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Jan 05 11:19

Rivlin slams Netanyahu: Freezing Palestinian tax revenues harms Israel's interests

President Reuven Rivlin on Monday slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his decision to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, telling a closed meeting of more than 30 Israeli envoys to Europe that the move was damaging to Israel.

Jan 05 09:12

Israel to Divert Military Budget to Settlement Expansion

Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have announced they will divert some $18 million from the nation’s military budget , which includes money provided as direct military aid from the United States and others, to settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu had promised to provide the money to construction 300 more homes in Beit El settlement after the 2012 court decision to demolish 5 apartment buildings built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Annexation and asset forfeiture have been the key Israeli governmental tools to making sure, if there is ever a Palestinian nation, that the physical land it upon which it will exist will be no larger than a postage stamp.

By deferring money from the US government's grants (read: our taxes)which were originally engineered to insure Israel's military competitive edge, Netanyahu is saying to Obama "Up yours!!"

What President Obama and Congress should do, in response to this action, is to immediately stop all financial and military aid to Israel, which is already illegal under the Symington Amendment.

Then, that money should be used to repair the US's crumbling infrastructure.

Of course, that will only happen when pigs fly, due to AIPAC's generous contributions, both in terms of finance and marketing, for those Congressional Representatives who will do whatever Tel Aviv wants them to do.

And if you don't believe me, just take a good, hard look at the new sanctions the Menendez-Kirk-Schumer wishes to impose on Iran, even before the P5+1 talks are due to resume. IF these gentlemen manage to find a "veto proof majority" on this bill, it will force Iran to walk away from the negotiating table, which is precisely what it is engineered to do. And who is just salivating over such a potential outcome?!?

Israel.

As reported at lobelog.com:

Copies of the bill that Sens. Kirk , Menendez , and Schumer hope to introduce in the Senate this week — presumably to be pressed for passage after the Christmas/New Year recess — are circulating today around Washington, and, as predicted, it is clearly designed to sabotage last month’s first-phase deal (the Joint Plan of Action) on Tehran’s nuclear program, as well as prospects for a final agreement. The bill is called the Iran Nuclear Weapon Free Act of 2013 , although I would prefer to call it the Wag the Dog Act of 2014, given the implicit discretion it gives to Bibi Netanyahu to commit the U.S. to war with Iran. Its key provisions, as described by the sponsors, are laid out at the end of this post. As I’ve noted in past posts, the two main co-sponsors of this legislation are also two of the biggest recipients of campaign funding from “pro-Israel” political action committees (PACs) associated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in the U.S. Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets website. By a wide margin, Kirk was the biggest recipient of pro-Israel PAC money in Congress since 2002; in his most recent campaign (2012), Menendez received more than $340,000 from pro-Israel Pacs, beating out all other Senate candidates. Schumer, a major rainmaker for other Democratic candidates (which poses a very serious challenge to the Obama administration in keeping his party in line on any vote on this bill) ranked fifth in his 2010 race at more than $260,000, far behind Kirk, the year’s winner at nearly $640,000. Let there be no doubt about it: this bill was approved by AIPAC and is thus as close to the position of the Israeli government as its followers here believe will be politically palatable. (Saudi Arabia will also be pleased.)

Jan 05 08:57

After Seizing Taxes, Netanyahu Threatens More Moves Against Palestinians

A day after seizing some $100 million worth of tax funds from the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to take more hostile action against the Palestinians to punish them for seeking membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Jan 05 08:57

Netanyahu: Israeli troops won’t be hauled to court in Hague

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened a strong response to the Palestinian application to join the International Criminal Court, saying the move represented the opening salvo of a further confrontation with Israel.

Jan 05 08:56

Israel to ask U.S. congressmen to halt aid to Palestinians

Recently passed American legislation states that if the Palestinians initiate any action against Israel at the ICC, the State Department would have to stop American aid to the PA, which comes to some $400 million annually.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you allow government to take your money, then give it back on their terms, bad things happen.

Jan 05 08:14

Gilad Atzmon on George Galloway's Sputnik RT

Jan 04 12:10

IN PHOTOS ~~ SANTA BRINGS HOPE AND CHEER TO PALESTINE

Palestinian activists dressed in Santa Claus outfits on Thursday sprayed graffiti demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and freedom for Palestinians on the Israeli separation wall in the southern West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Jan 04 11:09

Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism

They not only invaded our home, took over our space, and evicted us—they even arrested me and took me to the Maskubya—the police station. I was put in room number four, alone, for a long time. Then, a big and tall man, a police officer, entered the interrogation room. I was alone, and started shivering from fear as he closed the door, started moving things around in the room and examining me from head to toe. I was terrorized, and my heart was beating so fast. His eyes penetrated my body, as he was opening the drawers looking for something. Then, he left the room and came back five minutes later holding a box. He pulled out a pair of blue plastic gloves, and put one on each of his hands, while looking at me and saying “…Come here…” I must tell you that I was terrorized when they invaded the house and evicted us. I was extremely anxious when they arrested my son.

Jan 04 11:06

UK activists sue Israel over raid on Gaza-bound flotilla

A group of British activists has filed a lawsuit against Israeli troops over a 2010 attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left 10 Turkish activists dead.

Lawyers of the activists have asked Scotland Yard to open a probe into the incident to find whether Israeli special forces committed war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the dead was an American citizen.

Israel murdered an AMERICAN CITIZEN in international waters, for taking their picture! A 19-year old boy from New York carrying a US Passport. Indeed Furkan Dogan's American citizenship is in less dispute than that of Barack Hussein Obama!

Back in 1941, there was this foreign nation, Japan, which was illegally occupying other peoples' lands in China and Indonesia.

There were Americans in close proximity to that foreign nation, in the then-territory of Hawaii, and even though the Americans had not actually done much of anything, that foreign nation decided it had the right to attack and kill Americans just on the off chance that somewhere down the road, they might be in inconvenience.

Thus came about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Now, just for a moment imagine that instead of declaring immediate war on those who attacked Americans, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had rushed over to the League of Nations to explain why Japan's attack on Americans was really no big deal, and that Japan had good reason to attack and kill Americans! Imagine if Roosevelt, instead of the "Day of Infamy" speech, had made countless excuses why Japan was perfectly right to attack and kill Americans. Imagine that the US Congress, instead of voting war against the nation that attacked Americans decided to punish those who criticized the nation that attacked Americans?

Quite an amazing fantasy isn't it? Yet this is exactly what we have seen the present government do over the last few years ever since Israel's attack on the aid flotilla!

Israel, citing grounds of national security, occupies the lands of Palestine, just as Japan, citing national security, occupied China. The Americans in the aid flotilla had not actually done anything to threaten Israel, just like the Americans sitting in Pearl Harbor had done nothing to threaten Japan.

1941 Japan attacks Americans in the middle of an ocean and the US goes to war against Japan.

2010 Israel attacks Americans in the middle of a sea and the US Government protects the attacker.

In 1904, American businessman Ion Perdicaris was taken prisoner by Mulai Raisuli. Now, from Raisuli's point of view, he had good reason to take Perdicaris prisoner as Raisuli was fighting against foreign occupation of his homeland. Even Perdicaris conceded that Raisuli was acting from what Perdicaris considered justifiable motives.

But President Roosevelt did not view the affair from Raisuli's point of view. He viewed it from the point of view of a President of the United States. Under the slogan "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead!" Roosevelt sent 7 US Battleships with orders to destroy Morroco if Perdicaris was not released. Perdicaris was sent home.

Those men were real Presidents; Presidents who understood that their job as commander in chief is to protect America and Americans first and foremost, and to hell with the other guys' point of view; real Presidents which when compared to, Obama is but a thin and venal wisp of shadow.

Jan 04 11:00

Palestinians criticise Israeli decision to withhold tax

Israel is withholding $127 million (€106 million) in tax revenue it collects for the Palestinian Authority in response to its move last week to join the International Criminal Court, further escalating tensions with a step that could have repercussions for both sides.

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said that the Israeli move could lead to the disintegration of the 20-year-old authority because it would be unable to pay government workers or provide public services. He promised to retaliate by expediting the petitions to join the court and other international agencies and said Israel “will be held accountable for everything.”

Jan 03 12:08

Israel to halt transfer of tax revenues to Palestinians following ICC bid

Israel has decided to freeze the transfer of half a billion shekels (more than $127 million) in tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinians following the Palestinians' recent attempts to join the International Criminal Court, an Israeli official has told Haaretz.

Jan 03 12:07

Israeli forces shoot 3 Palestinian shepherds near Nablus

Three Palestinian shepherds were injured on Saturday after Israeli forces and private security guards at a Jewish settlement opened fire on a crowd near Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that several Israeli settlers attacked a group of shepherds in the area of Khirbet Yanun near the village of Aqraba and opened live fire at them after the group entered the area.

Israeli soldiers later entered the area and opened fire as well, hitting three men.

Jan 03 11:55

86 Israeli Attacks on Islamic and Christian Holy Sites in 2014

Al Aqsa Association for Waqf and Heritage has reported that Israelis carried out some 86 assaults and violations of Islamic and Christian Palestinian holy sites in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something the Christian Zionists do not seem to realize.

Jan 03 11:54

VIDEO: “They look like they’re in a war zone, but what they’re aiming at is five-year-olds”

Israeli forces fired down the road leading from the checkpoint to the schools, filling the street adjacent to the schools with a choking cloud of gas and preventing Palestinians walking through the checkpoint from continuing down the street. As it is exam season in al-Khalil’s schools, children were attempting to reach school between seven and eight am and leaving again between nine thirty and eleven. Israeli military forces kept up a sporadic barrage of fire from the time some children were still walking to school until after school finished, forcing anyone traveling in either direction to brave whistling tear gas canisters and the dizzying smoke which still lingered even after the shooting had halted.

Jan 03 11:53

Israeli settlers uproot 5000 olive tree saplings near Turmusayya

Jewish settlers have uprooted more than 5,000 olive tree saplings in agricultural lands east of the town of Turmusayya in the central West Bank north of Ramallah, locals said Thursday.

One of the owners of the lands targeted, Awad Abu Samra, told Ma'an that in the last week settlers have repeatedly raided the area to attack the olive tree saplings.

Jan 03 11:53

Israel's crazed assault on Gaza was 2014's single most haunting and revolting event

Operation Protective Edge was shockingly gratuitous and one-sided, strategically and morally senseless and steeped in the most grotesque hypocrisy, says Matt Carr

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Jan 03 08:47

Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated)

On Friday, American security personnel accompanying staff from the United States Consulate in Jerusalem drew their weapons on violent Israeli settlers who attacked a two vehicle U.S. convoy outside the Palestinian town of Turmusaya in the West Bank. Consulate staff were investigating a incident which took place on private Palestinian land on the first night of 2015 when six thousand recently planted olive saplings were uprooted, and dozens of old olive trees were destroyed by violent Jewish settlers from an illegal outpost, Adei Ad, near Turmusaya.

Jan 03 08:46

America stabs its Arab allies in the back

The US-Arab alliance is one of the strangest and most interesting in the world, perhaps even in history. It is certainly the most one-sided, whereby America takes everything from its Arab allies and gives them nothing in return. The US attitude is disrespectful, untactful and inflexible. Washington gives Arab governments nothing to work with and nothing to give to their people, not even a fig leaf for appearances' sake.

The most recent example of this disrespect by the US was its open contempt for its Arab allies when it voted against the draft UN Security Council resolution to end the Israeli occupation of part of the occupied Palestinian territories. This resolution is based on what is known as "international legitimacy" despite the fact that the Palestinians went to the Security Council stripped of all their historical rights. However, this did not help them or gain the acceptance of Washington, which seems to disregard the Palestinians in particular and the Arabs in general.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What those Arab oil nations ought to do is all at once agree to sell their oil for the Ruble and the Yuan.

Jan 03 08:45

Australia's vote against Palestinian statehood 'reinforces feeling Coalition is anti-Arab'

Arab-Australians have condemned the Coalition’s decision to vote against a United Nations security council resolution on Palestinian statehood, saying it degraded their relationship with the federal government.

Australia and the US were the only two countries that voted against the resolution this week.

Jan 03 08:37

One killed in Gaza by Egypt border guards: Sources

At least one Palestinian has been killed in the frontier town of Rafah in the besieged Gaza Strip by Egyptian soldiers firing from across the border, sources say.

"A Palestinian citizen, aged 23, was killed by Egyptian army fire on the Egyptian-Palestinian border and the security agencies are investigating the incident to find out the motives," Gaza's Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bazm said in a message on his Facebook page on Friday.

The Egyptian forces shot the unnamed man "in the back and the bullet settled in the heart. He died on the spot," Gaza’s emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

On Tuesday, Egyptian authorities said they would double the width of a security buffer zone currently under construction along the Gaza border, claiming that the move will prevent Gazans from entering Egypt.

Jan 03 08:37

Israeli forces attack protesters in West Bank

Israeli forces have attacked Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the ongoing Israeli settlement building and the separation wall in the occupied territories.

Media reports say Israeli soldiers fired teargas and live ammunition to disperse the protesters in several West Bank towns on Friday.

Witnesses said dozens of Palestinians suffered temporary asphyxiation from teargas during the protest rallies.

Jan 02 22:02

What would Happen if the Int’l Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002. Article 7 forbids “Crimes against Humanity,” which are systematically repeated war crimes. Among these offenses is murder, forcible deportation or transfer of members of a group, torture, persecution of Palestinians (an “identifiable group”) and “the crime of Apartheid.”

Jan 02 10:33

CAN YOU PICTURE A MAP OF THE MIDDLE EAST WITHOUT ISRAEL ON IT?

Collins Bartholomew, a map-publishing company that is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, said that including Israel in its “Collins Primary Geography Atlas For The Middle East” would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the Gulf and that leaving Israel off the maps incorporated “local preferences.”

While Israel is not demarcated on the maps, the West Bank is clearly labeled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had originally assumed this was a simple mistake, due to Israel's small size relative to the scale of the map. But this admission that HarperCollins intentionally altered the maps to please certain customers calls into the question the validity of every map they produce.

Jan 02 10:30

Israeli settlers attack Palestinians south of Jenin

A group of Jewish settlers attacked at dawn Friday Palestinian vehicles traveling on Jenin-Nablus road near the junction of Jaba village south of Jenin.

Around 12 vehicles carrying settlers stormed today the evacuated settlement of Tarsleh and blocked Jenin-Nablus road under military protection.

The settlers spread amongst nearby olive trees and embarked on attacking and stoning the passing Palestinian cars in the presence of Israeli soldiers, eyewitnesses said.

Jan 02 09:59

With Israel ‘war crimes’ gambit, PA risks loss of US funding

In initiating a war crimes probe against Israel with the International Criminal Court, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas may fall afoul of US legislation that would mandate defunding the PA. The US funds the PA to the tune of some $400 million per year.

Even if Abbas’s ICC investigation gambit does not play out — and Palestine’s route ahead at the ICC is strewn with legal obstacles — it is viewed by many leaders of the incoming Republican-controlled Congress as the latest justification to reexamine the PA’s American funding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should the US stop funding the PA, other, more local, Middle Eastern countries could well pick up the slack, like Qatar.

Jan 01 13:15

Netanyahu: Israel expects ICC to reject Palestinian request out of hand

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said Israel expects the International Criminal Court in The Hague to reject the Palestinian application due to the fact that it is not a state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu's arrogance will be his undoing.

Jan 01 12:57

ANOTHER LETTER THE NEW YORK TIMES WOULD SURELY DEEM UNFIT TO PRINT

I started writing this as a Letter to the Editor, but my anger could not be conveyed in only 150 words, so I am posting this open letter instead:

Readers expect greater accuracy from New York Times columnists.

How dare Mr. Roger Cohen suggest that Gaza, a part of my homeland, is “nowhere!”

If Mr. Cohen is at a loss to know where Gaza lies, allow me to guide him. The Gaza Strip, as well as Gaza City, were both part and parcel of Historic Palestine, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Following the colossal injustice that resulted in the displacement of more than half of the Palestinian people, and then the creation of what we know today as the state of Israel, and the subsequent military occupation of the remaining Palestinian lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip become part and parcel of an Israeli-militarily-occupied territory. It is this military occupation under which many of my friends and colleagues were born and live to this day.

Jan 01 11:34

Palestinians To Join International Criminal Court

Turning up the pressure on Israel, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they are joining the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against the Jewish state — a risky, high-stakes move that brought threats of retaliation from Israel and criticism from the U.S.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acted a day after suffering a defeat in the U.N. Security Council, which voted down a resolution setting a three-year deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state on lands occupied by Israel.

"We want to complain. There's aggression against us, against our land. The Security Council disappointed us," Abbas said.

Turning to the international court at The Hague marks a major policy shift, transforming Abbas' relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile. The ultimate goal is to pressure Israel into withdrawing from the territories and agreeing to Palestinian statehood.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the countless killings of innocent Palestinians by the IDF are not "hostile" acts?!? Operation Protective Edge was not "hostile"?!? The brisk annexation of Palestinian land for Jewish only settlements is not "hostile"?!?

IF these acts are not "hostile", I cannot tell you what IS supposed to be hostile!

Jan 01 11:21

Palestine to Join International Criminal Court, Defying Israeli and US Warnings

“There is aggression practiced against our land and our country, and the Security Council has let us down — where shall we go?” Mr. Abbas said at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah as he signed the Rome Statute, the founding charter of the court, and a number of other international conventions.

Jan 01 08:52

Comments on Palestine's UN Failure

Defeated by US pressure. Its veto power. Supporting virtually everything Israel wants. Two nations united against Palestinian liberation. Determined to prevent it.

Wanting Palestinians held hostage. Under permanent bondage. Controlling virtually all aspects of their lives.

Denying them fundamental rights. Collectively punishing them. Leaving them isolated on their own. Longstanding injustice continues.

Palestine declared independence years ago. Previous articles explained. Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its 1988 Declaration of Independence.

Predicting a "instantaneous success." De jure UN membership. Saying Palestine meets all basic requirements for statehood. Then and now.

Jan 01 08:49

'US an enemy': Palestinian official blasts Washington over UNSC statehood veto

Palestine will start an international campaign showcasing the US as “an enemy,” pushing Israeli extremists to carry on with their actions and supporting Israel in everything, Fatah central committee member Abbas Zaki said.

Zaki, also the former representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, told RT Arabic that the latest developments in the UNSC were not a failure for Palestinian diplomacy.

“It’s just the persistent unwillingness of the US administration to give the Palestinian people its lawful right of self-determination. It’s a very dangerous precedent,” he said.

Jan 01 08:38

Fireworks in Ramallah, as Abbas signs treaty to join International Criminal Court

Fireworks are exploding throughout Ramallah in celebration of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s surprise move to sign the Rome Statute along with 21 other international treaties, one day after his draft resolution seeking to end Israel’s occupation through negotiations failed to pass the United Nations Security Council.

Abbas had held off in the past on acceding to the Rome Statute, which allows the Palestinian government to present charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The signing tonight was unexpected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was not unexpected. It was the obvious next step.

Dec 31 14:06

US 'Strongly Opposes' PA ICC Request

The United States said Wednesday it "strongly opposes" a request from the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), fearing this will further delay peace talks with Israel.

"It would be counterproductive and would do nothing to further the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a sovereign and independent state," the State Department said. "It will badly damage the atmosphere with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace."

"As we've said before, the United States continues to strongly oppose actions -- by both parties -- that undermine trust and create doubts about their commitment to a negotiated peace," it continued. "Our position has not changed. Such actions only push the parties further
apart."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is doing its level best to keep the criminal activities of the IDF and Israeli government against the Palestinians as quiet as possible; with the Palestinian Authority becoming a signatory to the ICC, that will be rendered impossible.

The level of embarrassment the US government will experience will be pretty uncomfortable, when neither they, nor Israel can dictate the narrative here.

Dec 31 12:42

FLASHBACK JULY - Reporter Breaks Down while Reporting on Israeli Killing of Palestinian Children? in Gaza

Dec 31 11:10

DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH WAITING FOR THE UN TO GIVE PALESTINE STATEHOOD

The UN, after all, has had more than 60 years to give the Palestinians any semblance of justice, but to no avail. The reason behind this monumental moral failure is simple. The world order is not based on justice and morality. It is rather based on military might and political power.

Dec 31 10:51

NEW YORK TIMES ~~ A LETTER NOT FIT TO PRINT

In line with their pro Israeli, anti Palestinian polices, the New York Times found the response to THIS Editorial unfit to print …

We present it here!

Dec 31 10:44

Russia Slams UNSC failure to Act on Palestine; Vows to Continue

Russia has warned that the United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a draft resolution demanding the recognition of an independent Palestinian state could plunge the Middle East into insecurity and violence.

“The inaction of the Security Council in this area dooms the situation to a dangerous status quo which we cannot accept. One chance for hope is not enough. We must continue,” Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.

The Russian diplomat expressed regret over the UN’s rejection of the resolution, describing it as a “strategic mistake.”

Dec 31 10:09

After setback at UN, Palestinian leadership pushing Abbas to join ICC

Having been set back in the UN Security Council with its statehood bid, the Palestinian leadership is pressuring President Mahmoud Abbas to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and other international institutions.

Dec 31 10:08

Revealed: Gaza orphans Israel trip was government-backed PR stunt

The visit was the brainchild of an Israeli operative deeply involved in settlements in the occupied West Bank, working closely with the Israeli government.

It involved Palestinian counterparts in Israel with ties to the ruling Likud party and the Zionist political establishment.

It is unlikely that the non-governmental organization in Gaza that helped coordinate the visit was aware of these facts when it agreed to take part.

Dec 31 10:07

Killing 40 civilians in one go is “reasonable,” says Israel army ethicist

As the generally Israel-friendly crowd of mostly older New Yorkers sipped on Merlot and munched on pita chips from the comfort and safety of the JCC, they listened to the ethicists doing what they do best: twisting international law to sanctify Israel’s “right” to inflict limitless suffering on the 1.8 million Palestinians, the vast majority refugees, confined to the Gaza Strip solely because they are not Jews.

Dec 31 10:06

Nigeria abstention from UN Palestine resolution 'big disappointment'

The Palestinian representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said in a statement Wednesday that Nigeria's abstention from a UN vote on Palestinian statehood was a "big disappointment" in light of the country's historical support for the Palestinian cause.

Muhannad al-Akluk blasted the West African power in the statement, saying that voting against Palestine despite being a member of the OIC was a "clear contradiction."

Dec 31 09:41

Palestinian statehood bid fails at UN Security Council as US, Australia vote against

The UN Security Council has failed to adopt the Arab coalition’s bid calling for the creation of a Palestinian state and an end to Israeli “occupation”. The veto power US and Australia voted against the move with 5 abstentions.

The draft resolution gathered only 8 votes in favour, so it was automatically defeated. The US however still used its veto power and voted against the resolution.

Dec 31 08:31

Egypt to begin expanding Gaza buffer zone next week

Egypt said Tuesday work will begin next week to double the width of a buffer zone being built along the border with the Gaza Strip to prevent militants infiltrating from the Palestinian enclave.

A 500-metre (546-yard) wide buffer zone is now being built along some 10 kilometres (six miles) of the border, with some 800 homes being demolished in the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the buffer is carved out of Palestine, not Egypt.

Dec 31 08:11

Palestinian resolution fails at the Security Council, U.S. votes against ‘staged confrontation’ at the UN

The Palestinian leadership’s resolution to end Israel’s occupation through negotiations failed to pass the United Nations Security Council this evening. While Palestinian leaders had hoped to garner the nine votes needed to be approved by the 15-member council, only eight countries supported the measure. The United States and Australia voted against it while five others abstained.

“The Security Council has once again failed to uphold its charter duties to address theses crises and to meaningfully contribute to a peaceful and lasting solution in accordance with its own resolutions,” said Palestine’s representative to the United Nations Riyad Mansour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I had any say with the Arab oil-producing nations, I would tell them to all start selling their oil for currencies other than the dollar at once and start pulling their money out of the US financial system as fast as possible.

Dec 30 13:55

UN Security Council set to vote on Palestinian statehood bid

22 Arab UN ambassadors decide to push forward and put the resolution to a vote, despite U.S. and British objections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US will veto.

But ...

Yet another veto by the US to serve Israel further undermines the US image of being an impartial arbiter in the Middle East, and that image is core to sustaining the current petro-dollar arrangement with those oil-producing nations, who might just react to a new US veto by deciding en masse to sell their oil for other currencies.

Dec 30 13:26

America stumbles through another year, spreading chaos and trivia everywhere in its path

Senator Graham, regarded neither as an idealist nor a voice for peace, is only doing what so many American politicians do under the unbelievably corrupt, money-drenched American election system, and that is to make ridiculous public statements about the Middle East in return for generous dollops of campaign funds from the world’s most tireless political lobby, that for Israel. You might think that the lobby itself would tire of funding backwater blowhards demanding the other ninety-five percent of humanity play the game by America’s rules or America is picking up its marbles or chips or whatever and going home, but clearly it does not.

Dec 30 12:59

US RANKS ISRAEL 4th MOST UNACCEPTABLE COUNTRY

Most of the condemnations relating to Israel involved building in settlements or the announcement of plans to construct additional housing behind the Green Line. Government spokespeople also castigated Israel for civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge.

All of which were funded by US Tax Dollar$

Dec 30 09:59

US May Sanction Palestinians Over Statehood Bid

Palestinians officials said Kerry not only vowed a US veto, but threatened to impose US sanctions against the Palestinians for even trying to submit the resolution.

Dec 30 08:54

Census reveals Palestinians to surpass 12 million by the end of 2014

Palestinian people living in the occupied territories, Israel and abroad will reach 12.1 million people by the end of 2014, a statistical report has revealed. Of these, 35.4 per cent are predicted to be under 15 years old.

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Pretty good for an "imaginary people!" :)

Dec 30 07:38

Palestinians postpone UN statehood bid

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al Maliki blamed the delay on UN bureaucracy and the need to translate all the amendments to the resolution.

However, some sources have said that the Palestinians are holding off after unexpected opposition came from the American administration and Western European members of the Security Council.

Dec 29 20:09

Palestinians to push ahead with UN resolution

The Palestinian leadership has presented changes to a UN draft resolution that could set a timeframe for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State John Kerry he would press ahead with a resolution calling for a peace deal with Israel within a year with an "end to occupation" of Palestinian territories by late 2017, state news agency WAFA reported.

The revised resolution calls for occupied East Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine, an end to Israeli settlement building and settling the issue of Palestinian prisoner releases.

Arab UN delegations meeting in New York on Monday endorsed the proposal.

Dina Kawar, Jordan's UN Ambassador and the sole Arab representative on the UN Security Council, said the revised text would be submitted to the council later on Monday.

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Dec 29 20:05

Lindsey Graham to Netanyahu: GOP-Controlled Congress 'Has Your Back'

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham Saturday pledged unwavering support to Israel in its conflicts with Hamas and Iran and vowed that the new Republican-controlled Congress would approve legislation to re-impose sanctions on Tehran should it not agree to limitations on its nuclear arsenal.

"The United States Congress, above all entities in America, has your back in a very bipartisan way," Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference in Jerusalem. "The Congress clearly sees the difference between the tactics of Hamas and the democracy called Israel, and the international community seems to be a bit confused."

Dec 29 20:04

'If UN Recognizes Palestine, Israel Must Annex in Judea-Samaria'

Likud Central Committee chairman Danny Danon, who is challenging Binyamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party, on Saturday night called on Israel to respond to an expected UN recognition of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as the "state of Palestine" by declaring sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

"We must clarify in the clearest terms to the world that every unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state will bring Israeli sovereignty," declared Danon in a meeting with Likud activists in Judea's Gush Etzion region.

Dec 29 13:29

Palestinian troops have shot dead a 17-year-old Israeli boy who was throwing stones at drivers in the occupied West Bank.

Dec 29 09:14

Palestinians to submit revised statehood resolution to UN

Palestinians intend to submit a final draft of their statehood resolution calling for an end to the occupation and the creation of a state by 2017 to the United Nations Security Council, senior Palestinian Authority officials said Monday.

Dec 28 11:08

RABBINICAL PINKWASHING

So, it’s been established that the man is 100% against Palestine and Palestinian Rights in particular …. but isn’t it odd that this same person is now super concerned about Gay Rights …. something is questionable about his agenda. Not really if it fits his sick barbaric Hasbaric viewpoints.

Pinkwashing has become #1 issue in his pro Israel stance as can be seen by his add in the New York Times (paid for by Sheldon Adelson)

Dec 28 11:07

HOW THE NEW YORK TIMES HIDES THE TRUTH ABOUT PALESTINE

The massive upsurge of Israeli violence against Palestinians is invisible to The New York Times. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Two recent stories in The New York Times involve violence against Palestinian and Israeli children. But it is striking how differently the stories are treated based on the identity of the victim.

The first, from today, is headlined “Israeli Girl Severely Wounded in Firebomb Attack in West Bank.” The second, from November, is headlined “Palestinian Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border.” Both are by Isabel Kershner.

Dec 28 11:07

FOR PALESTINIANS, GETTING TO WORK IN ISRAEL IS A JOB IN ITSELF

The next time an Israeli with a conscience refrains from buying sneakers or a cellphone made in Asian sweatshops, he or she should remember: The most brutal sweatshop is next to their homes. Just look once at the sad face of the worker building your home; try to imagine what he went through and put yourself in his shoes. He too is a human being.

Dec 28 10:47

Israeli digging causes collapse near Western Wall

Israeli excavations under the al-Aqsa Mosque have caused collapse just meters away from the Western Wall of East al-Quds (Jerusalem), Press TV reports.

The wall is located at the foot of the western side of Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, one of the most important religious sites in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The collapse came about on Friday in an area in Silwan south of al-Aqsa where the tunnels dug by the Israelis start. Following the incident, the Israeli police sealed off the site and forbade anyone from approaching it.

Dec 28 10:19

407 Jewish settlers forced way into Al-Aqsa for Hanukkah

At least 407 Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during this week's Hanukkah holidays, a Palestinian NGO said Thursday.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said that, from Sunday to Thursday, 407 Israelis – protected by Israeli police – had conducted individual and group tours inside the mosque complex.

Of these, 52 were young Israeli troops who entered the complex in military uniform as part of a so-called "guidance and exploration" program, the NGO said.

"Occupation forces harassed Muslim worshippers at the gates of the mosque complex, arresting 20 over the past week," it added.

It went on to say that detained worshippers had been subsequently released after being subject to monetary fines and barred from entering the Al-Aqsa complex for periods ranging from two weeks to one month.

Israeli officials could not be reached for comment on the issue.

Dec 28 09:58

PA consultations on UN statehood bid enter home stretch

Senior official says Palestinians will seek Security Council vote this week even if the U.S. intends to veto the resolution.

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Dec 28 09:42

US senator Graham threatens to defund UN over Palestine bid

Visiting US Senator Lindsey Graham threatened Saturday to withhold US funding from the UN, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the Palestinian Authority, a day after a senior Palestinian official said the PA will push for a UN vote on the Palestinian statehood bid by Monday.

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Go ahead, Lindsey; yank the US funding. Then the UN will have no problem kicking both the US out, which means Israel will no longer have the almighty US veto to protect itself in the Security Council. As for the UN, they will have to act against this obvious intimidation tactic by the US or risk losing what little remains of their credibility.

Dec 28 09:13

Security Council to vote on Palestine by Monday: Official

The UN Security Council (UNSC) will vote on a draft resolution calling for the recognition of the Palestinian state by Monday, says Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Erekat told reporters that some revisions were made to the Jordanian-drafted text before sending it to UNSC.

He did not reveal the details of the amendments, Press TV reported on Saturday. The draft resolution, approved by the Arab League in September, sets 2016 as the year for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories.

Dec 28 09:13

'If UN Recognizes Palestine, Israel Must Annex in Judea-Samaria'

Likud Central Committee chairman Danny Danon, who is challenging Binyamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party, on Saturday night called on Israel to respond to an expected UN recognition of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as the "state of Palestine" by declaring sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

"We must clarify in the clearest terms to the world that every unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state will bring Israeli sovereignty," declared Danon in a meeting with Likud activists in Judea's Gush Etzion region.

Dec 27 10:21

NY Times says a Palestinian majority would ‘endanger Israel’s democratic ideals’

And: “a Palestinian majority” would not just endanger Israel’s Jewish character, but its “democratic ideals?” Isn’t that like saying democracy would endanger a democracy? Not when you’re talking about Arabs! Writes Donald Johnson: “Imagine them saying that about any other ethnic group in the world. Interpreted charitably, they might be saying that a one state solution might lead to ethnic strife between extremists on one or both sides, or something like that, but if so, they should spell it out. Their brains just shut down when writing on this subject.”

The racism against Palestinians in the mainstream press is so casual it’s shocking. People would be picketed if they wrote this about an American ethnic group.

Dec 27 10:19

Whites should pay 1.4 million Blacks to leave United States!!!

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Shocking, isn't it!

Dec 27 10:06

Germany to sell four new Sa’ar corvettes to Israel

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was purchasing four New Saars-class Corvettes from Germany. Dubbed "the Son of Saars," the next generation vessels are for the protection of Israel's offshore gas fields.

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... which used to be Gaza's and Lebanon's oil fields!

Dec 27 09:28

Still reeling from summer assault, Gaza faces new Israeli threats

Muhammad al-Gharib says his life was turned upside down when his father and younger sister were killed in an airstrike during Israel’s 51-day offensive on the Gaza Strip this past summer.

Shortly after his father, Baha, 58, and his sister, Ola, 16, stepped out of their home in Rafah on 29 July, they were directly struck by an Israeli missile. “They were only about two hundred meters [218 yards] from the house when they died,” al-Gharib, a first-year university student, told The Electronic Intifada. “We ran outside and couldn’t believe what we saw. They were dead.”

Dec 27 09:28

How New York Times conceals Israeli violence against Palestinians

Two recent stories in The New York Times involve violence against Palestinian and Israeli children. But it is striking how differently the stories are treated based on the identity of the victim.

The first, from today, is headlined “Israeli Girl Severely Wounded in Firebomb Attack in West Bank.” The second, from November, is headlined “Palestinian Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border.” Both are by Isabel Kershner.

Dec 26 09:46

At Last-Jewish Comedians Are Banned For supporting Racism

A bitter row has broken out in the Jewish stand-up ghetto after Ivor Dembina, the owner of a leading comedy club refused to book anyone who plays benefit gigs for a Jewish racist pro-Israeli organisation.

Dec 26 09:09

Ongoing plight of Palestinian Christians

Back in 1948, when Israel was established, Christians in Palestine made up around 18 percent of the population. Now it is around two percent only.

They have been faced with the same discriminatory policies as Muslim Palestinians, pushing thousands to leave Palestine. In a 2006 poll, Christians living in Bethlehem said Israeli aggression and occupation was the main cause of emigration.

Inside Story discusses the sufferings of Palestinian Christians under the Israeli occupation.

Dec 26 09:05

Israel's Christmas present to Palestinians is yet another land grab

Israeli officials gave final approval to hundreds of new settler housing units in East Jerusalem Wednesday, despite simmering tensions with Palestinians.

Dec 25 14:42

ISRAELI JOURNALISTS WHO REFUSE TO BE SILENCED

They say that the truth will set you free ... but that’s the last thing Israel wants for the Palestinians ...

They let us go in the evening. The Israeli Police’s APC brought us back to the checkpoint. The case awaits a decision. Another decision is obvious: We will keep on covering the occupation.

Dec 25 14:40

LIFE BEFORE DEATH IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK

The night before he died, Muhammad and his father went up on the roof of their house. The teen pointed toward nearby Birzeit University and told his father that he wanted to study journalism there.

“Through media and journalism,” his father recalls Muhammad saying, “I can send a message to the world that there’s a people here that is carrying out legitimate resistance to the occupation and I can ask the world to help us end the occupation.”

Dec 25 11:16

Anti-Zionism in the 21st Century

The essence of the Palestinian struggle is the battle against Zionism. It is a battle against its racism, against its murderous war crimes, against its insatiable territorial hunger, against its disdain for non-Jewish human rights, and against its devoted attempts to destroy Palestinian national identity. As voices of normalization are on the rise, and social media is invaded by paid pro-Zionist bloggers, there is an increased need for anti-Zionists to draw attention to the crimes committed by ‘Israel’, and to speak up against the ongoing media silence and the apologist activities of those misleadingly portraying themselves as ‘peace doves’. Let us first look briefly at the history of the anti-Zionist struggle, and then see where we stand today.

Dec 25 11:15

Israel Approves 380 New Settlement Homes in East Jerusalem

Under pressure to restart negotiations with the Palestinians, the Israeli government continues to expand settlements deeper into occupied territory, today announcing 380 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

Dec 25 10:54

Israel forces shoot, severely injure Palestinian boy

A five-year-old Palestinian child has reportedly been severely wounded after Israeli forces fired a rubber bullet that hit him in the face while he was getting out of a school bus in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

According to media reports, the incident took place on Wednesday when Muhammad Jamal Ubeid and his 14-year-old sister were exiting a school bus near their home in the al-Issawiya neighborhood of East al-Quds.

“An Israeli soldier fired a black rubber-coated bullet at the child from a close distance, injuring him under the eye,” Palestinian media quoted Muhammad’s uncle as saying.

The Palestinian child was transferred to a nearby hospital.

Muhammad’s uncle also said there were no clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in the area at the time of the shooting attack.

Dec 25 10:53

US police brutality protests hit home with Palestinian prisoners

In a letter written from an Israeli jail cell, Palestinian political prisoner Ameer Makhoul sends his salutations to African Americans protesting the police killing of unarmed Black men, women and youths.

“Even within Israeli jail, very much far away from you, we are mourning your beloved,” writes Makhoul in his 9 December letter.

Makhoul’s letter, which can be read in full at the bottom of this page, emphasizes the universality of the protests in the United States.

“Such racist official violence exasperates the conscience of all, and of course all 7,000 [Palestinian political prisoners] in Israel jail who seek freedom, liberty and justice for themselves as well as for their people of Palestine,” Makhoul states.

“Your cause is touching hearts everywhere,” he adds. “Your protest is on behalf of all humanity. Your voice is our voice … the voice of all free people.”

Dec 24 11:23

Forget fairy lights, these Palestinians decorated a Christmas tree with Israeli tear gas canisters

Palestinian activists have decorated a Christmas tree with leftover Israeli tear gas canisters and stun grenades in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The activists garnished the tree in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Tuesday in a symbolic move to show their anger at Tel Aviv's atrocities in the occupied territories, said Farid al-Atrash, the head of the independent commission for human rights in the south.

The leftover tear gas canisters and stun grenades had been used by Israeli forces during clashes with Palestinians in the city.

Dec 24 11:15

Israel issues demolition orders to East Jerusalem homes

Israeli forces on Monday issued five demolitions orders to Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, the owners said.

Akram al-Shurafa told Ma'an that his home in al-Tur, which was built in 1938 and inherited from his grandparents, was slated for demolition.

The property has all the required legal documents and is registered in his mother's name, he said.

Al-Shurafa says the demolition order is a way of targeting him after he was recently exiled from the city of Jerusalem for five months, together with four other Palestinian community activists.

Dec 24 09:42

Boulder group backs ads against U.S. support for Israel 'war crimes'

It's unlikely that the buses bearing the controversial messages will be seen in Boulder County, but local activists are voicing their support for a round of ads that debuted in the Denver metro area last week decrying Israel's ongoing conflict with Palestinians.

The ads, which first appeared on the sides of seven RTD buses Dec. 17, read: "Israel's War Crimes, Your Tax Dollars at Work." They bear the image of a Palestinian woman weeping while sitting in a pile of rubble, along with the web address stopfundingapartheid.org.

The site is maintained by the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, a group dedicated to "breaking the information blockade" about war crimes it alleges the Israeli government has committed over the years against the Palestinian people. The group, which funded similar ads on buses in the Portland, Ore., area in October, chipped in some of the money for the RTD ads, along with local groups Coloradans for Justice in Palestine and Friends of Sabeel-Colorado.

Dec 24 09:36

BBC’s Kafkaesque response to complaint over Gaza coverage

Last month, the BBC sent an email to the UK-based campaigning organization Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which was almost comical in its arrogance.

It was a response to a complaint made by PSC in October that BBC online reports were referring to the Gaza ceasefire as holding, despite the fact that by the end of October, Israel had breached the ceasefire numerous times since it was signed on 26 August.

In fact, Israel has fired on Palestinians in Gaza almost on a daily basis.

In its initial complaint, PSC referred to the website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), which documents incidents of ceasefire breaches. These breaches had been collated in an article published by Middle East Monitor (MEMO), which reported that there was more than one Israeli attack on Gaza every day in September. The MEMO article was also included in PSC’s submission.

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Translation: The truth is what the BBC decides it is!

Dec 24 09:32

Hebron elder fights back as Israeli soldiers seize 10-year-old boys

This video shows Israeli occupation forces violently arresting two young boys, allegedly for throwing stones, as adults try to protect the children.

Christian Peacemaker Teams, which released the video, says that it shows the arrests of Mohammed Nabil Taha and Akram Zayed al-Jamal, both aged ten, on 17 December.

The video comes in the same week that another group, Defence for Children International–Palestine, released new testimonies from Palestinian children subjected to torture and solitary confinement in Israeli military custody.

The boys were “visibly shaking and crying while the Israeli border police held them in custody for thirty minutes at Qitoun checkpoint 209 in Hebron,” Christian Peacemaker Teams, a civilian group that monitors life under Israeli military occupation in Hebron, says.

Dec 24 09:31

Israeli soldier seriously wounded in exchange of fire on Gaza border

An Israel Defense Forces soldier was seriously wounded on Wednesday when Palestinian snipers opened fire at troops guarding construction work at the security fence near the southern Gaza Strip.

The IDF opened tank and aircraft fire in response to the sniper shots, killing the commander of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades' observation unit, Taysr Asmiri. Several others were wounded. The Israeli army sources say that the sniper was affiliated with Hamas.

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That is what Israel initially said about the rocket fired into an empty lot in Israel last week, only to be forced to admit that outside provateurs had been behind it. How lucky for Israel that snipers show up just in time to restart Israel's war against Gaza, which only a week ago Israel's defense minister announced was being planned!

Dec 24 09:14

Israeli soldiers take pictures of themselves abusing wounded youth

A video, captured by Rami Alarya of the Alqods Independent Media Center, showed a number of Israeli soldiers assaulting a Palestinian child, on Friday evening [February 4 2014], after shooting him with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the leg, and photographing themselves abusing him.

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Degradation of prisoners is a war crime.

Dec 23 15:32

US threatens to veto Palestinian UN resolution

Dec 23 13:43

Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters in West Bank

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The Israeli forces fired tear gas to disperse the Palestinian protesters dressed as Santa Claus in the city on Tuesday.

Dec 23 13:09

Palestine, Israel and the News Media

On November 18 of this year, the news media was awash with the news of the killing of four rabbis at a synagogue in Jerusalem. This is headline news for CNN and the New York Times, the latter of which had the nerve to say this: “Witnesses and Israeli leaders were particularly horrified at the religious overtones of an attack on a synagogue….”

Where, one may naively ask, were these august news outlets during the past several weeks, as Israeli settlers, protected and even aided by Israeli soldiers, desecrated sacred mosques in Jerusalem? Where were the horrified reports of dead and bloodied Palestinians? What about the complete desecration of Muslim holy sites? Were no witnesses and Palestinian ‘leaders horrified at the religious overtones of an attack on a’ mosque?

Dec 23 13:03

Rabbis plan to build temple on Al-Aqsa ruins

In the clearest indication of the growing dangers threatening Al-Aqsa Mosque, in an opinion piece published on Saturday, Haaretz discussed a group of rabbis who met to discuss the scheme for the establishment of the Third Temple on the ruins of the mosque. The newspaper published a photograph of a number of rabbis and engineers studying a map of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In a piece written by Professor Ronnie Ellenblum entitled "Bells are ringing for the ultra-Orthodox and Secular" [hebrew], the paper discussed the future of Al-Aqsa Mosque which Jews refer to as the Temple Mount.

Although the paper did not identify the rabbis who appeared in the picture, one of them has been identified as Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, president of the Temple Institute, a religious authority that is considered the most enthusiastic about destroying Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing a temple on its ruins.

Dec 23 11:26

Israel violates Gaza ceasefire nearly every day

After Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza on Friday, the BBC described the air strike on “a Hamas facility” as “the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.”

The short BBC News item, essentially a repackaged Israeli army press statement, added that the strike was “in response” to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza.

The casual reader would understand this to mean that Israel has held its fire since the August ceasefire which ended the intensive bombing this summer that claimed more than 2,200 Palestinian lives.

However, the reality is that Israel has fired on Palestinians in Gaza nearly every day since the 26 August truce.

Dec 23 09:38

Army Kidnaps Nine Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, five Palestinians in Hebron and Nablus districts, in the occupied West Bank, and four Palestinians kidnapped near Ramallah on Monday night, shortly after midnight.

Dec 23 09:37

Israel Apportions $17 Billion for Judaizing Jerusalem

Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and authority on issues in the occupied territories for the Arab League, Mohammed Sabih, warned of Israel's further Judaization of Jerusalem, saying that Israeli has allotted some $17 billion for this process.

Dec 23 09:00

Palestinian protesters dressed as Santa Claus clash with IDF

Dozens of Palestinian protesters, some of them festively dressed as Santa Claus, clashed on Tuesday with Israeli security forces in Bethlehem, a day before the beginning of Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city revered as the birthplace of Jesus.

Dec 23 08:43

How long must Palestinians pay for the Holocaust?

A man leading an occupying state, a racist state in which mixed marriages are protested, doesn’t get to teach lessons to others. Mr. Netanyahu, stop exploiting the Holocaust at every political opportunity; pick up a book and learn that we weren’t there in those darkest days of European and Jewish history.

Dec 23 08:28

Israeli Report admits they are Descendants of Khazars

“Israel seems finally to have thrown in the towel. A blue-ribbon team of scholars from leading research institutions and museums has just issued a secret report to the government, acknowledging that European Jews are in fact Khazars. (Whether this would result in yet another proposal to revise the words to “Hatikvah” remains to be seen.) At first sight, this would seem to be the worst possible news, given the Prime Minister’s relentless insistence on the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” and the stagnation of the peace talks. But others have underestimated him at their peril. An aide quipped, when life hands you an etrog, you build a sukkah.

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Dec 23 08:03

Israel destroys 1,000 Arab houses in Negev

In an unprecedented measure, Israeli authorities have destroyed 1,000 Arab houses in Negev throughout 2014, Anadolu news agency has reported.

"Israeli security institutions destroyed Arab houses in order to put pressure on Arabs to leave their lands," said Usama al-Uqaibi, the head of the Islamic Movement in South Israel. "They destroy the Palestinians and their properties," he added.

Al-Uqaibi reiterated that the Palestinians in Negev would continue their resistance and remain in their land. "Palestinians will not let the occupation control thousands of dunhams to build settlements," he said.

Dec 23 07:54

Coca Cola to open Gaza factory

The new plant will compete with Pepsi, which has been producing soft drinks in the coastal enclave since 1962

Dec 23 07:54

America looking to push back UN vote on Palestine

The United States is trying to postpone a vote at the UN Security Council on a Palestinian resolution to set a deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state until after the Israeli elections in March.

Dec 22 15:44

RABBINICAL TAUNTING OF THE SEASON

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach taunted a crowd of human rights protesters in front of the seemingly closed and emptied flagship Leviev diamond store on Madison Avenue. Leviev’s companies have built thousands of Israeli settlement homes and have been accused of abusing and torturing Angolan diamond miners.

Boteach stood in front of the empty Leviev store and began shouting. “Israel,” “Down with Hamas,” “Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” “Down with the Palestinians.” He suddenly stopped and complained that he was being videotaped. Police told Boteach to leave as he was drowned out by chants of, “How fancy, how pretty, Leviev out of New York City.” Boteach was accompanied by a young man wearing a scarf for the notoriously racist Beitar Jerusalem football team. Boteach has expressed his support for Hebron’s notoriously violent and racist settlers.

Dec 22 12:14

Hamas arrests Gaza jihadis behind latest rocket attack: Israeli official

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Sunday that Hamas detained members of a global jihadi group in the Gaza Strip who fired a rocket into southern Israel over the weekend.

"It turns out that it's one of the global jihad organizations, one of those so-called rogue organizations," Ya'alon said.

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So Israel punished the wrong people for that one rocket. Israel is admitting that outside provocateurs (who may have been working for Israel) fired the rocket. Will they apologize for the bombing that followed? Of course not!

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