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Aug 31 05:22

Israeli Soldiers Brutally Beat Palestinian Student at Checkpoint in Hebron

Israeli occupation forces today brutally beat a Palestinian school student in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Raed Tamimi told WAFA that Israeli forces stopped his 14-year-old son, Muntaser, near the Abu al-Rish military checkpoint, west of the Ibrahimi Mosque, as the latter was on his way to his school, searched his school bag and then brutally assaulted him, inflicting bruises in his head.

Aug 30 08:11

Israel strikes Gaza following violent riots, incendiary balloons

Israel Air Force jets struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in retaliation to the launch of incendiary balloons that caused fires and violent demonstrations along the border fence at the weekend.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that a Hamas military compound used for training and weapon production and a shaft for a terror tunnel near Jabalya were struck.
“The IDF will continue to respond forcefully against Hamas’s terror attempts,” the army said in a statement following the strikes.

Aug 30 08:10

Hundreds of Palestinians riot at Gaza-Israel border - IDF

Hundreds of Palestinians rioted at the north of the Gaza-Israel border on Sunday evening, burning tires and throwing explosives, the IDF reported on Twitter.
Some 18 Palestinians were wounded, none seriously, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Aug 30 07:27

Poll: 50% of Americans think military aid to Israel should be restricted

New polling from the 2021 Chicago Council Survey found that 50% of Americans want the U.S. to restrict military aid to Israel. The survey also shows that a majority of Democrats want it restricted.

The survey, which was conducted in July, shows that there’s still a sizable partisan split on the issue. 62% of Democrats think Israel should “prohibit its use in military operations against Palestinians.” 32% are opposed to such an idea. With Republicans it’s almost the exact opposite: 32% are in favor of restrictions and 61% oppose them.

The study also indicates that there’s a growing acceptance for a one-state solution in the region. 56% of Americans said an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza was acceptable, while 60% said a “one-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians are treated as equal citizens” was acceptable.

Aug 30 07:25

Scores of Palestinians wounded at anti-settlement rallies in occupied West Bank

Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday when Israeli forces cracked down on anti-settlement protests in villages across the occupied West Bank.

The Palestine Red Crescent society said on Friday night that it had treated 94 Palestinians for injures following the protests against illegal settlements.

More than 50 people needed medical attention after choking on tear gas, the medical organisation said, while others were treated for rubber bullet injuries, burns, and falls.

It also said that one of its ambulances had been damaged by Israeli forces, wounding the driver. A photo shared on the organisation's Facebook page showed the vehicle's shattered windows.

Aug 30 07:25

Heading back to Israel, Bennett says Biden meeting 'achieved all goals and beyond'

Boarding a plane back to Israel, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday said that his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House "achieved all the goals we have out for ourselves and beyond."

"Biden and I have stroke up a direct and personal bond built on trust," the prime minister said. "We have achieved all the goals we have set out for ourselves and beyond."

Aug 30 05:57

Turkey, Israel, Islamist Ennahdha Accused of Planning to Shoot Down Tunisian President's Plane

Earlier, Tunisia’s Ennahda Party called for an investigation after reports emerged that President Kais Saied was targeted for an assassination attempt by Islamist "political groups".

Turkey, Israel and Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahdha Party have been accused of plotting to assassinate President Kais Saied, according to an investigation published in the Tunisian newspaper al-Anwar. In response, Ennahdha has sued the newspaper. Israeli and Turkish authorities are yet to respond to these allegations.

Last week, the country’s media reported that an assassination attempt on the president had been foiled in one of the "coastal" cities. Saied's press office did not officially comment on the reports.

"The attempted assassination of Said was supposed to take place on May 8, 2020, when a surface-to-air missile was delivered to the city of Djerba. It was supposed to be transported to the capital to shoot down the plane with the president on board," claimed the outlet.

Aug 30 05:56

Iran Says Biden Illegally Threatened Tehran During Bennett Meeting

On Saturday, an Iranian official said President Biden illegally threatened Iran during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that took place in Washington on Friday.

Alongside Bennett, Biden told reporters that if “diplomacy fails” with Iran, the US was ready to “turn to other options.”

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, denounced Biden’s choice of words on Twitter. “The emphasis on using ‘other options’ against [Iran] amounts to threatening another country illegally and establishes Iran’s right to reciprocate … against ‘available options,'” Shamkhani wrote.

Iran’s fears of being attacked by Israel or the US are not unfounded. Israel frequently attacks Iran covertly, and these missions are tacitly endorsed by Washington since the US never condemns them. Ahead of his meeting with Biden, Bennett told The New York Times that Israel will continue clandestine attacks against Iran.

Aug 29 22:45

Israel Will No Longer Consider Double-Vaxxed 'Vaccinated' -- Only Triple-Vaxxed

Israel will soon no longer consider the double-vaccinated to be "vaccinated" under their vaccine passport system and will only lift restrictions for the triple-vaccinated.

Aug 29 05:29

‘Blood for Blood’: On Jenin and Israel’s Fear of an Armed Palestinian Rebellion

The killing of four young Palestinians by Israeli occupation soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, on August 16, is a consequential event, the repercussions of which are sure to be felt in the coming weeks and months.

The four Palestinians – Saleh Mohammed Ammar, 19, Raed Ziad Abu Seif, 21, Nour Jarrar, 19, and Amjad Hussainiya, 20 – were either newly born or mere toddlers when the Israeli army invaded Jenin in April 2002. The objective, then, based on statements by Israeli officials and army generals, was to teach Jenin a lesson, one they hoped would be understood by other resisting Palestinian areas throughout the occupied West Bank.

Aug 27 13:01

Bennett's rhetoric can't conceal Israel's colonial land grab

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is playing with words to advance the colonial state's de-facto annexation of the occupied West Bank. In an interview with the New York Times, Bennett used spin about compromise which amounted to nothing other than promoting colonial expansion while retreating on formalising another land grab.

"This government will neither annex nor form a Palestinian state, everyone gets that," Bennett said. "I'm prime minister of all Israelis, and what I'm doing now is finding the middle ground – how we can focus on what we agree upon."

While diverging political views among Israelis may have prompted Bennett to shift towards a compromise, particularly as his is a coalition government, the issue at stake is still the colonisation of Palestinian land. Moreover, the Palestinians have been removed from the equation.

Aug 27 13:00

Report: Israel to call on US not to withdraw forces from Iraq, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will today call on the US President Joe Biden not to withdraw American forces from Iraq and Syria, Israeli media reported.

Bennett was scheduled to meet with Biden yesterday on his first visit to the White House as prime minister, but the meeting was postponed after an explosion at Kabul airport, Afghanistan, killed ten US service members.

An official source told the Hebrew website Wallah that Bennett believes that an American withdrawal from Syria and Iraq "could serve Iran and enhance its presence in the region."

Pressure increased in recent weeks on the Iraqi government, both from Iran and from the forces loyal to the Islamic Republic, to expel US forces in the country. Iraq's parliament had voted for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country following the January 2020 assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike near the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Aug 27 10:20

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Aug 27 07:53

Israel accelerates preparedness for military strike on Iran

The Israeli military was accelerating plans for a possible strike on Iran, IDF Chief of staff Aviv Kochavi said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

“The progress in the Iranian nuclear program has led the IDF to speed up its operational plans, and the defense budget that was recently approved is meant to address this,” Kohavi said, speaking to military correspondents ahead of the Jewish New Year.

Aug 27 07:53

Blinken reaffirms 'unshakeable' U.S. commitment to Israel's security

Bennett and Blinken discussed regional security issues such as the Iranian threat and stressed the importance of the strong bilateral relationship between Washington and Jerusalem. Blinken reaffirmed the "unshakeable" U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.

Blinken also “emphasized that Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and dignity, which is important in its own right and as a means to advance prospects for a two-state solution,” according to a statement by State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Israel’s potential place on the U.S. visa waiver list also came up, with the two agreeing to advance the issue and “on the importance of working toward Israel’s inclusion … to benefit both U.S. citizens and Israeli citizens.”

Aug 27 07:00

‘Ultra-Vaxxed’ Israel Sees Huge Surge in COVID as ‘Experts’ Avoid the Only Logical Conclusion

Israel is one of the most vaccinated nations in the world. 80% of their eligible population is vaccinated, far beyond what was once being touted as a “herd immunity” level necessary for life to return to normal. Despite their success in getting their population to have experimental drugs injected into their bodies, the country is suffering through a huge spike in cases. Tuesday had nearly the highest new case total the nation has seen since the pandemic began.

There have been plenty of reasons given for this. Some point to Israel opening up and letting people take off their masks for a short time.

Others say it’s normal for there to be occasional spikes following mass vaccinations, ignoring literally every successful vaccine in world history. Then, there are those who are trying to move the goalpost, blaming the Delta Variant for forcing us to accept that the vaccine are more of a deterrent than protection.

Aug 27 06:18

Activists protest Naftali Bennett’s White House visit

Activists showed up outside The White House today to protest the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett’s meeting with President Joe Biden was scheduled for Thursday morning but was delayed until Friday after two deadly blasts hit Kabul.

The action was organized by Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action), the Palestinian Youth Movement, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, Occupation Free DC, the Adalah Justice Project, Rabet by the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, CODEPINK, and Democratic Socialists of America BDS Palestine Working group.

Aug 27 06:17

US army decides against purchasing more Iron Dome batteries: Report

The United States army has decided against purchasing Israel's Iron Dome after conducting its first domestic test of the aerial missile defence system earlier this summer, Defense News reported.

Citing unnamed sources, Defense News reported on Wednesday that Washington opted for a system developed by Dynetics after comparative tests between the two systems in New Mexico last month.

Under a 2019 agreement, Israel sold two Iron Dome batteries to Washington, the first being delivered in late 2020 and the second in January 2021 for a cost of $373m.

Aug 27 06:07

Israel Gave U.S. Two-hour Notice on Iran Attack. CIA 'Demanded Answers'

Israel gave the United States less than two hours’ warning of its plans to attack Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility in April, reflecting then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy of keeping the Biden administration in the dark over Israeli actions in Iran, The New York Times reported Thursday citing American and Israeli sources.

Netanyahu reportedly adopted the policy because he distrusted the new administration of President Joe Biden, which had chosen to reverse Donald Trump’s policy and begin talks with Tehran about America’s reentering the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Aug 27 05:20

Bennett-Biden meeting moved to Friday after Kabul terrorist attack

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's meeting with US President Joe Biden was postponed to Friday in light of the suicide bombings in Afghanistan that killed at least 12 US Marines and soldiers.

“The President’s bilateral meeting with H.E. Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, has been rescheduled for tomorrow,” the White House announced Thursday evening.

The bombing took place an hour before the leaders were set to meet for the first time in the White House. Israeli journalists, who had already gathered in the Brady Press Room, were asked to leave the White House.

Aug 26 15:32

Israel allows increased flow of goods into Gaza amid Palestinian protests to lift blockade

Israel has permitted more commercial goods to enter Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated and called for Tel Aviv to end its devastating blockade on the area.
The Israeli government further relaxed the flow of vehicles and commercial goods, as well as equipment for civilian projects, into the Gaza enclave on Thursday after the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) decided late Wednesday to ease measures.

Any further relaxation of restrictions, however, would be “contingent upon continued preservation of security stability for the long term,” according to a statement from COGAT. Further measures could potentially be expanded “in accordance with situational assessments.”

Aug 26 12:12

Report: White House Officials Say Afghanistan Withdrawal Good for Israel

The withdrawal from Afghanistan will ultimately benefit Israel because it frees up resources that can be used to support the Jewish state, White House officials said on Tuesday.

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Aug 26 07:37

Israeli army fires live bullets and tear gas at Gaza demonstration

Israeli forces shot at least five Palestinians with live bullets on Wednesday during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip calling for an end to the 14-year Israeli-led blockade of the small coastal enclave.

Official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported that at least one minor was hit by live ammunition east of the town of Khan Younis near the border with Israel.

Several other protesters were also treated for tear gas inhalation, Wafa reported.

The Gaza-based Ministry of Health reported a total of 14 people injured, including five by live bullets, two hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, and seven hit by tear gas canisters.

Aug 26 07:37

Settlers attack Palestinian villagers

Aug 26 07:36

Racism is at the very heart of Israel

Many international organisations and human rights groups have confirmed that Israel imposes a racist — "apartheid" — regime which oppresses the Palestinians. This regime denies them basic rights and exposes them to repeated attacks by illegal Jewish settlers, which increases the tension in the occupied Palestinian territories and within Israeli itself. The Palestinians continue to be beaten, killed and forcibly displaced.

Aug 26 07:28

Palestinians in Gaza protest against Israel’s crippling blockade

Hundreds of Palestinians have demonstrated near the Israeli separation barrier in the southern Gaza Strip, calling on Israel to ease a crippling blockade, days after a similar gathering ended in a deadly crackdown.

The demonstration wrapped up without a repeat of Saturday’s violence after Hamas, which governs the besieged Strip, kept the crowds from approaching the separation wall.

Shortly after the demonstration ended, Hamas officials announced that the territory’s key border crossing with Egypt was partially reopening on Thursday.

The Israeli military, which had beefed up its forces ahead of the demonstration, said it used tear gas and limited live fire to disperse the crowd.

Aug 26 07:25

IDF Says It’s Accelerating Plans to Strike Iran as Bennett Visits Washington

The Israeli military said Wednesday that it is developing more plans to strike Iran as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is visiting Washington.

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi told reporters that the Israeli military is speeding up its “operational plans” against Iran. He said that Israel’s recently approved military budget had funds for the IDF to expand its capabilities against Iran.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a similar threat on Wednesday. “The State of Israel has the means to act and will not hesitate to do so. I do not rule out the possibility that Israel will have to take action in the future in order to prevent a nuclear Iran,” Gantz said.

Aug 26 06:19

Biden needs friendly meeting with Israeli P.M. ‘desperately’ — Israel lobby advises White House

Tomorrow, the new American President Joe Biden is due to have his first meeting (ever, reportedly) with the new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett; and the Israel lobby is working hard to argue that the American president needs Bennett a lot more than Bennett needs him, so as to shore up his battered reputation internationally post-Afghanistan.

So the U.S. should do even more for Israel, and offer lip service on the principle that Biden said was at the core of his foreign policy– human rights– when it comes to Palestinians living under conditions leading human rights groups agree is apartheid and the ICC is investigating as war crimes.

Aaron David Miller at CNN writes that Biden needs this meeting “desperately.” Why? Because the Afghanistan crisis has damaged U.S. relationships with allies and Biden can “project the confidence and assurance of a president consulting closely with a core US partner.”

Aug 25 10:36

Expectations at rock bottom as Bennett heads to Washington

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s prime minister, is due in Washington this week for his first tete-a-tete with Joe Biden, the US president.

Iran, by all accounts, tops the agenda. The Palestinians come second.

The visit marks the culmination of a flurry – or perhaps more accurately, a gentle breeze – of activity that has seen America’s top three diplomats on Palestine meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the past several weeks.

Last week’s visit of William Burns, the head of the CIA, was the culmination of a series that also saw special envoy Hady Amr and Secretary of State Antony Blinken push for a return to some normalcy after the clownish turbulence of the Trump years and the boorish bravado of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 25 10:35

What Israel hopes to gain from America’s Afghan disaster

The rapid collapse of the US-installed puppet regime in Afghanistan will be remembered for decades as a defining moment in the decline of American imperial power.

The scenes of chaos and desperation at Kabul airport drew apt comparisons with the humiliating American withdrawal from Saigon in 1975, after more than a decade of American slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The hasty American retreat from Afghanistan also recalls Israel’s humiliating withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, after two decades of brutal Israeli occupation failed to crush local resistance.

Aug 25 10:18

Israel's growing links with China concern Washington

It is no secret that growing economic relations between Israel and China are raising concerns in Washington, despite internal warnings in the occupation state that Beijing is exploiting these ties to obtain military and security technology through secret means. The echoes of a Chinese cyber-attack on Israel still reverberate.

Between 2007 and 2020, China invested $19 billion in Israel, including $9 billion in technology and $6 billion in infrastructure. The annual trade flow between the two has also increased from $12 billion to $15 billion, making China Israel's third-largest trading partner after Europe and the United States. However, since 2018, there has been a decline in Chinese investment in Israel, as has happened elsewhere, although China's interest in Israeli technology has been demonstrated through Beijing's endeavour to send academics to Israel, buy companies and establish research and development centres.

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Aug 25 08:55

Israel's outrage over Poland's law on Jewish stolen property is a farce

New legislation, approved a few days ago by Polish President Andrzej Duda, stipulating that Jews can no longer receive compensation for property taken from them during the Holocaust and under Communist rule in Poland, evoked extraordinary outrage from Israel.

Israel’s response to the Polish legislation borders on grotesque, given that Israel has a very similar, albeit much more draconian, law of its own

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, terming the law "antisemitic and immoral", announced that he had instructed Israel’s charge d’affaires in Warsaw, Tal Ben-Ari, to return to Israel for consultation of indefinite duration; the departure to Poland of Israel’s newly named ambassador, Yacov Livne, was put on hold.

Aug 25 08:54

60% rise in Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque

So-called 'Temple Mount groups' said there has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of Jewish Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound over the past three months, Israel's Channel 7 reported.

The Palestinian Information Centre reported the TV station saying some 9,804 Jewish Israelis have stormed the month over the past three months, compared to 6,133 over the same period last year.

Scores of Jewish Israelis storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate everyday, under the protection of the Israeli occupation police, and carry out provocative tours, as well as performing Talmudic prayers in the eastern parts of it.

Al-Aqsa represents the world's third-holiest site for Muslims, while Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount", claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Aug 25 08:54

Even love is forbidden under Israeli apartheid

Israel's apartheid system directed at the Palestinians is well documented. Within Israel's officially-recognised borders — which the state has never actually declared — as well as across the occupied Palestinian territories, the people of occupied Palestine have long faced systematic discrimination which denies them the same rights afforded to Jewish Israelis and foreigners.

Separate roads, discriminatory laws, the "Separation Wall" and hundreds of military checkpoints combine to subject Palestinians to having daily life complicated beyond comprehension. All of this has been described by human rights organisations as "apartheid". That, in a nutshell, is the system imposed by Israel on the Palestinians, even those who are Israeli citizens.

Aug 25 08:09

HRW indirectly promotes Israel's colonial narrative and aggression

There is a stark difference in the language used by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its April 2017 report which describes Israel as having committed crimes of apartheid, and its more recent July and August reports on Gaza, which cast doubt on whether Israel committed war crimes in its offensives against the enclave. The latter two reports emphasise that Israel "apparently" committed war crimes in Gaza in May this year, thus turning actual crimes into possibilities.

Aug 25 08:08

New York Times admits the Pfizer vaccine is FAILING in Israel as post-injection infections skyrocket

You know things are bad with Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” and the plandemic agenda when even The New York Times is sounding the alarm about surging infections due to widespread vaccine compliance.

The more people get injected, the Times now admits, the more they are testing “positive” for Fauci Germs, in many cases requiring hospitalization. How can this be when the jabs are supposed to be the “cure” for covid?

The answer, of course, is that Fauci Flu shots cure nothing and actually cause antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), an unnatural immune response that makes it easier for the Chinese Virus to enter cells.

Aug 25 07:43

Israel’s Bennett Says He Will Continue Covert Attacks Against Iran

A few days ahead of his meeting with President Biden, Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with The New York Times and said he will continue covert attacks against Iran and will oppose any US efforts to revive the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

Israel has a long history of taking covert action against Iran, but Israeli leaders usually aren’t so candid about it. The Times report said that Bennett plans to present Biden with a new “strategic vision” for Iran that includes more “clandestine attacks” on Iran, including what Bennett referred to as “the gray-area stuff.”

One of Israel’s recent attacks on Iran targeted the Natanz nuclear facility in April. It coincided with the start of indirect negotiations between the US and Iran to revive the JCPOA and was a clear effort by the Israelis to sabotage the talks.

Aug 25 07:43

Israeli Military Orders ‘More Aggressive’ Response to Planned Gaza Protest

The Israeli military is reinforcing positions near the border of the Gaza Strip ahead of protests that are planned on Wednesday. According to Haaretz, Israeli officers and soldiers were instructed to respond “more aggressively” to any attempted border breaches than the military did during demonstrations that were held Saturday.

On Saturday, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated near Gaza’s eastern border. Israeli snipers were deployed to the border and fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas. Over 40 Palestinians were wounded, including 24 children, and one Israeli sniper was injured.

The Israeli sniper was shot in the head at close range while firing on Palestinians. A video circulated online shows an individual firing a handgun into an opening in the Gaza border separation wall where the sniper’s rifle was firing from.

Aug 25 07:31

Israeli Warplanes Target Several Sites in Gaza

Israeli warplanes Tuesday overnight bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted a site to the west of Khan Younis, a plot of agricultural land, east of Gaza city, the vicinity of al-Shuhada graveyard, east of the Jabalia town, in addition to a site to the east of Shuja’iyya neighborhood.

Aug 25 07:30

West Bank: Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager during raid of refugee camp

An Israeli soldier shot and killed a Palestinian teenager with live ammunition on Tuesday after security forces stormed a refugee camp in the Occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that 16-year-old Imad Khaled Salah Hashash died after being shot in the head by Israeli forces in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

The ministry said Hashash was rushed to the Rafidia Surgical hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Wafa News agency.

Images posted online showed Hashash's family cradling his dead body after being wrapped in blue funeral shrouds.

Aug 25 07:29

Israel’s killing of Palestinian children

“Mama, mama where is Muhammad?” an agitated Omar Tamimi, 3, repeatedly asked his mother.

Trying hard not to break down in front of her children, Bara’a Tamimi, from the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, tried to comfort her son before breaking down and weeping.

Aug 24 10:21

Israel Mulls Shortening Vaccine Passport Validity to 6 Months for Those Who Don’t Get a ‘Booster’

Israeli health officials said that eligibility for a third vaccine might soon be open to all those over 30 and then to everyone, and the validity of the Green Pass – currently set to expire at the end of the year – might be shortened to six months after the second shot for those who don’t receive a booster.

Israel began mass vaccinating citizens over 60 with a booster on July 30, and since then 1.52 million people have received the third shot. All individuals over age 40 who have been fully inoculated for at least five months have been eligible for the jab since Friday.

In total, 5.9 million Israelis have received at least the first shot – around 58.5% of its population – with 1.08 million eligible individuals having chosen not to be vaccinated.

Of those who have not gotten vaccinated, 16% live in haredi (ultra-Orthodox) cities, 32% in Arab cities, and 53% in mixed cities (and also include residents that identify with the haredi or Arab sector).

Aug 24 07:11

Israel’s Bennett to Present Biden With Plan to Confront Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is headed to Washington this week for his first visit to the US since coming into office in June. He is set to meet with President Biden on Thursday, and Iran is expected to be the focus of the meeting.

An Israeli diplomatic source told The Times of Israel that Bennett will present a new strategy to Biden on “confronting” Iran’s nuclear program and its regional activity that does not involve a revival of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

Indirect negotiations between the US and Iran to revive the JCPOA have been on hold since June 20th. Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi has signaled that he’s ready to continue talks, but at this point, it’s not clear when they will resume.

Aug 24 07:09

Gaza: Israel's bombardment of high-rise buildings 'may amount to war crimes'

Israel's destruction of four high-rise buildings in Gaza City during the bombardment of the besieged enclave in May may have constituted war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The organisation said the air strikes that targeted the buildings "apparently violated the laws of war and may amount to war crimes".

Among the buildings destroyed was the al-Shorouk tower in the west of the city, which housed local and foreign media outlets, including Middle East Eye, as well as shops and apartments.

Israeli authorities said Hamas members were using each of the three buildings it has so far targeted for military purposes. But official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that "no clear reason was seen for the bombing of high rises other than inflicting damage and hurting the population".

Aug 24 07:08

Jewish Settlers Torch Dozens of Olive Trees near Nablus

Jewish settlers today torched dozens of olive trees in the town of Burin, near the West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that a group of settlers set fire to dozens of olive trees belonging to Akram Omran in the southern part of the town.

The settlers came from Yitzhar, an illegal settlement notorious for its hardcore religious community.

Aug 24 07:01

Israeli officials believe Hamas preparing for another round of fighting, says report

Israeli defence officials believe that Hamas is preparing for another flare-up with Israel, according to a report published in Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Monday.

Citing defence sources, the report alleged that the Palestinian organisation which rules Gaza had begun manufacturing rockets again on a small scale, despite sustaining major blows to its operations during the 11-day war with Israel in May.

As a result of the war, Israeli strikes killed over 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, while in Israel, rockets from Gaza killed at least 13 people, including two children.

The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that more than 1,900 Palestinians were injured; Israel reported at least 200 casualties.

Aug 24 06:29

West Bank church stands with unjustly incarcerated parishioner Layan Nasir

Layan Nasir, a parishioner at St. Peter’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Birzeit, Palestine, is a 21-year-old Nutrition and Dietetics student at Birzeit University. A remarkable young woman with a calm demeanor, tender spirit, and incredible potential, Layan was raised in a devout Anglican family to live her faith in the midst of the whatever challenges may come in life.

The story of Layan’s baptism as an infant embodies the Palestinian experience of faith under colonial domination. On the day of her baptism, Israeli forces blocked the road between Ramallah and Birzeit, a short 12 kilometers away. The Anglican priest in Ramallah, Fr. Samir Esaid, serving the community in Birzeit, was stopped at the checkpoint and denied passage. He explained the situation to the soldiers to no avail. So, Fr. Esaid called the Catholic priest in Birzeit, Fr. Eyad Twal. Layan and her brother were baptized in an Anglican church by a Catholic priest.

Aug 24 06:26

Israel’s Nukes Make US Aid Illegal

Peter Beinart’s New York Times essay "America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel’s Nukes" earlier this month caused a firestorm. In it, Beinart noted how the prevalence of US "lies of omission" allow policymakers and politicians to pretend Israel does not have nuclear weapons. This in turn generates the false narrative that Iran’s nuclear program could initiate a Middle East nuclear arms race. Beinart laments how US deceptions about Israel’s nuclear arsenal undermine America’s self-proclaimed status as a champion of non-proliferation.

What Beinart did not appear to know – until educated by Twitter users – is what machinery keeps the US in lockstep with Israeli so-called "nuclear ambiguity" and why it exists.

Aug 23 08:41

Israeli Aircraft Strike Hamas Sites in Gaza After Border Clashes

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza late on Saturday, the military said, in an escalation of hostilities after earlier cross-border gunfire seriously injured an Israeli soldier and wounded 41 Palestinians, including two critically.

The injuries came during a Gaza protest organised by the enclave's Islamist rulers Hamas and other factions in support of Jerusalem, where Palestinian clashes with Israeli police helped spark an 11-day Israel-Hamas conflict in May.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered near the Strip's heavily fortified border, where some tried to scale the border fence and others threw explosives towards Israeli troops, the Israeli military said.

Aug 23 08:40

Israeli Soldiers Injure Disabled Man near Bethlehem

A Palestinian young man with special needs sustained injuries today after being shot by Israeli occupation soldiers at the Container military checkpoint, near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, the news agency WAFA reported.

Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint opened gunfire at Omar Musa Shalaldeh, 25, a disabled young man with special needs, injuring him in the foot.

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Aug 23 08:20

Russian Military Hails Syria’s Successful Intercepts Of 22 Of 24 Missiles In Latest Israeli Attack

Following Thursday’s night’s largescale airstrikes by Israeli fighter jets on areas in and around Damascus and in Homs province, Russia’s military leadership in Syria told international news agencies that six total Israeli jets conducted the aggression using Lebanon’s airspace.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, further detailed that Syrian anti-air defenses successfully shot down a total of 22 out of 24 of the inbound missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes.

Aug 23 07:50

Gaza border clashes wound 41 Palestinians

Israeli gunfire wounded 41 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head. An Israeli policeman was critically wounded by Palestinian gunfire during the clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel.

The violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration on Saturday organised to draw attention to a stifling Israeli blockade of the territory. The protest grew violent after dozens of people approached the fortified fence and threw rocks and explosives towards Israeli soldiers from behind a black smoke screen spewing from burning tyres.

The Israeli military said hundreds of demonstrators approached one area of the fence in northern Gaza and attempted to climb over. It said troops fired tear gas and live rounds at the protesters.

Aug 23 07:50

Israeli forces injure dozens of Palestinians marking 1969 arson attack on al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces shot and injured more than two dozen Palestinians during a festival in the Gaza Strip commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the 1969 arson attack on the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Ministry of Health, in a statement on Saturday, said at least 41 Palestinians were injured in total, including two people who were critically wounded, one of whom has been identified as a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head.

At least 27 of the injured were shot with live rounds in their lower extremities. Two were shot in the abdomen and two in the arm, the health ministry said.

Aug 23 05:30

Israeli snipers attack Gaza children

Israeli occupation forces injured more than 40 Palestinians, including at least 24 children, during protests in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

One of the injured is photojournalist Asem Muhammad Shehade, who was wounded in the face by shrapnel from a live bullet.

Another is a 13-year-old boy reportedly in critical condition.

Israeli snipers deployed on the Israel-Gaza boundary fired machine guns, live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians who were peacefully gathered near the eastern fence.

Aug 21 07:10

Syria Shot Down 22 Israeli Missiles, Russian Military Claims

Syria’s air defense forces have shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, said six Israeli fighter jets targeted facilities in the provinces of Damascus and Homs from Lebanon’s airspace late Thursday.

Kulit said Syrian air defense units downed 22 of the 24 missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes with Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2.

There was no immediate reaction from Israel, which rarely comments on its military operations in Syria.

Aug 21 06:56

Over 200 prominent figures condemn Israel's observer status at African Union

More than 200 distinguished African figures have objected to the African Union (AU) Commission’s decision to grant Israel observer status, asking the continental body to reverse the measure.

The personalities, who include people from diverse political and cultural movements and represent different nationalities, backgrounds, political parties, and religious associations, signed a protest petition which the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine had called for.

Global Campaign to Return to Palestine members had called on Africans to support the petition and take concrete measures “to bring down the illegitimate decision that goes against African interests and humanitarian values.”

Aug 21 05:59

53 US Lawmakers Warn of Grim Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

Fifty-three House Democrats have warned of the grim humanitarian situation in Gaza in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in which they denounced Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians in the besieged enclave and the occupation state’s banning of essential material that is vital to ease Palestinian suffering.

“The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza is untenable,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter praised by progressive American Jewish groups. “Ensuring that Palestinians residing in Gaza receive humanitarian aid is vital to securing the well-being of Gaza’s 2.1 million residents,” the letter continued.

Aug 21 05:59

4,000 Gaza students displaced after Israel attacks

While children around the world check their school supplies list and prepare to attend classes, 4,000 Palestinian students are caught up in uncertainty.

They do not know when – or if – they will be able to return to their familiar hallways and classrooms.

Aug 21 05:37

Israel's outrage over Poland's law on Jewish stolen property is a farce

New legislation, approved a few days ago by Polish President Andrzej Duda, stipulating that Jews can no longer receive compensation for property taken from them during the Holocaust and under Communist rule in Poland, evoked extraordinary outrage from Israel.

Israel’s response to the Polish legislation borders on grotesque, given that Israel has a very similar, albeit much more draconian, law of its own

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, terming the law "antisemitic and immoral", announced that he had instructed Israel’s charge d’affaires in Warsaw, Tal Ben-Ari, to return to Israel for consultation of indefinite duration; the departure to Poland of Israel’s newly named ambassador, Yacov Livne, was put on hold.

Aug 21 05:37

Israeli press review: Qatar 'misled the US' in Taliban negotiations

With the total collapse of the Afghan government, Nahum Barnea, a political analyst at right-wing Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, predicts that the Taliban takeover will only "strengthen Israel's standing in the White House”.

"Israel is the only country between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf that America can rely on," he writes.

"Israel will not betray and will not collapse, and the Biden administration is now dealing with scepticism with old allies such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. It has criticisms towards Israel as well, but it has no partner in the region which is as strong and loyal as Israel.”

Aug 20 12:51

UK's Manchester University humiliated by pro-Israel bullies: Art show criticising the Israeli regime's crimes against Palestinians is shut down, but re-opens by popular demand (and common sense)

Stuart Littlewood says UK Lawyers for Israel's (UKLFI) attempt to bully Manchester University into shutting down an art exhibition must be reported to the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority given UKLFI's links with Israeli bodies involved in war crimes against the Palestinians.

Aug 20 08:20

Israel’s ongoing “Water War” against Palestinians

There is an ongoing, but hidden, Israeli war on the Palestinians which is rarely highlighted or even known. It is a water war, which has been in the making for decades.

On July 26 and 27, two separate but intrinsically linked events took place in the Ein al-Hilweh area in the occupied Jordan Valley, and near the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

In the first incident, Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiyot began construction in the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, which has been a source of freshwater for villages and hundreds of Palestinian families in that area. The seizure of the spring has been developing for months, all under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army.

Aug 20 08:19

Secret gag order hides Israel’s espionage & theft of US nuclear technology

A classified 2012 gag order issued under Obama prohibits all governmental officials, including Congress members, from mentioning Israel’s nuclear arsenal…

Israel has been allowed to get away with massive espionage directed against the US and the theft of material and technology – while also being engaged in a conspiracy that distorts America’s foreign policy, largely done to keep getting the billions of dollars that it is not entitled to receive under existing American law…

This might be construed as treason…

Aug 20 07:06

Coronavirus cases spike in highly vaccinated Israel but drop in unvaccinated Palestine

The Middle Eastern states of Israel and Palestine show contrasting figures in both vaccination rates and case counts amid the ongoing pandemic. Israel recently saw a massive spike in Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases despite three-fifths of its population being vaccinated. Meanwhile, Palestine saw its COVID-19 cases drop even though more than 90 percent of its population remains unvaccinated.

Naturopathic doctor Suneil Jain pointed out the stark contrast in a tweet. His post said: “Palestine: 8.2 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Israel: 62 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Guess which one is doing better?”

Aug 20 06:53

Dems In This State Show Their Support For Boycotting Israel

Attacks against Israel have changed from the fringes of the Democratic party to the mainstream with a new move to target the Jewish state.

In 2017, North Carolina Democrat Governor Roy Cooper signed into law legislation that would prevent the state from doing business with companies that boycott the Jewish state of Israel. Now, that law is under threat by a new strain of North Carolina Democrats.

Aug 20 06:36

Lebanon complains to UN after Israel allegedly uses country’s airspace to strike Syria again

Lebanon has complained to the UN after claiming Israeli jets “blatantly violated” its airspace to carry out strikes at Syrian territory on Thursday. The incursion reportedly forced two civilian flights to divert from their route.

Late on Thursday, Syrian air defenses “repelled an Israel missile aggression,” downing most of the incoming projectiles, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency reported, citing military sources. The strikes allegedly came from the southeast side of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, and targeted areas outside the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, according to the agency.

Israel, which is concerned about the presence of the Iranian military and Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in Syria, usually remains silent on its strikes against the neighboring country. The reported attack was condemned by the Lebanese authorities, with Defense Minister Zeina Akar claiming that Israeli warplanes have “blatantly violated Lebanon’s airspace.”

Aug 20 06:05

Large-Scale Israeli Attack Rocks Damascus, Multiple Impact Sites Burning

Extensive Israeli airstrikes targeting Syria are underway in the overnight hours local time, with major strikes unleashed in and around Damascus, as well as reports of attacks near Homs, according to Syrian media.

Residents in the capital are reporting the ground and windows shaking, in what by many accounts is looking like the the most large-scale attack in many months.

Syrian anti-air defense systems are reported active over Damascus, with social media footage appearing to show some initial intercepts of inbound missiles.

Arabic media reports a strike range extending from the Qalamoun Mountain region, which links Lebanon and Syria, with reports of attacks near Damascus International Airport as well as Mezzeh military airpot, according to regional Al-Masdar News.

Aug 20 05:53

Report: CIA Chief Raised Concerns With Israel Over Chinese Investments

According to a report from Axios, during his visit to Israel last week, CIA Director William Burns told Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that the US was concerned with Chinese investments in Israel’s infrastructure.

An unnamed Israeli official told Axios that the US and Israel had started a dialogue on China over the past few months, but Burns’ message to Bennett was the highest level at which the Biden administration raised the issue.

The Israeli official also said that Israel was open to working with US companies on infrastructure but never received any offers. “In recent months, we started a dialogue with the Biden administration on China. The US asked about specific projects like the Chinese involvement in the Tel Aviv metro. We told the Americans we welcome US infrastructure companies to work on big projects in Israel but they don’t apply to the tenders,” the officials said.

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The CIA still acts like it rules the world. But Israel knows its current host is failing and is making new arrangements!

Aug 20 05:47

Israel’s Secret Arsenal: It’s Not So Secret Anymore

Few Americans are aware of the fact that no U.S. government official, to include congressmen, can in any way mention or discuss Israel’s nuclear arsenal, which is estimated by some observers to consist of as many as 200 tactical nuclear weapons which can be delivered on target by air, land or sea. The prohibition is spelled out in a Department of Energy “classification bulletin” graded Secret, which was issued on September 6, 2012 and bears the file number WPN-136. The subject line reads “Guidance on Release of information Relating to the Potential for an Israeli Nuclear Capability.” It would be interesting to learn exactly how the text of the memo reads, but in spite of repeated attempts to obtain a copy under the Freedom of Information Act, the entire body of the document is completely blacked out.

Aug 20 05:44

Arab man seriously injured in stabbing by Jewish mob in Jerusalem

An Arab man was stabbed and seriously injured late Wednesday night by a group of Jewish men near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, according to Hebrew media reports.

The man, who was said to be 19, was hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital with serious injuries, medics said. The hospital later said he was in moderate and stable condition.

According to the Walla news site, the man was waiting for a ride home from work when he was set upon by a group of Jewish Israeli men.

Aug 20 05:40

Critical Race Theory and the Jewish Project

There is a growing debate in the USA about Critical Race Theory (CRT). Peculiarly enough, CRT’s opponents insist that the ‘Marxist’ discourse must be uprooted from American culture and the education system. I am puzzled by it, as I cannot think of anything more removed from Marx’s thinking than CRT.

Marx offered an economic analysis based on class division. For Marx, those at the bottom of the class stratum were destined to unite regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Marx as such was race-blind. However, his vision was unifying as far as at least the working class are concerned. But Critical Race Theory aims in the complete opposite direction. CRT’s advocates believe that people are and should be defined politically by their biology: by their skin colour, often by their gender and/or sexual orientation. CRT attempts to fight racism, not by eliminating it but actually elevating biological determinism into a constant battleground.

Aug 20 05:34

Video: Syria confronts hostile Israeli targets over Damascus, Homs

Syrian air defenses confront Israeli attacks against the capital Damascus and the western city of Homs, intercepting most of the missiles fired during the airstrikes.

The attacks were reported early Friday, with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network saying the Israeli regime fired missiles during the aggression against the Syrian capital’s western countryside and Homs’ southern suburbs.

News sources said explosions rang out across Damascus after the Syrian defenses struck the Israeli projectiles midair.

Israeli media outlets confirmed the attacks that took place against Damascus.

The Syrian Defense Ministry said the attacks originated from the Lebanese capital of Beirut’s southeastern area, saying Damascus was “investigating the results of this aggression.”

Aug 19 13:34

Hezbollah Leader Warns US & Israel Not To Interfere With Iranian Fuel Tanker Bound For Lebanon

On Thursday Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, for the first time gave specifics in terms of a timetable for the Iranian fuel shipment to crisis-hit Lebanon, saying a tanker is now set to sail to Lebanon "within hours".

The Hezbollah leader also indicated more shipments from Iran will follow, while warning the United States and Israel against interfering.

Aug 19 11:22

Israel to leverage Afghanistan exit to get US to ‘flex muscle’ against Iran

“It’s possible to leverage events there in our favor [following the US departure from Afghanistan],” a former senior Israeli intelligence source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “I think that the shock experienced by Biden and his people, the harsh public reaction in the US and in the international media could have the opposite effect now, similar to a pendulum effect. The humiliating surrender to the Taliban could actually lead Biden to toughen up and decide to flex US muscle toward Iran, given the threat it poses to world peace and not just to the lives of local citizens.”

Aug 19 11:00

Israel Drops Flyers During Syria Strike Threatening Troops

During last night’s Israeli attacks in Quineitra, Israel dropped threatening leaflets into Syrian bases, ordering them to stop cooperating with Hezbollah and warning that doing so has “brought you destruction.”

While propaganda leaflets aren’t unheard of for Israel, this one is noteworthy because it explicitly claims credit for previous strikes which the Israeli government had not commented on. Israel largely doesn’t confirm its attacks on Syria.

Ironically, Israel has refused to comment on the leaflets themselves, though they don’t appear to be in any real question. The leaflets contain the symbol of the Israeli military’s 210th Division, which is active in the occupied Golan Heights.

Aug 19 06:11

Florida senator seeks probe of Ben & Jerry's halting sales in Israeli settlements

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) is calling for a federal investigation into Ben & Jerry's over its decision to stop selling ice cream in occupied Palestinian territory.

Scott, in a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, called for her department to open an investigation into whether the company's move violates the Export Administration Act.

The statute mandates that the president “prohibit compliance with or support of any foreign boycott against a country which is friendly to the United States, with specified exceptions.”

Aug 19 06:10

Israeli forces storm ceremony celebrating Palestinian students' exam results

Israeli police on Tuesday stormed a ceremony in occupied East Jerusalem held to recognise the achievement of Palestinian students who passed their end of high school exams.

Israeli police and intelligence officers stormed the hall at the Yasser Arafat Sports Stadium in the Al-Issawiya neighbourhood shutting down the event.

They claimed the celebration was not allowed because it was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority, according to local sources.

The students and audience were kicked out of the event and the organisers of the ceremony threatened, according to reports.

Aug 19 05:49

If There’s Any Confusion as to Why I Support a ZOG Defeat in Afghanistan, I Don’t Understand It

I have said clearly that I believe the defeat of the Zionist Occupation Government (ZOG) in Afghanistan, and the full surrender of the ZOG military to a band of brave boys from the caves, is the best thing that has happened on earth in decades.

I do not think I am required to explain why I celebrate the end of this war. It is self-evident.

What we are seeing is the beginning of the end of the US Evil Empire. The people who surrendered in Afghanistan are the same people who are trying to force vaxx you, the same people trying to manipulate your sons into becoming trannies. The occupation of Afghanistan was a Jewish mission.

Aug 19 05:18

Israeli Company Illegally Seizes Ben & Jerry’s Trademark in the West Bank

Unilever, the company that owns the Ben & Jerry’s trademark issued a strong response after an Israeli NGO moved to illegally seize the trademark in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli Jerusalem Post newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Israeli attempt followed a recent decision by the giant ice cream maker to divest from the West Bank in response to Palestinian calls for boycotting illegal Jewish settlements, which are built on occupied Palestinian land.

Aug 19 05:05

Biden and Israel's Bennett to meet at White House next week to discuss Iran

US President Joe Biden will host Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House next week, with the stalled Iran nuclear talks being a main topic of discussion.

"The President and Prime Minister Bennett will discuss critical issues related to regional and global security, including Iran," the White House said in a statement.

Bennett said at a news conference on Wednesday that the meeting "will focus on Iran", but the White House also promoted "an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss efforts to advance peace, security, and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians".

Aug 18 05:55

Israel Strikes Syria for First Time in Nearly a Month

For most of the year, Israel had been attacking targets in Syria several times a week. After reports last month that Russia planned to take measures to curb the strikes, the number of strikes greatly decreased.

Indeed, the last Israeli strike on Syrian soil was almost a month ago (27 days). Tuesday, Syrian media reported Israeli strikes against the southern Quineitra Province. As usual, Israeli officials have so far refused comment.

Locals in that part of Syria reported hearing blasts, and there was video of a missile exploding in mid-air, potentially an interception. It is not clear what was exactly targeted, however, and what damage may have been caused.

Most Israeli strikes into Syria are aimed at Shi’ite militia targets, or warehouses the Israelis think might be storing weapons for Hezbollah or other such groups. Quineitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is a bit different, and Israeli strikes there historically go after Syrian military posts.

Aug 18 05:52

Protesting agriculture reform, Israeli farmers attempt to breach Lebanon border

Protesting farmers tried to break through Israel’s northern border into Lebanon on Tuesday, as they continued their demonstrations against a planned agricultural reform they say will destroy their livelihoods.

Several hundred took part in the rally in the Avivim agricultural community against the planned government reform in the industry. Some of them attempted to breach the border with Lebanon and were immediately halted by security forces.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the protesters only breached a security fence along the border and did not at any time succeed in entering Lebanese territory before they were halted.

Aug 18 05:40

Unfettered Israeli ethnic cleansing of occupied Palestine

Illegal Israeli actions in the occupied Palestinian territories have continued unabated even under the not so new administration headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennet.

In the latest iteration, demolitions in Silwan neighborhood took place, with planned evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East al-Quds to happen in the near future.

It is seen as yet another atrocity committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians, Israeli security forces have torn down a Palestinian house in the town of Silwan in occupied East al Quds.

The house was demolished by Israeli bulldozers, which were backed by Israeli forces. Israeli forces cited lack of a building permit for demolishing the house, which was built 10 years ago.

Aug 18 05:33

Morocco accused of dragging Israel into 'hazardous adventure' against Algeria

Algeria has accused Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita of wanting to drag his "new Middle Eastern ally into a hazardous adventure" against Algiers.

In an apparent reference to Israel, the Algerian foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday that there had been "fallacious and malicious statements made in Morocco regarding Algeria and its regional role as well as its relations with a third country".

The statement came days after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Morocco, where he inaugurated a diplomatic office in Rabat.

Aug 18 05:29

Israeli Defense Ministry Seizes Chocolate Bound for Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced Monday that Israel had confiscated 23 tons of chocolate bars that were to be imported to the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials said they considered the attempted acquisition “suspicious.”

For years, Israel had forbidden chocolate from even entering the Gaza Strip as a “luxury item.” Recent, some limited imports have been allowed, though Israel tends to curb them whenever they feel like making a move against the Palestinians.

This was different because the 23 tons is such a huge amount, and because the Defense Ministry is claiming that Hamas was planning to fund its military wing with the sales. Ironically, the scarcity in Gaza would increase profitability.

Aug 17 08:57

The fall of Kabul is warning sign for Israel

The only surprise was not that Afghanistan fell to the Islamist terror group, but how rapidly it happened.

While the evacuation of U.S. forces and personnel was due to take another two weeks, the Taliban choose not to wait.

It is still unclear how both presidents were so ignorant that what did happen could happen. Biden promised that "there's going to be no circumstance" for a rerun of the images from the fall of Saigon in April 1975, but the scenes from Kabul gave lie to that vow.

As with Afghanistan, the U.S. departed Vietnam leaving behind a divided state and millions of deaths, including thousands of fallen American soldiers.
The coming months and years will see a plethora of books trying to explain why the U.S. and the rest of the West were so strategically blind.

How could the world's most powerful superpower once again allow itself to become ensnared in a two-decade war of attrition that it ultimately lost?

Aug 17 07:08

US State Department pans Israeli plan for new settlement homes

The US State Department on Friday criticized Israel’s plan to green-light thousands of new settlement homes in the West Bank next week, in what would be the first such approval since President Joe Biden took office.

“We believe it is critical for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and fundamentally undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” a State Department spokesman said in a statement to The Times of Israel.

“This certainly includes settlement activity which will make achieving a two-state solution much more difficult. It’s critic

Aug 17 07:07

Nearly a million Israelis have got their THIRD Covid-19 dose as WHO reiterates call for moratorium on such booster shots

Israel has already administered a third vaccine dose to almost a million people, its health ministry has said, amid calls by the World Health Organization to delay such booster shots until poorer countries get their first jabs.
The number of Israelis who have received their third dose of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 has reached 963,572, the country’s Ministry of Health announced on Monday.

In late July, Israel became one of the first countries in the world to begin administering booster shots to already fully vaccinated residents. These were initially offered to those over the age of 60, but last week the program was expanded to include residents over 50, as well as healthcare workers, prisoners and people with deficient immune systems.

Aug 17 07:03

The Murder of the ‘Menacing’ Water Technician: On the Shadow Wars in the West Bank

There is an ongoing, but hidden, Israeli war on the Palestinians which is rarely highlighted or even known. It is a water war, which has been in the making for decades.

On July 26 and 27, two separate but intrinsically linked events took place in the Ein al-Hilweh area in the occupied Jordan Valley, and near the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

In the first incident, Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiyot began construction in the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, which has been a source of freshwater for villages and hundreds of Palestinian families in that area. The seizure of the spring has been developing for months, all under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army.

Now, the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, like most of the Jordan Valley’s land and water resources, is annexed by Israel.

Aug 17 05:55

Faced with the human catastrophe in Kabul, Israel needs to receive refugees from Afghanistan

Faced with the human catastrophe in Kabul, Israel needs to take in refugees from Afghanistan

The State Department's signing of a statement of American support for the Afghan people is a worthy but unsatisfactory step.

In the face of the shocking images that come after the occupation of the Taliban, Israel needs to join the rest of the Western world and absorb Afghan refugees, especially those who will be the target of persecution.

The move can also have political significance

Aug 16 06:16

Israel recalls Poland envoy over 'anti-Semitic' property claims law

Israel's charge d'affaires in Warsaw has been ordered to return home to Tel Aviv after the Polish president approved what has been described as an "anti-Semitic" law curbing World War II-era property claims.

Aug 16 06:14

Israel: Palestinian former Knesset candidate murdered in his car

A Palestinian adviser to Israel's education minister was shot dead on Sunday in the town of Rameh, in northern Israel, according to local news reports.

Saher Ismail, 50, was a candidate in the latest Israeli elections and prior to his death served as an adviser to Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton, who has expressed her shock at the incident.

Ismail died as a result of critical wounds after the shooting attack, which took place as he was sitting in his car outside his home in Rameh, a Palestinian town.

Aug 16 05:25

Wildfire forces thousands of Israelis to evacuate settlements

Thousands of Israelis have been forced to evacuate six settlements outside al-Quds amid a raging wildfire.

A large blaze broke out about 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of al-Quds on Sunday, blanketing the city in smoke.

Israelis in Beit Meir, Ksalon, Shoresh, Sho’eva, Ramat Raziel and Givat Ye’arim were asked to evacuate their settler units as a precaution.

Police spokesman Eli Levi told Army Radio that at least 10,000 people have been evacuated from their units so far. Several roads were blocked due to the forest fire, according to the police.

The region’s fire chief, Nissim Twito, said the blaze may be the biggest in recent years in the area, adding that 60-70 firefighting teams and 12 aircraft were fighting the flames.

Aug 15 06:36

Video: Palestinians Protest in West Bank, Burning Installations of Star of David & Swastika

Every Friday since May, hundreds of Palestinians have participated in protests against the Israeli settlement near the Evyatar outpost, located in the central West Bank. In clashes with Israeli law enforcement, locals are determined to prevent Israeli Defense Forces from building an outpost here.

Palestinians have burned symbols of a swastika and the Star of David, while protesting an Israeli outpost in the so-called "night confusion," according to a video, posted on Twitter on Saturday.

The demonstrations against the Evyatar outpost near the West Bank town of Beita that started months ago are usually carried out at night with “night confusion units,” that burn tires, torchers and blow up improvised explosive devises.

One of the video shows a group of rioters burning a construction that has a shape of Star of David with a swastika symbol inside.

Aug 15 06:34

Israel furious after Poland’s president approves law denying victims of Holocaust property claims

Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved a law effectively stopping victims of the Holocaust and communism from reclaiming property taken from them. The move triggered uproar in Israel, which said it “will not accept” the law.

The law was approved by Duda on Saturday, and sets a 30-year statute of limitations on property claims against the state. Duda told Polish news agency PAP that he hoped the law would put an end to false claims by “reprivatization mafias,” and would close off an era of “legal chaos.”

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Aug 14 10:13

Israeli racism towards “non-white” Jews

Gilad Atzmon highlights the systematic racism practised by Israel and white (Ashkenazi) Jews in general towards oriental (Sephardic) Jews, including tests conducted by the Israeli state to determine whether the oriental Jews had "Negro blood".>>

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