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Jun 22 21:42

Palestinian member of Knesset to join third Gaza flotilla

An announcement by a Palestinian member of Israel's Knesset that he plans to join a flotilla seeking to break Israel's blockade on Gaza caused outrage Monday among the country's political class.

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Jun 22 13:46

Israel Ducks Responsibility for Premeditated Naked Aggression on Gaza

Israel responded as expected to the UN Commission of Inquiry's (COI) report on last summer's Gaza aggression (Operation Protective Edge).

The whole world knows it waged preemptive dirty war without mercy on 1.8 million Gazans trapped under its illegal blockade.

It bore FULL responsibility for mass slaughter and destruction - including willfully murdering noncombatant men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm.

Jun 22 11:29

WhatsApp Messages Show Israeli Soldiers Knew They Were About to Kill a Child

Messages exchanged between the soldiers throughout the incident on the messaging service WhatsApp ”showed that at least some of the soldiers believed the three Palestinians to be minors,” B’Tselem states.

Jun 22 11:19

Israel Foreign Ministry removes video ridiculing foreign press from website

An animated video clip mocking the foreign press coverage of last summer’s conflict in Gaza released by Israel’s Foreign Ministry was removed from the ministry's website following criticism and complaints from representatives of the foreign press corps in Israel.

"The aim of the video was to illustrate Hamas' crimes, and once it was interpreted otherwise it was decided to remove it," Ministry Spokesman Immanuel Nachshon said Sunday, after Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold ordered the English-language short off the ministry's website.

Jun 22 10:57

UN Suggests Top Officials Sanctioned Israel's War Crimes Against Gaza

A widely-anticipated United Nations inquiry into the 2014 attack on Gaza released Monday suggests that the Israeli government may have deliberately targeted Palestinian civilians during the assault, while the report concludes that both Israel and Hamas may be guilty of war crimes against humanity.

"The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come," the chair of the UN-appointed commission, former New York Supreme Court Justice Mary McGowan Davis, said during a Monday press briefing. Davis was joined on the commission by Dr. Doudou Diene of Senegal, who formerly served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Jun 22 08:42

Israel warns it will intercept Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla

Israel has warned that it will intercept the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla III, which is to set off from Greek seaports this week, Israeli TV Channel 2 revealed last night.

According to the Palestinian Safa news agency, which reported the news, the Freedom Flotilla's ships are currently between Italy and Greece. It said that the Israeli army pledged it would intercept them and stop them from arriving in Gaza.

The alliance of the Freedom Flotilla III announced that it would set off from Greek seaports towards the besieged Gaza Strip this week.

Jun 22 08:41

Netanyahu says France's 1967 borders plan would endanger Israel

Israel rejects a return to its pre-1967 lines, saying they are indefensible, and does not want to set a deadline for an agreement.

Jun 22 08:41

Netanyahu: Israel rejects international "dictates"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel firmly rejects any attempts to impose international "dictates" on it regarding the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, arguing that his position is necessary to guarantee Israel's security and achieve peace.

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This from the same nation that issues dictates to the rest of the world on an ongoing basis. Dictates that Iran not have nuclear weapons. Dictates that Syria surrender the Golan Heights. Dictates that Lebanon surrender the Litani River. Dictates that nobody bring food into Gaza. And so forth.

This is one of those major double-standards that discredit Israel's government.

Jun 22 08:33

YET ANOTHER NOBEL PRIZE RECIPIENT DEFENDS ISRAELI APARTHEID

The anti BDS campaign is grasping at straws if they find it necessary to dig up support offered them over a year ago …

During a visit to Israel last year, De Klerk said that categorizing Israel as an apartheid state was “unfair.”

Jun 22 08:32

SILENCE OF THE SHEEPLE

Thousands of Christians from the Galilee and around Israel gathered at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha on Sunday afternoon to protest the apparent arson that heavily damaged the house of worship days earlier.

The demonstration began at around 4 PM and drew an estimated crowd of more than 3,000, many holding the flag of the Vatican and crosses. At one point, around 100 youths blocked an adjacent road.

Jun 22 07:52

UN commission finds evidence of war crimes by Israel, Hamas during 2014 Gaza war

The members of the commission, which was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, hinted in their report that the upper levels of the Israeli political echelon were responsible for the policies that led to some of these war crimes.

“The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come” said the commission’s American chairwoman, Justice Mary McGowan Davis. “There is also on-going fear in Israel among communities who come under regular threat.”

The chairwoman of the commission urged the international community to act on the conclusions of the report - primarily by supporting an investigation by the International Criminal Court in The Hague in to the status of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli officials slammed the report, calling it "biased" and stained with "blood on its hand for allowing the murder of Jews."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the corporate media are trying to create the impression that the war crimes were equal on both sides. What the UN report actually says is that they were overwhelmingly committed by Israel.

Jun 22 06:40

'War crimes' likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza conflict, says UN

According to the report, at least 142 families lost three or more members in an attack on residential buildings during last summer's war, resulting in 742 deaths.

"The fact that Israel did not revise its practice of air strikes, even after their dire effects on civilians became apparent, raises questions of whether this was part of a broader policy which was at least tacitly approved at the highest level of government," the commission said in a statement.

The commission also voiced concern that a sense of "impunity prevails across the board for violations ... allegedly committed by Israeli forces, whether it be in the context of active hostilities in Gaza or killings, torture and ill-treatment in the West Bank."

The investigators urged Israel to "break with its recent lamentable track record in holding wrongdoers accountable."

Jun 21 22:57

Israeli officer: Shelling Gaza clinic used by Hamas raised soldiers’ morale

The armored corps destroyed the clinic because Hamas operated there and in order to avenge the killing of an officer, deputy brigade commander says.

Jun 21 19:26

Sisi appoints Egypt's new ambassador to Israel

Egypt’s former envoy to the Arab League has been appointed as the country’s new ambassador to Israel.

According to a Sunday report by Egyptian state news agency MENA, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi named Hazem Khairat (seen below) as Cairo’s new ambassador to Tel Aviv.

Khairat formerly served as Egypt’s deputy foreign minister and also as the country’s ambassador to the South American country of Chile.

No information has been revealed on the exact date of the start of Khairat’s mission, but reports said that he will most probably be dispatched to Israel in September.

Sisi’s decision came three years after Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, recalled Atef Salem, Cairo’s last ambassador to Tel Aviv, to protest against the regime’s eight-day aggression against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. Since then, the Egyptian embassy in Israel has had no top representative.

Jun 21 09:47

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

With the publication of my book last year, “Against our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel,” the attacks seemed to escalate.

It appeared that some JVP leaders were attempting to thwart my talks and prevent people from learning the facts that my book and my talks contain.

Jun 20 20:12

Exposing Israel's Ultranationalist Settler Movement

Settlers on the March: Since Israel's election handed more power to the country's ultra-Orthodox Jewish Home, the voice of religious, nationalist settlers has grown

Jun 20 12:11

Divine Time Import – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

So let’s show some appreciation of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. When they separated religion and government, they had a strong and accurate sense of history. It was a good move, even if not a divinely inspired one.

Jun 19 15:11

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

I hope JVP will desist from its attacks on those it dislikes, and will instead focus on the often excellent work it is doing and that its members want.

I feel strongly that we all contribute important things to the movement for justice and peace in Palestine.It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

That’s what I intend to do.

—Alison Weir

Jun 19 14:52

Repealing the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinians

Ruth Tenne explains why it is necessary to repeal the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, and outlines the prerequisites Palestinian leaders must meet to win international support for their actions.

Jun 19 08:33

Netanyahu: Shut Down 'Palestine 48' Propaganda Channel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is also acting Communications Minister, has ordered the Communication Ministry's Director General Shlomo Filber to shut down a new television station funded by the Palestinian Authority and operating in Nazareth.

“Palestine 48” is directed specifically at Israeli Arabs, broadcasting propaganda to enhance their “Palestinian identity.”

Netanyahu ordered Filber to examine the legality of the PA's funding of the station, and to examine further violations of Israeli civil and criminal law that the station is likely guilty of.

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Jun 19 07:53

Israel threatens military intervention in Syria's civil war

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has issued a veiled threat to intervene directly in Syria's civil war for the first time, after Syrian rebels surrounded a village occupied by the Druze minority close to the border.

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Oh yeah; we believe Israel is concerned about the Druze ... after we see how they treat the Palestinians! This is just Netanyahu grabbing more of other peoples' lands for Eratz Israel

Jun 19 06:41

Ex-Israeli foreign minister granted diplomatic immunity

An anti-war activist has slammed the British government for what he calls protecting war criminals.

“It is a disgraceful policy intended to protect criminals on all levels not just the war criminals and crimes against humanity,” peace activist Kenneth O’Keefe told Press TV on Friday.

He was reacting to a recent decision by the British government to grant diplomatic immunity to former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

Jun 18 20:57

Israeli soldiers cheered while Palestinian bled to death under army jeep

“The soldiers were singing and cheering in the jeep while women were crying and trying to get closer to see the body,” Shurouq Hamayel, Ghuneimat’s cousin, who was at the scene, told The Electronic Intifada.

Jun 18 14:28

Ex-Israeli foreign minister avoids Gaza war crimes arrest thanks to UK diplomatic immunity

Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni was granted diplomatic immunity by the British government during a visit to the UK this week to avoid possible arrest over alleged war crimes.

The Zionist Union politician was attending the Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in London, where she spoke on the Israeli political climate and the future of Israel and Palestine.

Livni was able to qualify for legal immunity by arranging meetings with British officials, exploiting a legal loophole that protects Israelis on official visits to the UK.

Jun 18 08:27

Israeli soldiers who beat handcuffed Palestinian get suspended sentences

The IDF soldiers implicated in beating and shouting obscenities at a Palestinian man lying face down were reprimanded and handed suspended sentences of a month each. The family of the man [beaten] by the IDF is yet to hear anything about his health or wellbeing.

Jun 18 07:34

Atef Abu Saif’s chilling, evocative stories of Gaza onslaught

The 51-day Israeli war on Gaza may be old news to those who follow the Middle East. What news junkies know are the numbers — at least 2,205 Palestinians killed, including 538 children; 11,000 wounded; up to 500,000 residents displaced; more than 20,000 homes destroyed. What they don’t have are the intimate, granular insights that you get only by living through it — or, reading the diary of someone who has, and is also an eloquent, evocative writer.

For instance, do you know how to tell the difference between a missile from a ship, a tank, an F-16 or a drone, by their sound alone? How to prepare your windows when shelling is expected, and where it is safest to sleep? Or what happens to your sense of time in the midst of war?

Jun 18 07:33

Israel’s mockery of foreign war correspondents backfires

At a time when Israel has serious issues to deal with in Iran and Syria, it is disconcerting that the ministry would spend its time producing a 50-second video that attempts to ridicule journalists reporting on a conflict in which 2,100 Palestinians and 72 Israelis were killed.

Israel’s diplomatic corps wants to be taken seriously in the world. Posting misleading and poorly conceived videos on YouTube is inappropriate, unhelpful and undermines the ministry, which says it respects the foreign press and its freedom to work in Gaza.

Jun 18 07:27

Birthright celebrates its 500,000th participant

The Taglit-Birthright Israel program, which sends young Jews on free trips to Israel, celebrated its milestone 500,000th participant this week.

In a ceremony in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, 24-year-old Molly Dodd from New Jersey presented Birthright cofounders Michael Steinhardt and Charles Bronfman with framed letters from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from 1998, in which he gave his blessing for the program to begin.

Since 2000, approximately 500,000 Jews aged 18-26, from over 66 countries and all 50 US states, have gone on Birthright trips. The free 10-day Jewish identity-building trips immerse young adults in Israeli culture and Jewish history.

In addition, 65,000 Israelis have participated in Birthright’s Mifgash program, which brings together Israelis and Diaspora Jews.

Jun 18 07:25

Arson suspected at Church of Loaves and Fish in northern Israel

A fire broke out late Wednesday night to put out a fire at the historic Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, located on the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Sixteen yeshiva students were arrested Thursday morning over suspected involvement in the arson.

Jun 18 07:09

16 arrested, then released, in church torching

Police said on Thursday they had detained 16 suspects in connection with the torching of the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, which was set ablaze early that morning. The group was released a few hours later.

Many of those detained were said to be minors, all from Jewish settlements in the Samaria region in the northern West Bank, including 10 from Yitzhar, which is known as a bastion of extremists. The group had apparently been spending time in the nearby Ein Hokuk spring. . .

. . . In an entrance corridor of the building, which is believed by Christians to be the site of Jesus’s miracle of multiplying two fish and five loaves to feed 5,000 people, Hebrew graffiti was found, reading, “The false gods will be eliminated” — a quote from the Aleinu prayer.

Jun 18 06:24

Jewish settlers burn, destroy Catholic Church on the banks of the Galilee sea

Jewish settlers at dawn Thursday burned the Catholic Church of Tabgha, which is located on the banks of the Galilee sea.

Media sources said the arson attack caused heavy material damage to the Church

Jun 17 18:12

Video: Israelis film themselves shooting unarmed Palestinian

“Got it! Wow, got it. Got video, too!

This is what the voice on this video is heard exclaiming just after a sniper fires a shot toward an unarmed Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad.

Jun 17 12:33

Israel's Foreign Ministry Report Says Attacks on Palestinian Children and Civilians Were "Legitimate"

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Hitler said the exact same thing about invading Poland!

Jun 17 10:38

'Anti-Israel mandate': UN human rights envoy blocked from entering Gaza

Israeli authorities have admitted they blocked a UN human rights envoy from entering the occupied Gaza area for a second year in a row, just as a UN report on last year’s Gaza war is about to be made public.

"We didn't allow this visit," said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, as cited by AFP. The visit by the UN special rapporteur on human rights, Makarim Wibisono, was due to take place last week.

However, according to Nahshon, the decision doesn’t go against Israel’s commitments to the UN. “Israel cooperates with all the international commissions and all rapporteurs, except when the mandate handed to them is anti-Israeli and Israel has no chance to make itself heard."

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We already heard you, Israel; loud and clear!

Jun 17 10:30

Journalists blast Israeli govt cartoon mocking Gaza news coverage

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has produced a 50-second cartoon mocking foreign reporting on Gaza, urging people to see that “terrorism rules” there. Apart from arguably lacking comedic value, the clip was slammed as being in poor taste by international media.

The animated short shows a blond, presumably American reporter in Gaza talking about how it’s a modern society where “ordinary people” are just trying to live their lives – “no terrorists here.” As the reporter’s praise for the locals continues, Hamas member can be seen in the back launching rockets.

Jun 17 09:59

OPEN YOUR EYES! ~ ISRAEL IS FULL OF SH-T

The Foreign Ministry released a 50 second animated clip that depicted an cartoon journalist with an American accent reporting from Gaza during last summer’s war.

“We’re here in the center of Gaza, and as you can see, the people here are trying to live quiet lives,” the character says. “There are no terrorists here, just ordinary people.”

A rocket launches behind him, seemingly contradicting the claim. The clip concludes with the message, “Open your eyes. Terror rules Gaza.”

Jun 17 08:58

Sole Palestinian dropped from “Holy Land” conference under Israel lobby pressure

On 10 and 11 June, dozens of participants gathered at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, for a conference titled “Seeking Peace in the Holy Land.”

Among the speakers were staunch supporters of Israel, including former US ambassador in Tel Aviv Daniel Kurtzer, Lara Friedman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now and Warren Clark, director of Churches for Middle East Peace.

But there was not one single Palestinian on the program. That wasn’t supposed to be the case. Just days earlier, Mubarak Awad, the Palestinian founder of Nonviolence International, was disinvited as keynote speaker after pressure on organizers from the Jewish Federation of Columbus.

Awad would have been a good person to educate those gathered at the Christian college. It was precisely because of his advocacy and practice of nonviolence that the Jerusalem native was infamously forcibly exiled from Palestine by Israeli occupation forces in 1988, during the first intifada.

Jun 17 08:57

Israel destroys Palestinian home for second time

The Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian home for the second time this year in the Galilee village of Kufr Kana yesterday.

The home belongs to Tareq al-Khatib, who rebuilt it after Israeli bulldozers first razed it in April. Following the home’s reconstruction, Israel’s interior ministry issued yet another demolition order “under the pretext of unauthorized construction,” the Arab48 website reports.

Although heavily armed Israeli forces arrived on the scene before sunrise, “hundreds of people gathered near the house in an attempt to prevent the demolition,” adds Arab48. Clashes quickly broke out between local Palestinians and police, who attacked the residents with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

In the end, the home was demolished and four people were arrested, including al-Khatib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel may scream about BDS but never hesitates to boycott the Palestinians by denying them employment and building permits!

Jun 17 08:56

6 IDF slapping and punching a lonely defenseless palestinian farmer

Jun 17 08:36

Monsanto Linked to Israel's Illegal Use of White Phosphorous in Gaza War

Agribusiness giant Monsanto - best known for their genetically modified soybeans and "probably carcinogenic" herbicide - has supplied the US government with white phosphorous used in incendiary weapons for at least 20 years, and some of that made its way to Israel for use in Operation Cast Lead.

Jun 17 08:18

Israel and the politics of boycott

There is however a different history of the uses of the boycott. In contrast with its uses to force the end of race, class and colonial injustice, boycott would also be deployed as a tactic to bring about colonial and racial injustice. Zionism would be a pioneer in this regard. Upon the formalisation of Zionist settler colonialism in the 1897 First Zionist Congress, Jewish colonists were incensed that earlier Russian Jewish agricultural colonists who had settled in Palestine since the 1880s would employ Palestinian labour in their colonies, on account of its availability and cheapness. It was in this context that Zionism would develop its racially separatist notion of "Hebrew labour", insisting and later imposing its regulations on all Jewish colonists in Palestine, namely that Jewish labour should be used exclusively in the Jewish settler-colony.

Jun 16 21:52

Israel’s behaviour will bankrupt it over time

Two recent reports suggest that Israel could face catastrophic consequences if it fails to end the mistreatment of Palestinians under its rule, whether in the occupied territories or in Israel itself.

Jun 16 19:52

Palestinian government to resign in next 24 hours: Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that his government will be dissolved within the next 24 hours, Fatah officials say.

“Within 24 hours the Palestinian government will resign,” several senior officials of Abbas’ Fatah movement quoted him as saying at the 15th Fatah Revolutionary Council conference held in the West Bank city of Ramallah late on Tuesday.

The inability to exert authority in the besieged and war-torn Gaza Strip has been cited as the main point of dispute between Fatah and Hamas and the reason for the resignation of the first Palestinian unity government, forged by the two rival movements in June 2014.

“The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza," Amin Maqbul, the secretary general of the Revolutionary Council, which serves as the Fatah’s legislative body, told AFP.

Jun 16 19:50

Germany prints stamps of Palestinian iconic cartoon

Germany has printed stamps depicting Naji al-Ali's Handala, the cartoon of an orphan who became the iconic symbol of Palestinian identity and resistance back in early 1970s.

In an attempt to raise awareness about the deplorable conditions of Palestinians, Germany’s main post office (Deutsche post) is printing Ali’s work on a series of its stamps and plans to donate the revenue to equip a hospital in the Palestinian city of Beit Sahour, Palestinian television network Paltoday.tv reported on Tuesday.

Jun 16 15:33

Netanyahu Insists Twitter Users 'GET THE FACTS' on 'Gaza Conflict'

Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, in caps no less, for folks to 'GET THE FACTS' on the Gaza Conflict. He links to an Israeli government report.

Jun 16 15:17

Taking Note - The Editorial Page Editor's BlogIsrael’s Ludicrous Spoof of Western Journalists

If you don’t have a good story to tell, a tried and tested tactic is to lampoon the press.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which is bracing for a United Nations report on its conduct during last year’s war in Gaza, gave it a shot this week.

It was lame. It wasn’t funny. It was offensive.

The ministry released an animated video depicting a clueless, blonde, American-accented television journalist reporting idiotically from the Gaza Strip as Hamas militants lurked in the background. The spoof echoes a longstanding claim by the Israeli government: that Western journalists reporting from Gaza are often biased against Israel and refrain from criticizing Hamas, the militant group that runs the occupied territory.

Jun 16 14:05

Israel’s race to economic – and moral – bankruptcy

Jonathan Cook explains why, despite the economic cost of Israel’s oppressive policies towards the Palestinians, the focus of its economic interests and activity is likely to shift even more towards the occupied territories.

Jun 16 12:44

Abbas says Palestinian govt to resign within 24 hours - reports

The Palestinian government is to be dissolved within 24 hours, AFP reports, quoting a statement made by President Mahmoud Abbas. The government's spokesman, however, denies any such discussion of dissolution.

"Within 24 hours the Palestinian government will resign," Abbas told members of the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah movement in Ramallah, AFP reports, citing several officials present at the meeting.

The reason for the resignation is the government's inability to act in the Gaza strip, AFP reported earlier in the day citing senior officials with the Palestinian Authority.

“This one [government] is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza,” said Amin Maqbul, secretary general of the ruling Fatah movement's Revolutionary Council, according to AFP.

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It is a power-grab, no doubt backed by Israel, but it could well backfire and leave HAMAS in control of all Palestine!

Jun 16 10:03

BEX ALERT EXTRAORDINAIRE ~~ ZION GOES TO YOUTUBE TO DEFEND ITSELF

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs ridicules foreign press in cartoon defending Gaza attack

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If Israel is using cartoons, it is because they think you are all children!

Jun 16 10:03

ISRAELI TREASON AGAINST HUMANITY

Don’t tell me Israel is too civilized and wouldn’t indulge in the unthinkable. The truth is that Israel would unhesitatingly embark on the unthinkable should the humanity go into a brief moment of slumber.

This is why humanity must remain vigilant because the Israeli snake is venomous and treacherous.

Jun 16 10:02

Israel threatens President Abbas: Our tanks will be sweeping the West Bank within 24 hours

Press reports said on Sunday that the Israeli government had sent a "direct threat" to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month, demanding him and the Palestinian leadership to be "patient and stay calm until the end of this year, and to stop their illusions about isolating Israel".

Jun 16 09:16

US House of Reps: Europe Can't Boycott Israel

The United States House of Representatives has fast-tracked a bill regarding a free trade agreement between the US and Europe which would include a section barring EU countries from any form of commercial boycott against Israel and Israeli goods.

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We are all Palestinians now!

Jun 16 05:49

ISRAEL ACCUSED OF 'WAR CRIME' OVER BULLDOZING OF PALESTINIAN OLIVE GROVES

Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land.

Jun 15 22:09

Why are journalists surprised that Israel kills children?

There was nothing surprising about Israel finding itself not culpable for the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach in July last year, as it did in a military judgment released a few days ago.

Jun 15 12:34

Israel’s behaviour will bankrupt it over time

Two recent reports suggest that Israel could face catastrophic consequences if it fails to end the mistreatment of Palestinians under its rule, whether in the occupied territories or in Israel itself.

Jun 15 12:08

Israel defends Gaza conflict as 'moral war'

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.

The publication on Sunday of a report written in conjunction with Israeli government ministries was timed to occur days before the release of the findings of an investigation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) into possible war crimes by Israel and Hamas.

Jun 15 10:17

State of Palestine: Israeli forces run over youth after shooting him in the back *GRAPHIC*

Israeli forces shot a 22-year-old, Abdullah Ganaim, in the back before running him over in a security vehicle during an early morning raid at 2:00 am local time (23:00 GMT), on the village of Kafr Malik, Sunday.

Jun 15 10:06

2014 Gaza offensive was ‘unfortunate yet lawful’ – Israel ahead of UN probe results

Israel has released a report that argues Operation Protective Edge against Hamas Gaza during the summer of 2014 was lawful, a move aimed at pre-empting the findings of the UN war crimes investigation into the war, which is due to be released this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is in the same mindset as Hillary; thinking like lawyers to evade their crimes. But ordinary people are not lawyers, and politics is perception!

Jun 15 09:50

WHY THE WAR AGAINST BDS? ….. THE REAL REASON

Do you wonder why Benjamin Netanyahu is declaring war on BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), and Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban are holding a secret Las Vegas conference to fight it, and Yair Lapid is saying that the people behind BDS plotted 9/11, and Ari Shavit is calling the movement “evil and sophisticated”?

Jun 15 09:48

THE JUSTIFIED HOLOCAUST

Government-sanctioned report is released as ‘pre-emptive strike’ ahead of international UN report due to come out this month; authors say report provides evidence to justify Israel’s decision to launch war in Gaza based on international law.

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Jun 15 09:41

Tel Aviv moves to block release of UN report on Israeli war crimes

Tel Aviv seeks to prevent the release of the findings of a UN investigation into Israeli war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza, with the prime minister of the regime labeling such a move as a “waste of time.”

Addressing Israeli ministers on Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that “whoever wants a baseless automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.”

Jun 15 09:41

Israel’s UN Mission Accused of Deceiving NY Member States

An official at one of the permanent missions for a European country told Days of Palestine that the Israeli mission had circulated misleading information about its human rights record in occupied Palestine.

“We received emails from the Israeli mission, including direct instructions, which is against our sovereignty as a state, not to believe the recent Human Rights Watch report and rely only on two organisations they recommended,” the official said.

“When we googled these NGOs, we knew that they were Israelis,” the official, who preferred to keep the name of his Western-European country unknown, added.

He further criticised the Israeli behaviour at the UN, which is often supported by the United States. “We are disgusted in some of the European countries about what Israel and the US are doing,” he said, “It is rather shameful that Israel attempts to mislead us.”

Jun 15 08:57

Why are journalists surprised that Israel kills children?

There was nothing surprising about Israel finding itself not culpable for the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach in July last year, as it did in a military judgment released a few days ago.

Israel’s investigations into its own crimes aren’t known for delivering guilty verdicts.

Jun 15 08:34

Unarmed palestinian getting provoked, insulted and beaten up by 7 Israeli soldiers!

Jun 14 14:10

Settlers set Palestinian home on fire

Around 12 PM Saturday night the 30th/31st of May, Imad Abu Shamsiyeh woke up to the sound of stones being thrown at his home, in Tel Rumeida, Al Khalil (Hebron). This is not at all out of the ordinary for the Abu Shamsiyeh family – they are often harassed, sometimes daily, and attacked by Israeli settlers.

Jun 14 10:37

Israeli officers assault Palestinian prisoner on way to hospital

Israeli officers violently assaulted a Palestinian prisoner while he was being transported from to a hospital for medical tests on Sunday, the Palestinian prisoner’s society said.

Jun 14 10:19

IS IT TOO LATE FOR A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE?

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to adopt brazen mendacity and dishonesty as his modus operandi vis-à-vis the rest of the world.

In fact, one would exaggerate very little by saying that Netanyahu is probably the most dishonest political figure in Israel ever since the racist Jewish entity came into being in Palestine 67 years ago.

Jun 14 09:38

Palestinian ‘bumped off’ by Israeli troops

Ramallah: A 22-year-old Palestinian man was shot in his spine before being run over by an Israeli military vehicle in the village of Kofr Malek, east of Ramallah.

Palestinian medical sources told Gulf News that Israeli occupation troops had been chasing Abdullah Eyad Ghanayem when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which hit Ghanayem and ran him over. Ghanayem was left bleeding under the jeep for several hours even as the soldiers denied access to medics trying to assist him.

Jun 14 09:35

Israel’s UN Mission Accused of Deceiving NY Member States

An official at one of the permanent missions for a European country told Days of Palestine that the Israeli mission had circulated misleading information about its human rights record in occupied Palestine.

“We received emails from the Israeli mission, including direct instructions, which is against our sovereignty as a state, not to believe the recent Human Rights Watch report and rely only on two organisations they recommended,” the official said.

“When we googled these NGOs, we knew that they were Israelis,” the official, who preferred to keep the name of his Western-European country unknown, added.

He further criticised the Israeli behaviour at the UN, which is often supported by the United States. “We are disgusted in some of the European countries about what Israel and the US are doing,” he said, “It is rather shameful that Israel attempts to mislead us.”

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Jun 14 09:34

US trade bills seek to halt boycotts of Israel

The United States House of Representatives on Friday approved a measure to allow a "fast track" process for a free trade agreement between the US and Europe, which includes a section obligating EU countries to refrain from any kind of boycotts on Israeli goods.

Jun 14 08:57

Netanyahu Says it's Anti-Semitism to Accuse Israel of War Crimes or Violating Human Rights

Jun 14 02:57

Attacks on fishermen continue in Gaza

During the last weeks, the Israeli military has been shooting at the fishermen of Gaza almost daily with rubber coated steel-bullets and live ammunition. They also kidnapped 15 fishermen. Three of the injured and seven of the kidnapped belong to the Baker family, who are also the family of the 4 boys who were murdered by the Israeli military while they were playing football on the beach during the last massacre in Gaza. Yesterday, in Deir el Balah, the army stole 37 fishing nets and today the shooting went on all along the Strip.

Jun 13 11:24

ORANGE TELECOM ~~ ‘BUSINESS BEFORE BOYCOTTS’

Orange telecom CEO Stephane Richard was set to arrive in Israel to “clarify the misunderstanding” over his recent remarks about Israel.

Richard was scheduled to begin a two-day visit on Thursday, according to the French news agency AFP, citing the company.

The visit comes in the wake of statements last week by Richard in Cairo that his company, which is 25 percent owned by the French government, would end its Israeli presence if it were not contractually bound to the Israeli firm Partner. A day later Orange announced that it would seek to cancel a recently signed 10-year arrangement with Partner in Israel. The announcement led to accusations of a boycott against Israel by the company.

Jun 13 08:41

Norwegian pension fund divests from Israeli occupation

Norway's largest pension fund has excluded two companies "on the grounds of their exploitation of natural resources in occupied territory on the West Bank."

KLP, which manages a US$70 billion investment portfolio, formally excluded Heidelberg Cement and Cemex on June 1, following a period of investigation and engagement. The combined worth of KLP's shareholdings in both HeidelbergCement and Cemex was approximately $5 million.

Heidelberg Cement and Cemex, leading global suppliers of building materials, operate quarries in the West Bank through their respective Israeli subsidiaries. According to KLP, "the companies pay licence fees and royalties to the state of Israel" while "the products deriving from the quarries are sold primarily for use in Israel's domestic construction market."

Jun 13 08:33

Egypt Opens Gaza Border Crossing

Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza in both directions Saturday for the first time in three months.

The crossing is scheduled to be opened for three days, allowing Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip.

Jun 13 08:28

Haim Saban Threatens Orange and Companies Boycotting Israel with Retribution

During their Las Vegas anti-BDS “Maccabee Summit,” Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, sat down for a joint interview with an Israeli Channel 2 TV reporter. She raised the issue of Orange CEO, Stephane Richard’s abject apology to Israel for suggesting his company would like to be rid of its Israeli affiliate. Saban replied with a tone of menace in his voice that any country that is even thinking about boycotting Israel should think twice because the harsh treatment being meted out to Richard is just the beginning for him. In other words, if you’re a corporate CEO and want to keep your job, heed Saban’s warning or you may be out in the street.

Jun 13 08:18

Amcha attempt to block “Palestinian Voices” university course fails

An anti-Palestinian campus watchdog attempted to shut down a student-led course on the history of Palestine at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). But the university this week rebuked the group’s efforts and stated its commitment to academic freedom.

The Amcha Initiative spearheaded demands to have the UCR administration investigate the course. Amcha has a history of obsessive attempts to silence criticism of Israeli policy and label supporters of Palestinians’ rights as anti-Semites.

Jun 13 05:57

China forbids its construction workers from building Israeli settlements

Israel’s talks on migrant workers with China are deadlocked due to Beijing refusing to allow its citizens to participate in the construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Jun 13 03:37

German, Mexican firms blacklisted by Norway pension fund over Israeli occupation roles

The Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement can chalk up another success this week, as a $65 billion Norwegian public sector pension fund announced it would not invest in two firms linked to the Israeli occupation.

Jun 12 13:13

Gaza beach bombing that killed four boys was legal, says Israeli army

Israel announced on Thursday that no criminal charges will brought against members of its army responsible for the deadly attack last summer on a Gaza beach that killed four boys from the same family.

Jun 12 12:58

Israel murders 4 children playing on beach, refuses to admit it's at fault

Mistaking boys playing in a Gaza beach area for Hamas fighters and firing two missiles at them, killing four, is a tragic accident and not a reason to press criminal charges, an Israeli military magistrate’s office ruled.

Jun 12 09:59

Activists to shut down Israeli arms factory in Gaza war anniversary protest

Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems’ UK factory will become the target of a protest to mark the anniversary of the Gaza conflict in July.

Anti-arms trade campaigners will join forces with students unions and pro-Palestinian groups in a bid to shut down the factory, which they say manufactures drones.

Activists occupied the same factory in Shenstone, near Birmingham, last year, causing it to close down for two days and reportedly cost Elbit over £100,000 in damages.

Jun 12 07:34

Israel exonerates itself over Gaza beach killings of four children last year

Israeli investigation says missile attack that killed boys aged between nine and 11 was ‘tragic accident’ in findings contradictory to journalists’ reports from scene

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"We thought they were Egyptian horse traders! Honest! And if you don't believe me then you are a filthy Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants to bring back Hitler so he can gas Jewish babies!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 11 17:48

Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project - An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

“the Israeli electorate is still dominated by hyper-nationalist, in some cases proto-fascist, figures. It is no way inclined to make peace. It has given a clear mandate for policies … that will further deepen Israel’s colonial venture.”

Jun 11 14:13

Treatment of East Jerusalem Palestinians: Profile of Israeli Viciousness

Longstanding Israeli policy leaves East Jerusalem Palestinians deeply impoverished, viciously persecuted and denied fundamental rights everyone deserves.

A mid-May Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) report on East Jerusalem “paints a (disturbing) picture of persistent neglect and increasing (Israeli) violence,” the organization said.

Jun 11 13:39

Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

Jun 11 12:51

Israel razes Palestinian land in Wadi Fuqeen to prepare for new Jewish squatters project

The Israeli Wehrmacht on 11 June razed Palestinian-owned agricultural land in the village of Wadi Fuqeen, west of Bethlehem, to pave the way for an expansion of nearby Jewish squatter colonies, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reports.

According to the head of the village council, Ahmad Sokar, Israeli Wehrmacht troops, accompanied by bulldozers, arrived in the early morning of 11 June and razed nearly five acres of land located between the illegal Jewish squatter colonies of Beitar Illit and Tzur Hadassah.>>

Jun 11 10:53

Diplomats: EU has Israel sanctions ready, and Uncle Sam may not be able to help

Israel wishes to delay the signing of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, but not solely because such an agreement would be dangerous to the Jewish State.

The concern is that immediately following such an agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will become the UN Security Council's and European Union's top priority, and the international community will be freed up to deal with the party it sees as responsible for the stagnation in the peace process - Israel.

This is the widely-held assumption in off-the-record conversations among diplomatic sources in New York and in Washington. "A diplomatic attack against Israel is expected soon that will surprise even the pessimists in Jerusalem," a senior Western diplomat told The Jerusalem Post's Hebrew-language sister publication, Ma'ariv. "In the Security Council, in western capitals and at EU headquarters, they are just waiting for the Iran deal to be signed and for it to be approved by the American Congress."

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Good reason for Israel to set off a dirty bomb in the US and blame Iran for it!

Jun 11 10:32

Netanyahu cabinet members reject two-state solution; call for annexation of occupied territories

“I negate the idea of a two state-solution,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said. As Israel’s chief foreign relations official, Hotovely is responsible for representing Israel if negotiations with the Palestinians were to resume. She spoke at length claiming Palestinian actions over recent months to boycott Israel at FIFA, and their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state show the Palestinians are in no mood for a peace deal. They “want to put Israel alongside al-Qaeda,” she said.’

Jun 11 10:23

ISRAELI ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE THE TRUTH

Set up by a group of academics, lawyers and politicians more than 25 years ago, the NGO – whose name means “in the image of” and is a synonym in Hebrew for human dignity – has at times portrayed itself as the conscience of the nation.

But legislation being proposed by Israel’s new right-wing government threatens to severely limit the work of B’Tselem and scores of other Israeli NGOs that receive millions of dollars each year in donations from foreign governments and foundations.

While the legislation is in draft form, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party says she is determined to crack down on those who take foreign money and then criticize Israel, accusing the NGOs of “eroding the legitimacy of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.”

Jun 11 10:22

CHILD ABUSE ~~ WHAT THE UN REFUSES TO SEE

Israeli Military Torturing Palestinian Children ~viewer discretion~

Jun 11 10:22

Palestinian speaker released from Israeli jail

According to the Ahrar Center for Prisoners and Human Rights Studies on Tuesday, Aziz Duweik was released from the Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah after paying a fine of 6,000 shekels ($1,565).

On May 25, an Israeli court handed down a one-year prison term to the 67-year-old Palestinian official and ordered him to pay more than a thousand dollars for delivering a speech at a pro-resistance celebration three years ago.

Jun 11 09:44

Israel bars shot Palestinian from treatment in Jerusalem

Israel has barred a Palestinian photographer allegedly shot in the eye by an Israeli soldier from entering east Jerusalem for specialist treatment, he told AFP on Wednesday.

Nidal Shtayyeh, who works for Chinese news agency Xinhua, was wounded while covering a small demonstration at Huwarra checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on May 16.

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"After all, if he goes blind, then he can no longer take pictures we do not like!" -- Nodding Yahoo

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