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Sep 10 08:57

‘Collective punishment against us’: US to close Palestinian mission in Washington, official says

The US State Department has announced it is shutting down the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, DC, a move which a top PLO official says is aimed at “collectively punishing the Palestinian people.”

The department said that the decision to close the office is consistent with US concerns about Palestinian attempts to launch a probe into Israeli actions at the International Criminal Court (ICC). It comes after the Palestinian Foreign Ministry asked the ICC in May to open an investigation into alleged Israeli violations against Palestinians, calling Tel Aviv's actions regarding illegal settlements “crimes against humanity.” It cited “grave crimes” against Palestinians by Israel, including forcible transfer, the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters, and the demolition of Palestinian homes.

Sep 10 08:56

Trump admin to shut down PLO office in Washington, threatens ICC with sanctions: Report

The administration of US President Donald Trump is expected to shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington and threaten punitive measures against any anti-Israeli action by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

US National Security Adviser John Bolton is scheduled to make the announcement in his speech, “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International Threats,” to the conservative group Federalist Society on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night.

“The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,” national security adviser John Bolton plans to say, according a draft of his prepared remarks reviewed by the WSJ.

“The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton would say

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sheldon Adelson and Bibi Netanyahu have President Trump precisely where they want him; in a totally submissive posture toward an Israeli policy of genocide and the "disappearing" of the Palestinian people from this earth.

What Israel and the US are hoping to do, by the way their proposals are structured regarding Palestinians, is to prevent the Palestinians from claiming any geographic sovereignty to the land which was forcibly taken from them in the establishment of the State of Israel, and trade the Right of Return for "financial inducements."

And punitive measures against the ICC for any alleged anti-Israeli action, or protest any "unjust prosecution" ?!?

Sorry, National Insecurity Advisor Bolton: these are completely "brown shirt" tactics; this is what one might have expected from the Third Reich, not the alleged "United States of America".

My brother and sister Americans, I know that for some of you this may be a shock; but for decades, and under the watch of various Presidents, your country has been a nation which continually has committed, and still commits, war crimes with impunity.

IF you do not believe me, then please take a look at the US-enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen, under both President Obama, and President Trump. Warning: graphic images below:

Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US-Enabled port blockades

Yemeni children assassinated, courtesy of US-Enabled bombing runs in Yemen

UN warns: 10 million more Yemenis expected to starve to death by end of 2018, Due to Saudi/US Blockade of Yemeni ports

Now, IF these images bother you (and they should, if you are still some semblance of a human being), we need to start having a peaceful, and logical, national discussion of why we're living in the Assassination Nation of the world, and what has gone so horrifically wrong with America, that these war crimes are allowed to continue, with so damn little public attention to them.

Unfortunately, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is, collectively, easily distracted; we can no longer afford for this to be the case.

Sep 10 08:48

In a place where surfboards are illegal, a surf club in Gaza has had to improvise

Israel prohibits the importation of surfboards. Israel is, in effect, outlawing surfing, just as the buttoned-up East Coast evangelicals tried to do in Hawaii. “I met a lot of people after the film,” Ibrahim wrote to me, “and they wanted to support us and build the club and they offered to send boards to Gaza, but Israel prevents any kind of equipment or boards getting to Gaza.” No boards, no surfing. By a strange concatenation of historical circumstances, surfing, in the 20th century, became synonymous with hedonism. So by extension Israel is outlawing the pleasure principle in Gaza. Only pain – what Freud calls the “reality principle” – is permissible. Or compulsory.

Sep 10 08:01

White Phosphorous War Crimes Connect Israel To Monsanto

Monsanto Corporation, the agribusiness giant best known for its pesticides and genetically-modified crops, also manufactured white phosphorous for the U.S. government over at least the past 20 years. Used in incendiary military weapons, the United States sold white phosphorous-based weapons to Israel, which used those weapons to commit brutal war crimes against Palestinians living in Gaza in 2009.

White phosphorous is created from phosphorous through industrial processes — it is not a naturally occurring substance. Exposure can cause severe and often fatal burns, or other complications such as organ failure, with even survivors suffering from long-term health effects.

Sep 09 09:31

Netanyahu issues veiled threat of nuclear attack against its “many enemies”

Netanyahu used a visit to an Israeli atomic reactor to warn Iran and others that Israel has the means to destroy them. “Our enemies know very well what Israel is capable of doing.” He said that the weak are slaughtered and erased from history…
Note: Where did Israel get the material and knowledge to build nuclear weapons?

Sep 09 09:27

Sheldon Adelson-backed pro-Israel campus initiative to operate on 80 campuses

An Adelson pro-Israel initiative will operate on 80 campuses, spending six figures per campus – in total, about $8 million to $10 million this school year. Among its activities will be to “recruit influencers” and take them on trips to Israel.

Sep 09 09:23

Israeli Racism – Legalized and Running Rampant

Israel’s new Nation State Law, just over 1 month old, has already increased the discrimination against Palestinians in Israel to absurd levels: they’re being prohibited from raising chickens, planting potatoes, gathering traditional herbs. Small sewing and knitting factories are being closed down and moved to Jordan. The only logical explanation: it’s part of a plan to make survival in Israel impossible, to initiate a “soft transfer” or “voluntary emigration” of Palestinians, because mass deportation – as in the Nakba – is no longer practical.

Sep 09 08:19

US to cut off aid to Palestinian hospitals in al-Quds

The United States has decided to cut off financial aid to Jerusalem al-Quds hospitals that provide cancer treatments and other critical care for Palestinians, amid warnings of the “collapse” of medical centers.

Alessia Dinkel, the US State Department spokeswoman, told the National Public Radio (NPR) on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump is cutting $25 million it had planned to give to the East Jerusalem al-Quds Hospital Network, a group of six hospitals, some church-run, which provide care primarily to Palestinians.

According to the World Health Organization, the medical centers provide healthcare for Palestinians to whom such medical assistance is unavailable in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.

Sep 09 08:19

Two Palestinian Teens Executed by Israeli Snipers at Gaza Protest

Israeli Snipers, stationed at the Gaza/Israel seperation fence, shot and killed two teenage Palestinian demonstrators this Friday, injuring scores more.

Sep 09 07:42

Israel NGO: Settlers and soldiers conduct ‘joint assaults’ on Palestinian village

Israeli soldiers are joining settlers in attacks on a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, according to human rights NGO B’Tselem.

The village of ‘Urif, which is located near Nablus, lies in close proximity to the notorious settlement of Yitzhar, established in 1983.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, and described by international human rights groups as part of an inherently discriminatory regime.

According to B’Tselem, the Palestinian residents of ‘Urif “have been suffering for years from repeated attacks by settlers”, with most attacks taking place “in farmland close to the village water tower, which is situated some 500 metres from its easternmost homes”.

Sep 09 07:22

Israeli president pledges ‘harsher’ offensive against Gaza

Israel’s President has pledged that the so-called Israel Defence Forces will pound the Gaza Strip with a military offensive that will be “harsher” than previous attacks, RT reported on Thursday. Reuven Rivlin made his offensive remarks during a tour near the Israeli boundary fence on the eastern edge of the besieged enclave.

“Tel Aviv is insistent that it is preparing for it [the offensive] and it will be surprising,” Rivlin explained. “We will pound the enemy with a strong and harsh attack.”

Sep 09 07:16

Facts & latest news on Gaza Great March of Return (periodically updated)

On Friday, Sept 7th, The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that Israeli soldiers killed a teenage boy, and injured at least 210 others…

Sep 08 09:56

The Cost of Exposing Israel’s Illegal Settlements

All Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal; some are more illegal than others. Take Mitzpe Yair, which violates not only international law but also Israeli law, because it was built without the government’s permission.

On August 31, I took a bus tour organized by Breaking the Silence (BTS), a group founded by Israelis who served in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and now seeks to expose the reality of occupation. Their regular tour includes stopping at a vantage point near Mitzpe Yair, one of many settlements in the area, where guides point out nearby Palestinian villages whose residents are fighting eviction orders issued by the IDF.

Sep 08 09:53

Gaza protests: All the latest updates

One Palestinian has been killed by Israeli forces in the eastern Gaza Strip, according to health officials in Gaza.

Belal Mustafa Khafaja, 17, died on Friday after being shot in the chest by an Israeli sniper.

Health officials said 210 protesters were also wounded, including 15 children.

According to health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra, 70 people were treated in hospitals across the Gaza Strip.

Sep 08 09:16

Israeli soldiers kill teens during Gaza protests

Israeli forces fatally shot two Palestinian youths during Great March of Return protests in southern Gaza on Friday.

Gaza’s health ministry identified one slain youth as Bilal Mustafa Khafajeh, 17, shot in the chest east of Rafah.

Sep 08 08:13

If Americans Knew

If Americans Knew about the numerous human rights violations and other treacherous behavior carried out by the state of Israel, they might feel differently about the overwhelming financial and military support given to them by our government.

For more information, please visit: ifamericansknew.org
For the latest news on Israel and Palestine, go to: israelpalestinenews.org
For a constantly updated list of the lives lost in this conflict, see: israelpalestinetimeline.org

Sep 07 12:32

The Gaza Strip: Funding for Emergency Fuel Needed Immediately to Avoid Catastrophic Breakdown in Essential Services

This week, final stocks of emergency fuel will be delivered to critical facilities in the Gaza Strip, through the United Nations-Assisted Emergency Fuel Program. The Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick, has written to the donor community requesting immediate support for the program, which provides life-saving emergency fuel to operate standby emergency power generators at critical health centers, and water and sanitation facilities in the Gaza Strip. Funds donated thus far in 2018 have been depleted.

Life-saving services in Gaza currently depend on the UN’s delivery of emergency fuel, due to an energy crisis that leaves the two million Palestinian residents of Gaza, over half of whom are children, with only 4-5 hours of electricity from the grid per day. Based on the current electricity deficit in Gaza, a minimum of $4.5 million is required to sustain these essential services until the end of the year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's "Final Solution" to the "Palestinian Problem" is very multi-faceted; the chance of injury and death due to a lack of electricity at medical centers is precisely one of them.

President Trump has just handed more death sentences to the Gazans, courtesy of his withdrawal of US funds.

Sep 07 11:17

Adelson’s perfect little puppet ends all possibility of a Palestinian state

Three years ago, it looked like Sheldon Adelson was going to support Senator Marco Rubio for president, and Donald Trump tweeted a lethal assessment:

Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!

After that, of course, Trump blew Rubio away, and it was Trump who got $35 million from Adelson in the presidential race. The relationship hums along. Lately Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $55 million to Trump’s firewall against impeachment, Republican congressional campaigns.

And Trump’s shrewd assessment could not be more accurate. He is Adelson’s perfect little puppet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last big lie by Adelson, is a vast whopper.

Sorry, Sheldon,bubbie; the coinage tells the story here, far more persuasively and eloquently than I ever can:

Images:
Palestinian coinage

Sep 07 08:34

Israel is reluctant to invade Gaza with ground troops — and it’s not because Benjamin Netanyahu has developed a conscience

But Israel’s ground forces stay put. Two respected analysts of Israel’s military explain why: the Hamas resistance movement has prepared strong defenses inside Gaza that have raised the costs of an invasion above an acceptable level. Amos Harel, who covers the military for Haaretz, is an unsentimental reporter with excellent sources. He outlined Israel’s weakness in a recent piece headlined, “If Israel had to enter Gaza today, the Israeli army would have a big problem.”

In the useful website War on the Rocks, a retired Israeli colonel named Shimon Arad has more details. He explains that during the 2014 invasion, Hamas surprised the Israeli invaders with “subterranean warfare from a developed tunnel system located in the towns and refugee camps inside the Gaza Strip.” Arad says Israel is successfully countering the Hamas-dug tunnels into Israeli territory, but has not found an answer to Hamas’s underground defenses in Gaza itself.

Sep 06 11:07

The instant Palestinians get support from someone who might gain power– out comes the anti-semitism charge

New York Times to pro-Palestinian activists— Drop dead.

Up till now, the news reporting in the Times on the anti-semitism charges against the British Labour Party had been fair and the opinion pieces noxious, but now the news reporting is lining up with the noxious folk. Yesterday’s article datelined London, says that Jeremy Corbyn’s “anti-Semitism crisis” is “largely of his own making” and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism that Labour just reluctantly adopted is “internationally recognized.”

Sep 06 10:42

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called "Palestinian-Israeli conflict."

While US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has, thus far, been erratic and unpredictable, his administration’s "vision" in Israel and Palestine is systematic and unswerving. This consistency seems to be part of a larger vision aimed at liberating the "conflict" from the confines of international law and even the old US-sponsored "peace process."

Indeed, the new strategy has, so far, targeted the status of East Jerusalem as an Occupied Palestinian city, and the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees. It aims to create a new reality in which Israel achieves its strategic goals while the rights of Palestinians are limited to mere humanitarian issues.

Sep 06 10:39

Trump administration briefs US Jewish groups on Israel-Palestine peace deal

During the event, Haley also reportedly told attendees that the US was considering suspending aid to countries who vote against Israel at the UN.

Sep 06 10:36

Jewish extremist Rabbi among 117 settlers storming Al-Aqsa Mosque

Controversial ultra-Orthodox Rabbi and Member of the Knesset Yehuda Glick of the Likud Party yesterday led a group of settlers who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Glick and his supporters performed Jewish prayers near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa compound amid tight police protection.

The Jewish Temple Mount organisations have recently renewed their calls on supporters and Jewish settlers to participate in the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque throughout the Jewish holidays.

Sep 06 10:32

Gullible, gutless and gagged: Legal advice and common sense jettisoned as UK Labour Party leaders surrender to Zionist diktat

Stuart Littlewood asks why Jeremy Corbyn’s team ignored legal experts’ warnings that adopting the Zionist definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ would contravene the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act, which is part of UK domestic law? >>

Sep 06 09:01

Is Boycotting Israel ‘Hate’?

Opponents of the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement are involved in a dishonest branding campaign.

Sep 05 09:10

Jerusalem mayor vows to kick out UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat today promised to kick out the UN agency responsible for refugee services saying the move will support Israeli “sovereignty and unity of Jerusalem.” He also appealed to “increase the Israelization” of East Jerusalem.

Barkat’s promise to shut down the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, operations in Jerusalem was made at conference hosted by Israel’s Hadashot TV network, reported the Times of Israel. In his speech Barkat accused UNRWA of running schools that promote “incitement” against Israel through its education system.

Sep 05 09:07

Israel’s lack of remorse

Out of nowhere, Azaria cocks his weapon, aims at Al-Sharif, and fires one round into his head. A pool of blood begins to stream down the street. This was an extrajudicial execution, plain and simple. Again, the man was motionless and posed absolutely no clear and present danger, which is why the two soldiers who were standing close to Al-Sharif were not expecting anyone to fire at him, as is visible by their reactions.

Azaria also did not cock his weapon nor fire with a sense of urgency that would indicate a true threat. The fact that his rifle was not already cocked implies that there was no present danger. He just did not expect to be caught on camera while murdering someone, and probably thought he would get away with killing a Palestinian.

Sep 05 09:06

Scientists sign global letter opposing physics conference at West Bank settlement

We are writing to express our view that Ariel University in the occupied West Bank is the wrong venue for a conference on cosmology and particle physics starting on Monday 3 September and running until 6 September. The settlements are illegal under international law and have been denounced by the international court of justice and numerous UN resolutions. Human Rights Watch has noted that Ariel’s “development is inseparable from a history of continuous dispossession of Palestinians from their land and restrictions on their freedom of movement”.

Sep 05 07:46

Scores Shot As Palestinians Protest Gaza/Israel Crossing Closure

Israeli Regime Soldiers opened fire upon Palestinian demonstrators, at the Beit Hanoun/Erez crossing, yesterday.

Sep 05 06:52

Herzliya terrorism conference highlights complicity of Israeli and US universities in Palestinian oppression

This fall, as students and faculty returned to their campuses across the U.S., some American professors were packing their bags for the upcoming Israeli counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya, Israel, hosted by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), a right-wing research institution and think tank at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC Herzliya).

Workshops and plenary panels include such topics as “The Nexus between Prison, Radicalization, and Terrorism,” (in cooperation with the Israeli Prison Services),” “New Battlefields/Old Laws: When Disaster Hits: Threats, Preparedness, and Legal Gap,” and the final, closed plenary session is entitled, “The Gaza Border Dilemma: Can Non-lethal Tools Prevent a Breach of the Border Fence?”

Sep 05 06:51

US envoy to Israel: ‘No need’ to evacuate illegal settlements

US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, told Tel Aviv on Wednesday that there is “no need” to evacuate its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Friedman made the comments during a meeting with several settler leaders, including the chairman of Har Hebron Regional Council Yochai Damari. The council provides municipal services to illegal Israeli settlers living in the South Hebron Hills, in the south of the occupied West Bank.

The meeting was arranged by Israeli MK Yehudah Glick, a member of the right-wing Likud party that currently leads the Israeli parliament. Glick relayed Friedman’s comments to the Times of Israel saying that the ambassador was “very explicit” in his remark regarding illegal Israeli settlements. The Times of Israel added that “a spokeswoman for the [US] embassy declined to comment.”

Sep 05 06:50

Israel court orders demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar village

The Israeli High Court of Justice today gave the green light for the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, denying a petition filed by its residents.

A Bedouin village situated east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, Khan Al-Ahmar has faced a protracted ordeal to save the homes of its 180 inhabitants after it was alleged to be built illegally on Israeli state land.

Yet today Israel’s High Court of Justice rejected pleas to save the village and rescinded the temporary injunctions that had barred Israeli authorities from proceeding with the evictions, meaning the village could be demolished within seven days. Israeli Justice Hanan Melcer added however that no immediate eviction was required and a future date could be set at the government’s discretion, Haaretz reported.

Sep 05 06:44

Kushner’s Ongoing Assault on Palestinian Refugees

The US administration is waging an assault against Palestinian refugees. Diplomatic, legal, and financial measures – mainly engineered by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner – aim to take the Palestinian refugee question “off the table” and thus crush Palestinian claims to repatriation and reparations before the unveiling of the “Deal of the Century.” The administration’s approach is two-pronged, using financial restrictions as well as diplomatic and Congressional pressure.

Since December 2017, Kushner has been attempting to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), whose purpose is to provide food, health care, education, and other vital services to 5.3 million Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes during the Nakba in 1947-48.

Sep 05 06:25

Why candidates must boycott Israel

The recent Democratic Party primary victories of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and others have generated arguments among progressives and socialists about their stances on Palestine, and whether or how to hold them accountable.

Unfortunately, the principles of the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement have been left out of much of the discussion. These guidelines clearly set out what accountability to Palestinian self-determination looks like, and must be foregrounded if our solidarity with Palestinians is to be successful.

The BDS movement’s demands and guiding principles are laid out on its website, run by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). The BNC is a coalition of Palestinian groups representing the overwhelming majority of Palestinians, including trade unions, protest committees, women’s groups, youth organizations and political parties.

Sep 04 14:33

US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the Palestinians

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel and the US are close to their goal of transforming a political conflict governed by international law that favours the Palestinians into an economic problem overseen by an array of donors that favours Israel. >>

Sep 04 10:25

Israeli Soldiers Brutally Execute A Palestinian Man in Al-Khalil (Hebron)

A Palestinian man was executed, by Israeli Occupation forces yesterday, leaving the remains of the man laying on the pavement for public display.

A man, identified as Wael Jabari (27) by the Palestinian Health Ministry, was executed by Israeli machine gun fire. The act of murder was committed by the illegal ‘Kiryat Alba’ -Jewish Only- Settlement near Al-Khalil (West Bank).

Sep 04 09:01

Report: PM lobbied US to defund UNRWA without consulting cabinet, security heads

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a secret message to the White House urging US President Donald Trump to cut all funding for UNRWA, the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees, without consulting first with his defense officials, according to a Sunday news report.

Four senior Israeli officials told Channel 10 news that until a few weeks ago, Jerusalem’s policy was that the US should not cut its funding completely, especially in the Gaza Strip, due to fears of a humanitarian crisis and the security issues it could raise.

Sep 04 08:54

At Gaza protests, medical workers face great danger

Each Friday, volunteer medic Asmaa Qudih goes through a tense ritual: She prays, kisses her mother's hand and packs a bag with medical supplies as she heads off to work at the weekly mass protests along Gaza's border fence with Israel.

Treating the wounded has become dangerous for Gaza's emergency workers. In the past five months, three medics were killed by Israeli army fire, while dozens more, including Qudih, were hurt by live fire or tear gas canisters.

Qudih, 35, says the weekly routine is terrifying, but that national pride, religious devotion and professional ambition drive her and other medics to risk their lives.

Sep 04 08:53

Palestinians are dispensable as far as the PA is concerned

The rhetoric of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas fools nobody. Less than a week after meeting retired Mossad officer Ari Shaul and reiterating his concerns about Israel’s demography, Abbas confirmed to Knesset members that a PA delegation is in Washington for talks with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The aftermath of the US decision to terminate its funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is unravelling swiftly, signalling that it is time to take Mahmoud Abbas seriously with regard to his intention to strip Palestinians of their legitimate rights to Palestine. This also comes with the obligation to realise how isolated the Palestinian cause has become in terms of political recognition.

Sep 04 08:53

Family of 9 homeless as Israel demolishes Hebron home at behest of settlers

At approximately 4am yesterday, Israeli forces entered the Palestinian village of Khirbet Qawasis and demolished the home of Yousef Abu ‘Aram following protests by settlers from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Yaier.

The soldiers then stormed the village of Zuwaidin and destroyed several community bathrooms legally built on the side of a main road to the village. Soldiers prevented local activists from leaving their vehicles to film the demolition.

“We are sad and upset about what happened today,” says Yousef. “The Israeli authorities want to move us from our land and take it, but we will not move.”

Sep 04 08:51

Candidate for Israel military chief: ‘Our strength is lack of Palestinian unity’

A candidate for the next head of Israel’s military declared yesterday that the political divisions amongst Palestinians is a significant advantage for Israel, reported Arutz Sheva.

Former deputy Chief of Staff Major General Yair Golan made the remarks at a conference of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya.

Addressing the “challenge” posed by the Palestinians, Golan told the audience: “Our strength is in their lack of unity”, adding that the “lack of unity” also makes it “difficult to reach a stable and long-term agreement”.

Sep 04 08:50

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict.’

While US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has, thus far, been erratic and unpredictable, his administration’s ‘vision’ in Israel and Palestine is systematic and unswerving. This consistency seems to be part of a larger vision aimed at liberating the ‘conflict’ from the confines of international law and even the old US-sponsored ‘peace process.’

Indeed, the new strategy has, so far, targeted the status of East Jerusalem as an Occupied Palestinian city, and the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees. It aims to create a new reality in which Israel achieves its strategic goals while the rights of Palestinians are limited to mere humanitarian issues.

Sep 04 08:49

Israel's settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

To the casual visitor or tourist driving through the occupied West Bank or Jerusalem, Israeli settlements may appear as just another set of houses on a hill.

The middle-class suburban style townhouses, built fast and locked in a grid of uniform units, stand like fortified compounds, in direct contrast to the sprawling limestone Palestinian homes below.

Settlement homes, mostly constructed of cement with a cosmetic limestone cladding, tend to fashion a similar look: American-style villas topped by red-tiled roofs and surrounded by lush, neatly trimmed green lawns.

The largest settlement, Modi'in Illit, houses more than 64,000 Israeli Jews in the occupied West Bank. The mega-settlement has its own mayor, as well as schools, shopping malls and medical centres.

Sep 04 08:42

Shame On You, USA

Now it’s out in the open: America has declared war on the Palestinians. With his son-in-law Jared Kushner, an expert on humanitarian organizations and Palestinian refugees, the great bully Donald Trump decided to end aid to the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees. The official explanation: The business model and fiscal practices of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency made it an “irredeemably flawed operation.”

Trump and his son-in-law, the keepers of the seal of good government, found that the agency isn’t properly run. The annual U.S. contribution of $360 million will end. Even in Israel, which rejoices at every Palestinian calamity and is positive that everything is a zero-sum game, people think the state’s greatest friend of all time went a little overboard.

Sep 04 08:39

Hundreds of Palestinians Injured in West Bank and Gaza

180 Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition and tear gas inhalation during confrontations with Israeli forces, on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of participants wounded with live bullets, in Gaza’s Great March of Return, including a paramedic who was shot in the chest, to the east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, reached 180, .

The Ministry announced that volunteer paramedic Shurooq Abu Musameh was seriously wounded in the chest by direct gunfire.

Sep 03 17:25

‘They don’t care about children’: Kadyrov blasts US for halting Palestinian aid

Ramzan Kadyrov has stated that the US decision to end funding of the UN agency providing aid to Palestinians was proof that Washington did not care about ordinary people when it meddled in other nations’ affairs.

“By imposing a ban on the support of the UNRWA [UN Relief and Works Agency] the US authorities have completely removed all masks and demonstrated that Washington is one of the participants of the Mideast conflict and not an unbiased intermediary working for Israel and Palestine,” the head of the Chechen Republic wrote in his Telegram messenger-blog.

Sep 03 13:06

Is UK Labour now Zionist-occupied territory?

Stuart Littlewood views Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s options in light of the apparent take-over of the party by the Zionist lobby, and says maybe the only option left is to leave Labour and build a new, clean, fit-for-purpose party. >>

Sep 03 12:46

Mr. Trump, You Cannot Erase the Palestinian Right to Return

First, the Trump Administration “took Jerusalem off the table.” Now, in an especially dangerous display of recklessness, they have announced their intention to do the same for the Palestinian “right of return.”

The first indication that this was in the works came with the administration’s announcement that they would be suspending all US assistance to UNWRA, the UN agency created to address the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians who were forced to flee from their homes in 1948 and again in 1967. More recently, the administration supported by some Republican members of Congress, launched an effort to limit “refugee” status to only those Palestinians who were victims of the 1948 expulsions. [In a future article I will address the devastating humanitarian and political consequences that will result from crippling the work of UNWRA.]

Sep 03 08:44

Jordan rejects US plan for Palestinian confederation

Jordan yesterday rejected and condemned the alleged US plan for a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation, saying it was not a matter up for discussion.

Spokeswoman for the Jordanian government, Jumana Ghneimat, said: “A confederation between Jordan and Palestine is not open for discussion. Jordan’s position is firm and clear regarding the Palestinian issue—a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” Ynet reported.

Sep 03 07:26

Palestine in Pictures: August 2018

Fifteen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during the month of August. A further two Palestinians died of wounds sustained during Great March of Return protests in Gaza months earlier.

Ahmad Mahamid, a 30-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot and killed after attempting to stab police in Jerusalem on 17 August. His family said that the man was mentally unwell and that the stabbing was not politically motivated.

All other fatalities during the month occurred in or near Gaza.

Sep 02 10:17

Shattered Limbs, Broken Dreams: Life for Gaza Athletes after Surviving Israeli Bullets

When Raed Jadallah rode the waves of the Mediterranean sea on his surfboard, he was able to transcend the limitations placed on his life forced upon him, as he is a Palestinian living in the besieged Gaza Strip.

During some stolen moments of time, the 26-year-old surfer would leave strife behind on Gaza’s shore.

“When I surfed, I forgot about everything,” he said. “It is like you are in another city where there is no war or blockade. All you think about is how you will catch another wave,” Jadallah said.

Jadallah’s passion came to an abrupt end when he was shot on 6 April as he participated – albeit as a spectator – in the second Friday of the Great Return March protests that kicked off on 30 March along the eastern border fence separating Israel from Gaza.

Sep 02 09:16

HOORAY FOR LANA DEL REY

After pressure from BDS, American singer and songwriter announces she will postpone Israel concert until she can also visit “Palestine”.

Sep 01 14:23

Jeremy Corbyn and the ‘Jewish Question’

"Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s reaction [to Jeremy Corbyn], however, takes us to a new level in our understanding of the Zionist mindset. The rabbi actually accused Corbyn of implying that “Jews are not fully British”. But that was not what Corbyn said or implied. He suggested that Zionists are not exactly British, a statement that poses no problem for most Zionists since they openly and voluntarily swear allegiance to another state, one that is nationalist, racist and expansionist and shares few, if any, values with Britain or the West.

Sep 01 09:02

Video: Gaza health officials forced to stop cancer treatments due to Israeli siege

Earlier this month, health officials in Gaza announced that they would be stopping chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients due to a shortage of medicine. As a result, the lives of thousands of cancer patients were thrown into uncertainty. Doctors, rights groups, and the patients themselves have pointed chiefly to the more than decade-long Israeli blockade of Gaza as a reason for the shortages. With Israel denying humanitarian permits into the country at an alarming rate, the chances for survival for cancer patients in Gaza get more slim with each passing day.

Sep 01 09:00

Israel killed 19 Palestinians and wounded 1,600 in August

The protest at the Gaza-Israel border yesterday resulted in 180 injured Palestinians from Israeli action

Sep 01 08:59

Israel knocks hole through Jerusalem’s Old City wall

Israel yesterday carved a hole into the Old City walls of occupied Jerusalem to create a new “gate” near the ancient Damascus Gate (Bab Al-Amoud).

The news came from Palestinian sources inside the city which said that for several days the Jerusalem Municipality has been making changes to an inner courtyard of the Christian Quarter, Quds Press reported. The new “gate” is thought to lead to Christian homes inside the Old City, but the reasons for its construction are unclear.

The community leader, Basem Saeed Wajih, told Quds Press that “we have not been informed of any changes or new alleys or roads in the Christian Quarter by the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality.”

Sep 01 08:47

PCHR: “Army Injures 75 Civilians, Including 16 Children, 1 Journalist And Two Paramedics, In Gaza”

Israeli Forces Continue their Crimes in Eastern Gaza Strip, wounding 75 Civilians, Including 16 Children, Journalist and 2 Paramedics; One of them Female Paramedic Sustained Serious Wounds

Sep 01 08:46

Israeli Racism – Legalized and Running Rampant

Israel’s new Nation State Law, just over 1 month old, has already increased the discrimination against Palestinians in Israel to absurd levels: they’re being prohibited from raising chickens, planting potatoes, gathering traditional herbs. Small sewing and knitting factories are being closed down and moved to Jordan. The only logical explanation: it’s part of a plan to make survival in Israel impossible, to initiate a “soft transfer” or “voluntary emigration” of Palestinians, because mass deportation – as in the Nakba – is no longer practical.

Sep 01 08:45

Lana Del Rey Cancels Israeli Tour Date

American singer Lana Del Rey has announced that she would postpone a show in Israel scheduled for Friday, due to to her inability to schedule a show for Palestinian fans, according to Haaretz Israeli daily.

Aug 31 08:46

Israel lawmakers express support for remorseless Hebron shooter Elor Azaria

Israeli lawmakers expressed support this week for convicted Hebron shooter Elor Azaria, after the former soldier told popular daily Israel Hayom that he felt no remorse for his actions.

Azaria shot and killed a wounded Palestinian in Hebron in 2016, and was subsequently convicted of manslaughter by a military court. Sentenced to 18 months, he eventually served just nine.

In an interview with Israel Hayom published this week, Azaria said: “There is no doubt that if you took me back to those ?seconds in Hebron, when the event was unfolding, I ?would act exactly the same all over again, because ?that is what had to be done.”

Aug 31 08:45

Supporting BDS, Volvox, DJ Python pull out of Meteor Festival in Israel

A number of artists have pulled out of the Meteor Festival in Israel, reported Resident Advisor, in response to a call from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Aug 31 08:40

Israel wants to act with even more impunity by banning the filming of its murderous soldiers

One of the most notorious Israeli criminals of recent times has to be Elor Azaria. In 2016, the Israeli soldier murdered a wounded Palestinian youth as the young man lay badly wounded and bleeding on the ground in Hebron. Abd Al-Fattah Yusri Al-Sharif had already been shot after being accused of trying to attack another soldier manning a checkpoint.

Hebron is a Palestinian city in the West Bank, occupied illegally by Israel. A large section of the city has a heavier Israeli military presence than the rest, due to its takeover by a group of the most extreme Zionist settlers.

These religious fanatics frequently abuse, spit on and attack Palestinians simply for being Arabs in what they claim is a “Jewish city”. The Hebron settlers are in the process of attempting to take it over completely, home by home. What’s more, they are guarded and aided by the Israeli army.

Aug 31 08:38

The Deliberate Pauperisation of Palestine

Say what you want about how American administrations, from former president Harry S. Truman downward, have, over the years, treated Palestinians. But none was so actively engaged in gunning for them as the current one.

Relations between the present-day administration — an administration that from day one has trumpeted itself as the custodian of a mythical “deal of the century” — and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) took another nose-dive last Friday when leaders in Washington permanently cut more than $200 million (Dh735.6 million) in aid for the West Bank and Gaza, saying the appropriated funds will be “redirected” elsewhere, but didn’t say where the money would go.

A State Department official, in another one of those typically obtuse statements this government agency is notorious for issuing with impressive ease, said the decision was made “after a review to ensure these funds were spent in accordance with US national interests”.

Aug 31 08:37

Ha’aretz: What Happens at Israel’s Border Crossings Is Calculated Humiliation

Why is everyone getting all upset over the interrogation at the border crossings of a few left-wing Jews, a young friend of mine who is neither Jewish nor Palestinian asked me indignantly. Her work has frequently brought her to these parts, and each entry and exit has brought with it questioning, strip searches and humiliations.

I related her experiences in this column in January 2014, conscious of an inherent trap: On one hand, readers are liable to conclude that the incident deserves coverage because it is an exception, meaning that the overall situation isn’t so bad. On the other hand, what is routine is by definition not worthy of coverage. And since it goes unreported, it is not terrible and it does not exist. I explained to my friend that this is how journalism works, and that it’s a good thing that thanks to a few privileged Jews (see under Peter Beinart and Simone Zimmerman), the entire issue has been opened up.

Aug 31 08:36

Israeli project brings young scientists on free trip to “learn about Israel”

An Israeli institute recently brought 73 high school graduates from around the world on a month-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Israel. Much of this is funded by tax-deductible donations from the U.S.

For almost half a century, the program, which is run by a project of Israel’s Weizmann Institute, has been bringing students to Israel with two purposes: to learn about science and to “learn about life in Israel.”

It appears that what they learn about Israel is substantially filtered.

Aug 31 08:35

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 29 August 2018)

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians were killed,
239 civilians, including 52 children, 6 women, and 5 paramedics, were wounded; 10 of those wounded sustained serious injuries. 14 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded and in the West Bank in addition to a foreign activist, who was wounded twice.

Aug 31 08:34

Gaza’s battle-hardened medics always on duty

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return at the end of March, the Israeli military has left no doubt that it will not feel restrained in dealing with Gaza’s demonstrations.

With rules of engagement that have left at least 125 demonstrators dead, more than 5,000 wounded by live fire, among them over 800 children, the message is clear: Protest and risk death and injury.

But even those not protesting are not safe. Israeli forces have killed two journalists and at least 90 have been injured. Three medics have also been killed.

Still they come: demonstrators, journalists and, of course, medics.

Aug 30 12:35

US envoy Haley: Palestinian right of return should be ‘off the table’

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that the right of return of Palestinian refugees displaced since 1948 is an issue that should be taken “off the table”, according to the Times of Israel.

Commenting at an appearance at the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies, a pro-Israel think tank based in Washington DC, Haley suggested on Tuesday that the Trump administration would consider an official rejection of the Palestinian demand that all refugees who were displaced as a result of the Nakba (Catastrophe) and their descendants, be allowed to return to their ancestral homeland following a peace deal with Israel.

“I absolutely think we have to look at right of return,” Haley told attendees, before agreeing that the issue should be taken off the negotiating table.

Aug 30 12:35

After Israel destroys Hebron school, students setup makeshift classrooms

Palestinian students and teachers started the new academic year on the rubble of their West Bank school which had been destroyed by Israeli occupation forces one and half months ago.

Safa news agency reported that the Khelat Al-Daebe school in occupied Hebron reopened yesterday but classes were held on the rubble of the former building.

Students sat on tyres which had been set up to form classrooms.

Representative of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the West Bank Rateb Jabour told Safa that the Palestinian students and teachers insisted on starting the new school years on time.

Aug 30 12:34

Artists abandon Israel music festival

More performers have dropped out of the Meteor Festival lineup as fans and human rights activists continue to urge pop singer Lana Del Rey and other slated artists not to “art-wash” Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

The festival is set to take place next week in northern Israel.

On Tuesday, New York-based DJ Volvox stated on Facebook that she decided to cancel her appearance at the festival, citing the “complex” situation.

“My heart goes out to the young Israelis and Palestinians who were looking forward to my show, I recognize that they despise this conflict as we all do and yearn to be free of it,” she wrote.

Volvox’s cancellation comes days after US-based DJ Python stated that after “talking with friends and some well-informed folks,” he wouldn’t play the festival.

Aug 30 12:13

Crucifying Jeremy Corbyn: former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks joins in

Stuart Littlewood views the hypocrisy of Israel propagandist ex-UK Chief Rabbi Sacks who accused Labour leader Corbyn of ‘anti-Semitism’, arguing that Corbyn should take no lectures from the apologists of the vicious daily Israeli persecution of Palestinian Christian and Muslims. >>

Aug 29 10:09

Israel draft law to imprison any holders of Palestinian flag

The representative of the Likud Party, Anat Barko, has suggested a bill to punish anyone who lifts the Palestinian flag inside Israel after it was flown during a demonstration against the Nation-State law in the centre of Tel Aviv.

Barko stated that the bill, which will be introduced to the Knesset during the upcoming winter session starting October, will sentence those who raise the Palestinian flag or the flag of “enemies” inside Israel to one year of imprisonment.

Aug 29 10:06

US to Announce Rejection of Palestinian Right of Return

The United States Donald Trump administration will announce a suspension of funding to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and the rejection of the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the US administration is expected to announce its new policy early September, which would effectively cancel the right of return for Palestinians through several steps.

Aug 29 10:03

Israel advocate Ravich named to senior intelligence post, planned US-Israel cyber project against BDS

New deputy chair of the Intelligence Advisory Board, which helps shape U.S. intelligence policy, is Samantha Ravich – an Israel advocate who previously worked for AIPAC spinoff WINEP, was a senior advisor to pro-Israel FDD, senior advisor to the Chertoff Group…

See video of her speech at Israel Bonds event, where she describes a cyber project that will combat BDS…

Aug 28 09:55

Gaza’s unhealed wounds

Israeli military prosecutors have just closed yet another internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during the army’s assault on the occupied Gaza Strip in summer 2014.

More than 2,200 Palestinians, the majority civilians, were killed during the 51-day operation.

For Muhammad al-Najjar, who lost much of his family in a single Israeli airstrike during the onslaught, there is little closure even as life moves on.

“Before I say anything, I want to say sorry to anyone born on the 26th of July because I call it the Black Day,” Muhammad said at the outset of our interview.

“I try to keep my eyes and head closed this day every year; when I wake up on this day I only see darkness, smoke and blood.”

On that day in 2014, Muhammad, then 20, and his wife Iman, then 19, were due to go to the hospital for the birth of their second child.

Aug 27 10:52

‘We don’t shoot women’ — but Kristin Foss is shot for second time in a week in Palestine

“We don’t shoot women”, a Lieutenant in the Israeli army said yesterday, when asked why they shot a Norwegian activist in Kafr Qaddum Saturday last week, shortly before shooting her again.

Israeli activist Matan Cohen posted this exchange and occurrence yesterday on his Facebook with photos from the scene.

This time Kristin was not shot in the abdomen, but in the foot, by a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Aug 27 10:50

‘This is occupation, not conflict: it’s black and white.’

Mohammad Sabaaneh was released from an Israeli prison four years ago. He had been incarcerated for five months, spending almost two weeks in solitary confinement. Israeli forces held Mohammad in administrative detention, meaning they needed no charge and did not send him to trial. During one of his interrogation sessions, he managed to steal some paper and a pencil to begin sketching his ideas for images documenting his time in prison, smuggling them out with every prisoner who was released. When Mohammad himself was eventually released, he collected his sketches and completed the cartoons that make up his new book “Palestine in Black and White”.

Aug 27 10:27

Over 180 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: medics

At least 180 Palestinians were injured Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, medics said.

Aug 27 10:24

Trump Regime to Formally Reject Palestinians’ Right of Return

Adopted near the end of Israel’s 1948 war, UN Resolution 194 resolved that Palestinian “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible” – Article 11.

In May 1949, UN Resolution 273 granted Israel UN membership conditional on accepting and implementing UN Resolutions 181 (partitioning Mandatory Palestine into Jewish and Arab states) and 194, granting Palestinians their universally recognized right of return.

Throughout his tenure, Trump and his regime hardliners have been more contemptuous of fundamental Palestinians rights than his predecessors.

Aug 27 10:23

UN Warns “Collapse of Critical Life-saving Services” in Gaza as Emergency Fuel Runs Out

With no main electricity for 16-20 hours per day, hospitals in Gaza are reliant on backup generators to keep essential services running. UN-donated fuel to keep these life-saving services running is expected to be used up in the next few days unless emergency funding is secured.

On Monday, Mr McGoldrick called on the international community to urgently prevent essential services from shutting down:

“Life-saving services in the Gaza Strip rely heavily on donor-funded emergency fuel. We have now run out of funds and are delivering the final supplies in the next few days. Without funds to enable ongoing deliveries, service providers will be forced to suspend, or heavily reduce, operations from early September, with potentially grave consequences.”

The severe shortage of emergency fuel endangers patients’ lives, including new born babies in intensive care – a service supported by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) in Gaza. This was emphasised by the UN this week:

Aug 26 15:29

Julian Assange and the fate of journalism

Lawrence Davidson says truth-tellers such as Julian Assange and imprisoned Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal are destined to be outside the mainstream – because truth is also outside the mainstream, where journalist serve power and people chose outlets that confirm their bias. >>

Aug 26 09:39

IF DERSHOWITZ SAYS THIS, THEN IT’S REALLY THAT!

Now we know the truth!

Jeremy Corbyn is NOT an anti Semite!

Aug 25 09:40

Jeremy Corbyn must not back down on Palestine

Since his election as Labour leader in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has faced an unprecedented campaign of vitriol from the combined forces of the Jewish Labour Movement, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, right-wing Labour MPs, and pro-Israel newspapers with mainstream press and broadcast media all too happy to jump on the bandwagon.

In response there has been an impressive show of solidarity from his supporters. Following days of manufactured outrage over comments made by Peter Willsman – Labour veteran and Corbyn ally – the hashtag #WeAreCorbyn trended at number one in the UK and number three worldwide. (Willsman’s crime: to demand evidence from those denouncing Corbyn for anti-Semitism.)

Aug 25 09:39

Anti-Semitism vs. anti-colonialism

Much of the ongoing acrimonious and toxic debate in Britain about allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party centers on expressions of opposition to Israeli laws, policies, ideologies, actions and declarations.

No thinking person, for example, is expected to believe that descriptions of Jews as engaging in a “worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization,” as Winston Churchill accused “international Jews” of doing in the Sunday Herald in 1920, are not anti-Semitic.

Similarly no thinking person is expected to believe that statements describing the immigration of East European Jews to Britain as causing “undoubted evils,” as Lord Arthur Balfour warned in 1905, are not anti-Semitic (both Churchill and Balfour were key and powerful supporters of the Zionist movement).

Aug 25 09:39

US slashes aid as Gaza hospitals run out of fuel

he Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, the State Department said Friday.

The money will be redirected to “high priority projects elsewhere,” a notice sent to Congress stated.

The amount cut by the Trump administration represents most of the $250 million in aid requested annually by the State Department for 2018 and 2019.

Aug 25 09:38

Settlers attack Palestinians in Nablus

Dozens of Israeli settlers today attacked two Palestinians while they were inside a vehicle near the Zaatara checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

According to the victims’ relative, Uqab Qanna, the men were driving home to Kafr Qalil village, when heavily armed Israeli settlers stopped the vehicle some 200 metres from the Zaatara checkpoint.

Qanna confirmed that after his relatives stopped the vehicle, the settlers began “brutally” kicking and beating them with guns and sticks, causing them severe injuries.

They went on to smash and destroyed parts of the vehicle before fleeing the area.

Aug 25 04:57

Trump Slashes $200 Million Palestinian Aid

State Department officials announced on Friday that over $200 million in frozen funding to the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip are being cut outright, with the funding to be diverted elsewhere.

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Aug 24 16:53

US ‘redirecting’ $200 million in aid from West Bank and Gaza

The Trump administration is “redirecting” $200 million in economic aid earmarked for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to projects elsewhere, the State Department has informed Congress.

“At the direction of President Trump, we have undertaken a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer,” a State Department official said on Friday.

Aug 24 15:49

Trump "Israel will pay a higher price" for Embassy Move

President Trump has said Israel will "pay a higher price" in the negotiations after the US moved their embassy to Jerusalem, and its now "Palestinians turn" for "something very good."

Embattled Trump Startles the 'self chosen' by Demanding ‘Higher Price’ for His Delusional Achievements on Jerusalem https://bit.ly/2PzrsUs

Aug 24 10:14

Israel intends to kill civilians and medical staff deliberately, says new report

A new report by a human rights organisation has concluded that Israeli troops basically ignored the fact that Palestinian medical staff adhered strictly to international standards while treating demonstrators in Gaza’s Great March of Return protests, and shot them deliberately. This was despite the staff wearing distinct uniforms identifying them as medical personnel, and operating out of medical aid stations and vehicles which were also marked clearly with internationally-recognised symbols. The targeting of the medical staff by Israeli snipers was, claims Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, “systematic and deliberate”.

Al-Mezan points out that the shootings took place in broad daylight, with no obstacles or anything blocking the sightlines of the troops. Moreover, the Israeli forces have access to sophisticated surveillance tools which enable them to identify who is moving in the areas under observation.

Aug 23 18:59

Trump "Israel will pay a higher price" for Embassy Move

President Trump has said Israel will "pay a higher price" in the negotiations after the US moved their embassy to Jerusalem

Embattled Trump Startles the 'self chosen' by Demanding ‘Higher Price’ for His Delusional Achievements on Jerusalem https://bit.ly/2PzrsUs

Aug 23 10:02

Palestinians say no to Lana Del Rey’s “token gesture”

Campaigners are slamming Lana Del Rey for making a “token gesture” toward Palestinians even as she acknowledges the increasing pressure she is facing to cancel a gig in Israel next month.

Despite the calls from fans and fellow artists not to go ahead with her appearance at the Meteor Festival, the American pop singer insisted in a post on Instagram Tuesday that “We will be still playing our show in Israel.”

But in a sign she is feeling the heat, Del Rey added: “That being said, I understand the concern towards showing support to the Palestinians too.”

“So I just wanted to let you know when I’m in Israel I will be visiting Palestine too and I look forward to meeting both Palestinian and Israeli children and playing music for everyone. I want peace for both Israel and Palestine.”

Aug 23 10:01

Palestinian dancer from Belgium jailed by Israel

There is growing concern in Belgium for a Palestinian refugee and dancer who was detained by Israeli authorities as he tried to enter the occupied West Bank from Jordan a month ago.

Mustapha Awad, who was born in Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon, has been granted refugee status and citizenship in Belgium.

For two weeks after his arrest, Awad was not allowed to see a lawyer, according to prisoners solidarity group Samidoun. He was only allowed to see someone from the Belgian consulate on 8 August, after 20 days of interrogation.

According to Samidoun, Awad appeared in court on 16 August, and was then returned to an Israeli interrogation center.

“My client was arrested at a frontier post for belonging to a terrorist organization, something he firmly denies,” Awad’s Belgian lawyer told media last Friday.

Aug 23 09:25

THE TAMIMI FAMILY SAGA CONTINUES

Ahed Tamimi’s brother Waed to be jailed for over a year for throwing stones. He joins countless young Palestinians jailed for misdemeanors by the Israeli authorities.

Aug 22 10:53

UK Labour self-destructs under ‘anti-Semitism’ onslaught

Stuart Littlewood views the ‘anti-Semitism’ disinformation campaign wrecking the Labour Party and the lack of due process accorded to its victims, and proposes a way for the party to pull the carpet from under the feet of the ‘anti-Semitism’ scaremongers. >>

Aug 22 09:36

DILEMMAS EXTRAORDINAIRE

What will Israel do with 7 million Palestinians, expected to double their current population in 3 – 4 decades?

Observers of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have come to realize that Palestinian demographic growth within mandatory Palestine (Israel proper, the West Bank and Gaza Strip) now constitutes the most formidable strategic challenge facing the Jewish state and the Zionist movement as a whole. One Israeli strategic expert called this challenge “the mother of all problems and nightmares facing Israel.”

Israel doesn’t ignore the problem, of course, despite its awesome military might and the almost unlimited and unrestricted American backing. Thus the Palestinian demographic “threat” is a constant subject of often acrimonious arguments involving politicians, strategic planners as well as intellectuals, statisticians and demographers.

Aug 22 08:23

Fury over Trump aid cuts in Gaza

I recognized the man lying on the ground during a recent protest in Gaza City. His name is Nidal al-Shanti. He was once my teacher and had been kind to me.

When I injured my hand in class 14 years ago, al-Shanti took me to hospital. He bought me orange juice and – following my treatment – drove me home.

To my relief, al-Shanti soon regained consciousness after he fainted at the protest. He drank some water and immediately launched into a tirade about his employer UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees.

He had just learned that he was losing his job.

“UNRWA has killed us and killed our families,” al-Shanti, a teacher of metal and woodwork, said.

Aug 22 08:09

New book gives credence to US ambassador’s claim that Israel tried to assassinate him in 1980

John Gunther Dean, now 92, and a former American ambassador to five countries, has long maintained that Israel was behind his attempted assassination on August 28, 1980, in a suburb of Beirut, which was attributed to a rightwing Lebanese group. Dean and his wife and daughter and son-in-law were in a motorcade and narrowly escaped serious injury.

Dean said that he was targeted because he was doing something regarded as antithetical to Israel’s interest: consulting with the Palestine Liberation Organization and its head, Yasser Arafat, at a time when such contacts were the third rail in US politics. He was also outspokenly critical of Israeli attacks on Lebanon.

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