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Jul 21 14:27

Creeping annexation of the West Bank and wanton cruelty in Gaza: Israel’s March of Folly

Uri Avnery explains Israel’s “cruel… detestable policy” which aims to achieve the “abominable aim” of driving the Palestinians out of the occupied West Bank and replacing them with Jewish settlers, and its mindless cruelty towards Gaza.>>

Jul 21 10:19

Lieberman says Israel Planning Assault on Gaza Bigger than 2014 Invasion in which 2100 Palestinians Killed

Israeli Defense Minister and former nightclub bouncer Avigdor Lieberman stated, on Friday, that he is directing the Israeli military to prepare for an all-out assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which he said will be “broad” and “painful”.

After killing 42 unarmed protesters, and wounding 17,000 who were participating in non-violent protests, over the the past three and a half months, without provoking an armed response from Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza, Israeli authorities appear to be at a loss as to how to ensure that the Palestinian population continues to be perceived by the world as ‘irrational terrorists’, rather than a population living under colonial military rule, struggling for their existence.

Avigdor Lieberman, who is well-known for his threat to expel all Palestinians from inside what is now Israel, and who has frequently called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, is now the Defense Minister under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jul 21 10:19

House panel considers recognizing Israeli annexation of Golan Heights

A key U.S. House of Representatives committee heard arguments for and against recognizing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights.

The hearing Tuesday of the national security subcommittee of the Oversight Committee, convened by Rep. Ron De Santis, R-Fla., the subcommittee chairman, was not attached to any piece of legislation.

However, the push by De Santis, who in his remarks favored recognizing Israel’s 1981 annexation of the strategic plateau, represents an aggressive push by some pro-Israel groups, friendly Republicans and the Israeli government to consolidate gains under President Donald Trump, whose closeness to the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unprecedented.

Jul 21 10:18

Hikers Assaulted by Israeli Settlers near Ramallah

Extremist Israeli settlers, on Friday, assaulted a number of Palestinian amateur hikers while they were on a weekly trek near the village of Nabi Saleh, to the west of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Settlers from Halamish, an illegal Israeli settlement near the village, attacked and verbally abused the hikers, who were passing through a forest near the village. The settlers beat some of the hikers and chanted racists slogans against them, in the presence of Israeli soldiers.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

According to Israeli rights group B’Tselem, “As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and do not do enough to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.”

Jul 21 10:17

Washington Report: Goodies for Israel Bills Continue to Move Forward

First among them is H.R. 5141, introduced in the House March 1 by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and its companion, S. 2497, introduced in the Senate March 5 by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the “U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization” bill. Since Ros-Lehtinen, the leading Israel-firster in Congress, has announced that she is retiring at the end of this session, she apparently wants to go out having promoted a full wish list of goodies for Israel, including many security assistance measures, extension of loan guarantees, and enhanced U.S.-Israel cooperation programs. Both bills have more than half the members of their respective houses of Congress as co-sponsors. H.R. 5141 has 274 co-sponsors, including Ros-Lehtinen, and S. 2497 has 70, including Rubio, so they could be brought up for passage at any time. On May 9 the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked up H.R.

Jul 21 10:16

New assault on Corbyn aims to ban criticism of Israel in Labour

A leading pro-Israel lawmaker is being investigated by the Labour Party for allegedly slandering Jeremy Corbyn as a “fucking anti-Semite,” The Electronic Intifada can reveal.

A Labour source said on Friday that following receipt of a third party complaint, a notice of investigation into “alleged abusive behavior” has been sent to Margaret Hodge.

But the source said that Hodge would not be suspended during the investigation.

Margaret Hodge’s office did not answer a call, and she did not immediately reply to emails requesting comment.

The news came as the Parliamentary Labour Party is once again in a state of near civil war over the manufactured “anti-Semitism crisis” this week.

Jul 21 10:09

Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Cancel the Iran Deal

On Tuesday an Israeli television channel aired leaked video footage it obtained exclusively showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that he had personally convinced President Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. The statements were made at a small dinner event where he addressed senior members of his Likud party.

The video, aired by Israel's Kan News shows Netanyahu enthusiastically praising his and Likud leadership's efforts, saying “We convinced the US president [to exit the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement." He added, "And we didn't give up."

According to a translation of the prime minister's words by The Times of Israel he further agrees that "the Iranian regime" will "disappear with the help of God" — in the words of one of his supporters, to which Netanyahu adds, "You said it. From your mouth to God."

Jul 21 10:05

HERZOG TO JPOST: I’M READY TO FIGHT FOR THE JEWISH DIASPORA

The Jewish Nation-State Law that passed at 2:47 a.m. Thursday morning upset Jewish leaders around the world, because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu caved in to a demand from United Torah Judaism to change its Diaspora clause.

While the clause initially said Israel would “act to maintain the connection between the state and the Jewish people, wherever they are,” it was changed to say that Israel would do that “in the Diaspora.” UTJ requested the change, because it did not want Israel advancing Diaspora Jews’ interests inside Israel, especially at the Western Wall.

Jul 21 09:59

Activists disrupt JNF event featuring Israeli settler at St. Louis University Law School

On Wednesday, July 11th, a group human rights defenders disrupted a Jewish National Fund event at St. Louis University (SLU) Law School. The event was titled “Israel’s Borders in International Law” and featured an Israeli lawyer, Eugene Kontorovich, a settler who lives in an Israeli colony near Bethlehem. In his talk, Kontorovich spoke directly to Jewish National Fund’s vision, justifying Israel’s settler colonial project in Palestine and the violence required to maintain Israel’s displacement of millions of Palestinians.

Jul 21 09:58

US refused visa to Palestinian officials attending UN meeting

Six Palestinian officials who were scheduled to give a presentation at the UN office in New York have been denied visas by the US without any explanation. The officials were due to attend a high-level meeting on development yesterday to present a report on Palestinian implementation of UN goals for 2030.

In their absence, Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour had to step in and make the presentation on behalf of Palestine, which has non-member observer status at the United Nations.

Mansour broke the news to reporters and said that “the Israeli occupying power complicated the matter” by refusing to allow several of the experts to go to Jerusalem to check on their visas.

Mansour said that as the host country the US has violated the UN agreement by refusing entry to a delegation from one of the members of the world body. It’s reported that he will send a letter of protest to the General Assembly committee dealing with host country relations.

Jul 21 09:58

Israel weapons found in Daesh arms depot

Israeli-made weapons have been found among a cache of arms belonging to the terrorist group Daesh.

The discovery was made by Syrian government troops in the south of Hama province, during a large-scale military operation to clear the area of mines, Sputnik reported citing Syrian sources.

The depot, which was found in the town of Aqrab, contained Israeli-made bombs and assault rifles, pistols, as well as other military hardware including Kalashnikov machine guns, mortar shells and sniper rifles.

Jul 21 09:57

The Knesset: A parliamentary vote to occupy history and the future

The stone walls are meticulously sculpted so as to give those who sit in the seats of this parliament a special sense of its historical depth, and that there was no history for anyone else in this country; that no one exists but them. Some of these parliamentarians return in the evening with their automatic rifles to the settlements established in the West Bank and look down on the valley below through the window of a house built on the hill.

Ultimately, the Knesset members will have taken part in the occupation of history and geography together. The Palestinian people, who are rooted in this land, do not exist in the minds of the settlers, their government and their parliament, nor should they exist in the future.

Jul 21 09:56

Labour’s anti-Semitism row highlights the hypocrisy of Corbyn’s enemies, again

There is a great irony in the current row over anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. Critics of Jeremy Corbyn are frothing at the mouth with rage over his endorsement of a definition of anti-Semitism that omits controversial examples, which conflate criticism of Israel with racial discrimination against Jews. The same critics, however, have remained silent over the cosy relationship Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, enjoys with known anti-Semites. Under the new guidelines some of Netanyahu’s close buddies would in all likelihood be kicked out because of their anti-Semitic views if they were members of the party.

Jul 21 09:55

Zionist extremists are now the mainstream in Israel

The Zionist movement has always been a schizophrenic one. The mainstream ruling factions of the movement, and later of the state of Israel, once claimed to be “socialist” in character.

But in fact, the “labour Zionist” tradition that included figures such as first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, war criminal and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, down onto the racist, anti-Palestinian leaders of the current Israeli Labor Party has always been an exclusionary settler-colonial movement, of a fundamentally racist character.

Peres claimed to be a great “peace” leader, but in fact he was instrumental in promoting Israel’s arms trade around the world. He also worked closely with the white supremacist regime in South Africa during the 1970s, on nuclear arms technology and testing – a relationship that was beneficial to both apartheid regimes.

Jul 21 09:54

After Warning of 'Large and Painful Military Operation,' Israel Begins Massive Bombing of Gaza

"Israeli snipers shoot and kill scores of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, including kids, then calls it self-defense. When a Palestinian sniper fires at one Israeli soldier, Israel bombs Gaza with F-16s and preps for all out war."

Jul 21 09:47

Just boycott settlements? Liberal Zionist agenda faces huge pressure now

After shunting the “nation state of the Jewish people” law to page A7 in yesterday’s editions, today the New York Times did the right thing and put the story on its front page, column 1.

But then in a classic instance of shilling for Israel, the Times buries a vital piece of information — that Palestinians comprise 21 percent of the Israeli population. The paper waited until the 13th paragraph to disclose that figure, well off the front page.

Opponents say the law will inevitably harm the fragile balance between the country’s Jewish majority and Arab minority, which makes up about 21 percent of a population of nearly nine million.

Jul 21 09:25

AFTER WARNING OF 'LARGE AND PAINFUL MILITARY OPERATION,' ISRAEL BEGINS MASSIVE BOMBING OF GAZA

The airstrikes began to slam Gaza just hours after Israeli soldiers gunned down at least three Palestinians during anti-occupation demonstrations. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says one of its soldiers was killed by retaliatory gunfire from the Palestinians.

"Israel, one of the most powerful military powers in the world, is about to launch a military campaign with F-16s, Tanks, Naval ships and drones against a besieged, stateless population in Gaza."
—Yousef Munayyer, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights

"Palestinian defense forces fired back at Israeli snipers who have been murdering Palestinian men, women, and children for weeks," noted journalist Ali Abunimah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I predicted yesterday, Tel Aviv, understanding how Americans were being heavily bombarded with Anti-Trump, Anti-Russian propaganda this week, as a result of the Helskinki Summit, believed that this would be the best one of the best possible "windows" for their genocide of Gaza.

Prayers for our innocent brothers and sisters in Gaza, who will most likely get assassinated in this round of Israel's version of "the killing fields", and prayers also for those Israelis who understand that this new wave of assinations is a very bad idea.

UPDATE; BREAKING ON FOX: HAMAS HAS ACCEPTED A NEW CEASE FIRE WITH ISRAEL: unfortunately, if Israel does not want this to hold, it will not hold.

I have to wonder if Netanyahu even bothered to inform President Trump that this would be happening.

I still cannot wrap my head around the reality that some dangerously powerful people in the US military industrial complex, decided to characterize President Trump as a "traitor" for having done this summit, when he was very dramatically attempting to de-escalate tensions with Russia. He knew this would be risky, yet he was willing to take the risk: I congratulate him on this.

But being old enough to remember this, I recall that the same kinds of posters went up in Dallas, on the same day, and right before President Kennedy was assassinated:

The Price of Encouraging Political Violence

And to all those who may be thinking that extreme, mob violence is the answer to the "problem" of the existence of Trump as our President, I would ask you to please... think again.

Jul 21 09:23

‘The New York Times’ parrots Israeli brigadier general on Gaza attack

Documenting New York Times pro-Israel bias is its coverage of Gaza is tiresome but necessary. In today’s print edition, the paper’s first sentence claims that Israel’s latest aerial assault on the open-air prison territory started “after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border fence.”

Hold on. If you read down to the 20th paragraph, you eventually learn that a day earlier, Israel had killed a Hamas “militant” in southern Gaza. You didn’t read it in the Times, but Hamas immediately denounced what it called a “cold-blooded crime” and promised retaliation.

So in fact, it was Israel, not the Gazans, who triggered the latest escalation.

Jul 21 09:19

Giving Voice To Those Whom Israel Relentlessly Demonizes

“You wouldn’t last a day if you were in the Gaza Strip,” a young woman in a cap and gown snarled at me several weeks ago. I stood in a long line of activists that newly-minted graduates and their families encountered as they left Harvard Yard. We were holding banners and the names of more than 100 Gazans killed during the creative, unarmed demonstrations in the Great March of Return.

In past years our graduation protest has attracted both muttered hostility and thumbs-up gestures. The anger expressed this year had a more frenzied edge to it, reflecting Israel’s dehumanization of Palestinians and determination not to let the outside world see that Gazans are people too.

Jul 21 09:17

Israel launches major assault on Gaza

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and artillery fire Friday night after dropping some 50 tons of munitions on the territory over the past week.

An Israeli soldier and three Palestinian fighters were killed during exchanges of fire on Friday, according to reports.

Jul 21 08:39

ISRAEL DECLARES ITSELF APARTHEID STATE

The Knesset passed early Thursday a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that "the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people," with 62 lawmakers voting in favor of the legislation and 55 opposing it.

Jul 21 05:42

Philip Giraldi: Trump Is Israel’s “Useful Idiot”

The claim made by many neoconservatives that Israel and the United States are partners in the Middle East because their strategic interests are identical is belied by the fact that the Israelis are more than willing to ignore Washington when its suits them to do so. The claim of identical interests has always been false, promoted by the Zionist media and an intensively lobbied Congress to make the lopsided relationship with an essentially racist and apartheid regime more palatable to the American public, but, in wake of the slaughter in Gaza and pending legislation in the Knesset empowering Israeli communities to ban non-Jewish residents, it completely lacks any credibility.

It would probably surprise most American friends of Israel to learn that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited Moscow three times so far this year, particularly as Russia has been getting vilified in the U.S. mainstream media on an almost daily basis. There is a reason for the Russophobia beyond what Moscow might or might not have done in the 2016 election.>>>

Jul 20 15:43

Bringing justice to the Holy Land is a basic test of humanity: The UK Foreign Office still fails it

Stuart Littlewood highlights the British government’s continuing support for Israeli crimes, as exemplified by Muslim Conservative peer Tariq Ahmad who seems “to have joined the ranks of those anxious to downplay Israel's crimes and guarantee the rogue state's impunity”. >>

Jul 20 11:56

Israel's Defense Minister Says "Large And Painful Military Operation" Set For Gaza

After last weekend's significant escalation in Gaza involving Israeli airstrikes on 40 targets, which reportedly killed two teens and wounded over a dozen others, and over 30 rockets launched by Hamas toward southern Israel, all signs are currently pointing toward a broader outbreak of fighting as in new comments the Israeli defense minister is preparing the public for "a large and painful military operation" to come.

Israeli officials and media have broadly referred to this latest flare-up of hostilities as the biggest attack since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, and now Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is warning that Israel is prepared to go to war if Gazans don't cease releasing incendiary kites and balloons in attempts to set communities and farmlands in southern Israel ablaze.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: expect an Israeli genocide of Gaza shortly.

Jul 20 11:23

IDF strikes deep in Gaza after troops come under fire, amid talk of 4th Gaza war

The Israel Air Force launched a major wave of strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday evening as a cabinet minister said Israel was preparing a massive response to Hamas’s failure to heed repeated Israeli warnings to end the violence along the Gaza border.

“At this time our aircraft are carrying out widespread attacks against terror targets belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said, adding that this came after the “serious shooting incident against our forces,” referring to sniper fire at IDF troops during a riot on the border earlier in the day.

Following the strikes, rocket warning sirens wailed in communities around Gaza. At least two projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system and another fell in an open field, the army said. There were no reports of projectiles falling in Israeli communities or injuries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the US is embroiled with faux Trumpophobic and Russiaphobic charges, stemming from the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin, Tel Aviv may believe that this is, very possibly, the best possible time for the IDF to simply bomb evertying that moves in Gaza, including infants, women, and the medically fragile elderly, and figures Netanyahu can give his rationale for the genocide to Trump later.

There has already been a major call for the IDF to expect a military action against Gaza soon.

Israeli Army told to prepare for larg scale military operation in Gaza

Jul 20 11:06

Gaza Patients Appeal to the World to Save Their Lives

Patients in Gaza’s hospital’s organised a sit-in in central Gaza City to appeal to the international community, Quds Press reported, Tuesday.

The sit-in included those wounded by Israel as well as rights groups. It took place in front of Erez Crossing where Gazans can pass through to receive treatment in Israel or Palestinian hospitals in West Bank.

Speakers at the sit-in said that Gaza’s hospitals suffer from shortages in medicines, lab equipment and testing materials due to the Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions and the Israel’s siege of the strip.

The patients called for the international community to save their lives by lifting the siege and sanctions.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, called for an, “immediate and unconditional end of the suffering of the Gaza patients.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel should be ashamed that Gaza patients have to do this, in order to get attention to the appalling conditions of Gaza's hospitals; of course, all the politicians in Tel Aviv have, collectively, had their conscience removed before they took the job in the Knesset.

Alsolease be aware that the link inside the article is from 2012; the link which should have been used is as follows: Israeli Army told to prepart for large-scale military operation in Gaza

Jul 20 10:45

Syria’s Assad Set to Recover Golan Frontier as Surrender Deal Agreed: Sources

President Bashar Assad is set to recover control of the Syrian frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender terms, sources on both sides said Thursday.

Backed by Russian air power and unopposed by Assad’s foreign adversaries, government forces have swept through southwestern Syria in the last month in one of the swiftest campaigns of the war, forcing surrender on massively outgunned rebels.

The campaign, which has already restored Assad’s control over a critical portion of the frontier with Jordan, marks another milestone in his efforts to recover control of the country fractured by more than seven years of conflict.

There was no government confirmation of the Qunaitra agreement. State media cited “reports” a deal had been reached. It was not clear when implementation would begin.

A copy of the agreement sent to Reuters by a rebel source said insurgents had negotiated the deal with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions here are, to what lengths will Russia and Al Assad go to recover the Golan from Israel, and to what lengths Israel will go to keep it?!?

And the other question is, what can we do to keep the US from getting caught up in this fight, which could well turn into a hot war against Russia over the Golan?!?

Jul 20 10:39

Israel declares itself apartheid state, and gov’ts must hold it accountable — Omar Barghouti

This statement was released today by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee. “Israel effectively declares itself an apartheid state. Palestinian Civil Society Reacts to Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law.”?

Today, Israeli lawmakers gave their final approval to the “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People” bill that unambiguously defines Israel as a state that belongs exclusively to the “Jewish people.” This is despite the fact that one in five citizens of Israel is an indigenous, non-Jewish Palestinian.

Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset condemned the law, which enjoys constitutional power, as an “apartheid law.”

Adalah, a leading Palestinian human rights organization in Israel, describes how the law “affirms the principle of apartheid in housing, land and citizenship.” It concludes that “this law constitutionally sanctions institutionalized discrimination.”

Najwan Berekda, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, reacted:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the world, both governments, and individuals, need to move forward with BDS movement as quickly as is humanly possible; economics is a language the Israeli people, and government, understand very clearly.

Jul 20 10:27

Major Escalation in Gaza: Israel Launches Massive Attack After Hamas Snipers Fire at Troops

The Israel Defense Forces launched a massive attack on the Gaza Strip late Friday evening, following an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Hamas members in the Gaza Strip that left four militants dead.

Hamas' armed wing, Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed that the four who were killed were members of the organization.

The Israeli army stated that "at this hour, IDF jet planes started an extensive attack on terror targets related to the Hamas terror organization throughout the Gaza Strip."

The military said the attack came in response to "a grave shooting incident against our forces."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other reports way that at least one IDF soldier was also killed.

Jul 20 10:01

Israeli Conquest of Gaza Looms as IDF Told to Prepare to “Conquer” Gaza

Israel’s government has instructed the country’s military to prepare for a major military offensive against the Gaza Strip if the launching of “incendiary kites and balloons” over the Gaza-Israel border is not stopped by this Friday. If those objects continue to cross the border, Israel may decide it has “no choice” but to embark on a military campaign intended to “conquer all of Gaza,” according to a report that aired on Israel’s Channel 10 News on Tuesday and was cited by the Times of Israel.

Jul 20 09:58

USS Liberty Survivor Named US Delegate on Gaza Flotilla

Joe Meadors, a survivor of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, has joined the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla as the delegate from the United States. He will board the Al Awda (The Return), which left Corisca Sunday night for the final 1,000 miles to Gaza. Al Awda is one of four boats on the 75-day voyage from Scandinavia.

Meadors was a signalman on the bridge of the USS Liberty, a surveillance vessel operating in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea near Gaza during the 1967 Six-Day Arab-Israreli war.

Israeli war planes and torpedo boats attacked the vessel, killing 34 U.S. sailors and wounding 174 crew members.

Jul 20 09:51

FLASHBACK - Norman Finkelstein - ISRAEL is a Lunatic State - BBC HARDTALK 2012

Jul 20 09:48

Hamas: Nation-State bill officially defines Israel as apartheid entity

Hamas strongly denounced on Thursday the adoption by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, of the new Nation-State Basic Law, charging Israel of officially adopting an apartheid system of rule.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said “such a racist law” has seen the day thanks to the US unconditional support for the Israeli occupation and its apartheid regime.

“Such a law will not change the defacto situation. The Palestinians are and will forever remain the real sovereigns in Palestine”, said Barhoum.

He called on the Palestinians to opt for a unified national strategy so as to defend Palestinians’ rights and land against such schemes.

Hamas urged the international community to work on reining in the unabated flow of Israel’s apartheid policies and prosecute the Israeli occupation for its flagrant breaches of international resolutions.

Jul 20 09:06

Israel Enshrines Jewish Identity in Law Amid Opposition Outcry

The passage of the law is “a defining moment in the history of the State of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “We have etched our language, our anthem and our flag in the rock of law.”

Jul 20 09:03

Why is Israel targeting Turkey’s presence in Jerusalem?

Israel is targeting the presence of Turkish activity in occupied Jerusalem. It began with a suspicious leak to Haaretz newspaper on 28 June about a Palestinian and Arab complaint to Tel Aviv regarding the growing Turkish activity in Jerusalem and the demand for it to be restricted. The matter then developed with the Israeli media publishing plans and strategies to confront this presence, and then reaching practical implementation with the arrest of Turkish citizen Ebru Ozkan for several weeks on baseless charges and accusations. Finally, TIKA official in Gaza, Mohamed Murtaja, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on the pretext of providing assistance to Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Jul 20 09:03

The US embassy move will embolden Israel to colonise Jerusalem

In his recent visit to the UK the US President Mr. Donald Trump was received with a huge London protest organised by a number of organisations and activists. London’s protesters criticised Trump’s racist remarks, his policies against refugees and migrants and many other human rights problems he has caused in the US and abroad.

The Palestinian people have been one of the victims of US foreign policy over the past decades, but Trump has made it significantly worse. The US has been the main broker of the “peace process” in the Middle East, but unfortunately it has worked hard to maintain Israel’s regime of occupation, colonisation and apartheid against any justice demands by the Palestinians. Trump’s administration introduced a new reality, in which the US even stopped pretending to be a peace broker. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem two months ago presents the most important symbolic step expressing this reality.

Jul 20 08:57

Netanyahu Brags About Collusion with Trump - Media Silent

In a leaked tape, Benjamin Netanyahu boasts about making Trump pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. This will not make the evening news.

Jul 20 08:38

Why Israel Got the Biggest Win From Helsinki

“I think we really came to a lot of good conclusions, a really good conclusion for Israel,” Trump told interviewer Sean Hannity immediately after the meeting. Putin, Trump said, “is a believer in Israel. He's a fan of Bibi. He is really helping him a lot and will help him a lot, which is good for all of us.”
Note: As an American citizen I hang my head in shame.

Jul 20 08:27

Gaza Killings: Who is to blame? | Head to Head

Jul 20 07:23

Trumps Friends In Israel Are Arming Ukraine’s Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion

Israel Is Arming Ukraine’s Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion

Jul 20 07:16

TELL CONGRESS: Vote NO on $38 billion to Israel!

(*The Foreign Aid That Never Was Intended To Be Cut ?
Save Your Gigs !)

Jul 20 06:57

Israel Declares Itself Apartheid State

Jul 19 15:27

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza

time to snatch the remaining Palestinian land?

Jul 19 12:40

ISRAEL PASSES JEWISH-ONLY 'NATIONAL SELF-DETERMINATION' LAW DESPITE OUTCRY

The Israeli Knesset has approved the 'nation-state bill' that promotes Jewish-only settlements, downgrades Arab language status and limits the right to self-determination to Jews. Arab MPs chided the law as racist.
The bill, which has the status of a basic law (approximately the same as a constitutional law in countries with a written constitution), was passed overnight to Thursday with 62 votes in favor and 55 against after hours of fierce argument and debate. It will now come into force as soon as it's published in the Knesset's Official Gazette.

The law, which had been in the works since 2011, has sparked a wave of protests, which spilled over the Israeli border and angered the influential Jewish diaspora in the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The passage of this bill sets the stage for a complete annexation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, and by any means necessary, including assassinations.

It is no accident that two days ago, the following article appeared ini the timesofisrael.com Israeli Army told to prepare for a large-scale military operation in Gaza

The drop-dead date is Friday of this week, and the Israeli government sent an ultimatum to Hamas to stop sending incendiary kites into Israel; of course, even if Hamas complies, one can fully expect a false flag, burning kite incident to speed up the campaign as of tomorrow.

Jul 19 11:00

Israeli army blows up three Palestinian wells in occupied Hebron

As the extensive Israeli military invasion into the southern West Bank district of Hebron continues to escalate, the soldiers destroyed, on Thursday morning, water wells, and the entrances of several Palestinian homes. Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers destroyed several Palestinian water wells, detonated the entrances of eight apartments, in Hebron city, violently searched many residences and kidnapped at least one Palestinian. Also in Hebron, the army invaded Farsh al-Hawa area, and the area around the al-Ahli Hospital, before storming a residential building, and violently searched several apartments. During the invasions, the soldiers detonated three Palestinian water wells. The soldiers invaded two workshops in Hebron city, allegedly used for manufacturing weapons, and also stormed and ransacked many homes in the towns of Sa‘ir and Bani Ne‘im, east of Hebron, and placed concrete blocks, closing Hebron’s northern road

Jul 19 10:46

Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, under armed security by the Israeli police, on Wednesday, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av.

Tisha B’Av notably commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temple, which Jews believe were located where Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, now stands.

Local witnesses told Ma’an that dozens of Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli police stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, which Israeli forces have taken under their control since the beginning of occupation.

Eyewitnesses added that the raids were in the form of consecutive large groups of Israeli settlers entering the compound.

Meanwhile, Israeli police forces were deployed across the entire compound and at the entrance gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, confiscating ID cards from Palestinian youths and women, in order to allow them entry into the compound.

Jul 19 10:45

36 Jewish groups defend Israel critics from ‘false accusations of anti-Semitism’

Thirty-six far left Jewish groups from around the world have signed a statement condemning the conflation of anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel.

“As social justice organizations from around the world, we write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in particular,” the statement says. “These attacks too often take the form of cynical and false accusations of anti-Semitism that dangerously conflate anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of occupation and apartheid.”

Among the U.S.-based groups to sign the statement are Jewish Voice for Peace, which initiated the statement; Jews for Palestinian Right of Return; Jews of Color & Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in Solidarity w/ Palestine; and Jews Say No!

Jul 19 10:45

From the Freedom Flotilla, Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Calls for a Boycott of Israel

Jul 19 10:44

Top US senator warns Israel against deal with Russia over Syria

A senior US lawmaker early Thursday warned Israel against making a deal with Russia on the future of Syria.

“To our friends in Israel — be very careful making agreements with Russia re Syria that affect U.S. interests,” tweeted South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a former Republican presidential candidate.

“I don’t trust Russia to police Iran or anyone else in Syria. U.S. must maintain presence in Syria to ensure ISIS doesn’t come back and to counter Russia/Iran influence,” he added.

Jul 19 10:42

Syrian civil war: Israeli army turns away refugees fleeing fighting at border

Syrians fleeing fighting in the country’s south have been turned away from the Golan Heights border area by Israeli soldiers, video footage shows.

Several dozen people can be seen approaching the Israeli-occupied frontier in Al Jazeera footage of the incident, waving white cloths in an apparent request for help or refuge.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said an officer on the Israeli side of the militarised fence told the crowd in Arabic, “Go back before something bad happens. If you want us to be able to help you, go back,” using a megaphone. “Get a move on.”

Jul 19 10:40

Israel Okays Law Limiting Palestinian Access to Courts

The Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on Tuesday approved the second and third readings of legislation that critics say will limit Palestinian access to the Israeli judicial system and pave the way for the “Judaization” of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The controversial legislation, which was introduced by Israel’s right-wing Jewish Home party, was approved in a vote of 56 to 48.

The law will effectively transfer jurisdiction over administrative issues related to the occupied West Bank from the Israeli Supreme Court to the Administrative Court in Jerusalem.

Critics see the legislation as another step toward the de-facto annexation of the West Bank by Israel.

The law will also prohibit human rights groups — along with Palestinians affected by Israeli violations — from petitioning Israel’s Supreme Court.

Jul 19 10:21

‘HUSH’ IS THE NEW LAW IN ISRAEL

Israel can now ban critics of the occupation from giving presentations to school children, according to a law passed Monday night by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Known as the“Breaking the Silence” law.

Jul 19 07:54

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

Israel passed a law on Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid.

The "nation-state" law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. Some Arab lawmakers shouted and ripped up papers after the vote.

"This is a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset after the vote.

Jul 18 14:31

In recording, Netanyahu boasts Israel convinced Trump to quit Iran nuclear deal

In a video clip aired Tuesday by Israeli television, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal.

In the video, which the Kan public broadcaster said was filmed two weeks ago, Netanyahu can be seen speaking to activists and senior members from his Likud party.

“We convinced the US president [to exit the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement,” Netanyahu says in the video. “And we didn’t give up.”

Jul 18 12:34

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza

Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. This followed reports that a Palestinian fire balloon landed on a kindergarten, causing no casualties.

The Israeli Army has been told to prepare for a “large-scale military operation” against the Gaza Strip, and the military has recently been conducting drills simulating a full-scale military conquest of the entire strip.

Hamas is scrambling to try to stop the balloon and kite flying from their side of the border, but an invasion is expected in fairly short order if they are anything short of 100% successful. The Israeli military doesn’t seem to be immediately on board for such a war, however.

Senior Israeli officers are pushing the government to try something other than an invasion first, suggesting that they might be able to “pressure” Gaza’s civilians in an attempt to force Hamas to avoid the war.

Jul 18 09:10

A MESSAGE FROM ROGER WATERS

No updates available yet on the fate of those ‘captured’ by the Israeli pirates

Gaza bound with cargo of medicine. Godspeed our hearts are with you.

Jul 18 09:06

A MUST WATCH BEFORE ZION BANS IT … WHAT ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW

Rarely seen archival footage accompanies memories and accounts of forgotten Palestinian cities – highlighting the catastrophic effect the creation of Israel in 1948 had on them.

Haifa, Nazareth, and Jaffa have all been overshadowed by Tel Aviv, but in their day each of the Palestinian cities had magnificent commercial and cultural ability.

“Palestinians born after 1948 don’t realise what they have missed,” says writer Raef Zreik.

“We only realise what we’ve lost when we hear people’s stories about Palestine before 1948. People who spent the night at to clubs and movies in Haifa, who spent the night there and the next day took taxis from Al-Hanateer Square to go back home at the American University in Beirut. You could do what you liked. We not only lost our cities in 1948, but also our open relationship with the Arab world.”

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Jul 18 08:21

RACHEL CORRIE ~~ MURDERED BY THE STATE OF ISRAEL 5 YEARS AGO

May her memory be a Blessing to all that fight injustice anywhere in this world.

Below is footage from Rachel’s last interview conducted by Middle East Broadcasting Company on March 14th, 2003, two days before she was murdered by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Jul 18 08:10

‘The occupation is acting without deterrence in Gaza,’ says head of Gaza committee

“The occupation is acting as if it reigns in the Gaza Strip, doing whatever it likes with Gaza’s land and inhabitants, including [enforcing the] siege, starving, and killing [people]. The occupation is trying to impose the will of the most powerful who seeks to subjugate the weak and control his fate in a way very much similar to the law of the jungle,” said Youssef during a press release.

“He who sees the practices of occupation in the Gaza Strip can hardly believe that this world is regulated by a system of laws and legislation that preserve human rights, and regulate the relationship of political entities among themselves in a way that guarantees the dignity and existence of everyone.”

Jul 18 08:09

US Episcopal Church adopts boycott of Israel

The US Episcopal Church has announced it has adopted a series of human rights resolutions which will set a screening mechanism for Israeli companies.

According to the resolution, the companies will be screened for human rights violations and activities.

The number of Episcopal Church followers in the United States is estimated at 2 million.

The vote on the resolutions which took place on Friday at the church’s headquarters in Austin, Texas and is considered a new victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Jul 18 08:09

Nothing costs the occupation more than peaceful resistance

The internal debates in the political and media arenas in Israel do not seem to indicate that there has been a decision to wage a war on Gaza. The government, especially Netanyahu and the Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, are leaning towards not carrying out such an attack for reasons related to the occupation’s inability to completely eliminate Hamas. Also because of the enormous media and political costs of the war, based on the experiences of the three previous wars.

On the other hand, other parties in the government, such as Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, are pushing for war, perhaps to register political goals against the Likud.

Jul 18 08:08

Labour under pressure from pro-Israel proxies over ‘chaotic’ definition of anti-Semitism

The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) claims that the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has treated Jews unfairly by adopting a definition of anti-Semitism which excludes criticism of the State of Israel as an example of racism. The JLM wants the definition of anti-Semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to be adopted in its entirety. Labour’s NEC, however, dropped the section of this definition which claimed that “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” and “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g. by claiming that the State of Israel is a racist endeavour” are examples of anti-Semitism.

Jul 18 08:07

Aftermath Of Israeli Strikes Proves Israel Is Targeting History, Culture And Ordinary Civilians

After the Israeli army bombarded Gaza on Saturday, killing two children and causing damage to public, civilian facilities, it became apparent that the soldiers were also targeting a prominent building, meant for preserving and displaying Palestinian archeology, arts and culture.

The Palestinian TV has reported that some of the Israeli missiles targeted the “Arts and Crafts Village”, which is run by the City Council in Gaza, and was founded by late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, in 1998, with funding from the UNDP.

The Arts and Craft Village building is filled with archeological materials, including pottery, metal crafts, and various historical valuables.

Jul 18 08:06

Extremist Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes, Torch West Bank Farmland

Jewish settlers attacked, on Tuesday, Palestinian homes in the northern West Bank village of Assira al-Qibliya, and set farmland on fire, according to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlers’ activities in the north of the West Bank.

Daghlas told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement attacked the Palestinian homes and torched land planted with olive trees.

He said that residents rushed to defend their homes and land but the Israeli army intervened, to protect the settlers, and confronted the residents, shooting at them to keep them back.

Jul 18 08:06

TELL CONGRESS: Vote NO on $38 billion to Israel!

Please contact your Congressional representatives and tell them to vote No on the bill to give Israel $38 billion of our tax money over the next ten years!

This is the largest military aid package in U.S. history and amounts to approximately $23,000 for every Jewish Israeli family of four.

The bill makes into law an agreement by the Obama administration that is to take effect in 2019. It is being considered concurrently in both the Senate and the House.

The bill is entitled “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018” (in the House the number is H.R.5141 and in the Senate it is S.2497).

Aid to Israel is almost never challenged or even debated in Congress, and the media largely fail to report on it.

Jul 18 07:29

US Embassy in Jerusalem to cost more than $21 million -- nearly 100 times President Trump’s estimate

President Donald Trump may have written the book on deal-making, but when it comes to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, it appears he won’t be getting the bargain he wanted.

Documents filed with the official database of federal spending show that the State Department awarded the Maryland-based company Desbuild Limak D&K a contract for $21.2 million to design and build an “addition and compound security upgrades” at the embassy. These updates will be made to the former consular building in Jerusalem -- the embassy’s temporary location.

Jul 18 07:24

'Collective punishment': Israel blocks fuel shipment to Gaza

The Kerem Shalom crossing, known to Palestinians as Karem Abu Salem, was shut down on July 9 and initially, only items deemed as "humanitarian" would be allowed to enter Gaza, such as food, hygiene and medical supplies, fuel, animal feed and livestock.

However, the defence ministry announced late on Monday that fuel and gas deliveries will also be suspended, and that the crossing will remain open only for food and medicine on a case-by-case basis.

"In light of the continued terror efforts of Hamas, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has decided, after consulting with the chief of [military] staff, to close Kerem Shalom for the passage of fuel and gas until Sunday," a statement from the ministry said.

Jul 18 07:21

Israel Collected $100m From Palestinians. Now It Wants to Use the Money to Upgrade Roadblocks

The Finance Ministry and the Population and Immigration Authority are exploring a variety of ways to use an accumulated 380 million shekels ($105 million) in sick leave compensation sitting in accounts of Palestinian laborers with Israeli work permits. An option being considered is to put the money toward upgrading border crossings between the West Bank and Israel.

The funds were paid by the Palestinians’ Israeli employers after deducting the sums from the workers' wages. Little of the money has reached the workers themselves and the High Court of Justice will hold an initial hearing next week on a petition filed about two years ago about the disposition of the funds.

Jul 18 07:12

DC Elites Shocked at Trump Bromance with Putin but Give Israel’s Netanyahu a Pass

While Putin’s behavior has been objectionable, there is something profoundly hypocritical about the US elite pretending that the US doesn’t embrace people like Putin all the time.

Take Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He is guilty of most of the same infractions held against Putin. Netanyahu openly campaigned for the Republican candidates in 2012 and 2016. He openly interfered in US politics by insisting on addressing Congress to derail the Iran nuclear deal (a quest in which he ultimately succeeded, putting the US closer to war footing with Iran).

In fact, Netanyahu was one of those foreign influencers pushing Trump to do a “grand bargain” with . . . Vladimir Putin. The Israeli leader allegedly pushed for lifting of US sanctions on Putin and his circle in return for Putin pushing Iran out of Syria. (Note that in this scenario Netanyahu makes out like a bandit but the US gets almost nothing in return for essentially recognizing the Russian annexation of Crimea).

Jul 18 06:42

Ocasio-Cortez “Evolves” Her Position on Palestine to Please Zionist Democratic Mega-Donors

During a recent interview with PBS and just two weeks after her historic upset victory against 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed already to be walking back from at least some of her more “radical” positions voiced prior to her Democratic primary win.

While her primary victory has certainly made the young New Yorker a new “rising star” in the Democratic Party, all the new attention seems to have come at a price, particularly as she now aims to court major Democratic Party donors as the general election approaches. Many of those donors, such as the Zionist entertainment billionaire Haim Saban, are unlikely to be supportive of her past positions on key issues, particularly her prior statements on Israel and Palestine.

Jul 18 06:41

PSY-Group to Black Cube: Israel’s Role in Global Cyber-Election Meddling

When it comes to provable election meddling, including social media campaigns to smear politicians, Israel has become the “go to” place for politicians to seek election victory through guile and deceit.

Jul 18 06:37

Between Israel’s bullets and bulldozers

The shepherding community of Khirbet al-Malih is located in a hilly area of the Jordan Valley in the northeast corner of the occupied West Bank. Pockets of families live in metal-frame tents in small Bedouin encampments. Israel occupied the area in 1967 and, like some 60 percent of the West Bank, it is under full Israeli military control.

Since the 1970s, this area has also been an Israeli live-fire military zone, along with around half of the rest of the Jordan Valley, according to the rights group B’Tselem.

Jul 18 06:36

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must not cower before Israel lobby

Obama’s views became topical after a frankly ridiculous recent article in The New Yorker claiming that senior members of the Obama administration, including the president himself, had in 2015 been “shocked” by State Department maps showing the extent of Israeli colonization of the occupied West Bank.

The maps supposedly awoke them – in the seventh year of the president’s administration – to how Israel’s unchecked settlement construction was destroying the possibility of their cherished “two-state solution.”

“Alarmed by Israeli actions depicted in the maps, Obama decided to abstain on a UN Security Council resolution condemning the settlements, clearing the way for its passage,” reporter Adam Entous writes.

I told Aaron Maté of The Real News that the notion Obama and his top officials were not already deeply aware of everything Israel was doing is insulting to our intelligence.

Jul 18 05:06

Exposed! How Britain’s anti-Semitism scaremongers operate

This article about the British charitable organisation, the Campaign against Anti-Semitism (CAA), and its officers, Gideon Falter and Steve Silverman, examines events in England but ought to serve as a cautionary message for Canadians and Americans. The article will delve into the corrosive methods of the CAA; review the manner in which this ultra-Zionist group "discovers" anti-Semitic "incidents"; examine their inaccurate statistical "studies" and see how they seek to intimidate political parties, venues, the press and others; and look at the court cases which the CAA has prosecuted ... In the last 18 months Britain's largest political party, the Labour Party, has suspended and expelled over a hundred of its members for expressing their views on Israel or Jewish history.

Jul 17 14:56

Red Alert - Gaza -Jm Stone Report

RED ALERT: ISRAEL IS PREPARING TO ATTACK GAZA VERY VERY BADLY TO COVER FOR PUTIN'S REMARKS ABOUT HILLARY. THEY WANT HILLARY'S $400,000,000 FORGOTTEN.

Jul 17 14:44

Israel halts all fuel deliveries to Gaza (video)

Israeli authorities halted the deliveries of fuel through the Karam Abu Salem border crossing into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, severing the only commercial crossing into Gaza for goods and fuel.

Footage shows the quiet border crossing, with trucks parked and drivers inactive due to the closure of traffic.

According to reports, trucks carrying certain items, such as medicine, are still permitted to pass through.

Israeli authorities claim the closure came in response to attacks on nearby Israeli settlements from within Gaza which utilised incendiary balloons.

Jul 17 10:42

China May Boost Iranian Oil Purchases Once US Sanctions Step Into Force - Report

Washington's "comprehensive" package of sanctions against Tehran are expected to kick in this November, but officials say the main target, Iranian crude oil exports, will likely simply be diverted from one group of buyers to another.

A senior US energy official has told The Wall Street Journal that Washington expects China to buy up much of the oil others won't due to the threat of US sanctions. Beijing, according to the official, will likely make the purchases through the same bank it used during the previous rounds of sanctions to get around US penalties.

This includes the Bank of Kunlun Co, Ltd, a bank affiliated with the China National Petroleum Corp with limited exposure to the global financial system. The US has threatened to sanction "everybody, including China" if they purchase Iranian oil once sanctions step into effect.

Worker repairs a part of a unit of the Tehran oil refinery, in Tehran, Iran. (File)
© AP PHOTO / VAHID SALEMI

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What the US apparently has done, as a fall out from the withdrawal from the P5+1 deal, is to drive Iran, Russia, and China ever closer together, economically, geopolitically, and militarily.

Why does the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, seem to always infect US foreign policy with such "magical thinking", as to cause things like this to happen?!?

And it is neither a product of purely Democratic, or purely Republican administrations; this critical fault lies in all of them.

Jul 17 09:49

Situation in Gaza Strip Remains Tense with Little Chances of De-escalation Soon

Protests have been happening for more than two months by Palestinians along the Gaza Strips. Their demands: to be allowed to return home and to have their lands returned after the expulsion from 70 years ago.

Since the beginning of the protests on March 30th, Israeli forces have wounded more than 15 000 people and have killed as many as 135 Palestinians, according to the health officials in Gaza.

The situation in recent months has gone from bad worse, mostly due to the US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinians are left to look for international support to stop what it sees as a destruction of its last hopes to defend their interests and to achieve statehood.

Jul 17 09:48

IRELAND SETS THE PACE FOR BDS

Ireland becomes the first country ever to pass a law boycotting goods from illegal Israel settlements in Palestine!

Jul 17 09:40

Pompeo Rejects EU Appeal for Iran Sanctions Exemptions

While Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin says that exemptions from US sanctions against Iran will be considered in certain cases, the European Union is apparently not going to be one of them. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he has rejected EU appeals for Iran exemptions.

Senior officials from Britain, France, and Germany have all urged the US not to apply the sanctions to EU nations’ companies when they start going into effect next month. The EU has passed laws rejecting US sanctions, and forbidding their companies from complying with them.

Pompeo and Mnuchin told the EU, however, that they want “unprecedented financial pressure” on Iran, and that they will not ease any sanctions until they see a tangible change in Iranian policy.

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The "drop dead date" for the rest of the world not buying Iranian oil is 4 November, right before the US mid-terms; one has to wonder if this foretells some massive US/Israeli strike against it, if Iranian oil still finds its way to market, to demonstrate President Trump's "butchness" on Iran.

This is a place where I absolutely have a (non-hurting, gentle) punch relationship with the current administration; dropping out of the P5+1 deal, which the IAEA told us was working, was a huge mistake here, and a sop to both Trump's Number One campain Contributor, Sheldon Adelson, and one of his BFFs in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Also, historically, Russia's military and civilian leadership have stated that should Iran be attacked, they would defend it militarily.

Were I President Trump, seeing what Russia accomplished in Syria, I would want to think long and hard, about a potential decap strike against Damascus.

Jul 17 09:26

US House Approved Latest Version of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Late last month, the US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee approved the latest version of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which is now one step closer to becoming law. The bill was introduced to Congress in March 2017, with the aim of prohibiting American companies from assisting international governmental organisations with boycotts against Israel. These organisations include the UN, whose high commissioner for human rights was tasked two years ago with drawing up a database of companies doing business in the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and the EU, whose trade regulations discourage business with settlements but fall short of prohibiting it. Even an individual in the US who supplies information about infringing companies to these bodies could be liable to a civil fine of up to $250,000, or a criminal penalty of up to $1 million.

Jul 17 08:09

Children start classes in Khan al-Ahmar school facing Israeli demolition

Children started their first day of classes in Khan al-Ahmar’s school on Monday.

The Palestinian school year typically starts at the beginning of September, but classes began early to try to halt the imminent demolition of the school in the occupied West Bank village.

The school was built in 2009 out of rubber tires and mud in an attempt to evade Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians using cement for construction. It has been under constant threats of demolition by Israel.

It is the only school in the area that is accessible to 160 children from five villages, Human Rights Watch stated.

Israeli occupation forces set up roadblocks at the entrances of the village, making it difficult for students from nearby communities to reach the school.

Jul 17 08:08

ICC judges order outreach to victims of war crimes in Palestine

Judges in The Hague have ordered the International Criminal Court to reach out to victims of war crimes in Palestine.

It is a sign the court may be inching towards ending Israeli impunity.

Jul 17 07:52

Riverdale alumni express outrage after elite NYC school cancels Israeli-Palestinian conflict class following parent pressure

However, one thing is certain: Joel Doerfler had no involvement whatsoever. He was neither in the classroom, nor in any way implicated in how another teacher responded to a discussion with his students. There is no reason why an incident involving Mr. Redden should have had any bearing on Mr. Doerfler.

Nonetheless, a group of Riverdale parents, some of whom no longer have children at the school, used the incident as an opportunity to attack Joel Doerfler. Following Mr. Redden’s suspension, this group of parents launched what appears to be a smear campaign against Mr. Doerfler and his course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their efforts culminated in a forum of parents and administrators in the school auditorium, where Mr. Doerfler was attacked on political grounds.

Jul 17 07:51

Israeli minister: Israeli jets should drop bombs over the heads of Gaza children

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennet has insisted that Israeli warplanes should drop bombs over the heads of Palestinian children flying kites into Israel, Ynet Net News reported.

During the meeting of the Israeli Security Cabinet on Sunday, which convened to discuss the latest Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, Bennet said: “Why not shoot anyone who launches aerial weapons at our communities, and at the cells?

“There is no legal impediment. Why shoot next to them and not directly at them? These are terrorists for all intents and purposes.”

Jul 17 07:50

Broad support for Palestinian rights and a boycott of Israel in Spain’s largest cities

The international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has said that a number of major cities in Spain announced their strong support last month for the rights of the Palestinian people. They also condemned the decision of President Donald Trump to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem, as well as the recent Israeli massacres in Gaza.

In a report issued by the movement on Monday, it explained that the City Council of the Spanish capital Madrid condemned the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians and called for an end to the illegal blockade imposed on more than 2 million Palestinians in Gaza.

In Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, there was support for the Palestinian call to stop arming Israel. The Barcelona City Council voted by an overwhelming majority to impose a comprehensive military embargo on Israel and urged the Spanish government to ensure its implementation.

Jul 17 07:49

Israeli soldiers fired ‘deliberate shots’ at slain Palestinian paramedic, NGO finds

Israeli soldiers killed slain Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar with “deliberate shots”, an investigation by Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem has concluded.

B’Tselem contrasted the findings of their investigation with “the changing versions supplied by the IDF Spokesperson” and concluded that “a routine of whitewashing [by Israeli authorities] ensures very slim chances of anyone being held accountable”.

According to B’Tselem, during a 1 June protest in the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers “deliberately fired at Palestinian paramedics wearing medical crew uniforms who were 25 meters from the fence”, killing Razan, and wounding two others.

At approximately 6pm, “a group of paramedics approached the fence to evacuate two young men suffering from teargas inhalation”, B’Tselem recounted. “The paramedics were wearing identifying uniforms and, as they approached, kept their hands up in the air”.

Jul 17 07:48

EU slams Israeli government attempts to conflate terrorism and BDS

European Union (EU) foreign minister Federica Mogherini sent a strongly-worded rebuke to Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, slamming his ministry’s “vague and unsubstantiated” claims that Brussels is financing “terrorism” and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

The letter, sent to Erdan on 5 July and obtained by Haaretz, also criticises the Israeli government for seeking to conflate “terrorism with the boycott issue”, efforts Mogherini described as “inopportune and misleading”, and liable to create “unacceptable confusion in the public eye regarding these two distinct phenomena”.

Mogherini was responding to a report published in May by the Strategic Affairs Ministry titled “The millions given by EU institutions to NGOs with ties to terror and boycotts against Israel”.

Jul 17 07:47

Israeli Knesset Passes “Breaking The Silence” Bill

The Israeli Knesset approved, on Monday night, the “Breaking The Silence” bill, granting the Minister of Education the power to prevent peace activists from the organization “Breaking the Silence” from entering schools, or to talking to students about their organization.

The approved bill passed with 43 Knesset members voting in favor, while 24 opposed it; in the wording of the bill, it describes Breaking the Silence members, former Israeli soldiers who decided to speak out against the ongoing military violations against the Palestinian people, as “external elements that act against the Israeli military, and the educational system.”

The Maan News Agency quoted Breaking The Silence as stating that Israel is now taking action to silence the activists, after using other means to try to stop them from speaking out against the Israeli occupation and its illegal practices.

Jul 17 07:46

Israel Reduces Fishing Zone For Gaza, Closes Crossing

The Israeli Authorities have decided, on Monday evening, to close Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, and to reduce the fishing zone allotted for the Palestinians in Gaza, from six to only three nautical miles.

Engineer Raed Fattouh, the chairman of the coordination committee for the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip, said the Israeli side has officially informed the Palestinians that it is closing Karem Abu Salem Crossing, which is used for the entry of goods into the coastal region, until further notice.

Fattouh added that Israel cited “security considerations” for shutting the crossing down, and said that only limited types of food supply, and medicine, will be allowed through.

Jul 17 07:44

Let’s talk about “We Will Not Allow Gaza To Be Rebuilt”

Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin speaks as though Israel has Gaza’s best interests in mind, but a little digging proves his words to be utterly disingenuous. Israel blockaded Gaza to begin with, so it is no hero when it occasionally allows a trickle of humanitarian aid across the border; Israel continues to consider Hamas an existential threat when in reality Hamas is too weak to inflict damage; and Israel calls for the release of 2 POWs and remains of 2, all the while holding thousands in detention and remains of at least 26.

Jul 17 07:43

Opinion: Zionism’s Terrorist Heritage

Terrorism has not only been around since before the founding of Israel – it has been tolerated, empowered, even glorified. All the while, Palestinians have been condemned for their resistance.

Jul 17 07:19

911: The impossible Cell Phone calls

I chat to Frederick C. Blackburn (also known as blackbird9) who studied engineering and then became an electrical engineer and had a career in IT. He had a Top Secret clearance in the USA. He gave lectures to: Military and Naval Intelligence personnel as well as NSA, CIA and FBI personnel about cell phone and other technology.

We discuss his specialist knowledge with regard to cell phones and why the cell phone technology of 911 did not allow cell phone calls to be received from people in planes. On 911 there were between 15-40 alleged cell phone calls from people on aircraft before the planes crashed into the Twin Towers or elsewhere. Frederick explains why those phone calls were impossible. 911 changed his life because he realised immediately that the collapsing towers as well as the cell phone calls were utterly impossible.

Jul 16 12:16

US Message To Assad: "We Will Pull Out Of Syria If Iran Withdraws"

As Presidents Trump and Putin are set to meet Monday in Helsinki, efforts toward winding down the proxy war in Syria will no doubt be high on the agenda.

We explained previously that the diplomatic cards for ending the war seem to have fallen into place as just days before the historic summit Netanyahu said in a stunning turnaround for Israeli policy fresh off his own visit with Putin in Moscow that "Israel does not object to President Bashar al-Assad’s regaining control over all of Syria" so long as Iranian forces are pushed back from the Israeli border, according to the New York Times.

And now according to a new bombshell report, US military commanders have conveyed to Syrian President Assad via Russian mediation that "we will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria."

Jul 16 12:15

‘NY Times’ uses old tricks to distort Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza

Once again, Israel has launched attacks on the open-air prison called Gaza. Once again, the New York Times has distorted its coverage to try and reduce Israel’s guilt. The Times used the following standard techniques in today’s online story by David Halbfinger:

Jul 16 12:11

Adam Garrie: US Veto Power, A Weapon of Mass Obstruction Granting Impunity for Israeli Killings

Geopolitical expert Adam Garrie says that the Israeli regime’s possession of nuclear weapons and the American veto power at the UN Security Council have provided the regime with a feeling of impunity for their daily violations of international laws.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, Adam Garrie said that the US exercises its veto power “like a weapon of mass obstruction” to shield the Zionist regime at the UN Security Council.

Mr. Garrie believes that the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, acts more like the Ambassador of the Zionist regime than that of the United States. He likened the UN Security Council to “a shopping center where Zionist propaganda is for sale” and the US envoy to “a shop keeper lying to her customers” while trying to insult the intelligence of the whole world.

Jul 16 11:55

Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses

The Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century” for the Palestine-Israel has, predictably, gone over like a lead balloon. So it’s shifting gears. The Washington Post reports, “With President Trump’s promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip – a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table.”

Don’t hold your breath.

The “Deal of the Century” was dead on arrival because it was based on the idea that Saudi Arabia and Egypt would “deliver the Palestinians” on the cheap in return for a more formal Saudi-Egyptian-Israeli-US alliance against Iran. The Palestinians were expected to be satisfied with economic-development aid while their aspirations for their own state were essentially tabled, that is, confined to the rubbish bin.

Jul 16 11:54

Israel Attacks Airbase Outside Northern Syrian City of Aleppo

Israel attacks Syrian military targets seemingly several times per week at this point. On Sunday, however, they carried out a very rare flurry of missile strikes in the far north of Syria, hitting Nayrab military airport in Aleppo.

Nayrab is being called an “Iranian-linked base” by Israeli media, and is adjacent to the international airport there. The attacks were confirmed by several different outlets, but exactly what was accomplished in the attack is disputed.

Syrian state media outlet SANA said only damage to material was accomplished, while other outlets reported multiple casualties, including at least two dead Syrian soldiers from the strike. There is no official report on casualties yet.

The Israeli military, as usual, offered no comment on the strikes, saying they don’t comment on reports which emerged in foreign media. Israeli media outlets are generally treating this as a probable attack, however, making it the third Israeli strike in Syria in the past week.

Jul 16 11:54

Israeli Lawmakers Advance Bill Limiting Palestinians From Petitioning High Court

The Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee cleared on Sunday a bill that limits the High Court of Justice's authority to hear petitions filed by Palestinians in the West Bank.

The committee approved the government-sponsored bill for second and third readings. The bill would see administrative petitions transferred to the Jerusalem District Court instead.

In Israel, the same justices sit on both the High Court of Justice and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the country's highest appeals court while the High Court functions as a trial court involving issues of justice that do not fall under the jurisdiction of any other court. Primarily, it deals with petitions against the State.

Jul 16 11:53

New Version of Nation-state Bill: Israel Will Encourage Establishment of Jewish-only Communities

The government coalition has reached an agreement regarding the clause in the “Jewish nation-state law” concerning the establishment of Jewish-only communities, Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett said Sunday.

Bennett said he had proposed the new wording of the clause, which states: “The state sees developing Jewish communities a national value and will act to encourage, promote and establish them.” The amended clause was approved by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, said Bennett.

The coalition has been making efforts over the past few days to reach agreement on the clause, which seeks to allow the establishment of Jewish-only communities, and became the target of harsh public and legal criticism.

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