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Sep 05 09:36

How (and why) Israel changed what “fully vaccinated” means

To quote Dr Salman Zarka, Israel’s “coronavirus czar”:

"We are updating what it means to be vaccinated,”

So, there you have it. In Israel, officially, those who have been injected with two doses of Pfizer’s so-called vaccine are no longer counted as vaccinated.

What does this mean?

Well, first of all, it means all those “vaccinated” people can kiss their recently acquired freedoms goodbye, unless they’re willing to get at least one more booster.

According to the Wall Street Journal [paywalled article]:

Holders of Israel’s vaccine passports must get a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine within six months of their second dose, or lose the so-called green pass that allows them more freedom.”

It should also be noted that the third booster is not considered the last.

Sep 03 08:05

Israel inaugurates Chinese-run Haifa port terminal, in likely boost for economy

Israel on Wednesday officially inaugurated a new port terminal in Haifa Bay, the first of two recently built private port terminals that are expected to fuel competition, decrease import costs, and present a boon for the Israeli economy. Almost all of Israel’s international trade is handled via maritime routes and the Haifa port is the busiest shipping hub in the country, managing approximately half of all freight.

China’s state-owned Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) won the tender in 2015 to operate the commercial shipping facility for 25 years, an arrangement that stoked controversy in Israel and abroad. The project’s proximity to Israel’s submarines, among other issues, raised security concerns, especially after reports revealed that neither the cabinet nor the National Security Council had any input on the deal. The project also raised the ire of the US, which sometimes docks military vessels in Haifa.

Sep 03 05:04

Syrian air defences fire on Israeli missiles over Damascus - state news

Syrian air defences shot down missiles fired by Israel in the skies over the capital Damascus, Syria's state news agency said early on Friday.

"The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction southeast of Beirut, targeting some points in the vicinity of the city of Damascus," a Syrian military source was quoted as saying in a statement published on state television.

Syrian TV showed scenes of air defences shooting at targets over the city.

"Our air defence confronted the aggressor's missiles and shot down most of them, and the losses were limited to materiel," the statement said.

The Israeli military declined comment on the reported strike in Syria.

Sep 03 04:59

It’s Time To Reassess Our Relationship With Israel

In April 1996, Israeli artillery shells rained down on a United Nations compound where hundreds of civilians were taking refuge. As the shells exploded and the building collapsed, 106 civilians died and another 116 were injured.

The attack, now known as the Qana Massacre, was part of a larger Israeli offensive known as Operation Grapes of Wrath, a 16-day campaign of aggression in southern Lebanon.

The United Nations investigated the Qana Massacre and determined the Israeli shelling was deliberate. Then-UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghani condemned the attack, writing it was “all the more serious because civilians, including women and children, had sought refuge” in the compound the Israelis destroyed.

The commander of the unit that launched the assault was a man named Naftali Bennett, who’d go on to boast, “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that.”

Sep 03 04:58

Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Dead in Gaza Border Clashes

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian along the Gaza border on Thursday as hundreds set fire to tyres and threw stones, Gaza's health ministry said.

The Israeli military said that over 1,000 Palestinians had gathered along the fortified frontier, hurling explosives and setting tyres ablaze.

"IDF (Israeli military) troops deployed in the area are using riot dispersal means, including when necessary live fire and .22 Caliber rounds," the military said in a statement.

Gaza's health ministry said the man killed had been shot in the abdomen. Five others were wounded by Israeli fire, including a child who is in critical condition, it said.

Sep 03 04:55

Israel arrests four Palestinian children in first week back at school 

The Israeli army arrested four Palestinian children in the early hours of Wednesday from their homes in the occupied city of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

The four children, Yousef Jamal al-Harimi, 15, Adam Ayyad, 15, Mansour Saleh Faraj, 16, and Issa Muhammad Zarina, 17, are all students at al-Mahd School in Bethlehem.

Manar al-Harimi, sister of Yousef, described scenes of fear and anxiety when Israeli soldiers raided the house at 3:00am.

"They knocked on the door loudly, and my father who works later was not home at the time," Harimi told Middle East Eye.

The soldiers then searched the house, Harimi added, before asking Yousef's mother to sign a set of documents that included a declaration that the teenager was free of illnesses at the time of his arrest and that he was not subjected to any violence during the raid.

Sep 03 04:38

Ultra-Vaxxed Israel Now Has Highest CV Case Rate In The World; Sweden Bans Travelers From Israel

Ultra-vaxxed Israel is now the "Covid capital of the world."

Sep 02 11:08

Israel now has more covid infections per capita than any country in the world, even as “booster shots” are being widely administered there

By August 15, there were 514 Israelis hospitalized with severe covid-19, a 31 percent increase from just four days earlier. Most of the hospitalized patients had already received at least one vaccine and 59 percent were fully vaccinated.

“There are so many breakthrough infections that they dominate and most of the hospitalized patients are actually vaccinated,” said Uri Shalit, a bio-informatician at the Israel Institute of Technology. The vaccines do not protect older populations, either — a false promise advertised since the beginning of the vaccine rollout. In fact, of the hospitalized vaccinated patients, 87 percent were 60 or older.

This has not stopped the Israeli government from tripling down with this destructive vaccine program.

Sep 02 06:34

Ultra-Vaxxed Israel Shattered Their Record for Covid-19 New Cases Today. Are ‘Vaccines’ Spreading Covid-19 Faster?

It does not take a doctor to look at the situation in Israel and start asking serious questions about the efficacy of Covid-19 “vaccines.” At best, the injections are ineffective at stopping the spread of the disease. But one would not be off-base to ask whether the data indicates heavy vaccination rates may actually be INCREASING the spread of Covid-19.

Israel registered close to 11,000 COVID-19 cases on Monday, the Health Ministry reported Tuesday, marking a new record since the start of the pandemic. This needs to be clearly disseminated to everyone who has been told that the vaccines will stop the disease because Israel enjoys one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Over 80% of the eligible population has been “fully vaccinated” with the recently FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine accounting for the lion’s share.

Sep 02 05:16

Israeli Forces Arrest Seven Palestinian Journalists near Hebron

Seven Palestinian journalists were arrested by Israeli occupation forces on Friday while covering nonviolent protests south of Hebron (Al-Khalil).

The journalists said they were being arrested for being in a ‘closed military zone’ however the military’s rules allow them to be in such areas, Haaretz reports. Palestinians were protesting plans to expropriate their lands by Israel.

Eyewitnesses from the scene said there had been no violence and occupation forces had not used force to disperse the crowd, however, a Palestinian resident was arrested and when journalists documented the arrested, “they detained me as well”, Mashour Wahwah, who works for Wafa news agency, told the newspaper.

Sep 02 05:02

West Bank: Israeli troops shoot dead another Palestinian man

Israeli soldiers killed, late on Tuesday at night, a young Palestinian man in the western area of Beit Ur at-Tahta, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after the army attacked Palestinian workers in a crossing area of the Annexation Wall.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired live rounds at the Palestinian, who suffered serious wounds and bled to death after the soldiers refused to allow any Palestinian to approach him, the WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has reported.

In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry said the Palestinian Civil Coordination Office was informed by the Israeli side that the young man has died from his wounds.

Sep 01 14:23

Israeli spy, pardoned by Trump after decades evading extradition for US trial, becomes a general in belated promotion

Aviem Sella, who the US tried for decades to extradite from Israel to stand trial on espionage charges, has been given a symbolic promotion in rank. It was announced days after a meeting between the leaders of the two nations.

Sella, 75, was the focus of a big scandal that put a rift between the US and its Middle-Eastern ally back in the 1980s. The Israel Air Force fighter pilot was taking a sabbatical in the US and, while there, had recruited US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard. Pollard abused his access to American secrets to sell them to the Israelis. He was ultimately caught and sent to jail.

Sella's role as Pollard's handler was not disclosed to the US officers investigating Pollard's activities and, unlike other Israeli officials involved in the case, he was not granted immunity from prosecution by the US. He instead went back to Israel, which then refused to extradite him on a US request.

Sep 01 09:49

Liberating America From Israel

Nine-eleven would not have occurred if the U.S. government had refused to help Israel humiliate and destroy Palestinian society. Few express this conclusion publicly, but many believe it is the truth. I believe the 9/11 catastrophe could have been prevented if any U.S. president had had the courage and wisdom to suspend all U.S. aid until Israel withdrew from the Arab land seized in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The U.S. lobby for Israel is powerful and intimidating, but any determined president could prevail and win overwhelming public support for the suspension of aid by laying these facts before the American people:

Sep 01 07:13

Always Another War

Afghanistan is not exactly history quite yet as there still will be a lot final adjustments on the ground as well as the usual Vietnam-syndrome war of words that inevitably follows on yet another American-engineered foreign catastrophe. But the recriminations will go nowhere as there is certainly enough mud to stick on both major political parties that make Washington their home, and neither wants to be embarrassed to such an extent that anyone will actually demand change.

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Sep 01 06:09

Israeli Soldiers Launch Social Media Campaign Demanding Greater Authority to Shoot Palestinians

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers started a campaign on social media platforms, demanding greater authority to shoot Palestinians and change the Israeli Army’s protocols regarding opening fire at Palestinians.

The campaign, under the title “Untie Our Hands”, was started after the announcement of the death of the Israeli sniper Barel Shmueli, injured while he was targeting protesters along the fence separating besieged Gaza from Israel.

Sep 01 06:06

Jewish activists raid Al-Aqsa compound as Israeli forces fire live rounds in West Bank

Israeli radicals once again raided the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, early on Tuesday.

The activists raided the mosque grounds in Jerusalem under the protection of the Israeli military, Arabi 21 reported.

Omar Al-Kiswani, the head of the mosque, told the Arabic-language outlet that "136 extremists" had taken part in the storming of the mosque.

He said the crowd included "tourists, students and members of the occupation police".

Far-right Israeli activists frequently raid the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Sep 01 06:05

On Israel’s History of Targeting Pregnant Palestinian Women

In late August 2021, Palestinian prisoner Anhar Al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant, wrote a moving letter to her family.

“What should I do if I give birth far from you? I am tied up, how can I give birth via cesarean section when I am alone in prison?” she asked, then added, “I am exhausted, and I had severe pains in the pelvis and severe pain in my legs due to sleeping on the prison beds. I do not know how I want to sleep on it after my delivery operation.”

According to Shatha Hammad, officers accused her of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, but have not ruled on her family’s appeal to have her released for the birth of the child in what appears to be a complicated medical situation. Anhar’s mother Aisha told Middle East Eye reporters that her daughter had gone out for a walk where she was attacked by Israeli soldiers who accused her of trying to stab them. They continued to beat her, Aisha said, even though she told them repeatedly that she was pregnant.

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Sep 01 06:03

Always Another War: America and Israel Together Against Iran

Afghanistan is not exactly history quite yet as there still will be a lot final adjustments on the ground as well as the usual Vietnam-syndrome war of words that inevitably follows on yet another American-engineered foreign catastrophe. But the recriminations will go nowhere as there is certainly enough mud to stick on both major political parties that make Washington their home, and neither wants to be embarrassed to such an extent that anyone will actually demand change.

Aug 31 10:37

Israeli Media: Bennett Suggested NATO-Style Alliance Against Iran

Israeli media reported Sunday that during Friday’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Biden, Bennett proposed the idea of creating a NATO-style military alliance against Iran.

A reporter with Israel’s public broadcaster Kan said Bennett’s idea would form a military alliance between Israel, Jordan, and the Gulf states to “confront” Iran. The idea would include “the installation of radars and warning devices, to counter any air threat from Iran.”

A major aspect of the Abraham Accords negotiated by the Trump administration that normalized relations between Israel and several Arab countries, including the UAE and Bahrain, was to isolate Iran in the region. Ahead of his meeting with Biden, Bennett told The New York Times that he would propose a new Iran strategy that includes Israel strengthening ties with Arab countries that oppose Tehran.

Aug 31 10:27

Israel hands every child a DIY virus test, in bold bid for safe school restart

In one of the world’s largest deployments of home COVID tests, Israel is asking families to screen all children under the age of 12 before schools and kindergartens reopen on Wednesday following summer vacation.

Over-12s who are unvaccinated are also being given tests, and some schools are also distributing the test kits to vaccinated pupils, as the Delta variant has broken through immunity on numerous occasions.

The initiative is an ambitious attempt to identify and isolate kids who are infected but don’t realize it before they head to classrooms and infect other children as well as staff. Infection from the Delta strain commonly goes unnoticed among youth, and the country is still deep in the throes of a wave of the highly infectious variant. More than 10,900 new cases of COVID were confirmed in Israel on Monday, marking a record one-day high since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Aug 31 05:52

Biden-Bennett summit a meeting of wishful thinkers who oppose Netanyahu

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's meeting on Friday was full of niceties with the aim of projecting an image of true friendship. But practically speaking, it was the convergence of two narratives of wishful thinking.

It was the first meeting between the two newly-elected leaders, who have a 30-year age gap and share very little in common in terms of values, world view, or policies.

If there is anything that binds together Biden, who entered the White House seven months ago, with Bennett who has led a very narrow and fragile coalition since June, it is their mutual nemesis, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 31 05:29

ISRAEL WARNS COVID 'GREEN PASS' WILL EXPIRE IF RESIDENTS DON'T GET THIRD JAB

After being confronted with the fact that widespread vaccination isn't enough to stop COVID (just look at Israel's case numbers), public health authorities in the tiny Mediterranean country have decided that the best solution is to double-down on the jabs by defying the WHO and demanding all citizens must get a third jab. Talk about moving the goalposts...

As Israel’s government expands availability of Pfizer-produced COVID booster shots to all inoculated residents age 12 and older, it has also decreed that all those who don't opt for the third jab will lose their green pass privileges come October, according to a report in RT.

Effective from October 1, the “green pass” required for entry into some gatherings and public places will expire not only six months after the holder receives a second dose, but also six months after their third jab.

Aug 31 05:28

Gantz: US, Israel Working on ‘Plan B’ if Iran Nuclear Talks Fail

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the US and Israel are working to develop a “Plan B” for if the indirect negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal fail.

According to The Times of Israel, Gantz warned if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, it would trigger an “international arms race,” a comment that ignores the fact that Israel already has a nuclear arsenal and is the only nuclear-armed country in the Middle East.

“The United States and Israel share intelligence information, and the cooperation with the United States in this field is only getting stronger. We are working with them in order to establish a Plan B and to demonstrate that if there is no deal, other activities will begin, as President Biden said,” Gantz said.

Aug 31 05:26

Biden and Bennett tone down US-Israel relations

When Benjamin Netanyahu met a U.S. president, there was always an air of tension. Whether it was caused by the rancorous relationship between Netanyahu and Barack Obama or the lovefest with Donald Trump that set Democrats’ teeth gnashing, there was always some discomfort on Capitol Hill.

New Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was determined to strike a very different tone in his first meeting with President Joe Biden on Friday. He aimed to mend the fences Netanyahu tore asunder between Israel and the Democratic Party, while also avoiding the appearance of acquiescence to Biden in areas where they differ on policy, most notably the Iran nuclear deal and the prospect of a Palestinian state. His success was unqualified.

Aug 31 05:22

Israeli Soldiers Brutally Beat Palestinian Student at Checkpoint in Hebron

Israeli occupation forces today brutally beat a Palestinian school student in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Raed Tamimi told WAFA that Israeli forces stopped his 14-year-old son, Muntaser, near the Abu al-Rish military checkpoint, west of the Ibrahimi Mosque, as the latter was on his way to his school, searched his school bag and then brutally assaulted him, inflicting bruises in his head.

Aug 30 08:11

Israel strikes Gaza following violent riots, incendiary balloons

Israel Air Force jets struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in retaliation to the launch of incendiary balloons that caused fires and violent demonstrations along the border fence at the weekend.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that a Hamas military compound used for training and weapon production and a shaft for a terror tunnel near Jabalya were struck.
“The IDF will continue to respond forcefully against Hamas’s terror attempts,” the army said in a statement following the strikes.

Aug 30 08:10

Hundreds of Palestinians riot at Gaza-Israel border - IDF

Hundreds of Palestinians rioted at the north of the Gaza-Israel border on Sunday evening, burning tires and throwing explosives, the IDF reported on Twitter.
Some 18 Palestinians were wounded, none seriously, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Aug 30 07:27

Poll: 50% of Americans think military aid to Israel should be restricted

New polling from the 2021 Chicago Council Survey found that 50% of Americans want the U.S. to restrict military aid to Israel. The survey also shows that a majority of Democrats want it restricted.

The survey, which was conducted in July, shows that there’s still a sizable partisan split on the issue. 62% of Democrats think Israel should “prohibit its use in military operations against Palestinians.” 32% are opposed to such an idea. With Republicans it’s almost the exact opposite: 32% are in favor of restrictions and 61% oppose them.

The study also indicates that there’s a growing acceptance for a one-state solution in the region. 56% of Americans said an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza was acceptable, while 60% said a “one-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians are treated as equal citizens” was acceptable.

Aug 30 07:25

Scores of Palestinians wounded at anti-settlement rallies in occupied West Bank

Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday when Israeli forces cracked down on anti-settlement protests in villages across the occupied West Bank.

The Palestine Red Crescent society said on Friday night that it had treated 94 Palestinians for injures following the protests against illegal settlements.

More than 50 people needed medical attention after choking on tear gas, the medical organisation said, while others were treated for rubber bullet injuries, burns, and falls.

It also said that one of its ambulances had been damaged by Israeli forces, wounding the driver. A photo shared on the organisation's Facebook page showed the vehicle's shattered windows.

Aug 30 07:25

Heading back to Israel, Bennett says Biden meeting 'achieved all goals and beyond'

Boarding a plane back to Israel, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday said that his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House "achieved all the goals we have out for ourselves and beyond."

"Biden and I have stroke up a direct and personal bond built on trust," the prime minister said. "We have achieved all the goals we have set out for ourselves and beyond."

Aug 30 05:57

Turkey, Israel, Islamist Ennahdha Accused of Planning to Shoot Down Tunisian President's Plane

Earlier, Tunisia’s Ennahda Party called for an investigation after reports emerged that President Kais Saied was targeted for an assassination attempt by Islamist "political groups".

Turkey, Israel and Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahdha Party have been accused of plotting to assassinate President Kais Saied, according to an investigation published in the Tunisian newspaper al-Anwar. In response, Ennahdha has sued the newspaper. Israeli and Turkish authorities are yet to respond to these allegations.

Last week, the country’s media reported that an assassination attempt on the president had been foiled in one of the "coastal" cities. Saied's press office did not officially comment on the reports.

"The attempted assassination of Said was supposed to take place on May 8, 2020, when a surface-to-air missile was delivered to the city of Djerba. It was supposed to be transported to the capital to shoot down the plane with the president on board," claimed the outlet.

Aug 30 05:56

Iran Says Biden Illegally Threatened Tehran During Bennett Meeting

On Saturday, an Iranian official said President Biden illegally threatened Iran during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that took place in Washington on Friday.

Alongside Bennett, Biden told reporters that if “diplomacy fails” with Iran, the US was ready to “turn to other options.”

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, denounced Biden’s choice of words on Twitter. “The emphasis on using ‘other options’ against [Iran] amounts to threatening another country illegally and establishes Iran’s right to reciprocate … against ‘available options,'” Shamkhani wrote.

Iran’s fears of being attacked by Israel or the US are not unfounded. Israel frequently attacks Iran covertly, and these missions are tacitly endorsed by Washington since the US never condemns them. Ahead of his meeting with Biden, Bennett told The New York Times that Israel will continue clandestine attacks against Iran.

Aug 29 22:45

Israel Will No Longer Consider Double-Vaxxed 'Vaccinated' -- Only Triple-Vaxxed

Israel will soon no longer consider the double-vaccinated to be "vaccinated" under their vaccine passport system and will only lift restrictions for the triple-vaccinated.

Aug 29 05:29

‘Blood for Blood’: On Jenin and Israel’s Fear of an Armed Palestinian Rebellion

The killing of four young Palestinians by Israeli occupation soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, on August 16, is a consequential event, the repercussions of which are sure to be felt in the coming weeks and months.

The four Palestinians – Saleh Mohammed Ammar, 19, Raed Ziad Abu Seif, 21, Nour Jarrar, 19, and Amjad Hussainiya, 20 – were either newly born or mere toddlers when the Israeli army invaded Jenin in April 2002. The objective, then, based on statements by Israeli officials and army generals, was to teach Jenin a lesson, one they hoped would be understood by other resisting Palestinian areas throughout the occupied West Bank.

Aug 27 13:01

Bennett's rhetoric can't conceal Israel's colonial land grab

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is playing with words to advance the colonial state's de-facto annexation of the occupied West Bank. In an interview with the New York Times, Bennett used spin about compromise which amounted to nothing other than promoting colonial expansion while retreating on formalising another land grab.

"This government will neither annex nor form a Palestinian state, everyone gets that," Bennett said. "I'm prime minister of all Israelis, and what I'm doing now is finding the middle ground – how we can focus on what we agree upon."

While diverging political views among Israelis may have prompted Bennett to shift towards a compromise, particularly as his is a coalition government, the issue at stake is still the colonisation of Palestinian land. Moreover, the Palestinians have been removed from the equation.

Aug 27 13:00

Report: Israel to call on US not to withdraw forces from Iraq, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will today call on the US President Joe Biden not to withdraw American forces from Iraq and Syria, Israeli media reported.

Bennett was scheduled to meet with Biden yesterday on his first visit to the White House as prime minister, but the meeting was postponed after an explosion at Kabul airport, Afghanistan, killed ten US service members.

An official source told the Hebrew website Wallah that Bennett believes that an American withdrawal from Syria and Iraq "could serve Iran and enhance its presence in the region."

Pressure increased in recent weeks on the Iraqi government, both from Iran and from the forces loyal to the Islamic Republic, to expel US forces in the country. Iraq's parliament had voted for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country following the January 2020 assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike near the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Aug 27 10:20

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Aug 27 07:53

Israel accelerates preparedness for military strike on Iran

The Israeli military was accelerating plans for a possible strike on Iran, IDF Chief of staff Aviv Kochavi said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

“The progress in the Iranian nuclear program has led the IDF to speed up its operational plans, and the defense budget that was recently approved is meant to address this,” Kohavi said, speaking to military correspondents ahead of the Jewish New Year.

Aug 27 07:53

Blinken reaffirms 'unshakeable' U.S. commitment to Israel's security

Bennett and Blinken discussed regional security issues such as the Iranian threat and stressed the importance of the strong bilateral relationship between Washington and Jerusalem. Blinken reaffirmed the "unshakeable" U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.

Blinken also “emphasized that Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and dignity, which is important in its own right and as a means to advance prospects for a two-state solution,” according to a statement by State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Israel’s potential place on the U.S. visa waiver list also came up, with the two agreeing to advance the issue and “on the importance of working toward Israel’s inclusion … to benefit both U.S. citizens and Israeli citizens.”

Aug 27 07:00

‘Ultra-Vaxxed’ Israel Sees Huge Surge in COVID as ‘Experts’ Avoid the Only Logical Conclusion

Israel is one of the most vaccinated nations in the world. 80% of their eligible population is vaccinated, far beyond what was once being touted as a “herd immunity” level necessary for life to return to normal. Despite their success in getting their population to have experimental drugs injected into their bodies, the country is suffering through a huge spike in cases. Tuesday had nearly the highest new case total the nation has seen since the pandemic began.

There have been plenty of reasons given for this. Some point to Israel opening up and letting people take off their masks for a short time.

Others say it’s normal for there to be occasional spikes following mass vaccinations, ignoring literally every successful vaccine in world history. Then, there are those who are trying to move the goalpost, blaming the Delta Variant for forcing us to accept that the vaccine are more of a deterrent than protection.

Aug 27 06:18

Activists protest Naftali Bennett’s White House visit

Activists showed up outside The White House today to protest the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett’s meeting with President Joe Biden was scheduled for Thursday morning but was delayed until Friday after two deadly blasts hit Kabul.

The action was organized by Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action), the Palestinian Youth Movement, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, Occupation Free DC, the Adalah Justice Project, Rabet by the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, CODEPINK, and Democratic Socialists of America BDS Palestine Working group.

Aug 27 06:17

US army decides against purchasing more Iron Dome batteries: Report

The United States army has decided against purchasing Israel's Iron Dome after conducting its first domestic test of the aerial missile defence system earlier this summer, Defense News reported.

Citing unnamed sources, Defense News reported on Wednesday that Washington opted for a system developed by Dynetics after comparative tests between the two systems in New Mexico last month.

Under a 2019 agreement, Israel sold two Iron Dome batteries to Washington, the first being delivered in late 2020 and the second in January 2021 for a cost of $373m.

Aug 27 06:07

Israel Gave U.S. Two-hour Notice on Iran Attack. CIA 'Demanded Answers'

Israel gave the United States less than two hours’ warning of its plans to attack Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility in April, reflecting then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy of keeping the Biden administration in the dark over Israeli actions in Iran, The New York Times reported Thursday citing American and Israeli sources.

Netanyahu reportedly adopted the policy because he distrusted the new administration of President Joe Biden, which had chosen to reverse Donald Trump’s policy and begin talks with Tehran about America’s reentering the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Aug 27 05:20

Bennett-Biden meeting moved to Friday after Kabul terrorist attack

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's meeting with US President Joe Biden was postponed to Friday in light of the suicide bombings in Afghanistan that killed at least 12 US Marines and soldiers.

“The President’s bilateral meeting with H.E. Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, has been rescheduled for tomorrow,” the White House announced Thursday evening.

The bombing took place an hour before the leaders were set to meet for the first time in the White House. Israeli journalists, who had already gathered in the Brady Press Room, were asked to leave the White House.

Aug 26 15:32

Israel allows increased flow of goods into Gaza amid Palestinian protests to lift blockade

Israel has permitted more commercial goods to enter Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated and called for Tel Aviv to end its devastating blockade on the area.
The Israeli government further relaxed the flow of vehicles and commercial goods, as well as equipment for civilian projects, into the Gaza enclave on Thursday after the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) decided late Wednesday to ease measures.

Any further relaxation of restrictions, however, would be “contingent upon continued preservation of security stability for the long term,” according to a statement from COGAT. Further measures could potentially be expanded “in accordance with situational assessments.”

Aug 26 12:12

Report: White House Officials Say Afghanistan Withdrawal Good for Israel

The withdrawal from Afghanistan will ultimately benefit Israel because it frees up resources that can be used to support the Jewish state, White House officials said on Tuesday.

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Aug 26 07:37

Israeli army fires live bullets and tear gas at Gaza demonstration

Israeli forces shot at least five Palestinians with live bullets on Wednesday during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip calling for an end to the 14-year Israeli-led blockade of the small coastal enclave.

Official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported that at least one minor was hit by live ammunition east of the town of Khan Younis near the border with Israel.

Several other protesters were also treated for tear gas inhalation, Wafa reported.

The Gaza-based Ministry of Health reported a total of 14 people injured, including five by live bullets, two hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, and seven hit by tear gas canisters.

Aug 26 07:37

Settlers attack Palestinian villagers

Aug 26 07:36

Racism is at the very heart of Israel

Many international organisations and human rights groups have confirmed that Israel imposes a racist — "apartheid" — regime which oppresses the Palestinians. This regime denies them basic rights and exposes them to repeated attacks by illegal Jewish settlers, which increases the tension in the occupied Palestinian territories and within Israeli itself. The Palestinians continue to be beaten, killed and forcibly displaced.

Aug 26 07:28

Palestinians in Gaza protest against Israel’s crippling blockade

Hundreds of Palestinians have demonstrated near the Israeli separation barrier in the southern Gaza Strip, calling on Israel to ease a crippling blockade, days after a similar gathering ended in a deadly crackdown.

The demonstration wrapped up without a repeat of Saturday’s violence after Hamas, which governs the besieged Strip, kept the crowds from approaching the separation wall.

Shortly after the demonstration ended, Hamas officials announced that the territory’s key border crossing with Egypt was partially reopening on Thursday.

The Israeli military, which had beefed up its forces ahead of the demonstration, said it used tear gas and limited live fire to disperse the crowd.

Aug 26 07:25

IDF Says It’s Accelerating Plans to Strike Iran as Bennett Visits Washington

The Israeli military said Wednesday that it is developing more plans to strike Iran as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is visiting Washington.

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi told reporters that the Israeli military is speeding up its “operational plans” against Iran. He said that Israel’s recently approved military budget had funds for the IDF to expand its capabilities against Iran.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a similar threat on Wednesday. “The State of Israel has the means to act and will not hesitate to do so. I do not rule out the possibility that Israel will have to take action in the future in order to prevent a nuclear Iran,” Gantz said.

Aug 26 06:19

Biden needs friendly meeting with Israeli P.M. ‘desperately’ — Israel lobby advises White House

Tomorrow, the new American President Joe Biden is due to have his first meeting (ever, reportedly) with the new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett; and the Israel lobby is working hard to argue that the American president needs Bennett a lot more than Bennett needs him, so as to shore up his battered reputation internationally post-Afghanistan.

So the U.S. should do even more for Israel, and offer lip service on the principle that Biden said was at the core of his foreign policy– human rights– when it comes to Palestinians living under conditions leading human rights groups agree is apartheid and the ICC is investigating as war crimes.

Aaron David Miller at CNN writes that Biden needs this meeting “desperately.” Why? Because the Afghanistan crisis has damaged U.S. relationships with allies and Biden can “project the confidence and assurance of a president consulting closely with a core US partner.”

Aug 25 10:36

Expectations at rock bottom as Bennett heads to Washington

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s prime minister, is due in Washington this week for his first tete-a-tete with Joe Biden, the US president.

Iran, by all accounts, tops the agenda. The Palestinians come second.

The visit marks the culmination of a flurry – or perhaps more accurately, a gentle breeze – of activity that has seen America’s top three diplomats on Palestine meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the past several weeks.

Last week’s visit of William Burns, the head of the CIA, was the culmination of a series that also saw special envoy Hady Amr and Secretary of State Antony Blinken push for a return to some normalcy after the clownish turbulence of the Trump years and the boorish bravado of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 25 10:35

What Israel hopes to gain from America’s Afghan disaster

The rapid collapse of the US-installed puppet regime in Afghanistan will be remembered for decades as a defining moment in the decline of American imperial power.

The scenes of chaos and desperation at Kabul airport drew apt comparisons with the humiliating American withdrawal from Saigon in 1975, after more than a decade of American slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The hasty American retreat from Afghanistan also recalls Israel’s humiliating withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, after two decades of brutal Israeli occupation failed to crush local resistance.

Aug 25 10:18

Israel's growing links with China concern Washington

It is no secret that growing economic relations between Israel and China are raising concerns in Washington, despite internal warnings in the occupation state that Beijing is exploiting these ties to obtain military and security technology through secret means. The echoes of a Chinese cyber-attack on Israel still reverberate.

Between 2007 and 2020, China invested $19 billion in Israel, including $9 billion in technology and $6 billion in infrastructure. The annual trade flow between the two has also increased from $12 billion to $15 billion, making China Israel's third-largest trading partner after Europe and the United States. However, since 2018, there has been a decline in Chinese investment in Israel, as has happened elsewhere, although China's interest in Israeli technology has been demonstrated through Beijing's endeavour to send academics to Israel, buy companies and establish research and development centres.

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The Great Parasite probably realizes that its current host is nearing death and is already shopping for a new one.

Aug 25 08:55

Israel's outrage over Poland's law on Jewish stolen property is a farce

New legislation, approved a few days ago by Polish President Andrzej Duda, stipulating that Jews can no longer receive compensation for property taken from them during the Holocaust and under Communist rule in Poland, evoked extraordinary outrage from Israel.

Israel’s response to the Polish legislation borders on grotesque, given that Israel has a very similar, albeit much more draconian, law of its own

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, terming the law "antisemitic and immoral", announced that he had instructed Israel’s charge d’affaires in Warsaw, Tal Ben-Ari, to return to Israel for consultation of indefinite duration; the departure to Poland of Israel’s newly named ambassador, Yacov Livne, was put on hold.

Aug 25 08:54

60% rise in Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque

So-called 'Temple Mount groups' said there has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of Jewish Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound over the past three months, Israel's Channel 7 reported.

The Palestinian Information Centre reported the TV station saying some 9,804 Jewish Israelis have stormed the month over the past three months, compared to 6,133 over the same period last year.

Scores of Jewish Israelis storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate everyday, under the protection of the Israeli occupation police, and carry out provocative tours, as well as performing Talmudic prayers in the eastern parts of it.

Al-Aqsa represents the world's third-holiest site for Muslims, while Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount", claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Aug 25 08:54

Even love is forbidden under Israeli apartheid

Israel's apartheid system directed at the Palestinians is well documented. Within Israel's officially-recognised borders — which the state has never actually declared — as well as across the occupied Palestinian territories, the people of occupied Palestine have long faced systematic discrimination which denies them the same rights afforded to Jewish Israelis and foreigners.

Separate roads, discriminatory laws, the "Separation Wall" and hundreds of military checkpoints combine to subject Palestinians to having daily life complicated beyond comprehension. All of this has been described by human rights organisations as "apartheid". That, in a nutshell, is the system imposed by Israel on the Palestinians, even those who are Israeli citizens.

Aug 25 08:09

HRW indirectly promotes Israel's colonial narrative and aggression

There is a stark difference in the language used by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its April 2017 report which describes Israel as having committed crimes of apartheid, and its more recent July and August reports on Gaza, which cast doubt on whether Israel committed war crimes in its offensives against the enclave. The latter two reports emphasise that Israel "apparently" committed war crimes in Gaza in May this year, thus turning actual crimes into possibilities.

Aug 25 08:08

New York Times admits the Pfizer vaccine is FAILING in Israel as post-injection infections skyrocket

You know things are bad with Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” and the plandemic agenda when even The New York Times is sounding the alarm about surging infections due to widespread vaccine compliance.

The more people get injected, the Times now admits, the more they are testing “positive” for Fauci Germs, in many cases requiring hospitalization. How can this be when the jabs are supposed to be the “cure” for covid?

The answer, of course, is that Fauci Flu shots cure nothing and actually cause antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), an unnatural immune response that makes it easier for the Chinese Virus to enter cells.

Aug 25 07:43

Israel’s Bennett Says He Will Continue Covert Attacks Against Iran

A few days ahead of his meeting with President Biden, Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with The New York Times and said he will continue covert attacks against Iran and will oppose any US efforts to revive the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

Israel has a long history of taking covert action against Iran, but Israeli leaders usually aren’t so candid about it. The Times report said that Bennett plans to present Biden with a new “strategic vision” for Iran that includes more “clandestine attacks” on Iran, including what Bennett referred to as “the gray-area stuff.”

One of Israel’s recent attacks on Iran targeted the Natanz nuclear facility in April. It coincided with the start of indirect negotiations between the US and Iran to revive the JCPOA and was a clear effort by the Israelis to sabotage the talks.

Aug 25 07:43

Israeli Military Orders ‘More Aggressive’ Response to Planned Gaza Protest

The Israeli military is reinforcing positions near the border of the Gaza Strip ahead of protests that are planned on Wednesday. According to Haaretz, Israeli officers and soldiers were instructed to respond “more aggressively” to any attempted border breaches than the military did during demonstrations that were held Saturday.

On Saturday, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated near Gaza’s eastern border. Israeli snipers were deployed to the border and fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas. Over 40 Palestinians were wounded, including 24 children, and one Israeli sniper was injured.

The Israeli sniper was shot in the head at close range while firing on Palestinians. A video circulated online shows an individual firing a handgun into an opening in the Gaza border separation wall where the sniper’s rifle was firing from.

Aug 25 07:31

Israeli Warplanes Target Several Sites in Gaza

Israeli warplanes Tuesday overnight bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted a site to the west of Khan Younis, a plot of agricultural land, east of Gaza city, the vicinity of al-Shuhada graveyard, east of the Jabalia town, in addition to a site to the east of Shuja’iyya neighborhood.

Aug 25 07:30

West Bank: Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager during raid of refugee camp

An Israeli soldier shot and killed a Palestinian teenager with live ammunition on Tuesday after security forces stormed a refugee camp in the Occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that 16-year-old Imad Khaled Salah Hashash died after being shot in the head by Israeli forces in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

The ministry said Hashash was rushed to the Rafidia Surgical hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Wafa News agency.

Images posted online showed Hashash's family cradling his dead body after being wrapped in blue funeral shrouds.

Aug 25 07:29

Israel’s killing of Palestinian children

“Mama, mama where is Muhammad?” an agitated Omar Tamimi, 3, repeatedly asked his mother.

Trying hard not to break down in front of her children, Bara’a Tamimi, from the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, tried to comfort her son before breaking down and weeping.

Aug 24 10:21

Israel Mulls Shortening Vaccine Passport Validity to 6 Months for Those Who Don’t Get a ‘Booster’

Israeli health officials said that eligibility for a third vaccine might soon be open to all those over 30 and then to everyone, and the validity of the Green Pass – currently set to expire at the end of the year – might be shortened to six months after the second shot for those who don’t receive a booster.

Israel began mass vaccinating citizens over 60 with a booster on July 30, and since then 1.52 million people have received the third shot. All individuals over age 40 who have been fully inoculated for at least five months have been eligible for the jab since Friday.

In total, 5.9 million Israelis have received at least the first shot – around 58.5% of its population – with 1.08 million eligible individuals having chosen not to be vaccinated.

Of those who have not gotten vaccinated, 16% live in haredi (ultra-Orthodox) cities, 32% in Arab cities, and 53% in mixed cities (and also include residents that identify with the haredi or Arab sector).

Aug 24 07:11

Israel’s Bennett to Present Biden With Plan to Confront Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is headed to Washington this week for his first visit to the US since coming into office in June. He is set to meet with President Biden on Thursday, and Iran is expected to be the focus of the meeting.

An Israeli diplomatic source told The Times of Israel that Bennett will present a new strategy to Biden on “confronting” Iran’s nuclear program and its regional activity that does not involve a revival of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

Indirect negotiations between the US and Iran to revive the JCPOA have been on hold since June 20th. Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi has signaled that he’s ready to continue talks, but at this point, it’s not clear when they will resume.

Aug 24 07:09

Gaza: Israel's bombardment of high-rise buildings 'may amount to war crimes'

Israel's destruction of four high-rise buildings in Gaza City during the bombardment of the besieged enclave in May may have constituted war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The organisation said the air strikes that targeted the buildings "apparently violated the laws of war and may amount to war crimes".

Among the buildings destroyed was the al-Shorouk tower in the west of the city, which housed local and foreign media outlets, including Middle East Eye, as well as shops and apartments.

Israeli authorities said Hamas members were using each of the three buildings it has so far targeted for military purposes. But official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that "no clear reason was seen for the bombing of high rises other than inflicting damage and hurting the population".

Aug 24 07:08

Jewish Settlers Torch Dozens of Olive Trees near Nablus

Jewish settlers today torched dozens of olive trees in the town of Burin, near the West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that a group of settlers set fire to dozens of olive trees belonging to Akram Omran in the southern part of the town.

The settlers came from Yitzhar, an illegal settlement notorious for its hardcore religious community.

Aug 24 07:01

Israeli officials believe Hamas preparing for another round of fighting, says report

Israeli defence officials believe that Hamas is preparing for another flare-up with Israel, according to a report published in Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Monday.

Citing defence sources, the report alleged that the Palestinian organisation which rules Gaza had begun manufacturing rockets again on a small scale, despite sustaining major blows to its operations during the 11-day war with Israel in May.

As a result of the war, Israeli strikes killed over 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, while in Israel, rockets from Gaza killed at least 13 people, including two children.

The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that more than 1,900 Palestinians were injured; Israel reported at least 200 casualties.

Aug 24 06:29

West Bank church stands with unjustly incarcerated parishioner Layan Nasir

Layan Nasir, a parishioner at St. Peter’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Birzeit, Palestine, is a 21-year-old Nutrition and Dietetics student at Birzeit University. A remarkable young woman with a calm demeanor, tender spirit, and incredible potential, Layan was raised in a devout Anglican family to live her faith in the midst of the whatever challenges may come in life.

The story of Layan’s baptism as an infant embodies the Palestinian experience of faith under colonial domination. On the day of her baptism, Israeli forces blocked the road between Ramallah and Birzeit, a short 12 kilometers away. The Anglican priest in Ramallah, Fr. Samir Esaid, serving the community in Birzeit, was stopped at the checkpoint and denied passage. He explained the situation to the soldiers to no avail. So, Fr. Esaid called the Catholic priest in Birzeit, Fr. Eyad Twal. Layan and her brother were baptized in an Anglican church by a Catholic priest.

Aug 24 06:26

Israel’s Nukes Make US Aid Illegal

Peter Beinart’s New York Times essay "America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel’s Nukes" earlier this month caused a firestorm. In it, Beinart noted how the prevalence of US "lies of omission" allow policymakers and politicians to pretend Israel does not have nuclear weapons. This in turn generates the false narrative that Iran’s nuclear program could initiate a Middle East nuclear arms race. Beinart laments how US deceptions about Israel’s nuclear arsenal undermine America’s self-proclaimed status as a champion of non-proliferation.

What Beinart did not appear to know – until educated by Twitter users – is what machinery keeps the US in lockstep with Israeli so-called "nuclear ambiguity" and why it exists.

Aug 23 08:41

Israeli Aircraft Strike Hamas Sites in Gaza After Border Clashes

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza late on Saturday, the military said, in an escalation of hostilities after earlier cross-border gunfire seriously injured an Israeli soldier and wounded 41 Palestinians, including two critically.

The injuries came during a Gaza protest organised by the enclave's Islamist rulers Hamas and other factions in support of Jerusalem, where Palestinian clashes with Israeli police helped spark an 11-day Israel-Hamas conflict in May.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered near the Strip's heavily fortified border, where some tried to scale the border fence and others threw explosives towards Israeli troops, the Israeli military said.

Aug 23 08:40

Israeli Soldiers Injure Disabled Man near Bethlehem

A Palestinian young man with special needs sustained injuries today after being shot by Israeli occupation soldiers at the Container military checkpoint, near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, the news agency WAFA reported.

Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint opened gunfire at Omar Musa Shalaldeh, 25, a disabled young man with special needs, injuring him in the foot.

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Gotta be a real manly man to do something like that!

Aug 23 08:20

Russian Military Hails Syria’s Successful Intercepts Of 22 Of 24 Missiles In Latest Israeli Attack

Following Thursday’s night’s largescale airstrikes by Israeli fighter jets on areas in and around Damascus and in Homs province, Russia’s military leadership in Syria told international news agencies that six total Israeli jets conducted the aggression using Lebanon’s airspace.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, further detailed that Syrian anti-air defenses successfully shot down a total of 22 out of 24 of the inbound missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes.

Aug 23 07:50

Gaza border clashes wound 41 Palestinians

Israeli gunfire wounded 41 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head. An Israeli policeman was critically wounded by Palestinian gunfire during the clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel.

The violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration on Saturday organised to draw attention to a stifling Israeli blockade of the territory. The protest grew violent after dozens of people approached the fortified fence and threw rocks and explosives towards Israeli soldiers from behind a black smoke screen spewing from burning tyres.

The Israeli military said hundreds of demonstrators approached one area of the fence in northern Gaza and attempted to climb over. It said troops fired tear gas and live rounds at the protesters.

Aug 23 07:50

Israeli forces injure dozens of Palestinians marking 1969 arson attack on al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces shot and injured more than two dozen Palestinians during a festival in the Gaza Strip commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the 1969 arson attack on the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Ministry of Health, in a statement on Saturday, said at least 41 Palestinians were injured in total, including two people who were critically wounded, one of whom has been identified as a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head.

At least 27 of the injured were shot with live rounds in their lower extremities. Two were shot in the abdomen and two in the arm, the health ministry said.

Aug 23 05:30

Israeli snipers attack Gaza children

Israeli occupation forces injured more than 40 Palestinians, including at least 24 children, during protests in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

One of the injured is photojournalist Asem Muhammad Shehade, who was wounded in the face by shrapnel from a live bullet.

Another is a 13-year-old boy reportedly in critical condition.

Israeli snipers deployed on the Israel-Gaza boundary fired machine guns, live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians who were peacefully gathered near the eastern fence.

Aug 21 07:10

Syria Shot Down 22 Israeli Missiles, Russian Military Claims

Syria’s air defense forces have shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, said six Israeli fighter jets targeted facilities in the provinces of Damascus and Homs from Lebanon’s airspace late Thursday.

Kulit said Syrian air defense units downed 22 of the 24 missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes with Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2.

There was no immediate reaction from Israel, which rarely comments on its military operations in Syria.

Aug 21 06:56

Over 200 prominent figures condemn Israel's observer status at African Union

More than 200 distinguished African figures have objected to the African Union (AU) Commission’s decision to grant Israel observer status, asking the continental body to reverse the measure.

The personalities, who include people from diverse political and cultural movements and represent different nationalities, backgrounds, political parties, and religious associations, signed a protest petition which the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine had called for.

Global Campaign to Return to Palestine members had called on Africans to support the petition and take concrete measures “to bring down the illegitimate decision that goes against African interests and humanitarian values.”

Aug 21 05:59

53 US Lawmakers Warn of Grim Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

Fifty-three House Democrats have warned of the grim humanitarian situation in Gaza in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in which they denounced Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians in the besieged enclave and the occupation state’s banning of essential material that is vital to ease Palestinian suffering.

“The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza is untenable,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter praised by progressive American Jewish groups. “Ensuring that Palestinians residing in Gaza receive humanitarian aid is vital to securing the well-being of Gaza’s 2.1 million residents,” the letter continued.

Aug 21 05:59

4,000 Gaza students displaced after Israel attacks

While children around the world check their school supplies list and prepare to attend classes, 4,000 Palestinian students are caught up in uncertainty.

They do not know when – or if – they will be able to return to their familiar hallways and classrooms.

Aug 21 05:37

Israel's outrage over Poland's law on Jewish stolen property is a farce

New legislation, approved a few days ago by Polish President Andrzej Duda, stipulating that Jews can no longer receive compensation for property taken from them during the Holocaust and under Communist rule in Poland, evoked extraordinary outrage from Israel.

Israel’s response to the Polish legislation borders on grotesque, given that Israel has a very similar, albeit much more draconian, law of its own

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, terming the law "antisemitic and immoral", announced that he had instructed Israel’s charge d’affaires in Warsaw, Tal Ben-Ari, to return to Israel for consultation of indefinite duration; the departure to Poland of Israel’s newly named ambassador, Yacov Livne, was put on hold.

Aug 21 05:37

Israeli press review: Qatar 'misled the US' in Taliban negotiations

With the total collapse of the Afghan government, Nahum Barnea, a political analyst at right-wing Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, predicts that the Taliban takeover will only "strengthen Israel's standing in the White House”.

"Israel is the only country between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf that America can rely on," he writes.

"Israel will not betray and will not collapse, and the Biden administration is now dealing with scepticism with old allies such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. It has criticisms towards Israel as well, but it has no partner in the region which is as strong and loyal as Israel.”

Aug 20 12:51

UK's Manchester University humiliated by pro-Israel bullies: Art show criticising the Israeli regime's crimes against Palestinians is shut down, but re-opens by popular demand (and common sense)

Stuart Littlewood says UK Lawyers for Israel's (UKLFI) attempt to bully Manchester University into shutting down an art exhibition must be reported to the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority given UKLFI's links with Israeli bodies involved in war crimes against the Palestinians.

Aug 20 08:20

Israel’s ongoing “Water War” against Palestinians

There is an ongoing, but hidden, Israeli war on the Palestinians which is rarely highlighted or even known. It is a water war, which has been in the making for decades.

On July 26 and 27, two separate but intrinsically linked events took place in the Ein al-Hilweh area in the occupied Jordan Valley, and near the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

In the first incident, Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiyot began construction in the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, which has been a source of freshwater for villages and hundreds of Palestinian families in that area. The seizure of the spring has been developing for months, all under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army.

Aug 20 08:19

Secret gag order hides Israel’s espionage & theft of US nuclear technology

A classified 2012 gag order issued under Obama prohibits all governmental officials, including Congress members, from mentioning Israel’s nuclear arsenal…

Israel has been allowed to get away with massive espionage directed against the US and the theft of material and technology – while also being engaged in a conspiracy that distorts America’s foreign policy, largely done to keep getting the billions of dollars that it is not entitled to receive under existing American law…

This might be construed as treason…

Aug 20 07:06

Coronavirus cases spike in highly vaccinated Israel but drop in unvaccinated Palestine

The Middle Eastern states of Israel and Palestine show contrasting figures in both vaccination rates and case counts amid the ongoing pandemic. Israel recently saw a massive spike in Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases despite three-fifths of its population being vaccinated. Meanwhile, Palestine saw its COVID-19 cases drop even though more than 90 percent of its population remains unvaccinated.

Naturopathic doctor Suneil Jain pointed out the stark contrast in a tweet. His post said: “Palestine: 8.2 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Israel: 62 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Guess which one is doing better?”

Aug 20 06:53

Dems In This State Show Their Support For Boycotting Israel

Attacks against Israel have changed from the fringes of the Democratic party to the mainstream with a new move to target the Jewish state.

In 2017, North Carolina Democrat Governor Roy Cooper signed into law legislation that would prevent the state from doing business with companies that boycott the Jewish state of Israel. Now, that law is under threat by a new strain of North Carolina Democrats.

Aug 20 06:36

Lebanon complains to UN after Israel allegedly uses country’s airspace to strike Syria again

Lebanon has complained to the UN after claiming Israeli jets “blatantly violated” its airspace to carry out strikes at Syrian territory on Thursday. The incursion reportedly forced two civilian flights to divert from their route.

Late on Thursday, Syrian air defenses “repelled an Israel missile aggression,” downing most of the incoming projectiles, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency reported, citing military sources. The strikes allegedly came from the southeast side of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, and targeted areas outside the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, according to the agency.

Israel, which is concerned about the presence of the Iranian military and Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in Syria, usually remains silent on its strikes against the neighboring country. The reported attack was condemned by the Lebanese authorities, with Defense Minister Zeina Akar claiming that Israeli warplanes have “blatantly violated Lebanon’s airspace.”

Aug 20 06:05

Large-Scale Israeli Attack Rocks Damascus, Multiple Impact Sites Burning

Extensive Israeli airstrikes targeting Syria are underway in the overnight hours local time, with major strikes unleashed in and around Damascus, as well as reports of attacks near Homs, according to Syrian media.

Residents in the capital are reporting the ground and windows shaking, in what by many accounts is looking like the the most large-scale attack in many months.

Syrian anti-air defense systems are reported active over Damascus, with social media footage appearing to show some initial intercepts of inbound missiles.

Arabic media reports a strike range extending from the Qalamoun Mountain region, which links Lebanon and Syria, with reports of attacks near Damascus International Airport as well as Mezzeh military airpot, according to regional Al-Masdar News.

Aug 20 05:53

Report: CIA Chief Raised Concerns With Israel Over Chinese Investments

According to a report from Axios, during his visit to Israel last week, CIA Director William Burns told Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that the US was concerned with Chinese investments in Israel’s infrastructure.

An unnamed Israeli official told Axios that the US and Israel had started a dialogue on China over the past few months, but Burns’ message to Bennett was the highest level at which the Biden administration raised the issue.

The Israeli official also said that Israel was open to working with US companies on infrastructure but never received any offers. “In recent months, we started a dialogue with the Biden administration on China. The US asked about specific projects like the Chinese involvement in the Tel Aviv metro. We told the Americans we welcome US infrastructure companies to work on big projects in Israel but they don’t apply to the tenders,” the officials said.

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The CIA still acts like it rules the world. But Israel knows its current host is failing and is making new arrangements!

Aug 20 05:47

Israel’s Secret Arsenal: It’s Not So Secret Anymore

Few Americans are aware of the fact that no U.S. government official, to include congressmen, can in any way mention or discuss Israel’s nuclear arsenal, which is estimated by some observers to consist of as many as 200 tactical nuclear weapons which can be delivered on target by air, land or sea. The prohibition is spelled out in a Department of Energy “classification bulletin” graded Secret, which was issued on September 6, 2012 and bears the file number WPN-136. The subject line reads “Guidance on Release of information Relating to the Potential for an Israeli Nuclear Capability.” It would be interesting to learn exactly how the text of the memo reads, but in spite of repeated attempts to obtain a copy under the Freedom of Information Act, the entire body of the document is completely blacked out.

Aug 20 05:44

Arab man seriously injured in stabbing by Jewish mob in Jerusalem

An Arab man was stabbed and seriously injured late Wednesday night by a group of Jewish men near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, according to Hebrew media reports.

The man, who was said to be 19, was hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital with serious injuries, medics said. The hospital later said he was in moderate and stable condition.

According to the Walla news site, the man was waiting for a ride home from work when he was set upon by a group of Jewish Israeli men.

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