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Oct 27 08:20

German foundation cancels anti-Palestinian seminar

The German Konrad Adenauer foundation has cancelled the seminar, “Palestine” - History and Problems of a Concept, just a day after it was announced.

The cancellation comes after protests were raised over an invitation that suggested that the seminar would discuss the “anti-Semitic associations” of the term “Palestine.”

Among those who called for the cancellation of the event were the foundation’s own Ramallah branch as well as its sometime local partner organization, the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD).

PIPD’s director Salem Barahmeh said his organization was “outraged and disturbed at an upcoming event conflating our existence and identity with anti-Semitism. This is dangerous, racist and erasure.”

Oct 27 06:16

Israeli bulldozers and settlers uproot Palestinian olive trees in West Bank

Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian house and settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees in the occupied West Bank on Monday, according to Palestinian state news agency Wafa.

Israeli soldiers and bulldozers blocked an area in Taybeh village and demolished a house, which was close to the Israeli separation wall that runs through the village’s land.

In the town of Salfit, north of the West Bank, Israeli bulldozers razed and uprooted almost 60 olive trees on Sunday.

Oct 26 07:07

UN calls on Israel to end administrative detention, swiftly free hunger striker Akhras

The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to put an end to the practice of administrative detention and immediately release Maher al-Akhras, a Palestinian prisoner who is on hunger strike for the past three months and is going through the medically critical phase.

Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, strongly called on Tel Aviv to end administrative detention, in which Israel keeps the detainees for up to six months, a period which can be extended an infinite number of times, sometimes for years

In a statement, he also called on the Israeli regime to release Akhras, who entered the 91st consecutive day of his open-ended hunger strike on Sunday in protest against his administrative detention.

“Mr. Al-Akhras is now in very frail condition, having gone without food for 89 days,” said Lynk.

Oct 26 05:54

Israeli ‘Combatants for Peace’ Join Palestinians in Olive Harvest

Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace activists, as part of the movement’s olive harvest campaign, joined Palestinian farmer Muhammad Adwan, from the village of Azzun in the northern West Bank, on Friday to help him pick his olive trees on his land in the Al-Salamah area adjacent to the Ma’ale Shimron settlement.

“With the beginning of each harvest season, Israeli settlers assault us and prevent us from harvesting,” Mohammad said. “A year ago, the settlers and the Israeli occupation soldiers shot at my son and held us for hours. I feel joy and relief that Combatants for Peace activists are with us here today to help us pick the olives. “

Oct 24 08:25

A Historical Reckoning: Oxford Study Challenges Israel’s Claims Concerning Palestinian Refugees

There needs to be a fundamental change in the way Palestinian refugees are seen, no longer as victims but as people with rights who are entitled to shape their own destiny. This assertion is made in a new study whose importance cannot be overstated.

According to international law, Palestinian refugees have a right to return to their homes and land and receive restitution and compensation for their suffering and personal and communal losses. Furthermore, the State of Israel, which is responsible for Palestine’s ethnic cleansing, must pay for the repatriation, the rehabilitation, and the rebuilding that the return will necessitate. A thorough understanding of why millions of Palestinians live as refugees and what international law says about their situation is critical, and a recently published study sheds unprecedented light on the Palestinian refugee issue.

Oct 24 07:25

Palestinians sue Britain for 1917 Balfour Declaration that led to creation of Israel

Palestinian lawyers have lodged a complaint to sue the British government for the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which set out London’s aim to establish a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

On Thursday, the lawyers took the measure in the occupied northern West Bank city of Nablus, highlighting that “the suffering of the Palestinians” emanated from the UK document.

“The Balfour Declaration is unacceptable. It was not just a declaration, but a birth certificate for a regime with letters of shame and injustice. It was a replacement tactic drawn by Britain in partnership with Zionists, ignoring the rights of more than 93% of Palestinian people, and granting the Jews, who at the time composed only 7% of the population, full rights,” Munib al-Masri, head of the Federation of Independent and Democratic Trade Unions, told a news conference in Ramallah.

Oct 24 06:57

Annual olive harvest comes hand in hand with settler violence

Every year, the beginning of autumn is marked in Palestine with the olive harvest, which kicks off at the beginning of October and lasts for a number of weeks, as Palestinians work tirelessly to harvest their olive trees, which cover thousands of acres of Palestinian land.

The olive harvest is an intrinsic part of Palestinian culture and tradition, and has become symbolic of Palestinian ties to the land under Isralei occupation.

It’s an event cherished by Palestinians from all socio-economic backgrounds, especially those still living in rural towns and villages of the occupied West Bank, where olive trees grow in abundance.

But every year, as Palestinian families set out to their olive groves, they are inevitably met with violence from the Israeli military and Israeli settlers, who are known to coordinate attacks on Palestinian farmers and their crops during the harvest.

Oct 23 09:15

Amnesty International Slams Reported U.S. Push to Label It Antisemitic

Amnesty International USA slammed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reported push to label the organization as antisemitic on Thursday, saying his “baseless accusations are yet another attempt to silence and intimidate international human rights organizations.”

Politico reported on Wednesday that the State Department was considering declaring Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam as antisemitic and declare that U.S. policy is not to support the groups. According to the report, the announcement is expected to come in a report from the office of the White House’s antisemitism czar, Elan Carr, which would allege that the groups support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Oct 23 06:14

Red Cross: “Health Condition Of Hunger Striking Detainee Is Very Serious”

The International Red Cross (IRC) has expressed serious concern about the health condition of the hunger-striking detainee, Maher al-Akhras, 49, who continues his strike for the 88th day, demanding to be released.

The IRC said the detainee remains at the Israeli Kaplan medical center, and that its physicians are frequently visiting him to assess and closely monitor his health condition. The detainee is regarded to be on the verge of death.

The IRC added that its physicians are seriously concerned about his health, especially since al-Akhras might enter an irreversible condition and complications, specifically since his current condition is considered profoundly serious.

It also said that it follows the conditions of hunger-striking detainees to ensure they receive adequate medical attention and can communicate with their families.

Oct 23 05:54

Trump administration plan to label human rights groups 'antisemitic' provokes outrage

A number of human rights organisations have hit back at threats by the Trump administration to have them branded antisemitic due to their reporting on abuses by Israel.

Amnesty International said the US government was attempting to "silence and intimidate international human rights organisations", following a report in Politico that officials were on the verge of applying the antisemitic label to several organisations - including Amnesty, Oxfam and Human Rights Watch - and enouraging governments not to work with them.

Oct 22 12:52

'Paradise lost': How Israel turned the West Bank into a sewage dump for its settlements

Abdullah Maarouf typically tends to his olive grove at this time of year, the start of the olive harvest season in Palestine.

This year, however, 55-year-old Maarouf is forced to sit at home.

Maarouf lives in the village of Deir Ballut, in the northern governorate of Salfit, in the occupied West Bank.

'They just die': Palestinian village choked by Israeli settlement dumpsite
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He says his land was once “a paradise”. Today, it has become a wastewater swamp, due to the sewage that runs from the illegal settlement of Leshem nearby.

Oct 22 05:49

Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

Family says senior PLO diplomat remains in critical condition, intubated and connected to ECMO machine; treatment especially complicated given history of health issues, including lung transplant in 2017

Oct 21 06:00

Illegal Israeli Colonists Flood Palestinian Farmlands With Sewage, Attack Villages, Near Nablus

Illegal Israeli colonists invaded, Tuesday and Monday, Palestinian farmlands, and olive orchards, north and east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and flooded them, with sewage water, in addition to attacking the villagers.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia Palestinian town, north of Nablus, said the colonists came from Shavei Shomron illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

Azem added that the colonists flooded with sewage water Palestinian lands containing olive and apricot trees, in the western area of the town, causing serious losses to the livelihoods of the farmers and their families.

Oct 20 06:57

PCHR: Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Summary of Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for October 8–14, 2020

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multifaceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF attacks rendered 18 Palestinian civilians wounded in excessive use of force, including 2 children, in the West Bank. Settler-attacks and confiscation of Palestinians’ properties continued, under the pretext of working without permits.

To date, Maher al-Akhras, 50-year-old administrative detainee, hunger strike enters his 81st consecutive day, in protest of his arrest with no charge or trial under administrative detention despite the deterioration of his health condition. Al-Akhras entered into a hunger strike from the first day of his detention on 27 July 2020.

Oct 20 06:55

Israeli settlers' racism is not an aberration. It's part of an apartheid system

The Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, long a byword for nationalist extremism and anti-Palestinian violence, was in the news again on Monday, after residents erected a sign outside the settlement stating: “This road leads to the community of Yitzhar - Entry for Arabs is dangerous.”

As explained by Haaretz, the background to the stunt was an incident two weeks ago, when "an Arab medical worker who was sent to conduct a Covid-19 test was refused entry to Yitzhar", reportedly on the basis that "he was an Arab".

Oct 20 05:58

Top Palestinian Official Erekat on Ventilator, in ‘Critical’ Condition with COVID-19

Longtime chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is suffering from pneumonia after he contracted the novel COVID-19, Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila said today.

Alkaila said in a press statement that the President’s Office, the government, and the Ministry were closely monitoring the developments related to the health condition of Erekat, who was placed on a ventilator today and was is in critical condition at the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in West Jerusalem.

Oct 20 05:57

Where Are the Borders of the State of Israel? Why Do They Refuse to Demarcate Them?

When you ask any Israeli government official or diplomat about the borders and map of the State of Israel, surely you will not get a clear answer. Successive Israeli governments, backed up by the Zionist movement worldwide, have ambitions to gain control of most of the occupied Palestinian territory, far exceeding the armistice lines of 1949.

Israel is carrying out this enterprise by strategically confiscating C classified areas amounting to 60% of the West Bank, in addition to its complete control over the city of East Jerusalem, which has been occupied since 1967, and keeping the Gaza Strip separate from the distant Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank.

Oct 19 07:32

Palestinian prisoner’s organs failing as his hunger strike enters 84th consecutive day

As Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras enters the 84th consecutive day of his open-ended hunger strike against Israel’s so-called policy of administrative detention, his organs are failing and the inmate is on the verge of imminent death.

The 49-year-old Palestinian prisoner, who is currently in the Israeli Kaplan hospital, suffers from severe fatigue and stress, pain in the joints, abdomen and stomach, and ceaseless headache as well as weight loss and a balance disorder, the Palestinian Information Center reported on Sunday.

It described Akhras’ health condition as extremely dangerous, saying that he is unable to move and that he has lost a lot of fluids and salts amid warnings of his possible martyrdom.

Oct 19 06:08

Top Palestinian official Erekat, now critical, put on ventilator in Jerusalem

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat was downgraded to critical condition Monday morning at a Jerusalem hospital where he was moved for treatment a day earlier after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization and a close confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was put on a ventilator and his overall medical condition is posing a unique challenge for the staff, Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said.

Oct 18 06:14

Is Israel about to launch another war against Gaza or even Lebanon?

New polls conducted by Israeli media suggest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s support is at an all-time low, with Israeli news outlet ‘Maariv’ finding that 54% of Israelis want Netanyahu to step down. So will it soon be an opportune time for Netanyahu to attack Gaza or Lebanon in a bid to regain public support?

Fears were re-ignited on the 5th of October after Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip following reported rocket fire from Gaza. As Israel has been holding back from implementing some of the agreements, according to Hamas, to an earlier negotiated truce, threats came from the resistance in Gaza to ignite a war in order to end the illegally imposed Siege by Israel. The ceasefire truce, which has currently held, with two flare-ups in between, was done from Qatar as a mediator and was intended to ease the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, through the administration of funds and opening of projects inside of the besieged coastal enclave.

Oct 17 09:33

Untold Archaeology of the Temple Mount — Rare Footage

Oct 17 08:52

Facebook COO pledges $2.5 mill to Israel advocacy group, brushing off Palestinian complaints of censorship

In the midst of a campaign by Palestinian journalists accusing Facebook of suppressing their content, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has pledged $2.5 million to the ADL, an organization that devotes much of its work to Israel advocacy.

We’ll first look at the complaints about censorship, then at the ADL, and then at Sandberg.

The current campaign is the latest in a long line of complaints that Facebook discriminates against Palestinian users.

A 2016 Fortune magazine article reported accusations that a Facebook agreement with the Israeli government had led to the closing of some Palestinian accounts.

A 2017 article in The Intercept reported: “Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Indeed, Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders.”

Oct 17 08:33

Israeli occupation of Palestine is devastating the natural environment

Once Israel was declared a Jewish state in May 1948, native trees (such as oaks, carobs, and hawthorns) and agricultural crops (olives, figs, and almonds) were systematically uprooted and replaced by European pine trees. These planted pines reduced biodiversity and harmed the local environment.5

Pines shed leaves that are acidic and prevent the growth of underbrush plants. These trees are also very susceptible to fire because of their resins. Indeed, fires are now a common occurrence in the areas in which they were planted. Trees, however, were not the only targets of Israel’s colonial practices.

Oct 17 08:29

Israel bans Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf from entering Jerusalem, Gaza

Israel has imposed an entry ban on Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian singer of "Arab Idol" fame, in a decision described by the star as oppressive.

Assaf was the winner of the 2013 Arab Idol singing contest, becoming hugely popular largely due to his patriotic pro-Palestine songs. He was then named a goodwill ambassador for peace by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugeees, UNRWA, while the Palestinian government also named him an ambassador of arts and culture.

Born in Libya, Assaf was raised in Gaza's Khan Younis refugee camp but later moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he is now based with his wife.

Oct 17 07:18

Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome Is Ominous Sign of Things to Come

A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a "powerful" pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in Italy is just as dangerous.

The latest episode began on September 24, when the Palestinian community in Rome announced plans to hold ‘Falastin – Festival della Palestina’, a cultural event that aims at illustrating the richness of Palestinian culture in all of its grandeur. The idea behind it is not to simply humanize Palestinians in the eyes of ordinary Italians, but to explore commonalities, to cement bonds and to build bridges. However, for Israel’s allies in Italy, even such unthreatening objectives were too much to bear.

Oct 16 16:03

Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli jail ‘on verge of death

Maher al-Akhras, 49, is protesting his incarceration by Israel for nearly 80 days without even charging him with a crime…
Reposted from Aljazeera

A Palestinian man on a hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in “administrative detention”, a policy Israel uses to hold suspected fighters without charge.

The married father of six launched his hunger strike to protest the policy. He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad armed group.

On Monday, about 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to support him.

“Our people will not let Maher al-Akhras down,” said Khader Adnan, who was one of those taking part in the rally and who has himself carried out several hunger strikes in Israeli captivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Administrative detention, where political prisoners can be held in Israeli jails, is one of the most vile aspects of Israeli law; this is immoral in the extreme.

Either they have the evidence to charge the guy, OR THEY DO NOT; PERIOD, END OF DISCUSSION!!

Oct 16 16:03

Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli jail ‘on verge of death

Maher al-Akhras, 49, is protesting his incarceration by Israel for nearly 80 days without even charging him with a crime…
Reposted from Aljazeera

A Palestinian man on a hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in “administrative detention”, a policy Israel uses to hold suspected fighters without charge.

The married father of six launched his hunger strike to protest the policy. He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad armed group.

On Monday, about 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to support him.

“Our people will not let Maher al-Akhras down,” said Khader Adnan, who was one of those taking part in the rally and who has himself carried out several hunger strikes in Israeli captivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Administrative detention, where political prisoners can be held in Israeli jails, is one of the most vile aspects of Israeli law; this is immoral in the extreme.

Either they have the evidence to charge the guy, OR THEY DO NOT; PERIOD, END OF DISCUSSION!!

Oct 15 09:07

Bully-boy minister’s Christmas message to UK universities: Adopt anti-Semitism definition that’s “too vague to be useful”, or I’ll axe your funding!

Stuart Littlewood highlights the ignorance of Gavin Williamson, an Israel pimp serving as UK Education Secretary, who has threatened to cut the funding of universities that do not succumb to the Zionist definition of “anti-Semitism” – contrary to legal advice and the UK government’s own rules.>>

Oct 15 05:45

Israel Approves Over 2,000 New Settler Homes After Deals With UAE, Bahrain

On Wednesday, Israel approved the construction of 2,166 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, putting to bed rumors that the normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain included a freeze on settlements.

The new homes are the first to be approved after an eight-month pause on settlement construction. Another 2,000 homes are expected to be approved for construction on Thursday.

Since President Trump unveiled his “Vision for Peace” in January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been hoping to annex portions of the West Bank allocated to Israel in the plan. The plan gives Israel about 30 percent of the West Bank, including areas already controlled by Jewish settlers and parts of the Jordan Valley.

Oct 15 05:32

Israeli Army Razes Palestinian-owned Farm Lands in Gaza

The Israeli army razed, on Tuesday, large areas of Palestinian-owned agricultural land, east of Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that five armored D-9 bulldozers carried out a limited incursion into the area of Abasan and Khuza’ah and leveled dozens of dunams of land with produce.

In the same context, the Israeli authorities ordered, on Tuesday, owners of agricultural structures to stop construction in the central occupied West Bank village of al-Khader, west of Bethlehem, according to a local activist.

Oct 15 05:31

PPS: “Thirty Detainees Join Hunger Strike In Ofer Prison”

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that thirty detainees held in Ofer Israeli detention center has launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Maher al-Akhras, who continues his strike for the 80th consecutive day.

The PPS stated that the thirty detainees started the strike on Wednesday, expressing their solidarity with al-Akhras, who is demanding an end to his arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

Israel also transferred Hasan Shouka, Wahid Abu Mariya, and Shaher al-Heeh, from Ofer prison to solitary confinement cells in Shatta.

Oct 14 06:11

Israeli Occupation Army Forbids Palestinians from Harvasting Their Olive Groves

Israeli Occupation Army Forbids Palestinians from Harvasting Their Olive Groves

God’s Chosen People at work

Oct 14 05:46

Israeli Army Orders Closure of 3,000 Dunums of Land on Olive Harvest Season

The Israeli occupation army issued 63 military orders to close areas and lands planted with olives in separate parts of the West Bank, coinciding with the start of the olive harvest season in the Palestinian territories.

The olive harvest season, one of the biggest events and sources of income for Palestinian farmers, starts on the seventh of October, as announced by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

The military orders bore the signature of the commander of the occupation army in the West Bank on September 17, 2020, and come under the title (Zone Closure – Prevention of Entry and Stay), attached to maps and aerial photos showing the locations of the lands targeted by these orders, which seem to be specific to the current olive season.

Its clauses clarified that its entry into force will be from the date of its signature until the date of 12/31/2020.

Oct 13 06:24

Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners

"No one cares about the prisoners." Over the past few years, I have heard this phrase – or some variation of it – uttered many times by freed Palestinian prisoners and their families. Whenever I conduct an interview regarding this crucial and highly sensitive topic, I am told, repeatedly, that "no one cares."

But is this really the case? Are Palestinian prisoners so abandoned to the extent that their freedom, life and death are of no consequence?

The subject, and the claim, resurfaces every time a Palestinian prisoner launches a hunger strike or undergoes extreme hardship and torture, which is leaked outside Israeli prisons through lawyers or human rights organizations. This year, five Palestinian prisoners died in prison as a result of alleged medical negligence, or worse, torture.

Oct 12 07:09

Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes with IDF: report

Fifty-three people injured in Israeli military operation to apprehend three Palestinians

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded Sunday in clashes with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank.

Villagers in the camp said that the IDF blocked several key roads in the area, before going into the camp in large forces to arrest three Palestinians, outlet Haaretz reported.

Two brothers were detained, Muhammad and Rajab Sana Abu Arab, and the spouse of one of them, according to Haaretz.

The Red Crescent said in a statement that a total of 53 people were treated to their wounds, all in light to moderate condition.

Oct 12 07:08

Israeli Soldiers Raid a Palestinian Village at Night, Terrifying Residents – for Training Purposes

The whole story in brief: Dozens of Israel Defense Forces soldiers stage a nighttime raid among the houses of a tranquil Palestinian village, some of whose inhabitants are fast asleep, as part of a training exercise. The troops don’t enter any of the homes, but wander about, armed, in backyards and streets, peeking through windows and terrifying the occupants. The IDF would never dream of behaving like this in any of the nearby Jewish settlements – a nocturnal drill in Maskiot? Combat exercises in Mehola? – certainly not without permission and prior coordination. But in a Palestinian village anything goes, and residents’ nights belong to them as little as the days do. Indeed, that was the case last week, on Tuesday, in the small village of Aqaba.

Oct 12 07:05

Israel and Hamas said to reach agreement for 6-month ceasefire

Israel and the terror group Hamas have reached a truce agreement mediated by Qatar that will see quiet on the southern border for a period of six months, Channel 12 news reported on Sunday.

In return, Qatar will transfer $100 million to Hamas in a deal coordinated with Doha by Mossad head Yossi Cohen alongside the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), according to the report.
Mohammad al-Emadi, Qatar’s envoy to Gaza, has regularly visited Gaza in recent years with Israeli approval, bringing funds to the Strip for purchasing fuel, paying civil servants and helping Gaza’s poor. The most recent set of funding was set to run out within weeks, Channel 12 reported.

Oct 11 06:37

Jewish Settlers Throw Stones at Palestinian Car, Injure Toddler

A one-year-old Palestinian toddler was injured last night when Jewish settlers threw stones at a car he was in as it drove on a West Bank road, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Daniel settlement – built on expropriated Palestinian land – threw stones at Palestinian cars driving on a highway between Bethlehem and Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the southern West Bank.

The toddler, Mahmoud Iyad Banat, was injured in the eye from glass after stones hit and broke a window of a car he was in, said the witnesses.

Oct 10 06:50

Israel to massively expand settlements after UAE normalization

Israel is moving ahead with thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

This represents a dramatic expansion of Israel’s settler-colonial efforts: The vast majority of the housing units are planned in “isolated” settlements outside the large blocs already eyed for Israeli annexation under President Donald Trump’s so-called “Peace to Prosperity” plan.

About 350 units will be added to each of the Beit El settlement, north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the Geva Binyamin settlement, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and the Nili settlement, in the central West Bank.

Almost 1,000 new housing units are set to be approved in the so-called Har Gilo settlement, sandwiched between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Israel is also advancing plans for almost 700 new housing units in Eli settlement in the central West Bank.

Oct 06 10:30

Facing down Israel's stooges at the heart of UK Parliament

Stuart Littlewood highlights the deep flaws and astounding hypocrisy of Israel’s stooges in the British Parliament, and of the spineless, time-serving church leaders, who are blind – or have blinded themselves – to Israel’s criminal oppression and persecution of the Palestinians – Christians and Muslims.>>

Oct 06 07:27

When will the word ‘Palestine’ be allowed on Canadian airwaves?

On August 18, 2020, renowned cartoonist Joe Sacco was interviewed by Canadian public radio host Duncan McCue, who is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, for his program The Current, which is produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The two discussed colonization, resource extraction, and Sacco’s latest graphic novel Paying the Land, about the Dene people of Canada’s Northwest Territories. All seemed kosher until the editors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) determined that they must scrub the word “Palestine” from the official transcript of the show and from future broadcasts.

When the show aired that same day, three hours later on the West Coast and in the published transcript of the show, McCue introduced Sacco’s art simply by saying “your work in conflict zones, Bosnia, Iraq.” The word “Palestine” had been cut.

Already concerning — but there’s more.

Oct 06 06:37

Israel to Advance Plans for 4,400 New Settlement Homes

The Israeli body responsible for authorizing settlements is expected to advance plans for over 4,400 new settler homes. The Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee will meet next week to sign off on the final approval for around 2,500 settler units in the West Bank. The committee will begin early stages of approval for the other units.

It will be the first approval of settlements and meeting of the committee since February. There has been a de facto freeze of settlement construction due to the coronavirus pandemic and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failed attempt to annex portions of the West Bank. Despite the settlement freeze and the pandemic, Israel has demolished a record number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year.

Oct 06 06:18

Turkey Mediates Agreement Between Hamas and Fatah

After 15 years divided and in constant conflict of interest, the main Palestinian political forces, Hamas and Fatah, finally reached an agreement to hold new elections in Palestine. According to Hamas spokesman Saleh al-Arouri, there was a real consensus between the two parties and there is no longer any interest in pursuing divisions in Palestinian domestic politics. The negotiations were mediated by Turkey and the agreement signed in Istanbul. A commission has been created to establish the electoral calendar. Apparently, legislative elections will be held within six months. Then a date will be set for the presidential elections and for the Palestinian National Council. Another commission was also established in order to unify the popular struggle, creating a unified Palestinian national leadership.

Oct 05 07:12

PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF attacks rendered 9 Palestinian civilians wounded in excessive use of force, including a child and a journalist in the West Bank. IOF also continued its policy of demolishing and destroying Palestinian houses and facilities for its settlement expansion schemes.

Oct 05 07:11

Palestine condemns Israel’s plan to build 5,400 new settlement units – Middle East Monitor

The Palestine Authority (PA) condemned on Friday Israeli plans to build 5,400 new settlement units in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, a statement revealed.

The statement, which was issued by the PA’s Foreign Ministry, stated: “Expanding Jewish settlements is part of Israel’s unilateral moves to implement the US deal of the century and its plan to annex large parts of the West Bank.”

It added: “This disproves the Israeli claim that it has frozen settlement to enable its normalisation with Arab states, and reflects the systematic American and Israeli violations of international law and United Nations resolutions.”

This came after an Israeli radio station reported on Thursday evening that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed the approval of the construction of 5,400 units in the West Bank’s settlements.

Oct 05 05:34

De-facto freeze broken, IDF to approve new West Bank settler homes

The Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria is set to approve and advance new homes in at least 25 West Bank settlements on October 14, thereby breaking the eight month de-facto freeze on such action.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged last week to convene the council, which last met in February, but a date and a schedule for the meeting was only posted on Sunday night.

Oct 04 06:59

Partners in Crime: Are Abbas, Hamas and Israel United Against Palestinian Elections?

The Palestinian president is bluffing by saying he will be setting dates for legislative, presidential and national council elections, says a member of Fatah, adding that Abbas will never give up on his "absolute powers".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to set the dates for legislative, presidential and national council elections in the coming days, after representatives of all factions met in Istanbul at the end of September for reconciliation talks.

According to reports, the elections are supposed to take place within the next six months in the West Bank and Gaza but Dimitri Diliani, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Guard, who is critical of the President, says the vote is unlikely to happen, just as it didn't a year ago, when Abbas vowed to take Palestinians to the polls while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

Oct 02 06:44

Promoting Zionism is not ‘education to end hate’

Last week, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced a new initiative, “Education to End Hate.” “Our country is facing two pandemics: coronavirus and hate,” he said. “It’s time to double down on our efforts to combat all forms of hate, bias and bigotry.” He contrasted his new initiative with President Trump’s attacks on the 1619 Project Curriculum, classroom materials developed by the New York Times that investigate how slavery has shaped America. As a result, Thurmond got great press for standing up for anti-racist, anti-bias education.

Oct 01 09:40

Israel makes hundreds of Palestinians homeless during pandemic

Israel has made hundreds more Palestinians homeless during the pandemic.

Since March, when the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have demolished or confiscated almost 400 Palestinian structures.

That’s almost 65 per month – the highest average in four years.

So far this year, Israel has forcibly displaced about 700 Palestinians – most of them during the pandemic and half of them children.

In August alone, Israel forced more than 200 Palestinians into homelessness.

Sep 29 11:04

Israeli Soldiers on Rampage: Three Palestinians Killed, 64 Wounded and 381 Arrested in August

Three people were killed and 64 wounded in the occupied Palestinian territories in August, majority of them in the Gaza Strip, as a result of continuous Israeli violations, the Department of Palestinian Affairs said.

The occupation forces also arrested 381 Palestinians in August, according to the department’s monthly report on the occupation forces' violations against Palestinian land, its people and holy sites.

The report also revealed a total of 319 Israeli incursions occurred in August: 316 in the West Bank and three in the Gaza Strip, 33 incursions in Jerusalem, 54 in Ramallah, 34 in Jenin, 10 in Toubas, 24 in Tulkarem, 16 in Qalqilya, 38 in Nablus, 17 in Salfit, eight in Jericho, 30 in Bethlehem, 52 in Hebron, one in northern Gaza, one in Khan Younis and one in Rafah.

Sep 29 07:33

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian-owned Farms near Nablus

An armed Israeli settler assaulted, on Sunday, a Palestinian farmer who was working in his land in Asira al-Qiblya village, south of Nablus city in the northern West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Sources stated that the illegal settler, who is a security guard of the Israeli Yitzhar colony, attacked Palestinian farmer, Usama Hamdan, causing extensive bruising. The wounded Palestinian man was transferred to a Nablus hospital for treatment.

In related news, Israeli settlers attacked, on Saturday, two Palestinian-owned poultry farms in Qusra village, southeast of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Information Center reported that the locals called for help through the loudspeakers of the local mosque, which elicited villagers to throw stones to confront the settler invasion.

Sep 22 15:21

Israel Promised to Slow Down Home Demolitions During COVID-19, It Stepped Them Up Instead

Israel destroyed nearly 90 Palestinian-owned structures last month, rendering 202 people homeless, half of them children. The demolitions mark a fourfold increase in the average number of demolitions carried out by the Israeli government in 2020.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that, in spite of Israel’s promise to refrain from home demolitions during the pandemic, the government has instead has stepped up the practice. The average number of demolitions in 2020 now stands at 60, compared to 36 in 2017. The period from March to August of 2020, a period marking the height of the coronavirus pandemic, showed the highest rate in four years.

Sep 22 07:44

Pandemic strains Rafah’s health services

On 3 September, Muna al-Shaer felt that she needed medical treatment. Her temperature had been high for the previous few days and she was worried by news reports on the spread of COVID-19.

Al-Shaer, 36, called Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city, around 9pm. “I was told that there were not enough beds in the hospital as there was an emergency situation,” she said.

The staff there arranged that she would be brought by ambulance to the European Gaza Hospital in the Khan Younis area.

It was around midnight by the time she was admitted to that hospital.

Sep 22 07:28

Hamas sets 2-month deadline for Israel to end Gaza siege

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has set a deadline of two months for Israel to end more than 12 years of its siege on the Gaza Strip.

Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, said Israel has blocked humanitarian assistance from entering Gaza over the past few months of the coronavirus pandemic.

If Israel does not end the siege willingly, he warned, Hamas is militarily capable of forcing Israelis into shelters.

Sep 22 07:05

Gaza faces "humanitarian disaster" amid acute shortage of medical supplies in handling COVID-19: health ministry

The health ministry in the Gaza Strip announced on Monday that Gaza would soon witness a "humanitarian disaster" amid an acute shortage of medical supplies and equipment in handling the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, told Xinhua that the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the novel coronavirus can only enough for two days, which "would cause a catastrophe."

The densely populated coastal enclave needs to double the PCR tests to combat the virus and avoid its spread, al-Qedra said.

In addition, medical supplies for patients with cancer, heart and kidney conditions who are suffering from weak immunity are in dire shortage, the spokesman added.

"If one of them is infected with the virus, they will face an inevitable death, especially in the light of the deterioration of the health sector," al-Qedra warned.

Sep 22 07:02

Israel’s Knesset Votes Down Bill Guaranteeing Equality for Palestinian-Israelis, 21% of Population

The London pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi (Arab Jerusalem) reports that the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, voted down a proposed basic law introduced by Yousef Jabareen on behalf of the Joint List. It aimed at altering the constitutional basis of the Israeli state, requiring democratic principles, cultural pluralism and complete equality for all citizen on both civil and national levels.

What follows is a paraphrase of the article with a few comments by me. One comment by me to begin with: Israel has all along had a choice between being a democratic state for all its citizens or being an ethno-nationalist oligarchy with second-class citizens at home and Apartheid subjects in the West Bank. This is not the first Knesset vote to demonstrate forcefully that the Israeli majority wants the latter.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 19 06:49

Palestinian resistance groups know no red lines in war with Israel: Islamic Jihad leader

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) says Gaza-based resistance groups are fully prepared to respond to any act of aggression by the Israeli military, warning that there are “no red lines” in dealing with the occupying regime.

In an interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV channel on Wednesday, Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziyad al-Nakhalah said Palestinian resistance groups have military presence in the occupied West Bank, and that Israel “is a target for resistance rockets.”

“There are no red lines in resistance actions taken against the occupier and Israel in its entirety is a target if a war breaks out,” Nakhalah said.

Sep 18 10:43

Disaster in Gaza’s darkness

Every morning for the past two weeks, Omar Huzeen has sat down outside what remains of his home. He thinks constantly about the fire that killed all three of his children.

The three boys had spent 1 September with their grandfather. When they returned to their parents that evening, the family had dinner, after which 2-year-old Muhammad asked for a drink of milk.

There was no milk at home, so Omar went searching for some.

“I put a candle beside the window to light the room and went to see my mother,” said Omar. “But she didn’t have milk at her home and most of the supermarkets were closed due to the lockdown. I finally managed to buy some milk and came home. By the time I returned, our house was on fire.”

Muhammad and his brothers Yusif and Mahmoud – aged 5 and 4 respectively – were trapped in the blaze.

Sep 15 08:54

How Israel lit match for deadly fire

The Israeli siege of Gaza affects us in myriad ways.

It is not just about being starved of fuel and electricity, as we have been recently.

Of course, that is bad enough. The vulnerable are even more vulnerable, nights are dark, work is almost impossible to do – if you are lucky enough to have any – and there is no relief from sweltering summers.

But Israel’s blockade is all encompassing. It affects every aspect of our lives here, from our ability to travel and trade, to career prospects, to whether or not we will eat tomorrow.

And it has knock-on effects. Things happen that normally wouldn’t happen.

Things that shouldn’t happen.

In March, a fire broke out in Nuseirat refugee camp that ultimately would take the lives of 22 people.

The fire started in a bakery. It was the result of poor judgement from many local parties.

Sep 15 06:42

Israel Is Proud to Have Halted International Projects for Palestinians in Area C

In the battle over Area C, where Israel maintains full security and civilian authority, it’s chalking up successes against the Palestinians and the European Union and has significantly reduced the number of internationally (mainly European) financed Palestinian projects. That’s the news provided by the head of Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank, Brigadier General Ghassan Alian, to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in two meetings in late July and mid-August. The subject: “the Palestinian takeover of Area C,” referring to 61 percent of the occupied West Bank.

Sep 15 06:41

Israel court issues demolition order for mosque

A court in Israel has issued a demolition order for a mosque in a town in occupied East Jerusalem for "lack of a construction permit", Palestinian media reported citing local residents.

In response to the demolition notice, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza issued a statement, circulated by Palestinian media, to condemn the order and warn Israel against the move.

It also called on the international community, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to protect Muslim holy sites and places of worship in Jerusalem.

Sep 15 05:30

Iran's Resistance Film Festival Key to Undo Hegemony of US Films: Canadian Journalist

"...A Canadian journalist and political analyst described the 16th Resistance International Film Festival underway in Iran as important in the face of the hegemony of American films..."

Sep 12 14:40

The Jew Who Cried Wolf: Extended, 9-11 2020

A history of Jewish false flags! Busted red handed, and thrown behind bars!

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Sep 12 14:36

The Jew Who Cried Wolf: Extended, 9-11 2020

A history of Jewish false flags! Busted red handed, and thrown behind bars!

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Sep 09 02:36

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation and “Normalization”. Towards “Greater Israel”

As the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on with no end in sight, Israel and the US have launched an all-out push to resolve the conflict once and for all, on Israel’s terms. If the manoeuvre is successful, Israel will end up with all of the territories it conquered during the 1967 war, including all of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem and most of the Palestinian Territories, including the best sources of water and agricultural land. The West Bank will find itself in the same situation as the Gaza strip, cut off from the outside world and surrounded by hostile Israeli military forces and Israeli settlements.

Palestine in the regional and international geopolitical context.

Sep 08 09:43

When Gaza City became a ghost town

The nickname became increasingly relevant lately. The shutdown of Gaza’s only power plant meant that lights often could not be switched on at nighttime.

“I used to meet up with friends in the evening hours,” said Ahmad Khalid, 29, during the power outages. “But with the electricity crisis, I hate going out of the house now and seeing darkness everywhere. It’s as if we are ghosts walking in the street.”

The crisis was caused because Israel banned fuel deliveries to Gaza’s power station last month.

Sep 07 09:04

Israel DEMOLISHES 51 Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem as destruction continues in 'unprecedented manner' – rights group

Israeli authorities escalated demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem in August, knocking 51 Palestinian buildings and displacing 85 people, many of whom were children, a Palestinian rights group said.

The demolition of homes, which Israel says were built without proper permits, have been conducted in an "unprecedented manner" in the past month, Palestinian rights group, Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said in a fresh report.

The authorities have been acting in this way despite a difficult situation with coronavirus in Israel and particularly in Jerusalem, which is claimed as the capital by both Israelis and Palestinians.

Sep 02 11:37

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them.

Soon after the incident, I spoke with one of these fishermen. His name is Fathi.

"My wife, my eight children and I, we all live off fishing. The Israeli navy shot at us today and asked us to leave the sea. I had to return to my family empty-handed, without any fish to sell and nothing to give to my children," Fathi told me.

This fisherman’s story is typical. According to the Israeli rights group B’tselem, "about 95% of fishermen in Gaza live below the poverty line".

Sep 02 11:07

Making a hash of Brexit wasn’t enough: Boris Johnson is now set to hire another Israel stooge as trade envoy

Stuart Littlewood comments on reports that Britain’s Zionist Prime Minister Boris Johnson is about to appoint Australia’s Zionist former Prime Minister Tony Abbott as UK new trade envoy, and notes pledges by Johnson to forge even stronger trade relations with the racist state of Israel.>>

Aug 31 06:29

“This is How Armed Gangs Operate” Israel Admits its Troops Planted IEDs in a Palestinian Town

Aseven-year-old Palestinian boy was walking with his mother just outside the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum a few miles to west of the city of Nablus. Seeing a strange orange and black package held down with some rocks, the boy approached, thinking it was a toy. His mother quickly stopped him, summoning a relative to investigate. Foolishly, the man shook the package and it exploded, injuring his face and hands.

Along the popular path they found another device, this time photographing it and throwing stones at it until it too exploded.

Aug 28 14:28

Palestine: Rabbi's and Jews expose the Hipocricy and Racism of the Synagoge

We are two rabbis and other members of the Hamilton, Ontario, Jewish community who call on the religious institutions of our community to take the clear moral stand of opposing Israel’s plan to annex large areas of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jordan Valley.

We are deeply pained that some synagogues in our community enforce misplaced ethnic loyalty more than the ethical values of our religious tradition. src

Aug 28 08:02

Facebook shuts down Gaza health ministry page

Gaza’s health ministry uses Facebook to supply crucial information – whether about people killed or injured in Israeli attacks, or about the enormous efforts to hold back the spread of COVID-19. Now Facebook has closed it down…

Aug 28 08:01

Israel military plants booby trap explosives near Palestinian village

A 7-year-old Palestinian boy discovered a box full of stun grenades planted in his village by Israeli soldiers the night before, one of 3 such boxes set to explode when touched, camouflaged with stones and scraps of cloth…
The boy narrowly escaped injury by that particular IDF action (his relative was not so lucky – neither was a 15-year-old who was shot in the head on Thursday, or a 9-year-old shot in the head last year).

Aug 27 09:40

Qatari envoy travels to Gaza to help ease tensions amid Israeli raids

A Qatari envoy has visited the Gaza Strip to help calm down tensions in the blockaded enclave, which has been the scene of daily Israeli attacks for more than two weeks.

Mohammed el-Emadi entered Gaza late on Tuesday for negotiations to help ease the tensions, AFP reported.

Since August 6, the regime has been carrying out daily airstrikes and occasional ground attacks against Gaza in response to what it calls the launch of balloons fitted with “incendiary devices” from the direction of coastal enclave.

Concomitantly, it has shut down Kerem Shalom, the crossing bringing in the majority of the enclave’s requirements, and completely cut off supplies of fuel to the territory. The combined measures have brought about a closure of Gaza’s sole power plant.

Aug 26 07:10

Gaza Locks Down After Detecting Local Transmission Of Virus

Gaza's militant Hamas rulers imposed a territory-wide curfew on Tuesday after authorities detected the first local cases of the coronavirus, raising fears of a wider outbreak in the blockaded territory that is home to some 2 million Palestinians.

Aug 26 06:48

Hamas: Gaza will not 'remain silent' as Israel escalates siege

The threat of a new Gaza war continues to rise as Palestinians demand an end to the devastating 13-year-long blockade and Israel tightens the screws on Gaza's economy while targeting Hamas positions.

Aug 25 07:15

1100-year-old gold coins unearthed in occupied Palestine

A treasure trove, including hundreds of gold coins dating back to around 1,100 years ago, has been discovered during excavations in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The collection of 425 early Islamic, 24-carat gold coins was unearthed by teenage volunteers on August 18 during an excavation in the occupied territories.

The coins have been found in an area which once housed the Palestinian village of Yibna, which had a population of 5,420 in 1948. However, it was taken by Israeli forces on 4 June 1948, and was depopulated during the occupation and expulsion.

The gold coins date back to the late 9th century at the height of the once-powerful Abbasid Caliphate, which controlled a lion's share of the Near East and North Africa.

Aug 24 09:47

Ignore at your peril: Palestine ranks high in Arab public opinion

James Dorsey explains that while domestic issues such as provision of jobs, education and health care, good governance and protection of personal rights are of primary concern to Arab citizens, opinion polls indicate that Palestinian rights remain at the top of citizens’ agendas.>>

Aug 24 09:44

How the Israel-UAE pact undermines international law

Lawrence Davidson says the United Arab Emirates’ "normalisation" of relations with Israel in effect provides a seal of approval for Israel’s illegal creeping annexation of Palestinian lands and gives a green light for other states to acquiesce in undermining International law.

Aug 24 07:26

Israel cuts fuel, Gaza goes dark

The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down on Tuesday after Israel stopped the transfer of fuel to the territory.

The halting of fuel transfers is among a series of collective punishment measures Israel has imposed on Gaza.

Israel has claimed the measures are a response to incendiary balloons released from Gaza. The launching of such balloons by some Palestinians is, in reality, a symbolic effort to draw attention to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, long subject to an Israeli siege.

Although incendiary balloons caused several fires in Israel, “no injuries or damage have been reported,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

Israel has also bombed Gaza on an almost a daily basis over the past week.

Aug 24 06:34

How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History

When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 – filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake – he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth.

Jenin had been sealed off from the world for nearly three weeks as the Israeli army razed the neighboring refugee camp and terrorized its population.

Bakri’s film Jenin, Jenin shows the young man hurrying silently between wrecked buildings, using his nervous body to illustrate where Israeli soldiers shot Palestinians and where bulldozers collapsed homes, sometimes on their inhabitants.

It was not hard to infer Bakri’s larger meaning: when it comes to their own story, Palestinians are denied a voice. They are silent witnesses to their own and their people’s suffering and abuse.

Aug 24 06:33

Palestinian child shot by Israel dies in detention

A Palestinian boy who was shot and detained by Israeli occupation forces in the central West Bank on Wednesday died of his injuries.

The family of Muhammad Matar was informed on Thursday that the 16-year-old had been killed. Israel has not transferred the teen’s body to his family, Defense for Children International Palestine stated on Friday.

Aug 22 10:30

How the UK government provides cover for Israel’s crimes

Stuart Littlewood highlights the gap between the UK government’s meaningless platitudes and mealy-mouthed declarations in relation to Palestinian rights on the one hand, and its actual deeds on the other, which serve to provide cover for Israeli crimes.>>

Aug 21 10:26

How Israel wages war on Palestinian history

Jonathan Cook highlights Israel’s systematic and comprehensive policy of seeking to eradicate Palestinian history in order to to accomplish its desire to destroy Palestinian society and pressure Palestinians to leave their homeland, to be replaced by Jews.

Aug 21 06:58

How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History

When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 – filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake – he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth.

Jenin had been sealed off from the world for nearly three weeks as the Israeli army razed the neighbouring refugee camp and terrorised its population.

Bakri’s film Jenin, Jenin shows the young man hurrying silently between wrecked buildings, using his nervous body to illustrate where Israeli soldiers shot Palestinians and where bulldozers collapsed homes, sometimes on their inhabitants.

It was not hard to infer Bakri’s larger meaning: when it comes to their own story, Palestinians are denied a voice. They are silent witnesses to their own and their people’s suffering and abuse.

Aug 20 09:28

Incendiary balloons continue to land in Israel as talks falter

Incendiary balloons landed throughout southern Israel on Wednesday, as tensions continue to rise between Israel and terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.
Police sappers handled a number of balloons that landed within and near towns and residential areas in southern Israel. Israel Fire and Rescue Services announced on Wednesday evening that there were 28 fires throughout the day.

Aug 20 06:25

Videos: IDF Jets Launch Retaliatory Strikes on Hamas Posts in Gaza

Multiple retaliatory strikes were launched by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) late Tuesday against Hamas position in Gaza, an act in response to a rocket that was launched from Gaza toward the Israeli territory earlier in the day.

The IDF noted in a late Tuesday tweet that the service's jets "attacked a number of other Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. During the attack, a military compound of one of the special units of the Hamas terrorist organization was attacked."

"The attack was carried out in response to the launch of a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier in the evening and the blowing up of explosive and incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory during the day," the statement added.

Aug 20 06:18

PM Khan: Pakistan can’t recognize Israel until Palestine gets its rights, state

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country will never recognize Israel until the issue of Palestine is resolved days after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a normalization deal with Israel.

In an interview with the private Dunya News television network on Tuesday, Khan said Islamabad will not follow suit in recognizing Israel, in a reference to Abu Dhabi, which has reached a highly controversial deal with Tel Aviv to establish full diplomatic ties.

“Our stance is very clear from day one and Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had said Pakistan can never accept Israel until the people of Palestine get rights and state,” Khan said.

The Pakistani prime minister further noted that recognition of Israel equals to abandoning Pakistan’s stance on the Muslim-majority Kashmir region.

Aug 20 06:05

Saudi Arabia says no Israel deal without Palestinian peace

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it will not follow the United Arab Emirates in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognised peace accord with the Palestinians.

Aug 20 03:50

ISRAEL LAUNCHES WEEK-LONG BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN GAZA AMID ONGOING WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATION

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
Last Monday night Israeli fighter jets executed airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip for the ninth night in a row in an act that may be another on Israel’s long list of possible war crimes.

Israeli leaders characterized the actions as retaliatory, naming Gazan “incendiary balloons” and “riots” as justification.

This is just the latest in what mainstream media generally depicts as a “protracted conflict” between “the militant group Hamas and Israel,” after “months of calm” (5 Gazans have been killed in 2020; Israel has shot at farmers and fishermen hundreds of times; no Israelis have been killed).

The plight of Palestinians in Gaza, a population of almost two million crammed into a region the size of Detroit, has been hidden from the view of most, even as the US funds its occupier with over $10 million a day in military aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has devolved into a cruelly apartheid theocracy with nuclear weapons; what could possibly go wrong in the region henceforward?!?

A great deal, my friends; a very great deal.

Aug 19 07:28

Israel Launches Week-Long Bombing Campaign in Gaza Amid Ongoing War Crimes Investigation

Last Monday night Israeli fighter jets executed airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip for the ninth night in a row in an act that may be another on Israel’s long list of possible war crimes.

Israeli leaders characterized the actions as retaliatory, naming Gazan “incendiary balloons” and “riots” as justification.

This is just the latest in what mainstream media generally depicts as a “protracted conflict” between “the militant group Hamas and Israel,” after “months of calm” (5 Gazans have been killed in 2020; Israel has shot at farmers and fishermen hundreds of times; no Israelis have been killed).

Aug 19 07:24

Israeli planes bomb Gaza for seventh straight night

Attacks on Gaza continued for the seventh straight night as Israeli warplanes targeted Hamas observation posts in what the Israeli army said was a response to Palestinian fire balloon attacks across the border.

Tuesday's air raids came as visiting Egyptian security officials strove to defuse the latest uptick in violence.

Aug 19 06:20

Israeli forces fire missiles into Gaza, kill people, set cars ablaze, etc.

Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured, Tuesday, a young Palestinian man during protests that erupted in the as-Sal’a neighborhood, in Jabal al-Mokabber, south of occupied East Jerusalem, after the army demolished an under-construction six-story residential building. Media sources said the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, who marched in condemnation […]

Aug 18 10:42

UAE recognition of Israel: Whither the Arab and the Muslim world?

James Dorsey says parochial interests and rivalry between the Arabian peninsula's rulers lie behind the United Arab Emirates’ decision to recognise Israel and Saudi Arabia’s turning its back on Jammu and Kashmir.>>

Aug 18 09:08

Palestinians only pawns in UAE-Israel deal, shared enmity towards Iran is the REAL move

The “historic” agreement for normalization of ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is being presented as a noble effort by the Gulf Arab states to fend off further annexation of Palestinian land.

That facade was quickly eroded when Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said his annexation plans were only “on hold” and not derailed, as the UAE had claimed in announcing the purported accord mediated this week by the Trump administration.

The terse Palestinian reaction to the supposed deal got it right. It was “a stab in the back.” Iran and Turkey also denounced it as a sell-out of Palestinian rights by the UAE.

Aug 18 09:07

How the Israel-UAE deal puts the bogus peace industry back in business

If there is one conclusion to draw from the agreement this week between Israel and the United Arab Emirates – with Israel temporarily “suspending” its threat to illegally annex parts of the West Bank, in return for “full normalisation” with the Gulf state – it is this: The peace industry is back in business.

But this time, unlike the interminable Oslo Accords signed a quarter of a century ago, there won’t even be the pretence that Palestinians are needed for “Middle East peace” to proceed. This is a process that takes place over their heads, a dialogue from which they are entirely absent.

This peace process is not between Palestinians and Israel, Washington’s client in the region. It is between Israel and oil-rich Arab states loyal to the US. It is a process that allows them to end the pretence that they are enemies of Israel. It means that they can stop feigning support for the Palestinian struggle for a state – even one on the last remnants of Palestinians’ homeland.

Aug 18 06:31

Why Christian Zionists see themselves as winners in a Gulf pact with Israel

In late June, John Hagee, a pastor and founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), offered Gulf states uncomfortable with Israel's plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank a simple solution: step out of the shadows and publicly embrace Israel.

"Gulf states, who are claiming that Israeli 'annexation' would lead to an end to their not-so-secret relations with Israel, ought to put their requests in a positive light," Hagee told the Jerusalem Post. "Rather than threaten to walk away, they should publicly and formally offer normalization of ties between the broader Arab world and Israel."

Last Thursday, when Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced they would normalise relations in exchange for Israel halting its planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, CUFI was among the first organisations to applaud the move.

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