PALESTINE

Jun 08 09:14

The New McCarthyism

Once again vast sums of money are being spent on a war, this time a hot one and getting hotter. Once again parties with a vested interest are out to smear and destroy anyone who dares ask if the wars are worth the sacrifice of our young people (not to mention the money), indeed if there really is any point at all to the wars aside from justifying the flow of money to defense contractors.

But the Soviet Union has gone out of business. The word "communist" doesn't carry the same psychological impact it used to, so the war hawk smear squad has come up with a new one, "Anti-Semite." Like "Communist", "Anti-Semite" is used to ruin the lives of people who have not actually done anything wrong other than to challenge the war profiteers. It is a new word for an old trick, and I am amazed that they are still playing the same old game, but I guess the FBI can always find some dumb-assed idiot to fall for it and do their dirty work of wrecking a career for them.

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Reposted in light of Israel now openly trying to wreck the careers of anyone who questions Israel's treatment of the Palestinians!

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Jun 08 09:13

BOYCOTTING THE BOYCOTTERS

Blacklisted by the `Jewish Community’ over Israel, the Shondes Take their Stand

Jun 08 05:59

Gaza fisherman shot by Israel 2 weeks ago succumbs to his wounds

A Palestinian fisherman shot by the Israeli navy two weeks ago succumbed to his wounds Sunday morning, Gaza medical authorities said.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that 52-year-old Imad Shukri Salim was announced dead Sunday morning.

Jun 07 16:05

Palestinian wedding interrupted by Israeli stun grenades, 1 hurt

A Palestinian man was injured late Friday after being hit by an Israeli stun grenade during a wedding in East Jerusalem, a local popular committee spokesman said.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma’an that Israeli forces unexpectedly raided the village of al-Issawiya and fired stun grenades while crowds of Palestinians were participating in a traditional wedding march.

One man was hit directly in the forehead with a stun grenade and taken to the hospital, Abu al-Hummus said.

Jun 06 09:29

Unity government may not be perfect, but it is good news for Palestine

Very few Palestinians expect the new unity government in Ramallah, composed of technocrats unaffiliated with any political faction, to liberate Palestine from the shackles of Zionism or defeat Israel and its guardian-ally, the United States. We don’t live in a fantasy and we all know the facts on the ground too well.

But the unity government, whose formation has been made possible thanks to last month’s reconciliation deal between Hamas, the Islamic liberation movement, and Fatah, the mainstream PLO faction, is ostensibly at least a welcome development for all Palestinians and their enduring just cause.

Jun 06 07:33

Palestinian Authority condemns Australia for declaring East Jerusalem not occupied

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday condemned Australia's policy shift to stop referring to East Jerusalem as "occupied" by Israel, and warned that it is currently weighing its response.

Jun 05 09:07

CHUTZPAH EPITOMIZED ~~ THEY ERASED OUR LAND BUT KEPT OUR RECIPES

This is the latest example of blatant cultural appropriation of indigenous Palestinian and regional culture to add to a long list that already includes falafel, hummus, olive oil, maftoul (“Israeli couscous”) and other staples that are frequently misrepresented and promoted as Israeli, while erasing or denying their connection to the country’s indigenous people and culture.

Jun 05 06:56

In policy shift, Australia declares East Jerusalem is not occupied

The Australian government will no longer refer to East Jerusalem as an occupied territory, it emerged Wednesday in a statement released by Attorney-General George Brandeis after a Senate Estimates hearing. This constitutes a dramatic shift in Australian policy on Israel since 1967.

Jun 05 06:51

Israeli response to Palestinian unity cabinet: 1,500 new housing units in the settlements

The Housing Ministry announced tenders for 1,500 new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Wednesday night, a move termed by Minister Uri Ariel as a response to the new Palestinian unity cabinet.

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Is this video of Netanyahu as a boy?!? :)

Jun 05 05:30

The U.S. Has Been Speaking To Hamas Through Back Channels For More Than Six Months

United States officials have been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months to discuss their role in the newly formed unity government, according to two senior diplomatic sources with direct knowledge of the talks.

The meetings were held between U.S. intermediaries and Hamas’ leadership, which lives outside the Gaza Strip in third-party countries ranging from Egypt to Qatar and Jordan. Topics included the ceasefire agreement with Israel and the recently formed unity government between Hamas and Fatah.

During the talks, Hamas gave assurances that allowed the U.S. to support the unity government, despite heavy pressure by the Israeli government for them to condemn it, the diplomatic officials — one American and one Palestinian — said. They said those assurances including a commitment to maintaining a ceasefire with Israel.

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No bloody wonder that Netanyahu has been having such a hissy fit recently over the new unity government; he not only has he told his government not to negotiate with the new Hamas/Fatah government, but also is preventing them from traveling!!

Jun 04 11:59

Israel Security Cabinet: No Negotiation with Hamas Palestinian Government

The Israel Security Cabinet has unanimously decided to continue acting in accordance with its 24 April 2014 decision and to not negotiate with a Palestinian government with any backing or relationship from Hamas, a terrorist organization which calls for the destruction of Israel.

That Israel will act, including in the international arena, against the participation of terrorist organizations in elections and authorize the Prime Minister to impose additional sanctions on the Palestinian Authority.

Israel will hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for all actions that harm the security of Israel which originate in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Jun 04 10:36

TODAY’S SPOOF OF EUROPE, PAST AND PRESENT

Islamophobia replaces nazism ...

Jun 03 11:02

Israel threatens more sanctions against Palestinians

Israel threatened Monday to impose new sanctions against the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority after a new unity government was sworn in under a deal with Gaza rulers Hamas.

A security cabinet meeting called to discuss the new Palestinian government decided “to authorise the prime minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) to impose additional sanctions on the Palestinian Authority,” Netanyahu’s office said, without elaborating.

It added that Israel would hold the PA entirely responsible for any attacks on the Jewish state.

Abbas has pledged the new administration will abide by the principles laid down by the Middle East peace Quartet — to recognise Israel, reject violence and abide by all existing agreements.

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Looks as though Netanyahu is having another one of his anti-Palestinian hissy fits.

Look for a false flag, coming soon, which Israel will blame on the PA, as the excuse for more deadly attacks against Palestinians.

Seriously expect, if this happens, that many non-combatants, including women and children, will be gunned down in cold blood.

And remember what the motto of the IDF is regarding pregnant Palestinian women: "One shot, two kills".

Jun 03 08:59

PALESTINIANS RISE TO NEW HEIGHTS VIA SOCCER

We are seeing right now in Brazil the ways in which the glories of soccer are being used as a cover to displace people from their homes and crush popular resistance. In Gaza and the West Bank, we are seeing the opposite: the ways in which the hypnotic flair of the beautiful game can make an oppressed people ready to face another day.

But let the last word go to my friend Sami, who lives in Gaza. He said to me “It’s like those words of your poet who just died, Maya Angelou, her words that we see written on the walls that surround us: ‘And still we rise.’”

Jun 03 06:33

Family of man killed by Israeli forces denies he shot at police

The family of a man killed by Israeli soldiers near Nablus late Monday have denied Israeli claims that he opened fire at forces.

Jun 02 11:04

Bennett: Annexation of Area C is the best response to Fatah-Hamas government

Israel should annex Area C of the West Bank in response to Monday’s swearing in ceremony of a unified Fatah-Hamas government made up of “terrorists in suits,” Economic Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said.

Jun 02 10:22

"Smash and Grab Palestine" Policy Announced by Government

"Palestine smashed against the wall of reality," said Israeli Minister Bennett on June 2, 2014, after a Palestinian unity government was sworn in Ramallah. Unusually violent, the statement reflected an Israeli change of attitude towards Palestine.

Jun 02 09:09

ISRAEL WARNS THE WORLD AGAINST PALESTINIAN UNITY

Despite the fact that the two defacto Presidents of Israel and Palestine head off to the Vatican together early next week, the government of Israel is doing everything in its power to sabotage the new Unity Government scheduled to be sworn in by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority today ...

Jun 02 07:23

Palestinians swear in unity government

Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh welcomes the 'historic step'; Abbas says new government will fight any Israeli punitive measures against the PA.

Jun 01 08:40

Gaza militants exchange fire with Israeli force

Palestinian militants clashed Sunday with an Israeli army force that had staged an incursion into southeastern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian militants fired several mortar shells on the advancing Israeli armored vehicles, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.

They added that Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian land and homes in the area.

Jun 01 06:54

Israeli Occupation Forces Kill Two Palestinians, Kidnap 370 In May

Israeli army sharpshooters killed the two following clashes with the army as the Palestinians marked the Nakba Day. Video footage showed the two walking away, with their backs to the army location, when they were killed.

As for arrests carried out by the Israeli occupation army, the Center said that 370 Palestinians were kidnapped in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

May 29 11:30

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WAILS AT THE WALL

Unlike Pope Francis, Justin Timberlake took time out to visit just one of the many walls in the Holy Land.

What seems to be a mini competition with the Pope, he posted This photo on his Instagram Page ...

May 28 10:47

THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO OF THE POPE AT THE WALL OF APARTHEID

In an effort to resist the Bethlehem Municipality’s efforts to beautify a section of the Apartheid Wall where Pope Francis was scheduled to pass, Local activists from Aida Refugee Camp gathered to paint slogans both against Israeli occupation and welcoming His Holiness, on the eve of his arrival, on May 24th 2014.

“Why do we have to make it beautiful? It’s not,” said 23-year-old Mohammed Abu Srour, one of activists involved.

May 28 09:38

AS DEATH TOLL RISES, TURKEY CONTINUES TO SEEK JUSTICE IN FLOTILLA MURDERS

IHH said Monday that a 51-year-old activist who had remained in a coma following the incident died on Saturday, bringing the number of victims to 10.

May 27 09:35

POPE’S VISIT TO HOLY LAND WAS AS REALISTIC AS THIS SOUTH PARK EPISODE

Here is the ugly reality just a day after the Pope left …

Israel okays 50 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

Settlers uproot 30 olive trees near Nablus

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in northern Gaza

Israeli forces level land, issue confiscation notices in Salfit

Apr 05 09:17

CAN PEACE BECOME A REALITY USING THE SOCIAL MEDIA AS A TOOL?

In an address at the 2012 Launch startup conference in San Francisco, Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, told his audience that social media is crucial for the attainment of peace between Israel and Palestine. “The idea behind it is governments until now negotiated peace,” he said. “I think the best way to achieve peace is when the people negotiate peace directly by talking to each other.” Many of his constituents seem to agree, and the web-based community in that country has recently taken a collective stand for peaceful relations between the two long-time enemies.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 14:51

Britain's mad-house foreign policy

Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain's double standards and contradictory policies in the Middle East: on the one hand irrational belligerence and warmongering towards Iran even though this is contrary to British national interests, and on the other cosying up to and taking its cue from Israel, a criminal, aggressive state whose behaviour contradicts British values and interests.

Apr 04 14:49

Israel set to uproot 30,000 of its own Bedouin citizens

Neve Gordon explains why Israel's plans to move entire communities of its own Bedouin citizens from their ancestral lands in the Negev and put them in townships will deprive them of their livelihood and land rights.

”I asked Abu Afash what he thinks will happen if they do not reach an agreement with the government. He paused for a moment and then replied that … ‘they will not put us on buses and move us, they will simply shut down the schools and wait. When we see we cannot send our children to school we will “willingly" move’.

“This is how forced relocation becomes voluntary and how Israel will likely represent it to the world.” (Neve Gordon)

Apr 04 08:30

Pro-Palestinian groups plan April 15 mass arrival in Israel

'More than 1,000 activists with European and other passports intend to fly to Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport for a Land Day event,' organizer tells Haaretz.

Apr 04 08:28

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT DENIES JUSTICE TO PALESTINE

The International Criminal Court will not investigate Israel’s conduct during its December 2008 offensive on Gaza because Palestine is not a state, the world prosecutor said Tuesday.

In a statement, the ICC prosecutor acknowledged that over 130 countries and some UN bodies recognize Palestine as a state.

But, Palestine still holds observer status in the UN, and so the ICC cannot at this time investigate allegations of war crimes committed on Palestinian territory, the prosecutor said.

Mar 14 08:54

Israeli Police Drops Teargascanister For Fun

It's *just* teargas, but still...

Jan 16 10:15

REWRITING THE BIBLE IN ISRAEL

When you shall besiege a city a long time, and wage war to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against fruit trees… Only the trees which you know are not trees for food, you may destroy and cut them down to build siege machinery against the city waging war with you. (Deut. 20:19-20)

Jun 01 07:52

FLASHBACK - Most Members of Congress Remain Committed to Israel’s Blockade of Gaza

Administration officials and Washington lawmakers indicated the United States is not willing to urge Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza, even as activists seek to highlight the issue after civilian deaths during Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

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With the recent release of the United Nations Human Rights Council report condemning the brutal Israeli attack on the flotilla and declaring the blockade of Gaza a violation of international law, every single member of the United States Government who supports that blockade is an accessory after-the-fact in a violation of international law. How much longer will we live in a nation run by criminals willing to subvert the laws for Israel's gains?

Back in 1948 and 1949, the USSR imposed a blockade on West Berlin to starve that nation into abandoning their elected leaders and accepting Soviet rule. This is identical to the situation in Gaza where Israel is trying to starve the Palestinians into abandoning their elected leaders and accepting Israeli rule.

But back in 19648, we had a far more moral and principled government that had the spine to stand up for what is right, and the US and its allies launched the Berlin Airlift, flying 200,000 flights into Berlin, delivering 13,000 tons of goods per day for a year until the blockade collapsed.

Oh to have real leaders like that again!

"On the radio talk shows and T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend

But who are the ones that we call our friends
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take anymore
So they pick up a gun, or a brick, or a stone

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons

And there is blood on the wire..."

-- Jackson Browne "Lives in the Balance"

Sep 23 07:46

ISRAEL: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

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

The following maps show what Israel has actually done.

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Re-posted in light of Israel's latest bombing of Gaza, preceded by the traditional Israeli false-flag to justify it.

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