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May 21 06:12

@AbbyMartin on #GazaMassacre & Israel as a proxy for US Empire

May 21 06:11

Pentagon Aims to Partner With ADL And SPLC, Spy On Military Members For 'Extremism'

The Pentagon under Biden-appointed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is working to partner with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League and spy on members of the military for signs of "extremism," according to documents leaked to The Intercept.

The ADL has been at the forefront of internet censorship and criminalizing speech as "hate" while the disgraced SPLC is best known for aggressive fundraising and compiling a "hate map" of "extremist" Christians and conservatives which left-wing extremists use as a hit list.

"On April 9, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the establishment of the Countering Extremism Working Group, which would 'receive information from both internal and external Subject Matter Experts,' who would serve as consultants," The Intercept reports.

May 21 05:57

John Pilger interview: Israel is a lying machine, Palestine has the right to resist!

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. He discusses why Palestine is still an issue in 2021, and the Israeli aerial bombardment of Gaza which has claimed hundreds of lives, including 63 children, and displaced over 50,000. He talks about the EU, US and UK role in the Israeli bombardment, Palestine’s legal right to resist, and Hamas as a part of a resistance provoked by Israeli occupation. He addresses the ‘media boycott’ of Gaza and why the mainstream media’s ‘both sides’ assertions are false, the entrenching Israeli illegal occupation of Palestine, the US-led campaign against China and the likelihood of war breaking out, China’s rise and memory of its ‘century of humiliation’ due to dominance by imperialist powers, the persecution of Julian Assange, and much more!

May 21 05:56

The Image of Victory

If winning a military battle is defined by the accomplishment of one’s military objectives, then Hamas won the current round of violence with its very first ballistic barrage on Jerusalem ten days ago. Israel, on the other hand, won’t win, can’t win and doesn’t even dream of winning. Like in recent ‘rounds’, all Israel hopes to achieve is an ‘image of victory.’ Despite its military might and destructive enthusiasm, Israel can’t prevail militarily because it doesn’t even remember what military objectives are or what they look like.

May 21 05:56

Israel-Palestinian Ceasefire Takes Hold

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, appeared to be holding Friday after 11 days of deadly fighting that pounded the Palestinian enclave and forced countless Israelis to seek shelter from rockets.

Gaza City was quiet under a cover of clouds, with only a thin column of smoke wafting into the skies after Israeli air strikes came to a halt, an AFP journalist reported.

May 20 13:54

Israel and Hamas agree to cease-fire over Gaza conflict

Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday voted to approve a tentative cease-fire after 11 days of fighting with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The White House is expected to respond to the news shortly.

The news comes on the heels of a Wednesday call between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During that call, Biden said that he expects a “significant de-escalation” in violence, according to the White House readout of the call.

It was their fourth conversation since violence erupted between Israel and Hamas last week.

May 20 13:49

Netanyahu Says "Conquering" Gaza An Option As Touted 'Imminent' Ceasefire In Doubt

On the very day that Biden phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge de-escalation in Gaza, which the US President said would set the stage for a ceasefire with Hamas, the Israeli leader told a group of foreign ambassadors that the only solution might be to "conquer" the Gaza Strip.

"There are only two ways that you can deal with them," he said about Hamas during the Wednesday briefing held in Tel Aviv. "You can either conquer them, and that's always an open possibility, or you can deter them, and we are engaged right now in forceful deterrence, but I have to say we don't rule out anything."

He made the comments Wednesday, while separately he had received the call from President Biden wherein he was told Israel must de-escalate its military campaign "today". By all accounts that did not appear to happen as the death toll into Thursday topped 230, with over 1,700 wounded. On the Israeli side 12 of its civilians have died from rocket fire out of Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, just what Netanyahu means by "conquering Gaza"?!?

Just how many Gazans will need to be assassinated, in order for that to happen, for Netanyahu?!?

May 20 13:13

Pakistani MP Calls for Nuking Jewish State

Foreign adversaries around the world are wading into the conflict in Gaza to denounce Israel's right to self-defense, with some openly calling for the use of nuclear weapons against the Jewish state.

Pakistan accused Israel of "war crimes" in a United Nations Security Council statement, but some officials are urging direct aggression. Pakistani member of parliament Maulana Chitrali advocated in a Tuesday televised speech for full-blown jihad against Israel, even urging the use of nuclear weapons to assist the terror group.

"Did we make atomic bombs to show them in a museum? We don't need missiles, atomic bombs or a huge army if they can't be used to liberate Palestine," Chitrali said.

May 20 10:38

Israel shot down armed Iranian drone near border with Jordan - Netanyahu

The drone Israel shot down near the border with Jordan on Tuesday was Iranian, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

“While we were engaged in these hostilities a few days ago, Iran sent an armed drone from Iraq or from Syria,” Netanyahu told German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was in Jerusalem. “Iranian forces launched an armed drone, which our forces intercepted on the border between Israel and Jordan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Desperate move by Netanyahu to derail the Iran deal.

May 20 09:40

Biden Urges "Significant De-Escalation" By "Today" In Gaza Call With Netanyahu

In their second call in just a few days as the Gaza death toll soars amid unrelenting Israeli airstrikes, President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he expects a "significant de-escalation" in violence which can open a window for a ceasefire soon.

According to the White House call readout, the two leaders held "a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States," after which "The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biden's comment is purely for show. If the US really wanted de-escalation, they would not have blocked all those UNSC resolutions!

May 20 09:39

Netanyahu, Gaza militants vow to fight on as Biden urges ‘de-escalation’

Israel and Gaza militants vowed to keep fighting after U.S. President Joe Biden urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a “de-escalation” on Wednesday on the path to a ceasefire in the 10-day-old conflict.

May 20 08:58

Mob Violence Against Palestinians in Israel Is Fueled by Groups on WhatsApp

Last Wednesday, a message appeared in a new WhatsApp channel called “Death to the Arabs.” The message urged Israelis to join a mass street brawl against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Within hours, dozens of other new WhatsApp groups popped up with variations of the same name and message. The groups soon organized a 6 p.m. start time for a clash in Bat Yam, a town on Israel’s coast.

“Together we organize and together we act,” read a message in one of the WhatsApp groups. “Tell your friends to join the group, because here we know how to defend Jewish honor.”

That evening, live scenes aired of black-clad Israelis smashing car windows and roaming the streets of Bat Yam. The mob pulled one man they presumed to be Arab from his car and beat him unconscious. He was hospitalized in serious condition.

May 20 08:58

Fears of "third intifada" as Gaza violence spills over to West Bank

As the Gaza crisis has raged on, the most serious clashes in years between Palestinian demonstrators and the Israeli military in the West Bank have broken out.

Why it matters: Israel is concerned that further escalation in the West Bank could turn into a third intifada. The Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising against Israel, lasted from 2000 to 2005 and left about 1,000 Israelis and over 3,000 Palestinians dead.

Driving the news: Thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Tuesday in several locations in the West Bank.

At least four Palestinians were killed on Tuesday and 15 since the clashes began, Palestinian health officials say.

Hamas leaders in Gaza and in exile have called on the Palestinian public to join the demonstrations in an apparent attempt to boost the group's standing in the West Bank.

While fueled by the events in Gaza, the latest escalation is also part of a decades-long resistance to Israel’s occupation in the West Bank.

May 20 08:57

Biden Tells Netanyahu He Expects 'Significant De-Escalation Today' on Path to Ceasefire

Tensions in Israel have been worsening over the past few days, as Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at various Israeli cities and Israel's air force has retaliated by hitting Hamas facilities.

US President Joe Biden held a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he is expecting a major de-escalation of the recent tensions between the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Hamas, according to the White House.

"President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today. The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel's progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States. The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire", the White House said in a statement.

May 20 08:57

Israeli Artillery Strikes Targets in Lebanon in Response to Four Rocket Launches

Israel has been repelling attacks coming from the Gaza Strip since Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched hundreds of rockets on 10 May, some of them targeting Tel Aviv. So far, the rocket attacks have killed 10 Israelis and injured 50 more.

Four rockets have been fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have reported. According to the military, the country's air defences intercepted one of the rockets, while two of them landed in the sea and the other in an uninhabited area.

May 20 08:56

Live Updates: UN Secretary-General Guterres: Staus Quo of Jerusalem's Holy Sites Must be Preserved

The crisis escalated earlier this month, with Arabs and Jews clashing in Jerusalem after reports emerged that worshippers had been denied access to the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam.

"As of 07:00 a.m. [04:00 GMT], since the start of Operation Guardian of the Walls, around 4,070 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, of which 610 launches were unsuccessful, the rockets fell inside the Gaza Strip", the IDF said.

The percentage of rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system stands at approximately 90%, the military added.

Tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip-based Hamas Islamist group rose late on 10 May. According to the most recent data, 12 people have been killed and over 50 seriously injured in Israel, while the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes has reached 227, including 64 children.

May 20 08:46

‘No one’s safe in Palestine’: 10yo Gaza girl whose heart-rending clip went viral tells of ‘sad’ life under Israeli missile attacks

Her dream is just to be a “regular person” who doesn’t have to fear airstrikes at night or hear people’s cries the next day. Nadine Abdel-Taif from Gaza, which is being pounded by Israel, talked to RT about her daily trauma.
Nadine has been branded the face of the suffering of the Palestinian children in the ongoing flare-up between Israel and the Gaza-based Hamas militant group since her tearful monologue went viral on social media a few days ago. Speaking in English, she shared her frustration, helplessness, and inability to understand what was going on after an Israeli missile flattened a building near her home.

“Every day, at night or in the evening, we hear the missiles. In the mornings, we hear the cries and screams of people,” Nadine told RT, describing the cross-border attacks that began a week ago.

When the strikes start, her family place two mattresses in the hallway of their home and lie down, trying to stay away from the windows and the glass door, she said.

May 20 08:16

Putin orders plan for evacuation of Russians from Gaza as Moscow warns Israel that more civilian casualties are ‘unacceptable’

Russia is preparing for a potential mission to rescue its own citizens, and those of former Soviet states, from war-torn Gaza as Israeli forces press ahead with a campaign of airstrikes aimed at Palestinian militants.

In an executive order issued on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin instructed the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with its top intelligence agency, the SVR, and emergency response officials to lay the groundwork for an evacuation of any citizens or personnel trapped by the fighting. The move, which the president described as a response to a “sharp deterioration in the situation in Gaza,” would also offer a potential lifeline to passport holders from the Commonwealth of Independent States, comprised of nine of the USSR’s ex-republics.

May 20 07:48

Israel is the real threat to world peace

Would you have resisted the occupation of our country if you were alive at the time of British colonisation? Would have stood up to the humiliation of your brothers and sisters? Would you have marched endlessly until Ghana, then Gold Coast, got independence? Would you?

If you would have, then you are no different from the helpless Palestinians, whose parents have been forcibly evicted every day since 1948 from their own territories to make room for illegal Jewish settlements.

You would have been no different from the Palestinians who, in the face of military tanks, bombs and guns, throw stones and rockets in self-defence, against being brutalised, humiliated and kept under subjugation by a ruthless regime in Tel Aviv. And you certainly would have been no different from Steve Biko and the several South Africans who marched and were shot at in the struggle for their country's liberation.

May 20 07:47

The pro-Israel lobby fears that support could self-destruct over the bombing of Gaza

The influential pro-Israel lobby in America was reeling last night after it emerged that the US government may halt the $735 million sale of precision-guided missiles to Israel. US politicians, normally supportive of the Zionist state, are divided about giving their usual approval to such a deal.

Anything less than unconditional support by those in Washington would lead to accusations of anti-Semitism by lobbyists, but even they are finding it increasingly difficult to justify the war crimes being carried out by their favoured state against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

May 20 07:15

Ten Year Old Palestinian Girl Crying in Desperation; A Ten-Year Old Gaza Girl Testifies about Israeli Atrocities; A 14-year-old Boy Commits Suicide after Losing his Entire Family and Dad and Mom by Israeli Murders

I don't know what to do."

A 10-year-old Palestinian girl breaks down while talking to MEE after Israeli air strikes destroyed her neighbour's house, killing 8 children and 2 women.

And this is the story of a 14-year-old Palestinian boy – who has successively lost his entire family, two brothers and dad – and now his mom – to Israeli war criminals. He commits suicide in despair:

Fourteen-year-old Palestinian child in Gaza committed suicide!

Hamza threw himself from the 8th floor last night.

Hamza lost his entire family in the recent wars on Gaza.

In 2009, his little brother was killed by an Israeli missile while playing football.

In the 2012, his older brother was killed.

In 2014, his father was killed.

Due to this severe trauma, Hamza became very close to his mother, his last surviving family member, who was killed in an Israeli bombing this week.

Shortly after, he ended his life.

May 20 07:11

Will Biden Stay in Bibi’s Pocket?

Netanyahu’s own words, videotaped two decades ago, show his disdain for the malleability of former U.S. presidents. As it turns out, Netanyahu had good reason to hold them in contempt as he "maneuvered" around them to ensure unstinting American support for status-quo Israeli domination of the Palestinians.

How about now? Will he see President Biden as a wimp, with Biden’s mealy-mouthed comment to Netanyahu earlier today that Biden "expects to see a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire" in Gaza.

If past is precedent, Netanyahu’s likely response will be a half-polite, "Joe, please take that and shove it … and oh, by the way, I meant to thank you for your proposed sale of $735 million-worth of smart bombs a couple of weeks ago. It came at just the right time for me."

May 20 07:10

Time To End the Silence on Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

The new administration has reiterated Pompeo’s terms of surrender of Iran and made the fulfillment of its obligations, i.e., the removal of sanctions, conditional on Iran relinquishing its defensive missile program, its vital regional alliances and extending the timeframe and Iran’s obligations under the JCPOA. Iran’s response has been to refuse to accept any demands and to insist on the verified, full removal of all sanctions. Rooted in this emergent and growing national consciousness is a mood for no compromise, empty promises or neo-colonial threats.

May 20 07:09

Israel-Gaza: Fifty schools damaged by Israeli bombardment

Israeli bombing has damaged 50 schools across the besieged Gaza Strip in the last week, leaving thousands of Palestinians without an education, according to Save the Children.

The NGO said the damage impacted 41,897 children, with schools being forced to close and used as shelters due to the relentless air strikes.

Meanwhile, schools remain closed in southern Israel, with Save the Children saying that three had been damaged by rockets fired from Gaza.

May 20 07:09

A history of the US blocking UN resolutions against Israel

The United States has vetoed dozens of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions critical of Israel, including at least 53 since 1972, according to UN data.

With the latest escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians now in its tenth day, the US has stuck to that playbook. On Monday, Washington blocked a joint statement calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas – the US’s third such veto reportedly within a week.

May 20 06:10

Taking a much tougher line on Israel is the ONLY way America will ever be able to escape the Middle East

As conflict rages in Gaza, it’s clear President Biden would much rather focus elsewhere. But the uncomfortable truth is the Middle East will always be a problem for the US until it completely rethinks its strategy on Israel.

The Biden administration is under increasing pressure to push for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, despite the fact it has refused to condemn Tel Aviv in any circumstances.

However, the president’s priorities are clearly elsewhere. He is concentrating on America’s recovery from Covid-19, implementing his vision for the US economy, and continuing the recalibration of foreign policy away from the Middle East towards China and the Indo-Pacific.

May 20 06:09

Oh, Jerusalem!

“Hands off Jerusalem and its people.” This is the first, foremost and non-negotiable condition that the Palestinian Resistance is demanding, in exchange for halting rocketry at Israel.

But it’s falling on the deaf ears of the terrorist Jewish government, as its military continues pounding hard at civilian targets in Gaza. R.I.P. to the Gaza family that was murdered by a genocidal, Jewish missile as its members sat down together for lunch yesterday. R.I.P. to all other Gaza people who were indiscriminately slaughtered by the remorseless and demonic Jewish air force these past ten days.

May 20 05:58

Netanyahu: Military operation against Hamas will continue

May 20 05:20

Is The Washington Free Beacon Spying On AOC Because She Criticized Israel?

The Washington Free Beacon, a neocon outlet funded by pro-Israel billionaire Paul Singer that hired Fusion GPS to spy on Donald Trump in 2015, may now be spying on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because she dared to criticize Israel.

May 20 05:12

“Today we are Nazis,” says member of Israeli Jewish extremist group

Israeli Jewish extremists used instant messaging services to organize armed militias to attack Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Voice messages, texts and other communications indicate they coordinated attacks in cities where Palestinians live in close proximity to Jews – including Haifa, Bat Yam and Tiberias in the north, and Ramla and Lydd – Lod in Hebrew – in the center, to Beersheba in southern Israel.

Settlers from Jewish-only colonies in the occupied West Bank also joined the coordinated attacks, with the apparent knowledge and collusion of Israeli officials.

They communicated via WhatsApp and Telegram, as well as Facebook groups.

In many cases, extremist organizers said they relied on either the active or passive support of Israeli authorities.

Israeli research organizations Fake Reporter and HaBloc intercepted messages from some of those groups and reported what they found to Israeli police as a “ticking time-bomb.”

May 20 04:56

Will Biden Stay in Bibi’s Pocket?

How about now? Will he see President Biden as a wimp, with Biden’s mealy-mouthed comment to Netanyahu earlier today that Biden "expects to see a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire" in Gaza.

If past is precedent, Netanyahu’s likely response will be a half-polite, "Joe, please take that and shove it … and oh, by the way, I meant to thank you for your proposed sale of $735 million-worth of smart bombs a couple of weeks ago. It came at just the right time for me."

Here’s Why

Netanyahu thought the camera/sound was off 20 years ago, when he spoke with unspeakable candor to a small private group, explaining, "America is a thing that can be easily moved … moved in the right direction. They [Americans] will not bother us."

Translation (based on the subtitles) follows, with Netanyahu in bold.

"The Arabs now are preparing a campaign [war] of terror, and they think that this will break us.

"The main thing is, first and foremost, to hit them hard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu is playing Biden for a complete fool; any attack against Iran (and I am sure that the IDF and MOSSAD have several competing scenarios for making this happen,) will potentially lead to a broader regional war, which could well translate into a world war right now.

May 20 03:46

What is behind Israel’s targeting of prominent buildings in Gaza?

Israel’s attacks on Gaza’s civilian buildings are an attempt to demoralise Palestinians and weaken their resolve.

Rami Aldraimli watched in disbelief as the building he had worked in for more than 20 years came crashing down.

Following a missile “warning”, Israeli fighter jets late on Tuesday afternoon bombed al-Awqaf building, the latest structure to be targeted by Israel during its relentless 10-day offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The five-storey building in western Gaza City housed a number of offices, including of Mashareq, one of Gaza’s oldest and most prominent media production firms.

“It wasn’t just a company,” Aldraimli, Mashareq’s 43-year-old executive director, said. “It’s a dream I’ve been working on, building it up until we had 60 employees.”

Translation: The bombing of the building that includes the Mashareq Advertising Company and a stationery shop, in a move to destroy the Palestinian economy.

May 20 03:23

Ex-Israeli Pilot: ‘Our Army Is a Terrorist Organisation Run by War Criminals’

A former Israeli Air Force pilot, Yonatan Shapira, has described the Israeli government and army as “terrorist organisations” run by “war criminals.”

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

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

“As a child in Israel, you are being brought up in very strong Zionist militaristic education. You don’t know almost anything about Palestine, you don’t know about the 1948 Nakba, you don’t know about ongoing oppression,” Shapira said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel may well be creating a 3rd intifada, but this time.... it may be a little more difficult to "control", no matter how many women, children, and the fragile medically elderly the IDF assassinates with impunity.

May 20 03:16

Israel kills boy featured in film about imprisoned kids

“Why are we so different from other children in the world? Why are we detained when we’re young and made to suffer, while others are happy playing sports, and with many opportunities that we don’t have?”

Those are the questions that Obaida Akram Abdurahman Jawabra, then 15, asks in the video above.

Israeli forces briefly detained Obaida a third time in April 2019.

Like most of the hundreds of Palestinian children detained by Israel each year, he was accused of stone throwing.

In the video, Obaida’s friend asks him if he fears going back to prison again.

“The problem is Route 60 and how to cross it to go to the camp. It’s controlled by the [Israeli military],” Obaida replies.

On Monday evening, Obaida was shot in the chest by an Israeli occupation soldier during a demonstration near the entrance of Arroub refugee camp.

He was demonstrating on the road he dreaded: Route 60.

May 20 03:12

Gaza faces food and medicine shortages without ceasefire: UN official

Shortages of food, water, fuel and medicine are growing more dire in Gaza, and further fighting will make them dramatically worse, Matthias Schmale, the Gaza director for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) told Axios in a Zoom interview on Tuesday evening.

The state of play: The most urgent problem is the displacement of Palestinians, including the around 50,000 who left their homes near the border with Israel, fearing a ground invasion, and are now taking shelter in 60 UNRWA schools.

“Parents here are mainly worried for the security of their children. People here say that they sleep in the same room with their children so that if they die in an airstrike they will be together. This is what I hear from people. They are terrified and traumatized."
— Matthias Schmale, UNRWA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And now, not even schools are safe:

May 20 03:09

Time To End the Silence on Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

On April 28, Israel’s intelligence minister, Eli Cohen, repeated the Israeli threat that should the U.S. re-enter the JCPOA and remove the sanctions on Iran, Israel would hit Iran’s nuclear plants with long range missiles. This threat too was met with silent acquiescence on the part of the US and its Western allies, the same kind of silence that has met Israel’s continued acts of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, house demolitions, settlement building, administrative detention of children, Gaza blockade, use of phosphorous bombs, flooding and contamination of agricultural land, raiding Al-Aqsa Mosque in the holy month of Ramadan, torching trees and agricultural crops and bombarding residential apartment blocks in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the odds are that bookies are placing on this possibility, but I would strongly suggest that Israel is preparing a war against Iran, to attempt to prevent it from offering military help to the Palestinians, in very short order; I think this is a matter of when,not if.

May 20 03:00

Netanyahu Says ‘Conquering’ Gaza Is an Option for Israel

As Israel continued its bombardment of Gaza on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “conquering” the besieged Gaza Strip is a possible option to achieve his goals.

“You can either conquer them — and that’s always an open possibility — or you can deter them,” Netanyahu said of Hamas during a speech at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv. “We are engaged right now in forceful deterrence, but I have to say, we are not ruling out anything.”

A minister in Netanyahu’s Likud party also discussed the idea of Israel conquering Gaza on Wednesday, something he said was an inevitability. “There will be no way to avoid one day temporarily taking over Gaza,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Ynet on Wednesday. “That day has not arrived for all kinds of reasons. I think the day will come, if not now then in the coming year,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At what cost to the Palestinians; total genocide?!?

May 20 02:50

TRAINED BY YEARS OF GUERILLA WAR, YEMEN’S HOUTHIS WANT TO EXPORT THIER REVOLUTION TO PALESTINE

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
Ansar Allah, who has enjoyed staggering success in staving off the wholesale invasion of their country by the U.S.-backed Saudi military, is eager to export its resistance mentality and battlefield knowledge to Palestine.

By Ahmed Abdulkareem

n Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, hundreds of thousands of residents from the suburbs and neighboring towns gathered at Bab al-Yemen, the city’s main square, carrying Palestinian flags and holding banners encouraging Hamas to continue its campaign of pressure against Israel. In Hodeida, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets despite the ever-present threat of incoming artillery shells, snipers’ bullets, and Saudi warplanes hovering above.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only so far one can push people, without those people pushing back; unfortunately, Israeli hubris will prevent this realization from happening until it is acutally too late to change the outcome, and may wind up bringing them to an horrific set of costs at the peace negotiation table.

May 20 02:29

Biden Condemns Erdogan's Gaza Tirade As "Anti-Semitic" & "Reprehensible"

On Monday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a fiery speech to supporters which blasted Biden's "inaction" over the Gaza crisis, addressing Joe Biden to specifically say the US president has "blood on his hands". He was further reacting to the recent reports that Biden approved a $735 million dollar weapons sale from the United States to Israel, essentially accusing the US of supporting genocide against the Palestinians. Erdogan had also lashed out at Europe, accusing Austria in particular trying to make Muslims "pay the price of their own genocide against the Jews" - after an Israeli flag was seen flying over a federal building.

In response the State Department has come out swinging, condemning "Erdogan's recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people" which the US finds "reprehensible," according to State Department spokesman Ned Price on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Biden is most furious against Erdogan, because Biden... is thoroughly impotent to get the killings of Palestinians to stop, as Netnayahu has nixed a cease fire any time soon.

Andven though Netanyahu has knocked out major commuications coming from Gaza or the West Bank, so people cannot see what the IDF is doing here, he cannot control what cell phones are able to see, witness and transmit; the optics here, well, not exactly wonderful for Israel's image.

May 19 15:33

WATCH: Large Group Of Palestinians Beat Random Jews In West Hollywood

A group of about thirty Palestinians allegedly jumped out of a car in West Hollywood and asked a group of people waiting who was Jewish. When two males declared themselves to be Jewish, a group of Palestinians attacked and beaten them.

May 19 12:46

Israeli Soldier Lip Syncs ‘Kill Everyone’ as Wartime Shitposting Surges

The discourse around the most recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas was already toxic. Then, while Gaza was burning, an IDF soldier posted a video last week on TikTok lip-syncing the quote, “Huh? What was that? I should kill everyone and escape?”

The soldier, who has been featured on the IDF’s Tiktok page, was sharing a quote from Harley Quinn, the unhinged supervillainess from the 2016 film Suicide Squad, based on the DC comic. “Sorry, it’s the voices,” the quote continues, “Ahaha, I'm kidding! Jeez. That's not what they really said.”

Yael Deri, the TikToker in question, has posted other videos that drew backlash on social media, including one in which she danced and smiled to a patriotic Palestinian song, plastered with emojis of the Israeli flag.

May 19 05:31

Watch “Gaza Fights for Freedom”

With the ongoing Israeli assault against Palestinians in Gaza leaving 213 dead so far, journalist Abby Martin has released her film Gaza Fights for Freedom online to watch for free.

The film presents the story of the Great March of Return protests, which took place between March 2018 and December 2019.

Those demonstrations saw Palestinians in Gaza, who are mostly refugees, peacefully protest for their rights on the boundary line with Israel.

Israel responded with brute force, including sniper fire, killing more than 215 Palestinians.

Another 30,000 were injured, many permanently maimed.

You can watch it in the video player above. It can also be watched on YouTube, although the platform has age-restricted the film, meaning users must enter credit card or ID details.

On The Electronic Intifada podcast in 2019 we talked to Abby about her film.

May 19 05:31

Rachel Maddow has mentioned Gaza on her show just 6 times over the past decade

Last week Ali Velshi used the a-word.

“Palestinians are at best third-class citizens in the nation of their birth,” the MSNBC anchor told viewers. “The idea that it’s even remotely controversial to call what Israel has imposed on Palestinians a form of apartheid is laughable.”

“After more than seven decades of not just being deprived of land from which they were evicted, Palestinian frustration runs deep,” he continued. “It may be worth going deeper than what you hear inside your bubble and understanding the depth to which the Palestinian people are subject to apartheid in their own land, deprived of basic necessities, and subject to relentless civil rights violations. This is not a secret. It’s out there for you to see, you just have to look for it.”

May 19 05:30

Arms trade: Which countries and companies are selling weapons to Israel?

For over a week, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with bombs, claiming it is targeting Hamas "terrorists". But residential buildings, book stores, hospitals and the main Covid-19 testing lab have also been flattened.

Israel's ongoing bombardment of the besieged enclave, which has now killed at least 213 people, including 61 children, likely constitutes a war crime, according to Amnesty International.

Hamas' thousands of indiscriminate rockets fired north from Gaza, which have killed 12 people, may also be a war crime, according to the rights group.

But while Hamas has bombs mostly put together from homemade and smuggled materials, which are dangerous because they are unguided, Israel has state of the art, precision weaponry and its own booming arms industry. It is the eighth biggest arms exporter on the planet.

May 19 05:30

Israel warns it will bomb Gaza schools as strikes escalate

May 19 05:16

After Declaring That ‘Palestinian Lives Matter,’ Facebook Immediately Closed My Page

Given that the vast majority of the mainstream U.S. media are pro-Israel, the only place that people like me can express their sympathies for the Palestinians is social networks. Thus, I turned to my Facebook page to write about the situations. In the first two posts I emphasized that,

May 18 15:29

This Land is Mine

May 18 14:42

‘You’re no Jews, you’re scum’: Video shows 2 groups of Jewish protesters clashing over Palestin

Tensions escalated in London among Zionists and Jews in support of Palestine in a new video posted to Reddit Sunday, as Zionists dressed in white and blue wrapped themselves with the Israeli flag shouting profanities at Orthodox Jews across the street.

“You’re a disgrace. You’re no Jews, you’re scum!” one protester yelled, wearing the Israel flag on her back.

Meanwhile, across the street, Orthodox Jews, dressed in traditional garb, stood in solidarity with Palestinians, holding Palestinian flags and chanting.

“Traitors! Israel!” the Zionist protesters yelled from one side of the street.

May 18 07:08

Refusing Erasure: Palestinian Resistance, Israel’s Hopeless Fury, and a Coming Cataclysm

There hadn’t been much talk of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nor had there been serious attempts at diplomacy, of Washington brokering a settlement. The reasons were manifold: part apathy, part outrage-exhaustion, part Donald Trump’s intentionally ditching the illusion of America-the-honest-broker and decisively swinging support to one side (Israel), and part Joe Biden’s desire to avoid the controversy of getting embroiled in seemingly hopeless Mideast conflict third-rails. Yet despite increasingly right-wing Israeli intransigence, and American apathy or antagonism, the Palestinian people – not their divided and corrupt Fatah or Hamas "leaders" – refused to be silenced. Few Western commentators counted on that. They should have.

May 18 07:07

Israel-Palestine: Gaza hospitals targeted in heavy Israeli bombardment

A week's worth of heavy bombardment in Gaza has obliterated a number of buildings and roads, impeding emergency service access to locations affected by the attacks.

According to Palestine's Ministry of Information, over 1,000 residential units have been damaged due to Israeli air strikes, as well as 36 schools and primary healthcare clinics.

The Ministry of Information estimates that $18m worth of damage has been done to streets and infrastructure in the besieged Gaza Strip.

May 18 07:07

For 3rd Time, US Blocks UN Security Council Statement Urging Gaza Ceasefire

For the third time within one week, the US blocked a statement at the UN Security Council condemning Israeli violence against Palestinians and urging a ceasefire in Gaza. Israeli bombs have killed over 200 people since last Monday, including over 60 children.

The latest statement blocked by the US was introduced by Norway, Tunisia, and China after an emergency Security Council meeting on Sunday. According to a draft obtained by The Times of Israel, the statement expressed the Security Council’s “grave concern regarding the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties, and called for de-escalation of the situation, cessation of violence and respect for international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians, especially children.”

Despite the US’s unwillingness to pressure Israel, other countries still want to push for a ceasefire at the UN. The UN General Assembly is set to discuss the Gaza onslaught on Thursday morning.

May 18 07:02

In Gaza, one baby survives Israeli air strike that killed 10 family members

As Israeli jets rained down bombs across Gaza on Saturday, families persevered in trying to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

In the al-Shati refugee camp that morning, Israeli jets struck a residential building, killing 10 members of the same Palestinian family, including eight children.

"They put on their Eid clothes and went to celebrate it with their uncle, just like any innocent children would do. They were celebrating Eid. They [Israeli forces] targeted the house without prior warning," said Muhammed al-Hadidi, the step-brother of the house owner.

The three-storey building belonging to the Abu Hatab family was targeted by Israeli F16s without prior warning while its residents were sleeping at dawn, eyewitnesses told Middle East Eye.

May 18 07:01

‘Screams under the rubble’: 42 said killed in Israeli airstrike in Gaza City

At least 42 Palestinians, including a 1-year-old baby and a 3-year-old toddler, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City early on Sunday morning, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said.

Dozens remained trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Gaza City’s upscale al-Rimal neighborhood, according to the Palestinian Civil Defense organization. Paramedics and rescue crews continued to seek to extract the dead and survivors.

“We’re hearing screams under the rubble,” a member of the Civil Defense told the Al-Jazeera network as the search and rescue operation continued behind him.

Palestinian doctor Ahmad Abu al-Aouf, who served as director of internal medicine at Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital, was reportedly killed in the bombing. A number of his colleagues held an impromptu funeral near the hospital on Sunday morning, reciting Quranic verses over his body.

May 18 07:01

Israel kills Gaza families in their homes on Nakba Day

More than 17,000 Palestinians in Gaza are experiencing yet another episode of displacement as Israel escalated its attack on civilian infrastructure on Saturday, the 73rd annual commemoration of Nakba Day.

At least 145 Palestinians in Gaza, including 41 children, have been killed since Israel began bombing it on Monday. Around 1,000 more have been injured.

As entire families were laid to rest on Saturday, Palestinians stressed that the Nakba had never ended and 1948 was only the beginning, as the human rights group Al-Haq observed.
At least 70 massacres were carried out against Palestinians between 1947 and 1949, according to Al-Haq. More than 500 Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed by Zionist forces around the time that the state of Israel was declared in 1948.

Palestinians refer to those series of traumas as the Nakba or catastrophe.

May 18 06:58

Police say they were ‘underprepared’ for Jewish-Arab violence engulfing cities

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai on Saturday conceded that forces were underprepared for the violence that swept through Jewish-Arab cities this week, particularly amid the ongoing threat of rocket fire from Gaza.

“There were a number of events we weren’t prepared to respond to simultaneously,” Shabtai told reporters. “Today we are prepared with greater intensity, with a concentration of forces, and there [will be a] response [to events].”

Tensions between Israel’s Jewish and Arab communities have spiraled into mob violence, turning some ostensibly ethnically integrated cities into veritable war zones as police have appeared unequipped to handle the most serious internal unrest to grip the country in years.

Shabtai had reportedly accused extreme-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir of being responsible for the ongoing riots and fanning the flames.

May 18 06:56

Israeli Troops Invade Al-Makassed Hospital

The Israeli military invaded the Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem on Friday, in direct violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids military forces from invading hospitals and medical centers.

The Israeli troops had invaded the town of al-Tur in East Jerusalem and attacked the Palestinian civilians of the town. Local youth responded by throwing stones at the invading army, and some youth burned a police car.

Some Palestinians were injured in the Israeli attack, and were taken to the al-Makassed Hospital. The Israeli soldiers pursued the injured Palestinians into the hospital grounds, where they reportedly fired sound bombs.

Patients at the hospital were impacted by the sound bombs. Al-Makassed is a major hospital center in East Jerusalem.

May 18 06:55

Biden Approves Sale Of $735M In Missiles to Israel, Including Same Type Used to Strike Gaza Tower

The Biden regime has signed off on the sale of $735 million in precision-guide missiles to Israel, including the exact type used to blow up a civilian tower housing international media outlets and others in Gaza.

May 18 06:45

Video: Israeli Artillery Responds After 6 Rockets Fired From Lebanon Towards Israel, IDF Says

As tensions have heatened up between Israel and the Palestinians since the beginning of Ramadan and resulted in rocket exchange in the south, between the Jewish state and Hamas, the de-facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli northern border has not seen much of rocket fire from the Lebanese territory.

The IDF announced on Monday that rocket warning sirens were activated in the Misgav Am kibbutz, in the northern part of Israel, close to the border with Lebanon.

According to the IDF, six rockets were launched from Lebanon into Israel, but apparently all of the projectiles landed in Lebanese territory. The Israeli military also said that its "artillery forces fired toward the sources of the launches".

May 18 06:44

Video: Huge Fire Rages at Alleged Israeli Offshore 'Gas Rig' Near Haifa

Last week, military actions resumed between Israel and the Hamas Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, following clashes in Jerusalem after several local Arab families came under a threat of eviction from their homes.

A huge fire broke out at an alleged natural gas rig near the Israeli city of Haifa on Monday evening, according to videos shared by users on Twitter.

Israeli media also reported on the incident, saying that a torch was releasing gas, which is "not something out of the ordinary".

The fire purportedly was caused by a "technical malfunction," according to Israeli media and social media reports.

No casualties or victims were reported.

May 18 06:44

‘Shame on You’: Israel Slams Bella Hadid For Joining Pro-Palestinian NY March

Amid the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict, daughter of a Palestinian real-estate developer, US supermodel Bella Hadid, showed up at a demonstration to support Palestine in the Bay Ridge neighbourhood of NYC, sporting a traditional dress, Keffiyeh and face mask while waving a Palestinian flag and flashing a peace sign.

May 18 06:43

Could Hezbollah Save Lebanon From Potential Collapse as It's 'Preparing for Looming Doomsday'?

According to reports, the Shiite militia is purchasing food and medication from Iran in a bid to keep the economy afloat and the Lebanese public quiet. But a local journalist says it will not silence the Lebanese.

The month of Ramadan has been a challenge for many Lebanese. Food prices have gone up, unemployment rates remain high and many people continue to struggle with poverty on a daily basis.

In fact, the situation has become so acute that recent reports suggested that Hezbollah, a Shiite militia group that holds seats in the Lebanese parliament, has stepped up preparations for a possible state collapse.

May 18 06:42

Israeli strikes on Gaza hit Red Crescent building, killing 2, aid group says

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have carried out more strikes against targets in Gaza on Monday, destroying at least two buildings, while Palestinian armed group Hamas fired almost 200 rockets into Israeli territory.

At least two people were killed and 10 others wounded following an Israeli attack on a commercial building in Gaza, which hosted, among others, the offices of the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS). The building was “severely damaged” by the strike, the group said, with the humanitarian office there being “destroyed.”

“Targeting civilian objects is a blatant violation of the humanitarian law,” QRCS said in a statement. Despite the incident, the QRCS added it will continue to “provide relief aid to the affected people in the Gaza Strip.”

Earlier, the IDF announced it had hit what it claimed were the headquarters of Hamas’ Internal Security in northern Gaza, among other targets, and posted a video of a collapsing building on Twitter.

May 18 06:41

Secretary of State Blinken says US working ‘behind the scenes’ to end Israel/Palestine violence… despite new $735mn arms deal

US Secretary of State Tony Blinken has said that the Biden administration is working “behind the scenes” to end the violence in Israel and Palestine. Yet the administration intends to sell Israel $735 million worth of bombs.

Amid global calls for restraint, Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas have continued to trade rockets and missiles for the past week. 10 Israelis have been killed, and around 200 Palestinians, including at least 58 children, have lost their lives, according to Palestinian sources.

May 18 06:40

Unwelcome Home | Tel Aviv kicks out black Israelites after decades

May 18 06:37

Listen to the media expertly SPIN the Israel/Palestine conflict

The mainstream media proves to us more and more each day how desperate it is to spin news stories to match its political agenda. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine is no different. Glenn explains how the AP and NPR did everything they could to hide the FACTS.

May 18 06:20

The Mask of "Liberal Democracy" Falls with a Bang

Nakba, May 15, 2021. Future historians will mark the day when Western “liberal democracy” issued a graphic proclamation: We bomb media offices and destroy “freedom of the press” in an open air concentration camp while we forbid peaceful demonstrations under a state of siege in the heart of Europe.

And if you revolt, we cancel you.

Gaza meets Paris. The bombing of the al-Jalaa tower – an eminently residential building which also housed the bureaus of al-Jazeera and AP, among others – by “the only democracy in the Middle East” is directly connected to the verboten order carried out by Macron’s Ministry of Interior.

May 18 06:18

US helping Israel kill more children with more precision: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issues a strong-worded tweet, reflecting on the US’s approving sales of hundreds of millions in surgical armaments to the Israeli regime right in the middle of Tel Aviv’s slaughtering Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip.

“As US-made munitions rain down on innocent Palestinians, US gives another $735M in ‘precision’ missiles to Israel to kill more children with more precision,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.

May 18 06:17

Ramallah rises up in arms in support of Gaza

Palestinian armed groups start holding protests in the city of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in support of their fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who have come under a hugely deadly escalation by Tel Aviv.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a coalition of Palestinian armed groups in the West Bank, announced the decision on Monday.

They said they were holding the protests in solidarity with the resistance groups in Gaza, where a total of 212 people, including 61 children and 36 woman, have been martyred and 1,400 others been injured during the escalation.

The West Bank-based groups said they had been absent from the battle against the occupying regime for long, but were now springing back into action. They also warned the Israeli regime about the dire consequence of their actions.

The Israeli regime’s latest attacks have attacked the central and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.

May 18 05:54

Palestinian resistance fighters target Israeli warship off Gaza coast as fighting enters second week

Palestinian resistance fighters have targeted an Israeli military vessel off the coast of the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime continues its bombardment of the besieged enclave and the violence enters a second week with no sign of an end to the hostilities, despite growing international concern.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas resistance movement, announced in a statement on Monday afternoon that an Israeli battleship had been hit off the coast of the Gaza Strip, with a barrage of missiles, the Arabic-language Palestine al-Aan news agency reported.

The statement added that the missile attack came after the Israeli military launched fresh series of air raids on the Gaza Strip early on Monday.

May 18 05:53

Children in Gaza console one another during Israeli air strikes

WATCH: Children in Gaza try to remain calm and console one another as the bombs continue to fall over the city.

May 18 05:52

Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian teenager north of Hebron

In several parts of the occupied West Bank there is a palpable sense of frustration and anger following a heavy-handed crackdown by Israeli forces on ordinary Palestinians and protesters.

The tension comes as Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager on Monday at the al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

According to local sources, the Israeli army prevented ambulances from reaching the man, identified as 18-year-old Obaida Akram Jawabra.

Jawabra was transferred to a medical facility in the town of Beit Fajjar, some 10km away, in a privately owned car, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

May 18 05:44

IDF shells Lebanon after claiming rockets were launched toward Israeli territory

The Israeli military said it fired artillery shells into Lebanon in response to several rockets allegedly fired from across the border. Tel Aviv claimed none of the projectiles reached Israeli territory.

“[Six] rockets were just fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel, all of which fell inside Lebanon. In response, our artillery forces fired toward the sources of the launches,” the IDF said in a tweet late on Monday night.

Blasts were reportedly heard around the Misgav Am kibbutz in northern Israel shortly before the IDF announcement, triggering air raid sirens, and unconfirmed video footage has circulated online purporting to show the counterattack.

May 18 05:44

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza resume as Tel Aviv thanks Biden administration for blocking UN statement calling for ceasefire

The Israeli military conducted a new series of air raids on Gaza after Israel’s defense minister expressed gratitude to the US for blocking a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire for the third time in a row.

Israeli warplanes pummeled the Palestinian enclave overnight on Monday, local media reported.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) hit buildings near Al-Qatiba Square in the western part of Gaza, according to the Jerusalem Post, while local reports suggested that an office for Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs was targeted, as well as agricultural lands.

Footage purporting to show the bombardment and its aftermath has been shared on social media.

May 18 05:42

Netanyahu Warns Biden Not to Get Involved

An interesting recent article by international lawyer John Whitbeck suggests that the billions of dollars that the United States gives to Israel annually is not technically “foreign aid” as the Jewish state is as measured by per capita GDP the 19th wealthiest in the world, ahead of countries like Germany. It is, instead “tribute,” which is defined as the “payment made periodically by one state or ruler to another, especially as a sign of dependence.”

May 18 05:38

Gaza in the dark after Israel bombs power lines

Human rights groups are calling for an urgent investigation by the International Criminal Court as Israel’s merciless pounding of Gaza enters its second week.

More than 200 Palestinians in the Strip have been killed since last Monday, including 60 children and 34 women, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group based in the territory.

Three of the women were pregnant when they were killed, according to the UN’s human rights office.

The fatality count is expected to rise as people remain under the rubble and unaccounted for two days after heavy airstrikes on residential areas of Gaza City overnight Saturday.

May 18 05:38

Palestinians between Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea call for general strike

Palestinians in Israel, occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank have called for a general strike on Tuesday to show unity amid ongoing Israeli bombardment on the Gaza Strip.

The Arab Follow-up Committee, which coordinates between political parties inside Israel, called on Sunday for Palestinian citizens of Israel - who at almost 1.6 million make up 20 percent of the country - to mobilise for a general strike. It is named the Karameh (Dignity) Strike.

Palestinian political factions, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and civil organisations have also responded to the call, announcing a general strike in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The strike is the latest example of Palestinian unity across historic Palestine and beyond seen in the past week since Israeli crackdowns in Jerusalem spilled into a conflict in Gaza.

May 17 13:18

The US Democratic Party’s big mistake – support for Israel

Dan Lieberman shows how the US Democratic Party's – and President Biden's – support for Israel not only undermines US interests worldwide, but also serves to bolster chauvinists and racists all over the world.>>

May 17 11:32

Israel Knowingly Bombed AP Office in Gaza

An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday. All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building safely.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt has released the following statement:

We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.

We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.

This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time.

May 17 11:32

BREAKING: Biden Approves Arms Deal With Israel For $735 Million

It’s being reported this morning that Joe Biden has approved $735 million in arms sales to the state of Israel:

May 17 11:29

Tax-Exempt US Non-Profits Fuel Israeli Settler Push to Evict Palestinians

On May 6, right-wing Israeli officials descended on Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, to show their support for the settler movement’s push to displace Palestinian residents and take their homes.

One of the officials was Aryeh King, a deputy mayor of Jerusalem and settler who lives in the Palestinian neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. In an exchange caught on camera, King mocked Palestinian activist Mohammed Abu Hummus for being shot by Israeli forces in his backside, and then, pointing at his head, said, “It’s a pity it didn’t go in here.” It was a wish for the death of a Palestinian.

May 17 11:28

Israeli Air Force, Navy Say They've Struck Hamas 'Submarine' Near Gaza Coast - Video

The conflict between the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and Hamas militants entered its second week on Monday. The past seven days have seen the militant group firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, and the IDF launching hundreds of airstrikes inside the beseiged enclave.

The Israeli Air Force and Navy have attacked a Hamas submarine off the coast of Gaza, the IDF said in a statement on Monday.

"Today, using aerial reconnaisance and the Navy, the IDF spotted several suspects on a vessel believed to be a Hamas submersible weapon. The vessel was being taken to the coast, presumably to carry out a terror attack in Israeli waters. Some time ago, an Israeli Navy warship and aircraft carried out strikes against the vessel's operators and the weapon itself to eliminate the threat," the military said.

The IDF released footage showing the destruction of an "unmanned diver vessel" in the northern Gaza Strip, with the footage said to be filmed Monday.

May 17 11:27

Live Updates: Israel Strikes at HQ of Hamas Internal Security Service in Northern Gaza - Video

Armed hostilities between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement which serves as the de facto government of the Gaza Strip, which has continued throughout the past week.

The current escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict started earlier this month, when unrest began in East Jerusalem over an Israeli court's decision to evict several Palestinian families from the area.

As of Sunday evening, some 3,100 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel and about 1,210 of them have been intercepted, while the Israeli Air Force has struck what it claims are Hamas infrastructure buildings in Gaza.

The situation on the border have resulted the death of nearly 200 Palestinians, including 58 children. Israel, meanwhile, has reported 10 people killed and 50 others seriously injured, while the Palestinian Red Crescent says that more than 1,300 Palestinians have been injured amid tensions with Israel.

May 17 08:42

Worldwide protest against Israel over Gaza violence

May 17 08:36

Israel Airstrikes Flatten 3 Gaza Buildings, Kill 42 As Netanyahu Says "War Will Go On"

The fourth war between Israel and Palestine escalated on Sunday when Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people, Palestinian medics said. Yet despite international efforts to broker a cease-fire and the rising death toll (mostly on the Palestinian side) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers - which was sparked by unrest in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, and has seen the death toll in the densely-populated Gaza Strip rise to 181, and to 10 in Israel - would rage on.

May 17 08:30

Israel Isn’t Entitled to “Self-Defense” Against the People Under Its Occupation

As Israel continues to pummel the Palestinian people with bombs and artillery shot into Gaza from troops amassed along its borders in preparation for a ground invasion, the Biden administration has reaffirmed its unwavering support for Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinians.

Israel could not commit its crimes without the overwhelming support of the U.S. government. U.S. officials are aiding and abetting Israel’s crimes with massive military aid and scotching any criticism of Israel in the UN Security Council.

President Joe Biden said he didn’t think Israel’s attack on Gaza has been a “significant overreaction.” He expressed his “unwavering support” for Israel’s“right to defend itself” from rocket attacks from Gaza, but he did not condemn Israel’s airstrikes that are killing Palestinian civilians and destroying residential buildings, or the Israeli attacks on worshippers at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

May 17 08:14

Israeli settler’s attempt to justify forcible takeover of a Palestinian home sparks online anger

May 17 07:55

Condemning Israel’s savagery, Leader’s aide says Iran will continue to support Palestine

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says all Muslims across the world are duty-bound to support the Palestinian people in the face of the Israeli regime’s barbaric attacks, reiterating the Islamic Republic’s support for Palestine.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has fulfilled its duties in the past and will continue this path to give its all-out support [to Palestine] under the leadership of [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei],” Ali Akbar Velayati said in a phone call with Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, on Sunday.

Velayati, who is also secretary general of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, condemned the Israeli regime’s brutal attacks on the Palestinian people, saying that the divine promise on the liberation of all Palestinian occupied lands and Jerusalem al-Quds will finally come true.

Israel has been relentlessly bombarding the besieged Gaza Strip for the past seven days.

May 17 07:53

Gaza hits Israel's prestige despite Tel Aviv's claim to being 'superpower'

With its different Palestinian factions, Gaza collectively consecrated the state of Palestinian consciousness of all Palestine and achieved its goal of breaking the prestige of Israel, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that it had become “a superpower, not just a regional power.” This new Palestinian awareness was achieved following the Israeli escalation and aggressive campaign against the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood (read below the entire story) inhabited by more than 38 Palestinian families threatened with eviction from their homes. Israel also savagely attacked al-Aqsa Mosque demonstrators.

The destiny of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has become an international issue that raises global awareness and solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians. The Palestinian cause had been absent from the international arena following the Arab and Islamic countries’ normalizations and when [former US President] Donald Trump offered all of Jerusalem to Israel.

May 17 07:53

Israel committing gravest intl. crimes amid UNSC’s deadly silence: Iran envoy

Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations says the Israeli regime is busy committing the full range of gravest international crimes amid United States-enabled silence on the part of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Majid Takht Ravanchi made the remarks on Sunday, speaking at an emergency UNSC meeting held to address the heart-wrenching bloodletting and destruction that has been brought about across the Palestinian territories as a result of the regime’s brutality.

Tel Aviv, he said, was simultaneously engaged in genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression against the Palestinians owing to the Security Council’s mum on the savagery.

The envoy said the Council’s inaction had increasingly emboldened the regime in the atrocities.

‘Systematic US support’

Takht Ravanchi cited the US’s patronage for the brutal regime as a key factor behind its sustained avoidance of accountability for the atrocities on the international arena.

May 17 07:52

China: US choking criticism of Israel at UNSC

China’s foreign minister blasts the United States for choking any criticism of the Israeli regime’s barbarity against the Palestinians at the United Nations Security Council.

"Regrettably, simply because of the obstruction of one country, the Security Council hasn't been able to speak with one voice," Wang Yi told an emergency meeting of the Council on Sunday.

Since Monday, as many as 192 Palestinians, including 58 children and 34 women, have died during a significant escalation in the Israeli military’s attacks against Gaza, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

One strike recently slew a 10-member family, including eight children.

More than 1,200 others have also been injured so far.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, however, said the regime’s strikes against Gaza were to continue “with full force.”

"We are acting now, for as long as necessary,” he said, claiming that the aggression was necessary “to restore calm” and “will take time" to cease.

May 17 07:44

All international airlines halt air service with Israel - radio

All international airlines performing flights to Israel have stopped air service with this country for safety reasons due to continued missile strikes from the Gaza Strip, Israel’s state radio Kan reported on Saturday.

According to it, the airlines from the UAE were among the last ones to suspend the flights to Israel.

An exchange of missile strikes between Israel and Palestinian radicals from the Gaza Strip began on May 10. Since then, about 2,300 missiles have been fired from the Gaza Strip upon Israeli cities.

May 17 07:42

Clashes break out at massive pro-Palestinian rally in Toronto (VIDEOS)

A large pro-Palestine rally has been held in Toronto, Canada amid the escalation between Israel and Gaza. The gathering was met by a small pro-Israel group, and the two sides engaged in scuffles despite a massive police presence.

The rally, organized by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), was held in central Toronto on Saturday. The organizers urged the participants to show their support towards the Palestinian cause, condemning the past and ongoing “ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”

May 17 07:42

IDF Confirms Gaza on the Verge of Running Out of Electricity

The ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip was triggered by court rulings to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem and the ban on Palestinians visiting certain holy sites during Ramadan.

The Gaza Strip is slated to experience a power outage on Sunday (16 May) due to the lack of fuel for its power plant, which is expected to run out soon, the Israel Defence Forces said.

“They’ll have trouble operating their power plant because they don’t have fuel. This will have a significant effect on the amount of electricity in Gaza,” IDF Spokesperson Zilberman told the Times of Israel.
On Thursday, an anonymous Israeli official told the Times of Israel that Gaza will run out of fuel for its electricity generators by Sunday partially due to Israel’s closure of the Kerem Shalom Crossing, through which Gaza receives most of its fuel.

May 17 07:32

In pictures: Protesters in Washington condemn Biden's support for Israel

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Washington in solidarity for Palestinians amid unquestioning support from the US government to Israel

May 17 07:31

Activists project pro-Palestine messages on AIPAC building in Washington

The poetry collective 'Homemade' took political activism to new heights this week, after they projected a livestream of poetry readings and messages of support for Palestinians onto the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)'s building in Washington D.C. to mark the anniversary of the Nakba.

The reading series, which takes place every first and 15th of the month has chosen to highlight support for Palestinians in its latest poetry instalment.

Their latest livestream was posted on the Palestinian Youth Movement Instagram, prompting thousands to write in with support for the poets.

"This is the best thing I’ve seen in a while," one Instagram user posted.

"On AIPAC’s building that is genius," another user added.

Nakba Day or "The Catastrophe" was when the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by Zionist militias took place to create the state of Israel in 1948.

May 17 07:31

Facebook, Social Media Giants Admit to Silencing Palestinian Voices Online

In a video posted on activist organization Jewish Voice for Peace’s Twitter account, Muna El-Kurd explained why social media is so vital for the Palestinian cause.

“We rely on the honorable people standing in solidarity with us, people who tweet #SaveSheikhJarrah everyday,” Muna El-Kurd said. “Even a short tweet or post is a treasure.”

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