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Mar 07 11:24

Join and support our call to action - take to the streets on Saturday 11 May to demand freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people

Emboldened by the election of Trump and the emergence of far right allies across the world, Israel is entrenching its system of oppression in ways that create urgent threats to the realisation of the collective rights of the Palestinian people. Israel is expanding settlements at the fastest rate since Oslo, with Khan Al Ahmar and 45 other Palestinian communities in the West Bank facing forcible transfer. With the passing of its Nation State Bill in July 2018, Israel has embedded into its constitution the denial of equality under the law to Palestinian citizens of Israel who were already subject to more than 60 laws that directly discriminate against them.

Mar 07 11:12

‘Headaches, fainting’, Palestinian prisoners suffer effects of Israel jamming devices

Palestinian prisoners are suffering from “depression, headaches and fainting” as a result of the jamming devices installed at a number of Israeli jails in which they are being detained, they said in a statement.

“The dangerous radiation” omitted by the devices are causing these symptoms, the statement continued, adding they fear this is just “the tip of the iceberg”.

Experts have said the devices can lead to “genetic deformities of human cells and cancer”. Forty prisoners who are battling cancer in Ras Al-Eid prison may have contracted the disease as a result of the devices, they added.

Mar 07 11:11

Israel cuts water supply to 2,600 Palestinians in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces and the Israeli Civil Administration cut the water supply to 2,600 of Palestinians living in communities in Bardala village in the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank, yesterday.

Mutaz Bisharat, an official who monitors settlement activity in Tubas/Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli forces cut off water supply for 60 per cent of residents of the Bardala village; amounting to 2,600 people.

Israeli forces also cut off water supplies for 1,800-2,000 dunams (445-494 acres) of Palestinian agricultural lands that must be continuously irrigated.

Bisharat added that Israel claims that water sources in the area are illegal, adding that this cannot be true because the water comes from wells in the village and inside Palestinian lands.

Mar 07 11:11

Netanyahu declares Al-Aqsa TV channel terrorist organisation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a decree yesterday declaring Palestinian Al-Aqsa TV a terrorist organisation, claiming it is used by Hamas to recruit terror groups, Israeli media reported.

“This decision comes at the recommendation of the Shin Bet and the Defense Ministry’s National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing, after the Shin Bet revealed terror group Hamas’ use of the satellite channel ‘Al-Aqsa’ to recruit operatives,” a statement issued by his office said.

In February, Shin Bet claimed that the channel’s broadcasters use quotes from the Quran or subtle language as gestures to recruit Hamas operatives in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli warplanes have targeted and destroyed Al-Aqsa TV and Radio several times since 2000, when they were firstly launched after years of being banned by the Palestinian Authority.

Mar 07 11:10

Congress criticises Ihlan Omar’s words, but remains silent about Israel’s violence

The obsession with US Congresswoman Ihlan Omar’s criticism of Israeli influence over American politics really is unique. And what makes this debate genuinely immoral is that it focuses on Omar’s words but ignores the killing and oppression of Palestinian civilians by Israel.

The Minnesota Congresswoman has been pilloried over the past few weeks for criticising members of Congress who take money from pro-Israel Political Action Committees (PACs) in exchange for political support for Israeli policies. Omar has also highlighted the ugly tendency for many pro-Israel activists and politicians to have an apparently greater loyalty to Israel, a foreign country, than they do to the United States.

Mar 07 11:09

By force or forgery: How settlers claim Palestinian homes

The traces of a black eye are still visible on Abdel Qader Abu Srour’s face as he takes his medication with his morning coffee.

The father of two is tired. After four days in custody, he has just been released from an Israeli prison. “They kept me in solitary confinement for the first two days in a freezing cell with no blankets, nothing hot to drink, and no medical care,” he tells Middle East Eye.

Abu Srour, 27, was arrested on 7 February after being badly beaten by Israeli soldiers outside his family home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. They were escorting a group of Israeli settlers who claimed Abu Srour’s home was, in fact, their own.

“One of the settlers, the leader of the group, said that our house belonged to them and that we had to leave,” Abu Srour, who said more than ten soldiers and three heavily armed soldiers had arrived at his home.

Mar 07 08:14

Israel's elections committee bans leftist Arab-Israeli coalition from running

Israel’s election committee banned a leftist Arab-Israeli coalition from running in parliamentary elections next month even as it approved two members of a far-right party who have been labelled as racist.

The Central Election Committee on Wednesday prohibited both the Balad-United Arab List and Ofer Cassif, a member of another Arab-Israeli party, Hadash-Ta'al, from candidacy in decisions that rights groups said were politically motivated.

Mar 07 08:13

Two Palestinian children killed in home fire after Israel blocks fire trucks

Two Palestinian children have been killed in a blaze at their home in occupied Hebron after the Israeli authorities prevented the fire brigade from reaching them in time.

The two children – one of whom is believed to have been just 18-months old – were burned to death in a fire at their home in the Al-Salaymeh neighbourhood of Hebron’s Old City in the occupied West Bank. One was reported dead late last night, while the second succumbed to the burns received this morning after receiving emergency treatment at the nearby Hebron government hospital. A third child, thought to be the dead children’s brother, also suffered severe burns in the incident and remains in intensive care, according to hospital Director Dr Walid Zalloum.

Mar 07 08:12

WATCH: UN video & report on Israeli forces shooting Gaza protesters

The above video was screened at the UN Human Rights Council meeting, Feb, 28, 2019. Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper posted it on March 1.

An independent investigation concluded that ‘nations have a duty to ‘arrest persons alleged to have committed, or who ordered to have committed, the international crimes described in the present report’

Mar 07 08:06

Netanyahu election rival pledges to 'separate' from Palestinians

The centrist Blue and White party posing the biggest election challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged a policy of “separation” from Palestinians in occupied land on Wednesday, but stopped short of backing their goal of statehood.

However, the party’s number two, former finance minister Yair Lapid, predicted that parting ways with the Palestinians would eventually lead to them having a state of their own alongside Israel.

Netanyahu and fellow rightists have cast themselves as blockers of any initiative to cede territory to the Palestinians.

Mar 07 08:02

Israel intent on shutting Jerusalem holy site

Israel is intensifying its crackdown on Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The Islamic Waqf – the body responsible for Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem – last month reopened Bab al-Rahma, a gate at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem that had been sealed by Israel since 2003:

The 16-year closure order expired in August. But Israel has been intent on shutting the gate once again.

Israeli police asked a Jerusalem court to close the gate permanently to “keep out protesters … as part of its war against terror,” according to the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz.

In reality, the Muslim holy site is used by Palestinians to pray, as this video shows:

Mar 06 12:09

‘Racially profiled’ British student interrogated by Israeli embassy at UK campus

Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, rose to notoriety with his ruthless and unapologetic defence of Israeli war-crimes in Gaza. His talent for suppressing truth and taking on the rising tide of anti-Israeli sentiments earned him a position in the UK, long seen by Tel Aviv as the global centre of pro-Palestinian activism. The Australian-born diplomat, who moved to Israel in 1982, places a premium on speaking at university campuses and has stoked controversy wherever he goes. The latest saw pro-Palestinian student activists being harassed and interrogated by his security staff who are accused of supressing free speech and behaving like thuggish enforcers.

The showdown between Regev’s security guards and British students took place at the University of Leicester last week. A group of student activists from the Palestine Society decided to exercise their democratic right to protest and express disdain over the university’s decision to host such a polarising figure.

Mar 06 09:19

Islamic council rejects Israeli court closure at Al-Aqsa compound

Despite Israel's ultimatum to close the site by Monday, Waqf says Bab al-Rahma will remain open for Muslims to pray.

Mar 06 09:16

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ YOUR TAX DOLLARS PAID FOR THIS

Disturbing image …. do not scroll down if you are weak at heart

A Palestinian family, victims of white phosphorus bombs (banned by the UN) and widely used by Israel in Palestine.

Mar 06 08:59

Israeli fighter jets strike Hamas compound in Gaza

Israeli fighter jets struck on Tuesday night a Hamas military compound in Gaza after "explosive balloons" from the Palestinian enclave reached southern Israel, the Israeli army said.

"Israel Defense Forces fighter jets and aircraft struck a number of terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip," a military spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said that the strike was carried out in response to balloons carrying explosive material launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier on Tuesday.

Mar 06 08:58

U.N. again defers report on companies with Israeli settlement ties

Publication of a U.N. database of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank has been delayed again, drawing the ire of activists who have campaigned for three years.

The issue is highly sensitive as companies appearing in such a database could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements, which most countries and the United Nations view as illegal. Goods produced there include fruit, vegetables and wine.

Israel has assailed the database, whose creation was agreed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in March 2016, as a “blacklist”.

Mar 06 08:37

Temple Mount mosque ordered shut within a week, Israeli court warns

The Jerusalem court said it would close a contested building reopened by Muslim worshipers last month, unless Islamic custodian, which refuses to appear before Israeli courts as a matter of principle, responds to case

Mar 06 08:02

Jewish settlers take over Palestinian house in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli Jewish settlers took over a Palestinian house in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, Quds Press has reported. The property is owned by the Al-Halaby family.

An informed source said that a group of Jewish settlers took over the house when its owner was away, noting that all of the woman’s clothing and furniture are still in the house. Israeli police apparently did not respond immediately to the calls of the Palestinians to protect the house from the colonial-settlers, who attacked neighbours and passers-by with pepper spray. When the police eventually did make an appearance, they arrested five Palestinian youths, but did nothing about the settlers.

Mar 06 08:01

Israel analysts warn of ‘four front’ escalation with Palestinians

Israeli analysts have warned of a potential “four fronts” escalation with the Palestinians.

According to a report in Ynet, the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, as well as Palestinian prisoners, are all arenas which “are extremely volatile for different reasons”.

In the West Bank, analysts point to economic hardship in light of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s rejection of monthly tax revenues, following Israeli punitive deductions.

The Israeli report claimed that senior PA officials believe the financial deficit “is only expected to deepen, adversely impacting the Palestinian defence establishment and its intelligence outreach in the West Bank, and even helping Hamas to establish military infrastructure across the territories.”

Mar 06 08:01

UN rights expert says Israel must be held to account for Gaza crimes

A senior United Nations human rights official has urged the international community to hold Israel to account for violations of international law in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, made the remarks yesterday in response to the publication of a report by the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Great Return March protests.

The inquiry “found reasonable grounds to believe that, in all but two of the 189 fatalities investigated, the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces against demonstrators was unlawful,” Lynk stated.

“Accordingly, I support the Commission’s call for accountability with respect to those who used lethal fire unlawfully, and for those who drafted and approved the rules of engagement which permitted this illegal use of lethal fire.”

Mar 06 07:59

Israel forces arrest 13-year-old Palestinian in the middle of the night

Israeli occupation forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian child in the middle of the night, according to human rights group B’Tselem.

Adam Abu Ryalah’s family home in Issawiyah, occupied East Jerusalem, was raided by eight Israeli Border Police officers at 4am on Sunday, 10 February, while 20 more officers waited outside.

As recounted by B’Tselem, the Israeli forces ordered Adam’s parents to wake their son and bring him to the living room, after which an officer then returned Adam to his room with his mother and ordered him to get dressed. Adam was arrested, and taken to a police station.

When Adam’s parents went to the police station, they were “told their son was not there”. After waiting for hours, it was only by chance – at around 12.30pm – that they saw their son “when an officer escorted him to the bathroom”.

Mar 06 07:58

Jared Kushner And The Triumph Of Saudi Arabia

In the Gulf they joke that Saudi-US relations are run by the crown prince and “the clown prince”. The first, Mohammed bin Salman, is Saudi Arabia’s strongman. The second, Jared Kushner, is Donald Trump’s son-in-law. If it were not for their friendship, relations between the US and the House of Saud might be in serious crisis. But Mr Kushner has an Arab-Israeli peace plan up his sleeve.

In his view Saudi backing will be key to its success. Which means the Saudis can get away with nearly anything — alleged royal-instigated killing, for example — as long as they hold out the prospect of backing Mr Kushner. To say the least, Prince Mohammed has the better of the bargain. Few people give Mr Kushner’s peace plan ironically dubbed “deal of the century” much chance. The epithet “dead on arrival” has become standard even before the plan has arrived.

Mar 06 06:25

Trump's 'ultimate deal' faces ultimate failure

Despite their best efforts, Trump's 'peace envoys' have failed to secure support for their deeply flawed plan.

At a private gathering at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London on February 28, David Makovsky and Dennis Ross - two men with a deep understanding of the decades-long peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis - spoke frankly and at length about US President Donald Trump's "ultimate deal".

Makovsky is an author and journalist who covered the often anguished twists and turns of the journey to reach the Oslo accords of 1993 and 1995. Ross was appointed President Bill Clinton's Middle East envoy in the first Clinton administration and in that capacity helped to broker the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, commonly referred to as Oslo II in 1995.

Both men are seen by critics - justifiably or not - as being sympathetic towards Israel>>>

Mar 06 04:34

House Democrats to call for vote on condemning 'anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar comments

Omar, D-Minn., suggested Wednesday that the pro-Israel lobby pushes lawmakers to show "allegiance to a foreign country" and said the charge of anti-Semitism is "designed to end the debate" about Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Mar 06 04:25

Democrats Need to Face the Truth about Ilhan Omar

This prompted another bipartisan storm of protest. Far from retreating, Omar doubled down in her response to criticism from Representative Nita Lowey (D., N.Y.), a veteran liberal Jewish Democrat. When Lowey urged her to retract her comments, Omar tweeted, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on a committee.”
Note: Sad but true about the Jewish lobby.

Mar 05 12:44

Unfounded allegations of anti-Semitism cover up Israeli apartheid

In the small, American Jewish community where I grew up, I never heard criticisms of Israel, or experienced anti-Semitism. And yet I was frequently reminded by my Hebrew and Sunday school teachers of the anti-Semitic hatred that Jews had endured throughout the ages, and especially during the holocaust. My grandmother explained, sometimes tearfully, how her family had lost touch with cousins, aunts and uncles in the “old country” during the Second World War, never to hear from them again.

But the narrative did not end there. Israel, I was told, was the only country that Jews could truly regard as safe. Indeed, Jews had a “birth-right” to return to the “Land of Israel”. Based on vague, biblical justifications I was told that we were the “chosen people”.

Mar 05 12:03

'Last nail in the coffin for US peacemaking': US merges Israeli embassy with Palestinian mission

Palestinian officials have denounced as hostile the US move to merge its consulate in Jerusalem, which mostly served Palestinians, with the embassy controversially inaugurated last year. The overhaul has been scheduled for Monday.

The US State Department on Sunday formally set a date for the previously announced merger of its embassy in Jerusalem with the consulate, which was operating as the de facto American embassy to the Palestinian Authority.

Mar 05 10:56

Corbyn renews calls to end UK arms sales to Israel in wake of UN report on Gaza protests

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has renewed his calls for Britain to cease arms sales to Israel following a UN report last week that the Israeli army’s actions against Palestinian protesters in Gaza’s Great March of Return could amount to war crimes.

“The UK government must unequivocally condemn the killings and freeze arms sales to Israel,” Corbyn tweeted on Friday, linking the report.

The Labour Party approved a motion during a conference last September that called for the same embargo on arms sales to Israel.

During the conference, Corbyn, who has sustained years of attacks and accusations of anti-Semitism for his support of Palestinian rights, slammed US policies in the region and said that Palestinians can’t be “left alone in the darkness.”

Mar 05 10:55

Israeli army, settlers 'routinely harass' Nablus students

School principal Mohammad Jaser presses a button to open the intercom system and makes a routine announcement.

"The Israeli army has been spotted near the premises," Jaser says, his voice blaring from speakers and into the classrooms of the al-Sawiyeh al-Lebban school near Nablus in the northern West Bank last month.

"Stay inside your classrooms, away from the windows, and lock the doors," he instructs the students. "Prepare for an evacuation."

The students and teachers at the mixed school, located between the villages of al-Sawiyeh and al-Lebban, have been trained to respond to incidents like this.

Mar 05 10:53

Israel sets Gaza up for superbug epidemic

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism recently ran a report titled “Unseen enemy: Doctors in Gaza battling superbug epidemic”.

Given the regular atrocities to which the Gaza Strip is subjected by a very visible enemy – the state of Israel – the last thing that’s needed is an unseen one, to boot.

In the past five years alone, Israel’s activities vis-a-vis the Palestinian territory have included a 50-day assault in 2014 that killed some 2,251 Palestinians – most of them civilians, and more than 550 of them children – along with repeated attacks on peaceful Palestinian protesters in the context of the Great March of Return, which saw more than 60 Palestinians killed on a single day last May.

Mar 05 10:51

My life in Hebron: ‘I dream of a day when there are no settlements’

Hebron is a city deep inside the Palestinian territories, but it is unlike any other in the occupied West Bank. With illegal Jewish settlements in the heart of the city, Hebron reflects the bitter reality of military occupation: checkpoints, heavily-armed settlers, curfews, concrete barriers and segregated roads.

Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. A year later, the illegal Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba was established on the outskirts of Hebron, which is holy to all three monotheistic faiths. Some of Kiryat Arba’s settlers, however, soon made their way deeper into the Old City, occupying areas near the Ibrahimi Mosque and setting up pockets of settlement.

Mar 05 10:50

Israel closes Gaza border blocking aid transfers

Israel today closed Gaza’s main commercial crossing to all good except fuel, local sources reported.

Israel has increased its targeting of the besieged Gaza Strip over the past few days, striking sites in the enclave causing damage to property.

It claims the closure of the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing is in response what it calls incendiary balloons which exploded in the air and caused no damage to Israel yesterday.

Occupation forces regularly block access to the Gaza crossings as a means of controlling the Palestinian population. In July Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Kerem Shalom would be closed if kite and balloon launchers continued with their activity.

Mar 05 10:13

Jewish calls to convert Al-Rahma Mosque into a synagogue

The Federation of the Temple Mount Organisations yesterday called for Al-Rahma Mosque to be occupied and turned in to a synagogue, Arab48 reported.

According to the news site, the group also called for establishing a Jewish directorate in the area, which is located at one of the entrances of Al-Aqsa Mosque, to oversee the Jewish activities inside Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

The calls came after Palestinians re-entered the Al-Rahma Gate area of Al-Aqsa Mosque and performed prayers there for the first time in over 15 years.

According to Arab48, the Temple Mount Organisations stressed on the importance of taking measures which lead to changing the identity of Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to guarantee a permanent Jewish presence there, eradicate the Muslim claim to the holy site and impose Israeli sovereignty over it.

One way of doing this, Arab48 reported, would be to mobilise supporters to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday in a bid to break in to Al-Rahma Gate and seize it.

Mar 05 10:12

From Qana to Gaza, Israel issues denials and smears investigations of its crimes

I wrote recently about an EU report on the growth of illegal Israeli settlements and argued that the EU was diligent in documenting Israel’s-breaches of international law but that it has singularly failed to bring it to account, even when it has demolished EU-funded projects.

A more recent report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigated the actions of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) at the nominal border with Gaza since 30 March last year, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return protests. For almost 50 weeks, Israeli snipers have gunned down, with deliberate, chilling precision, Palestinian men, women and children.

Mar 05 10:10

Demolishing your home with your own hands

If you ask anyone about the basics and components of happiness that they seek to achieve and gain, their answers will certainly be different according to the differences in people’s opinions and visions. However, I do not think that anyone would deny that owning a house is an important factor for achieving happiness.

Mar 05 09:18

Demolishing the two-state fantasy

This week on The Electronic Intifada Podcast, hosts Nora Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley are joined by their colleague Tamara Nassar to discuss Israel’s recently increasing policies of rampant home demolitions and erasure of Palestinian villages.

We also focus on the increasing collaboration between Israel and dictatorial Gulf states.

Nassar explains how Israeli settlers – backed by police – violently seized an East Jerusalem home belonging to the Abu Asab family in February.

In addition to the ongoing expulsions of Palestinians and demolitions of their homes in East Jerusalem, Nassar talks about the sustained resistance to Israel’s plans for the imminent destruction of Khan al-Ahmar, a village in the West Bank.

“If Khan al-Ahmar is evacuated, any kind of fantasy of a two-state solution would be over because this is where Israel is planning to expand its mega-settlements of Maaleh Adumim and Kfar Adumim,” she says.

Mar 05 09:17

Three activists go on trial for challenging Israeli apartheid in Berlin

Three campaigners have gone on trial in Germany for disrupting an event featuring an Israeli political representative.

The trial, which opened Monday, focuses on a June 2017 conference held at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Among the participants were Aliza Lavie, a member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. She used the occasion to engaged in “pinkwashing” – depicting Israel as a haven for LGBTQ rights in order to distract from its crimes against humanity.

One Palestinian – Majed Abusalama – and two Israeli activists – Ronnie Barkan and Stavit Sinai – interrupted the event in an effort to counter such propaganda.

Mar 05 09:16

Two Palestinians killed in alleged attack

Israeli occupation forces shot dead two Palestinians early Monday in what the army claims was a car ramming attack against soldiers in Kafr Nimeh village near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The slain Palestinians were identified as Amir Mahmoud Darraj, 20, from Kharbatha al-Misbah village, and Yousif Raed Mahmoud Anqawi, 20, from Beit Sira. Photos of the men were published by Palestinian media after the announcement of their deaths:

Mar 04 12:58

Anti-Semitism versus anti-Zionism in today’s France

Lawrence Davidson examines the illogic – or opportunism – behind French President Macron’s pledge to criminalise criticism of the racist ideology, Zionism, on which Israel as a Jews-only state is based while ignoring the cultural puritanism that breeds real anti-Semitism and racism in France.>>

Mar 04 12:56

“Israeli Forces Wound 83 Civilians, Including 23 Children, Woman, 3 Paramedics, and Journalist, in Gaza”

On 49th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 83 Civilians, including 23 Children, Woman, 3 Paramedics, and Journalist. Report By The Palestinian Center For Human Right (PCHR).

On Friday evening, 01 March 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 49th Friday of the March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces wounded 83 civilians, including 23 children, a woman, three paramedics, and a journalist, in eastern Gaza Strip. The injury of three of the wounded civilians was reported serious.

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing tear gas canisters at them.

As a result, dozens of the demonstrators were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

Mar 04 12:35

Miko Peled: The State of Israel Will Crumble and We Will See A Free Democratic Palestine from the River to the Sea Sooner than Most People Think

Miko Peled, an Israeli general's son and himself a former Israeli soldier, is nowadays a noted peace activist and a tireless worker for justice in the Holy Land. He is considered to be one of the clearest voices calling for support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) against the Zionist regime and for the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine.

He will be at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool on 23-26 September. I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview him beforehand. In a week that marks the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Folke Bernadotte and the 36th anniversary of the genocidal massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee camp, atrocities committed in pursuit of Zionist ambition, what Miko says may give those who take dictation from the Israel lobby cause to reflect.

Mar 04 12:15

Icelandic Band Hatari to Stage Political Protest at Eurovision 2019

The band has made it clear they view the contest as a political one and will seek to stage an anti-Israeli political protest onstage, despite Eurovision rules saying that such behaviour may result in disqualification.

Iceland has made its pick for Eurovision 2019 song contest: the industrial techno band Hatari whose members don BDSM-inspired outfits on stage. The band has a strong political agenda and has threatened to pull off an anti-Israeli protest during their performance at the contest.

Hatari, whose name translates as "Hater," have chosen a song entitled "Hatrid Mun Sigra" ("Hatred Will Prevail"), which features lyrics, such as "Europe will crumble", "Multilateral delusions, Unilateral punishments", and "Happiness will end For it is an illusion".

The band, which has long proclaimed that they aim to "take down capitalism," said they're planning a protest against the Israeli treatment of Palestinians during their performance.

Mar 04 12:13

Corbyn calls for UK to condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinians

Head of the British Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has called for the UK government to condemn Israel’s killing of Palestinians as well as to freeze arms sales to the occupation state.

His remarks came in the wake of a UN report which found that Israel might have committed war crimes against Palestinians.

On Twitter, Corbyn wrote: “The UN says Israel’s killings of demonstrators in Gaza – including children, paramedics and journalists – may constitute ‘war crimes or crimes against humanity’”.

“The UK government must unequivocally condemn the killings and freeze arms sales to Israel.”

The UN report, published earlier this week, said: “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they directly participating in hostilities,” adding that the protests had been “civilian in nature”.

Mar 04 12:13

4.5 years on from Israel assault, 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza still homeless

Some 13,000 Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip remain homeless, four-and-a-half years on from Israel’s destructive assault on the blockaded enclave.

During the 50 days of “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014, Israeli attacks caused significant damage to civilian infrastructure, with around 18,000 residential units either completely destroyed or heavily damaged. More than 100,000 Palestinians were left homeless – or 17,000 families.

According to an update from human rights NGO B’Tselem, about 20 per cent of the homes are still unusable today, and some 2,300 families – about 13,000 people – remain homeless.

Mar 04 12:12

Israel rejects building permits for Palestinians in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation authorities have rejected applications from Palestinian residents to build homes in occupied Jerusalem, Haaretz reported on Sunday. The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee, turned down some 20 applications for residential building permits submitted by Palestinians.

According to the newspaper, this means “rejecting a long-standing procedure for establishing land ownership in East Jerusalem.” It reported that representatives of the Israeli right-wing parties and the secular Hitorerut ticket on the city’s zoning board voted against the building plans, pointing out that this decision prevents the Palestinians from building any homes in the city in the future. Members of ultra-Orthodox parties, apparently, voted in favour of the applications.

Mar 04 12:07

US Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Downgrades Palestinian Mission

On Monday morning, the US State Department announced that they are closing the US Consulate in Jerusalem, which has served as the main American diplomatic mission to the Palestinians. This amounts to a major downgrade of the diplomatic mission to the Palestinians.

Instead, all future US diplomacy to the Palestinians will be handled by a newly assembled “Palestinian affairs unit,” which will operate out of the US Embassy to Israel, and under the direct command of that embassy.

This move was initially announced in October by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Palestinian officials have said it amounts to the “final nail in the coffin” for the US role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mar 04 11:53

21 Gazans said wounded by Israeli fire as thousands riot on border

Thousand of Palestinians protested along the Gaza border on Friday with some rioting and clashing with Israeli troops, a day after the United Nations released a report accusing Israel of potential crimes against humanity for its response to the weekly riots.

Some 8,000 Palestinians took part in the protests and some burned tires and threw, explosive devices, rocks and grenades at Israeli troops guarding the security fence, according to the army

Mar 04 11:45

OIC foreign ministers condemn Israeli violations against Palestinians

A high-profile meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged its commitment to establishing an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Delegates at the 46th session of the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers concluded their two-day conference in Abu Dhabi by issuing a declaration condemning Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

And ministers agreed to set up an endowment fund to guarantee future finance for the aid activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Mar 04 11:02

UK UNDER PRESSURE FROM US TO ADOPT AGGRESSIVE ANTI-BDS POSTURE IN POST-BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

The UK is under pressure to adopt a more aggressive posture towards the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in exchange for better trade deals with the US in post-Brexit negotiations between the two countries.

Details of the post-Brexit trade negotiations-which suggest Britain is unlikely to get softer treatment than other US allies-were released last week in an 18-page document by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), led by Robert Lighthizer. Listed amongst the “negotiating objectives” of the Trump administration is a demand for the UK to take a more hostile stance towards BDS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One had to expect this from Israeli politicians regarding BDS, as Israel girds its collective loins for the upcoming 9 April elections, and Netanyahu has been caught, red-handed, enmeshed in corruption scandals, for which he will most probably be tried.

Mar 04 09:54

ANOTHER VIDEO ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE

UN report found that hundreds of Palestinians were intentionally killed by Israeli forces

Mar 03 10:12

Without saying a word, Israeli troops beat up a blind man in his bed

Israeli soldiers invaded the home of a Palestinian family at night, and battered a man in the face in front of his wife and children. He’s 47, blind and on dialysis, and his toes have been amputated because of diabetes

He’s lying on the living room sofa, next to the gas stove, trying to warm his broken body. When we visited him this week, he had just returned from the hospital and was worn out from the dialysis treatment he has been undergoing three times a week for the 11 years since his kidneys stopped functioning, as a consequence of severe diabetes.

Mar 03 10:10

“Israeli Forces Wound 83 Civilians, Including 23 Children, Woman, 3 Paramedics, and Journalist, in Gaza”

On Friday evening, 01 March 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 49th Friday of the March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces wounded 83 civilians, including 23 children, a woman, three paramedics, and a journalist, in eastern Gaza Strip. The injury of three of the wounded civilians was reported serious.

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing tear gas canisters at them.

As a result, dozens of the demonstrators were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

Mar 03 09:47

The struggle for al-Aqsa: Palestinians have 'no one but God to help them'

Jerusalem, the city of peace that knows no peace, is once again in the grip of crisis.

This happens so often that it has become almost a normal part of Jerusalem life. Few bother to even report on the latest clashes, let alone do anything about them.

The recurrent violations of international and human rights law, and the damage to Jerusalem's architecture and history at the hands of Israel, are indisputable - as is the fact that these crimes are being committed in a city of unique global significance, the spiritual centre of the three Abrahamic faiths.

Mar 03 09:46

When it comes to Palestine and Kashmir, India and Israel are oppressors-in-arms

In a back alley in downtown Srinagar, the capital of India-controlled Kashmir, a string of words splashed on a wall reads: "Long Live Palestine". Nearby, "Free Gaza" screams from a shutter on a store.

Across a tiny gulley, graffiti on a sidewall has been scratched off. If you stare hard enough, the words "Free Kashmir" rise like an apparition.

For many Muslims around the world, Palestine holds a special place in their political consciousness. Al-Aqsa Mosque, after all, is one of the most important sites in Islam. Those on the left, whether millennial radicals or grey-bearded Marxists, have also supported the Palestinian cause over the zealous imperialism of Zionist settler-colonialism, ethnic cleansing, displacement and war-mongering.

Mar 02 13:34

Netanyahu’s possible indictment and Jewish dialectics

"Israelis love to see themselves as a dignified Western civilisation guided by law and order. They avidly sell this image to the world. But in reality the Jewish State is a an abusive tribal ghetto ran by oligarchs and underworld characters. Israel is at least ‘democratic’ enough to bring this contradiction to light. Its parliament is saturated with enough convicted criminals that Wikipedia dedicated a page to them, titled “List of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors”.>>

Mar 02 13:32

Britain’s witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn

Jonathan Cook analyses the campaign of Blairites and Israel lobbyists to destroy Jeremy Corbyn and create a safe space for hardline Zionists. This, he says, will inevitably require that Labour become a hostile environment for those engaged in all anti-racism battles. >>

Mar 02 08:41

Is Trump's 'Deal of the Century' Just the Biggest Bribe in History?

After two years of waiting for Trump’s Deal of the Century, it now appears that what the U.S. president and Jared Kushner have in mind is more like the Bribe of the Century.

As The New York Times reported on Wednesday, the heart of the plan is showering tens of billions on economic aid on the Palestinians, as well as on Egypt, Jordan and possibly even Lebanon.

How many billions we’ll only know after Israel’s elections, when the plan is unveiled, but the Times quotes sources as saying the Palestinians alone will get $25 billion and the others as much as $40 billion.

On the rise of a future Palestinian state, Kushner remained vague. In an interview with Sky News on Wednesday, he declined to relate to that issue directly but implied that things like national borders were a frippery.

This is a little odd considering that his father-in-law and boss is a big fan of borders and walls.

Mar 02 08:29

Israeli govt not interested in long-lasting peace with Palestinians, fmr Israeli navy chief tells RT

Tel Aviv has no desire to seek out a peace process that will have long-term benefits for both Palestinians and Israelis, the former commander-in-chief of the Israeli navy told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze.

Admiral Ami Ayalon, who also served as the head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, explained to Shevardnadze why he fears that Israel is heading towards another war.

“It seems the Israeli government doesn’t have any interest in creating any kind of peace process or any kind of negotiations that will lead to a better future for the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he told the SophieCo host.

Mar 02 08:28

Israeli prof: Israel tests weapons on Palestinian kids, tests drugs on prisoners

An Israeli professor disclosed in a recent lecture series at Columbia University that Israeli authorities have permitted large pharmaceutical firms to experiment on Palestinian prisoners, and have been testing weapons on Palestinian children.

Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at Israel’s Hebrew University, also presented in Amsterdam in January on the same topic.

Promotional material for the events describe her lecture as illustrating through “the voices and writings of Jerusalemite children who live under Occupation” that Israel’s practices of “surveying, imprisoning, torturing, and killing can be used as a laboratory for states, arms companies, and security agencies to market their technologies as ‘combat proven.’”

Mar 02 08:03

Palestine in Pictures: February 2019

Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinian children and one adult during the month of February.

A sixth Palestinian, Ahmad Ghazi Abbas Abu Jabal, 30, died on 3 February from wounds sustained during protests along Gaza’s boundary with Israel the previous month.

The four children killed during the month were all injured by Israeli fire against Palestinians protesting along Gaza’s boundary with Israel during Great March of Return demonstrations.

Hasan Iyad Abd al-Fattah Shalabi, 13, was shot in the chest and killed during protests east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 8 February.

That same day, Hamza Muhammad Rushdi Ishtaiwi, 17, was fatally shot in the neck during protests east of Gaza City.

Mar 02 08:03

Khalida Jarrar leaves Israeli jail with “messages of freedom”

Israel released leftist Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar on Thursday after imprisoning her without charge or trial for 20 months.

She was taken from her home on 2 July 2017 during a pre-dawn raid in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israel has imprisoned Jarrar multiple times.

Pictures of Jarrar circulated on social media following her release:

Mar 01 12:01

Euro-Med slams Israeli violations of Palestinians' rights in Jerusalem al-Quds

A Geneva-based organization has documented continued and excessive human rights violations committed by Israel against Palestinians in Jerusalem al-Quds within the space of a single month.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) released a report, detailing the violations of Palestinians’ rights by Israeli forces in January.

Sarah Pritchett, Euro-Med’s spokesperson said, “The Israeli authorities continue their policy of restricting freedoms of the Palestinians in Jerusalem [al-Quds] and preventing them from holding activities or events that reflect the Palestinian identity.”

The organization characterized the instances of infringement as deliberate and systematic, listing them as forcible demolitions, arbitrary arrests, torture, and attempts at manipulating the religious identity of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Mar 01 11:57

One Friday in Gaza

I stared at Yousef al-Dayah’s selfie. High cheekbones. Light brown hair, much of it under a baseball cap. Thick eyebrows slightly raised, lending an air of surprise to an otherwise pensive, soulful 14-year-old face.

The Great Return March earlier that day had been a blur of action. Ribbons of tear gas and repeated bursts of live fire, sometimes followed by shouts of “Someone’s wounded!” Was the last of these incidents that I witnessed the moment that Yousef had been shot in the chest and killed?

Mar 01 10:50

Israeli warplanes strike Gaza after ‘explosive balloon’ damages house

Israeli aircraft targeted several militant sites in Gaza after an “explosive balloon” launched from the Palestinian enclave damaged a house in the Jewish state, the army said Thursday, February 28.

“An explosive balloon launched from the Gaza Strip damaged a house in an Israeli community, apparently after exploding in the air,” the Israel Defense Forces said.

“In response, IDF fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a number of terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the central Gaza Strip,” the IDF tweeted.

Mar 01 10:37

UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza

Officials say killings are part of Israel's 'obligation'

Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an “independent inquiry” into the protests at the Gaza border.

Every Friday, for months now, Palestinian protesters have rallied near the Gaza border to protest the Israeli blockade. Every Friday, Israel shoots a large number of people. The investigation ruled that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe Israel violated international law.

The report noted that 154 out of 183 people killed by Israel in that time were entirely unarmed. They noted Israel had repeatedly, deliberately shot children and journalists, as well as disabled protesters. International law, needless to say, frowns upon those sorts of deliberate killings.

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What in the name of heaven motivates heavily armed IDF members to assassinate Palestinian kids?!?

Where is doing this protecting the citizens of Israel?!?

The only understanding which I can come to, is realizing that in maiming and assassinating Palestinian kids, the IDF is taking away as much of the Palestinian future away from their families as they can: it is just...that...simple.

Mar 01 10:34

Israel closes Jerusalem restaurant for ‘hiring staff from West Bank’

Israeli occupation forces closed a Palestinian restaurant in Jerusalem today under the pretext that the owner hired staff from the occupied West Bank.

Ma’an reported that Abu Ali Homs and Falafel in Salahaddin Street was said to have employed Palestinians who did not have “a permit to enter Jerusalem”.

Rashad Ashti said that the Israeli police summoned his uncle Rushdi for interrogation at dawn, and informed him of the decision to close the restaurant and then took him to the restaurant and placed the closure notice on it in front of him.

Mar 01 10:33

Violence is fundamental to Israel’s ‘democracy’ and always has been

Israeli soldiers hiding behind bunkers and using long-range sniper rifles have intentionally murdered 35 children, paramedics, journalists and disabled people during its ongoing assault against Palestinian civilian protestors along the Gaza border, a report released by the United Nations concluded this week. The UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) said that Israeli soldiers violated international human rights and humanitarian laws in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 in weekly Friday protests since they began on 30 March, 2018. According to Palestinian sources in Gaza, those figures are very conservative.

In the 25-page report, UN officials said that the killings “may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity” and urged that the evidence should be submitted formally to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.

Mar 01 09:59

DO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TAKE TOO MANY PRIVATE TRIPS TO ISRAEL WITH AIPAC?

One of every three members of Congress boarding a jetliner on a privately-funded all-expense paid trip overseas has Israel as their final destination. Only one out of a hundred ever visits Palestinian territories as a final destination.

AIPAC differs from many other groups funding private trips because of its foundational foreign ties. AIPAC lobbying began in earnest in the 1950s by a former employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Isaiah Kenen – who received ongoing payments from Israel to set up public relations and lobbying in the US. Kenen was paid by the Israeli government to receive congressional delegations in Israel after major aid packages were passed into law.

A typical AIEF itinerary consists of numerous briefings by Israeli government officials, trips to historical sites, and lavish restaurant visits and hotel stays. Absent from the itineraries are any briefings on Israel’s nuclear weapons triad or meaningful visits to Palestinian refugees.

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I think that every US politician who visits Israel, should be visiting Palestine also; there has to be a political solution possible, but it will not come unless our Congressional representatives see for themselves what is going on in Palestine, and speak to Palestinians.

Mar 01 09:39

Report: 'Deal of century' won't include Palestinian state

US President Donald Trump's peace plan will propose establishing Palestinian autonomy in the Gaza Strip with political and economic links to the West Bank, according to the the Al-Quds newspaper; Jewish settlements will remain under Israel's jurisdiction, but will not be expanded.

Mar 01 09:14

AIPAC ignores Netanyahu’s racism

Powerful Israel lobby group AIPAC won applause this week for a tweet, but in reality sidestepped the racism controversy enveloping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party.

On 22 February AIPAC followed up an American Jewish Committee (AJC) tweet by tweeting in turn: “We agree with AJC. AIPAC has a longstanding policy not to meet with members of this racist and reprehensible party.”

Mar 01 09:13

UN investigators call for arrests over Gaza war crimes

Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by using lethal military force against unarmed protesters in Gaza, a United Nations independent commission of inquiry has found.

“Israeli security forces committed serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” Santiago Canton, the head of the commission, stated on Thursday.

“These violations clearly warrant criminal investigation and prosecution,” he added.

“[Israeli forces] have intentionally shot children, they’ve intentionally shot people with disabilities, they’ve intentionally shot journalists, knowing them to be children, people with disabilities and journalists,” Sara Hossain, one of the other three investigators appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, said.

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Mar 01 08:54

THERE IS NO PALESTINE UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY VISIT IT

The following questions and answers …

Security …. Do you have any Palestinian friends?

Answer … We have Palestinian friends and Jewish friends.

Security …. We saw on your FaceBook Page and in other places (Click on link) photos of you visiting Palestine, is this a fact?

Answer … Yes it is a fact. We went to visit the Church of Nativity where Jesus was born. We also visited Nazareth where He spent most of His short life.

Security … Did any of your Palestinian friends give you gifts or put anything in your baggage?

Answer … No

At this point they were all forced to strip and full body scans were performed. Everything in their baggage was removed and checked carefully. Nothing suspicious was found as there wasn’t anything to find.

The procedure, except for the body scan, was repeated by other personnel two more times taking three hours in total.

Feb 28 11:59

US court revives $1Billion Palestinian lawsuit against Sheldon Adelson

In a unanimous decision Tuesday, a DC court is allowing Palestinian plaintiffs to sue Sheldon Adelson and others for $1billion over their support of Israeli settlements and alleged war crimes – including genocide.

Feb 28 11:57

ACLU: the difference between anti-discrimination and anti-BDS

A number of states recently passed laws that require state contractors — including teachers, lawyers, newspapers and journalists, and even students who want to judge high school debate tournaments — to certify that they are not participating in politically motivated boycotts against Israel. Dozens of states have considered such “anti-BDS” laws, and a bipartisan group of 73 senators recently passed a bill — the Combating BDS Act — that would encourage states to adopt such laws.

The ACLU takes no position on boycotts of Israel or any foreign country, but we have long defended the right to boycott, which is protected under the First Amendment. That’s why we challenged anti-boycott laws in Kansas, Arizona, Arkansas, and Texas, and strongly opposed the Combating BDS Act in Congress.

Feb 28 11:54

Israeli warplanes, gunships strike multiple targets in Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters have struck multiple targets in the southern Gaza Strip in their latest air raids against the besieged enclave.

There were no immediate reports of casualties caused by the Israeli strikes carried out on Wednesday night.

According to Palestinian media reports, several posts belonging to Hamas resistance forces in the south of the coastal enclave were hit, including one in the Khan Yunis seafront and another outside the city.

Some of the sites hit are believed to belong to Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

Feb 28 11:07

Netanyahu to use demolition of Khan al-Ahmar for votes

Benjamin Netanyahu might schedule the demolition of the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar right before Israel’s general election in April for political gain.

The prime minister said earlier this month that destroying the village “would certainly help” his chances at winning, according to The Times of Israel.

“I said that Khan al-Ahmar would be evacuated, so it will be evacuated,” he said.

Two of Israel’s government ministers told the publication that Netanyahu is likely “scheduling” the demolition to take place right before the election “in order to garner political capital on the right.”

The newspaper did not name the ministers.

Feb 28 10:36

Israel REJECTS UN report on Palestinian deaths in Gaza as ‘theatre of the absurd’

The UN said Israeli security forces could have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at protests in Gaza last year. The UN report claims there is evidence Israel committed crimes against humanity in responding to 2018 protests in Gaza as gunmen targeted children, health workers and journalists.

Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Israel rejects the report as “theatre of the absurd”.

Feb 28 09:24

THERE IS NO PALESTINE UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY VISIT IT

Three friends from Colombia visited me this week. Upon their arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv they were completely body searched. It seems that it is assumed by many that all Colombians are smuggling drugs into whatever country they are visiting.

After about a two hour search and interrogation (and not finding any non existent drugs) they were finally allowed to leave the airport….

Feb 28 09:23

THE WALLS CAME A TUMBLING DOWN IN PALESTINE

A part of the separation barrier in the Shoafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem collapsed on Wednesday due to stormy weather.

Overnight, more than 20 millimeters of rain fell in Jerusalem, and strong rainfall currents caused the ground on which the separation wall is built to collapse. A few residents of the camp, in the city’s notheast, celebrated the incident, which happened in the same area last year and in 2013.

Shoafat refugee camp, like other East Jerusalem neighborhoods, was included in the municipal borders of the city and declared to be within the borders of the State of Israel by a government decision taken in 1967.

Therefore, residents of Shofat are allowed to enter Jerusalem – but it is not so simple. The West Bank separation barrier, constructed in 2003, separates Shoafat from the rest of the city, compelling its residents to navigate checkpoints.

Feb 28 09:12

Kushner meets with Saudi king, crown prince to discuss ‘increasing cooperation’

US President Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince to discuss “building up” cooperation while the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was apparently not even mentioned.

Accompanied by the US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, Kushner met with King Salman – all as part of his trip to the Gulf nations in support for a yet-to-be-unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal.

Feb 28 09:06

Israel’s 11th Commandment: shoot, then confiscate

The death of Hamdy Na’asan – shot in the back during a protest against an illegal Israeli outpost – was not an unexpected or isolated event. Since the early 80s, Israel has reported its inability to control settlers.

Amira Hass states, “Land that is hard to steal by means of Israeli laws – the masterpiece of our finest legal scholars – is stolen by means of the settlers’ violent, sacred fire and code of silence.”

Feb 28 09:06

Activists Announce 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week

The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions will take place all around the world between March 18th and April 8th 2019 under the theme “Stop Arming Colonialism”

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It now takes place in over 200 cities across the world, where events such as lectures, film screenings, direct action, cultural performances, postering, among many more help in grassroots organizing for effective solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle.

Feb 28 09:05

Heavy Rain Causes Sections Of The Annexation Wall To Collapse Near Jerusalem

Heavy rain falling over several parts of occupied Palestine has caused sections of Israel’s illegal Annexation Wall near Shu’fat refugee camp, to collapse, in the area which previously witnessed the same occurrence.

The wall has isolated the Palestinians from their confiscated lands and separated them from the segregated Pisgat Zeev illegal colony.

The Wall in that area has isolated large areas of lands, owned by residents of Anata Palestinian town, and Shu’fat, in addition to lands belonging to the Islamic Waqf and Endowment Department located in the valley between the refugee camp and the illegal colony.

The Wall also isolated two soccer and basketball fields, which were used by the Palestinians, especially the students of Anata School.

Feb 28 09:04

Israel’s ‘racist’ Nation-State Law condemned in Westminster

Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law was condemned as “racist” at a seminar held in the Palace of Westminster yesterday by EuroPal Forum whose chairman, Zaher Birawi, described the legislation as “racist”. The law was ratified by the Knesset in July last year.

Hosted by British Labour MP Andy Slaughter and chaired by journalist and researcher Nasim Ahmed, the seminar brought together individuals from the legal, diplomatic and public policy fields. The intention was to elucidate a more nuanced understanding of the Nation-State Law while also communicating the various steps that could be taken by the international community to challenge Israel’s violations of international law. The “Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People” has been criticised widely, described by Palestinians and members of the international community alike as both discriminatory and verging on apartheid.

Feb 28 09:04

Humanitarian aid and the loss of Palestinian rights

After the US withdrew financial support from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), it is the EU which became the largest donor to the organisation. Yesterday, EU representative Ralph Tarraf and UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl signed a contribution agreement of $93 million for the agency’s 2019 budget. The donation will be immediately transferred upon completion of the agreement.

Krähenbühl declared that the EU was deserving of “the highest recognition”. Its funding enabled UNRWA to provide another scholastic year for Palestinian refugee children. The EU’s funding commitment, according to UNRWA’s Commissioner General, reflects the institution’s “preserving the dignity and addressing the needs of Palestine’s refugees.”

Feb 28 09:01

UN says Israeli forces may have committed 'war crimes' at Gaza border

The killing of hundreds of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border in the last year might be categorised as war crimes, UN investigators have suggested.

More than 250 Palestinians were killed and 26,000 injured since weekly "Great March of Return" protests began in March 2018.

The new report said that the killing of largely unarmed protesters "may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity."

"The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they directly participating in hostilities," the panel report said.

Feb 28 08:23

Israel Attorney General Expected to Say Whether He Plans to Indict Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu braced Thursday for an expected decision on whether the attorney general intends to put him on trial, following a two-year corruption investigation that has polarized the country and could speed the end of the Israeli prime minister’s political career. Netanyahu landed in Israel before dawn, cutting short an official visit to Moscow. Should Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit d

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Feb 27 11:37

25 years after an Israeli massacred 29 Palestinians, victims are still being punished

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein’s massacre of 29 Palestinians as they prayed. Israeli soldiers blocked Palestinians who tried to flee and who wanted to enter to help the victims.

The repercussions of the attack are still felt keenly by Palestinians in Hebron, who have seen their rights eroded and their formerly bustling city centre turn into a ghost town.

Feb 27 11:18

Putin to Hold Talks With Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday, and the sides will discuss a wide range of bilateral and Middle East issues.

The visit was originally scheduled for 21 February, but was postponed at the request of the Israeli side. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik that the two leaders would, in particular, discuss the Syrian conflict resolution.

"The sides plan to discuss urgent issues of bilateral cooperation, primarily in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as exchange views on the current situation in the Middle East, including problems of Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria", the Kremlin said in a statement Tuesday.

Feb 27 11:13

Palestine: 4 injured during Gaza night protests

Four Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during protests near Malaka, east of Gaza City, on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Feb 27 09:45

NETANYAHU LANDS IN MOSCOW FOR MEETING WITH PUTIN OVER SYRIA

Netanyahu will focus on Iran and Syria, while Putin likely to raise Palestinian issue; meeting is 11th since 2015, with PM meeting Putin more than any other World leader.

Feb 27 09:43

US's Kushner in Gulf region to seek support for Mideast peace plan

White House Adviser Jared Kushner is visiting US-allied Gulf Arab states to seek support for a long-awaited peace proposal for the Middle East that he said would require concessions from both Israelis and Palestinians.

Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, is expected to focus on the economic component of the peace plan during the week-long trip, US officials said.

Feb 27 09:42

US Mideast peace plan addresses borders issue, Kushner says in Gulf

White House adviser Jared Kushner has given a broad outline of a US peace plan for the Middle East, saying it will address final-status issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During a visit to US-allied Gulf Arab states, Kushner made no specific mention of a Palestinian state in an interview broadcast on Monday on Sky News Arabia. He said, however, that the long-awaited peace proposal would build on “a lot of the efforts in the past,” including the 1990 Oslo accords that provided a foundation for Palestinian statehood, and would require concessions from both sides.

Feb 27 08:58

Israel detains Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem

Israeli forces detained the Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, this morning, after raiding his home in the Silwan neighbourhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud told Ma’an that Israeli intelligence and special forces raided Ghaith’s home and transferred him to the Russian compound police centre.

Israeli forces had previously detained Ghaith several times, the last of which was last November. However, Israeli forces had also raided and searched Ghaith’s home in December.

They later banned him from entering the West Bank for six months and from travelling outside Palestine.

Feb 27 08:53

Israeli Minister Storms Al-Aqsa with Accompanying Settlers (VIDEO)

The Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, under protection of armed Israeli forces, on Tuesday.

Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, said that Ariel was heading a group of Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa compound via the Moroccan Gate, which has been under Israeli control since the occupation of Jerusalem City.

Al-Dibs pointed out that Ariel took footage of the al-Rahma Gate (Gate of Mercy) prayer area that was opened recently.

The prayer area of the al-Rahma Gate was closed on Monday evening, upon order by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and reopened on Tuesday Morning.

Feb 27 08:01

Emboldened by Trump, Netanyahu Takes His Election Bid to Dangerous New Levels

It is quite typical for Israeli politicians to carry out confrontational measures against Palestinians shortly before general elections are due. The nature of these measures is determined by the kind of political constituency that Israeli leaders aim to appease.

However, a war on Gaza, at least for now, is too risky an option for Netanyahu as it would take place too close to the April 9 elections date. Moreover, a botched Israeli attack on the Strip on November 11 caused Netanyahu a major embarrassment, forcing him to shelve the Gaza option for now.

That said, if the Israeli Prime Minister’s political standing grows too desperate in the coming weeks, a Gaza war may, once again, be placed on the table.

Feb 27 07:49

How Israel makes Palestinians foreigners in their own land

One of the most insidious aspects of Israel’s military occupation is also one of its most overlooked: its deliberate fragmentation of Palestinian society.

While the spectacle of violence is typically the focus of media attention – when international media cover Israel’s oppression of Palestinians at all – the reach of Israeli control over Palestinian family life falls under the radar.

But as the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq points out in a new report, Palestinians are forced to make life choices as personal as who they marry and where they live “based on the constraints of Israeli policies and practices that not only target them, but are ultimately aimed at their transfer.”

Feb 27 07:48

Racism on the rails

Many people outside of Canada are unfamiliar with Bombardier, but the Montreal-based aerospace and rail transportation behemoth is a global corporation with more than 65,000 employees in 28 countries.

It is also a violator of international law participating in settler-colony projects that dispossess indigenous people, according to David P. Thomas, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada.

Feb 27 07:48

Israel’s war on its Palestinian citizens

Israel plans to forcibly displace 36,000 Palestinian Bedouins in the Naqab (Negev) region of southern Israel to make way for a military training area and weapons testing facility, according to Adalah, a legal advocacy group for Palestinians in Israel.

That’s one quarter of all Palestinian Bedouins living in the Naqab, all citizens of Israel.

The plan, which was announced late last month, “overtly discriminates against the Bedouin population, and considers them an obstacle that must be removed from the landscape in order to clear a path for Jewish settlement and ‘development,’” Adalah stated.

Israel’s Authority for the Development and Settlement of the Bedouins intends to transfer Bedouins to “poverty-stricken, government-planned townships,” violating both Israeli and international laws.

Feb 26 15:50

Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the Palestinian Authority?

Jonathan Cook examines the possible consequences of Israel’s theft of Palestinian taxes: a collapse of the Palestinian Authority and and an end to its security cooperation with Israel, or the harbinger of Trump’s “Deal of the Century” under the auspices of local quislings. >>

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