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Sep 23 12:33

Trump’s chaos produces results: Gulf states upgrade ties to Israel

James Dorsey examines moves by Arab Gulf states to seduce Israel, with Bahrain even denouncing the boycott of the Zionist state, possibly in the hope that they can benefit from the Jewish community’s influence in the US.>>

Sep 23 07:56

Palestinian boy, shot in stomach, interrogated on video

Amnesty International has previously stated that an intentional failure by Israeli forces to provide medical aid to a wounded person violates international prohibitions on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

And while it is unclear how the video – evidently filmed in an area under complete Israeli military control – came to be published, international law prohibits an army from exposing persons in an occupied territory to “insults and public curiosity.”

No Israelis were injured during the 13 September incident that left the teen, identified as Hasan Issa Jaradat, from the nearby village of Sair, with serious injuries.

In the video the boy gives his age as 15; some news reports have said he is 13.

Ten residents of Jaradat’s hometown – several of them children – have been killed in such incidents since late 2015.

Sep 22 08:51

Evidence of Israeli apartheid, pillage and murder handed to Hague court

Four Palestinian human rights organizations on Wednesday handed 700 pages of evidence of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

This comes as two Palestinian communities in the West Bank face imminent, total Israeli destruction.

Sep 22 08:38

Abbas at UN calls for end to ‘apartheid’ for Palestinians

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday urged the United Nations to end what he described as an “apartheid” regime imposed by Israel in the Palestinian territories.

“We are entrusted and you are entrusted to end apartheid in Palestine,” Abbas told the UN General Assembly in a nearly 45-minute address. “Can the world accept an apartheid regime in the 21st century?” he asked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, it appears they can.

Sep 21 09:57

Israel holding 58 Palestinian women 'under dire conditions'

The Israeli regime is holding at least 58 Palestinian women, including 10 minors, "under dire conditions" in its jails, the Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Committee says.

The committee recently said the female prisoners were being held in HaSharon and Damon jails. It said the Palestinian women suffered physical and emotional abuse by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

The basic rights of the inmates, the committee said, are violated as they have no access to essential needs such as medical care. Several of the jailed women were under 18 when they were sentenced and they have turned 18 behind Israeli bars.

Sep 21 07:56

At UN, Netanyahu uses Iran threat to sideline Palestinians

Most of his speech was devoted to how Israel is thriving economically, politically and scientifically under his leadership. In keeping with his longstanding tradition, he veered off to the threat posed by the nuclear agreement with Iran. Netanyahu said that the signatories should either "fix it or nix it," adding, "Today, I have a simple message for Ayatollah [Ali] Khamenei, the dictator of Iran: The light of Israel will never be extinguished. Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions."

Sep 21 07:47

‘I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push wheelchairs’ — Israeli commander to Palestinians

The Bethlehem-based Palestinian NGO Badil reported a significant increase in Palestinian injuries in the refugee camps last year, the majority of which were caused by live ammunition. Most of the gunshot wounds were directed at the lower limbs of the youth in the camps, now commonly referred to as “kneecapping.” Residents of the Dheisheh camp say that an Israeli army commander, who the youth in Dheisheh refer to as “Captain Nidal”, has been threatening to intentionally disable Palestinians in the camp. “I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push the wheelchairs,” he has been reported as saying.

Sep 20 06:50

Hamas bends over backwards yet EU retains snub

As for Hanegbi, he recently threatened Palestinians with a “third Nakba” – a reference to Israel’s previous bouts of mass ethnic cleansing in 1948 and 1967.

He’s only one in a parade of top Israeli officials to make genocidal statements that the EU has failed or refused to condemn.

The EU continues to reward Israel as it builds its settlements in the occupied West Bank at a rapid pace, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces openly they will never be removed.

Sep 20 06:27

Canadian teacher wins against Israel lobby effort to have her fired

Shoufani, who teaches in Mississauga, west of Toronto, was the subject of complaints because of a July 2016 speech she gave at a rally in support of Palestinian rights.

“Earlier this year Ms. Shoufani’s case came before the Ontario College of Teachers and she was found not to be in breach of the professional conduct expected of a teacher,” Liz Stuart, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, said in a statement to The Electronic Intifada on Monday.

Sep 19 14:11

How Netanyahu’s son became the poster boy for white supremacists

Jonathan Cook says racists in Israel and American and European white supremacists are counting on a revival of anti-Semitism in the United States and elsewhere in the Western world that will benefit them both.>>

Sep 19 14:09

Israel’s chief stooge at Westminster shames us again

Stuart Littlewood looks at how UK Prime Minister Theresa May and other Zionist stooges in her government are fawning over Israel ahead of the Balfour Declaration centenary instead of apologising for was in fact a criminal conspiracy.>>

Sep 19 13:51

Israeli soldiers shoot and injure Palestinian boy, 13; military prevents parents from sitting by his bed

On 23 July 2017, soldiers shot N.R., 13, after he went through an opening in the Separation Barrier near Jayus. He was hospitalized in Israel for a month and underwent three operations. For the first eight days, soldiers guarding his room prevented his parents from staying with their son and briefly tied him to the bed. His parents were not present when he was interrogated and when his detention was extended. This grave conduct of the security forces is far from unusual, reflecting both declared policy and norms that have developed.

Sep 18 12:06

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

James Dorsey explains why there should be no reason for optimism that violence and instability in the Middle East, whether in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or the Gulf states, will come to an end anytime soon.>>

Sep 18 09:56

Palestinian orchestra uses 'music as resistance'

Birzeit, Occupied West Bank - On a humid summer evening in Birzeit, the atmosphere in the Naseeb Azeez Shaheen Auditorium turned raucous when it was announced that two musicians from Gaza would be performing.

The audience had barely settled by the time the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) launched into the familiar, dramatic opening bars of the Star Wars main theme.

For its 2017 tour, the PYO had scheduled two concerts in Amman, Jordan, followed by two dates in the occupied West Bank, in Nablus and Birzeit.

"We try to make a point to come to Palestine because this is home," PYO manager Zeina Khoury told Al Jazeera. "We do it once every few years, when we feel it is possible, and when we have the funding to do it. We tried this year and it worked out, but not as we had planned originally."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Music as resistance; that has a lovely, peaceful ring to it! :-)

Sep 18 08:55

Israeli rightist Smotrich lays out the vision for apartheid

On Tuesday, Bezalel Smotrich, a member of the Israeli Knesset from the Jewish Home party, delivered his ‘baby’ at a right wing conference. The baby has an official name: The ‘Decision Plan’. But its real name is Apartheid. It lays out a way for Israel to annex Palestinian territory, officially so, and to coerce the population to either live under Apartheid, explicitly relinquishing “national aspirations”, or be expelled.

Sep 18 08:53

ZIO TV SMEARS ROGER WATERS’ SUPPORT OF BDS

Roger Waters brought his national tour to New York this week. Tonight he is on Long Island, and regrettably the New York media have given a platform to Israel fanatics to smear the songwriter/bassist. Local TV stations have passed on outrageous statements, that Waters is an anti-Semite and that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is bigoted.

Sep 17 08:32

REMEMBERING THE MASSACRE AT SABRA AND SHATILLA

The massacre at the Sabra and Shatilla camps is remembered as a notorious chapter in modern Middle Eastern history, clouding the tortured relationships among Israel, the United States, Lebanon and the Palestinians.

Sep 16 07:19

Defying Israel’s eviction orders in East Jerusalem

It was supposed to have been Nizar Shamasneh’s first day back at school.

At around 5:30am, a large number of Israeli police descended on the Sheikh Jarrah area in occupied East Jerusalem. They had arrived to evict the Shamasneh family.

“They took everything: my schoolbag, our clothing, my grandfather’s identity card,” Nizar, aged 15, said. “It was heartbreaking to be thrown out in the street without being able to defend yourself.”

The family were caught somewhat off-guard by the 5 September eviction.

As the family had secured a court injunction, they thought that they could remain in their home for at least another five days.

Yet on 4 September, Israeli settlers appealed successfully against the injunction. As a result, the eviction was allowed to proceed immediately.

The family was not informed that the injunction had been overturned.

Sep 16 07:18

Video: Soldiers assault woman who resists as they weld her door shut

This video shows Israeli occupation forces violently assaulting and attempting to handcuff 55-year-old Zleikhah al-Muhtaseb in a family-owned building in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Israeli forces invaded the home in order weld shut one of its two entrances, and Zleikhah tried to stop them.

Zleikhah’s niece Rania al-Muhtaseb lives in the building with her husband Bassem and their three children.

Sep 15 08:17

RACISM HAS BECOME AMERICA’S GREATEST EXPORT

Another Facebook posting shows Packer applauding Israeli settlers as he marched with them through the Silwanneighborhood of East Jerusalem in August. Among them is Arieh King.

Both Packer and King were celebrating the placing of a new Torah in a synagogue. The synagogue is located in a building that had been seized two years ago from a Palestinian family. Proponents of the seizure argue that Jews owned the property decades ago. Israeli law, however, prohibits Palestinians who similarly own properties in West Jerusalem and elsewhere from returning to them.

This instance of dispossessing Palestinians was by no means isolated. The day after Packer posted his videos, the Israeli authorities instructed several Palestinian families in the Silwan area to collect demolition orders on their homes.

Sep 15 07:48

Trump administration backs bill to halt aid to Palestinians

The Trump administration declared its firm support Thursday for a bill that would suspend U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what critics have described as a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis.

Sep 15 06:54

US-born rabbi aids East Jerusalem eviction

Ben Packer, a US-born rabbi, is helping to push Palestinians out of their homes.

Last week, the Shamasneh family was evicted from a house where family members had lived for more than 50 years in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Packer, who runs a hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City, swiftly welcomed the eviction. Writing on Facebook, he stated that “our guys were there to help move out the Arabs’ stuff and are now helping to guard the property.”

Packer did not respond to a request asking what he meant by the phrase “our guys” and if staff or residents in his hostel – the Jerusalem Heritage House – had assisted the eviction.

Sep 15 06:53

EU refuses to condemn Israeli genocide plan

A party with members in Israel’s government has just endorsed a plan to force Palestinians out of their homeland.

A prominent Holocaust scholar previously called the plan potentially genocidal and likened the values of its chief proponent to those of the Nazi SS.

Yet the European Union, which claims a moral mission to combat extremism, racism and xenophobia, is refusing to condemn it.

The National Union faction, which has members in Israel’s parliament as part of the Jewish Home party, approved the plan at a conference this week.

Sep 15 06:52

Israel’s expulsion of Jerusalem lawmakers overturned for now

Human rights groups said that a ruling this week by Israel’s high court confirms that the state cannot revoke the residency of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem on the vague grounds of “breach of loyalty.”

After a 10-year legal battle, the high court decided that Israel’s interior minister did not have the authority to expel four Palestinian lawmakers from the city.

Legal advocacy group Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said that the court’s decision to accept the lawmakers’ appeal affirms that the expulsion was done “in violation of the rule of law while gravely harming their constitutional rights.”

The groups added: “It is unfortunate that this ruling was made only after more than a decade, during which time the petitioners’ rights were brutally violated.”

Sep 13 12:19

Israeli rabbi Calls for Extermination of Palestinians:Kill a Palestinian “every hour”

Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto who leads a global organization called Mosdot Shuva Israel,Based in Ashdod,took up the cudgel (Hebrew) on behalf of Biblical Judaism. He said that if Erekat wanted to be a Canaanite, very well then, we Israeli Jews should give him his wish; while remembering the Biblical command to exterminate those tribes which inhabited the land before the Israelites (among them, the Canaanites ‘natch):

Sep 13 07:12

Amnesty slams Israeli threats to punish it over settlement boycott call

Amnesty International is condemning Israeli threats to punish the human rights group over its call on countries to ban the import of goods made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

“The reports that the Israeli government plans to punish Amnesty International over its settlements campaign are deeply alarming,” the group said. “While we have not been officially informed of any such action by the authorities, if true, this would be a serious setback to freedom of expression and an ominous sign for the ability of human rights nongovernmental organizations in Israel to operate freely and without arbitrary interference.”

Last June, Amnesty urged countries around the world to ban the import of all goods produced in Israeli settlements, saying this was necessary to “put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fueled mass human rights violations against Palestinians.”

Sep 12 08:32

ICE CREAM AS A ROAD TO PEACE

Five years after teaming up to produce ice cream, Adam Ziv from Kibbutz Sasa and Alaa Sweitat of Galilee village of Tarshiha are now proud owners of successful chain with five stores in northern Israel and Tel Aviv, becoming first Israeli business to win prestigious UN prize.

Sep 11 12:26

Video: Grabbed By The Throat: Israeli Police Detains 2 Protesting Against Eviction Of Palestinian Family

Hundreds of protesters marched in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Friday, against the eviction of the Shamanseh family.

Sep 10 08:18

IS PALESTINE DOOMED FOR ETERNITY IN GERMANY?

What happened last Sunday during the so called “Chancellor-Duel” between the CDU chancellor and the Social Democratic challenger Schulz makes me speechless. In fact, the Social Democratic candidate just negatively focussed on Turks and Palestinians.

Sep 07 09:09

RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM PALESTINE TO HELP YOU BE HOPEFUL IN BAD TIMES

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on
the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of
compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in
this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it
destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and
places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this
gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this
spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in
however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we
think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us,
is itself a marvelous victory.”

Sep 06 08:48

Israeli Seller Hit Palestinian Youth with Car in Occupied West Bank

Sep 06 08:30

REVERSING ISRAEL’S DIVIDE AND CONQUER TACTICS

Palestinians are 12 million in number, and stuck in institutional paralysis. The nearly 25-year-old Oslo Peace Process successfully, and sadly, facilitated Israel’s strategic desire to utilize the age-old divide and conquer strategy to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive.

Sep 06 08:03

The Arab American radicals who paved way for BDS

One of the earliest boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, victories in the United States came in 1973 when United Auto Workers Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan, voted to divest its Israeli bonds after a campaign waged by the Arab Workers Caucus and the American Arab Coordinating Committee. The campaign drew comparisons with apartheid South Africa and won the support of many Black autoworkers in Michigan.

Was it just an oddity that decades before Palestinian civil society called for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in 2005, industrial workers in the US heartland were already waging a BDS struggle? Or, far from being a rogue wave, was it an integral part of the oceanic upheavals among workers, students, immigrants and people of color during the heady maelstroms of the 1960s and ’70s?

Sep 06 07:59

Issa Amro, persecuted by Israel, is arrested by PA

A prominent Palestinian human rights defender who is already facing a military trial by Israel is being detained by the Palestinian Authority after criticizing the arrest of a journalist.

Issa Amro has declared a total hunger strike until he is released.

On Sunday, Amro made two posts on Facebook condemning the detention by the PA’s Preventive Security force of Ayman al-Qawasmi, the director of the Minbar al-Hurriya radio station in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Just days ago, the radio station was raided and ordered closed by Israeli occupation forces.

Sep 06 07:59

Activists disrupt entry of Israeli weapons to London arms fair

Protesters attempted to stop Israeli weapons entering a massive arms fair in London on Monday.

Activists are this week protesting the event as it sets up shop. The conference showcases the arms industries of countries all over the world, including notorious human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition, or DSEI – which advertises itself as “the world leading” arms industry fair – opens for business next week.

Amnesty International and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have both called for the event to be scrapped.

Sep 05 07:03

Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academics

Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees and PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, are calling on Belgium’s KU Leuven university and Portugal’s INESC-ID research institute to pull out of the EU-funded LAW-TRAIN program.

They also urge three British academics listed as advisors – Portsmouth University’s Claire Nee and Jo Taylor and William Finn, both of the College of Policing – to end their roles in the project.

Sep 05 06:25

US & Israel threaten to cut UN Funding over ‘Settlement Blacklist’

Both Israel and the United States have threatened to cut their funding to the United Nations Human Rights Council if the Council moves ahead with its promise to publish a list of companies that do business in Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land.

The threats come in the midst of a wider crackdown on the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement that was created to pressure Israel economically, in order to push the Israeli government to comply with its obligations under international law.

Sep 01 15:43

Israel seeks “Jewish” non-Jews in numbers battle with Palestinians

Jonathan Cook argues that to make up for its demographic shortfalls and ensure that Israel remains Jewish, Israel is considering broadening the definition of “Jew” to include “crypto-Jews”, “emerging Jewish” communities and descended from Jewish “lost tribes”.>>

Sep 01 15:43

Surprise! Congressional Candidate Michael Snyder (of EconomicCollapseBlog) on Israel

Israel: The Bible says that those that bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed. I will always stand with Israel, and if I am elected the Jewish people will have no greater ally in the United States Congress than me. I am 100% against a "two state solution", and I would use the full power of my office to fight against the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Sep 01 09:52

Palestine Photo Project

Sep 01 09:09

FRIDAY’S TOON ~~ THE OCCUPATION IS FOREVER!

Aug 31 10:47

Netanyahu declares West Bank is Israel ‘forever,’ as liberal Zionists cry out for ‘make-believe peace process’

The never-ending deathbed vigil for the two-state solution has reached a new stage. Government officials in Washington and Jerusalem are now openly abandoning the idea of partition, while U.S. establishment figures, including many liberal Zionists, are bewailing the pronouncements.

Last night Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended an event celebrating the settlements deep in the West Bank. And he assured Israelis that Jews are never leaving the colonies in what was supposed to be a Palestinian state.

Aug 30 08:55

Check out how many Gazans died after Israel denied them treatment

At least 15 of Gaza residents have died since the start of 2017 after Israel denied terminally ill patients the necessary permits to travel outside the besieged Strip for medical treatment.

Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights revealed the figures in a statement yesterday, condemning the Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave that has resulted in its healthcare service being brought “to its knees”, in the words of the World Health Organisation...

Aug 30 08:28

Netanyahu uses fake “ancient” coin to justify settlements in West Bank

Numerous media outlets reported last week on the find of a rare 2,000-year-old half-shekel coin by an eight-year-old girl, Hallel Halevy, in the Israeli illegal settlement of Halamish in the West Bank.

The find excited many Israelis who argued it provided evidence of the historical Jewish connection to the West Bank, usually referred to as Judea and Samaria by Israelis.

Among those lauding the find, Netanyahu claimed in a Facebook post that “the "2,000-year-old silver coin" was used during the Second Temple period in Jewish history which lasted between 530 BCE and 70 CE.

“This exciting discovery is additional evidence of the deep connection between the people of Israel and its land – to Jerusalem, to our temple, and to the communities in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu wrote in his post.

Aug 29 13:53

Lebanese Daily: Hamas Turning to Tehran, Damascus

A leading Lebanese newspaper referred to the recent remarks by Hamas' new chief in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar about ties with Iran, and said the Palestinian resistance group is much likely to try to resume relations with Damascus through Hezbollah. "After tensions in relations between Hamas and Tehran on the crisis in Syria, the Hamas leaders have decided to revive the ties that they had with Iran before 2011," the Arabic-language al-Akhbar wrote in an analysis on Tuesday. "Meantime, there are signs showing that Hamas has no problem with the establishment of relations with Damascus," it added. The Arab daily underlined that election of Hamas's former chief in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya, as the head of the Palestinian resistance group and Sinwar, freed in a 2011 prisoner swap with Israel after more than 20 years in jail, as Hamas' new chief in the Gaza Strip following an internal election also caused certain changes in the group's strategies.

Aug 29 12:19

EU lets Israel destroy West Bank schools it funded

“The demolition of a school building the night before the start of the year epitomizes the administrative cruelty and systematic harassment by authorities designed to drive Palestinians from their land,”

Aug 29 11:12

Israel treated unfairly, Netanyahu complains to visiting UN chief

The UN is treating Israel unfairly by diminishing its ties to Jerusalem and not doing enough to curb arms deliveries to Hezbollah, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, complained to visiting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday.

Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the UN in the presence of Guterres, who is in the Middle East to try and facilitate the resumption of peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

Netanyahu said the United Nations treats Israel unfairly and “absurdly denies” Jewish connections to Jerusalem which Israel claims as its capital, while the UN views East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory which Israel occupied illegally under international law.

Aug 28 04:53

Izvestia: Palestinian leadership frustrated by Trump’s Middle East policy

Washington’s contribution to a Middle East settlement is next to nothing, a senior Palestinian official from the Fatah movement, Nabil Shaath, who is part of Palestinian delegation at bilateral talks with Israel, told Izvestia. US representatives have not put forward any particular proposals on overcoming the conflict between Palestine and Israel, he said. Russian diplomatic sources expressed doubt over the competence of the US chief negotiator for Palestinian-Israeli settlement Jason Greenblatt. "When Donald Trump assumed power in the US, he declared his plans to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In fact, during the visits his representatives only asked questions and tried to clarify the situation. Meanwhile, the Americans’ position was not based on international law and the already reached agreements. In our turn, we want the peace process to reflect the situation on the international arena.

Aug 25 14:03

Kushner Arrives In Palestine Amid Protests

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has arrived in Palestine amid protests over Washington’s favoritism towards Israel in resolving the decades-long stalemate in the occupied territories.

Aug 25 10:32

Kushner arrives in Palestine amid protests

Dozens of angry protesters marched in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, as Kushner entered the city to meet with Palestinian authorities in hopes of sealing the “ultimate deal” that Trump has so ardently touted ever since taking office.

Chanting “the American is not welcome,” the protesters expressed their disappointment with the Trump administration and its Israel-first approach.

Aug 25 09:48

Ben & Jerry’s is Selling Ice Cream in Illegal Israeli Settlements

In August, 2011, an Israeli Jewish activist working with us contacted Ben & Jerry’s factory in Israel, by e-mail and telephone, and confirmed that the company delivers ice cream to Israeli settlements in the occupied territory. Here is an e-mail communication, translated into English, between an employee at the factory and the Israeli activist, discussing arrangements for an ice cream cart to travel to the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim:

Aug 24 07:42

Israel demolishes new school for Palestinian children

On the evening of Tuesday, 22 August 2017, at around 7:00 P.M. Israeli Civil Administration officials and security forces arrived at the village of Jub a-Dib, southeast of Bethlehem. The forces demolished the community's recently constructed school building. The demolition, which ended around midnight, took place the night before the start of the Palestinian school year, and left eighty pupils without an educational facility. In previous years, the children of Jub a-Dib had to walk to school in the Dar Salah and Beit Ta'mir areas, outside the village.

Aug 22 15:21

Education and ideology: The case of Israel and Zionism

Lawrence Davidson argues that, in the case of Israel, “education has been subordinated to ideology to such an extent that it cannot promote diversity, shared values and a common identity with non-Jews”.>>

Aug 22 11:24

NY TIMES ASSERTS THAT JEWS ARE SAFER IN ISRAEL THAN IN AMERICA … CAUSE THEY CAN KILL PALESTINIANS THERE

The subject is Charlottesville, and the rise of neo-Nazis. Israel-promoter Daniel Gordis is granted an op-ed to say that Jews are safer in Israel than America, because in America, Jewish kids don’t know how to play with guns. Here’s the heart of the piece:

Israel has a military draft, and all of our kids served. Those years of service, of coming home on weekends with M-16s that we had to remind them not to leave on the sofas, inculcated in them a confidence about the world that I never had at their age.

Of course Gordis doesn’t tell us where those kids served. The occupied territories, surely, making certain that Palestinians who are resisting their lack of rights for 50 years stay fairly quiet.

Aug 22 08:45

21st Century: ID Politics Vs. The People

This week we deliver another LIVE broadcast from the UK, as SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen is joined by two incredible guests to discuss the disturbing political situation in America. In the first hour we’ll be joined by artist and the brilliant and controversial best-selling author and internationally acclaimed jazz artist, Gilad Atzmon, to discuss Charlottesville and the problem of Left vs Right identity politics in the West, as well its roots in Jewish ID politics, and how society might be able overcome the downward spiral it currently finds itself in. In the second hour we’re joined by author and analyst, Jay Dyer, from JaysAnalysis.com to talk about America’s new culture wars and why Leftist activists are now pulling down statues across the country and how this might accelerate to more censorship and ceremonial ‘book burning’ activities.

Aug 21 08:36

NYT JUSTIFIES APARTHEID IN ISRAEL ~~ ‘WALLS ARE US!’

Omitted is a racist quote early last year from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his determination to build walls all around Israel, though some of this construction would clearly be on occupied Palestinian territory.

Likening Palestinians to animals, Netanyahu stated, “In our neighborhood, we need to protect ourselves from wild beasts.”

Aug 20 07:50

PALESTINIAN CHILDREN CAUGHT IN ISRAEL’S ‘CAT AND MOUSE’ GAME

It is commonly said that the all worst nightmares move silently in the dark and wear military uniforms and escaping with light steps along the asphalt street. This night in the village not even the engine sound of the armoured vehicle distracts. The vehicle remains there, without moving, in the night, and next to it there is a street light with a faint light. The man is watching, and with each movement he seems to be counting steps, three forward, one to the side, and again three paces backwards, without taking his eyes off the houses, with his rifle under his arm, and the barrel kept at eye level, ready to interrupt the silence. It is totally silent, and the silence seems almost begging to be interrupted by a roar, a scream, or a lament, while from behind a curtain a child, one of the numerous children, records the scene with his cell phone.

Aug 18 15:18

Voices Of The Palestinian Diaspora: Ramzy Baroud And Rima Najjar On Identity And Resistance

Uprooted from their native dwellings, loved ones and joint heritage, Palestinians have embraced a steadfastness (sumud) that has been one of the principles of their struggle for justice.

Aug 18 11:58

Balfour’s shameful legacy: UK government must say sorry and protect Christian churches in Palestine

Stuart Littlewood asks UK minister David Mundell why the British government plans to celebrate the injustice it facilitated in Palestine through the Balfour Declaration and why it continues to support Israeli crimes.

Aug 17 14:19

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse To Surrender 116 Times

On August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the premises, the village resident immediately began rebuilding their homes.

Aug 17 11:07

Video: Kicked Out: Israeli Authorities Evict Palestinian Couple From Home They Lived In For 53yrs

An elderly Palestinian couple who have lived in the same house in East Jerusalem for more than 50 years are about to be evicted by Israeli authorities.

Aug 16 08:08

Video: Israeli forces bring terror to Jerusalem hospital

This video shows Israeli occupation forces bringing terror and violence inside East Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed hospital.

At one point, Israeli occupation forces tried to seize a critically wounded man who was being taken to surgery.

The video shows medics and civilians attempting to protect the man, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, from being seized. But the 20-year-old died about 20 minutes after the commotion.

Aug 16 08:07

DSA backs boycott as campuses fight Israel’s censorship

A recent vote by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) overwhelmingly endorsed the 2005 Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel.

At the DSA’s annual convention in Chicago on 5 August, the organization resolved to respond to Palestinian civil society’s call by “fully supporting BDS,” as well as affirming that “any political solution to the ongoing crisis must be premised on the realization of basic human rights, including all rights outlined in the BDS call.”

“It was important to me to see that [the resolution] was very unwavering in saying that it is apartheid; this is our support against an anti-colonial struggle,” Rawan Tayoon, a Palestinian activist with Young Democratic Socialists, told The Electronic Intifada Podcast.

Aug 15 08:54

ARMED TO KILL WITH ‘NON-LETHAL’ WEAPONS

While Palestinian protesters are generally armed with rocks and a few sporadic Molotov cocktails, Israeli forces are armed with some of the world’s leading crowd control weapons.

Live bullets larger than .22 caliber are the only ammunitions used during clashes that are considered lethal by Israeli standards, but the classifications of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge rounds and .22 caliber live bullets as non-lethal, is, according to medical professionals, misleading.

Aug 15 08:53

CHALLENGING THE BLACKLIST ~~ BDS FIGHTBACK

Human rights activists are challenging Israeli blacklists of supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, or BDS.

Aug 14 08:42

ECHOS OF McCARTHYISM IN THE ANTI BDS CAMP

“All human beings deserve human and civil rights, including the Palestinians,” Waters said. “And we’re winning it. This is why they want to silence me, this is why they call me an anti-Semite and this why they don’t want me on Charlie Rose or Stephen Colbert, speaking.”

Aug 13 08:43

SPOTLIGHT ON SAM BAHOUR IN THE JERUSALEM POST

Sam Bahour is eager to open up the discussion concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But is there anyone to engage in the conversation? And why do some members of the younger Palestinian generation prefer talking of civil rights rather than statehood?

Aug 11 10:10

ROGER WATERS EXPLAINS WHY BDS MOVEMENT IS VITAL

Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel & explains why the BDS movement is vital

Aug 11 07:44

EU funds firm supplying Israel with banned cluster weapons

The European Union is giving millions of dollars of “research” funding to a company that is helping Israel evade an international ban on cluster weapons.

Israel has specifically chosen the company, Elbit Systems, to supply new artillery cannons because a European manufacturer would restrict Israel from using cluster munitions.

Yet the European Commission, the EU’s executive bureaucracy, is shrugging its shoulders, insisting to The Electronic Intifada that the funding follows ethical guidelines.

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