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Jun 15 05:54

New Israeli Government, Same Israeli Apartheid

After 12 years, Israel finally inaugurated a new prime minister. While being hailed by many as the opportunity for a fresh start, Naftali Bennett is at best a continuer of Netanyahu’s policies and at worst an ideologue whose positions are to the right of Netanyahu’s.

In 2013, as Middle East peace talks were set to resume after a five-year freeze, Bennett reportedly proclaimed to Israeli National Security Adviser Ya’akov Amidror, "I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that."

Jun 15 05:44

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 14 06:16

In speech before swearing-in, Ra’am leader vows to ‘reclaim expropriated lands’

Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas, whose support provided the key backing needed for the incoming change government’s majority, vowed to reclaim land in Israel that was “expropriated” from Arab Israelis.

“We will reclaim the lands that were expropriated from our people, this is a national cause of the first degree,” Abbas said in Arabic in his speech before the Knesset plenum Sunday evening.

Switching to Hebrew for the end his speech, Abbas noted that “we come from different nations, different religions, and different sectors. There is one thing that connects all citizens of Israel and that is citizenship.”

Abbas rejected claims from the right that the incoming government “sold the south of Israel” to his party.

Jun 14 06:13

Palestinians call on Abbas to resign in viral petition

Around 3,000 Palestinians have signed a petition calling for Mahmoud Abbas to resign from his triple position as head of the Fatah movement, head of the PLO and Palestinian Authority chairman.

In April, Abbas, whose presidency expired in 2009, cancelled elections that were due to take place throughout the months of May and June over Israel's refusal to allow Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem to participate.

Jun 14 06:13

Israel renews the use of indefinite detention against Palestinian citizens

Israel’s claim to be a democracy is based on many false conceptions. The most obvious falsification is the idea there is a “democratic Israel” existing alongside temporarily occupied territories, the West Bank and Gaza. In actuality Israel is pursuing aggressive ethnic cleansing all along the occupied territories and illegal settlers are the strongest force in Israeli politics. The complementary falsification is the idea that Palestinians in the territory occupied by Israel since 1948 are citizens enjoying full civil rights, even if denied national rights. Whenever those Palestinians, who are formally citizens, organize to protest their discrimination, the state reveals it true dictatorial nature as an occupying power.

Jun 14 06:12

West Bank: Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli police at checkpoint

Israeli police shot dead a woman at a West Bank checkpoint, claiming she approached them with a knife.

According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, eyewitnesses reported that the occupation shot and wounded the woman and left her lying on the ground before closing the barrier completely and preventing vehicles and pedestrians from passing, which caused a traffic hold up.

Israeli police said the woman, aged 28, kept walking towards the guards at the Qalandia crossing, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, despite repeated warnings to stop.

The killing comes a day after a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army on Friday during a protest in the occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, 15-year-old Mohammad Said Hamayel died after Israeli forces opened fire on "a public protest against Israel's construction of a colonial settlement outpost" in Beita, south of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Jun 14 06:11

Two Children Poisoned, 400 Trees Damaged as Settlers Spray Toxic Pesticides

Two Palestinian boys were intoxicated on Friday and about 400 grape trees were damaged due to pesticides sprayed by illegal Jewish settlers in the village of al-Khader, near Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Ahmad Salah, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that illegal settlers from a nearby Israeli settlement broke into a grape-planted orchard and sprayed the trees with pesticides, damaging about 400 trees belonging to a local Palestinian farmer, identified as Mohammad Mahmoud Salah.

Jun 14 06:08

Israeli forces shoot at Palestinian farmers in besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli forces on Sunday shot at Palestinian farmers east of the city of Khan Younis, south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces stationed at the border fence east of the city opened fire at the farmers who were tending to their land, forcing them to leave the area, according to Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa.

No injuries were reported.

Israeli occupation forces intentionally target farmers working in lands located at the borders north and east of Gaza, and often prevent them from accessing their crops, despite everlasting food insecurity in the impoverished strip as a result of a 15-year long Israeli siege.

Jun 14 06:08

Israeli Forces Displace Palestinian Families near Ramallah

Israeli occupation forces today dismantled and confiscated tents for Palestinian families in a nomadic Bedouin community near the village of Taibe, to the northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Fares Kaabneh, a local activist, told WAFA that a large Israeli army force raided the community, destroyed the tents and confiscated all of the belongings of the Bedouin families. He said the tents demolished were a shelter for two families with a total of 15 members.

Jun 14 06:07

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian children with pepper spray in East Jerusalem

Two Palestinian children on Saturday were subject to an assault Israeli settlers, who attacked them with pepper spray near Jaffa Gate in occupied East Jerusalem.

The children were attacked while they were seated inside their father's car, witnessed said.

The Jewish settlers immediately ran away after the attack and the children were hospitalised.

The Israeli army has occupied the West Bank, a Palestinian territory, since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Jun 14 06:05

Thousands march for Palestinian rights in London amid G7 summit

Thousands of people have attended a pro-Palestine solidarity march in London, calling on the Group of Seven (G7) leaders currently meeting in southwest England to support Palestinian rights.

As part of the “Resist G7: Day of Action for International Justice” rally, demonstrators on Saturday marched towards Prime Minister Borris Johnson’s official residence in Downing Street, chanting and holding placards to protest Israel’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Jun 11 08:56

Israel shows its true colours

Young social media activists succeeded in exposing the occupation state for what it really is, in terms of its fragility and weakness, on the one hand, and brutality and tyranny, on the other, contrary to the image that has been constantly promoted by Zionists who claim that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

Activists have documented all these discrepancies with sound and image, as they managed to film a soldier quarrelling with a young man who climbed on top of his armoured vehicle to raise the Palestinian flag, and recorded Israeli security elements trying to arrest a broom, or an officer who attempted to detain a seven-year-old for allegedly throwing stones! Behind them, some other soldiers arresting a child under the age of 12 for the "crime" of raising the Palestinian flag on his bicycle.

Jun 11 08:56

Israel is impeding America's role as a world leader

Over the past five decades, the US has used its veto in the UN Security Council on 52 occasions to protect Israel from even being censored or reproached let alone threatened with sanctions. Throughout those years Israel, as an occupier of Palestinian land, has committed every imaginable atrocity against the civilian Palestinian population. In the recent Israeli aggression against besieged Gaza, the US used its veto to block a simple call for a ceasefire, literally giving Israel extra time to kill more civilians and destroy their homes and infrastructure.

The excuse for this is always, "Israel has the right to defend itself"; or that the adoption of such measures is unlikely to help the situation; or it will make the phantom peace process more difficult. Such statements by the White House and State Department are always accompanied by the usual cliché that the US is committed to Israel's security, as if it is the Zionist state that is being invaded.

Jun 11 08:54

Israel-Palestine: A glossary of problematic media language

Few topics can stir up powerful emotions more than relations between Israel and Palestine, and the use of language relating to the situation is hotly contested.

Since the latest flare-up in the region, many Palestinian activists have taken to social media to criticise the language used by some media outlets and politicians to frame the events in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Jun 11 08:26

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Execute Three Palestinians, Including Two Intelligence Officers, In Jenin

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that on Thursday morning, three Palestinians, including two Intelligence Officers, were executed by undercover Israeli soldiers, and one was seriously injured, in Jenin city, in the northern West Bank.

The Health Ministry and senior Palestinian security sources confirmed that the slain Palestinians were identified as Lieutenant Adham Yasser Tawfiq ‘Olweiwi, 23, and Captain Taiseer Mahmoud Othman Ayasa, 33, in addition to a former political prisoner, Jamil Mahmoud al-‘Ammouri, 24.

It is worth mentioning that the wife of al-Ayasa is eight months pregnant.

It added that one Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Samer al-Bazzour, 23, also an intelligence officer, was seriously injured.

The soldiers also confiscated the car of al-‘Ammouri, and took his corpse to an unknown destination, in addition to abducting a young man who was with him.

Jun 11 08:11

The Frankenstein Monster of the West: The IDF and Israeli Militarism Run Amok

The latest Israeli bombardment of its internally – and seemingly eternally – occupied open air prison of Gaza followed a familiar pattern. First, there was the disturbingly drastic casualty disparity: a 21-to-one overall, and 33-to-one for children, Palestinian-to-Israeli death ratio (in the three previous Gaza bombings since 2008, the overall statistic was 35-to-one). Next, there was the Biden administration’s simultaneous approval of a US arms sale of $735 million worth of precision-guided munitions to Israel.

Jun 11 08:09

Video footage shows Israeli jailers assaulting Palestinians in Negev prison

Israeli guards brutally assaulted Palestinian prisoners in a notorious desert prison in Israel's Negev, footage published by Haaretz on Thursday reveals.

Security cameras documented the assualt on 55 shackled Palestinian prisoners linked to the Hamas movement, which was reportedly carried out on 24 March 2019.

The footage shows several Israeli guards throwing prisoners, one by one, to the floor, while swarming around them, kicking, punching and beating them with batons.

Haaretz said that Palestinian prisoners’ hands were tied behind their backs, and they were commanded not to move or speak, and left tied on the ground for hours in a yard opposite a row of prisoners’ tents.

Jun 11 08:03

Jerusalem: Israeli Forces Attack Sit-in against Expulsion of Palestinian Families

Israeli police attacked today a sit-in held in front of the Israeli Central Court in occupied Jerusalem city in solidarity with two Palestinian families who are threatened with forcible expulsion from their homes in Silwan’s Batn al-Hawa area for the benefit of illegal settlers.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli forces violently suppressed the sit-in which was held in front of Israel’s central court, where a hearing was held to look into the case of Salem Ghaith and Jawad Abu Nab families, who are one the hundreds of families threatened with the forcible expulsion from their homes from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

Jun 10 10:37

Sanctions against Israel, anyone? Response from UK government has Foreign Office still playing childish game of charades

Stuart Littlewood debunks, point by point, the UK government's deceitful explanation for its unconditional backing of Israel and its equally deceitful words about Palestinian statehood.>>

Jun 10 06:22

False antisemitism insulates Israel and hurts the movement for justice

Unfounded or unconfirmed charges of antisemitism made by US pro-Israel organizations, which are then parroted by the pro-Zionist US mainstream press, always increase when Israeli actions become so hideous they shame even some of its most dedicated supporters.

With the latest Israeli shelling of Gaza, its evictions of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, and the continuing Israeli police riots, raids and terrorism in and around the al Aqsa mosque and in mixed Jewish/Palestinian cities, this is just such a time. This is a time for the expected explosion of false reports trumpeting the sudden outbreak of violence against Jews throughout the US and the alleged alarming increase in antisemitic incidents generally.

Jun 09 07:49

Israel Refuses to Transfer Qatar Aid to Gaza

Israel has announced that it will not continue transferring Qatar’s financial aid to Gaza the same way it did before the latest Israeli offensive on the besieged coastal enclave, Sama news agency reported yesterday.

Sama reported Israel’s public broadcaster saying that Israel hopes to have the money transferred via the Palestinian Authority (PA) or international organizations.

According to Sama, the Qatari financial aid should arrive in Gaza this week, but the mechanisms of sending it to Gaza have caused tensions in Israel.

Meanwhile, the Walla news website reported former Mossad chief, Yossi Cohen, suggesting that it was a mistake to rely on Qatari funds in an effort to bring calm to the Gaza Strip.

Jun 09 06:41

How a West Bank Trip Turned This Congressman Into One of Israel’s Strongest Critics

WASHINGTON – How does a lawmaker go from surface-level familiarity with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to being one of the most vocal proponents of Palestinian rights in the history of Congress?

It starts with Humpty Dumpty.

Rep. Mark Pocan had visited Israel on congressional trips since entering office in 2013, where he spent a bit of time in the West Bank. But it was always through an Israeli lens. After learning more about the conflict from the pro-Israel left-wing J Street organization, the progressive Wisconsin Democrat went again in 2016 on the first-ever congressional trip to Palestine organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Jun 08 11:16

Settlers raze more land in West Bank as Israel intensifies Judaization drive in Palestinian territories

Israeli settlers have razed a historic neighborhood near Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil, also known as Hebron, as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its plans to Judaize the Old City of al-Khalil.

Palestine’s official Wafa news agency, citing a local source, reported on Monday that the illegal settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, bulldozed 400 square meters of land near Ibrahimi Mosque, also called the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Tawfik Jahshan, head of the legal department of the Hebron Reconstruction Committee, said the Old City of al-Khalil is a cultural and natural heritage site of rare and exceptional value, which requires preservation and protection.

Jun 08 10:23

Sheikh Jarrah: Settler colonialism, media coverage, and forced expulsions

Jun 08 07:39

Israel Wins Big in Washington

Now let me get this straight. A nation bullies and harasses a much smaller neighbor which eventually leads that neighbor to strike back with largely home-made weapons. The larger and more powerful country, armed with state of the art killing machines, attacks its basically unarmed opponent and kills hundreds of civilians, including a large number of children. It also destroys billions of dollars of infrastructure in the poorer and weaker neighbor. Almost immediately after the fighting stops, senior legislators from a third nation that had nothing to do with the war apart from supplying the larger nation with weapons appeared on the scene and promoted the lie that the larger nation had actually been the victim of an unprovoked attack by the “terrorists” running the small nation. They did so publicly while meeting with and endorsing the actions of the government officials from the large nation, which, it would seem, is about to be investigated by an international body for war crimes.

Jun 08 07:37

What John Dugard tells us about apartheid in South Africa and Israel/Palestine

Palestinian solidarity advocates know that April 27 was a red-letter day for the cause: the ugly “apartheid” label seems finally to have stuck fast to Israel, thanks to the 213-page report released that day by Human Rights Watch. It came soon after the blow struck in January by B’Tselem, when it declared that Israel is an apartheid state from sea to shining Jordan River. Together, the two reports brought to a conclusion decades of arguments and warnings in which the term was brandished as an epithet that allegedly – or might one day — describe the State of Israel. Apartheid Israel has now been declared an established fact.

Jun 08 07:33

Israeli forces seal entrance to Palestinian village as settlers attack vehicle

Israeli forces sealed off the entrance of Beita town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, as settlers attacked a nearby Palestinian vehicle.

Israeli soldiers on Sunday evening sent a military crane and large trucks loaded with cement blocks to seal the entrance to the town, according to Palestinian Authority’s official news agency WAFA.

The move comes two days after Israeli forces attacked a peaceful rally in Beita, injuring around 113 Palestinians.

Locals in Beita, Yatma, and Qabalan have held weekly Friday rallies to protest the construction of a new illegal settlement at Jabal Sbeih.

Jun 08 07:31

Report reveals shocking scale of damage caused by Israel offensive on Gaza

The International Commission for Support of Palestinians' Rights (ICSPR) yesterday revealed a damning report about the destruction inflicted on Gaza during the latest Israeli offensive.

The report, which was sent to the UN, ICC, EU, Human Rights Council, and the Arab League among others, detailed damage to Palestinian facilities and infrastructure during the offensive.

According to the report, during the offensive, which lasted 11-days between 10-21 May, the Israeli occupation carried out more than 2,000 airstrikes that killed 253 people and wounded 1,948 others. Some 66 children were killed.

Meanwhile, the report stated that 120,000 people were displaced due to their homes being either completely or partially damaged. Some 2,075 housing units were completely or partially damaged and rendered not good for living.

Jun 08 06:30

Palestinian mom fights to stave off punitive home demolition

Sanaa Shalaby says she had no idea what her estranged husband was up to until Israeli soldiers raided her home in the occupied West Bank last month.

Now she’s waging a legal battle to prevent Israel from demolishing the two-story villa where she lives with her three youngest children. It’s drawing attention to Israel’s policy of punitive home demolitions, which rights groups view as collective punishment.

Israeli security forces arrested her husband, Muntasser Shalaby, and accuse him of carrying out a May 2 drive-by shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded two others in the occupied West Bank. Israel says demolishing family homes is one of the only ways to deter attackers, who expect to be arrested or killed and who are often glorified by Palestinian factions.

Jun 08 06:29

Israeli Forces Detain 17 Palestinians, Including Two Injured Teenagers, in West Bank

Israeli forces Monday overnight detained 17 Palestinians, including two injured teens, from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Local and security sources said that Israeli forces re-arrested two former prisoners; one from the al-Tireh neighborhood of Ramallah and the other from Birzeit town, north of the city.

In Bethlehem district, the sources confirmed an Israeli military raid in al-Khader town, south of the city, resulting in the detention of two teens.

Jun 08 06:27

What’s behind Ireland’s support for Palestine?

After Abraham Aljamal Phelan moved to Dublin in the late 1980s, many customers at his grocery store, where the shelves were adorned with fresh figs and olives, were up to date with the latest news from his native Palestine.

During their exchanges about food, culture and history, his stories of home found sympathetic ears.

Is Ireland changing the consensus on Israel-Palestine?
“They relate to what’s going on, for what we are going through, they relate to it in Ireland because of their history,” he told Al Jazeera.

Dublin may lie 4,000km (2,485 miles) from Jerusalem on the map, but in the Irish political imagination, Palestine feels much closer, with both perceived as sharing a history of struggle against colonialism and oppression.

Ireland’s Parliament voted unanimously last week to condemn Israel’s “de facto annexation” of Palestinian land in the occupied territories – the first European Union member state to do so.

Jun 08 05:56

Hezbollah official warns Israel of 'fire of hell' after Gantz's threat

A senior official of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has warned the Israeli regime against another military adventurism, saying the aggressors would see “fire of hell” in the event of another war.

Hassan Baghdadi, a member of the central council of Hezbollah resistance movement, on Sunday said the Israeli regime officials should be “less arrogant” and get off the high horse of pride and arrogance.

“They (Israelis) should not err in their calculations again,” the official said. “If there is a war with Hezbollah, they will see the fire of hell as they have never imagined.”

Baghdadi said the Israeli officials “do not learn lessons” and “do not understand real politics”, adding that their “aggressive and criminal nature” leads them toward miscalculations.

This arrogance and aggression, the Lebanese resistance movement official said, would soon spell the end of the regime.

Jun 07 08:14

Israel’s ‘change government’ means the oppression of Palestinians is set to get a whole lot WORSE

Israel’s on the cusp of seeing a new coalition government that’s been dubbed the “change bloc”. If that conjures notions of progress, think again.

Superficially, change is afoot. If the proposed coalition secures parliamentary support in the coming days, then Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party will be out of power. Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister – 12 straight years in office and 15 in total – since the inception of the Israeli state in 1948. He has defined Israeli politics for over a quarter of a century. So, indeed, any new face in power will seem like a big change.

Also, among the putative new administration is an Arab party, Ra’am, which professes conservative Islamist beliefs. The inclusion of Palestinians in a governing coalition – albeit with a tiny representation – may seem to herald a more progressive era for Israel’s Arab population, which accounts for a fifth of the total in the Jewish state.

Jun 07 07:07

Israel Claimed Its 1967 Land Conquests Weren't Planned. Declassified Documents Reveal Otherwise

Contrary to the claim that Israel suddenly found itself holding territories after the June '67 war, declassified documents reveal detailed directives drawn up by the IDF ahead of the prolonged policing mission it would be tasked with

Jun 07 06:50

Tech giants help Israel muzzle Palestinians

Israel’s caretaker prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sought to shut down all use of the popular video-sharing app TikTok in Israel last month.

The attempt to censor TikTok, details of which emerged last weekend, is one of a number of reported attempts by Israel to control social media content during last month’s military assault on the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu tried to impose the blackout as Israel faced an international social media outcry over its 11-day attack on Gaza, which killed more than 250 Palestinians, and the violent repression by Israeli police of Palestinian protests in occupied East Jerusalem and inside Israel.

Government law officers are understood to have resisted the move.

Benny Gantz, the defense minister, also lobbied senior officials at Facebook and TikTok to crack down on posts critical of Israel, labelling them incitement and support for terror.

Jun 07 06:48

Was Israeli Looting in '48 Part of a Broader Policy to Expel Arabs?

In his new book, historian Adam Raz deals with the Jewish looting that occurred in 1948 – but not with the collective plunder of real estate, homes and lands of Arabs, confiscated by the Israeli government during the War of Independence and afterward (also long afterward, it must be said). Raz focuses on the looting of Arab movable assets by civilians, individual soldiers, army units and institutions of the state-in-the-making and of the state itself. Various historians have previously touched on this aspect of the war, but not with this level of focus or detail.

Jun 07 06:46

‘Laughable, naive’: Palestinian party’s move to join Israel gov’t

The United Arab List (UAL) is set to become the first party of Palestinian citizens of Israel to take part in a governing coalition after it agreed to join the new Israeli government to be led by Naftali Bennett – a former ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who had called for the annexation of the occupied West Bank.

Mansour Abbas, leader of the UAL, set aside his differences with Bennett, the 49-year-old former head of a settler organisation, and centrist leader Yair Lapid to sign up to a coalition of eight parties from across the political spectrum aimed at ending Netanyahu’s 12 years in power.

Jun 07 06:44

Report: Israel’s Spy and Attack Drones Invade Gaza Skies (VIDEO)

Palestinian resistance opened fire at tens of Israeli spy and attack drones after they invaded Gaza’s skies, downing two of them, Quds Press reported on Friday.

Sources told Quds Press that the Israeli drones entered the skies of Gaza and hovered over the neighborhoods of Al-Shejaia, Al-Zaytoun, and Al-Sabra.

According to the sources, the Palestinian resistance opened fire at the drones and downed two of them, while the resistance leadership ordered people to remain cautious, fearing possible Israeli plans to assassinate resistance leaders.

Jun 07 06:44

One million Palestinians detained by Israel since the 1967 Naksa: report

Over one million Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces since 1967, according to estimates by civil society groups released on Saturday.

Three Palestinian organisations a said in a joint statement they documented over one million arrests of Palestinians, including some 17,000 cases concerning women and 50,000 concerning children.

According to the Palestinian Society Prisoners Club, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees' Affairs and the Prisoners' High Council, around 5,700 people are currently held in Israeli jails.

Since 1967, when Israel began its occupation on Palestinian land, 226 detainees have died inside Israeli prisons, including 73 due to torture and 71 due to lack of medical care.

Jun 07 06:43

Israeli forces beat and tear gas Palestinian runners after East Jerusalem race

At least 23 people were reported to have sustained injuries following a crackdown by Israeli forces on participants in a race that took place in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Runners had raced for 3.5km between the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in solidarity with the scores of Palestinians facing forced expulsion from their homes in these areas.

All those who took part in the run wore white t-shirts inscribed with the number 7850, which activists say is the number of Palestinians under threat of forcible displacement in Jerusalem.

Jun 07 06:43

Soldiers Prevent Palestinian Farmers From Entering Their Lands Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers prevented, Saturday, Palestinian farmers from entering their lands, isolated inside an illegal colony, near Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Local farmer Mohammad Hamamra said the soldiers prevented him and many farmers from entering their lands in the Qiddis area, which became isolated inside the illegal Beitar Illit colony that was installed on lands stolen from the Palestinians in Husan town, west of Bethlehem.

The farmers held a protest demanding being allowed into their lands, but the soldiers kept them out.

Hamamra stated at least 100 Dunams of the farmers’ lands are isolated and added that the farmers are repeatedly denied access to them.

“We will not abandon our lands,” he said, “We will not allow them to steal our livelihoods.”

Jun 07 06:22

Netanyahu seeks ‘explosion’ of situation in al-Quds to save career: PA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) says the Israeli regime’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to renew tensions in the holy occupied city of al-Quds as means of conjuring up an excuse to save his demising career.

The PA’s foreign ministry made the remarks in a statement on Sunday as the regime has renewed its attacks on Palestinians in the city, including its holy sites, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported.

Tensions are flaring up as the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank -- the PA’s base where the city is located -- has barely put behind a huge similarly Tel Aviv-provoked escalation that led to the death of scores of Palestinians.

The ink has also hardly dried at the bottom of a ceasefire deal that ended a 12-day war by the regime against the nearby Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. The war martyred hundreds of Palestinians.

Jun 07 05:32

Israel’s ‘change government’ means the oppression of Palestinians is set to get a whole lot WORSE

Israel’s on the cusp of seeing a new coalition government that’s been dubbed the “change bloc”. If that conjures notions of progress, think again.

In any case, the potential new prime minister is Naftali Bennett, who will rotate the executive seat with Yair Lapid, who leads a so-called “centrist” party.

Bennett, a former protégé of Netanyahu, is a hardline pro-settler who openly calls for the expansion of illegal occupation and the annexation of Palestinian land. His cabinet will be packed with far-right politicians such as Avigdor Lieberman, who will hold power in the key ministries. Under Bennett, therefore, the Israeli government will hold the same contempt for the so-called two-state solution that American administrations have nominally advocated for Palestinian statehood alongside Israel. That means further encroachment and evictions for already hard-pressed Palestinian communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Jun 07 04:31

Al Jazeera journalist leaves hospital day after Israeli arrest

Al Jazeera Arabic veteran journalist Givara Budeiri sustained a fractured hand while being violently arrested in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri left hospital on Sunday after receiving treatment for injuries sustained during her arrest by Israeli forces the day before.

Budeiri’s left hand was fractured when she was arrested while covering a demonstration in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again to the dysfunctional and disjunct Israeli government; shooting the messenger (or fracturing her hand, in this case,) is not going to help you here.

The narrative can no longer be controlled by your spin doctors, and people are seeing the reality of what is happening to Palestinians under your watch.

Jun 07 04:27

Israeli forces beat and tear gas Palestinian runners after East Jerusalem race

Israeli police confronted runners after a race between Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan with rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and batons.

At least 23 people were reported to have sustained injuries following a crackdown by Israeli forces on participants in a race that took place in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Runners had raced for 3.5km between the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in solidarity with the scores of Palestinians facing forced expulsion from their homes in these areas.

All those who took part in the run wore white t-shirts inscribed with the number 7850, which activists say is the number of Palestinians under threat of forcible displacement in Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfrigging believable; what utter thugs do this to absolutely non-violent protestors?!?

And to the current disjunct and dysfunctional Israeli government; it is things like this which absolutely destroy your alleged "victimhood"; you can no longer control the narrative here, and the Palestinians and people living in other parts of the Middle East, understand this very clearly.

Jun 05 06:15

Israeli forces injure scores of Palestinians across occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians taking part in rallies condemning Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and potential evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in neighborhoods of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Some 113 Palestinians taking part in an anti-settlement rally on Sobeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, were injured in clashes with Israeli forces on Friday.

According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, 16 of injured were shot with live ammunition, while 20 were wounded when Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at them.

Meanwhile, four of the injured were physically attacked by the Israeli forces, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said, adding 73 cases of suffocation caused by inhaling tear gas were among the injuries.

Local sources said Israeli forces used a drone to fire tear gas at protesters in Beita.

Jun 05 06:14

Thousands mourn slain Palestinians outside UK arms dealer

Thousands of British pro-Palestine activists amass outside a notorious arms manufacturer near Blackburn on Friday, demanding an end to Israeli arms sales.

Anger was vented in various ways including with a funeral procession, honoring the recent martyrdom of 60 children slain in Gaza.

BAE Systems is one of Britain's biggest arms dealers and is known for building weapons used to target innocent civilians in conflict zones.

This is the second week that local residents have come in good numbers to condemn BAE Systems and more action is being planned.

Weapons firms have been heavily criticized before but rarely have protests of this size and frequency attempted to confront them so directly. Locals hope by shaming these dealers of death, they can save lives in Palestine & elsewhere.

Jun 05 05:13

Four Things To Know About Israel’s New ‘Change Coalition’

The new government – if it takes power at all – is united only around ousting Netanyahu. Here’s what that could mean.

In Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, a broad but shaky new “change coalition” claims it’s ready to finally oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – the right-wing Likud leader who’s held the office for the last 12 years.

If approved, the new coalition would anoint as prime minister Naftali Bennett, a former Netanyahu ally who supports settlement expansion and annexation of much of the West Bank, and who is significantly further to the right than Netanyahu himself. In theory, if it stays in power for two years, the more centrist Yair Lapid would then take over as prime minister. But that’s a big “if” – and the new coalition may not even survive its initial vote of confidence next week.

Jun 05 04:54

Infographic: What you need to know about Israel’s military

Last month, as Israel bombarded the besieged Gaza Strip for the fourth time in 12 years, the United States approved a $735m arms sale to Israel. The approval was criticised by legislators in Congress, and several Democrats introduced resolutions to block the sale of Boeing’s precision-guided missiles.

Israel’s 11-day military campaign killed at least 253 people, including 66 children, in Gaza. At least 12 people were killed in Israel by rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to investigate both sides for possible war crimes and human rights group Amnesty International has renewed its call for a halt to US weapons sales to Israel.

Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open-air prison. Since 2006, Israel has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on its 2.1 million inhabitants. Israeli forces continue to militarily occupy East Jerusalem and the West Bank where they have built hundreds of illegal settlements.

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If Israel's weapons industry is thriving, why does it need so much military and financial support from the US, while the US infrastructure is crumbling around us?!?

THAT... appears to be the dreadedly unasked, and unanswerable question, for Congress, for which the US Congress must be held to account, by We the People.

Jun 04 08:12

When Israel killed doctors

Dr. Ayman Abu al-Ouf had finished a busy shift.

He wrapped it up by checking on patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit of al-Shifa hospital.

As head of internal medicine at the hospital, he was acutely aware that the pandemic had not been paused. Rather, the number of coronavirus infections remained high even though Gaza was in the news internationally due to another emergency – a large-scale Israeli attack.

Not long after he got home from work, the building where Abu al-Ouf lived was bombed without warning.

He, his wife Reem and two of their children – Tawfiq and Tala – were killed. So were both his parents and many members of his extended family.

Jun 04 08:02

Israeli Commander: Gaza Attacks First Stage of Wider War

Israeli Southern Command head Gen. Eliezer Toledano downplayed the current ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, predicting it would end soon and that what’s happened so far was just the first stage of a wider military campaign.

The May conflict saw Israeli forces kill an estimated 256 Palestinians, and displace 72,000 civilians. This was in just two weeks, and was, according to Toledano, Israel trying to “make the most” of the war before the ceasefire.

“We don’t have operations like this every week or every month because we understand the burden that puts on civilians, especially on the home front. And therefore when we launched the operation, we had to make the most of it,” the general noted.

He went on to say that the military is fully ready for another round of fighting, depending on the security situation.

Jun 04 08:00

Why did Israel bomb bookstores?

Samir Mansour spent more than 20 years developing a haven for readers in Gaza City.

An estimated 100,000 books could be found in his library. Located near three universities, it was a vital resource for large numbers of students.

The haven was destroyed swiftly and brutally during Israel’s latest major attack on Gaza.

Today, a sign with a defiant message has been placed outside the remains of the Kuhail building where Mansour ran his library, bookstore and publishing firm. The sign notes that books are the source of knowledge and help to shape people’s identity.

The ideas contained in books cannot be erased by bombs and warplanes. They will live on.

“This library is my whole life,” said Mansour. “I was shocked when the Israeli occupation decided to bomb the building. It felt like I myself had been destroyed.”

Jun 04 06:05

Israel uses excessive force against Palestinians in occupied territories, supports armed gangs: UN

The United Nations has criticized the Tel Aviv regime over excessive use of force against Palestinians in the occupied territories, saying attacks by extremist settlers and armed gangs on residents of such areas are backed by Israeli security institutions.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, announced in a report that assaults on Palestinian citizens, carried out by right-wing and armed gangs, sometimes come with the support of elements from Israeli security forces.

He called on Israeli authorities to provide full and equal protection to all living inside the occupied territories without any discrimination.

De Varennes then slammed the violence practiced by “far-right” groups and excessive use of force by Israeli security officials and forces during protests in recent weeks, describing them as the worst cases of violence against Palestinians.

Jun 04 06:04

Fear grips New Jersey's Palestinian community centre after bomb threat

Staff at a Palestinian community centre in the US state of New Jersey are on high alert after an unidentified caller bombarded the facility with more than 30 phone calls over a 24 hour period, threatening to kill and sexually assault the community workers.

Members of the all-female staff at the Palestinian American Community Center in Clifton, New Jersey, said they were preparing to begin a new semester of an Arabic programme for children when the threats started.

During one of the calls, the individual, who identified himself as "Jebediah Morris," told the employees that he was located near the centre and would "come over there and beat your f***ing a**".

The caller asked multiple times if the staff were Palestinian, and when asked why that mattered, said: "So I know to come blow you up."

PACC provides cultural, social and educational services to those in need, and in mid-2020 provided meals for more than 400 families during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Jun 03 10:28

Another poll signals fall in US support for Israel

Support for Israel continues to fall among key segments of the American population, another poll confirms.

The Harvard-Harris survey of some 1,900 registered voters was taken on 19-20 May, before a ceasefire took effect in Gaza following 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment.

Respondents were asked, “Who do you think is more responsible for the violence in the Mideast — Israel or Hamas?”

Overall, 60 percent blamed Hamas and 40 percent blamed Israel.

Although more than half blame Hamas, it is remarkable that two in five say Israel is more responsible.

But when it comes to those aged 18-34, it flips around completely: 60 percent blame Israel, and just 40 percent blame Hamas.

Among Black Americans, 62 percent hold Israel more responsible, as do 55 percent of those described by pollsters as Hispanic.

Jun 03 10:26

Facebook staff demand tech giant address suppression of Palestinian content

Nearly 200 Facebook employees have signed an open letter calling on the company to address concerns that pro-Palestinian voices have been suppressed by content moderation systems, after both users and employees complained of a systematic bias against Palestinian and Muslim content.

The letter, reported by the Financial Times, demands Facebook introduce new measures to ensure content in support of Palestine and Palestinians is not unfairly taken down or down-ranked, as some staff and critics claimed happened before and during Israel's latest offensive on Gaza.

It calls on the tech giant's management to order an independent audit of enforcement actions around Palestinian and Muslim content, and asks that an internal task force be created to "investigate and address biases" in its content moderation systems - both human and automated.

Jun 03 10:26

WATCH: Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Village for 188th Time

Israeli occupation forces yesterday demolished the Bedouin Palestinian village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev for the 188th time, Arab48 reported.

The demolition also marks the seventh time that the village has been razed so far this year, and the thirteenth since the outbreak of coronavirus.

Jun 03 10:00

After the slaughter UK Foreign Secretary Raab tells Netanyahu: “You can always count on us”

Stuart Littlewood highlights UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's latest pledge of undying support for Israel, just after it had murdered some 250 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, in Gaza, noting his failure to commit to the Palestinians' right to self defence.>>

Jun 02 15:38

KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

"Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us?" (Matthew 13.54-56).

Jesus was part of an extended family. The Bible says he had brothers and sisters. Some churches try to spin that these were only cousins, or Joseph's from a previous marriage, but Mary, Jesus' mother, was not an only child. At the very least, Jesus had cousins, Aunts, and Uncles. John the Baptist was Jesus' second cousin according to Luke 1:5-38.

For the purpose of this discussion, we do not need to go into the question of whether Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a family.

But the fact is that Jesus had kinfolk; blood relations, at least on his mother's side (although the Bible provides a paternal genealogy for Jesus back to the House of David).

Jun 02 07:38

Court overrules EU effort to shield Israel’s settlements

A European Union court has thrown out an undemocratic decision by Brussels officials that torpedoed a citizen’s initiative to ban trade with settlements in occupied territory.

The measure would have targeted Israel’s illegal colonies on Palestinian land in the West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights, as well as trade with Western Sahara.

In July 2019, seven nationals of EU states filed a European Citizens Initiative with the European Commission, the EU’s executive.

This is a tool that is supposed to make the notoriously unaccountable EU more democratic by giving citizens a say over policy and legislation.

But instead, in September 2019, the Commission refused to register the initiative, claiming that it did not have authority to consider what would amount to imposing sanctions.

The Commission asserted that such a step could only be adopted collectively by EU governments, not by the executive in Brussels.

Jun 02 07:37

How a fascist party brought into Israel’s parliament by Netanyahu helped him start the war he wanted

The day after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, ending 11 days of mutual bombardment that resulted in the deaths of some 250 Palestinians, 10 Israelis, and three Asian workers, mainstream Israeli commentators piled on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of launching the war for his own personal benefit.

The pundits noted that Israel’s pulverizing assault on the Gaza Strip began after the leader of the next-largest party in parliament had been handed the mandate to form a new government – one which would end Netanyahu’s twelve-year run as premier and strip him of the immunity he needs to stay out of prison, if he is ultimately convicted of the multiple corruption charges for which he is currently on trial.

All along, Netanyahu was equipped with the tools he needed to trigger a war that would preserve his control over the government.

Jun 02 07:36

Before the Nakba: Images show Palestine then and now

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, which backed the Zionist campaign for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, changed the history of the Middle East.

But those 67 words also had fateful consequences for the environment in which Palestinians lived. Palestinian houses and cinemas, shops and mosques, train stations and markets were all lost in 1948, when thousands were driven from their homes amid the violence of the Nakba, the Arabic word for “catastrophe”.

Researcher and archivist Tarek Bakri, based in Jerusalem, was moved by the nostalgia and emotion still held by many displaced Palestinians for their former streets and neighbourhoods.

Jun 02 07:34

Palestinians demand the removal of Abbas from his leadership positions

The Palestinian people have the right to live in the kind of democracy that the West and the East are talking about repeatedly. With over 60 per cent of the population being made up of young people, they also have the right to be led by younger people, with the elders who have been shown to be incapable in terms of their policies and practices, and less aware politically, stepping aside. The current leaders have less influence over the course of events than the resistance movements.

The Palestinian people are fed up, and are refusing to have their capabilities shackled by the decisions of an aging president, while seeing their land usurped even as the same president's "sacred" security cooperation with the Israeli occupation authorities continues. The people refuse to be silenced when they hear false claims of achievements, and they will not be silent while their homeland is being stolen by Jewish settlers.

Jun 02 07:33

After Gaza Slaughter, Israel Wants Another $1 Billion Out of the US

After an 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza that killed at least 256 Palestinians, including 67 children, Israel has its hand out to its greatest ally for an additional $1 billion in “emergency” military aid, on top of the $3.8 billion Washington provides each year.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) confirmed that Israel will make the request a day after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “There is going to be a request made by the Israelis to the Pentagon on Thursday for $1 billion in aid to replenish Iron Dome batteries,” Graham told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.

The Iron Dome is one of Israel’s US-funded missile defense systems. After Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, President Biden promised that he would “replenish” the Iron Dome, a sign that getting the $1 billion out of Washington will not be very hard for the Israelis.

Jun 02 07:31

EU leaders condemn attacks on ICC probe into Israeli war crimes

More than 50 high-level officials from across Europe, including former prime ministers and foreign ministers, have signed an open letter condemning political interference in the International Criminal Court's (ICC) probe into alleged war crimes in Palestine.

The letter, published by the Guardian on Monday, is seen as a rebuke on world leaders such as former US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who have openly criticised the court's efforts to hold Israel accountable for suspected war crimes.

"We witnessed with serious concern the executive order issued in the United States by the former president Donald Trump and the sanctions designated against the court’s staff and their family members," the letter says.

Jun 02 07:31

EU representative calls for lifting Israeli blockade on Gaza amid ongoing ceasefire efforts

A European Union official called on Tuesday for the lifting of a crippling Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip which has been in place for fifteen years, also saying that a unified Palestinian government should be formed in order for reconstruction of the besieged territory to begin.

"These steps are not European Union conditions to the reconstruction [of Gaza], but a logical path to start this process," Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, the European Union representative for the Palestinian territories said, according to the Anadolu news agency.

He added that “democratic elections” should be held and praised Egyptian efforts to shore up a recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza following a deadly Israeli assault on the territory which left 254 Palestinians dead and hundreds more injured.

Jun 02 05:52

Israel, Don’t Raise the Roof Beams High As You “Resettle” Lifta; Its Owners Will Return

The latest crisis in Palestine cannot be set aside as another passing episode in Israel’s forever war against the Palestinian people.

We are now witnessing shocks within Israel behind the Green Line, something that Israel had hitherto been able to contain. In the process, it pretended, along with much of the western world, that it is the “longest-lived democracy in the Middle East” and that only its continued occupation of the West Bank and its harsh blockade of Gaza undermine its “constitutional ideals”- ideals now exposed for what they’ve always been: Jewish supremacist in nature.

We know, as CJ Werleman wrote in Inside Arabia on May 14, 2021,

“Israel is a country built on racism, dispossession, and genocide. The recent rise in attacks by Israeli settlers, vigilante groups, and lynch mobs targeting Palestinians are a continuation of that history and must be addressed.”

Jun 02 05:38

F-35s bombing Gaza

The United States, which has four ammunition warehouse bases in Israel, also provides it with a large arsenal. Israel, which already has one of the most powerful Air forces in the world, is now testing F-35s in combat against the Palestinians.

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I guess even the F-35 looks good against an enemy that can't shoot back!

Jun 02 05:29

Israeli Arabs fired for 'political position' on day of general strike

Israelis from the Arab community say they have been fired their "political position" after they were absent from work on May 18, the day of a general strike during the latest war in Gaza and amid clashes between Muslims and Jews in mixed Israeli cities.

Ahmed and Rasha Agbaria both worked at a branch of the Victory supermarket chain on the outskirts of Tiberias.

They told Ynet that they and other Arab members of staff were informed in their letters of dismissal that they were being fired for taking a political stance.

In Ahmed's pre-dismissal hearing, which is required under Israeli law and of which a recording was received by Ynet, he was informed: "You did not come to work. You abandoned the store and harmed the functioning of the store. For me, this is a political position. You took a political position apparently without noticing."

Jun 02 05:26

Israel puts Jordanians on trial for crossing border fence to join Jerusalem protests

An Israeli court extended on Monday the detention of two Jordanian citizens who crossed a border fence with Israel to take part in protests in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in May.

Khalifa al-Anouz and Musab al-Dajeh walked more than 30km from their hometown in Smma, near the northern city of Irbid, before being arrested on 18 May by Israeli forces in the Jordan Valley.

The two men started their day-and-a-half journey on the evening of 16 May, and crossed groves near the Jordan River.

They were arrested in the area between Bisan town, known also as Beit Shean, and Tiberias in Galilee, in the north of Israel.

Khaled Mahajneh, the legal representative of Anouz and Dajeh, said that Israeli forces blocked their journey when they were spotted wearing the traditional Jordanian keffiyeh and dishdasha near an Israeli town.

Jun 02 05:25

Palestine summons European envoys over 'no' votes to UN’s motion

Palestine has summoned four European ambassadors over their countries' "no" votes to a resolution at the United Nations to probe Israeli abuses, including during the recent aggression on Gaza.

The ambassadors of Austria, Britain, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic were handed strong-worded letters of protest on Tuesday and requested clarifications by their foreign ministries regarding the votes against pro-Palestine motions at the UN Security Council and the World Health Organization (WHO), Wafa news agency reported.

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Amal Jadou slammed the "no" votes by the four European states as a “green light” to Israel to persist in its aggression and systematic violations of the Palestinian people’s rights.

Such votes reinforce the culture of impunity, giving Israel more chance to consolidate its occupation and perpetuate further crimes of apartheid and persecution which constitute crimes against humanity based on international law, she said.

Jun 02 05:04

Israel starts construction of 350 settler units near Ramallah, defying intl. outcry

Israeli officials have laid the foundation stone for a new project to construct 350 settler units in the Beit El settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah, irrespective of the international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime’s illegal settlement expansion activities in occupied Palestinian territories.

Yuli Edelstein, minister of health, Amir Ohana, public security minister, Yoav Galant, minister of education and Ofir Akunis, regional cooperation minister, as well as Knesset speaker Yariv Levin of Likud and other Knesset members attended a ceremony on Tuesday to begin the construction of the new settlement units.

Speaking at the ceremony, Edelstein, who is a member of the ruling Likud Party, said the settlements and the land occupied by the Israeli entity “are more important than any person or any political situation.”

Galant, for his part, said his team had solidified settlement construction in the Beit El neighborhood.

Jun 01 10:12

Israeli Authorities Approve 560 Settlement Units in Bethlehem

Israeli occupation authorities have approved plans for the construction of hundreds of new settler units on Palestinian land in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Wafa news agency reported.

The Director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission office in Bethlehem, Hassan Brijieh, said the construction of 560 new settlement units in Mtsad settlement, built illegally on Palestinian land in the villages of Kisan and Al-Rashaydeh, located southeast of Bethlehem, were approved yesterday.

Jun 01 09:33

Lost in (Hebrew) translation: peace, coexistence, harmony

"It would be unreasonable to expect a culture that lacks a lucid notion of peace and reconciliation to lead the region towards harmony and human brotherhood."

Jun 01 08:47

U.S. regrets U.N. move to launch Gaza probe

The United States said on Thursday that it deeply regretted a decision by the U.N. Human Rights Council to launch an international investigation into crimes that may have been committed in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The action today instead threatens to imperil the progress that has been made," said the statement issued by the U.S. mission to the U.N. in Geneva.

The United States, which has observer status and no vote at the Geneva forum, did not speak in the all-day special session which adopted a resolution brought by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and the Palestinian delegation to the U.N.

Jun 01 08:46

WhatsApp blocked accounts of Palestinian journalists covering Israel's war on Gaza

Dozens of Palestinian journalists have had their WhatsApp accounts blocked amid media coverage of recent armed confrontations between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

Journalists from Al Jazeera and the AFP news agency, based in occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, said they received messages from WhatsApp informing them that their accounts were blocked for breaching community standards.

Tahseen al-Astall, the vice president of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, told AFP that an estimated 100 journalists in Gaza had their WhatsApp accounts blocked.

Jun 01 08:36

Israel: ‘A Villa in the Jungle’ or a Settler Colonial Zionistan?

The following article will tackle the phenomenon of racism inside the Israeli society. It will critically analyze the ideology that sustains racism inside the social fabric of Israeli society.

Despite the fact that the manifestation of racism in Israel is distinct and apparent against Mizrahi Jews, Ethiopian Jews, African refugees and foreign workers, nevertheless, this research article will concentrate on racism that is practiced against the indigenous Palestinian Arabs. Other types will be tackled in a future research article.

Consequently, the following research article will not review aspects and history of Zionist racism against the indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel, but will be a critical exploration of the reasons and motives that stand behind the phenomenon of Zionist racism.

Jun 01 08:35

Facebook battles reputation crisis in the Middle East

Facebook is grappling with a reputation crisis in the Middle East, with plummeting approval rates and advertising sales in Arab countries, according to leaked documents obtained by NBC News.

The shift corresponds with the widespread belief by pro-Palestinian and free speech activists that the social media company has been disproportionately silencing Palestinian voices on its apps – which include Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – during this month’s Israel-Hamas conflict. Examples include the deletion of hundreds of posts condemning the eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, the suspension of activist accounts and the temporary blocking of a hashtag relating to one of Islam’s holiest mosques. Facebook said these were technical glitches.

Jun 01 08:34

About That ‘Real Estate Dispute’ in Sheikh Jarrah

When the Israeli government describes the conflict over the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem as just a “real-estate dispute,” it has a point. Palestinian families are at risk of eviction (and some have already been evicted) from homes they’ve lived in for many years so that Jewish settlers, many of whom were born in Brooklyn, N.Y., can move into them. This is being done on the basis of a 1970 law that permits Jews to acquire Palestinian properties that are said to have been once owned by Jews. Also, under a 1950s law, the Israeli government claimed the properties of so-called “absentee” Palestinians, even if those individuals displaced by war and other means were refugees living elsewhere in Israel.

Jun 01 08:29

UN opens Israeli war crimes probe following Gaza war, calls for embargo

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted 24-9 Thursday to launch an investigation against Israel for alleged war crimes, including during the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and called for an arms embargo against the Jewish state.

An additional 14 countries out of the 47-member body abstained. None of the European Union countries supported the measure.

Jun 01 08:28

China to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Palestine

China will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian government at the earliest possible date, a spokesperson with the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) said on Friday.

CIDCA spokesperson Tian Lin said that in order to help the Palestinian government and people cope with the emergency humanitarian crisis and demonstrate the international humanitarian spirit, the Chinese government had launched a humanitarian assistance response mechanism.

The Chinese government will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian government in accordance with the urgent needs of Palestine as soon as possible, and help the country carry out treatment of the injured and resettlement of the displaced, Tian said. Enditem

Jun 01 07:29

Journalists and liberal Zionists are determined to push ‘apartheid’ charge down the memory hole

Today’s New York Times has a long and compelling feature article about the Palestinian “misery at the heart of the conflict,” including house demolitions and evictions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The most remarkable thing about the article, though, is what it leaves out, the systematic legal discrimination that fosters these conditions. In a word, the fact that Israel has been accused by leading human rights groups in recent months of the crime of “apartheid.”

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When a guy like South Africa's Bishop Desmond Tutu, who I have had the pleasure of hearing preach many years ago, at St. John's Episcopal Church on Adams Street in Los Angeles, tells me that the Israeli system is horrifically apartheid, I would really, really listen to him.

When it comes to apartheid, this man utterly knows about what he is speaking!!!!

Jun 01 07:11

‘The Landscape is Shifting’: Over 35,000 rally for Palestine in DC on Memorial Day weekend

Standing atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Nuha Maharoof peered over the crowd at the National March for Palestine on Saturday. To her left, she saw a man on the ledge set off red and green smoke grenades, signifying the colors of the Palestinian flag. She described the cinematic moment “like a scene from a movie, every head in the crowd turned to the sky to watch the colors dissipate.” She pulled out her phone and captured the iconic moment, saying her heart filled with hope for Palestine. The image has since gone viral. She had learned of the protest the day before from social media posts and decided to go with her friends. We tracked her down through a Google image search.

Jun 01 07:11

WATCH: Israeli Police Vehicle Runs over Palestinian Boy for Raising Palestinian Flag

An Israeli Police vehicle Sunday ran over and injured a Palestinian child for raising a Palestinian flag on his bike in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Three Israeli police officers chased 12-year-old Jawad Abbasi who was riding his bike while raising a Palestinian flag, running over him and causing him bruises in the leg for raising the flag, which the occupation authorities ban in the occupied capital.

The child was briefly detained by the occupation forces for some time before he was let go for medical treatment.

Jun 01 06:50

Recantations Are All the Rage

Several things are happening simultaneously. Most important, Israel has lost the public opinion war in much of the world through its brutality during the recent attack on Gaza and it continues to lose ground even in the wake of a cease fire due to mass arrests of Palestinians and armed police intrusions in and around the al-Aqsa mosque. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is by its actions making clear that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine will continue at a time that he chooses. This in turn has produced a storm of criticism, including from Jewish groups and individuals, that is condemning the bloodshed and also sometimes explicitly seeking to distance Judaism the religion from Zionism, the political movement.

Jun 01 06:48

Revealed: The American Money Entwined with Israel’s Jewish Terrorist Groups

As Israel rained rockets down on Gaza in mid-May, inside 1948-occupied Palestine (Historic Palestine and modern-day Israel), another kind of Israeli terror emerged. Jewish supremacists stormed cities with high Palestinian populations chanting “Death to Arabs!,” attacking scores of Palestinians and vandalizing their properties.

The mob violence killed two Palestinian citizens of Israel, according to the Mossawa Center: the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel. And despite calls for calm, the attacks are ongoing. On Thursday, a Jewish mob dragged a Bedouin driver out of his car and beat him with glass bottles in northern Historic Palestine. Earlier, footage posted on social media showed Arab gas station workers lying on the ground after being surrounded and beaten by a Jewish mob in the town of Binyamina:

Jun 01 06:47

Israel superhero gets 'ratioed' by Captain Palestine

The comic book superhero genre is one of the great American art forms of the 20th century, its impact on popular culture is immense and it continues to thrive through other media such as blockbuster movie franchises and video games, not to mention a new generation of comics and graphic novels.

It is widely acknowledged that the Golden Age of comic books was pioneered by Jewish Americans which included the likes of DC's Superman by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster or Marvel's legendary writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby who were behind some of the most enduring, iconic superhero characters to date; Spiderman, Captain America and the Hulk to name but a few.

Amid the rise of Fascism in Europe and the Second World War, many of the superheroes became metaphors of the Jewish experience facing anti-Semitism and the Holocaust with characters having to live with dual or hidden identities in order to assimilate in a society that would otherwise shun them, as with the X-Men.

Jun 01 06:11

US labour unions voice historic support for Palestinians

A growing number of American labour unions have endorsed statements in solidarity with Palestinians, with some going as far as to adopt the call to boycott Israel over its human rights and international law violations, creating a growing divide with the national union leadership that has largely remained silent on the issue.

One of the most significant of these shows of support came from the United Educators of San Francisco (USEF), a union that represents 6,000 teachers in the San Francisco school system, which voted on 19 May to approve a resolution endorsing the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) campaign - a non-violent initiative that encourages the censure of Israel's violations of international law and human rights standards through various boycotts.

"Therefore, be it further resolved, that UESF endorse the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel," the resolution said.

May 31 07:06

Palestinian Patients in Jerusalem Face Loss of Gaza Homes from Hospital

Sitting at the bedside of her five-year-old son, who has leukemia, Mona al-Ghoul shifts her attention from Wassim as she tries to comfort him after a chemotherapy session, to her mobile screen as she absorbs the stream of news pouring in from Gaza.

For weeks, the 29-year-old mother has been dealing alone with her son’s illness at Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, where pediatric cancer patients in Gaza are referred for treatment. Signs of stress and sadness can easily be seen on her face.

Patients and their families at the hospital are going through some of their most difficult days as they cope with their situation against the backdrop of Israel’s assault on Gaza.

May 31 07:00

Caitlin Johnstone: Israel narrative management is getting incredibly desperate and brazen

More people are becoming conscious of the Palestine issue and politicians and pundits can no longer get away with painting themselves as progressive-minded humanists without acknowledging the brutal nature of Israeli occupation.

The National Director Emeritus for the Anti-Defamation League has announced on Twitter that he is cancelling his subscription to The New York Times, claiming that a front-page story featuring the photos of children killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza this month constitutes “blood libel” against Jews.

“I am cancelling my subscription to NYTimes,” tweeted Abraham Foxman. “I grew up in America on the NYT - I delivered the NYT to my classmates - I learned civics - democracy and all the news ‘fit to print’ for 65 years but no more. Today’s blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough.”

May 31 06:03

Tip off leads to break up of Jewish extremist ring planning attacks on Arabs

As the streets of Israel roiled with racial strife and fighting this month, police smashed a ring of dozens of extremist young Jews who were using social media to plan attacks on Arab citizens.

Police were tipped off about the plans of the group, whose members allied themselves with the extremist Lehava organization. Nine of the group's members were arrested after they were found in possession of various items that they allegedly planned to use as weapons.

May 30 06:27

Israel's Brutality on Palestinians Continues

May 30 06:17

Caitlin Johnstone: Israel narrative management is getting incredibly desperate and brazen

More people are becoming conscious of the Palestine issue and politicians and pundits can no longer get away with painting themselves as progressive-minded humanists without acknowledging the brutal nature of Israeli occupation.

The National Director Emeritus for the Anti-Defamation League has announced on Twitter that he is cancelling his subscription to The New York Times, claiming that a front-page story featuring the photos of children killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza this month constitutes “blood libel” against Jews.

“I am cancelling my subscription to NYTimes,” tweeted Abraham Foxman. “I grew up in America on the NYT - I delivered the NYT to my classmates - I learned civics - democracy and all the news ‘fit to print’ for 65 years but no more. Today’s blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough.”

May 29 06:28

Emergencies Ministry Plane With Russians Evacuated From Gaza Departs Cairo, Embassy Says

A Russian Emergencies Ministry plane carrying 64 Russian citizens evacuated from the Gaza Strip departed Cairo for Moscow, the Russian Embassy in Cairo told Sputnik.

Russian citizens, mostly women and children, arrived from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening at Cairo International Airport. From the border with the enclave, they were accompanied by employees of the Russian embassy in Egypt, who also provided them with assistance at the airport.

"We are sincerely grateful to the Egyptian authorities for their responsive attitude to the appeal regarding taking Russian citizens through Egyptian territory and the comprehensive assistance provided. This again confirms the high level of mutual understanding and cooperation between our countries," the Russian Embassy wrote on its Facebook page.
On May 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on the evacuation of Russian and CIS citizens from the Gaza Strip at their request.

May 29 06:27

Facebook slammed for advertising properties in illegal Israeli settlements on Instagram

Facebook is being criticised for letting companies advertise the sale of property in illegal Israeli settlements on Instagram, amid continued outrage at the social media giant's alleged censorship of Palestinian accounts in recent weeks.

Images posted online showed an Israeli company advertising properties in the northern occupied West Bank settlement of Beit Aryeh-Ofarim on Instagram, the social media platform owned by Facebook.

Facebook, like other social media companies, is facing mounting pressure over its policing of pro-Palestinian content in the wake of the recent deadly escalation in Israel and Palestine, which has left some 292 people dead.

Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook have all been accused of banning, blocking or restricting accounts that published photos of the Israeli bombardment of civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

May 29 06:26

Meet the 90-year old Jewish American woman protesting for Palestine

It is a cool Friday evening and Shatzi Weisberger is sitting on a plastic folding chair in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn minutes before the start of a Shabbat rally, called by Jewish New Yorkers in protest at the continued US support of Israel's occupation of Palestinians.

Around her hundreds of people make their way into the plaza; some with toddlers in tow, others lean and stretch on the paving, drawing slogans on to posters or arranging last-minute banners just as the event "Rise up Shabbat" is about to begin.

Weisberger is well prepared. With a Palestinian Keffiyeh loosely draped around her neck, she clutches on to her walker with her right hand, and with her left, holds a placard that reads: "This 90-year-old Jew says Zionism is genocide!"

May 29 06:25

IDF brags of waging 'first AI war,' lending credence to view that Gaza serves as testing ground for Israel's fighting techniques

The 11-day flare-up between Israel and Hamas was dubbed the "first AI war" by Israel's military, which bragged about using advanced computing technologies to sift through the staggering amount of intelligence it collects on Gaza.

"For the first time, artificial intelligence (AI) was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy," a senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) Intelligence Corps said, as cited by Israeli media.

The elite intelligence Unit 8200 used programs called "Alchemist," "Gospel" and "Depth of Wisdom," to further boost an already overwhelming superiority that IDF has over militants in the blockaded Gaza enclave. AI-powered analysis was applied to vast amounts of data collected through satellite imaging, surveillance cameras, interception of communications and human intelligence, according to the Israeli military.

May 29 06:21

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian dead during clashes in occupied West Bank, health officials say

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian protester during clashes in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry has said, as tensions remain high despite the ceasefire between Israel and the militant group Hamas.

Earlier on Friday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered outside the town of Nablus in the northern West Bank to protest the illegal construction of Israeli settlements in the area.

The demonstrators, some of whom had their faces covered with masks and scarfs, reportedly threw stones at the soldiers and set tires alight.

Israeli troops responded to those actions with tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire, killing one man, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

May 29 06:13

Quds Force chief: Israel must now think about leaving Palestine

The head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it is time for the Israelis to think about leaving Palestine and redeem their homes in Europe and the US.

General Ismail Qa'ani's remarks at a ceremony in Tehran Saturday on the 40th day since the passing away of his deputy Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi came in the wake of the recent 11-day Israeli war on Gaza which marked an unprecedented show of force by the Palestinian resistance.

"In the first three days of the Palestinian war with the Zionist regime, we fired as many missiles at the occupied territories as the entire 22-day war. This is the power of the Resistance Front," General Qa'ani said, referring to the war that began on December 27, 2008.

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