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Mar 13 10:06

Arab voters will ‘shake the security’ of the state — Netanyahu undermines Israel’s p.r.

An Israeli actor and anchor named Rotem Sela expressed civil courage beyond the call of duty earlier this week when she attacked Minister Miri Regev directly and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu indirectly, writing:

“[W]hen in hell will someone in this government tell the public that Israel is the state of all its citizens. And that all people were born equal. And the Arabs, God have mercy, are humans. As are the Druze. And the gays, by the way, and the lesbians, and also – shock – the leftists.”

Mar 13 10:05

Why are Palestinian voices often marginalized?

Progressive activists in North America have been inundated for weeks now with analysis and commentary about what happened to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The cracks that opened up in the seemingly impenetrable wall of the pro-Israel lobby are indeed a good thing; now, the opportunity should be taken to highlight why Zionism constitutes a supremacist ideology. But one voice that consistently seems to be missing from most of this debate is the voice of Zionism’s primary victims, the Palestinians. Once again, the Palestinian narrative is marginalized and not considered pivotal to the “issues of the day”. Now is the time to challenge one of the basic thrusts of the Zionist lobby, which has always been to block out Palestinian voices and accordingly nullify their humanity.

Mar 13 10:04

Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Shocking footage shows dozens of Israeli soldiers who stormed the Al-Aqsa compound as they assault worshippers, including women and a number of religious figures

Mar 13 10:02

Poll: Only 22.2% in US Sympathize More With Israelis

For the second year IRmep fielded Gallup’s precisely worded sympathy question through the Google Surveys online platform between March 6-8 and once again received vastly different results.

Mar 13 10:00

Israeli soldiers who beat detained Palestinians are part of a bigger evil

The Netzah Yehuda soldiers convicted of beating up prisoners are not exceptions. What took place between Givat Assaf and Abu Shukhaydam occurs every night and it’s only the absence of documentation that prevents the expose of the pure evil on the part of the world’s most moral army.

Mar 13 09:59

Equal rights row flares over Arab-Jewish divide in Israel election

A remark by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel is a state for Jews alone has heated up an election row over equal rights that has drawn in the president and even the Israeli who plays Wonder Woman over alleged prejudice against Israeli Arabs.

Mar 13 08:32

The Myth of the U.N. Creation of Israel

There is a widely accepted belief that United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 “created” Israel, based upon an understanding that this resolution partitioned Palestine or otherwise conferred legal authority or legitimacy to the declaration of the existence of the state of Israel. However, despite its popularity, this belief has no basis in fact, as a review of the resolution’s history and examination of legal principles demonstrates incontrovertibly.

Mar 13 05:31

Ilhan Omar amplifies Israel dual loyalty charge, dismissing Democratic rebukes

Rep. Ilhan Omar has intensified her claims that some Jewish lawmakers have a dual loyalty to Israel, rejecting criticism from Democratic colleagues that she is engaging in anti-Semitism. "I should not be expected to have allegiance/ pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee," Omar tweeted Sunday afternoon. "I am told every day that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks." Omar, an aggressive first-term Democrat hoping to bring left-wing views to the Foreign Affairs Committee, has drawn rebukes from Democratic leaders after her comments about the U.S.-Israel alliance.

Mar 13 05:29

MORE POWER TO YOU MISS OMAR

Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation's most sacred cow. Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion ... Criticize, or even question, Israel at your own peril. Until recently, we journalists were not even allowed to write there was an 'Israel lobby.' It was widely considered Washington's most powerful lobby group but, until lately, mentioning its name was seriously verboten ... Israel's brutal repression of Palestinians has sparked bitter anti-Israel sentiments across Europe. Not so much in America, where media leans far over to Israel's side and evangelical Christians have been bamboozled into believing that a Greater Israel is somehow necessary for the Second Coming.

Mar 12 11:11

The Lobby USA - Abridged

1 hour, abridged version of censored Al Jazeera documentary exposing the Israel lobby in the U.S.
The documentary was never broadcast by Al Jazeera due to pressure from some Jewish groups and individuals. It was eventually leaked to a few groups, which posted some short clips.

Mar 12 10:27

POLICE CLOSE TEMPLE MOUNT AFTER FIREBOMB ATTACK

The police on Tuesday closed the entrances to the Temple Mount after violent clashes with dozens of Palestinians.

The clashes erupted shortly before 2 pm after a fire erupted inside a police post on the compound, also known as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary). Police said the fire was caused by a firebomb.

Mar 12 10:26

ISRAELI JOURNALISTS MUST WRITE OR SAY WHAT THEY ARE TOLD

Israel journalist facing trial for calling soldiers who beat Palestinians ‘animals’
An Israeli journalist who called Israeli army soldiers “animals” for beating a Palestinian father and son in custody is to face trial.

Oshrat Kotler, a journalist with Israel’s Channel 13, is to face trial on charges of incitement, incrimination of suspects, failure to grant a right of reply and more after she called several soldiers accused of beating two Palestinians in custody “human animals”, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Speaking on the channel’s news programme in February, Kotler said:

When you send your children to the [Israeli] army, they are kids. You send them to the [occupied Palestinian] territories, and they come back as human animals. This is the result of the occupation.

Mar 12 10:26

LOCAL ZIONISTS PROVOKE WORSHIPPERS AT ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL

Israeli officer provokes worshippers at Al-Aqsa’s Bab Al-Rahma Mosque

Mar 12 09:31

Liberal Zionist nightmare: Netanyahu is defeated and — nothing changes

In recent days, liberal Zionists have been confronted with a sobering prospect. Even if the center-left opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu manages to cobble together a slim majority after the April elections, and the great bogeyman of Netanyahu is finally brought down… Israeli policy may not change at all on what liberal Zionists regard as the country’s existential question: establishing a Palestinian state.

This is because the leading party in polls, the centrist Blue and White bloc of Gantz and Lapid, needs to run to the right to try and gain crucial seats, and in doing so they have come out firmly against a Palestinian state.

Mar 12 09:30

Report: Israelis incite against Palestinians every 66 seconds

Israeli incitement against Palestinians on social media is on the increase, a report by Campaign – The Arab Centre for Developing Social Media issued yesterday has found.

According to Quds Press, Campaign said Israelis publish one inciting post against Palestinians every 66 seconds in 2018, compared to one post every 71 seconds in 2017.

The number of posts increased when the Knesset was discussing and voting on the new Nation-State Law which saw Israel become a nation-state for Jews only and demoted Arabic from a state language to a “language of merit”.

In 2018, the report said, Israelis published 474,250 posts which incited against Palestinians on social media; an increase from the 445,000 posts in 2017.

Mar 12 09:30

Israel minister: Jewish prayer in Al-Aqsa ‘may be planned in the future’

Israel’s Internal Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said yesterday that Jewish prayer in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound “may be planned in the future”.

Erdan made the remarks on Ben Caspit and Aryeh Eldad’s 103FM talk show, as reported by pro-settler news site Arutz Sheva.

Addressing recent confrontations over Bab Al-Rahma, an area of the compound shuttered by Israeli occupation authorities in 2003, Erdan pushed back against suggestions that Palestinians would be allowed to use the space.

Mar 12 09:29

Israeli declarations shake the ‘national’ consensus behind the occupation

In recent days several strong statements have been made, condemning the occupation, in the Israeli media.

In the words of Israel’s Channel 13 reporter, Oshrat Kotler, “When you send your children to the army, they are kids,” Kotler said. “You send them to the territories, and they come back as human animals. This is the result of the occupation.”

Kotler’s words were met with a political storm and inspired a media campaign against her.

The television station has provided the reporter with security protection out of fear that right-wing supporters might attack her. The families of killed soldiers decided to launch a media campaign demanding she is fired and not appear on television. They urged the Israeli viewers to change the channel as soon as Kotler appeared on the screen and called on the station management to condemn her remarks and apologise to the viewers for them.

Mar 12 09:28

Israeli Colonists Seal Door of Mosque in East Jerusalem

An unknown group of illegal Israeli colonists were spotted sealing shut the entrance to a Palestinian Mosque Monday with an unknown adhesive.

The colonists sealed the entrance to the Sheikh Makki Mosque, in the Old City of Jerusalem, according to the Maan News Agency.

The person responsible for opening and closing the mosque found out that the doors were sealed shut with an unknown adhesive material, according to local sources.

The material was removed, the doors reopened, and the matter was reported to Israeli police, who came to the scene and took photographs of the door.

Mar 12 08:56

Israel's leaders: In Their Own Words

This election cycle, mainstream American politicians are lining up to condemn Donald Trump’s racist, inflammatory rhetoric and repeated incitements of violence against political opponents. Yet in Israel, Trump’s proposed apartheid wall already exists–across the occupied West Bank. More than 50 racist laws and counting directly target Palestinians with discrimination. Yet both the Democratic and Republican establishments, pandering to the well-funded Israel lobby, let Israel off the hook time and time again. Because, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it, “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.”

Palestine Advocacy Project has taken notable quotations from Israel’s US-backed political leaders and displayed them in prominent media outlets across the U.S. Scroll through them below. Isn’t it about time America’s leaders started connecting the dots and holding Israel’s leaders accountable?

Mar 12 08:49

The Israel Liability: Moral and Strategic Hazards of an Ill-Advised Alliance

Blindly backing Israel has become an article of faith, a civic religion even, for mainstream American politicians. Rarely do any dare publicly question the costs and benefits of this decades-old relationship. Such hesitancy is understandable. After all, to criticize Israeli policy, however mildly, is to risk near certain rebuke and reflexive charges of anti-semitism. Denouncing Israel’s current right-wing government or its ongoing, half-century-long occupation of Palestinian Territories is all risk and no reward – it’s a potential career-ender or, at least, a ticket to the margins of polite political discourse. Israel/Palestine is, as I’ve long said, the veritable "third-rail" of U.S. foreign policy debate.

Mar 12 08:49

Netanyahu: Sending Money to Hamas Key to Keeping Palestinians Divided

Likud officials are reporting that during a Monday meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued in favor of continuing to allow funding to be transferred to Hamas, arguing that it is the bes way to keep the Palestinians divided.

This seems to fall neatly into the category of Israeli policies that have fairly obviously been in place, but which officials don’t publicly talk about. With the election looming, Netanyahu is increasingly frank about his efforts to undercut Palestinian statehood, and his conviction that Israeli is not a state for all of its people, but only for Jews.

Indeed, Netanyahu argued in this case that those opposed to Palestinian statehood should be in favor of continuing to fund Hamas, as it keeps them and the Palestinian Authority divided. This division is often cited by Israel as a reason Palestine can’t exist.

Mar 12 08:42

Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project

From the 1920s on into the 1990s, the Zionists controlled the storyline in the West on the Israel-Palestine conflict. This meant that their version of history was the only version as far as most of the people in the West were concerned. Consequentially, they had an uncontested media field to label the Palestinians and their supporters as “terrorists” – the charge of anti-Semitism was not yet widely used. Also, as a consequence of their monopoly, the Zionists did not bother to engage in public debate.

Then, over the last twenty years the Zionists slowly lost their monopoly. In part this was due to the fact that in 1993 the PLO recognized Israel’s right to exist and renounced terrorism, and in the following years many of the Arab states made or offered peace. However, the Israelis did not respond in kind. In particular they failed to respond in a fair and just way to U.S.-sponsored peace efforts. Why so?

Mar 12 07:51

New poll: Americans’ support for Israel falls to lowest point in a decade

Support for Israel in the American public is at its lowest point in a decade, according new Gallup poll released Wednesday, with a whopping decline among self-identified Republicans who said they sympathized more with Israelis than Palestinians.

Whereas 65 percent of Americans said they were “more sympathetic” to Israel over the Palestinians in 2018, 59% said the same in 2019, marking a six point drop. That decline is the biggest over a one-year period in the history of the poll, which began in 2001.

Mar 12 07:45

Once Again, the UN has failed to Name Firms that Profit from Israel’s Illegal Settlements

The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories.

The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United States and many of the 200-plus companies that were about to be named.

UN officials have suggested they may go public with the list in a few months.

But with no progress since the UN’s Human Rights Council requested the database back in early 2016, Palestinian leaders are increasingly fearful that it has been permanently shelved.

That was exactly what Israel hoped for. When efforts were first made to publish the list in 2017, Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, warned: “We will do everything we can to ensure that this list does not see the light of day.”

Mar 12 05:28

Video: On Contact: The Lobby - USA

The four-part Al Jazeera documentary about how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with US Jewish groups to spy on, smear, and attack critics, was blocked due to heavy Israeli pressure.

It was blocked from Broadcast, not from the web.

The Lobby – USA, episode 1 – The Covert War

The Lobby – USA, episode 2 – Managing Elites

The Lobby - USA, episode 3

The Lobby - USA, episode 4

Mar 12 05:22

video: How the Israel Lobby Controls America

Find out how a lobby acting on behalf of a foreign nation has taken control of the American establishment. Had enough yet! Contact your elected officials or it won't get done.

Mar 12 05:15

Video: AIPAC THIS IS WHAT TREASON LOOKS LIKE

Had enough yet! Contact all your elected officials and tell them so.

Mar 12 05:00

Flashback: Video: Pro-Israel Activist Knocks Camera Out of Hands of Alison Weir

A pro Israeli advocate knocked a camera out of the hands of Alison Weir, President of the Council for the National Interest Foundation. The group just finished their press conference on what they call unjustifiable US Aid to Israel.

Mar 12 04:55

Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics

The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=h7t07EoHWbo
Note: It is our responsibility to see that every elected official receives a copy of this. Act Now!

Mar 11 16:38

Ex Mossad Head Admits Israel-Al-Qaeda Allegiance

Click title above to jump to the time. Ex head of Mossad reveals to the world on international television Israeli allegiance with Al-Qaeda;

Mar 11 10:58

‘A fine line separates life and death for women in Gaza’ during 50th week of the Great March of Return

Fifty weeks have passed since the Great March of Return demonstrations began at the fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel. Since March 30, protesters in Gaza have demanded the right to return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, and demanded an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities. Palestinian woman have been a part of the protests from the beginning. According to Gaza Health Ministry, more than 250 Palestinians have been killed during the Great March of Return, including six women.

On this Friday, more than 7,000 Gazans demonstrated, more than half of them women after the leaders of the protest called for Palestinians to join in the “Friday of Palestinian women” in honor of International Women’s Day.

Mar 11 10:54

The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

Jonathan Cook examines the Western hypocrisy behind the decision by the UN to postpone foe the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. >>

Mar 11 10:52

Trump, Corbyn and the tragedy of Western democracies

"... Trump and his administration have been working relentlessly to make Israel great again...

"Since Corbyn was chosen to lead the Labour Party this old political institution has revealed its true tyrannical nature, engaged in a constant purge of the best of its members. Any criticism of Israel or its intrusive lobby leads to immediate suspension and even expulsion...>>

Mar 11 10:47

Israel hammers Gaza for 3rd night in ‘vigorous response’ ordered by Netanyahu

Israel continues to pound Hamas targets in retaliation for cross-border attacks from Gaza, as the IDF carries out a “very vigorous response” against the militants, ordered by the Prime Minister as he gears up for his re-election.

IDF fighter jets and other aircraft struck several Hamas targets, including a military compound in the north of the strip and two naval vessels belonging to the group, the army said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties from the strikes which occurred at around 1:30am local time on Sunday.

The military said the raids, carried out for a third night in a row, was launched in response to mortar shell attack in southern Israel on Saturday night, as well as “continuing terror activities from the Strip, including balloon explosives” in the last several days.

Mar 11 10:37

Young Democrats break America’s biggest taboo – criticism of Israel

Young Democratic stars like Tulsi Gabbard, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have broken America’s biggest taboo - calling out Israel for its oppression of Palestinians - according to Eric S. Margolis, an American journalist and writer.

“Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation’s most sacred cow. Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion,” Margolis wrote.

He added that a number of US senators and congressmen “lost their positions after rebuking Israel for its mistreatment of Palestinians or daring to suggest that Israel had far too much influence in the US.”

The analyst pointed out that “journalists were not even allowed to write there was an ‘Israel lobby.’”

Mar 11 09:03

Netanyahu Warns Hamas After Latest Terror Balloons: ‘Don’t Test Us’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas that a major IDF operation was not out of the question, and told the Gaza-ruling terror group “not to test us” as violence continued to flare up around the border area, with the weekend seeing another explosives-laden cluster of balloons land in Israeli territory.

“We have recently seen provocations and heads being raised from the direction of the Gaza Strip,” the prime minister said, adding that the air force would continue to take out Hamas targets in the Strip if the provocations continue.

“I heard people from Gaza saying that since we are in an election campaign a wide-ranging operation is out of the question. I suggest to Hamas: don’t count on it. We will do everything necessary to restore security and quiet to the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and to the south in general,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Mar 11 08:35

A Peek into the Horrific Findings of the UN Report on Israel’s Massacre of Gaza Protesters

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council have released a powerful report, on the Gaza ‘Great Return March’ demonstrations, stating that they have grounds to believe Israel committed International War Crimes against demonstrators during “large-scale civilian protests”.

The 22-page document has been condemned by the Israeli government, as there is talk of Israel being brought to the International Court of Justice and tried for war crimes and violations of International Law against demonstrations that “were civilian in nature”.

The commission conducted 325 interviews and meetings with victims, witnesses, government officials and members of civil society, from all sides, and gathered more than 8,000 documents, including affidavits, medical reports, open source reports, social media content, written submissions and expert legal opinions, video and drone footage, and photographs.”

Mar 11 08:16

Israel kills Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank

Israeli occupation forces killed one Palestinian as they responded to unarmed protesters in Gaza with lethal force for the 50th consecutive Friday of demonstrations held under the banner of the Great March of Return.

Tamer Khaled Mustafa Arafat, 23, was fatally shot with a live bullet to the head during demonstrations east of Rafah in southernmost Gaza, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in the territory.

Arafat was taken to the European Hospital near Khan Younis where he succumbed to his injuries.

Mar 11 08:15

Netanyahu: Israel Is ‘Not a State of All Its Citizens’

For the sake of international standing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tries to position himself as a right-of-center leader willing to talk peace. All of this flies out the window when an election campaign is ongoing, however, and Netanyahu shifts drastically right-ward, demonizing not just the occupied Palestinians, but also Israel’s own Arab minority.

If there wasn’t an election next month, Israel would be hyping its treatment of its Arab minority as equals. Instead, Netanyahu is trying to scare voters into thinking his political rivals might let Arabs into the government. When actor Rotem Sela criticized this, noting the Arabs are supposed to be equal, and so what if they were in the government, Netanyahu fired back that Israel was never meant to be “a state of all its citizens.”

Mar 11 07:53

BREAKING THE SILENCE - Inside the Israeli Right’s Campaign to Silence an Anti-Occupation Group

Chai, whose real name turned out to be Chaim Fremd, had been hired by a right-wing Israeli group called Ad Kan, or “no more” in Hebrew. Ad Kan, part of the powerful political network that supports Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, holds as its mission to dig up dirt on Israelis who “seek to join the anti-Israel platform.”

Mar 10 09:57

Ex-Mossad agents harass US students, BDS activists

In September 2017, Palestine Legal attorneys received nearly 30 emails from students, teachers and even librarians who were justifiably concerned about an anonymous message they had received.

The emails contained threats from outlawbds.com that recipients had been “marked” and “identified as a BDS promoter” and had a “limited window of opportunity to cease and desist or face the consequences of your actions in legal proceedings.”

The origin of the attack was a mystery.

Thanks to February exposés in The New Yorker, however, we now know the origin – Psy-Group, a defunct Israeli private intelligence firm.

Additionally, we have further confirmation that former Israeli intelligence agents were paid to spy on US students and activists engaged in BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – campaigns.

Mar 10 09:45

Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into Gaza

The Israeli Air Force fired, late on Saturday at night, many missiles targeting sites run by armed resistance groups in several parts of the Gaza Strip, after the army alleged that a balloon, carrying an anti-tank shell, was flown from Gaza.

Palestinian media sources said the Israeli Air Force fired a missile at Asqalan site, in northern Gaza, and shortly afterwards fired two more missiles, causing excessive damage.

They added that the army also fired missiles into Al-Waha site, the same center, which was bombarded less than 24 hours earlier, causing serious damage.

Furthermore, the Israeli Air Force fired missiles into a building, used by the Palestinian Fishermen’s Syndicate, west of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, causing damage.

Israeli sources quoted the army stating that a “suspicious balloon which was launched from the Gaza Strip into the Sdot Negev Regional Council of settlements, was carrying an anti-tank shell.”

Mar 10 09:32

‘THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST’??? … NOT QUITE

decision by Israel’s electoral committee to ban two Arab parties and a candidate from a third Arab-led slate from running in elections, while allowing a far-right-wing candidate despite recommendations from the attorney general to ban him, was sharply criticized Thursday by leaders of Israel’s Arab community.

The ruling was called unreasonable and racist, and it sparked fears among Israeli Arabs that the country’s 1.8 million Arab citizens could be further politically marginalized ahead of April 9 parliamentary elections.

Mar 10 09:32

EVEN DEAD PALESTINIAN CHILDREN SUFFER UNDER THE OCCUPATION

No family, anywhere, should have to endure these horrors …

Sixteen year-old Samah Mubarak is laid to rest in Ramallah. Mubarak’s body was returned to her family on Friday after being held by the Israeli forces for over a month

Mar 10 03:04

Flashback: Aipac President Quits After Boasting of Influence over Baker and Clinton

Transcript: https://www.wrmea.org/1992-december/january-1993/the-complete-unexpurg...
"We'll have to get you involved. I like you, we have a lot to talk about, about real estate, you know, I have so many great activities going on at AIPAC, you ought to think about coming to some of these things. I'll have a dinner this fall. I'll have 18-20 senators there. I run programs in Washington. We just had a, I had at Ted Kennedy's house last month kosher dinner. I brought foremost caterers down. I had 60 people on the couch for dinner. Last year, I did it in Al Gore's house."

Mar 09 10:40

Tending to the injured at the Great March of Return

Mar 09 10:39

Bernie Sanders: Still Progressive Except for Palestine

A text message appeared on my phone a few days ago from the newly-minted Bernie Sanders campaign. The message reported the “HUGE NEWS” that Sanders “JUST” announced he is running, and asking me if I’m ‘in.’ I texted back, asking about his position on Palestine, and was told where I could donate to the Sanders campaign. For whatever reason, I wasted my time with a few more texts, and got responses such as “I understand, have a great day!” Eventually, the question was answered, and it was the same tired refrain we hear from any PEP politician. That response is included here in its entirety:

“In response to you (sic) first message, he supports diplomatic efforts to end the occupation and broker a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine which allows both peoples to coexist in peace, security and dignity. He also supports steps to put pressure on both sides in response to policies that undermine that goal.”

Mar 09 10:04

Israel elections obscuring ‘growing apartheid’ in Palestine, professor claims

In an article published this week in Haaretz entitled “Front Against Apartheid,” lecturer at the Department of Geography at the University of Beer Sheva, Professor Oren Yiftachel, argued that the obscuring of the Palestinian issue in the election arena is an attempt to escape the main issue facing Israel – the “apartheid” between Jews and Palestinians.

Yiftachel pointed out that, by neglecting and silencing the issue, the problem is exacerbated rather than solved. The response of the democratic parties must therefore be the formation of a broad front against the intention of “the apartheid bloc” – namely the right-wing parties – to form a colonial regime extending across all historic Palestine.

Mar 09 10:03

South Africa to downgrade Israel diplomatic mission

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that his government is planning to downgrade its diplomatic mission to Israel.

This, he said, comes in response to recommendations from the National Conference of the National African Party which was held more than a year ago, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Speaking before the parliament, Ramaphosa said that his government stands with the Palestinian people in their fight to achieve self-determination, but also recognises Israel’s “sovereign right”. He also noted that the ministry of international cooperation and foreign affairs is working to implement the decision.

“This [decision is being taken] due to the violation of the rights of the Palestinian people,” Ramaphosa said, adding: “We are putting pressure on Israel [but,] at the same time, we are ready to broker the process to achieve peace in the Middle East.”

Mar 09 10:02

Report: Female Palestinian refugees repeatedly raped in Syria prisons

Families of female Palestinian prisoners in Syrian jails have said that their daughters were repeatedly raped and severely tortured, but their plight is being ignored.

According to the Task Group for Palestinians in Syria, the families sent a message to international bodies and rights groups criticising the negligence surrounding the issue, Shehab reported yesterday.

The Task Group – which received a copy of the message – said that the families called for international bodies and rights groups to work towards stopping torture and violations inflicted on their daughters inside Syrian intelligence services prisons, as well as to do their best to release them.

Ex-female prisoners have said that they were subject to “all form of torture inside Syrian prisons, including electrocution, hanging, being beaten with iron poles and whips, as well as being repeatedly raped by their jailers”.

Mar 09 10:01

Israel bans Arab parties, okays Jewish racist candidate

In Israel, two Palestinian political parties and one Jewish member of a mostly Palestinian party have been banned from running in the April 9th election; meanwhile a radical Jewish candidate stays in, both after the Attorney General recommended the exact opposite.

Mar 09 10:01

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 February – 06 March 2019)

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 49th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. They also continued to use force as well during the incursions into the West Bank.

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded 6 others, including 3 children.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 92 civilians, including 26 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 3 paramedics, while participating in the Return March. The injury of three of them was reported serious.

Mar 09 10:00

Israeli Army Fires Many Missiles Into Gaza

The Israeli air force fired, on Saturday at dawn, several missiles into a few areas, near Gaza city, and in the southern part of the coastal region, causing property damage.

Media sources in Gaza said that Israeli F-16 fighter jets fired at least two missiles into a site near the al-Waha area, northwest of Gaza City, causing excessive damage.

They added that the army fired at least one missile into another site, in the Zeitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza city, causing property damage.

The army also fired at least two missiles into an agricultural land, in Juhr ad-Deek area, southeast of Gaza, causing damage to the land and a few surrounding homes.

Mar 09 10:00

Army Kills A Palestinian, Injures 48, Including 4 Medics And 2 Journalists In Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, one Palestinian, and injured 48 others, including four medics and two journalists, in the Great Return March processions, in the eastern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Tamer Khaled Mustafa Arafat, 23, after shooting him with live fire, east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Tamer was hit with a live round in the head, and was rushed to the Gaza European Hospital, but succumbed to his serious wounds.

Mar 08 14:31

We Will Not Go Down (Song for Gaza Palestine) - Michael Heart - OFFICIAL VIDEO

Mar 08 10:55

A Peek into the Horrific Findings of the UN Report on Israel’s Massacre of Gaza Protesters

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council have released a powerful report, on the Gaza ‘Great Return March’ demonstrations, stating that they have grounds to believe Israel committed International War Crimes against demonstrators during “large-scale civilian protests”.

The 22-page document has been condemned by the Israeli government, as there is talk of Israel being brought to the International Court of Justice and tried for war crimes and violations of International Law against demonstrations that “were civilian in nature”.

The commission conducted 325 interviews and meetings with victims, witnesses, government officials and members of civil society, from all sides, and gathered more than 8,000 documents, including affidavits, medical reports, open source reports, social media content, written submissions and expert legal opinions, video and drone footage, and photographs.”

Mar 08 09:58

Kahane in, Arabs out: Israeli election panel disqualifies Palestinian party calling for equality, approves racist Jewish Power leader

Just hours after chairman of the far right Otzma Yehudit, or “Jewish Power” party, Michael Ben Ari was approved by Israel’s Central Election Committee to run for the Knesset on Wednesday, the same committee disqualified the joint Arab slate Balad-United Arab List from running.

The decisions were made despite recommendations from Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit who said Ben Ari should be disqualified, while the Balad-UAL list should be allowed to run. It is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

In addition to the disqualification of Balad-UAL, the committee ruled to prevent Ofer Cassif, a Jewish representative in Hadash, from running. The claim against Cassif was, that he “denied the existence of Israel as a Jewish state”, and in the case of UAL-Balad it also included “supporting terror” (Haaretz, Hebrew).

Mar 08 09:57

Attacks on Gazans continue inside illegal Israeli-imposed ‘buffer zones’

In the years since Israel’s “disengagement” from Gaza, the Israeli-imposed buffer zones have fluctuated wildly – between 100 and 1,500 meters on land and 3 and 9 nautical miles at sea, in violation of international humanitarian law. This report also details February 2019 attacks and other human rights violations against Gazans.

Mar 08 09:57

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Three Palestinians In Southern Gaza

Israeli soldiers shot, on Thursday evening, three young Palestinian men during protests against the siege, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources in Gaza have confirmed that the soldiers shot three Palestinians with live rounds, causing moderate wounds.

They added that the soldiers also fired high-velocity gas bombs, causing several Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Many Palestinians burnt tires near the fence to obscure the sniper vision of the soldiers, and hurled stones across the perimeter fence, in addition to using fireworks.

Mar 08 09:56

Israel breaks into Al-Araqeeb, demolishes homes for 141th time

Israeli army vehicles and bulldozers demolished houses in the village of Al-Araqeeb, in the south and displaced their residents for the 141st time, despite the stormy and cold weather.

According to some of the residents of Al-Araqeeb, the police stormed the village this afternoon using reinforcement forces to protect the bulldozers and vehicles that destroyed tents and tin houses, and displaced adults and children leaving them homeless despite the harsh weather.

The residents stressed their willingness to stay in their village and rebuild the tents and houses, refusing to accept displacement from their village.

The Magistrates Court in Beersheba sentenced Sheikh Sayah Al-Tury, 69, a citizen of Al-Araqeeb, for 10 months in Al-Ramlah prison late December 2018 following the struggle of the villagers with the Israeli courts.

Mar 08 09:56

Israel forces Palestinian to demolish his and his daughter’s homes

A Palestinian father was forced to demolish his own home in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as that of his daughter, as Israeli authorities maintain their discriminatory housing policies in the city.

Mustafa Subah, an automobile mechanic, told his story to Haaretz reporters “on the ruins of his home”. A few weeks previously, a 15-year legal battle that cost him around 400,000 shekels ($110,220) came to an end when “he was compelled to demolish his and his daughter’s homes with his own hands”.

His daughter Zinab, along with her husband and three children, have now moved into “cramped conditions in the home of her mother-in-law”. Mustafa, meanwhile, along with his wife and three children who remain at home, are “squeezed into the two rooms of the original structure, waiting in dread to hear whether they will have to raze that as well”.

Mar 08 09:55

What next after the UN investigation into the bloodshed at the Gaza protests?

Over the course of a year, the Israeli government and its senior army officers have turned the Gaza Strip into a community of funerals, walking wounded and amputated limbs. Israel did not need primitive saws to destroy and sever limbs; its trained snipers deployed around the Gaza Strip were able to do that. These soldiers honed their dubious skills on thousands of peaceful Palestinian protesters, killing and wounding them throughout the first year of the Great March of Return protests, which began at the end of last March. Their victims include children, medics, journalists and people with disabilities.

Mar 08 09:54

Delaying publication of the settlement blacklist exposes the UN’s false narratives on human rights

The UN is openly flaunting its priorities and, sadly, human rights are far from a major concern for the international organisation. Since its creation post-World War Two, and having established itself as the platform which determines what constitutes a human rights violation and which countries can be considered as perpetrators, several trends have emerged within the UN which reduces the seriousness of people being deprived of their legitimate rights.

This has been achieved by creating ample space for reports on human rights violations to be disseminated, while refusing to insist upon accountability and justice. Ironically, the increasing awareness regarding human rights violations is actually creating widespread impunity, as the UN promotes itself as a platform for reporting about violations while intentionally failing to take action.

Mar 08 09:01

Labour’s civil war on Israel has been a long time coming

Threats by a Jewish group to split from Labour is not evidence of anti-semitism, but of the party’s long indulgence of anti-Palestinian racism

Mar 08 08:20

Israeli sniper fatally wounds Gaza child

A 15-year-old boy died hours after being shot during protests Wednesday evening in the Malika area east of Gaza City, the health ministry in the territory announced early Thursday.

Israeli snipers shot Saif al-Din Imad Nasir Abu Zaid in the head and wounded six others with live bullets, according to Wattan TV.

Mar 07 12:43

Gaza Needs ‘More Than Statements’ from UN to Stop Israeli Violence - Historian

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reproached Tel Aviv’s response to a UN report last week that found Israel had breached the human rights of Gazans in its response to protests there. However, a historian and activist told Sputnik Wednesday that ending Palestinian suffering requires action, not tepid statements.

Sputnik reported last week that the UN Commission of Inquiry's February 28 report found that, by using live ammunition to suppress the Great March of Return protests on the border between Gaza and Israel, Tel Aviv gave the Human Rights Council "reasonable grounds to believe that… Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law."

Tel Aviv blasted the commission's findings, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying, "The council is setting new records for hypocrisy and mendacity out of an obsessive hatred of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East."

Mar 07 12:23

Israeli forces shoot down Gaza protester as warplanes launch new airstrikes

Israeli forces have fired at Palestinian protesters during a night-time protest in the Gaza Strip, killing a teenage boy, on the same night when the regime’s warplanes launched fresh airstrikes on the besieged enclave.

The 15-year-old boy, identified as Saif al-Deen Abu Zeid, was shot dead by the Israeli forces during a protest rally held in eastern Gaza on Wednesday night, medical sources in the enclave confirmed.

Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP that the boy died “due to the wounds he sustained a few hours ago.”

Several other Palestinian youngsters were also injured by live bullets.

The shooting came as Israeli warplanes also launched fresh air raids on the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.

Israeli warplanes have in recent weeks increased their airstrikes on various parts of the besieged Strip, mostly targeting posts belonging to Hamas resistance forces and their military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Mar 07 12:10

Israel-Palestine Timeline

Since the media rarely give details about Palestinians killed by Israel, we’re making short videos to inform people about these human beings – who they were and how they were killed.

Mar 07 12:05

Video screened at UN Human Rights Council meeting, February 28, 2019

Mar 07 12:04

Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory*

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In its resolution S-28/1, the Human Rights Council established the international independent commission of inquiry with a mandate to, inter alia, investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip,

in the context of the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018, and to report thereon to the Council at its fortieth session.
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Santiago Canton (Argentina) (Chair), Sara Hossain (Bangladesh) and Kaari Betty Murungi (Kenya) were appointed to the commission by the President of the Human Rights Council.
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The UN report.

Mar 07 11:51

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The UN report noted that 154 out of 183 people killed by Israel last year were entirely unarmed. 33 were children…

Mar 07 11:30

UN Commission Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

International law professor Kevin Jon Heller discusses the report of the UN Human Rights Council, which says Israel must be held accountable for war crimes committed against unarmed civilians and that Israeli courts do not hold them accountable

Mar 07 11:25

Pollak: ‘Legitimate Criticism’ of Israel is Democrats’ Phony Excuse for Ilhan Omar’s Antisemitism

House Democrats failed Wednesday to introduce a resolution condemning antisemitism, which had been promised in response to the latest antisemitic remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to contain the political damage, claiming that repeat-offender Omar was not “intentionally antisemitic.”

Other Democrats found another excuse: they claimed criticizing Omar would stifle “legitimate criticism” of Israel.

Mar 07 11:24

Join and support our call to action - take to the streets on Saturday 11 May to demand freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people

Emboldened by the election of Trump and the emergence of far right allies across the world, Israel is entrenching its system of oppression in ways that create urgent threats to the realisation of the collective rights of the Palestinian people. Israel is expanding settlements at the fastest rate since Oslo, with Khan Al Ahmar and 45 other Palestinian communities in the West Bank facing forcible transfer. With the passing of its Nation State Bill in July 2018, Israel has embedded into its constitution the denial of equality under the law to Palestinian citizens of Israel who were already subject to more than 60 laws that directly discriminate against them.

Mar 07 11:12

‘Headaches, fainting’, Palestinian prisoners suffer effects of Israel jamming devices

Palestinian prisoners are suffering from “depression, headaches and fainting” as a result of the jamming devices installed at a number of Israeli jails in which they are being detained, they said in a statement.

“The dangerous radiation” omitted by the devices are causing these symptoms, the statement continued, adding they fear this is just “the tip of the iceberg”.

Experts have said the devices can lead to “genetic deformities of human cells and cancer”. Forty prisoners who are battling cancer in Ras Al-Eid prison may have contracted the disease as a result of the devices, they added.

Mar 07 11:11

Israel cuts water supply to 2,600 Palestinians in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces and the Israeli Civil Administration cut the water supply to 2,600 of Palestinians living in communities in Bardala village in the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank, yesterday.

Mutaz Bisharat, an official who monitors settlement activity in Tubas/Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli forces cut off water supply for 60 per cent of residents of the Bardala village; amounting to 2,600 people.

Israeli forces also cut off water supplies for 1,800-2,000 dunams (445-494 acres) of Palestinian agricultural lands that must be continuously irrigated.

Bisharat added that Israel claims that water sources in the area are illegal, adding that this cannot be true because the water comes from wells in the village and inside Palestinian lands.

Mar 07 11:11

Netanyahu declares Al-Aqsa TV channel terrorist organisation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a decree yesterday declaring Palestinian Al-Aqsa TV a terrorist organisation, claiming it is used by Hamas to recruit terror groups, Israeli media reported.

“This decision comes at the recommendation of the Shin Bet and the Defense Ministry’s National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing, after the Shin Bet revealed terror group Hamas’ use of the satellite channel ‘Al-Aqsa’ to recruit operatives,” a statement issued by his office said.

In February, Shin Bet claimed that the channel’s broadcasters use quotes from the Quran or subtle language as gestures to recruit Hamas operatives in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli warplanes have targeted and destroyed Al-Aqsa TV and Radio several times since 2000, when they were firstly launched after years of being banned by the Palestinian Authority.

Mar 07 11:10

Congress criticises Ihlan Omar’s words, but remains silent about Israel’s violence

The obsession with US Congresswoman Ihlan Omar’s criticism of Israeli influence over American politics really is unique. And what makes this debate genuinely immoral is that it focuses on Omar’s words but ignores the killing and oppression of Palestinian civilians by Israel.

The Minnesota Congresswoman has been pilloried over the past few weeks for criticising members of Congress who take money from pro-Israel Political Action Committees (PACs) in exchange for political support for Israeli policies. Omar has also highlighted the ugly tendency for many pro-Israel activists and politicians to have an apparently greater loyalty to Israel, a foreign country, than they do to the United States.

Mar 07 11:09

By force or forgery: How settlers claim Palestinian homes

The traces of a black eye are still visible on Abdel Qader Abu Srour’s face as he takes his medication with his morning coffee.

The father of two is tired. After four days in custody, he has just been released from an Israeli prison. “They kept me in solitary confinement for the first two days in a freezing cell with no blankets, nothing hot to drink, and no medical care,” he tells Middle East Eye.

Abu Srour, 27, was arrested on 7 February after being badly beaten by Israeli soldiers outside his family home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. They were escorting a group of Israeli settlers who claimed Abu Srour’s home was, in fact, their own.

“One of the settlers, the leader of the group, said that our house belonged to them and that we had to leave,” Abu Srour, who said more than ten soldiers and three heavily armed soldiers had arrived at his home.

Mar 07 08:14

Israel's elections committee bans leftist Arab-Israeli coalition from running

Israel’s election committee banned a leftist Arab-Israeli coalition from running in parliamentary elections next month even as it approved two members of a far-right party who have been labelled as racist.

The Central Election Committee on Wednesday prohibited both the Balad-United Arab List and Ofer Cassif, a member of another Arab-Israeli party, Hadash-Ta'al, from candidacy in decisions that rights groups said were politically motivated.

Mar 07 08:13

Two Palestinian children killed in home fire after Israel blocks fire trucks

Two Palestinian children have been killed in a blaze at their home in occupied Hebron after the Israeli authorities prevented the fire brigade from reaching them in time.

The two children – one of whom is believed to have been just 18-months old – were burned to death in a fire at their home in the Al-Salaymeh neighbourhood of Hebron’s Old City in the occupied West Bank. One was reported dead late last night, while the second succumbed to the burns received this morning after receiving emergency treatment at the nearby Hebron government hospital. A third child, thought to be the dead children’s brother, also suffered severe burns in the incident and remains in intensive care, according to hospital Director Dr Walid Zalloum.

Mar 07 08:12

WATCH: UN video & report on Israeli forces shooting Gaza protesters

The above video was screened at the UN Human Rights Council meeting, Feb, 28, 2019. Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper posted it on March 1.

An independent investigation concluded that ‘nations have a duty to ‘arrest persons alleged to have committed, or who ordered to have committed, the international crimes described in the present report’

Mar 07 08:06

Netanyahu election rival pledges to 'separate' from Palestinians

The centrist Blue and White party posing the biggest election challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged a policy of “separation” from Palestinians in occupied land on Wednesday, but stopped short of backing their goal of statehood.

However, the party’s number two, former finance minister Yair Lapid, predicted that parting ways with the Palestinians would eventually lead to them having a state of their own alongside Israel.

Netanyahu and fellow rightists have cast themselves as blockers of any initiative to cede territory to the Palestinians.

Mar 07 08:02

Israel intent on shutting Jerusalem holy site

Israel is intensifying its crackdown on Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The Islamic Waqf – the body responsible for Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem – last month reopened Bab al-Rahma, a gate at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem that had been sealed by Israel since 2003:

The 16-year closure order expired in August. But Israel has been intent on shutting the gate once again.

Israeli police asked a Jerusalem court to close the gate permanently to “keep out protesters … as part of its war against terror,” according to the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz.

In reality, the Muslim holy site is used by Palestinians to pray, as this video shows:

Mar 06 12:09

‘Racially profiled’ British student interrogated by Israeli embassy at UK campus

Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, rose to notoriety with his ruthless and unapologetic defence of Israeli war-crimes in Gaza. His talent for suppressing truth and taking on the rising tide of anti-Israeli sentiments earned him a position in the UK, long seen by Tel Aviv as the global centre of pro-Palestinian activism. The Australian-born diplomat, who moved to Israel in 1982, places a premium on speaking at university campuses and has stoked controversy wherever he goes. The latest saw pro-Palestinian student activists being harassed and interrogated by his security staff who are accused of supressing free speech and behaving like thuggish enforcers.

The showdown between Regev’s security guards and British students took place at the University of Leicester last week. A group of student activists from the Palestine Society decided to exercise their democratic right to protest and express disdain over the university’s decision to host such a polarising figure.

Mar 06 09:19

Islamic council rejects Israeli court closure at Al-Aqsa compound

Despite Israel's ultimatum to close the site by Monday, Waqf says Bab al-Rahma will remain open for Muslims to pray.

Mar 06 09:16

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A Palestinian family, victims of white phosphorus bombs (banned by the UN) and widely used by Israel in Palestine.

Mar 06 08:59

Israeli fighter jets strike Hamas compound in Gaza

Israeli fighter jets struck on Tuesday night a Hamas military compound in Gaza after "explosive balloons" from the Palestinian enclave reached southern Israel, the Israeli army said.

"Israel Defense Forces fighter jets and aircraft struck a number of terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip," a military spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said that the strike was carried out in response to balloons carrying explosive material launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier on Tuesday.

Mar 06 08:58

U.N. again defers report on companies with Israeli settlement ties

Publication of a U.N. database of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank has been delayed again, drawing the ire of activists who have campaigned for three years.

The issue is highly sensitive as companies appearing in such a database could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements, which most countries and the United Nations view as illegal. Goods produced there include fruit, vegetables and wine.

Israel has assailed the database, whose creation was agreed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in March 2016, as a “blacklist”.

Mar 06 08:37

Temple Mount mosque ordered shut within a week, Israeli court warns

The Jerusalem court said it would close a contested building reopened by Muslim worshipers last month, unless Islamic custodian, which refuses to appear before Israeli courts as a matter of principle, responds to case

Mar 06 08:02

Jewish settlers take over Palestinian house in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli Jewish settlers took over a Palestinian house in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, Quds Press has reported. The property is owned by the Al-Halaby family.

An informed source said that a group of Jewish settlers took over the house when its owner was away, noting that all of the woman’s clothing and furniture are still in the house. Israeli police apparently did not respond immediately to the calls of the Palestinians to protect the house from the colonial-settlers, who attacked neighbours and passers-by with pepper spray. When the police eventually did make an appearance, they arrested five Palestinian youths, but did nothing about the settlers.

Mar 06 08:01

Israel analysts warn of ‘four front’ escalation with Palestinians

Israeli analysts have warned of a potential “four fronts” escalation with the Palestinians.

According to a report in Ynet, the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, as well as Palestinian prisoners, are all arenas which “are extremely volatile for different reasons”.

In the West Bank, analysts point to economic hardship in light of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s rejection of monthly tax revenues, following Israeli punitive deductions.

The Israeli report claimed that senior PA officials believe the financial deficit “is only expected to deepen, adversely impacting the Palestinian defence establishment and its intelligence outreach in the West Bank, and even helping Hamas to establish military infrastructure across the territories.”

Mar 06 08:01

UN rights expert says Israel must be held to account for Gaza crimes

A senior United Nations human rights official has urged the international community to hold Israel to account for violations of international law in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, made the remarks yesterday in response to the publication of a report by the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Great Return March protests.

The inquiry “found reasonable grounds to believe that, in all but two of the 189 fatalities investigated, the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces against demonstrators was unlawful,” Lynk stated.

“Accordingly, I support the Commission’s call for accountability with respect to those who used lethal fire unlawfully, and for those who drafted and approved the rules of engagement which permitted this illegal use of lethal fire.”

Mar 06 07:59

Israel forces arrest 13-year-old Palestinian in the middle of the night

Israeli occupation forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian child in the middle of the night, according to human rights group B’Tselem.

Adam Abu Ryalah’s family home in Issawiyah, occupied East Jerusalem, was raided by eight Israeli Border Police officers at 4am on Sunday, 10 February, while 20 more officers waited outside.

As recounted by B’Tselem, the Israeli forces ordered Adam’s parents to wake their son and bring him to the living room, after which an officer then returned Adam to his room with his mother and ordered him to get dressed. Adam was arrested, and taken to a police station.

When Adam’s parents went to the police station, they were “told their son was not there”. After waiting for hours, it was only by chance – at around 12.30pm – that they saw their son “when an officer escorted him to the bathroom”.

Mar 06 07:58

Jared Kushner And The Triumph Of Saudi Arabia

In the Gulf they joke that Saudi-US relations are run by the crown prince and “the clown prince”. The first, Mohammed bin Salman, is Saudi Arabia’s strongman. The second, Jared Kushner, is Donald Trump’s son-in-law. If it were not for their friendship, relations between the US and the House of Saud might be in serious crisis. But Mr Kushner has an Arab-Israeli peace plan up his sleeve.

In his view Saudi backing will be key to its success. Which means the Saudis can get away with nearly anything — alleged royal-instigated killing, for example — as long as they hold out the prospect of backing Mr Kushner. To say the least, Prince Mohammed has the better of the bargain. Few people give Mr Kushner’s peace plan ironically dubbed “deal of the century” much chance. The epithet “dead on arrival” has become standard even before the plan has arrived.

Mar 06 06:25

Trump's 'ultimate deal' faces ultimate failure

Despite their best efforts, Trump's 'peace envoys' have failed to secure support for their deeply flawed plan.

At a private gathering at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London on February 28, David Makovsky and Dennis Ross - two men with a deep understanding of the decades-long peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis - spoke frankly and at length about US President Donald Trump's "ultimate deal".

Makovsky is an author and journalist who covered the often anguished twists and turns of the journey to reach the Oslo accords of 1993 and 1995. Ross was appointed President Bill Clinton's Middle East envoy in the first Clinton administration and in that capacity helped to broker the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, commonly referred to as Oslo II in 1995.

Both men are seen by critics - justifiably or not - as being sympathetic towards Israel>>>

Mar 06 04:34

House Democrats to call for vote on condemning 'anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar comments

Omar, D-Minn., suggested Wednesday that the pro-Israel lobby pushes lawmakers to show "allegiance to a foreign country" and said the charge of anti-Semitism is "designed to end the debate" about Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Mar 06 04:25

Democrats Need to Face the Truth about Ilhan Omar

This prompted another bipartisan storm of protest. Far from retreating, Omar doubled down in her response to criticism from Representative Nita Lowey (D., N.Y.), a veteran liberal Jewish Democrat. When Lowey urged her to retract her comments, Omar tweeted, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on a committee.”
Note: Sad but true about the Jewish lobby.

Mar 05 12:44

Unfounded allegations of anti-Semitism cover up Israeli apartheid

In the small, American Jewish community where I grew up, I never heard criticisms of Israel, or experienced anti-Semitism. And yet I was frequently reminded by my Hebrew and Sunday school teachers of the anti-Semitic hatred that Jews had endured throughout the ages, and especially during the holocaust. My grandmother explained, sometimes tearfully, how her family had lost touch with cousins, aunts and uncles in the “old country” during the Second World War, never to hear from them again.

But the narrative did not end there. Israel, I was told, was the only country that Jews could truly regard as safe. Indeed, Jews had a “birth-right” to return to the “Land of Israel”. Based on vague, biblical justifications I was told that we were the “chosen people”.

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