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Aug 21 15:51

So here's something disturbing.Brighton has a large war memorial to Brighton servicemen/women who died in WW1.

A large stone panel lists the campaigns where they fought - including Palestine.

This week someone tried to gouge off "Palestine".

Aug 21 12:35

In detaining Peter Beinart, Israel has declared it no longer represents millions of Jews overseas

Jonathan Cook argues that by detaining US Jewish commentator Peter Beinart because of his critical views, the Israeli government has signalled that it “wants fealty from Jews overseas – public support, donations, lobbying on domestic governments – but not their opinions”. >>

Aug 21 10:39

CORY BOOKER CLAIMS HE DIDN’T KNOW HE HELD A PRO-PALESTINE SIGN. NEW DETAILS CAST DOUBT ON HIS DENIAL

The initial response from the left was hopeful, if skeptical. Booker, a presumed 2020 hopeful, has been making concessions to the left since 2016, including a pledge to reject corporate PAC donations, putting a “pause” on fundraising from pharmaceutical companies, and embracing Sanders-style policies like a $15 minimum wage and “Medicare for All.”

Although he has a long history of strident pro-Israel advocacy, this year, Booker declined from speaking publicly at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, America’s prominent pro-Israeli government lobbying group — although an AIPAC official told The Intercept that conference attendees met with him at his Capitol Hill offices following the event.

Aug 21 10:26

Italian cities demand military embargo against Israel

The City Councils of Naples, Turin, Bologna, Florence and Pisa have all demanded their respective state governments and the international community to impose military embargo against Israel and to hold it accountable for its repeated crimes against Palestinians.

The cities called for this action in compliance with the European Union Code of Conduct on arms exports as Italy is considered one of the main arms exporters to Israel.  

The BDS group in Italy urged all Italian City Councils to join the military embargo campaign and to the take real actions to guarantee respect for Italian as well as international humanitarian laws. 

Aug 21 09:30

Campaign forces Israel’s Zim to halt shipments to Tunisia

Palestinians are hailing a campaign that has led Israel’s Zim shipping line to halt its routes to Tunisia.

“Zim was forced to indefinitely suspend its services to the Tunisian port of Radès following a popular and trade union boycott campaign in Tunisia and the Arab world,” the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) said on Sunday.

The BNC is the steering group for the worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to pressure Israel to end its violations of Palestinian rights.

The BNC called this “the first victory of its kind in the Arab world.”

Aug 21 09:23

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ WHAT ISRAEL CAN NEVER DESTROY

Aug 21 09:22

BELLA CIAO URI AVNERY ~~ A TRUE FRIEND ON BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL

Veteran left-wing journalist, lawmaker and peace activist Uri Avnery died Monday at age 94 in Tel Aviv.

The Gush Shalom founder was one of the first Israelis to actively seek a Palestinian state as a peaceful solution to the conflict: ‘The difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist depends on your perspective’

Aug 20 12:33

In memorium: Uri Avnery

Redress Information & Analysis joints the Israeli Peace Bloc Gush Shalom in mourning the death of Uri Avnery, founder-member of the bloc, founding-member of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, former publisher and editor-in-chief of Haolam Hazeh news magazine, and thrice member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, who has died at the age of 94. >>

Aug 20 12:03

American Television Audiences Don’t Care for Palestinian Lives – Just Ask the Networks

Not a single mainstream television network in the United States carried any mention of Israel’s barrage of 140 bombs and missiles directed at Gaza on Wednesday.

(*Even After The Presidents Press Secretary Laid Out All The Bleak Details ?)

Aug 20 09:38

Palestinians receive 10 tonnes of letters Israel withheld for 8 years

Palestinian people living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank are set to receive a special delivery of some 10.5 tonnes of letters and postal packages that the Tel Aviv regime had kept for up to eight years.

"We received tons of Palestinian mail because of the intolerance of the occupation authorities who refused to bring it through Jordan and as it is stamped for the Palestinian postal destination," Hussein Sawafta, the director general of the Palestinian post service, told reporters Sunday.

Postal workers in the West Bank city of Jericho sorted through scores of mail sacks that Israeli authorities had finally allowed to enter the city through the border with Jordan.

Aug 19 09:19

UN CHIEF SUGGESTS DEPLOYING UN-MANDATED ARMED FORCES TO PROTECT PALESTINIANS

The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up UN civilian presence or expanded UN assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday.

The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution adopted in June that condemned Israel for excessive force against Palestinian civilians and denounced the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.

The resolution asked for proposals to ensure “the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including … recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”

Guterres outlined four options, but he did not make a specific recommendation. He noted that all options would need the cooperation of both parties, a sustained cessation of hostilities and additional resources to ensure they were viable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UN Secretary Gutteres, this will only happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Israel will not allow this to happen, period, end of discussion.

Aug 18 10:32

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday.

The protesters threw rocks and firebombs from behind clouds of black smoke of burning tires at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and sometimes live fire.

Israel's military said some Palestinians also threw improvised explosives and firebombs at the fence and that several were spotted briefly crossing into Israeli territory. It said troops "fired live rounds selectively according to standard operating procedures."

Hamas officials have been meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo for days, hammering out details of a possible truce with Israel.

Aug 18 10:32

How Many Settlers Need to Be Evacuated to Make Way for a Palestinian State

A look at the map suggests the two-state solution could be achieved with a minimal evacuation of Jews from the West Bank

Aug 18 10:31

Why we continue to march in Gaza

At the protest, we found the usual: tear gas canisters falling thickly, leaving us barely able to breathe or talk; ambulances and paramedics fanning out everywhere; and the sound of live bullets whizzing past.

The sound of a bullet elicits contradictory feelings. All of us know that it will hit someone. But if we hear it, we are safe, just like when we hear shelling it means it has exploded but not on us.

Then my phone began to ring. I saw my brother’s name on the screen. Before I had a chance to say anything, he urged me to come to the European Hospital, “Now! Ali was shot.”

Aug 18 10:30

Classical music censored for Israel

In March 2008 Angela Merkel became the first German chancellor to address the Israeli parliament.

In a speech that never once mentioned the occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, she described Israel’s security as “part of my country’s raison d’être” – Staatsräson – more precisely, “reason of state,” and asserted that “only if Germany accepts its enduring responsibility for the moral disaster in its history will we be able to build a humane future.”

However, Germany accepts no responsibility for the fact that its “reason of state” has led to a moral disaster perpetrated against the dispossessed Palestinians, violently deprived of a humane future by Israel, with which Merkel claimed Germany shares “the values of freedom, democracy and respect for human dignity.”

Aug 18 10:29

Israel lobby group J Street withdraws Rashida Tlaib endorsement

The Israel lobby group J Street has withdrawn its endorsement from Rashida Tlaib.

“After closely consulting with Rashida Tlaib’s campaign to clarify her most current views on various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that a significant divergence in perspectives requires JStreetPAC to withdraw our endorsement of her candidacy,” J Street announced on Friday.

JStreetPAC is the political action committee of J Street. It endorses and channels contributions to political candidates.

“JStreetPAC was created to demonstrate the wellspring of political support that exists for candidates who take pro-Israel, pro-peace positions, including support for a two-state solution,” J Street said.

Aug 18 10:28

Israel kills two Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli occupation forces killed two Palestinians amid protests in the Gaza Strip for the 21st consecutive Friday under the banner of the Great March of Return.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Karim Ahmad Ali Fatayer, 28, was fatally shot in the head when Israeli soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters near the boundary fence in Gaza’s central district, the human rights group Al Mezan reported.

Israeli forces also fatally shot in the head Saadi Akram Muhammad Abu Muammar, 27, near Rafah in southernmost Gaza.

More than 100 others were shot with live ammunition on Friday, according to Al Mezan.

Aug 18 10:27

New Information Reveals How Israel Covered-Up the Killing of Four Boys in Gaza

Shir Hever discusses the Intercept report, revealing that the Israeli military used an armed drone to kill four children playing football and injure four others. The Israeli investigation of the killing is exposed as a sham

Aug 18 07:47

Nice-guy Jeremy Corbyn needs to get mean: UK's prime-minister-in-waiting must zap the circling sharks

Stuart Littlewood argues that UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn “clearly has a problem with his spin doctors and media team” who should by now have deflected the orchestrated ‘anti Semitism’ slurs and turned the tables on his detractors.>>

Aug 17 14:33

‘Inciting violence’: Israel arrests Palestinian journalist for live-streaming IDF soldiers

A Palestinian journalist has been arrested by Israeli authorities for filming soldiers operating in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Facebook Live. They claim he was inciting violence against Israel and the army.
Ali Dar Ali live-streamed two videos on Facebook on Tuesday morning, which showed Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers operating in the Al-Amari refugee camp. They were drawing up a plan of a Palestinian home, a procedure typically done before demolishing a building, according to Gaza-based journalist Hind Khoudary.

Aug 17 14:24

Corbyn’s UK Labour Party is being made to fail – by design

Jonathan Cook says by adopting the full Zionist definition of ‘anti-Semitism’, the UK Labour Party “will jettison the principle of free speech and curtail critical debate about… Israel’, and with it betray its grassroots supporters and Palestinian victims of Israeli crimes. >>

Aug 17 12:15

Paris Mayor Names Street In Honour Of Palestine - French Jews Threaten To Kill Him

A Parisian Mayor was threatened and warned that he will be "blown up" after he named a street in honour of Palestinians who were forced out of their homes by the creation of the state of Israel. The Mayor, Dominique Lesparre and his colleagues at Bezons town hall said that they had received "a multitude of threatening calls." Lesparre was called a "Nazi Communist" and was warned "we will kill you", and "we will blow up the mayor".

After the illegal UN sanctioned partition of Palestine in 1948, Israeli terrorist organisations like the Haganah, Irgun and Stern gang expelled nearly 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and their land. The street in Bezons, in the north west of Paris, is now called Nakba Alley.

Aug 17 11:00

Israel Demolishes Palestinian Flats in Jerusalem

Israeli bulldozers demolished a residential building in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem.

Aug 17 09:51

Gaza’s lifeline is the sea

Aug 16 10:18

Siege stops chemotherapy in Gaza

Israel reopened Gaza’s sole commercial crossing on Wednesday, one month after shutting it down in an act of collective punishment inflicting millions of dollars of additional economic damage on the besieged territory’s long-suffering population.

Meanwhile a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, mediated by Egypt and the United Nations, was approved by the Israeli government.

Hamas had been observing a unilateral ceasefire after Israel bombed more than 150 sites across Gaza last Wednesday and Thursday, killing a pregnant woman, her toddler daughter and a Palestinian fighter, as well as destroying a prominent cultural center.

Three Palestinians in Gaza were fatally wounded by Israel on Friday.

Aug 16 08:25

BBC bows to pressure from Israel and changes Gaza headline

From MEMO (Middle East Monitor). This is truly shocking: media giant BBC is bossed around by Israel. The headline “Israeli air strikes kill pregnant woman and baby” magically become “Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel” when Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman ordered it to be changed “IMMEDIATELY.” A BBC spokesperson admitted that “although the original headline was not factually incorrect, we updated it to add more context to the story”. They added something else too, and it ain’t truth. One BBC senior producer confided, ‘We wait in fear for the phone call from the Israelis,’” whenever they publish negative stories about Israel.

Aug 16 08:15

Speakers oppose racism in the U.S. while supporting it in Israel

Progressive Except Palestine Department: Individuals recently spoke out against racism and injustice at U.S. rallies, while supporting racism and injustice against Palestinians in Israel…

Aug 15 10:52

THE MUSIC CONTINUES DESPITE IT ALL! GAZA WILL CONTINUE TO SING TILL IT IS FREE!!

‘When Israeli forces destroyed the cultural centre, they thought they would also destroy our dreams’

Aug 14 09:55

Israel normalizing war crimes in Gaza

Gaza’s fuel crisis remains unresolved a week after a United Nations humanitarian official warned that hospitals and water sanitation facilities would soon shut down as a result.

“Despite our continued engagement with the concerned bodies, we have not encountered any preparations to contain the fuel crisis that threatens health services and facilities in the Gaza Strip,” the health ministry in the territory stated on Monday.

Six human rights groups urgently petitioned Israel’s high court on Thursday to reverse all restrictions on the movement of goods through Gaza’s sole commercial crossing, which is controlled by Israel.

Israel tightened its blockade on Gaza a month ago, banning imports to and exports from the territory with the exception, at its discretion, of food and medicine.

Aug 12 16:59

2 Suns Shamsaan Palestinian Initiatives Needs your Support

Shamsaan, meaning 2 suns in Arabic, is a South African initiative that supports the establishment of youth platforms for dialogue, promotes social activism through the creative arts and campaigns for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all, has worked extensively with Janna Jihad and Ahed Tamimi in bringing awareness for the empowerment of the Palestinian people. Like and subscribe!

Aug 12 10:03

Israel kills medic during Gaza protests

Two Palestinians lost their lives on Friday as Israel used lethal force against Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s eastern perimeter.

One of those killed, Abdallah al-Qatati, 22, was a volunteer medic on duty at the time of his fatal injury in eastern Rafah, southern Gaza.

Aug 12 10:02

Palestinian flags in Tel Aviv as Arab minority protests Nationality Law

Thousands rally against the Nationality Law in Tel Aviv, demanding the legislation to be repealed; Despite a ban imposed by organizers on waving flags, many people were seen carrying Israeli and Palestinian flags; 'The law tries to delegitimize the Arab sector.'

Aug 12 10:02

PayPal censors journalists who criticize Israel

An operative of Israel’s global censorship campaign has admitted to exaggerating claims of anti-Semitism in order to engineer crackdowns on supporters of Palestinian rights.

In the latest instance, Benjamin Weinthal has apparently succeeded in persuading PayPal to close down the account of the French online publication Agence Media Palestine.

This constitutes censorship as it denies journalists the means to raise money for their work and retaliates against them for ideas they express.

Agence Media Palestine says it is considering legal action.

Weinthal presents his efforts as reportage for The Jerusalem Post on the actions of companies like PayPal, but what he really does is instigate crackdowns by feeding information – by his own admission distorted – about those he is targeting.

Aug 12 09:11

Judicial Watch Sues Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security to Obtain Anti-Israel ‘Boycott, Divestiture, and Sanctions’ (BDS) Lobbying Records

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense for all records of communications regarding anti-Israel group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS) efforts to lobby the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:18-cv-01721)).

The suit was filed after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests seeking:

Aug 12 09:04

IMAGES OF THE DAY ….. ‘IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO, THE THINGS THAT YOU’RE LIABLE TO READ IN THE BIBLE’ ~~(THE WESTERN PRESS)

Israeli air forces pummel Gaza, killing pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old daughter

Aug 12 09:03

URGENT APPEAL FROM THE CHILDREN IN GAZA

This is difficult to write. Gaza Children’s Cinema team is mourning the destruction of the Said Al-Mishal Cultural Center which was levelled to the ground yesterday after Israeli fighter jets struck the five-story building with 10 rockets. The second largest cultural centre in Gaza was a venue for theatre and music performance in the besieged and isolated Gaza Strip. This cultural centre was one of the main places where Gaza Children Cinema team organised movie screening for children. The Said Al-Mishal Cultural Center provided spaces of entertainment and joy for generations of children and young people in Gaza; it is in total ruins now.

Aug 11 09:24

ISRAELI AIRCRAFT STRUCK GAZA DAY AFTER PALESTINIANS KILLED IN PROTESTS

An Israel aircraft on Saturday struck targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for incendiary aerial devices launched into southern Israel a day after three Palestinians were killed during violent protests along the border fence.

Earlier in the day an incendiary balloon was found near the dining room of a community in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Aug 11 08:33

Jared Kushner’s sleight of hand

It’s simple really: 750,000 people and their millions of descendants are actually under the misapprehension that they are refugees and therefore have rights that need to be addressed. Redefine their status, do away with the UN agency that caters to their needs, pay host countries to settle them and convince them that they are actually not Palestinians at all (another confusion of language) and, hey presto!

They may still be poor, disempowered, dispossessed and unwanted, but they are no longer an issue to be grappled with under the Ultimate Deal™. With the deftest of diplomatic sleights of hand, a thorny problem disappears.

Just like the issue of Jerusalem.

Aug 10 14:21

MAYHEM: 300+ Civilian Injuries As Israeli IDF Shoots Uniformed Palestinian Medic Through The Head

Palestinian medic dies after sustaining serious gunshot wound to the head, Gaza’s Health Ministry reports. Committee leading demonstrations began calling on Gazans to join in protests before cease-fire had been declared.

Two Palestinians, one of whom was a medic, were killed and 307 Palestinians were wounded in clashes near the Gaza-Israel border, Gaza’s Health Ministry reported Friday. 131 of the casualties were taken to local hospitals and 85 were said to be wounded from live fire. Five are currently in serious condition.

The Palestinian medic was identified as Abdullah Al-Qatati, while the second fatality was identified as a 55-year-old man.

Aug 10 09:46

ISRAELI MINISTER REGEV CALLS TO ASSASSINATE HAMAS LEADERS

Regev spoke with mayors of towns in the South, and commended them for their strength.

Aug 10 09:40

LESSONS LEARNED

It has been ten years since I returned to Palestine after living in the US for nearly three decades. Those ten years in Palestine have been truly phenomenal and inspirational despite the pain and agony associated with them. For example, they are bracketed by an attack on Gaza in 2008 when we saw hundreds of Palestinian civilians murdered and by the attacks on Gaza and on the freedom flotilla trying to break the siege on Gaza in 2018. In between much pain that I relayed in my weekly email messages including losing 19 of my personal friends killed by the Israeli colonization army. But also in between we have much to be proud of in Palestinian community achievement with help of others. Personally I am proud of publishing over 50 articles, books, building a museum and an institute for biodiversity (palestinenature.org). I took time to update the lessons I learned from life especially from those ten years (but also from >40 years of human rights activism):

Aug 10 09:35

BBC bows to pressure from Israel and changes Gaza headline

The BBC has once again come under sharp criticism over its coverage of violence perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians. Critics called the BBC out over its bias after the broadcaster bowed to pressure from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and changed the headline of a news piece concerning Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

The BBC headline read: “Israeli air strikes ‘kill woman and baby’” for a news piece related to the killing of three Palestinians including a pregnant mother and toddler in Gaza on Wednesday night.

The headline attracted the attention of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who is currently leading a bitter campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over a definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel with racism against Jews.

Aug 10 09:32

Israel mayoral candidate killed Palestinian teen in 1989

A candidate for mayor in the central Israeli town of Rosh Ha’ayin was convicted of killing a Palestinian teenager during the First Intifada, reported Haaretz.

Raz Sagi, then serving as a company commander in the occupied West Bank, shot Zuhein Abu Hiya in the back as he fled, following confrontations between stone-throwing youth and soldiers in a Ramallah-area village in October 1989.

Chasing the boy, Sagi first shot a plastic bullet in the air, then shot him in the back.

A court subsequently determined “that the boy posed no danger to the soldiers” and sentenced Sagi to three months community service within the military, but he “was not demoted”.

Aug 10 09:32

Palestinians in Israel army ‘firing zone’ at risk of forcible transfer

Palestinians living in an Israeli army-designated “firing zone” in the eastern Nablus area are “at risk of forcible transfer”, according to a United Nations agency update.

The report, published this week by UN OCHA, highlights how “recent developments have exacerbated the vulnerability of Palestinians living in, or dependent on access to, an area in eastern Nablus governorate designated in the 1970s as closed for Israeli military training”.

According to UN OCHA, military exercises by Israeli occupation forces in so-called “Firing Zone 904A” have led to “temporary displacement, property damage, disruption to life and new access restrictions”, developments that have occurred in parallel to “increasing settlement activities, including violence and intimidation, alongside a reduced Palestinian presence”.

Aug 10 09:30

Major UK donor to Israel denounces ‘apartheid’ legislation

One of the UK’s “largest donors to Israeli charities”, Dame Vivien Duffield, has likened the new “Jewish nation state” legislation to South African apartheid, in an interview with Haaretz.

Over the decades, Dame Vivien’s foundations have donated several hundred million pounds to Israeli charities and infrastructure projects, as well as Jewish and non-Jewish British institutions.

“Every step Mr. Netanyahu takes is a catastrophe, and it is very difficult to defend Israel right now, to represent it in England,” she told the paper.

Aug 10 09:30

Living through Gaza’s horror from afar

The radio was playing in the background and my dad would interrupt the conversation, and both sounded distracted. Something was wrong.

“Bombings are everywhere. May God protect us and have mercy upon us. If you were here, you would have thought it was the beginning of another full-scale attack,” my mom said.

“The sky lights up and then a massive bombardment is heard, and within seconds another one, and another one, shaking the ground underneath us. The walls feel like they’re falling down.”

Aug 10 08:52

Jabal al-Baba update: ethnic cleansing on Vatican land

Palestinians can still squeeze through this choke-hold separating the northern and southern West Bank, but once Israel fully commandeers E-1, the West Bank will be contiguous only for settlers. For Palestinians, it will be dissected into two. Politicians who can still enunciate “two state solution” with a straight face fret that E-1 may be the final nail in the two-state coffin; yet, as with everything that has happened over the past seven decades, they wring their hands in faux powerlessness to stop it.

Aug 10 08:25

Israel destroys Gaza cultural center

Israel bombed and destroyed a building housing a cultural center in Gaza City before reportedly agreeing to a ceasefire with Hamas late Thursday.

Aug 10 08:16

RAW: Moment Israeli air strikes hit Gaza

Rockets unleashed by Israeli F16 aircrafts demolished the cultural centre of Saeed Al-meshal in the west of Gaza city on Thursday.

Drones targeted the building with two warning rockets before eight F16 rockets levelled the building, reducing it to rubbles.

Aug 09 14:23

"Step Back From The Brink" UN Warns As Major War Looms After Overnight Gaza Airstrikes

In the third serious flare-up of violence in the last month, a major escalation began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza overnight, which involved approximately 180 projectiles fired towards Israeli territory, and more than 150 Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Gaza, according to statements by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Reports citing Israeli sources say of about 180 projectiles launched from Gaza overnight, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted over 30, while most hit open fields. However, official statements also noted strikes on playgrounds, houses, cars, and factories.

The BBC reports up to seven Israeli civilians wounded by the rocket and mortar fire, with Palestinian health officials confirming the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman and a toddler. The AFP identified the victims as 23-year old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, killed in the Jafarawi area of central Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel wants this war, and it wants it now; Palestine is to be completely obliterated, and the formerly recognized Palestinians lands completely claimed by the settlers.

The problem facing Israel, is that it cannot control this war, and how far, or how rapidly it will spread.

It has the all the earmarks, right now, of a becoming a larger ranging regional war, with Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia, NATO on one side, and Iran, Russia, China, and Lebanon on the other.

I hope I am dreadfully wrong on this, but I think Israel believes that the timing is right for it to go in and kill as many Palestinians as is humanly possible.

Aug 09 10:21

Toddler and her pregnant mother are killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza after 'more than 180 rockets and bombs' were fired into its territory amid warnings of full-blown military confrontation

A Palestinian toddler and her pregnant mother were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza early Thursday, officials in the strip said, as Israel hit a series of sites in retaliation for '180 rockets and mortar bombs' allegedly fired from the strip.

Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said, while her husband was injured.

Gaza militants halted rocket fire by mid-day, with a Palestinian official saying 'they consider this round of escalation over.'

However, the Israeli military appear to disagree, warning that 'a full-blown military confrontation in the Gaza Strip' is near and that its government could start evacuating citizens near the border.

Aug 09 09:01

TWO NEW NEGEV TOWNS APPROVED TO BE BUILT

The National Board for Planning and Building today recommended to the government construction of two new communities in the Negev: Daniel and Ir Ovot. Also recommended was Nitzanit, an expansion of the Nitzana youth village. The committee on principle planning matters approved the plans in recent months, but the National Board for Planning and Building's approval is needed before the plan can be brought to the cabinet. The plan will now be submitted for cabinet approval. The Ministry of Construction and Housing submitted the proposals.

Aug 09 08:40

Israel bombs Gaza as hospitals run out of fuel

Israel pummeled the occupied Gaza Strip in more than a dozen strikes Wednesday night amid warnings from a United Nations official that hospitals in Gaza were about to run out of emergency fuel.

Gaza’s health ministry stated that Inas Muhammad Khamash, a pregnant 23-year-old, was killed by bombing in central Gaza along with her daughter Bayan, one and a half years old. The woman’s husband, Muhammad Khamash, was moderately injured.

Aug 09 08:26

FLASHBACK - Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

IN SEPTEMBER OF last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

Aug 09 08:21

Flashback: Alison Weir’s exposé on NY Times report in which injured Israeli goats were more important than injured Palestinian infant

In 2012 FAIR highlighted Alison Weir’s exposé on a NY Times’ report on Israel-Palestine that had reversed the chronology of an attack, & had reported that “several goats were killed in a petting zoo in an Israeli communal farm,” but failed to mention that Israeli forces had injured a one month old Palestinian infant, a two year old, a three year old, a 10 year old, and others….

Aug 09 08:20

Israeli airstrikes kill Palestinian in northern Gaza, wound 8 others

Israeli soldiers continued, on Wednesday night, the bombardment of several parts of the Gaza Strip, killing one man in northern Gaza, and wounding at least eight others.

Aug 09 08:15

Israel is ‘killing Palestinian children at record rates,’ group says

The first half of 2018 has been deadly for Palestinian children, with at least 35 children killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, according to Defense for Children International — Palestine (DCIP).

In a report published on Monday, DCIP said that between January and July, the number of slain Palestinian children was three times higher than during the same time period in 2017.

According to the group, Israeli forces have killed more Palestinian children since January this year than in any previous year of the past decade, outside of large-scale Israeli military offensives.

On August 5th, the day before the report was published, 17-year-old Ahmad Jihad Ahmad al-Aydi from Gaza succumbed to wounds he had sustained on the first day of Great March of Return protests on March 30th.

Aug 09 08:15

The real occupation is Zionism, Ahed Tamimi explains

On Monday, the now legendary Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi was interviewed on Democracy Now! by Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh.

And what an interview. 34 minutes, and the 17-year-old Ahed, who just got out of jail after 8 months for slapping an Israeli soldier, is as sharp as a knife, mild, succinct, exact, focused, warm but never overly emotional. She has a seriousness and a maturity that can be hard to find in many adults. It is just so inspiring. Israel has good reason to fear her. Not for her slapping soldiers really – but for her clear mind, that cuts through so much of the nonsense that Israel, and indeed Zionism, have managed to inculcate in the world as Hasbara, to complicate things so that they would not be resolved.

Ahed had some things to say about Zionism, very clear things.

Aug 09 08:14

Ambassador’s visits to settlements suggest Trump administration sees no Green Line

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visited an Israeli settlement last week during a long weekend of visits to settlements by senior Republicans that was splashed across social media, including a shindig in Jerusalem where former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee performed the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Aug 09 08:13

Israel rejects EU plan to link Gaza to the West Bank

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said his government rejected an EU plan to link the Gaza Strip with the West Bank by train, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

“I made it clear that Gaza will not be linked to Judea and Samaria [the West Bank],” Katz told Israel Broadcasting Corporation, according to Anadolu. “Their plan will remain on paper and it is completely rejected.”

Israeli media said the EU had prepared a plan for transport in the occupied West Bank which included “the establishment of an airport, a port and a railway to link the Gaza Strip with the West Bank”. The EU did not officially inform the Israeli government of the plan.

Aug 09 08:11

“In Truth, My Israel is Dead,” Dame Vivien Duffield

One of the UK’s largest donors to Israeli charities has said she considers the country as she knew it to be “dead” and that “every step” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes “is a catastrophe.”

Dame Vivien Duffield, chair of the Clore Duffield foundation, talked of her “hate” at what has happened to the country in an interview with Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, which appeared in the Hebrew language version of the paper.

She described the country’s new Nation State Law as “Apartheid. It is South Africa – one law for one group and another law for the other.”

Aug 08 15:12

"I was the Terrorist" - Israeli Army Vet [Youtube]

In a rare, candid conversation, Abby Martin interviews a former Israeli Army combat soldier who served as an occupier in Palestine’s Hebron City.

[if video is censored {ostensibly by google} click the link above]

Aug 08 14:53

Israel’s siege of Gaza is anything but legal

On Sunday 29 July, Israeli commandos boarded a boat taking part in a Freedom Flotilla which was taking humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip. The boat — Al-Awda (The Return) — was captured by Israel while sailing in international waters. If anyone else had conducted the raid, it would have been condemned as an act of piracy on the high seas. Instead, Israel stopped the much-needed aid going to the 2 million Palestinians in what has been described as an open-air prison.

Aug 08 14:11

‘Farmer terrorism’ is the new Jewish settler slogan justifying the destruction of crops

In less than three months, Jewish settlers have destroyed over 2,000 trees and grapevines in the occupied West Bank. Rights group B’Tselem has issued a detailed report on this destruction, including testimony from Palestinian farmers. Bales of hay and barley fields were also destroyed. The destruction wrought by Israel’s settler-colonists equates Palestinian agriculture to terrorism; slogans sprayed on Palestinian property following the destruction included “No to farmer terrorism”.

The personal testimonies show that Israel has once again refused to act in order to deter settler violence against Palestinians and their land. Ultimately, the aim is to displace Palestinians forcibly by terrorising those seeking access to their own land. “This process has erected invisible walls throughout the West Bank, which Palestinians know crossing will expose them to violence and even danger to their lives,” says B’Tselem.

Aug 08 13:59

Death by 10,000 Cuts: The Zionist campaign to silence Palestine at SFSU

In this article, Professor Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, founding director and senior scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program at San Francisco State University offers an update and critical analysis of the struggle for scholarship, pedagogy and advocacy on justice for/in Palestine as part and parcel of the indivisibility of justice.

Aug 08 13:25

Settlers Demolish Palestinian Homes Built on Church Grounds Despite Court Order

Israeli settlers, escorting a bulldozer, on Monday, demolished two Palestinian homes at Beit al-Baraka church compound at the Hebron-Jerusalem road, despite the presence of a court order allowing the owners to stay in their homes, according to the owner of the two homes, Ahmad Samara.

He told WAFA that scores of settlers from several hardcore illegal settlements, including Kiryat Arba, north of Hebron, and protected by Israeli forces, escorted a bulldozer into Beit al-Baraka church compound and proceeded to demolished the two homes where he and his family had lived for over 40 years.

Samara said that when the family attempted to stop the demolition and to show the army the Israeli court order that allows it stay in the homes, the soldiers and settlers assaulted him and his family, threw them out of their homes and detained his daughter, Asmaa, 32.

Aug 08 12:07

Israeli food theft as a form of genocide of Palestinian culture

Lawrence Davidson says Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian cuisine is part of a process of systematically erasing indigenous Palestinian culture so that Palestine will no longer be identified with Palestinian culture and traditions, which will be replaced by those of the Israeli colonisers.>>

Aug 08 11:08

Egypt allows domestic gas to Gaza as Israel blocks transfer of fuel

Egypt has allowed “some 250 tonnes of domestic gas” to Gaza nearly a month after Israel shut down its only goods crossing and prevented the transfer of fuel into the strip, a Palestinian official told Anadolu news agency on Sunday.

The agency quoted Khalil Shakfa, the head of the General Authority of Petroleum, saying that “some 250 tonnes of domestic gas has been allowed into Gaza.”

Meanwhile, Sky News Arabia reported that “11 trucks of domestic gas on Monday entered Gaza through Salah al-Din Gate, located near Rafah crossing,” according to sources.

However, the Egyptian authorities have not confirmed or denied the reports yet.

Aug 08 10:51

Leaked Kushner Emails Show US, Israel Aim For ‘Palestinians to Disappear’

Internal emails leaked to Foreign Policy have revealed that US presidential adviser Jared Kushner has been conspiring to pull the plug on the primary aid organization providing help to Palestinian refugees and to convince surrounding Arab nations to make the Palestinians citizens.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established by the United Nations in 1949, with the help of the US, to provide relief for Palestinians displaced from their homes following the establishment of the State of Israel. However, 70 years later, most Palestinian people remain refugees, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, and the numbers have ballooned from around 700,000 to over 5 million people. Of the original refugees, only a few tens of thousands are still alive, Foreign Policy noted.

Aug 08 08:48

Are Democrats deserting Israel?

The Minnesota lawmaker Betty McCollum recently took to the floor of the US House of Representatives, urging her colleagues to sign an unprecedented bill that would prohibit Israel from using US military aid to imprison Palestinian children.

This development underscores what journalist and author Ben White describes in his latest book, Cracks in the Wall, as the beginning of the end of bipartisan support for the State of Israel.

Aug 08 08:47

Israel’s innovations in Palestinian despair

Essential services “are on the verge of collapse” in Gaza after Israel once again banned the transfer of fuel into the occupied and blockaded territory, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated on Monday.

Two hospitals – maybe more – will run out of fuel in less than two days, OCHA added.

Meanwhile 40 of Gaza’s 132 water and sanitation facilities only have enough fuel to last one or two days.

“1.2 million Palestinians are at imminent risk of possible sewage overflow around the 41 main pumping stations,” OCHA stated.

These are the threats posed by the latest deliberately designed and managed crisis imposed on Gaza by Israel to pacify the rebellion among its population of two million.

Aug 07 10:10

We need a communal response to Israeli gov’t and Canary Mission attacks on Palestine’s advocates

The Forward has now run two important stories (here and here) on successive days on the covert strategy of the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and its right-wing NGO allies both in Israel and the United States, most prominently Canary Mission, to silence, marginalize and ultimately destroy the job and earnings prospects of young Americans on campus who have the temerity to advocate for Palestinian rights.

Aug 07 10:10

Former ‘Foreign Policy’ editor calls for boycotts against Israeli government

David Rothkopf, Carnegie scholar and former editor of Foreign Policy, has expanded on his tweets saying that American Jews have “a duty to oppose Israel.” He penned a piece for Haaretz, calling for boycott of Israel’s government, and “all manner of pressure.”

But this government of Israel and what it stands for must be opposed in every way possible – including, given the absence of other effective options, boycotts.

To the extent that laws like the nation-state law remain the unaltered law of the land, Israel’s leaders must be challenged, communities of conscience everywhere and all manner of pressure mobilized against it on behalf of those denied their most basic human rights by the law.

Israel’s government chose this path. Its acts have not only undermined its legitimacy; it has parted ways with many of those who support was in decades past most essential to its survival….

Note the words “all manner of pressure” and the loss of legitimacy.

Aug 07 10:09

The American attempt to erase the Palestinian right of return

There have been recent media reports regarding projects to liquidate the Palestinian refugee issue by means of liquidating the legal basis for their right of return to their homeland. US lawmakers began taking action to enact a law that would liquidate the issue of Palestinian refugees by recognising only about 40,000 of them, representing about 1 per cent of the over 5 million refugees. Members of the US Senate are trying to pass this law and it is associated with the reconsideration of annual aid contributed to UNRWA, as a new number of refugees not considered under UNRWA will be determined, and accordingly financial aid will be granted, depending on the number of refugees recognised by the agency as Palestinian refugees. Moreover, the UN General Assembly resolution 194 of 1948, as well as relevant resolutions, will apply to them.

Aug 07 10:01

Israeli minister says Egypt bears equal responsibility for Gaza

Egypt bears as much responsibility for the Gaza Strip as Israel does, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday, in remarks that could upset Cairo as it tries to avoid being drawn back into the Palestinian enclave while brokering truce talks there.

In parallel to UN mediation, Egypt has used its contacts with both Israel and the dominant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to discuss ways of calming a more than the three-month-old surge in confrontations along the Gaza-Israel border.

But some Egyptian officials say they would resist any attempt by Israel, or its US ally, to shift to Cairo the onus for addressing Gaza’s long-term governance or economic problems.

Aug 07 09:20

EYEWITNESS TO ISRAELI TERROR

Eyewitness onboard boat to Gaza says Israeli forces beat passengers and stole thousands of dollars, antibiotics during raid

Aug 06 15:18

The holocaust and its deniers

"In the aftermath of the holocaust some Jewish intellectuals and humanists expressed the thought that “after Auschwitz Jews have to locate themselves at the forefront of the battle for humanity and against all forms of oppression”.

"This is a principled and heroic ideal, but the reality on the ground has been somewhat different. Just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the Jewish state ethnically cleansed the vast majority of indigenous Palestinians. Two years later, in 1950, Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return, a racist law that distinguishes between Jews who have the right to ‘return’ to someone else’s land and the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees that were expelled by force from their villages and cities.

Aug 06 11:01

Israel says Gaza truce talks focus on easing closure in return for calm

Israel set out limited goals for Gaza truce talks on Sunday, saying the focus was on a proposal to ease its closure on the Islamist Hamas-controlled territory in return for the Palestinians calming their side of the frontier.

The Israeli statement came hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to convene his security cabinet to discuss, and possibly approve, UN- and Egyptian-brokered ideas for preventing another threatened Gaza war.

The United Nations and Egypt have not publicly detailed their proposals. They have spoken generally of a need to improve humanitarian conditions in Gaza, stem cross-border hostilities and reconcile Hamas – which refuses formal peacemaking with Israel – to its Western-backed Palestinian rivals.

Aug 06 10:58

A New Wave Of Hardline Anti-BDS Tactics Are Targeting Students, And No One Knows Who’s Behind It

College campuses are being hit by militant, pro-Israel, often anonymous anti-boycott campaigns. Some of them are so rough, they’re even making pro-Israel Jews uncomfortable.

The list of Jewish groups that do anti-BDS work on campuses is bafflingly long. A partial tally includes StandWithUs, AEPi, CAMERA, the David Project, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Jerusalem U, AIPAC, Sheldon Adelson’s Maccabee Task Force, and the Zionist Organization of America.

The total amount of American Jewish and Israeli government funds flooding the anti-BDS effort is easily in the tens of millions of dollars each year.

Aug 06 10:20

Israel wreaks terror on another harmless mercy ship 

It is Jeremy Corbyn’s misfortune to be surrounded by witless blabbermouths whose unbridled remarks are a gift to Israel lobby propagandists. And while mainstream media in the UK were, as usual, whipping up an anti-Semitism ruckus orchestrated against the Labour Party leader, Israel was busy committing yet another outrage on the high seas against a humanitarian aid vessel peacefully carrying urgently-needed medical supplies for the desperate citizens of blockaded Gaza.

Aug 06 08:52

Cory Booker’s lame excuse after holding sign critical of Israel

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is under fire for posing for a photo with anti-Israel activists – and his spokesman’s excuse isn’t helping.

A grinning Booker held up a sign critical of Israel’s security wall at the Netroots Nation Conference in New Orleans Friday, flanked by members of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

But it wasn’t Booker’s fault, spokesman Jeff Giertz insisted.

“He didn’t have time to read the sign,” Giertz told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “From his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel.”

Aug 06 08:51

Trump and Palestine: Shock of the century

For the past 18 months, the president's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with his cohorts, Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Middle East Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt, have been preparing the grounds for a great bargain between Israel and "moderate" Arab regimes, notably Egypt and Saudi Arabia - one that would end the Palestinian problem, allow for normalisation of relations, and pave the way for a new strategic alignment against a surging Iran.

Judging by their smirks and statements, Kushner and Company have succeeded in tightening the noose around Palestine in complicity with Egyptian and Saudi leaders and are now waiting for the right time to unleash a diplomatic blitzkrieg.

Aug 06 08:30

UN investigation into Israel’s ‘nation-state’ law

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Fernand de Varennes, has started official proceedings to investigate a complaint against Israel, submitted by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel regarding the recent ‘Nation-State’ law.

In May, de Varennes participated in the Second Human Capabilities Conference, organised by the Follow-Up Committee in the city of Tayibe. The conference discussed the threats posed by the of the ‘Nation-State’ bill to the Arab citizens of Israel, as an indigenous community. After the bill became law, the Committee submitted an official complaint against Israel which focused on the ‘Nation-State’ law’s discriminatory and exclusionary articles against the Palestinian people in general and especially against the Arab citizens of Israel.

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Aug 06 08:28

Revealed: first images of Israel’s sea barrier blockading Gaza

Israel’s Ministry of Defence yesterday released the first images of its sea barrier designed to further blockade the besieged Gaza Strip. The barrier is located on Zikim beach, approximately three kilometres from Gaza’s northern frontier. The project is slated to be completed by the end of 2018 and is likely to cost an estimated 25 million shekels ($6.7 million).

When completed, the structure will stretch 200 metres out into the Mediterranean Sea, further cutting off the Gaza Strip from Israel. The barrier will consist of three layers: an underwater base level; a 50-metre-wide sea-level platform made of armoured stone, and a six-metre-high barbed wire fence. A further fence will also surround the barrier itself as “an additional security measure.”

Aug 06 08:26

BDS: Adidas no longer sponsor of Israel football teams

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has said that German sports brand Adidas is no longer a sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), media reports revealed last week.

Quds Net News said that BDS activists wrote on its website that Adidas terminated its services to the IFA after a campaign asking the sports giant to stop its complicity in the oppression of Palestinian people.

In March, BDS said, over 130 Palestinian football clubs urged Adidas to end its sponsorship of the IFA over its inclusion of six teams based in Israeli settlements across occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank.

BDS said that it handed over a petition with 16,000 signatures to Adidas’ headquarters in Amsterdam in June.

Aug 06 08:25

Israeli Eradication of History: Disappearing Mosques

The discovery of a rare aerial photo of Jerusalem in the 1930s, taken by a Zeppelin, has provided the long-sought after proof that when Israel occupied the Old City in 1967 it secretly destroyed an important mosque that dated from the time of Saladin close to the al-Aqsa mosque.

The destruction of the Sheikh Eid mosque – in an area widely considered to be the most sensitive site in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – revives questions about Israel’s continuing abuse of Islamic holy places under its control.

The issue has been in the spotlight recently because of a growing number of arson and vandalism attacks by Jewish extremists on mosques in Jerusalem and the West Bank, in what are termed “price-tag” attacks designed to dissuade the Israeli government from making diplomatic concessions to the Palestinians.

Aug 06 08:23

'His blood was on the floor': The night Israeli army stormed our Freedom flotilla and kidnapped us

On 29 July, the Israeli Navy stormed the Freedom Flotilla boat al-Awda and diverted it from its intended course to Gaza to Israel. Here Dr Ang Swee Chai, medical doctor on board, recalls what happened that night

Aug 06 08:10

A Glimmer of Hope in Bleak Palestine

The Palestinians’ deteriorating conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip makes even long-term optimism difficult. Neither a one-liberal-state nor two-state resolution seems in the offing because (if for no other reason) either would seem to spell political suicide for any foreseeable Israeli government. The one-staters have a good argument against the two-staters and vice versa. Would it really be easier for an Israeli prime minister to evict 400,000 Israeli Jews from the West Bank (leaving aside the more than 200,000 in formally annexed East Jerusalem) than it would be to agree to one secular democratic state in which non-Jews would soon outnumber Jews if they don’t already? I don’t see it.

Aug 06 08:04

Israel reveals construction of new maritime barrier near Gaza

Israel's Defense Ministry released on Sunday first pictures of a new maritime barrier across the Gaza Strip coast.

The barrier is 200 meters long and 50 meters wide, and has a 6-meter-high fence. "This structure will require additional measures that will provide full coverage of the entire sea against infiltrations," the ministry said in a statement.

Israel's Border and Seam Planning Administration and the Engineering and Construction Department at the Defense Ministry started to construct the barrier about two months ago on the Zikim beach, near the Gaza border.

Israel decided to build the barrier after its 2014 military campaign in Gaza, during which Gaza militants attempted to cross into Israel through the sea.

Aug 06 07:56

Kushner Pushes for Millions of Palestinians in Jordan to Lose Refugee Status

Believing that the destruction of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) would both punish the Palestinians for rejecting President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and lay the groundwork for the US peace effort, Jared Kushner is trying to see Palestinians stripped of their refugee status.

Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump, has been pushing the matter with Jordanian officials, trying to get the Jordan government to strip all refugee status recognition from the over two million Palestinians living there.

The UNRWA has jurisdiction over in excess of five million Palestinian refugees across the region, with Jordan having the largest number. Refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank hold another two million,and the rest are in Syria and Lebanon.

Aug 05 09:07

PIRACY … OVER AND OVER AGAIN … WESTERN SILENCE OVER AND OVER AGAIN

On Friday Israel attacked a Swedish yacht, in int’l waters exercising right of ‘innocent passage’ taking medical supplies to Gaza. All 12 people aboard kidnapped & illegally detained in Israel. Demand they be released to continue their journey.

Aug 05 05:07

Video: LUAY AND AMIR IfAmericansKnew

Two more Palestinian deaths the media ignored, these were teenagers. Please share this 5-minute video so Luay’s and Amir's deaths won't be forgotten.
Note: And never forget that the United States and your tax dollars made this happen. This one rips my heart out.

Aug 04 13:37

This will sicken you: Eyewitness describes hateful act of piracy by Israel against Norwegian boat on mercy mission

Malaysian-born Swee Ang is the first female Orthopaedic Consultant appointed to St Bartholomew (‘Barts’) and the Royal London Hospitals.

In the 1980s and 1990s she worked as trauma and orthopaedics consultant in the refugee camps of Lebanon and later for the United Nations in Gaza, and the World Health Organisation in the West Bank and Gaza. She is Founder and Patron of the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

She also treated the victims of the Pakistan (Kashmir) earthquake, and as consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon operated on and looked after the victims of the 7 July 2005 suicide bombs in the Royal London Hospital.

Dr Ang is the co-author of War Surgery and Acute Care of the War Wounded, and also wrote From Beirut to Jerusalem documenting her experience in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon and Gaza.

Aug 04 09:58

CORY BOOKER BACKTRACKS AFTER BEING PHOTOGRAPHED HOLDING PRO-PALESTINIAN, ANTI-ISRAELI-WALL SIGN

Senator Cory Booker was photographed holding a sign bearing a pro-Palestinian movement slogan. The image appeared on the Twitter feed of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a self-described “coalition of 330+ groups” working “for a US policy toward Palestine/Israel based on freedom, justice, and equality.”

“From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,” the sign read.

Aug 04 09:56

Israeli Commandos Brutally Attack Freedom Flotilla Activists in International Waters

Aug 03 15:22

Israel wreaks terror on another harmless mercy ship. And the list of monstrous crimes against human decency just got even longer

Stuart Littlewood views Britain’s complicity through silence in Israel’s hijacking of a vessel carrying medical supplies for the blockaded Gaza Strip, against the background of the UN’s phony Palmer inquiry into a previous Israeli hijacking of an aid ship. >>

Aug 03 10:11

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ is demand that Palestinians abandon their rights and dreams

While celebrating Ahed release, we should also pause to remember Razan Al-Najjar, the heroic nurse tending the wounded at the Gaza Great March of Return fatally shot on June 1st by an IDF sniper in cold blood while apart from the demonstrators, away from the fence, dressed in easily identifiable white medical clothing, working in the vicinity of Khan Yunis.

We should also salute Dareen Tatour, fine Palestinian poet, author of the poem “Resist My People, Resist Them,” sentenced to prison just now for the sin of writing defiant poetry, having only recently been released from years of house arrest, denied access to the Internet, and even to her own village community.

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