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May 26 06:49

Stop comparing Israel to Apartheid South Africa; it is worse

It is common these days to compare the institutional racism in Israel, and its occupation of Palestine, to Apartheid South Africa. Up to a point, it's a reasonable comparison. Up to a point. For all its horrors and brutality, the apartheid regime in South Africa never used fighter jets and artillery to bomb the oppressed people living in the townships. Israel has, and continues to do so.

Indeed, this has now become almost routine, and thus "acceptable" to the international community, allowing Israel to act with impunity. The effects are appalling.

According to the Minister of Housing and Public Works in Gaza, Naji Sarhan, 1,800 housing units were completely destroyed by Israel during its latest onslaught against civilians in the blockaded territory, including five residential tower blocks in the middle of Gaza City, a densely-populated area. Almost 17,000 more homes were partially damaged and more than 120,000 Palestinians were thus forcibly displaced from their homes.

May 26 06:47

Israel Starts Preparations For A New Segregated Road On Palestinian Lands In Salfit

Israel has started the digging and preparing for a new segregated road on lands owned by Palestinians from Iskaka and Yasuf village, east of Salfit in central West Bank.

Fawzi Lami, the mayor of Iskaka, said the army bulldozed large areas of Palestinian lands in the southeastern part of the village, known as as-Serb, close to the illegal Nofei Nehmia illegal colony.

He added that the planned segregated road would be 1200 meters long and 6 meters wide.

The official stated that this means Israel would be isolating 100 Dunams of Palestinian lands behind the road and would lead to their illegal annexation.

May 26 06:47

Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa for third day in a row

Israeli forces and settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque for the third day in a row on Tuesday morning, as arrests of Palestinian activists took place across the occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian sources in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, with the protection of Israeli police.

Israeli forces guards were filmed harassing teenage boys in the neighbourhood of Silwan, apparently carrying out random ID checks.

Silwan is a neighbourhood south of Al-Aqsa Mosque and is one of the East Jerusalem suburbs that are at risk of the displacement of Palestinian residents.

In Hebron, settlers attacked the houses of two separate families and uprooted 35 olive trees and a yield of summer crops, according to local reports.

May 26 06:43

Palestine: Hamas Defeats Israel

Just like in 2006, when both Ehud Olmert and George Bush declared that the “invincible IDF” had, yet again, achieved a “glorious victory” and the entire Middle-East almost died laughing hearing this ridiculous claim, today both the US and Israeli propaganda machine have declared another “glorious” victory for the “Jewish state of Israel” cum “sole democracy in the Middle-East”. And, just like in 2006, everybody in the region (and in Zone B) knows that the truth is that the Zionist entity suffered a huge, humiliated, defeat. Let’s try to unpack this.

May 24 11:51

VICE Interviews American-Israeli Settler Jacob Fauci Of "If I Don't Steal It Someone Else Is Going To" Fame

VICE has managed to snag an interview with Jacob Fauci, a Jewish New Yorker from Long Island who went viral for telling a Palestinian woman complaining about him stealing her home that "If I don't steal it someone else is going to steal it."

May 24 09:33

Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque under protection of Israeli security forces

May 24 09:32

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May 24 08:44

'Abolish Israel': Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters hit the streets of New York to demand US stops funding Israel as fragile ceasefire with Gaza holds

Thousands of demonstrators are taking to the streets in New York City holding 'Abolish Israel' signs to show their support for Palestinians, with protests also planned in other US cities following intense demonstrations around the world.

The 'Rally to Defend Palestine' on Saturday afternoon in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens was organized by the New York group Within Our Lifetime (WOL).

It comes after nearly two weeks of violent conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant groups left at least 250 people dead, most of them Palestinians, and as the residents of Gaza survey the damage after heavy Israeli bombardment.

May 24 08:27

Understanding Israel’s Latest Attack on Gaza – and Who Benefits

“Both sides need to de-escalate.”

“No one benefits from this. ”

You’ll hear a lot of statements like that from pundits, elected officials, government spokespeople, and mainstream media anytime there’s violence in Israel-Palestine.

In the last few days, Israeli war planes, armed drones, and artillery mounted on tanks have killed more than 119 Palestinians in the besieged and blockaded Gaza Strip. Thirty-one of them were children. Rocket fire from Gaza left eight Israelis, including one child dead.

It’s easy to say no one benefits. But it’s not true.

Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has a whole lot to gain from this assault – among other things, it may keep him out of jail.

May 24 08:27

Netanyahu: Future Gaza Rocket Fire Will Be Met With ‘Whole New Level of Force’

As the fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened that any future rocket fire out of Gaza would be met with “a whole new level of force.”

“If Hamas thinks we will tolerate a ‘drizzle’ of rockets, it is mistaken,” Netanyahu said. “We will respond with a whole new level of force to every instance of aggression against the Gaza-envelope communities or anywhere else in Israel.” The “Gaza-envelope” refers to areas of Israel that are in range of the crude rockets that are fired from Gaza.

The 11-day Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza killed at least 248 Palestinians, including 66 children. In Israel, at least 12 people were killed by rockets fired out of Gaza, including two children. Netanyahu touted the onslaught as an “exceptional success.”

May 24 08:24

Israeli Airstrikes Destroyed Water Supplies of 20% of Gaza Residents (VIDEO)

Israeli forces have deliberately targeted two water pipelines in the Al-Saftawi area cutting supplies to 20 percent of the residents of Gaza City, the municipality said in a statement on Thursday.

“The Israeli airstrikes on Al-Saftawi area last night damaged two main water pipelines feeding the northwestern residential areas,” the statement said.

“The Municipality of Gaza regrettably confirms that the bombing of these two water pipelines, one of which serves more than 200,000 citizens, leaves them with no water supply and aggravating the water crisis that the city suffers due to the deliberate targeting of its infrastructure,” the statement said.

The municipality of Gaza has begun inspecting the destruction and creating temporary solutions to reduce the water crisis caused by the destruction.

May 24 08:08

'She was too vocal': Outrage grows over AP journalist fired for pro-Palestine views

The Associated Press news agency has faced fierce criticism from journalists and academics for sacking a newly graduated news associate over her pro-Palestinian activism while at university.

Emily Wilder, a Jewish American who graduated from Stanford University last year, started her position at AP on 3 May. Just 16 days later, she was fired.

Wilder was told that her dismissal, announced in an AP staff memo that has been widely shared online, was over a violation of the company's social media policy.

May 24 08:07

Israel-Palestine: Google says it has 'no plans' to update blurry maps of Gaza

Google has said it has no plans to update low-resolution imagery of Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories and the besieged Gaza Strip, despite a US law that banned the use of high-quality images being lifted last year.

Prior to agreeing to a ceasefire early on Friday, Israel bombed Gaza for 11 days, killing at least 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, 39 women and 17 elderly men.

The air strikes damaged schools, power lines, water, sanitation and sewage systems for hundreds of thousands of people in a territory that has been under blockade by Israel and Egypt for more than a decade.

Conflict researchers told Middle East Eye it would be difficult to understand the true damage caused by Israeli air strikes due to many open source mapping tools - including Google, Apple, and Bing - which have failed to update their maps with high-resolution imagery.

May 24 08:07

Physicians in Gaza recount airstrikes on clinics, medical staff

After 11 days of intense fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups, primarily Hamas, a fragile ceasefire that took hold Thursday evening is still in place Friday afternoon. With a brief reprieve from hostilities, Palestinians immediately began repairs to the main in Gaza COVID-19 testing and vaccination site that were damaged by Israeli airstrikes on the ministry of health medical complex earlier in the week.

The ministry of health in Gaza announced today that it had reopened the main COVID-19 lab and could continue processing new coronavirus tests. Additionally, a small lab opened yesterday by the border with Egypt in order to run the COVID-19 test for exiting Palestinians.

Friday also marks the first day in over a week when goods could enter Gaza. In the first round of shipments, UNICEF imported 11,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, first aid kits, antibiotics, fire extinguishers and bags of blood and saline-glucose.

May 24 08:00

Israel-Palestine: How social media was used and abused

During the recent violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, social media has proven to be a double-edged sword.

A ceasefire came into effect at 2am on Friday morning, but not before a devastating escalation in which Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed at least 243 Palestinians, including 66 children, and rockets fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave killed 12 people in Israel. In the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, 29 Palestinians were killed.

Over the past two weeks, the digital sphere has taken centre stage. It gave a space for direct, unfiltered documentation of the realities on the ground, a means for disseminating information in many different forms and formats, and a platform for amplifying messages and gestures of solidarity.

But where there has been good use, there has also been abuse.

May 24 07:59

Healthcare Workers Condemn Israel’s ‘Deliberate Dehumanization’ of Palestinians

Healthcare workers from around the world have signed a letter condemning Israel’s deliberate dehumanization and dispossession of the Palestinian people.

“Our colleagues have been killed and high precision weaponry has been used to target healthcare facilities,” they said.

The letter highlighted that Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Auf, head of internal medicine, and Dr. Moein Ahmad Abu-Al Aloul, head of neurology at Gaza’s main hospital, Al-Shifa, were killed in the same bombing raid.

May 24 07:57

Elbit protest: Pro-Palestine activists ‘shut down’ drone factory

Pro-Palestinian activists in the United Kingdom extended their demonstration against the Israeli occupation into a third day on Friday, protesting at a factory that they allege makes combat drones for the Israeli military.

Members of the Palestine Action group first scaled the roof of the factory in Leicester, a city in the English Midlands, on Wednesday.

May 24 07:57

Egypt restricts support for Palestine despite brokering Gaza truce

Over the past two weeks, Egypt's official response to the escalation of deadly violence in Israel-Palestine has sharply contrasted with its crackdown on support for the Palestinian cause at home.

The Egyptian government played a central role in the ceasefire reached early on Friday between Israel and Hamas, after 11 days of deadly hostilities, which have killed 12 people in Israel and 274 Palestinians in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Egypt has also been vocal in demanding calm in the occupied Palestinian territories since the beginning of Israel's crackdown on the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah and inside the al-Aqsa Mosque earlier in May.

May 24 07:54

Man arrested in India for Facebook appeal to hoist Palestine flag

Police in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh have arrested a Muslim man who had appealed on social media to hoist the Palestinian flag on homes and vehicles in a show of solidarity against the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Azamgarh district’s senior superintendent of police Sudhir Kumar Singh told Al Jazeera that they have arrested the man, identified as Yasir Akhtar, after he posted a message on his Facebook page, calling residents in his Saraimeer village to display the flag after the congregational prayers on Friday.

May 24 07:53

Palestinian Conflict Injuries Risk 'Overwhelming' Health Facilities : WHO

U.N. agencies appealed on Friday for urgent medical supplies and access to Gaza, saying thousands of Palestinian injuries risk "overwhelming" some health facilities after 11 days of violence.

A truce took hold on Friday after the heaviest fighting in years between Israel and Palestinian militants, although aid officials warned that it would take Gaza years to recover from the latest flare-up, the fourth conflict since 2008.

World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a virtual U.N. briefing focused on the impact of the violence in the Palestinian territories that some 8,538 injuries had been reported on top of 257 fatalities, saying they risked "overwhelming health facilities".

May 24 07:04

Israeli settlements, explained | Settlements Part I

May 24 07:00

Untold Archaeology of the Temple Mount — Rare Footage

May 24 06:57

Backed by Israeli police, Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound

Dozens of Jewish settlers, flanked by heavily armed Israeli special forces, entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem in the early morning, further raising tensions hours after Palestinian worshippers were beaten and assaulted by Israeli police, according to the Islamic authority overseeing the site.

Citing witnesses, Palestinian news agency WAFA said Israeli police had earlier on Sunday assaulted Palestinian worshippers who were performing dawn prayers at the mosque and “excessively beat” them in order to make way for Israeli Jewish settlers to storm the compound – Islam’s third-holiest site.

WAFA added that at least six Palestinians had been arrested, including Fadi Alyan, a guard at the Al-Aqsa Mosque who tried to film the incident, and Ali Wazouz, an employee of the Islamic Waqf Council, the religious body appointed by Jordan to oversee the Al-Aqsa compound.

May 24 06:50

Biden: End Your Co-Belligerent Backing of Israeli War Crimes

As Senator, Vice President, and now President, your self-promoted/displayed empathy has a problem. You can’t seem to connect the Israeli military powerhouse’s occupation to the oppression and destruction of innocent Palestinian civilians, illegal seizure of Palestinian land/water, and daily violations of U.S. and international law. Israel’s military is deliberately bombing these families, the offices of American media, international medical facilities, and many local hospitals and water and electricity facilities with fighter jets and missiles made in America.

To know about what is happening daily, you do not need to rely on the evidence compiled by the U.S. mainstream media or foreign reporters on the ground in Gaza or your own intelligence agencies, just take it from the Israeli media and Israelis themselves.

May 24 06:48

TikToker sings for Palestine


A song telling the story of Palestine has gone viral on social media. TikToker @emmasworld.101 rhymes off of historical facts with her lyrics.

#Sing #TikTok #Viral #Palestine #Storytelling #Facts

May 24 06:47

‘She Was Too Vocal’: Outrage Grows over AP Journalist Fired for Pro-Palestine Views

The Associated Press news agency has faced fierce criticism from journalists and academics for sacking a newly graduated news associate over her pro-Palestinian activism while at university.

Emily Wilder, a Jewish American who graduated from Stanford University last year, started her position at AP on 3 May. Just 16 days later, she was fired.

Wilder was told that her dismissal, announced in an AP staff memo that has been widely shared online, was over a violation of the company’s social media policy.

Speaking to Middle East Eye, the news agency confirmed that she was dismissed for violations of AP’s social media policy, stating that the violations had occurred “during her time at AP”.

While the agency did not explain which posts in question may have violated the policy – just that she had “showed clear bias” – Wilder has said that she is certain it was the opinions she shared on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory that led to her sacking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, we know now who utterly owns AP's coverage of the Middle East!!

May 24 06:33

Blinken: Two-State Solution is Only Way to Resolve Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

On Friday, as the ceasefire mediated by Egypt between Israel and Hamas continued to hold, US President Joe Biden said there has been no shift in his commitment to Israel’s security, while insisting a two-state solution that presupposes a state for Palestinians remains “the only answer” to the conflict.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has weighed in on calls for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying that "ultimately it's the only way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state, and...the only way to give Palestinians the state to which they're entitled."

May 24 06:16

UN says Israeli aggression exasperated already dire situation in besieged Gaza Strip

The United Nations says the new Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip has deteriorated an already dire humanitarian situation in the impoverished enclave generated by nearly 14 years of an all-out blockade and recurrent hostilities.

In a statement on Sunday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator of the occupied Palestinian territory Lynn Hastings made the warning, saying Palestinians “endured unimaginable suffering” during less than two weeks of Israel’s brutal airstrikes against the densely-populated enclave.

“The ceasefire must be solidified with all avoiding provocation. There must be a political horizon with the root causes of continued conflict being addressed,’’ the UN official said, calling for ensuring support to continue addressing the current needs, including those arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 24 06:15

UAE selling Saudi funded properties in East Jerusalem al-Quds to non Palestinians

Since the normalization of ties between the United Arab Emirates and the Israeli regime, the two sides have taken advantage of every opportunity, at every turn, to cement their friendship.

Inviting the Emiratis to visit al-Quds Mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds and tour the Occupied Territories whilst the Palestinians themselves are faced with restrictions of movement; or hosting the first Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Arab world in the UAE, while political activists are perishing behind bars in the country; these are all tell-tale signs of close cooperation between the two sides, with the main focus on the LAND OF PALESTINE.

May 24 06:11

Israel-Gaza: What Bella Hadid’s stance says about changing conversations

Conversations on social media about Israel-Gaza are changing. But why are many celebrities choosing to stay silent on the matter? And why are those that do, later deciding to remove their posts?

Model Bella Hadid has been more vocal about her views on the issue than most and has attended pro-Palestinian protests. But when Israel tweeted her from their official account, suggesting she was calling to get rid of the Jewish state, some of her posts were deleted. She strongly denies wishing for any harm on Jewish people.

It’s a complex subject to navigate, and with choice of language being so important, BBC Monitoring’s Tala Halawa explores the impact of celebrities speaking out.

May 24 06:06

Jewish Groups That Aid Israel’s War Crimes Can’t Deny All Responsibility for Those Crimes

Here is something that can be said with great confidence. It is racist – antisemitic, if you prefer – to hold Jews, individually or collectively, accountable for Israel’s crimes. Jews are not responsible for Israel’s war crimes, even if the Israeli state presumes to implicate Jews in its crimes by falsely declaring it represents all Jews in the world.

Very obviously, it is not the fault of Jews that Israel commits war crimes, or that Israel uses Jews collectively as a political shield, exploiting sensitivities about the historical suffering of Jews at the hands of non-Jews to immunise itself from international opprobrium.

May 24 06:03

Blinken reaffirms two-state support ahead of Mideast tour

Top U.S. diplomat says Gaza ceasefire could help pivot from violence to 'something more positive,' adding that 'grave' humanitarian situation in the Palestinian enclave must be addressed first and reassuring Washington will work to not allow aid to fall into terrorist groups' hands

May 24 06:02

Israeli police escort more than 120 Jewish visitors to flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem where violence sparked Gaza's 11-day war that saw more than 250 killed and 300 buildings flattened

Israeli police on Sunday escorted more than 120 Jewish visitors to a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem where police actions in recent weeks had ignited protests and violence that triggered war in Gaza, according to the Islamic authority overseeing the site.

The U.N. humanitarian coordinator meanwhile said hundreds of homes in Gaza had been completely destroyed and many more had been badly damaged in the 11-day war, which was brought to a fragile halt on Friday.

Police cleared young Palestinians out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and barred entry to Muslims under the age of 45, according to the Islamic Waqf, which oversees the site under Jordanian custodianship.

May 24 06:00

Dua Lipa, Bella and Gigi Hadid linked with Hamas in 'appalling' NYT advert

Grammy-winning singer Dua Lipa has hit back at a full-page advert in the New York Times which attacked her, along with models Gigi and Bella Hadid, and appeared to link them with Hamas, after the stars recently made social media posts in solidarity with Palestinians.

A ceasefire came into effect in Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday, following a devastating escalation in violence in which Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed at least 243 Palestinians, including 66 children. Rockets fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave killed 12 people in Israel. In the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, 29 Palestinians were killed.

On Saturday, the Times ran a full-page attack ad directed at Lipa and the Hadid sisters following their pro-Palestinian statements.

May 24 06:00

Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa mosque amid tensions in West Bank

Amid international efforts to de-escalate tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli settlers have once again raided the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds under the protection of Israeli forces.

The Palestinian information center, citing sources, reported that extremist settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in the early hours of Sunday.

The Israeli troops also attacked the worshipers who came to perform the dawn prayer at the gates of the al-Aqsa and prevented them from entering the mosque.

Some of the mosque’s guards were detained and and taken to undisclosed location.

The settlers, who were being escorted by heavily-armed Israeli forces, provocatively toured the holy site.

The Israeli settlers performed Jewish religious rituals in the compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosques.

May 24 04:54

US Seeks ‘Equal Security’ for Israelis and Palestinians Amid Gaza's 'Grave' Humanitarian Situation

US President Joe Biden hailed the Egypt-mediated ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas on Thursday after 11 days of violence, underscoring that Palestinians and Israelis “equally deserve" to live safely and securely, enjoying "equal measures of freedom", while assuring Tel Aviv of "full support" to help it "replenish" its Iron Dome system.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken credited the “relentless, determined, but quiet diplomacy” of Joe Biden’s administration with brokering the unconditional ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which came into force on 21 May.

The truce, coming after 11 days that witnessed the most deadly spiral of violence the region had seen in years, was “critical” to allow the US “to make a pivot to building something more positive”, stated Blinken, appearing on ABC News on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at the images accompanying this story; this was a total, deliberate, devastation of Gaza.

Children sleeping on the streets; residences massively turned to rubble. No clean water. No medicine; no food; only chaos and destruction.

And BTW, Secretary Blinken; Egypt facilitied and negotiated the cease-fire, NOT the bloody USA, which, under Biden's watch, has become the United States... of Amnesia!!!!

And Mr. Secretary, my last comment here is, that those who do not understand the lessons of history.... are doomed to repeat them.

May 24 04:35

In pictures: Palestinians return to piles of rubble following Gaza ceasefire

After a ceasefire came into effect in the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians poured onto rubble-filled streets across Gaza as they returned to see what was left of their homes after 11 days of aerial bombardment by Israel (All photos by Mohammed al-Hajjar/MEE).

The Israeli air strikes, which killed at least 243 Palestinians including including 66 children and 39 women, wiped out entire residential buildings.

May 24 04:29

The hardline Israelis stoking violence in East Jerusalem

Sheikh Jarrah, Occupied East Jerusalem – A surreal, and almost bucolic, atmosphere encompassed the occupied East Jerusalem suburb of Sheikh Jarrah on a recent morning as an Israeli settler and a Palestinian sat on armchairs under an old fig tree surrounded by picturesque stone houses, discussing the ongoing violence in the presence of an Israeli TV crew.

For several weeks the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood was a pivotal point in an ongoing battle in which dozens of Palestinian families are fighting to remain in the homes they lived in for generations as they face possible forced expulsion by Israeli authorities to make way for Israeli settlers, a move illegal under international law.

There are several Israeli settler movements involved in pushing for Jewish worshippers to be allowed to pray at Al-Aqsa, reinforcing Palestinian fears that Islam’s third-holiest site could follow the route of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Restoring a temple, when it is soaking in the blood of those previously worshipping on the site at a mosque, seems rather.... draconian.

May 24 04:10

Social media campaign counters Israeli war narrative that 'both sides are suffering'

A social media campaign launched by pro-Palestinian activists is seeking to counter Israel’s war narrative that presents the situation within Israel as equally unbearable as violence in Gaza, amid growing attempts to silence Palestinian content on social media.

Videos circulating on Twitter under the hashtag #unmutepalestine have sought to show the stark contrast between the recent bloodshed in Gaza, where an 11-day airstrike campaign killed over 200 people, and living conditions inside the Israeli territories neighbouring the enclave.

Meanwhile, the UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply shocked by the continued air and artillery bombardment by the Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza.”

“If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza today,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go......unmute!!!!!

May 24 04:05

Israel-Palestine: The girl who showed the world the suffering of Gaza's children

The video of 10-year-old Palestinian Nadine Abdullatif, tearful and devastated as she stands in front of the newly obliterated remains of her neighbour's home, has now been viewed more than 13 million times.

"You see all of this?" she asks, eyes red, gesturing at the rubble behind her. "What do you expect me to do? Fix it? I'm only 10."

Her voice breaks with emotion. "I just want to be a doctor or anything to help my people, but I can't. I'm just a kid."

The internet carried images of the recent spate of violence around the world over the past two weeks, as Israel once again dropped bombs on Gaza, a small stretch of land that is home to more than two million people - 40 percent of whom are under 14.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone with a conscience and a heart, cannot help but be moved by these, and other images, coming out of Gaza right now.

May 24 03:59

Poll: Israel failed to win support of US voters during Gaza massacre

Israel failed to win the sympathy of most Americans during its massive attack on Gaza , a new survey finds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD!!!

May 24 03:33

Israeli Minister Threatens ‘Preemptive’ Strikes Against Hamas in Gaza

An Israeli minister from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said Israel would start “preemptively” attacking targets in Gaza before Hamas or other groups launch rockets towards Israeli territory.

“We cannot wait for rocket fire [to respond in Gaza],” said Tzachi Hanegbi in an interview with Israel’s Channel 13. He said if Hamas is rearming or preparing rockets that it would be “cause for Israeli strikes” in Gaza. “This is a total change of the equation. We’ve never done this,” he said.

Hanegbi’s comments come after Israel’s 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza, which concluded on Friday after a ceasefire was reached. The Israeli bombardment killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children. In Israel, 12 people were killed by rockets launched from Gaza, including two children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, pre-emptive attacks against Hamas are going to help the cease fire to hold..... how, please?!?

Or is this just another Israeli excuse for genocide against the Palestinians?!?

Just checking, sir!

May 23 07:08

Inside the Battle for Jerusalem

May 23 06:31

Has the "civil war" in Israel really just begun?

The whole world is, without moving, witnessing new clashes between Israel and the Palestinians. It remains unmoved confronted with the blood that flows on both sides. The course of events attests that foreign powers, the United States, Iran and Turkey, are throwing oil on the fire. However, this conflict differs from the wars that have followed one another for 73 years in that we are witnessing the possible beginning of a civil war in Israel. The question arises whether this is a spontaneous fire or whether it is deliberately provoked.

May 23 06:27

Israeli Flags Burned, Cars Smashed After Pro-Palestinian Protesters Take to the Streets in London

On Thursday, Israel and the Hamas movement agreed to an Egypt-brokered ceasefire, after 11 days of rocket attacks and airstrikes that left 243 Palestinians and 12 Israelis dead.

Several thousand people marched in a rally in central London in support of Palestinians on Saturday, which marched towards Westminster and the buildings of the British government through Hyde Park.

The protesters, however, faced criticism for holding signs referring to Adolf Hitler, burning Israeli flags, and smashing some cars in the process.

Several posters reading 'Stop doing what Hitler did to you', 'Israel, the new Nazi state' or 'Holocaust Part 2' were seen during the protests.

May 22 12:07

Pali Youth take tear gas box away from IDF and use it on them

So Satisfying to see

May 22 05:48

Facebook launches 'special operations centre' to filter Israel-Palestine content

Social media giant Facebook has launched a "special operations center" helping it deal with material related to Palestine-Israel.

Reuters reported that, according to Facebook on Wednesday, the initiative launched last week.

The news comes as the Israeli bombing campaign against Gaza reached its tenth day on Wednesday, with the number of fatalities now at a minimum of 227 in the enclave, of which 64 are children.

The California-based business' VP content policy, Monika Bickert, informed journalists the centre permits quicker deletion of material breaching its policies.

She added that it also enables them to deal with "possible errors in enforcement".

May 22 05:48

UN head: "If there is a hell on earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza"

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Thursday he is "deeply concerned" by Israel's continued demolitions and evictions in the West Bank, calling "all settlement activities" illegal under international law.

Why it matters: Violence between Israel and Hamas erupted after Israeli forces began forcibly evicting Palestinian families during the last days of Ramadan. The crisis has killed at least 208 Palestinians and 12 people in Israel — including at least 61 Palestinian children and two children in Israel, per the UN.

What he's saying: "The fighting has left thousands of Palestinians homeless, and forced over fifty thousand people to leave their homes and seek shelter in UNRWA schools, mosques, and other places with little access to water, food, hygiene or health services," he said at the UN General Assembly meeting.

May 22 05:47

Israeli radio incites killing, expulsion of Palestinian citizens

Two mainstream Israeli radio journalists last week incited violence targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel in Lydd – Lydda in English – a city renamed in Hebrew as Lod after its ethnic cleansing in 1948.

Readers should be aware that this article will report on profane and violent language, including references to sexual violence.

Asked by a Palestinian guest phoning in to their radio show on 13 May if Israeli Jews were “allowed to slaughter us,” host Yinon Magal replied, “Yes, that’s how it will end, correct.”

The guest was Sheikh Yusef al-Bazz, the city’s imam, who was explaining why Palestinian youths had come out onto the streets to protest in solidarity with their people in Jerusalem and Gaza.

He argued that the responsibility for any rioting lay with the Israeli government.

“You forgot the power the Jews hold” in Israel, Magal shouted into the microphone.

May 22 05:47

Christian Cleric Attacked Near Church of The Holy Sepulchre

Three Israeli extremists severely targeted and beat a number of clerics from the Armenian Orthodox Church Wednesday evening in occupied Jerusalem, witnesses say. The clerics suffered multiple injuries, including one sustaining an injured eye, according to a report by the Wafa News Agency.

One of the priests, Reverend Arbak Sarukhanian, was attacked and injured while walking to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Patriarchate has filed a formal complaint with the Israeli police, after which three of the Israeli extremists responsible for the violence were arrested, according to a report by Asbarez News Agency.

Rev. Sarukhanian was rushed to the hospital and discharged after receiving necessary medical treatment.

May 22 05:46

Israel police storm al Aqsa Mosque following Gaza ceasefire

Within hours after a ceasefire is called with Gaza, Israeli security forces raided the al Aqsa mosque after Friday prayers, claiming they were responding to stone-throwing. Meanwhile, Gaza digs out of the rubble left after 11 days of Israeli airstrikes.

by Kareem Khadder and Ibrahim Dahman, reposted from CNN, May 21, 2021

Israeli security forces used stun grenades and rubber bullets against Palestinians outside the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, where thousands of worshipers had been attending Friday prayers, puncturing a half-day of calm brought on by a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

A CNN journalist at the mosque compound said dozens of Israeli officers hit journalists with batons and tried to point rifles at them, calling them “liars” when they showed them their press cards.

May 22 05:28

Elbit protest: Pro-Palestine activists ‘shut down’ drone factory

Pro-Palestinian activists in the United Kingdom extended their demonstration against the Israeli occupation into a third day on Friday, protesting at a factory that they allege makes combat drones for the Israeli military.

Members of the Palestine Action group first scaled the roof of the factory in Leicester, a city in the English Midlands, on Wednesday.

May 22 05:26

Israel-Palestine: The names of Palestinians and Israelis killed during the violence

Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas reached a ceasefire early on Friday after two weeks of violence that have left hundreds dead and thousands more injured across the region. The hostilities began amid Israeli authorities’ crackdown on Palestinians in Jerusalem, first in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, then at al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to the latest official information from Palestinian and Israeli sources, at least 274 people were been killed between 7 and 21 May, including at least 71 children and 41 women.

May 22 05:25

Oh, Jerusalem!

“Hands off Jerusalem and its people.” This is the first, foremost and non-negotiable condition that the Palestinian Resistance is demanding, in exchange for halting rocketry at Israel.

But it’s falling on the deaf ears of the terrorist Jewish government, as its military continues pounding hard at civilian targets in Gaza. R.I.P. to the Gaza family that was murdered by a genocidal, Jewish missile as its members sat down together for lunch yesterday. R.I.P. to all other Gaza people who were indiscriminately slaughtered by the remorseless and demonic Jewish air force these past ten days.

May 21 12:53

Biden to Replenish Israel's Iron Dome Missile Supply in Addition to Sending $735M in Arms

Joe Biden has agreed to arm Israel to the teeth and replenish their Iron Dome missile supply as "Israel has the right to defend itself" but indicated the people of Gaza will only get US aid if they give up their right to defend themselves and accept being conquered.

May 21 12:17

Ongoing Gaza campaign unlikely to help Netanyahu stay in power, Israel’s former PM Ehud Olmert tells RT

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu is unlikely to capitalize on the ongoing hostilities with the Hamas militants, former PM Ehud Olmert told RT, adding that the enduring occupation of the West Bank was a strategic mistake by Israel.

Speaking to RT’s Kevin Owen on Wednesday, Olmert neither agreed with nor rejected the widely-rumored idea that the new Israeli-Palestinian escalation has been deliberately orchestrated by Netanyahu to stay in power. But he said such a plan, even if it existed, was unlikely to work, given Netanyahu’s repeated political failures and dwindling support base.

I don’t think that anyone should want to capitalize on a military action against anyone. and I hope that [Netanyahu] does not have this in mind, but I’m not certain that even if he has it in mind that it would help him.

May 21 12:17

Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose

Fifteen Palestinian nuclear and extended families lost at least three, and in general more, of their members, in the Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip during the week from May 10 through to Monday afternoon. Parents and children, babies, grandparents, siblings and nephews and nieces died together when Israel bombed their homes, which collapsed over them. Insofar as is known, no advance warning was given so that they could evacuate the targeted houses.

May 21 12:02

Israeli police attack Palestinians at Al Aqsa hours after Gaza ceasefire

Israeli police have attacked Palestinians at occupied Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound, in the latest aggression at Islam's third holiest site and amid a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian enclave, Gaza.

Police hurled stun grenades at a group of Palestinians marching through the grounds, wounding at least 20 people.

Al Aqsa Mosque complex sits atop the Old City plateau known to Muslims worldwide as al Haram al Sharif, or The Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as Temple Mount.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld alleged officers were targeted by Palestinians who threw stones and had begun "riot" suppressing measures.

North of Ramallah, Mohammed Mosleh and his 11-year-old son had come out to show solidarity with the people in Gaza.

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Well, that didn't take long!

May 21 11:58

Dock Workers Refuse To Load Weapons Bound For Israel

Op-Ed by Matt

An Italian dock workers’ union set off a global chain reaction last Friday when they refused to load a shipment of weapons onto a vessel bound for Israel. One week later, workers from South Africa and California are joining them in their mission to help put an end to the actions of an apartheid state...

May 21 10:02

Biden promises to replenish Israel's Iron Dome supply, help rebuild Gaza

US President Joe Biden promised to replenish Israel's supply of Iron Dome interceptors and to help rebuild the Gaza Strip in a brief address he delivered at the White House shortly after the announcement that a truce had been reached to end 11 days of IDF-Hamas conflict on Thursday evening.

"The US is committed to working with the UN... and other international stakeholders to provide rapid humanitarian assistance and to marshal international support for the people of Gaza and the Gaza reconstruction efforts," he said.

May 21 10:01

Israel-Palestinian ceasefire comes into effect

A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip has come into effect.

The ceasefire began early on Friday, bringing to an end 11 days of fighting in which more than 250 people were killed, most of them in Gaza.

Both Israel and Hamas claimed victory in the conflict.

The truce faced an early test on Friday when fresh clashes broke out at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP news agency that Palestinians had thrown stones at officers, and that "riot" suppressing measures had been taken in response.

May 21 08:51

Jared Kushner's Middle East fantasy explodes

President Donald Trump's shadow secretary of state, Jared Kushner, had a sole diplomatic achievement, grandiosely termed the "Abraham Accords." The accords would purportedly start the process of bringing peace to the Middle East by normalizing relations between Israel and a number of Arab states.

Two months ago, Kushner took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal to congratulate himself on the supposed "geopolitical earthquake" that was engendered by the Abraham Accords, while dismissing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as "nothing more than a real-estate dispute."

But now a genuine geopolitical earthquake precipitated by this mere real estate dispute has erupted into a shooting war between Israel and the Palestinians, a conflict that is in its eleventh day.

May 21 08:49

Israel-Gaza Conflict: What Satellite Images Tell Us About This Crisis

WSJ examined satellite images showing damage on both sides of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The scars left by airstrikes and rockets highlight the military imbalance between a powerful army and militants, and the impact of the conflict on civilians. Photo: Maxar Technologies/Associated Press, Planet Labs

May 21 06:16

Biden’s opposition to an Israeli ceasefire is nothing new

The headlines read various versions of “Biden supports a ceasefire!” Israeli bombs and missiles have killed 232 Palestinians, 65 of them children, and left more than 1,900 wounded and 75,000 homeless in Gaza. Twelve have died in Israel. Shouldn’t support for an immediate end to the slaughter be automatic? What does it mean when the leader of the most powerful country in the world refuses, through days of death and devastation, to call for a ceasefire, and actually prevents the United Nations from doing so?

May 21 06:12

@AbbyMartin on #GazaMassacre & Israel as a proxy for US Empire

May 21 05:57

John Pilger interview: Israel is a lying machine, Palestine has the right to resist!

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. He discusses why Palestine is still an issue in 2021, and the Israeli aerial bombardment of Gaza which has claimed hundreds of lives, including 63 children, and displaced over 50,000. He talks about the EU, US and UK role in the Israeli bombardment, Palestine’s legal right to resist, and Hamas as a part of a resistance provoked by Israeli occupation. He addresses the ‘media boycott’ of Gaza and why the mainstream media’s ‘both sides’ assertions are false, the entrenching Israeli illegal occupation of Palestine, the US-led campaign against China and the likelihood of war breaking out, China’s rise and memory of its ‘century of humiliation’ due to dominance by imperialist powers, the persecution of Julian Assange, and much more!

May 21 05:56

The Image of Victory

If winning a military battle is defined by the accomplishment of one’s military objectives, then Hamas won the current round of violence with its very first ballistic barrage on Jerusalem ten days ago. Israel, on the other hand, won’t win, can’t win and doesn’t even dream of winning. Like in recent ‘rounds’, all Israel hopes to achieve is an ‘image of victory.’ Despite its military might and destructive enthusiasm, Israel can’t prevail militarily because it doesn’t even remember what military objectives are or what they look like.

May 21 05:56

Israel-Palestinian Ceasefire Takes Hold

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, appeared to be holding Friday after 11 days of deadly fighting that pounded the Palestinian enclave and forced countless Israelis to seek shelter from rockets.

Gaza City was quiet under a cover of clouds, with only a thin column of smoke wafting into the skies after Israeli air strikes came to a halt, an AFP journalist reported.

May 20 13:54

Israel and Hamas agree to cease-fire over Gaza conflict

Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday voted to approve a tentative cease-fire after 11 days of fighting with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The White House is expected to respond to the news shortly.

The news comes on the heels of a Wednesday call between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During that call, Biden said that he expects a “significant de-escalation” in violence, according to the White House readout of the call.

It was their fourth conversation since violence erupted between Israel and Hamas last week.

May 20 13:49

Netanyahu Says "Conquering" Gaza An Option As Touted 'Imminent' Ceasefire In Doubt

On the very day that Biden phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge de-escalation in Gaza, which the US President said would set the stage for a ceasefire with Hamas, the Israeli leader told a group of foreign ambassadors that the only solution might be to "conquer" the Gaza Strip.

"There are only two ways that you can deal with them," he said about Hamas during the Wednesday briefing held in Tel Aviv. "You can either conquer them, and that's always an open possibility, or you can deter them, and we are engaged right now in forceful deterrence, but I have to say we don't rule out anything."

He made the comments Wednesday, while separately he had received the call from President Biden wherein he was told Israel must de-escalate its military campaign "today". By all accounts that did not appear to happen as the death toll into Thursday topped 230, with over 1,700 wounded. On the Israeli side 12 of its civilians have died from rocket fire out of Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, just what Netanyahu means by "conquering Gaza"?!?

Just how many Gazans will need to be assassinated, in order for that to happen, for Netanyahu?!?

May 20 09:40

Biden Urges "Significant De-Escalation" By "Today" In Gaza Call With Netanyahu

In their second call in just a few days as the Gaza death toll soars amid unrelenting Israeli airstrikes, President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he expects a "significant de-escalation" in violence which can open a window for a ceasefire soon.

According to the White House call readout, the two leaders held "a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States," after which "The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biden's comment is purely for show. If the US really wanted de-escalation, they would not have blocked all those UNSC resolutions!

May 20 09:39

Netanyahu, Gaza militants vow to fight on as Biden urges ‘de-escalation’

Israel and Gaza militants vowed to keep fighting after U.S. President Joe Biden urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a “de-escalation” on Wednesday on the path to a ceasefire in the 10-day-old conflict.

May 20 08:58

Mob Violence Against Palestinians in Israel Is Fueled by Groups on WhatsApp

Last Wednesday, a message appeared in a new WhatsApp channel called “Death to the Arabs.” The message urged Israelis to join a mass street brawl against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Within hours, dozens of other new WhatsApp groups popped up with variations of the same name and message. The groups soon organized a 6 p.m. start time for a clash in Bat Yam, a town on Israel’s coast.

“Together we organize and together we act,” read a message in one of the WhatsApp groups. “Tell your friends to join the group, because here we know how to defend Jewish honor.”

That evening, live scenes aired of black-clad Israelis smashing car windows and roaming the streets of Bat Yam. The mob pulled one man they presumed to be Arab from his car and beat him unconscious. He was hospitalized in serious condition.

May 20 08:58

Fears of "third intifada" as Gaza violence spills over to West Bank

As the Gaza crisis has raged on, the most serious clashes in years between Palestinian demonstrators and the Israeli military in the West Bank have broken out.

Why it matters: Israel is concerned that further escalation in the West Bank could turn into a third intifada. The Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising against Israel, lasted from 2000 to 2005 and left about 1,000 Israelis and over 3,000 Palestinians dead.

Driving the news: Thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Tuesday in several locations in the West Bank.

At least four Palestinians were killed on Tuesday and 15 since the clashes began, Palestinian health officials say.

Hamas leaders in Gaza and in exile have called on the Palestinian public to join the demonstrations in an apparent attempt to boost the group's standing in the West Bank.

While fueled by the events in Gaza, the latest escalation is also part of a decades-long resistance to Israel’s occupation in the West Bank.

May 20 08:57

Biden Tells Netanyahu He Expects 'Significant De-Escalation Today' on Path to Ceasefire

Tensions in Israel have been worsening over the past few days, as Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at various Israeli cities and Israel's air force has retaliated by hitting Hamas facilities.

US President Joe Biden held a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he is expecting a major de-escalation of the recent tensions between the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Hamas, according to the White House.

"President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today. The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel's progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States. The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire", the White House said in a statement.

May 20 08:56

Live Updates: UN Secretary-General Guterres: Staus Quo of Jerusalem's Holy Sites Must be Preserved

The crisis escalated earlier this month, with Arabs and Jews clashing in Jerusalem after reports emerged that worshippers had been denied access to the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam.

"As of 07:00 a.m. [04:00 GMT], since the start of Operation Guardian of the Walls, around 4,070 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, of which 610 launches were unsuccessful, the rockets fell inside the Gaza Strip", the IDF said.

The percentage of rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system stands at approximately 90%, the military added.

Tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip-based Hamas Islamist group rose late on 10 May. According to the most recent data, 12 people have been killed and over 50 seriously injured in Israel, while the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes has reached 227, including 64 children.

May 20 08:46

‘No one’s safe in Palestine’: 10yo Gaza girl whose heart-rending clip went viral tells of ‘sad’ life under Israeli missile attacks

Her dream is just to be a “regular person” who doesn’t have to fear airstrikes at night or hear people’s cries the next day. Nadine Abdel-Taif from Gaza, which is being pounded by Israel, talked to RT about her daily trauma.
Nadine has been branded the face of the suffering of the Palestinian children in the ongoing flare-up between Israel and the Gaza-based Hamas militant group since her tearful monologue went viral on social media a few days ago. Speaking in English, she shared her frustration, helplessness, and inability to understand what was going on after an Israeli missile flattened a building near her home.

“Every day, at night or in the evening, we hear the missiles. In the mornings, we hear the cries and screams of people,” Nadine told RT, describing the cross-border attacks that began a week ago.

When the strikes start, her family place two mattresses in the hallway of their home and lie down, trying to stay away from the windows and the glass door, she said.

May 20 08:16

Putin orders plan for evacuation of Russians from Gaza as Moscow warns Israel that more civilian casualties are ‘unacceptable’

Russia is preparing for a potential mission to rescue its own citizens, and those of former Soviet states, from war-torn Gaza as Israeli forces press ahead with a campaign of airstrikes aimed at Palestinian militants.

In an executive order issued on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin instructed the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with its top intelligence agency, the SVR, and emergency response officials to lay the groundwork for an evacuation of any citizens or personnel trapped by the fighting. The move, which the president described as a response to a “sharp deterioration in the situation in Gaza,” would also offer a potential lifeline to passport holders from the Commonwealth of Independent States, comprised of nine of the USSR’s ex-republics.

May 20 07:47

The pro-Israel lobby fears that support could self-destruct over the bombing of Gaza

The influential pro-Israel lobby in America was reeling last night after it emerged that the US government may halt the $735 million sale of precision-guided missiles to Israel. US politicians, normally supportive of the Zionist state, are divided about giving their usual approval to such a deal.

Anything less than unconditional support by those in Washington would lead to accusations of anti-Semitism by lobbyists, but even they are finding it increasingly difficult to justify the war crimes being carried out by their favoured state against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

May 20 07:15

Ten Year Old Palestinian Girl Crying in Desperation; A Ten-Year Old Gaza Girl Testifies about Israeli Atrocities; A 14-year-old Boy Commits Suicide after Losing his Entire Family and Dad and Mom by Israeli Murders

I don't know what to do."

A 10-year-old Palestinian girl breaks down while talking to MEE after Israeli air strikes destroyed her neighbour's house, killing 8 children and 2 women.

And this is the story of a 14-year-old Palestinian boy – who has successively lost his entire family, two brothers and dad – and now his mom – to Israeli war criminals. He commits suicide in despair:

Fourteen-year-old Palestinian child in Gaza committed suicide!

Hamza threw himself from the 8th floor last night.

Hamza lost his entire family in the recent wars on Gaza.

In 2009, his little brother was killed by an Israeli missile while playing football.

In the 2012, his older brother was killed.

In 2014, his father was killed.

Due to this severe trauma, Hamza became very close to his mother, his last surviving family member, who was killed in an Israeli bombing this week.

Shortly after, he ended his life.

May 20 07:09

Israel-Gaza: Fifty schools damaged by Israeli bombardment

Israeli bombing has damaged 50 schools across the besieged Gaza Strip in the last week, leaving thousands of Palestinians without an education, according to Save the Children.

The NGO said the damage impacted 41,897 children, with schools being forced to close and used as shelters due to the relentless air strikes.

Meanwhile, schools remain closed in southern Israel, with Save the Children saying that three had been damaged by rockets fired from Gaza.

May 20 06:09

Oh, Jerusalem!

“Hands off Jerusalem and its people.” This is the first, foremost and non-negotiable condition that the Palestinian Resistance is demanding, in exchange for halting rocketry at Israel.

But it’s falling on the deaf ears of the terrorist Jewish government, as its military continues pounding hard at civilian targets in Gaza. R.I.P. to the Gaza family that was murdered by a genocidal, Jewish missile as its members sat down together for lunch yesterday. R.I.P. to all other Gaza people who were indiscriminately slaughtered by the remorseless and demonic Jewish air force these past ten days.

May 20 05:58

Netanyahu: Military operation against Hamas will continue

May 20 05:12

“Today we are Nazis,” says member of Israeli Jewish extremist group

Israeli Jewish extremists used instant messaging services to organize armed militias to attack Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Voice messages, texts and other communications indicate they coordinated attacks in cities where Palestinians live in close proximity to Jews – including Haifa, Bat Yam and Tiberias in the north, and Ramla and Lydd – Lod in Hebrew – in the center, to Beersheba in southern Israel.

Settlers from Jewish-only colonies in the occupied West Bank also joined the coordinated attacks, with the apparent knowledge and collusion of Israeli officials.

They communicated via WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as Facebook groups.

In many cases, extremist organizers said they relied on either the active or passive support of Israeli authorities.

Israeli research organizations Fake Reporter and HaBloc intercepted messages from some of those groups and reported what they found to Israeli police as a “ticking time-bomb.”

May 20 04:56

Will Biden Stay in Bibi’s Pocket?

How about now? Will he see President Biden as a wimp, with Biden’s mealy-mouthed comment to Netanyahu earlier today that Biden "expects to see a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire" in Gaza.

If past is precedent, Netanyahu’s likely response will be a half-polite, "Joe, please take that and shove it … and oh, by the way, I meant to thank you for your proposed sale of $735 million-worth of smart bombs a couple of weeks ago. It came at just the right time for me."

Here’s Why

Netanyahu thought the camera/sound was off 20 years ago, when he spoke with unspeakable candor to a small private group, explaining, "America is a thing that can be easily moved … moved in the right direction. They [Americans] will not bother us."

Translation (based on the subtitles) follows, with Netanyahu in bold.

"The Arabs now are preparing a campaign [war] of terror, and they think that this will break us.

"The main thing is, first and foremost, to hit them hard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu is playing Biden for a complete fool; any attack against Iran (and I am sure that the IDF and MOSSAD have several competing scenarios for making this happen,) will potentially lead to a broader regional war, which could well translate into a world war right now.

May 20 03:46

What is behind Israel’s targeting of prominent buildings in Gaza?

Israel’s attacks on Gaza’s civilian buildings are an attempt to demoralise Palestinians and weaken their resolve.

Rami Aldraimli watched in disbelief as the building he had worked in for more than 20 years came crashing down.

Following a missile “warning”, Israeli fighter jets late on Tuesday afternoon bombed al-Awqaf building, the latest structure to be targeted by Israel during its relentless 10-day offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The five-storey building in western Gaza City housed a number of offices, including of Mashareq, one of Gaza’s oldest and most prominent media production firms.

“It wasn’t just a company,” Aldraimli, Mashareq’s 43-year-old executive director, said. “It’s a dream I’ve been working on, building it up until we had 60 employees.”

Translation: The bombing of the building that includes the Mashareq Advertising Company and a stationery shop, in a move to destroy the Palestinian economy.

May 20 03:23

Ex-Israeli Pilot: ‘Our Army Is a Terrorist Organisation Run by War Criminals’

A former Israeli Air Force pilot, Yonatan Shapira, has described the Israeli government and army as “terrorist organisations” run by “war criminals.”

Captain Shapira who had resigned from the Israeli army in 2003 at the height of the Palestinian Second Intifada explained in an exclusive interview with Anadolu News Agency why he realized after joining the army that he was “part of a terrorist organisation”.

I realised during the Second Intifada what the Israeli Air Force and Israeli military are doing are war crimes, terrorising a population of millions of Palestinians. When I realised that, I decided to not just leave but to organise other pilots that will publicly refuse to take part in these crimes, he said.

“As a child in Israel, you are being brought up in very strong Zionist militaristic education. You don’t know almost anything about Palestine, you don’t know about the 1948 Nakba, you don’t know about ongoing oppression,” Shapira said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel may well be creating a 3rd intifada, but this time.... it may be a little more difficult to "control", no matter how many women, children, and the fragile medically elderly the IDF assassinates with impunity.

May 20 03:16

Israel kills boy featured in film about imprisoned kids

“Why are we so different from other children in the world? Why are we detained when we’re young and made to suffer, while others are happy playing sports, and with many opportunities that we don’t have?”

Those are the questions that Obaida Akram Abdurahman Jawabra, then 15, asks in the video above.

Israeli forces briefly detained Obaida a third time in April 2019.

Like most of the hundreds of Palestinian children detained by Israel each year, he was accused of stone throwing.

In the video, Obaida’s friend asks him if he fears going back to prison again.

“The problem is Route 60 and how to cross it to go to the camp. It’s controlled by the [Israeli military],” Obaida replies.

On Monday evening, Obaida was shot in the chest by an Israeli occupation soldier during a demonstration near the entrance of Arroub refugee camp.

He was demonstrating on the road he dreaded: Route 60.

May 20 03:12

Gaza faces food and medicine shortages without ceasefire: UN official

Shortages of food, water, fuel and medicine are growing more dire in Gaza, and further fighting will make them dramatically worse, Matthias Schmale, the Gaza director for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) told Axios in a Zoom interview on Tuesday evening.

The state of play: The most urgent problem is the displacement of Palestinians, including the around 50,000 who left their homes near the border with Israel, fearing a ground invasion, and are now taking shelter in 60 UNRWA schools.

“Parents here are mainly worried for the security of their children. People here say that they sleep in the same room with their children so that if they die in an airstrike they will be together. This is what I hear from people. They are terrified and traumatized."
— Matthias Schmale, UNRWA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And now, not even schools are safe:

May 20 03:00

Netanyahu Says ‘Conquering’ Gaza Is an Option for Israel

As Israel continued its bombardment of Gaza on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “conquering” the besieged Gaza Strip is a possible option to achieve his goals.

“You can either conquer them — and that’s always an open possibility — or you can deter them,” Netanyahu said of Hamas during a speech at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv. “We are engaged right now in forceful deterrence, but I have to say, we are not ruling out anything.”

A minister in Netanyahu’s Likud party also discussed the idea of Israel conquering Gaza on Wednesday, something he said was an inevitability. “There will be no way to avoid one day temporarily taking over Gaza,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Ynet on Wednesday. “That day has not arrived for all kinds of reasons. I think the day will come, if not now then in the coming year,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At what cost to the Palestinians; total genocide?!?

May 20 02:50

TRAINED BY YEARS OF GUERILLA WAR, YEMEN’S HOUTHIS WANT TO EXPORT THIER REVOLUTION TO PALESTINE

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
Ansar Allah, who has enjoyed staggering success in staving off the wholesale invasion of their country by the U.S.-backed Saudi military, is eager to export its resistance mentality and battlefield knowledge to Palestine.

By Ahmed Abdulkareem

n Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, hundreds of thousands of residents from the suburbs and neighboring towns gathered at Bab al-Yemen, the city’s main square, carrying Palestinian flags and holding banners encouraging Hamas to continue its campaign of pressure against Israel. In Hodeida, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets despite the ever-present threat of incoming artillery shells, snipers’ bullets, and Saudi warplanes hovering above.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only so far one can push people, without those people pushing back; unfortunately, Israeli hubris will prevent this realization from happening until it is acutally too late to change the outcome, and may wind up bringing them to an horrific set of costs at the peace negotiation table.

May 20 02:29

Biden Condemns Erdogan's Gaza Tirade As "Anti-Semitic" & "Reprehensible"

On Monday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a fiery speech to supporters which blasted Biden's "inaction" over the Gaza crisis, addressing Joe Biden to specifically say the US president has "blood on his hands". He was further reacting to the recent reports that Biden approved a $735 million dollar weapons sale from the United States to Israel, essentially accusing the US of supporting genocide against the Palestinians. Erdogan had also lashed out at Europe, accusing Austria in particular trying to make Muslims "pay the price of their own genocide against the Jews" - after an Israeli flag was seen flying over a federal building.

In response the State Department has come out swinging, condemning "Erdogan's recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people" which the US finds "reprehensible," according to State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Biden is most furious against Erdogan, because Biden... is thoroughly impotent to get the killings of Palestinians to stop, as Netnayahu has nixed a cease fire any time soon.

Andven though Netanyahu has knocked out major commuications coming from Gaza or the West Bank, so people cannot see what the IDF is doing here, he cannot control what cell phones are able to see, witness and transmit; the optics here, well, not exactly wonderful for Israel's image.

May 19 08:35

First pictures from Palestine - Jerusalem historical impressions 1900 - 1918

May 19 08:34

Palestine before 1948

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