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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.

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.

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