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Aug 06 05:23

A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

A week ago, the MT Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned tanker managed by a U.K.-based company owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, sailing in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman, was struck by drones.

A British security guard and Romanian crew member were killed.

Britain and the U.S. immediately blamed Iran, and the Israelis began to beat the war drums.

Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said action against Iran should be taken "right now."

Tuesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Israel could "act alone." "They can’t sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East – that’s over," said Bennett. "We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone."

Wednesday, Gantz ratcheted it up, "Now is the time for deeds – words are not enough. … It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue."

Aug 06 05:12

Hezbollah fires rockets into Israel from Lebanon

A heavy barrage of close to 20 rockets was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Friday, activating the Iron Dome and setting off sirens throughout the area.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

Aug 05 10:54

Israeli defense minister threatens Iran with military action

Israel's defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran.

The comments by Benny Gantz come as Israel lobbies countries for action at the United Nations over last week's attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people. The tanker, struck off Oman in the Arabian Sea, is managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom also blamed Iran for the attack, but no country has offered evidence or intelligence to support the claim. Iran, which along with its regional militia allies has launched similar drone attacks, has denied being involved.

Speaking to the news website Ynet, Gantz responded to whether Israel was prepared to attack Iran with a blunt “yes.”

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Here's your rifle, Benny.

Aug 05 09:57

Israel’s Gantz Calls for International Military Action Against Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday urged representatives of UN Security Council members that the international community should take military action against Iran over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-linked ship.

“Now is the time for deeds — words are not enough. It is time for diplomatic, economic, and even military deeds — otherwise the attacks will continue,” Gantz said during the meeting, which was held in Jerusalem.

Israeli officials have been threatening Iran all week over the deadly drone attack on the Japanese-owned tanker Mercer Street, which is operated by a company owned by an Israeli billionaire. Iran has dismissed the allegations that it was responsible as “baseless,” but the US has accepted the Israeli narrative and is also threatening action against the Islamic Republic.

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Israel wants war on Iran ... as long as someone else fights it!

Aug 05 09:56

Israeli DM Falsely Accuses Iran of Being 10 Weeks Away From Nuke Material Goal

Israeli accusations against Iran continue with the new government there, as Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz informed the UN Security Council that he believes it is time for UN action, including military action, against Iran.

Israel wanting a war against Iran is hardly new, and is virtually the defining characteristic of recent Israeli governments. The excuse is routine too, as Gantz is claiming Iran is “10 weeks away” from having enough weapons-grade material to make a nuclear weapon.

This is a commonly recycled accusation, and as is usually the case, Israel is wrong. The supposition is based around the idea that Iran’s civilian enrichment of uranium continues, and they have such-and-such amount, which further enriched to a certain level could be weaponized.

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Aug 05 09:55

‘We Are the Owners’: Palestinians Refuse To Concede Land Rights to Israelis in Sheikh Jarrah

Palestinian families facing ethnic cleansing from their Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday rejected a so-called “compromise” offer from Israel’s Supreme Court, which would allow them to remain in their homes if they recognize as rightful owners the Israeli settler group trying to steal the properties.

Under the Israeli high court proposal, four Palestinian families and dozens of others threatened with forced expulsion from the Sheikh Jarrah area would remain in the neighborhood as “protected tenants” who could not be evicted, as long as they acknowledged that Nahalat Shimon Company – a right-wing settler organization dating back to the early years of Zionist colonization of Palestine – as the lawful owner, and paid it NIS 1,500 ($465) in annual rent.

Aug 05 09:54

Fired for a Facebook post, doctor seeks justice

Wishah’s Facebook account is private, but she had made all her Palestine-related posts public in order to “make my voice heard,” she told The Electronic Intifada.

At the time of posting, Wishah was a physician with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a position she had held for two years. During her time there, Wishah enjoyed a wide degree of community respect.

A family member of a patient at Phoenix Children’s who asked to remain anonymous said, “To see everything [Wishah] has done in life, everything she’s done for the community beyond her cause alone … that’s exactly what we need in a physician.”

Yet unlike many others who were able to post and then go on with their lives, Wishah found herself swiftly targeted by a Twitter account devoted to smearing and harassing outspoken Palestinians and their allies.

Aug 05 07:37

Mainstream media ignores how Israel continues sabotaging the Iran nuclear deal

Once again, the danger of conflict between Israel and Iran is rising. Once again, the mainstream U.S. media is either ignoring or distorting the news.

A drone attacked an Israeli-linked oil tanker in the Arabian Sea last week, and after a few days the U.S., Britain and Israel all accused Iran. The Washington Post report briefly noted that the drone strike is the latest in “tit-for-tat attacks” by both Israel and Iran, but stopped there. The Post nowhere mentioned that Israel is credibly charged with sponsoring attacks inside Iran, including assassinating Iranian scientists. At least the Post carried a report: the New York Times so far has ignored the latest escalation.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a “collective response” to the allegedly Iranian drone attack, but the new Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett warned that Israel could act against Iran on its own.

Aug 05 07:15

Israel conducts airstrikes against southern Lebanon

The Israeli regime takes an area in southern Lebanon under airstrikes after launching heavy artillery attack aimed again at the country’s south in response to alleged rocket attack.

Palestinian media outlets reported the aerial assaults in the early hours of Thursday, describing the target as an area lying along Lebanon’s southern border with the occupied territories.

The Israeli military confirmed the attack, claiming that the targeted area had been used earlier as a launchpad for rocket strikes towards the occupied territories.

On Wednesday, explosions reportedly rang out across locations in southern Lebanon as a result of “extensive artillery attacks” launched by the occupying regime under the same pretext.

The Israeli Kan News channel said the attacks—that came after “three rockets” were reportedly fired from southern Lebanon towards the occupied territories—saw the regime releasing “more than 100 artillery rounds” towards the country.

Aug 05 07:05

Fired for a Facebook post, doctor seeks justice

As bombs rained down on the besieged Gaza Strip in May, countless individuals took to social media to express their outrage over the latest slew of atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli military, “the most moral army in the world.”

The cruelty of these strikes seemed to be surpassed only by the indiscriminate nature of infrastructure targeted: residential buildings, the only COVID-19 testing center, an Associated Press office.

Online outrage at what was happening was widespread. But in some cases, that outrage had material repercussions.

On 26 May, Dr. Fidaa Wishah, an accomplished Palestinian-American pediatrician from Gaza, now living in Phoenix, Arizona, took to her personal Facebook page to express her outrage at the injustice playing out in real time.

Aug 05 07:04

West Bank: Israel demolishes eight business premises owned by one Palestinian family

Israeli authorities demolished several Palestinian commercial and agricultural facilities on Wednesday in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In Hizma, a Palestinian town in East Jerusalem, Israel razed buildings in eight locations belonging to the al-Khatib family, according to Wafa, an official news agency of the Palestinian Authority.

Hizma, a small town on the way to Jericho and the Jordan valley, is located between an Israeli military checkpoint, the separation wall, and the four illegal Israeli settlements of Neve Yaakov, Pisgat Zeev, Anatot, and Geva Binyamin.

Aug 05 07:03

Israel Refuses To Allow Lawyers To Visit Hunger-Striking Detainees

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Wednesday, that the Israeli authorities are still refusing to allow its lawyers to visit with seventeen hunger-striking political prisoners.

The Committee stated that sixteen of the detainees are holding hunger strikes protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

It added that another detainee is ongoing with the hunger strike protesting his continued solitary confinement.

The Committee also said that the Israeli Prison Administration is carrying out a series of punitive measures against the striking detainees, including their repeated transfers between various prisons, to keep them unable to rest, in addition to forcing them in solitary confinement.

Most of the hunger-striking detainees are already facing serious health complications but are determined to continue the hunger strike.

Aug 05 07:03

Palestinian nutrition student transferred to Israeli military court over campus activism

A Palestinian human rights group urged Israel to stop its repression at universities in the occupied West Bank, as a nutrition student appeared in front of a military court due to her campus activism.

Students at Birzeit University, near Ramallah, have been subject to Israeli army raids, torture, interrogation, and arbitrary detention as part of a systematic and prolonged campaign to silence student activism, a statement released on Tuesday by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association read.

The statement came on the same day that Israel's military prosecutor submitted charges against Layan Nasir, a 21-year-old Palestinian student at Birzeit University who was detained and interrogated for nearly a month.

Aug 05 07:01

Israeli DM Falsely Accuses Iran of Being 10 Weeks Away From Nuke Material Goal

Israeli accusations against Iran continue with the new government there, as Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz informed the UN Security Council that he believes it is time for UN action, including military action, against Iran.

Israel wanting a war against Iran is hardly new, and is virtually the defining characteristic of recent Israeli governments. The excuse is routine too, as Gantz is claiming Iran is “10 weeks away” from having enough weapons-grade material to make a nuclear weapon.

This is a commonly recycled accusation, and as is usually the case, Israel is wrong. The supposition is based around the idea that Iran’s civilian enrichment of uranium continues, and they have such-and-such amount, which further enriched to a certain level could be weaponized.

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Aug 05 06:58

Israeli jets carry out strikes in Lebanon in response to rockets launched from area held by Iranian-backed fighters

Israeli jets have bombed two sites inside Lebanon which the military said were used to launch rockets at its territory.

The IDF struck the sites overnight Wednesday after three rockets were fired earlier in the day, two which landed in Israel and one which fell short in Lebanon.

Israel had also fired artillery earlier on Wednesday, marking a sharp increase in border fighting amid rising tensions with Iran - whose proxy groups control Lebanon.

Aug 05 06:25

Israel 'Ready to Attack Iran' as Defense Minister Says 'We Need to Take Military Action'

Israel's defense minister Benny Gantz has said that his country is ready to attack Iran and that there must be a global response to the threat that the Islamic republic poses.

Benny Gantz at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. On August 5 2021, he said that Israel was at the point where it needed to act militarily against Iran.© ABIR SULTAN/Getty Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. On August 5 2021, he said that Israel was at the point where it needed to act militarily against Iran.

His comments come amid growing tensions following a deadly drone strike on an Israeli-operated tanker off the coast of Oman.

Israel, along with the U.S. and the U.K. have blamed Tehran for the attack on the Mercer Street last week that killed two people. Iran has denied involvement.

"Israel is ready to attack Iran, yes," Gantz told Ynet on Thursday.

Aug 05 06:23

What Message do Repeatedly Downed Israeli Missiles in Syria Send to Tel-Aviv and Washington?

Three consequent announcements made on 20, 22, and 25 July by the Russian Ministry of Defence about the successful interception of Israeli missiles in Syrian air space have prompted a heated debate among Mideast and Western observers. Why have the briefings of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation produced so much fuss?

On 29 July, The Times of Israel commented on the downing of Israeli missiles in Syria, suggesting that "Russia might be testing" Naftali Bennett's new Israeli government which came to power on 13 June, and adding that there's "no reason for panic."

However, Israel Hayom warned that Moscow may very soon "clip Israel's wings" in the Arab Republic. The media outlet pinned the blame for the supposed shift on the new Bennett government, arguing that it "is seen as weak, inexperienced, and lacking in intellectual depth" in contrast to the preceding administration of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 05 06:19

Israel’s overnight airstrikes highlight ‘aggressive intentions,’ says Lebanese president

Lebanon’s president has hit out at Israel and its “aggressive intentions” after the Israel Defense Forces launched overnight airstrikes on Lebanese villages in response to militant activity on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun blasted Israel’s use of force in attacking targets in Lebanon on Wednesday night. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) airstrikes on Lebanese villages underline “escalating aggressive intentions that coincide with the continuous threats against Lebanon and its sovereignty,” he stated.

Aoun contended that the assault was a “flagrant and dangerous” violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 and claimed the move was “a direct threat to security and stability” in the country’s south.

Aug 04 11:33

Ilhan Omar votes for bill to continue unconditional US aid to Israel

The vote to approve the annual US Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Funding Bill, which amongst other things green-lights Washington's yearly $3.3 billion unconditional aid to Israel, threw a major surprise this year.

Democrat representatives Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, Lee Bowman and Pramila Jayapal split with fellow Democrats, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush in securing a narrow victory for the ruling party. All are members of a progressive group of lawmakers known as "The Squad", famed for their highly critical stance on Israel. They have previously called to end the many decades of America's unconditional aid to the occupation state.

Aug 04 11:20

Bennett Warns Israel Can ‘Act Alone’ Against Iran Over Ship Attack

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that Israel could “act alone” against Iran in response to the recent drone attack on a ship linked to an Israeli billionaire. Iran strongly rejects the claim that it was behind the attack, while the US and UK have joined Israel in blaming the Islamic Republic.

“They can’t sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East — that’s over,” Bennet said. “We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone.”

On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz made similar comments and said action should be taken against Iran “right now.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also threatened Iran this week, warning that Washington is working with partners on an “appropriate response, which will be forthcoming.”

Aug 04 09:53

Israel Says Military Action May Be Needed to Stop Iran Attacks

Military action may be needed to stop further attacks by Iran, Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, days after a deadly drone strike on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman.

“Now is the time for deeds -- words are not enough,” Gantz said on Wednesday. “It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue.”

Iran denies involvement in the assault.

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Aug 04 09:51

Israel Warns America: Don’t ‘Scapegoat’ The Unvaccinated For Rise In New COVID Cases

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post outlined the “lessons” that the Israelis have allegedly learned from the “pandemic” which they want to share with Americans — the most important being that the majority of new COVID cases in Israel are occurring in people who are fully vaccinated — and the unvaccinated are not to blame:

Israel has been one of the world leaders in vaccination efforts, a success that should show the way forward for many countries being assured that vaccines may help them return to “normal” during the pandemic. This is particularly true in the US, where the CDC has warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and experts are quoted saying that the “unvaccinated are the greatest threat to pandemic recovery.”

Aug 04 08:33

Tehran Scores Points against the Mossad

Confronting intelligence and special operations have never been a one-way game. Sooner or later, the opponents begin to play on an equal footing because no one likes a “weakling” anywhere, especially in the Middle East.

It should be noted that, according to many experts, three intelligence agencies that may have been involved in several events in Iran have been particularly active in the region in the recent period. These are the Israeli Mossad and the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency (GIP). Their main partner in everything to do with containing and weakening Iran is undoubtedly the American CIA. By the current stage, the cumulative “subversive potential” of these intelligence services in the Iranian direction has reached an all-time high. US, Israeli, and Saudi intelligence agencies are at the forefront of the tasks their political leaders have set for them. First of all, it is a public propaganda demonstration of Iran’s weaknesses, its insecurity against terrorist threats.

Aug 04 07:06

Bennett White House visit likely postponed to September

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington is unlikely to take place this month as planned, a source close to the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Though Bennett had aimed to visit the White House before German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to Israel on August 28-30, Jerusalem and Washington are now working to find a date after that.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with incoming Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata in Washington on Monday. Bennett’s diplomatic adviser Shimrit Meir was in Washington as well.

Aug 04 06:44

Israel is losing the ice cream war, but it’s in too deep to get out

In fairy tales, as everyone knows, spells often are broken by unlikely characters who scarcely know what they are doing. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, with their friendly, soft-hearted former company, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, are unlikely game-changers in Israel-Palestine. They don’t seem to know a lot about the situation and they don’t really want to fight about it. Yet it’s looking like B&J’s action to end sales of its ice cream in Jewish-only settlements on the West Bank has set in motion a powerful counter to the amazing cloak of impunity that protects Israel’s persecution of the Palestinians.

Aug 04 06:37

In Between Taliban and COVID

Does it take a genius to gather that the colossal failure of the USA’s war in Afghanistan is identical to the disastrous ‘war against COVID’? It’s certainly clear that it is pretty much the same people who devised the fatal strategies that led to a grandiose defeat in these two unnecessary conflicts. We deal with people who adhere to the concept of war of destruction. These are people who do not seek peace, harmony or reconciliation neither with nature nor with other segments of humanity.

Our pandemic ‘strategists’ believed that it was within their powers to wipe SARS CoV 2 from the face of the earth. They were similarly convinced that the Taliban could be eradicated. They were, obviously, catastrophically wrong.

Aug 04 05:59

Israel Revives COVID Restrictions As Cases Soar, Warns Of Possible Lockdown In September

Despite being the most heavily vaccinated country in the world, Israel has just imposed new restrictions on its population, and the body responsible for generating its COVID policies just admitted that a lockdown in September is no longer a remote possibility.

Israel's coronavirus cabinet announced Tuesday night that starting Aug. 20, the country will revive its full green pass system. Starting Sunday, masks will be mandatory in all indoor and outdoor gatherings and even fully vaccinated parents responsible for caring for a child in quarantine will be demanded to isolate as well (for children 12 and under).

Aug 04 05:51

ISRAEL’S DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUNS TV VIEWERS WITH STATEMENT THAT 50 PERCENT OF NEW COVID CASES ARE AMONG FULLY VACCINATED

As of its most recent July 27 update on COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States carries this statement:

“Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.”

That statement stands in stark contrast to what the Director of Public Health Services in Israel told television viewers of the CBS program, Face the Nation, on Sunday, reporting that 50 percent of new infections in Israel are from fully vaccinated people.

Aug 04 05:49

Israeli Soldiers killing 11- year old Muhammad Abu Sarah al Alami, 28 July 2021

Aug 04 05:24

UK: Hijackers leave vessel off UAE coast, incident ended

Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the reports of security incidents involving several ships near the UAE coast as "suspicious", and warned of any effort to create a "false atmosphere" against the Islamic Republic.

Tensions have simmered in the region after a drone attack last week on an Israeli-managed tanker off the Omani coast killed two crew members. The United States, Israel and Britain have all blamed Iran for the attack. Iran has denied responsibility.

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Aug 04 05:21

IDF Responds With Artillery Fire After Three Rockets Launched From Lebanon Into Israel

According to Israel's army, the sirens sounded in at least three communities.

Rocket warning sirens sounded in northern Israel close to the Lebanese border on Wednesday, the Israeli military said.

No injuries or damage have been reported so far.

Aug 04 05:20

The US has no right to lecture Russia over Crimea while it wholeheartedly backs Israel’s illegal occupation of Syria’s territory

If all are equal before international law, it’s clear some are more equal than others. That much is plain from the fact Washington is driving condemnation of Russia’s reabsorption of Crimea, while defending Israel’s occupations.

The US and its allies have led the charge in the UN to condemn Moscow for the 2014 move that saw it reassert its historic control over the disputed peninsula. A measure that clearly had the support of an overwhelming majority of locals, which has been proven by subsequent American and German polling.

At the same time, though, it has turned a deaf ear towards that same body’s criticism of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory. One gets sanctions, the other gets support.

Aug 04 05:19

DeSantis gives Ben & Jerry's parent company Unilever 90 days to FORCE the ice cream maker to end its Israel boycott or face economic consequences in the Sunshine State

Florida has placed Ben & Jerry's parent company Unilever on its list of 'scrutinized companies' after the ice cream maker's decision to end sales in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement Tuesday after he directed the state's board of administrators to place the company on the list, which is made up of companies that participate in boycotts of Israel or limit commercial activities with the Jewish state.

The designation means Unilever has 90 days to force Ben & Jerry's to reverse its boycott or become subject to a prohibition on state investments in the company and against contracting with it or its subsidiaries.

Aug 04 05:18

Rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel, IDF responds with artillery fire

Three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel on Wednesday afternoon, setting off rocket sirens in Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Giladi and Tel Hai, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Two rockets fell near Kiryat Shmona and one fell within Lebanese territory.

The IDF responded shortly afterwards with tank fire towards the site where the rockets were fired from. No special instructions have been issued to residents of northern Israel. The mayor of Kiryat Shmona ordered shelters to be opened.

Lebanon's National New Agency reported that three rockets fired from Lebanon fell within Lebanese territory and two rockets fell within Israeli territory.

Aug 04 05:17

Lapid, Gantz join push for UNSC to sanction Iran

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz plan to present intelligence on Iran’s attack on an Israel-linked ship to ambassadors of UN Security Council member states on Wednesday.

The meetings come as part of a push by Israel for the UNSC to sanction Iran for its maritime attacks, after its attacks on the vessels Mercer Street, which is managed by an Israeli-owned company, and Asphalt Princess in the Gulf in the past week.

Israel has already presented the information to the US, as well as the UK and Romania, a citizen of each having been killed in the drone attack on Friday. The three countries expressed confidence that Iran was behind the bombing of Mercer Street and said they would coordinate a response.

Aug 04 05:17

Israeli officials meet with US deputy Sec. of State, discuss Iran

Israeli National Security Advisor-designate Dr. Eyal Hulata and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister Shimrit Meir met on Tuesday with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, as part of a series of meetings that the two are holding in Washington, DC.

According to a State Department press release, the three discussed regional issues, including Iran. “They also discussed concerns regarding the attack on the Mercer Street vessel,” the statement read.

According to the State Department, Sherman “emphasized the strong partnership between the United States and Israel, US support for the normalization agreements between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as the US government’s unwavering support for Israel’s security.” They also discussed “the need to take steps related to the Palestinian people that are critical to advancing freedom, security and prosperity for all.”

Aug 03 11:39

No indication of Iran’s involvement in Israeli tanker attack: Russia

A senior Russian foreign ministry official strictly rejects existence of any indications pointing to Iran’s likely involvement in a recent attack on an Israeli oil tanker off the Omani coast.

"We have not the slightest reason to believe [that Iran was involved in the attack],” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Director, Zamir Kabulov told Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Monday.

In a statement on Friday, Zodiac Maritime, the Israeli-owned firm managing the tanker, said that two crewmen, a Briton and a Romanian, had been killed in the assault.

The Israeli regime and its sworn allies, the United States and the UK, rushed to accuse Iran of having a role in the incident, without providing any evidence. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also alleged that the attack was deliberate and coordinated by Tehran.

Kabulov, however, reiterated Russia’s stance, saying Moscow’s refusal to corroborate such accusations was because “we have no facts.”

Aug 03 10:24

Israel’s Gantz Urges Action Against Iran ‘Right Now’ Over Tanker Attack

On Monday, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz threatened Iran and said Israel must take action against the Islamic Republic “right now” over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-operated ship near Oman. Israel, the US, and the UK have blamed Tehran, but Iran denies the accusation, calling the allegations “baseless.”

“Iran’s aggression in the region generally and on the maritime front, in particular, is intensifying,” Gantz during a plenary session of Israel’s Knesset. “This is the exact reason that we must act right now against Iran.”

He said that when Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi comes into office Iran, will be “more dangerous to the world than it has been so far.” Raisi will replace Hassan Rouhani as president this week. “We will act to remove any such threat,” Gantz said.

Aug 03 10:12

Sheikh Jarrah: Israeli settler shoots Palestinian in East Jerusalem neighbourhood

An Israeli settler shot a Palestinian activist on Monday near the occupied Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, with the Israeli Supreme Court poised to give a verdict on the forcible evictions of Palestinian families from the area.

The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that a Palestinian solidarity activist was shot in the leg by an Israeli settler, leaving them with minor wounds.

Palestinians have been protesting over the weekend in solidarity with the al-Kurd, Iskafi, al-Jaouni, and al-Qasem families in Sheikh Jarrah, who have been ordered to leave their houses to make a way for settlers.

Aug 03 10:11

Testing troops’ readiness, IDF launches drill along Lebanon border

The Israel Defense Forces will hold an exercise along the northern border starting Monday night, simulating fighting with the Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The drill, dubbed “Sunbeam,” aims to test the readiness of soldiers during a potential escalation with the Iran-backed terror group that could last a number of days, the military said.

The IDF added that during the exercise, forces will examine ways of applying lessons learned from the recent military conflict in Gaza with Palestinian terrorists.

Aug 03 10:11

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At Farmers And Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli soldiers and the navy attacked, Monday, many Palestinian farmers, and fishermen, in the Gaza strip, causing damage, and forcing the Palestinians to leave.

Media sources said Israeli navy ships opened fire at several Palestinian fishing boats only three nautical miles from the shore, in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city.

They added that the navy attacked the boats with water cannons and several rounds of live ammunition, causing severe damage to at least one boat.

The attack did not lead to casualties but forced the fishermen back to the shore in fear of further Israeli escalation, without being able to fish to provide for their families.

In addition, Israeli soldiers stationed in military towers cross the perimeter fence near the Malaka area, east of Gaza city, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers, especially in the Zeitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza city, forcing them to leave.

Aug 03 09:13

Religious affairs minister dismisses women in army combat roles as ‘a mistake’

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana said Sunday that he opposes the integration of women into combat roles, and in particular elite units, because there are so few who have the physical ability to serve alongside their male counterparts, and because of the religious hurdles involved.

Kahana, a former soldier in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit who went on to become a fighter pilot in the air force, made the remarks at a conference organized by the B’Sheva weekly, which has a largely religious readership.

He said it was “a mistake” to include women in combat “maneuvering units,” meaning those that are tasked with entering deep into enemy territory.

Aug 03 08:56

ISRAEL’S DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUNS TV VIEWERS WITH STATEMENT THAT 50 PERCENT OF NEW COVID CASES ARE AMONG FULLY VACCINATED

As of its most recent July 27 update on COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States carries this statement:

Aug 03 08:47

Bibi Says Biden Could Ruin Israeli Operations Against Iran by Leaking Info to US Media - Report

According to the former prime minister, his anti-Iran policies were successful because he kept the American presidents in the dark as to Israel's plans in the region.

Leader of Israel's opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu, slammed the incumbent government for the so-called "no surprises policy" with the United States, lamenting it would potentially thwart Israel's attacks against its rival Iran, Israeli media reported on Monday.

"The information that is sent to America could be leaked to major media outlets and in this way our operations will be thwarted," Netanyahu said as quoted by The Times of Israel. "That is why for the last decade I have refused the requests of American presidents to always inform them of our actions."
He reportedly added that "this is an existential issue for Israel, in which there may be surprises and sometimes surprises are needed."

Aug 03 07:58

Blinken vows ‘collective response’ to tanker attack pinned on Iran, as Tehran warns Washington against any ‘adventures’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has promised there will be a “collective response” to the attack on the Israeli-operated tanker off Oman, which Washington blames on Tehran, as Iran vowed a response of its own to any threat.

Blinken once again blamed Iran for the incident, arguing that it “follows a pattern of similar attacks by Iran, including past incidents with explosive drones.”

Speaking at a briefing on Monday, he also said that, following a “thorough review,” Washington was “confident” Tehran is to blame in this case. However, he did not present any new evidence pointing to Iran.

Aug 03 07:49

'This is crazy': Mike Pompeo slams Biden for not ending nuclear deal negotiations with Iran after Tehran killed a British and a Romanian sailor in drone attack on ship and launched rockets into Israel through Hamas

Donald Trump's Secretary of State has accused Joe Biden of being weak on Iran, calling the administration 'crazy' for continuing with discussions over the nuclear deal while Tehran attacked Western assets and allies.

Mike Pompeo appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News show on Monday night, and said that he was dismayed at the failure to take a tougher line on countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

Iran, Pompeo said, was taking advantage of U.S. 'weakness' - referencing an attack on the MV Mercer Street, operated by an Israeli-owned firm, off Oman on Thursday.

Aug 03 07:46

ZOA Slams ‘Divisive, Partisan’ Biden Antisemitism Envoy Nominee Who Compared Trump to Nazis

After President Joe Biden nominated Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt as his administration’s new special envoy tasked with monitoring and combating antisemitism, Zionist Organization of America head Morton Klein blasted the decision, calling for her disqualification due to her past “abuse of false Nazi and antisemitism charges against those with whom she disagrees politically.”

Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, made headlines last year after defending comparing then-President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and those questioning election results to Holocaust deniers.

In response to the appointment, the nation’s oldest pro-Israel organization released the following statement Friday:

“The ZOA opposes [the nomination of] Emory University lecturer Deborah Lipstadt to be the U.S. Combating Antisemitism Envoy, because of her statements displaying partisan left wing bias,” the statement begins.

Aug 03 07:31

Why did Scientific American censor Gaza solidarity call?

On 2 June, not long after the cessation of Israel’s May assault on Gaza, Scientific American published an opinion article titled, “As Health Care Workers, We Stand in Solidarity with Palestine.”

The article was an argument that as part of their responsibility for the “well-being and sustenance of all human life,” US healthcare workers should feel free to speak out about Palestine.

It further argued that those in the field should endorse the “standards set forth” by the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

“We must honor the fundamental responsibilities conferred through our oath and our core bioethical principles by individually and collectively demanding accountability and an end to all forms of oppression from the Israeli state, as well as from our own countries and institutions, upon all Palestinian people.”

Aug 03 07:06

Sheikh Jarrah: Palestinians reject offer to end evictions threat

Palestinians threatened with eviction in East Jerusalem have rejected an offer that they rent their homes from a Jewish settlement organisation.

In a closely-watched and divisive case, Israel's top court proposed a compromise to end a long legal fight.

It suggested the four families could stay in their homes in Sheikh Jarrah if they recognised the land was owned by the settler company, but they refused.

The issue has fuelled Israel-Palestinian tensions in recent months.

The threat of evictions stoked some of the worst violence between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem in years, culminating in an 11-day conflict with Gaza after its militant Hamas rulers fired rockets at the city in what it said was partly a response to Israeli "harassment" in Sheikh Jarrah.

Aug 03 06:58

Bill to give Israel billions of dollars passes House, now on to Senate

A bill that would expend over $6.4 billion on behalf of Israel, which was advanced earlier by a House committee, has now been passed by the whole House of Representatives. The bill will next be taken up by the Senate.

The bill was passed on July 28th, in the midst of an Israeli killing spree in which Israeli soldiers shot dead four unarmed Palestinian civilians, including an 11-year-old, a teen, and a 20-year-old attending the funeral.

The day before the House vote, Human Rights Watch had issued a report documenting “apparent war crimes” by Israel in its May attack on Gazans.

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We have legions of Americans homeless in the streets, sleeping on concrete and eating out of dumpsters, and Congress sends your money to Israel?

Aug 03 06:47

Israel’s Director of Public Health Stuns TV Viewers with Statement that 50 Percent of New COVID Cases Are Among Fully Vaccinated

As of its most recent July 27 update on COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States carries this statement:

“Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.”

That statement stands in stark contrast to what the Director of Public Health Services in Israel told television viewers of the CBS program, Face the Nation, on Sunday, reporting that 50 percent of new infections in Israel are from fully vaccinated people.

Aug 03 06:47

Israel’s Gantz Urges Action Against Iran ‘Right Now’ Over Tanker Attack

On Monday, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz threatened Iran and said Israel must take action against the Islamic Republic “right now” over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-operated ship near Oman. Israel, the US, and the UK have blamed Tehran, but Iran denies the accusation, calling the allegations “baseless.”

“Iran’s aggression in the region generally and on the maritime front, in particular, is intensifying,” Gantz during a plenary session of Israel’s Knesset. “This is the exact reason that we must act right now against Iran.”

He said that when Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi comes into office Iran, will be “more dangerous to the world than it has been so far.” Raisi will replace Hassan Rouhani as president this week. “We will act to remove any such threat,” Gantz said.

Aug 03 06:40

Conflicts of Interest: Corporate Press Covers for Israel as It Murders Palestinians By Choice

On COI #143, Kyle and Will break down the latest quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which paints a bleak picture for the country as the US’ 20-year war and occupation finally appear to be winding down. A major Taliban offensive over the spring and summer has put around half of Afghanistan’s districts under the militant group’s control, sending civilian casualties to record levels for the period between May and June. Despite being propped up by American largesse for nearly two decades straight, the Afghan military has been woefully unprepared to meet the ongoing assault.

Aug 03 06:31

Israeli Supreme Court tells Sheikh Jarrah residents to ‘reach agreement’ with settlers trying to displace them

The Israeli Supreme Court deferred its decision on the forcible removal of the four Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah on Monday, following months of protests and international pressure to stop the displacement of Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood.

In the long-awaited court hearing on Monday, the court refused to rule on the status of ownership over the land, instead proposing that the Palestinians remain in their homes under the status of “protected residents.”

As protected residents, the Palestinian families would be forced to pay yearly rent to the Israeli settler organization Nahalat Shimon, which claims ownership over Sheikh Jarrah and is seeking to replace its Palestinian residents with Israeli settlers.

As per the court’s proposal, such an agreement between the families and the settlers would stave off their eviction for the “coming years,” but would not prevent Nahalat Shimon from seeking to forcibly evict the residents in the future.

Aug 03 06:31

How Ben & Jerry’s got on Israel’s ‘terrorism’ radar, and McDonald’s didn’t

The constantly rolling news item is Ben & Jerry’s decision not to sell its ice cream in Occupied Palestinian Territory in the West Bank – not least because of the vociferous Israeli response, with its whopping support of the illegal settlements. This response includes a concerted long-term campaign from the top of the government to coerce Ben & Jerry’s into backtracking on its decision.

Yet the wide international focus on this case is also beginning to bring to the fore other cases. One of these is the case of international restaurant giant McDonald’s. This Wednesday, Times of Israel came out with an article titled “How McDonald’s took the same stance as Ben & Jerry’s but avoided public backlash”. The title is somewhat misleading, because it brushes upon a critical difference between the two corporates: The Israeli McDonald’s franchise never actually entered the settlements, while Ben & Jerry’s did and is now trying to extract itself from them.

Aug 02 11:10

Iran Ready To Deliver "Crushing" Military Response After US, Israel Vow Imminent 'Action' For Tanker Attack

Iran on Sunday issued a formal denial that it was behind the major Thursday night drone attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker off Oman that was managed by an Israeli firm which left two crew members dead. But both the United States and Israel on the same day charged that Tehran was without doubt behind the attack, which the US Navy previously said involved multiple explosive drones targeting the vessel in the Arabian Sea. Iran's PressTV subsequently responded on Monday by vowing a "strong and crushing" military response to any hostile moves against the country.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken had warned that an "appropriate response" is coming: "There is no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior," he said. "We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consulting with governments inside the region and beyond on an appropriate response, which will be forthcoming."

Aug 02 07:06

Russia Closes Syrian Skies for Israel

For a long time, Russia and Israel avoided clashes in Syria, where their interests overlap. After Moscow introduced its forces into Syrian territory in 2015, it took into account Israeli interests related to the security of the Jewish state. Israel appreciated Russia’s position and tried to make the best of the situation by avoiding clashes of Russian-Israeli interests in Syria. Moreover, Israel used Russia’s military intervention in Syria to reach military and political understanding with Moscow, knowing full well that Russia will play an influential role in the region only if it can find a balance between the interests of its allies on the one hand and Israel as a regional power on the other.

Aug 02 06:11

In Israel, the most vaccinated country in the world, HALF of all new “delta” infections are occurring in “fully vaccinated” people

According to reports, out of any country in the world, Israel is seeing the most compliance with the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine push. As a result, Israel is also seeing a “spike” in new cases of the “delta variant” among the fully vaccinated.

The situation is so bad there, according to government and media talking-heads, that officials are, like dogs to their own vomit, reinstating mask mandates and other authoritarian provisions that they claim will help to “save lives.”

As many as 90 percent of all new infections with the Chinese Flu are occurring in people who got jabbed in obedience to the medical fascists. Only a minute few of all new “positive cases” are occurring in the unvaccinated.

Even so, the Israeli government, like many other governments, continues to push its non-jabbed citizens to roll up their sleeves and comply already, or else even worse restrictions could soon be on the way.

Aug 02 05:54

Israel settler uses soldier's gun to shoot at Palestinians in West Bank

An Israeli settler shot at Palestinians in the occupied West Bank using an Israeli soldier's weapon, footage released by rights group B'Tselem shows.

Palestinian who witnessed the incident, which took place on 26 June, said the soldier gave the settler the weapon, while the Israeli military claims the settler "took the weapon from the soldier and shot in the air", Haaretz reported.

"With me there were 10 children on the roof and all of us shook, he didn't fire in the air, he shot toward us," one Palestinian resident said. Another eyewitness, who was on the same roof, also said he saw the soldier give his gun to the settler, Haaretz added.

The video, taken in Al-Tuwani village, also shows the settlers attacking Palestinian property, ripping branches off olive trees, throwing stones as Palestinians and setting Palestinian property on fire, all in the presence of occupation forces.

Aug 02 05:48

Opinion | The Media Yawns at the Israeli Army's Death Squads

Israeli terror is at it again. The Israel Defense Forces’ death squads chalked up another successful week: four bodies of innocent Palestinians piled up between the two Fridays. There doesn’t seem to be a connection between the four incidents in which four sons were killed, but the link cannot be broken.

In all these cases, soldiers chose shooting to kill as the preferred option. In all four cases another way could have been chosen: Arrest them, aim for the legs, don’t do anything or simply don’t be there at all. But the soldiers chose to kill. It’s probably easier for them that way.

Aug 02 05:48

Hundreds of Palestinians Wounded by Israeli Army During Anti-Settlement Protests (VIDEO)

Some 270 Palestinians were injured in the occupied West Bank as they clashed with Israel Defense Forces troops, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds protesting illegal Israeli settlements.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Friday in the town of Beit Ummar, northwest of Hebron, to mourn the death of a protester who had been killed by the Israeli occupation forces a day before.

Aug 02 05:17

US, UK Reportedly Greenlight Israeli 'Response' to Iran Over Mercer Street Tanker Attack

Tehran has denied involvement in an offensive against the oil tanker Mercer Street in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, condemning accusations rolled out by the Israeli government following the attack.

Tel Aviv has reportedly received a "green light" from Washington and London to carry out a "response" to Iran for a Thursday attack against the Mercer Street, an oil tanker, in an incident attributed by all three countries to the Islamic republic, Israel's Kan reported Sunday.

According to the report, Israeli officials are currently discussing how and when to respond, with possibilities arising that an Iranian port or a military ship could be targeted.
Israel also plans to share additional intelligence with other countries in the region to "bring condemnation" on Iran. It is noted, however, that Tel Aviv believes the deaths of the two sailors in the attack were not intentional.

Aug 01 05:56

Russian-made air defense systems shot down ALL Israeli missiles targeting Syria’s Homs – military

All four missiles fired by Israeli warplanes at Syria’s Homs province early on Thursday were shot down by the Syrian Army using Russian-made ‘Buk’ air defense systems, the Russian military has revealed.

Two Israeli F-16 jets fired the guided missiles from Lebanese airspace, around 01:11 local time on Thursday.

“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.

Aug 01 05:43

Israel raids office of children's rights group, confiscates computers, files

Israeli forces raided Defense for Children International – Palestine's headquarters in the central occupied West Bank, confiscating computers and client files, early Thursday morning.

Israeli paramilitary border police forces raided DCIP's headquarters located in Al-Bireh's Sateh Marhaba neighborhood, located just south of Ramallah around 5:15 a.m. on July 29. More than a dozen Israeli soldiers forced open the office's locked front door and confiscated six desktop computers, two laptops, hard drives, and client files related to Palestinian child detainees represented by DCIP's lawyers in Israel's military courts. No documents were left in the office to give any indication of the reason for the raid, and they did not leave behind any receipt of materials seized.

Aug 01 05:42

Iran rejects Israel's 'baseless accusations' over deadly ship attack

Iran's foreign ministry on Sunday rejected "baseless accusations" after Israel blamed its arch-foe for a deadly attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman.

"The Zionist regime has created insecurity, terror and violence... These accusations about Iran's involvement are condemned by Tehran," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly news conference streamed online.

"Such accusations are meant by Israel to divert attention from facts and are baseless ... and it is not their first time to direct such accusations at Iran."

Aug 01 05:41

Israel's binding social thread is settler-colonialism

From family life, to education, to leisure activities, to politics, to religion and media, Israelis are taught to participate in the subjugation of Palestinians

Aug 01 05:40

Pegasus: Flying on the wings of Israeli ‘cyber-tech diplomacy’?

What was the role of the Israeli state in the spread of an insidious piece of malware? Plus, PR companies and the work they do with controversial governments.

A global cyber-surveillance scandal – spyware developed in Israel – has put the government there under the media microscope, and its story does not add up.

Jul 31 08:24

‘New Form’ of Ice Cream ‘Terrorism’: How Ben & Jerry’s Has Exposed Israel’s Anti-BDS Strategy

Ben & Jerry’s decision to suspend its operations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank is an event that is proving critical to Palestinian efforts, which ultimately aim at holding Israel accountable for its military occupation, apartheid and war crimes.

By responding to the Palestinian call for boycotting apartheid Israel, the ice cream giant has delivered a blow to Israel’s attempts at criminalizing and, ultimately, ending the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Jul 31 08:21

Biden Administration Approves $3.4 Billion Helicopter Sale to Israel

The State Department has approved an arms sale to Israel for 18 CH-53K heavy-lift cargo helicopters worth an estimated $3.4 billion. The deal also includes equipment for the helicopters such as engines, GPS systems, communication equipment, and .50 caliber machine guns.

The primary contractors for the deal are Lockheed Martin and General Electric. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale will “improve the Israeli Air Force’s capability to transport armored vehicles, personnel, and equipment to support distributed operations.”

This arms sale is the first for Israel since the Bidena administration approved a $735 million deal for precision-guided missile equipment that stirred some controversy because it was pushed through during Israel’s latest bombing campaign in Gaza. Israel’s bombardment in May killed over 250 Palestinians, including over 60 children.

Jul 31 08:11

Israel’s attack on Gaza diminished its support among Democratic voters

A new University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll shows that Israel’s recent attack on Gaza hurt its reputation among Democratic voters, particularly young Democratic voters. Almost 70% of Democratic voters, who know where their local lawmakers stand on the issue, now say that their congressional representatives support Israel more than they do.

3,379 American adults were surveyed on the conflict between June 22 to July 21. The post-attack shift becomes immediately evident when the new numbers are compared against a similar poll that the group carried out in August of 2020.

The 2020 poll found that 13.1% of Democrats wanted the United States government to favor the Palestinians and 10.4% wanted Israel to be favored. In the new poll 17.9% want the U.S. to back the Palestinians and just 9.5% want the government to learn toward Israel.

Jul 31 08:10

Israeli forces wound more than 250 Palestinian protesters

About 270 Palestinian protesters have been injured, mostly by tear gas, in confrontations with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

Most injuries were sustained in Beita village near Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank where residents have held regular demonstrations since May, when Israeli settlers started to set up caravans and pave roads on a disputed hilltop.

Jul 31 08:09

Israeli settlers cut electricity supply to Palestinian homes with chainsaws

Israeli settlers on Friday used chainsaws to cut wooden electric poles supplying power to Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, according to a local official.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Palestinian news agency Wafa that a group of settlers used chainsaws to chop down six wooden electric poles in the town of Burin, south of Nablus.

The poles supply electricity to a house located on the outskirts of the town, which led to a power blackout in the area.

Jul 30 08:03

Two Crew Members Killed Off Oman in Attack on Ship Operated by Israeli Businessman

A Japanese-owned vessel managed by a company run by an Israeli businessman was targeted in an attack off Oman in the Arabian Sea, resulting in the death of two crew members, Zodiac Maritime, the U.K.-based company operating the ship said on Friday.

The two people killed were from Romania and the U.K., Zodiac Maritime said, adding that it wasn't aware of harm to any other personnel.

Jul 30 06:53

Another Israeli Spy Story: When Will It End?

It is perhaps not necessary to point out how the mainstream media in the United States as well as in Europe and Oceania persist in ignoring or otherwise covering up stories that make the Israelis look bad. Recent accounts of the slaughter of children and mostly civilians in Gaza by Israeli planes, missiles and artillery consistently try to depict the conflict as warfare between two comparable opponents, ignoring the enormous disparity in the military force available to the two sides. Israel has a modern army, air force and navy while Hamas has nothing but some small arms as well as improvised rockets and incendiary balloons.

Jul 30 05:43

Israel gives settlers 2,100 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Israeli two-state solution campaign group Peace Now was sent a reply by Israel's agriculture ministry, revealing that $1.17 million was given last year to groups involved in illegal agricultural settlements.

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Jul 29 11:24

Anti-Defamation League Pressures PayPal To Cut Off Services To Anyone Who Criticizes Jews Or Israel

The Anti-Defamation League has “joined with” PayPal to research how “extremists” use financial platforms to fund activity that may oppose Jewish supremacy and support for the state of Israel:

The partnership will focus on “uncovering and disrupting the financial pipelines that support extremist and hate movements” by targeting “actors and networks spreading and profiting from all forms of hate and bigotry,” according to an ADL news release published Monday morning.

Their findings will be “shared broadly across the financial industry and with policymakers and law enforcement,” according to the release.

The ADL’s Center on Extremism will be one of multiple partner organizations in the effort for PayPal, a San Jose company that has become one of the world’s largest online payment platforms. The news release also mentions the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Jul 29 10:07

Israel to Start Covid Booster Shots on Sunday; Pfizer Ups 2021 Revenue Expectation From $26B to $33.5B

Israel apparently wants a global regime to be formed to mass "vaccinate" the entire planet all at once with Pfizer and Moderna's newest mRNA shots.

Jul 29 08:57

ISRAEL-RUSSIA RISING TENSIONS! Russian Air Defense Systems To SHOOT DOWN Israeli Jets

Jul 29 08:47

How Ben & Jerry's has exposed Israel's anti-BDS strategy

Ben & Jerry's decision to suspend its operations in the occupied Palestinian West Bank is an event that is proving critical to Palestinian efforts, which ultimately aim at holding Israel accountable for its military occupation, apartheid and war crimes.

By responding to the Palestinian call for boycotting apartheid Israel, the ice cream giant has delivered a blow to Israel's attempts at criminalising and, ultimately, ending the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Jul 29 08:04

CNN attacks advocates of equal rights

Somewhere, Kenneth Marcus, a career Israel lobbyist and ostensibly the vanquished Trump administration’s top civil rights enforcer at the US Department of Education, is probably apoplectic.

A new poll commissioned by the Jewish Electorate Institute and carried out online by GBAO Strategies from June 28 to July 1 shows that 25 percent of American Jewish voters believe that “Israel is an apartheid state.”

Presumably worse from Marcus’ perspective due to his work with young people on university campuses, 38 percent of American Jewish voters under age 40 hold this entirely reasonable, fact-based belief.

With a significant minority of the American Jewish community having reached an apartheid verdict, it will be that much harder for Israel lobbyists to claim that Students for Justice in Palestine – or Jewish Voice for Peace for that matter – harbors opinions that are unacceptable in noting that Israel is an apartheid state.

Jul 29 05:51

Jewish co-founders of Ben & Jerry's say they 'unequivocally support' the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements

The Jewish co-founders of Ben & Jerry's have said that they 'unequivocally support' the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements.

Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who co-founded the ice cream chain in 1978 and sold it to the British conglomerate Unilever in 2000, endorsed the decision in an op-ed for the The New York Times on Wednesday.

It followed an Axios report revealed that the Israeli government formed a special task force to pressure the ice cream chain into reversing its decision.

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I don't think that Israel understands how petty they look with all this fuss.

Jul 29 05:32

A birthday gift: Israeli woman donates kidney to Gaza boy

Idit Harel Segal was turning 50, and she had chosen a gift: She was going to give one of her own kidneys to a stranger.

The kindergarten teacher from northern Israel, a proud Israeli, hoped her choice would set an example of generosity in a land of perpetual conflict. She was spurred by memories of her late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, who told her to live meaningfully, and by Jewish tradition, which holds that there’s no higher duty than saving a life.

So Segal contacted a group that links donors and recipients, launching a nine-month process to transfer her kidney to someone who needed one.

That someone turned out to be a 3-year-old Palestinian boy from the Gaza Strip.

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Wow! What a great gal!

Jul 29 05:19

Health Ministry Experts Panel Recommends 3rd COVID Shot for Older Israelis

Experts advising the Health Ministry have recommended that older people receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, though they disagree on whether the cohort should start at 60 years old, 65 or 70.

Some of the data presented at a discussion Wednesday suggested that the vaccine's effectiveness in preventing severe symptoms among 60-year-olds and above has dropped to 81 percent from 97 percent in January.

Jul 28 11:42

Ben & Jerry's: Israel launches 'long-term pressure' campaign against ice cream company

Israel has launched a special task force in order to apply "long-term pressure" to ice cream company Ben & Jerry's, after it announced earlier this month that it would no longer be selling its products in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to a classified Israeli foreign ministry cable seen by the American news site Axios, the task force aims to lobby politicians and organisations - primarily in the US - to try and apply pressure on the company to reverse its decision before the policy comes into effect in 18 months' time.

“We need to make use of the 18 months that are left until the decision comes into force and try to change it," said the cable.

Jul 28 11:39

New COVID-19 deaths now exploding in the most heavily vaccinated country in the world: ISRAEL

The Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccine” push in Israel is failing to “save lives” as hordes of jabbed people all throughout the promised land are dropping dead from getting their genes modified.

According to data collected by journalist Alex Berenson, Trump Vaccines are failing to protect against not only mild infection with the Chinese Virus but also severe infection.

“That’s a theory,” Berenson tweeted about the government claim that Fauci Flu shots somehow prevent serious infection, adding that “the clinical trials didn’t (and couldn’t) prove it.”

Government data out of Israel shows that 81 percent of all new Chinese Virus deaths and 65 percent of all “severe” and “critical” hospitalizations are occurring in people who received the shots. Only a miniscule percentage of unvaccinated people are experiencing any health problems.

Israel’s Ministry of Health has since admitted that the so-called “vaccines” are only about 39 percent effective, whatever that means.

Jul 28 09:22

Unilever CEO Pledges Full Commitment to Israel in Groveling Letter to ADL Head Jonathan Greenblatt

Unilever CEO Alan Jope, the head of one of the biggest multinational corporations in the world, wrote a letter on Tuesday to Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt begging for forgiveness over Ben and Jerry's independent decision to end sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and pledging his full commitment to Israel.

Jul 28 06:21

I had ten minutes to evacuate my life

“It was the toughest night,” I tell my friends, but as I experience another, I know I was wrong. I could not sleep for four days now. Nights during escalations come hand in hand with more death, fear, and fire.

At 9:00 pm, we ware lucky enough to receive a warning notice to evacuate our home because they want to demolish a building nearby. We have ten minutes to take our essentials, and leave our home with all our memories behind. There is no shelter.

We run into our neighbor’s house that is further from danger than ours. We sit on the floor waiting for the airstrike to hit, imagining the worst scenarios to happen.

Jul 27 11:24

How to undermine a diplomatic triumph: Biden and the Iran nuclear deal

Lawrence Davidson highlights the US Biden administration's misinformation that seeks to blame Iran for the failure to reinstate the nuclear deal, a failure he attributes to "American ideologues tied hand and foot" to the Israel lobby.>>

Jul 27 10:19

‘Mossad cell’ arrested over plans to provoke violence during ongoing protests in Iran, Tehran claims

Members of an armed cell who allegedly worked with Israel’s Mossad spy agency and planned to provoke violence during protests in Iran have been detained, Tehran’s Intelligence Ministry has told local media.

The group, which allegedly had access to a heavy shipment of weapons and ammunition, was recently apprehended after entering Iran through its western border, an official from the ministry told the Fars news agency.

The official didn’t elaborate on the size of the unit or the nationality of those arrested, but they insisted that the suspects were acting in cooperation with Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.

The weapons seized from the alleged agents included pistols, grenades, rifles, shotguns, and ammo. The arms were being brought into Iran to be used during “urban riots and assassinations,” according to the ministry official.

Jul 27 07:11

Israel melts down over Ben & Jerry’s

I spoke to TRT World’s Money Talks program about the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Israel is enraged and threatening to punish the frozen treats maker – a reaction I told TRT World is totally unhinged.

Watch the video above.

Palestine’s BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement celebrated a win that came after years of grassroots campaigning.

Jul 27 06:59

Is the Tide Finally Turning?

Targeting and killing Palestinian children could not accomplish what a decision by an ice cream company has achieved. To be sure, the visual impact of Israel’s recent onslaught on Gaza turned many against that country’s war crimes and its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, but what the Israeli government really has feared most is an economic and cultural boycott such as the one that brought down the apartheid regime in South Africa. That blow came last week when Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which is sold in the food shops in the illegal-under-international-law Israeli settlements on the West Bank, would no longer market its product in those areas after the current contract with suppliers expires at the end of 2022.

Jul 27 06:26

Russia Moving To Curtail Israeli Airstrikes On Syria

With several Israeli airstrikes against Syria seemingly every week, it has come to feel like the new normal. There are rarely serious engagements in Syria’s own war anymore, but airstrikes are consistent, and generally without Israel wanting to comment.

It’s a tired problem for the region, and Syria’s close ally, Russia, appears to have had enough, and intends to take actions to limit ongoing Israeli raids. This is going to be done largely by way of upgrading Syria’s missile defenses.

Jul 27 06:23

Epstein Having Ties to Israeli Intelligence 'Not Beyond Realm of Possibility', Author Claims

Brown pointed out that Robert Maxwell, the father of Jeffrey Epstein’s close associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, had connections to the Israeli intelligence community, and that Epstein had a “close relationship” with him.

The late Jeffrey Epstein, financier and convicted sex offender, is suspected of having a connection to the Israeli intelligence community, The Times of Israel reports, citing Julie K. Brown, an investigative reporter and the author of the recently released book "Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story".

According to the newspaper, Brown argued that the details giving credence to the link "are not far-fetched and need to be explored in further detail and examined", adding that an Epstein connection to Mossad is "not beyond the realm of possibility."

"Robert Maxwell certainly had those kinds of connections, and Epstein had a close relationship with Robert Maxwell," she noted.

Jul 27 05:21

Don’t Cry for Lifta: Palestinians Will Endure

The last thing Palestinians need is to come to terms in sorrow with our dispossession at the hands of the apartheid, settler-colonial Jewish state. The last thing we need is to be resigned to “facts on the ground.”

The most recent piece in Haaretz (this one by Gideon Levy and Alex Levak) on the violently depopulated Palestinian village of Lifta laments the impending demise of the ruins of what remains of the ancient Palestinian village and, by extension, all of Palestine. It reads like an elegy. The focus is on loss, sorrow and grief when what we Palestinians urgently need now is a focus on hope, revolution and resistance.

Haaretz’ headline reads:

“The Saddest Village in Israel?— Plans to build more than 250 luxury homes [for Israeli Jews] on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Lifta are coming to fruition. A tour among the homes of the stunning village with one of its last living refugees.”

Jul 27 05:01

Israel Caught TAPPING THE PHONES of Thousands of Americans

Jul 27 04:58

Israel Blamed For Fresh Airstrikes Deep Inside Iraq

BBC is reporting a possible rare Israeli airstrike deep inside Iraq targeting pro-Iranian militias at Najaf, Iraq. BBC Middle East correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard writes that "Iran-backed Imam Ali Brigade says that airstrikes targeted their ammunition depot in Najaf, Iraq."

In addition "Some paramilitary groups-linked channels claim that Israel is behind the attack," according to Kohnavard. "Israel carried out an attack on a PMF base" Iran-backed groups-linked claim in the aftermath of a severe fire that broke out at an ammunition depot in Najaf. Though Israeli involvement is being widely alleged in Iraqi social media, there's as yet been no confirmation from any official side.

Jul 27 04:46

Apparent war crimes committed during 11-day Israel-Gaza conflict, Human Rights Watch says, urging international probe

Human Rights Watch, an international NGO, has called on the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into apparent war crimes committed by Israeli and Palestinian armed forces during the 11-day war in May.

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that forces from Israel and Palestine carried out attacks during the May 2021 conflict that violated the laws of war and “apparently amount to war crimes.”

In their report, which brings together data from 30 interviews with eyewitnesses of Israeli attacks, video footage, satellite imagery and their observations from site visits in Gaza, HRW delivered a damning inditement of Israeli conduct during the conflict. The organization said that a more in-depth assessment of Palestinian attacks is still to come.

Jul 27 04:30

I Was Targeted by NSO Spyware. Here's How Israel Is Helping Modi Undermine India's Democracy

India loves to describe herself as the world’s largest democracy, and Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East. Yet opaque officials and executives in both countries have come together in a dark dance against democracy.

Indian journalists, top political leaders, judges and civil servants sworn to protect our constitution were subjected to an intrusive surveillance campaign, a "hijacking" of our phones, by military grade surveillance spyware sold by the Israeli company NSO.

I am an investigative journalist, and for two years, I was one of the targets of that invasive Pegasus spyware. In other words, for two years, aided by Israeli

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