Aug 11 06:18

‘I recorded my first song in that studio’: reflecting on the destruction of Gaza’s high-rises

In the mid-1990s a cash infusion hit the Gaza Strip’s private sector around the time of the Oslo Accords and with it came the first luxury residential towers, high-rises with glass-walled office buildings, and modern indoor shopping malls. Locally, everyone knows the name of these towers and their developers. I even follow a few of the proprietors on social media.

Like me, Gaza’s commercial and residential towers withstood three wars between Israel and Hamas in six short years from 2008 to 2014. But in this last escalation, Israeli forces targeted a number of these buildings and I am still struggling with the mammoth loss. Gone is where I would buy my clothes, offices where friends worked, and the location of all of my aspirational activities.

Aug 09 05:35

Gaza resort bombed for holding mixed-gender concert

Bianco Resort, one of the Gaza Strip’s most luxurious seaside tourist sites, was attacked last Thursday with an explosive device.

The attack came after the resort was accused by Muslim extremists of holding a mixed-gender concert. No one was hurt, but a wall surrounding the resort was damaged.

Aug 08 06:20

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.

They come from different branches of the army with different backgrounds, but they share the incredible ease with which they kill, whether they have to or not.

Aug 07 05:52

In Gaza, Childhoods Lost to the Trauma of War

“I want to make them feel safe because I have never felt safe.”

Like many kids, Maram Faraj grew up wanting to be a superhero. She loved their brightly colored costumes, their grandiose capes and the way they always managed to swoop in at just the right time. Her dream didn’t fade when she shelved the bedtime stories – it just had an outfit change.

Now, at 23, Maram still envisions herself flying over her hometown and protecting civilians from harm. Trading the unitard for a tailored blazer and the superhuman flying powers for a jet plane, Maram has set her sights on becoming a flight attendant. After a particularly warm encounter with a flight attendant on a plane ride to visit family in Saudi Arabia, Maram realized the innate power the job holds: making others feel safe and protected.

Maram is a Palestinian woman living in Gaza: a 140-square mile strip of land densely populated by upwards of 2 million people. For her, safety has never been a given.

Aug 07 05:52

Video footage contradicts Israeli army account of firing on Palestinian family’s car, killing 11-year-old boy

New video footage of the moment that Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian family’s car, killing their 11-year-old son, shows soldiers firing on the car as it was reversing, contradicting the army’s previous accounts of the events.

Last week Israeli forces shot and killed 11-year-old Mohammed al-Alami while he was in his father’s car with his two younger siblings, as the family were on their way home from grocery shopping in their town of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank.

At the time Israeli forces claimed that they attempted to stop the vehicle by firing warning shots in the air, and firing at the vehicle’s tires. The accounts of Mohammed’s father, and several eyewitnesses at the time contradicted the army’s statement, and said that the soldiers sprayed the car with bullets “out of nowhere,” and with no prior warning.

Aug 07 05:51

Israel Demolishes Al-Arakib Village for the 191st Time

Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib for the 191st time, Quds News Network reported.

The army destroyed the tents and makeshift tin shelters built by residents, rendering those families without shelter, in an attempt to force them to abandon their land.

Located in the Negev desert, in southern Israel, the village, unrecognized by the state, has been demolished eight times in 2021 alone, the residents continually rebuild their shelters on the same land.

The Bedouin residents, have lived on the land since the Ottoman period, decades prior to the creation of the state of Israel.

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 07:05

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 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 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 05:50

Palestinians call for Abbas' resignation at Ramallah protest over activist's death

Hundreds of Palestinians marched on the streets of Ramallah on Monday calling for the resignation of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, marking 40 days since the death of activist Nizar Banat in police custody.

Protesters raised portraits of Banat, who died in PA detention in the city of Hebron in June, chanting: "Abbas, dissolve the authority and get out."

Plain-clothed security officials tried to arrest some of the protesters but managed to escape, according to Arabi21. It marked the latest attempt by PA security forces to suppress protests and criticism of Abbas in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

Aug 04 05:49

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

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 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

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 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 06:40

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 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

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 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 05:41

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

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 08:11

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 26 08:13

Why does Israel fear a boycott by an ice cream company?

The giant American ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced last week that it is going to stop selling its products in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Such sales, it believes, are "inconsistent" with its values, the company said on its website. "We also hear and recognise the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners."

Ben & Jerry's is known for taking stands on social issues. It took a historic stance in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016, for example. Although its factory in southern Israel will continue to operate, it will stop sales in Israeli Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law.

Jul 26 05:59

Israeli Colonists Fence A Spring To Prevent Shepherds From Using it

On Sunday, Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, installed a fence around a water spring in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, before preventing the shepherds from using it.

Aref Daraghma, a human rights activist, said the colonists installed a fence to isolate the Ein al-Hilwa water spring and prevented the shepherds from entering the area.

The spring is used by dozens of Palestinian shepherds and their herd, but the colonists have been trying to prevent them from reaching it because they just want it for themselves.

It is worth mentioning that the area witnesses repeated assaults and violations by the colonists who attack the Palestinians and their sheep, in addition to denying them access to the needed water resources.

Jul 26 05:57

Palestinian protester shot by Israeli army dies: Ministry

A Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers at a protest over illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said on Saturday.

Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi, who suffered gunshot wounds, died later in hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said, a day after the protests in the flashpoint Palestinian village of Beita.

Jul 26 05:57

Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Home In Jerusalem

The City Council in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, forced a Palestinian to demolish his home in Jabal al-Mokabber, allegedly for being built without a permit.

The Palestinian, Ali Khalil Shqeirat, started removing his furniture and belongings from the property, before demolishing it using basic equipment.

It is worth mentioning that, several days ago, the soldiers invaded the property and handed the demolition order, and on Sunday, Ali received a phone call from the police demanding him to demolish the property immediately or else the city would demolish it using its equipment and workers, in addition to billing him and forcing him to pay excessively high fines and fees.

In related news, the soldiers invaded a home, owned by the Matar family, and ordered them to demolish their home within 21 days.

Jul 26 05:54

New report details Israeli military complicity in settler violence in the West Bank

A new report has documented the complicity of Israel's security forces in the violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The report by Breaking the Silence, which is run by Israeli veterans, said that Israeli forces were enabling the violence committed by Israeli settlers, and provided a "cloak of protection" for their actions, which were becoming increasingly more violent.

"Settlers, who are well aware of how to take advantage of this situation, often use the cloak of protection provided by the IDF to promote their goals, at the forefront of which is deepening their control of the area and pushing the Palestinians off of their land," the new report, titled On Duty, said.

Jul 23 06:46

Israel Attacks Al-Aqsa Mosque Worshippers, Attempting To Provoke Violence With Gaza

This Last Sunday Israeli Occupation forces violently stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, assaulting worshippers and risking an escalation with the Gaza Strip, similar to what happened back in May.

Heavily armed Israeli occupation police forces, making way for illegal settler extremists to storm the site, violently removed Palestinian worshippers from the al-Aqsa mosque compound. The Israeli forces shot tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as other munitions, at elderly worshippers during prayer and proceeded to violently assault unarmed women.

Jul 23 06:31

Israel: interior ministry refuses to process family unification requests

The Israeli Ministry of the Interior is refusing to process family unification applications submitted by Palestinian men married to Israeli citizens, although the occupation authorities are required by law to consider these requests after the expiration of the extended Citizenship and Entry to Israel Law.

According to Haaretz, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked directed the Population and Immigration Authority not to process applications pending the formulation of a policy to handle this file. This follows the failure of the coalition government to extend the temporary law regulating the ban on family unification requests.

Jul 23 06:20

The choice is between Israeli colonialism vs. decolonial justice

According to the Israeli state and pro-Israel groups, the Palestinian critique of Israel ultimately stems from a disposition of evil and hate. Pick any of these groups, and you’ll find repeated ad nauseum the assertion that this critique is geared towards the “vilification” and “demonization” of Israel, as if that is the end goal of Palestinian critique and resistance, and as if that goal is driven by antisemitic hatred of Jews. This response has been on full display in Israel’s reaction to Ben & Jerry’s decision to boycott Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, calling this decision “a new form of terrorism” and as “antisemitic.”

Jul 23 05:42

Video: The bombs Israel leaves in Gaza

Israel may have ended its 11-day slaughter in Gaza in May, but it left behind hundreds of unexploded missiles in the besieged coastal enclave.
At least 1,200 unexploded bombs have reportedly been found by bomb dispersal engineers.

Matthias Schmale, the director of the UN agency for Palestine refugees UNRWA in Gaza, said that two “deeply buried bombs” were found at one of its Gaza schools.

“Unexploded ordnance poses a real threat to life for people in Gaza following the hostilities,” the International Committee of the Red Cross stated.

The Red Cross is helping the bomb disposal department in Gaza conduct this work.

Jul 23 05:41

Rights Group: Israeli Authorities Tortured Palestinian Detainee to Death (VIDEO)

Palestinian institutions today accused the Israeli authorities of torturing a Palestinian detainee to death, Anadolu Agency reports.

Forty-three-year-old Abdo Al-Khatib was killed yesterday after being tortured during interrogation at the Al-Maskobiya interrogation center in occupied Jerusalem.

Amani Farahneh, the media official at the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, said that testimonies collected from Al-Khatib’s family and fellow inmates indicate that he was subjected to electric shocks and beatings, which caused him to have a heart attack, resulting in his death.

An autopsy has been requested in order to determine the causes of Al-Khatib’s death.

Jul 22 06:19

US states’ fully baked anti-BDS laws could put the freeze on Ben & Jerry’s

With its Monday announcement that it would cease selling its ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” Ben & Jerry’s ostensibly aims to take the anti-settlement cause a step further than Airbnb was able to carry it.

But the ice cream giant is slated to face similar legal challenges by pro-Israel activists and lawmakers in the US who do not accept efforts to differentiate between Israel and the West Bank when it comes to boycotts. They maintain that the refusal to sell a pint in Efrat is no different from refusing to sell one in Tel Aviv.

Jul 22 05:40

Bedouin Shepherds Used Palestinian Land With Permission. Israel Seized Their Tents Anyway

For 21 years Bedouin shepherds had been moving with their flocks to Ras al-Tin for the summer, but last week Israel confiscated their shelters and equipment, leaving them without power or water

Inspectors of the Civil Administration and police last week seized shelters and equipment from Bedouin Palestinian shepherds at Ras al-Tin, northeast of Ramallah, though they had been using the land there with permission.

Jul 21 07:42

Israeli response to Ben & Jerry’s announcement reveals ironclad consensus behind the settlements

The big news is ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling their products in Israeli West Bank settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory, all of which are flagrantly illegal by international law.

The response in Israel was unhinged. From Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calling it “anti-Israel ice cream”, to his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu calling for counter-boycott (“now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy”), to the centrist Foreign Minister Yair Lapid calling it antisemitism, to economy and industry minister Orna Barbivay posting a TikTok video of her throwing a pint in the trash.

Jul 21 06:51

Israeli envoy urges 35 US states to activate anti-BDS laws against Ben & Jerry’s

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, sent letters to the governors of the 35 US states that have enacted legislation against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, requesting that they sanction Ben & Jerry’s over its recent decision to halt sales in West Bank settlements.

“I ask that you consider speaking out against the company’s decision, and taking any other relevant steps, including in relation to your state laws and the commercial dealings between Ben and Jerry’s and your state,” read the letter from Erdan, who said Tuesday he coordinated the move with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

The states that have passed anti-BDS legislation include Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland and Texas — but not Vermont, where Ben & Jerry’s is headquartered.

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My doctor told me I have to stop losing weight, so following doctor's orders I am stocking up on Ben & Jerry's starting today!

Jul 21 06:48

Israel forces food to rot in Gaza

Suhaila al-Louh becomes distressed when she sees her nursery farm. “Something inside me dies every time I go there,” she said.

Israel bombed her nursery – located near the city of Beit Lahiya – repeatedly during its May attack on Gaza. The seedlings of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and potatoes that Suhaila’s team had planted were destroyed; so were greenhouses and the irrigation system.

The bombing also brought back extremely painful memories. Israel killed Suhaila’s husband, Khader, in July 2014, when it subjected Gaza to another major attack.

Suhaila depends on her modest income from farming to support eight members of her family.

After the first time that Israel bombed her nursery in May, Suhaila went to check on it with her sons and their wives.

“We tried to find things that had not been damaged,” she said. “But we could not find anything.”

Jul 21 06:48

Over 100,000 Palestinians attend Eid prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque following Israeli storming

Over 100,000 Palestinians attended prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque as the four-day festival of Eid al-Adha begins.

Over 100,000 Palestinians attended Eid Al-Adha prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday morning, the city's Islamic Waqf has said.

Muslim worshippers from across Jerusalem headed toward the mosque early Tuesday morning, the Anadolu news agency reported. Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam.

The mosque's compound has been subjected to assaults by far-right Israelis in the days before the Muslim festival, which began on Tuesday.

Israeli security forces violently cleared the holy site of Palestinian worshippers on Sunday as over a thousand settlers and far-right activists stormed the compound on Sunday and Monday.

Jul 20 06:27

Israeli police clear Al-Aqsa worshippers for Jewish visitors

Israeli police fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as hundreds of Jewish pilgrims headed there to mark a religious holiday.

The tensions and the Jewish pilgrimage on Sunday to the highly sensitive mosque compound in occupied East Jersusalem, Islam’s third-holiest site which is also known to Jews as the Temple Mount, were condemned by the Palestinians.

Israel’s right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stood by the state’s decision to allow Jews to visit the site.

According Israeli police, in the early hours of the morning Palestinian “youths began throwing stones at the Temple Mount esplanade towards police forces, who dispersed them”.

There were no official reports of arrests or injuries.

Jul 19 11:41

Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in West Bank, east Jerusalem

Ben & Jerry’s said Monday it was going to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are “inconsistent with our values.”

The announcement was one of the strongest and highest-profile rebukes by a well-known company of Israel’s policy of settling its citizens on war-won lands. The settlements are widely seen by the international community as illegal and obstacles to peace.

In a statement posted on the company’s website, the Vermont-based ice cream maker says it recognizes “the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.”

Jul 19 07:18

Al-Aqsa: Dozens injured as Israeli forces and settlers break into mosque

Scores of settlers backed by Israeli forces broke into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, injuring dozens of worshippers and detaining several others.

Witnesses told the official Palestinian news agency Wafa that dozens of Israeli police officers raided the site through the Chain and Moroccan gates, before assaulting worshippers attending prayers to make way for the entrance of hundreds of settlers.

Jul 19 07:18

IDF razes over 50 Palestinian structures during US envoy Amr's visit

The IDF razed over 50 illegal West Bank Palestinian structures last week, while United States envoy Hady Amr was visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories last week.

The US and the international community, have persistently spoken out against such demolitions, of which 400 have taken place this year, according to United Nations data.
That’s more than the 393 structures razed in 2019. If the pace continues it is likely that more illegal Palestinian structures will be demolished this year than the 664 that were razed last year.

Most of the structures that were removed were modular such as tents or huts.

Jul 16 05:32

Israel: Racist, Violent Policing Is at the Heart of Apartheid

Police made sweeping arrests of Israel’s large minority of Palestinian citizens after protests rocked the country in May during Israel’s 11-day attack on Gaza. Officers were documented beating demonstrators, and in some cases torturing them while in detention. Police also failed to protect the Palestinian minority from planned, vigilante-style attacks by far-right Jewish extremists.

This was the damning verdict of an Amnesty International report published last week. The findings indicate that Israeli police view the country’s Palestinian minority, a fifth of the population, as an enemy rather than as citizens with a right to protest.

The report echoes what Palestinian leaders in Israel and local human rights groups have long said: that the default policing of the Palestinian community in Israel is racist and violent. It reflects the same values of Jewish supremacism seen in the Israeli army’s brutal treatment of Palestinians under occupation.

Jul 16 05:29

How Israel’s Citizenship Law collectively punishes its Palestinian citizens

The Israeli government, for the first time since 2003, has failed to renew its controversial Citizenship Law. According to the Mossawa Center, a Haifa-based civil and human rights organization for Palestinian citizens of Israel, the Citizenship Law is “a racist form of collective punishment that prevents tens of thousands of Palestinian families from reuniting with each other.” In its most basic form, the law prevents the spouses of Palestinian citizens of Israel from gaining Israeli citizenship or almost any other form of legal status in the country, leaving those families that have not yet been forcibly separated by the law to live in constant fear of separation. To understand the real effects this law has on the daily lives of Palestinian citizens of Israel, their spouses, and their children, I spoke with Taiseer Khatib and his wife Lana who currently live in Acre, Israel with their three children.

Jul 16 05:29

Israeli soldiers make sexual threats to Palestinian women in videos from occupation

In January, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem charged Israel with maintaining an “apartheid… regime of “Jewish supremacy” from the river to the sea.

Now the organization has released two videos from the occupied territories that document this reality in chilling ways– as they show Israeli occupiers, some in uniform, abusing Palestinians in sexually degrading terms during the recent Gaza war. Published July 12, the videos capture the racist, homophobic, and misogynist abuse of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers.

Both videos were shot by Palestinians in occupied Hebron on May 13, during the Muslim holiday of ‘Eid al-Fitr. (And B’Tselem issued a press release about the dehumanizing language.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are seeing a repeat of the Stanford Prison Experiment ... on a national scale!

Jul 14 07:51

Facebook blocks Gaza's Shehab News Agency from its platform

Facebook blocked the Palestinian Shehab News Agency from its platform on Tuesday, accusing the news organisation of violating its guidelines.

The news agency, headquartered in the besieged Gaza Strip, extensively covers the Israeli occupation and Israel's violations against Palestinians in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

Before it was blocked from publishing on the platform, Shehab News had over seven million followers on Facebook on its Arabic page.

It currently has over 500,000 followers on Twitter, where it regularly publishes photos and videos from across the occupied Palestinian territories.

The English Facebook page for Shehab News, which is still running, has over 50,000 followers.

Jul 14 07:11

New poll: 25% of U.S. Jews think Israel is apartheid state

A new poll of Jewish voters in the United States found that a quarter of them believe Israel is an apartheid state. The survey also indicates that support for Israel is declining among the group, specifically among younger Jews.

The Jewish Electorate Institute asked 800 Jewish voters about Israel and U.S. policy. Some notable findings:

25% said they believed Israel is an apartheid state.

34% think Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to racism in the United States.

22% think Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians.

Jul 13 07:34

WAFA: “Israeli forces demolish water pond in northern Jordan Valley”

Israeli forces today demolished a water pond near Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley, according to sources.

Moataz Bsharat, an activist, told WAFA that the Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer to the village, where the heavy machinery tore down the 250-cubic-meter pond, which was used for agricultural purposes and belonged to Samer Sawaftah. The pool was a donation from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces seized a caravan, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.

Coordinator of the Popular Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees, Rateb Al-Jabour, stated that the Israeli forces seized a caravan used to serve as a physical and mental health clinic in the Zweidin area, east of Yatta.

The clinic used to provide medical support and treatment to more than 1,200 residents of the area.

Jul 13 07:33

Why Israel is trying to steal Silwan from Palestinians

Israeli troops demolished a butcher shop in Silwan and a home in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood on 29 June.

The bulldozers made two boys and their parents homeless and destroyed the income sources of nine people.

This attack on Palestinian families, their homes and livelihoods is part of Israel’s violent colonization of occupied East Jerusalem, particularly the Silwan neighborhood.

When Palestinians in the area protested the demolitions, occupation forces attacked them with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, injuring at least 19 and detaining nine.

Israel has intensified its colonization in Silwan in recent weeks – but methodical conquest of the neighborhood goes back decades.

The Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality announced in 2005 that it intended to demolish 88 Palestinian homes in Silwan’s al-Bustan quarter and began issuing demolition orders.

Jul 13 06:16

Cornell West cites 'anti-Palestinian prejudice' in resignation letter to Harvard

In his blistering resignation letter to Harvard University, Dr Cornell West, one of America's leading public intellectuals, cited the administration's "anti-Palestinian prejudice" as one of the main reasons for departing after four years of teaching. West is expected to return to Union Theological Seminary, where he first taught 44 years ago.

West shared a copy of his letter on Twitter yesterday explaining the reasons for his resignation. The 67-year-old philosopher, political activist, and social critic has been involved in a drawn-out public dispute with Harvard Divinity School over his tenure since early this year.

Considered an intellectual giant by many, West's fallout triggered speculation over why such a prominent figure would be denied tenure. It was thought that his vocal support for the Palestinians and his harsh criticism of Israel played a major role in blocking his path to tenure.

Jul 13 06:16

Family Separation Law: Israel's demographic war on Palestine intensifies

When the Israeli Knesset (parliament) failed to renew what is commonly referred to as the Family Reunification Law, news reports and analyses misrepresented the story altogether. The even split of 59 MKs voting in favour of the law and 59 against it gave the erroneous impression that Israeli lawmakers are equally divided over the right of Palestinians to obtain permanent residency status or citizenship in Israel through marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Originally passed in 2003, the Citizenship and Entry Law was effectively a ban on Palestinian marriage. Under the guise of 'security', the law prohibited Palestinians in the West Bank, who marry Israeli citizens, to permanently move to Israel, obtain work, permanent residency, and ultimately, citizenship.

Jul 12 12:39

Biden Wants Israel to Cease Palestinian Home Demolition

The administration of US President Joe Biden has said that it will ‘prioritize’ halting Israel’s policy of punitive home demolitions in what appeared to be its first confrontation with the new government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“We attach a good deal of priority to this,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Thursday.

The comments come on the heels of the razin

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Good luck on THAT one, Joe!

Jul 12 06:54

Jewish Settlers Brutally Attack, Wound Palestinian Child in Hebron

A Palestinian child sustained injuries today after being attacked with stones by extremist Jewish settlers in the village of Al-Tuba, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Rateb Jabour, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that a group of settlers from the illegal settlements of Maon and Havat Maon assaulted 14-year-old Essa Awad while grazing a herd of sheep in the village, causing him moderate injuries.

Jul 12 06:53

Palestinian prisoner marks 20 years in Israeli jail for activism

A Palestinian prisoner is four years off from completing a 24-year prison sentence in Israeli prison for his activism, as rights groups call for an end to such incarcerations.

Jul 12 06:52

Hosting Abbas, Erdogan says he won’t stay silent on ‘Israeli oppression’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul Saturday to discuss bilateral ties, reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to reports.

The closed-door meeting took place at the Vahdettin Pavilion in Istanbul, an official residence assigned to the president of Turkey. There, the two leaders discussed regional developments and steps to strengthen bilateral ties, Turkey’s Communications Directorate said, according to the Anadolu News Agency.

“It will not be possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the region as long as Israel’s policies continue,” Erdogan said Saturday, according to the news agency.

Jul 12 06:51

Situation in Gaza serious due to tightening Israeli blockade: UN official

A United Nations (UN) official warned on Saturday that the situation in the Gaza Strip is serious, and increasing Israeli blockade will lead to a new round of violence.

Adnan Abu Hasna, the media advisor of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told reporters that tightening the blockade will renew tension between Israel and Gaza militant groups.

"Since the end of the wave of violence in the Gaza Strip on May 21, the situation in Gaza is extremely dangerous and deteriorating at all levels," Abu Hasna said.

He said that the situation in the Gaza Strip "cannot continue in this way," adding that UNRWA and its staff have noticed a rise in the "destructive negative energy" among the population.

Abu Hasna called on the international community and the donor countries "to find a quick mechanism to implement the aid in Gaza and move forward in order to create opportunity and hope for the residents of the enclave."

Jul 12 06:51

UN Official, Michael Lynk, Decries ‘War Crimes’ in Occupied Palestine

Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank amount to a war crime, a UN official said today, calling on countries to make clear to Israel that its “illegal occupation” cannot be cost-free, Reuters reported.

Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, was addressing a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, boycotted by Israel which does not recognize his mandate or cooperate with him.

Jul 09 07:19

Defense Ministry starts seizing Bitcoin being used by Hamas

The Defense Ministry says it has begun taking control of digital wallets being used by the Hamas terror group that contain virtual currencies from overseas donations.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the seizure of a series of digital wallets on June 30 after a joint operation “uncovered a web of electronic wallets” used by Hamas to raise funds using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the ministry said.

The stockpiles of cryptocurrency were being operated from the Gaza Strip and have been part of Hamas’ efforts to raise funds from abroad following its bruising 11-day conflict with Israel in May.

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So BitCoin isn't as safe as we thought!

Jul 09 05:50

NYC: Israeli-Trained NYPD Is Charging Pro Palestine Protesters with Bogus "Hate Crimes"

The NYPD has a message for New Yorkers: don’t criticize Israel in their city.

Last May, demonstrators took to the streets of New York to protest the slaughter and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

They are now suffering selective prosecution at the hands of the ostensibly American NYPD, who are not only trained by the Israeli government, but even have an official branch in Tel Aviv.

Since June, multiple protesters have been arrested for “hate crimes” related to anti-Israel protests. The main crime appears to be public expressions of outrage at the Jewish state’s violent and genocidal policies.

In one viral video during May 20th demonstrations, a man lit a firecracker that Jews and Israeli propagandists on social media claimed was a bomb.

Jul 09 05:43

The draconian law used by Israel to steal Palestinian land

In early May, more than 50 Jewish families packed their bags and moved to a hilltop in the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian territory.

They quickly erected modular homes, a synagogue, a nursery, and even dug a playground to claim a piece of land they neither purchased nor inherited.

Jul 09 05:43

Israel-Palestine: Landmark Jaffa mosque vandalised overnight

A landmark mosque in the ancient city of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv in Israel, was vandalised overnight, according to the mosque’s imam.

Ahmed Abu Ajweh, imam of Hassan Bek Mosque, shared a video on Facebook showing damages to the mosque discovered on Thursday morning ahead of the pre-dawn prayer.

The video shows one of the windows broken and minor damages to the carpet. No injuries were reported, according to Abu Ajweh.

Jul 08 07:28

Israel’s apartheid marriage law is the essence of Zionism

Israel’s parliament failed to renew the so-called citizenship law, an apartheid measure designed to limit the number of indigenous Palestinians in the country.

Despite the tie vote of 59-59 in the Knesset on Monday, the law’s failure was not due to any sudden awakening of anti-racism among Israeli leaders.

Indeed the racist law is supported both by the new coalition government and the opposition led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

But Netanyahu whipped his Likud Party and its allies to vote against the law merely to undermine the coalition that ousted him from office – all the while complaining that a compromise designed to let it pass was not sufficiently anti-Palestinian.

Jul 08 07:26

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Al-Arakib Village For 190th Time

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, the al-Arakib Bedouin Palestinian village, in the Negev, for the 190th time.

Aziz at-Touri, a member of the Local Committee for Defending al-Arakib, stated that dozens of soldiers and police officers surrounded the community before invading it.

He added that the soldiers demolished sheds and barns, and removed the residential tents, displacing the families.

It is worth mentioning that the village was first demolished in July of the year 2010 and was since demolished 190 times. At-Touri stated that the residents will not abandon their village and will rebuild their community.

Jul 08 06:19

"Beita is undefeatable": Inside the struggle to save this Palestinian village from Israeli settlers

Jul 06 07:47

AI drone swarm ‘is used in combat for the first time as Israel deploy them to attack Hamas militants’

An Israeli Defence Force (IDF) support unit deployed the swarm to locate and target Hamas militants who had allegedly fired rockets into Israel in May.

Drones are typically guided by a human operator, but drone swarms represent a step forward in military technology by flying as one integrated network controlled by artificial intelligence.

The swarm requires only a single human operator to direct the entire swarm and before the drones guide themselves to locate the targets as a connected unit.

Jul 06 06:47

Palestinian citizens of Israel protest against vote on law barring family reunification

Palestinian citizens of Israel protested on Monday against a government vote on a controversial emergency law that blocks thousands of Palestinian families from reuniting.

The Citizenship and Entry Law is nominally a piece of emergency legislation that was passed in 2003 to prevent Palestinian inhabitants of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip from gaining residency or citizenship of Israel through marriage to another citizen.

The law, which must be regularly renewed or it expires, has been denounced by Palestinians as racist, although Israeli authorities claim it is necessary to prevent "terrorists" from entering Israel.

Speaking at a demonstration outside the Knesset on Monday, Ahmad Tibi - a Knesset member of the Arab Joint List political alliance - said that the law should be allowed to expire at midnight on Tuesday and not be renewed.

Jul 06 05:30

Israel used world's first AI-guided combat drone swarm in Gaza attacks

During operations in Gaza in mid-May, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used a swarm of small drones to locate, identify and attack Hamas militants. This is thought to be the first time a drone swarm has been used in combat.

Jul 06 05:29

Israeli soldiers raid children’s center in Jenin refugee camp and destroy books, toys, plumbing

For the past three years, the Brighton Trust, the charity of which I am a trustee, together with activists from the National Education Union in Britain, have been raising funds for Al-Tafawk Children’s Centre in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

The centre, which is run by local volunteers, is the only one of its kind in the camp, which hosts around 14,000 Palestinian refugees made homeless by the establishment of Israel in 1948. It provides around 120 children aged three to 16 with play, education and food, as well as a warm welcome.

It is the only source of amusement they have to turn to in the bleak surroundings of the camp, which in 2002 during the Second Intifada lost dozens of residents in an Israeli army massacre and more than 400 homes in a brutal bulldozing campaign in yet another act of Israeli collective punishment of Palestinian civilians. The camp has been subjected to regular military incursions ever since.

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You gotta be a real manly man to smash children's toys!

Jul 05 08:24

Israel carries out another air raid on besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli military has carried out another overnight raid on Hamas positions in the besieged Gaza Strip after saying incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli army said it struck a “weapons manufacturing site and a rocket launcher belonging to Hamas” late on Saturday.

Jul 05 08:20

Israel arrests Palestinian rights lawyer after anti-Abbas protest

A Palestinian human rights lawyer has been arrested by Israeli forces after taking part in a protest in the occupied West Bank against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his rights group said.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said in a statement that Farid al-Atrash was arrested early on Sunday at an Israeli checkpoint east of Jerusalem while returning from a protest against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah, where the PA is based.

Jul 05 08:20

West Bank: Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian being attacked by settlers

Late on Saturday afternoon, not long before sunset, Mohammed Hassan, 21, and a group of local construction workers were wrapping up their work for the day.

The group were working on Mohammed’s new family home, which had been under construction for months, on the outskirts of the village of Qusra, in the northern occupied West Bank, when suddenly they came under attack.

“Dozens of armed Israeli settlers descended onto the area around the house, jumping through the fields and concealing themselves behind the olive groves,” Murad Adbelhamid Hassan, 44, Mohammed’s uncle, told Middle East Eye.

“They started throwing rocks at the house and the guys, and were attempting to break into the house,” Murad said, adding that just a few minutes after the settlers began their attack, a group of Israeli soldiers arrived in the area.

Jul 05 08:19

Gaza: Nine out of ten children suffering from PTSD after Israel's May offensive

The Israeli offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip in May has had a far-reaching and devastating impact on children's wellbeing, according to a new report by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor.

The organisation surveyed 530 children from across the Gaza Strip, noting evidence of changed behaviour, and found that nine out of ten children surveyed suffered from some form of conflict-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The report also warned that some 2,500 pregnant women due to give birth in the next three months could also suffer from complications in childbirth likely as a direct or indirect effect of the attack.

Jul 04 08:36

The Palestinian Nakba and the Polish law

“During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied all possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land…

“The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crimes have never ceased to exist. They have never owned up to their crimes, let alone repented...” >>

Jul 02 07:35

Hot Off the Press: Vaccines rejected by Palestinian Authority may end up in the UK

Ten Days ago the The Palestinian Authority rejected 90,000 vaccine doses from Israel because they were ‘almost expired.’ Earlier that day, Israel announced that it would transfer up to 1.4 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to the Palestinian territory. But almost as soon as the first 90,000 doses arrived to Ramallah, the PA said it would send them back as they were about to become dated.

But Israel didn’t give up. It may have found an easier customer for its nearly expired vaccines.

The Israeli News 12 revealed today that an “advanced negotiation between Israel and the UK on a vaccine exchange deal” is taking place.

Jul 01 06:01

No child safe under Israel’s rule of terror

Of Israel’s multiple air wars on Gaza over the past 15 years, the one in May was the “most fearful” yet, say those who survived the horror.

Israel unilaterally withdrew its settlers and ground forces from the Gaza Strip in 2005. But Palestinians there have never had a moment of peace under a strangling military occupation by remote control.

The form of state terror may vary from Gaza to the West Bank. But Israel’s violent oppression in both places robs Palestinian families from feeling secure in their homes, leaving parents hopeless and helpless.

Palestinians in the West Bank are regularly woken from their sleep during Israel’s terrifying search-and-arrest night raids on their homes. Meanwhile, families in Gaza contend with the constant buzzing of Israel’s drones like a hostile mosquito that never goes away.

Jul 01 06:00

Israel continues to detain Palestinian MPs on International Day of Parliamentarism

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, yesterday condemned the ongoing Israeli detention of Palestinian MPs on the UN's annual International Day of Parliamentarism, 30 June.

Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif Al-Qanou pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 50 Palestinian MPs since 2006, when the movement won free and fair elections in the occupied territories.

"The detention of Palestinian MPs is a violation of international laws and conventions and gross disrespect for parliamentary immunity," he said.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, there are twelve Palestinian MPs currently detained by Israel. Khalida Jarrar MP of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was the most recently detained, in October 2019.

Jul 01 06:00

Yale students approve statement denouncing Israeli 'apartheid' and 'ethnic cleansing'

The student council in one of America's most prestigious universities has approved a statement denouncing Israel for "genocide", "ethnic cleansing" and "apartheid" in occupied Palestine. The Yale College Council, the undergraduate student government, approved the statement earlier this week. The vote was 8-3 in favour, with four abstentions.

"As students at one of the most privileged academic institutions in the world, we must call out injustice wherever it may occur," said the students. "We stand against the discriminatory application of the law that strips Palestinians of basic rights. We stand against the violent expulsions of those living under occupation in Sheikh Jarrah."