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Apr 29 14:52

Pimping for Israel remains undiminished since UN report branded it an apartheid state

Stuart Littlewood views the UK government’s refusal to apologise for the crime of the Balfour Declaration in the context of the Zionist lobby’s deep penetration of the British political establishment.>>

Apr 29 09:11

Update From the East Village Battlefront

Things are warming up in Manhattan East Village ahead of our 30 April Conference at Theatre 80. Theatre owner Lorcan Otway, keeps holding a firm position: he announced again and again that he won’t surrender to calls for censorship. I spent some time with this heroic, scholarly oriented human being. He deserves every possible support. If it isn’t for me, be there on Sunday at 5PM to support Lorcan and his staunch position on freedom and the 1st Amendment.

Meanwhile The Villager confirms that some Antifas may appear in the scene. Considering the reputation the Antifa bought itself in recent years, this news should be probably interpreted as a form of intimidation.

However, The Villager also published yesterday a beautiful interview with human rights Lawyer Stanley Cohen who participates in the event. I repost this interview in full. Please share it widely.

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If you are near New York City, PLEASE make the effort to get to this event. It will be a great discussion. I know from reading the book. The discussion will be followed by a jazz concert, and Gilad and his friends are top-notch world famous musicians!

Apr 28 08:49

Fordham students sue university over SJP ban

Students have sued Fordham University over the New York institution’s refusal to allow them to establish a chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

The lawsuit, filed in state court on Wednesday, alleges that the private Jesuit university violates its own free expression policies and is engaged in viewpoint discrimination.

Apr 28 08:49

Dismantling the distortion about Israel

What are the 10 myths? Pappe divides the book into three sections: “Fallacies of the Past,” “Fallacies of the Present” and “Looking Ahead.” The six myths of the past include the well-known saying, “a land without a people for a people without a land,” the conflation of Zionism and Judaism, Zionism as a national liberation movement and the alleged voluntary flight of Palestinians during the 1948 war.

The three myths of the present era are the claim that Israel is a democracy, that the Oslo accords represented a genuine peace process rather than a “ploy to deepen the occupation” and that Israel’s multiple attacks on Gaza were simply acts of self-defense.

Apr 27 11:52

Congressman: In Israel, Trump will announce Jerusalem Embassy Move

timing of the president’s trip — Jerusalem Day — is no coincidence

Apr 27 11:00

GOOD MORNING FROM A HUNGRY PALESTINE

Today all of Palestine is on strike in solidarity with the fasting prisoners and tomorrow is a day of indignation, demonstrations, and confrontations with the occupiers. Bethlehem is a ghost town and all shops and public transportation are closed and Israeli helicopters are in the skies. [Volunteers came to museum and we are taking a group on tour of the wall and impact of settlements n the environment because this is not work but resistance]. Tomorrow is a day of demonstrations and confrontations. In this message I just want to reflect on why this is very important.

Apr 26 19:03

BDS Leader Omar Barghouti Dedicates His Gandhi Peace Award To Palestinian Prisoners On Hunger Strike

As more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have entered their ninth day on a massive hunger strike inside Israeli jails, we are joined by the Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, who has come to the United States to receive the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award for his work as co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement.

Apr 26 08:23

THE REALITY OF APARTHEID AND ITS REPRECUSSIONS

Apr 26 06:38

Palestine to Sue Britain for Balfour Declaration

Palestine's ambassador to Britain, Manuel Hassassian, said that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas might soon go to the International Court to file a lawsuit against Britain, should the latter not apologize for Balfour Declaration.

"We have asked the British government to give us an answer on this subject and after 3 days of waiting we received a response from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, stating that an apology is unacceptable", Hassassian was heard saying in an interview with the Radio station "Voice of Palestine", on Tuesday.

Apr 25 16:00

Israeli military forces wreck Araqeeb village once again

Israeli military forces have wrecked the Bedouin village of Araqeeb in the Negev region of southern Israel once again as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land expropriation policies and settlement construction activities to uproot Palestinians.

Apr 25 11:45

Video: IDF Fire Rubber Bullets & Tear Gas At Supporters Of Palestinian Hunger-Striking Prisoners

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths after the Fatah movement organized a march in the city of Al-Bireh.

Apr 24 10:30

ASSORTMENT OF TOONS ~~ FROM A HUNGRY PALESTINE

Organizations and individuals which side with Palestine are welcome to reproduce the following cartoons on hunger strikers!

Apr 23 09:26

INTERVIEW ~~ SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKERS CONTINUES TO GROW

couple of days ago, the leader of al Fatah, Marwan Barghouti, published his shocking article on New York Times. He had just started a legendary protest, called the “struggle of the empty stomachs”. Marwan has been able to start an extended non-violent struggle of at least 1.300 prisoners in Israeli prisons, a hunger strike. The objective is to show their reality to the rest of the world, and to make people understand what is going on in this land of denied rights. In his article published by New York Times Marwan attacks the Israeli military forces by using very hard words. The Zionist regime is responsible for the total absence and/or the daily violation of human rights, for daily physical and psychological torture, and also for bad food.

Apr 21 14:53

Israel celebrates 50 years as occupier

Jonathan Cook says Israel’s celebrations to mark the 1967 war “should lay to rest any confusion that the occupation is still considered temporary”, and when occupation becomes permanent, it will turn into something far uglier.

Apr 21 10:00

Clashes erupt across West Bank as thousands protest in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners

Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces, with at least one Palestinian being detained, across the occupied West Bank on Friday, as Palestinians from several districts staged solidarity protests with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, who entered the fifth day of the mass “Freedom and Dignity” strike on Friday.

Initially called for by Fatah-affiliated prisoners, Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum have since pledged their commitment to undertake the strike, with the media committee of the “Freedom and Dignity” strike estimating on Tuesday that some 1,500 prisoners were forgoing food.

The hunger strikers have denounced the torture, ill treatment, and medical neglect of Palestinian prisoners at the hands of Israeli authorities, as well as Israel’s widespread use of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges -- which is only permitted under international law in extremely limited circumstances.

Apr 21 06:48

Barcelona votes to be free of Israeli apartheid

Barcelona city council passed a historic declaration on Wednesday upholding the right to boycott Israel over its violations of Palestinian rights.

The motion condemns Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, calls for the immediate end to the decade-long Gaza blockade and ensures that the city’s public procurement policies exclude companies that profit from Israel’s human rights abuses.

It also admonishes Israel for its intransigence in the face of repeated warnings from the international community to stop its illegal colonization of Palestinian land, according to the Catalan daily Ara.

The council recognizes “nonviolent campaigns promoted by Palestinian and international civil society for defending international and human rights law in Palestine” – a clear nod to the BDS movement.

Apr 21 06:47

BDS is winning, admits top Israeli “sabotage” strategist

The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is winning, a top anti-BDS strategist has conceded.

At the “Ambassadors Against BDS” conference in New York last month, former Israeli government advisor Gidi Grinstein said that “in 2016 our community probably invested 20 times … more resources in dealing with this problem compared to what we invested in 2010.”

Yet despite these tens of millions of dollars spent combating BDS, Grinstein asked: “why are we not winning?”

Apr 20 08:19

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF OCCUPATION

Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation.

Apr 19 08:32

MUCH ADO ABOUT THE PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKE

Carlos Latuff shows his solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who launched a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails, yesterday.

Apr 19 07:56

Bill Weinberg and the Progressives’ Tourette’s Syndrome

Apparently, New York ‘Progressive’ and Jewish activist, Bill Weinberg, thinks that I am “not welcome in NYC”. Over the last ten days, Weinberg has worked tirelessly, trying to cancel a panel discussion on 30th of April at Theatre 80 NYC, related to my forthcoming book ‘Being in Time’. Theatre 80’s owner, Lorcan Otway, has made it very clear that he won’t surrender to any calls for censorship, but still, Weinberg doesn’t seem to give up. He believes that it is he who will decide who is, and who is not, “welcome in NYC.”

Apr 19 07:19

Gaza’s only power plant has run out of fuel leaving Palestinian residents without electricity

The only power plant in the Gaza Strip has ceased producing electricity after running out of fuel, crippling the entire enclave with massive power cuts.

Around two million people in the Hamas-run territory are now coping with just two - four hours of power a day, leaving schools, hospitals and businesses unable to operate fully.

Since the water supply to many households relies on electric pumps, many people are also having difficulty washing, showering, cooking and doing laundry.

Apr 18 08:38

HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATES ~~ 1500 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE

Today 17 April 2017, nearly 1500 political prisoners in Israeli jails went on an open-ended hunger strike until their demands of basic humane treatment in prison are met.

Apr 17 09:20

White House inhabited by Israeli settlers: PLO official

A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has denounced the pro-Israeli policy adopted by the administration of US President Donald Trump, saying the White House is now inhabited by Israeli settlers.

Apr 17 08:11

NIKKI HALEY HUMILIATES AMERICA, GROVELS BEFORE ISRAEL AT AIPAC SUMMIT

In an unparalleled display of fealty and subservience, the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, sat before an AIPAC (American-Israeli Political Action Committee) and proclaimed all the horrors visited upon the Zionist settler state under the Obama administration as well as all the things the United States has done to support Israel since Trump came to power. In other words, she set up a perfect representation of the narrative that has existed all along; i.e. despite the fact that the Obama administration was an unwavering supporter of Israel, giving historical amounts of money and assistance to the settler state, pledging loyalty to the colony, and actively helping to destroy Israel’s self-made enemies, Obama is still considered a “weak” supporter of Israel.

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She is obviously acutely aware that this complete, callous, and utter disregard for Palestinian human rights will serve her well, in her future career, and is precisely the posture President Trump wants her to take at the UN.

Apr 16 08:21

KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.

Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?

Apr 16 07:13

Palestinian Security Forces Capture Two Undercover Israeli Soldiers, Hand Them Back To Israel

Palestinian security forces briefly detained two undercover Israeli army soldiers who were conducting a military raid in the Rafidiya area of the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Saturday evening, according to official Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The two were taken to a Palestinian police station in Nablus. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the incident to Ma’an, saying that during an Israeli army “activity,” the officers were “briefly questioned by Palestinian security forces,” adding that in coordination with the Israeli Civil Administration, the soldiers were returned to Israeli custody.

According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the two soldiers — members of an Arabic-speaking unit of the Israeli army known as the “Mustarabeen” in Arabic, who are responsible for infiltrating and carrying out detentions in Palestinian communities — “scuffled” with Palestinian police officers for some time before they were returned to Israeli forces.

Apr 15 07:51

Israel rapidly losing support in world: Commentator

Press TV has interviewed Richard Silverstein, a journalist and political commentator in Seattle, about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decrying latest remarks by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who has called for a probe into the Tel Aviv regime's "extrajudicial executions" of Palestinians.

Apr 15 07:42

Swiss lawmakers roll back anti-BDS law

Swiss lawmakers are rolling back a measure targeting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.

On 8 March, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss parliament, passed an anti-BDS bill put forward by the right-wing People’s Party.

But now the foreign affairs committee of the upper house, the Council of States, has stripped all references to BDS and the Middle East from the text. The upper house will debate the amended measure in May.

Apr 14 10:15

Palestine Retold: Palestine’s Tragic Anniversaries Are Not Only About Remembrance

For Palestinians, 2017 is a year of significant anniversaries.

While historians mark May 15th as the anniversary of the date on which Palestinians were expelled from their historic homeland in 1948, the fact is the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians began in earnest in 1947.

Apr 14 09:17

China: World Must fix 'Historical Injustice' Against Palestine

On Thursday China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, said Palestinians must be able to build an independent state to correct a "historical injustice."

In a press conference in Beijing with Palestine's Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Wang reiterated China’s longstanding support for an end to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Wang noted that 70 years after the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 181 calling for the creation of an independent Palestine alongside Israel, Palestinians are still being denied their independence.

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Apr 13 09:54

Israel Admits It ‘Lost’ the Remains of Seven Palestinian Terrorists

Israel has admitted that it lost the remains of seven Palestinians who carried out acts of terror during the second intifada. The admission came in a response by the State Prosecutor’s Office to petitions filed in the High Court of Justice by the individuals’ families, demanding the return of the bodies.

Presumably, the number of people whose burial places are unknown is actually far higher: At a High Court session last month, prosecutors said that of 123 requests submitted by Palestinian families up to 2015 and included in a different petition, only two bodies had been located. A number of Israeli legal and military officials say they believe the state has no information about the whereabouts of many of the bodies. In a few cases, the remains had been in Israel’s possession since the 1990s.

Apr 13 08:43

TURNING HATRED TO TOLERANCE IN JERUSALEM

Not content with the mere removal of the graffiti, some of the residents made their way to the park with their children—still during their Passover holiday—and made big colorful signs bearing the opposite message of the hateful graffiti: ‘We love our neighbors.’

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Ordinary people get along fine. It's the sociopaths running nations that thirst for violence and war.

Apr 12 09:36

Not so cool things about the government of Israel

Apr 12 09:14

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Legislator And A Hamas Spokesperson, From Their Homes In Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, a Palestinian legislator, who is originally from Jerusalem, and a Hamas spokesperson, after storming their homes, in Ramallah, in central West Bank. One Palestinian was also abducted in Hebron.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted legislator Ahmad Attoun, and Hamas spokesperson in the West Bank, Fayez Abu Warda, after violently searching and ransacking their homes, and took them to an unknown destination.

Apr 12 08:22

2006 AUDIO EMERGES OF HILLARY CLINTON PROPOSING RIGGING PALESTINE ELECTION

Unearthed tape: 'We should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win'

Apr 12 07:23

Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as ‘Brand Apartheid’

Students disrupted a Brand Israel conference at New York University, holding a silent protest while former Israeli ambassador Ido Aharoni closed the daylong forum last Friday with a summary of branding techniques applicable to the Jewish state.

With signs reading “Israel’s Brand: Stolen Land” and “Brand Apartheid,” the five NYU undergraduate students shuffled into the conference room and sat close to the front of the room, waiting for keynote speaker Aharoni to begin his closeout of NYU’s Places As Brands Conference before unfurling their signs.

The room was dismayed by the protest but the students remained steadfast, keeping their signs held high throughout Aharoni’s talk, despite attempts by a conference organizer to remove them.

Apr 11 15:52

The Ice Cream Freezers Of Gaza

History must not be written by the victors.
The voiceless victims must be heard.
The lifeless little faces looking out
from the ice cream freezers of Gaza–
their lips motionless, their eyes accusing–
speak louder than their slayer’s guns and bombs.

Apr 09 20:08

South Korean Solidarity with Palestine

They flew from Korea to Washington DC

Apr 09 08:35

A CRITICAL LOOK AT PASSOVER

How can you celebrate a festival if you look at the occupation, the continuous land grabbing and oppression in Palestine by the descendants of Jewish refugees from Egypt?

Apr 08 08:28

California community college first to pass Israel divestment resolution

A community college in Cupertino, California, has become the first educational institution of its kind in the US to support a resolution in favor of divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

The resolution, which the student senate passed on 15 March, urges the De Anza College’s board of directors to pull the college’s investments from three US-based corporations that enable Israel’s rights violations – Hewlett-Packard, Motorola Solutions and Caterpillar – as well as from G4S, the largest private security firm in the world.

G4S has provided equipment and services to Israeli military checkpoints and inside prisons where Palestinians have been tortured.

Apr 06 14:58

Israel steps up dirty tricks against boycott leaders

Jonathan Cook describes Israeli terrorism chief Netanyahu’s “moral battlefield”, which amounts to a “reign of terror against free speech and political activism abroad and at home, leaving Israel free to crush the Palestinians”.

Apr 06 09:15

Will Hamas Party Charter Accept a Two State Solution?

The leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Israel will never go along. Time for a false-flag provocation followed by another pounding of the Palestinians.

Apr 06 09:15

Israeli soldier killed in West Bank car-ramming attack

A Palestinian man has driven a car into people next to a bus stop near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding another, officials said.

The incident near the Israeli settlement of Ofra north of Ramallah occurred just a few days before the start of the Jewish Passover holiday, raising fears of an upsurge in violence.

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Bingo!

Apr 05 09:24

HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATE AND MORE

Below items deal with BDS and the attack on Omar Barghouti and other human rights advocates

Apr 05 09:24

ERIN GO BRAGH! ~~ TOGETHER WITH PALESTINE!!

Israel has strongly condemned the decision by a Dublin City Council subcommittee on ceremonies to raise the Palestinian flag over city hall in solidarity with the Palestinian people “who have lived under brutal Israeli occupation.”

Apr 05 08:55

Hamas 'would accept Palestine state within 1967 borders'

Hamas would accept a sovereign Palestinian state across the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital without recognising Israel, according to the leaked draft of a document on the organisation's stragety.

AlMayadeen, a pro-Hezbollah Beirut-based TV channel, leaked a copy of the document on Monday, which reestablishes Hamas’ goals and ideological tenets.

Although the document refers to Palestine as the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan river, it says the group considers a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip a “national consensus formula” while emphasising the return of displaced Palestinians and their descendants.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their land ahead of the establishment of Israel in 1948.

Apr 05 08:54

Britain hands over embassy to Israel’s war industry

Does Britain conceal the full extent of its support for Israel?

Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative politician, recently urged the prosecution of British citizens who fight for the Israeli military.

Warsi should be commended for raising an important issue – just as she did when resigning as a government minister over Britain’s refusal to condemn the 2014 bombing of Gaza.

Yet Britain provides more direct assistance to Israel than allowing Londoners and Mancunians join a foreign army.

One example of that assistance has avoided scrutiny: Britain’s embassy in Tel Aviv has hired senior players in Israel’s weapons industry.

Apr 05 08:53

How Israel sabotages war crimes investigations in Gaza

Israel systematically denies human rights workers entry to the occupied Gaza Strip, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

The group says the travel ban, which has been enforced for almost a decade, has significantly impeded the work of international, Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups, which document violations by the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups.

The Israeli government told Human Rights Watch that the travel restriction is imposed for security reasons. It regularly informs applicants for travel permits that the Israeli government is only obliged to allow passage in “exceptional humanitarian circumstances.”

Apr 05 08:53

US judge throws out key claim against academic boycott of Israel

Israel and its surrogates suffered a significant defeat last week, when a federal court in Washington, DC, threw out a key claim in a lawsuit against the American Studies Association for its resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

The lawsuit, filed by current and former members of the ASA last year, argued that the 2013 resolution was a breach of contract because it did not fall within the scope of the group’s mission.

The complaint appeared to be a test of a new lawfare tactic that accuses an entity of acting beyond its chartered purpose – a claim that it is acting ultra vires, in legal language.

Anti-Palestinian activists hoped the strategy could be used to thwart other academic groups adopting boycott resolutions.

But US District Judge Rudolph Contreras dismissed the claim on 31 March, writing that the boycott resolution was enacted “in furtherance of the ASA’s purpose of advancing education and the promotion of the study of American culture.”

Apr 04 08:56

SARAH SILVERMAN ~~ ‘THE OCCUPATION IS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER’

Comedian Sarah Silverman spoke out against Israel’s military occupation in a new Passover Haggadah timed with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel conquered the West Bank.

As millions of Jews gather around their Passover seder tables next week to commemorate the liberation of their forbearers from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, many will be pondering the relevance of this story for modern times.

Apr 04 08:27

Paris police clamp down on Palestine rally

A Palestine solidarity rally that Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo had urged police to ban went ahead on Saturday, but under tight restrictions.

A journalist was attacked during the rally by pro-Israel counter demonstrators as police watched and did nothing.

Apr 04 08:27

In Israel, the eliminationist camp is already in charge

Israel may invest great resources in efforts to present itself to the world as a light unto the nations, an exemplary state that deserves to be supported and even emulated. But as I reveal in the video, with words and images, the exact opposite is often the case.

I survey some of the seediest scandals that plagued Israeli society in 2016. Many of these were covered extensively by The Electronic Intifada and by this writer specifically, but otherwise received little attention from other media outlets.

The talk focuses on top Israeli leaders who blame their society’s ills on indigenous Palestinians, African refugees and leftist Jews, on the violent vigilantes that this hate speech inspires and on the large swath of the general public that embraces these racists, inciters and attackers.

But this not merely a retrospective of 2016. Focusing on Israel’s misconduct, the lecture also includes original analysis and hopefully a fresh perspective on the situation.

Apr 04 07:50

HRW: Israel and Egypt Deny Aid Workers Access to Gaza

(*NEW US/Egypt Relation Already Bearing Fruit , I see , )

Apr 04 05:40

Palestinian Schoolgirls Stage Sit-in in Solidarity with Children in Israeli Jails

Dozens of Gazan schoolgirls staged a sit-in protest in solidarity with Palestinian children detained in Israeli jails. The schoolgirls carried pictures of child prisoners and banners condemning Israel’s inhumane practices against the Palestinian children in its jails, Pal Info reported. In a speech during the sit-in, Palestinian ex-detainee Yaser Saleh hailed the Palestinian children in Gaza for actively supporting their national cause through their participation in different events and activities. "We have seen how the enemy fears children and opens fire at them at point-blank range. If they arrest a child, they neglect his injury, leave him to bleed, and exploit his suffering as they question him in detention centers and interrogation cellars,” Saleh said.

Apr 03 09:46

New Palestine film 25 years in the making

Apr 03 07:42

Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

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Even the people of Israel think this has gone on too long.

Apr 02 08:22

FINALLY SOME POSITIVE ACTION ON THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM

Some 2,000 mostly Jewish protestors march in Jerusalem. The event was organized by Meretz, the Joint List and left-wing NGOs.

Mar 31 14:49

“Official” UK anti-Semitism definition gets two-finger salute from legal experts

Stuart Littlewood explains why legal experts have dismissed the “official” UK definition of anti-Semitism, and hopes this will encourage academic and party leaders to resist Israel lobby bullying.

Mar 31 11:36

Anti-Palestinian Jewish Attorney Sworn In As US Envoy To Israel

David Friedman, a strong proponent of Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian land, has been sworn in as the new US ambassador to the Tel Aviv regime.

Mar 31 08:54

The Next Phase In The War On BDS

The Israeli state has violated international law more than any other country, yet has rarely, if ever, been held accountable for crimes and misconduct.

Israel’s successful public relation campaigns through the ever-willing western media partners, coupled with the relentless work and pressure carried out by its powerful backers in Washington DC, London, Paris and elsewhere, has borne stupendous results.

Mar 30 08:42

TIMELY TOON ~~ AIPAC DECLARES WAR ON BDS MOVEMENT

Netanyahu addressed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement aimed at Israel, saying Israel will defend itself on the “moral battlefield… We’ll defend ourselves against slander and boycotts.”

Mar 30 07:48

Palestinian-American teacher brutally attacked by Jewish Defense League outside AIPAC conference

A 55-year old Palestinian-American instructor at a community college in North Carolina was “brutally beaten” by members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) while walking by the AIPAC conference in Washington DC on Sunday, according to a video and statement released by the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) today. The man was identified as Kamal Nayfeh.

The JDL affiliates “punched and kicked him and hit him in the face with flag poles, leaving him with cuts and bruises all over his face and body,” said the IMEU in the statement. Photos were taken of Nayfeh after the and beatings show his face bloodied and bruised.

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The Jewish Defense League was declared a terrorist group back in 1986. They tried to assassinate Congressman Daryl Issa in 2001. FBI statistics show that, from 1980 through 1985, there were 18 officially classified terrorist attacks in the U.S. committed by Jews; 15 of those by members of the JDL. So why are they still at large?

Mar 30 07:26

Palestinian woman shot dead in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli police killed Siham al-Nimir months after “accidental” slaying of her son.

Mar 30 07:25

Israel is world’s leading practitioner of water apartheid

Israel markets its water expertise as an agent of change internationally but uses water as a weapon of war against the Palestinians, according to South Africa’s minister of water and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane.

The minister was criticizing Israel’s policies in a speech during Israeli Apartheid Week delivered earlier this month at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Mokonyane said Israel’s water story has “two faces.” One is Israel as the “world’s leading practitioner of water apartheid.” Israel has full control of all water access and water use in historic Palestine – the West Bank, Gaza Strip and present-day Israel. This “skewed distribution” leaves Palestinians in the West Bank with 73 liters per person per day, Mokonyane said, compared to 240-300 liters for Israelis.

The Palestinian share is far less than the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 100 liters per person per day for domestic use, hospitals, schools and other institutions.

Mar 29 11:05

Palestine names conditions for peace treaty with Israel — Abbas

Palestinians are ready to conclude a peace treaty with Israel, if the occupation of Palestinian territories ends and two states, including the independent Palestinian one, are established, the Jordanian daily newspaper Al Ghad quotes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as saying. "We (the Palestinians) are ready to sign a peace treaty (with Israel)and finally solve all problems, if the Israeli occupation ends and the principle of creating two independent states is implemented," the Palestinian leader noted. According to Abbas, "there is no new plan or new initiative to establish peace (between Palestine and Israel)." He added that Palestine is committed to the Arab peace plan without any changes.

Mar 29 08:55

IN PHOTOS ~~ RUNNING FOR GAZA IN BROOKLYN

On March 25th, for the 3rd year in a row, UNRWA held a 5K run in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The sky was threatening, the temperature was moderate after a week of winter cold, and the rain never arrived. At 8AM people started arriving to pick up their numbers, tee shirts, and have something to eat. At 9AM about 1400 runners took off – they included babies and grandparents, some ran, some walked, some were pushed in carriages and some were in wheelchairs, one used a scooter and many were carried. It was truly a joyful family event. The Brooklyn event raised approximately $200,000 for mental health services for the children of Gaza. The people of Gaza will see photos and videos of the event – they will see that good people are thinking of them and trying to help. There will be 4 more 5K runs in other U.S. cities. The people of Gaza will not be forgotten!

Mar 29 08:55

PALESTINIANS ARE NOT PEOPLE!

There is a strange headline in the Israeli Press today …. (Click on link to see report)

‘Over a thousand innocent people in prison’

Mar 29 08:14

At AIPAC Protest, Young American Jews Voice Rejection of Israeli Policies

Journalist and author Max Blumenthal says the vocal Jewish-led protests at this year's AIPAC Policy Conference highlight a growing generational divide on Israel-Palestine

Mar 28 10:11

LATUFF’S SOLIDARITY WITH GAZA ON YOUTUBE

Mar 27 10:41

Protests Disrupt Start of Pro-Israel AIPAC Conference in US Capital

At Sunday’s opening of the 2017 AIPAC conference in Washington DC, hundreds of protesters formed a human chain blocking access to the event, chanting phrases to bring attention to illegal seizures of Palestinian land by Israel, and what is increasingly referred to as a state of apartheid in the country.

Mar 27 08:30

Smears by Israel envoy rejected in UK Parliament probe

A formal investigation has rejected Israeli government claims that a British lawmaker hosted an anti-Semitic event in Parliament.

The complaint stems from an October 2016 meeting hosted in a parliamentary committee room by Jenny Tonge, a member of the unelected upper chamber, the House of Lords.

It was organized by the Palestinian Return Centre, a UK-based advocacy organization, to launch the Balfour Apology Campaign. The campaign seeks an official apology from the UK government for Britain’s promise a century ago to help the Zionist movement establish a homeland in Palestine.

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"YOU'RE AN ANTI-SEMITE!
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It does get tiring after a while, doesn't it?

Mar 26 09:41

WAR ON BDS INTENSIFIES

Palestinian society has condemned Israel’s arrest and interrogation of Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as the next step in Israel’s fight against the BDS movement as a whole.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

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Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 25 08:42

Israel kills three Palestinian children in one week

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian boy and critically injured three others in the central occupied West Bank on Thursday night, bringing to three the number of children killed by soldiers in the past week.

Video and photos appear to contradict Israel’s claims about the slaying of 17-year-old Muhammad al-Hattab, who was shot in the chest and shoulder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, so maybe the kid wasn't throwing bombs at us, but he WANTED to! The little putz had it coming!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 25 07:51

Media Was SILENT When Leaked Audio Revealed Hillary Wanted To Rig Foreign Elections

On October 28, 2016, the New York Observer released a leaked audio clip from back in 2006 in which Hillary Clinton proposed rigging a foreign election to achieve the desired outcome that she wanted. The media did not report on audio clip when it was released in 2016 because it would have been extremely damaging to then presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Mar 24 10:16

Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: ‘it’s exactly like what the what the Old South was in America’

Not a Palestinian in sight. Soldiers and settlers roam comparatively carefree. The roads are too quiet. All of the shops are shuttered. Gere is stunned:

“This is the thing that’s flipping me out right now,” Gere stammers to his Hebron guides, activists with the Israeli human rights group Breaking the Silence, former soldiers that now advocate against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory, “Of everything we’ve seen for two days, the people we’ve talked to, it’s…I mean…I’m…I’m touched by that, I know that story. But this is really bizarre.”

“This is genuinely strange,” Gere adds, before telling his guides, Hebron is like the Jim Crow South:

Mar 23 13:57

The UN’s moral failure on Israeli apartheid

Lawrence Davidson views the UN’s moral failure, shown by its withdrawal of a report on Israeli apartheid, and examines the false utterances by the New York Times and the Trump administration on this issue.>>

Mar 23 08:20

Gaza teen killed by Israeli fire

A Palestinian teen was killed and two others injured by shelling on Gaza on Wednesday as the Israeli army chief of staff admitted to “disproportionate” use of force in response to rockets fired from the territory.

Yousif Shaaban Abu Athra, whose age has been reported as either 15 or 18, was killed by tank fire before dawn in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Mar 22 12:52

Israel’s Illegal Occupation Most Malignant in the World, Says UN Rapporteur

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, has described the Israeli occupation as “the most malignant” in the world. The Canadian official added that perpetuating an alien rule over almost five million people, against their fervent wishes, inevitably requires the repression of rights, the erosion of the rule of law, the abrogation of international commitments and the imposition of deeply discriminatory practices.

Mar 22 12:51

US boycotts UN human rights session on Israel

The US has boycotted a United Nations Human Rights Council session focusing on Israel’s human rights violations against the Palestinians due to the inter-governmental body’s "bias" against Israel.

Mar 22 12:28

Israel preps for war on Gaza and Lebanon

Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other groups. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe. All sides have been preparing in case a new round of warfare breaks out, although Hezbollah currently is tied down in Syria’s civil war fighting in support of President Bashar Assad.

Each side has warned that a new conflict would be worse than previous ones. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israeli communities in the 2006 War, while Israel bombarded civilian and Hezbollah targets in Lebanon. The month of fighting killed an estimated 1,300 Lebanese, 44 Israeli civilians and 121 Israeli soldiers.

Mar 22 11:57

Xi Jinping urges two-state Palestinian solution in talks with Israeli PM

Beijing on Tuesday called for peaceful coexistence between Israel and an independent Palestinian state “as soon as possible”.

In a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Xi Jinping said a stable Middle East was in the interests of both China and Israel.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine has had a long lasting impact on the Middle East,” he was quoted by CCTV as saying. “China appreciates that the Israeli side will continue to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the basis of the “two-state solution”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Xi Jinping, a word, please: I have a very strong sense that you said this "for public consumption", but would suggest that this will only happen when pigs discover how to fly.

At some level you need to understand that Israel does not want peace in the Middle East; they want territory, and by any means necessary, as far as the Israeli government is concerned, and regional destabilization is the only way they believe they can achieve it. Please remember what the term "Eretz Israel" means to Israeli hard liners; a country stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates River.

Here's a map of how this larger Israel would look:

Map: Eretz Israel

And notice the bits of other countries which come under Israel's control, if this came about; large hunks if Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia would have to be ceded, before this happened.

The Israeli government bombed the USS Liberty, and attempted to blame Egypt for it, nearly causing a Third World war; they cheer-led the US's catastrophic war against Iraq; they are cheer leading for a US-backed war against Iran; they are attacking Syria, uninvited and unprovoked; they are committing serial genocide against the Palestinians, and doing brisk, illegal annexations of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

After evaluating all this, can you rationally, and reasonably believe that the Israeli government wants to create a two-state solution with the Palestinians?

I am afraid, Sir, the short answer is, "absolutely not!"

Mar 22 09:29

FEMINISM AND APARTHEID

Attacking the International Women’s Strike on March 8, supporters of Israel argued that the decolonization of Palestine has no place in feminism and further asked if there is a place for Zionists in the feminist movement. We turn the question around and ask if the occupation of Palestine, the bombings of Gaza, the apartheid that applies two separate and unequal systems to Israel’s relationship to Palestinians–can be compatible with feminism? While Israel’s apologists were posing such questions, the Israeli army, as reported by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, was busy shutting down two events in Jerusalem marking International Women’s Day.

Mar 21 09:09

PLO condemns UN for removing report accusing Israel of apartheid

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) has condemned the UN for revoking a report accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians.

"Instead of succumbing to political blackmail or allowing itself to be censured or intimidated by external parties, the UN should condemn the acts described in the report and hold Israel responsible,” said PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi on Saturday.

On Friday, a senior United Nations official, Jordanian Rima Khalaf, resigned due to coercive measures used against her to withdraw the UN report which was taken down from UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." -- Attributed to Voltaire, but most likely Kevin Alfred Strom

Mar 21 08:27

Campaign Against Antisemitism is a campaign against Palestinians

The Campaign Against Antisemitism is a British propaganda organization and registered charity that specializes in defaming Palestine solidarity campaigners. When I launched a petition calling for the group to be deregistered, it responded in a hostile manner.

It first tried to persuade the website Change.org to take the petition down. When that failed, its supporters attacked the petition in an article published by the Daily Mail, a paper which once praised Adolf Hitler for having “saved Germany from Israelites of international attachments.”

Originality not being its strong point, the Campaign Against Antisemitism then alleged that I was a “notorious anti-Semite.”

Mar 20 09:40

THE VEIL OF APARTHEID

Apartheid has been considered in the annals of the United Nations and world public opinion to be second only to genocide in the hierarchy of criminality”,

And

Genocide and apartheid are the only two international crimes, the commission of which States have a duty to prevent.

Mar 20 09:40

DANCING THROUGH THE OCCUPATION

Let’s talk about Palestine, giving the podium to an artist who lives in occupied Palestine. He’s Maher Shawamreh, a dance teacher and director of the school of art in Ramallah. In the interview with us he explains how dance communicates peace by extending the soul, and in this way reaching beyond the walls built by intolerance and war.

Mar 20 08:57

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN ANGEL, RACHEL CORRIE

On March 16, 2003, Rachel was killed by an Israel Occupation Force (IOF) armored bulldozer in Rafah during the second Palestinian intifada.

Rachel had come to Gaza to try and establish a sister city project between her hometown Olympia, Washington and Rafah, Gaza. She was a peace activist connected to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who tried to prevent the demolition of Palestinian houses which were being carried out by the Israeli army.

After a three hour long confrontation between ISM activists and the Israeli army’s demolition forces, she was killed, less than two months after arriving in Gaza.

Mar 18 07:31

UN official resigns after pressure to withdraw Israel apartheid report

A senior United Nations official has resigned, following pressure from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to withdraw the landmark report published earlier this week finding Israel guilty of apartheid.

Rima Khalaf, the head of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) which published the report, announced her resignation at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.

Reuters reports that Khalaf took the step “after what she described as pressure from the secretary-general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an ‘apartheid regime’ on Palestinians.”

“I resigned because it is my duty not to conceal a clear crime, and I stand by all the conclusions of the report,” Khalaf stated.

Mar 17 09:50

Israeli jets bomb multiple targets across Gaza Strip

According to al-Aqsa TV, Israeli jets targeted areas to the west of the Dayr al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, and an empty patch of agricultural land to the east of Gaza City in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Israeli F16 jets also bombed the Shejaiya area, reportedly resulting in power cuts across the region.

There have been no immediate reports of possible casualties as a result of the Israeli attacks.

Earlier, Israeli forces claimed that a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into an unpopulated area in the southern occupied territories without causing any injuries.

Mar 17 08:28

UN report: Israel has established an 'apartheid regime'

FILE UNDER NO SHIT

Report breaks new ground on the UN's examination of the situation in occupied Palestine by using the word 'apartheid'

Mar 17 08:15

Palestinians hail UN report declaring Israel an apartheid state

Palestinians are welcoming a landmark UN report that finds Israel guilty of practicing apartheid.

Meanwhile Israel and its US patron have reacted with rage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How dare you! How dare you to dare! How DARE you dare to dare .... to dare!!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 16 08:57

‘HOW DARE THEY CONDEMN OUR APARTHEID!’

Israel fumes as UN board slams its ‘apartheid, racial domination’ over Palestinians

Jerusalem’s envoy urges UN chief to reject ‘biased and deceitful’ report by Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Mar 16 07:34

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott

A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace.

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Mar 14 14:44

One hundred years of the Balfour Declaration

Lawrence Davidson says UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s intention to celebrate the Balfour Declaration is based on an illusion that something awful is really something prideful, and distorts the entire historical episode that led to Israel’s creation. >>

Mar 14 10:26

British Pro-Palestinian Activist Denied Entry To Israel For Promoting Boycotts

Hugh Lanning, a former chair of the pro-BDS Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), was barred from entering Israel on Sunday night, according to a statement released by the Israeli Interior Ministry.

Lanning was expected to be placed on a flight back to the UK sometime overnight or on Monday.

Mar 14 09:53

IT’S OFFICIAL ~~ ISRAEL IS ON THE ROAD TO FASCISM

Police detained prominent left-wing activist Jeff Halper last Wednesday at the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, for suspected incitement, saying they acted on a complaint he had “materials related to BDS” in his possession.

Halper, who moved to Israel from the United States in 1973, was picked up after leading a tour of foreigners to the E1 site across the road from the settlement and transported by police van to a nearby station then released without being placed under arrest.

Police officers photographed the posters and maps he was holding before freeing him. Halper denies handing out any material related to BDS during the tour, or even discussing the boycott movement.

Handing out such materials would not have been in violation of the law, even a 2011 anti-boycott law according to which a person or an organization calling for the boycott of Israel, including the settlements, can be sued by the boycott’s targets without them having to prove that they sustained any damage.

Mar 13 15:42

UN seeking to put Israeli military on blacklist

because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer's Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mar 13 15:10

‘We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,’ 172 scholars write

signed by scholars of Jewish studies deploring Israel’s passage of a law last week barring travel by those who support boycotts against Israel, including BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and boycotts of settlement goods.

Mar 13 12:50

Tear Gas & Sound Bombs: Protesters Clash With Palestinian Police In Ramallah

Clashes erupted in Ramallah when Palestinian police suppressed a demonstration using tear gas, sound and gas bombs.

Mar 12 07:44

Richard Gere in Israel criticizes settlements

Richard Gere has lashed out at Israel over its settlements in territory that Palestinians want for a state.

The "Pretty Woman" star came to Jerusalem for the local premiere of a new film by Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar in which he stars.

A story in Sunday's Haaretz newspaper quoted the actor as saying "settlements are such an absurd provocation ... and they are certainly not part of the program of someone who wants a genuine peace process."

Mar 11 12:00

Will the British royal family celebrate 100 years of shame by endorsing Israel?

Stuart Littlewood says a visit to Israel by any member of the British royal family during the centenary year of the infamous Balfour Declaration would amount to praising the thieves for keeping what they stole. >>

Mar 11 07:50

Israeli Apartheid Week held at 30 UK universities, despite repression

Israeli Apartheid Week took place on more than 30 university campuses across the UK last week despite a massive government backed campaign of repression.

Mar 10 16:54

Trump invites Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to the White House as he tries to jump-start Middle East peace process

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House, an Abbas spokesman said, after the two leaders spoke by phone for the first time since Trump took office.

'President Trump has extended an official invitation to President Abbas to visit the White House soon to discuss ways to resume the political process, stressing his commitment to a peace process that will lead to a real peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis,' said Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah.

Palestinians are concerned at the more favorable approach shown by Washington towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since Trump came to power.

Mar 10 13:07

Are People Really That Stupid?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Long, but worth it.

Mar 10 09:28

David Friedman, Staunch Settlement Backer, Approved by Senate Panel as Envoy to Israel

Friedman confirmed by the Foreign Relations Committee on the force of the GOP majority and one Democratic vote. The nomination now awaits the approval of the Senate floor.

The fact that Menendez was the sole Democrat to vote in favor of the nomination, thus providing it with a minimal level of bipartisan cover, didn't come as a surprise. Menendez, like Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), was one of only four Democrats to vote against the Iran deal in 2015. He comes from New Jersey, a state with a large Jewish population, and has important supporters and donors from the more right-wing and Orthodox segments of the state's Jewish community, which were generally supportive of Friedman's nomination.

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Great, just what the US and Middle East need right now; an Ambassador to Israel who is just to the right of Attila the Hun when it comes to Palestinian rights!!

And Washington pathologically cannot "get" why Arab nations do not see the US government as an honest broker for peace!!

Mar 10 08:31

ANTI APARTHEID VIDEO GONE VIRAL

The Israeli comedian Assaf Harel and the host of the show “Good Night With Asaf Harel,” used the monologue of his series finale on Monday to dive into a speech where he said Israel had reached a state of “apartheid” long ago.

“Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages,” Harel said.

Mar 09 14:24

Zionists snuff out free speech at UK universities

Stuart Littlewood paints an alarming picture of the extent to which Zionist groups and Israel lobbyists have succeeded in stifling freedom of speech at British universities so that Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians are never discussed. >>

Mar 09 11:11

Palestinian Women – One for All, All for One

“Palestinian women have always stood side by side with their fathers, brothers, husbands, comrades to resist the Zionist occupation, to fight for freedom and legitimate rights. They are the first to go to the streets to protest the brutality of the Israeli military occupation, the first to organize sit-ins and marches demanding the release of their children, brothers and fathers from Israeli prisons. They are the protectors, the supporters, but most of all they are the comrades in the fight for a free Palestine.” Reham Al Helsi.

Mar 09 09:21

ISRAEL’S BDS BAN IS PROOF THAT WE ARE WINNING

A new law denying entry to foreigners who call for a boycott of Israel or the settlements shows the BDS movement is gaining strength — and Israel is “panicking.”

Mar 08 09:35

RICHARD GERE BREAKS HIS SILENCE ON THE OCCUPATION

Arriving in Israel to promote his new movie Norman, directed by Joseph Cedar and starring Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, Gere is uncertain as to how he will be received by the public given his recent comments on the political situation.

Mar 07 15:12

Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu

Jonathan Cook looks at how Israel is openly targeting human rights activists and Jews whose politics do not align with the far-right government of Netanyahu by refusing them entry to the country.>>

Mar 07 09:44

ELTON JOHN SUPPORTS BDS BY PLAYING PALESTINE

The honorary guest at the opening ceremony of British graffiti artist Banksy’s new hotel in Bethlehem was none other than Elton John. The famous singer recorded a special message that was played for the guests who attended the opening ceremony. “I would’ve loved to have been with you all tonight but you know, there wasn’t any room at the inn,” John said. The popular British singer also made a political statement: “It’s my great pleasure to be playing in Palestine this evening. Please know that you are not alone. You are not forgotten.”

Mar 06 01:13

High Art: Historic Aerial Shots of Pre-state Israel Revealed

It was 1937 and publisher Zalman Schocken was looking for an original gift for his friends. The result: 40 spectacular photographs capturing the cities and landscapes from the skies. Deep within the National Library archive, an unmarked cardboard box wrapped in fine linen contains 40 high-quality aerial photographs of pre-state Israel. A yellowing piece of paper sits atop the photos, with a brief inscription in Hebrew and German revealing the story behind their creation. The project was the result of a unique collaboration between a successful publisher and one of pre-state Israel’s greatest photographers. It was to produce the first-ever set of aerial photographs of pre-state Israel to be taken for nonmilitary purposes. [Note they refer to it as "Pre-State Israel," but actually the very nice cities in the photos were Palestine.]

Mar 05 16:59

Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?

2017 will undoubtedly be a critical year for Palestine. We are standing at the crossroads of many different possibilities that could have serious implications for the future of the area. Positive or negative, disastrous or beneficial, the people between the river and the sea wait in anticipation to see which direction the future will take them. However, I can’t help but feel that the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is appropriate here. No matter how many times people insist that we are on the cusp of a new era in the “conflict”, the same old arguments and myths animating much of the debate on Palestine since the beginning of the 20th century remain remarkably persistent.

Mar 05 09:37

TRUMP FINDS COMMON GROUND WITH ZION

The unique in the world State which calls itself the “only democracy in the Middle East” and which since 1967 has been imposing military occupation on Palestinians with a system of illegal settlement policies and colonisation has continuously sought to emulate other dictatorships such as North Korea. However, at least, North Korea does not claim to be the “only democracy” in Asia!

Mar 05 09:37

BANKSY WELCOMES YOU TO THE WALL IN BETHLEHEM

‘The Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem, with a view of the separation barrier, will officially open March 11th and comes complete with dozens of pieces of art work by British artist Banksy; artist is known for politically-charged work and has visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in the past.

Mar 05 09:36

SUNDAY’S TOON ~~ JUSTIN TRUDEAU DISAPOINTS BOTH CANADA AND PALESTINE

Recent opinion polling shows that Canadians support sanctions against Israel for its violations of international law; but the Liberal Party government of Justin Trudeau is nonetheless supporting Conservative resolutions aimed at condemning supporters of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

Mar 05 08:36

French Citizens Complicit in the Israeli Occupation

The French provide some of the most important contingents of volunteers in the Israeli army. If until now the French state seems to have closed it eyes on this affair, the admission of Palestine to the International Court of Justice is likely to be a game-changer.

On 4 January 2017, the Franco-Israeli Elor Azaria, sergeant in the Israeli army (IDF), was convicted by a military tribunal of voluntary manslaughter. On 24 March 2016, he had been filmed while killing, with one shot to the head, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a 21 year-old Palestinian involved in a knife attacked against Israeli soldiers, near the settlement of Tel Rumeida around Hebron. This judgment has rekindled debate on the engagement of French citizens in the IDF.

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So the French are okay with open borders in their own land, but not in Israel!

Mar 04 09:20

BEX ALERT - ISRAELI OFFICIAL TO HAMAS: WE KNOW OF YOUR COOPERATION WITH ISIS IN SINAI

“Hamas leaders: Your efforts to hide your cooperation with Islamic State’s smuggling from Sinai, through lies and manipulation in attempts to broadcast ‘business as usual’ with Egypt, are not hidden from our view,” the head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit wrote in Arabic on Facebook.

Mar 04 09:11

Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?

For those familiar with Palestinian activism, or have studied Palestine academically, these arguments and slogans have become clichés and inside jokes. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’ve also had your fair share of encounters with classics such as:

“Israel made the desert bloom”

“There was never a state called Palestine”

Or my favorite:

“A land without a people, for a people without a land.”

This last one I find especially entertaining, as it clashes so terribly with other Israeli talking points. In the end it amounts to something similar to “We are under existential threat from the people who don’t exist.

Mar 03 08:23

Israel refuses entry to Human Rights Watch again

Israel has once again refused entry to Human Rights Watch.

In a letter sent this week, the Israeli authorities rejected the organization’s request for a tourist entry permit.

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch director for Palestine, had sought to visit the region for a short work trip.

The new letter repeated earlier claims made by the Israeli interior ministry, when it refused Human Rights Watch’s application for Shakir’s five-year work permit.

Mar 03 08:22

UK’s student union rebukes officer for Israeli embassy plot

Undercover footage of NUS vice president Richard Brooks showed him plotting to overthrow elected union president Malia Bouattia because of her role as a Palestine solidarity campaigner.

Mar 02 09:45

THE LORD EXPRESSES HIS CONCERNS ABOUT THE BDS MOVEMENT

Don’t let the title fool you ….. we are NOT talking about THE LORD, but rather the former Chief Rabbi of Britain.

What he has to say in this animated video is pretty pathetic.

Mar 02 09:12

GOP lawmakers unveil measure to cut off U.S. aid to Palestinians

House and Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced legislation that would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority under certain conditions.

The bill would halt funding “to the Palestinian Authority if they continue their policy of paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their surviving family members,” a release about the measure says.

Mar 01 13:43

Pro-Palestinian Students Cry Censorship Over Israel Apartheid Week Cancelations

Pro-Palestinian student activists claim freedom of speech at universities is under threat after they were banned from championing Palestinian human rights on campus.

The University of Exeter and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have reportedly canceled events to mark Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which is held every year to raise awareness about Palestinian human rights.

Mar 01 11:18

Gaza War: 11 Key Headlines From Scathing Report Rattling Israel's Politicians and Military

The 200-page report is being released about a year and a half after the end of the war in August 2014. The report deals both with the decision making process in the security cabinet relating to Gaza before Operation Protective Edge, as the war is officially known in Israel, and at its outset but also with the issue involving dealing with the attack tunnels in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, as well as preparation for the intelligence, technological and operational response to the this threat in the years prior to the operation.

Feb 28 13:29

Two British Universities Halt Pro-Palestinian Events

Two British universities have been accused of undermining freedom of speech after cancelling an annual pro-Palestinian event aimed at raising awareness about human rights violations in the occupied territories.

Feb 27 15:53

Israeli jets hit Gaza after overnight rocket attack

“In response to a rocket fired from Gaza that hit Israeli territory last night, the IAF targeted 5 Hamas positions throughout the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military said in a statement. “The IDF holds Hamas accountable for all attacks from the Gaza Strip that threaten Israel and her citizens.”

The rocket from Gaza, launched shortly before 4:15 a.m., hit the Sha’ar Hanegev region, northeast of the Gaza enclave, the military said. It struck an open field, causing neither damage nor injury.

Feb 27 08:10

Israel Created a Problem That It Doesn’t Want to Solve

Israel has created a terrible problem which it is incapable of solving. That is why it has always been the case that the United States must dictate a solution, but it is unable to do so, paralyzed as it is by the heavy influence of Israel and America’s own apologists and lobbyists.

Trump's suggestion of a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict is welcomed by some because Israel's settler policy is said to have made two states impossible, as it was most certainly intended to do. However, a little reflection on hard facts makes it clear that a one-state solution is just as impossible.

Feb 26 15:52

Netanyahu Suggests Bringing International Forces into Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for deployment of international forces in the Gaza Strip, expressing his concern of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the Hague.

Feb 26 09:29

ILLUSIONS OF DEMOCRACY

More than 200 European legal scholars have signed a statement affirming that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality represents “a lawful exercise of freedom of expression.”

Feb 26 09:29

TIME FOR AN APOLOGY

Time has come for the UK to apologise

Feb 24 11:41

Israel Denies EU Parliamentary Delegation Entry into Gaza

A European parliament delegation that attempted to enter the besieged Gaza Strip to assess the residual damage of Israel’s 2014 military offensive was denied entry by Israeli authorities today.

According to a statement released by the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Palestine, Israeli authorities told the group that their entry was denied owing to the fact that only humanitarian workers and diplomats accredited by the Israeli government or the Palestinian Authority (PA) are allowed access to Gaza, which has been under an Israeli military blockade for a decade.

The statement noted that the delegation has been denied entry since 2011.

Feb 24 08:01

PEN America drops Israel sponsorship

PEN America is no longer accepting funding from the Israeli government, after five years of accepting such sponsorship for the literary group’s annual World Voices festival in New York, the activist group Adalah-NY has learned.

PEN America came under heavy criticism last year for accepting funding from the Israeli government, which jails Palestinian journalists and writers in Israel and the occupied West Bank for their work.

Feb 23 17:31

Pro-Palestine Activism Must Be ‘Managed’ Under Counter-Extremism Strategy, Universities Told

British universities have been advised to “manage” Palestinian activism on campus in order to comply with the UK government’s ‘Prevent’ counter-extremism strategy.

“Vocal support for Palestine,” “Opposition to Israeli settlements in Gaza,” and “Criticism of wars in the Middle East” are included in a list of “contentious topics” on the Safe Campus Communities website.

Feb 23 14:23

Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state

Jonathan Cook says Trump’s claim that he is not fixated on a two-state solution means Israelis and Palestinians must define their objective: a fortress for their tribe, or a shared homeland with rights and dignity for all.

Feb 23 12:55

Amnesty accuses Israel of multiple human rights violations

Amnesty International has accused Israel of the unlawful killing of Palestinians, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other human rights violations.

Feb 23 12:55

Australians protest at Netanyahu's first visit, call him 'war criminal’

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters have taken to the streets of the Australian city of Sydney to express their outrage at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the country.

Feb 23 11:12

John Friend of 'The Realist Report' Interviews Martin Hill - February 22, 2017

I had a good conversation with John Friend last night, in which we covered a wide array of topics. It's one hour 31 minutes, commercial free. Here is the show description from his website: "On this edition of The Realist Report, we’re joined once again by Martin Hill of LibertyFight.com. Martin is an activist, a blogger, and an independent investigator who is perhaps most famous for publicly confronting Donald Trump about the “dancing Israelis” arrested on the day of 9/11, a topic we discussed at length during our last conversation.

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