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Apr 01 07:05

4 senators urge Obama not to impose peace conditions on Israel

Four senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him not to bypass direct negotiations and impose conditions on Israel in an effort to create a two-state solution.

The senators — Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) — wrote in a letter Monday that while they are committed to a two-state solution that would keep Israel secure and ensure economic opportunity for the Palestinians, they are against efforts to let the United Nations and other international bodies impose the terms.

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The residents of Maryland, Maine, Virginia, and Mississippi need to get on the phones to those Senators and tell them their jobs are Maryland, Maine, Virginia, and Mississippi, and not Israel! Because there is an election next year and I don't think "Friend of Israel" is the vote-getter it used to be.

Apr 01 06:51

Divestment referendum blocked at Northeastern

Activists at Northeastern University in Boston say they have been silenced by their student government after it blocked a divestment referendum from appearing on an upcoming election ballot.

The referendum would have asked students whether they would support divestment from four US companies that profit from Israel’s violations of Palestinians’ rights.

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So Israel has subverted our education system, along with the government!

Apr 01 06:51

In photos: Gaza fishermen “in God’s hands”

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside of al-Shifa hospital to protest the killing of Tawfiq Abu Reyaleh, a 34-year-old fisherman shot by the Israeli navy just hours before.

Along with his shipmates on the overnight shift, the late father of five was struck by a bullet when Israeli forces opened fire on their boat on 7 March, as they sailed within the six-nautical mile limit that Israel has imposed on Gaza’s sea vessels, according to the fishermen.

Abu Reyaleh was survived by his wife and four children, who live in northern Gaza.

Apr 01 05:53

Palestinians join International Criminal Court

Palestinians have formally become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a membership that enables Palestinians to sue Israeli officials for war crimes.

The Palestinian Authority officially joined the ICC on Wednesday, becoming the 123rd member of the Hague-based court.

The membership enables the Palestinians to file lawsuits against Israeli officials over crimes committed on Palestinian territory, including offenses committed during Tel Aviv’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip last year.

The Palestinian decision to join the ICC was made in January after decades of negotiations with Israel failed to put an end to Tel Aviv’s policy of expanding settlements on the occupied Palestinian lands.

In response to the decision, Tel Aviv cut off more than USD 120 millions in tax funds to the Palestinian Authority.

Apr 01 02:32

Palestinians join ICC in politically charged move

The Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Wednesday, in a politically charged move that will open both Israeli and Palestinian officials to possible future war crimes prosecutions.

Mar 31 18:15

John Bolton’s Love of Bombs - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

And indeed, given John Bolton’s influence on the right, his public advocacy of a nuclear attack on Iran in 2009, and his having become a foreign policy advisor for presidential candidate Ted Cruz, he might be judged the most dangerous man in the U.S.

Mar 31 13:51

Last summer’s Israeli aggression is sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages

Months after the last massive Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, thanks to the social and independent media, everyone has read news and seen pictures of the attacks from the zionist regime against residential buildings, United Nations shelter-schools, hospitals, ambulances, mosques, churches and thousands of family homes.

Mar 31 11:52

Israel forces abduct 20+ Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli sources confirmed that 11 Palestinians were arrested in the village of Abwein in Ramallah and six others in Salwan near al-Quds (Jerusalem). The other Palestinians were nabbed in other locations.

Israeli forces have been carrying out similar raids in the occupied territories on an almost daily basis. The raids have intensified since the deadly war on the Gaza Strip last year.

Mar 31 10:17

Who Spies for Israel in Washington’s Nuclear Negotiations?

All those Zionist ‘wise-guys’ of both genders, who think they have been so clever using their high office to serve Israel, are fooling themselves. More and more citizens are becoming aware that Israel’s espionage, its dictates to the US Congress and its manipulation of Executive powers are harming America. At the present, highly placed Zionist officials hold sway over the Obama Cabinet, but in the future they may find themselves facing charges of being agents of a foreign power, and a threat to US national security. They may find themselves sharing a cell block with Jonathan Pollard!

Mar 31 09:45

WHAT DOES JON STEWART’S REPLACEMENT THINK OF ISRAEL?

Noah’s own origins also trigger interest on this topic, since many critics compare Israel’s policies to those of apartheid South Africa. Noah lived through the late years of apartheid as child. Although he has not commented directly on the Israel-Palestinian relationship so far, a couple of his past posts on social media indicate he probably won’t be appearing at next year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

Mar 31 09:31

Youth shot by Israel for waving flag and flashing V sign

Anas Qdeh, 21, had no idea that waving the Palestinian flag and flashing the V sign is a crime for which he will be shot by the Israeli Occupation forces (IOF) which fired explosive bullets directly at his legs while he was with scores of citizens about 10 meters away from the security fence separating Khan Younis from 1948 occupied lands.

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Mar 31 07:57

Israeli government spreads racist caricature of Arabs on Facebook, Twitter

In Israel, stereotypes of Arabs – often the lowest paid, least protected and most exploited workers – as lazy, reflect the kind of racist attitudes toward natives prevalent in other settler societies.

This is also reflective of the anti-Arab attitudes taught to Israeli Jewish schoolchildren from the youngest age.

Mar 31 07:17

Israeli Espionage Network in Washington: The Prime Suspects

The activities of US Zionists as spies and shock troops for Israel’s effort to destroy Iran and undermine US diplomacy, pose a long-term threat to all Jews in America. Sooner or later, Israel’s deep penetration of US power centers and its manipulation of elected American officials, will lead to a prolonged, bloody, destructive war.

Mar 31 05:19

New Gaza-bound 'Freedom Flotilla' expected to sail this summer

Former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki is expected to take part, organisers said.

Mar 31 05:04

Israeli forces partially demolish home near Jerusalem's Old City

Israeli bulldozers demolished part of a home belonging to the Amr family in the Wadi al-Joz neighborhood east of Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday.

Mar 30 18:38

De-Zionization of America – 2015

America is suffering from a severe addiction and the dealers in our government, in our academic, financial and social institutions, are not your average crack drug dealers — but Zionists, providing the needed “fix”. It is time for a much-needed rehabilitation in America, and for us to get on the road to recovery from this toxic and fatal addiction.

Mar 30 15:35

German Jewish family recount ordeal of living in Israel

Marianne Azizi describes – through the testimony of a German Jewish family that escaped from Israel to Germany – how the Jewish Agency lures Jews to immigrate to Israel, where they experience hell.

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Mar 30 13:46

Nabi Saleh Land Day Protest met with extreme violence and M16 live ammunition

On the 28th of March 2015, close to 200 protesters from all over the West Bank gathered in Nabi Saleh to protest the occupation in commemoration of Land Day. The protest was met with extreme violence as the Army and Border Police fired large amounts of tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets as well as several rounds of M16 live ammunition at the protesters.

Mar 30 13:22

Israeli forces shoot, injure 3 Palestinians in southern Gaza

Three Palestinians where shot and injured by Israeli forces in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, a medical official said Monday.

Mar 30 11:35

Watch what Netanyahu does, not what he says

Israel has again voted for a national leader who acts as if he considers one-fifth of its country's citizens -- including me and my family -- to be an existential threat. We were born into the wrong tribe, so to speak.

Mar 30 09:40

IN PHOTOS ~~ 5K GAZA RUN

On Saturday morning, March 28th, the sky over Prospect Park in Brooklyn was leaden, the temperature was more appropriate to January than March, and it seemed to get worse as the hours passed. However, that did not stop a spirited group of about 600 participants which included every race, ethnicity, and age from gathering to run, or walk, a 5K loop in the park. The event was organized by UNRWA in order to raise money to provide mental health services for the traumatized children of Gaza. Buoyed only by the comradery and love for the children of Gaza, the runners took off at about 9:30 AM with the swifter among them crossing the finish line fairly shortly thereafter. The walkers returned much later.

Mar 30 07:43

Sussex students join UK’s wave of Israel boycotts

Students at the University of Sussex in the UK have voted overwhelmingly in support of their student union being part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

In a cross-campus referendum that closed on Friday, 806 students voted in favor of BDS (68 percent of votes cast), compared to just 373 votes against.

Mar 30 07:42

Mahmoud Abbas calls for Arab military intervention against Hamas in Gaza

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas issued a thinly veiled call for an Arab military intervention to overthrow Hamas in Gaza, along the lines of the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

But the kind of intervention Abbas may be setting the stage for would likely consist of ground troops rather than airstrikes.

Abbas made the suggestion at the Arab League summit hosted by the Egyptian military regime in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh on Saturday.

Abbas’ speech indicates that a similar call by his religious affairs advisor in a Friday sermon in Ramallah represented official PA policy, and not the views of a maverick. Hamas has condemned the PA leader’s statements.

Mar 29 22:09

Settlers destroy 1200 Palestinian olive trees near Hebron

Israeli settlers on Saturday destroyed more than 1,000 olive trees near the village of al-Shuyukh north of Hebron, in the third such attack on the villagers' livelihood in recent memory.

Mar 29 22:07

Israeli court orders demolition of Palestinian village in West Bank

Israeli authorities have decided to demolish a Palestinian village in southern West Bank and expel its residents under the pretext it was built without a permit, a Palestinian activist said.

Mar 29 16:37

An American neo-Orientalist in Tehran

The scholar who seemed so politically naïve, never expressed a political word and persistently presented himself as an agreeably smiling man with intellectual resources suddenly proved to a be a covert pro-Zionist who may even garner a medal of honor from Mr. Netanyahu, Dr. Ismail Salami writes of Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt

Mar 29 14:36

A Jewish version of Islamic State

Jamal Kanj reflects on the irony that while world powers have recognised the danger of the“Islamic State”, the same governments are urging Palestinians to accept its Hebrew version – the Jewish State.

Mar 29 14:05

Arab states should “strike” Gaza like Yemen, says advisor to Mahmoud Abbas

A senior Palestinian Authority official has called on Arab states to “strike” Gaza, following the example of the Saudi-led bombing raids on Yemen.

As if being regularly pummelled by the Israeli Occupation Forces isn't already bad enough...

Mar 29 14:00

Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will fight for an independent Palestinian state, and called for the issues of the Middle East to be resolved through peaceful means.

Mar 29 09:53

Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will fight for an independent Palestinian state, and called for the issues of the Middle East to be resolved through peaceful means.

Despite international criticism over Russia’s own role in the Ukrainian crisis, Mr Putin was hailed last week by a St Petersburg Cossack group for his ability to “bring order and stop wars”.

In an address to the Arab League summit in Egypt on Saturday, Mr Putin spoke against foreign intervention in countries’ internal disputes and spoke of the role Russia can play in diplomatic channels.

Mar 29 09:51

Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state

Russian President tells Arab League his country will fight to establish an independent Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem

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Despite international criticism over Russia’s own role in the Ukrainian crisis, Mr Putin was hailed last week by a St Petersburg Cossack group for his ability to “bring order and stop wars”.
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While Russia openly opposes the stance of US-backed Israel on the Gaza crisis, its position in the Middle East is complicated. Mr Putin is one of Iran’s key allies, but as he spoke on Saturday the core nations of the Arab League engaged in air strikes on the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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Mar 29 09:43

THE JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE IS BEING HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR

JVP’s full embrace of BDS includes endorsing a right of return for Arabs and for descendants of Arabs who fled or who were expelled by Israel’s army in the 1948 war that established the state. That population, most of whom remain stateless refugees, now numbers more than 5.2 million. Israel and its supporters, including even dovish Zionist parties such as Meretz, argue that full implementation of the United Nations resolution calling for their return would render Jews a minority in their own state. It would mean, they say, the end of Zionism.

Mar 29 08:52

They're Palestinians, not 'Israeli Arabs'

Submitted by Sydney Barakat,

Author: Saree Makdisi,
Can you imagine reading an editorial in a respected newspaper today discussing the rights of "Negroes" or "Chinamen"? Probably not. And yet, like other newspapers in this country, The Times continues to use the generic term "Arabs" or "Israeli Arabs" to refer to the Palestinians who live inside Israel, falsely distinguishing them from the Palestinians who live in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 or those who were driven into exile during the destruction of Palestine in 1948.

The term is, at best, an archaism from the mid-20th century that Palestinians themselves resist using. Using it is akin to using "Negroes" or "Coloreds" instead of "African Americans" or calling Asians "Orientals." In general, the term that an ethnic or national group uses to designate itself is surely preferable to the terms that its antagonists have historically used to designate it.

Mar 28 20:25

The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The underwater rock formations provide the best fishing grounds off Gaza, but they are just beyond the limit set by the Israelis for local boats. Tawfiq Abu Riyala dreamt up an ingenious plan to solve this problem; but it may have ended up costing him his life.

The 32-year-old fisherman had built up his own artificial rock with planks of wood, tyres, and bits of metal, seemingly well within the area in which he and his colleagues are allowed to operate. It was while he was adding to this pile that an Israeli gunboat opened fire, wounding him fatally.

Mar 28 14:13

BBC’s lame interview with Israel’s defence minister

Analysis of a BBC interview with Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon shows how, by failing to challenge the Israeli minister, the public broadcaster actually misinforms the public about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Mar 28 09:00

EU keeps Hamas on ‘terror’ list despite court ruling

The European Union (EU) has kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist despite a court ruling ordering the 28-member bloc to remove the Palestinian resistance movement from the register.

The measure comes as EU foreign ministers have lodged an appeal against the decision made by the union’s second highest court late last year. The appeal process is expected to take around a year and a half.

Mar 28 06:35

Disabled teacher in Gaza inspires his students to never give up

A young teacher who lost three limbs in an Israeli missile strike leads by example, showing his young students how to overcome adversity.

Mar 28 04:24

Israel says to release Palestinian tax funds

Move welcomed by the US which has been at odds with Israel over recent actions

Occupied Jerusalem: Israel said Friday it will release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax funds it has withheld from the Palestinian Authority as a punitive measure.

The United States swiftly welcomed the move, which could help disarm tensions with Washington and the international community after a polarising Israeli election campaign.

“We welcome the decision of the prime minister of Israel to release withheld tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority,” said US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke.

“This is an important step that will benefit the Palestinian people and will help stabilise the situation in the West Bank.”

(*I'm still in the 'We'll See' stage , on this one .)

Mar 28 03:21

2014 Deadliest Year for Palestinians Since 1967, UN Report Finds

Human toll included high levels of displacement, driven by Israel's 50-day military assault on Gaza last summer.

Mar 27 13:48

Israel to resume tax revenue transfers to the Palestinian Authority

After months of freezing tax revenue transfers as punishment for the Palestinian Authority's application to the Rome Statute, Israel announced on Friday that it will release the money to the interim government in Ramallah.

The announcement was made in a press release by the Prime Minister's Office just before sundown Friday.

This past January, Israel froze the transfer of some NIS 500 million in tax collections to the Palestinian Authority.

The move came as a protest of the formal application for membership of the International Criminal Court that was filed on Friday on behalf of the “State of Palestine.”

Mar 27 11:43

2014 Deadliest Year for Palestinians Since 1967

Palestinians suffered a dramatic increase in fatalities last year, with more killed by Israel in 2014 than any other annual period since the 1967 war nearly 50 years ago.

Mar 27 10:43

Ron Paul: How Will the Yemeni Civil War End?

This idea that we can run an Empire with military threats, missiles, and economic sanctions is a fallacy.

The Civil War in Yemen is rapidly expanding. We have been forced to close our embassy and military base located there. It is now clear that Obama’s optimism for fighting terrorism in Yemen was misplaced. It hardly sets a standard for dealing with constant conflict and chaos throughout the Middle East.

So far the various factions that we have supported over the years have been poor choices, as usual.

Hopefully someday our government officials will wake up. The counterinsurgency doctrine that was supposed to be the answer to all our military shortcomings is a total failure.

Mar 27 09:20

TIME ONCE AGAIN TO CLEANSE THE LAND OF BREAD AND ARABS

Jewish mothers used to go into a cleaning frenzie a week or so before the Festival of Passover. All traces of leaven (chametz) had to be removed from the home before the onset of the holiday.
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Modern folk have determined that dust is not chametz, so there is less madness involved in the cleaning process, but Israel has added a new dimension to the situation; Arabs must be removed as well as the leaven.

Mar 27 09:12

Israel committed war crimes in Gaza war: Rights group

A nongovernmental federation for human rights organizations says Israel perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity during its devastating military onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip last summer.

In a report entitled “Trapped and Punished: The Gaza Civilian Population under Operation Protective Edge” published on Friday, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) pointed to examples of indiscriminate and direct attacks against civilians and civilian objects, disproportionate use of force as well as deliberate attacks targeting medical services during the Israeli war on Gaza.

The report further made a reference to Israel’s “refusal of access to humanitarian relief, the targeting of residential areas, operational healthcare facilities and transport, and life-sustaining civilian infrastructure” among the regime’s violations of international law.

Mar 27 08:01

Israelis Vs. Jews

The Alternative Right is perhaps overly impressed with the use of “cuckold” as an insult, but no other word so accurately describes the behavior of the Republican Party and mainstream conservatives in response. Speaker John Boehner was willing to insult the President of the United States in order to fête Benjamin Netanyahu, but he did it on the very day he utterly betrayed his own constituents by surrendering on Obama’s unilateral amnesty for “undocumented migrants” (or what the Israelis call “illegal infiltrators.”)

Mar 27 07:59

Hamas seizes spying Israeli electronic insects in Gaza

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas have seized electronic insects that were flying the skies of the Gaza Strip, according to Al-Majd, a security website close to Hamas.

Al-Majd reports that the devices are used by the Israeli authorities for spying and monitoring the positions and bases of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

Mar 27 06:20

US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program

Smith, who heads the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, reportedly said he thinks this is the first time the US government has officially confirmed that Israel is a nuclear power, a status that Israel has long been widely known to have despite being undeclared.

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

Mar 26 15:54

How to deal with Israel’s stooges

Stuart Littlewood views recent attempts by Israel’s stooges in Britain to bully academic institutions into cancelling events on the grounds that the events will feature Israel critics or examine Israeli behaviour.

Mar 26 08:00

Egypt to Import Israeli Gas

Bad news for the Palestinians. Given that some of the gas, if not all of the gas belongs to the Palestinians in Gaza- I've covered this situation previously. This explains why Egypt is assisting in the strangulation of Gaza

Mar 26 06:03

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

Reality crashed down on those who had hoped the March 17 Knesset elections might lead to a more moderate future Israeli leadership.

The election returns brought the news, Benjamin Netanyahu had won again.

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

“Something like scales” must be made to fall from the eyes of the American public which has been endorsing, funding and supporting a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. How will that be accomplished?

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes She causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 26 05:59

Conference Program to Scrutinize Israel Lobby on April 10 at National Press Club

Conference organizers are the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

This unprecedented gathering will focus on the Israel lobby in America. How big is it? How fast has it grown? How interconnected are the organizations and individuals? How much revenue does it raise and where does the money go? What are the common objectives of the lobby? What laws apply to lobbying to benefit a foreign government and are they vigorously enforced? Do coordinated campaign contributions cause American policymakers to act more on behalf of Israel than the United States? What fallacies underlie the assertions that U.S. and Israeli interests are the same? What are the Israel lobby’s public and private, short-and-medium-term policy objectives? And what can Americans who do not believe pro-Israel slogans, activities and policy objectives do?

Mar 26 05:55

The Roots of Netanyahu’s Electoral Victory: Colonial Expansion and Fascist Ideology

Netanyahu has established the fact that Israel and its people embrace a racist ideology and receive the endorsement of most Western leaders, and mass media and the unconditional support of its overseas fifth column.

There is no question that the majority of Israeli Jewish leaders and parties support Netanyahu’s racist pronouncements and ‘no-state’ solution and joined him in a coalition government. But the larger issue is the positive mass response to Netanyahu’s call to action. Nearly three quarters of the electorate turned out (73%) to elect him. Moreover, Netanyahu has been elected prime minister for four terms: between 1996-99 and more recently 2009-20.

What is more, the opposition has not differed from the Netanyahu coalition regime’s Judeo-centric policies and pronouncements. In other words, ‘racist’ ideology per se is not what drives the Israeli majority to repeatedly support Netanyahu.

Mar 25 13:52

Video: Israeli Soldiers Terrorize Palestinian Children In Their Sleep

I suspect the word “occupation” – even the more precise “belligerent occupation” – fails to convey to most people the reality of daily horrors inflicted on the Palestinians. Of course, we know that occupations in general are bad and that it would be better if this particular one ended. But what does an occupation feel like if you’re a child, if you’re four or eight years old?

Mar 25 12:13

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

Because Netanyahu’s Likud party won the largest number of seats (30) in the new Israeli parliament (120 total), he will play the major role in organizing the next government.

Even liberal Zionist Thomas Friedman had to acknowledge that Netanyahu won with “dirty” politics and the use of “dog-whistle” language. Friedman wrote in his New York Times column that “You cannot win that dirty and just walk away like nothing has happened”.

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 25 09:57

Bibi’s back, feat. Norman Finkelstein

On the back of an election victory Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. What will his legacy be: a talented politician who polarized society, isolated Israel in the world, and refused to make peace with the Palestinians, and eventually made war with Iran?

Mar 25 09:55

Aftermath of Israeli Offensive in Gaza: Disabled Gazans Strive to Live

There are 50,000 disabled people in Gaza. Due to several rounds of Israeli military campaigns against the strip, there are more disabled people in the coastal enclave than ever before.

Mar 25 09:48

WHAT NETANYAHU’S ‘APLOLOGY’ MEANS TO THE CHILDREN OF PALESTINE ~~ IN VIDEOS

Netanyahu ‘apologised’ to the ‘Arabs’ in Israel for the racist remarks he made on Election Day.

He was worried that the ‘Arabs were voting in droves’ to unseat him. The following two videos might explain why they wanted him unseated …

Where is the apology to these children?

Mar 25 09:48

GROWING SUPPORT FOR BDS AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES

Student union at McMaster University in Hamilton votes to support the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Mar 25 09:33

Rafah buffer zone to extend 1,000 more meters into Egypt

People in the restive Sinai Peninsula have been informed of a third phase of evacuations to be made as part of government plans to create a 2,000-meter buffer zone along the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

People in Rafah said they have been notified that the third phase of evacuations will begin in early April. The first two phases involved the evacuation of 3,350 families from land that extended 1,000 meters into Egypt along the 14 km-long border.

Mar 25 09:23

Israel sentences Palestinian to 15.5 years in prison

An Israeli court has handed down a 15.5-year prison term to a Palestinian man for defending the Gaza Strip during the Tel Aviv regime’s 50-day military offensive against the blockaded sliver last summer.

According to reports on Tuesday, the Beersheba district court convicted 24-year-old Mohammed Abu Zaraj for allegedly trying to attack the Israeli soldiers last year.

Mar 25 09:22

Israel, settlers grabbing Palestine land: UK minister

The Israeli regime with the assistance of a “radical” settler group has been grabbing Palestinian land under the pretext of providing protection for historic archaeological sites, a British minister says.

"We are aware of the link between the Elad (settler) group and the Israel Antiquities Authority. We are concerned that this link has led to Israel Antiquities Authority's support of radical settler activities in and around the Old City under the guise of tourism and protection of Jewish history,” UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said.

The settler group is infamous for colonizing Palestinian land by driving Palestinian residents out of their dwellings.

Mar 25 09:09

Palestinians to Obama: We Told You So About Netanyahu

Now that President Obama is calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an unwilling partner in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Palestinian representatives in the United States have a simple message for him: We told you so.

“Ever since [Netanyahu] came to power in 2009, he did not have any intention whatsoever to deal with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Maen Areikat, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s representative to the United States.

Mar 25 09:05

For Hamza: Arms Sanctions against Israel’s Everyday Terrorism

Meet little Hamza Mus’ab Almadani of Khan Younis, Gaza.

Look carefully, look tenderly, don’t turn away. Please don’t turn away as all the nations of the world have, for decades, turned away from Palestine.

Hamza is Palestine.

Look carefully at Israel’s savage violation to his once perfect little body when on the 25th July 2014, Israel’s soldiers loaded and fired pale blue artillery shells that discharged white incendiary rain on Gaza in hundreds of phosphorous-impregnated felt wedges as Hamza and his family slept.

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Mar 25 08:25

Video: Israeli night raids on sleeping Palestinian children

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem today released two harrowing videos of heavily armed Israeli soldiers raiding the bedrooms of Palestinian children in the middle of the night.

The first video, above, is titled “Night search of Sameeh and Mai D’ana’s home, Hebron, 24 February 2015.”

The video was shot during a night raid on ten homes in the occupied West Bank city. B’Tselem does not say who shot the video, but typically the videos it releases are made by Palestinians.

After forcing the children – at least one as young as four – out of their beds, the video shows the soldiers in full combat gear, armed with rifles and hand grenades, photographing and interrogating them.

The father asks the soldiers why they are invading his home in the middle of the night.

“Because stones are thrown at us all day long,” one soldier replies.

Mar 25 07:24

Conference Program to Scrutinize the Israel Lobby on April 10 at the National Press Club

The April 10 conference “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?” at the National Press Club will present the following panels:

1.0 What Is the Israel Lobby and How Does It Work? 9:00 AM
2.0 Are Critical Voices Silenced? 10:10 AM
3.0 Is Freedom of Speech Encouraged on American Campuses? 11:35 AM
4.0 Is the Lobby Good for Israel? 1:15 PM
5.0 How Does the Lobby Influence Congress? 2:25 PM
6.0 Is There an Iraq-Iran Continuum? 3:50 PM

Speaker biographies are available at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org/speakers/.

Mar 25 07:19

ISIL helps Israel conceal its historical origin

Find out why neither Egypt was the land of the Israelites’ Exodus nor Palestine their promised land.

“The Zionist paradigm is founded on the distorted story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt and their persecution by the Assyrians and Captivity by Babylonians. But the truth is that the Israelites never set foot in Egypt or Palestine. Actually they never left Ancient Arabia and North Yemen, their origin land, before the Babylonian Captivity”

Mar 24 10:54

Disregarding Gaza - Why is Gaza Not an Issue in the Israeli Elections?

A short documentary that examines the absence of Gaza and the Palestinians from the Israeli mainstream media and 2015 elections.

Mar 24 06:58

Jewish Defence League UK extremists sentenced for assault on Palestine activists

Two thugs affiliated with the Jewish Defence League UK were sentenced Monday to 150 hours of community service each and £1,140 ($1,700) in fines between them.

Roberta Moore and Robert De Jonge assaulted two people at a Palestine literary festival in London in September.

Last month a judge found Moore guilty on two counts of assault, and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. De Jonge was found guilty of assault.

Mar 24 06:25

McCain: Congress could defund UN if US backs Palestine bid

In a restive interview Saturday, Obama had suggested that Israel’s democracy may “erode” following contentious statements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of Tuesday’s election. His comments came amid a nadir in ties between the two leaders over the right approach to tackling Iran’s nuclear program and the Israeli leader’s controversial speech before Congress earlier this month.

Responding to signals from the White House that the US could stop using its United Nations Security Council veto power to quash unilateral resolutions in support of Palestinian statehood, McCain, chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, warned Obama against such a move.

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ATTENTION ARIZONA VOTERS. Isn't it great that you live in a state where everything runs so smoothly McCain has nothing better to do than pander to the will of a foreign leader?

Mar 24 06:19

Settlers attack Palestinian children in South Hebron Hills, injure 6-year-old girl

Masked Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Ma’on, south of Hebron, threw stones at Palestinian children and injured a six-year-old child, Saturday. The child sustained a head injury and was taken to the nearest hospital for medical treatment, according to witnesses … The Hebron Defense Committee has reported that two masked settlers threw stones, on Saturday afternoon, at two children from Khirbet at-Tawil, southeast of Yatta town. The Committee added that a child, identified as Sojoud Mahmoud ‘Awad, 6 years of age, was struck in the head, and one of her legs.

Mar 24 06:19

World Water Day protest targets Massachusetts-Israel Water Partnership

Demonstrators urged the Commonwealth not to be complicit with Israel’s theft of Palestinian water and policies that have been widely denounced as ‘Water Apartheid.’ The UN had declared that water is a human right, and Massachusetts should respect that right without exception.

The literature distributed to hundreds of passers-by and to MassCEC staff members distilled the findings of scores of reports by international agencies including Amnesty International and Palestinian organizations such as Al Haq:

Israel appropriates Palestinian water resources for its own residents. Illegal West Bank settlements fill their swimming pools while water taps in Palestinian villages and refugee camps run dry for months at a time.

Israel has destroyed Palestinian wells, cisterns and irrigation and sewage systems and prevented Palestinians from drilling new wells and irrigating their land.

Mar 23 15:52

Southampton University’s win-win conflict with UK Zionists

Gilad Atzmon debunks the lame arguments deployed by Britain’s Jewish lobbyists and stooges in a so far abortive effort to bully Southampton University into cancelling a conference on Israel and international law.

Mar 23 15:17

ISRAELI RACISM MUST BE ABOLISHED, NOT APOLOGISED FOR

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he regretted offending Israel’s Arabs during a rallying call on election day last week that his critics had denounced as racist.

Mar 23 12:10

For Hamza: Arms Sanctions against Israel’s Everyday Terrorism

To boost Israeli arms sales, Palestinian families have suffered three onslaughts of ‘systematic genocide’ wars in 6 years and are condemned to a life that is unnatural, stressful, traumatic waiting for the next Israeli weapons testing that will again turn Gaza into ground zero*……

Mar 23 09:50

ASS KISSERS FINAL ~~ NETANYAHU TO FORM NEW GOVERNMENT

After attaining the support of 61 future Knesset members, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially won the right to form Israel’s 34th government on Monday.

Mar 23 09:50

Obama: We Take Netanyahu at His Word in Opposing Two-State Solution

In his first public comments since the election on the worsening US-Israeli relations, President Barack Obama said he believes he has to take Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu at his word when he say he opposes Palestinian statehood.

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Sir, forgive me, but how in heaven's name has it taken you THIS long, in the second term of your presidency, to have this magnificent a grasp of the obvious, which you should have known even before you were sworn in the first time?!?

Netanyahu has gone out of his way to avoid, evade, and strategise about how to never hold meaningful talks about a viable Palestinian state.

His "final solution" to the "Palestinian problem" has been serial genocide against the Palestinians, and I would almost be certain that casualty counts in each of the wars against Gaza were sharply debated, in terms of how many the world would tolerate, before the world would pull its funding, and business, from Tel Aviv.

I am having a palm to forehead moment, at extreme velocity, upon reading this.

IF I, and other, sane Americans understood this quite clearly when you came into
office: why didn't you?!?!?

Mar 23 09:50

’13’ IS A LUCKY NUMBER FOR PALESTINE

At first glance the Joint Arab List is a band of four parties that were coerced to run on a single ticket after the Israeli election threshold was increased, an obstacle propelled by right-wing groups. The perception was hardliners wanted Arab parties out of Knesset. The way they could achieve this was to force an ultimatum: Arab political groups, and one mixed party, would have to unite in a country where political divisions can be lethal to a faction’s survival.

Mar 23 08:53

Israel shuns UN rights session on Gaza onslaught

Israel has inexplicably shunned a UN Human Rights Council’s special session on the grim situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the Israeli military’s devastating offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip last summer.

A source close to the council said on condition of anonymity that Israel's absence from the meeting in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday clearly amounted to a boycott.

"We won't comment on that," a spokeswoman with the Israeli mission said. The United States also did not take part in Monday's discussions.

Mar 23 06:52

'Violence extremely high': EU report slams Israel for settlement building in Jerusalem

An EU report suggests Jerusalem has reached a dangerous boiling point of ‘polarization and violence.’ The account, published by the Guardian, says the EU may take a tougher line against Israel as it continues to build illegal settlements in the city.

The report is prepared annually by the European countries' missions in Jerusalem, who advise EU foreign policymakers. The leaked text, obtained by the Guardian newspaper, describes the emergence of a “vicious cycle of violence … increasingly threatening the viability of the two-state solution,” which it says has been stoked by the continuation of “systematic” settlement building by Israel in “sensitive areas” of Jerusalem.

Mar 23 06:50

Obama confirms ‘evaluating options’ after Netanyahu’s ‘no Palestinian state’ pledge

Since Netanyahu apparently meant what he said in announcing that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch, the White House is re-evaluating its policy towards Israel and seeking other option to avoid chaos in the region, the US President has said.

Commenting on the Israeli elections for the first time after PM Netanyahu’s victory, US president Barack Obama made it clear that the US supports the two-state solution in the Israeli conflict despite the PM’s strong pre-election rhetoric.

The two-state solution is “the only way for the long-term security of Israel, if it wants to stay both a Jewish state and democratic,” US President said in his interview with Huntington Post.

Mar 23 06:48

Israel shoots 30 Palestinian children since January: Report

A new report shows the Israeli forces are still using excessive force against the Palestinian children in the occupied territories, targeting them with live bullets.

The global movement for the defense of children in Palestine said in a statement that it has documented 30 cases since the beginning of January this year in which the Israeli forces shot the Palestinian children with live bullets.

It added that 29 Palestinian children were shot while they were participating in peaceful marches in the West Bank and the last one was shot by Israeli settlers in Silwan town in the occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Mar 23 06:27

United States Will Not Take Floor At U.N. Rights Debate on Israel, Palestinians

“The U.S. delegation will not be speaking about Palestine today,” a U.S. spokesman in Geneva told Reuters in response to a query as the debate began. He declined further comment.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s allies acknowledged on Sunday that his election-eve disavowal of a Palestinian state had caused a rift with the White House, but blamed U.S. President Barack Obama’s unprecedented criticism on a misunderstanding.

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Finally we see some spine from the White House!

Mar 22 16:35

What does Netanyahu’s re-election mean?

Lawrence Davidson assesses the consequences of Binyamin Netanyahu’s re-election for Israelis, Palestinians and the US, arguing that, ultimately, the Palestinians may be the only beneficiaries and the Jews the biggest losers.

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Mar 22 10:44

Obama looks difficult to find a path to peace between Israelis and Palestinians

The US president, Barack Obama, said the denial by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that includes two states makes "hard to find a way" to serious negotiations to resolve the issue .

During an interview published on Saturday, the president said that "it takes the word" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that while in office ever exist an independent Palestinian state next to Israel, a further indication of the strained relations between the two allies.

http://whatisusa.info/obama-looks-difficult-to-find-a-path-to-peace-be...

Mar 22 10:14

NETANYAHU’S TWO STATE SOLUTION ~~ ONE WITHOUT PEOPLE

zions mantra in establishing the State of Israel was “A land without a people for a people without a land”.

The mantra of today in reference to a State of Palestine is simply “A land without people”.

The Nakba of 1948 is an ongoing process

Mar 22 10:14

IN PHOTOS ~~ REMEMBERING THE NAKBA AND THE WAR IN IRAQ

On the eve of an important event to discuss the Nakba* scheduled to take place this evening, the Executive Director of a tony uptown synagogue in New York City where the event was contracted to take place has attempted to cancel the event with no explanation in what can only be perceived as an effort to shut down discussion of the “ongoing Nakba” within the Jewish community.

The event was to feature the Palestinian human rights organization, Badil (whose timely recently released Corporate Complicity in Violations of International Law in Palestine [pdf] is a must read), and Israeli human rights organization Zochrot. It is part of multi-city speaking tour, and was sponsored in New York by four organizations: Jewish Voice for Peace-New York; Nakba Education Project; Jews Say No!; and the National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee.

Mar 22 08:51

President Obama doubts Israel’s Netanyahu on Palestinian state

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent days has insisted he remains open to the idea of a Palestinian state, but President Obama simply doesn’t believe him.

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Neither do I!

Mar 21 15:01

Israel Votes Apartheid

Pandering and fear mongering together with hatred for Arabs and the left are the ingredients of Netanyahu’s secret potion, and it now appears that many voters were indeed seduced.

Mar 21 14:22

NETANYAHU’S VICTORY IS GOOD FOR PALESTINE

Yousef Munayyer who is the executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation wrote this brilliant Op-Ed which I found in the International Edition of The New York Times. It certainly puts a new and different perspective on the outcome of the Israeli election results.

Replacing Mr. Netanyahu with his challenger, Isaac Herzog, would have slowed down the B.D.S. movement and halted pressure on Israel by creating the perception of change. A new prime minister would have kick-started a new “peace process” based on previous failed models that would inevitably fail again because of a lack of real pressure on Israel to change its deplorable behavior.

The re-election of Mr. Netanyahu provides clarity.

Mar 21 14:15

CANADIAN PUBLISHER FACES JAIL FOR POLITICAL WRITINGS!

Hello. My name is Arthur Topham and I am the owner, publisher and editor of the online alternative News site RadicalPress.com which has been operating in Canada for the past sixteen years. Over the last eight years I have been involved in legal battles with the Canadian government, first the Canadian Human Rights Commission and now the federal legal system over alleged offences that purportedly violate Canada's "Hate Propaganda" laws (Sections 318 - 320) of the Canadian Criminal Code (CCC).

Mar 21 11:40

Israeli author Yonaton Geffen attacked at home after calling Netanyahu a racist

“The people again chose a government that is based on intimidating people. They selected a racist that, on election day, told the media the Arabs are flocking to the polls like mice. What would you say if in Germany people said the Jews are flocking to the polls like mice?” Yonaton Geffen charged.

Mar 21 08:54

The European Union has produced an explosive new report recommending sanctions against Israel over its construction policies and security measures in Jerusalem

The European Union has produced an explosive new report recommending sanctions against Israel over its construction policies and security measures in Jerusalem, the British daily Guardian reported on its website on Friday.

The leaked report, which comes just days after incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handily won re-election, describes Israel's capital as a city gripped by the worst "polarization and violence" since the Second Intifada of a decade ago.

The document, which is an amalgamation of recommendations prepared by European diplomats stationed in the region, accuses the Israeli government of exacerbating tensions in the city by accelerating construction in the contest eastern part of the capital.

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