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Feb 24 09:18

Israel’s foul play against football in Gaza

The football player Sadiq Lulu was awoken by a big explosion. He could sense that the houses in his neighborhood were shaking.

It was 26 December and at that early hour Gaza was under a curfew introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the curfew, Lulu decided to check on al-Tuffah stadium, the headquarters of his club.

Lulu – the team’s 30-year-old captain – was shocked to see the destruction wrought by Israel, which had attacked the grounds.

“It broke my heart to see the damage to our stadium,” he said. “Al-Tuffah stadium is like a second home. Unfortunately, the bombing of our stadium shows that nowhere is safe in Gaza.”

Feb 24 08:08

Truth Behind SNL’s Controversial Israel Joke

Feb 23 11:35

New symbolic role for the Israeli flag: A standard for white nationalists, Christian nationalists and nationalist thugs in suits

Lawrence Davidson: Israel "has attracted the rising wave of today’s rightist fringe like bears to honey. Whether they are white nationalists, Christian nationalists or just nationalist thugs in suits, they all sense something laudable in Israel.">>

Feb 23 08:01

Covid-19: Former Israeli minister urges denial of vaccine to Palestinians in Gaza

Former Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked called on Saturday for Israel to prevent Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip from receiving the Russian coronavirus vaccine.

“As long as they hold our soldiers' bodies they can deal on their own… not even humanitarian aid,” she said on Israel's Kan 11 news channel, referring to the Hamas-led authorities ruling in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas holds the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed during the Israeli military operation launched on the Gaza Strip in 2014, and it captured another two Israelis in September 2014 and another in 2015.

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Feb 23 07:59

'They destroyed our dreams': Israel’s bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers

After a five-kilometre walk from her home in the northern occupied West Bank, 49-year-old Khitam Ismail arrived on her plot of land at six in the morning, a routine she has maintained for years, and began to work.

Her constant cries over the recent loss of her beloved olive trees, which she has spent more than a decade growing, can be heard in the area.

On 6 December, Israeli bulldozers and dozens of army personnel raided the Khallet al-Abhar area in Deir Ballout, on the outskirts of the Palestinian city of Salfit, and carried out one of the largest tree uprooting operations to date in the West Bank, destroying 3,400 olive trees in one day.

According to officials in the local council, Israeli authorities also levelled hundreds of dunams of land with bulldozers in Area C, which residents fear comes in preparation for mass land confiscation in the village in the near future.

Feb 22 08:42

Could Israel invade the Hague?

It has been a long time coming.

Earlier this month, a panel of judges ruled that the International Criminal Court (ICC) could investigate Israel for war crimes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

A coalition of Palestinian human rights lawyers celebrated the "landmark" ruling as "a critically important step towards ensuring the rule of law" and "towards ending impunity".

As the saying goes, justice delayed is justice denied, and in the case of Israeli war crimes, accountability has been delayed for years – for decades.

More than a year ago, the ICC's Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda concluded her preliminary examination of the situation. She decided that the criteria for war crimes investigations had been met.

But that initial examination in itself had taken no less than five years, with the entire weight of Israel's network of overseas lobby groups bearing down on Bensouda. Outrageously, she was also sanctioned by the Trump administration.

Feb 22 07:30

Court invalidates Balfour Declaration, holds UK responsible for Palestinian plight

A Palestinian court has declared as invalid the Balfour Declaration, a document issued by the British government in 1917 that paved the way for the creation of Israel, as it violates the rules of international law.

The Court of First Instance in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Sunday also held Britain legally responsible for the consequences of the Balfour Declaration, demanding an apology to the Palestinians.

The Balfour Declaration came in the form of a letter from Britain’s then-foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, addressed to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a figurehead of the British Jewish community. It was published on November 2, 1917.

The declaration was made during World War I (1914-1918), and included in the terms of the British Mandate for Palestine after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

Feb 21 07:31

Americans on Jewish National Fund board might be prosecuted by ICC over settlements –Alpher

Last weekend, the Jewish National Fund, which exists to “redeem” the land of Israel for Jews, moved forward on a plan to buy Palestinian lands that surround illegal Jewish settlements on the West Bank so as to expand the settlements, give them green spaces and room to develop.

The move has been hammered by liberal Zionist organizations, the Reform Jewish movement, one of the JNF’s own board members,and even the State Department as a threat to the “two-state solution.” Americans for Peace Now says the policy will lead to “perpetual occupation and annexation.” The JNF says what’s the big deal, it has always operated in the West Bank! “Throughout the years and till this very day, KKL-JNF [Keren Kayemet Le’Israel] has been operating in all parts of the land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria [biblical term for West Bank],” the JNF said.

Feb 21 07:28

Israeli press review: Report finds widespread racism among Israel's youth

A comprehensive study conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem revealed widespread racism and belief in stereotypes among a majority of teenagers from various backgrounds in Israel.

The study, which was conducted by the university's aChord Center, aimed to draw a “map of hatred” in Israel, according to Haaretz, and reached 1,100 youngsters between the ages of 16 and 18 - including Palestinian citizens of Israel, secular, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israelis - between May and July 2020.

The study showed that 66 percent of the ultra-Orthodox, 42 percent of religious Israelis, and 24 percent of secularists “hate Arabs”, meaning the Palestinian community that makes up 20 percent of the Israeli population and who participate in the Knesset and government institutions.

Feb 21 07:24

Israeli Forces Open Floodgates near Gaza, Destroy Palestinian Crops

Israeli occupation forces today opened floodgates near the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip for the second day, flooding vast tracts of Palestinian agricultural land.

Palestine Chronicle correspondent Wafaa Aludaini reported that the water devastated hundreds of dunums of land east of the Shujaiyyah neighborhood, while dozens of other cultivated lands were flooded near Beit Hanun in northern Gaza Strip.

Feb 19 16:19

Watch: US election meddling in Palestine?

Feb 19 07:05

Spike in settler attacks creates “living hell” for Palestinians

When Aref Jaber went to investigate reports that a group of Israelis were planning to build a settlement outpost on his land near the Kiryat Arab settlement in Hebron, he did not foresee the violence about to come his way.

But the 45-year-old taxi driver was forced to abandon his car – his private car – when he was set upon by what he described as a gang of seven settlers.

By the time Jaber returned, the men had pummeled his car with rocks and stones and smashed the windows.

“Two Israeli soldiers were there watching and didn’t do anything to stop them,” Jaber told The Electronic Intifada.

The attack occurred in early January.

Feb 18 09:34

Finkelstein: Palestine's ICC victory thwarted by Israel's apartheid reality

Feb 18 08:15

Palestinians report 93% voter registration for upcoming elections

Fifteen years after Palestinians last went to the polls, some 93% of eligible voters in the West Bank and Gaza have registered for long-awaited elections, official figures showed on Wednesday.

Palestinians over 18 were eligible to register online, by phone or in person for parliamentary elections planned for May 22 and a presidential vote set for July 31.

The Central Election Commission said 2.6 million out of 2.8 million eligible voters did so before a Tuesday deadline.

Feb 17 11:30

Israel blocks shipment of Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Gaza

Israel has stopped 1,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that are intended for front-line medical workers from entering the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian group Hamas which governs the Gaza Strip on Tuesday blasted Israel’s refusal to allow vaccine doses destined for Gaza health workers through its blockade of the territory as a “violation” of international law.

Feb 17 09:07

ICC to Investigate Israeli War Crimes

Well, as usual, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has finally received authorization to proceed with the investigation of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel-Palestine, to include both the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and also Hamas in Gaza.

On February 5th ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that her office is now studying the decision made to confirm ICC’s jurisdiction and would be “guided strictly by its independent and impartial mandate” to investigate and prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC has already ruled in December 2019 that “war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip” but was waiting for confirmation that it had jurisdiction to proceed. Both the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and armed groups including Hamas were named as possible perpetrators.

Feb 17 07:46

Hezbollah: Any Israeli aggression on Gaza, Lebanon could turn into all-out war

In a televised speech, Hezbollah’s secretary general warned Israel that any act of aggression on the Gaza Strip or Lebanon could turn into an all-out war.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah reiterated that the Israelis, especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will continue to magnify normalization deals with some Arab states and use the agreements for political and electoral gains. Hezbollah’s leader, however, stressed that the people of the region will continue to boycott Israel.

Experts believe the resistance has had exceptional achievements in its struggle against the Israeli regime.

Nasrallah was speaking on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hezbollah’s former Secretary General Sayyed Abbas Moussawi, Scholar Sheikh Ragheb Harb, and military Commander Imad Mughniyeh.

The martyrdom of these leaders represents the continued path toward liberation, although they were martyred at different intervals in the history of the resistance,

Feb 17 05:49

Israeli Soldiers Cut And Uproot Thousands Of Trees In Jordan Valley

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, large areas of Palestinian lands, in the West Bank’s Northern Plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, before cutting and uprooting more than 10,000 trees.

Mo’taz Bisharat, the Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the Northern Plains, said the soldiers “committed a massacre against 10,000 evergreen trees, and more than 300 olive trees.

Bisharat added that the trees were planted 8 to 10 ago on about 400 Dunams (98.84 Acres) of Palestinian lands, in Einoun forest, as part of a project to plant trees funded by Brazil.

The Israeli attack took place in the morning hours, Wednesday, under the pretext that the trees are in a “military training zone.”

Feb 17 05:45

OCHA: West Bank Demolitions and Displacement – January 2021

In January, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 81 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. This resulted in the displacement of 69 people, including 32 children, and otherwise affected the livelihoods, or access to services, of over 700 others. All the structures were located in Area C or East Jerusalem and were targeted due to a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain. January’s total represents a 14 % increase, compared with the monthly average in 2020.

Feb 16 09:11

Palestinians accuse Israel of preventing COVID-19 vaccine transfer to Gaza

The Palestinian Authority (PA) accused Israel on Monday of holding up the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines into Gaza, where Palestinians have yet to receive any doses.

A Palestinian official told Reuters that the PA tried to send 2,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine from the occupied West Bank to Gaza on Monday, but that Israel stopped the shipment at a West Bank checkpoint “and informed the Palestinians there was no approval to continue to Gaza.”

An Israeli security official said the PA’s request to send the 2,000 doses was “still being examined” and that “an approval hasn’t yet been given”.

The body charged with approving the transfer is Israel’s national security council, part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, the Israeli security official said.

Netanyahu’s office did not immediately provide comment.

Feb 16 09:10

Palestinian man killed while hiking is latest victim in spate of settler violence

A Palestinian man was killed in a car-ramming attack on Friday as he was hiking with friends in the northern Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

Fifty-two year-old Bilal Bawatneh, along with a group of Palestinians from around the West Bank, were hiking on Friday morning on a trail between the Ein al-Beida and Bardala villages in the northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas city.

Known for its sprawling mountains, which bloom and flourish in the winter time, the Jordan Valley attracts many hikers and visitors from across Palestine during this time of year.

The rural nature of the Jordan Valley has also attracted thousands of Israeli settlers in recent decades, who live in illegal settlements and outposts

Feb 16 09:09

Women need male guardian to travel, says Hamas court in Gaza Strip

A Hamas-run Islamic court in the Gaza Strip has ruled that women require the permission of a male guardian to travel, further restricting movement in and out of the territory that has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since the militant group seized power.

The rollback in women’s rights could spark a backlash in Gaza at a time when the Palestinians plan to hold elections later this year. It could also solidify Hamas’s support among its conservative base at a time when it faces criticism over living conditions in the territory it has ruled since 2007.

The decision by the sharia judicial council, issued on Sunday, says an unmarried woman may not travel without the permission of her “guardian”, which would usually refer to her father or another older male relative. Permission would need to be registered at the court, but the man would not be required to accompany the woman on the trip.

Feb 16 09:09

Palestinian Child Injured Due to Explosion of Israeli Army Remnant

A ten-year-old child was injured after an explosive device left behind by the Israeli army exploded in the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The child was admitted into the hospital after a stun grenade left behind by the Israeli army exploded in his hands near the cemetery area in the camp, where clashes are usually witnessed with Israeli forces.

Feb 16 08:31

Canada Buys Drones ‘Israel’ “Tested” on Palestinians

Canada is purchasing a “civilian” version of the Hermes 900 drone made by Israel’s largest privately-owned arms company, Elbit Systems, Electronic Intifada reported.

The deal which was announced in December by Canada’s transport ministry is worth $28 million.

As Israeli media reported, the Hermes 900 was first “tested” by ‘Israel’ during its 2014 war on Gaza, when it killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 children, in attacks that frequently obliterated entire families.

“The air force used the Hermes 900 in Gaza in the final days of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, even though it was still in the initial stages of being adopted by the IDF,” said the Globes, Israel Business News.

Aa a major weapons supplier to the Israeli military, Elbit was deeply involved in, and reaped huge profits from, that attack on Gaza.

Feb 16 06:40

ICC expands its Jurisdiction to include occupied Palestine, enrages Israel

The International Criminal Court has announced that it has jurisdiction in the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. This decision will allow the ICC to investigate potential war crimes carried out by Israel for the first time.

On February, 5 2021, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, headquartered in The Hague, published a ruling, establishing its jurisdiction in Palestine. This jurisdictional ruling from the ICC's pre Trial Chamber one establishes that Palestiness West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, which Israel has been illegally occupying since 1967, are indeed in the scope of the ICC's territorial jurisdiction, and therefore it can proceed with investigating potential war crimes committed by Israel.

Feb 15 11:19

Calculator and coffins

Almost six decades ago when I was just a child I remember that almost daily I visited my uncle’s house. He was the elder of the Qumsiyeh clan. He was a mayor of my town for a while. He was highly respected for solving any issue in town between families. He was a quiet man and he would listen carefully but when he spoke with his raspy soft voice, everyone would listen. People who wronged others would apologize and social order was restored. The whole town admired this man who they respectfully called Abu Jalal (father of Jalal). Behind every man indeed is a great woman and Um Jalal was one of the kindest people I knew. When my uncle Abu Jalal was not working (teacher, school principal, superintendent of schools in Bethlehem) or acting as the elder to resolve crises, he would spend time with his eight children or he would play cards with his brothers (my father & uncles). He was one of eight children and he had eight children.

Feb 15 11:18

Centenary

From The Times of London Centenary anniversary of the Mandate on Palestine (thanks to Michael for sharing this). The British empire was complicit with the Zionists in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in these 100 years (and killing over 100,000 natives and injuring nearly a million) and that is precisely why we have 7.5 million displaced or refugee Palestinians and the rest squeezed into 8% of their historic lands and living under racist apartheid policies. The prosperity of the Israeli economy like that of the US or Australia is baptized by the blood of the native Palestinians. Lest we forget, the latest "Israeli" nationality law calls the whole land the land of the Jews and only Jews have a right to "self-determination" in this land (Palestine). Britain owes us an apology and restitution. We have a right to return to our homes and lands and a right to end racist apartheid laws.

Feb 15 10:45

Even AIPAC was alarmed by rise of Israeli racist party in 2019. Now, who cares!

What happens when Israel just keeps turning into such a rightwing Jewish-supremacist country that American Israel-lovers lose their stomach for defending it? Or they get tired of telling us all about the Good Israel that’s waiting to be redeemed? I think that’s happening, and here is a news story that supports that view.

Two days ago Benjamin Netanyahu, eager to lose no rightwing votes in his bid for reelection in March, signed a vote-sharing agreement with a party that includes extremist racists. Vote-sharing deals mean that two parties can get another seat in parliament by combining their “leftover” votes. Otherwise those extra votes would simply be parcelled to other parties. Netanyahu needs to keep those seats on his side.

Feb 15 10:45

‘NY Times’ and ‘Washington Post’ have still said nothing about B’Tselem’s finding a month ago that Israel is an ‘apartheid regime’

One month after one of Israel’s leading human rights organizations declared that the country is ruled by an “apartheid” state, liberal Zionists in the U.S. are breathing more easily. The New York Times and the Washington Post have still published nothing on the landmark finding by the human rights group B’Tselem, nor have any of their editorial writers or main columnists chimed in.

Liberal Zionists can relax. With the apartheid designation still a secret to most Americans, groups like J Street don’t have to explain why they still oppose the nonviolent global campaign for Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS).

Feb 15 09:52

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Gaza Farmers, Force Them Back

Israeli forces stationed on the border with the Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian farmers working in their lands near the border today, forcing them to leave the area, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported

Israeli occupation soldiers, stationed at the military watchtowers overlooking the border area east of Gaza City, fired several rounds of live bullets and teargas at the farmers, forcing them to leave the area to avoid being shot.

Feb 15 09:51

Jewish Settlers Desecrate Muslim Cemetery below Old City Wall in Jerusalem

A group of Jewish settlers today trespassed and desecrated a Muslim cemetery located just below Jerusalem’s old city wall, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Munther Siam, A member of the committee in charge of Muslim cemeteries in Jerusalem, told WAFA that the Israelis first walked through the Muslim cemetery known as Bab al-Rahma cemetery, under police protection, before reaching Lions’ Gate, one of the gates to the old city located near the cemetery, where they performed Jewish rituals.

Feb 15 07:28

Israel tanks invade Gaza, open fire at farmers

A number of Israeli tanks today carried out incursion in the east of the city of Jabalya in the north of the Gaza Strip and opened fire at Palestinian farmers, Palestinian security sources said.

According to the sources, three bulldozers and three tanks breached the borders and trampled on agricultural land and farms inside Gaza.

They destroyed land and building dirt mounds and opened fire and shot smoke canisters.

Israeli occupation drones were flying overhead during the incursion.

On Sunday, six Israeli tanks invaded areas east of Bet Lahiya and opened fire at Palestinian farmers, apparently to force them to leave their farms as they razed several agricultural facilities.

Palestinian farmers and fishermen suffer almost daily attacks at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.

Feb 14 07:30

Under pressure, ICC to replace chief prosecutor probing Israeli, US crimes

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who has been probing war crimes committed by Israel, the US and their allies, is set to hand over office soon, amid reports of the Tel Aviv regime’s intense international lobbying for pressure on her over a recent jurisdiction-related ruling.

On Friday, the ICC’s member states are set to elect a new chief prosecutor to take over from Fatou Bensouda, who has been investigating the Israeli military and officials and those of the United States and other countries for possible war crimes in Gaza, the Israeli-occupied territories, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

Bensouda, born in Gambia, is slated to leave office in June after nine years in one of the most challenging jobs in the international justice system.

Feb 14 07:27

OCHA: Israel demolishes 178 Palestinian buildings in West Bank since beginning of 2021

Since the beginning of 2021, Israeli forces have destroyed at least 178 Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank rendering at least 259 Palestinians homeless, including 140 children.

According to a report by the Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA), the recent demolitions took place in mainly the Bedouin community of Humsa village in the northern Jordan valley.

Israeli authorities continue with the demolition of Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem al-Quds and area C, which makes up 60 percent of the West Bank.

The area C is under Israel’s full military, security and administrative control. Lack of Israeli-issued building permit is typically cited as the reason for demolition, even though, due to the restrictive and discriminatory planning regime, Palestinians can almost never obtain such permits.

Feb 13 08:59

Israel’s Leaders Are Trying to Cancel the Debate Because They Know They’re Losing

Israel and its supporters are ramping up efforts to outlaw solidarity with Palestinians in the name of combating antisemitism. But these authoritarian maneuvers can’t hide the fact that Israel is losing the battle for public opinion over its denial of Palestinian rights.

Feb 13 07:16

Rivlin urges army to protect West Bank shrine said damaged by PA construction

President Reuven Rivlin on Friday urged Defense Minister Benny Gantz to investigate damage to an archeological site on Mount Ebal (Har Eival in Hebrew) in the West Bank that many believe to contain the biblical Joshua’s altar.

“The reports of damage to the altar site at Har Eival concern me deeply,” Rivlin wrote to Gantz after Channel 12 broadcast footage it said was of Palestinian Authority workers grinding stones from the site to use as gravel in a road being built between a nearby village and the city of Nablus.

Local settlement council officials reported that the damage at the site was caused to 35 meters (114 feet) of an external retaining wall of the complex and not the actual altar compound.

Feb 12 12:46

Torture of Palestinian prisoners: Time to end Israel’s impunity

On 25 September 2019, a Palestinian man was arrested by Israeli soldiers and transferred to the Russian Compound detention facility in Jerusalem for interrogation by Israel’s internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet.

Samer Arbeed’s arrest marked the beginning of a wave of arrests in the ensuing months throughout the occupied West Bank. Later, media publications would describe this operation as a crackdown on the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which was allegedly linked to the murder of Rina Schnerb, a young Israeli woman killed in a bombing attack earlier that year.

Feb 11 09:21

UNRWA limps forward after years of Trump administration pressure

Seham al-Laham is expecting her first child.

But what should be a happy occasion has been overshadowed by an anxious wait for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to cover her expenses to give birth at a government-run hospital in Amman, Jordan.

The 20-year-old Palestinian refugee has been diligent about making it to all her appointments at the medical service centres in Jabal el-Hussein Camp, where she lives, but “the UNRWA-run clinics have been facing shortages in medicine, and lab equipment”, al-Laham said.

“We have been hearing of the financial problems facing UNRWA, and it has left me worried about my delivery and the medical services provided to me and my newborn,” she told Al Jazeera.

Feb 11 09:19

Palestinian Mayor of Hebron Receives Death Threats from Jewish Settlers

The Palestinian mayor of Hebron (Al-Khalil), Taysir Abu Sneineh, received death threats from Jewish settlers today.

Abu Sneineh received death threats from the mayor of the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba Eliyahu Liebman and a member of the Israeli parliament, Moshe Abutbul.

Abu Sneineh described the settler threats to kill him as part of a campaign of incitement aimed at consolidating Israeli racism and the quest to colonize Hebron and its old city. This is not the first time for him to receive such death threats from Jewish settlers.

Abu Sneineh explained that the incitement against him started because of his firm rejection of Israeli authorities’ decision to build an elevator inside the Ibrahimi Mosque. The elevator is meant to facilitate Jewish settlers’ access to the ancient mosque, in violation of international law.

Feb 11 09:18

Germany, Hungary back Israel in opposing ICC ruling on war crimes probe

The Foreign Ministries of Germany and Hungary on Tuesday denounced the International Criminal Court’s ruling last week that the court has jurisdiction to open an investigation into alleged war crimes by Israel and the Hamas terror group.

Israel has denounced the Friday ruling and the US objected to it, while the Palestinians supported the move. Israel and the US are not members of the ICC; the Palestinian Authority joined the court in 2015.

Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said “the court has no jurisdiction because of the absence of the element of Palestinian statehood required by international law.”

Feb 09 09:54

Andrew Yang Got it Wrong: Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist

Claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly, The Forward point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel.

Yang, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, is vying for the Jewish vote in New York City. According to the reductionist assumption that all Jews must naturally support Israel and Zionism, Yang constructed an argument that is entirely based on a tired and false mantra equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.

Yang’s pro-Israel logic is not only unfounded, but confused as well. “A Yang administration will push back against the BDS movement which singles out Israel for unfair economic punishment,” he wrote, referring to the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Feb 09 09:53

The PA and UN are wilfully complicit in Israel's settler-colonialism

At the rate that it is failing the people of Palestine, the Palestinian Authority will only stop jeopardising their cause when it is declared to be completely obsolete, more so than the two-state compromise. At this year's first meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Palestine's UN Permanent Observer Riyad Mansour put on a show of complicity that clearly illustrates how Palestine has been taken out of the hands of its people.

Feb 09 08:07

In Game Changer, International Criminal Court Will Take Up Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid in Palestine

On Friday, the International Criminal Court found that it had jurisdiction to consider war crimes and crimes against humanity and the crime of Apartheid in the Palestinian territories.

Israeli politician Abba Eban once quipped that Palestinians never lost the opportunity to lose an opportunity. But Palestinians have carefully, methodically created this opportunity to be heard in an international tribunal. It is the ruling Israeli right wing about which one can now quip about missing opportunities.

Israel has egregiously violated the 1949 Geneva Convention on the treatment of people in Occupied territories by flooding its own citizens into the Palestinian Territories, by stealing Palestinian land from its owners and building squatter settlements on it, and by using disproportional force against Palestinian demonstrators at the Gaza border.

The court will also look into war crimes by Hamas, which was elected in 2006 and retains control of the Gaza Strip.

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Feb 08 11:50

ICC Finally Approves Investigation into War Crimes in Occupied Palestine

The last hurdle in the way of an international investigation into war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been removed, as the International Criminal Court in the Hague has finally approved the Prosecutor’s request to open legal proceedings regarding war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Gaza.

In December 2019, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had concluded that the Court’s initial findings are a sufficient basis for an investigation into war crimes committed by Israeli officials and Palestinian groups in the occupied territories and that the Court does have jurisdiction to look into the matter.

The decision, then, has angered Israel and its Western allies, who insisted that the ICC has no jurisdiction since Palestine, they alleged, is not an independent state. Consequently, Bensouda referred the matter to the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber, requesting a “ruling on the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in the State of Palestine”.

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Feb 08 07:45

Democrat lawmaker backtracks on claim Israel ‘burning down Palestinian villages’

A Democratic congressman accused Israel of “burning down Palestinian villages” on Friday, later walking back that comment and indicating that he was “referring to Israeli settlers who have burned Palestinian orchards” and the Israeli military “which has demolished or bulldozed [Palestinian] villages.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) asserted in an interview on Friday with MSNBC that US President Joe Biden would “radically reset” American ties with Israel and hold the latter more to account for its human rights record.

Biden, he said, is “going to make clear that Israel is an ally and always has been an ally, but they have to recognize Palestinian statehood, they can’t be having new settlements, they can’t be burning down Palestinian villages.”

Feb 08 07:44

ICC ruling brings hope for Palestinians, dismay for Israelis

Many Palestinians see a ruling by the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories as a belated chance of justice for victims of Israeli attacks.

But for many Israelis, Friday’s ruling is worrying because they say they are the “good guys” defending themselves against Palestinian violence.

The ruling, delivered by a pre-trial chamber of three ICC judges, could lead to criminal investigations of Israel and Palestinian militant groups including Hamas. No probe was expected in the near future, however.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she would now examine the decision and pointed to the 2014 Gaza war between Israel and militant groups in Hamas-controlled Gaza, the 2018 Gaza border protests and Israeli settlements in occupied territory.

Feb 08 07:43

Gantz to IDF: ICC war crimes ruling ‘a tool of our enemies’; we will defend you

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Saturday sent a letter to the IDF calling the International Criminal Court’s ruling claiming it has jurisdiction to open a war crimes investigation against Israel “grave” and “unauthorized.” Gantz asserted the decision is intended to serve as a tool for Israel’s enemies, and promised to shield troops from any repercussions.

“The defense establishment, together with the other state bodies, will act resolutely to prevent harm to IDF commanders and soldiers, and to members of the entire defense establishment,” he said.

“The decision of the judges at The Hague is grave and has no basis in international law. The proceeding…is conducted without authority and is unfounded,” Gantz wrote in the letter, addressed to the IDF Chief of Staff, IDF soldiers and commanders, the director-general of the Defense Ministry, and the upper echelon of Israel’s security establishment.

Feb 08 07:42

‘You’re not Israelis, you’re Arabs’: Settlers oust family picnicking in W. Bank

A group of settlers were filmed Saturday harassing an Arab Israeli family picnicking in the West Bank, claiming they didn’t have a right to be there because they were Arabs, and calling in IDF soldiers who agreed to oust them from the scene without cause.

In footage uploaded by Lubna Abed El Hadi, several settlers, one of them armed, are seen approaching the Arab Israeli family that was having lunch in nature outside the village of Jibya, north of Ramallah.
The area is not under the jurisdiction of any nearby settlement and is a public area. Nonetheless, the settlers insisted that the Arab Israeli family had no right to be there.

Feb 08 07:26

Netanyahu: An ICC investigation of Israel would be ‘pure anti-Semitism’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday assailed the International Criminal Court for ruling it has jurisdiction to open a war crimes investigation against Israel, calling such a probe “pure anti-Semitism” and vowing to fight it.

“When the ICC investigates Israel for fake war crimes, this is pure anti-Semitism,” Netanyahu said in a forceful English-language video sent out by his office.

In a major decision Friday, a pretrial chamber of the ICC determined that The Hague has jurisdiction to open a criminal investigation against Israel and the Palestinians for war crimes alleged to have taken place in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

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Feb 08 07:21

Biden officials pledge to fight BDS

The Biden administration “embraces and champions” the so-called IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, a State Department official said on Monday.

Kara McDonald, deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, praised the definition “with its real-world examples” as “an invaluable tool” to “call hate by its proper name and take effective action,” according to the JTA news agency.

McDonald is serving temporarily as the Biden administration’s point person on the issue until it names a special envoy on anti-Semitism.

The IHRA definition has been promoted by Israel and its lobby groups.

Feb 03 08:23

Foundation linked to Biden pick for cybersecurity gave $500,000 to pro-Israel lobby AIPAC

A family foundation linked to President Joe Biden's senior director for cyber policy on the White House National Security Council donated more than half a million dollars in recent years to the main pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington, according to public records.

The donations, first reported by David Corn of Mother Jones magazine, do not appear to pose a legal issue, but some current and former national security officials told NBC News they risk creating the possible appearance of bias in favor of Israel by a top American official. While Israel is a close American ally, it operates in its own interest and aggressively spies on the U.S., including using cyber capabilities, current and former officials say.

Other current and former officials disagreed, saying they do not think the donations pose a problem.

Feb 03 08:23

Biden urged to publicly support rights of citizens to boycott Israel

A leading human rights group has called on US President Joe Biden to oppose laws and policies that would restrict the rights of citizens and businesses to boycott Israel over its settlement building and human rights violations.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a statement on Monday, called on Biden to "defend free speech rights" in the United States, including the right to take part in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The BDS campaign is a non-violent initiative that encourages individuals, nations and organisations to censure Israel's consistent violations of international law and human rights standards through various boycotts.

Feb 03 08:22

PA says Israel’s ‘symbolic’ donation of 5,000 vaccines ‘will not help us’

After weeks of mounting pressure from the international community, Israel announced that it will be giving 5,000 doses of its COVID-19 vaccine supplies to the Palestinian Authority (PA) — an amount so miniscule, that the PA said it “will not help us.”

Israel announced the move on Sunday, with a spokesperson for Defense Minister Benny Gantz telling AFP “I confirm we are going to send 5,000 vaccines to medical teams in the Palestinian Authority.”

The doses, according to AFP, are intended to inoculate Palestinian medical personnel and those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. It remained unclear when the shipment would be made, and when the PA would start vaccinating healthcare workers.

Feb 03 08:21

Five Palestinian Minors Say They were Beaten, Tortured during Detention

Five Palestinian minors said they were severely beaten and tortured by Israeli soldiers and interrogators during detention, today said the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs.

The Commission said it got affidavits from the five minors, who gave details of the beating and torture they were subjected to at the hands of Israeli soldiers and security agents during arrest and interrogation.

Mustafa Salameh, 17, was detained at his family home in Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya. He was beaten with the butt of guns, smacked and kicked around, then shoved into an army jeep where he was thrown on the floor as soldiers kept trampling on him with their army boots, and kicking him while cursing him.

Feb 02 08:40

Trigger-happy soldiers kill Palestinian man

Israeli forces fatally shot a Palestinian man on Sunday following an alleged stabbing attack.

The Israeli army claimed that Muhammad Hussein Amro, aproached soldiers at the Gush Etzion junction wielding a makeshift weapon of knives attached to a stick.

The junction lies outside the Gush Etzion settlement bloc near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

“I saw the suspect walking on the road, and he quickly moved toward me and some civilians there, and when I saw that he pulled out a knife, I shot and neutralized him,” the soldier who fired at Amro said, according to Tel Aviv daily Haaretz.

In surveillance footage said to be of the incident, Amro does not appear to pose an immediate danger to anyone around him when he is shot.

Feb 01 09:03

Palestinian Children and Israeli Settler Colonialism

On 21 January, 2021, a six-year-old Palestinian boy and his three-year-old brother were wounded after a group of masked Israelis attacked their family’s car outside the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. While the six-year old boy sustained injuries to his face after being hit with a rock, his younger brother was cut by broken glass.

Alaa Sawfta, the father of the injured boys, told Middle East Eye that he believes the attack on his family was not a coincidence, but part of a "coordinated effort from settlers in the West Bank against Palestinians," adding: "We have been seeing attacks like these happening almost every day in the past few weeks."

Feb 01 08:15

Israel's rejection of Ugandan Jews highlights bigger problem of ethnic supremacy

The outrage of liberals at Israel's anti-Black racism, while failing to acknowledge Zionism's inherent racism, is a sad reminder of how much more work remains to be done

After Israel’s interior ministry recently announced that members of the Jewish community of Uganda are not allowed to immigrate to Israel, many progressive Israelis and diaspora Jews denounced the decision as racist.

Of course it is; racism is a defining characteristic of Zionism, which privileges one ethnic group over others. The decision is also in keeping with the virulent anti-Black racism plaguing Israel, equalled or surpassed only by the country’s anti-Palestinian racism.

More importantly, it confirms that not all Jews who wish to become Israeli are “returning” to their ancestral homeland.

Feb 01 07:52

Qatar pledges $360 million in aid to Palestinians in Gaza

The Qatari government on Sunday said it would provide $360 million in assistance for the Gaza Strip during the coming year, renewing a program that has helped reduce fighting between Israel and the territory's Hamas rulers.
Qatar, an energy-rich Gulf country, has been providing $20 million to Gaza each month since 2018.

The payments have paid for much-needed electricity, helped Hamas cover the salaries of its civil servants and provided monthly $100 stipends to scores of impoverished families.

Qatar has provided additional funds for development projects such as new roads and hospitals.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group took control of Gaza in 2007.

The fighting, combined with an Israeli blockade and continued infighting with the rival Palestinian Authority, have ravaged Gaza's economy.

Feb 01 07:49

Jewish Settlers Set up Caravan on Palestinian Land

Jewish settlers last night set up a caravan on a Palestinian-owned land near the village of Bidya, in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit, apparently in a prelude to establishing a new settlement outpost, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Three vehicles brought the caravan at about 3:30 pm last night and installed it in the Khallet Hassan area, on the outskirts of the village that has been facing an imminent threat of confiscation for the benefit of the Israeli settlement project.

Jan 30 11:05

Israeli Forces Demolish Mosque in Masafer Yatta

Israeli forces Wednesday demolished a mosque in the Bedouin community of Azwadeen, east of Yatta city, south of Hebron, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees, Fuad al-‘Amour, told WAFA that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers into Khirbet Umm Qassa in the Bedouin community of Azwadeen, in what is called the Eastern Slope, where the heavy machinery tore down the mosque, reducing it to rubble.

The demolition was carried out less than two weeks after soldiers posted demolition notices against the mosque and a local school, which serves 50 students from three marginalized communities, purportedly for being built without licenses.

Meanwhile, soldiers seized a tin-sheet health unit in Khirbet al-Rakiz hamlet in Masafer Yatta.

Masafer Yatta is a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.

Jan 30 11:02

Israeli Forces Destroy Nature Reserve, Uproot 10,000 Trees in Jordan Valley

The Israeli army on Wednesday destroyed a natural reserve and uprooted at least 10,000 trees in a military campaign in the northern West Bank in a move that Palestinians termed a “crime”.

Moataz Bisharat, who is responsible for monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the Jordan Valley, told Anadolu Agency that the occupation army pushed military vehicles and dozens of soldiers into the Ainun area in Tubas city in the morning and destroyed a nature reserve built on an area of about 400 dunums (98 acres).

The occupation army “chopped down and destroyed about 10,000 forest trees and about 300 olive trees,” he said.

Trees were planted in the nature reserve eight years ago as part of the Greening Palestine project supervised by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture and funded by the Venezuelan consulate in Palestine.

Jan 30 08:10

Dubai and Tel Aviv plan to dismantle the UNRWA

In August last year, the United Arab Emirates and the Israeli regime decided to normalize - or as critics put it - to publicize their relations. Since then, many bilateral agreements in various areas such as technology, media, and tourism have been made.

Whereas these deals have been announced with much fanfare, Dubai and Tel Aviv are reportedly in cahoots with each other over issues they prefer to keep secret.

One of them is the elimination of UNRWA, or the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.

Jan 30 07:55

Apartheid is too mild a concept

Apartheid is too mild a concept for the way Israel deals with Palestinians under its control when they show any level of resistance. Three days ago, The Guardian published a daring admission by the director of B’Tselem, the largest human rights organization in Israel, of the Apartheid reality that runs throughout Israel and all of the Palestinian Territories that it occupies. It is the standard way Israel deals with Palestinians whether they are its citizens, its permanent residents as in the case of the East Jerusalem population, or subjects of its military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank.

Jan 28 12:16

Biden’s UN Nominee Vows to Work Against BDS Movement

During Senate confirmation hearings on Wednesday, President Biden’s nominee to be the UN ambassador vowed to be a staunch supporter of Israel if she is confirmed.

As part of her comments on Israel, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the actions of people that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement are “unacceptable.” BDS is an international campaign that calls on people to pressure Israel over its human rights violations and occupation of Palestinian territory through various boycotts.

“It verges on anti-Semitic, and it’s important that they not be allowed to have a voice at the UN, and I intend to work against that,” Thomas-Greenfield said. Her comments line up with the previous administration. During one of his last trips to Israel, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called BDS a “cancer” and said the movement is “anti-Semitic.”

Jan 26 08:35

UK turns to “counterterror” law to repress Palestine Action

Solidarity campaigners shut down an Israeli drone parts factory in the UK for several hours last week.

Three activists from Palestine Action were arrested outside the Elbit Systems factory in Shenstone in the Midlands on 18 January. This is the third time the factory has been hit in five months.

Red paint symbolizing the deaths of Palestinians was also sprayed across the factory front yard.

Jan 26 06:50

'Vaccination apartheid': Gaza struggling with Covid-19 infections while Israel rolls out jab

In the intensive care unit of the European Gaza Hospital lie 50 critically ill Covid-19 patients. Their doctors are not confident that the available medical supplies will be sufficient to keep them alive in the next few weeks.

With the hospital's capacities dwindling due to the rising numbers of coronavirus cases, and the already fragile healthcare system, the chances of survival for Covid-19 patients with chronic diseases in the Gaza Strip remain slim.

As of Monday 25 January, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the blockaded enclave stands at 49,834, of whom 508 died.

Jan 26 06:50

Israeli Health Minister likens his obligation to vaccinate Palestinians to Palestinians’ responsibility to care for ‘dolphins in the Mediterranean’

Andrew Marr of the BBC grilled Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein about why Israel is not extending its vaccination program to the Palestinian people in territories it occupies, and Edelstein said Israel has no more obligation to them than the Palestinian minister of health has to “take care of dolphins in the Mediterranean.” Yes, you heard that right.

Here’s the exchange. It’s amazing that American media are covering Israeli vaccination rates as if they’re some kind of model. (Richard Engel of NBC, among others).

Jan 26 06:49

Jewish Settlers Assault Shepherds near Bethlehem

Jewish settlers today assaulted Palestinian shepherds in Kisan village, to the east of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Mayor of Kisan, Ahmad Ghazal, told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Jewish settlement of Ibei Hanahal hurled rocks toward a number of shepherds, injuring one, and released dogs towards the sheep, which devoured the heads of several sheep.

Jan 25 10:21

Why Israel is a settler-colony

When I first began my journey into the Palestine solidarity movement two decades ago, there was much debate about whether or not Israel is truly an apartheid state.

These days, of course, the debate is over. Even the liberal Israeli human rights group B'Tselem now defines Israel as an apartheid regime.

Back then, broadly speaking, those who opposed – or at least questioned – the use of the term "apartheid" in relation to Israel had two main arguments (neither of which I've ever found convincing).

First of all, they claimed that Israel and South Africa have very different histories, and so it's inaccurate to make an analogy between the two. This claim was made then, and is still made today by Israel's propagandists, in defence of Israeli apartheid.

Jan 25 08:34

Palestinian worker killed by tear gas as Israeli forces arrest three youths

Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank detained three young men from the town of Qabatiyeh near Jenin in the northern West Bank on Sunday morning and blew up two vehicles they were travelling in.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, a 48-year-old Palestinian worker died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces near the Israeli separation wall in Tulkarm.

Muntasir Salloum, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club in Jenin, told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that there was no information regarding the circumstances of the three men’s arrests, why their cars had been blown up, or where they were taken after they were detained.

Jan 25 08:34

Palestinian Central Elections Commission Invites EU to Observe Upcoming Elections

The Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) extended an official invitation today to the European Parliament and the European Union (EU) to observe the upcoming Palestinian elections.

EU Representative, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, received the invitation during his meeting today with the CEC Chairman, Hanna Nasser, at the CEC headquarters in Al-Bireh, where Nasser stressed the importance of international observation to the electoral process, particularly by the EU, as a long-running key partner to the CEC.

Jan 23 08:29

Israeli settlers leave Palestinian children bloody and bruised in latest attack

A six-year-old Palestinian boy and his three-year-old brother were wounded on Thursday night after a group of masked Israelis attacked their family’s car outside the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Majd, six, sustained injuries to his face after being hit with a rock, while Jad was cut by broken glass. Their father, Alaa Sawfta, remained relatively unharmed, while their mother’s arm was hurt by another rock thrown at the vehicle.

The family had just left their home in Ramallah and were on their way to visit relatives in the northern West Bank city of Tubas. It was a drive that Sawafta, his wife and children did at the end of every week, and at first everything seemed normal.

Jan 22 11:01

EU anti-Semitism chief stands by blatant lie

This is a story about how European Union officials evade accountability when they are caught in a blatant lie for the benefit of Israel.

Earlier this week I wrote about a major legal victory for supporters of Palestinian rights in Spain.

In 2015, activists from the group BDS País Valencià called on a music festival to cancel a performance by Matthew Paul Miller, the singer who uses the stage name Matisyahu, because he had made anti-Palestinian statements and had helped raise money for the Israeli occupation army.

This month, a court in Valencia threw out hate crime accusations against the activists. The judges found that they were only contesting Miller’s presence in the festival because of his alleged views on Israeli policy, “not because of his Jewish status, religion or any other circumstance.”

Jan 22 11:00

Media bias: CNN and NPR are afraid to say “Apartheid” out loud

On January 12, the respected Israeli human rights group B’Tselem released a bombshell report entitled “This is Apartheid: Jewish Supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.”

The “apartheid” label is big news – especially from an Israel-based organization. It is relevant to every American because our government gives Israel $10 million a day in aid.

Those familiar with the Israel-Palestine issue have known for years that Israel is an apartheid regime – but also know that the bias in mainstream media has led to a shortage of deep reporting on stories critical of Israel (If Americans Knew has been reporting on it since the organization’s inception).

Jan 22 10:56

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes with petrol bombs

Israeli settlers threw petrol bombs at two Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank village of Burin, near Nablus, on Thursday evening, Wafa has reported. When local residents rushed to try to extinguish the resultant fire, Israeli occupation forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas at them.

The soldiers then entered the village and opened fire on the villagers. Many suffered from tear gas inhalation, and one resident in his 30s was arrested.

The attack came shortly after groups of extremist settlers sealed off several roads and junctions and attacked Palestinian vehicles with stones and empty bottles. Eyewitnesses said that the Jewish settlers who hurled the petrol bombs were identifiable but were not detained by the security forces.

Jan 22 10:55

Israel police prevent Palestinian workers from appearing in court to hide abuse

The Israeli police have refused to bring Palestinian workers who have been arrested while working without permission in Israel to court to hide police brutality against them, Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday.

Haaretz said that a large police force attacked a group of Palestinian workers in the Modiin settlement near the occupied city of Jerusalem, causing fractures and severe physical harm.

According to the paper, the police attacked the workers in a construction site after receiving a false tip claiming that they planned to carry out an attack in the settlement, noting that two workers suffered various fractures on the body and face and a dislocated shoulder.

The judge at the Magistrate's Court in Petah Tikva demanded the Israeli police clarify how they dealt with the detainees, and to explain why they decided not to bring three of them to the court.

Jan 22 10:54

Israeli settlers threaten to kill Palestinian bus drivers in occupied West Bank

Israeli settlers have called for the murder of Palestinian bus drivers in the occupied West Bank, the Times of Israel has reported. Racist graffiti reading "Kill Arab drivers" was sprayed in Modi'in Illit, the largest illegal settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Other graffiti warned that "The damage won't stop" until Israeli-run Kavim Bus Company stops employing Arabs. The word "revenge" was also sprayed on the back of a bus. The Israeli army claims to have launched an investigation into the graffiti.

"The writing on the wall is clearer than ever," said Kavim. "The day isn't far away when drivers will be harmed, and it doesn't matter what sector they're from."

Jan 22 10:31

The Separate Regimes Delusion

Last April?,?Haaretz?ran a statement warning the Israeli government against formally annexing its settlements in the occupied West Bank. Opinion polls showed that the public didn’t care much about the issue, but political elites were debating it fiercely. Both proponents and opponents of annexation claimed that the future of Israel and Zionism was at stake. The statement argued that ‘annexation would mean a fatal blow to the possibility of peace and would be the establishment of an apartheid state.’ It was signed by 56 former members of the Knesset, among them former ministers of the interior, foreign affairs, finance and more than a dozen other departments, as well as former ambassadors, generals in the Israeli army, chairs of political parties, a head of the semi-governmental Jewish Agency for Israel, a former speaker of the Knesset, and a winner of the Israel Prize.

Jan 22 09:14

Human rights org B’Tselem defies Israeli orders to stop teaching about apartheid

Israel’s Education Minister announced a ban this week on human rights groups from entering Israeli public schools, a move seen by many as a response to a bombshell report from B’Tselem, one of the country’s leading human rights groups, calling Israel an “apartheid state”.

Minister Yoav Gallant said on Sunday that he was banning members of groups that “call Israel false derogatory names” from entering Israeli schools — something commonly practiced by groups like B’Tselem to educate Israeli youth on their work documenting human rights violations in places like the occupied Palestinian territory.

Jan 22 08:09

Pregnant Palestinian Woman Miscarries After Inhaling Tear Gas Fired by Israeli Military

A Palestinian woman who was seven months pregnant suffered a miscarriage last Thursday after Israeli forces repeatedly fired tear gas toward her home in Mughayir village, east of Ramallah,

Areej Abu Alya, 37, was hospitalized for several days with severe bleeding following the firing of over a hundred tear gas canisters by the Israeli military in front of and around her home over the course of the previous week.

Her home is located in an area scheduled by Israeli authorities for forced takeover, and Palestinian residents protest the Israeli military’s actions on an almost-daily basis.

According to Iyad Abu Alya, Areej’s husband, “We live in a very dangerous area. Tear gas canisters are scattered around the house and inside, and I can no longer collect them immediately to throw them out of our children’s reach.”

Jan 21 11:25

Filmmakers denounce Israel ban on Palestinian documentary 'Jenin, Jenin'

Filmmakers and cinema producers on Wednesday denounced an Israeli court decision to ban the screening of the 2002 Palestinian documentary Jenin, Jenin, three years after a libel and defamation case was filed by an Israeli army officer against the Palestinian director Mohammad Bakri.

Bakri, a renowned actor and filmmaker, was asked by Lod District Court on Monday to pay $55,000 in damages to Nissim Magnagi, an Israeli officer who appears in the film, for defamation, and $15,000 for legal expenses.

All 23 copies of the film will be seized, and it will be banned from screening in all Israeli cinemas.

Jan 21 11:25

Israel Bulldozes Structures in Al-Arakib Village for the 182nd Time

The Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Arakib, was demolished, for the 182nd time, on Wednesday, have once again been displaced by the Israeli authorities, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Israeli officials forced their way into the rural community and bulldozed the tents that the community had re-constructed out of wood and nylon as use for shelter in the cold rainy winter.

The unrecognized al-Arakib village, north of Beersheba, in the Negev desert region of Israel, was destroyed by authorities one month ago, on December 17, 2020. The inhabitants continue to stay on the land and they attempt to rebuild each time the state tears down structures.

Jan 21 10:45

Israel censored this film. Watch it here

Every act of censorship inadvertently achieves its opposite by drawing attention to its subject.

Last week, an Israeli court ordered the 2002 film Jenin, Jenin to be banned in Israel and all copies of it confiscated.

The film – which was directed by Mohammed Bakri, a Palestinian citizen of Israel – has been the subject of censorship attempts since its release around 18 years ago.

Jan 20 08:03

Biden State pick backs two-state solution, but doubts prospects

Anthony Blinken tells Senate recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will remain and embassy to stay in the city, adds that administration will return to nuclear deal if Iran returns to compliance and will seek a more comprehensive agreement

Jan 19 08:48

Torture, trauma and intimidation: How Israel treats Palestinian child prisoners

Imagine waking up in the dead of the night to heavily armed soldiers pounding on your door.

They barge in, wreak havoc in your home, abduct your teenage child or sibling from their bed without telling you what they’re charging them with or where they’re taking them.

This is how the journey often begins for hundreds of Palestinian children who are detained by Israeli occupation forces and tried in military courts – or held without charge or trial – every year.

That journey is detailed in two recent reports by human rights groups that lay bare the experience of Palestinian children when they are imprisoned by Israel.

Jan 19 08:25

2 Gaza rockets fired toward Ashdod land in sea; IDF strikes Hamas in response

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets toward the southern Israeli city of Ashdod before dawn on Monday, which landed in the sea just off the coast of the city, the army said.

The projectiles did not trigger warning sirens, the Israel Defense Forces said. There were no injuries or damage reported.

Jan 19 07:33

Why calling Israel an apartheid state is not enough

B’Tselem, a leading human rights group in Israel, recently released a report concluding that Israel is an apartheid state, with a regime of Jewish supremacy stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

The report found that Israel meets the definition of apartheid under international law, which defines apartheid as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them”.

The report received widespread international media attention and was described as a “watershed” moment. But it was only a watershed moment for B’Tselem, which was using the term “apartheid” for the first time in its three-decade history, and for an international community that is so infatuated with Israeli voices. For Palestinians, none of this is new.

Jan 18 10:53

Not ‘apartheid in the West Bank.’ Apartheid

For just six months of its 73 years was Israel a democracy. Six months, and not one day more. This shocking fact, which most Israelis and the wider world repress and truth-seekers have no way of denying, must resound in every civics lesson and every debate in Israel.

All the nonsense about “Bibi is destroying democracy” ignores this eternal fact: Only for six months did the state treat all the people under its rule in a democratic way, at least for the sake of appearances. Throughout all its decades of existence, Israel has treated part of its subjects tyrannically. That’s why it has no connection at all with democracy.

On October 21, 1948, Israel put its Arab citizens under a military government. On December 1, 1966, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol lifted this disgrace. Six months later, in June 1967, military tyranny returned to define Israel when its newly occupied territories were placed under military rule.

Jan 18 10:09

780 West Bank Settlement Housing Units In Palestinian Lands, Approved Ahead of US Presidential Transition

The Higher Planning Council (HPC) of the Civil Administration approved today plans to build 780 housing units in settlements, most of them deep in the West Bank (714 units (92%) in settlements that Israel will have to evacuate under a peace agreement, according to the Geneva Initiative model). Among other things, the HPC approved for deposit the legalization of two illegal outposts: Havat Yair with 96 units of which 82 units are already (illegally) built, as a “neighborhood” of the Yakir settlement, and the outpost of Nofei Nehemiah with 118 units, as a “neighborhood” of the Rehelim settlement which itself was an illegal outpost that was legalized in recent years.

Jan 18 09:15

Palestinian Official: Jewish Settlers Call for Demolition of Dome of the Rock

Israeli occupation authorities have taken the measurements of the Dome of the Rock while Jewish settlers are calling for its demolition, Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani announced on Friday.

Al-Kiswani described what is being done inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock as “a dangerous measure”.

Jan 14 13:59

Israel applies double standards in determining if violence is acceptable or not

"Shocking scenes of violence" was how the Jewish Insider described last week's storming of the Capitol Building in Washington DC by supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump. It is a dissociative statement, one that does not equate the US with violence, apart from glossing over the fact that Trump himself encouraged and incited such action in his own country.

But perhaps the greatest dissociation comes from Israeli diplomats, whose statements are bizarre. The article quotes the former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren: "Israel has faced an impossible dilemma: how to embrace the historic achievements of the Trump White House while dissociating from its incendiary domestic acts." Briefly, Israel admires US violence and disregard for the law on foreign territory, especially when used to benefit Israel, such as the string of diplomatic concessions which have paved the way for the "postponed" annexation of more Palestinian land.

Jan 13 07:09

Israel is an 'apartheid' state, says the country's leading human rights group

Israel is an “apartheid” state operating to advance “the supremacy of the Jews over the Palestinians”, a leading Israeli human rights group said on Tuesday, breaking from the consensus, even among Israel's left, that the country is a democracy.

In an eight-page report entitled “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid”, B’Tselem described all of present-day Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories as being organised “under a single principle: advancing and cementing the supremacy of one group - Jews - over another - Palestinians”.

“By geographically, demographically and physically engineering space, the regime enables Jews to live in a contiguous area with full rights, including self-determination, while Palestinians live in separate units and enjoy fewer rights.

Jan 13 07:08

Israeli Court Bans Film Documenting Army Massacre in Jenin (VIDEO)

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture condemned today a ban by an Israeli court on playing the film “Jenin Jenin” by the artist Mohammad Bakri and the heavy fine imposed on him.

The Israeli District Court in Lydda in central Israel yesterday banned playing the film in Israel and ordered Bakri, the film director, to pay 175,000 Israeli shekels ($55,000) in damages to an Israeli soldier who appeared in the film that documented the Israeli army massacre in Jenin during the April 2002 military incursion of that northern West Bank city that left dozens of Palestinians dead and most of the city’s refugee camp leveled to the ground.

Jan 10 12:04

Israeli Settlers Severely Beat 78-Year-Old Palestinian Man

n almost biblical figure emerges from a cave carved into the rock. An old man, clad in a black robe, a white keffiyeh wrapped around his bearded, deeply wrinkled face, his pants held up with a rope, his feet in flip-flops, climbs slowly from the cave. Meet Khalil Haraini, a farmer of 78 who was born here on this land and will likely die on it. He lives in the cave with two of his sons, and together they work the adjacent family plot, 20 dunams (five acres) of wheat fields and barley. The brown soil has been plowed in furrows and is well-tended; now a green carpet sprouts from it.

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