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Aug 04 10:33

Jewish settlers destroy crops after arson attack on house fails

Jewish settlers set fire to dozens of olive trees, fields and agricultural land belonging to Palestinians on Sunday, after their arson attack failed to destroy a local house. The attack took place in the village of El-Mughier, east of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses told Quds Press that a group of Jewish settlers came from one of the Israeli settlements near the village and tried to burn a house down. They fled when they were spotted by villagers.

"While they were being chased by the villagers," the witnesses added, "the Israeli occupation forces arrived and began to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to secure the settlers' withdrawal."

The same sources said that the settlers took advantage of the clashes that broke out between local youths and the occupation forces and burned dozens of olive trees in Al-Rufid, part of the land belonging to Al-Mughier. "More than 50 olive trees were burnt down."

Aug 04 10:15

WHAT TOUCHES THE WORLD MORE? A LION OR A PALESTINIAN BABY??

Aug 04 08:24

Calls For Boycott Over G4S Profiteering From Israeli Apartheid

G4S, the controversial British-Danish private security firm, has come under fire for its long-term contracts with the Israeli government, which allows the company to profiteer from the Israeli apartheid, occupation and imprisonment of Palestinian political prisoners.

Aug 03 12:44

"Israel has not changed for the worse, it’s always been bad”

Alan Hart explains why only external pressure – as opposed to reason – can bring about a change in Israeli attitudes and policy, and pave the way for a just peace with the Palestinians.

Aug 03 10:52

Michael Savage - Nationalism for Me (Israel), Not for Thee (US)

Savage (aka Weiner) is a nationalist for Israel, who is an utter hypocrite.

Aug 03 09:27

DAILY SPOOF ~~ ISRAEL’S DOUBLE EDGED EVIL

Aug 03 09:02

Gaza poverty at 38.8% due to blockade

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has revealed that the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip over the past eight years has pushed up poverty in the coastal enclave to new highs.

The PCHR has said in a report that Gaza’s poverty rate for the first half of this year has now reached 38.8 percent.

Aug 03 08:10

FLASHPOINT: Palestinian Youths Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

As 21WIRE reported last week, Israel’s IDF just happened to stage a massive “drill” just before Jewish settlers carried out a savage arson attack which burned a Palestinian child alive. Other Palestinian youths were also shot and killed in Gaza and the West Bank. Now hostilities have spread to the frontline – at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Could this be a provocateur action by Israel’s hard right to stir up the native Palestinians – as a pretext for another brutal IDF ‘human cull’ like we witnessed last summer? As protests continue, the peace process remains dead – a tragic situation, yet, one which seems to suit Tel Aviv at present as it continues to expand its illicit (and illegal), ill-gotten real estate holdings.

Aug 03 00:54

Power in the service of Power

It’s been a bad month for the angst-ridden US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. Last week, she was “outraged” by Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council of an international criminal court into the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Aug 02 22:10

Corbyn: the antidote to the Blairite ‘virus’ and Zionist snake-bite

Towards a more sensible foreign policy…

Many certainly can see Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister - a very different and totally new style of PM. He's astute and has a track record of honesty and openness, laced with a burning sense of justice.

Some polls are showing Jeremy Corbyn forging ahead in the Labour Party leadership race by as much as 20 points. The political Establishment is shaken and quite definitely stirred.

Aug 02 15:17

How Israel protects its settlers who burn Palestinian children alive

Before dawn on Friday morning, Ali Dawabsha, an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler, was burned to death in an arson attack on two homes in the village of Duma in the northern occupied West Bank.

The murder of Ali Dawabsha is not the first time Israeli settlers have burned Palestinians alive.

Aug 02 15:11

Video: Why is Obama freeing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard now?

Why is Pollard being treated so much more leniently than the Holy Land Five, Palestinian Americans sentenced to 65-year terms for raising humanitarian funds to help people in their homeland?

Aug 02 15:08

Corbyn: the antidote to the Blairite ‘virus’ and Zionist snake-bite

Jeremy Corbyna is man to look up to and identify with…. and a man who is not tempted by the Israeli shekel. If any of his opponents lands the leadership Labour will remain under the yoke of Zionist ambitions and enslave by the gangster regime in Tel Aviv. They’ll be looking for any excuse to gang up in death-dealing raids into countries the US and Israel don’t like. And they’ll continue to provide a safe haven to Israel’s war criminals.

Aug 02 15:04

Middle East chaos: Cock-up or conspiracy?

“US policy being made up by crackpot realists…. American folly and incompetence that is in the dock…. Western policy has been a disgrace, and Britain’s contribution to it should be a matter of national shame….”

Aug 02 11:17

Autopsy: Al Khaldi Shot From Behind

Palestinian Minister of Justice Counsel Saleem Saqa, announced on Saturday that the results of postmortem report on Palestinian teenager Laith al-Khaldi, fatally shot by Israeli Occupation Forces during clashes near Ramallah, confirm that he was shot from behind.

Aug 02 10:56

Hollow Israeli Sorrow Over Palestinian Baby Immolation by Jewish Settlers

Israeli officials throughout its history consistently showed contempt for Palestinian rights – from Ben-Gurion to Allon to Meir to Begin to Rabin to Peres to Sharon to Netanyahu and others, an array of rogue leaders, not a democrat in the bunch.

Aug 02 09:51

Two Rockets Fired From Gaza Toward Israel

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Saturday night. According to Israel Defense Forces officials, the two projectiles evidently exploded near northern Gaza border.

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And JUST when Netanyahu needed to distract the world from the burned-alive 18 month old baby and the stabbed gays!

Aug 02 09:39

Norman Finkelstein denounces Amnesty's whitewash on Gaza

Finkelstein writes:

In its introduction to Families under the Rubble, Amnesty exhorts Israel to “learn the lessons of this and previous conflicts and change its military doctrine and tactics for fighting in densely populated areas such as Gaza so as to ensure strict compliance with international humanitarian law.” But Israel has already learnt the lessons of fighting in Gaza, its military doctrine has incorporated these lessons, and the IDF brilliantly executed them. It requires exceptional mental discipline not to notice that ensuring “strict compliance with international law” has not been an Israeli concern, let alone a priority. Indeed, the whole point of OPE was to leave “families under the rubble.”

Aug 02 09:32

‘Terror must be dealt with’: Thousands protest spike of violence in Israel

Massive rallies were held across Israel, with thousands of demonstrators gathering to speak up against “incitement and violence,” or what some called “Jewish terror,” following brutal attacks by radicals against Palestinians and homosexuals.

Aug 02 09:31

NETUREI KARTA of THE ORTHODOX JEWRY AL-QUDS, PALESTINE Condemnation of the cruel Zionist Brutal Murders (PDF)

We Palestinian Jews are participating in the grief and deep sorrow of the Dawabsha family, of the shocking murder in cold blood by Zionist murders their beloved baby Ali saad, may he rest in peace. We are sending our deep consolations in the name of the Jewish nation to the
mourning family. We strongly condemn the cruel and shocking murder that was committed, a thing that is strongly against the Jewish religion, which is one of the Ten Commandments is: "thou shalt not kill".

Aug 02 09:23

WHY IS THE NEW WAVE OF JEWISH TERRORISM DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHERS?

Israel was stunned last week by a pair of violent attacks, both apparently perpetrated by Jewish extremists, just hours apart, that seemed to suggest a country teetering on a precipice, threatened with a wave of Jewish religious violence.

Aug 02 09:22

TIME TO INVOKE THE DEATH PENALTY IN ISRAEL

In Israel, capital punishment is allowed only during and only for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, crimes against the Jewish people, treason, and certain crimes under military law during wartime. The current Arab-Israel conflict is considered a war, and the committing of any of the crimes can result in the death penalty. Israel inherited the British Mandate of Palestine code of law, which included the death penalty for several offenses, but in 1954, Israel abolished the penalty for murder. (FROM)

BUT ...

When an 18 month old is brutally burnt to death by rampaging settlers in the Occupied West Bank, is there any other punishment that fits the crime?

Aug 01 15:03

Jeremy Corbyn: the antidote to the Blairite “virus” and Zionist snake-bite

Stuart Littlewood contrasts Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn’s honesty, openness and burning sense of justice with his contenders’ – Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall – promise to be loyal servants of Israel.

Aug 01 10:45

PressTV interview Palestinian baby burned


It was on live on presstv I recorded the audio

Aug 01 10:23

What has been going on in occupied Palestine in many ways is crime against humanity

Israeli soldiers have killed a 17-year-old Palestinian boy on the Gaza border. The incident happened when a group of youngsters approached the border fence and started throwing stones at soldiers who responded with live fire. The teenager’s death follows an arson attack in the West Bank in which a Palestinian toddler was burned alive. A huge crowd gathered on Friday night to mourn the boy’s death.

Jul 31 18:42

Erodogan and Netanyahu Declare War

Both brutal leaders have no regard for the sovereignty of neighboring states, let alone the security of their civilian populations. Both depend on the military support of the US. Both are in the process of igniting wider and more destructive wars in the Middle East. Netanyahu and Erodo?an want to reconfigure the Middle East

Jul 31 15:38

Erodogan and Netanyahu Declare War

The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington. The purpose of this two-pronged propaganda blitz is to defeat the recently signed US-Iranian agreement and start another major Middle East war.

At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister Erodogan has launched a major war against the Kurdish people and their aspirations for a Kurdish state. T

Jul 31 11:57

Hollow Israeli Sorrow Over Palestinian Baby Immolated by Settlers

Israeli officials throughout its history consistently showed contempt for Palestinian rights - from Ben-Gurion to Allon to Meir to Begin to Rabin to Peres to Sharon to Netanyahu and others, an array of rogue leaders, not a democrat in the bunch.

Jul 31 06:46

Israelis burn 18-months-old Palestinian baby

A house fire in the occupied West Bank suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured a four-year-old brother and both parents on Friday, Israeli security officials said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the "Price Tag" slogan used in the past by extremist Israelis was daubed on the walls of the family home that had been torched in a village near the West Bank city of Nablus.

"This is a suspected attack with nationalist motives," Samri said. It was the worst attack by Israeli extremists since a Palestinian teen was torched to death a year ago.

Jul 31 06:35

Ashrawi Says Israel Now "Completely Out of Control"

“Israel is deliberately and willfully defying international consensus to create ‘Greater Israel’ on historical Palestine. With its rapid, intensive and overwhelming violations, Israel has gone completely out of control, and it is quantitatively making it impossible for the international community to pursue these violations systematically.”

Jul 30 22:37

Palestinian Baby Burned to Death After Settlers Set Fire to Home

A one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian baby was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously wounded late Thursday night after a house was set on fire in the village of Douma, near Nablus. According to reports, settlers were those who set the house on fire after targeting it with firebombs and graffiti. The Israeli military called the attack "Jewish terror."

According to Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, several settlers threw firebombs into the house and spraypainted graffiti reading "revenge" and "long live the Messiah" before fleeing. Witnesses say the whole house caught fire soon after.

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God's chosen...

Jul 30 14:38

Israel moves to legalize Gitmo-style force-feeding of hunger strikers

The Israeli parliament has passed a bill that allows the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who resort to hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention without charge. The national medical association said the procedure amounts to torture.

The 120-seat Knesset approved the controversial bill, with 46 legislators in favor and 40 against it. Called “Law to prevent harm caused by hunger strikes,” it describes a procedure that would allow prison staff to use rubber tubes to deliver nutrition to protesting detainees against their will.

Jul 30 12:49

Israel Declares War on Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Israel’s hardline Knesset approved legislation authorizing force-feeding Palestinian hunger strikers for justice.

Racist Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said "(a)longside attempts to boycott and delegitimize Israel, hunger strikes of terrorists in prisons have become a means to threaten Israel."

Cabinet members approved the practice weeks earlier. It’s torture by other means. It causes extreme pain and suffering. A previous article described the procedure as follows:

Jul 30 05:29

Israel accused of killing 75 children during day of 'carnage' and war crimes in Gaza war

Using interviews, video footage, photographs and other evidence the researchers pieced together a timeline of events concluding that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) “Hannibal Directive” had been enacted.

The controversial military procedure could be the subject of criminal investigation in Israel, where officials admitted it was enacted on the day of Lt Goldin’s disappearance.

Under the directive, Israeli forces can respond to the capture of a soldier with intense firepower which some analysts have claimed aim to kill the soldier rather than let them fall alive into enemy hands.

Mr Luther said the goal was to “foil Lt Goldin’s capture at any cost…seeing entire districts of Rafah, including heavily populated residential areas, bombarded without distinction between civilians and military targets”.

Jul 29 21:52

Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes during Rafah 'carnage'

In what the global human rights NGO has described as a "cutting edge investigation", the Israeli army was found to have conducted "disproportionate, or otherwise indiscriminate, attacks which killed scores of civilians in their homes, on the streets and in vehicles and injured many more."

Jul 28 15:56

These rabbis prove criticism of Israel’s campaign of terror is NOT anti-semitic

A group of 30 rabbis has criticized the “unjust” demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank in a letter to Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK.

The British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights spoke out against the impending destruction of a small Palestinian community in Susiya in the West Bank, which would leave 450 residents homeless.

Jul 28 10:54

WHY BDS IS JUST AND IS A MUST

he Palestinians are poor. They are powerless. They have no voice or influence in the halls of power. They are demonized. They do not have well-heeled lobbyists doling out campaign contributions and pushing through pro-Palestinian legislation. No presidential candidate is appealing to donors—as Hillary Clinton did when she sent a letter to media mogul Haim Saban denouncing critics of Israel—by promising to advance the interests of the Palestinian people. Palestinians, like poor people of color in the United States, are expendable.

Jul 28 09:05

Israeli military calls up reserves for surprise drill

The Israel Defense Force began a surprise three-day drill to test its readiness Monday, with thousands of reservists ordered to local bases.

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Drill? Or is Israel getting ready to launch a major offensive?

Jul 28 08:57

Israeli Soldiers Shot Hundreds of Palestinian Children with Live Ammunition: The Devastating Impact of Life After an Injury

“Before I was shot I did not bother anyone or get angry with anybody,” says Basel Kamal Safi from Deir Ammar refugee camp, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

He was just 17 when an Israeli soldier shot him with live ammunition.

“Now I get angry because of the pain, especially when someone accidentally touches my injury,” he says in the short video below.

It is one of two videos published recently by Defense for Children International–Palestine (DCI-Palestine), highlighting the experiences of children shot by Israeli occupation forces with live ammunition.

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Here is a flashback from 2008, in which Israeli soldiers arrested, handcuffed, and blindfolded a Palestinian, and then shot him! (:25 in the video)

Jul 28 08:54

Israel Sees Nazism in Mirror it Mistakes for Window

Israel is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence.

Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee declares that making peace with Iran amounts to marching Israelis “to the door of the oven.”

Guess which of the two stories will get more coverage!

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But when Nazi Germany expelled villages for not being "Aryan", that was a BAD thing!

Jul 28 08:28

Milk firm may be flouting EU rules on trade with Israel’s settlements

An Israeli milk company may be sidestepping EU restrictions on dairy imports from Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.

New research demonstrates that Tnuva, a leading Israeli food firm, is processing milk from settlements that violate international law.

Who Profits?, a group monitoring the occupation, has filmed trucks collecting milk from the West Bank and bringing it to a Tnuva factory in Rehovot, a city inside present-day Israel.

As Tnuva exports to the EU, the evidence raises questions about whether it is breaching the Union’s rules.

Jul 28 08:28

NBA players on anti-BDS propaganda tour to Israel

In an interview with The Electronic Intifada today, Zirin said that the point of the basketball players’ tour “is very explicit” – to fight the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

The tour was organized in part by Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi, who has started a foundation intended not to bolster youth programs in the US, as other athletes might do, but rather to fight BDS and promote Israel’s image.

Anti-Palestinian extremist and major Republican Party bankroller Sheldon Adelson flew the group out on his private jumbo jet.

Jul 28 08:27

Christian community to be divided by new section of Israel’s wall

The Israeli high court ruled this month that the military can begin construction on a segment of Israel’s wall in the West Bank that will divide land belonging to the town of Beit Jala.

The news shocked residents who believed that a high court ruling in April this year blocked construction in that area while the army was ordered to find a less disruptive route.

If built as originally planned, the wall would have cut off the Cremisan Salesian monastery and convent from the rest of the Beit Jala community.

With this latest ruling, construction will proceed with only minor changes — still dividing the land while carving out a small enclave to keep the religious sites accessible.

Jul 27 09:43

Israeli Attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque, 10 Wounded

At least 10 Palestinian worshipers on Sunday morning were injured during clashes with Israeli police private units, after they broke into and severely assaulted Al-Aqsa mosque. The clashes are still ongoing.

Private units in the morning broke into the mosque, vandalized it, threw rubber-coated metal bullets on the worshipers and assaulted some youths. In addition, more than 250 settlers have broke into the mosque from Al Magharba gate.

4 Israeli border guards were injured in the clashes. Two of them were moved to hospital for treatment, and had light injuries.

Jul 27 09:16

VIDEO: ISRAELI POLICE STORM JERUSALEM'S AL-AQSA MOSQUE

Palestinians and Israelis have clashed in Jerusalem after hundreds of Jews tried to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Jul 26 12:59

World Jewry feels increasingly endangered, embarrassed by Israel, study finds

Jews around the world, especially younger ones, feel increasingly embarrassed and endangered by Israel and its actions, especially after last summer’s massacre in Gaza.

Jul 26 09:50

Netanyahu: We'll Continue to Build in All of Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote about Tisha B'Av on his Facebook profile today (Saturday), saying emphasizing that Jerusalem will remain united and part of Israel.

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United Nations Resolution 127: " . . . 'recommends' Israel suspends it's 'no-man's zone' in Jerusalem". *

United Nations Resolution 162: " . . . 'urges' Israel to comply with UN decisions". *

United Nations Resolution 237: " . . . 'urges' Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees".

United Nations Resolution 250: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem". *

United Nations Resolution 251: " . . . 'deeply deplores' Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250". *

United Nations Resolution 252: " . . . 'declares invalid' Israel's acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital". *

United Nations Resolution 267: " . . . 'censures' Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem". *

United Nations Resolution 271: " . . . 'condemns' Israel's failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem". *

United Nations Resolution 298: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's changing of the status of Jerusalem". *

United Nations Resolution 446: " . . . 'determines' that Israeli settlements are a 'serious obstruction' to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention". *

United Nations Resolution 452: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories". *

United Nations Resolution 465: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel's settlements program". *

United Nations Resolution 471: " . . . 'expresses deep concern' at Israel's failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention". *

United Nations Resolution 476: " . . . 'reiterates' that Israel's claim to Jerusalem are 'null and void'". *

United Nations Resolution 478: " . . . 'censures (Israel) in the strongest terms' for its claim to Jerusalem in its 'Basic Law'". *

United Nations Resolution 607: " . . . 'calls' on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention. *

United Nations Resolution 608: " . . . 'deeply regrets' that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians". *

United Nations Resolution 672: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. *

Jul 26 08:24

It’s time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped

As a long-time activist for Palestinian rights and an anti-Zionist, I should have been pleased to read that American Jews increasingly question their knee-jerk support for Israel. But instead, I felt a familiar frustration. Jewish American support for Israel has always been vital for Israel and not just for economic reasons. Among other things, Jewish American money and corporate support have been fundamental to Israel’s creation and to its infrastructure, and they enabled the development of Israel’s thriving hi-tech sector. But Israel also relies on Jewish American support for its feelings of legitimacy. As long as American Jews support Israel ‘right or wrong’, Israel feels justified in its existence and in everything it does.

Jul 25 14:00

Sheldon’s Stooges

Adelson has bought Netanyahu for one single purpose: to place a stooge of his in the White House. It is an aim that any other multi-billionaire cannot even dream of.

Jul 25 11:53

The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

British government under Cameron's watch has been an active and willing partner in the Machiavellian strategy of divide and rule in the Middle East spearheaded by the US and Israel.

Obama picked up where Bush left off, flooding Syrian and Libyan insurgent groups with untold largesse and arms, using the corrupted Arab Gulf kingdoms as conduits for weapons transfers for the sake of plausible deniability.

ISIS themselves have mostly eschewed hostility towards Israel, posting an official statement on social media in July 2014 saying that they’re more interested in fighting “Muslim infidels” than the Zionist state.[6]

Israeli officials have expressed similar sentiments, with Israel’s former envoy to the US,Michael Oren, stating in a September 2013 interview that Tel Aviv “prefers” ISIS and al-Qaeda over the “bad guys backed by Iran,” namely Syria’s Assad and Hezbollah.

Jul 25 08:10

Fatah official assassinated in Ain al-Hilweh

A Fatah official in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh was assassinated Saturday by unidentified gunmen, a security source told The Daily Star

Jul 25 08:10

'Palestinian resistance will end when the Israeli occupation ends'

The Deputy Chairman of Hamas has said that the Palestinian resistance in the occupied West Bank is the legitimate exercise of the people's right to confront the Israeli occupation in all its forms. It will not end, insisted Moussa Abu Marzouk, until the occupation ends.

Jul 25 08:05

Israeli Defense Industry Battle Tested and Ready to Cash in Big Time on Gaza War

Even if the 2015 defense budget is not dramatically increased, billions will still flow into IDF headquarters to cover the cost of this summer’s fighting in the Gaza Strip. It is reasonable to assume that the defense establishment will wield a bulging wallet, and will not return from its procurement visits to the defense industries with an empty shopping basket. Its shopping list is lengthening in direct proportion to the prolonging of the fighting in the south.

Jul 25 08:04

On Iran Congress Risks Alienating Europe

Members of Congress opposing the Iranian nuclear deal don’t seem to care that it’s a multilateral agreement their longest-serving European allies support. Europeans are far from impressed that the US legislature has taken hostage the diplomatic roadmap on the nuclear file that they played a critical role in negotiating. GOP Republicans have clearly attempted to shift the debate from a vote on the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) announced last week to one on the US presidential legacy and US-Iran relations. If Congress derails the JCPOA before it’s even had a chance to be implemented, it will likely have troubling ramifications for US relations with a long-term ally, Europe, particularly on future sanctions.

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"To hell with Europe; we have to please Israel, first, foremost, and always!!!!!" -- Every member of congress who is a whore for Israel.

Jul 25 07:55

New Illinois law does not make BDS illegal

Though it says the Illinois law is “troubling,” Palestine Legal points out, importantly, that it does not make Israel boycott activism, advocacy or engagement illegal.

Rahul Saksena, staff attorney with Palestine Legal, told The Electronic Intifada today that “boycotting Israel is a constitutionally protected right that cannot be taken away by state law.”

“While we should oppose any government action against BDS [the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement], we want to emphasize that the new Illinois law does not prohibit anyone, including students, from boycotting Israel or advocating for BDS,” Saksena said.

The US Campaign’s Ruebner had also pointed out regarding the federal law that “nothing in any congressional anti-BDS initiative does or could restrict our First Amendment-protected right to engage in BDS speech and advocacy.”

Jul 24 18:05

The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

David Cameron himself inadvertently identified whom some of these wealthy string-pullers are: Jewish Zionists committed to overturning every regime in the Middle East that is not yet subordinated to Tel Aviv.,/STRONG>

Jul 24 14:47

Israel, where a Las Vegas casino mogul’s stooge is God

Uri Avnery reflects on the pathetic state of Israeli politics, where the utterances of Binyamin Netanyahu, the stooge of an American casino mogul, go unchallenged as if they were the words of God.

Jul 24 10:41

Hundreds Protest the Destruction of Susiya village

The decision to demolish the homes of Susiya villagers aims at forcing the residents out of the area to expand the settlement of Susiya originally built on land taken from the local villagers. From the Israeli side the Combatants for Peace movement, CFP, helped in organizing the protest. More than 450 members of CFP took part in the march today.

Also members of the popular struggle committees, Palestinian MP Mustafa Al Barghouthi, and a group of Palestinians from Galilee and Jaffa joined protest today.
The protesters marched near the homes Israel wants to demolish chanting against the Israeli occupation and held signs demanding the halt of home demolishing policy by Israeli targeting Palestinian villagers.

“ we have no water and no electricity, they refuse to allow use to live on our own lands, meanwhile inside the settlements they have all what they need.” Abu Mahmoud, from Susiya, told the crowed.” We thank all who joined us today.”

Jul 24 09:46

US Condemns Israel’s Plan to Demolish West Bank Village – Just Lip Service?

After Israel's high court orders demolition of homes in West Bank village of Khirbet Susiya, Gaza Unsilenced Co-Editor Refaat Alareer says this reflects a move away from a two-state solution.

Jul 23 11:29

Israeli Defense Ministry Announces 906 New Settlement Units

The Israeli Defense Ministry has set up a Thursday announcement for the approval of construction of another 906 settlement units throughout the occupied West Bank, including 296 units in Beit El, on the outskirts of the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah.

Jul 23 10:23

IS FACEBOOK ABOUT TO RECOGNISE PALESTINE?

Facebook not only considers Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but also parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, as outside of Israel, according to exposé published Sunday.

The social network updated its advertising system recently allowing editors of popular pages the chance to gear their posts toward a specific geographical location.

However, a great deal of the State of Israel is not considered within Israel’s borders, according to Channel 2.

Areas within the desired country are usually shown ‘highlighted’, whereas areas outside that country’s borders are greyed out, they explained.

Jul 23 09:45

Aid in Gaza: We don’t have the words to deal with this level of suffering

A humanitarian worker speaks about the emotional impact of going to Gaza one year after the last conflict started

Jul 22 14:15

Israel’s endless misery for Gaza is no policy at all

Jonathan Cook argues that, in its quest to dominate the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip, Israel is pursuing an increasingly convoluted, confused and contradictory policy which is finally showing signs of backfiring.

Jul 22 12:47

The Fine or the Crude Art of Window Dressing – Hypocrisy at its Best

It is simply tit for tat and it is part of the window dressing routine that both sides have to engage in for a long while.

In the meantime, again we are being told by the Administration officials and the mass media that Iran continues to be the world’s biggest supporter of terrorism and is busy destabilizing the region by backing the Assad regime in Syria, the Shi’a militia in Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen.

An exchange between US Ambassador to the UN and her Iranian counterpart is another example of the post-nuclear-agreement Cold War between the United States and the Islamic Republic:

The Iranian administration, reading and hearing the foregoing rhetoric on a daily basis, is certainly not going to take all the allegations and insults without reacting in kind. Both sides must remain actively engaged in window dressing and face saving charade for some time.

Jul 22 10:07

Brothers gets jail time for Jewish-Arab school arson in Jerusalem

Two Jewish brothers were sentenced to 2 and 2.5 years in prison at a Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday for vandalizing and setting a classroom on fire at the nation’s largest integrated school last year.

Jul 22 05:25

Free Palestine Movement Resigned from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Please be advised that the Free Palestine Movement resigns from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, effective immediately.

We resign because of the disgraceful, disrespectful and unjust treatment of Alison Weir and her organization, If Americans Knew, in the procedures to expel her from the Campaign on the spurious grounds of insufficient avoidance of anti-Semitic persons and institutions.

Jul 21 20:20

Israel approves 20 year prison terms for stone throwers

"Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, is a member of the ultra-Zionist and religious Jewish Home party."

Recently Israel‘s military cleared itself of any wrong doing in the thousands of Palestinian civilians deaths over the years including the slaughter of 4 Palestinian children playing soccer on the beach last year by Israeli forces.

Jul 21 13:38

International Nuclear Hypocrisy

Iran vs Israel: NPT non-signatory nuclear armed Israel is the global threat. Shouldn’t the world impose on Israel harsher financial and economic sanctions, boycott and political seclusion than they had imposed on the NPT signatory peaceful nuclear Iran???

Jul 21 12:19

Free Palestine Movement Resigned from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Congratulation to the Free Palestine Movement for making the step. We are moving rapidly towards a partitioned solidarity movement. The separation wall between the Anti Zionist Zionists AKA AZZ and the rest of us is impossible to deny.

Jul 21 10:30

Israel names boycott drive as threat equal to militant groups, Iran nuclear program

Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.

Long confined to the sidelines, the so-called BDS movement appears to be gaining momentum — so much so that Israel has identified it as a strategic threat on a par with Palestinian militant groups and the Iranian nuclear program.

Jul 21 10:16

CHE GUEVARA IN GAZA ~~ THE HIDDEN HISTORY

Che Guevara’s visit to Gaza in 1959 was the first sign of transforming the Zionist colonization of Palestine from a regional conflict to a global struggle against colonialism.

The trigger was the Bandung conference in 1955 and the resulting Non-Aligned Movement, whose members has just recently shaken the yoke of foreign domination. The stature of Nasser, as a world leader in the struggle against Imperialism and colonialism, brought world leaders to see for themselves the devastating results of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, clearly demonstrated in Gaza refugee camps.

Gaza Strip became the symbol of Palestine. This tiny sliver of land (1.3% of Palestine) remained the only place raising the flag of Palestine. It carried a major part of al Nakba burden when it became the temporary shelter for the inhabitant of 247 villages, expelled from their homes in southern Palestine.

Jul 21 06:45

Israel’s war on Palestinian statehood

Israel doesn’t want Hamas and likeminded groups destroyed. It wants them weakened, contained, isolated in the case of Gaza, and used as pretexts for occupation harshness.

It allies with takfiri terrorists to achieve its objectives – notably the Islamic State (IS). It supplies weapons. It treats its wounded in Israeli hospitals.

Jul 21 06:24

UN recognizes Palestinian NGO that Israel claims has ties to Hamas

The United Nations approved UN accreditation Monday for the London-based Palestinian Return Center in a defeat for Israel which claims the organization is affiliated with Hamas and "openly promotes terrorism."

The center, which describes itself as an independent consultancy dedicated to find a solution for the Palestinian refugees in accordance with international law, has denied the Israeli allegations. It announced last Friday that it was starting legal action against Israel's UN Mission for alleged defamation.

Jul 20 16:03

Khirbet Susiya: Israeli peace activists to stage 'sleep-in' protest in Palestinian village to save it from demolition

Israeli activists have volunteered to sleep in the West Bank village of Khirbet Susiya, fearing the Israeli army may carry out a threat to demolish it.

The village’s battle for survival is also being backed by the UK and US governments which view it as a test case of Palestinian ability to stay on occupied land in the face of Israeli pressure. Israeli military authorities say the village of 340 people was built illegally, but villagers and their backers say it is virtually impossible to get building permission due to discriminatory Israeli planning practices.

Jul 20 14:24

Light at the end of Britain's Zionist tunnel?

Stuart Littlewood examines what is so far known about the new leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, who “has all the makings of an Israeli stooge”, and contrasts hims with Labour front-runner and justice advocate Jeremy Corbyn.

Jul 20 13:58

'Choked, beaten & strip-searched': HRW slams Israel for ‘abusive arrests’ of Palestinian kids

Israeli security forces have performed “abusive arrests” of Palestinian children, chocking, beating and threatening kids as young as 11, a global watchdog said in a report.

“Israeli security forces have used unnecessary force to arrest or detain Palestinian children as young as 11,” a report published by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday.

Jul 20 11:45

A light at the end of the pro-Israel tunnel?

If Jeremy Corbyn wins leadership of the UK Labour Party foreign policy could take a turn for the better

Note how the UK Government will not lift a finger to break the crippling 8-year siege of Gaza or protect humanitarian flotillas from Israeli assault on the high seas, but would happily bomb the hell out of Libya, Syria or anywhere else the US/Israel axis points its finger.

Jul 20 10:40

GAZA ~~ THE AFTERMATH // IN PHOTOS

As Israel continues to whine about the prospects of peace with Iran, the people of Gaza continue to suffer from the war last summer ….

Jul 20 10:39

Book Review ~~ THE IDEA OF ISRAEL: A HISTORY OF POWER AND KNOWLEDGE

If you are an Israeli and are a product of the Israeli education system, especially under the age of 40, read this book.

If you are a Jewish-American and have been blindly consuming your institutional, mainstream “idea of Israel,” read this book.

If you are a U.S. lawmaker, writing the annual checks to Israel and playing jack-in-the-box every time the Israeli prime minister speaks in the Congress, read this book.

If you are a Palestinian who thinks Israelis are not worth engaging because they all know the history, read this book.

Jul 20 09:33

ISIS suspected in car bombing of Hamas, Islamic Jihad men in Gaza

According to Hamas sources, at this point, the identity of those involved is unclear. One possibility is that ISIS-linked militants carried out the attacks, following the release of some, but not all, of ISIS-linked prisoners held by Hamas for the recent holiday.

Hamas did not point fingers at any group or organization but noted that this deed only serves Israel and the occupation.

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Isn't it funny how the eeeeeevil Islamic ISIS never attacks Israel, but does constantly attack Israel's enemies!

Jul 19 23:08

Israel Cracks Down on TV Station for Palestinian Minority

Government orders TV channel closed for links to Palestinian Authority, while Israel’s culture minister vows to ‘censor’ critics.

Jul 19 09:13

ONE MOTHER LOOKS BACK AT LAST YEAR’S EID IN GAZA

Um Bilal al-Ghoul found it difficult to celebrate the Eid holiday this year, after she lost most of her family to Israeli air strikes a year ago during last summer’s devastating Gaza war.

Last summer’s war was the third in Gaza in six years, and by far the deadliest and most destructive of the three.

Jul 18 09:05

Gaza trade unions urge boycott of Israeli labor federation

Fifteen trade unions in Gaza have jointly renewed their support for the boycott of Israel and its labor institutions that are complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the boycott movement, the member unions of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) - Gaza Strip, are reaffirming their “unwavering commitment to the call of Palestinian civil society for … boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel (BDS).”

“We salute and appreciate the many trade unions and federations in the world who heed the call of BDS and would like to reiterate our call on all comrades and activists for freedom and justice in unions and federations all over the world to boycott Israel because of its racist, settler-colonial regime,” the Palestinian trade unions say.

Jul 18 09:04

ICC judges order new probe of Israeli massacre on Mavi Marmara

A panel of judges has ordered the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to review her decision not to investigate Israel’s lethal attack on an aid flotilla to Gaza five years ago.

The judges said that Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had made serious errors in an earlier decision not to pursue the case.

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Fatou didn't make any mistakes. Israel made her an offer to drop the case and she accepted!

Jul 18 09:00

Israel seeks stronger U.S. aid package with F-35 squadron inclusion

Israel will seek to increase the aid it receives from the United States, used mostly on defense, as U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is set to visit the country next week.

Israeli defense officials believe certain aspects of the U.S. aid package may be strengthened, such as additional funding for the development of defense systems and the restocking of ammunition after last year's Israel-Gaza 50-day war, according to The Jerusalem Post.

An additional squadron of F-35 fighter jets may also be included in a future U.S. aid package. Israel will also want to improve its Iron Dome rocket defense system and its cyberdefense systems.

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Jul 18 08:58

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian teen near Gaza border

Last week, there were at least 11 incidents of Israeli forces opening live fire on Palestinians in "access restricted areas" inside the Gaza Strip, according to the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Jul 18 08:36

End The Jewish Occupation Of The Solidarity Movement

Ten days ago, we learned that the Israeli Government has actually recruited left organisations to cleanse the Solidarity movement of its ‘radicals’ –those who dare to tell the truth about the Jewish State and the culture and ideology that drive its politics. EOIO seems to be exceedingly enthusiastic about its role as dictated by its Jerusalem masters. Following JVP’s AKA Jewish Voice Police campaign against Alison Weir, the EOIO has now published its complete list of ‘accusations’ against Ms. Weir. Alison Weir is a dedicated, articulate pro Palestinian American patriot and the founder of the very informative outlet, If Americans Knew.

Jul 17 19:03

Merkel makes Palestinian girl cry

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sparked a social media outrage tagged #merkelstreichelt after bringing a Palestinian girl with dreams of studying in Germany to tears – and then awkwardly attempting to comfort the child.

Jul 17 09:45

A POEM FOR GAZA

Jul 16 09:01

S. Africa condemns free propaganda trips to Israel

On July 12, South Africa’s deputy minister of traditional affairs, Obed Bapela, condemned the South Africa Israel Forum (SAIF) for brainwashing the future leadership of the country by sending them to the Zionist entity via all expenses paid trips. He said the student who participated in these trips, brought ‘shame’ to South Africa. He accused SAIF being part of Israeli campaign to distort ruling ANC’s stand on occupied Palestine.

Jul 16 07:18

Israel strikes Gaza targets after rocket fired at Ashkelon area

No injuries reported after projectile lands in open area near Ashkelon overnight; Israeli Air Force strikes Gaza 'terror infrastructure' targets in response.

Jul 16 07:17

Obama buries Gaza under Iran nuclear deal

The deal between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program lifts an ominous shadow from a region already ravaged by bloodshed and conflict.

The specter of another ideological, US-led war on the pretext, once again, of eliminating phantom weapons of mass destruction recedes with this agreement. For that, the Iranian people and all humanity should breathe a sigh of relief.

Today US President Barack Obama held a press conference in Washington to promote the deal in the face of outright rejectionism from many members of Congress and Israel.

Jul 16 07:16

Israelis share photos of children demanding death to “terrorists”

Though Israel already has a death penalty option on the books, a death sentence hasn’t been carried out since the hanging of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1962. The true purpose of the bill was not the death penalty, it was racist incitement catering to the right-wing chauvinism surging through the Israeli Jewish public after reaching its peak during last summer’s brutal assault on Gaza.

Jul 16 04:39

The World Rebukes Netanyahu

In a rare rebuke to his bullying, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to stop the United States and five other world powers from reaching an agreement to constrain but not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Netanyahu still is dominating how the U.S. public and congressional debate is being framed, with Iran accused of regional “aggression” in four countries.

There is little truth and much exaggeration to Netanyahu’s depiction of what is going on in the Middle East. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media mindlessly reprises Netanyahu’s falsehoods...

Netanyahu’s reference to “Iran’s aggression,” which is now becoming a conventional-wisdom talking point in Official Washington, was curious since Iran has not invaded another country for centuries. In 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – at the urging of Saudi Arabia – invaded Iran. But Iran has not invaded any of the four countries that Netanyahu cited.

Jul 16 04:34

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

There is a madness in how the mainstream U.S. media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In this American land of make-believe, Iran is assailed as the chief instigator of instability in the Middle East. Yet, any sane and informed person would dispute that assessment, noting the far greater contributions made by Israel, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the United States.

The larger issue for the American people is what to do with this insane political-media system that dominates Official Washington. Either these powers-that-be are detached from reality or they are deceitful propagandists who think they can manipulate us with lies and distortions.

Jul 16 04:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 22:02

Why Palestinians Fight Back - The Logic of Life and Death in Gaza

Another row is brewing between Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, over the release of Avraham Mengitsu, an Israeli citizen who, according to Israeli military sources, ‘slipped into Gaza’ on September 7, 2014.

The circumstances of Mengitsu’s entry into Gaza remain unclear, especially since Hamas’ political leader, Khaled Mashaal, denied that the military wing of Hamas is holding the Israeli citizen.

Jul 15 10:20

LINEAR VIEWS OF THE WAR IN GAZA

The artist drew delicate lines over 50 photographs selected from the deluge of horrific news images of Gaza that flooded social media during Israel’s war last summer. With Scholnick’s intervention, the images are slightly abstracted, but also given further depth.

Jul 15 10:19

GAZA ~~ A WINDOW TO HELL

Spending the day of 17 August in Khuzaa was like peering through a window to hell. But what we witnessed in the landscape of apocalyptic oblivion paled in comparison to the experience described to me by two Palestine Red Crescent volunteers who had attempted to break through the Israeli military cordon during the siege of the town.

Twenty-five-year-old Ahmed Awad and 24-year-old Ala’a Alkusofi arrived at the edge of Khuzaa at a time when Red Cross ambulance crews refused to travel anywhere near the town. They said they had come to collect the body of a man whom soldiers had lashed to a tree by both arms and shot in the leg. When they arrived at the site, the soldiers ordered the driver of their ambulance, Muhammed Abadla, to exit the vehicle. When he obliged, they told him to walk five meters forward and switch on a flashlight. As soon as he flicked the light on, the soldiers shot him in the chest and killed him.

Jul 15 09:48

Israel prevents Palestinians in Jerusalem from getting water

"The water crisis in the neighbourhoods behind the Wall is due to continuous cuts of water supplies, which sometimes last three weeks," said the association. It pointed out that the Israeli water authority does not name the Palestinian neighbourhoods behind the Wall, but refers to them as "every unlicensed site". This might include many other Arab neighbourhoods in Israel, the association warned.

Based on this policy, the Israeli water authority does not supply "enough water that meets quality standards" to the Arab residents in these areas. It also adopts "illegal and arbitrary" ways of deciding consumption prices and collecting money.

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So, Israel is charging the Palestinians for the water they don't get?!?

Jul 15 08:40

Norwegian trauma specialist accuses Israel of ‘violating international law’

A Norwegian trauma specialist and anaesthesiologist who has treated casualties in Gaza has accused Israel of “repetitious violations of international law”.

Dr Mads Gilbert has written two books about his experiences, including the recently published A Night in Gaza. He is giving a presentation in the O’Reilly Theatre in Dublin tonight.

Speaking to The Irish Times, he said he had noticed that with each of the four Israeli assaults on Gaza – in 2006, 2009, 2012 and last year – the intensity and level of brutality had increased.

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Jul 14 11:38

Human rights group slams IDF soldier for killing Palestinian teen

An Israeli human rights group released a video said to show details of how a 17-year-old Palestinian was shot by IDF soldiers. The group claims the teenager posed no danger. RT speaks to the man who has been investigating the case.

Jul 14 09:05

Video debunks Israeli claim in teen’s killing

The Israeli army said Shomer and another soldier had opened fire when the vehicle was damaged, “and in response to the imminent danger”.
But a video distributed by the B’Tselem human rights group, with footage from a surveillance camera at an adjacent gas station, shows a person running towards a military jeep and throwing a stone at it.
The vehicle stops, and two men are seen getting out of it and running out of the frame in pursuit of the stone-thrower.
B’Tselem cited eyewitnesses as saying that Shomer shot Kasba “from a distance of some 10m” and then left the scene without getting medical aid for the teen, who eventually died.

Jul 14 08:08

Kyrie Eleison Gaza 2014

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Now that the P5+1 deal has saved the world from Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons, it is time to remember the very real war crimes committed just one year ago!

Jul 14 08:01

Remembering Gaza’s victims

Documenting Israel’s military assault on Gaza last summer, I witnessed what can only be called atrocities: hospitals and morgues, overwhelmed by the constant flow of casualties; nights of terror under widespread and indiscriminate bombing; attacks on hospitals, ambulances and United Nations schools used as shelters; entire neighborhoods destroyed.

Of all the horrifying statistics, one is particularly shocking: 142 families lost three members or more in single Israeli strikes. I started the project #ObliteratedFamilies — now available for download and exhibitioning all over the world — to document such loss. It began as a project about the victims, but soon became also a project about the survivors. How can one cope with loss on this scale?

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Now that a deal has been reached with Iran, Netanyahu has a real problem. The world's attention will shift back to Israel's war crimes, and Israel's nuclear weapons.

Jul 14 07:59

Israel arrests hunger striker Khader Adnan day after releasing him

Khader Adnan, a member of the Islamic Jihad political party and resistance group, was arrested today in occupied Jerusalem one day after his release secured by a 55-day hunger strike in Israeli prison.

Palestinian and Israeli media reported that Adnan was detained on his way to worship at al-Aqsa mosque on the occasion of Leilat al-Qadr, which Muslims observe during Ramadan to mark the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

Israel imposes severe restrictions on Palestinians living under its military occupation regime. The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported that access to al-Aqsa mosque was tightened ahead of Leilat al-Qadr.

Jul 13 19:21

Video shows that Israelis shot Palestinian boy Mohammed Ali-Kosba in the back

A video released by Israel’s leading human rights group, B’Tselem, appears to corroborate eyewitness accounts that a Palestinian youth who was shot dead by a senior Israeli officer 10 days ago was fleeing at the time and not, as the army maintains, posing a danger to soldiers.

Jul 13 11:08

Israel police arrests 3 Jewish youth suspected of arson at Galilee church

The Judea and Samaria police and the Shin Bet arrested 3 Jewish youth who are suspected of being involved in the arson at the Church of Loaves and Fishes in northern Israel about a month ago, it was cleared for publication on Sunday.

The three were placed under an order preventing them from meeting a lawyer, and will be brought for a remand extension at the Magistrate's Court in Nazareth on Sunday.

They are represented by Honenu attorneys Adi Kedar and Aharon Roza, who appealed against the order to the Magistrate's and District courts in Jerusalem.

The Shin Bet said Sunday that a covert investigation led them to the three suspects.

Jul 13 10:52

Photos That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Down Handfuls of Rohypnols with a Jug of Arak

Those costumed characters are performing for children just outside of Gaza City in Palestine. The stage is set up in front of a house that was destroyed during Israel's bombing campaign last year. Gaza is made of rubble, but children still try to be children, however impossible that may be.

Jul 13 10:22

Carlos comes to New York ….My “Palestinian Mandela” cartoon in a pro-Palestine demo in NYC. Photos: Bud Korotzer

Carlos comes to New York ….

My “Palestinian Mandela” cartoon in a pro-Palestine demo in NYC. Photos: Bud Korotzer

Jul 13 10:22

What to do with militant or radical Islam?

Magdi Abdelhadi points to the housework that Muslims must do before the ideology of Islamism can be defeated, and Alan Hart argues that Western governments must cut off the policy oxygen on which Islamism flourishes.

Jul 10 18:25

US-Israeli Imperialists Plot Downfall of Syria and Iran

Obama’s ascendance to the White House was merely a public relations facelift, serving to make the American-Zionist Empire’s bloodthirsty aims more palatable to a war-weary public.

Jul 10 12:33

Israeli Facebook users launch 'Death to Arabs' campaign

A number of Israeli activists have launched a racist campaign against Arabs on Facebook, calling it "Death to Arabs", Quds Press reported on Wednesday.

Jul 10 11:40

Israel accused of racism over case of Ethiopian Jew missing in Gaza

The belated admission by Israel that one of its citizens was last seen entering Gaza 10 months ago, and that little is known of his fate since, has caused outrage among the country’s small community of Ethiopian Jews.

Avraham Mengistu’s family, able to speak for the first time on Thursday after a gag order imposed since September was lifted, accused the government and security forces of foot-dragging and racism.

The assumption among Israeli authorities is that the 28-year-old has been detained by Hamas in Gaza since he went missing.

Jul 10 11:02

Palestine's ambassador to Chile recalled over 'anti-Semitic remarks'

The ambassador was quoted in several media outlets as telling a Palestine Peace Conference in Santiago that, "A group of intellectuals and financial advisers, mostly non-Jewish Europeans, decided to establish the Zionist movement with one aim: the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people. However, the truth of the matter was that it was meant to facilitate Jewish plans to dominate the entire world."

Jul 10 10:26

Israel proposes law allowing execution of Palestinian prisoners

Sharon Gal, Knesset member for the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, is scheduled to present a new bill to the Knesset on Sunday that would allow the execution of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Jul 10 10:09

Israel bans Palestinian TV channel for Arab citizens

Israel's minister of public security issued a banning order on Thursday against F48 (short for Falastin 1948 — "Palestine 1948") television channel, which is geared towards the Arab citizens of Israel. "I will not allow Israel's sovereignty to be harmed or allow the Palestinian Authority to gain a foothold in the country," insisted Gilad Erdan.

Jul 10 08:01

Hillary Clinton Supports Illegal Israeli Settlements

Clinton's support for Israel is unwavering - one-sided like virtually everyone else in Washington. Palestinian rights don't matter except at times paying them disingenuous lip service.

As a New York senator (from January 2001 - January 2009), Clinton said "undivided Jerusalem as (Israel's) capital…must never be questioned" - or its status as "a Jewish state," regardless of its large Arab population on privately owned land and recognition under international law as an international city under a UN protectorate.

She supported cutting off Palestinian aid - ignoring the harm it would cause. She outspokenly defended unrestricted Israeli West Bank colonization - on stolen Palestinian land.

She believes it's as much an Israeli right as statehood for Palestinians. She moderated her tone slightly as Secretary of State (January 2009 - February 2013).

Jul 10 07:58

Hillary Clinton: Use Congress and Corporations to End Boycott Israel Movement

According to a letter from Hillary Clinton to pro-Israel donor, Haim Saban, she wants to be the top pro-Israel candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. More specifically, Clinton pledges her opposition to the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the problem. Boycotts are a recognized form of non-violent protest protected as free speech under the First Amendment. Hillary is basically promising to subvert one of our most basic freedoms, indeed subvert the Bill of Rights, to please a foreign government!

Do we want a President so eager to sell out America's values to please a foreign master?


Jul 10 07:47

Thousands of Iranians march in annual pro-Palestine rallies

Tens of thousands of Iranians chanted "Down with America" and "Death to Israel" during annual pro-Palestinian rallies nationwide on July 10, as a top leader said the U.S. would be making a "strategic mistake" if it pulled out of ongoing negotiations on the country's nuclear program.

Jul 10 07:46

Divestment movement against Israel gains steam

Jul 09 18:40

Gaza is ‘a recurring threat to peace’!

The British taxpayer, yet again, picks up the tab for the wreckage left behind by Israeli war crimes. It’s a paltry sum considering the Israelis caused damage estimated at $6 billion. If it wasn’t for the rotten windows of Lord Davies’ mansion and his crumbling bell tower we could afford to give more.

Jul 09 14:19

SPOOF ~~ ISRAEL ‘CELEBRATES’ THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR IN GAZA

Jul 09 14:18

PINKWASHING PALESTINE

Last week, in an article on the controversial rainbow flag mural a Palestinian artist painted on Israel’s apartheid wall, the Associated Press made this claim: “A 1951 Jordanian law banning homosexual acts remains in effect in the West Bank, as does a ban in Gaza passed by British authorities in 1936.”

In fact, there is no law in the West Bank, or in Jordan, that bans sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex.

Jul 09 12:41

Mike Huckabee: “There’s Really No Such Thing As A Palestinian”

“You have Arabs and Persians. And there’s such complexity in that. But there’s really no such thing. That’s been a political tool to try and force land away from Israel.”

Jul 09 11:21

“Blame it on Gaza” say UK Politicians

It has no nukes, no navy, no air–force, no tanks, no phosphor bombs, no subs, no guided missiles, no exits, nowhere to run… its people are terrorised, blockaded and exhausted... their homes are rubble… unemployment is the highest in the world and 73% suffer food insecurity… but suddenly:

Jul 09 10:46

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY


National Geographic map of Palestine, 1947.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am posting this just for Mike Huckabee, who appears to be in a contest with Hillary Clinton over who can smooch Israel's butt the hardest, echoing the claim that there is no such thing as Palestine. As the photos in this article demonstrate, Huckabee is smoking Israeli opium!

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Jul 09 10:39

Mike Huckabee: “There’s Really No Such Thing As A Palestinian”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee once said at a campaign stop during his 2008 run for president that the Palestinian people did not exist. Huckabee, who is currently running for president and has been a vocal critical of President Obama’s policies on Israel said speaking of the Palestinian people was really “a political tool to try and force land away from Israel.”

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Jul 09 07:12

Accusations of torture as PA detains hundreds of Hamas activists

The Palestinian Authority has arrested more than 200 Hamas activists since 2 July in its latest crackdown on opposition in the occupied West Bank, according to movement officials.

“Hamas members in the occupied West Bank are being submitted to their worst campaign of arrests — their biggest and longest,” Hamas official Abdurahman Shadid told Agence France-Presse this week.

“The arrest campaign carried out by the PA against Hamas leaders and members comes under an organized project aiming to eradicate the movement,” he said.

Jul 09 07:12

Israeli colonel killed Palestinian teen as he ran away

An Israeli colonel shot dead a Palestinian teenager last Friday, apparently as he ran away, investigations by two human rights organizations have concluded.

Muhammad Sami Ali al-Kasbeh, a 17-year-old resident of Qalandiya refugee camp, was killed near Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank at about 6.30 am that morning.

According to Defence for Children International–Palestine (DCI-Palestine), Muhammad was among a group of Palestinians who were prevented by Israeli forces from entering occupied Jerusalem to join Ramadan prayers at the city’s al-Aqsa mosque.

Jul 09 07:11

One year later, Gaza rebuilding blocked

A recent report by an independent commission work for the UN Human Rights Council found ample evidence of possible war crimes committed by Israel, and the council voted to adopt the report and condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza last summer. But there is no indication that Israel will be held accountable for the devastation it wrought on Gaza, which it continues to impose through its blockade in place since 2007.

Jul 09 07:08

Exclusive: Israel decides to open dialogue with ICC over Gaza preliminary examination

Senior official tells Haaretz that purpose of contact with ICC prosecutor is only to make its position clear to the court that the ICC does not have any authority to hear Palestinian complaints on the matter.

Jul 09 06:57

Israeli minister proposes building island off Gaza coast so Israel can ‘disengage’ while maintaining siege

Last week, Israeli military-intelligence officials, foreign military, and business representatives gathered for two days near Tel Aviv at the first “Intelligence, Terror and Special Forces in the Global Jihad Era and the Information Revolution” defense conference. As attendees sipped lattes and browsed the latest intelligence technology for sale, Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Yisrael Katz shared plans to build an Israeli-controlled island off the coast of Gaza as a way for Israel to “disengage” from the embattled strip while maintaining the eight-year-siege.

Jul 09 06:40

The mysterious case of the Israeli who slipped into Gaza

Usually people are desperate to leave Gaza. But an African-born Israeli named Avraham Mangisto decided to slip across the border fence, bristling with high-tech sensors and protected by remote-controlled machine guns, and enter the Gaza Strip last year.

That was 10 months ago. His fate is unknown, though Israel says he is likely being held by armed Palestinian factions.

News of his puzzling disappearance has been officially suppressed in the Israeli media until now under a gag order by the military censor. Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas, which controls the coastal enclave, fought a brutal 50-day war last summer that ended in August. Mangisto entered Gaza the following month.

Jul 09 06:26

Freedom for Palestine: #GazaNames Project

Jul 08 15:00

New interactive MAP details Israeli strikes a year after Gaza war

Human rights groups have launched a new interactive platform mapping Israeli attacks during the 2014 Gaza war. It includes satellite images, testimonies and footage tho “build an accurate picture of what actually happened” over the 50 days of war.

The online tool mapping Israeli attacks during the conflict in July and August 2014 is called ‘The Gaza Platform’. It was launched by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture on Wednesday.

The “innovative tool for human rights research” presents a massive database containing satellite imagery, thousands of photographs, hundreds of personal testimonies and hours of footage from the scene including broadcast videos.

Jul 08 14:47

UN says Israeli blockade of Gaza blocks reconstruction efforts

A top official in the United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to end its “inexcusable” siege on the Gaza Strip as the blockade has hampered reconstruction in the coastal enclave just one year after Israeli raids on the area devastated hundreds of homes.

"The blockade remains in place and its crippling effect on Gaza is undeniable, inexcusable," Robert Turner, operations director in Gaza for the UN relief agency UNRWA, told reporters Wednesday.

Jul 08 14:38

Israel stooges’s shameless exhibitionism in British parliament

Stuart Littlewood reviews the hollow arguments peddled by Israel’s hasbara stooges during a debate on Gaza in the upper chamber of the UK parliament – fine examples of disinformation, dissemblance and downright lies.

Jul 08 11:08

Has the World Abandoned Gaza?

As Gaza marks one year since the launch of Israel’s devastating 50-day assault, it remains in a state of crisis.

Jul 08 09:49

#BlockTheFactory: One Year After Gaza War, Protesters Shut Down Drone Plants

Marking the one-year anniversary of the 2014 attack on Gaza, protesters in the United Kingdom and Australia on Monday shut down four drone factories owned by the biggest arms company in Israel, Elbit Systems.

Jul 08 08:56

GAZA, ONE YEAR LATER ~~ A VIDEO TO WATCH AND SHARE

A year on, army looks to last Gaza war for lessons on fighting the next one

Jul 08 08:34

Vatican refuses to let Israel see details of agreement with Palestinians

Haaretz said on Tuesday that the Vatican has rejected requests by Israeli diplomats to see the text of an agreement signed between the Holy See and the State of Palestine two weeks ago. The Israeli newspaper quoted a senior official as saying that diplomats have attempted to review the text on four separate occasions, but the Vatican declined to give details about the content of the agreement.

Jul 08 07:16

AP corrects story falsely claiming homosexuality is illegal for Palestinians

Last week, in an article on the controversial rainbow flag mural a Palestinian artist painted on Israel’s apartheid wall, the Associated Press made this claim: “A 1951 Jordanian law banning homosexual acts remains in effect in the West Bank, as does a ban in Gaza passed by British authorities in 1936.”

In fact, there is no law in the West Bank, or in Jordan, that bans sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex.

Jul 07 15:24

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

To quench their thirst, the Gazans dug too deep, and drank too freely. Now the coastal aquifer that supplied much of their water is depleted and will never again offer a plentiful supply of fresh drinking water. With damage to infrastructure in the Hamas-Israel war, aid agencies say Gaza’s fresh water shortage has turned into a crisis.

In Rafah, a southern Gaza city that is a furnace in the summer months, a shopkeeper produces a bottle of water, but warns: “Be careful... it is Gaza water.”

Salty and impure, it is like much of the water drunk by Gaza’s 1.8 millon people.

Jul 07 13:56

Israel’s army of spin-doctors is doomed to defeat:

As Israelis rush to join an army of spin-doctors to justify to outsiders Israel’s policies in the occupied territories, Jonathan Cook explains why their cartoon version of reality is unconvincing and self-defeating.

Jul 07 09:50

Living Amongst Ruins: War-torn Gaza a year after ‘Protective Edge’

It’s been a year since Israeli Defense Forces launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Israel said it was meant to put an end to cross-border rocket fire,

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