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Jul 27 06:26

Russia Moving To Curtail Israeli Airstrikes On Syria

With several Israeli airstrikes against Syria seemingly every week, it has come to feel like the new normal. There are rarely serious engagements in Syria’s own war anymore, but airstrikes are consistent, and generally without Israel wanting to comment.

It’s a tired problem for the region, and Syria’s close ally, Russia, appears to have had enough, and intends to take actions to limit ongoing Israeli raids. This is going to be done largely by way of upgrading Syria’s missile defenses.

Jul 27 06:23

Epstein Having Ties to Israeli Intelligence 'Not Beyond Realm of Possibility', Author Claims

Brown pointed out that Robert Maxwell, the father of Jeffrey Epstein’s close associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, had connections to the Israeli intelligence community, and that Epstein had a “close relationship” with him.

The late Jeffrey Epstein, financier and convicted sex offender, is suspected of having a connection to the Israeli intelligence community, The Times of Israel reports, citing Julie K. Brown, an investigative reporter and the author of the recently released book "Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story".

According to the newspaper, Brown argued that the details giving credence to the link "are not far-fetched and need to be explored in further detail and examined", adding that an Epstein connection to Mossad is "not beyond the realm of possibility."

"Robert Maxwell certainly had those kinds of connections, and Epstein had a close relationship with Robert Maxwell," she noted.

Jul 27 05:21

Don’t Cry for Lifta: Palestinians Will Endure

The last thing Palestinians need is to come to terms in sorrow with our dispossession at the hands of the apartheid, settler-colonial Jewish state. The last thing we need is to be resigned to “facts on the ground.”

The most recent piece in Haaretz (this one by Gideon Levy and Alex Levak) on the violently depopulated Palestinian village of Lifta laments the impending demise of the ruins of what remains of the ancient Palestinian village and, by extension, all of Palestine. It reads like an elegy. The focus is on loss, sorrow and grief when what we Palestinians urgently need now is a focus on hope, revolution and resistance.

Haaretz’ headline reads:

“The Saddest Village in Israel?— Plans to build more than 250 luxury homes [for Israeli Jews] on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Lifta are coming to fruition. A tour among the homes of the stunning village with one of its last living refugees.”

Jul 27 05:01

Israel Caught TAPPING THE PHONES of Thousands of Americans

Jul 27 04:58

Israel Blamed For Fresh Airstrikes Deep Inside Iraq

BBC is reporting a possible rare Israeli airstrike deep inside Iraq targeting pro-Iranian militias at Najaf, Iraq. BBC Middle East correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard writes that "Iran-backed Imam Ali Brigade says that airstrikes targeted their ammunition depot in Najaf, Iraq."

In addition "Some paramilitary groups-linked channels claim that Israel is behind the attack," according to Kohnavard. "Israel carried out an attack on a PMF base" Iran-backed groups-linked claim in the aftermath of a severe fire that broke out at an ammunition depot in Najaf. Though Israeli involvement is being widely alleged in Iraqi social media, there's as yet been no confirmation from any official side.

Jul 27 04:46

Apparent war crimes committed during 11-day Israel-Gaza conflict, Human Rights Watch says, urging international probe

Human Rights Watch, an international NGO, has called on the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into apparent war crimes committed by Israeli and Palestinian armed forces during the 11-day war in May.

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that forces from Israel and Palestine carried out attacks during the May 2021 conflict that violated the laws of war and “apparently amount to war crimes.”

In their report, which brings together data from 30 interviews with eyewitnesses of Israeli attacks, video footage, satellite imagery and their observations from site visits in Gaza, HRW delivered a damning inditement of Israeli conduct during the conflict. The organization said that a more in-depth assessment of Palestinian attacks is still to come.

Jul 27 04:30

I Was Targeted by NSO Spyware. Here's How Israel Is Helping Modi Undermine India's Democracy

India loves to describe herself as the world’s largest democracy, and Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East. Yet opaque officials and executives in both countries have come together in a dark dance against democracy.

Indian journalists, top political leaders, judges and civil servants sworn to protect our constitution were subjected to an intrusive surveillance campaign, a "hijacking" of our phones, by military grade surveillance spyware sold by the Israeli company NSO.

I am an investigative journalist, and for two years, I was one of the targets of that invasive Pegasus spyware. In other words, for two years, aided by Israeli

Jul 26 10:16

Israel Launched Airstrikes Attacking Syria Two Nights In A Row & Allegedly Aided Al-Qaeda

or two consecutive nights, Israeli airstrikes pounded Syria unprovoked and even coincided with attacks from Syria’s al-Qaeda offshoot on one of the days. The only story which received adequate coverage, in between however, was rocket fire from Lebanon, demonstrating a clear media double standard.

This Tuesday night, Israeli fighter jets struck the Aleppo countryside area of al-Safirah. The airstrikes reportedly caused material damage, as Syria’s State media reported that most of the missiles were downed by air defenses. The Syrian government then issued a warning to Israel that it would bear “full responsibility” for its actions, which they noted coincided with a renewed attack from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists on Syrian government-held areas of Hama.

Jul 26 10:07

Russia Races Ahead of South Korea, Israel as India Set to Obtain Lightweight Tanks for China Border

Defence sources in New Delhi have confirmed that the Indian army will watch a trial of Russian-made Sprut-SDM1 light tanks in the near future. The cannon fire guided missiles, dart ammunition APFSDS and HEAT among others things. Russia offered a glimpse of the tank last year while Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh was visiting Moscow.

The Indian Army has agreed to buy about 350 lightweight tanks from a global manufacturer as it tries to stand up to China - which has been using its new lightweight tanks, the Type 15, in Ladakh since last year. The two Asian rivals have been filling the Himalayan region with troops and weapons as negotiations for disengagement in eastern Ladakh lost momentum.

Jul 26 08:13

Why does Israel fear a boycott by an ice cream company?

The giant American ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced last week that it is going to stop selling its products in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Such sales, it believes, are "inconsistent" with its values, the company said on its website. "We also hear and recognise the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners."

Ben & Jerry's is known for taking stands on social issues. It took a historic stance in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016, for example. Although its factory in southern Israel will continue to operate, it will stop sales in Israeli Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law.

Jul 26 08:12

Breaking! Russia Attacks, Ceasefire Broken in Syria! U.S, Turkey, and Israel on the Alarm!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia is responding to Israel's ongoing missile strikes into Syria.

Jul 26 08:10

Cuomo, who once said New York will boycott those who boycott Israel, called out for silence on Ben & Jerry's

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared, "If you boycott Israel, New York State will boycott you," and signed an executive order calling for divestment from companies that boycott the Jewish state – but that was in 2016 and he is now being called upon to follow through.

Cuomo, who delivered a public address and authored a Washington Post op-ed to announce the 2016 order, has been silent ever since Ben & Jerry's announced that it was going to cease selling its products in the West Bank due to the presence of Jewish settlements in the territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cuomo is smart enough to realize how silly this all looks.

Jul 26 07:49

Pegasus spyware and the consequences for privacy

It's not that long ago that people were preoccupied with the hacking of some social media sites, including those believed to be immune from such things, such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, for example. Now we have Pegasus spyware.

Pegasus is a programme produced by an Israeli company, NSO, through which mobile telephones can be hacked into and monitored. An investigation has identified around 50,000 phones that have been infected with the programme, which was bought by Arab regimes to spy on their opponents and other parties. The story has been well covered in the media.

However, this is the tip of the iceberg. There is no doubt that security and military agencies in developed countries are already developing advanced generations of Pegasus. When available, they will probably be very cheap.

Jul 26 07:31

American Jewish Congress Demands Twitter 'Permanently Ban' Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

The American Jewish Congress is demanding Twitter "permanently ban" Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene for having political opinions they disagree with, which they claim is a form of violence that puts their lives at risk.

Greene last month took a field trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and apologized for drawing parallels to the unpersoning of mask-resisters to the unpersoning of Jews in 1930s Germany but it got her nothing.

Jul 26 06:27

'Unusual Warning': Israel Reportedly Tells US That Iran Is One Step Away From Obtaining Nukes

Israel has long been sounding the alarm about Iran allegedly working to develop nuclear weapons. However, the Jewish State itself is widely believed to have obtained weapons of mass destruction a long time ago, with reports saying it could have at least 90 warheads at its disposal.

Israeli officials have told the United States that Iran is allegedly on the threshold of acquiring nuclear weapons, Israeli media reported Sunday.

According to The Times of Israel, which cited a Sunday report by Kan News, the country's foreign minister Yair Lapid, defense minister Benny Gantz and other senior officials issued an "unusual warning" to Washington: "This 'limbo' cannot be a time when Iran is quickly advancing toward becoming a nuclear threshold state," a senior diplomat told the Israeli news channel, reportedly referring to the ongoing Vienna talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has been claiming that Iran is "weeks" away from a nuclear bomb ... for the last thirty years!

Jul 26 06:03

PEGASUS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ISRAELI CYBER SPYING ICEBERG, WITH WHITNEY WEBB

Edward Snowden has called it “the story of the year.” An Israeli spying company has been caught selling software to authoritarian regimes that have used it to surveil more than 50,000 people worldwide.

That company is NSO, founded in 2010 by former members of Unit 8200, the Israeli military’s notorious intelligence squad. Their product is called Pegasus, and it was sold to military, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies in 40 countries, among them some of the world’s worst human rights abusing governments.

Jul 26 06:03

Pro-Palestine Activists to Block Israeli Cargo Ship at New York Port

Thousands of activists in New York City and New Jersey are scheduled to block an Israeli-operated cargo ship from unloading at the Port of New York on Sunday morning in support of the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid.

Scheduled for 6 AM EST at the Maher Terminal in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the activists are set to block the ship ZIM Qingdao, operated by the Israeli international shipping company ZIM, from unloading.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ZIM shipping once had offices in the world trade towers in New York, but broke their lease, costing a small fortune, to move across to New Jersey ... just before 9/11.

Jul 26 05:59

Israeli Colonists Fence A Spring To Prevent Shepherds From Using it

On Sunday, Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, installed a fence around a water spring in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, before preventing the shepherds from using it.

Aref Daraghma, a human rights activist, said the colonists installed a fence to isolate the Ein al-Hilwa water spring and prevented the shepherds from entering the area.

The spring is used by dozens of Palestinian shepherds and their herd, but the colonists have been trying to prevent them from reaching it because they just want it for themselves.

It is worth mentioning that the area witnesses repeated assaults and violations by the colonists who attack the Palestinians and their sheep, in addition to denying them access to the needed water resources.

Jul 26 05:58

Israeli, Turkish And Terrorist Attacks Across Syria

Syria is currently a powder keg ready to explode. The calm days of status-quo are apparently over, and fresh attacks are springing up in many locations. After 10 years of war, and a shattered economy, the Syrian people were hoping to get back to rebuilding their broken lives and homes. Experts are warning of new battlefields opening up which may bring stability and the end of occupation, or could dissolve into a greater international quagmire.

The US and Turkey illegally occupy areas in Syria with no plans to withdraw. Israel conducts frequent unprovoked airstrikes all over Syria with impunity. Russia is fighting Al Qaeda terrorists, and assisting the Syrian Arab Army to establish safe areas for civilians to return home to. While the west continues to support Radical Islamic terrorists in Idlib, who hold about 2 million persons under an oppressive regime. Syria is the only secular country in the Middle East and its people have fought 10 years to remain so.

Jul 26 05:57

Palestinian protester shot by Israeli army dies: Ministry

A Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers at a protest over illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said on Saturday.

Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi, who suffered gunshot wounds, died later in hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said, a day after the protests in the flashpoint Palestinian village of Beita.

Jul 26 05:57

Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Home In Jerusalem

The City Council in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, forced a Palestinian to demolish his home in Jabal al-Mokabber, allegedly for being built without a permit.

The Palestinian, Ali Khalil Shqeirat, started removing his furniture and belongings from the property, before demolishing it using basic equipment.

It is worth mentioning that, several days ago, the soldiers invaded the property and handed the demolition order, and on Sunday, Ali received a phone call from the police demanding him to demolish the property immediately or else the city would demolish it using its equipment and workers, in addition to billing him and forcing him to pay excessively high fines and fees.

In related news, the soldiers invaded a home, owned by the Matar family, and ordered them to demolish their home within 21 days.

Jul 26 05:54

New report details Israeli military complicity in settler violence in the West Bank

A new report has documented the complicity of Israel's security forces in the violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The report by Breaking the Silence, which is run by Israeli veterans, said that Israeli forces were enabling the violence committed by Israeli settlers, and provided a "cloak of protection" for their actions, which were becoming increasingly more violent.

"Settlers, who are well aware of how to take advantage of this situation, often use the cloak of protection provided by the IDF to promote their goals, at the forefront of which is deepening their control of the area and pushing the Palestinians off of their land," the new report, titled On Duty, said.

Jul 26 05:50

Once again, the ‘NYTimes’ covers up Israel’s efforts to instigate the U.S. into conflict with Iran

Journalists are supposed to have subjects in their reports. You aren’t supposed to write, “It was said.” Instead: tell us who said it.

New York Times senior reporter David Sanger forgot that principle last week in his biased and inadequate account of the Biden administration’s Iran policy. Sanger suggests that Biden wants a broader “comprehensive” nuclear agreement, (although the Times article is vague about whether the U.S. wants to replace the 2015 deal or follow it with an additional pact).

Here’s how Sanger’s report failed Journalism 101:

“It is increasingly clear that any comprehensive agreement . . . must also cover a broad range of new weaponry that Iran’s forces were only tinkering with six years ago.”

And: “There is a growing recognition that [an updated agreement] will have to include many of those [new] weapons.”

Jul 26 05:30

Syrian air defense units intercept Israeli missiles near Damascus, thwarting THIRD raid in a week – Russian Defense Ministry

The Syrian military intercepted two missiles fired by Israeli fighter jets at the Damascus suburb of Set Zaynab over the weekend, thwarting the third airstrike in just a week, using Russian-made air defense systems.

The airstrike was conducted from outside Syrian airspace at around 5:40am Sunday morning, when two Israeli F-16 jets fired two guided missiles targeting unspecified facilities in the town of Set (Sayyidah) Zaynab 10km south of Damascus.

Syrian air defense units equipped with Russian-made Buk-M2E systems successfully intercepted both of them, the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, said in a daily briefing.

Jul 26 05:29

‘Are they going to bomb Vermont?’ Israel gets skewered after claiming Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream boycott is ‘new form of terrorism’

Israel’s president has been targeted by a barrage of social media snark after he bravely compared Ben & Jerry’s decision, to stop selling its ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories, to terrorism.

The Vermont-based ice cream brand, which has developed a reputation over the years as a champion of progressive causes, announced earlier this week that it would be “inconsistent” with its values to sell its ice cream in Gaza and the West Bank. The boycott was prompted by “concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners,” the left-leaning ice cream maker explained.

The decision sparked both applause and condemnation but, on Wednesday, Israel's President Isaac Herzog issued a uniquely extreme analysis of the move.

“The boycott of Israel is a new sort of terrorism, economic terrorism,” Herzog said, as quoted by Haaretz. “Terrorism tries to harm the citizens of Israel and the economy of Israel. We must oppose this boycott and terrorism in any form.”

Jul 26 05:29

IDF soldier SUES Ben & Jerry’s for pulling his ‘preferred’ ice cream from occupied Palestinian territory

An Israel Defense Forces soldier is attempting to sue Ben & Jerry’s for withdrawing its ice cream from sale in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory, arguing that he’s been deprived from his “preferred” dessert.

The complaint was filed by the 20-year-old soldier’s mother, Adv. Orly Ben Ami, on his behalf, and it claims the man will be unfairly denied the ice cream while on military patrol in the occupied territories, Ynetnews reported.

“The Ben & Jerry’s brand ice cream is his preferred one,” read the complaint, which claimed his “military service requires him to have long and frequent drives in the territories, and often time he purchased ice cream in different businesses.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just getting silly!

Jul 25 16:01

Fauci Blindsided by Israeli Data Showing Pfizer Vax Only 39% Effective at Stopping Delta Variant

The US and other Western nations are preparing to roll out booster shots for the various "99 percent effective" corona vaccines as new data out of Israel indicates the Pfizer shot is at most only 39 percent effective at preventing infections from the now-dominant Delta strain.

Jul 25 07:46

New York State Puts Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company on Notice

US states continue to take action over Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories. The New York Post reported Friday that the main pension fund for New York state’s government workers warned that it might divest funds from Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s UK-based parent company.

Over 30 US states have passed legislation against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that advocates for global boycotts to pressure Israel for its occupation and war crimes against Palestinians. New York hasn’t passed BDS legislation, but in 2016 Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring state agencies to divest from organizations and companies that boycott Israel. At the time, Cuomo said passing legislation was a “tedious affair” and that he wanted to take “immediate action” against BDS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whipping an AMERICAN company for ISRAEL! Shame!

Jul 25 07:39

The ‘tsunami’ and Israeli fragility — the takeaway on Ben & Jerry’s decision

There are two important takeaways from the Ben & Jerry’s decision this week to stop selling ice cream in the occupied territories, and the enraged response to it from Israeli leaders and their American Jewish enablers:

The long-anticipated “tsunami” of international delegitimization of Israel has begun.
2. The dream of an Israeli F.W. De Klerk– the politician who leads the country away from apartheid — is (so far) a fantasy.

Ten years ago former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned his country that its failure to grant sovereignty to occupied Palestinians was going to bring a “tsunami” of diplomatic rebukes.

Jul 25 07:34

Can Israel criminalise Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the US?

Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling ice cream in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories may prove a pivotal moment in the campaign against Israel’s apartheid system, Palestinian rights advocates say.

The United States-based ice cream maker, known for its creative, chunky flavours and progressive social stances, is already facing a punishing blowback by the Israeli government and rabbinical organisations worldwide.

Jul 25 07:28

Spyware for sale: The booming trade in surveillance tech

Israel’s NSO Group is in the eye of a storm over its Pegasus spyware — but it is far from the only company helping governments with their covert surveillance operations.

Explosive claims that Pegasus was used to spy on activists and even heads of state have shone a spotlight on the software, which allows highly intrusive access to a person’s mobile phone.

But NSO is merely one player in an industry that has quietly boomed in recent years, arming even cash-strapped governments with powerful surveillance technology.

Jul 25 07:13

Russia "Exasperated" With Ongoing Israel Attacks Against Syria

Russia has “run out of patience” with Israel in Syria and is shifting its policies toward Israeli sorties over the country, according to an unconfirmed report on Saturday.

The London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat cited an unnamed “well-informed” Russian source as saying that following talks with Washington, Moscow had got the impression that “Washington does not welcome the continuous Israeli raids,” and thus believes it has the freedom to act more aggressively to thwart them.

In light of this, the Russians were now supplying Syrian forces with more advanced anti-missile systems and know-how, making them more capable of shooting down Israeli armaments, the report said.

It claimed the effect of this was already being seen, with Syrian air defenses shooting down seven of eight Israeli missiles during a July 19 Israeli raid.

There was no outside confirmation of the Arab newspaper’s report.

Jul 25 06:31

Pegasus Project: Why I was Targeted by Israeli Spyware

The Orwellian prediction finally came true. I knew it was only a matter of time before the Saudi regime tried to hack my phone, using Pegasus software manufactured by the private Israeli security company NSO Group.

This development highlights the consolidation of a new axis of evil: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have become a chorus of malicious powers aiming to stifle activism and the quest for democracy in the region. Israel provides knowledge; the others provide funds.

“I have spent more than half my life writing, researching and teaching. You wouldn’t expect me to be hacked. But such professional activities are a crime in Saudi Arabia”

The privatisation of the Israeli security apparatus, and the mushrooming of private companies founded by ex-defence and ex-Mossad agents, is a threat not only to Palestinians in Israel, Gaza and the occupied West Bank, but also to all Gulf citizens, with Israeli spyware sold to dictatorships across the Arab world.

Jul 24 04:05

American Jewish Congress Demands Twitter 'Permanently Ban' Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

The American Jewish Congress is demanding Twitter "permanently ban" Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene for having political opinions they disagree with, which they claim is a form of violence that puts their lives at risk.

Jul 23 13:06

ISRAEL POURS FUEL ON NORTHERN SYRIA’S FIRE

Jul 23 07:17

US GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ATTACK AMERICAN COMPANY TO PROTECT ISRAEL

Jul 23 06:46

Israel Attacks Al-Aqsa Mosque Worshippers, Attempting To Provoke Violence With Gaza

This Last Sunday Israeli Occupation forces violently stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, assaulting worshippers and risking an escalation with the Gaza Strip, similar to what happened back in May.

Heavily armed Israeli occupation police forces, making way for illegal settler extremists to storm the site, violently removed Palestinian worshippers from the al-Aqsa mosque compound. The Israeli forces shot tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as other munitions, at elderly worshippers during prayer and proceeded to violently assault unarmed women.

Jul 23 06:42

"Sabotage, Disrupt, Delay": Mossad Reportedly Planning Expanded Strikes On Iran's Nuclear Facilities

The New York-based Algemeiner newspaper, a Jewish publication focused on American and Israel-related news, has issued a detailed report unveiling Israeli intelligence contingency plans to ramp up sabotage efforts against Iran's nuclear facilities at a moment Vienna negotiations remain stalled into August.

The publication cites Hebrew media sources to say "the IDF and the Mossad have emphasized to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the government generally that while it is necessary to prepare for the possibility of an Israeli air strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, such an approach would be greatly complicated by a renewed nuclear deal."

Jul 23 06:31

Israel: interior ministry refuses to process family unification requests

The Israeli Ministry of the Interior is refusing to process family unification applications submitted by Palestinian men married to Israeli citizens, although the occupation authorities are required by law to consider these requests after the expiration of the extended Citizenship and Entry to Israel Law.

According to Haaretz, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked directed the Population and Immigration Authority not to process applications pending the formulation of a policy to handle this file. This follows the failure of the coalition government to extend the temporary law regulating the ban on family unification requests.

Jul 23 06:30

The African Union is self-destructing by letting Israel have observer status

The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that it has regained its observer status at the African Union. Until 2002, the colonial state was an observer member of the Organisation of African Unity, until the latter was dissolved and replaced by the African Union.

Who has decided to readmit Israel to the AU as an observer state? We know those responsible very well, because ever since they came to power in the continental body they have made some very unpopular decisions of no benefit to Africa and its people. Instead, they have sold us all to the highest bidder.

Jul 23 06:24

The Absurd Ben & Jerry’s Panic Is No Laughing Matter

The Israeli government’s panicked reaction to the announcement that Ben & Jerry’s would no longer sell its products in the occupied Palestinian territories has been amusing to watch, but it is part of a chilling campaign to stifle free speech here in the US and to delegitimize all protest of Israel’s illegal occupation. Senior government officials have labeled the decision to respect international law and not sell in the occupied territories as anti-Semitism and terrorism, and they have called on almost three dozen American state governors to enforce their blatantly unconstitutional anti-BDS laws against the company. On one level, this is absurd and the Israeli government is making a mockery of itself, but this is no laughing matter.

Jul 23 06:24

High Court rejects petitions for state inquiry into ‘Submarine Affair’

The High Court of Justice ruled on Thursday against three petitions that demanded the establishment of a state commission of inquiry into the so-called “Submarine Affair,” a massive corruption case that has ensnared a number of close associates of Benjamin Netnayahu, though not the former prime minister himself.

The justices noted that there was “improper and worrying conduct” in the case that deserves further investigation, but stopped short of ordering a government inquiry.

The submarine affair, also known as Case 3000, revolves around allegations of a massive bribery scheme in Israel’s multi-billion shekel purchase of naval vessels from German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp.

Jul 23 06:23

Pegasus scandal: Are we all becoming unknowing spies?

The allegations that spy software known as Pegasus may have been used to carry out surveillance on journalists, activists - and even perhaps political leaders - highlights that surveillance is now for sale.

The company behind the tool, NSO Group, has denied the allegations and says its customers are carefully assessed.

But it is another sign that high-end spy techniques, which used to be the exclusive preserve of a few states, are now spreading more widely and challenging the way we think about privacy and security in an online world.

In the not-too-distant past, if a security service wanted to find out what you were up to, it took a fair degree of effort. They might get a warrant to wiretap your phone. Or plant a bug in your house. Or send a surveillance team to follow you.

Finding out who your contacts were and how you lived your life would take patience and time.

Jul 23 06:21

AIPAC-affiliated congressional trips to Israel delayed over COVID-19 concerns

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee affiliate that organizes trips to Israel for members of Congress has rescheduled several that were to take place next month until early 2022, citing the COVID-19 resurgence in the country attributed to the Delta variant.

Two trips organized by the American Israel Education Foundation, one for new Republican members of the US House of Representatives and another bipartisan trip for members of two House committees, Armed Services and Homeland Security, were to have taken place in August.

But COVID-19 cases are rising in Israel, and the country this week instituted new measures to contain the resurgence triggered by the variant.

Jul 23 06:21

Ben & Jerry's: Israel-backed app urges 'troll army' to criticise company

An Israel-backed app is directing a “troll army” in an attempt to influence the online conversation surrounding Ben & Jerry’s decision to halt operations in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

Earlier this week, the ice cream company announced that it would end sales in the territories, following years of campaigning by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists.

The move has been met with a mixture of praise and derision on social media.

Jul 23 06:20

The choice is between Israeli colonialism vs. decolonial justice

According to the Israeli state and pro-Israel groups, the Palestinian critique of Israel ultimately stems from a disposition of evil and hate. Pick any of these groups, and you’ll find repeated ad nauseum the assertion that this critique is geared towards the “vilification” and “demonization” of Israel, as if that is the end goal of Palestinian critique and resistance, and as if that goal is driven by antisemitic hatred of Jews. This response has been on full display in Israel’s reaction to Ben & Jerry’s decision to boycott Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, calling this decision “a new form of terrorism” and as “antisemitic.”

Jul 23 06:12

ISRAEL'S ENTRYISM AND THE CAMPAIGN TO CREATE A BINATIONAL SECURITY STATE

The new MintPress podcast, “The Watchdog,” hosted by British-Iraqi hip hop artist Lowkey closely examines organizations that are in the public interest to know about including intelligence, lobby, and special interest groups influencing policies that infringe on free speech and target dissent. The Watchdog goes against the grain by casting a light on stories largely ignored by the mainstream, corporate media.

For the launch of “The Watchdog,” we examine the idea that Israel, through well-camouflaged proxies, has been making efforts to merge with the U.S.national security state. The podcast delves deep into two organizations we deemed essential to this process of entryism. For this task, we enlisted the help of the prolific writer, researcher into intelligence, surveillance, civil liberties, and big tech on the macro and the micro-level, Whitney Webb.

Jul 23 06:06

Israel Hit Northern Lebanon Villages During Overnight Attack on Syria

Overnight, Israeli warplanes carried out an attack against Syria’s al-Qusayr, and as is so often the case, they attacked Syria from Lebanese airspace. Lebanon is planning to lodge an official complaint about that to the UN.

Beyond that, Israel appears to have hit several villages in northern Lebanon as well, with locals reporting blasts in several areas during the night. One of the biggest hit the village of Lehfed, creating a 15 meter crater.

The locals in Lehfed reported it was lucky that the rocket hit the rocks, noting it wasn’t far from a residential area and could’ve caused substantially more damage and casualties. As it is, the blast caused only broken windows.

Another rocket was reported to have fallen on the village of Mejdel. Blasts were reported elsewhere along the border between Syria and northern Lebanon. It’s not clear which of these were intended targets of Israel, and as usual Israel is not commenting.

Jul 23 06:01

Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company Remains ‘Fully Committed’ to Israel Despite Drama Over Sales Halt

Tensions between Ben & Jerry’s and Israel have remained at an all-time high as several Israeli officials have called on American counterparts to punish the Vermont-based firm over the decision to halt sales in the “occupied Palestinian territory.” Although blame has been tossed to parent company Unilever, its CEO has rebuked the claim.

Unilever CEO Alan Jope has proclaimed that the multinational company remains “fully committed” to maintaining its business dealings in Israel, regardless of the decision made by its subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s to halt sales within "occupied Palestinian territory."

Jope acknowledged the ongoing public feud between Ben & Jerry’s and Israel during a Thursday conference call with investors, recalling that when Unilever acquired the ice creamery in 2000, it did so knowing that the company would create an independent board to manage its social mission.

Jul 23 05:59

Unvaccinated Israelis will be denied entry to synagogue or anywhere with 100+ people, says PM Bennett

Israelis who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine will soon be barred from any indoor or outdoor public venue holding 100 or more people, including synagogues, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced.

Those who refuse to get vaccinated “are undermining the efforts of all of us,” Bennett announced on Thursday, as the number of new coronavirus cases in Israel continued to rise. If everyone gets the vaccine, life can return to normal, but if a million people refuse the other eight million will have to endure lockdowns, he said.

“There’s a time when this discussion has to stop,” Bennett told the nation. “Science is clear: the vaccines work, they’re effective, they’re safe.”

Jul 23 05:45

Pegasus: Israeli spyware scandal explained

Jul 23 05:44

Israeli spyware is a threat to all freedoms everywhere

In 1974, Richard Nixon was impeached after being caught bugging his opponents at the Watergate Hotel in one of the twentieth century's most explosive scandals. In comparison, the Pegasus Project — a far-reaching and shocking exposé by seventeen media outlets and Amnesty International — is a thermonuclear warhead to Nixon's firecracker.

Pegasus is a product of an Israeli company, the NSO Group. Heads of state and opposition leaders from France to South Africa to Pakistan have the Pegasus spyware on their phones. As well as politicians, the list of 50,000 Pegasus targets provided by Amnesty include human rights defenders, activists and journalists. NSO Group's clients range from known human rights abusers to states that regard themselves as liberal democracies.

Jul 23 05:42

Ben & Jerry’s did the right thing

On today’s “Morning Show” TV news on Channel 13, Avri Gilad and his panel of right-wing commentators were really upset about the fact that Ben & Jerry’s had announced they were going to “boycott Israel.” Well, not really, as the Haaretz headline correctly stated “Ben & Jerry’s freezes sales in settlements.” And the settlements are not part of the State of Israel. They are in occupied territory until the final status of the territories and the settlements is determined.

Gilad even went so far as to declare that “Prime Minister Netanyahu” protested the decision on Facebook and Twitter, and one of the panelists had to correct him that he’s a “former prime minister,” which Gilad grudgingly acknowledged.

The real prime minister, Bennett, declared that the decision was “morally and financial wrong,” while Foreign Minister Lapid, who recently reiterated his support for a two-state solution before the EU foreign ministers, also protested that the decision was “antisemitic.”

Jul 23 05:42

Video: The bombs Israel leaves in Gaza

Israel may have ended its 11-day slaughter in Gaza in May, but it left behind hundreds of unexploded missiles in the besieged coastal enclave.
At least 1,200 unexploded bombs have reportedly been found by bomb dispersal engineers.

Matthias Schmale, the director of the UN agency for Palestine refugees UNRWA in Gaza, said that two “deeply buried bombs” were found at one of its Gaza schools.

“Unexploded ordnance poses a real threat to life for people in Gaza following the hostilities,” the International Committee of the Red Cross stated.

The Red Cross is helping the bomb disposal department in Gaza conduct this work.

Jul 23 05:41

Rights Group: Israeli Authorities Tortured Palestinian Detainee to Death (VIDEO)

Palestinian institutions today accused the Israeli authorities of torturing a Palestinian detainee to death, Anadolu Agency reports.

Forty-three-year-old Abdo Al-Khatib was killed yesterday after being tortured during interrogation at the Al-Maskobiya interrogation center in occupied Jerusalem.

Amani Farahneh, the media official at the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, said that testimonies collected from Al-Khatib’s family and fellow inmates indicate that he was subjected to electric shocks and beatings, which caused him to have a heart attack, resulting in his death.

An autopsy has been requested in order to determine the causes of Al-Khatib’s death.

Jul 23 05:29

Russian-made air defense systems shot down ALL Israeli missiles targeting Syria’s Homs – military

All four missiles fired by Israeli warplanes at Syria’s Homs province early on Thursday were shot down by the Syrian Army using Russian-made ‘Buk’ air defense systems, the Russian military has revealed.

Two Israeli F-16 jets fired the guided missiles from Lebanese airspace, around 01:11 local time on Thursday.

“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.

Jul 23 04:35

Con Inc Declares Total War On Ben And Jerry's For 'Not Loving Israel Enough'

Imagine if conservatives fought this hard for America!

Jul 22 09:05

Syria shot 7 of 8 Israeli missiles, Russian military says

Syria's air defense forces shot down seven out of eight missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during a raid that targeted the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian military said Tuesday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted facilities southeast of Aleppo in Monday's strike.

Kulit said seven of eight missiles launched by the Israeli fighter jets were downed by Syrian air defense units that used Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2. One missile damaged the building of a scientific research center in Safira, he said.

Jul 22 08:02

Wikileaks Editor-In-Chief: Pegasus leaks show nobody is safe from espionage

n this episode of Going Underground, we speak to WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson. He discusses the leaks that showed some 50,000 people are potential targets of the Pegasus spyware that has been sold to governments around the world by NSO, an Israeli company, and the inescapable global surveillance apparatus that has now become privatized. He also discusses Julian Assange’s US extradition case, slamming the ongoing detention of the WikiLeaks founder despite a key witness in the case admitting to lying.

Jul 22 07:52

Pegasus scandal turns spotlight on Israel’s controversial military tech sector

The latest revelations that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware is responsible for repeated worldwide violations of human rights and abuses of power are a huge embarrassment for Israel’s new government.

Following the news that a list of 50,000 numbers belonging to journalists, activists and senior officials targeted by the spyware has been uncovered, an interdisciplinary crisis management team consisting of the Mossad espionage agency and the defence and foreign ministries has been established to respond to the scandal.

But it seems that the response is too little, too late. More dramatic action is needed to clear the poisonous atmosphere, which has led to EU leaders expressing their concern about the intrusive Israeli tools.

Jul 22 07:36

Israel: Yair Netanyahu apologises to Wexner alumni over 'cult of paedophiles' claim

Yair Netanyahu, the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has apologised to alumni of the Wexner Israel Fellowship programme who sued him for tweets calling them members of a “cult of paedophiles”.

The apology came after 74 Harvard University graduates who were funded by the Wexner Foundation sued him for libel, demanding one million Israeli shekels ($303,000) in compensation for damage to their reputations.

The Harvard programme was founded by fashion tycoon Leslie Wexner, who has faced scrutiny due to his close relationship with the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Jul 22 06:47

Oklahoma Senator Calls on His State to Ban Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories has enraged Israeli officials as well as pro-Israel lawmakers in the United States. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) went as far as calling for his state of Oklahoma to outright ban Ben & Jerry’s products.

“#Benandjerrys has now decided they know more about Jerusalem than the Israelis. If Ben & Jerry’s wants to have a meltdown & boycott Israel, OK is ready to respond. Oklahoma has an anti-boycott of Israel law in place,” Lankford wrote on Twitter.

“We should immediately block the sale of all #Benandjerrys in the state and in any state-operated facility to align with our law,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all that's going wrong with this nation, and this idiot has his knickers in a twist over ice cream!

Jul 22 06:29

Israel Screams for Ice Cream: The Minutiae and Madness of a Toxic Relationship

No matter how powerful or influential, a nation’s government is ultimately just a pack of people – a clique of flawed and fallible human beings. Now I don’t know about you, but in my own wee experience, when a person over-the-top-overreacts over some small matter – this tends to mask a massive insecurity, blind spot, or profound sense of guilt. Which is to say, their outwardly-directed verbal venom is really about them. So too with governments.

Take the latest exhibit in the (should-be) ongoing case against Israel’s criminal repression of Palestinians, and Washington’s toxic codependent relationship with Tel Aviv. On Monday, the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream company announced that it was ending sales in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. Big whoop and so what, right? Wrong.

Jul 22 06:28

20 Million Per Day on Behalf of Israel: The Facts

Jul 22 06:28

Ben & Jerry's: Israeli president accuses ice cream company of 'new kind of terrorism'

Israeli President Isaac Herzog called boycotts of Israel over human rights concerns "a new kind of terrorism" amid an uproar over Ben & Jerry’s decision to cease ice cream sales in Israeli settlements, which are deemed by many global bodies to exist in contravention of international law.

Ben & Jerry's, long the target of calls from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, announced earlier this week that it would cease sales to Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank, sparking outrage from Israeli leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taking away ice cream is now an act of terrorism? I mean, REALLY!

Jul 22 06:26

Israeli Planes Strike Syrian Town in Second Attack of the Week

Still assessing the damage from Israel’s Monday night attack on Aleppo, Syria is facing Israeli missile fire again, this time targeting the town of al-Qusayr, near Homs. Early reports again are that air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

Something was hit in the strikes, with locals reporting explosions. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they believed Israel was targeting Hezbollah sites. Qusayr is not far from the Lebanon border, and might have a Hezbollah presence.

The Israeli warplanes fired into the area from north of Beirut. It is common for Israel to use Lebanese airspace to target Syria. Israel attacks targets in Syria extremely often, though generally does not comment on why.

This was true again this evening, with Israel citing a policy of not commenting on attacks which were initially reported in foreign media outlets.

Jul 22 06:20

Why isn’t Israel held accountable for spying on journalists?

Spyware made by the Israeli company NSO Group has been used far more extensively than previously known to target journalists and human rights defenders around the world.

This raises the question of why Israel, the state actor without which NSO Group would not exist and could not operate, is not being held accountable.

The extent of the spying has come to light thanks to a major investigation spearheaded by the global reporting consortium Forbidden Stories and the human rights group Amnesty International.

“An unprecedented leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers selected for surveillance by the customers of the Israeli company NSO Group shows how this technology has been systematically abused for years,” according to Forbidden Stories.

The spyware, called Pegasus, can be installed remotely on a targeted person’s smartphone without requiring them to take any action such as clicking on a link or answering a call.

Jul 22 06:19

US states’ fully baked anti-BDS laws could put the freeze on Ben & Jerry’s

With its Monday announcement that it would cease selling its ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” Ben & Jerry’s ostensibly aims to take the anti-settlement cause a step further than Airbnb was able to carry it.

But the ice cream giant is slated to face similar legal challenges by pro-Israel activists and lawmakers in the US who do not accept efforts to differentiate between Israel and the West Bank when it comes to boycotts. They maintain that the refusal to sell a pint in Efrat is no different from refusing to sell one in Tel Aviv.

Jul 22 06:18

Reporters Without Borders demands Israel stop exporting spyware

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged Israel to suspend exports of spying technology amid allegations it was used to target more than a dozen heads of state and hundreds of journalists.

Earlier this week a list was leaked of some 50,000 phone numbers believed to have been chosen by clients of Israel’s NSO Group for possible surveillance, according to an international reporting effort.

Jul 22 06:11

US troops land in Israel for in-person part of so-far virtual air defense drill

American transport planes touched down in Israel on Tuesday night, bringing US Air Force troops and equipment to take part in an in-person follow-up to an air defense exercise that was held virtually earlier this year, the US Air Force said.

In February, the Israel Defense Forces and US European Command (EUCOM) launched the Juniper Falcon exercise, simulating the threat of ballistic missile attacks. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exercise was largely held remotely, with IDF troops operating in Israel and US soldiers in Germany, where EUCOM is based.

“This long-planned event is a continuation of [Juniper Falcon 21], which took place earlier this year,” the US Air Forces in Europe and Africa said in a statement.

Jul 22 05:40

Bedouin Shepherds Used Palestinian Land With Permission. Israel Seized Their Tents Anyway

For 21 years Bedouin shepherds had been moving with their flocks to Ras al-Tin for the summer, but last week Israel confiscated their shelters and equipment, leaving them without power or water

Inspectors of the Civil Administration and police last week seized shelters and equipment from Bedouin Palestinian shepherds at Ras al-Tin, northeast of Ramallah, though they had been using the land there with permission.

Jul 21 14:57

How to Search for, Spot and Stamp Out Pegasus Spyware From Your PhoneHow to Search for, Spot and Stamp Out Pegasus Spyware From Your Phone

Governments, journalists, opposition politicians and rights groups worldwide are demanding formal investigations into Pegasus, the spyware product created by shadowy Israeli software company NSO Group. Sold to states to ‘fight terrorism and crime’, the software has been discovered to have been used in unscrupulous ways to target members of the press, lawmakers and others, helping to stamp out dissent or allow governments to get ahead of potentially embarrassing scandals.

Jul 21 09:33

REVEALED: Israeli firm NSO Group spent millions trying to woo the US government and gave huge payments to Washington lobbyists, consultants and lawyers to push its Pegasus spyware software before it was used to hack reporters' phones

Ethics filings and company records show how the Israeli cyberintelligence company NSO Group spent millions of dollars on Washington lobbyists, consultants and lawyers as it tried to sell its Pegasus spyware to the U.S. government.

Its parent companies paid $100,000 to Michael Flynn before he became President Trump's national security adviser; it took on the public relations firm cofounded by Anita Dunn, a senior White House adviser; and it relied on the legal and consulting services of a slew of figures with government experience, according to new reports.

The company's activities have exploded into public view during the past week with revelations from a media coalition, called the Pegasus Project, that its software was used by governments to spy on political opponents and journalists

Jul 21 07:42

Israeli response to Ben & Jerry’s announcement reveals ironclad consensus behind the settlements

The big news is ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling their products in Israeli West Bank settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory, all of which are flagrantly illegal by international law.

The response in Israel was unhinged. From Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calling it “anti-Israel ice cream”, to his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu calling for counter-boycott (“now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy”), to the centrist Foreign Minister Yair Lapid calling it antisemitism, to economy and industry minister Orna Barbivay posting a TikTok video of her throwing a pint in the trash.

Jul 21 07:40

Israel Shells Lebanon, Warns Against ‘Spillover’ Violence

Israeli forces fired artillery shells into southern Lebanon overnight, retaliating against a pair of rockets entering Israeli territory from Lebanon. No casualties or damage were reported on either side.

Exactly how this latest exchange started isn’t entirely clear. Lebanon is undergoing a serious economic crisis, and stability is suffering. The Lebanese Army reported finding and disabling the rocket launching pads that were used, and which were near where Israel was firing.

Whatever happened, Israel’s DM Benny Gantz says that it is entirely the fault of the state of Lebanon because “it allows terrorists to operate within its territory.” Israeli officials also blamed Iran.

Indeed, PM Naftali Bennett said that “Lebanon is on the verge of collapse like any country in which Iran bases itself,” saying the Lebanese people are “taken hostage by Khamenei.”

Jul 21 07:40

Israeli Missile Strikes in Northern Syria Kill Five

Details are emerging on Israel’s overnight missile strikes against Syria’s north. The strikes reportedly killed five people, two Syrians and three non-Syrians, and destroyed a military base near Aleppo.

Syrian state media confirmed the attacks, and said that their defense systems intercepted most of the incoming missiles. They added that overall damage done in the strikes is still being assessed.

The Syrian military said the missiles were aimed at several locations in the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed those included a weapons depot which they accused of being “pro-Iranian.”

This area near Aleppo is along the frontier between Syrian government territory and an enclave occupied by Turkish-backed rebels. Though Israel attacks Syrian military sites regularly, it is unusual for them to do so this far north.

Jul 21 06:55

Israeli — not Chinese — firm caught exporting its ‘authoritarian model’

Politicians and pundits in Washington have long warned that China is seeking to erode global democracy and “export its authoritarian model,” but the culprit behind explosive spy revelations this week appears to be America’s closest military ally in the Middle East.

A private Israeli surveillance firm has been selling spyware to several governments for use in terrorism and criminal investigations, but some have turned it on journalists, activists, business executives, and politicians, an investigation by a consortium of 17 media organizations revealed on Sunday.

Reports by The Guardian and Washington Post, among others, said that NSO Group, a private Israeli firm with links to the state, developed and sold governments licenses for hacking software called “Pegasus.” The tool is capable of penetrating smartphones, granting access to their most sensitive data, and remotely activating features such as cameras and microphones.

Jul 21 06:51

Israeli envoy urges 35 US states to activate anti-BDS laws against Ben & Jerry’s

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, sent letters to the governors of the 35 US states that have enacted legislation against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, requesting that they sanction Ben & Jerry’s over its recent decision to halt sales in West Bank settlements.

“I ask that you consider speaking out against the company’s decision, and taking any other relevant steps, including in relation to your state laws and the commercial dealings between Ben and Jerry’s and your state,” read the letter from Erdan, who said Tuesday he coordinated the move with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

The states that have passed anti-BDS legislation include Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland and Texas — but not Vermont, where Ben & Jerry’s is headquartered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My doctor told me I have to stop losing weight, so following doctor's orders I am stocking up on Ben & Jerry's starting today!

Jul 21 06:50

NSO head claims company ended services in human rights-violating countries

Shalev Hulio, founder and CEO of the controversial NSO Group, responded Tuesday to an international investigation that found that the company’s cyber-surveillance products are being used by governments around the world to track political dissidents and journalists, some of whom were killed.

“The platform that we create is a platform that saves lives and prevents terrorist attacks, and that needs to be understood,” Hulio told 103FM radio on Tuesday morning.

The investigation focused on Pegasus, a spyware tool sold by NSO Group that it says is being used by dozens of governmental clients. The analysis carried out on a leaked list of 50,000 phone numbers found that the list included people targeted by the governments of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, India, and the United Arab Emirates.

Jul 21 06:49

After NSO bombshell, Gantz asserts that Israel complies with international law

Responding to an in-depth investigation that revealed that Israel’s NSO Group has been selling spyware used by foreign governments to target journalists and activists, Defense Minister Benny Gantz asserted Tuesday that Israel operates fully within international law.

“We are aware of recent publications regarding the use of systems developed in certain Israeli cyber companies,” said Gantz in a speech to Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University, without mentioning NSO Group by name. “Israel, as a liberal Western democracy, controls exports of cyber products in accordance with its defense export control law, complying with international export control regimes.”

Jul 21 06:48

Israel forces food to rot in Gaza

Suhaila al-Louh becomes distressed when she sees her nursery farm. “Something inside me dies every time I go there,” she said.

Israel bombed her nursery – located near the city of Beit Lahiya – repeatedly during its May attack on Gaza. The seedlings of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and potatoes that Suhaila’s team had planted were destroyed; so were greenhouses and the irrigation system.

The bombing also brought back extremely painful memories. Israel killed Suhaila’s husband, Khader, in July 2014, when it subjected Gaza to another major attack.

Suhaila depends on her modest income from farming to support eight members of her family.

After the first time that Israel bombed her nursery in May, Suhaila went to check on it with her sons and their wives.

“We tried to find things that had not been damaged,” she said. “But we could not find anything.”

Jul 21 06:48

Over 100,000 Palestinians attend Eid prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque following Israeli storming

Over 100,000 Palestinians attended prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque as the four-day festival of Eid al-Adha begins.

Over 100,000 Palestinians attended Eid Al-Adha prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday morning, the city's Islamic Waqf has said.

Muslim worshippers from across Jerusalem headed toward the mosque early Tuesday morning, the Anadolu news agency reported. Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam.

The mosque's compound has been subjected to assaults by far-right Israelis in the days before the Muslim festival, which began on Tuesday.

Israeli security forces violently cleared the holy site of Palestinian worshippers on Sunday as over a thousand settlers and far-right activists stormed the compound on Sunday and Monday.

Jul 21 05:12

Biden Adviser's Consulting Firm Got Paid by Israeli NSO Group Which Sold Pegasus Spyware: Report

An international investigation by over a dozen news outlets including the Guardian and the Washington Post concluded on Sunday that the Israeli cyber firm NSO Group sold “authoritarian governments” around the world hacking software to spy on journalists, politicians and various activists.

The Israeli firm NSO Group, which is alleged to be behind the Pegasus spyware that was used by governments across the world to target their opponents and media figures, once hired the firm of Joe Biden’s senior adviser Anita Dunn, it was claimed.

Biden Adviser’s Company
Anita Dunn is a partner and a founding member of SKDKnickerbocker political consulting firm, according to the company’s website. The webpage states that the adviser, who also previously worked as ex-President Barack Obama's chief strategist, is currently on leave from SKDK but is expected to return to the company soon.

Jul 20 06:27

Israeli police clear Al-Aqsa worshippers for Jewish visitors

Israeli police fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as hundreds of Jewish pilgrims headed there to mark a religious holiday.

The tensions and the Jewish pilgrimage on Sunday to the highly sensitive mosque compound in occupied East Jersusalem, Islam’s third-holiest site which is also known to Jews as the Temple Mount, were condemned by the Palestinians.

Israel’s right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stood by the state’s decision to allow Jews to visit the site.

According Israeli police, in the early hours of the morning Palestinian “youths began throwing stones at the Temple Mount esplanade towards police forces, who dispersed them”.

There were no official reports of arrests or injuries.

Jul 20 05:43

israel's war on truth - paid shills and trolls underneath your comments

Jul 20 05:20

Germany: Political Dissident Ursula Haverbeck Sent Back to Prison; May Become Oldest Female Inmate In the World

Just weeks after finishing a two and a half year prison sentence for “Holocaust denial,” 92-year-old Ursula Haverbeck has been convicted again by German courts, this time for an interview she gave in 2018 that affirmed her view that Jews were not systematically killed during World War II and that the gas chambers at Auschwitz are a politically motivated lie.

If the federal court’s sentence of one year in Haverbeck’s newest case holds up, Germany will have the dubious distinction of imprisoning the oldest female inmate in the world, a title previously held by American Lucille Keppen, who was incarcerated for shooting her neighbor and was released at age 93.

The German government has been dragging Haverbeck to court for decades for disputing Jewish claims of gas chambers and systematic murder. Haverbeck has famously protested the kangaroo courts that humiliate and defame elderly war veterans using bogus testimony from “survivors.”

Jul 20 05:18

Top Rabbi Reveals What May Prompt Jews to 'Leave' Europe

Describing the current situation in Germany, Goldschmidt argued that, unlike 100 years ago, Jews today can simply leave if necessary.

Pinchas Goldschmidt, chief Rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference of European Rabbis, has explained how the Jewish community might react to a possible flare up of antisemitism in Europe.

During an interview with RIA Novosti, when asked if he’s concerned about the prospect of right-wing political party Alternative for Germany gaining more votes during the upcoming elections, Goldschmidt remarked: "The difference between what was going on 100 years ago and what‘s going on today is that, today, the Jews can always leave."

And when the interviewer asked him what Jewish communities might do in case of a rise in antisemitism in Europe, the rabbi replied that they too "can always leave."

"But we will struggle to the last for the safety of the communities, and to maintain religious rights and freedoms," he added.

Jul 20 05:10

Snowden Lauds Reporting on Israeli Spyware Scandal as 'Story of Year'

Former US intelligence officer and whistleblower Edward Snowden has dubbed revelations about government agencies using software developed by the Israeli NSO Group to spy on activists and reporters worldwide "the story of the year."

According to an investigation by seventeen media outlets from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and other countries, NSO Group's software Pegasus was used to hack smartphones which belonged to human rights activists and lawyers, journalists, business executives, and even two women who were close to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

Snowden tweeted, adding that the Israeli company "should bear direct, criminal liability for the deaths and detentions of those targeted by the digital infection vectors it sells, which have no legitimate use."

Jul 19 11:56

What is Pegasus Spyware and Why Have the World's Journalists Woken Up So Angry and Scared by It?

The Israel-based NSO Group first hit the headlines in 2016, when it was accused of heping the United Arab Emirates spy on a dissident. NSO has denied the latest allegations regarding Pegasus, saying they are "false."

A worldwide scandal has broken after it emerged that thousands of journalists around the world may have been spied on by their governments using their iPhones or Android phones.

Opposition MPs in Hungary have demanded an inquiry after a investigation by a group of media outlets claimed Viktor Orban’s government bought the Pegasus malware to spy on journalists, politicians and businessmen who had been critical.

The phones of two investigative journalists in Hungary, Andras Szabo and Szabolcs Panyi, were found to have been infected with Pegagus.

Jul 19 11:44

Bombshell Report: World Governments Using Israeli Spyware To Spy On American Journalists, Politicians And Citizens

According to a shocking new revelation, governments all around the world are using Israeli-made military-grade spyware to spy on journalists, activists, and ordinary civilians.

Pegasus is a piece of malware that infects iPhones and Android phones. It gives snoopers access to texts, images, and emails, as well as the ability to record calls and activate microphones. According to reports, clients of NSO Group, an Israeli hacker-for-hire firm, targeted 189 journalists, more than 600 lawmakers and government officials, and more than 60 corporate executives.

Jul 19 11:41

Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in West Bank, east Jerusalem

Ben & Jerry’s said Monday it was going to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are “inconsistent with our values.”

The announcement was one of the strongest and highest-profile rebukes by a well-known company of Israel’s policy of settling its citizens on war-won lands. The settlements are widely seen by the international community as illegal and obstacles to peace.

In a statement posted on the company’s website, the Vermont-based ice cream maker says it recognizes “the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.”

Jul 19 09:24

FT editor among 180 journalists identified by clients of spyware firm

The editor of the Financial Times is one of more than 180 editors, investigative reporters and other journalists around the world who were selected as possible candidates for surveillance by government clients of the surveillance firm NSO Group, the Guardian can reveal.

Roula Khalaf, who became the first female editor in the newspaper’s history last year, was selected as a potential target throughout 2018.

Her number is included in a leaked list of mobile phone numbers selected for possible surveillance by clients of NSO, an Israeli firm that manufactures spyware and sells it to governments. Its principal product, Pegasus, is capable of compromising a phone, extracting all of the data stored on the device and activating its microphone to eavesdrop on conversations.

Jul 19 07:21

50,000 phone numbers worldwide on list linked to Israeli spyware: reports

An Israeli firm accused of supplying spyware to governments has been linked to a list of tens of thousands of smartphone numbers, including those of activists, journalists, business executives and politicians around the world, according to reports.

On the list were 15,000 numbers in Mexico -- among them reportedly a number linked to a murdered reporter -- and 300 in India, including politicians and prominent journalists.

Jul 19 07:20

Forensic Methodology Report: How to catch NSO Group’s Pegasus

NSO Group claims that its Pegasus spyware is only used to “investigate terrorism and crime” and “leaves no traces whatsoever”. This Forensic Methodology Report shows that neither of these statements are true. This report accompanies the release of the Pegasus Project, a collaborative investigation that involves more than 80 journalists from 17 media organizations in 10 countries coordinated by Forbidden Stories with technical support of Amnesty International’s Security Lab.[1]

Amnesty International’s Security Lab has performed in-depth forensic analysis of numerous mobile devices from human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists around the world. This research has uncovered widespread, persistent and ongoing unlawful surveillance and human rights abuses perpetrated using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.

Jul 19 07:19

Q&A: A guide to ‘spyware’

The Pegasus Project, an investigation by The Washington Post and 16 other news organizations in 10 countries, was coordinated by the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and advised by Amnesty International. Those two groups had access to a list of more than 50,000 phone numbers that included surveillance targets for clients of the Israeli spyware company NSO Group, which they shared with the journalists. Over the past several months, the journalists reviewed and analyzed the list in an effort to learn the identities of the owners of the phone numbers and to determine whether their phones had been implanted with NSO’s Pegasus spyware.

Jul 19 07:18

Al-Aqsa: Dozens injured as Israeli forces and settlers break into mosque

Scores of settlers backed by Israeli forces broke into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, injuring dozens of worshippers and detaining several others.

Witnesses told the official Palestinian news agency Wafa that dozens of Israeli police officers raided the site through the Chain and Moroccan gates, before assaulting worshippers attending prayers to make way for the entrance of hundreds of settlers.

Jul 19 07:18

IDF razes over 50 Palestinian structures during US envoy Amr's visit

The IDF razed over 50 illegal West Bank Palestinian structures last week, while United States envoy Hady Amr was visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories last week.

The US and the international community, have persistently spoken out against such demolitions, of which 400 have taken place this year, according to United Nations data.
That’s more than the 393 structures razed in 2019. If the pace continues it is likely that more illegal Palestinian structures will be demolished this year than the 664 that were razed last year.

Most of the structures that were removed were modular such as tents or huts.

Jul 19 07:08

Microsoft says Israeli company is behind malware that affected Windows PCs

Microsoft said it believes an Israeli company was behind malware that was used to attack PCs running its Windows operating system.

The move represents a new step Microsoft is taking to reduce online security incidents. The company has also sought to identify government-backed hackers, such as the Chinese group it calls Hafnium, which it claims was behind attacks on its Exchange Server email software.

Microsoft calls the organization that sold the software Sourgum, although the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab has said the company is Candiru, Cristin Goodwin, general manager of Microsoft’s Digital Security Unit, wrote in a blog post.

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