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Jul 09 05:43

Israel-Palestine: Landmark Jaffa mosque vandalised overnight

A landmark mosque in the ancient city of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv in Israel, was vandalised overnight, according to the mosque’s imam.

Ahmed Abu Ajweh, imam of Hassan Bek Mosque, shared a video on Facebook showing damages to the mosque discovered on Thursday morning ahead of the pre-dawn prayer.

The video shows one of the windows broken and minor damages to the carpet. No injuries were reported, according to Abu Ajweh.

Jul 08 07:28

Israel’s apartheid marriage law is the essence of Zionism

Israel’s parliament failed to renew the so-called citizenship law, an apartheid measure designed to limit the number of indigenous Palestinians in the country.

Despite the tie vote of 59-59 in the Knesset on Monday, the law’s failure was not due to any sudden awakening of anti-racism among Israeli leaders.

Indeed the racist law is supported both by the new coalition government and the opposition led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

But Netanyahu whipped his Likud Party and its allies to vote against the law merely to undermine the coalition that ousted him from office – all the while complaining that a compromise designed to let it pass was not sufficiently anti-Palestinian.

Jul 08 07:26

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Al-Arakib Village For 190th Time

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, the al-Arakib Bedouin Palestinian village, in the Negev, for the 190th time.

Aziz at-Touri, a member of the Local Committee for Defending al-Arakib, stated that dozens of soldiers and police officers surrounded the community before invading it.

He added that the soldiers demolished sheds and barns, and removed the residential tents, displacing the families.

It is worth mentioning that the village was first demolished in July of the year 2010 and was since demolished 190 times. At-Touri stated that the residents will not abandon their village and will rebuild their community.

Jul 08 06:19

"Beita is undefeatable": Inside the struggle to save this Palestinian village from Israeli settlers

Jul 06 07:47

AI drone swarm ‘is used in combat for the first time as Israel deploy them to attack Hamas militants’

An Israeli Defence Force (IDF) support unit deployed the swarm to locate and target Hamas militants who had allegedly fired rockets into Israel in May.

Drones are typically guided by a human operator, but drone swarms represent a step forward in military technology by flying as one integrated network controlled by artificial intelligence.

The swarm requires only a single human operator to direct the entire swarm and before the drones guide themselves to locate the targets as a connected unit.

Jul 06 06:47

Palestinian citizens of Israel protest against vote on law barring family reunification

Palestinian citizens of Israel protested on Monday against a government vote on a controversial emergency law that blocks thousands of Palestinian families from reuniting.

The Citizenship and Entry Law is nominally a piece of emergency legislation that was passed in 2003 to prevent Palestinian inhabitants of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip from gaining residency or citizenship of Israel through marriage to another citizen.

The law, which must be regularly renewed or it expires, has been denounced by Palestinians as racist, although Israeli authorities claim it is necessary to prevent "terrorists" from entering Israel.

Speaking at a demonstration outside the Knesset on Monday, Ahmad Tibi - a Knesset member of the Arab Joint List political alliance - said that the law should be allowed to expire at midnight on Tuesday and not be renewed.

Jul 06 05:30

Israel used world's first AI-guided combat drone swarm in Gaza attacks

During operations in Gaza in mid-May, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used a swarm of small drones to locate, identify and attack Hamas militants. This is thought to be the first time a drone swarm has been used in combat.

Jul 06 05:29

Israeli soldiers raid children’s center in Jenin refugee camp and destroy books, toys, plumbing

For the past three years, the Brighton Trust, the charity of which I am a trustee, together with activists from the National Education Union in Britain, have been raising funds for Al-Tafawk Children’s Centre in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

The centre, which is run by local volunteers, is the only one of its kind in the camp, which hosts around 14,000 Palestinian refugees made homeless by the establishment of Israel in 1948. It provides around 120 children aged three to 16 with play, education and food, as well as a warm welcome.

It is the only source of amusement they have to turn to in the bleak surroundings of the camp, which in 2002 during the Second Intifada lost dozens of residents in an Israeli army massacre and more than 400 homes in a brutal bulldozing campaign in yet another act of Israeli collective punishment of Palestinian civilians. The camp has been subjected to regular military incursions ever since.

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Jul 05 08:24

Israel carries out another air raid on besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli military has carried out another overnight raid on Hamas positions in the besieged Gaza Strip after saying incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli army said it struck a “weapons manufacturing site and a rocket launcher belonging to Hamas” late on Saturday.

Jul 05 08:20

Israel arrests Palestinian rights lawyer after anti-Abbas protest

A Palestinian human rights lawyer has been arrested by Israeli forces after taking part in a protest in the occupied West Bank against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his rights group said.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said in a statement that Farid al-Atrash was arrested early on Sunday at an Israeli checkpoint east of Jerusalem while returning from a protest against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah, where the PA is based.

Jul 05 08:20

West Bank: Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian being attacked by settlers

Late on Saturday afternoon, not long before sunset, Mohammed Hassan, 21, and a group of local construction workers were wrapping up their work for the day.

The group were working on Mohammed’s new family home, which had been under construction for months, on the outskirts of the village of Qusra, in the northern occupied West Bank, when suddenly they came under attack.

“Dozens of armed Israeli settlers descended onto the area around the house, jumping through the fields and concealing themselves behind the olive groves,” Murad Adbelhamid Hassan, 44, Mohammed’s uncle, told Middle East Eye.

“They started throwing rocks at the house and the guys, and were attempting to break into the house,” Murad said, adding that just a few minutes after the settlers began their attack, a group of Israeli soldiers arrived in the area.

Jul 05 08:19

Gaza: Nine out of ten children suffering from PTSD after Israel's May offensive

The Israeli offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip in May has had a far-reaching and devastating impact on children's wellbeing, according to a new report by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor.

The organisation surveyed 530 children from across the Gaza Strip, noting evidence of changed behaviour, and found that nine out of ten children surveyed suffered from some form of conflict-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The report also warned that some 2,500 pregnant women due to give birth in the next three months could also suffer from complications in childbirth likely as a direct or indirect effect of the attack.

Jul 04 08:36

The Palestinian Nakba and the Polish law

“During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied all possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land…

“The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crimes have never ceased to exist. They have never owned up to their crimes, let alone repented...” >>

Jul 02 07:35

Hot Off the Press: Vaccines rejected by Palestinian Authority may end up in the UK

Ten Days ago the The Palestinian Authority rejected 90,000 vaccine doses from Israel because they were ‘almost expired.’ Earlier that day, Israel announced that it would transfer up to 1.4 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to the Palestinian territory. But almost as soon as the first 90,000 doses arrived to Ramallah, the PA said it would send them back as they were about to become dated.

But Israel didn’t give up. It may have found an easier customer for its nearly expired vaccines.

The Israeli News 12 revealed today that an “advanced negotiation between Israel and the UK on a vaccine exchange deal” is taking place.

Jul 01 06:01

No child safe under Israel’s rule of terror

Of Israel’s multiple air wars on Gaza over the past 15 years, the one in May was the “most fearful” yet, say those who survived the horror.

Israel unilaterally withdrew its settlers and ground forces from the Gaza Strip in 2005. But Palestinians there have never had a moment of peace under a strangling military occupation by remote control.

The form of state terror may vary from Gaza to the West Bank. But Israel’s violent oppression in both places robs Palestinian families from feeling secure in their homes, leaving parents hopeless and helpless.

Palestinians in the West Bank are regularly woken from their sleep during Israel’s terrifying search-and-arrest night raids on their homes. Meanwhile, families in Gaza contend with the constant buzzing of Israel’s drones like a hostile mosquito that never goes away.

Jul 01 06:00

Israel continues to detain Palestinian MPs on International Day of Parliamentarism

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, yesterday condemned the ongoing Israeli detention of Palestinian MPs on the UN's annual International Day of Parliamentarism, 30 June.

Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif Al-Qanou pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 50 Palestinian MPs since 2006, when the movement won free and fair elections in the occupied territories.

"The detention of Palestinian MPs is a violation of international laws and conventions and gross disrespect for parliamentary immunity," he said.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, there are twelve Palestinian MPs currently detained by Israel. Khalida Jarrar MP of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was the most recently detained, in October 2019.

Jul 01 06:00

Yale students approve statement denouncing Israeli 'apartheid' and 'ethnic cleansing'

The student council in one of America's most prestigious universities has approved a statement denouncing Israel for "genocide", "ethnic cleansing" and "apartheid" in occupied Palestine. The Yale College Council, the undergraduate student government, approved the statement earlier this week. The vote was 8-3 in favour, with four abstentions.

"As students at one of the most privileged academic institutions in the world, we must call out injustice wherever it may occur," said the students. "We stand against the discriminatory application of the law that strips Palestinians of basic rights. We stand against the violent expulsions of those living under occupation in Sheikh Jarrah."

Jun 29 13:07

Naughty boy Hancock had to go. But is replacement Javid an even bigger threat to UK’s health service?

Stuart Littlewood warns of what the UK's new health secretary, Sajid Javid – a self-proclaimed "proud, British-born Muslim", arch-Zionist and Israel flag waver – might do to the National Health Service given his "strange set of moral values" and "defective eyesight".>>

Jun 29 08:43

Israel: settlers claim victory in compromise deal with government

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

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

Jun 29 06:53

Jerusalem: several wounded as Israel demolishes Palestinian homes

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

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

Jun 29 06:52

Israeli war planes vs Palestinian balloons, kites & rockets

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

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

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

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

Jun 29 06:49

Dozens of Jewish Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

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

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

Jun 29 06:19

Tensions Escalating in East Jerusalem After Palestinian Homes and Shops Demolished

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

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

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

Jun 28 07:41

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 28 07:41

Scientific American magazine removes article detailing Israeli crimes against Palestinians

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 28 05:36

Nizar Banat: Thousands protest against PA in Ramallah amid violent police crackdown

Palestinian security forces on Saturday violently cracked down on thousands of Palestinians demonstrating in Ramallah for a second day against the death of political activist Nizar Banat.

Banat died on Thursday while being held in the custody of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Angry protesters demanded the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and accused the PA of killing the prominent activist as they carried Palestinian flags, photos of Banat and signs demanding “the fall of the regime”.

Protests were also held in Hebron and al-Bireh.

Jun 26 06:03

Israeli settlers refuse to vacate illegal West Bank settlement

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

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

Jun 26 05:59

Nizar Banat funeral: Thousands of Palestinian mourners demand 'overthrow of regime'

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Friday for the funeral of activist Nizar Banat, who died in the custody of the Palestinian Authority on Thursday.

Mourners flocked to Hebron's Wasaya Al-Rasoul Mosque, chanting "leave, leave Abbas" and "the people want the overthrow of the regime", as anger continues to mount against the PA and President Mahmoud Abbas, of whom Banat was a fierce critic.

Jun 25 10:03

Majority of Democrats say US 'not supportive enough of Palestinians'

Fifty-one percent of Democrat voters, including 62 percent who identify as liberal, say they want the United States to do more to support Palestinians, according to a new poll on American attitudes towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The poll, published on Wednesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, shows a growing rift on the issue of Palestinian rights among Democratic lawmakers is also reflected in the party's voter base.

Thiry-nine percent of Democrat respondents also said they thought the US was giving too much support to Israel.

Jun 25 09:58

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

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

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

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

Jun 25 04:26

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 25 04:25

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

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

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

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

Jun 25 04:24

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 25 04:18

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

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

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

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

Jun 24 08:03

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

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

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

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

Jun 24 08:02

Israeli settlers terrorise Sheikh Jarrah residents to push them out

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

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

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

Jun 24 06:14

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

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

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

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

Jun 24 06:09

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 24 05:37

Israeli Forces Raid Park, Detain Palestinian Child near Nablus

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

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

Several cases of suffocation due to gas inhalation were reported.

Jun 24 05:36

Gantz: Israel Will Not Ease Gaza Siege

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

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

Jun 24 05:36

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 24 05:31

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

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

Jun 23 07:54

Sheikh Jarrah: extremist parliamentarians storm Palestinian homes

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

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

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

Jun 23 07:53

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 22 07:32

20 Palestinians Injured As Zionist Settlers Attack Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

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

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

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

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

Jun 22 06:36

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

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

But not in Israel.

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

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

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

Jun 22 06:10

Israel insists it will not ease siege imposed on Gaza

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

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

Jun 21 12:47

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

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

Jun 21 11:05

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

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

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

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

Jun 21 10:06

The Inhumanity of Israeli Settler-Colonialism

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

Jun 21 09:58

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

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

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

Jun 21 07:19

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

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

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

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

Jun 21 06:52

UN Whitewashing “Israeli” Crimes against Palestinian Children!

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

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

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

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

Jun 19 06:26

Pentagon Chief Confirms US Will Replenish Israel’s Iron Dome

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

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

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

Jun 19 06:26

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

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

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

Jun 19 06:25

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

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

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

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

Jun 19 06:09

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

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

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

Jun 18 06:20

Bibi and the One State Solution

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

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

Jun 17 05:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 17 05:35

Israel To Expand Illegal Colony Near Nablus

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

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

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

Jun 17 05:34

Israeli Soldiers Injure 33 Palestinians, Abduct Eight, In Jerusalem

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 11:26

Death without warning

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 08:21

Israel Bombs Gaza for First Time Since Fragile Ceasefire Took Effect

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 07:41

Vast majority of Dem voters support McCollum bill promoting Palestinian rights, but less than 13% of House Dems back it

A recent survey shows that a sizable majority of Democratic voters support Rep. Betty McCollum’s (MN-D) recent bill promoting Palestinian human rights. However, the legislation currently has just 26 cosponsors in the House.

In April, McCollum introduced H.R.2590, the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act. The bill, which is endorsed by over 75 human rights organizations, aims to block any U.S. funding that would be used by Israel to detain Palestinian children, demolish homes, or annex land. “Congress must stop ignoring the unjust and blatantly cruel mistreatment of Palestinian children and families living under Israeli military occupation,” said McCollum at the time. “I strongly believe there is a growing consensus among the American people that the Palestinian people deserve justice, equality, human rights, and the right to self-determination.”

Jun 15 10:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 15 10:53

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

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

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

Jun 15 10:52

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

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

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

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

Jun 15 08:33

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

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

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

Jun 15 05:54

New Israeli Government, Same Israeli Apartheid

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

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

Jun 15 05:44

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 14 06:16

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 14 06:13

Palestinians call on Abbas to resign in viral petition

Around 3,000 Palestinians have signed a petition calling for Mahmoud Abbas to resign from his triple position as head of the Fatah movement, head of the PLO and Palestinian Authority chairman.

In April, Abbas, whose presidency expired in 2009, cancelled elections that were due to take place throughout the months of May and June over Israel's refusal to allow Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem to participate.

Jun 14 06:13

Israel renews the use of indefinite detention against Palestinian citizens

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

Jun 14 06:12

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 14 06:11

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

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

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

Jun 14 06:08

Israeli forces shoot at Palestinian farmers in besieged Gaza Strip

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

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

No injuries were reported.

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

Jun 14 06:08

Israeli Forces Displace Palestinian Families near Ramallah

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

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

Jun 14 06:07

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian children with pepper spray in East Jerusalem

Two Palestinian children on Saturday were subject to an assault Israeli settlers, who attacked them with pepper spray near Jaffa Gate in occupied East Jerusalem.

The children were attacked while they were seated inside their father's car, witnessed said.

The Jewish settlers immediately ran away after the attack and the children were hospitalised.

The Israeli army has occupied the West Bank, a Palestinian territory, since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Jun 14 06:05

Thousands march for Palestinian rights in London amid G7 summit

Thousands of people have attended a pro-Palestine solidarity march in London, calling on the Group of Seven (G7) leaders currently meeting in southwest England to support Palestinian rights.

As part of the “Resist G7: Day of Action for International Justice” rally, demonstrators on Saturday marched towards Prime Minister Borris Johnson’s official residence in Downing Street, chanting and holding placards to protest Israel’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Jun 11 08:56

Israel shows its true colours

Young social media activists succeeded in exposing the occupation state for what it really is, in terms of its fragility and weakness, on the one hand, and brutality and tyranny, on the other, contrary to the image that has been constantly promoted by Zionists who claim that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

Activists have documented all these discrepancies with sound and image, as they managed to film a soldier quarrelling with a young man who climbed on top of his armoured vehicle to raise the Palestinian flag, and recorded Israeli security elements trying to arrest a broom, or an officer who attempted to detain a seven-year-old for allegedly throwing stones! Behind them, some other soldiers arresting a child under the age of 12 for the "crime" of raising the Palestinian flag on his bicycle.

Jun 11 08:56

Israel is impeding America's role as a world leader

Over the past five decades, the US has used its veto in the UN Security Council on 52 occasions to protect Israel from even being censored or reproached let alone threatened with sanctions. Throughout those years Israel, as an occupier of Palestinian land, has committed every imaginable atrocity against the civilian Palestinian population. In the recent Israeli aggression against besieged Gaza, the US used its veto to block a simple call for a ceasefire, literally giving Israel extra time to kill more civilians and destroy their homes and infrastructure.

The excuse for this is always, "Israel has the right to defend itself"; or that the adoption of such measures is unlikely to help the situation; or it will make the phantom peace process more difficult. Such statements by the White House and State Department are always accompanied by the usual cliché that the US is committed to Israel's security, as if it is the Zionist state that is being invaded.

Jun 11 08:54

Israel-Palestine: A glossary of problematic media language

Few topics can stir up powerful emotions more than relations between Israel and Palestine, and the use of language relating to the situation is hotly contested.

Since the latest flare-up in the region, many Palestinian activists have taken to social media to criticise the language used by some media outlets and politicians to frame the events in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Jun 11 08:26

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Execute Three Palestinians, Including Two Intelligence Officers, In Jenin

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that on Thursday morning, three Palestinians, including two Intelligence Officers, were executed by undercover Israeli soldiers, and one was seriously injured, in Jenin city, in the northern West Bank.

The Health Ministry and senior Palestinian security sources confirmed that the slain Palestinians were identified as Lieutenant Adham Yasser Tawfiq ‘Olweiwi, 23, and Captain Taiseer Mahmoud Othman Ayasa, 33, in addition to a former political prisoner, Jamil Mahmoud al-‘Ammouri, 24.

It is worth mentioning that the wife of al-Ayasa is eight months pregnant.

It added that one Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Samer al-Bazzour, 23, also an intelligence officer, was seriously injured.

The soldiers also confiscated the car of al-‘Ammouri, and took his corpse to an unknown destination, in addition to abducting a young man who was with him.

Jun 11 08:11

The Frankenstein Monster of the West: The IDF and Israeli Militarism Run Amok

The latest Israeli bombardment of its internally – and seemingly eternally – occupied open air prison of Gaza followed a familiar pattern. First, there was the disturbingly drastic casualty disparity: a 21-to-one overall, and 33-to-one for children, Palestinian-to-Israeli death ratio (in the three previous Gaza bombings since 2008, the overall statistic was 35-to-one). Next, there was the Biden administration’s simultaneous approval of a US arms sale of $735 million worth of precision-guided munitions to Israel.

Jun 11 08:09

Video footage shows Israeli jailers assaulting Palestinians in Negev prison

Israeli guards brutally assaulted Palestinian prisoners in a notorious desert prison in Israel's Negev, footage published by Haaretz on Thursday reveals.

Security cameras documented the assualt on 55 shackled Palestinian prisoners linked to the Hamas movement, which was reportedly carried out on 24 March 2019.

The footage shows several Israeli guards throwing prisoners, one by one, to the floor, while swarming around them, kicking, punching and beating them with batons.

Haaretz said that Palestinian prisoners’ hands were tied behind their backs, and they were commanded not to move or speak, and left tied on the ground for hours in a yard opposite a row of prisoners’ tents.

Jun 11 08:03

Jerusalem: Israeli Forces Attack Sit-in against Expulsion of Palestinian Families

Israeli police attacked today a sit-in held in front of the Israeli Central Court in occupied Jerusalem city in solidarity with two Palestinian families who are threatened with forcible expulsion from their homes in Silwan’s Batn al-Hawa area for the benefit of illegal settlers.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli forces violently suppressed the sit-in which was held in front of Israel’s central court, where a hearing was held to look into the case of Salem Ghaith and Jawad Abu Nab families, who are one the hundreds of families threatened with the forcible expulsion from their homes from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

Jun 10 10:37

Sanctions against Israel, anyone? Response from UK government has Foreign Office still playing childish game of charades

Stuart Littlewood debunks, point by point, the UK government's deceitful explanation for its unconditional backing of Israel and its equally deceitful words about Palestinian statehood.>>

Jun 10 06:22

False antisemitism insulates Israel and hurts the movement for justice

Unfounded or unconfirmed charges of antisemitism made by US pro-Israel organizations, which are then parroted by the pro-Zionist US mainstream press, always increase when Israeli actions become so hideous they shame even some of its most dedicated supporters.

With the latest Israeli shelling of Gaza, its evictions of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, and the continuing Israeli police riots, raids and terrorism in and around the al Aqsa mosque and in mixed Jewish/Palestinian cities, this is just such a time. This is a time for the expected explosion of false reports trumpeting the sudden outbreak of violence against Jews throughout the US and the alleged alarming increase in antisemitic incidents generally.

Jun 09 07:49

Israel Refuses to Transfer Qatar Aid to Gaza

Israel has announced that it will not continue transferring Qatar’s financial aid to Gaza the same way it did before the latest Israeli offensive on the besieged coastal enclave, Sama news agency reported yesterday.

Sama reported Israel’s public broadcaster saying that Israel hopes to have the money transferred via the Palestinian Authority (PA) or international organizations.

According to Sama, the Qatari financial aid should arrive in Gaza this week, but the mechanisms of sending it to Gaza have caused tensions in Israel.

Meanwhile, the Walla news website reported former Mossad chief, Yossi Cohen, suggesting that it was a mistake to rely on Qatari funds in an effort to bring calm to the Gaza Strip.

Jun 09 06:41

How a West Bank Trip Turned This Congressman Into One of Israel’s Strongest Critics

WASHINGTON – How does a lawmaker go from surface-level familiarity with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to being one of the most vocal proponents of Palestinian rights in the history of Congress?

It starts with Humpty Dumpty.

Rep. Mark Pocan had visited Israel on congressional trips since entering office in 2013, where he spent a bit of time in the West Bank. But it was always through an Israeli lens. After learning more about the conflict from the pro-Israel left-wing J Street organization, the progressive Wisconsin Democrat went again in 2016 on the first-ever congressional trip to Palestine organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Jun 08 11:16

Settlers raze more land in West Bank as Israel intensifies Judaization drive in Palestinian territories

Israeli settlers have razed a historic neighborhood near Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, also known as Hebron, as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its plans to Judaize the Old City of al-Khalil.

Palestine’s official Wafa news agency, citing a local source, reported on Monday that the illegal settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, bulldozed 400 square meters of land near Ibrahimi Mosque, also called the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Tawfik Jahshan, head of the legal department of the Hebron Reconstruction Committee, said the Old City of al-Khalil is a cultural and natural heritage site of rare and exceptional value, which requires preservation and protection.

Jun 08 10:23

Sheikh Jarrah: Settler colonialism, media coverage, and forced expulsions

Jun 08 07:39

Israel Wins Big in Washington

Now let me get this straight. A nation bullies and harasses a much smaller neighbor which eventually leads that neighbor to strike back with largely home-made weapons. The larger and more powerful country, armed with state of the art killing machines, attacks its basically unarmed opponent and kills hundreds of civilians, including a large number of children. It also destroys billions of dollars of infrastructure in the poorer and weaker neighbor. Almost immediately after the fighting stops, senior legislators from a third nation that had nothing to do with the war apart from supplying the larger nation with weapons appeared on the scene and promoted the lie that the larger nation had actually been the victim of an unprovoked attack by the “terrorists” running the small nation. They did so publicly while meeting with and endorsing the actions of the government officials from the large nation, which, it would seem, is about to be investigated by an international body for war crimes.

Jun 08 07:37

What John Dugard tells us about apartheid in South Africa and Israel/Palestine

Palestinian solidarity advocates know that April 27 was a red-letter day for the cause: the ugly “apartheid” label seems finally to have stuck fast to Israel, thanks to the 213-page report released that day by Human Rights Watch. It came soon after the blow struck in January by B’Tselem, when it declared that Israel is an apartheid state from sea to shining Jordan River. Together, the two reports brought to a conclusion decades of arguments and warnings in which the term was brandished as an epithet that allegedly – or might one day — describe the State of Israel. Apartheid Israel has now been declared an established fact.

Jun 08 07:33

Israeli forces seal entrance to Palestinian village as settlers attack vehicle

Israeli forces sealed off the entrance of Beita town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, as settlers attacked a nearby Palestinian vehicle.

Israeli soldiers on Sunday evening sent a military crane and large trucks loaded with cement blocks to seal the entrance to the town, according to Palestinian Authority’s official news agency WAFA.

The move comes two days after Israeli forces attacked a peaceful rally in Beita, injuring around 113 Palestinians.

Locals in Beita, Yatma, and Qabalan have held weekly Friday rallies to protest the construction of a new illegal settlement at Jabal Sbeih.

Jun 08 07:31

Report reveals shocking scale of damage caused by Israel offensive on Gaza

The International Commission for Support of Palestinians' Rights (ICSPR) yesterday revealed a damning report about the destruction inflicted on Gaza during the latest Israeli offensive.

The report, which was sent to the UN, ICC, EU, Human Rights Council, and the Arab League among others, detailed damage to Palestinian facilities and infrastructure during the offensive.

According to the report, during the offensive, which lasted 11-days between 10-21 May, the Israeli occupation carried out more than 2,000 airstrikes that killed 253 people and wounded 1,948 others. Some 66 children were killed.

Meanwhile, the report stated that 120,000 people were displaced due to their homes being either completely or partially damaged. Some 2,075 housing units were completely or partially damaged and rendered not good for living.

Jun 08 06:30

Palestinian mom fights to stave off punitive home demolition

Sanaa Shalaby says she had no idea what her estranged husband was up to until Israeli soldiers raided her home in the occupied West Bank last month.

Now she’s waging a legal battle to prevent Israel from demolishing the two-story villa where she lives with her three youngest children. It’s drawing attention to Israel’s policy of punitive home demolitions, which rights groups view as collective punishment.

Israeli security forces arrested her husband, Muntasser Shalaby, and accuse him of carrying out a May 2 drive-by shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded two others in the occupied West Bank. Israel says demolishing family homes is one of the only ways to deter attackers, who expect to be arrested or killed and who are often glorified by Palestinian factions.

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