PALESTINE

Oct 22 15:19

Irish senate agrees to recognise Palestine as an independent state

The Seanad (Senate) is now calling on the Dáil (the lower house) to do the same.

Oct 22 15:03

UN Gaza War Inquiry: Hold the Cheers

On October 21, Reuters headlined "UN chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry."

"UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of UN sites to store weapons."

Ban is a notorious imperial stooge. His credibility is sorely lacking. He supports powerful interests. He spurns Palestinian rights. More on his alleged intentions below.

Oct 22 14:16

Israel, the US Congress and treason

Alan Hart explains how members of Congress who put Israel’s interests ahead of those of the United States could be charged with treason, despite the US constitution’s narrow definition of a traitor.

Oct 22 13:50

Philip Giraldi: Stopping Cyber Hate

ADL has recently been meeting in California with a British group called the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, which included the Community Security Trust (CST). The CST advocates physical response to anti-Semitic incidents, to include the equipping and training of organized “self-defense” forces. CST is controversial in the UK, partly because many British Jews believe they are adequately protected by the police. It has also been criticized because its Director is the highest paid head of any Jewish organization in the country and its finances are alleged to be non-transparent.

An article entitled “Web giants unite to fight online hate” described the purpose of the California meeting. It reported that a “game changing” agreement was reached with Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft to take steps to stop “the proliferation of racist and abusive comments” and to “force racism and hatred from the web.”

Oct 22 09:52

Nine wounded in suspected Jerusalem terror attack

Several people were wounded on Wednesday evening in a suspected terror attack near the light rail train station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. According to eyewitnesses, a car drove up to the station and ran over passersby disembarking from the train.

Nine people were wounded in the attack, including the suspected terrorist. A baby in critical condition, a woman in seriously condition, two people moderately and four more lightly.

The car drove 14 meters on the tracks itself, hitting disembarking passengers and continuing on along the length of the track. The driver hit a pole a few hundred meters down and attempted to flee on foot, when he was shot.The driver was arrested soon after the attack and hospitalized with moderate to serious wounds.

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Oct 22 08:43

Israel says no plan to allow Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa

Israel Wednesday reassured Jordan that it would not allow Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, after reports of a possible change raised concerns in the Arab world.

"There is no intention of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount," a source in the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, using the Israeli term for the compound which is located in the Old City.

The plaza is often at the center of tensions because it is the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism.

Oct 22 08:10

6,000 years of ‘anti-semitism’ explained in a photographic microsecond.

Oct 22 08:04

Minister Steinitz: Israeli withdrawal from West Bank would be 'committing suicide'

Intelligence and strategic defense minister cited post-disengagement Gaza, as well as Middle East turmoil, as proof that leaving West Bank would endanger Israel.

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Israel puts itself in danger with their constant aggressions against their neighbors.

Oct 22 07:54

Inquiry launched into Israeli attacks on UN Gaza schools

The UN will probe deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza facilities it ran and the use of UN sites to store weapons, allegedly by Hamas.

Operation Protective Edge, which lasted for 50 days, caused immeasurable damage to the occupied Palestinian Territories. It was the largest offensive by the Jewish state in the West Bank since the year 2000 and received widespread condemnation – including by Western governments who themselves were accused by rights groups of continuing to arm Israel in the first place.

Oct 22 07:34

Junot Díaz comes out in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel

One month ago Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz made headlines when he called on the Brooklyn Book Festival to reject sponsorship from Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Two weeks later he expanded on this during a lecture at Clark University where he commented on the pressure scholars feel who speak out for Palestine, and shared how his personal history brings him to supper the Palestinian people. Now Díaz has come out in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

The U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel sent out the following press release today saying that Díaz joins Chuck D and Boots Riley as prominent artists who have recently endorsed the boycott:

Oct 22 07:33

L.A. Hotel to Host Anti-Israel Confab

A prominent Los Angeles hotel that has come under fire for hosting a conference organized by what critics call an anti-Israel hate group is standing by its controversial decision to permit the organization on its premises.

The L.A. Westin Bonaventure will host in November a conference organized by the American Studies Association (ASA), a controversial nationwide academic group that is known as one of the largest champions of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), which seeks to isolate Israel and its citizens.

The Westin Bonaventure, as well as its parent group, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, has faced intense criticism from the pro-Israel community and Jewish groups for agreeing to host the ASA.

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BDS is protected speech under the First Amendment, and everyone supporting Israel is a traitor to the Constitution.

Oct 22 07:32

Emmanuel Eisenberg explains his right to disregard international law and destroy private property

The Israeli Antiquity Authority (IAA) continues to expropriate Palestinian land in Hebron, on the Tel Rumeida hillside. On Sunday 18 May 2014, the IAA workforce, under the instruction of project coordinator Emmanuel Eisenberg, continued to cause structural damaged to the Abu Haikel land, deploying questionable and illegal archeological practices, while at the same time utilizing the Al Jobeh family’s land without the family’s consent.

The excavations are illegal under Israeli law, according to the Oslo Agreement, which Israel signed in the mid-90s— a process jointly agreed upon by Israel and Palestine as a vehicle to peace and stability. Article 2 of the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement describes in detail how Israeli and Palestinians would jointly administer archeological projects in Palestinian territory. The IAA has not abided by this agreement in Tel Rumeida.

Oct 22 07:30

Anti-gay Christian group threatens to sue hotel for hosting scholars who endorse Israel boycott

The American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian, right-wing legal organization, has written to a Los Angeles hotel warning it against hosting the American Studies Association’s annual meeting next month.

The letter, addressed to the general manager of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, argues that by passing a resolution in support of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the American Studies Association (ASA) will practice “unlawful discrimination” over who is permitted to attend the meeting, scheduled to take place 4-9 November.

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There is no connection between supporting BDS and any kind of limits on who can attend the meeting. This will never get to court, but is a desperate attempt by Israel's butt-boys to try to generate negative PR against BDS.

Oct 22 07:08

Documents Show US Siding With Israel in Death of Its Own Citizen

Instead of providing this training, the US should have been seeking accountability for the attack in which a US teenager was shot in the face at point blank range after he already lay wounded. But when it came to the only independent international inquiry into the attack, the UN Human Rights Council's Fact-Finding Mission, not only did the United States vote against the resolution to investigate, but the country tried to derail it. One cable noted that the US Mission in Geneva, where the council is located, had "explored ways to 'turn off ' the flotilla fact finding mission" and that "we very strongly favor having this fact finding mission (FFM) fall away."

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There you have it. The official policy of the US Government is that Israel can murder any Americans they want to!

Oct 22 07:05

EU seeks talks with Israel over ‘red lines’ in West Bank

The European Union is interested in opening negotiations with Israel with the aim of preventing a series of Israeli moves in the West Bank deemed “red lines” which may jeopardize the possibility of a future Palestinian state alongside Israel, an internal EU document obtained by Haaretz reveals. Officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry are concerned the negotiations are a prelude to further European sanctions against Israel.

Oct 22 06:29

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Gaza Fishermen, Detain 5

Israeli forces detained five Gaza fishermen off the coast of Gaza City early Wednesday, an employee of a human rights group said.

The employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Ma'an that Israeli naval forces opened fire "heavily" on a group of Palestinian fishermen.

Israeli forces "forced a boat of five fisherman from the Bakr family to stop, detained them, and dragged the boat to an unknown location."
No injuries were reported.

Oct 21 23:09

Israel not fully living up to ceasefire pledges

Israel refuses to fully live up to the pledges it has taken under a ceasefire deal that ended its recent war on the Gaza Strip.

Oct 21 08:25

Truth and Fiction in Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

Though Wiesel offers himself as a paragon of moral virtue, the truth is somewhat seamier. As detailed in this myth-shattering piece by Alexander Cockburn from the February 2006 print edition of CounterPunch, Wiesel assiduously campaigned for the Nobel Prize and has for decades tried to pass off his short book “Night” as a true account–a “testimony” in his words– of his experiences at Auschwitz, even though key scenes in the book have been exposed as fiction.

Oct 21 07:49

Los Angeles activists block unloading of Israeli cargo ship for two days

The Block the Boat coalition of Los Angeles claimed another victory this weekend after an Israeli cargo ship, the Zim Savannah, delayed docking at the port of Long Beach for at least 34 hours.

Cookie Partansky, an organizer with the LA Block the Boat coalition, told The Electronic Intifada that approximately 150 activists gathered at the Los Angeles port at 6am on Saturday, 18 October. The morning’s action followed weeks of communication with the longshoremen’s union and educating workers about Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine, as well as the group’s reasons for targeting Zim, an Israeli shipping line.

Oct 21 07:48

Israel excluded from war games in Italy following protests

The Israeli air force has been removed from the list of armed forces now taking part in multinational military training exercises on the Italian island of Sardinia following a campaign by anti-war activists.

Oct 21 07:48

Settlers cheer as Israeli soldiers attack disabled Palestinian child

Oct 21 07:47

Palestine shines in global literature prizes

Poetry and prose by Palestinian writers has been celebrated by the organizers of two international literary awards.

The longlist for the Sheikh Zayed Prize — an Arabic culture award — features three Palestinian writers.

Oct 21 07:46

Israeli general: All of our military might failed to subdue Gaza

An Israeli military general admitted that the army failed to achieve its military goals during the recent war on Gaza.

Yaakov Amidror, the former national security advisor, said: "Despite the limited military capabilities of Palestinian organisations, Israel failed to achieve significant gains during their ground offensive in the Gaza Strip although it used all of its military power and pulled all of its efforts. With all of this, they failed to break through the Palestinians' defence lines which succeeded in neutralising many of the air force and armed forces' efforts."

Oct 21 06:07

Here’s why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

IS distracts the world's attention from Israel's atrocities.

Considering the ha’aretz and other Israeli media articles on how Israel (and the US and other backers) create, train, fund, protect, and treat the injuries of IS members. Why should Israel fear its own catspaw?

Oct 20 22:32

Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights

During and after Israel's war on Gaza, bipartisan congressional majorities have worked to undermine war crimes investigations by the United Nations and human rights groups.

Oct 20 19:16

‘NYT’ can’t keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany

Three weeks ago the New York Times stunned its readers with a frontpage story proclaiming, “Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes out of the Shadows.”

From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer.

Oct 20 19:00

Anti-semitism charge is increasingly being leveled against Israel’s mainstream critics

A very similar charge was made by Matti Friedman, a former AP reporter in Jerusalem, who accused international media, including American outlets, of anti-Semitism for the way they told the story of the Gaza onslaught, as being Israel’s fault, when the real story was that Israel was taking on Hamas just as the US is taking on ISIS. At On the Media (minute 5):

What we’re seeing is extremely critical coverage of the actions of the Israeli government, and I would argue that this [alleged media] interest in the holy land– I think that there’s a very thin line between that and development of a hostile obsession with the moral failings of Jews, which as we know is a very deep thought pattern in the west.

Oct 20 12:59

5-year-old Palestinian Girl Hit By Settler Car Succumbs To Death

A young Palestinian girl was deliberately hit by an Israeli settler.
Einas Khalil, five, died after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near the central West Bank town of Sinjil, medical sources at Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah said.

The girl and young Nilin Asfour were walking on the main road near the village when they were hit, and were taken to the hospital in Ramallah where their wounds were described as serious.
Source: Ma'an News

Oct 20 12:06

Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights

Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in Gaza has led to unprecedented concern among Americans who, while still broadly supportive of Israel, found the attacks to be disproportionate and unnecessary.

Close to 1,500 Palestinian civilians in Gaza were killed in the Israeli attacks – more of 500 of whom were children – and 18,000 homes were destroyed, leaving over 100,000 people homeless. Despite this devastating civilian toll, leading Democrats in Washington have joined Republicans in claiming that Israel’s actions were legitimate acts of self-defense against military targets, dismissing reports by reputable Israeli and international human rights groups saying otherwise.

Oct 20 11:10

Harper's Foreign Policy Confirms Orwell's Insights

Regarding Israel, Harper, with widespread support in the media, has gone so far as to try to establish criticism of Israel as a kind of Orwellian "thought crime." By declaring repeatedly (and even threatening supportive legislation) that criticism of Israel was anti-Semitic, Harper hoped to establish what Orwell referred to as "protective stupidity" -- a kind of mass denial of the obvious. Freud referred to it as "knowing with not knowing" and when it comes to most of Canada's military adventures, it is epidemic.

Oct 20 09:07

REMEMBERING CHE AND VITTORIO, MARTYRS EXTRAORDINAIRE

Forty seven years ago this month Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was murdered by the CIA in Bolivia.

Below is a heartbreaking letter from the mother of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian in Gaza murdered by similar forces of hatred just over three years ago. Imagine the letter having been penned by the mother of Che …

Oct 20 09:06

IN ISRAEL, THE THEME IS ‘ACCEPTANCE OF THE OTHER’ … UNLESS THEY ARE SEPHARDIC JEWS

But lo and behold, the most prestigious academic body in Israel, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, organizes a conference about the other which is characterized mainly by an exclusion of the other.

It’s not just about the ethnic origin issue. It’s possible that a very small minority of the participants are of Sephardic decent. The problem is also about opinion and outlook and a school of thought.

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The hostility of the Ashkanzi to the Sephardic may lie partly in the fact that the Sephardic are actually descended from the Biblical Hewbrews, whereas the Ashkanzi are the descendants of coverted central Asian Khazars.

Oct 20 08:40

UNCANNY PARALLELS IN CHARACTER

I don’t know whether anyone else has noticed the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu and Adolph Hitler share uncomfortably similar personality and character traits. Certainly there are, and have been, other politicians who also share the same traits, but it is of particular concern today that a man of this nature dominates events in the Middle East. In the case of Hitler we can read about his personality and character in any of a number of scholarly biographies and histories of World War II. In the case of Netanyahu, we can see them displayed on the world stage despite an immense amount effort by public relations flaks and apologists to airbrush them. We have also, something we do not always have for contemporaries, the first-hand testimony of several world figures about key aspects of his behavior to which we wouldn’t otherwise be exposed.

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Certainly Netanyahu's "Fist of iron" comment regarding opposition to building Jewish settlements on Palestinian land reveals his true nature.

Oct 20 07:50

Macy’s stops stocking SodaStream made by Israeli Settlements

The department store chain Macy’s has stopped carrying Israeli settlement products of SodaStream, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Macy’s has been targeted the past year by pro-Palestinian activists, who have called on it and other major chains to stop carrying the SodaStream home carbonation system and soda flavourings due to the company’s role in the military occupation of Palestine.

Oct 20 07:30

Israeli soldiers worse than ISIL terrorists: Israeli MP

An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the ISIL and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”

“They (ISIL) kill one person at a time with a knife and the IDF at the press of a button [kills] dozens of Palestinians,” Haneen Zoabi said in a Sunday interview with Channel 2 Online.

The Arab member of the Israeli Knesset added that an Israeli pilot is no less a terrorist than a person who takes a knife and commits a beheading.

Oct 20 07:28

Richie Allen Speaks with Gilad Atzmon about the last Gaza Conflict

"The Palestinians are devastated, but the Israelis are the big losers following the bombardment of Gaza".

We spoke about 'solidarity', controlled opposition, political paralysis and activists' impotence. I also spoke about the structures and the building of cognitive elite. I attempted to explain the difference between Palestinian subservient elite (Ramallah) and combatant one (Gaza).

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Oct 20 07:09

East Jerusalem construction to continue: Netanyahu

He said [settlement] construction would go on in East Jerusalem for both Jews and Arabs. He added that nobody could prevent his government from building homes for Jews in the ancient city.

"We are ready to fight with an iron fist anyone who seeks to divide our city," Netanyahu said assertively.

Oct 20 01:58

Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose detail of Palestinian state, poll shows

A poll has found that 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the creation of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders if it means withdrawing Israeli troops from the Jordan Valley.

The survey, conducted by a rightwing thinktank headed by a political ally of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, makes for stark reading, contradicting previous polls showing up to 60% of Israelis in favour of a two-state solution.

Oct 19 13:09

Israel is losing its friends in the world

Israel has lost its international audience. When Netanyahu warns about the nuclear threat from Iran, even those who worry deeply about Tehran’s intentions respond with a weary shrug. The warnings are seen as a diversion — an effort to distract from his refusal to accept a Palestinian state rather than a clear-headed assessment of a present danger. This cannot be good for Israel.

Such was the backdrop to last week’s vote in the House of Commons. The occasion added lustre to the reputation of the politicians — something too rare these days. The hyperbole and rancour of everyday partisanship made way for reasoned argument. Israel had lobbied hard against the motion. It was soon obvious it had lost its best friends.

Oct 19 09:33

DID ELIE WEISEL LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE HOLOCAUST?

IF SO, WHY IS HE SUPPORTING A NEW ONE??

Oct 19 08:31

Former UK Tory minister's attack on Israel settlement building angers Jewish groups

Jewish groups have reacted angrily to comments made by Sir Alan Duncan, the former Tory minister, who described settlement building in the Occupied West Bank as an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe”.

Oct 19 04:59

EU science chief promised to be "flexible" towards Israel’s war crimes

By displaying flexibility towards Israel’s crimes, Geoghegan-Quinn has disgraced her nation.

Oct 18 14:39

Israel ignoring “tectonic change” in world public opinion

Uri Avnery argues that, oblivious to Israelis, a tectonic change in public attitude towards Israel is underway, as shown by the UK parliament’s and Sweden’s decisions to recognise the state of Palestine.

Oct 18 11:58

Tables turned — Israel on the run

With support for the BDS Movement growing globally from organized labour, the potential economic threat to the Zionist regime is staggering

Last month saw the extraordinary possibility of a change in the power dynamic between Palestine and Israel. It confirmed the fact that a heretofore almost unnoticed, nonviolent campaign called Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement has Israel on the run.

Oct 18 11:45

Terror-scaremongering designed to erode freedoms, stamp out dissent

As expected, the recent fabricated ISIS terror scare that swept the headlines of Canada’s Zionist-owned media is being used by the neocon regime in Ottawa to give Canada’s spy agency CSIS more sweeping powers to spy on citizens and protect the identities of informants.

“The federal government will face intense scrutiny – perhaps even a constitutional challenge – when it introduces legislation to give its spies more legal powers,” reported the Ottawa Citizen.

Oct 18 11:42

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively.

I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Miko is absolutely right in his disclaimer, of course… you cannot expect a balance presentation on this topic, because the issue itself is not balanced. There is no balance therefore there cannot be a balanced presentation on this topic, Miko correctly reiterates.

Oct 18 09:36

BENEFITS OF BEING A PALESTINIAN IN JERUSALEM

Young Palestinian ‘beaten by Jewish mob’ in Jerusalem hotel

Oct 18 09:32

(Wissam Nassar / Maan Images)Anti-gay Christian group threatens to sue hotel for hosting scholars who endorse Israel boycott

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a Christian, right-wing legal organization, has written to a Los Angeles hotel warning it against hosting the American Studies Association’s (ASA) annual meeting next month.

Oct 18 09:31

Welsh council embargoes Israel over Gaza "savageness"

A local council in north Wales last week voted to condemn Israel’s summer war on the Gaza Strip by blocking all trade relations with Israel, local press reported.

News North Wales quotes councillor Owain Williams, who put forward the motion, as condemning the “over-reaction and savageness used” by Israel in Gaza.

Councillors on 9 October voted 42-3 in favor of the motion, with six abstentions.

Oct 18 09:16

LUMPING HAMAS WITH ISIS ~~ IT’S JUST PLAIN WRONG!

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is notorious for making theatrical attempts to find “distractions” or “red herrings” in order to divert attention from his unceasing efforts to decapitate all chances for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank.

Oct 18 08:06

International Community Promises to Rebuild Gaza ... with Sweat Shops to Exploit Palestinian Workers

When Israel’s international janitorial crew gathered this week in Cairo with a pledge to raise $5 billion to help rebuild the $8 billion in damage Israel caused to Gaza’s civilian population, it was assured by Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz that its efforts were utterly futile. "The Gazans must decide what they want to be Singapore or Darfur,” Katz remarked, leveling the threat of genocide against the fantasy of economic prosperity. "They can pick between economic recovery and war and destruction. If they choose terror, the world should not waste its money. If one missile will be fired, everything will go down the drain."

The message was not lost on the diplomats assembled in Cairo. As one told AFP, ”We have seen infrastructure projects that we have contributed to which have been destroyed.” The diplomat complained that the sustained Israeli assaults on Gaza’s infrastructure had prompted “considerable donor fatigue.”

Oct 18 07:15

Israel continues to abuse, torture Palestinian children

A large number of the Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons are being subjected to torture and abuse, a Palestinian official says.

Rami al-Alami, who supervises Palestinian children at the Ofer Israeli military prison, said that around 100 children being held in this jail are in need of medical and psychological attention as they are being kept in bad conditions and being abused and tortured by the Israeli guards.

The imprisoned children are even denied their basic rights, including education, proper treatment and medical care, he noted.

Nearly 250 Palestinian minors are currently imprisoned in three separate Israeli jails.

Oct 18 07:03

Renowned Intellectual Noam Chomsky Speaks on Palestinian Rights at the United Nations

On 14 October, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People invited Professor Noam Chomsky, leading American philosopher and political activist, to deliver a lecture at the United Nations as part of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. H.E. Ambassador Fode Seck of Senegal, Chair of the Committee for the Exercise of Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, opened the meeting and then gave the floor to Amy Goodman of the independent news program Democracy Now. Ms. Goodman moderated the audience question and answer session that followed and introduced the Professor. Dr. Chomsky focused his remarks on the Palestinian struggle for statehood and the related responses of the international community.

Oct 18 06:33

Olive trees burned as anti-Palestinian incitement grips Galilee

Osama Tannous has long campaigned for the municipal independence of Tarshiha, his hometown in the Galilee region of present-day Israel.

For decades, Tarshiha has been administratively connected to the neighboring Jewish-Israeli community of Maalot and the two share a municipality.

On all government records, paperwork and tax documents, the two have, since 1963, been classified as the town of Maalot Tarshiha. Yet the communities are geographically separated and local Palestinians have been campaigning for independent representation and municipal sovereignty for decades.

“It’s important to control your own land, institutions and budget,” Osama, a 29-year-old activist and pediatric physician, told The Electronic Intifada. “It is also politically necessary to break away from a colonial entity that was built on our land with a view that we’re the enemy.”

Oct 18 06:27

Israel Local Munitions Boost May Signal Rift With US Over Delays During Gaza Op

“The full truth, revealed here for the first time, is much more severe: apparently, during Operation Protective Edge, the USA had completely stopped all connections with Israel’s defense procurement delegation based in the USA. For days, no item whatsoever could be shipped. The expected airlift of US ammunition had never even arrived at its point of departure,” according to the report.

Oct 17 17:54

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively.

I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Oct 17 13:01

Abbas: Settlers have no right to 'defile' Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Friday for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israel. Abbas stated that the holy site was being desecrated by settlers and that a continued Palestinian presence is required there to protect it.

Oct 17 12:43

GARDENERS DISCOVER BAG OF ISIS FLAGS IN NORTHERN ISRAEL

Gardeners in the Israeli city of Nazareth Illit discovered a bag containing about 25 ISIS flags.

Israel Police have opened an investigation into the discovery of the flags on Tuesday in an industrial area of northern Israeli city. The possession of materials from the jihadist group was outlawed in Israel several weeks ago.

Oct 17 10:18

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

The most brutal occupation by the Zionist Israeli regime, known to the world in this 21st century, capable of far worse than the Gaddafi or Assad regimes, is allowed to continue the blatant daily oppression and colonization of a people unimpeded.

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively. I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Oct 17 08:01

EBOLA Vs ZIONISM

Appears in today’s Jerusalem Post

Oct 17 08:01

JEWISH RECOMMITMENT AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA

While many of us have been concerned about, and appalled by the recent Islamophobic ads on NYC subways and buses and have responded to them in a number of different ways, we also recognize that Islamophobia extends far beyond those ads.

Oct 17 06:39

Teenage boy shot dead by Israeli troops in West Bank

A 13-year-old boy has been shot and killed by Israeli forces in a village near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Bahaa Badr was shot in the chest on Thursday evening during clashes between protesters and Israeli forces who entered Beit Liqya near the separation wall with Israel.

According to reports, soldiers opened fire after demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at three Israel army Jeeps that entered the village west of Ramallah.

It is still unclear whether Badr took part in the clashes, which the Israeli army described as an “illegal riot”.

Oct 17 06:33

Jewish lawmaker slams UK gov't over Palestine vote

A British Jewish lawmaker has branded the government “cowardly” after it abstained from the vote on Palestinian statehood.

Speaking with the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Gerald Kaufman accused the government of running away from the debate in "a very cowardly way."

"Members of the government and conservative backbenchers were instructed not to vote, which was a very cowardly thing to do,” he said.

Oct 17 06:30

John Hagee: Ebola is God's punishment for Obama 'dividing Jerusalem'

Ebola may be part of God's judgment for President Barack Obama's alleged attempts to "divide Jerusalem," said John Hagee, a San Antonio-based pastor and founder of Christians United For Israel.

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Like I said, everyone is using Ebola to push whatever their own personal agenda is.

Oct 17 05:22

Israeli navy sinks Palestinian fishing boat off Gaza

Israeli naval forces have sunk a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip Thursday.

"Three Israeli naval gunboats opened heavy machine fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the shores of the central Gaza Strip city of Deir al-Balah," Nizar Ayyash, head of Gaza's Fishermen Union, told Anadolu Agency.

"[Five fishermen] tried to steer the boat towards Deir al-Balah, but it eventually sank due to heavy fire from the Israeli gunboats," he said.

Oct 16 21:51

Palestine seeks UN resolution to end Israel occupation

The Palestinian government aims to ask the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution requiring Israel’s retreat to the pre-1967 line.

Oct 16 21:42

Shot in the heart: Israeli army kills 13 year old Palestinian boy

A Palestinian boy was shot in the chest point-blank and later died amid a confrontation between Israeli forces and stone-throwing youths in a village of the occupied West Bank, according to local media and medical sources.

Oct 16 14:34

Cameron still hasn't got the message on Palestine

Stuart Littlewood examines the spurious arguments used by the British government to try to wheedle its way out of recognising Palestine as a state, as emphatically demanded by the British parliament.

Oct 16 12:05

THE ART OF THE GAZA WAR

PHOTOS: How To Turn a Gaza War Into Art

Oct 16 10:06

The Center for Jewish Life is stifling free speech at Princeton University

I have never met Slav Leibin.

Nonetheless, it recently came to my attention that he vetoed, with the approval of the Center for Jewish Life, my right to participate in a proposed panel on the recent hostilities in Gaza. Apparently this preemptive act of exclusion was carried out on entirely political grounds. This strikes me as an attempt to stifle the exchange of views on an important, if contentious, issue of concern to many in the Princeton University community — an egregious violation of our community’s values.

Oct 16 10:03

Gaza and the West Bank: Israel’s two approaches and Palestinians’ two bleak choices

The areas now known as the West Bank and Gaza, despite geographic differences, were once similar in social, cultural and economic terms. But through a long process of one occupation after another, they were set apart and differentiated.

Israel’s recent incursion in Gaza follows a pattern of harsher policies of suppression, compared to its counterpart to the East, after the two territories were created in 1948.

Oct 16 07:57

In the last days of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ Israel focused on its final goal — the destruction of Gaza’s professional class

The bombing of these buildings was the finale of Israel’s mass destruction of the Gaza Strip, flattening landmark towers that provided essential social and economic functions, and which stood as symbols of the besieged coastal strip’s beleaguered professional class. While the war began with the flattening of the areas the Israeli military considers Gaza’s “hard shell” — border areas like Shujaiya and Khuza’a — it ended with a brazen assault on its soft core. The targeting of the professional class, a key pillar of Palestinian society generally considered unsympathetic to the political goals of Hamas, was a new front of economic and social warfare on Gaza.

Oct 16 06:58

Israel Losing Support In UK Says Ambassador

‘Britain’s ambassador to Israel has warned that the Jewish state is losing support in the UK, blaming the summer offensive in Gaza and increased settlement construction in the Occupied West Bank. His remarks came as a former Conservative minister described the situation in one Palestinian city as “apartheid”.

The ambassador, Matthew Gould, issued the warning hours after MPs backed a motion to recognize the state of Palestine, albeit in a non-binding vote. Speaking to Israel Radio, the ambassador said the vote in the Commons showed that public sentiment was moving away from Israel.’

Oct 16 06:56

A Shift toward Recognizing Palestine

On Oct. 3, the new Swedish prime minister had announced his government’s intention to recognize the State of Palestine, thereby joining the 134 other UN member states, encompassing the vast majority of mankind, which have already done so.

Europe should not stop there.Imagine that all of the 20 European Union states which have not yet recognized the State of Palestine were to do so and that the EU were then to announce that, if Israel did not comply with international law and relevant UN resolutions by withdrawing fully from the occupied State of Palestine by a specified date, it would impose economic sanctions on Israel and intensify them until Israel did so.

Oct 15 22:53

What is Zionism?

- its history and role over the past 150 years

Today, Zionism has become the most dominant ideology in the western world and is the most significant expression of Anglo-American imperialism, and reached a new stage by ”Project for a New American Century”.

Zionism is, according to its own prominent figures, a religious/political movement the aim of which is to create a socialistic model state for Jews in the land of Palestine where Mount Zion is located. Its roots are found in Judaism and in the middle of the nineteenth century Moses Hess, Karl Marx’s mentor in socialism, developed it into a political movement.

Oct 15 14:18

A shot across the bows of Israel and its stooges

Stuart Littlewood says the UK parliament’s vote in favour of recognising Palestine as a state is a clear instruction to the government to act with honour and decency towards the Palestinian people.

Oct 15 08:27

Momentum for Palestinian Statehood

Britain's symbolic vote brings it closer to reality. It's just a matter of time before Palestine takes its rightful place among other world nations officially.

Expect America, Israel and a few Pacific islands Washington dominates to be final holdouts.

Expect world public opinion and near universal acceptance to sway their eventual coming aboard. It'll take time. It's inevitable.

It's essential for regional peace. It's impossible without it. Since 1947/48, Palestinians suffered horrendous injustice.

Oct 15 08:25

British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a ‘bully’

Yesterday the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly (274-12) to recognize a Palestinian state, and if you listened to the debate, one theme above all else explains the crushing victory: The British public has been horrified by Gaza and its opinion of Israel has shifted. Even Conservative members of Parliament cited pressure from the public. As Labour’s Andy Slaughter said, Britain has witnessed a new “barbarism”:

I think that the British people have been on the same sort of the journey as the right hon. Member for Croydon South [Conservative Sir Richard Ottaway] described—it is certainly true of the Labour movement—from being very sympathetic to Israel as a country that was trying to achieve democracy and was embattled, to seeing it now as a bully and a regional superpower. That is not something I say with any pleasure, but since the triumph of military Zionism and the Likud-run Governments we have seen a new barbarism in that country.

Oct 15 06:31

Ambassador warns: Israel losing support in UK because of settlement building and Gaza offensive

British newspaper The Independent reported that Britain’s ambassador to Israel has warned that the Jewish state is losing support in the UK, blaming the summer offensive in Gaza and increased settlement construction in the Occupied West Bank. His remarks came as a former Conservative minister described the situation in one Palestinian city as “apartheid”.

The ambassador, Matthew Gould, issued the warning hours after MPs backed a motion to recognise the state of Palestine, albeit in a non-binding vote. Speaking to Israel Radio, the ambassador said the vote in the Commons showed that public sentiment was moving away from Israel.

Oct 15 03:18

Who benefits from billions pledged for Gaza reconstruction?

No matter how much money international donors raise for reconstruction, Israel determines what gets in and out of Gaza.

Oct 15 02:57

George Galloway gives his reasons for abstaining on Palestine vote in UK parliament

I cannot support this motion as it accepts recognition of the state of Israel, does not define borders of either state or address the central question of the right of return of the millions of Palestinians who have been forced to live outside Palestine.

Oct 14 15:06

New Horizon Conference: Meeting of Minds in Tehran

The 2nd conference “New Horizon: the International Conference of Independent Thinkers” was held in Tehran, September 29–October 1 2014, including over 30 journalists, writers and academics from around the world presenting papers and arguing issues of world geopolitics, with a focus on the Middle East.

Contrary to the shrill cries in the western media that the conference was anti-Semitic, it was unique in my experience in addressing Zionism and US imperialism forthrightly and intelligently, without a hint of racism. The issue of anti-Semitism was addressed and dismissed, as “There is no issue with Jewish people or the Jewish religion,” explained Darya-Bandari, “but rather with Zionism, that secular distortion of Judaism that itself is racist, and has been used as a pretext to dispossess and kill Palestinians.”

Oct 14 13:21

The UK House of Commons’ Palestine vote: a well meant but futile gesture

Alan Hart explains why the two-state solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict – the premise on which British lawmakers voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state – is no longer possible.

Oct 14 12:45

UN chief Ban: Israeli occupation led to Gaza war

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed last summer’s Gaza war on Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian territories, as he called on both parties to finalized an agreement for a two-state solution.

Oct 14 12:25

Forbidden Liberty: British MP’s Vote ‘Yes’ to Palestine, Israel Now Fears Public Opinion

There was never any ‘roadmap to peace’ as ringleaders in Washington would have you believe. That’s why nothing has happened in 30 years since “peace negotiations” started. Israel made sure it went no where by insisting that Palestinian statehood, or any other form of liberation from occupation or apartheid would come about only as from negotiations with the Israel. Meanwhile, Israel stayed busy building its Berlin walls and increasing its manifest destiny condo communities to gerrymander its own conveniently undeclared borders.

The formula is simple: Israel gets bigger, while Palestine gets smaller. While they’re add it, they might as well demolish some 30,000 Palestinian homes and kill a few thousand women and children. Not too difficult to see when you take off those cheap AIPAC-issued 3-D glasses.

Oct 14 09:55

Ban Ki-moon: Gaza is a source of shame to the international community

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, described the destruction in Gaza from the recent conflict with Israel as “beyond description” and a source of “shame to the international community” as he visited the war-devastated coastal strip on Tuesday.

Urging a speedy reconstruction effort, he announced that Israel was permitting the first truckloads of construction materials to enter the coastal strip, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before the conflict.

“I am here with a heavy heart,” Ban told a press conference. “The destruction which I have seen coming here is beyond description,” he added.

Ban said the damage was far worse than what he had seen after the previous conflict – Operation Cast Lead – that took place in 2008-09.

Oct 14 09:13

EU TO WAGE DIPLOMATIC WAR AGAINST ISRAEL

Sweden recognized “Palestine” on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, and on Monday the UK followed suit in a non-binding vote – now “frustrated” European officials reveal that they are ready to take their diplomatic war on Israel to the next stage.

Oct 14 09:12

NO PEACE WITH PALESTINE IF THERE IS A PALESTINE

Israel warned Tuesday that a vote by the British parliament in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state risked undermining the prospects for peace.

They said the same last week when Sweden’s Parliament voted the same ….

Israel obviously likes things as they are …. Occupation strengthens the prospects of peace according to ziologic. It maters not what the rest of the world has to say. Occupation = 30 BILLION DOLLAR$ a year … no way are they prepared to give that up!

Oct 14 08:17

Here are all the countries that recognise Palestinian statehood [WORLD MAP]

Many countries in the EU – along with the likes of the United States, Japan and Australia – do not recognise Palestine, but here is a map of all the countries that do:

Oct 14 07:47

UK decision to recognize Palestine angers Israel

Israel has expressed anger at the British parliament’s vote in favor of recognizing the state of Palestine.

Oct 14 07:28

Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in Nablus

Israeli settlers set fire to the Abu Bakr Mosque in the town of Aqraba, Nablus in the northern West Bank, at dawn today.

An activist said a number of worshipers who were on their way to the mosque for dawn prayers were shocked to find the women's room in the basement on fire. The fire damaged the carpet, copies of the Quran and caused a number of windows to break.

He added that settlers also graffitied racist slogans on the wall on the mosque calling for the death of the Arabs and for them to be killed.

Oct 14 07:13

Palestinian Christians denounce priest for claiming Israel grants them freedom

Yara Salameh was shocked when she watched Jibril Nadaf, a priest from Nazareth, repeat a call on fellow Palestinian Christians to serve in the Israeli military.

Nadaf claimed Israel was the only country in the Middle East where Christians are “not persecuted” during a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 23 September.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Salameh, a 25-year-old pharmacist from the village of Turan, home to both Christians and Muslims, located in the Galilee region of present-day Israel.

“He represents no one but himself. The army he wants us to join is the same one shedding the blood of our innocent brothers and sisters — Palestinian blood just like ours,” she told The Electronic Intifada.

Oct 14 07:13

Israel condemns UK parliament's Palestine recognition vote

Israel has criticised a vote by British lawmakers to recognise Palestine as a state. The motion was passed in a historic vote by a majority of 274 to just 12.

Though the move is not expected to change government policy, Israel expressed its concern on Tuesday that the move could "undermine peace prospects."

Oct 14 07:09

Tear gas and stun grenades used against schoolchildren

Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Today at the Salaymeh checkpoint in al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli soldiers fired four long-range tear gas canisters, and threw three stun grenades, all towards children leaving school to walk home.

One tear gas grenade was also thrown directly at ISM activists documenting the military violence.

Oct 14 02:29

The British vote to recognise Palestine won’t change a complex reality

The British vote in parliament recognising a Palestinian state alongside Israel is seen by many as a landmark moment in British policy on the Palestinian question. The vote comes shortly after Sweden’s newly elected prime minister, Stefan Löfven, expressed his readiness to recognise the state of Palestine. But Sweden’s gesture is the more significant one, since Britain’s Conservative-led government has made it abundantly clear that the parliamentary vote will not change its position on the Israel-Palestine issue.

Britain’s current position is that it would recognise a Palestinian state if it helped the peace process. Would it? Certainly, many on Israel’s left appear to think it will advance the prospect of a two-state solution. Former Israeli diplomats and members of Knesset were among the 363 Israelis who signed a letter encouraging British MPs to vote to recognise Palestine.

Oct 13 20:36

Norwegian Dr Gilbert on the Israeli attack on Gaza (2014)

What can now be said about the massive Israeli attacks on Gaza the summer of 2014? The Norwegian medical doctor Mads Gilbert was there. In this 10-minute interview/essay by Truls Lie of Le Monde diplomatique (Scandinavia), Dr. Gilbert contemplates the attacks, what it means to be defined "a terrorist", the people he met at Al-Shifa hospital, and why peace for all has to begin with Israel ending the occupation and suppression of the Palestinian people – and lift the siege of Gaza.
(Warning: The film contains graphic images.)

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Oct 13 14:19

U.K. parliament passes non-binding motion to recognize Palestinian state

In majority of 274-12, Parliament decides to support the motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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Oct 13 14:00

Israeli lobby seeks to block UK parliament vote on Palestine

Efforts by the Israeli lobby in the UK and Britain’s Friends of Israel parliamentary groups, have recently gained momentum to block a motion to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Oct 13 12:02

Ted Rall: Obama a “Reluctant Warrior,” My Ass

From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya to now Iraq all over again, Barack Obama is as much of a “reluctant warrior” as Genghis Khan.

David Ignatius is to The Washington Post what Thomas Friedman is to The New York Times, the 50-yard line of the world as seen by political elites. Like Friedman (but minus the Mustachioed One’s tortured syntax and penchant for airport-to-Four-Seasons taxicab policy briefings), Ignatius mirrors the views of our wealthy, powerful and oblivious leaders at any given hour of the day.

Oct 13 11:37

Israeli Lobby Seeks To Block UK Parliament Vote on Palestine

Efforts by the Israeli lobby in the UK and Britain’s Friends of Israel parliamentary groups, have recently gained momentum to block a motion to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

British lawmakers are expected to debate the motion, proposed by Labor MP Grahame Morris, which calls on the UK government to symbolically recognize the state of Palestine.

Oct 13 09:35

THE CIA AND MOSSAD COMBINE FORCES TO ‘FIGHT’ TERRORISM

Ever hear of MEMRI? (Middle East Research Institute)

The institute was co-founded in 1998 by Yigal Carmon, a former Israeli military intelligence officer and Meyrav Wurmser, an Israeli-born, American political scientist. MEMRI states that its goal is to “bridge the language gap between the Middle East and the West”. Critics charge that it aims to portray the Arab and Muslim world in a negative light, through the production and dissemination of inaccurate translations and by selectively translating views of extremists while deemphasizing or ignoring mainstream opinions. (FROM)

Emphasis on Critics charge that it aims to portray the Arab and Muslim world in a negative light, through the production and dissemination of inaccurate translations and by selectively translating views of extremists while deemphasizing or ignoring mainstream opinions.

Consider me one of those ‘critics’!

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Me too.

Oct 13 09:33

IN PHOTOS ~~ THE WORLD STANDS WITH PALESTINE IN HARLEM

On Saturday evening, October 11th, a meeting was held at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Community Center in Harlem, NYC. It was formerly the Audubon and the conference took place in the ballroom, almost sacred ground because it is where Malcolm was assassinated. It began with a very good buffet dinner and the music of an excellent Latino band. Tables were set up around the side of the large room selling beautiful handmade Palestinian goods, Mumia T-shirts and giving out information. The theme of the evening was solidarity among oppressed peoples and the interconnections between the various peoples struggles.

Oct 13 07:31

BDS protestors confront Israeli shipping line in Tampa

The following is a write up of the Block the Boat Tampa picket and protest which was held in the morning hours of October 11th at the Port of Tampa against the ZIM ship, Alabama.

At 5:30 am, activists, community organizers, local labor union members and representatives and members from nearly two dozen social justice organizations marched down the entryway to the Port of Tampa where barricades were set up to stifle our resistance to Israeli apartheid entering our shores, our community in Tampa Bay.

Oct 13 07:29

Israel's plan to build 600 new homes in E. Jerusalem earns UN’s anger

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his frustration at Israel’s settlement program, which plans 600 new homes in East Jerusalem. The new units are set to expand four existing settlements in the Palestinian city.

"I once again strongly condemn the continued settlement activity by Israel," the UN chief told journalists after a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah.

The Israeli government also plans to seize one square kilometer of farmland near Bethlehem, “intended for the construction of settlement units, parks, a synagogue and agricultural roads,” according to a report by the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Oct 13 07:19

Rumors Swirling About Israel's Shocking 'Endgame' Plan for Palestinians in Gaza

It is difficult to imagine that sooner or later Israel will not face a massive upheaval on its doorstep. So how does Israel propose to avert a scenario in which it must either savagely repress a mass uprising by Palestinians in Gaza or sit by and watch them tear down their prison walls?

Reports in the Arab and Israeli media – in part corroborated by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas – suggest that Egypt may be at the heart of plans to solve the problem on Israel’s behalf.

Oct 13 07:05

Ex-ministers among Israeli figures urging UK MPs to recognize Palestine

Some 300 ex-diplomats, former ministers and activists sign letter supporting Labour lawmaker’s non-binding motion to be voted on Monday

Oct 13 07:00

Donors pledge $5.4 billion in Gaza aid, Norway says

A donor conference in Cairo to raise money to aid the Gaza Strip after this year's war between Hamas and Israel ended with pledges of $5.4 billion, Norway's foreign minister said Sunday.

Oct 13 06:31

IDF issued 119 orders to seize Palestinian property in 2013, up from one in 2011

The Israel Defense Forces issued 119 orders to confiscate property from Palestinians in the West Bank in 2013, compared to just one such order in 2011. In a response to the civil rights organization Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual, the IDF did not specify the items that were seized or what was done with them. The state has until the end of this month to reply to a High Court of Justice petition against an injunction issued last December that prohibits Palestinians from appealing property confiscations through the military court system.

Oct 13 05:59

Israeli minister: World may be wasting its money on Gaza

The countries who pledged vast sums to rebuild the Gaza Strip in Cairo Sunday will have made worthless donations if the people of the Gaza Strip return to terror, Transportation Minister Israel Katz said Sunday.

Katz, who is one of the ministers closest to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, issued the warning at a gathering of some 2000 Likud activists outside his Sukka on his ranch on the Moshav Kfar Ahim in the northern Negev.

"The Gazans must decide what they want to be Singapore or Darfur [which rhymes in Hebrew]," Katz said. "They can pick between economic recovery and war and destruction. If they choose terror, the world should not waste its money. If one missile will be fired, everything will go down the drain."

Oct 12 22:51

A Historic Vote on Palestine in the British Parliament

The idea of Israel is changing in the minds of its allies. It is no longer a cause. It is becoming heavy baggage.

This is not the effect of a larger Muslim community. All Britons today are more likely to be aware of the 14,000 settlements Israel approved during its nine month peace talks with the Palestinians; to wonder where a Palestinian state is going to go , with more than 600,000 settlers in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank; to acknowledge the insouciant racism of Israeli discourse about non-Jews; to recoil at the cost in Palestinian civilian lives of Israel’s definition of its own security.

Oct 12 22:27

Two Types of Virulent Anti-Semitism

Israel has long devoted major funding and great effort to deflecting blame for its policies and practices by raising the black flag of anti-Semitism to discredit responsible and deserved criticism.

As the Palestinian solidarity movement grows across the world, it is obvious that this form of hasbara (propaganda) is failing.

Oct 12 13:33

Which way will the UK Parliament jump when it votes on Palestinian recognition?

Stuart Littlewood looks at how Israel’s flag wavers in the lower chamber of the British parliament are rallying their forces to thwart a motion to unilaterally recognise the state of Palestine.

Oct 12 13:18

It’s Long Past Time To Recognise Palestine

MPs will vote tomorrow on whether or not to recognise the State of Palestine.

Both legally and politically, the international community has overwhelmingly endorsed the Palestinians’ right to national self-determination and designated the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza as the territories in which that right should be exercised. In the 1990s an interim Palestinian administrative authority was established pending a final settlement of the conflict. Diplomatic recognition would seem the obvious next step.

Oct 12 08:46

Lady Warsi: MPs must show way in Palestine vote

Two months after resigning over the government’s “morally indefensible” stance on Gaza, Lady Warsi has called on MPs to lead by example and recognise the state of Palestine in a potentially historic vote on Monday.

In a withering critique of British foreign policy towards the Middle East, Warsi said the government had abdicated responsibility for driving the peace process and its diplomatic channels with Israel counted “for nothing”.

“There is a lack of political will and our moral compass is missing,” the former Foreign Office minister told the Observer. “There are no negotiations, there is no show in town. Somehow we have to breathe new life into these negotiations, and one of the ways we can do that is by recognising the state of Palestine.”

Oct 12 08:07

Jewish settlers burn olive trees in Salfit, perform Talmudic rituals in ancient Suleiman pools

A group of Israeli settlers have burned and vandalized Friday evening a number of olive trees in Yassouf town in Salfit under Israeli occupation forces protection.

Local sources confirmed that Palestinian farmers confronted the settlers and prevented further damage to their olive groves located near Tafuh settlement.

Israeli settlers and forces have daily carried out systematic attacks against olive groves especially during olive harvest in order to prevent the farmers from picking their own fruits.

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It takes ten years after planting an Olive tree before you can collect a usable crop.

Oct 12 07:48

'Israel should help rebuild Gaza'

Israel must play a role in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, a top US official said on Wednesday ahead of key donor talks in Cairo, also pressing all sides to agree a lasting ceasefire.

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"Of course we will rebuild Gaza ... just as soon as you Americans give us the money for it!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Oct 12 07:08

US pledges $212mn, Qatar $1bn for Gaza reconstruction following Israel's war with Hamas

At a Cairo conference Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the importance of getting funds to the people of Gaza as soon as possible: "The people of Gaza do need our help desperately, not tomorrow, not next week, but they need it now" he said.

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Well maybe giving Israel all those billions of dollars in weapons in the first place wasn't such a good idea in the first place, John, especially since every penny of it is illegal under the Symington Amendment and the Glenn Act. And if politicians broke the law to give Israel that aid in the first place, then they should personally pay the costs of reconstruction rather than continue this scam of forcing the American taxpayer to pay for blowing up Gaza then force them to pay for rebuilding it, now in its third iteration!

Oct 11 23:12

Judeo-American imperium manipulates Canada into farcical ISIS quagmire

Unbeknownst to most Americans and Canadians who get all of their information from the lamestream media, ISIS is not only not a ‘threat’ in any capacity to the US or Canada, it is a wholly fabricated mercenary army, trained and deployed by the CIA and Mossad to cause problems for countries that aren’t compliant with the Judeo-American empire. Hence, the so-called Jihadists of ISIS only ever attack countries whose governments haven’t fallen completely under the thumb of Tel Aviv and Washington

Oct 11 13:38

THE TRAGEDY OF MODERN DEMOCRACY

Once in power, modern democratic governments behave little differently than many authoritarian states do. Wars are started without consent and for purposes not in the public interest. Secret services carry out acts government would be ashamed to be seen openly doing. Armies for needless wars are conscripted or bribed into existence. Rights people regarded as basic may be suspended at any time. Injustices abound. Many “democratic” states practice illegal arrest, torture, assassination, and, above all, secrecy. Secrecy is so much a part of things today that when citizens do vote, they haven’t the least idea what they are voting for.

Oct 11 12:34

Did Israel commit genocide in Gaza?

In a special session of the Russell Tribunal held in Brussels on September 24, Israel’s military operation “Protective Edge” was critically scrutinized from the perspective of international law, including the core allegation of genocide. The process featured a series of testimonies by legal and weapons experts, health workers, journalists and others most of whom had experienced the 50 days of military assault.

Oct 11 07:19

Israel, Here Comes The End

An Israeli Facebook page launched earlier this month to assist Israelis in escaping their apocalypse through migration has now gone viral reaching more than 700,000 Israelis. It is called Olim Le-Berlin, ‘Ascending to Berlin,’ using the same positive Hebrew expression ‘Aliya’ attributed to the Jewish Diaspora emigrating to Israel.

Apparently, the confident Zio-patriotic balloon has been burst by a few Palestinian rockets landing in Tel Aviv. In truth, this implosion is occurring because the Jewish State is an inconvincible concept. As much as the Jews yearned to return to their phantasmic ‘homeland,’ they failed to make Palestine into a true home. On the contrary, Israel has become the definitive showcase of every problematic Jewish ideological and cultural trait: it is racially supremacist, it is exclusive, it is an abusive ghetto suffocated with goy hatred, and its treatment of its own people and especially its poor is despicable.

Oct 11 06:58

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Is Wrong To Cite ‘American Values’ in Jerusalem Feud

In case you missed it, Netanyahu and President Obama were blindsided hours before their October 1 Oval Office meeting by an announcement of new construction in East Jerusalem. Final approval had been given for 2,610 housing units at Givat Matos, across the old pre-1967 border on the road to Bethlehem. These announcements crop up regularly at delicate moments in U.S.-Israel relations. It’s almost a ritual.

Oct 10 22:19

Is this Palestine’s last chance?

Ever since I began taking an interest in the Palestinians’ struggle – nearly ten years ago – those brave people have been cursed with rubbish leadership that has taken them steadily backwards instead of forwards… leadership that studiously ignores Palestine’s friends outside, fails its people inside and allows its territory and resources to dwindle.

The words “unity government” are on everyone’s lips. But is it really a good idea for Palestinians to unite under the likes of Abbas and his cockeyed, lazy PLO? Where are the alternative leaders hiding?

Please don’t tell us there aren’t any.

Oct 10 17:26

Freedom Walking for Palestine and BDS

In the 1960s, US Freedom Riders challenged racist injustice and related human rights abuses. Their activism made a difference.

They rode interstate buses across segregated southern states. They risked life and limb at times doing so.

They endured arrests for trespassing, unlawful assembly, as well as violating state and local Jim Crow laws.

Oct 10 13:19

Anger grows within Labour over forced Palestinian vote

Earlier this week, party managers instructed Labour shadow ministers that they had to vote in favour of a historic parliamentary motion on Monday that would call on the British Government to unilaterally recognise the state of Palestine.

But the move has resulted in a furious backlash from pro-Israeli members of the party who believe that Labour should recognise Palestine only as part of a wide Middle East peace settlement.

It also led to an unprecedented letter to MPs from Labour’s sister party in Israel warning that any vote in favour of recognition would make peace less rather than more likely.

Several shadow ministers are understood to have gone to see Mr Miliband in an effort to persuade him to change his mind and offer Labour MPs a free vote on the motion – which is being proposed by the backbench MP Grahame Morris.

Oct 10 13:19

Conflict-themed eatery angers US Jews

A Pittsburgh eatery showcasing foods from countries with which the US is in conflict angered the local Jewish community this week after featuring Palestinian cuisine and Palestinian-centric discussion events as its theme for October.

The restaurant, Conflict Kitchen, features food from a different country or culture every month. In the past, it has featured the cuisines of Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela.

Oct 10 13:12

MPs likely to vote to recognise Palestine as a state Motion is only symbolic and ministers will abstain, since official UK government position is to support talks for two-state solution

The House of Commons is likely to recognise Palestine as a state for the first time on Monday as MPs debate a motion on its right to independence.

Labour MPs will be whipped to vote in favour of the motion calling on the government to recognise Palestine as a state, while many Liberal Democrats and some Conservatives are also likely to back it. However, the motion is only symbolic and ministers will abstain, since the official position of the government is to support negotiations for a two-state solution.

Britain abstained on a vote about Palestinian statehood in the UN general assembly in 2012. The UN voted to upgrade the Palestinian status from “permanent observer” to “non-member observer state”.

Oct 10 12:34

Israeli perception and reality

Jamal Kanj shows how lying is an integral aspect of Zionist culture, and he illustrates this with examples from Israeli leaders spanning decades and prominent US Zionists such as Henry Kissinger.

Oct 10 12:33

Freedom Walking for Palestine and BDS

In the 1960s, US Freedom Riders challenged racist injustice and related human rights abuses. Their activism made a difference.

They rode interstate buses across segregated southern states. They risked life and limb at times doing so.

They endured arrests for trespassing, unlawful assembly, as well as violating state and local Jim Crow laws.

They highlighted racial injustice. They did so because it matters.

Oct 10 12:33

Israel and the genocide word

Jonathan Cook argues that the word “occupation” does not adequately describe Israel’s “unique strategy of incrementally destroying the Palestinian people”, a strategy comprising a mixture of ethnic cleansing, apartheid and incremental genocide.

Oct 10 07:58

WHY WAS MY DAUGHTER’S WEDDING SEEN AS A SECURITY THREAT TO ISRAEL?

My daughter and her fiance? have never been involved in any wrong doing or security violations. However, Israel is so notorious for invoking the security mantra to justify denying Palestinians their basic rights.

One Civil Administration official in Hebron told me that “if your daughter wanted to join her husband in Gaza, she would have to sign documents, wavering her right to return to the West Bank. In other words, she would have to willfully accept eternal deportation.

Oct 10 07:58

SELF INFLICTED ANTI SEMITISM

The event reported in yesterday’s post seems to have rocked the foundations of zion. The last thing Israel wants is to be publicly criticized, especially by American Jews. Even worse is when those very same Jews endorse the BDS Movement.

As always, Israel’s only defense is to lie about the situation and to use their latest tactic of artificial anti Semitism as is reported below …

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Read this all the way to the bottom!

Oct 10 06:59

Jews in US slam restaurant featuring Palestinian food

In Pensilvania Pittsburgh a restaurant, PA's Conflict Kitchen, has come under fire by some members of the city's Jewish community on the grounds that they're upset that the restaurant is serving Palestinian food.

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The whiners are back!

Oct 10 06:38

EU bans dairy products from Israeli settlements

The European Union (EU) has decided to ban imports of dairy products made in Israeli settlements of the occupied West Bank as of January.

Oct 10 06:29

Palestinian Christian Leaders: Europe Must Recognize the State of Palestine

In a Middle East region that continues to suffer from the consequences of violence, the people of Palestine continue to live under occupation and in exile. Palestinian Christians, the descendants of the first Christians, are an integral part of the Palestinian people, continue to suffer, just like our Palestinian Muslim and Samaritan brothers and sisters, we have been denied of our national and human rights for almost a century Heads of churches and Christian clergy in Jerusalem wrote in a letter send to European Union officials.

They said in the letter:"From Jerusalem, our occupied capital, we send our urgent message to the whole world and particularly to Europe: We are yearning for justice and peace. Recognizing Palestine and defining Israel's borders is a first step towards that goal".

Oct 09 10:50

IN PHOTOS ~~ APARTHEID AND WAR ARE NOT GAMES! BOYCOTT ISRAEL ON THE COURTS!!

When activists arrived at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to protest a Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces fundraiser that was coupled with an exhibition game between the Nets and Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, the police were waiting with a message of their own. As the night unfolded, this message spoke volumes. Protesters would not be allowed on the expansive plaza that unfolds from the front of the Barclays Center all the way to the Atlantic Yards subway entrance. Instead, they would have to be in a fenced-off pen on the narrow strip of sidewalk to the side of the arena. Yes, an outdoor space built with public funds was deemed a privatized, no-free-speech zone, enforced by armed public employees, otherwise known as the police.

Oct 09 09:44

Netanyahu orders clampdown on Jerusalem unrest

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told police chiefs and the Shin Bet security service on Tuesday to get tough on violent Palestinian protest in Jerusalem, which has spiked in recent months.

Oct 09 09:44

EU set to reassess ties if Israel doesn’t move on peace

Fed up with settlement expansion, officials in Brussels are working on punitive measures to be implemented as soon as the political leadership wants to do so

Oct 09 06:04

Jordan, Abbas slam Israeli 'siege' on Al-Aqsa compound

Jordan has slammed the storming of occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israeli troops on Wednesday, urging the international community to pressure the self-proclaimed Jewish state to "lift its siege" on the holy site.

In a statement, government spokesman Mohamed al-Momani denounced what he described as the "heinous crime" committed by Israeli forces, accusing the latter of opening fire inside the mosque, leading to the injury of several worshippers.

"Continued Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and worshippers therein have become one of the most commonly-used justifications for terror and religious extremism in the region," he said.

Oct 09 05:35

U.S. life insurance company underwrites Israeli colonel’s talk on his army’s ‘moral high ground’ in Gaza

The Meltzer Group is a Washington area insurance company. “Many of the nation’s most successful real estate, construction and development firms rely on us to help meet their insurance and financial management needs,” its site reads. And it has endorsements from industry leaders and trade journals. Its CEO is a supporter of Zionist causes, but you’d think his company would stay out of politics.

Nope. Look what it’s sponsoring, at the Sixth and Eye Synagogue in D.C., a speech by an Israeli colonel reservist who has a business looking after Israel’s “moral compass” explaining why it was so necessary for Israel to kill 2100 Palestinians this summer as part of “war on terror.”

Oct 08 16:18

Clashes erupt at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Dozens reportedly injured in violent scuffle between police and Palestinian worshipers

Oct 08 14:39

Israel’s kosher philosopher

Gilad Atzmon looks at how Israeli “philosopher” Asa Kasher justifies killing Palestinian civilians and offers “a glimpse into Jewish tribal ethno-centrism in which ‘goodness’ is defined solely by Jewish interests”.

Oct 08 14:37

How Obama could earn his Nobel Peace Prize

Alan Hart outlines a scenario that would enable President Obama to overcome the Zionist lobby in Congress and force Israel to be serious about peace on terms the Palestinians could accept.

Oct 08 10:55

Settlers Burn Orchards Near Bethlehem

WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports that a group of people from the illgal Betar Illit settlement, located to the west of Bethlehem, set fire to lands adjacent to the settlement which were planted with olive, cypress and pine trees. Thirty Roman-time olive trees were reportedly burnt.

The Nahhalin Village Profile indicates that Nahhalin village is an agricultural area, characterized by grape vines, nuts and various other crops. It also shows that 15% of local laborers work in the agricultural sector, the workers of which are listed among the economical groups most affected by Israeli occupation restrictions.

Furthermore, Nahhalin is bordered by illegal Israeli settlements: two to the north; Betar ‘Illit and Hadar Betar, and a number of which are part of Gosh Etzion settlements (Rosh Zurim, El’azar, Allon Shevut and Kfar Etzion), to the south.

Oct 08 10:35

The Kosher ‘Philosopher’

Today I came across a uniquely banal rant by Asa Kasher, a Jewish ‘philosopher’ at Tel Aviv University. Kasher, who also authored the ‘IDF ethical code,’ defended Israel’s military conduct in the recent Gaza campaign in an article published in the Jewish Review of Books.

Oct 08 09:55

Israel Bars Building Materials from Gaza – 15,671 Housing Units Damaged During Military Assault “Protective Edge”

The Israeli authorities have delayed indefinitely the entry of 60 truckloads of building materials into the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said.

“We were notified by the Palestinian National Company that Israel has indefinitely delayed the entry of the 60 trucks into the Gaza Strip,” Mounir al-Ghalban of Gaza’s border authority told our media sources.

The move came despite Israeli “promises” to allow the entry of the construction supplies into the blockaded enclave on Tuesday through Kerem Shalom crossing, he added.

Oct 08 08:32

Syria is Still The Main Target

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, the former employee at US National Security Agency,revealedthat US, UK and Israeli intelligence worked together to create ISIS. In her book “Hard Choices” former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, confessed that the American administration created ISIS, whose primary goal was the destruction of the Arab World. ISIS leader, reported by western media as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is actually an Israeli Mossad agent with the name of Elliott Shimon.

Oct 08 07:58

IN PHOTOS ~~ VIGIL IN NEW YORK TO STOP ARMS TO ISRAEL

As a preface, yesterday Mondoweiss posted a letter by Alan Levine written to Schumer & Gillibrand urging them to follow the Leahy law which states that countries who use arms against a people in a way that violates international law and creates war crimes will no longer receive arms or $ for arms from the US.

Oct 08 07:24

The Question of State Legitimacy - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Zionist lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz,finds “imperative” is that drone attacks and the like be made legal by, for instance, allowing someone in the government to obtain a warrant that allows an assassination (and its “collateral damage”) to take place.

Oct 08 06:37

The Titanic of the occupation — SodaStream (Update)

SodaStream stocks dropped another 21% today, an all time low for the home seltzer corporation whose principal manufacturing facility is located on a Jewish settlement in apartheid Occupied Palestine. Officially the story is revenues:

Unofficially, it’s the boycott.

Oct 08 05:44

Israel blocks entry of construction materials to Gaza

Israel has prevented dozens of trucks loaded with building materials from entering the besieged Gaza Strip, despite earlier promises to allow such a move.

“We were notified by the Palestinian National Company that Israel has indefinitely delayed the entry of the 60 trucks into the Gaza Strip,” the official Anadolu Agency quoted Mounir al-Ghalban from Gaza’s border authority, as saying on Tuesday.

The Palestinian official further noted that the move came despite “promises” by Israeli authorities to allow the entry of the construction supplies into the besieged Palestinian territory.

Oct 07 10:53

Is this Palestine's last chance?

Stuart Littlewood explains why Mahmoud Abbas cannot be trusted to stand up for the best interests of the Palestinian people, given his failure to take Israel to the International Criminal Court.

Oct 07 09:22

ISRAEL ORDERED TO COMPENSATE GAZA FAMILY OVER DEADLY ATTACK THAT KILLED 23

WHOA ___________________________

That didn’t happen at all ….

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Here’s what did ….

Obviously, Israeli lives are worth more than Palestinian ones …

Oct 07 08:26

Sweden, Palestine and the United States

Sweden’s new Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, has announced that that nation will be the first of the European Union to grant official recognition to Palestine. To date, 134 of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize Palestine. This is a reasonable step that will, hopefully, set the example for other European nations to do the same.

The United States, Israel’s best friend in all the world, and that bottomless pit of financial assistance for Israel, is, not surprisingly, seriously displeased. A spokeswoman for President Barack Obama said this: “We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature. We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.”

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If George Washington had held to the same policy as Obama, this nation would still be a part of the British Empire!

Oct 07 07:37

Vatican Rejects "Chosen People" Claim, Calls on Israel to End "Occupation"

The Archbishop then questioned the biblical idea of a “promised land” set aside by a specific group of people.

"We Christians cannot speak of the promised land as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people,” Bustros continued. "This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people – all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people."

Oct 07 07:33

SodaStream Warns of Weak Demand, Sales

SodaStream International Ltd. on Tuesday projected sharply lower-than-expected revenue for the third quarter, as sales were hurt by a continuing struggle to gain new customers and by weak demand for its soda makers and flavors.

As a result of the sluggish demand, the maker of beverage carbonation systems said it must change its strategy and improve its execution.

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BDS is working! Keep it up!

Oct 07 06:52

British Parliament To Vote on Recognizing State of Palestine

British lawmakers will next week hold a symbolic parliamentary vote on whether the government should recognize Palestine as a state, a move unlikely to shift official policy but designed to raise the political profile of the issue.

Oct 06 13:47

The question of state legitimacy

Lawrence Davidson considers the role of the United States and Israel in eroding international human rights law and how this could lead to a drastic deterioration in the domestic rule of law.

Oct 06 12:50

Cancer, New Gift of Israeli War on Gazans

A specialized community active in treating cancer patients in the Gaza Strip strongly criticized Israel for impeding treatment of Palestinian cancer patients, and said the Zionists' wars on Gazans have caused a sudden growth in the spread of cancerous patients in the besieged population.

Oct 06 12:33

'US won’t decide our policies' – Sweden on Palestinian state recognition

Washington will not be the one to decide Sweden’s policies, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said after the US criticized Stockholm’s plans to officially recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Oct 06 11:29

IT STARTED AT WOOLWORTH’S IN 1960 …. AND NOW IT CONTINUES

For many of us who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement’s early days, Woolworth’s was our first ‘battle ground’ Every week for over a year picket lines were set up in front of every Woolworth Store north of the Mason Dixon Line. We called for a boycott of the chain because of their discriminatory policies in the South.

We eventually won that ‘battle’ and the video below became history.

Oct 06 09:42

Netanyahu slams Swedish counterpart over Palestine initiative

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hit out on Sweden for a decision to recognize Palestine as a state.

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Oct 06 08:53

‘Ethnic cleansing for a better world’ — Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen says that the Palestinians are to blame for the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 in which 750,000 Palestinians were expelled by or fled Zionist militias and were never allowed to return. In his new book Israel: Is It Good for the Jews? Cohen says that by resisting the Zionist movement to take their lands, the Palestinians gave the Jewish immigrants, with their “advanced culture,” no choice but to force them from their homes.

Oct 06 05:49

TX congressman who expressed concern about Gaza deaths undergoes ‘healing process’ and will fly El Al to Israel

I just listened to Jeffrey Goldberg’s attack on Walt and Mearsheimer’s book the Israel Lobby back in 2007 at Yivo, the Jewish historical center in New York. Goldberg said that the book was in line with the anti-Semitism of Charles Lindbergh and represented an assault on Jewish political enfranchisement.

Well that was 7 years ago. Now the Forward understands what a great story the Israel lobby is, and Nathan Guttman has done first-class reporting on the tsunami of attention freshman congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso got this summer when he was one of eight congresspeople to oppose the $225 million emergency funding to Israel during the Gaza massacres. In “How the Israel Lobby Set Beto O’Rourke Right,” Guttman three times mentions donor pressure on O’Rourke.

Oct 06 05:31

Salaita says UI appeased ‘a few wealthy donors’ and destroyed his career

"In the weeks before my move [to Illinois from Virginia, in July], I watched in anguish as Israel killed more than 2,100 people during its recent bombing of Gaza, 70 percent of them civilians, according to the United Nations. Like so many others, I took to my Twitter account. I posted tweets critical of Israel’s actions, mourning in particular the death of more than 500 of Gaza’s children.

A partisan political blog cherry-picked a few of those tweets from hundreds to create the false impression that I am anti-Semitic. Publicly disclosed documents reveal that, within days, University of Illinois donors who disagreed with my criticism of Israeli policy threatened to withhold money if I wasn’t fired. My academic career was destroyed over gross mischaracterizations of a few 140-character posts..."

Oct 05 18:19

These Are All the Countries That Now Recognize Palestinian Statehood

Sweden announced that it will recognize the state of Palestine, becoming the first member of the European Union to do so. Stefan Lofven became the prime minister of a new center-left government this month and used his inaugural address to parliament to say that a “two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.” - See more at: http://www.blacklistednews.com/#sthash.BL5bjllb.dpuf

Oct 05 10:36

A RABBINICAL LAMENTATION OF THE SEASON FOR THE PEOPLE OF GAZA

The following was written days before the Jewish fast of Tisha B’Av: a day of mourning for the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people over the centuries. Among other things, the traditional Tisha B’Av liturgy includes the chanting Biblical book of Lamentations.

Given the profoundly tragic events currently unfolding in Gaza, I offer this reworking of the first chapter of Lamentations. I share it with the hope that on this day of mourning we might also mourn the mounting dead in Gaza along with what Israel has become.

Oct 05 06:56

Who was responsible for the 2014 destruction of Gaza?

After 50 days of Israeli attacks on a basically defenseless civilian population in Israeli-occupied Gaza, the media is claiming that Hamas was responsible for Gaza's utter devastation. According to such media accounts, Hamas was not only responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the three settler students on June 12th -- they also initiated the attacks on Israel, forcing Israel to "defend itself" by obliterating Gaza's infrastructure and devastating their population. Hamas, according to such accounts, refused legitimate ceasefire deals by insisting that the 8-year siege be lifted, broke the temporary ceasefires, and refused to disarm, thus bringing the disaster on themselves. Israel's supporters now run ads that compare the democratically-elected resistance government to ISIS. What are the facts behind those accusations against Gaza’s government? Why was Gaza attacked?

Oct 05 06:55

Israel attacks Swedish PM over plan to recognise Palestinian state

Israel has hit out at Sweden's newly elected prime minister Stefan Loefven over his decision to recognise a Palestinian state.

"Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he regrets that the new prime minister was in a hurry to make statements on Sweden's position regarding recognition of a Palestinian state, apparently before he had time even to study the issue in depth," Mr Lieberman's office quoted him as saying, in a statement issued late on Saturday.

Sweden voted in favour of Palestinian observer status at the United Nations in 2012, which was granted despite opposition from the United States and other countries.

Seven EU members in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean have already recognised a Palestinian state, namely Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania.

Oct 05 06:34

Noam Chomsky: Only One Thing Will Make Israel Change Course

On August 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind.

The agreement calls for an end to military action by Israel and Hamas as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

Oct 05 06:34

The U.S. Dares to Criticize Israel

It seems that, perhaps, Israel’s latest slaughter of defenseless Palestinians may have been a bit too much even for the United States to condone. In what may be the U.S.’s harshest, although still quite mild, criticism of its puppet master, President Barack Obama said that the plan to increase illegal settlement building could alienate Israel from ‘even its closest allies’.

There is, of course, no closer ally of Israel than the United States. Israel is able to disdain international law, violate the most basic human rights of Palestinians, slaughter men, women and children, bomb United Nations refugee centers, kill journalists and commit genocide only because of U.S. funding and use of its veto power in the U.N.

But the U.S., this time, went even further in its criticism. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the newly-approved construction would cause the global community to ‘question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement’ with Palestinians.

Oct 05 04:45

All the countries—including Sweden—that now recognize Palestinian statehood

Sweden announced that it will recognize the state of Palestine, becoming the first member of the European Union to do so. Stefan Lofven became the prime minister of a new center-left government this month and used his inaugural address to parliament to say that a “two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”

Currently, more than 130 countries officially recognize Palestine:

Oct 04 18:19

Palestinian-U.S. relations head for stormy times

Washington’s response to the speech that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered at the UN General Assembly last September 26 confirms that the bilateral Palestinian-U.S. relations are heading for stormy times.

But any policy of confrontation with the U.S. means that Abbas must reject all U.S. bribes, which would inevitably come at the cost of sacrificing the Palestinian resistance.

Oct 04 13:33

All the countries—including Sweden—that now recognize Palestinian statehood

When will the UN actually grow some spine with the Israel apologists?

Oct 04 11:34

Noam Chomsky: Only One Thing Will Make Israel Change Course

On August 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind.

The agreement calls for an end to military action by Israel and Hamas as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

Oct 04 11:26

IMAGING APARTHEID IN GAZA

Pat Perry is an artist from Michigan. He currently lives and works itinerantly in the US.

This image was created for Imaging Apartheid, a Montreal-based initiative aimed at bringing awareness and support to the Palestinian struggle for liberation through the production and dissemination of poster art.

Oct 04 06:18

About 7,000 Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails

According to Palestinian sources, about 7000 Palestinians are languishing in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps.

After the disappearance and deaths of three settlers in June near Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank, Israel has detained hundreds of Palestinians without any accusations. Among Palestinian prisoners behind bars, there are 18 female detainees, 250 children, 1500 sick detainees, most of them in a critical condition, and 540 Palestinians without trial. The number of the Palestinians in administrative detention, a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, is the highest one since 2008.

Oct 03 23:16

From Sykes-Picot to “Degrade and Destroy”

The history of the Middle East from the day the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed, until the day the U.S. began bombing ISIS, is filled with lies and half-lies.

The current conflict between the U.S. and its allies is a conflict that can only be understood by a look back to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1919 document that allowed Great Britain and France to carve up the Ottoman Empire for their own selfish colonial purposes.

Oct 03 14:20

Netanyahu’s and Abbas’s UN speeches

Uri Avnery compares Binyamin Netanyahu's and Mahmoud Abbass’s speeches at the UN General Assembly, and argues that Netanyahu was addressing “the most primitive voters in Israel” who don’t care what gentiles think.

Oct 03 12:27

The Bedouins long history of demolitions and displacement

The Bedouin Jahalin Tribe had a historic existence roaming the expansive lands in the Naqab Desert which ended abruptly when the State of Israel was declared. Most joined the thousands of Palestinians fleeing, and the group was splintered and scattered.

Oct 03 11:45

Sweden will officially recognise state of Palestine

Within the EU, some countries, such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia recognise Palestine, but they did so before joining the 28-member bloc.

The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012, but the EU and most EU countries have yet to give official recognition.

"The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law," Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament.

"A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the state of Palestine."

Oct 03 11:08

Israel army vehicles enter Gaza, forces open fire

Israeli army vehicles have entered the southern Gaza Strip and soldiers have opened fire on Palestinian agricultural areas in a flagrant violation of a recent ceasefire agreement.

A dozen Israeli military vehicles entered Gaza from a gate east of the southern city of Khan Yunis on Wednesday, crossing some 200 meters into the Palestinian territory.

Israeli soldiers then fired shots on Palestinian farms. Witnesses say the assault, which occurred in the early morning, forced agricultural workers to leave their lands. No injuries have been reported so far.

Earlier this week, Israeli military forces shot and injured a Palestinian farmer in northern Gaza near a fence separating Israeli-occupied territories from the blockaded coastal enclave. An Israeli military spokesperson claimed the farmer had come too close to the border fence.

Oct 03 10:53

Palestinians: We will join ICC if no Israeli pullout dealine set

Palestinian officials say they’ll start proceedings to pursue war crimes charges against Israeli officials if the UN fails to approve a deadline for Israel to pull out from the occupied territories.

Oct 03 10:44

Why must Gaza wait in the dark?

When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: “I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity.” This was the answer of a single, mid-career, western educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her response suggests the depth of despair among Palestinians throughout Gaza.

Oct 03 09:21

Israeli official: The upcoming war on Gaza will be greater

Israeli occupation military officer said that "the upcoming war on Gaza will be greater, and will down more victims," Israeli sources say.

Eyal Eizenberg, Israeli Occupation Army Home Front Command, in a lecture in The Institute for National Security Studies (Tel Aviv University), said that "the recent assault on Gaza is not at all similar to the upcoming war that the Israeli army is preparing for."

Eizenberg added that "the future war will require stronger abilities and more sacrifices to pay a bigger price."

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Already planning the next one!

Oct 03 08:11

Gaza reconstruction plan ‘risks putting UN in charge of Israeli blockade’

A UN-sponsored agreement for the reconstruction of Gaza is facing sharp criticism from senior international officials and NGOs, who say it will create a restrictive new monitoring regime for building materials that risks putting the UN in charge of a continuing Israeli blockade.

Oct 03 08:05

GAZANS STILL WAITING FOR THE LIGHTS TO COME ON

Israel has the capacity to stop power interruptions today. Sympathetic nations have the influence to insist that Israel does this. If international leadership cannot agree that providing electricity to the people of Gaza — a very achievable goal — should be an immediate priority, how can we possibly imagine that the larger political issues can be resolved anytime soon?

Oct 03 08:05

EID AL- ADHA MUBARAK

To all of my Muslim family and friends, EID MUBARAK! May your prayers for Peace and Justice become a reality in the coming year.

To my Jewish friends and family, may you be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Oct 03 07:56

Sweden Will Recognize State of Palestine

Sweden’s new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.

Oct 02 17:39

Qurbani / Audhiya for Gaza 2014: Noor Harazeen

Please take a moment and donate to Noor Harazeen's campaign to raise funds for destitute families who have been raped and pillaged in the latest genocidal war of aggression by Israel... help to fill the empty stomachs of those who have no means to feed themselves and their families. Give more than the stated Goal. Thank you!

Oct 02 13:58

Transitional times or the end times?

Amid violence and destruction raging in many corners of the world, Graham Peebles detect signs of hope in the growing movement that seeks to build an alternative to the neo-liberal paradigm.

Oct 02 09:08

LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM

I listened to Netanyahu utter the following words at the UN …

“I stand here before you today ashamed and mortified. I’m ashamed and mortified by the outcome of the brutal Israeli attack on Gaza. Ashamed and mortified by the alarming number of civilians my country killed, ashamed and mortified by the scope of devastation its unrestrained army spread. The Israeli army made a certain effort to reduce injury to civilians, but I know that this was no more than conscience-soothing measures, if any conscience still remains in Israel, and the rest is propaganda tricks.

But alas ...

It’s all a daydream

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