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Jun 14 09:35

Israel’s UN Mission Accused of Deceiving NY Member States

An official at one of the permanent missions for a European country told Days of Palestine that the Israeli mission had circulated misleading information about its human rights record in occupied Palestine.

“We received emails from the Israeli mission, including direct instructions, which is against our sovereignty as a state, not to believe the recent Human Rights Watch report and rely only on two organisations they recommended,” the official said.

“When we googled these NGOs, we knew that they were Israelis,” the official, who preferred to keep the name of his Western-European country unknown, added.

He further criticised the Israeli behaviour at the UN, which is often supported by the United States. “We are disgusted in some of the European countries about what Israel and the US are doing,” he said, “It is rather shameful that Israel attempts to mislead us.”

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Jun 14 09:34

US trade bills seek to halt boycotts of Israel

The United States House of Representatives on Friday approved a measure to allow a "fast track" process for a free trade agreement between the US and Europe, which includes a section obligating EU countries to refrain from any kind of boycotts on Israeli goods.

Jun 14 08:57

Netanyahu Says it's Anti-Semitism to Accuse Israel of War Crimes or Violating Human Rights

Jun 14 02:57

Attacks on fishermen continue in Gaza

During the last weeks, the Israeli military has been shooting at the fishermen of Gaza almost daily with rubber coated steel-bullets and live ammunition. They also kidnapped 15 fishermen. Three of the injured and seven of the kidnapped belong to the Baker family, who are also the family of the 4 boys who were murdered by the Israeli military while they were playing football on the beach during the last massacre in Gaza. Yesterday, in Deir el Balah, the army stole 37 fishing nets and today the shooting went on all along the Strip.

Jun 13 11:24

ORANGE TELECOM ~~ ‘BUSINESS BEFORE BOYCOTTS’

Orange telecom CEO Stephane Richard was set to arrive in Israel to “clarify the misunderstanding” over his recent remarks about Israel.

Richard was scheduled to begin a two-day visit on Thursday, according to the French news agency AFP, citing the company.

The visit comes in the wake of statements last week by Richard in Cairo that his company, which is 25 percent owned by the French government, would end its Israeli presence if it were not contractually bound to the Israeli firm Partner. A day later Orange announced that it would seek to cancel a recently signed 10-year arrangement with Partner in Israel. The announcement led to accusations of a boycott against Israel by the company.

Jun 13 08:41

Norwegian pension fund divests from Israeli occupation

Norway's largest pension fund has excluded two companies "on the grounds of their exploitation of natural resources in occupied territory on the West Bank."

KLP, which manages a US$70 billion investment portfolio, formally excluded Heidelberg Cement and Cemex on June 1, following a period of investigation and engagement. The combined worth of KLP's shareholdings in both HeidelbergCement and Cemex was approximately $5 million.

Heidelberg Cement and Cemex, leading global suppliers of building materials, operate quarries in the West Bank through their respective Israeli subsidiaries. According to KLP, "the companies pay licence fees and royalties to the state of Israel" while "the products deriving from the quarries are sold primarily for use in Israel's domestic construction market."

Jun 13 08:33

Egypt Opens Gaza Border Crossing

Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza in both directions Saturday for the first time in three months.

The crossing is scheduled to be opened for three days, allowing Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip.

Jun 13 08:28

Haim Saban Threatens Orange and Companies Boycotting Israel with Retribution

During their Las Vegas anti-BDS “Maccabee Summit,” Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, sat down for a joint interview with an Israeli Channel 2 TV reporter. She raised the issue of Orange CEO, Stephane Richard’s abject apology to Israel for suggesting his company would like to be rid of its Israeli affiliate. Saban replied with a tone of menace in his voice that any country that is even thinking about boycotting Israel should think twice because the harsh treatment being meted out to Richard is just the beginning for him. In other words, if you’re a corporate CEO and want to keep your job, heed Saban’s warning or you may be out in the street.

Jun 13 08:18

Amcha attempt to block “Palestinian Voices” university course fails

An anti-Palestinian campus watchdog attempted to shut down a student-led course on the history of Palestine at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). But the university this week rebuked the group’s efforts and stated its commitment to academic freedom.

The Amcha Initiative spearheaded demands to have the UCR administration investigate the course. Amcha has a history of obsessive attempts to silence criticism of Israeli policy and label supporters of Palestinians’ rights as anti-Semites.

Jun 13 05:57

China forbids its construction workers from building Israeli settlements

Israel’s talks on migrant workers with China are deadlocked due to Beijing refusing to allow its citizens to participate in the construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Jun 13 03:37

German, Mexican firms blacklisted by Norway pension fund over Israeli occupation roles

The Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement can chalk up another success this week, as a $65 billion Norwegian public sector pension fund announced it would not invest in two firms linked to the Israeli occupation.

Jun 12 13:13

Gaza beach bombing that killed four boys was legal, says Israeli army

Israel announced on Thursday that no criminal charges will brought against members of its army responsible for the deadly attack last summer on a Gaza beach that killed four boys from the same family.

Jun 12 12:58

Israel murders 4 children playing on beach, refuses to admit it's at fault

Mistaking boys playing in a Gaza beach area for Hamas fighters and firing two missiles at them, killing four, is a tragic accident and not a reason to press criminal charges, an Israeli military magistrate’s office ruled.

Jun 12 09:59

Activists to shut down Israeli arms factory in Gaza war anniversary protest

Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems’ UK factory will become the target of a protest to mark the anniversary of the Gaza conflict in July.

Anti-arms trade campaigners will join forces with students unions and pro-Palestinian groups in a bid to shut down the factory, which they say manufactures drones.

Activists occupied the same factory in Shenstone, near Birmingham, last year, causing it to close down for two days and reportedly cost Elbit over £100,000 in damages.

Jun 12 07:34

Israel exonerates itself over Gaza beach killings of four children last year

Israeli investigation says missile attack that killed boys aged between nine and 11 was ‘tragic accident’ in findings contradictory to journalists’ reports from scene

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"We thought they were Egyptian horse traders! Honest! And if you don't believe me then you are a filthy Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants to bring back Hitler so he can gas Jewish babies!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 11 17:48

Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project - An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

“the Israeli electorate is still dominated by hyper-nationalist, in some cases proto-fascist, figures. It is no way inclined to make peace. It has given a clear mandate for policies … that will further deepen Israel’s colonial venture.”

Jun 11 14:13

Treatment of East Jerusalem Palestinians: Profile of Israeli Viciousness

Longstanding Israeli policy leaves East Jerusalem Palestinians deeply impoverished, viciously persecuted and denied fundamental rights everyone deserves.

A mid-May Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) report on East Jerusalem “paints a (disturbing) picture of persistent neglect and increasing (Israeli) violence,” the organization said.

Jun 11 13:39

Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

Jun 11 12:51

Israel razes Palestinian land in Wadi Fuqeen to prepare for new Jewish squatters project

The Israeli Wehrmacht on 11 June razed Palestinian-owned agricultural land in the village of Wadi Fuqeen, west of Bethlehem, to pave the way for an expansion of nearby Jewish squatter colonies, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reports.

According to the head of the village council, Ahmad Sokar, Israeli Wehrmacht troops, accompanied by bulldozers, arrived in the early morning of 11 June and razed nearly five acres of land located between the illegal Jewish squatter colonies of Beitar Illit and Tzur Hadassah.>>

Jun 11 10:53

Diplomats: EU has Israel sanctions ready, and Uncle Sam may not be able to help

Israel wishes to delay the signing of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, but not solely because such an agreement would be dangerous to the Jewish State.

The concern is that immediately following such an agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will become the UN Security Council's and European Union's top priority, and the international community will be freed up to deal with the party it sees as responsible for the stagnation in the peace process - Israel.

This is the widely-held assumption in off-the-record conversations among diplomatic sources in New York and in Washington. "A diplomatic attack against Israel is expected soon that will surprise even the pessimists in Jerusalem," a senior Western diplomat told The Jerusalem Post's Hebrew-language sister publication, Ma'ariv. "In the Security Council, in western capitals and at EU headquarters, they are just waiting for the Iran deal to be signed and for it to be approved by the American Congress."

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Good reason for Israel to set off a dirty bomb in the US and blame Iran for it!

Jun 11 10:32

Netanyahu cabinet members reject two-state solution; call for annexation of occupied territories

“I negate the idea of a two state-solution,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said. As Israel’s chief foreign relations official, Hotovely is responsible for representing Israel if negotiations with the Palestinians were to resume. She spoke at length claiming Palestinian actions over recent months to boycott Israel at FIFA, and their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state show the Palestinians are in no mood for a peace deal. They “want to put Israel alongside al-Qaeda,” she said.’

Jun 11 10:23

ISRAELI ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE THE TRUTH

Set up by a group of academics, lawyers and politicians more than 25 years ago, the NGO – whose name means “in the image of” and is a synonym in Hebrew for human dignity – has at times portrayed itself as the conscience of the nation.

But legislation being proposed by Israel’s new right-wing government threatens to severely limit the work of B’Tselem and scores of other Israeli NGOs that receive millions of dollars each year in donations from foreign governments and foundations.

While the legislation is in draft form, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party says she is determined to crack down on those who take foreign money and then criticize Israel, accusing the NGOs of “eroding the legitimacy of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.”

Jun 11 10:22

CHILD ABUSE ~~ WHAT THE UN REFUSES TO SEE

Israeli Military Torturing Palestinian Children ~viewer discretion~

Jun 11 10:22

Palestinian speaker released from Israeli jail

According to the Ahrar Center for Prisoners and Human Rights Studies on Tuesday, Aziz Duweik was released from the Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah after paying a fine of 6,000 shekels ($1,565).

On May 25, an Israeli court handed down a one-year prison term to the 67-year-old Palestinian official and ordered him to pay more than a thousand dollars for delivering a speech at a pro-resistance celebration three years ago.

Jun 11 09:44

Israel bars shot Palestinian from treatment in Jerusalem

Israel has barred a Palestinian photographer allegedly shot in the eye by an Israeli soldier from entering east Jerusalem for specialist treatment, he told AFP on Wednesday.

Nidal Shtayyeh, who works for Chinese news agency Xinhua, was wounded while covering a small demonstration at Huwarra checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on May 16.

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"After all, if he goes blind, then he can no longer take pictures we do not like!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 10 23:00

Israeli defence minister on prospect of peace with Palestinians says 'not in my lifetime'

The Israeli defence minister has expanded on a bleak assessment from President Barack Obama on the prospect of peace with the Palestinians, saying there won’t be an end to the conflict “in my lifetime”.

Jun 10 19:09

Gaza, Pre-1948 and Gaza Now!

A light unto the world? israel sets nations on fire with war machines. The only democracy in the ME!!! Disgusting creatures. All "jews" should be ashamed of this cockroach "country"

Jun 10 14:46

Hamas: Palestinian Authority, not IS, conspiring against us

Hamas claimed on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for a series of bombings in recent weeks, after previously accusing local Salafis who support the Islamic State.

Jun 10 14:43

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

Jun 10 14:19

Pic: IDF Pointing Gun at Small Palestinian Child

Jun 10 13:46

THE UN WAS RIGHT! ISRAEL DOES NOT ABUSE CHILDREN, IT JUST MURDERS THEM!

Throughout its unglamorous history, the UN issued many scandalous reports and adopted many scandalous resolutions reflecting lack of justice and absence of moral honesty.This ever-existing symptom also reflected western hegemony over the international organization.

However, none of these reports and resolutions seems more scandalous than this week’s report which kept Israel off the List of Shame, which includes states and entities that abuse children.

This particular report is manifestly scandalous precisely because Israel is probably one of the most obscene abusers of children under the sun.

Indeed, there are a few countries in this world that can be compared to Israel in this respect.

Jun 10 13:27

5 Palestinian children have been arrested by Israel every day for the past 48 years

Data provided by the Israeli military and the UN has revealed that since martial law was imposed on the occupied West Bank in 1967, around 95,000 Palestinian children have been arrested by Israel, an average of more than 5 children per day. Almost 60,000 are believed to have been subjected to some form of physical abuse whilst in detention.

Jun 10 11:41

Israel Seeks to Criminalize Criticism

As a consequence, Israel’s credibility with an increasing number of people in the West has eroded. This erosion led to a relatively short period of time in the early 2000s when the Zionists attempted to counter the situation by engaging with their critics in public debate. However, the majority of time they lost.

Israel’s barbarous behavior on the ground, combined with the fact that their historical version of events was shown to be full of holes, condemned them to an increasingly weak defensive position. This proved to be intolerable to the Zionists, so they withdrew from the debating field.

And, as they did, they began to level charges of anti-Semitism against their critics, even those who are Jewish. These accusations of the worst sort of racism have been with us ever since – which is really ironic because much of what Israel is being criticized for is its own racist, apartheid nature.

Jun 10 10:10

IT’S AGAINST THE LAW NOT TO SUPPORT BDS

According to int’l law – by which the State of Israel was established and recognized – the settlements are stolen lands, which is a war crime, and abetting war criminals, such as by financing them, is a crime, too.

Jun 10 10:09

ANTI BDS DRIVE PROVES TO BE A PROFITABLE ‘BUSINESS’

Participants, true to the maxim that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, declined to discuss any financial pledges made during the summit in Sin City. But based on the organizers’ own guidelines, it is clear that tens of millions of dollars were raised to combat campus campaigns to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel — or BDS, as the movement is known.

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I have a great ad concept for the anti-BDS campaign!

Jun 10 07:50

Israeli firm to move from settlements following BDS pressure

Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics company, is to relocate its factories and offices from an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank, Arab48.com reported on Sunday.

The company, which is currently based in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem, closed one of its shops in London in 2011 following a BDS campaign. The cost of relocating would be over 10 million Israeli shekels ($2.5 million).

BDS has been carrying out activities against Ahava in the UK, Spain, US and several other EU countries.

Jun 09 14:55

A Zionist project to criminalise criticism of Israel

Lawrence Davidson describes how Israel and its Zionist stooges in North America and Europe are working behind closed doors and subverting Western domestic laws in order to destroy the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement

Jun 09 14:41

Steven Salaita, First Amendment Rights, Academic Freedom and the Elephant in the Room

How Demands for “Civility” Marginalize Narratives Supportive of Palestinian Rights.

Jun 09 13:06

For the sins of occupation, boycotts are a light punishment

Orange or SodaStream, academic or artistic boycott, the penalties will grow worse the longer Israel persists in settling, exploiting and stealing Palestinian land.

Jun 09 12:34

G4S found to be “in violation” of human rights obligations

The global security firm, G4S, has been found to be in violation of its human rights obligations under guidelines issued by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The finding comes less than a week after a chaotic G4S annual general meeting was taken over by campaigners for Palestinian human rights demanding an end to the company’s contracts with the Israeli army, police and prison service.

Jun 09 10:53

Leap of Faith: Israel’s National Religious and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Although the landscape of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking might bear resemblance to that of a decade past, one change is unmistakable: the right is stronger within Israel and the national religious are stronger within the right. This has consequences, some already felt, whether in politics (the rise of Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home); negotiations (Prime Minister Netanyahu’s commitment to submit any putative agreement to a popular referendum); or on the ground (the rise in confrontational tactics among some young West Bank settlers). Adjusting to this reality means neither ignoring the national-religious agenda nor surrendering to it. It means acknowledging its importance and understanding ideological nuances within it. If the goal is a peace agreement that garners maximum legitimacy, including among the national religious, attention will have to be paid to the substance of the deal, the way in which it is ratified and eventually implemented.

Jun 09 10:35

Peace between Israel, Palestine could bring $173bn in economic benefits – study

The study, conducted by US-based research organization RAND Corp, involved two years of research into the costs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some 200 officials were interviewed from the region and elsewhere.

According to the findings, Israel would stand to gain a staggering $123 billion over the course of a decade, if the two sides were at peace. Meanwhile, Palestine would gain $50 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no, no, no; when Israel gets ALL the $173 billion, then we will have peace!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 09 10:10

People behind BDS are also responsible for 9/11 attack, Israeli centrist tells NY synagogue

Yair Lapid, the former Israeli finance minister and head of a centrist Israeli political party (who is just as hawkish as the government but in opposition), made news this weekend at the Jerusalem Post conference in New York saying that the BDS — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions– campaign against Israel is a puppet of Hamas and describing BDS leaders as “outright antisemites” linked to the “Palestinian Mufti who collaborated with the Nazis.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lapid (and Israel's) claim that the Palestinians collaborated with the Nazis is based on a single photograph taken of Adolph Hitler meeting with the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin.



The implication is that this meeting "proves" Palestinians are all closet Nazis.

But, let's look at some other photos.



Hitler with Pope Pius 12th. Does this picture mean all Catholics are closet Nazis?



Hitler with King Edward and Wallace Simpson. Does this photograph mean all British subjects are closet Nazis?



Hitler with France's Henry Philippe Petain. Does this photograph mean all the French are closet Nazis?



Hitler with British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Does this photograph mean all British subjects are closet Nazis?



Hitler with President Hoover. Does this photograph mean all Americans are closet Nazis?

The fact is that as a head of state, Hitler was required by diplomatic protocol to meet a lot of people and have his picture taken with them. It is just part of the job. And as WW2 proved, not everyone Hitler was photographed with agreed with him.

Jun 09 10:00

GAZERNICA

"This land of God cannot be for some a land of life and for others a land of death, exclusion, occupation or political imprisonment." -- Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem

Jun 09 09:52

Israel says China demands no workers in settlements

China has told Israel it will not allow migrant builders to work on settlements in the occupied West Bank, a senior Israeli government official said on Monday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged during his reelection campaign to step up settlement construction, and cabinet ministers in his new government have called for more building in the occupied territories, which is seen as an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

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Good for China!

Jun 09 08:54

UN’s Ban Ki-moon caves in, takes Israel off list of serious child abusers

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has caved in to pressure from Israel and the United States and taken the Israeli military off an official list of serious violators of children’s rights, in this year’s report on children in armed conflict.

In doing so, Ban rejected an official recommendation from his own Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui and numerous human rights organizations and child rights defenders.

Ban’s act is particularly egregious since the report found that the number of children killed in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2014, at 557, was the third highest only after Iraq and Afghanistan and ahead of Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United Nations just lost all credibility. Something to keep in mind the next time the US Government justifies a war by saying they have a UN resolution supporting them.

Might as well turn that building in New York into public housing.

Meanwhile, here is the FAX number to send a complaint. (212) 963 4879


Jun 09 07:22

Israel Detonates Dirty Bombs Near Palestinian Bedouin Communities

Dirty bombs are radiological weapons combining radioactive material with conventional explosives. On detonation, they contaminate the affected area. The US Energy Department says radiation exposure is “fairly high” but not fatal.

Nuclear expert Helen Caldicott explains no amount of radiation is safe and amounts exposed to are cumulative. Cell mutations result causing cancer and other diseases.

Jun 08 18:03

UN spurns Palestinian children

Ban Ki-moon’s decision not to include Israel on the list of violators of children’s rights twists the knife in the heart of every Palestinian parent, making it very clear that in the eyes of the United Nations, Palestinian children’s lives don’t count.

When a military with the most sophisticated and accurate weaponry on the planet can kill more than 500 children in cold blood with complete impunity, as Israel’s absence from the list shows, it reveals more than just the complete disregard for Palestinian lives that has become so commonplace in the halls of power. It also makes it abundantly clear that the UN, the single most important international organisation charged with protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, is failing spectacularly.

Jun 08 17:49

“It’s Like a Jail”: Account of Life in Lebanon’s Refugee Camps as Told by a Syrian-Palestinian Refugee

“Compared to Syria, life in Lebanon is disgusting. Life is different in every way: with housing, schools, visas and work—especially work, since Palestinians are not permitted to work, and the majority relies on UNRWA’s meager assistance.

Jun 08 14:32

Czech FM attacks West Bank construction

Years of steadfast political support from the Czech Republic appeared to be changing Monday during Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek's visit to Israel, during which he unexpectedly attacked Israeli construction in West Bank settlements, saying that the policy, "reinforces the atmosphere of hate."

Jun 08 14:07

Greece officially starts using term ‘Palestine’

Palestine is ‘in our hearts,’ FM Kotzias says, hailing ‘centuries-old’ political ties,’ but stopping short of full recognition.

Jun 08 13:50

Palestinian children buried alive by IDF

Israel arrested 9,000 Palestinians last year, 700 of them children, many of children were buried alive by IDF secretly, location is unknown, no more details about this video .

A former Israeli military commander has told the BBC that Palestinian youngsters are routinely ill-treated by Israeli soldiers while in custody, reports the BBC' s Katya Adler from Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Jun 08 12:29

Report: 93 Palestinian Kids in Israel Ofer Jail

The Palestinian Authority’s Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA) said in a Sunday report that almost 28 of the children in the Ofer prison, which is near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, suffer from different illnesses, press tv reported.

According to the report, a total of 161 Palestinians under the age of 18 were detained by Israeli troops from the beginning of the current year until the end of May.

Many of those arrested have reported flagrant rights violations against them by Israeli soldiers.

Jun 08 10:58

Israel Bombs Gaza

Israel’s war on Gaza continues. Any excuse is used to attack 1.8 million Palestinians lawlessly besieged in the world’s largest open-air prison.

When none exist, they’re invented – or attacks occur after multiple IDF provocations bring a justifiable response.

Vicious persecution of Gazans has been ongoing since Palestinians elected Hamas overwhelmingly as their legitimate government in January 2006.

Jun 08 10:37

Palestine before 1948

Jun 08 09:51

TODAY’S BDS BEX ALERTS

The anti BDS campaign continues in today’s Israeli press …. never before has Israel seemed as desperate as it is now to justify their policies of Apartheid and Occupation.

Jun 08 09:16

BEX ALERT - IDF Rehearsing for Nightmare Scenario: 4,000 Killed in Days

Security forces are currently rehearsing and preparing for a scenario in which Israel's enemies launch a “carpet” missile attack that Iron Dome will be unable to counter, due to the sheer number of missiles involved, Arutz Sheva has learned from knowledgeable sources that wish to remain anonymous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I note that Iron Dome apparently did not stop those bottle-rockets fired into empty lots in Israel to justify the attacks on Gaza!

Jun 08 08:14

GERMANY 1940 ISRAEL 2014

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Jun 08 08:12

Israel a criminal offender at large, UN listing or not [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

Reports have come out that the UN was considering adding Israel to the list of “grave violations against children in armed conflict.” As detailed below, Israeli army and Israel’s state policies are systematically violent against Palestinian children.

A recent Independent article noted that [Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict Leila] “Zerrougui’s draft report cited IDF attacks on schools and hospitals during the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip...”

Even though the UN has historically not taken strong action against any of Israel’s war crimes over the decades, let alone those specifically against Palestinian children, Israel has reportedly exerted pressure to be de-listed from the draft list, with seeming success.

The Independent wrote, “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, however, is said to be leaning towards not including Israel in the list, amid what several diplomatic sources anonymously said was intense lobbying from Israel.”

Jun 08 07:59

White House: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

White House reaffirms Washington’s support for Israel's right to defend itself after Israel retaliates for rocket attack on Ashkelon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rockets killed no one, injured no one, and did not cause any property damage at all (good reason to suspect they were fired by Israeli agents provocateurs), nobody took credit, HAMAS denies it was them, yet Israel has a "right" to unleash air strikes and naval bombardment against the civilians of Gaza?

But what can you expect from a President who still insists humans are warming the planet?

Jun 08 07:36

A Chance Encounter With a Palestinian Refugee

Lebanon’s 12 refugee camps have become more crowded since March of 2011, but in large numbers starting in mid-December 2012, when Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp was heavily bombed. Between 70,000 and 90,000 Syrian-Palestinians have entered Lebanon and are staying mainly in Lebanon’s 12 refugee camps. Most were forced out of Syria because of persistent and accelerating civil-sectarian war, while others have left because of the lack of resources.

Jun 07 09:35

Aerial attack on Gaza at dawn Sunday

The Israeli occupation army at dawn Sunday launched an aerial attack on an area in the besieged Gaza Strip and closed its border crossings.

Jun 07 09:12

NEW CRISIS IN GAZA ~~ ISRAEL’S LATEST BEX ALERT

Israel seems to be losing its ‘battle’ against the BDS Movement, so it is once again whining about the world’s response to alleged attacks from Gaza. Anything to keep those bucks coming ….

Jun 07 09:12

KOSHER NOSTRA RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS FOR ANTI BDS DRIVE

An unprecedented meeting of more than 50 major Jewish and pro-Israel organizations took place in Las Vegas, to discuss the growing international boycott efforts against Israel.

Jun 07 09:04

Israeli forces attack elderly Palestinian family amid demolition in East Jerusalem

Jun 07 08:53

“The Lab”: Israel Tests Weapons, Tactics On Captive Palestinian Population

Shimon Peres, Israel’s president and the man who oversaw the country’s secret development of a nuclear bomb in the 1960s, held a star-studded 90th birthday party masquerading as a presidential conference in June (see August 2013 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, p. 12).

Aside from the cloud cast by the decision of the renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking to boycott the event, it was an unabashed celebration of Peres’ life and work by a long list of the international “great and good,” from former U.S. President Bill Clinton to songstress Barbra Streisand.

However, as one Israeli website noted, this $3 million salute to the head of the Israeli state was financed chiefly by the arms industry.

Jun 07 08:50

UN Secretary-General weighs lumping Israel in with ISIS and Al Qaeda

This week Senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz have posed a challenge for would-be presidents and all Americans: if the United Nations criminalizes Israel’s exercise of the right of self-defense it will pay a heavy price. The organization has no right to expect billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to be doled out every year when they are spent undercutting our deepest values and our national security.

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The UN is not responsible for the Unites States' values and no more responsible for US security than for any other member nation. The United Nation's job is maintaining peace under international law. If Graham and Cruz want to pull out of the United Nations to please their masters in Tel Aviv, that is fine. We will remind the voters that they did so (or tried to do so) next year!

Jun 07 08:43

Israel hits Gaza with airstrikes, closes crossings after more rockets fired

Israeli jets struck several sites in northern Gaza on Sunday, as Israel blamed Hamas for launching a missile into Ashkelon and ordered all Gazan border crossings to be closed. The Palestinians say a pro-Islamic State group is trying to provoke a war.

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Interesting that "Islamic State" attacks Israel's Islamic enemies but never Israel itself!

Jun 07 08:22

Hamas terror group designation overturned by Egyptian court

An Egyptian court overturned a decision naming Hamas a terrorist organization Saturday, a ruling coming after months of increasing hostility to the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip.

The Urgent Matters Appeals Court cited a lack of jurisdiction as the reason for annulling the earlier court’s ruling.

Jun 07 08:20

Netanyahu angry at silence over Gaza rocket attacks

Benjamin Netanyahu said he hasn't heard a word of condemnation from the world about three rocket attacks from Gaza over the past two weeks.

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Because the world has figured out that Israeli agents launch these rockets into empty lots to justify Israel's devastating attacks. Fool me once...

Jun 07 07:06

Scores of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Scores of Jewish settlers forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem Sunday, a Palestinian official said.

Jun 07 07:03

Khader Adnan in 'critical condition' as hunger strike continues

Adnan, who staged one of the longest hunger strikes in history in 2012, is showing sharp weight loss and low heart rate as a result of his ongoing protest of being held in Israeli prison under administrative detention, PA offical Issa Qaraqe said.

Jun 07 04:43

The Big Lie at the Heart of the Myth of the Creation of Israel - An Interview with Lia Tarachansky

Lia Tarachansky’s heart-wrenching documentary, On the Side of the Road, reveals the Big Lie at the heart of the myth of the creation of Israel.

Tarachansky had to break through a lot of personal and social barriers to produce this often infuriating film about the Nakba, the “catastrophe” of 1948, when approximately 750,000 Palestinians (a number that has grown to 1.5 million refugees living in camps over the ensuing 67 years) were expelled from their homes and forced into squalid camps, where they are denied basic human rights.

Jun 06 14:43

ON VIDEO ~~ WHY ISRAEL’S NATIONAL PANIC ABOUT BDS

Among the questions we talked about: what is BDS? Why is Israel reacting to it now? Is it really bringing effective pressure for Palestinian rights on Israel?

Jun 06 13:53

Rocket fired from Gaza hits open area in southern Israel

A rocket exploded in an open area in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on Saturday evening. No damage was immediately reported.

Rocket alerts sounded in towns within the council and the city of Ashkelon around 9:38 P.M. Residents reported hearing at least one explosion.

The Israel Defense Forces deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries in several locations in the south this week following several incidents of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory.

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Works really well, doesn't it!

Jun 06 08:48

ZIOPRESS INTENSIFIES ITS WAR AGAINST BDS

The Israeli government and its spokesmen just won’t admit that the BDS Movement is not the enemy ….. they themselves are!

More headlines and Op-Eds from the ziopress appear daily with the intention of destroying and discrediting the Movement.

Following are the examples of today (Click on links to see reports)

Jun 06 08:42

Hundreds protest Israel plan to ruin Palestinian village

Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis, and foreigners have taken to the streets of a village near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) to voice anger at Tel Aviv’s plan to demolish the village.

The Friday rally took place in Susya, southeast of al-Khalil, on the Naksa Day, or the Day of Setback, which is commemorated by Palestinians on June 5 every year, marking the displacement of the Palestinian people following the 1967 war with Israel.

The protesters chanted slogans against the planned destruction of the village and called on the Israeli regime to halt the decision.

Jun 06 08:33

Activists crash G4S conference, accuse security giant of profiting from Israeli human rights abuses

Security giant G4S’ annual general meeting (AGM) was interrupted by human rights activists on Thursday protesting against the firm’s controversial links to Israeli jails, where Palestinians are tortured.

The activists accuse G4S of enabling Israel’s occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem and supporting Israeli human rights violations.

Jun 06 08:15

The Month in Pictures: May 2015

During the month of May, 55-year-old Saed al-Nadi from Jabaliya, in the northern occupied Gaza Strip, died of wounds sustained during Israel’s assault last summer. The cumulative Palestinian death toll from the 51 days of bombing and shelling in July-August 2014 exceeds 2,200, according to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA.

Israeli forces continued to open fire at Palestinian civilians in the “access restricted area” along Gaza’s coastal and land boundaries on a daily basis.

Jun 06 08:10

Israel a criminal offender at large, UN listing or not [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

Reports have come out that the UN was considering adding Israel to the list of “grave violations against children in armed conflict.” As detailed below, Israeli army and Israel’s state policies are systematically violent against Palestinian children.

A recent Independent article noted that [Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict Leila] “Zerrougui’s draft report cited IDF attacks on schools and hospitals during the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip...”

Even though the UN has historically not taken strong action against any of Israel’s war crimes over the decades, let alone those specifically against Palestinian children, Israel has reportedly exerted pressure to be de-listed from the draft list, with seeming success.

Jun 05 11:06

ISIL Sustains Casualties in Clashes with Hamas in Gaza Strip

Heavy clashes erupted between Hamas and the ISIL in Sheikh Ridvan district of Gaza after the resistance group's security forces tried to apprehend a notorious Salafi commander earlier in the day, the Palestine Today news website reported.

ISIL's fans have intensified their activities in the Gaza Strip recently and reports show that Hamas is confronting the Takfiri terrorists by all means.

On Sunday, the ISIL killed a Hamas commander named Saber Siam in the Gaza Strip.

ISIL militants placed a bomb in the vehicle of Saber Siam and detonated it.

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But ISIS never attacks Israel! :)

Jun 05 08:56

ZIOPRESS INTENSIFIES ITS WAR AGAINST BDS

The Israeli government and its spokesmen just won’t admit that the BDS Movement is not the enemy ….. they themselves are!

More headlines and Op-Eds from the ziopress appear daily with the intention of destroying and discrediting the Movement.

Following are the examples of today (Click on links to see reports)

Jun 05 08:32

Israel brands Palestinian-led boycott movement a 'strategic threat'

Israel and key international supporters have sharply ratcheted up their campaign against the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, with senior Israeli officials declaring it a strategic threat.

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Obviously BDS is having an effect. The bad new is that by declaring the boycott a strategic threat, Israel justifies using violence against the BDS organizers and supporters.

Jun 05 07:32

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

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Jun 05 07:31

Sheldon Adelson: Palestinians are made-up nation that exists only to destroy Israel

Billionaire casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson said Sunday that the Palestinians are a made-up nation which exists solely to attempt to destroy Israel.

“The purpose of the existence of Palestinians is to destroy Israel,” Adelson said Sunday at the close of the first conference of the Israeli-American Council, a Los Angeles-based group aimed at serving Israeli Americans and supporting Israel. “Palestinian narrative created the Palestinian narrative.”

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Jun 05 06:58

White House officials meet with Israeli NGO

NGO reportedly presents its report that suggests that the Israeli army may have violated international law during last year's war in Gaza

Jun 05 06:57

Palestine solidarity campaigners dominate annual meeting of G4S

The annual general meeting of the security company G4S descended into chaos on Thursday as board members faced a grilling over the firm’s involvement in Israel’s occupation.

For the third year in a row, the firm’s AGM was taken over by human rights campaigners directing tough questions at chief executive Ashley Almanza and chairperson John Connolly.

Campaigners from groups including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, London Palestine Action, Stop G4S and War on Want, who had bought a share each in the company in order to attend, far outnumbered those whose shares were bought for profit.

Jun 05 06:57

Boycott to continue until Orange cuts Israel occupation ties, campaigners say

Campaigners from the boycott, divestment and sanctions coalition BDS Egypt say they will escalate their boycott of Mobinil until its parent company Orange makes good on a pledge to pull out of Israel.

Orange today confirmed that it intends to end a brand licensing agreement with its Israeli affiliate Partner Communications.

Jun 05 06:56

Claiming to preserve Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologists wreck Palestinian heritage

Israel’s National Planning Committee has overseen an appeal by several bodies who oppose the further expansion of the powerful settler group Elad’s control over archaeological sites in Silwan, a congested Palestinian neighborhood located just meters away from al-Aqsa Mosque and the walls of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. With the blessing of the authorities, Elad plans to build a giant new visitors center on top of an excavation site.

Elad (a Hebrew acronym for “To the City of David”) is a private organization that has become the de facto administrator of some of the most controversial archaeological sites in Jerusalem. Elad was founded in 1986 with the explicit goal of removing Palestinians from East Jerusalem and settling Jews in their place. It accomplishes this by providing assistance in the purchase or seizure of Palestinian properties.

Jun 05 06:55

Ali Abunimah on Israel’s national panic about BDS

I spoke to The Real News Network about the mobilization by the Israeli government and media against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Among the questions we talked about: what is BDS? Why is Israel reacting to it now? Is it really bringing effective pressure for Palestinian rights on Israel?

Jun 05 06:55

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign

The National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine will take place on Tuesday 23 June, from 2-6pm. As it gets closer, more and more people are contacting their MPs about the lobby. Over 1,000 letters have been sent overall, and almost 200 of those have been people requesting a meeting on the day.

Thank you to all those who have contacted their MPs so far.

Informing and pressuring our representatives in Parliament is central to our campaign. We need to make sure that our voice is heard in Westminster, and to do that we rely on people like you. This is the first lobby for Palestine that has taken place in this new parliament, so its crucial we send a strong message. Please take action to make Palestine a key issue in this coming parliament, and contact your MP and send one of the following letters to them.

Jun 05 06:54

Israel balks at Swiss gov’t funding for exhibit by Israeli leftist group

Israel has formally complained to the Swiss government over its funding for an exhibit by an Israeli NGO that alleges misconduct by Israeli soldiers in their dealings with Palestinians.

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"Of course we have a right to mistreat the Palestinians. But you don't have a right to say anything about it. Go make fun of the Muslims. THAT is free speech!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 04 18:24

ISIL Sustains Casualties in Clashes with Hamas in Gaza Strip

Several ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in heavy clashes between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Takfiri terrorists in the Gaza strip on Tuesday.

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Funny how ISIS/ISIL always attacks Israel's enemies, but never Israel!

Jun 04 16:42

The era of Iran is over; the age of Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions begins

How the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is changing organized American Jewish life.

The news that Sheldon Adelson will this weekend host a secret conference for Jewish groups aimed at countering the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is yet more evidence that “pro-Israel” activism in the United States is entering a new phase. The Iran era is ending. We are entering the age of BDS...READ MORE

Jun 04 12:56

Orange insists: Pulling out of Israel is business, not politics

A day after CEO enrages Israel, French firm says it wants to end brand licensing deal with Israeli firm; Netanyahu calls on French government, a part owner of the telecom, to disavow the 'wretched' statement.

Jun 04 10:47

Israel in Desperation

Representatives of the Palestine Football Association removed their request for a vote at FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association; English: International Federation of Association Football) to expel Israel, at the very last minute. Whether it was known that they had insufficient votes, or Israel made some concessions, it can only be seen as a mistake for Palestine, and a small but short-lived victory for Israel.

Jun 04 09:50

BDS LIES CONTINUE AS HEADLINE NEWS IN ISRAELI PRESS

Every day there is a new report …. every day there are new lies fabricated about the Movement. When will zion realise that BDS will not end because of these lies …. it will end when the occupation ends …. AND THAT’S NOT A LIE!

Jun 04 09:49

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF PALESTINE TODAY?

DOCUMENTED FACTS THAT YOU WON’T FIND IN THE WESTERN MEDIA

Jun 04 07:52

Time to end Israel's impunity

Last summer, while visiting our family in Shuafat, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, my son Tariq was chased, zip-tied, and beaten unconscious by Israeli police officers as he watched a protest. The protest was in response to the kidnapping and killing of his 16-year-old friend and cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, by Israeli settlers the day before.

As the policemen lifted my unconscious son's body away to prison, two officers continued to kick his limp body and face. In prison, he had to wait six hours before receiving medical attention. And we had to wait several months for him to be cleared of wrongdoing in the case. When I first saw Tariq after the beating, I did not recognize him; his face was badly bruised and his eyes were nearly swollen shut. I thought he was dead. I wanted to get closer to him, to see if he was breathing, to let him know I was there. But the hospital officials barred me from entering his room.

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Jun 04 07:39

Adelson Tabloid Slams Obama for Listening to ‘Court Jews’ in Questioning Israel’s Credibility

President Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television on Tuesday in which he said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s position on rejecting a Palestinian state as long as he is in power is damaging Israel’s credibility.

Netanyahu tried to retract his campaign pledge after he won the election on the basis of it, but that just made him look sleazy, and anyway he didn’t really take it back. Nobody thinks Israel will agree to a Palestinian state as long as Netanyahu has anything to say about it.

Jun 04 07:20

IDF strikes Gaza after at least two rockets fired toward southern Israel

Israel Air Force jets struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, after at least two rockets were fired from the Strip at southern Israel on Wednesday evening. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon vowed to "strike harder if we must," to stop sporadic rocket fire from resuming.

No casualties or injuries by the rocket fire were reported. Rocket sirens were sounded in several communities in southern Israel near the northern Gaza border. Two rockets exploded in an open area near the Gaza border, the Sdot Negev Regional Council reported, though the IDF said it is still searching for the rockets' landing sites.

After the rocket fire, Israel Air Force jets struck three "terror infrastructure" targets in the Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Israeli defense officials believe that the militants responsible for the rocket fire belong to a "rogue group."

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In other words, this is the usual Israeli pattern. Use agents provocateurs to launch untraceable home made rockets into empty dirt lots in Israel to justify air strikes and naval bombardment of Gaza.

Jun 04 07:18

Sunbathing at the crime scene: the Israeli resort that covers up a massacre

For Palestinians, Tantura, the name of a coastal village south of Haifa that was once home to 1,700 inhabitants, has become a byword for the darkest episodes of the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe), the ethnic cleansing of 1948.

For Israelis, the site is referred to by a different name — Dor, known as a popular beach resort belonging to two neighboring kibbutzim, Dor and Nahsholim, an hour’s drive north of Tel Aviv.

Jun 04 07:17

After UK student union backs BDS, Netanyahu falsely claim it supports ISIS

The national leadership of the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) has voted to align itself with the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

In reaction, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by smearing the millions-strong organization as supporters of Islamic State, the violent extremist group also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Jun 03 22:35

Some Israeli leaders do sometimes tell the truth

Still today, 48 years on, there are relatively few people who know the whole truth about how Israel set the stage for war in June 1967 to grab more Arab land. The single most decisive event that made war inevitable happened on Thursday 1 June, four days before Israel launched its attacks. What was it?

Jun 03 17:18

Multiple airstrikes in Gaza after two rockets launched into Israel

Several massive explosions rocked the Gaza Strip on Thursday night amid multiple reports of Israeli jets buzzing the area. It follows reports that two rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel but failed to cause any damage.

Jun 03 16:26

Huge BLAST at Gaza Port right now. Israeli navy attacking Gaza by sea.

F16's lighting up the skies

Jun 03 10:57

BEX ALERT - ISIS issues dire warning to Israel

If Hamas does not cease its crackdown on ISIS supporters in Gaza, the backers of the movement that has taken over half of Syria and one-third of Iraq will violate a truce with Israel and carry out more rocket attacks against the Jewish state, a leader of the jihadist organization that represents ISIS in Gaza told WND.

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False-flag alert!

Jun 03 10:25

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Benjamin Netanyahu did it again: A “zig” in the election campaign (there will be no Palestinian state) and a “zag” in front of the European Union’s foreign minister, Federica Mogherini (two states). In other countries, such a conduct by a misleading prime minister would have led to a governmental crisis, or at least a public row. Here, it didn’t even raise an eyebrow.

Jun 03 09:30

Hamas: IDF attempted to stop paving of Gaza border road

Hamas official magazine reports that four IDF bulldozers crossed the border fence, accompanied by ground troops and drones in an attempt to stop construction on new border road. Hamas: IDF attempt failed.

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"You will drive on gravel, AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 03 07:02

Israel losing credibility over Netanyahu’s opposition to Palestinian statehood

US President Barack Obama says Israel is losing “credibility” among the international community over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on the creation of a Palestinian state.

Jun 02 16:05

NGO threatens legal action against Israel over Hamas claim

A British non-governmental organization is threatening legal action against the Israeli government over its accusation that the organization is linked to the militant group Hamas — while denying that the Hamas leader called the NGO to congratulate it.

The Palestinian Return Center this week was granted consultative status at the United Nations, prompting Israel's U.N. mission to protest that the organization is associated with Hamas and "promotes anti-Israel propaganda."

The organization said the claim that it is affiliated with Hamas is unfounded. The group said it defends the right of return for Palestinian refugees and has existed for almost two decades.

Jun 02 11:04

Pope Supports Palestinians/Gilad Atzmon Interview

Pope Francis’s decision to sign a treaty recognizing the state of Palestine infuriated Israel and its backers in Congress and effectively added fuel to the global campaign to punish Israeli companies linked to the building of settlements on Palestinian land.

AMERICAN FREE PRESS recently had the chance to sit down with Israeli-born saxophonist, philosopher and political commentator Gilad Atzmon, who is currently on a speaking tour in the United States to promote his latest book, co-authored with Enzo Apicella, entitled A to Zion: The Definitive Israeli Lexicon. This reporter attended his recent lecture at a public library in Cardiff by the Sea, a small beach community in San Diego County, California.

Jun 02 09:26

ISRAEL SEES THE BDS MOVEMENT AS AN ASYMMETRIC WAR FOR WORLD OPINION

Go to any Israeli newspaper’s site or to any zionist Website and you will surely find something about the growing BDS Movement in the headlines. It has become zion’s greatest dilemma since the creation of their state in 1948.

The latest appeared yesterday …. but the ‘war’ continues today with THIS from Ynet News.

Jun 02 07:43

Gilad Atzmon explains the subversion of the pro-Palestine cause by the Jewish left

In an interview a few years back, Philip Weiss, the chief editor of the Jewish pro-Palestinian website Mondoweiss, admitted to me in plain terms that, in his eyes, pro-Palestinian activism serves "Jewish self interests."

Such a Jewish activity conveys a (misleading) image of Jewish political pluralism. It suggests that not all Jews are "bad," Jewish politics can even be ethical and universal.

Evidently, Jewish liberals are angry with me for unveiling the deceit that is embedded in such an attitude. They have invested a great effort attempting to silence me, and for a good reason - I have produced some persuasive arguments suggesting that Jewish solidarity is not the solution, it is actually the core of the problem.

Jun 02 07:39

US and Israeli pressure on Nigeria to sell out Palestine at U.N. amounted to ‘national security threat’

You may recall that last December the Security Council considered a resolution to call for an end to the occupation, and that the motion failed because it only got eight yes votes. Nigeria abstained after it had been expected to support the resolution. Now Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Wali has apologized to the Palestinian Authority for abstaining. From Middle East Monitor, citing the newspaperAl Quds:

The statement said that Wali has officially apologised to the Palestinian ambassador, citing huge pressure put on his country pushing it to vote against the Palestinian motion. He said that the pressure amounted to a “national security threat”.

Jun 02 07:14

Israeli forces demolish 3 houses in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolished three Palestinian homes in the Silwan neighborhood and Salah al-Din street in occupied East Jerusalem early Tuesday morning, the owners told Ma’an.

They were told that the houses were demolished because they had been built without necessary licenses from the municipal council.

Nidal Abu Rmeila said bulldozers under Israeli army escort had demolished two apartments, totaling 140 square meters, that he had been building in Silwan near the Moroccan Gate of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Abu Rmeila said he had not been able to obtain a license from the Jerusalem municipality as the building was located close to the Al-Aqsa compound in an area he claimed the Israeli antiquities authority is “greedily” interested in.

Jun 02 06:10

Israel approves tougher punishment for stone-throwing

Israel’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a bill toughening penalties for stone-throwers, who from now on may face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for attacking police and targeting public transport.

Jun 01 18:40

One last appeal before a Bedouin village in the Negev is demolished and a Jewish town is built in its place

The Bedouin village of Umm el-Hieran in Israel’s southern Negev desert is running out of time and appeals before it will be razed to the ground and an exclusively Jewish town will be built in its place.

Jun 01 14:33

German Foreign Minister: Gaza is a 'powder keg'

The impoverished Gaza Strip is a "powder keg" at risk of exploding, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday during a visit to the war-torn territory.

Jun 01 14:20

German FM calls for removal of Gaza blockade

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for the removal of Israel’s eight-year-long blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Jun 01 14:17

NY Times Applauds While Israel Robs Palestine of Water

The New York Times invites us to gaze with wonder on the miracles of Israeli technology today, with a page 1 photo and story touting the innovations that have saved the country from drought. Because of wise policies and applied science, we learn, “there is plenty of water in Israel.”

Jun 01 14:13

Schools and kindergartens destroyed by Israel in Gaza remain in ruins

Construction has yet to begin to repair the schools and kindergartens in the Gaza Strip destroyed by Israeli attacks last July-August.

Jun 01 13:38

Mother of Six Begins 2nd Year in Israeli Prisons Without Charge

Palestinian mother of six children, wife of a prisoner, sister of three prisoners Samaher Zeineddin has now entered her 2nd year in prison, without charge.

Jun 01 09:58

BEX ALERT ~~TWISTED ZIOLOGIC BASED ON LIES

Netanyahu says international community disproportionately singles Israel out and boycott campaign aims to to delegitimize Jewish state’s existence, regardless of policies.

Jun 01 08:59

BDS movement threatening Israel’s existence, Bibi says

Netanyahu said at a meeting of his new cabinet on Sunday that the international campaign seeks to deny what he referred to as Israelis' right to live in the territories they have occupied.

Jun 01 08:29

In Their Own Words: Senior Israeli Officials on the Palestinian Question

Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud Party Leader)

[Question: If you are reelected prime minister, there will be no Palestinian state?] “Indeed.” - March 2015

“[A]s long as Likud is in power, we won't divide Jerusalem, we won't make concessions, we won't withdraw from land." - March 2015

“I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan [the occupied West Bank].” - July 2014

May 31 17:56

ISIS OPENLY DOING ISRAEL’S DIRTY WORK

ISIS Threatens to Destroy ‘Heretical Hamas’

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Did Israel Buy Its Way Out of FIFA Suspension?

You’d have to be comatose not to know of the startling revelations of massive corruption in FIFA that amounted to $150-million in the past few years alone. Eight current or former senior officials were suddenly arrested at dawn at their posh Swiss hotel, where they were preparing for today’s international meeting.

May 31 14:32

International law and crimes against humanity

Lawrence Davidson examines how states that are apt to commit crimes against humanity, such as Israel and its Western protecters, are wilfully eroding international law using spurious excuses, to the detriment of ordinary people.

May 31 14:29

Common interests vs military power, and the quest for peace

Uri Avnery reminds Israel’s politicians of the poignant lessons of European history, which show that the only real and lasting peace is one that is based on common interests, not military power.

May 31 14:27

US rebukes Israel while showering it with arms and favours

Jonathan Cook draw attention to US President Barak Obama’s showering of Israel with arms and diplomatic cover despite it having the most extremist, racist and brazenly annexationist cabinet in its history.

May 30 15:46

Hamas, Fatah must start communicating or forget dreams of freedom

Stuart Littlewood challenges Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to get a grip and reach out with news and briefings to those who are likely to use their material, including the alternative media.

May 30 07:43

UC Davis senators vote to divest citing Israel’s harm to student welfare

Last night, the student senate of the University of California at Davis passed a resolution to divest from companies which profit from Israel’s occupation and abuses of Palestinian rights. Ten senators voted yes, none voted against and two abstained.

May 30 07:41

Palestinians disappointed but determined after FIFA betrayal

Palestinians are expressing disappointment at the abandonment and sabotage of efforts to have Israel suspended from world football’s governing body over its systematic abuses of Palestinian players.

But campaigners are vowing to continue to work to isolate Israel.

May 30 01:35

The Map on the Wall

That is the lesson Israel should absorb. Today we are strong, and the Arab world is in shambles. It will not always be so.

A peace treaty with Palestine and the Arab world will hold if it is wise and generous. Wise enough so the Palestinian people, or at least a great majority, will come to the conclusion that it is both worthwhile and honorable to keep it.

May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 09:55

Israel's War on Palestinian Fishermen, Farmers and Children

Israeli viciousness has no limits. Palestinians are systematically brutalized for not being Jewish.

They're harassed, intimidated, persecuted, arrested, imprisoned, tortured and murdered in cold blood. High crimes too grave to ignore have been commonplace since Israel's so-called war of independence.

May 29 08:47

Israeli Human Rights Journalist is imprisoned for just 30 seconds of free speech.

Moti Leybel, one of the leading activists in Israel and the most vocal independent journalist was taken by police last night after only 30 seconds of public free speech and thrown into prison. The authorities are trying everything to stop the truth being told.

He is an advocate for the many parents in Israel who lose their children to the Social Services. It is usually a one way ticket, and with little hope of children ever being returned to their natural parents, due to the antiquated system and levels of corruption in the country. He was in particular showing images of a particular social worker who had been instrumental in removing a baby from a disabled mother. He has been campaigning for her for most of the year.

May 29 08:31

UN seeking to put Israeli military on blacklist

The United Nations is seeking to put the Israeli military on its blacklist over the regime’s aggressive policies against the Palestinian people, particularly children.

The move is recommended by Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general's special representative for children and armed conflict.

Zerrougui said such an act must be taken because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer's Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

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May 29 08:19

Israel 'pressures Ban Ki-moon' to get off UN list of children's rights violators in wars

Israel is allegedly pulling diplomatic strings to pressurize the UN Secretary-General to exclude it from an annual list of countries accused of violating children's rights in armed conflicts. Israel denies the allegations.

Despite the slaughter of hundreds of Palestinian children in the IDF Israeli operation in Gaza in 2014, Tel Aviv wants to somehow preserve a squeaky clean image and is putting pressure on the UN central office to that end.

Initially, the draft of the document prepared by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s special envoy for children, Leila Zerrougui, included the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on the list for attacking schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip conflict last year, Reuters reported.

An opposing side in the conflict, the Palestinian group Hamas, has also been added to the list.

Now Ban Ki-Moon is allegedly “leaning toward” omitting Israel from the list of shame, reports Reuters citing diplomatic sources.

May 29 07:26

Nigerian foreign minister apologises for not voting to end Israeli occupation

The statement said that Wali has officially apologised to the Palestinian ambassador, citing huge pressure put on his country pushing it to vote against the Palestinian motion. He said that the pressure amounted to a "national security threat".

May 29 07:21

Palestinians drop FIFA suspension demand

Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub announced during FIFA's congress in Zurich on Friday that he was cancelling a vote on his proposal to have Israel expelled from the international soccer organization. Rajoub called for a United Nations discussion on suspending Israeli teams playing beyond the Green Line.

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A bomb threat on the site was also reported by police just before 2:30 PM. "I can confirm there has been a bomb threat against the FIFA congress, officers have been dispatched," the spokeswoman for the city police said.

May 29 07:19

Will Israel be kicked out of FIFA for abusing Palestinian players?

The international football federation, FIFA, is set to vote tomorrow on a proposal to suspend Israel.

If the proposal receives a two-thirds majority, Israel will be dropped from FIFA and unable to participate in international matches, including the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The vote has been requested by the Palestinian Football Association. It follows a major campaign highlighting Israel’s movement restrictions on Palestinian footballers, including a ban on their travel between the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

May 29 07:18

Under boycott pressure, Orange tries to distance itself from Israeli operation

The multinational telecom company Orange is trying to distance itself from its Israeli affiliate as it faces mounting pressure from a boycott called against its Egyptian subsidiary Mobinil.

But BDS Egypt, the organizers of the Mobinil boycott, have rejected company statements as “shameless deception” and an effort to mislead the Egyptian public.

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