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Jul 29 08:47

How Ben & Jerry's has exposed Israel's anti-BDS strategy

Ben & Jerry's decision to suspend its operations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank is an event that is proving critical to Palestinian efforts, which ultimately aim at holding Israel accountable for its military occupation, apartheid and war crimes.

By responding to the Palestinian call for boycotting apartheid Israel, the ice cream giant has delivered a blow to Israel's attempts at criminalising and, ultimately, ending the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Jul 29 08:04

CNN attacks advocates of equal rights

Somewhere, Kenneth Marcus, a career Israel lobbyist and ostensibly the vanquished Trump administration’s top civil rights enforcer at the US Department of Education, is probably apoplectic.

A new poll commissioned by the Jewish Electorate Institute and carried out online by GBAO Strategies from June 28 to July 1 shows that 25 percent of American Jewish voters believe that “Israel is an apartheid state.”

Presumably worse from Marcus’ perspective due to his work with young people on university campuses, 38 percent of American Jewish voters under age 40 hold this entirely reasonable, fact-based belief.

With a significant minority of the American Jewish community having reached an apartheid verdict, it will be that much harder for Israel lobbyists to claim that Students for Justice in Palestine – or Jewish Voice for Peace for that matter – harbors opinions that are unacceptable in noting that Israel is an apartheid state.

Jul 29 05:51

Jewish co-founders of Ben & Jerry's say they 'unequivocally support' the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements

The Jewish co-founders of Ben & Jerry's have said that they 'unequivocally support' the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements.

Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who co-founded the ice cream chain in 1978 and sold it to the British conglomerate Unilever in 2000, endorsed the decision in an op-ed for the The New York Times on Wednesday.

It followed an Axios report revealed that the Israeli government formed a special task force to pressure the ice cream chain into reversing its decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't think that Israel understands how petty they look with all this fuss.

Jul 29 05:32

A birthday gift: Israeli woman donates kidney to Gaza boy

Idit Harel Segal was turning 50, and she had chosen a gift: She was going to give one of her own kidneys to a stranger.

The kindergarten teacher from northern Israel, a proud Israeli, hoped her choice would set an example of generosity in a land of perpetual conflict. She was spurred by memories of her late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, who told her to live meaningfully, and by Jewish tradition, which holds that there’s no higher duty than saving a life.

So Segal contacted a group that links donors and recipients, launching a nine-month process to transfer her kidney to someone who needed one.

That someone turned out to be a 3-year-old Palestinian boy from the Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! What a great gal!

Jul 28 11:42

Ben & Jerry's: Israel launches 'long-term pressure' campaign against ice cream company

Israel has launched a special task force in order to apply "long-term pressure" to ice cream company Ben & Jerry's, after it announced earlier this month that it would no longer be selling its products in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to a classified Israeli foreign ministry cable seen by the American news site Axios, the task force aims to lobby politicians and organisations - primarily in the US - to try and apply pressure on the company to reverse its decision before the policy comes into effect in 18 months' time.

“We need to make use of the 18 months that are left until the decision comes into force and try to change it," said the cable.

Jul 28 09:22

Unilever CEO Pledges Full Commitment to Israel in Groveling Letter to ADL Head Jonathan Greenblatt

Unilever CEO Alan Jope, the head of one of the biggest multinational corporations in the world, wrote a letter on Tuesday to Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt begging for forgiveness over Ben and Jerry's independent decision to end sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and pledging his full commitment to Israel.

Jul 28 06:21

I had ten minutes to evacuate my life

“It was the toughest night,” I tell my friends, but as I experience another, I know I was wrong. I could not sleep for four days now. Nights during escalations come hand in hand with more death, fear, and fire.

At 9:00 pm, we ware lucky enough to receive a warning notice to evacuate our home because they want to demolish a building nearby. We have ten minutes to take our essentials, and leave our home with all our memories behind. There is no shelter.

We run into our neighbor’s house that is further from danger than ours. We sit on the floor waiting for the airstrike to hit, imagining the worst scenarios to happen.

Jul 27 07:11

Israel melts down over Ben & Jerry’s

I spoke to TRT World’s Money Talks program about the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Israel is enraged and threatening to punish the frozen treats maker – a reaction I told TRT World is totally unhinged.

Watch the video above.

Palestine’s BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement celebrated a win that came after years of grassroots campaigning.

Jul 27 06:59

Is the Tide Finally Turning?

Targeting and killing Palestinian children could not accomplish what a decision by an ice cream company has achieved. To be sure, the visual impact of Israel’s recent onslaught on Gaza turned many against that country’s war crimes and its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, but what the Israeli government really has feared most is an economic and cultural boycott such as the one that brought down the apartheid regime in South Africa. That blow came last week when Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which is sold in the food shops in the illegal-under-international-law Israeli settlements on the West Bank, would no longer market its product in those areas after the current contract with suppliers expires at the end of 2022.

Jul 27 05:21

Don’t Cry for Lifta: Palestinians Will Endure

The last thing Palestinians need is to come to terms in sorrow with our dispossession at the hands of the apartheid, settler-colonial Jewish state. The last thing we need is to be resigned to “facts on the ground.”

The most recent piece in Haaretz (this one by Gideon Levy and Alex Levak) on the violently depopulated Palestinian village of Lifta laments the impending demise of the ruins of what remains of the ancient Palestinian village and, by extension, all of Palestine. It reads like an elegy. The focus is on loss, sorrow and grief when what we Palestinians urgently need now is a focus on hope, revolution and resistance.

Haaretz’ headline reads:

“The Saddest Village in Israel?— Plans to build more than 250 luxury homes [for Israeli Jews] on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Lifta are coming to fruition. A tour among the homes of the stunning village with one of its last living refugees.”

Jul 27 04:46

Apparent war crimes committed during 11-day Israel-Gaza conflict, Human Rights Watch says, urging international probe

Human Rights Watch, an international NGO, has called on the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into apparent war crimes committed by Israeli and Palestinian armed forces during the 11-day war in May.

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that forces from Israel and Palestine carried out attacks during the May 2021 conflict that violated the laws of war and “apparently amount to war crimes.”

In their report, which brings together data from 30 interviews with eyewitnesses of Israeli attacks, video footage, satellite imagery and their observations from site visits in Gaza, HRW delivered a damning inditement of Israeli conduct during the conflict. The organization said that a more in-depth assessment of Palestinian attacks is still to come.

Jul 26 08:13

Why does Israel fear a boycott by an ice cream company?

The giant American ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced last week that it is going to stop selling its products in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Such sales, it believes, are "inconsistent" with its values, the company said on its website. "We also hear and recognise the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners."

Ben & Jerry's is known for taking stands on social issues. It took a historic stance in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016, for example. Although its factory in southern Israel will continue to operate, it will stop sales in Israeli Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law.

Jul 26 05:59

Israeli Colonists Fence A Spring To Prevent Shepherds From Using it

On Sunday, Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, installed a fence around a water spring in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, before preventing the shepherds from using it.

Aref Daraghma, a human rights activist, said the colonists installed a fence to isolate the Ein al-Hilwa water spring and prevented the shepherds from entering the area.

The spring is used by dozens of Palestinian shepherds and their herd, but the colonists have been trying to prevent them from reaching it because they just want it for themselves.

It is worth mentioning that the area witnesses repeated assaults and violations by the colonists who attack the Palestinians and their sheep, in addition to denying them access to the needed water resources.

Jul 26 05:57

Palestinian protester shot by Israeli army dies: Ministry

A Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers at a protest over illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said on Saturday.

Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi, who suffered gunshot wounds, died later in hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said, a day after the protests in the flashpoint Palestinian village of Beita.

Jul 26 05:57

Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Home In Jerusalem

The City Council in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, forced a Palestinian to demolish his home in Jabal al-Mokabber, allegedly for being built without a permit.

The Palestinian, Ali Khalil Shqeirat, started removing his furniture and belongings from the property, before demolishing it using basic equipment.

It is worth mentioning that, several days ago, the soldiers invaded the property and handed the demolition order, and on Sunday, Ali received a phone call from the police demanding him to demolish the property immediately or else the city would demolish it using its equipment and workers, in addition to billing him and forcing him to pay excessively high fines and fees.

In related news, the soldiers invaded a home, owned by the Matar family, and ordered them to demolish their home within 21 days.

Jul 26 05:54

New report details Israeli military complicity in settler violence in the West Bank

A new report has documented the complicity of Israel's security forces in the violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The report by Breaking the Silence, which is run by Israeli veterans, said that Israeli forces were enabling the violence committed by Israeli settlers, and provided a "cloak of protection" for their actions, which were becoming increasingly more violent.

"Settlers, who are well aware of how to take advantage of this situation, often use the cloak of protection provided by the IDF to promote their goals, at the forefront of which is deepening their control of the area and pushing the Palestinians off of their land," the new report, titled On Duty, said.

Jul 23 06:46

Israel Attacks Al-Aqsa Mosque Worshippers, Attempting To Provoke Violence With Gaza

This Last Sunday Israeli Occupation forces violently stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, assaulting worshippers and risking an escalation with the Gaza Strip, similar to what happened back in May.

Heavily armed Israeli occupation police forces, making way for illegal settler extremists to storm the site, violently removed Palestinian worshippers from the al-Aqsa mosque compound. The Israeli forces shot tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as other munitions, at elderly worshippers during prayer and proceeded to violently assault unarmed women.

Jul 23 06:31

Israel: interior ministry refuses to process family unification requests

The Israeli Ministry of the Interior is refusing to process family unification applications submitted by Palestinian men married to Israeli citizens, although the occupation authorities are required by law to consider these requests after the expiration of the extended Citizenship and Entry to Israel Law.

According to Haaretz, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked directed the Population and Immigration Authority not to process applications pending the formulation of a policy to handle this file. This follows the failure of the coalition government to extend the temporary law regulating the ban on family unification requests.

Jul 23 06:20

The choice is between Israeli colonialism vs. decolonial justice

According to the Israeli state and pro-Israel groups, the Palestinian critique of Israel ultimately stems from a disposition of evil and hate. Pick any of these groups, and you’ll find repeated ad nauseum the assertion that this critique is geared towards the “vilification” and “demonization” of Israel, as if that is the end goal of Palestinian critique and resistance, and as if that goal is driven by antisemitic hatred of Jews. This response has been on full display in Israel’s reaction to Ben & Jerry’s decision to boycott Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, calling this decision “a new form of terrorism” and as “antisemitic.”

Jul 23 05:42

Video: The bombs Israel leaves in Gaza

Israel may have ended its 11-day slaughter in Gaza in May, but it left behind hundreds of unexploded missiles in the besieged coastal enclave.
At least 1,200 unexploded bombs have reportedly been found by bomb dispersal engineers.

Matthias Schmale, the director of the UN agency for Palestine refugees UNRWA in Gaza, said that two “deeply buried bombs” were found at one of its Gaza schools.

“Unexploded ordnance poses a real threat to life for people in Gaza following the hostilities,” the International Committee of the Red Cross stated.

The Red Cross is helping the bomb disposal department in Gaza conduct this work.

Jul 23 05:41

Rights Group: Israeli Authorities Tortured Palestinian Detainee to Death (VIDEO)

Palestinian institutions today accused the Israeli authorities of torturing a Palestinian detainee to death, Anadolu Agency reports.

Forty-three-year-old Abdo Al-Khatib was killed yesterday after being tortured during interrogation at the Al-Maskobiya interrogation center in occupied Jerusalem.

Amani Farahneh, the media official at the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, said that testimonies collected from Al-Khatib’s family and fellow inmates indicate that he was subjected to electric shocks and beatings, which caused him to have a heart attack, resulting in his death.

An autopsy has been requested in order to determine the causes of Al-Khatib’s death.

Jul 22 06:19

US states’ fully baked anti-BDS laws could put the freeze on Ben & Jerry’s

With its Monday announcement that it would cease selling its ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” Ben & Jerry’s ostensibly aims to take the anti-settlement cause a step further than Airbnb was able to carry it.

But the ice cream giant is slated to face similar legal challenges by pro-Israel activists and lawmakers in the US who do not accept efforts to differentiate between Israel and the West Bank when it comes to boycotts. They maintain that the refusal to sell a pint in Efrat is no different from refusing to sell one in Tel Aviv.

Jul 22 05:40

Bedouin Shepherds Used Palestinian Land With Permission. Israel Seized Their Tents Anyway

For 21 years Bedouin shepherds had been moving with their flocks to Ras al-Tin for the summer, but last week Israel confiscated their shelters and equipment, leaving them without power or water

Inspectors of the Civil Administration and police last week seized shelters and equipment from Bedouin Palestinian shepherds at Ras al-Tin, northeast of Ramallah, though they had been using the land there with permission.

Jul 21 07:42

Israeli response to Ben & Jerry’s announcement reveals ironclad consensus behind the settlements

The big news is ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling their products in Israeli West Bank settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory, all of which are flagrantly illegal by international law.

The response in Israel was unhinged. From Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calling it “anti-Israel ice cream”, to his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu calling for counter-boycott (“now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy”), to the centrist Foreign Minister Yair Lapid calling it antisemitism, to economy and industry minister Orna Barbivay posting a TikTok video of her throwing a pint in the trash.

Jul 21 06:51

Israeli envoy urges 35 US states to activate anti-BDS laws against Ben & Jerry’s

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, sent letters to the governors of the 35 US states that have enacted legislation against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, requesting that they sanction Ben & Jerry’s over its recent decision to halt sales in West Bank settlements.

“I ask that you consider speaking out against the company’s decision, and taking any other relevant steps, including in relation to your state laws and the commercial dealings between Ben and Jerry’s and your state,” read the letter from Erdan, who said Tuesday he coordinated the move with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

The states that have passed anti-BDS legislation include Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland and Texas — but not Vermont, where Ben & Jerry’s is headquartered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My doctor told me I have to stop losing weight, so following doctor's orders I am stocking up on Ben & Jerry's starting today!

Jul 21 06:48

Israel forces food to rot in Gaza

Suhaila al-Louh becomes distressed when she sees her nursery farm. “Something inside me dies every time I go there,” she said.

Israel bombed her nursery – located near the city of Beit Lahiya – repeatedly during its May attack on Gaza. The seedlings of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and potatoes that Suhaila’s team had planted were destroyed; so were greenhouses and the irrigation system.

The bombing also brought back extremely painful memories. Israel killed Suhaila’s husband, Khader, in July 2014, when it subjected Gaza to another major attack.

Suhaila depends on her modest income from farming to support eight members of her family.

After the first time that Israel bombed her nursery in May, Suhaila went to check on it with her sons and their wives.

“We tried to find things that had not been damaged,” she said. “But we could not find anything.”

Jul 21 06:48

Over 100,000 Palestinians attend Eid prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque following Israeli storming

Over 100,000 Palestinians attended prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque as the four-day festival of Eid al-Adha begins.

Over 100,000 Palestinians attended Eid Al-Adha prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday morning, the city's Islamic Waqf has said.

Muslim worshippers from across Jerusalem headed toward the mosque early Tuesday morning, the Anadolu news agency reported. Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam.

The mosque's compound has been subjected to assaults by far-right Israelis in the days before the Muslim festival, which began on Tuesday.

Israeli security forces violently cleared the holy site of Palestinian worshippers on Sunday as over a thousand settlers and far-right activists stormed the compound on Sunday and Monday.

Jul 20 06:27

Israeli police clear Al-Aqsa worshippers for Jewish visitors

Israeli police fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as hundreds of Jewish pilgrims headed there to mark a religious holiday.

The tensions and the Jewish pilgrimage on Sunday to the highly sensitive mosque compound in occupied East Jersusalem, Islam’s third-holiest site which is also known to Jews as the Temple Mount, were condemned by the Palestinians.

Israel’s right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stood by the state’s decision to allow Jews to visit the site.

According Israeli police, in the early hours of the morning Palestinian “youths began throwing stones at the Temple Mount esplanade towards police forces, who dispersed them”.

There were no official reports of arrests or injuries.

Jul 19 11:41

Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in West Bank, east Jerusalem

Ben & Jerry’s said Monday it was going to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are “inconsistent with our values.”

The announcement was one of the strongest and highest-profile rebukes by a well-known company of Israel’s policy of settling its citizens on war-won lands. The settlements are widely seen by the international community as illegal and obstacles to peace.

In a statement posted on the company’s website, the Vermont-based ice cream maker says it recognizes “the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.”

Jul 19 07:18

Al-Aqsa: Dozens injured as Israeli forces and settlers break into mosque

Scores of settlers backed by Israeli forces broke into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, injuring dozens of worshippers and detaining several others.

Witnesses told the official Palestinian news agency Wafa that dozens of Israeli police officers raided the site through the Chain and Moroccan gates, before assaulting worshippers attending prayers to make way for the entrance of hundreds of settlers.

Jul 19 07:18

IDF razes over 50 Palestinian structures during US envoy Amr's visit

The IDF razed over 50 illegal West Bank Palestinian structures last week, while United States envoy Hady Amr was visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories last week.

The US and the international community, have persistently spoken out against such demolitions, of which 400 have taken place this year, according to United Nations data.
That’s more than the 393 structures razed in 2019. If the pace continues it is likely that more illegal Palestinian structures will be demolished this year than the 664 that were razed last year.

Most of the structures that were removed were modular such as tents or huts.

Jul 16 05:32

Israel: Racist, Violent Policing Is at the Heart of Apartheid

Police made sweeping arrests of Israel’s large minority of Palestinian citizens after protests rocked the country in May during Israel’s 11-day attack on Gaza. Officers were documented beating demonstrators, and in some cases torturing them while in detention. Police also failed to protect the Palestinian minority from planned, vigilante-style attacks by far-right Jewish extremists.

This was the damning verdict of an Amnesty International report published last week. The findings indicate that Israeli police view the country’s Palestinian minority, a fifth of the population, as an enemy rather than as citizens with a right to protest.

The report echoes what Palestinian leaders in Israel and local human rights groups have long said: that the default policing of the Palestinian community in Israel is racist and violent. It reflects the same values of Jewish supremacism seen in the Israeli army’s brutal treatment of Palestinians under occupation.

Jul 16 05:29

How Israel’s Citizenship Law collectively punishes its Palestinian citizens

The Israeli government, for the first time since 2003, has failed to renew its controversial Citizenship Law. According to the Mossawa Center, a Haifa-based civil and human rights organization for Palestinian citizens of Israel, the Citizenship Law is “a racist form of collective punishment that prevents tens of thousands of Palestinian families from reuniting with each other.” In its most basic form, the law prevents the spouses of Palestinian citizens of Israel from gaining Israeli citizenship or almost any other form of legal status in the country, leaving those families that have not yet been forcibly separated by the law to live in constant fear of separation. To understand the real effects this law has on the daily lives of Palestinian citizens of Israel, their spouses, and their children, I spoke with Taiseer Khatib and his wife Lana who currently live in Acre, Israel with their three children.

Jul 16 05:29

Israeli soldiers make sexual threats to Palestinian women in videos from occupation

In January, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem charged Israel with maintaining an “apartheid… regime of “Jewish supremacy” from the river to the sea.

Now the organization has released two videos from the occupied territories that document this reality in chilling ways– as they show Israeli occupiers, some in uniform, abusing Palestinians in sexually degrading terms during the recent Gaza war. Published July 12, the videos capture the racist, homophobic, and misogynist abuse of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers.

Both videos were shot by Palestinians in occupied Hebron on May 13, during the Muslim holiday of ‘Eid al-Fitr. (And B’Tselem issued a press release about the dehumanizing language.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are seeing a repeat of the Stanford Prison Experiment ... on a national scale!

Jul 14 07:51

Facebook blocks Gaza's Shehab News Agency from its platform

Facebook blocked the Palestinian Shehab News Agency from its platform on Tuesday, accusing the news organisation of violating its guidelines.

The news agency, headquartered in the besieged Gaza Strip, extensively covers the Israeli occupation and Israel's violations against Palestinians in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

Before it was blocked from publishing on the platform, Shehab News had over seven million followers on Facebook on its Arabic page.

It currently has over 500,000 followers on Twitter, where it regularly publishes photos and videos from across the occupied Palestinian territories.

The English Facebook page for Shehab News, which is still running, has over 50,000 followers.

Jul 14 07:11

New poll: 25% of U.S. Jews think Israel is apartheid state

A new poll of Jewish voters in the United States found that a quarter of them believe Israel is an apartheid state. The survey also indicates that support for Israel is declining among the group, specifically among younger Jews.

The Jewish Electorate Institute asked 800 Jewish voters about Israel and U.S. policy. Some notable findings:

25% said they believed Israel is an apartheid state.

34% think Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to racism in the United States.

22% think Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians.

Jul 13 07:34

WAFA: “Israeli forces demolish water pond in northern Jordan Valley”

Israeli forces today demolished a water pond near Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley, according to sources.

Moataz Bsharat, an activist, told WAFA that the Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer to the village, where the heavy machinery tore down the 250-cubic-meter pond, which was used for agricultural purposes and belonged to Samer Sawaftah. The pool was a donation from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces seized a caravan, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.

Coordinator of the Popular Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees, Rateb Al-Jabour, stated that the Israeli forces seized a caravan used to serve as a physical and mental health clinic in the Zweidin area, east of Yatta.

The clinic used to provide medical support and treatment to more than 1,200 residents of the area.

Jul 13 07:33

Why Israel is trying to steal Silwan from Palestinians

Israeli troops demolished a butcher shop in Silwan and a home in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood on 29 June.

The bulldozers made two boys and their parents homeless and destroyed the income sources of nine people.

This attack on Palestinian families, their homes and livelihoods is part of Israel’s violent colonization of occupied East Jerusalem, particularly the Silwan neighborhood.

When Palestinians in the area protested the demolitions, occupation forces attacked them with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, injuring at least 19 and detaining nine.

Israel has intensified its colonization in Silwan in recent weeks – but methodical conquest of the neighborhood goes back decades.

The Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality announced in 2005 that it intended to demolish 88 Palestinian homes in Silwan’s al-Bustan quarter and began issuing demolition orders.

Jul 13 06:16

Cornell West cites 'anti-Palestinian prejudice' in resignation letter to Harvard

In his blistering resignation letter to Harvard University, Dr Cornell West, one of America's leading public intellectuals, cited the administration's "anti-Palestinian prejudice" as one of the main reasons for departing after four years of teaching. West is expected to return to Union Theological Seminary, where he first taught 44 years ago.

West shared a copy of his letter on Twitter yesterday explaining the reasons for his resignation. The 67-year-old philosopher, political activist, and social critic has been involved in a drawn-out public dispute with Harvard Divinity School over his tenure since early this year.

Considered an intellectual giant by many, West's fallout triggered speculation over why such a prominent figure would be denied tenure. It was thought that his vocal support for the Palestinians and his harsh criticism of Israel played a major role in blocking his path to tenure.

Jul 13 06:16

Family Separation Law: Israel's demographic war on Palestine intensifies

When the Israeli Knesset (parliament) failed to renew what is commonly referred to as the Family Reunification Law, news reports and analyses misrepresented the story altogether. The even split of 59 MKs voting in favour of the law and 59 against it gave the erroneous impression that Israeli lawmakers are equally divided over the right of Palestinians to obtain permanent residency status or citizenship in Israel through marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Originally passed in 2003, the Citizenship and Entry Law was effectively a ban on Palestinian marriage. Under the guise of 'security', the law prohibited Palestinians in the West Bank, who marry Israeli citizens, to permanently move to Israel, obtain work, permanent residency, and ultimately, citizenship.

Jul 12 12:39

Biden Wants Israel to Cease Palestinian Home Demolition

The administration of US President Joe Biden has said that it will ‘prioritize’ halting Israel’s policy of punitive home demolitions in what appeared to be its first confrontation with the new government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“We attach a good deal of priority to this,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Thursday.

The comments come on the heels of the razin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck on THAT one, Joe!

Jul 12 06:54

Jewish Settlers Brutally Attack, Wound Palestinian Child in Hebron

A Palestinian child sustained injuries today after being attacked with stones by extremist Jewish settlers in the village of Al-Tuba, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Rateb Jabour, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that a group of settlers from the illegal settlements of Maon and Havat Maon assaulted 14-year-old Essa Awad while grazing a herd of sheep in the village, causing him moderate injuries.

Jul 12 06:53

Palestinian prisoner marks 20 years in Israeli jail for activism

A Palestinian prisoner is four years off from completing a 24-year prison sentence in Israeli prison for his activism, as rights groups call for an end to such incarcerations.

Jul 12 06:52

Hosting Abbas, Erdogan says he won’t stay silent on ‘Israeli oppression’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul Saturday to discuss bilateral ties, reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to reports.

The closed-door meeting took place at the Vahdettin Pavilion in Istanbul, an official residence assigned to the president of Turkey. There, the two leaders discussed regional developments and steps to strengthen bilateral ties, Turkey’s Communications Directorate said, according to the Anadolu News Agency.

“It will not be possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the region as long as Israel’s policies continue,” Erdogan said Saturday, according to the news agency.

Jul 12 06:51

Situation in Gaza serious due to tightening Israeli blockade: UN official

A United Nations (UN) official warned on Saturday that the situation in the Gaza Strip is serious, and increasing Israeli blockade will lead to a new round of violence.

Adnan Abu Hasna, the media advisor of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told reporters that tightening the blockade will renew tension between Israel and Gaza militant groups.

"Since the end of the wave of violence in the Gaza Strip on May 21, the situation in Gaza is extremely dangerous and deteriorating at all levels," Abu Hasna said.

He said that the situation in the Gaza Strip "cannot continue in this way," adding that UNRWA and its staff have noticed a rise in the "destructive negative energy" among the population.

Abu Hasna called on the international community and the donor countries "to find a quick mechanism to implement the aid in Gaza and move forward in order to create opportunity and hope for the residents of the enclave."

Jul 12 06:51

UN Official, Michael Lynk, Decries ‘War Crimes’ in Occupied Palestine

Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank amount to a war crime, a UN official said today, calling on countries to make clear to Israel that its “illegal occupation” cannot be cost-free, Reuters reported.

Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, was addressing a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, boycotted by Israel which does not recognize his mandate or cooperate with him.

Jul 09 07:19

Defense Ministry starts seizing Bitcoin being used by Hamas

The Defense Ministry says it has begun taking control of digital wallets being used by the Hamas terror group that contain virtual currencies from overseas donations.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the seizure of a series of digital wallets on June 30 after a joint operation “uncovered a web of electronic wallets” used by Hamas to raise funds using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the ministry said.

The stockpiles of cryptocurrency were being operated from the Gaza Strip and have been part of Hamas’ efforts to raise funds from abroad following its bruising 11-day conflict with Israel in May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So BitCoin isn't as safe as we thought!

Jul 09 05:50

NYC: Israeli-Trained NYPD Is Charging Pro Palestine Protesters with Bogus "Hate Crimes"

The NYPD has a message for New Yorkers: don’t criticize Israel in their city.

Last May, demonstrators took to the streets of New York to protest the slaughter and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

They are now suffering selective prosecution at the hands of the ostensibly American NYPD, who are not only trained by the Israeli government, but even have an official branch in Tel Aviv.

Since June, multiple protesters have been arrested for “hate crimes” related to anti-Israel protests. The main crime appears to be public expressions of outrage at the Jewish state’s violent and genocidal policies.

In one viral video during May 20th demonstrations, a man lit a firecracker that Jews and Israeli propagandists on social media claimed was a bomb.

Jul 09 05:43

The draconian law used by Israel to steal Palestinian land

In early May, more than 50 Jewish families packed their bags and moved to a hilltop in the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian territory.

They quickly erected modular homes, a synagogue, a nursery, and even dug a playground to claim a piece of land they neither purchased nor inherited.

Jul 09 05:43

Israel-Palestine: Landmark Jaffa mosque vandalised overnight

A landmark mosque in the ancient city of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv in Israel, was vandalised overnight, according to the mosque’s imam.

Ahmed Abu Ajweh, imam of Hassan Bek Mosque, shared a video on Facebook showing damages to the mosque discovered on Thursday morning ahead of the pre-dawn prayer.

The video shows one of the windows broken and minor damages to the carpet. No injuries were reported, according to Abu Ajweh.

Jul 08 07:28

Israel’s apartheid marriage law is the essence of Zionism

Israel’s parliament failed to renew the so-called citizenship law, an apartheid measure designed to limit the number of indigenous Palestinians in the country.

Despite the tie vote of 59-59 in the Knesset on Monday, the law’s failure was not due to any sudden awakening of anti-racism among Israeli leaders.

Indeed the racist law is supported both by the new coalition government and the opposition led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

But Netanyahu whipped his Likud Party and its allies to vote against the law merely to undermine the coalition that ousted him from office – all the while complaining that a compromise designed to let it pass was not sufficiently anti-Palestinian.

Jul 08 07:26

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Al-Arakib Village For 190th Time

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, the al-Arakib Bedouin Palestinian village, in the Negev, for the 190th time.

Aziz at-Touri, a member of the Local Committee for Defending al-Arakib, stated that dozens of soldiers and police officers surrounded the community before invading it.

He added that the soldiers demolished sheds and barns, and removed the residential tents, displacing the families.

It is worth mentioning that the village was first demolished in July of the year 2010 and was since demolished 190 times. At-Touri stated that the residents will not abandon their village and will rebuild their community.

Jul 08 06:19

"Beita is undefeatable": Inside the struggle to save this Palestinian village from Israeli settlers

Jul 06 07:47

AI drone swarm ‘is used in combat for the first time as Israel deploy them to attack Hamas militants’

An Israeli Defence Force (IDF) support unit deployed the swarm to locate and target Hamas militants who had allegedly fired rockets into Israel in May.

Drones are typically guided by a human operator, but drone swarms represent a step forward in military technology by flying as one integrated network controlled by artificial intelligence.

The swarm requires only a single human operator to direct the entire swarm and before the drones guide themselves to locate the targets as a connected unit.

Jul 06 06:47

Palestinian citizens of Israel protest against vote on law barring family reunification

Palestinian citizens of Israel protested on Monday against a government vote on a controversial emergency law that blocks thousands of Palestinian families from reuniting.

The Citizenship and Entry Law is nominally a piece of emergency legislation that was passed in 2003 to prevent Palestinian inhabitants of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip from gaining residency or citizenship of Israel through marriage to another citizen.

The law, which must be regularly renewed or it expires, has been denounced by Palestinians as racist, although Israeli authorities claim it is necessary to prevent "terrorists" from entering Israel.

Speaking at a demonstration outside the Knesset on Monday, Ahmad Tibi - a Knesset member of the Arab Joint List political alliance - said that the law should be allowed to expire at midnight on Tuesday and not be renewed.

Jul 06 05:30

Israel used world's first AI-guided combat drone swarm in Gaza attacks

During operations in Gaza in mid-May, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used a swarm of small drones to locate, identify and attack Hamas militants. This is thought to be the first time a drone swarm has been used in combat.

Jul 06 05:29

Israeli soldiers raid children’s center in Jenin refugee camp and destroy books, toys, plumbing

For the past three years, the Brighton Trust, the charity of which I am a trustee, together with activists from the National Education Union in Britain, have been raising funds for Al-Tafawk Children’s Centre in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

The centre, which is run by local volunteers, is the only one of its kind in the camp, which hosts around 14,000 Palestinian refugees made homeless by the establishment of Israel in 1948. It provides around 120 children aged three to 16 with play, education and food, as well as a warm welcome.

It is the only source of amusement they have to turn to in the bleak surroundings of the camp, which in 2002 during the Second Intifada lost dozens of residents in an Israeli army massacre and more than 400 homes in a brutal bulldozing campaign in yet another act of Israeli collective punishment of Palestinian civilians. The camp has been subjected to regular military incursions ever since.

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Jul 05 08:24

Israel carries out another air raid on besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli military has carried out another overnight raid on Hamas positions in the besieged Gaza Strip after saying incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli army said it struck a “weapons manufacturing site and a rocket launcher belonging to Hamas” late on Saturday.

Jul 05 08:20

Israel arrests Palestinian rights lawyer after anti-Abbas protest

A Palestinian human rights lawyer has been arrested by Israeli forces after taking part in a protest in the occupied West Bank against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his rights group said.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said in a statement that Farid al-Atrash was arrested early on Sunday at an Israeli checkpoint east of Jerusalem while returning from a protest against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah, where the PA is based.

Jul 05 08:20

West Bank: Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian being attacked by settlers

Late on Saturday afternoon, not long before sunset, Mohammed Hassan, 21, and a group of local construction workers were wrapping up their work for the day.

The group were working on Mohammed’s new family home, which had been under construction for months, on the outskirts of the village of Qusra, in the northern occupied West Bank, when suddenly they came under attack.

“Dozens of armed Israeli settlers descended onto the area around the house, jumping through the fields and concealing themselves behind the olive groves,” Murad Adbelhamid Hassan, 44, Mohammed’s uncle, told Middle East Eye.

“They started throwing rocks at the house and the guys, and were attempting to break into the house,” Murad said, adding that just a few minutes after the settlers began their attack, a group of Israeli soldiers arrived in the area.

Jul 05 08:19

Gaza: Nine out of ten children suffering from PTSD after Israel's May offensive

The Israeli offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip in May has had a far-reaching and devastating impact on children's wellbeing, according to a new report by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor.

The organisation surveyed 530 children from across the Gaza Strip, noting evidence of changed behaviour, and found that nine out of ten children surveyed suffered from some form of conflict-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The report also warned that some 2,500 pregnant women due to give birth in the next three months could also suffer from complications in childbirth likely as a direct or indirect effect of the attack.

Jul 04 08:36

The Palestinian Nakba and the Polish law

“During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied all possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land…

“The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crimes have never ceased to exist. They have never owned up to their crimes, let alone repented...” >>

Jul 02 07:35

Hot Off the Press: Vaccines rejected by Palestinian Authority may end up in the UK

Ten Days ago the The Palestinian Authority rejected 90,000 vaccine doses from Israel because they were ‘almost expired.’ Earlier that day, Israel announced that it would transfer up to 1.4 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to the Palestinian territory. But almost as soon as the first 90,000 doses arrived to Ramallah, the PA said it would send them back as they were about to become dated.

But Israel didn’t give up. It may have found an easier customer for its nearly expired vaccines.

The Israeli News 12 revealed today that an “advanced negotiation between Israel and the UK on a vaccine exchange deal” is taking place.

Jul 01 06:01

No child safe under Israel’s rule of terror

Of Israel’s multiple air wars on Gaza over the past 15 years, the one in May was the “most fearful” yet, say those who survived the horror.

Israel unilaterally withdrew its settlers and ground forces from the Gaza Strip in 2005. But Palestinians there have never had a moment of peace under a strangling military occupation by remote control.

The form of state terror may vary from Gaza to the West Bank. But Israel’s violent oppression in both places robs Palestinian families from feeling secure in their homes, leaving parents hopeless and helpless.

Palestinians in the West Bank are regularly woken from their sleep during Israel’s terrifying search-and-arrest night raids on their homes. Meanwhile, families in Gaza contend with the constant buzzing of Israel’s drones like a hostile mosquito that never goes away.

Jul 01 06:00

Israel continues to detain Palestinian MPs on International Day of Parliamentarism

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, yesterday condemned the ongoing Israeli detention of Palestinian MPs on the UN's annual International Day of Parliamentarism, 30 June.

Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif Al-Qanou pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 50 Palestinian MPs since 2006, when the movement won free and fair elections in the occupied territories.

"The detention of Palestinian MPs is a violation of international laws and conventions and gross disrespect for parliamentary immunity," he said.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, there are twelve Palestinian MPs currently detained by Israel. Khalida Jarrar MP of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was the most recently detained, in October 2019.

Jul 01 06:00

Yale students approve statement denouncing Israeli 'apartheid' and 'ethnic cleansing'

The student council in one of America's most prestigious universities has approved a statement denouncing Israel for "genocide", "ethnic cleansing" and "apartheid" in occupied Palestine. The Yale College Council, the undergraduate student government, approved the statement earlier this week. The vote was 8-3 in favour, with four abstentions.

"As students at one of the most privileged academic institutions in the world, we must call out injustice wherever it may occur," said the students. "We stand against the discriminatory application of the law that strips Palestinians of basic rights. We stand against the violent expulsions of those living under occupation in Sheikh Jarrah."

Jun 29 13:07

Naughty boy Hancock had to go. But is replacement Javid an even bigger threat to UK’s health service?

Stuart Littlewood warns of what the UK's new health secretary, Sajid Javid – a self-proclaimed "proud, British-born Muslim", arch-Zionist and Israel flag waver – might do to the National Health Service given his "strange set of moral values" and "defective eyesight".>>

Jun 29 08:43

Israel: settlers claim victory in compromise deal with government

Israeli settlers have claimed victory after reaching a compromise with the government over the land they took illegally over six weeks ago. The government led by far-right ultra-nationalist Neftali Bennett, a major proponent of Israel's illegal settlement enterprise, was expected to raze the Eviatar outpost in the occupied West Bank to the ground, but a compromise deal has been struck that will see settlers leave it within days. Their mobile homes will remain, though, and Israeli troops will establish a base in the area.

In the meantime, the Israeli authorities will examine the legal status of the land and, as is invariably the case, it will eventually be granted approval for use by the settlers. They will then be able to move back to the site. Leaders of the settler community are claiming victory, as they know that in the end, the facts on the ground created by the illegal outpost will lead to another permanent Jews-only settlement in what is occupied Palestinian territory.

Jun 29 06:53

Jerusalem: several wounded as Israel demolishes Palestinian homes

A number of Palestinians have been wounded as Israeli occupation forces started to demolish homes and shops on Tuesday morning, Safa news agency has reported. The demolition of the Palestinian-owned properties is taking place in Al Bustan, part of the Silwan neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Palestinian protesters took to the streets in an effort to prevent Israel's demolition of a shop owned by Nidal Al-Rajabi. According to a member of the popular committee to defend Silwan, Khaled Abu Tayeh, the Israeli occupation forces attacked the Palestinians with live fire and steel-coated rubber bullets, and also fired tear gas. Several people were wounded and affected by the gas. The Red Crescent in Jerusalem has confirmed that 13 Palestinians were injured during an attack by the Israeli occupation forces on the town of Silwan.

Jun 29 06:52

Israeli war planes vs Palestinian balloons, kites & rockets

Recently, in Israel a columnist for an Israeli news site opined that Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza were “too little and too late” and that fighter jets should have been scrambled after the launching of just one helium balloon from Gaza.

While some media such as the New York Times have begun reporting on this issue far better than in the past, few if any news reports have described the weapons in detail, compared their relative lethality, or discussed the massive disproportionality of scrambling high tech war planes in retaliation to small, hand-launched helium balloons that drift on the wind (some of the time) toward Israel.

If these incendiary balloons are as dangerous as Israel and U.S. media make them out to be, one wonders why Israel doesn’t retaliate by simply launching such balloons itself? After all, they require massively less money and infrastructure than balloons.

Comparing the two methods of delivering bombardment, war planes vs. incendiary balloons, gives the answer.

Jun 29 06:49

Dozens of Jewish Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Jewish settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem on Monday.

Under Israeli forces’ protection, 151 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Al-Mughrabi Gate and started provoking the Palestinian worshippers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers.

Jun 29 06:19

Tensions Escalating in East Jerusalem After Palestinian Homes and Shops Demolished

Earlier this month, an Israeli court order declared 13 houses of Palestinian residents of the Al-Bustan neighbourhood in the Siwan district of the city illegal. The authorities said the residents need to demolish their properties by 27 June or face a $6,000 fine.

Sputnik is live from Jerusalem, where tensions are mounting after several houses and shops built by Palestinians were deemed illegal and set for demolition by the authorities.

Last month, a dispute over the houses' legal status was one of the main reasons behind the Israeli-Palestinian clashes in Jerusalem that resulted in growing tensions on the Gaza border and a major conflict between miitants from the enclave and the Israel Defence Forces.

Jun 28 07:41

Israel demolishes Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib for 189th time

Israeli forces have demolished homes and tents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 189th time, making dozens of its residents homeless.

The Palestinian Information Center, citing local sources, reported on Monday that Israeli troops raided the village in the Negev region with bulldozers and destroyed every single Palestinian house.

Dozens of its inhabitants, including children and elderly people, have become displaced and should suffer from the harsh weather of the desert for a while before they could build new makeshift homes.

The residents of Araqib village live in a constant state of fear due to the fact that Israeli troops may raid and raze their homes at any moment after they manage to build them again.

Jun 28 07:41

Scientific American magazine removes article detailing Israeli crimes against Palestinians

A US publication has removed an op-ed detailing Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine and calling for solidarity with them.

Scientific American, a popular science magazine in the US, reportedly has done this act under pressure from the Zionist lobby, which is the pro-Israel lobby in the United States.

The magazine published an article earlier this month written by a group of physicians and medical students reporting details of the recent Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza and promising support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, also called the BDS movement which says Israeli and multinational firms complicit in the regime’s crimes must be boycotted.

The BDS movement seeks to raise global awareness about the Tel Aviv regime’s racist policies against Palestinians.

"Those of us who work in health care understand well that health care does not exist in a vacuum," the physicians and students wrote.

Jun 28 05:36

Nizar Banat: Thousands protest against PA in Ramallah amid violent police crackdown

Palestinian security forces on Saturday violently cracked down on thousands of Palestinians demonstrating in Ramallah for a second day against the death of political activist Nizar Banat.

Banat died on Thursday while being held in the custody of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Angry protesters demanded the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and accused the PA of killing the prominent activist as they carried Palestinian flags, photos of Banat and signs demanding “the fall of the regime”.

Protests were also held in Hebron and al-Bireh.

Jun 26 06:03

Israeli settlers refuse to vacate illegal West Bank settlement

Tensions in the occupied West Bank have reached boiling point as Israeli settlers continue their expropriation of Palestinian land, in some cases defying Israeli authorities by refusing to evacuate land that Palestinians depend on for their livelihoods.

In May, 34 Palestinians were killed – the highest monthly figure in 10 years – with Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, reporting almost 600 violent incidents, as the Israeli military reinforced its presence in the occupied territory with several more battalions.

Jun 26 05:59

Nizar Banat funeral: Thousands of Palestinian mourners demand 'overthrow of regime'

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Friday for the funeral of activist Nizar Banat, who died in the custody of the Palestinian Authority on Thursday.

Mourners flocked to Hebron's Wasaya Al-Rasoul Mosque, chanting "leave, leave Abbas" and "the people want the overthrow of the regime", as anger continues to mount against the PA and President Mahmoud Abbas, of whom Banat was a fierce critic.

Jun 25 10:03

Majority of Democrats say US 'not supportive enough of Palestinians'

Fifty-one percent of Democrat voters, including 62 percent who identify as liberal, say they want the United States to do more to support Palestinians, according to a new poll on American attitudes towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The poll, published on Wednesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, shows a growing rift on the issue of Palestinian rights among Democratic lawmakers is also reflected in the party's voter base.

Thiry-nine percent of Democrat respondents also said they thought the US was giving too much support to Israel.

Jun 25 09:58

Israel to expand Gaza fishing zone, allow import of raw materials

Israel will expand the Gaza Strip's fishing zone and allow the import of raw materials to essential industries in the enclave from today, the Israeli military has announced.

According to the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the [occupied Palestinian] Territories (COGAT), the decision which would allow Gaza fishermen to venture nine nautical miles into the sea instead of just six and open the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing, was made following "this past week's calm security situation."

It was also stated that "the civilian measures approved by the political echelon are contingent upon the continued stability" in the region.

Jun 25 04:26

Arabic press review: US hospital fires Palestinian doctor for criticising Israel

A children's hospital in the US state of Arizona has fired a Palestinian doctor for criticising Israel on Facebook, al-Quds al-Arabi reports.

Dr Fidaa Weshah, who is from the Gaza Strip, was dismissed from her job at the Phoenix hospital after writing a Facebook post about Israel's recent bombing of Gaza.

Weshah, who is a pediatric radiologist, address Israel in the post, stating that "a country based on brutality, racism and cannibalism will not last for long."

"Israel can bomb news agencies’ headquarters in Gaza and major media studios, but we have our phones and social media platforms to expose the massacres and genocide which the Zionists are proud of committing," she wrote.

Jun 25 04:25

Israel gives first go-ahead for illegal settlements building under PM Bennett

Israel has authorised a wave of West Bank settlements building, the first such move made during the rule of the so-called "government of change".

The Jewish state is under the premiership of far-right Naftali Bennett, and has been since the new government came to power after ousting Benjamin Netanyahu just over 10 days ago.

There were 33 proposals concerning illegal settlements considered by the High Planning Subcommittee of Israel's Civil Administration, according to The Times of Israel on Wednesday.

Jun 25 04:24

At Lebanon war memorial, Gantz says next conflicts likely to need ground troops

Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Thursday that future military conflicts are likely to involve Israeli ground troops.

Speaking at a memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl marking 15 years since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Gantz proclaimed that the IDF is “prepared to engage our full capacity.”

“In future campaigns, or, God forbid, in war, if we need to get into enemy territory, ground troops, both in regular and reserve duty, will constitute a central component of the fighting,” Gantz said. “We will use them if it becomes necessary.”

The defense minister noted that his statement applies to a potential future conflict along the border with Lebanon or anywhere else.

Jun 25 04:18

Israeli army chief warns of 'reasonable' chance of fresh Gaza attack

The Israeli army's Chief of the General Staff Aviv Kochavi has said that there is a "reasonable" chance of another attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Kochavi reportedly informed US National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan of this during his trip to Washington, according to Israeli public broadcaster Kan.

The army leader's US trip was aimed, in part, to raise the issue of restocking spent military equipment with top officials from Joe Biden's administration, The New Arab's Arabic-language service reported.

Jun 24 08:03

Israel settlers close Jerusalem-Hebron highway, demolish home in Jerusalem

Israeli Jewish settlers yesterday blocked the Jerusalem-Hebron highway, described by Wafa news agency as the main road to the south of the occupied West Bank.

According to sources, scores of settlers spread across the Al Faghur agricultural area of the town of Al Khader , south of Hebron.

Meanwhile, another group of Israeli Jewish settlers uprooted ten olive trees and sabotaged two water tanks and an irrigation system belonging to Qassem Mansour, a farmer in Wadi Qana, northwest of the West Bank district of Salfit.

Jun 24 08:02

Israeli settlers terrorise Sheikh Jarrah residents to push them out

Israeli Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli police, continue to terrorise Palestinian residents of Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in an effort to force them to leave their homes.

Speaking to Safa news agency, Sheikh Jarrah resident Saleh Ziab said that Palestinians are subject to daily Israeli raids carried out by settlers protected by Israeli occupation police, citing the massive raid on the neighbourhood on Monday night when 20 people were wounded and others arrested.

According to Ziab, Israeli occupation forces are preventing Palestinians "from sitting or standing in front of their homes and imposes tight restrictions on their exit or entry to the neighbourhood."

Jun 24 06:14

Israel's night raids on Palestinian families aren't over, whatever the courts say

The videos are all over YouTube. Masked Israeli soldiers storm a Palestinian family’s home in the middle of the night. Parents, dressed in nightwear, are suddenly surrounded by heavily armed men in balaclavas.

Young children are forced awake. With a mix of bleary-eyed confusion and fear, they are made to answer questions posed to them in broken Arabic by these faceless, armed strangers. They are lined up in one room while the soldiers take photographs of them holding their identity cards. And then, just as suddenly as they arrived, the masked men disappear into the night.

There are no questions beyond identifying the people in the house. No one is “arrested”. There’s no obvious purpose; just a family’s sense of security permanently wrecked.

Jun 24 06:09

Blinken lied through his teeth about Israeli and U.S. accountability to victims– that’s the real scandal

Daniel Larison made the central point about the Ilhan Omar controversy. People should be outraged about Antony Blinken’s comment and not hers.

“The real outrage in this exchange was Blinken’s claim that victims of U.S. and Israeli war crimes can get justice from the governments responsible for those crimes, because all of us, Blinken included, know that this isn’t true.”

Israel and the US are not accountable to their victims. This is a question of power. Proclamations about being democracies and having justice systems ignore the fact about their actual behavior.

When Blinken said that Palestinians can get justice through Israeli structures he was lying through his teeth.

Jun 24 05:37

Israeli Forces Raid Park, Detain Palestinian Child near Nablus

Israeli occupation forces today detained a Palestinian child after raiding a park in the village of Luban e-Sharkiya, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

15-year-old Bahaa Arafat Eweis was detained by the Israeli occupation army during the raid, which also saw Israeli occupation soldiers fire teargas canisters at civilians, including children.

Several cases of suffocation due to gas inhalation were reported.

Jun 24 05:36

Gantz: Israel Will Not Ease Gaza Siege

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz pledged on Monday that the besieged Gaza Strip, the tiny enclave that is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, will not be “economically rehabilitated” without the return of the Israelis held captive “and without security stability”, AP has reported.

Gantz was referring to the Israeli soldiers captured by the Palestinian resistance during the 2014 Israeli military offensive against Gaza. The Israeli government believes that the men are dead and wants their remains to be returned.

Jun 24 05:36

Israel says Gaza farmers must remove crowns from tomatoes if they want to export them

Israeli authorities have placed a new restriction on Palestinian tomato farmers in the besieged Gaza Strip, one which will lead to their shipments of the fruit to markets in the occupied West Bank and Arab countries rotting more quickly.

Palestine’s Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday that Israel had asked the farmers to remove the crown of the tomato - namely the sepal and pedicel of each tomato that grows from the flower and keep the fruit attached to the stem - before they will allow trucks carrying the fruit to pass through the Karm Abu Salem crossing.

There was no immediate explanation from Israeli authorities as to why they had asked for the removal.

Israel has imposed a land, air and sea blockade against the Gaza Strip since 2007, controlling the movement of lorries passing to Israel and the West Bank through al-Mintar, Awdeh and Karm Abu Salem, three crossings administered by the Israeli army and dedicated to commerce.

Jun 24 05:31

Why does Israel ban Palestinian mothers from accompanying sick children from Gaza seeking treatment in the West Bank?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) pointed out in its 2020 annual report that, "All patients and patient companions from the Gaza Strip must apply for Israeli permits to exit the Gaza Strip in order to access hospitals in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and Israel."

Jun 23 07:54

Sheikh Jarrah: extremist parliamentarians storm Palestinian homes

Two extremist members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, raided the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Tuesday afternoon and told three Palestinian families that they had to leave their homes, Wafa news agency has reported. The two MKs were Bezalel Smotrich and Orit Strock from the far-right Religious Zionism Party, accompanied by a number of illegal Jewish settlers and protected by Israeli police officers.

The group stormed the neighbourhood and threatened the Diab, Al Kurd and Qasim families that they will be forcibly expelled from their homes within one month. Local residents gathered together and fended off the intruders to protect the Palestinian families.

Smotrich has a history of racist incitement against Palestinians. He met with Israeli settlers who had taken over part of the Al Kurd family home before being ordered to leave by police.

Jun 23 07:53

German media giant tells pro-Palestine staff to find another job

The CEO of Axel Springer, a Berlin-based agency, told the company's 16,000 employees to find another job if they have a problem with an Israeli flag being posted outside the largest digital publishing house of Europe.

Several staff reportedly complained when the company raised an Israeli flag at its headquarters during the 11 days of Israel's air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip last month.

"I think, and I'm being very frank with you, a person who has an issue with an Israeli flag being raised for one week here, after antisemitic demonstrations, should look for a new job," said Mathias Döpfner during a video conference held last week with employees around the world.

For 11 days, Israel launched attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip. Health officials in Gaza say 254 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, were killed and more than 1,900 were wounded in the bombardments.

Jun 22 07:32

20 Palestinians Injured As Zionist Settlers Attack Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood

At least 20 Palestinians were injured while defending themselves when Zionist settlers and ‘security’ forces stormed the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east al-Quds on Monday night, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported.

Additionally, four other Palestinians were detained by the occupation forces overnight, KAN News reported.

In the same context, four Palestinian minors, ranging in ages from 12 to 14 years, sustained injuries after being pepper-sprayed in the face by a Zionist settler in the neighborhood, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

A Jewish settler pepper-sprayed the girls, causing them burns on their faces.

Jun 22 06:36

'Death to the Jews' would have caused an international scandal, yet Israel's incitement gets a free pass

All of this is surely an impossible scenario.Well, yes. Thankfully, it's certainly impossible in London, Paris, Berlin or New York.

But not in Israel.

Read: Israel shoots, kills 15-year-old Palestinian in Nablus

With a few adjustments, the same appalling scene just took place in Jerusalem, the city that Israel claims as its capital. With one key difference: the gang of racist thugs were calling for "Death to the Arabs" not "Death to the Jews", since they were themselves Jewish.

All this took place because Israel is an irredeemably racist state. A settler-colonial entity whose existence is premised on the violent expulsion and racist dispossession of the indigenous population of the land of Palestine.

Jun 22 06:10

Israel insists it will not ease siege imposed on Gaza

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz pledged on Monday that the besieged Gaza Strip, the tiny enclave that is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, will not be "economically rehabilitated" without the return of the Israelis held captive "and without security stability", AP has reported.

Gantz was referring to the Israeli soldiers captured by the Palestinian resistance during the 2014 Israeli military offensive against Gaza. The Israeli government believes that the men are dead and wants their remains to be returned. The Palestinian resistance, though, has not revealed any details about their condition but has hinted several times that they could be alive.

Jun 21 12:47

Sanctions against Israel, anyone? Hell no. UK Parliament prefers rewarding evil and dismisses the only likely solution to the Holy Land crisis

Stuart Littlewood highlights the ignorance, hypocrisy and thinly-veiled racism voiced by Israel stooges – members of the Zionist lobbies within the ruling Conservative and "opposition" Labour parties – during a recent parliamentary debate about Palestine and Israel.>>

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