ISRAEL

Sep 02 23:45

Israeli warships open fire at fishermen off Gaza coast

Israeli forces opened fire at fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, in apparent violation of the ceasefire agreement reached with Palestinian factions a week ago, fishermen said.

Palestinian fishermen told Ma'an that Israeli warships used machine guns to fire at their boats while they were sailing within the agreed-upon six-nautical-mile limit near Rafah.

Sep 02 17:17

Dr. Rania Masri's Speech at "Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action" Forum

This is a must watch video about the rights of Palestinians delivered by a Palestinian speaking with all the eloquence, intelligence, dignity and grace that we would applaud from anyone speaking for our own precious rights and freedoms. Those rights are no less precious for each and every Palestinian struggling against Israel's oppressive and brutal policies designed to negate their very existence.

Sep 02 16:43

‘I want to cut your throat’: Galloway beaten by pro-Israeli fanatic for Gaza views

In his first TV interview after release from hospital, British MP George Galloway told RT he is surprised by the lack of condemnation from other UK politicians of the brutal attack on him. The assault by a pro-Israeli man left Galloway in much pain.

Sep 02 15:04

GREATER ISRAEL: The Land of Israel’s future borders as given by the Torah…can’t wait for this

Genesis 15:18 reads: “To your descendants I give this land from the River of Egypt to the Great River, the river Euphrates.”

Moses announces to the Jews in Deuteronomy 11:24, that “Every place where you set the soles of your feet shall be yours. Your borders shall run from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea.”

Sep 02 14:31

Former Mossad Officer Implicates Israel in 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing

In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon and President Reagan sent 1800 Marines to Beirut to act as peace keepers. Israel resented the interference and used the US presence to commit a False Flag operation that killed 242 Marines.

The purpose was to align the US with Israel and create animosity towards the Arab world.

Sep 02 14:30

Watch As Israeli War Logic Gets Dismantled

US broadcaster Mike Malloy has responded to the standard Israeli apologist line “what would you do if rockets were being fired into your country?’ with an impassioned and logical argument so perfect it should be replayed over every news channel across the world.

Sep 02 12:33

Palestine: Israeli Army Demolishes Orphanage Dairy Factory in the West Bank

Israeli soldiers invaded on Tuesday, at dawn, the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and initiated the destruction of a dairy factory that belongs to the Islamic Charitable Society for Orphans, in the city.

Eyewitnesses said that dozens of soldiers, accompanied by armored bulldozers, broke into the dairy factory in the ar-Rahma neighborhood, east of Hebron, and declared the area a closed military zone, preventing journalists and residents from entering it.

Sheikh Hatem al-Bakri, head of the administrative board of the Islamic Charitable Society, said the factory provides the needed means for caring for the orphans in the Hebron District.

“What is happening is an attack on the orphans themselves: several months ago, the army confiscated various machines with an estimated monetary value of $2 million,” al-Bakri told the Maan News Agency. “This factory is essential for the services, and charitable aid we provide.”

Sep 02 12:23

Israel Breaches Gaza Ceasefire Agreement

Israeli agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. Straightaway Gaza ceasefire agreed on terms were violated.

Twelve Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) activists were arrested. Their whereabouts remains unknown.

Days earlier, Israeli soldiers targeted Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Khalida Jarrar in Ramallah.

She's ordered deported to Jericho for six months. She got 24 hours to leave.

Sep 02 10:34

Second American journalist beheaded by ISIS terrorists

A new video has been posted on the internet purported to show Islamic State militants beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The Associated Press and the SITE Intel Group, an organization that tracks the online activity of terrorist groups, both reported on Tuesday that the video had been posted online, barely two weeks after the group formerly known as ISIS published a similar clip of American photojournalist James Foley suffering from the same fate at the hands of the group.

The White House could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video, but press secretary Joshua Earnest said during a briefing on Tuesday that the administration’s “thoughts and prayers” are with Sotloff’s family.

Sep 02 10:21

Newly Declassified Documents Reveal How U.S. Agreed To Israel’s Nuclear Program

“The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program.

Sep 02 10:10

Israel Prepares for the Next War

Hopefully Israel will take advantage of the ongoing cease fire with Hamas to hammer out a comprehensive peace plan with the Palestinians. However, if the past is any indication, nothing of the sort will take place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu just announced that Israel will NOT be sending a delegation to continue negotiations in Egypt, as was agreed to in the cease fire.

Sep 02 10:06

Israel Raises Alarm Over Islamist Militants On Its Frontiers

Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said on Tuesday.

The Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has established a major presence in the region, analysts said, and is poised to carry out attacks across the barren borderlands where Syria, Israel and Jordan converge.

Iran meanwhile is seeking to expand its influence in the region via its support for Assad and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, all of which are allied against the Sunni insurgency confronting Assad, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

Sep 02 09:24

VIDEO ~~ SHE’S A PALESTINIAN …… SO ARE WE ALL!

Sep 02 09:23

THOSE ‘DANCING ISRAELIS’ ARE AT IT AGAIN

Fidel Castro Claims Mossad is Behind the Islamic State

Sep 02 09:09

US urges Israel to reverse plan to seize Palestinian land in the West Bank

The United States urged Israel on Monday to reverse its latest plan to seize Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank.

“This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve, and construction tender they issue, is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians,” a State Department official said.

“We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, sure, "urging" Israel to change their decision is going to work...when pigs fly.

It is obvious to any sentient being that Israel's goal here is to take all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem until there is no more land which can possibly be declared a Palestinian state, and kill as many Palestinians in the process as Israel thinks they can get away with.

And the one thing the US government could try to do to "modify" Israel's behaviour - a complete stop to any financial and military any aid whatsoever - the US government will not do.

One has to wonder just what Israel has on US governmental officials, and how damaging that intel is, which keeps this from happening.

Sep 02 08:56

Israel’s Latest Land Grab

On Sunday, Israel’s Civil Administration announced confiscation of around 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land.

It lawlessly declared it State Land. It’s to establish a Gva’ot settlement. It’s located south of Bethlehem. It’s in the Southern West Bank.

Sep 02 08:23

The truth about the UK’s powerful zionist lobbies

Writing for The Jewish Chronicle last week, columnist David Aaronovitch addressed the alleged rise in anti-Semitism in this country and attributed it to the Jews being “too quiet and too separate up till now”. He suggested a Jewish lobby would be a great idea, and starting with “Jews beginning to get themselves kippah-ed up and sitting in the audience at Question Time”.

Sep 02 08:20

Hamas Popularity Surges Over Gaza, Poll Finds

Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published Tuesday found.

Sep 02 07:53

Israel announces construction of biggest settlement in 30 years

Almost 1,000 acres of land near Bethlehem have been seized by Israel to build an estimated 1,000 new homes on Palestinian farmland

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Coupled with Netanyahu now refusing to send a negotiating team to Egypt, which was a condition of the cease fire, tells us that Israel as always will go on grabbing what they want and killing all who resist.

Sep 02 07:26

Sprawling Abu Khdeir Family Spreads Deep Roots in Jerusalem — and U.S.

Now, it is the Palestinian family’s American ties that have put it on the radar of the U.S. Department of State. Several weeks after Jewish extremists in Jerusalem murdered 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and Israeli police beat his American cousin, 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, another cousin with U.S. citizenship has been arrested. This cousin, also named Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was visited in jail by an American consular official in the middle of August.

“We are concerned that the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem was not notified of his arrest by the Israeli government,” Marie Harf, a state department spokeswoman, told reporters in a briefing August 20. Harf also said that the Abu Khdeir family appears “to be singled out for arrest by the Israeli authorities.” The Abu Khdeirs say that more than two dozen members of the family have been arrested.

And this justice from the only democracy in the middle-east!

Sep 02 07:25

Jewish Terror In our Midst

The Daily Telegraph reported today that Neil Masterson, who was charged with a religiously aggravated assault on George Galloway, is a Jewish carer and not a ‘Catholic’ as the Jewish media insisted in the last few days.

Former BBC manager Neil Masterson, 39, is alleged to have shouted about the holocaust as Mr Galloway posed for pictures with members of the public in Golborne Road, Notting Hill.

Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, for treatment on Friday and kept in hospital overnight.

The court heard yesterday that Masterson attacked the MP because he felt that George Galloway was an enemy to Judaism.

Prosecuting, Tom Gill said: "He said he carried out the attack because he felt the victim was enemy of Judaism."

Mr Gill said that Masterson told the police: "I didn't want him to think I'm scared, Galloway is Anti-semitic and I am Jewish."

Sep 02 07:08

Report: Netanyahu says will not send delegation to Cairo talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not plan to send a delegation for negotiations in Cairo as stipulated by the ceasefire agreement that ended seven weeks of fighting in Gaza, Israeli media reported Monday.

Channel 10 said in a TV report that Netanyahu told his cabinet in a closed session that he would not send as agreed a delegation to Egypt for further talks regarding a seaport and airport in Gaza, the release of Palestinian prisoners, the demilitarization of Gaza factions, and the delivery of bodies of Israeli soldiers presumed held by Hamas, among other unresolved issues.

Netanyahu spoke proudly to his cabinet about the Gaza offensive, saying Hamas had not achieved any of its demands, according to the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Israel has already violated the terms of the cease fire, and will no doubt now try to pin the blame on HAMAS.

Sep 02 06:30

Jews, Hollywood, and Gaza: Some Thoughts

In the world of entertainment, there are few recoveries. In terms of raw power, the eighteen names on the ADL ad are more than match for the hundreds of celebrities who have signed open letters or penned offending tweets. The message might be lost on the public at large, but to those entertainers it is crystal clear — “We own you.”

Sep 02 06:26

Why the silence over the assault on George Galloway?

Last Friday evening a British MP suffered a vicious assault on a London street. George Galloway, a 61-year-old, six-times-elected politician was beaten up for three minutes by a brutal and determined assailant in broad daylight, and was admitted to hospital as a result.

There are grounds for assuming that the motive was political, and the assault occurred due to Galloway’s criticism of Israeli actions in the Middle East. The assailant was reportedly shouting comparing Galloway to Hitler, and shouting about the Holocaust.

There is something very disturbing about the response to this event by the mainstream British political establishment. Mr Galloway has received no public message of sympathy from a single MP from any party – nothing from Speaker Bercow, from the Prime Minister, or from any of the other elected political leader.

Sep 02 06:26

Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in Gaza

Despite hailing as a victory the seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and destroyed large swathes of Gaza’s infrastructure, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appears to have emerged as the main political casualty of Operation Protective Edge. In late July, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Last week, as the ceasefire began, his popularity had plummeted to 32 per cent.

Sep 02 06:24

Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips

As the school year starts, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) director of Campus Initiatives, Naomi Mayor, has sent personalized invitations to elected members of student government inviting them to participate in an all-expenses paid trip to Israel.

Sep 02 06:23

First Interview with George Galloway MP Since Violent Attack

Sep 02 05:28

Report: SodaStream mulling departure from West Bank plant

The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is considering closing its West Bank factory.

CEO Daniel Birnbaum told the Israeli economic publication The Marker that the company, which makes home soft drink machines, will make a decision in the next two months.

Birnbaum said the decision would be based solely on economics.

“The considerations will be purely financial, and do not include the European boycott on manufacturing in the territories,” he told the Marker. “Nor will they include the various calls to boycott products of the company because of its location in Maale Adumim. The boycott is a nuisance, but does not cause serious financial damage. We are not giving in to the boycott. We are Zionists.”

Sep 02 05:16

Israel’s Bennett Defends New Appropriation of West Bank Land

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett defended his government’s appropriation of West Bank land for new settlement building, and said the concept of a Palestinian state was “not working.”

“Wherever we hand them land and pull out, we get shortly thereafter, radical Islamic terror,” Bennett said in an Bloomberg Television interview in Tel Aviv.

Sep 02 03:35

Fidel Castro: US & Israel created ISIS

Sep 01 14:57

“But is it good for the Jews?”

Lawrence Davidson explains why Israel and Zionism are not fit for purpose, and argues that Jews must distance themselves from Zionism and Israel, if only for their own enlightened self-interest.

Sep 01 14:55

UK Independence Party hugs Friend of Israel

Stuart Littlewood shows that far from standing for UK independence, the UK Independence Party’s latest “catch”, Tory defector Douglas Carswell, is a Zionist propagandist with a track record of stooging for Israel.

Sep 01 14:50

Israeli Defense Forces sniping at Palestinian kids playing

All in a day's work for the brave menschen of the IDF.

Sep 01 14:37

Britain 'deplores' Israel Decision To Claim West Bank Land

The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation. On Sunday, Israel announced the appropriation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, a move which an anti-settlement group said was the biggest such claim in 30 years. Some 500,000 Israelis live among 2.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory that the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

"Deplores" Wow, that ought to scare Israel....my heavens to be deplored! But they get 1000 acres of land and all they get is deplored!

Sep 01 14:33

ISRAELI TWO STATE SOLUTION ~~ ONE JEWISH STATE IN THE EAST, THE OTHER IN THE WEST

Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June. The notice published by the military gave no reason for the decision.

Hmmm …. I thought that was the reason for the genocide in Gaza

Sep 01 14:32

PALESTINE STINKS FROM ZIONISM

“Apart from the repulsive nausea-inducing stench, the skunk liquid can cause pain and redness if it comes into contact with eyes, irritation if it comes into contact with skin and if swallowed can cause abdominal pain requiring medical treatment,” according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

Sep 01 13:57

Egypt slams Israel plan to seize Palestinian land

Cairo (AFP) - Egypt on Monday denounced Israeli plans to expropriate West Bank land, saying the move violates international law and is an obstacle to efforts for a lasting Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Sep 01 09:39

Israeli Politicos: New Testament Is ‘Anti-Semitic’

• Knesset members encourage growing number of attacks against Christian holy sites.

• A cracked gravestone in a Jewish cemetery draws howls of international outrage, but none of these attacks have received U.S. news coverage.

Even as the Zionists in Palestine bombarded the Gaza Strip, another form of Zionist aggression drew less attention—the continuing Zionist war against Christianity.

On July 17, 2012, Zionist Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari publicly destroyed a copy of the New Testament, saying:

“This abominable book galvanized the murder of millions of Jews during the Inquisition and during auto-da-fé instances. Sending the book to MKs is a provocation. There is no doubt that this book and all it represents belongs in the garbage can of history.”

Sep 01 09:16

Perpetual war, indefinite detention, and torture: The U.S. and Israel’s shared values

The United States and Israel have "shared values" but not when it comes to upholding democracy and the rule of law. Their shared values are perpetual war, torture, indefinite detention, and military courts. Guantanamo is a perfect example of this. Both states have been in a state of perpetual war for quite some time with Israel against the Palestinians since its founding in 1948 while the U.S. can trace back its war to its founding in 1776 and the colonization of Native American lands. Today's global war on terror is the latest chapter in that saga. Under perpetual war, the United States and Israel can justify a litany of draconian policies, such as indefinite detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing.

Sep 01 09:12

Newly declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program

The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight.

The US government has known, incontrovertibly, since the late 60s that Israel is a nuclear armed country.

And yet, the US government consistently breaks its own law, the Symington Amendment, by continuing to provide financial and military assistance to Israel, even though this law forbids the US government from doing so to any nuclear-armed country which refuses to sign the NNPT, and does not allow for its nuclear facilities to be inspected.

A logical question, then, has to be asked: how can a government which refuses to obey its own laws expect citizens of that country to obey that country's laws?!?

At the moment, the US government appears illegitimate, corrupt, and totally purchased by the corporations which fund election cycles.

Voters are nearly irrelevant, and totally expendable to those in the bowels of Congress.

Sep 01 07:47

“But is it Good for the Jews?” An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Can we assume that Zionism and Israel are good for the Jews? The answer is no, we cannot. Zionism failed the Jews by insisting on an Israel for one group alone. That insistence has inevitably led to racism, discrimination and ethnic cleansing. These are not practices that have characterized modern Jewry and so it is simply wrong to equate Zionism with Judaism and insist that Israel stands in for the world’s Jews. The more Jews who understand this, and begin to publicly distance themselves from both Zionism and Israel, the better, for they can safely assume both are bad for the Jews.

Sep 01 07:34

Israel’s Latest Land Grab

On Sunday, Israel's Civil Administration announced confiscation of around 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land.

It lawlessly declared it State Land. It's to establish a Gva'ot settlement. It's located south of Bethlehem. It's in the Southern West Bank.

Peace Now calls itself "the leading voice of Israeli public pressure for peace." It called Israel's action "unprecedented."

Sep 01 07:07

The truth about the UK's powerful Jewish lobbies

Writing for The Jewish Chronicle last week, columnist David Aaronovitch addressed the alleged rise in anti-Semitism in this country and attributed it to the Jews being “too quiet and too separate up till now”. He suggested a Jewish lobby would be a great idea, and starting with “Jews beginning to get themselves kippah-ed up and sitting in the audience at Question Time”.

Sep 01 06:52

Newly declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program

The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which means every President since Johnson has LIED TO YOU about Israel's nuclear arsenal, including Obama himself who evaded the question when put to him by Helen Thomas during his first press conference. And THAT means that every single penny taken from you to give to Israel is a violation of the Symington Amendment to the Foreign Appropriations Act and the Glenn Act, which make it illegal for the US to give aid to any nation in possession of nuclear arms which refuses to sign the NNPT and allow IAEA inspections! When will you have enough of this criminal government in Washington DC?

Sep 01 06:44

They Must Go - Book Cover

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now imagine the reaction if a similar book appeared about the Jews!

Sep 01 05:37

Remembering Mike Wallace, A Jew Unafraid of the Truth

Flashback: lying then, lying now. A must read

But the one piece involving Mike that sparked the widest outrage involved the deaths of 17 Palestinians, shot down by Israeli police on Jerusalem’s ultra-sensitive Temple Mount (called Haram al Sharif in Arabic) on October 8, 1990.

An outraged Benjamin Netanyahu, then deputy minister of foreign affairs, appeared at a dramatic press conference, exhibiting a huge, lethal-looking boulder in his hands. Reportedly, several Jews had been hospitalized.

The tsunami of protest hit us immediately — one of the most violent reactions to any report that “60 Minutes” had aired. We were denounced by just about every Jewish organization in the country and faced vitriolic outbursts from leading Israeli officials. We were whitewashing a plot by the Palestine Liberation Organization. We had lied. We had misrepresented. We were doing the work of the anti-Semites. And of course, we were self-hating Jews.

Sep 01 05:00

Israel announces major West Bank land appropriation for settlement

Israel appropriated a swath of 990 acres in the West Bank on Sunday and declared the Palestinian area south of Bethlehem to be Israeli "state lands," local media reported.

According to the veteran anti-settlement group Peace Now, the declaration is the largest of its kind since the 1980s and stands to change the area dramatically.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a special cabinet meeting at the Ashkelon Shore regional council in Bat-Hadar, Israel, on Sunday. (Amir Cohen / AP)

The group said the Bethlehem area lands are earmarked for a massive expansion of the small settlement of Gevaot, which could grow into a town connected to the so-called Green Line that marks the border that stood prior to the 1967 war.

The announcement of the appropriation was made by COGAT, the military unit implementing the policies of Israel’s government in the Palestinian territories it controls.

Aug 31 19:12

U.S. Urges Israel To Reverse Planned West Bank Land Appropriation

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A State Department official said the United States sees Israel’s announcement on Sunday of a land appropriation for possible settlement construction in the occupied West Bank as “counterproductive” to peace efforts and urges the Israeli government to reverse the decision. Israel laid claim to nearly a thousand acres in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem, a move which an anti-settlement group termed the biggest appropriation in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. The U.S. official said, “We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity. This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue is counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians.” The official said in Washington, “We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision."

Aug 31 18:39

'Biggest in 30 years': Israel expropriates 400 hectares of W. Bank land

The Israeli military-run Civil Administration has announced a land appropriation of some 400 hectares in the West Bank to an almost immediate condemnation from anti-settlement activists, who say this is the biggest seizure in 30 years.

Around 400 hectares of land in the Etzion settlement area near the town of Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the Civil Administration on Sunday. Israel Radio said that announcement was made in response to the killing of three Jewish teens in June by Hamas militants in the same area.

The building of a major settlement in the area, known as Gevaot, has been on the cards since 2000 and last year the Israeli government invited tenders for the building of 1,000 houses on the site.

Aug 31 17:17

Israel confiscates nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Israel on Sunday confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement south of Bethlehem in the West Bank — a move described by Israeli rights group Peace Now as “unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s."

Settlements built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel, including East Jerusalem, are deemed illegal by the United Nations. Israel’s refusal to halt their construction and expansion has at times arrested the peace process and increased resentment and distrust among Palestinians.

In a statement published on its website, Peace Now condemned the latest land confiscation and said it further damaged the chance of achieving a last peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on a two-state solution.

Aug 31 14:13

Gaza reconstruction will take 20 years, says UN-backed authority

A UN backed construction authority has said rebuilding Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock will take at least 20 years as thousands of houses were razed or suffered damage in Israel’s Protective Edge operation.

Aug 31 13:00

The Israeli Jihadists

“Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country.

Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military asjihadstrijders (jihad fighters), the name given to the hundred or so that went to Syria? Katie, a Dutch-Israeli dual citizen, is after all a jihadist in occupied Palestinian lands.

Israel's genocidal campaign in the Gaza Strip is entering its second week. The death toll has risen to more than 600, with thousands more injured and displaced - alongside arbitrary arrests, the demolition of family homes and a policy of apartheid towards Palestinians both in the West Bank and within the state of Israel. What's more, these war crimes are directly supported by the recruits from Europe and the United States that land at Ben Gurion airport throughout the year.

The notion of Europeans and Americans serving in the Israeli army isn't new.

Aug 31 11:18

How the Palestinians Won

Twas not a famous victory – but that’s what the Palestinians of Gaza are celebrating. There was much shaking of heads in the international media when the fireworks burst over that shattered land on Tuesday night. After more than 2,100 dead – about 1,700 of them civilians – and 100,000 wounded, what did they have to crow about? An end to the killing? Peace?

Well, no. In fact, Hamas – the vicious, horrible, terrorist Hamas with whom “we” (as in “the West”, Tony Blair, Israel, the US and all honourable men and women) cannot talk – has indeed won a victory.

Aug 31 09:23

#GazaUnderAttack ~~ LESSONS FROM THE WAR

The future of Gaza is still uncertain. Even when you reach agreement with Israel (or with Egypt) there is no guarantee that it will be honored, as happened with the agreements after the previous (2012) war and with the 2011 prisoners’ exchange. Yet Gaza is fighting for liberty…

Aug 31 09:23

#OccupyFaceBook

It’s one thing for an Israeli soldier to post his venom on FaceBook or Instagram …. BUT when a Palestinian speaks his piece, that’s a different story …

An Israeli court in Petah Tikva extended the detention of Suhaib Zahida, 31, until Sept. 4, after he was arrested on Thursday for creating a page on Facebook called “the Intifada of Hebron” in addition to leading a campaign for the boycott of Israeli products.

Aug 31 08:41

Canadian MP: Palestinians have a right to self-defence

Canadian member of parliament Sana Hassainia reiterated her condemnation of the Israeli massacres in Gaza, saying that condoning Israel's actions against Palestinian civilians is "unfair."

In an interview with Anadolu Agency on Friday, Hassainia, who recently resigned from her New Democratic Party over its stance on Gaza, criticised the censorship of any views sympathetic to the Palestinians in Canada and western countries.

Aug 31 08:40

Hamas calls for disarming Israelis instead of Palestinians

The Gaza resistance movement Hamas has announced that any attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza are "worthless," urging other nations to ban the Israeli regime.

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Just think how much US taxpayer money we will save by not paying for all those weapons!

Aug 31 08:39

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reposting this article because three pro-Israel congressmen are claiming that there is a secret 9-11 document that they are demanding to be made public, one that places the blame for 9-11 on Saudi Arabia. Walter Jones was on the Ron Paul channel today pushing this latest attempt to protect Israel from the consequences of their actions.

This is actually a repeat of the same stunt they tried 2 years ago in which they tease the public with the story of a secret 9-11 document and try to get everyone to demand to see it. The document frames Saudi Arabia for 9-11, to protect Israel.

But as this article lays out, Saudi Arabia didn't have a motive to do 9-11, and if they wanted to hurt the US, they would not need airplanes into skyscrapers to do it.

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Aug 31 08:34

Israel estimates cost of Gaza conflict at £1.5bn

Israel has been presented with a hefty bill for 50 days of war in Gaza, as the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, moved to slash government spending by 2% this year to offset the $2.52 bn (£1.51bn) cost of the conflict.

With only the Israeli military and domestic intelligence agency Shin Bet exempt from the sharp spending reductions, the area to be hit hardest emerged as the Israeli education system, with critics – including members of Netanyahu's cabinet – predicting that the poorest Israelis will feel the brunt of the cuts.

Among those protesting was the welfare minister, Meir Cohen, who insisted there was no more fat in his budget to trim.

"From whom will we take? From those who have nothing to put in their children's sandwiches for school?" he complained on Israeli army radio.

Aug 31 08:34

See for yourself: Aerial and panoramic views show devastation in Gaza

Aug 31 08:33

"Open Bethlehem" film documents fight against wall, settlements


The trailer has been released for Open Bethlehem, a new film by Palestinian documentary-maker Leila Sansour which calls for an international response to the plight of her hometown.

Aug 31 08:31

Israel's defense establishment recommends easing Gaza restrictions

Israel's defense establishment will recommend to politicians that they show generosity in indirect negotiations with Hamas when discussing the conditions for a permanent cease-fire, in order to forestall renewed hostilities at the end of September. A senior military source has told Haaretz that it is in Israel’s interest to avoid intense social and economic pressure on Gaza.

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Netanyahu will never agree to this, as he is trying to claim that Israel "won" the latest war with Gaza, and any concessions at all will undermine his hallucinations in that regard!

Aug 31 08:30

Thirteen arrested as protesters tell Senators Menendez and Booker: ‘No more blank check for Israel’s crimes’

On Tuesday August 26, 2014, more than 50 demonstrators protested outside the Newark, New Jersey, offices of U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker demanding that the legislators stop providing a blank check for Israel’s crimes. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested inside the building as they read out the names of some of the nearly 500 Palestinian children killed in Gaza.

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Aug 31 08:28

Nuclear War is Solution to Problems of Old Age

Thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Canada will be a Russian
target in any future nuclear war.
My old age will be taken care of.

Aug 31 08:23

Israel’s Political Firewall against the Truth

In an article published in the September 6th edition of The Palestine Chronicle (“Imagining Palestinians as Equal”) I began with this quote from novelist Aldous Huxley: “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” It is the key to separating out what is blatant propaganda and what is fair and honest communication.

The purpose of Israel’s political firewall is blocking out and discrediting the testimony of the people it abuses on a daily basis and their supporters, through using high level elites.

Aug 31 08:22

Calls to Fire Minister as Fallout Over Gaza Operation Continues

Senior Likud MK Ofer Akunis calls on PM Netanyahu to fire Tourism Minister Landau for saying Israel 'lost' Gaza Operation.

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Israel did lose the Gaza operation, and firing ministers and Netanyahu's proclamations cannot change that. For Israel to be seen as victorious, HAMAS (if not all the Gazans) had to be removed. For HAMAS (and the Gazans) to be seen as victorious, they merely had to endure, which is what they did. Along the way, Israel destroyed their reputation as permanent victim and stands revealed to the world as the aggressor, striking from behind the flimsiest of lies and justifications.

Aug 31 08:15

Israel confiscates 1000 acres of Palestinian land south of Bethlehem

Israeli authorities on Sunday announced the confiscation of around 4,000 dunums (1,000 acres) of private Palestinian land south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

Palestinian owners of the land were given 45 days to submit formal objections to the announcement in Israeli courts, otherwise all confiscated lands would automatically become Israeli government property.

Mayor of the nearby Palestinian town of Surif Muhammad Ghuneimat told Ma'an that Israeli forces posted signs in private olive tree orchards in the area warning that they have been confiscated by the Israeli government.

Aug 31 06:08

Balfour Declaration

The basis for the country of Israel

The Balfour Declaration (it its entirety)
Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Yours sincerely,
Arthur James Balfour

Aug 31 05:59

Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips

As the school year starts, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) director of Campus Initiatives, Naomi Mayor, has sent personalized invitations to elected members of student government inviting them to participate in an all-expenses paid trip to Israel. (You can read the e-mail below, at the end of this article.)

Called the “Campus Leaders Mission to Israel,” these trips are one of the ADL’s most important tactics in influencing campus political decisions. Rather than focus on convincing the general student body to continue supporting the occupation, this tactic focuses on influencing student decision-makers. By convincing them to adopt political positions that support the Israeli occupation, the ADL and other groups can create a bulwark between student popular opinion and the student government’s actual votes.

Aug 31 05:52

Gaza conflict: Israeli PM Netanyahu says war was 'victory'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the seven-week conflict in Gaza ended in "victory".

The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit hard and got none of its demands," Mr Netanyahu said.

Aug 31 05:39

Miko Peled # Zionism Must Go #Free Palestine, End the Occupation

It is extremely important to realize: Hamas is Not the problem.

Gaza is Not the problem.

The Rockets are Not the problem.

Zionism & Israel are the problem.

Zionism is a racist, colonial, idea.

That’s why “Zionism has to go” is a true statement.

This is what we need to focus on.

Hamas is an resistance organization. It was established as a result of a brutal Oppression and Occupation. This is something we have to start talking about without being afraid, he said.?

We have to understand, if anybody supports the state of Israel, you support the package, with all its baggage, he notes:

You support the racist laws,

You support the killing of innocent children because they are non-jews,

You support a State that has thousands of political prisoners, mass incarceration of people without charges.

The struggle today for the people of conscience is to End Zionism to Free Palestine and End the Occupation.

Aug 31 05:29

Israel to expropriate 400 hectares of West Bank, army says

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel announced plans on Sunday to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, the military said.

Aug 31 05:21

Bishop Richard Williamson on "the on-going madness in Gaza"

In his his latest column 'Eleison Comments,' Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson states, in part, "if the Israelites try to be that superior nation on their own terms, disobeying God, then a multitude of curses will come upon them, and they will be scorned, hated and trampled upon by all other nations... As Plato said (Georgias), it is better to suffer than to commit an injustice, and therefore in spiritual reality, the Israelis are more to be pitied than the Palestinians. Patience. We "all have sinned and do need the glory of God” (Rom. III, 22–23)."

Aug 31 01:31

Ron Paul: "Too Much Killing, Palestinians Have Been Treated Unfairly, & Something Should Be Done About That"

Congressman Ron Paul recently participated in a Q&A with supporters and was asked if he considered the killing of Palestinians in Gaza, funded by the U.S. government, to be "genocide."

Aug 30 19:32

How the US Enables Israel

Following the Israeli attack on Egypt in 1967, the US has been the primary supplier of advanced weaponary to Israel. However, by continuing to arm Israel today, the US violates its own laws, in particular, the Arms Export Control Act (Public Law 90-829), that prohibits its weapons being used against civilians.

Aug 30 19:30

Israel, a nation of hate

Racism in Israel is not an exception, but the social norm. This was validated in a recent poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute, which showed that 95 per cent of Israeli Jews were fully behind their army’s genocidal campaign in Gaza.

Aug 30 19:27

U.S. Senators Urge Ecuador to Restore Relations with Israel

Ecuador will continue supporting Palestine despite U.S. pressure to restore diplomatic relations with Israel.

Aug 30 19:19

International Law Is a Tool in the Hands of Great Powers

Prominent international lawyer Gilles Devers says International law has become a tool in the hands of great powers and that is why Israel has been so far immune to any kind of accountability over its war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Aug 30 14:51

Israel’s Embedded American Operatives Aid the Genocide in Gaza

Extremist Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu enjoys an overwhelmingly accommodating media in the United States along with a contemptible Congress packed with corrupt and cowardly weasels, lickspittles and nut case religious zealots whose dedication to a foreign country stabs their actual constituents in the back. The fealty that Netanyahu receives from this lamentable “co-equal” branch of government was evident when he received 29 standing ovations during an address to the U.S. Congress in 2011.

Aug 30 14:36

Anthony Lawson - "The Crocodile Tears of the Press Corps Crying: Freedom!"

It’s a crocodile-tear fest of so-called journalists and their lawyers, and it nearly made me sick when I first watched it. To start with, how can the press [the term should be taken to mean the media in general] be free if it is over 90% owned and controlled by interests that have an agenda which almost certainly has nothing to do with freedom of the kind of information that the public should be given?

It’s an issue of Need to know:
We’ll give the people only the information that
we think they Need to know.

What we really need to know is:
When are you press people going to get honest?

Aug 30 13:56

How the US Enables Israel

Following the Israeli attack on Egypt in 1967, the US has been the primary supplier of advanced weaponary to Israel. However, by continuing to arm Israel today, the US violates its own laws, in particular, the Arms Export Control Act (Public Law 90-829), that prohibits its weapons being used against civilians.

Aug 30 13:28

Israel's Embedded American Operatives Aid the Genocide in Gaza

Extremist Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu enjoys an overwhelmingly accommodating media in the United States along with a contemptible Congress packed with corrupt and cowardly weasels, lickspittles and nut case religious zealots whose dedication to a foreign country stabs their actual constituents in the back. The fealty that Netanyahu receives from this lamentable "co-equal" branch of government was evident when he received 29 standing ovations during an address to the U.S. Congress in 2011. He also is able to play the corrupt state-corporate media like a Stradivarius in order to receive an unprecedented forum on U.S. national television to push his lies and propaganda to sell the product that is the slaughter of women and children in Gaza.

Aug 30 13:13

Livni: Resume peace talks or brace for ‘diplomatic intifada’

ed note–some very important things being said here that need examination.

FIrstly, note what LIvni is worried about here-increased isolation on the part of Gentile nations, to whom Israel is ABSOLUTELY dependent in terms of money, trade, tourism, weapons, political protection, etc–for her very survivial. So in other words, her callng for ‘peace talks’ is not something rooted in right vs wrong, but rather in ‘business’.

Aug 30 09:21

Kyrie Eleison - Gaza 2014

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I WANT EVERY VOTER IN AMERICA TO SEE THIS VIDEO BY NOVEMBER!

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Aug 30 09:17

Egypt Evicting Rafah Residents to Create a Buffer Zone

Rafah residents are demanding compensation for lost homes as the army builds a buffer zone on the border with Gaza.

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Morsi had to go because he would not do what Israel wanted. El-Sisi is more obedient.

Aug 30 09:11

George Galloway Attacked in the Street over Israel Remarks

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Whenever spoiled brat Israel does not get what it wants, they throw tantrums, but let us not be gentle. These are acts of terror, as defined by the USAPATRIOT act, violence and threats of violence intending to coerce a person's political views and actions.

I join the rest of the civilized world in wishing George a speedy recovery.

Aug 30 09:08

Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC?

The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?

Aug 30 08:52

BEX Alert!!! - "ISIL laptop shows plans for biological attacks in Syria"

Syrian opposition sources say a laptop seized from ISIL Takfiri terrorists contains a series of secret plans including hints at biological attacks.

The laptop was recovered during a raid on an ISIL hideout in Idlib Province close to Turkey's border.

A commander in a rival anti-government group in Syria has told American magazine, Foreign Policy, that the computer belonging to a Tunisian militant, contained thousands of secret files in French, English, and Arabic.

It also contained lessons on disguise, bomb-making, stealing cars as well as ideological justifications for militancy, the commander added.

Western media reports say one of the documents included instructions on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.

The laptop also includes a 26-page fatwa (decree) by ISIL terrorist leaders on the use of weapons of mass destruction.

Aug 30 05:06

ISIS CAPTURES UN CROSSING/ISRAEL

Aug 29 15:57

Stop Israel’s Ongoing War Crimes Against the People of Gaza

On August 5, World Can't Wait put out a call to Stop Israel's War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity on the People of Gaza.

The mission was to bring the reality of what Operation "Protective Edge" did to the people of Gaza, and why this rose to the level of "war crimes;" to expose the role of the United States in fully backing Israel politically and militarily; and to challenge all watching to bring forth resistance to stop these crimes that is much more broad, diverse, and determined.

Aug 29 15:42

It’s Time To Speak Out for Gaza

The latest seven-week war in Gaza is over. More than 2,000 people are dead—most of them civilians, 500 of them children. At least 10,000 people have been injured, and 500,000 are homeless. Yet there have been few words of criticism from our nation’s editorial boards or political leadership for these reprehensible, tragic events.

Aug 29 12:50

#BlockTheBoat - The Israel boycott that works

Earlier this month, after demonstrators spent four days peacefully blockading the Oakland port to prevent the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship, the Block the Boat for Gaza campaign has spread to the Port of Tacoma in Seattle, Wash., and Los Angeles, Calif., as the campaign gains traction. So far, each blockade has prevented the same ship, the Piraeus, from docking.

Aug 29 12:03

Did Certain Foreign Governments Facilitate the 9/11 Attacks? - And why is the US government keeping the evidence a secret?

When I first started writing about the question of Israeli complicity in the 9/11 attacks, I was told that I would henceforth be consigned to the margins: I was a "truther," a crackpot, and, naturally, an "anti-Semite." But why, I asked, would Fox News – surely one of the most pro-Israel news organizations on the planet – have run a four-part series pointing the finger directly at Israel if it didn’t comport with the facts? Why is this a "conspiracy theory" if the CIA’s own National Counterintelligence Center was concerned enough about those "art students" to post a warning about them on its official web site? The NCC noted, in March, 2001:
“In the past six weeks, employees in federal office buildings located throughout the United States have reported suspicious activities connected with individuals representing themselves as foreign students selling or delivering artwork. Employees have observed both males and females attempting to bypass facility security and enter federal buildings.”

Aug 29 11:46

Why Israel’s Bombardment of Gaza Neighborhood Left US Officers ‘stunned’ - Analysis:

Military sources say Pentagon’s assessment of Shujaiya shelling alarmed even Secretary of State John Kerry

Aug 29 11:29

Elizabeth Warren Defends Israeli Shelling of Gaza Schools, Hospitals

The Israeli military has the right to attack Palestinian hospitals and schools in self defense if Hamas has put rocket launchers next to them, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said last week at a local town hall, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Warren, in defending her vote to send funds to Israel in the middle of its war with Hamas, said she thinks civilian casualties are the "last thing Israel wants."

"But when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they're using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself," she said.

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This woman is completely bought, completely naive, or completely insane, or perhaps a combination of all three!!

So, Senator Warren, why not have have an impartial forensics team examine these buildings, and their surroundings, for bombs: I am willing to bet that none will be found, or if they are there, they have been planted by the IDF to "appear" to have been placed their by Hamas.

And Senator Warren, please think a minute, if this process is not completely foreign to you: why would Hamas endanger their women and children by placing bombs in, or near a place of refuge?!?

The coordinates to these shelters were all given to the IDF by the UN to prevent slaughter, and what does the IDF with this information?!?!

Slaughter innocent women and children in a planned, carefully executed genocide, against people who had nothing to do with the fighting.

By making these statements, Senator Warren has put herself firmly on the side of Israeli genocide against Gazan Palestinians; against any true peace deal enabling a Palestinian state to exist, and someone who has "signed on" to the Israeli Government's "Final Solution to it's "Palestinian problem" by executing as many Palestinians as humanly possible.

This woman disgusts me.

Aug 29 10:52

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video as the US invades Iraq for the third time, Kiev fakes an invasion by Russia, Libya's US puppet rules are driven from office, and a new flood of TV commercials hits the corporate media networks reminding all 18 year-olds that they MUST register for selective service.

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Aug 29 10:43

Gaza War Postmortems

snip: Big Lies substitute for hard truths. Fundamental rights aren't important. Wars are glorified in the name of peace.

Israel gets away with genocidal crimes of war and against humanity because nations able to act do nothing.

Expect nothing different this time. Business as usual continues.

Expect long denied Palestinian injustice to persist. Expect future Israeli aggression. Expect Palestinians blamed for its crimes.

Aug 29 09:11

BDS GAINING MOMENTUM IN EUROPE

The war in Gaza and its aftermath have inflamed opinion in Europe and, experts and analysts say, are likely to increase support for the movement to boycott, disinvest from and sanction Israel, known as BDS.

Aug 29 09:09

#OperationForeverThreat ~~ THE IMMINENT ATTACK ON IRAN THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN

Still, the persistent false narrative that military strikes by either the United States or Israel may follow any potential failure to reach a deal continues to be repeated in the press. Of course, the fact that any such attack would be unequivocally illegal under international law is rarely noted in these assessments.

Aug 29 07:48

I'd Dump the Israelis Tomorrow - Ex-CIA Michael Scheuer Tells Congress

House Homeland Security Committee on October 9, 201

Aug 29 07:04

BEX Alert!!! - "Recipe for hate: Al-Qaeda publish car bomb ‘shopping list’ and suggest UK targets"

Al-Qaeda this week published an online magazine featuring instructions on how to build homemade car bombs and an appeal to Muslims to attack UK and US targets in the vein of the Boston bombers.

The English-language magazine, entitled ‘Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem’, urges Muslims in the West to assemble pressure cooker bombs like those used to attack the Boston marathon last year.

In a list of “examples of targets,” the magazine suggests attacks on the UK’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, MI5’s Thames House and Marks & Spencer department stores during Friday prayers, so as to avoid harming Muslims.

The list features US targets including Times Square, casinos in Las Vegas, Georgia Military College, the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the General Atomics headquarters in San Diego. It also suggests attacks on Israeli, British and American company headquarters and holiday destinations abroad, oil tankers and busy train stations.

Aug 29 06:10

AIPAC’s Problems

The latest issue of the New Yorker features a lengthy article by Connie Bruck on the recent travails of AIPAC, especially its unsuccessful efforts since last November to increase sanctions on Iran, and its steady Likudnik drift, which has increasingly alienated its more liberal and Democratic supporters in Congress.

The article, “Friends of Israel,” makes clear (in case any additional evidence were required) that the group’s intention all along was to sabotage the ongoing negotiations between Iran and world powers, which we at LobeLog chronicled pretty intensively during the key five-month period, and casts more insider light on the pressure exerted by AIPAC, related groups, and key donors on Democratic lawmakers.

Aug 28 19:04

For the children of Gaza, some wounds may never heal

For the children of Gaza, some wounds may never heal. My latest report from Gaza for CCTV America, Please watch and share widely ! - Noor Harazeen in Gaza

Aug 28 13:40

Another Israeli Hermes Drone Shot Down

An Israeli Hermes drone crashed in the vicinity of Baghdad Airport on Wednesday, the second such loss in less than three days after another Israeli pilotless drone of the same model was shot down by Iranian troops in the Central parts of the country.

Aug 28 13:39

Why Did Israel Bombard Gaza Neighborhoods? —U.S. Officers Answer

“Twice daily throughout the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) operation, a select group of senior U.S. military and intelligence officers at the Pentagon received lengthy written summaries of Israeli military action in Gaza. The reports — compiled from information gleaned from open sources, Israeli military officers with whom U.S. officials speak and satellite images — offered a detailed assessment of Israel’s battlefield tactics and the performance of its weaponry, a considerable portion of it supplied by the United States.”
... A senior U.S. military officer said:
The only possible reason for doing that is to kill a lot of people in as short a period of time as possible … It’s not mowing the lawn. It’s removing the topsoil.
Source: Aljazeera America

Aug 28 13:34

Israeli PM under fire at home over ceasefire deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under severe criticism by members of his coalition government, among others, after reaching a ceasefire deal with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Aug 28 11:58

#OperationCeasefire ~~ LET THE WHINING BEGIN!

Merhavim Regional Council chief Shai Hajaj said after the meeting that the local leaders were assured the government would provide financial assistance not only to the Gaza-border area, but also to cities and towns up to 40 km from the Strip.

At the meeting, Netanyahu said that “on Sunday we will announce a very generous aid package to Gaza-border residents and later on we will also announce assistance for the entire south.”

Aug 28 10:57

Netanyahu faces revolt over truce with Hamas

Benjamin Netanyahu was facing a cabinet revolt on Wednesday over his decision to agree a ceasefire with Hamas amid widespread scepticism that either Israel or the Palestinians had gained anything from the 50-day conflict.

Right-wingers attacked the Israeli prime minister for concluding an indefinite truce without submitting the matter to a vote in the security cabinet and – more significantly – without apparently coming close to defeating Hamas militarily.

The anger of Mr Netanyahu's Right-wing rivals – such as Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, and Naftali Bennett, the economy minister – was compounded by the triumphalism of the Hamas leadership, who crowed that fighting a better-armed enemy for seven weeks represented a moral victory.

Aug 28 10:43

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza

ell, no. In fact, Hamas – the vicious, horrible, terrorist Hamas with whom “we” (as in “the West”, Tony Blair, Israel, the US and all honourable men and women) cannot talk – has indeed won a victory.

Israel said it must be disarmed. It has not been disarmed. Israel said it must be smashed/destroyed/rooted out. It hasn’t been smashed/destroyed/rooted out. The tunnels must all be destroyed, Israel proclaimed. But they haven’t been. All the rockets must be seized. But they haven’t been. So 65 Israeli soldiers died – for what? And from under the ground, quite literally, clambered on Tuesday the political leadership of Hamas (and Islamic Jihad) whose brothers were participating – much against the wishes of Israel, the US and Egypt – in the Cairo “peace” talks.

In Israel, significantly, there were no celebrations.

Aug 28 09:38

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD BOYCOTT?

Let’s start with the conclusion: Israeli exports are not affected by the present economic boycott, nor will they be affected in the future. This is not because certain European consumer groups and the like are not trying – it is because the unique nature of Israel’s exports simply does not allow for it. It’s a logical concept on paper, but simply does not hold water in reality.

The most obvious example of how the boycott concept is unsustainable is Israel’s trade relations with Turkey. In 2010, after Cast Lead, and the Mavi Marmara incident in particular, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who is now trying to change the laws in his country in order to become something akin to a sultan) demanded a boycott of Israel at every opportunity.

And lo and behold – just the opposite has happened. Trade relations with Turkey, both exports and imports, have jumped dramatically and are now at the highest level – and almost 100% rise since 2009, long before the Mavi Marmara.

Aug 28 09:37

#OperationCeasefire ~~ THE ‘VICTORY’ ON BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL

Haniyeh hails Palestinian resistance ‘victory’ in massive Gaza rally

Aug 28 09:37

THE PALESTINIAN DREAM IS STILL WAITING TO HAPPEN

Martin Luther King’s dream has turned into a nightmare …. but the Palestinian dream is still waiting to happen.

Aug 28 09:35

Chased by a Klezmer

In the last few days I have came across several attempts to defame me. I am cheered by each of them. I tend to see these attempts as an acknowledgment of the importance of my contribution to the discourse.

Earlier today I read a clumsy diatribe written by Nick Cooper, a Jewish ethnic campaigner as well as a Klezmer artist from Texas. In his article, Why Other Critics of Israel Won’t Work With Gilad Atzmon Anymore, Klezmer Cooper engages in a Dershowitz like cherry-picking exercise but, instead of exposing me, he conveniently provides us with an example of morbid Jewish Left ideology and tactics.

Aug 28 07:40

Israel lobby eliminates another critic

The United States, wallowing in arrogance and hubris, pretends to be “the world’s sole superpower,” the “exceptional and indispensable nation” chosen by history to exercise hegemony over the world.

In truth, the US is the two-bit punk puppet of the Israel Lobby. If the Zionist government orders Washington to eat dog excrement, Washington eats it.

Not even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military could get the facts acknowledged that Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, which made casualties of most of the crew, was not a “mistake,” but the intentional act of destruction of a US Navy vessel and its crew.

Not even state universities in the hinterlands of America are independent of the Israel Lobby, which can determine tenure and hiring decisions independently of the decisions of faculty and deans.

Aug 28 07:29

“These are war crimes,” says father of Gaza family wiped out by Israeli airstrike

An elder cousin daubed the blood that dripped from a wound near Thaer Jouda’s left eye Tuesday afternoon as the nine-year-old lay in a bed in Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital.

“He’s very good in English,” the cousin said. But Thaer, his face and body lacerated by shrapnel from an Israeli airstrike on Sunday and his right leg amputated at the knee, had little interest in talking.

The bombing, which injured Thaer and his eleven-year-old sister Rahaf, also killed his mother Rawiya (43 years old), his sisters Tasnim (14) and Raghida (13) and his brothers Muhammad (8) and Usama (6).

The five deaths made the Joudas, residents of Tal al-Zaatar in the northern Gaza Strip’s Jabaliya area, one of the hardest-hit of the 91 families counted by the Palestinian Ministry of Health who lost multiple members during single attacks during Israel’s 51-day military offensive.

Aug 28 07:28

Poll: Israel didn't win Gaza war, Netanyahu still best choice for PM

More than half of Israelis said in a poll conducted Wednesday that neither Israel nor Hamas have emerged victorious from the fighting in Gaza, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel has secured a "great military and political" achievement and dealt Hamas a "heavy blow."

Aug 28 07:28

Elizabeth Warren finally speaks on Israel/Gaza, sounds like Netanyahu

The last time Elizabeth Warren was asked about her views on the Israeli attack on Gaza – on July 17 – she, as Rania Khalek put it, “literally ran away” without answering. But last week, the liberal Senator appeared for one of her regularly scheduled “office hours” with her Massachusetts constituents, this one in Hyannis, and, as a local paper reported, she had nowhere to run.

One voter who identified himself as a Warren supporter, John Bangert, stood up and objected to her recent vote, in the middle of the horrific attack on Gaza, to send yet another $225 million of American taxpayer money to Israel for its “Iron Dome” system. Banger told his Senator: “We are disagreeing with Israel using their guns against innocents. It’s true in Ferguson, Missouri, and it’s true in Israel . . . The vote was wrong, I believe.” To crowd applause, Bangert told Warren that the money “could have been spent on infrastructure or helping immigrants fleeing Central America.”

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It's happening! "Friend of Israel" just became an election liability!

Aug 28 06:31

“Justified Vengeance”, The Pretext for Bombing Gaza: Was the Netanyahu Government behind the Killings of the Three Israeli Teenagers?

The pretext for bombing and shelling Gaza was the death of three Israeli teenagers allegedly killed by Hamas.

‘Operation Protective Edge (OPE) directed against Gaza is reminiscent of the infamous 2001 Dagan Plan entitled “Operation Justified Vengeance” in which the deaths of innocent Israeli civilians had been envisaged and foreseen by IDF military planners.

The deaths are then used to muster the support of the Israeli public as well as provide a justification for a “legitimate” counter-terrorism operation in the eyes of the international community directed against the Palestinian occupied territories.

Aug 28 06:06

PA to tell UN: Force Israel out of W. Bank, or we'll seek war crimes charges in The Hague

The Palestinians also intend to form a permanent unit government that has the complete backing of Hamas in hopes that such a government would expedite the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip.

Aug 28 05:02

Column: Local government funds vacationing in Israel

Congratulations to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for further instilling the AIPACer ideology in Ohio government. Now, Ohio municipal and school administrators will quit complaining about the cessation of state funding.

The cessation of local funding has created surpluses in the Ohio treasury. Consequently, Mandel has increased transfers of Ohio money to Israel. The 2013 transfers amount to $26 million; the 2014 transfers exceed $48 million. Ohio holds $109 million of Israeli bonds which have a significant default risk. Ohio administrators should now be placated, with the knowledge that their lost revenue has gone to Israel, our allied theocracy.

In an Aug. 8 Washington Times advertisement for Israeli bonds, Mandel adroitly explains why Ohio is holding the $109 million of Israeli bonds. Cynics may question why Mandel is promoting investment in Israel instead of investment in Ohio. For Mandel, that question is unfair, since it goes to the essence of his AIPAC ideology

Aug 28 03:25

Wallace Shawn on Gaza: "The Anger of the Palestinians Cannot Be Ended by Killing Their Children"

. . . . unfortunately, many members of the show business community are not very aware of the tragic history of the Palestinian people. And yet the fact is that in my own lifetime (I was born in 1943) the Palestinian people have been expelled from their land and subjected to unceasing and unjustifiable torment, including a brutal occupation and, in Gaza, a regime in which an entire population has been placed on a starvation diet.

Anyone who learns more about what has happened can't help but realize that the anger of the Palestinians cannot be ended by killing their children. That is a fantasy. Human beings simply aren't made that way.

Aug 27 18:46

Christopher Bollyn - "The Islamic State and John McCain"

Why has Sen. John McCain supported the gang of terrorists who behead innocent American journalists? Why is a leader from the U.S. Congress meeting with and supporting groups of mad-dog fanatics in the Middle East; the very same groups who we now find ourselves at war with? Why is the U.S. waging war against the militant and extremist groups in the Middle East that it helped create and arm in the first place?

Aug 27 18:36

Christopher Bollyn - "John McCain and the Zionist Crime Syndicate"

Sen. John McCain is the most active supporter of the Zionist war agenda in the U.S. Congress. In his 2008 book Guilt by Association, Jeff Gates pointed out the McCain family's ties to the cover-up of the murderous Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 and other treasonous and criminal activity by the senator from Arizona, who was then the Republican party's candidate for president.

To understand why Sen. McCain puts his support for the Zionist crime syndicate ahead of what's best for the American people it is essential to understand who supports John McCain. The following paragraphs from Guilt by Association make that quite clear:

Aug 27 17:00

Mr. James Corbett - "MH17 FULLY EXPOSED!!"

When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17, 2014, we were immediately inundated with base propaganda trying to convince us that the shootdown could be traced back to the Kremlin. But what was this rush to judgement based on? What have we learned about the crash since then? Why has MH17 completely disappeared from the news cycle? And who really stood to benefit from the disaster?

(link to video - approx. 1 hour)

Aug 27 13:45

The Continual, Unconscionable Failure to Punish Israel for its Crimes Against Humanity

After more than sixty years of being paralysed into silence by the Zionist venom — the stigma of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial — that prevented condemnation of incalculable cheating, lying, stealing, murdering, and ruthless violation of the legal and natural human rights of the Palestinian people by a nation devoid of conscience, humanity, or any of the noble principles of the religion to which it claims to belong, the world in general and the West in particular have once again been witness to Israel’s latest arrogant, barbaric, and contemptuous assault on international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Aug 27 13:32

Wallace Shawn on Gaza: "The Anger of the Palestinians Cannot Be Ended by Killing Their Children"

The playwright, actor, and member of Jewish Voice for Peace challenges the notion that all Jews support Israel's actions

Aug 27 13:19

Gaza Truce?

Aug 27 11:17

Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents”

"The Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis..." Read more -> http://sabbah.in/1AUMFKP

Aug 27 11:15

IOF Soldier of the Prisoners Pictures Scandal Hit by Palestinian Resistance

Eden Nagar was one of two persons hit by a rocket launched from Gaza on August 22, 2014. The event was published two days afterwards. In 2010, she was named Eden Abergil and caused a worldwide scandal after publishing images photographed throughout Operation Cast Lead while she was an IOF soldier. In the pictures, she posed next to Palestinian detainees. Read more -> http://sabbah.in/1mSXCnR

Aug 27 11:13

Fascism Grips Israel

Creeping fascism threatens Jews and non-Jews alike. So does the scourge of Zionism. It made Israel a killing machine. Palestinians bear the brunt of its barbarism. Read more -> http://sabbah.in/1tcEicv

Aug 27 11:12

Israeli Teens Gripped by Virulent Racism

A peek into tomorrow's Israel... "For me, personally, Arabs are something I can't look at...If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won't think twice." Read more -> http://sabbah.in/1wDCsUi

Aug 27 11:12

BEX ALERT - Massive photo archive of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life made available to public

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate being right all the time. And as I stated below, here comes the tsunami of corporate media propaganda to remind us how we should forgive the government of Israel for what they did to Gaza because of something done by people who are long dead, working for a government that no longer exists, before most of us were ever born!

Aug 27 11:11

Gaza War Fringes: Israel Annuls British Law on Arabic Language

While a Gaza War long-term ceasefire is being announced by all actors except Israel, the Knesset announced on August 26, 2014, a new law abolishing Arabic as an official language in Israel. Read more -> http://sabbah.in/1qL3u3M

Aug 27 11:09

Israel v. Palestine: MSM Unreported Truths

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge aggression entered day 51. Mass slaughter and destruction continue. MSM scoundrels largely lost interest. Killing Palestinians no longer matters. Justifiable outrage is absent. Read more -> http://sabbah.in/1rAxkOx

Aug 27 11:08

Israel war crimes – ICC is not living up to its mandate

Under pressure from the US and the European Community, the ICC has avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza. By doing so, the ICC is not living up to its mandate. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1AULlI1

Aug 27 09:18

IN PHOTOS ~~ THE LITTLE DOLLS OF GAZA’S DEAD CHILDREN

Although they have only finished about 1/3 of our representations of the children murdered in Gaza the Granny Peace Brigade brought them to a demonstration organized by Jews Say No at the subway station on W. 96th St. and Broadway yesterday. Jews Say No does this regularly in an effort to engage with the community and discuss what is happening in Israel/Palestine. The reaction to the Gaza children representations was very strong. Many people gave the Grannies a thumbs-up or came over to speak saying they were glad to see them there. Several others were very passionate in their condemnation, screaming, calling the Grannies ignorant and anti-semites, and accusing them of pandering to people’s feelings. For the most part the demonstrators didn’t respond to the attacks. When there is one representation for each murdered child they will be taken to public places around the city and displayed.

Aug 27 09:16

#OperationCeasefire ~~ THE WAR THAT WILL GO DOWN IN THE ANUS OF HISTORY

Some wars are recorded in the annals of history, the last Israeli incursion into Gaza will definitely go down in its anus.

Both sides claim victory, yet there is no victor.

Gaza lost over 2,000 innocent civilians including over 250 children. Neighbourhoods, schools, hospitals were totally destroyed by Israel’s indiscriminate bombings. Israel (re)gained complete control of the Strip by giving legitimacy to the illegitimate Mahmoud Abbas.

Where I come from, THAT IS NOT A VICTORY!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I disagree. In order for Israel to be victorious, they had to prevail over Gaza. For Gaza to be victorious, they merely had to endure, which they did. Game, set, and match, Gaza!

Aug 27 07:43

'Anti-Semitic filth': Turnbull condemns racist leaflets distributed in Sydney

Malcolm Turnbull has condemned the people behind anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Sydney this week, saying their actions "gnaw away at the foundations of society".

The flyers, which called for action from "white Australia," were delivered to mail boxes on a predominantly Jewish street in Bondi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that these were delivered to a predominantly Jewish street in Bondi tells us that this is a propaganda operation to rebuild support for Israel following their public relations disaster in Gaza. Such hoaxes are very common. Over at the Common Dreams website, their webmaster tracked down someone who was posting nasty anti-Semitic posts using multiple identities and it turned out to be a Jewish graduate from Harvard out to "prove" there was anti-Semitism on the internet. My own email continues to be flooded with a similar hoax, identical in content but from multiple sender addresses. Going back in time, there was that professor at Claremont College, Kerri Dunn, who gained press attention when her car was painted with Swastikas and hate speech, only to have witnesses confirm she had done it herself. Then there is the case of George Washington University student Sarah Marshak, who gained national media attention when she reported someone kept drawing swastikas on her dorm room door. The university installed a surveillance camera to watch Sarah's door, but without telling her, and promptly caught Sarah committing the vandalism herself!

Every time Israel commits a war crime, the very first thing they do is replay the tired old WW2, Hitler, Holocaust, anti-Semitic card to try to regain the world's sympathy. With Israel's attempt to portray itself as the victim in the recent attacks on Gaza an epic failure, a renewal of these hoaxes is to be expected. But we have heard Israel cry "Anti-Semitic Wolf" so many times that only a complete moron would fall for it again!

Aug 27 07:15

Jewish Harvard Grad Busted for Trolling Blogs with "Anti-Semitic" postings. False flag "Anti-Semitism"!

Beck, a Harvard graduate now a grad student at a midwestern university, created literally dozens of online personas to support his true objective: poisoning online discourse critical of Israel. So if evidence of anti-Semitism wasn’t there, he’d create it himself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this the ethics they teach at Harvard?

Aug 27 06:47

Israel's "Qualitative Military Edge": Blank Checks, No Balance?

This month the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration had slowed the shipment of Hellfire missiles to Israel after it bombed a UN school in Gaza on Aug. 3 with the US-made weapon. The White House has insisted that weapons transfers to Israel have not been suspended or halted, and that the administration is only “taking extra care to look at these shipments.” Yet some analysts understood the unusual decision as a warning message to Tel Aviv about the use of disproportionate force. Whether or not that’s true, it’s no secret that the United States is Israel’s biggest source of military assistance, even if the White House has not been completely aware about the extent of that support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in a real way, Israel's defeat in Gaza is also the White House's defeat!

Aug 27 06:46

Hate Speech from a Christian (sic) Organization

Israel’s Enemies Are Our Enemies... “But I say to you, love your enemies…”

Israel’s Fight Is Our Fight... “But I say…not to resist the evildoer…turn to him the other cheek.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

(The bold bombast are the words of Christians United for Israel; the non-bold are the words of Christ from St Matthew’s Chapter 5).

Aug 27 06:46

Israel lost the war in Gaza but the struggle for justice goes on

A ceasefire is not enough. Rebuilding Gaza is not enough. Even ending the siege would not be enough. It would only be the start.
We have to say never again. Never again must Israel be allowed to massacre Palestinians as it has in Gaza in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014 – the years since it decided to turn Gaza into a giant open-air prison.

Aug 27 06:42

Israel lost the war in Gaza but the struggle for justice goes on

There is one clear reason to celebrate the ceasefire deal Israel and the Palestinian resistance reached today: 51 days and nights of relentless Israeli massacres and destruction have come to an end in Gaza.

With reports that Israel has agreed to reopen Gaza’s borders, Hamas announced victory and Palestinians, especially in Gaza, are celebrating. Among many Israelis, meanwhile, there is a feeling of bitterness and defeat.

“What Netanyahu and his colleagues have brought down on Israel, in a conflict between the region’s strongest army and an organization numbering 10,000, is not just a defeat. It’s a downfall,” wrote Haaretz’s Amir Oren in a stunning admission of how much Israel has been set back.

Aug 27 06:42

Israel’s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse

Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel.

On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza’s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of Jabaliya without warning, killing Issam’s wife Rawiya and their four children—Taghrid, Tasnim, Usama and ?Muhammad.

According to the Palestinian health ministry , the Joudas were the eighty-ninth family wiped out in Gaza since the Israeli army started bombarding the besieged coastal enclave on 7 July.

Aug 27 04:37

Hate Speech from a Christian (sic) Organization

With what absolution then do they preach death and destruction? Shouldn’t this administration find these false prophets enemies of the people? Do they not incite to riot and enlist their minions to support illegal activities that are detrimental to the peace of America? Have they not brought America more insecurity by confirming in the minds of those fearful of a clash of civilizations that indeed America is on a crusade to destroy Islam?

Aug 26 14:56

Israel destroys two Gaza high rises with dozens homes & shops

25 people were injured on Tuesday when Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises containing dozens of homes and shops, according to health officials. One building collapsed and the other was severely damaging in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas.

Aug 26 14:12

Watch: Israel’s squatter colonies

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, half a million Jewish squatters live in over a hundred colonies built on stolen Palestinian land.

The government of Israel says it has a right to build these colonies; the rest of the world disagrees.

Find out why Israeli Jews choose to live on stolen land, how they affect Palestinians, and why, despite international condemnation, the squatter colonies continue to grow.

Aug 26 14:09

Watch: US aid to Israel – the real deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep, real deep. It’s based on “security”, conflict and, most of all money.

Most of the money is for the Israeli war machine. But with 2,139 people killed – most of them civilians and including 490 children – and over 10,500 wounded in Gaza, and given the Israeli Wehrmacht’s long list of human rights abuses, is this special relationship worth the price?

Aug 26 14:00

Two NATO warships heading to Black Sea

A US Navy destroyer and a French frigate are expected to enter the waters of the Black Sea next week, a diplomatic and military source said.

Aug 26 13:56

Gaza humanitarian situation disaster beyond imagination: Abbas

The President of Palestinian Unity government Mahmoud Abbas has described the humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza strip as a disaster beyond imagination.

Aug 26 13:01

An Israeli Ceasefire Has Nothing To Do With Peace

What goes around, comes around. It's just a matter of time. Israel deplores peace. Its entire history reflects conflict.

Its premeditated aggression follows relative calm followed by ceasefires followed by more conflict.

The pattern repeats with disturbing regularity. It's been this way for decades. It's no different this time. Believing otherwise is pure fantasy.

Aug 26 10:59

Israel, Hamas agree to Egypt-brokered cease-fire

The cease-fire includes an agreement to open border crossings between Gaza and Israel to allow the flow of humanitarian relief, assistance and materials for reconstruction in Gaza, Abdelatty said. Palestinians will also be allowed to fish in an area up to six miles off the Gaza coast into the Mediterranean, up from three miles, he said.

"The deal includes as well the continuation of indirect talks between the two sides here in Egypt to tackle other areas of mutual interest and concerns," he said, adding that those indirect talks will begin within a month. Those discussions will include issues such as building a seaport and airport in Gaza, and Israel's demand that Hamas disarm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds good, but the Israeli hard-liners will try to find some way to wreck this.

Aug 26 10:56

Palestinians reach long-term truce with Israel: Officials

According to Palestinian sources, the Palestinians and the Israelis agreed to a permanent ceasefire on Tuesday.

"The contacts that have been going on have agreed a permanent ceasefire, a (deal to) end the blockade and a guarantee that Gaza's demands and needs will be met," media quoted a senior unnamed Palestinian official as saying.

Meanwhile, Mussa Abu Marzuk, a senior official from the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, said the truce marks a victory for the Palestinians. He added that the truce is expected to be officially announced in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

The developments come as previous temporary ceasefires have failed to produce a deal between the two sides.

The contentious subject at the Cairo talks has been the issue of the Israeli blockade of the impoverished territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds good, but for two problems. This article says "Palestinians" rather than HAMAS, and may represent an end-run around HAMAS by Israel which was trying to make a deal with Abbas. HAMAS is not bound by any deals Abbas makes.

Second problem; Israel never keeps their agreements.

Aug 26 10:35

Gaza Under Siege: Israel Destroys Hospitals, Denies Entry to Doctors and Medical Aid

Dr. Swee Ang Chai: All the authors and signatories fear the worse at the beginning of this crisis which erupted in early July based on their previous experience. However the situation has got much worse since the publication of the letter. Gaza has already been declared a disaster area by the UK government. Despite the destruction of infrastructure, doctors and healthcare workers in Gaza continued to work despite severe conditions and their personal circumstances. Their own homes are being destroyed and families killed, and to be landed with more than 12,000 wounded is simply overwhelming for any medical system. That this is why Swee and her surgical colleagues wanted to assist by volunteering to go to Gaza.. As of yesterday (22 August 2014) the death toll reached 2083, with 50% women and children. Eighty five families were annihilated, and 12,656 injured.

Aug 26 10:11

What The Corporate Media Isn’t Reporting About Israel And Palestine

On Tuesday, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge aggression entered day 50. Mass slaughter and destruction continue.

MSM scoundrels largely lost interest. Killing Palestinians no longer matters. Justifiable outrage is absent.

So-called halted US arms shipments to Israel two weeks ago was head fake deception. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said no change in US support for Israel exists.

Aug 26 09:47

US Aid

Aid to Israel

Aug 26 09:45

Failure Of Israeli Hasbara And Its Propaganda Campaign

The genocidal war that the apartheid Israeli state has waged on the Gaza Strip has generated an unprecedented wave of international public condemnation and international solidarity with the Palestinians. Graphic images of unimaginable destruction and heaps of dismembered and shattered bodies of innocent children flooded social media. Circulating in the context of the recent history of a series of Israeli military incursions into Gaza (first in 2008 and again in 2012), these images prompted hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets around the world to demand an end to the Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing in Gaza.

Aug 26 09:43

#OperationCeasefire … ABBAS WINS, PALESTINE LOSES

President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday declared a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.In a short televised address, Abbas said the agreement would go into effect at 7 p.m.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a desperate attempt by Israel to end-run around HAMAS and bolster the image of Abbas as being in charge of all of Palestine. But HAMAS was not consulted in this deal, and of course, do not feel bound by it.

Aug 26 09:19

Is Hamas Leader Al-Arouri A ‘Double Agent’ for Israel?

Turkey has openly acknowledged that a top Hamas operative has been residing within its borders. The United States has also acknowledged this fact.

Saleh al-Arouri, one of the founding members of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades was exiled to Syria until the Arab Spring, quickly making his way to Turkey thereafter. Al-Arouri, formerly jailed in Israel for his Hamas membership has recently claimed that Hamas was involved in the deaths of three Israeli teens – without providing evidence.

Aug 26 09:17

SO MUCH FOR THE ONE STATE SOLUTION

Knesset members from Yisrael Beiteinu, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi are pushing a bill to make Hebrew the only official language of the State of Israel.

Current Israeli law borrows from legislation from the British Mandate period, under which the government and local authorities must publish all announcements and forms in Arabic. The new bill would annul this stipulation, as well as the use of Arabic at government ministries and in the courts.

According to the bill, highway signs would still have Arabic, “and everyone has the freedom to use other languages in the private and public domains, to nurture them and teach them.”

Aug 26 09:15

ISRAELI WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ~~ THE SCALE OF INJUSTICE

Aug 26 09:13

89 Palestine families wiped out by Israel’s Gaza campaign

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

Aug 26 08:51

Friends of Israel

On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The agenda of the meeting, which was attended by other Jewish leaders as well, was the war in the Gaza Strip. In the century-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the previous two weeks had been particularly harrowing. In Israeli towns and cities, families heard sirens warning of incoming rockets and raced to shelters. In Gaza, there were scenes of utter devastation, with hundreds of Palestinian children dead from bombing and mortar fire. The Israeli government claimed that it had taken extraordinary measures to minimize civilian casualties, but the United Nations was launching an inquiry into possible war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very simple here: the current Israeli government, from Netanyahu to the Knesset, to the IDF, is a government of pure genocide against the Palestinian people.

The killing of innocent civilians is a war crime: Israel has been doing this with impunity, and should be brought up for war crimes by both the ICC and the UN. Of course, in the UN's Security Council, such a move will always be vetoed by the US.

But the next thing this Administration should do (IF it had any male attributes) is immediately stop all military and financial aid to Israel.

Just stop it and now, because such aid is illegal under the Symington Amendment, because Israel is a nuclear armed country which refuses to sign the NNPT, and refuses to allow its nuclear sites to be inspected. How can we respect a government which flouts the laws it has created by ignoring them?!? The short answer is, not much.

What may be in the best interests of the Israeli government may well NOT be in the best interests of this country. Let's say, a war by the US against Iran, in which Russia may well join on the Iranian side. Israel, even though it is not a party to the P5+1 negotiations on Iran's nuclear energy program, is pushing as hard as possible for these talks to end in abject failure, opening the gap for a possible US/Israeli military action against it.

And by supporting Israel financially, economically, and militarily, Congress is putting a foreign country ahead of any of the true needs and concerns of American citizens. We have been sold out, and rendered irrelevant, because of all the huge amounts of money AIPAC spends to get their guys elected, so that they come to the "right decisions" concerning Israel.

Right now, Israel needs to become as isolated as humanly possible, to get the carnage in Gaza to stop. And as individuals, you have not only the right to boycott any Israeli products; it is also your responsibility right now.

Aug 26 08:47

Prof. Omid Safi: Majority of Young Americans Don't Support Israel Anymore

According to Prof. Omid Safi, although the Western governments have been mostly silent on the carnage of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, the people in different countries, from France to Brazil and from Malaysia to Argentina have strongly stood by the people of Palestine and held massive demonstrations to voice their support for them.

"The latest studies indicate that now a majority of younger people in America are no longer supportive of Israeli policies," said Prof. Safi in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency. "For the first time, many Americans are able to see firsthand the reality of the brutal oppression that Palestinians have been suffering from for decades. Second, there is a translation of the Palestinian cause from an “Arab cause” or a “Muslim cause” to a humanitarian cause," he added.

"Many people are increasingly able to relate to Palestine as what it is and what it has been for decades: a human rights catastrophe," Safi noted.

Aug 26 08:46

Holocaust Survivors, Descendants Condemn Israel’s Genocide in Gaza

Over 300 survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi genocide are calling out Israel for killing over 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza, The New York Times reports.

Aug 26 08:30

As Hamas shoots Iranian missiles, Germans plan mission to Tehran

While Hamas shoots Iranian-supplied missiles at civilians deep in the heart of Israel, Germany is pushing for increased economic engagement with Iran.

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Aug 26 08:14

Israel bombs two Gaza City tower blocks

Israel has bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops, causing one building to collapse and severely damaging the other.

In the past, the military has hit targets in high-rises in pinpoint strikes, but left the buildings standing. Since Saturday, it has toppled or destroyed five towers and shopping complexes in an apparent new tactic aimed at increasing pressure on Hamas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

None of these buildings collapsed into its own footprint!

Aug 26 08:05

6 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Six Palestinians were killed on Tuesday in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, witnesses said.

In the latest airstrikes, two employees from a local electricity company were killed when Israel targeted their car.

The victims were identified as Tamer Hamad and Muhammad Thaher.

Aug 26 08:02

Israel's End - The Countdown Has Begun (video)

Aug 26 08:01

Mayor de Blasio says New York must advocate for Israel because the nation doesn’t have ‘enough friends’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe Israel should be more friendly.

Aug 26 05:31

Playwright Wallace Shawn translates ADL ad justifying Israeli child murder into plain English

Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn has responded to this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) ad blaming Palestinians for Israel’s mass slaughter of children in Gaza.

Shawn’s brilliant “translation” of the ad into plain English is below.

Five hundred and sixteen children are among the 2,142 Palestinians killed by Israel’s current bombardment of the Gaza Strip, according to the latest tally from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

The ad, which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, was signed by a number of show business executives. It quotes an infamous statement by Golda Meir, the American colonial settler in Palestine who became Israel’s prime minister, justifying Israel’s slaughter of Arab children during her time

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