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Oct 28 06:42

‘An Act of Cowardice’: 21 Israel-Based Groups Condemn Terror Label for Palestine NGOs

Twenty-one Israel-based civil society groups on Sunday joined Palestine defenders around the world in condemning the Israeli government’s labeling of six Palestinian advocacy groups as terrorist organizations, calling the move “an act of cowardice.”

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s “designation of prominent Palestinian civil society organizations, among them our colleagues in the Palestinian human rights community, as terrorist organizations is a draconian measure that criminalizes critical human rights work,” the groups said in a statement.

“Documentation, advocacy, and legal aid are fundamental activities for the protection of human rights worldwide,” the statement continued. “Criminalizing such work is an act of cowardice, characteristic of repressive authoritarian regimes.”

Oct 28 06:36

Israeli forces attack protesters against plans to turn Palestinian graveyard into biblical theme park

Palestinian protesters were attacked on Tuesday by Israeli forces as they demonstrated against the bulldozing of a cemetery in Jerusalem to make way for a theme park, according to local media.

Israeli forces attacked protesters who gathered and held prayers at Al-Yousufiyah Cemetery, where graves have been dug up and the site desecrated.

One of the protesters was detained by Israeli police.

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, said the planned theme park is an assault on the dead.

"The graves of human beings cannot be violated no matter the gender, nationality or religion," he said.

Oct 28 06:35

EU – Most of the Israeli accusations against Palestinian institutions of terrorism in the past have not been substantiated

The European Union said it is following all Israeli accusations against Palestinian human rights organizations that they support terrorism according to the Israeli classification.

A spokesman for the European Union (EU) said in a press conference that similar previous Israeli allegations had previously been untrue adding that past allegations of the misuse of EU funds in relation to a certain number of our Palestinian Civil Society Organisations’ partners have not been substantiated.

The EU spokesman said Counter-terrorism measures must be in accordance with all obligations under international law, in particular international humanitarian law and international human rights law, which include full respect for the rights to freedom of association and expression.

He added: “We take note of the listing of six Palestinian organizations by Israel’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), some of whom are implementing activities financed with the financing from the EU and its member states.”

Oct 28 06:19

State Dep’t says another 3000 Israeli settlement units are ‘unacceptable’

The new Israeli government this week moved forward on plans to build 3000 more units in illegal West Bank settlements; and yesterday the State Department issued its strongest opposition to the plans since Joe Biden took office, calling the plans “unacceptable.”

The State Department spokesperson said yesterday the U.S. “strongly” opposes the expansion of settlements. Said Arikat of Al Quds Daily said that U.S. lack of resolve appears to have emboldened Israel, and Ned Price responded:

We are deeply concerned about the Israeli Government’s plan to advance thousands of settlement units tomorrow, Wednesday, many of them deep in the West Bank.

In addition, we’re concerned about the publication of tenders on Sunday for 1,300 settlement units in a number of West Bank settlements. We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements, which is completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tensions and to ensure calm, and it damages the prospects for a two-state solution…

Oct 28 05:11

Israel calls the fight for Palestinian rights ‘terror’ - and so turns reality on its head

Did someone forget to tell Benny Gantz that Donald Trump is no longer the United States president?

It certainly looked that way last Friday as Israel’s defence minister - who has been presented as a force for moderation in an Israeli government led by the settler right - declared six leading Palestinian human rights groups to be “terrorist organisations”.

The move effectively outlaws the most prominent organisations in the Palestinian human rights community.

Despite the eternal bonds so often lauded by Israeli and US officials, President Joe Biden’s administration appeared to be caught off-guard by the announcement, despite claims from Israel that Washington had been forewarned.

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Oct 27 12:52

Succumbing to Zionist terror: Why are UK university administrators so stupid?

Stuart Littlewood highlights the fact that the UK's Bristol and Glasgow universities are the latest to renege on freedom of expression after caving in to Zionist bullying, noting that they stand accused of terrorising their own academics.>>

Oct 27 07:52

Over 100 Palestinians wounded after Israeli extremists march through Jerusalem

Oct 27 06:04

Israel’s ‘terrorist’ designation of Palestinian rights groups credits ‘apartheid’ label U.S. political establishment denies

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s declaration that six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups are “terrorist” organizations aimed at the “destruction” of the country has unleashed fury. “It’s a storm that won’t die down,” Owen Alterman of the Israeli broadcaster i24 News said yesterday. Liberal Zionists have said the designation is “deeply repressive,” and even the Biden administration raised an eyebrow. So now Israel is sending a delegation to Washington to try to prove the absurd/vague charge, which is based on alleged connections between the groups and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

One immediate effect of the declaration, which would ban organizations that fight for the rights of Palestinian prisoners and defend the rights of Palestinian children, is that it has put Israeli “apartheid” back in the news.

Oct 27 06:04

Israel officer raped Palestinian woman in exchange for work permit

A shocking account of the rape of a Palestinian woman by an Israeli officer seven years ago has emerged after the military's appeals court cleared the details of the case for publication earlier this week. The Palestinian women identified in court only as M. said that the Israeli officer abused his power by taking advantage of her need for a work permit and forced her to have sex with him.

The rape occurred in 2013 and 2014, and the officer's identity is still under a gag order. He was secretly convicted by an Israeli court in 2017 and a gag order was imposed on most of the details of the investigation. Details of the case, however, were cleared for publication after a request by the Israeli Ynet news site.

According to details of the case reported in Haaretz, the Israeli officer "told her that he liked her and began trying to have sex with her. M. expressed her refusal, but the defendant asked her to keep quiet."

Oct 27 06:03

Amazon and Google: partners in Israeli apartheid

The best-selling Irish novelist Sally Rooney is openly shunning Israel after recent reports from human rights groups warned that Israel practices apartheid, systematically oppressing Palestinians under its rule.

But while Israel risks becoming a pariah among some cultural producers, it is being aggressively embraced by globe-spanning corporations like Amazon and Google – among the wealthiest companies in history.

The two tech giants are not just lining up to do business with Israel. They are actively working to build and improve the technological infrastructure Israel needs to surveil Palestinians and confine them to the ghettos Israel’s army has created for them.

Through their collaboration on Israel’s Project Nimbus, both companies are helping to remove any pressure on Israel to make peace with the Palestinians and are instead becoming partners in Israeli apartheid.

Oct 27 05:39

Israel Calls the Fight for Palestinian Rights ‘Terror’ – and So Turns Reality on Its Head

It certainly looked that way last Friday as Israel’s defense minister – who has been presented as a force for moderation in an Israeli government led by the settler right – declared six leading Palestinian human rights groups to be “terrorist organizations”.

The move effectively outlaws the most prominent organizations in the Palestinian human rights community.

Despite the eternal bonds so often lauded by Israeli and US officials, President Joe Biden’s administration appeared to be caught off-guard by the announcement, despite claims from Israel that Washington had been forewarned.

Israeli officials were reported on Sunday to be preparing to fly to the US to share intelligence justifying the new “terror list”.

Oct 27 05:31

Palestinians outraged as Israel resumes 'bulldozing' ancient Muslim cemetery

A group of Palestinian Islamic scholars slammed Israel on Monday for resuming efforts to destroy an ancient East Jerusalem Muslim graveyard.

The Palestinian Muslim Scholars Association said that Israel has failed to consider Muslim sentiment in its plans to transform the Al-Yusufiyah Cemetery into a "biblical" park.

They accused Israel of trying to "Judaize" the ancient Muslim cemetery, and said that this would increase tensions with Israel, which has illegally occupied East Jerusalem since 1967.

The association said that Islamic scholars should continue to expose Israeli efforts to "Judaize" Palestinian areas of Jerusalem.

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A painted swastika on a gravestone and the media goes apeshit. Israel destroys an entire Muslim cemetery and the media yawns.

Oct 26 11:31

Israeli Official Threatens To Cut Power & Water To Proposed US Consulate For Palestinians

Two years ago as part of Trump's drastic US foreign policy shift on the Israel-Palestine issue which changed decades of a status quo understanding, the US administration had shut down the longstanding US consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem as part of the Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as exclusively the recognized capital of Israel.

As we detailed earlier, a showdown is brewing between the Israeli government and the Biden administration, given the US is now planning to reopen the consulate dedicated to Palestinian affairs in a stark reversal of the Trump policy - a move which has angered some Israeli officials to the point that there are now discussions and threats of shutting off water and electricity to the US consular building in the event it formally reopens.

Oct 26 07:07

Silwan: Palestinian neighbourhood turns into a nightly warzone

Every night, the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan turns into a warzone as youths confront Israeli occupation forces, Palestinian homes are raided and ransacked, young men and children arrested, shot at, and assaulted.

During the day homes are demolished and residents displaced as the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem Municipality pursues its policy of Judaisation of the occupied eastern part of the city to make way for Israeli settlers, a policy illegal under international law.

On Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court held a hearing for the Dweik family consisting of 26 members from the neighbourhood. They are fighting their eviction by the settler group Ateret Cohanim. The family continues to await a decision about the fate of their homes, which could determine that of other Palestinians facing displacement.

Oct 26 07:07

Settlers pepper-spray rights activists in West Bank

Settlers from a West Bank settlement attacked volunteers helping Palestinian olive farmers on Monday, the Rabbis for Human Rights group said, providing a video showing the incident.

A Rabbis for Human Rights activist was injured and required medical treatment in the attack, which came as he helped out with the olive harvest in the West Bank town of Awarta. According to the organization, the assailants were from the settlement of Itamar.

The attackers arrived on foot and quadbikes, then pepper-sprayed volunteers working with the Palestinians, according to the rights group, whose volunteers said Israeli security forces were present at the scene, but barely intervened.

Oct 26 07:05

Israeli Soldiers Destroy Water Line, Bulldoze Road, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Palestinian lands in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and bulldozed them leading to the destruction of a water line and a road.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and colonies in southern Hebron, said the Israeli bulldozers destroyed the waterline and a dirt road linking Masafer Yatta with the villages of al-Fakheet and Khallet ad-Dabe’.

Jabour added that the attack is not the first against the lands and the water networks in the area, and aims at removing the Palestinians and annexing their lands for the construction and expansion of the illegal colonies.

It is worth mentioning that the Committee, in cooperation with the Tiwana and al-Masafer village Council, has previously rehabilitated the road and the waterwork after a similar attack by the Israeli army.

Oct 26 07:05

Palestinians in Gaza call to save seven hunger-striking prisoners

Dozens of Palestinians staged a sit-in in solidarity with seven prisoners on a hunger strike in Israeli jails protesting their “administrative detention”.

The demonstration on Monday was organised by the Palestinian Detainees’ Commission and held in front of the International Red Cross Committee headquarters in Gaza City.

Participants called for the immediate release of the seven prisoners, chanted slogans, and held banners reading, “Administrative Detention is a crime” and “Stop Administrative Detention.”

The prisoners launched a hunger strike to protest against their administrative detention, according to the Detainees Affairs Commission.

Oct 26 07:04

Israel extends detention of Palestinian detainee on hunger strike

An Israeli military court confirmed on Sunday the detention order of Palestinian detainee Shadi Abu Aker, despite being on hunger strike for 63 days to protest his jailing without charges.

Shadi Abu Aker, 37-years-old, has been held by Israeli forces without charge since October 2020, based on repetitive detention orders.

His wife, Sajida Abu Aker, told The New Arab that the family has been waiting all year for his release and have no idea when he will be freed.

"Our older son is seven now [and] he has spent with his father no more than a full year, interrupted, because of his repetitive detentions," she said.

Abu Aker had been arrested several times by Israeli forces in recent years, mostly without charges.

Oct 26 07:04

Israel army detains Palestinian cancer patient and two children in West Bank raids

A cancer-stricken patient and two children were among 13 Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces during raids across the occupied West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

Abdul Basset Maatan, a teacher suffering from cancer, was detained after Israeli forces stormed his home in Al-Bireh, east of Ramallah.

Zuheer Maatan, Abdul Basset's brother, told The New Arab that Israeli forces persisted in taking him away despite his medical condition but allowed him to bring his medicines.

Ten-year-olds Yasser Arafat and Haitham Shukair were also detained after a raid on their parents' homes. The reason for their arrest was unclear.

Oct 26 07:03

Small business owners in Gaza grapple with debts and losses following Israeli attacks

Over the last decade Mahmoud Abu Shkyan has been a carpenter, a grocer, and a stylist, but today the 28-year-old father of one with another kid on the way is unemployed. His barbershop was destroyed in an airstrike last May, one day before a ceasefire was declared between Hamas and Israel during the most intense escalation of hostilities in seven years.

The shop itself was a modest 160 square foot room that squeezed in three salon chairs and a big sofa. In early 2021, Abu Shkyan borrowed $5,000 from friends and family to start the business and was earning around $350 a month.

He now has no way to repay the debt.

Oct 26 06:54

There Is No Escape for Israel from Growing Palestinian Power

There is no escape for Israel from growing Palestinian power. If nothing else, the upcoming Conference of the Alternative Palestinian Path in Madrid (Masar Badil in Arabic) will clearly and courageously embody that rising power on the world stage, at a time when Israel is increasingly fearful and unhinged by the surprising fact that Palestinians, even after decades of horrific colonial oppression, not only have yet to roll over and die as planned, but they are instead gathering more popular support worldwide than ever before.

Palestinians continue to resist their colonization at every turn. Right now, six Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strikes to demand freedom from arbitrary imprisonment without charge, “putting their lives on the line for liberation.”

In Ramallah, young people are affirming the path for liberation, stressing that the Palestinian struggle is an existential struggle, and must therefore never be linked to “solutions,” even if such solutions are interim.

Oct 26 06:36

WATCH: Israel Resumes Digging of Historic Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation authorities resumed on Monday the digging of a historic Muslim cemetery in the occupied city of Jerusalem, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Mustafa Abu Zahra, Head of the Committee for the Preservation of Islamic Cemeteries in Jerusalem, told WAFA that the Israeli municipal crews and officers of the so-called Nature Protection Authority continued to level parts of the cemetery, which lies adjacent to the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Oct 25 12:33

Palestinians renew threat to nix agreements with Israel

Palestinian leaders have renewed their threats to rescind all signed agreements with Israel, especially the Oslo Accords, saying they are also disappointed with the US administration’s “lack of interest” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinian Authority officials have stepped up their rhetorical attacks on the Israeli government, a move that is threatening to end an apparent thaw in relations between the PA and Israel.

In recent weeks, a number of Israeli ministers and officials, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz, visited Ramallah, where they met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian representatives.

Oct 25 11:23

US Vice-President Kamala Harris confronts a reality gap on Palestinians

Lawrence Davidson examines US Vice-President Harris's response to Zionist fury at her reply to criticism of US support for Israeli crimes in term of the "environment where the Zionists, despite the false nature of their claims, have created a stranglehold on the political fate of many American politicians".>>

Oct 25 07:15

Israel wants to silence rights groups reporting on violations: NGO official

Israel wants to shut down civil rights groups operating in occupied Palestinian territories who have been reporting on Israeli violations against Palestinians, an official from Al-Haq - one of the NGOs Israel designated as a "terrorist organisation" this week - has told The New Arab.

Tel Aviv has adopted "political decisions" against Palestinian rights organisations in attempt to silence them after they reported on its illegal activities against local Palestinians, Shawan Jabarin, the vice president of Al-Haq said.

"For many decades, Israel has tried to silence to all the civil human rights organisations operating in the Palestinian territories, so it can continue ongoing violations against the Palestinian people living under occupation," Jabarin said.

"It is unacceptable to stand by silently and watch Israeli aggression against Palestinians," Shawan stressed, adding that "this is the main reason that pushed Israel to label us as a terrorist organisations."

Oct 22 07:23

West Bank: Israeli settlers uproot hundreds of Palestinian village's olive trees

Israeli settlers uprooted more than 300 olive trees belonging to Palestinian villagers in the central occupied West Bank, at the peak of olive harvest season.

Farmers from al-Mazraa were surprised to find some 300 olive trees uprooted and broken on Thursday morning.

Saadeh Zaqout, the head of the council's village, told Wafa news agency that the olive trees belonged to Palestinian farmers who have plots near the illegal Israeli settler outpost of Kerem Reim, which is part of the settlement bloc of Gush Talmonim northwest of Ramallah.

Zaqout said that Israeli armed forces had recently blocked a road in the area with cement cubes to prevent Palestinian farmers from accessing their olive trees.

Oct 22 06:43

The Cultural Genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s Decision to Boycott Israel

The pro-Israel crowd on social media was quick to pounce on award-winning Irish novelist, Sally Rooney, as soon as she declared that she had "chosen not to sell … translation rights of her best-selling novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You to an Israeli-based publishing house".

Expectedly, the accusations centered on the standard smearing used by Israel and its supporters against anyone who dares criticize Israel and exhibits solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people.

Rooney’s laudable action was not in the least "racist" or "antisemitic". On the contrary, it was taken as a show of support for the Palestine Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), whose advocacy is situated within anti-colonial and anti-racist political discourses.

Rooney, herself, has made it clear that her decision not to publish with Modan Publishing House, which works closely with the Israeli government, is motivated by ethical values.

Oct 22 06:42

Israeli settlers attempt 'largest settlement expansion in Hebron in two decades'

Jewish settlers in the West Bank occupied city of Hebron said on Thursday they had begun work in the construction of a new neighbourhood.

"We are clearing the area for the beginning of the new project," Yishai Fleisher, spokesman for the settlers, told AFP.

Israel approved the construction four years ago on an Israeli military base and allocated more than $6 million to it.

The Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now is suing to stop the project, which it says is the first major expansion of the Jewish settlements in Hebron in two decades.

The neighbourhood would eventually contain 31 homes, Fleisher said.

Oct 22 06:41

Israel kills child and steals his body

Israel’s refusal to turn over the body of a 14-year-old child is hampering an investigation into his killing by a human rights organization.

On the evening of 14 October, Amjad Osama Abu Sultan went to a spot overlooking Route 60, near Beit Jala, west of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, with his friend Muhammad, also 14.

Route 60 is a highway used by Israeli settlers where Israeli gunfire has killed multiple Palestinians.

As Amjad allegedly lit a Molotov cocktail, six Israeli soldiers appeared from behind rocks and fired three shots at him without warning, according to human rights group Defense for Children International Palestine.

Israeli authorities called the boy’s parents later that night informing them their son had been fatally shot.

His father Osama Abu Sultan told media that the Israeli intelligence officer who called to inform him his son was dead tried to intimidate him by telling him to watch out for his other son.

Oct 21 06:08

Jewish Settlers Steal Olive Harvesting Tools, Crops from Palestinian Lands

Jewish settlers on Wednesday stole harvesting tools and olive crops from Palestinian lands in the northern occupied West Bank, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settler activities, told WAFA that residents of Qaryout village, south of Nablus, noticed that the olive harvest tools were missing.

The farmers used the tools to pick the olives in their lands located near the illegal Jewish settlement of Shavot Rahel were missing.

Daghlas added that the Palestinian farmers managed to stop the Jewish settlers who were stealing their crops and kick them out of their lands.

Oct 21 06:07

Jerusalem: Israel assaults and detains Palestinians celebrating the Prophet Muhammad's birth

Dozens of Palestinians were injured and arrested by Israeli forces while marking the birth of the Prophet Muhammad at Damascus Gate plaza in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Israeli military forces dispersed the Palestinians who gathered at Damascus Gate with skunk water, dogs, and beatings with clubs. They also fired stun grenades and teargas canisters, eyewitnesses told Middle East Eye.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that 17 people suffered various injuries caused by rubber-coated bullets, teargas suffocation, beatings and stun grenades. Ten Palestinians were hospitalised, while the rest were treated on site.

Oct 21 06:06

Detainees Committee: “Israeli Physicians Tried To Forcefeed Al-Qawasma”

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, on Wednesday evening, that Israeli physicians in the Kaplan Medical Center are trying to force-feed hunger-striking detainee Miqdad al-Qawasma, 24, who is ongoing with the strike he started 91 days ago.

The Committee said that that the attempt to force-feed the detainee was made while he was while he was tried to his bed in the Intensive Care Unit in Kaplan, the Committee added.

It added that the physicians tried to give him boosters and liquids, but he rejected their attempts.

Al-Qawasmi, from Hebron in the southern part of the West Bank, started the strike 91 days ago and is facing serious complications and his condition is gradually declining but is determined to continue the strike until Israel ends his arbitrary Administrative detention without charges.

The Committee also said that three Israeli jailors are constantly in the room where al-Qawasma is hospitalized, and are eating in front of him.

Oct 21 06:05

Freed Palestinian Mother Finally Allowed to Be Reunited with Her Family in Gaza

Nisreen Abu Kmeil, 46, from Haifa, was allowed by the Israeli occupation authorities on Wednesday to be reunited with her seven children and husband in the Gaza Strip after her release from an Israeli prison, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The spokesman for the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission, Hasan Abed Rabbo, told WAFA that the Israeli authorities refused to allow her to travel to Gaza – the Israeli authorities refused to allow her to travel to Gaza – claiming she owed the state a little bit over $1000 in back TV tax.

Oct 21 06:04

IDF removes gag on 2016 conviction of officer for raping Palestinian woman

An Israeli military officer who has been imprisoned since 2017 was convicted of raping a Palestinian woman, as well as committing sexual assault against other Palestinian women and a man and extorting them for sexual favors, among other crimes, a military court permitted news outlets to report on Wednesday, ending a years-long gag order on the case.

The Israel Defense Forces’ Court of Appeals decided to rescind the gag order on the affair, which was considered to have potentially serious security ramifications due to its dramatic nature, following an appeal by the Ynet news site and years of legal battles. In a statement, the military said the gag order had been deemed necessary, in part, “to preserve national security.”

Oct 20 08:59

Violent Israeli raids in occupied East Jerusalem wound dozens

Israeli forces violently raided Damascus Gate and surrounding streets in occupied East Jerusalem for the second day in a row during a Palestinian national holiday for the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

At least 22 Palestinians were wounded on Tuesday and 25 arrested, according to local media. The majority of those arrested were minors.

Oct 20 08:59

WATCH: Israeli Far-Right Lawmaker Carries Out Provocative ‘Visit’ to Palestinian Hunger Striker

Far-right Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir on Tuesday carried out a provocative visit to hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Meqdad Qawasmeh, and got into a confrontation with Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Arab Joint List, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Ben-Gvir, from the extremist Religious Zionism Party, claimed that he wanted to visit Qawasmeh, who was admitted to the Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot a few days ago, due to his rapidly deteriorating health condition, Haaretz said.

Oct 20 08:49

Vice President Harris Confronts a Reality Gap

What sort of gap exists when it comes to American support for Palestinian rights? Is it a generation gap or perhaps a perceptual gap leading to an argument over what is and is not true? This question was suggested, at least in my mind, on 28 September 2021 when Vice President Harris (age 56) paid a visit to George Mason University in northern Virginia. Actually, she was there for reasons that had nothing to do with Palestine or U.S. foreign policy. She was on a public relations excursion to “honor national voter registration day.” I do not know why her staff chose this venue, but it being a university, they built in a brief Q & A session.

Oct 19 07:34

Palestinian children, teachers flee school after Israeli tear gas strike

Palestinian students and teachers fled a school that was hit by tear gas in the occupied West Bank on Sunday afternoon after Israeli troops targeted a nearby protest.

The school in the West Bank village of Burin, south of Nablus, was overwhelmed by tear gas after Israeli forces used the substance indiscriminately when protests broke out in the area, Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official, told the Wafa news agency.

It came days after Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian residents nearby, during the olive harvesting season.

On Saturday, settlers were filmed lighting fires and throwing stones at a Palestinian home near Burin while Israeli forces stood by.

Oct 19 07:34

Israeli forces arrest 70-year-old Palestinian academic

Israeli forces on Monday arrested a leading Palestinian writer and academic at his home in Ramallah.

Ahmad Qatamesh, a 70-year-old researcher, lecturer, and author of more than 10 books, has spent a total of 14 years in Israeli prisons, mostly in administrative detention, without charge.

Khaled Qatamesh, Ahmed Qatamesh's brother, said that Israeli forces broke into his home at 3 am and asked where his sibling lives.

"I told them they should know since they have arrested him many times already. A few minutes later, they arrested him," he told The New Arab.

Qatamesh was last released from an Israeli prison in August 2020 after spending seven months in administrative detention.

Oct 19 07:01

Farmers in Gaza struggle to access lands near Israel

Ibrahim Atta looks out at a dusty field of grasses on a hot Gaza afternoon in early fall and declares this land was once a fertile “piece of heaven.” Twenty years ago, the 56-year-old Palestinian was a farmer, earning an income from selling produce grown on this nine-acre family plot.

Today Atta is no longer able to safely access the farm. The last time he tried to reach the land was in 2015. Israeli forces positioned on the other side of the fence “fired two tear gas bombs just under my feet,” Atta said. “I left and have not gone again. I just look at it from a distance and can’t get close, they may kill me.”

Oct 18 10:42

Bristol the latest UK university humiliated by agents of “a hostile foreign state”: What Prof David Miller did so wrong to justify being sacked remains a mystery

Stuart Littlewood explains how a concerted smear campaign by the UK's Zionist terror networks, coupled with rank cowardice by Bristol University, led to the sacking of Israel critic Professor David Miller.>>

Oct 18 06:04

WATCH: Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes near Nablus

Jewish settlers attacked on Sunday Palestinian homes in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that more than 30 settlers – residing in nearby illegal West Bank settlements built on Palestinian land – attacked Palestinian homes in the village of Burin but were confronted by the village residents who were able to fend them off.

Oct 18 06:03

IDF nominally censures officer who used excess force on protesters, Palestinian

The Israel Defense Force announced on Sunday that it would nominally censure an officer who was found to have repeatedly used excessive force against Israeli activists and a Palestinian in the South Hebron Hills.

The military said the officer — Maj. Maor Moshe, a deputy battalion commander from the Combat Engineering Corps — would not be eligible for promotion for the next three years and during that time would also not be permitted to attend a Command and Staff Course, a military program intended to prepare officers for more advanced positions.

However, as Moshe was only recently promoted to his current rank, he is unlikely to receive a promotion within the next three years anyway, making the practical significance of the punishment negligible.

Oct 16 06:59

Report: Palestinian Teen Kidnapped, Tortured by Jewish Settlers near Jenin

Zubeidi, whose leg was injured just two weeks prior to the incident, couldn’t keep up with his friends, who managed to escape back to their village, B’tselem added.

“The settlers drove towards me and hit me with their car, and I fell to the ground. The car stopped, and four settlers got out. Some were holding sticks. They attacked me and hit me in the shoulder, legs, and back,” Zubeidi told the rights group.

According to Zubeidi, the settlers bound his hands and feet and chained him to the hood of their car, before driving him to Homesh. Then, they slammed on the brakes, causing him to fall to the ground.

“Some of the settlers who were there ran over to me and started kicking me. One settler approached me and pepper-sprayed me in the face. It hurt and stung, and I screamed in pain. Then one of the settlers brought a piece of cloth and tied it over my eyes,” Zbeidi recounted.

Oct 15 10:58

After 92-Day Of Hunger Strike, Israel Freezes Administrative Detention Order Against Al-Fasfous

The Israeli High Court issued a ruling, Thursday, freezing the Administrative Detention order against Kayed al-Fasfous, 31, after 92 days of hunger strike, without actually voiding the order, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has reported.

The Committee stated that al-Fasfous is at the Barzilai Israeli medical center in a very critical condition, and added that freezing his Administrative Detention order does not mean canceling it, but is an Israeli maneuver by the Internal Security changing al-Fasfous’s status from a political prisoner to an “unofficial prisoner” who is also hospitalized and his room becomes guarded by hospital security instead of Israeli soldiers.

His family can visit with him as a patient in the Israeli hospital but are not allowed to transfer him to any other hospital, take him home, or to any other place, which means that he is still being detained, but not in prison.

Oct 15 10:32

Israeli settlers destroy 80 olive trees, assault Palestinian farmer near Ramallah

Israeli settlers destroyed more than 80 olive trees north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah as attacks on Palestinian farmers continue during the olive harvesting season.

Amin Abu Eliya, head of Al-Mughayyer village council, told the Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa that farmers woke up early on Thursday to find that their crops had been destroyed.

The settlers who destroyed and uprooted the trees live near the illegal Israeli settlement of Adi Ad and were heavily protected by occupying Israeli forces, Abu Eliya said.

The settlers and forces also assaulted a farmer, who was left with bruises after the attack.

Oct 14 07:09

Sweden moves to criminalize support for Palestine

In 2016, Sweden distinguished itself among European states by affirming that the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is a legitimate political movement that should be protected from repression.

But now, the government of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is moving towards criminalizing criticism of Israel and its racist state ideology Zionism under the guise of combating anti-Jewish bigotry.

This week, Sweden is hosting the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

It is being attended by Israel lobbyists and EU officials committed to muzzling criticism of Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

High-profile speakers include UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Isaac Herzog, Israel’s new president who has long dehumanized Palestinians and Muslims and promoted violence against them.

Oct 14 07:08

Photos reveal brutal Israeli treatment of activists, farmers during olive harvest

A photo of an armed Israeli soldier, surrounded by dozens of his fellow soldiers, standing on the back of a Palestinian man as he lie face down in the ground went viral on Palestinian social media this week.

The photo was taken in the midst of a brutal Israeli crackdown on activists as they attempted to escort a group of Palestinian farmers to their land in order to harvest their olive trees in the al-Ras area west of Salfit, in the northern occupied West Bank.

Activists and local farmers who were at the scene told Mondoweiss that the man in the photo, Palestinian activist Mohammed al-Khatib, was violently beaten, kicked, and punched in the face by Israeli soldiers before he was thrown on the ground and dragged across the rugged terrain before he was stepped on, and eventually blindfolded and taken into custody.

Oct 14 06:51

IDF troops maced by settlers while responding to alleged attack on Palestinians

An Israel Defense Forces officer and soldier were lightly hurt on Wednesday evening after being maced with pepper spray by an Israeli near the illegal West Bank outpost of Adei Ad.

The military said the “serious” incident occurred after representatives of the IDF’s District Coordination and Liaison center in the Ramallah area were called to the scene due to a report of a “nationalistic crime.”

While the two soldiers were talking to a Palestinian man who reported that settlers had destroyed olive trees in the nearby town of al-Mughayyir, a number of young settlers, some of them masked, reportedly attempted to attack the man with a metal rod.

Amid the confrontation, one of the settlers sprayed pepper spray into the military vehicle, lightly hurting the two.

Oct 14 06:50

Occupied West Bank: When a walk to school is fraught with fear

Travelling to and from school is a normal, relatively straightforward activity for most children across the world.

But for kids from the Israeli-occupied West Bank village of Luban Ash-Sharqiya, south of Nablus, it is a game of cat and mouse, as they try to avoid Israeli settlers and soldiers on the roads leading from their school to their village.

Luban Ash-Sharqiya is home to about 3,500 Palestinians, 20km south of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank. Two illegal Israeli settlements, Eli and Ma’ale Levona, straddle the sides of the village and are built on land belonging to it.

Every afternoon, Israeli military units are stationed at the village’s entrance near the main highway between Ramallah and Nablus.

Oct 13 12:49

“A Huge Deal”: Amazon, Google Workers Demand Companies Sever Ties With Israeli Military

By Kenny Stancil

Roughly 400 Amazon and Google workers on Tuesday condemned their employers for contributing to the surveillance and dispossession of Palestinians by selling cloud services to the Israeli military and government and urged both companies to cut ties with the oppressive regime.

“We have watched Google and Amazon aggressively pursue contracts with institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and state and local police departments,” wrote the “employees of conscience,” who chose to remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation.

“These contracts are part of a disturbing pattern of militarization, lack of transparency, and avoidance of oversight,” says the letter, which had been signed by nearly 100 workers at Google and more than 300 at Amazon when The Guardian published it just after 12 pm ET...

Oct 13 08:02

Majority of Israelis dismiss likelihood of peace with Palestinians: Survey

Most Israelis see a slim chance of reaching peace with Palestinians in this decade and believe that politicians who called for a military attack on Iran to halt its nuclear project were right.

According to a survey by Israel Democracy Insitute, 87 percent of Israelis, including Palestinian citizens of Israel, believe that in the next five years, the possibility of establishing peace with Palestinians is very low.

The priorities of Jewish Israelis focused instead on internal issues, with 35 percent saying that stabilising the economy ranked at the top of their interests.

Oct 12 20:20

Why Is PayPal Denying Service to Palestinians?

By Jillian C. York

For many years, Palestinian rights defenders have championed the cause of Palestinians in the occupied territories, who are denied access to PayPal, while Israeli settlers have full access to PayPal products. A recent campaign, led by Palestinian digital rights group 7amleh, calls on PayPal to adhere to its own code of business conduct and ethics, by halting its discrimination against residents and citizens of Palestine. 7amleh has also published a detailed report on PayPal’s actions in Palestine.

This is not the first time PayPal has denied service to a vulnerable group; the company routinely cuts off payments to those engaged in sex work or the sale of sexually explicit content, and last year, PayPal division Venmo was sued for blocking payments associated with Islam or Arab nationalities or ethnicities...

Oct 12 09:40

Footage shows Israeli forces assaulting young men at Bab al-Amoud area in al-Quds.

Oct 11 10:07

Palestinians Condemn American Zionist Plans to Desecrate Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem

Palestinian officials condemned on Saturday the intention of American Zionist groups to hold a ceremony at the Mammilla cemetery in West Jerusalem, considering it a desecration of the Islamic graveyard and a flagrant violation of international law, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to WAFA, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and the Chief Islamic Justice, Mahmoud Habbash said in two separate statements that the historic cemetery includes the remains of Muslim leaders and residents of Jerusalem who have been buried there for more than a thousand years.

Oct 10 07:39

How Apartheid Israel stifles Palestinian education and scientific research

An educated citizenry and advanced scientific research capacity are key drivers of sovereign national development.

No one knows this better than “Start-Up” Israel. According to one recent estimate, Israel has the third most educated population in the world (behind Canada and Japan).

As for the five million Palestinians living under permanent belligerent Israeli rule and presumptive apartheid, Israel honors this truth in the breach — systematically impeding Palestinian access to education, and the ability of Palestinian scientists to carry out research.

Oct 10 07:38

Israeli media attack journalist who exposed settler violence

After masked settlers attacked a Palestinian community as soldiers looked on last month, the response in Israel has been to attack and silence the messenger.

Basil al-Adraa, a Palestinian journalist and human rights defender, documented the violence in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank on 28 September. The incident “received wide media coverage,” according to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group.

Al-Adraa’s report on the settler rampage, co-authored with Yuval Abraham, was published on the Israeli website +972 Magazine under the title “Scenes from a Jewish pogrom” (the attack occurred on the final day of the Jewish holiday of Simhat Torah).

In the report, Palestinian residents described the terrifying assault on their community that left a toddler with a fractured skull after a settler threw a stone at his head.

The attack began when settlers assaulted a shepherd and slit the throats of three of his sheep in Mufaqara village.

Oct 10 07:38

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza apply for work in Israel after years-long ban 'lifted'

Thousands of Palestinians gathered in front of the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce in Gaza on Wednesday to apply for Israeli work permits, after reports that a years-long ban on the permits is to be lifted.

The applicants, who included unemployed workers, graduates, and elderly people, held their personal documents to register their names and apply to enter Israel for work.

A total of 7,000 permits will be granted to Palestinian labourers, an Israeli security official told AFP, up from 5,000 workers and traders allowed in August.

Israel is only accepting applications from those between the ages of 26 and 58, according to an official at the Chamber of Commerce.

Oct 10 07:16

Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in East Jerusalem’s Silwan may lead to war – but West doesn’t care

An Israeli court has overturned this week’s ruling allowing Jewish silent prayer in al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as provocative. A possible escalation has been averted, but for how long?

Following months of Israeli-Palestinian tensions over Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jerusalem Magistrates Court ruled this Wednesday that Israeli Jews may perform prayers inside Islam’s third holiest site, al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli police had, in the past, placed a blanket prohibition on Jewish prayer at the site, citing security concerns. Yet, since 2019, Israeli settlers have regularly stormed the site, accompanied by the police, in order to perform silent prayers, acts viewed by many as provocative.

Oct 08 08:06

Iron Dome Funding: Don’t Be Deceived – US Aid to Israel Is Not About Saving Lives

Battles in the US Congress that erupted again this week, holding up an extra $1bn in military funding for Israel, underscored just how divorced from reality the conversation about US financial aid to Israel has become, even among many critics.

For 48 hours last month, a small group of progressive Democrats in the US House of Representatives succeeded in sabotaging a measure to pick up the bill for Israel to replenish its Iron Dome interception missiles. The Iron Dome system was developed by Israel, with generous financial backing from successive US administrations, in the wake of the 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Today, it ostensibly serves to protect Israel from short-range, largely improvised rockets fired intermittently out of Gaza.

Oct 08 08:05

Jewish Settlers Brutally Attack Palestinian Farmers during Olive Harvest

Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers on Thursday during the olive harvest in the town of Burin, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that some 60 Jewish settlers attacked the olive harvesters in an area south of Burin.

One of the farmers confirmed that the settlers, who came from the illegal Yitzhar settlement, attacked his family and other farmers while they were harvesting their olive crops.

Oct 08 08:05

Israel army fails to act after settler fires toward Palestinians with soldier's weapon

The Israeli army did not refer a case to police about a Jewish settler who fired shots towards Palestinians in the occupied West Bank using a soldier's firearm.

Footage of the attack near the Havat Maon settlement in the South Hebron Hills in June was taken and shared widely in media.

The Israeli army probed the incident saying that the weapon was taken without authorisation and that it was returned to the soldier once the settler had fired it, Haaretz reported on Thursday.

The military discovered the identity of the settler on 26 June - the day the shooting occurred.

Oct 06 08:57

Assailants Tried to Attack Wounded Palestinian Child Inside Ambulance, Israeli Police Say

An investigation into an attack by Jewish settlers on the Palestinian village of Khirbet al-Mufkara has found that there was an attempt to attack a wounded 3-year-old while he was inside the ambulance that came to take him to the hospital.

A relative of the 3-year-old, Mohammed Hamamda, told Haaretz that alongside that incident and while the child was on a stretcher outside the ambulance alongside his uncle, who was also injured by stones, three masked settlers hurled rocks at them.
The assault by dozens of masked settlers in the West Bank village of Khirbet al-Mufkara wounded six people, one of whom was the toddler who suffered a head injury when stones were thrown at his house.

On Monday, the detention of two of the Israeli suspects that had remained in custody following the attack was extended. Both suspects are minors.

Oct 06 08:56

Jewish Settlers Assault Palestinian Shepherds in Jordan Valley

Jewish settlers assaulted Palestinian shepherds in the Khillet Makhoul area, in northern Jordan Valley, on Tuesday, for the second day in a row, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Aref Daraghmeh, a human rights advocate, told WAFA that illegal Jewish settlers have been chasing Palestinian shepherds since the early morning hours, noting that they sprayed one of them with pepper as they kicked them out of the pastures.

Oct 06 08:56

Two Palestinians in hospital as hunger strike over Israeli administration detention continues

A Palestinian detainee on hunger strike was transferred to hospital on Monday, as five other detainees also continue to refuse food in protest at their detention without charge by Israeli authorities.

Kayed Fasfous, a 32-year-old Palestinian, has been on hunger strike for 83 days, protesting his administrative detention by Israeli forces.

He was taken to Israel's Kaplan Hospital after his health deteriorated, the Palestinian Prisoners Club and his family have said, as five other detainees continue their hunger strike.

"[He is] suffering from severe pain in his stomach and articulations, heart irregularities and throat infection due to the lack of water intake," his brother, Khaled Fasfus, told The New Arab.

Oct 06 08:54

Israeli Court: Sheikh Jarrah Families Can Stay in Their Homes for 15 Years as ‘Tenants’

The Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) has provided four Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah an offer that would allow them to remain in their homes for 15 years as “protected tenants”, The Middle East Monitor reported.

The ruling, MEMO continued, would also list Jewish-owned Nahalat Shimon company as the owners of the property, while the three Palestinian families would be forced to pay rent biennially in the sum of 2,400 shekels ($743).

Oct 05 09:47

The Brutality of Denying Water to Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills

Abu Hani and his family live only two kilometers from the Israeli settlement outpost of Avigayil in the occupied South Hebron Hills. But unlike Avigayil’s residents, who are connected to Israel’s national water grid, Abu Hani and his children are barred from doing so. Not only do they not receive a drop from Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, the Israeli authorities also prohibit them from maintaining cisterns for storing rainwater, as they had been doing until Israel took over the area.

Abu Hani, like many other Palestinian breadwinners in the South Hebron Hills, is forced to travel great distances and pay exorbitant prices in order to fill up a rusty container that will provide his family with water.

Oct 05 07:16

WATCH: Jewish Settlers Steal Olive Crops from Palestinian Lands

Palestinians have complained that Jewish settlers have stolen the olive crops from their lands located near the illegal settlements, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Monday.

Khalil Taqtaq, a landowner from Salfit, in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that a local farmer reach his land near the illegal settlement of Arial on Sunday.

The farmer, 26 trees on more than 50-dunum plot of land who owns found out that the Jewish settlers had stolen the crops from his olive trees, according to WAFA.

Oct 05 07:15

Israel-Palestine: Settler attacks on Palestinians more than double in two years, says report

Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian villages and properties in the occupied West Bank have more than doubled in the first half of 2021, compared with the same statistics over the past two years, Haaretz reported on Sunday.

The spike may be linked to a change in tactics from authorities following the death of teenage settler Ahuvia Sandak, who died in a car crash fleeing Israeli police, and the killing of 52-year-old mother Esther Horgan by Palestinians in December 2020.

To avoid confrontation, Israeli authorities created what officials described as a "permissive atmosphere", including allowing settlers to "let off steam", according to the Israeli newspaper.

In 2019, 363 settler attacks were reported, while in 2020, that number was 507.

Oct 05 07:13

Palestinian Man Lies in Front of Israeli Bulldozer in Last-Ditch Attempt to Save His Land

Ahmad Samrin lay down in from of an Israeli bulldozer Sunday to try to non-violently prevent the bulldozer from destroying his family’s land in Silwan neighborhood in Jerusalem – an area that has become a flashpoint in the past two years as Israeli municipal authorities have tried to force Palestinian landowners off their land. Israeli authorities have publicized their plan for the neighborhood, which is to remove the Palestinians who have lived there for generations and to destroy their homes and orchards, and then to turn the neighborhood into a tourist site.

The Samrin family land is located in the Wadi Al-Rababa are of Silwan, and is the last remaining green land of Silwan. The land in question faces the southern facade of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

Oct 05 07:13

Jerusalem: Palestinian man resists Israel order to self-demolish home

Nidal al-Rajabi stands in the beautifully decorated front yard in his home in the al-Bustan neighbourhood of the Palestinian town of Silwan.

Surrounded by plants and soft furnishings, Rajabi, 45, specialised in the details of the interior and exterior design of his home, paying special attention to the front yard where all the family festivities took place.

Now Rajabi has been given 21 days' notice by Israeli authorities to either demolish his own home, or vacate it and let the municipality knock it down.

It was only three months ago that Rajabi's commercial store, adjacent to his house, was demolished by authorities, also under the pretext that it had been built without a permit.

Oct 05 07:12

Euro-Med Monitor at HRC: 97% of Gaza’s Water is Undrinkable (VIDEO)

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH) said in a joint oral statement during the 48th session of Human Rights Council (HRC) that the long-term Israeli blockade has caused a serious deterioration of water security in Gaza, making 97% of the water contaminated, while the residents of the besieged enclave are forced to witness the slow poisoning, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Euro-Med Monitor and GIWEH talked in their statement about the severe deterioration in the Gaza Strip’s water security, mainly due to Israel’s prolonged siege, punctuated by periodic military assaults, WAFA noted.

Oct 05 05:34

Jewish Settlers Destroy Scores of Olive Trees near Nablus

Illegal Jewish settlers on Sunday chopped off dozens of olive trees in the village of Burin, in the occupied West Bank province of Nablus, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Jewish settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that the villagers were shocked to find out in the morning that dozens of their olive trees had been chopped down by Jewish settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Yitzhar.

The attack comes as Palestinian farmers across Palestine are gearing up for the annual olive harvest season, which they usually mark at the onset of October each year.

Settler violence against Palestinian civilians, even though almost daily, has in recent years intensified during the crucial olive harvest season.

Oct 04 10:25

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Injure 90 Palestinians Near Nablus

Update: Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, at at least ninety Palestinians during protests in Beit Dajan and Beita towns, east and south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, during processions against the illegal colonialist activities on the Palestinian lands.

– The Palestinain Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has reported that the soldiers injured ninety Palestinians in Sbeih Mountain in Beita town, and in Beit Dajan.

– The PRCS added that among the wounded 13 who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets in Beita, and 13 in Beit Dajan,

– 74 Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhaltion, in addition to cuts and bruises.

Oct 04 07:11

US Blinken: ‘Sheikh Jarrah Could Lead to War’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday expressed his concerns about the expulsion of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah and increasing tension at Al-Aqsa Mosque, fearing that this could lead to a new war, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Speaking to Israeli Walla! news website, Blinken stated that the US understands the necessity to return Israeli soldiers captive in Gaza to their homes and that the US will help. However, according to MEMO, he rejected linking this to the reconstruction of Gaza, which: “has urgent needs and we should give them hope.” Blinken noted: “This is the only way to prevent a new war.”

According to Walla!, Blinken shared that he spoke with Saudi and Qatari counterparts and briefed them on his talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, asking them to mobilize the reconstruction of Gaza.

Oct 04 06:48

Israeli Soldiers Shoot A Child In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, a Palestinian child with a rubber-coated steel bullet and caused dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers shot a child, 11 years of age, with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg.

He added that the soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing scores of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The procession started from the center of the village, before the residents marched while chanting for the liberation of Palestine, and against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, its escalating violations, and colonialist activities, in Qalqilia and across occupied Palestine.

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You gotta be a real manly man to shoot a kid!

Oct 03 08:34

A problem of clerical hypocrisy: The case of influential US Rabbi David Wolpe

Lawrence Davidson views the double standards of "Jews and non-Jews who think of themselves as liberals, progressives, devoid of racism, proponents for peace" but support Israeli racism and crimes, highlighting influential US Rabbi David Wolpe as an example.>>

Oct 03 07:50

US ‘Strongly Condemns’ Jewish Settler Attacks on Palestinians near Hebron

The State Department on Thursday spoke out against a violent attack by extremist Jewish settlers on the Palestinian village of Al-Mufaqara, in the occupied West Bank, that injured at least 12 people, including a 3-year-old boy, Quds News Network reported.

“The US government strongly condemns the acts of settler violence that took place against Palestinians in villages near Hebron in the West Bank on September 28,” a State Department official said in a statement distributed to journalists who requested comment on the matter.

Oct 03 07:37

WATCH: Israeli Forces Injure Five Palestinians in Beit Dajan

Israeli forces injured at least five Palestinians on Friday as they attacked the weekly protest against illegal Jewish settlements in the village of Beit Dajan, near Nablus, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC).

Israeli occupation soldiers fired rubber-coated rounds and stun grenades at the protesters, injuring five of them, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, adding that two of the wounded were moved to hospital for medical treatment.

Oct 03 07:31

“Don’t Buy Into Occupation” Coaltion: Billions in European Financial Support to Companies in Illegal Israeli Settlements. Report

672 European financial institutions have financial relationships with 50 businesses that are actively involved with illegal Israeli settlements. These financial institutions provided US$ 114 billion in the form of loans and underwritings and held investments to the amount of US$ 141 billion in shares and bonds of these companies. This is the key finding of a new research report published today by a cross-regional coalition of Palestinian and European NGOs, which looked at financial flows between January 2018 and May 2021.
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Oct 01 11:00

WAFA: “Settlers plant Palestinian-owned land as means to seize it south of Bethlehem”

Israeli settlers today planted a Palestinian-owned plot of land as a means to seize it in Tuqu‘ town, east of Bethlehem, according to a local activist.

Hassan Breijah, a local anti-settlement activist, said that a group of settlers planted a plot of land, east of the town, with olive saplings as a prelude to seize it. The land belongs to Khalil Hmeid.

Located 12 kilometers to the southeast of Bethlehem city, Tuqu‘ has a population of some 9,300 and occupies a total area of 191,262 dunams.

Sep 30 09:39

VP Harris to student who accused Israel of 'genocide': Your truth must be heard

During a discussion with students about National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, US Vice President Kamala Harris did not challenge a comment by a student at George Mason University in Virginia who accused Israel of “ethnic genocide” and defended her right to say it.

The student, who identified herself as part-Yemeni, part-Iranian and “not an American,” also expressed outrage at US funding of the Iron Dome.

She said America affects her life “every day” due to military funding it gives to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Sep 30 06:22

Israeli PM’s speech to UN leaves out ‘Palestinians’ and blames destruction of Gaza on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gave a speech to the U.N. General Assembly Monday in which he said that Israel has a diverse democracy “in the toughest neighborhood on earth,” and Iran is trying to destroy Israel through its “terror” proxies.

Bennett never mentioned Palestine or Palestinians (as major media have reported). No, Israel’s refusal to grant rights to Palestinians, and Palestinians’ refusal to accept that discrimination, is a minor issue that Israel wants the world to forget about in the era of Israeli deals with Arab states. Bennett also brushed the Palestinian issue aside when he met with Joe Biden in August.

No one thinks about the conflict in Israel, Bennett said.

Sep 30 06:22

Why Palestinians are divided

The political division in Palestinian society is deep-rooted, and must not be conveniently reduced to the Hamas-Fatah split, or disagreements around elections—and the lack thereof—and the Oslo Accords. The divisions are linked to events that preceded all of this and are tied to the issue of who is the representative of the Palestinian people. Today’s disunity is the outcome of one political party’s decades-long sortie becoming dominant.

This dates back to Palestinian politics prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948 on the ruins of historic Palestine, when various Palestinian clans fought for control over the entire Palestinian body politic. Disagreements led to conflict, often violent, though, at times, it also resulted in relative harmony, for example, the establishment of the Arab Higher Committee (AHC) in 1936.

Sep 28 11:37

With militarised media as a weapon of mass deception, what is the plan?

Fernando Guevara argues that mainstream media, the police and other "civilian institutions", have become militarised. "Even on the internet, algorithms are re-set to catch what suits Zionists/Israel, while a lot of what sheds light on their terror is simply removed/de-platformed.">>

Sep 28 10:40

Al-Aqsa: Settlers storm mosque and raise Israeli flags

Hundreds of Israeli settlers on Monday stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City and raised Israeli flags, in a move seen as "provocative" by Palestinians.

Over 770 Israeli settlers, accompanied by security officers, broke into the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on Monday morning and again in the afternoon, local media reported.

They entered through the Moroccan Gate on the western side of the site, which the Israeli authorities have controlled since the beginning of the occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967.

Sep 28 06:48

Let's Arm the Gazans!

Well, here we go again. The Israelis, in collusion with no less than 420 criminals in the US Congress, have again ripped off the US taxpayer. I stop short of calling the congresscritters “traitors” because the US Constitution, which defines the word, requires that one actually be cooperating with a declared enemy of the United States to be so described. Israel is not yet an enemy as defined by a declaration of war from that same Congress, which is instead intent on showering our goods and even our freedoms on the Jewish state. Indeed, Israel has so corrupted our political system that it receives far more in benefits from the federal treasury than does any American state.

Sep 27 07:11

Philly activists target billionaire Jeffrey Yass over his connections to Israeli apartheid

He might not get as much publicity as other powerful megadonors, but Jeffrey Yass is a libertarian billionaire, CEO of the Susquehanna International Group, and the richest person in Pennsylvania. He’s helped wage a war against public education, donates money to various right-wing PACs, and helped finance Democratic Andrew Yang’s failed mayoral run in NYC.

Yass is also the primary funder for something called the Kohelet Policy Forum, which one activist described to me as “Israel’s ALEC.” The group pushes libertarian policies in the country and promotes settlement expansion. It even lobbied the Knesset to help pass the 2018 Nation-State law which grants greater rights to Jews than non-Jews (including land rights, language rights, and the “exclusive” right of “national self-determination”).

Sep 27 07:10

Israel-Palestine: Normalising apartheid under the guise of 'shrinking the conflict'

Kfar Adumim is, in many ways, an archetypal Israeli settlement. Established in 1979, it is, like all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a violation of international law. Located near Jerusalem, it is part of a cluster of colonies designed to fragment Palestinian territory.

Built at the expense of Palestinians, its residents - who, like the historic settler enterprise writ large, are a secular-religious mix - continue to play a role in efforts to dispossess Palestinians.

There is no concept of Palestinian rights, identity or history; they are simply an annoyance and a complication

Kfar Adumim is a part of an inherently discriminatory regime; a war crime. At the same time, the settlement is very much part of the so-called “consensus” among Israeli political parties. As a Meretz candidate put it in 2019: “There is no danger [of a future evacuation] for Kfar Adumim.”

Sep 27 07:08

Israel: police work in league with crime lords, say victims of gun violence

Israeli police officers have been accused of working in league with crime lords and not caring about the death of Palestinians as anger grows over their failure to get to grips with gun crime in mainly Arab towns within the occupation state. At least 93 people have been the victim of gun violence since the start of 2021.

Victims' families and activists have begun to speak out and direct their frustration at the Israeli police. They claim that the killing of Palestinians in Arab cities is a very low priority, and if the police took the death of Palestinians as seriously as prison breaks they could very easily arrest those responsible for the killings.

Sep 27 06:34

Over 70 children among hundreds of Palestinians injured by Israeli forces in West Bank

More than 500 Palestinians, including over 70 children, were wounded as a result of attacks by Israeli armed forces over the past two weeks in the West Bank, a UN report has revealed.

A biweekly report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 568 people, amongst them 73 children, were injured in assaults carried out by Israeli authorities.

It said out of those, 320 were wounded during demonstrations against Israeli settlement activities in the Nablus district.

Despite being illegal under international law, Israel has insisted that it will keep building settlements in the West Bank, large areas of which fall under its control.

Almost half a million people live in these settlements, alongside 2.8 million Palestinians.

Sep 27 05:55

‘Bizarrely huge’ Nazi flag ‘flown by Palestinians’ makes skeptics cry ‘Photoshop’ (it was not)

Many commenters cried foul after an image of an enormous-looking Nazi flag flying over a Palestinian town in the West Bank was shared by pro-Israeli accounts. It apparently was a trick of perspective, not poor Photoshop skills.

One can see how the photo, which was reportedly taken in the town of Beit Ummar, could challenge someone’s suspension of disbelief. The swastika-decorated flag shown in it looks huge in comparison to houses in the background and appears to be unnaturally stuck between power lines. So, skeptical commenters rushed to point out what they saw as glaring inconsistencies when the image was shared this weekend on social media.

This image was altered from its original form. They neglected to edit out one of three wires. This is deliberately misleading. For shame. @verified@TwitterSafetypic.twitter.com/NBPKwRkilR

Sep 24 10:04

The holocaust alliance’s void-for-vagueness definition of “anti-Semitism”

Commenting on current Zionist attacks on English, Scottish and US politicians, Fernando Guevara says "using the IHRA concept of anti-Semitism, the guilt-by-suspicion standard of proof, and a large trawling net… every analysis of anything remotely connected with Zionist interests can be moulded into anti-Semitism.">>

Sep 24 08:25

New GOP bill would keep illegal settlement products labeled ‘Made in Israel’

New legislation by Republicans in the US House of Representatives seeks to reinforce the Trump-era instruction to label products of Judea and Samaria “Made in Israel.” [“Judea and Samaria” is the whitewashed nickname for the Palestinian West Bank, the majority of which (82%) is partially or fully controlled by Israel and de facto annexed by Israel – in violation of international law.]

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New York), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was set to introduce what she called the Anti-BDS Labeling Act on Thursday, meant to stop the Biden administration from reversing the instruction from former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in the final months of the Trump administration.

Sep 23 09:16

Scottish Conservative big shot tells Green Party ministers: If you refuse to sign up to the Zionist definition of anti-Semitism, you are not fit to serve in government

Stuart Littlewood highlights attempts by a leading Scottish Conservative and Israel stooges to bully the Scottish government into forcing their Green Party coalition partners into subscribing to the flawed Zionist definition of anti-Semitism.>>

Sep 21 07:53

Feature: Childhood in shadow of Gaza-Israel conflict

Mohammed Shaaban, a Palestinian child from the village of Beit Lahia in Gaza Strip, used to play with his siblings and friends for many hours a day.

However, the 8-year-old child has lost his passion for playing as he became disabled and now needs assistance even in the most basic activities, including using a bathroom.

Israel and Gaza's Hamas fought a 11-day-long fighting in May, the most intense round since 2014 that left more than 250 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. During the wave of fierce fighting, Israeli warplanes carried out hundreds of air raids on the Gaza Strip. Palestinian armed factions in Gaza fired thousands of rockets at Israel.

Shaaban was wounded on the first day of the hostilities when the Israeli war jets attacked a man driving motorbike in Jabalia in the north of the coastal enclave. While Shaaban and his mother were walking in the street as they finished shopping for Eid al-Fitr, a festive dinner that marks the end of the Ramadan fast.

Sep 21 07:48

Two final Palestinian escapees 'beaten, tortured' by Israeli forces during arrests: reportMENA

Israel attempted to kill the last two Palestinian Gilboa Prison escapees while they were on the run, later torturing them during their rearrest, a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority's prisoners' agency claimed following a visit.

With their arrests, all six detainees have now been arrested again after two weeks of embarrassment for Israeli forces.

The two Palestinian detainees, Ayham Kamamji and Munadil Infaat, said they were first fired on in Israel's northern Afula city area, according to Munther Abu Ahmed, a Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs (CDA) lawyer representing Kamamji.

This occurred on the same day as their escape, The New Arab's Arabic-language sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said, though a report from Anadolu Agency suggested this happened the day after.

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