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Mar 26 09:41

WAR ON BDS INTENSIFIES

Palestinian society has condemned Israel’s arrest and interrogation of Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as the next step in Israel’s fight against the BDS movement as a whole.

Mar 26 09:13

Netanyahu Rejects US Proposal on Reining in Settlement Growth

After four solid days of negotiations, the US-Israel talks on a deal for slowing settlement construction in the occupied West Bank still does not appear to be close to resolved, with all indications that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing to reject all specific proposals.

Netanyahu actually initiated the talks as a way of trying to resolve a disagreement over the rate of settlement expansion with the Trump Administration, and he is said to have agreed “in principle” with the idea of slowing construction. Getting him pinned down on exactly what that means is another matter.

Netanyahu already made the announcement that the deal, which hasn’t been reached, won’t include any restrictions on construction in occupied East Jerusalem. The most recent US proposal would’ve conceded that point and given a specific metric on construction in the main settlement blocs in the West Bank, but Netanyahu rejected it because it called for halting expansion in the isolated settlements.

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President Trump, a word please; focusing your foreign policy efforts on exercises in futility will not move your foreign policy forward.

May I strongly suggest that you move away from the Israeli/Palestinian issue for this very reason, at least at this moment in Israeli history.

You need to wait until the people of Israel regain their collective geopolitical sanity, and vote him out of office.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is the kind of interesting, and belligerently hubristic, piece of work human being who will "relieve himself" in your face, then insist it must be raining.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

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Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:55

We Mean Business: Syria Will Fire Scuds at Israel in Response to Airstrikes

The Syrian government has announced that it will retaliate should Israel continue to conduct airstrikes on Syrian territory.

Any further airstrikes on Syrian territory will be met with deadly force and retaliation strikes deep within Israeli soil, they said.

According to the message, delivered via Russian mediators, attacks on Syrian military objects will be met with Scud missiles launched at Israeli military (IDF) bases. If Israel attacks civilian infrastructure, Syrian missiles will be fired at Israel's Haifa port and petrochemical plant. The missiles will be launched without any prior notice, the statement said.

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"No; according to the rules we just made up, WE can bomb YOU, but you are not allowed to bomb us back! If you do, then you are just filthy Jew-hating anti-Semites who want Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 26 07:55

BEX - How a zookeeper’s hero wife saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazis

When aiding a Jew in Poland was punishable by death, the Zabinskis saved 300 of them. Their story, recounted in Diane Ackerman’s haunting 2007 book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” is the basis for the film of the same name: Out Friday, it stars Jessica Chastain as Antonina, a woman of compassion so fierce you wonder why she isn’t better known.
Note: yet another miracle of the holocau$t. The author found all this out in 2003!

Mar 25 10:54

French ambassador blurts out: "That shitty little country Israel.."

Ms Amiel wrote that the “ambassador of a major EU country told me” that the international security crisis had been triggered by “that shitty little country Israel”. The ambassador, according to Ms Amiel, added: “Why should we be in danger of world war three because of these people?” Ms Amiel, to protect the identity of her guest, did not name the ambassador.

Mar 25 09:03

Israel threatens to destroy Syria’s air defence systems ‘without the slightest hesitation’

Israel‘s defence minister has threatened to destroy Syria‘s air defence systems if they are used to target Israeli fighter jets again.

The Israeli military said it shot down one of several anti-aircraft rockets fired at its warplanes by Syria last week in the most serious military exchange between the two hostile neighbours in recent years.

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"How DARE you shoot at our planes when they drop bombs on you! Only a filthy Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens would do a thing like that!!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 25 08:42

Israel kills three Palestinian children in one week

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian boy and critically injured three others in the central occupied West Bank on Thursday night, bringing to three the number of children killed by soldiers in the past week.

Video and photos appear to contradict Israel’s claims about the slaying of 17-year-old Muhammad al-Hattab, who was shot in the chest and shoulder.

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"Okay, so maybe the kid wasn't throwing bombs at us, but he WANTED to! The little putz had it coming!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 25 07:51

Media Was SILENT When Leaked Audio Revealed Hillary Wanted To Rig Foreign Elections

On October 28, 2016, the New York Observer released a leaked audio clip from back in 2006 in which Hillary Clinton proposed rigging a foreign election to achieve the desired outcome that she wanted. The media did not report on audio clip when it was released in 2016 because it would have been extremely damaging to then presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Mar 24 10:16

Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: ‘it’s exactly like what the what the Old South was in America’

Not a Palestinian in sight. Soldiers and settlers roam comparatively carefree. The roads are too quiet. All of the shops are shuttered. Gere is stunned:

“This is the thing that’s flipping me out right now,” Gere stammers to his Hebron guides, activists with the Israeli human rights group Breaking the Silence, former soldiers that now advocate against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory, “Of everything we’ve seen for two days, the people we’ve talked to, it’s…I mean…I’m…I’m touched by that, I know that story. But this is really bizarre.”

“This is genuinely strange,” Gere adds, before telling his guides, Hebron is like the Jim Crow South:

Mar 24 09:40

Trump’s son-in-law funds Israeli settlement projects

Big conflict of interest for Kushner and Trump!

In recent years, the parents of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and trusted confidant of US President-elect Donald Trump, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to organisations and institutions located in illegal West Bank settlements, according to their tax forms.

Kushner’s family donates a few million dollars a year on average to charitable causes through the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation, which Jared sits on the board of along with his brother and two sisters. The foundation was established in 1997.Another key beneficiary of Kushner charity in Israel is the Israeli army. Between 2011 and 2013, the foundation donated a total of $315,000 to Friends of the IDF, on whose board Jared serves.

Mar 24 09:17

Washington Talks End Without Agreement On Israeli Settlements

Most countries consider Israeli settlements, built on land captured in the 1967 Middle East war, to be illegal. Israel disagrees.

The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.

The four days of high-level meetings in Washington marked the latest step by President Donald Trump’s aides aimed at opening the way to renewed peace diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians, despite deep skepticism in the United States and Middle East over the chances for success.

Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, who recently returned from a visit to the region, led the U.S. delegation in what were described as “intensive discussions” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff Yoav Horowitz and foreign policy adviser Jonathan Schachter.

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Notice how that mainstream corporate presstitutes have been ignoring these meetings as though they represented the plague itself.

And President Trump, a word, please.

Exercises in futility will not bring credibility to your foreign policy

Israel has demonstrated, since its inception, that it is pathologically incapable of being a good neighbor to any of the countries surrounding it, and also refuses to state, clearly, what the State of Israel's borders are, and that is because of the following reason.

This is because of their"vision" if you will, of creating what is called in Israel "Eretz Israel" or Greater Israel, which will run from the Nile to the Euphrates.Let's take a look at a map, and see what bits and pieces of other countries have to be ceded in order to make that happen:

map: Eretz Israel

We've got hunks of Jordan; Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia which will have to go in order for Israel to accomplish this; and these countries won't let that happen without a fight.

And so, what is Israel doing right now to claim more territory closer to home, and by any means necessary?!?

It is practicing serial genocide against the Palestinians; it has ramped up a brisk annexation program in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, throwing out Palestinians whose families have lived in those homes for generations.

This is the country which will not declare it is a nuclear armed country, even though it is; will not sign the NNPT (which, I might add, Iran has done), and refuses to have its nuclear weapons inspected.

This is the country which attempted to frame Egypt for the deliberate Israeli attack against the USS Liberty; this is the country which cheer-led the disastrous US military attack against Iraq (because it was an alleged "existential threat" against Israel, because of its great standard of living under Saddam Hussein), and continues to advocate for a US-led military strike against Iran (again, because it is an alleged "existential threat" to Israel). This is the country bombing Syria, unprovoked, and uninvited, in order to attempt to accomplish regime change there.

President Trump, it is time to cut your losses with Israel, and move on to something that can truly be accomplished; and unfortunately, a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians will only happen after pigs have discovered the ability to fly.

Mar 23 14:01

Trump Was Right: Jewish Teen Arrested For Bomb Threats To Jewish Centers

A 19-year-old Jewish teenager with dual Israeli-American citizenship was arrested Thursday by Israeli police as the "main suspect in a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States," the AP reports.

President Trump was viciously attacked in February for suggesting the threats may have been a false flag to "make people look bad."

Mar 23 13:57

The UN’s moral failure on Israeli apartheid

Lawrence Davidson views the UN’s moral failure, shown by its withdrawal of a report on Israeli apartheid, and examines the false utterances by the New York Times and the Trump administration on this issue.>>

Mar 23 10:26

ARE WE SEEING A NEW EXODUS FROM ISRAEL?

A third of Jewish Israelis would leave the country if they could, according to a poll conducted by Masa Israeli, a group looking at the divisions of Jewish society in Israel.

It found that secular Jews were the most likely to want to immigrate, with 36% saying they would leave the country if they could. Orthodox Jews were the least likely to want to immigrate; only 7% said they would leave.

The poll, which was reported by the Walla! news site, found that while 44% of secular Jewish Israelis identify as Israelis foremost, 83% of traditional and 90% of religious Jewish Israelis identify as Jews foremost.

Mar 23 08:52

Haaretz: Russia Destroyed Israel's Dream of a Democratic Syria

Haaretz just published the magnum opus of Israeli mourning for what "could have been" in Syria.

We are of course referring to "They Broke It, They Should Fix It: Let Russia and Iran Pay to Rebuild Syria". If you enjoy the headline, you'll love the self-righteous delusions which follow it.

According to Haaretz: Israel yearned for democracy in Syria; Israel wanted desperately to help fight Islamic State in Syria; Israel wanted to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

But Haaretz very helpfully clarifies: Syrian democracy was destroyed by Russia and Iran's support for Assad and an "opposition dominated by Islamist militants"; Defeating Islamic State is a "no-brainer", but it "would involve partnering with Iran"; and while Israel would love to provide aid to suffering Syrians, "realistically there’s no policy that will yield the kind of results that would truly benefit the Syrian people."

Mar 23 08:51

13 Suspects Arrested in Israel Aerospace Industries Corruption Scandal

Israel Aerospace Industries corruption scandal: Former senior IDF officer among suspects. Charges include fraud, money laundering, breach of trust. Police cite 'systematic criminal conduct, deep corruption.'

Mar 23 08:44

Israel’s propagandists shoot themselves in the foot as they shoot off their mouths

If you have ever visited a blog or on-line discussion group on the Middle East you have doubtless had the misfortune to run into them.

They are known by the language they use: depraved sexual insults, bile, bigotry, threats, disinformation and character assassination. That’s right: I’m talking about “hasbarats,” Zionist trolls who infect the Internet with hasbara, pro-Israel propaganda. Of course, mainstream media hasbarats have been around for decades, as have “hasbaratchiks,” fifth-columns in foreign governments who subvert national policies to serve Israel. The Internet, though, is the latest, some might say the greatest, propaganda playground, and Israel cannot cope with factual, passionate, well-documented stories that expose its war crimes and unrepentant criminality.

Mar 23 08:36

Trump's Labor Secretary nominee faces questions over why he cut a deal with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein instead of indicting him on federal sex crimes

Another BAD appointment by Trump! Trump's appointee gave a serial child molester a pass!

President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee is facing questions over the unusual plea deal he oversaw for billionaire sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, while serving as US attorney in Miami.

Alexander Acosta made a deal with Epstein which meant he avoided federal prosecution and a potential life prison sentence when he was found guilty of soliciting prostitution in 2008.

He is now at the center of a lawsuit, which names President Donald Trump as a witness, which accuses him of mishandling the case a decade ago.

Critics, including attorneys for some underage victims of financier Epstein, claim the plea agreement was a 'sweetheart deal' made possible only by Epstein's wealth, connections and high-powered lawyers.

The story resurfaced just hours before his confirmation hearing for the secretary of labor was set to start.

Mar 23 08:20

Gaza teen killed by Israeli fire

A Palestinian teen was killed and two others injured by shelling on Gaza on Wednesday as the Israeli army chief of staff admitted to “disproportionate” use of force in response to rockets fired from the territory.

Yousif Shaaban Abu Athra, whose age has been reported as either 15 or 18, was killed by tank fire before dawn in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Mar 23 07:48

Is Criticizing neocon thuggery anti-Semitism?

The hatred of Trump runs so deep that a leading neocon Bill Kristol actually tweeted that he would prefer a country run by bureaucrats and special interests rather than the current constitutional arrangement.

Mar 23 07:36

An 18-year-old US-Israeli citizen is allegedly behind most of the Jewish community center bomb threats

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Israel over a series of bomb threats made to Jewish community centers worldwide over a six month period, according to The Jerusalem Post.

A US-Israeli citizen, the suspect is reportedly responsible for bomb and other threats across the US, as well as in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a Jewish Israeli, the Associated Press reports.

Mar 22 17:47

Regional, World War Possible As Israel Continues To Provoke Full-Scale Confrontation With Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

The war in Syria is heating up yet again with signs that the conflict may soon be about to take greater international dimensions. This is all due to greater Israeli participation and aggression in Syria against the Syrian military and on the behalf of terrorist organizations fighting against the Syrian government. The questions that remain, however, are whether or not the Israelis are willing to tempt the resolve of the anti-terrorist coalition of Syria, Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia and how steadfast that resolve of those powers might actually be.

In the past week, we have seen an escalation in the Syrian conflict the likes of which we have not seen in decades in terms of Israeli-Syrian tensions as well as the potential for a clash of nuclear world powers in the Middle East as a combat theatre....

Mar 22 12:52

Israel’s Illegal Occupation Most Malignant in the World, Says UN Rapporteur

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, has described the Israeli occupation as “the most malignant” in the world. The Canadian official added that perpetuating an alien rule over almost five million people, against their fervent wishes, inevitably requires the repression of rights, the erosion of the rule of law, the abrogation of international commitments and the imposition of deeply discriminatory practices.

Mar 22 12:51

US boycotts UN human rights session on Israel

The US has boycotted a United Nations Human Rights Council session focusing on Israel’s human rights violations against the Palestinians due to the inter-governmental body’s "bias" against Israel.

Mar 22 12:48

Israel: America’s Mad Dog in Syria

Israel has played an increasingly provocative role in the destructive conflict unfolding within and along Syria’s borders since 2011. To many observers, it appears Israeli policy borders between opportunistic and unilateral aggression. In reality, Israel’s role in the Syrian conflict fits a much larger and long-term pattern with Anglo-American plans not only for Syria but for the entire region.

A more recent row between Israel and Syria was the reported incursion of Israeli warplanes into Syrian airspace, including attacks near the eastern Syrian city of Palmyra. Palmyra hosts an ongoing battle between Syrian forces and the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) terrorist organization. Israeli airstrikes against Syrian forces – then – would have facilitated ISIS operations in the region.

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Mar 22 12:28

Israel preps for war on Gaza and Lebanon

Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other groups. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe. All sides have been preparing in case a new round of warfare breaks out, although Hezbollah currently is tied down in Syria’s civil war fighting in support of President Bashar Assad.

Each side has warned that a new conflict would be worse than previous ones. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israeli communities in the 2006 War, while Israel bombarded civilian and Hezbollah targets in Lebanon. The month of fighting killed an estimated 1,300 Lebanese, 44 Israeli civilians and 121 Israeli soldiers.

Mar 22 11:57

Xi Jinping urges two-state Palestinian solution in talks with Israeli PM

Beijing on Tuesday called for peaceful coexistence between Israel and an independent Palestinian state “as soon as possible”.

In a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Xi Jinping said a stable Middle East was in the interests of both China and Israel.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine has had a long lasting impact on the Middle East,” he was quoted by CCTV as saying. “China appreciates that the Israeli side will continue to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the basis of the “two-state solution”.

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President Xi Jinping, a word, please: I have a very strong sense that you said this "for public consumption", but would suggest that this will only happen when pigs discover how to fly.

At some level you need to understand that Israel does not want peace in the Middle East; they want territory, and by any means necessary, as far as the Israeli government is concerned, and regional destabilization is the only way they believe they can achieve it. Please remember what the term "Eretz Israel" means to Israeli hard liners; a country stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates River.

Here's a map of how this larger Israel would look:

Map: Eretz Israel

And notice the bits of other countries which come under Israel's control, if this came about; large hunks if Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia would have to be ceded, before this happened.

The Israeli government bombed the USS Liberty, and attempted to blame Egypt for it, nearly causing a Third World war; they cheer-led the US's catastrophic war against Iraq; they are cheer leading for a US-backed war against Iran; they are attacking Syria, uninvited and unprovoked; they are committing serial genocide against the Palestinians, and doing brisk, illegal annexations of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

After evaluating all this, can you rationally, and reasonably believe that the Israeli government wants to create a two-state solution with the Palestinians?

I am afraid, Sir, the short answer is, "absolutely not!"

Mar 22 11:37

Israeli Ban Targeting Boycott Supporters Raises Alarm Abroad

A law barring foreigners from entering Israel if they back boycotts against the country is causing alarm among liberal American Jews and others who perceive an attempt to suppress critical political opinion.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government has long campaigned against the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, describing it as anti-Semitic and an attempt to erase Israel’s legitimacy.

The movement, launched in 2005 as a non-violent campaign to press Israel to heed international law and end its occupation of territory Palestinians seek for a state, has gathered momentum in recent years even if its economic impact remains negligible.

On March 6, Israel’s parliament passed legislation saying any individuals or representatives of groups supporting BDS-type boycotts - excluding Israeli citizens and permanent residents - would be barred from the country.

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; the government of Israel has already lost its legitimacy through the very apartheid treatment of Palestinians; through indefinite detention of Palestinian prisoners who may well have committed no crime, and the torturing of Palestinian children in order to obtain "confessions" leading to more arrests of Palestinians.

And you cannot, logically, claim that this movement is anti-Semitic, as it is not at all against the Jewish religion, but against practices of the Israeli government; any rational person can see that.

But then again, unfortunately, rationality and the Israeli government have not had an ongoing relationship for some time.

And since the language of morality is not one in which Tel Aviv appears to be fluent, the language of economics, as in the potential damage BDS has to ultimately, and peacefully, damage the Israeli economy, appears to be the only language the government in Tel Aviv understands.

So, sir, that is the language which will continue to be used against the Israeli government's practice of apartheid, until that practice is discontinued.

Mar 22 10:30

BEX ALERT - Report: Pyongyang Military Exports Directly Threaten Israel; Latest Arms Convoy to Hezbollah Struck by IDF in Syria Contained North Korean Missiles

North Korean exporting of missile and other military systems to countries and terrorist organizations around the world directly threatens the Jewish state, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Monday.

According to Channel 2, Arab media outlets reported over the weekend that an arms shipment on its way to Hezbollah was attacked by the IDF in Syria late Thursday night/early Friday morning. The shipment, according to these sources, included advanced North Korean missiles. Channel 2 added that the nuclear reactor in Syria, which Israel destroyed in September 2007, was built for President Bashar Assad with the aid of the regime in Pyongyang.

Mar 22 09:29

FEMINISM AND APARTHEID

Attacking the International Women’s Strike on March 8, supporters of Israel argued that the decolonization of Palestine has no place in feminism and further asked if there is a place for Zionists in the feminist movement. We turn the question around and ask if the occupation of Palestine, the bombings of Gaza, the apartheid that applies two separate and unequal systems to Israel’s relationship to Palestinians–can be compatible with feminism? While Israel’s apologists were posing such questions, the Israeli army, as reported by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, was busy shutting down two events in Jerusalem marking International Women’s Day.

Mar 22 08:23

Netanyahu to Putin: Israeli airstrikes in Syria will continue

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israeli forces will continue airstrikes in Syria if they deem it necessary.
“If there is feasibility from an intelligence and military standpoint – we attack and so it will continue,” Netanyahu said during a visit to China, adding that he had informed Putin of Israel’s intentions.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli PM also dismissed reports that Russia was insisting that Israel cease its military operations on Syrian territory.

Mar 21 11:46

ex-mossad agent explains the "anti-semite" trick


ex-mossad agent victor ostrovsky explains the "anti-semite" trick -- how jews conspire together to silence critics of israel, jews and zionism

Mar 21 10:09

If they want to burn it, you want to read it!

Jewish history is a chain of disasters: inquisitions, holocausts and pogroms. Time after time, throughout their history, Jews find themselves discriminated against, persecuted and expelled and, to most Jews, this continuum of tragedy is largely a mystery. Yet one would expect that Jews, clever people for sure, would peer into their past, understand it and take whatever measures necessary to change their fate.

Mar 21 09:52

ISRAEL’S PROJECT OF COLONIALISM

Jeremy R. Hammond – Israel was a colonialist project from the outset, and so remains today

Mar 21 09:09

PLO condemns UN for removing report accusing Israel of apartheid

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) has condemned the UN for revoking a report accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians.

"Instead of succumbing to political blackmail or allowing itself to be censured or intimidated by external parties, the UN should condemn the acts described in the report and hold Israel responsible,” said PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi on Saturday.

On Friday, a senior United Nations official, Jordanian Rima Khalaf, resigned due to coercive measures used against her to withdraw the UN report which was taken down from UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) website.

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"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." -- Attributed to Voltaire, but most likely Kevin Alfred Strom

Mar 21 09:08

Netanyahu seeks end to Russia airstrikes in Syria to avert Israel's collapse: Nasrallah

The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, says Israel seeks an end to Russia's military campaign against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria to avert the Tel Aviv regime’s collapse.

Mar 21 08:39

Putin Sends Message to Israel: ‘Your Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over’

First the first time ever, Israel was forced to officially acknowledge the airstrike in Syria – most likely because this time an Israeli plane was downed, as well as another possibly hit – while carrying out pre-dawn strikes against Syria near Palmyra.

Predictably, Israel are completely denying their planes were hit, for public relations reasons.

However, Russia was not happy with Israel’s reckless attacks last Friday, especially as they came on the heals of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow last week, where he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the regional security situation and well as conflicts in the airspace over Syria. Israel’s demands were that it would not stand for a Iranian military presence in Syria, or that of Hezbollah which Tel Aviv label as “Iran’s proxies.”

Mar 21 08:36

INSIDE THE TRUMP LOBBY THAT WANTS TO BREAK-UP IRAQ

A secret network tied to Cambridge Analytica, Islamist insurgents, ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers has convinced Trump to let go of Iraqi national unity.

Ex-Bush administration officials with pro-Trump leanings have forged a secret alliance with a former private Iraqi Pentagon contractor who is a member of one of Iraq’s wealthiest dynasties.Their mission is to promote the break-up of Iraq as the only viable way to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). They have achieved partial success: on Monday, the Trump administration announced a subtle but seismic shift in US policy toward the possibility of Iraq’s dissolution.Yet this network has been intimately connected to Cambridge Analytica (the technology firm that ran Trump’s election campaign), entities that have sponsored ISIS and other Islamist militants, as well as to ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers?—?who might benefit from the break-up of the country.

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From the moment the US invaded and occupied Iraq, this was precisely the outcome which Israel wanted; Tel Aviv wanted to see a fracturing of Iraq into little fiefdoms, so that it would be impossible for Iraq, as a national entity, to ever attain the status it had as one of the most financially viable, and educationally progressive, countries in the Middle East.

Mar 21 08:27

Campaign Against Antisemitism is a campaign against Palestinians

The Campaign Against Antisemitism is a British propaganda organization and registered charity that specializes in defaming Palestine solidarity campaigners. When I launched a petition calling for the group to be deregistered, it responded in a hostile manner.

It first tried to persuade the website Change.org to take the petition down. When that failed, its supporters attacked the petition in an article published by the Daily Mail, a paper which once praised Adolf Hitler for having “saved Germany from Israelites of international attachments.”

Originality not being its strong point, the Campaign Against Antisemitism then alleged that I was a “notorious anti-Semite.”

Mar 21 08:26

Israel-funded “infiltrators” behind London campus “provocation”

An Israeli soldier’s controversial appearance at University College London (UCL) involved provocations by groups funded from Israel, a journalist for Israeli state media is alleging.

Jerry Lewis, an Israel Radio correspondent for 36 years, said in January that the October incident was an example of pro-Israel “infiltrators” coming onto campuses and endangering Jewish students in the UK.

Lewis said the infiltrators were “interfering” in student affairs and provoking unrest “to make sure they can justify the funding they get from Israel.”

Mar 20 18:49

Russian sub-launches cruise missiles blast 'rebels' israel defended a day earlier with airstrikes in Palmyra Syria.

israeli jets bombed Syrian Government "military targets" at Palmyra:
https://www.rt.com/news/381086-israeli-jets-syria-strikes/

Russian sub-launched cruise missiles then target the fighters israel was defending:
http://www.defenseworld.net/news/18762/Russian_Navy_Launches_Kalibr_Cr...

Please note:
There is no Iranian / Hezbollah transfer station in Palmyra.

The only thing in Palmyra is the Syrian Army on one side, and the ISIS on the other side of a running battle. Along with some Russian bomb disposal teems dismantling booby traps left by ISIS.

For israel to claim this was the location of a Hezbollah/Iran weapons swap is insulting to our intelligence.

Mar 20 17:24

Trump’s Budget Cuts State Dept, Keeps Foreign Aid To Israel, Silent On Other Countries

President Donald Trump’s new budget cuts deep into several agencies, including the State Department, but he is asking Congress to boost US military spending and leave $3.1 billion in foreign aid to Israel intact.

Mar 20 14:30

Syrian UN Envoy: Putin Sent Message to Israel That Its Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over

Russia has sent a clear message to Israel that the rules of the game have changed in Syria and its freedom to act in Syrian skies is over, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday night.

Mar 20 14:00

SYRIAN PRESIDENT ASSAD: WE'RE COUNTING ON RUSSIA TO PREVENT A CONFLICT WITH ISRAEL

Syrian Preisdent Bashar al-Assad said Monday that he expected to see Moscow play a crucial role in preventing a future conflict with Israel, days after Syria targeted Israel with a ballistic missile.

Mar 20 12:51

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsIsrael Continues to Attack Syria, Warns Syria Against Resisting Planes

Tensions continue to rise along the Golan Heights frontier, as Israeli warplanes continued to carried out airstrikes against Syrian soil over the weekend, killing a commander in a pro-Syrian militia, and issuing statements warning Syria not to resist the strikes in the future.

Israel responded with shock after Friday’s attacks against Syria saw the Syrian government fire anti-aircraft missiles against the attacking warplanes. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned that if Syria attempts to fire on any attacking airplanes in the future Israel will destroy their air defense systems “without the slightest hesitation.”

Throughout the six years of Syria’s war, Israel has launched regular attacks against Syrian military targets, and this is the first time Syria has tried to chase Israeli warplanes out of their airspace. They succeeded, though Israel touted their use of an anti-missile system to shoot down one of the anti-aircraft missiles.

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OK, please let me get my head around this: Israel has attacked a sovereign nation, against which it has not declared war, and screams to the Syrian government not to attempt to shoot the Israeli planes down when they are bombing Syria?!?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: when you bomb a sovereign nation, that nation absolutely has the right to shoot back, perhaps even to the point of taking down that aircraft. At this point, the Syrian military is well integrated with that of the Russian forces, placed there by invitation of the Al-Assad government, so if the IDF goes in and targets more places in Syria, you may well hit Russian defensive capabilities as well, potentially risking war against Russia.

Mar 20 11:30

Israel Escalating Aggression In Syria

Israel still illegally occupied Sheba Farms, 14-square miles of water-rich land near Syria’s Golan, seized in 1967 along with Lebanon’s Ghajar village.

Mar 20 10:19

ISRAEL: AMERICA’S MAD DOG IN SYRIA

Israel has played an increasingly provocative role in the destructive conflict unfolding within and along Syria’s borders since 2011. To many observers, it appears Israeli policy borders between opportunistic and unilateral aggression. In reality, Israel’s role in the Syrian conflict fits a much larger and long-term pattern with Anglo-American plans not only for Syria but for the entire region.

A more recent row between Israel and Syria was the reported incursion of Israeli warplanes into Syrian airspace, including attacks near the eastern Syrian city of Palmyra. Palmyra hosts an ongoing battle between Syrian forces and the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) terrorist organization. Israeli airstrikes against Syrian forces – then – would have facilitated ISIS operations in the region.

ISRAEL IS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR, NOT A CHAMPION AGAINST IT

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From its very inception, Israel has been a rogue nation, driven by its own mythology of achieving its territorial claims to all the lands between the Nile and the Euphrates (Biblical Israel)

Let's look at a map, to see what those claims actually entail;

Biblical Israel, from the Nile to the Euphrates

As you can see, this alleged "promised land" includes bits of Iraq; Egypt; Syria; Saudi Arabia, Jordan; and Lebanon.

The reason that the Israeli government refuses to define its borders is that its religious right believes that those borders extend into these countries, the governments of which should just roll over and play dead, enabling the IDF to claim bits of these countries for "eretz Israel" (Greater Israel)

The problem for the Israeli government is that this rolling over and playing dead, to enable this annexation, just hasn't happened yet. And because of that, in the minds of those in the Knesset in Tel Aviv, that makes Syria a prime target for destabilization and regime change.

Mar 20 09:40

THE VEIL OF APARTHEID

Apartheid has been considered in the annals of the United Nations and world public opinion to be second only to genocide in the hierarchy of criminality”,

And

Genocide and apartheid are the only two international crimes, the commission of which States have a duty to prevent.

Mar 20 09:40

DANCING THROUGH THE OCCUPATION

Let’s talk about Palestine, giving the podium to an artist who lives in occupied Palestine. He’s Maher Shawamreh, a dance teacher and director of the school of art in Ramallah. In the interview with us he explains how dance communicates peace by extending the soul, and in this way reaching beyond the walls built by intolerance and war.

Mar 20 09:39

HAMMERING NAILS IN THE COFFIN OF FREEDOM

The latest Zionist nail to be hammered into the coffin for freedom of expression occurred last week when the disingenuous U.S. ambassador to the UN — the Indian American Sikh Nikki Haley — hypocritically expressed superpower outrage and condemnation while calling for the withdrawal of a UN report that quite justifiably accused Israel of establishing an “apartheid regime.”

Mar 20 08:58

IS THE MOON THE ONLY SAFE PLACE FROM THE ISRAEL LOBBY?

If the “Jewish State” calls itself the “only democracy in the Middle East,” then we have to strongly oppose it. How can the Israeli state, which is neither Judaic nor democratic, call itself “democratic”? Readers will certainly ask themselves why I always write “Jewish State” instead of “Israel”: Since this Zionist land grabbing state would like to be recognised as “Jewish State” instead of a state for all citizens, including Palestinians. And this is a completely anti-democratic intention!

Mar 20 08:57

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN ANGEL, RACHEL CORRIE

On March 16, 2003, Rachel was killed by an Israel Occupation Force (IOF) armored bulldozer in Rafah during the second Palestinian intifada.

Rachel had come to Gaza to try and establish a sister city project between her hometown Olympia, Washington and Rafah, Gaza. She was a peace activist connected to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who tried to prevent the demolition of Palestinian houses which were being carried out by the Israeli army.

After a three hour long confrontation between ISM activists and the Israeli army’s demolition forces, she was killed, less than two months after arriving in Gaza.

Mar 20 07:52

Russia summons Israeli ambassador to explain air raids in Syria

Russia summoned the Israeli ambassador to demand an explanation for Israel’s air raids in Syria last week, Moscow has confirmed, as an Israeli drone was blamed for the targeted killing of a senior pro-Assad fighter in a second reported incident.

The summons, made on Friday, was confirmed by Russia’s foreign ministry which said the Israeli ambassador to Moscow, Gary Koren, had been asked to explain an exchange of fire with Syrian government forces in which anti-aircraft missiles were fired at Israeli jets.

According to Israel’s Channel 2, the Israeli strike hit close to Russian troops.

Mar 20 07:15

Moscow summons Israeli diplomat over airstrike in Syria

These airstrikes are coordinated with Al-Qaeda ground troops who staged massive attacks near Damascus and Palmyra at the same time.
This will continue until a price is imposed that is great enough to change israeli government officials hearts and minds in their cost/benefit equation.
Until now, only the 60 year-old 'S-200' SAM missiles have been fired at israeli jets.
Sooner or later, Putin is going to want a new sales brochure for the S-400 system. israeli pilots should be asking themselves if they want to be a prominent feature in that new sales brochure.

Mar 20 07:08

Israel Threatens To Destroy Syrian Air Defence Systems

“Next time, if the Syrian aerial defense apparatus acts against our planes, we will destroy it,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli Public Radio on Sunday, in a statement which seemed to lend credence to the Syrian contention that it had taken down an Israel jet during a recent raid.

Mar 19 07:44

The West’s sights are now clearly set on Iran

The British-US plan to weaken Iran via the proxy war on Syria has spectacularly backfired. Now they are more desperate than ever to bring Iran to its knees.

Mar 18 10:31

Israeli Media Blames Putin For Syria’s Decision to Defend Itself Against Israeli Airstrikes

"The serious exchange of missile fire between Israel and Syria early Friday morning reflects the Assad regime’s attempts to change the unofficial rules of the game."

So begins a column published in Israel's Haaretz.

The newspaper is of course referring to the Israeli jets that "breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra", apparently in an attempt to "aid" Islamic State forces.

According to reports, it's suspected that the Syrian Army responded to this "breach" by firing off a few S-200 missiles.

This flagrant violation of Israel's right to bomb Syria unmolested "changed the rules of the game", writes Haaretz. What game, and what rules? We will leave those two questions for our readers to ponder.

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"How DARE you shoot at us when we bomb your country, you anti-Semite Jew-haters who want Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 18 10:16

UN official resigns over Israel apartheid report

The head of the United Nations' West Asia commission, Rima Khalaf, has resigned over what she described as the pressure to withdraw a report that was critical of Israel.

The report accused Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. Lebanon-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge.

"It was expected that Israel and its allies will exercise pressure on the UN secretary-general to distance himself from the report and that they will ask him to withdraw it," Khalaf said at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.

"The secretary-general issued his orders to me yesterday morning to withdraw the report. I asked him to review his position, but he insisted," she said. "Therefore, I submitted to him my resignation from the UN."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a woman of great moral courage, and has just become my brand new heroine.

Mar 18 10:11

UN official resigns over Israel apartheid report

The head of the United Nations' West Asia commission, Rima Khalaf, has resigned over what she described as the pressure to withdraw a report that was critical of Israel.

The report accused Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. Lebanon-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge.

"It was expected that Israel and its allies will exercise pressure on the UN secretary-general to distance himself from the report and that they will ask him to withdraw it," Khalaf said at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.

"The secretary-general issued his orders to me yesterday morning to withdraw the report. I asked him to review his position, but he insisted," she said. "Therefore, I submitted to him my resignation from the UN."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a woman of great moral courage, and has just become my brand new heroine.

Mar 18 09:02

Israel only country to escape proposed State Department budget cuts

Israel would be the only country to escape the Trump administration's proposed deep cuts in foreign aid, the State Department said Thursday. The proposed budget from the White House includes slashing the State Department budget by up to a third, cuts that would mostly target climate change, democracy promotion and health programs, and numerous foreign aid projects.

Mar 18 08:24

Israel only country to escape proposed State Department budget cuts

Israel would be the only country to escape the Trump administration's proposed deep cuts in foreign aid, the State Department said Thursday.

The proposed budget from the White House includes slashing the State Department budget by up to a third, cuts that would mostly target climate change, democracy promotion and health programs, and numerous foreign aid projects.

In all, $17.3 billion would be cut from the State Department budget, which is about $50 billion. Congress is highly unlikely to approve the White House proposal, however, so the impact is still unknown.

Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said U.S. aid to Israel, which totaled about $3.1 billion this year, would not be touched under the Trump plan. Israel gets more U.S. aid than any other nation.

Aid to every other country will come under review, he said.

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Characterise me as completely unsurprised by this.....

Mar 18 07:31

UN official resigns after pressure to withdraw Israel apartheid report

A senior United Nations official has resigned, following pressure from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to withdraw the landmark report published earlier this week finding Israel guilty of apartheid.

Rima Khalaf, the head of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) which published the report, announced her resignation at a press conference in Beirut on Friday.

Reuters reports that Khalaf took the step “after what she described as pressure from the secretary-general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an ‘apartheid regime’ on Palestinians.”

“I resigned because it is my duty not to conceal a clear crime, and I stand by all the conclusions of the report,” Khalaf stated.

Mar 17 18:56

Israel And The A-Word

The word resonated loud and clear from South Africa. Hendrik Verwoerd, widely described as a key architect of apartheid, was the far-right National Party’s propagandist, political strategist and, ultimately, party leader.

Mar 17 12:45

Israel Won’t See Aid Cuts Under Trump Budget Plan: State Dept.

The US State Department says that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would not reduce American aid to Israel.

“Our assistance to Israel is, if I could say, a cutout on the budget, and that’s guaranteed, and that reflects, obviously, our strong commitment to one of our strongest partners and allies,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Mar 17 09:50

Israeli jets bomb multiple targets across Gaza Strip

According to al-Aqsa TV, Israeli jets targeted areas to the west of the Dayr al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, and an empty patch of agricultural land to the east of Gaza City in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Israeli F16 jets also bombed the Shejaiya area, reportedly resulting in power cuts across the region.

There have been no immediate reports of possible casualties as a result of the Israeli attacks.

Earlier, Israeli forces claimed that a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into an unpopulated area in the southern occupied territories without causing any injuries.

Mar 17 09:17

Syria Shoots Down Israeli Plane After Israel Launches Air Operation In Support Of ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

Only a week away from a number of Israeli officials making statements suggesting the buildup to a war with Hezbollah, the Israeli Air Force once again launched airstrikes in Syria, alleging that the strikes were taken against a weapons convoy of the Lebanese militia coming through Syria. Four airplanes took place in the operation according to the Syrian military...

Mar 17 08:28

UN report: Israel has established an 'apartheid regime'

FILE UNDER NO SHIT

Report breaks new ground on the UN's examination of the situation in occupied Palestine by using the word 'apartheid'

Mar 17 08:15

Palestinians hail UN report declaring Israel an apartheid state

Palestinians are welcoming a landmark UN report that finds Israel guilty of practicing apartheid.

Meanwhile Israel and its US patron have reacted with rage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How dare you! How dare you to dare! How DARE you dare to dare .... to dare!!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 17 08:14

Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria as tensions flare

Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missiles launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Syria's military said it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they were carrying out pre-dawn strikes near the famed desert city of Palmyra that it recaptured from extremists this month.

"Our air defense engaged them and shot down one warplane over occupied territory, hit another one, and forced the rest to flee," the army said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

Mar 17 08:13

Palestinian amputee, 14, recalls detention by Israeli forces: 'I wasn't afraid of being hit'

More troops arrived. Issa’s hands were finally shackled behind his back by force with three plastic handcuffs, and he was blindfolded. Two other, older boys were also arrested with him. Issa denies throwing stones at the soldiers. He says he was holding the bag with the pitas before he was arrested and that he was on his way back to his grandmother’s house.

Back on the street, says Issa, a soldier kicked his leg, wrenching loose the prosthesis. Issa fell to the ground, hands tied behind his back. The soldier recoiled in fright at the sight of the false leg. Issa somehow managed to get back up on his one good leg. Other soldiers had arrived in the meantime. One of them, Issa relates, asked him, “What happened to you?” To which he replied, “My leg left me.” “Why didn’t you say so before?” the soldier said and slapped him. The soldiers didn’t give him a chance to explain that he was disabled, Issa says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the "new normal" for Palestinian teenagers, courtesy of the IDF.

Mar 17 08:00

Syrian army says it shot down Israeli jet

Syria's army high command said in a statement on Friday Israeli jets breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State.

It said its air defenses shot down one of the Israeli jets over what it called "occupied ground" and damaged another.

Mar 16 10:53

TILLERSON THREATENS TO WITHDRAW US FROM UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

The Trump Administration is reviewing membership in the UN Human Rights Council, and “considerable reform” within the organization would be necessary for the US to remain, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In a letter addressed to organizations lobbying for continued US membership, obtained first by Foreign Policy magazine, Tillerson said the State Department would “continue to evaluate the effectiveness” of the body and its fixation on the State of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had, originally, hoped that the Trump administration would be a little more even-handed when it came to the Israeli government's consistent persecutions of Palestinians, including extrajudicial assassinations; the torture and jailing of children through which to enforce "confessions" to things which didn't actually happen; and unlimited time in jail before a Palestinian could be tried, and convicted.

I have to realize, understanding the full import of Tillerson's letter, that I was really, very badly mistaken that such an approach would be at all possible, under President Trump's watch.

Mar 16 09:10

ADL TO BUILD SILICON VALLEY CENTER TO MONITOR & FIGHT “CYBERHATE”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has announced that it will build a “a state-of-the-art command center in Silicon Valley” to monitor and fight anything online that it determines is “hate.”

The ADL is known for attacking individuals who criticize Israel as allegedly “anti-Semitic.” Its website states: “ADL has always been a strong voice for Israel.”

Critics of the organization have noted that its fundraising strategy relies on finding “anti-Semitism” and charge that it often exaggerates this threat.

A former Israeli minister stated that Israel and its partisans often use the charge of anti-Semitism against those who speak discuss Israel’s oppression of Palestinians: “It’s a trick, we always use it.” The ADL was the initiator of hate crimes legislation in the United States, launching this campaign in 1981.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt announced the new center on March 12 at a music festival in Austin, Texas. Accompanying him was Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ADL has always gone after any whisper of any logical criticism of the actions of the Israeli government; this center will simply give it the state of the art equipment with which to publicly crucify any individual - or organisation - which reasonably, and logically, criticises specific policies adopted by the Israeli government, like the deliberate targeting of Palestinian children in the 2014 Israeli attack, Operation Protective Edge.

As reported at the International Middle East Center in April of 2015:

A new report by Defense for Children International-Palestine, titled ‘Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged On Gaza’s Children’, has displayed documented events proving that that Israel deliberately murdered Palestinian children during its last offensive on the Gaza Strip, this past summer.According to the report, the number of children killed in the last summer offensive on Gaza hit 535, a majority of them under the age 12. Another 3,400 children were injured – over 1,000 maimed for life. They need vital medical care unavailable because of Israel’s lawless siege – ongoing aggression by any standard with full US-led Western support.

I am reasonably certain that after this report was released, the ADL went after this report with whatever geopolitical, electronic, and judicial tools they had to hand, even though the information presented was incontrovertible.

That's... precisely what the ADL does, and will continue to do, with the establishment of this center.

This report had nothing to do with "hate"; it had everything to do with logic, numbers, and statistics, and a continued Israeli serial genocide against Palestinian children.

And please remember: there are Israeli rabbis and public figures and institutions who advocate for the complete extermination of the Palestinian people:

Israel's former Chief Rabbi urges the genocide of Palestinians

"Genocide is permissible" muses Times of Israel, promptly retracts

And finally, in images you cannot unsee:

images: Israeli supporters of Palestinian genocide

Mar 16 08:57

‘HOW DARE THEY CONDEMN OUR APARTHEID!’

Israel fumes as UN board slams its ‘apartheid, racial domination’ over Palestinians

Jerusalem’s envoy urges UN chief to reject ‘biased and deceitful’ report by Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Mar 16 07:34

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott

A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace.

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Mar 16 07:28

Israeli Politician, Cabinet Minister Says Next War With Lebanon Should Target Civilian Infrastructure

By Brandon Turbeville

Recently elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun visited Cairo in February where he uttered words previously treated as an open secret by preceding presidents; namely, that Hezbollah is indeed a major part of the defense of the country. While other presidents have tended to skirt the issue, Aoun essentially acknowledged the close relationship between Lebanon the state and Hezbollah the militia. The relationship between Hezbollah and the Lebanese state is apparent for all to see, of course, with Hezbollah acting as the major deterrent to Israel’s aggression...

Mar 15 06:09

ADL TO BUILD SILICON VALLEY CENTER TO MONITOR & FIGHT “CYBERHATE”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has announced that it will build a “a state-of-the-art command center in Silicon Valley” to monitor and fight anything online that it determines is “hate.” The ADL is known for attacking individuals who criticize Israel as allegedly “anti-Semitic.” Its website states: “ADL has always been a strong voice for Israel.”

Mar 14 19:18

On Geert Wilders and the Dutch elections

Geert Wilders has Indonesian/jewish/Dutch roots. His schoolmates used to call him "the negro of Venlo'. He started his career as a government official, entered politics in 1990, and has never had 'a real job'. As a young adult he went to Israel where he worked for 2 years and received Mossad training. He also once claimed (while drunk) that he had an Israeli passport and that his marriages were arranged by Israel. He was investigated for spying for Israel in 2009.

Mar 14 14:44

One hundred years of the Balfour Declaration

Lawrence Davidson says UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s intention to celebrate the Balfour Declaration is based on an illusion that something awful is really something prideful, and distorts the entire historical episode that led to Israel’s creation. >>

Mar 14 14:16

US Ambassador To Israel: “Great Advantage” To Netanyahu

David Friedman is known for his support for the most extreme elements in Israel’s settler movement

The choice of US ambassador to Israel has never before incurred such scrutiny or provoked such controversy.

Mar 14 10:26

British Pro-Palestinian Activist Denied Entry To Israel For Promoting Boycotts

Hugh Lanning, a former chair of the pro-BDS Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), was barred from entering Israel on Sunday night, according to a statement released by the Israeli Interior Ministry.

Lanning was expected to be placed on a flight back to the UK sometime overnight or on Monday.

Mar 14 09:53

IT’S OFFICIAL ~~ ISRAEL IS ON THE ROAD TO FASCISM

Police detained prominent left-wing activist Jeff Halper last Wednesday at the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, for suspected incitement, saying they acted on a complaint he had “materials related to BDS” in his possession.

Halper, who moved to Israel from the United States in 1973, was picked up after leading a tour of foreigners to the E1 site across the road from the settlement and transported by police van to a nearby station then released without being placed under arrest.

Police officers photographed the posters and maps he was holding before freeing him. Halper denies handing out any material related to BDS during the tour, or even discussing the boycott movement.

Handing out such materials would not have been in violation of the law, even a 2011 anti-boycott law according to which a person or an organization calling for the boycott of Israel, including the settlements, can be sued by the boycott’s targets without them having to prove that they sustained any damage.

Mar 13 15:42

UN seeking to put Israeli military on blacklist

because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer's Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mar 13 15:10

‘We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,’ 172 scholars write

signed by scholars of Jewish studies deploring Israel’s passage of a law last week barring travel by those who support boycotts against Israel, including BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and boycotts of settlement goods.

Mar 13 12:05

The Coming Clash: Why Israel Seeks a Third War on Lebanon?

At a time when it’s pretty much clear that Hezbollah is fighting against ISIL and Al-Qaeda in Syria, the Zionist regime of Israel says another illegal war against Lebanon is coming to a theatre near you.

Mar 13 11:20

Trump Pursues Israel’s ‘Long-Term' Desire By Inviting Abbas

US President Donald Trump’s invitation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House is part of an agenda to pursue Israel’s “long-term” goal to push Palestinians out of their lands, an analyst says.

Mar 13 07:06

Sorry Israel: Iran Gets Green Light For Naval Base in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has approved the creation of an Iranian naval base close to the Hmeymim airbase used by Russia’s air force in Syria, according to reports.

Citing Syrian sources, Nezavisimaya Gazeta claims that the deal for an Iranian base in Syria has already been made:

Mar 12 18:50

Deserves another airing: Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

8 minutes of the truth - can you take it?

Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

Mar 12 13:53

Play it again, Ken. Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESZN_YDE-TU

Listen and then pass it on to others who have not yet woken up to the reality that the Corporate News is NOT telling us.
We have truly been 'had'.

Mar 12 08:53

FLASHBACK - Israel Bribed Republicans to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal


Israel payed Republican Senator Tom Cotton $1 million to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, according to leaked NSA documents. Earlier this year, Cotton sent a letter to Iranian leaders in an attempt to get them to abandon the negotiations. Did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bribe Republican Congressmen, and should Cotton be charged with treason?

Mar 12 08:28

Putin Bored by Netanyahu’s Bible Stories, Invites Israeli PM to Join Real World

Here's Netanyahu, tissue in hand, telling Putin some Bible stories:

Thank you for your congratulations on the upcoming Purim holiday. In ancient Persia, an attempt was made to destroy the Jewish people 2,500 years ago, and it failed. This is what this holiday celebrates. Today, ancient Persia’s successor, Iran, continues attempts to destroy the Jewish state.

Putin's reply:
Putin noted that those events had taken place “in the fifth century BC,” added that “we now live in a different world” and suggested discussing the actual up-to-date problems in the region.

Can you imagine how tedious and petty international relations would become if each and every country on earth cited events from 2,500 years ago in order to rationalize their geopolitical worldviews?

Yes, we live in a different world. The "real" world.

Mar 12 07:44

Richard Gere in Israel criticizes settlements

Richard Gere has lashed out at Israel over its settlements in territory that Palestinians want for a state.

The "Pretty Woman" star came to Jerusalem for the local premiere of a new film by Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar in which he stars.

A story in Sunday's Haaretz newspaper quoted the actor as saying "settlements are such an absurd provocation ... and they are certainly not part of the program of someone who wants a genuine peace process."

Mar 11 12:00

Will the British royal family celebrate 100 years of shame by endorsing Israel?

Stuart Littlewood says a visit to Israel by any member of the British royal family during the centenary year of the infamous Balfour Declaration would amount to praising the thieves for keeping what they stole. >>

Mar 11 09:49

Israeli Education Minister: Next Lebanon War Must Target Civilians

Israeli military officials have been saying for the last several years that it’s pretty clear Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, with the belief that Hezbollah is more focused on fighting against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria than on border skirmishes with Israel.

Still, the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was very popular on the far-right, and even though Israel was roundly criticized for the civilian toll of their invasion, many are eager to make clear that the next war, which they consider an inevitability, will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians.

That was the message of Education Minister Naftali Bennett today, and while it was couched as a response to Lebanon’s President recognizing that Hezbollah’s militia forces, which have been helping defend the border from ISIS and al-Qaeda raids, are “essential” to Lebanon’s defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the deliberate targeting of non-combatant civilians in Lebanon, in a mass genocide, is Bennett's "Final Solution" for the people of Lebanon?!?

There are a few people in history who would absolutely have LOVED this guy!!!

Mar 11 07:50

Israeli Apartheid Week held at 30 UK universities, despite repression

Israeli Apartheid Week took place on more than 30 university campuses across the UK last week despite a massive government backed campaign of repression.

Mar 10 13:07

Are People Really That Stupid?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Long, but worth it.

Mar 10 09:28

David Friedman, Staunch Settlement Backer, Approved by Senate Panel as Envoy to Israel

Friedman confirmed by the Foreign Relations Committee on the force of the GOP majority and one Democratic vote. The nomination now awaits the approval of the Senate floor.

The fact that Menendez was the sole Democrat to vote in favor of the nomination, thus providing it with a minimal level of bipartisan cover, didn't come as a surprise. Menendez, like Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), was one of only four Democrats to vote against the Iran deal in 2015. He comes from New Jersey, a state with a large Jewish population, and has important supporters and donors from the more right-wing and Orthodox segments of the state's Jewish community, which were generally supportive of Friedman's nomination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great, just what the US and Middle East need right now; an Ambassador to Israel who is just to the right of Attila the Hun when it comes to Palestinian rights!!

And Washington pathologically cannot "get" why Arab nations do not see the US government as an honest broker for peace!!

Mar 10 08:31

ANTI APARTHEID VIDEO GONE VIRAL

The Israeli comedian Assaf Harel and the host of the show “Good Night With Asaf Harel,” used the monologue of his series finale on Monday to dive into a speech where he said Israel had reached a state of “apartheid” long ago.

“Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages,” Harel said.

Mar 10 08:11

Trump Invades Syria

Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news!

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 09 14:24

Zionists snuff out free speech at UK universities

Stuart Littlewood paints an alarming picture of the extent to which Zionist groups and Israel lobbyists have succeeded in stifling freedom of speech at British universities so that Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians are never discussed. >>

Mar 09 13:40

UK Backs Two-State Solution, Wants Israel ‘In Peace With Neighbors’

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reiterates the UK support for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, asserting that Tel Aviv should make peace with its neighbors.

The top diplomat made the remarks in East Jerusalem al-Quds, alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

Mar 09 11:11

Palestinian Women – One for All, All for One

“Palestinian women have always stood side by side with their fathers, brothers, husbands, comrades to resist the Zionist occupation, to fight for freedom and legitimate rights. They are the first to go to the streets to protest the brutality of the Israeli military occupation, the first to organize sit-ins and marches demanding the release of their children, brothers and fathers from Israeli prisons. They are the protectors, the supporters, but most of all they are the comrades in the fight for a free Palestine.” Reham Al Helsi.

Mar 09 09:35

Alan Dershowitz - The Key To Athens

In his recent address to the ultra-Zionist and war-mongering Stand With Us, Alan Dershowitz said; “people say Jews are too powerful, too strong, too rich, we control the media, we’ve too much this, too much that and we often apologetically deny our strength and our power. Don’t do that!”

Elder Zionist Dershowitz who acquired for himself the reputation of a “remarkable liar” (Chomsky) and a “serial plagiarist” (Finkelstein) probably decided, just before he meets his creator, to give truth one last try.

Mar 09 09:21

ISRAEL’S BDS BAN IS PROOF THAT WE ARE WINNING

A new law denying entry to foreigners who call for a boycott of Israel or the settlements shows the BDS movement is gaining strength — and Israel is “panicking.”

Mar 09 07:53

1938: Fr Coughlin explains the cause of Jewish persecution in Germany, warmongers falsely attack him as an Anti-Semite & Nazi

"...Give bread to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and shelter to the homeless in this land of plenty. And more than that, O God, not only for the daily bread by which our bodies live, do we ask! Give us this day our daily bread that our minds may know the truth." (Fr. Charles E. Coughlin, Royal Oak, Michigan, 11/27/38) - On November 20, 1938, Fr. Charles E. Coughlin broadcast an important message about the situation in Germany: "I shall ask an intelligent audience composed of intelligent Christians and intelligent Jews: "Why is there persecution in Germany today? How can we destroy it?"

Mar 08 20:38

Amazon Bans "Holocaust Denial" Books

Michael Hoffman of RevisionistHistory.org writes in his latest newsletter: "We have just learned that Amazon, the huge, Seattle-based online book distributor has removed from sale books by Dr. Arthur R. Butz, Carlo Mattogno and other eminent dissident scholars who have dared to ask scientific and technical questions about the alleged operation of homicidal gas chambers in Auschwitz. These heretics have trespassed on the sacred liturgy of Holocaustianity and their books must be forbidden to preserve the holiness of World War II dogma..."

Mar 08 10:14

Ernst Zundel Documentary 'Off Your Knees, Germany!'

This is an outstanding and very powerful documentary about the life of Ernst Zundel during the years 1983-2003 and what became known as "the great holocaust trial" in Canada. "It's just ludicrous to consider that these facilities could have been used for gas chambers," said gas-chamber expert Fred Leuchter in an exclusive interview during the film. This film is an hour and a half in length and well worth it.

Mar 08 09:35

RICHARD GERE BREAKS HIS SILENCE ON THE OCCUPATION

Arriving in Israel to promote his new movie Norman, directed by Joseph Cedar and starring Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, Gere is uncertain as to how he will be received by the public given his recent comments on the political situation.

Mar 08 08:06

In College, JCC Bomb Threat Suspect Juan Thompson Had ‘Affinity for Jews’

In college, Juan Thompson surrounded himself with Jewish friends and a Jewish girlfriend. He spent time with her family. He spoke favorably about Israel, not always a popular thing to do at Vassar College, a liberal arts school in New York state where some students have embraced the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

But the FBI is now accusing Thompson of threatening to blow up Jewish Community Centers and the Anti-Defamation League headquarters. He allegedly wrote that the bombs would create a “Jewish Newtown,” referring to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Mar 08 07:45

Netanyahu Demands Summit With Putin After Russia and Iran Ruin Israel’s Plan For Syria

It looks like Moscow hit an Israeli nerve.

Many thoughtful observers wondered why S-400s deployed to Syria didn't vaporize Israeli fighter jets as they "flew over Lebanon’s Arsal Barrens, where both Al-Qaeda and ISIS are headquartered", only to drop their payloads on Syrian Army positions inside Syria.

It's because Russia didn't need to (and also, no WWIII, please). Despite its best efforts — including sending special forces into Syria in order to "observe" terrorists fighting the Syrian Arab Army — Israel's ambitions in Syria have been thwarted.

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Mar 07 15:12

Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu

Jonathan Cook looks at how Israel is openly targeting human rights activists and Jews whose politics do not align with the far-right government of Netanyahu by refusing them entry to the country.>>

Mar 06 10:55

Netanyahu to meet Putin, says Iran seeks permanent foothold in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what the Israeli leader charged were Iran's attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria.

"In the framework of a (future peace agreement) or without one, Iran is attempting to base itself permanently in Syria - either through a military presence on the ground or a naval presence - and also through a gradual attempt to open a front against us on the Golan Heights," Netanyahu told his cabinet in public remarks on Sunday.

"I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility," he said.

Iran, Israel's arch-enemy, has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's staunchest backer and has provided militia fighters to help him.

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Yes, the head of Iran's naval command did say this last November.

Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria: chief of staff

But before Netanyahu complains to Putin on this visit about how horrible the threat these potential bases might pose to Israel, he needs to read it in context; this was stated by General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri to a bunch of Iranian naval officers.

And in that context, it comes across more as a brag, about ultimate Iranian naval capability, rather than a game plan per se.

And Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: Russia's President is a very, very bright man, with intimate, and broad, knowledge of geopolitical realities.

He will not be pushed or bullied into taking a stand which is against the interests of the Russian people.

Mar 06 09:00

Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard

Israel attempted to use tapes of former US president Bill Clinton’s steamy conversations with intern Monica Lewinsky to leverage the release of Jonathan Pollard, a new book on the Clinton family’s political enterprises has claimed. In the book, titled “Clinton Inc: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,” author Daniel Halper relies on on-the-record interviews with former officials together with a close analysis of documents termed “the Monica Files” to paint a salacious – and uncomplimentary – picture of one of the most prominent political families in the United States.

Mar 06 05:00

Palestinian killed in West Bank firefight: Israeli army

Since a wave of violence broke out in October 2015, 254 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, one Eritrean and one Sudanese have been killed, according to an AFP count.
The Israeli army routinely carries out forays and arrests in Ramallah even though it is in principle entirely under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Mar 06 01:13

High Art: Historic Aerial Shots of Pre-state Israel Revealed

It was 1937 and publisher Zalman Schocken was looking for an original gift for his friends. The result: 40 spectacular photographs capturing the cities and landscapes from the skies. Deep within the National Library archive, an unmarked cardboard box wrapped in fine linen contains 40 high-quality aerial photographs of pre-state Israel. A yellowing piece of paper sits atop the photos, with a brief inscription in Hebrew and German revealing the story behind their creation. The project was the result of a unique collaboration between a successful publisher and one of pre-state Israel’s greatest photographers. It was to produce the first-ever set of aerial photographs of pre-state Israel to be taken for nonmilitary purposes. [Note they refer to it as "Pre-State Israel," but actually the very nice cities in the photos were Palestine.]

Mar 05 18:58

Russia is a Diversion

The neocons want war; they want to ensure the trillion dollars or more per year keep flowing. They need to keep Russia as the enemy. Everyone is piling on – republicans and democrats.

Russia is a diversion; it is useful as a means to an end. It isn’t the end. The end is the salvation of the many pillars of the progressive agenda; the end is the final destruction of western, classical liberal, civilization.

Mar 05 16:59

Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?

2017 will undoubtedly be a critical year for Palestine. We are standing at the crossroads of many different possibilities that could have serious implications for the future of the area. Positive or negative, disastrous or beneficial, the people between the river and the sea wait in anticipation to see which direction the future will take them. However, I can’t help but feel that the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is appropriate here. No matter how many times people insist that we are on the cusp of a new era in the “conflict”, the same old arguments and myths animating much of the debate on Palestine since the beginning of the 20th century remain remarkably persistent.

Mar 05 13:15

U.S. steps up bombing raids on al Qaida in Yemen, citing threat to West

Trump has granted U.S. commanders, through Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the temporary authority to order military strikes without going through the White House for approval.

Mar 05 11:52

Ex-British PM Tony Blair in talks to become Trump's Middle East adviser!

I sure hope this isn't true. If it is, this is another example of Trump's stupidity!

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has discussed becoming Donald Trump's adviser on Middle East policies, during talks in the White House earlier this week, The Mail on Sunday reported.

Blair, who was in charge of the UK government in 1997-2007, met Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner in Washington on Wednesday, the papers claims, citing it's source.

The meeting in the West Wing of the US presidential residence lasted for three hours, according to The Mail on Sunday report.

Mar 05 10:34

Govt Insider Confirms Israel's Role In 9/11 Attacks!

huzzah! AJ!

Pieczenik says the Israelis, Saudis and neocons were behind the 9-11 attacks.

Given evidence of Mossad's checkered past and involvement with the attack of the USS Liberty on Jun. 8, 1967, killing 34 American soldiers, Pieczenik's comments wont be received as a big surprise to many Americans.

Mar 05 09:37

TRUMP FINDS COMMON GROUND WITH ZION

The unique in the world State which calls itself the “only democracy in the Middle East” and which since 1967 has been imposing military occupation on Palestinians with a system of illegal settlement policies and colonisation has continuously sought to emulate other dictatorships such as North Korea. However, at least, North Korea does not claim to be the “only democracy” in Asia!

Mar 05 09:37

BANKSY WELCOMES YOU TO THE WALL IN BETHLEHEM

‘The Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem, with a view of the separation barrier, will officially open March 11th and comes complete with dozens of pieces of art work by British artist Banksy; artist is known for politically-charged work and has visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in the past.

Mar 05 09:36

SUNDAY’S TOON ~~ JUSTIN TRUDEAU DISAPOINTS BOTH CANADA AND PALESTINE

Recent opinion polling shows that Canadians support sanctions against Israel for its violations of international law; but the Liberal Party government of Justin Trudeau is nonetheless supporting Conservative resolutions aimed at condemning supporters of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

Mar 05 08:52

Jews Form National Advisory Council In Wake Of Fake “Anti-Semitic” Threats

Following all of the drama and media hype surrounding the entirely fake and bogus “anti-Semitic” threats against over 100 Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish organizations across the United States, the Jews have announced the formation of a national advisory council to consult with federal and state law enforcement agencies to better combat “the world’s oldest hatred,” according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency:

Mar 05 08:41

GOVT INSIDER CONFIRMS ISRAEL’S ROLE IN 9/11 ATTACKS!

Pieczenik says the Israelis, Saudis and neocons were behind the 9-11 attacks.

Given evidence of Mossad’s checkered past and involvement with the attack of the USS Liberty on Jun. 8, 1967, killing 34 American soldiers, Pieczenik’s comments won’t be received as a big surprise to many Americans.

Mar 05 08:36

French Citizens Complicit in the Israeli Occupation

The French provide some of the most important contingents of volunteers in the Israeli army. If until now the French state seems to have closed it eyes on this affair, the admission of Palestine to the International Court of Justice is likely to be a game-changer.

On 4 January 2017, the Franco-Israeli Elor Azaria, sergeant in the Israeli army (IDF), was convicted by a military tribunal of voluntary manslaughter. On 24 March 2016, he had been filmed while killing, with one shot to the head, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a 21 year-old Palestinian involved in a knife attacked against Israeli soldiers, near the settlement of Tel Rumeida around Hebron. This judgment has rekindled debate on the engagement of French citizens in the IDF.

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So the French are okay with open borders in their own land, but not in Israel!

Mar 04 16:17

Australian Foreign Policy And Israel: An Enduring Disgrace

The recent visit to Australia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the forthcoming foreign policy White Paper should provide an opportunity for Australia to re-examine its support for the State of Israel. There is, however, every indication that the current and past levels of support will endure. The most puzzling question is: why is this the case?

Mar 04 09:20

BEX ALERT - ISRAELI OFFICIAL TO HAMAS: WE KNOW OF YOUR COOPERATION WITH ISIS IN SINAI

“Hamas leaders: Your efforts to hide your cooperation with Islamic State’s smuggling from Sinai, through lies and manipulation in attempts to broadcast ‘business as usual’ with Egypt, are not hidden from our view,” the head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit wrote in Arabic on Facebook.

Mar 04 09:11

Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?

For those familiar with Palestinian activism, or have studied Palestine academically, these arguments and slogans have become clichés and inside jokes. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’ve also had your fair share of encounters with classics such as:

“Israel made the desert bloom”

“There was never a state called Palestine”

Or my favorite:

“A land without a people, for a people without a land.”

This last one I find especially entertaining, as it clashes so terribly with other Israeli talking points. In the end it amounts to something similar to “We are under existential threat from the people who don’t exist.

Mar 03 12:38

After Border Flare-up, Hamas Mouthpiece Warns: Israel Crossing Red Lines, War May Follow

Israeli soldiers sustained gunfire on Thursday near along the border with Gaza. None were hurt in the incident, the army said, but a patrol car was hit.

"If Israel wants a long period of calm, it must understand that the equation has changed, and may now be based on the principle of attack-for-attack, outpost-for-outpost and target-for-target," said the website. "The last challenge faced by the resistance portends a scenario of conflict similar to the equation in the last round of hostilities, or even a breakup of the equation should matters continue to escalate."

Military Intelligence chief Herzl Halevi told Knesset members Wednesday that the economically ailing Gaza is nearing a crisis under Hamas.
Halevi was speaking a day after the state comptroller harshly criticized Israeli political and military leaders for their performance before and during the 2014 Gaza war.

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I have to wonder if the second paragraph down was actually written by an anonymous Hamas spokesperson; or if it was some kind of clandestine IDF intelligence agent, attempting to push Hamas into doing something really unhelpful right now.

With various scandals, the Israeli government and the IDF may feel very cornered right now, and may collectively believe that the only reasonable distraction is yet another assault against Gaza; were I a betting person, I would not bet against this right now.

Mar 03 12:31

ISRAELI JETS, TANKS STRIKE HAMAS TARGETS IN RESPONSE TO CROSS-BORDER FIRE

Israeli jets and tanks retaliated to the shooting with strikes on three Hamas posts in the Strip.

Troops carrying out routine security activities near the border security fence had come under fire, and while no one was injured, a military tractor was lightly damaged.

Moira Dror, from Moshav Netiv Ha’asara, directly across the border from Beit Lahiya, told The Jerusalem Post that despite the shelling by the IDF, “the [enemy] outpost is still standing.”

Dror, who can see the outpost from her kitchen window, said that even the antenna of the post was still there, adding, “Perhaps this [the IDF response] is a warning to them.”

According to Dror, it had been quiet since the end of Operation Protective Edge in August 2014. “We’ve been living a normal life, not thinking about where and when the next rocket will come. But recently things have been heating up,” she added, referring to a rocket Gazans fired at Israel on Wednesday night.

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With Trump distracted by those out for blood against his administration, I wouldn't bet against a 2nd "Operation Protective Edge" by the Israeli military against Gaza, and very soon.

Netanyahu desperately needs a diversion from the potential criminal charges which may be leveled against him, and he may believe more carnage in Gaza is just the ticket with which to distract the Israeli people.

I would suggest that such a ploy may go over like a lead balloon.

Mar 03 08:23

Israel refuses entry to Human Rights Watch again

Israel has once again refused entry to Human Rights Watch.

In a letter sent this week, the Israeli authorities rejected the organization’s request for a tourist entry permit.

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch director for Palestine, had sought to visit the region for a short work trip.

The new letter repeated earlier claims made by the Israeli interior ministry, when it refused Human Rights Watch’s application for Shakir’s five-year work permit.

Mar 03 08:22

UK’s student union rebukes officer for Israeli embassy plot

Undercover footage of NUS vice president Richard Brooks showed him plotting to overthrow elected union president Malia Bouattia because of her role as a Palestine solidarity campaigner.

Mar 03 07:31

2nd Jewish Cemetery Vandalized; But Those Shedding Tears Seem to have Short Memories

While desecration of a cemetery is a despicable act, one wonders if any of these people bothered to voice their concerns over the desecration and paving under of a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. And if Zevit is concerned about the “systematic approach” taken by the vandals in Philadelphia (who damaged a mere 100 graves) he should stop and reflect that it doesn’t even begin to hold a candle to the “systematic approach” taken by the Israelis at the Mamilla Cemetery

Mar 02 20:55

ADL Presents: 5 Tips for Talking with Children about Bomb Threats at Jewish Community Centers

In the aftermath of the recent series of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and day schools across the country and other acts of anti-Semitism that have been widely reported in recent weeks, the Anti-Defamation League is making available the following tips for responding to threats, violence, terrorism or other incidents of hate. [Sorry I couldn't resist!]

Mar 02 15:43

UK Curbing Academic Free Speech On Israel: Jewish Scholar

The British government is helping universities across the UK suppress the right to criticize Israel over its human rights violations in Palestine, says a Jewish professor, vowing to never give in to the pressure.

Mar 02 09:45

THE LORD EXPRESSES HIS CONCERNS ABOUT THE BDS MOVEMENT

Don’t let the title fool you ….. we are NOT talking about THE LORD, but rather the former Chief Rabbi of Britain.

What he has to say in this animated video is pretty pathetic.

Mar 02 09:12

GOP lawmakers unveil measure to cut off U.S. aid to Palestinians

House and Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced legislation that would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority under certain conditions.

The bill would halt funding “to the Palestinian Authority if they continue their policy of paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their surviving family members,” a release about the measure says.

Mar 02 07:37

80 percent of Canadians back Israel boycott — poll

Four in five Canadians believe the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel is reasonable, a national survey released Wednesday suggests.

More than half of Canadians polled also oppose their parliament’s condemnation of the BDS campaign, which aims to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights and international law, and two-thirds would support government sanctions on Israel.

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"Well, who cares what you CANADIANS think, anyway? I'm the boss, and I KNOW who my boss is!" -- True Dough

Mar 01 21:19

Swastikas & 'Anti-Semitic Graphiti' Found On School Bus Seat

School officials say that a camera on tbe bus caught the culprit in action, , a classmate of the 12-year-old Jewish schoolgirl. The boy was punished, and this occurred on tbe same day that a holocaust memorial group had given their presentation at the school. The group now seeks to return in order to "teach the children the difference between free speech and hate speech."

Mar 01 18:29

Trump Israel ambassador pick said State Department has been anti-Semitic for 'past 70 years'

Donald Trump's nominee to be his ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, accused the State Department during a speech last October of having been anti-Semitic since Israel's founding.
Comment: This man advocates Israel building ILLEGAL settlements on Palestinian land. Has he counted the money the U.S. has given Israel over the past 70 years?

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