Gaza and passed on the Israeli demands.

Sep 24 11:24

15 Palestinians wounded as Gaza, Israel violence flares: Medics

At least 15 Palestinian protesters were injured as clashes between dozens of Palestinians and Israeli soldiers flared on Saturday night in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.

The clashes broke out when the Palestinian protesters from the unit of night confusion, part of the anti-Israel protests of the "Great March of Return," demonstrated close to the border with Israel.

Medical sources said the Israeli soldiers opened fire and wounded 15 Palestinians who were taken to hospitals for medical treatment. The sources said they were all shot by live gunfire and moderately wounded.

Sep 24 11:23

Between Fire & Sea: The Man Behind Gaza's Great March of Return

"What would happen if thousands of Gazans, most of them refugees, attempted to peacefully cross the fence that separated them from their ancestral lands?"

That was the question 33-year-old Palestinian poet and journalist Ahmed Abu Artema posted on Facebook earlier this year.

His post went viral.

It was a rallying cry that inspired a movement of peaceful protests known as the Great March of Return.

Frustrated by Israel's more than decade-long land, sea and air blockade of the Gaza Strip, upon which it has waged three wars in the past 10 years, and wanting to draw attention to the Palestinian right of return, Ahmed organised the marches as a cry for help.

Sep 24 10:42

Israel gives Khan al-Ahmar residents eight days to clear village

Israeli forces hand out letters ordering residents to leave their homes in occupied West Bank village by 1 October or be forcibly removed

Sep 23 06:01

High school textbooks in Texas blame Arab world for conflict with Israel

High school textbooks in Texas have blamed the Arab world for its conflict with Israel - and they will continue to do so following a review of the state's public school curriculum. The Texas State Board of Education voted on Friday to keep a social studies requirement that high school students learn that "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" ... Also, the board voted to amend the US Government high school curriculum by reinserting references to "Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law)" in the section on "major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding ... In the high school World History section, the board voted to reinsert a reference to "the Judeo-Christian legal tradition" in the section on "the development of democratic-republican government from its beginnings."

Sep 22 10:40

Gaza protests: All the latest updates

For more than five months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have protested along the fence with Israel demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.

The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe - a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel's establishment in 1948.

The mass Friday demonstrations have continued since.

Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 174 Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave and wounded more than 18,000 people, according to health officials in Gaza.

Sep 22 10:39

Spain to Push for European Recognition of Palestine: We May Go It Alone if That Fails

The Spanish government will promote a European move to recognize Palestine as an independent state, Spain’s foreign minister said Thursday, adding that if the move fails the government will consider a Spain-only recognition.

If “the EU is not able to reach unanimous decision – each to their own,” Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said at a conference of European Union leaders in Austria Tuesday. He added the last option of individual recognition of Palestine is “on the table.”

Borrell also said that he will launch an “intensive” consultation process with his counterparts to set a timetable for achieving a common position on the subject.

According to the Palestinian Authority, there are now 139 countries that recognize Palestine.

Sep 22 10:30

Gaza children killed by Israeli snipers, air attack

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man during protests along the eastern boundary of the occupied Gaza Strip on Friday.

The slain protester, killed east of Gaza City, was identified by Gaza’s health ministry as Karim Muhammad Kullab, 25.

The ministry reported 300 injuries during Friday’s protests, 100 of them requiring hospital treatment. More than 50 people were injured by live fire, four of them seriously and one critically.

Sep 22 10:29

Palestinians were never at the table

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Oslo accords and the signing of the Declaration of Principles in Washington in 1993.

The accords were touted as the only way to reach a permanent peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on the “principles” of mutual recognition and “land for peace.”

An agreement was presented as one where Palestinians would end up enjoying freedom and self-determination on their own territory. What that territory would be in law, as well as the status of Jerusalem and a resolution to the plight of Palestinian refugees, would be addressed over five years of negotiations that were to culminate in 1998.

It was hoped that during this time, mutual trust and confidence-building measures would generate enough momentum to ensure that a final settlement would be unstoppable.

Not only did it not happen, it all turned out to be unworkable subterfuge.

Sep 22 10:27

Univ. of Michigan Professor Cheney-Lippold Receives Death Threats Over Boycott

University of Michigan professor John Cheney-Lippold, an expert in the field of big data and surveillance, received death threats this week after he told a student he would be unable to write her a recommendation letter for a study abroad program in Israel because he supports the academic boycott for Palestinian rights.

“I wouldn’t cross a union picket line and I can’t cross this one,” said Cheney-Lippold. “I support the Palestinian boycott call because I am appalled at Israel’s continuing violation of Palestinian rights, and our government’s support for those violations. If a student had wanted to do a study abroad at an institution in Apartheid South Africa, I would have declined to write a letter for her as well.”

Sep 22 03:43

Interview: Miko Peled gives an insider's views on the Zionist project

"'Only a focused and well coordinated strategy to delegitimise and bring down the Zionist regime can bring justice to Palestine. BDS has the best potential for that.'

"Miko Peled, an Israeli general’s son and himself a former Israeli soldier, is nowadays a noted peace activist and a tireless worker for justice in the Holy Land. He is considered to be one of the clearest voices calling for support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against the Zionist regime and for the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine.

Sep 21 09:59

Jewish extremists intensify al-Aqsa incursions

Scores of Israelis have entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem under heavy escort from Israeli forces in past weeks.

Hundreds more forced their way into the compound in occupied East Jerusalem in recent days coinciding with the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday.

Firas al-Dibs, a spokesperson for the Islamic waqf, or foundation, that runs the compound, said that the frequent incursions by settlers who were praying openly were elevating tension at the holy site.

Sep 21 09:59

Has the PA punished prisoners’ families to please Trump?

It’s hard to care for children as a single, unemployed parent. It’s almost impossible when official financial assistance is suddenly slashed in half.

This is what happened to Hazem Abu Kmail and his seven children. Since March, Abu Kmail, his four daughters and three sons have been hit by an apparent Palestinian Authority decision – officially denied – to cut allowances for Gaza families of prisoners associated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad held in Israeli jails.

The PA has officially denied yielding to pressure from Israel and the US to end what are stipends to help support the families of prisoners where typically the main breadwinner has been incarcerated.

At a weekly protest at the premises of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City where Abu Kmail and some dozen other families are protesting the conditions their loved ones are held in, Abu Kmail explained to The Electronic Intifada how the reduction in the PA stipend he receives has affected him.

Sep 21 09:44

South Africa trade union president urges government to downgrade Israel ties

The newly-elected president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Zingiswa Losi, has called on the South African government to downgrade its relations with Israel, the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service has reported.

Losi, the first woman to lead the country’s largest trade federation, made the comments at COSATU’s 13th National Congress in Johannesburg yesterday. She praised the fact that South Africa had withdrawn its ambassador from Israel indefinitely, but also called on the African National Congress (ANC)-led government to be “decisive” and fully implement a resolution made at the ruling party’s December congress that called for the immediate and unconditional downgrade of the South African embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office.

Sep 21 09:43

In new ‘political persecution’, Israel indicts Palestinian activist over alleged incitement

Israeli authorities indicted a prominent Palestinian activist on Thursday on charges of “incitement to terrorism” and “expressing solidarity with a terrorist organisation”, reported Haaretz. The decision to indict was slammed as “political persecution” by The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee.

Haifa District Prosecutor’s Office also extended the detention of Raja Agbariyeh, a 66-year-old resident of Umm al-Fahm, until 2 October. He was first arrested on 11 September.

According to the indictment, “between July 2017 and July 2018, Agbariyeh published posts in which he expressed solidarity with a terrorist organization, incited and supported terrorism”.

In one of the Facebook posts cited in the indictment, Agbariyeh marked the one-year anniversary of a July 2017 shooting by three residents of Umm al-Fahm outside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by wondering whether the incident brought “news of a new phase inside 1948”.

Sep 20 12:53

Palestine: The testbed for Trump’s plan to tear up the rules-based international order

Jonathan Cook says by liquidating the Palestinian cause and letting Israel rampage unhindered, Trump hopes to destroy the rules-based international system that has prevented World War II and thereby free up America’s hand elsewhere in the world. >>

Sep 20 10:28

REPORT: ABBAS READY TO HALT ALL FUNDING TO GAZA

Egyptian efforts to end the power struggle between his Fatah faction and Hamas appear to have reached a dead end, Palestinian sources in Ramallah said on Wednesday.

Sep 20 10:27

Two Palestinians reportedly killed during Gaza riots on Yom Kippur

Gaza's Health Ministry claimed on Tuesday that two Palestinians were killed and at least 46 wounded by the IDF fire in the northern Gaza Strip during violent demonstrations which took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.

The IDF had no initial knowledge of any casualties or that live fire had been used, a spokeswoman said. Israel was marking the Yom Kippur fast day from dusk on Tuesday, and very few officials were available for comment.

Sep 20 09:02

Israel’s actions in Gaza a ‘war crime’ – EU delegation head tells RT after being denied entry

Israel doesn’t want to allow the public to witness what’s happening in Gaza, the head of an EU Parliament delegation told RT, after being barred from entering the enclave. He called Israel’s actions there “a war crime.”

The group from the European Parliament was scheduled to arrive in Gaza on Thursday but was denied access. The delegates said they were planning to monitor the humanitarian situation “caused by a decade of blockade” there during their three-day mission.

Sep 20 09:02

NEW IMAGES SHOWING THE SCREWING OF PALESTINE

The Israeli blockade is a form of collective punishment that prevents Gazans from being able to support themselves and restrict access to food, medical care and education.

Sep 20 08:47

Israel Supreme Court backs army’s refusal to prosecute killer of Palestinian activist

Nine years after a Palestinian activist was killed by Israeli occupation forces in a West Bank village, the Israeli Supreme Court has rejected a final appeal against the army’s refusal to prosecute those responsible, reported +972 Magazine.

Bassem Abu Rahmeh was killed on 17 April 2009, during a popular demonstration in Bil’in, when an Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas canister directly at his chest. The incident was captured on film.

This was supposed to be an easy case: a killing that was captured by three cameras, top experts identifying the source of the lethal shot, and a clear violation of the rules of engagement

Sep 20 08:46

In first, Israel judge bases verdict on new Jewish nation state law

At Jerusalem District Court on Monday, Judge Moshe Drori ruled that Hamas must pay 5.4 million shekels ($1.5 million) to an Israeli injured in a 1998 bombing in Tel Aviv.

In his decision, Drori cited clause 6(a) of the Jewish nation-state law, which states: “The state will strive to ensure the safety of the members of the Jewish people in trouble or in captivity due to the fact of their Jewishness or their citizenship.”

Sep 20 08:45

New report documents ‘torture in the heart of Jerusalem’

A new report by Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer claims that Israeli officials “routinely” carry out the “practice of torture” at a key interrogation facility in occupied East Jerusalem.

The report, “I’ve Been There: A Study of Torture and Inhumane Treatment in Al-Moscobiyeh Interrogation Centre”, is based on the testimonies of 138 individuals held in the Russian Compound of Jerusalem gathered during the period 2015-2017.

“For generations of Palestinians, the Russian Compound has represented the most severe interrogation facility in all of the occupied territory,” Addameer states.

“It has been the place of intentionally inflicted suffering for hundreds of prisoners. Its location in the heart of Jerusalem, next to the Old City, is something of a metaphor for the whole apparatus of the occupation. The domination is hidden in plain sight.”

Sep 20 08:45

Trump official wants students prosecuted for Israel protests

The Trump administration’s top civil rights enforcer at the US Department of Education wanted students who did nothing but hold a noisy protest in support of Palestinian rights to be criminally prosecuted.

Kenneth Marcus was captured on camera during a September 2016 meeting with an undercover reporter working on Al Jazeera’s explosive documentary about the US Israel lobby.

The documentary has never been broadcast due to censorship by Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera, following pressure from pro-Israel organizations.

The above video obtained by The Electronic Intifada is the latest excerpt to leak from the documentary. It shows Marcus speaking to the undercover reporter.

At the time, Marcus was director of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, an Israel lobby group unaffiliated with Brandeis University. The Brandeis Center specializes in lawfare – the use of legal proceedings to harass and silence Israel’s critics.

Sep 19 12:37

95 Palestinians injured in clahses with Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza

At least 95 Palestinians were wounded on Monday evening in their clashes with Israeli soldiers on the border between the northern Gaza Strip and Israel, the Gaza health ministry said.

Of the 95 injured, 26 were shot by live gunshots, while others suffered suffocation after inhaling tear gas, Ashraf al-Qedra, the ministry spokesman, told reporters.

The protests in northern Gaza were organized by the Gaza-based highest commission of the March of Return to defy the Israeli blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave.

The demonstrators threw stones and burned tires close to the border fence, while Israeli soldiers used tear gas and live gunshots as reponses.

Sep 19 12:24

Illegal Jewish Settlements Surge By 187% As Israel Eyes Formal Annexation of Occupied Palestine

Illegal Jewish Settlements Surge By 187% As Israel Eyes Formal Annexation of Occupied Palestine

Sep 19 08:37

Book on Israel’s deliberate maiming of Palestinians wins top academic prize

A US scholar has won a prestigious prize for a book which argues that Israel intentionally maims Palestinians under its control.

Rutgers University Professor Jasbir Puar was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association’s Alison Piepmeier Book Prize for “The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability”.

Puar, a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, is a supporter of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

According to Puar, writing in the book, “a complementary logic long present in Israeli tactical calculations of settler colonial rule” is “that of creating injury and maintaining Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them”.

Sep 19 08:36

Saudi Arabia bans 300,000 Palestinians from Makkah

Saudi Arabia issued new directives banning up to 300,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon from performing pilgrimage, Alarab.qa reported yesterday.

Reporting the Palestinian Institution for Human Rights (Shahed), the Qatari news website said that Saudi Arabia stopped issuing visas for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who do not hold a Palestinian Authority (PA) passport.

Shahed reported travel agents were informed by the Saudi embassy in Lebanon not to accept applications from Palestinians who do not have PA passports.

The rights group said it was worried about the “sudden” Saudi decision, calling on Kingdom to identify its reasons which have “dangerous consequences” on the Palestinian refugees and their future.

Sep 19 08:35

Palestinian man dies after Israel forces beat him at his home

A 24-year-old Palestinian has died after Israeli occupation forces stormed his home and beat him “severely” in the occupied West Bank.

Muhammad Zaghloul Al-Khatib Al-Rimawi was beaten by Israeli occupation forces during a pre-dawn raid on his home in Beyt Reyma, northwest of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. According to a statement by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Muhammad was arrested and “severely beaten by occupation soldiers and special forces to the point of passing out.”

Quoting the testimony of Muhammad’s brother, Bashir, Addameer relayed how Israeli soldiers removed the door to the Al-Rimawi house before rounding up the family. Al-Rimawi’s mother was attacked and Muhammad was taken into a separate room where he was beaten unconscious. Addameer added that Muhammad was then “taken away from the house while in such a state, and taken to an unknown location. After two hours, his family was informed of their son’s death.”

Sep 19 08:29

Protests target HSBC over shares in Israel weapons company

A wave of UK protests were held outside branches of HSBC bank over shares in an Israeli arms company accused of manufacturing internationally banned weapons.

Protestors directed their anger against the bank’s $4.7 million worth of shares in a number of Israeli arms manufactures, including Elbit system, calling on the bank to sever ties with the firms accused of abetting Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

Elbit Systems manufactures and supplies the Israeli military with drones, which are used regularly in attacks on Palestinian civilians, especially in Gaza Strip. It was recently revealed that an Elbit Hermes 450 drone was used during a 2014 attack in which four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach while playing football.

Sep 19 08:26

Israel kills 6 Palestinians in 24 hours

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli police near the Damascus Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday night in an alleged stabbing attempt on the start of the Yom Kippur holiday.

Israeli police said that the man charged at a Jewish person, knocking him to the ground, and then ran towards the officers who fired at him while he waved a sharp object.

A Palestinian witness told the AFP news agency that “the alleged attacker was not trying to stab anyone, rather ‘defending himself’ from a Jewish civilian.”

Sep 19 08:26

Justifying landgrab, Israel says it is ‘allowed to ignore international law’ anywhere it wants

The Israeli government has recently claimed that it can “legislate anywhere in the world”, that it is “entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries”, and that “is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires”. This was written in an official response letter to the Supreme Court last month.

On the face of it, these are audacious claims. Is it really that bad? I would say that it’s even worse. The background to these statements is a new law from last year, which legalizes outright theft of Palestinian land.

Sep 19 08:12

Ahed Tamimi Finally Travels to France Despite Israeli Obstacles

Ahed Tamimi, the resistance teen icon from Palestine traveled to France Friday for an event where she asked people to support the Palestinian cause and to boycott Israel.

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Sep 19 07:35

Camp David created Oslo, which killed the Palestinian struggle

After Camp David and Oslo, the Palestinians are left with a political elite that no longer stands for their struggle.
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This was a deal made by unequal adversaries, with one exploiting the weakness of the other in order to impose its demands.

The Oslo Accords effectively put an end to the PLO's struggle for the liberation of Palestine and facilitated the occupation by making it less costly for the Israeli state. The establishing of the Palestinian Authority relieved Israel of the burden of providing for the needs of the Palestinian people. It also set up a Palestinian-run security body which took up policing the Palestinians, making it easier for Israel to control them and suppress the popular struggle.

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Sep 18 09:58

US Cancels Visas for Palestinian Ambassador's Family Living in Washington

The United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership. Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020. The Trump administration said last Monday the office in Washington would close.

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Sep 18 09:43

The Israel-Palestine mask is off. It may never be reworn with the same naivety

The mask is off. The US as an extremely biased arbiter in the Israel-Palestinian conflict has fully revealed itself.

In the ignoble Deal of the Century, Palestinians are told – your national aspirations are nothing. Right of return, refugee status, East Jerusalem as a capital and UNWRA aid from the US are gone. So is your mission in Washington. If you complain of our, or Israel’s, behavior to the International Criminal Court, the court itself will be sanctioned and its members prosecuted should they enter the United States.

When this ‘peacemaker’ strips Palestinians of negotiating bargaining chips, it’s no surprise that Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to sit at the table. The table is rigged to protect the bicycle thief; the victim cannot allude to getting their bike back nor even to the fact that it was stolen.

Sep 18 09:40

All of these anti-Semitism allegations continue to sideline Palestinian suffering

As the row over what constitutes anti-Semitism rages in Britain, the very real fear that freedom of speech is being threatened has already been realised in America, according to one Jewish campaign group. At the heart of the argument is a decision by the Trump administration to change how the Education Department investigates allegations that Jewish students face discrimination; not surprisingly, the Trump team has backed an approach that is endorsed by pro-Israel groups.

The policy change has already prompted the reinvestigation of an event held seven years ago, involving Holocaust and Nakba survivors, which was deemed to be anti-Semitic because it included criticism of the Israeli government. The reopening of the 2011 case, dismissed under the Obama administration, means that anyone who supports Palestinian human rights is potentially going to be regarded as an anti-Semite, says Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).

Sep 18 09:32

VIDEO: Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, and performed religious Jewish prayers under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces.

Spokesman for the Islamic Endowment department (Waqf), Firas al-Dibs, said that dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the compound through the Moroccan Gate in successive groups.

Al-Dibs added, according to Ma’an, that many of the Israeli settlers performed religious Jewish prayers on the occasion of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

Israeli settlers have called for increased visits to the compound, to perform rituals, due to Israel’s Yom Kippur also known as the Day of Atonement, one of the most sacred holidays in Judaism, which starts at sunset, on Tuesday, and ends at sunset, on Wednesday.

Sep 18 09:29

Israeli military bus stoned after ‘accidentally entering’ West Bank refugee camp

A busload of IDF soldiers clashed with Palestinians at the Kalandia refugee camp in the West Bank after the vehicle entered the camp, allegedly by accident. At least three soldiers were injured in the clash, the IDF confirmed.

Palestinians reportedly started throwing stones at the Israeli vehicle after it drove inside the camp, which is located between Jerusalem and Ramallah. At least one female officer was lightly injured by a stone, Jerusalem Post reported. The outlet added that the "rescue of the soldiers" was underway.

Sep 17 09:30

US STATE DEPARTMENT REVOKES PLO AMBASSADOR FAMILY VISAS

The United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership, Reuters reports.

Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Trump Administration is going to take its Israeli-laced, petty vindictiveness toward Palestinians to a new diplomatic low, with this gesture.

Sep 16 10:13

Rabbi Dovid Weiss: Zionism has created 'rivers of blood'

Sep 16 09:55

The Oslo Accords did not fail. The Oslo Accords were simply not implemented.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the historic handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, one must remember and remind of the truth: The Oslo Accords did not fail. The Oslo Accords were simply not implemented. The non-implementation of the agreements had already cost thousands of lives and may many more lives.

The Oslo Accords had set an interim period of five years that began in April 1994. The situation in which the Palestinian Authority holds only a collection of isolated enclaves, having no real power even there, was to end in May 1999. Likelwise, the division of the West Bank into the A., B. and C. areas was intended to be a temporary arrangement for only these five years, from 1994 to 1999. At the end of five years, all this should have been come to its end, replaced by implementation of the Definite Status.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if that was the reason Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated?

Sep 16 09:44

Leak From Censored Israel Lobby Film Exposes Anti-Palestinian Operatives

Sep 15 11:55

Israeli troops kill boy, two men in Gaza protests - medics

Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians, one of them an 11-year-old boy, and wounded at least 248 others taking part on Friday in weekly protests at the fortified Gaza Strip border, Palestinian medical officials said.

The Israeli military said it used force necessary to repel 13,000 Palestinians who massed at several points at the fence.

Some hurled rocks, fire-bombs and grenades at troops under cover of smoke from burning tyres, injuring a soldier, and nine Palestinians briefly crossed into Israel, the military said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These demonstrations will end in one of two ways; either there is a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, affirming the Palestinian Right of Return, or a complete annihilation of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

Given Israeli government and military hubris, unfortunately, I fear that it will be the latter, rather than the former outcome.

President Trump will probably get notified after the fact, and it will probably be carried out when Americans are distracted by football, food, and possibly during the American family festival of Thanksgiving, if Tel Aviv thinks it can wait that long to strike.

But there is one thing about which I am certain; these protests, and the assassinations of innocents by the IDF, will continue until one of the two outcomes I have described above, actually happens.

Sep 15 11:55

Israeli troops kill boy, two men in Gaza protests - medics

Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians, one of them an 11-year-old boy, and wounded at least 248 others taking part on Friday in weekly protests at the fortified Gaza Strip border, Palestinian medical officials said.

The Israeli military said it used force necessary to repel 13,000 Palestinians who massed at several points at the fence.

Some hurled rocks, fire-bombs and grenades at troops under cover of smoke from burning tyres, injuring a soldier, and nine Palestinians briefly crossed into Israel, the military said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These demonstrations will end in one of two ways; either there is a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, affirming the Palestinian Right of Return, or a complete annihilation of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

Given Israeli government and military hubris, unfortunately, I fear that it will be the latter, rather than the former outcome.

President Trump will probably get notified after the fact, and it will probably be carried out when Americans are distracted by football, food, and possibly during the American family festival of Thanksgiving, if Tel Aviv thinks it can wait that long to strike.

But there is one thing about which I am certain; these protests, and the assassinations of innocents by the IDF, will continue until one of the two outcomes I have described above, actually happens.

Sep 15 11:10

AFTER CUTING ALL UNWRA HUMANITARIAN AID, US TO AWARD ISRAEL WITH $3.3B/YEAR IN MILITARY AID

A massive spending bill, which would deliver $3.3 billion dollars in military aid to Israel over the next year, passed the House on Wednesday under cover of a media blackout. The U.S. Senate had passed a different version of the same bill in early August, a vote that also went largely unreported.

Now, after the House’s passage of a slightly altered version of the Senate’s spending bill, officially titled the “Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018,” all that remains is for the two chambers of Congress to reconcile their versions before the product is sent to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law. According to Skopos Labs, the bill now has a 90 percent chance of being enacted. If enacted, the bill will be the largest aid package in American history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sheldon Adelson must be high-fiving himself right now, for having purchased a presidency (as he has done with Donald Trump's), and insuring that all of the US foreign policy in the Middle East is 100% dictated by Tel Aviv.

The deep cutting of US aid to Palestinian humanitarian organizations, coupled with this defense bill to greatly benefit both Israel's offensive and defensive posture, are but two demonstrations of who owns DC, when it comes to the Middle East.

The next demonstrations of Israel's having US foreign policy by its gonads, will be a US war against Russia and Syria in Syria, followed an invasion of Iran after that, most probably right around the time of the US mid-term elections.

Understand this; these wars will only result in costs in American blood, and American money; not in Israeli blood or money at all.

And after the mid-terms, look for the potential return of the draft in this country. And do not expect for any of the Trump or Kushner Families to be bothered having to serve; after all, they... are monied families, and monied families always have creative ways to avoid military service, unless it is behind a desk, with zero probability of being killed or maimed for life in these coming wars.

Sep 15 10:50

‘Teargas became my daily meal’ — the endless harassment of a Jerusalem neighborhood makes life unacceptable

What a day. We started early, at around 2:30 AM, when savage mercenaries from the Israel IDF invaded my father’s and my house. They started to knock hard on the main door, and when my father open the door, eight of them entered with their weapons into the house before I woke up and went down to see what was happening. By that time, five of them went up to my house [apartment], woke my family and pushed them downstairs to my father’s.

All of us were held in one room; and the soldiers started to go into the rooms, one by one. They took our mobiles [cell phones] and IDs [and] birth certificates. My little daughters were sitting staring, not knowing what is happening. Who are these people with guns and masks wandering in our house, and shouting and pushing? My father was as usual the strongest and fought back.

Sep 15 10:41

‘Israel must abide by international humanitarian law,’ insists Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross has insisted that, as the occupying power in the West Bank, Israel is bound by international humanitarian law.

“It has a duty to ensure the protection, security and welfare of the people living under occupation and to guarantee that they can live as normal a life as possible, in accordance with their own laws, culture and traditions,” explained David Quesne, the head of the ICRC mission in Jerusalem.

The ICRC official also expressed concern that Israel is to demolish the Palestinian West Bank village of Khan Al-Ahmar and called for the state to respect the law. “The International Committee of the Red Cross is deeply concerned by Israel’s decision to demolish private houses and other structures in Khan Al-Ahmar village in Area C of the West Bank,” he said. “The planned demolitions will dramatically affect the lives and dignity of this community.”

Sep 15 10:40

Israel warns it may reduce Gaza fishing zone even further

Israeli media revealed on Friday an Israeli plan to reduce Gaza’s fishing zone as a “punitive measure” in retaliation for the seaborne protests aiming to break the 12-year Israeli siege imposed on the coastal enclave, Quds Press has reported.

“In spite of Israel’s expansion of the fishing zone off the Gaza coast from six to nine [nautical] miles, Hamas has intensified breaking the siege flotillas so that friction with the Israeli navy has increased,” a security official told Israeli Channel 24 TV.

Territorial waters are, by convention, set at 22 nautical miles, although fishing vessels are normally allowed to work in international waters. In any case, the Israeli navy often attacks Palestinian fishermen even within the very restrictive zone that the siege imposes.

Sep 15 10:39

PCHR: “Army Kills 3 Civilians, Including A Child, Injures 148, Including 19 Children, 5 Women and 5 Paramedics”

On Friday afternoon, 14 September 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 25th Friday in a row, Israeli forces Killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 148 others, including 19 children, 5 women and 5 paramedics with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the latter heavily fired live bullets and tear gas canisters, increasing the number of causalities comparing with the previous weeks, despite the peaceful nature prevailing the demonstrations.

The Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Sep 15 10:39

Why is Europe still funding occupation profiteer Ahava?

The European Union has broken its commitment to cease funding firms based in Israel’s illegal settlements.

Five years ago, the EU issued a policy paper stating that Israeli companies were not eligible to draw down subsidies if they had been set up in the occupied West Bank.

One such company, the cosmetics maker Ahava, has nonetheless managed to participate in Horizon 2020, the Union’s latest program for scientific research. It is benefitting from a $4.5 million EU-funded scheme on using nanotechnology to develop new skin care products.

Ahava is headquartered in the settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. Like all Israel’s settlements in the West Bank, Mitzpe Shalem has been constructed in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

There can be no doubt that Ahava is based there.

Sep 15 10:38

Palestinians killed as Gaza vows new push to break siege

Israeli forces shot and killed at least two Palestinians during protests held under the slogan of “Resistance is Our Choice” along Gaza’s eastern boundary on Friday.

In addition to those killed by Israeli live fire, a 12-year-old boy, Shadi Abd al-Al, died of internal bleeding after being hit in the head by a hard object during a demonstration in Jabaliya, in the north of the Gaza Strip, according to the rights group Al Mezan.

“The nature of the object that hit and killed him has not been fully established at the publication of this press release,” the group stated late Friday.

The two Palestinians killed by live fire on Friday were identified as Hani Ramzi Afaneh, 21, and Muhammad Shaqoura, 20.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed during the Great March of Return protests and around 20,000 have been injured, nearly 5,000 by live ammunition.

More than 100 were wounded by live fire during Friday’s protests, including 14 children, according to Al Mezan.

Sep 15 10:35

Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in Gaza protests

Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians, one of them an 11-year-old boy, and wounded at least 248 others taking part Friday in weekly protests at the fortified Gaza Strip border, according to local media reports.

Sep 15 10:35

American professor detained by Israel in West Bank scuffle

A lawyer said Saturday an American university professor was detained by Israeli police for allegedly trying to disrupt security forces in the embattled West Bank community of Khan al-Ahmar.

Gaby Lasky said that her client, Frank Romano, is being held in a jail in occupied Jerusalem. Lasky says police told her Romano would appear Monday before an Israeli military court.

Romano was among dozens of activists spending time in Khan al-Ahmar to try to block the possible demolition of the Palestinian village. Activists say that on Friday, Romano stood in front of a bulldozer clearing barriers that had been set up to slow demolition.

Sep 15 10:34

Border guards charged with robbing Palestinians during traffic stops

One officer indicted for stealing from at least six groups of Palestinians, once while armed with a gun, making off with nearly NIS 20,000

Sep 14 13:02

A law lesson from Alan Dershowitz

"Alan Dershowitz has challenged Channel 4 TV in Britain and Jeremy Corbyn, casting himself as a defender against anti-Semitism and an advocate for fairness. Dershowitz, who consistently posits himself as a liberal who has discovered that too much tolerance is wrong (for example, The Case For Israel), denounced Corbyn’s displays of tolerance for different viewpoints by attributing to Corbyn the alleged crimes of others. Evidently Dershowitz does not impose these rigours upon himself or his own clients, including Jeffrey Epstein who pled guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution (and with whom Dershowitz was accused and then exonerated while not denying “statements that the underlying alleged misconduct may have occurred with someone else”).">>

Sep 14 10:18

Palestinian Student Returns to School with One Leg

Palestinian student Mohammed Abu Hussain from Gaza, who lost his leg after being shot by an Israeli sniper during 'Great March of Return' demonstrations. [PHOTOS]

Sep 14 09:29

Kushner: Trump’s measures against Palestinians won’t hurt peace

Punitive measures taken against the Palestinians by the Trump Administration, including the cutting of UN aid and the closure of the Palestinian consulate in Washington, has not hampered peace efforts, the US president’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner has said.

Speaking to the New York Times on the 25 anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Kushner argued that the US had taken brave stances against Palestinian demands.

“There were too many false realities that were created — that people worship — that I think needed to be changed,” he said. “All we’re doing is dealing with things as we see them and not being scared out of doing the right thing. I think, as a result, you have a much higher chance of actually achieving a real peace.”

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 11:15

Canadian politicians lead unprecedented smear campaign against advocate for Palestinian rights

On Thursday lawyer Dimitri Lascaris called on two Liberal MPs to denounce death threats made by B’nai B’rith supporters against a number of other Liberal MPs and the Prime Minister. But instead of condemning those who called for racialized politicians to face the “guillotine” or “stoning”, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Canadian politicians smeared the individual drawing attention to the death threats.

And on the weekend NDP leaders participated in this unprecedented multi-party smear campaign against one of Canada’s most effective advocates for Palestinian rights. At the behest of CIJA, MP Hélène Laverdière called Lascaris “anti-Semitic” while Jagmeet Singh inferred as much.

Sep 13 11:11

Following Razan’s footsteps

Rayan al-Najjar had hoped to study law when Gaza’s universities open this month. Israeli aggression caused her to change plans.

On 1 June, Rayan’s sister Razan, a medic, was killed as she treated people wounded during the Great March of Return. Her death has prompted Rayan to pursue a nursing degree at Al-Azhar University.

“This is the least I can do for my sister,” the 18-year-old Rayan said.

Sep 13 10:36

Israeli military sends reinforcements to Palestinian village to begin its demolition

The Israeli military has reportedly sent reinforcements to Khan al-Ahmar as the regime prepares to demolish the Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank in defiance of international warnings and criticisms.

The Palestinian Information Center reported on Thursday that Israeli forces had completely besieged Khan al-Ahmar, situated east of Jerusalem al-Quds, and deployed bulldozers to the village.

Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected appeals against the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and said a temporary injunction that had put the move on hold would expire within seven days.

The Tel Aviv regime says the village is built illegally, but Palestinians say the demolition plan is part of the regime’s forcible displacement policy to make room for its settlement construction activities on occupied land.

Sep 13 10:30

Censored film names Adam Milstein as Canary Mission funder

Sep 13 09:45

Israeli forces kill 16-year-old boy in Gaza with his hands up

Sep 13 09:42

TOON FOR TODAY ~~ WHO’S NEXT?

ho’s next on Netanyahu’s & Donald Trump’s list of targets to undermine Palestine’s struggle for freedom?

Sep 13 06:37

Palestinian Leaders Plan to Fight US Punitive Measures

Palestinians leaders are weighing retaliatory measures against the United States' decision to shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic office in Washington, DC, including ending security cooperation. "It's among possible steps we are thinking about," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO's executive committee, told reporters in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, Al-Jazeera reported. "We are thinking of many things that can be done," she said. Donald Trump's administration announced on Monday it will close the PLO office over the Palestinian Authority's refusal to enter into US-brokered negotiations with Israel. The move is the latest in a series of US measures against the Palestinian leadership, which comes amid deteriorating ties between the two sides in the wake of US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last year.

Sep 12 12:50

Zionism, Jews and gentiles

"The early Zionists promised to save the Jews from the Jew and to liberate the Jew from the Jews. They were disgusted by the diaspora’s non-proletarian urban Jewish culture which they regarded as parasitic. They promised to bond the new Hebrews with labour and soil. They were convinced that they could transform what they saw as a greedy capitalist into a new ‘Israelite hard working peasant’. They believed that they could make the ‘international cosmopolitan’ into a nationalist patriot; they believed that they knew how to convert Soros into a kibbutznik. They were certain that it was within their capacity to make Alan Dershowitz into a Uri Avneri and Abe Foxman into a peacenik. They promised to make Jews into people like all other peoples while failing to realise that no other people really want to resemble others." >>

Sep 12 09:23

Trump Abandons All Pretense of Being a ‘Fair Broker’ in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Gideon Levy explains that the US is doing everything to disempower, humiliate and weaken Palestinian representation. Contrary to common belief, the US is not doing the State of Israel any favors

Sep 12 08:49

ZION USES FACEBOOK TO TARGET THE POETRY OF FREEDOM

Facebook campaigns were run by professional Washington D.C. political operatives who work for a group called the Israel on Campus Coalition, according to promotional materials obtained by ProPublica and the Forward.

Sep 11 11:01

Israel opens fire on Palestinian boats attempting Gaza siege break

The Israeli navy has opened fire on a group of Palestinian fishing boats that sailed off the shore of Gaza to break the years-long siege on the coastal enclave.

The incident took place on Monday after some 55 boats set sail from the Gaza port in the northern Gaza Strip and headed towards the nearest point of the sea border with the occupied territories to challenge the Israeli blockade.

There have been no reports available on casualties yet.

Sep 11 10:20

Canadian politicians lead unprecedented smear campaign against advocate for Palestinian rights

On Thursday lawyer Dimitri Lascaris called on two Liberal MPs to denounce death threats made by B’nai B’rith supporters against a number of other Liberal MPs and the Prime Minister. But instead of condemning those who called for racialized politicians to face the “guillotine” or “stoning”, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Canadian politicians smeared the individual drawing attention to the death threats.

And on the weekend NDP leaders participated in this unprecedented multi-party smear campaign against one of Canada’s most effective advocates for Palestinian rights. At the behest of CIJA, MP Hélène Laverdière called Lascaris “anti-Semitic” while Jagmeet Singh inferred as much.

Sep 11 10:20

Israel settler harasses Palestinian school children

An Israeli settler has been filmed harassing Palestinian children as they made their way to school on Sunday. The children were walking from Tuba to the nearest school in At-Tuwani, in the southernmost West Bank governorate of Hebron, when the incident occurred.

The settler, who resides in the unlawful Israeli settlement of Havat Maon, can be seen blocking the road with his car and telling the children, who are accompanied by international volunteers from Operation Dove, that they cannot pass his car until the Israeli occupation forces arrive.

The settler proceeds to film the children and volunteers as they continue along their route, and subsequently drives his vehicle directly at the children, blocking their path. As he exits his vehicle, he calls over nearby soldiers and lunges at children attempting to bypass his car, screaming at the group. The incident ends when soldiers hold the settler off, allowing the children and volunteers to continue their walk to school.

Sep 11 08:01

Trump targets sick Palestinians

The Trump administration in Washington has slashed more than $25 million in approved aid for six hospitals in East Jerusalem providing care to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The US also announced that it is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington.

The moves are the latest in a series of measures intended to bludgeon Palestinians into submitting to the White House’s “peace” process. The Palestinian Authority froze communications with the American administration in December, when Trump declared that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The US announced last month that it would stop funding UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, after freezing $300 million in aid in January, throwing the body into unprecedented financial crisis.

Sep 10 14:16

So it’s OK to ignore the Law of the Seas? “Close friend” Britain doesn’t object to Israel’s vicious piracy, nor does the EU

Stuart Littlewood looks at the UK’s and EU’s conspiracy of silence — and maybe even collusion — that is allowing Israel to violate the UN Conventional on the Law of the Seas and maintain an illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip with impunity.>>

Sep 10 11:22

Israel Should Not Have to Ask Washington’s Permission for Settlements: US Ambassador Friedman

The US ambassador to Tel Aviv says Israel checks all settlement expansion plans in the occupied Palestinian territories with the United States which never challenges them.

In an interview published in Israel Hayom daily, David Friedman said Israel “shouldn’t have to ask permission from the US” to build settlements in the occupied West Bank.

According to Friedman, Israel is entitled to the possibility even though the Trump administration has never challenged an Israeli construction plan in the West Bank.

US newspapers have said Friedman is unfit to be ambassador to Israel, arguing that he has politicized his diplomatic office and misrepresented US policy on the conflict with Palestinians.

“In David Friedman, President Trump has nominated someone who lacks the necessary temperament to serve in such a crucial position,” the San Francisco Chronicle wrote last March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; the policy of Israeli development of Palestinian land is to create a situation on the ground which makes it physically impossible for a contiguous state of Palestine to exist, period, end of discussion.

I'm sure that for Sheldon Adelson, the financier and casino magnate who has purchased Trump's presidency, and for Bibi Netanyahu, who is one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, the nomination and confirmation of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel, has worked out just perfectly for them.

Sep 10 09:41

Israel forces arrest Addameer’s legal unit coordinator

A senior staff member of Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer has been detained by Israeli occupation forces, the NGO reported.

Ayman Nasser, 48, the coordinator of Addameer’s legal unit, was seized by soldiers from his home in the occupied West Bank on 9 September, and is being held without charge or trial in Ofer prison.

Nasser has been arrested on three previous occasions, the last of which was in 2014, when he spent more than a year under administrative detention (without charge or trial).

Nasser’s wife told Addameer that soldiers broke into the house at 2:00am, waking up the children and keeping “the entire family in the living room while they were searching the house”. The NGO added that there were some ten soldiers inside the house, and tens of soldiers outside the house.

Sep 10 09:40

Tel Aviv clubbing scene impacted by BDS, as top DJs stay away

Tel Aviv’s famed clubbing scene is feeling the impact of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, reported Haaretz, as top international DJs are staying away.

“The current tsunami of cancellations, while it might sound trivial if you’re untutored in trance music, could reflect a trend with effects far beyond the Meteor Festival,” the article states.

“In the optimistic scenario, this is a one-off event that has cast the spotlight on lesser-known musicians as well. In the pessimistic scenario, this is the end of an era in which the clubbing scene has been an exception.”

The report notes that “adding credence to the change-in-direction theory are the cancellations by DJs who have spun in Tel Aviv in recent years.”

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