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Jun 23 12:16

Congressional Candidate John Fitzgerald Interviewed on The Realist Report

@JFitz4Congress is a Republican candidate running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 11th Congressional district in #California - he joined me to discuss his background & political campaign

Jun 23 11:11

The Diseased, Lying, Condition of America’s ‘News’ Media

Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria.

Jun 23 11:04

Yemen War: Iranian Navy Dispatches Warships to Gulf of Aden

On June 21, the Iranian Navy dispatched two warships to the Gulf of Aden, where a fierce battle is ongoing between the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) and the Saudi-led coalition for the port city of al-Hudaydah.

According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, Iran sent a helicopter-carrier and a naval destroyer. The deployment of Iranian warships in the area will likely further complicate relations between Riyadh and Teheran. However, two warships will not be enough to lift a naval blockade from al-Hudaydah.

Meanwhile, the Houthis repelled another attempt by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies to capture the al-Hudaydah airport in western Yemen recapturing most of the positions, which they had lost previously.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government's participation in Saudi war crimes in Yemen does NOT make me proud to be an American; and it is a matter of great concern to me, that President Trump's two BBFs in the Middle East, are Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, and the Saudi Crown Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen.

Jun 23 10:07

Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi pledges 'suitable' response to deadly Syria strike

The Iraqi voluntary and pro-government Popular Mobilization Units have pledged to get revenge for a deadly air raid on their fellow fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr earlier this week, blaming the United States or Israel for the attack.

Hezbollah Brigades spokesman Jaafar al-Husseini said it was still too early to say definitively whose forces carried out the late Sunday strike against the border town of al-Hari near the frontier with Iraq but insisted it “could only have been” the Americans or Israelis.

“When it becomes known who was responsible then there will be an appropriate response and the hand of the resistance will strike anywhere,” Husseini said during a memorial ceremony for the fallen fighters at a mosque in Baghdad.

Both the Syrian government and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units – commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, initially pinned the blame on the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Jun 23 10:07

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Gazans, wound over 200

More than 200 unarmed Palestinian protesters have been wounded by Israeli troops in the besieged Gaza Strip along the border separating the impoverished enclave and the occupied territories.

According to a report by the Gaza Ministry of Health, 206 demonstrators, including at least eight minors, sustained injuries as a result of inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers in the blockaded sliver on Friday.

Reports said that Israeli forces fired large quantities of tear gas canisters and live bullets east of Gaza City to disperse some 7,000 protesters who were rallying for what had been officially designated as “Friday of the Wounded”, paying tribute to those who have been wounded since the beginning of the Great March of Return demonstrations.

Jun 23 10:05

US Congress is largely made up of traitors owned by Zionists: Scholar

The Congress of the United States is largely made up of Zionist-funded lawmakers that betray their own country in favor of Israel, according to Dr. Kevin Barrett, an American academic, researcher and political analyst.

Dr. Barrett made these remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a report which says a group of senior Republican lawmakers in US Congress have asked the administration of President Donald Trump to add Iran back on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)'s blacklist and reverse one of the key agreements that paved the way for the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and major world powers.

Senator Rob Portman and Representative Ed Royce wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday, asking him to raise the issue during the Paris-based anti-money laundering and terror financing organization's upcoming session next week in the French capital.

Jun 23 09:52

DEMOCRATIC MEGADONOR HAIM SABAN ATTACKS SENATORS FOR URGING HUMANITARIAN AID TO GAZA STRIP

Democratic Party megadonor Haim Saban is privately reprimanding lawmakers who spoke out about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Saban emailed the senators, some at their personal addresses, to directly express his displeasure with a letter organized last month by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Twelve Democrats and Sanders signed the May 11, 2018, letter calling for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “act urgently in order to help relieve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.” The letter, which came amid a deadly Israeli response to a protest movement in the Gaza Strip, said that the Trump administration should restore funding to a United Nations humanitarian effort and encourage Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinians living in Gaza. Three days after the senators sent the letter, Israel fired on another round of protests, leaving dozens dead and hundreds more wounded.

Jun 23 09:37

Democrats are losing their fear of AIPAC and Haim Saban

Last night in Connecticut, Sarah Walsh of AIPAC told a Conservative synagogue audience that the lobby group is striving to ensure that support for Israel remains bipartisan, but there are more signs that progressive Democrats feel they are able to criticize Israeli policies.

First, Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace says there’s been a reluctance even in the Democratic establishment to defend Israel during the Gaza slaughter. In an interview with the Real News, Vilkomerson said Trump’s embrace of Netanyahu has opened the door for formerly-silent Democrats to be critical of Israel. “There’s a willingness to look at Israel’s actions that maybe wasn’t possible when Obama was president.”

Jun 23 09:36

Dutch state channel caves to pressure from pro-Israel group over Gaza, Iran

A Dutch state TV station has apologised twice following complaints from Jewish groups that its coverage was biased against Israel.

According to Israeli sources, NOS, Netherlands’ main public broadcaster, made two retractions within the space of two weeks amid protests by Dutch Jews and others who complained that the state-funded organisation has an institutional anti-Israel bias.

Though a senior NOS spokesperson has denied accusations of anti-Israel bias, the broadcaster has been forced to retract comments about Israel’s occupation and suggesting that Iran and Israel face the same level of threat from each other.

NOS retracted comments, which described Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza as a protest for the right to return to areas that were occupied by Israel after 1948. The broadcast said that those taking part in the “March of Return” wanted to “return to areas that since the establishment of Israel in 1948 are occupied.”

Jun 23 09:35

Israeli minister warns of new war on Gaza

The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue to point out that their protests are entirely legitimate under international law. To call them terrorists, they insist, is not only inaccurate, but also an attempt by the Israelis and their supporters to deceive the world about the nature of the conflict in occupied Palestine.

Jun 23 09:34

Israel’s war on photographers and their images

Amid the ongoing killing of defenceless Palestinian demonstrators, the Israeli leadership is engaged in a fierce and multifaceted war on photographers, either by shooting at them or criminalising them. Israel’s occupation authorities fear that photographs and video images will expose their brutality on the ground, which may lead to the provision of evidence to help prosecute officers and soldiers in accordance with international criminal justice procedures.

Jun 23 09:34

Is the UAE purchasing properties in East Jerusalem on behalf of Israel?

As reported by MEMO two weeks ago, Kamal Khatib, the Deputy Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, warned in an online statement on 6 June that an Emirati businessman close to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed, is trying to buy Palestinian houses and properties in the old city of Jerusalem, especially those which are close to Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is alleged that he is doing this through a businessman from Jerusalem who’s affiliated with exiled former Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan.

According to Khatib, the businessman offered $5 million to a local Palestinian to buy his house adjacent to Al-Aqsa. The house owner, apparently, declined, even when the initial offer was raised to $20m. Khatib warned that such efforts are similar to those in 2014, when “Mohammed Bin Zayed’s regime” bought houses in Silwan and Wadi Hilwa in occupied East Jerusalem in order to sell them to Israeli settler organisations.

Jun 23 09:33

Israel’s secret assassinations

“Since World War II, Israel has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world,” Bergman writes. In many cases, these so-called targeted killings over the last two decades also involved the deaths of nearly a thousand bystanders, according to Bergman’s calculations – those numbers, however, fail to include the tens of thousands killed in overt acts of war and collective punishment that mostly go unmentioned in this book.

That Israeli officials were willing to be quoted and identify others by name implies a certainty of never being held accountable in a court of law. Consider, for example, the instruction given by former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Avi Dichter, at that time Shin Bet’s director, in reference to Hamas. Sharon, in an open admission of intent to commit genocide, stated: “Go for it. Kill them all.”

Jun 23 09:32

Women on the frontlines risk death for their rights

“These are historic days,” the 28-year-old Gaza resident said. “We are telling the whole world that we have never forgotten our legitimate right of return to our stolen villages and towns.”

Stone-throwing is a simple act of resistance for Palestinians. It is a symbolic way of confronting one of the most militarized nations on earth.

It has been a tactic used by some participants in the Great March of Return – protests demanding that Palestinians be allowed home to villages and towns from which Zionist forces expelled them in 1948.

Jun 23 09:32

Gaza’s health sector near collapse

As the dust settles over Gaza, an already wobbling Egyptian-mediated ceasefire may bring some calm for the two million Palestinians trapped there without, yet again, any resolution to Gaza’s underlying problems.

The most pressing problem for Palestinians in Gaza remains a tottering infrastructure that threatens a full-blown humanitarian catastrophe at any moment. Water and electricity are scarce, sewage flows directly into the sea and the economy is in ruins.

The health sector has been the focus over the past few weeks since the Great March of Return protests put the spotlight back on Gaza.

The number of injuries resulting from Israeli attacks against unarmed protesters on the eastern boundary of the Gaza Strip nearly broke the back of an overstretched and under-resourced sector, exacerbating the pressure on health professionals and straining provision.

Jun 23 09:31

Gaza’s bloody Monday

As Ahmed was too shy to approach the woman, Khader and I went and talked to her. After introducing ourselves, we asked for her address, so that Ahmed could visit her family with a marriage proposal.

It was my only contact with Ahmed.

On 14 May this year, I came home, feeling weary after covering the latest massacre committed by Israel. When I opened my laptop, I saw pictures of Ahmed on the Internet. He was one of around 60 demonstrators killed on that day. He was 27 years old.

Learning that Ahmed was among them saddened me, even though I had just met him once. I began to weep.

The next morning I phoned Khader to console him. Later, we both went to Ahmed’s funeral. The sense of shock among the mourners was almost palpable.

Ahmed did actually marry the woman he was too shy to approach. Her name is Hanan.

She is 24 and graduated with a teaching degree from the Islamic University of Gaza, where Ahmed was studying business administration.

Jun 23 09:29

Villagers resist threatened demolition

On 24 May, an Israeli high court ruling authorized the demolition of the entire occupied West Bank village “any time the government sees fit,” as of June.

Israeli authorities are planning to relocate the Bedouin village’s inhabitants to a location near the garbage dump adjacent to Abu Dis, in the vicinity of Jerusalem. Any such action would require ignoring warnings by rights groups that this sort of forcible transfer amounts to a war crime.

On 11 June, more than 300 public figures from around the world, including parliamentarians, artists, musicians and intellectuals, signed an open letter opposing the transfer and describing it as a war crime.

“They can come any time. We know they will surprise us, at night or in the morning. And they will do it when you are not here to see it,” Nour, 30, who lives in the village, affirmed.

Jun 23 09:27

French state firms complicit in Israel’s settlement railway

Jun 23 08:35

Crimes Against Humanity. Washington Endorses The State of Israel

The margin between what is a human right as an inalienable possession, and how it is seen in political terms is razor fine. In some cases, the distinctions are near impossible to make. To understand the crime of genocide is to also understand the political machinations that limited its purview. No political or cultural groups, for instance, were permitted coverage by the defintion in the UN Convention responsible for criminalising it.

The same goes for the policing bodies who might use human rights in calculating fashion, less to advance an agenda of the human kind than that of the political. This can take the form of scolding, and the United States, by way of illustration, has received beratings over the years in various fields. (Think an onerous, vicious prison system, the stubborn continuation of the death penalty, and levels of striking impoverishment for an advanced industrial society.)

Jun 23 03:04

US warns Damascus to cease army operations in Syria

The US is worried about Israel's pet terrorists getting hurt.

'Concerns have been raised by the State Department this week that the Syrian government is increasing its presence in southwest Syria.'

Israel:- Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say Syrian government stepping up offensive in southwest

Jun 22 11:40

Only the News That Fits: Truthout Censors Story Critical of Israel

Media censorship of stories critical of Israel have become the accepted norm, but as Alison Weir witnessed firsthand when her article was pulled from Truthout, the disturbing trend may becoming manifest in alternative media as well.

Jun 22 11:00

Israel Kills 52 Syrian/Iraqi Anti-ISIS Fighters, as US Takes Aim at Iran

An air attack in eastern Syria killed 52 Syrian and Iraqi government-backed forces who were fighting ISIS. They blamed the US, but it said Israel is responsible. Max Blumenthal says this is part of a larger campaign to destabilize and fragment Syria and weaken its ally Iran

Jun 22 10:22

No End to the Palestinian Catastrophe

For 70 years, the United States and much of the world community have ignored the ongoing Al-Nakba-Arabic for "Catastrophe" – of the Palestinian people at the hands of one of the last remaining colonial powers, Israel. The establishment of Israel in 1948 meant the loss of civil society for the Palestinians.

The Zionist plan for an exclusive Jewish state in Palestine involved removing the native people from their homes, wiping their cities and villages from the map, and attempting to erase them from time and space-to make them nonexistent. Any hope for the restoration of their ancestral land diminishes as the remaining 22 percent disappears to hillsides covered with illegal Jewish settlements.

In 1948, some 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes to realize Jewish statehood. Of the 8 million Palestinians, more than half currently remain stateless. Today, there are approximately 7 million Palestinian refugees, with a third living in the Occupied Territories.

Jun 22 10:05

WHY IS ISRAEL SO PROSPEROUS?

AICE is American Israel Cooperative Enterprise, and by their own admission, the total funds provided to Israel by U.S. taxpayers as recently as 2017 equals $129 billion! The population of Israel is 8.5 million. Divide $129 billion dollars by 8.5 million, and you get $15,176 and change per man woman and child in Israel. Let’s assume that the average family is only 3 people. That means the average family is getting $45,528 each, and that doesn’t include our U.S. Military involvement in the Mideast which has run trillions of dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a side note, the entire cost of the Apollo Moon program was $25.4 billion.

Jun 22 08:26

Palestinian Authority proves to be good student of Israeli repression

The tension was palpable in Ramallah’s city center as numerous Palestinian security forces gathered around al-Manara Square on the evening of 13 June. Wearing helmets and carrying batons, they peered through the square, waiting for the first person to raise their voice.

On the second of three days of protests, Palestinians gathered in Ramallah – a city in the occupied West Bank – to demand the Palestinian Authority lift sanctions it imposed on the Gaza Strip.

The protests were the first clear expression of solidarity with Gaza in Ramallah since the beginning of the Great March of Return.

As PA security officials waited for the 13 June protest to begin, women’s voices rose up chanting, “with our blood, with our souls, we will sacrifice for you Gaza.”

It only took seconds for the militarized forces to shoot stun grenades into the crowd, chase protesters and beat them with full force.

Jun 22 08:25

Extremist Settlers Continue to Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards

Dozens of extremist Jewish settlers, early Thursday, stormed the compounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in military occupied Jerusalem, Palestinian sources reported.

The General Director of the Islamic Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib said that dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the mosque through al-Magharebah Gate, under heavy protection of Israeli special forces and police.

Extremist settlers toured the Al-Aqsa yards, and performed their provocative Talmudic rituals causing a state of tension and anger inside the shrine, Al-Khatib added, according to Al Ray.

Jun 22 08:23

King Abdullah: “No Peace Without A Palestinian State With East Jerusalem As Its Capital”

King Abdullah of Jordan stated, Thursday, that there can be no peace or stability in the region without establishing an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace and stability next to Israel.

The Jordanian Monarch stated, during a meeting in Amman with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains the core issue in the region, and added that Germany, along with the European Union, have an important role in boosting the efforts to achieve peace and the two-state solution.

“Germany is a leading country among the world, and we are looking for a great role by Berlin, and the European Union, in supporting all peace efforts in the Middle East,” King Abdullah said, “Jordan will also continue its role in protecting the Islamic and Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem.”

Jun 22 08:22

New Israel law would grant immunity to border cops in occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is advancing an amendment that would give Border Police forces operating in occupied East Jerusalem “immunity from lawsuits” for damages they cause in the course of acting against “terror or rioting”, reported Haaretz.

The paper explains that “under the current law, Israel Defence Forces soldiers and Border Police troops are protected from damage suits filed by Palestinians, as long as they were acting ‘on the grounds of combat activity’”, but “this protection is valid only in the West Bank”.

As context, Haaretz reports that “over the past year the police have fielded ten lawsuits by East Jerusalem residents who say they have suffered harm at the hands of Border Police forces during various operations”. Until now, police cannot cite “combat activity” as a reason for immunity.

Jun 22 08:20

Report: Israel demolished, sealed 48 homes of resistance fighters

The Abdullah Al-Hourani Centre for Studies and Documentation said in a report yesterday that occupation forces demolished 43 houses on charges that one of their residents had carried out resistance operations against Israeli targets and sealed five houses with reinforced concrete.

According to the report, Israeli occupation forces demolished three houses which belonged to the Jarrar family south of Jenin while trying to locate Ahmed Nasr Jarrar who was later killed by their military.

The centre’s Director Suleiman Al-Waari said the occupation’s actions were part of the practice of collective punishment which Israel uses to try and deter Palestinians who want to stand up to its brutal occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Collective punishment is a war crime.

Jun 22 08:11

Councils around the world boycott Israel

Local authorities in Ireland and Chile have become the latest to join a growing global wave of resistance to Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians.

Monaghan last week became the fifth county or city council in Ireland to declare support for BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, after Israel’s latest massacres of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip.

More than 100 Palestinians have been gunned down by Israeli snipers in response to the Great Return March demonstrations that began on 30 March, including 15 children.

Jun 22 08:10

University of Vienna bans public lecture by Black activist

The University of Vienna has bowed to pressure from Austria’s Israel lobby and banned a public lecture by a veteran Black activist from the United States.

Meanwhile in a significant victory for free speech in Germany, the Ruhrtriennale festival reversed a decision to disinvite the group Young Fathers because of its support for Palestinian rights.

Former member of the Black Panther Party Dhoruba Bin-Wahad had been scheduled to speak Thursday evening at the University of Vienna’s Institute for African Studies.

The lecture was co-sponsored by Dar al Janub, an anti-racism and Palestine solidarity organization.

But in recent weeks, the university has been under pressure from the Austrian Students Union and the Austrian Union of Jewish Students to ban the event.

Jun 21 12:31

BEX ALERT - Hamas paid family to claim Gaza baby was killed by Israeli tear gas, says cousin

Mahmoud Omar, arrested by Israel for terror-related offenses, tells interrogators his relatives lied: 8-month-old Layla actually died from fatal blood condition that runs in family

Jun 21 11:22

THE FORGOTTEN STEPCHILD CASE – NETANYAHU ‘SUBMARINES AFFAIR’ RESURFACES

It turns out – after almost a year and a half of investigating – that Netanyahu was finally questioned by police – not in Case 4000, the “Bezeq Affair,” but in Case 3000, the “Submarines Affair.”

Of the four cases threatening Netanyahu’s premiership, Case 3000 has become the forgotten stepchild.

The general public can be excused for not remembering this case, as it has faded from the headlines since late January.

In the Submarines Affair, Miki Ganor, Thyssen Krupp’s sales representative in Israel, as well as other top Israeli defense officials and top aides to Netanyahu allegedly perpetrated fraud and skimmed off the top in a deal for Israel to buy nuclear submarines from the German company.

Accused in the massive fraud are Netanyahu’s lawyer and confidante, David Shimron; his top personal foreign envoy Yitzhak Molcho; his former chief-of-staff David Sharan; his deputy national security adviser Avriel Bar-Yosef; and former navy chief Eliezer Marom.

Jun 21 11:20

RINGO LANDS IN ISRAEL WITH MESSAGE OF 'PEACE AND LOVE

Starr arrived in the country and sent his fans a message of "Peace and Love," inviting them to attend the Saturday and Sunday shows. He will become the second – and final – former Beatle to perform in Israel, after Paul McCartney took the honors with a monumental show at Yarkon Park in 2008. Ex-bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison died, in 1980 and 2001, respectively, without having made it to the Promised Land.

Jun 21 11:19

Massive Battle For Southwest Syria Could Trigger US-Israeli Intervention

The long awaited battle for Daraa has begun despite repeated warnings issued to the Syrian government from the US not to extend its military campaign to the country's south, where the conflict first began with fierce anti-Assad protests in 2011 and then quickly spiraled into violence.

Fighting began Tuesday night as the army's elite Tiger forces assaulted an air base in northeast Daraa which had been under jihadist control — namely the US-backed FSA "Southern Front" group and allied Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Nusrah, al-Qaeda). After liberating the base government forces are now pounding opposition controlled towns with artillery fire which have for years been a hotbed of the al-Qaeda and ISIS terror insurgency.

Jun 21 11:17

WATCH: Far-Right Israeli Protesters Celebrate Palestinian Baby Burned to Death

On Tuesday, two dozen far-right protesters celebrated the death of an 18-month-old Palestinian child murdered in July 2015 as the toddler’s remaining family members walked out of the Central District Court in Lod, Israel.

In July 2015, 18-month year-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was killed in an arson attack by Jewish right-wing terrorists on his Palestinian family's home in Duma, a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank. The toddler's parents, Riham and Saad Dawabsha, also died from their injuries within weeks of the attack. The couple's other child, Ahmed Dawabsha, who was five years old at the time of the attack, survived, although he suffered severe burns that required months of treatment.

Jun 21 11:16

Syrian Army Steps Up Offensive in Southwest - Reports

Syrian Army activity has increased significantly in the nation’s southwestern region, where rebel-controlled areas border Jordan and the disputed area of Golan Heights.

Syrian Army has started shelling of the town of Kafr Shams Wednesday, a frontline town between government-controlled territory and land occupied by militants, Haaretz reported the same day, citing sources in the opposition.

According to Syria.liveuamap.com, a layer of militant-controlled territory separates Syrian government from the Golan Heights, a disputed area between Damascus and Israel.

Jun 21 11:15

'Haley & Pompeo Handed Over Control of US Foreign Policy to Israel' - Journalist

The US made the decision on June 19 to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, justifying the move by claiming that the UN body is biased against Israel. Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement that the US had demonstrated a deep disregard for the UN and double standards by trying to ram its position through.

Sputnik discussed Washington's decision to pull out from the UN Human Rights Council with Wayne Madsen, a US journalist and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs.

Jun 21 10:48

"Europe isn't Christian": Jews celebrate the Muslim conquest of London

Throughout the ages, we have seen Jews collaborate with Muslims and Asiatics against Christians and Europeans and celebrate their victories over us. It was a pattern of behaviour evident in the Persian assault on Christian Byzantium in the early decades 7th century, in a series of epic wars that paved the way for the emergence and triumph of Mohammedanism, most likely with exiled Jews played a shaping role in the creation of this new form of banditry dressed up as religion (link and link). The same pattern of behaviour played out in 8th century Spain during the Muslim invasion (link), with catastrophic consequences, lasting centuries, for the Spanish people, and, potentially, for all European people had the Muslim advance not been stopped at Poitiers by Charles Martel.

Here again we the pattern recurring. The Muslim conquest of a great European capital is greeted in the same way by the same people.

Jun 21 10:45

Did Israel assassinate JFK?

Former Congressman Paul Findley who has authored several books exposing the Zionist and Israeli influence over American society, wrote in the March 1992 issue of the Washington Review on Middle East Affairs: “It is interesting – but not surprising – that in all the words written and uttered about the Kennedy assassination, Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad has never been mentioned.” Journalist Andrew Cockburn has stated: “There has been since almost the earliest days of the Israeli state and the earliest days of the CIA a secret bond, basically by which Israeli intelligence did jobs for the CIA and the rest of the American intelligence. You can’t understand what’s been going on with American covert operations and the Israeli covert operations unless you understand this.”

Jun 21 09:41

MORNING STAR REMOVES ARTICLE BLAMING JEWS FOR ANTI-SEMITISM

The communist Morning Star newspaper has removed from its website an article which blamed mainstream Jewish groups for rising anti-Semitism. The article by John Elder, headlined “Rising anti-Semitism cannot be tackled without addressing Israel’s crimes”, argued:

“‘Mainstream’ Jewish organisations protesting about growing anti-Semitism must see that, by failing to condemn Israeli brutality against Palestinians, they will be regarded by some as being indirectly complicit in that country’s actions.”

It has now disappeared from the Morning Star website:

Jun 21 09:22

Roger Waters plays Munich despite mayor’s effort to stop concert over his support for BDS

“I believe all people, all of us, all of our brothers and sisters, all of our fragile globe, whatever their ethnicity or religion or nationality, deserve the same basic human rights under the law,” Roger Waters told the crowd at a Munich concert last week.

Waters performed in Munich following a campaign to cancel his concert backed by the city’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, who accused Waters of anti-Semitism. An attorney for Waters asked Reiter to retract his statement, according to the Jerusalem Post, and Waters addressed the row himself from the stage at Munich’s Olympic Hall and later posted to social media. The musician explained that the mayor was championing a petition that alleged Waters is anti-Semitic because he endorses the Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Munich passed a law last year that prohibits the use of public facilities to persons who support the BDS movement.

Jun 21 09:21

‘SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY’ …. FOR SOME

According to the country currently housing migrant children in cages, the body responsible for upholding international standards for human rights, the UN Human Rights Council, is no longer “worthy of its name.”

Jun 21 09:09

Report: Israel’s Deportation of African Asylum-Seekers – Forced and Illegal

The Israeli government’s transfers of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers is cruel and illegal, Amnesty International said today, as it released a new report titled Forced and Unlawful: Israel’s Deportations of Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum-Seekers to Uganda.

In October 2017, Israel announced that it would start deporting Eritrean and Sudanese nationals to an unnamed “third country” in Africa that had agreed to receive them, widely reported to be Uganda and Rwanda. However, the Israeli government was unable to confirm which countries had agreed to cooperate in deportation agreements and the Supreme Court ordered the suspension of all deportations of Sudanese and Eritrean nationals. However, “voluntary” transfers of these nationals, which Israel has been carrying out since 2013, have continued to Uganda.

Jun 21 09:08

Israeli PM Praises US for Leaving UN Human Rights Council

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US administration for leaving the UN Human Right Council, saying its step was “courageous” in criticizing the council of bias.

Netanyahu thanked, in a statement on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump, Minister Pompeo and Ambassador Nikki Haley for their decision against what he called the “hypocrisy and lies” of the so-called UN Human Rights Council.

He added, according to Al Ray, that the Human Rights Council proves its chronic bias against Israel, claiming that it has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights.

The United States announced, on Tuesday, its leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.”

Jun 21 08:56

Qatar used pro-Israel businessman to pay Zionist group $100,000 — report

A pro-Israel businessman doing public relations work for Qatar donated $100,000 to the Zionist Organization of America out of money Qatar paid him to engage in “community engagement.”

Joseph Allaham, who owns kosher eateries in the US, said his donations to ZOA, a conservative pro-Israel group, came out of $1.45 million intended by Qatar to woo Jewish and other leaders to its side in its dispute with Saudi Arabia, US website Mother Jones reported. Allaham disclosed the payments in a filing last week to register as an agent of a foreign government.

Morton Klein, the ZOA president, told Jewish Insider on Wednesday that he had been under the impression that the money came from Allaham’s own pocket. Klein said that if he determined the funds came from Qatar, he would return them.

Jun 21 08:56

Police suspect Hollywood mogul was go-between for PM, newspaper chief — report

Police investigators reportedly have evidence that Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan, suspected of giving bribes to Benjamin Netanyahu in one case, also acted as a middleman in a suspected illegal deal discussed by the prime minister and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes in a separate case.

The Tel Aviv district prosecution believes that Netanyahu “systematically” demanded benefits worth about NIS 1 million ($282,000) from Milchan in so-called Case 1000, public broadcaster Kan reported last month.

According to a report Tuesday by Hadashot TV news, police have evidence that Milchan was also involved in Case 2000, which involves a suspected illicit quid-pro-quo deal between Netanyahu and Mozes that would have seen the prime minister hobble a rival daily, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israel Hayom, in exchange for more favorable coverage from Yedioth.

Jun 21 08:55

Jewish extremists taunt ‘Ali’s on the grill’ at slain toddler’s relatives

Far-right activists chanted slogans cheering for the death of an 18-month old Palestinian outside a courthouse in central Israel as the late toddler’s family walked near them following a hearing Tuesday.

Referencing toddler Ali Saad Dawabshe, killed in a 2015 arson attack carried out by Jewish terrorists, right-wing extremists chanted “Where is Ali? Ali’s dead,” “Ali’s on the grill” and other hate slogans.

Roughly two dozen youth had gathered outside the Central District Court in the city of Lod for a ruling regarding the admissibility of the confessions given by the two suspects in the firebombing of the Dawabsha home, which killed toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha and parents Riham and Saad Dawabsha.

Jun 21 08:54

Israel's Netanyahu warns of cyber risks that can down fighter jets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on governments worldwide on Wednesday to join forces to defend against cyber threats that he said could even bring down military and civilian aircraft.

Jun 21 08:51

The Israeli Lobby – A Danger To The World. Banned Documentary

Jun 21 08:21

Why Europe must halt support for Palestinian Authority’s police

Each summer the European Union’s governments decide to help preserve an unjust situation.

The decision – which involves renewing the annual mandate for a policing operation in the occupied West Bank – is presented as largely procedural. No real scrutiny takes place on how the EU trains the Palestinian Authority to oppress fellow Palestinians.

Almost certainly, the same ritualistic rubber-stamping will occur again this year. That is despite how the argument for refusing to extend the mandate when it expires at the end of June has just become much stronger.

Last week, the PA’s forces used tear gas and sound grenades against West Bank residents determined to display solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza. That violent suppression of a protest occurred in Ramallah, the city where the EU’s policing operation is headquartered.

Disgracefully, EU representatives are claiming that the thuggery has nothing to do with them.

Jun 21 08:20

Trump’s civil rights enforcer could use law to silence students

Lawmakers have re-introduced a bill that labels speech critical of Israel as anti-Semitism.

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act is aimed at schools and universities and would be used to justify and encourage investigations of Palestine rights activists on US campuses.

The bill was previously killed in the House of Representatives in 2016.

But civil rights experts say that it is critical to challenge the revived version now that a top Israel lobby strategist is leading the federal office charged with investigating claims of anti-Semitism.

Kenneth Marcus was finally confirmed by the Senate to head the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education earlier this month, following his approval by a key committee in January.

It was a strict 50-46 party-line vote, with no Democrats voting to confirm Marcus.

Jun 21 08:19

SARA NETANYAHU INDICTED FOR FALSELY CHARGING STATE $100K FOR MEALS

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit filed an indictment on Thursday against the prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, for fraud with aggravated circumstances and breach of public trust in the “Prepared Food Affair” in an explosive development which shook the country.

When Leah Rabin was about to be indicted in 1977, then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin resigned from office due to his wife’s scandal.

Jun 21 08:08

Prince William’s itinerary puts Jerusalem in ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’

The Israeli Cabinet member in charge of Jerusalem has called on the staff of Britain’s Prince William to correct the itinerary for his upcoming official visit to Israel that lists the city as being in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

“United Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and no distortion in the tour itinerary can change that reality,” Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin said in a statement that also was posted Monday on Facebook. “I expect the prince’s people to correct the distortion.”

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Jun 21 08:08

‘Residence Affair’: Israeli PM’s wife Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud over extravagant meals

The Israeli prime minister’s wife has been charged with fraud in connection with the misuse of state funds to order gourmet meals from a restaurant to the PM’s official residence in the so-called ‘Residence Affair.’

Sara Netanyahu, Israel’s first lady, was indicted on Thursday for having allegedly misused a total of 350,000 shekels (around $96,000) in official funds to order extravagant meals at the official residence in Jerusalem between 2010 and 2013.

The exorbitant spending on lavish meals took place despite the fact that the Netanyahus had a full-time chef at their disposal.

Jun 21 08:05

‘Occupied’ East Jerusalem: Prince William infuriates Israel with statement on royal visit

Prince William has angered Israel’s Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin by referring to East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), in a statement detailing his upcoming trip to the Middle East.

In a facebook post, Israel’s Elkin was enraged by the Prince’s OPT reference, claiming Jerusalem was “unified” and “has been the capital of Israel for over 3,000 years.”

Elkin wrote: “It’s regrettable that Britain chose to politicise the Royal visit. Unified Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for over 3,000 years and no twisted wording of the official press release will change the reality. I’m expecting the prince’s staff to fix this distortion.”

Jun 20 15:05

US Withdraws From UN Human Rights Council Over Perceived Bias Against Israel

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

Jun 20 12:47

Israel Wants To Turn Filming Of Its Crimes Into A Crime

The next step on the road towards total tyranny might be arresting the leaders of the Israeli human rights community and outlawing the existence of the major NGOs doing this lonely, valuable work – and it has already made moves in this direction.”

Jun 20 11:47

How Trump and Three Other U.S. Presidents Protected Israel’s Worst-Kept Secret: Its Nuclear Arsenal

When a delegation of senior Israeli officials visited the Trump White House on February 13, 2017, they wanted to discuss several issues with their new American counterparts. Topping the list was a secret letter concerning a subject the Israelis had promised the Americans never to discuss publicly—Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal. In a recent piece for The New Yorker, I described a tense scene in the West Wing as the Israeli delegation—which included Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer—tried to get the letter signed by President Donald Trump. By all accounts, the American Administration was eager to please the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Trump had promised to lavish with unprecedented support. But, at that chaotic moment, Trump’s aides felt blindsided by the Israeli request. They knew nothing about the existence of any letters and were confused by the sense of urgency coming from the Israelis.

Jun 20 10:37

Israel soldiers set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teens in Jenin refugee camp

Israeli occupation forces set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teenagers in their homes during a raid of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank last month.

According to rights group B’Tselem, on 7 May, a group of some ten Israeli soldiers raided Jenin refugee camp at around 4am, along with “two attack dogs”. The soldiers “forcibly entered two homes, woke up all the residents, turned the homes topsy-turvy, and detained two people”.

In one house, home to Zahra Ya’qub, 85, her son Salah, 44, his wife Sabah, 40, and their three children, soldiers “muscled in”, and “assaulted the couple with dogs that knocked down Sabah”.

B’Tselem continued: “One soldier kicked Sabah while she was lying on the ground and shoved her into the bedroom. Salah pulled her into the bedroom and then helped his mother in. Two soldiers stood by the door and prevented the members of the family from leaving.”

Jun 20 10:37

UN chief Antonio Guterres: Gaza 'on brink of war'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the "most serious escalation" of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the "brink of war", urging Israel and Hamas to recommit to a 2014 ceasefire.

The UN chief said in a report obtained by news agencies that he is "shocked" by Israel's use of live fire since border protests began in Gaza on March 30.

Guterres said its military has "a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint" except as a last resort.

The report was sent to the council last week in advance of a meeting on Tuesday on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jun 20 09:12

America as an Israeli Colony

“I don’t care if Americans think we’re running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government,” Jewish columnist Joel Stein wrote in the Los Angeles Times in December 2008. “I just care that we get to keep running them.”

Mr Stein’s reckless candor in admitting that the Jews ran America was to cost him his job at the LA Times.

If Americans have lost their country to organized Jewry, they lost it slowly and imperceptibly. Indeed, most Americans remain unaware that their country no longer belongs to them. They fervently believe they still live in a democracy. This was a takeover not without precedent, however. It had happened to Germany. It had happened to Russia. It has now happened to America.

Jun 20 09:07

Occupation Forces Residents to Remove Clothing before Entering Homes

Israeli forces, on Tuesday morning, demanded the residents of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, in Hebron, to take off their clothes before allowing them to enter their homes.

An activist against settlement policy, Imad Abu Shamsieh, said that Israeli soldiers stationed at checkpoints in the neighborhood, at the center of Hebron’s Old City district, were humiliating citizens and forcing them to take off their clothes in order enter their homes through the checkpoints.

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Just like the Nazis used to do!

Jun 20 09:05

Could Israel have cheated in Eurovision?

What happened became clear when the managers of Israel’s Act.IL app took credit for manipulating TheJournal.ie’s poll in Israel’s favor:

Act.IL is an Israeli government-backed smartphone app that directs users to take actions online that make it appear Israel has much more grassroots support than it actually does.

This could include, for instance, liking a particular Facebook page or post, leaving pro-Israel comments on an article, or responding to a prominent personality who has made comments critical of Israel on Twitter. In this case, the instruction was to vote against a boycott of Eurovision.

Israel’s use of the Act.IL app to rig the Irish poll was documented by Ottawa-based researcher Michael Bueckert, who runs the Twitter account @AntiBDSApp to track and expose the app’s activities.

Jun 20 09:03

This Is Why People Don't Understand Palestine Israel

Jun 20 08:37

Night Raids and Attack Dogs: For West Bank Palestinians, Their Homes Are Not Their Castles

Israel's Border Police are increasingly using dogs to attack people in the middle of the night, while soldiers have used creative solutions like welding a door shut and keeping a family prisoners in their own house

Jun 20 08:36

Hiding The Occupation Doesn’t Make It Go Away

If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out.

A new bill, proposed by four members of Avigdor Liberman’s far-right Israel Beiteinu party, would make “videotaping, recording, or photographing Israeli soldiers carrying out their duty with the intention of eroding morale” a crime punishable by five years in prison. If the intent is to harm state security, the punishment doubles to 10 years in prison. The law would also apply to those disseminating such documentation.

According to a Haaretz report, the bill was expected to gain the support of the entire government in a vote on Sunday.

Jun 20 08:36

Israeli Military Drone Patrolling Northern Border Fell in Syria, IDF Says

A small Israeli military drone operating on the northern border fell into Syrian territory on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the IDF, there is no risk of any information being leaked from the aircraft, which was patrolling the northern border for observational purposes. The army added that it remains unclear as to why the drone fell.

The drone is a Skylark manufactured by Elbit Systems (known as Rochev Shamayim, or Sky Rider, in the IDF). The IDF uses the relatively small Skylark drones for various tactical intelligence and operational purposes for ground forces units.

Jun 20 08:31

Israel Kills Palestinian, Bombs 9 Targets in Gaza

The Israeli army killed on Monday a Palestinian and injured four others after they tried to approach the border fence, meanwhile, another Palestinian died from a sustained injury.

An Israeli military statement described them as “five terrorists who tried to sabotage the (border) security infrastructure”.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qadra said that Sabri Abu Khader, 24, arrived dead at Shifa Hospital, after occupation forces shot him, and four others were wounded.

Jun 20 08:30

Church leaders angry with Israeli land expropriation bill

The leaders of three main churches in Jerusalem sent a message on Monday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to scrap the draft bill that proposes to allow his government to expropriate church land in the Holy City, news agencies have reported.

The heads of the Armenian, Greek Orthodox and Catholic Churches accused the Israeli occupation of failing to commit to a deal reached earlier this year that stipulated the formation of a committee to solve the crisis surrounding this issue.

The letter was sent after Rachel Azaria MK re-submitted the bill with very few changes from its original draft. However, the Israeli government pledged to scrap it when the crisis, which led to the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, deepened.

Jun 20 08:29

Macron’s embrace of Israel is a throwback to France’s imperial past

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has, to an extent, changed his country’s foreign policy towards Israel, making it more favourable. This is part and parcel of Macron’s neoliberal, pro-American, Atlanticist bent, a tendency which has even seen him snuggle up to hard-right US President Donald Trump.

Macron’s embrace of Israel has been so complete that it has led to protests in France. After Israel’s massacres of Palestinians in Gaza over the past couple of months, thousands marched in the streets of Paris; well-known French cultural figures, including film director Jean-Luc Godard, declared a boycott of their government’s activities designed to promote Israel. Among these is the Saison France-Israel (France-Israel Season), which started this month.

Jun 20 08:29

Israeli government intensifies efforts to link BDS to ‘terrorism’

Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan upped his government’s efforts to link the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign with “terrorism”, in a presentation to pro-Israel activists on Tuesday night, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Erdan unveiled what he described in a post on Twitter as a “map of the Delegitimization Network – aka, the Hate Net”, which the minister claimed “mapped out the 42 leading #BDS orgs, their hub in Ramallah & the connections between them”.

The minister told an audience of Israel advocates that “a coordinated and financed network of [boycott] organizations is led from Ramallah and Gaza, a quarter of which have links to terrorist organizations, including Hamas and the PFLP [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine]”.

Jun 20 08:28

UK Jews condemn Board of Deputies of British Jews for endorsing Gaza massacre

Some 75 members of the Jewish community have sent an open letter to the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemning its support for Israel’s violence against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.

“We are appalled that the Board of Deputies (BoD) which claims to be ‘the voice of British Jews,’ has once again attempted to justify the massacre of unarmed Palestinian people by the Israeli military,” the statement read.

Jun 20 08:27

New Israeli Law to Allow Seizure of Christian Properties

The Islamic Christian Commission for the Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites has warned of a draft law for a project which allows the Israeli occupation government to confiscate land sold by the Orthodox Church to private investors.

According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the organization stressed, in a statement on Tuesday, its rejection of the imposition of taxes on the churches of Jerusalem and the destruction of their property, which runs contrary to the historical position of the churches in the Holy City over centuries..

The Armenian and Orthodox churches of the Holy Land were called upon to stop the draft law, which aims to confiscate their land, four months after a major crisis led to the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Jun 20 03:03

Israel quiet on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria

>The Sunday evening strike against the Al-Hari base on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq came less than 24 hours after Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would strike Iran’s “proxies” anywhere in Syria
>Syrian authorities and the Iraqi paramilitaries both blamed Washington for the strike, which killed at least 52 fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Jun 20 02:25

The pro-Israel lobby exploits anti-Semitism, with more than a little help from Trump

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Both America and Europe seem reluctant to tackle this nationalist brand of anti-Semitism head-on. Instead, various countries have passed or are considering passing legislation which conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, specifically to silence those who advocate for Palestinian human rights. This not only serves as a green light to bigots and racists to carry on hating but also exposes rather than protects ordinary Jews.

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Jun 20 02:17

U.S. Quits UN Human Rights Council, Saying It’s Anti-Israel

Defending Israeli abuses from criticism takes precedence above all else,” Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth said in a statement

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Jun 19 17:53

Robert Fisk: Is N. Korea Summit A ‘Sideshow’ As Israelis & U S Plan To Attack Iran?

Could Trump/Kim Jong-Un summit be a sideshow to divert attention from Israeli/U.S. plans to attack Iran?

Jun 19 15:32

Breaking: Israeli warplanes launch heavy attack over Gaza

The Israeli Air Force launched a powerful attack over the Gaza Strip this evening, local Palestinian activists reported near the Egyptian border.

According to the reports, the Israeli Air Force repeatedly struck the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing a number of explosions that could be heard throughout this Palestinian region.

Jun 19 11:07

EU Backs Effort To Prosecute Israeli Military Officials For Human Rights Violations

The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organisation.

The pro-Israel group NGO Monitor analyses the funding and performance of non-governmental organisations which keep an eye on violations committed by the IDF.

“Following the request of Israeli human rights organisations,” it reported, “the European Union has begun funding a project for the prosecution of Israeli military staff involved in the violation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

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Such prosecutions will be symbolic only; Israel will never allow their IDF members to be extradited for trial, and will continue in defending their worst horrendous behaviour with the excuse: "The Palestians MADE them do it; particularly that Palestinian baby who died of tear gas inhallation at a protest!!"

Jun 19 11:03

Trump To Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Today

Two years after Russia was kicked out of the UN Human Rights Council, while that paragon of humanitarian virtue Saudi Arabia was reelected, the WaPo reports that the Trump administration is set to withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council as soon as today, making good on a pledge to leave a body that Trump has repeatedly accused of hypocrisy and criticized as biased against Israel.

Per The Washington Post, the decision to leave the 47-nation body, as most observers anticipate, would be more definitive than the lesser option of staying on as a nonvoting observer.

It would represent another retreat by the Trump administration from international groups and agreements whose policies it deems out of sync with American interests on trade, defense, climate change and now, human rights.

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It is a very sad day when the US government pulls out of a UN sponsored organization when it should be at its head, championing basic human rights for all people... one might say, even those of the Palestinians.

But no, Trump cannot have that, because any attempt to identify Israel as the culprit/creator of the catastrophic situation of Gazan Palestinians, goes against the grain of his bromance with Netanyahu, and he is willing to put everything, and everyone else, under the proveribal bus, to defend that relationship; even potentially going to war against Iran.

And speaking of BFFs in the Middle East, what does it say about President Trump, that his two "fave" guys from the region, are Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is having every Palestinian he can assassinated, and their lands expropriated, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, who, as I type this, is on the way to having as many Yemeni infants, children, women, and medically fragile elderly, assassinated at the seige of the Yemen port of Hodeidah as humanly possible?!?

This reality gives me pause for thought here.

Jun 19 10:41

Israel’s invasion of the Arab capitals

An Israeli delegation will visit the Kingdom of Bahrain on Sunday, adding a new link to the chain of Arab normalisation with Israel. This is occurring at a time when Arab countries are being isolated from their national surroundings and depth, including the Palestinian Authority, which is suffering from a silent boycott as the PA President is in undeclared “isolation” because he rejects the “deal of the century”.

The delegation will participate in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting. It is both strange to see, and unusual, that Israel’s participation in the meeting was announced in a local pro-government newspaper, Akhbar Al Khaleej. The newspaper quoted a Bahraini official in its reporting of this information.

Jun 19 10:40

Is Israel now seeking US recognition of its occupation of Syria’s Golan?

After Donald Trump’s recognition of the illegal Israeli annexation of Jerusalem by moving his country’s embassy to the city, the next prize that some in American and Israeli political echelons want him to hand to Israel seems to be a chunk of Syria. Senator Ted Cruz – the religious extremist who was Trump’s closest opponent in the Republican primaries – pushed forward efforts in the US Congress this month which could lead to formal recognition of the illegally-occupied Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The Golan Heights is a region of south-west Syria which has mostly been under illegal Israeli occupation for 51 years. In 1967, at the same time that Israel brutally invaded and occupied the remaining parts of Palestine — the West Bank and Gaza Strip — it also invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Syria’s Golan Heights.

Jun 19 10:40

Former Duke “rabbi on campus” calls for death curse on Durham

Ben Packer, self-styled former “rabbi on campus” at North Carolina’s Duke University, has called for a “pulsa denura,” or death curse, to be invoked against all of the city of Durham.

In a Facebook discussion with one Scott Hirsch on 2 May, Packer declared, “Someone should do that pulsa denura thing to that city. All of humanity would benefit.”

This could be considered a form of incitement to violence: such a death curse was publicly pronounced outside the official residence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin just weeks before he was assassinated by a Jewish extremist in November 1995.

Jun 19 10:38

Soldiers Attack A Celebration Of The Palestinian Russian Friendship Society In Jerusalem

A large police force and intelligence officers invaded, on Monday evening, a hall of a hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked a celebration held by the Palestinian Russian Friendship Society, and detained several Palestinians.

The participants were celebrating the Russian National Day, before the officers stormed the hotel and attacked the celebration which was attended by many Palestinian officials and intellectuals, including the deputy governor of East Jerusalem Abdullah Siyam, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna, the head of the Joint Arab List Ayman Odah, and various other figures and leaders, including Palestinian author, journalist and intellectual Rassem Obeidat.

Jun 19 10:38

Army Opens Fire At Shepherds In Gaza

Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Tuesday morning, at many Palestinian shepherds, hundreds of meters away from the border fence, in the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed in Kissufim Crossing, fired many live rounds at shepherds, east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

Jun 19 10:37

Whose Wars?

The US has surrendered its sovereignty to a tiny client state, and now our foreign policy is not even remotely connected to actual U.S. interests. This refleects Jewish power in the US and powerful Israel-centric lobbies and media outlets. Israel is not just getting the US to do its bidding in Syria, but also using Syria as a stepping stone to Iran itself. Whatever is best for Israel.

Jun 19 10:36

France prevents Gaza-bound flotilla from docking in Seine

Police in France have prevented two boats from a Gaza Strip-bound flotilla from docking in Seine River, despite subjecting the vessels to extensive searches in advance.

The boats and two other vessels are part of the Freedom Flotilla, which is to set sail for Gaza in the hope of breaking Israel’s siege of the coastal enclave.

The river police confronted the vessels on Sunday as dozens of pro-Palestinian activists were celebrating the flotilla’s imminent departure and chanting “Stop the massacre of Palestinians.”

The honorary president of the France-Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS) Taoufiq Tahani confirmed that the boats had undergone a thorough inspection.

“We were unfortunately surprised and didn’t know that Israeli waters now begin in the Seine (river) in Paris. That’s unimaginable,” he said sarcastically.

Jun 19 10:12

The Knesset officially declares that Israeli democracy is for Jews only

In a rare act, the Presidency of the Knesset (a ten-member group representing most parties) last week disqualified a bill moved by Israeli Palestinian parliamentarians from coming to a debate or vote. The bill in question was named “Basic Law: Israel [is a] State of All Its Citizens.”

Together with the eight Members of Knesset of the Jewish Home, the Presidency could field 95 MKs out of 120 to vote the bill down. And yet, it was considered too dangerous to debate.

Just what was so problematic in the bill? The Knesset legal counsel, Eyal Yanon, said it clearly:

“[The bill] contains several articles which are meant to change the character of Israel from the national state of the Jewish People into a state which grants equal status, from the national point of view, to the Jewish nation and the Arab nation.”

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This was a perfectly predictable response, courtesy of a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy, with nuclear weapons.

Jun 19 09:45

Unprecedented Israeli Strikes Target Iraqi Shia Militias In Syria

A day after a mysterious airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border reportedly killed over 30 Syrian government soldiers and Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran, a US official has told CNN the attack was carried out by Israel and not by the US coalition.

Syrian state media blamed the strike on the US-led coalition — though in the immediate aftermath any level of confirmation or evidence was hard to come by. The claims prompted the US coalition spokesman to issue a formal denial, calling Syria's accusation "misinformation" as US-backed SDF forces are only operating east of the Euphrates, and not near Abu Kamal, which lies west, according to the statement.

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It appears that Israel is, once again, playing picador with Al Assad and Putin, in essence, daring them to go after an Israeli strike plane, to "justify" a massive attack against Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian forces there, as their way of accomplishing regime change in Damascus.

Fortunately, Al Assad and Putin have had the horse-sense not to respond to these attacks.

Jun 19 09:39

News FeedWashington committed to Syrian southwest ceasefire arrangement, Pompeo tells LavrovMore:http://tass.com/world/1010062

The United States is committed to maintaining a de-escalation zone in southeast Syria, warning Moscow and Damascus against unilateral activity in the area, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Monday.

According to US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, Lavrov and Pompeo had discussed "issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship." "Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the US commitment to the (Syrian) southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President (Donald) Trump and President (Vladimir) Putin one year ago," Nauert said.

US Secretary of State noted that "it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area," she added.

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Now, let me get my head around these statements.

Syria is, allegedly a sovereign nation, the leadership of which the US government wants to regime change in Damascus.

The Russian military is there at the behest of the Syrian government, to throw out the US backed, trained, and funded Jihadists.

And now, neither Russia, nor the Syrian government are "being allowed" by the US government, to operate within the sovereign state of Syria, but the US government and military is supposed to be moving with utterly no restrictions here?!?

Do Pompeo and Nauart understand just how utterly stupid these statements must have sounded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday?!?

The US military is digging in, militarily, in Syria, and has established a "beachhead" at Deir Ezzor. As reported at themilliniumreport.com by South Front in April of this year:

Why did the Trump Admnistration put a military base near the largest oil field in Syria?!?

The article goes on to state:

"The US is building a large military base in the vicinity of Syria’s largest oil field – the Omar oil field, Mehdi Kobani, a press secretary of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor confirmed to Sputnik Turkiye.

The Omar oil field was captured by the US-backed SDF during its anti-ISIS campaign in eastern Syria. According to Syrian sources, the military installation in the area is aimed to allow the US to consolidate control of the oil resources in the eastern part of the country setting ground for further occupation of the area. These oil resources will also be used to strengthen the influence of the US proxies – the SDF – in the area."

Jun 19 09:10

ISRAELI WARPLANES BOMB GAZA IN RESPONSE TO PROTESTERS FLYING BURNING KITES

Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the military said, as two Palestinians, including a 13 year old, died later in the day in distinct circumstances.

Israel said it had carried out nine strikes targeting two Hamas compounds and one Hamas weapons manufacturing site and photos showed explosions lighting up the Gaza City skyline.

Colourful kites decorated with flags, slogans and patterns have become a symbol of resistance in the face of overwhelming Israeli military force during weeks of demonstrations.

Some with flaming tails have also been flown towards Israeli territory, causing several fires in farmlands and forests adjacent to Gaza and prompting Israeli officials to warn that kite fliers risk being targeted by snipers.

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Why did the IDF see fit to assassinate a 13 year old boy?!?

Because they could, with absolutely impunity, and no worries about having to deal with pesky human rights questions!!Because, in the thinking of the IDF sniper who most likely killed him, he was a Gazan Palestinian, he simply deserved to be put down, like a mangy dog.

The flaming kite thing is absolutely wrong, and I condemn it; but I also condemn the Israeli military brutality which led to a feeling among some Palestinians, that this was the only way left for them to protest the utterly insane, open air prison in which they find themselves, called Gaza.

Jun 19 09:05

The Liberal’s Lament Over Israel

I find it exceptionally irritating when I hear liberals worry about whether Israel will be able to remain a “Jewish and Democratic State” if it retains control of occupied Palestinian lands. It’s irritating because Israel is not now a democratic state nor has it ever tried to be one.

A state that prioritizes rights for one group of citizens (in this case Jews, who comprise 80% of the population) over the rights of another group (Arabs, who are 20% of Israel’s citizenry) cannot be democratic. Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens in law, social services, funding for education, and in everyday life. So although the concerns of liberals in the West are about the future of Israeli democracy, what they ignore is the reality of Israel, in practice.

Jun 19 09:04

‘Israeli’ Airstrikes Hit East Syria Military Site, Scores Killed

Israel has attacked Syria a large number of times, so it is usually a reasonable guess that any airstrike would be from there. This is especially true because among the killed were a handful of Hezbollah members, a popular target for Israel.

This is an unusual target for Israel, however. Historically, Israel has focused its airstrikes on the areas around Golan, and on a handful of bases near Homs that they accuse of belonging to Iran. This is by far the furthest east Israel has struck during the Syria war.

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