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Aug 06 08:25

Israeli Eradication of History: Disappearing Mosques

The discovery of a rare aerial photo of Jerusalem in the 1930s, taken by a Zeppelin, has provided the long-sought after proof that when Israel occupied the Old City in 1967 it secretly destroyed an important mosque that dated from the time of Saladin close to the al-Aqsa mosque.

The destruction of the Sheikh Eid mosque – in an area widely considered to be the most sensitive site in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – revives questions about Israel’s continuing abuse of Islamic holy places under its control.

The issue has been in the spotlight recently because of a growing number of arson and vandalism attacks by Jewish extremists on mosques in Jerusalem and the West Bank, in what are termed “price-tag” attacks designed to dissuade the Israeli government from making diplomatic concessions to the Palestinians.

Aug 06 08:23

'His blood was on the floor': The night Israeli army stormed our Freedom flotilla and kidnapped us

On 29 July, the Israeli Navy stormed the Freedom Flotilla boat al-Awda and diverted it from its intended course to Gaza to Israel. Here Dr Ang Swee Chai, medical doctor on board, recalls what happened that night

Aug 06 08:10

A Glimmer of Hope in Bleak Palestine

The Palestinians’ deteriorating conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip makes even long-term optimism difficult. Neither a one-liberal-state nor two-state resolution seems in the offing because (if for no other reason) either would seem to spell political suicide for any foreseeable Israeli government. The one-staters have a good argument against the two-staters and vice versa. Would it really be easier for an Israeli prime minister to evict 400,000 Israeli Jews from the West Bank (leaving aside the more than 200,000 in formally annexed East Jerusalem) than it would be to agree to one secular democratic state in which non-Jews would soon outnumber Jews if they don’t already? I don’t see it.

Aug 06 08:07

Syrian Paper Claims Israel's Mossad Assassinated Chemical Weapons Expert

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has been accused of killing a top research director at a military agency linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
The al-Watan newspaper reported that Aziz Azbar, of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), died in a targeted blast Saturday night, in Syria’s Hama province.

It said Israel was suspected of carrying out the attack, although it provided no evidence for the claim.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syria war through local contacts, also reported Azbar’s death. It said he specialized in developing rocket systems at the center’s Masyaf facility in Hama. Azbar’s driver was also killed in the blast, according to al-Watan and the Observatory.

Aug 06 08:05

As Israel’s Syria aid operation winds down, IDF begins dismantling field clinic

The IDF announced Friday it was closing down an Israeli clinic on the Syrian border that has treated thousands of Syrians over the past year.

The Mazor Ladach field clinic, whose name means “relief for the suffering,” was part of the army’s multi-faceted humanitarian relief operation, dubbed Operation Good Neighbor and launched in 2013.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Syrians Israel treated included injured Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and ISIS fighters.

Aug 06 08:04

Israel reveals construction of new maritime barrier near Gaza

Israel's Defense Ministry released on Sunday first pictures of a new maritime barrier across the Gaza Strip coast.

The barrier is 200 meters long and 50 meters wide, and has a 6-meter-high fence. "This structure will require additional measures that will provide full coverage of the entire sea against infiltrations," the ministry said in a statement.

Israel's Border and Seam Planning Administration and the Engineering and Construction Department at the Defense Ministry started to construct the barrier about two months ago on the Zikim beach, near the Gaza border.

Israel decided to build the barrier after its 2014 military campaign in Gaza, during which Gaza militants attempted to cross into Israel through the sea.

Aug 06 07:56

Kushner Pushes for Millions of Palestinians in Jordan to Lose Refugee Status

Believing that the destruction of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) would both punish the Palestinians for rejecting President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and lay the groundwork for the US peace effort, Jared Kushner is trying to see Palestinians stripped of their refugee status.

Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump, has been pushing the matter with Jordanian officials, trying to get the Jordan government to strip all refugee status recognition from the over two million Palestinians living there.

The UNRWA has jurisdiction over in excess of five million Palestinian refugees across the region, with Jordan having the largest number. Refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank hold another two million,and the rest are in Syria and Lebanon.

Aug 06 04:18

JEWISH RACE SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHERS

Israeli Lawmaker Proclaims ‘Jewish Race’ Superior to All Others

(*The Form Of Racisim From Which All Other Forms Of Racism Come
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Aug 06 03:27

ISRAEL’ AND AMERICA JUST FAILED TO ASSASSINATE VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO

The usurping Zionist entity and the American ZOG just attempted to assassinate Chavista revolutionary and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, along with his wife, Cilia Flores, and several high-ranking officers of SEBIN (Venezuelan intelligence) and the Bolivarian Armed Forces. Multiple C-4-armed “suicide” drones were floating over the heads of the Venezuelan head of state, the First Lady and numerous military officials as he delivered a speech celebrating 81 years since the Venezuelan National Guard was formed.

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Aug 05 09:07

PIRACY … OVER AND OVER AGAIN … WESTERN SILENCE OVER AND OVER AGAIN

On Friday Israel attacked a Swedish yacht, in int’l waters exercising right of ‘innocent passage’ taking medical supplies to Gaza. All 12 people aboard kidnapped & illegally detained in Israel. Demand they be released to continue their journey.

Aug 05 08:20

HEAD OF SYRIA RESEARCH CENTRE KILLED IN CAR BOMBING

The head of a Syrian research facility that Western countries say was part of a chemical weapons programme was killed when his car was blown up, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan said on Sunday.

Aziz Asber was the director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre in Masyaf, near the city of Hama, which Western governments say was a covert Syrian government installation.

“(Asber) died after an explosion targeted his car in the Hama countryside,” al-Watan said in an online report.

The explosion occurred on Saturday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said. Who or what caused it is not known.

The Masyaf facility has previously been hit by what the Syrian government said were Israeli strikes in July and last year in September.

In April, missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France destroyed a Syrian Scientific Research Centre facility in Damascus, in response to a suspected poison gas attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like more "wet work" against Syria, courtesy of Israel's Mossad.

Aug 05 05:07

Video: LUAY AND AMIR IfAmericansKnew

Two more Palestinian deaths the media ignored, these were teenagers. Please share this 5-minute video so Luay’s and Amir's deaths won't be forgotten.
Note: And never forget that the United States and your tax dollars made this happen. This one rips my heart out.

Aug 04 16:09

Trump staffs up Mideast team for peace plan rollout

Timing on the release of the plan remains undecided. The State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies and Congress have been asked to detail personnel to the team for six months to a year, according to the officials, who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

For the plan to succeed or even survive the starting gate, it will need at least initial buy-in from both Israel and the Palestinians as well as from the Gulf Arab states, which officials say will be asked to substantially bankroll its economic portion. Arab officials have thus far adopted a wait-and-see approach.

Aug 04 15:59

Mass protest in Israel over ‘discriminating’ nation-state law

Tens of thousands are protesting in Tel Aviv against ‘nation-state’ law that prioritized Jewish values in Israel and has been criticized as discriminating sparking local and international condemnation.

Protesters have been holding signs "If we are brothers we must be equals" and "Our force is in our unity – the nation-state law differentiates between us," according to the Haaretz newspaper. They were waving Israeli and Druze flags.

The protests are led by the Druze community, an Arabic speaking minority whose members hold high positions in Israeli army and politics, that is says the new law discriminates against other groups in the country. The legislation, passed by the Knesset in July, downgrades Arab language status and limits the right to self-determination to Jews.

Aug 04 15:42

Kushner Reportedly Asks Jordan to End Refugee Status for 2 Mln Palestinians

According to Palestinian officials, Kushner pressed Amman to strip 2 million Palestinians of their refugee status, which would effectively end the need for the UNRWA in the country, according to Foreign Policy.

"[Kushner said] the resettlement has to take place in the host countries and these governments can do the job that UNRWA was doing," said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Aug 04 13:37

This will sicken you: Eyewitness describes hateful act of piracy by Israel against Norwegian boat on mercy mission

Malaysian-born Swee Ang is the first female Orthopaedic Consultant appointed to St Bartholomew (‘Barts’) and the Royal London Hospitals.

In the 1980s and 1990s she worked as trauma and orthopaedics consultant in the refugee camps of Lebanon and later for the United Nations in Gaza, and the World Health Organisation in the West Bank and Gaza. She is Founder and Patron of the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

She also treated the victims of the Pakistan (Kashmir) earthquake, and as consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon operated on and looked after the victims of the 7 July 2005 suicide bombs in the Royal London Hospital.

Dr Ang is the co-author of War Surgery and Acute Care of the War Wounded, and also wrote From Beirut to Jerusalem documenting her experience in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon and Gaza.

Aug 04 09:58

CORY BOOKER BACKTRACKS AFTER BEING PHOTOGRAPHED HOLDING PRO-PALESTINIAN, ANTI-ISRAELI-WALL SIGN

Senator Cory Booker was photographed holding a sign bearing a pro-Palestinian movement slogan. The image appeared on the Twitter feed of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a self-described “coalition of 330+ groups” working “for a US policy toward Palestine/Israel based on freedom, justice, and equality.”

“From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,” the sign read.

Aug 04 09:56

Israeli Commandos Brutally Attack Freedom Flotilla Activists in International Waters

Aug 04 09:21

Flashback: 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace reports on AIPAC and the Israel Lobby – 1988

Journalist Mike Wallace reports that AIPAC set the tone for campaign donations to 80 pro-Israel pacs around the nation that gave candidates $6 million. Wallace interviews Senator Chuck Percy, John Chafee, George Ball about AIPAC.
A CBS poll showed that 72 percent of Americans felt Israel gets too much US tax money.
AIPAC head claimed: “‘All the Jews in America from coast to coast gathered to oust Percy, and the American politicians – those who hold public positions now and those who aspired – got the message.'”

Aug 04 04:33

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 ... The Israelis have found the new administration in Washington to be what Lenin once described as a "useful idiot" ..

Aug 04 04:31

SENATE MOVES TO CODIFY OBAMA-ERA AID PACKAGE TO ISRAEL

A Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday [July 11] endorsing a decade-long aid package to Israel brokered by the Obama administration. The US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 authorizes a memorandum of understanding negotiated in 2016 between the two governments which will provide Israel with $38 billion in military aid between 2019 and 2028. A bipartisan majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the legislation, allowing it to proceed to the full Senate floor ... The American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC], which pioneered the legislation, applauded its progress in a statement.

Aug 04 04:29

US Senate passes huge defense bill including $550 million for Israel

The US Senate easily passed a $716.3 billion defense authorization bill Wednesday that includes funding for Israel to defend itself against Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as ramping up military spending and bolstering America's posture against Russia while avoiding policy changes that would have antagonized US President Donald Trump. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed 87 to 10 in the Senate a week after clearing the House of Representatives, and now heads to the White House for Trump's signature ... American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) praised the bill ... thanking the Senate for helping to "protect Israel against mounting security threats."

Aug 03 15:48

Kushner Unfit – Period

Kushner’s only “qualifications” as the lead on the Middle East are that he is an Orthodox Jew, a Zionist and a financial contributor to criminal trespassing settlers and thieves.

Well, his qualification fits well with the idea of Eretz Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates; and it fits well with the new Israeli nationality laws, which formally establish Israel as an Apartheid State with the rights of citizenship defined by religion – not that I buy the idea of the “Jewish Race”.

The new Israeli nationality law is no different from Germany’s idea of a pure Aryan race. With some minor exceptions in certain Arab-Muslim countries that do not grant nationality to Christians, I am unaware of any country in the world that makes “faith” or religion the prime criteria for nationality.

Aug 03 15:30

Activists on board Gaza Freedom Flotilla fear imminent Israeli attack

A Swedish-flagged boat attempting to break the siege of Gaza is expecting to be attacked by Israeli forces at any moment.

A few hours ago earlier today (Friday) we spoke to Press TV reporter Richard Sudan, who's currently on board The Freedom vessel which is carrying medical aid for besieged Palestinians, as well as activists who're trying to raise awareness about the Israeli-imposed blockade. He said he and 11 pro-Palestine activists on board the boat are currently less than 90 nautical miles from Gaza.

“About a day or so ago we actually stopped briefly in Alexandria,” he said. “We were expecting to actually receive some kind of resistance from the Egyptian military, but on the contrary once they had checked us out they actually advised us to be on our way. There were a few people there that were favourable.”

Aug 03 15:22

Israel wreaks terror on another harmless mercy ship. And the list of monstrous crimes against human decency just got even longer

Stuart Littlewood views Britain’s complicity through silence in Israel’s hijacking of a vessel carrying medical supplies for the blockaded Gaza Strip, against the background of the UN’s phony Palmer inquiry into a previous Israeli hijacking of an aid ship. >>

Aug 03 12:10

U.S.-Iran Tensions Move Beyond Tweets Into Concrete Actions and Shows of Military Force

Whether the White House’s current roster of anti-Iranian hawks or their counterparts in Riyadh and Tel Aviv have any interest in maintaining stability in the Persian Gulf remains an open question. What is certain is that the status quo in the Middle East is bursting at the seams

(*Just what we voted for; Mystery & Intrigue !)

Aug 03 11:38

What Stress Test? US Military Aid to Israel Set to Exceed $3.8B, or $23,000 Per Year for Every Jewish Family Living in Israel

The massive funding for Israel’s military is the result of the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding on security assistance between the Israeli and U.S. governments, which called for annual funding of $3.8 billion — or $23,000 per year for every Jewish family living in Israel — for the next 10 years

(*2016 would indicate; One Piece Of Obama Legislation That we can be pretty sure Trump Didn't Run Through The Shredder !)

$3.8 billion — or $23,000 per year for every Jewish family living in Israel — for the next 10 years

(*Can you see it , the reason why everybody in the ghetto is a junkie , and that that justifies cutting welfare and foodstamps , here ?)

Aug 03 10:12

The psychotic tenderness of being boarded by the Israeli navy at sea

So just as the IDF Spokesperson said: “The overtaking of the Al-Awda ship was carried out without violence and without exceptional events”.

And indeed, everything was as usual –

They slammed Herman the captain’s head against the wall again and again while threatening to take him to the ship’s belly and finish him off when no one is watching.

A fist in the face of Arne Birge the old mechanic.

And the finest tradition: Electric shocks. This time we wore life vests of the type that covers the chest well. But don’t worry, the brave naval commando combatants just electrocuted [Tasered] Charlie, the first officer, in his head. And more electric shocks to Juergen the cook and to 60 year old Mike, a chair of a trade union and a human rights activist from New Zealand.

But at the same time, things were done with a kind of psychotic tenderness.

Aug 03 10:11

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ is demand that Palestinians abandon their rights and dreams

While celebrating Ahed release, we should also pause to remember Razan Al-Najjar, the heroic nurse tending the wounded at the Gaza Great March of Return fatally shot on June 1st by an IDF sniper in cold blood while apart from the demonstrators, away from the fence, dressed in easily identifiable white medical clothing, working in the vicinity of Khan Yunis.

We should also salute Dareen Tatour, fine Palestinian poet, author of the poem “Resist My People, Resist Them,” sentenced to prison just now for the sin of writing defiant poetry, having only recently been released from years of house arrest, denied access to the Internet, and even to her own village community.

Aug 03 10:10

Palestinian High-tech Workers Plugging Shortage of Israeli Tech Staff

At a time when Israeli high-tech companies are outsourcing their work to countries such as Ukraine and India, the Palestinian Authority, where about 3,000 students a year graduate from computer science and engineering programs, provides a workforce that can be hired for less than is generally paid in Israel. There are several Palestinian manpower firms operating in Palestinian West Bank cities such as Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron and the new planned community of Rawabi that provide high-tech placement services.

“For the price of one Israeli engineer, an [Israeli] company can hire three Palestinians in the West Bank, and they have very high motivation,” Slama said. Mellanox itself, which is based in Yokne’am, southeast of Haifa, employs more than 100 Palestinians, including 20 engineers who work in the Gaza Strip. The other 80 employees are based in Rawabi.

Aug 03 09:59

US MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL SET TO EXCEED A RECORD $3.8 BILLION

In an event largely overlooked by the U.S. media, the Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would provide Israel with $3.3 billion in military aid along with over $500 million for missile defense over the course of the next year. The bill, officially titled the “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018,” is expected to be voted on by the House within the week. If approved and signed into law by President Trump, it would represent the “single largest military aid package in American history.”

Aug 03 09:53

The Holocaust and its Deniers

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, some Jewish intellectuals and humanists expressed the thought that ‘after Auschwitz Jews have to locate themselves at the forefront of the battle for humanity and against all forms of oppression.’

This is a principled and heroic ideal, but the reality on the ground has been somewhat different. Just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the Jewish state ethnically cleansed the vast majority of indigenous Palestinians. Two years later, in 1950, Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return, a racist law that distinguishes between Jews who have the right to ‘return’ to someone else’s land and the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees that were expelled by force from their villages and cities.

Aug 03 09:49

BDS urges N-Ireland to cancel football match against Israel

After claiming success for Argentina’s cancellation of the friendly football match with Israel in June, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has placed another controversial match under their crosshairs.

This time their target is the match between Israel and Northern Ireland, which is scheduled for 11 September in Belfast. The friendly has been condemned by Palestinian groups who have called on the Northern Irish Football Association (IFA) to rethink its decision to host the match.

Palestinian campaigners for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel say that Jewish state “uses international sporting events to prop up its failing image as it becomes increasingly isolated due to its flagrant contempt for Palestinian rights”.

Aug 03 09:49

Activists call on Tunisia to stop Israel ship from docking

Tunisian activists and trade unionists are demanding their government prevents an Israeli-chartered cargo ship from docking in the country.

The vessel, which is Turkish-flagged, “appears to be operated on behalf of the Israeli shipping company Zim”, the Electronic Intifada reported yesterday.

“It would be extremely scandalous to allow this boat to dock in Radès, especially since last Sunday [the] Israeli navy intercepted the Freedom Flotilla in international waters,” TACBI, the Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said.

Aug 03 09:47

One land, two laws: Welcome to the ‘Jewish state’ of Israel

Darin is one of the Palestinians who stayed to their homes when the Zionist movement occupied Palestine and decided to established a state and homeland on it. She, like one and half other million Palestinians living in Israel, are referred to merely as Arabs, by the authorities. She and the rest of her community were forced to hold the Israeli citizenship. She is denied the freedom to lament the destruction of her homeland and the tragedy of her people, and asked to celebrate it instead, under the name of “Israel Independence Day”.

On 2 June 2014 a group of young Israelis kidnapped a Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, while he was walking to a nearby mosque to perform dawn prayers, put him in a car and took him to a forest where they beat him and forced him to sallow petrol, poured more on him and set him a blaze. His family immediately informed the local police of his disappearance. His charred body was found a few hours later.

Aug 03 09:04

Israeli DM Bans Fuel Entry Into Gaza, Citing Fire Balloons

Lieberman’s statement said that the ban was done because of incendiary balloons crossing the border, and continuing tension at the Gaza border fence. He said this would pressure Hamas into doing more to stop the balloons.

This came despite Israel having reopened the crossing only a week ago, citing the decreasing number of balloons and declining tensions at the border. Though some balloon fires have been reported in southern Israel in recent days, it is far fewer than before.

Lieberman now says that limits on goods entering Gaza will be intensified, and that Israel insists on total quiet in Gaza before they will ease the restrictions any further. At present, the crossing allows only limited food and medicine to enter.

Aug 03 09:02

Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defence ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian backers to entrench their troops close to the frontier.

Underlining the tensions, Israel killed seven militants in an overnight air strike on the Syrian-held part of the Golan Heights, Israeli radio said on Thursday.

Aug 03 09:01

UN peacekeepers return to disengagement line between Syria, Israeli-occupied territory

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has returned to its positions on the line of separation between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after leaving it in 2014, a war monitor reported Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the UNDOF vehicles were spotted returning to the crossing between the Syrian southern province of Quneitra and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday.

The UK-based watchdog group said Russian military police and the Syrian forces have been deployed in Quneitra and in the disengagement zone after the entire province of Quneitra returned under the government control.

Aug 03 08:58

PM walks out on Druze over criticism from leader who had warned of ‘apartheid’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily walked out of a meeting with Druze leaders on Thursday evening when a prominent Druze activist and former IDF brigadier general angrily criticized the controversial nation-state law passed last month.

The tense meeting, which included ministers Yariv Levin and Ayoub Kara, came two days before a planned mass protest in Tel Aviv organized by Druze activists and fellow opponents of the nation-state law in its current iteration.

Aug 03 08:52

PHOTO OF THE DAY … ONLY IN GAZA

Aug 03 08:35

Top German court throws out elderly neo-Nazi's appeal

Germany's highest court has thrown out a notorious elderly neo-Nazi's case against her conviction for Holocaust denial, ruling that her activities are not covered by a constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.

Haverbeck has repeatedly said the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland was just a work camp. She has been convicted several times but long avoided prison due to lengthy appeals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I worked in Munich I toured the Dachau camp and the tour guide described it as a work camp.

Aug 03 08:12

FLASHBACK 1990 - Congressman Gus Savage exposes facts about the Israel Lobby in speech to Congress

Aug 03 08:10

“That was awkward” – Israel’s 2nd defeat in the UN this week

Israel suffered an embarrassing setback in the UN when ECOSOC passed a resolution condemning the Jewish State for economic consequences of the occupation. Israel’s Danny Danon attempted – but failed – to have an amendment added which called for Hamas to return POWs. Instead, the EU proposed – and the body easily passed – an amendment that could apply to both Israel and Hamas returning captives.

Aug 03 08:10

FLASHBACK - Mike Wallace reports on AIPAC and the Israel Lobby in US Politics - 1988.

Aug 03 08:09

PLO Executive Dr. Hanan Ashrawi discusses Israel escalations in occupied Jerusalem and Gaza

Israel’s recent killing of unarmed Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border, storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, and other aggressive actions, plus the US administration’s irresponsible recognition of Jerusalem, have added up to a dangerous escalation. Dr. Ashrawi calls on the international community and organizations to hold Israel accountable and to protect the people and holy sites of Palestine.

Aug 03 08:05

350 Israeli Soldiers Received Psychiatric Counseling After Gaza War: Report

More than 350 Israeli soldiers who took part in last summer’s military onslaught on the Gaza Strip have since received psychiatric counseling for post-traumatic stress, an Israeli report has revealed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Awwwwwwww .... Let's all feel sorry for the murderers!!!!!

Aug 03 06:04

No Chance for Iran-US Talks

Senior Cleric: No Chance for Iran-US Talks

(*Intimidated By The Genius Known As P.O.T.U.S. Trump !)

Aug 02 14:50

Chomsky: Israel not Russia, Meddling in US elections

Renowned American scholar and political activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of meddling in US elections, stressing that the Israeli intervention “vastly overwhelms” any efforts allegedly carried out by Russia in 2016.

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Aug 02 10:19

Adidas is No Longer Sponsoring the Israel Football Association

In March 130 Palestinian clubs urged Adidas to end its sponsorship of Israeli football over its inclusion of six teams based in illegal Israeli settlements.

Aug 02 09:42

Netanyahu threatens Iran with ‘all Israel’s arms’ if Tehran blocks key waterway off Yemen

Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at Israel's arch-foe Iran, vowing that any attempt by Tehran to block the key waterway off Yemen’s coast would be met by force from the “international coalition” and Israel in particular.

The harsh statements by the Israeli PM, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony for naval officers on Wednesday, were referring to the recent Houthi attack on a Saudi oil tanker off Yemen’s western coast. The Saudi-led coalition has repeatedly said the Houthis are armed and supported by Iran, but both the group and Tehran deny the claims.

Aug 02 09:25

Amnesty International targeted with Israeli spy software

Amnesty International says one of its staff was the target of an effort to spy on them with sophisticated Israeli-made malware that turns a person’s mobile phone into a powerful surveillance device.

In June, a staffer at the human rights group received a WhatsApp message purporting to be about a protest in support of political prisoners held by Saudi Arabia.

According to Amnesty International’s analysis, the message contained a link to a fake news website that if clicked would have installed sophisticated malware that would turn the user’s mobile phone into a spying device.

The malware, called Pegasus, is made by the Israeli cyber warfare company NSO Group and is only sold to governments.

Aug 02 09:15

Resistance, settlements and under 18s

Children remain at the heart of the struggle in Israel-Palestine. But while settlers’ terrorism organised and sponsored by the regime in Tel Aviv, the Palestinian resistance is the product of individuals.

Last Thursday, Mohammad Tareq Yousef, from the Palestinian village of Kobar (northwest of Ramallah), entered a settlement called Adam (southeast of Ramallah and al-Bireh) and stabbed a group of settlers before being killed. Isreal responded immediately with a round of assaults and home demolitions in Kobar.

This same village produced a young man named Omar Al-Abed who carried out a stabbing last year in a settlement called Halamish.

Moreover Adam settlement also produced the group of settlers who kidnapped Mohammad Abu Khudair (16 years old) from Jerusalem and burned him alive, killing him in July four years ago.

Aug 02 09:15

Nazis acted like Zionist

Aug 02 08:58

Israel Threatens to Attack Iran If Red Sea Strait Is Closed

Continuing with their never-ending series of pretexts for a potential military attack on Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday he is willing to deploy the military if Iran tries to block the Baab al-Mandeb Strait, in the Red Sea.

The Red Sea Strait is a novel one to threaten Iran over, since it isn’t particularly near Iran, and Iran has never threatened it.. It is doubly strange because Saudi Arabia closed Baab al-Mandeb to oil ships just last week.

The Red Sea strait spans from Djibouti to southwestern Yemen. The Saudi military has been attacking the Houthis on Yemen’s Red Sea coast in recent weeks, but well further north. The closure came after the Houthis fired on a Saudi ship in the Red Sea.

Aug 02 08:57

Common Enemy: Why Israel Is Embracing Fascism in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials. Orban’s visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded for his often racist, anti-Semitic remarks.

So why is Orban wining and dining with the leaders of the so-called "Jewish State"?

The answer does not pertain only to Orban and Hungary, but to Israel’s attitude towards the rapidly growing far-right movements in Europe, as a whole. Netanyahu and Zionist leaders everywhere, are not just aware of this massive political shift in European politics but are, in fact, working diligently to utilize it in Israel’s favor.

Aug 02 08:56

Russia Announces Iran Pullback in Syria, Israel Rejects Plan

Russian Ambassador Alexander Lavrentyev announced on Wednesday that Russia had come to an agreement with Israel on the withdrawal of Iranian forces. The deal will have all Iranian forces at least 85 kilometers from the Golan Heights.

Israel has since denied that this was a deal, and said they consider the pullback “inadequate.” It would be surprising if Israel had taken this deal, as they’d rejected a near identical Russian offer of a 100 kilometer buffer just a week ago.

Israel has demanded Iranian forces be removed wholly from Syria. This includes, by Israel’s reckoning, all Shi’ite forces, which is how they estimate Iran to have vastly more troops in Syria than they really do. Russia has rejected this, saying they can’t force Iran to leave.

Aug 02 08:55

‘They have no wish that their criminal acts will be seen’ — report on Israeli seizure of Gaza-bound boat

Three days ago, the Freedom Flotilla boat Al Awda, a Norwegian boat, was stopped by the Israeli navy in international waters some 46 miles off the coast of Gaza, three months after it had set sail from Norway.

The crew was arrested, and the boat was diverted towards the Israeli Ashdod port. Of the 20 crew members, the two Israeli citizens (Zohar Chamberlain Regev and Yonatan Shapira) were released shortly after on bail, but the 18 other members have already spent two nights in prison detention. The two international journalists were released.

I had already interviewed leading crew member Zohar Chamberlain-Regev in Copenhagen in late May, when the boat was passing through several Scandinavian and European ports on its way to Gaza to challenge the blockade. This time, German Palestine solidarity activist Christoph Glanz (CG) has interviewed Zohar Chamberlain-Regev (ZCR), following her release on bail, and has kindly provided me with the transcript, from which I cite here:

Aug 02 08:54

SETTLERS TO TRUMP: THOUSANDS MORE HOMES NEEDED

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spoke in favor of the settlements from behind a podium with a red and white sign which read, “Build Israel Great Again.”

Aug 02 08:49

American Jews now have ‘a duty to oppose Israel,’ David Rothkopf says

“For American Jews we have gone from a duty to support Israel to a duty to question Israel to a duty to oppose Israel. This law did that,” foreign policy maven David Rothkopf wrote yesterday, about the new law declaring Israel the “nation-state of the Jewish people.”

The Carnegie Endowment scholar and former editor of Foreign Policy had a dialogue on twitter with Jerusalem journalists Gershom Gorenberg and Noga Tarnopolsky, who blamed Netanyahu for the law.

Tarnopolsky responded to Rothkopf by saying American Jews have “a duty to save Israel by standing firm vis-à-vis the Israeli government.”

Aug 02 08:48

‘Israel was the absolute darling of progressive, liberal America,’ but no more, says Chomsky

Noam Chomsky made news on several fronts in an interview on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. Gaza should be a thriving Mediterranean paradise. Israel interferes in our politics way more than Russia. And Israel has lost the American left.

Israel used to be “the absolute darling of progressive, liberal America.” But it’s shifting its support to rightwing regimes, and losing the Democratic Party.

Aug 02 08:47

Israel bans entry of gas, fuel in to Gaza

Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued an order banning the entry of fuel and gas into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing from this morning.

Lieberman said he was doing this in an effort to stop Palestinians flying kites and balloons near the border fence.

Although, the Kerem Shalom crossing was recently partially reopened after it had been closed for about a week, Lieberman announced that the reopening would depend on the reduction of launched of the kites.

The partial reopening included allowing food, medicine, fuel and gas to enter the Gaza Strip.

Prior to that, the one-week closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing, which is Gaza’s main commercial crossing, came as a result of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to impose severe economic sanctions on the Gaza Strip.

Aug 02 08:46

UK: Controversial anti-BDS motion sent for legal review

The legality of a proposal to criminalise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign using a controversial definition of anti-Semitism has been raised by a London council.

Conservative Councillor, Brian Gordon, filed a motion in Barnet council on Tuesday in an attempt to outlaw the global movement to aid Palestinians in their campaign to end Israeli occupation. The motion uses the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism to support its claim that BDS is anti-Semitic.

The proposed motion will effectively outlaw organisations that support BDS against Israel and prevent individuals from accessing council services.

Aug 02 08:45

Israel ministers attend opening of settler ‘heritage centre’ in occupied East Jerusalem

Senior Israeli officials were in attendance yesterday when a new settler-run “heritage centre” was opened in the heart of Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, reported the Washington Post.

The inauguration of the centre was also attended by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, in addition to Israeli government figures including Culture Minister Miri Regev.

According to the Israeli government, which has allocated $1.2 million to develop the site, the new centre honours Yemenite Jews who lived there in the 19th century.

However, as the paper noted, “Palestinians say the centre is part of a larger effort by Jewish settlers and their allies in the government to consolidate control of Arab neighbourhoods in the city.”

All Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory – including in East Jerusalem – are illegal under international law.

Aug 02 08:45

Israel deports Freedom Flotilla activists

Israeli authorities began deporting several of the international solidarity activists who were aboard the Al-Awda ship of the Freedom Flotilla, Gaza’s National Committee for Breaking the Siege announced yesterday.

Gaza’s National Committee confirmed that the activists’ deportation comes two days after they were detained following an attack by Israeli naval forces on the ship in international waters.

Zaher Birawi, head of the committee, said in a statement that a number of international activists were deported on Tuesday, including a Malaysian professor, Dr. Mohammed Afandi Salleh, and the rest were to be deported yesterday.

Aug 02 08:43

If Israel has nothing to hide, why ban people from seeing this for themselves?

The “threats” facing Israel are numerous and diverse: artists painting murals on walls; poetry on Facebook; even clowns and circus performers. The newest danger to the Zionist state is a South African celebrity who usually features in the entertainment section of the newspapers, rather than the politics pages. Last week, Israel banned South African entrepreneur and former model Shashi Naidoo for 10 years after she tried to enter the West Bank to educate herself about Israel’s military occupation of Palestine.

Aug 02 08:30

Israeli Defense Chief: Syrian Front Will Be More Quiet With Assad Rule Restored

The Syrian government has been restoring its control over the country, with the latest military operation being carried out against jihadists in the south of the Arab Republic.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that he believes that the Syrian front will be more quiet with the restoration of the Assad administration's control.

"From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule," Lieberman pointed out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel just acknowledged that the US lost this war.

Aug 02 01:03

Kiwi activist tells of alleged beating and tasering by Israeli military

A Kiwi activist has arrived home and hugged his partner in relief after Israeli troops allegedly tasered and beat him when boarding a ship carrying medical aid to Gaza.

Unite Union leader Mike Treen arrived at Auckland Airport yesterday to supporter's chants of "Freedom for Palestine", after he was earlier detained by Israel for five days.

He accused the country of unlawfully attacking and detaining the Al Awda vessel he was sailing on with international campaigners.

Israel accused Treen of being part of a flotilla of ships attempting to illegally sail through its naval blockade of Gaza.

Israel's Embassy in New Zealand said the county had set the blockade up as self-defence to prevent weapons being smuggled into Gaza for "terror organisation" Hamas.

However, Treen said his vessel had still been in international waters, about 40 miles from Israel and closer to Egypt, when five Israeli warships loomed ahead.

Aug 01 18:41

Israel Chokes Gaza of Gas, Fuel Supplies Over Fire Balloon Attacks

This is the second time Israel has shut the valve on Gaza in the span of a month.

Israel banned the entry of gas and fuel into the Gaza Strip Wednesday, as a response to a new surge of fire balloon and kite attacks originating from Palestinian soil, reports The Jerusalem Post.

"A short time ago Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered that gas and fuel be banned from entering Gaza through Kerem Shalom [a border crossing], starting on Thursday and until such time as there is a new announcement," the minister's spokesperson said.

"The decision was taken in light of the continued terror balloons and continued friction along the [border] fence," the spokesperson added.

This is the second time Israel has resorted to such a measure in the past several weeks. Liberman ordered gas and fuel shut down earlier in July, but reversed the decision after the Palestinian attacks died down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what the Israelis do, they are not going to be able to extinguish Palestinian longing for the Right of Return this time.

But unfortunately, I am betting that with the new "Nation State Law", recently passed by the Knesset, that we will see many more brisk expulsions of Palestinians from homes in which they, and their families, have lived for decades.

Aug 01 18:37

Iran’s Navy Assembles Near Mouth of Persian Gulf, US ‘Monitoring it Closely

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) appears to be preparing for a major display of force in the Strait of Hormuz, the only outlet from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, demonstrating its ability to shut down the strategically important waterway.

US Central Command tweeted Wednesday that American forces are closely watching the developing situation, with the Iranian exercise expected to begin in the next 48 hours.

President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark National Nuclear Day, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 9, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, Lord, no miscommunications or misunderstandings between commanders of both US and Iranian vessels in this Iranian naval exercises.

Patience, and true international naval etiquette need to be observed by both sides at all times.

Aug 01 11:45

CHOMSKY ACCUSES ISRAEL OF MEDDLING IN US ELECTIONS

Renowned American scholar and political activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of meddling in US elections, stressing that the Israeli intervention “vastly overwhelms” any efforts allegedly carried out by Russia in 201

Aug 01 11:16

Druze nation-state crisis: Israeli army chief forced to put out fire Netanyahu started

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot’s statements following the Druze community’s response to the nation-state law, referenced a few vital matters, albeit a few days late.

Eisenkot is not allowed at present to relate directly to the law; perhaps we’ll hear his opinion in another five months when his term as chief of staff ends. But he had to relate to the pain of the community, which has gone from criticism voiced by senior retired officers to announcements of resignations by two young professional Druze officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I side with the Druze on this; why continue to work for a military whose political leadership has just thrown them (not to mention the Palestinians, of course) under the proverbial bus with this Nation/State Law?!?

I see many more resignations by Druze officers, as the fallout from the passage of this law.

Aug 01 11:11

Israel sentences Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour to 5 months in prison over poem

An Israeli district court sentenced Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, 36, to five months in prison and a six-month suspended sentence on Tuesday for posting a poem she wrote to social media in 2015.

Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from the Galilee, was convicted of three counts of incitement and supporting a terrorist organization last May after a lengthy trial. Prior to sentencing, Tatour had spent nearly three years under house arrest, during which she was banned from publishing and accessing the internet.

During the hearing prosecutors focused on a video posted to social media of Tatour reciting an original poem titled “Resist, my people resist them,” against backdrop images of violent confrontations between Palestinian and Israeli armed forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Israel: you have created another Palestinian martyr out of an artist, who posted on line! Bravo, well-done!

Forgive my sarcasm here, but there are moments when the Israeli government doesn't know when, or how, to stop its persecution of Palestinians, without creating martyrs of them.

Aug 01 11:06

Tehran says Trump wrong to expect Saudis to cover loss of Iran oil supply

Iran said on Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump was mistaken to expect Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to compensate for supply losses caused by U.S. sanctions on Iran, after OPEC production rose only modestly in July.

The comments, from Iran’s OPEC governor, came a day after a Reuters survey showed OPEC production rose by 70,000 barrels per day in July. Saudi production increased but was offset by a decline in Iranian supply due to the restart of U.S. sanctions, the survey found. [OPEC/O]

“It seems President Trump has been taken hostage by Saudi Arabia and a few producers when they claimed they can replace 2.5 million barrels per day of Iranian exports, encouraging him to take action against Iran,” Hossein Kazempour Ardebili told Reuters.

“Now they and Russia sell more oil and more expensively. Not even from their incremental production but their stocks.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oil is the lubricant for both commerce... and war.

I hope President Trump will come to understand that these sanctions, and those against anyone buying Iranian oil, are a lousy way to attempt to negotiate with both Tehran, and the rest of the world.

Aug 01 11:02

The Looming War Against Iran

We are by now used to blood and thunder rhetoric between Washington and Tehran. But this time White House policy is clearly being directed by pro-Israel American neocons who want the US military to crush Iran as it did Iraq.

Crushing Iran will leave Israel with unfettered control of the Mideast and its oil – unless Russia or Turkey intervene against Israel, which is most unlikely. Some think Russia and Israel – and the US – have already made a deal to divvy up the central Mideast.

The Pentagon has planned a high-intensity air war against Iran that Israel and the Saudis might very well join. The plan calls for over 2,300 air strikes against Iranian strategic targets: airfields and naval bases, arms and petroleum, oil and lubricant depots, telecommunication nodes, radar, factories, military headquarters, ports, water works, airports, missile bases and units of the Revolutionary Guards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Margolis' information is correct (and I have to wonder about where he got the intel on the 2,300 + airstrikes), and Russia has already signed off on the plan because it will give Russia more control of regional oil, this will be a crushing blow for both the Iranian people, and also for the Palestinians, whose cause Iranians have steadfastly supported.

How many more dead and maimed Americans have to fall to insure that Israel's plans for the Middle East will be successfully consummated?!?

At this point in time, when you join America's military, you will most likely die for Israel.

Please share this with anyone you know who is even thinking about enlisting right now.

Aug 01 10:52

Zionism’s troubled relationship with anti-Semitism

On May 14, 2018 while Israeli forces were massacring Palestinian protesters in the illegally occupied Gaza Strip, the controversial new U.S. Embassy to Israel opened in Jerusalem. Among the speakers at the ceremony were American evangelical pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress. Both have a history of making anti-Semitic comments: Jeffress has said that Jews are going to hell, and Hagee has described the Holocaust as part of God’s plan to return the Jews to Israel. Their presence didn’t seem to bother Israel, however, where U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was met with jubilation. Indeed, the New York Times remarked that the pastors’ attendance signaled “the most public recognition yet of the growing importance the Netanyahu government now assigns to its conservative Christian allies, even if some have been accused of making anti-Semitic statements.”

Aug 01 10:47

THE HOMECOMING: How Ahed Tamimi Became the Symbol of Palestinian Resistance to Israeli Oppression

Ahed’s story drew rare attention to the plight of Palestinian children held in Israeli military prisons — an overwhelming majority of them over stone-throwing incidents or for participation in protests — and the sham court proceedings, abuse and threat-filled interrogations, and extracted confessions to which they are subject. In the weeks before Ahed’s release, The Intercept spoke with more than a dozen formerly imprisoned children, parents of children currently in prison, attorneys and advocates, as well as several members of the Tamimi family. They shared similar stories of predawn raids during which soldiers separated children from their families, physically and verbally assaulted them, blindfolded and handcuffed them, and drove them to interrogation centers where — almost always without an attorney or parent present — they were subjected to further abuse and forced to confess, before being summarily sentenced to months in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government and military believe that they can abuse, torture, and kill Palestinians, and particularly Palestinian children, with impunity; that is why the BDS movement is so critically important, and right the heck now.

Aug 01 10:44

Hamas: Israel detains journalists to hide its racist policies

Israel is targeting Palestinian journalists in an effort to limit the coverage of its atrocities against civilians in the occupied territories, Hamas said yesterday.

Commenting on the detention of four Palestinian journalists from the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Hamas said in a statement: “The retention of the Israeli policy of detaining journalists is proof that the occupation is afraid of the free journalists who report the suffering of Palestinians.”

Aug 01 10:43

Norway demands Israel explain seizure of boat bound for Gaza

Norway has asked Israel to explain the legal grounds for detaining a Norwegian-flagged fishing boat seized while activists tried to sail with aid to the Gaza Strip, Norway’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry said its diplomats in Israel had been providing consular assistance to five Norwegians who were among the 22 passengers and crew detained onboard the vessel Kaarstein on Sunday. Two Israelis on board were quickly released.

“We have asked the Israeli authorities to clarify the circumstances around the seizure of the vessel and the legal basis for the intervention,” the spokesman for the Norwegian foreign affairs ministry in Oslo said. A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

Aug 01 10:43

Activists: Israel takeover of Freedom Flotilla not ‘peaceful’

The International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza expressed its concern for the safety of the international solidarity activists who were on board the Gaza-bound Al-Awda (Return) boat which was boarded by the Israeli navy on Sunday.

Activist on board on the boat were reportedly assaulted by masked Israeli soldiers. They were then detained by the Israeli naval forces and held at Givon prison in Ashdod. Among those assaulted was 69-year-old British activist and orthopaedic consultant Dr. Swee Ang.

New Zealand Unite Union leader Mike Treen was also among those attacked and unlawfully detained by the Israeli military.

Aug 01 10:31

For The Few, Not The Many

The relationship between Zionism and the Jews has been the source of confusion for many years. Both Zionists and the so called ‘anti’ have preached to us that ‘not all Jews are Zionists’ and ‘Judaism is not Zionism.’

Aug 01 10:02

As US Adds Preconditions, Iran Rejects Offer of Talks

Trump's vow of 'no preconditions' lasts less than 24 hours.

President Trump surprised many on Monday when he announced his willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “without preconditions.” Within less than a day, the administration had already started attaching substantial preconditions to the offer.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, early on Tuesday, began establishing preconditions, saying that Iran needed to commit to “fundamental changes to how they treat their own people, reduce their malign behavior, agree that it’s worthwhile to enter into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation.”

These preconditions almost certainly make the offer impossible, as the US treats Iranian foreign policy as necessarily “malign behavior,” and Iran is neither going to agree to deeper isolation, nor to the need for another nuclear deal while still trying to preserve the one the already signed, and which the US dishonored earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump's warhawks, with Netanyahu and Adelson cheerleading the moves, are engineering this relationship to go as south as far as humanly possible, and are positioning the President into a very narrow field of play, where war is being presented to him as the "only reasonable option" against Iran.

And what is this malarkey about "malign behaviour" and needing "... changes in how they treat their own people."?!?

And there is one aspect of a potential US war against Iran which I hope is keeping these warhawks up at night; if the US goes to war against Iran, what will Russia do?!?

Because should Russia get involved in such a war, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome in Iran against Russia.

Those are just the facts.

Aug 01 09:54

Israeli intervention in US elections ‘vastly overwhelms' anything Russia has done, claims Noam Chomsky

Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “brazenly” interfering in US electoral politics in a way that vastly outweighs any efforts that may have been carried out by Russia.

In comments in which he accused much of the media of concentrating on stories he considered marginal and ignoring issues such as the “existential threat” of climate change, the 89-year-old linguist said in much of the world, the US media’s focus with Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 was "a joke".

“First of all, if you’re interested in foreign interference in our elections, whatever the Russians may have done barely counts or weighs in the balance as compared with what another state does, openly, brazenly and with enormous support,” he said.

Aug 01 09:52

FLASHBACK - DID AN ISRAELI COMPANY HACK ZIMBABWE’S ELECTIONS?

In the past three years, a new slang word has come to be popular in the Zimbabwean capital. I’ve heard it in professional settings and at parties. It’s a conjugation of the word nikuv, to say that you were screwed. For example, “Are you trying to nikuv me?” or “I just got a flat tire on my way to this meeting, I’m so nikuved!”

Nikuv in Hebrew means poking a hole or punching, as in a punched card, but no Zimbabwean knows what that word actually means in Hebrew. All they know is that an Israeli company with that name screwed them over in the latest elections.

Aug 01 09:51

PIRACY AND TORTURE

Many people on the Al Awda were beat up and tasered when the IDF fascists boarded the boat. The doctor on board had 2 ribs broken. This remains a very dangerous voyage taken by our brave allies out of love for the people of Gaza and love of justice.

Read the instructions at the end of this post to see what YOU can do.

Aug 01 09:22

70 members of Congress urge support for Gaza

Seventy members of Congress are urging the Trump administration to immediately reinstate US aid in order to alleviate the growing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Israel has seized a boat and detained almost two dozen people as they were trying to reach Gaza by sea with a cargo of medical supplies.

“In Gaza, more than 50 percent of the children live beneath the poverty level, living on $1.74 per day. A report from the UN noted that 95 percent of tap water is not safe to drink, and last year warned that the Gaza Strip could become ‘unlivable’ well before 2020,” the lawmakers, all Democrats, stated in a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday.

The lawmakers say that Palestinians in Gaza should not be held hostage to politics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope those 70 are all Democrats because AIPAC will be out for their blood now!

Aug 01 09:17

HOW BRICS-PLUS CLASHES WITH THE US ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN

The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism.

The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable:

“We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy.”

Closer examination of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech unlocks some poignant details.

Xi, crucially, emphasizes delving further into “our strategic partnership.” That implies increased BRICS and Beyond BRICS multilateral trade, investment and economic and financial connectivity.

And that also implies reaching to the next level;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reimposition of sanctions against Iran start next Monday; the drop-dead date by which no countries on earth will be allowed to purchase Iranian crude or face US sanctions is Sunday, 4 November, two days away from Midterm elections in the US.

Countries around the world are scrambling to see what they can barter for Iranian crude, to get around potential sanctions, and there are many ways in which this could happen.

IF President Trump is going to "do something" regarding Iran which is military in nature, I would suggest that it will be the 4th or 5th of November, primarily to insure that his faithful go to the polls, and keep a Republican majority in both the House and Senate.

A cynical use of international military power to insure domestic political victory?!?

It wouldn't be the first time that has happened in America's history.

Aug 01 09:14

FUNNIEST VIDEO OF THE DAY ~~ MY MOM’S CRAZIEST STORY

Security is desired by everyone. But it’s high time we stop treating everyone as if they’re terrorists, not humans. Under the name of security, governments can do whatever they want (water boarding, Guantánamo, torture, etc). But sometimes they go too far and it’s the job of people like us to know when things are too far or not.

Similarly, under the name of security, millions are given a sub-human treatment. I’ve always had the mindset that it’s possible to treat people as humans and still keep the world secure. If you don’t think it’s possible, then that’s a whole bigger issue!

Plus, this is a funny video not an angry one

Aug 01 09:14

A PALESTINIAN ICON … AHED TAMIMI

Ahed Tamimi is free, but she hasn’t forgotten the other 5,000 Palestinians still trapped inside Israeli prisons. AJ+ spoke to Ahed about life inside an Israeli prison.

Aug 01 08:52

Turkey Flips to BRICS while Assad Just Flips off Bibi

There is nothing more frustrating in American politics than discussing Israel. Nothing. It is difficult to maintain a balanced view of the situation when many people are ready to lynch you for putting a word wrong in relation to ‘our greatest ally.’

And like many of the real issues underlying the Culture War between the Overly-Woke and The Deplorables, these ab-reactions are meant to stifle debate rather than discuss uncomfortable and inconvenient truths.

I don’t feel like I have many of the answers as to why Israeli officials act the way they do. Sometimes I get feedback from folks who truly want to engage but more often than not what I just described is what happens.

Aug 01 08:36

Human rights group: Employee targeted with Israeli spyware

An Amnesty International employee has been targeted with Israeli-made surveillance software, the human rights group said Wednesday, adding to a growing number of examples of Israeli technology being used to spy on human rights workers and opposition figures in the Middle East and beyond.

In a 20-page report, Amnesty outlined how it thinks a hacker tried to break into an unidentified staff member's smartphone in early June by baiting the employee with a WhatsApp message about a protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

The London-based human rights organization said it traced the malicious link in the message to a network of sites tied to the NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance company implicated in a series of digital break-in attempts, including a campaign to compromise proponents of a soda tax in Mexico and an effort to hack into the phone of an Arab dissident that prompted an update to Apple's operating system.

Aug 01 08:32

Ahed Tamimi and Her Mother are Free — Sort of

The Israeli authorities are so worried about the symbol for resistance that Ahed has become internationally that on Saturday, a day before her release, they arrested two Italian artists who had painted a large portrait of her on the separation wall near Bethlehem.

Aug 01 08:30

KNESSET TO VOTE ON BILL LIMITING PALESTINIAN ACCESS TO HIGH COURT

The Knesset is to hold a final controversial vote this week on legislation that limits Palestinian access to the High Court of Justice and is seen as the latest step toward de-facto annexation of the West Bank.

The move is part of an attempt by right-wing politicians to prevent the demolition of illegal settler homes and to ensure that Jews living in Judea and Samaria enjoy the same access to the lower courts as those who live within sovereign Israel.

“The rights of Judea and Samaria residents are no less important than the rights of citizens within the Green Line,” said Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked who authored the bill.

Aug 01 08:29

Jews who oppose nation-state law are traitors, says Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked Jews who oppose a notorious nation-state bill that has downgraded the status of the Arabic language in Israel, accusing them of siding with “the other.”

“The attacks from Leftist circles, which define themselves as Zionists, are absurd and reveal the depths to which the Left has fallen”, Netanyahu said in a speech on Sunday.

He accused left-wingers in Israel who are against the law of being hypocrites because according to him, they allegedly want a withdrawal from the occupied West Bank in exchange of a Jewish state.

Aug 01 08:28

Israel boosts plan to build 3,900 new settler homes

Israel's defence minister announced on Wednesday that authorities are set to grant permission for the construction of thousands of new settler homes - deemed illegal under international law - in the occupied West Bank as early as next week, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Israeli right-wing hardliner Lieberman said authorities have approved the construction of 2,500 new settler homes with plans for 1,400 new units on occupied Palestinian land.

"We promised to advance building in Judea and Samaria and we kept our word," Lieberman said, referring to the West Bank by its biblical names favoured by pro-settlement Israelis keen to erase Palestinian identity from the territory.

Aug 01 04:58

Norway: Israel Must Explain Seizure of Gaza-Bound Boat

Norway’s Foreign Ministry calls on the regime in Israel to explain the legal grounds on which it seized a Norwegian-flagged boat taking humanitarian aid supplies to the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip.

“We have asked the Israeli authorities to clarify the circumstances around the seizure of the vessel and the legal basis for the intervention,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, Reuters reported.

The Israeli navy intercepted the vessel al-Awda (Return) some 60 nautical miles off the coast in international waters on Sunday.

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Jul 31 16:02

STUDENTS OFFERED GRANTS IF THEY TWEET PRO-ISRAELI PROPAGANDA

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no "democracy" in Israel, if there ever was one, courtesy of the Knesset having passed the "Nation/State Law", turning non-Jewish residents of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem into third-class citizens.

IF you happen to know any students who are looking to profit from disseminating fake news about Israel, please ask them if they have looked at the moral consequences of such activities.

Jul 31 14:00

STUDENTS OFFERED GRANTS IF THEY TWEET PRO-ISRAELI PROPAGANDA

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

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