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Aug 01 08:29

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

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

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

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

Aug 01 08:28

Israel boosts plan to build 3,900 new settler homes

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

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

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

Jul 31 11:15

Israeli Seizure of Aid Ship Can’t Contain Palestine Movement - Activist

With the Gaza Freedom Flotilla ship Al-Awda seized by Israel on Sunday, its 13,000 euros’ worth of medical supplies in the Israeli city of Ashdod and its 22 activists detained, the question of what happens next is on the minds of pro-Palestinian activists around the world.

"The Freedom Flotilla Coalition calls on the Norwegian Government, the national governments of those aboard Al-Awda and the Freedom [Flotilla], other national governments and relevant international organizations to act immediately," Norwegian politician and activist Torstein Dahle said Sunday. The Al-Awda sails under the Norwegian flag.

Jul 31 11:10

Israel’s drift to authoritarianism: An illiberal ‘Jewish democracy’ embraces the populist nationalist model

Two important events happened towards the end of the third week of July in Israel: The ethnocratic settler-colonial state of Israel passed its new Jewish nation state law, which has been in the making for over two years now, and Hungary’s anti-Semitic Prime Minister Viktor Orban made a two-day visit to Israel. Despite the international uproar over the law, critics did not link these interrelated events, even though both events attest to a radical shift towards authoritarian governance in the alleged “only democracy in the Middle East.”

Jul 31 10:58

Analysis: Ahed Tamimi and Her Family: Israel’s Ongoing PR Disaster

Capped by the fanfare around her release, her detention ultimately did more damage to Israel’s international image than the initial video of her slapping a soldier ever could.

During her incarceration, Tamimi has been compared to brave female heroes ranging from Joan of Arc and Anne Frank to Rosa Parks and Hannah Szenes, and her blonde hair even drew comparison to Bar Refaeli. She has been championed by American celebrities such as Sarah Silverman, Alice Walker, Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson, and in Israel, controversially, by songwriter-performer Yehonatan Geffen.

Jul 31 10:51

Israel seeks to isolate Palestinians from global support

Two Dutch researchers were detained, subjected to humiliating treatment and abuse and then deported by Israel earlier this month.

Their experience is part of Israel’s policy to isolate Palestinians from the outside world and obstruct the work of human rights defenders.

Israeli security forces took Lydia de Leeuw for questioning immediately after she landed at Ben Gurion airport on 20 July.

Before the interrogation started, she was handed a file with personal details and other information already completed, including a decision by the interior minister to deny her entry.

Over four hours, de Leeuw was strip searched, deprived of her phone and other property and denied access to the Dutch embassy or legal assistance. She was then deported.

Her colleague Pauline Overeem experienced even more severe treatment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The above descriptions represent typical Israeli behaviour, against non-violent peace activists; this is precisely the kind of "greeting' Mike and I would get, if we were ever foolish enough to attempt to enter Israel as tourists.

Again, this is why the BDS movement is so critical; economics is a language spoken, and understood, by all Israelis.

Jul 31 09:58

Boat with medical supplies trying to break Gaza blockade seized by Israeli navy

A vessel belonging to the Freedom Flotilla activist group was “hijacked” by Israeli forces after having been “threatened” via radio, the group said on Sunday. The boat was en route to Gaza with 22 people from 16 nations on board and carrying a cargo of €13,000 ($15,000) worth of medical supplies. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the interception of the vessel, saying it violated the blockade of Gaza. The IDF added that the boat is now being towed to the port of Ashdod and all the supplies can only be delivered through it.

Jul 31 09:51

Israel seeks to isolate Palestinians from global support

Two Dutch researchers were detained, subjected to humiliating treatment and abuse and then deported by Israel earlier this month.

Their experience is part of Israel’s policy to isolate Palestinians from the outside world and obstruct the work of human rights defenders.

Israeli security forces took Lydia de Leeuw for questioning immediately after she landed at Ben Gurion airport on 20 July.

Before the interrogation started, she was handed a file with personal details and other information already completed, including a decision by the interior minister to deny her entry.

Jul 31 09:50

Suffering starts all over again in Gaza

Fadel Abu al-Qumsan has survived two attacks in the past four years.

Early on 3 August 2014, Israel bombed his home in the Jabaliya refugee camp of northern Gaza. Two of his nieces and his brother-in-law were killed.

In recent months, Fadel, 53, and his family have once again been hurt by Israeli state violence.

On 6 April 2018, Fadel joined the Great March of Return to demand that Palestinians uprooted by Zionist forces in 1948 be allowed to return home.

At approximately 3 pm, he fell to the ground screaming. He had been shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper.

Fadel was roughly 700 meters from the boundary fence between Gaza and Israel at the time.

“I didn’t expect to be injured,” Fadel said. “I’m an old man and I was standing away from the fence. But it seems that Israel does not distinguish between children, young people, the elderly or women. This was a clear message from Israel that anyone who participates in the demonstrations is a target.”

Jul 31 09:46

Israeli Arab Poet Dareen Tatour Gets Five-month Sentence for Incitement on Social Media

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday by the Nazareth District court. Tatour, an Israeli citizen, was convicted in May of incitement to violence and supporting terrorist organizations, based on her social media posts.

Following the sentencing, Tatour said she was not surprised. "I expected prison and that's what happened. I didn't expect justice. The prosecution was political to begin with because I'm Palestinian, because it's about free speech and I'm imprisoned because I'm Palestinian."

Jul 31 09:44

Ahed Tamimi, Renowned 17-Year-Old Palestinian Resister, Freed From Israeli Prison After Eight Months

“This is a day of relief, which we hope will blossom into happiness once this brutal military occupation is out of our lives. … I call on members of the international community to uphold their responsibility towards our people and take concrete steps to end this perpetual injustice.”
— Bassem Tamimi on Daughter Ahed’s Release from Prison

Jul 31 09:25

The Apartheid Prime Minister

There is someone responsible for the nation-state law and that someone is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although he usually leaves controversial decisions to his political partners, this time Netanyahu positioned himself front and center in support of the constitutional discrimination against Israeli citizens who are not Jewish.

Netanyahu made it clear Friday to Druze leaders who asked him to amend the law that he was prepared to give the Druze economic benefits but would not change the legislation’s discriminatory wording. On Sunday he attacked the left (“They need to do some soul-searching”), and demanded that Likud ministers “fight for the truth,” a barb at his right-wing rival Naftali Bennett, who suggested amending the law to accommodate the Druze.

Jul 31 09:21

Gaza Flotilla Ship Al Awda Violently Seized by Israelis, USS Liberty Survivor Amongst Those Captured

Israeli forces have violently boarded a ship, being followed by Consortium News, that was headed to Gaza bringing humanitarian aid. A survivor of the USS Liberty is now in Israeli custody.

Jul 31 09:20

In intercepting boat bound for Gaza and seizing 22 aboard, Israel violated int’l law and journalists’ rights

Two people from Al Awda (The Return) have been released, but most of the crew and participants are still in unlawful detention at Givon prison in Israel. We are still gravely concerned for their safety and well-being as we had no contact with most of them as of 14:00 CEST today. We continue to demand that our boat and the medical supplies on board reach their rightful recipients, Palestinian civil society in Gaza.

Jul 31 04:01

Palestinian Teen Says Has No Regrets After Release from Israeli Jail

Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenage girl who gained international fame for slapping Israeli soldiers, stated that she was deeply changed by her eight-month sentence in an Israeli jail but regrets none of her actions.

Of course my life has been changed a lot. I changed a lot in prison. I became more focused, more aware also. Prison ages a person. In one day you age 100 years," she said in an interview with AFP in the backyard of her home in Nabi Saleh village on Monday.

Asked if she would have done the same thing if she had known it would land her behind bars for months, Tamimi answered “yes”.

"I didn't do anything wrong that I should regret," she stressed, adding that "if I had known I would be in jail eight months, of course I would have done it because it was a natural reaction to a soldier being in my house shooting at people, people from my village”.

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Jul 30 13:30

SOS Message: ‘Israel Kidnapped Participants of Freedom Flotilla’

A desperate SOS message was released by crew onboard a Norwegian-flagged flotilla that was intercepted by Israel on Sunday, as activists attempts to break a more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip failed.

National Director of the Unite Union New Zealand representative on the International Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, Mike Treen, announced the hijacking of the boat by Israeli naval forces in a video.

He claimed the flotilla participants have been kidnapped by Israel, in a pre-recorded message, and alleged that Israel had violated international maritime law by launching the “attack” on the flotilla.

“If you are listening to this message it is because the al-Awda of the international flotilla to Gaza has been hijacked in international waters and the participants kidnapped by the Israeli military forces,” he said in a video message.

Jul 30 11:54

Israeli Forces Kill Five Gazans, Including 12-Year-Old

Since Friday, Israeli attacks along the Gaza border have killed at least five Palestinians and wounded scores of others. The slain included two teenagers, one a 12-year-old and the other a 17-year-old, who were shot at Friday’s protests near the border.

Jul 30 10:43

Israeli settlers commit more arson in occupied West Bank

A group of extremist Jewish settlers have set fire to Palestinian property in the village of Jaloud on the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Quds Press has reported.

Witnesses said that the settlers set fire to Palestinian farmland as well as a house in the area, which was severely damaged. At least 2.5 acres of wheat was also burnt. The settlers also cut down dozens of Palestinian-owned trees in the area. No fatalities were reported.

This is the latest in a series of attacks by Jewish settlers against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Jul 30 10:43

Israeli soldiers kill two, including 11-year-old, injure 246, in Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians, including one child, and injured 246 others, among them eleven who suffered serious wounds, 10 women, 4 medics, one journalist and 19 children.

The Health Ministry said an Israeli army sharpshooter shot Majdi Ramzi Kamal Satri, 11,* with a live round in the head, east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, during the Great Return March procession. The slain child is from the Shaboura refugee camp, in Rafah.

It added that the soldiers also shot Ghazi Mohammad Abu Mustafa, 45, with a live round in the head, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ghazi is the husband of Lamia Abu Mustafa, a nurse who never left the medical tents hundreds of meters away from the parameter fence, providing medical aid to wounded Palestinians.

Jul 30 09:38

Depopulating Palestine, Dehumanizing the Palestinians

One might have thought that, in the wake of the Nazi regime’s systematic crimes against humanity last century, dehumanization would have become unthinkable once and for all. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. It has shamefully continued unabated, the assorted perpetrators including, with tragic irony, those who themselves were victims of Nazi dehumanization.

Jul 30 09:35

Gaza’s children carry mock coffins for dead children, and say, ‘We may also be carried’

Marah Al-Abadseh was one of 20 child scouts in Khan Yunis city in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, carrying 12 fake coffins to commemorate children killed by the Israeli troops during the 18 weeks of Gaza protests and throughout the years of wars and uprisings.

The terrified 13–year old Marah was shedding tears after carrying a small wooden coffin with a picture of Wesal Sheikh Khalil, a girl who was shot dead by Israeli snipers in May while participating in the weekly protest.

Jul 30 09:33

‘All countries must protect their nationals on board the Freedom Flotilla’

Chairman of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, Zaher Birawi, has called on all countries with citizens on board the Freedom Flotilla to protect the lives of their nationals and ensure the delivery of medical aid and fishing boats to the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a press statement issued yesterday, Birawi condemned the Israeli aggression on the flotilla ships in international waters which saw activists arrested and medical supplies seized.

“The legal committee and lawyers of the Freedom Flotilla will do everything necessary to ensure the participants’ safety and their release,” he said.

Birawi stressed that the Israeli navy forces’ interception of the ships in international waters is “piracy in violation of international laws, and an aggression on peaceful activists who do not constitute any threat to the occupying power”.

Jul 30 09:32

Heavy Economic Loss in Besieged Gaza due to Israeli Ban of Basic Goods

Israeli occupation authorities have banned, for the 19th day in a row, the entry of basic goods and humanitarian aid, via Kerem Shalom crossing, the sole commercial crossing with Gaza, MP Jamal al-Khudari, head of the People’s Committee to Face the Siege, stated on Sunday.

Khudari said that the most recent truck was loaded with thousands of daily-needed basic goods, in addition to raw materials for industry, building materials, clothing, textiles, wood, household items, stationery and other essentials.

Al-Khudari said, in a press statement, that this prohibition is causing the Palestinian economy, which is already deteriorating due to the blockade, and Israeli policies, direct and indirect losses of millions of dollars.

Jul 30 09:32

Freedom Flotilla Intercepted in International Waters En Route to Gaza

Freedom Flotilla was intercepted by the Israeli navy on Sunday afternoon, approximately 70 miles from the Gaza Strip shore. Israeli Navy Forces stopped the ship in international waters in violation of international maritime law, after shouting toward the boat via loudspeaker and asking for the boat’s destination.

In a statement, the High Committee for Return and Breaking the Siege called upon the international community to take its responsibility and provide the necessary protection for the Freedom Flotilla Fleet, while also promising increased efforts to break the siege.

“We will move in all directions until the world is convinced that there is no alternative to breaking the siege,” the Committee said.

Jul 30 09:31

How Israel Silences Palestine in EU Circles

The Israeli propaganda machine works internationally to undermine the role of Palestinian NGOs which disclose Israeli violations of international law, and maintain the well-being of Palestinian people.

Imagine the following: a toxic op-ed is published that defames your organisation. You contact the website on which it features and are invited to publish a rebuttal.

The next day, you submit your article. As the editors are about to put it online, they are targeted by a sophisticated disinformation campaign.

More than a dozen people call the editors, seemingly on your behalf, and apply heavy pressure to publish the article. One of the callers even tries to bribe them to get it published.

This confuses and intimidates the editors, who have never experienced anything like it.

They fear that publishing under pressure may damage the independence and reputation of their website, which is a news magazine for the European Parliament.

Jul 30 09:12

IMAGE OF THE FIRST TASTE OF FREEDOM

After eight months in Israeli prison, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi returned home on Sunday morning to a hero’s welcome in her village of Nabi Saleh, in the central occupied West Bank. Arm in arm with her father Bassem and mother Nariman, who was also released on Sunday along with her daughter, the teenager broke down in tears as she was embraced by her younger brothers, extended family, and fellow residents of Nabi Saleh.

Jul 30 09:08

Palestinians celebrate release of Ahed Tamimi

Ahed Tamimi, center, and her mother Nariman speak at a press conference in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on 29 July, upon their release after spending eight months in Israeli prison.

Israeli military forces released Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman from prison on Sunday.

The pair were given a hero’s welcome in their occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and their release was covered by world media:

Jul 30 08:29

Israel Confirms Seizure of European Vessel Attempting to Break Gaza Blockade

Israeli military confirmed on Sunday that they had seized a ship with pro-Palestinian activists sailing from Europe to break the Gaza Strip blockade in the Mediterranean Sea.

Earlier in the day, the Freedom Flotilla activist group said that the al-Awda ("Return") boat under the Norwegian flag carrying medical supplies had been seized, adding that the ship received a warning from the navy prior to the interception.

"The Israeli Navy intercepted a ship that followed from Europe with the intention of violating a legal naval blockade of the Gaza Strip…. The ship is being transferred to the port of Ashdod," the Israeli army said in a press release.

Jul 29 10:07

FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS FROM PALESTINE ~~ AHED TAMIMI FREE AT LAST

Jail bars won’t silence the truth! Ahed Tamimi is FREE

Images by Latuff

Jul 29 10:07

NOW IT’S ILLEGAL TO BEAUTIFY APARTHEID

Israeli border police on Saturday arrested two Italian graffiti artists who were painting a mural of a jailed Palestinian teenager, Ahed Tamimi, on the Israeli separation barrier in Bethlehem in the West Bank, according to Palestinian officials.

Tamimi, now 17, was sent to prison for assault after being filmed kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier late last year, when she was 16. She is due to be released on Sunday.

Tamimi became a heroine to Palestinians after the Dec. 15 incident outside her home in the village of Nabi Saleh was streamed live on Facebook by her mother and went viral.

An Israeli police spokesman did not return a call for comment.

Jul 28 10:59

Ahed Tamimi to be Released on Sunday

Remarkably mature for her age, extraordinary teenager Ahed symbolizes heroic Palestinian resistance against brutal Israeli occupation.

She was unlawfully sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping a heavily armed abusive Israeli soldier in response to being slapped after demanding IDF forces leave her family property where they don’t belong.

She’s a redoubtable freedom fighter, her father Bassem proudly explained, earlier saying she’ll “lead the resistance to (oppressive) Israeli rule,” adding:

Though never arrested until last December, she’s “no stranger to (Israeli) prisons.”

Jul 27 12:00

Israeli police raid al-Aqsa mosque after clashes; two dead in Gaza

Israeli troopers entered Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, the third-holiest shrine in Islam, and carried out arrests on Friday in what police described as a pursuit of youths who had lobbed rocks and fireworks during clashes with its forces outside.

The rare raid, on a site that is an emblem of Palestinians' statehood hopes and a frequent catalyst of their conflict with Israel, came as medics in Gaza said Israeli army gunfire killed two people - including a boy - during a weekly border protest.

A police spokesman said the troopers were sent into al-Aqsa after suspects who had barricaded themselves in after running confrontations in the surrounding compound, during which masked men launched firecrackers from handheld canisters.

There was no immediate word of any violence in the mosque, whose older male worshippers said they had been allowed to exit after being searched. Witnesses later saw around 20 younger men detained by police, and said mosque prayers later resumed.

Jul 27 11:49

Teenaged girl shot by Israeli soldiers to walk again

A Palestinian teenage girl, who was shot by Israeli soldiers during anti-occupation rallies on Gaza Strip, will be able to walk again, her doctor said.

Meryem Abu-Matar, 16, who lives in Gaza’s Rafah city, was brought to Istanbul for medical treatment.

Since March, Abu-Matar has been through 42 phases of surgery, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said on Thursday.

The girl can now walk with the support of a walker.

She will soon be able to move without any support, said Dr. Mehmet Veli Karaaltin, her surgeon, who identified her wound as "severe".

He added that the treatment will last a year.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Abu Matar said: “I was targeted because I carry a Palestinian flag. I will continue my struggle."

“My message to the world is that the Palestinian people are unfairly under blockade. We will continue this struggle until we are free," she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me get my head around this: this 16 year old young woman was shot, not because she attempted to hurt any IDF member, but because she was carrying a Palestinian flag?!?

I have, BTW, just fired off an email to the charity helping this young woman, asking if Americans can, without legal repercussions against them, contribute to this charity. If so, I will create a link at WRH to their organisation. Their website can be found here:

https://www.ihh.org.tr/

Jul 27 11:08

Trump team preparing economic plan as part of Mideast peace proposal - official

A long-awaited Middle East peace plan from the Trump administration will include what the White House is calling a robust economic plan to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an official has said.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoys are also working on the most detailed set of proposals to date for the overall plan, the White House official said in a briefing with reporters on Monday.

The plan thus far has no release date. Trump had hoped to reveal it early this year but his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the embassy there, reversing decades of U.S. policy, inflamed tensions in the region.

The Palestinians have said that they have lost faith in the Trump administration to act as a fair mediator and have boycotted the process since last December’s Jerusalem announcement.

The White House has offered few details on a peace plan that has drawn widespread scepticism even before its unveiling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: you and your Envoy, Jared Kushner, keep deliberately, and horrifically akwardly, missing the point here.

For the Palestinians, a peace deal with Israel is NOT about economic development; had it been just that, this would have resolved itself long ago.

The issue, gentlemen, is a viable homeland for the Palestinian people, and a recognised state, living in harmony, and trading with Israel.

This is what I am betting your "proposal' is missing in its entirety.

And until, and unless, this is resolved to the point where the Palestinian have a legitimate, recognized homeland, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank will continue to be embroiled in low-intensity, high Palestinian casualty combat against Israel, with Israel continuing to fight stones... with sharpshooters' bullets.

Jul 27 09:23

Gaza hip-hop artist: Israeli snipers shot up my performance

My name is Ibrahim Ghunaim. I’m 26 years old rapper from the Gaza Strip. I perform under the moniker MC Gaza.

You may have seen this video of me performing near the front lines of the Great March of Return as Israeli snipers gunned down our youth and rained torrents of tear gas upon us. It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that was the last video I recorded before in the Gaza Strip before leaving – likely permanently.

Jul 27 09:22

Israel closes Nabi Saleh village, home of Ahed Tamimi

Israeli occupation forces closed the entrance gate of the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, yesterday evening, preventing the entry and exit of residents.

According to local sources, a large number of Israeli occupation forces was deployed in the village and completely closed its entrance forcefully preventing residents from entering or exiting.

Locals added that the closed gate forced them to take longer, alternative routes.

With less than a thousand residents, Nabi Saleh is one of the smaller villages in the occupied West Bank.

Since 2009, the village has held weekly Friday demonstrations, along with a dozen other villages in the occupied West Bank in protest against Israeli occupation policies.

Jul 27 09:21

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19 – 25 July 2018)

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 17th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian while 2 civilians succumbed to their previous wounds. Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 124 others, including 30 children, 4 women, a male journalist, and a female journalist. 3 of those wounded sustained serious wounds. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 5 others, including 2 children.

Jul 27 09:20

Birthrighter Asks: Why Do People Care More About Adelson’s Money Than The Lives Of Palestinians?

Birthright, arguably the most influential Jewish educator of American Jews, sends 50,000 young Jews to Israel on “apolitical” tours that deny them access to the truth about the occupation. A recent slew of public walk-outs from these trips have resulted lawsuit threats.

Birthright leaders know that if masses of Jews actually see the reality of Israel’s military rule over millions of Palestinians for themselves, they will not only be unable to support it — they will also join the growing movement to end the occupation.

Jul 27 08:59

Israel forces teachers to leave Palestine

Israel has completely shut down a Palestinian university in Jerusalem amid a series of assaults on academic freedom.

On 14 July, Israeli police raided and shut down the Hind al-Husseini college in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, prohibited an academic conference from taking place and detained 15 participants of the conference.

Police acted on the order of Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of public security and strategic affairs, who claimed that the conference promoted “incitement” against the Israeli state.

As well as being in charge of policing, Erdan leads Israel’s global effort to thwart activism in support of Palestinian rights.

Jul 27 08:55

Israeli army to clear itself of wrongdoing in Gaza slayings

The internal investigation supposedly finds that the deaths of “innocent” protesters were caused by ricocheted bullets or as a result of demonstrators walking into the paths of already fired live ammunition.

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Jul 27 07:41

Israel’s ‘Jewish nation-state’ law a prelude to annexation

When the Netanyahu government passed a Basic Law this week enshrining a superior set of rights for Israel's Jewish citizens, it ushered in a new era of open apartheid. To appreciate the significance of the new nation-state law, one must understand why the bill split Israel's nationalist camp, and why demographic factors forced it to the fore. After the final vote, ruling Likud lawmaker Avi Dichter, who sponsored the bill's first iteration, explained its true purpose. "We are enshrining this important bill into a law today to prevent even the slightest thought, let alone attempt, to transform Israel to a country of all its citizens," Dichter gloated after the law passed this week ... Of course, ever since the state was founded in 1948, Israel has discriminated against its non-Jewish Palestinian citizens in a myriad of ways.

Jul 26 12:34

US refused visa to Palestinian officials attending UN meeting

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

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

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

Jul 26 09:35

BEAUTIFYING APARTHEID

An unknown artist has painted a mural of Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi on the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, just as her father said she might be released on Sunday after almost eight months of unjust imprisonment.

Media outlets had speculated about the artist’s identity, some describing him as Palestinian, but he has since come out as Italian street artist Agostino Chirwin. Also known as ‘Jorit Agoch,’ he has a reputation for hyper realistic murals of activists, politicians and other campaigners.

While painting the 13-foot mural, Chirwin obscured his identity by keeping a black cloth wrapped around his head.

Jul 26 09:10

Israeli “self-defense” against Palestinians is logically impossible

News media outlets frequently present outbreaks of large-scale violence in Palestine-Israel in terms of “Israel’s right to defend itself.” This narrative says that whatever Israel may be guilty of, the state is justified in using military force to respond to Palestinian attacks.

But such media narratives about Israel’s “right to defend itself” mislead readers by ignoring the permanent violence of Israel’s colonization of Palestine and the aggressive pursuit of ethnic supremacy that this colonization entails.

The Israeli state was founded by massacring and ethnically cleansing Palestinians. Since Israel was created, it has repeatedly massacred Palestinians and Arabs in other countries, particularly Lebanon.

Jul 26 09:09

Painting a false picture

Shupak takes a novel approach. Rather than examine the bias in news accounts, he focuses on editorials in The New York Times with the aim of revealing the mainstream media’s underlying ideological support for a state closely aligned with US foreign policy objectives in the Middle East.

Shupak shows that framing narratives revealed in editorials rely on selecting only certain aspects of reality, which are then echoed in news accounts. Those selections reinforce already held beliefs and cultural assumptions.

Once this dominant narrative is established, no other aspects of reality are presented that might undermine the framing.

As Shupak puts it: “In the West, narratives about Palestine-Israel activate the ‘well-established knowledge structures’ that exist in a broader cultural context that is colonial, imperialist, Orientalist or some combination of these, wherein Israel is widely regarded as an outpost of Western civilization in a struggle with backward, savage Arabs.”

Jul 25 13:35

The faulty logic behind the Zionist attack on BDS

Lawrence Davidson analyses the faulty 'logic' used by Israel and its Zionist supporters against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), the worldwide non-violent campaign to force Israel to conform to international law and cease its oppression of the Palestinians. >>

Jul 25 12:20

Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Kindergarten And A Women’s Center Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, Jabal al-Baba Bedouin Palestinian community, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished a kindergarten and a women’s center.

The soldiers surrounded the Palestinian community and assaulted many residents, before demolishing the kindergarten and the women’s center.

The attack is part of a series of violations, and constant Israeli attempts to displace the Palestinians from Jabal al-Baba, in addition to al-Khan al-Ahmar, and numerous communities, for the construction and expansion of its illegal Jewish-only colonies, in direct violation of International Law.

The illegal Israeli colonialist plan, known as ‘E1 Jerusalem Plan’ meant to encircle the eastern part of Jerusalem with colonial settlements to surround the city, and claim it for Israel, denying the Palestinian people’s historical and ongoing claim to the city.

Jul 25 11:04

Freedom Flotilla leaves Palermo to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza

The 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, filled with humanitarian aid and activists from all over the world, is on the last leg of its journey from Sweden to Gaza. Previous attempts of this type have been stopped for the last 7 years, once with the loss of 10 activists’ lives at the hands of Israeli commandos.

Jul 25 11:03

If U.S. television showed ‘Killing Gaza,’ support for Israel would start to shrink

If documentary films like “Killing Gaza” appeared regularly on American television, public opinion would start turning against Israel overnight. The film, just released by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal, is inspiring and sickening. It is being screened at special showings, but has not yet been released to theaters. Fortunately, you can download it from vimeo.com.

Cohen and Blumenthal arrived in Gaza on August 15, 2014, during a brief ceasefire in Israel’s savage air and land assault on the besieged territory. Visitors to this site will recall Cohen’s powerful posts and photographs at the time, and in 2015 Blumenthal published an indispensable book,The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.

Jul 25 11:03

Lieberman tells Gaza: Overthrow Hamas to become ‘Singapore of Middle East’

Israel’s Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has issued a video calling on Palestinians in Gaza to overthrow Hamas in order to turn “the refugee camps into the Singapore of the Middle East”.

The video, which was spoken in Hebrew with English subtitles, was distributed by Israel’s Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) yesterday and circulated on its social media outlets.

Lieberman said in the video that “my message to the people of Gaza is simple: you can choose between poverty and unemployment or work and making a livelihood, between hatred and bloodshed or coexistence and personal security.” He added: “We [Israel] can be your ideal partners in an effort to turn the refugee camps into the Singapore of the Middle East.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I notice that he didn't mention anything about Palestine's right to exist in peace.

Jul 25 11:01

UN picks American to lead investigation into Gaza protest killings

A former senior US legal official, David Crane, will lead a UN investigation into violence in Gaza, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

At least 140 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army in what it has called border protection. One Israeli soldier has been killed during the weekly protests that began on 30 March.

The UN Human Rights Council voted in May to set up the probe into the killings, to the fury of Israel, which said it was being demonised.

Jul 25 10:56

What Israel wants, and Palestinians’ numerical supremacy

A few days ago, the Israeli Knesset passed the Jewish Nation State law by a majority of 62 votes. This law denies the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination on their own land, and stipulates that the right to determination in occupied Palestine, which the law refers to as Israel, is reserved only for Jews. It also stipulates that the state of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people where they can achieve their natural, cultural, religious and historical right to determine their fate.

In addition, the new law recognises Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel, and considers the promotion of settlements to be a national virtue that must be encouraged and strengthened. The law has also downgraded the status of Arabic from an official language, which it has been since the British Mandate period, to a “special status” language.

Jul 25 09:07

ONE SMALL STEP FOR PALESTINE, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND!

Palestinians to preside over the Group of 77, largest’s coalition of developing nations; Israeli envoy laments it will become ‘a platform for spreading lies and incitement’

Jul 25 08:27

Palestinian child killings spike in 2018

Israeli occupation forces raiding a refugee camp in the West Bank shot a 14-year-old boy in the chest, killing him, on Monday.

Arkan Thaer Halami Mizher was wounded as residents of Dheisheh camp near the city of Bethlehem confronted raiding soldiers.

“Israeli forces closed the main road, preventing ambulances from reaching the area,” Defense for Children International Palestine stated. The boy was taken in a private car to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Such raids are commonplace throughout the West Bank.

Jul 25 08:26

The Three Stooges and the Ultimate Deal™

In shocking news, US efforts to secure the Ultimate Deal™ have ended, at least for now, without success.

Plan B has also been tried and reportedly discarded and we are now in a diplomatic vacuum. Who would have thought?

The Ultimate Deal™ was hotly anticipated last month, not least because of the crack team behind it: Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, Jason Greenblatt, special US representative for international negotiations and a former settlement guard, and David “From the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea” Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel.

Jul 25 03:43

Israel Downs Syrian Jet Targeting Israeli-Backed Rebels in the Golan Heights

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However, the Syrian government has strongly contested that assessment, stating that the jet had in fact been attacking jihadist groups along the border on the edge of the Yarmouk Valley and had never left Syrian airspace when it was shot down. Syrian state news agency SANA asserted that Israel’s attack on the jet “confirms its support for the armed terrorist groups” currently being targeted by the Syrian military as part of its successful offensive to retake southern Syria from rebel groups.
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If Israel did shoot the plane down in Syrian airspace, it certainly would not be the first time Israel has intervened in the region in order to protect extremist Islamist rebel groups that have controlled the Syrian side of the border for the past several years. Indeed, Israel is largely responsible for the continued existence of these groups, having cultivated their presence in the area, as a so-called “buffer zone” against Syrian-allied Iranian and Lebanese forces, under the orders of former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Furthermore, Israel has been shown to have supplied these groups with food and weapons and has bused injured rebels into Israel for medical treatment before sending them back to the Syrian border. In some cases, Israel even financed the groups entirely — as is the case with the rebel group Fursan al-Golan (Knights of the Golan), which has received approximately $60,000 per year from the Israeli government since 2013.

(*which arguably could have come from the happy to oblige pockets of the U.S. taxpayer , i.e. you and me .)

Jul 24 14:35

Britain’s Zionist Inquisition in full cry

Stuart Littlewood shows how, in their endavour to oust UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and replace him with a compliant pro-Israel stooge, Israel’s pimps are trying to bully Labour into adopting an unlawful definition of ‘anti-Semitism’. >>

Jul 24 11:34

Trump Administration 'Threatens to Pull Plug' on Gaza Reconstruction Plan

The Trump administration is considering abandoning its focus on economic development in the Gaza Strip, as a result of what it describes as a lack of any goodwill on the part of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization controlling the coastal enclave. According to a report published Monday in the New York Times, the administration's peace team is frustrated by the lack of progress in Gaza, and is threatening to "pull the plug" on an international plan to rehabilitate Gaza from the damage wrought by previous wars between Hamas and Israel.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told the paper that Hamas "has driven Gaza to a state of despair" and that it is to blame for the current stalemate. Last month, Kushner and Trump's special envoy for the peace process, Jason Greenblatt, made a five-country visit to the Middle East which was focused on raising funds for economic and humanitarian projects that would benefit Gaza, mainly from the oil-rich Gulf States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, under their dual tutelage by Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson, one of the President's prime contributors, both President Trump and Jered Kuschner are missing the mark by miles in their misunderstanding of the Palestinian position here.

The Palestinian position here isn't about financial upliftment and opportunity; it is about the homeland from which they were evicted, upon the founding of the State of Israel.

Jul 24 09:01

‘LIBERAL’ ZIONISM IN DEFENSE OF APARTHEID

I have always maintained that there is no such thing as a ‘liberal zionist’ …. Here’s proof of that.

But the truth is, the Nation State bill is not overturning the applecart. In fact, it’s reaffirming some of the key ideas that always lay at the heart of the Zionist project, bringing about the correct balance of “Jewish” and “democratic” that has always been the secret sauce that makes Israel work.

Jul 24 08:41

Israel keeps Gaza in a vise

Hospitals have had to temporarily close and Gaza’s sole power station was shut down as Israel continues to ban imports to and exports from the territory.

Israel’s stated reason for the tightened restrictions imposed earlier this month was the launching of incendiary balloons and kites from Gaza in previous weeks.

Israel halted fuel imports to the territory last week.

Palestinians have ceased launching the balloons and kites since a ceasefire was reportedly declared between Hamas and Israel late Friday.

Israel had pounded Gaza with air strikes and artillery fire Friday evening after an Israeli soldier and three Palestinians died in exchanges of fire. The previous day, Abd al-Karim Radwan, a member of Hamas’ military wing, was killed when Israel fired at a group of Palestinians allegedly launching burning kites.

Jul 24 08:38

Israeli forces kill 15-year-old Palestinian in refugee camp raid

Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the Deheisha refugee camp during a violent detention raid on Monday before dawn in the southern occupied West Bank.

The boy, identified as Arkan Mezher, was fatally shot in the chest near his heart around 4 a.m. Two more Palestinians in their mid-20s were arrested.

Mezher is one of at least 28 Palestinian children killed by Israel since the beginning of the year.

Jul 24 08:37

‘West Bank is part of Israel, like Tel Aviv’ — ‘Birthright’ tourguide informs American Jews

A news site has published video of Elon Glickman’s challenge to his Birthright tour before he and five others ultimately walked off that tour ten days ago, in which the Los Angeles youth holds up a map that young American Jewish tourists receive from the program that does not show the West Bank as a distinct political entity.

Here is the dialogue between him and the group’s tourguide.

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Jul 24 08:33

Palestinians use Israel’s weapons to sow peace

A Palestinian man in Gaza has been turning empty tear gas canisters used by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters near Gaza’s eastern border into pieces of art.

Thirty-four-year-old Abdul Karim Abu Ataya regularly collects the empty gas canisters near the border fence in order to transform them into decorative prayer beads and flower pots to “send a message of peace to the world.”

“We have been participating in the Great March of Return and calling for an end to the Gaza siege,” Abu Ataya told MEMO. “The occupation forces have been firing gas canisters at us, so I thought I’d use them to create prayer beads and flower pots.”

Jul 24 08:32

Trump has given Israel a licence to kill

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are being killed by Israel on an almost daily basis. Thousands more have been killed and wounded in Israel’s military offensives against the civilians in the coastal enclave.

As well as its own ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, Israel can rely on the backing of US ambassador Nimrata “Nikki” Haley, whose parents migrated to the US from India via Canada. Her role at the UN is, to all intents and purposes, to defend Israel and cover up its crimes. In doing so, she is demonstrating that Trump has basically given Israel a licence to kill Palestinians.

Jul 24 08:30

UNOCHA: Essential Services in Gaza on Verge of Collapsing

Supplies of emergency fuel, provided by the UN for critical facilities in Gaza, are fast being depleted, the Humanitarian Coordinator of OCHA, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, warned on Sunday.

In a statement, McGoldrick called on Israel to end restrictions preventing the import of fuel, and for donors to provide immediate funding for emergency fuel, currently set to run out in early August.

“At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others,” said Mr. McGoldrick, according to Al Ray. “Given ongoing blackouts of about 20 hours a day, if fuel does not come in immediately, people’s lives will be at stake, with the most vulnerable patients, like cardiac patients, those on dialysis, and newborns in intensive care, at highest risk.”

Jul 23 13:00

New laws make Israeli apartheid official: For “Friends of Israel” read “Friends of Racism”

Stuart Littlewood says Israel's adoption of the nationality laws exposes its “pretense to democracy and the claim to share Western values… as a sickening hoax” and that ”friends, stooges and pimps of the self-declared apartheid state now have nowhere to hide their shameful faces”. >>

Jul 23 11:18

Gaza reporter: 'My brother's body was in pieces in front of me'

As Palestinians on Friday renewed their protests, Israel launched dozens of air raids and tank fire against what it said were Hamas positions.

Like any other time of escalation, Abu Daqqa went on air to relay the latest information from the ground. She told viewers that moments before, a heavy artillery shell had struck a monitoring post, causing deaths and injuries.

"That was all I knew until then," she recounted later.

What she didn't know at the time was that among those killed was her older brother, Mohammed Abu Farhana.

Jul 23 11:17

Gaza Reports: Two Palestinian Scientists Found Dead in Algeria

According to the reports, the Palestinian Embassy in Algeria told the family of one of the deceased that the two died of gas inhalation or due to a short circuit. Some Palestinian reports claim they were assassinated, however, there was no official confirmation.

Jul 23 11:12

Thousands of settlers storm Al-Aqsa

Over a thousand Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of armed security yesterday morning to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av.

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

Local sources told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the Muslim site through the Mughrabi Gate.

Sources added that many of the Israeli settlers performed Jewish religious rituals in the compound, while Israeli police removed several extremist Israeli settlers from the premises.

Jul 23 11:10

Israel challenges the world: I am an Apartheid state, what are you going to do about it?

Remember the date, 19 July 2018 is when Israel’s pretense of democracy, the Knesset passed the Nation State Bill, which could more aptly be called, the “Jewish State Apartheid Law” where Jews dominate the Israeli Palestinian Arabs who are lesser than them, even if they are citizens. I deliberately did not say Israeli Jews because the law gives all rights in historic Palestine to Jews, not only in Israel but across the world, including those Jews that do not identify with the state.

Jul 23 11:08

JVP: 40 Jewish Groups Worldwide Oppose Equating Anti-Semitism with Criticism of Israel

From South Africa to Sweden, New Zealand to Germany to Brazil, for the first time ever, over thirty Jewish organizations across the globe came together in a statement condemning attempts to stifle criticism of Israel.

The statement warns of a growing trend of legislative campaigns to target organizations that support Palestinian rights, particularly the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political parties,” the global letter states. “The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the other.”

Jul 23 11:07

Israeli activists stand in solidarity with Gaza protesters near the fence

Jul 23 10:31

Egypt warned Hamas: Israel will go to war ‘in two hours’ if you respond to raids

An unofficial ceasefire reached overnight Friday-Saturday between Israel and Hamas came after Egypt warned the Palestinian terror group that Israel would launch a war “in two hours” if Hamas responded to IDF retaliatory strikes in Gaza following the killing of an IDF soldier by Palestinian sniper fire, Israeli television reported Saturday.

Channel 10 news also reported that Egypt threatened to impose sanctions on Hamas if it does not end the launch of incendiary airborne devices toward Israeli territory.

In return for honoring these conditions, Hamas demanded Israel ease restrictions on the flow of goods into Gaza, the report said. Hamas also called for Egypt to keep open the Rafah border crossing and to press Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to pay the salaries of PA employees in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Odd there was no mention of Israel's shooting of unarmed protesters...

Jul 23 07:59

Video: Haley to UN: Israel acted 'with restraint' in deadly Gaza clashes

From Comments Section:
Israel bombs Syria, a sovereign nation without provocation. It robs Palestinians of their homes, farms, and lands in the West Bank . It sets up check points in the occupied territories and has a constant armed military presence that stop Palestinians at will. It rules over a apartheid society. It blockades Gaza constantly and has established a concentration camp there of 2 million people that lack decent food, employment, housing, sanitation, and medicine. The Israeli's turn away import and export goods coming in and out of Gaza as they see fit and since people in Gaza can't leave its also a true outdoor prison. All this and a state of the art military and it would seem that Israel is always using precision automatic weapons against rocks, sling shots, and Molotov Cocktails.
Note: Well said!

Jul 23 07:41

The Peace Deal That is All Israel

ared Kushner has been a regular visitor to Israel since his childhood. As a 16-year-old, he and thousands of other Jewish teenagers were led on a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Benjamin Netanyahu, himself, waving Israeli flags along the way. At the end, they flew to Israel as part of their "Zionist rebirth." The Kushners consider Netanyahu part of the family ... The United States has, for decades, posed as a neutral interlocutor in the so-called "peace process" ... claiming to broker a just peace for Palestinians even as it armed Israel and abetted its steady expansion into Palestinian lands ... Filled with hollow promise and little more, make no mistake about it Kushner speaks to Palestine not just as a delivery boy for Donald Trump, but as a rubber stamp for Netanyahu and his age old colonial project.

Jul 22 09:24

THREE AGAINST TWO MILLION …. AND YET THEY ARE WINNING

In a Washington Post article on Thursday 19 July, President Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East advisor Jared Kushner, US Zionist Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and special Mideast adviser Jason Greenblatt, another ardent Zionist, sought to overlook Israel’s real crimes against humanity inflicted repeatedly on some two million helpless Palestinians languishing under a Nazi-like siege imposed and maintained by Israel.

Jul 21 14:27

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

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

Jul 21 10:19

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

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

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

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

Jul 21 10:18

Hikers Assaulted by Israeli Settlers near Ramallah

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

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

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

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

Jul 21 09:59

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

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

Jul 21 09:58

US refused visa to Palestinian officials attending UN meeting

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

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

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

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

Jul 21 09:57

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

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

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

Jul 21 09:54

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

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

Jul 21 09:47

Just boycott settlements? Liberal Zionist agenda faces huge pressure now

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

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

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

Jul 21 09:23

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

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

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

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

Jul 21 09:19

Giving Voice To Those Whom Israel Relentlessly Demonizes

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

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

Jul 21 09:17

Israel launches major assault on Gaza

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

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

Jul 21 08:39

ISRAEL DECLARES ITSELF APARTHEID STATE

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

Jul 20 15:43

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

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

Jul 20 10:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 20 10:01

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

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

Jul 20 09:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 20 09:03

Why is Israel targeting Turkey’s presence in Jerusalem?

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

Jul 20 09:03

The US embassy move will embolden Israel to colonise Jerusalem

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

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

Jul 20 08:27

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

Jul 19 15:27

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

time to snatch the remaining Palestinian land?

Jul 19 11:00

Israeli army blows up three Palestinian wells in occupied Hebron

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

Jul 19 10:46

Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 19 10:45

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

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