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Oct 21 06:04

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

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

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

Oct 20 09:00

Report: Israel Approves $1.5 Billion Budget for Potential Attack on Iran

According to a report from Israel’s Channel 12, the Israeli government approved a $1.5 billion budget to prepare for a potential attack on Iran.

The extra funds would be used to purchase additional aircraft, surveillance drones, and the munitions needed to strike Iran’s underground nuclear facilities. The report said about $620 million would come from the 2022 military budget, and the rest of the funds would come from this year’s budget.

For years, Israel has been seeking bunker-busting bombs that could penetrate Iran’s underground facilities. If they did acquire the munitions, Israel would also need bombers capable of carrying them, something it currently doesn’t have. The US tested a new 5,000-pound bunker buster earlier this month, which Israeli media interpreted as a possible message to Iran.

Oct 20 08:59

Violent Israeli raids in occupied East Jerusalem wound dozens

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

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

Oct 20 08:59

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

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

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

Oct 20 08:49

Vice President Harris Confronts a Reality Gap

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

Oct 20 06:57

Exclusive: America's Most Important Right-Wing Conference of the Year Is An Israeli Influence Operation

From October 31st to November 2nd, the mother of all right-wing intellectual conferences is scheduled to be hosted in Orlando, Florida.

The event, titled the National Conservatism Conference, will include keynote speeches from three Republican 2024 presidential contenders (Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley), a prominent billionaire (Peter Thiel), and a 2022 Senatorial favorite (J.D. Vance), whose campaign is being bankrolled by said billionaire. They are joined by 86 of the most prominent paleo-conservative, Traditionalist Catholic, neo-reactionary and conservative writers, academics and pundits in the United States.

The conference is being hosted by an Israeli, Yoram Hazony, through his non-profit, The Edmund Burke Foundation.

Oct 20 06:17

First case of Delta mutation AY.4.2 diagnosed in Israel

Health officials reported on Tuesday the first identified case of the AY.4.2 Delta variant in Israel.

The patient is an 11-year-old boy who tested positive when returning from Moldova.

The child was detected in Ben Gurion Airport upon his arrival and has since been in self-isolation, the ministry said.

Oct 19 07:35

Note to Blinken: Israel’s ‘military option’ shouldn’t be on our table

As indirect talks to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) remain in limbo, the U.S. and Israeli governments continue suggesting that “other options,” including military action, are available and will be considered if the talks should fail.

The latest example of this came during a press conference between Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week along with their counterpart from the United Arab Emirates. Commenting on Iran’s nuclear program, Lapid said that “Israel reserves the right to act at any given moment, in any way,” and he stated, “We know there are moments when nations must use force to protect the world from evil.” For his part, Blinken said that “time is running short” to restore the nuclear deal, and he affirmed that “Israel has the right to defend itself and we strongly support that proposition.”

Oct 19 07:34

Palestinian children, teachers flee school after Israeli tear gas strike

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

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

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

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

Oct 19 07:34

Israeli forces arrest 70-year-old Palestinian academic

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 19 07:01

Farmers in Gaza struggle to access lands near Israel

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

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

Oct 19 07:00

Israel, Morocco seal agreement on hydrocarbon exploration in Dakhla

The Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) and the Israeli Company Ratio Petroleum have just signed an agreement on the exploration of the Atlantic block of the occupied city of Dakhla, in violation of international law.

Oct 19 05:23

Democracy Lost: Propaganda, Character Assassination and the Campaign Against Professor David Miller

On October 1st 2021, the University of Bristol decided to buckle in the face of a near 3 year-long pro-Israel lobby campaign and fire Professor David Miller. I have worked with David for many years now, co-published work on the theory of propaganda, researched and written about the UK FCO propaganda operation (ongoing) that has sought to overthrow the Syrian government, and developed the fledging Organisation for Propaganda Studies. David was, is, and will continue to be, a major intellectual force with respect to our understanding of propaganda, and his integrity, particularly in relation to the Israel-Palestine issue, is now cemented in history. He became a voice for the Palestinians, highlighting the ways in which propaganda has worked in order to simultaneously suppress public understanding of the nefarious actions of the Israeli government against them and erase awareness of their plight.

Oct 18 10:42

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

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

Oct 18 10:26

Syria accuses Israel of assassinating intel officer near Golan border

Syria has accused Israel of being behind the assassination of a high-ranking government official near the border of occupied Syrian Golan Heights yesterday.

Midhat Al-Saleh, 54, an intelligence officer, was the head of Syria's Golan Affairs Office and a former lawmaker. According to the state-run SANA news agency, Saleh was shot outside his home near the village of Ain Eltineh, situated opposite the Druze town of Majdal Shams.

AlJazeera reported that he was killed by an Israeli sniper, although the Israeli military has not confirmed or denied the incident in line with a longstanding policy.

"The cabinet stressed, in a statement, that those terrorist acts will only increase the determination of the Syrian Arab people to continue resisting the occupier and liberating the occupied Syrian Golan," SANA reported. The Syrian cabinet also condemned the "cowardly criminal act".

Oct 18 08:56

Israel Joins The American Fight Against Cancel Culture

Israel’s new Consul General to New York, with film-star wife by his side, vowed to fight to cancel culture during his residency in the Big Apple.

“Cancel culture — no matter toward who — I think is illegitimate and I think it is very violent and you have to be against it no matter where it is,” Zamir 41, told The Post from the Manhattan office of the Israeli Consulate, noting his country had also been a victim of the phenomenon.

Oct 18 06:56

American Pravda: Remembering the Liberty

I’m not exactly sure when I first heard of the Liberty incident of 1967. The story was certainly a dramatic one, the attack upon an almost defenseless American intelligence ship by Israel’s air and naval forces late in the Six Day War fought against several Arab states. Over 200 American servicemen were killed or wounded by Israeli machine-guns, rockets, napalm, and torpedos, representing our greatest naval loss of life since World War II. Only tremendous luck and the heroic actions of the sailors prevented the Liberty from being sunk with all hands lost.

The Israeli government quickly claimed that the attack had been accidental, a consequence of mistaken identification and the fog of war, but none of the survivors ever believed that story, nor did many of America’s top political and military leaders, notably Secretary of State Dean Rusk, CIA Director Richard Helms, and numerous top officers, including a later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Oct 18 06:41

Israel Demanding Answers After Biden Quietly Removed Sanctions On Iranian Missile Companies

Pro-Israeli lobbying and advocacy groups are seeking answers from the Biden administration over why it removed two Iranian firms believed linked to Iran's ballistic missile program from the US sanctions blacklist earlier this month.

The US Treasury Department had quietly and without explanation dropped sanctions on Mammut Industrial Group, and its subsidiary Mammut Diesel Company. Both had been targeted by the prior Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign.

In September 2020 under the guidance of the Trump White House, the US Treasury had identified the Iranian companies as "key producers and suppliers of military-grade, dual-use goods for Iran’s missile programs," and further described as "Iran’s primary developer of liquid propelled missiles."

These and other companies have hired law firms in the US to fight to be removed from the blacklist, with the two in question being successful in this case.

Oct 18 06:20

Report: Israeli FM Misled Blinken on US Consulate in Jerusalem

Lack of coordination between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on the issue of reopening the US Consulate in East Jerusalem was the cause of tension between Tel Aviv and Washington, according to Israeli media on Sunday, Israeli media reported.

Israel Hayom daily said Lapid hinted to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his first call with him that Israel would green light the reopening of the consulate after passing the state budget.

“Tensions between Israel and the US over Washington’s plans to reopen a key diplomatic office to the Palestinians in Jerusalem stem from a lack of coordination between Bennett and Lapid,” the newspaper said, citing an informed Israeli official.

“In his conversations with Blinken, Lapid noted the government’s sensitive political make-up and advised Washington to delay the move until after the Knesset passes a budget,” the source said.

Oct 18 06:04

WATCH: Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes near Nablus

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

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

Oct 18 06:03

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

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

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

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

Oct 16 06:59

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 16 06:58

After snub, Bennett says Netanyahu ‘dangerously’ delegitimizing his government

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hit back on Friday at opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the latter was “undermining the legitimacy” of his government by failing to acknowledge his presence while speaking a day earlier at an event to mark the departure of outgoing Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman.

Netanyahu gave a long list of greetings to all the dignitaries present, but failed to acknowledge Bennett, leading to angry calls from some in the crowd, telling Netanyahu that “there’s a prime minister here.”

Hebrew media reported that Netanyahu decided to ignore Bennett in response to a supposed slight against his predecessor in Bennett’s own speech, when he said: “We are now in the age of we, not the age of me.”

Oct 15 10:58

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

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

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

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

Oct 15 10:32

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 15 09:48

With Nod to Military Action Against Iran, US Gives In to Israeli Pressure

Secretary of State Tony Blinken said all options are on the table against Iran, giving a clear nod to threats to attack militarily. This is exactly the sort of threat Israel has wanted, and Israeli officials are congratulating one another in getting that out of the US.

“All options” was a catch-all term for the US in threatening anyone, but Israeli officials felt the US wasn’t saying it nearly enough against Iran, presenting this as a split between Israel and the Democrats, a rift they now see as healing.

Israeli officials saw limited threats against Iran as a sign that the US realistically hadn’t kept some options on the table. It isn’t clear that the US is any closer to attacking Iran now, however.

The US is resisting key aspects of a deal, and warning time is running out for Iran. This, and the threats to attack, are part of the bargaining effort, not serious signs an attack is imminent.

Oct 15 06:02

Russia Interested in Consultations With Israel on Security in Middle East – Lavrov

Russia is interested in continuing consultations with Israel on security and stability in the Middle East region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in the article on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel, published by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

"We are interested in continuing consultations with our Israeli partners on security and stability issues in the Middle East. We always draw attention to the fact that comprehensive solutions to the problems of the region must necessarily take into account the security interests of Israel. This is a matter of principle," Lavrov said in the article.

The Russian foreign minister stressed that Moscow saw no alternatives to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Oct 15 06:01

Tehran Warns Israel Against ‘Military Adventure’ Amid Boasting IDF Can Strike Nuclear Facilities

After increasing talk by Israel about its willingness to strike Iran by itself as a last resort to halt the country’s nuclear program, Tehran has sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) warning Israel against a “military adventure” against the Islamic Republic.

Delivered on Thursday and printed in Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, the letter comes as Iran makes preparations to return to Vienna for negotiations on reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) next week.

“We warn the Zionist regime against any miscalculation or military adventure targeting Iran and its nuclear program,” wrote Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, referring to Israel.

Oct 14 07:22

Blinken Said to Warn Israel’s Lapid Against Cooperation With China

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday. Ahead of the meeting, a State Department official told reporters that Blinken planned to warn Lapid against cooperation with China, as the US is increasingly unhappy over its top recipient of military aid doing business with its newly declared top adversary.

“As the secretary has noted, with allies and partners worldwide, we’ll be candid with our Israeli friends over risks to our shared national security interests that come with close cooperation with China,” the official said.

A State Department readout of the meeting offered little detail but did say the two diplomats discussed a number of issues, including the “People’s Republic of China.”

Oct 14 07:09

Sweden moves to criminalize support for Palestine

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 07:08

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 06:55

First Amendment Lawsuit: Student Expelled By Anti-Defamation League Over Jewish Joke Fights for His Free Speech

A former Colorado high school student is waging an ongoing battle with the US government and organized Jewry in court.

In what is the first real test of the Supreme Court’s spring ruling in B.L. v. Mahanoy, which declared that public school students have First Amendment rights when they are off campus, an individual identified as C.G. is appealing the dismissal of his lawsuit challenging his expulsion from Cherry Creek High School over a joke he made about Jewish people.

According to the facts in the case, C.G. went to a thrift store on an evening in 2019. While trying on WWII military caps, he wrote to Snapchat “Me and the boys bout to exterminate the Jews.” The post was made off school property.

Oct 14 06:51

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 06:50

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 06:45

Israel claims ‘right’ to strike Iran ‘at any moment’ to prevent it from obtaining nukes, FM Lapid says after meeting with Blinken

Israel reserves the right to attack Iran at any time of its choosing, under the pretext of stopping it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Tel Aviv’s FM Yair Lapid said after meeting with his American and Emirati counterparts.

Addressing reporters after a sit-down with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed in Washington on Wednesday, Lapid insisted that Tehran must not be allowed to obtain the bomb, saying the issue was at the “center” of his visit. Though Iran has long maintained it has no interest in developing nukes, Lapid vowed that Israel would stop its supposed “race to the bomb” by any means necessary.

“Israel reserves the right to act at any given moment and in any way. That is not only our right, it is also our responsibility,” he said. “Iran has publicly stated it wants to wipe us out. We have no intention of letting this happen.”

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Oct 13 12:49

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

By Kenny Stancil

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

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

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

Oct 13 08:21

Former Mossad Chief Stuns Audience By Admitting Iran "Not Even Close" To Getting Nuclear Bomb

Apparently even within the Israeli national security state, there's a deep divide over the question, despite hawks sounding the alarm for decades that Iran is ever "on the brink" of obtaining a nuke. Or also, it could be that internally Israeli intelligence knows the Iranians are not actually close, while the politicians publicly take a very different position for propaganda purposes, and to keep up the international pressure on Tehran.

The influential former Mossad director Yossi Cohen suggested this precisely in Tuesday comments that raised eyebrows. The Israeli intelligence veteran commander said in reality that Iran is "not even close" to getting a nuclear weapon - though he chalked this up largely to Israeli's sabotage and espionage efforts targeting the Iranians.

Oct 13 08:08

Israel’s Bennet Warns There are Non-Peaceful Ways to Deal With Iran

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet continued his threats against Iran and warned there are non-peaceful ways to deal with Tehran’s civilian nuclear program.

Bennett accused Iran of not living up to its commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). But Iran has only stopped voluntarily complying with the Additional Protocol, an aspect of the Iran nuclear deal that allows the IAEA to conduct snap inspections. Because the US withdrew from the JCPOA, Iran is no longer bound to follow this measure.

“Iran is blatantly violating the IAEA commitments,” Bennet said at the Jerusalem Post Conference in downtown Jerusalem, according to The Times of Israel. “We’re not going to wait. I expect the global powers to hold them accountable … That would be the peaceful route. There are other routes.”

Oct 13 08:08

Israel’s FM Claims Iran Is ‘Becoming a Nuclear Threshold State’

In Washington on Tuesday, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid claimed in a meeting with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan that Iran is “becoming a nuclear threshold state.”

A nuclear threshold state typically means a country has the capability to quickly build nuclear weapons but has not yet done so. Lapid’s comments are just another false claim by Israel that Iran is racing towards a nuclear bomb.

Israel points to the fact that Iran is enriching some uranium at 60 percent as evidence of Tehran’s desire for nuclear weapons. But 60 percent is still well below the 90 percent needed for weapons-grade, and this step was taken in response to an Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility back in April.

The alarmist wording from Lapid comes as Israel is trying to convince the US not to return to the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. Lapid’s office said the Israeli foreign minister raised with Sullivan “the need for an alternative plan” to the JCPOA.

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Same thing Israel has been saying for 30 years now!

Oct 13 08:02

Majority of Israelis dismiss likelihood of peace with Palestinians: Survey

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

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

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

Oct 12 09:40

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

Oct 11 10:08

Israel Fires Missiles at Syria Airbase, Killing Two

Following up on a Friday airstrike near Palmyra, Israel carried out a weekend attack against against the T4 airbase in Syria, firing a flurry of missiles against the site, and killing two soldiers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes were believed to be targeted at the drone depot at the airport. State media reported Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

Israel did not directly comment on the attack, which is not unusual. In general, Israel does not address its strikes on Syria outside of very rare successes officials want to brag about.

Israel has been attacking targets in Syria at a growing rate, and it is not unusual for them to carry out several attacks in any given week.

Oct 11 10:07

Palestinians Condemn American Zionist Plans to Desecrate Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem

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

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

Oct 11 06:47

WhatsApp’s Security Breach: Made in Israel, Implemented Worldwide

Bibi Netanyahu at a Cybertech conference freely boasted that Israel’s “NSA, called unit 8200, is the second largest in the world and is the Second Eye of the Five Eyes.” That’s a rather astonishing claim for a nation with only 8.7 million people.

Netanyahu goes on explain that all the major I.T. companies have major research centers in Israel. This includes virtually all of the heavy handed social media censorship venues.

At minute 00:04:53 in the following video, he goes on to describe why this is happening — namely, because they have a defense industry; and, specifically, military intelligence [at 00:12:12] used to leverage these I.T. industries. Accordingly, Israel is now No. 2 in the “cyber security industry,” which is a defacto intel operation that’s publicly funded and privately operated.

Oct 11 06:24

A Notorious Spyware Firm Claims It Won't Help Hack UK Phones Anymore

NSO Group, the notorious Israeli spyware vendor, will no longer allow its clients to hack citizens of the United Kingdom, sources close to the company told The Guardian this week. The changes have been “hard-coded” into NSO’s infamous malware, Pegasus, and will make future targeting of UK-based phone numbers impossible, the sources claim.

Oct 11 06:21

Ultra-Vaxxed Israel’s Crisis Is a Dire Warning to America

The massive surge of COVID-19 infections in Israel, one of the most vaccinated countries on earth, is pointing to a complicated path ahead for America.

In June, there were several days with zero new COVID infections in Israel. The country launched its national vaccination campaign in December last year and has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 80 percent of citizens above the age of 12 fully inoculated. COVID, most Israelis thought, had been defeated. All restrictions were lifted and Israelis went back to crowded partying and praying in mask-free venues.

Oct 10 07:55

Sanders Demands $1bn in Gaza Aid in Exchange for ‘Yes’ Vote on Iron Dome Funding

US Senator Bernie Sanders said that he would back additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome but that he also demanded the same $1 billion aid commitment for Gaza, as a necessary counterweight to the US’ overwhelming military support for Israel, according to Israeli media.

Giving Israel an extra $1 billion in emergency funding would be “unconscionable” and “irresponsible”, Sanders wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, prior to a vote over the $1 billion emergency funding bill for Israel’s Iron Dome, ‘Jewish Currents’ revealed.

Oct 10 07:55

Israel Launches Airstrikes in Syria, Wounding Six

Israeli warplanes bombed Syria on Friday night, wounding six Syrian soldiers, Syrian media reported. The strikes targeted an airbase outside of the Syrian city of Palmyra.

Syria’s SANA quoted a military source who said the airstrikes were launched from the direction of al-Tanf, a US military base in southeast Syria near the borders of Iraq and Jordan. The source said most of the missiles were intercepted by air defenses.

Israel generally doesn’t comment on its airstrikes in Syria. Occasionally, Israeli military officials discuss their frequent airstrikes in Syria and frame them as part of a campaign against Iran. But like Friday’s strikes, they typically kill Syrian soldiers or members of Iraq’s Shia militias.

Oct 10 07:39

How Apartheid Israel stifles Palestinian education and scientific research

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

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

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

Oct 10 07:38

Israeli media attack journalist who exposed settler violence

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 10 07:38

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 10 07:16

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

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

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

Oct 09 07:05

Israel’s Decades of Economic Espionage in the United States

Israel, which receives billions of dollars from the United States, has conducted espionage in the U.S. – especially economic espionage – since its creation in 1948.

The illegal behavior includes fraudulent diversion of U.S. foreign aid, illicit retransfer of sensitive U.S. technologies to third parties, and violation of end-use restrictions on U.S. military items transferred to Israel.

According to the U.S. intelligence community, Israel’s motivations appear to be threefold: to strengthen its industrial base, to sell/trade the information to/with other countries (especially China) for profit, and to sell/trade the information to/with other countries to develop favorable political ties and alternative sources of arms and intelligence.

To these, a fourth factor might be added: the certain knowledge that, in the words of a senior former U.S. intelligence official, “Israel can steal right and left, but we will still pump money in.”

Oct 08 15:46

Potential Israeli-US Plan To Attack Iran Now Underway - Robert Inlakesh TLAV

Joe Biden is now considering the option of military action against Iran, whilst Israel advocates violence against the Islamic Republic as the only way forward. This is not only a betrayal of the Iran Nuclear Agreement and the US public, but may result in a regional war if tensions escalate further.

Oct 08 08:33

Nike will no longer do business in Israel, starting in 2022

While Nike does not specifically call the move a “boycott,” the sportswear company indicates that doing business in Israel “no longer match[es] the company’s policy and goals.”

Sports clothing manufacturer Nike enraged Israeli shops on Sunday as it announced that it will end the sale of its products in Israeli stores starting May 31 next year, Israeli media reported.

As a household name across the globe, the pull-out could seriously affect the business operations of hundreds of Israeli sports shops, according to the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post.

Oct 08 08:28

Fully vaccinated patient sparks covid outbreak in Israeli hospital, proving yet again that vaccines don’t work as promised

A new paper published in Eurosurveillance shows that a recent Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak was ignited by someone who is “fully vaccinated.”

Even though 96 percent of those exposed were also fully vaccinated – most were also using personal protective equipment (PPE) as the incident occurred at a hospital – five patients died and nine others developed severe symptoms.

The outbreak took place at an Israeli Medical Center where nearly everyone was wearing N-95 surgical masks and wearing extra layers of clothing – both things that Tony Fauci told us all would keep everyone “safe” against the Chinese Flu.

None of this stuff worked, though, as a fully vaccinated patient contracted the disease and spread it around the facility. It is also important to note that several of the transmissions occurred between people who were both wearing surgical masks, proving that masks do not work.

Oct 08 08:06

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

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

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

Oct 08 08:05

Jewish Settlers Brutally Attack Palestinian Farmers during Olive Harvest

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

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

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

Oct 08 08:05

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 07 05:18

US Reportedly Pressing Israel on Security Concerns Over Chinese-Built Port in Haifa

The US has repeatedly pressed Israeli officials to inspect the Chinese-operated port construction project near Haifa. The port is adjacent to Israel’s largest naval base, which the US Navy makes use of.

Sources told Breaking Defense that of primary concern to US officials are the heavy machinery that China’s state-owned Shanghai International Port Group has brought in to complete the project.

Israeli and US security experts are both aware of the relative ease with which a surveillance device could be hidden.

The port’s close proximity to a naval base, if compromised, could pose a security risk for Israel and the US. The concern is not that the Chinese government would be able to find weaknesses to attack the base, but that it would be able to gather intelligence on military equipment and technology.

Oct 07 05:09

Sen. Marco Rubio equates boycott of Israel with “un-American activity”

US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced a bill, the Mind Your Own Business Act (S.2829), that would hold corporate officers personally liable when actions they take on behalf of the corporation are considered political, “un-American,” or in some other way not in the best interests of the shareholders.

Among other things, Mind Your Own Business would hold corporate officers personally liable for the act of “boycotting a state” – undermining their freedom to boycott Israel over its endemic human rights abuses. This is in spite of the fact that Americans in general are very supportive of boycotts: only about 1 in 5 agree with the anti-BDS legislation of the type that Rubio and others (including many Democrats) have been trying to pass. The BDS movement (boycott, divest, and sanctions) is based on “the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.”

Oct 06 09:00

IDF Chief Says Israel Will Continue to Attack Iran

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said Tuesday that Israel will continue to launch attacks “destroy” Iran’s capabilities, including its civilian nuclear program.

“Operations to destroy Iranian capabilities will continue, in any arena and at any time, and the operational plans against Iran’s nuclear program will continue to be developed and improved,” Kohavi said.

While the IDF has not launched an overt attack inside Iran, the Israelis frequently carry out covert attacks against the Iranian nuclear program. Most recently, Iran has accused Israel of attacking an Iranian nuclear warehouse with a drone in June. The attack damaged equipment belonging to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Iran is calling on the nuclear watchdog to condemn the incident.

Over the past few months, Kohavi has repeatedly said the IDF is “accelerating” plans to attack Iran’s nuclear program, signaling that Israel is planning a more overt operation inside the country.

Oct 06 08:59

US Tells Israel It Will ‘Turn to Other Options’ If Diplomacy With Iran Fails

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan hosted his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata in Washington on Tuesday to discuss Iran. In the meeting, Sullivan conveyed to Hulata that the US is prepared to “turn to other options” if diplomacy with Iran fails.

“Mr. Sullivan explained that this administration believes diplomacy is the?best path to achieve that goal, while also noting that the President has made clear that if diplomacy fails, the United States is prepared to turn to other options,” NSC spokesperson Emily Horne said in a readout of the meeting.

President Biden first said the US would “turn to other options” with Iran alongside Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett when the two leaders met in August. Iran took Biden’s comments as a threat, and for good reason. The Israelis are pushing the Biden administration to abandon its stated plans to revive the nuclear deal and take a more hawkish approach towards Iran.

Oct 06 08:57

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

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

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

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

Oct 06 08:56

Jewish Settlers Assault Palestinian Shepherds in Jordan Valley

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

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

Oct 06 08:56

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 06 08:54

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

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

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

Oct 05 11:50

Israel just nullified vaccine passports for all double jabbed people… now only the triple jabbed get “freedom”

After earlier claiming that only two injections would be necessary in order to obtain a “green pass,” the government of Israel is now forcefully demanding that all Israelis received a third jab of the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to maintain the “privilege” of buying and selling.

Oct 05 09:47

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

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

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

Oct 05 07:19

Funding Both Sides: How Jewish Money Controls British Politics

It’s very easy to criticize Boris Johnson, the current prime minister of Britain and leader of the so-called Conservative party. Johnson is dishonest, devious and a dedicated shabbos goy. He serves Jews rather than Whites and Israel rather than Britain.

But there is one pit of depravity that Johnson has never plumbed and one crime against decency that has never besmirched his soul. He’s not now and never has been a lawyer. His dishonesty is natural, not nurtured, and he did at least try to reform Britain’s lawyer-and-humanities-graduate-infested government bureaucracy. He’s surrendered now and appointed a Jewish swamp-creature called Dan Rosenfeld as his Chief of Staff. But he did try. Keir Starmer, the current Labour leader, will never surrender because he’ll never fight. He sides automatically with government bureaucracy and slithered easily to the top of it during the previous Labour government.

Oct 05 07:16

WATCH: Jewish Settlers Steal Olive Crops from Palestinian Lands

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

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

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

Oct 05 07:15

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 05 07:13

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

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

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

Oct 05 07:13

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 05 07:12

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

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

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

Oct 05 05:46

Herzog heading to Ukraine for Babyn Yar commemorations

President Isaac Herzog, traveling on El Al, which though privately owned, is still considered the national carrier, left Israel early on Tuesday morning for his first official state visit abroad since taking office in July.

Herzog has traveled to Ukraine at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Oct 05 05:45

Senator Rand Paul delays a vote for Iron Dome replenishment

Republican Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky delayed on Monday a vote to fast track a bill that would provide Israel $1 billion to replenish its stockpile of Iron Dome interceptors.
The delay came about ten days after the House of Representatives passed a suspension bill to provide Jerusalem with the funding. It is still not clear when the Senate will vote on the initiative.

In recent days, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Christians United For Israel (CUFI) both pressed Paul to support the bill. On Thursday, he became the only senator refusing to “hotline” the bill even after it had been approved by the House.

“Hotlining” is when all 100 senators agree to allow a bill to go straight to the floor for a vote, substantially accelerating the approval process.

Oct 05 05:41

The Amen Corner Strikes Again

Once upon a time the Israel Lobby destroyed critics of the Jewish state and its behavior by stealth. If a Congressman or Senator were speaking honestly about the lopsided relationship with Israel which required suppressing, it was done by making sure that individual was not reelected. This was normally accomplished by vetting an attractive opposition primary candidate who would do Israel’s bidding, funding him or her generously and providing unfavorable press coverage of the incumbent.

Oct 05 05:34

Jewish Settlers Destroy Scores of Olive Trees near Nablus

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

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

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

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

Oct 04 10:25

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Injure 90 Palestinians Near Nablus

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

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

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

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

Oct 04 07:47

Israel tightens COVID ‘green pass’ rules, sparking protest

Israel restricted its COVID Green Pass on Sunday to allow only those who have received a vaccine booster dose or recently recuperated from coronavirus to enter indoor venues. The new criteria mean that nearly 2 million people will lose their vaccination passport in the coming days.

Israel is the first country to make a booster shot a requirement for its digital vaccination passport. The move is widely seen as a step to encourage booster vaccination among those who have yet to receive a third dose.

Under the new guidelines, people must have received a booster shot to be eligible for a green pass. Those who have received two vaccine doses, and those who have recovered from coronavirus, will be issued passes valid for six months after the date of their vaccination or recovery.

The government’s advisory cabinet on coronavirus was set to convene Sunday to discuss existing restrictions and guidelines.

Oct 04 07:45

Zionist Group Releases List Of Top 50 Judas Goats Who Have Sold Out Christians In Support Of Israel

In honor of Sukkot (the Festival of Tabernacles), the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) published its annual list of Israel’s Top 50 “Christian” Allies — a “diverse list that spans many continents and denominations:

Former political leaders are also among the honorees, such as former Vice President Mike Pence, who was active in the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, as well as Mike Pompeo, who defended Israel’s rights to Jerusalem, the Golan, Judea, and Samaria while serving as US Secretary of State. Both Pence and Pompeo were members of the Israel Allies Caucus during their tenures as US Congressmen. Leaders of Christian organizations and individuals who provide significant financial assistance to the State of Israel, especially for Holocaust survivors, the needy and immigrants, are featured as well. The Top Ten includes:

Oct 04 07:15

IRAN SAYS "WAR WITH ISRAEL HAS ALREADY BEGUN" AMID FRESH COVERT ATTACKS

Amid a recent spate of covert espionage attacks on Iranian infrastructure - some publicly known and more that are possibly unknown - Iran's foreign ministry has declared that "war with Israel has already begun".

A foreign ministry spokesmen told the major Israeli national Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv that "Israel has carried out attacks that were intended to destroy our nuclear program for peaceful purposes." Saeed Khatibzadeh declared "the war with Israel has already begun" - in an ominous message intended as a warning to the Israeli public and leadership.

The spokesman added that Israel "has murdered nuclear scientists and harmed the Iranian people. Iran is blamed for terrorism, but there is no good or bad terrorist. The entire crisis in the region is the fault of Israel."

Oct 04 07:12

Professor David Miller fired after Israel lobby smear campaign

The University of Bristol has fired Professor David Miller, a leading UK critic of Israel and its lobby.

After a years-long campaign of smears by that same lobby, the university said on Friday that, “Professor David Miller is no longer employed by the University of Bristol.”

The statement said only that Miller “did not meet the standards of behavior we expect from our staff,” though it did not elaborate.

Miller told The Electronic Intifada he would be appealing and “fighting it all the way.”

Yet the statement appeared to exonerate Miller from the Israel’s lobby’s deliberately false allegations of anti-Semitism.

An “independent report” by an unnamed lawyer had found that “Professor Miller’s comments did not constitute unlawful speech,” the statement acknowledged.

Miller said the report had actually gone further and that the lawyer’s report had “explicitly determined” his remarks “were not anti-Semitic.”

Oct 04 07:11

US Blinken: ‘Sheikh Jarrah Could Lead to War’

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

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

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

Oct 04 06:48

‘This is not Kabul’: Israel struggles with extremists defacing images of women

The joyful glint in Peggy Parnass’ eyes is so sharp it can be seen from the walls of Jerusalem’s bustling Old City. Posted across the street at the gateway to City Hall, twin images of the Holocaust survivor and activist gaze out at the ancient warren of holy monuments of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

But just outside this center of spirituality, someone saw her image as a problem. Five times since the photos of Parnass were posted as part of an exhibition that began in April, vandals — widely believed to be ultra-Orthodox extremists — spray-painted over her eyes and mouth.

The graffiti was cleaned each time, leaving Parnass smiling again. For many Israelis, however, the short-term fix highlighted a familiar pattern that’s all the more painful because the destruction is coming not from enemies across Israel’s borders but from within.

Oct 04 06:48

Israeli Soldiers Shoot A Child In Kufur Qaddoum

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 04 06:45

Biden confidant to mediate Israel and Lebanon's maritime border dispute

The State Department's energy envoy, Amos Hochstein, will serve as the new mediator between Lebanon and Israel in a dispute over the maritime border and natural gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, Israeli and U.S. officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: Hochstein is one of President Biden’s closest confidants and has worked with him for many years. Appointing Hochstein as the mediator raises the profile of this ongoing conflict, and signals it is a higher priority for the Biden administration.

The big picture: Israeli and U.S. officials hope the new government in Lebanon and the energy and economic crisis in the country will create an incentive for the Lebanese to move on the issue.

The talks are an attempt to resolve a dispute over natural gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The revenues at stake could reach the tens of billions of dollars.

Oct 04 05:57

The testimonies project the movie - Israel film documents vaccines injuries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I do not link to videos this long, but this one is important.

Oct 03 20:03

Videos: Israelis rise up against vaccine passports after being told more shots needed to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’

Protests have finally erupted in Israel as it has slowly dawned on people there that the goalposts for vaccine passports keep being shifted by the government.

It is now expected to be announced that at least FOUR vaccinations will be needed to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’ and able to engage in society.

Oct 03 08:34

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

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

Oct 03 07:51

Israeli Officials Intervene to Remove US Academic Who Criticized Israel

Israeli diplomats put pressure on the dean of a US university to remove a teacher who criticized Israel, using allegations of antisemitism, The Middle East Monitor reported.

Details of the intervention by Israeli consular officials, in what has been slammed as another example of the gross interference by a foreign state, were reported on September 28 by The Intercept.

Israeli consular officials arranged meetings with a dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remove a graduate student, Kylie Broderick, from teaching the history department course called ‘The Conflict over Israel/Palestine’, according to The Intercept.

Details of the visit by Israeli officials are said to have been exposed by two UNC professors who had knowledge of the meeting.

Oct 03 07:50

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

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

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

Oct 03 07:37

WATCH: Israeli Forces Injure Five Palestinians in Beit Dajan

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

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

Oct 03 07:32

Satellite Images Show Damage at Tehran ‘Missile’ Site

Israeli satellite images are emerging on the site in Tehran which earlier this week was reported to have had an explosion. Iran reported it was Research and Self-Sufficiency site operated by the Revolutionary Guard Corps. Two were reported killed in the blast.

What happened isn’t clear, though as usual it was seen as possibly another Israeli sabotage attack. On top of that, media reports are spinning the site as being a possible “missile factory.”

This accusation is based on the Treasury Department saying in 2017 that the research and self-sufficency organization was researching missiles. It isn’t clear how big this organization is, or how many sites they have. Iran was keen to become less reliant on military imports.

Oct 03 07:31

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

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