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May 31 16:04

Did Israel Buy Its Way Out of FIFA Suspension?

You’d have to be comatose not to know of the startling revelations of massive corruption in FIFA that amounted to $150-million in the past few years alone. Eight current or former senior officials were suddenly arrested at dawn at their posh Swiss hotel, where they were preparing for today’s international meeting.

May 31 15:32

International law and crimes against humanity

Lawrence Davidson examines how states that are apt to commit crimes against humanity, such as Israel and its Western protecters, are wilfully eroding international law using spurious excuses, to the detriment of ordinary people.

May 31 15:29

Common interests vs military power, and the quest for peace

Uri Avnery reminds Israel’s politicians of the poignant lessons of European history, which show that the only real and lasting peace is one that is based on common interests, not military power.

May 31 15:27

US rebukes Israel while showering it with arms and favours

Jonathan Cook draw attention to US President Barak Obama’s showering of Israel with arms and diplomatic cover despite it having the most extremist, racist and brazenly annexationist cabinet in its history.

May 30 16:46

Hamas, Fatah must start communicating or forget dreams of freedom

Stuart Littlewood challenges Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to get a grip and reach out with news and briefings to those who are likely to use their material, including the alternative media.

May 30 08:43

UC Davis senators vote to divest citing Israel’s harm to student welfare

Last night, the student senate of the University of California at Davis passed a resolution to divest from companies which profit from Israel’s occupation and abuses of Palestinian rights. Ten senators voted yes, none voted against and two abstained.

May 30 08:41

Palestinians disappointed but determined after FIFA betrayal

Palestinians are expressing disappointment at the abandonment and sabotage of efforts to have Israel suspended from world football’s governing body over its systematic abuses of Palestinian players.

But campaigners are vowing to continue to work to isolate Israel.

May 30 02:35

The Map on the Wall

That is the lesson Israel should absorb. Today we are strong, and the Arab world is in shambles. It will not always be so.

A peace treaty with Palestine and the Arab world will hold if it is wise and generous. Wise enough so the Palestinian people, or at least a great majority, will come to the conclusion that it is both worthwhile and honorable to keep it.

May 29 15:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 10:55

Israel's War on Palestinian Fishermen, Farmers and Children

Israeli viciousness has no limits. Palestinians are systematically brutalized for not being Jewish.

They're harassed, intimidated, persecuted, arrested, imprisoned, tortured and murdered in cold blood. High crimes too grave to ignore have been commonplace since Israel's so-called war of independence.

May 29 09:47

Israeli Human Rights Journalist is imprisoned for just 30 seconds of free speech.

Moti Leybel, one of the leading activists in Israel and the most vocal independent journalist was taken by police last night after only 30 seconds of public free speech and thrown into prison. The authorities are trying everything to stop the truth being told.

He is an advocate for the many parents in Israel who lose their children to the Social Services. It is usually a one way ticket, and with little hope of children ever being returned to their natural parents, due to the antiquated system and levels of corruption in the country. He was in particular showing images of a particular social worker who had been instrumental in removing a baby from a disabled mother. He has been campaigning for her for most of the year.

May 29 09:31

UN seeking to put Israeli military on blacklist

The United Nations is seeking to put the Israeli military on its blacklist over the regime’s aggressive policies against the Palestinian people, particularly children.

The move is recommended by Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general's special representative for children and armed conflict.

Zerrougui said such an act must be taken because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer's Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

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May 29 09:19

Israel 'pressures Ban Ki-moon' to get off UN list of children's rights violators in wars

Israel is allegedly pulling diplomatic strings to pressurize the UN Secretary-General to exclude it from an annual list of countries accused of violating children's rights in armed conflicts. Israel denies the allegations.

Despite the slaughter of hundreds of Palestinian children in the IDF Israeli operation in Gaza in 2014, Tel Aviv wants to somehow preserve a squeaky clean image and is putting pressure on the UN central office to that end.

Initially, the draft of the document prepared by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s special envoy for children, Leila Zerrougui, included the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on the list for attacking schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip conflict last year, Reuters reported.

An opposing side in the conflict, the Palestinian group Hamas, has also been added to the list.

Now Ban Ki-Moon is allegedly “leaning toward” omitting Israel from the list of shame, reports Reuters citing diplomatic sources.

May 29 08:26

Nigerian foreign minister apologises for not voting to end Israeli occupation

The statement said that Wali has officially apologised to the Palestinian ambassador, citing huge pressure put on his country pushing it to vote against the Palestinian motion. He said that the pressure amounted to a "national security threat".

May 29 08:21

Palestinians drop FIFA suspension demand

Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub announced during FIFA's congress in Zurich on Friday that he was cancelling a vote on his proposal to have Israel expelled from the international soccer organization. Rajoub called for a United Nations discussion on suspending Israeli teams playing beyond the Green Line.

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A bomb threat on the site was also reported by police just before 2:30 PM. "I can confirm there has been a bomb threat against the FIFA congress, officers have been dispatched," the spokeswoman for the city police said.

May 29 08:19

Will Israel be kicked out of FIFA for abusing Palestinian players?

The international football federation, FIFA, is set to vote tomorrow on a proposal to suspend Israel.

If the proposal receives a two-thirds majority, Israel will be dropped from FIFA and unable to participate in international matches, including the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The vote has been requested by the Palestinian Football Association. It follows a major campaign highlighting Israel’s movement restrictions on Palestinian footballers, including a ban on their travel between the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

May 29 08:18

Under boycott pressure, Orange tries to distance itself from Israeli operation

The multinational telecom company Orange is trying to distance itself from its Israeli affiliate as it faces mounting pressure from a boycott called against its Egyptian subsidiary Mobinil.

But BDS Egypt, the organizers of the Mobinil boycott, have rejected company statements as “shameless deception” and an effort to mislead the Egyptian public.

May 29 08:18

Palestinian village faces demolition in South Hebron Hills

More than 300 Palestinians in Susiya, a village in the occupied West Bank, face the threat that the Israeli authorities may demolish their homes at any moment.

On 3 August, Israel’s high court is scheduled to consider an appeal made by Susiya’s residents that they be allowed to remain on their land.

Preparing for that date, the residents had sought a judicial order that Israel refrain from destroying their homes before then. Yet on 5 May, Noam Sohlberg, a high court judge, turned down the villagers’ request for an interim injunction. Because of that refusal, the Israeli authorities may demolish around 100 homes whenever they want.

May 28 23:03

Debating “The Jewish Solidarity Spin”

Gilad Atzmon has written a significant essay with no holds barred. He takes on the Jewish solidarity with the Palestinian cause and its implication for the Palestinian Resistance. With solidly constructed arguments, Atzmon opens the floodgates for attentive debates. After introducing his subject with three thematically connected arguments: The Nabil Test, Why Palestine?, Palestine Cause vs. Jewish Solidarity, he goes to the core of matter by identifying the terminology used by the solidarity movement, specifically: Jewish Solidarity; End Of The Occupation; Colonialism; Settler Colonialism; Apartheid; Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS).

May 28 14:03

Great to see buses in Portland & Denver supporting #Palestine

May 28 13:53

WRONGFULLY TREATING ACADEMIC DEBATE AS ANTI-SEMITISM

The principle of academic freedom at our universities is under attack by those seeking to shield Israel from criticism by silencing dissent, shutting down discussion and imposing a stifling atmosphere of intimidation at the University of California, in particular. A coordinated set of petitions, including a letter signed by 57 rabbis, asks UC administrators to adopt the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism as a means to “accurately identify” and “publicly condemn” it in campus debate, protest and discussion. That problematic definition conflates principled criticism of Israeli policies with genuine anti-Semitism; if the university accedes to this demand, such criticism — and academic freedom — could be suppressed by administrative fiat.

May 28 11:00

The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War?

In spite of AIPAC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Saudis and some of its GCC allies having done everything they could to kill the pending nuclear deal with Iran, they have failed. The negotiations are on track. Many opinion polls show that a comfortable majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's diplomacy with Iran.

May 28 09:40

FLASHBACK MONDAY - Israel cries foul over FIFA suspension talk

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is trying to broker a deal between the Palestinian and Israel football associations ahead of this week's FIFA World Congress at which the Palestinians have called for a vote to suspend Israel.

May 28 09:28

The ‘war’ word is being increasingly heard as Europe, Russia, China and the United States adopt provocative postures

IS the world going mad? Military posturing is quietly reaching new extremes in Europe, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. And the provocative bluster has just reached new heights.

The source was anonymous. But the mouthpiece has a measure of credibility. High profile military analyst and former US Naval War College lecturer John Schindler tweeted last week: “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.”

May 28 09:00

Faculty call on New York University to reveal Israel investments

Dozens of faculty at New York University (NYU) have signed a petition calling for the university to divest from multinational companies that profit from Israel’s occupation in Palestine.

The 130 professors are joining NYU students in their growing campaign to demand that tuition dollars not be spent to systematically deny Palestinians their rights.

May 28 08:04

Will FIFA's scandal eclipse Palestinian bid to boot Israel from world soccer?

The allegations are damning, but frankly, they couldn’t have come at a better time for Israel. Until Wednesday, much of the coverage of the FIFA Congress surrounded whether delegates would vote to suspend Israel from world soccer. The Palestinian Football Association is introducing the motion to suspend Israel, accusing it of unjustly restricting Palestinian soccer players’ freedom of movement and claiming that Israel’s West Bank settlement teams violate FIFA rules. Israeli officials have called the effort blatantly political and said that the Palestinians’ complaints all concern Israel’s security forces — not Israel’s soccer teams.

For Israel to be suspended, three quarters of delegates would need to approve the motion. If that were a long shot before, it’s even more unlikely now.

May 28 08:00

Foreign Policy Diary ‘State of Palestine’

Than on Wednesday Israeli aircraft struck a number of sites in the Gaza Strip from the air early. Gaza residents said missiles struck several locations throughout the Gaza Strip, including places used as training camps by Islamic Jihad militants on sites that had been Israeli colonies before Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Earlier, unknown Palestinian militants fired a rocket late Tuesday from the enclave which landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod. It was the longest-range militant rocket strike since a ceasefire which ended last summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Gaza for the rocket launching. However, Israeli media speculated that infighting among Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza Strip may have precipitated the rocket firing without the permission of Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers.

May 27 12:13

ISRAEL ATTACKS GAZA , SO CORPOATE MEDIA WAGS THE HOLOCAUSDT AT US ALL!

Trial of 'Auschwitz bookkeeper' told how gas chamber pesticide was so weak it could take holocaust victims 'longer than half-an-hour to die'

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They slipped up and admitted Zyklon-B is actually a pesticide, like the American DDT! It was used for delousing to try to stop the spread of Typhus across Germany towards the end of the war; a consequence of the collapsing health infrastructure and possibly biological warfare.

May 27 11:25

NAKED FACTS OF NETANYAHU’S ‘PEACE PROCESS’

he killing by Israel of the peace process and whatever hopes for peace that process may have entailed is a damning proof that Israel doesn’t want peace.

May 27 09:59

Israeli soldier put in military prison for speaking out against occupation

This week, during the filming of Deutsche Welle’s “The New Arab Debates,” Corporal Shachar Berrin, a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spoke out about the actions of his fellow officers. During a discussion about the military situation in Israel, Berrin stood up to address the panel about how members of the Israeli military would treat Palestinian people like animals. He also expressed that this is a systematic problem that exists pretty much across the board in the IDF.

May 27 09:31

Amnesty Accuses Hamas of Gaza War Crimes

“Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza,” the human rights group’s report said.
Note: Traitors who by collaborating with the IDF caused hundreds of Palestians!

May 27 08:19

Netanyahu’s new Foreign Ministry aide gets $226,000 from Sheldon Adelson shop in U.S.

Well now Gold is listed as president of the Center for Jewish Community Studies in Baltimore– an organization devoted to “Jewish peoplehood”– and in that capacity receives $227,000 in 2013, the latest figures available.

May 27 08:09

Palestinian child loses eye from rubber-coated bullet fired by Israel

A Palestinian child from occupied East Jerusalem has lost an eye after being shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by an Israeli soldier.

Yahiya al-Amudi, 10, was struck by the bullet as he walked near an Israeli military checkpoint in Shuafat refugee camp on Thursday last week. The boy was subsequently hospitalized “with a fractured skull, jaw and left ear and had surgery to remove his left eye,” Ma’an News Agency reports. Al-Amudi was described as being in a critical condition.

Rubber-coated steel bullets are among Israel’s so-called arsenal of “non-lethal weapons.” The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has referred to them, however, as “less fatal” weapons.

May 27 08:08

Did public pressure kill Denmark-Israel weapons deal?

Denmark has canceled what could have been a major arms purchase from Israel’s Elbit Systems.

Arms industry publication Jane’s revealed on 1 May that the Danish military had canceled a plan to buy 21 155-mm self-propelled artillery systems.

May 27 08:06

Israel warns Gaza will pay 'heavy price' if rocket fire continues

IDF aircraft struck four targets in the southern Gaza Strip before dawn on Wednesday, after a rocket was fired from the Strip on southern Israel on Tuesday evening.

The Israel Defense Forces issued a short statement saying it had struck militant infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip, in response to the rocket fire. The statement concluded by placing responsibility for the firing of the rocket on Hamas.

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We have seen this same pattern over and over. An Israeli asset launches a single rocket across the fence that hits absolutely nothing, followed by a massive Israeli attack on the people of Gaza.

May 26 17:19

Arthur Topham's Free Speech on Trial in Canada

Don't miss Arthur Topham's latest interview about his upcoming Free Speech Trial. Arthur as been the author of the number one truth speaking newspaper & website here in Canada, www.radicalpress.com over the last 16 years. He may be facing jail for speaking the honestly about Israel, WW2, and Jewish power. He could use our help... you can donate to his legal defence here. The results of his trial could set a legal precedent here in Canada... one that could support our freedom of speech, or one that could be dictated by censorious laws written by the hands of corrupted men. Lets make sure its the former. Thank you!

May 26 15:39

Rocket fired from Gaza Strip lands in southern Israel

No group in the Gaza Strip had immediately taken responsibility for the firing.

Earlier reports by Israeli media said five rockets had been fired but it was later found that electronic sensors watching for firings may have given false readings.

Reports speculated that the rocket may have been an errant rocket that was not intentionally aimed at Israeli territory.

May 26 15:37

'Unknown' Gaza militants fired rocket at Israel, Hamas claims

Air raid sirens sounded on Tuesday night after at least one rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel, Israeli television news reports said.

There were no reports of damage or injuries and the remnants of the device were found near the port city of Ashdod, about 20km north of the Gaza Strip, an Israeli ambulance service spokesman said.

No group in the Gaza Strip had immediately taken responsibility for the launch. Israeli media speculated that it may have been an errant rocket that was not intentionally aimed at Israeli territory.

A Hamas official later said unknown militants in the territory had fired a rocket at Israel.

May 26 11:16

Israel jails Palestinians for Facebook comments

Earlier this month, Omar, 44, was sentenced to nine months in an Israeli prison for charges related to incitement and "supporting terror" against Israelis. He is the former secretary-general of Jerusalem's branch of Fatah, the Palestinian political party that dominates the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

"It was very clear from the beginning that my father was targeted because he is still an influential activist and has a lot of support and respect in the community," Iyab continued.

May 26 10:16

SEPARATE ~~ BUT NOT EQUAL

Statistics released this week by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel paint a devastating picture of neglect, urban blight and underdevelopment in East Jerusalem, the historic heart of Palestinian life, all a result of nearly five decades of Israeli policies, with over 75 percent of Palestinians living below the poverty line compared to the national Israeli average of 21.8 percent.

May 25 12:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 25 11:07

#JeSuisLeSouq

Dutch restaurant owners cited their gastronomical focus in explaining why they had replaced Israel with Palestine in a map of the Middle East they had printed.

May 25 11:07

NON LETHAL MURDER

A Palestinian child was critically injured after Israeli forces shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet near the Shufat refugee camp on Thursday, witnesses said..

May 25 10:39

Israel to seize 202 acres of Palestinian land as dumping ground

Israel has decided to seize some 202 acres of privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank to make a new dumping grounds for its illegal settlements.

May 25 10:29

The grotesque injustice of Obama’s speech at the Washington synagogue

The issue with President Obama’s speech to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington yesterday was the sense of entitlement. Obama is pandering to alleged liberals at this synagogue, liberal Zionists, and he gets laughter for saying that Palestinians are not easy partners–

May 25 10:28

Israeli interrogators use ‘brutal’ methods to obtain false confessions

Israeli interrogators are using “oppressive and brutal” methods to frighten Palestinian detainees and force them into confessing to attacks against Israel, a Palestinian official said Sunday.

May 25 10:12

Lebanon reiterates right to liberate lands still occupied by Israel

Lebanon Monday reiterated its right to liberate the remaining villages still occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

May 24 23:03

Barghouthi: the EU is not biased, it is only sick of Israel‘s behaviour

Secretary General of The Palestinian National Initiative, Al-Mubadara, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti told the Palestine News Network that the EU was not biased towards either side, but rather that it was, "sick of Israel's behavior," which has become untenable, particularly following recent Israeli elections and the success of what many say is the most extremist and racist government in the Israeli history, that openly opposes Palestinian statehood, and jeopardises the possibility for lasting peace in the region.

May 24 20:08

The Roots of Christian Zionism: How Scofield Sowed Seeds of Apostasy

Ever wonder why so many Christians support America's many wars, especially in the Middle East? A new Christianity has emerged from the Twentieth Century called Christian Zionism or what could be called, "Angry Evangelicalism," or "Dispensationalism on Steroids." What motivates a nationally known, evangelical preacher like John Hagee to call for a preemptive strike against Iran when it is contrary to what Jesus taught and commanded his followers to do? This "Roots of Zionism" presentation may be the first of its kind with a factual explanation of how Christianity's latest apostate epidemic was launched with the publishing of C. I. Scofield's reference Bible in 1909, and the influence of the notes in it.

May 24 15:13

Israeli Firebombs Burn Crops In Northern Gaza

On Thursday evening Israeli soldiers fired a number of firebombs into Palestinian farmlands, planted with wheat. This happened east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

May 23 15:53

Israeli MP publicly tears Christian New Testament to pieces

Israeli Minister of Parliament Michael Ben Ari publicy ripped up a copy of the Christian New Testament and threw it in the garbage.

May 23 09:07

True story behind Freedom Theatre's 'The Siege'

It seems nothing about Palestine ever escapes heated reactions, not least the Freedom Theatre’s latest production, The Siege. Conceived for a UK tour, the first in Britain by this dynamic theatre company from Jenin, it premiered in Manchester before opening in London on May 19th. In front of the venue, the Battersea Arts Centre, theatregoers were greeted by a Zionist group demonstrating and leafleting against the play. Yet again, the basic right of Palestinian freedom is threatened.

The Siege is based on the true story of Palestinian resistance fighters who sought refuge in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem during the Second Intifada, in 2002. Alongside five armed fighters, one of whom is badly injured, are some 200 priests, nuns and civilians, clearly not seen in the play but represented by a priest who agrees to shelter and initially feed them.

May 23 09:02

Palestine to chair UNESCO meeting

Palestine was elected to chair the third Meeting of States Parties to the UNESCO 1970 Convention on Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property for the first time earlier this week.

Palestine became the 195th full member of UNESCO in 2011 with the support of a large majority of countries.

Chairing a meeting of nearly 130 state parties has "both symbolic and practical" significance for Palestine, Mounir Anastas, deputy ambassador of Palestine to UNESCO, told the Anadolu Agency.

May 23 09:00

Did the Metropolitan Police send staff to Israel during last year's Gaza assault?

Last November, a post appeared on the blogging platform Medium which claimed that between March 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 - a period of six months - some 80 employees of London's Metropolitan Police had "travelled to Israel."

This overlaps in part with Israel's unprecedented assault on the Gaza Strip, which lasted from July 8 to August 26. During 'Operation Protective Edge', Israeli armed forces killed some 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children.

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May 22 16:20

Israel’s new government 'partly ridiculous, partly terrifying'

Uri Avnery vividly describes the calamity freely chosen by the Israeli Jewish people: the most ultra-right-wing, openly expansionist, anti-democratic, anti-free speech and bigoted government ever elected in Israel.

May 22 10:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

“Israeli troops go on a rampage in the West Bank, kill Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes”

Paul Jay of the Real news Network interviews Norman Finkelstein about his new book: Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

May 22 08:31

False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Used to Silence Advocacy for Palestinian Rights on U.S. College Campuses

In the first four months of 2015, attorneys with Palestine Legal responded to 102 requests for legal assistance from students and faculty on college campuses across the country, including from Palestinian rights advocates smeared as “terrorists” or “supporters of terrorism” based solely on speech critical of Israeli policy.

During this period, Palestine Legal documented:

60 incidents involving accusations of anti-Semitism made against students or faculty, based solely on speech critical of Israeli policy.
24 incidents involving accusations of support for terrorism made against students or faculty, based solely on speech critical of Israeli policy.

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May 22 08:29

Israel destroys Bedouin village for 84th time

Israeli Border Police rolled into the Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib, located in the Naqab (Negev) region of present-day Israel, to demolish the few shacks left standing. It was the eighty-fourth time that al-Araqib has been demolished since 2010.

May 21 15:32

Official: Palestinians to Prosecute Israel at ICC on June 25

A senior diplomat announced on Wednesday that Palestinians are to submit two lawsuits against Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on June 25.

Nabil Abu Zneid, the Palestinian ambassador in the Netherlands, told “Voice of Palestine” radio that the two suits are related to the Israeli settlement in the West Bank and the Israeli war waged on the Gaza Strip last summers, Xinhua reported.

“Palestinian Foreign Minister Reyad el-Malki is to head a high-ranking Palestinian delegation that comprises rights groups, and will submit the two suits against Israel to the international court on June 25,”

said Abu Zneid.

May 21 11:24

ISRAELI ARMY HAS PLANS TO KILL MORE HUMANELY

The military has considered using the non-lethal method in the West Bank that is already used by Israeli police, but doubts regarding its lethality prevented its use.

Controversy over the issue arose after the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot in East Jerusalem last year, whose relatives claimed he was struck by a police rubber bullet.

May 21 10:14

dream

I was thinking how humanity could descend to such barbarity around the world. How could African migrants risk their lives to leave countries wrecked psychologically and economically by colonial Europeans to seek to arrive in the same continent that subjugated them? How could Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims be slaughtered in the thousands by the majority Buddhists and surviving people end up in boats and sent back to starve and die at sea rejected by nearby countries including countries like Indonesia with Muslim majorities? How could relatives of Jewish holocaust survivors engage in racism and ethnic cleansing for native Palestinians while relatives of Armenian holocaust survivors lead amazingly rich productive caring lives? How could a very wealthy country like “Saudi Arabia” (the quotes are needed because it is an imposed name for a country stolen by the Saud Family) spend billions to support the US/Israeli agenda of destruction and mayhem in countries like Yemen and Syria?

May 21 09:24

When “good morning” is an order to kill: Israel’s attack on my neighborhood

From Breaking the Silence’s research, I know that an Israeli commander ordered his troops to blanket-bomb the area. When asked what the troops should target, he told them to pick whatever they wished. “Good morning al-Bureij,” he said to a two-way radio.

That “greeting” amounted to a green light for indiscriminate destruction.

May 21 09:23

France launches new UN effort to undermine Palestinian rights

The government of French President François Hollande is renewing its efforts to fatally undermine fundamental Palestinian rights, particularly those of refugees.

France’s Le Figaro has obtained the text of a draft UN Security Council resolution that the Hollande administration plans to introduce sometime before September.

The resolution should be seen as the international counterpart to France’s increasingly fierce crackdown on Palestine solidarity at home under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

May 21 09:23

Norwegian FM warns Israel: Pressure over Palestinians to resume after Iran deal

International pressure on Israel over the Palestinian issue will resume once Iran and the six powers sign their expected nuclear deal at the end of June, Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday.

May 21 08:56

Arab-American Journalist Detained by Israeli Security for ‘Flying While Muslim’

It is well known in the Arab community in Israel that “Flying While Muslim” will earn you extra security checks and delayed travel. Palestinian-American journalist Noor Wazwaz shared her experience of flying into Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport across her social media channels, where she has more than 28,000 followers.

Wazwaz, who says her goal is become “the first Muslim hijab [head scarf]-wearing news anchor on American television,” decided to become a journalist to better represent “[the] Arab and Muslim voice in Western media.”

May 20 22:53

"Venezuela is Palestine's Most Important Ally," Says Palestinian FM

Speaking at a press conference marking the diplomat's first official visit to the country on Tuesday morning, al-Maliki noted that Venezuela "is Palestine's most important ally".

May 20 15:07

Nakba and the Question of “Palestinian Strategy”

What makes the Nakba a particularly poignant and painful experience is the fact that it has never truly concluded. The original 750,000 who were removed or forced to flee their historical homeland have morphed to over five million, and those who became internally displaced in their own Palestinian homeland, later renamed the State of Israel, continue to fight for basic rights. This makes the Nakba a present political event, granted its historical origins.

May 20 10:32

APARTHEID UPDATED ~~ AND REVISED

Defense Ministry decides on separate transport for Arab workers and Jewish residents, to combat overload and friction.

See reversal of decision below

May 20 10:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau slavishly responds to unfolding Israeli stories as though the computers there are set on robotic control to: “Divert, Divert”.

Pope Francis has presented President Abbas with “a bronze medal that represents an angel of peace”, canonized two Palestinian nuns, and recognized Palestine as a state.

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

Not so for the NYTimes. After its initial report on canonization and recognition, the Times turns quickly to the “importance ” of the difference between “may you be” and “you are an angel of peace”...

May 20 10:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA.

A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

May 20 09:37

Israel’s New Justice Minister Expressed Hatred Against All Palestinians

A few days ago, on May 14th, Ms. Ayelet Shaked, who has no training in the law, took office as the new Minister of Justice in Israel, after having been appointed to this high post by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 6th.

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May 20 08:25

The Nation magazine’s shameful history of aiding ethnic cleansing in Palestine

In 2005, Palestinian civil society implored people of conscience around the world to stand up for justice by honoring its call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. A decade later certain segments of the US left are still debating whether this Palestinian request for solidarity is a worthy enough cause.

The Nation magazine, a bastion of progressive journalism, has been at the forefront of indecision on this issue, regularly hosting debates on whether the indigenous non-Jewish inhabitants of historic Palestine merit equal rights in their native land.

May 20 08:24

In photos: Red carpet film festival asserts Gaza’s pride and talent

A grand red carpet ran between rows of destroyed apartment blocks and houses in the Gaza City district of Shujaiya last week, temporarily transforming one of the areas most devastated during Israel’s 51 days of bombing last summer. Dozens of men, women and children were massacred in Shujaiya on 20 July 2014.

The red carpet occasion was the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, produced by the Gaza-based production company Lama Film.

May 20 08:22

ICC co-founder Cherif Bassiouni under fire for violating Israel boycott

A key figure in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is facing harsh criticism from Palestinians over planned lectures at Israeli universities this month in violation of the growing international boycott.

The noted Egyptian-American jurist Cherif Bassiouni is scheduled to speak on Thursday at Tel Aviv University on “The role of the ICC as justice mechanism: Does it enhance the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace?”

He is also scheduled to speak on 25 May at Hebrew University, which has also faced persistent criticism for its complicity in the Israeli occupation.

May 20 08:19

False claims of anti-Semitism climb on US campuses: New report

Sixty false allegations of anti-Semitism have been recorded against students or faculty in the US since January “based solely on speech critical of Israeli policy,” according to a study by lawyers.

Attorneys with Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS) published a report on Monday documenting 84 incidents of repression on college campuses across the US from 1 January to 30 April in which Palestine solidarity activists and professors were targeted or smeared because of their criticism of Israel.

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May 20 08:18

Israel suspends plan to segregate Israelis, Palestinians on West Bank buses following criticism

Lawmakers across political spectrum blasted program, with some cautioning impact on Israel's image and others branding it as 'apartheid.' President Rivlin: Separation would have been 'unthinkable.'

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Someone thought it was a good idea!

May 19 10:47

ISRAEL’S NEW PUPPET GOVERNMENT

everal dozen pro-Palestinian demonstrators clashed with those supporting Israel at the front gates of a baseball stadium in West Sacramento, CA on Sunday where a celebration of 67 years of the Israeli state was being held.

Chanting “Israel has nothing to celebrate until Israel’s government stops violating human rights and international law,” the demonstrators featured a near life size puppet-sign of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

May 19 10:47

PHOTO OF THE DAY ~~MADONNA’S ‘MAKE LOVE NOT WAR!’

Madonna has stirred up controversy after posting a photo of a Palestinian man and a Hasidic Jewish man apparently mid-kiss on Instagram.

The photo, which was posted on Sunday, has already garnered upwards of 70,000 likes in just over 24 hours. It features a Jewish man with side curls wearing a large white knitted skullcap typical of the Breslover Hasidic movement, in addition to an Arab man wearing a keffiyeh. The two appear to be leaning in for a kiss.

May 18 23:06

Netanyahu: Answer to Terrorism Is More Settlements

Speaking at the Jerusalem Day ceremony today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue to expand settlements in the occupied east of the city, saying this was a “decisive answer” to terrorism.

May 18 22:57

Palestinian woman suffers miscarriage after assault by Israeli settlers

A pregnant Palestinian woman has suffered miscarriage after a group of Israeli settlers attacked and beat her up in the center of al-Khalil (Hebron), the southern occupied West Bank.

May 18 16:04

Israeli settlers destroy 250 olive trees in northern Hebron

Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Bat Ayin north of Hebron set fire to an estimated 25 dunams of Palestinian land on Monday destroying up to 250 olive trees, a local committee reported.

May 18 15:46

Israeli mobs celebrate “ Jerusalem Day ” with anti-Palestinian rampage in Old City

Thousands of young Israelis, many of them children, rampaged through the Old City of occupied Jerusalem on Sunday chanting “Death to the Arabs” and other racist and anti-Muslim slogans.

May 18 15:31

Russia Today crew attacked by Israeli police during Jerusalem day march

An RT Arabic TV crew was attacked by Israeli police while covering the Jerusalem Day march in the Old City. Although the journalists had all documents permitting them to cover the event, the police prevented them from going live.

May 18 15:29

Whom Does Jerusalem Belong To?

Far right Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commemorated Israel’s “Jerusalem Day” with a speech in which he said, “Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people only, and no other,” and warned that Muslim terrorism menaced it.

May 18 15:05

Israel needs to reshape its relations with Sweden

Israel’s new government must take a firm stand in its relations with Sweden following Sweden’s acknowledgment of Palestine – otherwise it risks losing Europe

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May 18 13:35

Netanyahu: more settlements are “decisive answer” to terrorism

Speaking at the Jerusalem Day ceremony today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue to expand settlements in the occupied east of the city, saying this was a “decisive answer” to terrorism.

Netanyahu went on to talk up the 1967 conquest of the east and the “reunification” as “drama on a Biblical scale,” insisting they will never again allow the city to be divided.

During the last days before the election, Netanyahu vowed to dramatically expand settlement building in East Jerusalem, and to do so in such a way as to make Palestinian statehood including it impossible.

May 18 11:18

JERUSALEM DAY IN PALESTINE ~~ THE ONGOING NAKBA

Following are reports and photos from the Palestinian Press (Click on links)

May 18 09:24

Netanyahu: Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people alone

Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people alone – and not of any other nation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday night during a Jerusalem Day address at Ammunition Hill.

"This is our home and here we will stay," the prime minister added.

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May 18 09:22

Video: Israeli mobs celebrate “Jerusalem Day” with anti-Palestinian rampage in Old City


Thousands of young Israelis, many of them children, rampaged through the Old City of occupied Jerusalem on Sunday chanting “Death to the Arabs” and other racist and anti-Muslim slogans.

May 18 09:10

6 Crazy Things Israel Has Done to Maintain Racial Purity

Israel insists on being the historic homeland for the world's Jews, something few would disagree with. But it also insists on being a Jewish-majority country, at all costs. In order to maintain its Jewish majority, it must demonize non-Jews, particularly Muslims and Christian Arabs, as “demographic threats."

Here are five crazy things the Israeli government or the Israeli people have done to maintain this racial makeup.

May 17 21:04

Re-enactment of murderous assault on Christendom’s holiest site condemned

The pro-Israel lobby claims that a Play depicting the 40-day military siege of the world’s oldest Christian Church “sympathises with Palestinian terrorist groups”, “glorifies extremist ideology” and is “a grotesque white-washing of the Second Intifada”.

May 17 18:39

RT crew attacked by Israeli police during Jerusalem day march

An RT Arabic TV crew was attacked by Israeli police while covering the Jerusalem Day march in the Old City. Although the journalists had all documents permitting them to cover the event, the police prevented them from going live.

May 17 14:29

Zionist lobby condemns re-enactment of murderous assault on Christendom’s holiest site

As Britain’s Zionist lobby mounts a campaign against the staging of The Siege, a play re-telling Israel’s siege of the Church of the Nativity, Stuart Littlewood recounts the story of one siege survivor.

May 17 13:38

Freedom Flotilla III heads to Gaza tomorrow

The first ship taking part in Freedom Flotilla III on Monday set sail from Gothenburg, Sweden, for a voyage of nearly 5,000 nautical miles to the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said.

May 17 12:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic.

The interviewer appears to thank him for appearing, upon which Gunness breaks down and weeps.

Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.

“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”

May 17 12:41

The whole truth about Israel in one sentence

Alan Hart explains why he would not be surprised if he woke up one morning to learn that Israel’s Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy – “the conscience of Israeli journalism” – has been assassinated.

May 17 11:02

‘FREEDOM FLOTILLA III’ HEADS TO GAZA TOMORROW

The first ship taking part in Freedom Flotilla III on Monday set sail from Gothenburg, Sweden, for a voyage of nearly 5,000 nautical miles to the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said.

The trawler Marianne was jointly acquired by “Ship to Gaza Sweden” and “Ship to Gaza Norway” and will be joined by other ships en route.

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