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Jun 08 06:28

Adalah: What happened in the ‘torture room’ at Israel’s police station in Nazareth?

Lawyers from Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel have collected multiple sworn affidavits testifying to rampant, systemic Israeli police attacks and brutal beatings of Palestinian protesters, innocent bystanders, children, and even attorneys inside Nazareth’s police station during the period of protests in the city in May.

The graphic testimonies from victims, attorneys, and paramedics on the scene tell a story of systemic Israeli police brutality and physical, verbal, and psychological abuse of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the northern city, and indicate that Israeli officers ran a “torture room” inside the Nazareth police station – an informal term whose initial use may be traced to the recent detainees and lawyers on the scene.

Jun 08 05:57

No passports for ‘anti-Semites’? German MP suggests barring those questioning ‘Israel’s existence’ from getting German citizenship

Those who committed ‘anti-Semitic’ acts should be barred from acquiring German citizenship, an interior policy spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party in the Bundestag said ahead of the voting on the issue.

“The Citizenship law should expressly prohibit naturalization of people who have committed anti-Semitic acts,” Mathias Middelberg, a lawmaker from Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told the German NOZ newspaper ahead of the parliamentary debate on the amendments to the citizenship law that are to be voted on later this week.

The list of “anti-Semitic” crimes should particularly involve acts aimed against the State of Israel, the MP believes.

Anyone who incites the public against Jews, questions the existence of the State of Israel, or burns an Israeli flag must not become a German citizen.

Jun 08 05:56

Hezbollah official warns Israel of 'fire of hell' after Gantz's threat

A senior official of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has warned the Israeli regime against another military adventurism, saying the aggressors would see “fire of hell” in the event of another war.

Hassan Baghdadi, a member of the central council of Hezbollah resistance movement, on Sunday said the Israeli regime officials should be “less arrogant” and get off the high horse of pride and arrogance.

“They (Israelis) should not err in their calculations again,” the official said. “If there is a war with Hezbollah, they will see the fire of hell as they have never imagined.”

Baghdadi said the Israeli officials “do not learn lessons” and “do not understand real politics”, adding that their “aggressive and criminal nature” leads them toward miscalculations.

This arrogance and aggression, the Lebanese resistance movement official said, would soon spell the end of the regime.

Jun 08 05:54

Was Jim Morrison murdered because his father proposed attacking Israel?

The editors of Wikipedia have once again edited the article on Admiral Morrison. Among the changes is their removal of information that shows his anger over the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, during which Israeli fighter jets and torpedo boats spent more than an hour killing 34 sailors and wounding 171, while the American military was ordered to stand by and ignore it.

For example, they removed the remark about his proposal for an “immediate and swift economic and military response against Israel for the attack.”

Their current article is here, and one of the previous versions is here.

Wikipedia does not want people to consider the possible connection between Admiral Morrison's anger towards Israel for their attack on the USS Liberty, and the mysterious death of his son a few years later.

Jun 07 11:32

The 'final' downfall of Israel was predicted by Einstein

It doesn't take a genius to see that the failing Zionist project called Israel is coming apart at the seams. It was a genius, though, who predicted the demise of the fledgling state when he was asked to help raise funds for its terrorist cells.

Ten years before the state declared its "independence" in 1948 on land stolen from the people of Palestine, Albert Einstein described the proposed creation of Israel as something which conflicted with "the essential nature of Judaism." Having fled Hitler's Germany and eventually becoming a US citizen, Einstein needed no lessons in what fascism looked like.

One of the greatest physicists in history, and supported by some other high profile Jewish intellectuals, Einstein spotted the flaws and fault lines in 1946 when he addressed the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on the Palestinian issue. He couldn't understand why Israel was needed. "I believe it is bad," he said.

Jun 07 08:20

Jewish Bridge to Temple Mount Faces Possible Collapse, Report Warns

The Temple Mount was at the heart of tensions that escalated into a major conflict between Israelis and Palestinians last month.

The bridge to the Mughrabi Gate, which is used by Jews and other non-Muslim visitors for passage to the Temple Mount may soon collapse, Channel 13 reported, citing an experienced engineer, Ofer Cohen, who penned an official letter to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

The engineer suggests that the wood is extremely dry and has "many longitudinal cracks", calling on Israel to build a new steel bridge "without delay".

Jun 07 08:14

Israel’s ‘change government’ means the oppression of Palestinians is set to get a whole lot WORSE

Israel’s on the cusp of seeing a new coalition government that’s been dubbed the “change bloc”. If that conjures notions of progress, think again.

Superficially, change is afoot. If the proposed coalition secures parliamentary support in the coming days, then Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party will be out of power. Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister – 12 straight years in office and 15 in total – since the inception of the Israeli state in 1948. He has defined Israeli politics for over a quarter of a century. So, indeed, any new face in power will seem like a big change.

Also, among the putative new administration is an Arab party, Ra’am, which professes conservative Islamist beliefs. The inclusion of Palestinians in a governing coalition – albeit with a tiny representation – may seem to herald a more progressive era for Israel’s Arab population, which accounts for a fifth of the total in the Jewish state.

Jun 07 07:07

Israel Claimed Its 1967 Land Conquests Weren't Planned. Declassified Documents Reveal Otherwise

Contrary to the claim that Israel suddenly found itself holding territories after the June '67 war, declassified documents reveal detailed directives drawn up by the IDF ahead of the prolonged policing mission it would be tasked with

Jun 07 06:50

Oakland dockworkers refuse to unload Israeli cargo ship

Hundreds of activists and dockworkers responded to an international call to action and successfully prevented an Israel-owned vessel from unloading its cargo at Oakland in California on Friday.

At around 6pm, the Volans, a cargo vessel owned and operated by the ZIM shipping corporation, pulled out of port with its cargo intact.
It was apparently bound for Los Angeles, according to an online schedule.

Protesters had prevented the ship from docking at Oakland for more than two weeks after its scheduled arrival date.

The vessel ostensibly attempted to avoid the picket line.

“By refusing to unload Israeli cargo, Oakland workers are throwing a wrench in the Israeli economy and putting pressure on Israeli apartheid,” tweeted Jewish Voice for Peace.

“Each day the ZIM ship can’t unload, the largest Israeli shipping company loses millions of [dollars],” the group added.

Jun 07 06:50

Tech giants help Israel muzzle Palestinians

Israel’s caretaker prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sought to shut down all use of the popular video-sharing app TikTok in Israel last month.

The attempt to censor TikTok, details of which emerged last weekend, is one of a number of reported attempts by Israel to control social media content during last month’s military assault on the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu tried to impose the blackout as Israel faced an international social media outcry over its 11-day attack on Gaza, which killed more than 250 Palestinians, and the violent repression by Israeli police of Palestinian protests in occupied East Jerusalem and inside Israel.

Government law officers are understood to have resisted the move.

Benny Gantz, the defense minister, also lobbied senior officials at Facebook and TikTok to crack down on posts critical of Israel, labelling them incitement and support for terror.

Jun 07 06:49

Israel’s New Government Will Deepen Rifts, Not Heal Them

The photo was unprecedented. It showed Mansour Abbas, leader of an Islamist party for Palestinians in Israel, signing an agreement on Wednesday night to sit in a “government of change” alongside settler leader Naftali Bennett.

Caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fervently try to find a way to break up the coalition in the next few days, before a parliamentary vote takes place. But if he fails, it will be the first time in the country’s 73-year history that a party led by a Palestinian citizen has joined – or been allowed to join – an Israeli government.

Aside from the symbolism of the moment, there are no other grounds for celebration. In fact, the involvement of Abbas’s four-member United Arab List in shoring up a majority for a government led by Bennett and Yair Lapid is almost certain to lead to a further deterioration in majority-minority relations.

Jun 07 06:48

Was Israeli Looting in '48 Part of a Broader Policy to Expel Arabs?

In his new book, historian Adam Raz deals with the Jewish looting that occurred in 1948 – but not with the collective plunder of real estate, homes and lands of Arabs, confiscated by the Israeli government during the War of Independence and afterward (also long afterward, it must be said). Raz focuses on the looting of Arab movable assets by civilians, individual soldiers, army units and institutions of the state-in-the-making and of the state itself. Various historians have previously touched on this aspect of the war, but not with this level of focus or detail.

Jun 07 06:47

British ex-minister reveals 'Israeli control' of UK foreign affairs

Former British minister Alan Duncan has revealed the extent of Israeli influence on the UK’s diplomacy in his recently published memoirs, saying the pro-Israel lobby wanted to "destroy" him.

The report, published by the Daily Maverick, considered that Duncan's memoirs, released in April, provide "an unprecedented view of the influence of the Israeli government and pro-Israel lobby groups on the British Foreign Office".

Duncan, a Conservative member who served as foreign secretary between 2016 and 2019, revealed in his diaries, entitled 'In the Thick of It: The Private Diaries of a Minister', that Israel "succeeded in preventing Prime Minister Boris Johnson from appointing him" as minister of the Middle East at the foreign ministry, just because he believed in Palestinian rights.

Al Jazeera had contacted Duncan early 2017 to inform him of its investigation into the impact of Israel’s influence on British policy, which included information relating to him personally.

Jun 07 06:46

‘Laughable, naive’: Palestinian party’s move to join Israel gov’t

The United Arab List (UAL) is set to become the first party of Palestinian citizens of Israel to take part in a governing coalition after it agreed to join the new Israeli government to be led by Naftali Bennett – a former ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who had called for the annexation of the occupied West Bank.

Mansour Abbas, leader of the UAL, set aside his differences with Bennett, the 49-year-old former head of a settler organisation, and centrist leader Yair Lapid to sign up to a coalition of eight parties from across the political spectrum aimed at ending Netanyahu’s 12 years in power.

Jun 07 06:46

Israel Domestic Security Warns of Violence as Netanyahu Faces Unseating

The head of Israel's domestic security service issued a rare warning on Saturday of possible violence during one of the most politically charged periods in decades, with the country on the verge of unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, its longest serving leader.

Netanyahu is facing the prospect of an end to his 12-year run as premier after Israel's centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid announced on Wednesday that he had succeeded in forming a governing coalition following a March 23 election.

The new government, yet to be sworn in, is an unlikely patchwork of left-wing, liberal, rightist, nationalist and religious parties, as well as - for the first time in Israel's history - an Arab Islamist party.

Netanyahu in online posts has warned the partnership was "a dangerous leftist government."

Jun 07 06:45

Israel's Netanyahu denies 'incitement' as political tensions boil

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected accusations of incitement against his political opponents, after security services warned of an escalation in violent discourse.

In power for 12 consecutive years, Netanyahu faces being toppled by a motley coalition of lawmakers united only by their shared hostility towards him.

Mired in a court battle on corruption charges that could see him face prison time, the veteran political mastermind has mobilised his supporters to peel off defectors ahead of a confirmation vote.

On Saturday, the head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency Nadav Argaman issued a rare public statement warning of a "severe escalation in violent and inciting discourse" on social media.

Jun 07 06:44

Report: Israel’s Spy and Attack Drones Invade Gaza Skies (VIDEO)

Palestinian resistance opened fire at tens of Israeli spy and attack drones after they invaded Gaza’s skies, downing two of them, Quds Press reported on Friday.

Sources told Quds Press that the Israeli drones entered the skies of Gaza and hovered over the neighborhoods of Al-Shejaia, Al-Zaytoun, and Al-Sabra.

According to the sources, the Palestinian resistance opened fire at the drones and downed two of them, while the resistance leadership ordered people to remain cautious, fearing possible Israeli plans to assassinate resistance leaders.

Jun 07 06:44

One million Palestinians detained by Israel since the 1967 Naksa: report

Over one million Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces since 1967, according to estimates by civil society groups released on Saturday.

Three Palestinian organisations a said in a joint statement they documented over one million arrests of Palestinians, including some 17,000 cases concerning women and 50,000 concerning children.

According to the Palestinian Society Prisoners Club, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs and the Prisoners' High Council, around 5,700 people are currently held in Israeli jails.

Since 1967, when Israel began its occupation on Palestinian land, 226 detainees have died inside Israeli prisons, including 73 due to torture and 71 due to lack of medical care.

Jun 07 06:43

Israeli forces beat and tear gas Palestinian runners after East Jerusalem race

At least 23 people were reported to have sustained injuries following a crackdown by Israeli forces on participants in a race that took place in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Runners had raced for 3.5km between the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in solidarity with the scores of Palestinians facing forced expulsion from their homes in these areas.

All those who took part in the run wore white t-shirts inscribed with the number 7850, which activists say is the number of Palestinians under threat of forcible displacement in Jerusalem.

Jun 07 06:43

Soldiers Prevent Palestinian Farmers From Entering Their Lands Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers prevented, Saturday, Palestinian farmers from entering their lands, isolated inside an illegal colony, near Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Local farmer Mohammad Hamamra said the soldiers prevented him and many farmers from entering their lands in the Qiddis area, which became isolated inside the illegal Beitar Illit colony that was installed on lands stolen from the Palestinians in Husan town, west of Bethlehem.

The farmers held a protest demanding being allowed into their lands, but the soldiers kept them out.

Hamamra stated at least 100 Dunams of the farmers’ lands are isolated and added that the farmers are repeatedly denied access to them.

“We will not abandon our lands,” he said, “We will not allow them to steal our livelihoods.”

Jun 07 06:36

Biden said considering ex-Israel ambassador Dan Shapiro for a Mideast envoy role

The Biden administration is seriously considering appointing former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro as a Middle East envoy, the Washington Post reported Friday.

The role is likely to involve the diplomatic relations that were a hallmark of the Abraham Accords, Israel’s normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco that were formalized under the Trump administration, the report said.

Several people familiar with the discussions told the Washington Post that Shapiro has accepted an offer to join the Biden administration in a Mideast role, although some sources apparently named different positions that the former diplomat was under consideration for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note to the White House: Netanyahu will be looking for work after this Wednesday! :)

Jun 07 06:23

Bennett to Netanyahu: Free the country so it can move on

Yamina chairman and designated prime minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu to let go of premiership and allow the country to “move on".

Bennett made the remarks during a press conference, updating the media on his efforts to form a new government with the “coalition for change”, that would see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ousted after 12 years.

“In a few days we will swear-in a new government. It is not a catastrophe nor is it a disaster. It is nothing but a change of government, as is normal in every democratic country,” said Bennett.

“Israel is not a monarchy, no one has a monopoly on who will rule. Every government, when it becomes withered and corrupt after many years, is eventually replaced and so on. It is the natural, healthy course of action in every normal country.”

Jun 07 06:22

Netanyahu seeks ‘explosion’ of situation in al-Quds to save career: PA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) says the Israeli regime’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to renew tensions in the holy occupied city of al-Quds as means of conjuring up an excuse to save his demising career.

The PA’s foreign ministry made the remarks in a statement on Sunday as the regime has renewed its attacks on Palestinians in the city, including its holy sites, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported.

Tensions are flaring up as the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank -- the PA’s base where the city is located -- has barely put behind a huge similarly Tel Aviv-provoked escalation that led to the death of scores of Palestinians.

The ink has also hardly dried at the bottom of a ceasefire deal that ended a 12-day war by the regime against the nearby Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. The war martyred hundreds of Palestinians.

Jun 07 05:32

Israel’s ‘change government’ means the oppression of Palestinians is set to get a whole lot WORSE

Israel’s on the cusp of seeing a new coalition government that’s been dubbed the “change bloc”. If that conjures notions of progress, think again.

In any case, the potential new prime minister is Naftali Bennett, who will rotate the executive seat with Yair Lapid, who leads a so-called “centrist” party.

Bennett, a former protégé of Netanyahu, is a hardline pro-settler who openly calls for the expansion of illegal occupation and the annexation of Palestinian land. His cabinet will be packed with far-right politicians such as Avigdor Lieberman, who will hold power in the key ministries. Under Bennett, therefore, the Israeli government will hold the same contempt for the so-called two-state solution that American administrations have nominally advocated for Palestinian statehood alongside Israel. That means further encroachment and evictions for already hard-pressed Palestinian communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Jun 07 04:31

Al Jazeera journalist leaves hospital day after Israeli arrest

Al Jazeera Arabic veteran journalist Givara Budeiri sustained a fractured hand while being violently arrested in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri left hospital on Sunday after receiving treatment for injuries sustained during her arrest by Israeli forces the day before.

Budeiri’s left hand was fractured when she was arrested while covering a demonstration in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again to the dysfunctional and disjunct Israeli government; shooting the messenger (or fracturing her hand, in this case,) is not going to help you here.

The narrative can no longer be controlled by your spin doctors, and people are seeing the reality of what is happening to Palestinians under your watch.

Jun 07 04:27

Israeli forces beat and tear gas Palestinian runners after East Jerusalem race

Israeli police confronted runners after a race between Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan with rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and batons.

At least 23 people were reported to have sustained injuries following a crackdown by Israeli forces on participants in a race that took place in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Runners had raced for 3.5km between the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in solidarity with the scores of Palestinians facing forced expulsion from their homes in these areas.

All those who took part in the run wore white t-shirts inscribed with the number 7850, which activists say is the number of Palestinians under threat of forcible displacement in Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfrigging believable; what utter thugs do this to absolutely non-violent protestors?!?

And to the current disjunct and dysfunctional Israeli government; it is things like this which absolutely destroy your alleged "victimhood"; you can no longer control the narrative here, and the Palestinians and people living in other parts of the Middle East, understand this very clearly.

Jun 06 11:36

Israel—the “Only Middle East Democracy”—Criminalizes Journalism, Arrests Al Jazeera Reporter for Covering East Jerusalem

Op-Ed by Juan Cole

The Israeli police took another step toward criminalizing journalism on Saturday when they arrested Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Givara al-Budeiri while she was covering a demonstration in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem marking the anniversary of the Naksa, the Setback. That term is how is how Palestinians refer to the 1967 Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. She was clearly wearing a vest marked “Press” when Israeli police assaulted her, shoved her against a wall, kicked her, packed her into a squad car and kicked her some more, then jailed her for seven hours. She complained of pain in her right side...

Jun 05 06:15

Israeli forces injure scores of Palestinians across occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians taking part in rallies condemning Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and potential evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in neighborhoods of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Some 113 Palestinians taking part in an anti-settlement rally on Sobeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, were injured in clashes with Israeli forces on Friday.

According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, 16 of injured were shot with live ammunition, while 20 were wounded when Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at them.

Meanwhile, four of the injured were physically attacked by the Israeli forces, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said, adding 73 cases of suffocation caused by inhaling tear gas were among the injuries.

Local sources said Israeli forces used a drone to fire tear gas at protesters in Beita.

Jun 05 06:14

Thousands of Yemenis rally in Sa’ada to slam US, Israeli crimes against Muslim nations

Thousands of protesters have staged a mass rally in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada to express their outrage over the United States and the Israeli regime's fiendish policies and criminal acts against Muslims.

Massive crowds of people marched along streets in the provincial capital city of Sa’ada on Friday, waving Palestinian flags alongside Yemeni ones and chanting slogans in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

They rejected Washington’s policies and those of its allies in the Middle East region, as they held up pictures of late leader of Yemeni Ansarullah movement Sayyed Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi and chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

“We will continue to shout the slogan of freedom to confront the criminal policies of the United States and Israel against nations of the Muslim world. We call on all Muslims to launch a campaign to boycott American and Israeli goods and products,” a final communiqué read.

Jun 05 06:14

Thousands mourn slain Palestinians outside UK arms dealer

Thousands of British pro-Palestine activists amass outside a notorious arms manufacturer near Blackburn on Friday, demanding an end to Israeli arms sales.

Anger was vented in various ways including with a funeral procession, honoring the recent martyrdom of 60 children slain in Gaza.

BAE Systems is one of Britain's biggest arms dealers and is known for building weapons used to target innocent civilians in conflict zones.

This is the second week that local residents have come in good numbers to condemn BAE Systems and more action is being planned.

Weapons firms have been heavily criticized before but rarely have protests of this size and frequency attempted to confront them so directly. Locals hope by shaming these dealers of death, they can save lives in Palestine & elsewhere.

Jun 05 05:13

Four Things To Know About Israel’s New ‘Change Coalition’

The new government – if it takes power at all – is united only around ousting Netanyahu. Here’s what that could mean.

In Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, a broad but shaky new “change coalition” claims it’s ready to finally oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – the right-wing Likud leader who’s held the office for the last 12 years.

If approved, the new coalition would anoint as prime minister Naftali Bennett, a former Netanyahu ally who supports settlement expansion and annexation of much of the West Bank, and who is significantly further to the right than Netanyahu himself. In theory, if it stays in power for two years, the more centrist Yair Lapid would then take over as prime minister. But that’s a big “if” – and the new coalition may not even survive its initial vote of confidence next week.

Jun 05 04:54

Infographic: What you need to know about Israel’s military

Last month, as Israel bombarded the besieged Gaza Strip for the fourth time in 12 years, the United States approved a $735m arms sale to Israel. The approval was criticised by legislators in Congress, and several Democrats introduced resolutions to block the sale of Boeing’s precision-guided missiles.

Israel’s 11-day military campaign killed at least 253 people, including 66 children, in Gaza. At least 12 people were killed in Israel by rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to investigate both sides for possible war crimes and human rights group Amnesty International has renewed its call for a halt to US weapons sales to Israel.

Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open-air prison. Since 2006, Israel has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on its 2.1 million inhabitants. Israeli forces continue to militarily occupy East Jerusalem and the West Bank where they have built hundreds of illegal settlements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel's weapons industry is thriving, why does it need so much military and financial support from the US, while the US infrastructure is crumbling around us?!?

THAT... appears to be the dreadedly unasked, and unanswerable question, for Congress, for which the US Congress must be held to account, by We the People.

Jun 04 10:13

Israel’s Netanyahu not admitting defeat as a new government coalition takes shape

The era of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not ended quite yet.

On Thursday, only hours after a rebel coalition of eight parties agreed to form a new government, a pro-Netanyahu bloc was putting enormous pressure on several lawmakers to defect from the new coalition and deprive it of its slim majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

Potential defections mean the “change” coalition, led by Naftali Bennett’s far-right Yamina party and Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid party, is not assured of forming a government, even though the eight parties reached an unprecedented deal late Wednesday night to end Mr. Netanyahu’s 12-year premiership.

“The question is not whether the new government will last, the question is whether it will even be born,” Yehuda Ben-Meir, a former Knesset member who is now a senior research fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, told The Globe and Mail. “I think the new coalition has a 50-50 chance.”

Jun 04 09:40

Google removes its head of diversity after 2007 blog post surfaces in which he claimed Jews have 'an insatiable appetite for war'

Google announced it's removing its global lead on diversity strategy and research from his post after it was discovered he'd made antisemitic comments in a past blog post.

Kamau Bobb will be reassigned to a STEM research role after The Washington Free Beacon uncovered a 2007 blog post by Bobb titled "If I were a Jew."

"If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself," he wrote in the now-deleted post.

"If I were a Jew today, my sensibilities would be tormented. I would find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the long cycles of oppression that Jewish people have endured and the insatiable appetite for vengeful violence that Israel, my homeland, has now acquired."

The post appeared to be written following an outbreak of violence between Lebanon and Israel in late 2007.

Jun 04 08:13

Abby Martin Beats the Israel Lobby

Abby Martin’s efforts must be applauded for she has won a major victory in the struggle to maintain freedom of speech in the United States.

Many Americans who follow developments overseas would concede that Israel and its supporters in the United States exercise a fairly high level of control over U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Some are also aware of Congressional attempts to introduce legislation that would define criticism of the Jewish state as a federal hate crime. That would narrow the options for discussion, infringing on First Amendment free speech rights, and further tighten the grip on policy. It would also make violators of the new law subject to fines and even imprisonment at the hands of the Department of Justice, which has traditionally responded favorably on issues of concern to Israel and its supporters.

Jun 04 08:12

When Israel killed doctors

Dr. Ayman Abu al-Ouf had finished a busy shift.

He wrapped it up by checking on patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit of al-Shifa hospital.

As head of internal medicine at the hospital, he was acutely aware that the pandemic had not been paused. Rather, the number of coronavirus infections remained high even though Gaza was in the news internationally due to another emergency – a large-scale Israeli attack.

Not long after he got home from work, the building where Abu al-Ouf lived was bombed without warning.

He, his wife Reem and two of their children – Tawfiq and Tala – were killed. So were both his parents and many members of his extended family.

Jun 04 08:02

Israeli Commander: Gaza Attacks First Stage of Wider War

Israeli Southern Command head Gen. Eliezer Toledano downplayed the current ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, predicting it would end soon and that what’s happened so far was just the first stage of a wider military campaign.

The May conflict saw Israeli forces kill an estimated 256 Palestinians, and displace 72,000 civilians. This was in just two weeks, and was, according to Toledano, Israel trying to “make the most” of the war before the ceasefire.

“We don’t have operations like this every week or every month because we understand the burden that puts on civilians, especially on the home front. And therefore when we launched the operation, we had to make the most of it,” the general noted.

He went on to say that the military is fully ready for another round of fighting, depending on the security situation.

Jun 04 08:02

Biden Will Support Funding to Replenish Israel’s Iron Dome

After a couple of weeks of war in the Gaza Strip, which Israeli officials hint are just the start of a new campaign, the Biden Administration is looking to commit themselves to more spending on Israeli aid to show continued commitment.

That is going to come in the form of a $1 billion proposal to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. State Department officials hinted at equal measures for the safety of the Palestinians, but that’s going to depend heavily on Israel allowing aid in.

State Department officials further added that the funding would be provided irrespective of what Israeli government is in power. At present, the Israeli parliament is facing some deal-making which could see a new government installed.

Jun 04 08:00

Support for Israel is even dropping among evangelical Christians

Two incredible polls were released recently. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) commissioned the Barna Group to survey evangelical Christians about their views on Israel/Palestine. This undertaking might seem academic to some, as evangelicals have long been associated with enthusiastic and consistent support Israel. There’s been a vast amount of literature and commentary on Christian Zionism, and you can find a whole lot of it in the Mondoweiss archives. While we’ve seen notable opinion shifts on Israel among Democratic voters or young Jews, there can’t possibly be any cracks developing among evangelicals, right?

Jun 04 08:00

Why did Israel bomb bookstores?

Samir Mansour spent more than 20 years developing a haven for readers in Gaza City.

An estimated 100,000 books could be found in his library. Located near three universities, it was a vital resource for large numbers of students.

The haven was destroyed swiftly and brutally during Israel’s latest major attack on Gaza.

Today, a sign with a defiant message has been placed outside the remains of the Kuhail building where Mansour ran his library, bookstore and publishing firm. The sign notes that books are the source of knowledge and help to shape people’s identity.

The ideas contained in books cannot be erased by bombs and warplanes. They will live on.

“This library is my whole life,” said Mansour. “I was shocked when the Israeli occupation decided to bomb the building. It felt like I myself had been destroyed.”

Jun 04 06:05

Israel uses excessive force against Palestinians in occupied territories, supports armed gangs: UN

The United Nations has criticized the Tel Aviv regime over excessive use of force against Palestinians in the occupied territories, saying attacks by extremist settlers and armed gangs on residents of such areas are backed by Israeli security institutions.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, announced in a report that assaults on Palestinian citizens, carried out by right-wing and armed gangs, sometimes come with the support of elements from Israeli security forces.

He called on Israeli authorities to provide full and equal protection to all living inside the occupied territories without any discrimination.

De Varennes then slammed the violence practiced by “far-right” groups and excessive use of force by Israeli security officials and forces during protests in recent weeks, describing them as the worst cases of violence against Palestinians.

Jun 04 06:04

Israel: Four reasons Benjamin Netanyahu's era is not over yet

Benjamin Netanyahu's political opponents finally succeeded in cobbling together a government on Wednesday, mashing up parties from left to right, secular to religious, all of them united by the goal of unseating Israel's leader.

Yet, Netanyahu remains at the prime minister's residence in West Jerusalem's Balfour Street. Until movers box up his furniture and transport it north to his home in the upmarket coastal town of Caesarea, he will deploy every canny card at his disposal to make the new administration fail before it has even begun. Even after he's left office, there's no counting Netanyahu out.

He still has time to tear Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid's nascent and fragile coalition apart. Yes, perhaps it is too tight, but it is still not over.

Jun 03 14:53

New government to be sworn in on Wednesday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will leave office after 4,454 consecutive days on Wednesday, when the new government of incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett is scheduled to be sworn in, a Likud source said on Thursday night.

While Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin would like to keep Netanyahu in office as long as possible, sources acknowledged that he does not intend to fight over a few extra days in deciding when the new government will be brought to a vote of confidence in the Knesset.

Jun 03 13:09

Netanyahu, battling for political life, attacks deal to unseat him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday fought back against an agreement by his political opponents for a government of left-wing, centrist and right-wing parties aimed at unseating him.

Netanyahu, facing the prospect of an end to his 12-year run as premier, said on Twitter “all legislators elected by votes from the right must oppose this dangerous left-wing government”, and he targeted historic Arab participation in the coalition.

The right-wing leader mounted the social media attack the day after centrist politician Yair Lapid's announcement, about 35 minutes before a Wednesday night deadline, that he had succeeded in forming a governing coalition.

Jun 03 13:05

My Interview With A USS LIBERTY Survivor

Next Tuesday (June 8, 2021) is the 54th anniversary of the unprovoked attack of the USS LIBERTY by the State of Israel that killed 34 American sailors and Marines and wounded 174. To this day, the State of Israel has never been held accountable for this despicable and dastardly attack against the people of the United States. In fact, the U.S. government and the news media have covered up this horrific attack for all of these decades.

I am using today’s column to print my recorded interview with a USS LIBERTY survivor. This man is a friend of mine. His name is Ron Kukal.

Ron was born in 1939. He grew up in Rushville, Nebraska, and now lives in Sheridan, Wyoming. He joined the Navy at the age of 20. He served 8 years in the Navy and had served 7 years when he was assigned to the LIBERTY. He was a first class petty officer and a communications supervisor on board the LIBERTY. Here is my interview with Ron Kukal (edited for space):

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Jun 03 10:28

Another poll signals fall in US support for Israel

Support for Israel continues to fall among key segments of the American population, another poll confirms.

The Harvard-Harris survey of some 1,900 registered voters was taken on 19-20 May, before a ceasefire took effect in Gaza following 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment.

Respondents were asked, “Who do you think is more responsible for the violence in the Mideast — Israel or Hamas?”

Overall, 60 percent blamed Hamas and 40 percent blamed Israel.

Although more than half blame Hamas, it is remarkable that two in five say Israel is more responsible.

But when it comes to those aged 18-34, it flips around completely: 60 percent blame Israel, and just 40 percent blame Hamas.

Among Black Americans, 62 percent hold Israel more responsible, as do 55 percent of those described by pollsters as Hispanic.

Jun 03 10:26

Facebook staff demand tech giant address suppression of Palestinian content

Nearly 200 Facebook employees have signed an open letter calling on the company to address concerns that pro-Palestinian voices have been suppressed by content moderation systems, after both users and employees complained of a systematic bias against Palestinian and Muslim content.

The letter, reported by the Financial Times, demands Facebook introduce new measures to ensure content in support of Palestine and Palestinians is not unfairly taken down or down-ranked, as some staff and critics claimed happened before and during Israel's latest offensive on Gaza.

It calls on the tech giant's management to order an independent audit of enforcement actions around Palestinian and Muslim content, and asks that an internal task force be created to "investigate and address biases" in its content moderation systems - both human and automated.

Jun 03 10:26

WATCH: Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Village for 188th Time

Israeli occupation forces yesterday demolished the Bedouin Palestinian village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev for the 188th time, Arab48 reported.

The demolition also marks the seventh time that the village has been razed so far this year, and the thirteenth since the outbreak of coronavirus.

Jun 03 10:25

Joe Biden: Career Defender of Israel’s Crimes and Impunity

Jun 03 10:00

After the slaughter UK Foreign Secretary Raab tells Netanyahu: “You can always count on us”

Stuart Littlewood highlights UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's latest pledge of undying support for Israel, just after it had murdered some 250 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, in Gaza, noting his failure to commit to the Palestinians' right to self defence.>>

Jun 03 06:58

New Investigation Reveals Role of Israeli Operatives in Colombia’s “Political Genocide”

On April 6, 1984, a group of men dressed in police uniforms arrived at the home of Milcíades Contento in the town of Viotá, Colombia. Contento was a peasant, communist and member of the Patriotic Union (UP), a newly-formed experimental political party born out of the 1985 peace negotiations between the conservative President Belansio Betancourt and the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The men seized Contento, tied him up and dragged him away. The next day, his corpse was found in a nearby village.

Jun 02 15:38

KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

"Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us?" (Matthew 13.54-56).

Jesus was part of an extended family. The Bible says he had brothers and sisters. Some churches try to spin that these were only cousins, or Joseph's from a previous marriage, but Mary, Jesus' mother, was not an only child. At the very least, Jesus had cousins, Aunts, and Uncles. John the Baptist was Jesus' second cousin according to Luke 1:5-38.

For the purpose of this discussion, we do not need to go into the question of whether Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a family.

But the fact is that Jesus had kinfolk; blood relations, at least on his mother's side (although the Bible provides a paternal genealogy for Jesus back to the House of David).

Jun 02 12:25

Our army is a terrorist organisation run by war criminals, confesses Ex-Israeli pilot

A former Israeli Air Force pilot has described the Israeli government and army as “terrorist organisations” run by “war criminals.” According to a report in The Middle East Monitor (MEMO), Yonatan Shapira has confessed that the Israeli army is a terrorism organization.

Captain Shapira who had resigned from the Israeli army in 2003 at the height of the Palestinian Second Intifada explained in an exclusive interview with Anadolu News Agency why he realized after joining the army that he was “part of a terrorist organisation”.

“I realised during the Second Intifada what the Israeli Air Force and Israeli military are doing are war crimes, terrorising a population of millions of Palestinians. When I realised that, I decided to not just leave but to organise other pilots that will publicly refuse to take part in these crimes,” he told The MEMO.

Jun 02 11:05

Netanyahu says he's prepared for 'friction' with US over Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he is willing to deal with tension with the U.S. over his endeavors to shut down Iran's nuclear program.

"If we have to choose - I hope it doesn't happen - between friction with our great friend the United States and eliminating the existential threat, eliminating the existential threat" wins, Netanyahu said at a ceremony for the new chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, David Barnea, The Associated Press reports.

The remarks from Netanyahu come as his own political future is in question, with opposition parties announcing this week that they had secured enough votes to form a new government and end his 12 years in office.

They also come weeks after deadly clashes between the Israeli military and the Palestinian group Hamas, which is backed by Iran.

Jun 02 07:42

The American Left, the Jewish Question and the Repetition Compulsion

A few days ago, Ynet (the biggest Israeli media outlet) reported that the American progressive movement has come to acknowledge the problematic role of its Jewish elements. The Israeli outlet revealed that in the eyes of emerging progressive circles within the American left, Jews are perceived as “white oppressors” at the core of America’s social injustice. The Ynet report is based on a recent study made by Dafna Kaufman, an analyst at the Israeli Reut institute.

Jun 02 07:38

Court overrules EU effort to shield Israel’s settlements

A European Union court has thrown out an undemocratic decision by Brussels officials that torpedoed a citizen’s initiative to ban trade with settlements in occupied territory.

The measure would have targeted Israel’s illegal colonies on Palestinian land in the West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights, as well as trade with Western Sahara.

In July 2019, seven nationals of EU states filed a European Citizens Initiative with the European Commission, the EU’s executive.

This is a tool that is supposed to make the notoriously unaccountable EU more democratic by giving citizens a say over policy and legislation.

But instead, in September 2019, the Commission refused to register the initiative, claiming that it did not have authority to consider what would amount to imposing sanctions.

The Commission asserted that such a step could only be adopted collectively by EU governments, not by the executive in Brussels.

Jun 02 07:37

To distract from Gaza slaughter, Israel lobby manufactures antisemitism freakout

Following an 11-day assault on the Gaza Strip in which the Israeli army killed over 220 people, including more than 65 children, and days of videotaped rampages of Jewish extremist mobs against Palestinian people and property inside Israeli cities, Israel lobbyists in the US and Canada have launched a carefully coordinated public relations campaign to deflect outrage.

Having failed to successfully defend massacres of entire families in their homes and the deliberate demolition of civilian residential towers and media offices in Gaza City, the US Israel lobby and the Israeli government it advocates for have manufactured an epidemic of antisemitic violence with the goal of portraying American Jewry as the true victim of the crisis.

Jun 02 07:37

How a fascist party brought into Israel’s parliament by Netanyahu helped him start the war he wanted

The day after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, ending 11 days of mutual bombardment that resulted in the deaths of some 250 Palestinians, 10 Israelis, and three Asian workers, mainstream Israeli commentators piled on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of launching the war for his own personal benefit.

The pundits noted that Israel’s pulverizing assault on the Gaza Strip began after the leader of the next-largest party in parliament had been handed the mandate to form a new government – one which would end Netanyahu’s twelve-year run as premier and strip him of the immunity he needs to stay out of prison, if he is ultimately convicted of the multiple corruption charges for which he is currently on trial.

All along, Netanyahu was equipped with the tools he needed to trigger a war that would preserve his control over the government.

Jun 02 07:36

Another Mega Group Spy Scandal? Samanage, Sabotage, And The SolarWinds Hack

The devastating hack on SolarWinds was quickly pinned on Russia by US intelligence. A more likely culprit, Samanage, a company whose software was integrated into SolarWinds’ software just as the “back door” was inserted, is deeply tied to Israeli intelligence and intelligence-linked families such as the Maxwells.

In mid-December of 2020, a massive hack compromised the networks of numerous US federal agencies, major corporations, the top five accounting firms in the country, and the military, among others. Despite most US media attention now focusing on election-related chaos, the fallout from the hack continues to make headlines day after day.

The hack, which affected Texas-based software provider SolarWinds, was blamed on Russia on January 5 by the US government’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group. Their statement asserted that the attackers were “likely Russian in origin,” but they failed to provide evidence to back up that claim.

Jun 02 07:36

Before the Nakba: Images show Palestine then and now

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, which backed the Zionist campaign for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, changed the history of the Middle East.

But those 67 words also had fateful consequences for the environment in which Palestinians lived. Palestinian houses and cinemas, shops and mosques, train stations and markets were all lost in 1948, when thousands were driven from their homes amid the violence of the Nakba, the Arabic word for “catastrophe”.

Researcher and archivist Tarek Bakri, based in Jerusalem, was moved by the nostalgia and emotion still held by many displaced Palestinians for their former streets and neighbourhoods.

Jun 02 07:34

Netanyahu: Israel will thwart Iran's nuclear program even at expense of US ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be willing to risk ties with the US in order to thwart Iran's nuclear programme.

Netanyahu also called for the continuation of covert operations against Iran, adding: "I have said these things to my friend of 40 years, [US President] Joe Biden, and I told him, 'With or without an agreement, we will continue to do everything in our power to prevent Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons.'"

In an interview during a ceremony held by the new Mossad chief, David Barnea, Netanyahu pointed out that a nuclear Iran would be the greatest threat to Israel's existence.

"If we have to choose, I hope it doesn't happen, between friction with our great friend the United States and eliminating the existential threat — eliminating the existential threat" wins, Netanyahu said.

Jun 02 07:33

After Gaza Slaughter, Israel Wants Another $1 Billion Out of the US

After an 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza that killed at least 256 Palestinians, including 67 children, Israel has its hand out to its greatest ally for an additional $1 billion in “emergency” military aid, on top of the $3.8 billion Washington provides each year.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) confirmed that Israel will make the request a day after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “There is going to be a request made by the Israelis to the Pentagon on Thursday for $1 billion in aid to replenish Iron Dome batteries,” Graham told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.

The Iron Dome is one of Israel’s US-funded missile defense systems. After Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, President Biden promised that he would “replenish” the Iron Dome, a sign that getting the $1 billion out of Washington will not be very hard for the Israelis.

Jun 02 07:32

Israel’s New Mossad Chief Threatens More Assassinations and Attacks Inside Iran

On Tuesday, the new head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency suggested more Israeli covert attacks and assassinations inside Iran should be expected even as the US and other world powers are negotiating a revival of the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

“The Iranian program will continue feeling Mossad’s might. We are well acquainted with the nuclear program and its various components, we know personally the factors that operate in it and also the forces that drive them,” David Barnea said at his swearing-in ceremony, as quoted by Israel’s Ynet.

Barnea said the JCPOA negotiations show that Israel might have to act alone against Iran. “The agreement with world powers that is taking shape only reinforces the sense of isolation in which we find ourselves on this issue,” he said. “I say it clearly — no, we do not intend to act according to the majority opinion since this majority will not bear the consequences for the erroneous assessment of this threat.”

Jun 02 07:31

EU leaders condemn attacks on ICC probe into Israeli war crimes

More than 50 high-level officials from across Europe, including former prime ministers and foreign ministers, have signed an open letter condemning political interference in the International Criminal Court's (ICC) probe into alleged war crimes in Palestine.

The letter, published by the Guardian on Monday, is seen as a rebuke on world leaders such as former US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who have openly criticised the court's efforts to hold Israel accountable for suspected war crimes.

"We witnessed with serious concern the executive order issued in the United States by the former president Donald Trump and the sanctions designated against the court’s staff and their family members," the letter says.

Jun 02 07:31

EU representative calls for lifting Israeli blockade on Gaza amid ongoing ceasefire efforts

A European Union official called on Tuesday for the lifting of a crippling Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip which has been in place for fifteen years, also saying that a unified Palestinian government should be formed in order for reconstruction of the besieged territory to begin.

"These steps are not European Union conditions to the reconstruction [of Gaza], but a logical path to start this process," Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, the European Union representative for the Palestinian territories said, according to the Anadolu news agency.

He added that “democratic elections” should be held and praised Egyptian efforts to shore up a recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza following a deadly Israeli assault on the territory which left 254 Palestinians dead and hundreds more injured.

Jun 02 07:30

Israel Attacks, Destroys Syrian Army Post in Golan

The Israeli Army has attacked and destroyed a Syrian observation post in the Golan Heights. Israel presented this as a sovereignty violation by Syria, accusing them of having the post west of the line dividing Golan between Syrian territory and Israeli occupied and annexed territory.

Almost no nation recognizes Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, though President Trump said in 2019 that the United States does, making them the only nation offering such recognition.

Despite near-weekly attacks on Syria, this is a rare case for Israel, both in that their officials confirmed the attack and that Israel presented it as an attack on Syria, instead of it somehow being about attacking Iran or some other nation.

This time, Israel was just attacking Syria, and even if they view it as a sovereignty violation, virtually nobody in the world recognizes Israel’s territorial claims in this case.

Jun 02 05:52

Israel, Don’t Raise the Roof Beams High As You “Resettle” Lifta; Its Owners Will Return

The latest crisis in Palestine cannot be set aside as another passing episode in Israel’s forever war against the Palestinian people.

We are now witnessing shocks within Israel behind the Green Line, something that Israel had hitherto been able to contain. In the process, it pretended, along with much of the western world, that it is the “longest-lived democracy in the Middle East” and that only its continued occupation of the West Bank and its harsh blockade of Gaza undermine its “constitutional ideals”- ideals now exposed for what they’ve always been: Jewish supremacist in nature.

We know, as CJ Werleman wrote in Inside Arabia on May 14, 2021,

“Israel is a country built on racism, dispossession, and genocide. The recent rise in attacks by Israeli settlers, vigilante groups, and lynch mobs targeting Palestinians are a continuation of that history and must be addressed.”

Jun 02 05:38

F-35s bombing Gaza

The United States, which has four ammunition warehouse bases in Israel, also provides it with a large arsenal. Israel, which already has one of the most powerful Air forces in the world, is now testing F-35s in combat against the Palestinians.

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I guess even the F-35 looks good against an enemy that can't shoot back!

Jun 02 05:29

Israeli Arabs fired for 'political position' on day of general strike

Israelis from the Arab community say they have been fired their "political position" after they were absent from work on May 18, the day of a general strike during the latest war in Gaza and amid clashes between Muslims and Jews in mixed Israeli cities.

Ahmed and Rasha Agbaria both worked at a branch of the Victory supermarket chain on the outskirts of Tiberias.

They told Ynet that they and other Arab members of staff were informed in their letters of dismissal that they were being fired for taking a political stance.

In Ahmed's pre-dismissal hearing, which is required under Israeli law and of which a recording was received by Ynet, he was informed: "You did not come to work. You abandoned the store and harmed the functioning of the store. For me, this is a political position. You took a political position apparently without noticing."

Jun 02 05:27

Israel will request $1bn in additional American aid, says US senator

Israel, the largest recipient of US assistance, will ask for an additional $1bn in American aid to replenish its rocket defence system after the recent war on Gaza, US Senator Lindsey Graham announced on Tuesday.

Speaking to Fox News from Israel, Graham - a key Republican and staunch ally of former President Donald Trump - held a sign that read "more for Israel", calling on Congress and the current administration to approve the Israeli request for more funding.

The Israeli government already receives $3.8bn in US military aid annually.

Jun 02 05:26

Israel puts Jordanians on trial for crossing border fence to join Jerusalem protests

An Israeli court extended on Monday the detention of two Jordanian citizens who crossed a border fence with Israel to take part in protests in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in May.

Khalifa al-Anouz and Musab al-Dajeh walked more than 30km from their hometown in Smma, near the northern city of Irbid, before being arrested on 18 May by Israeli forces in the Jordan Valley.

The two men started their day-and-a-half journey on the evening of 16 May, and crossed groves near the Jordan River.

They were arrested in the area between Bisan town, known also as Beit Shean, and Tiberias in Galilee, in the north of Israel.

Khaled Mahajneh, the legal representative of Anouz and Dajeh, said that Israeli forces blocked their journey when they were spotted wearing the traditional Jordanian keffiyeh and dishdasha near an Israeli town.

Jun 02 05:21

Israeli Political Tension Has Risen To A Point Of Political Assassination

Israeli opposition leaders said they have undergone death threats in reply to their purpose to build a government that would remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a reaction that has put the spirit of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

“This is the time for all public leaders to come out in an unequivocal call against every threat, whatever the democratic decisions are,” said Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, per the Times of Israel. “We all need to respect them and avoid sparking a dispute — let alone, God forbid, a civil war.”

Jun 02 05:09

Netanyahu Vows ‘Not to Allow a Nuclear Iran,’ Even at Cost of Israel’s ‘Friction With US'

US President Joe Biden has promised to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists there “must be no return to the previous nuclear agreement.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes there's no bigger threat to the country than “the existential threat posed by Iran's attempts to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” reports Haaretz.

“Whether it is threatening us directly with extermination as a small and concentrated state with atomic weapons, or threatening us with tens of thousands of missiles backed with the threat of nuclear deterrence, it is a threat that threatens the continuation of the Zionist enterprise, and we must fight against this threat to no end,” Netanyahu said.

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Netanyahu needs a scary enemy and Iran will do just fine!

Jun 02 05:04

Israel starts construction of 350 settler units near Ramallah, defying intl. outcry

Israeli officials have laid the foundation stone for a new project to construct 350 settler units in the Beit El settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah, irrespective of the international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime’s illegal settlement expansion activities in occupied Palestinian territories.

Yuli Edelstein, minister of health, Amir Ohana, public security minister, Yoav Galant, minister of education and Ofir Akunis, regional cooperation minister, as well as Knesset speaker Yariv Levin of Likud and other Knesset members attended a ceremony on Tuesday to begin the construction of the new settlement units.

Speaking at the ceremony, Edelstein, who is a member of the ruling Likud Party, said the settlements and the land occupied by the Israeli entity “are more important than any person or any political situation.”

Galant, for his part, said his team had solidified settlement construction in the Beit El neighborhood.

Jun 01 12:02

Israel to Request Additional $1 Billion From U.S. Taxpayers For 'Emergency Military Aid'

America only exists to do "More For Israel," according to our sold-out political class.

GOP senators Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and Bill Hagerty all spent Memorial Day visiting Israel to demand Americans give "More For Israel."

The $40 billion Congress just agreed to give them and the $735 million in precision-guided missiles the Biden regime has agreed to sell them isn't even close to enough.

Jun 01 10:12

Israeli Authorities Approve 560 Settlement Units in Bethlehem

Israeli occupation authorities have approved plans for the construction of hundreds of new settler units on Palestinian land in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Wafa news agency reported.

The Director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission office in Bethlehem, Hassan Brijieh, said the construction of 560 new settlement units in Mtsad settlement, built illegally on Palestinian land in the villages of Kisan and Al-Rashaydeh, located southeast of Bethlehem, were approved yesterday.

Jun 01 09:33

Lost in (Hebrew) translation: peace, coexistence, harmony

"It would be unreasonable to expect a culture that lacks a lucid notion of peace and reconciliation to lead the region towards harmony and human brotherhood."

Jun 01 08:58

Lost in (Hebrew) Translation

Those who follow my work are probably familiar with the idea that there is no modern Hebrew word for peace (meaning harmony and reconciliation). The Hebrew Word Shalom (????) is interpreted in modern Hebrew as ‘security for the Jews.’ In Israel the reference to ‘shalom negotiation’ is construed as a premeditated set of conditions that guarantees ‘security’ for Jewish Israelis by means of: secure borders, disarmament of the Arabs, an American commitment to supplying arms to Israel, economic expansion and so on.

Jun 01 08:47

U.S. regrets U.N. move to launch Gaza probe

The United States said on Thursday that it deeply regretted a decision by the U.N. Human Rights Council to launch an international investigation into crimes that may have been committed in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The action today instead threatens to imperil the progress that has been made," said the statement issued by the U.S. mission to the U.N. in Geneva.

The United States, which has observer status and no vote at the Geneva forum, did not speak in the all-day special session which adopted a resolution brought by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and the Palestinian delegation to the U.N.

Jun 01 08:46

WhatsApp blocked accounts of Palestinian journalists covering Israel's war on Gaza

Dozens of Palestinian journalists have had their WhatsApp accounts blocked amid media coverage of recent armed confrontations between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

Journalists from Al Jazeera and the AFP news agency, based in occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, said they received messages from WhatsApp informing them that their accounts were blocked for breaching community standards.

Tahseen al-Astall, the vice president of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, told AFP that an estimated 100 journalists in Gaza had their WhatsApp accounts blocked.

Jun 01 08:45

Israel’s Netanyahu fights to block opposition parties from taking power

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies worked furiously Monday to keep opposition parties from forming a government that would displace him from Israel's top political job for the first time in more than 12 years.

Netanyahu backers slammed right-wing parties planning to join the broad-based coalition as “traitors,” picketed their homes and issued threats that led police to provide additional security to at least two of the targeted politicians.

The pressure came as members of the coalition finalized their agreement to form a power-sharing government that would include former Netanyahu allies, centrists and liberals, and even the indirect support of an Arab Islamist party. The arrangement, which could come up for a vote by the full parliament within the week, would potentially end more than two years of political stalemate in which no faction has been able to secure a governing majority after four inconclusive elections.

Jun 01 08:36

Israel: ‘A Villa in the Jungle’ or a Settler Colonial Zionistan?

The following article will tackle the phenomenon of racism inside the Israeli society. It will critically analyze the ideology that sustains racism inside the social fabric of Israeli society.

Despite the fact that the manifestation of racism in Israel is distinct and apparent against Mizrahi Jews, Ethiopian Jews, African refugees and foreign workers, nevertheless, this research article will concentrate on racism that is practiced against the indigenous Palestinian Arabs. Other types will be tackled in a future research article.

Consequently, the following research article will not review aspects and history of Zionist racism against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel, but will be a critical exploration of the reasons and motives that stand behind the phenomenon of Zionist racism.

Jun 01 08:35

Facebook battles reputation crisis in the Middle East

Facebook is grappling with a reputation crisis in the Middle East, with plummeting approval rates and advertising sales in Arab countries, according to leaked documents obtained by NBC News.

The shift corresponds with the widespread belief by pro-Palestinian and free speech activists that the social media company has been disproportionately silencing Palestinian voices on its apps – which include Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – during this month’s Israel-Hamas conflict. Examples include the deletion of hundreds of posts condemning the eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, the suspension of activist accounts and the temporary blocking of a hashtag relating to one of Islam’s holiest mosques. Facebook said these were technical glitches.

Jun 01 08:34

About That ‘Real Estate Dispute’ in Sheikh Jarrah

When the Israeli government describes the conflict over the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem as just a “real-estate dispute,” it has a point. Palestinian families are at risk of eviction (and some have already been evicted) from homes they’ve lived in for many years so that Jewish settlers, many of whom were born in Brooklyn, N.Y., can move into them. This is being done on the basis of a 1970 law that permits Jews to acquire Palestinian properties that are said to have been once owned by Jews. Also, under a 1950s law, the Israeli government claimed the properties of so-called “absentee” Palestinians, even if those individuals displaced by war and other means were refugees living elsewhere in Israel.

Jun 01 08:29

UN opens Israeli war crimes probe following Gaza war, calls for embargo

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted 24-9 Thursday to launch an investigation against Israel for alleged war crimes, including during the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and called for an arms embargo against the Jewish state.

An additional 14 countries out of the 47-member body abstained. None of the European Union countries supported the measure.

Jun 01 07:56

Betrayal of a Great Man by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society

I don’t use the word hero lightly. If you don’t either, you might ask how a rank and file sinner like me presumes to call out a Society that, however you feel about war, is made up of heroes: a small, astonishing Society where each and every member embodies character, selflessness, initiative, endurance, tenacity, and courage in the face of death. This Society, proven by feats of arms at the limits of what’s humanly possible, wears our country’s coveted Congressional Medal of Honor. Yes, heroes. But there’s a stain on the Society. Nobody else is calling them out. They’ve got it coming. So I’ll do it. So there.

Jun 01 07:29

Journalists and liberal Zionists are determined to push ‘apartheid’ charge down the memory hole

Today’s New York Times has a long and compelling feature article about the Palestinian “misery at the heart of the conflict,” including house demolitions and evictions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The most remarkable thing about the article, though, is what it leaves out, the systematic legal discrimination that fosters these conditions. In a word, the fact that Israel has been accused by leading human rights groups in recent months of the crime of “apartheid.”

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When a guy like South Africa's Bishop Desmond Tutu, who I have had the pleasure of hearing preach many years ago, at St. John's Episcopal Church on Adams Street in Los Angeles, tells me that the Israeli system is horrifically apartheid, I would really, really listen to him.

When it comes to apartheid, this man utterly knows about what he is speaking!!!!

Jun 01 07:11

WATCH: Israeli Police Vehicle Runs over Palestinian Boy for Raising Palestinian Flag

An Israeli Police vehicle Sunday ran over and injured a Palestinian child for raising a Palestinian flag on his bike in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Three Israeli police officers chased 12-year-old Jawad Abbasi who was riding his bike while raising a Palestinian flag, running over him and causing him bruises in the leg for raising the flag, which the occupation authorities ban in the occupied capital.

The child was briefly detained by the occupation forces for some time before he was let go for medical treatment.

Jun 01 06:50

Recantations Are All the Rage

Several things are happening simultaneously. Most important, Israel has lost the public opinion war in much of the world through its brutality during the recent attack on Gaza and it continues to lose ground even in the wake of a cease fire due to mass arrests of Palestinians and armed police intrusions in and around the al-Aqsa mosque. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is by its actions making clear that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine will continue at a time that he chooses. This in turn has produced a storm of criticism, including from Jewish groups and individuals, that is condemning the bloodshed and also sometimes explicitly seeking to distance Judaism the religion from Zionism, the political movement.

Jun 01 06:48

Revealed: The American Money Entwined with Israel’s Jewish Terrorist Groups

As Israel rained rockets down on Gaza in mid-May, inside 1948-occupied Palestine (Historic Palestine and modern-day Israel), another kind of Israeli terror emerged. Jewish supremacists stormed cities with high Palestinian populations chanting “Death to Arabs!,” attacking scores of Palestinians and vandalizing their properties.

The mob violence killed two Palestinian citizens of Israel, according to the Mossawa Center: the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel. And despite calls for calm, the attacks are ongoing. On Thursday, a Jewish mob dragged a Bedouin driver out of his car and beat him with glass bottles in northern Historic Palestine. Earlier, footage posted on social media showed Arab gas station workers lying on the ground after being surrounded and beaten by a Jewish mob in the town of Binyamina:

Jun 01 06:47

Israel superhero gets 'ratioed' by Captain Palestine

The comic book superhero genre is one of the great American art forms of the 20th century, its impact on popular culture is immense and it continues to thrive through other media such as blockbuster movie franchises and video games, not to mention a new generation of comics and graphic novels.

It is widely acknowledged that the Golden Age of comic books was pioneered by Jewish Americans which included the likes of DC's Superman by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster or Marvel's legendary writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby who were behind some of the most enduring, iconic superhero characters to date; Spiderman, Captain America and the Hulk to name but a few.

Amid the rise of Fascism in Europe and the Second World War, many of the superheroes became metaphors of the Jewish experience facing anti-Semitism and the Holocaust with characters having to live with dual or hidden identities in order to assimilate in a society that would otherwise shun them, as with the X-Men.

Jun 01 06:42

On The Hunt For Gas - War Drums In The Western Mediterranean

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Jun 01 06:11

US labour unions voice historic support for Palestinians

A growing number of American labour unions have endorsed statements in solidarity with Palestinians, with some going as far as to adopt the call to boycott Israel over its human rights and international law violations, creating a growing divide with the national union leadership that has largely remained silent on the issue.

One of the most significant of these shows of support came from the United Educators of San Francisco (USEF), a union that represents 6,000 teachers in the San Francisco school system, which voted on 19 May to approve a resolution endorsing the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) campaign - a non-violent initiative that encourages the censure of Israel's violations of international law and human rights standards through various boycotts.

"Therefore, be it further resolved, that UESF endorse the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel," the resolution said.

Jun 01 06:09

Israel elections: Yair Lapid, the man behind the scenes

Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right nationalist Yamina party, might soon ascend to the premiership - the most important role in Israeli politics - as the replacement of longstanding prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The real engine and mastermind behind this historic development is Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, with whom Bennett announced an alliance on Sunday in a bid to unseat Netanyahu.

Lapid’s most obvious contribution to this development of potentially historic consequences is the fact that while his party won 17 parliamentary seats to Yamina's seven in the last round of elections, he's offering Bennett the chance to serve as prime minister first in a planned role rotation between the two leaders.

At 57 years of age, Lapid is now playing a pivotal part in Israeli politics.

May 31 13:42

Israel's 'magician' Netanyahu faces final curtain after record run

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Long the familiar face of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has held on as prime minister for more than a decade, clinging to power through a criminal indictment and four elections in the past two years alone.

Now, the question is whether the 71-year-old Netanyahu, dubbed "the magician" by his admirers, has any cards left up his sleeve.

After years in which he exerted near-complete hegemony over Israeli politics, an emerging broad coalition of opponents could be about to unseat him.

"Fraud of the century," an indignant Netanyahu declared on Sunday, after fellow right-winger Naftali Bennett turned against him and opted to align with centrist opposition chief Yair Lapid despite a public promise that he wouldn't.

And while Netanyahu's Likud party has remained unflinchingly loyal to him, Gideon Saar, a disillusioned Likud defector, is in line to join the new government-in-making as head of his own New Horizon party.

May 31 12:30

Lindsey Graham Visits Benjamin Netanyahu, Holds Sign Demanding U.S. Give 'More For Israel'

South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham (R) visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to demand the US give "More For Israel" in addition to the $40 billion Congress just agreed to give them and the $735 million in precision-guided missiles the Biden regime has agreed to sell them.

May 31 07:06

Palestinian Patients in Jerusalem Face Loss of Gaza Homes from Hospital

Sitting at the bedside of her five-year-old son, who has leukemia, Mona al-Ghoul shifts her attention from Wassim as she tries to comfort him after a chemotherapy session, to her mobile screen as she absorbs the stream of news pouring in from Gaza.

For weeks, the 29-year-old mother has been dealing alone with her son’s illness at Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, where pediatric cancer patients in Gaza are referred for treatment. Signs of stress and sadness can easily be seen on her face.

Patients and their families at the hospital are going through some of their most difficult days as they cope with their situation against the backdrop of Israel’s assault on Gaza.

May 31 07:02

'Fraud of the Century': Bibi Slams Rivals' Efforts to Form a New Coalition Government

The chairman of the Israeli right-wing Yamina party announced Sunday he is ready to create a new coalition government after Netanyahu failed to do so. The Israeli prime minister has witnessed growing opposition to his rule recently, as large protests have been taking place over his COVID-19 response and corruption accusations.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fired back at efforts aimed at ousting him from power, warning about the dangers of forming a "left-wing government" and expressing doubt that anybody in Israel "would vote for [Naftali] Bennet", the chairman of the right-wing Yamina party who wants to create a coalition government with Yair Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party.

May 31 07:00

Caitlin Johnstone: Israel narrative management is getting incredibly desperate and brazen

More people are becoming conscious of the Palestine issue and politicians and pundits can no longer get away with painting themselves as progressive-minded humanists without acknowledging the brutal nature of Israeli occupation.

The National Director Emeritus for the Anti-Defamation League has announced on Twitter that he is cancelling his subscription to The New York Times, claiming that a front-page story featuring the photos of children killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza this month constitutes “blood libel” against Jews.

“I am cancelling my subscription to NYTimes,” tweeted Abraham Foxman. “I grew up in America on the NYT - I delivered the NYT to my classmates - I learned civics - democracy and all the news ‘fit to print’ for 65 years but no more. Today’s blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough.”

May 31 06:04

Exiting Mossad boss urges expansion of activity against Iran

The outgoing head of the Mossad spy agency has called for Israel to ratchet up actions against Iran to teach it a lesson and deter the Islamic Republic.

Yossi Cohen’s comments at a ceremony in central Israel on Sunday came after a period in which Iran’s nuclear program has been rocked by a series of mysterious setbacks, some of which are suspected to be attacks directed or carried out by Israel.

“Activity against the Iranian regime must be stepped up so that it understands that crossing the lines will cost it immense damage,” Cohen said at a ceremony at Bar-Ilan university, where he was given an honorary doctorate.

“To succeed we need leadership and courage, willingness to act. Today’s security operation is no less important than tomorrow’s war,” he said, describing security as “the foundation that enables us to live a meaningful life.”

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