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Jan 18 10:27

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were not simply perverted sex traffickers

?Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were not simply perverted sex traffickers; they were agents of the Israeli state and were running a sophisticated, well-funded and extremely far-reaching honey pot operation. They supplied underage girls to leading politicians, influential figures and dignitaries – including US Presidents and members of the British Royal family – and recorded the interactions. Those caught on tape then had their ‘interactions’ leveraged against them to ensure that they always did the ‘right thing' when it came to matters that were of interest to Israel.

This is how Israel controls your politicians and shapes foreign and domestic policy in Western nations.

Jan 18 10:06

Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in Khirbet Ibziq

For Palestinian residents of Khirbet Ibziq, the Jordan Valley, the end of 2021 was a tragic one. Eleven families cannot help but recall the moment when Israeli soldiers invaded their community, announced it a closed military zone and demolished their property on December 28.

Forty structures- residential tents and animal shacks were razed to the ground.

Six of the targeted families were watching Israeli bulldozers while reducing their homes to rubble. The five other families were forced to hold a hammer and self-demolish their own homes with the same hands that once built them.

Jan 18 10:05

The Jewish National Fund is Ethnically Cleansing the Naqab

At dawn today, January 12, 2022, Israeli bulldozers and combat-ready soldiers raided the Palestinian village of Al-Atrash in the Naqab desert in southern 1948 Palestine [present-day Israel]. For the third day in a row, Israeli bulldozers have been bulldozing large swathes of land belonging to Palestinians from the village.

The escalated ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Al-Atrash is part of a scheme that is being implemented jointly by both the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and Israel’s Land Authority.

As a response to this, Palestinians from Al-Atrash and the surrounding areas have been protesting for three days now in an attempt to stop the seizure of their land.

Jan 18 08:24

Absurd ‘antisemitism’ charge against Emma Watson has exposed witchhunt strategy of Israel supporters

It’s an obvious point, but the obvious bears repeating. The absurd accusations of antisemitism against actress Emma Watson last week for expressing solidarity for Palestinians have backfired against Israeli leaders and in one bright flash helped to discredit an ancient tried-and-true strategy of the Israel lobby: maligning critics of Israel’s policies as antisemites.

Israel’s supporters have been effective for years at muzzling critics by doing just that. The good news of the Emma Watson’s smearing is that this time even establishment types raised an eyebrow over the strategy– and may even have noticed the anti-Palestinian bigotry that animates it.

So we should embrace the Emma Watson moment, as another landmark in the march to the mainstream of Palestinian solidarity.

Jan 18 08:14

Reports: Israel's ex-PM Netanyahu accepts plea deal in corruption trial

The former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's demand that a plea deal in his criminal trial include a clause banning him from public office for seven years, Israeli TV, KAN, reported Monday.

Israel's Channel 12 news quoted an unnamed associate of Netanyahu as saying that he has "decided to go for a deal and accept the attorney general's bottom line," referring to the "moral turpitude" designation.

Netanyahu is on trial in three separate graft cases; for fraud and breach of trust in Case 1,000 and in Case 2,000, and for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in Case 4,000.

According to media reports, the details of a plea agreement that have already been agreed would include dropping the most serious charge against him, for bribery Case 4,000, as well as the entire Case 2,000, and seeing Netanyahu admit to fraud and breach of trust in both Cases 4,000 and 1,000.

Jan 18 08:13

Palestinian Prisoners Join Mass Hunger Strike in Support of Critically Ill Abu Hamid

Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons are taking part in a mass hunger strike on Monday, in protest against Israel’s refusal to release critically ill Nasser Abu Hamid, Anadolu has reported.

Abu Hamid, 49, is suffering from cancer and is in a coma due to acute pneumonia.

“The prisoners are going on hunger strike for one day in protest against the medical negligence of sick prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid and to exert pressure for him to be released,” said the Prisoners Information Office.

Jan 18 08:12

FLASHBACK - The Balfour Declaration: Britain's fatal mistake in Palestine

More than a century after Lord Balfour made his declaration, there is little agreement about what former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George’s foreign secretary or subsequent governments intended to do with Palestine.

It should not be such a mystery. Britain wanted Palestine for its own empire, for simple geostrategic reasons born of World War I. Towards that end, the British government sought to exploit the Zionist movement - not to create a Jewish state, but to partner with Zionist settlers in managing Palestine over the predictable opposition of the Palestinian Arab majority.

If one were to compare Palestine to the French mandate in Lebanon, the Zionists were the Maronites of British Palestine: a compact minority community that would openly advocate for a British mandate at the Paris Peace Conference and cooperate with the British in governing the territory.

Jan 18 08:03

Israeli trash is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank

The Times of Israel recently reported on what sounds like a complicated story of environmental pollution and cancer in an area near the West Bank city of Hebron. The tragic issue can be boiled down to one main reason: Israel’s brutal occupation.

The pollution comes from the burning of discarded electronic equipment, or e-waste, most of it smuggled out of Israel by companies trying to reduce disposal costs. In an area where the average day labor wage is about $35 a day, Palestinians can earn double that by dismantling and reselling Israeli trash. But It’s possible to pull in $160 a day burning the plastic coating off electronic cables to get the copper inside.

The clouds of black smoke from the process have resulted in soaring cancer rates. A woman whose home is in range of the smoke said, “There isn’t a house on our street without someone who’s had cancer or passed away.” Her own four-year-old son has leukemia.

Jan 18 07:38

Israel should repeat 1948 military operation in Negev against Palestinians, says general

A top Israeli reserve general had called for a repeat of the 1948 military operation that led to Israel's control over the Negev ("Naqab") Desert and the displacement of thousands of Palestinians.

The general was commenting on protests by Palestinians in the Negev against Israeli razing of their lands.

Major General Yom-Tov Samiah, who served as commander of the Southern Zone in the Israeli Army during the Second Intifada, said in a tweet: "Operation 'Yoav' will soon return to liberate the Negev. Luckily General Shaike Gavish [who led the operation at the time] is alive. He will pass on some lessons."

He added: "If we continue at this rate of loss of control we will have to retake the Negev and Galilee. Civil war is on the doorstep."

Jan 18 07:37

Committee advances plans for new Jerusalem homes beyond Green Line

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee advanced a 1,465-unit plan for a new neighborhood in the capital, half of which would be in the contested area over the 1967 ceasefire line.

The new neighborhood — known as the Lower Aqueduct — has been planned for the land between the Jewish neighborhoods of Givat Hamatos and Har Homa, both of which are located beyond the Green Line. About half of the planned construction would be in the Mateh Yehudah Regional Council inside Israel; the rest would be in municipal East Jerusalem.

Following the committee’s approval, the Lower Aqueduct plan advanced to the “deposit” stage, meaning that it only needs one more approval before ground can be broken on the construction.

Jan 18 07:32

Standoff in Sheikh Jarrah: Israeli police attempt to forcibly remove Palestinian family from their home

Social media was flooded on Monday morning with photos of members of the Salhiya family standing on top of the roof of their Sheikh Jarrah home as armed Israeli forces attempted to remove them from their home. News outlets quoted Mahmoud Salhiya as saying that he would set himself on fire and blow the house with the gas tank if the eviction was carried out.

Jan 18 07:14

Israeli trial, world’s first, finds 4th dose ‘not good enough’ against Omicron

Nearly a month after Sheba Medical Center launched a landmark study to test the efficacy of a fourth COVID shot, the hospital said Monday that this fourth booster was only partially effective in protecting against the Omicron strain.

“The vaccine, which was very effective against the previous strains, is less effective against the Omicron strain,” Prof. Gili Regev-Yochay, a lead researcher in the experiment said.

“We see an increase in antibodies, higher than after the third dose,” Regev-Yochay said. “However, we see many infected with Omicron who received the fourth dose. Granted, a bit less than in the control group, but still a lot of infections,” she added.

Jan 18 07:12

Establishment Jewish groups’ fake support for anti-racism

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protest movement that followed, thousands of organizations have taken to social media, expressing their support for Black lives and the right to protest injustice. Among those jumping on the bandwagon were 130 Jewish organizations, 800 rabbis, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

But talk is cheap. Several Israeli and Jewish human rights groups have called out AIPAC and others for their duplicity.

+972 Mag – an independent, nonprofit website run by Israeli and Palestinian journalists – recently posted an article entitled, “U.S. Jews are standing up for Black lives. Why aren’t we doing so for Palestinians?” The article boldly declared,

Jan 18 06:50

Zionist Power Over Washington

There have appeared a couple of stories recently that illustrate how there is only one “red line” that no one dares cross in Washington and that is criticism of Israel and its associated supportive mythologies of increasing “holocaust denial” and “surging anti-Semitism.” The rule is ruthlessly enforced by the Israel Lobby, often by its redoubtable Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which is based in New York City but has a regional office in the capital, conveniently close to government offices, from which vantage point it can observe possible deviations and mete out instant punishment.

Jan 18 06:26

FLASHBACK - Israel's Ethnic Weapon?

ISRAEL IS REPORTEDLY developing a biological weapon that would harm Arabs while leaving Jews unaffected, according to a report in London's Sunday Times. The report, citing Israeli military and western intelligence sources, says that scientists are trying to identify distinctive genes carried by Arabs to create a genetically modified bacterium or virus.

Jan 17 14:38

Prince Andrew suspected of ‘intimate relationship’ with Ghislaine Maxwell

In an ITV documentary scheduled to air Tuesday, Paul Page, who protected the Duke of York from 1998 to 2004, alleges that Maxwell was so close to Prince Andrew that she was allowed to enter and exit Buckingham Palace at will.

While working in the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command unit, former officer Page stated that a colleague of his “remembered her coming in four times in one day,” as she regularly visited the prince when he was living at the palace.

Maxwell visited Buckingham Palace in 2001, according to Page, the same year that Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre alleges Prince Andrew had sex with her at the British socialite’s London townhouse.

Jan 17 13:31

Reports: Fauci Has Investments In Chinese-Tied Fund

Republican senators find NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci has questionable investments in Chinese-tied companies.

On Saturday, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) released Fauci’s financial disclosures showing his investments in the Matthews Pacific Tiger Fund among other things. That fund has nearly 43 percent of its portfolio invested in Hong Kong and China, including a Chinese pharmaceutical company.

Overall, Fauci has almost $10.5 million invested in various companies and critics are sounding the alarm over his potential conflicts of interests. Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton specially commented on the matter.

“His daily calendar from January 1, 2009 to the present in time…confidentiality documents, conflict documents and economical disclosure documents — it’s all about Dr. Fauci, his current job description.”

Jan 17 10:14

The US Enables Criminal Israeli Behavior

Given all the attention focused on the covid-19 pandemic, the Build Back Better bill, the January 6th attack on the Capitol and the media-hyped crises over Ukraine and Taiwan this past year, many other important issues have not received much attention. One example is the Palestinian/Israeli situation.

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Jan 17 10:13

HRW: Israel Doubled Down on Policies to Repress Palestinians in 2021

Israeli occupation authorities doubled down on policies to repress Palestinians and privilege illegal Jewish settlers during the last year, Human Rights Watch stated in a new report.

“The government’s policy of maintaining the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), coupled with the particularly severe repression against Palestinians living in the OPT, amounts to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution,” the report reads.

Jan 17 10:13

Israeli Police Ran Over a Palestinian Anti-occupation Protester – Then Fled the Scene

In the intensive care ward at Al-Mizan Hopsital in Hebron, Suleiman Hadalan lies sedated and intubated, a gash in his head. No one is allowed to enter his room, not even his two wives or his three daughters and seven sons – though one of the latter managed to sneak in for a moment. It’s not clear how old Hadalan is. His ID card says 65, but he has said for some time that he passed the 70-year mark a while ago and that the ID data is wrong.

Hadalan is a shepherd and a well-known occupation resister and activist in his unrecognized village of Umm al-Khair in the South Hebron Hills. There is barely no demonstration or act of resistance in this beleaguered and remote area that takes place without his participation. “He is the village’s clock,” his son Eid says of him, in his fine Hebrew.

Jan 17 10:12

Radical Israelis raid East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with Israeli forces protection

Radical Israelis raided occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex en masse on Sunday, the Islamic Waqf Department said.

The Israelis encroached on Islam's third-most-sacred site with Israeli security looking after their safety, Anadolu Agency reported.

They came in via Al-Mugharbah Gate, the Jordanian-administered religious endowment organisation said.

Starting in 2003, Tel Aviv began permitting its citizens to encroach on the Al-Aqsa complex on a near-daily basis.

Jan 17 10:11

In nod to opposition, ministers advance new bill to renew ‘Citizenship Law’

Cabinet ministers gave first-stage approval Sunday to a bill that would bar Palestinians who marry Israelis from receiving permits to live with their spouses in Israel, months after an earlier ban expired following a dramatic coalition fight.

The bill — widely referred to as the “Citizenship Law” — passed a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which allows it to be fast-tracked through the legislative process. From there, the bill goes to the Knesset, where it must still pass three votes before becoming law.

Sunday’s bill was submitted by opposition MK Simcha Rothman (Religious Zionism), and was nearly identical to legislation sponsored by the government last week.

Jan 17 08:57

Israel Reportedly Made 'Wish List' of Weapons for US to Engage Iran, Hezbollah

The new Israeli government of Naftali Bennet, which came to power last year, has repeatedly warned that it might act preemptively to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Tehran insists that it doesn't seek to build nukes and that its nuclear programme is peaceful.

Tel Aviv compiled a secret "wish list" of weapons it wants the US to store in its Israeli-based War Reserves Stock Allies (WRSA-I) – stockpiles of American weapons stored for the country's use in case of war, the military news outlet Breaking Defense has reported, citing anonymous military sources in Tel Aviv.

The "wish list" reportedly contained various "aerial munitions" that Tel Aviv believes might be needed in the event of a conflict between Israel and either Iran or Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

Jan 16 10:18

Florida State Drops Middle East Studies Association Membership As Group Moves Towards Israel Boycott

As previously reported, on December 2, 2021, the business meeting at the annual meeting passed a resolution endorsing the BDS boycott against Israel. The resolution now goes to a full membership vote expected to start in mid-to-late January 2022.

If MESA’s membership ratifies the academic boycott of Israel, it will have profound implications for the academic freedom of American students and scholars, not just Israelis, as I explored in an Op-Ed at The NY Post:

BDS represents a full-frontal assault on academic freedom at American universities and colleges, not just against Israeli institutions. BDS academic boycott guidelines bar almost all interactions with Israeli academic institutions and “representatives” of such institutions.

Jan 16 09:09

Government response to omicron variant triggers uproar in Israel

The Israeli government’s response to the omicron variant of coronavirus has triggered controversy among health officials.

In a post published on the Ichilov Hospital's official Facebook page, Dr. Idit Matot, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain, accused Israeli health authorities of exaggerating the fear of the omicron variant.

"We have seen in the past month that omicron is highly contagious but causes minimal damage," Matot said.

The Israeli doctor noted that the Icholov Hospital, a main hospital complex serving Tel Aviv, does not have a single omicron patient on a ventilator or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

She said the publication of the number of serious patients with coronavirus in the media was “misleading”, calling for easing quarantine rules.

Jan 16 08:58

Jewish Settlers, Accompanied by Israeli Soldiers, Attack Palestine TV Crew

Jewish settlers attacked the Palestine TV crew on Friday morning while they were returning from a filming assignment in the Jordan Valley, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to a WAFA correspondent, the crew, composed of three members, were stopped and forced out of their vehicle near the village of Bittin, east of Ramallah.

Jan 16 08:45

Professor Ehud Qimron: “Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure”

Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University and one of the leading Israeli immunologists, has written an open letter sharply criticizing the Israeli – and indeed global – management of the coronavirus pandemic.

Original letter in Hebrew: N12 News https://www.mako.co.il/news-columns/2022_q1/Article-dfd99ca599e2e71026... (January 6, 2022); translated by Google/SPR. See also: Professor Qimron’s prediction from August 2020: “History will judge the hysteria”

Jan 16 07:23

The mandates are falling apart in Israel

Efrat Fenigson with an update on how the mandates are falling apart in Israel. The majority of the public no longer has a valid green pass now and only 10% of eligible children have been vaccinated. Also the government was caught lying about the number of unvaccinated (much like what just came out in the UK (https://dailyexpose.uk/2021/12/17/23-million-not-vaccinated-in-england/)). The powers-that-be want you demoralized. Don't give in. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Jan 15 08:06

New US envoy says ‘absolutely won’t’ visit settlements, to avoid inflaming tensions

New US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides said Friday that he’d never visited an Israeli settlement in the West Bank and had no plans to do so, as part of his effort as envoy not to take steps that could inflame the situation on the ground.

When pressed, during his first interview with Israeli media since arriving in Israel, as to whether he might make such a visit, Nides told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, “I absolutely will not.”

The interview, while conducted in English, was published in Hebrew. A spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Jerusalem confirmed that the ambassador was accurately quoted. The quotes presented in this story were translated from the Hebrew report.

Jan 15 07:24

Senior Israeli immunologist blasts mass vaccination, COVID restrictions in powerful letter

A top immunologist in Israel criticized mass vaccination for COVID-19 and blasted officials who have “branded” the unvaccinated “as spreaders of the disease” in a powerful letter to the Israeli Ministry of Health.

The letter, written by Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University, picks apart vaccine-focused COVID strategies embraced by governments around the world, which Qimron derided as “doomed to fail.”

“Two years late, you finally realize that a respiratory virus cannot be defeated and that any such attempt is doomed to fail,” he wrote to the Israeli health ministry. “You do not admit it, because you have admitted almost no mistake in the last two years, but in retrospect it is clear that you have failed miserably in almost all of your actions, and even the media is already having a hard time covering your shame.”

Jan 14 08:59

Israel’s Bennett Tells Putin World Must Take Strong Stance Against Iran

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and called on the world powers involved in the Vienna talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal to take a strong stance against the Islamic Republic.

“Against the backdrop of the nuclear talks in Vienna, the prime minister stressed the importance of a strong and determined stance against Iran’s progress in the nuclear project,” Bennett’s office said in a statement.

Russia is one of the participants of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, and has been attending the Vienna talks. Israel’s opposition to the talks is no secret, and Bennett has publicly called on the US to “immediately” halt the negotiations and increase the pressure on Iran.

Jan 14 07:42

US Calls for Investigation into Death of Palestinian-American in West Bank

The US State Department on Wednesday called for a thorough investigation into the death of a Palestinian-American after being detained and harassed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

80-year-old Omar Abdelmajid As’ad died early Wednesday after Israeli soldiers detained, blindfolded, handcuffed and assaulted him in the village of Jiljilya, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Jan 14 07:15

Thousands of right-wing activists rally in Jerusalem to ‘overthrow evil government’

Thousands of people turned out Thursday night for a right-wing demonstration against the government outside Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office in Jerusalem.

Religious Zionism MKs Bezalel Smotrich, Itamar Ben Gvir and Simcha Rothman, as well as Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, were among several opposition lawmakers and officials who spoke at the protest, organized by Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

The demonstration was originally aimed at protesting the government’s attitude toward illegal outposts, claiming it was delegitimizing the settler movement.

Jan 14 07:14

How Palestinian Christians are being driven out of Jerusalem

Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and Israel are at risk of disappearing in the face of systematic attempts to drive them out of the Old City and other parts of the Holy Land.

Like every year at Christmas, Christian patriarchs and heads of churches warned of the fate of their communities in the region.

In a campaign launched ahead of festivities, Jerusalem’s church leaders issued a joint statement in mid-December saying that “Christians have become the target of frequent and sustained attacks by fringe radical groups” alluding to Israeli far-right settlers who aim to “diminish" the Christian presence.

Jan 14 07:14

Gaza child dies after West Bank hospital refuses to receive him

Residents of the besieged Gaza Strip have expressed anger after the death of a Palestinian child who was ill with cancer.

Salim al-Nawati, 16, was supposed to attend medical procedures at a West Bank hospital but Israel, which controls crossings from the Gaza Strip, prevented him from doing so.

His condition deteriorated shortly afterwards and this led to his death.

Two months ago, al-Nawati's family discovered that he had leukemia after he received a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus.

Jan 14 07:13

Israel's crackdown on Palestinians in Negev threatens Bedouins and its own government

A brutal crackdown on Bedouins in south Israel's Negev this week amid a controversial forestation plan has once again cracked open tensions between Palestinian citizens and the Israeli state - providing a new and perhaps even existential challenge to the government.

Both right-wing Israeli nationalists and Palestinian citizens sit in Israel's unwieldy coalition, and attempts by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to claim land in the Negev long cultivated by Bedouins have exposed their disparate views and electorates.

Since late December, Israel has deployed dozens of police officers, military vehicles, dogs and horse units to crush Palestinian protesters and protect the JNF's workers and bulldozers in the al-Naqe area.

Jan 14 07:12

Israeli forces violently suppress Palestinian protest in Naqab

Dozens of Palestinian Bedouins have been wounded in a crackdown by Israeli forces on a protest against continuing Israeli forestation work on land residents say they privately own near the southern city of Beer al-Sabe (Beer Sheva).

Some 500 protesters took part in Thursday’s demonstration, which began at 3pm (13:00 GMT). They were met with hundreds of Israeli forces who fired rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, as well as skunk water.

Jan 13 15:53

New Revelations in the US + What’s Happening in Israel Today

This is important to watch because what is happening in Israel today is what will be happening in the US tomorrow as Biden keeps pursuing the senseless mandates, despite the clear evidence they are making things worse. He doesn’t care.

Jan 13 07:58

Israel founders were 'thieves', Israeli historian says

Early Jewish settlers in Palestine "looted Arab property", a new book by an Israeli historian has said, adding "authorities turned a blind eye".

In what has been described as the "first-ever comprehensive study" by Israeli historian Adam Raz described "the extent to which Jews looted Arab property" during the Jewish gangs' attack in 1948 on Palestinians and their homes, and explains why Ben-Gurion said "most of the Jews are thieves."

Writing in Haaretz, Ofer Aderet's review of Raz's book was entitled: "Jewish soldiers and civilians looted Arab neighbors' property en masse in '48. The authorities turned a blind eye."

Another senior writer at Haaretz, Gideon Levy, commented that the words "most of the Jews are thieves", "wasn't uttered by an antisemitic leader, a Jew hater or a neo-Nazi, but by the founder of the State of Israel, two months after it was founded."

Jan 13 07:27

West Bank: Elderly Palestinian-American dies after violent arrest by Israeli forces

An elderly Palestinian with US citizenship died of a heart attack on Wednesday morning after he was violently detained by Israeli soldiers during a raid on Jaljulia village, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, his family said.

Omar Muhammad Asaad, 80, was driving home after midnight when soldiers stopped him, dragged him out of the car and assaulted him before leaving him lying unconscious on the ground, eyewitnesses told the family.

Abd al-Ilah Asaad, Omar's cousin, told Middle East Eye he spent the night with Omar at a family house nearby. At around 2am, Omar left to go to his home in the village, where he was arrested by Israeli forces, Abd al-Ilah said.

Two young men who were detained in the same location as Omar told the family that he was pulled out of the car and dragged for about 200 meters. Soldiers aggressively handled Omar, handcuffed him, gagged his mouth and forced him to lie on his stomach, they added.

Jan 13 06:10

Israel’s prime minister pressures teenage girl to take COVID injection on live television

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recently pressured a reluctant teenage girl to take a COVID vaccine on live television.

The girl, the daughter of one of Bennett’s friends, was said to have been afraid and reluctant to get vaccinated. In front of a primetime TV audience, she is seen squirming in a chair while a nurse prepares to inject her with Pfizer’s COVID shot.

Jan 12 11:36

Netanyahu Was in Plea Talks for Corruption Cases, Report Says

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in lengthy negotiations for a plea agreement in the criminal cases against him, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Wednesday.

The talks ended because Netanyahu demanded the deal not include jail time or a finding of moral turpitude, according to the report by journalist Ben Caspit.

Jan 12 09:40

Diminishing respect for Christianity in Israel? Patriarchs of Jerusalem with critique of Jewish Radicals’ intimidation

Herland Report: Diminishing respect for Christianity in Israel? The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem recently voiced growing concern of Jewish Orthodox and other radicals who are continually persecuting the Christian communities in Jerusalem.

They argued that if the continuous intimidation of local Christian communities, the regular assault of priests and churches attacked is not stopped or dealt properly with by Israeli authorities, they fear for the presence of Christians in the Holy Land.

The statement was signed by the leadership of all the city’s major churches, including the Custody of the Holy Land representing the Vatican, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the head of the Anglican Church.

Jan 12 09:00

Israeli PM Expects War Soon in Either Gaza or Lebanon

Israeli premier Naftali Bennett has been telling parliament about the Israeli military preparing to attack Iran. Tuesday, he told parliament that they’re also preparing for smaller wars.

Bennett says he expects an escalation soon with either Lebanon or the Gaza Strip, and that the military is preparing for either. These are small neighbors that Israel remains hostile toward, and goes to war with intermittently.

It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility there might be a conflict there, but it’s not clear why either case would escalate at any given time. These wars tend to be popular in Israel for the ruling party though, so they may be wishful thinking.

Jan 12 08:57

Israeli Paramilitary Gangs Block Roads, Invade Village Near Nablus

A group of several hundred armed paramilitary colonizers, accompanied by dozens of Israeli soldiers, stormed the village of Awarta, south of Nablus, on Monday to perform religious rituals at a site located on Palestinian land in Awarta.

To prepare for the arrival of the paramilitary colonizers, Israeli troops fired sound bombs at the roofs of Palestinian homes in the village, causing distress to the residents and terrifying the children in their homes.

According to Saad Awad, the head of the Awarta Village Council, after terrorizing the villagers with military vehicles and sound bombs, the paramilitary settlers invaded with more than twenty buses. They entered the shrines of al-Fadil and al-Eizar, which are ancient sites in the village.

Awad added that although right-wing extremist Jews believe that there is a religious significance to the site for people who practice Judaism, he said that no archaeological evidence supports the colonizers’ claims.

Jan 12 08:56

US quietly ditches Greece's EastMed pipeline project to ship Israeli gas to Europe

The US government silently abandoned an eastern Mediterranean pipeline project that would carry Israeli gas through Cyprus to Europe this week by submitting a non-paper to Athens explaining its reasons, Middle East Eye has learned.

The US non-paper, according to the Greek media, described the project as a “primary source of tension” and something “destabilising” the region by putting Turkey and regional countries at loggerheads.

A non-paper is an unofficial diplomatic correspondence.

A Greek diplomat, speaking anonymously to Middle East Eye, said the media reports were exaggerations.

Jan 12 07:37

Absurd ‘antisemitism’ charge against Emma Watson has exposed witchhunt strategy of Israel supporters

It’s an obvious point, but the obvious bears repeating. The absurd accusations of antisemitism against actress Emma Watson last week for expressing solidarity for Palestinians have backfired against Israeli leaders and in one bright flash helped to discredit an ancient tried-and-true strategy of the Israel lobby: maligning critics of Israel’s policies as antisemites.

Israel’s supporters have been effective for years at muzzling critics by doing just that. The good news of the Emma Watson’s smearing is that this time even establishment types raised an eyebrow over the strategy– and may even have noticed the anti-Palestinian bigotry that animates it.

So we should embrace the Emma Watson moment, as another landmark in the march to the mainstream of Palestinian solidarity.

Jan 11 08:11

Preparing for Iran Strike: Bennett Says Israel Undergoing Largest Rearmament in Years

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) on Monday that Israel is undergoing its largest rearmament in years, according to Israeli media.

Bennett’s remarks come as the Israeli army is preparing for a potential strike on Iran.

Jan 11 07:18

Israeli Cabinet Approves New ‘Family Separation Law’ (VIDEO)

The Israeli cabinet approved a bill on Sunday that would again ban Palestinians married to Israeli citizens from living with their spouses in the occupation state, Israeli media reported.

The bill, commonly referred to as ‘Citizenship Law’, was submitted by extreme right-wing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked. months after an earlier ban expired following a government coalition fight.

Jan 11 07:17

West Bank: Israeli forces storm Birzeit University, shoot and arrest students

At least one Palestinian student has been wounded by Israeli fire and four others were arrested as soldiers stormed Birzeit University near Ramallah on Monday.

A group of undercover Israeli agents, known as Mustarebeen, entered the university's campus from the northern gate and fired live bullets at the students, Birzeit University said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The soldiers opened fire to keep students away as they made their arrests, wounding two people, according to Palestinians news agency Wafa.

A video shared by local Palestinian media shows Ismail Barghouti, one of the arrested students, receiving treatment in a hospital after the raid.

Jan 11 07:16

Eight Homeless as Israeli Authorities Force Palestinian to Demolish His Home in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

The Israeli Jerusalem Municipality forced a Palestinian family to demolish their house in the village of Sur Baher, southeast of the occupied holy city, Palestinian news agencies reported on Sunday.

According to Safa, Israeli occupation forces said the house, belonging to the Abu Kaf family, had been built without the necessary planning permits.

Jan 11 07:15

A deadly trash trade is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank

When Israa’s four-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia, she spent little time wondering why. The answer was all around her: the acrid, toxic smog created by Palestinians burning Israeli electronic waste to extract valuable raw metals.

“There isn’t a house on our street without someone who’s had cancer or passed away,” said Israa, who lives in Beit Awwa, a small town near Hebron.

Jan 11 06:33

Germany must treat Ukraine like Israel – Kiev

Germany has a moral responsibility for the future of Ukraine and is therefore obliged to sell Kiev arms so the country can defend itself against purported Russian aggression, its ambassador to Berlin has claimed.

Speaking as part of an interview with Funke media group published on Monday, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnik said, “we call on the [German] government to abandon its current position, which from the point of view of morality is absolutely unnecessary, and urgently provide Ukraine with the necessary defensive weapons. We have the right to self-defense.”

At present, Berlin does not supply arms to countries where there are military conflicts. The Eastern European nation has seen bloody internal fighting since the 2014 Maidan, which saw the government toppled by violent street protests, with clashes escalating in the Donbass region in recent months.

Jan 10 11:50

Unjustly smeared as “anti-Semitic” (whatever that means)?

Stuart Littlewood highlights Israel's and its Zionist terror networks' abuse of the term "anti-Semitism", and recalls former Israeli Director of Military Intelligence Yehoshafat Harkabi's warning that "Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world".>>

Jan 10 09:27

Palestinian church leader says Israeli extremists threaten Christian presence in Jerusalem

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem has accused radical Israeli groups of threatening the presence of Christians in the holy city, in remarks that Israeli officials rejected as baseless.

In a column in the Times of London on Saturday, His Beatitude, Theophilos III, said he believed the aim was to drive the Christian community from Jerusalem's Old City, which has sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the Old City, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in a 1967 war. It annexed East Jerusalem after the war in a move that has not won international recognition.

Jan 10 09:26

WATCH: Armed Jewish Settlers Attack Susiya Village

Armed Jewish settlers on Friday evening attacked the village of Susiya, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), and terrified its residents, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Fo’ad Emour, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that a group of armed Jewish settlers attacked the village, opened fire at homes and shouted profanities at local Palestinian residents.

Jan 10 08:48

Bennett Warns Israel Won't Be Bound by Any Iran Nuclear Deal, Will 'Reserve Freedom of Action'

Tehran, other signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran nuclear deal, and the United States have been negotiating on bringing the agreement back online. Israel has repeatedly threatened to carry out strikes against the Islamic Republic targeting its nuclear programme, either unilaterally or in coordination with Washington.
Israel is not part of the talks in Vienna on the JCPOA, and will not be bound by their terms, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said.

"In regard to the nuclear talks in Vienna, we are definitely concerned...Israel is not a side to the agreements. Israel is not bound by what will be written in the agreements, if they are signed, and Israel will continue to maintain full freedom of action anywhere, any time, with no constraints," Bennett said, speaking at a briefing of the Knesset's foreign affairs and defence committee on Monday.

Jan 10 07:25

The hurdles to leaving Gaza for medical care (Or, what can you really hide inside a tube of toothpaste?)

We were aware of the “security” issues the Israelis impose on Palestinians crossing Erez. No food. No water. Lipstick? No. Eyeliner? No. Sunblock? No. And no luggage with wheels. We didn’t want to be sent back after all.

In 2019 doctors had finally figured out the cause behind my migraines, and decided I should immediately undergo an operation which Gaza’s hospitals couldn’t handle. Little did anyone know this “immediately” would take forever. Five whole months!

My mother and I applied for the Israeli permits to travel to the West Bank to seek medication. A few months later, a message was received. Noor, me, yes. Ibtisam, my mom, no.

Jan 10 07:24

Israeli Army Bulldozes Palestinian Wheat Fields to Make Way for Tanks

Dusk descended; in a moment the valley would be blanketed by darkness. For a fleeting moment, the white smoke curling up from the taboon mingled with the black smoke disgorged by the bulldozer. It was an optical illusion: a few dozen meters separated the oven from the armored bulldozer. Bread was baking in the taboon, the machine was demolishing fields of wheat. The scenes blended into a surrealistic image.

Jan 10 07:12

High-profile cases shine harsh light on Israel’s draconian interrogation tactics

The subjects at the center of two high-profile cases are alleging that Israeli interrogators forced them to endure humiliating and inhumane conditions outlawed in most Western countries in order to extract information — and it turns out that they’re far from alone.

Moshe Hogeg, a prominent businessman and owner of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, says that while in police custody he was interrogated after being deprived of sleep for days, and in between questioning was confined to a cockroach-infested holding cell.

In a recording of an interrogation of Nir Hefetz, who had been an aide to former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a detective can be heard warning that Hefetz’s family is in terrible danger, citing an imminent “bombshell” about to be released about him.

Jan 10 07:11

Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Child Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Saturday, a Palestinian child and caused many residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp, leading to protests before the soldiers fired a few live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

They added that one child, 14 years of age, was injured by shrapnel of live fire in the chest, before he was rushed to Beit Jala governmental hospital, suffering moderate-but-stable wounds.

Jan 09 06:36

Israel-China trade caught between US pressure and BDS

On Monday, sources in the Israeli government leaked the news that Israel had informed the US State Department that, from now on, all major business deals between Israel and China would be cleared with Washington first.

According to Haaretz, this was an Israeli initiative rather than succumbing to a direct US demand.

The announcement comes after the Israeli government has been pushing the boundaries of US goodwill towards the country in recent months.

Jan 08 08:08

UK-Based NGO Launches Campaign to Stop Israel’s Administrative Detention

UK-based NGO Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) launched a campaign in London, calling for an end to the administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial – of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces.

The #StopAdministrativeDetention campaign urges people to write to their MPs to “condemn this disgraceful treatment of Palestinians” and “to stop Israel imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial.”

Jan 08 07:42

My Paper on Jewish Influence Blows Up

My paper “The Default Hypothesis Fails to Explain Jewish Influence” has generated considerable controversy. Springer Nature has put up the following statement at the beginning of the article:

04 January 2022 Editor’s Note: The Editor-in-Chief and publisher are aware of concerns raised with the content of this article and are investigating. Editorial action will be taken as appropriate once investigation of the concerns is complete and all parties have been given an opportunity to respond in full.

The good news, of course, is that they are saying that I will be able to “respond in full.” This could get very interesting.

Jan 08 07:30

Emma Watson’s Advocacy of Palestinian Rights is Justified

On January 3, 2022, Emma Watson, a famous English actress, posted an image of a pro-Palestinian rally, with the words "Solidarity is a verb" written across it. It was accompanied by the following quote about the meaning of solidarity from the academic Sara Ahmed: "Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground."

Jan 08 07:24

Polish leader admits country bought powerful Israeli spyware

Poland’s most powerful politician has acknowledged that the country bought advanced spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, but denied that it was being used to target his political opponents.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party, Law and Justice, said in an interview that the secret services in many countries are using the Pegasus software to combat crime and corruption.

Kaczynski said the use of such spyware arose in response to the growing use of encryption to mask data in transit, which defeated earlier monitoring technologies. By hacking phones, it lets authorities monitor communications, as well as real-time conversations where they are not encrypted.

“It would be bad if the Polish services did not have this type of tool,” Kaczynski said in an interview to be published in the Monday edition of weekly magazine Sieci. The wPolityce.pl news portal published excerpts on Friday.

Jan 08 07:16

The long battle to save the largest Palestinian cemetery in Haifa

The Muslim cemetery in Balad a-Sheikh reminds us of the days before the 1948 Nakba, when Haifa was a major Palestinian city. Since 1948, the state of Israel and private companies have been trying to destroy the cemetery and convert it to commercial property. The Palestinian community succeeded, so far, to prevent its destruction. Now, facing new plans to build on the cemetery, the struggle is entering a new phase.

The Historic Significance of “Al-Qassam Cemetery”

Jan 08 07:15

‘It won’t end with us’: Addameer director warns of repercussions of Israeli ‘terror’ designation

In a small office near downtown Ramallah, a melting pot of staff members, of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, flow in and out of their workspaces. Some of the staff chat while they have lunch, while others sit at their computers, or comb over files at their desks.

It’s a typical office scene that can be found most anywhere in the world — books line the shelves, while art posters and the faces of the clients they have helped cover the walls.

Any stranger who might enter the office, belonging to Addameer, the premiere Palestinian prisoners rights group, would be surprised to find out that the staff members in front of them are at risk of being arrested at any moment by Israel, which considers the organization they work for the be a “terrorist institution.”

Jan 07 08:35

Yes, Canada does arm and fund Israel

Last month Canada’s top diplomat in Ramallah claimed that “we neither arm nor fund Israel.”

Robin Wettlaufer told this outright lie in response to a tweet from me. I had commented on Wettlaufer’s hypocrisy for claiming to care about “democracy” for Palestinians while her government actually helps Israel kill, dispossess and oppress them.

As I wrote at the time, Wettlaufer’s disinformation sparked a vigorous backlash from Canadian groups and activists, many of whom offered examples of how their government indeed arms and funds Israel.

One of those groups, the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, invited me to take part in a panel discussion this week titled “Yes, Canada arms and funds Israel.”

Opening the panel, I spoke about how Canada presents itself as a benign global promoter of human rights and gender equality, when in reality it is – just like Israel – a settler-colonial state founded on the destruction and dispossession of Indigenous peoples.

Jan 07 08:34

Major performers dump Sydney Festival over Israeli sponsorship

At least 30 major artists, performers and organizations have pulled out of the Sydney Festival in Australia over a $20,000 sponsorship deal with the Israeli embassy.

Comedian Tom Ballard stated that “I love the Festival and I love telling jokes, but standing up for human rights and standing against a system of apartheid is more important.”

Jan 07 08:26

Israel admits Covid mutation rendered travel bans useless

Israel has lifted its strict Covid-19 travel ban against ‘high risk’ countries, such as the US and UK, acknowledging that the spread of the Omicron variant has rendered such restrictions obsolete.

Nachman Ash, the director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Health, revealed on Thursday that travel would resume to and from ‘red-list’ countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland – which are considered by Israel to be some of the “highest risk” nations in the world.

Israeli citizens and residents were previously prohibited from leaving Israel for red-list countries, while non-citizens from red-list countries were prohibited from entering the country.

Jan 07 08:10

West Bank: Truck used in Israeli police raid 'deliberately ran over' elderly Palestinian man

An elderly Palestinian man was critically injured on Wednesday in Umm al-Khair, after a tow truck accompanying Israeli police raiding the West Bank village allegedly deliberately ran him over.

Suleiman al-Hathalin, a 75-year-old activist and community leader from Masafer Yatta, a collection of Palestinian hamlets in the South Hebron Hills, was taken to hospital following the incident.

Fouad al-Hmour, 38, an activist with the popular resistance committee in Masafer Yatta, said the police had arrived in Umm al-Khair in the afternoon to seize unregistered and allegedly stolen vehicles in the village.

Jan 07 07:38

Blinken Holds Call With Israel’s Lapid to Discuss Iran ‘Challenges’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday and discussed “challenges posed by Iran,” the State Department said.

The US and Israel have been coordinating closely on Iran amid ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the nuclear deal. Lapid said on Twitter that he and Blinken discussed “the importance of putting pressure on Iran.”

The Israelis have been outspoken in their opposition to the nuclear deal talks, although there are some signals that Israel may be backing down a bit. The head of Israel’s Military Intelligence reportedly told a high-level security cabinet meeting that Israel would be better off if a deal is reached in Vienna than if the talks fall apart.

Jan 07 07:37

Israeli soldiers, settlers kill two Palestinians, injure two others

Two Palestinians were killed on Thursday morning in the occupied West Bank, while two others were seriously injured in four separate incidents when they were run over by Israeli vehicles.

Israelis forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, during a raid on the Balata refugee camp in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The young man was identified as 21-year-old Bakeer Hashash, a resident of the camp. Hasash is the first Palestinian to be killed by Israel in the occupied territory in 2022.

Jan 07 07:22

Israeli Minister Slammed for Rebuking 'Subhuman' Settlers After Vandalism of Palestinian Graves

Deputy Economy Minister Yair Golan of the Meretz party came under widespread criticism after he dubbed settlers at the West Bank Homesh outpost “subhuman” on Thursday, in response to the vandalism of gravestones by Jewish settlers in a nearby Palestinian village.

Golan said in an interview with the Knesset's television station that “We, members of the Jewish people, which has suffered pogroms throughout history, come and perpetrate a pogrom on others. These aren't people. They're subhuman.”

The Meretz lawmaker also called for the settlers to be removed from the site by force, and for "law and order" to be restored to the area. "This extremist, nationalist wild behavior will bring disaster upon us," he said, calling the settlers "a malfunction of the Jewish people."

Jan 07 07:22

‘You’re pissing me off!’ Israeli diplomat reportedly yells at European envoys

A recent meeting between a senior Foreign Ministry official and a group of diplomats and ambassadors from 16 European countries quickly deteriorated into a dressing down by an Israeli official hosting the summit, according to a Thursday report.

The incident took place two weeks ago when the European delegation arrived at the Foreign Ministry for a routine meeting to discuss the situation in the West Bank, according to Walla news.

While the European diplomats were expected to raise concern regarding the uptick in settler violence targeting Palestinians, they also used the opportunity to bring up objections to settlement building plans and other issues.

Jan 07 07:21

Jerusalem police filmed beating ultra-Orthodox men, blasting them with water cannons

Police in Jerusalem sparked outrage this week by beating ultra-Orthodox men and blasting them with water cannons amid protests in the capital’s Geula neighborhood.

The violence erupted after hundreds of demonstrators massed in the area on Wednesday to protest a store selling non-kosher cell phones.

The demonstrators intended to damage the store and shutter the business, and broke the storefront’s windows, the owner told Channel 12.

Jan 07 07:20

Israel to freeze plan to build mine that would displace Bedouins after 'Islamist party pressure': report

Israel has frozen a plan to expel a Palestinian Bedouin community from their village in the Negev Desert in order to build a phosphate mine in the area after immense pressure from the country's right-wing Islamist party, according to reports.

The Sde Barir phosphate mine was set to be built on the Arad Valley, the only significant remaining phosphate reserve in Israel. Palestinian Bedouin residents of the area's Al-Fura'a village would be at risk of displacement should the plan go ahead.

The plan would have forced 36,000 Bedouins from their homes, according to Adalah, a legal rights organisation for Palestinians who live within Israel's 1948 boundaries.

Jan 07 06:16

US will get three conflicts for the price of one if it allows Israel to attack Iran

The talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018, have reached a critical phase.

They are already into their eighth round and the gaps between the negotiating parties are showing no signs of narrowing. Iran’s European interlocutors - the US delegation remains in a hotel across the road - want a quick deal based on a partial lifting of sanctions, a freeze on enrichment, and a full return of inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Iranians want a full return to the deal they struck in 2015, all sanctions imposed on them lifted, a guarantee that the US could not walk away from the deal in the future, and a system of verification.

Jan 07 06:15

Israeli minister said he could 'forgive instances of rape', 1948 documents reveal

A technical error on Israel's state archive website has revealed that a prominent Israeli politician said in 1948 that he could "forgive instances of rape" committed against Palestinian women in the violence that preceded the founding of the Israeli state, Haaretz has reported.

Aharon Zisling, who would later serve as agriculture minister, made the remarks during a provisional government meeting discussing the war that led to Israel's creation, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.

"Let us say that instances of rape occurred in Ramle. I can forgive instances of rape, but I will not forgive other acts," Zisling is quoted as saying.

Zisling's remarks, which were supposed to be censored with a digital blackout on the state archive website, were part of a document detailing meeting minutes from July 1948.

Jan 07 06:11

As Israel Plots Endgame in Occupied Golan, Bennett Must Remember Lessons of the Past

With Syria still embroiled in its own war, Israel has been actively rewriting the rule book regarding its conduct in this Arab country. Gone are the days of a potential return of the illegally occupied Golan Heights to Syrian sovereignty in exchange for peace, per the language of yesteryears. Now, Israel is set to double its illegal Jewish settler population in the Golan, while Israeli bombs continue to drop with a much higher frequency on various Syrian targets.

Indeed, a one-sided war is underway, casually reported as if a routine, everyday event. In the last decade, many "mysterious" attacks on Syria were attributed to Israel. The latter neither confirmed nor denied. With the blanket support given to Israel by the Donald Trump administration, which recognized Israel’s illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights of 1981, Israeli reluctance to take credit for the frequent and increasingly destructive and bloody air raids has dissipated.

Jan 06 13:50

Israeli Army Tanks Shell Syrian Province of Quneitra - Reports

Israeli army tanks shelled the Syrian province of Quneitra, Syrian news agency SANA reported.

It said Israeli helicopters and reconnaissance aircraft are flying over the area intensively.
On Tuesday, the US-led Coalition carried out a strike against rocket sites in Syria that posed a threat to its forces, Reuters reported citing a Coalition official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Monday marked the second anniversary of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, who was killed in a US airstrike on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Jan 06 12:28

Ann Coulter Calls Out Ghislaine Maxwell Juror As A 'Plant' Working to Set Her Free

Ann Coulter on Thursday called out Ghislaine Maxwell juror Scotty David as a "plant" working to set her free by running to the press to "announce he lied during jury selection and his lie influenced deliberations."

Jan 06 08:26

Victory for hunger striker after 141 days

Hisham Abu Hawash ended his hunger strike on Tuesday after Israel agreed to release him next month.

For 141 days, the 40-year-old refused food from his Israeli jailers to protest being held under so-called administrative detention – prolonged imprisonment without charge or trial.

After negotiations that involved Israeli, Egyptian and Palestinian Authority officials, including PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj, the Israeli military agreed to release Abu Hawash on 26 February and not renew his detention order.

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced that Abu Hawash’s lawyer Jawad Boulus would deliver news of the agreement to Abu Hawash.

Jan 06 08:09

How serious are Israel’s latest war threats against Iran?

with its government, military and security establishment – sleeps while dressed with its military attire, ever since the (Iran) nuclear negotiations were set to launch in Vienna. Its government ministries and spokesmen, along with its high-ranking military figures, have been transmitting a non-stop series of (potential) Iran war scenarios . Not a single day passes anymore without Israel issuing threats against Iran, politically and militarily, as if the war is to take place tomorrow.

Jan 06 08:09

Jonathan Pollard says Jews ‘will always have dual loyalty’ and would counsel young Jews to consider spying for Israel

Jonathan Pollard, the convicted spy for Israel whose story haunted the American Jewish community’s relations with the U.S. government for decades, is unrepentant.

“The bottom line on this charge of dual loyalty is, I’m sorry, we’re Jews, and if we’re Jews, we will always have dual loyalty,” Pollard said in an interview published Thursday in Israel Hayom, his first extensive remarks since his release from prison in 2015.

Pollard recalled how much of the Jewish leadership did not stand up for him following his 1985 arrest, when he was a civilian analyst for the U.S. Navy who was found to be spying for Israel.

“If you’re outside Israel, then you live in a society in which you are basically considered unreliable,” he said.

Jan 06 08:08

Israel doesn’t need US permission to strike Iran – FM

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has made it clear that his country can use force to curb Iran’s nuclear development without informing US President Joe Biden.

“Israel will do whatever it needs to do to protect its security. And we don’t need anybody’s permission for that. That’s been the case since the first day we established this state,” Lapid told Israel’s Channel 12 on the last day of 2021.

When asked if his country possesses the means to successfully carry out this type of attack, the foreign minister said that “Israel has capabilities, some of which the world, and even some experts in the field, cannot even imagine. And Israel will protect itself against the Iranian threat.”

Jan 06 07:04

Israeli Committee OKs 3,500 New Settler Homes in East Jerusalem

On Wednesday, a local Israeli committee advanced plans to construct over 3,500 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to the anti-settlement Israeli NGO Peace Now, some of the planned settler homes would largely cut off East Jerusalem from the southern part of the West Bank. The construction would further complicate plans for a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as the capital.

A total of 1,465 homes would be built in southern East Jerusalem, and 2,092 would be built near Mount Scopus in northeast East Jerusalem. The plan still needs to be passed through a higher-level committee for final approval, and construction likely won’t begin for a few years. But once the approval process begins, it is hard to stop, according to Peace Now.

Jan 06 07:02

WATCH: Israeli Extremists Protesting Release of Hunger-Striking Prisoner Attack Palestinian Journalist

Israeli right-wing extremists attacked a photojournalist who works for the Turkish Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to WAFA, photojournalist Fayez Abu Rmaileh was covering events in front of the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tel Aviv, where Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash is being treated due to a severe deterioration in his health.

Jan 06 07:02

Right-wing Israeli MP 'tried to storm Palestinian hunger striker's hospital room'

Itamar Ben Gvir, a right-wing Israeli lawmaker, showed up at the Asaf Harofeh hospital and tried to break into the room of Hisham Abu Hawash, his family said.

Jan 06 06:59

Israeli police vehicle 'deliberately runs over' 85-year-old Palestinian man

An Israeli police vehicle struck an 85-year-old Palestinian man in the village of Umm al-Khair in the West Bank, seriously injuring him.

Jan 06 06:56

Israeli Tanks Fire Warning Shots Along Syrian Frontier, Israeli Military Says

Israeli tanks fired warning shots along the frontier with Syria in the Golan Heights after several suspicious figures were spotted near an Israeli force operating in the area, the Israeli military said.

Syria's state news agency SANA said explosions were heard in the Quneitra region late on Wednesday after the shells fell in a Syrian village. The report gave no details of any casualties or damage.

In a statement, the Israeli military said the tanks "fired shells aimed at chasing away the suspects", who then fled into Syrian territory.

It said the suspicious figures had been manning "military posts", but did not elaborate, and that the Israeli force had been operating within Israeli lines.

Jan 05 11:15

Mega-Vaxxed Israel Sees Record Cases: What Went Wrong?

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The more vaccination, the more Covid. That is inescapable!

Jan 05 11:03

[Video] Israels education ministry calls for the return of slavery & the holocaust of all Jews not living on stolen Palestinian land.

Exodus 21:20-21 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

No Jews!
We will not be bought!
We will not be sold!
I am not your slave!

Jan 05 07:49

Emma Watson endorses Palestinian ‘solidarity’ — and Israeli officials lose their minds

Yesterday the British actress Emma Watson, who is an activist on gender issues and has 64 million followers on Instagram, reposted an image from a Palestine rally last May with the message, “Solidarity is a verb,” and a quote about solidarity from Sara Ahmed, the feminist scholar.

And to judge from the crazed reaction by Israeli officials, you’d think Israel had been assailed by the U.S. State Department for human rights violations.

Jan 05 07:29

Sino-Semite Futurism, What About USA?

Jan 04 14:01

Qassem Soleimani's assassination has backfired on the US and Israel

Two years have passed since Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was killed by a US drone strike on the tarmac of Baghdad airport.

Soleimani was the brain behind Iran’s shadow war in the Middle East, and for years the counterpart of US Central Command (Centcom) leaders and CIA directors, as he boasted about in a text message he allegedly sent to General David Petraeus, the former US military commander in Iraq.

In the process, Soleimani became a local hero against western hegemony in the region, the main enabler of the resistance for large Shia constituencies spread around Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yemen and Gaza. But he also crossed the sectarian divide, garnering significant support from the Kurds and other Sunnis. Millions turned out onto the streets of Tehran and his hometown of Kerman to see his coffin, in a collective show of grief not seen since the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.

Jan 04 10:31

Israel’s latest radioactive threat: appraisals of its Apartheid nature

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said during a Zoom briefing with Israeli journalists, as reported today by The Times of Israel.

Lapid called the apartheid appraisal “a despicable lie” and added that “in 2022, it will be a tangible threat”.

The briefing included Israel’s pet-drama, the “Iranian nuclear threat”, which really is just a political “threat” related to “loss of Israeli hegemony”, as Ian Lustick puts it in his eloquent and sober appraisal of the matter. When it comes to Israel, we don’t even talk about its nukes. Lustick:

So, what really perturbs Gantz, Bennet, Netanyahu, and so many other Israelis who speak about Iran in such apocalyptic in frenzied terms? Simply put, they fear the loss of Israeli hegemony. An Iranian state capable of perhaps using a nuclear weapon would end Israel’s status as the confidently preponderant military power in the region.

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