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Nov 19 11:50

US mulling ‘consequences’ after Palestinians join international bodies

Palestinian efforts to join international bodies are “premature” and “counterproductive,” a US State Department official said over the weekend, after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas moved to join a UN agency and several international conventions.

On Thursday, Abbas signed documents to join the Universal Postal Union, a UN agency that coordinates international postage, and 10 international protocols and conventions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE you act like you are a country!!!!"

Nov 19 09:44

CLAP IF YOU GOT A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD

Palestinians in Gaza can’t clap along. They live in a room without a roof. Sometimes no room is left. They have been killed by the bombs of Israel forces you are fundraising for. Are you happy?

Nov 18 12:07

‘ALL WE ARE SAYING …. IS GIVE WAR A CHANCE’

On Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned. He was upset about what he perceived as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being too soft on Hamas . First because the PM agreed to provide some cash and fuel to Gaza, and then, after a couple of days of bombing in Gaza, the PM accepted a ceasefire.

Nov 17 12:36

UN office warns 97 percent of ground water in Gaza is undrinkable, causing risk of disease outbreak and epidemic

Electricity supply in Gaza increased up to 18 hours a day in some areas, following the provision of additional fuel to operate the Gaza Power Plant.

Only 22 per cent of patients injured during the Gaza demonstrations, who were referred for follow-up surgery in the West Bank or Israel, have been granted Israeli exit permits.

97 per cent of ground water extracted in Gaza is unfit for human consumption, generating the risk of a waterborne disease outbreak.

Nov 16 11:04

Israel can’t leave well enough alone, goes from ceasefire to killing 14 Palestinians overnight

The past week has seen the promise of peace shattered, first by an Israeli incursion into Gaza (7 Palestinian, 1 Israeli dead), then Gaza’s rocket retaliation (1 Israeli Palestinian dead), then Israel’s retaliation (7 Palestinians dead). Israel’s defense minister has resigned, and a new, fragile ceasefire is in effect.

Nov 16 11:04

NBC misses truth by a mile

No mention whatsoever was made of Israeli snipers’ killing of 220+ unarmed Gazan protesters. (3 Israelis have also been killed.)

No mention was made of the 11-year blockade of Gaza which has left the people severely lacking in food, medicine, and other basic necessities.

NBC also managed to help Americans choose sides, and instructed the world to demonize Palestinians:

Nov 16 11:03

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08 – 13 November 2018)

New Israeli Military Esclation in the Gaza Strip: Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes, launching 197 missiles at civilian buildings and military sites belonging to Palestinian Armed Groups.

2 Palestinian civilians were killed and 20 others were wounded, including 5 children and 4 women. Many civilian facilities, residential houses, and security sites were targeted and completely destroyed.

Nov 15 16:23

‘Get it right!’ Israeli consulate spars with US journalist over Gaza headlines

An American journalist who pointed out the extensive edits the New York Times made to its article about the Israeli bombing of Gaza found himself in a heated Twitter argument with the Israeli consulate.

A Twitter account “Editing The Gray Lady,” which tracks edits to the Times, revealed on Monday how the US paper of record changed its headlines and copy to describe the events in Gaza.

“Incredible propaganda,” Ben Norton, a New York-based writer for The Real News, commented on the edits, adding that the Times “bent over backward and rewrote its article to erase how Israel initiated the violence in Gaza, obscuring the fact that Gaza's self-defense was ‘retaliatory’ and instead pushing the covert Israeli operation until the end.”

Nov 15 13:42

Israeli Coalition on Brink of Collapse as Hawks Rage Over Gaza Ceasefire

In Israeli politics, wars against the Palestinians tend to be winning issues, especially for far-right governments. That’s why Monday’s flare-up in Gaza thrilled hawks in the current coalition. Peace, however, is another matter. Peace threatens to collapse the coalition government outright.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, an outspoken opponent of the ceasefire in Gaza, quit on Wednesday morning. Education Minister Naftali Bennett could be close behind, as he’s demanding the defense portfolio job, or he’ll pull his party out as well.

Though Netanyahu desperately wants to avoid early elections, it’s not clear how he’s going to be able to. Indications are that he wants to keep the defense ministry for himself, and even then giving it to Bennett, who reportedly laid out a plan for conquering Gaza during the security cabinet, is probably not a real option.

Nov 15 09:16

Don’t use Jewish grief to criminalize defending Palestinian rights, JVP tells Cory Booker

Last week NJ Senator Cory Booker used the Pittsburgh massacre, the most violent outbreak of anti-Semitism in US history, to justify taking a stance against Palestinian rights. He said that he would sponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a Senate bill that criminalizes some forms of support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS)– as if the demand for Palestinian rights is an expression of hatred for Jews.

Nov 15 09:14

Billboard celebrating Gaza’s heroic first responders outside Boston is taken down under pressure — updated

Nearly 3 weeks into its planned 4-week run, an electronic billboard honoring first responders in the Gaza Strip was pulled November 13th because the billboard company received phone calls and email complaints calling their staff terrorists and anti-Semites, and threatening a boycott.

The Palestine Advocacy Project sponsored the billboard on Interstate 93 near Boston to highlight the desperate situation in the Gaza strip, and to emphasize the humanity and agency of the people of Gaza, who are often portrayed as terrorists or victims. The billboard included a photo of deceased Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar and text reading: “Honoring the First Responders of Gaza. Saving Lives. Rescuing Hope.” It was estimated to be viewed by over a half million motorists each week of its planned 4-week run, beginning 24 October. The billboard was met with positive media coverage.

Nov 15 09:12

When murder is permissible: Israel’s ‘targeted assassinations’

One of the anomalies of political Zionism is that, while it was founded as a response to murderous pogroms against European and Russian Jews as a means to rescue them from such treatment by having a safe haven to go to, the founding fathers of the State of Israel and their successors have had no qualms about inflicting terrible suffering and hardship on others in order to achieve their aims. The stated aim of making sure that the ultimate pogrom called the Holocaust, for example, will “never again” befall the Jews, has meant that “again and again” is the rule with regards to Israel’s violations against the Palestinians and anyone else deemed to be an enemy.

Nov 15 09:11

Israeli Government Target Educational Institutions, Escalate Settlements Activities

In a clear violation of all laws and human rights principles, including the right to education and access to educational institutions, many Palestinian schools in the countryside and Bedouin communities were attacked by Israeli soldiers and settlers.

The Oref and Luban Sharqeia schools south of Nablus were attacked. 7 students were injured during the attack.

There were also shooting attacks by settlers and the Israeli occupation forces in the yard of Al-Tahadi 5 Elementary School in the village of Beit Ta’mir, east of Bethlehem, and the Tahadi 10 School in the Ibzik area in the occupied Northern Valleys. A number of caravans used as classrooms were destroyed.

The Israeli occupation forces handed down notices to demolish the Dabba Elementary school in Mafasser Yatta, south of Hebron, and to expel its teachers and students. They also hindered access to a school on Ramallah’s main Nablus Street.

Nov 15 09:04

Israel kills Gaza fisher despite ceasefire

Israel killed a fisherman in Gaza less than 24 hours after a ceasefire ended intensive bombing against and rocket fire from the territory.

Gaza’s health ministry identified the slain man as Nawaf Ahmad al-Attar, 20.

The head of Gaza’s fishers union said that Israeli soldiers positioned on land shot at al-Attar when he was only 30 meters into the sea in northern Gaza.

Israel restricted access to the sea for fishing since Monday evening, according to the rights group Gisha.

On Wednesday Israel partly lifted the restrictions but banned fishers from working in the waters of northern Gaza, accounting for one-third of the coastline.

Nov 15 08:44

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 15, 2018: ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER RESIGNS AMID SETBACKS IN GAZA, SYRIA

On November 14, Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation describing the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip as “a capitulation to terror”. Lieberman added that he fiercely objected to Israel’s allowing Qatar to deliver $15m in aid to Gaza last week.

Hamas called Lieberman’s resignation a “political victory for Gaza.” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said that this development marked “recognition of defeat and failure to confront the Palestinian resistance”, adding that “Gaza’s steadfastness sent a political shockwave” through Israel.

Nov 15 07:39

Hamas celebrates Lieberman resignation as 'political victory'

Israel's defence minister quit over an Egypt-brokered ceasefire reached with armed groups in Gaza.

Hamas has described the resignation of Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman as a "political victory for Gaza" amid threats to an uneasy ceasefire.

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Nov 14 10:29

WANNABE BUTCHER OF GAZA RESIGNS ~~ ‘NO WAR, NO ME!’

Defense Minister Lieberman resigns, says Israel ‘capitulated to terror’ in Gaza
Yisrael Beytenu leader slams ‘drastically inadequate’ response to massive rocket fire on south, calls for elections as soon as possible; Netanyahu to take over defense portfolio

Nov 14 09:52

A familiar invasion: Settlers take another mountain top, soldiers follow, and Palestinians demonstrate for their rights

It was the day before Eid al-Adha last summer, and millions of Palestinian Muslims across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Israel were preparing for the biggest holiday of the year.

But when the residents of the Ramallah-area village of Kafr Ni’ma woke up, expecting to spend the day decorating their homes and preparing sweets for the visitors they would receive the following morning, they were shocked to find a group of visitors on the outskirts of the town.

“The settlers came in the middle of the night, no one knew. By morning they had paved a road up to the mountain, set up their tents, and had soldiers protecting them,” Zafer Attayah, a resident of Kfar Ni’ma told Mondoweiss.

Nov 14 09:51

Newly-elected Democrat expresses support for BDS

Representative-elect Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minneapolis and one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, has expressed qualified support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

In an article published Sunday, the MuslimGirl website reported that Omar’s campaign told them: “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalised. She does however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

Omar would be the first member of Congress to publicly support the BDS movement.

Nov 14 09:50

Palestinian resistance imposes new rules of engagement with Israel

A ceasefire brokered by four international mediators took effect in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, ending two days of violence which started when Israel assassinated a senior Hamas commander during an incursion by Special Forces, an act to which the Palestinians retaliated. The Israelis killed seven Palestinians and wounded 26, while one senior Israeli officer was killed and 90 others were wounded; most of them, said the Israeli media, sustained light wounds.

Israeli army sources said that the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip fired 460 rockets, and the “Iron Dome” air defence system intercepted just 100 of them. The rockets caused damage in a number of facilities in the illegal Israeli settlements around Gaza, as well as in the coastal city of Ashkelon. Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces carried out 160 air strikes on Palestinian targets, including residential buildings, resistance sites and government offices.

Nov 14 08:30

Joy in Gaza, anger in Israel after ceasefire

A ceasefire announced on Tuesday brought an end to more than 24 hours of airstrikes across Gaza and a massive barrage of mortars and missiles into southern Israel.

Palestinians held mass rallies across Gaza following the ceasefire:

Nov 13 14:51

IN IMAGES ~~ EYES ON GAZA

I made this cartoon 6 years ago, but the way mainstream media portrays Israel siege of Gaza remains the same: “Blame Hamas”

Nov 13 14:40

Israel VS Russiagate, and why we've already beaten the Israeli Lobby

"Israel Lobby & American Policy" conference on March 2nd, 2018 at the National Press Club.

Ali Abunimah is a journalist and the co-founder and executive director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada, a nonprofit, independent online publication focusing on Palestine.

Nov 13 13:20

Israel: The Real Cause of the Synagogue Shootings

Dr. E. Michael Jones is back to address the tragic murder of the 11 people in the Pittsburgh Jewish synagogue called Tree of Life Congregation on Saturday, October 27th.

Nov 13 13:03

Thousands in Gaza demand revenge after deadly Israeli raid

Gazans called for revenge as they buried 7 Palestinian militants killed in Israeli undercover forces incursion Sunday night; Hamas launched a security sweep across the strip, salvo of rockets launched.

Nov 13 12:45

Israeli Tanks Prepare Imminent Gaza Offensive After "Green Light" For "Major Retaliation"

Commenting on Monday's flare-up of rocket fire after a prior Israeli commando raid into Gaza territory to assassinate Hamas leaders, the Jerusalem Post observed that Hamas' retaliation included "the most amount of rockets ever fired into Israel in 24 hours."

Various international reports have cited over 300 rockets and mortars fired into Israeli, which began with a sustained barrage of about 100 within the first hour of the launches alone. What's been dubbed as a "revenge" attack on heels of Monday funeral prayers for slain Hamas commanders killed by Israeli special forces were quickly met with widespread airstrikes on the strip, including on a Hamas television broadcast building, and some 70 targets in total across the strip.

Meanwhile there appears preparations for what could be a major war and full Israeli invasion of Gaza underway as tank units have been observed mustering at entry points into Gaza.

Nov 13 12:43

IN IMAGES ~~ EYES ON GAZA

I made this cartoon 6 years ago, but the way mainstream media portrays Israel siege of Gaza remains the same: “Blame Hamas”

Nov 13 12:34

IDF Bus was NOT hit with Kornet Anti-tank Missile

Nov 12 16:19

Israel bombs TV station in Gaza amid massive border flare-up

The Israeli military has bombed the studios of the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa television station, Palestinian officials and witnesses have confirmed. Footage of a huge blast has appeared online.

A video posted on Twitter shows huge flames erupting over the Al-Aqsa TV station. Screams can also be heard in the background.

Nov 12 14:50

Israeli Jews Terrorize Palestinian School Children: East Bethlehem

Zionist occupiers bulldozed this Palestinian school last year. This Israeli shooting took place the day after it was rebuilt and reopened, 9 November 2018.

Nov 12 12:10

CNN tackles Trump, yet sidesteps Israeli violence

The military analyst industrial complex – not known for reining in the military ambitions of US presidents – has struck back at Donald Trump’s call to shoot immigrants at the US border if they throw rocks.

“They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” the first-term president has declared. “I told them to consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like what they did to the Mexican military and police I say consider it a rifle.”

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel responded on CNN: “My reaction in listening to that, coming from the commander in chief of our forces, president of the United States, is one of disgust. That’s a wanton incitement of unnecessary violence. It’s a distraction. It’s a distortion.”

Nov 12 10:44

Trump gives highest U.S. civilian honour, the Medal of Freedom, to top GOP donor

U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the U.S., to seven individuals Saturday, both living and dead — one of whom has been the biggest donor to the Republican Party.

Miriam Adelson was awarded the Medal of Freedom. She is married to Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire Las Vegas casino magnate and another GOP megadonor.

The Adelsons recently contributed $113 million to GOP causes during the 2018 election cycle. Among those donations, the couple gave $25 million in July to the Senate Leadership Fund, $2 million in September to ESA Fund, $3 million in July and September to the Republican Governors Association and roughly $40 million between May and September to the Congressional Leadership Fund, according to Politico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This award, and the Adelsons' donations, bring some things about this administration, perfectly into focus.

The Adelson money has "bought" US foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, where everything Israel wants, it gets granted; the Palestinians continue to get slaughtered; and Iran is in the crosshairs of the US for a shooting war and regime change.

Nov 12 08:27

Israeli fighter jets striking Gaza after massive mortar fire from the strip - IDF

Israeli fighter jets have pounded the Gaza strip, after mortar fire from inside the Palestinian-controlled strip hit a bus in the Israeli side of the border, the Israel Defense Forces have said.

Nov 12 08:26

Israeli bus hit by rocket launched from Gaza - IDF

The bus was reportedly empty at the time of the attack. The victim, a passerby, was injured by a gunshot, according to Arutz Sheva.

Nov 11 08:57

Israeli army raids West Bank school on Arafat anniversary

Israeli military forces raided a Palestinian school in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday during a rally marking the 14th anniversary of iconic leader Yasser Arafat’s demise.

“Dozens of students and teachers suffered temporary asphyxiation from teargas canisters fired by Israeli forces during the raid,” school principal Tarek bin Ziyad told Anadolu Agency.

It remains unclear why the Israeli forces raided the school.

“Assaults on schools and students by Israeli forces and settlers are on the rise,” Sadeq al-Khadour, a spokesman for the Palestinian Education Ministry, said.

He said several Palestinian schools across the West Bank have been attacked by Israeli forces in recent weeks.

Nov 09 10:06

Banksy brings Separation Wall to London

Internationally-renowned street artist Banksy caused a frenzy today after bringing a piece of the occupied West Bank’s Separation Wall to central London.

The Separation Wall was featured at the World Travel Market at London’s Excel event centre today, marking the first time Banksy has participated in a travel exhibition. The colossal concrete structure – daubed with an image of two cherubs trying to break through its cracks – caused a frenzy among the exhibition’s attendees, with scores of people flocking to see the iconic image.

People queued across the centre to get a glimpse of the artwork, while Banksy posters, Palestinian scarves and traditional cuisine were handed out to those waiting in line. Despite being one of the smallest stands in the Middle East hall, security struggled to contain the number of people surrounding Palestine’s stand.

Nov 09 10:05

Shattering the myth of Rabin as the ‘man of peace’

Every year, to coincide with the Israeli Labour Party’s commemoration of the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (November 4, 1995), we hear voices claiming that this assassination killed the “peace” he was aspiring to achieve.

Within these voices one can find one or a couple of Arab voices also convinced that Rabin’s past strongly indicates that he was in the process of challenging all the traditional red lines of this peace, which were almost unanimous among Israeli public opinion. However, they are too many to list in this article.

Nov 09 10:04

Shin Bet, Israel army oppose plan to worsen conditions for Palestinian prisoners

Plans by Israel’s Interior Security Minister Gilad Erdan to worsen the conditions for Palestinian prisoners have encountered “wide opposition” from the Israeli military and Shin Bet.

According to the report in Haaretz, representatives of various security organisations “warned about the possible consequences of such a move” in a debate this week, “saying it could escalate tensions within the prisons and agitate the Palestinian public in the West Bank and Gaza Strip”.

An Erdan-appointed committee has recommended “removing the customary division in various branches between prisoners identified with Fatah and those identified with Hamas, reduction in family visits for prisoners from the West Bank, prohibiting purchase of food items from outside the prison and revocation of privileges to make purchases at the prison canteen”.

Nov 09 09:59

Has the Great Return March achieved its goals?

It has been 32 weeks since Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launched mass protests calling for the lifting of the Israeli siege and for their right to return to homes from which they were forced out in 1948 to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

Eight months in and three Palestinian ministries announced aid packages which included urgent aid to the tune of $5 million to be sent on 50,000 families, $200 monthly for 5,000 families of Palestinians killed or severely wounded during the “Great March of Return”, the payment of 60 per cent of July’s salaries for civil servants and the creation of 10,000 jobs aimed at university graduates.

Nov 09 09:57

Leaked Documentary Shows Israel Lobby Used Fake Sexual Assault Claims Against BDS Activists

A leaked Al Jazeera documentary detailing the tactics of the Israeli lobby in the United States and elsewhere has revealed that pro-Israel groups regularly invented smears, including false accusations of sexual assault, to discredit professors and students on U.S. university campuses that support equal rights for Palestinians and the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS is a non-violent movement that seeks to use economic pressure on Israel’s government so that it complies with international law, ends the military occupation of the West Bank, and halts the decades-long blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Nov 09 09:33

Canada's Justin Trudeau Condemns BDS for 'Intimidating' Israel

In made the comments during a statement in the House of Commons for Canada’s apologizing for a decision to turn away a ship carrying Jewish refugees during the Second World War.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday apologized to Jewish refugees during World War II but as part of his statement on the issue and the rising of antisemitism, he unleashed an attack against the peaceful Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights.

Nov 08 14:09

The Fraud of 'Antisemitism' and 'Hate Speech' | exposed by Righteous Jews [Dave Rubin & Milo]

"Anti-Semitism is the same kind of bogus thing as crying racism and crying sexism... We do run everything. Facts can't be racist. Jews are vastly overrepresented in the media; vastly overrepresented in banking... My mother is Jewish so according to Jewish law I'm Jewish... They know the jig is up... These people know; it's starting to dawn on them. They are starting to get the message that saying 'racist' is not going to shut people up anymore. It doesn't shut me up. Now you've got to come with facts."

- Milo Yiannopoulos, University of California (UCLA), Dangerous Faggot Tour, May 31st 2016

Nov 08 13:31

Israel approves 640 new settlement units in Jerusalem

Israeli District Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem approved on Tuesday the construction of 640 new settlement units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

The illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo is located between the Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat.

According to the newspaper, the committee rejected appeals by anti-settlement group Ir Amim, which argued the new settler units would be built on privately owned Palestinian land.

The NGO described the committee’s decision as a “step that violates the property rights of Palestinian landowners through and through.”

It also said: “This decision is additional proof that Israeli control in East Jerusalem means a regime based on serious discrimination.”

Nov 08 11:53

Palestine solidarity at the crossroads: New strategy and hard-nosed determination are needed. But where is the unity and leadership?

Stuart Littlewood calls for robust measures to counter bogus accusations of anti-Semitism that stifle free speech and for a centralised legal unit to be created to reprimand Zio-extremists who make false accusations of anti-Semitism against the likes of Baroness Tonge. >>

Nov 08 10:52

SHOOTING THE ICON OF GAZA

Israeli forces shot A’ed Abu Amro, whose photo was chosen as a symbol of popular resistance in Palestine.

Nov 08 10:51

THE LATEST FROM BANKSY — HOW MUCH THE IDF LOVES PALESTINE

Banksy gives us this poster highlighting the absurdity of the Israeli occupation. The Palestine travel poster type says “The Israeli army liked it so much they never left!”

Nov 07 12:39

The Unraveling Of The Netanyahu Project For The Middle East

Nahum Barnea, a leading Israeli commentator, writing in Yedioth Ahronoth in May (in Hebrew), set out, unambiguously, the ‘deal’ behind Trump’s Middle East policy:

In the wake of the US exit from JCPOA [which occurred on 8 May], Trump, Barnea wrote, will threaten a rain of ‘fire and fury’ onto Tehran … whilst Putin is expected to restrain Iran from attacking Israel using Syrian territory, thus leaving Netanyahu free to set new ‘rules of the game’ by which the Israel may attack and destroy Iranian forces anywhere in Syria (and not just in the border area, as earlier agreed) when it wishes, without fear of retaliation.

This represented one level to the Netanyahu strategy: Iranian restraint, plus Russian acquiescence to coordinated Israeli air operations over Syria.

Nov 07 12:22

A tale of two massacres: Pittsburgh and Hebron

Lawrence Davidson compares the cultures in the US and Israel that gave rise to the Pittsburgh and Hebron mass murderers, one an anti-Semite American and the other an Arab-hating Israeli Jew – paranoid, gun-loving, minority-demonising cultures. >>

Nov 07 10:36

Qatar to provide support to 50,000 impoverished Gaza families amid Israel truce talks

Qatar will provide temporary support to 50,000 impoverished Gaza families as mediators attempt to broker a truce between Hamas and Israel, AFP reported. The Gulf state has announced it will provide $100 each to 50,000 poor families in the “next few days,” according to a statement from Qatar’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee. The beneficiaries are being selected in coordination with the Hamas-led authorities.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 10:47

Legal Battle Over Falsely Labelled Wines From Israel’s Illegal Settlements Heats Up

In January 2017, Dr. David Kattenburg of Winnipeg, Canada filed a complaint with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about two wines produced in Israel’s illegal settlements. Those wines are sold in Canada bearing labels which falsely proclaim them to be “Product of Israel”. As such, they plainly violate Canadian law, including section 5 of the Food and Drugs Act and section 7 of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

Dr. Kattenburg, who is Jewish and the son of Holocaust survivors, reminded the CFIA that the Canadian government itself declares Israel’s settlements to be on occupied Palestinian territory and therefore a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is beyond reasonable dispute that those settlements form no part of Israel. As stated on the website of Global Affairs Canada:

Nov 06 09:34

What does the future hold for Gaza?

Ever since Hamas’s victory in the Palestinian legislative elections in 2006, the Gaza Strip has been subject to an Israeli-led blockade. The intensity of this blockade has varied from time to time, but reached its peak over the past few years with the economic sanctions imposed on the enclave by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which have led to reduced liquidity in Gaza.

Given the increasing economic pressures on the residents of the besieged territory, they have been forced by circumstances to look at new ways to try to put pressure on Israel to ease or remove the blockade altogether. One such way has been the Great March of Return protests on the nominal border of the Gaza Strip controlled by the Israeli occupation authorities; the first march took place on 30 March.

Nov 06 09:32

Scores injured in Gaza sea protests

Israeli forces fire at Palestinians on the 15th marine protests in the Gaza Strip

Nov 06 09:30

Netanyahu advances death penalty bill for Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has approved legislation which would make it easier for courts to hand death sentences to Palestinians who have killed Israelis or soldiers.

While Israel has a law permitting the death penalty, no executions have been carried out since the 1962.

Under the current law, the death penalty may only be imposed by unanimous decision from a panel of three judges. A bill proposed by Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party, which Netanyahu backed yesterday, would remove this requirement, allowing both civilian and military courts to execute Palestinians with a majority decision.

Nov 06 09:29

Untold stories of everyday Israeli brutality

Israeli soldiers and settlers terrorize Palestinians every day. Stories from November 4-5 (that won’t appear in mainstream media) include 2 Palestinian deaths, at least 14 abductions – some of them children, a settler free-for-all in Hebron, and an injured infant.
from IMEMC

Every day on the homepage of the If Americans Knew blog, you’ll find ten clickable headlines from IMEMC (International Middle East Media Center). The news may not be uplifting, but it’s important to be aware of the ongoing trials that are part of life under Israeli occupation. The headlines can be found on the righthand side of the page. (Scroll down just a bit.) Check them out every day.

Here are headlines from November 5:

Nov 06 09:29

The first UK university to divest from Israeli apartheid is Leeds

Leeds has become the first UK university to divest from firms involved in the Israeli arms trade, after a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign by Palestine solidarity activists.

A spokesperson revealed to the Leeds student newspaper The Gryphon on Friday that the university has “divested of our holdings in Airbus, United Technologies and Keyence Corporation.”

The holdings had been worth more than $1.2 million.

All three corporations trade military equipment with Israel.

Nov 06 09:23

The rise of the global far-right could energize the anti-occupation movement

The warm relations between Israel and a new crop of anti-democratic leaders are tragic, but they also expose the true nature of Israel’s relationship to the Palestinians.

Nov 05 15:27

With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel finds another natural partner on the far-right

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel’s leaders are not simply placating a new wave of white-nationalist and neo-fascist leaders, from Brazil and the US to Central and Eastern Europe, but have a deep-rooted ideological sympathy with them.>>

Nov 05 12:48

Israeli leader’s plea to US Jews to hang in there never mentions Palestinians

Israeli Jews and American Jews are getting a divorce– everyone now acknowledges that. “Let’s talk,” was the theme of the recent Jewish Federations conference in Tel Aviv, and I just listened to the welcoming speech by Danna Azrieli, the ceo of a leading Israeli real estate company who moved from Canada to Israel 18 years ago.

Azrieli’s speech is remarkable because her understanding of Israeli life and culture is so entirely Jewish that she never mentions Palestinians. “I grew up in a Jewish community bubble,” she says; and though she acknowledges deep divisions between North American and Israeli Jews over values, she focuses on religious differences. Her enthusiasm about Israeli diversity and culture is an enthusiasm about Jewish diversity and Jewish culture– “our country,” where Jews celebrate the Jewish new year on top of one of her buildings, and traffic stops on Jewish holidays.

Nov 05 11:48

Israel settlers dump sewage on Palestinian school in Qalqiliya

Israeli settlers dumped their sewage on a Palestinian school in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqilia yesterday.

The Azzun Beit Amin School playground was flooded with sewage for the second time in two months as a result of the settlers’ actions.

Principal Alaa Marabeh said it would take more than ten days for the sewage water to dry and this has caused a foul smell to spread across the school building and risks damaging the students’ health.

The settlers live in the nearby illegal settlement of Sha’arei Tikva which is home to some 4,000 Jewish settlers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israelis do like to fling their poo!

Nov 05 10:09

The Theft of Palestine

This prose poem, sent to Lasha Darkmoon yesterday by an anonymous correspondent, deserves publication. We include here a sort video poem by Darkmoon on a similar theme: the theft of Palestine.

Nov 05 10:08

Israel officials filmed confiscating elderly Palestinian vendors’ goods in Jerusalem

Israeli officials were captured on film confiscating goods from Palestinian vendors in Jerusalem’s Old City, reported Haaretz.

The Jerusalem city inspectors “were videotaped seizing merchandise from elderly Palestinian women, then chasing them away from the Damascus Gate plaza”, the paper reported.

According to Haaretz, “the women arrive at the site every Friday from the West Bank and East Jerusalem” to “sell fresh vegetables, olives and grape leaves, either from their own gardens or that they pick elsewhere”.

Some of the Israeli officials “were documented approaching the women seated outside Damascus Gate and trying to confiscate their goods. In the video the women hasten to put away their goods to try to prevent them from being seized”.

“While the vendors were being chased off, some of their goods fell to the ground, and several women could be seen picking up some olives. In at least one instance an inspector seized one of the women’s wares,” Haaretz added.

Nov 04 15:11

Israel stooges freak out over Baroness Jenny Tonge's remarks – again

Stuart Littlewood highlights UK Baroness Tonge’s longstanding battles with the Israel lobbies in the Liberal Democratic Party and the UK at large, and comments on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s stab in her back despite her long history of campaigning for Palestinian rights. >>

Nov 02 12:54

Israeli Settlers Dump Sewage into Qalqilia-district Schoolyard

Israeli settlers from the illegal Sha’are Tikva settlement, on Thursday, dumped their sewage onto school property in the northern West Bank village of Azzun Atma, southeast of Qalqilia, said Alaa Marabeh, principal of Azzun Beit Amin Secondary School.

He said, according to WAFA, that the sewage flooded the school courtyard and playground, resulting in a repulsive smell inside the school, stressing that this is the second time in two months settlers dump their sewage on the village school.

He said it usually takes over 10 days for sewage water to dry, causing health hazards for students and the community at large.

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Israelis like to fling poo at those they do not like.

Nov 02 09:37

Victory for San Francisco State professor over pro-Israel lawfare suit

After three attempts at litigation, pro-Israel lawfare strategists have failed to silence a Palestinian American professor at San Francisco State University.

On Monday, a federal judge in San Francisco finally dismissed a frivolous lawsuit against professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the university over her Palestine research and criticisms of Israel, which was filed as part of a years-long targeted bullying campaign intended to censor and threaten professors and students who advocate for Palestinian rights.

Judge William Orrick III “this time dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the lawsuit cannot be filed again,” said Palestine Legal on Tuesday.

The lawsuit, which was initially filed in June 2017 by the Lawfare Project – and then re-filed twice more after each attempt was dismissed – accused Abdulhadi and her employer of fostering a hostile environment for Jewish students which they claimed was due to the growing support for Palestinian rights on campus.

Nov 02 08:50

Palestinians condemn ‘provocative’ Brazilian embassy move to Jerusalem – PLO

A senior Palestinian official condemned on Friday Brazilian far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s announcement that he would move his country’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem. “These are provocative and illegal steps that will only destabilize security and stability in the region,” Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told AFP.

Nov 01 12:44

Army says it didn’t know Palestinians targeted on border were minors

The Israeli military on Wednesday said its soldiers did not know at the time that three Palestinians targeted in an airstrike while behaving suspiciously near the Gaza border earlier this week were minors.

The Israel Defense Forces said the teenagers — aged 13 to 15 — were seen sabotaging the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave on Sunday night and digging in the ground in a manner that resembled cases when explosive devices are planted along the border.

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The IDF is saying this as though it wouldn't have shot them dead, had they known they were minors; that is utter and complete codswallop,and the whole world knows it. These people will say anything to justify the murder of Palestinian kids.

Nov 01 10:46

Health ministry: Gaza suffering severe medicine crisis

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza yesterday warned that a crisis is ensuing as a result of a lack of necessary medicines in its hospitals and healthcare centres, a statement said.

Deputy Minister of Health Yousef Abu-Rish said in the statement that the 47 per of medicines are in short supply in the Strip.

“This unprecedented situation puts the life of thousands of patients in the Gaza Strip at stake due to the lack of necessary medicines,” he said.

He stated that the main departments in the Gaza government hospitals, such as emergency, operations and ICU departments, are also affected by the lack of basic medicines.

Nov 01 10:38

Army says it didn’t know Palestinians targeted on border were minors

The Israeli military on Wednesday said its soldiers did not know at the time that three Palestinians targeted in an airstrike while behaving suspiciously near the Gaza border earlier this week were minors.

The Israel Defense Forces said the teenagers — aged 13 to 15 — were seen sabotaging the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave on Sunday night and digging in the ground in a manner that resembled cases when explosive devices are planted along the border.

Nov 01 10:30

ISRAEL APPLAUDS THE EMERGENCE OF FASCISM N BRAZIL

Fascist Bolsonaro wins Brazil Elections. During the campaign he promised to move Brazil’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and kick the Palestinian Embassy out of Brasilia.

Nov 01 09:50

Living under the poverty line in Gaza

The Gaza Strip’s economy is in “free fall” after more than a decade of Israeli siege, The World Bank stated in September.

More than half of Gaza’s two million people live under the poverty line, which the United Nations defines as subsisting on less than about $5 per day, including any aid.

This video shows one such family of seven living in a small metal house in Khan Younis.

“I don’t have a kitchen or anything and I don’t have a decent bathroom,” Samar al-Atrash, the mother of five, told The Electronic Intifada. “We don’t have anything.”

Al-Atrash’s husband, Ismail, has no regular income and cannot provide for the family.

“I bring home two to six dollars to spend on my children,” he said.

Oct 31 11:42

Gilad Atzmon on Sunday Wire Discussing the last Synagogue Shooting

I was interviewed yesterday by Patrick Henningsen/Sunday Wire about the recent synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I offered my view of this tragic event and also allowed myself to offer an alternative view of the current dystopia. Unlike most liberals and so called ‘progressives,’ I see the constant rise in mass shooting events around the globe as a symptom of a radical shift in our human landscape. We are rapidly drifting away from empathy and tolerance. In the discussion I suggested that we better look at the root of that shift and identify the disease instead of focusing on the symptoms.

Oct 31 11:02

Arab states reject Israel proposal to control Gaza

Arab states reject Israel’s proposal to control the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Channel 7 television station reported yesterday

“Hamas had harsh attacks,” the Israeli channel claimed, “and the Israeli government is planning to strike Hamas with more attacks at the appropriate time.”

Israel, the report added, will “stop the demonstrations [at the Israel-Gaza fence] and the rocket attacks on the Gaza peripheries.”

“Israel lives a state between a truce and an escalation,” it added, stressing that it does not adopt the policy of “self-control” regarding Hamas.

Oct 31 11:00

Three faces from Gaza fuelling anger

The actual weight they carried on their shoulders was light, but it weighed heavy on the masses that walked with them to the grave. The Palestinians carried the remains of three children – Khaled, Mohammed and Abdul Hamid – with heavy hearts, aching from the new tragedy inflicted upon them.

The three children went out on 28 October to hunt birds in the eastern part of the besieged Gaza Strip. That evening, they did not return to their homes in the Wadi Al-Salqa area, north of Khan Younis. Instead, their souls soared over the Gaza Strip and their dismembered bodies were taken to the hospital morgues. They had been hit by a carefully-targeted attack by an Israeli system that scans the entire area, chooses its targets and then launches missiles. This is how the Israeli army killed three more children besieged in an open-air prison with two million inmates, mostly refugee children and mothers.

Oct 31 11:00

How Google wipes Palestine off the map

Like the other Silicon Valley monopolies, Google habitually takes the side of Israeli occupation and war crimes in Palestine – the very term Palestine is not used by their highly influential maps app.

A new report by a Palestinian human rights group last month exposed the depths of Google’s dedication to the Israeli occupation.

With a known history documented back more than 3,200 years, the name “Palestine” is the only term continuously used for the entire territory of the country lying between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Palestine is the most historically accurate term. But since 1948, when Zionist militias expelled the majority of the Palestinian population from the country by force, a new state, “Israel”, was established.

That state has never declared its borders.

Oct 31 10:42

PA is ‘deliberating’ on marginalising the Palestinian people

With the US set to reveal details of the “Deal of the Century” in the forthcoming days, the Palestinian Central Council scheduled time for “deliberation upon important matters” to arrive at stale conclusions which highlight the Palestinian Authority’s penchant for presenting past recommendations as purportedly new stances.

It took the Council two days of debate to reiterate its support for Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ rejection of US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century”, to call, yet again, for an international peace conference and adherence to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, end security coordination with Israel and suspend recognition of the State of Israel, as well as blame Hamas over Gaza’s deterioration.

Oct 31 10:41

In Israel, racism is becoming an established political marketing strategy

It was the 83rd minute of the Israel-Albania match, a week ago on Sunday. A win would have catapulted Israel closer than ever to the European football championship in 2020.

Israel were leading 1-0, as the Albanians kept up the pressure. But then Israel went on the attack; the ball came to Dia Saba, who hails from Majd al-Krum, a Palestinian village in northern Israel. Saba hit a shot from the edge of the area and put his team 2-0 up. Israel was on the way to a historic achievement.

Saba was not alone. Five of the 11 Israelis on the field were of Palestinian origin, the most ever. They were the outstanding players in the match. Their origin did not prevent sports fans in Israel from enthusing over the team.

So is the Jewish public in Israel marching towards acceptance of the Palestinian minority? All the signs point the other way.

Oct 31 10:36

How can Gaza's contaminated water catastrophe be solved?

When it comes to survival in Gaza, safe, clean drinking water is not at the top of Mousa Hillah's list of priorities.

Since the 2014 war, Hillah, known to neighbours and family as Abu Ali, has had far bigger worries, which are etched deeply into the exhausted face of the 48-year-old grandfather.

Dodging shell fire from Israeli tanks, he fled with his family from the destruction of his Shuja'iyya neighbourhood, flattened by Israel in an attack so devastating - 7,000 shells in barely an hour - that it astonished even US military officials. ("Holy bejeezus!" one retired general exclaimed.)

The family took refuge for months in an in-law's house near the sea, along with 50 other people. When they returned, Abu Ali found his home - the one he had built after 30 years of working construction in Israel - utterly destroyed.

Brick by board, he rebuilt it, adorning his front entrance, in a dose of biting irony, with repurposed tank shells.

Oct 31 10:34

Israeli Nation-State Law is ‘Apartheid,’ Says Democratic Congresswoman

A US Democratic Party congresswoman described Israel’s nation-state law as “apartheid” at a Palestinian rights event, Mondoweiss reported.

Accepting a leadership award at the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights conference on September 30, Rep. Betty McCollum said that Israel’s policies were “brutal” and “cruel” and explained her bill to end U.S. funding for the detention of Palestinian children.

McCollum didn’t hold back when describing the law, which defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

“Friends, the world has a name of that form of government that’s codified in the nation state law, and it’s called apartheid,” she said.

Oct 31 07:32

Breaking with tradition

Did the events depicted in the Bible really take place, and did the people mentioned really exist? In their popular book The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts, archeologists Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman refuted the biblical portrayal of the exodus from Egypt. In their new [2007] book David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition, they have some surprising things to say about two key biblical figures, David and Solomon ... In their book, Finkelstein and Silberman claim that the kingdoms of David and Solomon did not exist as they were described in the Bible.

Oct 31 07:30

The Rock of our Existence

With the coming of the Zionists to Palestine, a frantic archeological search started. The country was combed for real, scientific proof that the Biblical story was not just a bunch of myths, but real honest-to-God history ... From the beginning of the effort to this very day, not a single piece of evidence of the ancient history was found. Not a single indication that the exodus from Egypt, the basis of Jewish history, ever happened ... Even if one would like to believe that the Bible only exaggerates real events, the fact is that not even a tiny mention of the exodus, the conquest of Canaan or King David has been found. They just did not happen.
Note: 75% of the founders of Israel had never set foot in Palestine nor had any of their ancestors. Fact.

See also The Exodus That Did Not Happen

Oct 30 11:55

PLO Suspends Recognition of Israel, Withdraws From Oslo Accord

The Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has moved to fully withdraw from the Oslo Accord on Monday, announcing that they are ending their commitment to the deal, and halting all security coordination with Israel.

Halting security cooperation with Israel is a huge move, and it also comes with an announcement that the PLO will withhold recognition of the State of Israel, until such time as Israel agrees to recognize the State of Palestine.

The 1993 Oslo Accord was intended to increase cooperation during a brief transition period leading to Palestinian statehood. With Israel’s far-right leadership having long insisted that the Palestinians will never have an independent state, many in the PLO have argued that security cooperation was just making the permanent Israeli occupation cheaper and giving them legal cover to do things in violation of international law in the occupied territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reasonable move, on the part of the PLO, seeing how little progress has been made since Oslo in 1993, but not one with which the United States will be happy.

Oct 30 10:58

Top Palestinian Body Decides to Suspend Israel Recognition

The Palestinian Central Council (PCC) decided to suspend the recognition of Israel as well as to end the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) commitments toward the agreements signed with the Jewish state until it recognized the Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

"In view of Israel's continued denial of the signed agreements, the Palestinian Central Council… decided to suspend the commitments of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority toward the agreements with the occupying power [Israel] until Israel recognized the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital," the PCC said in a press release.

According to the statement, the PCC also decided to stop security and economic coordination with Israel "on the basis that the transitional phase, including the Paris agreement, no longer exists."

Oct 30 10:57

Israel's deliberate targeting of Palestinian children war crime, says PLO official

A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has strongly condemned an Israeli airstrike near the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, which left three Palestinian children dead, describing it as an “ongoing war crime.”

“The occupying Israeli army has been deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children. This is a clear war crime in violation of international law and international humanitarian law,” Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO's executive committee, said on Monday.

“Israel's continuous campaign of excessive and indiscriminate violence against the people of Gaza has persisted with impunity and has been emboldened by the US administration's strategic alliance with Israel,” she added.

Oct 30 09:56

PLO Suspends Recognition of Israel, Withdraws From Oslo Accord

The Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has moved to fully withdraw from the Oslo Accord on Monday, announcing that they are ending their commitment to the deal, and halting all security coordination with Israel.

Halting security cooperation with Israel is a huge move, and it also comes with an announcement that the PLO will withhold recognition of the State of Israel, until such time as Israel agrees to recognize the State of Palestine.

The 1993 Oslo Accord was intended to increase cooperation during a brief transition period leading to Palestinian statehood. With Israel’s far-right leadership having long insisted that the Palestinians will never have an independent state, many in the PLO have argued that security cooperation was just making the permanent Israeli occupation cheaper and giving them legal cover to do things in violation of international law in the occupied territories.

Oct 30 09:51

Gaza's drinking water spurs blue baby syndrome, serious illnesses

But in recent months Dr Abu Samia has seen sharp rises in gastroenteritis, kidney disease, paediatric cancer, marasmus - a disease of severe malnutrition appearing in infants – and "blue baby syndrome", an ailment causing bluish lips, face, and skin, and blood the colour of chocolate.

Before, the doctor says, he saw "one or two cases" of blue baby syndrome in five years. Now it's the opposite - five cases in one year.

Asked if he has studies to back up his findings, he says: "We live in Gaza, in an emergency situation … We have time only to relieve the problem, not to research it."

Yet Palestinian Ministry of Health figures support the doctor's findings. They show a "doubling" of diarrheal disease, rising to epidemic levels, as well as spikes last summer in salmonella and even typhoid fever.

Independent, peer-reviewed medical journals have also documented increased infant mortality, anaemia, and an "alarming magnitude" of stunting among Gaza's children.

Oct 30 09:50

Israel sentences hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner to jail

Head of the legal unit at the PPC, lawyer Jawad Polis said that the Israeli occupation accused Adnan of affiliation to a banned organisation, offering services to them and planning a Palestinian resistance attack.

Adnan’s wife said that the ruling is a “new victory” for him as it came to a result of his open-ended hunger strike which has been ongoing for 58 days and was launched in response to the occupation forces holding Adnan without charge or trial.

Oct 30 09:40

Gaza returns to 8 hours’ electricity per day, up from 4

The Palestinian Electricity Company in the besieged Gaza Strip announced on Sunday that it has returned to an eight-hour per day electricity plan, after two years of only four hours’ electricity per day.

In a statement the Electricity Company said: “We were told by the Power and Natural Resources Authority that the third generator of the electricity plant is to be operated on Sunday, so we will start operating electricity eight hours on and eight hours off”.

For the past two years, Palestinians living in the besieged enclave have had electricity for only four hours per day. The Electricity Company was also required to follow a very complex operational plan to guarantee even this small distribution.

Oct 30 09:31

Israel kills children and protester despite ceasefire

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian protester in Gaza on Monday, one day after killing three children in an airstrike.

Muhammad Abd al-Hay Abu Ubada, 27, was fatally shot during a naval march in protest of Israel’s air, sea and land blockade on Gaza, approaching its 12th year.

Eighty others were injured during the protests, including 15 wounded by live fire. Seven medical workers, including volunteer paramedics, were injured by live fire and tear gas, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

Oct 30 09:05

FLASHBACK: 29 Palestinians including children massacred while praying

Oct 29 14:01

ISRAELI FORCES LAUNCH 87 OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKES AGAINST GAZA STRIP

The Israeli army carried out scores of air strikes across the besieged Gaza Strip in the early hours of Saturday, in the highest-intensity offensive on the coastal Palestinian territory since the summer.

The Israeli army launched at least 87 air strikes, Israeli news outlet Ynet reported, saying it was in response to some 34 rockets fired from the enclave into southern Israel.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rockets, saying in a statement that they were in retaliation for the Israeli army’s killing of five Palestinian protesters on Friday.

“The resistance will not accept the equation imposed by the enemy on the basis of killing on their part and silence on our part,” the group said in a statement.

Following the exchanges, Islamic Jihad’s media office announced on Saturday morning that it had accepted an Egypt-mediated ceasefire with Israel.

Oct 29 11:29

Family of 11 homeless, as Israel settlers take Palestinian house in Jerusalem

Israeli settlers took over a Palestinian house this noon in Silwan after Israeli occupation officers forced the Palestinian inhabitants out using gunfire.

Occupation forces emptied the house before handing it to the settlers’ organisation Ateret Cohanim.

The property is part of a building of five floors located in the Batn Al-Hawa neighbourhood of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the rest of the building has been occupied by settlers since 2015.

Jawad Abu Snaineh had rented the house and lived there for years with his family which is made up of 11 members, they have been left homeless as a result.

Oct 29 11:28

Israel approves building 20,000 settlement units in West Bank

Israel on Thursday approved the construction of 470 new settlement units in the illegal Israeli Jewish settlement of Ma’ale Adumim and is to approve 20,000 more units, Israel Hayom revealed.

The illegal settlement is located in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, close to the occupied holy city of Jerusalem.

According to the Israeli newspaper, “the comprehensive agreement, signed by the Construction and Housing Ministry Yoav Gallant and the Ma’ale Adumim municipality, permits construction to begin on 470 units that have already been given government approval.”

It also noted that an additional 20,000 units are to be built in the same settlement.

Oct 29 11:28

Israel evades demands to end the Gaza protests and reach a truce

Despite Palestinian attempts to calm the Great March of Return, Israeli occupation snipers stationed along the eastern fence of the besieged Gaza Strip escalated their crackdown on the protesters this weekend. During the 31st Friday of the Great March, Israel killed six Palestinians and wounded more than 230 others, including around 30 children and four paramedics.

Following this violent crackdown, Israeli fighter jets began the widest wave of airstrikes since August. Though there were no reports of human casualties, the heavy attacks caused severe damage to the Indonesian Hospital in the south of the Gaza Strip. Four major security service headquarters across the coastal enclave were also damaged, as well as several military bases belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement.

Oct 29 11:26

Where do YOUR Congressional candidates stand on Palestine/Israel?

For years, both sides of the aisle in Congress have consistently supported Israel. We all know that, but do we realize the extent of that support? Do we know who stands for justice amid this pandering? Accountability is what can compel our government to do the right thing.

If Americans Knew has compiled information that you can use to hold your Congress people accountable for their position on Palestine/Israel. In these charts, you can see for yourself how each Congressional candidate feels about the Palestine/Israel issue – and how the incumbents have been voting on the issue. And you can discover the pro-Israel donations behind each campaign.

Armed with this knowledge, it’s up to you to vote for the candidates who have, or who will, represent you best.

Oct 29 11:26

Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submit File to ICC Prosecutor: Investigate and Prosecute Pillage, Appropriation and Destruction of Palestinian Natural Resources

Today, on 26 October 2018, Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted a 500-page file on alleged crimes committed by Israelis, in particular high-level Israeli officials, and individuals associated with corporations that are extracting and destroying Palestinian natural resources.

The organisations provide a reasonable basis to believe that Israelis and private actors have committed the war crimes of extensive destruction and appropriation of property, pillage, and destruction and seizure of property.

The confidential communication provides factual information and legal analysis on the exploitation and destruction of Palestinian water, agricultural land, minerals, mud, stone, and oil.

Oct 29 11:25

Israeli Forces Open Fire on Gaza Farmers

Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday morning, opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the northern Gaza strip.

Local PNN sources said that Israeli soldiers opened fire on farmers in the town of Beit Hanoun, injuring one of them

Ma’an sources confirmed that one farmer was injured by Israeli forces and transferred to the Beit Hanoun Hospital to receive necessary medical treatment.

The medical condition of the injured Palestinian remained unknown.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces also opened fire at farmers, east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza.

The farmers were forced to leave their lands in fear for their lives.
No injuries were reported from the incident.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.

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