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Jul 08 08:56

GAZA, ONE YEAR LATER ~~ A VIDEO TO WATCH AND SHARE

A year on, army looks to last Gaza war for lessons on fighting the next one

Jul 08 08:34

Vatican refuses to let Israel see details of agreement with Palestinians

Haaretz said on Tuesday that the Vatican has rejected requests by Israeli diplomats to see the text of an agreement signed between the Holy See and the State of Palestine two weeks ago. The Israeli newspaper quoted a senior official as saying that diplomats have attempted to review the text on four separate occasions, but the Vatican declined to give details about the content of the agreement.

Jul 08 07:16

AP corrects story falsely claiming homosexuality is illegal for Palestinians

Last week, in an article on the controversial rainbow flag mural a Palestinian artist painted on Israel’s apartheid wall, the Associated Press made this claim: “A 1951 Jordanian law banning homosexual acts remains in effect in the West Bank, as does a ban in Gaza passed by British authorities in 1936.”

In fact, there is no law in the West Bank, or in Jordan, that bans sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex.

Jul 07 15:24

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

To quench their thirst, the Gazans dug too deep, and drank too freely. Now the coastal aquifer that supplied much of their water is depleted and will never again offer a plentiful supply of fresh drinking water. With damage to infrastructure in the Hamas-Israel war, aid agencies say Gaza’s fresh water shortage has turned into a crisis.

In Rafah, a southern Gaza city that is a furnace in the summer months, a shopkeeper produces a bottle of water, but warns: “Be careful... it is Gaza water.”

Salty and impure, it is like much of the water drunk by Gaza’s 1.8 millon people.

Jul 07 13:56

Israel’s army of spin-doctors is doomed to defeat:

As Israelis rush to join an army of spin-doctors to justify to outsiders Israel’s policies in the occupied territories, Jonathan Cook explains why their cartoon version of reality is unconvincing and self-defeating.

Jul 07 09:50

Living Amongst Ruins: War-torn Gaza a year after ‘Protective Edge’

It’s been a year since Israeli Defense Forces launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Israel said it was meant to put an end to cross-border rocket fire,

Jul 07 09:31

Injured woman forced to strip recalls horror of Israel’s Gaza war

According to the UN report, satellite imaging detected 163 craters throughout the densely populated village. The escalated attacks from ground and air left families isolated and forced to choose between two potentially lethal options: remaining in their homes or attempting to flee.

Jul 07 09:30

GAZA, A YEAR LATER ~~ THE REAL STORY AND THE ONE FROM REUTERS

Regular nightmares, fear about another war and refusal to step outside their homes – all these are symptoms of emotional trauma experienced by the children of Gaza a year on from the deadly Israeli operation, a report by an international watchdog says.

And the Reuters whitewash …

Jul 07 09:29

HILLARY SOLD HER SOUL (AND HER COUNTRY) FOR 2 MILLION DOLLAR$

Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will speak out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her presidential campaign.

“I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority,” Clinton said in a July 2 letter to Haim Saban, the Israeli-American entertainment mogul who has been a major fundraiser for Clinton in the past. “I am seeking your advice on how we can work together – across party lines and with a diverse array of voices – to reverse this trend with information and advocacy, and fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.”

The Democratic front-runner concludes the letter, which Saban released through a public relations agency, by saying that she plans to address the BDS threat in the coming weeks, as her campaign intensifies.
“I will be speaking out publicly on this in the weeks ahead, so I am eager to hear your perspective and advice,” she wrote.

Jul 07 07:50

Israeli Military Court Justice: Rubber-Stamp Guilt

Civil law applies for Israeli Jews – not Palestinians. They’re subject to military kangaroo court justice. Rubber-stamp convictions follow. Fundamental international rule of law principles don’t apply.

A new B’Tselem report explains how Israel’s system works for Palestinians – titled “Presumed Guilty: Remand in Custody by Military Courts in the West Bank.” They’re one of the main ways Israel enforces occupation harshness.

Since 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians were victimized by tribunal injustice. “Detention is injurious by definition,” B’Tselem explained.

Jul 06 08:32

How to counter Israel's hasbara campaign

Many commentators are not traceable to any real individual because they use pseudonyms. On Twitter, where there is much debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some anti-Palestine comments or reactions come from pages with 25 followers and little activity; one begins to doubt whether these are genuine Twitter users.
Indeed, these commentators are paid individuals, often university students, who are hired by the office of the prime minister of Israel to respond quickly and fiercely to anyone daring to criticise the state of Israel and its actions.

Jul 05 13:58

How Israel’s Gaza Blockade Backfires

Israel’s crushing blockade – and periodic assaults – against the 1.8 million people jammed into Gaza have led to the emergence of an Islamic State affiliate that is now challenging Hamas, an example of how extreme repression breeds ever greater extremism, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Jul 05 08:03

Netanyahu vs. UN: Israel Threatens to Exit the UNHRC After Damning Gaza Report

Surprise, surprise. Israel is upset about being criticized for leveling Gaza last summer and liquidating thousands of Palestinian lives and tens of thousands more homes too.

Netanyahu is so upset about being called out that he’s now threatening to leave the UN’s international Human Rights Council (although they should consider themselves lucky to be invited in the first place.

Jul 05 06:56

The Washington Post whitewashes the violence of Israel's occupation

In its inaccuracies and omissions, the Post's article is a microcosm of the way in which the mainstream media distorts and misrepresents the reality in Palestine, whitewashing Israeli violence and colonial control, and decontextualising attacks by Palestinians under occupation.

Jul 04 09:27

A Jewish Defector Warns America: Benjamin Freedman Speaks

"Now, first of all, I'd like to tell you that on August 25th 1960 -- that was shortly before elections -- Senator Kennedy, who is now the President of the United States, went to New York, and delivered an address to the Zionist Organization of America. In that address, to reduce it to its briefest form, he stated that he would use the armed forces of the United States to preserve the existence of the regime set up in Palestine by the Zionists who are now in occupation of that area."

Video: Benjamin Freedman's 1961 Speech at the Willard Hotel (Complete)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhFRGDyX48c

Jul 03 16:39

Israel colludes with al-Nusra to keep Golan Heights peace – Palestine’s Foreign Minister

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has all but collapsed, and coupled with an outgoing US President and growing regional instability.

Jul 03 15:25

Israel Continues to Cripple Gaza with its Sea Blockade

Governments should support brave humanitarian voyagers and back their play in future.

Welcome to the latest chapter in a long tale of unspeakable cruelty.

Israel’s military are once more raiding mercy ships on the high seas in an effort to prevent humanitarian aid reaching the 1.8 million souls in shattered Gaza.

Jul 03 09:29

Spain: Left wing parties condemn Israeli flotilla action

In a written statement, the Galician Nationalist Bloc described Israeli action as "piracy".

The bloc's spokesman Francisco Jorquera and Rosana Peres, a parliament member, also criticised the Spanish government's reaction over the incident, which saw Israeli forces taking by force the civilian vessel, Marianne, to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Spanish Member of the European Parliament Ana Miranda, who was on board Marianne but now back in Spain, also spoke in the Spanish parliament earlier today.

The spokesman called on Spain's Foreign Ministry to take a tough stance over the incident and face the Gaza issue head on.

Podemos's spokesman Rfael Mayoral also urged the international community to raise its voice against Israel.

Mayoral emphasized that Israel should end its "discrimination" and "blockade" on Gaza underling that Israel violated human rights.

Jul 03 09:24

Israel seeks help of West to stop its officials from being arrested

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has asked European countries for help in confronting the risk of their generals, political and security officials being arrested on charges of war crimes while abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!

Jul 02 21:46

Israel Continues to Cripple Gaza with its Sea Blockade

"No humanitarian crisis here" say Netanyahu and Ya'alon.

Jul 02 15:32

UK approved £4-million arms sales to Israel after Gaza war

The British government approved £4 million in weapons sales to the Israeli regime in the immediate aftermath of Israel’s massive military offensive against the Gaza Strip last summer, a new study has found.

Jul 02 13:53

How Zionism Corrupts Judaism

Like the Palestinian people, Judaism is also suffering from siege and occupation. Zionism, a Nineteenth Century hallucinatory piece of fictive theology and a vicious ideology, has gotten a demonic grip on much of modern Jewish consciousness and has taken possession of U.S. policies in the Middle East.

Jul 02 12:06

“Untouchable” Israel continues to cripple Gaza with its sea blockade

Stuart Littlewood highlights the British government’s ongoing rear-guard defence of Israel’s violations of international law, most recently its piracy against Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotillas, and its illegal blockade of Gaza.

Jul 02 10:09

BEX ALERT ~~ ISRAELI ‘NON-VIOLENCE’ DOCUMENTED ON VIDEO

Contrary to Israeli claims that the Marianne was taken peacefully, this video shows that armed commandos used brutal violence against unarmed passengers aboard the Gaza-bound boat early on Monday.

According to the organizers of the flotilla, 14 of the 18 civilian passengers and crew remain in Israeli custody more than two days after they were violently abducted in international waters to prevent them breaking the Israeli-imposed siege on Gaza.

Palestinian citizen of Israel and member of the Israeli parliament Basel Ghattas, former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki, Spanish European Parliament member Ana Miranda and Israeli journalist Ohad Hemo have been released.

The other passengers remain in detention at Givon prison in present-day Israel.

Jul 02 09:17

Palestinian cinema thrives in London despite festival demise

The vibrant line-up of Palestinian cinema in London this summer comes despite the surprising and somewhat mysterious suspension of the London Palestine Film Festival which, with its program of talks, exhibitions and panels, was able to place the films in a broader context.

The festival, which started out in 1998 as a student venture at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), issued a statement in late May announcing that “After 17 editions of the London Palestine Film Festival, the Palestine Film Foundation has announced that from 2015 it is suspending production of the annual film festival indefinitely.”

According to the statement, the goal of achieving enough funding to run the festival “at the standard deemed necessary” has “continued to elude the organization.”

Jul 02 09:15

Well-known BBC presenter hints Israel may be underdog

So, in the 21st century — these supposedly modern, anti-racist times — how does Israel get away with the chauvinistic behavior of 19th century European settler states without arousing the fury of the masses?

The answer lies in the fact that the masses — accessing their news from the mainstream media — simply don’t know what’s going on.

Mainstream news sources shield Israel from the wrath of millions who, if they were aware of the facts, might be lobbying for change.

The variety of ways in which this cover-up takes place was starkly illustrated in recent weeks by the BBC’s Newsnight program, broadcast every weekday evening and billing itself as providing “analysis and observation of the news agenda.”

Jul 02 09:14

Boycott-hit Orange may dump Israeli partner by mid-2017

Palestine solidarity activists are welcoming an announcement that the French multinational Orange could dump its Israeli affiliate within 18 months.

But campaigners in France and Egypt say they will maintain their call for boycott of the telecom company until it actually ends its complicity in Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.

Jul 02 08:49

The settlements are not part of Israel

The Trade Promotion Authority Bill signed by President Barack Obama last week includes an important clause stipulating that the United States will not trade with countries that boycott Israel.

This clause is supposed to protect Israel from an economic boycott. But the same clause, which authorizes the president to take all measures to protect trade with Israel from politically motivated acts, says the protection will apply not only to Israel but to “territories controlled by Israel.”

The law’s sponsors intended to protect products from the settlements, as though they were an inseparable part of Israel. But this attempt to blur the border between Israel and the occupied territories got a cold reception from the president. Obama made it clear that despite the wording of the legislation he signed, he does not intend to protect products made in the territories.

Jul 02 08:27

Israel imports European fascism

Protests against Israel are gaining momentum all over the world.
The tensions are generated by the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian land. Even Washington has recently soured relations with Israel over the case.

The European fascism that flourished during World War II "was exported with the creation of the Israeli regime in 1948 in Palestine," said David Van Wyk, lead researcher at the Bench Marks Foundation in Johannesburg.

Jul 02 08:24

Act now to Stop Arming Israel

Help increase the pressure on the UK government to end its arms trade with Israel and its complicity in Israel’s occupation and war crimes.
1. Email your MP to demand a two-way arms embargo against Israel.
2. Order campaign materials and book a speaker.
3. Target the companies profiting from Israel’s occupation.

Jul 02 08:11

Flotilla members still imprisoned as video emerges of violent Israeli attack during capture

Jul 01 21:03

‘Untouchable’ Israel continues to cripple Gaza with its sea blockade

Welcome to the latest chapter in a long tale of unspeakable cruelty.

Israel’s military thugs are once more raiding mercy ships on the high seas in an effort to prevent humanitarian aid reaching the 1.8 million souls in shattered Gaza.

Jul 01 16:40

Baskin’s Generous Offer: Making Peace with Israeli Occupation

It would be fair to assume that Gershon Baskin’s recent article in theJerusalem Post — “Encountering Peace: Obviously no peace now, so what then?” (June 24) – is not a mere intellectual exercise aimed at finding ‘creative’ solutions to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Jul 01 14:57

US church votes to boycott Israel over occupation of Palestine

One of the largest Christian Protestant denominations in the United States has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Jul 01 14:47

ISIS threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip

ISIS insurgents threatened Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, ISIS, a fanatical Islamic power and avowed enemy of Israel ... is going to destroy HAMAS? And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Jul 01 14:15

Palestinian factions accuse UN of supporting Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla

Palestinian factions have accused the UN of being a partner with Israeli in the attack on Freedom Flotilla III, which aimed to break the nine-year Israeli siege on Gaza, Anadolu agency has reported.

Jul 01 11:03

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship

Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an “uneventful” incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers.

Jul 01 09:52

YET ANOTHER GAZA FLOTILLA SPOOF

Jul 01 07:55

UN Human Rights Council to condemn Israel over Operation Protective Edge, but not demand sanctions

The Palestinian resolution that will be brought to a vote on Thursday in the United Nations Human Rights Council concerning the international commission of inquiry’s report into Operation Protective Edge is expected to be harshly critical of Israel – but will not contain a demand for sanctions or any concrete moves against Israel, as indicated by a draft of the proposal seen by Haaretz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions would have to go through the Security Council, where the US would use its veto to protect Israel's crimes yet again.

Jul 01 07:51

U.S. State Department: We won’t protect Israeli settlements against boycott

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday punched a big hole in Israel-led efforts to induce the Obama administration to regard boycotts of settlements as identical to boycott of Israel proper.

Jul 01 07:45

Israel deports former Tunisian president to France

Following Israel's hijacking of the Gaza-bound ship Marianne in international waters on Monday, Arab-Israeli Basel Ghattas MK has been released from custody and former Tunisian President Moncef Al-Marzouki has been deported to France, reported Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Sixteen foreign nationals were on board the vessel, along with two Israelis, Ghattas and a television reporter. The MK could face a parliamentary hearing to see whether he should face sanctions or not. He revealed that MEP Ana Miranda was also deported along with Al-Marzouki.

According to Ghattas, the Israeli navy intercepted the Marianne at 2am local time and the crew turned the engines off, refusing to cooperate with the Israelis. By 7am, the navy was towing the ship towards Ashdod. "The Israelis confiscated all of the activists' personal belongings, including mobile phones and other equipment," he said. "They did not allow any telephone calls to be made by anyone on board."

Jul 01 07:34

Israel asking US for 50% increase in next defense package

Defense News reported this weekend that Israel and US officials have in recent months begun negotiations on the next 10-year aid package.
The previous package, negotiated by the George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert governments in 2007, averaged $3 billion of assistance each year, for a total of $30 billion, from 2007-2017.

The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants that to increase to $42-45 billion over the 2018-2028 period, Defense News reported, adding that President Barack Obama during his March 2013 visit to Israel “endorsed in principle” that range.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greedy, greedy, greedy, greedy, greedy

Jul 01 04:53

Russia says Palestinian sovereignty serves interests of international community

In a message to participants in an international seminar in support of peace between Palestinians and Israelis, Lavrov said: "Mutually acceptable agreements should ensure creation of an independent, territorially integral and viable Palestinian state that would co-exist in peace and security with Israel."

Jun 30 22:01

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Free Gaza Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship

Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an "uneventful" incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers.

Jun 30 21:41

Letter to God

Please forgive my cynicism and negative connotations in this letter but I find it is often necessary to infuse the negativity to emit action, anger and resolution.

Why do You allow the criminal, corporate media to continuously and incessantly lie to its citizens and not only misrepresent the facts but often fabricate stories in order to inflate the severity of the fiction?

Jun 30 18:57

1/2 - Judaism vs Jewish Identity Politics - Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and Gilad Atzmon

Two prominent thinkers, the ultra-orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, and philosopher, jazz artist and ex-Jew Gilad Atzmon, met to discuss hard questions about Judaism, Jewish politics and the meaning of Jewishness. They shared the stage at Theatre 80 in New York City on May 6th, 2015.

Part 2 available here

Jun 30 18:19

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

'Nuff said.

Jun 30 14:41

The Hijacking of The Marianne by “The Pirates of the Mediterranean”

The “international community” is, it would seem, remarkably selective over piracy.

Concern over Somali pirates was such that foreign Navies were sent to protect shipping in international waters. In one incident three alleged pirates were killed and a Somali teenager spirited away to the US to be tried, whilst eleven others were sent for trial in Kenya.

However, in the early hours of the morning (local time) of June 29th, three Israeli Navy ships intercepted and hijacked a Swedish flagged ship, the Marianne av Göteborg on route to Gaza in the State of Palestine (recognized as a State by the United Nations on November 30th, 2012 by an overwhelming vote of 138-9, elevating Palestine to Non-Member Observer State a status bestowed on just one other entity, The Vatican.)

Jun 30 12:16

To Our Friends in the United Church of Christ:

We write to thank you as Jews, Muslims, Protestants, atheists and others; as mothers and fathers, daughters and sons; and as people united in our belief in justice and liberation for all peoples.

We thank you for your historic and moral vote to divest from the Israeli occupation. Your vote is a profound act of solidarity with Palestinians who have suffered decades of occupation, dispossession, and discrimination.

And it is a source of great friendship to the countless Jews who believe our liberation is inextricably tied to Palestinian liberation. Speaking is not enough, only courageous actions can help us create the conditions for a lasting and just peace.

Jun 30 12:07

Gaza: The hijacking of The Marianne by "The Pirates of the Mediterranean"

The "international community" is, it would seem, remarkably selective over piracy.

Concern over Somali pirates was such that foreign Navy's were sent to protect shipping in international waters. In one incident three alleged pirates were killed and a Somali teenager spirited away to the US to be tried, whilst eleven others were sent for trial in Kenya.

However, in the early hours of the morning (local time) of 29th June, three Israeli Navy ships intercepted and hijacked a Swedish flagged ship, the Marianne av Göteborg on route to Gaza in the State of Palestine (recognized as a State by the United Nations on 30th November 2012 by an overwhelming vote of 138-9, elevating Palestine to Non-Member Observer State a status bestowed on just one other entity, The Vatican.)

Jun 30 10:31

ISRAEL APPLAUDS THE WORLD’S SILENCE

In a statement Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the seizure of the Marianne, claiming that the “flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region.”

Netanyahu insisted that “preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.”

“Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu insisted, adding that “there is no siege on Gaza.”

Jun 30 10:30

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IN ISRAEL MARRED BY RACISM

Vandals attacked a dual Hebrew and Arabic language school in southern Jerusalem Monday night, the second incident in eight months, spray-painting swastikas and anti-Arab graffiti on the school’s walls just in time for the last day of school.

Jun 30 09:44

Letter signed by 22 senators urges Obama to support Israel

Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed on to a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to support Israel around the world.

Twenty-two senators signed the letter, which was written “in response to your welcomed recent remarks at Congregation Adas Israel” on May 22 concerning his commitment to Israel’s security. The letter was sponsored by Sens. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

While welcoming Obama’s “unwavering commitment” to Israel’s security, the signers also want the Obama administration to remain committed to the United States’ “long-standing policy” of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians as the way to peace.

The letter specifically asked the administration to oppose Palestinian efforts for membership in the United Nations and other international bodies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How nice that everything is running so well in our country that those Senators have nothing better to do than worry about Israel and Palestine, and work towards peace by blocking Palestinian statehood wherever they can!

Dear Senators, if you love Israel that much, kindly move there and vacate your office for someone concerned with America and Americans!

Jun 30 09:26

Israel arrests Tunisia's former President Moncef Marzouki

Israeli navy forces arrested on Monday the former Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, in attacks on Freedom Flotilla III, which was heading towards the besieged Gaza Strip.

The European campaign to lift the siege on Gaza reported that Marzouki refused to deal with the Israeli investigators, for he was abducted illegally by the Israelis.

Jun 30 09:17

High-Seas Piracy: Israel’s Latest Bandit Act. “Gaza: the World’s Largest Open-air Prison”

Israel wants Gazans trapped indefinitely in the world’s largest open-air prison deprived of essentials for well-being – suffocated under a policy of slow-motion genocide.

Israeli commandos lawlessly seized the Marianne in international waters. Netanyahu saying it was done lawfully is one of a litany of Big Lies he claimed about the incident – a bandit act like so many others Israel commits endlessly.

Jun 30 08:14

Why Israel Declared 18 Dairy Cows a National Security Risk

Within six months, the whole town had turned to the local dairy for its milk, dubbed “Intifada milk.” The self-made dairymen delivered it by night so Israeli soldiers wouldn’t see it. One day an Israeli soldier came to the farm, took photos of the cows, and told the Palestinians they weren’t allowed to have the cows and gave them 24 hours to shut it down. He said the cows were a threat to Israel’s national security. Amer Shomali thinks he knows why.

“For the Palestinians, it meant a step closer to being free, to be able to decide their future, to be independent. Basically that was what was the security threat for Israel. It’s not the cow itself. It’s what the cow represents: a step toward independence.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal for Israel was to keep the Palestinians dependent on Israeli dairies, for both economic and political gain. We see the same thing happening here in the US with the government forcing us to remain dependent on favored corporations, for economic and political gain.

Jun 30 07:53

Sniper shots and mass arrests: UN Gaza report also documents Israeli abuses in West Bank last summer

The recently released United Nations report on the 2014 war in Gaza meticulously documents last summer’s horror. The reports of Israeli executions of Palestinians, Israel’s aerial assaults on Palestinians in their homes in Gaza and other aspects of the assault have attracted the most attention.

But the UN report also highlights what it calls “widespread human rights violations” by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the time period it examines. These violations ran the gamut from a sweeping campaign of arrests of those Israel claimed were tied to Hamas, torture of detainees, killings of protesters and punitive home demolitions.

Jun 29 22:04

Group behind intercepted Gaza flotilla accuses Israel of 'piracy'

Organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla that was intercepted by the Israeli navy complained Monday that they were victims of an act of piracy, while Israeli officials denounced the pro-Palestinian campaign as hypocritical and unnecessary.

Jun 29 15:50

Palestinian Hunger Striker Khader Adnan In 'Critical Condition', Ends Hunger Strike

(RINF) - Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan has agreed to end his hunger strike after 56 days, after it was recently announced that he was in a “critical condition” after reportedly ingesting only salt and water for the duration of his protest. He had begun his protest on May 4.

Jun 29 14:32

SPOOF ON ISRAELI PIRACY

Naval special forces take control of ship, which carried 20 activists including MK Basel Ghattas, without violence.

Jun 29 09:59

NETANYAHU PREPARES TO ‘WELCOME’ FLOTILLA lll TO GAZA

Four boats carrying 47 pro-Palestinian activists will be welcomed with letter from PM: ‘It looks like you took a wrong turn. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria’.

Jun 29 09:50

PIRACY AT SEA ~~ LIVE ON VIDEO

Jun 29 08:42

After Palestinians Submit Formal Complaint with ICC, US Backers of Israel Lash Out with Threats

For the mere act of submitting documents to the International Criminal Court detailing Israel's ongoing human rights violations and history of war crimes on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority is now facing a barrage of threats and rebukes from U.S. lawmakers and the White House.

Jun 29 08:13

Israel says it blocked ship attempting to break Gaza blockade

Israeli officials said Monday that the country's military had blocked a ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza, boarding it in international waters, arresting people on board, and directing it to dock in an Israeli port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boarding it in international waters is a criminal act.

Jun 28 21:35

Israel intercepts Gaza-bound flotilla in 'casualty-free' operation

Israeli forces intercepted the Gaza-bound boat Marianne late Sunday night, in what the Israeli Defense Forces said was a short operation free of any casualties. The boat is currently en route to Ashdod port.

Jun 28 15:25

Why I Am On Gaza Freedom Flotilla 3

I served 29 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Colonel. I was also a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and served in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.

In my 2003 letter of resignation from the U.S. government in opposition to U.S. President Bush’s war on Iraq, I cited the “continuing unbalanced policies of the United States in Israeli-Palestinian issues” as one of my major concerns on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 28 15:18

Israeli Navy preparing to take over Gaza-bound flotilla

The Navy commandos are expected to meet the four boats at an undetermined time - sometimes between the early morning hours and evening time, some dozens of kilometers from the coasts of Israel.

Jun 28 13:17

Netanyahu to Gaza flotilla: Surely you got lost and meant to help the Syrians being butchered

Israeli officials reiterated on Sunday that Jerusalem has no intention to allow the boats to reach Gaza, and that the organizers are well aware that there is a legal naval blockade of the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Legal" only in Netanyahu's mind.

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Jun 28 09:21

WHO SAID THE WAR IN GAZA WAS OVER?

Israel shoots four boys enjoying evening walk in Gaza

Jun 28 09:21

#SailingToGaza ~~ THE BASTARDS TRY TO STOP US AGAIN

Passengers of the Freedom Flotilla III bound for Gaza have announced that one of the boats, named Juliano after the co-founder and director of The Freedom Theatre, Juliano Mer Khamis who was assassinated in 2011, has been sabotaged. Divers damaged the boat’s propellers, causing it to take in water and the boat barely made it into port in Greece before it sank. On Saturday June 27th, passengers reported that the flotilla was followed by an unidentified patrol boat and a military aircraft.

Israel has engaged in a massive campaign to prevent the flotilla from reaching Gaza, threatening the participants in a similar fashion as during earlier attempts to break the illegal siege on Gaza. In 2010, Israeli troops attacked a similar flotilla in international waters, killing ten of the activists onboard and detaining many others.

Jun 28 08:41

International flotilla sets sail with Canadians on board to break Israel's economic siege on Gaza

four boats of the 2015 the Freedom Flotilla III set sail from their final European points of departure. Through nonviolent resistance they will challenge the illegal blockade of the Palestinian Gaza strip, which is running on its 9th year, sailing as always from international waters directly into Palestinian waters.

Jun 28 08:30

MK Ghattas to Netanyahu: Keep security forces away from flotilla

Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas sent a written message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday, warning to keep security forces away from the flotilla in which he is taking part, meant to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

"Command the security forces to allow us to enter Gaza and avoid the use of force," read the letter from Ghattas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's government would be smart to let the flotilla through and defuse the situation. Sadly, Israel's government is not smart, they are arrogant and conceited and they will make the wrong call on this (again).

Jun 28 02:24

JVP, BDS, and Jewish Liberal Terror

Jewish domination of the Palestinian solidarity movement doesn’t help. Instead of fighting for the ‘Right of Return’ of the Palestinians that formerly united all Palestinians around a single ethos, the movement has been hobbled by convoluted terminology that is Judeo centric to the core.

Jun 27 15:52

Don't be fooled: “media watchdogs” are Israeli propaganda tools

Alastair Sloan examines Israel’s key internet propaganda tools which pretend to seek "balance" in Western media reporting about the Palestine-Israel conflict but are in fact part of the Israel’s well-funded hasbara programme.

Jun 27 14:00

Lapid: Flotilla actvisits are terror supporters

The boat is currently running parallel to Egypt's Mediterranean coastline. The boat's arrival in the area will be the culmination of a long term public campaign by the organizations involved to raise the Gaza issue in the international media. The flotilla is due to arrive in Gaza on Sunday or Monday, but it seems unlikely Israel will allow it to reach the Gaza coast.

Meanwhile, the fiery statements by several MKs, ministers, and Prime Minister Netanyahu himself have kept coming.

MK Yair Lapid attacked the flotilla Saturday, as "a form of provocation against the State of Israel of people who are anything but defenders of human rights."

Jun 27 12:28

Israel arrest Greek Orthodox Bishop protesting illegal seizure of church property

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Saturday morning arrested Bishop Atallah Hanna during his participation in a march protesting the illegal seizure of a hospital building which is part of al-Baraka church, north of Hebron.

Jun 27 09:19

In op-eds, church leaders say BDS is moral response to Netanyahu’s rejection of Palestinian statehood

Over the last day or so, three remarkable op-eds by church leaders have been published in U.S. regional newspapers in support of some measure of BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions, to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The op-eds are remarkable because they honor BDS as a tool, and two of them specifically reject the equation of BDS with anti-Semitism, a charge that cowed many non-Jewish activists in times gone by. And all three slam the rightwing Israeli government for defying international opinion or using the peace process to expand. So the churches must act, the leaders say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is very clever. By declaring BDS a moral crusade, these church leaders have invalidated the amendment tackled onto a trade bill by the US Congress which forbids Europe from engaging in political boycotts of Israel.

Jun 27 09:14

Dossier Of Israeli War Crimes Presented To ICC

Documents containing details of alleged war crimes has been submitted to the to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as part of an investigation into the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the continued persecution of Palestinians.

Jun 27 08:18

Swedish boat sets sail in bid to break Gaza blockade

A Swedish ship destined for Gaza set sail from a Greek port today, despite Israeli threats to prevent the vessel from reaching its destination.

The Marianne, as the ship is known, will attempt to break the eight-year siege on Gaza. Its voyage comes less than a year after Israel’s brutal 51-day attack on Palestinians in the strip.

Jun 27 08:18

Israel shoots four boys enjoying evening walk in Gaza

On Monday, 22 June, Israeli soldiers fired on a group of four boys aged 16 to 17 in the southern Gaza Strip village of Khuzaa. Two of the boys were hit in the legs and one was critically injured.

The four friends had walked out to the edge of the village to spend the final hour of their fast for Ramadan.

Jun 27 08:17

Vatican recognises state of Palestine; Israel irked

The Vatican signed a treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries.

Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, signed the treaty at a ceremony inside the Vatican.

Israel expressed disappointment when the Vatican announced last month that it had reached final agreement with the “State of Palestine” on the treaty regulating the life of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories.

It repeated that regret in a Foreign Ministry statement on Friday, saying the move hurt peace prospects and would discourage the Palestinians from returning to direct negotiations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Odd. I thought it was Israel that was avoiding those negotiations!

Jun 27 08:16

A Straight Look at the Jewish Lobby

For many years Israel has violated well established standards of international law and has defied numerous United Nations resolutions in its occupation of conquered lands, in extra-judicial killings, and in its repeated acts of military aggression.

Most of the world regards Israel’s policies, and especially its oppression of Pal­estinians, as illegal and outrageous. This international consen­sus is reflected, for example, in numerous UN resolutions condemning Israel, which have been approved with overwhelming majorities.

“The whole world,“ said United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, “is demanding that Israel withdraw [from occupied Palestinian territories]. I don’t think the whole world… can be wrong.” [1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yes you are! You are all wrong! We are right! You are all anti-Semites!!" -- Nodding yahoo

Jun 27 08:15

SA reverend aboard ship attempting to break Israeli blockade on Gaza

University of Kwazulu-Natal academic‚ theologian and activist the the Reverend Dr Clint Le Bruyn‚ is one of the South African members on board the Marianne ship forming part of the Freedom Flotilla III which has set sail from the European port in Greece en route to the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

Jun 27 01:20

After Palestinians Submit Formal Complaint with ICC, US Backers of Israel Lash Out with Threats

For the mere act of submitting documents to the International Criminal Court detailing Israel's ongoing human rights violations and history of war crimes on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority is now facing a barrage of threats and rebukes from U.S. lawmakers and the White House.

Jun 27 00:31

Israeli War Crimes? Who, Us?? - To Hell With Them All!

We are moral. We are right. By nature. We can’t help it. Those who accuse us must be anti-Semites. Simple logic.

To hell with them all!

Jun 26 20:20

Dossier Of Israeli War Crimes Presented To ICC

Documents containing details of alleged war crimes has been submitted to the to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as part of an investigation into the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the continued persecution of Palestinians.

Jun 26 19:49

Freedom Flotilla III: Activists Sail to Break Gaza Blockade

Robert Lovelace speaks to TRNN via satellite phone from the Freedom Flotilla III, four boats that are attempting to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza

Jun 26 14:46

Israeli fighter jets shoot down reconnaissance aircraft on Gaza border

Israeli military fighter jets have shot down a reconnaissance plane near the border with Gaza, according to Israeli success. The news has not been confirmed by any Palestinian source.

Jun 26 10:51

FLASHBACK - Israel, Genocide, and the ‘Logic’ of Zionism

History is full of ironies: World War I, marketed to Americans as a "war to end all wars," paved the way for an even more massive slaughter. The invasion and conquest of Iraq – which was supposed to augur what George W. Bush hailed as a "global democratic revolution" – instead ushered in a new era of chaos, bloodshed, and tyranny in the region. And in the year 2014, the state of Israel, founded in large part as a reaction to the Holocaust, has embarked on a policy of genocide in Gaza.

The Israelis and their international amen corner are increasingly open about this: a recent article in the Times of Israel – since taken down – was quite explicit in averring that Israel’s "right of self-defense" includes the option of wiping out the entire population of Gaza:

Jun 26 10:17

Israel lobby hijacks trade bill to derail boycott movement: Analyst

The passage of a controversial trade bill by the US Senate with provisions that oppose the international boycott movement against Israel is another attempt by the Israel lobby to “hijack a piece of legislation” to benefit Tel Aviv, says an analyst.

Jun 26 09:22

DESPITE THE ODDS, BDS IS WORKING!

Foreign investment in Israel plummeted almost 50 percent in 2014, a fact attributed to last summer’s assault on Gaza and the growing impact of boycotts.

Jun 26 09:04

Vatican signs historic accord with Palestine

The Vatican on Friday signed a historic first accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognising it as a state.

The accord, a treaty covering the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, was the first since the Vatican recognised the Palestinian state in February 2013.

The treaty, which took 15 years of negotiations to complete, was agreed in principle last month and bitterly condemned by Israel as a setback for the peace process.

The Vatican’s recognition of the state of Palestine followed a November 12 vote in favour of recognition by the UN General Assembly.

Vatican officials have described it as reflecting the Church’s desire to see the conflict in the Holy Land resolved by a “two-state” solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the Vatican for this!!

Jun 26 08:36

Vatican Treaty Recognizes a Palestinian State

The Vatican officially recognized a Palestinian state on Friday by signing a treaty and said it hoped the step would promote peace with Israel.

Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher said he hoped the Holy See's recognition "may in some way be a stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

He signed the treaty with his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, and said it could be a model for other Middle Eastern countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stay out of small airplanes, Pope.

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