Jan 10 13:21

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter

Jan 10 10:30

If you genuinely back the Palestinian cause, you must support the right of return

There are some Israeli movements and individuals who show support for the Palestinians, but hide the fact that they are Zionist. There are also international activists that genuinely believe in these groups and support them because they are not aware of their real intentions. These groups, such as Breaking the Silence and others, do not recognise a clear definition of the two-state solution, one that is based on several UN resolutions – starting with Resolution 194, adopted in 1948, which stipulates the Right of Return for the Palestinian refugees.

Jan 10 10:26

Israel issues BDS blacklist against 20 organizations– ‘badge of honor,’ Munayyer says

“Israel’s new McCarthyism is reaching a new low. By waging an all-out war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning international human rights organizations and advocates from entry, Israel’s desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring.

Jan 09 09:48

Finkelstein: Hamas Isn't The Threat That Israel Claims

In part 2 of our interview on his new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," Norman Finkelstein argues that Israeli propaganda -- sometimes with Hamas' help -- has wildly exaggerated Hamas' arsenal and the effectiveness of the "Iron Dome" missile defense system

Jan 09 09:47

Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi

Jonathan Cook explains the background to Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who slapped an Israeli solder desecrating her home, and the furious reaction by Israelis, noting that “Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis”. >>

Jan 09 09:45

Quaker group honored by Yad Vashem for helping Jews during Holocaust is now banned from Israel

One of the special ironies of the weekend’s news that Israel is barring 20 international organizations from entry because they support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is the appearance on that list of the venerable American Friends Service Committee, or AFSC, which was founded 101 years ago as an antiwar organization.

AFSC earned distinction and a Nobel Prize for helping Jews and other refugees escape the Holocaust. Now it is on that list because it is helping Palestinians!

Jan 09 09:45

Israel says will resume power supply to Gaza on Monday

Israel said it will restore full electricity supply to the Hamas dominated Gaza Strip on Monday following a request last week by the Palestinians who said they will resume payments.

Jan 09 09:25

Israel follows apartheid South Africa with activist blacklist

Campaigners say they will not be bowed by Israel’s publication of a blacklist barring members of 20 human rights organizations from territory it controls.

Israel’s strategic affairs minister Gilad Erdan, who is in charge of efforts to thwart the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement announced the blacklist on Sunday.

It includes Palestine solidarity and BDS activist organizations across Europe, in South America, South Africa and the United States, as well as the Palestine-based BDS National Committee.

Jan 09 09:25

How Israel hopes to make Palestinian refugees disappear

Israel has confirmed that it aims to destroy UNRWA, the UN agency that provides basic health, education and other humanitarian services to more than five million Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

This comes days after the Trump administration suggested it planned to cut funding to the agency in retaliation for the Palestinian Authority’s objections to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jan 09 09:19


We boycott to support the right to resist! ….

Jan 08 08:30


Who speaks about the uncountable arrests by the Jewish occupiers or the air raids against Gaza? All that this Judaic State terror regime does, is allowed because it is all justified as “self-defence,” To every desperate rocket from the staved concentration camp of Gaza the “Jewish State” reacts with massive murderous bombing attacks.

As long as the “Jewish State” is focusing on war, from head to toe, we will be obliged to oppose to it!

Jan 08 08:29


JVP NYers and 100s of others showed up at Grand Central Station to support Ahed Tamimi, her mother Manal, and all children being held in military detention by Israel.

Jan 07 14:11

Nothing like a wacky fatwa to begin the New Year

Stuart Littlewood shows with examples how the worlds of Jewish and Christian Zionists, extortionists and the deranged meld into one murky sphere inhabited by sad and deluded individuals with no life, principle or morality. >>

Jan 07 10:40

Palestine: Over 100 Artists Sign Pledge in Support of Lorde’s Israel Decision

More than 100 actors, musicians, writers and directors have signed a pledge of support of New Zealand pop singer Lorde after she was criticized for cancelling a concert in Israel.
The pledge, which was published as an open letter in the Guardian on Friday, was signed by well-known artists including Mark Ruffalo, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Morello, John Cusack, Julie Christie, Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Angela Davis, Talib Kweli, and James Schamus, WAFA reported.

Lorde has been making headlines since canceling a show scheduled for June in Tel Aviv heeding calls by activists in the boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) movement.

The letter of support came in response to a full-page ad featured in the Washington Post that attacked Lorde for her decision. The ad was sponsored by the Word Values Network, an organization run by, Shmuley Boteach, a supporter of US President Donald Trump whose main donors include right-wing settlement funder, Sheldon Adelson.

Jan 07 10:37

Israel Step Closer To Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City

According to the bill, two thirds of the Knesset majority is required for Israel to relinquish sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem. International law insists that Israel has no sovereignty over East Jerusalem, illegally occupied and annexed in 1967 and 1980 respectively.

An equally disturbing stipulation in the bill is that it removes two Palestinian neighborhoods from the municipal jurisdiction of the city.

The two affected neighborhoods are Kufr Aqab and the Shufat refugee camp.

By doing so, the Israeli government would have achieved another milestone in its demographic war on Palestinians.

Jan 07 09:59

Palestinians attack ‘traitor’ Patriarch’s convoy for sale of lands to Israel

Palestinian Christians have attacked the convoy carrying the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem al-Quds as he was visiting the Israeli-occupied West Bank, blaming him for controversial land sales to Israeli investors.

The protesters blocked Patriarch Theophilos III's motorcade as he was being driven towards a church in Bethlehem on Saturday, chanting "traitor, traitor," The Jerusalem Post reported.

The religious leader is accused of allowing controversial sales of the church’s property to groups contributing to Israel’s illegally-built settlements in East al-Quds. Palestinians consider East al-Quds the capital of their future state.

The protesters smashed the windows of three cars in the convoy, but not the Patriarch's vehicle.

Jan 07 09:19

Israel declares itself to be a light unto the nations. It also violates 15 of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As every person living in Israel knows, assuming their eyes are open and their hearts are not blocked, Israel and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have a rocky relationship. In the beginning of 2010, Gideon Sa’ar’s Ministry of Education decided to stop teaching the Declaration at schools (Hebrew), since it informs tender children of their right to convert to another religion and even, heaven forbid, live somewhere other than Israel. However, this is just a minor problem; reading the text of the Declaration shows that the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories violates 15 of its articles. Given that there are only 30 of them, that’s quite impressive.

Jan 07 09:14


know it is still a taboo to call Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like state. However, an honest writer should always be guided by his or her moral conscience and never succumb to the tyranny of public opinion or prevailing media discourse. An honest writer, let alone an honest person, should therefore never flinch from calling the spade a spade. If this task proved too risky, then another job ought to be sought immediately.

Jan 07 09:14


Here are a few examples. In Germany, the BDS movement has Evelyn Hecht-Galinski at its service. She is the daughter of Heinz Galinski, a former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and chairman of the Jewish congregation of Berlin, who was one of the greatest and outspoken fighters against any form of anti-Semitism.

Jan 06 09:01

Gilad Atzmon on Israel, The Lobby, Yinon Plan & Trump (Turkish TV)

Jan 06 00:53

ISIS Declares War On Hamas Over Jerusalem Loss To Trump & Israel

(*It appears as though Trump is getting his War Through Deception groove on , with his tantrum throwing partner Netanyahu . In lieu of aid we Send ISIS and it's MADE IN THE USA Reliabilty to defend Israel's , the most victimized soldiers on the face of Earth , from the unspeakable horrors of bottle rockets , and face slaps from young Palestinian girls )

Jan 06 00:07

US Mediator Role in Palestine-Israel Row Likely to Fade Away

A senior representative from the governing Palestinian party, Fatah, said on Wednesday that his people are "fighting an open political battle with the US and will not accept, under any condition, the US as a partner in a peace process before it reverses its Jerusalem decision."


Jan 05 09:03

Israel imprisons Palestinians for YEARS without charges or trial

Jan 05 06:33

Palestinian Authority Asks Israel to Increase Power Supply to Gaza After Rocket Attacks

The Palestinian Authority government has asked Israel to increase the amount of electricity supplied to Gaza, according to the PA’s official WAFA news agency.

The Palestinian Authority government said in a statement the decision was made “to ease the hardships faced by Gaza residents

The request came on a day in which Gaza terrorists launched three separate mortar and rocket attacks on Jewish communities in southern Israel —>>>

in an article from Jewish Press)

Jan 05 04:02

Poll: Americans Oppose Cutting Aid to Countries That Condemn US Jerusalem Policy

Foreign countries unlikely to respond like US politicians to Israeli initiatives
The IRmep poll was fielded by Google surveys >>>

(*google's anti-Trump . they polled a 2016 Hillary Win , too .if that's what you want to hear .)

Jan 05 03:53

Ahed Tamimi and Her Family Aren't the Palestinian Saints You Want Them to Be

Ahed Tamimi and her family aren't fighting for peace, and they're not just fighting the occupation: They're fighting to destroy Israel, and their fight is seasoned with Jew-hatred

(*thankfully President Trump recognizes the threat to our freedom , posed by the slap from a 16 year old girl in Palestine To really understand Israel and the Middle East - subscribe to Haaretz )

Jan 05 03:25

Trump Will Cut Aid To Palestinians If They Spread Lies About The U.S.

President Donald Trump remains committed to brokering “the ultimate peace deal” between Israelis and Palestinians, but he won’t “tolerate falsehoods being spread about America” or fund those who spread them, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.
“The President is a master dealmaker and is as committed to trying to achieve the ultimate peace deal as ever, but he will not tolerate falsehoods being spread about America and our positions — and he certainly will not spend taxpayer dollars to subsidize those who spread them.”>>>

Jan 04 15:34

British anti-witch-hunt group expels half of its supporters!

"Just when you thought the British “left” had reached rock bottom, you wake up to learn that its political comedy act has no limits.

"We learned on 3 January that the “anti-witch-hunt” Labour Party group Labour Against the Witch-Hunt (LAW) has expelled half of its members over 'anti-Semitism'." >>

Jan 04 12:09

The slap that was heard around the world

Today, I think about Ahed Tamimi, the 16 year old Palestinian girl from Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, who was recently dragged from her bed and her family in the dead of night, handcuffed and thrown in jail in by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). She was charged by an Israeli military prosecutor with five counts of assaulting security forces and for throwing stones.

In fact, Ahed slapped the soldier who had hit her after she verbally protested his troop's midnight invasion of her family's front yard. Minutes before, an Israeli soldier had fired a rubber bullet into the head of her 15-year-old brother Mohammad, which left him in a coma. The IDF had also just lobbed tear gas canisters to break windows in the Tamimi family home.

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Jan 04 09:16


Ahed Tamimi: A symbol of Palestinian resistance

Jan 04 08:01

What happens if Trump does stop aid to Palestinians?

What would happen if Donald Trump carries out his threats to stop US aid to Palestinians?

If he means a cutoff of US funding to the Palestinian Authority, potentially bringing about its collapse, he would be robbing Israel of one of its key tools for maintaining its regime of occupation and apartheid over millions of Palestinians.

That is something many Palestinians might welcome.

But if he means cutting US funding for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, that could cause a humanitarian catastrophe.

It would inflict suffering on millions of people who have been forced to depend on UNRWA’s provision of health and education services and emergency food and shelter because Israel denies them their rights.

Jan 04 08:00

Is Israel testing new types of tear gas in Bethlehem?

In a November speech, Pierre Krähenbühl, the top official with UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, said such research suggests that Aida’s residents “are exposed to more tear gas than any other population surveyed globally.”

Jan 04 07:57

Palestine in Pictures: December 2017

Twelve Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during the month of December as Israel cracked down on protests against Donald Trump’s proclamation that the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – a move roundly condemned in a vote by the United Nations General Assembly.

Jan 04 07:56

Is Israel deliberately killing Gaza protesters?

I had looked on as Mahmoud ran towards the fence separating the Khan Younis area of Gaza from Israel. Mahmoud was brave and defiant. He kept running despite that Israeli forces were firing tear gas canisters in his direction.

Mahmoud climbed the fence, waving a Palestinian flag. He was shot in the back by Israeli soldiers.

When Mahmoud fell down, the Israeli soldiers kept on firing. He lay on the ground, bleeding for around an hour before the shooting had stopped. By the time anyone could offer him assistance, Mahmoud had lost consciousness.

“We reached Mahmoud when he was taking his last breaths,” Musab Abu Shawish, a paramedic, told me. “We were not able to do anything for him, except give him some oxygen.”

Jan 03 14:50

What do you call somebody who supports Israel?

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of what it really means to be a “Friend of Israel”, and asks: Why is supporting a racist regime like Israel not only tolerated but actively encouraged in the West's corridors of power and often rewarded with high office? >>

Jan 03 08:02

'Jerusalem Is Not For Sale'

'Jerusalem Is Not For Sale': Palestine Fires Back at Trump After Aid Threat

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off aid payments to Palestine if the country does not return to the negotiating table with Israel.

Palestinian officials said Wednesday that Jerusalem was “not for sale” after Donald Trump, notoriously active on his Twitter feed, made a statement warning he could end annual aid of more than $300 million to force the warring parties to resume negotiations.


Jan 02 12:19


Do not be afraid, as the right and the facts concerning Palestine are on our side, and Zionists fear nothing more than the truth.

Jan 02 12:09

Israeli jets strike Gaza after shelling with ‘Iran-supplied missiles’

Israel conducted airstrikes in Gaza for a second straight day after shells reportedly launched from the area landed in its territory. The IDF blamed Iran for the attack, claiming it supplied the unknown attackers with weapons.
The Israeli military said its warplanes targeted a Hamas position in southern Gaza late Saturday in response for the shelling carried out by the yet unidentified militants on Friday. While Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it’s “too early” to name those culpable in the attack, he promptly blamed Tehran for the incident. “Iran has supplied these missiles to numerous groups,” Lieberman told Israeli media, saying that an initial examination of the shells fired “confirms they are from Iran.”

Jan 02 12:03

Palestinians at home and in the diaspora: Let 2018 be the year of true unity

Palestinians are embarking on 2018 with harrowing statistics of deaths, injuries, home demolitions, land confiscation and more; but also with the pride and resilience of a new generation symbolized by Ahed and many of her peers. This new generation refuses to abide by the subservient culture espoused by the Palestinian leadership, which is growing irrelevant and marginal at all fronts.

Jan 02 11:43

Israel agrees to EU deal excluding settlements

Israel’s government has approved an agreement with the EU that includes a provision excluding funding for settlements, seemingly consenting to the EU’s boycott of settlements.

The agreement centers on Israel’s part in the EU’s ENI Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean (CBC Med) program, which provides funds for projects for non-EU countries in the Mediterranean area, such as Israel, Egypt and Jordan, Haaretz reports. The projects are largely focused on promoting development, education, technology and environmental sustainability.

Jan 02 11:37

Israel Seized 2,500 Acres of Palestinian Land, Destroyed 500 Buildings in 2017

Israel seized Palestinian lands with “military aims” and the “aim to construct Jewish settlement units” in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem, according to the report of the center, Anadolu Agency reported.

The report also recorded 900 incidents of violence and attacks of Israeli forces in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Israeli and Palestinian law institutions, activities of Jewish settlement in West Bank and East Jerusalem have increased by three times in 2017 compared with the previous year.

Peace Now movement also announced that Israeli government approved the construction of 1,982 houses in 2015, 2,629 houses 2016 and this figure increased to 6,500 in 2017.

Jan 02 11:37

Hamas Condemns Racist Comment by US Envoy to Tel Aviv

Hamas says a comment by US Ambassador to the Israeli entity on Palestinian reactions over the controversial American move to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as an Israeli capital is a “reflection of his racism”.

On Thursday, US Ambassador David Friedman in an interview with the Jerusalem Post described Palestinian reactions as “ugly, needlessly provocative, anti-Semitic”.

In a statement Saturday, Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: “Friedman’s description to the Palestinian reactions … reflects this ambassador’s racism, his ignorance of history as well as his disregard for Palestinian rights and international law”.

Jan 02 11:32

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

IN SEPTEMBER OF last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

Jan 02 11:32

Pop Star Lorde Slammed as ‘Bigot’ In Full-Page Washington Post Ad After Canceling Israel Concert

A full page advertisement calling pop singer Lorde a bigot appeared in the Washington Post this week on the heels of her cancellation of a concert in Israel, after the New Zealand native publicly caved to pressure from the anti-Israel movement known as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

Lorde had been scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv in June, but reversed course and canceled the performance late last month.

Jan 02 10:34

Israel indicts Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi

Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

The teenager was detained on December 19, four days after the video showing her confronting the soldiers outside her family's home in the village of Nabi Saleh went viral.

The incident occurred moments after Israeli forces had shot Ahed's 15-year-old cousin point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet.

The wounded minor experienced severe internal bleeding and was put in a medically-induced coma for 72 hours.

Jan 02 10:11

The United States: Destroyer of Nations

After the Donald Trump administration’s decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, the national aspirations of the Palestinian people to live in their own state have been severely dashed by Washington’s move. Ever since the formation of the United States, it has been American policy to destroy aspirant nations like the internationally-recognized State of Palestine.

Jan 02 10:11

Israeli Knesset Approves Bill Paving Way for Jewish-Only Al-Quds

Israeli regime's legislation body Knesset in a late-night debate approved a bill that enacts stiff new obstacles to any potential land-for-peace deal involving al-Quds (Jerusalem), while also easing the way to rid the city of several overwhelmingly Palestinian neighborhoods.

The bill passed with 64 votes in favor and 52 against at 3:00 am on Tuesday stipulates that a majority of 80 Knesset members of 120-member Knesset will be required to any transfer of territories from occupied al-Quds within the framework of any potential diplomatic agreement.

Jan 02 10:03

Spokesman of Palestinian Presidency: US and Israeli decisions on Jerusalem are a declaration of war

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, vote on the “unified” Jerusalem law are a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their political and religious identity.

Jan 02 10:02

Glenn Greenwald: Is Facebook Operating as an Arm of the Israeli State by Removing Palestinian Posts?

Facebook is being accused of censoring Palestinian activists who protest the Israeli occupation. This comes as Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked reportedly said in December that Tel Aviv had submitted 158 requests to Facebook over the previous four months asking it to remove content it deemed “incitement,” and said Facebook had granted 95 percent of the requests.

Jan 02 10:01

Israel extends detention without trial for female Palestinian legislator

Israeli authorities have extended the detention without trial of prominent Palestinian legislator and senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Khalida Jarrar, for another six months.

On December 24, the detention was extended by another six months “after security personnel found she still poses a substantial threat,” the Israeli army said on Tuesday.

Jan 02 09:46


In a full-page ad in the Washington Post, “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach has printed an all-out verbal assault on Lorde, the New Zealand singer who recently cancelled a show in Tel Aviv out of concern that she would be legitimating Israel’s occupation.

Jan 02 09:05

President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: the End of Hegemony?

Washington’s support for Israel’s perpetual and overt violation of international law and its bombing of humanitarian missions makes Israel a very costly ally.

The US suffered an overwhelming and humiliating defeat, one that kept Ambassador Haley dexterous fingers busy ‘taking notes’: 128 nations demanded that the Trump regime withdraw its declaration that Jerusalem was Israel’s undivided capital for Jews. Only 9 micro-nations (some mere postage stamps and a few death-squad banana-stans) voted with the Trump-Haley decision, 35 mendicant-states put their heads down and abstained while 21 timorous ambassadors chose to hide their shamelessness in the toilet stalls rather than show up for this important vote.

Jan 02 02:09

State of Palestine: Thousands Mark 53rd Anniversary of Palestinian Revolution

Thousands of people from across the Gaza Strip gathered in the center of Gaza City on Sunday, to mark the 53rd anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution and the nationalist political Fatah movement.

Jan 02 01:46

Day of Rage: Palestinians Clash with IDF in Anti-Trump Demo

Scores were injured as thousands of Palestinians clashed with the IDF, which used live ammo, tear gas and rubber bullets on demonstrators throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails in the latest Day of Rage anti-Trump protest |VIDEO|

Jan 01 09:26

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Trump has maintained or expanded the wars that he inherited from his predecessor.

As Jennifer Wilson and I pointed out in an appropriately titled column in August, “Donald Trump Is Dropping Bombs at Unprecedented Levels.” Within eight months of assuming office, Trump — with the announcement of six “precision aistrikes” in Libya — had bombed every country that former President Barack Obama had in eight years. One month after that, the United States surpassed the 26,172 bombs that had been dropped in 2016. Through the end of December 2017, Trump had authorized more airstrikes in Somalia in one year (33), than George W. Bush and Obama had since the United States first began intervening there in early 2007 (30).

Jan 01 06:12

Reflections on Palestine after experiencing it first hand

This is a very interesting video of a guy was curious about all the controversy regarding Israel and Palestine, and so he went to visit it for himself.

Dec 31 09:44


I know, as many others do, that Trump‘s folly won’t be innocuous or harmless. It is already radicalizing the wider Palestinian street and putting the advocates of peace on the defensive.

Dec 31 09:43

Do Not Be Afraid!

The aim pursued by the representatives of the Israel Lobby and its active supporters in politics and media is to refer to us as Anti-Semites. However, the problem is not about the legitimated rallies against Trump’s “Jerusalem Decision” and the burning Star of David symbols. Schuster, the President of the Central Council of German Jews asking Europe and Germany to recognise Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the “Jewish State.” The impudence of this representative of the Jewish community in Germany calling with shameful openness for the violation of international law, takes your breath away!

Dec 31 05:10

The Trump Peace Plan In Palestine: Tear Gas Flies as Israeli Forces Clash with Hebron Protesters

Several Palestinians were injured as Israeli security forces clashed with protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron amid ongoing protests over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

(*Still going on in Palestine . Here , it had a life span of about two and a half weeks , and now we're celebrating the uncanny timing of the epiphany of establishment politicians , the corporate media and celebrities as they soften their critical view of the man who's bringing this level of peace to the Palestinians)

Dec 30 11:16

Facebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli Government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constitute “incitement.” The meetings – called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, its pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked – came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

Dec 29 16:04

Jerusalem belongs to us all!

Stuart Littlewood explains why Jerusalem does not belong to, and must not be allowed to be usurped by, the Israelis, and argues that it is past time for Palestinians to reframe the argument so that the justice of their cause is understood globally.>>

Dec 29 09:09

The Trump Peace Plan: Palestinian Teenager Who Slapped Israeli Soldier to Face Charges

A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped an Israeli officer two weeks ago will face assault charges in an Israeli military court, prosecutors said on Thursday.


(*"Ka-ching!" That's the sound of The US Economy improving on this announcement)

Dec 29 07:54

Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

There has been a curious lack of support for Ahed from Western feminist groups, human rights advocates and state officials who otherwise present themselves as the purveyors of human rights and champions of girls' empowerment.

Dec 29 07:16

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli tanks and aircraft hit the Gaza Strip Friday after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave targeted a southern community, the army and Palestinian sources said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the exchange of fire, the first in more than 10 days.

Palestinian fighters fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system, the army said.

Police said the third rocket hit a structure in a community near Gaza, causing damage but no casualties.

Dec 29 07:14

Twitter account of imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi deleted

Without explanation, the Twitter account belonging to imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi was deleted. Tamimi was arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli military.

Dec 29 07:13

Israel extends custody of Palestinian girl, 16, and her mother after she was caught on video slapping two soldiers

An Israeli military court extended the custody of a Palestinian teenager and her mother on Thursday after a video showing her slap two soldiers went viral and sparked heated debate.

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was ordered held until Monday along with her mother Nariman, 43, a military spokeswoman said.

Her cousin Nour, 21, is to be released on Sunday if no new evidence is presented by then, according to the spokeswoman.

A few dozen Palestinians protested against their detention near the gate of the military prison in the occupied West Bank where the court is located, with Israeli forces dispersing them with sound grenades and tear gas.

Dec 28 14:46

The Iranian legislators approved a bill which Requires Gov't to Recognize Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital Forever

The Iranian legislators approved a bill which requires the government to support Jerusalem al-Quds as the permanent capital city of Palestine.

bill was approved within the framework of a double-urgency plan on Wednesday with 207 yes votes and no opposition or abstentions.

The parliamentarians had voted to the double-urgency plan on Sunday.

Iran has long been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause and called on Muslims across the world to unite against the occupying regime of Israel which it does not recognize.

US President Donald Trump sparked global anger on December 6, when he declared that Washington would recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the “capital” of Israel>>>

Dec 28 14:00

The Trump Peace Plan: Israeli Court Sentences 68-Year-Old Bedouin Citizen to 10 Months in Prison – for Trespassing His Own Land

The Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the southern Negev has been demolished for well over 100 times. Its ethnic cleansing follows a similar pattern and logic to that of other Bedouin villages such as Umm Al Hiran, which saw violent ethnic cleansing operations this year, also involving extrajudicial execution of an Israeli Bedouin citizen.

Now the state reaches new heights of Kafkaesque madness: Sheikh Saih Abu Madiam, 68, is sentenced to 10 months in prison, 5 additional months of conditional imprisonment, as well as a fine of 36,000 Shekels (over $10,000), as Haaretz reported (Hebrew).

The offense: Abu Madiam has supposedly trespassed state land – which he claims is his own.

Al Araqib is one of the nearly 40 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Negev. They are unrecognized, because the state expropriated the lands, and refused to recognize the dwelling places of people who have been there long before the state was established>>>

Dec 28 09:23


Dec 28 09:22


Scores of New Yorkers gathered together in a demonstration to show support for Ahed Tamimi and all other Palestinian political prisoners held illegally by the occupation.

Dec 28 09:21

Two boys lose eyes to Israeli fire

With Israel’s crackdown on protests over Jerusalem has come a spike in violations of Palestinian children’s rights.

Since 6 December, when President Donald Trump announced that the US recognized the city as Israel’s capital and pledged to move the country’s embassy there, Palestinian children have been among the hundreds injured and arrested by Israeli forces.

Several children have suffered potentially irreversible head injuries, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine.

Two have lost eyes.

Dec 28 08:10

9th Anniversary of Gaza War

(*Has it been nine years already ?
I'll Take My Tax Break Retroactively , Thankyou ! )

Dec 28 08:02

The Trump Peace Plan: 7,000 Palestinians Face Torture in Israeli Prisons

There are currently 7,000 Palestinian prisoners, including 400 children, at risk of being tortured in Israeli detention centers, according to a senior Palestinian official.


(*Trump has NOT said anything about cutting aid to Israel , but he is on record defending the use of torture as an important extreme interogation tool .)

Dec 28 07:12


Iran declared Jerusalem the "capital of Palestine" on Wednesday following a parliamentary vote, according to the country's semi-official Fars news agency.

Dec 28 06:23

The Trump Peace Plan: A Palestinian Teen Puts His Hand in His Pocket, Gets a Bullet in the Face

The Israeli army mistakenly thought it had thwarted a terror attack when it shot this 15-year-old in the head

(*article from Haaretz seems to relish the details , and graphically describes the shot . )

Dec 28 06:02

The Trump Peace Plan: Tear Gas in Palestine 'Constant and Unpredictable'

The Human Rights Centre of the University of California at Berkeley recently reported that Israel's security forces have carried out a "widespread", "frequent" and "indiscriminate" use of tear gas against Palestinian refugees in Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem.

The report - said to be the first to analyse the effects of tear gas in the West Bank - found that 100 percent of the more than 200 Palestinian residents surveyed in Aida camp were exposed to tear gas over the past year


Dec 27 09:41


Dec 27 09:38

Gilad Atzmon rebuts Elias Davidsson’s Hasbara rant

For the last several years I have repeatedly pointed out that when it comes to Palestine, the discourse of the oppressed is shaped by the sensitivities of the oppressor. No one demonstrates this thought process better than German Jewish activist Elias Davidsson. The tribal operator ended his slanderous article about me in the German New Left Rubikon magazine: “As a longtime anti-Zionist, I will not allow our fight for a just peace in Palestine to be disintegrated by psychopathic anti-Semites, nor will I regard people as comrades spreading the horrible theories of a Jewish world conspiracy. This theory has already resulted in millions of bodies.”

Dec 27 08:12

UN’s Rejection of Trump’s Jerusalem Move ‘Set Israel Back in Many Ways’

Speaking to Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear, Abunimah indicated that in order for a real resolution to be settled on the matter, more action needs to take place.

"Will it be followed by more than just words? Will this be a trigger to sanctions on some level?" Abunimah asked show hosts Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek. "It certainly sends a signal to the rest of the world, and to civil society, that Israel's position is illegitimate."

Dec 27 08:00

Israeli embassy in Greece vandalized with red paint

Extreme left activists storm the Israeli embassy in Athens and throw dozens of red paint bombs at the front of the building in protest of Israel's 'ethnic cleansing' of Palestinians.

Dec 27 07:59

Oren Hazan harasses families of Palestinian prisoners

An Israeli member of parliament has verbally harassed Palestinian families hailing from the Gaza Strip on their journey to visit their imprisoned relatives in an Israeli prison, calling their sons "dogs" and "terrorists".

Oren Hazan, a member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, boarded a bus carrying the families of prisoners on Monday about to enter Nafha prison in Israel's south.

Flanked by Israeli police and camera crews, Hazan, a right-wing politician, shouted at one of the mothers: "Your son is a dog. He is a dog. You come to visit the scum who are sitting here in prison, whom you see as your family members."

To another mother, he said in a video posted on his Facebook page: "I am not going anywhere. I am a Knesset [parliament] member."

Dec 27 03:08

Video: "Your son is a dog"

Right-wing Israeli minister harasses Palestinians visiting imprisoned relatives

(*Great stuff from President Trump's chief concern in The Middle East)

Dec 26 21:13

Israel Reportedly Steps Up Settlement Construction Activities in West Bank

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry earlier slammed the plan to expand Israeli settlements and called for international institutions to confront the move.

Israel has intensified the construction of settlements in the West Bank, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

According to the report, 15 new settlement housing units as well as new roads are planned to be built in the area, to the west, south and east of the Ahia settlement in the Palestinian village of Jalud. More agricultural lands are reportedly being bulldozed in the area to clear the construction site.

Dec 26 10:32

Israeli forces kill protesters, assault journalists and medics

Two Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Friday, bringing to six the number of unarmed protesters killed by Israeli forces during demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Gaza health ministry identified the slain men as Zakariya Zakarna, 24, and Muhammad Muheisen, 29.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society stated that nearly 700 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, 65 by live fire, more than 100 with rubber-coated bullets, and nearly 450 by gas.

Ten journalists were injured by Israeli forces while covering protests on Friday, the Journalists Support Committee stated:

Dec 26 10:21


Palestinian cartoonist, Mohammad Saba’aneh, created these cartoons this morning with a message of Merry Christmas and “Here now it is so sad, no one celebrate”.

Dec 26 10:18

Former Mossad chief: Iran is not the greatest threat to Israel

In a rare public appearance, former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo declared that internal unrest and the failure to settle the conflict with the Palestinians threaten Israel with more serious repercussions than Iran poses.

Dec 26 10:03

Embassy Move ‘Disqualifies’ US as Peace Mediator Says Palestine

The United States cannot ethically act as a peace broker in the Middle East, due to its stated bias and violations of international law, said Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas.

Dec 26 10:02

Trump Administration Announces ‘Significant Reduction’ in United Nations Budget

Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. ?Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.

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$285 million sounds like a lot of money until you remember that the US gives the UN $8 billion every year, roughly 1/4 of the entire UN budget.

Dec 26 09:15

Archbishop of Canterbury Uses Christmas Address to Lash Out at Populists

The archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against “tyrannical and populist” world leaders in a Christmas message likely to be seen partly as a rebuke against US president Donald Trump.

Justin Welby was preaching at Canterbury cathedral at the same time as Pope Francis made oblique criticism of Trump in his traditional Christmas address in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

The pontiff made particular reference to the situation in the Middle East just two weeks after the US president inflamed tensions in the region by controversially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dec 26 09:10

Nikki Haley Announces $285 Million Reduction to U.N. Funding

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.), announced Sunday night that the federal government has reduced its contribution to the U.N.’s annual budget by 285 million dollars.

Dec 26 08:56

The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away

The New York Times ran a piece today on the very different ways that Israelis and Palestinians see the slapping incident involving 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and an Israeli soldier. It is titled, “Acts of Resistance and Restraint Defy Easy Definition in the West Bank,” and is by David Halbfinger.

The article does everything it can to reduce the power of the case, in which a brave 16-year-old girl whose cousin was just shot stands for the inhumanity of the occupation. No, the whole point of the article is to make Israel supporters who may have heard about the incident shake their heads over Dual Narratives, and then move along.

Here is the Times‘s model for the whitewash:

Dec 25 11:33

Pope Francis Calls For Two-State Solution During Christmas Address

"We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians..."

Dec 25 10:05

Poll: Fewer than half of Americans support Jerusalem recognition

A poll released Friday indicated that fewer than half of Americans support US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with an even smaller number supporting moving the US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv.

Dec 25 10:04


he ministerial committee on legislation voted Sunday to advance a bill that would permit the minister of interior to remove the permanent residency status of Palestinian terrorists living in Jerusalem or the Golan.

The bill, sponsored by Likud MK Amir Ohana, would apply to Jerusalem or Golan residents involved in terrorism or who have been involved in terrorist activity.

Dec 25 10:01

Trump's 'Gamble': Jerusalem Decision May Cause War - Iran's Parliament Speaker

The United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will provoke aggression and "war" between Palestinians and Israelis, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday.

"People do not want to stay silent, there will be a rebellion, a war. This is a gamble, it is high time for [US President Donald] Trump to understand what is happening," Larijani said on the sidelines of the conference devoted to the fight against terrorism.

Dec 25 09:25


At the Jacir Palace Hotel, near Rachel’s Tomb, occupancy was said to be at 35%, compared to a hundred percent last year. The hotel had to close for five days because of the clashes and reopened a week ago. A staffer said that soldiers sprayed the hotel with a stinking chemical spray that smells like sewage. An IDF spokeswoman said she was checking if soldiers had used such a spray in the clashes around the tomb.

Dec 25 09:21


Days after UN General Assembly defies Trump by voting on resolution declaring his Jerusalem decision ‘null and void’, Ambassador Nikki Haley releases statement delivering on threats that world body would feel financial pinch, announcing decision to cut 2018-2019 budget by $250M; ‘We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.’
Delivering on threats, Trump slashes funds for UN

Dec 25 08:38


“Jerusalem is our capital and nothing will change that. We will attend every event in Palestine despite Trump. Palestinian Muslims will participate with Christians in this event.” ...At the Jacir Palace Hotel, near Rachel’s Tomb, occupancy was said to be at 35%, compared to a hundred percent last year. The hotel had to close for five days because of the clashes and reopened a week ago. A staffer said that soldiers sprayed the hotel with a stinking chemical spray that smells like sewage. An IDF spokeswoman said she was checking if soldiers had used such a spray in the clashes around the tomb.