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Aug 24 15:59

‘Thank You Celtic’: Wave Of Support For Football Club Waving Palestine Flags

Supporters of Celtic football club known as The Green Brigade raised more than £110,000 (US$144,000) and counting, as of Tuesday afternoon, in reaction to a fine from the sport’s European governing body UEFA over a Palestinian flag-waving incident last week.

Aug 24 14:39

US Urges Citizens To Leave Gaza 'As Soon As Possible'

The United States has urged its citizens staying in Gaza to leave the coastal enclave “as soon as possible” over the Israeli bombardments of the area.

The warning came after the Israeli military Sunday pounded targets in the Gaza Strip and injured four, including two in the town of Beit Hanun.

Aug 24 12:44

State Department Urges US Citizens To Leave Gaza "As Soon As Possible"

It's been a busy 24 hours for John Kerry. Between fending off requests for Hillary's emails, palling it up with Erdogan, and dealing with Afghanistan fallout, The Department of State has just issued a travel alert warning U.S. citizens against all travel to the Gaza Strip and urges those present to depart as soon as possible when border crossings are open. The announcement follows an escalation between Palestinian militants and the Israeli military over the weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is going to uncork on Gaza again.

Aug 24 08:32

Putin the peace broker? Russian president pushing for talks between Palestine and Israel

The Kremlin is said to be on a mission to bring Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu together for a fresh round of talks aimed at ending violence that has ravaged the region.

Mr Putin's new diplomacy is likely to be interpreted in the West as an attempt to dislodge America as the Middle East's chief peace negotiator.

Aug 24 04:41

The West’s Favored Autocrats - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

By prioritizing traditional alliances, control of resources and economic ideology, the U.S. turns a blind eye to other aspects of autocratic behavior that contradict its own avowed values, thereby setting up a vivid display of foreign policy hypocrisy. An example is the issue of democracy and the “Other.” Since the 1960s the United States has been struggling with its racist impulses.

Aug 23 09:07

TOON OF TODAY ~~ CELTICS MATCH THE FINE FOR PALESTINE

We, the Green Brigade, are the passionate Ultra fans of Celtic Football Club, Scotland’s most famous and successful football team. At the Champions League match with Hapoel Beer Sheva on 17 August 2016, the Green Brigade and fans throughout Celtic Park flew the flag for Palestine. This act of solidarity has earned our club respect and acclaim throughout the world. It has also attracted a disciplinary charge from UEFA, which deems the Palestinian flag to be an ‘illicit banner’

Aug 23 07:33

Celtic fans defy threat by hugging Palestine tighter

Glasgow Celtic fans have launched a fundraiser to match any fine that Europe’s ruling football body, UEFA, will give the Scottish club for an expression of Palestine solidarity at a recent game against the Israeli team Hapoel Beer Sheva.

UEFA has announced that it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic for display of an “illicit banner.” The “illicit banner” is a reference to Palestinian flags waved by Celtic supporters last week.

The fundraising campaign has been set up by the Green Brigade, a Celtic fan group, which has pledged to put part of the money towards setting up and sustaining a youth soccer team in the occupied West Bank.

Aug 23 07:32

Israeli activist seeks asylum in Canada

An Israeli citizen is claiming asylum in Canada, citing his government’s escalating repression of political activism, particularly the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Aug 22 09:00

OLYMPIC IMAGES ~~ ISRAEL’S PRIVATE GAMES

While Rio2016 is celebrating closing ceremony Israel continues the murdering games of airstrikes

Aug 22 08:23

Israel attacks Gaza strip after Hamas armed wing parade

Israel has carried out a series of attacks on the Gaza Strip after the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas holds a parade in the occupied territories.

On Sunday, Israeli forces launched airstrikes and artillery fire on the Palestinian towns of Beit Hanun, Beit Lahia, and Jabalia, just hours after several Palestinians were wounded in attacks in the northern Gaza Strip.

Several people were injured in the attacks which also damaged the Palestinian cities’ infrastructure.

Aug 22 08:21

Egyptian president: Putin willing to host Netanyahu and Abbas

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin informed him that he is ready to host direct talks between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Speaking in an interview with Egyptian journalists and quoted by Yedioth Ahronoth, the Egyptian president said Israeli convictions of peace are strengthening.

Sisi also invited everybody to take part in moving the peace process forward which, he said, was the key to stability in the region.

Aug 22 07:44

Palestine Expects Russian Prime Minister’s Visit on November 11

Palestinian Ambassador to Russia said that Dmitry Medvedev is expected to pay an official visit to Palestine on November 11 to discuss bilateral cooperation and regional issues with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and other senior officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel and the US have given the Palestinians every reason to pivot to Russia!

Aug 21 10:46

Israel must charge or free ‘administrative’ detainees: UN

The UN has urged Israel to decide the fate of prisoners held under the so-called administrative detention without trial or charge amid a fresh wave of hunger strikes by Palestinians in protest against their arbitrary incarceration.

Aug 21 08:16

Israel calls on citizens to ‘turn in’ boycott activists for deportation

Israel will soon search for, deport, and prevent the entry of international activists involved in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, based on intelligence provided in part by hotline tips to a task force, said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan Sunday.

The program was announced on the minister’s Facebook page with a see-something-say-something statement.

Aug 21 07:36

Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson launches multimillion-dollar effort to boost Israel's image on college campuses

The effort kicked off this last semester at six California campuses, including UCLA, UC Irvine and San Jose State University, and will expand to 20 more college campuses this fall. The Adelsons and other supporters of Israel are alarmed by the precipitous growth in young Americans’ support for Palestinians. A Pew Research Center poll in May found that 27% of millennials now sympathize more with Palestinians, up from 9% in 2006 — while their generation’s support for Israel has declined in the same period from 51% to 43%.

Aug 20 08:46

Black activists owe no apology for charging Israel with genocide

Activists from more than 50 organizations came together in the Movement for Black Lives and published the Vision for Black Lives, which identifies key aspects of the oppression of Black people and puts forth solutions to the systemic violence and oppression that target Black people in the United States. This statement proposes a set of demands for activists to advance that address racialized poverty, police violence, environmental racism and myriad other issues that plague Black communities in the United States.

While the vision inspired activists in the US and around the world, not everyone was excited. The Vision for Black Lives statement was immediately met with a slew of criticism from Zionist organizations and publications.

Aug 18 18:02

Celtic Fans Wave Palestine Flags During Match with Israeli Club

The Scottish club fans defied UEFA rules and threats by police during the Champions League qualifier against Israeli Hapoel Beer Sheva.

Fans of Scottish soccer club Celtic waved the Palestinian flag during their team’s Champions League qualifying match with Israel’s Hapoel Beer Sheva on Wednesday, the ninth time the club's fans have made a statement of defiance against UEFA’s ban on political expression in five years.

The action was organized by a group called Celtic Fans for Palestine which posted a Facebook event titled, “Fly the flag for Palestine, for Celtic, for Justice" last week.

John, an organizer of the event, told the Al Bawaba website that fans hoped to show Palestinians that support for them was alive and well in European soccer.

Aug 18 08:47

IN PHOTOS ~~ PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY IN THE FOOTBALL STADIUM

Celtic fans were warned not to raise the Palestine flag when they played an Israeli team. So they raised a thousand flags.

Aug 18 08:06

Israeli MKs, NGO Monitor Invent False Anti-Semitic Claims Against BDS

Israeli and American Jewish media have become willing facilitators of yet another fraud perpetrated by right-wing MKs and their NGO counterparts. The Knesset foreign affairs committee began the fraud by titling the hearing, “Singling Out Jewish Students by BDS on U.S. Campuses.” MK Anat Berko, who touts herself as a former IDF colonel and “expert” on Islamist terror, made flagrantly false claims that the BDS movement compiled lists of Jewish students along with their addresses. Berko is the solon who claimed Palestine doesn’t exist because there is no “P” in Arabic. Not to be outdone, MKs from Yesh Atid and Labor also chimed in supporting this hash of a hearing. The charges were formulated as if this were BDS’ first step toward a Final Solution of the Israel Problem. For those pro-Israelists without a sense of humor, the above sentence was meant entirely ironically.

Aug 18 06:58

In massive shift, Lutherans vote to halt US aid to Israel

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the latest US denomination to take economic action against the Israeli occupation.

At its triennial assembly last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the four million-member church, one of the largest in the US, voted on two separate resolutions targeting Israel’s occupation and human rights abuses, passing each by a landslide.

The first resolution calls for the end of US aid to Israel until it ceases violations of international human rights norms, specifically the ongoing construction of settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

Aug 17 10:29

‘It’s like we’re born with guns in our hands’: Young Israelis face prison as they resist military conscription

Four months ago, Omri requested exemption from military service through an ethics committee. But her request was rejected, and she found herself facing prison time.

Leading up to her first stay in military prison, Omri was introduced to Tair and other members of the Refusers Solidarity Network, who gave her an informal, educational lesson on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people.

After discovering the widespread human rights violations occurring just a short drive away, Omri dedicated herself to reading books about Palestine and stumbled upon a very different history of Israel than what she had learned growing up.

“I had never even seen a map that shows the green line,” Omri said incredulously, referring to the pre-1967 borders recognized under international law as the border between Palestine and Israel. “To this day, I have not been able to find a map of Israel in Hebrew that recognizes any Palestinian borders.”

Aug 17 09:19

ISRAEL’S LOVE FOR PALESTINE CAUGHT ON VIDEO

The website Ramallah News, which published the security camera video on its Facebook page on Tuesday, says it was filmed a day earlier in the village of Kafr Laqif, near Qalqilya in the northern West Bank.

At 30 seconds, as the jeep drives off, an object can be seen flying from the back of the vehicle towards the young men, just before the explosion.

Stun grenades, also known as flashbang grenades or sound bombs, are meant to be used to temporarily disorient an enemy.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, says stun grenades are “a predominant crowd control weapon” used by Israeli occupation forces.

The US-made weapons “are designed to cause panic, thereby enabling security forces to overpower people,” it adds.

Aug 17 07:11

Army Kidnaps 24 Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, overnight and at dawn Wednesday, 24 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, during extensive invasions and violent searches of homes. 14 of the kidnapped Palestinians are from Hebron.

The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said hundreds of soldiers invaded many communities in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and conducted violent searches of dozens of homes, before kidnapping fourteen Palestinians.

Aug 17 06:56

Israel-EU Tension Up Over Rise in West Bank Home Demolitions

The Palestinian government has brought foreign diplomats to a school in the West Bank to highlight what it says is a renewed threat of demolition by Israel.

The school for Bedouin children has been slated for demolition and highlights the battle over 60 percent of the West Bank that remains under exclusive Israeli control, known as Area C.

Severe Israeli restrictions on Palestinian development in Area C, including a rise in demolitions of homes — some of them EU-funded buildings — have created diplomatic tensions.

Aug 16 14:11

Another of Israel's pimps to become Labour's saviour?

Against the background of speculation that Labour Party chiefs are trying to persuade David Miliband to return to London so he can snatch the party leadership from Jeremy Corbyn, Stuart Littlewood recalls the disastrous legacy of Mr Miliband.

Aug 16 09:03

EIGHT YEARS OF WAITING IN (FOR) PALESTINE

It has been 8 years since I moved back from the USA to occupied Palestine and it may be worth a brief reflection. I accomplished much since then (of course I am surrounded by good people starting with my wife and immediate family members to students and volunteers who believed in what we were doing and to hundreds of supporters around the world).

Aug 16 08:43

Evangelical Lutheran Church calls to stop U.S. aid to Israel

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has approved a resolution calling on the American government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building in Judea and Samaria and "enable an independent Palestinian state", JTA reported Sunday.

Aug 16 07:52

EU logo no shield from Israel’s bulldozers

Hammadin knows all too well that the expansion of the settlement – built in violation of international law, which forbids an occupying power like Israel from transferring its population into the territory it occupies – has meant the steady de-development of his community.

In February, the Israeli army demolished two trailers which were to serve as a new school for first- and second-graders. The cabins, donated by a French nongovernmental organization and funded by the European Union, bore visible EU logos.

Aug 16 07:49

Holland probes threats against Palestinian group’s lawyer at The Hague

For the last six months, Nada Kiswanson has received a steady stream of death threats while she has worked with the International Criminal Court as it probes possible war crimes committed by Israel against Palestinians.

The Jordanian-Swedish human rights lawyer with the Palestinian group Al-Haq has reported receiving intimidating phone calls, emails and a bouquet of flowers with an ominous message, threatening the lives of her and her family. She has been also been contacted by someone impersonating a Dutch governmental official.

Al-Haq and Kiswanson believe the intimidation campaign is designed to discourage their advocacy.

This month Kiswanson received a message stating she was “not safe at all and hopefully this would remain.”

“It’s very clear that the reason I’m being threatened is because of the work that I do in Europe and particularly at the International Criminal Court,” she told the Associated Press.

Aug 15 13:24

The dark secret of Israel’s stolen babies

Jonathan Cook says Israel’s theft of thousands of Arab Jewish babies shows that its Arab Jews face the same enemy as the Palestinians: a European Jewish establishment resolutely opposed to living in peace and respect with either Arabs or the region.

Aug 15 09:09

GRAFFITI OF THE DAY

This is Israel: hate speech found in Israel’s Ben Gurion airport “No Muslims No war. LET’S KILL THEM ALL”

Aug 15 09:09

#InPalestine ~~ IT KILLED IN THE PAST, WHY NOT USE IT AGAIN?

Over the past six months, say activists in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military has resumed the use of Indoor Barricade Penetrators, a form of high velocity tear gas 40mm projectile designed to deliver its payload inside buildings or homes and used during raids, demonstrations and clashes.

Aug 15 06:07

Israel’s stolen babies remains the state’s darkest secret

It is Israel’s darkest secret – or so argues one Israeli journalist – in a country whose short history is replete with dark episodes.

Aug 14 09:30

ISRAEL IS IN MOURNING TODAY ~~ AND ONCE AGAIN PALESTINE IS FORGOTTEN

Two “solidarity ships” are set to sail towards the besieged Gaza Strip from Barcelona, Spain, in mid-September.

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Named ‘Amal’ and ‘Zaytouna’ — meaning ‘Hope’ and ‘Olives’ in Arabic, respectively — the ships will be led by an all-female crew of 24, including Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire.
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Aug 14 09:30

BEX ALERT ~~ ISRAEL WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THAT PALESTINIANS ARE ENJOYING THE SUMMER

Israeli forces detain 4 Palestinians, confiscate property, in southern West Bank raids

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Israeli forces briefly detain, assault 15 Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem

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Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian fishermen in Gaza, detain 5

Aug 13 13:23

Of Hajah Zainab ? Is Palestine Still The Central Issue For Arabs?

Palestine is increasingly absent from Arab consciousness, at least at the official and media levels. For years, the discussion has veered elsewhere, to other regions and various other concerns, as Arab regional alliances are no longer driven by the “question of Palestine.”

Aug 13 03:30

After 300 Weeks of BDS Activism in Adelaide a Letter to 3-D Trolls

We have long been familiar with wannabe friends on Facebook and You Tube who profess to be seeking peace in the Middle East but appear to see the subjugation of the Palestinians as the only way to achieve this outcome. Their aim in contacting us seems patently clear, to waste our time in fruitless discussion or find out as much as possible about our group. This is a similar modus operandi to the Christian Zionists who have plagued our education campaign in Rundle Mall during our 300 weeks of BDS actions

Aug 12 08:33

THE REAL MEANING OF ISRAELI ‘COUNTERTERRORISM’

Every year, the Israeli military arrests and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children. For 25 Years, our lawyers have defended thousands of these children in the Israeli military court system. This is Osama’s story.

Aug 12 06:54

Netherlands probes death threats against Palestinian rights advocate

In the first reported case of the kind, Dutch prosecutors are investigating death threats to a Hague-based Palestinian rights advocate, implicating Israel as a likely culprit due to sophisticated tactics and hacking used. Israel dismisses its involvement.

Aug 12 06:44

EU, US warn Israel against razing Palestinian village

The EU and US warned Israel of “serious” consequences should it raze the occupied West Bank village of Sussia, the Safa news agency reported Israeli media saying yesterday.

Reporting Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Safa said the “warning messages” reached the Israeli leadership over the last two weeks, noting the response if the village was razed would be “unconventional”.

The White House said: “In case the demolition was carried out, the United States would have the hardest response.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You will have to walk over to the White House to pick up that check for $40 billion!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 11 16:42

Divide And Rule: How Factionalism In Palestine Is Killing Prospects For Freedom

As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head.

Aug 11 11:19

THE LATEST ISRAELI BEX ALERT ON VIDEO

"I’m going to say something now that some of you will not believe. But I’m going to say it anyway because it’s true."

Does he really think that we are all stupider than he is??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In Mein Kampf, Hitler describes the Big Lie. He did not advocate it's use; he was issuing a warning that the bigger the lie, the more people will fall victim to it. That is what Netanyahu is trying here.

Aug 11 05:18

Israel and the World Vision Crime Scam

Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel is going all out to divert anti-Israel opinion on its monumental humanitarian disaster to a fictitious crime allegedly perpetrated by the very victims of said humanitarian disaster- Israel’s wars on Gaza -by concocting an elaborate false crime of embezzlement and terrorism by Mohammed el-Halabi, the dedicated zonal manager for World Vision in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

Aug 10 18:19

Libertarian candidates say US policy has only made Middle East more dangerous

Although Donald Trump made a headline or two this winter saying he’d be a neutral arbiter between Israelis and Palestinians, he soon after backtracked, delivering a well received, if uncreative, speech to standing ovations at AIPAC. Appointees of Hillary Clinton to the Democratic National Committee’s platform drafting committee successfully smacked down a bid to include language even acknowledging the existence Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.

With that in mind, a voter might wonder what the Libertarian Party has to offer concerning Israel/Palestine.

The Libertarians argue, as they do across the board, for disentangling the U.S. from onerous aid arrangements, but their reasons have less to do with Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and more to do with the party’s promise to make government smaller in general. There isn’t a plank for Israel in the Libertarian platform, but in speaking with a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, Alex Merced, it appears that the party is the most open to new ideas, for better or worse, of all the parties running this year.

Aug 10 08:11

Google explains why Palestine isn't labeled in Maps

It's restoring the labels "West Bank" and "Gaza" after accidentally deleting them.

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Suuuuuuuuuuure it was an accident!

Aug 09 11:22

13 hurt, cottage alight as Israeli drone crashes into Arab village

A drone belonging to Israel's Aerospace Industries crashed on Tuesday in an Arab village in northern Israel, lightly wounding at least 13 people and setting an empty home ablaze, officials said.

Aug 08 15:25

Is Saudi Arabia Zion?

As relations between Israel and the Al Saud family warm up, James Dorsey explores the prospects offered by long-forgotten research by Arab historian Kamal Salibi which concluded that “Judaism’s Zion was not located in Israel but in Saudi Arabia”.

Aug 08 12:22

GOOGLE IGNITES INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE AFTER WIPING PALESTINE OFF THE MAP, REPLACING IT WITH ISRAEL

Palestine – Internet giant Google has come under fire from around the world this week, after removing the name Palestine from Google Maps and replacing it with Israel. Interestingly, international mainstream corporate media has completely blacked out any coverage of the incident or the international outrage it has sparked.

Webmaster addition: If you search for "Palestine" in Google Earth, it takes you to the Atlantic Ocean off the west coat of Africa! As a side note, many of the hack attacks on my server come from Google's IP addresses!

Aug 08 10:54

Palestinian Children as Young as 12 Can Now Be Legally Imprisoned by Israel

By James Holbrooks

Last Wednesday, Israeli lawmakers legalized the imprisonment of Palestinian children as young as — by their own words — twelve years old.

The new law, passed by legislators as the “Youth Bill,” allows authorities to “imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or she is under the age of 14,” the Knesset said in a press release.

But the originator of the bill, Anat Berko, was quoted in that same statement as saying that for those who are “murdered with a knife in the heart it does not matter if the child is 12 or 15.”...

Aug 08 08:57

ISRAELI APARTHEID CAUGHT ON VIDEO

n September 2012, Israeli security forces put up a chain-link fence along al-Ibrahimi Street in Hebron, separating the paved road from a narrow, rough walkway. Since then, B’Tselem has twice documented security forces denying Palestinians access to the paved road, despite official claims that there is no such prohibition. On 25 July 2016, B’Tselem volunteer Raed Abu Ramileh filmed a Border Police officer seizing the bicycle of 8-year-old Anwar Burqan and throwing it in the bushes for riding it down the paved road, which is reserved for settlers.

Aug 08 07:10

The Shot Heard All Over the Country

The crew of an Israeli ambulance was treating the wounded soldier, ignoring the seriously wounded Arab who was lying on the ground. Several Israeli soldiers were standing around, also ignoring the Palestinian. About 10 minutes later Sergeant Elor Azaria, a medic, appeared on the scene, approached the wounded Palestinian and shot him pointblank in the head, killing him.

According to eyewitnesses, Azaria declared that "the terrorist must die". Later, on the advice of his phalanx of lawyers, Azaria claimed that he was afraid that the wounded Palestinian had an explosive charge on his body and was about to kill the soldiers around him – an assertion clearly disproved by the pictures which showed the soldiers standing nearby obviously unconcerned. Then there was a mysterious knife which was not there at the beginning of the clip and could be seen lying near the body at the end.

Aug 07 12:52

Money talks as Trump does U-turn on Israel

The grubby underside of US electoral politics is on show once again as the Democratic and Republican candidates prepare to fight it out for the presidency. And it doesn’t get seamier than the battle to prove how loyal each candidate is to Israel.

New depths are likely to be plumbed this week at the Republican convention in Cleveland, as Donald Trump is crowned the party’s nominee. His platform breaks with decades of United States policy to effectively deny the Palestinians any hope of statehood.

The question now is whether the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, who positions herself as Israel’s greatest ally, will try to outbid Trump in cravenly submitting to the Israeli right.

Aug 07 09:37

Palestinian swimmer overcomes odds to make a splash at Rio Olympics

Mary al-Atrash is one of six Palestinian athletes who will compete in this summer’s Rio games, fulfilling her life-long Olympic dream

Aug 07 07:38

Benjamin Netanyahu accused of sabotaging peace, as Israeli authorities abuse Palestinian children

The head of one of Israel’s most successful companies has issued a blistering condemnation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Daniel Birnbaum, the CEO of SodaStream, accused Netanyahu of “systemically spreading hate” and purposefully nurturing the conflict with the Palestinians “in all its evil manifestations”.

His scathing comments come as Israeli authorities move towards a “more aggressive approach” in dealing with Palestinian children accused of crimes, including the minor transgression of riding a bike.

Aug 07 07:14

Pro-Israel Groups Smear the Movement for Black Lives for its Solidarity With Palestine

Racial justice organizers say they won’t back down in the face of vicious attacks accusing them of "terrorist" sympathies.

Aug 06 18:00

Israel lobby panics about ‘spoiled’ next generation of American leaders turning against it

This is no casual matter; the loss of the lobby is a “strategic risk,” Herzog said; and this is precisely why Jeffrey Goldberg and Alan Dershowitz and Dennis Ross and Aaron David Miller and Richard Haass and others vehemently denied the allegations in the paper and book The Israel Lobby, published 9 and 10 years ago, because identifying this power openly was a threat to it. To “Jewish enfranchisement,” as Goldberg stated on the stage of the Center for Jewish History.

Now ten years on, the Israel lobbyists face a greater threat than academic critics of the Israel lobby: young Americans, who are awaking to Palestinian conditions on college campuses, thanks to the efforts of Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Black Lives Matter. And, pace Herzog, young Jewish Americans, the very Jews who are supposed to compose the leadership of the lobby– they’re deciding that Zionism with its inherent ethnic discrimination is not an ideology worth living for, yet alone dying for.

Aug 06 06:55

Susiya village on brink of destruction by Israel

Israel’s high court placed the fate of the Palestinian village Susiya and its 340 residents in the hands of defense minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday, leaving it to him to decide whether the army will demolish nearly half its structures, mostly ramshackle dwellings.

On Monday, the court punted a petition the village had submitted with Rabbis for Human Rights requesting that it compel Israel’s occupation administration to recognize the legality of structures that Palestinians had built without permits from the army.

Aug 05 18:31

Former AIPAC official says Israel should get no US aid without ending ‘oppressive’ settlements

Here is another sign that what had been quiet disagreement between American Jews and Israel is breaking out in the open, thanks to the approaching jubilee year of the occupation. Citing “nearly half a century” of occupation, a former AIPAC official comes out for conditioning US aid to Israel on that country agreeing to freeze its illegal settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem. He says forthrightly that Israel’s “oppressive and discriminatory settlement policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem continue unabated.”

Greg Slabodkin, of Buffalo, is described as “a former opposition researcher for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,” or AIPAC, in his piece in the Hill. The article is pegged to the news that the Obama administration is going to sign an aid package with Israel giving it $40 billion over ten years, “the biggest U.S. military aid package ever given to any country.”

Aug 05 08:38

'Dehumanization': Five Americans Detained, Handcuffed, Deported by Israel

Five US activists aiming to investigate living conditions for Palestinians in Israeli-occupied areas were subjected to a cold welcome upon their arrival to Israel; detained without explanation, handcuffed, humiliated based on belief, appearance or ethnicity, and finally banned from entering the country.

Aug 05 08:37

Video Showing Israeli Officers Abusing 8-Year-Old Girl Goes Viral

Footage was released on Tuesday showing Israeli police officers shouting at an 8-year-old girl before confiscating her bicycle and tossing it into the bushes.

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Aug 05 07:31

Google slammed for removing Palestine from its maps

The Palestinian Journalists’ Forum has denounced Google for deleting the name of Palestine from its maps and replacing it with Israel.

In a statement released yesterday, the forum said Google’s decision to remove Palestine from its maps on 25 July “is part of the Israeli scheme to establish its name as a legitimate state for generations to come and abolish Palestine once and for all.”

“The move is also designed to falsify history, geography as well as the Palestinian people’s right to their homeland, and a failed attempt to tamper with the memory of Palestinians and Arabs as well as the world.”

The forum said the move was “contrary to all international norms and conventions”, stressing that Google should back track on its actions.

Aug 04 09:54

UNMASKING ISRAELI RACISM

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took to social media to apologise for last year’s notorious election-day comment, when he warned that “the Arabs are coming out to vote in droves” – a reference to the fifth of Israel’s population who are Palestinian.

Aug 04 06:44

Video: Israeli soldier assaults child playing on Jews-only road

Eight-year-old Anwar Burqan was playing with her young sister and brothers in al-Ibrahimi Street, near their home in Hebron’s al-Salaima neighborhood on 25 July when their games were interrupted by Israel’s pervasive military occupation.

The video above, filmed by local resident Raed Abu Ramileh and published by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, shows some of what happened.

According to Anwar’s account, she was riding a bicycle belonging to one of her brothers when an Israeli Border Police combatant ran over, stepped on the bicycle and took it away from her.

The child can be seen raising her arm in apparent reflexive self-defense.

As can be heard in the video, the combatant shouts at her to “go home” and the child bursts into tears. The rifle-bearing soldier then throws the bicycle into the bushes.

“Only Jews walk here”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But if you say this is racist, then are are just being a filthy Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 03 15:47

The ‘New York Times’ is dead set on marginalizing Jewish anti-Zionism

The New York Times is pointedly ignoring an important ideological trend: the rise of Jewish anti-Zionism. A battle is taking place among Jews over the dead end that Jewish nationalism represents, but the paper of record is doing all it can to pretend that battle isn’t happening, and suffocate an explosive discussion.

Two days ago Haaretz ran two stunning op-eds by American Jewish historians Hasia Diner and Marjorie Feld titled, “We’re American Jewish Historians. This Is Why We’ve Left Zionism Behind,” saying that they cannot go comfortably into Jewish spaces that deny the Nakba any more. Diner related an ordeal that will resonate in the hearts of many other American Jews:

Aug 03 15:29

Israel OKs putting minors behind bars for alleged terror charges

The Israeli parliament has approved a controversial bill that enables the regime to jail children as young as 12 convicted of alleged "terrorist offenses" amid growing acts of violence against Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Aug 03 13:18

Israeli racism unmasks Netanyahu goodwill video

Jonathan Cook argues that the ethos of the military government for Israel’s Palestinians is returning, and the “perfume” of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s soothing words about ending “discord and hate” will not cover the stench.

Aug 03 08:18

Flashback: Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn - Former CIA officer John Stockwell

John R. Stockwell is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving in the Agency for thirteen years serving seven tours of duty. After managing U.S. involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies, a book which remains the only detailed, insider's account of a major CIA "covert action."

Aug 03 06:12

Richard Falk: How the United States Government Obstructs Peace for Israel/Palestine

During this period, the Palestinian territorial position has continuously worsened, and the humanitarian ordeal of the Palestinian people has become ever more acute.

Aug 02 09:43

HYDRO-APARTHEID

Water shortages are not new for Palestinians. Whether in the occupied Gaza Strip or the West Bank including East Jerusalem, the supply of water flowing into Palestinian homes is strictly capped or obstructed by Israel.

Aug 02 06:57

Dear Hillary, From Gaza

U.S. elections have an outsized effect on the residents of many countries, but among the most impacted are those imprisoned in the occupied Palestinian territories. In this video, 21-year-old Besan Aljadili, a writer for We Are Not Numbers in Gaza, responds to the nomination of Hillary Clinton for U.S. president.

In her acceptance speech, the former Secretary of State talked of how proud women should be of her status as the first female to be nominated for America’s highest office. But will Hillary Clinton listen to a fellow female, half a world away, who feels she and her people have been rejected and trivialized? Watch and share.

Aug 01 08:55

WHY SHOULD AN ‘ISRAELI ARAB’ BELIEVE ANYTHING NETANYAHU HAS TO SAY?

Yesterday I took a trip to downtown Jerusalem on the Light Rail. On the way home the train was stopped by Israeli Border Police because there was a Palestinian sitting in my car with his son. The Police rudely demanded to see his Identity Card and then ordered him to get off the train. He was dong nothing wrong, just going home with his son the same way I was doing …. They held up the train for ten minutes as the man protested that he was doing nothing wrong. By this time his son was hysterical as other passengers surrounded the man to give (im)moral support to the Police. Eventually he agreed to leave the train and we continued on our journey.

Aug 01 07:23

Israel’s hydro-apartheid keeps West Bank thirsty

Water shortages are not new for Palestinians. Whether in the occupied Gaza Strip or the West Bank including East Jerusalem, the supply of water flowing into Palestinian homes is strictly capped or obstructed by Israel.

Jul 31 10:40

What Sort of Society Feels Absolutely Nothing After Killing Hundreds of Children?

Israel killed 546 Palestinian children over the course of only 50 days in Gaza in 2014. Of those, 180 were babies and toddlers under the age of five.

Jul 30 11:08

Animal Health and Wealth in Palestine

Archaeological evidence shows that the Middle East, particularly the Levant region and the Jordan Valley, was the starting point for animal domestication more than eight thousand years ago. Since then, the people living in this area have relied on animals to support their livelihoods, and even now, Palestinian farmers raise and breed livestock as a source of food and income.

Jul 30 09:51

Palestine Announces Plan to Sue Britain for Creation of Israel

Palestinian authority president Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to sue the British state for its part in helping to establish Israeli regime and its subsequent crimes against the Palestinian people. The statement was made at the Arab League Summit this week in Mauritania by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in Abbas' absence, Ria Novosti reported. Abbas' statement called on other members of the Arab League to support Palestine in carrying out a lawsuit against the UK over the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the creation of Israel in 1948. Mahmoud Abbas and his government pointed the finger at Britain for facilitating and ultimately supporting "Israeli crimes". He also said that the UK was one of the main parties responsible for the mass displacement of Palestinians in 1948.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 29 23:05

Palestine and Hillary, 'the lesser evil'

How is it possible that Hillary Clinton supports the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people - yet we're still supposed to consider her a lesser evil? Ask the question and you'll hear plenty of explanations, but the most important reason is rarely made explicit: Lesser evilism is possible only because we're so accustomed to seeing certain people as lesser human beings. READ MORE

Jul 29 12:58

Neocon Schizophrenia

A friend recently observed to me that it is ironic that the neoconservatives, whose bottom line foreign policy issue is the uncritical support of Israel, should be obsessed with constantly confronting and goading Russia even though Tel Aviv and Moscow get along just fine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled to Russia three times in the past year and he and President Vladimir Putin reportedly understand each other very well.

Jul 29 09:29

JUSTIFICATION FOR ISRAELI RACISM AND APARTHEID

An Israeli mayor from the Galilee apologized for causing offense by saying that he does not want Arabs to use swimming pools of predominantly-Jewish towns and cities.

Speaking on the Kol Rega radio station Thursday, Motti Dotan, head of the Lower Galilee Regional Council, said: “I don’t hate Arabs, but I don’t want them at my pools. I don’t go to their pools, either.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the same nation that is at the forefront of demands that Europe allow in masses of middle eastern refugees and America be flooded with illegal immigrants!

Jul 29 09:28

CATERPILLAR ONCE AGAIN USED AS A WEAPON IN PALESTINE

The D9 is the type of machine that an Israeli soldier used to kill American activist Rachel Corrie in Gaza in 2003.

Jul 29 07:04

Israel uses Caterpillar equipment in apparent extrajudicial killing

Late on Tuesday night, Israeli forces massed in the town of Surif, near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, and launched an assault on a house in which they besieged Muhammad al-Faqih. The Israelis eventually demolished the house with al-Faqih still inside.

Jul 28 11:13

WHY IS THIS RACIST THEY ASK …

Galilee council head stirs controversy defending limitations on pool use in Jewish towns. ‘Why is it racist?’

Jul 28 09:00

BOTH CONVENTIONS LEAVE PALESTINE OFF THEIR AGENDAS ~~ NOW WHAT?

“We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier,” the platform’s language on Israel, introduced by GOP delegate Alan Clemmons, reads. “Support for Israel is an expression of Americanism, and it is the responsibility of our government to advance policies that reflect Americans’ strong desire for a relationship with no daylight between America and Israel.”

The Democrats did not do much better. CNN reported on July 10 that “Hillary Clinton supporters rejected an effort Saturday to add an amendment to the Democratic platform which would call for ‘an end to occupations and illegal settlements’ in Palestinian territories.” The rejection of that amendment dealt a blow to any hope that the platform would reflect and address the reality on the ground, a reality of occupation approaching its 50-year anniversary.

Jul 28 09:00

ISRAEL’S REAL MESSAGE TO PALESTINIANS

Israel demolished more Palestinian homes in past 6 months than in all of 2015

Jul 28 06:50

Protesters set Israeli flag on fire outside Democratic convention

Protesters have set the Israeli flag on fire during a rally outside the venue of the Democratic National Convention underway in the US city of Philadelphia. The protesters chanted pro-Palestine slogans. Other demonstrators, rallying outside the venue of the convention, waved Palestinian flags.

Jul 28 06:45

Tim Kaine among 36 senators seeking $320m more for Israeli missile defense

A bipartisan group of 36 US senators that includes Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, is calling on Congress to add $320 million for Israeli missile defense to the Senate version of a defense appropriations bill.

Jul 28 06:44

DNC delegates support Palestinian rights, even if Democratic Party doesn’t

While Hillary Clinton secured the party’s presidential nomination, activists attended alternative events and organized Palestine solidarity actions.

Clinton has promised to bolster the US alliance with Israel.

The party and its nominee have vowed to continue supporting Israel with billions more in aid every year, while cracking down on the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Meanwhile, on the convention floor, The Electronic Intifada’s Rania Khalek says that many delegates have been holding signs and wearing stickers in support of Palestinian rights, challenging the traditional liberal framework of “progressive except for Palestine.”

Jul 27 15:02

Farewell To Yarmouk: A Palestinian Refugee’s Journey From Izmir To Greece

The refugee camp of Yarmouk was ever present in his being, pulling him in and out of an abyss of persistent fears that urged him to never return. But what was this refugee without Yarmouk, his first haven, his last earth?

Jul 27 13:45

Palestinian Authority Aims To Sue Britain For 1917 Balfour Declaration To Remove Arabs

Britain is responsible for all Israeli war crimes since 1948 because it created the 1917 mandate which saw Arabs removed from their land to make way for the state of Israel, a top Palestinian diplomat has said.

Jul 27 12:29

Israeli forces open fire on Gaza fishermen, two detained

Israeli forces Wednesday morning opened fire on Palestinian fisherman off the coast of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip and detained two Palestinians, according to Gaza-based rights groups.

The two detained were identified by the groups as Mohammad Yasin Zayed and Tariq Abdalbari Alsultan. The groups added that their fishing boats were confiscated by Israeli forces and transported to an unknown location.

Jul 27 09:19

WHAT NETANYAHU REALLY MEANT IN YESTERDAY’S VIDEO TO THE ‘ARABS’

The clip, recorded in Hebrew and English versions, started with an Arabic greeting, the phrase, “Muwatinuna al arab al aezaa.” While the prime minister had meant to say, “My good friends Arab citizens,” with a slight mispronunciation his words were understood as, “my Arab goats.”

Jul 26 14:37

Israeli Settlers Destroy Palestinian Homes Like ‘Termites’: US Rep.

Democratic US Representative Hank Johnson says Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements are destroying Palestinian homes like “termites.”

Jul 26 13:11

The Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty - Paul Craig Roberts

Last month was the 49th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the American ship. I raised the issue of the USS Liberty eight or nine years ago in a syndicated newspaper column, which, as I suspected would be the case, only a few news sources dared to publish. However, the article editor at Hustler magazine saw the article and contacted me. He said that Hustler was popular among US sailors and now that they were again thrust into needless war they should be aware that the US government could sell them out without notice. Would I write the USS Liberty story for the sailors so they would be aware of the betrayal that might await them?

I had already seen that Admiral Moorer’s prediction that Israel would have us in war against the Arabs had come true. I still hear his bitter statement that “no American president can stand up to Israel.” Tom was deeply wounded by the betrayal of the US Navy by the Commander-in-Chief. The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff was powerless before the Israel Lobby.

Jul 26 09:19

Palestinian Authority aims to sue Britain for 1917 Balfour Declaration to remove Arabs

Britain is responsible for all Israeli war crimes since 1948 because it created the 1917 mandate which saw Arabs removed from their land to make way for the state of Israel, a top Palestinian diplomat has said.

Originally signed by UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, the agreement officially sanctioned the Zionist movement’s aims, leading to its later colonization of what was then the Ottoman-held territory of Palestine.

Now the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) chief foreign minister, Riyad al-Malki, has told the Arab League that Britain will be held to account for its part in what Palestinians still see as a cataclysmic event.

Jul 26 08:50

ISRAELI BEX ALERT ON VIDEO

Arab Knesset members unimpressed with Prime Minister’s appeal to Israeli Arabs to take full part in Israeli society, call it a “spin”.

Arab Knesset members on Monday night blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after he released a video urging Israeli Arabs to take full part in Israeli society.

Joint List chairman MK Ayman Odeh responded to the video and said, “I watched the video tonight and I asked myself whether this is the same person who tried desperately to prevent the economic plan for Arabs, who tried to add more conditions to the program so that it would not be implemented? Is this the same Prime Minister who incited against us in the elections and since then has only worsened his inciting statements?”

Jul 26 08:49

IN PHOTOS ~~ PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER

New Yorkers took to the streets yesterday in front of the Israeli Consulate to demand Freedom for Bilal Kayed and all other (7,000) Palestinians held in illegal administrative detention.

Jul 26 08:03

Israeli authorities destroy 11 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

Israeli authorities early Tuesday destroyed 11 Palestinian homes in an area on the outskirts of Jerusalem divided from the city by Israel's separation wall, residents and an NGO said.

A convoy of Israeli security vehicles and bulldozers carried out the overnight demolitions in Qalandiya, presumably because authorities allege the owners did not have building permits.

Israeli authorities did not respond to requests for information on the demolitions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is taking advantage of the distraction by many countries caused by major worldwide news to steal more land of the Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Jul 25 09:04

WOMEN’S BOAT TO GAZA IS NOW A REALITY

The Women’s Boat to Gaza will carry prominent women, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, award-winning U.S. playwright Naomi Wallace, New Zealand parliamentarian Marama Davidson and Norwegian author and former sports star Gerd von der Lippe. The vessel will visit ports in the Western Mediterranean before reaching the shores of Gaza around October 1.

Jul 25 03:37

Russia considers status quo on Palestine unacceptable — Putin

"We believe the existing status quo in unacceptable and favor creating the conditions for the speedy relaunching of the negotiation process that will be aimed at creating an independent, viable and integral Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem peacefully coexisting with its neighbors," the president said.

Jul 24 12:09

Zionism goes from bad to worse, taking Judaism with it

Lawrence Davidson explains why in the eyes of increasing numbers, Israel is seen as a pariah state, and argues that the behaviour of its rabbinical officialdom may have already thrown its religious establishment into similar disgrace.

Jul 24 07:15

Gary Spedding - Sabbos Goy or Israeli Agent?

“We in the Palestinian Solidarity Movement Have a Problem With anti-Semitism,” writes Gary Spedding, a pro Palestinian 'lobbyist' in the Israeli outlet Haaretz. Spedding claims to be a Palestinian solidarity activist but his activism is better described as that of an ‘Israeli agent.’ Spedding’s article provides us with an extraordinary view of Left duplicity and its disastrous role in the solidarity movement.

“For me,” writes Spedding, “being equipped to recognize and call out anti-Semitism can only strengthen my Palestine advocacy.” And why? Because“having a clear definition of anti-Semitism helps to reassure the Jewish community.” The first question that comes to mind is why a ‘pro’ Palestinian wants to ‘reassure the Jewish community?’ If Spedding really wants to appease the Jews he should join AIPAC or enlist in the IDF’s Unit 300.

Jul 24 04:39

Freewheeling Trump has backed down on only one issue. Guess which one.

But then there’s this. Back in late winter Trump said he was going to be neutral in his position on Israel and Palestine so he could negotiate that deal of deals as president:

If I’m going to be president, I’d rather be in the position, because I will try the best I can, and I’m a very good dealmaker, believe me, to try and solve that puzzle. You’re not going to solve it if you’re going to be on one side or another. Everyone understands that. If I’m going to solve the problem, I want to go in with a clean slate.

He also shocked Israel supporters by saying that Israel should help pay for the American defense budget, not the other way around!

There was huge pushback on those positions, challenges on the Sunday talk shows, and . . . Trump backed off both positions in his speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC in March.

Jul 22 09:02

OBAMA’S LAST GASP ON PALESTINE-ISRAEL

Palestinians should take seriously the possibility that Obama may act because of his disdain for Benjamin Netanyahu, and because of the support such a move would have from Samantha Power and John Kerry. Any initiative would likely occur after the US presidential elections; thus the window would be from November 2016 through January 2017.

Jul 21 10:52

War & Peace: Azerbaijan & Palestine

Both countries have lived this occupier lifestyle on a war footing ever since, and yet prosper even as their nemeses wallow in poverty and suffering.

The world mostly admires these plucky aggressors and has little time for either the Azerbaijanis or the Palestinians. It seems there is little solidarity in the Muslim world, or at least little effective solidarity.

Jul 20 14:48

Money talks as Trump does U-turn on Israel

Jonathan Cook looks at how US Zionist lobby groups have succeeded in buying off Donald Trump’s – and Hillary Clinton’s – unconditional support for Israel, its colonisation of stolen Palestinian territories and its total denial of Palestinian rights.

Jul 20 09:23

DEBUNKING THE MYTHS ABOUT GAZA ~~ A 20 MINUTE VIDEO

This is inspired. Two years after the onslaught on Gaza that killed over 2200 people, a group of activists, academics and artists has produced a new teaching video that aims at shifting the western narrative of the conflict.

Its new 20-minute video is called “Gaza in Context.” Narrated by Noura Erakat, the film points out the roots of the conflict: for 70 years Israel has sought as much Palestinian land with as few Palestinians on it as possible, and the peace process has only served as a cover for this project. Erakat uses simple descriptions to convey the reality, that Israel now seeks to accustom Palestinians to “domination as a way of life– an unfathomable possibility to all humans, whose first instinct is to be free.”

Jul 20 09:22

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO BREAK THE SIEGE ON GAZA

The Women’s Boat to Gaza seeks not only to challenge the Israeli blockade, but to also show solidarity and bring a message of hope to the Palestinian people. With the support of women, men, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and from women’s collectives and events around the world, we will make this happen.

Jul 19 13:47

CIA REBELS BEHEAD KID AND OTHER RECENT U.S. SUCCESSES IN SYRIA

The U.S. "regime change" operation in Syria recently tallied up some major successes. The Syrian Democratic Force, a U.S. sponsored group of mostly Syrian Kurds, is besieging the Islamic State held eastern city of Manbij. According to the UN's Human Rights commissioner 70,000 civilians in Manbij are cut off from all supplies. We have yet to hear calls for an immediate breaking of the siege or for enforced air drops of supplies to these people. Where are all the R2P fans in the Obama administration and all the well paid Syrian opposition propaganda groups on this? That the U.S. has managed to avoid any questions about this siege is surely a success.

Jul 17 09:32

IN PHOTOS ~~ POLITICS OF INCARCERATION

Standing room only at the meeting. The attendees heard a letter written by Mumia Abu-Jamal, written in his prison cell. (See end of post for text of letter)

Jul 17 09:32

UPS AND DOWNS IN PALESTINE TODAY

Life in Palestine moves along with its ups and downs, like the tides of the sea. Some days we feel depressed, some days more optimistic. Some of us even feel like manic depressives for the fact that we go through these cycles. The triggers are varied.

Jul 17 08:02

Failed Coup in Turkey Leads to Delay of UNESCO Temple Mount Vote in Istanbul

A vote on an anti-Israeli resolution regarding Jerusalem’s Temple Mount that was slated for this week at a conference in Istanbul of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has been deferred due to the failed coup in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient.

Jul 17 05:21

BDS victory in Mennonite Church Canada

This resolution is in part a response to the 2009 Kairos Document that was prepared by Palestinian Christians in Palestine asking their global Christian brothers and sisters to show their solidarity with them through Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. The Mennonite resolution laments the violence in Israel and Palestine and repents its complicity in anti-Semitism and structures of colonialism that oppress Indigenous people in Canada. The resolution commits the Mennonite Church to further education on what is happening in Israel and Palestine, in addition its concluding demands are:

“We ask the Mennonite Church Canada General Board, along with regional churches, congregations, and members—to avoid investing in or supporting companies that do business with Israeli settlements and the Israel Defense Forces, and companies that are profiting from the occupation of the Palestinian territories; and

We encourage the government of Canada to support measures that put pressure on Israel (including through economic sanctions) to end the occupation and work for a just peace, in accordance with international law.”

Jul 16 10:59

Social Media and the Zionist Incitement !!

What is surprising is the other side, the jewish israeli side. Daniel Levy a jewish israel Haifa resident, wrote that he wants to kill a Palestinian soon, it was so explicit and so direct. In a few hours he got over 1000 likes and also 34 comments an 26 shares

Jul 16 04:47

Will the IDF Revolt Against Israel’s New Defense Minister?

Lieberman, born in the former Soviet Union, is the founder of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) party, and is known for his xenophobia, including statements calling for the beheading of “unloyal” Israelis, bombing of the Aswan Dam in Egypt, and advocating a death penalty for non-Israelis.

Now, Lieberman will have control over the Israeli Defense Force, giving him added power.

Jul 15 10:53

Gingrich: Palestinians are an "invented' people

Well, I believe that the Jewish people have a right to have a state, and I believe that the commitments that were made at the time – now, remember, there was no Palestine as a state, it was part of the Ottoman Empire, and I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s. And I think it’s tragic.

Jul 14 17:07

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

Last year, I wrote an article that made many readers unhappy. As soon as it
was published, I began receiving messages of abuse and angry, threatening calls.

Jul 13 13:50

Vatican Rep to U.N. Security Council: "Let the two States be created now, for the sake of the Israelis and Palestinians"

Just as the Republican Party Platform officially rejected the two-state solution and demanded complete loyalty to Israel, the Vatican continues in the opposite direction. The Holy See's representative to the United Nations, formally known as 'the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, gave a speech to the President of the U.N. Security Council yesterday July 12th, urging the creation of a two state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Archbishop Auza stated, in part, "Almost sixty-nine years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 181 remains only half-fulfilled. Decades of negotiations have failed to achieve the creation of a Palestinian State. The time is long overdue to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has become increasingly unacceptable as it becomes increasingly intractable."

Jul 13 11:13

“No justice for war crimes victims” 2 years after Gaza war, Amnesty International says

Two years after Israel’s 51-day military assault “brought unprecedented death and destruction to the Gaza Strip,” Amnesty International says no one has been held accountable.

July 8 was the second anniversary of the launch of Israel’s 2014 war in Gaza, code-named Operation Protective Edge.

Israel killed more than 2,250 Palestinians in the war. According to the U.N., two-thirds of the Palestinians killed were civilians — 1,462 people, including more than 550 children.

Jul 12 15:06

The Hijacking of Palestinian History

Settler colonialism, usually technologically and militarily more advanced, is based on the erasure of already existent people, their culture and their memory, and substituting it with new foreign national entity that builds new culture, new history and new memory. To do this, settler colonialists have to get rid of the native people, their physical evidence, their history and their memory.

Jul 12 09:50

NO MATTER WHO WINS, PALESTINE LOSES

Once again, Palestinian Freedom has been put on the ‘back burner’ as far as the US Presidential contenders are concerned ….

Jul 11 13:19

The No-State Solution To The Israel-Palestine Conflict

Twelve years ago (July 9), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion at the request of the United Nations General Assembly on the legality of the wall Israel has constructed in the West Bank.

Jul 09 11:24

WIESEL ~~ ‘MOURN NOT FOR ME O PALESTINE’

There is a growing movement of applying Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) on Israel just like we did to defeat apartheid in South Africa.

Zionist apologists are understandably declaring war on this nonviolent and oral movement. In many countries including several states in the USA, there are attempts to delegetimize the movement and declare BDS illegal. Of course this is contrary to the principles of free speech and free association. People’s right to boycott was recognized in key legal precedents but more legal challenges are needed to dispel the myth that engaging in BDS is somehow illegitimate. Israeli apologists around the world engage in all sorts of dirty tricks to keep the racist system going (a racket to keep the flow of cash if I may say so). Having faced Israeli apologists in public debates, many do not want to debate again because they lose badly as they attempt to delegitimize and dehumanize their victims.

Jul 08 17:56

New Israeli Poll Finds Strong Support for Annexing West Bank, Denying Palestinians Rights

The Peace Index published regularly over the years by Tel Aviv University released its latest survey (summary of the results is here) of Israeli opinion on issues concerning relations with Israeli Palestinians and Palestinians under Occupation. The poll found strong support for annexation of the West Bank and denial of rights to its Palestinian residents.

Jul 08 14:25

Gaza: Living And Dying With Drones

Two years ago, on July 7, 2014, the Israeli government launched a horrific 51-day air, land and sea attack on the people of Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired missiles, rockets, artillery and tank shells relentlessly on 1.8 million Palestinians squashed by Israeli land and sea blockades into a narrow strip 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, one of the most densely populated places in the world.

Jul 08 12:20

Erasing the Liberty

The USS Liberty (AGTR-5) has been called the most decorated United States Naval ship for a single action.

But if this is true, why have so few Americans ever heard of the Liberty?

The reasons are many, but have everything to do with who attacked the Liberty and who covered up the attack, an ongoing and disgraceful coverup for nearly 50 years.

Though attempts have been, and continue to be made, to bring the truth about the attack on the Liberty to a wider audience, those responsible for the attack and the coverup have many resources available to keep this national tragedy buried.

Jul 08 09:27

WIESEL ~~ ‘MOURN NOT FOR ME O PALESTINE’

Elie Wiesel died recently. He spent most of his life defending Israel and
dehumanizing Palestinians. He was challenged on many occasions to say
something about the Palestinian victims and all he could muster was
regurgitating Zionist lies about colonizers needing to “defend themselves”.

Jul 06 13:35

RINF News Boycotts Israeli Companies

Israel is a rogue state that is guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Fact.

Dress it up or spin it however you like, claim that it's in 'self defence' if you must, but the evidence is there - albeit in a corporate media that rarely lifts the veil beyond carefully worded statements from 'officials' speaking on behalf of the political establishment.

Jul 06 08:01

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu 'persuaded world powers to water down illegal settlements report'

Israeli diplomats reportedly convinced the major world powers to water down a hard-hitting report criticising the country over its continued building of settlements.

Compiled by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia, diplomatic sources had suggested the Quartet of Middle East mediators' report would contain a severe denunciation of the Jewish state's policies towards the Palestinian territories.

But once concerns about its contents reached Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, officials say he was determined to dissuade those behind the document, according to Reuters.

He then flew to Moscow to visit President Vladimir Putin, then met with US Secretary of State John Kerry and the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Rome.

Upon publication, while the report criticised Israeli continued building of settlements, it did not call it illegal.

Jul 05 12:12

Icelanders vote to join boycott on Israeli goods

Iceland’s capital has announced that it will boycott all Israeli products until Palestine is freed from occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"INVADE! INVADE NOW!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 05 12:08

Quartet report biased in favor of Israeli occupiers: OIC

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has censured a report by the Quartet on the Middle East, a foursome involved in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing that the document is biased in favor of Tel Aviv.

In a statement released on Saturday, OIC Secretary General Iyad bin Amin Madani described the Quartet report as flawed, saying it “lacks objectivity.”

“The report is not objective while describing Israel’s occupation and its illegal policies which hinder a political solution,” Madani said.

The remarks came one day after the Quartet, comprising of the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union, published its eight-page report following months of delays.

Jul 05 03:36

Zionism Begins to Unravel - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

In truth, Zionism and the state it created have always been ideologically rigid. Every effort at modifying the movement’s basic demand for a state exclusive to one people, from early concepts of “cultural Zionism” to more recent notions of “liberal Zionism,” has failed. The occasional bit of propagandistic dissimulation notwithstanding, Zionist leaders from Ben Gurion to Netanyahu have been dedicated to (a) territorial expansion based on the principle of Eretz Israel (greater Israel) and (b) the principle of inequality

Jul 04 13:25

What Was So "Nasty" About The Polite Old Man's Question To Donald Trump?

The very polite old white-haired man simply asked Trump: "This might shock you, but we have something in common. Respect for human life. Okay? Now I have two comments on my deep respect for human life, okay? Number one. You can comment on my objections, number one and number two. Number one: I'm opposed to the murder of unborn babies being legal. Number two. I'm opposed to wasting our military in the Middle East on behalf of Zionist Israel. Thank you."

Jul 04 09:09

HELP US BRING A MESSAGE TO ISRAELIS

Anyone who cares about the fate of Palestinians, and of Israelis, of all our children and grandchildren, in the Middle East and everywhere else, has an interest in making No More Enemies available to Israeli Jewish readers in Hebrew. This crowdfunding campaign was launched to pay the fee for the guy who is translating the book into Hebrew. I urge all advocates of a sane shared future in Palestine/Israel and globally to help today. Donate! Spread the word!

Jul 03 10:21

LARGEST MILITARY AID PACKAGE EVER OFFERED TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN US HISTORY JUST GOT BIGGER

Already set to be the “largest military aid package” the US has ever offered to a single country in history, the Obama Administration has written a lengthy letter to US Senators today, informing them of intentions to “substantially sweeten” the already record offer in an attempt to try to get the Israelis to sign on the dotted line.

A $30 billion, 10-year aid package is due to expire, and the new package has been rumored to be in the realm of $37.5 billion, with talk it might go to as high as $40 billion as the Netanyahu government continues to resist signing it.

The latest push comes just a week after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s top Israel adviser urged Israel to refuse any deal with Obama, promising much more if Trump is elected. Several Israeli officials have warned such a move could significantly shift US-Israel relations, making them a partisan issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Barack Obama and to Congress: please stop enabling this hubristic, nuclear-armed, apartheid nation with more money, until they stop collectively "relieving themselves" in your face, and tell you it's raining.

There should not be one more CENT given to Israel, or one more piece of military aid given to it, because such aid is illegal, under the Symington Amendment. Israel refuses to sign the NNPT, and refuses to have its nuclear arms inspected, which the government of Iran has already done, I might add.

And if any aid is given to Israel, it should be performance-based,starting with their desire to get back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians.

Rewarding their bad behaviour in the international arena will only beget...more bad behaviour.

Jul 03 08:58

TO CRY AND LAUGH, SIMULTANEOUSLY ~~ BOOK REVIEW

Remember, whatever you do in life, for them you will always, but always, be an Arab. Do you understand?”

If you are Palestinian or Israeli, Jewish, Muslim or Christian, or simply human, you will enjoy these short stories tremendously. If you are none of the above, then just buy the book and place it on your bookshelf for all to note in awe the powerful one word title, Native, which says it all!

Jul 03 07:24

Israel boycott ban: Three councils cleared of anti-semitism over Israeli goods boycott

Three UK councils have been cleared of anti-semitism by the High Court after they imposed boycotts on Israeli goods, a ruling pro-boycott campaigners have described as an “important victory”.

The charity Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) brought judicial charges against Leicester City Council, Swansea City Council and Gwynedd Council for discrimination, but the claims were dismissed.

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A victory for freedom of speech!

Jul 02 17:51

What do famous people think about Zionist Jews? (100 MINS)

A series which took the Internet by storm of people you will recognise from Politicians, Journalists, Authors, Actors, Musicians and many more speaking the truth about Zionism.

Jul 02 11:31

What cost, Israel...

On this 68th commemoration of the Nakba (or catastrophe), I wanted to show what it meant to one Palestinian refugee.

On May 15, 1948, Zionist Jews danced and firecrackers burst over the streets of New York celebrating the founding of Israel. About the same time, and on the other side of the world, Zionist terrorists’ mortar exploded in the middle of Jebal Al Luz (mountains of almonds) burning homes and forcing civilians to flee their village.

Jul 02 11:11

Netanyahu’s Mind – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

If we are to believe the reports coming out of Israel, the Jewish majority there is undergoing an unchecked withdrawal into itself. The “us against the world” attitude that has always characterized some of world Jewry has now taken command in Israel. And, except for a small portion of the population that has managed to break free of this warped worldview (and as a consequence is being labeled as traitors), the mass of Israeli Jews are following their Pied Piper leaders into dangerous isolation.

Jul 02 09:18

The First Amendment, BDS and Third-Party Candidates

I am still against choosing to be ruled but it's interesting that only third party candidates can support BDS

Jul 01 21:28

The Tragedy of Turkish Treachery

The actual text of the agreement has not filtered into mainstream circulation however the terms contained therein are gradually surfacing. An extensive exposé emerged in the leading Israel publication Haaretz which painted a shocking picture of the deal. There is not a shadow of doubt that one of the crucial motivators behind this deal was economics. Israel’s Netanyahu alluded to this crucial aspect on the 27th June 2016 stating that the deal has “immense implications for the Israeli economy”. Haaretz ventures to shed further light on the matter by alluding to a gas pipeline deal between Turkey and Israel. Turkey is viewed as the gateway to Europe and the portrayal of Turkey is a lucrative incentive for both countries.

Jul 01 18:31

What do famous people think about Zionist Jews? (100 MINS)

A series which took the Internet by storm of people you will recognise from Politicians, Journalists, Authors, Actors, Musicians and many more speaking the truth about Zionism.

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