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May 08 10:07

Cold light of dawn for Corbyn as UK Labour is again punished at the polls in England and in melt-down in Scotland

The Party's performance once more was dismal despite the unpopularity of Cameron's Conservatives and the irrelevance of the Liberal Democrats. Jeremy Corbyn will be surveying the election wreckage and wondering where he goes from here.

May 08 09:29

Democratic Party is now split over Israel, and Clinton and Sanders represent opposing camps, says Pew

Pew Research Center released a new survey of American attitudes toward the world yesterday, and on Israel the news is clear: the Democratic Party is split, and Bernie Sanders represents the Palestinian-sympathizing camp and Hillary Clinton the Israel-sympathizing one. Key excerpt (my emphasis):

By more than two-to-one (53% vs. 19%) conservative and moderate Democrats sympathize more with Israel. [Among] Liberal Democrats, on the other hand… 33% sympathize more with Israel and 40% sympathize more with the Palestinians.

You know how everyone says that some day U.S. public opinion will come to a tipping point? Well that tipping point has taken place among liberal Democrats. Notice that since 2014, the numbers among liberal Democrats have surged and reversed:

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I suspect that 33% still professing support for Israel are doing so not out of moral conviction but political and financial entanglements, or a refusal to admit they were wrong to support Israel's apartheid in the first place. Hence, we can surmise that actual support for Israel may be even weaker than the numbers indicate.

May 08 09:01

Here’s what happened when some famous writers went to visit some hardcore Jewish settlers

The Israeli military occupation is “the most grievous injustice I have seen in my life,” Michael Chabon, the American author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” told the Forward, a Jewish newspaper, a day after seeing Hebron.

“Liars!” the settlers shouted at the writers.

Through the summer, 25 novelists will journey to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to gather material for a book of essays to be published by HarperCollins in June next year (and simultaneously released in a half-dozen other languages).

May 08 08:58

Zionism is Racism

“Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination,” reads UN General Assembly Resolution 3379. The measure was adopted 40 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1975, and the majority of the international community backed it. 72 countries voted for the resolution, with just 35 opposed (and 32 abstentions).

May 07 15:35

Jonathan Freedland, the Zionist ringleader

Blake Alcott deconstructs the arguments of Guardian and Jewish Chronicle writer and BBC presenter Jonathan Freedland whose career centres on defending the existence of Israel as a Zionist state and justifying the dispossession of the Palestinians.

May 07 06:03

Israel Raid Hits Gaza

Israel raid hits Gaza in response to rocket fire: army
Witnesses say missile strikes hit Hamas base causing significant damage

Gaza City: Israeli aircraft hit two Hamas targets in Gaza early Saturday in response to rocket fire, the occupation army said, as the worst flare-up of violence since a 2014 war entered a fourth day.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket launch and most such fire since 2014 has been carried out by fringe Islamist groups but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all such attacks.

“Earlier today [Saturday] ... a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel,” the army said in a statement.“In response ... aircraft targeted two Hamas terror infrastructures in the southern Gaza Strip.”

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May 06 15:03

Cold light of dawn for Corbyn

In the light of the UK Labour Party’s poor performance in local and regional elections, Stuart Littlewood says the choices left for party leader Jeremy Corbyn are either to expose and confront his enemies head on, or to set up an alternative, clean party.

May 06 12:39

Hamas and Israel Trade Blows in Gaza During Worst Week of Violence Since 2014

By Avi Asher-Schapiro
For much of the last week, Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas have been trading blows: Israeli warplanes and tanks have been firing into the densely populated Gaza strip, while Palestinian fighters lob mortars at Israeli troops — it's the sharpest uptick in hostilities since Israel's 2014 invasion of Gaza.

The escalation of violence comes as Israeli soldiers crossed into Gaza on Wednesday as part of an operation the army says will root out and destroy underground tunnels that lead into Israel.

The frontier between Israel and Gaza has been mostly quite for sometime and its unclear why Israel chose to move into Gaza this past week. But Israeli officials have hinted that the recent capture of Hamas member Mahmoud Atouna may have provided new intelligence the militant group's underground network.
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In response to Israeli incursion into Gaza, Hamas and its allies have been firing off mortar shells at Israeli troops, though no soldiers have yet been injured in the attacks. Israel has retaliated with airstrikes and tanks shiells.

May 05 17:12

Palestine stock footage and images

May 05 16:42

Review: Salman Abu Sitta’s, Mapping My Return: A Palestinian Memoir

‘I spent the rest of my life on a long, winding journey of return, a journey that has taken me to dozens of counties over decades of travel, and turned my black hair to silver. But like a boomerang, I knew the end destination, and that the only way to it was the road of return I had decided to take.’ Dr.Salman Abu Sitta.

May 04 16:07

Israel settlement construction should keep going: Trump

I gotta bad feeling!

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says Israel should continue construction of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.

Asked in an interview with the British paper Daily Mail whether there should be a pause in settlement construction in the occupied territories, Trump responded: “No, I don't think there should be a pause.”

Trump said the settlement construction must “keep going” and “keep moving forward,” because Palestinians fired “thousands of missiles” at Israel.

May 04 14:29

Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes bombed at least five positions around Gaza's derelict international airport near the southern city of Rafah and in nearby farming areas on Wednesday.

May 04 09:04

Michael Chabon blasts Israeli occupation of Palestine

Prominent Jewish-American author Michael Chabon says the Israeli oppression of Palestinians is worse than the apartheid system in South Africa.

May 04 08:59

IN PHOTOS ~~ REMEMBERING THE ‘OTHER’ SIX MILLION

On May 14, 1948, 18-year-old Mariam Fathallah, her family, and the rest of the Palestinian town of Al-Zeeb were forced out of their homes and into Lebanon. By the end of the year, their 4,000 year-old community was leveled and half of all Palestinians in Palestine had been killed or expelled. Palestinians know this event as the Nakba (“the catastrophe”). Mariam, now 86 years old and respectfully known as Umm Akram, has spent the last 68 years in crowded, makeshift refugee camps, where she has raised three generations of children who are waiting to return to their homes in Palestine. She has lived through 5 Israeli invasions of Lebanon and the 1976 Tel Al-Zaatar camp massacre which killed 2,000 refugees.

Amena El-Ashkar, 23, is the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Nakba survivors and has known no home other than a refugee camp.

Umm Akram and Amena are among six million Palestinians not living in Palestine. They are citizens of no country.

May 03 21:20

Trump: Israel should keep building West Bank settlements

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he's in favor of Israel's controversial construction of new settlements in the West Bank.

"I think Israel, they really have to keep going, they have to keep moving forward," Trump told the Daily Mail in a story published Tuesday. "I don't think there should be a pause.

"You have hundreds and even, I guess, thousands, of missiles being launched into Israel — who would put up with that? Who would stand for it?"

The Obama administration has argued that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's settlement policies damage the potential for a two-state solution.

Trump said he considers Netanyahu "a very good guy," saying he made a campaign ad for the Israeli leader in 2013 and predicting he'd have a good relationship with him as president.

May 03 16:01

The Zionists’ war on Corbyn: What you need to know

Nureddin Sabir profiles some of the key culprits in Britain’s Labour Party who have been instrumental in the premeditated campaign to smear Jeremy Corbyn and left-wing advocates of justice for the Palestinians with the slur of "anti-Semitism".

May 03 12:10

The Protocols Of The Elders Of Labour

Now that Jewish domination of the Labour Party has been clearly established, Jewish power is no longer a vague or mysterious concept. We should listen to the words of a few of the prime Elder Jewish oligarchs and learn from them about the future of the Labour party and its political role.

The following videos were not forged by a Russian Tsar. They are believed to be authentic documentations of Jewish Labour donors and peers.

May 03 10:17

Israel’s justice minister pushes for Israeli law to be applied in West Bank

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has announced she will push for a controversial plan to extend Israeli civil law to West Bank settlements – a move that critics say would be tantamount to the annexation of territories beyond the Green Line.

May 03 09:15

IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS GO ALL OUT FOR PALESTINE ON MAY DAY

May 03 07:50

Zionism Should be on Trial, Not Ken Livingstone

In taking things this far, however, in subjecting Ken Livingstone to trial-by-media over his comments on Zionism, his detractors have also unwittingly placed Zionism itself on trial, with the question of Zionism, as mentioned, undoubtedly now being pondered by millions of people who previously would have had zero interest in the subject. And what most of those people will inarguably find if they delve deep enough into that question, despite the determined efforts of Israel’s supporters to conflate Zionism with Judaism, is that this is a political doctrine and ideology responsible for crimes against humanity on a grand scale.

May 02 13:07

Fighting Back for the Right to Support Palestine

Last week, Israel bulldozed twelve Palestinian homes in Area C of the illegally occupied West Bank to make way for new illegal settlement building, while two Palestinian minors were killed by the Israeli Defence Forces.

This makes it a totally unexceptional week for the Palestinians. It has not however been an unexceptional week for Palestinian supporters in the UK, who have suffered the most vicious coordinated media witch hunt in memory. Two things are happening. The Blairites are trying to engineer a coup against Corbyn by sabotaging Labour in forthcoming elections, while the Israeli lobby seek to discredit all supporters of the Palestinians as anti-semites, including people like me who have no connection to the Labour Party.

May 02 12:44

Get Corbyn! Labour’s Anti-Semitism Inquisition picks off Corbyn’s allies one by one

Stuart Littlewood explains the context of the outbreak of Zionist persecution of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters under the false pretext of “anti-Semitism” and urges Labour to shake off its ignorance and find out what Israel is really doing to the Palestinian people.

May 02 10:38

Norman Finkelstein: Netanyahu is a maniac

Norman Finkelstein, author of ‘Method and Madness - The hidden story of Israel's assaults on Gaza’, says the Goldstone report was 'devastating' in its conclusion that Israel was trying to punish and humiliate the citizens of Gaza, and that Israel has a 'maniac' for a head of state.

May 02 08:22

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

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

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

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May 02 08:20

SIX MILLION JEWS PROPAGANDA FROM BEFORE WW2!

I chanced across an article documenting how the Zionists had been using the theme of "Six Million Jews" long before World War 2. This article was hosted on scribd and no sooner did I link to that article from whatreallyhappened.com than it was pulled from the scribd server.

The reason for the panic reaction is obvious. As doubts continue to surface regarding the claim of Six Million Jews intentionally exterminated by Germany in the 1940s, evidence that the Six Million "brand" has been used prior to that time undermines its credibility even further.

So where did the Six Million come from, if not in actual fact from the crimes of the Nazis? It actually originates in a prophecy from the Talmud, which states that after Six Million Jews are sacrificed, Israel will be restored to the survivors.

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Already the corporate media is flooded with reminders of "Holocaust Remembrance Day", but it isn't really. If anyone actually went back and remembered what was really going on, the whole "Israel is justified in stealing from their neighbors" excuse would crumble. What they are really promoting is "Holocaust Myth Reinforcement Day."

But as this article points out, Zionists were using the image of 6 million suffering and endangered Jews long before WW2!

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May 02 08:06

BEX ALERT ~~ HOW GREAT THE OCCUPATION IS FOR GAZA’S CHILDREN

Israeli propaganda stunt exploits Gaza children

May 02 08:05

EMPTY HEARTED APOLOGY FROM EUROVISION TO PALESTINE

Following the leaked flag-policy uproar, the EBU released a statement apologizing for hurting feelings and uploaded a new flag policy, under which the Palestinian flag remains banned.

May 02 07:42

FLASHBACK 2009 - Israel admits illegal organ harvesting from Palestinians

May 02 07:05

How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis

Lawmaker Naz Shah and the former mayor of London, long-time Palestine campaigner Ken Livingstone, were also suspended from the party – within hours of being accused of anti-Semitism.

But an investigation by The Electronic Intifada has found that some of the most prominent stories about anti-Semitism in the party are falsified.

The Electronic Intifada can reveal that a key player in Labour’s “anti-Semitism crisis” covered up his involvement in the Israel lobby.

Most Labour members so accused are in reality being attacked for expressing opinions in favor of Palestinian human rights and particularly for supporting the boycott of Israel.

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It is time for all the people of the world to take any politician who serves Israel, crate them up, and ship them there!

May 01 12:55

Palestine and Zionism: The whole truth

Alan Hart reveals, by recalling private conversations with the most senior Israeli political and military leaders, the lies and deceit used by Israelis to disguise their aggressive and expansionist intentions towards their Arab neighbours in general and the Palestinian people in particular.

May 01 09:37

IDF Guns Down Pregnant Woman as U.S. Readies Largest Military Aid Package in History for Israel

As the Obama administration is preparing to offer Israel the largest military aid package in U.S. history, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly gunned down a pregnant Palestinian woman in broad daylight.

The brutal incident took place at the Qalandia terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem. IDF soldiers reportedly shot and killed the Palestinian mother of two, who was five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old brother. Then they prevented Palestinian medics on the scene from rendering aid.

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Israelis like that sort of thing!

May 01 08:59

EUROVISION NIXES PALESTINIAN FLAG

After a document was leaked banning the flags of any non-UN member state, including the Palestinian flag, from the song contest, the PLO has denounced the ‘shameful, totally biased and unacceptable decision.’

Apr 30 12:45

“Us” and “Them” and the need for a Jewish-Arab united front in Israel

Uri Avnery laments the growing chasm between Jewish and Arab peace forces in Israel and calls for the creation of a united front comprising young, energetic people who are ready to work together, to set up a force, to lead the state in a new direction.

Apr 30 10:32

Der Spiegel: Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin

By now, Angela Merkel is used to it. Whenever she meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the confidential content of their discussion appears in an Israeli newspaper a few days later.

But the story that appeared in Israel Hayom, a free, pro-Netanyahu newspaper on Feb. 16 surprised even the German chancellor. "Merkel: This Isn't the Time for Two States," was the headline. That was the chancellor's message to Netanyahu, the paper claimed, during the German-Israeli government consultations that had just taken place in Berlin.

Merkel's advisors were furious. The Israeli premier had apparently twisted her words to such a degree that it seemed as though she were supporting his policies. In fact, though, Merkel had repeatedly made it clear to Netanyahu that she believes the effects of Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories are disastrous. The settlement policy, she believes, makes it unlikely that a viable Palestinian state can be established in accordance with plans aimed at a two-state solution. Any other approach, Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier are convinced, would ultimately transform Israel into an apartheid regime. Netanyahu, however, has not shown himself to be the least bit impressed by such arguments.

Apr 29 15:11

The Holy Land as you've never seen it before: Some of the earliest images ever taken of the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem emerge after selling for £1MILLION

The photographs, which straddle genres and subject matter, give an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of people living in the region during the 19th Century.

It includes photos of Bedouins, Muslim worshippers, mosques and monuments as well as stunning landscapes.

Apr 29 15:04

Petition asking White House to defund ‘apartheid’ Israel surpasses 100K signatures

Nearly 120,000 people had electronically signed the petition by Monday afternoon, just nine days after it was created.

The website states that petitioners have 30 days to get 100,000 signatures in order to get an official White House response.

A similar petition asking the United States to freeze all financial aid to Israel has received more than 24,000 signatures since its conception on July 6.

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Both petitions have now been deleted from the WH petition website.

Apr 29 13:33

UK Labour Party in grip of Zionist inquisition

Stuart Littlewood says Britain’s Labour Party is irredeemably riven with Israel's stooges and challenges it to match its pledge of zero tolerance on anti-Semitism with zero-tolerance of those who use the party as a platform to promote Israel's interests.

Apr 29 09:30

When Google Photos Auto-Generated an Album From My Trip to Palestine and Called It ‘Trip to Israel’

The pictures and videos I captured during my first trip to Palestine in October 2010 came at a cost that included several hours of detention and interrogations at the Tel Aviv airport, courtesy of the fine members of the Israeli military, Shin Bet and the Ministry of the Interior. After a 13-hour international flight, I was held for hours without food or water — and I was forced to use the single-toilet restroom with the door cracked open and a roomful of men on the other side.

And that was just the beginning of incessant stops, searches and other harassment I was subjected to throughout my trip because of the scarf I wear on my head (the non-Muslims in our group did not face the same treatment).

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This will not have been the first time in which Google has engaged in blatant pro-Israeli propaganda, and this lady has every reason to feel outraged by this treatment.

I wish her well, and hope she is very much able to get her story out there, as well as the narrative of the Palestinian people.

Apr 29 07:30

Students protest: "SDSU thinks we are terrorists"

The flyers causing outrage were posted by the Horowitz Freedom Center. They list the names of SDSU students and faculty who supposedly allied themselves with Palestinian terrorists.

One of those individuals on the list was Tessa Wiley.

"I had people from my classes that did not know I was part of activism, and they were like, why is your name up there," she said.

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Someone needs to sue the Horowitz Freedom Center for libel!

Apr 28 15:03

Israel cement ban suspends Gaza reconstruction aid: UN

The UN says reconstruction aid to more than 1,350 Gazan families has been suspended due to a dire shortage of building materials, after Israel blocked private imports of cement into the enclave.

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Netanyahu is throwing a tantrum over the Golan, so he punishes the Palestinians!

Apr 27 16:05

From A Stateless Palestinian Refugee To Signers Of The “Leahy Letter” In The US Congress

The following letters are from 22-year-old Amena Ashkar and 86-year-old Mariam Fathalla, stateless Palestinians from the refugee camps in Lebanon. They are addressed to the eleven Congressional signers of the “Leahy letter”, asking secretary of State John Kerry to report on Israeli and Egyptian violations of human rights. Amena and Mariam personally took the letters on April 26, 2016, to members of the US Congress and their staffers. In at least one case, this act brought tears to the eyes of a staffer.

Apr 27 08:49

Miko Peled: Sanders ‘put everything on the line’ for Palestine because BDS movement has changed US conversation

Miko Peled has a new edition of the book The General’s Son out from Just World Books. Peled was interviewed by Michael Smith for the radio show Law & Disorder that is airing this week, and offered many insights about the shifting discourse.

The conversation about Israel inside the U.S. changed dramatically over the last five years due largely to the work of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and the Palestinian solidarity movement, Peled said. And it has alarmed the Israeli public.

In Israel they suddenly discovered that this is happening in the United States…. So over the last couple of months [the press has reported on] this new antisemitic monster that is out there to devour Jews, which is called the BDS. And the BDS includes all aspects of the solidarity movement.

Apr 26 21:06

A Harry Potter fan has called out JK Rowling in the best way possible

A music teacher from Dunfermline has crafted a Facebook post to one of her favourite authors, JK Rowling, calling her out over her support of the Guardian's "Culture for Coexistence" letter.

Seeing the news on her Facebook of Rowling's support, 25-year-old Mia was shocked and upset, and posted her reaction on social media.

Apr 26 15:46

Israel to Confiscate 1,250 Acres of Palestinian Land in Favor of Illegal Jewish West Bank Settlements

The Israeli authorities on Saturday delivered notices to the Palestinian village of Jalud in the northern occupied West Bank, alerting residents that 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres) of private land were slated for confiscation in what appeared to be the retroactive legalization of illegal outposts in the area.

Officials from Jalud’s local council told Ma’an that the military identified areas of the Palestinian village expected to lose land to the confiscation as Khallat al-Wusta, Shieb Khallat al-Wusta, and Abu al-Kasbar.

However, the illegal outposts of Adei Ad, Esh Kodesh, Ahiya, and Kidah have already been established in the areas, marking the confiscation as Israel’s most recent retroactive legalization of unauthorized settlement construction.

Apr 26 08:47

#InIsrael ~~ APARTHEID SANCTIONED BY THE COURT

Dozens of Arab families who were planning to build homes in the Jewish city of Afula have lost their leases to the land after an Israeli judge said that they illegally coordinated their bids.

“It’s so unjust,” “If this is not racism, so what is?”

Apr 26 08:46

TOOSDAY’S TOONS ~~ A LOOK AT ISRAEL TODAY

Who’s REALLY inciting hatred?

Apr 25 13:45

A to Zion - The Definitive Israeli Lexicon

INFINITO STUDIO- GALLERY

April 27th, 2016 - 6-9 pm

Join us for a an evening of literature, cartoons and live music!

World famous cartoonist Enzo Apicella and Jazz star Gilad Atzmon have given birth to a new truth-telling satirical book. This book is funny, brutal, ludicrous and occasionally sad.

Buy it today before it is banned!

A to Zion - The definitive Israeli Lexicon is a fictitious alphabetic satirical lexicon. A is for Anti-Semites and for Arabs, B is for BBC and Britain, and so on for the entire alphabet. This book is for everyone.

It contains important and eye-opening definitions like:
Bar Mitzvah – the moment when the male Jew accepts that his foreskin is not going to grow back
Canaan – the land of milking money
Catch 22 – free ham
Jewish mother – Just like a Jewish father but with balls
Water – is vital for all known forms of life except Palestinians

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Gilad's book is very funny. Please try to get to the opening if you are in New York, and buy his book to support his peace activism.

Apr 25 09:36

MONDAY’S TOON ~~ THE CRIMINAL LANGUAGE

‘THERE’S A GUY IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT LOVES ARABS’
OMG! Can you believe that???
That is what I was told the other morning by a neighbour who recently visited a small town near Tel Aviv …
He went further to identify the ‘guy’ as Steve. OMG! C’est Moi!!!
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My cover has been blown …. what to do??

Apr 25 05:53

Senate Majority To Obama: Boost Israel Military Aid

Large U.S. Senate Majority Urges Obama to Boost Israel Military Aid

More than four-fifths of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new defense aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.

Eighty-three of the 100 senators signed the letter, led by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Coons. Senator Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, was one of the 51 Republicans on board. The Senate's Democratic White House hopeful, Bernie Sanders, was not among the 32 Democrats.

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Apr 24 10:10

Jewish Defense League protesters in Toronto talking tough through a bullhorn

Apr 24 08:45

#InIsrael ~~ WHERE MURDERERS GO FREE FOR THE FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM

Hebron shooter Azaria released from detention for Passover

Apr 24 07:41

Israel Campaigns Against Global Free Speech

Alarmed at the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiments on the internet, Israeli politicians recently called for nations around the world to enact legislation prohibiting criticism of Jews and Israel. Lobbying to outlaw global free speech is nothing new for Israel, however; it has been in the business of criminalizing speech for decades.

Apr 24 07:40

linton’s Passover message about ‘fighting oppression’ is highly selective

The title to the piece – “Fighting Oppression, Inequality and Injustice on Passover”– should be a dead giveaway to the preachy nature of the message. And yet for all her worldly wisdom, it is the Former Secretary of State’s willful ignorance of the realities of life for Palestinians and the direct implications of Israeli policies fostering this reality, that shines through strongest.

Apr 23 14:52

Debate: Should Boulder, Colorado, Become A Sister City Of Nablus In Israeli-Occupied West Bank?

As we are on the road in Colorado, we look at how Boulder is debating an international conflict.

Apr 23 13:13

‘NYT’ exposes Clinton as most hawkish candidate when it’s too late for readers to choose

The piece is an ode to Clinton’s “pugnacity” and her “muscular brand of American foreign policy,” with a celebratory chorus line of Robert Gates, Jake Sullivan and various functionaries. And lest you had any doubt about the newspaper’s point of view, there’s this foolish bonbon at the end:

It’s an open question how well Clinton’s hawkish instincts match the country’s mood. Americans are weary of war and remain suspicious of foreign entanglements. And yet, after the retrenchment of the Obama years, there is polling evidence that they are equally dissatisfied with a portrait of their country as a spent force

It’s not an open question actually. As Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List told J Street last week, the mood of the people is isolationist, they don’t want to be engaged in foreign wars.

Apr 23 10:04

Israel puts poet under house arrest

Dareen Tatour has long dreamed of seeing her poems translated from Arabic into other languages — so that they reach people across the world.

One of her poems has indeed been translated recently, but not in the way she had hoped.

A Hebrew version of “Resist, my people, resist them” was read aloud by an Israeli police officer at a Nazareth court hearing on 13 April. Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence based on the contents of that poem, the Arabic original of which is available on YouTube.

Although the poem urges resistance to Israel, it does not call for specific acts of violence. Rather, it draws attention to violent attacks on Palestinians by Israelis.

Apr 23 10:03

NYU graduate worker union backs Israel boycott by big margin

New York University’s graduate student worker union has voted by a large margin to join the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in support of Palestinian rights.

Apr 23 08:35

Hillary Clinton Back-Pedals on Two-States

In reading the transcript of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s remarks during the recent Democratic debate, I was struck by a major waffle in her position on a Palestinian state. To paraphrase John Kerry: she supported one before she didn’t. And all in the same debate.

Apr 23 05:35

Answering the urgent call from Palestinian Christians

for effective action to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land.
Note: Good resource material

Apr 22 11:42

If Not Now, When? Young Jews Refuse to Stay Silent on the Occupation This Passover

This Pesach (Passover), young Jews across the United States under the banner of IfNotNow are calling for a sea change in American Jewish consciousness and an end to American Jewish support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. On April 19, I stood with 100 young American Jews in the office lobby of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to say we support freedom and dignity for all Palestinians and Israelis. This week, in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago and San Francisco, hundreds of young American Jews are holding ritual protests and getting arrested to say we have had enough. I feel the yearning of a generation to tell a new story of what it means to be Jewish.

Apr 22 07:20

The New McCarthyism – The “Anti-Semitism” Hysteria Gripping the UK

Tony Greenstein has been suspended from the Labour Party for alleged anti-Semitism. Tony is 100% Jewish from an Orthodox family. But he is also one of the founders of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and in the current hysterical witch-hunt, being pro-Palestinian rights is sufficient indication of anti-Semitism. Just as making herbal medicine used to make you a witch.

The catalyst for the campaign is that one of the clearest dividing lines between Blairites and Corbyn supporters is Israel. Blairites are unanimously, unequivocally pro-Israel and prepared to defend even the most blatantly disproportionate Israeli attacks on Gaza, land grabs or checkpoint shootings as self-defence. Corbyn supporters unanimously have more sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians and are critical of what they view (and I agree) as the apartheid state Israel has developed.

Apr 21 13:41

Netanyahu’s mind and the Israelis’ detachment from reality

Lawrence Davidson says given the detachment of Israeli Jews from reality, positive change can only come from the outside, and he illustrate this with reference to an article in the Jerusalem Post by an Israeli sycophant of Binyamin Netanyahu.

Apr 21 09:05

Putin-Netanyahu Talks Important After Abbas' Visit to Moscow - Kremlin

Talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin are particularly important at this time, in light of the recent Moscow visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the Kremlin said Thursday.

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Looks like Putin may be stepping int to fill the role of impartial arbiter between Israel and Palestine long abandoned by the US.

Apr 21 08:57

ADL Vs. JEWS OF CONSCIENCE

Police arrested seventeen activists denouncing the “Jewish establishment’s support of the occupation of Palestine” on April 20 in the lobby of the Anti-Defamation League during one of a series of Passover protests organized by anti-occupation group If Not Now.

Apr 21 08:56

Israel - Map Censorship

What is the difference between a textbook publisher giving into pressure from Christian fundamentalists seeking to censor the teaching of evolution, and a publisher giving in to Zionists seeking to censor awareness of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine? Neither phenomenon is a matter of opinion or perspective. One act of censorship denies facts established by scientific research. The other denies the documented violation of international law (for instance, the Fourth Geneva Convention) and multiple UN resolutions. So the answer to the question just asked is – there is no difference.

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Apr 21 08:44

America's Labor Unions Are Increasingly Standing with Palestine

The Israeli government and its American allies have spent millions of dollars to destroy the credibility of the BDS advocates. It does not seem to have succeeded.

Apr 21 08:33

Colorado town considers potential conflict of becoming Palestine sister city

This peaceful university town is 7,000 miles from the violence of the Middle East, but a proposal to become sister cities with a Palestinian community has stirred such rancor that the city council is trying to negotiate a truce among its own residents.

The council decided Tuesday to hire a moderator and convene a citizen panel in hopes of settling differences between two sides arguing about whether Boulder should have a formal sister-city relationship with Nablus, on the West Bank.

Sister-city ties would help combat misunderstandings about Palestinians, said Essrea Cherin, president of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project, which is promoting the relationship. She said the entire Palestinian population is unfairly portrayed in the US media as violent because of the actions of a few.

Apr 21 08:03

Professors sue American Studies Association over Israel boycott

Several members of the American Studies Association (ASA) announced on Wednesday that they would be suing the association for its boycott of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now you can be sued for refusing to support Israel's crimes against humanity???

Apr 21 07:54

The Palestinian Question: Why the Two-State Solution is Kaput

The radical Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron present what is certainly a candidate for being the ugliest face of Israel’s creeping annexation of of the West Bank. The expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has reached a point that renders the so-called Two State Solution an impossibility.
Note: The answer is by force if necessary to make Israel obey all United Nations resolutions including withdrawal from occupied land.

Apr 20 11:17

Hillary Clinton Attacks Sanders and American Progressives With Message on Why Palestinians Don't Deserve Human Rights

GRAYZONE PROJECT
Hillary Clinton Attacks Sanders and American Progressives With Message on Why Palestinians Don't Deserve Human Rights
Clinton compares BDS movement for human rights with the Pharaoh.
By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet April 18, 2016
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Hillary Clinton has made her “unbreakable bond” with Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a centerpiece of her presidential campaign, repeatedly echoing his calls for an escalated crackdown on the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

So it was no surprise when she recently took to the debate stage, and to CNN, to criticize rival Bernie Sanders for his insistence that Israel’s 51-day military assault on Gaza, which killed 1,462 civilians during the summer of 2014, was disproportionate, instead blaming these killings solely on Hamas and even on dead innocents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

What a pandering hypocrite!

What will she do if she wins/(steals) the election?!? Bomb every single Palestinian to death for Israel?!? I frankly wouldn't bet against something like that, if I were a betting woman.

Apr 20 09:37

SOME 2,000 ISRAELIS GLORIFY MURDER IN COLD BLOOD

About 2,000 Israelis rallied in central Tel Aviv on Tuesday night in support of soldier Elor Azaria, who shot dead a neutralized terrorist in Hebron.

Sergeant Azaria, 20, from Ramla, was charged on Monday with manslaughter for killing Abed al Fatah a-Sharif, who was lying on the ground seriously wounded after he and another Palestinian attacked IDF soldiers.

The protesters waved support signs and flags, some wrapping the Israeli flag around themselves. Many called for Azaria’s release, while some made racist jeers.

Among the slogans chanted by rally attendees were “Elor the Hero,” “Terrorists shouldn’t be neutralized – they should be killed,” and “Kill or be killed.”

Apr 20 07:38

Israel settlement expansion counterproductive to peace: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slammed Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories as “counterproductive” to the so-called two-state solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Gee, ya THINK?" -- Nodding Yahoo

Apr 19 15:41

The Sanders/Clinton Split On Israel

Because U.S. politicians reflexively bow to whatever Israel wants, any deviation is surprising, such as Bernie Sanders’s call to respect Palestinian rights, especially in contrast to Hillary Clinton’s Israel pandering.

Apr 19 15:33

‘Total Failure’ – Palestine FM On Obama’s Foreign Policy

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been on the rise amid a wave of stabbing attacks.

Apr 19 15:32

‘America First Not Israel’: Detroit billboard urges US to restrict influence of Jewish Lobby

A billboard in Detroit stating ‘America First Not Israel’ is causing controversy and accusations of anti-Semitism. The advertisement was paid for by the Deir Yassin Remembered group, which aims to make American’s more aware of the plight of Palestinians.

Apr 19 15:31

Controversial billboard that reads America first over Israel put up in Detroit

A new billboard in Detroit is causing a lot of controversy.

It reads “America first over Israel.”

Is it meant to be anti-Semitic or something else entirely?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the billboard reads "America first NOT Israel!"

Apr 19 11:16

Joe Biden: Netanyahu Leading Israel In 'Wrong Direction'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is steering the country in the wrong direction, US Vice President Joe Biden said at a meeting with a Jewish group in an unusually direct and personalized criticism of Israeli policies.

Apr 19 09:35

ISRAEL NEEDS A GOOD CLEANSING

Jewish mothers used to go into a cleaning frenzy a week or so before the Festival of Passover. All traces of leaven (chametz) had to be removed from the home before the onset of the holiday.

Modern folk have determined that dust is not chametz, so there is less madness involved in the cleaning process, but Israel has added a new dimension to the situation; Arabs must be removed as well as the leaven.

Apr 18 15:27

Israeli Soldier Charged With Manslaughter

Israeli soldier who shot assailant on the ground charged with manslaughter

JAFFA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's military filed manslaughter charges on Monday against a soldier who shot a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay wounded on the ground in a killing that a poll said many Israelis felt was justified.

Apr 18 09:50

Obama’s Failed ‘Hope’ In Gaza

Eight years ago, President Obama offered “hope” for change in the world, but politics and pressures won out, with his failure nowhere more obvious than in Gaza, as Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer explains in this open letter.

Apr 18 08:49

Tax day is annoying for Americans, and hell for Palestinians

Tax Day can be aggravating for those of us who file and pay taxes without benefit of lawyers, accountants, family foundations or secret offshore accounts. For opponents of illegal Israeli settlements, apartheid and population removal generally, it is also a day of outrage. Palestinians may legitimately feel terror and despair at what this day signifies for them.

For Tax Day is the day that pro-Zionist Americans get to take off their 2015 contributions to any of the US pro-Israel charities that everyone, including the US Treasury, knows are funneling money to establish and support illegal Jewish settlements and consequently the terror inflicted upon Palestinians by armed and violent settlers. (Of course, it is also the day that each of us contributes our tax dollars to funding the weapons used to enforce Israel’s occupation.)

Apr 18 06:56

‘Fake Jewish graves in Muslim cemeteries’: UNESCO slams Israeli occupation of Palestinian sites

The Israeli authorities are furious after a UNESCO resolution stated that the Temple Mount and holy sites in Hebron and Bethlehem are an “integral part of Palestine.” The organization also criticized Israel, “the occupying power,” for planting fake graves in Muslim cemeteries.

Apr 17 09:50

Clinton propagates false understanding of Camp David

Clinton’s response simply fell short of being true. At one point, during a performance of Israeli rightwing talking points, she said: “If Yasser Arafat had agreed with my husband at Camp David in the late 1990s to the offer then Prime Minister Barak put on the table, we would have had a Palestinian state for 15 years.”

To understand just how plainly false is the idea these words suggest, that Arafat and Palestinians turned down an “unprecedented” and “generous” Israeli offer, it is important to revisit coverage and first hand accounts of the failed Summit. Most importantly, that Clinton would propagate such an understanding gives a hint of where her presidency is likely to stand on the issue, if she wins.

Apr 17 09:43

Kasich: We shouldn't interfere in Israel-PA conflict

Republican presidential candidate says the United States should not interfere in the Israeli-PA conflict unless asked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kasich policy toward Palestinians Israeli issues is to let Israel do whatever it wants..and US stays on the side line....

But he is unwilling to stop sending big checks to Israel..and of course UN vetoes to defend Israel at the UN...

So what he's saying is let Israel do what it wants and my job as US president is to rubber stamp it and send them big money...

But at least he's in a way more honest than Hillary Clinton who pretends that she has been working on 'side by side two-states' solution, when in fact she is only supporting the Israelis dreams and actions..

Apr 17 09:33

GOING BEYOND CHUTZPAH

Like apartheid South Africa did to Justify its repulsive approach toward its majority black citizens, Israel is making all sorts of similarly despicable arguments to justify its decades-old evil occupation and systematic persecution of Palestinians.

As some of us remember, the apartheid South African regime had argued that black South Africans ought to be grateful to the White regime for giving them employment and enabling them to have a semblance of decent life.

The White regime’s PR machine would shamelessly argue that “Our black citizens have a higher standard of living than other fellow black people anywhere in the continent.”

Apr 17 09:23

The Bernie Sanders Miracle: American Crowd in Brooklyn Cheers Palestinian Dignity

SANDERS: And, let me say something else. As somebody who is 100% pro-Israel, in the long run — and this is not going to be easy, God only knows, but in the long run if we are ever going to bring peace to that region which has seen so much hatred and so much war, we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity.

Apr 17 09:07

US House members urge Obama to block anti-Israel resolution at UN

394 members of the 435-member House signed the letter sent to Obama on Thursday, urging him to use US veto power to block any United Nations resolutions perceived to be biased against Israel, US Representative Nita Lowey said Friday.

The letter came as the Palestinians are discussing with Arab countries a new draft resolution against Israel’s unlawful expansion of settlements in the occupied territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need to crate up those 394 members of the House and ship them to Tel Aviv, and replace them with Representatives who will be focused on what is going on in THIS country!

Apr 16 07:46

On Israel and Palestine, Bernie Sanders Is Right—And Hillary Clinton Knows It

For the first time in memory, a major American political figure insisted publicly that the Jewish state and its leaders are “not always right,” and that they had killed and injured far too many blameless human beings.

Apr 15 08:17

Netanyahu Claimed That New Building Plans Wouldn't Expand Israeli Settlements; Aerial Photos Prove Otherwise

Responding to a report in Thursday's Haaretz that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had approved the construction in West Bank Jewish settlements of hundreds of new housing units, the Prime Minister's Office issued a statement denying the report, saying that other than the settlement of Ganei Modi'in, "almost all of the approvals are designed to upgrade existing structures," rather than new construction, as reported.

However a review of the relevant plans, as well as aerial photos taken of the sites involved, reveal that the statement from Netanyahu's office is not entirely accurate. For example, in the settlement of Nokdim, south of Bethlehem, some 70 new housing units were approved.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.714542

Apr 15 07:46

OUTFRONT MEDIA DISHONORS USS LIBERTY VETS AND FRIENDS

We placed this billboard in New Bedford, MA, to honor USS Liberty veterans and to help them and their families get the respect and help they deserve.

But Israel partisans complained, one threatening to take his business elsewhere, so the billboard company reneged on their contract and took the billboard down two weeks early.

Now we’re asking others to SHARE THIS IMAGE to honor these men and their 34 shipmates who never returned. The Liberty is the most decorated crew since WWII. honorlibertyvets.org

PLEASE CONTACT THE BILLBOARD COMPANY, Outfront Media, and ask CEO Jeremy Male to join us in honoring these courageous American veterans

Webmaster's Commentary: 


This is the billboard in question. All it says is that Israel attacked the USS Liberty, which is a matter of historical fact. What Israel wants (and has always wanted) is for the world to forget the crimes they commit, so that they may commit more with impunity.

We will have a representative from the USS Liberty Billboard team, Daniel McGowen, on the radio show nest Tuesday.

Meanwhile, when you contact Outfront Media, tell them you are boycotting all products you see on their billboards, and you are informing those clients that you are boycotting their products precisely because they advertise with Outfront!

That should shake them up!


Apr 15 07:27

Ali Abu Kosher Did it Again

Shabbos Goy Ali Abunimah, the man who planned to reduce the Intifada into an electronic noticeboard, did it again. Abunimah is notorious for being an appeaser of light Zionists and AZZs, is caught on the above tweet thanking Stanford Students for stopping a Nakba event featuring an 85-year-old Nakba Survivor and others who have spent their entire lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Stanford SJP are now claiming -- falsely -- that they cancelled the event "because "Alison Weir who refuses to respect Israel's "right to exist as a regime" was in the audience.

if Ali Abunimah like Stanford SJP insists upon Israel's right to exist, he should consider Join the Likud party...

Apr 14 14:56

Video: Israeli Forces Abuse Detained Palestinian Minors – HRW

Human Rights Watch say it has documented several new cases of abuse by Israeli security forces against youngsters in Palestine.

Apr 14 09:07

THURSDAY’S TOON ~~ GOLDMAN SACHS FUNDS HEBRON SETTLERS

Haaretz reports that Goldman Sachs has a “clear pattern” of giving to Israeli settler and rightwing groups through their Charitable Gift Fund. And Hillary Clinton hasn’t criticized the banking firm that helped propel the 2007 collapse.

Apr 14 09:07

UPDATED POST ~~ VIDEO ~~ A JEW AND AN ARAB WALK INTO A BAR … AND THE REALITY IN ISRAEL TODAY

Bezalel Smotrich, perhaps the most right-wing member of the current Knesset, caused a storm when he endorsed the idea that Arabs and Jew should be segregated in Israel’s maternity rooms.

Smotrich was responding to a report on the Israel Broadcast Authority that several hospitals practice de facto segregation of maternity rooms — placing Jews with Jews and Arabs with Arabs. Such segregation is prohibited by law.

“There are mental gaps, and it’s more comfortable for both sides to be with themselves,” Smotrich, a member of the religious Zionist Jewish Home party, tweeted on April 5. “It’s really not racism.”

Apr 14 07:15

Palestinian Activists File $34.5 Billion Lawsuit against US Corporations and Wealthy Americans Which Support West Bank Settlements

A group of Palestinians affected by Israel’s activities have filed a $34.5 billion lawsuit against US and Israeli entities supporting West Bank settlements. The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court of Columbia in the United States.

Ayman Nejm, media spokesman for Martin McMahon and Associates, the law firm that filed the law suit, told Safa news agency on Monday that the case is the first of its kind where Palestinian and Palestinian-American plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against wealthy US citizens and tax-exempt entities that have provided massive financial assistance to settlements across the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

According to the statement, the lawsuit has been filed against construction companies, security firms, real estate agencies and private banks involved in supporting the growth of Israeli settlements.

Apr 13 10:39

Palestine: Israeli Police Abusing Detained Children

Israeli security forces are abusing Palestinian children detained in the West Bank. The number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces has more than doubled since October 2015.

Interviews with children who have been detained, video footage, and reports from lawyers reveal that Israeli security forces are using unnecessary force in arresting and detaining children, in some cases beating them, and holding them in unsafe and abusive conditions.

Apr 13 10:38

Clinton: ‘Not accurate, fair or useful’ to primarily blame Israel for peace failures

In interview with New York Jewish Week, Democratic front-runner distances herself from Obama administration, lambastes Palestinian inaction, says her commitment to Israel is ‘personal’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apr 13 10:29

WHY WAS THE NAKBA TOUR CANCELED AT STANFORD?

Alison is an extremely committed and popular antiracist writer, speaker, and activist, and people even follow her work in refugee camps in Lebanon. While some groups oppose her and If Americans Knew, most people working for justice in Palestine feel she is one of the top writers and speakers on this issue.

In any case this should not be an issue for the Nakba Tour; Alison is not one of the national organizers of the tour, and she was not intended to be one of the speakers or to have any role in the presentation at Stanford. She was simply there as a favor to us, as described above.

Apr 13 09:22

Gaza power plant closed due to fuel shortage

The only power station in Gaza Strip has been forced to shut down due to fuel shortage as the Palestinian territory is suffering from nine years of siege by the Israeli regime, officials say.

Apr 13 08:50

VIDEO ~~ A JEW AND AN ARAB WALK INTO A BAR …

We went out dressed in an Arab/Muslim and Jewish traditional outfit, walked hand to hand in public to see how people react.

The results are telling.

Apr 13 08:50

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: IN DEFENSE OF BDS

Amnesty International is urging the Israeli government to end its threats and attacks against Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders, including leaders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Apr 13 08:50

#IsraelToday ~~ THE NEXT GENERATION — THE MIGHT OF THE RIGHT

Poll: 59% of Israeli youth are right-wing

Survey finds 82% of high-schoolers say there’s no chance of a deal with Palestinians, half oppose having Arab MKs.

A new poll has found that youth in Israel are increasingly right-wing in their political opinions, and are overwhelmingly Zionist and loyal to their country.

Apr 13 08:40

WH Campaign Shields Israel's Occupation Ferocity

So obsessed is U.S. media with this year's headlong dash for the White House, that Israel's increase in settlement construction has gone by us like a snake sliding into a backyard recycling bin.

The Paris-based news agency, AFP reported from Jerusalem this week that "the number of West Bank settlements Israel plans to build... has more than tripled ...in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year."

Israeli-based Peace Now, a settlement watchdog, said in a statement "that between January and March, projects for 674 housing units passed at least one of the steps in the planning approval process, up from 194 in the first quarter of 2015."

The absence of media attention to such a development is no surprise. The mainline media narrative on Israel/Palestine is already conditioned to treat Israel as a 51st U.S. state, surrounded by "terrorists."

Apr 12 11:37

Army Dumps Rubble And Sand On Farmland Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday morning, a Palestinian agricultural land in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and dumped rubble and sand on the plants. The land is close to the illegal ‘Daniel’ colony.

Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in al-Khader, said the soldiers placed the rubble and sand on the land that belongs to Ibrahim Hasan Khreisha.

Salah added that the total size of this farmland is eight Dunams (1.976 Acres), and that the soldiers did this act without any reason or prior notice.

Apr 12 11:36

Israel's ‘Bible Trail’: Demolishing Palestinian homes to make national parks

Thousands in East Jerusalem caught in planning trap, with critics accusing officials of using heritage and tourism to pave way for settler land grab

Apr 12 11:35

Demolition escalates in the West Bank

European leaders will meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the escalation of demolitions by Israeli authorities of Palestinian homes and humanitarian aid in the West Bank. Despite six months of diplomatic talks between the EU and Israel, the rate of demolitions in the West Bank has spiraled, violating international humanitarian law.

Apr 12 11:35

Obama, Support Abbas' UN Resolution, No Matter What Netanyahu Says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas keeps coming up with moves that could advance the peace process. In his efforts to get the international community behind a major initiative, Abbas is expected to submit to the UN Security Council this month a draft resolution reflecting international consensus that could help to jump-start the stalled peace process.

The resolution calls for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, with a one-year deadline to complete them and reach a final-status arrangement based on the principle of two states. It would define the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and an obstacle to peace and condemn continued Israeli construction in the occupied territories, as well as any action whose purpose is to change the demographic balance in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is where Netanyahu's grand-standing before Congress during the P5+1 talks may come back to bite him.

Apr 12 09:07

SAVE OUR CHILDREN BY SUPPORTING BDS

In the past few months, especially since the beginning of the current wave of Palestinian resistance against Israel’s enduring brutal military occupation, about six months ago, the Israeli army and other security forces adopted a decidedly murderous policy against Palestinians, especially children.

A shoot-to-kill policy was adopted by the Israeli political and military leadership, apparently for the purpose of terrorizing and “deterring” the Palestinian populace. Consequently, dozens of young Palestinians were needlessly murdered on the streets of the West Bank on the pretext that some of the victims may have put the life of Israeli soldiers at risk.

In some incidents, soldiers fired additional bullets at the heads of the already completely “neutralized” Victims.

In the Israeli army lexicon, this is done for the purpose of verifying their death.

Apr 12 09:06

REMEMBERING THE TERROR THAT LED TO JEWISH STATEHOOD

Palestinians on Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinians civilians carried out by Zionist paramilitary groups in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 prior to the establishment of Israel.

Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem.

The number of victims is generally believed to be around 107, though figures given at the time reached up to 254, out of a village that numbered around 600 at the time.

The Deir Yassin massacre was led by the Irgun group, whose head was future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, with support from other paramilitary groups Haganah and Lehi whose primary aim was to push Palestinians out through force.

Apr 11 13:17

Erdogan won’t back down on Gaza blockade demands, regardless of risk to Turkish-Israeli ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will continue to insist that the blockade of Gaza be lifted, regardless of what this stance means for Turkey-Israel relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a Palestinian (nudge nudge wink wink) terror attack in Turkey now.

Apr 11 12:07

Uproar in Israel: MK calls for hospital segregation

A lawmaker and his wife have created a stir after calling for the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers in Israeli hospitals. "I'd be happy when only Jewish hands will touch my newborn baby," the MK's wife has stated.

Apr 11 08:45

YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS RACISM IN ISRAEL

Some 49 percent of Israeli Jews told Israel’s Channel 2 that they would not live in the same building as Arab families, compared to 42 percent who said they would be willing. Nine percent said they were not sure.

Apr 11 08:44

MONDAY’S TOON ~~ ANTI SEMITISM MY EYE!

Sanders Gets it Mostly Right on Gaza, but Cheerleaders for Israeli Brutality Attack Him Anyway

Apr 11 08:22

Unfit For Labour

The Jewish press reports that Gill Kaffash, a dedicated pro Palestinian activist & former secretary of the Camden branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), is the latest victim of the ongoing Labour purge. Gill was rejected by the Holborn and St Pancras Labour branch. She appealed but the party rejected her appeal last week. According to the Jewish press, Gill was accused of “promoting Holocaust revisionism.”

Apr 10 09:48

Protesters slam UK firm over profiting from Israeli war crimes

Scores of pro-Palestinian activists in the UK have demonstrated outside the headquarters of an arms manufacturing company, accusing it of benefiting from Israel’s deadly crackdown against Palestinians.

The protesters gathered in front of the UK headquarters of aerospace manufacturer Thales, in Crawley, on Friday and expressed their anger against the company’s partnership with Israel's Elbit Systems to develop a surveillance drone, nicknamed Watchkeeper, used by the regime against Palestinians.

Apr 09 07:23

Atzmon vs. Rugby World Cup

Busy weekend in Britain:

Tonight Sep 25 Soner Ersen trio featuring Gilad Atzmon @ Green Lanes Bar

9pm, 7 salisbury promenade, Green Lanes, Harringay , London N8 0RX.

Sax: Gilad Atzmon , Bass: Cem Tuncer, Drums: Clark Tracey, Piano: Soner Ersen

Tomorrow Sep 26 Gilad Atzmon 4tet @ 606 Jazz Club chelsea, London

Sunday A Talk for the Leicester Secular Society

Subject: Truth and concealment in Palestine and beyond

http://www.leicestersecularsociety.org.uk

18:30 BST

Apr 09 07:22

We are giving away Gaza Mon Amour in return for donations for Palestine Trauma Centre

Apr 09 07:20

Omar Accomplished His Job, Omar Is Free To Go

Right wing Israeli politicians knew about Omar Barghouti’s activities all along. Israel allowed Omar Barghouti to travel around the globe and condemn the occupation. Israel allowed it because from a very early stage BDS was an Israeli controlled opposition maneuver.

For Israel, BDS presented the ideal front on which to fight. Instead of battling for a Palestinian Right Of Return, that is ethically solid and backed by UN resolutions, the solidarity movement was reduced to an internal Jewish debate over the “Right to BDS.” Instead of dealing with the acute Palestinian refugee crisis in Syria and Lebanon, our devoted solidarity campaigners gathered around their local food store to protest against gefilte fish made in Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BDS, like the oil price war, and like the Panama Papers, has blown up in their faces.

Apr 08 10:20

Israel settlers desecrate Joseph Tomb in West Bank

At least 1,000 illegal settlers, accompanied by Israeli military soldiers, have stormed Joseph's Tomb on the outskirts of Nablus, desecrating the site venerated by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Palestinian security sources and local residents said the settlers arrived at the site on board a number of buses early on Thursday, and broke into the tomb amid protection by Israeli troopers, Arabic-language Palestine al-Yawm news agency reported.

Israeli forces also deployed several military vehicles on the streets leading to Joseph's Tomb to prevent any potential confrontation between Palestinians and the settlers, who were purportedly uttering prayers from the Talmud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The good news is that nobody actually knows whose tomb that really was. After Constantine declared Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, his mother, Empress Helena (now Saint Helen), toured the holy lands "identifying" sacred sites and building churches on them. Helena even claimed to have found the true cross and resurrected a dead corpse with it (to prove it was the real thing). But Helena's choices for holy sites were driven less by archaeology and more by wishing to erase the existing edifices of competing religions, and scholars admit that in many if not most cases, there is no actual proof that these holy sites are what Helena declared them to be.

Apr 08 07:32

Nakba Day, Sunday 15th May

Palestine Solidarity Campaign is launching a series of events and actions commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Nakba - the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Manal Tamimi, an internationally renowned activist from the occupied West Bank will give a UK speaking tour, including a date at Parliament on 11th May.

A Day-School Conference will be held on Saturday 14th May, with panels and discussion on the subject of the Nakba and its meaning for Palestinians today.

On Nakba Day, Sunday 15th May, actor Maxine Peake will read from Palestinian author Ahmed Masoud's play the Shroud Maker.

Apr 07 13:45

With demolitions, Israel tightens squeeze on West Bank Palestinians

In the past three months, the Israeli military has more than tripled its demolitions of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank, United Nations' figures show, raising alarm among diplomats and human rights groups over what they regard as a sustained violation of international law.

Figures collated by the U.N.'s office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA), which operates in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, show that from an average of 50 demolitions a month in 2012-2015, the average has risen to 165 a month since January, with 235 demolitions in February alone.

Apr 07 13:40

The world and Israel: Complicity in Zionism's crimes and why

Drawing on his past conversations with US and Israeli leaders, Alan Hart argues that the complicity of Western and other politicians in Zionism's crimes will be never ending because Israel is, as it has long been, a nuclear-armed monster beyond control.

Apr 06 10:40

#IsraeliApartheid ~~ FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE

Far-Right Israeli Lawmaker Openly Backs Maternity Ward Apartheid

Apr 06 10:40

#BDS ~~ WHY THE CULTURAL BOYCOTT IS GROWING

In a letter made public today over 100 writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, and Alice Walker, and award-winning author Louise Erdrich, have called on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival. The seven-day Festival takes place from April 25 to May 1 in New York City. In promotional materials, PEN lists the Israeli Embassy as among the “Champions” of the Festival, and as a sponsor of one of the Festival’s panels.

Apr 06 08:47

Hamas Threatens Israel With ‘Explosion’ Over Cement Ban

A Hamas official dismissed Israeli accusations that it was stealing cement consigned for reconstruction in Gaza in the aftermath of a 2014 war, and slammed a newly-imposed ban by Israel on private shipments of cement to the enclave, saying it will lead to a social “explosion.”

Apr 05 14:11

Palestinian executed, presstv

Apr 05 11:05

A CONTEST AND A POEM ~~ NAME THE BOAT TO GAZA

On International Women’s Day the Women’s Boat to Gaza, a project of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, announced that it will sail in mid-September 2016!

The Women’s Boat to Gaza project is seeking submissions TO NAME THE BOAT OR BOATS! This competition is open to all.

Apr 05 08:03

No Warning: Israel Cuts Power to Major Palestinian Cities Over Unpaid Debt

Israel provides electricity to the West Bank through several Palestinian distribution companies. Hisham Omari, director of Jerusalem District Electricity Co., one of the distributors, accused Israel of taking action for political reasons. He added that nearby villages will most likely be affected as well in the next two days, and this is being done to "punish" Palestinian people.

Apr 05 07:23

Here's What Happens When a U.S. Senator Calls for Israel to Be Held Accountable for Atrocities

Leahy's letter is notable for placing Israeli violations alongside Egyptian atrocities—including the 2013 Rab'aa Square massacre—a rare move in a U.S. political climate where Israel is often deemed above reproach. The United States hands $3.1 billion in military aid to Israel every year, compared to roughly 1.5 billion to Egypt, which funds the country's brutally repressive military junta according to the guidelines of the Camp David Accords. Together, these two countries accounted for more than 75 percent of global U.S. military assistance in 2014.

Apr 05 06:13

Tel Aviv suspends cement deliveries to besieged Gaza Strip

Israel has suspended cement deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip, a move that further tightens the blockade on the Palestinian coastal sliver.

Apr 04 15:48

American Democracy at Its Worst

In all its activities AIPAC functions as a “foreign agent” working for the interests of the government of another country. Due to the fact that Zionist Jewish billionaires, not Israeli government, are financing AIPAC, this lobby was able to escape the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 and avoid registering as a foreign agent.

Apr 04 09:11

REMEMBERING JULIANO MER-KHAMIS ~~ A MURDER MOST FOUL

Juliano Mer-Khamis, the 54-year old founder of The Freedom Theater in Jenin, was murdered five years ago today by unknown assailants.

The murder remains unsolved to this day but his memory lives on as does his dream for a Free Palestine.

Presented here is a post I wrote at the time of his assassination ...

Apr 04 08:57

CRITICISM OF ISRAEL ~~ WHAT’S ALLOWED? — WHAT’S NOT??

When Palestinians fight against occupying troops on their soil, they are denounced — and often killed — as “terrorists.” Meanwhile, nonviolent campaigns to end the occupation through a South Africa-style boycott are demonized as “anti-Semitism” and officially barred — censored — in all sorts of ways, in numerous countries around the world.

Apr 04 07:08

Palestinian on the run from Israeli soldiers for a week — is 12 years old

The father of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy on the run for a week from Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank has told Middle East Eye that he fears his son will be killed if caught. Ramzi Abu Ajamia has been in hiding for the past seven nights, the boy’s father, Nasir Abu Ajamia said from their family home in Bethlehem’s Dheisha refugee camp. Israeli forces first showed up at the family’s home on 24 March, raiding the house and detaining Ramzi’s older brother. Ramzi said he had no idea why Israel was seeking to detain him. He says he attended protests against Israeli occupation, where rocks were thrown. “I don’t go to the clashes outside of the camp, but when soldiers come to us inside the camp, yeah I go out with the other boys – but that’s it – only when they come to us,” he said, speaking to MEE during a furtive visit to the family home. “I can’t explain why they want me, other than it’s my turn. Tomorrow it will be another kid’s [turn]."

Apr 04 07:06

Play about 17-year-old Palestinian youth killed in 2000 tours Atlanta, St. Louis, New York

A play about martyrdom in the second intifada that has been widely praised is playing to sold-out audiences on campuses across the country and you should check it out if you get a chance. The show is called There Is a Field, and the playwright is the prolific activist/author Jen Marlowe. Marlowe did extensive reporting on the case of Aseel Asleh, 17, killed in October 2000; and this dramatic work featuring a diverse cast of actors and dealing with state violence generally is the result.

Apr 03 14:30

Execution of Palestinian exposes Israel’s military culture

Jonathan Cook says the execution of a wounded Palestinian by an Israeli soldier is “challenging Israeli Jews to maintain the deception... that the institutions of their tribal, ethnic state have any abiding commitment to universal values and human rights”.

Apr 03 09:52

Netanyahu to Kerry: Declare Israel doesn’t commit extrajudicial killings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked John Kerry to publicly state that Israel does not carry out extrajudicial killings, after a group of U.S. lawmakers asked the secretary of state to investigate such claims.

Meanwhile, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the lead lawmaker making the request, rebuked Netanyahu for his initial response to the revelation of the letter, saying the Israeli leader misunderstood the relevant law, which requires defunding military units underwritten by U.S. government funds should they be found in violation of U.S. human rights norms.

The Times of Israel reported that Netanyahu made the call to Kerry Friday.

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Apr 03 09:26

How Israel's Media Propaganda Dominates the American Mind

In the conflict over the land of Palestine, Israel’s overpowering military superiority has produced decisive battlefield victories. But just as crucial to Israeli dominance in that region is its supremacy in the U.S. news media, which is captured in the title of an important new film from the Media Education Foundation, The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.

Apr 02 10:04

Complying With Israeli Censorship Order, NYT Conceals Name of Soldier Who Shot Wounded Palestinian

The NYT’s compliance with Israel’s censorship orders has previously provoked controversy. In 2014, the paper’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, described the compliance by Kershner and Jodi Rudoren with an order from an Israeli military censor to conceal the name of an Israeli soldier who was being held hostage.

At the time, the paper’s reporters and editors insisted that they would obey Israeli censorship orders only in the rarest and most compelling of cases.

Apr 02 07:16

"As Palestinians Mark Land Day, Israeli Illegally Controls More Than 85% of the total area of historical land of Palestine

Israeli Occupation Authorities laid hand over more than 85% of the total area of historical land of Palestine which totals about 27,000 km2. Arabs comprise 48% of the total population but utilize only 15% of the land.

Israeli Occupation also set up a buffer zone along the border of the Gaza Strip extending over 1,500 m along the eastern border.

Consequently, the zone usurps about 24% of the total area of the Gaza Strip (365 km²), which is one of the most densely populated area in the world with about 5,000 capita/km².

Furthermore, Israeli Occupation maintains tight control over more than 90% of the area of the Jordan Valley, which constitutes 29% of the total area of the West Bank.

Every year, the Palestinian people remember the confiscation of 21 thousand Dunams of land in Al-Jalil (Galilee), Al-Mothallath and Al-Naqab (Negev) on 30 March 1976.

Apr 01 17:02

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

This despair has hung over our heads for at least the past 10 years, the result of Israel’s harsh collective punishment of the 1.9 million human beings who struggle to survive in Gaza. Half of them are children younger than your Sasha and Malia; many are babies, like mine, held in their parents’ arms.

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