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Nov 12 11:05

A HINT OF JUSTICE IN THE EMPIRE OF INJUSTICE

Let’s wait and see what the sentence will be …. if any at all.

Meanwhile the murderer’s attorney claimed …

At a remand hearing in a Jerusalem court on Wednesday, Benny Katz, the suspect’s attorney, told reporters his client says he fired only rubber bullets during the protest and denies using live ammunition.

Nov 12 11:03

#ZionismToday ~~ FECES SANS ODOUR

This will be an essay of photos and quotes, starting with a few from our historical Sages ...

Nov 12 09:16

Max Blumenthal's Toilet Scene (must watch)


Max Blumenthal, a Jewish pro Palestinian decided to take the battle against Gregor Gysi, the German Left Party’s leader, who framed him as an anti semite, to the toilet. Pretty amusing to witness the level of panic, victimhood and obnoxious intrusiveness.

Let me reassure you that when Blumenthal framed me as an anti semite, i didn't have any plans to join him in the loo.

Nov 12 08:43

Tel Aviv set to build 200 new settler units in al-Quds

Nov 12 08:39

Peter Gabriel Teams Up With Copeland For Palestinian Aid Album

Peter Gabriel, former The Police star Stewart Copeland and Def Leppard's Rick Allen are among the stars who have contributed to a new album to benefit Palestinian charities.

Nov 12 08:24

Israeli settlers torch mosque, copies of the Quran in West Bank


A group of Israeli settlers broke in and torched a mosque in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayyir near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank early Wednesday, locals told Ma’an news agency, hours after settlers attempted to assault several Palestinian security officers in Nablus.

Witnesses, who went to the mosque at around 4:40 am to perform dawn prayer, said the settlers burnt 12 copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, and set the carpets of the first floor of the two-story building on fire.

Racist slogans were also spray painted on the walls of the mosque, witnesses added.

The same mosque has been targeted by Israeli settlers before, locals told Ma’an.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu is trying to provoke a response from the Palestinians that he can use to justify more bombings and missile strikes.

Nov 12 07:50

Policeman faces murder charge in Nakba Day shooting of Palestinian teen

Border Police, soldiers had denied using live fire during protests in which two teens were killed, but bullet found in one of boys' backpacks led to suspected gun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Israel is trying to clean up their act!

Nov 11 10:01

ZION CONDEMNS AS WE APPLAUD THOSE WHO BOYCOTT

Roger Waters has been the ‘leader of the pack’ of those international Artists who refuse to support the occupation in any way by performing in Israel. The ‘pack’ is growing daily as the occupation intensifies its policies against the people of Palestine. zion wants this to go away ….. but it won’t until the occupation ends COMPLETELY!

Today zion condemns the latest addition to the group, Peter Gabriel. As they condemn him, we applaud him for his stance!

Nov 10 12:53

UN to open 'internal and independent' probe into attacks on its Gaza facilities

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday that an "internal and independent" board of inquiry would be established to probe the damage caused to various UN installations in the Gaza Strip over the course of the war this summer, despite Israel's intense efforts to prevent this line...

Nov 10 11:12

“Civility”: Israel Lobby’s New Weapon Against Free Speech on US Campuses

As I was driving through Indiana en route to Michigan this weekend, I saw this billboard for a local sheriff’s election campaign. There, above the uniformed police officer with his military-style crew cut, is the slogan “Return to Civility.”

It seemed the perfect metaphor for what “civility” has come to mean on US campuses: the forceful policing, at the behest of Israel lobby groups, of any discourse or activism critical of Israel.

In the wake of Israel’s latest Gaza massacre, the civility police are cracking down hard. Most notoriously, administrators and trustees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have used the excuse of “civility” to fire Steven Salaita for his strong criticisms of, among other things, Israel’s slaughter of hundreds of children in Gaza.

But civility crackdowns are now breaking out across the country.

Nov 10 10:53

HOW A NON ISSUE CAN LEAD TO A WAR IN ISRAEL

Anyone who wants to track the progress Israel has made on the steep slope toward fanaticism, religiosity and backwardness must examine its relationship to the Temple Mount. Anyone who insists on labeling Israel a modern Western country can’t ignore the extraordinary change that has taken place in recent years. And anyone who still thinks this is a nonreligious society must heed the dark and insane forces that motivate it.

In no country in the West — which Israel pretends to belong to, more and more in vain — does an archeological site turn into an “existential foundation” and excuse for bloodshed. In no country in the West is holiness a matter of policy.

Nov 10 10:52

ISRAELI JEWHAD MOVES FROM JERUSALEM TO NORTHERN PALESTINE

At least thirty Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested in the Galilee village of Kufr Kana on Sunday as protests spread over the cold-blooded police killing of a youth on Friday.

The video above shows Israeli police shooting 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan in Kufr Kana in circumstances that totally contradict their initial account.

“It is clear from the video footage that the shooting of Hamdan was a murder, as Hamdan did not pose an immediate threat to the lives of the police officers when they shot him,” theAdalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said in a statement.

Nov 10 10:51

AMERICAN LABOUR BLOCKS THE BOATS FOR PALESTINE

This August, during five days and four nights of demonstrations at the Port of Oakland, a diverse group of pro-Palestine and social justice activists under the banner of the Block the Boat coalition picketed several berths where the Israeli cargo ship Zim Piraeus attempted to dock. Activists returned to the port whenever workers were dispatched to unload it—in some cases in the middle of the night. Their numbers, which fluctuated between dozens and thousands, were not always sufficient to physically block all entrances to the vessel. Yet the action succeeded due to the support of Oakland’s longshoremen, members of the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Local 10, who refused to cross the community picket lines. Even when police surrounded and split protestors on multiple occasions, workers refused to proceed and unload the ship. The ship eventually left port, unable to unload most of its cargo.

Nov 10 08:45

Violence spreads across Israel after shooting in Galilee

Months of simmering violence between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem spread to Israeli Arab towns this weekend after police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in the Galilee town of Kufr Kana, apparently as he was running away.

In their original statements about the death on Friday night police said Kheir Hamdan was shot when he tried to stab an officer during an attempt to arrest him for allegedly throwing a stun grenade in the town, near Nazareth.

However, CCTV footage of the shooting shows Hamdan tried to strike a police car several times with an object in his hand – allegedly the knife – but officers were inside, with Hamdan posing no immediate threat to them. When a police officer opens the door, Hamdan is seen retreating. It is at this point he is shot.

Nov 10 08:36

Irony: Yasser Arafat's memorial canceled due to terrorist threats in Gaza

A memorial and rally in Gaza planned for Tuesday to honor the anniversary of the death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was canceled due to threats of terrorist attacks by Islamists, the Middle East news media reported on Sunday. Arafat's death 10-years ago remains a mystery with some saying he died of natural causes while others claim he was poisoned by his enemies the "Zionists" using polonium.

Nov 10 08:03

Video captures execution of Palestinian citizen by Israeli police

At least thirty Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested in the Galilee village of Kufr Kana on Sunday as protests spread over the cold-blooded police killing of a youth on Friday.

The video above shows Israeli police shooting 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan in Kufr Kana in circumstances that totally contradict their initial account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just like they do in America!

Nov 09 12:58

Ed ‘Zigzag’ Miliband is losing His Jewish Donors

The Times Of Israel reported today that British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is losing the support of Jewish donors due to his party’s pro-Palestine stance.

Nov 09 09:26

HOW TO SAVE YOUR JEWISH ASS ON US CAMPUSES

Amid Rising Anti-Semitism, Jewish Students Get ‘Security Manual’

Nov 09 09:26

THE WALL ~~ I WROTE ABOUT IT YESTERDAY, IT’S HAPPENING TODAY!

*Yesterday I posted about the fall of the Apartheid wall in Israel. Today it started to crumble! Let’s hope this trend continues!

Nov 08 18:21

Netanyahu backs police after fatal shooting of Israeli Arab sparks clashes in Galilee

The police shot and killed a 22-year-old man from the northern Arab village of Kafr Kana in the early hours of Saturday morning, after he allegedly attacked a police car with a knife.

However, CCTV footage may contradict the officers’ statement that a warning shot was fired in the air before the man was fatally wounded.

Nov 08 09:37

Israel to confiscate 3,200 acres of Palestinian land near Jerusalem

Israeli authorities have delivered orders to the village of Beit Iksa north of Jerusalem ordering the confiscation of 12,852 dunums (3,176 acres) of Palestinian land, locals said on Saturday.

Locals told Ma’an that soldiers deployed at the military checkpoint at the entrance to the village delivered confiscation orders signed by the Israeli military commander in the West Bank Nitzan Alon that gave them until Dec. 31, 2017 to remain on their land.

Villagers said that soldiers informed them that an official from the Israeli military liaison would arrive on Monday to specify which lands would be confiscated, adding that the lands confiscated would be used for “military purposes.”

Nov 08 09:32

Haim Saban Raises $34M to Support Israeli Defense Forces

A tearful Saban told the crowd of more than 1,200 attendees that he discouraged anonymous donations this year because it was important for supporters to "stand with Israel publicly, vocally and very loudly."

Notable donations made at the event included $10 million from Larry Ellison, co-founder and chairman of Oracle; $5 million from top Republican fundraisers Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (who received a standing ovation from the liberal Westside crowd); $5.2 million from brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano of Guess Jeans; $3.6 million from Saban and wife Cheryl; $2 million from Steve Tisch, chairman and executive vp of the New York Giants; $1 million from Leo David, founder of the Western Region of the FIDF; and $1.6 million from The Helmsley Charitable Trust. In addition, first-time attendees and donors Michael and Susan Dell gave $1.8 million to fundIMPACT! educational scholarship programs.

Nov 08 09:19

TODAY’S SPOOF ~~THIS WALL WILL ALSO FALL!

The Berlin Wall officially fell on Nov. 9, 1989, after having divided the German capital for nearly 30 years.

“No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation.”

Nov 07 21:21

Hamas announces creation of 'popular army' for 'liberation of al-Aksa'

Hamas declared the creation of a "popular army" at the Jabaliya refugee camp in the Northern Gaza Strip on Friday, according to a report by the AFP.

A spokesman for the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades - Hamas's military branch - said the 2,500 recruits would form "the first section of the popular army for the liberation of Al-Aksa and of Palestine," according the AFP report,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Assuming this is accurate, HAMAS has just walked into the trap Netanyahu set for them by attacking the worshipers at the mosque on the fourth!

Nov 07 13:32

Explosions as Palestine erupts in 'Day of Rage' against Israel Al-Aqsa mosque restrictions

Clashes broke out after Palestinian protesters took to the streets in a “Day of Rage” against Israel on Friday, after Israel imposed entry restrictions on the Al-Aqsa mosque – the third holiest site in Islam, and the holiest place in Judaism.

Demonstrators shouted anti-Israel slogans and hurled stones, while explosions in the vicinity of the protests were audible. Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at the protesters, who had been throwing petrol bombs, according to Reuters. Protests were also met with tear gas.

Nov 07 09:37

PIRACY IS NOT A WAR CRIME

Is AIPAC now in control of the ICC in the Hague?

After you read the following you might think so ...

Nov 07 09:05

Israelis torturing non-Jewish children. 2014 Australian documentary film. Viewer discretion.

Nov 07 08:50

Pentagon Aims to Copy Israel Tactics on Civilian Deaths in War

Not 48 hours after Amnesty International issued a report blasting Israel for its “callous indifference” to civilian deaths in the Gaza War, the Pentagon is openly talking about using the conflict as a model for their own wars.

Nov 07 08:37

The third intifada is here

Periodic situation evaluations of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) highest command echelons warned that the harsh economic situation, lack of a diplomatic horizon and overall feeling of frustration and that there is no way out are likely to be the catalysts. Shin Bet assessments disseminated in 2013 even showed worrisome data regarding growing unrest in the West Bank, and painted the picture of the lone terrorist going out on his own to carry out an attack without the backing of organizational infrastructure. These assessments even led to closer security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority with the goal of detecting and thwarting the first signs of terrorist organization if and when they appear on the ground.

But apparently the Israeli security system didn't imagine that the third intifada it had anticipated, warned against and prepared for would erupt specifically in Jerusalem, and with such intensity.

Nov 07 07:33

The situation in Jerusalem is 'out of control'

The clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian citizens, and protest demonstrations quickly escalated since Wednesday's Israeli attack of the building of the Aqsa mosque compound, and Ibrahim Akkari's run over, who was immediately shot in Jerusalem.

Clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank have been successive, after Akkari's funeral in Jerusalem, which Israeli occupation allowed only 35 members of his family to attend.

The funeral limitation aggravated the clashes all over Jerusalem neighborhoods, where two Palestinian citizens were injured by Israeli bullets and one Israeli border guard was injured of stone throwing in Shu'fat refugee camp south occupied Jerusalem.

Clashes took place in Issawiya, Hizma and Al-Toor neighborhoods south Jerusalem, where Palestinians utilized fireworks and stones to defend themselves.

Nov 06 13:56

Outrage as ICC Drops Case Against Israel for Deadly Attack On Humanitarian Flotilla

The International Criminal Court is being accused of "defying justice" following Thursday's announcement that prosecutors will not further investigate or press charges against Israel for its 2010 deadly assault on a Gaza-bound flotilla bearing humanitarian aid from Turkey.

The ruling came despite the court's acknowledgement that Israel likely committed war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But, but, but ... it's Israel! We can't prosecute them! They are above international law. Just ask them!"

Nov 06 11:55

Israeli police, settlers storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound

A group of Israeli settlers stormed Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Nov. 5 following clashes between Israeli police forces and Palestinians inside the complex, a Palestinian official said.

“The Israeli police allowed the settlers to enter and storm the compound and are now providing them protection,” said Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of the Organization for Muslim Endowments and al-Aqsa Affairs, a Palestinian NGO.

The incident occurred after violent clashes, during which scores of Palestinians were injured.

“At least 15 Palestinian were injured by rubber bullets, including two in the head and one in the eye, while dozens suffered teargas inhalation,” a Palestinian guard of the holy complex told Anadolu Agency.

Nov 06 09:54

If Israel Outlaws Palestinian Political Voices, Declare One State

The Israeli state prosecutor will open a case against Zoabi for “criminal incitement” because the police provocatively assigned two Israeli Palestinian female officers to provoke her at one of her public appearances. The MK called them “collaborators,” which of course they were. A new Knesset bill proposed by the far-right Yisrael Beitenu would prohibit anyone “supporting terrorism” from running for Knesset. Another would strip Zoabi, specifically of citizenship.

The “proof” she supported terrorism is that in an interview:

Zoabi described an Israeli Air Force pilot as “no less a terrorist than a person who takes a knife and commits a beheading.” She added that “both are armies of murderers, they have no boundaries and no red lines.”

Nov 06 09:50

FINALLY A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT WHO WORKS FOR PEACE!

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai has announced that she will be donating the money she received as a World’s Children’s Prize laureate to UNRWA schools in Gaza, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees announced on Wednesday.

Nov 06 06:51

Lawless Israeli House Demolitions

Since 1967, Israel demolished over 28,000 Palestinian homes. According to its Interior Ministry. Jerusalem Municipality. Civil Administration.

UN bodies and agencies. Israeli human rights groups. International ones. ICAHD field monitoring. Various other sources.

Demolitions are politically motivated. Lawless. Unjustifiable for:

punishment for any reason or none at all;

building without virtually impossible to get permits on Palestinian owned land;

land-clearing/military demolitions to steal Palestinian land for Jews; and

other undefined reasons.

Nov 06 06:49

How 'peace envoy' Tony Blair enables Israeli raids in illegally occupied West Bank

WORDS CAN lose their meaning when Tony Blair speaks. Collecting his “philanthropist of the year” award from GQ magazine, Blair recently said he could feel the “pulse of progress beating a little harder.”

Judging by the pronouncements he has made as a Middle East “peace envoy,” Blair’s definition of “progress” appears different from the standard one.

In 2010, Blair hailed a tiny easing of Israel’s siege on Gaza as a “significant change.” The following year he praised Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian dictator who facilitated that siege, as a “force for good.”

And earlier this month, Blair claimed that John Kerry was “absolutely tireless” in his efforts to promote peace, conveniently forgetting that the US secretary of state had publicly endorsed Israel’s attack on Gaza during the summer.

Nov 05 16:06

Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes in Gaza Strip

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Amnesty International Wednesday accused Israel of committing war crimes during the war in the Gaza Strip this summer, saying it displayed “callous indifference” in attacks on family homes in the densely populated coastal area.

The Gaza war left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, including many civilians according to Palestinian and U.N. officials. Israel says the number of militants killed was much higher and accuses Hamas of using civilians as human shields. On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

Amnesty said in a report that “Israeli forces killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families, which in some cases have amounted to war crimes.”

Nov 05 11:46

Jordan recalls envoy to Israel over al-Asqa Mosque clashes

Jordan has recalled its ambassador to Israel and moved to lodge a complaint at the United Nations amid attacks by Israeli troops on Palestinians at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Wednesday, Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur asked Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to recall the Jordanian ambassador, Walid Obeidat, from Tel Aviv in protest at what he described as Israeli violations in al-Quds and the holy sites there.

The Jordanian prime minister also instructed the country’s delegation at the UN to file a formal complaint with the UN Security Council against Israel.

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Nov 05 10:47

Many Injuries Reported as Israeli soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, assaulted the worshipers with concussion grenades, gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, and invaded the main mosque within the compound.

The Maan News Agency said dozens of soldiers invaded the yards of the mosque through the al-Magharba Gate and the Chain Gate (Bab as-Silsila) and assaulted dozens of worshipers who managed to reach the mosque yards.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Islamic Waqf and Endowment in Jerusalem, stated that dozens of soldiers invaded the al-Qibli mosque while heavily armed.

Al-Khatib denounced the military desecration of the mosque, and this serious violation, especially since the soldiers violated the sanctity of the mosque, wearing their shoes and carrying their weapons into the house of prayer, in a serious escalation and assault.

Nov 05 10:46

Another Palestinian Hit by Israeli Settler Car

An Israeli settler driving through Beit Jala, on Tuesday morning, hit Palestinian citizen Ibrahim Hamdan with his car as he was on his way to work, according to witnesses.

Local sources told Ma'an that the settler appeared to hit him "deliberately."

Mr. Hamdan was taken to a hospital in Beit Jala for treatment, locals said, without providing further details, other than that he had been lightly injured.

An Israeli police spokesman reportedly did not answer calls seeking comment.

Nov 05 10:37

WHAT THE NEW YORK TIMES DIDN’T SEE FIT TO PRINT

The following reports were not newsworthy enough for the NY Times ...

Unidentified assailants kidnap Jerusalem teen

Israeli forces conduct arrest raids in East Jerusalem, Abu Dis

This one is unbelievable …. the harassment has no limits

Toddler caught up in Israeli crackdown

And this one was ignored by the entire Western Media

The Day Israel Attacked America

Nov 05 10:36

AMNESTY’S ‘BETTER LATE THAN NEVER’ FINDINGS ON ISRAELI WAR CRIMES

Amnesty International has accused Israel of committing war crimes during its campaign in Gaza.

The 50-day war killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 72 people on the Israeli side, all but six of whom were soldiers.

Nov 05 10:02

Repeated failures compound Netanyahu’s Al-Aqsa predicament

The recent closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem by the Israeli government constitutes yet more evidence that peace between Israel and the Palestinians has never been more distant.

The Al-Aqsa mosque, located in Jerusalem’s Old City, is the third holiest site in Islam. It sits within an enclosed compound known as the Noble Sanctuary, which also includes the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine built on the site of the sacred stone which is believed to mark the place from where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. The Dome of the Rock is also believed by Jewish scholars to be the location of the first and second temples, both of which were destroyed – the first by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, the second by the Romans in 70 CE. Within Judaism the entire area, including Al-Aqsa, is known as Temple Mount and is equally as sacred.

Nov 05 08:40

Israeli settlements: 'Unfortunate' or illegal?

Answering a question on November 3 about Israel's new construction plans in East Jerusalem, the US State Department spokeswoman said they were "unfortunate". Why didn't she say "illegal"?

There is pretty much a consensus among international lawyers, except in Israel, that the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories including East Jerusalem are illegal. The basis for this is article 49 of the fourth Geneva Convention adopted in 1949: "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies."

Israel, it appears, has no more right to build settlements than the UK or the US would have had to build British or American settlements in Iraq after the 2003 war.

Nov 05 08:08

89 Palestine families wiped out by Israel’s Gaza campaign

At least 89 entire families have been killed in Gaza since Israel started its military campaign, Palestinian health officials said. The Judeh family, a woman and her four children, died after an airstrike hit their house reportedly without warning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is still justifying this latest war crime on the basis of the three murdered teenagers in the West Bank by the "terrorist" group HAMAS, even though the local police in that area said there was no evidence to link the murders to HAMAS. But let us look at another incident to put this in context. Back in 2001, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (deemed a terrorist group by the FBI), Irv Rubin, was caught plotting to blow up a mosque in Culver City and assassinate Congressman Daryl Issa. The US did NOT proceed to bomb all of Israel, they simply arrested Irv Rubin and threw him into prison where he was "suicided" before he could testify at his trial as to the sources of his funding and weapons.

Nov 04 10:47

ISM Activist Shot in the Head with Rubber-coated Steel Bullet

Today, during a protest at Qalandia checkpoint, an Italian ISM volunteer was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The injury is just two centimetres above her left eye.

Nov 04 10:47

Netanyahu asks planning committee to approve 660 settlement units

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sanctioned the so-called Regional Planning Commission to convene on Monday to approve 660 new illegal settlement units in occupied Jerusalem, Arabs48 news website reported on Sunday.

Last week, Netanyahu announced his authorisation to build 660 new settlement units in Ramat Shlomo and 400 other units in Har Homa. Both are illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem.

Nov 04 10:47

UK’s Exeter University students in historic landslide vote to boycott Israel

Hats off to Exeter University’s students. They have made history and given an unambiguous message to apartheid Israel that the era of impunity is over.

Nov 04 09:50

DOES AIPAC RULE OVER AND ABOVE THE US SUPREME COURT?

For a decade an American/Israeli family has fought the United States government for the ‘right’ to have their Jerusalem born son’s US Passport listing ISRAEL as his birthplace. Meanwhile, US citizens of Palestinian heritage cannot ask for a passport stating they were born in PALESTINE.

Nov 04 07:59

Abdullah: We will block 'unilateral' moves by Israel on Jerusalem

In speech to parliament, King of Jordan vows to protect Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, 'where the blood of our martyrs soaks the earth.'

Nov 04 07:02

Are The Central Bankers Pushing Ukraine To Start The War Again?

Euro zone manufacturing is in decline. US manufacturing declined. GM is channel stuffing once again to boost sales. US construction is down, showing housing is imploding on itself. First time home buyers collapsed to a 27 year low. Spain wants to impose a Google tax. Those who purchased a policy last year from Obamacare do not want to signup again because of the higher premiums. Canada is banning visas from West Africa. FEMA drill scheduled for Nov for Ebola. Morocco on high alert over terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda. Central bankers pushing Ukraine back into war with the South Eastern people. The Islamic State flowing into Lebanon which allows the US to bomb in this region.

Nov 04 06:59

Egypt, Israel agree to set up Gaza buffer zone: Report

Egypt and Israel have agreed on a plan for the establishment of a buffer zone along the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip, a report says.

According to the Qatar-funded al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper, an unnamed Western diplomat recently said Egyptian and Israeli leaders had earlier agreed over the plan regarding the creation of the buffer zone.

Nov 03 10:44

U.S. slams Israel's 'unfortunate' building plan in East Jerusalem

After Jerusalem panel approves 500 new East Jerusalem homes, State Department spokesman says U.S. continuing to enagage with Israeli government to make its stance against settlement construction clear.

Nov 03 10:08

WHY HELEN THOMAS SAID THOSE WORDS

The words of Helen Thomas echo in my mind whenever I read something like the report that follows ...

Israeli forces have forbidden mosque leaders from calling for prayers through loudspeakers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 61 times in October under the pretext that it bothers nearby Jewish settlers, the Palestinian ministry of endowment said Sunday.

Nov 02 10:08

ISRAELI STYLE PEACE PROCESS UNFOLDS ON THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM

The clashes and arrests across Jerusalem came after days of intense security across the city, where Israeli police have deployed heavily amid four months of tensions between local Palestinians and occupation authorities.

Nov 02 08:41

Arab League to hold emergency meeting Sunday

The Arab League Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at Kuwait's request, the country's envoy to the League said in a statement Saturday.

Aziz al-Dihani said the meeting would focus on the latest developments in the Arab World, and especially the Palestinian cause.

Nov 02 08:34

Over 1.7 million Gazans isolated from the world after Israel, Egypt close crossings

Gaza has become an open-air prison after Israel decided to close two border crossings with Gaza, the army said on Sunday, after a rocket allegedly fired from the Palestinian enclave struck its territory.

The Israeli blockade comes a week after Egypt closed its border with Gaza. With all borders closed, more than one and a half million people in Gaza are now isolated from the outside world. They are prisoners inside the 360 square kilometers that make up the coastal Strip.

Nov 01 19:37

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

Nov 01 19:33

PHOTO OF SUSPECTED PALESTINIAN TERRORIST

Israeli soldiers attempt to detain 2-year-old for rock-throwing

Nov 01 19:27

Kyrie Eleison - Gaza 2014

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THE ENTIRE US CONGRESS UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO SUPPORT ISREAL'S AGGRESSIONS AGAINST PALESTINE. NEXT TUESDAY VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE!

Nov 01 18:36

This November Vote Your Conscience

Nov 01 09:20

Russia's UN Envoy Condemns Israel's Settlement Plan in East Jerusalem

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has called on Israel to halt the construction of new settlements in occupied east Jerusalem, describing the actions as "illegal."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Legal, schmegal; where are YOU going to get a lawyer?" -- Nodding Yahoo

Nov 01 09:11

28 injured as clashes rage across Jerusalem overnight

At least 28 Palestinians were injured as clashes with Israeli forces continued into the late hours of the night on Friday across Jerusalem, as anger over a series of killings by Israeli police boiled over into the streets of the city's Palestinian neighborhoods.

Clashes broke out in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan, al-Issawiya, al-Tur, and Wadi al-Joz, as hundreds marched and fought pitched battles with security forces in anger over the killing of Mutaz Hijazi, 32, early Thursday, as well as the killing of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, the week before.

Both men were suspected by authorities of involvement in violent incidents targeting Israelis. But Palestinians have been outraged by their killings, highlighting that instead of being arrested both were shot dead by police on sight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just like in America!

Nov 01 09:08

Israeli left-wingers urge Spanish parliament to recognize Palestinian state

Hundreds of prominent left-wing figures from politics, academia, the arts, the media, and the military signed a letter on Friday urging the Spanish parliament to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state.

Just one day after the Swedish government followed through on its symbolic pledge to accord recognition to Palestine, Israeli leftists sought to bring their influence to bear on the parliament in Madrid, which is expected to hold another symbolic discussion regarding recognition of a Palestinian state.

Oct 31 08:12

9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

The 9/11 attacks on the United States undoubtedly benefited a number of actors, including the American military-intelligence complex, Israel, and most definitely, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Cold War-era, the area of responsibility for which had long been confined to Europe and North America, used the provisions of Article 5 of the NATO Charter – which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all – to extend NATO’s power deep into Eurasia, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

After engaging in out-of-area invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Syria and, again in Iraq, against the «Islamic State,» the «North Atlantic» military bloc has transformed itself from a Cold War defensive alliance into a global offensive axis of nations that acts with or without United Nations authorization.

Oct 31 08:08

WOULD YOU BELIEVE THERE IS NOT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN ISRAEL

Neither is there a fair Judicial System for Palestinians living here …. THEY not only get the death penalty, it is usually for alleged crimes they are not even charged with. Either the police or the army act as the Judge, Jury and executioner in most cases.

Oct 31 07:25

SodaStream closes illegal settlement factory in response growing boycott campaign

Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists today welcomed the news that SodaStream has announced it is to close its factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim following a high profile boycott campaign against the company.

“SodaStream’s announcement today shows that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is increasingly capable of holding corporate criminals to account for their participation in Israeli apartheid and colonialism,” said Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement.

“BDS campaign pressure has forced retailers across Europe and North America to drop SodaStream, and the company’s share price has tumbled in recent months as our movement has caused increasing reputational damage to the SodaStream brand,” she added.

Oct 30 18:41

Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque compound

Israel announced reopening doors to Al-Aqsa mosque's compound on Thursday, after it had closed it following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner late Wednesday.

Israeli police shot and killed Muataz Hijazi, the Palestinian man suspected of shooting and trying to kill the Jewish activist, but the incident intensified clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli riot police.

Israel had said earlier that the closure of the site was temporary and was aimed at calming tempers after the shooting.

Oct 30 12:05

Malala Yousafzai donating $50,000 to rebuild war-damaged Gaza school

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai donating proceeds of World Children’s Prize to rebuild UN school in Gaza, agency says.

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Here's what a REAL Nobel Peace Prize Winner does.

Oct 30 11:14

US beginning to ‘disengage’ from Israel: Analyst

A combination of factors is pushing the United States to “disengage” from Israel, a regime that will not last a month without US support, says an analyst.

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Kind of like when an altar boy disengages from a priest, I guess!

Oct 30 10:08

COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF THE BDS MOVEMENT

Originally I was going to headline this post A SMALL STEP FOR MAN, A GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND …. AN EVEN GREATER LEAP FOR THE BDS MOVEMENT.

BUT

I must say that when we call for a boycott of companies situated in the Occupied West Bank we are calling for a boycott of the occupation itself. It is not our intention to put these companies out of business, just to get them out of lands that do not belong to them or Israel.

SO

In reality, the workers of SodaStream are victims of Collateral Damage in our ongoing war against the occupation. The workers of the plant involved, both Israeli and Palestinian have our sincerest wishes that they will soon find suitable employment elsewhere … they were certainly not our target.

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Oct 30 10:07

SPOOF ON SWEDEN’S RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE

Image created by our new Associate Artist, Gianluca Costantini.

Oct 30 10:02

Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state, Israel recalls ambassador

Sweden has recognized the occupied state of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden in protest.

The news follows an earlier hint by Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen in his Social Democrat manifesto, during his inaugural address in October, that this would happen. The idea was quickly met with criticism from the United States and Israel.

"Our decision comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have complicated a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters.

"By making our decision we want to bring a new dynamic to the stalled peace process."

Oct 30 08:30

Will US demand truth about Israeli killing of Palestinian-American child?

Thousands attended the 26 October funeral of Orwa Hammad, the 14-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank village of Silwad two days earlier.

Israeli occupation forces claimed Orwa had been about to throw a molotov cocktail, a justification frequently given for the killings of children.

Local residents told The New York Times that “Palestinians throwing stones clashed with Israeli soldiers in the village after Friday Prayer, but that Orwa was apparently killed hours later.”

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Oct 30 08:17

Remembering The 54th Anniversary Of The Israeli Massacre In Kafr Qasim

On the evening of October 29, 1956 Israeli troops shot and killed 49 unarmed Palestinian civilians in the village of Kafr Qasem, 20 km east of Tel Aviv near the green line.

Now the village has a population of 18,100 Palestinians, some of whom marched today alongside neighboring Arab villages to commemorate those killed 1956. People marched from the village center to the memorial site and placed candles for those killed; village leaders made speeches in commemoration.

Oct 30 08:16

Why Sweden recognized the Palestinian state

Sweden joins Malta and Cyprus, as the third European nation officially recognizing a Palestinian state. The British Parliament also voted to recognize the Palestinian state earlier this month, in a symbolic vote.

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Oct 29 10:57

ROLLING ALONG WITH THE OCCUPATION

The term apartheid does fit Israel

Oct 29 10:57

#SettlementExpansion ~~ SAYING THIS BUT MEANING THAT …

According to the Israeli watchdog group Who Profits, “In October 2010, in an official letter to Who Profits, Africa-Israel stated: ‘Neither the company nor any of its subsidiaries and/or other companies controlled by the company are presently involved in or has any plans for future involvement in development, construction or building of real estate in settlements in the West Bank.’ However, the company soon after received a 78 million shekel contract to construct the C-Jerusalem project in the settlement neighborhood of Gilo in East Jerusalem.”

Oct 29 10:30

SodaStream Closing West Bank Factory Targeted by Boycotts in ScarJo Split

SodaStream International Ltd. will close a factory in a West Bank settlement that had prompted calls by pro-Palestinian activists for consumers to boycott the Israeli company’s soda machines.

The plant in the industrial zone of Mishor Adumim will shut after the company opted to relocate its operations at that site and another in northern Israel by late 2015. The decision is “purely commercial” and forms part of a “global growth plan” being initiated by Lod, Israel-based SodaStream, spokeswoman Nirit Hurwitz said today by e-mail.

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"Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure. Purely commercial. That's right. It's just a commercial decision. Right."

Oct 29 10:17

GITMO # 2 ~~ TURNING GAZA INTO A SUPER-MAX PRISON

Roads, schools and the electricity plant to power water and sewerage systems are in ruins. The cold and wet of winter are approaching. Aid agency Oxfam warns that at the current rate of progress it may take 50 years to rebuild Gaza.

Where else in the world apart from the Palestinian territories would the international community stand by idly as so many people suffer – and not from a random act of God but willed by fellow humans?

Oct 29 08:34

U.N. council to meet on latest Israel-Palestine tensions

The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting this week on recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in East Jerusalem due to Israel's plans to build more settlements, council diplomats said on Tuesday.

The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, is being convened in response to a request made by Jordan to Argentina's U.N. Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, president of the 15-nation Security Council this month.

Oct 29 07:11

Palestine must recognize Jewish Israel for peace: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says no peace agreement will be achieved with the Palestinians unless they recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

"A peace treaty will be possible with the following formula: A demilitarized Palestinian state that will recognize Israel,” Netanyahu said in a speech at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset on Monday.

He also claimed that Israel has the right to declare Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

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These are all non-starters for Palestine, especially since Israel has no official borders and Palestine cannot know what they are agreeing to. However, Palestine (and many other nations in the Middle East have made it clear they are ready to recognize the state of Israel ... one second after it recognizes the state of Palestine.

Oct 28 10:04

A NEW ISRAELI PIN-UP CALENDAR TO DIE FOR ~~ LITERALLY

Just a couple of months after the Gaza war, Israel has found a new way “to show the world the beauty of Israel and its people” — via the power of a pin-up calendar featuring real IDF soldiers.

Or, as the creators of the MTKL Israeli Army Women Calendar like to call them, “the chosen amongst the chosen people.”

These chosen women, brought together by two former (male) soldiers who “scoured the ranks of the powerful Israeli army,” would like you to donate $25 to their Indiegogo campaign so that they can not only ship you this calendar, but also create a whole line of clothing and accessories that will blend “the best of military and street into must-have urban fashion.”

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I ... must ... not ... puke ... cannot ... afford ... to ... replace ... keyboard...

Oct 28 10:03

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER ~~ SO IS PALESTINE!

Africa Israel has come under a boycott since 2008 because of its operations beyond the Green Line. That same year, UNICEF announced it was cutting ties with Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, who had sponsored a portion of the UN organization’s activities, because of “his involvement in the building of settlements in the West Bank.”

Oct 28 09:43

Facts All US Citizens Need to Know About Israel and Palestine

Gaza (along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem) is occupied Palestinian territory under international law, determined by the vast majority of the world, as well as the highest court in the world, the UN’s International Court of Justice. Gaza cannot commit aggression against Israel, since Israel is in constant and continual commission of illegal aggression against Palestine by occupying it (illegally and sadistically blockading it and frequently committing terrorism against its civilians, including by targeting them with chemical weapons provided by US taxpayers – see “Rain of Fire” by Human Rights Watch). As documented by Amnesty Int’l, Human Rights Watch, and many others, Israel intentionally targets and murders civilians, including children, en masse.

Oct 28 09:42

Livni's Facebook reply to Naftali Bennett shows true face of Israeli 'moderates'

Livni's response was instructive. Posting on her Facebook account, Livni accused Bennett of opposing a peace agreement even at the potential "cost" of "the international isolation of Israel, economic collapse and ostracizing." She continued:

You know what, Bennett? I too believe in the historical right of the People of Israel over all of The Land of Israel, but unlike you I also believe in the right of young people and the future generations to live in a Jewish and democratic state, [a] secure [state], with recognized borders and [a state] being a part of the free world, a state which [they] can take pride in, and in Zionism which had established it.

Livni then added: "My interest is not to establish a state for the Palestinians, but to give our young ones this state and this future in The Land of Israel."

Oct 28 09:41

Israel increases pressure on nonviolent struggle's flagship village

If you take a look at the Wikipedia page on Bil’in, you’ll see that the last updates about the village’s struggle against the separation wall refer to 2012. B’Tselem’s page on Bil’in was last updated almost two years ago. One could easily be led to believe that the struggle is over. But Bil’in continues to demonstrate.

Perhaps updating Wikipedia and B’Tselem’s website isn’t necessary. The situation in Bil’in remains as it was. Veteran protesters even experience flashbacks to 2008, when the demonstrations took place near the old route of the wall. This is the same route that stole nearly half of the village’s agricultural land, and which the High Court later ordered be dismantled and moved west. This was before the new route was built and introduced in 2011 — the same one that steals only one third of the village’s land.

Oct 28 08:06

US Questions Netanyahu’s Commitment to Peace

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiling yet another massive settlement expansion in occupied East Jerusalem, US officials are openly expressing doubts about his commitment to the stalled peace process.

Oct 28 07:02

31 Palestinians homeless after Israel demolished their homes, near Hebron

Israeli army on Monday October 27th, accompanied with the so-called "civil administration" broke into the village of Um Al Kheyr South Hebron, with bulldozers and military jeeps, demolished six houses and a traditional oven (tabun), leaving 31 people homeless, including 12 children.

Oct 28 06:57

Canada criminalizes criticism of Israel: Analyst

The pro-Israel Canadian government is modifying the country’s criminal code to ban any criticism of the Zionist regime for atrocities against Palestinians, an analyst says.

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The fastest way to bring down a dictatorship is to force them to act like one where everyone can see it!

Oct 27 09:59

WHO SAID ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE?

New Guidelines Prevent Palestinian Workers From Riding Israeli Buses
Harassment of Jewish Women Passengers Cited as Reason

Oct 27 08:49

Netanyahu: Israel will not give into pressure - no concessions without security guarantees

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday the opening of the winter session of Knesset that no external or internal pressure would force him into making concessions that would put Israel's security at risk.

The prime minster charged that only Israel was under duress to give in at the negotiation table, adding that the Palestinians were making demands for statehood without giving guarantees for peace.

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It isn't Palestine that started all those wars, Bibi!

Oct 27 08:07

These guys dressed like ISIS are Israeli police grabbing Palestinian children to jail

Oct 27 08:03

Video: London activists occupy Airbus to protest Israel weapons deals

More than twenty activists occupied the London offices of Airbus on Friday to protest the aerospace company’s military cooperation with Israel.

“Staff were unable to arrive for work and senior executives agreed to meet the campaigners in a bid to end the occupation of the second floor office on the Strand,” says a statement from London Palestine Action. “The occupation lasted more than an hour, whilst others distributed leaflets and spoke to the public outside the offices.”

Oct 27 07:54

Palestine defies US, issues statehood ultimatum

Ramallah: Palestine’s chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years, even if it means ignoring pleas from the United States not to push ahead.

Expressing deep frustration and a degree of resignation that years of efforts to forge a two-state solution with the Israelis have made next to no progress, Saeb Erekat said there was no option other than to make a unilateral push for statehood.

Oct 27 07:51

PA to launch diplomatic push for Palestinian state

Oct 27 07:33

Jordan slams Israel illegal settlement expansion

Jordan’s ambassador to Israel has slammed Tel Aviv over its illegal settlement expansion on Palestinian territories, warning that the move threatens Amman’s peace treaty with the Israeli regime.

Oct 27 07:32

PM set to approve 2,000 housing units in West Bank — report

Netanyahu to present large-scale infrastructure projects to ministers this week, Channel 2 says; diplomatic source warns of international backlash

Oct 27 07:13

Netanyahu orders plans be advanced for 1,060 new East Jerusalem housing units

Order comes under pressure from settler movement and right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party; instruction is for planning only, not building; Palestinians: Housing plan is a 'dangerous step.'

Oct 27 07:12

Video: UNRWA’s Chris Gunness demolishes anti-Palestinian activist on Fox

This is a video of UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness absolutely demolishing anti-Palestinian activist David Bedein on Fox News.

Bedein claims that two incidents during Israel’s summer attack on Gaza in which weapons were found in closed and empty UNRWA schools proved that the UN agency for Palestine refugees was helping Hamas.

As Gunness notes, it was UNRWA itself that brought these unprecedented incidents to light and condemned them as a violation of UN “neutrality.”

Oct 26 11:17

NO JUSTIFICATION FOR TERROR ON THE STREETS OF JERUSLEM

It didn’t start last week when a crazed motorist rammed his car into people waiting for the light rail in Northern Jerusalem. It didn’t start when a three month old Israeli child was killed in that incident. It started over 60 years ago.

Our hearts go out to the family of the dead child, Chaya Zissel Braun, killed that day. Our hearts went out to the families of over 500 Palestinian children in Gaza murdered by Israeli troops. It went out to the families of scores of Palestinian children murdered in the Occupied West Bank either by crazed settlers or Israeli soldiers.

Oct 26 07:32

Israel's internment regime

Every so often some smug liberal will ask the annoying question, Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? Why do the Palestinians not try non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation? And so on, in monotonous fashion.

Those same smug liberals do not bother to inform themselves about the basic realities of Israel's West Bank imprisonment regime.

Palestinian activists, human rights defenders, journalists and academics are frequently picked up off the streets, out of their homes in the middle of the night, in front of their families – Israel's thug soldiers take them off to jail and intern them without trial, often in conditions of torture and isolation.

Military courts then rubber-stamp the actions of Israel's military and spy agencies.

Oct 25 10:06

Palestinian-American teen killed by IDF gunfire during West Bank protest

A Palestinian-American teenager was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, Friday afternoon, during clashes that erupted in a protest held there weekly.

According to the military, the boy, 14, was about to throw a firebomb towards Route 60; an IDF unit positioned nearby opened fire after he had lit the firebomb's fuse, and was preparing to hurl it. Palestinian officials denied these claims.

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Press TV reports that the IDF shot the boy following a traffic accident.

Oct 25 09:56

Clashes erupt in East Jerusalem

Police have clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem’s old quarter. It comes amid rising tensions in the Israeli-occupied eastern part of the city.

There was a heavy police presence for Friday prayers and access to the al-Aqsa mosque was limited to men over 40 and women of all ages, amid fears of further unrest.

The restrictions came 36 hours after an alleged attack by a Palestinian which killed an Israeli baby, and led to clashes in East Jerusalem.

Oct 25 09:44

TIME TO PUT PEPSICO AT THE TOP OF BOYCOTT LIST ‘ON A TEST BASIS’

SodaStream Will Sell Some of PepsiCo’s Brands On a Test Basis

Oct 24 09:27

SodaStream's stock leaps on report of PepsiCo pact

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Pepsi goes on the BDS list!

Oct 23 14:06

#BDS ~~ SPOOF ON GOODS THAT KILL

Oct 23 10:38

THE ANTI SEMITE WHO WASN’T

It has been widely reported that Leonard Petlakh was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack at a pre-season basketball game between the New York Nets and Tel Aviv’s Maccabi Electra.

The alleged attack has received extensive coverage and condemnation. However, new information has emerged that Petlakh may have been involved in a physical assault on a Palestinian-American woman shortly before he claims to have been victimized.

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Oct 23 10:37

EARLY LESSONS ISRAEL LEARNT FROM THE NAZIS

The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II scarred American history for years to come.

Now, a new research paper argues that Palestinians share a similar traumatic experience. Pointing to a barely discussed chapter in the history of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, the paper highlights a time when the fledgling Jewish state interned more than 6,000 Palestinian citizens without charge in camps across the country.

Oct 23 10:20

Tables turned — Israel on the run

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

Oct 23 08:48

Young Jews are fed up with censorship of critical voices

Over the weekend of October 11-13 over 300 young Jews, as well as some Palestinians, convened at Harvard for the inaugural conference of ‘Open Hillel’. Open Hillel is a movement of Jewish students on campuses across the United States to demand that Hillels (campus Jewish organizations) refrain from preventing critical discussion of Palestinian rights from happening amongst Jewish students and the rest of the campus community.

Oct 23 08:47

Netanyahu warned: Unfreeze settlement expansion or we'll destabalise coalition

Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, yesterday warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his party will destabalise the coalition government if the premier doesn't expedite settlement construction in the West Bank.

Oct 23 08:43

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea

Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1] (1 – 30 September 2014), including 18 shooting incidents that resulted in the injury of a fishermen while fishing.

Oct 23 08:41

Four Palestinian Fishermen Kidnapped In Gaza Waters

Israeli navy boats attacked, on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian fishing boat close to the Gaza shore in the Sudaniyya area, north of Gaza City.

Oct 23 08:10

Republicans threaten showdown over UN funding in Gaza

In a letter to Kerry, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said they were “dumbfounded” by the State Department pledge announced Oct. 12 as part of the Cairo donor conference to rebuild Gaza. The United States is UNRWA’s largest bilateral donor.

“This blind support sends the wrong message to an institution that has already become far too dependent on the largesse of the American taxpayer and repeatedly failed to ensure that its facilities and resources are not used by terrorists who wish to sow chaos and instability rather than aid the Palestinian people,” they wrote.

Oct 22 09:52

Nine wounded in suspected Jerusalem terror attack

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

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

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

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Oct 22 08:43

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

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

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

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

Oct 22 08:10

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

Oct 22 08:04

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

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

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

Oct 22 07:34

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

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

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

Oct 22 07:33

L.A. Hotel to Host Anti-Israel Confab

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

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

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

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

Oct 22 07:32

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

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

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

Oct 22 07:30

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

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

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

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

Oct 22 07:08

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

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

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

Oct 22 07:05

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

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

Oct 21 08:25

Truth and Fiction in Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

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

Oct 21 07:49

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

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

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

Oct 21 07:48

Israel excluded from war games in Italy following protests

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

Oct 21 07:48

Settlers cheer as Israeli soldiers attack disabled Palestinian child

Oct 21 07:47

Palestine shines in global literature prizes

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

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

Oct 21 07:46

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

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

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

Oct 20 09:07

REMEMBERING CHE AND VITTORIO, MARTYRS EXTRAORDINAIRE

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

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

Oct 20 09:06

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

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

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

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

Oct 20 08:40

UNCANNY PARALLELS IN CHARACTER

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

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

Oct 20 07:50

Macy’s stops stocking SodaStream made by Israeli Settlements

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

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

Oct 20 07:30

Israeli soldiers worse than ISIL terrorists: Israeli MP

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

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

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

Oct 20 07:28

Richie Allen Speaks with Gilad Atzmon about the last Gaza Conflict

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

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

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Oct 20 07:09

East Jerusalem construction to continue: Netanyahu

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

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

Oct 19 09:33

DID ELIE WEISEL LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE HOLOCAUST?

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

Oct 18 09:36

BENEFITS OF BEING A PALESTINIAN IN JERUSALEM

Young Palestinian ‘beaten by Jewish mob’ in Jerusalem hotel

Oct 18 09:32

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

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

Oct 18 09:31

Welsh council embargoes Israel over Gaza "savageness"

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

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

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

Oct 18 09:16

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

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

Oct 18 08:06

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

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

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

Oct 18 07:03

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

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

Oct 17 13:01

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

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

Oct 17 08:01

EBOLA Vs ZIONISM

Appears in today’s Jerusalem Post

Oct 17 08:01

JEWISH RECOMMITMENT AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA

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

Oct 17 06:39

Teenage boy shot dead by Israeli troops in West Bank

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

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

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

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

Oct 17 06:33

Jewish lawmaker slams UK gov't over Palestine vote

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

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

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

Oct 17 06:30

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

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

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

Oct 16 12:05

THE ART OF THE GAZA WAR

PHOTOS: How To Turn a Gaza War Into Art

Oct 16 07:57

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

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

Oct 15 06:31

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

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

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

Oct 14 12:25

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

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

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

Oct 14 09:55

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 09:13

EU TO WAGE DIPLOMATIC WAR AGAINST ISRAEL

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

Oct 14 09:12

NO PEACE WITH PALESTINE IF THERE IS A PALESTINE

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

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

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

Oct 14 08:17

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

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

Oct 14 07:28

Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in Nablus

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

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

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

Oct 14 07:13

Palestinian Christians denounce priest for claiming Israel grants them freedom

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 07:13

Israel condemns UK parliament's Palestine recognition vote

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

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

Oct 14 07:09

Tear gas and stun grenades used against schoolchildren

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

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

Oct 13 14:19

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

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

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Oct 13 09:35

THE CIA AND MOSSAD COMBINE FORCES TO ‘FIGHT’ TERRORISM

Ever hear of MEMRI? (Middle East Research Institute)

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

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

Consider me one of those ‘critics’!

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Me too.

Oct 13 09:33

IN PHOTOS ~~ THE WORLD STANDS WITH PALESTINE IN HARLEM

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

Oct 13 07:19

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

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

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

Oct 13 07:05

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

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

Oct 13 07:00

Donors pledge $5.4 billion in Gaza aid, Norway says

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

Oct 12 08:07

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 12 07:48

'Israel should help rebuild Gaza'

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

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

Oct 12 07:08

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

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

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

Oct 11 07:19

Israel, Here Comes The End

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

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

Oct 11 06:58

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

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

Oct 10 07:58

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

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

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

Oct 10 07:58

SELF INFLICTED ANTI SEMITISM

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

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

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Read this all the way to the bottom!

Oct 10 06:59

Jews in US slam restaurant featuring Palestinian food

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

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The whiners are back!

Oct 10 06:38

EU bans dairy products from Israeli settlements

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

Oct 10 06:29

Palestinian Christian Leaders: Europe Must Recognize the State of Palestine

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

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

Oct 09 10:50

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

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

Oct 09 09:44

Netanyahu orders clampdown on Jerusalem unrest

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

Oct 09 09:44

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

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

Oct 09 06:04

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

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

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

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

Oct 08 10:55

Settlers Burn Orchards Near Bethlehem

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

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

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

Oct 08 10:35

The Kosher ‘Philosopher’

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

Oct 08 09:55

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

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

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

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

Oct 08 07:58

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

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

Oct 08 06:37

The Titanic of the occupation — SodaStream (Update)

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

Unofficially, it’s the boycott.

Oct 07 09:22

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

WHOA ___________________________

That didn’t happen at all ….

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Here’s what did ….

Obviously, Israeli lives are worth more than Palestinian ones …

Oct 07 08:26

Sweden, Palestine and the United States

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

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

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

Oct 07 07:33

SodaStream Warns of Weak Demand, Sales

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

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

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BDS is working! Keep it up!

Oct 07 06:52

British Parliament To Vote on Recognizing State of Palestine

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

Oct 06 12:50

Cancer, New Gift of Israeli War on Gazans

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

Oct 06 11:29

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

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

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

Oct 06 09:42

Netanyahu slams Swedish counterpart over Palestine initiative

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

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Oct 06 08:53

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

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

Oct 05 10:36

A RABBINICAL LAMENTATION OF THE SEASON FOR THE PEOPLE OF GAZA

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

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

Oct 05 06:34

The U.S. Dares to Criticize Israel

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

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

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

Oct 04 11:26

IMAGING APARTHEID IN GAZA

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

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