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Mar 07 11:10

Congress criticises Ihlan Omar’s words, but remains silent about Israel’s violence

The obsession with US Congresswoman Ihlan Omar’s criticism of Israeli influence over American politics really is unique. And what makes this debate genuinely immoral is that it focuses on Omar’s words but ignores the killing and oppression of Palestinian civilians by Israel.

The Minnesota Congresswoman has been pilloried over the past few weeks for criticising members of Congress who take money from pro-Israel Political Action Committees (PACs) in exchange for political support for Israeli policies. Omar has also highlighted the ugly tendency for many pro-Israel activists and politicians to have an apparently greater loyalty to Israel, a foreign country, than they do to the United States.

Mar 07 11:09

The Haaretz war on Jeremy Corbyn: scratch a Liberal Zionist and you find a chauvinist

For many people, Haaretz occupies much the same position as the Rand Daily Mail did in South Africa before it was driven out of business in 1985. It is the lone voice of liberalism in the world’s most racist far-right state.

Except that there is one important difference. Whereas the Rand Daily Mail opposed Apartheid, Haaretz is a supporter of Zionism. It’s editorial line is that Zionism and Israel can be humanised; that you can have a non-racist version of Zionism; that a Jewish state can indeed be a democratic state. It is the classic oxymoron.

In Israel, the political terms “left” and “right” take on a different meaning to that which is normally understood; they define one’s attitude to the Palestinian question. In normal, non-ethnically based states they define one’s position in respect of class and economic issues. The Israeli Labour Party (ILP) fails to meet the criteria of a left-wing party on both counts.

Mar 07 11:09

By force or forgery: How settlers claim Palestinian homes

The traces of a black eye are still visible on Abdel Qader Abu Srour’s face as he takes his medication with his morning coffee.

The father of two is tired. After four days in custody, he has just been released from an Israeli prison. “They kept me in solitary confinement for the first two days in a freezing cell with no blankets, nothing hot to drink, and no medical care,” he tells Middle East Eye.

Abu Srour, 27, was arrested on 7 February after being badly beaten by Israeli soldiers outside his family home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. They were escorting a group of Israeli settlers who claimed Abu Srour’s home was, in fact, their own.

“One of the settlers, the leader of the group, said that our house belonged to them and that we had to leave,” Abu Srour, who said more than ten soldiers and three heavily armed soldiers had arrived at his home.

Mar 07 08:14

Israel's elections committee bans leftist Arab-Israeli coalition from running

Israel’s election committee banned a leftist Arab-Israeli coalition from running in parliamentary elections next month even as it approved two members of a far-right party who have been labelled as racist.

The Central Election Committee on Wednesday prohibited both the Balad-United Arab List and Ofer Cassif, a member of another Arab-Israeli party, Hadash-Ta'al, from candidacy in decisions that rights groups said were politically motivated.

Mar 07 08:13

Israel’s ‘Rule of the Rabbis’ Who Preach Genocide Fuels Holy War

In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become “warriors,” emulating a group of young men who had murdered a woman of another faith?

The cleric did so with impunity. In fact, he was only echoing other highly placed colleagues who have endorsed a book – again without penalty – urging their disciples to murder babies belonging to other religions.

Where can the head of the clergy call black people “monkeys” and urge the expulsion of other religious communities?

Where does a clerical elite wield so much power that they alone decide who can marry or get divorced – and are backed by a law that can jail someone who tries to wed without their approval? They can even shut down the national railway system without notice.

Where are these holy men so feared that women are scrubbed from billboards, college campuses introduce gender segregation to appease them, and women find themselves literally pushed to the back of the bus?

Mar 07 08:13

Two Palestinian children killed in home fire after Israel blocks fire trucks

Two Palestinian children have been killed in a blaze at their home in occupied Hebron after the Israeli authorities prevented the fire brigade from reaching them in time.

The two children – one of whom is believed to have been just 18-months old – were burned to death in a fire at their home in the Al-Salaymeh neighbourhood of Hebron’s Old City in the occupied West Bank. One was reported dead late last night, while the second succumbed to the burns received this morning after receiving emergency treatment at the nearby Hebron government hospital. A third child, thought to be the dead children’s brother, also suffered severe burns in the incident and remains in intensive care, according to hospital Director Dr Walid Zalloum.

Mar 07 08:12

WATCH: UN video & report on Israeli forces shooting Gaza protesters

The above video was screened at the UN Human Rights Council meeting, Feb, 28, 2019. Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper posted it on March 1.

An independent investigation concluded that ‘nations have a duty to ‘arrest persons alleged to have committed, or who ordered to have committed, the international crimes described in the present report’

Mar 07 08:11

The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments

GOP CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years, yet Democrats – who controlled the House for four of those years and now control it again – never formally rebuked or condemned him until last month (they did so at the same time that Republicans removed him from his Committee assignments due to a long history of white supremacist remarks).

By extremely stark contrast, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar – the first black Muslim woman ever elected to the Congress – has served in the House for a little more than two months, and House Democratic leaders have already formally condemned her once and are preparing to so again, this time even more harshly and officially, on Wednesday.

Mar 07 08:10

Netanyahu: Israeli Navy Could Target Iranian Oil Tankers in International Waters

Since dishonoring the P5+1 nuclear deal, the Trump Administration has made clear their goal is to bring Iranian oil exports to zero through sanctions. That’s wholly impractical, with many nations, including P5+1 deal signatories, saying they intend to keep buying from Iran despite US sanctions.

But Israel does have a navy and a burning desire to pick fights with Iran. In comments Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s Navy could soon be ordered to target Iranian oil tankers to prevent them selling oil abroad.

Netanyahu is trying to prevent Iran selling oil to nations like China without American permission as “smuggling,” and potential military attacks on oil tankers in international waters as enforcement of US sanctions. It’s not clear anyone else in the world, the US included, would generally consider that the case.

Mar 07 08:08

American support for Israel falls to ten-year low, poll finds

US public support for Israel is at its lowest point in a decade, according to a recent poll.

Gallup – which surveys Americans each year on their sympathies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – this year found a substantial decline in support across party lines, with a surprising 13% drop among Republicans.

Overall, 59% of Americans say they side with Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians, down from 64% the prior year. But the number of Americans who sympathize more with the Palestinian cause has remain unchanged, at 21%.

“The slight decline in US sympathies toward Israel in the past year can be explained by drops among both major party groups,” reads a Gallup description of their poll results. “The percentage of Republicans saying they sympathize more with Israel in the conflict fell from an all-time high of 87% in 2018 to 76% today.”

Mar 07 08:06

Netanyahu election rival pledges to 'separate' from Palestinians

The centrist Blue and White party posing the biggest election challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged a policy of “separation” from Palestinians in occupied land on Wednesday, but stopped short of backing their goal of statehood.

However, the party’s number two, former finance minister Yair Lapid, predicted that parting ways with the Palestinians would eventually lead to them having a state of their own alongside Israel.

Netanyahu and fellow rightists have cast themselves as blockers of any initiative to cede territory to the Palestinians.

Mar 07 08:05

US-funded Cuban network fires staff for ‘anti-Semitic’ report on Soros

At least eight staff members of a US government-funded media company that broadcasts in Cuba have been fired for airing a segment that referred to George Soros as a “multimillionaire Jew” who was “the architect of the financial collapse of 2008.”

The three-part report on Radio and Television Marti, which broadcasts news to Cuba to promote American foreign policy interests, also called Soros a “left-wing billionaire of Hungarian-Jewish origin” and a “nonpracticing Jew of flexible morals” and raised far-right conspiracy theories about him.

Mar 07 08:02

Israel intent on shutting Jerusalem holy site

Israel is intensifying its crackdown on Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The Islamic Waqf – the body responsible for Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem – last month reopened Bab al-Rahma, a gate at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem that had been sealed by Israel since 2003:

The 16-year closure order expired in August. But Israel has been intent on shutting the gate once again.

Israeli police asked a Jerusalem court to close the gate permanently to “keep out protesters … as part of its war against terror,” according to the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz.

In reality, the Muslim holy site is used by Palestinians to pray, as this video shows:

Mar 07 08:01

Israeli Navy ready to block Iranian oil exports in transit – Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is prepared to throw the power of its naval force – and urges the world to join in – to block the Iranian oil shipments circumventing unilaterally imposed US sanctions against Tehran.

“Iran is trying to bypass the sanctions on it through the covert smuggling of petroleum via the sea. As these attempts expand, the navy will have a more important role in efforts to block these Iranian actions,” Netanyahu said at a navy cadets’ graduation ceremony in Haifa on Wednesday.

Failing to explain how exactly Israel’s relatively small naval force would impose the suggested blockade against Iranian oil tankers, Netanyahu only emphasized that Israeli sailors are well-trained and adept at carrying out sea missions against adversaries.

Mar 07 07:39

Revealed: A day after Corbyn said ISIS bride should be let back into UK... how Labour's John McDonnell once called for anyone who fought for Israel to be stripped of their British citizenship

John McDonnell argued Britons who fought for Israel against Palestine should face the threat of losing their citizenship in a letter that emerged today - 24 hours after Jeremy Corbyn said jihadi bride Shamima Begum should keep her passport.

The shadow chancellor wrote to then Home Secretary Theresa May in 2014 saying she should censure British citizens who served in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and mete out the same punishment given to those who joined ISIS.

Yesterday his party leader said Shamima Begum and her newborn baby should be allowed to return from Syria and given the 'support that she needs' by the authorities.

Yet Mr McDonnell argued the Government's policy to strip violent jihadis of their passports should be widened to those who went to fight for the Israeli Defence Force against the Palestinians in Gaza - with some critics calling it 'hypocrisy'.

Mar 07 07:34

Polish Jewish leaders object as government mulls exhumations at Jedwabne pogrom site

The Polish government is reconsidering whether to exhume human remains at a World War II-era site where Jews were burned alive by Polish neighbors, though the country's chief rabbi says the work would violate Judaism's prohibition on disinterment under most circumstances.

Mar 07 07:33

WJC: BELARUS SHOULD HALT CONSTRUCTION ON SITE OF JEWISH EXECUTION

World Jewish Congress [WJC] called on the government of Belarus to halt a construction project in the city of Brest, close to the Polish border, after 730 bodies of Jewish victims were found.

“We urge the municipality of Brest to do its due diligence and order all construction ceased until it is able to carry out a full forensic investigation at the site,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer in a Wednesday press release .

Mar 07 07:32

Israel's navy could act against Iranian oil smuggling - Netanyahu

Israel's navy could take action against Iranian oil smuggling, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, urging world powers to foil any effort by Tehran to evade U.S. sanctions.

The Israeli leader told naval officers that Iran was still resorting to clandestine measures to ship fuel that it first used prior to a 2015 nuclear deal easing Western sanctions on its oil sector.

U.S. President Donald Trump last year quit the nuclear deal and reimposed some sanctions, aiming to cut Iran's oil exports to zero.

"Iran is trying to circumvent the sanctions through covert oil smuggling over maritime routes, and to the extent that these attempts widen, the navy will have a more important role in blocking these Iranian actions," Netanyahu said.

"I call on the entire international community to stop Iran's attempts to circumvent the sanctions by sea, and of course, by any (other) means."

Mar 07 07:13

GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE (DOCUMENTARY BANNED FROM YOUTUBE)

Mar 07 07:03

"Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories" Censored w/ A.I. Algorithms says ADL

Mar 07 05:24

Is peace finally possible in Afghanistan?

The Afghan Taliban's cofounder is in talks with the United States in an attempt to bring an end to more than 17 years of war.

It's the US's longest war and last year a record number of people died in Afghanistan. Almost 4,000 civilians were killed and 7,000 wounded.

The UN is blaming the Taliban and The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) for deliberately targeting civilians in suicide attacks. But Afghan and US forces have also stepped up their assaults on armed groups.

Now attempts to end the bloodshed are gathering pace.

The Taliban and the US are in talks in Qatar.

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Explosions target political gathering in Kabul

Mar 07 05:12

Rouhani: Iran's Problem with US Not Negotiable

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the problem and difference between Tehran and Washington will neither be resolved through negotiations nor compromise.

"Our problem with our enemies falls in one sentence. We have differences on this issue that the US tells us to return to 40 years ago (the era of dependence on western powers) and we say that we will not go back and we will continue the path of progress, independence, freedom and democracy," President Rouhani said, addressing the Iranian people in the Northern town of Lahijan on Wednesday.

"Therefore, today we have no differences with the US that could be settled through negotiations or compromise. We should force the enemy to withdraw and make it understand that the Iranian nation will continue the path of honor and pride," he underlined.

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(*Trump has to put some extra "Oumph!" into his Art Of The Deal presentation !)

Mar 06 15:33

In Condemning Ilhan Omar, Democrats Have Proved Her Right

At a time of heightened anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred, the Democratic establishment has taken unprecedented steps to single out a Muslim representative for her criticisms of AIPAC and the U.S.’s relationship with Israel. After first publicly rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Democratic establishment, led by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, began drafting a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, amounting to an indirect censure.

The move has spectacularly backfired, threatening deep fissures in the Democratic Party as accusations of anti-Semitism tear apart the Labour Party in the U.K. The rush to heed calls for a resolution has only further exposed the Democrats’ close ties to pro-Israel groups and, more alarmingly, has given a tacit green light to the racism and Islamophobia that fuels the Trump administration and its supporters.

Mar 06 12:10

Poll: 50% of Israel voters undecided who to vote for

A new opinion poll has shown that it will be very difficult for the head of Kahol Lavan’s electoral list, Benny Gantz, to form the next government in the wake of the Knesset elections, which will take place on 9 April. On the other hand, chairman of the Likud Party and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, still has wide popularity although Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit had published a list of serious corruption violations against him, including bribery and dishonesty. However, another opinion poll has shown that nearly half the voters have not yet decided on the candidate for which they will vote.

Mar 06 12:09

‘Racially profiled’ British student interrogated by Israeli embassy at UK campus

Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, rose to notoriety with his ruthless and unapologetic defence of Israeli war-crimes in Gaza. His talent for suppressing truth and taking on the rising tide of anti-Israeli sentiments earned him a position in the UK, long seen by Tel Aviv as the global centre of pro-Palestinian activism. The Australian-born diplomat, who moved to Israel in 1982, places a premium on speaking at university campuses and has stoked controversy wherever he goes. The latest saw pro-Palestinian student activists being harassed and interrogated by his security staff who are accused of supressing free speech and behaving like thuggish enforcers.

The showdown between Regev’s security guards and British students took place at the University of Leicester last week. A group of student activists from the Palestine Society decided to exercise their democratic right to protest and express disdain over the university’s decision to host such a polarising figure.

Mar 06 12:08

Arkansas newspaper defies ‘unconstitutional’ law banning Israel boycotts

In Arkansas, a newspaper publisher is in financial straits after refusing to sign an anti-BDS pledge. He believes that political dissent is protected speech, and that the Arkansas law violates his constitutional rights and his journalistic ethics.

Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) is a nonviolent, grassroots Palestinian movement designed to put pressure on Israel to end its oppression and occupation of Palestinians. The movement is modeled after the boycott campaign that ended apartheid in South Africa.

Anti-BDS laws – considered blatantly unconstitutional by the ACLU – have sprung up in dozens of states, and have been challenged regularly.

Mar 06 12:07

UK Sells $445m Of Arms To Israel, Including Sniper Rifles

Britain has approved the sale of arms to Israel worth $445m since the 2014 Gaza war, including components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters along with spare parts for sniper rifles, according to figures seen by Middle East Eye.

The government data will raise fresh concerns that British-made weapons are being used by the Israeli military in the Occupied Territories, amid fears that components in sniper rifles used to kill scores of Palestinian civilians in recent weeks could have been made in the UK.

Arms export licences to Israel soared to £216m, or $300m at current exchange rates, last year from £20m in the wake of the Gaza war, new Department for International Trade figures show.

They include a major £183m licence covering "technology for military radars", but ministers have also approved the sale for export of grenades, bombs, missiles, armoured vehicles, assault rifles, small arms ammunition, sniper rifles and components for sniper rifles.

Mar 06 12:04

Ilhan Omar’s “Tropes” Are True

Some people just can’t handle the truth. Case in point: America’s Jewish Establishment and the Shabbat goys on their payroll, who are all squealing like stuck pigs in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s pointed remarks about Jewish-Zionist power.

I wrote about Rep. Omar’s first (February 10) Twitter outrage in the new issue of Crescent Magazine:

Mar 06 12:03

Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism – Phyllis Bennis

Democrats’ resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic – Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner

Mar 06 09:27

Do You Care That Israel Controls US Politicians?

Mar 06 09:26

Ilhan Omar’s Criticism Raises the Question: Is Aipac Too Powerful?

When Representative Ilhan Omar landed a coveted seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Stephen Fiske began working the phones to Capitol Hill.

Alarmed by messaging that he saw as anti-Semitic and by Ms. Omar’s support for the boycott-Israel movement, Mr. Fiske, a longtime activist with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, began texting and calling his friends in Congress to complain. He is hoping Aipac activists will punish Ms. Omar, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, with a primary challenge in 2020.

On Wednesday, House Democratic leaders will mete out one form of punishment: Spurred by outrage over Ms. Omar’s latest comments suggesting that pro-Israel activists “push for allegiance to a foreign country,” they will put a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the House floor.

Mar 06 09:25

Why the Outrage? ‘Jewish Power’ Party Is the New Norm in Israeli Politics

Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued.

The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish political views, spoke out against the sinister union.

"The views of Otzma Yehudit", the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) tweeted, "are reprehensible. They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel."

But what if they do? And what if "Otzma Yehudit" is but a different political articulation of mainstream Israeli views, reflecting the very "core values" that even AIPAC has been blindly defending since its inception in 1953?

Mar 06 09:19

Islamic council rejects Israeli court closure at Al-Aqsa compound

Despite Israel's ultimatum to close the site by Monday, Waqf says Bab al-Rahma will remain open for Muslims to pray.

Mar 06 09:17

THE UNIVERSAL THREAT OF ZIONISM

If Zionist fascists today join forces with Europeans to fight Islam and Muslims under the guise of fighting terror, then we should stand up together and defend ourselves against this kind of racism to save the last of democracy.

Mar 06 09:16

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ YOUR TAX DOLLARS PAID FOR THIS

Disturbing image …. do not scroll down if you are weak at heart

A Palestinian family, victims of white phosphorus bombs (banned by the UN) and widely used by Israel in Palestine.

Mar 06 09:04

Why the Outrage?

Why the Outrage? “Jewish Power” Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Otzma Yehudit’s (Jewish Power Party) platform only reinforces the existing “core values” of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values argues Ramzy Baroud.

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Mar 06 08:59

Israeli fighter jets strike Hamas compound in Gaza

Israeli fighter jets struck on Tuesday night a Hamas military compound in Gaza after "explosive balloons" from the Palestinian enclave reached southern Israel, the Israeli army said.

"Israel Defense Forces fighter jets and aircraft struck a number of terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip," a military spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said that the strike was carried out in response to balloons carrying explosive material launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier on Tuesday.

Mar 06 08:58

U.N. again defers report on companies with Israeli settlement ties

Publication of a U.N. database of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank has been delayed again, drawing the ire of activists who have campaigned for three years.

The issue is highly sensitive as companies appearing in such a database could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements, which most countries and the United Nations view as illegal. Goods produced there include fruit, vegetables and wine.

Israel has assailed the database, whose creation was agreed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in March 2016, as a “blacklist”.

Mar 06 08:37

Temple Mount mosque ordered shut within a week, Israeli court warns

The Jerusalem court said it would close a contested building reopened by Muslim worshipers last month, unless Islamic custodian, which refuses to appear before Israeli courts as a matter of principle, responds to case

Mar 06 08:02

Jewish settlers take over Palestinian house in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli Jewish settlers took over a Palestinian house in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, Quds Press has reported. The property is owned by the Al-Halaby family.

An informed source said that a group of Jewish settlers took over the house when its owner was away, noting that all of the woman’s clothing and furniture are still in the house. Israeli police apparently did not respond immediately to the calls of the Palestinians to protect the house from the colonial-settlers, who attacked neighbours and passers-by with pepper spray. When the police eventually did make an appearance, they arrested five Palestinian youths, but did nothing about the settlers.

Mar 06 08:01

Israel analysts warn of ‘four front’ escalation with Palestinians

Israeli analysts have warned of a potential “four fronts” escalation with the Palestinians.

According to a report in Ynet, the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, as well as Palestinian prisoners, are all arenas which “are extremely volatile for different reasons”.

In the West Bank, analysts point to economic hardship in light of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s rejection of monthly tax revenues, following Israeli punitive deductions.

The Israeli report claimed that senior PA officials believe the financial deficit “is only expected to deepen, adversely impacting the Palestinian defence establishment and its intelligence outreach in the West Bank, and even helping Hamas to establish military infrastructure across the territories.”

Mar 06 08:01

UN rights expert says Israel must be held to account for Gaza crimes

A senior United Nations human rights official has urged the international community to hold Israel to account for violations of international law in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, made the remarks yesterday in response to the publication of a report by the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Great Return March protests.

The inquiry “found reasonable grounds to believe that, in all but two of the 189 fatalities investigated, the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces against demonstrators was unlawful,” Lynk stated.

“Accordingly, I support the Commission’s call for accountability with respect to those who used lethal fire unlawfully, and for those who drafted and approved the rules of engagement which permitted this illegal use of lethal fire.”

Mar 06 07:59

Israel forces arrest 13-year-old Palestinian in the middle of the night

Israeli occupation forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian child in the middle of the night, according to human rights group B’Tselem.

Adam Abu Ryalah’s family home in Issawiyah, occupied East Jerusalem, was raided by eight Israeli Border Police officers at 4am on Sunday, 10 February, while 20 more officers waited outside.

As recounted by B’Tselem, the Israeli forces ordered Adam’s parents to wake their son and bring him to the living room, after which an officer then returned Adam to his room with his mother and ordered him to get dressed. Adam was arrested, and taken to a police station.

When Adam’s parents went to the police station, they were “told their son was not there”. After waiting for hours, it was only by chance – at around 12.30pm – that they saw their son “when an officer escorted him to the bathroom”.

Mar 06 07:58

Israel exports violence and human rights rhetoric to Africa

As part of Tel Aviv’s diplomatic strategy in Africa, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are providing military training to local troops in several countries. The Times of Israel has described this venture as “a dramatic upsurge of military cooperation.”

Israel’s military attaché to Africa, Colonel Aviezer Segal, has said that the Israelis treat African leaders “with respect and appreciation and deal with them as equals, in a language of true camaraderie, personal friendship and professionalism.”

Last year, the Jerusalem Post ran an article in which it attempted to put Israel on a par with African countries involved in anti-colonial struggle. According to the article, the settler-colonial state “was itself part of the great counter-colonial movement that freed millions from Europeans’ yoke.” When the Chadian Prime Minister Idris Deby visited Israel in November last year, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin declared, “For us, Africa is the future.”

Mar 06 07:58

Jared Kushner And The Triumph Of Saudi Arabia

In the Gulf they joke that Saudi-US relations are run by the crown prince and “the clown prince”. The first, Mohammed bin Salman, is Saudi Arabia’s strongman. The second, Jared Kushner, is Donald Trump’s son-in-law. If it were not for their friendship, relations between the US and the House of Saud might be in serious crisis. But Mr Kushner has an Arab-Israeli peace plan up his sleeve.

In his view Saudi backing will be key to its success. Which means the Saudis can get away with nearly anything — alleged royal-instigated killing, for example — as long as they hold out the prospect of backing Mr Kushner. To say the least, Prince Mohammed has the better of the bargain. Few people give Mr Kushner’s peace plan ironically dubbed “deal of the century” much chance. The epithet “dead on arrival” has become standard even before the plan has arrived.

Mar 06 07:52

CHAIRMAN ENGEL IS AGAINST REMOVING REP. OMAR FROM HIS COMMITTEE

Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday that he is against the removal of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar from his committee, despite comments she has made that many consider anti-Semitic.

Omar has recently sparked backlash for several comments about Israel. She shared her sentiments over the weekend regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict and the “dual loyalty” to Israel that she believes some members of Congress have. Many of her colleagues condemned her statement, including some on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mar 06 07:47

Trump and Democrats unite to smear Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar has come under renewed attack for speaking about the outsize influence of the Israel lobby, and simply for being a Black Muslim woman.

A poster that appeared in the West Virginia state capitol, for instance, implicitly blamed Omar, who came to the US as a refugee from Somalia, for the 9/11 attacks.

But instead of defending the Minnesota congresswoman, her own Democratic colleagues are piling on – continuing to falsely accuse her of anti-Semitism for legitimate comments about the Israel lobby.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said at a town hall meeting last week.

Mar 06 06:25

Trump's 'ultimate deal' faces ultimate failure

Despite their best efforts, Trump's 'peace envoys' have failed to secure support for their deeply flawed plan.

At a private gathering at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London on February 28, David Makovsky and Dennis Ross - two men with a deep understanding of the decades-long peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis - spoke frankly and at length about US President Donald Trump's "ultimate deal".

Makovsky is an author and journalist who covered the often anguished twists and turns of the journey to reach the Oslo accords of 1993 and 1995. Ross was appointed President Bill Clinton's Middle East envoy in the first Clinton administration and in that capacity helped to broker the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, commonly referred to as Oslo II in 1995.

Both men are seen by critics - justifiably or not - as being sympathetic towards Israel>>>

Mar 06 06:05

US U-Turn: Afghans' Suffering Now Has No End

There is no end in sight for the suffering of people in Afghanistan because the Pentagon regime plans to keep its occupying troops in the war-torn country for five more years.

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Mar 06 05:59

Trump: 'I Agree 100%' with Keeping Some American Troops in Syria

US President Donald Trump indicated that he now agrees "100 percent" with keeping some American troops in Syria, according to a letter obtained by NBC News on Tuesday.

The letter, sent to Trump by a bipartisan group of senators and representatives came about two months after Trump abruptly announced the withdrawal of some 2,000 troops from Syria, declaring that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) had been defeated.
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In a paragraph that Trump marked, the group also wrote, "like you, we seek to ensure that all the gains made in Syria are not lost".

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(*wearing out that whip-lash thing he used to do to us so tactically ?
I mean , who's really stunned ?)

Mar 06 04:34

House Democrats to call for vote on condemning 'anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar comments

Omar, D-Minn., suggested Wednesday that the pro-Israel lobby pushes lawmakers to show "allegiance to a foreign country" and said the charge of anti-Semitism is "designed to end the debate" about Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Mar 06 04:25

Democrats Need to Face the Truth about Ilhan Omar

This prompted another bipartisan storm of protest. Far from retreating, Omar doubled down in her response to criticism from Representative Nita Lowey (D., N.Y.), a veteran liberal Jewish Democrat. When Lowey urged her to retract her comments, Omar tweeted, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on a committee.”
Note: Sad but true about the Jewish lobby.

Mar 05 12:47

Robert Fisk Exposes Israel’s Hidden Role in the Brewing India-Pakistan Conflict

Well-known British journalist Robert Fisk recently wrote a very telling and troubling article in The Independent regarding the outsized role of the state of Israel in the burgeoning tensions between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. The story — despite its importance, given the looming threat of nuclear war between the two countries — was largely overlooked by the international media.

The tit-for-tat attacks exchanged between India and Pakistan last week have seen long-standing tensions between the two countries escalate to dangerous proportions, though Pakistan helped to deescalate the situation somewhat by returning and “saving” an Indian pilot whose plane had been shot down in retaliation for India’s bombing of targets in a disputed area administered by Pakistan.

Mar 05 12:45

‘I am told I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel’ and that’s problematic — Ilhan Omar stands strong amid blizzard of attacks

Ilhan Omar’s statement last week about the role of the Israel lobby– “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country” — has ignited a firestorm of criticism, including from House Democratic colleagues such as Eliot Engel, chair of House Foreign Affairs, who called on her to apologize for a “vile, anti-semitic slur.” Engel is a regular at the Israel lobby organization AIPAC, where he has promised to keep support for Israel bipartisan.

Nita Lowey has also been outspoken against her colleague:

Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.

Lowey is also an AIPAC regular. That event was closed to the public, in a Westchester temple.

Mar 05 12:44

Unfounded allegations of anti-Semitism cover up Israeli apartheid

In the small, American Jewish community where I grew up, I never heard criticisms of Israel, or experienced anti-Semitism. And yet I was frequently reminded by my Hebrew and Sunday school teachers of the anti-Semitic hatred that Jews had endured throughout the ages, and especially during the holocaust. My grandmother explained, sometimes tearfully, how her family had lost touch with cousins, aunts and uncles in the “old country” during the Second World War, never to hear from them again.

But the narrative did not end there. Israel, I was told, was the only country that Jews could truly regard as safe. Indeed, Jews had a “birth-right” to return to the “Land of Israel”. Based on vague, biblical justifications I was told that we were the “chosen people”.

Mar 05 12:26

Why Bibi Netanyahu Will Never Go Quietly

Benjamin Netanyahu “has done a great job as prime minister. He’s smart, strong and tough.” This is what Donald Trump told an Israeli reporter in Hanoi after it was announced that Netanyahu will be indicted (pending a personal hearing) on counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also a fan. After meeting Bibi in Moscow, just a day before the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit released his legal bombshell, Putin praised the fine bilateral relationship that has flourished. “We must acknowledge the Israeli leadership’s efforts, he said. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is working on this personally.”

Mar 05 12:25

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 5, 2019: ISRAEL DELIVERS MORE STRIKES ON SYRIA

Late on March 3, battle tanks of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shelled positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near Qars Nafal and Jubata al-Khashab in the province of Quneitra. Local sources said that the Israeli attack did not inflict casualties and revealed that these SAA positions remain empty most of the time.

Following the attack, multiple Israeli warplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted flying over the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights.

A previous IDF strike in this area took place on February 11. Then, the attack targeted a Quneitra city hospital and an SAA positon near Jubata al-Khashab causing no casualties.

Mar 05 12:05

US deploys THAAD missile defense systems to Israel for very first time (PHOTO, VIDEO)

The US military has delivered THAAD missile defense systems to Israel for the very first time. The deployment comes as a part of a joint exercise and is aimed to show the US' “continued commitment” to Israel's “regional security.”
The advanced systems were deployed to Israel in early March, US and Israeli military officials revealed on Monday. The THAADs – Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems – will be stationed in the country's south, alongside some 200 US military personnel.

Mar 05 12:03

'Last nail in the coffin for US peacemaking': US merges Israeli embassy with Palestinian mission

Palestinian officials have denounced as hostile the US move to merge its consulate in Jerusalem, which mostly served Palestinians, with the embassy controversially inaugurated last year. The overhaul has been scheduled for Monday.

The US State Department on Sunday formally set a date for the previously announced merger of its embassy in Jerusalem with the consulate, which was operating as the de facto American embassy to the Palestinian Authority.

Mar 05 11:28

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on working with Silicon Valley tech giants on creating algorithms to censor opinion they don't like.

Mar 05 11:21

House Dems will take floor action to confront Omar’s latest Israel comments

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats will take floor action Wednesday in response to controversial remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar about Israel, the second such rebuke of the freshman Democrat from party leaders in recent weeks.

Pelosi and other senior Democrats have drafted a resolution to address the controversy, which ballooned over the weekend following a public clash between Omar and senior Jewish lawmakers.

The resolution, which began circulating to members Monday night, comes after a backlash from top Democrats who accused Omar of anti-Semitism for referring to pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country.”

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Mar 05 10:56

Corbyn renews calls to end UK arms sales to Israel in wake of UN report on Gaza protests

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has renewed his calls for Britain to cease arms sales to Israel following a UN report last week that the Israeli army’s actions against Palestinian protesters in Gaza’s Great March of Return could amount to war crimes.

“The UK government must unequivocally condemn the killings and freeze arms sales to Israel,” Corbyn tweeted on Friday, linking the report.

The Labour Party approved a motion during a conference last September that called for the same embargo on arms sales to Israel.

During the conference, Corbyn, who has sustained years of attacks and accusations of anti-Semitism for his support of Palestinian rights, slammed US policies in the region and said that Palestinians can’t be “left alone in the darkness.”

Mar 05 10:55

Gantz vows 'never to withdraw from the Golan Heights'

Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz vowed on Monday "never to withdraw" from the Golan Heights, annexed by Israel following the 1967 Six-Day War, adding he will work to promote American, European Union and United Nations recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the disputed territory.

During a tour along Israel's northern border, ex-military chief Gantz said his party, co-led by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, "will know how to handle threats" to Israel's security "on all fronts."

Mar 05 10:55

Israeli army, settlers 'routinely harass' Nablus students

School principal Mohammad Jaser presses a button to open the intercom system and makes a routine announcement.

"The Israeli army has been spotted near the premises," Jaser says, his voice blaring from speakers and into the classrooms of the al-Sawiyeh al-Lebban school near Nablus in the northern West Bank last month.

"Stay inside your classrooms, away from the windows, and lock the doors," he instructs the students. "Prepare for an evacuation."

The students and teachers at the mixed school, located between the villages of al-Sawiyeh and al-Lebban, have been trained to respond to incidents like this.

Mar 05 10:53

Israel sets Gaza up for superbug epidemic

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism recently ran a report titled “Unseen enemy: Doctors in Gaza battling superbug epidemic”.

Given the regular atrocities to which the Gaza Strip is subjected by a very visible enemy – the state of Israel – the last thing that’s needed is an unseen one, to boot.

In the past five years alone, Israel’s activities vis-a-vis the Palestinian territory have included a 50-day assault in 2014 that killed some 2,251 Palestinians – most of them civilians, and more than 550 of them children – along with repeated attacks on peaceful Palestinian protesters in the context of the Great March of Return, which saw more than 60 Palestinians killed on a single day last May.

Mar 05 10:53

Jacobin: Israel Is an Extremist Enterprise

In preparation for April elections, Israeli prime minister and right-wing icon Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to increase his chances of forming a majority government by finagling a merger of extremist party Otzma Yehudit — Jewish Power — with Jewish Home, another far-right party whose ideology is more palatable to mainstream opinion.

Otzma Yehudit subscribes to the worldview of Meir Kahane, the New York-born rabbi — assassinated in 1990 — whose movement was banned from Israeli politics in the 1980s and classified as a terrorist group in the United States. Among the many charming ideas inherited from Kahane are that the occupied Palestinian territories should be annexed to Israel and Palestinians should be expelled.

Mar 05 10:51

My life in Hebron: ‘I dream of a day when there are no settlements’

Hebron is a city deep inside the Palestinian territories, but it is unlike any other in the occupied West Bank. With illegal Jewish settlements in the heart of the city, Hebron reflects the bitter reality of military occupation: checkpoints, heavily-armed settlers, curfews, concrete barriers and segregated roads.

Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. A year later, the illegal Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba was established on the outskirts of Hebron, which is holy to all three monotheistic faiths. Some of Kiryat Arba’s settlers, however, soon made their way deeper into the Old City, occupying areas near the Ibrahimi Mosque and setting up pockets of settlement.

Mar 05 10:51

US: Omar’s comments trigger House vote on anti-Semitism

The US House of Representatives will vote this week on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s latest remarks on Israel, Anadolu reports.

Top House Democrats are reportedly planning a vote for Wednesday and deciding whether the measure will condemn Omar’s comments specifically or anti-Semitism more broadly, The Washington Post reported.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said at a town hall in Washington D.C. last Wednesday.

Her comments sparked outrage from members of Congress, with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel calling them “unacceptable and deeply offensive”.

While the freshman congresswoman has apologized for her anti-Israel comments in the past, she stood her ground this time and doubled down on what she said.

Mar 05 10:50

Israel closes Gaza border blocking aid transfers

Israel today closed Gaza’s main commercial crossing to all good except fuel, local sources reported.

Israel has increased its targeting of the besieged Gaza Strip over the past few days, striking sites in the enclave causing damage to property.

It claims the closure of the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing is in response what it calls incendiary balloons which exploded in the air and caused no damage to Israel yesterday.

Occupation forces regularly block access to the Gaza crossings as a means of controlling the Palestinian population. In July Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Kerem Shalom would be closed if kite and balloon launchers continued with their activity.

Mar 05 10:13

Jewish calls to convert Al-Rahma Mosque into a synagogue

The Federation of the Temple Mount Organisations yesterday called for Al-Rahma Mosque to be occupied and turned in to a synagogue, Arab48 reported.

According to the news site, the group also called for establishing a Jewish directorate in the area, which is located at one of the entrances of Al-Aqsa Mosque, to oversee the Jewish activities inside Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

The calls came after Palestinians re-entered the Al-Rahma Gate area of Al-Aqsa Mosque and performed prayers there for the first time in over 15 years.

According to Arab48, the Temple Mount Organisations stressed on the importance of taking measures which lead to changing the identity of Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to guarantee a permanent Jewish presence there, eradicate the Muslim claim to the holy site and impose Israeli sovereignty over it.

One way of doing this, Arab48 reported, would be to mobilise supporters to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday in a bid to break in to Al-Rahma Gate and seize it.

Mar 05 10:12

From Qana to Gaza, Israel issues denials and smears investigations of its crimes

I wrote recently about an EU report on the growth of illegal Israeli settlements and argued that the EU was diligent in documenting Israel’s-breaches of international law but that it has singularly failed to bring it to account, even when it has demolished EU-funded projects.

A more recent report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigated the actions of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) at the nominal border with Gaza since 30 March last year, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return protests. For almost 50 weeks, Israeli snipers have gunned down, with deliberate, chilling precision, Palestinian men, women and children.

Mar 05 10:11

Why the outrage? ‘Jewish Power’ party is the new norm in Israeli politics

Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allied with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued.

The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish political views, spoke out against the sinister union.

“The views of Otzma Yehudit”, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) tweeted, “are reprehensible. They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel.”

But what if they do? And what if “Otzma Yehudit” is but a different political articulation of mainstream Israeli views, reflecting the very “core values” that even AIPAC has been blindly defending since its inception in 1953?

Mar 05 10:10

Demolishing your home with your own hands

If you ask anyone about the basics and components of happiness that they seek to achieve and gain, their answers will certainly be different according to the differences in people’s opinions and visions. However, I do not think that anyone would deny that owning a house is an important factor for achieving happiness.

Mar 05 10:05

Ilhan Omar’s “Tropes” Are True

Some people just can’t handle the truth. Case in point: America’s Jewish Establishment and the Shabbat goys on their payroll, who are all squealing like stuck pigs in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s pointed remarks about Jewish-Zionist power.

I wrote about Rep. Omar’s first (February 10) Twitter outrage in the new issue of Crescent Magazine:

Mar 05 10:00

Netanyahu kicks off election campaign with attacks on media, political rivals

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the left, the media and Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz on Monday, in a speech at a Likud Party conference to mark the official launch of the party’s campaign for the April 9 elections.

“The win isn’t guaranteed, it isn’t going to be simple,” the prime minister said of the upcoming elections, and accused the Blue and White Party of disguising what he said were leftist views.

Mar 05 09:18

Demolishing the two-state fantasy

This week on The Electronic Intifada Podcast, hosts Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley are joined by their colleague Tamara Nassar to discuss Israel’s recently increasing policies of rampant home demolitions and erasure of Palestinian villages.

We also focus on the increasing collaboration between Israel and dictatorial Gulf states.

Nassar explains how Israeli settlers – backed by police – violently seized an East Jerusalem home belonging to the Abu Asab family in February.

In addition to the ongoing expulsions of Palestinians and demolitions of their homes in East Jerusalem, Nassar talks about the sustained resistance to Israel’s plans for the imminent destruction of Khan al-Ahmar, a village in the West Bank.

“If Khan al-Ahmar is evacuated, any kind of fantasy of a two-state solution would be over because this is where Israel is planning to expand its mega-settlements of Maaleh Adumim and Kfar Adumim,” she says.

Mar 05 09:17

Three activists go on trial for challenging Israeli apartheid in Berlin

Three campaigners have gone on trial in Germany for disrupting an event featuring an Israeli political representative.

The trial, which opened Monday, focuses on a June 2017 conference held at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Among the participants were Aliza Lavie, a member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. She used the occasion to engaged in “pinkwashing” – depicting Israel as a haven for LGBTQ rights in order to distract from its crimes against humanity.

One Palestinian – Majed Abusalama – and two Israeli activists – Ronnie Barkan and Stavit Sinai – interrupted the event in an effort to counter such propaganda.

Mar 05 09:17

French resist effort to censor criticism of Zionism

There is a pushback in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s speech to a major Israel lobby group last month vowing to criminalize anti-Zionism.

More than 400 intellectuals, artists and activists have signed an open letter to Macron that was published on 28 February in the national newspaper Libération.

“Mr. President, we are French citizens who respect the laws of the republic, but if you adopt a law against anti-Zionism, or if you officially adopt an erroneous definition of anti-Semitism that permits outlawing it, please know that we will break this law with our words, our writing, our art and our acts of solidarity,” the letter states.

“And if you decide to pursue us, to silence us, even to imprison us for that, well, you can come and get us.”

Mar 05 09:16

Two Palestinians killed in alleged attack

Israeli occupation forces shot dead two Palestinians early Monday in what the army claims was a car ramming attack against soldiers in Kafr Nimeh village near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The slain Palestinians were identified as Amir Mahmoud Darraj, 20, from Kharbatha al-Misbah village, and Yousif Raed Mahmoud Anqawi, 20, from Beit Sira. Photos of the men were published by Palestinian media after the announcement of their deaths:

Mar 04 16:21

US deploys THAAD missile system to Israel (video)

The United States military deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile battery to Israel, European Command (EUCOM) said in a statement on Monday.

“At the direction of the Secretary of Defense, US European Command deployed a THAAD system to Israel in early March,” the statement said.

The move is intended to demonstrate the United States’ ongoing commitment to Israel’s security, the statement added.

Mar 04 16:07

Israel police order extra protection for Netanyahu prosecutors

Israeli police on Sunday ordered additional protection for two lead prosecutors involved in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption investigations, Channel 13 news reported.

Police ordered the added security for State Attorney Shai Nitzan and lead prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari, both of whom were named specifically by Netanyahu in his scathing response to Thursday's indictment announcement.

The decision follows a review with security officials of possible threats against the prosecutors after last week Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s announcement that he plans to indict Netanyahu in three corruption cases.

Mar 04 12:58

Anti-Semitism versus anti-Zionism in today’s France

Lawrence Davidson examines the illogic – or opportunism – behind French President Macron’s pledge to criminalise criticism of the racist ideology, Zionism, on which Israel as a Jews-only state is based while ignoring the cultural puritanism that breeds real anti-Semitism and racism in France.>>

Mar 04 12:58

Israel is playing a big role in India’s escalating conflict with Pakistan

For months, Israel has been assiduously lining itself up alongside India’s nationalist BJP government in an unspoken – and politically dangerous – “anti-Islamist” coalition, an unofficial, unacknowledged alliance, while India itself has now become the largest weapons market for the Israeli arms trade.

Not by chance, therefore, has the Indian press just trumpeted the fact that Israeli-made Rafael Spice-2000 “smart bombs” were used by the Indian air force in its strike against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) “terrorists” inside Pakistan.

Mar 04 12:56

“Israeli Forces Wound 83 Civilians, Including 23 Children, Woman, 3 Paramedics, and Journalist, in Gaza”

On 49th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 83 Civilians, including 23 Children, Woman, 3 Paramedics, and Journalist. Report By The Palestinian Center For Human Right (PCHR).

On Friday evening, 01 March 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 49th Friday of the March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces wounded 83 civilians, including 23 children, a woman, three paramedics, and a journalist, in eastern Gaza Strip. The injury of three of the wounded civilians was reported serious.

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing tear gas canisters at them.

As a result, dozens of the demonstrators were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

Mar 04 12:50

Hundreds Call on Netanyahu to Resign at Tel Aviv Protest

Several hundred demonstrators gathered at Tel Aviv’s Habimah Square on Saturday evening to call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down.

Mar 04 12:35

Miko Peled: The State of Israel Will Crumble and We Will See A Free Democratic Palestine from the River to the Sea Sooner than Most People Think

Miko Peled, an Israeli general's son and himself a former Israeli soldier, is nowadays a noted peace activist and a tireless worker for justice in the Holy Land. He is considered to be one of the clearest voices calling for support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) against the Zionist regime and for the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine.

He will be at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool on 23-26 September. I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview him beforehand. In a week that marks the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Folke Bernadotte and the 36th anniversary of the genocidal massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee camp, atrocities committed in pursuit of Zionist ambition, what Miko says may give those who take dictation from the Israel lobby cause to reflect.

Mar 04 12:15

Icelandic Band Hatari to Stage Political Protest at Eurovision 2019

The band has made it clear they view the contest as a political one and will seek to stage an anti-Israeli political protest onstage, despite Eurovision rules saying that such behaviour may result in disqualification.

Iceland has made its pick for Eurovision 2019 song contest: the industrial techno band Hatari whose members don BDSM-inspired outfits on stage. The band has a strong political agenda and has threatened to pull off an anti-Israeli protest during their performance at the contest.

Hatari, whose name translates as "Hater," have chosen a song entitled "Hatrid Mun Sigra" ("Hatred Will Prevail"), which features lyrics, such as "Europe will crumble", "Multilateral delusions, Unilateral punishments", and "Happiness will end For it is an illusion".

The band, which has long proclaimed that they aim to "take down capitalism," said they're planning a protest against the Israeli treatment of Palestinians during their performance.

Mar 04 12:14

ILHAN OMAR FIRES BACK AT FELLOW DEMOCRAT: ‘I SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO HAVE ALLEGIANCE’ TO ISRAEL

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar claimed Sunday she is “expected to have allegiance” to Israel, in response to criticism from Democratic New York Rep. Nita Lowey, who claimed Omar “continues to mischaracterize support for Israel.”

Omar on Wednesday slammed “the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” referring to Israel. Democratic New York Rep. Eliot Engel on Friday described Omar’s comment as a “vile anti-Semitic slur.”

Lowey also criticized Omar for her comments, which are the latest in a series of anti-Israel comments that have prompted accusations of anti-Semitism.

Mar 04 12:13

Corbyn calls for UK to condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinians

Head of the British Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has called for the UK government to condemn Israel’s killing of Palestinians as well as to freeze arms sales to the occupation state.

His remarks came in the wake of a UN report which found that Israel might have committed war crimes against Palestinians.

On Twitter, Corbyn wrote: “The UN says Israel’s killings of demonstrators in Gaza – including children, paramedics and journalists – may constitute ‘war crimes or crimes against humanity’”.

“The UK government must unequivocally condemn the killings and freeze arms sales to Israel.”

The UN report, published earlier this week, said: “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they directly participating in hostilities,” adding that the protests had been “civilian in nature”.

Mar 04 12:13

4.5 years on from Israel assault, 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza still homeless

Some 13,000 Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip remain homeless, four-and-a-half years on from Israel’s destructive assault on the blockaded enclave.

During the 50 days of “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014, Israeli attacks caused significant damage to civilian infrastructure, with around 18,000 residential units either completely destroyed or heavily damaged. More than 100,000 Palestinians were left homeless – or 17,000 families.

According to an update from human rights NGO B’Tselem, about 20 per cent of the homes are still unusable today, and some 2,300 families – about 13,000 people – remain homeless.

Mar 04 12:12

Israel rejects building permits for Palestinians in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation authorities have rejected applications from Palestinian residents to build homes in occupied Jerusalem, Haaretz reported on Sunday. The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee, turned down some 20 applications for residential building permits submitted by Palestinians.

According to the newspaper, this means “rejecting a long-standing procedure for establishing land ownership in East Jerusalem.” It reported that representatives of the Israeli right-wing parties and the secular Hitorerut ticket on the city’s zoning board voted against the building plans, pointing out that this decision prevents the Palestinians from building any homes in the city in the future. Members of ultra-Orthodox parties, apparently, voted in favour of the applications.

Mar 04 12:12

The Dangerous Truth Behind Trump's "Free Speech" Executive Order

Mar 04 12:08

Boycott Israel

My regular readers may recall one of my more controversial columns, wherein I made the case against boycotting Israel: my argument was essentially that a boycott in this case would be unjust, since many Israelis disagree with the state-enforced racist policies of the current government and it would be unfair to make them suffer for the actions of a state gone rogue.

The basis of my argument was that boycotts of this nature are essentially inimical to libertarianism, which places the individual, and not collective entities like states, at the center of its worldview. Furthermore, this view was bolstered by my stance in favor of Israeli statehood: the Israeli people, I argued, have a right to national self-determination, just like all other peoples. Why single them out, I averred, in a world where states routinely violate rights?

Mar 04 12:07

US Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Downgrades Palestinian Mission

On Monday morning, the US State Department announced that they are closing the US Consulate in Jerusalem, which has served as the main American diplomatic mission to the Palestinians. This amounts to a major downgrade of the diplomatic mission to the Palestinians.

Instead, all future US diplomacy to the Palestinians will be handled by a newly assembled “Palestinian affairs unit,” which will operate out of the US Embassy to Israel, and under the direct command of that embassy.

This move was initially announced in October by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Palestinian officials have said it amounts to the “final nail in the coffin” for the US role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mar 04 12:01

BREAKING THE SILENCE - Inside the Israeli Right’s Campaign to Silence an Anti-Occupation Group

Yuli Novak called her staff of a dozen people together in their Tel Aviv offices to reveal the identity of a spy who had infiltrated the organization. At the time, Novak was the executive director of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli anti-occupation group that collects testimonies of Israeli soldiers operating in Palestinian territories. She informed the staff that a man calling himself “Chai” had been secretly videotaping them. Chai had been active with the group for a year and a half, visiting their office on a weekly basis, and had grown close to several staff members.

Mar 04 11:59

Debunking The Myth That Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitic

It’s a bewildering and alarming time to be a Jew, both because anti-Semitism is rising and because so many politicians are responding to it not by protecting Jews but by victimizing Palestinians.

On February 16, members of France’s Yellow Vest protest movement hurled anti-Semitic insults at the distinguished French Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut. On February 19, swastikas were found on 80 gravestones in Alsace. Two days later, French President Emmanuel Macron, after announcing that Europe was “facing a resurgence of anti-Semitism unseen since World War II,” unveiled new measures to fight it.

Among them was a new official definition of anti-Semitism. That definition, produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, includes among its “contemporary examples” of anti-Semitism “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination.” In other words, anti-Zionism is Jew hatred.

Mar 04 11:53

21 Gazans said wounded by Israeli fire as thousands riot on border

Thousand of Palestinians protested along the Gaza border on Friday with some rioting and clashing with Israeli troops, a day after the United Nations released a report accusing Israel of potential crimes against humanity for its response to the weekly riots.

Some 8,000 Palestinians took part in the protests and some burned tires and threw, explosive devices, rocks and grenades at Israeli troops guarding the security fence, according to the army

Mar 04 11:45

OIC foreign ministers condemn Israeli violations against Palestinians

A high-profile meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged its commitment to establishing an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Delegates at the 46th session of the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers concluded their two-day conference in Abu Dhabi by issuing a declaration condemning Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

And ministers agreed to set up an endowment fund to guarantee future finance for the aid activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Mar 04 11:44

Israel to supply missile defence systems to India for $777 mn

India has awarded an additional USD 777 million deal to a leading Israeli defence firm for supplying Barak 8 LR-SAM Air and Missile Defence Systems to seven ships of the Indian Navy, the company announced Wednesday.

The Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) system is an operational Air and Missile Defence (AMD) system used by Israel's navy as well as by India's navy, air and land forces.

With the latest deal, the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said that the sale of Bara ..

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