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Aug 05 08:52

Israel destroys Palestinian animal shelters

Israeli bulldozers destroyed a large area of land today in Dura, near Hebron city, reported Wafa news agency.

The coordinator at the Palestinian popular committee against the wall and settlements in Yatta, Rateb Al-Jabour, said that Israeli forces instructed bulldozers to raze all structures on the land for settlement expansion close to the illegal settlement of Negohot.

The soldiers prevented residents, who were identified as the Ghannam and Odeh families, from accessing their land and forced them to leave.

Aug 04 11:14

Can Israelis broaden their protests beyond Netanyahu?

Jonathan Cook argues that anti-Netanyahu demonstrations in Israel have yet to draw a connection between Netanyahu’s personal abuses of office and the systemic corruption of Israeli politics, with the occupation its beating heart.>>

Aug 04 08:55

Maxwell Court Documents: Who is Going Down? Clinton, Dershowitz, More Names.. w/ Ryan Dawson (1of2) - Sarah Westall


Independent film maker and investigative journalist, Ryan Dawson, joins the program to discuss the recently released court documents from the Ghislaine Maxwell case. We discuss the details outlined in those documents as well as many more facts from the other cases that have been filed against Epstein. Lastly, we discuss what the new wave of over 100 witnesses will bring forward and how this blackmail pedophile ring was used for intelligence agencies. You can see more of Ryan Dawson's work at https://www.ancreport.com/ - Consider joining as a member to learn even more.

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Aug 04 04:19

German court starts retrial of 3 pro-Palestine activists for criticizing Israeli crimes

A court in Germany has started the retrial of three pro-Palestine human rights activists, known as Humboldt 3, who had spoken out against Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.

The trio – Palestinian activist Majed Abusalama and Israeli activists Ronnie Barkan and Stavit Sinai – are facing trial for their involvement in a June 2017 protest at Humboldt University, in the German capital Berlin, against Israeli Knesset Member (MK) for the Yesh Atid party, Aliza Lavie.

The three activists, known as Humboldt 3, were charged after they interrupted Lavie’s talk in 2017 about the massacre of civilians in Gaza during a speech at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Jul 31 07:45

Hamas warns Israel of consequences over al-Aqsa Mosque attacks

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has warned Israel of the consequences of its further encroachment on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Hamas made the remarks in an official statement on Thursday that marks Arafah Day, a major occasion on the Islamic calendar. It called on Palestinians to rally in mass towards the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The statement stressed that al-Aqsa is holy for the Palestinian people, and that they will not remain silent on Israeli violations against the site. Hamas said Israel should pay a heavy price if it keeps on such violations.

“Bab al-Rahma, the Marwani prayer hall, the Omar prayer hall, the Buraq prayer hall and the Buraq Wall are all part and parcel of our beloved Mosque,” Hamas said.

The movement condemned Israel for continued persecution of the people of Jerusalem al-Quds, demolishing their homes and imposing exorbitant taxes on them to force them to leave the holy city.

Jul 30 02:55

No one talking about West Bank annexation anymore: Israeli FM

Israel’s foreign minister says no one, not even the American officials, talks about Tel Aviv’s plan to annex part of the occupied West Bank anymore.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Wednesday the regime’s annexation plan is not being discussed either by Tel Aviv or the American officials he speaks to on a weekly basis.

Asked if “annexation is off the agenda,” Ashkenazi replied, “No one is talking about it, justifiably… Not the Americans, either at the moment.”

He said, however, that he “can’t say for sure that it is off the agenda.”

Jul 28 12:15

How Israel’s archaeological excavations work to rewrite history in Jerusalem

Holding a hammer in his hand, United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman broke ground during the inauguration of the "Path of the Pilgrims" tunnel in June 2019.

Just south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, the tunnel - about 850 metres long and eight metres wide, runs just three to four metres beneath the homes of Palestinian residents of the Wadi Hilweh neighbourhood of Silwan, a Jerusalem-area town.

Jul 27 11:20

A Zionist attack on late American-Palestinian scholar Edward Said’s legacy

Lawrence Davidson debunks American-Israeli propagandist Caroline Glick’s attack on the celebrated American-Palestinian scholar Edward Said, describing her attack on Said as an attempt to resurrect the notion of Western supremacism as a way of legitimising the racist state of Israel.>>

Jul 27 08:30

Coronavirus: Israeli court rules Palestinian prisoners have no right to social distancing

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that Palestinian prisoners have no right to social distancing protection against coronavirus.

In a ruling on Thursday, Israel's top court rejected a petition made by the Adalah legal centre for minority rights, which called on Israel to implement Covid-19 protective guidelines for inmates at Gilboa prison, a facility in northern Israel housing about 450 Palestinians classified by Israel as "security prisoners".

The Supreme Court justices accepted the argument promoted by Israeli state authorities that Palestinians held in prison were no different than family members or flatmates living in the same home.

Jul 27 08:16

Israel keeps two Palestinian female prisoners in isolation: Palestinian commission

Two Palestinian women prisoners are currently behind bars in an Israeli jail in isolation and under extremely harsh conditions, a Palestinian commission says.

The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, which is run by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank, announced the grim news on Sunday, identifying the pair as Fadwa Hamada and Jihan Hashima, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The women are being kept in total solitary confinement in Jalamah detention center under harsh conditions, the commission said, adding that they are also watched by three security cameras and deprived of their basic needs and rights.

Jul 27 07:37

How Israel obstructs COVID-19 care in East Jerusalem

The COVID-19 pandemic is not an equalizer.

Rather, it has exposed systems of inequality in seemingly modern health care systems and brought already worn-down ones to the brink of collapse.

The case of occupied East Jerusalem is particularly revealing.

The pandemic unmasked and exacerbated the horrors of Israeli military occupation in the city, according to a new report by the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq, the UK-based charity Medical Aid for Palestinians and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and formally annexed it in 1980.

Jul 25 04:24

Coronavirus: Israeli court rules Palestinian prisoners have no right to social distancing

Israel's Supreme Court accepts argument made by Israeli authorities that Palestinians held in prison are no different than family members or flatmates living in same home

Jul 24 03:49

Israeli forces remove 6th-century baptismal font from Palestinian town

Israeli forces on July 20 carried out an operation to retrieve a Byzantine-era baptismal font that they said was stolen from an archeological site 20 years ago. In response, a Palestinian authority called the act of removing the font from a Palestinian town an act of theft and a “war crime.”

Jul 23 09:15

Israel’s Jewish National Fund is uprooting Palestinians – not planting trees

The Jewish National Fund is a thriving relic of Europe’s colonial past, even if today it wears the garb of an environmental charity. As recent events show, ethnic cleansing is still what it excels at.

Jul 23 09:15

Israel’s list of compromised officials suggests their guilt of war crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has adjourned without issuing its ruling on whether Israeli officials will be tried for war crimes against the Palestinian people since 2014, when Gaza was destroyed during “Operation Protective Edge”. With an extended timeframe until the ruling is due, Israel now has additional time to prepare for any eventual action taken by The Hague. It has apparently already drawn up a list of officials who might be liable to be prosecuted for war crimes.

According to Haaretz, the list contains the names of 200-300 Israeli officials, most probably including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz. The list has been drawn up in utmost secrecy, not least because, as Haaretz points out, “The court is likely to view a list of names as an official Israeli admission of these officials’ involvement in the incidents under investigation.” The existence of the list alone is likely to be viewed as such.

Jul 23 09:12

Leaked ADL Memo: Figuring out how to defend Israeli apartheid

The ADL appears to recognize that annexation would violate Palestinians’ basic human rights, enforcing a codified regime of nationality-based discrimination subjugation—and that, as a group ostensibly concerned with civil rights, this is in tension with its stated values…

Memo says ADL needs to find a way to defend Israel from criticism without alienating other civil rights organizations, elected officials of color, and Black Lives Matter activists…

‘Israel will be painted as akin to an ethno-nationalist country which continues to oppress and subjugate Palestinians’

Hopes to avoid appearing openly hostile to public criticism of annexation while working to block anti-Israel legislation

Jul 22 11:48

Israel’s Jewish National Fund is uprooting Palestinians – not planting trees

Jonathan Cook highlights the crimes of the Jewish National Fund – viewed as a “charity” in many Western countries – including ethnic cleansing and land theft, committed against Bedouins in Israel as well as in the occupied Palestinian territories under the guise of environmentally damaging “environmental” work.>>

Jul 22 03:46

Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians illegal and an affront to justice: UN expert

A UN human rights expert has called on Israel to immediately stop all actions amounting to collective punishment of the Palestinian people, with millions of innocent harmed daily and nothing achieved but deeper tensions and an atmosphere conducive to further violence.

“It is an affront to justice and the rule of law to see that such methods continue to be used in the 21st century and that Palestinians collectively continue to be punished for the actions of a few,” said Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967. “These practices entail serious violations against Palestinians including the right to life, freedom of movement, health, adequate shelter and adequate standard of living.”

Jul 21 10:48

Revenge against Palestinians is understandable, Israeli judge says in acquitting two security officers who attacked innocent man

Yesterday, an unbelievable verdict came down at the Beersheba District Court in Israel:

Two Israeli security officers were acquitted in a case involving the lynching of Haftom Zarhum, an Eritrean refugee, although they were filmed beating him and repeatedly dropping a bench on his head. The judge cited “reasonable doubt”.

The bloodthirsty mob lynching in October 2015 was part of a string of “mistaken identity” incidents in Israel. A terror attack had in fact taken place earlier at the Beersheba central bus station; a man from an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev opened fire, killing a soldier and wounding 11 others.

Zarhum was a passerby, who was mistaken for the shooter by a security guard because he was dark skinned. A police spokesman in the wake of the incident said that it was “not clear if [Zarhum] is involved with the event or if he was shot due to his exterior appearance.”

Jul 21 10:45

Palestinians Accuse Israel of Stealing 1500-year-old Christian Relic from Bethlehem

Video footage posted online by the PLO Department of Public Diplomacy and Policy showed Israeli forces escorting a large flatbed truck out from the town of Tuqu, in the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

The rare artefact, which dates back to the Byzantine period, was used as a water basin for baptisms and is one of three known relics of its kind.

The other two include one recently discovered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and another belonging to a church in Beit Jibrin, an ancient Palestinian town left in ruins following Israel’s 1948 invasion.

Jul 15 14:13

Woodrow Wilson’s racism: The basis for his support of Zionism

Lawrence Davidson examines the shared racism of Zionism and Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, who was a champion of the Balfour Declaration and the creation of the state of Israel on usurped Palestinian lands, and who remains a hero to present-day Zionists.>>

Jul 15 12:01

Jordan king warns that Israel's annexation plans jeopardise regional peace

Jordan’s King Abdullah warned on Monday that any unilateral Israeli moves to annex territory in the occupied West Bank would fuel instability and dim hopes of a final settlement of the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict.

The monarch told British lawmakers the only path to a comprehensive and lasting Middle East peace was the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on land captured by Israel in the 1967 war, and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

“Any unilateral Israeli measure to annex lands in the West Bank is unacceptable, as it would undermine the prospects of achieving peace and stability in the Middle East,” the monarch was quoted in a palace statement as telling British foreign and defence parliamentary committee members in a virtual meeting.

Jul 15 11:26

EU Foreign Ministers Seek Measures to ‘Deter’ Israel From Expanding Its Sovereignty Over West Bank

Earlier this month, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Tel Aviv would postpone the 1 July deadline for the beginning of a sovereignty expansion over large parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, arguing that the Defence Ministry is still “weighing the risks in the field of security, as [the move] will have serious repercussions”.

Eleven European foreign ministers sent a letter to the block’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, demanding the senior official provide them with a list of measures that could be taken by the European Union to deter Israel, in the event that Tel Aviv moves to expand its sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Jul 15 11:00

Any Israeli desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque will ignite armed struggle, Hamas warns Tel Aviv regime

The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has warned Israeli authorities against violations at al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, emphasizing that any provocative move against the sacred site will infuriate Palestinians and subsequently ignite an armed struggle.

Hamas, in a statement released on Tuesday, said the Israeli regime will pay a hefty price for its encroachment on the revered compound, and continuing violations at the mosque will be a cause for confrontation.

The Palestinian movement also rejected an Israeli court ruling to close the historic Golden Gate, known as Bab al-Rahma in Arabic and the only eastern gate to al-Aqsa Mosque, underlining that the Israeli regime will not be able to withstand the power of Palestinians as the people can make the impossible possible and abolish the occupation schemes targeting Jerusalem al-Quds.

Jul 13 12:22

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians, Including A Pregnant Woman, Abduct Three, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian families celebrating their siblings’ high-school graduation, wounding eight residents, including a pregnant woman, in addition to abducting a father and two of his sons.

Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the Follow-Up Committee in al-‘Isawiya, stated that several army jeeps invaded the town, before the soldiers assaulted many residents near their homes.

He added that the soldiers also abducted Sa’adi Mahmoud, in addition to his sons Mohammad and Ahmad.

Jul 09 08:32

On Israel’s Bizarre Definitions: The West Bank Is Already Annexed

Wednesday, July 1, was meant to be the day on which the Israeli government officially annexed 30% of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and the Jordan Valley. This date, however, came and went and annexation was never actualized.

"I don’t know if there will be a declaration of sovereignty today," said Israeli Foreign Minister, Gabi Ashkenazi, with reference to the self-imposed deadline declared earlier by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. An alternative date was not immediately announced.

But does it really matter?

Whether Israel’s illegal appropriation of Palestinian land takes place with massive media fanfare and a declaration of sovereignty, or whether it happens incrementally over the course of the coming days, weeks, and months, Israel has, in reality, already annexed the West Bank – not just 30% of it but, in fact, the whole area.

Jul 09 08:08

WATCH: Daily Life in Occupied Palestine

Most Americans, whose government gives Israel over $10 million per day, have no idea that Israel commits human rights abuses every single day, since US media virtually never report this information: that Israeli forces daily invade Palestinian villages, daily abduct people, and daily injure people; that virtually every week Israeli forces destroy farmers’ trees, demolish family homes, confiscate Palestinian land, and more…

These clips illustrate the kind of essential information US media companies almost never show Americans.

Jul 09 07:53

Netanyahu’s Annexation Drive

It is that staying power that navigates the often feeble exhortations to international law that pullulate airwaves and diplomatic traffic. Be it the legality of international settlements, attacks on sovereign countries that have not been given the legitimising wash of the UN Security Council, or Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons – all of these are frowned upon, condemned only to be assimilated into a ceremony of legitimacy. Israel might well be condemned and scolded, but nothing more will come of it. The game of semantics will be played, masking the exertion of brute force.

This pattern threatens to reassert itself in the latest warnings directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise of annexation. The timetabling for this muscular assertion of land pinching remains vague. It is intended to apply to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and in the Jordan Valley from this month.

Jul 07 13:14

We are all ‘Jews’ in the eyes of today’s Nazis 

Palestinians are ‘Jews’ in the eyes of those who plunder their land, their homes, fields and olive groves. They are ‘Jews’ to those who abuse their human rights and squash their hopes for peace and justice.

Blacks are ‘Jews’ in the eyes of those who dare compare them to ‘monkeys.’ They are ‘Jews’ in the eyes of those who work hard to vet (look here, here, here, here etc. ) their calls for equality and for a future of hope.

The Muslims are ‘Jews’ in the eyes of those who call them ‘Islamo-Fascists’ and mobilize their influence to decimate Arab and Muslim countries one after the other.

So-called ‘Whites’ are ‘Jews’ in the eyes of those who mock their culture, call for their elimination, burn their books and persecute their intellectuals, mock their heritage and desecrate their bronze heroes.

Jul 06 07:58

In Israeli settlements, money is on annexation real estate boom

In the Jewish settlement of Ariel, Perri Ben Senior can't wait for Israel to annex this part of the occupied West Bank, hoping it will be a boon for her real estate firm.

With its 20,500 residents, a university and shopping centres, Ariel has been tipped as one of the settlements likely to be included in a first wave of Israeli annexations taking advantage of support from US President Donald Trump.

A controversial peace plan unveiled by Trump in January promised US backing for Israel to annex swathes of the West Bank, including Jewish settlements considered illegal under international law.

Speaking at her real estate agency, Ben Senior said she hoped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would forge ahead with implementing Trump's plan.

"It will raise the price of apartments and land because there will be more demand," she anticipated.

Jul 06 07:56

Several Palestinians Suffocate on Tear Gas north of Tulkarem

Israeli troops attacked, on Saturday, several Palestinians in the northern occupied West Bank village of Qaffin, north of Tulkarem city.

Palestinian media sources said that Israeli soldiers stormed Qaffin village, and fired dozens of tear-gas canisters towards local villagers resisting the military invasion, causing many of them to suffocate or faint.

The sources stated that medical crews transferred several Palestinians to a local clinic for medical treatment for inhalation injuries, some less serious cases were treated on site.

Jul 06 07:40

In Gaza, families plead for help after two infants die awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel

Two infants have died in the Gaza Strip awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel, a tragedy that Palestinians anxiously fear could expand in the coming weeks. Permits for Gaza’s sickest patients to receive treatment in Israel and the West Bank ended abruptly on May 19 when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced an end to coordination with Israel. It was a protest move against Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank in July.

The first child died last week, nine-month-old Omar Yaghi who awaited permission to exit Gaza for surgery for a cardiac abnormality. On Monday, Anwar Harb died nine days after his birth, also from a cardiac disease.

Jul 03 07:05

Israel Annexation Plan Puts International Law to The Test – Is It Still Relevant?

If Israel’s planned annexation of a further thirty percent of Palestinian territory goes ahead on July 1st or anytime thereafter then international law and a rules-based world is toast.

International law is under the microscope this week and the examination will determine whether a rules based world order is a reality or a figment of the imagination spouted for effect by various world leaders and players but amounting to no more than a fairy-tale. Do international laws actually apply in the world or are they as useful as a chocolate teapot?

Jul 03 04:42

Fatah, Hamas vow to unite against Israel's annexation plan

In a show of unity, senior officials from Fatah and Hamas held a joint press conference that is the first of its kind in several years.

Jibril Rajoub Fatah Secretary General from Ramallah and Saleh al-Arouri Hamas deputy chief from Beirut vowed in a video conference to unite efforts in fighting Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West bank including the Jordan valley.

Observers, meanwhile, have praised what they say could be a new phase stressing that reconciliation between the Palestinian factions is a necessary step in combating Israel’s annexation plan; however they say the real challenge is to translate these remarks into reality and strengthen the Palestinian position.

Jul 02 11:33

Democrats call for aid cut to Israel over annexation

Democratic lawmakers are signing a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling to cut aid to Israel if it proceeds with annexation. Mike TheilerUPI
Four women in the US Congress say that if Israel proceeds with further annexation plans in the occupied West Bank it would “lay the groundwork for Israel becoming an apartheid state.”

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Betty McCollum and Pramila Jayapal are making the claim in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that they are circulating for signature among colleagues.

According to Politico, the letter has been signed by nine more lawmakers including Senator Bernie Sanders.

Although the letter overlooks the current apartheid reality, it is not typical for US lawmakers to refer to Israeli apartheid at all.

It is even rarer for members of Congress to call for Israel to pay any price for its actions.

Jul 01 13:57

UK government evasive about sanctions if Israel annexes West Bank

Stuart Littlewood highlights the UK government’s deceptive policy towards Israel’s impending formal annexation of occupied Palestinian territories, noting that while ministers reject the prospect of annexation, they insist on being “friends and allies” of Israel regardless of its horrendous crimes.

Jul 01 07:35

Israel signals occupied West Bank annexation move not imminent

Uncertainty over when Israel will begin controversial process as Palestinians gather for renewed protests.

Jul 01 06:28

In counter to US peace plan, Palestinians say ready for direct talks with Israel

Ramallah also tells peacemaking Quartet it agrees to ‘minor border changes,’ international peace-keeping force, but will withdraw offer if Israeli West Bank annexation proceeds

Jun 30 08:05

‘Day of Rage’ protests against Israeli annexation to hit US, Europe

Protests condemning the Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank are set to take place in the United States and Europe on the same day prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to begin the process.

The demonstrations will be held on Wednesday in Chicago, San Diego, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other Western cities will also witness similar protests, including Toronto, Madrid and Valencia.

Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and American Muslims for Palestine are among the pro-Palestinian groups organizing the protests.

The Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, one of the organizers, urged "direct actions and popular mobilizations in [Palestinian] refugee camps, cities and villages," and professed "loyalty to the martyrs" on its call for the events.

Jun 30 05:56

Why Egypt is staying quiet on Israel’s West Bank annexation plan

Two weeks ago, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi flew by helicopter to visit Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his presidential palace in Ramallah.

His Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, was also invited along. Photos from the event were meant to feature two of Israel’s neighbors at Abbas’s side. Both nations have fought multiple wars with Israel, both have signed historic peace treaties with the Jewish state, and both would reaffirm their commitment to the Palestinian cause and opposition to Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank.

Jun 29 07:14

Armed Israeli Settlers Burn Hundreds of Olive Trees south of Nablus

Colonist Israeli settlers set on fire to a Palestinian-owned farm land, on Saturday, in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Palestinian chief of the profile for illegal Israeli settlements in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told media outlets that several armed Israeli colonists, from the illegal Israeli settlement of Giv’at Ronaie, broke into the nearby Palestinian-owned farm land, east of Burin village.

Daghlas said that right after they invaded the farm land, they set fire to hundreds of fruitful olive trees among other crops.

He added that after the attack, the colonists fled the area, back to their illegal settlement.

Jun 29 07:14

'We shouldn't settle for crumbs': Palestinian Americans stage virtual walkout of Biden meeting

everal high-profile Palestinian-American activists and organisers staged a virtual walkout of a meeting with an adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in early June over the campaign's approach to Palestine, Middle East Eye can reveal.

The walkout on 3 June took place minutes into the meeting, following a heated exchange between Amer Zahr, a well-known Palestinian activist and Farooq Mitha, Biden's Muslim outreach manager, in which Zahr accused the campaign of not taking the Palestinian issue seriously.

The exchange on Zoom, which was recorded, shows Zahr condemning the Biden campaign's decision to send its Muslim outreach manager to engage Palestinian activists on a foreign policy issue like Palestine.

Jun 28 09:30

Keir Starmer’s love affair with Zionism could prove fatal for UK’s Labour Party

Stuart Littlewood says rather than getting Britain out of its mess and devoting all energies to that end, Labour leader Keir Starmer has decided to make Israeli interests, and banning criticism of Israel, his top priority, as shown by his sacking of senior Shadow Cabinet member Rebecca Long-Bailey.>>

Jun 20 09:35

EU’s aviation deal with Israel “the pinnacle of hypocrisy”

Stuart Littlewood highlights the absurd hypocrisy of Members of the European Parliament who have agreed in effect to reward Israel for its decision to annex more Palestinian territories while simultaneously discussing measures to deter Israel from declaring annexation of those self-same Palestinian territories.>>

Jun 16 09:38

Netanyahu Still Seeking Defense Minister’s Approval for Annexation: Likud sources say Netanyahu is looking to dissolve coalition government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he is still seeking approval of his annexation plan by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, a requirement to gain the Trump administration’s support. Officials from Gantz’s Blue and White party have said they cannot approve a plan until Netanyahu properly outlines one.

Speaking at a recent meeting with his Likud party, Netanyahu said he doesn’t have a map ready. “I wanted to bring annexation for approval soon, but the map isn’t ready yet,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister also said he is not sure where the Blue and White party stands.

The “peace plan” released by the Trump administration in January called for Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the West Bank and parts of the Jordan Valley, an area making up approximately one-third of the West Bank. The plan was immediately rejected by Palestinians, but Netanyahu intends on going through with the annexation and is looking to start on July 1st.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Netanyahu is so hell-bent on doing this starting 1 July, to the point of potentially even dissolving the coalition government, and risking yet another election where nothing really gets sorted, is more than a little scary, both for Israel and the Middle East in general.

Today is 16 June, so Netanyahu has precisely 14 days to pull this "map" together; is he considering doing this without a map, possibly?!?

He is still facing those corruption charges, which are not going away, making him "geopolitically wounded" in Israel; and no animal, or human, is more dangerous than when they are wounded, either physically... or with humans, geopolitically.

This is a very dangerous time for Israel; I hope that there are some "adults in the room" in the Knesset, telling him, "Bibi, not so fast here on this annexation, please!!"

Jun 15 14:33

Do Palestinian lives matter? Not according to the UK Government which continues to cuddle and slobber over the rogue regime that terrorises, dispossesses and slaughters them

Amid the anti-racism protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd by a US policeman, Stuart Littlewood argues that the UK government and the EU continually reward racist Israel “for its knee-on-the-neck brutality” and “for a crime of such enormity as can’t-breathe annexation”.>>

Jun 13 04:37

It sure looks like Trump and Adelson have cut a deal on annexation

So far, the Adelsons have gotten everything they’ve wanted from our transactional president: tearing up the Iran deal, moving the embassy to Jerusalem, defunding Palestinians, recognizing the Golan annexation, treating settlement expansion as legitimate, etc. Right up to yesterday — a Trump attack on the ICC in the name of Israel. As Trump once said when a Republican rival was getting Adelson’s money, Adelson wanted a “perfect little puppet.”

Most important, the Adelsons got the Trump “peace plan,” which paves the way for annexation of the West Bank. When Trump announced his “vision,” there they were in the front row.

Look at it from Trump’s point of view. He doesn’t care about peace in the Middle East or Palestinian human rights. He wants one thing, to win in November, and he needs money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So that is why this annexation is being rushed to 1 July, and with potentially deadly consequences for Palestinians.

Jun 11 10:54

Israel and the US step up efforts to intimidate the Hague war crimes court

Jonathan Cook shows how the United States and Israel are putting the International Criminal Court under intense pressure to ensure that neither country is held accountable for violations of international human rights law.>>

Jun 09 11:58

Israel loses its best as chauvinism and religious extremism take over society

Lawrence Davidson argues that the growing number of doctrinaire chauvinists and religious extremists in Israel, and their domination of many walks of life, is pushing the country’s more enlightened figures – academics, peace activists and human rights campaigners – to emigrate.>>

Jun 02 06:26

Israeli Defense Minister Preparing for Annexation of West Bank

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday that he ordered the military to start preparing for the coming annexation of parts of the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans on annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and parts of the Jordan Valley, a plan bound to face backlash from Palestinians. Netanyahu promised to start cabinet talks on annexation on July 1st.

The areas Israel plans to annex reflects the blueprint of President Trump’s “peace plan” that was released in January. The plan was immediately rejected by Palestinians since it includes the annexation of the Jordan Valley and illegal settlements. The plan also includes Israeli-only access roads in the West Bank, and would essentially legitimize apartheid rule.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Years ago, in various posts on this site, I warned Hamas and Fatah that if all they could accomplish was arguing among themselves, the hunk of land that they would get, to be able to establish a functional Palestine, would be smaller than Lichtenstein; now, because of the way the settlements have been engineered, coupled with this annexation, the Palestinians won't even have that, because there are no more contiguous borders for Palestine.

Folks, this "timetable" for annexation is less than one month away; this is most probably going to get ugly before it's a fait accompli.

May 27 13:52

Joe Biden’s US national values: Reality or propaganda?

Lawrence Davidson says presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Biden’s espousal of “inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law” may be empty words, given his unconditional support of racist Israel and his doing deals with segregationists.>>

May 27 11:29

VIDEO: Settlers Hold Parade While Soldiers Assault Palestinians in Jersualem

Israeli security forces, on Friday, blocked several streets in occupied Jerusalem as illegal Israeli settlers provocative March outside Jaffa Gate, celebrated the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem as capital of Israel”, Quds News reported.

May 22 10:13

Armed Israeli Settlers Set Palestinian Farmlands on Fire near Tulkarem

Several armed Israeli colonists set fire to Palestinian farm lands, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, early on Thursday, near the illegal Annab colonial settlement, which was built on the lands of Ramin village.

Local Palestinian farmers told media outlets that the armed settlers set fire to tens of fruitful trees, with the Israeli occupation army soldiers present and providing protection to the assailants.

Local farmer, Emad Salman, was quoted as saying that the arson led to the burning of tens of olive trees and almond trees in Palestinian farm lands, estimated at 12 acres.

May 22 10:13

Israeli Colonists Attack Palestinian Cars Near Nablus

Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked, on Thursday evening, many Palestinian cars at the main junction near Huwwara town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists hurled stones at many cars near Yitzhar junction.

He added that the colonists also attacked several Palestinian shops in the same area, before fleeing the scene.

May 22 10:12

Israel fires on Gaza fishers 100 times amid pandemic

Israeli navy attacks on Gaza fishers spiked in April against the backdrop of increased economic uncertainty in the besieged territory amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Spring is the sardine fishing season, one of the most profitable harvests for Gaza fishers. Israel’s use of lethal force against Gaza fishers, particularly at a peak season, further undermines the fishing industry and food security in the coastal territory.

Gaza has been under a tightened Israeli blockade since 2007, severely debilitating its economy and plunging the territory’s two million residents, most of whom are refugees, into widespread poverty.

May 21 12:06

Gazans brace themselves for worst following discovery of more coronavirus infections

Fear is growing in the Gaza Strip following the discovery of more coronavirus infections.

Battered by a punishing blockade and three wars since 2007, the blockaded enclave is no match for the deadly virus. Hospitals and clinics are already struggling to cope with chronic illnesses due to shortages in medications.

The first cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in the impoverished enclave on March the 22nd prompting tight restrictions by local authorities.

All those infected with COVID-19 in Gaza have been quarantined and have not mixed with the broader population.

People in Gaza fear that shortages of medical supplies could set off a rapid spread of the lethal disease.

May 17 05:40

Remembering 72 years of the Nakba in the shadow of annexation

When Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 - they are not simply remembering a past event in which over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland, over 400 villages and towns destroyed and thousands killed.
They are also marking a continued Nakba (al-Nakba al-Mustimirrah in Arabic) - an ongoing process of erasure and ethnic cleansing which has seen Palestinians ghettoised, fragmented, killed and more.

This year we will be marking 72 years of the Nakba and yet one word seems to be taking front and centre stage: annexation. Ever since the announcement of US President Donald Trump's 'Deal of the Century' at the end of January this year, formal annexation of the occupied West Bank by Israel has been looming.

Indeed, it is rumoured that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Netanyahu on Wednesday was to give the green light for the annexation of the Jordan Valley.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since there will be no "two state solution" because of this annexation, the best for which Palestinians can hope, and advocate, (peacefully), is the right to vote, in this new Erez Israel.

And THAT has to happen for the Palestinian people just as quickly as is humanly possible.

May 15 08:20

Israel wrecks efforts to halt spread of COVID-19

It has been two months since the occupied West Bank went into coronavirus lockdown and rural Palestinian towns and villages have been disproportionately impacted by the disease.

The virus was first diagnosed in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem in early March. Since then, it has spread to districts across the West Bank, with many new cases being reported outside of major cities.

The Palestinian Authority’s jurisdiction only really covers 18 percent of the West Bank. Known as Area A, that zone includes such cities as Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin and Nablus.

Although the PA is theoretically responsible for security in these cities, Israel has often subjected them to military raids – with the acquiescence of the world’s most powerful governments and institutions.

May 15 08:19

How We Became Refugees: The Day My Grandfather Lost His Village in Palestine 

Starting on March 27, 1948, a beautiful, small Palestinian village called Beit Daras, came under Zionist militias attacks. With little means – a few old rifles and kitchen knives – the Badrasawis fought back, repelling the first raid and the second. The final attack on the peaceful village followed a scorched-earth military strategy, leaving in its wake scores of dead and wounded, and the entirety of the village on the run. Among the thousands of ethnically-cleansed Palestinians in Beit Daras, a family of six, including an infant, salvaged a few old blankets and some supplies and went searching for a safe place, with the hope that they would return home in a few days. Their nearly one hundred descendants are yet to return to Beit Daras, 72 years later.

May 15 08:18

Report: Israel wants to buy Palestinians’ silence ahead of annexation

Military analyst for Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Alex Fishman, said yesterday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to buy the Palestinians’ silence over the annexation of Palestinian-held territories with “cash”.

Fishman said, while the new Israeli government is being formed, the scheduled annexation is nearing and Israel is using money to soften the Palestinians’ reaction over its plan to annex swaths of the occupied West Bank.

According to Fishman, as Israeli occupation forces arrest Palestinians during overnight raids in an effort to stop mass protests as a result of the plans to seize the Palestinian land, the government is offering to revive and nourish the Palestinian economy with hand-outs to placate Palestinians.

May 15 08:17

Church leaders warn against Israel plans to annex West Bank

Moving forwards with an Israeli plan to unilaterally annex West Bank land will destroy any chance for peace, warned church leaders in Jerusalem.

In a letter addressed to the Israeli government, church leaders highlighted: “Serious and catastrophic questions about the feasibility of any peaceful agreement to end the decades’ long conflict.”

The Anglican archbishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is one of 13 senior church leaders to put their names to the statement calling on Israel not to unilaterally annex land in the occupied West Bank.

These proposed annexations, promised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his election campaign, have been heavily criticised by humanitarian organisations and the international community.

May 15 06:54

‘Israel can’t erase the Nakba from history’

Today is the anniversary of what we Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, our catastrophe – although a single word cannot begin to explain it, and a single day cannot begin to commemorate it.

More than ever before, Israel needs come to terms with the horrors it has caused since 1948, by ending its subjugation of millions rather than intensifying its denial and trying to legitimize its persecution. Peace can only come through justice and reconciliation.

This day, in 1948, marks the forced exile of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands. Some were subjected to brutal massacres, many fled for fear of their lives. A few managed to stay in what would become Israel. All suffered. Sixty-six years later, all continue to suffer.

The Nakba is a story of fear and intimidation, of denial and persecution, a cruel, unending reality.

May 15 06:05

Arabs, UN Must Move To Swiftly Protect the Status of Palestinian Refugees

"Heinous racism," is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon.

Lebanon’s restrictions on its ever-diminishing population of Palestinian refugees is nothing new. However, this event is particularly alarming as it may be linked to a long-term official policy regarding the residency status of Palestinian refugees in this Arab country.

Many were taken aback by a recent Lebanese government’s order to its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, instructing it to prevent Palestinian refugees from returning to their homes in Lebanon.

May 13 05:35

Senior US official warns Palestinians

The Trump administration does not view the new Israeli government's July 1 deadline to begin the process of applying sovereignty over Judea and Samaria as a "do or die" date, a senior US official told Barak Ravid of Channel 13 News on Tuesday.

The coalition deal that allowed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to form a new government says he can bring "the understandings with the Trump administration" on sovereignty up for a vote in the cabinet or in the Knesset as early as July 1 — but only with the full agreement of the White House.

The report comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Jerusalem on Wednesday to meet with Netanyahu, incoming Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, and incoming Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi.

Pompeo was non-committal on the timetable for sovereignty in an interview published on Tuesday in the Israel Hayom newspaper, saying that the decision to apply sovereignty is Israel’s to make.

May 12 07:23

Pompeo, Netanyahu ‘two mobsters’ plotting Palestine’s eradication: Analyst

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Israel to discuss the Zionist regime’s planned annexation of the West Bank region with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is like the gathering of two “mobsters” plotting to eradicate Palestinians from their indigenous homeland, says an American political analyst.

Rodney Martin, a former congressional staffer based in Arizona, made the comment during a phone interview with Press TV on Monday, while commenting on an announcement by the US State Department that Pompeo will visit the occupied territories on Wednesday to discuss “regional security issues” linked to “Iran’s malign influence” as well as the Israeli annexation of much of the West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately the guy is entirely correct in his assessment here.

Palestinians have, for far too long, been "saddled" with leadership which would neither lead, or work to achieve some kind of status for Palestinians, other than being "the others" in Israeli-occupied Palestinian land, enriching themselves in the process.

A number of years ago I posted that if Palestinian leadership continued arguing among themselves, if there was ever a Post-Balfour Declaration of an actual state of Palestine, it wouldn't be even the size of Lichtenstein; now even that possibility has been completely destroyed, and the US "blessing' for this annexation is not helpful in any way.

And could someone please explain to me precisely how this "malign Iranian influence" could possibly hurt Israel's security, in any way, shape, or form?!? Israel is a nuclear armed nation, with one of the most impressive military and weaponry capabilities in the world, for heaven's sake!!

Iran is not a threat here; in fact, many Iranian Jews living there do not want to "make aliyah" to Israel, because they are perfectly content to be where they are. Celebrating Sabbath With Iran's Jewish Minority

The only "threat" here, is economic, and definitely not existential, between Israel and Iran. Netanyahu could, should he feel like it, create a peace and trade treaty with the government in Tehran, and come home to a hero's welcome, but that won't happen until pigs fly; unfortunately, the Israeli government loves to create an atmosphere of fear among their citizens, belligerently reminding them in no uncertain terms, that there are always things to be feared from their Muslim neighbors, particularly the Iranians.

Israel's grudge with Iran has to do with it having not only survived the 1979 revolution, but actually thriving economically, in spite of US-engendered sanctions.

May 12 05:27

Holy Land: Heads of Churches Voice Concern About Israel’s Planned Annexation of West Bank Land

As a result of the stagnation of the Peace Process in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, an array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises serious and catastrophic questions about the feasibility of any peaceful agreement to end the decades’ long conflict, one that continues to cost many innocent lives as part of a vicious cycle of human tragedy and injustice.

The Council of Patriarchs and Heads of the Holy Land Churches views such unilateral annexation plans with the utmost concern and calls upon the State of Israel to refrain from such unilateral moves, which would bring about the loss of any remaining hope for the success of the peace process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think it was very brave, indeed, for these men to sign their names to this document; both brave, and extraordinarily naive.

And I say this because, throughout its history, Israel has shown no genuine appetite for peace, whatsoever, but only for territory, and by any means necessary.

When this annexation happens, look for massive Palestinian deaths and maimings at the hands of Israel's IDF; their sharpshooters are among some of the best in the world at blowing up childrens' limbs, killing them outright, or maiming them in such a way that they will never fully recover, no matter whether or not they were innocent of any alleged "crime".‘I remember the knee in the crosshairs, bursting open’ – Israeli snipers boast of shooting ‘ducks’ in Gaza

To the Palestinians whose lands are being annexed, you must begin to (peacefully) demand the right to vote in Israel; because without the vote, in these new areas of Israel, you will have zero say in the decisions which will affect your daily lives, and those of your kids.

May 12 04:39

Israel government swearing-in delayed a day by Pompeo visit: officials

The swearing-in of Israel's new unity government has been postponed by one day to Thursday due to the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, officials said.
A parliament spokesman said the joint administration of incumbent premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz would be inaugurated on Thursday instead of Wednesday.

A spokesman for Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party told AFP the delay was "because of the visit" of the US top diplomat on Wednesday.

Pompeo's trip comes as US President Donald Trump's administration gives its blessing to Netanyahu's plans to annex much of the occupied West Bank, despite warnings from the Palestinians that the move will kill the prospects of a long-term peace agreement.

Israel's new government is the result of a deal allowing Netanyahu to continue on as prime minister for another 18 months, before the former military chief Gantz takes over the post for the same period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Palestinians whose lands are being annexed in this move, please remember what the most important thing your (alleged) leadership can do right now; peacefully negotiate for the right to vote in Israeli elections, when this land becomes Israel's by decree in July.

Otherwise, this annexation will, most assuredly, produce for you a series of Israeli "Bantustans" like those of the old apartheid government of South Africa, where Africans who were not of European descent, were unable to vote, or have any meaningful participation in decisions affecting their lives whatsoever.

May 11 09:37

US support for Israel’s annexation plan spells war: Analyst

An American political expert has said that Washington's unrelenting support for the Israeli policy of annexing Palestinian lands will culminate in a war in the Middle East and that the conflict could claim tens of thousands of American lives.

Mark Dankof, a journalist and former US Senate candidate, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands and the convention of a UN Security Council meeting to address the issue later this month.

US President Donald Trump infuriated Palestinians in January, when he unveiled his much-delayed “deal of the century” during an event at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

May 11 09:11

ICC responds to Israel's 'misinformation campaign' targeting its war crimes probe

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday responded to "smear campaigns" carried out by Israeli media outlets against the court's probe into alleged human rights violations.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda affirmed the court's conduct, saying misinformation and smear campaigns did not change its work on the Palestine case.

"Fact: my Office is executing its mandate concerning Palestine situation with utmost professionalism, independence and objectivity in strict conformity with the Rome Statute," Bensouda was quoted as saying by ICC's twitter account.

May 08 06:53

Colonial Settlers Uproot Hundreds of Grapevines In Bethlehem

Israeli colonial settlers in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, reportedly uprooted hundreds of newly-planted grapevines, south of the city.

Head of the Palestinian Office for Fighting Israeli Settlements and Israel’s Apartheid wall in Bethlehem, Hassan Breega, told media outlets that Israeli settlers from the nearby colonial illegal Israeli settlement of Ephrat, uprooted around 450 newly-planted grapevines, owned by local resident, Ibrahim Sobaih.

Breega further noted that local farmer, Sobaih, has frequently been exposed to Israeli settlers’ attacks, with Israeli troops guarding the illegal settlers.

Recently, Israeli troops, along with armed Israeli colonial settlers, have reportedly attacked a number of Palestinian-owned farm lands in the Alkhudor town, on the outskirts of the Bethlehem district.

May 08 06:27

Israeli charged with stoning Palestinian mother to death allowed back to West Bank settlement

An Israeli court district has allowed a young Israeli settler, suspected of killing a Palestinian mother of eight in her car in 2018, to go back to the settlement, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

The 47-year-old Palestinian, Aisha Mohammed Rabi, died of injuries sustained after Israeli settlers threw stones at her car at a checkpoint near Nablus in the northern West Bank, also injuring her husband.

While there were multiple suspects in the case, all suspects were later released, with the exception of the unnamed minor, who was indicted for manslaughter after traces of his DNA were found on the stone, according to Haaretz.

The indicted adolescent, who can't be publicly named under Israeli law, was released on house arrest in his grandparents' home.

May 07 12:58

Majority of Israel's Jews oppose West Bank annexation, survey says

According to Commanders for Israel's Security movement's poll, only quarter of all respondents support the move, while only third of Likud voters in favor of the initiative; 40% prefer a permanent two-state solution with the Palestinians

May 07 12:58

Joe Biden pledges to restore US assistance to Palestinians if elected president

Joe Biden says he will restore US aid for Palestinians that has been cut by President Donald Trump, as calls for resuming assistance grow louder in Washington amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Asked during a virtual fundraiser on Wednesday whether he would restore aid programmes for Central America and Palestinians that Trump terminated, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee answered affirmatively.

Biden also said he would restaff the State Department after its budget was reduced by the Trump administration in a move that critics say undermines American diplomacy.

May 07 12:55

Facebook deactivates dozens of accounts of Palestinian journalists and activists

Dozens of Palestinians logged into their Facebook accounts on 4 May, only to find out their pages were no longer active.

In the space of one day, more than 50 Palestinian journalists and activists had their profile pages deleted by Facebook, alongside a notification saying their pages had been deactivated for "not following our Community Standards."

"We have already reviewed this decision and it can't be reversed," the message continued, prompting users to read more about Facebook's Community Standards.

May 06 07:59

Palestine to cancel all Israel, US deals if annexation plot goes ahead: Abbas

President Mahmoud Abbas says Palestine will nullify all agreements with the United States and Israel if Tel Aviv annexes any part of the occupied West Bank, urging the international community to block attempts by the regime to exploit the coronavirus outbreak and steal more Palestinian land.

“We have informed all international parties that should Israel take this step, we will be absolved of all obligations, agreements and understandings with Israel and the US administration,” he said on Monday in an address to a virtual meeting of the leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group.

The remarks came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party submitted a bill to the parliament (Knesset) that calls for the imposition of Tel Aviv’s “sovereignty” over the Palestinian regions of the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea area and the occupied West Bank.

May 05 12:27

Former national security officials say Democrats should oppose Israeli occupation, settlement expansion in platform

More than 30 former national security officials asked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to use its 2020 platform to push for a fair solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In a letter obtained by HuffPost, the former officials said the party and its nominee should oppose unilateral Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory. They said previous platforms have “rightly” committed to Israel’s security but didn’t recognize Palestinian rights.

“Those platforms have, however, also been nearly silent on the rights of Palestinians, on Israeli actions that undermine those rights and the prospects for a two-state solution, and on the need for security for both peoples,” the letter reads.

May 05 10:12

Democratic bigwigs strip pro-Palestinian planks from a Nevada platform, citing coronavirus, Jewish community

In late April, the platform committee for Nevada’s biggest county Democratic committee, in Clark County (Las Vegas), approved a platform that included three planks in support of Palestinian rights that were put forward by Bernie Sanders delegates: calls to end the blockade of Gaza, to support the right of return, and to repeal anti-boycott legislation.

Hours after the platform was published last Monday, county party leaders acted to strip the three planks, out of 500 lines in the platform.

May 05 10:09

Trump Welcomes Israel’s Illegal Plan to Annex West Bank Amid Growing Anger

The US announced it is willing to recognise and support Israel’s annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank shortly after Israel announced its illegal plan.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed to go ahead with controversial annexations that analysts say takes Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank a step further.

The step was welcomed by the Trump administration, which has a track record for supporting Israel’s illegal settlements and plans for annexation.

May 05 10:08

Likud Files Knesset Bill to Annex Occupied Palestinian Territories

Member of the Knesset May Golan (Likud) on Sunday submitted a bill calling for imposing Israel’s sovereignty on the occupied territories of the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea area and the West Bank.

According to Israel’s Channel 7, economy minister and MK Eli Cohen (Likud) also joined the initiative and expressed his support for it.

“This is an area that is a political, security, and economic asset, and there are thousands of Zionist Israelis and true pioneers who are an integral part of the State of Israel [there],” Golan claimed.

“The bill is intended to rectify the existing situation and end all historical injustice. I have no doubt that there is a broad consensus in all parts of the Knesset that supports the proposal and it is time to implement it,” she added.

May 04 02:52

Israel’s unity government ushers in endgame for two states

It took one year, three elections and a global pandemic, but Israel finally has a new government, and this time, it is one with a broader mandate than any other in recent memory.

This is mostly thanks to Benny Gantz who repeatedly said that he would not join a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, only to join a Netanyahu-led government at the third time of asking.

He did so under the pretext of creating an emergency government to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. But this is not a government established to deal with any emergency. This is a government with the specific brief of determining when and over what further areas of territory occupied in 1967 Israel will start applying its sovereignty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; and who will champion any peaceful, legitimate claims of the Palestinian people?!?

Apparently, nobody.

May 03 08:51

US Embassy: Israeli West Bank Annexation Can Move Forward Without A Palestinian State

The recently established US Embassy in Jerusalem (moved from Tel Aviv last year as part of Trump's plan) has confirmed that the world will soon see the most controversial element of Trump's peace plan put into effect: Israeli annexation over broad swathes of the West Bank, particularly the Jordan Valley.

“As we have made consistently clear, we are prepared to recognize Israeli actions to extend Israeli sovereignty and the application of Israeli law to areas of the West Bank that the [Trump peace plan] foresees as being part of the State of Israel,” a top US Embassy official told the Times of Israel on Friday.

The statement made clear that "Israeli actions" will be validated with or without recognition of a Palestinian state, something which on paper at least Trump's 'deal of the century' offered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just terrific; President Trump embraces' Netanyahu's "vision" for a non-two state solution, and applauds brisk annexation of the West Bank, and Jordan Valley.

So, what will be the status of Palestinians still stuck in those areas, with utterly no place to go?!?

Will they be granted some kind of at least "token citizenship", or something horrifically worse, like the "
bantustans" of apartheid South Africa?!?

Because, if the Israeli government thinks that they can get away with something like this, with Trump's sincere support for such a process, they will at least try.

I would like to remind all our readers of what this was like for Black South Africans, in apartheid South Africa:

Life in Apartheid-Era South Africa

The article goes on to state:

"South Africa's apartheid is a familiar concept the world over. But what did it actually look like?

Established in 1948 under the racialist National Party, apartheid not only meant separate and inferior public services, benches and building entrances for non-whites. It also stripped South African blacks of their citizenship (placing them into tribally-based bantustans instead) and abolished all non-white political representation."

To the Palestinian, and other Arab leaders in Israel; have you actually thought about how peaceful Palestinian representation will happen, when Israel completely prevents the establishment of a two-state solution?!?!?
Because you had better start thinking about that, right the heck now, because it appears that within a short window of three months, this is precisely what is going to happen.

Apr 29 13:41

Twenty questions Hamas chief won’t answer.

Stuart Littlewood comments on the Palestinian political class’s failure to keep the world informed about the Palestinian cause or make proper use of media opportunities, most recently exemplified by Hamas chief Ismail Haniyah’s failure to answer 20 simple questions. >>

Apr 29 05:45

Israelis Have Taken To Spitting on Palestinians During Coronavirus

Now that we know that the deadly coronavirus can be transmitted through saliva droplets, Israeli soldiers and illegal Jewish settlers are working extra hard to spit at as many Palestinians, their cars, doorknobs, and so on, as possible.

If this sounds to you too surreal and repugnant, then you might not be as familiar with the particular breed of Israeli colonialism as you may think you are.

Apr 26 06:43

Israel stops coronavirus tests in Gaza 

Israeli soldiers conducting coronavirus tests in the Gaza Strip have been ordered to stop by Defence Minister Naftali Bennett due to coordination issues, an Israeli newspaper has reported. According to Maariv, the Israeli government cancelled the initiative and claimed that Bennett himself was not aware of the army initiative due to a “lack of communication”.

The initiative lasted for two days and only 100 samples were tested at one of the army’s bases on the fringe of the besieged Gaza Strip. Soldiers had announced last week that they would carry out 50 coronavirus tests per day on samples from the Gaza Strip at the army laboratory in Tzrifin. The lab is also conducting tests for soldiers suspected of having the deadly virus. As of 15 April, the total number of infections in Gaza stood at 13.

Apr 24 09:49

Turkey condemns Israeli plan to annex occupied West Bank

Turkey has condemned Israel’s plan to annex the occupied West Bank, calling it “an extremely dangerous mindset aimed at extorting occupied Palestinian lands.” The spokesman of the Foreign Ministry in Ankara, Hami Aksoy, made his comment in a written statement issued today.

“We believe that such grave steps, which would undermine international law and wound the common conscience of humanity, would not be accepted or supported by any member of the international community who has a sense of justice and responsibility,” explained Aksoy.

Apr 24 09:48

EU backs off warning to Israel over West Bank annexation

The European Union has apparently backed off its threat to impose consequences on Israel if it moves to annex more occupied West Bank land.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz reached an agreement to form a coalition after a year of political stalemate and three general elections.

The coalition agreement includes a commitment that the Israeli government and parliament will, from July, proceed with votes to annex large parts of the West Bank.

Apr 22 03:54

Palestinians decry Netanyahu-Gantz gov't, warn annexation ends peace deal

Some Palestinian officials and factions called on the Palestinian leadership to immediately halt all forms of cooperation with Israel.

Apr 22 03:51

New report details how the Israeli occupation is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis

Since the coronavirus outbreak shut down large swaths of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory early last month, countless reports of Israeli violations of Palestinian rights have surfaced during the pandemic.

From continued home demolitions and displacement, arrest raids, violent confrontations with Palestinian communities, and settler attacks, Israeli authorities have been criticized for ramping up their occupation activities in violation of global health recommendations.

The Who Profits research center has released a new report entitled Viral Occupation, detailing how the Israeli occupation is compounding the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the occupied Palestinian territory.

Apr 22 03:51

The Occupation and the Pandemic: The Coronavirus and the Conditions of Palestinian Workers

This past month Israeli soldiers dumped a Palestinian worker at a checkpoint on the border of the West Bank, shivering from fever and barely able to breathe. According to Middle East Eye, he “had been showing signs of the coronavirus over the past four days, and was recently tested for the virus. But before the man, allegedly a resident of Nablus, could receive his test results, his Israeli employer reportedly called the authorities, who picked him up and dropped him on the other side of the Beit Sira checkpoint, which connects central Israel and the occupied West Bank.” “It’s like we are slaves to them,” says a local Palestinian, “They use us when they need us, and when they are finished, they throw us away like trash.” Since the crisis began Israeli soldiers have actively obstructed the emergency response for Palestinians by shutting down multiple clinics and continuing their practice of arbitrary house demolitions.

Apr 22 03:44

Netanyahu/Gantz Unity Deal… Safeguarding Israel’s “Democracy”. Annexation of West Bank Ongoing

A weeks earlier agreement between them collapsed, a new unity deal struck.

Netanyahu prevailed. Gantz’s surrender to his demands split his Blue and White (B &W) party.

It may have ended his chance to become prime minister, his political career perhaps ruined by reportedly agreeing to most Netanyahu demands — a Gantz Versailles as things now stand.

On Monday night, capitulation was formalized, a “national emergency government” formed, ending over a year of political stalemate.

Gantz tweeted the following:

“We prevented fourth elections. We’ll safeguard democracy” (that’s nonexistent under apartheid rule).

“We’ll fight the coronavirus and look out for all Israeli citizens. We have a national emergency government.”

Netanyahu remains prime minister at least for the next 18 months, Gantz to serve as deputy PM and war minister with veto power over who’ll serve as Knesset speaker, Gantz ally Gabi Ashkenazi (another former IDF chief) to be foreign minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel, the alleged "Only democracy in the Middle East"; are you flipping kidding me?!?

Apr 21 12:54

Israeli settlers unleash cattle on Palestinian-owned farmlands

Israeli colonial settlers unleashed their cattle, on Wednesday, onto Palestinian-owned farmlands in the northern Alghour area of the Jordan Valley, in the West Bank. Local legal activist, Aref Daraghma, told Palestinian Wafa News Agency that tens of cows were released onto farmlands of wheat and barley, in the Umm al-Qaba village in the Alghour area. The legal activist believed that those cattle, which belong to Israeli colonists, living nearby, have been herded excessively, causing large quantities of wheat and barley to be destroyed. Palestinian farmlands have recently been frequently exposed to attacks by nearby illegal Israeli settlers in the Alghour area of the Jordan Valley, which is considered to be a rich farming region.

Apr 21 06:27

Unity deal allows PM to begin advancing West Bank annexation from July 1

The unity government agreement inked on Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz will allow Israel to initiate legislation to annex large parts of the West Bank starting in the beginning of July.

According to clause 29 of the deal, Netanyahu “will be able to bring the agreement reached with the US on the application of sovereignty [in the West Bank]… for the approval of the cabinet and/or the Knesset starting July 1, 2020.”

Setting out two legislative paths to enact annexation, the deal appears to provide Netanyahu with an alternative route if he fails to gain a majority for annexation in the cabinet, where some half of the ministers will be Blue and White members. It is more likely to pass in the Knesset given that the right-wing Likud, Yamina, Yisrael Beytenu, United Torah Judaism and Shas parties, which all have voiced support for annexation, hold a majority there.

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