Thought for the day

"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two are lawyers and three or more are the government." -- John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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Few things have as much bipartisan support in the U.S. as unconditional support for Israel. Ironically, while criticisms of the U.S. government are protected by the First Amendment, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have made it nearly impossible to criticize Israel without facing tangible consequences like public smearing, and even financial loss.

On 4 October, the Islamic Endowments Department in occupied Jerusalem reported that hundreds of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under strict protection from Israeli authorities.

According to the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA), 300 Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in successive groups via the Mughrabi Gate.

The settlers carried out provocative acts and were allowed to perform their religious rituals in the courtyard under the protection of Israeli occupation forces, while many Muslim worshipers were forcibly removed from the area.

Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to authorize large construction projects in the West Bank in favor of Israeli settlers, as he continues to escalate in his attempt to garner support ahead of the elections.

Netanyahu, along with 30 members of the far-right Likud party, signed a declaration that calls for the development of settlements in the West Bank, under the slogan of “Moving Eastward.”

Jewish settlers on Tuesday chased Palestinian shepherds off their pastures in the Khillet Makhoul community, in the northern Jordan Valley, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Aref Daraghmeh, a local activist, told WAFA that Jewish settlers chased the shepherds as solidarity activists were in the area to monitor the settlers’ harassment of the Palestinians.

Katie Halper recorded a segment for The Hill’s Rising defending Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib from attacks over calling Israel an apartheid state. The Hill presents itself as a channel that opposes cancel culture and censorship. Halper says she was told that The Hill has a ban on opinion videos about Israel. When she pushed to have it aired as a show segment, she says she was fired.

British PM Liz Truss: "I am a Huge Zionist and a Huge Supporter of Israel" ChrisMenahan Tue, 10/04/2022 - 15:38

Newly appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss declared her undying support for Zionism and Israel during a conference with the Conservative Friends of Israel on Sunday.

On Monday, the Israeli authorities demolished the Al-Arakib Bedouin village in the Negev for the 207th time since 2010.

Many military vehicles and police cars surrounded and invaded the village, forcing the families out of their tents and sheds before demolishing the village for the 207th time.

On September 7th, the village was destroyed for the 206th time since 2010 after Israel decided not to recognize it.

Today’s demolition of the Bedouin community is the eleventh this year alone, while last year, the village was demolished 14 times.

Jewish American journalist Katie Halper has been fired by The Hill for calling Israel an “apartheid state”.

Known for her podcast, Rising, the 41-year-old had drafted a monologue in response to the recent attacks on Palestinian American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

Halper was initially blocked from making the comments in support of the Democrat member of the US Congress but was later dismissed from her job.