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Jun 07 06:44

One million Palestinians detained by Israel since the 1967 Naksa: report

Over one million Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces since 1967, according to estimates by civil society groups released on Saturday.

Three Palestinian organisations a said in a joint statement they documented over one million arrests of Palestinians, including some 17,000 cases concerning women and 50,000 concerning children.

According to the Palestinian Society Prisoners Club, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs and the Prisoners' High Council, around 5,700 people are currently held in Israeli jails.

Since 1967, when Israel began its occupation on Palestinian land, 226 detainees have died inside Israeli prisons, including 73 due to torture and 71 due to lack of medical care.

Jun 07 06:43

Israeli forces beat and tear gas Palestinian runners after East Jerusalem race

At least 23 people were reported to have sustained injuries following a crackdown by Israeli forces on participants in a race that took place in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Runners had raced for 3.5km between the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in solidarity with the scores of Palestinians facing forced expulsion from their homes in these areas.

All those who took part in the run wore white t-shirts inscribed with the number 7850, which activists say is the number of Palestinians under threat of forcible displacement in Jerusalem.

Jun 07 06:43

Soldiers Prevent Palestinian Farmers From Entering Their Lands Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers prevented, Saturday, Palestinian farmers from entering their lands, isolated inside an illegal colony, near Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Local farmer Mohammad Hamamra said the soldiers prevented him and many farmers from entering their lands in the Qiddis area, which became isolated inside the illegal Beitar Illit colony that was installed on lands stolen from the Palestinians in Husan town, west of Bethlehem.

The farmers held a protest demanding being allowed into their lands, but the soldiers kept them out.

Hamamra stated at least 100 Dunams of the farmers’ lands are isolated and added that the farmers are repeatedly denied access to them.

“We will not abandon our lands,” he said, “We will not allow them to steal our livelihoods.”

Jun 07 06:22

Netanyahu seeks ‘explosion’ of situation in al-Quds to save career: PA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) says the Israeli regime’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to renew tensions in the holy occupied city of al-Quds as means of conjuring up an excuse to save his demising career.

The PA’s foreign ministry made the remarks in a statement on Sunday as the regime has renewed its attacks on Palestinians in the city, including its holy sites, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported.

Tensions are flaring up as the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank -- the PA’s base where the city is located -- has barely put behind a huge similarly Tel Aviv-provoked escalation that led to the death of scores of Palestinians.

The ink has also hardly dried at the bottom of a ceasefire deal that ended a 12-day war by the regime against the nearby Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. The war martyred hundreds of Palestinians.

Jun 07 05:32

Israel’s ‘change government’ means the oppression of Palestinians is set to get a whole lot WORSE

Israel’s on the cusp of seeing a new coalition government that’s been dubbed the “change bloc”. If that conjures notions of progress, think again.

In any case, the potential new prime minister is Naftali Bennett, who will rotate the executive seat with Yair Lapid, who leads a so-called “centrist” party.

Bennett, a former protégé of Netanyahu, is a hardline pro-settler who openly calls for the expansion of illegal occupation and the annexation of Palestinian land. His cabinet will be packed with far-right politicians such as Avigdor Lieberman, who will hold power in the key ministries. Under Bennett, therefore, the Israeli government will hold the same contempt for the so-called two-state solution that American administrations have nominally advocated for Palestinian statehood alongside Israel. That means further encroachment and evictions for already hard-pressed Palestinian communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Jun 07 04:31

Al Jazeera journalist leaves hospital day after Israeli arrest

Al Jazeera Arabic veteran journalist Givara Budeiri sustained a fractured hand while being violently arrested in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri left hospital on Sunday after receiving treatment for injuries sustained during her arrest by Israeli forces the day before.

Budeiri’s left hand was fractured when she was arrested while covering a demonstration in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again to the dysfunctional and disjunct Israeli government; shooting the messenger (or fracturing her hand, in this case,) is not going to help you here.

The narrative can no longer be controlled by your spin doctors, and people are seeing the reality of what is happening to Palestinians under your watch.

Jun 07 04:27

Israeli forces beat and tear gas Palestinian runners after East Jerusalem race

Israeli police confronted runners after a race between Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan with rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and batons.

At least 23 people were reported to have sustained injuries following a crackdown by Israeli forces on participants in a race that took place in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Runners had raced for 3.5km between the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in solidarity with the scores of Palestinians facing forced expulsion from their homes in these areas.

All those who took part in the run wore white t-shirts inscribed with the number 7850, which activists say is the number of Palestinians under threat of forcible displacement in Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfrigging believable; what utter thugs do this to absolutely non-violent protestors?!?

And to the current disjunct and dysfunctional Israeli government; it is things like this which absolutely destroy your alleged "victimhood"; you can no longer control the narrative here, and the Palestinians and people living in other parts of the Middle East, understand this very clearly.

Jun 05 06:15

Israeli forces injure scores of Palestinians across occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians taking part in rallies condemning Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and potential evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in neighborhoods of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Some 113 Palestinians taking part in an anti-settlement rally on Sobeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, were injured in clashes with Israeli forces on Friday.

According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, 16 of injured were shot with live ammunition, while 20 were wounded when Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at them.

Meanwhile, four of the injured were physically attacked by the Israeli forces, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said, adding 73 cases of suffocation caused by inhaling tear gas were among the injuries.

Local sources said Israeli forces used a drone to fire tear gas at protesters in Beita.

Jun 05 06:14

Thousands mourn slain Palestinians outside UK arms dealer

Thousands of British pro-Palestine activists amass outside a notorious arms manufacturer near Blackburn on Friday, demanding an end to Israeli arms sales.

Anger was vented in various ways including with a funeral procession, honoring the recent martyrdom of 60 children slain in Gaza.

BAE Systems is one of Britain's biggest arms dealers and is known for building weapons used to target innocent civilians in conflict zones.

This is the second week that local residents have come in good numbers to condemn BAE Systems and more action is being planned.

Weapons firms have been heavily criticized before but rarely have protests of this size and frequency attempted to confront them so directly. Locals hope by shaming these dealers of death, they can save lives in Palestine & elsewhere.

Jun 05 05:13

Four Things To Know About Israel’s New ‘Change Coalition’

The new government – if it takes power at all – is united only around ousting Netanyahu. Here’s what that could mean.

In Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, a broad but shaky new “change coalition” claims it’s ready to finally oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – the right-wing Likud leader who’s held the office for the last 12 years.

If approved, the new coalition would anoint as prime minister Naftali Bennett, a former Netanyahu ally who supports settlement expansion and annexation of much of the West Bank, and who is significantly further to the right than Netanyahu himself. In theory, if it stays in power for two years, the more centrist Yair Lapid would then take over as prime minister. But that’s a big “if” – and the new coalition may not even survive its initial vote of confidence next week.

Jun 05 04:54

Infographic: What you need to know about Israel’s military

Last month, as Israel bombarded the besieged Gaza Strip for the fourth time in 12 years, the United States approved a $735m arms sale to Israel. The approval was criticised by legislators in Congress, and several Democrats introduced resolutions to block the sale of Boeing’s precision-guided missiles.

Israel’s 11-day military campaign killed at least 253 people, including 66 children, in Gaza. At least 12 people were killed in Israel by rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to investigate both sides for possible war crimes and human rights group Amnesty International has renewed its call for a halt to US weapons sales to Israel.

Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open-air prison. Since 2006, Israel has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on its 2.1 million inhabitants. Israeli forces continue to militarily occupy East Jerusalem and the West Bank where they have built hundreds of illegal settlements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel's weapons industry is thriving, why does it need so much military and financial support from the US, while the US infrastructure is crumbling around us?!?

THAT... appears to be the dreadedly unasked, and unanswerable question, for Congress, for which the US Congress must be held to account, by We the People.

Jun 04 08:12

When Israel killed doctors

Dr. Ayman Abu al-Ouf had finished a busy shift.

He wrapped it up by checking on patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit of al-Shifa hospital.

As head of internal medicine at the hospital, he was acutely aware that the pandemic had not been paused. Rather, the number of coronavirus infections remained high even though Gaza was in the news internationally due to another emergency – a large-scale Israeli attack.

Not long after he got home from work, the building where Abu al-Ouf lived was bombed without warning.

He, his wife Reem and two of their children – Tawfiq and Tala – were killed. So were both his parents and many members of his extended family.

Jun 04 08:02

Israeli Commander: Gaza Attacks First Stage of Wider War

Israeli Southern Command head Gen. Eliezer Toledano downplayed the current ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, predicting it would end soon and that what’s happened so far was just the first stage of a wider military campaign.

The May conflict saw Israeli forces kill an estimated 256 Palestinians, and displace 72,000 civilians. This was in just two weeks, and was, according to Toledano, Israel trying to “make the most” of the war before the ceasefire.

“We don’t have operations like this every week or every month because we understand the burden that puts on civilians, especially on the home front. And therefore when we launched the operation, we had to make the most of it,” the general noted.

He went on to say that the military is fully ready for another round of fighting, depending on the security situation.

Jun 04 08:00

Why did Israel bomb bookstores?

Samir Mansour spent more than 20 years developing a haven for readers in Gaza City.

An estimated 100,000 books could be found in his library. Located near three universities, it was a vital resource for large numbers of students.

The haven was destroyed swiftly and brutally during Israel’s latest major attack on Gaza.

Today, a sign with a defiant message has been placed outside the remains of the Kuhail building where Mansour ran his library, bookstore and publishing firm. The sign notes that books are the source of knowledge and help to shape people’s identity.

The ideas contained in books cannot be erased by bombs and warplanes. They will live on.

“This library is my whole life,” said Mansour. “I was shocked when the Israeli occupation decided to bomb the building. It felt like I myself had been destroyed.”

Jun 04 06:05

Israel uses excessive force against Palestinians in occupied territories, supports armed gangs: UN

The United Nations has criticized the Tel Aviv regime over excessive use of force against Palestinians in the occupied territories, saying attacks by extremist settlers and armed gangs on residents of such areas are backed by Israeli security institutions.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, announced in a report that assaults on Palestinian citizens, carried out by right-wing and armed gangs, sometimes come with the support of elements from Israeli security forces.

He called on Israeli authorities to provide full and equal protection to all living inside the occupied territories without any discrimination.

De Varennes then slammed the violence practiced by “far-right” groups and excessive use of force by Israeli security officials and forces during protests in recent weeks, describing them as the worst cases of violence against Palestinians.

Jun 04 06:04

Fear grips New Jersey's Palestinian community centre after bomb threat

Staff at a Palestinian community centre in the US state of New Jersey are on high alert after an unidentified caller bombarded the facility with more than 30 phone calls over a 24 hour period, threatening to kill and sexually assault the community workers.

Members of the all-female staff at the Palestinian American Community Center in Clifton, New Jersey, said they were preparing to begin a new semester of an Arabic programme for children when the threats started.

During one of the calls, the individual, who identified himself as "Jebediah Morris," told the employees that he was located near the centre and would "come over there and beat your f***ing a**".

The caller asked multiple times if the staff were Palestinian, and when asked why that mattered, said: "So I know to come blow you up."

PACC provides cultural, social and educational services to those in need, and in mid-2020 provided meals for more than 400 families during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Jun 03 10:28

Another poll signals fall in US support for Israel

Support for Israel continues to fall among key segments of the American population, another poll confirms.

The Harvard-Harris survey of some 1,900 registered voters was taken on 19-20 May, before a ceasefire took effect in Gaza following 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment.

Respondents were asked, “Who do you think is more responsible for the violence in the Mideast — Israel or Hamas?”

Overall, 60 percent blamed Hamas and 40 percent blamed Israel.

Although more than half blame Hamas, it is remarkable that two in five say Israel is more responsible.

But when it comes to those aged 18-34, it flips around completely: 60 percent blame Israel, and just 40 percent blame Hamas.

Among Black Americans, 62 percent hold Israel more responsible, as do 55 percent of those described by pollsters as Hispanic.

Jun 03 10:26

Facebook staff demand tech giant address suppression of Palestinian content

Nearly 200 Facebook employees have signed an open letter calling on the company to address concerns that pro-Palestinian voices have been suppressed by content moderation systems, after both users and employees complained of a systematic bias against Palestinian and Muslim content.

The letter, reported by the Financial Times, demands Facebook introduce new measures to ensure content in support of Palestine and Palestinians is not unfairly taken down or down-ranked, as some staff and critics claimed happened before and during Israel's latest offensive on Gaza.

It calls on the tech giant's management to order an independent audit of enforcement actions around Palestinian and Muslim content, and asks that an internal task force be created to "investigate and address biases" in its content moderation systems - both human and automated.

Jun 03 10:26

WATCH: Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Village for 188th Time

Israeli occupation forces yesterday demolished the Bedouin Palestinian village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev for the 188th time, Arab48 reported.

The demolition also marks the seventh time that the village has been razed so far this year, and the thirteenth since the outbreak of coronavirus.

Jun 03 10:00

After the slaughter UK Foreign Secretary Raab tells Netanyahu: “You can always count on us”

Stuart Littlewood highlights UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's latest pledge of undying support for Israel, just after it had murdered some 250 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, in Gaza, noting his failure to commit to the Palestinians' right to self defence.>>

Jun 02 15:38

KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

"Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us?" (Matthew 13.54-56).

Jesus was part of an extended family. The Bible says he had brothers and sisters. Some churches try to spin that these were only cousins, or Joseph's from a previous marriage, but Mary, Jesus' mother, was not an only child. At the very least, Jesus had cousins, Aunts, and Uncles. John the Baptist was Jesus' second cousin according to Luke 1:5-38.

For the purpose of this discussion, we do not need to go into the question of whether Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a family.

But the fact is that Jesus had kinfolk; blood relations, at least on his mother's side (although the Bible provides a paternal genealogy for Jesus back to the House of David).

Jun 02 07:38

Court overrules EU effort to shield Israel’s settlements

A European Union court has thrown out an undemocratic decision by Brussels officials that torpedoed a citizen’s initiative to ban trade with settlements in occupied territory.

The measure would have targeted Israel’s illegal colonies on Palestinian land in the West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights, as well as trade with Western Sahara.

In July 2019, seven nationals of EU states filed a European Citizens Initiative with the European Commission, the EU’s executive.

This is a tool that is supposed to make the notoriously unaccountable EU more democratic by giving citizens a say over policy and legislation.

But instead, in September 2019, the Commission refused to register the initiative, claiming that it did not have authority to consider what would amount to imposing sanctions.

The Commission asserted that such a step could only be adopted collectively by EU governments, not by the executive in Brussels.

Jun 02 07:37

How a fascist party brought into Israel’s parliament by Netanyahu helped him start the war he wanted

The day after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, ending 11 days of mutual bombardment that resulted in the deaths of some 250 Palestinians, 10 Israelis, and three Asian workers, mainstream Israeli commentators piled on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of launching the war for his own personal benefit.

The pundits noted that Israel’s pulverizing assault on the Gaza Strip began after the leader of the next-largest party in parliament had been handed the mandate to form a new government – one which would end Netanyahu’s twelve-year run as premier and strip him of the immunity he needs to stay out of prison, if he is ultimately convicted of the multiple corruption charges for which he is currently on trial.

All along, Netanyahu was equipped with the tools he needed to trigger a war that would preserve his control over the government.

Jun 02 07:36

Before the Nakba: Images show Palestine then and now

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, which backed the Zionist campaign for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, changed the history of the Middle East.

But those 67 words also had fateful consequences for the environment in which Palestinians lived. Palestinian houses and cinemas, shops and mosques, train stations and markets were all lost in 1948, when thousands were driven from their homes amid the violence of the Nakba, the Arabic word for “catastrophe”.

Researcher and archivist Tarek Bakri, based in Jerusalem, was moved by the nostalgia and emotion still held by many displaced Palestinians for their former streets and neighbourhoods.

Jun 02 07:34

Palestinians demand the removal of Abbas from his leadership positions

The Palestinian people have the right to live in the kind of democracy that the West and the East are talking about repeatedly. With over 60 per cent of the population being made up of young people, they also have the right to be led by younger people, with the elders who have been shown to be incapable in terms of their policies and practices, and less aware politically, stepping aside. The current leaders have less influence over the course of events than the resistance movements.

The Palestinian people are fed up, and are refusing to have their capabilities shackled by the decisions of an aging president, while seeing their land usurped even as the same president's "sacred" security cooperation with the Israeli occupation authorities continues. The people refuse to be silenced when they hear false claims of achievements, and they will not be silent while their homeland is being stolen by Jewish settlers.

Jun 02 07:33

After Gaza Slaughter, Israel Wants Another $1 Billion Out of the US

After an 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza that killed at least 256 Palestinians, including 67 children, Israel has its hand out to its greatest ally for an additional $1 billion in “emergency” military aid, on top of the $3.8 billion Washington provides each year.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) confirmed that Israel will make the request a day after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “There is going to be a request made by the Israelis to the Pentagon on Thursday for $1 billion in aid to replenish Iron Dome batteries,” Graham told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.

The Iron Dome is one of Israel’s US-funded missile defense systems. After Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, President Biden promised that he would “replenish” the Iron Dome, a sign that getting the $1 billion out of Washington will not be very hard for the Israelis.

Jun 02 07:31

EU leaders condemn attacks on ICC probe into Israeli war crimes

More than 50 high-level officials from across Europe, including former prime ministers and foreign ministers, have signed an open letter condemning political interference in the International Criminal Court's (ICC) probe into alleged war crimes in Palestine.

The letter, published by the Guardian on Monday, is seen as a rebuke on world leaders such as former US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who have openly criticised the court's efforts to hold Israel accountable for suspected war crimes.

"We witnessed with serious concern the executive order issued in the United States by the former president Donald Trump and the sanctions designated against the court’s staff and their family members," the letter says.

Jun 02 07:31

EU representative calls for lifting Israeli blockade on Gaza amid ongoing ceasefire efforts

A European Union official called on Tuesday for the lifting of a crippling Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip which has been in place for fifteen years, also saying that a unified Palestinian government should be formed in order for reconstruction of the besieged territory to begin.

"These steps are not European Union conditions to the reconstruction [of Gaza], but a logical path to start this process," Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, the European Union representative for the Palestinian territories said, according to the Anadolu news agency.

He added that “democratic elections” should be held and praised Egyptian efforts to shore up a recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza following a deadly Israeli assault on the territory which left 254 Palestinians dead and hundreds more injured.

Jun 02 05:52

Israel, Don’t Raise the Roof Beams High As You “Resettle” Lifta; Its Owners Will Return

The latest crisis in Palestine cannot be set aside as another passing episode in Israel’s forever war against the Palestinian people.

We are now witnessing shocks within Israel behind the Green Line, something that Israel had hitherto been able to contain. In the process, it pretended, along with much of the western world, that it is the “longest-lived democracy in the Middle East” and that only its continued occupation of the West Bank and its harsh blockade of Gaza undermine its “constitutional ideals”- ideals now exposed for what they’ve always been: Jewish supremacist in nature.

We know, as CJ Werleman wrote in Inside Arabia on May 14, 2021,

“Israel is a country built on racism, dispossession, and genocide. The recent rise in attacks by Israeli settlers, vigilante groups, and lynch mobs targeting Palestinians are a continuation of that history and must be addressed.”

Jun 02 05:38

F-35s bombing Gaza

The United States, which has four ammunition warehouse bases in Israel, also provides it with a large arsenal. Israel, which already has one of the most powerful Air forces in the world, is now testing F-35s in combat against the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess even the F-35 looks good against an enemy that can't shoot back!

Jun 02 05:29

Israeli Arabs fired for 'political position' on day of general strike

Israelis from the Arab community say they have been fired their "political position" after they were absent from work on May 18, the day of a general strike during the latest war in Gaza and amid clashes between Muslims and Jews in mixed Israeli cities.

Ahmed and Rasha Agbaria both worked at a branch of the Victory supermarket chain on the outskirts of Tiberias.

They told Ynet that they and other Arab members of staff were informed in their letters of dismissal that they were being fired for taking a political stance.

In Ahmed's pre-dismissal hearing, which is required under Israeli law and of which a recording was received by Ynet, he was informed: "You did not come to work. You abandoned the store and harmed the functioning of the store. For me, this is a political position. You took a political position apparently without noticing."

Jun 02 05:26

Israel puts Jordanians on trial for crossing border fence to join Jerusalem protests

An Israeli court extended on Monday the detention of two Jordanian citizens who crossed a border fence with Israel to take part in protests in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in May.

Khalifa al-Anouz and Musab al-Dajeh walked more than 30km from their hometown in Smma, near the northern city of Irbid, before being arrested on 18 May by Israeli forces in the Jordan Valley.

The two men started their day-and-a-half journey on the evening of 16 May, and crossed groves near the Jordan River.

They were arrested in the area between Bisan town, known also as Beit Shean, and Tiberias in Galilee, in the north of Israel.

Khaled Mahajneh, the legal representative of Anouz and Dajeh, said that Israeli forces blocked their journey when they were spotted wearing the traditional Jordanian keffiyeh and dishdasha near an Israeli town.

Jun 02 05:25

Palestine summons European envoys over 'no' votes to UN’s motion

Palestine has summoned four European ambassadors over their countries' "no" votes to a resolution at the United Nations to probe Israeli abuses, including during the recent aggression on Gaza.

The ambassadors of Austria, Britain, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic were handed strong-worded letters of protest on Tuesday and requested clarifications by their foreign ministries regarding the votes against pro-Palestine motions at the UN Security Council and the World Health Organization (WHO), Wafa news agency reported.

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Amal Jadou slammed the "no" votes by the four European states as a “green light” to Israel to persist in its aggression and systematic violations of the Palestinian people’s rights.

Such votes reinforce the culture of impunity, giving Israel more chance to consolidate its occupation and perpetuate further crimes of apartheid and persecution which constitute crimes against humanity based on international law, she said.

Jun 02 05:04

Israel starts construction of 350 settler units near Ramallah, defying intl. outcry

Israeli officials have laid the foundation stone for a new project to construct 350 settler units in the Beit El settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah, irrespective of the international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime’s illegal settlement expansion activities in occupied Palestinian territories.

Yuli Edelstein, minister of health, Amir Ohana, public security minister, Yoav Galant, minister of education and Ofir Akunis, regional cooperation minister, as well as Knesset speaker Yariv Levin of Likud and other Knesset members attended a ceremony on Tuesday to begin the construction of the new settlement units.

Speaking at the ceremony, Edelstein, who is a member of the ruling Likud Party, said the settlements and the land occupied by the Israeli entity “are more important than any person or any political situation.”

Galant, for his part, said his team had solidified settlement construction in the Beit El neighborhood.

Jun 01 10:12

Israeli Authorities Approve 560 Settlement Units in Bethlehem

Israeli occupation authorities have approved plans for the construction of hundreds of new settler units on Palestinian land in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Wafa news agency reported.

The Director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission office in Bethlehem, Hassan Brijieh, said the construction of 560 new settlement units in Mtsad settlement, built illegally on Palestinian land in the villages of Kisan and Al-Rashaydeh, located southeast of Bethlehem, were approved yesterday.

Jun 01 09:33

Lost in (Hebrew) translation: peace, coexistence, harmony

"It would be unreasonable to expect a culture that lacks a lucid notion of peace and reconciliation to lead the region towards harmony and human brotherhood."

Jun 01 08:47

U.S. regrets U.N. move to launch Gaza probe

The United States said on Thursday that it deeply regretted a decision by the U.N. Human Rights Council to launch an international investigation into crimes that may have been committed in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The action today instead threatens to imperil the progress that has been made," said the statement issued by the U.S. mission to the U.N. in Geneva.

The United States, which has observer status and no vote at the Geneva forum, did not speak in the all-day special session which adopted a resolution brought by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and the Palestinian delegation to the U.N.

Jun 01 08:46

WhatsApp blocked accounts of Palestinian journalists covering Israel's war on Gaza

Dozens of Palestinian journalists have had their WhatsApp accounts blocked amid media coverage of recent armed confrontations between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

Journalists from Al Jazeera and the AFP news agency, based in occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, said they received messages from WhatsApp informing them that their accounts were blocked for breaching community standards.

Tahseen al-Astall, the vice president of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, told AFP that an estimated 100 journalists in Gaza had their WhatsApp accounts blocked.

Jun 01 08:36

Israel: ‘A Villa in the Jungle’ or a Settler Colonial Zionistan?

The following article will tackle the phenomenon of racism inside the Israeli society. It will critically analyze the ideology that sustains racism inside the social fabric of Israeli society.

Despite the fact that the manifestation of racism in Israel is distinct and apparent against Mizrahi Jews, Ethiopian Jews, African refugees and foreign workers, nevertheless, this research article will concentrate on racism that is practiced against the indigenous Palestinian Arabs. Other types will be tackled in a future research article.

Consequently, the following research article will not review aspects and history of Zionist racism against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel, but will be a critical exploration of the reasons and motives that stand behind the phenomenon of Zionist racism.

Jun 01 08:35

Facebook battles reputation crisis in the Middle East

Facebook is grappling with a reputation crisis in the Middle East, with plummeting approval rates and advertising sales in Arab countries, according to leaked documents obtained by NBC News.

The shift corresponds with the widespread belief by pro-Palestinian and free speech activists that the social media company has been disproportionately silencing Palestinian voices on its apps – which include Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – during this month’s Israel-Hamas conflict. Examples include the deletion of hundreds of posts condemning the eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, the suspension of activist accounts and the temporary blocking of a hashtag relating to one of Islam’s holiest mosques. Facebook said these were technical glitches.

Jun 01 08:34

About That ‘Real Estate Dispute’ in Sheikh Jarrah

When the Israeli government describes the conflict over the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem as just a “real-estate dispute,” it has a point. Palestinian families are at risk of eviction (and some have already been evicted) from homes they’ve lived in for many years so that Jewish settlers, many of whom were born in Brooklyn, N.Y., can move into them. This is being done on the basis of a 1970 law that permits Jews to acquire Palestinian properties that are said to have been once owned by Jews. Also, under a 1950s law, the Israeli government claimed the properties of so-called “absentee” Palestinians, even if those individuals displaced by war and other means were refugees living elsewhere in Israel.

Jun 01 08:29

UN opens Israeli war crimes probe following Gaza war, calls for embargo

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted 24-9 Thursday to launch an investigation against Israel for alleged war crimes, including during the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and called for an arms embargo against the Jewish state.

An additional 14 countries out of the 47-member body abstained. None of the European Union countries supported the measure.

Jun 01 08:28

China to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Palestine

China will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian government at the earliest possible date, a spokesperson with the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) said on Friday.

CIDCA spokesperson Tian Lin said that in order to help the Palestinian government and people cope with the emergency humanitarian crisis and demonstrate the international humanitarian spirit, the Chinese government had launched a humanitarian assistance response mechanism.

The Chinese government will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian government in accordance with the urgent needs of Palestine as soon as possible, and help the country carry out treatment of the injured and resettlement of the displaced, Tian said. Enditem

Jun 01 07:29

Journalists and liberal Zionists are determined to push ‘apartheid’ charge down the memory hole

Today’s New York Times has a long and compelling feature article about the Palestinian “misery at the heart of the conflict,” including house demolitions and evictions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The most remarkable thing about the article, though, is what it leaves out, the systematic legal discrimination that fosters these conditions. In a word, the fact that Israel has been accused by leading human rights groups in recent months of the crime of “apartheid.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When a guy like South Africa's Bishop Desmond Tutu, who I have had the pleasure of hearing preach many years ago, at St. John's Episcopal Church on Adams Street in Los Angeles, tells me that the Israeli system is horrifically apartheid, I would really, really listen to him.

When it comes to apartheid, this man utterly knows about what he is speaking!!!!

Jun 01 07:11

‘The Landscape is Shifting’: Over 35,000 rally for Palestine in DC on Memorial Day weekend

Standing atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Nuha Maharoof peered over the crowd at the National March for Palestine on Saturday. To her left, she saw a man on the ledge set off red and green smoke grenades, signifying the colors of the Palestinian flag. She described the cinematic moment “like a scene from a movie, every head in the crowd turned to the sky to watch the colors dissipate.” She pulled out her phone and captured the iconic moment, saying her heart filled with hope for Palestine. The image has since gone viral. She had learned of the protest the day before from social media posts and decided to go with her friends. We tracked her down through a Google image search.

Jun 01 07:11

WATCH: Israeli Police Vehicle Runs over Palestinian Boy for Raising Palestinian Flag

An Israeli Police vehicle Sunday ran over and injured a Palestinian child for raising a Palestinian flag on his bike in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Three Israeli police officers chased 12-year-old Jawad Abbasi who was riding his bike while raising a Palestinian flag, running over him and causing him bruises in the leg for raising the flag, which the occupation authorities ban in the occupied capital.

The child was briefly detained by the occupation forces for some time before he was let go for medical treatment.

Jun 01 06:50

Recantations Are All the Rage

Several things are happening simultaneously. Most important, Israel has lost the public opinion war in much of the world through its brutality during the recent attack on Gaza and it continues to lose ground even in the wake of a cease fire due to mass arrests of Palestinians and armed police intrusions in and around the al-Aqsa mosque. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is by its actions making clear that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine will continue at a time that he chooses. This in turn has produced a storm of criticism, including from Jewish groups and individuals, that is condemning the bloodshed and also sometimes explicitly seeking to distance Judaism the religion from Zionism, the political movement.

Jun 01 06:48

Revealed: The American Money Entwined with Israel’s Jewish Terrorist Groups

As Israel rained rockets down on Gaza in mid-May, inside 1948-occupied Palestine (Historic Palestine and modern-day Israel), another kind of Israeli terror emerged. Jewish supremacists stormed cities with high Palestinian populations chanting “Death to Arabs!,” attacking scores of Palestinians and vandalizing their properties.

The mob violence killed two Palestinian citizens of Israel, according to the Mossawa Center: the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel. And despite calls for calm, the attacks are ongoing. On Thursday, a Jewish mob dragged a Bedouin driver out of his car and beat him with glass bottles in northern Historic Palestine. Earlier, footage posted on social media showed Arab gas station workers lying on the ground after being surrounded and beaten by a Jewish mob in the town of Binyamina:

Jun 01 06:47

Israel superhero gets 'ratioed' by Captain Palestine

The comic book superhero genre is one of the great American art forms of the 20th century, its impact on popular culture is immense and it continues to thrive through other media such as blockbuster movie franchises and video games, not to mention a new generation of comics and graphic novels.

It is widely acknowledged that the Golden Age of comic books was pioneered by Jewish Americans which included the likes of DC's Superman by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster or Marvel's legendary writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby who were behind some of the most enduring, iconic superhero characters to date; Spiderman, Captain America and the Hulk to name but a few.

Amid the rise of Fascism in Europe and the Second World War, many of the superheroes became metaphors of the Jewish experience facing anti-Semitism and the Holocaust with characters having to live with dual or hidden identities in order to assimilate in a society that would otherwise shun them, as with the X-Men.

Jun 01 06:11

US labour unions voice historic support for Palestinians

A growing number of American labour unions have endorsed statements in solidarity with Palestinians, with some going as far as to adopt the call to boycott Israel over its human rights and international law violations, creating a growing divide with the national union leadership that has largely remained silent on the issue.

One of the most significant of these shows of support came from the United Educators of San Francisco (USEF), a union that represents 6,000 teachers in the San Francisco school system, which voted on 19 May to approve a resolution endorsing the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) campaign - a non-violent initiative that encourages the censure of Israel's violations of international law and human rights standards through various boycotts.

"Therefore, be it further resolved, that UESF endorse the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel," the resolution said.

May 31 07:06

Palestinian Patients in Jerusalem Face Loss of Gaza Homes from Hospital

Sitting at the bedside of her five-year-old son, who has leukemia, Mona al-Ghoul shifts her attention from Wassim as she tries to comfort him after a chemotherapy session, to her mobile screen as she absorbs the stream of news pouring in from Gaza.

For weeks, the 29-year-old mother has been dealing alone with her son’s illness at Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, where pediatric cancer patients in Gaza are referred for treatment. Signs of stress and sadness can easily be seen on her face.

Patients and their families at the hospital are going through some of their most difficult days as they cope with their situation against the backdrop of Israel’s assault on Gaza.

May 31 07:00

Caitlin Johnstone: Israel narrative management is getting incredibly desperate and brazen

More people are becoming conscious of the Palestine issue and politicians and pundits can no longer get away with painting themselves as progressive-minded humanists without acknowledging the brutal nature of Israeli occupation.

The National Director Emeritus for the Anti-Defamation League has announced on Twitter that he is cancelling his subscription to The New York Times, claiming that a front-page story featuring the photos of children killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza this month constitutes “blood libel” against Jews.

“I am cancelling my subscription to NYTimes,” tweeted Abraham Foxman. “I grew up in America on the NYT - I delivered the NYT to my classmates - I learned civics - democracy and all the news ‘fit to print’ for 65 years but no more. Today’s blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough.”

May 31 06:03

Tip off leads to break up of Jewish extremist ring planning attacks on Arabs

As the streets of Israel roiled with racial strife and fighting this month, police smashed a ring of dozens of extremist young Jews who were using social media to plan attacks on Arab citizens.

Police were tipped off about the plans of the group, whose members allied themselves with the extremist Lehava organization. Nine of the group's members were arrested after they were found in possession of various items that they allegedly planned to use as weapons.

May 30 06:27

Israel's Brutality on Palestinians Continues

May 30 06:17

Caitlin Johnstone: Israel narrative management is getting incredibly desperate and brazen

More people are becoming conscious of the Palestine issue and politicians and pundits can no longer get away with painting themselves as progressive-minded humanists without acknowledging the brutal nature of Israeli occupation.

The National Director Emeritus for the Anti-Defamation League has announced on Twitter that he is cancelling his subscription to The New York Times, claiming that a front-page story featuring the photos of children killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza this month constitutes “blood libel” against Jews.

“I am cancelling my subscription to NYTimes,” tweeted Abraham Foxman. “I grew up in America on the NYT - I delivered the NYT to my classmates - I learned civics - democracy and all the news ‘fit to print’ for 65 years but no more. Today’s blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough.”

May 29 06:28

Emergencies Ministry Plane With Russians Evacuated From Gaza Departs Cairo, Embassy Says

A Russian Emergencies Ministry plane carrying 64 Russian citizens evacuated from the Gaza Strip departed Cairo for Moscow, the Russian Embassy in Cairo told Sputnik.

Russian citizens, mostly women and children, arrived from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening at Cairo International Airport. From the border with the enclave, they were accompanied by employees of the Russian embassy in Egypt, who also provided them with assistance at the airport.

"We are sincerely grateful to the Egyptian authorities for their responsive attitude to the appeal regarding taking Russian citizens through Egyptian territory and the comprehensive assistance provided. This again confirms the high level of mutual understanding and cooperation between our countries," the Russian Embassy wrote on its Facebook page.
On May 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on the evacuation of Russian and CIS citizens from the Gaza Strip at their request.

May 29 06:27

Facebook slammed for advertising properties in illegal Israeli settlements on Instagram

Facebook is being criticised for letting companies advertise the sale of property in illegal Israeli settlements on Instagram, amid continued outrage at the social media giant's alleged censorship of Palestinian accounts in recent weeks.

Images posted online showed an Israeli company advertising properties in the northern occupied West Bank settlement of Beit Aryeh-Ofarim on Instagram, the social media platform owned by Facebook.

Facebook, like other social media companies, is facing mounting pressure over its policing of pro-Palestinian content in the wake of the recent deadly escalation in Israel and Palestine, which has left some 292 people dead.

Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook have all been accused of banning, blocking or restricting accounts that published photos of the Israeli bombardment of civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

May 29 06:26

Meet the 90-year old Jewish American woman protesting for Palestine

It is a cool Friday evening and Shatzi Weisberger is sitting on a plastic folding chair in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn minutes before the start of a Shabbat rally, called by Jewish New Yorkers in protest at the continued US support of Israel's occupation of Palestinians.

Around her hundreds of people make their way into the plaza; some with toddlers in tow, others lean and stretch on the paving, drawing slogans on to posters or arranging last-minute banners just as the event "Rise up Shabbat" is about to begin.

Weisberger is well prepared. With a Palestinian Keffiyeh loosely draped around her neck, she clutches on to her walker with her right hand, and with her left, holds a placard that reads: "This 90-year-old Jew says Zionism is genocide!"

May 29 06:25

IDF brags of waging 'first AI war,' lending credence to view that Gaza serves as testing ground for Israel's fighting techniques

The 11-day flare-up between Israel and Hamas was dubbed the "first AI war" by Israel's military, which bragged about using advanced computing technologies to sift through the staggering amount of intelligence it collects on Gaza.

"For the first time, artificial intelligence (AI) was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy," a senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) Intelligence Corps said, as cited by Israeli media.

The elite intelligence Unit 8200 used programs called "Alchemist," "Gospel" and "Depth of Wisdom," to further boost an already overwhelming superiority that IDF has over militants in the blockaded Gaza enclave. AI-powered analysis was applied to vast amounts of data collected through satellite imaging, surveillance cameras, interception of communications and human intelligence, according to the Israeli military.

May 29 06:21

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian dead during clashes in occupied West Bank, health officials say

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian protester during clashes in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry has said, as tensions remain high despite the ceasefire between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

Earlier on Friday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered outside the town of Nablus in the northern West Bank to protest the illegal construction of Israeli settlements in the area.

The demonstrators, some of whom had their faces covered with masks and scarfs, reportedly threw stones at the soldiers and set tires alight.

Israeli troops responded to those actions with tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire, killing one man, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

May 29 06:13

Quds Force chief: Israel must now think about leaving Palestine

The head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it is time for the Israelis to think about leaving Palestine and redeem their homes in Europe and the US.

General Ismail Qa'ani's remarks at a ceremony in Tehran Saturday on the 40th day since the passing away of his deputy Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi came in the wake of the recent 11-day Israeli war on Gaza which marked an unprecedented show of force by the Palestinian resistance.

"In the first three days of the Palestinian war with the Zionist regime, we fired as many missiles at the occupied territories as the entire 22-day war. This is the power of the Resistance Front," General Qa'ani said, referring to the war that began on December 27, 2008.

May 28 12:08

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

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May 28 09:58

We can defeat the corporate media’s war to snuff out independent journalism

Jonathan Cook highlights "mainstream" media's efforts "to shape the values and worldview of its readers, over time limiting the range of possible thoughts they are likely to entertain", and how new technology "has offered us new tools in our struggle and… redrawn the battleground".>>

May 28 07:21

UN rights council orders unprecedented open-ended probe of Israel

Body votes for permanent inquiry on alleged violations; Netanyahu pans ‘shameful decision,’ says council has ‘anti-Israel obsession’; envoy Erdan calls it ‘appalling, antisemitic’.

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Sorry but does being pro-Palestinian human rights automatically count as "Antisemitic"?!? Erdan has trotted out that dead horse just once too many times, and the world, in looking at the horror of what Israel has done in Gaza, particularly the bombing of multi-family residences; hospitals; and schools this time, screams for an investigation.

I mean, if Israel has nothing to hide, why would they fear such an investigation?!?

May 28 07:16

Israel strips healthcare access for Palestinian activists in East Jerusalem: report

At least 11 Palestinians, including campaigners, their relatives and ex-detainees, were affected by the move.

Several Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem have lost access to healthcare after Israeli authorities "suspended" their healthcare and state welfare provisions, Haaretz reported on Thursday.

At least 11 Palestinians, including campaigners, their relatives and ex-detainees, were affected by the move.

A wife of one of the Palestinians was informed she would not be able to see the outcome of a pregnancy-related blood test.

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Blocking health care, is definitely part of Issrael's multi-faceted "Final Solution" for the Palestinians, and is a vicious, and vile move, which only goes to emphasize the utter, ruthless apartheid under which Palestinians live 24/7.

May 28 07:11

7 cops questioned over shooting of Sheikh Jarrah girl in back with sponge round

Police Internal Investigation Department suspends 3 officers for 1-2 weeks; clip shows girl, 16, shot as she enters her East Jerusalem home and a stun grenade is then thrown inside.

Seven police officers were questioned under caution on Wednesday and three of them were suspended over an incident last week in which a sponge-tipped bullet was shot into the back of a Palestinian teenage girl in East Jerusalem as she was obeying a cop’s order to go back into her home?

In footage first aired by Kan news, Janna Kiswani, 16, and several of her relatives can be seen stepping out of the door of their home in the flashpoint neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on May 18, as a protest was held nearby.

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Assassinations, an attempted cold blooded murder of Palestians; Hey, it's just another normal day for Israeli police!!!
Of course, actions like this are easy, when "the others" are so demonized, as to lose any vestige of their humanity, in your eyes, isn't it?!?

Their only problem was the whole incident got caught on camera, as the footage here indicates.

May 28 07:09

Israel’s War of Provocation

On September 28, 2000, Ariel Sharon led a group of Likud politicians, surrounded by a thousand armed police, up the Temple Mount, home of the Al-Aqsa Mosque: an unprecedented provocation at one of Islam’s holiest sites. The next day, as thousands of Palestinians protested, Israeli police opened fire on the protesters, and, the day after that, the second intifada was born.

Sharon knew what he was doing, and, importantly, he knew where he was doing it. According to several scholars, including Patrick Tyler in A World of Trouble, Sharon’s ascent of the Temple Mount was well planned and intentionally provocative.

May 28 07:09

Israel arrested at least 250 Palestinian citizens in the last two days

Israeli police have arrested at least 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel within the last two days, while activists say attacks by Jewish Israelis against the community go unpunished.

According to the Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa, Israeli forces arrested 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel on Monday and Tuesday, in a campaign of detentions that is still ongoing.

Hassan Jabreen, the head of Adalah, a legal centre for the protection of Palestinian citizens of Israel, told local news outlet Arab 48 that the Israeli police have been "terrorising" citizens via the campaign that comes from "purely political" motivations with no legal basis.

In Wadi Ara and Kafr Manda, Israeli police arrested dozens of youths and raided homes. Arrests also took place in Negev and Umm Al-Fahm.

May 28 07:08

'Feeble coexistence': Palestinians in Israel are crying out for equality

Last Friday, hours after a ceasefire went into effect between Israel and Hamas, ending 11 days of hostilities that killed more than 260 Palestinians and wrecked swaths of Gaza, the Old City of Acre on Israel’s northern coast tentatively reopened to visitors.

For the best part of two weeks, this Palestinian ghetto trapped inside a much larger modern Jewish city of the same name had been the scene of what the Israeli media termed "riots". It had been effectively declared a no-go zone by the police.

As in other Palestinian communities across Israel, youths in Acre erupted in angry protest earlier this month, incensed by scenes of Israeli brutality in occupied Jerusalem and devastating missile strikes on Gaza that only underscored their own experience of marginalisation and systematic mistreatment inside a Jewish state.

May 28 07:07

Israel-Palestine: Apartheid cannot be defeated without armed resistance

The day after the Gaza ceasefire took effect, an acquaintance who works for an international NGO told me that his western colleagues were opining that Hamas had harmed the cause of Sheikh Jarrah residents by igniting the recent military confrontation.

Their argument was that the Palestinian cause could best be served through peaceful means, such as demonstrations and calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), while military action costs the Palestinian world sympathy and solidarity.

In a recent Guardian article, reporter Chris McGreal asked the question: “Boycotts and sanctions helped rid South Africa of apartheid - is Israel next in line?”

May 28 07:07

Students across the UK demand an end to university complicity in Israeli apartheid

On the 28th of May, university students across the country are gathering in unity with the Palestinian people to demand immediate divestment from companies complicit in Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism as a part of Apartheid Off Campus’s national day of action.

The recent forced expulsions in Sheik Jarrah, the brutal attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque and the ruthless bombing of Gaza have brought students together in grief, anger and deep solidarity with Palestine. As a result, protests will be taking place on campuses of UK universities that are complicit in these human rights violations. In total, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign database calculates UK universities to be investing £455,815,954 in companies that directly or indirectly assist the violent Israeli regime of dispossession and incremental genocide of the Palestinian people.

May 28 07:06

Now it’s ‘antisemitic’ to say that Israel practices ‘apartheid’

As you are surely aware, advocates for Israel are using an apparent surge in antisemitic attacks to try to delegitimize pro-Palestine advocacy.

Part of that effort is a move to characterize the charge that Israel is practicing apartheid as antisemitic. Four pro-Israel congresspeople sent a letter to President Biden yesterday taking aim at fellow Democrats who are critical of Israel. The four — Josh Gottheimer, Elaine Luria, Dean Phillips, and Kathy Manning, all of whom are Jewish — say Israel protects Jews, so criticisms of Israel over “apartheid” or “terrorism” are “antisemitic at their core.”

May 28 07:06

Israel arrested at least 250 Palestinian citizens in the last two days

At least 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested in the last two days as justice for one who was the victim of an attempted lynching is still pending.

Israeli police have arrested at least 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel within the last two days, while activists say attacks by Jewish Israelis against the community go unpunished.

According to the Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa, Israeli forces arrested 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel on Monday and Tuesday, in a campaign of detentions that is still ongoing.

Hassan Jabreen, the head of Adalah, a legal centre for the protection of Palestinian citizens of Israel, told local news outlet Arab 48 that the Israeli police have been "terrorising" citizens via the campaign that comes from "purely political" motivations with no legal basis.

In Wadi Ara and Kafr Manda, Israeli police arrested dozens of youths and raided homes. Arrests also took place in Negev and Umm Al-Fahm.

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Please understand; for jailed Palestinians, the Israeli "normal" is:

Indefinite detention without charge, partcularly with children, to get the to sign confessions about something crazy someone in their family was alleged to have done.
Torture to make you confess to something you, or someone you know, absolutely did not do.
Signing your confession in a language you cannot read, write, or understand (Hebrew)
Yet more jail time, for somethng you absolutely did not do.

May 28 06:59

Displaced by Israeli Bombs, Gazans Camp by Rubble of Their Homes

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) - Tents have replaced some high-rises in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya, where heavy Israeli air strikes left several families homeless and doubtful that rebuilding will start soon.

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I would almost be willing to bet, that Israel will allow as near to zero rebuilding projects happen as they think they can get away with.

May 28 06:41

Palestine’s Moment: Despite Massive Losses, Palestinians Have Altered the Course of History

The rational answer was, and remains, that only the Palestinian people will determine the nature, scope and direction of their collective action. Popular revolts are not the outcome of wishful thinking but of circumstances, the tipping point of which can only be decided by the people themselves.

May 2021 was that very tipping point. Palestinians rose in unison from Jerusalem to Gaza, to every inch of occupied Palestine, including Palestinian refugee communities throughout the Middle East and, by doing so, they also resolved an impossible political equation. The Palestinian "problem" was no longer that of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem alone, but also of Israeli racism and apartheid which have targeted the Palestinian communities inside Israel. Further, it was also the crisis of leadership and the deep-seated factionalism and political corruption.

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Israel had a real problem here, as it was thoroughly incapable of controlling the narrative, and the horrific reality of the day-to-day lives of Palestinians, courtesy of an apartheid theocracy, bristling with nukes, became headline news around the world.

May 28 06:32

“America First” Conservatives Declare: “Actually, We Meant Israel First”

Whenever these rote recitations are systematically rolled out — “stand with” blah blah blah, “right to defend” blah blah blah — you can bet that the person doing the reciting has barely bothered to give any original thought to the wider conflict, including the role of the United States. Rather, his or her intention is to affirm blanket approval for anything the Israeli military wants to do. These slogans are not responsive to the question of whether it’s defensible for the Israeli military to flatten entire apartment buildings in densely-packed areas using provisions furnished by US taxpayers, or decimate entire residential blocks into rubble. The “right to defend itself” mantra just glosses over all that, reducing the whole matter to a kind of meaningless nostrum.

May 28 06:26

Good News and Bad News

Possibly the best news to come out of the past week has been the announcement of a possibly Egyptian mediated cease fire between Israel and Gaza late last Thursday. The fighting killed 243 Palestinians, including 66 children, versus twelve Israelis including two children and also did major damage to schools, medical facilities and other infrastructure in Gaza. It is being widely presumed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled the plug on the “Guardians of the Walls” offensive because of concerns that Israeli Army brutality was inflicting serious damage on the hitherto favorable perception of the Jewish state in the United States. As U.S. support of Israeli initiatives for both the money and political cover that Washington provides is essential to the Netanyahu long term plan to annex nearly all of the West Bank, it would have seemed prudent to take one’s foot off the pedal until the expected next round of fighting.

May 28 06:05

Netanyahu blasts UN Human Rights Council for ‘blatant anti-Israel obsession’ after it votes to investigate Gaza conflict

The UN Human Rights Council’s decision to launch an open-ended probe of alleged Israeli abuses in the Palestinian territories mocks international law and encourages terrorists worldwide, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

A draft resolution calling for an investigation of Israel’s recent 11-day conflict with Gaza-based Hamas militant group and the events preceding it passed in the Council on Thursday by 24 to 9 votes, with 14 abstentions.

In a series of tweets, Netanyahu stated that the “shameful” decision by the UN body was yet another example of its “blatant anti-Israel obsession.”

May 28 06:04

Israel strips healthcare access for Palestinian activists in East Jerusalem: report

Several Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem have lost access to healthcare after Israeli authorities "suspended" their healthcare and state welfare provisions, Haaretz reported on Thursday.

At least 11 Palestinians, including campaigners, their relatives and ex-detainees, were affected by the move.

A wife of one of the Palestinians was informed she would not be able to see the outcome of a pregnancy-related blood test.

Majed al-Jouba, the woman's husband, related that this was due to her being "blocked on the computer system." Haaretz reported that the policy of "blocking" was put in place five days before.

May 28 06:04

Paramedics targeted by Israeli forces while tending to injured protesters

Palestinians in the West Bank are heading to the Israeli checkpoints that cut off their towns to demand justice for fellow Palestinians under Israeli attack in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Protesters face live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets, while ambulance staff treating the wounded are also targeted.

Middle East Eye reporter Faten Elwan reveals the situation on the ground.

May 28 06:03

Palestinians speak out about torture in PA prison

Palestinian journalist Sami al-Sai had been ordered released from the custody of the Palestinian intelligence services in Tulkarem in February, but just as he was about to leave, he was rearrested and transferred to Jericho prison.

There, he underwent 15 days of interrogation and torture, he told Al Jazeera.

May 28 06:03

In wake of Gaza conflict, Palestinian Authority cracks down on West Bank activists

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has increased its political arrests in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks, as Palestinians across the occupied territories and Israel have protested against Israel’s planned eviction of residents of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem and the Israeli bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The campaign of arrests reached its peak on 22 May, shortly after Israel and Hamas (the Palestinian movement governing Gaza) reached a ceasefire agreement after 11 days of deadly violence.

PA forces have arrested at least 14 Palestinians over their participation in demonstrations or social media posts since the start of May, according to the Ramallah-based Lawyers for Justice group. Others have also been summoned for interrogation, although the total figure remains unclear.

May 28 06:02

Sheikh Jarrah shooting of Palestinian girl caught on CCTV

Israeli police fired rubber-coated bullets into the back of a 16-year-old girl as she stood outside her home in Sheikh Jarrah, and then threw a stun grenade into the house.

The incident happened on 18 May, but new CCTV footage shows the moment of the shooting.

May 28 05:39

After humiliation in Gaza, Israel threatens Lebanon with war

Israel’s minister of military affairs Benny Gantz has threatened Lebanon with military strikes in the event of an attack from the north, saying raids on Lebanon would include bigger and more significant targets than those hit during the recent onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

“If an attack comes from the north, Lebanon will tremble… the houses in which weapons and terrorist operatives are being hidden will become rubble. Our list of targets for Lebanon is bigger and more significant than the one for Gaza, and the bill is ready to be settled if necessary,” Gantz said in a speech on Wednesday.

The remarks came after Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, warned Israel that any aggression on holy sites in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds would lead to a regional war and the destruction of the regime in Tel Aviv.

May 28 05:37

Amnesty International says Silwan evictions example of Israel’s forced displacement policy

Amnesty International has sharply criticized the planned eviction of several dozen Palestinian families from their homes in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of Silwan as "another illustration of Israel’s criminal policy of forced displacement of Palestinians.”

Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the London-based organization, Saleh Higazi, said the Israeli regime is "fanning the flames of the latest upsurge in violence and perpetuating the same systematic human rights violations against Palestinians" by continuing to pursue the Jerusalem al-Quds District Court’s decision on a pending appeal against the ordered eviction.

He argued that the measure follows massive outcry over planned expulsions from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, where protests against the decision led to Israeli violence against Palestinians and the 11-day war on the Gaza Strip.

May 28 05:36

From Here On, Palestine Calls the Shots

From rocks to rockets. This is now the recorded evolution of the armed Palestinian Resistance. From throwing Intifada rocks that barely scratched occupation tanks, to lobbing rockets that can now reach anywhere in Israel: this is presently the undeniable status of the Palestinian Resistance. Hard, therefore, not to deduce that some impressive progress has been achieved by the armed Palestinian Resistance in Gaza, despite Gaza being under a severe land, sea and air siege. Right under the very noses of the bulky Israeli military and its lauded hi-tech Intel, the Palestinian Resistance has managed to arm itself in a significant way – and indeed, it continues to improve its arsenal, undetected. Of course, Israel’s weaponry remains by far more superior to that of the Palestinians, but this superiority in arms became meaningless during the recent ‘Sword of Jerusalem’ combat: a small war that found the Israeli forces unilaterally withdrawing from the battlefield after only some ten days.

May 28 05:22

Everyone is wrong about Israel-Palestine – here’s how the pursuit of huge gas reserves and money is fuelling the conflict

There are trillions of tonnes of recoverable gas lying underneath the disputed waters off Gaza, Israel, Syria and Lebanon. And the Israelis want to make sure they alone control and profit from it.

Few topics rile people up on both sides of the political aisle more than the Israel-Palestine question. It is without doubt one of the most – if not the most – explosively divisive issues on the planet.

For example, when I have criticised Saudi Arabia’s criminal bombardment of Yemen, I have never once even contemplated fearing a backlash of people accusing me of being anti-Islamic or labelling me an Islamophobe. (Sure, Saudi nationals critical of its government’s actions may have to avoid entering into their local Saudi consulate upon invitation, but that’s for a different reason.)

May 28 05:16

'Tension, Conflict and War': US State Department Cautions Israel Against Sheikh Jarrah Evictions

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared "a two-state solution" would be necessary for "Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state," as well as "give the Palestinians the state they're entitled to." That same day, Blinken pledged to rebuild US-Palestinian relations by reopening a mission for Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Blinken cautioned Israeli officials against tentative evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, according to a Thursday report published by Axios.

During his visits to Jerusalem and Ramallah, the US Secretary of State reportedly warned officials that future unrest around the holy site of Temple Mount could lead to renewed "tension, conflict and war."

May 28 05:13

Palestinians open Sheikh Jarrah bookshop in tribute to demolished Gaza store

Residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem opened a bookshop on Wednesday in honour of the one demolished by Israeli air strikes in Gaza earlier this month.

The Samir Mansour bookshop was built 21 years ago and was known for being Gaza’s largest. Two storeys tall, it was home to tens of thousands of books.

On 18 May, the store - along with most of its books - was destroyed by Israeli air strikes.

Posts on the bookshop’s Instagram page showed the damage. Books could be seen to be strewn across the ground underneath the rubble.

May 27 07:01

Dozens of Jewish Israelis Attacking an Arab Were Caught on Camera. Only Six Were Arrested

Their faces can be seen clearly. What they’re doing is also clear. Seemingly, the people involved could easily be identified. Yet two weeks after Said Moussa was attacked and badly injured on the Bat Yam promenade, only six arrests have been made – two following the report in Haaretz. Only three indictments have been served so far.

Warning: Contains graphic footage that may be hard to watch

May 27 06:48

WITNESS: Israel is provoking Hamas, putting ceasefire at risk

The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel took effect at 2:00 am May 21. Israel claims that no demands were attached to the mutual agreement to the cessation of hostilities; Hamas asserts that the ceasefire included terms: that Israel would “lift their hands off” the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Whether or not the demands are real, Israel’s actions in Al Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah were the spark that ignited the recent hostilities. Hamas issued an ultimatum, demanding that Israel withdraw its forces from both locations, and began firing on Tel Aviv when Israel did not comply.

The durability of the ceasefire may well depend on Israel’s behavior at these two flashpoints – as Israel well knows (in fact, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar said as much today).

May 27 06:18

Amazon employees urge Jeff Bezos to cut ties with Israeli military

Employees at Amazon have urged the e-commerce giant to sever all ties with the Israeli military, just a day after Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google signed a $1.2bn deal with Israel, Middle East Eye can reveal.

The letter, signed by 600 employees, and delivered to Jeff Bezos, Andy Jassy and the executive team on Tuesday, urges Amazon "to commit to review and sever business contracts and corporate donations with companies, organizations, and/or governments that are active or complicit in human rights violations, such as the Israeli Defense Forces."

The letter, sent to MEE by an employee and signatory to the letter, says that given that Amazon employs Palestinians in Tel Aviv, Haifa offices and around the world, "ignoring the suffering faced by Palestinians and their families at home erases our Palestinian coworkers."

May 27 06:17

Big Tech censors Palestinian advocacy around the world, while fostering surge in Jewish extremism in Israel

In a video widely shared on Twitter, Muna El-Kurd talks about the critical role social media plays in amassing international solidarity for the Palestinian cause.

“We feel social media is the only way left to get attention. Every post, tweet, video makes a difference. This is how we reach out to the masses of decent people and governments around the world” Muna El-Kurd said.

El-Kurd’s words were never more evident than on May 18 when Palestinians in the occupied territories, major Israeli cities, and diaspora communities around the world rallied together for a ‘general strike day’ to protest Israel’s rocket fire barrage of the Gaza strip that killed over 250 Palestinians sequestered in the coastal enclave. Protests in the UK, across Europe, and the US rallied thousands of demonstrators again on Saturday.

May 27 06:16

Palestinian President Abbas says ceasefire must include ban on Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa

Israel and Hamas' recent ceasefire must include a ban on provocative Israeli raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Egyptian and Jordanian officials on Tuesday.

Abbas made the demands during meetings with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Ramallah.

"The ceasefire must include an end to [Israeli] attacks and invasions," Abbas' office told The Times of Israel.

The statement echoed the PA president's comments to Safadi on Tuesday, in which he said that the truce must include "stopping attacks and incursions by extremist settlers, backed by the Israeli occupation forces, on Al-Aqsa Mosque and on our people in the West Bank".

May 27 05:55

Meet the outspoken Rabbi who says Israel is a monster that should be removed from the map

Neturei Karta is a Jewish group whose controversial solution to the bloodshed in Gaza is to bring about the end of the Israeli state. RT.com spoke to Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, who explained why they think this is necessary.
It’s not often you encounter a Rabbi with a Palestinian flag pinned to their jacket. But then Neturei Karta are anything but conventional.

They are a religious group of Haredi Jews whose name in Aramaic means ‘Protectors of the City’. The city in question is Jerusalem and the group is founded on their refusal to accept or recognise the state of Israel. Confused?

One of their main figures, Rabbi Weiss, explained their position to RT. He said, “Zionism is the transformation of Judaism, from religion, from subservience to God, into a material concept of nationalism. This is unacceptable to the ones who want to serve God. In order to create this nationalism, they are removing God from the equation.

May 27 05:54

Jerusalem: Israeli court postpones decision on Silwan evictions amid crackdown on protest

Israeli police cracked down on a demonstration against the forced displacement of Palestinian families from the Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood of Silwan, East Jerusalem, early on Wednesday, as the Jerusalem District Court heard an appeal in their eviction cases.

Seven Palestinian families from the neighbourhood were ordered to leave their homes in 2020. Two of them, the Najah and the Kayed al-Rajabi families, submitted their appeal to the Jerusalem court early on Wednesday.

The court heard the appeal and decided to postpone its final verdict.

Outside, residents of Silwan, a small town south of Jerusalem’s Old City, gathered alongside dozens of supporters to denounce the eviction orders.

May 26 10:33

Jerusalem is ready to explode - the world can't say it wasn't warned

Barely a month has passed since Jared Kushner, former US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and Middle East envoy, declared the Arab-Israeli conflict over.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Kushner declared that "the political earthquake" unleashed by the latest wave of Arab normalisations with Israel wasn’t over. Indeed, Kushner enthused, more than 130,000 Israelis had already visited Dubai since Trump hosted the signing of the Abraham Accords last September.

New friendly relations were flowering between Jews and Arabs. Just wait for the direct flights between Morocco and Israel. Saudi Arabia would soon be next. "We are witnessing the last vestiges of what has been known as the Arab-Israeli conflict," Kushner wrote triumphantly.

May 26 10:32

The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government

“Israel has the right to defend itself.”

These are the words we hear from both Democratic and Republican administrations whenever the government of Israel, with its enormous military power, responds to rocket attacks from Gaza.

Let’s be clear. No one is arguing that Israel, or any government, does not have the right to self-defense or to protect its people. So why are these words repeated year after year, war after war? And why is the question almost never asked: “What are the rights of the Palestinian people?”

And why do we seem to take notice of the violence in Israel and Palestine only when rockets are falling on Israel?

In this moment of crisis, the United States should be urging an immediate cease-fire. We should also understand that, while Hamas firing rockets into Israeli communities is absolutely unacceptable, today’s conflict did not begin with those rockets.

May 26 10:28

F-35s Bombing Gaza

Israel has already received twenty-seven F-35s from the US, and last February decided to buy no longer fifty F-35s but seventy-five. To this end the government has decreed a further allocation of 9 billion dollars: 7 were granted by a US to Israel free military “aid” of 28 billion, 2 were granted as a loan by the US Citibank.

While Israeli F-35 pilots were being trained by the U.S. Air Force in Arizona and Israel, the US Army Engineers built in Israel special hardened hangars for the F-35s, suitable for both fighters’ maximum protection on the ground, and their rapid take-off on attack. At the same time, the Israeli military industries (Israel Aerospace and Elbit Systems) in close coordination with Lockheed Martin enhance the fighter renamed “Adir” (Powerful): above all its ability to penetrate enemy defenses and its range of action which was nearly doubled.

May 26 08:45

Pilots Tell Israeli News Channel They Flattened Gaza Buildings To "Vent Frustration"

According to a report in Israel's prominent Channel 12 news outlet, multiple Israeli pilots which were engaged in bombing operations over Gaza during this month's eleven days of fighting voiced that they often leveled entire buildings to "vent frustration".

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