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May 30 11:17

Patrick Little breaks down Zionist power with Ry

May 30 11:04

Americans Oppose Investigating the Gaza Massacre

Most Americans would oppose any Trump Administration support for an International Criminal Court investigation into Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters on May 14. This is because they either never heard about the massacre or received slanted coverage.

Thousands of Palestinian protesters in Gaza gathered in May near a "no-go" zone along an Israeli-built separation fence. They protested the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" – or expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians in 1948 from what is now Israel. Throughout "March of Return" protests Israeli snipers shot, killed and severely wounded protesters from behind the safety of protective berms. Palestinian casualties peaked the day Trump administration and Israeli officials celebrated recent U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by opening a brand-new US embassy in the contested city on May 14.

May 30 10:51

How the Gaza Massacre Exposed International Cowardice

No other word suffices. No other word captures the signature essence of diplomats – from Canada, the United Nations, Europe – and their obscene, code-word-laced responses to the massacre of Palestinians, including an eight-month-old child.

When the shocking, sprawling human carnage that revealed itself in Gaza on Monday demanded an unequivocal denunciation of the state-sanctioned murder of innocent children, women and men, predictably, they equivocated.

Worse, in prevaricating, they sided, in effect, with the murderers, as cowards are apt to do. In that urgent moment, they hid behind strikingly similar tweets or press releases to point an accusatory finger at the victims; to absolve the perpetrators of their complicity and guilt; to refashion history by insisting that the “violence” did not constitute a massacre, but a “conflict” between two equivalent adversaries; to imply that the victims invited their fates; and to suggest that the victims are propaganda props of “terrorists”.

May 30 10:50

BREAKING: Israeli Media Exposes Identity of IDF Commander Whose Unit Kidnaps, Assassinates Palestinians

Last week, the hated IDF unit, Duvdevan, performed yet another of its nightly raids in the Palestinian refugee camp al-Am’ari outside Ramallah. It was searching for a Palestinian suspect. It’s not known whether it apprehended the suspect, who he was, or what he was suspected of. Palestinian villagers hate these nighttime raids in which their fellow residents are kidnapped, dragged for questioning, and often imprisoned for months or years either without charges or on trumped-up charges. Duvdevan personnel in particular often disguise themselves as mistarvim (dress as local Palestinians) to arrest and even assassinate targets. That’s why local residents engage in acts of resistance, including rock throwing, at the unwelcome Israeli troops.

May 30 10:48

Finding the truth amid Israel’s lies

Great sadness and suffering flooded the roads – convoy upon convoy of refugees making their way [to the Lebanese border]. They leave the villages of their homeland and the homeland of their ancestors and move to an alien, unknown new land, full of troubles. Women, children, babies, donkeys – everyone is on the move, quietly and sadly, to the north, without looking left or right.

A woman cannot find her husband, a child cannot find his father … Everything that can walk is moving, running away not knowing what to do, not knowing where they are going. Many of their belongings are spread on the sideways; the more they walk the more exhausted they become, they nearly cannot walk anymore – shedding from the bodies everything they tried to salvage when they are on their way to exile …

May 30 10:36

‘A scream to the whole world’: Gaza boats carrying students, medical patients, and wounded protesters attempt to break the blockade

For a first time since 1967, two wooden boats set off from Gaza heading to Cyprus on Tuesday, charting their course in protest of Israel’s decade long siege.

Five hours after leaving the dock, the Israeli Navy intercepted the boats arresting 17 passengers while they were 9 nautical miles off the shores of Gaza, according to the International Committee to Break the Siege on Gaza. Since Israel began its blockade of Gaza in 2007, Palestinian boats have not been allowed past 12 nautical miles from the shore.

Israel is obligated to permit fishing up to 20 nautical miles according to the Oslo Accords, however, Gaza’s fisherman have never been allowed this distance.

May 30 10:31

Israel deliberately provoked the latest violence in Gaza, but you won’t learn that in the ‘NY Times’

You can turn to Haaretz, the distinguished Israeli newspaper, to see how the New York Times slanted today’s article about the increase in violence inside Gaza and across the border in Israel. Haaretz quotes Jamal Zahalka, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, who blames Benjamin Netanyahu’s government for the escalation:

The Israeli government is being pushed into a corner by the non-violent demonstrations in Gaza and is initiating a military confrontation to stop them.

The timeline proves that Israeli is provoking the latest violence. On Sunday, Israeli tanks killed 3 members of the small Islamic Jihad group who were inside Gaza. (The Israeli military said it killed the 3 because a bomb had been planted overnight near the border; it offered no proof the dead had anything to do with the alleged bomb.)

May 30 10:28

Shakira cancels Israel concert after pressure from BDS

Columbian star Shakira will not be performing in Tel Aviv this year following pressure from activists who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) said in a statement yesterday that it “welcomes the announcement that Shakira will not be performing in Tel Aviv anytime soon, dashing Israel’s hopes to use her name to art-wash its latest massacre in Gaza.”

“Hundreds of Palestinian municipalities and cultural organisations, as well as thousands of fans and boycott activists, from Gaza and Lebanon to Colombia and the US, appealed to Shakira to cancel,” PACBI added in its statement.

Last week, on 24 May, Palestinian cultural institutions and local administrations urged the Grammy Award-winning singer not to hold a concert in Tel Aviv as was scheduled.

May 30 10:27

Israel raid hits Gaza high school during exam

A Gaza school has been hit during Israeli bombing of the eastern part of the city, the Palestinian Ministry of Education said in a statement yesterday.

The ministry pointed out that the shelling came while high school students at Abdullah Bin Rawahah school, east of Deir El-Balah, were sitting their exams, no students were hurt.

The ministry has condemned the bombing, adding that Israel does not hesitate to target educational institutions in violation of international conventions.

It called on international agencies and human rights organisations to condemn the attack and punish Israel for its repeated crimes.

May 30 10:27

Tunisia’s largest union joins BDS

The Tunisian General Labour Union announced last week hat it has joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In a statement released on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the union said the move highlights is support for Palestinian refugees, their right of return and is in condemnation of the US’ decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Arab countries are complicit in the oppression and suffering of Palestinians, the statement which was signed by the TGLU’s General Secretary Noureddinne Taboubi said.

May 30 10:25

Israel Believes Gaza Fighting Is Over for Now, Won't Attack if Rocket Fire Ends

The Israeli army said Wednesday it believes fighting in Gaza has come to an end and said it will respect the calm if Hamas ends the rocket fire towards Israel. The military's Home Front Command said that starting at 6 P.M., residents of communities near the Gaza border can return to their regular routines. Hamas agreed to accept a unilateral cease-fire after talks with Egypt, despite the fact the Israel was not party to the talks.

May 30 10:24

Why is the West Bank silent?

I received a phone call from a highly educated and cultured woman who asked me about the secret behind the West Bank’s silence regarding the Right of Return and the marches taking place in the Gaza Strip. She said that Gaza is suffering from difficult living conditions imposed by the siege, while the West Bank is suffering in a different way, despite the better living conditions compared to Gaza. So why, she asked, is Gaza taking action with firmness, determination and commitment, while the West Bank barely takes action? Her argument is that there are enough reasons to prompt the people in the West Bank to take action in defence of the rights of the Palestinian people, and she wanted a concise and focused answer.

May 30 09:27

ISRAEL CARRIES OUT MASSIVE STRIKE ON GAZA, LOCALS PROTEST AGAINST US-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA

Tensions between the local population and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are growing. Protests against the SDF have recently erupted in the cities of Manbij, Hasakah and Raqqah.

The predominantly Arab local population protested against behavior and policies, including forced conscription, implemented by the SDF. Forces of the US-led coalition were even forced to intervene into the situation in Raqqa in order to stop infighting between the Kurdish YPG and local Arab units.

The SDF and the SDF-held area is de-facto dominated by Kurdish YPG/YPJ militias and their political wing PYD. This is also one of the factors triggering tensions with the local population.

May 30 09:16

How Israeli banks finance theft of Palestinian land

The Aamer family owns about 100 acres of land just half a kilometer from their home village of Mas’ha.

But that land now lies on the other side of Israel’s apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank.

Some family members have permits from the Israeli military to reach their land, but doing so is an ordeal. Instead of a short walk, it requires a 20-kilometer detour taking hours. It also requires passing through the barrier at a specially designated gate that opens only twice a day for 15-30 minutes each time.

As a result, family members now rarely visit their land. Instead of growing labor intensive crops such as wheat and barley, they now cultivate about 200 olive trees, and that is after Israeli occupation forces uprooted another 300 trees and built roads and structures on some of their land.

The Aamer family’s land is now in the heart of Elkana, an Israeli settlement built around and on some of their land with the help of Bank Mizrahi Tefahot.

May 30 09:13

UNBELIEVABLE FOOTAGE OF A COLD BLOODED MURDER IN ISRAEL

An Israeli police man strangles a Palestinian Child to death on Saturday during the protest of US embassy move to the Jerusalem. The innocent boy even read Kalima e shahadat before dying. Despite many attempts by groups to upload this video to the Youtube, its been consistently removed and deleted from google, Facebook and youtube. pls make this video viral so that it reaches all the media.

May 30 09:03

Tom Friedman has advice for Palestinians: Embrace Zionism

One of the advantages of being a liberal Zionist is that you never have to take responsibility for what Zionism does. You can blame Palestinians for their own demise, maintain a sense of righteousness while people die, and defend Israel no matter what it does. And you can state emphatically that you know what Palestinians need to do, though you’ve never considered their experience. They exist, for you, only in a theoretical sense.

“Just what are we going to do about the Palestinians,” you and your liberal Zionist friends can ask over lattes and chai teas at coffee shops. And when you write about them, you can consider the Palestinian people only as a theory–something abstract to be grappled with–rather than human beings who deserve the dignity and freedom that you have. You don’t ever have to acknowledge Palestinian history or experience.

May 30 07:25

Tom Friedman has advice for Palestinians: Embrace Zionism

Take, for example, Thomas Friedman’s May 23, 2018, opinion piece in The New York Times, “Hamas, Netanyahu and Mother Nature.” Friedman’s critique–which shakes its finger at the Palestinians who have screwed up again–is yet another liberal Zionist apology for Israel’s recent massacre of 62 people at the Gaza border. “If Hamas had chosen to recognize Israel and build a Palestinian state in Gaza modeled on Singapore,” Friedman writes, “the world would have showered it with aid and it would have served as a positive test case for the West Bank.” Using an “If-X-then-Y” equation, Friedman knows what’s best for what ails Palestinians. If they just behaved better, he declares, Israel’s treatment of them would improve.

May 30 05:29

Israelis use banned explosive bullets against Palestinens on Gaza border

They are explosive bullets and internationally prohibited bullets called the butterfly it enters the body of the injured and opens inside the body Serrated wings are out of the human flesh is mutilated.
Note: These weapons against slight shots! No Israeli injured, killed or scratched.

May 30 05:25

Gaza: Avoiding a Greater Blood Bath

The exit wounds are fist-size. Bone is pulverized into dust. This is the reality for half of the injured patients received in my organization’s clinics since the launch of the Great Return March in Gaza.
Note: Israel is using to explosive bullets.

May 30 02:29

False Headline: Gaza Mortar Hits Israeli Kindergarten Amid Largest Artillery Barrage Since 2014

A man holds shrapnel from mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip that ....landed near a kindergarten.... on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Gaza border, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
At least 116 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli snipers, tanks and airstrikes since the protests began on March 30
Note: Not a single Israeli was killed, wounded, or even scratched!

May 29 15:54

Help draw a smile on the face of a poor Palestinian child

Hello I am Shadi from the besieged Gaza Strip. I work in the field of humanitarian volunteerism, helping the poor, distributing food to the poor and drawing smiles on poor children. Since 2014, the war has started on the Gaza Strip, leading to a high rate of unemployment in the Gaza Strip. That's why I ask you for support. Note / cost of food aid for poor families for a week of $ 20 I wish you help in the success of this project, the combination to help a large number of poor thank you for your support!

May 29 15:13

France Warns Israel: Demolishing West Bank Bedouin Village Would Break International Law

France urges Israel to halt the demolition, saying Khan al-Ahmar is located in an area 'of strategic importance to the two-state solution'

May 29 14:06

West’s failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre

Jonathan Cook says the West’s failure to punish Israel for its massacre in Gaza – “in fact, the reverse: visible rewards with a relocated US embassy and the chance to host the Eurovision Song Contest” – will lead to future massacres. >>

May 29 12:05

Jewish past versus Jewish State

"Zionism promised to solve the Jewish problem. It vowed to fix diaspora Jews by means of a “homecoming”, to make them loved, empathic and bond them to the soil – in essence, to make them “a people like all other people”.

"The horrific scenes flooding in from Gaza recently demonstrate that Zionism has failed miserably. The Jewish State is an embarrassment to its original humanist endeavour and to humanity in general..." >>

May 29 11:06

Israeli navy stops boats of wounded Palestinians trying to break siege on Gaza

Two vessels carrying 17 student activists and Palestinians injured during the recent Great March of Return protests attempted to break Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, before the Israeli military intervened.
Israeli security forces arrested the passengers from one of the two boats running the blockade and escorted the vessel 12 miles away from the Gaza coast to the Israeli side. It was not immediately clear what happened to the second boat.

The attempt to break the siege comes as tensions run especially high in the Gaza Strip, with Israeli warplanes pounding targets in the Hamas-run Palestinian territory in response to mortar fire…

May 29 11:03

Palestinian boat breaks Gaza siege

Palestinians had called on the international community to protect the boat as it set off on its historic journey and to ensure the safety of all those onboard. They warned that occupation forces would continue their aggression against the Palestinian people, adding that the flotilla is a purely civilian initiative aimed at ending the isolation of the Gaza Strip and force the occupation to end the suffering of the more than two million people living there.

“This trip will carry the hopes and dreams of the Palestinian people for freedom,” Salah Abdul-Ati, a member of a Palestinian committee tasked with breaking the siege, told a press conference in the Gaza City on Sunday.

May 29 11:01

Spying on Linda Sarsour: Israeli Firm Compiled Anti-Sarsour Dossier for Adelson-funded U.S. Group Battling Her Campus Appearances

A Haaretz investigation can reveal that a secretive Israeli firm collected intelligence on American citizen Linda Sarsour and her family, acting on behalf of an American-Israeli organization established to combat the BDS movement.

Israel Cyber Shield (ICS) delivered the dossier to the pro-Israel Act.IL group, which used it as the basis of a campaign to discourage U.S. colleges from allowing the pro-BDS activist to speak on campus. Act.IL’s CEO, Yarden Ben Yosef, confirmed to Haaretz that his group receives materials from ICS.

May 29 11:00

Congressional bill would apply Israel-centric definition of antisemitism to campuses

The current legislation (H.R.6421 & S.2940) is entitled “A bill to provide for the consideration of a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities. (Text here) The short title is ‘‘Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018.’’

A similar bill, “Anti-Semitism Act of 2016,” was supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish Federations of North America, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center but was not enacted.

Legal experts have warned that such bills would violate the First Amendment.

May 29 10:59

Israel bombs Gaza militant sites amid heaviest rocket fire since 2014

Palestinian fighters launched their heaviest barrages against Israel since the 2014 Gaza war on Tuesday and Israeli aircraft struck back, in a surge of fighting after weeks of border violence.

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded by shrapnel, the military said, after dozens of mortar bombs and rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, triggering warning sirens in southern Israel throughout the day. There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

Israeli jets hit more than 30 targets belonging to armed groups in Gaza, including a cross-border tunnel under construction, the military said. It accused Gaza's dominant Hamas movement and the pro-Iran Islamic Jihad group of launching the salvos.

May 29 08:56

The Luck of the Gambler

What will happen when the incredibly lucky gambler starts to lose, after all?

History is full of heroes who had legendary luck. Who conquered countries and continents, until the bitter day arrived. Napoleon, for example. Or his German successor, whose name had better not be mentioned in this context.

A person who is too successful will inevitably become a megalomaniac. Their mental equilibrium will be upset.

They will go one kilometer too far and fall into the abyss.

And when they fall, they will take the entire country with them.

May 29 05:36

Flashback:Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range

...a 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. A 19-year-old, named as Fulkan Dogan, who also has US citizenship, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, said Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the council of forensic medicine.
Note: Once again the IDF showed how brave they were against unarmed civilians! (The friends of the IDF in the United States donates millions to them.

May 29 05:21

Israeli jets bomb Gaza after mortar shells fired from strip

The Israeli military said no one was hurt...Adva Klein, a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, said she only got about two hours of sleep because of the frequent incoming fire and the sirens warning of them....Israeli fire has killed more than 110 Palestinians!

May 28 15:32

Fathi Harb burnt himself to death in Gaza. Will the world notice?

Jonathan Cook asks whether Gaza resident Fathi Harb’s self-immolation will shame the West into action, or whether the West will continue to blame the victims to excuse its complicity in seven decades of Israeli outrages against the Palestinian people. >>

May 28 12:50

Israeli Colonizers Cut Dozens Of Trees Near Bethlehem

Several Israeli colonizers invaded, Friday, Palestinian agricultural lands in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and cut dozens of trees.

Hasan Breijiyya, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bethlehem, said the colonizers cut 25 Peach trees, and 35 grapevines, owned by a local farmer, identified as Salah Shahin.

Breijiyya stated that this is the second attack targeting the same area this week alone, and added that the area is frequently targeted by the colonizers, and the army, in an attempt to expand the existing illegal colonies.

May 28 12:48

Three people reportedly killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza

Three men have been killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza, Palestinian and Israeli media said, citing the Gaza Health ministry. The incident comes days after the resumption of March of Return protests.

The men were killed near the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, an official from the Health Ministry said, as cited by Arabic language media and AFP.

Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces released a statement saying that their tank “targeted a military observation post in the southern Gaza Strip a short while ago.” It added that “no injuries to IDF soldiers were reported,” without revealing details of any civilian casualties.

May 28 12:05

Israel airstrikes target Hamas positions in Gaza

Israeli warplanes bombed two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip late on Saturday, causing no casualties, according to local sources.

One of the targeted sites affiliated with the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of resistance movement Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007, is in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli aircrafts targeted another Hamas site in the west of Khan Younis city in the southern Gaza Strip.

May 28 11:42

Israel Top Court Approves Use Of Live Ammo In Gaza As Draconian "Anti-Filming" Law Introduced

Israel's Supreme Court has rejected two petitions from human rights groups demanding Israel cease using snipers and live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.

A panel of three justices unanimously rejected the petitions, siding with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) which said that the protesters constitute a legitimate danger to Israeli soldiers and citizens, pointing to several Hamas figures which have been taken out by snipers - 50 according to Hamas leader Salah Bardawil.

Hamas leader Salah Bardawil said in a televised interview that of the “62 people martyred, 50 were Hamas.”

Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry stated that 62 total Palestinians were killed during the riots on Monday, most by Israeli gunfire, and more than 2,700 were wounded.

“Take his word for it. This was no peaceful protest,” said Israel Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus, who tweeted out the interview. -National Review

May 28 11:13

Israel build MAJOR UNDERWATER WALL to block Gaza attacks as Middle East war continues

ISRAEL’s Defence Ministry has started the construction of the world’s first underwater barrier on Sunday, intended to prevent Hamas and other Islamist militant groups from launching surprise attacks into the south of the country by sea.

May 28 11:12

Gaza massacre with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat & North West friends of Israel

In this episode, we speak to Palestine's Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat about Gaza, Israel and how the Israeli government can ever be made to abide by UN resolutions. We ask the co-chair of North West Friends of Israel, Raphi Bloom, about the difference between self-defense and war crimes. Plus, we speak to John Simons, the designer who dressed mods like Paul Weller about class and the story of British modernism.

May 28 11:12

Israel accused of 'war crime' over bulldozing of Palestinian olive groves

Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land.

Stunned farmers were at the targeted hillside Friday, aghast that nothing remained of their 5-10 year old trees except a few stumps and some olive tree branches. “They didn’t leave me anything,” said Sabri Manasra, who said he and a cousin had lost 800 trees. “This is damage no one will forget, not my children, or my children’s children. It’s damage to our heart. I don’t understand how people can do this.”

The uprooting operation, the largest of its kind in the southern West Bank in three years, was carried out on Thursday by what farmers said were five military vehicles on land the farmers say they own. Three years ago, Israeli authorities posted signs saying that the land belongs to the state, farmers said.

May 28 10:58

Fathi Harb Burnt himself to Death in Gaza. Will the World Notice?

Fathi Harb should have had something to live for, not least the imminent arrival of a new baby. But last week the 21-year-old extinguished his life in an inferno of flames in central Gaza.

It is believed to be the first example of a public act of self-immolation in the enclave. Harb doused himself in petrol and set himself alight on a street in Gaza City shortly before dawn prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

In part, Harb was driven to this terrible act of self-destruction out of despair.

After a savage, decade-long Israeli blockade by land, sea and air, Gaza is like a car running on fumes. The United Nations has repeatedly warned that the enclave will be uninhabitable within a few years.

May 28 10:58

MUST SEE IMAGE …. TO MAIM OR TO KILL

This picture illustrates the difference between ordinary bullets and internationally banned bullets used by Israeli snipers to shoot Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

May 28 09:48

Video: Activists protest Israel booth at Paris VivaTech


Activists in Paris staged a boisterous protest on Saturday at the official Israeli pavilion at VivaTech, a major international trade fair.

About two dozen protesters from BDS France, a group that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestinian rights, spread out in front of the pavilion chanting “boycott apartheid Israel” and “stop the massacres in Gaza.”

As the video above shows, officials attempted to hustle them out, but the activists sat down on the ground, continuing their chants:

May 28 09:47

Grief replaces laughter as Gaza marks Ramadan

The Abu Hassanein family is trying to mark Ramadan in the normal way. But it has proven impossible.

Nobody could convince Shifaa Abu Hassanein to join the family for an iftar – the meal which ends a day of fasting – as the holy month began.

Three days earlier, Shifaa lost her 36-year-old son Mousa. He was one of approximately 60 people killed by Israel during the Gaza massacre on 14 May.

Mousa was a paramedic – the orange vest he was wearing clearly identified him as such. He was providing first aid to the injured when he was hit by a sniper’s bullet.

“I don’t feel like eating or drinking anything,” said Shifaa. “I can’t even handle the family gathering for an iftar without Mousa. Everything reminds me of Mousa. He used to love the food we had at Ramadan. He would always ask me to make pea soup and rice.”

May 28 09:46

Video: Who are the Palestinians traveling through Rafah crossing?

Last week, Egyptian President Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire month of Ramadan, which he said was “in order to ensure the easing of the burdens on the brothers in the Gaza Strip.”

The crossing, which serves as the main gateway to the outside world for the 2 million Palestinians besieged in Gaza, has remained largely closed since Sisi’s rise to power.

We spoke to several Palestinians — students going abroad to study or in search of jobs, people traveling to reunite with families, and injured protesters seeking treatment in Jordan — as they waited for their chance to leave Gaza. The journey out of Gaza is far from simple, as only a select number of Palestinians with permission are allowed to leave.

May 28 09:45

Gaza boats will attempt to break Israel Navy siege on Tuesday

The Gaza Strip will set off a flotilla of ships on Tuesday in a bid to break the 12-year-long Israeli blockade on the Palestinian territory.

“This trip will carry the hopes and dreams of the Palestinian people for freedom,” Salah Abdul-Ati, a member of a Palestinian committee tasked with breaking the siege, told a press conference in the Gaza City on Sunday.

He said the first ship will set sail on Tuesday morning, with a number of injured Gazans and patients aboard.

He, however, did not specify the first stop of the ship.

According to Abdul-Ati, Israeli forces twice attacked boats and ships seeking to break the Israeli siege on Gaza in the past two weeks.

He called on the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority to lift “penalties on the Gaza people to boost their steadfastness and ease the humanitarian crisis caused by the blockade”.

May 28 09:35

‘Palestinians stick to their roots despite decades of dispossession’

More than 700 members of the Palestinian community in Britain held their 4th annual Iftar (fast-breaking) event on Saturday in north-west London. Organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain and the Olive Youth Group, speakers at the event affirmed that Palestinians will continue to stick firmly to their roots despite decades of dispossession.

“Generations of Palestinians have not forgotten that their roots lie in the soil of Palestine,” explained Dr Hafez Al-Karmi, the chair of the Forum. “The current protests in the besieged Gaza Strip have brought the issue back to its starting point, the 1948 Nakba [Catastrophe], when the refugee crisis was created by the founding of the state of Israel on Palestinian land.” All Palestinians, he added, reject the US Embassy move to occupied Jerusalem.

May 28 09:34

Palestinians call to save their homes from Israeli demolition orders

Palestinian families in the village of Aqaba, north of the West Bank, on Sunday called on Palestinian human rights organizations and the government to save their homes from the Israeli demolition orders.

The Israeli authorities have recently issued orders to demolish the homes of 20 families in the village of Aqaba under the pretext of being built in Area C.

May 28 09:31

Journalists Condemn Bill Criminalizing Photography of Soldiers

The Palestinian Journalist Syndicate (PCJ) released a statement on Saturday condemning the proposal of a new bill in the Israeli Knesset that would criminalize the photographing or recording of Israeli soldiers while on duty.

The bill was proposed on Thursday, with the support of right-wing Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and, if passed, those found in violation of the law could face a prison sentence of up to five years.

The PCJ called the proposed bill “racist,” saying that it “severely attacks the profession of the press and legitimizes the criminal practices committed by the Israeli occupation army against the Palestinian people.”

The group said, according to Ma’an, that the law would “grant legitimacy to the Israeli occupation to commit more crimes,” and is an attempt by the Israeli government to “escape punishment and international justice.”
“The core of the law is to mislead justice and provide a formal cover for further crimes,” the group said.

May 28 05:42

Israel begins building marine barrier along Gaza border

The barrier, which consists of fortified breakwater topped with barbed wire, is being constructed a few kilometres north of Gaza and is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Note: They don't have borders and I think they are lunatics. Where the hell did these people come from?

May 28 04:58

NYT Edit Board Are Last Humans on Earth Who Believe US Neutral in Israel/Palestine Conflict

The fact that the United States favors Israel in its decades-long "conflict" with the Palestinians is not a subjective or abstract question; it's a well-established empirical fact. The US gives over $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel (more than the US spends on aid for the last seven countries it's bombed combine), and defends it from sanction almost uniformly at the UN Security Council. Israel's support from the US Congress borders on sycophantic ... None of these simple, clear-as-day facts however, seem to be known - or at least acknowledged - by those who make up the New York Times editorial board ... It's difficult to imagine any of the seemingly knowledgeable and healthy adults at the Times editorial board actually thinking the US has been "neutral" in its dealings with Israel and Palestine.

May 27 10:22

Palestinians - 70 Years Of Suffering

To date, 62 Palestinians have been shot dead in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army and over 5,500 wounded by gunfire. Their crime: protesting the loss of their ancestral homes in the West Bank.

Here was an example of Gandhi-style passive resistance that failed. Israeli sniper teams just fired at will at the protesters, some of who were throwing rocks or firing sling shots. High concentration tear gas was dumped by drones on the demonstrators. Israel claimed it was killing ‘terrorists.’

The United States, Israel’s patron and financier, reveled in the move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move seen by Bible Belt religious fundamentalists as a key step to the return of the Christian Messiah and Armageddon. The rest of us, Jews included, are fated to be burned alive. The American Republicans, who have become a far-right theocratic party, cheered this good news. The Trump administration, by now an extension of Israel’s hard right Likud Party, was cock-a-hoop.

May 27 10:18

Palestinians risk losing Jerusalem ID over Israel loyalty law

Attoun, along with PLC members Mohammad Totah, Mohammad Abu Teir and former Palestinian minister Khaled Abu Arafeh, were forcibly deported from occupied East Jerusalem in 2011 after Israel's interior minister revoked their Jerusalem residencies over allegations of "breaching loyalty" to the Israeli state.

Attoun's deportation from the city put his life in disarray. He only sees his family on weekends when they travel to Ramallah, where he now resides. His eight-year-old daughter has never experienced living with her father.

"I wish I could see her just once in her school uniform when she comes home," Attoun said, noting that his family has continued to reside in Jerusalem despite his expulsion.

"Despite the suffering, in my heart I know we are right. In the natural order, I must return to Jerusalem."

May 27 05:54

Israeli strike on Gaza kills 3 Palestinian militants

The Israeli military struck a Gaza observation post on Sunday, killing three Palestinian militants after the troops found a bomb planted along the border.
Note: This article is propaganda. Israel found a bomb so they shot a tank shell at a Gaza post. And Israel has no borders.

May 26 18:01

Diary of a Palestinian girl: Nightmares

Janna takes us through the struggle that is life in Nabi Saleh, a village in occupied Palestine. It is, in her words, a living nightmare filled with fear, pain and loss, where protests, riots and shootings are the daily norm. This is our fifth and final episode of the young journalist's diary.

May 26 09:43

GAZA SHOOTINGS PHOTOGRAPHER: 'YOU REALIZE THE AMOUNT OF LUCK INVOLVED IN BEING ABLE TO JUST WALK AWAY'

A series of protests between March 30 and May 15 on the Gaza-Israel border resulted in the deaths of roughly 110 Palestinians, as Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and toxic tear gas across the border in an attempt to temper demonstrations that were largely peaceful.

On May 14, Israeli soldiers killed roughly 60 Palestinians and wounded over a thousand as demonstrations coincided with the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

I recently returned from Gaza, where working as a Getty Images photographer, I captured not only the combat, but the human element of a conflict that has raged on for decades.

May 26 09:30

WHAT AN ICC 'WAR CRIMES' PROBE COULD MEAN FOR ISRAEL

mid a push by the Palestinian Authority for an expedited investigation into alleged Israeli “war crimes,” the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague indicated that a preliminary examination opened in 2015 “will continue to follow its normal course.”

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda issued the statement after meeting with PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, who called for an urgent probe into Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The PA claims against Israel cover a wide array of issues, ranging from this month's deadly clashes along the Gaza border to the 2014 war with Hamas; from Israeli housing projects in the West Bank to the IDF's practice of demolishing the homes of Palestinian terrorists.

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May 26 09:12

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

Israel called on the European Union on Friday to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish state.

May 26 09:08

Tunisian opposition ‘committed’ to law criminalising normalisation with Israel

A leading opposition MP in Tunisia has said that democratic forces in the country remain committed to passing a law which criminalises “normalisation” with Israel, Quds Press has reported. “The Palestinian cause,” added Al-Irada Party leader Imed Al-Daimi, “remains a priority for the political elites and leaders in Tunisia.”

Al-Daimi expressed his regret at the way the Tunisian public and officials reacted to Israel’s violations against the Palestinians, calling the response “weak and substandard”. He attributed this to Tunisians’ preoccupation with post-revolution local entitlements, in addition to the Tunisian communities’ reduced confidence in political participation and its replacement by social media.

“We are witnessing a serious social phenomenon here in Tunisia, which is the reluctance to participate in political and public affairs. This was evident in the weak turnout for the recent municipal elections.”

May 26 09:08

Palestinian ‘Great March of Return’ protests continue for ninth Friday

The Great March of Return protests in the besieged Gaza Strip continued yesterday for the ninth Friday in succession. Thousands of Palestinians headed for the protest tents in the eastern Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon, including a number of leaders of the various Palestinian factions, headed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

There are five protest camps spread along the nominal border with Israel. In fact, Israel has never declared what its borders are, and has used the “Security Wall” in the occupied West Bank and a “buffer zone” inside Gaza to encroach upon and steal even more Palestinian land.

May 26 09:06

We will not allow Hamas to strengthen its military capabilities, insists Israeli minister

The minister was responding to news about a trend in Israel towards a truce with the Gaza Strip. “I support the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip,” he explained, “including the provision of humanitarian aid, but on two conditions: the return of Israeli soldiers captured by Hamas and preventing the development of its military strength and capabilities.”

May 26 09:04

The ongoing Nakba and its forthcoming defeat

Tuesday, 15 May, marked the 70th anniversary of what the Palestinian people term Youm al-Nakba, or the Day of Catastrophe. The Nakba is the defining event that formed and solidified the Palestinian liberation struggle.

Between 1947 and 1948, more than 750,000 Palestinians – about half of the Arab population in Palestine at that time – were forced out of their homes and land by the Zionist militias which went on to form the core of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). As part of this calculated act of ethnic cleansing, the militias dynamited and bulldozed 531 Palestinian villages in an attempt to ensure that the Palestinian refugees would never return.

Unlike the aftermath of most other wars, the refugees in this case were systematically denied their right to return to their homeland, Palestine. Today, they and their descendants number at least 5.2 million people in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and the surrounding Arab countries.

May 26 09:04

Remote control repression: Israel tested its latest weapons against the Great March of Return

Over the course of the Great March of Return protests which started on 30 March, 115 Palestinians were killed and a further 13,000 were injured. Many were shot by live ammunition fired from Israeli positions behind the nominal Gaza-Israel border. Tear gas rained down on protesters from unmanned drones that hovered in the skies. Butterfly bullets shattered the limbs of scores of Palestinians.

This was the repression of protesters by remote control. It was cold, clinical and calculated, with devastating results. Israel is one of the world’s leading developers of high-tech weapons and munitions, and the Great March of Return presented an ideal opportunity to experiment with its latest products. With a guinea pig population of almost two million Palestinians held under siege in Gaza, Israel can boast of its technology and weaponry as being “battle proven” in a corporate world unconcerned about ethics.

May 26 09:03

Dehumanising the dead: Israel's false narrative on Hamas 'terrorists'

In today's world, if someone is called a "terrorist", he instantly loses his human face. Torturing, starving, humiliating and attacking Gaza's population of two million civilians is okay, as long as you label them "terrorists". Once you've done that, no justification, excuse or evidence is needed.

Even an eight-month-old infant dying after inhaling tear gas, or a 14-year-old boy shot in the head cease to become too much of a problem if you brand the population they come from as "terrorists".

When Iranians protest the absence of human dignity, they are brave and worth supporting. When Palestinians in Gaza do the same thing, they attract suspicion and Israel responds by saying "there are no innocents in Gaza" because the protesters in Gaza are "Nazi terrorists". That word helps them sleep at night and is picked up by the world's media.

May 25 12:26

Palestinians will seek international protection at General Assembly

Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said that Palestinians would call on the United Nations General Assembly to assemble under the heading “United for a Lasting Peace” to seek international protection for the Palestinian people because of a possible veto in the UN Security Council.

In a statement, Al-Maliki asserted that, “The US Mission in the UN expressed its objection to a bill for the international protection of the Palestinian people, which had been discussed in the UN Security Council, and expressed its willingness to use the veto against it.”

Palestinians have long been seeking a resolution that would provide international protection for the Palestinian people against the Israeli violations.

May 25 12:23

9 Brands You Can Boycott to Hold Israel Accountable for Its Violation of International Law

Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) are big news in 2014. If Scarlett Johansson's Sodastream fiasco didn't grab your attention, perhaps the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli universities did, or Netanyahu's increasing talk of million-dollar PR campaigns, legal offensives and diplomacy efforts to counter the BDS threat. Opinion pages are filled with debate, John Kerry has warned Israel that it could be facing a delegitimization campaign "on steroids" and voices from all sides are speculating that a boycott movement against Israel could be about to break into the mainstream.

May 25 09:40

Haifa activists vow to continue protests following ‘brutal’ police crackdown

Enraged and saddened by images from Gaza last week, when the Israeli military killed at least 62 people in a single day, Palestinian citizens of Israel protested on Friday in the coastal city of Haifa to demand an end to Israeli violence and the more than decade-long siege that has strangled Gaza into a humanitarian crisis.

Unlike similar peaceful marches held in Tel Aviv by predominately Jewish-Israeli protesters in days prior, in Haifa the estimated 500 demonstrators were met with riot police, widespread arrests and one human rights worker sustained a broken knee.

“The first reaction of the police to stop the demonstration was to use violence,” Bashar Ali, 22, a student studying social and political science at Tel Aviv University, told Mondoweiss.

May 25 09:34

BLACKLISTED ACADEMIC NORMAN FINKELSTEIN ON GAZA, “THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONCENTRATION CAMP”

ISRAEL HAS ONCE again conducted a premeditated, full-scale massacre in broad daylight, in front of the cameras of the world. Once again, it took place in Gaza.

On May 14, Israeli snipers and other forces gunned down more than 60 Palestinians, and wounded thousands of others, including civilians, journalists, and paramedics. “You try nonlethal means and they don’t work,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “So you’re left with bad choices. It’s a bad deal. You know, you try and you go for below the knee, and sometimes it doesn’t work, and unfortunately these things are avoidable.”

May 25 09:22

Be skeptical about claim that Palestinians left their land

The letter’s authors purport to be writing for the Jewish community. They have greatly overstated their authority. They write only for the organization on whose behalf they’ve signed their letter. I confidently say that I am one among many of the Jewish community who, along with the letter writers, abhor the recent casualties in Gaza but also abhor the provocative move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and all other tandem measures taken by the current U.S. and Israeli governments to subvert peace and prolong pain in a part of the world that demands more of humankind.

May 25 09:20

‘What did you do when Gaza was dying?’ A visit with the freedom flotilla in Copenhagen

There is a Freedom Flotilla to Gaza taking place this summer with several boats from various countries. Several boats docked in Copenhagen for a couple of days as part of their journey to Gaza, which they plan to reach in late July.

From 2008 through to 2016, 31 boats have challenged the blockade. (The flotillas took a break in 2017.) These boats sail to challenge Israel’s Naval blockade on Gaza, part of its siege of Gaza that has lasted more than a decade. They have repeatedly been stopped from getting to Gaza; the most deadly incident in that history was the Israeli commando attack on the Turkish Mavi Marmara in 2010, in which 10 activists were killed by the Israeli soldiers in international waters.

May 25 09:17

Israeli court authorises demolition of Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar

Community will most likely be relocated next to landfill in Abu Dis, a rundown West Bank suburb of East Jerusalem

May 25 08:47

Use of live fire against Palestinian protesters justified by Israel’s Supreme Court

Israel’s Supreme Court has upheld the military’s use of live ammunition against protesters in Gaza, ruling that lethal force is justified because the protesters are part of an “armed conflict” between Israel and Hamas.

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.

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