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Apr 30 10:20

Ex-Egypt official: Israel did asked for land swap for peace with Palestinians

Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit has for the first time confirmed that Israel has on numerous times requested land swaps in an effort to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict, Arabi21 reported yesterday.

Aboul-Gheit, who is currently the secretary of the Arab League, revealed he witnessed the land swap request that was repeated four times. He did not say who else requested the land swap.

“There were some illusions between 2003 and 2006,” he said, while giving a speech for the Egyptian army marking the liberation of Sinai. “I was a witness to these requests when I was a foreign minister. They said: Let’s exchange lands with you.”

Apr 30 05:41

Mike Pompeo defends Israel over Palestinian Gaza border deaths

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration, despite its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and its planned move of the U.S. Embassy to the holy city over Palestinian protests. Pompeo also said the U.S. is "fully supportive" of the Jewish state's right to defend itself and declined to criticize the Israeli military for its use of live fire against Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border.

Apr 30 04:25

Israeli says 3 Palestinian infiltrators from Gaza killed

Israel says that it is defending its sovereign border, including nearby communities, and that its troops target only instigators. Israel accuses Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction, of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of the mass protests.
Note: Israel has no legal sovereign and it is Israel who is doing the destruction of Palestine.

Apr 29 09:56

Are Palestinian Journalists Being Censored by Murder?

On April 25, Ahmad Abu Hussein became the second Palestinian journalist Israeli snipers shot to death while covering the Great March of Return demonstrations, a series of weekly, massive Palestinian demonstrations demanding the right to return to their lands. Abu Hussein was 24 years old. Just days before, Israeli live ammunition killed 30-year-old Yasser Mourtaja. Like Abu Hussein, he was wearing a large, bright “Press” jacket that made clear he was a reporter.

The organization Reporters Sans Frontieres asserts that the Israeli Occupying Forces’ targeting of journalists is deliberate and systemic. This would be in direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2222 (2015), which states: “impunity for crimes committed against journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in armed conflict remains a significant challenge to their protection and that ensuring accountability for crimes committed against them is a key element in preventing future attacks.”

Apr 29 09:55

Israel calls for punishing those who document army violations against Palestinians

Israel’s right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu, led by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is pushing for a new law to punish those who document the Israeli soldiers activities during their army service, Israeli Channel 7 reported.

The draft law calls for anyone who films soldiers during their military service to be handed a -year jail term which would increase to ten years if the content is classified as “detrimental to Israeli security”.

The bill also prohibits the publication of video recordings on social media or disseminating them to the media.

The party’s proposed draft bill comes after video footage circulated showing Israeli occupation forces cheering as their peers shot peaceful Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Apr 29 09:29

Israel’s seven decades of plunder

"Israel has in fact celebrated seven decades of plunder, oppression and impunity. The voices of peace in Israel, from people like David Grossman, Uri Avnery and Gideon Levi, are fading. Israel, as Rosner attests, is a Jewish State. Israelis choose to bond with their “Jewish identity”. Peace and reconciliation are not something we should expect to see any time soon.">>

Apr 29 09:22

Adi Shosberger called Israeli soldiers ‘terrorists’ — and Israel has turned on her

Israeli human rights activists who promote BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) and speak harshly against Israeli policy are often subject to campaigns of exclusion and sometimes to death threats. While their stories pale in comparison to the stories of Palestinians (who are often shot dead just for protesting their rights), they need to be told and heard once in a while.

Thus I will tell the story of Adi Shosberger, the Israeli activist who called Israeli soldiers “terrorists” who are participating in a “massacre of innocent civilians”, telling them they were brainwashed into joining a “terror army”, as featured in a video which went viral in Israel just over two weeks ago. The incitement against her following the video release resulted in death threats, harassment and intimidation of her children, slashing of tires, garbage on the lawn etc. Adi required protection from fellow activists, as the police have taken her situation very lightly.

Apr 29 08:59

Israel to Seize Lands in Bethlehem Area

Israeli authorities served notifications, on Saturday to seize 42 dunams of land in the village of al-Khadir, to the south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, a local activist said.

Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the village, told WAFA that Israeli forces notified Palestinians from the village about their intention to take over the 42 dunams, for “security reasons”.

Apr 29 08:47

Russia concerned over escalation of tensions between Palestinians, Israel – ministry

Moscow is deeply concerned about the new escalation of tensions on the Palestinian territories, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. The statement came after the Israeli Army violently suppressed mass demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, which led to the death of four Palestinians. Moscow warned of a possible subsequent escalation of the situation, including with regard to the intention voiced by the US administration to hold a ceremony in Jerusalem in mid-May which would mark the start of the transferal of the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv, TASS reported.

Apr 29 08:37

IN TOONS ~~ EXCEPTIONAL EXCEPTIONS

Apr 29 08:37

CELEBRATING THE DISPLACEMENT

There is no empathy at all for the last victims of the Holocaust, the Palestinians

Apr 28 16:33

Diary of an 11 year old: Playing with bombs

How do kids play in a war-zone? Here are the answers. This is the first episode of our new series that follows Janna, a young journalist living in in Nabi Saleh, a small village in Palestine.

Apr 28 10:49

Amnesty demands arms embargo to end Israel’s “murderous assault”

“Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them,” Amnesty International said on Friday as thousands of Palestinians taking part in Great March of Return rallies in Gaza faced Israeli bullets for the fifth week.

Over those weeks, Amnesty stated, “the Israeli military has killed 35 Palestinians and injured more than 5,500 others – some with what appear to be deliberately inflicted life-changing injuries.”

“In most of the fatal cases analyzed by Amnesty International victims were shot in the upper body, including the head and the chest, some from behind,” the group stated.

“Eyewitness testimonies, video and photographic evidence suggest that many were deliberately killed or injured while posing no immediate threat to the Israeli soldiers.”

Apr 28 10:48

Four Palestinians killed on fifth Friday of protest

Four Palestinians were fatally wounded during the fifth consecutive Friday of mass protests as part of the Great March of Return demonstrations along Gaza’s eastern boundary with Israel.

Apr 28 10:28

UN Denounces Israeli Lethal Use Of Force In Gaza Protests – Still Does Nothing

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville denounced Israeli forces’ use of lethal force against Palestinians participating in the recent protests in Gaza, speaking from Geneva on Friday.

“It is difficult to see how tyre-burning or stone-throwing, or even Molotov-cocktails thrown from a significant distance at heavily protected security forces in defensive positions, can be seen to constitute such threat,” said Colville.

“In the context of an occupation such as Gaza, killings resulting from the unlawful use of force may also constitute wilful killings which are a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” he added.

Apr 28 09:49

Tent Promo - Great Return March

Apr 28 06:59

40 Dead, 5,511 Wounded: UN Releases Figures on Palestinian Casualties in Gaza's Mass Protests on Israel Border

Forty Palestinians have been killed and 5,511 were wounded in the mass protests along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel since March 30, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on Tuesday. The protests have been held every Friday since then. The information on the casualties is broken down by date, nature of the injury, gender and age, as well as where the person was treated. Of the injured, 2,596 people were hospitalized in government hospitals, 773 in nongovernment hospitals and the rest were treated in the field. Of those in government hospitals, 1,499 were hit by live ammunition, 107 by sponge-tipped bullets, 408 suffered gas inhalation, and 582 suffered other injuries; 2,142 were adults and 454 were minors.
Hidden History: Israel does not have any official borders! It never has had any!

Apr 28 06:55

Snipers ordered to shoot children, Israeli general confirms

An Israeli general has confirmed that when snipers stationed along Israel's boundary with Gaza shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders. In a radio interview, Brigadier-General (Reserve) Zvika Fogel describes how a sniper identifies the "small body" of a child and is given authorization to shoot. Fogel's statements could be used as evidence of intent if Israeli leaders are ever tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court ... In this chilling statement, in which a general talks about snipers targeting the "small body of a child," Fogel makes crystal clear that this policy is premeditated and deliberate.
Note: Israel is our best friend and the only democracy in the middle east. Lie

Apr 27 17:54

Gaza Protests: 'Three Killed, 833 Wounded' as Palestinians March on Border for Fifth Week

Three Palestinians were killed and at least 833 Palestinians were wounded Friday as thousands particiapted in the "March of Return" along the Israel-Gaza border for the fifth week in a row, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Of the wounded, at least 174 of which by live Israeli fire, four were medical staff and six were journalists, reported the ministry. Two of the wounded are said to be in critical condition, six in very serious condition and 234 in moderate condition.

Apr 27 15:46

‘What about the Israeli army killing unarmed Palestinian civilians?’ – Loach attacks Belgian PM

In his rebuttal at the hastily-convened press conference, Loach seemed to questioned Michel’s understanding of international law when it comes to the issue of Israel/Palestine, suggesting that the Belgian PM is conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.

The film director, a passionate supporter of Palestinian rights and frequent critic of Israeli state policies, asked: “Mr Michel is a lawyer, did he wonder about Israel’s failure to comply with international law? Has he asked the question of colonization of the Palestinian territories? Has he asked the question of unarmed Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli army? Has he asked the question of refugees living under the protection of the United Nations? There are so many examples of Israel’s failure to respect international law.”

The Belgian PM is yet to respond to Loach.

Apr 27 12:03

George Washington student Senate passes divestment resolution as intimidation campaign continues

After being delayed a week because of threats to their safety, the George Washington University (GW) student Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution to divest from nine companies known to be complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.

Around 1 a.m early Tuesday morning, by a vote of 18 to 6 with 6 abstentions, resolution SR-S18-21: The Protection of Palestinian Human Rights Act passed, making George Washington the second university in just a week to pass a divestment resolution. Barnard College’s student body voted in favor of a similar resolution by a record breaking margin in a campus-wide referendum on April 18.

The GW resolution, sponsored by student Senator Josh Gomez, along with Eden Vitoff, Jessica Martinez and Shaheera Jalil Albasit, calls on the university to divest from the following companies: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Elbit Systems Ltd., Caterpillar Inc., CEMEX, General Electric, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Apr 27 12:01

YouTube just put this video back up.

Apr 27 10:04

Israel: Condemned by Their Own Words

This transcript of an Israeli General on an Israeli radio station (begins 6.52 in) defending the latest killing by Israeli army snipers of a 14 year old boy who posed no threat of any kind, is much more powerful if you just read it than any analysis I can give.

Apr 26 18:38

HRW slams Israel’s demolition of Palestinian schools in West Bank as ‘war crime’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has denounced the demolition of Palestinian schools by orders of Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, saying the move is part of a discriminatory planning system which amounts to a war crime.

“Israel has repeatedly denied Palestinians permits to build schools in the West Bank and demolished schools built without permits, making it more difficult or impossible for thousands of children to get an education,” the US-based rights organization said in a detailed statement on Wednesday.

It added that at least 44 Palestinian schools were at the risk of being fully or partially demolished as the Israeli authorities said they had been built “illegally.”

Apr 26 10:30

At Gaza's largest hospital, the wounded keep coming

Doctors are on a particularly tight schedule at Gaza’s largest hospital when it comes to treating Palestinians wounded by Israeli army bullets at Friday protests along the border.

Many of the injured rushed to Shifa hospital have to be discharged by Thursday, a day before the next mass demonstration, to make room for a new round of wounded.

Apr 26 10:19

Second Gazan Journalist Shot by Israel During Border Protest Dies of Wounds

Gazan photojournalist Ahmed Abu Hussein Hussein, who was gravely injured last Friday while documenting the March of Return, succumbed to his wounds Wednesday afternoon, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

Apr 26 10:18

Israel denies man shot by sniper access to medical treatment

Israel is refusing a Gaza man seriously wounded by sniper fire during recent border protests access to medical treatment in the West Bank, necessary to save his leg from amputation, the Gaza-based Palestinian Authority health official responsible for coordination with Israel told The National on Wednesday.

Hisham Shaath, 25, from the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, has been hospitalised at the European hospital there since he was shot in the right thigh on April 15. He is the latest Gazan to have participated in the protests to be denied by Israel transfer for treatment in the West Bank as part of an openly declared punitive policy against the demonstrations, which began on March 30.

Apr 26 09:55

How Israel dehumanises Palestinian resistance

There is a standard method by which the international community reacts to Israel's violations of Palestinian rights, depending on the visibility of the oppressive measures and whether they fit the pattern of previous condemnations. The result is a process of selective awareness, whereby the imprisonment of Palestinian children, home demolitions, settlement expansion and forced displacement are chosen for futile criticism and condemnation.

When it comes to other measures that directly show Israel's intention to target Palestinian resistance and disappear Palestinians, however, the silence is striking. In early February, the parents of a soldier killed in occupied East Jerusalem told the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee that the bodies of Palestinians held by Israel should either be held permanently or thrown "into the sea" as deterrence.

Apr 26 09:54

Palestinians file complaint at UN accusing Israel of racism

Palestinians diplomats have accused Israel of breaching an anti-racism treaty with policies that are “displacing and replacing the Palestinian people”, according to a 350-page complaint presented to the UN on Monday.

The document, which Ibrahim Khraishi, the Palestinian envoy to the UN in Geneva, handed over to a UN committee on discrimination, accuses Israel of bias against Palestinians through a two-tiered legal system and violating rights to freedom of movement, religion, access to resources and housing.

“The system of racism and discrimination by the Israelis must not be recognised as a legal system,” Khraishi told Middle East Eye on Monday.

He said it was an unprecedented step to make an inter-state claim, but that it was legitimate since both Israel and Palestine are signatories to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Apr 26 09:54

Gazans face hunger by June as UN agency funding falls short by $200m

Emergency food aid for around a million Palestinians in Gaza may run out from June if the UN agency for Palestinian refugees cannot raise another $200m following a cut-off in US funding, the agency said on Tuesday.

Pierre Kraehenbuehl, who heads the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) providing aid for Palestinians across the Middle East, said US President Donald Trump had withheld $305m in funding, far more than the $65 million reported in January.

"You already have a very, very fragile community (in Gaza)," Kraehenbuehl told Reuters in an interview during an international donor conference in Syria in Brussels.

Apr 26 09:06

Natalie Portman and the Crisis of Liberal Zionism

This month, Israeli snipers shot hundreds of Palestinian protesters — including one journalist wearing a vest marked “PRESS” — who posed no life-threatening danger to them, or to the people they’re meant to protect. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman then justified these shootings on the grounds that “there are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip,” suggesting that the area’s 1.8 million Palestinian men, women, and children are all legitimate targets of state violence. Meanwhile, Israel reneged on an agreement with the United Nations to grant legal status to 40,000 African asylum-seekers (whom the Netanyahu government had previously intended to jail en masse or deport), leaving those long-suffering refugees in a state of limbo.

And then, Natalie Portman did something controversial.

Apr 26 09:05

JEWS ON THE MARCH FOR GAZA ~~ LIVE BROADCAST

wish Voice for Peace-New York City headed to Senator Chuck Schumer’s office telling him to break his silence on Gaza. Palestinians should be free!!

Apr 26 09:04

‘Youtube’ removes video tribute to Yaser Murtaja and other Gaza victims as ‘sensational’ incitement

Image of Yaser Murtaja after he was shot April 6, 2018, at the Gaza fence, from video by Sana Kassem posted by Norman Finkelstein.
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Check out this stirring anthem to freedom in Gaza. It begins with a Palestinian child saying “We shall overcome” and an image of Martin Luther King Jr. and then in many still pictures of the “Great March of Return” conveys the strength of the unarmed resistance to the blockade–including the killing of Yaser Murtaja, the Palestinian journalist who was one of six Palestinian journalists shot by Israeli snipers on April 6.

The imagery is by Sana Kassem, and the video was posted by Norman Finkelstein yesterday on youtube. The song is “Wings to Fly,” by Susan Boyle. The copy accompanying the video was simply: “A video dedicated to the people of Gaza as they struggle to break out of Israel’s infernal prison.”

Then Youtube took it down today, Finkelstein says, and he and Kassem have posted it now on Vimeo.

Apr 26 07:11

International Campaign Is Criminalizing Criticism of Israel as ‘antisemitism

For two decades, some Israeli officials and Israel partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is well on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.”

Apr 26 07:08

‘Youtube’ removes video tribute to Yaser Murtaja and other Gaza victims as ‘sensational’ incitement

Check out this stirring anthem to freedom in Gaza. It begins with a Palestinian child saying “We shall overcome” and an image of Martin Luther King Jr. and then in many still pictures of the “Great March of Return” conveys the strength of the unarmed resistance to the blockade–including the killing of Yaser Murtaja, the Palestinian journalist who was one of six Palestinian journalists shot by Israeli snipers on April 6.

Apr 25 12:44

Syria prepared for War with Israel: Going underground gets to the bottom of UK missile strike

Syrian MP Fares says they have nothing to lose and everything to gain escalating with Israel, and are prepared for a long term war with Israel. Going Underground heads to Syria to get to the bottom of UK missile strike, taking the world’s biggest geopolitical concern head-on in its latest episode. Afshin Rattansi chats to Aleppo MP Fares Shehabi about the latest US-led attacks on Syria.

Apr 25 10:34

Killer of Palestinian teen praised as “excellent” by Israeli judge

A soldier who killed a Palestinian teen has been praised as “excellent” and “conscientious” by an Israeli judge, who sentenced him to a mere nine months in prison.

This conclusion to the trial of Ben Dery for the cold-blooded killing of 17-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara is another all too predictable episode of how Israel’s military investigation system whitewashes crimes against Palestinians.

“Despite clear and overwhelming video, spatial and sound forensic analysis showing Ben Dery intentionally killed Nuwara, he was charged with a lesser crime and a wilful killing was whitewashed into an accident,” Brad Parker, international advocacy officer for Defense for Children International Palestine, told The Electronic Intifada on Wednesday.

“The lenient sentence announced today is not surprising and illustrates how pervasive and entrenched denial perpetuates impunity even where video evidence shows Israeli forces intentionally killing children.”

Apr 25 10:24

US City's Ban on Police Training in Israel Builds Momentum Against Racist Violence

Durham, North Carolina's city council banned police exchanges with Israel in a landmark vote. Jewish Voice for Peace director Rebecca Vilkomerson says this is an important step to combat police brutality, militarization, and oppression of Palestinians.

Apr 25 09:32

Israeli strikes hit Syrian Army near Occupied Golan Heights

An Israeli missile strike targeted a position for the Syrian Army in al-Kom town near the Occupied Golan Heights as the government forces crackdown on jihadi groups in the area.

According to a military source, the strike hit an artillery position in the bordering town but no casualties reported>>>

(*make a note of it . Next time it could be; "Gaza ? I swear we were trying to hit Syria ! THE SYRIAN REBELS , that is !")

Apr 25 09:27

A MESSAGE TO THE FRIENDS OF THE IDF

Two weeks after Israel’s military opened a probe into soldiers who cheered on the shooting of an unarmed Palestinian protester in Gaza, a second video has emerged depicting a similar incident in the West Bank where soldiers applauded the targeting of a demonstrator and took delight in seeing journalists exposed to tear gas.

Apr 25 08:05

Al Jazeera denies it canceled US Israel lobby film

Al Jazeera has denied a claim it has canceled the broadcast of an undercover investigation into the US Israel lobby.

The Qatar-funded network also rejected as “abhorrent” accusations that the film is anti-Semitic.

The statement came last week, after the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) asserted that its president Morton Klein had convinced the Qatari ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to cancel the film.

The network said in a statement that it “totally refutes false claims” by Klein “that Al Jazeera was compelled to ‘cancel’ a yet to be broadcast investigation into the activities of pro-Israel advocacy groups in the United States.”

The ZOA boasted that due to the efforts of Klein, Qatar agreed to cancel the “viciously anti-Semitic” Al Jazeera film on the “American Jewish lobby.”

Apr 25 08:04

Two Gaza protesters die from their wounds

Two Palestinians have died of their injuries after being wounded by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s eastern boundary.

Abdallah Muhammad Jibril al-Shamali, 20, died on Sunday, two days after being shot in the chest east of Rafah in southern Gaza on 20 April, the fourth consecutive Friday mass rally as part of a six-week protest set to culminate on 15 May.

Apr 25 08:04

Video: Soldiers celebrate as they shoot Palestinians in West Bank

This video shows Israeli occupation soldiers celebrating as they fire weapons at Palestinians in the occupied West Bank village of Madama, near Nablus, on 13 April.

It also catches them discussing the use of live ammunition against Palestinians who pose no threat, before censoring themselves because the exchange is being filmed.

According to the human rights group B’Tselem, which published the video, about 30 residents were trying to remove a roadblock the army had placed at the entrance to the village.

A group of about a dozen soldiers arrived on the scene. “In the clashes that ensued, residents threw stones at the soldiers from a distance of 50-80 meters, and the soldiers fired stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets at the villagers,” according to B’Tselem.

Apr 25 07:57

Landmark bill restricting criticism of Israel sneaks through South Carolina Senate

South Carolina is poised to be the first state to pass legislation to adopt an Israel-centric definition for “anti-Semitism.” This will then apply to the state’s campuses, potentially limiting discussion of Israel-Palestine to one-sided information that fosters U.S. policies that provide Israel $10 million per day. The bill has been heralded in Israel as a “a landmark bill” that will lead change across the U.S. and the world.

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This needs to be challenged on First Amendment grounds!

Apr 25 07:53

A Short History of the Colonization of Palestine

Myth: “‘Israel’ was a land without a people for a people without a land.”

History: Arab people have lived in Palestine for thousands of years. Who are the indigenous people of Palestine? All of them speak Arabic. They are mainly Sunni Muslim. There are a minority of Christians, Shiite Muslims, Jews, and Druze. European Jewish settlers began to steadily arrive in 1882 but there was never anything other than an overwhelming Arab majority until the “Nakba” (Arabic word for catastrophe) otherwise known as the establishment of the state of “Israel” in the spring of 1948.

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Apr 25 06:59

As Humanitarian Crisis Deepens, US Refuses to Say There Are Civilians in Gaza

Faced with the unimaginable choices of being shot by snipers, crushed by rubble from an air strike, or dying slowly as the Strip becomes more uninhabitable with each passing day, Gazans have made it clear that they will resist until the very end.

(*Eighteen (*"18") days to wonder what the "F" can we do about this , and then , The Choice will be Made For Us )

Apr 24 11:07

Jewish guilt is the discourse of the goyim

For quite some time the British have accepted that British-Jewish organisations have hijacked the political discourse. As has happened in other Western countries, the British political establishment has engaged is a relentless rant against anti-Semitsm. Sometime the focus drifts for a day or two. An alleged “Russian nerve agent attack” provided a 48-hour pause. Occasionally we bomb Arabs in the name of “humanitarian intervention” only to realise a day or two later that we have, once again, followed a premeditated foreign agenda. But, somehow, we always return to the anti-Semitsm debate, as if our media and politicians are a herd of flies gravitating to a pile of poop...>>

Apr 24 10:03

Amira Hass: As if Israel Did Nothing Shameful Before the Advent of Smartphones

Shame is important, it’s a pity that it came so late. Shame is a necessity, it’s sad that so few people feel it. What made this belated appearance of shame possible is the technology that turned every person with a smartphone into a photographer and every social media app into a Jumbotron, bringing incriminating photographic evidence into every home. In rare cases, they seep through the wall of whitewash and deception that the Israel Defense Forces puts up and the armor of they’re-all-terrorists-anyway that Israelis don willingly.

Apr 24 10:02

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Bethlehem University’s Dean Of Students

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, the Dean of Students of Bethlehem University from his home in the Saff Street, in the center of Bethlehem city.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of Mahmud Mohammad Hammad, 47, and abducted him.

It added that the soldiers also invaded Beit Sahour city, Hindaza and Janata area, east of the city, and searched several homes.

Apr 24 10:01

“SENSATIONAL” INCITEMENT VIDEO REMOVED BY YOUTUBE

It is now posted on Vimeo.

Check out this stirring anthem to freedom in Gaza. It begins with a Palestinian child saying “We shall overcome” and an image of Martin Luther King Jr. and then in many still pictures of the “Great March of Return” conveys the strength of the unarmed resistance to the blockade–including the killing of Yaser Murtaja, the Palestinian journalist who was one of six Palestinian journalists shot by Israeli snipers on April 6.

Apr 24 09:55

Settlement Investment Top Israeli Priority

Facts on the ground show that Israel’s investment in the occupied West Bank is much more than the one inside the occupied 1948 borders. Within this context, the Israeli government allocated NIS 417,000,000 for developing settlements, in the Dead Sea area, in order to attract more settlers, expand the settlements outside the Green Line and Judaize it.

According to the above information, the budget is not allocated to remedy the Dead Sea drought, but to strengthen and support the settlement outside of the Green Line, within the so-called “Regional Council Megillot”, north of the Dead Sea, which means expansion under the slogan of development of tourism and maintenance of road no. 90.

In turn, Head of the Tamar Regional Council and a member of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Dov Latinov, said the decision will serve as a lifeline to save the Dead Sea and to further develop the settlements there, as the sea is an irreplaceable national treasure,” after the government decision.

Apr 24 09:54

Germany Not to Move Embassy to Jerusalem, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has issued a public statement assuring that the country will not relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Her comments were made during an interview with Israeli TV on Sunday, maintaining Germany’s official rejection of a unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“We have to work for the two-state solution, and, according to that, the status of Jerusalem should be clarified.” Merkel said.

Apr 24 09:54

Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday evening, Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, causing scores on injuries, including some who were shot with live bullets.

Media sources in Abu Dis said the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians who protested the invasion into the Schools’ Street, and around the Al-Quds University.

The army fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at the protesters, wounding many, including some who were shot with live rounds, and causing scores to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The invasion was the second in less than 24 hours, after the soldiers invaded the town, and fired dozens of concussion grenades, gas bombs and live rounds at local youngsters, who hurled stones at them. Many
Palestinians were injured, some with live rounds.

Apr 24 09:53

It’s time to admit that Israel is an apartheid state

One of the facts about Israel that is often disputed is its status as an apartheid state. There are, obviously, some differences between the Israeli regime occupying Palestine and the former white supremacist regime in South Africa. On that basis, apologists for Israel reject the “label” of apartheid. Worse still, Israel’s propagandists around the world even sometimes claim cynically that it is “anti-Semitic” to apply the term.

There are differences and there are similarities between apartheid Israel and apartheid South Africa. The white supremacist regime that once ruled South Africa, for example, did not tend to bomb into submission with fighter jets and attack helicopters the puppet Bantustan “homeland” enclaves that it controlled.

Apr 24 09:52

Gaza hospitals handling influx of wounded, against all odds

In the middle of surgery, the operating theatre went pitch black for a few minutes. Only two tiny monitors showing the patient's vital signs were visible. When the light came back on, powered by a generator, the medics continued their work.

Almost 2,000 people were wounded and required urgent medical attention as violence escalated in the border area of Gaza in the last several weeks.

Doctors and nurses said the current crisis had awakened the trauma of 2014 war in them, several expressing their frustration over not being able to do more for their patients.

Weakened by a shortage of drugs and medical supplies, severe restrictions on movement, a chronic energy crisis and a worsening economic situation, Gaza's health sector is struggling to cope with the influx of wounded.

Apr 24 09:51

Condemned By Their Own Words

This transcript of an Israeli General on an Israeli radio station (begins 6.52 in) defending the latest killing by Israeli army snipers of a 14 year old boy who posed no threat of any kind, is much more powerful if you just read it than any analysis I can give.

Apr 24 07:44

As Humanitarian Crisis Deepens, US Refuses to Say There Are Civilians in Gaza 

(*begging the question; Will they take the lens caps off the binoculars wihin the next "19" Days ?)

Apr 24 07:40

‘She should have at least been shot in knee’ – Israeli MP on jailed teen protester Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian children involved in protests against Israel should be dealt with in the harshest possible way, Bezalel Smotrich, a member of the Israeli Knesset from the right-wing Tkuma party, which is part of the country’s ruling coalition, appeared to signal.

In a tweet on Sunday, he lamented that Ahed Tamimi was not injured or sentenced to a longer term. The tweet was a comment to a video showing the girl and other people confronting Israeli soldiers a few years ago.

“I am actually sad that she is in jail. She should have gotten a bullet, at least in her kneecap. I would have put her under house arrest for life,” he wrote in Hebrew.

Apr 23 11:11

Natalie Portman defends backing out of Israeli awards ceremony and blast Benjamin Netanyahu for 'atrocities'

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman revealed that she won't be attending a ceremony in Jerusalem because Benjamin Netanyahu would also be there.

The 36-year-old actress said that her reasoning for not attending the Genesis Award ceremony has been 'mischaracterized'.

'I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony,' Portman said in a statement posted late Friday on Instagram.

Apr 23 09:52

STATE DEPT. DROPS 'OCCUPIED' REFERENCE TO PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES IN REPORT

An annual US government report on human rights worldwide in 2017 has dropped reference to the Palestinian territories as “occupied” for the first time since 1979.

The State Department report, released on Friday, now lists its section on Israel and the territories by their names: Gaza and the West Bank, alongside the Golan Heights, de facto annexed by Israel from Syria in 1981. Before 1979, the report only listed Israel, without mentioning the disputed territories.

Apr 23 09:51

How Mossad carries out assassinations

The killing of 35-year-old Palestinian scientist Fadi al-Batsh in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has taken the wraps off a covert programme of targeted killings of Palestinians deemed a threat by Israel.

Al-Batsh studied electrical engineering in Gaza before going on to earn a PhD in the same subject in Malaysia.

He specialised in power systems and energy saving and had published a number scientific papers on the subject.

Gaza's ruling Hamas said al-Batsh was an important member of the group and accused Israel's Mossad intelligence agency of being behind Saturday's incident.

Calling him a "loyal" member, Hamas said al-Batsh was a "scientist of Palestine's youth scholars" who made "important contributions" and participated in international forums in the field of energy.

Apr 23 09:50

Gaza Doctors: Israeli Fire at Border Protests Causing Wounds Not Seen Since 2014 War

Some 1,700 wounded within month ? Doctors say wounds 'devastating,' most will result in disabilities ? WHO: Lack of medical equipment endangering wounded

Apr 23 09:49

Sharp Rise in Attacks on Palestinians by Jewish Extremists in West Bank

Number of alleged West Bank hate crimes in 2018 has already exceeded the total number in 2017, with attacks centered around the Nablus area

Apr 23 09:48

A Letter to CBC: Your Biased Coverage of the Land Day Massacre

Dear CBC

Re: Your coverage of the Land Day massacre in Gaza

You state that you “are independent of all lobbies and of all political and economic influence.” This might be true regarding the government that pays for your operations and wages but we regret to say it is definitely NOT true with the pro-Israeli lobby. Once again you were influenced by their lobbying and succumbed to their dictates, propaganda and falsehoods, even in regards to the use of specific language.

Let us start with how the CBC has tried to obscure Israel’s premeditated killing of unarmed protesters by instead talking about “clashes” and “confrontations” and “rock throwing”. The lack of accuracy in your CBC News March 30, 2018 report is but one example. The narrator says:

“Israeli forces responded with force against rock throwing Palestinian protesters, at least seven Palestinians have been killed, hundreds more has been wounded.”

And then your correspondent Derek Stoffel reported:

Apr 23 09:47

Palestinian children live life of hardship in Israeli lockup

More than 350 Palestinian children are behind Israeli bars, where human rights groups say they endure mistreatment.

Apr 23 09:47

Snipers ordered to shoot children, Israeli general confirms

An Israeli general has confirmed that when snipers stationed along Israel’s boundary with Gaza shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders.

In a radio interview, Brigadier-General (Reserve) Zvika Fogel describes how a sniper identifies the “small body” of a child and is given authorization to shoot.

Fogel’s statements could be used as evidence of intent if Israeli leaders are ever tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

Apr 23 09:39

Gaza protesters face bone-breaking bullets, mystery gas

Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for Gaza’s Health Ministry, confirmed that Israel was using a deadly new form of ammunition that causes grave bodily damage.

“The bullets we’re seeing now are the deadliest the Israeli army has ever used,” al-Qidra told Anadolu Agency. “This ammunition can cause massive damage to the bodies of victims, frequently resulting in death.”

“These bullets, which our medics have yet to identify, can affect bone, muscle, arteries and other organs,” al-Qidra said.

Victims of these bullets, he explained, are completely incapacitated -- if they survive at all -- and usually require extensive surgery.

“The bullet penetrates the body and explodes inside, damaging multiple organs -- not just the targeted area,” al-Qidra said.

“Such ammunition is banned internationally, but Israel continues to use it against peaceful demonstrators,” he added.

Apr 23 09:02

WEEK 4 OF THE GREAT MARCH IN GAZA ~~ ON VIDEO

Nice overview of the Great Return March in Gaza

Palestinians continue their 4th week of protest at the Israeli border with Gaza. Four people were killed.

Apr 23 08:06

Dear Natalie Portman: I too was once a liberal Zionist

"You need to understand that Zionism has, and remains, both a project of Jewish liberation and a project of Jewish colonisation and Jewish apartheid. Our liberation was going to mean another people’s enslavement. Which is why Liberalism and Zionism turn out to be such awkward partners with offspring that look nothing like the Jewish values you say matter to you."

Apr 23 05:51

Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.
Musta'ribeen, or mista'arvim in Hebrew, is a word that is derived from the Arabic "musta'rib", or one that is specialised in Arabic language and culture. In Israeli security terms, the word denotes security forces who disguise themselves as Arabs and carry out missions in the heart of Palestinian societies or other Arab countries.

Apr 23 05:49

Gaza protests: All the latest updates

Last Friday, nine journalists who were covering the protests were hospitalised with serious leg injuries after Israeli forces shot at them.

Apr 23 05:43

Palestinians Report Four Killed, 156 Wounded by Israeli Fire in Fourth Friday of Gaza Protests

Since the beginning of the violent demonstrations along the border, 34 Palestinians have allegedly been killed by IDF fire and the bodies of two of them who tried to attack an IDF position are still being held by Israel.
Note: The murders and injured continues. The IDF is one of the bravest armies in the world against woman, children, unarmed ships!

Apr 23 05:32

Flashback: Israel rejects inquiry into killing of 16 people on 'Great Return March

"Israeli soldiers did what was necessary. I think all our soldiers deserve a medal," the defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, told Army Radio. "As for a commission of inquiry - there won't be one."

Apr 23 04:17

‘She Should Have At Least Been Shot In Knee’

‘She should have at least been shot in knee’ – Israeli MP on jailed teen protester Ahed Tamimi

Female Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi, who is currently serving an eight-month jail term for slapping an Israeli soldier, should have been shot in the knee and placed under house arrest for life, believes an Israeli MP.

Tamimi, 17, has a long record of protesting as a youngster against Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territories, and was sentenced last month to eight months behind bars for verbally and physically confronting armed Israeli soldiers in her home village. Her imprisonment has been highlighted amid the violence at Israel’s border wall with the Gaza Strip, where dozens of Palestinians have been reported killed and hundreds injured by Israeli fire.

Palestinian children involved in protests against Israel should be dealt with in the harshest possible way>>>

Apr 22 09:50

Natalie Portman defends backing out of Israeli awards ceremony and blast Benjamin Netanyahu for 'atrocities'

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman revealed that she won't be attending a ceremony in Jerusalem because Benjamin Netanyahu would also be there.

The 36-year-old actress said that her reasoning for not attending the Genesis Award ceremony has been 'mischaracterized'.

'I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony,' Portman said in a statement posted late Friday on Instagram.

She also denied accusations by Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev who on Friday said Portman subscribed to the ideology of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My regard for this lady just shot up!

Apr 22 08:26

Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians, wound 700 at Gaza rally

Israeli forces have shot dead four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, as more than 10,000 gathered in a mass demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Friday that at least 729 people protesting near the border with Israel were wounded by Israeli gunfire, needed treatment for tear gas inhalation or suffered other injuries.

Apr 22 08:15

Israeli gunshots are causing ‘unusually severe damage’ to legs, exit wounds as big as a fist — human rights group

Since 1 April, MSF [Medecins Sans Frontieres] teams in Gaza, Palestine, have provided post-operative care to more than 500 people injured by gunshots during the March of Return demonstrations. The number of patients treated in our clinics over the last three weeks is more than the number we treated throughout all of 2014, when Israel’s military Operation Protective Edge was launched over the Gaza strip. MSF medical staff report receiving patients with devastating injuries of an unusual severity, which are extremely complex to treat. The injuries sustained by patients will leave most with serious, long-term physical disabilities. Medical teams in Gaza’s hospitals prepare to face a possible new influx of wounded this Friday in the latest of the March of Return demonstrations. MSF surgeons in Gaza report devastating gunshot wounds among hundreds of people injured during the protests over recent weeks.

Apr 22 08:13

How EU pretends not to see Israel’s calculated slaughter in Gaza

Why is the European Union pretending not to see how Israel is deliberately killing civilians in the occupied Gaza Strip?

On Friday, Israel killed four more unarmed protesters, including 14-year-old Muhammad Ayyoub, and injured hundreds more.

This brought to more than 30 the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in its violent suppression of the Great March of Return rallies that began on 30 March and are planned to continue until Nakba Day, the 15 May commemoration of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

The victims include four children and a journalist.

Thousands more have been injured, more than 1,600 by live ammunition that has caused devastating injuries likely to leave them with lifelong disabilities.

Two weeks ago, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor warned Israeli leaders that they could end up on trial for this violence against civilians.

Apr 22 08:12

The people behind Gaza’s statistics

In Jihad Abu Jamous’ family, he was seen as the lucky one.

The 31-year-old, who gathered gravel to sell to workshops and construction workers for a few dollars a day, was from Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. He escaped a hereditary condition that affects almost his whole family, leaving most of them blind or partially sighted. He also avoided the chronic ailments that his mother, the only other person in the family with good eyesight, suffers.

But Jihad could not evade Israel’s snipers.

On 30 March, Jihad went, along with thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, to protest for the Palestinian right of return near the boundary with Israel. He never made it back.

Apr 22 08:06

ISRAEL’S RIGHT CONTINUES ITS FIGHT AGAINST AHED TAMIMI VIA ‘NEW’ VIDEO

New it’s NOT ….. but here it is

Pretty pathetic I must say

Apr 22 08:05

DYING FOR THE TRUTH IN GAZA …..

Yaser Murtaja was shot and killed while filming the second Great Return March which he was documenting with colleagues at ??? ????? Ain Media. This documentary was in progress before he was killed. He dedicated his life to telling the stories of Palestinians in Gaza. What a huge loss for the world.

Apr 22 08:04

PSYCHO ATTACK ON JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE

Our local psycho seems tired of singing praises to the likes of Netanyahu and Trump, so she is now on one of her delusional rants against reality …. This time the Jewish Voice for Peace.

I’m pretty sure that Natalie Portman will be the next one on her list …

Apr 21 21:03

Gaza demonstrations and the execution of civilians discussed

Dawson and Inlakesh

Apr 21 09:46

“Tide is turning” as Natalie Portman cancels Israel appearance

Israel is crediting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Natalie Portman’s refusal to receive an award in Jerusalem.

On Thursday, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced it was canceling its 2018 award ceremony after the Oscar-winning actor had informed it that “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.”

Portman’s representative told the foundation that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

“After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel’s recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies,” the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) said in a statement welcoming the news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for Natalie!

Apr 21 09:45

US fails to acknowledge Gaza has civilians

The US State Department doesn’t know whether there are civilians in Gaza or not.

This is terrifying – a new low for a department that may soon be led by CIA director Mike Pompeo – a supporter of torture.

The State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was questioned by Said Arikat of the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds on 10 April: “Today, the Israeli minister of defense, [Avigdor] Lieberman, said – told The Jerusalem Post, an Israeli newspaper, that there are no civilians in Gaza. Do you have any comment on that?”

In one of the most disturbing responses given in recent memory by a State Department spokesperson, Nauert responded by saying, “I do not. I do not.”

Asked to look into whether there are civilians in Gaza, Nauert responded, “If I have an answer, I will give it to you, certainly.”

For the record, children comprise roughly half of Gaza’s population.

Apr 21 09:44

Israel kills child and crushes bones in Gaza

“Paramedics who evacuated the child killed today indicated that he was shot with live ammunition to the head, at around 50 meters from the fence, east of Jabaliya, with no evidence that he posed any threat to Israeli forces,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated on Friday.

The United Nations Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov broke with his usual cautious statements expressing “concern” and calling for “maximum restraint.”

Mladenov stated on Twitter that it was “OUTRAGEOUS to shoot at children!” and added that the “tragic incident must be investigated”:

Apr 21 09:20

Watch: Headlines from Gaza: Israel continues slaughter

The death toll in Gaza rises to 39 with over 4,000 injured as Israel continues to massacre civilians for 4th straight week. See the horrific reality mainstream media refuses to show, including footage by and about video journalist Yasser Murtaja, killed earlier by Israeli forces.

Apr 21 09:02

Israeli Colonists Cut 100 Olive Trees Near Nablus

A group of extremist Israeli colonists uprooted, Friday, at least 100 olive trees from an Orchard in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The assailants, who came from a nearby illegal colony, invaded an orchard owned by Mohammad Raja, and cut 100 trees; many of them were planted more than 60 years ago, in addition to cutting several almond trees.

The attacked land is the only source of livelihood to Mohammad and his family.

Apr 21 08:49

IfNotNow ups pressure on Schumer to end silence on Israeli killings of unarmed protesters

Last night the young renegade Jewish group IfNotNow demonstrated outside Senator Chuck Schumer’s office, saying that his silence on the killings of Palestinian protesters as a Jewish political leader was licensing Israel to kill more Palestinians.

“How many more Palestinians must die?” they challenged Schumer, before he makes a statement. “It is life and death, Senator Schumer,” one demonstrator said. Asked another: “Is Palestinian freedom less important than our freedom?”

Four days ago seven members of the group were arrested outside Schumer’s office, making the same demand. And in all there have been 37 arrests of IfNotNow demonstrators since they began protests of Israel’s killings of unarmed Palestinians nearly 3 weeks ago.

Apr 21 08:42

Israeli minister warns of resuming targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders

Israeli Minister of Transport, Road Safety and Intelligence Israel Katz warned of resuming targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Friday.

On Twitter, Katz wrote: “Hamas has to know that any attack on Israeli army commanders on the borders of Gaza would renew the targeted killing of Hamas leaders.”

He added: “The warning of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine to open fire by snipers from Gaza at army commanders is a red line.”

Since March 30, which marks Palestine Land Day, the Palestinians have been peacefully staging protests along the eastern Gaza borders, calling for the implementation of the UN Resolution 194 which stipulates the return of Palestine refugees to their homes, as well as to lift the 11-year-old Israeli blockade in Gaza.

Apr 21 08:42

Poland maintains fixed stance towards Palestinian rights

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has said that his country’s position towards Palestinian rights is “fixed” and “unchangeable,” Safa news agency reported on Friday.

Czaputowicz’s remarks came during a meeting with the ambassadors of Palestine, Morocco, Kuwait, Egypt, UAE, Algeria, Qatar, Libya, Tunis, Lebanon, Iran, Yemen and Mauritania, held in Warsaw on Thursday.

The meeting was held to discuss the mutual Polish relations with these Arab countries as Poland is currently a member of the UN Security Council.

Czaputowicz stressed that Poland is looking at the Arab world with interest and is seeking to develop relationships with Arab states.

Apr 21 08:41

Erekat: US is determined to destroy peace process

The US administration is resolved to “destroy the peace process and the two-state option”, the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, said yesterday.

Erekat’s remarks came during separate meetings with the head of the UN’s Middle East political department, Susanne Rose, and the Japanese Ambassador to Palestine, Takeshi Okubo.

US President Donald Trump’s insistence to violate international law and legitimacy in such a “flagrant manner” has become a “threat” to the security, peace and stability of the Middle East and the world, Erekat stressed.

Apr 21 08:40

UN official: Israel crackdown on Gaza protests is ‘crisis on top of a catastrophe’

The human cost of Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip is “a crisis on top of a catastrophe”, a senior United Nations official has stated.

Jamie McGoldrick, humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), released a statement yesterday calling for the protection of Palestinian demonstrators, and “urgent funding” to meet “critical humanitarian needs” generated by the “massive rise” in casualties since 30 March.

“The current surge in humanitarian needs is a crisis on top of a catastrophe,” said McGoldrick.

As we approach another Friday of demonstrations near the perimeter fence between Gaza and Israel, it is critical that the Israeli authorities exercise the utmost restraint in the use of force for law enforcement operations, in line with their obligations under international law.

Apr 20 10:49

''7 Days In Entebbe,' Film About Israeli Hostage Rescue, Is Actually Worth Seeing

I had seen the trailer twice at theatres, and it mentioned "the plight of the Palestinian people" while showing a hijacked airline, so it caught my attention. I already knew that Netanyahu's older brother was the only soldier killed in the raid to rescue the hostages in 1976. The rescue took place in Uganda while this country celebrated our 200th anniversary, on July 4, 1976. I fully expected this movie to be a propaganda piece, but was very pleasantly surprised. Very good acting and the Jewish director, who consulted with many who were actually involved in the rescue, presents an accurate historical recount of events, as well as examines the opinions of the "terrorists" on the struggle between Palestine & Israel. For that reason alone, this film deserves our patronage.

Apr 20 08:44

HOW TO PISS OFF THE FAR RIGHT IN ISRAEL

This year, the Israel Prize for Literature was awarded to David Grossman, one of the heralded novelists of the Left, who has a long reputation for speaking out against the “occupation” of Palestinian land, against the “settlers’ and the “settlements”, and against the ideological decay and dying morality of the Israeli majority.

In the past, after the Gaza War, Grossman demanded an inquiry to investigate the IDF, Tzahal, which led to the infamous anti-Israel Goldstone Report. After the Flotilla Affair, he accused the IDF of acting like a “brigade of pirates.” When Tzahal was sent to clean out terrorist havens in Judea and Samaria, Grossman drove off to assist Palestinians with their olive harvest.

Apr 20 08:43

JOINT MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE ….. THIS IS WHAT WE SHALL REMEMBER

This is what a Joint Memorial Day Service turned into …. surely something we shall remember;

“Death to the Arabs, death to the Arabs!” were the screams of the far-right Israeli protesters.

Apr 19 11:28

One Of The Most Jewish Colleges In The Country Just Voted For BDS By Nearly 2-1 Margin

Students at Barnard College, the elite women’s school in New York City, voted this week to ask the university administration to divest from eight companies that do business in Israel.

The referendum, which was written by students from Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine, listed ways that companies like Hyundai, Boeing and the Israeli national water carrier Mekorot allegedly violate international law, before asking whether the student government should encourage Barnard to divest from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.”

The 64%-36% victory for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign came at what Hillel International describes as the most heavily Jewish school in the country that is not officially Jewish. There are approximately 850 Jewish students at Barnard out of a total undergraduate population of around 2,500. Some 1,153 participated in the vote.

Apr 19 09:23

Palestinian village vandalized, trees cut down in apparent hate attack

Over two dozen olive trees destroyed, 'Death to Arabs' and 'Drive them out' spray painted on walls in West Bank's Urif

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