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Sep 29 07:52

Young Evangelical support for Israel drops by half in 3 years – study

While the evangelical Christian establishment is in the pro-Israel camp, increasing numbers of young evangelicals support Palestinian rights – a position held by many Southern Baptists decades ago when they overwhelming opposed Truman’s 1948 recognition of Israel…

Today’s diverse and globally connected generation of evangelicals has its own ideas and priorities. It is more interested in social justice, less invested in the culture wars and increasingly weary of conservative politics…

by Walker Robins, reposted from The Conversation, July 19, 2021 (Photos of John Rice and Southern Baptist Convention added by IAK)

Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, made waves in May 2021 when he publicly suggested that Israel should prioritize its relationship with American evangelicals over American Jews.

Sep 29 06:04

The Best Congress AIPAC Can Buy

Nowhere is the influence and power of a political lobby more evident than in the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

This year’s Conference takes place in Washington, DC on March 20-22. An event that rivals the President’s annual State of the Union message, the gathering has drawn nearly 400 confirmed speakers, including Vice President Joe Biden and Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who will address more than 15,000 pro-Israel Americans (including 2/3 of the current Members of Congress). According to the Lobby’s website, the event is the “largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community.”

Sep 29 06:03

COME SPY WITH ME Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were spies who used underage sex to blackmail politicians, ‘ex-handler’ claims

GHISLAINE Maxwell and her paedophile lover Jeffrey Epstein were both Israeli spies who took pictures of powerful men having sex with underage girls to blackmail them, their alleged Mossad handler has sensationally claimed.

The pair allegedly ran a "honey-trap" operation where they would provide young girls to politicians in order to squeeze them for information for the Israelis.

The unsubstantiated claims have been made by Ari Ben-Menashe who claims he is a former Israeli spy.

Ben-Menashe claims that he was the “handler” of Ghislaine's dad Robert Maxwell, who was also a spy, and that it was the former newspaper baron who introduced Epstein and his daughter to the Israeli intelligence agency.

He makes the unverified claims in a new book called "Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales".

In a preview of the book, shared with Sun Online, Ben-Menashe says: “Mr Epstein was the simple idiot who was going around providing girls to all kinds of politicians in the United States.

Sep 29 06:02

Isabel Maxwell: Israel’s “Back Door” Into Silicon Valley

In 1992, Israel’s government created the Yozma Program at the urging of Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Industry and Trade – Yigal Erlich – as Erlich moved to leave that position. The Yozma Program aimed to “incentivize venture investment” by creating state-linked venture capital funds, which later spawned a myriad of Israeli hi-tech start ups with merging them with major, foreign technology companies. According to Erlich’s website, he had lobbied Israel’s government to launch Yozma because he had “identified a market failure and a huge need in Israel to establish for the first time a professionally-managed venture capital industry that will fund the exponential growth of high tech ventures coming out of Israel.” He then “convinced the Israeli government to allocate $100 million for his venture capital vision.”

Sep 28 11:37

With militarised media as a weapon of mass deception, what is the plan?

Fernando Guevara argues that mainstream media, the police and other "civilian institutions", have become militarised. "Even on the internet, algorithms are re-set to catch what suits Zionists/Israel, while a lot of what sheds light on their terror is simply removed/de-platformed.">>

Sep 28 10:41

At UN, Israel’s Bennett Hints at Military Action Against Iran

Addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hinted at possible military action against Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program of crossing “all red lines.”

“Iran’s nuclear program has hit a watershed moment. And so has our tolerance,” Bennett said. “Words do not stop centrifuges from spinning.”

Bennett cited Iran’s recent move to enrich some uranium at 60 percent as one of the “red lines.” But 60 percent is still below the 90 percent needed for weapons-grade uranium, and Tehran only increased enrichment to such levels in response to an Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

The latest Israeli attack on Natanz took place in April. It was a clear effort to sabotage the indirect negotiations between the US and Iran to revive the nuclear deal, which started around the same time.

Sep 28 10:40

Al-Aqsa: Settlers storm mosque and raise Israeli flags

Hundreds of Israeli settlers on Monday stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City and raised Israeli flags, in a move seen as "provocative" by Palestinians.

Over 770 Israeli settlers, accompanied by security officers, broke into the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on Monday morning and again in the afternoon, local media reported.

They entered through the Moroccan Gate on the western side of the site, which the Israeli authorities have controlled since the beginning of the occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967.

Sep 28 10:39

UK Labour Party Approves Historic Motion Calling Israel Apartheid State

The UK Labour Party Conference has voted today in favor of a motion identifying Israel as a state practicing the crime of apartheid, making it the first major political party in Europe to adopt such a position, The Middle East Monitor reported.

The motion commits the Labour party to implement sanctions including ceasing UK-Israel arms trade and trade with illegal Jewish settlements, MEMO added.

“Conference condemns the ongoing Nakba in Palestine, Israel’s militarized violence attacking the Al Aqsa mosque, the forced displacements from Sheikh Jarrah and the deadly assault on Gaza,” the motion read.

The motion reportedly noted reports by Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem, which earlier in the year reached a landmark conclusion that Israel was practicing the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN. The two reports highlighted how Israel’s systematic oppression of the Palestinian people amounted to the crime of apartheid.

Sep 28 07:39

Scandinavian Governments Announce “Covid Is Over,” Israel Announces the Vaccine Doesn’t Protect

I have had confirmation of my report last Saturday that Norway has terminated all Covid restrictions ( https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/09/25/norway-has-the-opposite-co... ). I am uncertain whether it is an immediate termination or the beginning of a phase out. Norway’s equivalent to the CDC has downgraded Covid-19 to a strong flu. There will be no Covid passport. In Sweden Covid restrictions are scheduled to end this Wednesday September 29. The Danish government decided two weeks ago to end Covid restrictions. The President of Croatia has also declared: “We will not be vaccinated anymore.” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTGgup_Yto ) Have you heard any of this on CNN, NPR, MSNBC or read it in The NY Times?

How do we explain Scandinavia and Croatia going the opposite direction to the EU?

Sep 28 06:48

Let's Arm the Gazans!

Well, here we go again. The Israelis, in collusion with no less than 420 criminals in the US Congress, have again ripped off the US taxpayer. I stop short of calling the congresscritters “traitors” because the US Constitution, which defines the word, requires that one actually be cooperating with a declared enemy of the United States to be so described. Israel is not yet an enemy as defined by a declaration of war from that same Congress, which is instead intent on showering our goods and even our freedoms on the Jewish state. Indeed, Israel has so corrupted our political system that it receives far more in benefits from the federal treasury than does any American state.

Sep 28 06:01

Kentucky Rep Thomas Massie Calls Out AIPAC For 'Foreign Interference' In Our Elections

Kentucky Rep Thomas Massie, the only GOP congressman with the balls to vote against giving Israel an additional $1 billion from US taxpayers last week, has called out the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for "foreign interference" in our elections.

Massie on Monday highlighted a new ad AIPAC is running on Facebook attacking him for daring to put America First.

"How is THIS not foreign interference in our elections?" Massie said.

Sep 28 05:21

Iran's Nuclear Program Has Crossed 'All Red Lines': Israel PM

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday Iran had breached all the "red lines" aimed at curbing its nuclear weapons program, but that Israel "will not allow" Tehran to get the bomb.

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, Bennett claimed the Islamic republic had in recent years taken "a major leap forward" in its nuclear production capacity and ability to enrich weapons-grade uranium.

"Iran's nuclear weapon program is at a critical point, all red lines have been crossed," said Bennett, who took office in June.

"There are those in the world who seem to see Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons as an inevitable reality, as a done deal, or they have just become tired of hearing about it," the 49-year-old premier told the world body.

"Israel doesn't have that privilege. We cannot tire. We will not tire. Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon."

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"We'll get the Americans to invade Iran!"

Sep 28 04:38

Kentucky Rep Thomas Massie Calls Out AIPAC For 'Foreign Interference' In Our Elections

Kentucky Rep Thomas Massie, the only GOP congressman with the balls to vote against giving Israel an additional $1 billion from US taxpayers last week, has called out the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for "foreign interference" in our elections.

Sep 27 16:05

‘Appalling slander’: Stop Antisemitism org ripped after branding GOP congressman ‘Jew hater’ for voting against Iron Dome funding

American conservatives condemned the Stop Antisemitism organization after it branded libertarian Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) a “Jew hater” for voting against more US funding for Israel’s Iron Dome.

Stop Antisemitism, which was launched in 2018, has listed many Americans as its “Antisemite of the week,” including pop star Dua Lipa, Daily Show host Trevor Noah, MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, and even Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth – a Jewish American whose father was a refugee from Nazi Germany.

After Massie became the only Republican congressman to vote against further funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system last week – an act consistent with his politically libertarian and fiscally conservative track record in Congress – Stop Antisemitism set its sights on the representative, publishing a photo of his face with “JEW HATER” stamped on top.

Sep 27 11:16

Britney Spears was spied on by father using Israeli firm, ex-employee says

Britney Spears’ father hired an Israeli-run private security agency to secretly record the pop singer in her bedroom and monitor her communications, a former employee of the firm has said in a new documentary.

Alex Vlasov, an executive assistant and operations and cybersecurity manager for Black Box Security for nine years, showed The New York Times evidence of secretly captured audio recordings, including Spears’ interactions and conversations with her boyfriend and children.

The chief executive and founder of Black Box, Edan Yemini, was born in Israel and is described as having a background in the Israeli Special Forces on the firm’s website.

Sep 27 07:11

Don’t fund Iron Dome

Like Nora Berman (“I’m a leftist. Progressives’ move to strip Iron Dome from spending bill smacks of ignorance,” Forward, Sept. 22, 2021), I am a leftist. But unlike her, I think the attempt to remove Iron Dome from the spending bill was the moral thing to do.

Let me stipulate at once that I consider intentional or reckless attacks on civilians to be war crimes, violations of international humanitarian law, and of just war principles.

How can I oppose attacks on civilians and still support cutting funding from a program designed to protect civilians?

Sep 27 07:11

Philly activists target billionaire Jeffrey Yass over his connections to Israeli apartheid

He might not get as much publicity as other powerful megadonors, but Jeffrey Yass is a libertarian billionaire, CEO of the Susquehanna International Group, and the richest person in Pennsylvania. He’s helped wage a war against public education, donates money to various right-wing PACs, and helped finance Democratic Andrew Yang’s failed mayoral run in NYC.

Yass is also the primary funder for something called the Kohelet Policy Forum, which one activist described to me as “Israel’s ALEC.” The group pushes libertarian policies in the country and promotes settlement expansion. It even lobbied the Knesset to help pass the 2018 Nation-State law which grants greater rights to Jews than non-Jews (including land rights, language rights, and the “exclusive” right of “national self-determination”).

Sep 27 07:10

Israel-Palestine: Normalising apartheid under the guise of 'shrinking the conflict'

Kfar Adumim is, in many ways, an archetypal Israeli settlement. Established in 1979, it is, like all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a violation of international law. Located near Jerusalem, it is part of a cluster of colonies designed to fragment Palestinian territory.

Built at the expense of Palestinians, its residents - who, like the historic settler enterprise writ large, are a secular-religious mix - continue to play a role in efforts to dispossess Palestinians.

There is no concept of Palestinian rights, identity or history; they are simply an annoyance and a complication

Kfar Adumim is a part of an inherently discriminatory regime; a war crime. At the same time, the settlement is very much part of the so-called “consensus” among Israeli political parties. As a Meretz candidate put it in 2019: “There is no danger [of a future evacuation] for Kfar Adumim.”

Sep 27 07:08

Israel: police work in league with crime lords, say victims of gun violence

Israeli police officers have been accused of working in league with crime lords and not caring about the death of Palestinians as anger grows over their failure to get to grips with gun crime in mainly Arab towns within the occupation state. At least 93 people have been the victim of gun violence since the start of 2021.

Victims' families and activists have begun to speak out and direct their frustration at the Israeli police. They claim that the killing of Palestinians in Arab cities is a very low priority, and if the police took the death of Palestinians as seriously as prison breaks they could very easily arrest those responsible for the killings.

Sep 27 06:34

Over 70 children among hundreds of Palestinians injured by Israeli forces in West Bank

More than 500 Palestinians, including over 70 children, were wounded as a result of attacks by Israeli armed forces over the past two weeks in the West Bank, a UN report has revealed.

A biweekly report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 568 people, amongst them 73 children, were injured in assaults carried out by Israeli authorities.

It said out of those, 320 were wounded during demonstrations against Israeli settlement activities in the Nablus district.

Despite being illegal under international law, Israel has insisted that it will keep building settlements in the West Bank, large areas of which fall under its control.

Almost half a million people live in these settlements, alongside 2.8 million Palestinians.

Sep 27 06:29

Phones of 5 French ministers said infected with malware from Israel’s NSO Group

The mobile phones of at least five French ministers and a diplomatic advisor to President Emmanuel Macron were infected by the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware, sources told AFP on Friday, confirming a report by the Mediapart investigative website.

French security services detected the software while inspecting the phones, with the intrusions believed to have taken place in 2019 and 2020, according to the report from Mediapart on Friday.

Pegasus, made by the Israeli firm NSO Group, can switch on a phone’s camera or microphone and harvest its data, and was at the center of a storm in July after a list of about 50,000 potential surveillance targets worldwide was leaked to the media.

Sep 27 05:55

‘Bizarrely huge’ Nazi flag ‘flown by Palestinians’ makes skeptics cry ‘Photoshop’ (it was not)

Many commenters cried foul after an image of an enormous-looking Nazi flag flying over a Palestinian town in the West Bank was shared by pro-Israeli accounts. It apparently was a trick of perspective, not poor Photoshop skills.

One can see how the photo, which was reportedly taken in the town of Beit Ummar, could challenge someone’s suspension of disbelief. The swastika-decorated flag shown in it looks huge in comparison to houses in the background and appears to be unnaturally stuck between power lines. So, skeptical commenters rushed to point out what they saw as glaring inconsistencies when the image was shared this weekend on social media.

This image was altered from its original form. They neglected to edit out one of three wires. This is deliberately misleading. For shame. @[email protected]/NBPKwRkilR

Sep 27 05:34

'F**k Them': Carlson Responds to Yet Another Call to Fire Him Over 'Great Replacement' Theory

The highly popular Fox News host has faced criticism in the past for peddling a "racist" theory that the Democratic Party is actively supporting immigration to the US and thus attracting new votes to its side.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief executive, Jonathan Greenblatt, has renewed his calls for Fox News to fire successful host Tucker Carlson over promoting a purportedly racist theory called "great replacement" on his show, with the Council on American Islamic Relations backing the proposal. While the channel kindly rejected such suggestions, when the ADL made them in the past, Carlson himself has been more forthright this time around:

Sep 26 06:38

Tucker Carlson Reacting To The ADL Calling For Him To Be Fired:

Sep 25 07:19

Israel Caught Spying on French Officials

Sep 25 05:39

Financial Disclosures Reveal Jen Psaki was Employed by an Israeli Spying Firm

In July, the exposure of the Israel-based NSO Group's Pegasus spyware shined new light on the scope of the Israeli government's vast spying network. The State of Israel itself licensed the sale of the spyware to foreign governments, private enterprises, and criminal organizations alike. This licensing enabled the impact of Pegasus covert surveillance to target journalists, foreign governments, and elected officials. To put its impact into perspective, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was revealed to have used Pegasus to spy on Jamal Kashoggi preceding his execution in Turkey, Mexican drug cartels employed it to target journalists exposing their crimes, and its use by the Moroccan government led to the revelation that they successfully targeted French President Emmanual Macron by tapping into a cellphone he has used since 2017.

Sep 24 10:04

The holocaust alliance’s void-for-vagueness definition of “anti-Semitism”

Commenting on current Zionist attacks on English, Scottish and US politicians, Fernando Guevara says "using the IHRA concept of anti-Semitism, the guilt-by-suspicion standard of proof, and a large trawling net… every analysis of anything remotely connected with Zionist interests can be moulded into anti-Semitism.">>

Sep 24 08:48

ISRAEL TV DROPS THE BOMBSHELL - READ THE SUBTITLES

Sep 24 08:25

New GOP bill would keep illegal settlement products labeled ‘Made in Israel’

New legislation by Republicans in the US House of Representatives seeks to reinforce the Trump-era instruction to label products of Judea and Samaria “Made in Israel.” [“Judea and Samaria” is the whitewashed nickname for the Palestinian West Bank, the majority of which (82%) is partially or fully controlled by Israel and de facto annexed by Israel – in violation of international law.]

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New York), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was set to introduce what she called the Anti-BDS Labeling Act on Thursday, meant to stop the Biden administration from reversing the instruction from former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in the final months of the Trump administration.

Sep 24 08:23

WATCH: A Single Democrat Had The Balls To Speak Out Against Rashida Tlaib For Her Anti-Semitism

Rashida Tlaib did her normal anti-Semitic thing today, accusing Israel of war crimes against Palestinians and thus refusing to funding for their Iron Dome system:

Sep 24 01:15

Rep. Matt Gaetz: Why Is An Israeli Consulate Official Involved In An Effort to Extort My Family Of $25M?

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) on Thursday questioned why Israeli consulate official Jake Novak was reportedly involved in the $25M extortion scheme targeting him and his father.

Gaetz questioned if "the government of Israel" itself was behind the plot.

Sep 23 14:46

House Approves Extra $1B For Israel: AOC Caves, Changes Vote to 'Present,' Then 'Cries' On House Floor

The Democrat-controlled House on Thursday voted to approve an additional $1 billion in funding to Israel on top of the nearly $4 billion they get every year.

Sep 23 12:23

Israel - Teachers Can't Teach Unless Shot Up

Sep 23 09:16

Scottish Conservative big shot tells Green Party ministers: If you refuse to sign up to the Zionist definition of anti-Semitism, you are not fit to serve in government

Stuart Littlewood highlights attempts by a leading Scottish Conservative and Israel stooges to bully the Scottish government into forcing their Green Party coalition partners into subscribing to the flawed Zionist definition of anti-Semitism.>>

Sep 23 06:45

House Dems remove Iron Dome funding from spending bill amid pressure from progressives

House Democrats removed funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system from the short-term government spending bill yesterday, in what activists hailed as “an unprecedented moment for Palestinian rights.” The move came in response to pressure from progressive Congress members.

Sep 23 06:44

Former State Department chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson says Israel will be “gone” in 20 years

Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell who emerged as a leading critic of the neoconservatives. In remarks to Mass Peace Action last June, he made some bracing assertions about Israel that I just saw the other day:

Israel won’t exist as a state in 20 years because it is delegitimizing itself as an apartheid state.

Israel is a “strategic liability of the first order” for the United States and is “the most likely state in the world to take the United States to Armageddon.”

The U.S. ought to tell Israel now to “change swiftly” or it will cease to fund and protect Israel, but the U.S. will not do so.

The neoconservative agenda in the Middle East was “to set the Levant on fire, to keep Israel’s enemies so at one anothers’ throats” that they could not give Israel trouble.

Sep 23 06:44

‘NYT’ glorifies an Israeli war crime, with reporting by AIPAC’s friend Bergman

Here we go again. The New York Times just ran a long, gee-whiz article about an Israeli war crime — the murder of an Iranian scientist inside Iran last year– penned by its Israeli security expert, Ronen Bergman. “The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted Remote-Control Killing Machine“, by Ronen Bergman and Farnaz Fassihi is filled with awe-inspiring details of the methods Israel employed to kill Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist, at the wheel of his car outside Tehran last November 27.

The killing was of course an act of war, and one aimed at destroying the Iran deal for good in the last weeks of the Trump administration. The European Union condemned the killing at the time: “This is a criminal act and runs counter to the principle of respect for human rights the EU stands for.”

Sep 22 07:02

Pfizer Admits Israel Is the Great COVID-19 Vaccine Experiment

Pfizer admits it’s treating Israel as a unique “laboratory” to assess COVID jab effects. Whatever happens in Israel can reliably be expected to happen elsewhere, months later

Pfizer entered into an exclusivity agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Health, so the only COVID shot available is Pfizer’s. The Pfizer shot has a higher risk for heart inflammation among young men than some of the other COVID shots, but Israeli youth have no option but to get the most dangerous one

Pfizer’s shot went from a 95% effectiveness in December 2020 to 39% by late July when the Delta strain became predominant in Israel. In response to obvious vaccine failure, Israel started giving out third boosters at the end of July 2021

Vaccine failure is also evident in Israeli data showing fully vaccinated are at higher risk of severe illness when infected with SARS-CoV-2 or any of its variants than unvaccinated, and now make up the bulk of COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths

Sep 22 06:13

Israeli foreign minister holds crisis talks with US after AOC and 'The Squad' force Dems to REMOVE $1BN for Israel's Iron Dome from spending bill: Republicans say hold-up is 'technical' and Dems have 'capitulated to antisemitic influence'

House Democrats removed a provision to give Israel $1 billion toward its Iron Dome defense system from the continuing resolution to keep the government open and funded past September 30 after opposition from the Squad.

The US was forced into crisis talks with Israel in the fallout, with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly telling Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid the removal of funds from the stopgap bill was only a 'technical delay.'

Hoyer told Lapid the money would be transferred 'in the near future.'

Sep 21 07:53

Feature: Childhood in shadow of Gaza-Israel conflict

Mohammed Shaaban, a Palestinian child from the village of Beit Lahia in Gaza Strip, used to play with his siblings and friends for many hours a day.

However, the 8-year-old child has lost his passion for playing as he became disabled and now needs assistance even in the most basic activities, including using a bathroom.

Israel and Gaza's Hamas fought a 11-day-long fighting in May, the most intense round since 2014 that left more than 250 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. During the wave of fierce fighting, Israeli warplanes carried out hundreds of air raids on the Gaza Strip. Palestinian armed factions in Gaza fired thousands of rockets at Israel.

Shaaban was wounded on the first day of the hostilities when the Israeli war jets attacked a man driving motorbike in Jabalia in the north of the coastal enclave. While Shaaban and his mother were walking in the street as they finished shopping for Eid al-Fitr, a festive dinner that marks the end of the Ramadan fast.

Sep 21 07:48

Two final Palestinian escapees 'beaten, tortured' by Israeli forces during arrests: reportMENA

Israel attempted to kill the last two Palestinian Gilboa Prison escapees while they were on the run, later torturing them during their rearrest, a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority's prisoners' agency claimed following a visit.

With their arrests, all six detainees have now been arrested again after two weeks of embarrassment for Israeli forces.

The two Palestinian detainees, Ayham Kamamji and Munadil Infaat, said they were first fired on in Israel's northern Afula city area, according to Munther Abu Ahmed, a Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs (CDA) lawyer representing Kamamji.

This occurred on the same day as their escape, The New Arab's Arabic-language sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said, though a report from Anadolu Agency suggested this happened the day after.

Sep 21 07:45

Lebanon urges UN action as Israel moves forward with gas drilling plans

Lebanese officials expressed outrage on Saturday after a gas producer announced it had been awarded a contract to begin drilling for supplies near Israel's disputed maritime border with Lebanon.

Sep 21 07:40

Reflections on the 39th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre

The steadfastness and courage of Sabra and Shatila are in all of our hearts. Today, we commemorate the cruel injustice inflicted on the Palestinians in the massacre of 1982, knowing that this is just one of the continuous assaults on Palestinians since 1948. We resolve to continue to be with you all in your difficult journey in solidarity, hope and love, knowing that one day, the freedom and peace stolen from the Palestinian people for all these years will be won back through your struggle. We commemorate with tears, but pledge our commitment to this struggle with all our strength and lives. We know that the day will come when our children's laughter will be the reward of years of sacrifice and endurance.

In June 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. It bombed Lebanon by land, air and sea, and laid siege to Beirut. Israel killed and wounded thousands of innocent people and made at least 100,000 homeless within a few weeks. Beirut city was denied electricity, medicine, food and water.

Sep 21 07:25

Political Commentator Kim Iversen Unpacks ‘Alarming and Shocking’ COVID Data from Israel

Political talk show host Kim Iversen, on a segment of the Kim Iversen Show Wednesday, called the latest COVID data coming out of Israel “alarming and shocking.”

Iversen reminded viewers that Israel was nearly fully vaccinated by February, after striking a deal with Pfizer to make its citizens “essentially … a giant study group.”

“They have very high vaccination rates in the country,” Iversen said. “Kids are still not vaccinated. There are some super ultra-Orthodox holdouts, but otherwise everybody in Israel banded together and they took the Pfizer vaccine — two doses.”

But by summer, Iversen said, Israel health officials determined the vaccine had worn off. “They saw skyrocketing numbers of cases, even after they’d hit this so-called herd immunity threshold of 70%.”

Sep 21 07:03

Think Facebook's review will fix alleged Israeli bias? Not so fast, say Palestinians

alestinian digital rights advocates have welcomed Facebook's Oversight Board's call for an independent review into alleged bias in the tech giant's moderation of Palestinian and Israeli posts.

But not so fast, they say. While the review is long overdue, the platform still has a way to go before it is moderated fairly and transparently, and it remains to be seen if the company will act on the board's recommendations.

The board's report, released last week, came after an uproar in May when Facebook, Instagram (also owned by the tech giant) and Twitter were accused of censoring Palestinians and their supporters following the removal of hundreds of pro-Palestinian posts, often without explanation.

It wasn’t the first time the social media platforms, their moderators and algorithms have been accused of stifling the free speech of Palestinians.

Sep 21 07:02

Palestinian grandmother blocked from retrieved land seven years after court order

“I want to go back to my land before I die!” shouted Mariam Hassan Hammad, 80, at a group of Israeli occupation soldiers, who stood - armed from head to toe - blocking Palestinian landowners from reaching their lands in the Thahr al-Mazare’ area, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian landowners, including Mariam, were scheduled to enter their land on Saturday, 30 years after it was confiscated to build the illegal settlement of Ofra.

The settlement was expanded in 1996 with the infamous outpost of Amona, which was evacuated following an Israeli court order in 2014.

Sep 21 07:00

Israel: communications company hit by major cyberattack

An unidentified hacker, known only as Deus, has revealed on an internet forum that he has hacked into the systems of the giant Israeli communications firm Voicenter and stolen 15 terabytes of data, local media reported on Monday. The hacker put the information up for sale, posting hundreds of examples of the private data that he has taken.

Ynet News said that the major cyberattack hit Voicenter on Saturday. The attack paralysed the communications systems of a number of firms that receive services from the company. It added that software giant Check Point, mobile network operator Partner, Mobileye, Expon, we4G, SimilarWeb, AllJobs, and Gett are among the companies that work with Voicenter.

The company sent SMS messages to its clients on Sunday, saying that the perpetrators of the attack were "hackers from abroad." However, Voicenter claimed that the attack did not affect its work. "As far as we know, the incident did not entail any information leaks."

Sep 21 06:59

Israel's economy not ready to deal with Iran cyberattacks

Commenting on Russian-Iranian cooperation on cybersecurity, founder and CEO of Israeli cyber consultation firm Konfidas Digital Ltd, Ram Levi, said Israel's economy is not ready for Iranian cyberattacks, Rai Al-Youm reported yesterday.

The UAE-based online newspaper reported Levi telling the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the Russian-Iranian deal would largely reinforce Iran's protection from cyberattacks, as well as Iran's ability to carry out cyberattacks.

According to Levi, the deal would give Iran abilities it did not have before. "What is worrying for us is that Russia and Iran will at a certain point have intelligence cooperation and how to carry out attacks. This will strengthen Iran."

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What goes around comes around.

Sep 20 07:27

Report: Iranian Nuclear Scientist Slain with Remote-control Robot Gun

Iran’s top nuclear scientist was assassinated by Israel’s national intelligence agency using a high-tech remote-controlled machine gun, according to a report published Saturday in the New York Times.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot on Nov. 27, 2020, while driving his Nissan Teana between a vacation home on the Caspian Sea and a country house and the town of Absard, where he planned to spend the weekend with his wife, according to the report.

Iranian agents working for Israel had parked a blue Nissan Zamyad pickup truck on the side of the road with a 7.62-mm sniper machine gun hidden among decoy construction materials.

An assassin with the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, fired the gun at Fakhrizadeh. The assassin was more than 1,000 miles away using an advanced robot to operate the weapon that was smuggled into the country in small pieces.

Sep 20 07:26

Lebanon submits letter to UN after Israel grants offshore contract to Halliburton

Lebanon has submitted a letter of protest to the United Nations and the Security Council after Israel granted US oilfield services group Halliburton an offshore drilling contract in the Mediterranean.

Lebanon's representative to the UN, Amal Mudallali, submitted the letter to both UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the President of the Security Council, Ireland’s representative to the United Nations, Geraldine Byrne Nason, calling on the UNSC to "ensure that the drilling evaluation works are not located in a disputed area between Lebanon and Israel, in order to avoid any attack on Lebanon's rights and sovereignty."

The letter also called for efforts to "prevent any future drilling in the disputed areas and to avoid steps that may pose a threat to international peace and security."

Sep 20 07:13

After Israeli snipers killed 40 Palestinians in 3 months, army chief said, ‘This is not right, relax’

A pro-Israel group held a discussion three days ago that showcased its utter indifference to Palestinian lives. Israeli reporter Ohad Hemo told the Israel Policy Forum, an American Israel lobby organization, that after Israeli soldiers “easily” killed more than 40 Palestinians in the West Bank in two months, the army chief said, “This is not right,’ and ordered snipers to “relax.”

Susie Gelman, the chair of the Israel Policy Forum, had no response to the shocking report, but turned the discussion back to her “cause for concern” — Palestinian prisoners escaping an Israeli prison.

Sep 20 06:14

The Escape and Capture of Zakaria Zubeidi

Heroes are rare; they are tragic and inspiring at the same time. Such a real-life hero is Zakaria Zubeidi, 45, from Jenin in Palestine. A man of brawn and brain, of sword and harp, he was an al Aqsa Brigade commander as well as the director of the Freedom Theatre. Years ago, the Sunday Times called him ‘one of Israel’s most wanted and implacable enemies’. A cat of nine lives, he survived many Israeli assassination attempts; he had been in and out of jail many times; he got his first Israeli bullet at 13; his film premiere at 14.

Sep 20 06:09

Health Ministry chief says coronavirus spread reaching record heights

Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash said Tuesday that the current wave of coronavirus infections is surpassing anything seen in previous outbreaks and that he is disappointed that a recent downward trend appeared to be reversing.

Ash’s remarks via video call to the Knesset Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee came as Health Ministry figures showed that over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed the day before and that the positive test rate was climbing.

Pointing out that there is an average of 8,000 new infections each day, with occasional peaks over 10,000, he said, “That is a record that did not exist in the previous waves,” including the massive third wave at the end of last year.

Sep 19 07:47

Israel’s tentacles choke schoolchildren's right to free speech at Scotland's Bannockburn (of all places!)

Stuart Littlewood highlights an instance of cowardice by the National Trust for Scotland whereby it succumbed to Zionist pressure by removing an item about the Palestinians’ struggle for freedom from an exhibition by schoolchildren at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre in Stirling.>>

Sep 19 05:10

Israeli firm introduces armed combat drone to patrol borders

Israeli state-owned defence contractor Israel Aerospace Industries has unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot it says can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators and open fire.

The unmanned vehicle revealed on Monday is the latest addition to the world of drone technology, which is rapidly reshaping the modern battlefield.

Sep 19 04:49

Palestinian Factions Form Joint Operations Room in Jenin Refugee Camp

The Palestinian resistance factions announced yesterday the formation of “a joint operations room” in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu has reported.

The military wings of Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are all involved, the first time that the three movements have joined forces in such joint action.

The agency quoted a resistance fighter from Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a group affiliated with Fatah. “There is no room to talk [with Israel] except with bullets,” he said. “We are ready to fight and we will not retreat.”

Sep 18 09:44

From the ‘Iron Wall’ to the ‘Villa in the Jungle’: Palestinians Demolish Israel’s Security Myths

25 years before Israel was established on the ruins of historic Palestine, a Russian Jewish Zionist leader, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, argued that a Jewish state in Palestine could only survive if it exists "behind an iron wall" of defense.

Jabotinsky was speaking figuratively. However, future Zionist leaders, who embraced Jabotinsky’s teachings, eventually turned the principle of the iron wall into a tangible reality. Consequently, Israel and Palestine are now disfigured with endless barricades of walls, made of concrete and iron, which zigzag in and around a land that was meant to represent inclusion, spiritual harmony and co-existence.

Sep 18 09:44

Israeli Forces Injure Dozens of Palestinians at Anti-Settlement Protest near Nablus

At least 46 Palestinian protesters sustained injuries today when Israeli occupation forces attacked two anti-settlement protests in the villages of Beita and Beit Dajan, in the occupied West Bank province of Nablus, according to medical sources.

A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) in Nablus said five Palestinian protesters sustained injuries by Israeli rubber-coated rounds during the protest in Beita, while three others were injured due to falling on the ground while being chased by Israeli soldiers in the village. Dozens of protesters also suffered suffocation from tear gas inhalation.

Sep 18 06:30

Israel denies treatment to Palestinians with brain tumors

May was a horrific month in Gaza. Everyone was traumatized – and in many cases physically harmed – by a major Israeli attack which lasted 11 days.

Israel’s cruelty toward Palestinians continued after a ceasefire came into effect – as the case of Yahya al-Ijla illustrates.

Yahya, 24, was injured in the head and chest during the May offensive.

He had gone to a grocery store near his home in the Shujaiya area of Gaza City. The shop was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike; Yahya was outside it at the time.

Following the offensive, his family sought authorization for travel to a hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Yahya needed treatment which was unavailable in Gaza.

Sep 17 12:50

"Israel" Seeks to Replace the US with China after Afghanistan Withdrawal

On August 28, 2021, "Israel’s" Prime Minister Naftali Bennet met with Biden’s administration to discuss how the United States expects "Israel" to act towards China. This comes a day after "Israel" inaugurated the Chinese-run Haifa port terminal which was leased to China for 25 years. On the same day, an opinion piece written by "Israel’s" former president Ehud Olmert appeared in the Jerusalem post, insisting that "Israel" should refuse US demands to cool relations with China. He expressed his worry that the US appears weak, and then in the next sentence, he felt obligated to insist that this had nothing to do with its withdrawal from Afghanistan. But reading between the lines the message is clear, the US is a falling empire, and rather than sink with the ship, "Israel" is preparing to jump to a new host.

Sep 17 12:49

Trump said Jared Kushner was 'more loyal to Israel than the US,' employing the dual loyalty trope against his Jewish son-in-law: book

Former President Donald Trump targeted his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with off-color remarks suggesting he was more loyal to Israel than his home country — evoking an anti-Semitic trope in the process — during a White House meeting, according to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book, "Peril."

"'You know,' Trump joked in another meeting, mocking his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish family and was working on Middle East peace, 'Jared's more loyal to Israel than the United States,'" Woodward and Costa wrote.

This was not the first time Trump has played into the dual loyalty trope or the anti-Semitic notion that Jewish Americans are more loyal to Israel than the US. "The charge of disloyalty has been used to harass, marginalize, and persecute the Jewish people for centuries," per the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Sep 16 06:52

Gaza: Disabled Palestinians recount horror of Israel's May offensive

Soon after Israel launched its 11-day war on the Gaza Strip in May, Foad Abu Joba’s family, who live in the al-Shuja'iyya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City, fled to a nearby UN refugee agency school to protect themselves from the falling shells.

The family wanted to avoid living through the same suffering they had endured during Israel's 51-day war on the besieged enclave in 2014.

“My family started collecting their things to go to the school at 7pm," Abu Joba, 29, who uses a wheelchair because of nerve damage in his legs, told Middle East Eye.

Sep 16 06:46

Covid Cases Explode In Heavily Pfizer Vaccinated Israel

Israel has 84% of its population aged 12 and up vaccinated.

Two days ago on Tuesday September 14, 2021, the Times of Israel reported that “the current wave of coronavirus infections is surpassing anything seen in previous outbreaks.” Health Ministry data “showed that 10,000 new covid cases were diagnosed in a single day.” And climbing. Instead of the predicted steady drop in outbreaks of new cases because of vaccination, the cases have exploded. Despite one of the highest rates of vaccination of all countries, Israel has the world’s largest number of Covid cases per capita. It is two times larger than the US per capita rate.

We can conclude from Israel’s experience that either the Pfizer vaccine does not protect against Covid, of which Israel seems to be heavily infected, or the vaccine causes Covid, or causes adverse reactions that are confused with Covid.

Sep 16 06:43

New Jersey Moves to Divest From Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company Over Israeli Settlement Ban

New Jersey is set to divest pension funds from the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s over the Vermont-based ice cream company’s decision to stop selling its product in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

There are currently over 30 US states with laws against the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that calls for international boycotts to put pressure on Israel over its war crimes against the Palestinians. The law prohibits the states from doing business with individuals or companies that boycott Israel.

New Jersey’s Division of Investment said Tuesday that it made a preliminary determination that keeping investments in Unilever, of which Ben & Jerry’s is a subsidiary, violates its anti-BDS laws. The state gave Unilever 90 days to convince Ben & Jerry’s to change the move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess things are great in New Jersey if the government has nothing better to do than worry about Israel!

Sep 16 06:35

Gantz Says Israel Could Accept a US Return to Iran Nuclear Deal

In an interview with Foreign Policy, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel could accept a revival of a US-negotiated Iran nuclear deal if there are backup plans that involve more sanctions and possible military actions.

“The current US approach of putting the Iran nuclear program back in a box, I’d accept that,” Gantz said when asked about the Biden administration’s Iran strategy. The comment signals a possible shift in Israel’s stance on the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, although Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has repeatedly said he is opposed to a revival of the agreement.

Gantz said Israel wants to see a “viable US-led plan B” that includes more economic pressure if the talks fail, although Iran is already under an enormous amount of US sanctions. “Israel has no ability to lead a real plan B, we can’t put together an international economic sanctions regime. This has to be led by the US,” he said.

Sep 16 06:34

Who do they think they are? Israel tells US to ease off Saudi, Egypt human rights

Israeli officials warned the United States not to hold Saudi Arabia and Egypt accountable for human rights abuses, or else risk driving them into the arms of China, Russia, and Iran. This would contradict President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken’s pledge to “put human rights at the center of U.S. foreign policy.”

Israel need not worry: despite his campaign rhetoric lambasting Trump’s fondness for Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and President Sisi, since taking office Biden has made few efforts to pressure the Saudi or Egyptian governments on human rights. Washington did pause the bonanza of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, but then allowed certain sales to go through.

Sep 15 06:35

Prisoners recaptured: lawyer visits denied, allegations of torture and mistreatment

After one of the most dramatic prison escapes in Palestinian history, four of the six political prisoners who escaped a maximum security Israeli prison last week were recaptured over the weekend.

The four prisoners, Zakaria Zubeidi, Mohammed Qassem Ardah, Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah and Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri were all captured by Israeli forces over the weekend in and around the Nazareth area in northern Israel.

Mahmoud Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri were captured on Friday night in a neighborhood in Nazareth city, while Zakaria Zubeidi and Mohammed Ardah were captured just hours later hiding in a truck parking lot outside Nazareth.

The two remaining prisoners, Ayham Kamanji and Munadil Nfeiat, are still at large. Early reports claimed two prisoners escaped to Jordan, though recent reports from Palestinian media claimed that the two had made their way to the West Bank.

Sep 15 06:35

‘NY Times’ fearmongers about the Iran nuclear deal, while ignoring Israel’s efforts to sabotage it

One U.S. publication just covered the stalled negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal fairly and honestly. Another ran a distorted, alarmist report that could have been written by Israel’s Hasbara Central propaganda department. The valuable report was in Responsible Statecraft, a new outlet that is gaining respect and influence but is still small. The biased article is on page 7 of today’s New York Times.

Let’s start with the Times. The fearmongering is right in the headline: “Iran Nears an Atomic Milestone.” The first sentence says, “Iran has come within roughly a month of having enough material to fuel a single nuclear weapon. . .” Paragraph after paragraph sound the alarm: “Iran has not been this close to a weapon capability since before President Obama agreed to the 2015 nuclear accord.” David E. Sanger and William J. Broad do perfunctorily note that “Iran continues to insist that it has no desire for a nuclear arsenal,” but then they go straight back to the warnings.

Sep 15 06:33

HOLOCAUST IN ISRAEL: LEAKED CALL WITH PFIZER SCIENTIST ADMITS ISRAELIS ARE LAB RATS FOR COVID SHOTS

Sep 15 06:32

Israeli court orders Hamas to pay $11.8m for 'murdering settlers'

An Israeli court in Jerusalem ordered the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement on Monday to pay NIS38 million ($11.8m) to the families of three Israeli settlers who went missing in the occupied West Bank in 2014, Ynet News has reported. Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel went missing in June 2014 and were eventually found dead.

Israel has accused Hamas of kidnapping and murdering the settlers. At the time, young Palestinian Hussam Al-Qawasmeh, from the occupied city of Hebron, was detained by the Israeli occupation forces and accused of planning the alleged crime.

In a brutal act of revenge and collective punishment — a war crime — Israel launched a military offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza that lasted 51 days, during which more than 2,260 Palestinians were killed. More than 11,000 others were wounded, dozens of them with life-changing injuries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look who's talking!

Sep 15 06:31

Does Israel want to end its forever wars in Gaza?

Israel is finally waking up to the stark reality that it can no longer continue with its forever wars in Gaza. This was the critical message from Foreign Minister Yair Lapid when he spoke at a conference at Reichman University in Herzliya last weekend: "The State of Israel has a duty to tell its citizens we have turned every stone in an attempt to deal with the Gazan issue."

After 15 years of relentless blockade and four destructive wars, Gaza remains indomitable. Lapid's sense of hopelessness is not without precedent. In 1992, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin famously lamented: "Try to give it back to the Egyptians, and they will say, 'You are stuck with it.'" He then added: "I wish the Gaza Strip would sink into the water, but I cannot find for it such a solution."

Sep 15 05:36

Bennett says he won’t meet Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian state a ‘terrible mistake’

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that he sees no reason for him to meet with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, despite a number of high-level contacts between Israel’s new government and the PA.

Bennett, speaking to the Kan public broadcaster as part of a series of interviews he gave to Israeli news outlets, cited the PA’s pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and continued payment of monthly stipends to security prisoners, including those convicted of killing Israelis.

“I don’t see any logic in meeting someone who is suing IDF soldiers at The Hague and accusing them of war crimes, and at the same time paying salaries to terrorists,” Bennett told the Kan public broadcaster. “I don’t see the logic in meeting him.”

Sep 15 05:36

WATCH: Israeli Forces Attack Primary School Students with Teargas Canisters

Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday attacked Palestinian primary school students with teargas canisters in Tubas, in the occupied West Bank.

The Red Cross said that over 30 Palestinian students in an elementary school in the Tayasir village suffocated as Israeli forces fired teargas canisters fired towards them during a raid of the village.

Local sources said that Israeli forces fired teargas canisters directly and heavily towards the students, resulting in dozens of suffocation cases.

Video footage shows the young students crying and screaming as the teargas fired towards them caused burning and pain in their eyes, throat, lungs and skin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, you gotta be a real manly man to teargas a kid!

Sep 15 05:35

Mothers of rearrested Palestinian prisoners anxiously await answers on their safety

Since the rearrest of Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah by Israeli forces late on Friday, his mother Fathia Ardah has been anxiously waiting for news about his well-being.

"I am currently sitting among people but my mind is with him, I do not know what his conditions are," Fathia told Middle East Eye.

"May God be on his side and pull him out of every hardship. I have no words."

Sep 15 05:35

Palestinian prisoners to begin hunger strike to protest Israeli collective punishment

The Palestinian prisoner leadership has announced their intention to begin a hunger strike, starting Friday, to protest acts of Israeli collective punishment after the escape of six Palestinian detainees.

Some 1,380 Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum will go on hunger strike, according to Haaretz.

Prison wardens and security officials at Gilboa and Shita prisons may also face retaliatory attacks from prisoners in response to the "violent repression against them".

The first phase of the hunger strike will begin on Friday across eight prisons, including Gilboa jail, and will be expanding on 21 September with 100 senior detained leaders joining the hunger strike.

Sep 15 05:34

'No humanity or respect': Israel detains Palestinian father of cancer-stricken child

Israeli forces arrested dozens of Palestinians in the occupied territories on Tuesday, including the father of a cancer-stricken child - who's image bidding farewell to his son went viral on social media.

Hijazi al-Qawasmi, a father of four, was detained in Hebron after heavily armed Israeli police raided his home shortly before midday, his family told Middle East Eye.

"At 11 am today, the Zionist forces barged into our houses and ordered the arrest of Hijazi without providing us any explanation or reason," Bayan Al Natshe, Qawasmi's wife, told MEE.

"I asked them what was wrong with him, was it a court order or something he did wrong and they said we don’t know - they didn't reply to me. They arrested him and left."

Sep 15 05:33

Bennett to address UN General Assembly on September 27

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will fly to New York City to speak at the 76th United Nations General Assembly on September 27.

Bennett will speak about Israel’s national security and regional issues, according to his office. His remarks will likely focus on Iran’s nuclear program and its support for armed proxy groups.

The trip will be Bennett’s second official visit to the United States as prime minister. On August 27, Bennett met with US President Joe Biden at the White House, during which both sides sought to exude an atmosphere of warmth and cooperation.

Sep 15 05:05

REPORT: 14 ISRAELIS INFECTED WITH COVID DESPITE 3RD VACCINE DOSE

More than a dozen Israelis who have been vaccinated three times against SARS-CoV-2 have been diagnosed with the virus in spite of the vaccines, according to a new report Sunday evening.

According to data from Israel’s Health Ministry which was published in a report by Channel 12 Sunday evening, fourteen people who have received a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine were diagnosed with the coronavirus at least seven days after receiving the third dose.

Israel officially kicked off its mass vaccination campaign for the third dose on July 30th, and has vaccinated some 422,000 people with the third dose thus far. The third dose is available to members of high-risk groups, including the elderly.

Sep 15 05:01

Drones, Likely Israeli, Attack Militia Sites on Iraq-Syria Border

A fleet of drones of as-yet-unidentified origin have carried out attacks on Shi’ite militia targets along the Syria-Iraq border. The early reports from Iraq were that the casualties were only on the Syrian side.

The militias in question are holdovers from the ISIS war, anti-ISIS forces that fought on both sides of the border. The US is hostile to the militia, but was quick to deny involvement in the attack. Israel has commonly launched attacks in this area, and there is ample speculation that they are the culprit.

Media reports, particularly Israeli reports, try to spin these militias as Iranian, even though in practice they are nearly all based in Iraq. Apart from increasingly rare engagements against ISIS, the groups are mostly targeted by Israel and/or the US.

Sep 14 13:33

Israel Unveils New Armed Robot Amid Outcry Over 'Death Machines'

Israel unveiled a new remote-controlled killer robot Monday at a major weapons fair in the U.K. that human rights advocates are criticizing as an event to sell "death machines" and tools of abuse.

Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Rex MK II is a four-wheeled vehicle mounted with two machine guns to carry out remote attacks. According to a press statement from the state-owned company announcing the release, the robot has already been sold to global customers.

Sep 14 13:12

ISRAELI STUDY: Fully Vaxxed Are 27 Times More Likely To Get COVID Compared To People With Natural Immunity

A new study out of Israel, pending peer review, has found that “fully vaccinated” people are 27 times more likely to get infected with COVID-19, develop symptoms, and 8 times more likely to experience hospitalization than unvaccinated people with natural immunity.
A new study from Israel, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, claims that “fully vaccinated” people are significantly more likely to get infected with COVID-19 and develop symptoms requiring hospitalization than those who are unvaccinated and have the natural immunity that comes from catching the virus and recovering.

The study, Comparing SARS-CoV-2 natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity: reinfections versus breakthrough infections, examined medical records of tens of thousands of people between the dates of June 1 and August 14 and is currently the largest real-world observational study to date on coronavirus immunity with respects to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Sep 14 12:57

IDF BOMBS BUILDINGS IN RESPONSE TO ANXIETY ATTACKS

Sep 14 07:02

Prosecution witness in Netanyahu trial killed in plane crash in Greece

The bodies of two people have been recovered from the sea after an Israeli light aircraft crashed near the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Monday evening, Greek media said.
The plane, a Cessna 172, reportedly departed from Israel and "encountered a problem on approach to the island's airport," crashing nearby.

The victims of the crash were named Haim Garon and his wife, Esti. Haim, a former deputy director of the Communications Ministry, was to be a prosecution witness in the trial of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sep 14 06:53

Hashtag #Untie_Our_Hands: How Many More Palestinians Must Die for Israel’s ‘Security’?

A large Israeli army campaign is taking social media by storm. The installed aim of what is known as the "#Untie_Our_Hands" initiative is the desire to kill, with no accountability, more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence. The campaign was motivated by the killing of an Israeli sniper, Babel Hadaria Shmueli, who was reportedly shot from the Palestinian side of the fence on August 21.

An immediate question comes to mind: what do Israeli soldiers want, considering that they have already killed over 300 unarmed Palestinian protesters and wounded and maimed thousands more at the Gaza fence during what Palestinians referred to as the "Great March of Return" between 2018 and 2020?

This "march" is now being renewed, though it often takes place at night, where frustrated Palestinian youth gather in their thousands, chanting anti-Israeli occupation slogans and, at times, throwing rocks at Israeli snipers who are stationed nearly a mile away.

Sep 14 06:52

Israeli Warplanes Destroy Poultry Farms in Gaza Strip

Overnight, Israeli warplanes were reported to have attacked the Gaza Strip, intending to hit military targets belonging to Hamas. The reports out of the strip suggest no real damage or casualties on the military targets.

That doesn’t mean Israel did nothing, however, as videos and photos emerged from the area around Rafah to show that Israel attacked and destroyed three poultry farms. The video showed the sites, which were being restored after the most recent war, were attacked again.

Each farm was described as having more than 2,000 chickens when attacked during the war. The owner says the three sites were all “empty” and in the process of being repaired. A lot of new damage was caused, and they are starting from scratch in trying to restore the farms.

As is usually the case, Israel offered next to no details on its attacks, or why it was that the empty farms were attacked again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chickens and eggs mean high-quality protein for the Gazans, and we can't have THAT!!!!

Sep 14 06:45

The ‘Pegasus’ Saga: All iPhone Devises Were Exploited by Israeli Spy Tech Firm, Report Indicates

The digital rights group CitizenLab has discovered a vulnerability that allowed Israeli spyware company NSO Group to implant its Pegasus malware onto virtually every iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch device.

CitizenLab revealed the vulnerability on Monday, a week after discovering it by analyzing the phone of a Saudi activist that had been infected with the malware. The discovery was announced to the public shortly after Apple rolled out an update to patch the vulnerability.

The vulnerability allowed the NSO Group’s clients to send malicious files disguised as .gif files to a target’s phone, which would then exploit “an integer overflow vulnerability in Apple’s image rendering library” and leave the phone open to the installation of NSO Group’s now-infamous ‘Pegasus’ malware.

The exploit is what’s known as a ‘zero-click’ vulnerability, meaning that the target user would not have to click a suspicious link or file to allow the malware onto their device.

Sep 14 06:43

Recaptured Palestinian Gilboa escapees 'risk being tortured'

A Palestinian prisoners' rights group has sounded the alarm over the wellbeing of four Gilboa Prison escapees who were recaptured by Israel, amid reports of possible torture.

Six Palestinians broke out of Gilboa Prison in northern Israel last week after digging their way to freedom using a spoon. Two of the men remain free while the other four were captured by the Israeli army.

Qadoura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, confirmed that fears are rising over the fate of the recaptured prisoners after reports emerged they may have been subject to torture.

Sep 14 06:42

Number of Jewish Americans Moving to Illegal Settlements Increases ‘Dramatically’

The number of Jewish Americans moving into illegal settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has increased dramatically, according to recent data from Tel-Aviv’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

Out of the 2,296 US citizens who migrated to Israel last year, 191 moved into illegal settlements. This represents nearly a threefold increase from the previous year when less than three percent settled in Palestinian territory.

American Jews are also the most likely to settle in occupied territory compared with fellow Jews from other parts of the world. While they accounted for just over ten percent of all the newcomers arriving in Israel last year, they made up nearly a third of those opting to settle in the West Bank.

Sep 14 06:41

Architectures of delusion

The symbolism is irresistible: six men—political prisoners according to world opinion, terrorists according to their captors—tunneled out of Israel’s Gilboa, a heavily guarded colonial stockade, and then disappeared into the early morning darkness in an escape so daring and unlikely that it surely would become a big-budget production if Hollywood didn’t hate Palestinians.

The hole from which they emerged beyond the prison wall couldn’t have been much more than a foot in diameter. How did six grown men squeeze through such a small cavity? How did they manage this feat of primitive engineering? How did they bamboozle the Zionist security apparatus? We don’t know. They just did. This unknowability informs the magic of their escape.

Sep 14 06:40

Forensic Architecture victory shows that Palestine censorship must be confronted

Last month the investigative group Forensic Architecture pulled a show from the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery after a statement of solidarity with Palestine was removed.

“Forensic Architecture stands with Palestine,” read a statement in the group’s Cloud Studies exhibition. “We believe this liberation struggle is inseparable from other global struggles against racism, white supremacy, antisemitism, and settler-colonial violence and we acknowledge its particularly close entanglement with the Black liberation struggle around the world.”

The group (which has been nominated for a Turner Prize for its digital models of crime scenes) was immediately targeted by a Zionist organization called UK Lawyers For Israel (UKLFI), who claimed that the note was “incendiary and by its very nature one-sided.” UKLFI has been targeting the Palestine solidarity movement since 2012 and has direct connections to the Israeli government.

Sep 14 06:39

Nothing to See in Israel with COVID, Please Move Along

Israel is one of the most vaxxed nations in the world. They currently are seeing a spike in the coronavirus.

If you had to swivel your head to read the schizophrenic headlines populating Israel’s newspapers and websites, you will injure yourself and need a neck brace. Just look how the story is changing depending on the day:

Sep 14 06:24

srael’s ‘Fourth Wave’ Data: Vaccination Does Not Appear to Prevent Infection

What has become clear is that the vaccinated population became infected at about the same rate as the vaccination rate in a given age group – meaning vaccination did not correlate with a decrease in infection. Sampling bias is also matter for concern, as the unvaccinated are tested far more than the vaccinated due to the Green Passport that requires the unvaccinated to be tested in order to go to indoor events, restaurants, etc. This would indicate that the unvaccinated became infected to a lesser extent than the vaccinated, however, since the Ministry of Health stopped publishing the vaccination status of all those who are tested, the degree to which the selection bias is a factor is unknown.

This data has wide policy implications, including Israel’s decision to start the third injection. Perhaps most significant is that vaccine passports are based on the assumption that the vaccination limits the spread of the virus, which this data shows not to be the case.

Sep 13 15:51

Israel Unveils New Armed Robot Amid Outcry Over “Death Machines”

By Andrea Germanos

Israel unveiled a new remote-controlled killer robot Monday at a major weapons fair in the U.K. that human rights advocates are criticizing as an event to sell “death machines” and tools of abuse.

Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Rex MK II is a four-wheeled vehicle mounted with two machine guns to carry out remote attacks. According to a press statement from the state-owned company announcing the release, the robot has already been sold to global customers...

Sep 13 12:50

Hot Mic Catches Israeli Health Minister Admitting Vaccine Passports Are About Coercion

Unaware that he was on a hot mic and being broadcast live on a TV station, Israeli health minister Nitzan Horowitz admitted that vaccine passports were primarily about coercing skeptical people to get the vaccine.

“Imposing “green pass” rules on certain venues is needed only to pressure members of the public to get vaccinated, and not for medical reasons, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Sunday, ahead of the weekly Cabinet meeting,” reports Jewish News Syndicate.

Unaware that his words were being broadcast live to the nation on Channel 12, Horowitz told Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked that not only should the green pass be removed as a requirement to dine at outdoor restaurants, but also, “For swimming pools, too, not just in restaurants.”

Sep 13 12:47

Israel Claims Iran ‘Exporting Aerial Terrorism’ by Training Militias to Use Advanced Drones

Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States have repeatedly accused Iran of supplying militias, some of them allied with regional governments, with unmanned aerial vehicles used to attack oil refineries, military facilities, and other targets. Tehran has for the most part denied these allegations.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has accused Tehran of training militias from across the Middle East in the use of advanced drones directly at a military base situated in central Iran.

In a presentation at Reichman University in the town of Herzilya outside Tel Aviv on Sunday, Gantz claimed that “terrorists from Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are receiving training on how to operate Iran-made drones in the Kashan Base north of Isfahan,” and alleged that “Kashan is leading Iran’s export of aerial terrorism in the region.”

Sep 13 08:19

America's forever foreign policy debate: Groupthink recipe for perpetual disasters

Lawrence Davidson argues that the confinement of debate over the course of Washington's foreign policy to insiders dooms the US to repeat its foreign fiascos and renders such policy "the product of the desires of dominant lobbies pursuing parochial interests".

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