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May 24 13:32

Artists join the boycott of Israel en masse

Following Israel’s massacre in Gaza in which snipers targeted thousands of unarmed Palestinian protestors, also attacking medics, journalists, photographers and children – a coordinated wave of bands have publicly endorsed the cultural boycott of Israel in support of Palestinian rights, and for freedom, justice and equality.

Here are sample tweets from Wolf Alice, Portishead, Reverend and the Makers, Slaves, Peace, Circa Waves, Nadine Shah and more – starting with the response from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) who initiated the call.

May 24 12:50

Gaza massacre ends American political oath: Israel support is bipartisan

To be in Israel during a historic massacre, as I was on Monday, is a special experience, and one whose meaning will sink in for a while. I wonder what I will remember in five years’ time, or ten.

This is what I can tell you two days later. All that afternoon in the gathering and protests in the hot sun near the new embassy in South Jerusalem, the latest casualty figures were coming over the phones. “Did you hear, there’s a sea of blood at the border,” a friend had called to inform me at 4, and subsequent texts brought the numbers. 25. “37 dead so far. This country is irredeemable,” wrote my friend. It seemed impossible that the number would grow and yet it did. It was over 50 by the time the protests wound down.

May 24 11:31

FULL VIDEO: Nikki Haley, US Ambassador To UN, Says 'Jesus' Under Breath, Doesn't Grow Conscience, As U Houston Speech Interrupted By Lengthy Energetic Protest Of Israeli War Crimes | FULL TEXT STATEMENT

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Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston, WAY TO GO! Haley is obviously trying to act like she's annoyed but too civilized to be anything but polite; at one point, however, she looks around, visibly nervous, like she's checking to make sure people don't actually think bad things about her.

Sorry, Nimrata Haley. Actually, they do.

And what's worse is that more and more and more and more and more people will only agree with them as time passes: History will not regard you kindly.

Change your mind & your loyalties now for best results.

May 24 11:01

Falsely accusing Palestinians of anti-Semitism is malicious

When Israeli soldiers open fire on unarmed demonstrators, as they have been doing for over a month in the Gaza Strip, Americans are implicated in the violence, for the United States arms and funds those soldiers. Yet liberal supporters of Israel insist on complicating this straightforward proposition.

They often do so by accusing Israel’s critics of anti-Semitism. On the one hand, Israel’s liberal champions brand themselves allies of Palestine; but on the other hand, they defame and sabotage Palestinians. It is no longer tenable to have it both ways.

I was shocked to find myself implicated as anti-Semitic in a recent article by Rabbi Jill Jacobs—not the first time she’s made the claim. A little history serves to illustrate why the accusation is so troublesome.

May 24 10:59

Lieberman: Israel plans 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank

Israel’s defence minister said today he plans to seek approval next week for the construction of some 2,500 new homes in illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Avigdor Lieberman, writing on Twitter, said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 1,400 of the housing units for immediate construction.

“We will promote building in all of Judea and Samaria, from the north to south, in small communities and in large ones,” Lieberman wrote, using the Israeli name for the occupied West Bank.

There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials, who have long argued that Israeli settlements could deny them a viable and contiguous country.

May 24 10:58

Palestine joins two UN agencies and chemical weapons treaty

The State of Palestine has joined two United Nations agencies and the global convention to halt the spread of chemical weapons, a UN envoy said yesterday, reported AFP.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN coordinator for the Middle East, told the Security Council that the Palestinians had joined the Geneva-based UN trade organisation UNCTAD, Vienna-based industrial development agency UNIDO and the chemical weapons convention.

“On May 15, Palestine acceded to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Convention on the Prohibition, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons,” Mladenov said.

As noted by AFP, “the United States withdrew some funding for UNESCO when the Palestinians joined the cultural and education agency in 2011 and last year pulled out of the agency altogether.”

May 24 10:39

New project allows users to explore the maps of pre-1948 Palestine

A new open-source project has used historical British maps to reveal what Palestine looked like before the 1948 Nakba, reported CityLab.

“Palestine Open Maps” “allows users to see the Palestinian landscape as it looked before 1948—and to search for villages and towns from that era to find out whether they remain, were depopulated, or were built over.”

According to CityLab, “Palestine Open Maps is the first open-source mapping project based around historical maps from the British Mandate period, which preceded the creation of the state of Israel.”

“Though the British map sheets were already available online and in the public domain, they were difficult to obtain in high resolution and were divided into hundreds of separate sheets, so it wasn’t possible to visualise them as a whole,” the report added.

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May 24 10:31

Israeli Navy Abducts Two Sibling Fishermen In Gaza, Confiscates A Boat

Israeli navy ships attacked, on Thursday morning, several Palestinian fishing boats, and opened fire at them in the Sudaniyya Sea, northwest of Gaza city, before abducting two sibling fishermen.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers used automatic fire against several Palestinian fishing boats, in Gaza territorial waters close to the shore, causing damage.

WAFA added that the soldiers also abducted two fishermen, identified as Rassem Ishaq Zayed, and his brother Mohammad, and confiscated a fishing boat.

The attacks are part of daily violations against the Palestinians in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

May 24 09:57

Israeli military shot over 500 Palestinians in the head during Gaza protests

Dr. al-Qedra said that the soldiers killed 13 Palestinian children, and injured 2096 others, in addition to wounding 1029 women. He added that 332 of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening injuries, 3,422 suffered moderate wounds, 9,436 suffered mild injuries, and 5,572 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation. Dr. al-Qedra said that:
502 Palestinians were shot in the head and neck.
283 were shot in the chest and back.
225 were shot in the abdomen and pelvis.
938 were shot in the arm.
325 were shot in the leg.
1,117 suffered various cuts and bruises to several parts of their bodies.
He also said that 27 of the wounded Palestinians suffered amputations in their legs, one in his arm, and four others had some fingers severed by Israeli fire. Dr. al-Qedra added that the soldiers also shot and killed one medic, and injured 323 others with live fire and gas bombs, in addition to causing damage to 37 ambulances.

May 24 09:56

Freedom Flotilla - “Al Awda” (The Return) Boarded & Searched by German Coast Guard en route to Kiel

Just before noon local time, the Freedom Flotilla vessel Al Awda (The Return) was boarded by the German Coast Guard, at the orders of the German Ministry of Interior. They collected all the passports on board, wrote down everyone’s personal data, searched the vessel thoroughly, asked for detailed information about ports of call along the way to Gaza, and inquired about the whereabouts of the Swedish sailing boats traveling with us in parallel. The Scandinavian crew on this ship are all veterans of earlier Freedom Flotillas and attested that they have previously been harassed by other Coast Guards from European countries. Of course, our vessel is international waters and are doing nothing illegal – and this is by no means standard procedure. The massive German Coast Guard ship had been tailing Al Awda all morning, and finally sent a rubber dinghy with a crew of four to check it out.

May 24 09:49

Palestinians’ Great March of Return: What You Need to Know

Netanyahu was wrong, of course. Trump does not recognize history. At least not the one he was thinking of. One of the most well-known events of the Nakba is a massacre in which Zionist paramilitary groups murdered at least 107 Palestinians in the village of Deir Yassin. During Netanyahu’s speech, less than 100 kilometers from the podium at which he was standing, his soldiers were, indeed, recognizing history; they were repeating it. On that one day, they shot and killed fifty-eight Palestinians and injured 2700 more in Gaza.

May 24 09:48

Why the Emerging Apartheid State in Israel-Palestine is Not Sustainable

The powerful juxtaposition of the U.S. delegation in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, opening up the new U.S. Embassy while Israeli military snipers picked off and killed 61 Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza again brings the Israel-Palestinian crisis to everyone’s attention.

To better understand these two connected events – totally at odds with each other – let’s assess the Israeli government’s long-term goals, Netanyahu’s tactics to reach these goals, and why these goals and tactics are built on an unsustainable house of cards.

May 24 09:45

Israeli Airstrike Hits Boat at Gaza Port as it Prepared to Meet 2018 Freedom Flotilla

GAZA — Not long after the 2018 Freedom Flotilla — carrying “politicians, activists, journalists, trade-union leaders, artists and performers, professors, faith leaders, representatives of student organizations” — embarked on its journey from Scandinavia to the largest open-air prison in the world — Gaza — Israel attempted to thwart its plans by striking a boat in Gaza City that was preparing to meet the flotilla upon its arrival.

May 24 09:26

Israel lobby group spreads hoaxes to whitewash Gaza massacre

An even more outrageous claim made by Europe Israel Public Affairs was that videos have emerged of “dead people under Hamas blankets coming back to life.”

The example which the group gave me of such a video was, it claimed, from 2014. In actual fact, the video was from a year earlier and had been filmed in Egypt, not Gaza.

It featured what activists call a “die-in” at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University.

No one looking at the video in good faith could conclude that it is anything other than what it appears to be: a demonstration – and the title of the original 2013 video describes it as such.

An October 2013 report in El Badil, the publication that uploaded the video to YouTube on the same day, describes the event as a student protest against the military coup in Egypt earlier that year. The students seen in the video are wearing shrouds bearing the names of people who had been killed in incidents around the country, according to El Badil.

May 24 09:13

VIDEO ~~ GROWING UP IN THE DARK

What’s it like growing up as a 13-year-old kid in Gaza? Meet Bilal. He only has access to electricity for four hours per day.

May 24 09:04

Palestine Paradigm: The Perverse Victimhood Of Bloody Occupiers

I don’t often write about “Israel”/Palestine because it’s just such a clear-cut case of right and wrong that it almost seems like an unnecessary effort. I mean, it’s just about the only global issue that even the Western Left gets right, if you exclude one or two marginal Trotskyist sects and that segment of the Anarchist movement that worships the ground that Alexander Reid Ross walks on.

We’re talking about old-school colonialism and occupation on a land where the indigenous population not only still exists, but is almost as numerous as their occupiers and are slated to outnumber them in only a few years time.

May 24 08:48

"Blood Is on Your Hands": Nikki Haley Heckled During University Speech

When US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley went to speak at the University of Houston Tuesday, she got a bit more than she bargained for. Student activists confronted her about her positions on the violence in Gaza and toward the Palestinian people.

May 24 07:04

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

The $40,000,000,000 recently approved by Congress will help expand Israel on Muslim and Christian Palestinian lands. Congress has been very generous with the American taxpayers money.

May 24 07:00

Israel Says Europe Can ‘Go to a Thousand, Thousand Hells’ for Criticizing Violence Against Protesters

"Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," Steinitz told a local radio station, calling the EU hypocritical, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "The EU is now sucking up to Iran and will help [Tehran] against U.S. sanctions."
Note: That attitude explains a multitude of actions and attitudes. Does Israel have a right to exist? (on Palestinian land)

May 23 11:55

Chris Hedges speech on GAZA

Hard to watch especially if one has been there. He speaks for many let us make sure he is heard by all. Watch, reflect, and pass it on.

May 23 11:47

An Israeli asks where is the outrage in Israel at the appalling Gaza massacre?

For the last few weeks, Palestinians in Gaza have been marching every Friday towards the Israeli fence, and every Friday, they have been met with live fire from Israeli soldiers. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more wounded since the “Great March of Return” began on 30 March.
The demonstrators were unarmed and did not threaten the lives of the soldiers beyond the fence. What’s been happening is a massacre; there’s no other word to describe it.

Israel has responded to these events with its typical lack of interest. Only the thick black smoke from burning tyres, which may have drifted towards Israeli communities along the fence, threatened the serenity of their Passover holiday.

May 23 11:23

Blaming the Victims of Israel’s Gaza Massacre

On the 70th anniversary of Israel’s so-called “declaration of independence,” the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem—a city Israel claims as its own, despite what international law says on the matter—and Palestinians undertook unarmed protests in reaction to the move and as part of the Great Return March. Although to this point, the only Israeli casualty during the entire cycle of demonstrations has been one “lightly wounded” soldier, considerable space in coverage of the massacres is devoted to blaming Palestinians for their own slaughter.

Two of the first three paragraphs in an NBC report (5/14/18) provided Israel’s rationalizations for its killing spree. The second sentence in the article says that the Israeli military accused Hamas of “leading a terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people,” adding that “firebombs and explosive devices” as well as rocks were being thrown towards the barrier.

May 23 11:16

Palestine joins Chemical Weapons Convention OPCW

Palestine has officially joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, according to a statement by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The OPCW published the announcement on its website on Wednesday and said the move will take effect on June 16 of this year.

"The State of Palestine deposited on 17 May 2018 its instrument of accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the depositary of the Convention," the OPCW wrote.

May 23 11:15

Army Shells Central Gaza

Israeli forces shelled what they alleged to be a Hamas military post located east of the al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, on Tuesday morning.

Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that the shelling came after several Palestinian youth managed to cross the Israeli border fence and burn Israeli military tents.

Israeli forces stationed in military towers along the border reportedly opened fire at several points east of al-Bureij.

No injuries were reported, and the youth were said to have crossed back into the Gaza Strip, unharmed.

May 23 11:15

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Targeting Boats In Gaza Port

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Tuesday at dawn, several missiles at the Gaza Sea Port, west of Gaza City, targeting at least two boats prepared for welcoming the Freedom Flotilla boat that is currently sailing to the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli missiles targeted two boats in the Gaza Port, and added that the army fired at least three missiles into the port.

Palestinian Civil Defense teams rushed to the port to extinguish the fire; damage was reported but no injuries.

May 23 11:14

US envoy poses with photo depicting Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa Mosque

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was yesterday photographed posing with a picture of Jerusalem in which a Jewish temple stands in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The photo of Freidman being gifted the poster was taken during a visit to the city of Bnei Brak’s ultra-Orthodox Achiya institute, which helps children that suffer from learning disabilities.

The photo clearly imposes a temple on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, removing the famous golden hues of the Dome of the Rock.

Whilst it is unclear whether Friedman was aware that the photo depicted the temple, the US embassy has demanded an apology from the organisation “for allowing one of their staff to present this controversial image to the ambassador during the visit,” according to Haaretz.

“The US’ policy is absolutely clear: we support the status quo on the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” the statement concluded.

May 23 11:13

76 Members of Congress write to Netanyahu over Israel demolitions

Seventy-six Members of Congress have co-signed a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to end the demolitions and evictions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

According to J Street, a Washington DC-based liberal Zionist pressure group, “the letter notes that the destruction and displacement of these communities pose a serious threat to the human rights of Palestinians, to the prospects for a two-state solution and to Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.”

“This is the latest sign that US lawmakers are increasingly concerned by the alarming consequences of the Israeli government’s policies in the West Bank,” said Dylan Williams, J Street’s Vice President of Government Affairs.

May 23 11:13

Israel demolition order for medical facilities in Hebron

The Israeli occupation forces yesterday issued demolition orders for the residential and agricultural structures including a clinic in Yatta, south of Hebron.

The coordinator of the anti-settlement and wall committee in Yatta, Rateb Al-Jubour told Quds Press that the Israeli forces raided the area of Shaab El-Butm, east of the city of Yatta, and handed the citizens four demolition orders under the pretext of building without a permit.

Al-Jubour explained that the demolition notices included a medical clinic belonging to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The area is inhabited by a group of Palestinian families who depend on agriculture and sheep herding. The area is constantly attacked by Jewish settlers and there have been numerous attempts to seize their land.

May 23 11:11

Report: US considers punitive steps against Palestinian diplomats

The Trump administration “is considering action against Palestinian diplomats in Washington after Ramallah asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to investigate alleged Israeli crimes”, reported the Times of Israel.

As explained by the site, “according to a US law passed in December 2015, the Palestinian Authority is subject to penalties if it pursues the prosecution of Israelis at the Hague-based ICC.”

Such consequences include the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s mission to the US.

“We are reviewing this latest development to determine if it requires changes to the operating status of the PLO office in Washington, D.C., which has been limited to activities related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians since November 2017,” a National Security Council spokesperson said.

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Neither does gunning down innocent protesters.

May 23 11:09

PROPAGANDA 101: HOW TO DEFEND A MASSACRE

Rosner fully justifies the massacre, with no apologies, regret, or second thoughts. He believes the killing of these Palestinians was correct, and that they deserved to die. Now you might, as I do, think this attitude is so self-evidently barbaric that even to debate it is to surrender a little bit of one’s humanity. But Rosner’s position is not a fringe one, and the good liberals at the New York Times consider it within the boundaries of reasonable discourse, so unfortunately we have not yet achieved the kind of world in which such thinking is “self-evidently” immoral. (This reflects very badly on all of us.) I’d like, then, to go through Rosner’s argument paragraph by paragraph, to show how he constructs his defense of murder, why it might be persuasive to people, and why it fails and should horrify everyone.

May 23 11:00

Israeli airstrike hits boat at Gaza port preparing to meet aid flotilla – locals

An airstrike launched by the Israeli military has hit a boat that was moored in Gaza City. The vessel was preparing to meet other boats that were trying to sail through Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, locals say.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they hit "military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization's naval force," as well as "underground terror infrastructure." On its official Twitter account, the IDF said it was done in response to a group of people breaking through the Israel-Gaza border and setting a military post on fire.

Gaza residents cited by Reuters said the boat that was set on fire by the Israeli attack was due to sail to meet a flotilla on its way to Gaza. A number of aid flotillas have attempted to breach the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza in recent years, but the vessels have been stopped, seized or turned back. In the most notorious case in 2010, Israeli commandos killed nine activists on board the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara.

May 23 10:59

Israel war planes STRIKE Gaza City as confrontation with Palestine ESCALATES

The strikes follow an Israeli raid targeting a military post east of Jabalia in northern Gaza just minutes prior.

Israeli war planes also targeted a site inside the fishermen’s port, west of Gaza City.

One Gaza resident, Mohammed Abu Assi, said on Twitter: “Israeli aircrafts are bombing several locations in Gaza, also the rockets were targeted mainly at Gaza sea port.”

Amjad Salah added: “Continuous explosions west of Gaza City shake the sky and flames in different areas.

“A very heavy flight of Israeli warplanes.”

May 23 10:58

Gilberto Gil cancels Tel Aviv gig

Palestinians are hailing the decision by Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil to pull the plug on a performance in Israel this summer.

Meanwhile, dozens of artists are declaring their support for the cultural boycott of Israel following the latest Israeli mass killings of civilians in the occupied Gaza Strip.

They include bands such as Portishead, Wolf Alice and Slaves.

May 23 10:52

British diplomats to use US Embassy in Jerusalem despite opposing relocation – report

The UK diplomats in Israel will do their business with Americans through the newly-inaugurated embassy in Jerusalem, a UK minister reportedly said. The UK snubbed the grand opening, voicing criticism over the move.

While being the US’ closest European ally, Britain joined the international community in boycotting the unveiling ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem last week, which spurred violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army at the Gaza border. At least 60 people were killed in the altercation, including a baby that reportedly choked to death from tear gas, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

May 23 10:38

The killing of Palestinians is accepted more lightly than the killing of mosquitoes

The State of Israel is a rogue state – this is a truth that can no longer be denied, except by those who believe illegal occupation, illegal settlements, apartheid, the theft of resources, collective punishment, siege, and regular bouts of mass murder are the legitimate actions of a state that proclaims itself the only democracy in the Middle East.

The latest bout of mass murder committed by soldiers of the IDF, the ‘most moral army in the world’, took place on March 30 at the start of Passover, the most sacred festival in the Jewish calendar. It left 18 unarmed Palestinian civilians dead and, according to some reports, as many as 1700 wounded.

In response to the massacre, writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Gideon Levy made the salient point that it “shows once again that the killing of Palestinians is accepted in Israel more lightly than the killing of mosquitoes.”

May 23 09:45

Seizing the Temple Mount Becomes Theme of U.S. Embassy Celebration

In a brazen Zionist publicity stunt, U.S. Ambassador to Israel was photographed at a press conference being presented with an aerial photograph depicting the 3rd Temple built overtop the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

“US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was caught off guard on Tuesday when he was presented with a poster-sized photo of Jerusalem during a visit to the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) city of Bnei Brak.

The seemingly authentic photo of the capital was in fact edited to depict a rebuilt third temple on the Temple Mount, the site where the al-Aqsa mosque currently stands.

Ambassador Friedman was not aware of the image thrust in front of him when the photo was taken," the US Embassy spokesperson said in a later statement. "He was deeply disappointed that anyone would take advantage of his visit to Bnei Brak to create controversy."

May 22 15:33

Israeli military shot over 500 Palestinians in the head during Gaza protests

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, has reported Sunday that Israeli soldiers have killed 112 Palestinians, and injured 13,190 since the Great Return March protests started on the Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018. Dr. al-Qedra said that the soldiers killed 13 Palestinian children, and injured 2096 others, in addition to wounding 1029 women. He added that 332 of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening injuries, 3,422 suffered moderate wounds, 9,436 suffered mild injuries, and 5,572 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation. Dr. al-Qedra said that:
502 Palestinians were shot in the head and neck.
283 were shot in the chest and back.
225 were shot in the abdomen and pelvis.
938 were shot in the arm.
325 were shot in the leg.
1,117 suffered various cuts and bruises to several parts of their bodies.

May 22 12:02

IDF Snipers Ordered to Shoot Palestinian Children, Threat to Security of Israel, according to Israeli General

Lets be clear as to the implications.

When they ” shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders.”

What this means is that the Netanyahu government ordered the killing of Palestinian children. The guidelines adopted by the IDF were approved at the highest levels of the Israeli government.

We are dealing with crimes against humanity and the self-proclaimed “international community” applauds. Western leaders, not to mention the media, are complicit: the consensus is that “Israel has the right to defend itself” …. by killing children:

May 22 11:54

World War 3 on BRINK: Arab nations told CUT ties with countries that move Israel embassy

A PALESTINIAN diplomat has called on Arab nations to cut ties with countries that move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem, sparking fears of World War 3.

May 22 11:35

The Day of Shame

For me, the moving of the US embassy means nothing. It is a symbolic act that does not change reality. If and when peace does come, no one will care about some stupid act of a half-forgotten US president. Inshallah.

So there they were, this bunch of self-important nobodies, Israelis, Americans and those in-between, having their little festival, while rivers of blood were flowing in Gaza. Human beings were killed by the dozen and wounded by the thousand.

The ceremony started as a cynical meeting, which quickly became grotesque, and ended in being sinister. Nero fiddling while Rome was burning.

When the last hug was exchanged and the last compliment paid (especially to the graceful Ivanka), Gaza remained what it was – a huge concentration camp with severely overcrowded hospitals, lacking medicines and food, drinkable water and electricity.

May 22 11:10

Diary of a Palestinian girl: Ahed's day

Life in Nabi Saleh goes on, but now there's an important event concerning Janna: the trial of Ahed Tamimi. Ahed was arrested by Israeli authorities

May 22 10:50

If Israel were a State 

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would have deployed policemen at the Gaza border instead of snipers with live ammunition.

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would invite the indigenous people of Palestine to return to their land.

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would apologize for making Gaza into the biggest open-air prison known to man.

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would, by now, live in peace under the sun.

But Israel is a Jewish Ghetto (and Jews are somehow different…)

May 22 10:49

Why did Facebook ban The Electronic Intifada’s ad for “Killing Gaza”?

Facebook banned an advert paid for by The Electronic Intifada a day after it was approved and was running successfully.

The ban lasted for almost three days before the ad was restored without explanation.

This apparent act of censorship comes as Facebook is deepening its collaboration with Israel lobby groups and a pro-war Washington think tank to impose tighter controls on what people are allowed to see online, especially about Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

May 22 10:48

Palestinian dies after severe beating in Israeli prison

Israel bears full responsibility for the death of Palestinian prisoner Aziz Awisat, Palestinian human rights and prisoner advocacy groups say.

Awisat, 53, was severely beaten by Israeli officers after allegedly pouring hot water on a guard in Beersheba prison on 2 May.

After his health deteriorated, Awisat was taken to a prison clinic in Ramle on 7 May where he had a stroke two days later. He passed away in a hospital near Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Khalid Mahajneh, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners Club, said that the prisoner had acute organ failure and was connected to an artificial respirator upon his transfer to the Tel Aviv hospital.

May 22 10:31

WOWTHAT'S A KNOCK-OUT BLOW RIGHTHERE. #Palestine/#Israel Drop truth bombs, not tear gas bombs.

May 22 10:05

Israeli Gov’t Just Condoned the Slaughter of Men, Women and Children by Calling Them ‘Nazis’

While the world was shocked by the news that Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians in one day last week, Israeli officials have refused to cooperate with a United Nations investigation into the slaughter, and have defended the death toll by calling Palestinians “Nazis.”

May 21 21:28

The Messiah Is Here

Excellent piece covering the last couple of weeks in the Mideast.
Pretty well sums it up! Trump and Putin in Netanyahu's pocket.

The arrival of Benjamin Netanyahu on that day was a heaven-sent gift for Putin. Here was the man who could call upon the US Senate, who can deal with the US President, and now he came in person, Mr World Jewry personified, supporting the Russian narrative of history

Netanyahu repaid his host by a missile strike upon Syria, almost right away. This is a standard Israeli procedure: upon any high-level meeting with the Russians, bomb their allies, so they would know who is more important. They bombed Syria while Russian Defence Minister Shoygu’s jet was still in flight from Moscow to Tel Aviv.
Putin swallowed it, and promised to refrain from supplying S-300 to Syria, despite his Chief of Staff’s words.

May 21 17:03

Diary of a Palestinian girl: Ahed's day

Life in Nabi Saleh goes on, but now there's an important event concerning Janna: the trial of Ahed Tamimi. Ahed was arrested by Israeli authorities for slapping a soldier in December 2017 and we have Janna's reaction.

May 21 11:28

GAZA'S Pieta

In Time's Iconography is the glaring testimonial of eight month old Laila al-Ghandour. She was born under occupation in Gaza and died on the 70th Anniversary of Nakba Day.

You can blame God for inducting her into existence only to have the Cartels of Debauchery -- exonerated -- for abducting her from co-existence!

You can blame her parents for being ethnically incarcerated and genetically branded as terrorists, as well as for being conditionally denied citizenry to any and all precincts of safety, freedom or flight!

You can blame the Will of the International Community for their sanctioned acrimony towards her crimeless fingerprints and footprints, lest they would have evolved into finding sanctuary in the Lost Scrolls of the Nakba!

May 21 11:17

Homeless since 1948: 70 years since the creation of Israel

Ruqayeh al-Araj sits in the shade of the mulberry and pomegranate trees, overlooking the lush valley she has known since she was a child, and points into the distance. “That’s where our house was,” she says, gesturing across the valley to Israel.

Ruqayeh was five years old in 1948, when the war came to Walaja. “My mother was panic-stricken when they started shelling the village,” she recalls. “She and my father carried me, my brother and sister and they escaped with us. They didn’t bring anything else.”

Her father was one of the wealthiest farmers in the village, and the family lived well off Walaja’s fertile land, south of Jerusalem.

When the Arab-Israeli war forced them to flee, the al-Araj family, like the rest of Walaja’s 1,600 residents, suddenly found themselves “homeless and penniless”, says Ruqayeh, who is now 75.

May 21 10:59

Gaza Massacre Exposes Western Hypocrisy on Russia’s ‘Annexation’ of Crimea

Trump’s decision to relocate the American embassy effectively endorses Israeli claims to the whole of Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of the Jewish state”. Israel has occupied all of Jerusalem in contravention of international law since the 1967 Six Day War.

In other words, Washington has shifted from tacit acceptance to an openly complicit policy in Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory, an annexation which has been going on for seven decades since the inception of the Israeli state in 1948. The now de facto American approval of the annexation of all Jerusalem marked by the opening of the US embassy is the culmination of 70 years of Israeli expansion and occupation.

Meanwhile, Putin’s unveiling this week of the bridge linking southern Russian mainland to the Crimea Peninsula is a timely reminder of the brazen hypocrisy of American and European states.

May 21 10:48

Arms Manufacturers Use Israel’s Massacres in Gaza to Test New Technology

As the Israeli military mows down unarmed Palestinian protesters, arms trade expert Andrew Feinstein explains how weapons companies use Gaza as a laboratory to test new products and rake in profits.

Andrew Feinstein is the Executive Director of Corruption Watch UK and author of ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’. This book has recently has been turned into a film that explores the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them. He also served the ANC under Nelson Mandela and his predecessor Thabo Mbeki.

May 21 10:46

Israel’s premature celebration: Gazans have crossed the fear barrier

60 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on May 15, simply for protesting and demanding their Right of Return as guaranteed by international law.

50 more were killed since March 30, the start of the ‘Great March of Return’, which marks Land Day.

Nearly 10,000 have been wounded and maimed in between these two dates.

‘Israel has the right to defend itself’, White House officials announced, paying no heed to the ludicrousness of the statement when understood within the current context of an unequal struggle.

Peaceful protesters were not threatening the existence of Israel; rock throwing kids were not about to overwhelm hundreds of Israeli snipers, who shot, killed and wounded Gaza youngsters with no legal or moral boundary whatsoever.

May 21 10:45

Decoding the US Embassy move to Jerusalem: Why Trump did it

Two important truths have to be restated in order to understand the context of the US government’s decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which officially took place on 14 May.

First, the precarious relationship between the US government and international law. Historically, the US has used international law to achieve its own political ends, and relegated international and human rights laws when they were seen as obstacles to US political and military ambitions.

A case in point was the US government’s manipulation of United Nation resolutions that paved the way for war against Iraq in 1990-91; yet, its dismissal of the UN as “irrelevant” when international consensus rejected American military intervention in Iraq in 2003.

May 21 10:25

Erdo?an: Israeli actions would put Nazis to shame

Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls for international force to be deployed to protect Palestinians in Gaza and urges UN to investigate killings on strip's border; 'Children of those subjected to torture in concentration camps are now attacking Palestinians with methods that would put Nazis to shame,' Turkish president charges.

May 21 10:22

US ‘lost Middle East mediator role’ with embassy move

The US administration has lost its role as a mediator in the Middle East with its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

Erdogan’s comments came in his address at the Chatham House – a London-based think tank – on the day the US administration said it would move its embassy to Jerusalem.

We once again reject this decision, which is violating international law and conflicting with the UN decisions

he said.

Monday also coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948 – an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or the “The Catastrophe”.

“We cannot stop feeling like being in dark days of pre-World War II,” Erdogan said on the US Embassy move.

May 21 10:21

Trump served legal notice warning of Israel false flag operation

US President Donald Trump has been served with a legal notice reminding him of his Constitutional duties with regard to the situation in the Middle East, especially his decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and warning him of an impending Israeli false flag operation likely to threaten the lives of US citizens. America’s responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council are also pointed out by the signatories to the notice, who are British journalist Sarah Jane (Lauren) Booth; former CIA Operations Officer Philip Giraldi; ex-Pentagon official Michael Maloof; Scott Bennett, a former US Army Officer and State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism; ex-US Diplomat and Attorney J. Michael Springmann; and Edward C Corrigan, a Canadian Barrister and Solicitor.

May 21 10:21

Memo to Israel: Lebanon is not Hezbollah, Gaza is not Hamas

Israeli public relations efforts to turn attention away from inconvenient realities and distract public opinion rest in large part on promoting simplified, dumbed-down messages.

Those are easily parroted by complicit media outlets, think-tanks, pundits, and by some journalists who prefer the sensationalism of "Iranian mullahs", "Hezbollah plots" and "Hamas terrorists" to the more complicated dynamics of the region and individual countries. Of course, in some situations, this is a good way to avoid an uncomfortable discussion about apartheid and occupation for fear of being labelled anti-semitic.

One clear example of such dumbed-down messages is Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett's "Lebanon = Hezbollah" tweet after Lebanon's parliamentary elections on May 6. "Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory", he said in the tweet.

May 21 10:20

Jewish parents outraged after NY school holds moment of silence for Gaza dead

Several Jewish parents expressed outrage over the weekend after children at a New York City school were instructed to observe a moment of silence for the dozens of Palestinians killed during clashes along the Gaza border.

The announcement of the Tuesday tribute at Beacon High School in Hell’s Kitchen was made by a student over the school’s PA system. It was not clear whether the decision had been approved by the school principal.

May 21 10:17

VIDEO: #Israeli #police employed extreme violence last night in #Haifa against #Palestinian citizens of #Israel demonstrating in support of #Gaza protesters.

May 21 10:08

Lieberman escalates incitement against Palestinian lawmakers

Israel’s defense minister is escalating his incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel, following a police attack on a peaceful protest in the northern city of Haifa.

“Every day that Ayman Odeh and his associates are free to walk around cursing at police officers is a failure of law enforcement authorities,” the minister, Avigdor Lieberman, posted on Twitter. “The place for these terrorists is not in the Knesset, it’s in prison. It’s time they pay a price for their actions.”

Odeh is the leader of the Joint List of parties representing Palestinian citizens in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Lieberman’s attack on him had been prompted by Odeh’s criticism of brutal police actions on Friday night.

Lieberman has previously called for the beheading of Palestinian citizens of Israel who he accuses of being disloyal to the self-described Jewish state.

May 21 10:01

Egypt: Large Egyptian Aid Convoy Heads for Gaza Strip

A large Egyptian aid convoy carrying medicines and food supplies crossed the borders on its way to the Gaza Strip upon instructions by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as part of efforts to ease the sufferings of the brotherly Palestinian people in the restive beleaguered enclave.

The convoy which was welcomed by the Palestinian side after entering into the Palestinian side of the borders heading for Gaza, includes medical supplies badly needed by the Palestinian hospitals.

President Sisi issued directives to keep Rafah land border crossing open throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan to alleviate the sufferings of Gazans after violent escalations that followed the US relocation of its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem on Monday.

May 21 09:54

Liberman suggests Muslim ad money causes CNN, BBC, France 24 bias against Israel

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Friday claimed Muslim nations’ advertising money was encouraging global media bias against Israel.

Asked during an interview on Hadashot TV news why Israel was losing the battle over media coverage of events in the Gaza Strip, Liberman said, “There is one Jewish state in the world. There are 57 Muslim states, who all have much bigger budgets” than Israel.

“Ultimately, the person who pays, gets to choose the music,” he said. “When you go now through all the international channels — from CNN, France 24, BBC — you’ll see that 90 percent of all advertisements come from the Muslim world.”

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May 21 09:39

Israel detains Ahed Tamimi’s injured cousin

Israeli occupation forces released Ahed Tamimi’s cousin Muhammad last night after detaining him for a few hours from the village of Nabi Saleh.

The 15-year-old, who has previously lost a third of his skull after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier, was released after occupation forces found that his health condition was unstable.

Muhammad was wounded by rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli soldiers on 15 December 2017during protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Muhammad was playing football with his friends in the village when the bullet hit him in the face and settled near his brain.

Mohammed underwent surgery to remove the bullet and parts of his skull to help reduce the pressure on his swollen brain.

May 21 09:38

Israel’s occupation mindset and lust to kill has to be ended

The history of the Palestinian cause since the 1948 Nakba has been linked to a lengthy list of legal and moral violations against innocent people; a lot of their blood has been spilt. This has produced arguably the greatest level of human suffering of modern times, to which the international powers have contributed by harnessing the law in favour of rogue terrorist gangs. Having such powers behind them, those gangs were able to establish a country upon the remnants of a peaceful population of an ancient civilisation reflected in their land, identity and culture. The rest of the indigenous people were driven off the land at gunpoint, in a stark example of what we now call ethnic cleansing.

May 21 09:34

IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS REMEMBER THE NAKBA

Nakba Day, 70 years, memorial demo, 5/18, at Times Sq. NYC . According to Al Jezeera 800 people attended.

May 21 08:07

A Grotesque Spectacle in Jerusalem

Much of the world condemned the killings in Gaza. Yet the United States, Israel's most important patron, has given it a free hand to do with the Palestinians what it will. Indeed, by moving the embassy to Jerusalem in the first place, Trump sent the implicit message that the U.S. government has given up any pretense of neutrality ... Trump has empowered what's worst in Israel, and as long as he is president, it may be that Israel can kill Palestinians, demolish their homes and appropriate their land with impunity. But some day, Trump will be gone. With hope for a two-state solution nearly dead, current trends suggest that a Jewish minority will come to rule over a largely disenfranchised Muslim majority in all the land under Israel's control.

May 21 08:05

Army veteran jailed over 'sinister' anti-Jewish speech

A far-right activist has been jailed for stirring up racial hatred after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) initially declined to prosecute him. Jeremy Bedford-Turner, 48, of Lincoln, called for his "soldiers" to liberate England from "Jewish control" in a speech at London's Cenotaph in 2015. The Army veteran was handed a year-long jail term at Southwark Crown Court ... Sentencing Bedford-Turner, of Rudgard Lane, Judge David Tomlinson described his 15-minute speech as "poisonous" and "sinister". In the speech, which was made at a rally against a Jewish neighbourhood watch group on 4 July, Bedford-Turner said "let's free England from Jewish control. Let's liberate this land" ... Bedford-Turner, who speaks Pashtu and Arabic, bowed and saluted about 35 supporters who gave him a standing ovation as he was led to the cells.
Note:It is impossible to overstate the control of Jewish, Zionist, Israeli influence in world and local control.

May 21 07:59

Like ‘Nazis who died in WWII’: Israeli minister dismisses victims of Gaza protests

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan appeared to liken Palestinians killed in ongoing border protests to Nazi casualties in World War II when he tweeted about the death toll in Gaza. Erdan said the number of Palestinians killed at Monday's protest "doesn't indicate anything - just as the number of Nazis who died in the world war doesn't make Nazism something you can explain or understand." The sixth week of the Great Return March protests has been the most deadly, with 55 fatalities reported so far on Monday [May 14]. Erdan placed the blame for the deaths solely on Hamas, which is in power in Gaza. "All responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the leaders of Hamas, who, with Nazi anger, endlessly shed blood to erase from people's memories their own failures in the management of the Gaza Strip. Here it is, the truth." he said.

May 21 07:57

There is a cost to Trump. We are seeing it now in Gaza

The Israeli government argues that the crowds of mostly young Palestinians at the Gaza fence offer a lethal threat to peaceful Israelis. The claim is as ludicrous as it is cynical. Even if one or two protesters broke through the fence they would have nowhere to go except into the arms of the Israeli security forces, who could easily detain them ... Normal police methods of arrest and trial would be perfectly adequate to handle the issue. Yet instead, Israeli snipers used live ammunition against demonstrators, wounding thousands in the legs but also killing dozens ... Offers by Hamas to declare a ceasefire or truce with Israel in return for an end to the embargo have been spurned. The result is the hopelessness that encourages young Palestinians to risk their lives at the border fence.

May 21 07:54

What Israel Fears Most

On May 15, the seventieth anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba - a day of mourning to mark the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 - it's time to put to rest the tired canard that the greatest obstacle to peace is Palestinian violence. Though you wouldn't know it from mainstream reporting, Palestinians have been resisting nonviolently since they were under British colonial rule ... While it's true that some Palestinians have thrown stones, molotov cocktails, and burned tires, no Israelis have been reported killed or injured. And though Hamas has endorsed the protest, it began as a civil society initiative, organized by independent activists, despite Israel's claims to the contrary.

May 21 07:52

Israel at 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph ... While Israel launched some 100 strikes on Syria in recent years, Syrian President Bashar Assad has survived and, with the aid of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia, won his civil war ... Republican leaders often say that we cannot permit "any daylight" between the U.S. position and that of Israel. But can the country that decried for decades the panicked reaction of an Ohio National Guard that shot and killed four students at Kent State University sit silent as scores of unarmed protesters are shot to death and thousands are wounded by Israeli troops in Gaza? Bibi and Israel appear to be on a winning streak. It is difficult to see how, over the long run, it can be sustained.

May 20 10:19

Leader: Muslims to Finally Free Palestine From Enemies

"The Holy Qods will be the capital of the Palestinian state despite the US attempts to distort this reality," Ayatollah Khamenei said on Thursday.

"God willing, Palestine will be liberated from the grip of the enemies and America and its stooges will not be able to a damn thing via-a-vis truth and the divine tradition,” the Supreme Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei condemned Israel’s latest bloodshed in Gaza, which saw the Tek Aviv regime’s forces killing over 60 Palestinian protesters and wounding more than 2,700 others on May 14.

As the bloodshed was underway, the US relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy Qods after Washington announced it was recognizing the occupied Palestinian city as the “capital” of Israel.

May 20 10:16

Hamas: March of Return Will Not End until Siege Does

“We have seen aid deliveries, offers and actions, the opening of the Rafah crossing in an effort to end this humanitarian tragedy in Gaza. This is thanks to God, the steadfastness of our people and the blood of our martyrs,” Ismail Haniyeh said, Middle East Monitor reported.

“We live in the throes of victory and the beginning of ending the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza, and these achievements will be built upon and carried out in order to strengthen the unity of our people,” he continued.

“The blood of the martyrs occupied all international television stations and stole the limelight from the Zionist project to move embassy to Jerusalem and claiming it their capital,” Haniyeh added.

May 20 09:57

Israeli police break activist's leg while in custody

Activists say Israeli police have brutally beaten an Arab-Israeli NGO worker after arresting him at a Haifa demonstration, which landed him in hospital with a broken leg.

Jafar Farah, the CEO of the Mossawa Center, was one of the 21 people arrested on Friday during a demonstration against the May 14 Israeli carnage in the Gaza Strip.

Footage of Farah's arrest shows him being escorted away from the protest on his own feet and in handcuffs.

However, the police said the activist is now hospitalized, without providing further details on his condition.

May 20 09:50

‘Peace is beyond the reach of ordinary people’ – 97yo Palestinian recalls the conflict

With the bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict raging for decades, Mohammad Mahmoud Jadallah recalls how the tensions between the two nations over land and holy sites spiraled into wars, forced displacement and evictions.
Born in 1921 amidst the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Mohammad grew up in Palestine when it was controlled by the British after World War I. In 1946, he was waiting tables in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, when the Zionist militant group Irgun blew it up, killing 90 people. He vividly remembers the turbulent times of the creation of Israel in 1948 – the event is celebrated by the Jews as the triumph of their statehood, and lamented by the Palestinian Arabs as hundreds of thousands of them were forced to flee or were expelled.

May 20 09:33

Members of The Red Nation? expressed their solidarity with Palestinians and their struggle for freedom by dropping a large Palestinian flag from a 100 ft cliff in Window Rock, the capital of Navajo Nation.

May 20 09:21

In Gaza, the world must step in

The massacre of Palestinian protesters this week by Israeli soldiers was appalling, but we shouldn’t have been surprised. And we should expect the suffering will only get worse.

We know now with certainty that the toxic combination of an emboldened Israeli prime minister and a reckless American president — both of them racist to the core, in my view — is certain to have an explosive impact on the region.

May 20 09:11

NO. 2 HOUSE DEMOCRAT STENY HOYER DEFENDS ISRAELI MILITARY ACTIONS IN GAZA

AMID A GROWING chorus of condemnation of Israeli violence by American lawmakers this week, the House’s second-highest ranking Democratic, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, defended Israel’s violence against Palestinian protesters and stood by the Trump administration’s controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Israel’s in a tough situation. It’s trying to defend its borders,” Hoyer said in response to a question from The Intercept at a pen-and-pad session on Tuesday with reporters on Capitol Hill. “All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough.”

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Excuse me, Mr. Hoyer, but who was shooting who last Monday!

May 20 09:09

Palestinians want freedom, just like anyone would

Palestinian American human rights attorney Noura Erakat says protesters in Gaza aren't pawns of Hamas; they are struggling for the freedom all humans want.

May 20 06:43

PALESTINIAN LEADER MAHMOUD ABBAS HOSPITALISED – OFFICIALS

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalised in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week, a Palestinian official said on Sunday. It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalised in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was hospitalised again briefly overnight on Saturday/Sunday, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.

May 19 17:41

Diary of a Palestinian girl: The raids

What's it like living with the constant fear of raids? Here's the second episode of our new series following Janna, an 11-year-old journalist living in Nabi Saleh, a small village in the West Bank.

May 19 12:37

Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served

In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the UN Security Council, four top former officials at the highest level of the US government have given him legal notice about his duty to advise the US Congress, the ICC and the UNSC, among others, about Israel’s actions coinciding with the “70th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.”

The letter is signed, among others, by former CIA operations officer Phil Giraldi; former Pentagon official Michael Maloof; former US Army officer and State Department coordinator for counterterrorism contractor Scott Bennett; and former diplomat and author of Visas For al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World, Michael Springmann.

May 19 12:09

BEX ALERT - Bill Maher and Bari Weiss Cruelly Blame Palestinians for Gaza Massacre

During the embassy opening, a taunting event all but designed to inflame tensions, Israeli forces brutally massacred at least 58 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border—including women and children. Many were killed by sniper fire hundreds of yards away. Weiss, however, saw no connection between the protests and the embassy launch.

“Bill, I love you, but the riots were not caused by the embassy move,” said Weiss. “They’re not linked. When Hamas attacked Israel in 2008, when Hamas attacked Israel in 2012, when it attacked Israel in 2014, the embassy was in Tel Aviv all of those times… They intentionally moved up the day so that it would coincide with the day of the embassy move so that we would all be disgusted and heartbroken when we saw this horrible split-screen of Ivanka Trump, looking like she was at a country club, next to poor, desperate people dying in Gaza.”

“I agree with you,” Maher replied. “They planned that. Absolutely.”

May 19 12:08

Gaza: Watch George Galloway's incredible interview with Laura Loomer

May 19 12:01

On Gaza: The end will continue

During the 1st intifada I wrote that the Israeli occupation was over. Some thought this an optimistic assessment, as if life for Palestinians and Israelis would now move beyond occupation. That wasn’t what I was thinking, just the opposite. I thought the Rubicon had been crossed and either Israel would negotiate a two-state solution or place its foot on the accelerator and take as much of Palestine as it could.

Neither happened exactly as I thought. Yet I was hardly wrong either and the question of questions remains thirty years after my initial understanding: When an occupation becomes permanent is it still an occupation?

May 19 12:01

Hundreds gather in Boston to protest Gaza killings and 70 years of ethnic cleansing in Palestine

More than 300 Palestinians and their allies gathered on Tuesday, May 15 in Boston to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophic Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and to protest Israel’s massacre of Gazans participating in the Great March of Return. A fierce storm did little to dampen the fervor of the crowd, who were forced to move from the streets of downtown Boston to the welcoming sanctuary of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at the height of the lightning and thunder.

The event, entitled “Remembering and Resisting: 70 Years of Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine,” was organized by the Boston Palestinian Community, the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, Boston-wide Students for Justice in Palestine, Grassroots International, Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, and United for Justice with Peace; more than two dozen other Boston area organizations endorsed the event.

May 19 12:00

Protesting is not enough

The seemingly unending injustice of occupation and a siege that has been described as “incremental genocide,” punctuated by episodes of hypermilitarized violence, is what Palestinians mean by “Al Nakba is ongoing today.” Our catastrophe is not a historical moment that happened in 1948, and can be relegated to the past. Palestinians today are not only commemorating a wrong committed last century, we are protesting the fact that there has been no justice since, only an increase in our dispossession.

And as I sat feverishly consuming reports on my computer, I got a group text from a friend, saying “peel yourselves away from your screens, today we take to the streets.”

May 19 11:59

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Protesters In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West bank city of Qalqilia.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum said dozens of soldiers invaded the town and resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters.

He added that the soldiers fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, causing many mild injuries, before the wounded received treatment by local medics.

May 19 11:59

Army Attacks The Weekly Nonviolent Protest In Ni’lin

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Local and international peace activists marched from the center of the village, heading towards the Annexation Wall, separating the villagers from their lands and orchards.

They chanted against the Israeli occupation of Palestinians, the illegal colonies and the ongoing violations and military escalation against the Palestinian people.

May 19 11:58

56 Palestinians reported injured during demonstrations in Gaza on first Friday of Ramadan

Today, as of 20:00, Israeli forces injured 56 Palestinians in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH), during demonstrations near the perimeter fence as part of the “Great March of Return.”

Although 15 May, the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as the 1948 “Nakba”, was initially intended to be the culmination of the protests, the demonstrations are now expected to continue at least until 5 June, which commemorates the “Naksa”, when Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967.

Some 3,000-5,000 people participated today in protests at the five tent camps located some 600 metres from the perimeter fence, the lowest number since the protests began on 30 March.

May 19 11:58

French revolt against Macron’s support for Israel

Israel’s massacre of dozens of Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip last Monday is sharpening the divide between the French public and the country’s staunchly pro-Israel leaders.

Even before the latest massacre, one of France’s international giants, film director Jean-Luc Godard, had joined dozens of cultural figures saying they would refuse to take part in French government “cultural” activities designed to promote Israel.

Since Monday, people have demonstrated in solidarity with Palestinians all over the country, including thousands in the streets of Paris.

May 19 11:57

“50 Hamas members” claim does not justify Gaza massacre

Israel has generated global outrage by picking off demonstrators – holding flags, slingshots, stones and incendiary kites, using burning tires, mounds of sand and improvised gas masks as defenses against heavily fortified soldiers armed with US-made Remington M24 sniper rifles – during weeks of protest in Gaza.

Now Israel is trying to spin away the damage by claiming that many of those killed were members of Hamas, and therefore deserved to die.

But as international law experts and international officials have stressed, the political affiliation of those killed on Monday is irrelevant when it comes to the legality of Israel’s actions.

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That's like liberals saying it's okay to kill conservatives.

May 19 11:56

Bill would spend Palestinian taxes on Israeli families

An Israeli bill would divert some of the revenue that Israel is obligated to hand over to the Palestinian Authority, to stay in Israel. This revenue is earmarked for social welfare payments to families of Palestinians captured, injured, or killed by Israel. Israel claims this practice promotes terrorism.

May 19 11:55

“Freedom Flotilla” sets sail from Sweden to the Gaza Strip

The 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, filled with humanitarian aid and activists from all over the world, is on its way from Sweden in what is expected to be a 75-day trip to Gaza. Previous attempts of this type have been stopped for the last 7 years, once with the loss of 10 activists’ lives at the hands of Israeli commandos.

May 19 11:43

DANON: KUWAIT’S CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL FORCE TO PROTECT GAZANS ‘SHAMEFUL'

Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon issued a stern rebuke of Kuwait on Friday after the oil-rich Arab nation circulated a draft resolution calling for an international force to be deployed to Gaza in order to protect Palestinian civilians from Israel.

In a strongly worded statement released just before Friday morning, Danon called the proposed measure “shameful” and decried the move as a helping hand to the Palestinian terror organization Hamas.

May 19 11:42

NETANYAHU: UNHRC BACKED TERRORISM WITH ITS WAR CRIMES PROBE AGAINST ISRAEL

Prime Minister Benjamin Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday charged that the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva had backed terrorism by launching a war crimes probe against Israeli actions on the Gaza border.

May 19 11:41

DANON, HALEY CONDEMN UNHRC FOR DECISION TO PROBE DEADLY GAZA EVENTS

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested the council should be looking into human rights violations elsewhere instead of Israel.

May 19 11:20

ICC must investigate Israel’s crimes against journalists

Reporters Without Borders has formally requested that the International Criminal Court prosecutor investigate the targeting of journalists in Gaza as war crimes.

Targeting of journalists was “deliberate” and constitutes “war crimes,” Christophe Deloire of Reporters Without Borders said.

“The Israeli authorities could not have been unaware of the presence of journalists among the civilian demonstration.”

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate is also forming a committee of various Palestinian media outlets to prepare legal files to send to the International Criminal Court and some European courts, in regards to Israel’s targeting of journalists in Gaza, especially the killing of two reporters.

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return, Israel has killed Palestinian journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, and injured more than 90, according to the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate.

May 19 11:20

22,000 Icelandic citizens sign petition against next year's Eurovision in Israel

Icelandic citizens sign petition to boycott next year's Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Israel, following Gaza border riots; Iceland's national public broadcasting organization convenes to discuss issue; Icelandic human rights organization attempts harnessing other European countries to boycott next year's contest.

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