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Apr 14 12:53

‘Mossad behind attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility’

The Mossad was reportedly behind the attack at Natanz on Sunday that caused extensive damage to Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the security cabinet’s first meeting in two months to discuss Iran next Sunday amid increased tensions with Tehran.

Apr 14 07:44

AOC panders to Israel lobby

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won an upset primary victory in June 2018, it came as a breath of fresh air for supporters of Palestinian rights.

The month before she unseated a senior member of the Democratic Party, she had expressed her solidarity with unarmed Palestinians being gunned down by Israeli snipers as they protested in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“This is a massacre,” she tweeted on the day Israeli soldiers killed some 60 Palestinians. “I hope my peers have the moral courage to call it such.”

“No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification,” she asserted. “Democrats can’t be silent about this anymore.”

Apr 14 07:27

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Apr 14 07:02

Iran’s Zarif blames Israel for Natanz incident, vows revenge

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed revenge against Israel for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear facilities at Natanz but said it will not stop high-level talks to restore the country’s nuclear deal with world powers.

In a private meeting with lawmakers on Monday, Zarif pointed out that top Israeli officials explicitly said they would try to prevent multilateral efforts to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which would lead to lifting United States sanctions on Iran.

Apr 14 06:34

Ellie Cohanim: Israeli Attack on Iranian Nuclear Facility Is Reaction to Biden Iran Policy

Israel’s alleged attack on a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran was likely a reaction to the Biden administration’s policy towards Iran, Ellie Cohanim, former State Department Deputy Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism, said on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow, author of Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption.

The Times of Israel reported:

An Iranian official has acknowledged that Sunday’s blast at Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, which has been attributed to Israel, took out the plant’s main electrical power system and its backup.

“From a technical standpoint, the enemy’s plan was rather beautiful,” Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, the head of the Iranian parliament’s energy committee, told Iranian state television on Monday.

Apr 14 06:25

Ex-IDF intel chief questions Netanyahu’s authority to order attacks on Iran

Amos Yadlin, a former IDF chief of Military Intelligence, said on Tuesday following a blast at a key Iranian uranium enrichment site that Israel’s process for approving sensitive security-related operations was not being followed, indicating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was acting without the necessary legal authority.

He further suggested that Netanyahu was dangerously stoking tensions with Iran for domestic political purposes as the prime minister tries to form a coalition following last month’s inconclusive elections.

Yadlin raised the concerns in a scathing attack on policy regarding Iran and its nuclear program in the wake of a Sunday explosion that caused a power outage at the Natanz uranium enrichment site, which Tehran has blamed on Israel. Media reports citing intelligence officials have also attributed to the attack to Israel, which has not officially confirmed any role but has hinted at its involvement.

Apr 14 06:19

Jewish Settlers, Including Former Israeli Spy, Storm Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus (VIDEO)

A former Israeli spy Tuesday overnight joined scores of settlers in storming Joseph’s Tomb in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to Israeli media.

Jonathan Pollard, an American who served a 30-year sentence for spying for Israel, joined a convoy of buses packed with scores of fanatic Jewish settlers who broke into the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, where they performed religious rituals as Israeli forces secured the road and location for them.

The site of Joseph’s Tomb is contentious. Palestinians believe the site to be the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure, while Israeli settlers believe it belongs to the Biblical Patriarch Joseph.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Apr 14 06:18

Palestinians face ‘scandalous exploitation’ working in Israel, illegal West Bank settlements: report

Palestinians working in Israel and illegal West Bank settlements are subject to "scandalous exploitation", a report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has found.

The document reveals that violations are visible even in the permit scheme, the pathway through which Palestinians gain employment with Israeli companies.

For instance, it says that the system has the effect of "bonding workers to employers".

Permit requests are filed by Israeli companies on behalf of prospective Palestinian employees.

Once approved the permit lasts for six months and the holder is only allowed to work for that organisation.

However, the ITUC says this "can be arbitrarily annulled at any time" by Israeli authorities or host companies.

Apr 14 06:14

Israeli-Owned Ship Attacked Off UAE Coast

According to Israeli media reports, an Israeli-owned ship was attacked on Tuesday off the UAE port city of Fujairah. Some Israeli reports said the cargo ship Hyperion Ray was targeted with a missile and blamed the attack on Iran, although it’s not clear if Tehran was responsible.

While there’s no evidence that the Islamic Republic targeted the Hyperion Ray, Iran certainly has the motive to hit an Israeli ship. Over the weekend, Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility was struck in an apparent Israeli attack likely meant to sabotage indirect talks between the US and Iran that are ongoing to revive the nuclear deal.

Iranian officials blamed Israel for the Natanz incident and vowed revenge, although that revenge could come in the form of increasing the activity of the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear program. Iran announced on Tuesday that it will begin enriching some uranium at 60 percent following the sabotage at Natanz.

Apr 14 06:08

“Symbolic Naval War” Is Emerging Between Israel and Iran

In the Middle East, tensions between Israel and Iran are escalating, but at the same time changing their focus. Recently, both countries have faced each other more frequently at sea, carrying out dangerous maneuvers and reporting the occurrence of several attacks against vessels on both sides, with emphasis on the Israeli attacks, which become more powerful day after day. Apparently, what was previously a conflict focused on aerial bombing and intelligence and espionage operations is becoming a naval war, marked by constant displays of force.

Last Tuesday, April 6, an Iranian ship was attacked in the Red Sea with an Israeli mine in an unusual operation, totally atypical by the standards of the Iran-Israel conflict. The ship hit in the operation was called “Saviz”, a commercial civilian vessel that did not pose any danger to maritime security in the region and was not spared from Israeli reprisals, whose levels of aggressiveness rise quickly.

Apr 14 05:34

US to Israel: ‘Iran Will Never Obtain a Nuclear Weapon’

The US and Israel held the second session of a strategic group to coordinate on Iran on Tuesday. The talks are headed by each country’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan for the US side, and Meir Ben Shabbat for the Israelis.

Details of what was discussed on Tuesday are scant. In a readout of the meeting, the White House said that Sullivan “reaffirmed the Biden-Harris administration’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to ensuring that Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon.”

The meeting comes as the US and Iran are engaged in indirect talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which Israel is strongly opposed to. The Israelis are taking covert action to sabotage the diplomacy. An attack over the weekend at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility was attributed to Israel by unnamed officials speaking to the media, which is the usual way Israelis take credit for covert action.

Apr 14 05:32

Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?

The Israeli government’s position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself," Netanyahu said in a statement on April 8. Subsequently, Israel "completely rejects" any accusations that it has committed war crimes.

But it won’t be so easy for Tel Aviv this time around. True, Israel is not a party to the Rome Statute, according to which the ICC was established, but it can still be held accountable, because the State of Palestine is a member of the ICC.

Apr 14 05:30

Nuclear facility sabotage could have caused 'human catastrophe', Zarif says

Iran has complained to the United Nations against the suspected Israeli sabotage of a uranium enrichment facility, calling the attack an act of "nuclear terrorism" that could have caused a "human and environmental catastrophe".

In a letter to the UN General Assembly on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the disruption of power at the Natanz enrichment plant on the weekend - which Iran blames on Israel - risked releasing radioactive material.

The covert attack, he wrote, "constitutes reckless criminal nuclear terrorism".

"Considering the possible indiscriminate human and environmental consequences of this international crime, those who planned, ordered, participated and carried out this cowardly act committed a grave war crime; one that must not go unpunished," the letter said.

Apr 14 05:29

Palestinian Al Araby TV journalist 'interrogated by Mossad in Spain over Israeli intelligence report'

A Palestinian journalist based in Spain has claimed he was interrogated by Israel's Mossad intelligence services at the headquarters of the Spanish Civil Guard earlier this year.

Muath Hamed, a reporter for Al Araby TV and freelance contributor for The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, said he was targeted due to an investigation he wrote alleging efforts to recruit Palestinians living in Turkey as spies for Israel.

A report detailing Hamed's experience was published by Spanish news outlet Publico last week, drawing outrage from journalists on social media.

Apr 14 04:36

‘Unknown Resistance Forces’ Attack Iraq Office of Israel’s Mossad Spy Agency - Reports

Israel’s Mossad has long operated in nearby Iraq, including in a 1966 operation to steal a Soviet-built MiG-21 fighter jet for the United States and a plot in the 1970s to assassinate Iraqi nationalist leader Saddam Hussein with a bomb hidden inside a book.

According to unconfirmed reports, a safe house used by the Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, has been attacked in northern Iraq.

"’Unknown resistance forces’ target Mossad safe house in Northern Iraq,” Sabereen News Telegram reported Wednesday morning, adding that several “Israeli spies were killed” and promising to soon share photos of the operation.

Apr 13 14:31

Israeli-owned ship reportedly attacked off UAE amid Iran tensions

An Israeli-owned ship has been attacked close to the UAE emirate of Fujairah, the Hezbollah-aligned Lebanese Al-Mayadeen network reported on Tuesday.

The report has identified the vessel as Hyperion Ray that sails under the Bahamas flag and belongs to Israeli businessman Rami Ungar.

Apr 13 10:54

Zarif: Iran Reserves Right to Do Whatever It Takes To Protect Its Citizens After Natanz Incident

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif reiterated his country's right to defend itself in the wake of an apparent sabotage attack on the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant.

In a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, Zarif noted that a deliberate attack on a nuclear facility is "nuclear terrorism and a war crime."

Apr 13 10:54

'I Will Twist Your Head Off': Benny Gantz Reacts to Journo's Question About Iran's Natanz Incident

On 11 April, Iran's uranium enrichment facility in Natanz was hit in what officials say was an “act of nuclear terrorism,” which caused a power failure at the plant.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz jokingly told journalist Or Heller that he will "twist his head off" after he asked the US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to comment on the incident at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.

It happened when Gantz and Austin were visiting the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel on 12 April.

Heller shared a video of Gantz's reaction on Twitter.

Apr 13 10:52

We will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear capability, PM Netanyahu says as Tehran blames Israel for Natanz plant attack

A day after an incident at Iran’s uranium enrichment facility, which was blamed on Israeli spies, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will defend itself from Iranian “aggression and terrorism.”

Without directly mentioning the incident in Iran, Netanyahu spared no words to admonish Tehran, calling it the biggest threat Israel faces in the Middle East.

“Iran has never given up its quest for nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them. And Iran consistently and outrageously calls for Israel’s annihilation and works toward that goal,” the Israeli leader said.

I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel. And Israel will continue to defend itself against Iran’s aggression and terrorism.

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Iran's aggression?!? Who just blew up whose facility?

Apr 13 10:51

By sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program, Israel sabotaged world peace

Pentagon chief Austin’s visit to Israel serves as a stark reminder that regardless of stated US policy goals, Israel almost always gets its way.

After a week of fruitful discussions between the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action – the JCPOA, better known as the Iranian nuclear agreement – and the United States (who, since May 2018, was no longer a party, and as such sat in as an observer), it looked as if the US and Iran had agreed to a mutually accepted outcome: the lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the US in exchange for Iran returning to full compliance with its obligations under the terms of the JCPOA. The devil was in the details, however. And by week’s end there was no agreed-upon formula regarding the sequence of events concerning the actions needed to be taken by both parties to fulfil their respective requirements. There was not even a timeframe.

Apr 13 06:41

Iran says Natanz was hit by ‘small explosion,’ claims damage quickly repairable

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Monday that the country’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant was hit by a “small explosion” the previous day, after the government labeled it an Israeli act of “sabotage.”

“The incident occurred at the electricity distribution center. There was a small explosion,” spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told the Tasnim news agency, adding that the “damaged sectors can be quickly repaired.”

Iran initially reported a power blackout had hit the Natanz enrichment site Sunday, a day after it announced it had started up advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges banned under the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Apr 13 06:41

Palestine election: Israel's wave of arrests sweeps up Palestinians before polls

Israeli forces arrested 24 Palestinians on Monday morning ahead of May's Palestinian legislative election, which Israel fears the Hamas movement will win with a landslide majority.

This latest round of arrests targeted several towns in the West Bank, according to a statement by the Palestinian prisoners' rights group Asra Media Office, and included a former female political prisoner and Hamas members in the West Bank.

In Arraba village, south of Jenin town, Mona Kadan, 46, a former political prisoner who spent six years in Israeli jails, was arrested on Monday morning.

Israeli forces also arrested two leaders of Hamas in Hebron, Anas Rasras and Omar al-Qawasmeh, as well as Sheikh Mustafa Shawar, head of the Palestinian Scholars League.

Apr 13 06:40

Amid leaks, Gantz orders probe into ‘chatter’ on alleged Israeli strikes on Iran

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday called for a high-level investigation into recent apparent leaks to the press by Israeli officials regarding recent attacks on Iran that have been widely attributed to Israel’s Mossad spy service, saying they were “damaging to our troops, to our security and to the interests of the State of Israel.”

Gantz referred specifically to comments regarding Sunday’s alleged attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility that were attributed to unnamed “intelligence officials” and “Western officials,” whom the defense minister indicated he believed were in fact Israeli officials.

“This ‘Western officials’ is nonsense,” Gantz told reporters on Monday, following meetings with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who is visiting Israel this week.

Apr 13 06:39

Palestinian bystander, 14, loses eye from rubber bullet allegedly fired by IDF

A 14-year-old Palestinian bystander lost his eye on Friday afternoon in the West Bank city of Hebron after apparently being hit by a rubber-tipped steel bullet fired by an Israeli soldier, although the Israeli army said it could neither confirm nor deny the matter.

A spokesperson for the IDF did not deny the possibility and acknowledged that Israeli soldiers had fired rubber bullets at a crowd of Palestinians nearby.

“There was a violent protest, including stone-throwing and stone-slinging, and the military responded with riot dispersal mechanisms, including rubber bullets,” the Israeli military’s spokesperson said.

Apr 13 06:08

Iran vows response to Israel’s ‘very bad gamble’ after sabotage act at Natanz nuclear site

Iran’s foreign minister has warned Israel that an attack on the Natanz atomic site will not stop the country’s nuclear program, and will provide them with further leverage in talks to revive the JCPOA.

Speaking alongside his Russian counterpart on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Israel had made a “very bad gamble” by sabotaging the Natanz nuclear site.

The foreign minister contended that Iran’s hand in the renegotiation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the now-abandoned 2015 pact limiting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, had been strengthened by Israel’s sabotage. “The Israelis thought the attack will weaken our hand in the Vienna talks, but in contrary it will strengthen our position,” Zarif said.

Zarif also said that Natanz would continue to be an important nuclear enrichment site for Tehran. “I assure you that in the near future more advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges will be placed in the Natanz facility,” he stated.

Apr 13 05:58

Natanz explosion destroyed facility 50 meters underground

The alleged Israeli attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility destroyed an electrical substation located 40 to 50 meters underground, Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, former head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, told Iranian media on Monday.

Davani added that the substation was built underground in order to protect it from air and missile strikes, and that the attack was carried out either via cyber, sabotaged equipment or sabotage committed by agents.

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Can you imagine the fear?

Maybe you don't have to. Maybe you are old enough to remember Three Mile Island, or Chernobyl. Maybe you're one of the people living where the radiation meters are already singing their songs of death.

If you aren't, you soon will be.

Can you feel the horror? There is an invisible killer dancing in the air. Maybe hiding in that rain drop. You cannot know for sure.

That metallic taste in your mouth; is it being that scared? Or is it something ... worse?

You cannot know for sure.

You wish you could stop breathing, but of course you can't. And with each breath comes an unspoken question? Is this the breath I inhale my own end? Is there an irrevocable link between this breath and my final breath to come? Is this the breath that transforms my future from an old age filled with family and friends, to loneliness, lingering pain, and a horrible death?

You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

Or maybe it was on that stamp you licked, or in the wine you drank, or the cookie you ate.

Maybe you showered with the killer, slept with the killer, shared your clothes with the killer.

You cannot know for sure.

Now imagine living with that fear, day after day after day; fear for yourself, fear for the lives and health of your loved ones. Imagine the long sleepless nights wondering if the next day will invite the killer into your home; if the rain will wash the killer onto the food you will eat.

Imagine.

Then imagine a monster so evil they would inflict that endless fear onto innocent and unoffending people.

Then stop imagining, because it really happened, but once but twice.

What happened by accident at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima was done intentionally by Israel to the people of Iraq, when Iraq bombed the nuclear power plant at Osirik, in the erroneous assumption that Iraq was building nuclear weapons. Then Israel did it again in Syria. Thankfully, there were no nuclear weapons at the Iraq or Syrian targets, or the people of Iraq and Syria would have suffered what those people living downwind from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl. and Fukushima all suffered.

But no doubt, those innocent and unoffending Iraqi and Syrian people knew the fear of wondering whether the silent killer was there in their homes moment to moment, just as you are wondering whether the silent killer is in your home this very moment, even as you read these words.

And now Israel is doing the same to the people of Iran!

Apr 13 05:53

More Palestinians think Israel supports apartheid than two states - poll

The results showed that, among those surveyed, 45% would consider Israel an apartheid state, while only 13% believe Israel to be serious about a two-state solution to the conflict.

Apr 13 05:51

In meeting with US, Israel slams Iran as ‘fanatical regime’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called Iranian authorities a “fanatical regime” at a joint news conference with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Jerusalem.

The US official’s arrival in Israel coincided with a sabotage attack on Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged its centrifuges, an assault that could imperil continuing talks over rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear accord. Returning Iran to the deal has been a top priority of the administration of US President Joe Biden.

Apr 13 05:50

Israel’s nuclear research back on track

According to the International Panel on Fissile Materials, Israel is in the process of building new facilities (approximately 140 by 50 meters) at its Dimona military nuclear power plant (Negev Nuclear Research Center).

Work reportedly started in early 2019.

Israel and Pakistan are the only two States in the “Greater Middle East” to be in possession of nuclear bombs. Saudi Arabia only has tactical nuclear bombs. No other state in the region has them, not even Iran.

Apr 13 05:42

‘Mossad behind cyber-attack’ on Natanz facility that Iran called ‘nuclear terrorism,’ Israeli media claim

Israeli intelligence was responsible for the incident on Sunday at Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant, which saw a blackout at an electricity distribution network, Israeli media outlets are claiming, citing unnamed “Western sources.”

Calling it an “attack” and an example of “nuclear terrorism,” Iranian officials said the incident had not caused any damage, but reports in the Israeli media that followed disputed that.

Citing anonymous sources, various outlets, including the Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post, claimed the facility sustained “severe” and “extensive” damage as a result of a “cyber-attack.”

Apr 13 00:37

US, Israel to Hold Strategic Iran Talks

According to a report from Axios, on Tuesday, US and Israeli officials will convene the second meeting of a strategic group to coordinate on Iran. The talks are headed by each country’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan for the US side, and Meir Ben Shabbat for the Israelis.

The first meeting of the strategic group took place in early March. The second comes as the US and Iran are engaged in indirect talks to revive the nuclear deal, something Israel is strongly opposed to and is taking covert action to sabotage the effort.

An attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility over the weekend was attributed to Israel’s Mossad spy agency by Israeli media, and Iran blamed the Israelis on Monday. Last week, an Iranian ship was targeted with an explosive in the Red Sea.

Apr 13 00:36

Iran Blames Israel for Natanz Attack

Iran on Monday blamed Israel for an attack on the Islamic Republic’s Natanz nuclear facility that reportedly caused power outages and damaged centrifuges. While Israeli officials have not officially claimed responsibility for the incident, multiple Israeli media outlets cited unnamed officials who attributed the attack to the Jewish State.

The Natanz attack comes as the US and Iran are engaged in indirect talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, something Israel is strongly opposed to. When blaming Israel for the incident, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said it would not affect the negotiations.

“The Zionists want to take revenge because of our progress in the way to lift sanctions,” Zarif said on Monday. “We will not fall into their trap … We will not allow this act of sabotage to affect the nuclear talks.”

Apr 13 00:36

Israel will continue to 'defend itself' against Iran's aggression, Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran had not given up efforts to obtain nuclear weapons and Israel would continue to "defend itself" against Tehran's aggression.

"In the Middle East, there is no threat more dangerous, serious and pressing than that posed by the fanatical regime in Iran," Netanyahu said, hours after the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for an attack on one of its nuclear facilities.

"Israel will continue to defend itself against Iran's aggression and terrorism."

Iran denies pursuing nuclear weapons and says it only wants to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Apr 13 00:29

Palestinians in Chicago Defeat Extremist Pro-Israel Candidate in Local Elections

The Palestinian community in Chicago, Illinois, succeeded in defeating extremist right-wing and pro-Israel candidate, Sharon Brannigan, in the local election, news agencies reported yesterday.

According to news agencies, the Palestinian community mobilized other Arab communities and supporters of the Palestinian cause to take part in a campaign to ensure Brannigan does not win in the Palos Township Council of Chicago election race.

Apr 12 19:30

Tucker Carlson: The ADL Supports 'Replacement Theory' When It Comes to Israel

Tucker Carlson on Monday night touched the third rail by highlighting the Anti-Defamation League's hypocritical support for "replacement theory" when it comes to Israel.

Apr 12 06:54

Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility

Israel appeared to confirm claims that it was behind a cyber-attack on Iran’s main nuclear facility on Sunday, which Tehran’s nuclear energy chief described as an act of terrorism that warranted a response against its perpetrators.

The apparent attack took place hours after officials at the Natanz reactor restarted spinning advanced centrifuges that could speed up the production of enriched uranium, in what had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s nuclear programme.

As Iranian authorities scrambled to deal with a large-scale blackout at Natanz, which the country’s Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged had damaged the electricity grid at the site, the Israeli defence chief, Aviv Kochavi, said the country’s “operations in the Middle East are not hidden from the eyes of the enemy”.

Apr 12 06:16

Iran’s Foreign Ministry blames Israel for Natanz incident, calls it trap to derail sanctions talks in Vienna

Iranian diplomats accused Israel of an “act against humanity” targeting the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, saying it was meant to derail talks on the lifting of sanctions.

The underground Iranian nuclear facility experienced a power outage on Sunday. An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman called the suspected Israeli sabotage “an act against humanity,” because the damage done to the plant could have caused a disaster.

“There was no contamination or injuries but it could cause a disaster. It could be considered as an act against humanity,” Saeed Khatibzadeh told a news conference on Monday.

Apr 12 05:58

Threatened by cultural defiance, Israel throws dancer in prison

In occupied Palestine, even dance can land you in prison. Especially if that dance draws inspiration from Palestinian history and heritage.

The arrest, in February, and continued detention without charge of acclaimed dance choreographer Ata Khattab underlines just how threatening Palestinian culture and identity is considered by Israel’s occupation forces.

Dance communities and rights groups across the globe are now calling for the release of Ata, who has been detained in a notorious Israeli prison since a raid on his West Bank home in the middle of the night on 2 February.

Family members and neighbors were awakened by the sound of Israeli soldiers breaking into his family home in al-Bireh, near Ramallah, and calling out Ata’s name at 4 am.

Apr 12 05:57

Israel to close West Bank, Gaza crossings for Memorial Day, Independence Day

The Israel Defense Forces announced on Sunday that it would close all crossings into Israel from the West Bank and Gaza Strip for two days beginning Tuesday night for the country’s Memorial and Independence days.

The closure — a standard practice for religious and national holidays — was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and last until 12:01 a.m. Friday, pending a “situational assessment,” the military said.

The IDF said exceptions would be made for “humanitarian, medical and special cases” with approval from the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

Apr 12 05:47

Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran

The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky’s book entitled: The Globalization of War. America’s Long War against Humanity, Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2015. To order the book directly from Global Research click here

This chapter provides a historical perspective of US war plans directed against Iran, including the use of a preemptive nuclear attack, using low yield, “more usable” tactical nuclear weapons.

This analysis is of particular relevance to the Biden administration’s ongoing threats to attack Iran.

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Apr 12 05:13

Iran Blames Israel for Assault on Nuclear Site, Vows Revenge

Iran blamed Israel for an attack on the power network at its largest uranium enrichment plant, raising geopolitical tensions around Iran’s nuclear program as diplomats try to revive the international deal that contained it.

“Various sources have confirmed Israel was behind the attack” at the Natanz facility in central Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a press conference on Monday, without giving further details. IR-1 centrifuges were damaged but it is too soon to assess how badly, he said.

The assault, which cut off power to the site, didn’t disrupt enrichment operations and the plant is still running on emergency electricity backup, state-run IRIB news cited Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the country’s atomic energy agency, as saying. The main power supply will be restored in the coming days, he said.

Apr 12 04:36

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Apr 11 09:07

Iran Confirms Its Covert Mothership In The Red Sea Was Attacked

The Iranian government has confirmed that the M/V Saviz was the victim of an attack in the Red Sea yesterday. The ship is widely believed to be a mothership that the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps uses to assist Houthi rebels in Yemen and otherwise conduct discreet activities in the region, particularly around the strategic Bab Al Mandeb Strait.

There are reports that Israel carried out the attack and that it is the latest incident in an escalating series of tit-for-tat clandestine operations by the two countries that have primarily targeted each others' commercial ships. The attack also came on the same day that the United States and Iran held their first indirect negotiations over the future a controversial multi-national deal regarding Tehran's nuclear programs.

Apr 10 14:47

Everything You Need to Know about Israel and its Mass Vaccination Campaign

In this interview with Piero San Giorgio I delve into the most problematic aspects of Israel’s mass vaccination campaign and the authoritarian nature of the new Covid religion. I examine the correlation between vaccinations, mutants and death. I explain why Britain, Israel and other Vaxi-nations are desperate to vaccinate their entire populations. These countries are basically attempting to eradicate the control group (Control group is the standard to which comparisons are made in an experiment e.g. comparison between the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated). I attempt to analyse the current deadly chaos in post political terms as both Left and Right ideologies have collapsed long time ago.

Following are the graphs I mention in the interview:

Apr 10 08:15

Israeli settlers take control of Palestinian property and land in East Jerusalem

More than 100 Israeli settlers took over Palestinian properties and land in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan on Thursday morning, according to the Wafa news agency.

Accompanied by Israeli police and private security guards, the group arrived at 2am in Silwan, an area on the outskirts of the contested city, and moved into three buildings and a plot of land owned by Palestinian residents.

Since 2007, the area of Silwan has been a site of excavation for Israeli archaeologists hoping to find the biblical city of David.

Wadi al-Hilweh Information Centre, which monitors Israeli violations and settler archaeological excavations in the area, said in a statement that the owners of the buildings were not present when the settlers and police arrived.

Apr 10 08:09

What Was The Vatican Searching For When They Built Secret Tunnel Under Jerusalem Church?

The Vatican has constructed a secret underground tunnel in Jerusalem that has infuriated a local preservation group who claim the tunnel resides in a sensitive area that may contain antiquities and other artifacts.

The Regavim Movement, a research-based think tank and lobbying group dedicated to preserving Israel's national lands and resources, recently filed a petition with the Jerusalem District Court, demanding the city take action against the illegal underground tunnel.

According to the petition submitted to the Jerusalem District Court, the Regavim Movement alleges the church concealed the existence of the 100-meter long tunnel that infringes on public property in an area allegedly known for archaeological remains.

Apr 10 06:52

Israeli MK Threatens to Expel Muslims Who Do Not Recognize Israel as Land of Jews

Leader of the far-right Religious Zionist party MK Bezalel Smotrich on Thursday threatened to expel an Arab MK and other Muslims who do not accept the rule of Jews in Israel.

Earlier in the day, MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List gave an interview with Radio 103FM, during which he was asked his opinion on remarks made by Chief Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu, who in 2019 stated: “The land [of Israel] vomits out the Arabs.”

Apr 10 05:51

ADL wants Fox News host Tucker Carlson FIRED, claiming he defended ‘white replacement theory’ in discussing immigration

Anti-Defamation League chief Jonathan Greenblatt accused Fox News host Tucker Carlson of championing an “anti-Semitic, racist and toxic” idea in an appearance on the network, but seems to have not actually watched the segment.

“Tucker must go,” Greenblatt tweeted on Friday above a video clip of Carlson’s guest appearance on Mark Steyn’s primetime show the evening before. The clip was posted by Media Matters for America (MMFA) researcher Nikki McCann Ramirez, who said Carlson gave a “passionate defense” of “white replacement theory.”

The outraged ADL CEO called it a “white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites” that is “anti-Semitic, racist and toxic.”

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Apr 10 05:44

Lebanon says Israel’s use of its airspace to attack Syria clear breach of international law

Lebanon has condemned “in the strongest terms” Israel’s use of its airspace to carry out a missile attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry expressed its "condemnation, in the strongest terms, of the air attack carried out by the Israeli enemy,” Lebanese National News Agency reported.

"While denouncing any attack on the sovereignty of brotherly Syria, and refusing to use the Lebanese airspace to target it, the Ministry expresses its full solidarity with Syria in the face of the repeated attacks carried out by the Israeli enemy."

The ministry called for international action to end the repeated Israeli attacks on Lebanon’s sovereignty which “constitutes a clear violation of international law, the Charter of the United Nations, and resolutions of international legitimacy."

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Apr 09 13:19

'Tucker Must Go': ADL Demands Tucker Carlson Be Fired For Discussing 'Replacement Theory'

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on Friday declared that Tucker Carlson "must go" for daring to calmly discuss how Democrats importing voters dilutes the voting power of current American citizens and is a form of disenfranchisement.

Apr 09 12:17

UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference'

A former UK foreign office minister has accused pro-Israel lobbyists of "the most disgusting interference" in British public life, and of negatively influencing the country's foreign policy in the Middle East.

Alan Duncan, a former Conservative MP and government minister until 2019, wrote in his newly published memoir that the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) had been responsible for pushing the country to adopt disproportionately anti-Palestinian and pro-Israel policies.

Founded in 1974, the CFI is a parliamentary group and unaffiliated organisation that supports the ruling Conservative Party and advocates for pro-Israel policies.

Speaking to journalist Michael Crick about his diaries for the MailPlus website, Duncan said the CFI had injected a "Netanyahu-type view of Israeli politics into our foreign policy", referring to Israel's right-wing prime minister. He added that it had lobbied to prevent him becoming Middle East minister at the foreign office.

Apr 09 07:54

Israel tells International Criminal Court it doesn't have authority to investigate crimes in Palestinian territories

Tel Aviv has formally responded to the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s plans to investigate possible war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, claiming the tribunal does not have jurisdiction over Israel.

"Israel has decided to respond to the notice sent by the ICC and make clear it is acting without having the jurisdiction to do so," the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, in a statement carried by Israeli media on Thursday.

"Moreover, it should be noted that Israel is a law-abiding country that is capable of carrying out its own investigation."

Israel had been given until April 9 to respond to an ICC notification letter sent on March 9 and was required to say whether it would launch its own investigation into potential war crimes in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Apr 09 05:46

Israeli anti-vaxxers submit ethics complaint to ICC - report

Anshei Emet (People of Truth), a group against coronavirus vaccination, filed a suit against the Israeli government with the International Criminal Court (ICC) earlier this month, arguing that Israel’s administration of the coronavirus vaccine and policies to encourage vaccination are considered “crimes against humanity” according to the Nuremberg Code.

“It is our intention to present to you and detail how in the State of Israel this year, the Government of Israel with its ministers and its Knesset members, heads of cities, and additional senior factors, violate the Nuremberg Code in an unlawful manner, blatant and extreme. And to our regret, not only in a single aspect but many – too many!” the group wrote in the suit filed by Tel Aviv-based A. Suchovolsky & Co. Law Offices.

Apr 09 05:28

Iran And Israel In The World's Most Dangerous Game Of 'Battleship'

Israeli and Iranian ships in the Red Sea have been subject to regular attacks in recent weeks and months. Tel Aviv and Tehran blame each other but with little evidence to support either side’s claims.

On April 6th, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) cargo ship was struck in an unknown manner, in the area between the coasts of Yemen and Eritrea. Some sources claimed that it had been struck below the waterline, meaning that it had been hit by a magnetic mine.

Others, however, claimed that it was subject to rocket fire. Either way, there was official confirmation that an IRGC ship by the name of Saviz had sustained damage.

Earlier, on March 25th, an Israeli-owned cargo ship – the “LORI” was struck by a missile as it was sailing from Tanzania to India. This was immediately blamed on Iran. No significant damage nor casualties were reported.

Apr 09 05:20

Iran To "Without A Doubt" Respond Against US & Israel For Red Sea Mine Attack 

Iran said on Thursday that it will "without a doubt" respond to the widely reported attack on an Iranian military vessel in the Red Sea that occurred Tuesday. A spy vessel later identified as the Saviz was damaged in the incident, with the The New York Times alleging that Israel was behind a naval mine attack.

Anonymous US officials had told Reuters the US did not conduct the attack; however, in Thursday's statement a top Iranian general indicated that Tehran believes both Israel and the United States were behind the Red Sea mine attack. This after Israel appears to have owned up to it according to a US official's statement to the Times.

"We will respond without any doubt to the attack on our ship Saviz in the Red Sea once we identify those involved," Iran's military spokesman Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi said to Sputnik Arabic.

Apr 08 06:32

Israel Bombing the Outskirts of Damascus from Over Lebanon, Again

Israel carried out a new aggression against the Syrian capital Damascus shortly after midnight, the bombing targeted a Syrian Army post in the outskirt of Damascus.

A Syrian military spokesperson stated: ‘At about 12:56 a.m. local time today, April 8, the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault with bursts of rockets from the direction of Lebanese territory targeting some points in the vicinity of the city of Damascus, and our air defense media intercepted the aggression’s missiles and dropped most of them.’

Four Syrian army soldiers were injured in the bombing which also left some material damage, the military spokesperson added.

Syrian air defenses have shot down a number of illicit missiles, and Al Manar has just announced that one of Syria’s air defense missiles chased an enemy warplane to the border, at which point a very loud explosion was heard throughout southern Lebanon.

Apr 08 06:21

Netanyahu: 'Best Friends' Should Know Israel Will Not Be Obligated by Iranian Nuclear Deal

The possibility of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) being revived is inching closer as talks between the parties to the pact are under way in Vienna. Israel has been opposed to the deal from the outset, seeking another format to more widely restrict Iran's nuclear programme and military power.

Israel will not be bound by a possible revival of the Iran nuclear agreement, because the country should be able to defend itself against a potential aggressor, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in a speech at an official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony.

"A deal with Iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us", he claimed, commenting the ongoing talks in Vienna between the joint JCPOA commission and Iranian representatives.
According to Netanyahu, the nuclear agreement in its original form "is worthless".

Apr 08 05:59

Netanyahu Warns Israel Will "Act" Against Iran If Biden Restores Nuclear Deal

While talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, kicked off in Vienna, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed against the agreement and said Israel must "act" against Tehran.

"The danger that Iran will return — and this time with an international imprimatur — to a path that will allow it to develop a nuclear arsenal is on our doorstep on this very day," Netanyahu said at a meeting of his Likud party in the Knesset on Tuesday.

Like most Israeli officials, Netanyahu claims the JCPOA is somehow a path to a nuclear-armed Iran even though the agreement puts strict limits on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. And after the JCPOA expires, Iran would still be bound by the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Israel refuses to sign since it has a secret nuclear weapons program.

"We cannot go back to the dangerous nuclear plan, because a nuclear Iran is an existential threat and a very big threat to the security of the whole world," Netanyahu said.

Apr 08 05:49

Netanyahu: Iran Deal Threatens Israel ‘With Annihilation’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up his rhetoric against the Iran nuclear deal after talks to revive the agreement were held in Vienna on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Netanyahu said the JCPOA would not “obligate” Israel, claiming the deal threatens the Jewish State with “annihilation.”

“The nuclear deal with Iran is once again on the table. Such deals with extreme regimes are worthless,” Netanyahu said at a speech during Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. “A deal with Iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us.”

Netanyahu made a veiled threat about taking action against Iran, as he did on Tuesday when the Vienna talks kicked off. “I say to our closest friends too: ‘A deal with Iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us.’ Only one thing will obligate us: to prevent those who wish to destroy us from carrying out their plans,” he said.

Apr 08 05:48

Israeli Warplanes Attack Syrian Capital, Wounding Four Soldiers

Syrian state media is reporting that Israeli warplanes operating in Lebanon attacked the capital city of Damascus overnight, with at least four Syrian soldiers reported wounded.

Syrian air defenses were quick to activate during the attack, and Syria reported that they were able to shoot down most of the missiles before anything was hit. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the attacks were aimed at a military post.

Lebanon’s al-Manar TV reported that air defense missiles were heard exploding near the border. The Syrian government has a large array of Russia-provided defenses meant to limit the ability of Israel to attack.

Despite all of that air defense capability, however, Israel continues to regularly attack targets in Syria, nominally on the pretext of targeting Iranian assets. There was no sign that this attack hit or even targeted anything Iran-related, but as usual Israel is not officially talking about it.

Apr 08 05:15

Mossad chief to travel to US for lobbying against Iran: Israeli TV

The head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency is reportedly expected to travel to Washington in the next few days to lobby against Iran as the occupying regime remains wary of renewed efforts aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers.

Israel’s Channel 13 TV reported on Wednesday that Yossi Cohen will visit Washington for meetings with senior White House and US intelligence officials.

It will be the first high-level visit by an Israeli official since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

Israel is trying to arrange a meeting between Cohen and Biden, the report said, adding that the Mossad chief will present alleged evidence against Iran’s nuclear program in a bid to prevent the US from reentering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which former president Donald Trump abandoned in May 2018.

Apr 08 05:12

FULL SHOW: Biden lifts sanctions on ICC members

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Apr 07 07:25

Palestinian media claims Holocaust refugees 'bit the hand that fed them'

A program titled From the Israeli Archive was aired on the Palestinian Authority's TV channel this week and claimed that Jews who immigrated to Israel during the Holocaust were helped by Arabs, and later betrayed them.

The program's episode on "The Expulsion of the Jews from Germany," aired and was immediately translated and distributed by Palestinian Media Watch.
"How was the expulsion (i.e., the Nazi genocide) of the Jews carried out? German [Nazi] Minister of Propaganda [Joseph] Goebbels, together with Hitler, disseminated that the Jews are like rats: They spread diseases, rob the wealth of Germany, and must be expelled... They reached the land of Palestine hungry, sick, lacking everything, infected with typhus and malaria. We gave them fresh water to drink and fed them oranges, and they betrayed the hand that was extended to help them," the episode began.

Apr 07 07:23

US Sec. of Defense to visit Israel amid Israel, Iran maritime tensions

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be the Biden administration's first top cabinet member to visit Israel. He is expected to arrive next week, Walla reported on Tuesday night.

Austin will arrive in Israel amid an increase in maritime incidents between Israel and Iran.

Apr 07 07:23

Netanyahu trial: Witness was asked to destroy all text messages on scheme

During the second day of the corruption trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua told the court about a dramatic meeting in December 2016 when Shaul and Iris Elovitch called him to their house on an emergency basis.

The Elovitches took his cellphone and their cellphones and left them outside the house, he said.

Apr 07 06:41

NYT: Israel Struck Iranian Vessel Saviz in Red Sea, Notified US

Earlier on Tuesday, reports emerged saying that an Iranian cargo vessel, the Saviz, had been attacked in the Red Sea by a missile or a mine. There has been no official confirmation from Tehran on the reported attack.

Israel notified the United States that its forces had attacked an Iranian vessel, the Saviz, in the Red Sea, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed American official.

According to the anonymous official, the Israelis had called the attack "a retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels". The official also noted that the Saviz had been damaged below the water line.
He went on to say that it was possible that the attack had been delayed so that an American aircraft carrier in the area, the Dwight D. Eisenhower, could distance itself from the Saviz. At the moment when the Saviz was hit, the official noted, the Eisenhower was "about 200 miles away".

Apr 07 06:18

Scoop: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Israel next week

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is expected to travel to Israel next week, Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This will be the first Cabinet-level visit to the Middle East from the Biden administration, which has been shifting attention away from the region and toward China and Russia.

Driving the news: Austin is expected to arrive on Sunday and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. The agenda will include Iran and other regional issues like Syria and Lebanon, Israeli officials say.

Israeli officials also intend to raise U.S.-Israel security understandings, reached in the final weeks of the Trump administration, on maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge in the region. Israel wants to ensure the Biden administration is committed to those understandings.
It's not yet clear whether Austin will make other stops in the Middle East. The Pentagon declined to comment for this story.

Apr 06 07:42

The Jewish community excommunicates Jews who support Palestinian freedom

When you are Jewish and come out as an anti-Zionist, you get excommunicated. That is how the Jewish community works to support Israel. The Jewish community says directly, You may choose your community or what you call your sense of ethics. And if you persist, forget about your community, because Jewish life as we know it is committed to supporting Israel, the miraculous achievement of the Jewish people in the 20th century in the wake of the extermination.

Apr 06 07:36

Israeli Consulate Behind Alleged $25M Extortion Scheme Targeting Matt Gaetz, Leaked Texts Suggest

The alleged extortion scheme to shake down congressman Matt Gaetz' father of $25 million and fund a black op to free rogue CIA operative Robert Levinson from detention in Iran may have been run out of the Israeli consulate in New York, according to leaked texts obtained by The American Conservative.

From The American Conservative, "Leaked Texts From Israeli Consulate Employee Show More Details In Gaetz-Levinson Funding Scheme":
Three screenshots of texts between Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, and Jake Novak, media director of the Israeli consulate in New York City were shared with TAC. The messages were authenticated by one of the parties to them.

In the first screenshot, Novak messaged Adams last Saturday to tell him about the investigation into Gaetz. The New York Times story on the Gaetz investigation was not published until Tuesday.

Apr 06 07:35

Would Israel Blackmail a US Congressman?

Israel has been involved in several stories currently making their way through the US media. The most fascinating tale concerns Republican Party Congressman from Florida Matt Gaetz. Gaetz is a Donald Trump loyalist who has up until recently been touted as the party’s future. Young, photogenic and a “firebrand” defender of GOP priorities, he has been much in the news lately.

Apr 05 12:08

Oxford Researcher Who Helped Push US to Depixelate Israel in Satellite Snaps Died From Cancer at 34

For over two decades, US legislation stopped American companies from creating and publishing high-resolution satellite images of Israel. In July 2020, lawmakers updated the obscure amendment regulating the "pixelated Israel," paving the way for detailed snaps of everything from Tel Aviv’s nuclear reactor to the country’s activity in the West Bank.

Michael Fradley and Andrea Zerbini, a pair of Oxford University archeologists specialising in the Middle East, were responsible for spearheading the campaign to amend an obscure US law to unblur satellite imagery of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Company, Dr. Fradley said that he and Zerbini stumbled upon an obscure law, known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, which was passed thanks to Israeli lobbying as part of the National Defence Authorisation Act of 1997, in the mid-2010s after being frustrated by the lack of high-quality satellite images of the region.

Apr 05 09:17

Top CIA analyst explains Israel's destructive role in US policies

Apr 05 08:17

Israeli Consulate Behind Alleged $25M Extortion Scheme Targeting Matt Gaetz, Leaked Texts Suggest

"We only asked for $25 million as an estimate at first. We came way down."

The alleged extortion scheme to shake down congressman's Matt Gaetz' father of $25 million and fund a black op to free rogue CIA operative Robert Levinson from detention in Iran may have been run out of the Israeli consulate in New York, according to leaked texts obtained by The American Conservative.

Apr 05 06:26

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Dubai balcony 'publicity stunt' for an 'Israeli porn site' that saw more than a dozen naked women arrested for breaking decency laws

New pictures show up to 19 models preparing for the nude photoshoot
Group of naked women were filmed posing on the balcony of a building in Dubai
Dubai Police confirmed group had been arrested on public debauchery charges
Violations of public decency law can result in six months in prison or hefty fines

Apr 05 04:09

A Palestinian mother called the Israeli police to help her son with a mental illness. They shot him instead.

When Itaf Anabtawi called the police to her home in the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood of Haifa on the morning of March 29th, she never imagined that it would result in the death of her son, Munir.

Itaf had just returned home after a week-long stay in the hospital, and says she was lovingly welcomed back home by her 33-year-old son Munir, who his family said had a mental illness.

“He kept telling me that he loved me and missed me so much while I was gone,” Itaf told Mondoweiss from the living room of her home, surrounded by mourning relatives.

According to Itaf, Munir, who receives routine medical treatment for his illness in the nearby neighborhood of Kiryat Eliezer, seemed like he had not been taking his medication.

Apr 05 04:08

Palestinian Farmers Confront And Prevent Colonists from Uprooting Their Lands Near Bethlehem

Palestinian farmers from Battir town, west of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, in the West Bank, confronted and managed to prevent a group of illegal Israeli colonists from uprooting their lands.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the incident took place on Sunday at dawn, when a group of colonists, accompanied by Israeli soldiers invaded the Palestinian lands and tried to uproot them.

It added that the Palestinians noticed the attack, rushed to their lands, and prevented the destruction of their crops and plants.

Omar al-Qaisi, an owner of one of the targeted lands, said the colonists brought a bulldozer into the al-Khamar and al-Qusayr areas, northeast of the town, and tried to bulldoze them.

He added that the attack started approximately at 1 after midnight, and that came only three days after the colonists bulldozed and uprooted sections of the same lands three days ago.

Apr 05 04:07

Israeli Military Shoots Young Palestinian Man Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers shot and injured young Palestinian man Saturday night in the village of Qatanna, northwest of Jerusalem. Local sources reported that the soldiers abducted him while he lay bleeding on the ground.

According to the Palestinian Wafa News Agency, Yaaqoub Mohammad Faqih, 20, was shot in the foot by the Israeli soldiers. The circumstances around the shooting are unknown.

The soldiers, according to eyewitnesses, then surrounded the young man as he lay bleeding from the gunshot wound and, instead of taking him by ambulance to a hospital, loaded him into a military vehicle and took him away.

His location remains unknown, although his family suspects he was taken to an Israeli military base.

Apr 05 04:07

Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Own Home In Jerusalem.

A Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home, Sunday, in Jabal al-Mokabber, in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of not obtaining a permit.

Local sources said the Palestinian, Amer Shqeirat, had to demolish his home to avoid paying more excessively high fines and fees, in addition to the exaggerated demolition costs if the City Council uses its workers and machines.

The Palestinian lived in the property along with his wife and four children, who were all rendered homeless despite all appeals and fines he already paid.

Israel’s policy of home demolitions is an illegal act of collective punishment against entire families.

According to data by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), more than 120,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished in Israel and the Occupied Palestine Territory (OPT) since 1948.

Apr 05 04:06

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinians holding the weekly nonviolent procession in the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured six Palestinians, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Palestinians were marching against the Israeli closure of the eastern entrance of the village, in addition to marking Palestinian Land Day.

They marched towards the eastern entrance while chanting against the ongoing closure, the illegal Israeli occupation, and its colonies, in addition to the escalating violations against the Palestinian people.

The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters wounding six, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Apr 03 05:36

When Islam and Judaism Make Friends…

On Thursday evening at 8pm, every Israeli news channel broadcasted live primetime televised speech delivered by the new Israeli kingmaker, Mansour Abbas, the Leader of the Israeli Islamic party, Ra’am.

( https://youtu.be/RSemTYd-Ahw)

“Now is the time for change,” the conservative Muslim leader told his Hebrew-speaking audience, in Hebrew.

Abbas seems to be the only one who can save Netanyahu’s political future. He knows it and uses the moment to deliver a message of reconciliation and coexistence.

“I carry a prayer of hope, and the search for coexistence based on mutual respect and genuine equality,” Abbas told his Jewish listeners. “What we have in common is greater than what divides us.”

The history of the Israeli Arab conflict reveals that it is always the Arabs who lead dramatic reconciliatory moves and it is only right-wing governments that can positively react to such moves.

Apr 02 05:14

Lecture by Angela Davis Canceled after Pressure from Pro-Israel Students

Butler University in Indianapolis has canceled a scheduled event featuring iconic political activist Angela Davis this week in what seems to be another example of the ongoing campaign by pro-Israel lobbyists against the American civil rights movement.

Davis was scheduled to speak at an event headed “Joint Struggle and Collective Liberation” today, but the university authorities decided on March 29 to cancel it, without letting the organizers know.

Apr 02 04:15

Hezbollah Leader Claims Tel Aviv, Washington Have Not Dropped Plans to Build Greater Israel

The idea of a Greater Israel stems from the vague description of Jewish lands in the Book of Genesis. These lands allegedly spanned "from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates". However, leaders in present-day Israel have not publicly committed to expanding the country's territory to these boundaries.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has claimed that Israel and the US are seeking to expand the territory of the Jewish state to the Nile on the one end and to the Euphrates on the other.

"The axis is still seeking to realise the dream of the Nile to the Euphrates", Nasrallah said during a televised address.

The leader of the Lebanon-based group added that the two countries purportedly use "sectarian and religious plots" in order to "paint" regional conflicts as "sectarian" ones and thus achieve their alleged goals.

Apr 02 04:13

Microsoft's New Chip Development Centre Secretly Launched in Israel, Reports Say

US tech giant Microsoft had secretly launched a chip development center at its research and development facility in Israel, Haaretz reported.

According to the media outlet, the center is now gradually expanding its activity by recruiting new chip engineers for the project that was launched about a year and a half ago, though its existence has never been reported before.

Microsoft's chips developed in Israel are mainly intended to speed up networking at its data centers, which operate the tech giant's cloud service, Azure, the publication said.

About a year and a half ago, Microsoft created a new group at its offices in the northern city of Haifa tasked with developing chips for its cloud computing operations, according to the media outlet. The group's staff includes hardware and software engineers, who previously worked with such tech companies as Intel, IBM, Apple and Broadcom. The group is currently focused on networking and storage.

Apr 02 03:19

Senate seeks to enhance Arab-Israeli normalization at the expense of the Palestinians

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill last week to advance the normalization of ties between Israel and Arab governments in a move to further politically isolate the Palestinian people and give Israel greater latitude to entrench its ongoing settler-colonialism against them.

S.1061, the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, was introduced on March 25 by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID), Todd Young (R-IN), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and cosponsored by 13 additional Senators, including some Democrats, such as Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), who have previously spoken out in support of Palestinian human rights.

The bill was supported by AIPAC during its virtual lobbying conference earlier this month.

Apr 02 03:19

Islamist turned Israeli kingmaker offers olive branch to rightist Jews

A key Israeli Arab politician offered the country’s majority Jews an olive branch on Thursday, in what appeared to be a bid to offset ultranationalist misgivings at accommodating him as part of a new coalition under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mansour Abbas’ United Arab List (UAL) took four of parliament’s 120 seats in last week’s inconclusive Israeli election, making its support potentially crucial for the conservative Netanyahu to secure a stable governing majority.

Jewish right-wing and religious parties with allegiance to Netanyahu have given the prime minister 52 seats, while a kindred six-seat party opposed to his leadership has spurned him and another, with seven seats, so far has been non-comittal.A key Israeli Arab politician offered the country’s majority Jews an olive branch on Thursday, in what appeared to be a bid to offset ultranationalist misgivings at accommodating him as part of a new coalition under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Apr 01 08:00

Microsoft's New Chip Development Centre Secretly Launched in Israel, Reports Say

US tech giant Microsoft had secretly launched a chip development center at its research and development facility in Israel, Haaretz reported.

According to the media outlet, the center is now gradually expanding its activity by recruiting new chip engineers for the project that was launched about a year and a half ago, though its existence has never been reported before.

Microsoft's chips developed in Israel are mainly intended to speed up networking at its data centers, which operate the tech giant's cloud service, Azure, the publication said.

Mar 31 07:09

Netanyahu's Iran Obsession: Real Fear or Political Tool?

Over the years, Iran has given Israel plenty of reasons to worry. Officials in Tel Aviv have accused Tehran of working on developing weapons of mass destruction and of supporting terrorist entities. Yet despite calls to annihilate the Jewish state, an Israeli expert says the Islamic Republic does not pose an existential threat to his country.

Iran is not on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's mind at the moment because he's preoccupied with a political stalemate and efforts to form a coalition to remain in power.

Mar 31 06:58

How Israeli rights groups prevent Palestinians from framing their own reality

In recent years, people of colour working in the human rights and international development sector have called on NGOs and agencies to examine institutional racism, and to look at how their structures, discourses and programmes reinforce colonialism and white supremacy.

Last year, 1,000 former and current staff of Doctors Without Borders called for an independent investigation to dismantle "decades of power and paternalism". A year earlier, a report by an independent commission determined that Oxfam International was plagued by "racism, colonial behaviour and bullying behaviours".

But this emerging global conversation appears to have skipped over Israeli human rights organisations, still praised for their courageous fight against Israel’s occupation and their advocacy of Palestinian rights. The recent report from B’Tselem, which declared Israel to be an apartheid state, offers an opportunity to speak about the racial politics of Israeli human rights work.

Mar 31 06:40

New Report Reaffirms US Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

On Tuesday, the State Department released its annual report on global human rights practices, known as the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. In the first such report of the Biden administration, the US reaffirmed the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Israel section of the report reads: “The United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017 and Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in 2019.”

It’s been obvious that President Biden has no intention of reversing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But when it comes to the Golan Heights, which was captured from Syria in 1967, the Biden administration has not been clear how it views the territory.

When asked about the Golan Heights in February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “Leaving aside the legalities of that question, as a practical matter, the Golan is very important to Israel’s security.”

Mar 31 06:35

Report: Thousands in Gaza to get vaccine to be able to cross Israel to West Bank

Planning is underway for an internationally led effort to vaccinate thousands of merchants in the Gaza Strip against coronavirus, so that they can cross the border into Israel and travel to the West Bank, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper reported Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources.

Israel is said to be willing to cooperate with the idea, which would see the traders vaccinated by teams of doctors from abroad at special sites set up on the Israeli side of the Erez border crossing. The doctors would likely be from an international aid organization, according to the report.

The report said Israel would approve such a plan as part of ongoing arrangements with the Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza.

Mar 31 01:57

The US-Israel Special Relationship Timeline That AIPAC Doesn’t Want You To See

May 14, 1948– Official Recognition- The United States of America becomes the first country to officially recognize Israel as an independent nation.

1949-1973- US-Israel Aid Commences– The United States gives Israel an average of $122 million per year in foreign aid payments.

Summer 1954– Lavon Affair– Israel recruits Egyptian Jews to blow up American and British targets in Egypt. Israel planned on blaming the murderous false-flag attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood in an effort to garner support from the US and Britain. After officially denying any involvement, the Israeli government finally admitted their role in the incident in 2005 by honoring the surviving agents with a certificate of appreciation.

Mar 30 05:56

After filming arrest of five boys, B’Tselem field researcher says Israeli Shin Bet ‘threatened’ him

Earlier this month Palestinians in the occupied West Bank’s South Hebron Hills made headlines, after a video was published of Israeli soldiers arresting five young Palestinian children, all between the ages of 8 and 13.

The video, which showed a large group of armed soldiers detaining the frightened young boys, was filmed by a field researcher with Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, and went viral on social media.

Human rights organizations and activists from around the world condemned the Israeli military’s handling of the boys, claiming that they were wrongfully detained while picking wild herbs and vegetables in a mountainous area close to an illegal Israeli settlement.

Mar 30 05:43

‘Cut Aid Over Israeli Apartheid’ Say Americans: Poll

Israel’s American lobby has long categorically rejected assertions that Israel is or would ever become an apartheid regime. That position has become more difficult to maintain over time.

Former President Jimmy Carter’s 2006 New York Times bestseller "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" argued that Israel’s construction of settlements and control of occupied territories were the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East. The word "apartheid" provoked an immediate firestorm within the U.S. Israel affinity ecosystem. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) even accused Carter of "engaging in anti-Semitism" in the book.

Mar 30 05:38

Israel elections: Itamar Ben Gvir, the Jewish supremacist on the rise

He has been described as the Israeli equivalent of a Ku Klux Klan leader and compared to the head of the Proud Boys, a white supremacist organisation that declared its loyalty to US President Donald Trump during his time in the White House.

Itamar Ben Gvir is virulently anti-Palestinian, has been convicted of incitement and support for a designated “terrorist organisation”, and lives in one of the most violent and provocative settlements in the occupied West Bank.

And now he has caused a major electoral upset by winning a seat in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset - the first time his Jewish Power (Otzma Yehudit) party has gained representation since its founding nearly a decade ago.

Mar 30 05:25

Freed Traitor Jonathan Pollard Stabs America In The Back Once Again

In first major interview since release, Pollard encourages American Jews to spy for Israel and embrace dual loyalty.

Mar 30 04:27

Author blames US, pro-Israel lobby for Facebook's decision to shut down of Press TV

A Canada-based author and commentator has attributed the recent shutdown of Press TV’s Facebook page to pressure being exerted on the US-based social media platform by the pro-Israel lobby and others in Washington to suppress pro-Palestinian positions.

Facebook has “conceded a great deal to Israel lobby’s desire to suppress pro-Palestinian positions and I think shutting down Press TV’s account fits within that dynamic,” Yves Engler said Monday in an interview with the Iran-based news network.

“We’re talking about a company (FB) that has more power over what people hear, learn, [and] read than any company in history and that’s a power we need to be very cautious about,” Engler added.

The remarks came after Facebook once again and permanently shut down the page of Press TV on Friday in yet another attack by the giant American firm against Iranian media outlets.

Mar 29 10:03

Even with ICC investigation looming, Israel refuses to behave itself

n case you haven’t heard, Israel is in a bit of hot water. The International Criminal Court is about to begin investigation into possible war crimes by Israel against the people of Palestine.

Israel is well aware of the looming investigation, and has not really tried to deny the war crimes charges. Rather, it has claimed variously that the probe should be called off because either Israel is outside ICC jurisdiction, or Palestine is not a state, or the ICC is “politicized” or “antisemitic.”

Again, Israel has said little or nothing in denial of the charges.

The US administration has stood by Israel’s side, knowing that possible American war crimes in Afghanistan may be next on the court’s docket, and the media, as usual, ignore it. Remember, our politicians have voted to expend $19 million per day on behalf of Israel.

Mar 29 10:03

Israel: 'We can destroy Iran's nuclear programme'

A senior Israeli military official has declared on Friday that his country has the ability to "completely destroy Iran's nuclear programme."

Tal Kalman, head of the Strategic Division and the Third-Circle Directorate of the Israeli army, told Israel Today that 2020 was a "good" year concerning war against Iran.

Kalman added: "I do not want to call it a year of transformation, but it is a year of great change. It started with the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and continued with a series of events that I cannot comment on most of the time, which made the balance positive, and very positive."

He explained that Tel Aviv deals with Iran through four axes, the first of which is the extremist regime, adding: "As long as it controls Iran, Israel faces a very big challenge."

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