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Aug 01 05:56

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.

Aug 01 05:43

Israel raids office of children's rights group, confiscates computers, files

Israeli forces raided Defense for Children International – Palestine's headquarters in the central occupied West Bank, confiscating computers and client files, early Thursday morning.

Israeli paramilitary border police forces raided DCIP's headquarters located in Al-Bireh's Sateh Marhaba neighborhood, located just south of Ramallah around 5:15 a.m. on July 29. More than a dozen Israeli soldiers forced open the office's locked front door and confiscated six desktop computers, two laptops, hard drives, and client files related to Palestinian child detainees represented by DCIP's lawyers in Israel's military courts. No documents were left in the office to give any indication of the reason for the raid, and they did not leave behind any receipt of materials seized.

Aug 01 05:42

Iran rejects Israel's 'baseless accusations' over deadly ship attack

Iran's foreign ministry on Sunday rejected "baseless accusations" after Israel blamed its arch-foe for a deadly attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman.

"The Zionist regime has created insecurity, terror and violence... These accusations about Iran's involvement are condemned by Tehran," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly news conference streamed online.

"Such accusations are meant by Israel to divert attention from facts and are baseless ... and it is not their first time to direct such accusations at Iran."

Aug 01 05:41

Israel's binding social thread is settler-colonialism

From family life, to education, to leisure activities, to politics, to religion and media, Israelis are taught to participate in the subjugation of Palestinians

Aug 01 05:40

Pegasus: Flying on the wings of Israeli ‘cyber-tech diplomacy’?

What was the role of the Israeli state in the spread of an insidious piece of malware? Plus, PR companies and the work they do with controversial governments.

A global cyber-surveillance scandal – spyware developed in Israel – has put the government there under the media microscope, and its story does not add up.

Jul 31 08:24

‘New Form’ of Ice Cream ‘Terrorism’: How Ben & Jerry’s Has Exposed Israel’s Anti-BDS Strategy

Ben & Jerry’s decision to suspend its operations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank is an event that is proving critical to Palestinian efforts, which ultimately aim at holding Israel accountable for its military occupation, apartheid and war crimes.

By responding to the Palestinian call for boycotting apartheid Israel, the ice cream giant has delivered a blow to Israel’s attempts at criminalizing and, ultimately, ending the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Jul 31 08:21

Biden Administration Approves $3.4 Billion Helicopter Sale to Israel

The State Department has approved an arms sale to Israel for 18 CH-53K heavy-lift cargo helicopters worth an estimated $3.4 billion. The deal also includes equipment for the helicopters such as engines, GPS systems, communication equipment, and .50 caliber machine guns.

The primary contractors for the deal are Lockheed Martin and General Electric. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale will “improve the Israeli Air Force’s capability to transport armored vehicles, personnel, and equipment to support distributed operations.”

This arms sale is the first for Israel since the Bidena administration approved a $735 million deal for precision-guided missile equipment that stirred some controversy because it was pushed through during Israel’s latest bombing campaign in Gaza. Israel’s bombardment in May killed over 250 Palestinians, including over 60 children.

Jul 31 08:11

Israel’s attack on Gaza diminished its support among Democratic voters

A new University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll shows that Israel’s recent attack on Gaza hurt its reputation among Democratic voters, particularly young Democratic voters. Almost 70% of Democratic voters, who know where their local lawmakers stand on the issue, now say that their congressional representatives support Israel more than they do.

3,379 American adults were surveyed on the conflict between June 22 to July 21. The post-attack shift becomes immediately evident when the new numbers are compared against a similar poll that the group carried out in August of 2020.

The 2020 poll found that 13.1% of Democrats wanted the United States government to favor the Palestinians and 10.4% wanted Israel to be favored. In the new poll 17.9% want the U.S. to back the Palestinians and just 9.5% want the government to learn toward Israel.

Jul 31 08:10

Israeli forces wound more than 250 Palestinian protesters

About 270 Palestinian protesters have been injured, mostly by tear gas, in confrontations with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

Most injuries were sustained in Beita village near Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank where residents have held regular demonstrations since May, when Israeli settlers started to set up caravans and pave roads on a disputed hilltop.

Jul 31 08:09

Israeli settlers cut electricity supply to Palestinian homes with chainsaws

Israeli settlers on Friday used chainsaws to cut wooden electric poles supplying power to Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, according to a local official.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Palestinian news agency Wafa that a group of settlers used chainsaws to chop down six wooden electric poles in the town of Burin, south of Nablus.

The poles supply electricity to a house located on the outskirts of the town, which led to a power blackout in the area.

Jul 30 08:03

Two Crew Members Killed Off Oman in Attack on Ship Operated by Israeli Businessman

A Japanese-owned vessel managed by a company run by an Israeli businessman was targeted in an attack off Oman in the Arabian Sea, resulting in the death of two crew members, Zodiac Maritime, the U.K.-based company operating the ship said on Friday.

The two people killed were from Romania and the U.K., Zodiac Maritime said, adding that it wasn't aware of harm to any other personnel.

Jul 30 06:53

Another Israeli Spy Story: When Will It End?

It is perhaps not necessary to point out how the mainstream media in the United States as well as in Europe and Oceania persist in ignoring or otherwise covering up stories that make the Israelis look bad. Recent accounts of the slaughter of children and mostly civilians in Gaza by Israeli planes, missiles and artillery consistently try to depict the conflict as warfare between two comparable opponents, ignoring the enormous disparity in the military force available to the two sides. Israel has a modern army, air force and navy while Hamas has nothing but some small arms as well as improvised rockets and incendiary balloons.

Jul 30 05:43

Israel gives settlers 2,100 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Israeli two-state solution campaign group Peace Now was sent a reply by Israel's agriculture ministry, revealing that $1.17 million was given last year to groups involved in illegal agricultural settlements.

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Jul 29 11:24

Anti-Defamation League Pressures PayPal To Cut Off Services To Anyone Who Criticizes Jews Or Israel

The Anti-Defamation League has “joined with” PayPal to research how “extremists” use financial platforms to fund activity that may oppose Jewish supremacy and support for the state of Israel:

The partnership will focus on “uncovering and disrupting the financial pipelines that support extremist and hate movements” by targeting “actors and networks spreading and profiting from all forms of hate and bigotry,” according to an ADL news release published Monday morning.

Their findings will be “shared broadly across the financial industry and with policymakers and law enforcement,” according to the release.

The ADL’s Center on Extremism will be one of multiple partner organizations in the effort for PayPal, a San Jose company that has become one of the world’s largest online payment platforms. The news release also mentions the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Jul 29 10:07

Israel to Start Covid Booster Shots on Sunday; Pfizer Ups 2021 Revenue Expectation From $26B to $33.5B

Israel apparently wants a global regime to be formed to mass "vaccinate" the entire planet all at once with Pfizer and Moderna's newest mRNA shots.

Jul 29 08:57

ISRAEL-RUSSIA RISING TENSIONS! Russian Air Defense Systems To SHOOT DOWN Israeli Jets

Jul 29 08:47

How Ben & Jerry's has exposed Israel's anti-BDS strategy

Ben & Jerry's decision to suspend its operations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank is an event that is proving critical to Palestinian efforts, which ultimately aim at holding Israel accountable for its military occupation, apartheid and war crimes.

By responding to the Palestinian call for boycotting apartheid Israel, the ice cream giant has delivered a blow to Israel's attempts at criminalising and, ultimately, ending the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Jul 29 08:04

CNN attacks advocates of equal rights

Somewhere, Kenneth Marcus, a career Israel lobbyist and ostensibly the vanquished Trump administration’s top civil rights enforcer at the US Department of Education, is probably apoplectic.

A new poll commissioned by the Jewish Electorate Institute and carried out online by GBAO Strategies from June 28 to July 1 shows that 25 percent of American Jewish voters believe that “Israel is an apartheid state.”

Presumably worse from Marcus’ perspective due to his work with young people on university campuses, 38 percent of American Jewish voters under age 40 hold this entirely reasonable, fact-based belief.

With a significant minority of the American Jewish community having reached an apartheid verdict, it will be that much harder for Israel lobbyists to claim that Students for Justice in Palestine – or Jewish Voice for Peace for that matter – harbors opinions that are unacceptable in noting that Israel is an apartheid state.

Jul 29 05:51

Jewish co-founders of Ben & Jerry's say they 'unequivocally support' the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements

The Jewish co-founders of Ben & Jerry's have said that they 'unequivocally support' the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements.

Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who co-founded the ice cream chain in 1978 and sold it to the British conglomerate Unilever in 2000, endorsed the decision in an op-ed for the The New York Times on Wednesday.

It followed an Axios report revealed that the Israeli government formed a special task force to pressure the ice cream chain into reversing its decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't think that Israel understands how petty they look with all this fuss.

Jul 29 05:32

A birthday gift: Israeli woman donates kidney to Gaza boy

Idit Harel Segal was turning 50, and she had chosen a gift: She was going to give one of her own kidneys to a stranger.

The kindergarten teacher from northern Israel, a proud Israeli, hoped her choice would set an example of generosity in a land of perpetual conflict. She was spurred by memories of her late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, who told her to live meaningfully, and by Jewish tradition, which holds that there’s no higher duty than saving a life.

So Segal contacted a group that links donors and recipients, launching a nine-month process to transfer her kidney to someone who needed one.

That someone turned out to be a 3-year-old Palestinian boy from the Gaza Strip.

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Wow! What a great gal!

Jul 29 05:19

Health Ministry Experts Panel Recommends 3rd COVID Shot for Older Israelis

Experts advising the Health Ministry have recommended that older people receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, though they disagree on whether the cohort should start at 60 years old, 65 or 70.

Some of the data presented at a discussion Wednesday suggested that the vaccine's effectiveness in preventing severe symptoms among 60-year-olds and above has dropped to 81 percent from 97 percent in January.

Jul 28 11:42

Ben & Jerry's: Israel launches 'long-term pressure' campaign against ice cream company

Israel has launched a special task force in order to apply "long-term pressure" to ice cream company Ben & Jerry's, after it announced earlier this month that it would no longer be selling its products in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to a classified Israeli foreign ministry cable seen by the American news site Axios, the task force aims to lobby politicians and organisations - primarily in the US - to try and apply pressure on the company to reverse its decision before the policy comes into effect in 18 months' time.

“We need to make use of the 18 months that are left until the decision comes into force and try to change it," said the cable.

Jul 28 11:39

New COVID-19 deaths now exploding in the most heavily vaccinated country in the world: ISRAEL

The Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccine” push in Israel is failing to “save lives” as hordes of jabbed people all throughout the promised land are dropping dead from getting their genes modified.

According to data collected by journalist Alex Berenson, Trump Vaccines are failing to protect against not only mild infection with the Chinese Virus but also severe infection.

“That’s a theory,” Berenson tweeted about the government claim that Fauci Flu shots somehow prevent serious infection, adding that “the clinical trials didn’t (and couldn’t) prove it.”

Government data out of Israel shows that 81 percent of all new Chinese Virus deaths and 65 percent of all “severe” and “critical” hospitalizations are occurring in people who received the shots. Only a miniscule percentage of unvaccinated people are experiencing any health problems.

Israel’s Ministry of Health has since admitted that the so-called “vaccines” are only about 39 percent effective, whatever that means.

Jul 28 09:22

Unilever CEO Pledges Full Commitment to Israel in Groveling Letter to ADL Head Jonathan Greenblatt

Unilever CEO Alan Jope, the head of one of the biggest multinational corporations in the world, wrote a letter on Tuesday to Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt begging for forgiveness over Ben and Jerry's independent decision to end sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and pledging his full commitment to Israel.

Jul 28 06:21

I had ten minutes to evacuate my life

“It was the toughest night,” I tell my friends, but as I experience another, I know I was wrong. I could not sleep for four days now. Nights during escalations come hand in hand with more death, fear, and fire.

At 9:00 pm, we ware lucky enough to receive a warning notice to evacuate our home because they want to demolish a building nearby. We have ten minutes to take our essentials, and leave our home with all our memories behind. There is no shelter.

We run into our neighbor’s house that is further from danger than ours. We sit on the floor waiting for the airstrike to hit, imagining the worst scenarios to happen.

Jul 27 11:24

How to undermine a diplomatic triumph: Biden and the Iran nuclear deal

Lawrence Davidson highlights the US Biden administration's misinformation that seeks to blame Iran for the failure to reinstate the nuclear deal, a failure he attributes to "American ideologues tied hand and foot" to the Israel lobby.>>

Jul 27 10:19

‘Mossad cell’ arrested over plans to provoke violence during ongoing protests in Iran, Tehran claims

Members of an armed cell who allegedly worked with Israel’s Mossad spy agency and planned to provoke violence during protests in Iran have been detained, Tehran’s Intelligence Ministry has told local media.

The group, which allegedly had access to a heavy shipment of weapons and ammunition, was recently apprehended after entering Iran through its western border, an official from the ministry told the Fars news agency.

The official didn’t elaborate on the size of the unit or the nationality of those arrested, but they insisted that the suspects were acting in cooperation with Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.

The weapons seized from the alleged agents included pistols, grenades, rifles, shotguns, and ammo. The arms were being brought into Iran to be used during “urban riots and assassinations,” according to the ministry official.

Jul 27 07:11

Israel melts down over Ben & Jerry’s

I spoke to TRT World’s Money Talks program about the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Israel is enraged and threatening to punish the frozen treats maker – a reaction I told TRT World is totally unhinged.

Watch the video above.

Palestine’s BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement celebrated a win that came after years of grassroots campaigning.

Jul 27 06:59

Is the Tide Finally Turning?

Targeting and killing Palestinian children could not accomplish what a decision by an ice cream company has achieved. To be sure, the visual impact of Israel’s recent onslaught on Gaza turned many against that country’s war crimes and its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, but what the Israeli government really has feared most is an economic and cultural boycott such as the one that brought down the apartheid regime in South Africa. That blow came last week when Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which is sold in the food shops in the illegal-under-international-law Israeli settlements on the West Bank, would no longer market its product in those areas after the current contract with suppliers expires at the end of 2022.

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!

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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