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Dec 26 19:14

The Shared Genetic Heritage of Jews and Palestinians

The Times recently carried this unusual report on an Israeli Jew (Tsvi Misinai, a retired computer expert) who’s hoping to prove that Palestinians are descended from Jews. Apparently, he thinks that proving this will help to stop the bloodshed. His idea is that modern Jews are descended from emigration in the first few centuries of the Christian era. The Jews who stayed put in Palestine converted to Islam, and became Palestinian Arabs. There’s hope that genetic tests might be able to prove this.

Dec 26 08:46

At Last-Jewish Comedians Are Banned For supporting Racism

A bitter row has broken out in the Jewish stand-up ghetto after Ivor Dembina, the owner of a leading comedy club refused to book anyone who plays benefit gigs for a Jewish racist pro-Israeli organisation.

Dec 26 08:09

Ongoing plight of Palestinian Christians

Back in 1948, when Israel was established, Christians in Palestine made up around 18 percent of the population. Now it is around two percent only.

They have been faced with the same discriminatory policies as Muslim Palestinians, pushing thousands to leave Palestine. In a 2006 poll, Christians living in Bethlehem said Israeli aggression and occupation was the main cause of emigration.

Inside Story discusses the sufferings of Palestinian Christians under the Israeli occupation.

Dec 26 08:05

Israel's Christmas present to Palestinians is yet another land grab

Israeli officials gave final approval to hundreds of new settler housing units in East Jerusalem Wednesday, despite simmering tensions with Palestinians.

Dec 25 13:42

ISRAELI JOURNALISTS WHO REFUSE TO BE SILENCED

They say that the truth will set you free ... but that’s the last thing Israel wants for the Palestinians ...

They let us go in the evening. The Israeli Police’s APC brought us back to the checkpoint. The case awaits a decision. Another decision is obvious: We will keep on covering the occupation.

Dec 25 13:40

LIFE BEFORE DEATH IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK

The night before he died, Muhammad and his father went up on the roof of their house. The teen pointed toward nearby Birzeit University and told his father that he wanted to study journalism there.

“Through media and journalism,” his father recalls Muhammad saying, “I can send a message to the world that there’s a people here that is carrying out legitimate resistance to the occupation and I can ask the world to help us end the occupation.”

Dec 25 11:08

Christmas in Palestine by Stephen Lendman

snip: PSCC coordinator Jamal Jum'a said the season's message reminds people everywhere about Palestinian suffering.

Deprived of what they rightfully deserve. Isolated on their own. Sitting ducks for Israeli ruthlessness.

Bil'in village resistance coordinator, Salah Khawaja, called Manger Square's decorative display symbolic of daily Israeli violence.

Telling Holy Land visitors there's no peace. No joy. No freedom under occupation. Not this year. Or any since 1967. Or until Palestinian liberation.

Human rights activist Farid al-Atrash said "(t)he world has to move to save the Palestinian people and hold the occupation accountable for its crimes against unarmed people in Palestine."

Dec 25 10:16

Anti-Zionism in the 21st Century

The essence of the Palestinian struggle is the battle against Zionism. It is a battle against its racism, against its murderous war crimes, against its insatiable territorial hunger, against its disdain for non-Jewish human rights, and against its devoted attempts to destroy Palestinian national identity. As voices of normalization are on the rise, and social media is invaded by paid pro-Zionist bloggers, there is an increased need for anti-Zionists to draw attention to the crimes committed by ‘Israel’, and to speak up against the ongoing media silence and the apologist activities of those misleadingly portraying themselves as ‘peace doves’. Let us first look briefly at the history of the anti-Zionist struggle, and then see where we stand today.

Dec 25 10:15

Israel Approves 380 New Settlement Homes in East Jerusalem

Under pressure to restart negotiations with the Palestinians, the Israeli government continues to expand settlements deeper into occupied territory, today announcing 380 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

Dec 25 09:54

Israel forces shoot, severely injure Palestinian boy

A five-year-old Palestinian child has reportedly been severely wounded after Israeli forces fired a rubber bullet that hit him in the face while he was getting out of a school bus in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

According to media reports, the incident took place on Wednesday when Muhammad Jamal Ubeid and his 14-year-old sister were exiting a school bus near their home in the al-Issawiya neighborhood of East al-Quds.

“An Israeli soldier fired a black rubber-coated bullet at the child from a close distance, injuring him under the eye,” Palestinian media quoted Muhammad’s uncle as saying.

The Palestinian child was transferred to a nearby hospital.

Muhammad’s uncle also said there were no clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in the area at the time of the shooting attack.

Dec 25 09:53

US police brutality protests hit home with Palestinian prisoners

In a letter written from an Israeli jail cell, Palestinian political prisoner Ameer Makhoul sends his salutations to African Americans protesting the police killing of unarmed Black men, women and youths.

“Even within Israeli jail, very much far away from you, we are mourning your beloved,” writes Makhoul in his 9 December letter.

Makhoul’s letter, which can be read in full at the bottom of this page, emphasizes the universality of the protests in the United States.

“Such racist official violence exasperates the conscience of all, and of course all 7,000 [Palestinian political prisoners] in Israel jail who seek freedom, liberty and justice for themselves as well as for their people of Palestine,” Makhoul states.

“Your cause is touching hearts everywhere,” he adds. “Your protest is on behalf of all humanity. Your voice is our voice … the voice of all free people.”

Dec 25 04:36

Israeli serviceman shoots 5 year-old Palestinian in the face

Israeli police have fired a rubber bullet at a five-year-old Palestinian boy’s face as he was getting out of a school bus on his way home, the child’s family told Palestinian media. He sustained a skull fracture under his eye.

Dec 24 17:54

Christmas in Gaza

Christians in Gaza prepare to celebrate yet another Christmas under the Israeli imposed siege. Bishop Alexios of Gaza speaks to MEE about his hopes that the siege will one day be lifted so that both Christians and Muslims from Gaza can visit their respective Holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Dec 24 10:23

Forget fairy lights, these Palestinians decorated a Christmas tree with Israeli tear gas canisters

Palestinian activists have decorated a Christmas tree with leftover Israeli tear gas canisters and stun grenades in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The activists garnished the tree in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Tuesday in a symbolic move to show their anger at Tel Aviv's atrocities in the occupied territories, said Farid al-Atrash, the head of the independent commission for human rights in the south.

The leftover tear gas canisters and stun grenades had been used by Israeli forces during clashes with Palestinians in the city.

Dec 24 10:15

Israel issues demolition orders to East Jerusalem homes

Israeli forces on Monday issued five demolitions orders to Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, the owners said.

Akram al-Shurafa told Ma'an that his home in al-Tur, which was built in 1938 and inherited from his grandparents, was slated for demolition.

The property has all the required legal documents and is registered in his mother's name, he said.

Al-Shurafa says the demolition order is a way of targeting him after he was recently exiled from the city of Jerusalem for five months, together with four other Palestinian community activists.

Dec 24 08:42

Boulder group backs ads against U.S. support for Israel 'war crimes'

It's unlikely that the buses bearing the controversial messages will be seen in Boulder County, but local activists are voicing their support for a round of ads that debuted in the Denver metro area last week decrying Israel's ongoing conflict with Palestinians.

The ads, which first appeared on the sides of seven RTD buses Dec. 17, read: "Israel's War Crimes, Your Tax Dollars at Work." They bear the image of a Palestinian woman weeping while sitting in a pile of rubble, along with the web address stopfundingapartheid.org.

The site is maintained by the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, a group dedicated to "breaking the information blockade" about war crimes it alleges the Israeli government has committed over the years against the Palestinian people. The group, which funded similar ads on buses in the Portland, Ore., area in October, chipped in some of the money for the RTD ads, along with local groups Coloradans for Justice in Palestine and Friends of Sabeel-Colorado.

Dec 24 08:36

BBC’s Kafkaesque response to complaint over Gaza coverage

Last month, the BBC sent an email to the UK-based campaigning organization Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which was almost comical in its arrogance.

It was a response to a complaint made by PSC in October that BBC online reports were referring to the Gaza ceasefire as holding, despite the fact that by the end of October, Israel had breached the ceasefire numerous times since it was signed on 26 August.

In fact, Israel has fired on Palestinians in Gaza almost on a daily basis.

In its initial complaint, PSC referred to the website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), which documents incidents of ceasefire breaches. These breaches had been collated in an article published by Middle East Monitor (MEMO), which reported that there was more than one Israeli attack on Gaza every day in September. The MEMO article was also included in PSC’s submission.

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Translation: The truth is what the BBC decides it is!

Dec 24 08:32

Hebron elder fights back as Israeli soldiers seize 10-year-old boys

This video shows Israeli occupation forces violently arresting two young boys, allegedly for throwing stones, as adults try to protect the children.

Christian Peacemaker Teams, which released the video, says that it shows the arrests of Mohammed Nabil Taha and Akram Zayed al-Jamal, both aged ten, on 17 December.

The video comes in the same week that another group, Defence for Children International–Palestine, released new testimonies from Palestinian children subjected to torture and solitary confinement in Israeli military custody.

The boys were “visibly shaking and crying while the Israeli border police held them in custody for thirty minutes at Qitoun checkpoint 209 in Hebron,” Christian Peacemaker Teams, a civilian group that monitors life under Israeli military occupation in Hebron, says.

Dec 24 08:31

Israeli soldier seriously wounded in exchange of fire on Gaza border

An Israel Defense Forces soldier was seriously wounded on Wednesday when Palestinian snipers opened fire at troops guarding construction work at the security fence near the southern Gaza Strip.

The IDF opened tank and aircraft fire in response to the sniper shots, killing the commander of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades' observation unit, Taysr Asmiri. Several others were wounded. The Israeli army sources say that the sniper was affiliated with Hamas.

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That is what Israel initially said about the rocket fired into an empty lot in Israel last week, only to be forced to admit that outside provateurs had been behind it. How lucky for Israel that snipers show up just in time to restart Israel's war against Gaza, which only a week ago Israel's defense minister announced was being planned!

Dec 24 08:14

Israeli soldiers take pictures of themselves abusing wounded youth

A video, captured by Rami Alarya of the Alqods Independent Media Center, showed a number of Israeli soldiers assaulting a Palestinian child, on Friday evening [February 4 2014], after shooting him with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the leg, and photographing themselves abusing him.

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Degradation of prisoners is a war crime.

Dec 24 04:04

Abbas will ‘no longer deal with Israel’ if UN statehood resolution fails

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned he’ll cut all ties with Israel if the draft United Nations Security Council resolution on statehood fails.

Dec 23 14:32

US threatens to veto Palestinian UN resolution

Dec 23 12:43

Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters in West Bank

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The Israeli forces fired tear gas to disperse the Palestinian protesters dressed as Santa Claus in the city on Tuesday.

Dec 23 12:09

Palestine, Israel and the News Media

On November 18 of this year, the news media was awash with the news of the killing of four rabbis at a synagogue in Jerusalem. This is headline news for CNN and the New York Times, the latter of which had the nerve to say this: “Witnesses and Israeli leaders were particularly horrified at the religious overtones of an attack on a synagogue….”

Where, one may naively ask, were these august news outlets during the past several weeks, as Israeli settlers, protected and even aided by Israeli soldiers, desecrated sacred mosques in Jerusalem? Where were the horrified reports of dead and bloodied Palestinians? What about the complete desecration of Muslim holy sites? Were no witnesses and Palestinian ‘leaders horrified at the religious overtones of an attack on a’ mosque?

Dec 23 12:03

Rabbis plan to build temple on Al-Aqsa ruins

In the clearest indication of the growing dangers threatening Al-Aqsa Mosque, in an opinion piece published on Saturday, Haaretz discussed a group of rabbis who met to discuss the scheme for the establishment of the Third Temple on the ruins of the mosque. The newspaper published a photograph of a number of rabbis and engineers studying a map of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In a piece written by Professor Ronnie Ellenblum entitled "Bells are ringing for the ultra-Orthodox and Secular" [hebrew], the paper discussed the future of Al-Aqsa Mosque which Jews refer to as the Temple Mount.

Although the paper did not identify the rabbis who appeared in the picture, one of them has been identified as Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, president of the Temple Institute, a religious authority that is considered the most enthusiastic about destroying Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing a temple on its ruins.

Dec 23 10:26

Israel violates Gaza ceasefire nearly every day

After Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza on Friday, the BBC described the air strike on “a Hamas facility” as “the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.”

The short BBC News item, essentially a repackaged Israeli army press statement, added that the strike was “in response” to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza.

The casual reader would understand this to mean that Israel has held its fire since the August ceasefire which ended the intensive bombing this summer that claimed more than 2,200 Palestinian lives.

However, the reality is that Israel has fired on Palestinians in Gaza nearly every day since the 26 August truce.

Dec 23 09:01

Israel's Longstanding War on Palestine by Stephen Lendman

where's the coverage of Israel's tyranny on lamestream media?

Dec 23 08:52

Introducing RandPaulZionist.com: Because We Really Need To Do Better In 2016

This site will be a clearing house for Rand Paul Zionist information- keeping a close watch on Randy as he ramps up to his attempted 2016 presidential bid. As someone who heartily supported Ron Paul for president, it's offensive to me that Rand would use his father's support & money base to get elected to the U.S. Senate and then betray his constituents to the degree that he has. Starting with endorsing Romney, slathering at the 'wailing wall,' etc. etc. You may not know that Rand has actually admitted in official Senate speeches that he "meets with Israeli groups daily," a story I broke last year. There are many similar stories in our archives.

Dec 23 08:38

Army Kidnaps Nine Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, five Palestinians in Hebron and Nablus districts, in the occupied West Bank, and four Palestinians kidnapped near Ramallah on Monday night, shortly after midnight.

Dec 23 08:37

Israel Apportions $17 Billion for Judaizing Jerusalem

Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and authority on issues in the occupied territories for the Arab League, Mohammed Sabih, warned of Israel's further Judaization of Jerusalem, saying that Israeli has allotted some $17 billion for this process.

Dec 23 08:00

Palestinian protesters dressed as Santa Claus clash with IDF

Dozens of Palestinian protesters, some of them festively dressed as Santa Claus, clashed on Tuesday with Israeli security forces in Bethlehem, a day before the beginning of Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city revered as the birthplace of Jesus.

Dec 23 07:43

How long must Palestinians pay for the Holocaust?

A man leading an occupying state, a racist state in which mixed marriages are protested, doesn’t get to teach lessons to others. Mr. Netanyahu, stop exploiting the Holocaust at every political opportunity; pick up a book and learn that we weren’t there in those darkest days of European and Jewish history.

Dec 23 07:28

Israeli Report admits they are Descendants of Khazars

“Israel seems finally to have thrown in the towel. A blue-ribbon team of scholars from leading research institutions and museums has just issued a secret report to the government, acknowledging that European Jews are in fact Khazars. (Whether this would result in yet another proposal to revise the words to “Hatikvah” remains to be seen.) At first sight, this would seem to be the worst possible news, given the Prime Minister’s relentless insistence on the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” and the stagnation of the peace talks. But others have underestimated him at their peril. An aide quipped, when life hands you an etrog, you build a sukkah.

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Dec 23 07:25

Yousef al-Rammouni and Israel’s Moral Suicide

Yousef al-Rammouni did not commit suicide. He was murdered, and his father, like any father, wants, at the very least, the integrity of his son’s life respected through a non prejudicial criminal justice system.

Dec 23 07:22

UN predictions fall short: Gaza uninhabitable today

Mads Gilbert said it spot on: “As a doctor, I say don’t send more bandages, don’t send more drugs, and don’t send equipment. Stop the bombing, lift the siege, treat the Palestinians as humans, include them in the human family, protect them by international law and find a peaceful political solution to the occupation of Palestine. That’s the preventative medicine of this mayhem that is going on.”

Dec 23 07:03

Israel destroys 1,000 Arab houses in Negev

In an unprecedented measure, Israeli authorities have destroyed 1,000 Arab houses in Negev throughout 2014, Anadolu news agency has reported.

"Israeli security institutions destroyed Arab houses in order to put pressure on Arabs to leave their lands," said Usama al-Uqaibi, the head of the Islamic Movement in South Israel. "They destroy the Palestinians and their properties," he added.

Al-Uqaibi reiterated that the Palestinians in Negev would continue their resistance and remain in their land. "Palestinians will not let the occupation control thousands of dunhams to build settlements," he said.

Dec 23 06:54

Coca Cola to open Gaza factory

The new plant will compete with Pepsi, which has been producing soft drinks in the coastal enclave since 1962

Dec 23 06:54

America looking to push back UN vote on Palestine

The United States is trying to postpone a vote at the UN Security Council on a Palestinian resolution to set a deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state until after the Israeli elections in March.

Dec 22 22:41

Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

Torture will truly disappear and the politicians will be put on trial for these crimes, only when the empire is transformed back to a republic: where impunity ends justice begins.

The CIA knows that the US Congress, under the control of the Zionist power configuration (ZPC), would be favorably disposed to any official behavior, no matter how perverse and contrary to international law, if it carried an Israeli mark of approval or ‘logo’.

Dec 22 16:54

US/Israeli No Palestinian State Solution by Stephen Lendman

snip: America and Israel partner against world peace. Stability. Equity. Justice. Responsible governance. According to fundamental rule of law principles.

No two nations operate more ruthlessly. Lawlessly. Recklessly. Reigning terror on adversaries. Supporting like-minded rogue regimes.

Dec 22 16:27

Rabbis plan to build temple on Al-Aqsa ruins

tell me this isn't deliberate provocation!

Dec 22 14:44

RABBINICAL TAUNTING OF THE SEASON

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach taunted a crowd of human rights protesters in front of the seemingly closed and emptied flagship Leviev diamond store on Madison Avenue. Leviev’s companies have built thousands of Israeli settlement homes and have been accused of abusing and torturing Angolan diamond miners.

Boteach stood in front of the empty Leviev store and began shouting. “Israel,” “Down with Hamas,” “Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” “Down with the Palestinians.” He suddenly stopped and complained that he was being videotaped. Police told Boteach to leave as he was drowned out by chants of, “How fancy, how pretty, Leviev out of New York City.” Boteach was accompanied by a young man wearing a scarf for the notoriously racist Beitar Jerusalem football team. Boteach has expressed his support for Hebron’s notoriously violent and racist settlers.

Dec 22 12:00

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

In case you missed some of our special stories in 2014, our focus has been Israel’s drift towards greater oppression of the Palestinian people, the political deceptions and crisis in Syria and Ukraine, the cold hard facts about America’s so-called ‘war on terror’ and grim future, countering the propaganda war towards Iran & Russia and calling attention to, the new,developing, promising, strategic alliances as a consequence.

Here you have my two best choice, FACTS, facts and more facts — documenting the repetitiveness of the behavior patterns as well as the costs. Focusing on the how, highlighting the duplicity and hoping no one likes to be played for the fool!

The Day Israel Attacked America

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2014/11/the-day-israel-attacked-america/

Cross Talk: Washington’s Middle East Wars

This video deserves the widest distribution.

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2014/11/washingtons-middle-east-wars/

Dec 22 11:14

Hamas arrests Gaza jihadis behind latest rocket attack: Israeli official

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Sunday that Hamas detained members of a global jihadi group in the Gaza Strip who fired a rocket into southern Israel over the weekend.

"It turns out that it's one of the global jihad organizations, one of those so-called rogue organizations," Ya'alon said.

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So Israel punished the wrong people for that one rocket. Israel is admitting that outside provocateurs (who may have been working for Israel) fired the rocket. Will they apologize for the bombing that followed? Of course not!

Dec 22 10:52

CHANUKAH IN GAZA ~~ TIS THE SEASON TO DROP BOMBS

Israel and Palestinian factions signed a ceasefire agreement on Aug. 26 after a deadly Israeli offensive on Gaza that left more than 2,100 — overwhelmingly civilians — dead.

The ceasefire deal stipulated an end to hostilities, and Israel agreed to ease its devastating blockade on the Strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast.

However, Palestinians accuse Israeli forces of regular ceasefire violations, with near-daily reports that navy soldiers have fired at fishermen off the coast of the enclave, and occasional reports of Israeli troops shooting and injuring Palestinians near the border.

Dec 22 07:57

Gaza residents describe life in a city of ruins

Israel has allowed some construction material through to Gaza. However, Migdad said the supplies are limited and do not meet the construction needs of Gaza.

“So far serious reconstruction has not begun,” Migdad said.

Dec 22 07:49

Israel won't accept "unilateral" recognition of Palestine: Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, Dec 18 Israel would never accept the "unilateral" recognition of a Palestinian state, after a draft resolution calling for a final peace deal was submitted to the UN, according to Agence France-Presse.

In a statement from his office, Netanyahu accused Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas of "thinking he can threaten us by taking unilateral steps" over statehood.

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Did Jews wait for Palestinians' acceptance when they declared Israel as a nation in Palestine..?

Do other nations seek permission of neighbor nations when they seek membership at the U.N..?!!

Isn't building settlements on stolen Palestinians land and annexing Jerusalem by Israel is considered a "unilateral" act...?!!

Bibi shows his hypocrisy and arrogance..." We will not accept unilateral dictats' he said, but it's 'ok' for him to keep Palestinians under occupation for decades.

Dec 22 07:42

The Customs Union and Israel’s No-State Solution

Theoretically, a customs union carries mutual benefits to the member states. However, as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development noted in a 1988 report, between 1967 and 1988 the customs union between Israel and the OPT treated the two economies as dualisms that entrenched the status quo, which, at that time, had established the OPT as a reservoir of cheap labor and Israel as a production and export powerhouse.

Dec 22 07:18

Ads Against Apartheid hits LA with Mandela campaign

LA is inundated with billboards! Ads Against Apartheid‘s (AAA) National ad campaign for Palestinian human rights launched earlier this month in Los Angeles and is in full swing with more than 30 billboards at various locales across the city. Included in the campaign are trucks driving through metropolitan streets and neighborhoods during crammed holiday traffic showcasing Nelson Mandela’s famous quote: “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

Dec 22 07:01

UN predictions fall short: Gaza uninhabitable today

Five months ago the world watched in horror as the bully of the Middle East, Israel, launched the most brutal massacre on the Palestinians of Gaza since the Nakba (perhaps more brutal, Palestinian friends in Gaza have said).

Lasting over twice as long as the 2008-09 war on Gaza (formerly the most-brutal massacre since the Nakba), and killing over 800 more Palestinians than in the attack six years ago, the July-August 51-day offensive killed 2,131 Palestinians and injured over 11,000, and destroyed tens of thousands of homes, buildings, businesses, hospitals, Gaza's only power plant and other key components of Gaza's infrastructure.

Dec 21 18:05

Israeli Army Opens Fire On Gaza Farmers, Fishers

Israeli soldiers, stationed on military towers across the border, east of ‘Abasan town, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, opened fire on several farmers trying to enter their own lands, close to the border fence. Navy ships also opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats.

Dec 21 12:40

Israel slams EU parliament as Palestine seeks UN resolution

For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was a week filled with disappointment. It started with the EU Court of Justice removing Hamas from its influential terror blacklist. Then, hours later, a resolution was submitted to the UN Security Council calling for Israel's withdrawal from Palestine.

Dec 21 09:47

THE GREATEST THREAT TO ISRAEL TODAY IS PALESTINIAN POLITICAL UNITY

Arab Parties to Form Joint List Within a Week

Dec 21 09:46

A STAR NOT TO BOYCOTT

Singer and entertainer Janet Jackson has spent the past few days in the West Bank as an ambassador for the United Nations children’s charity UNICEF.

On Saturday, she tweeted a picture of herself with a group of girls from Yatta High School, south of Hebron. “Peace. Yatta High School, West Bank with @UN

She also posted a picture of young Palestinian shepherds from a herding family in Bi’r al ‘Id, in the South Hebron Hills.

Dec 21 09:46

REMEMBERING THOSE THAT ISRAEL WANTS YOU TO FORGET ABOUT

Take action for Palestinian children killed by Israel

Dec 21 08:46

EU Delegation: Israel has committed genocide

These members of the European Parliament are calling on the European Union to break diplomatic ties with Israel and implement sanctions against the country because of the war crimes it has committed against the people of Palestine.

Dec 21 08:31

BEX ALERT - Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

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From the usual anonymous source, intended to demonize Putin as a jew-hater.

Dec 21 08:29

Palestine presents peace plan to the UN Council, Israel calls it an act of aggression

The resolution calls for a peace treaty within a year and Israel's withdrawal from the Occupied Territories by 2017. The peace plan also provides for two states within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as a shared capital, plus bilateral security guarantees. US-led talks in the last 20 years have proven useless. For Avigdor Lieberman, the UN should deal with more serious things, and not go for Palestinians' "gimmicks". Without a solution, despair could engulf Palestinians.

Dec 21 08:12

Majority of Jordan's parliament protest Israeli gas deal

Seventy-nine parliamentarians from Jordanian House of Representatives have thrown their support behind the grassroots “Say No to Natural Gas Deal with Israel” campaign.

Launched by local NGOs earlier this year, the campaign challenges a deal between the Jordanian government and US-based Noble Energy for the purchase of Israeli gas over 15 years. Sources familiar with the deal have said the contract is worth between $14bn to $15bn.

Dec 21 08:12

Jordanian MPs reject buying 'stolen Palestinian gas' from Israel

Jordanian MPs have spoken out against a deal to buy gas from Israel and called on the government to seek alternatives from Arab states - See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/jordanian-parliament-rejects-buying-...

Dec 21 08:11

Palestinians continue the struggle against the Adei Ad outpost

Hundreds of Palestinian children, women, and men gathered at Turmusaya on Friday December 17th to complete the tree planting began by Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein, who was killed by Israeli soldiers on Friday December 10th.

“Ziad was planning to plant olive trees on private Palestinian land near the illegal outpost of Adei Ad, but was violently prevented from reaching the site by the Israeli military who assaulted and killed him. We thought that after killing the minister, yesterday the military would allow us to plant trees peacefully but we found the same soldiers prepared to use even more violence against us,” Said human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahmah.

Dec 21 08:05

Israeli official warns that another war against Gaza is looming

An Israeli official has warned that a new Israeli war on the Gaza Strip is coming soon. He stressed, however, that wars are only decided on by politicians, local media has reported.

"In the light of the current escalation, war with Gaza is just a matter of time," claimed the head of the Israeli settlement of Eshkol in the Western Negev, Hayim Yilin. The Israeli authorities claimed on Friday that a projectile launched from the south of the Gaza Strip landed in the illegal settlement. It is alleged to have been the third to be launched since the Israeli war on Gaza during the summer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recall that back on December 17th, long before the supposed launch of this rocket into an empty lot in Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon announced that Israel "might be" forced to attack Gaza. How vwery convenient that a "Palestinian" fires a single rocket into an empty stretch of ground in Israel just as Israel is ready to attack Gaza again!

Dec 20 14:48

Israel – America’s torture consultant

Jamal Kanj notes that the similarity in torture techniques described in the Senate’s report and those used by the Israelis on Palestinians points to an Israeli role in America’s practise of torture.

Dec 20 10:24

Israel Airstrike Hits Hamas Site In Gaza

Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Friday. The rocket fire caused no injuries.

Palestinian residents reported hearing two explosions in the Khan Yunis region of Gaza, in an area that contains training sites for Palestinian militants. No injuries were immediately reported.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said Israel's military "will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardize the well being of the civilians of Israel. The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible and accountable for today's attack against Israel."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This started yesterday, and appears to be open-ended on the part of the Israeli military.

They are most probably bombing schools and hospitals with great glee, even though there were absolutely no reports of injuries where these shells exploded.

I am fully expecting, with Obama off-site, and Americans generally preoccupied with Christmas and New Year's, that the IDF will continue bombing Gaza for as long as they believe they can get away with it.

The Israeli government has got to be made to understand that it cannot continue to wave the Holocaust in the face of the world, while practicing serial genocide against Gazan Palestinians, because this is precisely what is happening.

A few dead here...a few more maimed for live and wounded over there... and the Israeli government thinks, who notices?!?

To the Israeli government and Knesset; the world notices. The question is what the world is willing to do, and I think the will to demonstrate, tangibly, that this is totally unacceptable, is growing among the civilized countries of the world.

Dec 20 10:01

Netanyahu shatters Israel's image By Alon Ben-Meir

snip: Ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state is certainly good for the Palestinians, but it serves Israel's needs and future wellbeing far more so than the Palestinians. Every Israeli who bought into the argument that the Palestinians are an irredeemable foe must now reexamine the falsity of this belief.

The old and tired narratives Netanyahu and his emissaries keep promulgating about how untrustworthy the Palestinians are - about their bad intent, about the Gaza experience, about the Palestinians' perpetual hatred, about their long-term strategy to destroy Israel, and about Israel's constant and grave security concerns - no longer resonate.

Dec 20 09:00

Palestinians criticize Canada for boycotting meeting on Israeli settlements

The top Palestinian diplomat in Canada says the Harper government should not have boycotted a United Nations conference this week that harshly criticized Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Said Hamad says Canada should have joined other countries at a conference in Geneva examining the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the rules of war and military occupation.

Some 126 countries of the 196 international parties to the convention adopted a resolution Wednesday saying Israel’s construction of settlements does not conform to its international legal obligations as an occupying power.

Along with Israel and the U.S., Canada boycotted the conference, another example of unwavering Conservative support of Israel — a position that has exposed deep differences with the majority of the United Nations.

Dec 20 08:51

UN General Assembly adopts resolution for Palestinian sovereignty in W. Bank, Gaza, E. Jerusalem

On Friday December 19th, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.

The Assembly adopted the resolution with a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States)

Dec 19 18:27

Israel bombs Gaza for first time since summer assault

Israeli war jets bombed targets in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and the army said early Saturday, hours after a projectile from the besieged Palestinian enclave hit open ground in southern Israel.

A spokesman for Gaza's health ministry said there were no casualties in the attack, the first airstrike by Israel on the Palestinian enclave since the summer truce that ended Israel's 50-day assault on Gaza which killed over 2,000 Palestinians, the overwhelming majority of them civilians.

The Israeli army confirmed the strike, which it said "targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure site."

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You need to ask yourself if Palestine would fire a single rocket into Israel just as the resolutions on Palestine are about to go before the Security Council. And a moment's thought suggests that Palestine is not that stupid and this is another Israel false-flag.

John Kerry already indicated the US would veto all Palestinian Resolutions, but this is uncomfortable for the US Government as it underscores that they are slaves to Israel. Better for the US and better for Israel if the resolutions are "interrupted." Hence an Israeli collaborator in Israel fires a fireworks rocket into an empty lot in Israel and Israel uncorks a new major military offensive as their "Final Solution to the Palestinian Question."

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Dec 19 18:27

Children In Gaza Were Asked To Draw What The Future Of Gaza Looks Like

UNICEF asked children to draw what they think the future of Gaza looks like. Their drawings capture the hopes and dreams that everything will be all right in the end.

The conflict between Gaza and Israel until now has cost over 2000 lives, including those of more than 500 children. As many as 10,000 people were injured, including 3000 children. Many children in Gaza lost their family members due to the violence. It is estimated that more than 400,000 children are showing signs of psychological distress and UNICEF is trying to help them by training more than 12.000 teachers to provide the support they truly need, and supporting psychosocial programs.

Dec 19 16:30

Israel attacks Hamas site in Gaza

The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that an Israeli aircraft fired rockets at a military installation northwest of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. According to the report no-one was injured in the attack.

The IDF said that the attack was launched in response to a rocket that was fired on Friday from Gaza and exploded in an open area in Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel, close to the Gaza border. No injuries or damage were reported in this incident.

Dec 19 16:22

Israel Breaks Cease-Fire by Bombing Gaza

Israel’s airstrikes violate the cease-fire that followed the country’s “Protective Edge” military attacks on Gaza earlier this year.

Israeli warplanes launched two airstrikes in eastern Al-Qarara - Khanyounis city, teleSUR’s correspondent in Gaza Noor Harazeen reported.

She said the rocket fire, a “violation of the truce” following Israel’s Protective Edge bombing campaign earlier this year, “is one of the most serious attacks on Gaza.”

Other people in the area have reported that there are blackouts in part of Gaza, such as Khan Younis.

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You need to ask yourself if Palestine would fire a single rocket into Israel just as the resolutions on Palestine are about to go before the Security Council. And a moment's thought suggests that Palestine is not that stupid and this is another Israel false-flag.

John Kerry already indicated the US would veto all Palestinian Resolutions, but this is uncomfortable for the US Government as it underscores that they are slaves to Israel. Better for the US and better for Israel if the resolutions are "interrupted."

Hence an Israeli collaborator in Israel fires a fireworks rocket into an empty lot in Israel and Israel uncorks a new major military offensive as their "Final Solution to the Palestinian Question."

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Dec 19 15:29

Israel’s splendid isolation

Uri Avnery reviews Israel’s international isolation and assesses the consequences of a US veto or non-veto of a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to the Israeli occupation.

Dec 19 12:23

Nine Palestinians injured in West Bank village

As many as nine Palestinians have been injured in the West Bank after Israeli forces suppressed a march in a village in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

Dec 19 11:35

Landslide EU vote for Palestinian State

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood in principle. A total of 498 MEPs voted in favor, while 88 were against.

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Ooooh, I'll bet a Palestinian terrorist (nudge nudge wink wink) will do something nasty in Europe soon!

Dec 19 11:10

Pro-Palestine Parliaments – Hopes and Dangers

The European Parliament, after a late compromise in pursuit of consensus, passed on December 17, by a vote of 498 to 88 with 111 abstentions, a resolution stating that it “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

This compromise language bypasses the fundamental question of when the State of Palestine should be recognized, using vague words whose imprecision neither those who genuinely wish to achieve a decent “two-state solution” (and thus support recognizing Palestine now so as to finally make meaningful negotiations possible) nor those who support perpetual occupation (and thus argue that recognition should await prior Israeli consent) can strongly object to.

Dec 19 09:10

Gazans Who Filed Compensation Against Israel Will Not Be Allowed Into Israel To Testify

On 16 December 2014, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected a petition submitted by human rights organizations against Israel’s policy of preventing residents of Gaza who have submitted compensation lawsuits for damages against the Israeli military, and their witnesses, from entering Israel to attend their own court hearings.

Adalah filed the petition in 2012 in cooperation with the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel on behalf of four individuals from Gaza who filed tort lawsuits against the Israeli military for killings, injuries and extensive property damages and whose requests for permission to enter Israel to pursue their cases were repeatedly denied.

Dec 19 07:34

Lieberman to shun meeting with Swedish counterpart

Avigdor Lieberman has decided against meeting his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström during her visit to Israel next month, Channel 2 TV reported on Wednesday. The foreign minister's decision follows Sweden's recognition of the State of Palestine. The government in Stockholm was the first major EU member to back the Palestinian Authority's unilateral statehood bid.

Dec 19 07:18

UK’s Cameron attacks Labour Party over Israel policy

British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized the Labour Party for its policy on Israel, saying the party’s leadership had shown its “true colors” by supporting Palestinian statehood.

Dec 19 07:12

Claims that Aleppo’s Synagogues have been destroyed are false

In February of 2011, coincidentally the month before of the beginning of the current Syrian crisis, President Assad signed an executive order to repair the Al-Raqi Synagogue in the old Jewish quarter of Damascus by the end of the month as the renovation of 10 other synagogues in Syria’s major cities continued.

Dec 18 14:24

Does Israel Prepare For Post-Abbas Era?

Former PA's chairman Yasser Arafat was assassinated by radio-active Polonium, according to Al-Jazeera investigative report. Arafat was also considered as "moderate" Palestinian chairman and he jointly received Peace Nobel Prize with Shimon Peres.

Earlier this year, Ma'ariv newspaper reported that ousted Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan met Netanyahu's special envoy Yitzhak Molcho. But Dahlan denied that later on.

A London-based Arabic news website, Rai Al-Youm reported that Dahlan besides former Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad and the controversial Yasser Abed Rabo met U.S. secretary of state John Kerry in UAE. The meeting which exaggerated anger of president Mamoud Abbas, according to Rai Al-Youm.

The prominent Israeli professor Yaakov Peri, Israel’s minister of science, entered politics late in life. His primary career was in the Shin Bet — the General Security Service said:
"Who’s going to succeed him [ PA's president Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen]?" , reporter Asked.

Dec 18 13:23

No More Khirbet Khizehs

"Fields that would never be harvested, plantations that would never be irrigated, paths that would become desolate. A sense of destruction and worthlessness. An image of thistles and brambles everywhere, a desolate tawniness, a braying wilderness. And already from those fields accusing eyes peered out at you, that silent accusatory look as of a reproachful animal, staring and following you so there was no refuge." -- Yizhar Smilansky, Khirbet Khizeh

On the day in 2014 that I read the new English translation of Khirbet Khizeh, Tom Engelhardt published a blog post rewriting recent news articles on the U.S. Senate's torture report as a 2019 Senate report on drone murders. The 2019 "news" media in Tom's believable account is shocked -- shocked, I tell you -- by the rampant murder discovered to have been committed using missiles from drones of all things.

Dec 18 11:51

Netanyahu: PA's unilateral moves will lead to Hamas takeover of West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday made his first public remarks about the Palestinian initiative at the UN aimed at ending the occupation by 2017, saying that unilateral moves would result in a Hamas takeover of the West Bank.

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Which is why Netanyahu is shrieking about the EU removing HAMAS from the terror group list.

Dec 18 10:39

The Israel Lobby Cowbird

How Israel lobbying organizations flit about Washington, hatching operatives into the U.S. federal government to pursue a solitary goal—advancing the interests of a foreign state.

How is the Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds?

Cowbirds use the devious strategy of brood parasitism, arriving at the nest of more parentally-oriented birds to lay their own eggs. Cowbirds then enjoy unburdened freedom to forage and thrive while their own young are raised, fed and protected by unsuspecting parents. If an avian host dares remove the cowbird’s offspring, the host’s own eggs—if not the entire nest—will likely be destroyed by the watchful cowbird.

Dec 18 10:35

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” Conference

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” is an all-day conference which will take place April 10 in the National Press Club ballroom in Washington, DC. Questions will be addressed by experts of all ages and backgrounds from academia, government, independent research organizations and alternative news media shut out of public discourse. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust’s publication Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc (IRmep).

Register online for “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” today at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org

Dec 18 09:25

Memo to Sen. Warren: More young Dems want US to side with Palestine than Israel

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In recent days, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has offered herself as the great progressive hope of the Democratic Party by calling out Citigroup on the Senate floor and saying that the government is setting itself up for more bailouts of big banks that will rob the middle class. Lionized by MSNBC and TPM and NPR, while refusing to rule out a presidential run, Warren has plainly made the calculation that she has a lot to gain by alienating a key donor class, the financial industry; Chris Matthews says she has set herself up to run for the party’s progressive base against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Dec 18 09:16

U.S. seeks to counter Palestinian UN resolution with alternative offer, says French diplomat

The United States is creating momentum for the French to forestall, or altogether abandon, presenting a resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on behalf of the Palestinians. France has been informed of an American alternative offer to the Palestinian pursuit of a draft resolution to negotiate an end Israel’s occupation of territories gained in June 1967, a French diplomatic source has told me.

Palestinian sources said they have not received any proposal from the U.S. to counter their moves at the UN. “If you have something you share it,” said a senior Palestinian official close to the arrangements. “I think what the Americans are trying to do is to delay any initiative until Israeli elections take place.”

Dec 18 09:11

EU coal in Israel’s sock

The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.

The Israelis were aghast at the news that a European court found that Hamas should be removed from the EU’s terror list. Benjamin Netanyahu reacted with his predictable buffoonery and bombast, alleging that Europe has “learned nothing” from the Holocaust.

The reality is that Israel has learned nothing from several decades of warnings by its friends and allies, who have repeatedly said Israeli indifference to human rights law, the provisions of Geneva Conventions, and the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would lead only to stalemate and backlash.

Dec 18 08:42

Demands for two-state solution intensify

Commenting on the issue, Lebanon’s Daily Star noted that US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Europe as sympathy for the Palestinian cause was increasing across the continent, both on the street and at a political level. “In recent weeks, parliaments in France, Spain, the UK, Portugal and Ireland have recommended that their governments formally recognise Palestine and Sweden has taken that further step. These steps have left the US in an awkward position and it has still to declare whether or not it would use its veto were a UN resolution on Palestinian statehood recognition to come up soon. Officials have also implied it is not yet set in stone how the US would vote whether a timetable for Israeli withdrawal from [occupied] East Jerusalem and the West Bank was introduced, Jordan having last month circulated a draft motion scheduling November 2016 as a deadline.”

Dec 18 08:08

Google seatch - pictures of dead kids in gaza

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What the US Government is guaranteeing for the future by vetoing the Security Council resolutions for Palestine.

Dec 18 08:01

Netanyahu: We expect the EU to put Hamas back on the terror blacklist immediately

Israel reacted furiously on Wednesday to the European Court of Justice’s decision to take Hamas off the EU’s list of terrorist organization, rejecting explanations that this was just a technical step that will be overturned before it is implemented.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before a meeting with Joni Ernst, the newly elected Republican senator from Iowa, called it one example of “staggering” European “hypocrisy.”

Dec 18 07:59

UK’s Cameron attacks Labour Party over Israel policy

British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized the Labour Party for its policy on Israel, saying the party’s leadership had shown its “true colors” by supporting Palestinian statehood.

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Actually, David, you just showed YOUR true colors by opening your mouth!

Dec 18 07:40

Jordan submits UN draft on Palestinians; Lieberman: Act of aggression

After a day of closed-door negotiations among Arab members of the United Nations, Jordan, which represents Arab countries on the Security Council, put the draft resolution "in blue," meaning the text of the draft has been finalized and could be put to a vote 24 hours later.

While the resolution could be put to a vote late Thursday, Riyad Mansour, Palestinian ambassador to the UN, said his country was open to continuing negotiations.

"The draft in blue in not closing the door to the continuation of the negotiation with all of our partners," Mansour said. "We are willing to work with those who want to work with us in the Security Council in a positive and constructive way."

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Dec 18 07:38

Palestinian school threatened by Israeli bulldozers

It took two years of hard work to build the Samra community school in the occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley.

But an Israeli demolition order issued against the school in October threatens to leave dozens of children without nearby access to education.

The demolition order was given under the pretext that the school was built without a permit. Yet building permits are only very rarely issued to Palestinians by the Israeli occupation authorities, one of many measures intended to push Palestinians out of the area.

Dec 18 07:37

Palestinians present resolution to UN calling for final peace accord with Israel

The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the United States by saying they were open to negotiations on the text.

The draft resolution obtained by AFP would set a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the time frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories.

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Kerry has already announced the US will veto the measure, proving to the world that not only is the US Government torturing innocent people to death to find nuclear weapons that don;t exist, but a slave to Israel as well.

Dec 18 07:26

Sec. Kerry warns against interfering in Israeli elections

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday outlined America's opposition to any effort undermining Israel's election process, while at the same time holding out hope the US and its partners could find a way to advance Mideast peace and respond to the frustrations of Palestinians.

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Kerry has since announced that the US will indeed veto the Palestinian resolutions before the Security Council.

Dec 18 07:23

WAR CRIMES: Israel’s ‘Collective Punishment’ of Gaza Released Amid Palestinian Push for Statehood

The human rights group Amnesty International has charged that Israel was in violation of humanitarian law due to the deliberate destruction of civilian buildings in the Gaza Strip following a brutal siege over the summer dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper.

According to a recent investigative report by Amnesty International, Israel’s actions were tantamount to war crimes based on their unjustified destruction of buildings in the Gaza Strip between August 23-26 of 2014. Even though there were no civilian casualties during the decimation of those buildings, the advocacy group report states that the ‘collective punishment’ was without justification and in clear violation of the international community.

Predictably, Israel has asserted that the buildings destroyed have been allegedly linked to Hamas and that Amnesty International has fallen prey to a conspiratorial plot crafted by Hamas. However, there has been no definitive proof offered by Israel to prove this claim.

Dec 18 07:10

Kerry: US will veto Palestinian bid for statehood

US Secretary of State John Kerry is reported to have informed the Palestinian delegation headed by Saeb Erekat that Washington will use its veto power at the UN Security Council against the Arab draft resolution which calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestine territories occupied in 1967; AFP quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying.

Kerry had earlier said that Washington has not decided on the Security Council draft resolution saying: “The time is not right for speculation about a UN draft resolution that has not been submitted yet.”

Dec 17 22:56

The US feels the heat on Palestine vote at UN

The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On Friday the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France and Spain.

Dec 17 19:22

Israeli role in Syrian conflict brought into the open

Israel is also capitalising on the war on the IS to misleadingly portray it as identical with the Palestinian “Islamic” resistance movements because of their Islamic credentials. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on September 29.

Dec 17 13:58

EU Parliament Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

On Wednesday, European parliamentarians endorsed Palestinian statehood. Symbolically. In principle. A compromise motion.

Carrying overwhelmingly - 498 to 88 with 111 abstentions. More on this below.

Dec 17 11:19

The US feels the heat on Palestine vote at UN

The Israeli election’s one certain outcome is that, whoever wins, the next coalition will, actively or passively, allow more of the same: a slow, creeping annexation of what is left of a possible Palestinian state, as the US and Europe bicker.

Dec 17 10:57

WAIT UNTIL PSYCHO GAL HEARS ABOUT THIS …

Hamas removed from EU terrorist list on technicality

Dec 17 09:43

Truth In Berlin

The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Germany’s Family Ministry and the Berlin Senate are engulfed in an anti-Israel scandal because they provided some funding for the three-day Canaan conference that included a group that had previously hosted a speaker who called for an “end of Jewry” and claimed that “Zionists are racists.”

If anyone still harbored some remote doubts about racism and the ‘Jews only State’, such doubts evaporated last month when the Israeli cabinet approved Israel’s National Bill, a law that specifically affirms the primacy of Jews in Israel.

Dec 17 09:43

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

The Palestinians seem to be more united than ever while Israel is sinking into shtetle type fights. Seemingly, even the Jewish Lobby can’t provide the good anymore. Israeli PM has been witnessed in the last few days begging America to veto the plea submitted by Palestinian President Abbas with the Security Council to set a November 2016 deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Dec 17 09:40

Israel criticised at Geneva meeting

A total of 126 of 196 parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention have met in Geneva and agreed that international humanitarian law must be followed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Dec 17 09:40

Israel Demands EU Return Hamas to Terror List

The EU General Court's ruling to exclude Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations has sparked a powerful protest in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Hamas a "murderous terrorist organization" and promised to continue to fight it.

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Plus a "Hamas" (nudge nudge wink wink) terror attack on a major European city!

Dec 17 07:40

Zabludowicz Foundation Boycotted Over Arms Dealing Connection

The online magazine Mute is "hosting" a call for the boycott of the Zabludowicz Foundation, set up by London tycoon Poju Zabludowicz and his wife Anita.

According to Mute, the document was initially published in the wake of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, which killed over 2,000 Gazans and over 70 Israelis. It also caused the displacement of an estimated half-million Gaza Strip inhabitants.

Dec 17 07:33

Geneva Conventions invoke rights of Palestinians

The international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying Wednesday the practice violates its responsibilities as an occupying power.

A declaration adopted by consensus among 126 of the 196 parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention insists that international humanitarian law must be followed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Israel's response will be a new attack on Gaza.

Dec 17 07:30

EU parliament backs compromise resolution on Palestinian state

The European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle on Wednesday in a compromise motion that did not follow some European national legislatures in backing immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.

Following a deal among the main parties, the motion that was carried stated: "(The European Parliament) supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced."

Dec 17 07:01

'ISRAEL MIGHT BE FORCED TO ATTACK GAZA AGAIN': ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTER

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army might be forced to attack Gaza again, said the Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Tuesday, according to the army's radio channel.

Ya'alon came together with the Israeli soldiers and told them that they need to be ready for another war in Gaza anytime, the Israeli news radio reported. Ya'alon reportedly said, "The army might be forced to attack Gaza with all its power."

Dec 16 19:35

Whitewashing a murder…

Moments before he was murdered and standing in the middle of a group of Israeli soldiers, the minister spoke live to TV reporters,

“‘This is an occupying terrorising army… we came here to plant trees. We are peaceful. No one was violent, yet we were attacked brutally by this terrorist army.’

Dec 16 18:37

Israel is occupied Palestine

Those of us who care and indeed struggle for justice in Palestine would do well not to fall for the old colonial tricks. Rather we should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.

Dec 16 15:08

“A Taboo on Telling the Truth About Palestine”

We are complicit in the creation of the modern Middle East. By honoring the taboo described by Edward Said, we made and now sustain Israel, not as a democracy which it claims to be, but as a war machine designed to extend the American empire over the bodies of dead children in Gaza and the WestBank.

There is no taboo against speaking of ISIS. The taboo related to ISIS is its connection to another American creation, the modern state of Israel.

Hedges opens a door into the darkness of our refusal to acknowledge our major role in Israel’s creation myth. He sees ISIS as an emulation of the modern state of Israel.

Dec 16 15:02

Is the U.S. Government incapable of breaking free from the domination of its Zionist masters?

The US Congress passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the beginning of December.

As is made clear in the article by Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League ambassador to the United States, transmitted here, at a time when European states are, hesitantly, moving toward holding Israel accountable for its crimes and taking meaningful action to end the occupation, the United States is, defiantly, moving in the opposite direction, confirming its national subservience to Israel and its continuing support (in its acts if not its rhetoric) for perpetual occupation.

Dec 16 14:57

Iran Nuclear Talks à la Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Soon after the Iran nuclear talks were recently extended for another seven months (beyond the November 22, 2014 deadline), President Rouhani spoke with the Iranian people in a televised address in which he sought to portray the inconclusive negotiations as a diplomatic victory for Iran, as an indication that his team of negotiators “stood their ground” in the face of excessive demands by the US and its allies.

Dec 16 14:13

US feels the heat on Palestine vote at UN

Jonathan Cook says while Europe is becoming increasingly disenchanted with Israel, as shown by the growing recognitions of Palestine, US policy towards Israel is paralysed by fear of upsetting the Zionist lobby.

Dec 16 10:47

WATCH THE WICKED WITCH OF THE JERUSALEM POST MELT DOWN

The following lecture by Caroline Glick meted out to Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference last Thursday is simultaneously so over the top and so typical of apologists for Israel that it deserves wide attention.

Glick, the deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, is a popular right wing public figure in Israel and abroad. Her fans can’t get enough of her, note the uploader of the video (below) thinks she’s “brilliant” and you can hear audience members cheering her on as she berates Ambassador Vahr in this clip. She got a lot of airtime in The New Yorker last month.

As a longtime Glick-watcher I have developed a deep appreciation for her mobile facial expressions and body language. There’s never any doubt how much disdain she has for her adversaries. Whether it’s a good tactic for dealing with diplomats, though– well, judge for yourself.

Dec 16 08:26

A look at Israeli settler population growth

Here is a look at the growth in the population of Israel’s West Bank settlements over the past decade, including the past five years under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared with growth of the overall Israeli and Palestinian populations.

Dec 16 08:25

Israeli troops kill Palestinian during West Bank clash

Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian during an arrest raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the military and Palestinian witnesses said.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Gaza, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. U.S.-brokered peace talks between the sides broke down in April.

Dec 16 08:24

Netanyahu Pushes US to Stop Palestinian Resolutions at UN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Secretary of State John Kerry today, pressing for a US veto for the assorted UN resolutions coming up on the subject of peace talks

Dec 16 08:09

George Clooney’s Fiancée Rejects UN Gaza War Crimes Commission

Amal Alamuddin, actor George Clooney’s fiancée, has turned down a United Nations appointment to a commission investigating possible war crimes in the occupied Gaza Strip during Israel’s military offensive.

The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council announced Monday that Alamuddin, a Lebanese-born British human rights attorney, would join two other experts on a special commission to investigate looking into possible violations of the rules of war during the Israeli offensive against Hamas. The council is a 47 member-state body elected by the member states of the U.N. Its mission is to promote human rights.

But just hours after the HRC announcement, Clooney’s Hollywood agent, Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement on Alamuddin’s behalf saying she had pulled out of participating in the probe, The Guardian reported.

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Clooney must have gotten a nasty phone call!

Dec 16 08:08

Israel tries to head off UN resolution calling for West Bank withdrawal in two years

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart a Palestinian and Arab bid to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years.

Mr Netanyahu met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome to lobby for an American veto after issuing statements ruling out any such withdrawal, even if it is passed by the Security Council.

Dec 16 07:55

Palestinian statehood bid 'political attack' on Israel: Lieberman

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday described a UN Security Council draft resolution calling for an end to Israel's decades-long occupation and the creation of an independent state of Palestine as a "political attack" on the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

Dec 16 07:26

Torture in Israeli prisons: 200 methods used against Palestinian prisoners

Hundreds of torture methods used against Palestinian prisoners during interrogations conducted in Israeli prisoners have been observed by human rights organisations and prisoners’ rights associations.

A report by the United Nations lists around 200 methods of torture. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem listed around 105 torture methods. Regardless of the number, all these reports indicate a grave level of violations perpetrated against Palestinians following their arrest.

Dec 15 17:25

Collective punishment of 1.8 million human shields in a prison — Newsweek dares publish the truth of Gaza

The evening I left, I passed back by Beit Hanoun. Three young teenagers were digging in the dark… They were clearing the rubble from their family orchard.

The teenagers showed me where they had planted a new clementine tree. As I squeezed back out of the Erez turnstiles, I realised why there was no longer a need to plaster up martyrs pictures on Gaza’s walls. The latest collective punishment inflicted on 1.8 million Gazans had made martyrs of them all.

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The European Newsweek ran the article. but not the US edition!

Dec 15 17:24

Gaza: One War, One Family. Five Children, Four Dead

In a house in Rafah in southern Gaza, near the Egyptian border, Nabil Siyam, aged 34, slowly lays out pictures of his family. He only has one arm, the other was blown off by an Israeli bomb during the summer war. The pictures show his wife, Shireen, and their children – Mustafa, 9, Ghaida, a girl aged 8, Abdul Rahman, 6, Badruddin, 5 and Dalal, also a girl, aged nine months. All but Badruddin were killed by the same bomb; the little boy lost a kidney and now plays on his father’s lap. Also killed were two of Nabil’s brothers, two of his brothers’ wives and three of their children, who lived in this house.

Dec 15 13:25

Miko Peled: This is NOT Recognition

As the recognition by European countries of a so called “State of Palestine” continues, it is becoming obvious that this is nothing but an old colonial trick dusted and reused. The fact that liberal Zionist hypocrites the likes of the Israeli writers Amoz Oz and David Grossman are all over it says it all.

In Palestine, speaking out against injustice is no longer enough. In fact it was never enough. As people of conscience we must act for the removal of the injustice and its replacement with a free, democratic system. But many forget that in order to achieve this there must be a struggle. A real struggle, and not some intellectualized version of a struggle as is often suggested by some Israeli liberals, is the only way to defeat racist, colonialist regimes.

Dec 15 08:31

Netanyahu to tell Kerry: Israel expects U.S. to veto Palestinians' UN bid

Senior Israeli official says U.S. should maintain its policy on unilateral measures, ahead of leaders' Rome meet; Kerry staff nixes scheduled photo op; Palestinians say will submit UN draft resolution this week.

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Dec 15 07:15

Ex-Mossad chief: Peace will elude us until we treat Palestinians with dignity

There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as Israelis don’t treat the Palestinians as equals, Efraim Halevy said last week, accusing senior government officials of advancing “condescending” policies toward the Palestinians.

Dec 14 18:47

Thousands of Hamas supporters march in Gaza

Palestinian militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, took part in a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement’s creation, at Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on December 12, 2014.

Dec 14 15:26

Whitewashing a Palestinian minister’s murder

Jamal Kanj examines the murder by Israeli Wehrmacht soldiers of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein and the subsequent propaganda blitz by Israel and its Western stooges and nincompoops to whitewash the murder.

Dec 14 12:45

The Jewish Technological Mind

These Israelis seem to be convinced that Palestinians are defeated by kosher technology. They are so wrong…

But they clearly made war and destruction into a profitable business...

Dec 14 12:44

Israelis Are Furious Over A Leaked IDF Video

Israeli army officials are outraged over a leaked IDF's video analysis of two Palestinian sea-borne heroic commando raids during the recent onslaught on Gaza.

The nearly six-minute-long debriefing video and audio is made of an amalgam of CCTV footage from secretive army human and electronic surveillance outposts close to the beach at the northern end of the Gaza Strip. The video reveals an outstanding Palestinian heroism, but it also exposes the level of surveillance coverage around Israel’s border. The cuts are taken from various locations, angles and heights, include manned and remote watch towers, helicopters, drones, seaborne weapons-systems viewfinders and targeting systems, all synced together in order to track the Palestinian commandos.

Dec 14 12:39

IN PALESTINE FREEDOM’S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE

Israel resumes building museum on Muslim cemetery

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Israeli forces detain over 20 in West Bank, East Jerusalem

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Activists raise Palestinian flag at checkpoint in Bethlehem

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The ghosts of Gaza: Interview with a front-line resistance fighter

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Israeli forces raid home of Ma’an reporter in Jerusalem

Dec 14 08:42

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

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

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

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Dec 14 08:33

EUROPE’S RECOGNITION OF PALESTINE AND THE ISRAELI ELECTIONS

Israel is now in a race against time to change the map of Palestine. It will annex large parts of areas in the West Bank classified as “C”. This is the unilateral Israeli solution of the Palestinian question, a euphemism for the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.

Dec 14 08:33

THE SETTLEMENTS ARE STRANGLING PALESTINIAN TOURISM

Palestinian officials say the growth of Israeli settlements – there are now 22 around Bethlehem – is steadily strangling access, prompting tourists to stay away.

Dec 14 08:07

Binyamin Netanyahu says Israel will resist timetable to end occupation

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said he will tell the US secretary of state, John Kerry, that Israel will rebuff any moves at the United Nations to set a timeframe for a withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for their state.

The State Department has said the two men will meet in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.

Kerry will then meet the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, and a delegation of Arab foreign ministers in London on Tuesday, who will urge the United States not to use its UN security council veto to block the proposals, Palestinian officials said.

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The US may have boxed itself in. The Arab nations can put real pressure on the US to refrain from a veto by threatening to keep the drop in oil prices in place. If the US complains, Saudi Arabia will just remind the world that this was all the US' idea in the first place, to harm Russia. Israel may be in for a big surprise at the Security council!

Dec 14 06:40

‘Suicide Drones’ and the Spoils of War: Israeli arms manufacturers look to cash in on the war in Gaza

Three weeks after Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip concluded, Israeli military and political leaders attended a conference next to Ben Gurion Airport to sell the successes of what Israel dubbed Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians including 521 children. The annual conference, named “Israel Unmanned Systems 2014,” took place in business-as-usual atmosphere — even with a complimentary beer keg. But the fare was anything but humdrum. Among the offerings were suicide drones, “loitering munitions” that need to explode; a 16-year-old showing off high-tech robots designed by fellow high schoolers and future drone makers; and “premature” weapons, armaments that have not been fully tested before they are used on a live Palestinian population. Such is Israel the military power.

Dec 13 15:07

Israel’s Jews NOT Palestinians who are trapped in their public narrative

The only threat to Israel’s very existence is its on-going colonization of the occupied West Bank (ethnic cleansing slowly and by stealth) and the sickening Zionist self-righteousness that justifies it.

It’s Israel’s Jews not the Palestinians who have got to make the first major move if there is ever to be peace based on justice for the Palestinians and security for all. And what does that first major move have to be?

AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT A TERRIBLE WRONG WAS DONE TO THE PALESTINIANS BY ZIONISM IN THE NAME OF ALL JEWS AND THAT THIS WRONG MUST BE RIGHTED

Dec 13 13:53

Israel’s Jews trapped in their own narrative

Alan Hart explains why Israeli Jews must acknowledge that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism in the name of all Jews and that this wrong must be righted

Dec 13 09:31

#OperationWeekofAction ~~ AGAINST REMAX

Yesterday’s Post dealt with the countrywide protests against Remax. Those protests continue to this day …. but I wanted to share a post from the archives dealing with my own run in with Remax many years ago …. nothing has changed as far as their racist policies go ….. Here’s the post;

Dec 13 08:31

Palestinian FM hails Portugal parliament motion

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has welcomed a recommendation passed earlier Friday by the Portuguese parliament urging Lisbon to recognize the state of Palestine within pre-1967 borders.

"We have followed these positive developments… through our embassy in Portugal," the ministry said in a statement.

Friday's parliamentary vote, the ministry added, reflected unanimity among Portugal's various political parties in support of the Palestinian people's "legitimate rights."

Dec 13 07:40

Putin confirms support for independent Palestinian state

"Russia has consistently advocated in favor of the earliest execution of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians for establishment of an independent, contiguous and viable state,” Putin said in a letter sent to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Saturday.

“We believe that Palestine’s acquisition of national sovereignty on the common international legal base will be an important factor in ensuring comprehensive, just settlement in the Middle East,” he added.

Russian Ambassador to Palestine Alexander Rudakov delivered the letter to Secretary-General of the Palestinian Presidency Al-Tayeb Abdul Rahim.

Dec 13 06:46

Portuguese parliament calls for Palestinian state

Portugal’s parliament has accepted a resolution calling on the government to recognize Palestine’s statehood.

The resolution, jointly filed by the Portuguese center-right majority and the opposition Socialist party on Friday, proposed “recognizing, in coordination with the European Union, the state of Palestine as independent and sovereign.”

Portuguese Foreign Minister Rui Machete said after the vote that the government “will choose the moment best suited” for the recognition of the Palestinian state.

Dec 12 16:53

Sour Milk and Stolen Honey: One woman's fight to save her husband held hostage by Israel's brutal family laws

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Dec 12 14:58

Ya'alon: Settlement construction will continue in spite of US pressure to stop

Settlement construction will continue in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said in a statement published by Israeli media outlets yesterday.

He claimed that the American administration had pressured Israel to halt the advancement of settlement plans but "this administration won't be in power forever", referring to Barack Obama's administration which Ya'alon has clashed with numerous times.

Israeli sources claimed that the American administration could not use its veto power in the UN Security Council vote on the Palestinian-Jordanian proposal to set a timeframe for the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.

Dec 12 14:00

Israeli Apartheid - Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Over six and a half decades are enough. What can't go on forever won't. Chickens eventually come home to roost. More on this below.

Israeli apartheid exceeds the worst of South Africa's. Reflcting longstanding police state ruthlessness.

Two intifadas expressed Palestinian outrage. Some observers believe a third began. Nonviolent solidarity days of rage show it. The latest December 12 incident suggests more violence to come.

Dec 12 12:44

The United States of Torture

Want to abolish torture by US government agents? Then abolish the American empire.

There’s no shortcut, no way to ensure that “national security” won’t trump elementary ethics in the future – not unless we permanently ditch our imperial ambitions and restore our old republic. Until then we’ll remain the United States of Torture.

Dianne Feinstein was the canary in the coalmine. If even the senior Senator from California, as stalwart an ally of the CIA and the National Security State as one is likely to find, was upset enough to make such a fuss about the Senate torture report then it had to be pretty awful. The release of the 600-page report summary confirmed our worst suspicions.

Dec 12 12:15

Enlightenment 03/12/2014

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Interview with Marianne Azizi, who will be on the WRH radio show Friday.

Dec 12 09:21

Israel threatens to review cooperation with Swiss over Geneva debate on PA territories

Switzerland has riled Israel over its decision to host a meeting of signatory states to the Geneva Conventions, expected to slam Israel for its actions in the "occupied territories." Israel pledged to reconsider its future cooperation with the Swiss.

Dec 12 09:16

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program

Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on “war on terror” detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.

But the handwritten notes obtained exclusively by Truthout drafted two decades ago by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the CIA and credited as being one of the architects of the government’s top-secret torture program, tell a dramatically different story about the reasons detainees were brutalized and it was not just about obtaining intelligence.

Rather, as Jessen’s notes explain, torture was used to “exploit” detainees, that is, to break them down physically and mentally, in order to get them to “collaborate” with government authorities. Jessen’s notes emphasize how a “detainer” uses the stresses of detention to produce the appearance of compliance in a prisoner.

Dec 12 08:35

Palestinian Foreign Minister calls on West to take action against Israel after minister's death

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki yesterday called on members of the diplomatic corps in Ramallah to urge their countries to take action in response to the killing of the Head of Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission in the Palestinian Territories Ziad Abu Ein.

During a meeting with diplomats in Ramallah, Al-Maliki said they should not only condemn and denounce the murder, but act to stop the ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

Dec 12 07:11

#WeekofAction ~~THE WEST BANK IS NOT FOR SALE!

SHAME on RE/MAX! While Palestinian homes and olive groves are bulldozed to make way for new settlements, Israeli RE/MAX agents are doing business in all the major West Bank settlements, including Adam, Beit Arye, Beit El, Giva’at Ze’ev, Ma’ale Adumim, Oranit, Salit, Sha’arei Tikva and Zufim.

In occupied East Jerusalem, the company markets and rents properties in the settlement neighborhoods of Gilo, Har Homa, Ramot, French Hill and Pisgat Ze’ev. The settlement properties cater to young Israeli couples and first-time buyers by offering less expensive suburban real estate.

Through REMAX you can find —for a cool $1 million—a 4,000 square-foot villa just minutes from Jerusalem, “at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac” in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumin with balconies, high quality materials, and swimming pools for example.

Dec 12 06:01

Palestine... RIP

Snag this video while it's available. Dawson had it removed a couple of times already.

Dec 11 15:05

FLASHBACK - Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Point Blank Range.

The incident took place on July 7 near the village of Nil'in which has been the scene in recent weeks of almost daily violent demonstrations against the construction of the West Bank security fence nearby.

According to the videotape, which the military said was reviewed by Judge Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit, a Palestinian demonstrator - Ashraf Abu Rahma - is seen handcuffed and blindfolded and being led to a jeep by a high-ranking IDF officer

The video clip shows a soldier aim his weapon at the demonstrator's legs from about 1.5 meters away and then fire a rubber bullet at him. Abu-Rahma said the bullet hit his left toe and that he received treatment from an army medic and was then released by the soldiers.

Dec 11 11:08

REMEMBERING ZIAD ABU EIN

Speaking shortly before his death, the minister told reporters why he was at the protest. “This is the army of the occupation and they are stopping Palestinians from acting on their rights. We came to our Palestinian land to plant trees and olive trees. They attacked us immediately without anyone throwing a stone or attacking them. This is a terrorist occupying army that stops Palestinians from enacting on their rights,” Abu Ein said.

Dec 11 09:49

Ireland and France approve Palestinian state recognition

Ireland’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the government to recognize the state of Palestine formally, on the basis of the 1967 borders. French senators also backed the symbolic resolution.

The motion was immediately slammed by Israel. Emmanuel Nahson, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry accused the Irish parliament of “statements of hatred and anti-Semitism directed at Israel in a way which we have not heard before.”

Dec 11 09:38

Israel ‘completely responsible’ for death of Palestinian minister – PA government

Thousands of people gathered at the funeral of the Palestinian minister, who died shortly after Israeli-Palestinian clashes on Wednesday. The parties to the conflict came up with contradictory reports after his autopsy.

As thousands of Palestinians mourned 55-year-old Ziad Abu Ein, a senior official, in Ramallah, there were clashes with the Israeli police around the West Bank.

Dec 11 08:52

The Israeli Scientific Mind

Palestinian official says medical examination shows Minister Ziad Abu Ein died from being struck and inhaling tear gas; Israeli source: He died from a heart attack.

I am not surprised by this emerging dispute. Israelis are not very good in handling causality unless Jewish pain is detected. In the Jewish universe the Jew is always an innocent victim. But in this case of Minister Ziad Abu Ein, it is a Palestinian person in his prime, who was physically and brutally attacked by a young Israeli policeman. When such an event happens, the Israelis prefer to stick to forensic evidence – they remove any responsibility.

Dec 11 08:38

Israel teaches brutality to your security agencies

Early this year, in Denver (Colorado) ex-Israeli soldier Eran Efrati, explained how Israel Occupation Force (IOF) have militarized foreign law enforcement agencies in countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, India, etc. “Israeli soldiers are intensely trained for a war, whilst their actual military duties are to subdue and control Palestinians,” he said.

Dec 11 08:24

Shin Bet: Anti-Arab activists admit to J'lem school arson

The three suspects arrested for an arson attack at a Hebrew-Arabic bilingual school in Jerusalem are members of the right-wing Lehava organization, the Shin Bet said on Thursday.

Lehava, an anti-Arab group, attempts to combat Jewish assimilation. According to the Shin Bet, the three suspects confessed their actions during questioning.

Dec 11 07:54

Victory: US student workers’ union backs Israel boycott in landslide vote

Student workers at the University of California have voted by a landslide to support the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

The votes, which were cast on 4 December by members of UAW Local 2865, resulted in 65 percent, or 1,411 members voting in support of a BDS resolution against 35 percent, or 749 members, voting against.

UAW Local 2865 has thus become the first labor union in the US to join the BDS movement.

Dec 11 07:50

Netanyahu urges PA for calm following minister's death

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to the Palestinian Authority urging for calm following the death of Minister Ziad Abu Ein after he was attacked by Israeli soldiers yesterday, the Anadolu Agency reported.

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Netanyahu is just showboating. If he really wanted calm, the IDF would not have murdered the minister!

Dec 11 07:49

Autopsy reveals Palestinian minister was murdered

The death Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein was the result of beating, teargas-induced asphyxiation and obstruction by the Israeli army to transfer him to a hospital on time, a Palestinian official said, citing official forensic results.

Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hassan Al-Sheikh, detailing the forensic results to the official Palestinian radio station today, asserted that the findings show that Abu Ein, who was fatally injured yesterday during an Israeli clampdown on a Palestinian protest against settlements and the Separation Wall near Ramallah, had been "murdered".

"The forensic report is an essential piece of evidence of Israel's responsibility [for Abu Ein's death]," Al-Sheikh said following yesterday evening's autopsy.

He added that the Palestinian authorities carried out the autopsy in an East Jerusalem university hospital after refusing to allow an Israeli medical centre to handle the procedure.

Dec 11 07:27

French Senate to vote on Palestine's statehood

After the French National Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the government to recognize the State of Palestine, the Senate will vote on Thursday on a similar resolution, submitted by the Greens parliamentary group.

The draft resolution is symbolic, as was the one passed by the Assembly on Dec. 2. However, experts believe that the support of France will strengthen the position of Palestine in peace negotiations.

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"No, it won't It won't it won't it WON'T!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Dec 11 06:14

Symbolic European gestures of state recognition won’t advance the Palestinian cause

If George Washington could revisit us today he would say that America's passionate attachment for Israel has produced the variety of evils he described in his 1796 address.

At the time of writing there is a French initiative underway. Its purpose is, it seems, to get a new Security Council resolution in which the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 would be a key component…

Will Obama administration veto this new peace initiative ?

Dec 10 16:46

FLASHBACK - Israeli high court decision enables widespread torture of Palestinian detainees

When human rights workers, lawyers and doctors get a chance to speak with Palestinian detainees about their treatment in Israeli prisons, the standard response is ‘?di, meaning “as usual.” After a little prodding, sometimes they will get the details of what exactly is “usual.” (See Bana Shoughry-Badarne’s “Torture in Israel – A Question of Getting Away With It.”)

One man tells of being violently beaten for 80 hours while being told his mother was dying.

Another man was allowed to sleep for two hours every three days for a total of 40 days, while interrogators shouted directly into his ears. (Examples from Shoughry-Badarne’s article.)

When the brutal “interrogation” is exhausted, officers may send the prisoners to a foul-smelling cell, where mold lines the walls and there is a hole in the floor to use as a toilet.

Dec 10 16:18

Obama admin ‘won’t be around forever’ - Israeli minister on W. Bank settlement stall

"I really want to approve plans and build more – right now this issue provokes a reaction first and foremost from the Americans, and then threats from various sources," Ya’alon said, as quoted by Haaretz, on Tuesday addressing high school students in a Jewish West Bank settlement.

According to Ya’alon, the United States has “led the charge” and Israel has been “very, very careful not to push the envelope too much.”

The construction will eventually begin again because the Obama administration “won’t be around forever.”

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"And we already own Hillary Clinton!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Dec 10 16:14

Ziad Abu Ein Killed By Israeli Forces

P.A.'s Abbas declared 3 days of mourning after the Israeli occupation forces killed Ziad Abu Ain, a Palestinian official and former prisoner in Israeli jails.
Abu Ein was handed a life sentence in Israel in 1982 after being extradited from the US in 1981 over the killing of two Zionists in Tiberias in 1979. Abu Ein planted the explosives which killed Boaz Lahav and David Lankri.

Ziad Abu Ein died immedietly after an Israeli border policeman shoved and grabbed him by the throat
Abbas slams 'barbaric' Israeli assault on slain official and he said:"All options on table", after he threatened to suspend 'security coordination' with Israelis.

Dec 10 15:57

Symbolic European gestures of state recognition won't advance the Palestinian cause

Alan Hart says Europe needs to go beyond gestures towards Palestine and submit a Security Council resolution with an ultimatum for Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories or face international sanctions.

Dec 10 14:07

Hard Truths in Occupied Palestine Media Scoundrels Suppress

Numerous ones. Important ones. Longstanding ones. Relating to humanitarian, human rights and other international law abuses.

US constitutional and statute laws. Israeli laws. Basic ones in lieu of an Israeli constitution.

Knesset enacted statutes. Recent and past. Good and bad. High Court decisions in both countries. Relating to civil and human rights.

Dec 10 13:35

Palestinian minister dies after run-in with IDF soldiers in West Bank protest

The settlement minister in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Ziad Abu Ein, died after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers during a West Bank protest, witnesses and medics said. President Mahmoud Abbas called Abu Ein's death a "brutal act".

Dec 10 13:23

WATCH: Jewish State terrorists shoot Palestinian kid in the head

Video showing unarmed 16 year old Raouf Snobar shot in the head by JS terrorists (Israeli army) in Jalazon refugee camp near Ramallah today, near the same spot they killed the Palestinian minister. After shooting him in the head and seriously injuring him, maybe permanently, they try to "revive" him.

Dec 10 11:42

VIDEO SHOWS PROOF OF SETTLER VIOLENCE IN PALESTINE

Ultra-leftist B’tselem has published an edited video shot by an Arab resident of Hevron, showing a Jewish resident of the city as he came under attack by rock throwers. The Jew, nationalist activist Noam Federman, jumps out of his car together with a passenger, and begins to throw rocks back at the attackers. At one point, he also takes a carton of eggs from the back of an Arab-owned commercial van and throws it on the ground.

Leftist Israeli news media presented the video as proof of “settler violence,” but judging by reader reactions to reports on the Channel 2website, an overwhelming majority of the viewers approved of Federman’s actions.

DO YOU?

Dec 10 09:43

Iraqi Jews reject ‘cynical manipulation’ of their history by Israel, Zionists, writer Almog Behar tells EI

“It is far from the first instance of tampering with, exploiting, and deleting our history, but it is the straw that broke the camel’s back, and so … we formed the Committee of Baghdadi Jews in Ramat-Gan.”

This is how writer, poet and activist Almog Behar described a decision by a group of Jews from Arab and Kurdish backgrounds to speak out forcefully against renewed Israeli government propaganda efforts to counter Palestinian refugee rights by using the claims of Jews who left Arab countries for Israel in the 1950s.

Israeli diplomats, Haaretz reported last week, “have been instructed to raise the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries at every relevant forum. This is part of a new international campaign to create parity between the plight of Jewish and Palestinian refugees, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon announced on Monday.”

Dec 10 09:17

Middle east on the brink: Palestinian minister dies after being tear gassed and hit in the chest with a rifle butt by an Israeli soldier at West Bank protest

Israel and the Palestinians were on the brink again today after a Fatah cabinet minister died shortly after an altercation with the Israeli military during a West Bank protest.

Ziad Abu Ain was hit in the chest with a rifle butt and grabbed by soldiers, who also fired tear gas at the demonstrators, witnesses said.

Shortly after the attack, the 55-year-old minister without portfolio began to look faint and fell to the ground clasping his chest, according to people at the scene. He died on the way to hospital.

His death was condemned by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who described the attack as 'a barbaric act which we cannot be silent about or accept.'

Dec 10 08:13

Palestinian minister dies at West Bank protest

Witnesses say Zaid Abu Ein was hit by Border Police troops; IDF says he died of heart attack, is still investigating the incident.

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A rather odd coincidence. Here in the United States, our Israeli-trained police always claim it was a heart attack when their tasers kill an innocent American!

Dec 09 16:30

Why Gaza Is the Real-World Set for ‘The Hunger Games’

I could have never imagined myself drawing parallels between my refugee camp, Nuseirat, in the Gaza Strip, its heroic people, and a Hollywood movie; the struggle of my people is too sacred for that. But I couldn’t help it as I watched the latest from The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay.

Dec 09 13:06

Strikes on Gaza high-rises were ‘war crimes’

Israeli airstrikes on four multi-storey buildings towards the end of its 50-day military assault on Gaza this summer amounted to war crimes, rights group Amnesty International has said.

A new report released by the London-based rights organisation on Tuesday claimed that the attacks on the civilian buildings on the last four days of the war were deliberate.

Dec 09 11:26

CrossTalk: Arab Spring Mirage

With the judicial exoneration of Egypt’s former President Mubarak, we are forced to consider the condition of the so-called Arab Spring. Or even ponder if there was even such a thing. And whether Washington actually prefers dictators and monarchs in the region, notes Peter Lavelle.

CrossTalking with David Ottaway, Wael Eskandar and Hafsa Kara-Mustapha.

Interesting that they are only just beginning to wake up to the farce. Its like calling the Kiev coup a revolution. This is what analyst Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich told RT almost four years ago about the uprisings “wrong to call it Arab Spring, that was a term used by Western journalists to justify the Iraq invasion and imply ‘democracy’ would spread!”

Dec 09 11:11

PEACE IS NOT A GAME OF ‘TRUTH OR DARE’

False or not, the photo was meant to be an inspiration to those fighting for Peace.

The following photo is actually a true one …. but keep in mind that the struggle for Peace is not a game of Truth or Dare! Any tool that can be used can be considered Truth …. I dare you to disagree!

Dec 09 09:43

Videos show casual brutality of Israeli army in Hebron

Two videos published by Christian Peacemaker Teams show the casual brutality faced by the people of the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

The first video, above, shows what happened when a group of Palestinians waving flags attempted to stage a peaceful protest against the closure of “Checkpoint 56” on 29 November.

As Christian Peacemaker Teams explains in a 4 December release, the protestors were immediately met by “a torrent of tear gas and sound grenades rained down from Israeli forces, who were occupying rooftops” above the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood.

Checkpoint 56 stands between the Bab al-Zawiya and Tel Rumeida districts and leads on to a small section of Shuhada Street. Palestinians are banned from most of the street, once a bustling center of city life, for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

Dec 09 08:55

Winter is coming: Gaza still in ruins, hard to rebuild after after 50-day war

Dec 09 08:30

Strikes on Gaza high-rises were 'war crimes'

Israeli airstrikes on four multi-storey buildings towards the end of its 50-day military assault on Gaza this summer amounted to war crimes, rights group Amnesty International has said.

A new report released by the London-based rights organisation on Tuesday claimed that the attacks on the civilian buildings on the last four days of the war were deliberate.

Dec 09 08:28

Palestine secures ICC observer status

Palestine has secured an observer status at the International Criminal Court (ICC), which paves the way for the Palestinians to sue senior Israeli officials for war crimes.

Dec 09 07:39

Israel’s worst enemy is Netanyahu

Netanyahu has a siege mentality. He has lived his life in survival mode premised on Jews as eternal victims, which is why in almost all of his major speeches he refers to the Holocaust. Israel is a nuclear-armed country with the most powerful army in the region and is under the protection of the superpower. His attempts to paint Jews as victims are cynical; they are nothing more than a pretext to perpetuate Israel’s brutal occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem citing the Palestinians as an existential threat.

Dec 09 07:02

Activists protest RE/MAX in Denver

Protesters marched with signs in front of the RE/MAX International headquarters in Denver to raise awareness that this U.S.-based global real estate corporation was selling Palestinian West Bank property to Jewish-only settlements that have displaced thousands of Palestinian families in the West Bank in violation of international law.

Dec 09 06:45

308,000 Palestinians endured jailing since 1987 uprising

Around 308,000 Palestinians had undergone the experience of detention in Israeli jails since the eruption of the first Palestinian Intifada (uprising) in 1987, a Palestinian NGO said Monday.

Dec 08 22:58

Israel carried out war crimes in Gaza: Amnesty

Human rights monitor Amnesty International says the Israeli regime committed war crimes during the latest war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Dec 08 16:03

Why Gaza Is the Real-World Set for 'The Hunger Games'

I could have never imagined myself drawing parallels between my refugee camp, Nuseirat, in the Gaza Strip, its heroic people, and a Hollywood movie; the struggle of my people is too sacred for that. But I couldn't help it as I watched the latest from The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay.

A feeling of anger initially overwhelmed me when I saw the districts destroyed by the heartless rulers of the Capitol. As I watched the movie, not only resistance of Palestine, but particularly that of Gaza, was on my mind.

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