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Sep 04 08:51

Candidate for Israel military chief: ‘Our strength is lack of Palestinian unity’

A candidate for the next head of Israel’s military declared yesterday that the political divisions amongst Palestinians is a significant advantage for Israel, reported Arutz Sheva.

Former deputy Chief of Staff Major General Yair Golan made the remarks at a conference of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya.

Addressing the “challenge” posed by the Palestinians, Golan told the audience: “Our strength is in their lack of unity”, adding that the “lack of unity” also makes it “difficult to reach a stable and long-term agreement”.

Sep 04 08:51

If criticising Zionism is anti-Semitic, then why isn’t it Islamophobic to criticise Islamism?

Should critics of political Islam be described as racist Islamophobes? It’s a question that ought to garner serious discussion in light of the ongoing “anti-Semitism” row engulfing the Labour Party in Britain.

Zionism and Islamism have enough in common as political ideologies that if criticism of one is deemed “anti-Semitic”, then criticism of the other should be regarded as Islamophobic. “Both,” as the rising star within pro-Israeli groups, Ed Husain, once remarked, “are dangerous political ideologies posing as religious movements.”

Decrying the fact that Zionists like Benjamin Netanyahu and right-wing American commentator Daniel Pipes “have made careers out of lambasting Islamists,” Husain questioned whether “Islamists and Zionists are all that different, despite their blatant enmity.”

Sep 04 08:50

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict.’

While US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has, thus far, been erratic and unpredictable, his administration’s ‘vision’ in Israel and Palestine is systematic and unswerving. This consistency seems to be part of a larger vision aimed at liberating the ‘conflict’ from the confines of international law and even the old US-sponsored ‘peace process.’

Indeed, the new strategy has, so far, targeted the status of East Jerusalem as an Occupied Palestinian city, and the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees. It aims to create a new reality in which Israel achieves its strategic goals while the rights of Palestinians are limited to mere humanitarian issues.

Sep 04 08:49

On both anti-Semitism and peace, Israel speaks with a forked tongue

Netanyahu’s 26-year-old son, Yair, is known to have posted an anti-Semitic caricature on Facebook depicting George Soros at the top of the global food chain. The implication was that a Jewish financier controls the world, a common anti-Semitic trope. It seems that the Israel-led campaign against anti-Semitism doesn’t apply when national interests and business deals are at stake.

Sep 04 08:49

Israel's settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

To the casual visitor or tourist driving through the occupied West Bank or Jerusalem, Israeli settlements may appear as just another set of houses on a hill.

The middle-class suburban style townhouses, built fast and locked in a grid of uniform units, stand like fortified compounds, in direct contrast to the sprawling limestone Palestinian homes below.

Settlement homes, mostly constructed of cement with a cosmetic limestone cladding, tend to fashion a similar look: American-style villas topped by red-tiled roofs and surrounded by lush, neatly trimmed green lawns.

The largest settlement, Modi'in Illit, houses more than 64,000 Israeli Jews in the occupied West Bank. The mega-settlement has its own mayor, as well as schools, shopping malls and medical centres.

Sep 04 08:42

Shame On You, USA

Now it’s out in the open: America has declared war on the Palestinians. With his son-in-law Jared Kushner, an expert on humanitarian organizations and Palestinian refugees, the great bully Donald Trump decided to end aid to the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees. The official explanation: The business model and fiscal practices of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency made it an “irredeemably flawed operation.”

Trump and his son-in-law, the keepers of the seal of good government, found that the agency isn’t properly run. The annual U.S. contribution of $360 million will end. Even in Israel, which rejoices at every Palestinian calamity and is positive that everything is a zero-sum game, people think the state’s greatest friend of all time went a little overboard.

Sep 04 08:39

Hundreds of Palestinians Injured in West Bank and Gaza

180 Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition and tear gas inhalation during confrontations with Israeli forces, on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of participants wounded with live bullets, in Gaza’s Great March of Return, including a paramedic who was shot in the chest, to the east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, reached 180, .

The Ministry announced that volunteer paramedic Shurooq Abu Musameh was seriously wounded in the chest by direct gunfire.

Sep 03 13:06

Is UK Labour now Zionist-occupied territory?

Stuart Littlewood views Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s options in light of the apparent take-over of the party by the Zionist lobby, and says maybe the only option left is to leave Labour and build a new, clean, fit-for-purpose party. >>

Sep 03 12:46

Mr. Trump, You Cannot Erase the Palestinian Right to Return

First, the Trump Administration “took Jerusalem off the table.” Now, in an especially dangerous display of recklessness, they have announced their intention to do the same for the Palestinian “right of return.”

The first indication that this was in the works came with the administration’s announcement that they would be suspending all US assistance to UNWRA, the UN agency created to address the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians who were forced to flee from their homes in 1948 and again in 1967. More recently, the administration supported by some Republican members of Congress, launched an effort to limit “refugee” status to only those Palestinians who were victims of the 1948 expulsions. [In a future article I will address the devastating humanitarian and political consequences that will result from crippling the work of UNWRA.]

Sep 03 08:49

Iran Zarif fires back at Netanyahu

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he threatened Iran with “atomic destruction.” peaking during a ceremony at the Dimona nuclear arms facility in the Negev desert on Wednesday, Netanyahu said “whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them”. “Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory,” tweeted the top Iranian diplomat.

Sep 03 08:45

Israel newspaper incites against Corbyn, Muslims in UK

Israel Hayom newspaper yesterday ran an article inciting against Muslims in the UK and leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

“The British capital of London has become a base for Islamic groups, especially the Muslim Brotherhood outside the Middle East and the centre for the campaign to delegitimise Israel,” columnist Eldad Beck said in an article published yesterday.

Beck added that this comes in the context of “the radical speech led by British leader Jeremy Corbyn, noting to the increase in non-governmental political movements with only one common goal that is calling for the elimination of Israel.”

Sep 03 08:44

Jordan rejects US plan for Palestinian confederation

Jordan yesterday rejected and condemned the alleged US plan for a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation, saying it was not a matter up for discussion.

Spokeswoman for the Jordanian government, Jumana Ghneimat, said: “A confederation between Jordan and Palestine is not open for discussion. Jordan’s position is firm and clear regarding the Palestinian issue—a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” Ynet reported.

Sep 03 08:44

Normalising relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes every opportunity possible to boast that his country has reached an advanced stage of normalised relations with major Arab countries, in a clear reference to Saudi Arabia. Sources close to Netanyahu note that observers have only seen the tip of the iceberg, indicating the depth of the bilateral relations between Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

It is worth noting that Riyadh does not deny Israel’s confirmations of normalised relations with Saudi Arabia. Relations with Israel do not express a clear-cut Saudi strategy with clearly defined goals as much as it expresses the lack of foreign policy options. This means that the Saudi-Israeli rapprochement reflects Riyadh’s need for an ally with the weight and influence of Tel Aviv at a time when Saudi Arabia is sustaining successive defeats in the region. It is also unable to rein Iran in and limit the spread of its influence and power at the expense of the region in general.

Sep 03 08:22

ANOTHER RACIST MOVING TO ISRAEL

Fresh off racism controversy, the comedian says she will move to Israel for a few months in order to study with a Rabbi.

Sep 03 07:56

Israel Tells West Bank Bedouin: First Sign a Voluntary Eviction, Then We’ll See if the New Location Stinks

First the state wanted them to live next to a garbage dump. Then it told the Jahalin Bedouin they’d be moved near a large sewage-treatment site where human habitation has been forbidden. And that’s not the end of the story

Sep 03 07:32

Iran rejects claims about moving missiles to Iraq as ridiculous, false

Iran has vehemently rejected as "false, meaningless and ludicrous" a recent media report claiming that Tehran has moved missiles to Iraq, saying it aimed to stoke Iranophobia in the region.

"What has been raised and published by some infamous cells and certain media about the transfer of Iranian missiles to Iraq is a nonsensical statement and sheer lie," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

"The report is solely aimed at creating fears among regional countries" and is in line with Iranophobic policies, he added.

Sep 03 07:26

Palestine in Pictures: August 2018

Fifteen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during the month of August. A further two Palestinians died of wounds sustained during Great March of Return protests in Gaza months earlier.

Ahmad Mahamid, a 30-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot and killed after attempting to stab police in Jerusalem on 17 August. His family said that the man was mentally unwell and that the stabbing was not politically motivated.

All other fatalities during the month occurred in or near Gaza.

Sep 03 07:15

Back to the Future

Neither Britain nor the rest of the world was surprised by last week’s election results. For the last six months Corbyn and the Labour Party have led in the polls and during that time no one doubted that Corbyn would become Britain’s new prime minister, the only question was when. And yet, Corbyn’s increasing popularity wasn’t a smooth shift in British politics, it resulted instead from a gradual increase in British unity in opposition to an obnoxious foreign lobby. The nastier Corbyn’s enemies were, the more Brits sided with him. At a certain stage it became clear that it was the Zionist Lobby, rather than Corbyn himself, that united the Brits behind Corbyn.

Sep 02 10:17

Netanyahu’s credo, ‘weak are slaughtered, strong survive,’ echoes Hitler

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech Wednesday at the Dimona nuclear plant, the site and symbol of Israel’s nuclear weapon capacity, and warned Iran and other regional rivals against taking Israel on.

The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong…

But our enemies know very well what Israel is capable of doing. They are familiar with our policy. Whoever tries to hurt us—we hurt them

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran was being “threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory.”

Netanyahu’s comments were widely derided on twitter as fascistic. Some quoted Adolf Hitler’s speech in Munich in 1923 at a time when he was gaining a following:

Sep 02 10:17

Shattered Limbs, Broken Dreams: Life for Gaza Athletes after Surviving Israeli Bullets

When Raed Jadallah rode the waves of the Mediterranean sea on his surfboard, he was able to transcend the limitations placed on his life forced upon him, as he is a Palestinian living in the besieged Gaza Strip.

During some stolen moments of time, the 26-year-old surfer would leave strife behind on Gaza’s shore.

“When I surfed, I forgot about everything,” he said. “It is like you are in another city where there is no war or blockade. All you think about is how you will catch another wave,” Jadallah said.

Jadallah’s passion came to an abrupt end when he was shot on 6 April as he participated – albeit as a spectator – in the second Friday of the Great Return March protests that kicked off on 30 March along the eastern border fence separating Israel from Gaza.

Sep 02 10:16

NY State Senator Jeff Klein, you have some ‘splaining to do

NY State Senator Jeff Klein seems torn between two viewpoints: one says “all people are created equal, with certain unalienable rights – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The other, incompatible with the first: “Israel, right or wrong.”

Sep 02 09:43

FLASHBACK - Records of Israeli arms sales during Rwandan genocide to remain sealed

Records documenting Israel’s arms sales to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide there will remain sealed and concealed from the public, the Supreme Court decided this week.

Activist attorney Eitay Mack filed in 2014 a request with the Defense Ministry for the information on the defense exports to the African country. It was denied by a Tel Aviv court, and the case has moved up the appellate system in the ensuing year and a half, culminating in Monday’s decision.

Mack argued there was “a major public interest in having the information revealed, and that preventing its disclosure created a feeling that the respondents were preventing it due to extraneous considerations,” according to the court’s decision.

Sep 02 09:42

FLASHBACK - Israel refuses to end arms sales Burma military amid ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims

Israel is under fire from human rights groups for refusing to embargo sales of weaponry to the Burmese junta after intensified violence against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

More than 100 tanks, as well as boats and light weapons, have been sold to the Burmese government by Israeli arms companies in recent years, investigations by several rights watchdogs have found.

One company, TAR Ideal Concepts, has also trained Burmese special forces in northern Rakhine state, where much of the violence is taking place, posting pictures on their website in August 2016 of its staff teaching combat tactics and how to handle weapons.

Sep 02 09:33

Iran Stuns Enemies By Moving Ballistic Missiles To Iraq - Within Easy Striking Distance of Tel Aviv

In what is sure to be a realization of one of Netanyahu's worst nightmares, and deeply awkward for US advisers to Baghdad, Iran has transferred ballistic missiles to Shia proxy forces in Iraq, according to Western and Iraqi intelligence sources cited in a new Reuters report.

The revelation comes as tensions between Washington and Tehran are already at their highest point in years as aggressive sanctions continue crippling Iran's economy, and after threats and counter-threats over Tehran laying claim to the vital Strait of Hormuz oil waterway over the past weeks, through which some one-third of the world's oil passes.

The Reuters report cites multiple officials and intelligence sources, including Iranian officials who seem willing to inform the world of the provocative move:

Sep 02 09:16

HOORAY FOR LANA DEL REY

After pressure from BDS, American singer and songwriter announces she will postpone Israel concert until she can also visit “Palestine”.

Sep 01 14:23

Jeremy Corbyn and the ‘Jewish Question’

"Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s reaction [to Jeremy Corbyn], however, takes us to a new level in our understanding of the Zionist mindset. The rabbi actually accused Corbyn of implying that “Jews are not fully British”. But that was not what Corbyn said or implied. He suggested that Zionists are not exactly British, a statement that poses no problem for most Zionists since they openly and voluntarily swear allegiance to another state, one that is nationalist, racist and expansionist and shares few, if any, values with Britain or the West.

Sep 01 09:25

Corbyn and the Jewish Question

It doesn’t take a genius to detect the present volatile state of British Jewish institutions. To the outside observer, some of the actions of Britain’s so-called Jewish ‘leaders’ may seem to be a form of collective insanity. Yet, the Brits do not seem to be at all impressed. They are perplexed by the self-propelled collective hysteria. Naturally, many Brits do not agree with Corbyn on issues; some may not agree with his pacifist politics, others see him as a naïve delusional lefty, a few are upset by his association with controversial characters, but no one except a few Israel firsters sees Corbyn as a crazed ‘anti-Semite,’ let alone as a Hitler type who puts Jewish life under an “existential threat.” While it isn’t clear whether Corbyn can unite the Brits against their horrid government, it is increasingly likely that the Zionist lobby has the capacity to unite the Brits behind Corbyn.

Sep 01 09:03

Candidates for UK Labour Party’s governing body share their thoughts on adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism

Next week the UK Labour Party’s governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), will be voting on whether to adopt the examples put forth by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in its definition of antisemitism. The four examples omitted at present are: 1) Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel; 2) Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis; 3) Applying double standards to Israel by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation; and 4) Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

I wrote to all 26 NEC members to seek their views. Of the 15 that came back, 6 were for adopting the full IHRA definition with the examples, 7 were for no change, and 2 wereunsure. Of those in favour, I posed the question “If it’s passed and I said Israel is a racist state, would I get expelled?”

Sep 01 09:02

Video: Gaza health officials forced to stop cancer treatments due to Israeli siege

Earlier this month, health officials in Gaza announced that they would be stopping chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients due to a shortage of medicine. As a result, the lives of thousands of cancer patients were thrown into uncertainty. Doctors, rights groups, and the patients themselves have pointed chiefly to the more than decade-long Israeli blockade of Gaza as a reason for the shortages. With Israel denying humanitarian permits into the country at an alarming rate, the chances for survival for cancer patients in Gaza get more slim with each passing day.

Sep 01 09:02

Israel’s smear campaign will not stop until Jeremy Corbyn fights back

As I have stated repeatedly, neither the left nor Labour are immune from the reality of anti-Semitism. However, all available statistical evidence shows that the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is far less than such racism on the right. Anti-Jewish hatred extends across society, but is most prevalent amongst right-wingers, and especially so on the far-right.

Why, then, has there been nearly daily headlines over the summer about an “anti-Semitism crisis” in the Labour Party and nowhere else? The answer is clear for anyone who has eyes to see: this is an attempt to assassinate Jeremy Corbyn politically and break up the popular political movement that is close to taking him through that famous door in Downing Street.

Sep 01 09:00

Israel killed 19 Palestinians and wounded 1,600 in August

The protest at the Gaza-Israel border yesterday resulted in 180 injured Palestinians from Israeli action

Sep 01 08:59

Israel knocks hole through Jerusalem’s Old City wall

Israel yesterday carved a hole into the Old City walls of occupied Jerusalem to create a new “gate” near the ancient Damascus Gate (Bab Al-Amoud).

The news came from Palestinian sources inside the city which said that for several days the Jerusalem Municipality has been making changes to an inner courtyard of the Christian Quarter, Quds Press reported. The new “gate” is thought to lead to Christian homes inside the Old City, but the reasons for its construction are unclear.

The community leader, Basem Saeed Wajih, told Quds Press that “we have not been informed of any changes or new alleys or roads in the Christian Quarter by the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality.”

Sep 01 08:47

PCHR: “Army Injures 75 Civilians, Including 16 Children, 1 Journalist And Two Paramedics, In Gaza”

Israeli Forces Continue their Crimes in Eastern Gaza Strip, wounding 75 Civilians, Including 16 Children, Journalist and 2 Paramedics; One of them Female Paramedic Sustained Serious Wounds

Sep 01 08:46

Israeli Racism – Legalized and Running Rampant

Israel’s new Nation State Law, just over 1 month old, has already increased the discrimination against Palestinians in Israel to absurd levels: they’re being prohibited from raising chickens, planting potatoes, gathering traditional herbs. Small sewing and knitting factories are being closed down and moved to Jordan. The only logical explanation: it’s part of a plan to make survival in Israel impossible, to initiate a “soft transfer” or “voluntary emigration” of Palestinians, because mass deportation – as in the Nakba – is no longer practical.

Sep 01 08:46

Sheldon Adelson-backed pro-Israel campus initiative to operate on 80 campuses

An Adelson pro-Israel initiative will operate on 80 campuses, spending six figures per campus – in total, about $8 million to $10 million this school year. Among its activities will be to “recruit influencers” and take them on trips to Israel.

Sep 01 08:45

Lana Del Rey Cancels Israeli Tour Date

American singer Lana Del Rey has announced that she would postpone a show in Israel scheduled for Friday, due to to her inability to schedule a show for Palestinian fans, according to Haaretz Israeli daily.

Aug 31 09:40

Why did Israel intervene for convicted US felon Adam Milstein?

Israeli-American real estate mogul Adam Milstein recently made headlines when it emerged that he had solicited funds on behalf of two student senate candidates at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) who espouse strong anti-Palestinian views.

When asked about the donations, which had reportedly been funneled through UCLA’s chapter of the Zionist campus organization Hillel, by Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane, Milstein feigned ignorance: “When I make a donation to the UCLA Foundation or what have you, I don’t know what they’re doing with the money.”

However, Milstein’s claims were swiftly belied by emails discovered by Chloe Hunt of UC Berkeley campus newspaper The Daily Californian.

Aug 31 09:29

Israel says not bound by post-war Syria deals

Israel will not adhere to any arrangement that the international community might agree upon in Syria after the years-long war waged by foreign-backed terrorists in the Arab country comes to an end, Israel's minister of military affairs says.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the border with Lebanon, Avigdor Lieberman said as Syria was preparing to retake Idlib -- the last major stronghold of terrorists in Syria -- political efforts by Iran, Turkey, Russia and the international community in general to "redesign" Syria were increasing.

“We see various gatherings here and there; in Ankara, in Tehran, in Geneva, in other places too. They are talking about redesigning Syria after the battle for Idlib,” Lieberman said.

“From Israel’s perspective, with all due respect and appreciation for all the agreements and the understandings -- we are not bound by them,” Lieberman said on Thursday.

Aug 31 09:24

‘No place for the weak’: Netanyahu threatens Iran & Syria at nuclear reactor ceremony

Israel will oppose Iranian presence in Syria with the same zeal it worked to destroy the nuclear deal, and hurt “whoever tries to hurt us,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he dedicated a nuclear reactor facility.

The Middle East is “no place for the weak. The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive,” Netanyahu said on Wednesday, at the ceremony to rename a nuclear research facility in the Negev after the former Prime Minister Shimon Peres. “The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong.”

“But our enemies know very well what Israel is capable of doing. They are familiar with our policy. Whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them,” he added.

Aug 31 08:48

Revealed: Netanyahu’s wife, son suspected of bribery

The wife and son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being investigated for corruption as part of a case which sees the official accused of granting favours to a media giant in return for favourable coverage, it emerged yesterday.

During a court hearing yesterday, an Israeli police official revealed for the first time that Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, is suspected of involvement in what has been dubbed Case 4000. Previously, only Benjamin Netanyahu had officially been under investigation, which alleges that he granted favours to Israeli telecom giant Bezeq in return for favourable media coverage by Walla News, which belongs to Bezeq owner Shaul Elovitch.

Aug 31 08:46

Israel lawmakers express support for remorseless Hebron shooter Elor Azaria

Israeli lawmakers expressed support this week for convicted Hebron shooter Elor Azaria, after the former soldier told popular daily Israel Hayom that he felt no remorse for his actions.

Azaria shot and killed a wounded Palestinian in Hebron in 2016, and was subsequently convicted of manslaughter by a military court. Sentenced to 18 months, he eventually served just nine.

In an interview with Israel Hayom published this week, Azaria said: “There is no doubt that if you took me back to those ?seconds in Hebron, when the event was unfolding, I ?would act exactly the same all over again, because ?that is what had to be done.”

Aug 31 08:45

Supporting BDS, Volvox, DJ Python pull out of Meteor Festival in Israel

A number of artists have pulled out of the Meteor Festival in Israel, reported Resident Advisor, in response to a call from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Aug 31 08:42

Israel threatens to use nuclear weapons to ‘wipe out’ its enemies

Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies.

“Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona. The site has long been suspected to be the location where Israel has been developing nuclear weapons.

Iran hit back by describing Netanyahu as a “warmonger”. The threat “atomic annihilation” against the Islamic Republic was denounced as “beyond shameless in the gall”.

Aug 31 08:40

Israel wants to act with even more impunity by banning the filming of its murderous soldiers

One of the most notorious Israeli criminals of recent times has to be Elor Azaria. In 2016, the Israeli soldier murdered a wounded Palestinian youth as the young man lay badly wounded and bleeding on the ground in Hebron. Abd Al-Fattah Yusri Al-Sharif had already been shot after being accused of trying to attack another soldier manning a checkpoint.

Hebron is a Palestinian city in the West Bank, occupied illegally by Israel. A large section of the city has a heavier Israeli military presence than the rest, due to its takeover by a group of the most extreme Zionist settlers.

These religious fanatics frequently abuse, spit on and attack Palestinians simply for being Arabs in what they claim is a “Jewish city”. The Hebron settlers are in the process of attempting to take it over completely, home by home. What’s more, they are guarded and aided by the Israeli army.

Aug 31 08:40

Al Jazeera documentary shows pro-Israeli lobby groups organising ‘fake protests’

In the clips released by Electronic Intifada, students can be seen boasting about receiving $50,000 dollars “plus benefits” for taking part in fake grassroots protests against pro-Palestinian activists. One of the students described their presence at the demonstration as “astroturfing” – a term used to describe fake political activism, which pretends to be grassroots-based. The same students are later seen holding “pro-Israel” signs at the demonstration.

An expert interviewed in the documentary explained the common tactic used by pro-Israeli groups as taking corporate money and “manufacturing the image of a grassroot movement… by basically paying people to appear as activists”.

Aug 31 08:39

The pro-Israel Lobby’s pressure against Al Jazeera’s exposé should be ignored

Under pressure from abroad, the government of Qatar has shelved an important Al Jazeera film. The TV network’s investigative unit went undercover for months in the US to expose the pro-Israel Lobby. My colleagues and I at the Electronic Intifada have just released the very first clips from the film.

Despite the unit’s director, Clayton Swisher, promising ten months ago that it would be broadcast “soon”, the four-part film has yet to see the light of day. The film in question is a follow up to “The Lobby”, which Al Jazeera broadcast last year after six months of undercover work in Britain’s pro-Israel groups. That film exposed how Shai Masot, an Israeli Embassy operative, was plotting to “take down” British government ministers and MPs deemed to be critical of Israel.

Aug 31 08:37

Ha’aretz: What Happens at Israel’s Border Crossings Is Calculated Humiliation

Why is everyone getting all upset over the interrogation at the border crossings of a few left-wing Jews, a young friend of mine who is neither Jewish nor Palestinian asked me indignantly. Her work has frequently brought her to these parts, and each entry and exit has brought with it questioning, strip searches and humiliations.

I related her experiences in this column in January 2014, conscious of an inherent trap: On one hand, readers are liable to conclude that the incident deserves coverage because it is an exception, meaning that the overall situation isn’t so bad. On the other hand, what is routine is by definition not worthy of coverage. And since it goes unreported, it is not terrible and it does not exist. I explained to my friend that this is how journalism works, and that it’s a good thing that thanks to a few privileged Jews (see under Peter Beinart and Simone Zimmerman), the entire issue has been opened up.

Aug 31 08:36

Israeli project brings young scientists on free trip to “learn about Israel”

An Israeli institute recently brought 73 high school graduates from around the world on a month-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Israel. Much of this is funded by tax-deductible donations from the U.S.

For almost half a century, the program, which is run by a project of Israel’s Weizmann Institute, has been bringing students to Israel with two purposes: to learn about science and to “learn about life in Israel.”

It appears that what they learn about Israel is substantially filtered.

Aug 31 08:35

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 29 August 2018)

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians were killed,
239 civilians, including 52 children, 6 women, and 5 paramedics, were wounded; 10 of those wounded sustained serious injuries. 14 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded and in the West Bank in addition to a foreign activist, who was wounded twice.

Aug 31 08:34

Gaza’s battle-hardened medics always on duty

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return at the end of March, the Israeli military has left no doubt that it will not feel restrained in dealing with Gaza’s demonstrations.

With rules of engagement that have left at least 125 demonstrators dead, more than 5,000 wounded by live fire, among them over 800 children, the message is clear: Protest and risk death and injury.

But even those not protesting are not safe. Israeli forces have killed two journalists and at least 90 have been injured. Three medics have also been killed.

Still they come: demonstrators, journalists and, of course, medics.

Aug 31 05:44

IN FRONT OF ISRAEL'S NUKES

Speaking in Front of Israel’s Nukes, Netanyahu Says IDF Will Hit Iranian Forces in Syria with “All Its Might”
“Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory.” — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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Aug 30 19:08

Censored documentary a testament to ‘incredible’ power of Israel lobby, Max Blumenthal says (VIDEO)

The suppression of a documentary produced by Qatar-funded Al Jazeera about Israeli influence in Washington demonstrates the incredible power and influence wielded by the Israel lobby, journalist Max Blumenthal told RT.

A two-minute clip from the censored documentary was recently leaked to Blumenthal, who published it on his independent news site, the Grayzone Project. The footage documents how campus fellows from the neo-conservative Hoover Institution were essentially required to attend a pro-Israel rally, with one participant even acknowledging that he and the other bused-in “activists” were engaged in astroturfing – a tactic used to create the illusion of grassroots support for a political cause or organization.

Aug 30 12:35

US envoy Haley: Palestinian right of return should be ‘off the table’

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that the right of return of Palestinian refugees displaced since 1948 is an issue that should be taken “off the table”, according to the Times of Israel.

Commenting at an appearance at the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies, a pro-Israel think tank based in Washington DC, Haley suggested on Tuesday that the Trump administration would consider an official rejection of the Palestinian demand that all refugees who were displaced as a result of the Nakba (Catastrophe) and their descendants, be allowed to return to their ancestral homeland following a peace deal with Israel.

“I absolutely think we have to look at right of return,” Haley told attendees, before agreeing that the issue should be taken off the negotiating table.

Aug 30 12:35

After Israel destroys Hebron school, students setup makeshift classrooms

Palestinian students and teachers started the new academic year on the rubble of their West Bank school which had been destroyed by Israeli occupation forces one and half months ago.

Safa news agency reported that the Khelat Al-Daebe school in occupied Hebron reopened yesterday but classes were held on the rubble of the former building.

Students sat on tyres which had been set up to form classrooms.

Representative of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the West Bank Rateb Jabour told Safa that the Palestinian students and teachers insisted on starting the new school years on time.

Aug 30 12:34

Artists abandon Israel music festival

More performers have dropped out of the Meteor Festival lineup as fans and human rights activists continue to urge pop singer Lana Del Rey and other slated artists not to “art-wash” Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

The festival is set to take place next week in northern Israel.

On Tuesday, New York-based DJ Volvox stated on Facebook that she decided to cancel her appearance at the festival, citing the “complex” situation.

“My heart goes out to the young Israelis and Palestinians who were looking forward to my show, I recognize that they despise this conflict as we all do and yearn to be free of it,” she wrote.

Volvox’s cancellation comes days after US-based DJ Python stated that after “talking with friends and some well-informed folks,” he wouldn’t play the festival.

Aug 30 12:13

Crucifying Jeremy Corbyn: former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks joins in

Stuart Littlewood views the hypocrisy of Israel propagandist ex-UK Chief Rabbi Sacks who accused Labour leader Corbyn of ‘anti-Semitism’, arguing that Corbyn should take no lectures from the apologists of the vicious daily Israeli persecution of Palestinian Christian and Muslims. >>

Aug 29 10:09

Israel draft law to imprison any holders of Palestinian flag

The representative of the Likud Party, Anat Barko, has suggested a bill to punish anyone who lifts the Palestinian flag inside Israel after it was flown during a demonstration against the Nation-State law in the centre of Tel Aviv.

Barko stated that the bill, which will be introduced to the Knesset during the upcoming winter session starting October, will sentence those who raise the Palestinian flag or the flag of “enemies” inside Israel to one year of imprisonment.

Aug 29 10:06

US to Announce Rejection of Palestinian Right of Return

The United States Donald Trump administration will announce a suspension of funding to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and the rejection of the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the US administration is expected to announce its new policy early September, which would effectively cancel the right of return for Palestinians through several steps.

Aug 29 10:03

Israel advocate Ravich named to senior intelligence post, planned US-Israel cyber project against BDS

New deputy chair of the Intelligence Advisory Board, which helps shape U.S. intelligence policy, is Samantha Ravich – an Israel advocate who previously worked for AIPAC spinoff WINEP, was a senior advisor to pro-Israel FDD, senior advisor to the Chertoff Group…

See video of her speech at Israel Bonds event, where she describes a cyber project that will combat BDS…

Aug 28 15:48

EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Corbyn claims Israel controls speeches made by British MPs in Parliament, in bizarre remarks slammed as an 'anti-Semitic conspiracy theory' that 'casts Jews as sinister manipulators'

The remarks were captured on video in 2010, at a meeting of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) in London. In a speech about the shooting of Turkish activists at sea by the Israeli commandos, the Labour leader said:

‘[British MPs] all turned up [to the debating chamber] with a pre-prepared script. I’m sure our friend Ron Prosor (the Israeli ambassador) wrote it.

‘Because they all came up with the same key words. It was rather like reading a European document looking for buzz-words.

‘And the buzz-words were, “Israel’s need for security”. And then “the extremism of the people on one ship”. And “the existence of Turkish militants on the vessel”.

‘It came through in every single speech, this stuff came through.’

Aug 28 09:56

Censored film names Adam Milstein as Canary Mission funder

Israel lobby financier Adam Milstein has been identified as the funder of Canary Mission, the anonymous website that aims to tarnish the reputations of US supporters of Palestinian rights.

Milstein is named as the financier of Canary Mission by Eric Gallagher, a former employee of The Israel Project, in Al Jazeera’s censored investigative film, The Lobby – USA.

The Electronic Intifada is releasing segments it has obtained of the film: one shows Gallagher telling an undercover Al Jazeera reporter about Milstein’s role and the other shows Milstein talking about the need to “investigate” and “expose” critics of Israel, who Milstein believes are not only anti-Semites, but also “anti-Christian” and “anti-freedom” activists who “terrorize us.”

Aug 28 09:55

Gaza’s unhealed wounds

Israeli military prosecutors have just closed yet another internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during the army’s assault on the occupied Gaza Strip in summer 2014.

More than 2,200 Palestinians, the majority civilians, were killed during the 51-day operation.

For Muhammad al-Najjar, who lost much of his family in a single Israeli airstrike during the onslaught, there is little closure even as life moves on.

“Before I say anything, I want to say sorry to anyone born on the 26th of July because I call it the Black Day,” Muhammad said at the outset of our interview.

“I try to keep my eyes and head closed this day every year; when I wake up on this day I only see darkness, smoke and blood.”

On that day in 2014, Muhammad, then 20, and his wife Iman, then 19, were due to go to the hospital for the birth of their second child.

Aug 28 09:39

Israel’s Military Strategy a Failure

The failure of the coordinated efforts of the West, its Arab allies, and Israel to redraw the map of the Middle East by forcing regime change in Syria has exposed Israel’s declining power across the region.

Russia’s intervention in the Syrian war on the side of Syria’s government turned the tide against ISIS, al Qaeda, and the al-Nusra Front who received arms, intelligence, and training from the West and its allies, especially Britain, France, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. It also placed a spotlight on a regime change policy that had all the hallmarks of a neoconservative agenda that risked helping Israel find an excuse to go to war with Hezbollah in Lebanon and provoke a major confrontation with Iran that would drag in Western powers.

Aug 27 18:06

Smearing critics of Israel undermines importance of tackling genuine anti-Semitism

Article by Ken Livingstone on the Zionist's campaign to control the British Labour Party

Aug 27 10:52

‘We don’t shoot women’ — but Kristin Foss is shot for second time in a week in Palestine

“We don’t shoot women”, a Lieutenant in the Israeli army said yesterday, when asked why they shot a Norwegian activist in Kafr Qaddum Saturday last week, shortly before shooting her again.

Israeli activist Matan Cohen posted this exchange and occurrence yesterday on his Facebook with photos from the scene.

This time Kristin was not shot in the abdomen, but in the foot, by a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Aug 27 10:50

‘This is occupation, not conflict: it’s black and white.’

Mohammad Sabaaneh was released from an Israeli prison four years ago. He had been incarcerated for five months, spending almost two weeks in solitary confinement. Israeli forces held Mohammad in administrative detention, meaning they needed no charge and did not send him to trial. During one of his interrogation sessions, he managed to steal some paper and a pencil to begin sketching his ideas for images documenting his time in prison, smuggling them out with every prisoner who was released. When Mohammad himself was eventually released, he collected his sketches and completed the cartoons that make up his new book “Palestine in Black and White”.

Aug 27 10:27

Over 180 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: medics

At least 180 Palestinians were injured Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, medics said.

Aug 27 10:24

Trump Regime to Formally Reject Palestinians’ Right of Return

Adopted near the end of Israel’s 1948 war, UN Resolution 194 resolved that Palestinian “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible” – Article 11.

In May 1949, UN Resolution 273 granted Israel UN membership conditional on accepting and implementing UN Resolutions 181 (partitioning Mandatory Palestine into Jewish and Arab states) and 194, granting Palestinians their universally recognized right of return.

Throughout his tenure, Trump and his regime hardliners have been more contemptuous of fundamental Palestinians rights than his predecessors.

Aug 27 10:23

UN Warns “Collapse of Critical Life-saving Services” in Gaza as Emergency Fuel Runs Out

With no main electricity for 16-20 hours per day, hospitals in Gaza are reliant on backup generators to keep essential services running. UN-donated fuel to keep these life-saving services running is expected to be used up in the next few days unless emergency funding is secured.

On Monday, Mr McGoldrick called on the international community to urgently prevent essential services from shutting down:

“Life-saving services in the Gaza Strip rely heavily on donor-funded emergency fuel. We have now run out of funds and are delivering the final supplies in the next few days. Without funds to enable ongoing deliveries, service providers will be forced to suspend, or heavily reduce, operations from early September, with potentially grave consequences.”

The severe shortage of emergency fuel endangers patients’ lives, including new born babies in intensive care – a service supported by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) in Gaza. This was emphasised by the UN this week:

Aug 27 09:26

IRAN SAYS IT HAS FULL CONTROL OF GULF, U.S. NAVY DOES NOT BELONG THERE

(Reuters) - Iran has full control of the Gulf and the U.S. Navy does not belong there, the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Alireza Tangsiri, was quoted by Tasnim news agency as saying on Monday.

Tehran has suggested it could take military action in the Gulf to block other countries’ oil exports in retaliation for U.S. sanctions intended to halt its sales of crude. Washington maintains a fleet in the Gulf that protects oil shipping routes.

Tangsiri said Iran had full control of the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz that leads into it. Closing the strait would be the most direct way of blocking shipping.

“We can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf and there is no need for the presence of aliens like the U.S. and the countries whose home is not in here,” he said in the quote, which appeared in English translation on Tasnim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Tangsiri, a word, please: should Iran do this, the US government will use such an action as the "justification" for war against your country, and retaliate, with full military force, against Iran.

In fact, sir, such an action is something the US government would love to see your country do.

Aug 27 09:16

Haaretz Warns American Jews of Trump’s Downfall

Haaretz delivered a warning today to American Jewry. “If Trump falls, the testimonies of Cohen, Pecker and Weisselberg could spark an anti-Semitic Backlash.”

Many have passed through the Trump Administration’s revolving door and faded away quietly but those who may bring the president down are “the lawyer-fixer (Michael Cohen), the smut-dealing publisher (David Pecker) and the numbers whiz who knows it all (Alan Weisselberg).” Prominent Haaretz correspondent Chemi Shalev is honest enough to openly acknowledge that “the trio’s public profile is a Jewish stereotype.”

Aug 27 09:04

LEGAL BATTLE BETWEEN US AND IRAN OPENS AT UN’S HIGHEST COURT

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is hearing Iran’s lawsuit against the US over President Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic after he withdrew from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
According to Tehran, the policy conducted by Washington “is nothing but naked economic aggression”.

“The US is publicly propagating a policy intended to damage as severely as possible Iran’s economy and Iranian national companies, and therefore inevitably Iranian nationals,” Iran’s legal representative, Mohsen Mohebi, the international law adviser to the Iranian president, said at The Hague at the beginning of the four-day session for Tehran’s case on Monday.

“Iran will put up the strongest resistance to the US economic strangulation, by all peaceful means,” he added.

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo described Iran’s filing with the ICJ as “an attempt to interfere with the sovereign rights of the US.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I see that American hubris regarding Iran, egged on by Israel's Netanyahu, is still riding high; and yes, Secretary of State Pompeo, these proceedings are an absolutely legitimate use of the Court by Iran!!

Aug 26 15:29

Julian Assange and the fate of journalism

Lawrence Davidson says truth-tellers such as Julian Assange and imprisoned Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal are destined to be outside the mainstream – because truth is also outside the mainstream, where journalist serve power and people chose outlets that confirm their bias. >>

Aug 26 10:00

MAJOR: PUTIN SMASHES NETANYAHU’S DREAMS – Russia REVEALS Its TOTAL SUPPORT For IRAN In SYRIA

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made waves today, dispelling numerous rumors and laying to waste much ‘speculation’ about Russia’s role in Syria, with regard to Iran and Israel.

After difficult talks today in a meeting between senior Russian and US delegations to discuss Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Ryabkov’s statements today mirror those of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Their previous statements reflect Russia’s actual, official policy on Iran and Syria. Today’s statements bring clarity to any number of vague remarks made in months past.

Aug 26 09:59

Jordan MPs seek scrapping peace deal with Israel

Jordanian lawmakers say they are fiercely opposed to the appointment of a new ambassador to Israel, demanding that the peace treaty with Tel Aviv should be scrapped.

Ghassan Majali is expected to replace the incumbent Ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat, who is set to conclude his tenure after more than five years.

Lawmakers say if Jordan decides to appoint an ambassador to Israel, it should change the nature of its position.

Aug 26 09:39

IF DERSHOWITZ SAYS THIS, THEN IT’S REALLY THAT!

Now we know the truth!

Jeremy Corbyn is NOT an anti Semite!

Aug 25 16:45

In West Bank settlements, the housing market is booming

A generation later, Lipkin is facing the same problem. His kids want to move back to Ofra — but now it, too, is unaffordable. Lipkin bought his house in 2000 for 550,000 shekels (about $200,000 in 2018 dollars, correcting for inflation). Now he sees houses the same size in Ofra sell for at least 1.5 million shekels, or $411,000.

Since the Lipkins moved across Israel’s pre-1967 borders, or the Green Line, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have followed their lead. In 2000, there were fewer than 200,000 settlers living in the West Bank, excluding eastern Jerusalem, according to Btselem, a left-wing Israeli organization. Now the number is closer to 400,000. And home prices are rising accordingly.

Aug 25 13:12

Russian Official Shocks By Urging Tactical Nuke Deployment In Syria After Bolton Warning

The long-running US and Russian proxy war in Syria has been largely forgotten of late, but suddenly snapped back into international headlines with John Bolton's warning Assad and Russia this week that Washington will respond with "greater military force" should claims of a Syrian government chemical attack emerge in Idlib.

In response, Russia subsequently warned of a staged "chemical provocation" coming and it appears a war of words is yet again ratcheting up over Syria, which has the very real potential of turning into an actual war.

It fits a familiar pattern on Syria since Russian intervention at the invitation of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015: just when it appears the jihadists are on the brink of final defeat, and as stability is returning after seven years of grinding war, something happens to bring things right back to the brink of global crisis and escalation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This suggestion, in light of a potential US/Israeli "false flag" chemical attack at Idlib, to be blamed on the Syrians and Russians, demonstrates how quickly such a war could be cranked up to the point of no return.

And unfortunately, with the Manafort verdicts, and the Cohen plea-deal running the corporate news cycle right now, President Trump is dreadfully in need of a distraction, to turn attention away from the vomit-inducing, issue of his having hush money paid to either former flames, or women who wanted their "15 minutes of fame " (or utter contempt) for saying that they had a relationship with him.

What I hope the President understands is, how quickly a tactic like this (a false flag in Idlib) can get completely out of control, to the point of creating a shooting war against Russia.

Perhaps he may think that next week, with Americans generally distracted by the upcoming Labor Day holiday, may be "the perfect moment" to initiate such a false flag, or have the IDF do it.

But I hope (and pray) he understands that the ramifications of such an action may become impossible to stop, once they has been placed into motion; and the outcomes of such a war, may be both horrific.... and irreversible.

The painfully striking differences between the stances of candidate Trump - and then President Trump- are very difficult, and disappointing, to deal with, two years into his presidency.

I have to wonder if the American people will ever get a candidate who will really champion the needs and concerns of People over those of Israel, but am beginning to doubt that this is possible.

Aug 25 10:35

Did Sheldon Adelson Just Capture The GOP?

illionaire Sheldon Adelson, President Donald Trump’s biggest donor, just secured his role as the GOP’s top 2018 funder with a $25 million contribution to Senate Republicans midterm election efforts. In all likelihood, he also bought himself a direct line to any Republican whose ear he wants to bend.

Adelson is outspoken about his priorities—a hawkish U.S. policy towards Iran and unwavering U.S. support for Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Likud Party—and House and Senate Republicans, as well as the Trump White House, have largely delivered on Adelson’s foreign policy wish list.

Adelson, alongside with his wife Miriam, already contributed $30 million to House Republican efforts to maintain a majority, bringing the casino magnate’s direct investment in the GOP’s 2018 House and Senate election efforts to over $55 million.

Politico did the math and found:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Must be nice, owning a President, and their entire administration, as Adelson has purchased, with these contributions!

But are Adelson's/Tel Aviv's goals in Middle East policy, really good for the We the People?!? Let's look at that.

Tel Aviv/Adelson want the Palestinian people destroyed, and are doing everything possible toward that end; Trump has just cut Palestinian funding into non-existent, demonstrating that the US cannot, ever, be considered an honest broker for peace in the Middle East. How good is this for We the People?!?

Tel Aviv/Adelson wants Iran regime-changed, broken up, and destroyed as a power in the Middle East, but wants it done with American blood and American money; how good, please, is that for We the People?!?

Tel Aviv/Adelson want to see Lebanon regime-changed, and Hezbollah destroyed; how good, please, is that for We the People?!?

There are many times that Tel Aviv's/Adelson's goals for Israel are not in sync with those of We the People; an honest, responsible Federal government would understand that, and act accordingly; of course, for decades we have had an irresponsible, corrupt Federal Government, which will go along with every crazy notion its "ownership" demands it do, no matter the costs in American blood and money.

Aug 25 10:23

Trump Administration Cuts $200 Million in Funding to Palestinians

State Department officials announced on Friday that over $200 million in frozen funding to the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip are being cut outright, with the funding to be diverted elsewhere.

Exactly where the $200 million is going isn’t clear, beyond officials saying it would be “spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer.” National security adviser John Bolton said the cut was “long overdue.”

This is the second redirection of foreign aid funds to be announced in the past week. Last Friday, the State Department announced $230 million in funding initially earmarked for reconstruction inside Syria had similarly been withdrawn, to be spent on other, unspecified priorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason for this cutback is painfully clear; Netanyahu and Tel Aviv control the US agenda in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, not to mention the entirety of the US geopolitical agenda in the Middle East.

I, for one, am rather sick and tired of Israel controlling US foreign policy, to the point of ordering our American President and military to attack its alleged "existential threats" in the region, like Iran and Lebanon.

Unfortunately, however, such an attack is very likely this fall, particularly with Iran shortly after President Trump's "drop dead date", imposed by Trump on the rest of the world to stop buying Iranian oil, which happens on Sunday, 4 November; please remember that US mid-term elections happen in Tuesday, 6 November this year.

It is the timing of the impact of this Presidential edict, which, I believe, makes it very possible that we will see the start of such an attack either on the 4th or 5th of November, just ahead of the mid-terms.

There will be no Congressional approval, or debate, before this starts; AIPAC will insure that, with their generous contributions to both sides of the aisle, and we may well see a "blitzkrieg-style" US attack to blockade the Persian Gulf, and insure that Iranian oil cannot get routed through it at all.

Aug 25 09:39

Anti-Semitism vs. anti-colonialism

Much of the ongoing acrimonious and toxic debate in Britain about allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party centers on expressions of opposition to Israeli laws, policies, ideologies, actions and declarations.

No thinking person, for example, is expected to believe that descriptions of Jews as engaging in a “worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization,” as Winston Churchill accused “international Jews” of doing in the Sunday Herald in 1920, are not anti-Semitic.

Similarly no thinking person is expected to believe that statements describing the immigration of East European Jews to Britain as causing “undoubted evils,” as Lord Arthur Balfour warned in 1905, are not anti-Semitic (both Churchill and Balfour were key and powerful supporters of the Zionist movement).

Aug 25 09:39

US slashes aid as Gaza hospitals run out of fuel

he Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, the State Department said Friday.

The money will be redirected to “high priority projects elsewhere,” a notice sent to Congress stated.

The amount cut by the Trump administration represents most of the $250 million in aid requested annually by the State Department for 2018 and 2019.

Aug 25 09:38

Settlers attack Palestinians in Nablus

Dozens of Israeli settlers today attacked two Palestinians while they were inside a vehicle near the Zaatara checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

According to the victims’ relative, Uqab Qanna, the men were driving home to Kafr Qalil village, when heavily armed Israeli settlers stopped the vehicle some 200 metres from the Zaatara checkpoint.

Qanna confirmed that after his relatives stopped the vehicle, the settlers began “brutally” kicking and beating them with guns and sticks, causing them severe injuries.

They went on to smash and destroyed parts of the vehicle before fleeing the area.

Aug 25 09:27

Lamenting EU ‘mistreatment’ of Israel, Netanyahu seeks out support in Baltics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set on a trip to the Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – in a bid to "balance" what he calls “unfriendly” ties with the European Union, as the bloc continues to chastise Tel Aviv’s settlement activities.

Aug 25 09:27

Netanyahu Still Hopes US Will Recognize Israel's Claim to Golan Heights

Earlier, US National Security Adviser John Bolton noted that the issue of Syrian territories annexed after the 1967 war with Israel is not on the White House agenda at a moment.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with Reuters on August 23 that he hadn't given up hope that the US would recognize Tel Aviv's claims on the Golan Heights, which were seized from Syria during the Six-Day War.

"Would I give up on such a thing? No way," Netanyahu said.

Aug 25 09:16

Why Confronting Israel Is Important

Israel – not Russia – is the one foreign country that can interfere with impunity with the political processes in the United States yet it is immune from criticism. It is also the single most significant threat to genuine national security as it and its powerful domestic lobby have been major advocates for the continuation of America’s interventionist warfare state. The decision to go to war on false pretenses against Iraq, largely promoted by a cabal of prominent American Jews in the Pentagon and in the media, killed 4,424 Americans as well as hundreds of thousands Iraqis and will wind up costing the American taxpayer $7 trillion dollars when all the bills are paid. That same group of mostly Jewish neocons more-or-less is now agitating to go to war with Iran using a game plan for escalation prepared by Israel which will, if anything, prove even more catastrophic.

Aug 25 09:08

Israeli school pupils caught dancing naked at Nazi death camp

Two Israeli teenagers have reportedly been caught on video dancing naked at a former Nazi death camp during a school trip to Poland.

Security cameras filmed the pupils stripping off at Majdanek, a concentration camp which now houses a museum and memorial to victims of the Holocaust.

They were expelled from the trip and forced to fly home after security staff saw the footage and notified authorities, Haaretz reported.

Aug 25 05:06

Flashback: Controlled Opposition – From Goldstein to Soros and Beyond

Jewish power is actually far more sophisticated than simply a list of Jewish lobbies or individuals performing highly developed manipulative skills. Jewish power is the unique capacity to stop us from discussing or even contemplating Jewish power. It is the capacity to determine the boundaries of the political discourse and criticism in particular. Contrary to popular belief, it is not 'right wing' Zionists who facilitate Jewish power, It is actually the 'good', the 'enlightened' and the 'progressive' who make Jewish power the most effective and forceful power in the land.

Aug 25 04:58

How Washington Has Lost Its Way

Israel benefits from a large, influential and wealthy community of diaspora Jews that is willing to do its bidding and which also possesses easy access to the media and to politicians, many of whom are more than willing to be corrupted by money. This has led to the creation of an "Israeli narrative," most particularly in the United States, which glamorizes the state of Israel through the incessant reiteration of expressions like "the only democracy in the Middle East" and "America's best friend and closest ally," both of which assertions are completely false. It should surprise no one that the Trump administration is packed with Israel-firsters from top to bottom ... Within the White House, there is virtually no pushback against Israeli pretensions even when American interests are being damaged.

Aug 25 04:54

Report: Israel Intends to Kill Civilians, Medical Staff Deliberately

A new report by a human rights organisation concluded that Israeli troops basically ignored the fact that Palestinian medical staff adhered strictly to international standards while treating demonstrators in Gaza’s Great March of Return protests, and shot them deliberately.

Aug 24 15:49

Trump "Israel will pay a higher price" for Embassy Move

President Trump has said Israel will "pay a higher price" in the negotiations after the US moved their embassy to Jerusalem, and its now "Palestinians turn" for "something very good."

Embattled Trump Startles the 'self chosen' by Demanding ‘Higher Price’ for His Delusional Achievements on Jerusalem https://bit.ly/2PzrsUs

Aug 24 12:41

Israel An Enemy Of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving people everywhere, who oppose dictatorship of any type, and in any country, on principle, irrespective of nationality.

Aug 24 10:18

NY private school canceled Joel Doerfler’s Palestine class after big donors held meeting with AJC

In June, it was learned that Joel Doerfler, a longtime history teacher at an elite New York private school, had resigned because the school had canceled his Israel/Palestine class in the wake of controversy over the Gaza shootings. A second teacher at the school, Shawn Redden, was placed on paid leave at about the same time– not long after he had put up the names of Palestinian victims on his classroom door.

Since then, rumors have circulated about Zionist pressure on the school administration to get rid of Doerfler and Redden. Those rumors have now been confirmed in a smashing investigation by Robert Silverman in the Huffington Post.

Aug 24 10:15

Israeli attorney files FOIA request to determine govt role in anti-Corbyn campaign

Years of media scrutiny surrounding UK Labour and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, over accusations of alleged anti-semitism have boiled to a frenzy in recent months.

The left-wing politician and his support for the Palestinian cause has made him the target of the international pro-Israel lobby, who have accused him of participating in and tolerating what has been dubbed the “new anti-Semitism”: criticism of the Israeli state for its human rights abuses and war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory.

After the Labour party adopted in July a new version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism that specifically excludes portions conflating anti-Israel activism with anti-Semitism, criticism of Corbyn is at an all-time high.

Aug 24 10:14

Support for Israel increasingly seen as a liability as Democrats move to the left

Like most organizers and activists for Palestinian rights, I have followed closely as candidates in this year’s primary elections, who had been outspoken about Israel’s crimes, won primaries in their states, in victories that could usher much-needed change in Congress next year. First was New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a grassroots organizer of Puerto Rican descent who has accused Israel of engaging in massacres. Ocasio-Cortez ousted an established incumbent, Democratic caucus chair Joe Crowley, in what has been described as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 mid-term elections. Then came Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American Muslim woman best known nationally for having been detained after disrupting a Trump presidential campaign speech. Tlaib’s mother proudly draped her in a Palestinian flag upon hearing of her victory.

Aug 24 10:14

Israel intends to kill civilians and medical staff deliberately, says new report

A new report by a human rights organisation has concluded that Israeli troops basically ignored the fact that Palestinian medical staff adhered strictly to international standards while treating demonstrators in Gaza’s Great March of Return protests, and shot them deliberately. This was despite the staff wearing distinct uniforms identifying them as medical personnel, and operating out of medical aid stations and vehicles which were also marked clearly with internationally-recognised symbols. The targeting of the medical staff by Israeli snipers was, claims Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, “systematic and deliberate”.

Al-Mezan points out that the shootings took place in broad daylight, with no obstacles or anything blocking the sightlines of the troops. Moreover, the Israeli forces have access to sophisticated surveillance tools which enable them to identify who is moving in the areas under observation.

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