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May 14 07:22

Israel is teetering on the edge of civil war, and what do celebs do? They leap in Tweet first.

Israelis and Palestinians are killing each other. Again. This time it could turn into a full-blown civil war. But never fear, the celebrities have arrived and they're going to settle this millennia-old dispute, in 280 characters.

We mustn't talk about Israel. No, no, no. It's the ultimate political quagmire. Just leave it alone. It's way too complicated and, well, the actual details are ancient and a little bit boring for a generation who define their entire existence in 280 Twitter characters and other social media posts.

A deadly and significant conflagration looks imminent between Israelis and Palestinians, though, and today real people are really dying – including children. But that hasn't stopped a whole load of celebs leaping in Tweet first, as it were.

May 14 07:20

Biden Administration Reportedly Blocking UN Cease-Fire Statement as Israel Bombards Gaza

The Biden administration is reportedly blocking the release of a United Nations Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire as Israel continues its devastating assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinians and injuring hundreds more.

According to Reuters, which cited anonymous diplomats and sources familiar with the Biden administration's strategy, the United States is "delaying" the U.N. Security Council's "efforts to issue a public statement on escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians because it could be harmful to behind-the-scenes efforts to end the violence."

One source told the outlet that the U.S. is "actively engaged in diplomacy behind the scenes with all parties to achieve a cease-fire," but the official did not specify how a U.N. Security Council joint statement—which must be agreed to by consensus—would undermine those talks.

May 14 07:19

Far-right Israeli groups plan further violence against Palestinians after night of lynchings

Far-right Israeli groups are planning to mount further attacks against Palestinians in Israel on Thursday night, according to group chat messages seen by MEE, after a night of mob attacks, crackdowns by Israeli security forces and deaths across Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza on Wednesday.

"Bring everything, knives, gasoline," read one message in a group chat named "The Underground Unit" - seemingly on Signal - with several hundred members. "Don't be scared, we are the chosen ones."

"Good job at Bat Yam yesterday," another message read, referring to a spate of violence in the Tel Aviv suburb which saw a Palestinian man violently attacked live on Israeli television. "Today we'll go back to make some mess at 6pm. Let's meet at the seafront."

Far-right groups such as Lehava and La Familia have also been planning attacks in Jerusalem, according to Haaretz.

May 14 07:19

Netanyahu allying himself with far-right settler extremists has sparked violence in Jerusalem and risks all-out chaos

The Israeli prime minister’s decision to side with extremist settlers for political gain, along with attacks on Palestinian worshippers, have led to possible war with Gaza and “civil war” inside Israel itself.

The events that transpired at Al-Aqsa mosque (Temple Mount) compound last Friday, when hundreds of armed Israeli police attacked Palestinian worshippers, injuring 200, triggered an explosion of violence that had been close to boiling point since the beginning of Ramadan.

May 14 07:18

Iraqi resistance ‘ready for military cooperation with Palestinians, can reach depths of occupied territories’

A prominent Iraqi resistance group pledges readiness for military and security cooperation with its fellow Palestinian movements in the face of the Israeli regime’s aggression and warns Tel Aviv that it can reach the depths of the occupied territories.

The secretary-general of the al-Nujaba resistance movement, Sheikh Akram al-Ka'abi, made the remarks during an unprecedented meeting with Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, and Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Iraqi group’s Media Office in Palestine reported on Wednesday.

“The Iraqi people have always stood by the oppressed people of Palestine and have supported their efforts toward liberation from the savage and occupying Zionist regime. I personally wish to fight the enemies in the holy land of Palestine,” Ka’abi said.

May 14 07:17

Iran military chief: Balance of power shifted away from ‘infanticidal Zionists’ toward Palestinians

Iran’s top military commander says as a result of the anti-Israel resistance’s rising strength, the balance of power in the region has changed in favor of Palestinians in their confrontation with the Zionist regime.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remarks in a Thursday message in which he strongly condemned the latest criminal acts of the Zionist regime against Palestinian people across the occupied territories.

Stressing the need for the establishment of a strategic and powerful coalition to resolve the issue of Palestine, Baqeri said, “The savage crimes committed these days by the brutal and infanticidal Zionist regime in the occupied territories and the Holy [Jerusalem] al-Quds, and killing of a large number of fasting, oppressed, innocent and resistant people of Palestine, have greatly saddened the entire world, especially the Islamic Ummah.”

May 14 07:16

Qassam Brigades: ‘No red lines’ exist for protecting al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinian territories

The spokesman for al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military arm of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, says the group knows no red lines or rules of engagement in its fight for the liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque and in defense of the Palestinian people.

Abu Ubaida made the comments on Thursday while talking about the recent escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israel across the occupied territories.

“There are no red lines or rules of engagement in our fight for the sake of al-Aqsa and the protection of our people,” he said, adding, “Every price we pay and will pay is a ransom for al-Quds, so there is no sense for our existence without winning al-Quds and al-Aqsa.”

His comments came as Israel continued its airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday and Wednesday, drawing a barrage of rockets from resistance groups in Gaza.

May 14 07:08

Israeli media in hot water after state TV broadcasts ‘lynching’ of ‘Arab’ by Jewish mob

News that Israeli television broadcast the beating of a supposedly Arab man live amid the ongoing violence has drawn condemnation on social media, with users questioning Israel’s reputation as the Middle East’s only democracy.

Footage from Wednesday evening showed a man being dragged from his car, beaten and set upon by dogs in Bat Yam, Tel-Aviv, and was aired live by state broadcaster Kan.

While the violence was broadly condemned on social media, many commentators focused on the fact that Kan, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, aired the horrifically violent footage live on national television.

One Twitter user labeled the Israeli media “incorrigible perverts” for “showing [the] mob lynching of an Arab live on national TV.” He added that it reminded him of scenes he had seen on Indian TV.

May 14 07:07

Russia calls on Israel to ‘immediately’ end settlement of Palestinian territories & maintain peace at Jerusalem’s sacred sites

Moscow has urged the Israeli government to urgently put an end to violent clashes with Palestinians, as security forces crack down on unrest in East Jerusalem and are reportedly considering a full-scale ground operation in Gaza.

On Wednesday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held a call with Mousa Abu Marzuk, a senior representative of Hamas, the de facto government in Gaza. During the talks, Marzuk warned of a worsening humanitarian situation in Eastern Jerusalem, as well as reported shelling of residential areas in Gaza.

May 14 07:04

Israeli ground forces roll into Gaza after Hamas warning of ‘heavy response’

Israeli regime ground forces roll into the Gaza Strip after the Hamas resistance movement strongly warned Tel Aviv against resorting to the offensive.

The Israeli military’s “air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel ministry of military affairs tweeted late Thursday.

Hamas had earlier warned the regime of a “heavy response” in case it launched such incursion following many days of airstrikes against the enclave.

The regime’s war minister Benny Gantz though sent a whopping 9,000 reservists to the occupied territories’ border with Gaza in an “exceptional call-up,” the Associated Press reported.

It had earlier been reported that 5,000 such reservists had been dispatched to the border area. It was not clear if there was any overlap between the two numbers.

Amid Hamas’ warning, however, the Israeli military later denied having moved into Gaza.

May 14 07:03

New surprise awaiting Israel? Hamas says has yet to unveil main military assets

A senior Hamas leader says the Gaza-based resistance movement has not yet used its “main assets” in its campaign against the Israeli regime’s acts of aggression targeting Palestinians in the occupied territories and Gaza, and that it is still using its old defense equipment only to “get rid of” them.

Hamas deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri said that the rockets that have been fired by the group’s military wing — Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades — towards the Israeli-occupied territories are the old ones.

“We want to get rid of them (the old rockets). Qassam’s main assets have not been unveiled yet,” the Palestinian official said, in an indication that more surprises may yet be awaiting the Israeli enemy in the latest flare-up between the two sides.

May 14 07:03

Israel posts fake videos to justify Gaza slaughter

The Israeli government posted a two-and-a-half-year-old video from Syria, claiming it was from Gaza, in order to justify its ongoing bombing campaign that has killed dozens of Palestinians since Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesperson Ofir Gendelman tweeted a 28-second video on Tuesday.

The video shows the rapid firing of rockets from next to what looks like an apartment building.

“Another video showing how Hamas is firing rockets at Israel from populated areas in the Gaza Strip,” Gendelman wrote.

He then accused Hamas, the Palestinian resistance faction that governs Gaza’s internal affairs, of “targeting civilians while using them as human shields.”

The words “Gaza now” are watermarked on the video in English and Arabic.

May 14 07:02

IDF announces Israeli GROUND TROOPS now ‘attacking’ Gaza Strip amid fears of imminent invasion

Israeli ground troops have now joined the air force in attacking the Gaza Strip, the IDF has announced, causing confusion before clarifying that no soldiers have actually crossed into the Palestinian enclave yet.

“IDF air and ground forces are now attacking the Gaza Strip. More details to come,” the Israel Defense Forces announced on Twitter just after midnight on Friday local time.

Artillery, tanks and infantry are firing into the strip but have not crossed its boundary yet, according to a reporter with the Israeli public broadcaster Kan 11. RT’s Paula Slier also reported that artillery units from Israel’s Golani Brigade are “shooting into Gaza from the border, but have not crossed over.”

May 14 07:01

Mass Anti-Israel Rallies Sweep Across Germany, Police Beefing Up Security - Reports

German cities saw mass anti-Israel demonstrations for two consecutive evenings, with police stepping up security and using force against the most radical activists, national media reported.

According to Die Welt, about 1,500 people have taken to the streets of Bremen. Protesters with Palestinian and Turkish flags demanded that Israel immediately stop strikes on the Gaza Strip.

In Hanover, police dispersed a protest of about 550 people over violations of sanitary requirements. There were also attempts to burn Israeli flags, for which two people were detained. In the city of Gelsenkirchen, about 200 protesters gathered outside a synagogue chanting chauvinist slogans, according to the Bild tabloid. The police were able to block the protesters' way to the synagogue using batons.

May 14 07:01

Watch: German TV “regrets” airing this interview about Gaza

Deutsche Welle has apologized for airing an interview with me on Tuesday about German complicity in Israel’s ongoing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.
The state broadcaster’s action reflects the prevailing cowardice and repression among Germany’s elites when it comes to criticism of Israel.

“I think it is time for the people of Germany and German elites to stop making Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip pay for the crimes of the German people against European Jews,” I said in the interview.

“Palestinians are sick of paying the price for guilty German consciences.”

May 14 07:00

Bella Hadid Sparks Anger as She Accuses Israel of 'Colonisation, Ethnic Cleansing' of Palestinians

This is not the first time the American supermodel, whose father is Palestinian, has voiced her opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2017, she participated in protests against Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Supermodel Bella Hadid has sparked anger after posting several statements on social media, in which she accused Israel of "colonisation", "ethnic cleansing", and "apartheid". One of the posts shows two women speaking about the origins of the conflict. One of them tells the other that Israel is "a settler colony still in the process of brutally colonising Palestine".

May 14 06:58

‘It’s like The Purge in real life’: Terrified Israelis say police are overwhelmed trying to deal with Arab mobs seeking vengeance for Gaza airstrikes with Jewish homeowners taking sniper positions on roofs to protect their homes

Israelis have described being attacked by Arab mobs 'like something out of The Purge' films amid escalating violence between the two sides that has pushed the region to the brink of all-out war.

People in the city of Lod, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, say they have been forced to take up positions on the streets and rooftops armed with guns and bats to protect themselves during two nights of rioting by Israeli Arabs.

Synagogues, shops and cars have been torched and while Israeli authorities have now imposed an overnight curfew, those on the ground say there has been little police protection.

May 14 06:44

Rockets Fired At Israel From South Lebanon As Fears Grow Hezbollah To Enter Conflict

A big lingering unknown is whether Israel's powerful archenemy Hezbollah will open up a northern front to bog down Israel's military as it continues striking Gaza, and as preparations are underway for a potential Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground invasion into the Hamas-controlled strip.

Late Thursday at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel, which the IDF military spokesman confirmed...

Given the rockets fired into northern Israel, the immediate question remains whether Hezbollah was responsible, and if the Shia paramilitary organization supported closely by Iran will initiate its own aggression. This would constitute a monumental escalation for Israel, assuring major regional war.

So far international reports are saying it's "unclear" who was responsible for the attack from Lebanon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or... could it have been Israeli military elements in Lebanon, attempting a "false flag" in order to justify an invasion of Lebanon?!?

If this is happening, expect it to get far worse, to justify the invasion; Israel desperately wants the Litani river, and will do nearly anything to be able to access that water....

May 14 06:40

Palestinian community in Lydda calls for international protection from Israeli state-sanctioned pogroms

We, members of the Palestinian hip-hop band DAM, living in Lydda (Lydd), survived with our brothers & sisters in Lydda, Ramla, Haifa, Jaffa, Akka and elsewhere, a racist attack by far-right Israeli extremists last night. We join the majority of our people in calling for immediate international intervention to defend us before it is too late.

Lydda is a Palestinian city in present-day Israel that was ethnically cleansed of most of its Indigenous inhabitants during the Nakba. Ironically, most of our community in Lydda are refugees who escaped to the city from Jaffa and other ethnically cleansed Palestinian communities during the Nakba.

May 14 06:35

This isn’t a civil war, it is settler-colonial brutality

Earlier this week, massive protests erupted in ’48 Palestinian towns and cities. ’48 Palestinians (known as “citizens” of Israel) had mobilized to protest the threat of expulsion facing Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, and in protest of Israel’s attack on al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 14 06:34

White House avoids question on Palestinians' right to self-defense

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki avoided a reporter's question whether US President Joe Biden believes Palestinians have a right to self-defense amid Israeli airstrikes, Anadolu Agency reported.

"We've heard repeatedly with respect to the statements about violence in Israel that Israel has a legitimate right to self-defense but we're not hearing about the Palestinians right to self-defense. Why is that and does the president believe that Palestinians have a right to self-defense," asked a reporter.

In response, Psaki did not say "yes" or "no" to the question but said the US is working to de-escalate and try to reduce in the region.

"Let me first say, I think it's important to note, as I think you'd agree, that these [rocket] attacks are coming from Hamas and many Palestinian people are being put in danger because of the violence that is happening back and forth.

May 14 06:32

Israel launches air, ground and troops attack on Gaza

Israeli army says that they are launching air, ground and troops attacks against Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

Israel's attacks on Gaza Strip since Monday leave 109 dead, including 28 children, 15 women, along with 621 injuries says the Health Ministry.

The Israeli attacks come as Palestinian protesters demanded an end to the forced displacement of families from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for illegal settlers. Israeli occupation forces also stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on numerous occasions and shot and abused Palestinian worshippers as they prayed the nightly Ramadan prayers.

May 14 06:29

Israel-Palestine: Lynching, crackdowns and deaths - here's what happened last night

Wednesday night saw even more violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, with harrowing footage of lynchings and police brutality emerging while Hamas and Israel exchanged rocket fire.

Here’s what happened in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israel

The worse violence was in Arab-minority towns in Israel, with scores of videos making the rounds online showing attacks described as "lynchings", and police brutality amid Palestinian protests.

In scenes repeated across several cities, gangs of youths threw stones and stormed shops belonging to Palestinians.

Israeli police have arrested 374 people so far.

May 14 05:05

Israel's Military Begins Ground Offensive In Gaza

update(7:37pm): Israel's military is attempting to walk back some initial statements, claiming they were mistranslated to the AFP - confirming that "ground troops" are now involved in operations at the border but that the "invasion" has yet to begin inside the Gaza Strip...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bull biscuits; I would suggest that the invasion has well and truly begun, and that I would not be surprised at a Palestinian death toll in the thousands, when all is said and done.

Oh, and remember the tshirt members of the IDF sniper units were proudly wearing a number of years ago, until their PR department yanked it, because the "optics" were "not good" for the IDF?!?

That tshirt showed a pregnant Palestinian woman, and the phrase in Hebrew appearing on it translated into English as "One shot... two kills!"

Please don't be terribly surprised if we see a lot of that going on during the ground invasion as well.

May 13 15:32

IDF announces Israeli ground troops ‘attacking’ Gaza Strip

Israeli ground troops have now joined the air force in attacking the Gaza Strip, Tel Aviv has announced, without giving further details.

May 13 14:59

Pro-Palestine demonstrators shut down London's Downing Street

People have staged a rally in the British capital London calling on their government to stop its support for the Israeli crimes against Palestinians. In the wake of the Israeli regime's attacks in Jerusalem (Al-Quds), pro-Palestinian demonstrators took over Downing Street In the British Capital London.

The demonstrators even managed to clear out a small group of pro-Zionist demonstrators and chanted in solidarity with the Palestinians uprising against the occupation, sending a strong message of international solidarity.

Outrage is what's being voiced on the streets of London today, after Israel's assault on the al-Aqsa Compound in Jerusalem (Al-Quds), as well as the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, on top of that as well people are voicing their frustration and condemnation of the British Silence over the massacres committed in the Gaza Strip."

May 13 13:56

Pentagon Evacuates 120 Personnel From Israel As Security Situation Unravels

The Pentagon has evacuated 120 military and civilian personnel who had been in Israel for planned upcoming joint exercises, CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is reporting.

She says the US personnel departed from Tel Aviv under emergency circumstances given the closure of commercial air travel and the worsening security situation as fighting intensifies between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. "The group left on a C-17 Thursday returning to Germany. With violence and lack of commercial air, the decision was made leave early via military transport," the CNN corresponded reported.

May 13 10:51

Palestine Has the Right to Defend Itself

We have entered a new era in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The old days of Israel committing war crimes against the downtrodden, captive Palestinians are over. The world has done zero to address Israel’s fundamental crime of nation-stealing: a megalith crime that can only be described as the longest and most vicious war crime in our modern history. A crime that millions of people around the world consider to be even worse than the holocaust. After some 73 years of enduring relentless Israeli terrorism, land-theft, cultural appropriation AND the silence of the world, the Palestinian Resistance has finally taken charge and has, literally overnight, turned the tables against Israel. From here on, there will be accountability for Israel for any crime it commits against the Palestinians. From here on, all previous Israeli red lines will be crossed in favor of the Palestinians. From here on, the death of Israel is no longer a far-fetched fantasy.

May 13 10:50

Death toll from Gaza (65, including 16 children), Israel (7), and continuing updates

Gaza’s Health Ministry reports a death toll of 83 Palestinians – 17 of them children – and 487 wounded. Israeli casualties remain unchanged.

An Israeli army spokesman says that its warplanes have hit 600 targets in Gaza since the conflict began, and the military is preparing for a possible ground assault on Gaza.

The US has vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning Israel’s aggression against Gaza.

The following is an update to our Tuesday, May 12 article, which appears below.

CNN reports that the death toll is now at 65 Palestinians and 6 Israelis, plus one foreign worker in Israel.

May 13 06:21

Breaking! Explosion in Tel Aviv Israel! Israeli Jets Takes Off! Why Biden Fails in Israel?

May 13 06:04

UN ENVOY WARNS OF ‘A FULL SCALE WAR’ AS DEATH TOLL RISES IN ISRAEL-HAMAS VIOLENCE

Israeli jets and Palestinian militants have traded fresh airstrikes and rocket fire as the UN’s Middle East envoy warned of an escalation towards a full-scale war.

One person was killed and two injured after an anti-tank guided missile struck a vehicle patrolling near the border between Israel and Gaza on Wednesday morning. Mortar shells fired across the border hampered efforts by medical teams to reach the scene.

Hamas said it had carried out the attacks. Meanwhile, the Gaza health ministry said the death toll in Gaza had reached 48, including 14 children, with more than 300 wounded. Six people in Israel have been killed.

In the worst descent into violence since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, the Israeli military has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza and Palestinian militant groups have fired multiple rocket barrages at Israeli cities.

May 13 05:50

Israel's diminished deterrence and political turmoil are recipe for disaster

Hamas has been "surprising" Israel again and again since Monday evening, which should worry everyone. The massive salvos of rocket at Tel Aviv on Tuesday night and early Wednesday are a direct continuation of the terror group's rocket strikes on the Jerusalem area on Monday.

These attacks show that Israel's deterrence against Gaza has become virtually nonexistent, an issue that demands immediate attention and that could give Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah ideas.

These ideas would be far more deadly than anything Israel has witnessed so far from Hamas.

May 13 05:50

Israel rejects Hamas truce offer; ministers vote to intensify Gaza strikes

The security cabinet on Wednesday night approved a plan to intensify military attacks on Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed its members that Israel has officially rejected a Hamas proposal for a ceasefire.

Israel dismissed the offer of a truce made earlier in the day via the Russian foreign ministry, which quoted a senior Hamas official as saying that the Islamist group was ready to halt attacks on a "mutual basis."

May 13 05:49

Iran’s IRGC vows ‘more powerful’ support for Palestine

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) vehemently condemns the Israeli regime’s hugely deadly atrocities of the recent weeks across the Palestinian territories, pledging to stand “more powerfully” in support of the Palestinian nation.

In a Wednesday statement, the elite force considered “providing assistance to the Islamic resistance and Palestine’s Intifada (Uprising)” to be its “historical and undeniable mission.”

Provision of such support, it added, was also part of the legacy of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, who was martyred in a United States drone strike against Baghdad last year.

May 13 05:48

IDF will fight until there’s ‘complete silence’ before any truce is possible, says Israeli defense minister

Israel’s defense minister has vowed to continue operations against Palestinian militants, claiming the country’s forces will achieve “complete silence” before moving to the negotiating table as violence escalates.

In a speech on Wednesday in the coastal city of Ashkelon, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz promised to continue taking the fight to Hamas and other Palestinian forces before any truce is reached.

“In Gaza, towers are falling, factories are collapsing, tunnels are being wiped out and commanders are being assassinated. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will continue to strike and bring complete silence for the long term,” he told media in the southern city, which has been hard-hit by rockets fired from Gaza.

Gantz said that the current operation has no end date and that the IDF would carry out its duty. “We will not accept rebuke from any organization or institution about our right and duty to protect the citizens of Israel.”

May 13 05:47

Occupation of Palestine: Al-Aqsa Mosque invaded by Israeli forces, Israel strikes Gaza (E1009)

On this episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, founder and leader of the Palestinian National Initiative. He discusses the attempt by Israel to displace Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah with Israeli settlers, the invasion of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces in which Palestinians were shot with rubber steel-coated bullets, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, Britain and the United States’ responsibility for the suffering of Palestinians, and much more! Finally, we speak to Steve Howell, former adviser to former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He too discusses the Israeli occupation and violence targeting occupied Palestine, his new book ‘Collateral Damage’, Sir Keir Starmer’s disaster in recent elections, why the Labour Party lost a traditionally socialist stronghold in Hartlepool, US regime change in the Middle East and its origins in the 1986 bombing of Libya, and much more.

May 13 05:46

GAZA FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM

May 13 05:45

Israeli Army Preparing for Ground Operation in Gaza Strip

The clashes between Hamas and the Israeli military have been intensifying over the past few days, with over 1,600 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.

The Israeli Army is engaged in preparations for a land operation in the Gaza Strip, but no order to start carrying out this offensive has been made so far, Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesman, Jonathan Conricus, said on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, The Times of Israel reported that the general staff will be presenting and discussing plans for a possible ground invasion in the enclave. These plans, assembled by the Gaza Division and Southern Command, may then be given to Israel's political leadership, the report suggested.

In the meantime, IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that at least 1,600 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the recent clashes, with Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system demonstrating an effectiveness of around 90 percent.

May 13 05:44

‘Israel is not a country, but a terrorist camp,’ Iran’s leader Khamenei says

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has blasted Israel as nothing more than a “terrorist camp” and urged the Palestinians to unite their efforts in fighting Tel Aviv.

Israel has “turned occupied Palestine into a base for terrorism,” Khamenei tweeted.

“Israel isn’t a county; it’s a #TerroristCamp against Palestinians & other Muslim nations,” he wrote, adding that it was “everyone’s responsibility” to fight against it.

May 13 05:44

Israel loses control over riots with dozens wounded, detained

Israel appears to have lost control over the nationwide riots by Arab and Jews as dozens of people were wounded and many detained following a night of unprecedented civil unrest in the country.

The latest outburst of Israel-Gaza violence has reached deeper into the country than any since the 2000 Palestinian intifada. Arab and Jewish mobs were seen rampaging through the streets, savagely beating people and torching cars, in cities and towns that just recently were praised for developing co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.

May 13 05:43

Zarif in Syria to discuss bilateral, regional issues, including Palestine

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is leading a delegation on a visit to Syria to discuss bilateral and regional issues as well as the latest developments in the Israeli-occupied territories and the Tel Aviv regime’s recent aggression against the sanctities of Muslims.

Speaking to reporters following his Wednesday morning arrival in Damascus, Zarif pointed to the “escalation of criminal actions by the Zionist regime since the International Quds Day” on Friday and “the rare incidents taking place in the al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied territories and the bombing of Gaza.”

He said he planned to discuss the current situation in the occupied Palestine with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad and “other Syrian and Palestinian friends.”

May 13 05:42

Abby Martin: Gaza's fight for freedom needs global solidarity

May 13 05:41

ISRAEL PREPARING FOR GROUND WAR IN GAZA AS TERRORISTS FIRE 1,000+ ROCKETS IN 36 HOURS – MOST SEVERE ATTACKS SINCE 2014 ROCKET WAR

When my family and I made Aliyah in August 2014, we arrived amidst one of the worst rocket wars in Israel’s modern history.

Over the course of seven weeks, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired 4,564 rockets at Israel.

That was an average of 93 rockets a day.

Compare that with the past 36 hours.

More than 1,000 rockets have been fired at Israel.

That is an average of 28 rockets every hour.

May 13 04:23

Gaza death toll jumps to 83 as Israeli air raids intensify: Live

By Virginia Pietromarchi
13 May 2021
Israeli fighter jets have attacked high-rise buildings and other targets in the Gaza Strip as Palestinians in the besieged enclave woke up on Thursday to mark the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday under relentless aerial bombardment.

Since the Israeli offensive began late on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 83 people, including 17 children, have been killed. More than 480 others have been wounded.

At least six Israelis have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.

There have also been more violent confrontations between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian citizens of Israel in several cities inside Israel.

May 13 04:14

Op-ed:"Netanyahu allying himself with far-right settler extremists has sparked violence in Jerusalem and risks all-out chaos

The Israeli prime minister’s decision to side with extremist settlers for political gain, along with attacks on Palestinian worshippers, have led to possible war with Gaza and “civil war” inside Israel itself.
The events that transpired at Al-Aqsa mosque (Temple Mount) compound last Friday, when hundreds of armed Israeli police attacked Palestinian worshippers, injuring 200, triggered an explosion of violence that had been close to boiling point since the beginning of Ramadan.

Why has Netanyahu allowed for a Palestinian uprising?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one critical question it appears that Netanyahu; the Mossad the Knesset; and the IDF seem to not want to address; what happens if the planned "air/ground assault" against Gaza cannot put the "genie of suppressed Palestinian rage" back into the proverbial bottle?!?

What then?!?

The unintended consequences of not having thought this all the way through, may well come back to create an horrific outcome for the state of Israel, through these planned and announced actions against Gaza.

May 13 04:10

Palestinian 'Lynched' In The Streets By 'Zionist Mob,' Beaten With Israeli Flags

"Zionist mobs" were filmed "lynching" Palestinians in the streets, smashing up their businesses and and chanting "Death to Arabs" during the third day of intensifying war between Israelis and Palestinians.

May 13 04:00

IDF ‘approves’ plan for possible ground invasion into Gaza as Netanyahu reportedly rejects Hamas truce offer

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have drawn up plans to invade Gaza from the ground in response to the rocket barrage by Hamas. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly dismissed an offer to end hostilities “on a mutual basis.”
Additional troops have been moved to the Gazan border, including soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade, the Golani Infantry Brigade, and the 7th Armored Brigade, IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Hidai Zilberman told reporters on Thursday.

May 13 02:02

Israel-Palestine: US sends diplomat to push for 'de-escalation'

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he is sending undersecretary Hady Amr to the region, while reiterating support for Israel.

The US has announced that senior diplomat Hady Amr will be sent to the Middle East with the aim of de-escalating the violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also reiterated on Wednesday Washington's support for what he called "Israel's legitimate right to defend itself".

"We're deeply concerned about what we're seeing there. Images that came out overnight are harrowing, and the loss of any civilian life is a tragedy," Blinken said.

"I've asked Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr to go to the region immediately to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He will bring to bear his decades of experience, and in particular, he will urge on my behalf and on behalf of President Biden de-escalation of violence."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Antony Blinken, can you possibly please stop lying about what is going on, for one brief, shining moment, sir!?

Do you appreciate, for one millisecond, the deep, non-biodegradable pond scum in which Netanyahu finds himself, at this moment in Israel's history?!? Enmeshed with corruption scandals that will not go away?!?

Are you so geopolitically tone deaf and blind, that you not consider the possibility that the eviction of Palestinian families from homes in which they have lived in generations, coupled with the Israeli outrages at the Al Aqsa Mosque, were timed specifically to provoke a Palestinian reaction that would create this situation, which would make the removal of Netanyahu from office, a practical impossibility?!?

The indesputable fact here is, Netanyahu is desperate to hang on to power, no matter how many Palestinians and Israelis get hurt or killed; that, sir, is the reality here.

May 13 01:55

In Pictures: Global protests in solidarity with Palestinians

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's difficulty right now, is that it is singularly incapable of controlling the narrative, because of the presence of cell cameras, the net, and tweets to document what is happening.

My deep concern right now, is that Israel will pull a "false flag", to be blamed on Iran, and off we go.... to a new world war.

May 13 01:17

16 hours ago - WorldNegotiations to oust Netanyahu stall amid Jerusalem crisis

Efforts to form a new Israeli government and oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have come to an almost complete halt amid the escalation with Hamas.

Why it matters: Opposition leader Yair Lapid is six days into a 28-day mandate, and seemed on track to strike a coalition deal with Naftali Bennett, a right-wing kingmaker. But the latest crisis could make those efforts nearly impossible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HOW CONVENIENT FOR NETANYAHU!!

May 13 01:15

What led to the most recent Israel-Palestine escalation?

Protests over the expulsion of Palestinian families and Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound preceded Israel’s heavy bombardment of Gaza.

Days of heavy bombardment on the Gaza Strip intensified on Wednesday, with Israeli fighter jets bombing sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, as well as police buildings and apartment blocks.

Since the offensive began late on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 53 people have been killed, including 14 children. More than 300 others have been wounded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Newton made the observation: "To every action, there is an equal, and opposite, reaction."

The eviction of Palestinian families, coupled with the massive repressions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, were engineered to create precisely the situation in which the state of Israel finds itself, and now, it is playing "the victim"?!?

Please; thoughtful, peaceful people around the world have had a bellyfull of this, and want it stopped!! These actions were created to provoke precisely the response they have provoked; I am praying that there are some "adults in the room" on both sides who are working frantically to contain this, because the possibility of a regional war, followed by a world war, is a real and present danger to this world right now.

I do not want one more Israeli, or one more Palestinian to be hurt or killed;there must be a point where the madness stops, and all of our common humanity, as brothers and sisters on this planet, must be remembered, and invoked, as though it was a sacred kinship, which in my world, it is.

As history has proven, time and again, it becomes very easy to kill, under some circumstances; the hard part, is doing the hard work which allows us to live together without killing each other.

I would pray that Hamas, Fatah, and the Israeli Knesset are thinking about this, right now.

May 13 01:03

Israel posts fake videos to justify Gaza slaughter

The Israeli government posted a two-and-a-half-year-old video from Syria, claiming it was from Gaza, in order to justify its ongoing bombing campaign that has killed dozens of Palestinians since Monday.

But there is one problem: The video is old and does not appear to originate from the Gaza Strip.
The exact same video, just two seconds longer, had been posted on YouTube on 22 December 2019 by a user who indicated that it was filmed in Maarrat al-Numan, a city in northeastern Syria.

The original video contains no watermark or text suggesting any connection with Gaza.

This is a familiar propaganda tactic.

During Israel’s massive bombing campaign in Gaza in July 2014, Israel supporters widely shared a video claiming to show “Hamas using children as human shields.”

The video showed a man firing a mortar. Behind him was a group of small children huddled with an older man.

But this too was a video from the civil war in Syria, with no connection to Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tragically, but perfectly predictable, on the part of the Israeli government and media.

May 13 00:56

Antiwar.com Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsPeace in Palestine? Not if American Politicians Can Help It

On April 22, more than 300 American lawmakers publicly pledged their unconditional loyalty to a foreign power.

In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, the members of Congress cautioned against “reducing funding or adding conditions on” US welfare checks (totaling $3.8 billion annually) to Israel.

The letter name-checks US President Joe Biden, who, nearly a year ago tried to have it both ways — decrying Israeli annexation of Palestinian land and the eviction of Palestinian residents to make room for Israeli squatters (“settlers”), while likewise volubly assuring Jewish campaign donors, “I’m not going to place conditions on security assistance.”

Now Biden and members of Congress from both sides of the partisan aisle feign surprise and dismay as the Israeli regime once again makes war on the populations of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

What the heck did they expect?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does it ever bother you, the degree to which a foreign country dictates US foreign policy?!?

Please pay attention here; this is profoundly significant!!

May 13 00:49

Antiwar.com Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsAmid Gaza Onslaught, Pentagon Reaffirms ‘Ironclad’ Commitment to Israel

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Israeli counterpart on Wednesday amid Israel’s new bombing campaign in Gaza and reaffirmed the US’s “ironclad commitment” to Israel.

“Secretary Austin conveyed the Department’s ironclad support for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, and he strongly condemned the launching of rockets by Hamas and other terrorists groups that targeted Israeli civilians,” the Pentagon said in a readout of the call.

The US has failed to condemn or even really address the Palestinian children that have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Austin also “reiterated the importance of all involved parties to take steps to restore calm.” But Israel appears to be set on escalating the situation and has rejected a truce offer from Hamas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how soon will the US be bombing Gaza, killing women, children, the medically fragile elderly, and bombing hospitals and schools?!?

And if you do not think this is a real possibility, you have not been paying attention: the US military is still doing this in Yemen as I type this.

HEY, WAR CRIMES ARE US!!!!

May 13 00:45

Live: More children killed in Gaza, Palestinians in Israel face escalating crackdown

Follow MEE's updates as Israeli strikes continue to pound Gaza, Hamas rockets hit Israel and protesting Palestinians risk assault and arrest.

May 13 00:43

Israel Rejects Hamas Truce Offer, Says Gaza Campaign ‘Far From Over’

The Israeli security cabinet voted to intensify airstrikes, Defense Minister Gantz said the operation has 'no end date'
by Dave DeCamp Posted onMay 12, 2021CategoriesNewsTagsGaza, Israel, Palestine
On Wednesday night, Israel rejected a ceasefire offer from Hamas and approved a plan to intensify airstrikes in Gaza.

The truce offer from Hamas was made through the Russian foreign ministry. A Hamas official was quoted as saying that the group would halt attacks on a “mutual basis” with Israel.

According to Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ministers in the Israeli security cabinet agreed unanimously to reject the ceasefire and continue bombing Gaza. The cabinet then voted to escalate the attacks indefinitely

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This very much reminds me of the Catholic response to the Siege at Montsegur against the Cathars, when the Catholic prelate leading the army, was told that there were women and children among the besieged Albigensian men, and "St. Dominic's" response was; "Kill them all: God will find his own."

May 13 00:39

THE ISRAEL NARRATIVE IS CRUMBLING BECAUSE OF PHONE CAMERAS AND THE INTERNET

SOURCE: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE
There are a lot of factors contributing to the growing awareness of Israel's brutality, but I think the…

“Twenty-four people, including nine children, were killed in Gaza overnight, most of them in Israeli strikes,” reads a new report from AP.
Nine children, killed with the help of United States funding to the tune of $3.8 billion a year.

Remember kids, the US loves Muslims and just wants to protect their human rights.

The Monday night airstrikes were in response to rocket attacks by Gaza resistance groups which had reportedly injured six Israelis, and those rocket attacks were in turn were a response to a deluge of Israeli police brutality footage in Jerusalem in preceding days. Electronic Intifada reports:

This came at the end of a day of violence that began in occupied East Jerusalem, where Israeli forces assaulted worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, injuring hundreds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a point... where adults in the room, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Gaza are going to have to realize, that the ulgy truth is being laid bare, on the ground, with real time images that put the lie to Israel's "official narrative" which is being destroyed and dissected, point for point.

Now, the question is, what are the "adults in the room" going to do about it, or has it taken on an stoppable trajectory to cause a regional, and perhaps, world war?!?

There is a word I would use to those in the Bowels of Power in DC, and that word... is "Caution!!"

May 13 00:29

'MAY THEIR PROGENY BE ERASED!' ISRAELIS CELEBRATE AS FIRE RAGES NEAR AL-AQSA MOSQUE ON JERUSALEM DAY

SOURCE: CHRIS MENAHAN, INFORMATION LIBERATION

Israelis were filmed celebrating Monday night on Jerusalem Day at the Western Wall by singing for God to "take vengeance on the Palestinians" and "erase" them and their "progeny" from all of history.

"Today's Jerusalem Day march ends in an orgy of hate at the Western Wall," Elizabeth Tsurkov reported. "They sing: 'Remember me! Strengthen me! Just this once, God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Palestinians (may their progeny be erased!) for my two eyes!' (altering Judges 16:28)."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, celebrating genocide in this context, is perfectly OK?!?

Seriously?!?

May 12 13:31

FIRE ON TEMPLE MOUNT: ZECHARIA’S PROPHECY SIGNALING 3RD TEMPLE CONSTRUCTION [WATCH]

Arab violence continued through Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) and culminated on Monday night in what can only be described as a pitched battle on the Temple Mount. At one point, fireworks thrown by Arabs ignited a large tree standing adjacent to the Aqsa Mosque, presenting the answer to Jewish prayers based on a prophecy by Zechariah that the Temple which was destroyed by fire will be rebuilt in fire.

May 12 13:11

Israel: Scale of rocket fire 'unprecedented' suggesting Hamas' capabilities are growing | Analysis

May 12 11:59

Instagram & Twitter apologize for ‘system errors’ that deleted pro-Palestine posts, but critics say they are still ‘censoring’

Days after Instagram and Twitter blamed “system errors” for deleted posts on unrest in Jerusalem, a coalition of civil society groups and digital rights activists have accused them of continuing to “censor” Palestinian content.

Palestinians facing eviction from occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood have taken to social media to protest. Since last week, reports have emerged of some posts, photos and videos being removed and accounts being blocked for reportedly violating community standards.

In a joint statement on Monday, more than 20 groups called out Facebook and Twitter for “systematically silencing users protesting” and urged them to implement “transparent and coherent content moderation policies.”

Terming the scale of the content takedowns as “egregious and pronounced,” the signatories said they were indicative of a “wider pattern of consistent censorship of Palestinian and allied voices” that has been “documented for years.”

May 12 11:41

Gaza fires over 1100 rockets; IDF retaliates against Hamas

May 12 11:29

Hamas Offers Immediate Ceasefire "On Mutual Basis" As Fighting Spirals Into Full-Scale War

Israel's Channel 12 has tallied some 1,200 rockets launched from Gaza since Monday, while claiming the Iron Dome defense system has intercepted some 85-90% of all rockets headed toward populated areas.

During the mid-evening hours (local time) a senior Hamas official has announced that it is "ready to halt actions against Israel on a mutual basis," according to Russia's RIA.

May 12 09:21

UN warns Israeli-Palestinian conflict could escalate into 'full-scale war'

May 12 09:21

‘Full-scale war’ feared as fighting between Israel and Hamas escalates amid air strikes

May 12 08:17

Anti-Israel protests are held around the world following dramatic escalation of violence with Hamas as air strikes continue to bombard Gaza Strip

Protests have broken out around the world in support of Palestinians amid the violent clashes with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

The disputed area is under the most intense bombardment since 2014, with Israel unleashing a huge firestorm on the territory in response to Hamas missiles.

Thousands in New York, Washington DC, London, Istanbul and other major cities across the globe have taken to the streets to show their support for Palestine, often directing their protests at Israeli embassies and buildings.

May 12 07:50

Gaza Fights For Freedom (2019) | Full Documentary | Directed by Abby Martin

May 12 07:47

Israel-Palestine conflict may develop into full-scale war, says analyst

The Palestinian-Israeli standoff, which has intensified over the past few days, may develop into a full-scale military conflict, the board chairman of the foundation for the development and support of the international discussion club Valdai, Andrei Bystritsky, told TASS on Tuesday.

"The situation is not a simple one. Risks are high it may follow a very alarming, even dangerous scenario," Bystritsky said. "The latest spiral of the Arab-Israeli confrontation may develop into a full-scale war, with many actors involved. Given the large variety of factors, how it can be brought to an end is anyone's guess."

May 12 07:38

Moment protester launches himself two-footed from a ledge into a man's HEAD as pro-Palestine and pro-Israel demonstrators clash with each other and police in London

Violence erupted in London yesterday as pro-Palestine protesters clashed with police during a demonstration against the continued conflict in the Middle East.

Dozens more people, including as many as ten children, have been killed overnight as Israel and Hamas fired retaliatory missile strikes, with the UN's Security Council due to meet today to discuss the continuing crisis.

Activists waving flags, banners and placards, featuring messages including 'Hands Off Jerusalem', took to the streets of the English capital on Tuesday to call for an end to the growing unrest.

May 12 07:38

Two senior Hamas intelligence chiefs are killed as Israeli tanks line up on Gaza border and Netanyahu warns militants will pay a 'very heavy' price for 130 rockets fired at Tel Aviv: 36 Palestinians dead, including ten children, and five Israelis

The Gaza Strip was under the most intense bombardment since 2014 on Wednesday, as Israel unleashed a huge firestorm on the territory in response to Hamas missiles, and the death toll on both sides continued to grow as world leaders appealed for calm.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, issued a statement calling for an end to violence, but a UN-brokered ceasefire was immediately rejected by Israel.

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said that they had killed two senior Hamas intelligence chiefs, tweeting: 'Looks like our intel was better.'

May 12 07:35

'Civil War Has Erupted': Netanyahu Declares State of Emergency in City of Lod Amid Violent Riots

The use of emergency powers by Israel, caused by the ethnic violence over a new surge in Israel-Palestinian tensions, is the first time such measures have been used on the country's Arab community since the military administration over Israel's Arabs ended in 1966.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared a state of emergency in Lod, a mixed Arab-Jewish city that has recently seen widespread and violent rioting.

The prime minister's office announced the decision after a special meeting of the nation's top security and legal officials. Amir Ohana, the police minister, has confirmed that he will use his authority to carry out the orders.

"During the discussion, Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed with the declaration of a special state of emergency in Lod, and Public Security Minister [Amir] Ohana announced that he will immediately begin to exercise his powers in this matter", the office said in a statement.

May 12 07:10

All Hell Breaks Loose: Hamas Fires 130 Rockets On Tel Aviv, Israel Collapses 13-Story Building In Gaza

update(3:03pm): In the last hours there's been massive escalation as Hamas and Islamic Jihad has unleashed wave and wave of rockets on central Israel, and targeting Tel Aviv.

Hamas has announced that it launched 130 rockets on Tel Aviv and central Israel through its TV channels moments ago. While it's unclear if this is exaggerated, rockets appear to be landing across Israel, many slipping through the Iron Dome anti-air defenses.

May 12 07:09

THE ISRAEL NARRATIVE IS CRUMBLING BECAUSE OF PHONE CAMERAS AND THE INTERNET

“Twenty-four people, including nine children, were killed in Gaza overnight, most of them in Israeli strikes,” reads a new report from AP.
Nine children, killed with the help of United States funding to the tune of $3.8 billion a year.

Remember kids, the US loves Muslims and just wants to protect their human rights.

The Monday night airstrikes were in response to rocket attacks by Gaza resistance groups which had reportedly injured six Israelis, and those rocket attacks were in turn were a response to a deluge of Israeli police brutality footage in Jerusalem in preceding days. Electronic Intifada reports:

May 12 07:07

Israel’s Murderous Attacks on Gaza

Israel is again conducting bloody attacks on Gaza. Interminable rounds of shelling by Israeli terrorists – known as Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) – have left in their wake infant corpses and blood-stained rubble of residential buildings. Every attempt is being made to decapitate the present and disembowel any hope for a better future. The current massacre campaigns by the Zionist state have followed the well-established pattern of colonial aggressions, characterized by an unconscionable logic of inhumanity.

May 12 07:07

Israeli Apartheid Is On Display

The Israeli government has gone out of its way in recent weeks to confirm that it is an apartheid state. In one of the latest egregious examples of this oppressive system, Israeli police attacked Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque last Friday on one of the most important days of Ramadan using stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber-coated bullets. They did this in support of the effort to expel Palestinian families from the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem. Many hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded during the crackdown on their protests against this forced expulsion, including more than two hundred people injured in the raid on Al-Aqsa. The expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in territory that Israel illegally annexed is nothing less than ethnic cleansing being carried out in plain sight, but because Israeli forces are doing it to Palestinians it does not receive the same official condemnation that would usually be automatic in Washington.

May 12 07:06

Gaza Death Toll Mounts as Israel Vows Further Escalation

Israel continued its bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip through Tuesday and into Wednesday morning as the death toll continues to mount. Gaza’s health ministry said early Wednesday that so far, at least 35 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes, including 12 children.

Israel started bombing Gaza on Monday, which was framed as retaliation for rocket fire from Gaza that did minimal damage. After the first series of Israeli airstrikes targeted residential neighborhoods and killed 20 Palestinians, including 10 children, the rocket fire out of Gaza has stepped up. According to Haaretz, at least five Israelis have been killed.

May 12 07:06

US Refuses to Condemn Israeli Airstrikes That Killed Palestinian Children

Unsurprisingly, Biden administration officials have failed to condemn Israeli airstrikes in Gaza that killed Palestinian children. As of Wednesday morning in Gaza, at least 35 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in the latest violence, including 12 children.

State Department spokesman Ned Price was asked on Tuesday if he would condemn the killing of Palestinian children after viewing pictures of the aftermath of the Israeli airstrikes. “The loss of innocent life is something that we would — that is deeply regrettable. It is — of course, Israel has the right to defend itself against those attacking Israel, against Hamas and terrorists responsible,” Price said.

According to eyewitnesses, Israeli airstrikes on Monday targeted a crowded neighborhood in Gaza. Among the slain were two siblings, ages seven and eleven, who were killed while playing in the street.

May 12 06:44

Israel mobilises thousands of troops towards Gaza as death toll mounts

Israel has ordered the mobilisation of thousands of troops to be sent towards Gaza after at least 26 Palestinians were killed during its bombing of the besieged enclave.

The Israeli army said Defence Minister Benny Gantz had called in 5,000 troop reinforcements to “deepen home front defence”.

Israeli television news showed Israeli tanks massing near the fence with Gaza, as part of an operation Israel has called "Guardian of the Walls'"

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said on Tuesday that Israel would be stepping up its strikes against Gaza.

May 12 06:33

‘Our intel was better’: IDF brags about killing top Hamas spies, as retaliatory strikes blamed for deaths of Arab woman & 7yo girl

The Israeli military has claimed to have “neutralized” two high-level Hamas intelligence officials during air raids in Gaza, as local officials claim Palestinian rocket fire killed two Arab-Israelis, a woman and a child.

The IDF boasted of the targeted assassination strikes in a tweet early on Wednesday morning, which it said it conducted alongside Israel’s internal security service, the ISA, commonly known as the Shin Bet.

“Our fighter jets, with the ISA, neutralized key figures of Hamas' intelligence: Hassan Kaogi, head of the Hamas military intelligence security department & his deputy Wail Issa, head of the military intelligence counterespionage department,” the military tweeted in English.

Looks like our intel was better.

May 12 06:33

'Unreal Two Minutes': Gazan Man Stands And Films As Israeli Airstrikes Rain Down In His Neighborhood

A Gazan man stood and filmed for an "unreal two minutes" as Israeli airstrikes rained down in his neighborhood and appeared to be rapidly approached his apartment.

May 12 06:32

‘Civil war’: Israeli mayor laments ‘Kristallnacht’ as Netanyahu sends troops to Lod, gripped by rioting & clashes

As IDF jets bomb Gaza and Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel, the city of Lod has erupted in violence its mayor compared to a Nazi pogrom. PM Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling troops from the West Bank to restore order.

“This is Kristallnacht in Lod,” Yair Revivo told the Times of Israel on Tuesday evening, referring to the notorious 1938 pogrom against Jews in Nazi Germany, and adding, “there’s been nothing like this in the history of Israel.”

May 12 06:29

Israeli bombardment escalates as Gaza death toll rises: Live news

A night of heavy bombardment on the Gaza Strip has continued into Wednesday morning as Israeli forces launched intensive raids on various locations across the besieged coastal territory.

Local sources said Israeli fighter jets bombed sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, in addition to security and police buildings. In Gaza City’s Tel al-Hawa neighbourhood, a pregnant woman, Reema Telbani and her child were killed by an Israeli attack on their home.

May 12 06:24

Jerusalem, the unfolding tragedy

Israel is a colonial war machine that never sleeps. Its mounting provocations in Jerusalem in recent weeks have predictably driven Palestinians to the streets in protest.

Hence, the short answer to the question, “why?”, is simply, “why not?”, considering that every new Israeli day brings along more Palestinian dismay.

May 12 06:23

Israel rains down bombs on Gaza, resistance responds with 1000-plus rockets

Palestinian resistance group have fired a barrage of rockets at the Israeli-occupied cities in response to the regime’s continued bombardments of civilian targets in the Gaza Strip, as the death toll from the latest flare-up rises on both sides.

The Islamic Jihad resistance movement’s military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, announced that 100 rockets had been fired at the cities of Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Be’er Sheva and Sderot early on Wednesday, Palestine Today reported.

Hamas’s military arm also announced that it launched 210 rockets toward the occupied territories early in the morning.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that it was “in the process of firing 110 rockets toward the city of Tel Aviv” and 100 others toward the town of Be'er Sheva, “as reprisal for the restarting of strikes against civilian homes.”

May 12 06:12

'They were playing': Gaza mourns children killed in Israeli air strikes

At least 20 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed in a series of Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Monday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, while a further 60 were injured in the bombardment.

Among those killed were two siblings from the al-Masri family, Ibrahim, 11, and seven-year-old Marwan, from Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

Seven other Palestinians were reported killed in the same attack.

"The children were playing with their cousins in front of the house when a man on a motorcycle passed by, and the occupation targeted him twice," Youssef al-Masri, the children's father, told Middle East Eye.

May 12 06:11

In photos: 24 hours in Gaza

Photos from the last day in Gaza, where 28 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes.

May 12 06:10

'You will be held accountable': Palestinians in Jerusalem receive 'threatening' text messages from Israeli intelligence

Palestinian activists have reported receiving threatening text messages from Israeli intelligence after protests at Al-Aqsa Mosque are brutally suppressed.
More than 700 Palestinians have been wounded since Friday in a surge of violence at Al-Aqsa and other parts of Israeli occupied East Jerusalem at the hands of settlers and Israeli police.

Israeli forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for three days in the row this weekend, attacking worshippers with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas.

On Monday, Jerusalem hospitals announced that they had become full as Palestinian casualties peak.

In addition to the ongoing violence, the Israeli military intelligence has begun sending out "threatening" text messages to Palestinians, most likely using a GPS system to geolocate their location.

May 12 06:00

The Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation of Palestine has taken an ugly turn, as numerous Palestinian families are slated to be evicted from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah by fanatical Jewish settlers.

The outright theft of Palestinian homes and property by predatory Zionist vultures has provoked widespread protests and violence in the revered city. Heavily armed Israeli police forces have intervened to protect the settlers. Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured on the grounds of the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque. The necessity of defending Jerusalem and one of the holiest sites in Islam is a deeply held conviction for many of the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims.

May 12 05:53

Israel Evicts Palestinian Families in Sheikh Jarrah

May 12 05:52

Ugly scenes in heart of Manhattan as Israeli and Palestinian supporters fight in middle of street: Protests break out across US as Middle East violence intensifies

Israeli and Palestinian supporters clashed in New York City on Tuesday evening amid escalating violence overseas between the two bitter enemies which has left at least 38 people dead in the Middle East.

Footage taken outside the Israeli consulate in Manhattan shows protesters fighting over barricades as police struggle to keep the two groups apart. Consulate workers were sent home earlier in the day due to safety fears.

Other video clips show fights breaking out in the streets of New York City as punches are thrown. One man was pictured covered in blood after he was hit with a chair during the bitter confrontations.

May 12 05:52

1 Israeli killed, 3 others injured by anti-tank missile fired from Gaza

Hamas fired a Kornet anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) toward vehicles near the southern Israeli community of Netiv Ha’Asara on Wednesday morning, after a night of intensive rocket barrages toward the center of the country.

Shortly before the attacks, the IDF warned residents of the Gaza envelope to remain at home out of concern that Hamas might fire short-range mortars, ATGM’s or carry out sniper attacks against civilians in the area.

May 12 05:51

Rockets target Tel Aviv after Gaza tower destroyed

Palestinian militants say they fired 130 missiles at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after an Israeli air strike felled a tower block in the Gaza Strip.

The 13-storey building was attacked an hour and a half after residents and local people were warned to evacuate, Reuters news agency reports.

Israel's military says it is targeting militants in Gaza in response to earlier rocket attacks.

At least 31 people have died in some of the worst violence in years.

The international community has urged both sides to end the escalation, which follows days of unrest in Jerusalem.

Militants had already fired hundreds of rockets towards Jerusalem and other areas.

May 12 05:50

Israel, Hamas escalate heavy fighting with no end in sight

Israel stepped up its attacks on the Gaza Strip, flattening a high-rise building used by the Hamas militant group and killing at least three militants in their hideouts on Tuesday as Palestinian rockets rained down almost nonstop on parts of Israel.

It was the heaviest fighting between the bitter enemies since 2014, and it showed no signs of slowing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to expand the offensive, while Gaza militants unleashed a fierce late-night barrage of rockets that set off air-raid sirens and explosions throughout the densely populated Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

Just after daybreak Wednesday, Israel unleashed dozens of airstrikes in the course of a few minutes, targeting police and security installations, witnesses said. A wall of dark gray smoke rose over Gaza City. Iyad al-Bozum, a spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, said airstrikes destroyed the central police headquarters in Gaza City, a compound with several buildings.

May 12 05:49

Israel vows more attacks to bring 'total, long-term quiet' after the UN warned they are 'heading for full-scale WAR' as border bombardments from both sides leave 43 Palestinians and five Israelis dead

Israel today vowed to bring 'total, long-term quiet' to the Gaza Strip amid growing international alarm at the increasing civilian death toll from retaliatory air strikes targeting Hamas militants.

'The army will continue to attack to bring a total, long-term quiet. Only when we reach that goal will we be able to speak about a truce,' Defence Minister Benny Gantz said as the Palestinian death toll rose to 43, including 13 children. At least 230 Palestinians have been wounded.

Gantz issued the fresh warning from the southern town of Ashkelon where two Israeli women were killed by Hamas rockets on Tuesday. Five Israelis have so far been killed by the rocket attacks targeting civilians, including a child in the early hours of this morning.

May 12 05:48

Hamas Leader Claims 'Victory in the Battle for Jerusalem' Amid Israeli-Palestinian Escalation

On Wednesday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said that over 1,000 rockets had been fired at the Jewish state by Palestinian forces from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the escalation between the IDF and Hamas on Monday.

Ismail Haniyeh, chief of the Islami? group Hamas, has claimed the Palestinians have managed to accomplish a "new" balance of power in their fight against Israel after the militant group intensified its rocket attacks on central areas of the Jewish state on Tuesday evening.

"We have achieved victory in the battle for Jerusalem, the defence of Jerusalem", Haniyeh said, referring to the city as "the axis of conflict".
He said that Hamas had been in contact with regional leaders since "the recent events broke out in Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah, Damascus Gate", signalling his group's readiness for "every scenario, whether escalation or ceasefire".

May 12 05:47

Live Updates: Israel Vows More Attacks on Gaza to Achieve 'Long-Term Quiet' Before Reaching Truce

The situation in Israel has been escalating over the past few days, with violent clashes in Jerusalem and constant exchanges of fire between the Israeli military and Hamas engulfing the country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the militants are going to pay a "high price" for the attacks, blaming them for the hostilities.

An Israeli vehicle was hit by an anti-tank projectile on Wednesday, killing at least two people and wounding one more, the Magen David Adom medical service stated on Twitter.

May 12 03:20

'Unreal Two Minutes': Gazan Man Stands And Films As Israeli Air Strikes Rain Down In His Neighborhood

A Gazan man stood and filmed for an "unreal two minutes" as Israeli airstrikes rained down in his neighborhood and rapidly approached his apartment.

May 11 13:08

14 May 1948: the Zionists' day of infamy

Stuart Littlewood highlights the terrorist and racist foundations of the state of Israel, and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians – Muslims and Christians – and the theft of Palestinian land.>>

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