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Apr 12 07:22

Netanyahu says Israeli snipers are doing ‘holy work’

Days after an Israeli human rights group urged soldiers to refuse orders to shoot at Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip along the fence that divides the occupied territory from Israel, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday accused the group of “outrageous absurdity” and defended the military for their “holy work.”

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By "holy" he means shooting holes in innocent Palestinians.

Apr 12 07:21

IN PHOTOS ~~ THE FEARLESS GIRL ON WALL STREET (AND MORE)

There is a statue in lower Manhattan called Fearless Girl, she stands facing the Wall Street Bull with a stance and facial expression of total defiance. A small group organized by Samidoun, which represents Palestinian political prisoners, decided go there with signs calling for the freedom of Ahed Tamimi, a teenager in prison in Palestine/Israel. When they arrived there they put a keffeyeh on the little statue. That act seemed to have sent an electric shock through the crowd. Suddenly everyone wanted to pose with Fearless Girl, some held Free Ahed Free Palestine posters. Most of the people there were tourists who were much more familiar with what was going on in Palestine/Israel than most Americans are. Parents were heard explaining to their children who Ahed was. During the 2 hours there only 2 people objected to the Keffeyeh on the statue.

Apr 12 07:19

Watch: Israeli soldiers cheer as they shoot Palestinian

Partial Transcript.
Wow, what a movie! Yay! Son of a whore.
Oh, mama, did you film it?
What a movie! There, go running to evacuate him. Of course I filmed it.
Wow. They hit someone in the head.
Now do I [indistinct]?
What did you say?
[whispered:] go ahead, film it, film it.
Wow.
What a film, it’s a legend.
What? I didn’t see it.
[laughing] He flew up in the air with his leg, like that.
He scratched his leg and we hit the other [indistinct].
[indistinct] sons of whores.

Apr 12 07:02

Builder of apartheid wall gets EU funding

I have been following Europe’s policy on Palestine for almost 20 years. Throughout that time, I cannot recall an official EU statement more obscene than the one issued after Israel killed nine people in Gaza last Friday.

Rather than condemn the killings, the EU merely claimed that they raise “serious questions about the proportionate use of force.”

Zoom in on those words: proportionate use of force.

The underlying message is that Israel may resort to violence against Palestinians living under siege and occupation. EU representatives would just prefer it if Israel doesn’t go too far.

The same kind of thinking can be discerned within Israel’s elite.

Apr 12 07:02

Israel forces Umm al-Hiran villagers to “agree” to expulsion

The Israeli government has forced residents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran to agree to be expelled from their homes and resettled to the Bedouin town of Hura in the southern Naqab region under threats of violence.

A community leader, Raed Abu al-Qiyan, said that the Israeli government’s Bedouin resettlement authority forced residents to sign the agreement in the early dawn hours of Tuesday as the Israelis brought police and demolition teams into the village.

He said that the families of about 170 residents signed on to the agreement, fearing a repeat of the “blood and murder” of January 2017 when Israeli police demolished homes in the village and killed a 50-year-old Palestinian math teacher.

Apr 12 06:53

7 Things You Need To Know About Israel’s Latest Attack On Gaza

The things everyone must know about the latest Gaza massacre - and its rapidly ensuing cover-up - are as simple and uncontroversial as they are abhorrent. One: Israel's killings were premeditated. Before the first demonstrators set foot anywhere in the vicinity of Gaza's border with Israel, the "most moral army in the world" had openly declared its violent intentions toward any Palestinian reckless enough to challenge Israel's crippling siege ... Five: Israel commits its crimes because the U.S. lets it ... Six: Mainstream media, and Jewish organizations, assist in the cover-up. The proliferation of apologetics in mainstream media for Israel's deadly violence has been so instantaneous, and so nauseating, that I will only sample the field briefly ... Major Jewish organizations have been just as sycophantic, most of them looking the other way
Note: The number of dead is now over 30 and of course the injured have increases.

Apr 11 12:06

Israeli Forces Detain 14 Palestinians, Including Woman, Elderly Man, Minors

Israeli forces Wednesday detained 14 Palestinians from several cities in the occupied West Bank and from East Jerusalem and included a woman, an elderly man and minors, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). It said in a statement that Israeli forces detained five people from the Hebron area, including a 38-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man from the same Zeidat family, WAFA reported. Forces also detained four from the town of Azzoun, East of Qalqilya in the Northern West Bank, including three minors aged between 13 and 16 years, and two more from Nablus area. Another two minors aged 16 and 17 years were detained in occupied East Jerusalem, the PPS stated.

Apr 11 10:55

If the UK is so critical of the killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza, maybe it should stop selling arms to Israel

In the past two years alone, the government has approved export of over £230m worth of arms and military technology, including jets and naval gunboats used in regular attacks on Palestinian fisher-folk

Apr 11 10:54

Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Review of U.K. Arms Sales to Israel Over Gaza Border Deaths

'The killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage'

Apr 11 09:17

AS DISGUSTING AS IT GETS ~~~ CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Israel Confirms Video of Sniper Shooting Unarmed Palestinian, as Soldiers Cheer, Is Genuine

Apr 11 09:11

DEFENSE MINISTER DECLARES SLAIN GAZA PHOTOJOURNALIST 'TERRORIST'

Gazan photo journalist Yaser Murtaja was a salaried senior member of Hamas’s military wing, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday.

“The photographer was a terrorist,” Liberman told reporters in Katzrin on the Golan Heights. Murtaja was one of nine Palestinians fatally shot by the IDF during last Friday’s “Great March of Return” protest on the Gaza border. Liberman did not provide any substantiation on the source of his claims.

Apr 11 07:42

Norman Finkelstein: Netanyahu is a maniac

Apr 11 07:18

Israel Labor party cuts ties to Jeremy Corbyn for supporting Palestinian rights

The leader of the Israeli Labor Party on Tuesday wrote to Jeremy Corbyn suspending “all formal relations” with the UK Labour leader.

In a publicly released letter, Avi Gabbay cited Corbyn’s “hatred of the policies of the government of the state of Israel.”

On Saturday, Corbyn had sent a statement to a Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstration in London condemning the “killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza” during the last two weeks as “an outrage.”

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Apr 11 07:15

Dublin City Council votes for Israel boycott

Dublin City Council passed a motion Monday night endorsing the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.

And on Tuesday, Israel claimed to have barred Dublin’s mayor from entering territory it controls, but a short time later the mayor appeared to be tweeting from Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

“Since its violent establishment in 1948 through the ethnic cleansing of more than half of the indigenous people of Palestine, the state of Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights and has refused to comply with international law,” the motion states.

It adds that: “Israel continues to illegally occupy and colonize Palestinian land, discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel, imposes an inhumane blockade and siege of Gaza and denies Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes.”

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Apr 11 07:12

Video: Israel’s cold-blooded killings in the Gaza ghetto

“Gaza is a ghetto for two million people, the majority of them refugees, who Israel will not allow to go home solely because they are not Jews,” I told Norton. “And if they try to leave the ghetto, or even protest for their right to leave the ghetto, they are shot down in cold blood.”

Apr 11 05:44

Netanyahu pledges to 'hurt' Palestinians if try to attack

Israel says it opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence....In the face of 10 days of protests and violence along the Gaza border, Israeli forces have killed 31 Palestinians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

Apr 11 05:39

Israel ministers defend soldiers appearing to rejoice in shooting Palestinian

Two Israeli right-wing ministers on Tuesday defended soldiers after a video appearing to show them shoot a Palestinian and rejoice in it spread widely on social media and news sites.
Note: ...does not appear..."apparently"...presumed soldier ...It was not possible to determine whether the person shot in the video died.

Apr 10 10:34

Israeli minister praises viral video sniper

Israel’s defence minister has said an Israeli sniper who shot a Palestinian across the border in Gaza in a controversial video “deserves a medal”.

Footage of the incident, in which a soldier expresses joy at having captured it on film, drew condemnation from politicians and rights groups.

Israel’s military said the man who was shot had been orchestrating a riot, and he was hit in the leg.

It said the soldiers involved in the filming will be dealt with.

In the video broadcast on Monday, three men are seen nearing a barrier or fence. The crack of an apparent gunshot is heard and one of the men, who had been standing still and appeared to be unarmed, falls to the ground.

A voice is heard to exuberantly declare in Hebrew: “Wow, what a video. Yes! Son of a bitch! What a video!”

A crowd of people are then seen rushing to retrieve the man who was shot. His condition is not clear.

Apr 10 09:08

ISRAEL REACTS TO ITS GREATEST THREAT … POPULAR RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE

Israel’s way of silencing journalists ….. MURDER THEM

This Gazan journalist was killed by Israeli forces. Human rights organizations say it was a “deliberate attack.”

Apr 10 09:07

TRIBUTE TO A SURVIVOR THAT LIVED THE MANTRA “NEVER AGAIN”

As Israelis commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, we here at DesertPeace pay tribute to one survivor that truly believed in the words “NEVER AGAIN” …TO ANYONE!

Apr 10 08:51

‘The open wounds of the conflict owe very much to Deir Yassin’: 70 years since the Deir Yassin Massacre

Well, first let me note that the Deir Yassin Massacre was indeed a massacre, something which a few have a hard time digesting.

Anyway, what basically happened was that several dozen Palestinian Arab villagers were killed without military necessity on April 9, 1948 in their home village of Deir Yassin. They likely also endured other abuses during and after the takeover of that village that day by irregular Jewish forces.

It was a very significant event that accompanied the end of the British Mandate of Palestine in 1948 and the setup of the state of Israel and influenced heavily the fighting around it.

Apr 10 08:49

1948 and the Anglo–Saxim: on Western involvement in expulsion of the Palestinians

On July 19, 1948, a young Yitzhak Rabin sent orders to Israeli units near the border of what would become the West Bank. Over the preceding week and a half–“The Ten Days,” as they are known in Israeli history books – the army of the new state of Israel had destroyed key communities in central Palestine. The Palestinian towns of Lydda and Ramla were no more. Israeli forces killed hundreds in both towns before emptying them of their inhabitants and annexing their land to Israel. Hundreds more died of thirst and exhaustion as the town’s inhabitants became refugees, forced to march into the West Bank in columns of tens of thousands. But Israeli orders were straightforward. “The inhabitants of Lydda must be expelled quickly without attention to age,” Rabin told troops (on July 12). And the natives, once expelled, were to be kept out.

Apr 10 08:46

Video: Palestinians explain why they are risking their lives by joining Gaza protests

Despite widespread outcry and international calls for investigations into the killings, the Israeli army has maintained its open fire policy, and has commended its soldiers for their actions on the border.

Israel has been repeatedly criticized for its excessive use of force against Palestinian civilian protesters, with groups saying the army’s actions are criminal and illegal.

In this video, Palestinians who are putting their lives on the line to join the protests in Gaza explain why they are taking such a risk.

Apr 10 08:37

Settler winery, on stolen land, declared best Israeli winery of 2018

In The Jerusalem Post, a paper with a clear right-wing orientation, we read that Psagot was declared by World Finance to be the best Israeli winery of 2018. We surely don`t regard ourselves as experts in the wine industry, but we certainly know one or two things on the status of the land on which the grapes are grown at the Psagot winery.

Like the business plan of the criminal `Meshek Achiya` brand (to which we already dedicated a post), Psagot Winery`s business plan, too, is based on serial property delinquency and systematic violence against Palestinian landowners. The Psagot Winery website details where the vineyards from hich the grapes come are located. Four of the five vineyards located in the West Bank (Psagot, Elon Moreh, Kida - east of Shilo - and Har Bracha) are located around settlements populated by hard core extremist religious settlers, leading the trend of agricultural takeovers on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Apr 10 08:33

Seinfeld boosts Israel’s “shoot to kill” fantasy tours

Jerry Seinfeld drew criticism earlier this month when it emerged that while in Israel to perform in Tel Aviv, the famous comedian visited an air force base and took his family to a tourist attraction in the occupied West Bank for ideological and military instruction.

Caliber 3, the Israeli firm that runs what Israeli newspaper Haaretz calls an “anti-terror fantasy camp,” boasted about the Seinfeld family’s patronage in a Facebook post on 7 January.

“Finally we are allowed to tell you!! The legendary Jerry Seinfeld and his family were at Caliber 3 during their visit to Israel last week, they came to us for shooting training with displays of combat, Krav Maga [martial arts], assault dogs and lots of Zionism,” the post – which has since been deleted – said, according to Haaretz.

Apr 10 08:30

Democracy Now on the Great March of Return

Glenn Greenwald on how the world is finally waking up to the fact that "Palestinians have just the same rights as anyone else to protest and resist"

Apr 10 08:05

WHO Special Situation Report – Gaza, occupied Palestine territory (6th April 2018)

The second mass demonstration by Palestinians on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence with Israel took place on the 6th April 2018. 8 Palestinians were killed and 1,356 were injured by Israeli forces, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Out of the 1,356 injuries, 754 required immediate transfer to the MoH hospitals or to NGO hospitals (including 81 children, 24 females and 730 males). From the injuries, 35 cases are critically life threatening and 347 may result in temporary or permanent disability. The remaining 947 are unspecified.

A further 602 injuries were managed by primary healthcare centres and medical points by the MoH, Union Health Workers Committee (UHWC) NGO and by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

Apr 10 08:04

Army Injures Many Schoolchildren Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers fired, Tuesday, several gas bombs at a school for girls in the al-Mughayer village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many schoolchildren to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Marzouq Abu Naim, a member of al-Mughayer Local Council, said dozens of soldiers were stationed near local high school for girls, and fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the students, and their school.

He added that many schoolgirls were unable to reach their school due to the heavy Israeli military deployment, while others were trapped in their schools.

Apr 10 07:45

Israeli soldiers use a Palestinian man, ‘Abd a-Rahim Gheith, as human shield during clashes in Jericho

On Friday, 9 March 2018, at midday, clashes developed between dozens of Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers near the southern entrance to the city of Jericho, close to the settlement of Vered Jericho. The youths threw stones at the soldiers, who fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets at them.

Apr 10 07:44

Israel won't let two Gazan youth seriously wounded by Israeli gunfire travel to Ramallah for urgent medical care

Israel is refusing to let two young Palestinian men—who were seriously wounded by Israeli military gunfire as unarmed protesters during demonstrations in Gaza—travel to the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank for urgent medical care.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court yesterday, 8 April 2018, demanding Israel let the two seriously wounded young men leave the Gaza Strip.

The two men — Yousef Karnaz, aged 20, and Mohammad Al-'Ajouri, aged 17, both from Gaza — were wounded when Israeli troops fired on them during the 30 March 2018 Land Day protests.

Both young men, currently hospitalized at Shifa Hospital in Gaza are in critical condition and in immediate danger of losing their legs as a result of their gunshot wounds.

Apr 10 07:32

Israeli soldiers CHEER as a sniper shoots 'unarmed' Palestinian protester in video filmed through rifle sight

The Israeli army has come under fire after a video emerged showing IDF soldiers cheering and rejoicing as a Palestinian protester is shot on the Gaza Strip.

It comes at a highly sensitive time forIsrael's military, which has faced mounting criticism over its use of live fire on the Gaza Strip border, where 31 Palestinians have been killed in recent mass protests.

The video, filmed through the rifle-sight of an Israeli soldier as he opens fire on Palestinians, was captured on December 22 in the area of Kissufim near the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said today.

Apr 10 05:20

In UK Parliament debate, Israel said to be committing ‘torture’, ‘war crimes’

Israel's abuse and mistreatment of Palestinian children in military detention was under the spotlight in Westminster yesterday [Feb. 7], as MPs urged it to end the "torture" of minors. Israeli authorities were also charged with war crimes, over the imprisonment of both children and adults from the occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel's pre-1967 lines, a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Westminster Hall debate on "Military detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities" was initiated by Labour MP Sarah Champion, and attracted cross-party participation.
Note: The Israeli Defense Fores are real brave when it comes to beating up old women, kids and the defenseless.

Apr 10 05:16

In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

On March 30, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. Twenty remain in critical condition. The protesters were marching to demand the internationally mandated right of return of refugees to their cities and villages in what now constitutes Israel. The Israeli leaders who ordered the massacre were in clear violation of international law. They should be prosecuted for war crimes. The use of deadly force against the peaceful protesters was premeditated. The IDF deployed 100 snipers to the border fence between Gaza and Israel, where 30,000 to 40,000 Palestinians had gathered for the Great March of Return.
Note: It ends when you say it ends!

Apr 10 05:13

Protests in Gaza are leading to many deaths and injuries among Palestinians, yet Israel has faced little criticism

A video from the first day of the march shows a protester being shot in the back by an Israeli sniper as he walks away from the fence separating Gaza from Israel. In other footage, Palestinians are killed or wounded as they pray, walk empty-handed towards the border fence, or simply hold up a Palestinian flag. All who get within 300 yards are labelled "instigators" by the Israeli army, whose soldiers have orders to shoot them ... The sheer scale of the casualties on the first day of the protest a week ago is striking, with as many as 16 killed and 1,415 injured, of whom 758 were hit by live fire according to Gaza health officials ... So far, Israel has faced little criticism from an international media uninterested in the Gaza story, or else is happy to go along with Israel's interpretation of events.

Apr 10 05:04

Massacre at Gaza’s Borders: We Will Not Be Silent – End Israeli Impunity

On Land Day, March 30, thousands of peaceful, hopeful and unarmed Palestinian women, men and children gathered at the borders of Gaza for the Great March of Return. Initial reports indicate that at least 16 Palestinian people have been killed, and more than 1,400 were injured as a result of the Israeli Occupation Forces firing into crowds with live ammunition and tear gas.
Note: The number of dead is now over 30.

Apr 09 12:35

Israel Strikes Hamas In Gaza As Border Protests Turn Into Guerilla Warfare

The Israeli army was busy last night, and in addition to launching an air strike on a Syria air field, following several weeks of increased tensions at the Israel-Gaza border, the IDF also struck a Hamas military compound in northern Gaza in response to the Sunday discovery of two explosive devices - allegedly placed near the border by a group of Palestinians who breached the fence, according to Arutz Sheva.

Israel fired at least seven artillery shells at three targets - though the IDF denied claims that they had come under fire as initial reports claimed.

Apr 09 12:31

International court warns Israel may be charged over Gaza deaths

The International Criminal Court at The Hague may prosecute Israel over the deaths of Arab rioters who clashed with IDF forces on the Gaza-Israel frontier over the past week and a half, a top ICC official warned Sunday.

Chief Prosecutor for the ICC Fatou Bensouda issued a statement Sunday demanding an end to the use of violence on the border between Israel and Gaza, and suggested that both Israel and the Hamas terror organization could be held responsible for the deaths of some 30 Arab rioters and terrorists killed since activists launched six weeks of violent protests on the frontier on March 30th.

"The resort to violence must stop," Bensouda said. "Any person who incites or engages in acts of violence including by ordering, requesting, encouraging or contributing in any other manner to the commission of crimes within ICC's jurisdiction is liable to prosecution before the Court.”

Apr 09 12:08

Israeli Snipers Celebrating After Killing Palestinian Protester Near Gaza Border

Israeli Snipers Celebrating After Killing Palestinian Protester Near Gaza Border

Apr 09 11:04

Israeli Army Jeep Rams A Palestinian Teen In Hebron

Medical sources have reported that Israeli soldiers chased, on Sunday evening, a Palestinian teenage boy while riding his bicycle near the Tiwani village, east of Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and rammed him with their jeep.

Apr 09 11:03

Most aid to Palestinians ends up in Israel’s coffers

78 per cent of humanitarian aid intended for Palestinians ends up in Israel’s coffers… To reach the Palestinians, donors have no choice but to go through Israel. This provides ripe opportunities for what he terms “aid subversion” and “aid diversion”… the World Bank estimated that Palestinians lose at least $3.4 billion a year in resources plundered by Israel… Israel also uses the occupied territories as laboratories for testing weapons and surveillance systems on Palestinians – and then exports its expertise. Israel’s military and cyber industries are hugely profitable, generating many billions of dollars of income each year…

Apr 09 10:53

Russia supports UN’s proposal to investigate Gaza Strip clashes

Moscow supports a demand by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to conduct an investigation into the death of civilians in the Gaza Strip during the Great March of Return, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday. "According to available information, 10 Palestinians, including one reporter and two teenagers, were killed and more than a thousand poisoned with tear gas or injured as a result of the Israeli army’s actions, including with the use of artillery weapons to terminate these demonstrations. So, a total number of Palestinians killed in the past two weeks of mass protests has reached 30 people," the ministry pointed out.

Apr 09 09:52

Israeli Defense Minister justifies killing of Palestinian journalists

On the second Friday of the Gaza protests, Israeli snipers shot nearly 500 Palestinians at the Gaza border, killing nine, and bringing the death total in two Fridays to 31. Last Friday’s carnage included the sniping of 6 journalists, killing one of them – 30-year-old Yaser Murtaja, even though he wore a flak jacket clearly marked PRESS.

This is not looking good, so the Israeli army has issued a response:

“The IDF does not intend to shoot at journalists, and the circumstances in which journalists were allegedly injured by IDF gunfire are unknown and are being investigated.”

This would be a contradiction of what Defense Minister Lieberman already promised – that “there would be no investigation”.

Indeed, Lieberman continues to contradict the official army message (as quoted in Haaretz):

Apr 09 09:51

Calling on world conscience

Much has already been written and said about the bloody events of the first Great March of Return protest on 30 March.

Some of it will be forgotten in the bloodshed of the second march, on 6 April, which predictably saw Israel respond in the same brutal manner to popular unarmed demonstrations that it simply won’t countenance.

Indeed, the date of the first protest coincided with the commemoration of Land Day, when Palestinians protesting land confiscation inside Israel in 1976 were also subjected to lethal crowd control tactics and six unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed.

On 30 March 2018 the result was even more bloody. Fourteen protesters died on the day, and others succumbed to their injuries over the following week, bringing the total fatalities to 17.

Human Rights Watch found no evidence of any credible threat to Israeli soldiers, operating under a shoot-to-kill policy, posed by demonstrators.

Apr 09 09:31

Video shows Israeli interrogators attempting to coerce confession from Ahed Tamimi

The family of Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist who was imprisoned in December for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, released footage of the teenager’s interrogation during a press conference in Ramallah today.

The released footage dates back to December 26, seven days after the teen was arrested by armed Israeli forces in the middle of the night from her home in Nabi Saleh.

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, told journalists that the family was able to obtain only two hours of the interrogation footage, adding that during the first 10 days of her detainment, Ahed was continuously interrogated, sometimes for 12 hours at a time.

“In the first 10 days of her interrogation, Ahed was subject to various tactics and strategies that violate international and humanitarian laws,” Bassem said.

Apr 09 09:17

Israelis Gather by Gaza Border to Watch and Cheer as Military Uses Live Fire Against Palestinians

A disturbing image of young Israelis sitting by the Gaza border, cheering and watching as bombs fall on Palestinians just a few miles away has evoked widespread condemnation as it circulated on social media.

In the photo, shared by Nir Dvori a reporter at Israeli Channel 2 television news on Friday, seven young Israeli adults are seen smiling and waving at the cameras as they sit on an observation tower in Nahal Oz, outside the fenced-off Gaza strip.

Many likened the scene to an “outdoor cinema,” calling it disgusting and barbaric to watch as the Israeli military uses live fire and excessive force against Palestinian protesters.

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So much for the claim that the Israeli people live in fear of the Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Gulag!

Apr 09 08:59

GAZA IS BLEEDING TO DEATH WHILE THE WEST LOOKS THE OTHER WAY

Gaza continues to bleed. 4 Palestinian civilians killed and 250 injured by Israeli snipers today in Gaza. The bloodshed continues, unheeded by most of the world.

Reciting the names of Palestinians who premeditatedly killed by professional Israeli occupation snappers was indescribably challenging experience.
29 lives taken. 29 families destroyed. 29 mothers, will never see the faces of their sons again. Wives will never be embraced by their husband again. Sons, daughters and siblings will no longer get to play around with their loved ones.
29 people. They all had names and lives, just like you and me.

Apr 09 08:30

Jews must ditch Zionism, now

When Israeli soldiers shoot, maim and kill unarmed Palestinian protestors living under Israeli siege in Gaza – where has Zionism taken us?

When a nation descended from refugees turns it back on African asylum seekers because they will dilute the Jewish purity of the State – what moral integrity does Zionism have?

When the President of the Board of Deputies in Britain describes a left-wing religious Jewish group as “a source of virulent antisemitism” because they openly criticise Israel – what madness has Zionism created?

As Israel turns 70 later this month, Zionism, the political ideology that propelled the Jewish State into existence, is showing all of its failings and exposing the destructive force it’s always been for Palestinians and, indeed, for Jews.

For everyone’s sake, it’s high time we ditched it.

Apr 09 08:12

Gideon Levy Nothing Makes Sense Here: A Journey Along the Fences and Barbed Wire Suffocating the Gaza Strip

On one side there are watchtowers and workers building an anti-terror barrier. On the other, a small tent city of Palestinian protesters

Apr 09 05:38

Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Yasser Murtaja died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke from protesters setting tires on fire. Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others in the second mass border protest in eight days. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week. The border area appeared calm Saturday.

Witnesses said Murtaja was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked “press” and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit.

Apr 08 09:00

Jeremy “Jesus-Christ” Corbyn and Britain’s Zionist lobby

"Recently we learned that Jeremy Corbyn has yet again upset “the Jews”, and by “the Jews” I mean a few loud, obnoxious voices who claim to “represent the Jews”. Since he is a well meaning guy, Corbyn accepted an invitation to celebrate the Jewish Passover dinner with Jewdas who are apparently the “wrong” Jews, according to the Zionist lobby.

"The Board of Deputies of British Jews (BDBJ) and the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) are beside themselves. During a phone-in to LBC Radio BDBJ’s President Jonathan Arkush stated that Jeremy Corbyn has “reached the tipping point”. The BDBJ had made it clear to Corbyn that he should stop giving any credence to Jewish “ultra-fringe” groups...">>

Apr 08 08:35

1000s join rallies in UK, Canada, Australia to slam Israel atrocities on Palestine

Thousands of people have taken part in a massive rally in Britain’s capital London to express solidarity with Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and condemn persisting atrocities by the Israeli regime in the occupied territories as well as UK’s inaction toward such violence.

The protesters gathered Saturday outside of British prime minister’s residence on Downing Street and also voiced their anger at UK’s silence versus the abuses being inflicted on Palestinians by the Israeli forces as the country’s Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed Western inaction over the regime’s killing of over 30 Palestinians during anti-occupation protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Apr 08 08:31

The bare facts about the Gaza demonstrators are correct, but the rest of the story is missing

Media coverage of Israel's massacre of Palestinian protesters during the first weekend of multiweek demonstrations in Gaza offered textbook examples of how syntax and word choice shape, and even distort, representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even if the facts are accurately stated, the ways in which sentences are constructed, and the extent to which details are contextualized, can subtly lead readers astray.

Consider for instance the enormous consequence of choosing passive rather than active language to convey what happened. "At least 15 Palestinians die as Israel responds to protest," wrote the Guardian in one early headline. "15 dead in Gaza demonstrations" read the front page of this newspaper, and the New York Times led with a similar formulation: "Confrontations at Gaza Fence Leave 15 Dead."

Apr 08 08:13

Time for peaceful resistance, says Gaza's new movement

Sipping mint lemonade while looking out at the Mediterranean, the man credited with instigating a demonstration movement that has rocked Gaza is at odds with the image of the protests that has been put forward by Israel.

Israel has described the recent demonstrations on the Gaza frontier as “riots” and a ploy to “camouflage terror attacks” led by Hamas, a militant group founded on the idea that Israel has no right to exist.

Yet Ahmad Abu Artema, who claims no Hamas affiliation, holds an ideology more often attributed to that of Israel’s president: he says he wants to see Palestinians and Israelis living in one country as equal citizens.

“If you want my personal opinion, I don’t believe in liberation [of land in Israel]. I believe in ending the apartheid system in Israel like the end of the apartheid system in South Africa, and we live all in one democratic state,” Artema said in an interview in Gaza City. “I want to live with Israelis.”

Apr 08 08:13

He was wearing a vest marked ‘PRESS.’ He was shot dead covering a protest in Gaza. 

Yaser Murtaja had often filmed from the sky, but he never lived to fulfill his dream of flying on an airplane through the clouds.

The young journalist shot drone images and video for Ain Media, a small Gaza-based news agency he started five years ago. Just two weeks ago, he posted an aerial photo of Gaza City’s port on Facebook. “I wish that the day would come to take this shot when I’m in the air and not on the ground,” he wrote. “My name is Yaser Murtaja. I’m 30 years old. I live in Gaza City. I’ve never traveled!”

It was one of his last posts.

Murtaja, who was married and had a 2-year-old son, died Saturday after being shot the day before while covering protests at the edge of the Gaza Strip.

Apr 08 08:12

Israel Has Faced Little Criticism Over Palestinian Deaths

Thousands of protesters returned to the border this Friday, burning great heaps of tyres to produce a black smokescreen which they hoped would hide them from Israeli snipers. Gaza’s health ministry has said that five people were killed and 1,070 people were wounded on Friday, including 293 by live fire.

The demonstrators know what to expect. A video from the first day of the march shows a protester being shot in the back by an Israeli sniper as he walks away from the fence separating Gaza from Israel. In other footage, Palestinians are killed or wounded as they pray, walk empty-handed towards the border fence, or simply hold up a Palestinian flag. All who get within 300 yards are labelled “instigators” by the Israeli army, whose soldiers have orders to shoot them.

Apr 08 08:10

U.N. calls on Israel to rein in security forces at Gaza border

The United Nations human rights office urged Israel on Friday to ensure that its security forces do not use excessive force against Palestinian protesters at the Gaza-Israel border.

Firearms should only be used as a last resort, and unjustified recourse to their use may amount to wilful killing of civilians, a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell told a briefing.

Apr 08 08:08

Israeli snipers shoot 6 Palestinian journalists, killing one–making international headlines

On the second Friday of the Gaza protests yesterday, Israeli snipers shot nearly 500 Palestinians at the Gaza border, killing nine (per AP), and bringing the death total in two Fridays to 31. The international headlines feature the shootings of six Palestinian journalists, including one who was killed, 30-year-old Yasser Murtaja, even though he wore a flak jacket clearly marked PRESS.

Apr 08 08:07

‘NY Times’ bias about Israel’s massacre in Gaza just won’t go away

At first glance, today’s New York Times article on Israel’s massacre in Gaza looks like an improvement from its first efforts at whitewash. The piece actually reports that the respected Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, has taken out newspaper ads asking Israeli soldiers to disobey future orders to shoot at the Gazan demonstrators.

But on closer inspection, the article turns out to be just as biased as the Times’s previous reports. It reads more like a theoretical discussion about when lethal force is justified, instead of a genuine effort to find out what actually happened on March 30 inside the Gazan border.

First, the Times does give the Gazan death toll, which is now up to 19 after four more of the injured died. But it nowhere reports the number of Palestinians who were injured by Israeli live ammunition, which ranges somewhere from 700 on up to 1000. Surely an honest report on the use of force should have included such a figure.

Apr 08 08:05

Young Jews protest Reform leadership’s silence over Passover massacre

Outside the New York office of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) on April 4, the anti-occupation network If Not Now called out the Jewish “liberal” establishment’s resounding silence regarding the murder of seventeen Palestinian young men by Israeli snipers less than a week ago.

Roughly seventy five members of If Not Now and a smattering of non-members and supporters marched across Lexington Avenue to 633 Third Ave, the location of URJ’s office.

The killings occurred just as Passover was beginning last Friday. Gabriel Briel Lehrman, an If Not Now New York spokesperson explained what he saw as an explicit connection with Passover.

Apr 08 08:05

'Free Gaza': London protesters denounce killings of Palestinians

Demonstrators protest against Britain's complicity in Israel's 'apartheid' after 31 Palestinians are shot dead in Gaza.

Apr 08 07:40

Irish students, teachers vote for solidarity with Palestine

Condemning Israel’s “brutal” military occupation and grave human rights abuses, the Union of Students in Ireland voted to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.

The union, which represents approximately 374,000 students in higher education across the country, resolved to boycott Israeli institutions which are “complicit in normalizing, providing intellectual cover for and supporting settler-colonialism” and to lobby Irish universities to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s rights violations.

It also affirmed the right of return for Palestinian refugees expelled by Israel and declared that the BDS campaign “is a strategy for effective solidarity, not a dogma or ideology and certainly not an attack upon Jewish communities or individuals.”

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Apr 08 07:39

Calling on world conscience

Much has already been written and said about the bloody events of the first Great March of Return protest on 30 March.

Some of it will be forgotten in the bloodshed of the second march, on 6 April, which predictably saw Israel respond in the same brutal manner to popular unarmed demonstrations that it simply won’t countenance.

Indeed, the date of the first protest coincided with the commemoration of Land Day, when Palestinians protesting land confiscation inside Israel in 1976 were also subjected to lethal crowd control tactics and six unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed.

On 30 March 2018 the result was even more bloody. Fourteen protesters died on the day, and others succumbed to their injuries over the following week, bringing the total fatalities to 17.

Human Rights Watch found no evidence of any credible threat to Israeli soldiers, operating under a shoot-to-kill policy, posed by demonstrators.

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"Pay no attention to Palestine. Pay attention to Syria! The eeeeeevil Assad just gassed his own people!! You should pay attention to that!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Apr 08 07:36

Gaza: The Open-Air Prison Seethes

This demographic fact underlies the oft-cited trilemma in which it is impossible for Israel to be Jewish, to be democratic, and to be in control of all the land from the Mediterranean to the Jordan. Israel can be any two of those things, but it has to ditch one of the three. The current right-wing Israeli government clearly has decided to ditch democracy, although the painful truth of the trilemma and of the implications of embracing apartheid rather than equal political rights for all weighs heavily on the thoughts of many other Israelis.

Apr 08 07:33

Gaza violence is latest salvo in war of narratives

More than 30 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded by Israeli fire in mass protests on Friday and the previous week.
Note: 30 dead thousands wounded and this is a war of narratives. This is an excellent example of pro Israel bias and lying.

Apr 08 07:22

Gaza buries journalist killed while covering mass protests

asser Murtaja died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke from protesters setting tires on fire. Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others in the second mass border protest in eight days. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week. The border area appeared calm Saturday.
Note: I had to do a search in order to find anything about GAZA.MSM not covering this.

Apr 07 10:45

Avnery: It’s the Occupation, Stupid!

The Slap Heard Round the World
(*and we thank you!)

A Song is Born

A friend from overseas sent me the recording of a song. An Arab song, with a soft Arab melody, sung by an Arab girls’ choir, accompanied by a flute. It goes like this:

Ahed

You are the promise and the glory
Standing as high as an olive tree
From the cradle to the present
Your honor will not be violated
Palestine has been planted in us
As a dock for every ship

We are the land and you are the water
You are covered with blond hair
You are as pure as Jerusalem
You taught our generation how the forgotten people should revolt

They thought the Palestinians are afraid of them because they are wearing armor and holding a weapon?
Palestine has been planted in us
As a dock for every ship
Our nation must be united and resist for the freedom of Palestine and the prisoners

Your blue eyes are a lighthouse
For a country that has every religion
You united the people far away and close
You ignited the spark in all our hearts
Your head is raised up high encouraging us
You ignited the light in our darkness

Despite the softness of your hands
Your hands have shaken the world
Your hands returned the slap to the occupier
And returned esteem to the nation
Palestine has been planted in us As a dock for every ship
We are the land and you are the water.

If I were an adherent of the occupation, this song would frightened me very much. Because the force of songs is much stronger than the force of weapons. A gun wears out, but a song lasts forever.

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Apr 07 09:20

Israeli Forces Kill More Gaza Protesters at Friday Demonstrations

A week after Gaza’s Land Day protests, tens of thousands of demonstrators showed up at the Gaza border for the “day of tires,” where protesters burned tires near the border fence. As with the previous week, Israeli forces positioned and the border opened fire on protesters, killing several.

As with last week’s attack, the death toll is still being sorted out as of the evening, but at least 10 were reported killed, including two teenagers, and around 1,000 Palestinians were wounded.

Apr 07 09:20

Israeli forces kill Palestinian protester in Gaza with missile fired from armed drone

Palestinian medical sources have reported, Thursday, that Israeli soldiers killed one Palestinian with a missile fired from an armed drone, late on Wednesday at night, while another Palestinian died from wounds he suffered last Friday, in the Gaza Strip. The sources said that an armed Israeli military drone fired a missile at Palestinian protesters near Erez Crossing, in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, killing one of them, and wounding several others. Palestinian medics were unable to enter the area due to Israeli army fire, and severe military restrictions on border areas, and were only able to retrieve his body in the morning.

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Apr 07 09:18

‘I came today to tell the Israeli sniper we are not afraid of him’: the Great March of Return continues in Gaza

Despite the fact Yousef Abu Eida, 26, was shot in the leg last Friday during the Great March of Return in Abu Safia, he was back today using crutches and a metal brace.

Abu Eida, who studies law in al-Azahar University, said: “I came today despite the pain and weight of the device that breaks into my bones, to send two messages, the first is that I will not give up the right of my return to my occupied town ‘Ashdod’ and another message to the Israeli sniper that we are not afraid of him.”

What distinguished the second Friday of the Great March of Return was the extent to which protests got close from the border fence; they were much closer than last Friday. It was the smoke from the burning tires that helped the protesters.

Apr 07 09:17

Israeli army kills seven Palestinians, wounds 1,000 at Gaza rally

Israeli forces have shot dead seven Palestinians and wounded more than 1,000 as tens of thousands participated in a mass demonstration demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported on Friday that 293 people were injured by live ammunition after Israeli forces fired on protesters who had gathered near the Israeli border in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Hundreds of protesters suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation.

Apr 07 09:15

Israel acting above law due to US support: Pundit

An academic says Israel is acting “above the law” because it enjoys the support of the United States, adding that Washington’s behavior has emboldened the Israelis to kill more Palestinians.

“It is no secret that the US government is the most supportive government of Israeli atrocities and the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people. The US has vetoed tens of United Nations Security Council resolutions to put an end to the Israeli occupation, and also to condemn Israeli settlement expansion in the Palestinian territories and lately to stop Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian people,” Mukhaimer Abu Saada, a lecturer at Al-Azhar University, told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.

“I believe it is about time that the UN community take responsibility, take action against those Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian people and against the non-violent resistance in Gaza,” he added.

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I guess we will be treated to another flood of TV shows about Hitler and the Holocaust this week! :)

Apr 07 09:14

The Gaza Prison Uprising Continues: “The Friday of Tires,” another sign of determination by Palestinians

Crowds of young men went to the border area, setting tires on fire to create a smokescreen to obstruct the vision of Israeli snipers. They were met with gunfire and tear gas as they hurled stones at the heavily armed Israeli soldiers backed up by tanks and warplanes. Israel, which controls all of Gaza’s border crossings, airspace and waters, imposed a ban on the entry of tires, and Israeli forces brought huge fans and massive water cannons to extinguish the fires…

Apr 07 07:30

Great Return March

Apr 07 07:27

Israel Just Lost American Jews

It finally happened. In the last day or so, major mainstream voices condemned Israel’s shootings of unarmed Palestinian protesters on March 30, in which 17 were killed.

Chris Hayes did it on MSNBC last night. “A frankly unconscionable use of force.” Ayman Mohyeldin of MSNBC called out the racism in the media’s indifference to the killings. David Rothkopf of the Carnegie Endowment questioned Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. The New York Times, Washington Post and J Street all criticized the murders (albeit with equivocations), while on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, Cornel West said Martin Luther King Jr would have spoken out against Israel’s “massacre” in Gaza, and Brian Lehrer, an Israel supporter who regularly hosts neoconservatives, did not seek to contradict West.

Why did the dam break and what does it mean?

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Like I said, this may be Israel's Amritsar!

Apr 07 06:51

Two children, journalist, among Israel’s latest Gaza victims

Nine Palestinians were killed on Friday as Israel ignored calls for restraint in its use of force against unarmed protesters in Gaza for the second week in a row.

Apr 07 06:37

IDF’s tweet threatening children with sniper fire enrages social media users

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman has tweeted an image of a group of Palestinian children seen through a sniper’s lens, along with an ominous warning.

Avichay Adraee, the IDF Arabic spokesman tweeted the image on Friday, which appeared to be stamped with red letters reading, “We see you very well."

“Whoever thinks he can evade the lens of our forces is wrong, we see you clearly, and we will not allow anyone to threaten security of #Israel and the citizens of it. Enough with your naivety and self-endangerment,” Adraee wrote.

Apr 07 05:53

Drone footage captures 'Great March of Return' protests at Israel-Gaza border

Apr 07 05:29

US only Security Council member to block UN inquiry into Gaza violence

The US was the only UN Security Council member to reject a call by the 14 other countries to independently probe the Gaza clashes, in which dozens of Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces.

For the second week in a row, the US has vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) statement calling on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to launch an independent inquiry into the Gaza violence. Put forward by Kuwait, a non-permanent UNSC member, it also reaffirmed the Palestinians’ right to peacefully oppose Israeli policies on the occupied lands.

Apr 06 12:07

In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

On March 30, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. Twenty remain in critical condition. The protesters were marching to demand the internationally mandated right of return of refugees to their cities and villages in what now constitutes Israel.

The Israeli leaders who ordered the massacre were in clear violation of international law. They should be prosecuted for war crimes.

Apr 06 09:31

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire on Gaza Fishermen, Injuring 3

Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fisherman as they were sailing along the coast of the Gaza Strip, Thursday, injuring three.

Local sources told Maan News Agency that three fishermen were injured with live ammunition, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds.

The fishermen, whose identities were unknown at the time of this report, were transferred to the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen while sailing off the coast of Gaza.

As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

Apr 06 09:27

Hundreds of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa compound

Flanked by heavily armed Israeli forces, more than 1,700 Jewish settlers have entered the religious site since Sunday.

Apr 06 09:19

Watch: Geraldo Rivera tells Fox News he regrets not speaking out against Israel’s “constant occupation and oppression” of Palestinians

Geraldo Rivera was asked on the Fox show “The Five” on April 3, 2018 whether he ever regretted a story he had done.

In reply he said that he regretted not supporting Palestinians during the Second Intifada (uprising) against Israeli “occupation and oppression.” He said he regretted “chickening out” and not “adding my voice as a Jew.”

The Second Intifada was a mass, largely unarmed Palestinian uprising that began in fall of 2000. To see those killed on both sides scroll down here. For information on the current situation in Gaza go here.

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is now calling for Fox to fire Rivera.

Apr 06 08:33

Gaza's wall of smoke: Two Palestinians are killed and at least 250 injured as protesters burn thousands of tyres and throw stones at Israeli soldiers who respond with tear gas and live fire

Two people have been shot dead and at least 250 others have been injured by Israeli forces as clashes yet again erupted on the Gaza-Israel border today, Palestinian health officials said.

The death of the men, aged 29 and 38, raises the number of casualties to 22 in the week-long disturbances, during which thousands of Palestinians have gathered along the border, calling for refugees to be allowed to return to the lands that are now inside Israel.

Apr 06 07:39

‘Palestinians Are Killed Either Way’: More Protests Coming at Israel-Gaza Border

"Palestinians are killed either way. Palestinians are being killed either by bullets in their sleep, in their beds, or by bombs from the air, or by lack of water, or by disease, or they're injured in the bombings and have no access to healthcare," Peled said. "They're also killed when they stand up and resist," Miko Peled, a Jerusalem-born Israeli writer and activist, told Sputnik. "Palestinians are killed all the time anyway… they're killed just because they're Palestinians."

Apr 06 07:38

Israel wants to protect environment as it massacres Gaza marchers

Israel is trying to present itself as environmentally friendly as it prepares once again to massacre civilian marchers in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Its propaganda is all the more cynical, given the environmental catastrophe its decade-long siege has imposed on the two million Palestinians in the coastal enclave.

Palestinians have been burning tires to create a smokescreen to protect thousands of civilians taking part in protests near the boundary from Israeli snipers who are under orders to shoot to kill.

Apr 06 07:37

“Every Palestinian was a target” at Gaza march

Scholars call for an end to study abroad in Israel programs at US universities.

Apr 06 07:34

Israeli air attack kills Palestinian at Gaza border

An Israeli air raid killed another Palestinian protester near the Gaza Strip's border on Thursday, Palestinian health officials said.

Earlier, a Palestinian wounded during last Friday's Land Day protests died of an injury sustained after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers.

The death brings the total number of Palestinians killed in the last week at 21.

The mass protests, called "the Great March of Return", were organised by civil society groups and supported by all political factions to call for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

Apr 05 14:50

ISRAEL IS PREPARED TO KILL MORE UNARMED PROTESTERS IN GAZA

Israel’s army expects up to 50,000 Palestinians to attend protests in Gaza on Friday, and is prepared to once again use deadly force against unarmed demonstrators, one week after Israeli snipers fired at least 650 bullets at Palestinian civilians, killing 15. With President Donald Trump apparently ignoring last week’s massacre in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, senior Israeli officials brushed off pleas from human rights groups to rescind orders that permit snipers to open fire on protesters who approach Israel’s perimeter fence.

Apr 05 10:34

Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

They are dressed like Palestinian protesters, speak with the same accents and expressions, and show the same mannerisms. Their faces covered with checkered keffiyehs or balaclavas, they chant against the Israeli army and sometimes throw stones in the direction of the soldiers, all while drawing in other protesters as they get closer and closer to the army.

Then, quick as a bang, the scene erupts, and this group suddenly turns on the rest of the Palestinian protesters, brandishing guns that were concealed under their shirts, firing in the air, grabbing those nearest to them and wrestling them to the ground.

The army advances and takes into custody the Palestinians that were caught, as the rest of the protesters disperse, screaming out one word as a warning to others: "Musta'ribeen!"

Apr 05 08:37

ISRAEL GREEN-LIGHTED 'UNLAWFUL' KILLING OF UNARMED GAZA PROTESTERS, SAYS HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

The Israeli army's decision to open fire on Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, which left 17 people dead and hundreds of others wounded, was "calculated" and "unlawful," a human rights watchdog has said.

In a report following the deadly "Land Day" protests in Gaza on March 30, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said senior Israeli officials who called for live ammunition to be used against protesters who did not pose a serious threat are responsible for their deaths.

The "high number of deaths and injuries was the foreseeable consequence of granting soldiers leeway to use lethal force outside of life-threatening situations in violation of international norms," HRW said.

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If Newsweek is reporting this, it means Israel really screwed up big time!

Apr 04 11:44

Mohammed Kareem

Video shows the exact moment of shooting the Palestinian footballer Mohammed Khalil in his knee putting an end to his career.
Note that Mohammed was protesting peacefully & unarmed in #GreatReturnMarch

Now, Mohammed needs a knee replacement surgery to be able to walk again

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This guy was taking a selfie when shot by an Israeli sniper.

This video confirms reports that IDF are intentionally aiming for joints to cripple the Palestinians.

Apr 04 10:32

If this happened in Alabama there would be uproar. In Israel, it's the norm

How would you describe a white town in a southern state in the United States that froze the tender for plots of land in a new neighbourhood because it risked allowing blacks to move in? As racist? What would you think of the town's mayor for claiming the decision was taken in the interests of preserving the "white character" of his community? That he was a bigot?

And how would you characterise the policy of the state in which this town was located if it enforced almost complete segregation between whites and blacks, ghettoising the black population? As apartheid, or maybe Jim Crow?

And yet, replace the word "white" with "Jewish" and this describes what has just happened in Kfar Vradim, a small town of 6,000 residents in the Galilee, in Israel’s north. More disturbing still, Vradim's policy cannot be judged in isolation. It is a reflection of how Israeli society has been intentionally structured for decades.

Apr 04 09:48

Israel's Gaza nightmare

The March 30 Great March of Return to the Gaza border fence was nothing more than Act 1 of an unfolding drama, a dress rehearsal or possibly a pilot for what one can expect to see in the very near future. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are now preparing for April 17, Palestinian Prisoners Day, also the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, and for May 15, Nakba Day, also the day after the United States is expected to open its new embassy in Jerusalem.

Further complicating matters, the latter event coincides with the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Great March of Return was initiated and orchestrated by Hamas in an attempt to change the rules of the game, create a new balance of power and send a message to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the struggle for the hearts and minds of the Palestinian people is far from over. Hamas is alive and kicking, and it is marching as well.

Apr 04 09:26

Palestine in Pictures: March 2018

Twenty-two Palestinians were fatally wounded by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the month of March.

Eighteen Palestinians were fatally injured on 30 March, which saw the greatest number of Palestinian fatalities at the hands of occupation forces in a single day since Israel’s massive assault on the Gaza Strip in summer 2014.

Fourteen protesters were killed that day as occupation snipers opened fire on a mass demonstration held at various points along Gaza’s eastern boundary with in what Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq described as “a calculated, unnecessary, disproportionate and indiscriminate use of lethal force.”

Israel is detaining the bodies of two Palestinians – Muhammed Mhareb Muhammad al-Arabiyeh and Musab Zuheir Anis al-Saloul – killed during the protest. Israeli forces had prevented Palestinian search and rescue teams from evacuating the pair where they fell some 150 meters from the Gaza-Israel boundary fence.

Apr 04 09:24

Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham.

“IF THE CONCEPT of intervention is driven by universal human rights, why is it — from the people who identify themselves as liberal interventionists — why do we never hear a peep, a word, about intervening to protect the Palestinians?”

That was the question I put to the French philosopher, author, and champion of liberal (or humanitarian) interventionism, Bernard-Henri Lévy, on my Al Jazeera English interview show “Head to Head” in 2013.

The usually silver-tongued Levy struggled to answer the question. The situation in Palestine is “not the same” as in Syria and “you have not all the good on one side and all the bad on the other side,” said Levy, who once remarked in reference to the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, that he had “never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions.”

Apr 04 08:46

A Special Relationship Born in Hell

If you want to understand what the “special relationship” between Israel and the United States really means consider the fact that Israeli Army snipers shot dead seventeen unarmed and largely peaceful Gazan demonstrators on Good Friday without a squeak coming out of the White House or State Department. Some of the protesters were shot in the back while running away, while another 1,000 Palestinians were wounded, an estimated 750 by gunfire, the remainder injured by rubber bullets and tear gas.

Apr 04 08:45

Why Did the Israeli Army Seize This Blind Palestinian Bereaved Daughter's Cash?

About 5,000 shekels led me to Yasmin Eshtayyeh; more precisely, a combination of $357, 500 shekels and 668 Jordanian dinars. Those are the currencies and the amounts that the Israeli authorities at the border crossing with Jordan removed, seized and confiscated from bags of Eshtayyeh and her sister Suhad in 2013. This past February 14, an anonymous soldier from the ombudsman’s office in the bureau of the head of the Israel Defense Forces Central Command ruled that Eshtayyeh did not have the right of appeal or objection. End of discussion.

And immediately, beneath the thin narrative shell of Israelis who confiscate money, a whole life was revealed of a young woman of 31 who has been blind from birth. Her memory tells her that she became aware that she was different only at the age of 5. Her parents, and especially her father, Sael, swaddled and pampered her protectively. Her mother, Muna, always washed her and then dressed her (to this day her mother chooses her clothes for her).

Apr 04 08:44

LIBERMAN: ISRAEL WILL CONTINUE TO FIRE AT PALESTINIANS CLOSE TO GAZA FENCE

IDF soldiers will continue to fire at Gazans who come too close to the border fence, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday, ahead of an anticipated Palestinian assault on the barrier this Friday.

“Anyone who comes close to the fence will endanger their lives,” Liberman said during a visit to the border in which he tried to discourage participants in the “Great March of the Return” from trying to cross into Israel.

Apr 04 08:43

Israeli forces shoot deaf child in head in Gaza, Israel will not investigate deaths

A Palestinian deaf child was shot and seriously injured by Israeli gunfire east of Khuzaa town to the east of Khan Younis city in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.

The spokesman of the Palestinian Health Ministry, Ashraf al-Qudrah, affirmed that the boy sustained a critical injury in the head and that he was transferred to the European Hospital in Gaza where he is receiving treatment.

Israel’s defense minister rejected on Sunday calls for an inquiry….

Apr 04 08:42

Israeli leaders ordered “calculated” killings of Gaza protesters

Israeli leaders who ordered troops to open fire on Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return rallies in Gaza last Friday, even though marchers posed no threat, bear personal responsibility for the deaths and injuries, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

They are responsible for “calculated” killings of unarmed civilians in violation of international law, the human rights group states, warning that Israeli leaders could face prosecution abroad.

In a detailed report on Israel’s violence against the marches that coincided with the Palestinian commemoration of Land Day, Human Rights Watch dismantles Israeli claims that the use of military snipers against civilian demonstrators was justified by a “terrorist” threat.

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