PALESTINE

Apr 17 20:35

The Signing of the Palestinian Spring


A Palestinian Spring that is decades overdue since the shameful signing of the Oslo Accords, after which Palestinians were doomed to face, not only Israeli violence, but PA Security Forces oppressing them on behalf of Israel and its brutal occupation.

Apr 17 20:03

Alison Weir: Why is the US Honoring a Racist Rabbi?

The Extremist Origins of Education and Sharing Day:
If things proceed normally, President Barak Obama will soon proclaim April 11, 2014 “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” Despite the innocuous name, this day honors the memory of a religious leader whose lesser-known teachings help fuel some of the most violent attacks against Palestinians by extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers.

The leader being honored on this day is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, charismatic head of a mystical/fundamentalist version of Judaism. Every year since 1978, a Presidential Proclamation, often accompanied by a Congressional Resolution (the 1990 one had 219 sponsors), has declared Schneerson’s birthday an official national day of observance.

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Apr 17 12:30

Gaza Corrodes Israel’s Soul

As Israel continues its unlawful siege of the Gaza Strip, the health situation for the Palestinians continues to be critical. In a comprehensive report, B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, described the health situation in Gaza on January 1st, 2014.

Apr 17 10:30

Police storm Temple Mount to disperse Palestinian riot

Fierce clashes continued for several hours on Wednesday between Israeli police officers and dozens of young Palestinians on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Some 25 people were wounded during the riot, Palestinians said, including one in serious condition and 15 with moderate injuries. One officer was lightly wounded amid stone-throwing by the protester.

Apr 17 09:50

NOT LEARNING THE LESSONS OF HISTORY ...

... MAKES IT EASY TO REPEAT THE MISTAKES

Apr 17 09:45

Refuting Zionist Propaganda “Palestine Didn't Exist”

One of the common assertions one finds in Zionist propaganda is that there “was never any Palestine.” This odd allegation is simply not true. Palestine has been used for a very long time to refer to the geographical area south of Sidon and north of the Sinai.

Apr 16 12:42

Rigging the Game Against Palestinians

Now that Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to breathe life into the diplomacy known as the Middle East peace process has been widely pronounced – even by those who appropriately salute his efforts – to be a failure, different quarters are chiming in with recommendations for what to do next about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some suggestions are helpful; others would only help to perpetuate the Israeli occupation and lack of an agreement, and may be tacitly intended to do just that.

Apr 16 12:14

Israel Robs Ancient Tomb near Nablus

The Israeli Archeological Authority on Tuesday robbed the contents of a cemetery near the village of Deir Sharaf, to the west of Nablus, according to Saleh Tawafsheh, Director General of the Monument Protection Department at the Ministry of Tourism.

He said this action is a clear breach of the international conventions regarding cultural heritage, in which the occupying power is prohibited from conducting any excavations in the occupied land.

Tawafsheh called upon the international organizations, particularly the UNESCO, to immediately intervene to prevent the confiscation of Palestinian monuments by the Israeli authorities.

Apr 16 10:13

A LOOK AT THE NEW WARSAW GHETTO WE KNOW AS GAZA

Seventy one years ago today there was an uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Today, the same is happening in the Ghetto we know as Gaza

Apr 16 07:50

The Zionist Lobby Under Fire in Oz

Australians have been witness to a remarkable conflict in recent days in which their former Foreign Minister Bob Carr denounced the Jewish Lobby and his former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, over the whole series of questions re Australian policy and the demands of Israel and the local Jewish Lobby. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21870

Apr 16 06:30

Israel ‘blackmailing’ Palestinians over projects

Palestinian Water Authority says Israel does not allow even repair of water pipes

Ramallah: The Palestinian Water Authority has complained that Israel purposely impedes its ability to carry out hundreds of Palestinian infrastructural projects in Area C.

Area C is under full Israeli security and administrative control and according to the authority, Israel will not grant official approvals unless the Palestinians vow to keep their mouths shut about even bigger Israeli infrastructural projects in the West Bank based colonies.

Apr 16 05:03

Christian Community in Jerusalem Calls on Pope Francis as Israel Continues Judaization

Jerusalem’s Christian community warns that the Israeli authorities attempt to negate the Christian presence in Jerusalem, creating the impression of a Jewish-only city.

Apr 15 09:58

SPEAK OUT NOW BEFORE ALL OF PALESTINE BECOMES A CLOSED MILITARY ZONE

Nabi Saleh is a small village of 500 inhabitants, located near Ramallah. It’s an essential component of the Popular Struggle Committee, and one of the most active resistant villages in the West Bank. Since 2009, every Friday, they stage non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli occupation.

On Saturday the IDF declared Nabi Saleh ”closed military zone”, not allowing anyone to get in or out of the village and carrying out violent actions against the residents.

They are now under siege.

The village of Nabi Saleh stays steadfast but calls for NGO’s, human rights organisations/defenders to spread the news, monitor the situation and support them as much as possible.

Apr 15 09:50

HURTLING INTO DARKNESS: AMERICA’S GREAT LEAP TOWARDS GLOBAL TYRANNY

America’s national government has become inured to lying and cheating the people whom it ostensibly serves, lying as consistently and thoroughly as would be the case with an occupying foreign power trying to keep a captive population pacified.

Apr 15 07:53

Israeli State Terrorism

Sham peace talks continue. Israel threatens world peace and security. War on Palestine continues. It's ongoing. It's unabated. It rages daily. Collaborationist PA negotiators turn a blind eye. Israeli crimes are ignored. It has many forms. Palestinians are longstanding victims. They’re isolated on their own. World leaders able to make a difference at best pay them lip service. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21840

Apr 15 07:45

Will the US Also Deny Visas to Israel’s Spies?

Given the proposed standard of evidence for visa denial, FBI files Netanyahu would seem to easily qualify for permanent banning from the UN along with Hollywood-based movie producer/admitted spy for Israel Arnon Milchan for their involvement in espionage and smuggling nuclear material/tools to Israel. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21845

Apr 15 07:43

Calls Upon Abbas to Immediately Accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law

Human rights, but calls upon the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to the Israeli and international pressure and immediately accede to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21837

Apr 15 07:37

Calls Upon Abbas to Immediately Accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law

Human rights, but calls upon the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to the Israeli and international pressure and immediately accede to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21837

Apr 15 07:29

Palestinian Children’s Day 2014

Since September 2000 Intifada resistance began, militarized occupation harshness affected virtually all Palestinian children. Israeli security forces systematically murder them in cold blood. Others saw loved ones and friends killed. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21492

Apr 15 06:58

UK opposition leader falls for Zionist propaganda

Ed Miliband the latest Western politician “taken in” by Sderot Fails to keep election promise to see the situation in Gaza for himself. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21486

Apr 15 03:17

Will the US Also Deny Visas to Israel’s Spies?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is celebrating President Barack Obama’s decision to deny a visa to Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

If President Obama signs the Cruz legislation into law, it would allow him to block Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ever addressing the United Nations again. According to FBI files declassified and released in 2012,

Apr 14 18:43

Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving The World Towards Madness

Can you have democracy for only one carefully-defined group? Can you have democracy without the restraints of a Bill of Rights upon an abusive majority? Can you have democracy which holds millions in perpetual isolation and subjects them to countless abuses? Can you have democracy where you prefer dealing with juntas and kingdoms to democratic governments in neighboring states? Can you have democracy which constantly threatens war on those who do not threaten it? Can you have democracy which conducts witch-hunts on a grand scale, just re-naming the witches as terrorists? Can you have democracy which interferes in the internal affairs of other democratic states?

Apr 14 10:34

Israel Seizes Private Palestinian Land to Legalize West Bank Settlement

In the single largest such move in many years, the Israeli Defense Ministry has unilaterally seized nearly an entire square kilometer of privately owned farmland in the occupied West Bank, declaring it all henceforth “state land.”

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Just like how the US Government is seizing private lands in Nevada, Texas, Colorado, etc.

Apr 14 07:21

Ambassador: Congress pushing sanctions against PA

US Congress members are calling for action to be taken against the Palestinian Authority in response to the applications to join 15 international treaties, Palestine's envoy in Washington said Sunday.

Maen Areikat told Ma’an that some pro-Israeli US representatives have voiced their demands to impose sanctions against the PA, which including ceasing financial aid.

Apr 14 07:21

DFLP militants ‘fire 3 mortar shells’ at Israeli vehicles in Gaza

The military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said it fired mortar shells at Israeli military vehicles that entered Gaza early Monday.

Apr 14 07:08

Israel confiscates Palestinian land in West Bank

Israel has grabbed more Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in a move that could complicate efforts to extend the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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Which is precisely why they did it!

Apr 13 11:58

Patrick Seale: Israel’s Messianic Terrorists

Intifada Palestine is republishing this article in honor of the late Patrick Seale who passed away yesterday April 11, 2014 at the age of 83 after suffering from brain cancer. He had many skills – as author, journalist, broadcaster, Middle East historian, arts aficionado and dealer and literary agent. But most notably he was the English-speaking world's foremost chronicler and interpreter of Syria, its troubled modern history and its leadership during the past 44 years that of the al-Assad family, father Hafez and son Bashar.

Apr 13 09:39

Why are two Republican congressmen doing a walkabout on the Temple Mount?

As Kate noted here the other day, Ma’an reported that two Republican congressmen toured the Temple Mount in February along with rightwing Israel Jews who covet the site.

Two members of the US Congress joined right-wing Jews who toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound escorted by Israeli police officers in February, a Jerusalem-based Fatah official said.

Dimitri Daliani told Ma’an on Thursday that Republicans Bill Johnson of Ohio and David McKinley of Virginia entered the compound with the “extremist” Chaim Richman, director of the rightist Temple Institute.

Daliani said the “congressmen’s participation in such criminal incursions into the al-Aqsa Mosque without being questioned by their own government indicates collusion with settler gangs whose aim is to hurt the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Apr 13 09:35

REMEMBERING AN ‘OSLO CRIMINAL’

Pundak, a noble man, did not call to account in his book those responsible for the failure of the Oslo Accords. He was not one for hate, bitterness or petty accounting, not even when he was forced to leave the Peres Center for Peace because he focused more on peace than on Peres.

Apr 13 09:15

Palestinian Children's Day 2014

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

In 1925, the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children first proclaimed a day to honor children. In 1954, it was universally established. Dozens of countries recognize it. Variants include the UN's November 20 Universal Children's Day.

It was established to encourage all countries to institute a day. It urged doing so to promote mutual exchange and understanding for children's rights. It was done to promote child welfare worldwide. On November 20, 1958, UN members adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

Apr 13 08:45

Israeli forces arrest at least 49 Palestinians ahead of Jewish Passover holidays

Apr 13 06:06

BBC in the service of Israeli propaganda

by just looking at its reporting of Israel and the Palestinians over the last five weeks, is that it is becoming almost impossible to hide the pro-Israeli bias of BBC Online’s Middle East desk. For that, the BBC should surely take collective responsibility.

Apr 13 05:25

British Journalist, Author Patrick Seale passes away

British journalist and author Patrick Seale passed away Friday after a long struggle with cancer

Apr 12 16:49

Ed Miliband the latest Western politician 'taken in' by Zionist Propaganda

UK Labour Party leader ED MILIBAND falls for Zionist propaganda, fails to keep election promise to see the situation in Gaza for himself.

Apr 12 14:16

UK opposition leader Ed Miliband falls for Zionist propaganda

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of UK opposition leader Ed Miliband’s broken promise – that he would visit the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip – and views his decision instead to regurgitate Israeli propaganda.

Apr 12 10:19

UN Accepts Palestinians’ Bid to Join 13 International Bodies

A bid by Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to join international conventions for supporting Palestinians’ rights against Israel violations has been accepted by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

On Thursday, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban had verified that the PA’s applications to join 13 international conventions were made “in due and proper form.”

Ban also informed all 193 UN member states of his decision to accept the Palestinian applications, according to the UN official.

The Israeli-PA talks reached a new deadlock when the Tel Aviv regime refused to free the last tranche of 104 Palestinian prisoners in late March according to a deal for the resumption of US-sponsored negotiations.

Regime’s defiance to halt its illegal settlement activities in occupied lands were also another cause of the talks’ failure.

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Good on the Palestinians, and good on the UN!

The Israeli government will throw an industrial strength tantrum against the Palestinian people, but it will not change the outcome of this UN action.

Apr 12 09:14

Israel blames Kerry as peace talks hopes fade

The likelihood that derailed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will get back on track before expiring at the end of April is virtually zero, senior Israeli officials were quoted saying Friday evening. And a TV news report quoted a senior Israeli official blaming Secretary of State John Kerry for the crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government is pathologically incapable for taking any of the blame for its actions leading to the breakdown in talks.

The Israeli government doesn't want to see peace happen here; it wants territory, and by any means necessary.

This is why you are seeing such a robust intensification of Israeli-only housing building in both East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the brisk annexation of homes in which Palestinian families have lived for generations.

Apr 12 06:51

‘Israel planning new Jewish temple near al-Aqsa Mosque’

Israeli officials have unveiled the model of a Jewish temple near the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Apr 11 22:55

An honest Israeli Jew tells the Real Truth about Israel [VIDEO]

Through his father's deep knowledge of the Israeli war of terror, together with his own research, Miko Peled ruins the myths surrounding the Israel and Palestine situation, and delivers a truth so damning that many Jews and Israel supporters will not be able to bear it.

Apr 11 20:46

The Death of Yarmouk Palestinian Camp

UNRWA’s HQ in Damascus estimates that more than 70 percent of the Palestinian refugees in Syria are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance immediately, while more than 50 percent are internally displaced. 142 people in Yarmouk refugee camp died from hunger and lack of medical care just since June 2013. As of last week more than 11,000 Palestine refugees fleeing Syria sought support from UNRWA in Jordan alone and if they can somehow enter the Kingdoms its government policy is to deport them back to Syria, robbing them of their right to survival

Apr 11 15:42

The Zionist Lobby Under Fire in Oz

Australians have been witness to a remarkable conflict in recent days in which their former Foreign Minister Bob Carr denounced the Jewish Lobby and his former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, over the whole series of questions re Australian policy and the demands of Israel and the local Jewish Lobby.

Nothing quite like it has ever been seen or heard before in Australia.

Carr has just published his dairy as Foreign Minister during 2013.

Apr 11 12:30

Why the Palestinian-Israeli talks bubble burst

Uri Avnery examines the myths, the comprehensive lack of understandings and the fears of the alternatives to a world of make-believe surrounding the failed US-mediated talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Apr 11 10:19

Florida university president who condemned boycott has financial ties to settlements

Students and faculty members at the University of South Florida (USF) are speaking out on President Judy Genshaft’s condemnation of the boycott of Israeli academia. Critics of Genshaft say her stance is colored by her extensive ties to Israel and financial interests in the country, suggesting a possible conflict of interest. They have also pointed to Genshaft’s poor record on academic freedom, undermining her appeals to that principle.

Apr 11 08:25

Palestinians sign up to Geneva Conventions

The Palestinian Authority has signed up formally to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones, the treaties' guardian Switzerland confirmed on Friday.

Apr 11 06:56

Israel impose tax sanction against Palestinian Authority

Israel has imposed sanctions against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in retaliation for its signing up to join international treaties, officials say.

They say taxes collected on behalf of the PA will be frozen, with limited access to bank deposits in Israel.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the move as "Israeli hijacking" and "theft".

Apr 11 05:47

Victim recounts torture in Palestinian Authority prison [VIDEO]

In a short video produced by the human rights organization Al-Haq, 28-year-old Osamah Nayef al-Shawamreh describes in harrowing detail the torture he endured for three days in a Palestinian Authority prison in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron earlier this year.

Apr 10 20:10

Aussie media focus on Carr’s assertion that Israel lobby had ‘direct line’ into Prime Minister’s office

Note that Carr is saying precisely what Walt and Mearsheimer wrote eight years ago and were also accused of bigotry for saying: It’s not Jews, it’s the lobby, which represents a conservative segment of that community; and the lobby has a “stranglehold” on our foreign policy.

Carr knew what he was saying would be explosive. Maybe that’s why he published diary entries verbatim, and text messages that he exchanged with Julia Gillard, showing the penetration of the lobby into decisionmaking about the Middle East.

Apr 10 15:02

Israeli police brutality caught on video

Apr 10 14:20

Israel the unprincipled entity

Jamal Kanj says American spinelessness towards Israel – once described by a French diplomat as a “shitty little country” – is responsible for the collapse of so-called “peace” talks with the Palestinians.

Apr 10 12:41

Types With Tired Fingers

I have recently had a religious epiphany. I have decided to convert to the Sun Dance faith. This is a religion practiced by many of the North American native people for thousands of years. It's easy to be a Sun Dancer; you can see the Sun! That's a definite plus compared to religions relying on that imaginary playmate in the sky.

I have long felt a kinship with my newly adopted religion and people as you can see in this photo of myself and my wife from the early 1990s.

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Apr 10 12:29

The Economic Destruction of Gaza

Given what I knew about the effects of the siege and the economic situation in Gaza, I was struck when I visited at how supermarket shelves in the territory are stocked with Israeli goods, priced beyond the reach of many impoverished families. This is the result of a strategy more radical than anything seen in the West Bank to destroy Palestinians' economic self-sufficiency while directly benefitting Israel. Gaza is at the leading edge of what Harvard scholar Sara Roy calls Israel's "deliberate, considered and purposeful" effort to transform the Palestinian economy from "a captive economy restricted to fluctuating levels of growth (at best) but still possessed of the capacity to produce and innovate (within limitations), to an economy increasingly deprived of that capacity.

Apr 10 10:43

Lieberman calls for new elections to avoid release of Palestinian prisoners

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called to hold new elections in Israel, saying that the release of the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners "is not an option".

In a conference held in New York on Sunday, Lieberman outlined the three possibilities available to the Israeli government: (1) the release of the Palestinian prisoners despite the Palestinians' breach of their agreement, (2) the formation of a new coalition government, or (3) holding new elections. He then said holding elections would be preferable to releasing the Palestinian prisoners as US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed.

Apr 10 10:37

Israeli army attacks two elementary schools in Salfit

Two educational institutions were attacked with tear gas and stun grenades by the Israeli army yesterday morning in Salfit. At least ten female students required medical attention after suffering from excessive tear gas inhalation.

At 12:30 yesterday afternoon, Salfit’s female elementary school was empty. Only a few staff remained, attempting to clean the walls after Israeli soldiers threw tear gas and stun grenades in an attack earlier in the morning. According to the headmistress of the school, the attack took place at approximately 9:30 am. At this time, the classrooms were full of female students between the ages of six and 12-years-old. The soldiers shot the tear gas from the street and it landed in the playground, school corridors and on the roof, with the tear gas itself drifting into the classrooms.

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You gotta be a real MANLY man to attack elementary school kids! (Nod to Ron White)

Apr 10 07:39

Former US Officials Urge Kerry to Defy Israel’s ‘Politically And Morally Unacceptable’ Terms

There are few who deny that there is an acceptable range of opinion in official Washington on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and another range of opinion which lies outside of it. The latter range refers mostly to any direct criticism of Israel or legitimizing any Palestinian perspective on the conflict.

Some voices manage to argue positions outside the “acceptable range” without being called an anti-Semite or a terrorist. In this case, six former U.S. officials (emphasis on the former) have written a piece in Politico that is a must-read.

Apr 10 07:17

Israel ‘gave US the finger’ in peace talks, left-wing MK says

Politicians swap recriminations after Kerry highlights Jerusalem’s part in collapsed negotiations with the Palestinians

Apr 10 07:16

U.S. denounces Israeli ban on Palestinian contact

Washington on Wednesday denounced an order from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to limit his cabinet's contacts with their Palestinian counterparts as "unfortunate," Agence France-Presse reported.

"We are certainly aware of the announcement. We regard it as unfortunate," AFP quoted State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki as saying, as her boss John Kerry met with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Al Arabiya reported.

Netanyahu ordered ministers to limit contact with their Palestinian counterparts in response to "the Palestinian violation of their commitments under peace talks," an Israeli official told AFP.

But Psaki shot back: "We believe that cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has provided benefits to both sides."

Apr 10 07:14

Americans Still Blind to Israel’s Domination of Palestine

When Stephen Colbert looks at people he doesn't see skin color. He treats everyone equally because everyone is equally white to him. In the same way, Joseph Kahn, foreign editor of the New York Times, sees no difference between Israelis and Palestinians. When it comes to covering the U.S. - supervised talks between the two neighbors, the Times treats both sides with scrupulously fair equality, Kahn insists.

Of course Colbert's "color blindness" is a joke, meant to remind us that it's absurd to treat the historically powerful and powerless as if they were equal. But when the Times' editor insists on his even-handedness he is apparently dead serious.

Apr 10 03:25

Netanyahu Declares War on Palestine

Netanyahu goes way out of his way to incite conflict. He bears full responsibility for failed talks. Washington shares it. Kerry tried disingenuously to deflect blame. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20814

Apr 10 03:13

Perhaps we must admit there is no political solution for the Palestinian problem

Instead of reproducing the same failures all over again, Kerry and the Obama administration ought to devote some time to vigorously and honesty study the reasons for the chronic failure of the so-called America peace efforts in Occupied Palestine. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20807

Apr 10 03:11

Netanyahu Cuts Relations with Palestine; Can It Survive?

Will Abbas be the Moses of Palestine, bringing his people to the Promised land? Will Netanyahu become the Ezekiel of Israel, leading the captives by the river of Chebar? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20799

Apr 10 03:05

BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure

For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians. But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20792

Apr 09 20:28

How to keep the Palestinian cause alive - by Alan Hart

The DISSOLUTION OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY (PA), which in Gideon Levy’s words is more or less a “sub-contractor for Israel”, and HANDING BACK TO ISRAEL THE FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OCCUPATION.

Apr 09 16:44

Australia opposed Palestinian UN bid because foreign policy was ‘subcontracted to Jewish donors’

I used to feel scared and guilty when I wrote about Jewish donors. But other journalists recognize the importance of the issue. “Jewish donors” is in the headline of a report in the Guardian on a memoir by a former foreign minister. Writes Lenore Taylor:

Former [Australian] foreign minister Bob Carr has suggested [Australia Prime Minister] Julia Gillard’s dogged insistence on supporting Israel in a controversial United Nations vote was because Australian foreign policy had been “subcontracted” to Jewish donors….

*Gillard's joined-at-the-hip twin in this regard is Canada's conservative PM Stephen Harper, a noted Israel-can-absolutely-do-no-wrong-and-you-are-antisemitic-to-suggest-otherwise butt kissing toady to the Zionist cause. Looks like Stephen has done the same with Canada's foreign policy. /SR

Apr 09 15:33

BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure

Nureddin Sabir detects the hands of Zionists behind the BBC’s misreporting of US Secretary of State Kerry’s statement, to downplay his blaming of Israel for the failure of talks with the Palestinians.

Apr 09 14:26

Netanyahu Declares War on Palestine

He's a world class thug. He represents the worst of rogue state leadership. He exceeds Sharonian evil. Why Israelis put up with him they'll have to explain.

Apr 09 13:14

Why ‘Jewish state’ demand is a non-starter

The main reason Netanyahu makes this demand is that he knows the Palestinians cannot accept it. Yet, he makes it, knowing it will be met with sympathy in Washington and put the Palestinians in the position of looking like rejectionists. This way, he aims to put a stop to any negotiations that would lead to an end to Israeli occupation. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20786

Apr 09 12:29

How to keep the Palestinian cause alive

Dissolving the PA could be the beginning of a process to make calling and holding the Zionist (not Jewish) state to account for its defiance of international law and crimes something less than what it is at present – a mission impossible. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20777

Apr 09 12:24

If Kerry fails, what then?

Until the Palestinians, like the Israelis, achieve their primary choice of self-determination in their own state (if ever they do), they should no longer, in the modern era, be denied equal rights in whatever lands they inhabit. In the case of Israel and its indefinite occupation, this means putting an end to the ambiguities that have lasted for far too long. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20780

Apr 09 10:01

Memo From the Wretched: Enough About Nonviolence

No people has been the recipient of more unsolicited advice than the Palestinians. The exemplars of barbarity to neoconservatives and the subjects of anguished progressive reprimands, the Palestinians often serve as a pretext for blowhards of all political affiliations to dust off their soapboxes. A particularly egregious form of sermonizing to which the Palestinians are subject is the admonition that they undertake nonviolent modes of resistance. I would like to argue that this sort of admonition is both ignorant and immoral.

Apr 09 09:34

A RABBI’S RESPONSE TO ISRAELI CHECKPOINTS

We are reminded and enjoined many times in the Torah, and with particular relevance as Passover approaches, to love theger, the other, to look after the needs of widows and orphans, those less fortunate than us, because we know in our kishkes, deep in our innards, what it feels like to be oppressed. It is our obligation. Nowhere is it written that the ger has to love us.

Apr 09 07:50

Netanyahu Orders Israeli Ministers To Stop Meeting Palestinian Counterparts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his ministers Wednesday to cut off contact with their Palestinian counterparts, an official said, the latest in a series of troubles plaguing floundering U.S.-brokered peace talks.

The move is retaliation for a Palestinian bid to join United Nations agencies, which the official said was a violation of the Palestinians' commitment in the peace talks. The Palestinians dismissed the Israeli move, saying both sides rarely meet now as it is.

Abbas signed letters of accession for 15 international conventions after Israel last week failed to release the fourth group of prisoners and renewed a push to build homes in an Israeli settlement in east Jerusalem — the area of the holy city sought by the Palestinians for their future capital. Israel then called off the final prisoner release.

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SOMEWHERE in Netanyahu's CV is a PH.D in "blame the victims"; and I say this because this is the card he plays over and over again, as though he has zero other options.

Netanyahu, by refusing to release the last batch of political prisoners, coupled with massive building of Israeli-only housing in both East Jerusalem and the West bank, gave the Palestinians absolutely nowhere to go but to the UN to follow their quest for statehood. Then he blamed them for taking the only course open to them.

Netanyahu needs to understand that the next generation of Palestinians will not be as patient as has "the old guard", represented by Abbas and Erekat. As things deteriorate for the Palestinians, they may well be far more militant, and far better trained in insurgency than were their parents and grandparents.

They will not take the wretchedly apartheid attitudes of Israelis lightly. And when you have a "moral rock star" like the retired Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa (who has lived through apartheid) stating that Israel is truly an apartheid society, you can pretty much bet that this guy is telling the truth.

Netanyahu has squandered an historic opportunity to create peace and justice here, with his bombastic, hubristic, bellicose rhetoric, and it is a profound mystery to me why any Israelis support him at all at this moment in their history.

A thriving Israel, complemented by a thriving Palestine, would do much to really ratchet down the tensions in the region; but Netanyahu appears to want to do just the polar opposite.

Threatening attacks against Syria and Iran, then potentially actually carrying them out, cannot possibly lead to peace, and will put the Israeli people in greater jeopardy of finding themselves attacked, and mercilessly, by other nations in the region and beyond.

I do not want to see this happen.

Apr 08 21:46

Vatican rejects “chosen people” claim, calls on Israel to end “occupation”

"The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians,” Bustros said

Apr 08 21:03

Look at the World from Behind the Wall: Part Two

Today, almost to the month, Obama is faced with the reality he did not wish to face: Israel has had and does not have any desire to create a Palestinian State, indeed it mocks the very concept and belittles the efforts of Obama and Kerry to attempt to establish such a state. That is now blatantly obvious even to a blind person.

What to do? Take advantage of this opportunity thrown in his lap by the Israelis and send the issue back to the United Nations where it began and where it must be resolved. What will this accomplish? It will break the shackles that bind our Congress to a foreign government; it will release the President to give opportunity and authority to the United Nations to deal with this issue without conflict with the United States;

Apr 08 15:06

Criminal Court a US/Israeli “Red Line” for Palestinians

When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing conflicts and prisoners of war.

Apr 08 13:06

Israel Bars Palestinian Olympian From Leaving Gaza

Israel has barred 30 runners, including an Olympic athlete, from leaving the Gaza Strip to participate in a marathon later this week, highlighting Israel's tight restrictions on travel in and out of the Hamas-ruled territory, Palestinian officials said Tuesday.

In the case of the Olympic runner, Nader Masri, the travel ban was upheld Tuesday by Israel's Supreme Court. Masri, 34, participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Apr 08 13:02

Kerry places blame on Israel for crisis in peace talks

U.S. officials later try to play down Kerry's comments, saying he did not engage in a blame game and that both sides took 'unhelpful steps.'

Apr 08 10:24

Settlers Destroy Army Stronghold

"IDF Shocked," and "We did not expect Jews to attack soldiers" were the most quoted phrases after West Bank settlers attacked and destroyed a military stronghold near Yitzhar, a Jewish settlement placed atop a hill with a control position on the Palestinian city of Nablus on April 8, 2014. The name refers to the finest olive oil

Apr 08 09:12

TIME TO ONCE AGAIN CLEANSE THE LAND OF BREAD AND ARABS

Jewish mothers used to go into a cleaning frenzie a week or so before the Festival of Passover. All traces of leaven (chametz) had to be removed from the home before the onset of the holiday. Modern folk have determined that dust is not chametz, so there is less madness involved in the cleaning process, but Israel has added a new dimension to the situation; Arabs must be removed as well as the leaven.

Apr 08 08:10

Peace Process Hypocrisy

Continuing sham peace talks perpetuates the Big Lie. Current ones began last July. ZERO results were achieved. Nor will any ahead short of unconditional Palestinian surrender. Don't bet against it not happening. It did multiple times before. Odds favor more of the same. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20769

Apr 08 05:10

Violent Anti-African Race Riot Rocks Israel, Black Men and Women Beaten

Miri Regev, Israel Legislator, Calls Sudanese Refugees ‘A Cancer’ Amid Violent Anti-Immigrant Protests

Violence surged in the streets of Tel Aviv as a 1000-strong protest against African immigrants seeking asylum in Israel turned violent.

Apr 08 04:27

As peace talks falter, Israel’s intentions become clearer

For every settler home built, Palestinians lose territory needed not only for a state but also to keep individual families living where they are now. The innocuous term “settlements” conceals their true role: as Israel’s primary vehicle for ethnic cleansing Palestinians through dispossession and harassment

Apr 08 04:04

Israeli Supremes Endorse War Crimes

Israeli Supremes lied saying: ”The petitioner didn’t provide enough evidence that could prove the connection between the respondents and the events that, as the petitioner sees them, could be called ‘war crimes.’“
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Apr 08 03:22

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

It's evident that the pro-Israel lobby has been active in mobilizing politicians in the "friendly capitals" of Washington, Ottawa, and Canberra for many years. This essay will argue that revisions to the Canadian Criminal Code proposed by the Harper government contain wording that is designed to enable lawfare prosecutions of human rights activists in precisely the manner desired by Netanyahu and his associates. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20744

Apr 08 03:16

Top 10 Ways in Which It Was Actually the Israeli Government That Derailed the Peace Talks

It is like discussing with someone sharing a piece of pie and then looking down and seeing that the other person had snarfed up half of it already. Here are the top ten things Israel did to cause the negotiations to falter. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20736

Apr 07 12:24

Threats from Palestine’s nasty neighbour

Stuart Littlewood views Israel’s threatening response to Palestinian moves to join international organizations as they’re entitled to, and wonders what entitles the squatters to threaten the indigenous people from exercising their rights.

Apr 07 12:23

The reality behind the Israeli-Palestinian talks

Jonathan Cook argues that, with the imminent failure of the Israeli-Palestinian talks,“the era of wishful thinking may finally be coming to an end – and that will be progress in itself”.

Apr 07 11:13

More threats from Palestine’s nasty neigbour

A Palestinian state is not the solution. But a Jewish state is? Peace, brother.... Israel has tried to use negotiations as a smoke screen behind which it continues to violate human rights, expand its settlement programme and make the two-state solution increasingly impossible. What Israel proposing is not only hateful but constitutes further breaches of international and humanitarian law, adding to an already long crime-sheet. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20717

Apr 07 10:02

As peace talks falter, Israel’s intentions become clearer

If negotiations collapse, it should be clear that, while both sides were supposed to be talking, one side – ­Israel – was vigorously and unilaterally acting to further its goals. Israel has already threatened “punitive measures”, meaning things are likely to turn yet uglier. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20712

Apr 07 09:45

Distracted by the Israel-Palestine “Peace Process”: What Really Happened during the Talks

As Bassem Khoury, a former Palestinian Authority minister, observed last week: “Israel hasn’t changed. It is the same colonial entity pursuing the same ethnic cleansing policies it did for decades.”

That was also the little-noticed conclusion reached by Richard Falk as he stepped down last month as the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied territories. In line with warnings he has issued in his UN post for the past six years, Falk, a professor emeritus in international law at Princeton University, said Israeli policies were designed to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from the occupied territories, and especially East Jerusalem, the expected capital of any Palestinian state.

Falk noted that Israel had cynically exploited the peace process to expand its settlement programme, as it did again during these past nine months of talks.

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The Israeli government has demonstrated, consistently, that it does not at all want peace, but wants territory, and by any means necessary.

Apr 07 09:35

NY Times rewrites peace process history to make it more “balanced”

The New York Times is rewriting the history of a famous incident to claim that US Secretary of State James Baker publicly rebuked Israelis and Palestinians, when in fact his specific rebuke was only aimed at Israel.

Apr 07 09:12

'Revolutionary' BDS iPhone App to Spread Boycott Israel Message on Smartphones

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is to release a beta version of a smartphone app that will allow users to search for a company's links to Israel in order to boycott its products.

The app will bring activism to a user's iPhone by informing them of a company's links to Israel via a large database of researched product information by voluntary staff.

Apr 07 08:24

Chris Hedges on “Israel’s War on American Universities” [Must Watch]

Israel is attacking American universities with data shared to them by the National Security Agency, and “busy” professors are responsible for the degradation of Occupy Wall Street, author and journalist Chris Hedges said.

Hedges said while he and Dr. Cornel West were having dinner, the two of them lambasted lazy journalism professors and other intellectuals of being “too busy” to support free speech. During a speech to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Hedges revealed a sinister Zionist plot to undermine American efforts at free dialog. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20704

Apr 07 08:15

Israeli boycott mirrors attitude of United Nations

The international community must now grapple with the reality that Israel has fatally undermined the two-state solution. When governments fail in their duties, as ours has done in its futile Middle East policies, citizens — academics and others — must take action. The non-violent academic boycott of Israel, while primarily symbolic, can still be powerful, as the furious reactions of Israeli leaders to BDS attest. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20697

Apr 07 08:05

It’s the Palestinians’ fault, let them pay

It's unbelievable that the occupier is imposing more sanctions on the occupied. What sin did the Palestinians commit by seeking to join international conventions? Israel is so certain of the justice of its path, of its army being the most moral in the world, and its occupation as more enlightened than any other – so what is there to be afraid of? What does Israel have to hide that it is so fears the international bodies of justice and law? What is this foolish chatter about the Palestinians being the ones taking a "unilateral measure"? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20692

Apr 07 07:34

More threats from Palestine's nasty neigbour

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau warns that Abbas's unilateral request to join 15 international institutions is in breach of peace talk conditions and "will cost the PA [Palestinian Authority] dearly.... ? They must know something simple: they will pay a heavy price

Apr 07 07:15

Livni: Israel will surround Abbas until he surrenders to our terms

Israel will surround the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas until he accepts the Israeli terms and recognises Israel as a Jewish state, Israel’s top negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said yesterday.

Apr 06 21:01

#OpIsrael: Anonymous attacks hundreds of Israeli websites

Hacktivist group Anonymous plans to execute an anti-Israel operation dubbed #OpIsrael by launching massive cyber-attacks against Israeli ministries and organizations on April 7, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary” the group said in a statement.

Apr 06 09:18

J STREET AND THE END OF ZIONISM

It’s time to bite the bullet. We of the critical (non/anti/post-Zionist) Israeli peace camp understand why a liberal Zionist organization like J Street could never consider, let alone accept, the end of the two-state solution. You say it yourselves: the end of the two-state solution is the end of Israel as a Jewish state; it marks the end of Zionism.

Apr 06 08:01

Palestinians are right to go UN route

The steps taken by Mahmoud Abbas for Palestine to join 15 UN bodies has elicted reactions from several members of the US Congress and, of particular note, from the US ambassador to the United Nations, where reason appears to have been dethroned.

Apr 06 07:46

Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli warplanes attacked several sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Sunday, sources on both sides said, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state.

Palestinian medical and security sources said five sites in northern and southern Gaza were hit, including training camps for the militant Islamic Jihad and Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing.

The Palestinians said there were no injuries in the attacks.

The Israeli army said in a statement it "retaliated" to "ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza", targeting four "terror sites" in northern Gaza and a fifth in the south of the coastal territory.

Apr 06 07:45

Watch: Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian cameraman at Ofer protest

Video emerged on Sunday of the moment an Israeli sniper shot a Palestinian cameraman in the stomach while he was covering a protest at Ofer prison on Friday.

Apr 06 07:43

Israel may take ‘unilateral action’ over Abbas’ UN move

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has warned that Israel may take “unilateral action” against the Palestinians after the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, signed 15 international conventions that could pave the way for a renewed attempt to gain United Nations statehood.

Apr 06 07:41

US plays crooked lawyer in Israeli-Palestinian drama

It looks as though Washington is planning to hand Israel the colony blocs, about three-quarters of occupied East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley

Apr 06 05:18

A Century of Deceit: Iraq, the World Wars, Holocaust and Zionist Militarism

While the West bears much shame and responsibility for aiding and abetting the Zionist project and all of its murderous and destructive consequences, bringing history into accordance with the facts is one way to uplift the Palestinians whose struggle for freedom and justice goes on.

Some studies estimate that close to 1.5 million Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the brutal American invasion and occupation of their country in 2003.[1] Millions more Iraqis have become refugees and orphans. American depleted uranium weapons have caused cancer rates in some Iraqi cities to skyrocket, permanently destroying the genes of future generations of Iraqis who are being born with horrific birth defects and diseases.

Apr 05 14:23

Zionist billionaire eyes US presidential purchase

Uri Avnery examines how big money is corrupting US and Israeli politics, and highlights the role of American Jewish casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson who is now considering his next US presidential purchase.

Apr 04 08:07

A Century of Deceit: Iraq, the World Wars, Holocaust and Zionist Militarism

While the West bears much shame and responsibility for aiding and abetting the Zionist project and all of its murderous and destructive consequences, bringing history into accordance with the facts is one way to uplift the Palestinians whose struggle for freedom and justice goes on.

Apr 04 07:19

There's limit to time US can spend on Mideast peace process – Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged that the United States is not omnipotent in the Middle East settlement.

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What Kerry is saying is that he finally figured out that Israel will never allow a peace deal to happen, even if the US sends convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard back to Israel, and now Kerry is looking for a graceful exit from the looming failure.

Apr 04 07:08

Tell BBC to cover Israel's killing of Palestinian children

The BBC continually refers to Jerusalem, in its entirety, as an Israeli city. When challenged on this by PSC, the BBC Trust replied that it was fine for BBC journalists to do so because ‘Israel [has] de facto control over the entire city in a political, administrative and military sense’.

To find out why the BBC is choosing to accept Israel’s illegal facts on the ground over international law, PSC and Friends of Al Aqsa (FoA) submitted a Freedom of Information request to the BBC asking for all relevant documents relating to the Trust’s decision to be released.

The request was rejected so, this week, PSC and FoA have referred the BBC to the Information Commissioner (IC), and asked the IC’s office to investigate the BBC over this matter.

Apr 04 07:05

A boycott can jolt Israelis from their somnolence on Palestine

But there's little doubt that the drive for a boycott of Israel in protest at its 47-year occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza is gathering steam. The latest body to back a boycott is Riba, Britain's leading architectural association, which last month called on the International Union of Architects to suspend Israeli membership on the grounds of "complicity in the construction of illegal settlements and other violations of international law". The boycott movement was boosted earlier this year by publicity surrounding Scarlett Johansson's endorsement of SodaStream. How many people before then even knew that SodaStream was based in Israel, let alone that its main manufacturing plant was in a West Bank settlement?

Apr 04 00:11

The real story of the UN Human Rights Council: Europe slams Israeli crimes

Israel found itself isolated and condemned in Geneva, as the United Nations Human Rights Council passed four damning resolutions, each by 46-1. The resolutions testify to grave violations of international law, including the Geneva Conventions, as well as systematic discrimination and wide-scale human rights abuses.

Apr 03 23:02

Mr. Rosenberg’s Conundrum - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

The truth is that a two state solution has been taken off the table by the Israelis themselves. We are left with a unitary Zionist state. The answer to the question of whether such a state is compatible with justice for the Palestinians is simply no. Zionism, like apartheid before it, has to go - for the sake of the Palestinians and also for a more promising future for the Jews.

Apr 03 13:01

Rosenberg’s conundrum: Zionism vs reality

Lawrence Davidson says, contrary to Michael Rosenberg’s defence of a racial Israel, “Zionism… has to go – for the sake of the Palestinians and also for a more promising future for the Jews”.

Apr 03 12:45

Obama Administration Reportedly Near Deal To Free Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard In Exchange For Israel Negotiating For Peace

The Obama Administration is reportedly close to an extraordinary deal to get Israel back to the negotiations table: it is going to release Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard. One could question why Israel needs any inducement to negotiate with the Palestinians for its own peace and more importantly why the U.S. is willing to free spies to get two other governments to negotiate. Notably, for years, Israel denied that Pollard was their spy — considered by many as compounding the dishonesty of spying on your closest ally. It was not until 1999 – over ten years later — that Israel admitted to the U.S. that he was their spy and that, while the U.S. was giving (and continued to give) billions in aid to Israel, it was maintaining spies in our government. Pollard’s release is rumored to be part of a release of prisoners from Israeli prisons to jump start a new round of negotiations.

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The peace deal will not happen because Israel does not want it to happen. So Israel will get what they want, and the US will get nothing.

Apr 03 11:01

Palestine to Join 15 UN Bodies and Treaties. Will Abbas Follow-Up?

Abbas is polar opposite what Palestinians need. It remains to be seen if he's turned a leaf. It takes a great leap of faith to believe it. Smart money suggests business as usual.

Abbas has all the proving to do. His record isn't encouraging. Integrity isn't his long suit. Nor serving his people responsibly.
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Apr 03 09:54

Rosenberg’s rubbishing of BDS misses the point

What are the most likely future scenarios if Israel’s leaders remain totally opposed to the creation of a viable Palestine state on all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with either East Jerusalem its capital or Jerusalem an undivided, open city and the capital of two states?

The Jews, generally speaking, are the intellectual elite of the Western world. The Palestinians, generally speaking, are the intellectual elite of the Arab world. Together in peace and partnership in one state they could change the region for the better and, by so doing, give new hope and inspiration to the whole world.

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Apr 03 09:44

NGO: Israel pushes tenders for 700 East Jerusalem homes

Israel on Tuesday pushed tenders for more than 700 homes in an illegal settlement in annexed East Jerusalem, as Washington made intensive efforts to salvage a crisis-hit peace process, an Israeli NGO said.

"The ministry of housing is trying to forcefully undermine the peace process ... and (US Secretary of State) John Kerry's efforts to promote it," charged Peace Now's Hagit Ofran, confirming the tenders were for 708 homes in the Gilo settlement in East Jerusalem.

Israel has begun work on over 10,500 housing units in illegal settlements while simultaneously demolishing 146 Palestinian homes since peace talks began in July.

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The Israeli government must feel very proud of itself, having slammed the last nail into the coffin of the peace process in this act.

John Kerry, please never, EVER, under any circumstance during your tenure as Secretary of State, go back to Tel Aviv again: the Israeli government keeps collectively relieving itself in your face, then insisting it is raining!

Apr 03 09:31

RABBIS AGAINST RACISM SPEAK OUT

Over 1,000 rabbis urge Jerusalem mayor not to pick Islamophobe for chief rabbi

Rick Jacobs, Julie Schonfeld, Asher Lopatin and Debra Waxman among signatories who say choice of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, now chief rabbi of Safed, would send ‘message of divisiveness and intolerance.’

Apr 03 09:30

ZION GONE BONKERS ~~ CALLS DERSHOWITZ AN ANTI SEMITE

In Philly, rightwing Zionists call Dershowitz anti-Semitic for opposing settlements

Apr 03 09:02

Israel-Palestinian Peace Talks on the Brink of Collapse

Though they aren’t officially over until April 29, the signs are that the Israel-Palestinian peace talks are pretty well dead, with US efforts to try to salvage or extend the talks ending in failure.

The talks had been going nowhere fast, but really collapsed over the weekend, when Israel reneged on its last round of prisoner releases. That, and subsequent Palestinian applications to several UN conventions, have brought negotiations to a standstill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These "talks" were a dead man walking, from their inception.

The Israeli government doesn't want peace,and doesn't want to see a viable Palestine; it wants territory, and by any means necessary.

This is why you are seeing such a spurt of illegal Israeli-only housing getting built in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.

The Israeli government is consistently behaving like a spoiled brat with impunity, consistently and collectively relieving itself in John Kerry's face every time he touches down in Tel Aviv, then insists it is raining.

The US government is also breaking its own law by providing any military or financial aid to Israel, because under the Symington Amendment, such aid is illegal, in light of the realities that Israel has nuclear weapons; will not become a signatory to the NNPT;and refuses to have its weapons sites inspected.

The US government should immediately halt all military and financial aid to Israel under these circumstances. Of course, that won't happen until pigs fly.

But if John Kerry had a shred of sense, he would never go back to Tel Aviv again, ever, during his watch as US Secretary of State.

Apr 03 08:31

Can justice be achieved for Palestinians while preserving Israel as Jewish state?

Mr. Rosenberg wants to answer this question in the affirmative and he thinks a two-state solution will allow him to do so. Unfortunately, that is “not how the real world works” in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem.
The truth is that this solution has been taken off the table by the Israelis themselves. We are left with a unitary Zionist state. The answer to the question of whether such a state is compatible with justice for the Palestinians is simply no. Zionism, like apartheid before it, has to go – for the sake of the Palestinians and also for a more promising future for the Jews.
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Apr 02 17:54

GOP Aspirant Christie Apologies To Adelson

Halfway through his public address to the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a convenient cover event for Sheldon Adelson’s ring-kissing primary, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie uttered a huge Zionist “no no”. He mentioned the “occupied territories”. He uttered a truth. He then rushed over and apologized to Adelson.

In July 2004, while ruling that the wall Israel is building in the West Bank is illegal, the International Court of Justice deemed Israel’s settlement enterprise to be in contravention of international law, and the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem to be under Israeli military occupation.

The time has come for the U.S. to break from its Middle East policies which are designed by its Israeli architects and their American subcontractors.
George Washington warned us: “A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils”.

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Apr 02 15:53

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

In the Prime Minister’s view, any profound criticism of Israeli policies and governance can only be a product of antisemitic hatred, spewed forth by people who are simply looking for further ways of victimizing Jews. By this account it is, very precisely, as members of a national group—as potential or actual citizens of Israel—that Jews are being victimized by these devious, sophisticated new antisemites. Canadian Jews could be counted among those victimized in this manner, for those who do not actually hold Israeli citizenship are all potentially Israeli nationals, under Israel’s Law of Return.

Apr 02 14:12

"BDS is irrelevant.” Oh, really?

Stuart Littlewood debunks the Israel apologists’ argument questioning the relevance of the boycott and sanctions movement, which he explains is necessary if there is to be hope for justice for the Palestinians.

Apr 02 14:05

Alan Hart: Rosenberg’s rubbishing of BDS misses the point

In an article asserting that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) Movement is “irrelevant”, M.J. Rosenberg has written that “The solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is two states for two peoples.” The point he misses, perhaps because there has not yet been a formal burial attended by Western leaders and the mainstream media, is that the two-state solution has long been dead. (In truth it was probably never alive in Zionism’s mind).

The most effective way for the BDS Movement to respond to its critics and detractors would be to give priority to spelling out why One State For All, and thus the dismantling and eradication of the Zionist entity, is in the best interests of all – not only Arabs and Jews but all of us, governments and peoples of all faiths and none everywhere.
The point being that if the Zionist state is not dismantled and eradicated it will most likely take the region and quite possibly the world to hell.

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Apr 02 10:53

Palestine Humbles Israel

"Even Hamas was impressed," was the most serious Hebrew-media reaction* to President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas+ successful foiling of the Israeli-American delay game.

On April 2, 2014, Abbas signed and submitted applications to join 15 international agencies. By breaking one of the conditions of the current round of negotiations, he refused to the attempt of Israel and the USA to continue the talks beyond their deadline on April 28.

Apr 02 09:42

‘KOSHER LUST’ AND RABBINICAL CENSORSHIP

Before the event began, I tried to interview Boteach about the fact that he sat quietly on a stage last October while Sheldon Adelson advised President Obama to nuke Iran. Why were you quiet? My video gets the second part of our encounter. Boteach first invited me to walk to the bathroom, then disinvited me to accompany him; and he wouldn’t answer the question. P.S. Boteach got $500,000 from Adelson in his failed congressional run in 2012.

Apr 02 08:26

FIFA threatens to expel Israel over treatment of Palestinian footballers

FIFA has threatened to expel Israel over its treatment of Palestinian football players and officials in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Inside World Football website said in a report on Monday that FIFA gave Israel until summer to improve playing conditions and travel for the Palestinian players and officials.

FIFA also warned that Israel would face a complete expulsion from the international federation if it fails to address the issue.

Apr 02 08:18

Palestinians seek to join 15 UN agencies: Abbas

Acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has signed a request to join several UN agencies in an effort to win more recognition from the world body.

Apr 02 08:11

Israeli minister warns Palestinians to pay for UN move

An Israeli minister on Wednesday warned of punitive action if the PLO pursued efforts to join UN agencies, as hopes of a breakthrough in the US-led peace process faded rapidly.

Apr 02 08:08

Appeal to Obama: Do Not Release Spy Traitor Jonathan Pollard

America, you have a very short time to contact President Obama and let him know immediately that you oppose Pollard’s release, this unbelievable surrender of our honor, dignity, and national interests to Israel. And for what? Nothing, Israel will not abide by one word it gave. America, when will you ever act on your own behalf? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20656

Apr 02 07:00

“BDS is irrelevant.” Oh, really?

What maddens Zionists most is that they cannot control civil society like they can pull the strings of the spineless political élite. They fear BDS action (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) will derail their precious project for a Greater Israel. So they now sneer at civil society and try to discourage further BDS efforts. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20649

Apr 02 06:08

“BDS is irrelevant.” Oh, really?

Rosenberg gives himself a hard time worrying that there would be no more Israel if Israelis had to obey international law and UN resolutions, and return the lands and resources they stole from the Palestinians. It's “an actual country”, he maintains. But I bet he cannot tell us its actual borders.

A quick trip to the BDS movement's website http://www.bdsmovement.net/call will expose Rosenberg's attempt to mislead.

What maddens Zionists most is that they cannot control civil society like they can pull the strings of the spineless political élite. They fear BDS action (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) will derail their precious project for a Greater Israel. So they now sneer at civil society and try to discourage further BDS efforts. This tactic comes across loud and clear in Michael Rosenberg's article 'The Goal Of The BDS Movement Is Dismantling Israel, Not The ’67 Occupation'.

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Apr 02 06:03

Jonathan Pollard’s Imminent Release?

According to US officials, he did more damage to America than people realize. Admiral Thomas Brooks (ret.) claims Edward Snowden alone exceeded it. He said he obtained information on US collection methods. He claimed an estimated 1.7 million documents dealing with US surveillance capabilities and those of its adversaries. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20635

Apr 02 05:57

Washington Getting Pushed Around By Israel

The role that the United States is playing and the failure of Washington to get Israel to abide by commitments that it has made and obligations that it has is just symptomatic of the larger problem. Israel is using this bargaining chip of prisoners not once, not twice, but three times. This Israeli behaviour is very damaging and very problematic for the peace process and prospects for peace. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20642

Apr 01 15:14

How Americans can help world peace

A first step for world peace is for the American people to rein in their reckless government from the international stage and to stop it making misery for so many.

Americans need democratic government like the rest of the world needs rid of Washington's thuggish global policeman.

This may come as a shock to many ordinary Americans who tend to think that their country is already the beacon of democratic light unto the world, bestowing all sorts of benevolence to others. Such delusional "American exceptionalism" has to stop. America is only special in a very negative meaning. It plays a central part in fomenting conflict in almost every scenario we care to look at.

We see this nefarious US role in the never-ending Israeli-Palestinian travesty known as a "peace process". In reality, this process is but a continual green light for the Israeli regime to commit massive violation of international laws against the long-suffering Palestinian people.

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Apr 01 13:38

Jonathan Pollard, Again……Why he must complete his time in prison

Former senior Intelligence officials agree on several points, namely that Pollard was the most damaging spy bar none since the Rosenberg espionage ring betrayed US nuclear secrets to the Soviets in the 1940s; that Pollard exposed entire intelligence collection systems that had to be recreated at a cost of billions of dollars; and that Pollard, who has never shown any genuine remorse for what he did, should never be released from prison.

Apr 01 13:34

The Goal Of The BDS Movement Is Justice – Israel Does Not Exist

BDS Movement does not have to dismantle the state of Israel, the state of Israel is not only dissembling its inherent Judaic roots of compassion and equity for all humans but delegitimizing the state itself by defying the International Laws. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20629

Apr 01 12:42

£50 for an audience with Israeli 'justice' minister on war crimes wanted list

Tzipi Livni, amusingly described as Justice Minister and Chief Peace Negotiator, is no ordinary hatemonger. She's an A-list Zio-psychopath steeped in terror and violence. Her father Eitan and her mother were both prominent members of the Irgun, the terrorist outfit that bombed the King David Hotel, the headquarters of the British Mandatory Government, in 1946 killing 91. She also served in Mossad, Israel's intelligence and assassination agency.

Apr 01 12:33

Kerry cancels Mideast visit after Palestinians renew UN bid

American efforts to reach a "deal" to extend the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have reached a severe crisis Tuesday evening. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled his planned visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah barely two hours after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed 15 international treaties the Palestinian state is interested in joining, and after earlier in the day Israel issued 700 new tenders for housing units in Jerusalem neighborhood across the Green Line.

Apr 01 09:01

BACKROOM BLACKMAIL WILL FREE POLLARD

Convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard will be freed from a US jail before Passover, which begins April 14, a senior Israeli source familiar with ongoing peace negotiations with the Palestinians said Tuesday. The deal would also see hundreds of Palestinian prisoners released by Israel and the Palestinians agreeing to extend talks into 2015.

Apr 01 08:59

While Kerry tries to clinch deal, Israel issues 700 tenders beyond Green Line

Move comes just hours after reports that a deal with the U.S. to free Jonathan Pollard in exchange for a settlement freeze is close to being sealed.

Apr 01 06:28

Mahmoud Abbas Target #3 Among 122 World Leaders on NSA Target List

A list of high-priority intelligence targets published over the weekend includes the names of over a hundred current and former heads of state. PA President Mahmoud Abbas target #3, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel target #9. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20622

Apr 01 05:41

£50 for an audience with Israeli ‘justice’ minister on war crimes wanted list

…and basking under the special protection of Her Majesty’s Government.

Does the Home Secretary really see Tzipi Livni as less hateful, less disgusting than Dieudonné? The UK, like all other countries that think themselves civilised, is under a solemn obligation to seek out those suspected of having committed grave breaches of the Conventions and bring them, regardless of nationality, to justice. In other words, there should be no hiding place for the world's vilest criminals. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20615

Apr 01 05:23

William Cook : The Goal of the BDS Movement Is Justice

Israel Denies Justice and therefore does not Exist as a Legitimate State. Justice and legitimacy are one and inexorably linked to the Charters and Declarations of the United Nations.

This is a truth that Michael J. Rosenberg does not address as he castigates the supporters of the BDS movement in his recent article: “The Goal of the BDS Movement is the Dismantling of Israel.”

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Mar 31 17:53

Israel orders seizure of Palestinian land West Bank

The Israeli regime has ordered the seizure of 300,000 square meters of Palestinian land in the city of Nablus, north of the occupied West Bank for its illegal settlements.

Mar 31 14:50

Delinda Hanley: It’s Long Past Time to Halt U.S. Aid to Israel

Israel receives more than $3.1 billion in direct U.S. foreign assistance each year and is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.
• Meanwhile, Israel’s unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, while America’s is 7 percent and Europe’s average unemployment is 12 percent.
• And Israel ranks 4th in technological capacity in the world.

It’s worse than that though. Far beyond formal foreign aid programs, a respected economist, Dr. Thomas Stauffer, estimated that Israel cost the U.S. about $1.6 trillion between 1973 and 2003 alone.

Why does Israel have a green light to use American tax revenue for military operations, which destroy Palestinian (or Lebanese) roads, water tanks, sewage lines, electrical power plants and police stations, not to mention shops, homes, schools, and lives?

It’s long past time to halt U.S. aid until Israel complies with U.N. resolutions, withdraws from the occupied territories and makes peace.

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Mar 31 13:20

Tickets for Israeli war criminal Tzipi Livni

Stuart Littlewood examines the Jewish National Fund’s provocative decision to invite Israeli war crimes suspect Tzipi Livni to Britain on the day Palestinians mark their ethnic cleansing and dispossession by Jewish terrorists.

Mar 31 10:56

'Get Me the Votes and I'll Annex Judea and Samaria'

Economics Minister says he needs 40 Knesset seats to annex Judea-Samaria; 'We're not going to disappear to satisfy their desires'.

Mar 31 10:30

LAND DAY IN PALESTINE ~~ THE ONGOING PROCESS

Israel continues to steal land from Palestinians and to displace them in every part of historic Palestine from the north, to the occupied West Bank, to the Naqab (Negev) in the south.

Mar 31 10:14

Report: PM tells US that coalition could collapse if Israel-Arab prisoners released

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the US that the Israeli government coalition could collapse should he go through with the controversial 4th prisoner release, according to a report by the British periodical al-Hayat.

The report further quotes Palestinian officials stating that Abbas has made clear his refusal to continue negotiations should the fourth prisoner release not come to fruition.

Mar 31 09:07

The Humanitarian Impact of Gaza’s Electricity and Fuel Crisis

Over 300 medical machines at hospitals were out of order, including the ONLY MRI machine at Gaza European Hospital. The average waiting time for some types of elective surgery at Gaza’s largest hospital (Shifa) is over a year. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20603

Mar 31 08:57

Kerry arrives in Mideast in bid to seal Israel-Palestinian talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel on Monday evening in an effort to prevent the collapse of peace talks and secure a deal that will extend the stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mar 31 07:39

Journey into an Invisible war in Occupied Palestine

Why is the settlement movement so difficult to stop? Who is driving it and why? Is it destined to continue until there is no more Palestinian land to take? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20596

Mar 31 07:14

Israel seeks al-Aqsa Mosque demolition: PA official

Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habbash says Israel plans to demolish the al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“Israel is following a systematic, gradual plan supported by the Israeli government and protected by the Israeli army and its aim- I’m telling you is not to divide al-Aqsa - its aim is to remove the al-Aqsa Mosque,” al-Habbash said in an interview.

In recent months, Israeli forces and extremist settlers have stepped up their attacks on Palestinians visiting the mosque. This has led to violent confrontations between the two sides.

Mar 31 06:53

A British Jew warns US Jewish orgs to heed rapidly-shifting world opinion

We received the note below from a British Jew. I then had a conversation on the phone with him and he said he felt the urgent responsibility to communicate the world’s opinion of Israel to American Jews before public opinion in the U.S. shifts dramatically, led by the BDS movement. I’m honoring his wish to remain anonymous.

How do you describe the feeling that your life has been a lie? I think that the reason Jews are so reluctant to acknowledge what is clearly in front of them, is that shifting from ‘Israel is never wrong’ to ‘we have created a monster’ is such a terrifying realisation, self delusion is the easier path.

Mar 31 01:25

They can be killed

So the Shin Bet security service found another reason for us why Muataz Washaha deserved to die. So why get into details and ask moot questions? Or killing Palestinians is precisely the intention? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20580

Mar 30 22:48

Bouthaina Shaaban: “All those who launch assault on Syria will be repelled…Jerusalem and Golan eyes of Arab Nation”

“All those who launch assault on Syria will be repelled…hundreds of invaders had come to this land throughout thousands of years, but they were repelled and we have remained here because we believe in our land,” Shaaban added.

Mar 30 14:45

Philip Giraldi: Israel Is No Ally; But is it even a friend?

Israel has corrupted our Congress, it interferes in American elections, its head of government publicly rebukes our own head of state, and its government ministers insult John Kerry.

The GAO has concluded that Israel conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any US “ally”.

Friends of Israel stole enriched uranium from a Pennsylvania refinery to create a nuclear arsenal.
Israel systematically steals American technology with both military and civilian applications, then reverse engineers U.S. technology and uses it to support their own exports.
Israeli citizens residing in the US have stolen sensitive technology to manufacture artillery gun tubes, obtained classified plans for reconnaissance systems, and passed sensitive aerospace designs to unauthorized users.

So the answer to the question of “is Israel an ally of the United States” is most definitely no.
Is it even a friend?

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Mar 30 10:18

Palestinian child describes details of torture and mistreatment during his arrest

Rashid Al-Rashq, a 14 year-old Palestinian boy, has revealed that Israeli forces tortured and mistreated him, including stripping him of his clothes, after he was imprisoned for two months based on the accusation that he allegedly threw stones.

Mar 30 10:13

WHY LAND DAY STILL MATTERS TO ‘A PEOPLE WITHOUT A LAND’

Today, with no resolution in sight to the historic injustices inflicted upon them, Palestinians in Israel and elsewhere use this day to remember and redouble their efforts for emancipation.

Mar 30 08:57

Israel to consider war crimes case

Israel’s Supreme Court will hear evidence that officials committed war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza.
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Mar 30 07:56

US military in no shape to face the grandsons of Red Army

Years of terrorizing farmers with AK-47's and their wives and children and killing several million of them will not tune up an Army,like fighting real soldiers!
Remember how Hezbollah handed the IDF it's head back in 2006. Years of shooting Palestinian kids did not prepare them to fight a real military.
We are headed for a major military defeat and disaster!

The West is suffering from a bad case of Cold War chills.

Not only are the Western powers worried, they are discovering that they likely lack the means to stop possible Russian incursions into what was the former Soviet Empire.

They should not be at all surprised that Russia is again showing signs of life.

Frederick the Great, the renowned Prussian warrior-king, warned: “he who tried to defend everything, defends nothing.”

Mar 30 03:34

The blood it’s acceptable to shed

That is the "principled" message to Israeli soldiers: It is permissible to shed the blood of Palestinian teenagers, none of you will be dismissed and you might even be promoted – because that’s how it is in the most moral army in the world. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20559

Mar 29 21:24

Palestinian child describes details of torture and mistreatment during his arrest .

- Rashid Al-Rashq, a 14 year-old Palestinian boy, has revealed that Israeli forces tortured and mistreated him, including stripping him of his clothes, after he was imprisoned for two months based on the accusation that he allegedly threw stones.

Mar 29 13:31

*Shocking video* World leaders wear pyramid symbol at major international meeting

During the Nuclear Security Summit, which was held on March 24th and 25th in the Netherlands, Reuters captured video of presidents and prime ministers from all over the world wearing a very peculiar pyramid-shaped pin

Mar 29 10:34

Israel loses eight billion dollars and Arab parties join the boycott

Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative movement, has estimated that Israel has incurred losses of around eight billion dollars due to the boycott campaign against illegal settlements, equivalent to 20 per cent of their GDP.

Regarding the latest Palestinian efforts to escalate the settlement boycott, Barghouti revealed that an agreement has been made with 13 democratic Arab parties to form boycott committees in the Arab world.

Mar 29 07:39

Arab League impotence continues & What a mess the Arab world is in

A thought constantly in my mind, and which was reinforced by the Arab League’s 25th Summit in Kuwait, is that with Arab leaders and governments as “enemies” the Zionist state of Israel does not need friends.

Mar 29 06:42

Israeli Crimes Go Unpunished

It bears repeating. Israeli crimes nearly always go unpunished. Rare exceptions prove the rule. Occasional low-level soldier hand-slap penalties follow. Higher-ups are virtually always absolved. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20536

Should the Palestinian Authority take #Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC)? http://sabbah.in/1ltEUGL

Mar 29 02:40

Netanyahu’s Silicon Valley Visit A Lost Opportunity

Silicon Valley, to my mind, is about equality, empowerment and equal access. Consequently, it’s been very disturbing to see technology companies such as Apple and WhatsApp meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while disregarding that his country treats its non-Jewish population like second-class citizens and implements harsh military rule on Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Read more --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20531

Mar 28 11:57

Israel Must Be Held Accountable

Citizens from 20 countries came to Istanbul to hear testimony on March 27, 2014 against Israeli officials and to offer their support to the victims on board the Mavi Marmara. Many of these supporters had also been attacked on other flotilla boats; suffering wounds, unlawful detention, torture and theft of money, credit cards and possessions at the hands of the Israeli militants.

“The real purpose of these hearings is to hold Israel accountable,” said American, David Schermerhorn, passenger on board Challenger 1.

The Israeli officials who ordered the raid on six civilian boats in international waters should face arrest by Interpol.

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Mar 28 08:37

Why BDS Should Target All Israeli Institutions

Some people, although they wish to see an end to the occupation and settlements, believe that BDS should target only institutions that directly support the occupation and/or settlements. They want settlements-related business to be “disentangled” from other Israeli businesses and institutions.

For reasons given below, I believe that this view would lead to a sadly truncated “movement”, shorn of most of its potential power to effect change—that BDS should target all Israeli businesses and institutions.

Mar 28 08:34

A US Official’s ‘Blistering’—but Anonymous—Response to Israeli Insults

The US-Israel “special relationship” is unprecedented in world history. And not only that, it violates the laws of nature.
Never before in recorded history has a large, powerful nation come to be dominated by a small country with substantially lesser military capabilities. It has never happened. Yet such a conquest has fallen upon America.

Mar 27 10:14

TWO OF THE LATEST BDS VICTORIES

The King’s College London Student Union (KCLSU) passed amotion on Tuesday night to back the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli products, companies and institutions “that profit from or are implicated in, the violation of Palestinian rights.”

The motion, which passed by 348-252, says that a call for sanctions “is to ask the global community to recognise Israel’s violations of international law and to act accordingly as they do to other member states of the United Nations.”

The College’s Israel Society, comprising of “Jewish students and/or proud members of the wonderfully diverse King’s College London student community,” had earlier said it was “greatly disturbed by the thought that our university – let alone any university – dedicated to the pursuit of truth and knowledge, could be called on to ban cooperation with the universities and cultural groups of any other country.”

Mar 27 09:39

Pollard-for-prisoners deal said offered by US to save peace talks

As-yet-unconfirmed reports out of Israel’s Army Radio are claiming the Obama Administration is offering up jailed US spy Jonathan Pollard’s release and transfer to Israel as a way to extend the stalled Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

The report is that the US would offer Pollard, the Palestinians would agree to extend the talks, slated to end in April, until the end of December. Israel would simply be asked to not renege on the April prisoner releases.

The State Department didn’t directly deny the reports, but insisted there are “no current plans” to release the US-born Pollard, who was made an Israeli citizen after his arrest for spying on Israel’s behalf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, Obama will have given everything Israel wants to the Israeli government, and will receive absolutely nothing of substance in return for a meaningful Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The illegal housing in occupied regions will continue to move briskly, with no sign of abatement, and there will be no real territory for Palestinians to call home, except for a postage-stamp piece of real estate at one of the most God-forsaken bits of territory possible.

This is a real something for nothing ploy, and I am exceptionally alarmed that Obama is even thinking this is going to make a positive difference for the peace process here.

To release Pollard, after the great harm he visited on American assets in the old Soviet Union, will be a real kick in the head for every loyal American serving, or who has served, in our intelligence community.

Mar 26 10:37

At summit in Kuwait, Arab League rejects Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state

Arab leaders say they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and are blaming it for a lack of progress in the Mideast peace process.

Mar 26 07:10

Israel warships target Gaza fishermen, injure 4

Israeli warships have opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the southern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime’s aggression against Palestinians continues unabated.

Witnesses said Israeli forces fired at the boats near the city of Rafah, situated 30 kilometers (around 19 miles) south of Gaza City, early on Wednesday, injuring four fishermen.

The four fishermen were shifted to nearby Kamal Adwan Hospital, where medics said they have suffered moderate injuries.

Mar 25 10:55

RACISM SURFACES AGAIN AT NEW YORK TIMES

‘NYT Book Review’ owes readers an apology for printing blatant racism about Palestinians.

Mar 25 08:15

Gandhi's Message 2009

Mar 23 08:59

Israel: Netanyahu vows to keep up IDF attacks on "Palestinian terrorists"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday vowed that the army would not stop using force against anyone plotting attacks against Israel, one day after IDF troops killed three Palestinians in a West Bank raid.

"Over the weekend, our forces struck at a terrorist who had organized attacks on Israelis and was also planning attacks on innocent civilians," Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

"Our policy is to attack those who attack us and who are planning to attack us," Netanyahu’s office quoted him as saying. "Both were applicable in this case."

Mar 23 08:58

Israel to pay 'very high price' if it attacks Gaza: Hamas

Gaza's Hamas Premier Ismail Haniya warned Israel on Sunday it would pay dearly if it heeded its foreign minister's call to reoccupy the Palestinian enclave to try to halt rocket attacks.

"We tell the enemy and (Foreign Minister Avigdor) Lieberman who is threatening to reoccupy Gaza that the time for your threats is over," Haniya told a rally in Gaza City.

"Any aggression or crime or stupidity you commit will cost you a very high price."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember back when Ariel Sharon made a deal with the west that they would "give" Gaza back to the Palestinians if the world would ignore the illegal settlements being built in the West Bank? I predicted back then that as soon as those settlements were established facts on the ground Israel would gin up a way to renege on the deal and retake Gaza.

Mar 23 07:27

U.S. could free Israeli spy Pollard to save peace talks

The United States could free Jonathan Pollard, serving a life term for spying for Israel, as a way of saving deadlocked peace talks with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The deadlock is that Israel goes right on bulldozing Palestinian homes and replacing them with Jews only housing developments, something Palestine can never agree to. Releasing Pollard will not change Israel's continuing land grab. Indeed Netanyahu's position is that settlement construction is "irrelevant."

This is just Israel, wanting what Israel wants and wondering why there are so many anti-Semites in the world getting in their way!

Mar 22 07:57

Israeli forces shoot dead 3 Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp

Three Palestinians were killed and seven others were injured early Saturday during clashes with Israeli troops who raided Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

The sources told Ma'an a large number of Israeli troops surrounded several Palestinian militants in a house in the camp and showered the house with gunshots.

Mar 22 07:53

UN investigator: Israeli occupation turned to ethnic cleansing

UN human rights investigator Richard Falk has criticized Israel for ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Palestinians as more than 11,000 have lost their right to live in al-Quds (Jerusalem) since 1996.

Mar 22 07:12

First oil in Palestine could be extracted in 2015 - Palestinian Minister Jawal al-Naji

Russian companies have been invited to participate in an international tender for oil extraction in Palestine, which is going to be launched on March 22. Palestinian Economy Minister Jawal al-Naji dropped some details about the upcoming tender to Voice of Russia correspondent Yelena Suponina.

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"ANNEX! ANNEX!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 21 08:28

ABBAS’ VICTORIOUS FAILURE

Netanyahu’s map of ‘Israel’ annexes West Bank, leaves out Gaza

Mar 21 07:14

Gaza Strip also wants to join Russia - Hamas website

According to online reports, the treaty on Crimea being accepted into Russia has prompted the setting up of an initiative group that will draw up a proposal for the Palestinian enclave in Israel to hold a referendum on joining the Russian Federation, too. This is reported by the Russian-language version of the Palestinian Information Centre.

Mar 21 07:04

US-backed settlement led Middle East peace talks to impasse - Palestinians

US-sponsored peace talks with Israel have reached an impasse because of Jewish settlement activity, a Palestinian spokesman said Thursday, as plans for over 2,000 West Bank units were moved forward.

Mar 20 12:31

INTERNATIONAL BDS UPDATES

Mar 15 10:22

FROM ‘THE WALL’ …. WE DON’T NEED NO OCCUPATION

Mar 13 11:31

AN AFRO-AMERICAN RELIVES SEGREGATION ON A VISIT TO ISRAEL/PALESTINE

When I first visited Occupied Palestine, in 2011, there was something about the experience that seemed very familiar. It was not only the sense of the racist oppression the Palestinians were experiencing; it was something else. When I returned home I realized what it was.

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