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Jan 13 10:42

Overnight airstrikes: Hamas blames Israel for Gaza escalation

Palestinian resistance group Hamas has held Israel responsible for the ongoing escalation in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

“The Israeli occupation bears the consequences of continuing commit its ‘follies’ against peaceful protesters and deliberately killing them in cold blood as well as bombing sites of resistance,” spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement reported by Anadolu Agency.

The spokesman asserted that the escalation “will not secure the occupation or its people.”

Israeli warplanes struck three targets, including a Hamas military site, in the Gaza Strip late Saturday.

The Israeli military said the attacks followed rocket fire from the Palestinian territory.

No injuries were reported.

Jan 13 10:41

Israeli police fire tear gas at Palestinian Christians protesting Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and their supporters gathered Friday in Haifa, in northern Israel, to protest an Israeli exhibit that featured Ronald McDonald taking the place of Jesus on the cross.

The so-called “McJesus” exhibit was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinon, and has been on display at a gallery in Haifa as part of a gallery exhibition called ‘Sacred Goods’.

It recently came to the attention of church authorities in Haifa, who called for the protest.

The Greek Patriarchate said “While we express freedom of expression, this should not include mocking and targeting our religion and religious figures”.

Jan 13 10:21

Israel Seeks Compensation Related to Stealing Historic Palestine

The Jewish state gives chutzpah new meaning. It seeks $250 billion from seven Arab states and Iran in connection to its theft of historic Palestine - one of history's great crimes.

It took 78% in 1948, the Palestinian Nakba, the remainder in June 1967, including the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, the UN-declared international city, illegally occupied by Israel, illegally declared its exclusive capital.

David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, set the tone during the Nakba for what followed, saying "(e)very attack has to end with occupation, destruction and expulsion" - forcefully eliminating resistance, assuring Israeli control over historic Palestine.

According to Israeli Hadashot TV news, Israel demands Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Syria Tunisia and Yemen correct what it calls a "historic injustice" - a colossal perversion of truth.

Jan 13 09:51

APARTHEID BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL APARTHEID

Israel opened a new road in the central occupied West Bank on Thursday with an eight-meter wall separating Palestinian and Israeli traffic, leading many to deem the route “Apartheid Road.”

Jan 12 15:05

L is for Labour – or Likud! Cash-strapped Islington Council used taxpayer money and Israeli sources to ban a pro-Palestinian musician

Eve Mykytyn highlights the seemingly arbitrary process by which Labour-run Islington Council decided to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a local concert based on information from Zionist and Israeli sources. >>

Jan 12 11:51

STUDY: U.S. NEWSPAPERS ARE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO CITE ISRAELI SOURCES IN HEADLINES THAN PALESTINIAN ONES

Headlines matter. As studies have repeatedly shown, when it comes to reaching the general public, the words at the top of the page might be as important, if not more, than the text of articles themselves — to the chagrin of many writers. In the case of the Israel-Palestine conflict, inappropriate, misleading, and biased headlines like those that appeared in the New York Times during 2014 Gaza War have been all too common.

This is the conclusion of a new study titled “50 Years of Occupation” published by 416Labs, a research and data analytics firm based in Canada. The firm analyzed nearly 100,000 news headlines about the conflict in the American press over the past five decades and found that the Israeli point of view was featured much more prominently than the Palestinian one, and that references to Palestinians’ experiences of being “refugees” or living under “occupation” have steadily declined.

Jan 12 09:50

Gaza patients neglected in Egypt

For Saied Abu Asker, 2018 will be remembered as the year he was shot with two explosive bullets.

He is among numerous Palestinians to have been injured while taking part in the Great March of Return. The protests – held on a regular basis since late March – have been called to demand that the rights of Palestine’s refugees be upheld.

Abu Asker has paid a heavy price for demanding his basic rights. The Israeli snipers who fired at him caused serious damage to the pelvis area of his body while protesting east of Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza on 1 June.

Jan 12 09:49

Israeli sniper kills Gaza woman in first fatality of 2019

A woman shot during protests in the occupied Gaza Strip on Friday is the first Palestinian fatality at the hands of Israeli occupation forces in 2019. A Palestinian man was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces in the West Bank the same day.

Amal al-Taramsi, 44, died after she was shot in the head by live fire during Great March of Return protests east of Gaza City. She was 200 meters away from the boundary fence at the time of her injury, according to the Gaza-based human rights group Al Mezan.

Al-Taramsi is the third female to be killed during the protest series that was launched on 30 March last year. The other two female fatalities were medic Razan al-Najjar and 14-year-old Wesal al-Sheikh Khalil.

Jan 12 09:35

Israel’s new ‘Apartheid Road’ separates Palestinian and Israeli drivers with 8-meter wall

Israel opened a new road in the central occupied West Bank on Thursday with an eight-meter wall separating Palestinian and Israeli traffic, leading many to deem the route “Apartheid Road.”

The road connects the illegal Geva Binyamin Settlement, southeast of Ramallah, to Route 1, a major highway that runs through the West Bank and into Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

The new 5-kilometer Route 4370, also known as the “Easter Ring Route” is a four lane route: two lanes for Israeli settlers travelling from the West Bank into Jerusalem, and two lanes circumventing around the borders of Jerusalem for Palestinians with West Bank IDs.

Jan 12 09:34

UN office: Israeli settler hate crimes against Palestinians rose 69% in 2018

Police opened an investigation Tuesday into an apparent hate crime targeting a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank. Residents of Tuwani, in the south Hebron Hills just west of the Israeli outpost of Havat Maon, woke up Tuesday to find 15 olive trees chopped down. Nearby, two boulders were spray-painted with the Hebrew phrases “Death to Arabs” and “Revenge.” Another boulder was graffiti’d with a red Star of David … Last week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released statistics ahead of the new year that showed a 69 percent increase in settler attacks on Palestinians in 2018 compared to 2017.

Jan 12 09:32

Israel coerces PA to accept ‘Deal of the Century’

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said yesterday that Israel’s storming of Ramallah is an attempt to coerce it into accepting the “Deal of the Century”.

PA spokesman Yousef Al-Mahmoud said that “no power on the face of the earth can push the Palestinian people and their leadership to kneel down,” Safa news agency reported. Al-Mahmoud added: “The repeated invasions of Palestinian cities are attempts to undermine Palestinian sovereignty,” pointing to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings that it could “ignite wars”.

Al-Mahmoud continued: “Our people, with our leadership, announced a continuous confrontation with anything aiming to undermine our cause and against all the conspiracies aiming to undermine our efforts to achieve our freedom, independence and dream of a sovereign Palestinian state.”

Jan 12 09:31

Israeli censorship increasingly engenders a self-defeating backlash

It might not look like it, but in many ways Israel is in a bind.

Of course, Israel is a fundamentally oppressive, racist, apartheid state which is increasingly in bed with some of the world’s worst regimes – including Saudi Arabia’s brutal absolutist monarchy, and the anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi-arming government in Ukraine

Yet in terms of Israel’s propaganda, in the long term it is really only sticking its finger in the dam, delaying the inevitable deluge.

Israel’s image among the general population is in terminal decline, and there is no going back. Behind closed doors, professional propagandists for Israel admit as much. In 2017, the Electronic Intifada obtained a leaked report co-authored by Israeli think tank the Reut Institute and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which desperately tried to suggest solutions to the problem.

Jan 12 09:23

Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli army during Gaza protests

Another 25 injured, including a journalist and paramedic, amid ongoing Friday demonstrations in the besieged strip

Jan 11 09:31

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03– 09 January 2019)

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 41th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. Moreover, the Israeli forces use force against civilians who participate in demonstrations during the Israeli incursions in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces wounded 56 civilians, including 10 children, 3 women, 5 journalists and 6 paramedics. The injury of 1 of those wounded was reported serious. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 10 civilians, including 4 children, a woman, a journalist, and a paramedic.

As part of using excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 56 civilians, including 10 children, 3 women, 5 journalists, and 6 paramedics. The injury of 1 of those wounded was reported serious.

Jan 11 09:16

New Jerusalem ‘Apartheid Road’ Opens, Separating Palestinians and Jewish Settlers

After a delay of years, Route 4370 in the Jerusalem area has opened. This road connects the settlement of Geva Binyamin to Route 1, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, between French Hill and the Naomi Shemer Tunnel, which leads to Mount Scopus. The highway, which has been called the “Apartheid Road,” is divided in the middle by an eight-meter high wall. Its western side serves Palestinians, who cannot enter Jerusalem, whereas the road’s eastern side serves settlers, who can now reach French Hill and Mount Scopus more easily from Anatot, Geva Binyamin and Route 60, north of the city.

The West Bank has many segregated roads, but none of them is divided along its entire length by a wall.

Jan 11 09:15

Muslim group sues to block 'No Boycott of Israel' measure

Maryland's ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations' federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed in October 2017.

The order requires contractors to certify in writing that they don't boycott Israel. The group's suit claims the order has an unconstitutional chilling effect on First Amendment-protected political advocacy supporting the Palestinians.

Jan 10 09:35

Report: 101 Israel violations against Palestinian holy sites

The Palestinian Ministry of Endowment documented 101 Israeli violations against Palestinian holy sites in the occupied Palestinian territories during December 2018, Quds Press reported yesterday.

In a statement, the ministry said that the Israeli occupation carried out more than 30 incursions in Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented the call to prayer 51 times at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

Other violations were committed, it added, included digging under the holy sites in Silwan, in Jerusalem’s Old City, incursions, provocative marches in Jerusalem’s Old City, arrests and deportation orders against Al-Aqsa’s guards and the immergence of racist graffiti.

Jan 10 09:24

Human rights defenders urge Israel to stop spraying dangerous herbicides over Gaza

On Monday, human rights groups Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza, Gisha – Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement, and Adalah, wrote to senior officials “with an urgent demand to refrain from conducting further aerial spraying of herbicides inside and near the Gaza Strip, due to the severe damage to crops and the risk to the health of Gaza residents caused by the spraying.”

On 4 December, the Israeli military “sprayed herbicides from the air over areas inside the Gaza Strip and near the fence separating it from Israel”. A variety of crops grown in fields near the fence inside the Gaza Strip were “damaged as a result”.

In December 2015, the military “confirmed it uses planes to spray herbicides near the fence in order to clear terrain”, with farmers reporting spraying since 2014.

Jan 10 09:24

There is no end to Israel’s lies to justify its atrocities

The government of Israel and its lobbyists around the world have mastered the infamous art of the “Big Lie”. Although they have claimed to be the victims of such tactics used by Nazi Germany before and during World War Two, pro-Israel activists — Jews and non-Jews alike — have taken the concept to even greater heights of mendacity.

Israel has always recognised that public perceptions and what people can be made to believe are more powerful and more important than reality. Hence, it has engaged in an ongoing campaign of spreading lies to create false perceptions which whitewash the state’s atrocities and portray it as the perpetual victim.

The proto-Zionists did this during the 1930s and 1940s when they engaged in creating an artificial presence in Palestine, and their ideological offspring have been doing it ever since. Using high powered public relations and communications strategies, they distort the truth and concoct believable lies.

Jan 09 11:51

Mick Napier: Nation State Law Explicitly Shows the Nature of Apartheid Regime in Tel Aviv

Mick Napier, in an exclusive interview with FNA, said that by implementation of the nation state law “Israel has shot itself in the foot by labeling itself internationally as an apartheid state while gaining no particular advantage for its program of ethnic cleansing.”

According to the activist, the Great March of Return protests and Israel's brutal reaction have further diminished the “minimal support for Israel in world public opinion and have also made it more difficult for Israel supporters to defend and support Israel actions thus opening wider possibilities to build the BDS campaign.”

Jan 09 11:39

Mahmoud Abbas tightens Israel’s siege of Gaza

It didn’t take long for the vise on Gaza’s long-suffering population to be tightened in the new year.

The Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank, withdrew its personnel from the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt overnight Sunday.

The move amounts to the effective closure of the sole point of exit and entry for the vast majority of Gaza’s more than two million residents.

Hamas authorities have resumed control over the Gaza side of the crossing, after having handed it over to the Palestinian Authority last November, but it is unclear whether Egypt will reopen Rafah.

Jan 09 11:23

Israel Seeks $250 Billion Compensation Related to Stealing Historic Palestine

The Jewish state gives chutzpah new meaning. It seeks $250 billion from seven Arab states and Iran in connection to its theft of historic Palestine – one of history’s great crimes.

It took 78% in 1948, the Palestinian Nakba, the remainder in June 1967, including the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, the UN-declared international city, illegally occupied by Israel, illegally declared its exclusive capital.

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, set the tone during the Nakba for what followed, saying “(e)very attack has to end with occupation, destruction and expulsion” – forcefully eliminating resistance, assuring Israeli control over historic Palestine.

According to Israeli Hadashot TV news, Israel demands Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Syria Tunisia and Yemen correct what it calls a “historic injustice” – a colossal perversion of truth.

Jan 09 10:54

Hamas arrests 45 Israeli ‘spies & collaborators’ in Gaza linked to botched IDF raid

Dozens of Palestinians, said to have been recruited by Israel, have been arrested by Gaza’s Hamas leadership after a botched IDF covert mission in the territory in November, which led to heavy gunfire battles and a tense standoff.
“The security services were able to arrest 45 agents after the security incident east of Khan Yunis last November and they are under investigation,” Hamas’ interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said in a statement, without specifying if those detained had any direct role to play in the Israeli incursion into the Southern Gaza strip on November 11.

The arrested alleged Israeli agents had reportedly been recruited by Israel over the phone and social media, often through the use of blackmail. While Hamas has managed to arrest "many spies" over the years, the Israelis continue to recruit Palestinian agents to “help them commit crimes against our people,” the Hamas spokesman said, appealing to those who are being coerced by the IDF to turn themselves in.

Jan 09 10:46

BLACKS ARE THE NEW TARGET OF THE ZIOLOBBY

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has canceled its annual gala at which iconic Black scholar and activist Angela Davis was to receive a prestigious human rights award.

Randall Woodfin, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, expressed his “dismay” at the decision, which he said came “after protests from our local Jewish community and some of its allies.”

“The reactive decision of the BCRI did not create an opportunity for necessary consensus dialogue,” Woodfin added.

Davis is the latest prominent Black intellectual and outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights to be targeted by the Israel lobby.

Roy S. Johnson, a columnist for several Alabama newspapers, revealed Monday that those demanding the cancellation were “primarily – though not exclusively – from the city’s Jewish leadership, according to a source familiar with a decision that transpired quickly, and stunningly, in a span of just a few days.”

Jan 09 10:23

As USAID shutters operations in Palestine, local organizations will suffer the most

In late December, dozens of humanitarian organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and local municipalities across the West Bank and Gaza were faced with a harsh reality: they would only have a few weeks, one month maximum, to come up with thousands of dollars if they wanted to keep running their respective programs.

They had just learned that the grants they had been promised for 2019 from USAID, one of the largest and most important humanitarian agencies in the region, would not be coming.

“We were shocked, all of a sudden with no prior warning, we were told the money was gone,” Waleed Khatib, an official with the Beit Jala municipality told Mondoweiss, speaking on a USAID-funded project the municipality had been anxiously waiting on.

Jan 09 10:22

Democrats block vote on S.1 (bill for Israel) to protest inaction on government shutdown

Republicans failed to advance a bill for Israel to a vote when most Democrats voted against the move to protest what they complained was Republicans’ inaction on bills to fund the government. The vote was 56-44 against “cloture,” moving a bill to a quick vote, which requires a three-fifths vote in favor of it.

The bill, S.1, would give Israel billions of dollars, work to undermine BDS, and take additional pro-Israel measures.

View a video of the Senate session and read the transcript here.

Jan 09 10:21

Oppose Senate bill S.1 – would give Israel $38 billion, combat BDS, & more

The latest news is that Democrats may try to prevent today’s action on the bill (over concerns over the government shutdown), so phoning & emailing could help block the bill!

This composite bill, the first Senate bill of 2019, would give Israel billions of dollars and would work, in its own words, to “combat BDS.” The fraudulent title is “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.”

For more information on the bill and its four components see my recent article on S.1.

The first component of the bill gives Israel the largest military aid package in U.S. history – see our previous report on the $38 billion to Israel package, and how it goes far beyond the Obama MOU.

Go here for more information on how the bill’s “combatting BDS” component violates the First Amendment right to free speech.

The bill is scheduled to be taken up at 3 EST, at which time the proceedings can be viewed here.

Jan 09 10:20

Arab Americans, Civil Liberties Groups Challenging Anti-BDS Bill in US Congress

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and American civil liberties organizations are leading a campaign to block a bill in the US Congress aimed at fighting boycott of Israel led by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, Cory Gardner, and Mitch McConnell proposed the Senate’s first 2019 bill, S.B.1, “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.”

According to ADC, S.B.1 shields Israel for its ongoing human rights violations against the Palestinian people and calls to punish those that engage in boycotting Israel for violating international law and human rights.

S.B.1 adopts the unconstitutional language from Senator Rubio’s Combating BDS Act, said ADC. Specifically, it calls for the denial of government contracts to those that boycott Israel to protect Palestinian human rights.

Jan 09 10:19

Jewish Moroccan scholar: ‘Israel uses Holocaust as a justification of occupation’

The Moroccan Jewish scholar, Jacob Cohen, who is known for his anti-Zionist ideas, stated that “Israel is still employing the cause of the Holocaust to justify the occupation and gain the sympathy of global public opinion.”

Cohen’s statement came during a seminar entitled: “The Holocaust and the Zionist Agenda,” which was organised by the non-governmental National Working Group for Palestine in Rabat.

Cohen, who is a human rights activist and an author, added: “Israel has been trying to invest in this cause since the 1970s in order redeem its public image and distract the world from the violations committed against the Palestinian people.”

“Israelis are always trying to raise this issue to suggest that Israel is threatened,” he noted.

Cohen continued: “At the domestic level, all the Israeli governments are trying to root the Holocaust issue in the consciousness of the Israeli citizens to continue spreading fear and violence and create a state of permanent aptness for war.”

Jan 09 10:19

Pro-Israel lobby groups attack UK funding for UNRWA, PA

Pro-Israel lobby groups in Westminster have begun 2019 with fresh attacks on UK government funding for both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestine refugee agency UNRWA.

MP Louise Ellman, vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), introduced her International Development Assistance (Values Promoted in Palestinian National Authority Schools) Bill to the Commons yesterday.

Ellman attacked British funding for PA schools, which she accused of promoting “incitement”.

“Ministers have been repeatedly asked to suspend all aid to the PA which directly or indirectly finances those teaching and implementing this curriculum until fundamental changes are made,” Ellman stated. “They have refused to do so. It is now time to require them to act.”

Jan 09 09:40

Australian Jewish Association urges boycott of Palestine football team

The Australian Jewish Association (AJA) has urged the Australian national football team to boycott their Asian Cup group match against Palestine scheduled for this Friday.

According to reports, the AJA believes “Palestine is not a country recognised by the international community and that soccer has been ‘blatantly politicised’ by the Asian Football Confederation admitting the Arab state as a member.”

On Friday, “Australia will take on Palestine in a crucial Group B clash in Dubai, needing to bounce back from their opening game loss to Jordan.” Palestine, meanwhile, picked up their first point in a major tournament on Sunday, “when they held Syria to a 0-0 draw in Sharjah”.

Palestine was admitted to FIFA in 1998 and qualified for their first Asian Cup in 2015 in Australia.

Jan 09 09:39

Turkish doctors carry out surgeries on Gaza wounded

A delegation of Turkish doctors has arrived in Gaza to carry out operations on Palestinians injured during the “Great March of Return”, Felesteen.ps reported today.

The delegation, from Doctors Worldwide Turkey, an independent charity, arrived in Gaza on Monday, programmes coordinator Ahmed Tsefek said.

According to Tsefek, the delegation will remain in Gaza for four days and carry out operations at Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in the besieged Strip.

Tsefek said his organisation is currently thinking of opening an office in the occupied West Bank in order to offer its services to the Palestinian refugees in the refugee camps there.

Jan 09 09:39

Something really bad is being prepared for the Palestinians in Gaza

A senior member of the Hamas Political Bureau said on Monday that “the worst is still to come” as far as the Gaza Strip is concerned. Mousa Abu Marzook’s remarks followed the announcement by the Palestinian Authority that it will withdraw its security officers from the Rafah Border Crossing, the only route between Gaza and the outside world through Egypt. He tweeted similar sentiments after the PA Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh pledged that more punitive measures to tighten the siege on the Palestinians in the coastal enclave are on the way.

Jan 09 08:55

Top Israel supporter launches bigoted attacks on Rashida Tlaib

Top Israel lobby figure Adam Milstein is one of the leading purveyors of racial hatred and Islamophobia targeting Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan Democrat who has just been sworn in as a member of Congress.

Milstein is chair of the Israeli-American Council and has been named as a principal funder of the anti-Palestinian intimidation site Canary Mission.

He has lately been joined by President Donald Trump who claimed Tlaib “dishonored her family” when she used an expletive calling for his impeachment. Since then the abuse directed at her has spiked.

Tlaib is the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress and, along with Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to the body.

During her campaign, Tlaib accepted support from J Street, a liberal Israel lobby group that opposes the Palestinian right of return and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

Jan 09 08:18

Report: Jewish Federations Loaded with Cash

Most Americans probably don’t give it much thought, but Jewish federations are tax exempt, nonprofit organizations. That means that it’s legal to donate money to them and then write it off on your taxes. In a lot of cases, money donated through these organizations end up supporting illegal Israeli settlements. Under US law, however, this is “legal.”

Think about what that means: you can donate money, legally, to support settlements deemed illegal under international law– settlements that have been built illegally on occupied land–and technically you haven’t violated any US laws. And not only that, you get to write it off on your taxes.

Jan 08 08:59

Angela Davis is latest Black target of Israel lobby

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has canceled its annual gala at which iconic Black scholar and activist Angela Davis was to receive a prestigious human rights award.

Randall Woodfin, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, expressed his “dismay” at the decision, which he said came “after protests from our local Jewish community and some of its allies.”

“The reactive decision of the BCRI did not create an opportunity for necessary consensus dialogue,” Woodfin added.

Davis is the latest prominent Black intellectual and outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights to be targeted by the Israel lobby.

Jan 08 08:17

Ten years after the first war on Gaza, Israel still plans endless brute force

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the first major military assault on the 2 million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip. After its unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Israel turned the area into the biggest open-door prison on Earth. The two hallmarks of Israel’s treatment of Gaza since then have been mendacity and the utmost brutality towards civilians.

Jan 07 10:30

A NYT Investigation Examining the Killing of Medic Rouzan al-Najjar Concludes: “Possibly a War Crime” by IDF

The Investigation by the NYT into the killing of 21-year-old paramedic Rouzan al-Najjar reveals: “. . . the shooting by (IDF-Sniper) appears to have been reckless at best, and possibly a war crime,.. for which no one has yet been punished.”

Jan 07 09:51

Israeli forces target paramedics at Gaza protest (days after ‘NYT’ publishes ‘war crime’ report on killing of a medic)

Gaza 4 Jan – Press Release — On Friday evening, 04 January 2019, Israeli forces wounded 46 Civilians, including 7 Children, 4 Journalists and 6 Paramedics, in an excessive use of force against the peaceful demonstrators in the eastern Gaza Strip though the demonstrations have scaled down for the tenth week consecutively and despite absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning of the Return and Breaking the Siege March 9 months ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These...are war crimes, and there is no other way to say this, than to call it what it is.

But the problem, for Israel's police and IDF, is saying every time they injure or kill a Palestinian, is that whenever they use "they made us do it" defense, it crumbles under the force of rational observation.

Jan 07 08:04

Husband of Palestinian woman killed in stoning seeks justice to stop next attack

The husband of a Palestinian woman who was killed in a roadside stoning last year said on Sunday that while nothing would bring her back, he hoped his wife’s killers will go to prison, since only justice would deter future attacks.

Yakoub Rabi, 52, made the comments after the Shin Bet security service said it had arrested several Jewish minors over the past week on suspicion of involvement in the killing of his wife, Aisha.

Jan 07 07:58

Israel suspends Qatar fund transfer to Gaza

Israel suspended a funds transfer from Qatar to Palestinian employees in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli TV Channel 20 reported today.

According to the Israeli TV, the government claims that freezing the payment came in response to the firing of rockets from Gaza towards Ashkelon.

Former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said: “It is shameful that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu had recognised that Israel cannot fund terror against itself.”

He added: “I hope that this decision is not related to the elections and that we will not see Netanyahu renew the flow of money to Hamas after April 9.”

Jan 07 07:57

Israel soldiers investigated over attempt to release settler suspects

According to reports, Border Police officers arrested right-wing settler activists on suspicion of throwing stones at Palestinians. However, after the arrests were made, “two soldiers attempted to release the activists before they could be taken in for questioning”.

During the incident, “a physical confrontation allegedly ensued between Border Police officers and the soldiers from Netzach Yehuda”, Arutz Sheva added. “The two were suspended from combat duties following the incident.”

Jan 06 08:11

UN Report: Israel Murdered 295 Palestinians, Injured 29,000 in 2018

The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented the killing of 295 Palestinians, by Israeli forces, as well as the injuring of 29,000 Palestinians in 2018.

Jan 06 07:51

Israeli forces target paramedics at Gaza protest (days after ‘NYT’ publishes ‘war crime’ report on killing of a medic)

On Friday evening, 04 January 2019, Israeli forces wounded 46 Civilians, including 7 Children, 4 Journalists and 6 Paramedics, in an excessive use of force against the peaceful demonstrators in the eastern Gaza Strip though the demonstrations have scaled down for the tenth week consecutively and despite absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning of the Return and Breaking the Siege March 9 months ago. According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, Though the demonstrators were around between tens and hundreds of meters away from the border fence, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them,

Jan 06 07:50

Pro-Israel group denies a Palestinian leader entry to public event at Copenhagen synagogue

Fathi El-Abed, who is head of the Danish-Palestinian Friendship Society, has attempted to register (as a private individual) to the event by mail, as is requested in the open and public Facebook event page. The response he got from the head of MIFF Dina Grossman was as follows:

After recommendation of security personnel I must unfortunately deny your participation.

But Fathi is an extremely peaceful man. He has opinions, indeed strong ones, but he is very diplomatic and polite. As he notes himself, he was working for the Foreign Ministry, where he was “security-screened from top to bottom”. This was obviously not really about security.

A veritable farce unfolded before our eyes, as also the major daily Berlingske got interested in the story, and published a piece yesterday, titled “Prominent debater denied entry to Israel seminar out of fear for synagogue’s security” (Danish).

Jan 06 07:47

Palestine slams Israeli call to destroy Jerusalem walls

Palestinians have long accused Israel of waging a campaign to “Judaise” East Jerusalem with the aim of effacing its historical Arab and Islamic identity and ultimately driving out its Palestinian inhabitants.

Jan 06 07:46

Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians tripled in 2018

Settler attacks against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank tripled in 2018, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday.

Israeli settlers carried out at least 482 attacks against Palestinians last year, up from only 140 in 2017, the daily said.

The settler attacks ranged from “beating up and throwing stones at Palestinians, painting nationalist and anti-Arab or anti-Muslim slogans, damaging homes and cars to cutting down trees belonging to Palestinian farmers”.

Jan 05 08:47

America’s New Year’s resolution: Kill off the Palestinian potential for statehood

To make a resolution for self-development and personal aims at the start of the New Year is a natural thing. Those resolutions, however, usually range from going to the gym to starting a long overdue diet plan. Rarely, if ever, do those resolutions consist of degrading an entire people of their future and dignity, but that is exactly what the United States set out to do long before 2019 even began.

Since the United States announced it was withdrawing funding and support for the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) in summer last year, the agency – the primary lifeline for the Palestinian diaspora exiled by the occupying force of Israel – has been undergoing a financial crisis unlike any other it has witnessed in its seven decades of service.

Jan 05 08:22

Home demolitions in West Bank on the rise; already 1 home destroyed in 2019

On Wednesday, January 2, 2018, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian-owned home in the Jerusalem district.

The house belonged to the Maghrabi family. It was built five years ago in al-Matar area of the Qalandia neighborhood on the Jerusalem side of the Israeli wall that surrounds the West Bank. Six members of the Shweiki family lived in the home, reports al-Jazeera. Following the demolition, residents’ belongings were left stacked outside next to the rubble of what used to be their home.

Jan 05 08:21

Israel Showcases Stolen Palestinian Antiquities

On Monday, December 31, 2018, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem unveiled an exhibit of antiquities seized by Israeli authorities from the occupied West Bank.

The exhibit “Finds Gone Astray” displays 20 antiquities seized by the Israeli Civil Administration from alleged “looters” and “unauthorized dealers in antiquities” in the West Bank. The exhibition claims that most of the artifacts originated from archaeological sites in the West Bank, while others were smuggled into the area from elsewhere in the Middle East, including Syria.

Jan 05 08:21

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 December 2018 – 02 January 2019)

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 40th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian with a disability, and wounded 25 civilians, including 5 children, a woman, a journalist, and 2 paramedics. The injury of 1 of those wounded was reported serious. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 3 civilians; one of them sustained serious wounds.

Jan 05 08:20

Israel tells Germany to stop funding Jewish museum

Israel is demanding that Germany stop funding the Jewish Museum Berlin, an institution that has educated millions of people about the Jewish culture that the Nazis tried to exterminate.

The museum is one of dozens of cultural and human rights organizations Israel wants defunded because they allow free discussion of Palestine or criticism of Israel’s human rights record

Israel wants the organizations muzzled as a condition of any future German funding.

In a letter to the German government, Israel also demanded that human rights organizations including B’Tselem, the Coalition of Women for Peace and Breaking the Silence receive no German funds.

Jan 05 08:19

The day I left Gaza and boarded a plane for the first time in my life

I finally flew from Gaza to Amman. Worldwide, many people can travel with few complications, but in Gaza it is a harsh ordeal requiring a chain of complex procedures and luck, which often fails.

To travel from Gaza, you need to provide Egyptian security forces with a strong justification so that they will allow you to pass. The desire to explore and see the world is not considered sufficient.

Rather, to enter normally, the traveller must be ill and require urgent treatment in Egypt; be enrolled in an Egyptian university; or be over 40; or have a visa to a third country, allowing direct passage to the airport only.

Such justifications increase the chances of successful travel but do not guarantee it, as the decision ultimately comes down to the security officer on duty. Many are forced to return to Gaza for no logical reason.

Jan 05 08:18

A 35-year prison term at 17: Palestinian children and Israeli justice

The Rimawi family is convinced that the court has been delaying Omar’s sentence for one simple reason: as he grows older, the court can justify handing him a longer prison sentence, a tactic which human rights advocates say is common practice for the Israeli justice system.

Jan 04 08:28

In 2018, Israel’s mask finally came off

Having cemented its apartheid nature into law, Israel is creating legislative cover for the act of formally annexing the occupied territories beyond the recognised boundaries of the state

Jan 04 08:18

Israeli forces open fire at school students in Nablus

Israeli soldier opened live fire and tear-gas bombs targeting Palestinian students who were leaving their school in the northern occupied West Bank village of Tell in Nablus, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles passing by the main Nablus-Qalqilya road near the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar.

Israeli forces reportedly opened live fire at students of the Tell High School, showering them with tear-gas bombs as they left their school.

Jan 04 08:17

Leaked report based on 20 years of monitoring: Israel regularly violates international law

An international group created 20 years ago to monitor the situation in the West Bank city of Hebron has issued a confidential report based on over 40,000 incident reports that shows a consistent pattern of the Israeli forces violating human rights and international law. See two reports below and videos of Hebron:

Jan 04 07:32

Slaughter of Gaza family reverberates 10 years later

On 3 January, 10 years ago, the ground invasion stage of Israel’s 2008-2009 assault on Gaza began.

As with much else during what is known as Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli army exploited its massive military advantage to the full. Palestinians in Gaza paid a devastating price.

More than 1,400 people were killed in Gaza during the attack. The vast majority, some 1,200, were civilians.

Among them, few suffered more than the Samouni family.

Twenty-three members of the extended family were killed in two separate incidents on 4 January and 5 January 2009. Twenty-one of those perished in a missile strike on a house they had been ordered into by Israeli soldiers on the ground. The UN subsequently deemed the slaughter of the Samounis to be war crimes, but Israel – which denies the accusation – has never been held accountable.

Jan 04 07:30

Israeli forces shoot and kill three Palestinians on the grounds that they intentionally ran over Israelis - in incidents that never occurred

‘Abassi was taken away in a military ambulance. After about an hour, the other three occupants of the car were also taken away in an Israeli ambulance that arrived. According to media reports, the autopsy results show that ‘Abassi was shot in the back from behind. The same evening, the military claimed that “a short while ago, a vehicle broke through the Focus Checkpoint… a force on the scene opened fire in response.” The next day, the military announced that the car had not, in fact, broken through the checkpoint.

Jan 03 10:26

Gaza : Looking Into The Eyes Of Barbarism

Short documentary, shows the human rights violations suffered by the people of the Gaza Strip.

- Warning -

Video depicts the reality and horror of life as endured by the people of Palestine.

Jan 03 10:23

312 Palestinians martyred by Israel in 2018: NGO

Israeli army forces martyred 312 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip last year, according to a Palestinian NGO on Wednesday.

A total of 53 children and three women were among those killed by the Israeli army in 2018, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Abdullah Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation said in a statement.

According to the NGO, 262 Palestinians were martyred in the Gaza Strip and 50 others in Israel-occupied West Bank.

“The number of Palestinian martyrs has increased by 200 percent in 2018, compared to a year earlier,” the Center said, adding that 31,000 Palestinians were injured in the Gaza Strip and 500 others in the West Bank by Israeli army fire.

Jan 03 10:23

Israeli forces raid Palestinian school in Bethlehem

Israeli forces raided a Palestinian school in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Wednesday, according to local residents.

Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets, teargas and stun grenades during the raid on the school in the town of Tuqu’ in eastern Bethlehem, the residents said.

Several Palestinian students suffered temporary asphyxiation from the Israeli teargas and were treated on the spot, they added.

It remains unclear why Israeli forces raided the school, but the Israeli military usually accuses Palestinian students of throwing stones on settlers' cars passing nearby.

Jan 03 10:21

Israeli military almost completes ‘sea barrier’ off Gaza

The Israeli military has nearly completed building a “sea barrier” off the Gaza Strip to further tighten an already crippling blockade against the Palestinian coastal enclave.

Israel’s Channel 10 carried the report on the 200-meter-long structure earlier this week, boasting it would “block any possibility” of entering the occupied territories by sea.

Made out of stone and concrete, the barrier features a visible fence and a subterranean wall as well as sensor systems.

The barricade has been set up between Israel’s coastline and the area of Israeli naval ships’ operations.

Jan 03 09:27

SHORT VIDEO — THE TRUTH ABOUT JEWS AND ARABS

This is a very difficult video to make.

As I reflect back on my 1,000 day journey, I wanted to share with you one moment that stands out. But this time, I wanted to show you what happened next.

Don’t let a few bad apples ruin it for everybody on both sides. When Israelis and Palestinians make peace, I am confident the entire world’s happiness levels will rise by 10%. It’s a global issue. It’s so important. I hope this video helps shed light on these relationships.

Jan 03 09:26

FIGHT OR PERISH!

In 2018, there were a record number of Palestinian deaths (killings!) And injuries. Some 295 Palestinians were murdered and more than 29,000 were injured by the “most moral” of all “defense soldiers”.

Jan 03 09:18

Israeli settlement activity surged in Trump era: Monitor group

With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.

The figures, gathered from official government sources by the anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now, show an increase in building in 2018 and a sharp spike in planning for future construction.

The trend, highlighted last week when an Israeli committee advanced plans for thousands more settlement homes on occupied lands, has only deepened Palestinian mistrust of the Trump administration as it says it is preparing to roll out a Middle East peace plan.

Jan 03 09:17

Israel vows to 'worsen' conditions for Palestinian prisoners

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has announced plans to "worsen" conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including rationing water supplies and reducing the number of family visits.

The planned moves, which are expected to come into force in the coming weeks after being approved by the Israeli cabinet, were sharply criticised by Palestinian leaders and activists who described as them as another escalation of human rights violations by Israel.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Erdan said the plan will also see jails removing cooking rights and limiting prisoners' access to television as well as blocking funds to the Palestinian Authority.

The minister said that family visits had already been halted for prisoners affiliated with the Palestinian movement Hamas.

Jan 03 09:09

Fired School Employee Sues Over Israel Loyalty Oath

In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Earlier this month, Amawi sued the school district that fired her.

The BDS movement against Israel has become a hot button issue in the closing month of 2018. A bipartisan group of senators tried to attach the Israel Anti-Boycott Act to the unanimous spending bill that Trump almost signed to avoid the current government shutdown. Meanwhile, Donorbox, a US software company, blocked the BDS fundraising account at the behest of a pro-Israel group.

“The language of the affirmation Amawi was told she must sign reads like Orwellian – or McCarthyite – self-parody, the classic political loyalty oath that every American should instinctively shudder upon reading,” Glenn Greenwald wrote at The Intercept.

Jan 03 08:37

Palestine in Pictures: December 2018

Israeli occupation forces killed 14 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in December.

It was the first month since the launch of the Great March of Return in March that more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank than the Gaza Strip.

Some 300 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers throughout the year. Fourteen Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, including two soldiers shot dead in the West Bank during December.

Jan 03 08:36

No one cares as Trump plan delayed again

As the year came to an end and another began,
And the snowflakes took flight all over the land,
Crazy tales were told to rapt children ‘round fires,
of a plan – a great plan – to bring peace to holy shires.

The Ultimate Deal™, the Deal of the Century,
call it what you will, this plan will give sanctuary,
to the weak and the weary and the rich and the poor,
to all except you, you’re Palestinian, you sucker!

This was not Nikki Haley’s Christmas message to the United Nations. Which is a shame: It would have been honest.

Jan 02 12:29

Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic

Fahed Zuhud was shot in the thigh by Israeli soldiers in February 2018 but because of superbug infections the wound hasn’t healed and he may still lose his leg.

Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank warn they are battling an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a growing problem in the world’s conflict zones and one that risks spilling over borders and diminishing the global medical arsenal against serious illness.

Jan 02 07:48

Video: Another Palestinian death the media ignored

Another Palestinian death the media ignored, this one a 9 year old boy. Please share this 1-minute video so Mohammad’s death won't be forgotten.
To see the Palestinians and Israelis killed since 2000, go to iakn.us/2i9VONR
Note: Palestinians, including numerous children, continue to be killed and maimed weekly, living in the largest open air concentration camp on earth, while a bill currently before Congress will give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next 10 years – the largest such aid package in U.S. history – and American news organizations don't tell Americans about it.

Jan 02 07:41

Video: Another Palestinian death the media ignored

Another Palestinian death the media ignored, this one a little girl. Please share this 1-minute video so Dalal Lulah's needless death won't be forgotten.
Note: Another example from the Jewish Nation of Israel who claim to be God's chosen people.

Jan 01 11:37

Who is being held to account for Palestinians’ food insecurity?

Palestinians’ food insecurity made brief headlines with the announcement that the World Food Programme (WFP) will be cutting food aid due to insufficient funds. An estimated 190,000 Palestinians from Gaza and the occupied West Bank will be affected; 27,000 through the suspension of food aid and 165,000 who will have their aid reduced by 20 per cent.

Jan 01 11:27

BDS victory: HSBC divests from Elbit Systems

On the 10th anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza which killed over 1000 Palestinians in 3 weeks, the movement to ‘Stop Arming Israel’ is stronger than ever before.

We have great news to share with you as we end 2018: HSBC have announced they have divested in full from Elbit Systems, which is Israel’s largest private arms security firm, who market their weapons as “battle-tested” due to them being tested on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Jan 01 11:23

US and Israel to leave Unesco over listing of Palestinian sites

The United States and Israel are set to leave Unesco, the United Nations cultural agency, late on Monday over the body’s decision to recognise several contested landmarks as belonging to the State of Palestine.

The withdrawal, which takes effect at midnight, comes one year after US President Donald Trump removed Washington as a member of the body, a move closely followed by Israel.

The agency is one of the most important in the world, serving as a protector of some of the most historic sites by listing them on its World Heritage list.

Two of those on the list angered both the US and Israel. In 2017, Unesco voted to make the old city of Hebron, the largest city in the occupied West Bank, a world heritage site. As part of that designation, the contested site at the centre of the city, the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims or the Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews, is also deemed a world heritage site.

Jan 01 11:14

EU, UK, France, Turkey Reject Israel's New Settlement Plans

France, the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU) and Turkey have rejected Israel’s newly approved expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"The European Union's position on Israeli settlement construction and related activities is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law," a statement from the organization declared.

Jan 01 11:11

In forgotten article after Six Day War, Amos Oz warned of ‘eternal annexation’

The shelf life of a newspaper article is often brief. But when Amos Oz, who died Friday at age 79 and was laid to rest Monday at the cemetery in his one-time home in Kibbutz Hulda, sat down in August 1967 to write an essay, he produced, just two months after the close of the Six Day War, a lasting document, a piece of writing that has endured as well as many of his works of fiction.

One can agree or disagree with his position on territorial expansion, while still marveling at the timing and the manner in which he marshaled his arguments.

The piece was published on August 22, 1967, in Davar — “the newspaper of the workers of the Land of Israel.” The font was tiny, resembling, in shape and size, a cramped rabbinic commentary.

Jan 01 11:07

IDF PREPARES FOR CROSSING OF 10,000 PALESTINIANS THROUGH JORDAN TO MECCA

he Coordinator of Government and Activities in the Territories (COGAT) completed preparations for passage of 10,000 Palestinians to the pilgrimage to the Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, COGAT said in a statement released Monday.

The pilgrims, Palestinian Muslims from the West Bank, will travel across the Allenby Bridgeto Jordan in order to take part in the umrah, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

The commander of the Allenby Bridge in the Civil Administration, Maj. Hadi Khatib, congratulated the pilgrims.

Jan 01 10:28

How did the Israel boycott campaign grow in 2018?

2018 was a year of victories by human rights activists despite heavy pressure, attacks and propaganda efforts by Israel and its lobby groups to whitewash its image.

Starting off the year, it was revealed that US President Donald Trump’s alliance with white supremacist groups and anti-Semitic figures has pushed support for Israel to a low point, especially among young American Jews.

By October, it was confirmed in another survey that support for Israel is coming primarily from Trump’s base, a hotbed of right-wing, white nationalist and Christian Zionist views, while support from other Americans continues to erode.

Early on in the year, AIPAC, Israel’s powerful lobby group on Capitol Hill, was forced to admit that it was facing mounting problems in its efforts to shore up support for Israel among progressive American leaders.

Dec 31 09:47

14 Injured As Palestinian Fleet Tries to Break Israeli Naval Blockade in Gaza

At least 14 Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces fired tear gas and live ammunition, when a Palestinian fleet of several small fishing boats attempted to sail toward waters off the Gaza Strip in an act of defiance against Israel's long-standing blockade.

Dec 31 09:41

Palestinian Students Suffocate from Israeli Teargas North of Nablus

Dozens of Palestinian students suffocated from gas inhalation on Sunday after Israeli forces fired teargas canisters outside a compound of schools in the village of Sebastia, North of Nablus in the West Bank, local sources said.
Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammad Azem, told WAFA that Israeli occupation forces raided the village, provoking clashes with local citizens, during which the forces fired teargas canisters inside the school yards, causing many students to suffocate.

He said Israeli forces recently intensified their provocative raids of the village especially during the peak hours of the schools.

Dec 31 09:16

UN Report: Israel Murdered 295 Palestinians, Injured 29,000 in 2018

The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented the killing of 295 Palestinians, by Israeli forces, as well as the injuring of 29,000 Palestinians in 2018.

According to the new OCHA documentation, of the 295 Palestinians killed this year by Israeli forces, 57 have been children. A total of approximately 7,000 injuries were children.

Incidents of Illegal Settler violence, have increased by 69% since 2017, bringing the total number of violent attacks on Palestinians to 265 in 2018.

The number of injuries caused, as a result of settler violence, was 115. Around 7,900 trees and 540 vehicles sustained damage, as a result of illegal settler rampages.

Dec 30 11:31

Israeli helicopter conducts fresh airstrike against blockaded Gaza Strip

An Israeli combat helicopter has carried out an overnight aerial attack on the southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming that the airstrike was conducted in response to a purported rocket attack from the impoverished enclave.

The Israeli military said in a brief statement on its twitter account in the early hours of Saturday that an Israeli “attack helicopter targeted a Hamas military post in southern Gaza.”

There was no immediate report of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted in the Israeli airstrike.

The Israeli military also said its airstrike against the Palestinian resistance movement was “in response” to an alleged rocket fire from Gaza into the occupied territories on Friday night that fell in an open area and caused no casualties or damage.

Tel Aviv bombards Gaza from time to time, claiming the assaults are in response to rocket attacks of the resistance groups.

Dec 30 09:23

'It was terror': Palestinians decry rise in attacks by Israeli settlers

The identities of the Israeli settlers who frequently throw stones at cars from a cliff overlooking a highway in the West Bank are unknown, but Palestinians living in the area refer to them as the “youth of the hill”.

It was at that spot where someone dropped a jagged rock the size of a football that crashed through a windscreen and struck Aisha Rabi one Friday in October. Rabi, a mother of eight, was on her way home just after 10pm with her husband, who was driving, and their eight-year-old daughter, who was in the back seat.

“At first I lost control and swerved when the rock hit,” said Rabi’s husband, Yaqoub. “The sound was like an explosion. Blood was streaming from her nose and mouth.”

Dec 30 09:17

Elections Don’t Make Israel a Democracy

Much of the already up and running election coverage is focused on the coming indictment of Netanyahu. Will he be able to stave off the attorney general until April? If he is reelected, will he try to get his coalition partners to pass a measure forbidding the prosecution of a sitting prime minister?

Other election issues under discussion are the certain increase we will see in pandering to settlers. Netanyahu has already begun that.

Absent entirely from the election conversation is the Palestinian population living under Israeli control without voting rights.

20% of Israeli citizens are Palestinian. They can vote in all Israeli elections and have representation in Knesset. However, these Israeli Palestinians represent only about one third of the Palestinians living under Israeli rule and military occupation.

Dec 28 13:09

Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race

A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday.

Details about Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party, leaked to local media after it was registered, gave little indication of its ideological tilt.

Along with preserving Israel as “a Jewish and democratic country”, the party pledged unspecified changes to priorities in national security and the economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I an Israeli voter, I would want to know, first and foremost, what his position on the Palestinians and Palestinian statehood.

Dec 28 09:04

Hate speech without hate: Britain and the United States

In the wake of London’s Labour-controlled Islington Council’s banning of pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a concert at the behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut, Eve Mykytyn examines the clamp down on free speech in the UK and US.>>

Dec 28 08:03

Boycott Israel, Go to Jail?

A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But a new pushback from groups including the ACLU could help stop the ‘draconian’ measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bill is an assault on the First Amendment and cannot be tolerated!

Dec 28 08:02

HSBC divests from Israeli arms maker Elbit

Banking giant HSBC is divesting from the Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems following a grassroots campaign.

“HSBC has taken a positive first step in divesting from Elbit Systems, the notorious manufacturer of drones, chemical weapons, cluster bomb artillery systems and other technology used in attacks against Palestinian civilians, and to militarize walls and borders around the world,” Ryvka Barnard of War on Want said on Thursday.

Dec 28 08:01

Nearly 300 Palestinians killed, 29,000 injured in 2018

Israeli occupation forces and settlers have killed 295 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the beginning of the year, according to a UN monitoring group.

Fourteen Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, in addition to a baby who died days after his premature birth following the shooting and critical injury of his mother.

More than 29,000 Palestinians were injured during 2018 – the highest number of injuries in a single year since the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs began collecting data in 2005.

Nearly 60 of those Palestinians killed and 7,000 of those injured were children.

Dec 27 15:48

UK’s Islington Council banned pro-Palestinian musician at behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut

Richard Hugus reveals how austerity-hit, Labour-controlled Islington Council hired a top legal firm that worked for Israel Premier Netanyahu’s financier Sheldon Adelson to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a local concert at the behest of Israeli Likud-Herut’s UK director. >>

Dec 27 09:51

WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY ABOUT THE OCCUPATION?

When large parts of the population celebrate the birth of Jesus, a similar, sad fate is repeated. In the country where Jesus was born, the harassment and human rights crimes against Palestinians, whether Muslim or Christian, are becoming more and more cruel. It is precisely these celebrations that the Zionist system of oppression uses for ever new criminal and murderous actions. In the shadow of the supposedly peaceful Advent season, we are witnessing a wave of violence that does not shy away from the murder of children and the disabled. Since the US government under the leadership of US President Trump and Shadow Secretary of State “Jared-Koscher Kushner-Nostra-Secretary of State” has been in power, all the floodgates have been opened in order to enforce its “America and Jewish First” policy unhindered. Who is surprised that Jewish citizens who do not distance themselves from this policy are becoming more and more unpopular? And that’s not anti-Semitism!

Dec 27 09:50

NOBODY STANDS IN THE WAY OF ZION

More than two years ago I wrote a comment with the title “When the Israel lobby rings twice”, but today it doesn’t quite fit anymore. In fact, the lobby has infiltrated German public life. They sit in almost all forums, parties, organizations. And in the media they are constantly on the lookout and consult editorial offices and broadcasters, so that everything goes according to their wishes and criticism of Israel is immediately stopped and the critics are silenced. The influence of this lobby and its demands are unprecedented. Why did the Merkel-Gro/Ko hide until today that during the last German-Israeli government consultations Prime Minister Netanyahu handed over a paper to Chancellor Merkel urging the German government to stop support for non-governmental organizations that allegedly “promote anti-Israeli activities”? We know only too well what this means and who.

Dec 27 07:49

Fraud probe opens into EU police mission for West Bank

Is it possible to have a relaxing holiday if you are being investigated for fraud?

The European Union’s policing operation in the occupied West Bank faces exactly that challenge. A few days before many of its personnel left for a Christmas break, some less than welcome visitors came to see their new Ramallah headquarters.

Representing an anti-fraud office called OLAF, the visitors conducted a search, quizzed some staff and took various documents and electronic equipment away for further inspection.

The investigation has been unreported until now. Yet it is not the first time that the EU’s policing operation has been under suspicion.

In December 2016, the Union’s diplomatic service opened a probe into claims of nepotism and harassment at the operation’s headquarters.

Dec 27 07:49

Don’t be afraid: Tahrir’s last words

Some things fade with time. Others – often the traumatic stuff – never leaves us.

Ten years ago, Israel launched a major offensive on Gaza.

It was meticulously prepared, down to the detail of ensuring it happened over Christmas, when much of the world’s western media was away.

It happened in spite of a six-month ceasefire agreed earlier in 2008, which had begun to unravel after an Israeli raid into Gaza on 4 November – the same date as a US presidential election.

By the time it was over, the so-called Operation Cast Lead had lasted over three weeks. It left more than 1,400 Palestinians, among them some 1,200 civilians, dead.

Dec 27 07:48

The benevolent bureaucrats of military occupation

Last year, 54 patients were known to have died while awaiting Israeli permits to leave Gaza for medical treatment.

This year, some 800 Palestinians in Gaza were barred from traveling under a directive that denied patients access to medical treatment in the West Bank and Israel over alleged ties to Hamas members.

The Israeli government directive was issued in early 2017 to put pressure on Hamas to release two Israeli civilians believed to be held by the group and to return the bodies of two soldiers killed in Gaza during the 51-day military offensive in the territory in 2014.

The family of one of the slain soldiers had demanded that the government reduce the number of exit permits for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza for humanitarian reasons.

Dec 26 15:06

Netanyahu’s Gift to Settler Movement After Snap Election Called: 2,000 New Homes

Authorities in Israel have advanced plans to have nearly 2,200 settlement homes illegally constructed in the occupied West Bank.

A committee within Israel's Defense Ministry charged with handling such projects approved the plans on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A total of 2,191 settlement homes were advanced this week, with 1,038 clearing their final hurdle in the approval process before construction can begin. The remaining homes are still being processed.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law. Members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seek to pressure international governments and companies into dropping business with entities that profit off of illegal Israeli settlements.

Last week, the Israeli government aided a law firm linked to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency to pressure a US-based fundraising platform to ban BDS from using its services, Sputnik News reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing, on such an issue, is never accidental.

Dec 26 15:04

Israel green-lights plans for 1,300 settlement homes, hundreds more pending

The Defense Ministry committee responsible for authorizing settlement construction on Tuesday advanced plans for over 1,300 homes in the West Bank, with some 800 more slated for approval in an additional session scheduled for Wednesday.

Of the 1,352 homes green-lighted by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee in 23 different projects, 807 gained final approval for construction while 545 homes had their plans cleared ahead of being considered for a final okay.

On Wednesday, 839 homes are slated to be okayed by the High Planning Subcommittee, with 352 gaining final approval for construction and 487 clearing the earlier planning stage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing... is never accidental, on issues like this.

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