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Jun 29 10:29

Sources: Saudi Crown Prince Asks Israeli PM to Stand against Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a letter to new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has felicitated him on winning the election, and called for Tel Aviv’s serious confrontation against Iran, sources said.

Informed sources told the Arabic-language Saudi Wikileaks website that Bin Salman has congratulated Bennett on the new post, stressing Riyadh’s commitment to all previous agreements with Tel Aviv.

In his letter, he has expressed the hope that the new Israeli prime minister and his cabinet would seriously pursue Iran’s case and stand against what he claimed as Iran’s danger in the region, they added.

According to the sources, the letter was written after the US declaration of intention to withdraw its military equipment from West Asian region, including Saudi Arabia.

Jun 29 10:28

Iran slams UN for failing to include Israel, Saudi Arabia in child killers blacklist

Iran has criticized the United Nations for failing to include Israel and Saudi Arabia in its blacklist of parties violating minors’ rights during conflicts, calling on the world body to adopt a non-discriminatory approach in naming and shaming child-killer regimes.

Iran’s UN Ambassador Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in an address to the Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict on Monday, after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres presented his annual report.

The report covers countries and organizations under the UN’s Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism, which are listed as grave violators in the report’s annexes.

Recruitment of child soldiers, attacks on schools and hospitals, killing and maiming, sexual assault and abduction of children could trigger inclusion in the annex, which could result in Security Council sanctions.

Jun 29 08:43

Israel: settlers claim victory in compromise deal with government

Israeli settlers have claimed victory after reaching a compromise with the government over the land they took illegally over six weeks ago. The government led by far-right ultra-nationalist Neftali Bennett, a major proponent of Israel's illegal settlement enterprise, was expected to raze the Eviatar outpost in the occupied West Bank to the ground, but a compromise deal has been struck that will see settlers leave it within days. Their mobile homes will remain, though, and Israeli troops will establish a base in the area.

In the meantime, the Israeli authorities will examine the legal status of the land and, as is invariably the case, it will eventually be granted approval for use by the settlers. They will then be able to move back to the site. Leaders of the settler community are claiming victory, as they know that in the end, the facts on the ground created by the illegal outpost will lead to another permanent Jews-only settlement in what is occupied Palestinian territory.

Jun 29 06:53

Israel: Knesset member calls for murder of people in mixed marriages

An Israeli Knesset member has called for the killing of couples involved in mixed marriages during a speech in parliament.

Yitzhak Pindrus is a member of the United Torah Judaism, an ultra-Orthodox party that believes in a homogenous Jewish state and society.

He called for the murder of "people who contribute to miscegenation", invoking a Biblical story about the murder of a Jewish man and non-Jewish woman while they were making love by lancing a spear through their engaged sexual organs.

He made his comments on Monday while addressing - and looking at - Mansour Abbas, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who is a deputy minister in Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition and the head of the Islamist Raam party.

Jun 29 06:53

Jerusalem: several wounded as Israel demolishes Palestinian homes

A number of Palestinians have been wounded as Israeli occupation forces started to demolish homes and shops on Tuesday morning, Safa news agency has reported. The demolition of the Palestinian-owned properties is taking place in Al Bustan, part of the Silwan neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Palestinian protesters took to the streets in an effort to prevent Israel's demolition of a shop owned by Nidal Al-Rajabi. According to a member of the popular committee to defend Silwan, Khaled Abu Tayeh, the Israeli occupation forces attacked the Palestinians with live fire and steel-coated rubber bullets, and also fired tear gas. Several people were wounded and affected by the gas. The Red Crescent in Jerusalem has confirmed that 13 Palestinians were injured during an attack by the Israeli occupation forces on the town of Silwan.

Jun 29 06:52

Israeli war planes vs Palestinian balloons, kites & rockets

Recently, in Israel a columnist for an Israeli news site opined that Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza were “too little and too late” and that fighter jets should have been scrambled after the launching of just one helium balloon from Gaza.

While some media such as the New York Times have begun reporting on this issue far better than in the past, few if any news reports have described the weapons in detail, compared their relative lethality, or discussed the massive disproportionality of scrambling high tech war planes in retaliation to small, hand-launched helium balloons that drift on the wind (some of the time) toward Israel.

If these incendiary balloons are as dangerous as Israel and U.S. media make them out to be, one wonders why Israel doesn’t retaliate by simply launching such balloons itself? After all, they require massively less money and infrastructure than balloons.

Comparing the two methods of delivering bombardment, war planes vs. incendiary balloons, gives the answer.

Jun 29 06:49

Dozens of Jewish Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Jewish settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem on Monday.

Under Israeli forces’ protection, 151 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Al-Mughrabi Gate and started provoking the Palestinian worshippers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers.

Jun 29 06:48

CNN staff angered at news chief’s conflict of interest over Israel ambassador pick

CNN staff are furious after the husband of their top news chief was nominated for US ambassador to Israel — claiming the move is a conflict of interest, The Post is told.

Tom Nides, 60, was nominated to the Middle East role by President Biden earlier this month, the White House announced.

But the nomination has left more than a few eyebrows raised over at CNN as Nides is married to Virginia Moseley, CNN’s “powerhouse” senior vice president of newsgathering in the US.

“People are mad, they see it as a big conflict of interest, even if Virginia works in domestic news, this all still plays into domestic politics and deals closely with Biden’s administration,” a network source told The Post.

“It has conflict of interest written all over it.”

Jun 29 06:19

Tensions Escalating in East Jerusalem After Palestinian Homes and Shops Demolished

Earlier this month, an Israeli court order declared 13 houses of Palestinian residents of the Al-Bustan neighbourhood in the Siwan district of the city illegal. The authorities said the residents need to demolish their properties by 27 June or face a $6,000 fine.

Sputnik is live from Jerusalem, where tensions are mounting after several houses and shops built by Palestinians were deemed illegal and set for demolition by the authorities.

Last month, a dispute over the houses' legal status was one of the main reasons behind the Israeli-Palestinian clashes in Jerusalem that resulted in growing tensions on the Gaza border and a major conflict between miitants from the enclave and the Israel Defence Forces.

Jun 29 01:16

Biden Regime Bombed Syria And Iraq In 'Self-Defense,' Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby Says

America has the right to "defend" itself by bombing alleged "Iran-backed militias" in Syria and Iraq, so said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Sunday.

Jun 28 16:26

Trump Joins Rumble, Rumble Changes Terms Of Service to Ban 'Anti-Semitic' And 'Hateful' Speech

Gab CEO Andrew Torba revealed earlier this month that Donald Trump never joined Gab because Jared Kushner "specifically had problems with people [on the site] criticizing Jewish people, and Zionism, and policies related to Israel."

"I mean, that's specifically what I was told, is 'You have to do something about these people.'" Torba said during an interview with TruNews. "He called them Jew haters, I call them Jew criticizers."

Torba said his refusal to "sell out" and "compromise on Gab's free speech policies" was a deal-breaker for Kushner and Trump's handlers.

Jun 28 08:02

Israel summons Poland's ambassador over WWII bill

Israel's Foreign Ministry summoned Polish Ambassador Marek Magierowski on Sunday to express concerns over a new law that Israelis fear would block compensation claims for World War II atrocities.

According to a written statement published, the ministry said up to 90 per cent of property restitution claims could be affected. It also commented on Warsaw's argument that Poland was in no way responsible for the Holocaust.

"This is not a historical debate about responsibility for the Holocaust but a moral debt of Poland to those who were its citizens and whose property was looted during the Holocaust and under the Communist regime," Israeli officials said.

In turn, Poland said it had summoned Israeli Charge d'Affaires Tal Ben-Ari Yaalon to a meeting set for Monday.

Jun 28 07:41

Israel demolishes Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib for 189th time

Israeli forces have demolished homes and tents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 189th time, making dozens of its residents homeless.

The Palestinian Information Center, citing local sources, reported on Monday that Israeli troops raided the village in the Negev region with bulldozers and destroyed every single Palestinian house.

Dozens of its inhabitants, including children and elderly people, have become displaced and should suffer from the harsh weather of the desert for a while before they could build new makeshift homes.

The residents of Araqib village live in a constant state of fear due to the fact that Israeli troops may raid and raze their homes at any moment after they manage to build them again.

Jun 28 07:41

Scientific American magazine removes article detailing Israeli crimes against Palestinians

A US publication has removed an op-ed detailing Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine and calling for solidarity with them.

Scientific American, a popular science magazine in the US, reportedly has done this act under pressure from the Zionist lobby, which is the pro-Israel lobby in the United States.

The magazine published an article earlier this month written by a group of physicians and medical students reporting details of the recent Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza and promising support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, also called the BDS movement which says Israeli and multinational firms complicit in the regime’s crimes must be boycotted.

The BDS movement seeks to raise global awareness about the Tel Aviv regime’s racist policies against Palestinians.

"Those of us who work in health care understand well that health care does not exist in a vacuum," the physicians and students wrote.

Jun 28 06:32

White House Responds To Report Saying Biden To Reverse Trump's Golan Heights Policy

On Thursday the Washington Free Beacon published a story with the headline: "Biden Admin Walks Back US Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory." This set off a wave of rumors and follow-up reports, culminating in an official Biden administration response on Friday.

The initial report had stated: "The Biden administration is walking back the United States' historic recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region along Israel's northern border, a significant blow to the Jewish state and one of the Trump administration's signature foreign policy decisions." But the State Department's Near Eastern Affairs Department tweeted in response as the claim began to spread: "US policy regarding the Golan has not changed, and reports to the contrary are false."

Jun 26 06:14

The Real Danger of Israel’s New Government

The new Israeli government takes office already largely paralyzed. With eight diverse parties, they agree only on two things.

One, they want to get rid of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Check – that’s done. Two, given the unlikeliness of reaching agreement on any major policy changes, they all agree that the current situation of occupation and apartheid for Palestinians is quite sustainable for Jewish Israelis.

For now, the status quo will prevail. And that’s a problem.

Despite the presence of centrist, center-left, and one small Palestinian party, power in the new government lies with the far right. New Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a longtime leader of Israel’s illegal settlers, has bragged about being significantly to the right of his far-right mentor, Netanyahu. In 2013 he boasted, “I’ve killed a lot of Arabs in my life, and there’s no problem with that.”

Jun 26 06:03

Israeli settlers refuse to vacate illegal West Bank settlement

Tensions in the occupied West Bank have reached boiling point as Israeli settlers continue their expropriation of Palestinian land, in some cases defying Israeli authorities by refusing to evacuate land that Palestinians depend on for their livelihoods.

In May, 34 Palestinians were killed – the highest monthly figure in 10 years – with Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, reporting almost 600 violent incidents, as the Israeli military reinforced its presence in the occupied territory with several more battalions.

Jun 25 09:58

Israel to expand Gaza fishing zone, allow import of raw materials

Israel will expand the Gaza Strip's fishing zone and allow the import of raw materials to essential industries in the enclave from today, the Israeli military has announced.

According to the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the [occupied Palestinian] Territories (COGAT), the decision which would allow Gaza fishermen to venture nine nautical miles into the sea instead of just six and open the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing, was made following "this past week's calm security situation."

It was also stated that "the civilian measures approved by the political echelon are contingent upon the continued stability" in the region.

Jun 25 04:26

Arabic press review: US hospital fires Palestinian doctor for criticising Israel

A children's hospital in the US state of Arizona has fired a Palestinian doctor for criticising Israel on Facebook, al-Quds al-Arabi reports.

Dr Fidaa Weshah, who is from the Gaza Strip, was dismissed from her job at the Phoenix hospital after writing a Facebook post about Israel's recent bombing of Gaza.

Weshah, who is a pediatric radiologist, address Israel in the post, stating that "a country based on brutality, racism and cannibalism will not last for long."

"Israel can bomb news agencies’ headquarters in Gaza and major media studios, but we have our phones and social media platforms to expose the massacres and genocide which the Zionists are proud of committing," she wrote.

Jun 25 04:25

Israel gives first go-ahead for illegal settlements building under PM Bennett

Israel has authorised a wave of West Bank settlements building, the first such move made during the rule of the so-called "government of change".

The Jewish state is under the premiership of far-right Naftali Bennett, and has been since the new government came to power after ousting Benjamin Netanyahu just over 10 days ago.

There were 33 proposals concerning illegal settlements considered by the High Planning Subcommittee of Israel's Civil Administration, according to The Times of Israel on Wednesday.

Jun 25 04:24

At Lebanon war memorial, Gantz says next conflicts likely to need ground troops

Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Thursday that future military conflicts are likely to involve Israeli ground troops.

Speaking at a memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl marking 15 years since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Gantz proclaimed that the IDF is “prepared to engage our full capacity.”

“In future campaigns, or, God forbid, in war, if we need to get into enemy territory, ground troops, both in regular and reserve duty, will constitute a central component of the fighting,” Gantz said. “We will use them if it becomes necessary.”

The defense minister noted that his statement applies to a potential future conflict along the border with Lebanon or anywhere else.

Jun 25 04:18

Israeli army chief warns of 'reasonable' chance of fresh Gaza attack

The Israeli army's Chief of the General Staff Aviv Kochavi has said that there is a "reasonable" chance of another attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Kochavi reportedly informed US National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan of this during his trip to Washington, according to Israeli public broadcaster Kan.

The army leader's US trip was aimed, in part, to raise the issue of restocking spent military equipment with top officials from Joe Biden's administration, The New Arab's Arabic-language service reported.

Jun 24 08:03

Israel DM calls for new probe into Netanyahu corruption case

sraeli Defence Minister and leader of Blue and White coalition, Benny Gantz, on Saturday called for a new investigation into Tel Aviv's purchase of submarines from Germany in a case which sees former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing charges of corruption.

Known as Case 3000, it revolves around allegations of a bribery in Israel's multi-billion-shekel purchase of naval vessels, including submarines and ships, from German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp, the Times of Israel reported.

The case also involves the sale of two Dolphin-class submarines and two anti-submarine warships by Germany to Egypt, allegedly approved by Netanyahu, who did not consult or notify Israel's then-defence minister and army chief of staff.

Jun 24 08:03

Israel settlers close Jerusalem-Hebron highway, demolish home in Jerusalem

Israeli Jewish settlers yesterday blocked the Jerusalem-Hebron highway, described by Wafa news agency as the main road to the south of the occupied West Bank.

According to sources, scores of settlers spread across the Al Faghur agricultural area of the town of Al Khader , south of Hebron.

Meanwhile, another group of Israeli Jewish settlers uprooted ten olive trees and sabotaged two water tanks and an irrigation system belonging to Qassem Mansour, a farmer in Wadi Qana, northwest of the West Bank district of Salfit.

Jun 24 08:02

Israeli settlers terrorise Sheikh Jarrah residents to push them out

Israeli Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli police, continue to terrorise Palestinian residents of Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in an effort to force them to leave their homes.

Speaking to Safa news agency, Sheikh Jarrah resident Saleh Ziab said that Palestinians are subject to daily Israeli raids carried out by settlers protected by Israeli occupation police, citing the massive raid on the neighbourhood on Monday night when 20 people were wounded and others arrested.

According to Ziab, Israeli occupation forces are preventing Palestinians "from sitting or standing in front of their homes and imposes tight restrictions on their exit or entry to the neighbourhood."

Jun 24 07:12

Steve Bannon: Israel First, America Second

Though President Donald Trump, his inner circle, and new political appointees have been no strangers to controversy in recent years, perhaps no figure has been more contentious than Trump’s chief strategist and former campaign chairman.

Steve Bannon has figured prominently in numerous recent headlines, in part due to his promotion to a top position in the National Security Council earlier this month. The unprecedented move has met with fierce criticism by many on the establishment left.

Yet nearly all of the “mainstream” news coverage surrounding Bannon has been identical in their analysis of the man: Accusations of racism, white supremacy, and fascism abound, as does the characterization of Bannon as the real power broker behind the president.

Jun 24 06:22

UPDATE 1-Vaccinated Israelis may need to quarantine because of Delta variant

Israel empowered health officials on Wednesday to quarantine anyone deemed to have been exposed to an especially infectious variant of COVID-19, even if they were previously vaccinated or recovered from the disease with presumed immunity.

The decision followed a warning by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday over new outbreaks caused by the Delta variant, with daily infections rising after weeks of low plateau credited to Israel's record mass-vaccination drive.

Under the updated Health Ministry directives, vaccinated or formerly infected people can be ordered to self-isolate for up to 14 days if authorities believe they may have been in "close contact with a carrier of a dangerous virus variant".

Such proximity could include having been passengers on the same plane, the ministry said - a possible dampener on Israel's gradual opening of its borders to vaccinated summer tourists.

Jun 24 06:14

Israel's night raids on Palestinian families aren't over, whatever the courts say

The videos are all over YouTube. Masked Israeli soldiers storm a Palestinian family’s home in the middle of the night. Parents, dressed in nightwear, are suddenly surrounded by heavily armed men in balaclavas.

Young children are forced awake. With a mix of bleary-eyed confusion and fear, they are made to answer questions posed to them in broken Arabic by these faceless, armed strangers. They are lined up in one room while the soldiers take photographs of them holding their identity cards. And then, just as suddenly as they arrived, the masked men disappear into the night.

There are no questions beyond identifying the people in the house. No one is “arrested”. There’s no obvious purpose; just a family’s sense of security permanently wrecked.

Jun 24 06:09

Blinken lied through his teeth about Israeli and U.S. accountability to victims– that’s the real scandal

Daniel Larison made the central point about the Ilhan Omar controversy. People should be outraged about Antony Blinken’s comment and not hers.

“The real outrage in this exchange was Blinken’s claim that victims of U.S. and Israeli war crimes can get justice from the governments responsible for those crimes, because all of us, Blinken included, know that this isn’t true.”

Israel and the US are not accountable to their victims. This is a question of power. Proclamations about being democracies and having justice systems ignore the fact about their actual behavior.

When Blinken said that Palestinians can get justice through Israeli structures he was lying through his teeth.

Jun 24 06:02

Does Nikki Haley’s road to the White House start in Jerusalem?

‘It is too much,” former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley whispered under her breath after she had spontaneously hugged an Ashkelon resident whose home had been damaged by a Hamas rocket during the May war.

Tears had swelled up in both their eyes as she wrapped him in her arms outside his rubble-strewn home.

Jun 24 05:38

Israeli Jewish Extremism and Radicalization in the 21st Century

Astudy conducted by Dr. Noa Lavi in 2016, found Israeli youth to be “the most right-wing compared to countries in Western Europe.” A 2018 Israeli Democracy Institute survey showed that “approximately 64 percent of Israeli Jews aged 18-34 identify as right-wing, compared to 47 percent of those 35 and older.” Israeli Jewish radicalization did not start in the 21st century. Its antecedents are critical to understanding this moment. For more information, see here (link to other article above).

The underlying beliefs of the Israeli right-wing are: Territorial expansion into all of Eretz Yisrael (historic Palestine), prioritizing Jewish identity over democracy, focus on security and Israel’s existential threat, distrust of Palestinians and foreigners, and centrality of Nationalism/Patriotism.

Jun 24 05:37

Israeli Forces Raid Park, Detain Palestinian Child near Nablus

Israeli occupation forces today detained a Palestinian child after raiding a park in the village of Luban e-Sharkiya, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

15-year-old Bahaa Arafat Eweis was detained by the Israeli occupation army during the raid, which also saw Israeli occupation soldiers fire teargas canisters at civilians, including children.

Several cases of suffocation due to gas inhalation were reported.

Jun 24 05:36

Gantz: Israel Will Not Ease Gaza Siege

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz pledged on Monday that the besieged Gaza Strip, the tiny enclave that is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, will not be “economically rehabilitated” without the return of the Israelis held captive “and without security stability”, AP has reported.

Gantz was referring to the Israeli soldiers captured by the Palestinian resistance during the 2014 Israeli military offensive against Gaza. The Israeli government believes that the men are dead and wants their remains to be returned.

Jun 24 05:36

Israel says Gaza farmers must remove crowns from tomatoes if they want to export them

Israeli authorities have placed a new restriction on Palestinian tomato farmers in the besieged Gaza Strip, one which will lead to their shipments of the fruit to markets in the occupied West Bank and Arab countries rotting more quickly.

Palestine’s Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday that Israel had asked the farmers to remove the crown of the tomato - namely the sepal and pedicel of each tomato that grows from the flower and keep the fruit attached to the stem - before they will allow trucks carrying the fruit to pass through the Karm Abu Salem crossing.

There was no immediate explanation from Israeli authorities as to why they had asked for the removal.

Israel has imposed a land, air and sea blockade against the Gaza Strip since 2007, controlling the movement of lorries passing to Israel and the West Bank through al-Mintar, Awdeh and Karm Abu Salem, three crossings administered by the Israeli army and dedicated to commerce.

Jun 24 05:31

Why does Israel ban Palestinian mothers from accompanying sick children from Gaza seeking treatment in the West Bank?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) pointed out in its 2020 annual report that, "All patients and patient companions from the Gaza Strip must apply for Israeli permits to exit the Gaza Strip in order to access hospitals in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and Israel."

Jun 23 10:37

Netanyahu: Lapid agreeing with US puts Israel in danger from Iran

Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's critics charged Monday that he misled the public when he accused Israel's new government of surrendering to American demands to not surprise the Biden administration on steps Israel takes to prevent the nuclearization of Iran.

Speaking at a meeting of the Likud faction at the Knesset, Netanyahu said Foreign Minister Yair Lapid agreed to the request from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken when they spoke on Thursday night. He said both US President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had issued the same request to him when he was in office, and he rejected it.

Jun 23 10:36

Israeli Military Chief Warns US Against Reviving Iran Deal

Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Avi Kohavi met with top US military officials in Washington on Sunday and Monday to express Israel’s opposition to the Biden administration reviving the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

The IDF released a statement on what Kohavi conveyed to the US. “The chief of staff presented the failures of the current nuclear deal, which allow Iran to make significant advances in the coming years in the quantity and quality of centrifuges and in the amount and quality of enriched uranium, and he stressed the lack of oversight in the area of developing a nuclear weapon,” the statement said.

Kohavi and other Israeli have been warning the US against rejoining the JCPOA since President Biden came into office in January. The warnings have come along with veiled threats. Some Israeli officials have outright said Israel would attack Iran if the deal is revived, and Israel’s new Mossad chief recently threatened more covert attacks.

Jun 23 09:17

Israel votes to condemn China abuses against Uyghur Muslims

Israel signed a statement presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) yesterday urging China to allow independent observers access to its western Xinjiang region, where UN experts say nearly a million Uyghurs and other minorities have been unlawfully detained in camps.

The decision, the first of its kind by Israel, came after pressure from US President Joe Biden's administration, Walla news reported.

The joint statement – backed by Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the US – cited reports of torture or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment, forced sterilisation, sexual and gender-based violence and forced separation of children from their parents.

Jun 23 07:54

Sheikh Jarrah: extremist parliamentarians storm Palestinian homes

Two extremist members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, raided the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Tuesday afternoon and told three Palestinian families that they had to leave their homes, Wafa news agency has reported. The two MKs were Bezalel Smotrich and Orit Strock from the far-right Religious Zionism Party, accompanied by a number of illegal Jewish settlers and protected by Israeli police officers.

The group stormed the neighbourhood and threatened the Diab, Al Kurd and Qasim families that they will be forcibly expelled from their homes within one month. Local residents gathered together and fended off the intruders to protect the Palestinian families.

Smotrich has a history of racist incitement against Palestinians. He met with Israeli settlers who had taken over part of the Al Kurd family home before being ordered to leave by police.

Jun 23 07:53

German media giant tells pro-Palestine staff to find another job

The CEO of Axel Springer, a Berlin-based agency, told the company's 16,000 employees to find another job if they have a problem with an Israeli flag being posted outside the largest digital publishing house of Europe.

Several staff reportedly complained when the company raised an Israeli flag at its headquarters during the 11 days of Israel's air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip last month.

"I think, and I'm being very frank with you, a person who has an issue with an Israeli flag being raised for one week here, after antisemitic demonstrations, should look for a new job," said Mathias Döpfner during a video conference held last week with employees around the world.

For 11 days, Israel launched attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip. Health officials in Gaza say 254 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, were killed and more than 1,900 were wounded in the bombardments.

Jun 23 06:41

Manchin, Rubio reintroduce bill allowing states to crack down on BDS movement

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have reintroduced legislation that would provide states with more tools to attack the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The Combating BDS Act of 2021 would effectively allow state and local governments to implement laws targeting firms that boycott Israel. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate and House and lawmakers attempted to push this bill after congress returned from the government shutdown in 2019.

“The bipartisan Combating BDS Act is a step towards ensuring individual states have the right to pass laws that prevent business transactions with the anti-Israeli BDS movement,” said Manchin in a statement. “I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join this bipartisan legislation to support individual states and our valued ally, Israel.”

Jun 22 07:32

20 Palestinians Injured As Zionist Settlers Attack Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

At least 20 Palestinians were injured while defending themselves when Zionist settlers and ‘security’ forces stormed the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east al-Quds on Monday night, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported.

Additionally, four other Palestinians were detained by the occupation forces overnight, KAN News reported.

In the same context, four Palestinian minors, ranging in ages from 12 to 14 years, sustained injuries after being pepper-sprayed in the face by a Zionist settler in the neighborhood, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

A Jewish settler pepper-sprayed the girls, causing them burns on their faces.

Jun 22 06:44

'Putting lipstick on a pig': Why Washington is fawning over Israel's new government

When former US President Barack Obama used an old cliché to denigrate his political opponent, the late US Senator John McCain, he triggered a political controversy lasting several days. "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," said Obama at a campaign event in 2008. The maxim indicates that superficial changes have no bearings on outcomes and that modifying our facade does not alter who we really are.

American politicians are authority on the subject. They are experts on artificial, rhetorical, and, ultimately, shallow change. And now, once again, Washington's political make-up artists are getting to work on the public face of Israel.

Since the dramatic ousting of his former mentor, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is being presented as the alternative to Netanyahu's right-wing, chauvinistic and rowdy political style. However, it will take more than a bit of lipstick to make this believable.

Jun 22 06:36

'Death to the Jews' would have caused an international scandal, yet Israel's incitement gets a free pass

All of this is surely an impossible scenario.Well, yes. Thankfully, it's certainly impossible in London, Paris, Berlin or New York.

But not in Israel.

Read: Israel shoots, kills 15-year-old Palestinian in Nablus

With a few adjustments, the same appalling scene just took place in Jerusalem, the city that Israel claims as its capital. With one key difference: the gang of racist thugs were calling for "Death to the Arabs" not "Death to the Jews", since they were themselves Jewish.

All this took place because Israel is an irredeemably racist state. A settler-colonial entity whose existence is premised on the violent expulsion and racist dispossession of the indigenous population of the land of Palestine.

Jun 22 06:10

Israel insists it will not ease siege imposed on Gaza

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz pledged on Monday that the besieged Gaza Strip, the tiny enclave that is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, will not be "economically rehabilitated" without the return of the Israelis held captive "and without security stability", AP has reported.

Gantz was referring to the Israeli soldiers captured by the Palestinian resistance during the 2014 Israeli military offensive against Gaza. The Israeli government believes that the men are dead and wants their remains to be returned. The Palestinian resistance, though, has not revealed any details about their condition but has hinted several times that they could be alive.

Jun 21 12:47

Sanctions against Israel, anyone? Hell no. UK Parliament prefers rewarding evil and dismisses the only likely solution to the Holy Land crisis

Stuart Littlewood highlights the ignorance, hypocrisy and thinly-veiled racism voiced by Israel stooges – members of the Zionist lobbies within the ruling Conservative and "opposition" Labour parties – during a recent parliamentary debate about Palestine and Israel.>>

Jun 21 11:05

Report: Israel forcing Palestinians in Silwan neighborhood of al-Quds to raze their homes

Israeli authorities have planned to force 1,500 Palestinian families to tear down their own homes in Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem al-Quds, as the Tel Aviv regimes presses ahead with its land expropriation and home demolition policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Sarah Abdallah, a Lebanese activist and commentator made the revelation in a post on her Twitter account on Sunday.

“Some 1,500 Palestinians in Silwan are being ordered by Israel to demolish their OWN HOMES or they’ll have to pay for them to be demolished,” the activist said, adding that the plan is aimed to make way for Israeli settlers to “build a park on the rubble of their houses.”

Jun 21 11:00

Iraq’s Hezbollah: ‘We have entered Quds equation announced by Nasrallah’: Report

A news article reports that Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) group – a key component of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi – has pledged to be a part of the regional military equation recently put forward by the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Nasrallah had stated that the ‘Resistance Axis’ is currently working to establish an equation whereby future Israeli attacks against al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the ‘Muslim and Christian sanctities’ in the city will trigger a regional war with the Axis.

Jun 21 10:06

The Inhumanity of Israeli Settler-Colonialism

On June 15, 2021, Israeli far-right nationalists took part in a flag-waving march through occupied East Jerusalem. The so-called March of the Flags beats the drums of colonialism – it is an open celebration of the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the city’s eastern part. The Israeli government decided shortly after the end of the 1967 war to annex East Jerusalem into the State of Israel. Israel had already violated a 1949 UN decision to internationalize Jerusalem by moving its governmental offices from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jun 21 09:58

Have We Learned Nothing? Biden Backs Mass Murder in the Middle East

The Gaza Strip, measures only 25 miles long and five miles wide. It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet.

Since 2007, Israel has imposed a full blockade on Gaza from the air, land, and sea. The two million Palestinians living there (half of which are under the age of 18) are trapped in an open air prison where food, potable water, electricity, medicine, building materials, etc. are severely restricted by the Israeli authorities.

Jun 21 07:19

Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound backed by Israeli forces

Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday in occupied East Jerusalem backed up by heavily armed forces.

Dozens of settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa and partook in what local activists described as "provocative tours", before leaving it from the side of Bab al-Silsila, local reports said.

At least 54 settlers stormed the Mosque, adding that the occupying forces arrested Nasser Abu Aker, an employee of the Construction Committee at Al-Aqsa, the Waqf Department in occupied Jerusalem, told Arabi 21.

Jun 21 07:18

US said to boost military cooperation with Israel, Mideast allies to hinder Iran

As it continues indirect talks with Iran on rejoining the 2015 nuclear accord, the United States has reportedly increased military coordination with Israel and with a number of moderate Middle Eastern countries in an effort to counter the threat posed to the region by the Islamic Republic.

Over the past two months, the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) has increased the pace of coordination and the number of high-level meetings with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, several Gulf states, Cyprus and Greece, Israeli news site Walla reported Sunday.

The report comes as IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi heads to the US with a senior delegation of top Israeli military officers to meet with American officials in Washington and discuss Iran’s nuclear program and its expansionist efforts in the region.

Jun 21 07:15

GOP Senator Accuses Obama DOJ Of Funneling Money From Settlements To Left-Leaning Nonprofit Orgs

Jun 21 06:52

UN Whitewashing “Israeli” Crimes against Palestinian Children!

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry criticized the United Nations for leaving the apartheid “Israeli” entity off the annual blacklist of parties responsible for grave violations against children.

It further warned that “Ignoring the regime’s crimes would guarantee impunity for the child-killing entity.”

“The UN’s non-inclusion of the Zionist regime in the blacklist of governments and groups violating children’s rights in armed conflicts is a move in favor of the killer and in support of the criminals of the Zionist army and its terrorist settlers, and it would guarantee their escape from punishment,” the ministry said in a statement, Palestine’s Wafa news agency reported.

In parallel, it added that “The UN action puts its reports at risk of “invalidity” and “dishonesty”, as well as skepticism about the principles on which the UN is based.”

Jun 20 06:30

Ebrahim Raisi's Victory Gives Israel 'No Choice' But to Attack Iran's Nuclear Programme, Report Says

On Saturday, Iran's Interior Ministry declared Ebrahim Raisi the winner of the nation's presidential elections. The top judge, who is known for his ultraconservative views, received almost 62 percent of the vote amid the country's lowest voter turnout (48.8 percent).

Israeli officials have warned that Ebrahim Raisi's victory in the Iranian presidential elections gives them "no choice" but to attack Iran's nuclear programme, Israel's Channel 12 has reported, citing a senior government source. "[The attack] will require budgets and the reallocation of resources", the source told the TV channel, adding that Israeli security officials believe Raisi will adopt hardline views on foreign and nuclear policy pushed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Jun 20 06:27

US rebranding Israel ties because of repeated humiliations, says analyst

A political analyst says the United States is keen on rebranding its relationship with Israel, not because the regime has changed under new prime minister Naftali Bennett, but because Washington has suffered humiliations at the hands of ousted premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ramzy Baroud, a Palestinian-American journalist and the editor of the Palestine Chronicle, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday, a few days after the Israeli parliament (Knesset) voted 60-59 in favor of a new cabinet, ending Netanyahu's 12-year consecutive tenure as prime minister.

Bennett will head the cabinet for a little over two years before his centrist ally, Yair Lapid, takes over. The new coalition is made of eight parties that are united only by their shared disdain for the hawkish right-wing leader known as Bibi.

Baroud said Bennett is no different than Netanyahu, citing his anti-Palestinian comments.

Jun 19 06:26

Pentagon Chief Confirms US Will Replenish Israel’s Iron Dome

Speaking to the Senate today, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed that the US is planning to send a budget request to Congress to pay for a new round of Iron Dome systems for Israel. Israel used virtually all of their existing systems during this summer’s recent war on Gaza.

President Biden and US State Department officials had initially reported this during Israeli diplomatic visits, saying this would be in the form of a $1 billion funding request, expected to be broadly supported by both parties in Congress.

Israel has long hyped the effectiveness of the Iron Dome at intercepting very short-range, low-yield rockets. There has been some debate as to whether Israel’s printed success figures are accurate or overstated. Either way, the US has been more than willing to pay for the program.

Jun 19 06:26

Poll: Most American voters back banning Israel from using US funds to annex land

A majority of US voters endorsed restrictions that would keep Israel from spending US defense assistance to detain Palestinian minors, destroy Palestinian buildings, or annex parts of the West Bank, according to the results of a new poll conducted during the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

The poll, conducted by Data for Progress, a progressive polling firm, sought to capture public opinion on a question that is increasingly dividing Democratic lawmakers: whether US aid to Israel should be withheld if Israel does not meet certain conditions. For many years, that opinion has been considered off-limits for politicians, but that has shifted recently with the rise of a progressive left in the Democratic Party.

Jun 19 06:25

Palestine: Smashed Houses, Crushed Orchards, A Trail of Unrestrained Malice

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah’s resistance to eviction by Israeli Jews evolved into a military confrontation so lopsided, the Israeli bombardments against Gaza so terrifying, it drew widespread condemnation (the US government excepted).

The Palestinian dead, injured and homeless are still being tabulated, while eviction processes of Sheikh Jarrah’s Arab inhabitants continue, even as we learn of similar forced displacement of Arabs in nearby Silwan.

Another Israeli scheme to dislodge Palestinians is home demolition—they number in the many thousands and continue (in Bustan, Silwan) even as I write. For a glimpse of these all-too-routine violations, I append my newly-digitized April 5, 1996 Christian Science Monitor article based on what I witnessed — I likened it to a lynching – when on assignment in the West Bank 25 years ago.

Jun 19 06:25

An Instrument of Change? Israel’s New Hardliner Government

Israel’s “change government”, which brought down 15-year Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, will struggle to be an instrument of change because its eight diverse components disagree on how to handle core issues. On Palestine, this government will almost certainly continue Netanyahu’s policies of colonisation and repression because any attempt to effect change on this existential issue would blow up the coalition. Its partners extend from parties representing the far right through centre right, the left and Israel’s Palestinian citizens.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennet — who heads an ultranationalist religious party with only six seats in the 120 member Knesset — is a hardliner on Israel’s colonial enterprise and rejects any Palestinian entity in the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

Jun 19 06:09

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police break out after Friday prayers on Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Violence broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces after Friday’s prayers at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Nine injuries and over a dozen arrests have been reported.

In videos posted on Twitter, Palestinians, who refused to disperse after the afternoon prayers, hurled rocks at police outside the entrances to the Temple Mount compound.

Jun 18 06:44

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Jun 18 06:20

Bibi and the One State Solution

I am slightly amused by the many voices who celebrate what is perceived as the end of the Netanyahu era. Of course, I am not a Netanyahu supporter, far from it, but I will give Netanyahu credit where he deserves it. ‘King Bibi,’ as his Jewish supporters often refer to him, was actually a crucial factor in the rise of Palestinian resistance and Palestinian unity. Bibi was a pragmatist who managed to pull his nation, the region and even the entire world into a chain of disasters in a desperate but relentless attempt to save himself. Bibi is not a conspirator. He did it all in the open, and despite this, he is still the most popular politician in Israel.

As I have pointed out many times before, Israel is not politically divided. The vast majority of Israeli Knesset Members (MKs) are to the right of Netanyahu. Israel’s political establishment is divided over Netanyahu, but primarily due to personal rifts.

Jun 17 05:39

Netanyahu’s scorched earth anti-Biden rant

It is a known cliché that politics makes strange bedfellows, and certainly the new coalition government in Israel is an amalgam of parties with the ousting of Benjamin Netanyahu from the Prime Minister’s Office as the key common ideological denominator. Only time will tell if Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, and their partners can survive the political hardships outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised he will put them through in his first speech in the Israeli Knesset as the head of the opposition.

What seems to have been largely lost in the coverage of the vote, the speeches that followed, or the swearing-in of the ministers was Netanyahu’s recap of the highlights of his record after twelve years in office. More specifically, it was surprising to see the underwhelming media coverage of the comments he made regarding his policies vis-à-vis the United States.

Jun 17 05:36

Israel's former AG discovers settler takeover of old family home in Sheikh Jarrah

Israel's former attorney-general has for two years waged a legal battle to reclaim his family's old Jerusalem home from the hands of a settler organisation intent on "Judaising" the Palestinian-majority neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Michael Ben-Yair's story "shows the intensity of the concealment and of the connection between" settlers and the Israeli courts, his lawyer told Haaretz.

Ben-Yair's family lived in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah side-by-side with Palestinians before the establishment of Israel in 1948.

The house and an attached store are listed in a 1928 "trust document" by Ben-Yair's grandmother, Sarah Jannah.

The document - a sort of will - detailed what was to be done with the home after Jannah's death. She decreed that the ownership would pass to her heirs and subsequently to their living relatives.

Jun 17 05:35

Israel To Expand Illegal Colony Near Nablus

The Israeli government decided to expand an illegal Israeli colony, built on Palestinian land, near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, to increase its size by fivefold.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal activities in northern West Bank, said the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation, has officially approved the construction of 534 additional units in Shvut Rachel illegal colony.

Daghlas stated that the illegal colony was built on private Palestinian lands in the year 2005 and added that the new constructions are planned to be built on around 400 Dunams, owned by the villagers of Jaloud, south of Nablus.

Jun 17 05:34

Israeli Soldiers Injure 33 Palestinians, Abduct Eight, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers injured, Tuesday, more than 33 Palestinians, and abducted at least eight, in several parts of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians who marched in condemnation of provocative procession by fanatic illegal colonialist settlers.

They added that the soldiers attacked the Palestinian protesters with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades, in Bab al-Amoud area and the Old City, wounding 33 Palestinians.

The soldiers also fired live rounds at a Palestinian ambulance, in addition to attacking medics who were trying to render the needed aid to wounded Palestinians. One Palestinian man who had been wounded by live bullets was taken by Israeli soldiers from the paramedics who were trying to administer aid, and arrested.

Jun 17 05:33

Staff at University of Manchester demand end to Tel Aviv University ties

More than 200 members of staff and researchers at the University of Manchester are calling on the institution to cut its ties with Tel Aviv University in the wake of Israel’s recent bombing campaign in the besieged Gaza Strip.

An open letter addressed to the university’s vice-chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell said the Israeli university was “deeply implicated” in the May bombardment, which killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children.

The authors of the letter, signed by 224 people as of Wednesday, said the University of Manchester’s continued relationship with Tel Aviv University is in violation of its commitment to oppose racist violence and oppression.

Jun 17 05:29

New energy minister meets US negotiator over Lebanese maritime talks

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar met on Wednesday with John Desrocher, the American mediator in the indirect talks between Israel and Lebanon over their disputed maritime border.

“Despite Israel’s strong legal case, we are ready to consider creative solutions to bring this issue to an end,” Elharrar, who took office this week, told Desrocher of the ongoing indirect negotiations between Lebanon and Israel.

Elharrar was also joined on Wednesday by Michael Ratney, the interim head of the US Embassy in Israel, as well as Udi Adiri, director-general of the Energy Ministry.

During the meeting, held in the Energy Ministry’s office in Jerusalem, Elharrar stressed that the ongoing negotiations with Lebanon are of the utmost importance despite the recent government transition, and said she is being kept up to date by Adiri, the head of Israel’s delegation to the talks.

Jun 16 11:26

Death without warning

One of the lies told by Israel’s military during the recent bombardment of Gaza was that it aimed to minimize harm inflicted on civilians.

The claim was made, for example, in a tweet issued on 17 May. Yet on that date and the two previous days, Israel carried out no-warning attacks in which numerous civilians were killed.

Muhammad al-Hadidi lost his wife and all bar one of his children on 15 May.

His wife had gone to see her brother and his family in Beach refugee camp one day earlier and was staying overnight, along with their children. Muhammad remained alone in his own home.

Early in the morning, he was awoken by a loud explosion. Shortly afterwards, he received a phone call from a neighbor.

His neighbor broke some terrible news to him. The home of his brother-in-law had been bombed without warning.

Jun 16 08:22

Congress Moves to Censure Both Ilhan Omar and Marjorie Taylor Greene for Accidentally Offending Jews

Members of Congress have put forth resolutions to censure Reps. Ilhan Omar and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

On the surface, the hijab-wearing Muslim progressive from Minnesota and the gun-toting Southern Evangelical Republican could not be more different. But the two women — portrayed in the press as extreme manifestations of their respective party’s ideologies — have accidentally crossed organized Jewry.

The act of censuring a member of the House of Representatives is less grave than a formal expulsion, but it is still considered to be a serious punishment. Only 24 members of Congress have been censured since 1832, the most recent cases were for engaging in brazen corruption or sexual assault.

In Rep. Omar’s case, Florida Republican Mark Waltz is leading the charge to shut her down for making a moral equivalence between the actions of the Israeli military and the Palestinian resistance group Hamas in a question posed to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

Jun 16 08:21

Israel Bombs Gaza for First Time Since Fragile Ceasefire Took Effect

Israel bombed targets in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, marking the first airstrikes on the besieged enclaves since a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was reached on May 21st.

The Israeli Defense Forces said the airstrikes were done in response to incendiary balloons that were launched into southern Israel from Gaza. The balloons only caused fires in fields near the Gaza border, and no casualties were reported.

No casualties have been reported in the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The Palestinian Wafa News Agency said “material” damage had been done in airstrikes in Khan Younis, a city in southern Gaza.

Israel’s airstrikes came after Israeli nationalists marched through occupied East Jerusalem, an event known as the “Flag March.” Israeli demonstrators were filmed chanting “death to Arabs” during the march. At least 27 Palestinians protesting the march were wounded by Israeli police.

Jun 16 07:45

Israeli Nuclear Engineer Confirms: The Mossad Sabotaged Iraqi Nuclear Equipment on French Soil

On June 7, 1981, 40 years ago last week, Israel destroyed the Osirak (aka Tammuz) nuclear reactor near Baghdad. The decision to use the air force to launch the surprise attack on the unfinished facility was made by the government headed by Menachem Begin, in consultation with all the country’s defense and intelligence bodies, after other options to thwart Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program had failed.

Jun 16 07:44

Netanyahu uses last speech as prime minister to attack Biden on Iran

Hours before a vote to oust him, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused President Biden of endangering Israel's security by taking a soft line on Iran, and claimed his successor, Naftali Bennett, would be too weak to stand up to Washington.

Why it matters: Netanyahu waged a desperate but unsuccessful campaign to stop a "change coalition" from joining together to replace him after an inconclusive election in March. Facing an imminent demotion to opposition leader, he foreshadowed a willingness to damage the U.S.-Israel relationship to put his rival under pressure.

Jun 16 05:15

Biden nominates Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel

US President Joe Biden appointed Thomas Nides, a former diplomat and corporate official, as ambassador to Israel, as the administration says it is pushing to restore relations with Palestinians before eventually working to reconvene peace talks.

The White House announced Nides's nomination on Tuesday, calling him a "distinguished public servant and business leader".

Nides, who still needs to be confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate, is currently the managing director and vice-chairman at investment bank Morgan Stanley.

Jun 15 10:57

Activists Hold ‘Flag March’ in East Jerusalem to Celebrate Capture of City in ‘Six-Day War’

A flag-waving procession, led by right-wing activists, is taking place just two days after new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office.

Sputnik is live from East Jerusalem, Israel, where a number of Israeli groups are marching in a flag-waving procession to commemorate the capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Meanwhile, Palestinian factions and Hamas have dubbed the event a ‘provocation’ and called for a so-called ‘Day of Rage’ in Gaza and the Israeli-controlled West Bank.

A march was set to take place on 10 May, but then was re-routed to avoid the walled Old City's Muslim Quarter amid an escalation between the Israeli government and Hamas.

The activists previously reached an agreement with the police that the march will start from Ha-Nevi’im street (Street of the Prophets) and then head to the Damascus Gate, where participants will dance with Israeli flags.

Jun 15 10:53

Republicans introduce measure to censure AOC & other ‘squad’ members for ‘inciting anti-Semitic attacks’ in US

Three Republican lawmakers are seeking to censure and condemn Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and fellow members of her liberal ‘squad’ for their controversial comments about Israel and Palestine.

In the resolution seeking to censure the lawmakers, introduced by Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Florida), Jim Banks (R-Indiana) and Claudia Tenney (R-New York) on Monday, multiple incidents were cited of members of the unofficial ‘squad’ of liberal lawmakers – Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts), Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), and Ocasio-Cortez – “defending” terrorist organizations and helping to “incite” anti-Semitic violence.

Jun 15 10:52

Netanyahu’s ousting means no change for Palestinians, even though they are part of the reason for his political demise

Dragged down kicking and screaming, Israel’s longest serving PM has been ousted. While many Israelis are celebrating, the same can’t be said about the Palestinians whom the establishment are desperately attempting to sideline.

Replacing Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu is his former right-wing ally Naftali Bennett, who will serve as prime minister of Israel for two years, preceding his coalition partner Yair Lapid, who will serve for the latter period of the new “change” coalition’s reign.

Despite attempts from the new Israeli government to focus almost purely on the economy and on uniting Israel, it was clear from the outset that foreign policy issues and the Palestinian question were not going away anytime soon. Yet, no coherent plan for the dealing with the Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as Palestinians in the occupied territories, has been presented.

Jun 15 09:16

Nikki Haley Says Reviving JCPOA is 'Death Wish' for Israel, Slams Biden's 'Disgusting' Effort

Vienna has been hosting talks over the lifting of sanctions and the return of Tehran and Washington to the JCPOA, or Iran Nuclear Deal. After assuming office in January, US President Joe Biden had signalled that a revival of the nuclear containment agreement with the Islamic Republic was possible after Donald Trump ditched the deal in 2018.

Nikki Haley has warned against salvaging the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal, saying it's ultimately a “death wish” for Israel and the world at large, reported The Jerusalem Post.

The former US Ambassador to the UN toured southern Israel on Sunday and Monday, meeting with the country’s top officials including Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose twelve-year consecutive tenure has come to an end.

Netanyahu was ousted after opposition leaders Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett managed to put together a new coalition government on 13 June.

Jun 15 08:33

‘This is not a conflict: this is apartheid’: over 16,000 artists sign letter in solidarity with Palestine

Over 16,000 artists have signed their names in support of a letter that condemns Israel’s recent attack on Gaza and denounces the country’s apartheid system. The letter also calls on other countries “to cut trade, economic and cultural relations” with Israel.

Titled, “A Letter Against Apartheid,” the statement was written by six Palestinian artists, who have asked to remain anonymous. It was initially signed by hundreds of Palestinian artists including filmmakers Annemarie Jacir, Elia Suleiman, and Farah Nabulsi; visual artists Emily Jacir and Larissa Sansour; actress Hiam Abbass; musicians Kamilya Jubran and Sama’ Abdulhadi; and writers Elias Sanbar, Mohammed El-Kurd, Naomi Shihab Nye, Raja Shehadeh, Randa Jarrar, Suad Amiry, and Susan Abulhawa.

Jun 15 05:54

New Israeli Government, Same Israeli Apartheid

After 12 years, Israel finally inaugurated a new prime minister. While being hailed by many as the opportunity for a fresh start, Naftali Bennett is at best a continuer of Netanyahu’s policies and at worst an ideologue whose positions are to the right of Netanyahu’s.

In 2013, as Middle East peace talks were set to resume after a five-year freeze, Bennett reportedly proclaimed to Israeli National Security Adviser Ya’akov Amidror, "I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that."

Jun 15 05:44

Arms trade: Which countries and companies are selling weapons to Israel?

For over a week, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with bombs, claiming it is targeting Hamas "terrorists". But residential buildings, book stores, hospitals and the main Covid-19 testing lab have also been flattened.

Israel's ongoing bombardment of the besieged enclave, which has now killed at least 213 people, including 61 children, likely constitutes a war crime, according to Amnesty International.

Hamas' thousands of indiscriminate rockets fired north from Gaza, which have killed 12 people, may also be a war crime, according to the rights group.

But while Hamas has bombs mostly put together from homemade and smuggled materials, which are dangerous because they are unguided, Israel has state of the art, precision weaponry and its own booming arms industry. It is the eighth biggest arms exporter on the planet.

Jun 14 10:29

Israel approves new governing coalition, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure

For the first time in 12 years, Israeli lawmakers voted Sunday to install a government led by someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu, breaking a two-year electoral deadlock, marking a likely shift toward the political center and ending — for now — the reign of the country's longest-serving prime minister, and one of its most consequential.

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Jun 14 09:17

Netanyahu Out as Israel Swears in New Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

After 12 years of leadership by Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s parliament installed a coalition government Sunday led by Naftali Bennett, the Orthodox head of a small ultranationalist party.

Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel, but he has struggled in recent years with controversy. He is currently on trial for corruption, including bribery and fraud, and he has been unable to secure a majority in parliament and set up a successful government, despite Israel holding four elections in the last two years. He will now serve as the opposition leader.

The newly-installed coalition government, which won by a narrow one-vote margin, will be made up of eight parties, one of which will be the Islamist Ra’am party, an independent Arab faction and the first of its kind to sit in the ruling coalition. As part of the compromise in their power-sharing deal, in two years, Bennett will be replaced by Yair Lapid, a centrist and former TV news anchor.

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Jun 14 08:59

Ousted Israel PM plotted with Saudi's MBS to undermine Jordan king

New details have emerged about the alleged plot to overthrow Jordan's King Abdullah, indicating that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played a starring role along with senior officials within the Trump administration, prominent Jordanians, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Details of the role played by Netanyahu, who was ousted yesterday after the Israeli parliament voted in a new coalition government led by the far-right nationalist Naftali Bennett, was reported in a Washington Post article by David Ignatius titled "Inside the palace intrigue in Jordan and a thwarted 'deal of the century'".

Ignatius shed light on one of the biggest stories of April when Jordan's former crown prince Hamzah Bin Hussein was accused of plotting to oust King Abdullah II. The alleged plot is said to have been backed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also known as MBS.

Jun 14 08:42

Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel culpability for Iran attacks

The outgoing head of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, has signalled the country’s clear responsibility for a series of attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear programme in an interview that appeared to have as much to do with Israel’s febrile politics as with Iran.

In a public intervention that appeared timed to help Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, before a Knesset vote on Sunday that could end his 12 consecutive years in office, the agency’s former head Yossi Cohen revealed details of operations long attributed to Israel.

Those included the assassination of the top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and an explosion at an underground centrifuge hall in Natanz.

The interview also appeared to deliver a warning to other scientists in Iran’s nuclear programme they too could become targets for assassination even as diplomats in Vienna try to negotiate terms to salvage its atomic accord with world powers.

Jun 14 06:53

Israeli Nuclear Engineer Confirms: The Mossad Sabotaged Iraqi Nuclear Equipment on French Soil

On June 7, 1981, 40 years ago last week, Israel destroyed the Osirak (aka Tammuz) nuclear reactor near Baghdad. The decision to use the air force to launch the surprise attack on the unfinished facility was made by the government headed by Menachem Begin, in consultation with all the country’s defense and intelligence bodies, after other options to thwart Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program had failed.

Jun 14 06:49

Iraqi Anti-Terror Group Says ‘Fully Prepared’ to Liberate Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights

The official spokesman for Iraq’s Al-Nujaba Movement said his group is fully prepared to liberate the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, emphasizing that all indications attest to the fact that the Tel Aviv is nearing its end.

Nasr Al-Shammari told Lebanon-based Al-Ahed news website that his movement formed the Golan Liberation Brigade in 2017, and the force is particularly working with Syrian resistance fighters to take back the strategic territory.

“Despite the fact that Al-Nujaba Movement is actively involved in the fight against Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria, this brigade is dedicated to confronting the usurping Zionist regime and will remain so. This brigade includes elite fighters, who have received excellent training for such wars, and have the necessary weapons for such battles. They can strike targets deep inside the Israeli-occupied lands and not just the Golan Heights,” Shammari said.

Jun 14 06:16

In speech before swearing-in, Ra’am leader vows to ‘reclaim expropriated lands’

Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas, whose support provided the key backing needed for the incoming change government’s majority, vowed to reclaim land in Israel that was “expropriated” from Arab Israelis.

“We will reclaim the lands that were expropriated from our people, this is a national cause of the first degree,” Abbas said in Arabic in his speech before the Knesset plenum Sunday evening.

Switching to Hebrew for the end his speech, Abbas noted that “we come from different nations, different religions, and different sectors. There is one thing that connects all citizens of Israel and that is citizenship.”

Abbas rejected claims from the right that the incoming government “sold the south of Israel” to his party.

Jun 14 06:16

Tumult Disrupts Israeli Parliament as Netanyahu Era Ends

Heckling and mayhem in the Knesset, an intimate parliamentary chamber transformed by anger, marked the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s divisive 12-year rule over Israel and the start of Naftali Bennett’s term as prime minister.

Mr. Bennett, a hard-right politician whose decision to join an eight-party coalition including left-wing parties has enraged Mr. Netanyahu’s center-right Likud party, struggled for 43 minutes to make himself heard as his opponents hurled abuse and held up posters saying, “Shame on you.”

Mr. Netanyahu gave a 35-minute speech full of venom, contempt for Mr. Bennett and dire warnings about Israel’s security without him.

“Try to damage as little as possible of the magnificent economy we are handing over to you, so that we can fix it as fast as possible when we return,” he said in a typically unapologetic speech that oozed scorn and confidence that he would soon be back.

Jun 14 06:15

Bennett tells Likud hecklers: Your screams are as loud as your failure

Incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett was defiant on the Knesset podium on Sunday as he presented his new government's ministers and its guidelines in an address constantly interrupted by MKs, who will not be in opposition, heckled him persistently.

From the moment Bennett began his speech introducing his government, Religious Zionist Party head Bezalel Smotrich and other MKs shouted "shame" and waved posters of terror victims. They were promptly ejected from the plenum.

Jun 14 06:14

Naftali Bennett: The tech millionaire son of Berkeley 'left-wingers' who is poised to take over from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, could soon be out of office after an unlikely coalition of eight opposition parties successfully reached a deal to form a new government.

If the coalition is ratified in Israel's Knesset on Sunday afternoon, Netanyahu will be replaced as prime minister by his former Chief of Staff and the head of the right-wing Yamina party- Naftali Bennett.

Bennett, an ultra-nationalist multimillionaire, would serve as prime minister for two years before handing over to the Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.

With Bennett poised to take the reigns imminently, many are wondering who the prime minister-in-waiting actually is.

Jun 14 06:13

Israel renews the use of indefinite detention against Palestinian citizens

Israel’s claim to be a democracy is based on many false conceptions. The most obvious falsification is the idea there is a “democratic Israel” existing alongside temporarily occupied territories, the West Bank and Gaza. In actuality Israel is pursuing aggressive ethnic cleansing all along the occupied territories and illegal settlers are the strongest force in Israeli politics. The complementary falsification is the idea that Palestinians in the territory occupied by Israel since 1948 are citizens enjoying full civil rights, even if denied national rights. Whenever those Palestinians, who are formally citizens, organize to protest their discrimination, the state reveals it true dictatorial nature as an occupying power.

Jun 14 06:12

West Bank: Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli police at checkpoint

Israeli police shot dead a woman at a West Bank checkpoint, claiming she approached them with a knife.

According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, eyewitnesses reported that the occupation shot and wounded the woman and left her lying on the ground before closing the barrier completely and preventing vehicles and pedestrians from passing, which caused a traffic hold up.

Israeli police said the woman, aged 28, kept walking towards the guards at the Qalandia crossing, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, despite repeated warnings to stop.

The killing comes a day after a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army on Friday during a protest in the occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, 15-year-old Mohammad Said Hamayel died after Israeli forces opened fire on "a public protest against Israel's construction of a colonial settlement outpost" in Beita, south of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Jun 14 06:11

Two Children Poisoned, 400 Trees Damaged as Settlers Spray Toxic Pesticides

Two Palestinian boys were intoxicated on Friday and about 400 grape trees were damaged due to pesticides sprayed by illegal Jewish settlers in the village of al-Khader, near Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Ahmad Salah, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that illegal settlers from a nearby Israeli settlement broke into a grape-planted orchard and sprayed the trees with pesticides, damaging about 400 trees belonging to a local Palestinian farmer, identified as Mohammad Mahmoud Salah.

Jun 14 06:08

Israeli forces shoot at Palestinian farmers in besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli forces on Sunday shot at Palestinian farmers east of the city of Khan Younis, south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces stationed at the border fence east of the city opened fire at the farmers who were tending to their land, forcing them to leave the area, according to Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa.

No injuries were reported.

Israeli occupation forces intentionally target farmers working in lands located at the borders north and east of Gaza, and often prevent them from accessing their crops, despite everlasting food insecurity in the impoverished strip as a result of a 15-year long Israeli siege.

Jun 14 06:08

Israeli Forces Displace Palestinian Families near Ramallah

Israeli occupation forces today dismantled and confiscated tents for Palestinian families in a nomadic Bedouin community near the village of Taibe, to the northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Fares Kaabneh, a local activist, told WAFA that a large Israeli army force raided the community, destroyed the tents and confiscated all of the belongings of the Bedouin families. He said the tents demolished were a shelter for two families with a total of 15 members.

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