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May 17 07:30

Israel’s Pogroms in Jerusalem Could Spark the Destruction of al-Aqsa

As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close, it is becoming clear that the violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem has been ramped up in a coordinated effort by the Israeli government, the Jerusalem municipality, the Israeli police, and violent Zionist gangs.

These latest events must be seen in the larger context of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in general, and of Jerusalem in particular. They should also be seen in the context of internal Israeli politics. Jerusalem is burning and Israeli politicians go on about their business of mud-slinging as if this was not their problem and not a single one thinks anything is wrong with the way the Israeli authorities are handling the situation.

Sheikh Jarrah

That the assault on the residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jerrah — which holds a particularly important historic, cultural and political significance to the city — is happening at this particular time is not a coincidence.

May 17 05:17

"What Were The Israelis Supposed To Do?!" CNN's Brian Stelter Defends Bombing Of Tower Housing AP And Others

CNN host Brian Stelter, whose entire shtick is crying incessantly that mild criticism of journalists is a form of violence, is defending the Israeli Defense Forces' blowing up a civilian tower housing journalists from the AP and a bunch of other media outlets in Gaza.

May 16 13:36

Israel’s Yom Kippur Syndrome revisited

Gilad Atzmon argues that the present carnage unleashed by Israel is rooted in an aspect of Jewish culture that is built on arrogance, hubris and the inability to introspect.>>

May 16 12:37

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.

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As part of that "growing chorus of sceptics", I am more than certain Netanyahu ordered this on-going attack as his "diversion" from his never-ending political scandals and the precarious state of the Knesset, post-election.

Look at the timing; a "hung Knesset", where no faction is able to cobble together a majority, and Netanyahu's legal woes are NOT going away any time soon. What better time to raid Al Aksa mosque, and rough up the worshippers?!? The timing, with an already suppressed, ticked-off (and for many good reasons) Palestinian population, couldn't have possibly been better, in Netanyahu's reasoning.

The timing stinks to high heaven.

In classical Greek mythology, hubris, translated as overweening pride, always triggering the downfall of someone who COULD have been a real hero.

In my world, Netanyahu is no hero for his people; he rules by fear, and loves to induce terror into the hearts of the Israeli people, deflecting any possibility of a morally honorable, or reasonable rapprochement with the Palestinians, and insures that any attempt to achieve this, is DOA.

I want to see a peaceful, thriving Israel, and a peaceful, thriving Palestine; unfortunately current leadership on both sides is preventing that from happening.

Both the Israeli and the Palestinian people, deserve better than this!!

May 16 06:21

What's Really Happening In Jerusalem w/ Robert Inlakesh

The first 1 minute of this You-Tube video from "The Last American Vagabond"
is an old interview with Golda Meir claiming that Palestine exists and she is a Palestinian with a Palestine passport. It's quite damning to the Israeli argument that Palestine never existed.

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May 16 06:01

Hamas Warns It Will Hit Israel ‘Shell for Shell, City for City, Rocket for Rocket’ as Conflict Rages

The Gaza-based Palestinian militant group began firing rockets into Israel on Monday, just minutes after the passing of a deadline for its demand that Israeli forces be removed from around the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The Israeli military responded with a wave of missile strikes aimed at Gaza, and has threatened an outright invasion.

The Hamas strategy against Israel revolves around the principle of retaliation for every Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior representative for the group has said.

“The Resistance Front has managed to implement an equation in the current round of confrontation with the theme of ‘shelling for shelling, city for city and missile for missile,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said, speaking to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.

May 16 06:01

Egypt sends ambulances to pick up wounded from Gaza

Egypt sent 10 ambulances into Gaza on Saturday to pick up casualties of Israeli bombardments for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, medical and security sources said.

The ambulances entered Gaza at the Rafah crossing, which is otherwise closed for five days over the Eid al-Fitr holiday and the weekend and is due to reopen on Monday.

A further five ambulances have been deployed to enter Gaza later and three Egyptian hospitals have been readied to provide treatment, the sources and local health officials said.

May 16 06:00

Israel-Palestine: Egypt prepares for cross-border influx of wounded Palestinians from Gaza

Hospitals in Egypt's North Sinai, near the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, and Ismailia, near the Suez Canal, have made preparations to receive the victims of Israeli air strikes on Gaza, Egyptian government officials told Middle East Eye.

Israeli air strikes, ongoing since 10 May, have so far killed over 120 Gaza residents, including 31 children, and wounded over 900, according to the Health Ministry in the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave.

May 16 05:58

Videos: Protests Against Israel’s War in Gaza Rock Over 65 US Cities on Nakba Day

Palestine solidarity activists have called for demonstrations in dozens of US cities on Saturday, protesting Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and the recent violence by Israeli police and citizens in Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem. The protests fall on the 73rd anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948.

While sizeable demonstrations have popped up in several US cities throughout the week, much larger protests are expected on Saturday as groups in more than 65 cities have signed onto a national call to action posted by the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition.

May 16 05:52

Police Use Water Cannons to Disperse Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators in Paris – Photo, Video

Rallies in solidarity with Palestinians as Gaza and Israel aim missiles at each other have been rocking Europe, the UK, and US this week.

People have taken to the streets in Paris this Saturday to march in support of Palestinians amid the flare-up of tensions in Gaza.

Although the city prefecture and administrative court did not authorise the rally, crowds have gathered in the Boulevard Barbès in the 18th arrondissement of the French capital.

May 16 05:51

London March Over Israel-Gaza Violence Results in 9 Police Officers Injured, Police Say

Several police officers were injured at the demonstration held in support of Palestinians in London, the Metropolitan Police said.

"Nine officers were injured as they worked to disperse crowds outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington this evening (Saturday, 15 May)," the police said.

A total of thirteen people were arrested in London on Saturday, according to Scotland Yard.

"Nine people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and a further four people were arrested on suspicion of breaching the Health Protection Regulations. They remain in custody," the police said on Saturday.

May 16 05:50

UN chief ‘deeply disturbed’ by civilian casualties & IDF bombing of Gaza media building, dubbed ‘TERROR TOWER’ by Netanyahu

UN head Antonio Guterres expressed dismay over growing civilian casualties in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and criticized the destruction of media offices in Gaza. The IDF claims the tower housed Hamas operatives.
“The Secretary-General reminds all sides that any indiscriminate targeting of civilian and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs,” Guterres’ spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement on behalf of the United Nations secretary general.

Guterres was particularly “dismayed by the increasing number of civilian casualties, including the death of ten members of the same family, including children, as a result of an Israeli airstrike last night in the al-Shati camp in Gaza, purportedly aimed at a Hamas leader,” he added.

READ MORE: At least SIX children & 2 women killed in Israeli airstrike on crowded Gaza refugee camp

May 16 05:44

Iranian Media Reveals How Some Hamas Rockets Have Been Defeating Israel’s Iron Dome

The Israeli military has long touted its cutting-edge air defences, with the Iron Dome, Arrow 3, Barak 8, and David’s Sling designed to protect the country from threats ranging from small rockets to long-range ballistic and cruise missiles. However, the ongoing firefight with Hamas in Gaza has shown that no air defence system is perfect.

The technical limitations of the Iron Dome, combined with the improving range and speed characteristics of Hamas’ rockets, are making it increasingly difficult for Israel’s advanced air defences to counter the militant group’s attacks, Iranian defence journalist Seyed Mohammad Taheri suggests.

May 16 05:43

Italians hold large rally in Rome in solidarity with Palestinians

On Saturday, thousands of people flooded Piazza dell'Esquilino, a square in the heart of the Italian capital, to voice their support for Palestinians facing relentless lethal bombing campaigns by the Israeli military over the past days.

The initiative dubbed "Save Jerusalem al-Quds from ethnic cleansing" was called by a number of Palestinian associations based in Italy.

Demonstrators were holding up Palestinian flags, chanting “Free Palestine” and “Stop the killing in Gaza.”

Tel Aviv's relentless aerial bombardment of Gaza has so far killed dozens of Palestinians and injured hundreds of others.

At the protest, representatives of anti-war and humanitarian groups have accused Tel Aviv of using abusive and wanton force against largely peaceful Palestinian protesters. Many fear the tensions in Jerusalem al-Quds will reverberate throughout the region.

May 16 05:42

FLASHBACK: THE ISRAELI SECRET SERVICE AGENCY MOSSAD PLANNED TO BOMB AREAS IN EGYPT WHERE AMERICANS GATHERED AND MAKE THE ATTACKS APPEAR TO BE THE WORK OF MUSLIM EXTREMISTS. THE PLOT WAS DISCOVERED AND IS KNOWN AS 'THE LAVON AFFAIR’.

The Lavon affair was a failed Israeli covert operation, codenamed Operation Susannah, conducted in Egypt in the summer of 1954. As part of the false flag operation,[1] a group of Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli military intelligence to plant bombs inside Egyptian-, American-, and British-owned civilian targets: cinemas, libraries, and American educational centers. The bombs were timed to detonate several hours after closing time. The attacks were to be blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian Communists, "unspecified malcontents", or "local nationalists" with the aim of creating a climate of sufficient violence and instability to induce the British government to retain its occupying troops in Egypt's Suez Canal zone.[2] The operation caused no casualties among the population, but cost the lives of four operatives: two cell members who committed suicide after being captured; and two operatives who were tried, convicted, and executed by the Egyptian authorities.

May 16 05:41

Live Updates: IDF Says it Targeted Home of Gaza's Top Hamas Leader - Video

The situation on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave, has been deteriorating for the past week.

For the past several days, tensions have been on the rise on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip; around 2,800 rockets have been fired towards Israeli territory from the Palestinian territory, according to the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

The rocket attacks have taken the lives of several civilians and at least one Israeli soldier. Israel has launched hundreds of aerial attacks at military targets in the Gaza Strip, with Palestine reporting over 140 deaths, including more than 40 children killed. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, more than 1,300 Palestinians have been injured amid the current tensions with Israel.

May 15 06:19

Israel arrests senior leader of Islamic Movement in Israel

Israeli police on Friday arrested Kamal al-Khatib, vice president of the Islamic Movement, after storming his house in the Palestinian town of Kafr Kanna in Galilee, Israel, according to local media.

Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian demonstrators were seriously wounded in Kafr Kanna after Israeli forces attacked them with live ammunition and rubber bullets when they arrived to stage a protest in the vicinity of Sheikh Khatib's house during and after his arrest, according to reports and footage by the local Arab48 website.

Khatib's son told Al Jazeera Arabic that Israeli forces entered the home violently, following a large crackdown on protesters in the area.

May 15 06:18

Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

The destruction of two important Gaza buildings housing 20 media outlets was both shocking and predictable. History shows that if the media aren’t around to document Israel’s war crimes, it’s a lot easier for it to commit them.

On Tuesday, Israel bombed the 10-storey Al-Jawhara Tower, causing it to collapse. Before doing so, it had ‘benevolently’ warned that the airstrikes were coming. The following day, it bombed the 14-storey Al-Shorouk Tower, also giving warning it was going to do so.

Most reports have the buildings as evacuated before being levelled. But without these media offices, reporting on Israel’s other war crimes will be left largely to what little media remain and citizen journalists.

May 15 06:18

Palestinians in Israel now face far right mob violence backed by the state

With Jerusalem ablaze and Gaza on the brink of another major Israeli onslaught, it has been easy to overlook the rapidly escalating ethnic violence inside Israel, where one in five of the population is Palestinian.

These 1.8 million Palestinians - Israeli citizens in little more than name - have spent the past week venting their frustration and anger at decades of Israeli oppression directed at their own communities inside Israel, as well as at Palestinians under more visible occupation.

Already the protests, which have been sweeping Palestinian communities inside Israel, have been greeted with a savage backlash - a combination of official violence from Israeli police and vigilante-style violence from far-right Jewish gangs.

May 15 06:17

With Jordan, Lebanon border violence Israel faces 4-front conflict

Lebanese protesters, likely urged on by Hezbollah, tried to breach an area of a border fence in northern Israel on Friday near Metulla. In Lod, Israel continued a curfew after nights of violence that had the city looking like it was suffering a civil war.

In Gaza the IDF struck another Hamas anti-tank squad, one of a half dozen such units targeted in recent days. On the Jordan border, demonstrators supporting the Palestinians tried to break through to reach Israel and the West Bank. Israel is now facing a four-front conflict – its internal strife, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan – and possibly more violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

May 15 06:08

Israeli airstrike kills 8 children, 2 women from same family in Gaza

Eight children of a Palestinian family have been killed in an Israeli airstrike against a refugee camp in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The pre-dawn airstrike by Israeli warplanes against al-Shati refugee camp also killed two women from the Abu Hatab family and injured 15 others, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.

The warplanes targeted their home near the al-Sousi mosque west of Gaza with three missiles, without prior warning.

The development came as Israel has been pounding the blockaded enclave with repeated airstrikes for the past several days.

At least 139 Palestinians, including 39 children and 22 women, have been killed and about 1,000 others injured in Gaza in the Israeli regime's latest round of aggression that began on Monday.

May 15 06:08

Israel Bombs Civilian Home in Gaza, Killing 8, Including 6 Children

Early Saturday morning, Israeli airstrikes targeted a residential building in the al-Shati refugee camp. According to the latest reports, the bombing killed at least eight people; two women and six children.

The airstrike wounded at least 20 other people, and the death toll could rise as rescue teams are searching the rubble of the three-story house, where several families lived.

A local resident said the Israelis dropped three bombs on the house without warning, giving the residents no chance to leave. “I saw the bodies of four people, including children, being rushed to the hospital,” said Said Alghoul, according to The Associated Press. “I could not endure and ran back to my home.”

Saturday marks the sixth day of airstrikes in Gaza. The Israelis rejected a ceasefire proposal from Hamas on Wednesday night and seem to have no interest in de-escalating. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that the campaign “is not over yet.”

May 15 06:05

Hezbollah fully prepared to deliver crushing response if Israel attacks Lebanon: Analyst

Amid the Israeli regime’s ongoing military drills in the occupied territories, a Lebanese political analyst says the Hezbollah resistance movement is fully prepared to give a crushing response to Tel Aviv in case of any mistake, or attack on Lebanon.

The Israeli regime’s ongoing military drills aim to send a threatening message to the Hezbollah movement, amid the ongoing economic, social, financial and political crisis in Lebanon, Faysal Abdel Sater told Press TV on Thursday.

He added that Israel is staging the maneuvers at a time that it is aware of the resistance movement’s high power and simultaneous with a full-scale Palestinian uprising, which shows the depth of a critical situation that the regime is grappling with.

The Israeli military started early on Sunday what it claimed was its “largest” exercise, saying the drills would last about a month and the participants would practice combat and emergency scenarios in all fields.

May 15 05:59

Baroud to Anadolu: Israel targets media because it wants its propaganda campaign to continue

Israel targets the international media "because the battle for the truth is so critical and crucial at this stage," a Palestinian author and journalist said Thursday.

"Israel has won international support and solidarity based on deception and erroneous assumptions that Israel is a democratic state that it is fighting for existence against the hordes of Arabs and Muslims. Nothing could be further away from the truth," journalist and author Ramzy Baroud told Anadolu Agency.

Two Anadolu Agency journalists sustained injuries Thursday evening in an Israeli raid on northern Gaza.

Photojournalist Mustafa Hassouna and cameraman Mohammad al-Aloul were injured while covering an Israeli strike in the northern Gaza Strip.

Both journalists, whose injuries were moderate, were transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

May 15 05:57

‘Together we stand by Israel’s side,’ says Austria’s Kurz & flies Israeli flag. What about dead Gaza children? Twitter users ask

A post by the Austrian chancellor has received a mixed response online. While some, including the Israeli prime minister’s son, welcomed Austria’s condemnation of Palestinian “terrorism,” others slammed Vienna’s side-taking.

“Today was used as a sign of solidarity with #Israel the Israeli flag is hoisted on the roof of the Federal Chancellery,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted on Friday, adding “the terrorist attacks on Israel are to be condemned in the strongest! Together we stand by Israel’s side.”

His post, accompanied by a photo of the country’s Chancellery flying the Israeli flag, while supported by some, has drawn extensive criticism on social media, leading some to question ‘Austrian neutrality’.

May 15 05:56

Gaza: Israel's offensive kills pregnant Palestinian journalist and four-year-old son

Reema Saad had been hoping for a baby girl.

The 30-year-old Palestinian journalist was four months along in her third pregnancy, and was due to find out the sex of her baby a few days after Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“When she found out she was pregnant, Reema was very happy,” Samar Saad, Reema’s sister, told Middle East Eye.

“Her son Zaid hoped the baby would be a boy so that he would call him Zain, but Mariam wanted a little sister, and cried every time we teased her telling her it was a baby boy.”

But at 1.50am local time on Wednesday, as the family was fast asleep in their apartment in the Gaza City neighbourhood of Tal al-Hawa, an Israeli air strike hit the residential building.

Reema and four-year-old Zaid were killed on the spot, while Reema’s husband, 30-year-old Mohammed al-Telbani, was taken to a hospital in intensive care.

Two-year-old Mariam remains missing under the rubble.

May 15 05:45

Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

The destruction of two important Gaza buildings housing 20 media outlets was both shocking and predictable. History shows that if the media aren’t around to document Israel’s war crimes, it’s a lot easier for it to commit them.
On Tuesday, Israel bombed the 10-storey Al-Jawhara Tower, causing it to collapse. Before doing so, it had ‘benevolently’ warned that the airstrikes were coming. The following day, it bombed the 14-storey Al-Shorouk Tower, also giving warning it was going to do so.

Most reports have the buildings as evacuated before being levelled. But without these media offices, reporting on Israel’s other war crimes will be left largely to what little media remain and citizen journalists.

May 15 05:36

Hamas Fires Iranian-Made Cruise Missiles for First Time, Five Israelis Killed

This places the latest escalation in violence in an entirely different context. No longer are we “merely” talking about Israel incitement against Israeli Palestinians over restrictions on access to their holy site, Haram al Sharif. Instead, Hamas has taken up the cause, broadening the conflict, possibly at the behest of Iran. The latter has many scores to settle with the Israelis: this includes key Israeli communication intercepts which permitted the US to locate and murder Qassem Soleimani; and even the assassination of the founder of the Iranian nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Iran has been itching for a fight.

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Or, is it possible that members of Mossad, posing as Hamas, are using Israeli reverse-engineered missiles which look, and behave indentically to their Iranian counterparts, to be able to make the claim that they were Iranian, giving Israel the "alleged justification" for opening a war on a second front?

Is it Iran who really wants a war with Israel?!? Israeli government officials have been screaming forever, that the current form of the Iranian government needs to be taken out, and that Iran is an "existential threat" to Israel.

This article came out last Thursday; one wonders if internal/external Israeli poling have given Netanyahu's government the "traction", both domestically and internationally, it feels it needs to open a second front on this war agaisnt Gaza, this time against Iran.

May 14 15:13

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

May 14 13:43

Rockets launched from Syria amid Palestinian solidarity riots on borders

Three rockets were launched from Syria in the direction of Israel on Friday evening, according to IDF Spokesperson.

One of the rockets failed to launch, falling on the Syrian side of the border. The other two rockets fell in an open space, leading to only open air sirens to be sounded. No injuries were recorded.

May 14 11:25

Putin Calls Gaza Crisis "Direct Threat" To Russia's Security Interests; Merkel Condemns Anti-Israel Protests

At a moment the United States is blocking a UN Security Council meeting and statement on Gaza, delaying it further to next week given Israel shows no signs that it's ready for ceasefire talks following an earlier overture from Hamas, multiple world leaders have issued their own statements demanding "urgent de-escalation" and have called for ceasefire, particularly French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin's latest statement Friday, being initially reported by Sky News Arabic, appeared especially forceful, calling the crisis a "direct threat" to Russian interests in the region.

He said the "current sharp escalation in Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a direct threat to Russia's security interests," according to a translation. This after yesterday Putin along with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for an end to the fighting.

May 14 11:25

Hamas Targeting Dimona Nuclear Reactor & Oil Sites Among Other Sensitive Infrastructure 

Hamas' militant wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced earlier this week that it is deliberately targeting Israel's secretive Dimona nuclear reactor site, known as the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center, which lies east of the the Gaza Strip far into the Negev Desert.

It was on Wednesday that Qassam Brigade spokesmen said they were "directing a rocket strike involving 15 rockets for Dimona" - and since then it appears rockets have fallen generally in the southerly area - but there's since been no reports of direct hits anywhere on the complex, or damage to the site.

Inbound rocket warning sirens have regularly blared in various places of Israel's Negev region since the fighting began at the start of the week.

According to Newsweek, Hamas has had some degree of success when it comes to targeting strategic and sensitive Israeli infrastructure and locations alongside Israeli cities and residential areas.

May 14 11:15

Iran threatens: Shockingly equation to be made if Israelis don't stop attacks

May 14 11:14

Israeli troops hit 150 Hamas targets in Gaza in 'biggest bombardment yet'

May 14 10:53

Israel pounds Gaza with air raids, shelling: Live news

Israel continued on Friday to bombard the Gaza Strip with air raids and artillery shells as it stepped up the deployment of troops and tanks near the besieged Palestinian enclave.

At least 122 Palestinians, including 31 children, have been killed and more than 900 wounded since hostilities flared up on Monday. Hundreds of Palestinian families have taken shelter in United Nations-run schools in northern Gaza to escape Israeli artillery fire, with residents reporting that that the Strip had experienced its “most violent” night.

May 14 09:08

WATCH: Israel’s Military Brilliantly TRICKED Hamas So They Could Destroy Many of Their Fighters All At Once!

When the IDF announced yesterday that “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” it was ostensibly a ruse to lure many Hamas terrorists into their underground city. They then blew it up to smithereens

May 14 07:52

In Palestine, the cruelty of apartheid is being met by the courage of resistance

Commentators in the West firmly in the pocket of the Israel lobby (in truth the apartheid lobby), would have us believe that Israel is a lone beacon of civilization and modernity in a region dominated by backwardness and regression. They would also have us believe that the generational conflict and antagonism between Israelis and Palestinians is the product of Palestinian intransigence, violence and terrorism, rooted in an unreconstructed hatred of Jewish people.

As part of this lie, onto the Palestinians is projected the sins of the Holocaust, thus allowing Israel to adopt the mantle of a state and people whose own violence is anointed with the memory of the six million Jews massacred in that horrific event.

May 14 07:51

Hamas missiles target Israel's Ramon Airport in retaliation for aggression against Palestinians

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance movement, Hamas, has targeted Israel's Ramon Airport near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat in the southern part of the Israeli occupied territories, suspending operations there.

Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, told Arabic-language al-Aqsa TV on Thursday afternoon that an indigenous Ayyash 250 missile was launched towards the airport, stressing that his group’s missiles can reach any target in the Occupied Territories, the Palestinian Arabic-language Safa news agency reported.

“In the name of God and by order of Chief of Staff of al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Khaled Muhammad al-Deif, an Ayyash missile was fired towards Ramon Airport – located about 220 kilometers (136 miles) south of the Gaza Strip – in southern [occupied] Palestine. The missile weighs 250 kilograms (550 pounds), and has a range of more than 250 kilometers as well as a high destructive force,” he said.

May 14 07:37

Updated casualty figures from Gaza, Israel; US blocks UN statement, Israel targets journalists

UPDATE 3:18 PM PST:

Early Friday, the Israeli military said air and ground troops struck Gaza in what appeared to be the heaviest attacks yet. Masses of red flames illuminated the skies as the deafening blasts from the outskirts of Gaza City jolted people awake. The strikes were so strong that people inside the city, several kilometers away, could be heard screaming in fear.

“I said we would extract a very heavy price from Hamas,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a videotaped statement. “We are doing that, and we will continue to do that with heavy force.” (Deaths now said to be 109 Gazans, many children.)

May 14 07:22

Israel is teetering on the edge of civil war, and what do celebs do? They leap in Tweet first.

Israelis and Palestinians are killing each other. Again. This time it could turn into a full-blown civil war. But never fear, the celebrities have arrived and they're going to settle this millennia-old dispute, in 280 characters.

We mustn't talk about Israel. No, no, no. It's the ultimate political quagmire. Just leave it alone. It's way too complicated and, well, the actual details are ancient and a little bit boring for a generation who define their entire existence in 280 Twitter characters and other social media posts.

A deadly and significant conflagration looks imminent between Israelis and Palestinians, though, and today real people are really dying – including children. But that hasn't stopped a whole load of celebs leaping in Tweet first, as it were.

May 14 07:22

It’s Not American “Aid” to Israel. It’s Tribute

In the wake of the recent Human Rights Watch report on Israeli apartheid and persecution and the ongoing Israeli brutalities in Jerusalem, a slowly growing handful of brave American politicians is daring to defy President Biden’s publicly proclaimed assertion that it would be “absolutely outrageous” to ever condition American “aid” to Israel on any Israeli behavior and to assert that such “aid” should indeed be conditioned, at least to some degree, on Israeli violations of human rights, international law and America’s own laws with respect to the use of American-provided weapons.

May 14 07:20

Biden Administration Reportedly Blocking UN Cease-Fire Statement as Israel Bombards Gaza

The Biden administration is reportedly blocking the release of a United Nations Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire as Israel continues its devastating assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinians and injuring hundreds more.

According to Reuters, which cited anonymous diplomats and sources familiar with the Biden administration's strategy, the United States is "delaying" the U.N. Security Council's "efforts to issue a public statement on escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians because it could be harmful to behind-the-scenes efforts to end the violence."

One source told the outlet that the U.S. is "actively engaged in diplomacy behind the scenes with all parties to achieve a cease-fire," but the official did not specify how a U.N. Security Council joint statement—which must be agreed to by consensus—would undermine those talks.

May 14 07:19

Far-right Israeli groups plan further violence against Palestinians after night of lynchings

Far-right Israeli groups are planning to mount further attacks against Palestinians in Israel on Thursday night, according to group chat messages seen by MEE, after a night of mob attacks, crackdowns by Israeli security forces and deaths across Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza on Wednesday.

"Bring everything, knives, gasoline," read one message in a group chat named "The Underground Unit" - seemingly on Signal - with several hundred members. "Don't be scared, we are the chosen ones."

"Good job at Bat Yam yesterday," another message read, referring to a spate of violence in the Tel Aviv suburb which saw a Palestinian man violently attacked live on Israeli television. "Today we'll go back to make some mess at 6pm. Let's meet at the seafront."

Far-right groups such as Lehava and La Familia have also been planning attacks in Jerusalem, according to Haaretz.

May 14 07:19

Netanyahu allying himself with far-right settler extremists has sparked violence in Jerusalem and risks all-out chaos

The Israeli prime minister’s decision to side with extremist settlers for political gain, along with attacks on Palestinian worshippers, have led to possible war with Gaza and “civil war” inside Israel itself.

The events that transpired at Al-Aqsa mosque (Temple Mount) compound last Friday, when hundreds of armed Israeli police attacked Palestinian worshippers, injuring 200, triggered an explosion of violence that had been close to boiling point since the beginning of Ramadan.

May 14 07:18

Iraqi resistance ‘ready for military cooperation with Palestinians, can reach depths of occupied territories’

A prominent Iraqi resistance group pledges readiness for military and security cooperation with its fellow Palestinian movements in the face of the Israeli regime’s aggression and warns Tel Aviv that it can reach the depths of the occupied territories.

The secretary-general of the al-Nujaba resistance movement, Sheikh Akram al-Ka'abi, made the remarks during an unprecedented meeting with Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, and Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Iraqi group’s Media Office in Palestine reported on Wednesday.

“The Iraqi people have always stood by the oppressed people of Palestine and have supported their efforts toward liberation from the savage and occupying Zionist regime. I personally wish to fight the enemies in the holy land of Palestine,” Ka’abi said.

May 14 07:17

Iran military chief: Balance of power shifted away from ‘infanticidal Zionists’ toward Palestinians

Iran’s top military commander says as a result of the anti-Israel resistance’s rising strength, the balance of power in the region has changed in favor of Palestinians in their confrontation with the Zionist regime.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remarks in a Thursday message in which he strongly condemned the latest criminal acts of the Zionist regime against Palestinian people across the occupied territories.

Stressing the need for the establishment of a strategic and powerful coalition to resolve the issue of Palestine, Baqeri said, “The savage crimes committed these days by the brutal and infanticidal Zionist regime in the occupied territories and the Holy [Jerusalem] al-Quds, and killing of a large number of fasting, oppressed, innocent and resistant people of Palestine, have greatly saddened the entire world, especially the Islamic Ummah.”

May 14 07:16

Qassam Brigades: ‘No red lines’ exist for protecting al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinian territories

The spokesman for al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military arm of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, says the group knows no red lines or rules of engagement in its fight for the liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque and in defense of the Palestinian people.

Abu Ubaida made the comments on Thursday while talking about the recent escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israel across the occupied territories.

“There are no red lines or rules of engagement in our fight for the sake of al-Aqsa and the protection of our people,” he said, adding, “Every price we pay and will pay is a ransom for al-Quds, so there is no sense for our existence without winning al-Quds and al-Aqsa.”

His comments came as Israel continued its airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday and Wednesday, drawing a barrage of rockets from resistance groups in Gaza.

May 14 07:08

Israeli media in hot water after state TV broadcasts ‘lynching’ of ‘Arab’ by Jewish mob

News that Israeli television broadcast the beating of a supposedly Arab man live amid the ongoing violence has drawn condemnation on social media, with users questioning Israel’s reputation as the Middle East’s only democracy.

Footage from Wednesday evening showed a man being dragged from his car, beaten and set upon by dogs in Bat Yam, Tel-Aviv, and was aired live by state broadcaster Kan.

While the violence was broadly condemned on social media, many commentators focused on the fact that Kan, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, aired the horrifically violent footage live on national television.

One Twitter user labeled the Israeli media “incorrigible perverts” for “showing [the] mob lynching of an Arab live on national TV.” He added that it reminded him of scenes he had seen on Indian TV.

May 14 07:07

Russia calls on Israel to ‘immediately’ end settlement of Palestinian territories & maintain peace at Jerusalem’s sacred sites

Moscow has urged the Israeli government to urgently put an end to violent clashes with Palestinians, as security forces crack down on unrest in East Jerusalem and are reportedly considering a full-scale ground operation in Gaza.

On Wednesday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held a call with Mousa Abu Marzuk, a senior representative of Hamas, the de facto government in Gaza. During the talks, Marzuk warned of a worsening humanitarian situation in Eastern Jerusalem, as well as reported shelling of residential areas in Gaza.

May 14 07:04

Israeli ground forces roll into Gaza after Hamas warning of ‘heavy response’

Israeli regime ground forces roll into the Gaza Strip after the Hamas resistance movement strongly warned Tel Aviv against resorting to the offensive.

The Israeli military’s “air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel ministry of military affairs tweeted late Thursday.

Hamas had earlier warned the regime of a “heavy response” in case it launched such incursion following many days of airstrikes against the enclave.

The regime’s war minister Benny Gantz though sent a whopping 9,000 reservists to the occupied territories’ border with Gaza in an “exceptional call-up,” the Associated Press reported.

It had earlier been reported that 5,000 such reservists had been dispatched to the border area. It was not clear if there was any overlap between the two numbers.

Amid Hamas’ warning, however, the Israeli military later denied having moved into Gaza.

May 14 07:03

New surprise awaiting Israel? Hamas says has yet to unveil main military assets

A senior Hamas leader says the Gaza-based resistance movement has not yet used its “main assets” in its campaign against the Israeli regime’s acts of aggression targeting Palestinians in the occupied territories and Gaza, and that it is still using its old defense equipment only to “get rid of” them.

Hamas deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri said that the rockets that have been fired by the group’s military wing — Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades — towards the Israeli-occupied territories are the old ones.

“We want to get rid of them (the old rockets). Qassam’s main assets have not been unveiled yet,” the Palestinian official said, in an indication that more surprises may yet be awaiting the Israeli enemy in the latest flare-up between the two sides.

May 14 07:03

Israel posts fake videos to justify Gaza slaughter

The Israeli government posted a two-and-a-half-year-old video from Syria, claiming it was from Gaza, in order to justify its ongoing bombing campaign that has killed dozens of Palestinians since Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesperson Ofir Gendelman tweeted a 28-second video on Tuesday.

The video shows the rapid firing of rockets from next to what looks like an apartment building.

“Another video showing how Hamas is firing rockets at Israel from populated areas in the Gaza Strip,” Gendelman wrote.

He then accused Hamas, the Palestinian resistance faction that governs Gaza’s internal affairs, of “targeting civilians while using them as human shields.”

The words “Gaza now” are watermarked on the video in English and Arabic.

May 14 07:02

IDF announces Israeli GROUND TROOPS now ‘attacking’ Gaza Strip amid fears of imminent invasion

Israeli ground troops have now joined the air force in attacking the Gaza Strip, the IDF has announced, causing confusion before clarifying that no soldiers have actually crossed into the Palestinian enclave yet.

“IDF air and ground forces are now attacking the Gaza Strip. More details to come,” the Israel Defense Forces announced on Twitter just after midnight on Friday local time.

Artillery, tanks and infantry are firing into the strip but have not crossed its boundary yet, according to a reporter with the Israeli public broadcaster Kan 11. RT’s Paula Slier also reported that artillery units from Israel’s Golani Brigade are “shooting into Gaza from the border, but have not crossed over.”

May 14 07:01

Mass Anti-Israel Rallies Sweep Across Germany, Police Beefing Up Security - Reports

German cities saw mass anti-Israel demonstrations for two consecutive evenings, with police stepping up security and using force against the most radical activists, national media reported.

According to Die Welt, about 1,500 people have taken to the streets of Bremen. Protesters with Palestinian and Turkish flags demanded that Israel immediately stop strikes on the Gaza Strip.

In Hanover, police dispersed a protest of about 550 people over violations of sanitary requirements. There were also attempts to burn Israeli flags, for which two people were detained. In the city of Gelsenkirchen, about 200 protesters gathered outside a synagogue chanting chauvinist slogans, according to the Bild tabloid. The police were able to block the protesters' way to the synagogue using batons.

May 14 07:01

Watch: German TV “regrets” airing this interview about Gaza

Deutsche Welle has apologized for airing an interview with me on Tuesday about German complicity in Israel’s ongoing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.
The state broadcaster’s action reflects the prevailing cowardice and repression among Germany’s elites when it comes to criticism of Israel.

“I think it is time for the people of Germany and German elites to stop making Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip pay for the crimes of the German people against European Jews,” I said in the interview.

“Palestinians are sick of paying the price for guilty German consciences.”

May 14 07:00

Bella Hadid Sparks Anger as She Accuses Israel of 'Colonisation, Ethnic Cleansing' of Palestinians

This is not the first time the American supermodel, whose father is Palestinian, has voiced her opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2017, she participated in protests against Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Supermodel Bella Hadid has sparked anger after posting several statements on social media, in which she accused Israel of "colonisation", "ethnic cleansing", and "apartheid". One of the posts shows two women speaking about the origins of the conflict. One of them tells the other that Israel is "a settler colony still in the process of brutally colonising Palestine".

May 14 06:58

‘It’s like The Purge in real life’: Terrified Israelis say police are overwhelmed trying to deal with Arab mobs seeking vengeance for Gaza airstrikes with Jewish homeowners taking sniper positions on roofs to protect their homes

Israelis have described being attacked by Arab mobs 'like something out of The Purge' films amid escalating violence between the two sides that has pushed the region to the brink of all-out war.

People in the city of Lod, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, say they have been forced to take up positions on the streets and rooftops armed with guns and bats to protect themselves during two nights of rioting by Israeli Arabs.

Synagogues, shops and cars have been torched and while Israeli authorities have now imposed an overnight curfew, those on the ground say there has been little police protection.

May 14 06:44

Rockets Fired At Israel From South Lebanon As Fears Grow Hezbollah To Enter Conflict

A big lingering unknown is whether Israel's powerful archenemy Hezbollah will open up a northern front to bog down Israel's military as it continues striking Gaza, and as preparations are underway for a potential Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground invasion into the Hamas-controlled strip.

Late Thursday at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel, which the IDF military spokesman confirmed...

Given the rockets fired into northern Israel, the immediate question remains whether Hezbollah was responsible, and if the Shia paramilitary organization supported closely by Iran will initiate its own aggression. This would constitute a monumental escalation for Israel, assuring major regional war.

So far international reports are saying it's "unclear" who was responsible for the attack from Lebanon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or... could it have been Israeli military elements in Lebanon, attempting a "false flag" in order to justify an invasion of Lebanon?!?

If this is happening, expect it to get far worse, to justify the invasion; Israel desperately wants the Litani river, and will do nearly anything to be able to access that water....

May 14 06:40

Palestinian community in Lydda calls for international protection from Israeli state-sanctioned pogroms

We, members of the Palestinian hip-hop band DAM, living in Lydda (Lydd), survived with our brothers & sisters in Lydda, Ramla, Haifa, Jaffa, Akka and elsewhere, a racist attack by far-right Israeli extremists last night. We join the majority of our people in calling for immediate international intervention to defend us before it is too late.

Lydda is a Palestinian city in present-day Israel that was ethnically cleansed of most of its Indigenous inhabitants during the Nakba. Ironically, most of our community in Lydda are refugees who escaped to the city from Jaffa and other ethnically cleansed Palestinian communities during the Nakba.

May 14 06:35

This isn’t a civil war, it is settler-colonial brutality

Earlier this week, massive protests erupted in ’48 Palestinian towns and cities. ’48 Palestinians (known as “citizens” of Israel) had mobilized to protest the threat of expulsion facing Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, and in protest of Israel’s attack on al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 14 06:34

White House avoids question on Palestinians' right to self-defense

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki avoided a reporter's question whether US President Joe Biden believes Palestinians have a right to self-defense amid Israeli airstrikes, Anadolu Agency reported.

"We've heard repeatedly with respect to the statements about violence in Israel that Israel has a legitimate right to self-defense but we're not hearing about the Palestinians right to self-defense. Why is that and does the president believe that Palestinians have a right to self-defense," asked a reporter.

In response, Psaki did not say "yes" or "no" to the question but said the US is working to de-escalate and try to reduce in the region.

"Let me first say, I think it's important to note, as I think you'd agree, that these [rocket] attacks are coming from Hamas and many Palestinian people are being put in danger because of the violence that is happening back and forth.

May 14 06:32

Israel launches air, ground and troops attack on Gaza

Israeli army says that they are launching air, ground and troops attacks against Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

Israel's attacks on Gaza Strip since Monday leave 109 dead, including 28 children, 15 women, along with 621 injuries says the Health Ministry.

The Israeli attacks come as Palestinian protesters demanded an end to the forced displacement of families from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for illegal settlers. Israeli occupation forces also stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on numerous occasions and shot and abused Palestinian worshippers as they prayed the nightly Ramadan prayers.

May 14 06:30

It’s time to put this dysfunctional U.S.-Israel relationship to the test

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reached out to his counterpart in Israel on Wednesday to reaffirm Washington’s “ironclad” support for Tel Aviv to do what it needs to defend itself against “Hamas and other terrorist groups” amid escalating violence there this week. President Biden issued a similar statement after his phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As Daily Beast defense reporter Spencer Ackerman pointed out shortly after, this amounts to nothing less than a “greenlight” for Israel to keep pounding what it claims are military targets in the densely-populated Gaza strip. In essence, keeping our nose out of “their” business, just as Israel officials had demanded of Washington earlier in the week, regardless of the anti-American backlash it foments against the United States in the region.

May 14 06:29

Israel-Palestine: Lynching, crackdowns and deaths - here's what happened last night

Wednesday night saw even more violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, with harrowing footage of lynchings and police brutality emerging while Hamas and Israel exchanged rocket fire.

Here’s what happened in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israel

The worse violence was in Arab-minority towns in Israel, with scores of videos making the rounds online showing attacks described as "lynchings", and police brutality amid Palestinian protests.

In scenes repeated across several cities, gangs of youths threw stones and stormed shops belonging to Palestinians.

Israeli police have arrested 374 people so far.

May 14 05:26

Ahmadinejad Is Back: Iranian Firebrand Announces Bid For Presidency 

At a moment that Iranian domestic politics are on a knife's edge of tension, particularly following the recent hardliner vs. 'moderate' row in the wake of the 'Zarif Gate' audio leak scandal wherein the foreign minister blasted the military establishment for often sabotaging diplomacy, the Islamic Republic's former firebrand president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is vying again for leadership of the country.

On Wednesday he formally submitted and announced his name as a candidate in the upcoming June 18 presidential elections. His Islamic conservative and 'hardline' reputation could have drastic impact on the continuing nuclear negotiations with the West should he be elected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pols in Israel must be rejoicing big-time, because his potential election in the 2021 election would make it far easier to proclaim it "impossible" to deal with the country, and to justify a war against it.

May 14 05:05

Israel's Military Begins Ground Offensive In Gaza

update(7:37pm): Israel's military is attempting to walk back some initial statements, claiming they were mistranslated to the AFP - confirming that "ground troops" are now involved in operations at the border but that the "invasion" has yet to begin inside the Gaza Strip...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bull biscuits; I would suggest that the invasion has well and truly begun, and that I would not be surprised at a Palestinian death toll in the thousands, when all is said and done.

Oh, and remember the tshirt members of the IDF sniper units were proudly wearing a number of years ago, until their PR department yanked it, because the "optics" were "not good" for the IDF?!?

That tshirt showed a pregnant Palestinian woman, and the phrase in Hebrew appearing on it translated into English as "One shot... two kills!"

Please don't be terribly surprised if we see a lot of that going on during the ground invasion as well.

May 13 17:20

The Israeli People’s Committee Report of Adverse Events Related to the Corona Vaccine, April 2021

The data collected by the group paint a grim picture:

  • The overall mortality in the January-February vaccination period was higher in 2021 than in any other year within the preceding decade. In the age group of 20–29 years, mortality in this time period exceeded that of the previous year by 32%.
  • 288 deaths overall, mostly within the first 10 days after vaccination, were reported to the group. This number is more than six times greater than the 45 deaths officially admitted to by the Health ministry.
  • The group gives the following estimates for the mortality among the vaccinated: overall, 1:5,000; age 20–49 years, 1:13,000; age 50–69 years, 1:6,000; age 70+, 1:1,600.
  • May 13 15:32

    IDF announces Israeli ground troops ‘attacking’ Gaza Strip

    Israeli ground troops have now joined the air force in attacking the Gaza Strip, Tel Aviv has announced, without giving further details.

    May 13 14:59

    Pro-Palestine demonstrators shut down London's Downing Street

    People have staged a rally in the British capital London calling on their government to stop its support for the Israeli crimes against Palestinians. In the wake of the Israeli regime's attacks in Jerusalem (Al-Quds), pro-Palestinian demonstrators took over Downing Street In the British Capital London.

    The demonstrators even managed to clear out a small group of pro-Zionist demonstrators and chanted in solidarity with the Palestinians uprising against the occupation, sending a strong message of international solidarity.

    Outrage is what's being voiced on the streets of London today, after Israel's assault on the al-Aqsa Compound in Jerusalem (Al-Quds), as well as the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, on top of that as well people are voicing their frustration and condemnation of the British Silence over the massacres committed in the Gaza Strip."

    May 13 13:56

    Pentagon Evacuates 120 Personnel From Israel As Security Situation Unravels

    The Pentagon has evacuated 120 military and civilian personnel who had been in Israel for planned upcoming joint exercises, CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is reporting.

    She says the US personnel departed from Tel Aviv under emergency circumstances given the closure of commercial air travel and the worsening security situation as fighting intensifies between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. "The group left on a C-17 Thursday returning to Germany. With violence and lack of commercial air, the decision was made leave early via military transport," the CNN corresponded reported.

    May 13 10:51

    Palestine Has the Right to Defend Itself

    We have entered a new era in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The old days of Israel committing war crimes against the downtrodden, captive Palestinians are over. The world has done zero to address Israel’s fundamental crime of nation-stealing: a megalith crime that can only be described as the longest and most vicious war crime in our modern history. A crime that millions of people around the world consider to be even worse than the holocaust. After some 73 years of enduring relentless Israeli terrorism, land-theft, cultural appropriation AND the silence of the world, the Palestinian Resistance has finally taken charge and has, literally overnight, turned the tables against Israel. From here on, there will be accountability for Israel for any crime it commits against the Palestinians. From here on, all previous Israeli red lines will be crossed in favor of the Palestinians. From here on, the death of Israel is no longer a far-fetched fantasy.

    May 13 10:50

    Death toll from Gaza (65, including 16 children), Israel (7), and continuing updates

    Gaza’s Health Ministry reports a death toll of 83 Palestinians – 17 of them children – and 487 wounded. Israeli casualties remain unchanged.

    An Israeli army spokesman says that its warplanes have hit 600 targets in Gaza since the conflict began, and the military is preparing for a possible ground assault on Gaza.

    The US has vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning Israel’s aggression against Gaza.

    The following is an update to our Tuesday, May 12 article, which appears below.

    CNN reports that the death toll is now at 65 Palestinians and 6 Israelis, plus one foreign worker in Israel.

    May 13 06:21

    Breaking! Explosion in Tel Aviv Israel! Israeli Jets Takes Off! Why Biden Fails in Israel?

    May 13 06:04

    UN ENVOY WARNS OF ‘A FULL SCALE WAR’ AS DEATH TOLL RISES IN ISRAEL-HAMAS VIOLENCE

    Israeli jets and Palestinian militants have traded fresh airstrikes and rocket fire as the UN’s Middle East envoy warned of an escalation towards a full-scale war.

    One person was killed and two injured after an anti-tank guided missile struck a vehicle patrolling near the border between Israel and Gaza on Wednesday morning. Mortar shells fired across the border hampered efforts by medical teams to reach the scene.

    Hamas said it had carried out the attacks. Meanwhile, the Gaza health ministry said the death toll in Gaza had reached 48, including 14 children, with more than 300 wounded. Six people in Israel have been killed.

    In the worst descent into violence since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, the Israeli military has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza and Palestinian militant groups have fired multiple rocket barrages at Israeli cities.

    May 13 05:50

    Israel's diminished deterrence and political turmoil are recipe for disaster

    Hamas has been "surprising" Israel again and again since Monday evening, which should worry everyone. The massive salvos of rocket at Tel Aviv on Tuesday night and early Wednesday are a direct continuation of the terror group's rocket strikes on the Jerusalem area on Monday.

    These attacks show that Israel's deterrence against Gaza has become virtually nonexistent, an issue that demands immediate attention and that could give Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah ideas.

    These ideas would be far more deadly than anything Israel has witnessed so far from Hamas.

    May 13 05:50

    Israel rejects Hamas truce offer; ministers vote to intensify Gaza strikes

    The security cabinet on Wednesday night approved a plan to intensify military attacks on Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed its members that Israel has officially rejected a Hamas proposal for a ceasefire.

    Israel dismissed the offer of a truce made earlier in the day via the Russian foreign ministry, which quoted a senior Hamas official as saying that the Islamist group was ready to halt attacks on a "mutual basis."

    May 13 05:49

    Iran’s IRGC vows ‘more powerful’ support for Palestine

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) vehemently condemns the Israeli regime’s hugely deadly atrocities of the recent weeks across the Palestinian territories, pledging to stand “more powerfully” in support of the Palestinian nation.

    In a Wednesday statement, the elite force considered “providing assistance to the Islamic resistance and Palestine’s Intifada (Uprising)” to be its “historical and undeniable mission.”

    Provision of such support, it added, was also part of the legacy of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, who was martyred in a United States drone strike against Baghdad last year.

    May 13 05:48

    IDF will fight until there’s ‘complete silence’ before any truce is possible, says Israeli defense minister

    Israel’s defense minister has vowed to continue operations against Palestinian militants, claiming the country’s forces will achieve “complete silence” before moving to the negotiating table as violence escalates.

    In a speech on Wednesday in the coastal city of Ashkelon, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz promised to continue taking the fight to Hamas and other Palestinian forces before any truce is reached.

    “In Gaza, towers are falling, factories are collapsing, tunnels are being wiped out and commanders are being assassinated. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will continue to strike and bring complete silence for the long term,” he told media in the southern city, which has been hard-hit by rockets fired from Gaza.

    Gantz said that the current operation has no end date and that the IDF would carry out its duty. “We will not accept rebuke from any organization or institution about our right and duty to protect the citizens of Israel.”

    May 13 05:47

    Occupation of Palestine: Al-Aqsa Mosque invaded by Israeli forces, Israel strikes Gaza (E1009)

    On this episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, founder and leader of the Palestinian National Initiative. He discusses the attempt by Israel to displace Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah with Israeli settlers, the invasion of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces in which Palestinians were shot with rubber steel-coated bullets, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, Britain and the United States’ responsibility for the suffering of Palestinians, and much more! Finally, we speak to Steve Howell, former adviser to former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He too discusses the Israeli occupation and violence targeting occupied Palestine, his new book ‘Collateral Damage’, Sir Keir Starmer’s disaster in recent elections, why the Labour Party lost a traditionally socialist stronghold in Hartlepool, US regime change in the Middle East and its origins in the 1986 bombing of Libya, and much more.

    May 13 05:46

    GAZA FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM

    May 13 05:45

    Israeli Army Preparing for Ground Operation in Gaza Strip

    The clashes between Hamas and the Israeli military have been intensifying over the past few days, with over 1,600 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.

    The Israeli Army is engaged in preparations for a land operation in the Gaza Strip, but no order to start carrying out this offensive has been made so far, Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesman, Jonathan Conricus, said on Thursday.

    Earlier in the day, The Times of Israel reported that the general staff will be presenting and discussing plans for a possible ground invasion in the enclave. These plans, assembled by the Gaza Division and Southern Command, may then be given to Israel's political leadership, the report suggested.

    In the meantime, IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that at least 1,600 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the recent clashes, with Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system demonstrating an effectiveness of around 90 percent.

    May 13 05:44

    ‘Israel is not a country, but a terrorist camp,’ Iran’s leader Khamenei says

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has blasted Israel as nothing more than a “terrorist camp” and urged the Palestinians to unite their efforts in fighting Tel Aviv.

    Israel has “turned occupied Palestine into a base for terrorism,” Khamenei tweeted.

    “Israel isn’t a county; it’s a #TerroristCamp against Palestinians & other Muslim nations,” he wrote, adding that it was “everyone’s responsibility” to fight against it.

    May 13 05:44

    Israel loses control over riots with dozens wounded, detained

    Israel appears to have lost control over the nationwide riots by Arab and Jews as dozens of people were wounded and many detained following a night of unprecedented civil unrest in the country.

    The latest outburst of Israel-Gaza violence has reached deeper into the country than any since the 2000 Palestinian intifada. Arab and Jewish mobs were seen rampaging through the streets, savagely beating people and torching cars, in cities and towns that just recently were praised for developing co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.

    May 13 05:42

    Abby Martin: Gaza's fight for freedom needs global solidarity

    May 13 05:41

    ISRAEL PREPARING FOR GROUND WAR IN GAZA AS TERRORISTS FIRE 1,000+ ROCKETS IN 36 HOURS – MOST SEVERE ATTACKS SINCE 2014 ROCKET WAR

    When my family and I made Aliyah in August 2014, we arrived amidst one of the worst rocket wars in Israel’s modern history.

    Over the course of seven weeks, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired 4,564 rockets at Israel.

    That was an average of 93 rockets a day.

    Compare that with the past 36 hours.

    More than 1,000 rockets have been fired at Israel.

    That is an average of 28 rockets every hour.

    May 13 04:23

    Gaza death toll jumps to 83 as Israeli air raids intensify: Live

    By Virginia Pietromarchi
    13 May 2021
    Israeli fighter jets have attacked high-rise buildings and other targets in the Gaza Strip as Palestinians in the besieged enclave woke up on Thursday to mark the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday under relentless aerial bombardment.

    Since the Israeli offensive began late on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 83 people, including 17 children, have been killed. More than 480 others have been wounded.

    At least six Israelis have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.

    There have also been more violent confrontations between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian citizens of Israel in several cities inside Israel.

    May 13 04:14

    Op-ed:"Netanyahu allying himself with far-right settler extremists has sparked violence in Jerusalem and risks all-out chaos

    The Israeli prime minister’s decision to side with extremist settlers for political gain, along with attacks on Palestinian worshippers, have led to possible war with Gaza and “civil war” inside Israel itself.
    The events that transpired at Al-Aqsa mosque (Temple Mount) compound last Friday, when hundreds of armed Israeli police attacked Palestinian worshippers, injuring 200, triggered an explosion of violence that had been close to boiling point since the beginning of Ramadan.

    Why has Netanyahu allowed for a Palestinian uprising?

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    There is one critical question it appears that Netanyahu; the Mossad the Knesset; and the IDF seem to not want to address; what happens if the planned "air/ground assault" against Gaza cannot put the "genie of suppressed Palestinian rage" back into the proverbial bottle?!?

    What then?!?

    The unintended consequences of not having thought this all the way through, may well come back to create an horrific outcome for the state of Israel, through these planned and announced actions against Gaza.

    May 13 04:10

    Palestinian 'Lynched' In The Streets By 'Zionist Mob,' Beaten With Israeli Flags

    "Zionist mobs" were filmed "lynching" Palestinians in the streets, smashing up their businesses and and chanting "Death to Arabs" during the third day of intensifying war between Israelis and Palestinians.

    May 13 04:00

    IDF ‘approves’ plan for possible ground invasion into Gaza as Netanyahu reportedly rejects Hamas truce offer

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have drawn up plans to invade Gaza from the ground in response to the rocket barrage by Hamas. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly dismissed an offer to end hostilities “on a mutual basis.”
    Additional troops have been moved to the Gazan border, including soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade, the Golani Infantry Brigade, and the 7th Armored Brigade, IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Hidai Zilberman told reporters on Thursday.

    May 13 02:02

    Israel-Palestine: US sends diplomat to push for 'de-escalation'

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he is sending undersecretary Hady Amr to the region, while reiterating support for Israel.

    The US has announced that senior diplomat Hady Amr will be sent to the Middle East with the aim of de-escalating the violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken also reiterated on Wednesday Washington's support for what he called "Israel's legitimate right to defend itself".

    "We're deeply concerned about what we're seeing there. Images that came out overnight are harrowing, and the loss of any civilian life is a tragedy," Blinken said.

    "I've asked Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr to go to the region immediately to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He will bring to bear his decades of experience, and in particular, he will urge on my behalf and on behalf of President Biden de-escalation of violence."

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Antony Blinken, can you possibly please stop lying about what is going on, for one brief, shining moment, sir!?

    Do you appreciate, for one millisecond, the deep, non-biodegradable pond scum in which Netanyahu finds himself, at this moment in Israel's history?!? Enmeshed with corruption scandals that will not go away?!?

    Are you so geopolitically tone deaf and blind, that you not consider the possibility that the eviction of Palestinian families from homes in which they have lived in generations, coupled with the Israeli outrages at the Al Aqsa Mosque, were timed specifically to provoke a Palestinian reaction that would create this situation, which would make the removal of Netanyahu from office, a practical impossibility?!?

    The indesputable fact here is, Netanyahu is desperate to hang on to power, no matter how many Palestinians and Israelis get hurt or killed; that, sir, is the reality here.

    May 13 01:55

    In Pictures: Global protests in solidarity with Palestinians

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Israel's difficulty right now, is that it is singularly incapable of controlling the narrative, because of the presence of cell cameras, the net, and tweets to document what is happening.

    My deep concern right now, is that Israel will pull a "false flag", to be blamed on Iran, and off we go.... to a new world war.

    May 13 01:17

    16 hours ago - WorldNegotiations to oust Netanyahu stall amid Jerusalem crisis

    Efforts to form a new Israeli government and oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have come to an almost complete halt amid the escalation with Hamas.

    Why it matters: Opposition leader Yair Lapid is six days into a 28-day mandate, and seemed on track to strike a coalition deal with Naftali Bennett, a right-wing kingmaker. But the latest crisis could make those efforts nearly impossible.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    HOW CONVENIENT FOR NETANYAHU!!

    May 13 01:15

    What led to the most recent Israel-Palestine escalation?

    Protests over the expulsion of Palestinian families and Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound preceded Israel’s heavy bombardment of Gaza.

    Days of heavy bombardment on the Gaza Strip intensified on Wednesday, with Israeli fighter jets bombing sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, as well as police buildings and apartment blocks.

    Since the offensive began late on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 53 people have been killed, including 14 children. More than 300 others have been wounded.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Newton made the observation: "To every action, there is an equal, and opposite, reaction."

    The eviction of Palestinian families, coupled with the massive repressions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, were engineered to create precisely the situation in which the state of Israel finds itself, and now, it is playing "the victim"?!?

    Please; thoughtful, peaceful people around the world have had a bellyfull of this, and want it stopped!! These actions were created to provoke precisely the response they have provoked; I am praying that there are some "adults in the room" on both sides who are working frantically to contain this, because the possibility of a regional war, followed by a world war, is a real and present danger to this world right now.

    I do not want one more Israeli, or one more Palestinian to be hurt or killed;there must be a point where the madness stops, and all of our common humanity, as brothers and sisters on this planet, must be remembered, and invoked, as though it was a sacred kinship, which in my world, it is.

    As history has proven, time and again, it becomes very easy to kill, under some circumstances; the hard part, is doing the hard work which allows us to live together without killing each other.

    I would pray that Hamas, Fatah, and the Israeli Knesset are thinking about this, right now.

    May 13 01:03

    Israel posts fake videos to justify Gaza slaughter

    The Israeli government posted a two-and-a-half-year-old video from Syria, claiming it was from Gaza, in order to justify its ongoing bombing campaign that has killed dozens of Palestinians since Monday.

    But there is one problem: The video is old and does not appear to originate from the Gaza Strip.
    The exact same video, just two seconds longer, had been posted on YouTube on 22 December 2019 by a user who indicated that it was filmed in Maarrat al-Numan, a city in northeastern Syria.

    The original video contains no watermark or text suggesting any connection with Gaza.

    This is a familiar propaganda tactic.

    During Israel’s massive bombing campaign in Gaza in July 2014, Israel supporters widely shared a video claiming to show “Hamas using children as human shields.”

    The video showed a man firing a mortar. Behind him was a group of small children huddled with an older man.

    But this too was a video from the civil war in Syria, with no connection to Gaza

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Tragically, but perfectly predictable, on the part of the Israeli government and media.

    May 13 00:56

    Antiwar.com Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsPeace in Palestine? Not if American Politicians Can Help It

    On April 22, more than 300 American lawmakers publicly pledged their unconditional loyalty to a foreign power.

    In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, the members of Congress cautioned against “reducing funding or adding conditions on” US welfare checks (totaling $3.8 billion annually) to Israel.

    The letter name-checks US President Joe Biden, who, nearly a year ago tried to have it both ways — decrying Israeli annexation of Palestinian land and the eviction of Palestinian residents to make room for Israeli squatters (“settlers”), while likewise volubly assuring Jewish campaign donors, “I’m not going to place conditions on security assistance.”

    Now Biden and members of Congress from both sides of the partisan aisle feign surprise and dismay as the Israeli regime once again makes war on the populations of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

    What the heck did they expect?

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Does it ever bother you, the degree to which a foreign country dictates US foreign policy?!?

    Please pay attention here; this is profoundly significant!!

    May 13 00:49

    Antiwar.com Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsAmid Gaza Onslaught, Pentagon Reaffirms ‘Ironclad’ Commitment to Israel

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Israeli counterpart on Wednesday amid Israel’s new bombing campaign in Gaza and reaffirmed the US’s “ironclad commitment” to Israel.

    “Secretary Austin conveyed the Department’s ironclad support for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, and he strongly condemned the launching of rockets by Hamas and other terrorists groups that targeted Israeli civilians,” the Pentagon said in a readout of the call.

    The US has failed to condemn or even really address the Palestinian children that have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Austin also “reiterated the importance of all involved parties to take steps to restore calm.” But Israel appears to be set on escalating the situation and has rejected a truce offer from Hamas.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    So, how soon will the US be bombing Gaza, killing women, children, the medically fragile elderly, and bombing hospitals and schools?!?

    And if you do not think this is a real possibility, you have not been paying attention: the US military is still doing this in Yemen as I type this.

    HEY, WAR CRIMES ARE US!!!!

    May 13 00:45

    Live: More children killed in Gaza, Palestinians in Israel face escalating crackdown

    Follow MEE's updates as Israeli strikes continue to pound Gaza, Hamas rockets hit Israel and protesting Palestinians risk assault and arrest.

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