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Nov 19 13:10

Finally the USA Supports the One State Solution

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that the US is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Secretary Pompeo repudiated the 1978 State Department legal opinion that stated that Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.”

It is hard to determine whether the move was intended to rescue Benjamin Netanyahu’s political career or to buy the Jewish Lobby’s support for President Trump at a critical time. It is reasonable to assume that the policy was put forth to advance both aims.

Nov 19 12:27

The story of Israeli apartheid stalwart Meir Shamgar

Lawrence Davidson highlights the fact that recently-deceased Israeli jurist Meir Shamgar, who is regarded as a national hero in Israel, was actually a stalwart of apartheid and advocate of racial discrimination against the Palestinian people.>>

Nov 19 09:56

‘Orwellian absurdity’: US reversal on settlements draws international outrage

Monday’s announcement was the latest in a series of efforts by the Trump administration — declaring occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, and the movement of the US embassy to Jeruaslem — aimed at weaking Palestinian claims of statehood.

“The announcement marks a continuation of the Trump Administration’s efforts to undermine years of progress on refining parameters for an agreed-upon resolution of the core issues of the conflict,” Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said in a statement.

The group called the announcement “an Orwellian absurdity,” saying “no declaration will change the fact that the settlements were built on occupied territory, in contravention of international law, and that they pose among the greatest obstacles to peace.”

Nov 19 09:24

Christian leaders urge Congress to curb Israeli torture of children

Two dozen Christian leaders are calling on the US Congress to support a bill to curb Israeli torture of Palestinian children.

This comes as progressive lawmakers are being challenged over their failure to uphold Palestinian rights. In Chicago, activists occupied the office of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to demand she back the bill.

Nov 18 12:59

US No Longer Recognizes Israeli Settlements as Breaking International Law - Pompeo

In a Monday statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Washington no longer regards Israeli settlements in the West Bank as violating international law, reversing the Obama administration’s position and taking no legal position on the question or that of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank itself.

Nov 18 12:24

Israeli army launches fresh air raids on Gaza, targets Hamas

Israel has said it carried out fresh air raids on the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the besieged enclave, two days after a precarious ceasefire went into force following a round of fighting that killed dozens of Palestinians.

The Israeli army said its attacks early on Saturday did not target positions of the Islamic Jihad group but sites belonging to Hamas, which administers the Gaza Strip. There was no immediate comment by Hamas.

Nov 18 12:23

Palestinian UN envoy blasts Israel's killing of civilians

Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour on Friday criticized Israel's killing of civilians and called on the international community to condemn this aggression.

"Today is our national day... we bury our martyrs, the civilians killed by the Israeli occupying forces during this current aggression, which we condemn," the ambassador told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.

"We demand from the international community, especially the Security Council, to condemn this aggression and to stop it, to shoulder its responsibility in connection with international peace and security," the envoy added.

Mansour said he was grateful to countries and parties that called for an "independent, transparent" investigation on this crime and to hold "in an accountable way" the criminals who have committed this crime and to bring them to justice from the Israeli side.

Nov 18 12:21

When Israel’s military begins to attack, so does its army of online trolls

Act.IL is a global pro-Israel campaign at least partially funded by the country’s government. The project includes an app that enables users to earn points and prizes for promoting the state of Israel online, by attacking BDS and other pro-Palestinian movements. According to Electronic Intifada reporting from earlier this year, it’s operating with a budget of a more than a million dollars.

Nov 18 12:19

WhatsApp blocks hundreds of Palestinian journalists’ accounts

WhatsApp yesterday blocked access to hundreds of Palestinian journalists and activists who were providing live updates during the Israeli offensive on Gaza, Safa news agency reported.

This came less than 24 hours after the end of the two-day Israeli offensive which resulted in the death of 34 Palestinians and wounded 111 others.

Palestinian journalists and activists, who were active during the Israeli offensive, reported that their accounts were blocked and they were unable to use them.

Nov 18 12:17

How Western media bias allows Israel to get away with murder in Gaza

An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”.

The answer came on November 12, when the Israeli military launched a major strike against Gaza, killing an Islamic Jihad Commander, Bahaa Abu al-Ata, along with his wife Asma.

More strikes followed, targeting what the Israeli military described as Islamic Jihad installations. However, the identities of the victims, along with damning social media footage, pictures, and eyewitness accounts indicate that civilians and civilian infrastructure were bombed and destroyed as well.

Nov 18 12:16

'Gaza Fights for Freedom': An antidote to Israel’s criminal propaganda

On 1 June 2018, 21-year-old Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar was shot and killed by Israeli forces while tending to casualties during the Great March of Return - the unarmed protests that had begun two months earlier along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel and that continue to this day.

In predictable fashion, Israeli officials have cast the protesters - from children to elderly women to disabled persons - as diabolical minions sent by Hamas to lay waste to Israel via “kite and balloon terrorism” and other Scary Stuff.

As with every other manifestation of the Palestinian demand for dignity, Israel has used the Great March of Return as an opportunity to engage in mass slaughter: on a single day in May 2018, some 59 protesters were killed, including children.

Nov 18 12:15

Why did Israel bomb Gaza? Because it can

There is much speculation about the timing of Israel’s assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader, Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife, Asma.

Why rock the boat now? The killing came in the middle of Israeli coalition negotiations, that – if they fail – could lead to an unprecedented third election in a year.

It came during a period of Egyptian-mediated calm between Israel and Hamas that had raised hopes that not only would Israel’s draconian siege on Gaza be eased a little, it could secure a longer-term cessation of hostilities, as well as pave the way for Palestinian elections, long overdue.

And finally, and with a more or less simultaneous attack on an Islamic Jihad leader in Damascus (which missed its apparent target, Akram al-Ajouri, but killed a son, Muath, and a granddaughter, Batoul) it came at a time when there are plenty of other hotspots in a region that seems perpetually poised on some disastrous precipice.

Why escalate at this time?

Nov 18 09:24

PHOTO ESSAY ~~NEW YORKERS MARCH TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH GAZA

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Times Square in New York City on Friday, 15 November to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza and support the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

Nov 18 07:19

Netanyahu Kills Palestinians to Keep Opposition From Forming Government

Provoking a conflict with Gaza led to the deaths of 32 Palestinians. But, was the real objective the creation of an emergency government so Netanyahu can remain in power?

Nov 18 07:02

At This Year’s J Street Conference, “Progressive” Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace

Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.

Nov 18 07:01

‘Burn it all down’ — Netanyahu attacks rival’s possible coalition with Palestinians

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked publicly the possibility of a minority government of his rival Blue-White that would be dependent on the Joint List of Palestinians parties, crying (Hebrew) that the Blue White leadership “has lost its mind, stop this madness.”

Netanyahu said this in a video on his Facebook page. There is to be an emergency rally against the inclusion of Palestinian parties tonight in Israel.

Nov 18 07:01

Israeli threat to Al-Aqsa Mosque is getting worse

Israel’s threat to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Rahma Gate have been getting worse, the Deputy Director of Jerusalem Religious Endowment Department, said on Sunday. Najeh Bkeerat told the Palestinian Information Centre that the rising threat is due to Israeli aggression and the lack of Arab, regional, international and Islamic deterrence in response to this.

Bkeerat added that the lack of awareness about the importance of the Palestinian cause, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque among Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims is another reason for the increasing Israeli danger. Bab Al-Rahma was re-opened in February for the first time since 2003, before being closed again by the Israelis a month or so later.

Nov 18 06:57

UK: Tories to ban councils from boycotting products from Israel under manifesto plans

The Conservative Party will include in its election manifesto a ban on public bodies from boycotting or sanctioning foreign states, reported the Sunday Telegraph.

The report noted that “the policy will cover boycotts of products or divestment from pension funds connected to foreign states.”

However, the ban is primarily aimed at the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which seeks to pressure Israel to abide by international law and respect Palestinian rights.

Nov 15 17:34

The zionist Delusional Mentality: Exposed

Most zionists don't believe that God exists,but they do believe he promised them Palestine. Ilan Pappe

It is needless to say that historically the Canaanites, Jebosites (of Jerusalem), the Hittits (of Hebron); the Amorites of Schem, and the rest of the seven nation-tribes are the original inhabitants of Palestine who dwelled this land for thousands upon thousands of years before the old jewish invasion. It is needless to say that the natives of Palestine are those who built the ancient cities (towns) of Palestine like Jerusalem, Hebron, Jericho, Schem/Nablus and the rest of the Palestinian-Canaanites twons and villages.

Nov 15 11:54

Nearly every Democratic candidate rushed to defend Israel’s attack on Gaza, Warren only one to acknowledge Palestinian deaths

A ceasefire has been reached between Israel and groups in Gaza, after two days of violence that left 34 Palestinians dead. Many of the Democratic candidates have tweeted about the events, defending Israel’s actions while condemning rocket fire from Palestine. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders expressed concern for Israelis and Palestinians, while Warren was the only candidate to acknowledge that multiple Palestinians have been killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately for Warren, by making this acknowledgement, she has just lost any chance of winning the Democratic Party's nomination for President.

Tel Aviv is not amused, when someone mentions any deaths or woundings of any Palestinians; I am amazed that she apparently did not know better, than to go there.

Nov 15 11:50

Sanders, Warren speak out against Israel-Gaza violence

2020 presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday condemned recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians following the announcement of a cease-fire earlier in the day.

The two candidates took to Twitter to condemn acts of violence from Palestinian militant groups accused of firing rockets at Israel, while also calling for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

"Israelis should not have to live in fear of rocket fire. Palestinians should not have to live under occupation and blockade," Sanders tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are great, and well-nuanced sound bites; but at the end of the day, they will do nothing to forestall more violence perpetrated by Israel against Gaza.

My sense here, as that the IDF will wait for the US Thanksgiving Holiday, starting on 27 November, to uncork, big-time, against Gaza, as they figure that most of Americans will be too sated with turkey's L-tryptophan, and football, to really care, (if they ever did) about what they are going in Gaza.

Nov 15 11:34

FM: Israel will continue with policy of targeted assassinations

Israel Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Tel Aviv will continue with its policy of assassinations against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

“Israel will harm anyone who tries to harm it,” Katz told Army Radio yesterday, adding that Islamic Jihad “was beaten in an unprecedented manner in our offensive.”

Israel’s targeted assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata on Tuesday led to a new round of violence that killed 34 Palestinians and injured 111 others.

Egypt and the UN brokered a ceasefire between Palestinian faction in Gaza and Israel which came in to affect yesterday morning. Israel has, however, struck Gaza a number of times since the truce came in to affect bringing into question how long it will hold.

Nov 15 10:51

Tenuous truce in Gaza as Islamic Jihad, Israel differ on terms

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms.

Islamic Jihad said an Egyptian-mediated truce went into effect at 0330 GMT, about 48 hours after Israel triggered the exchange of fire by killing the Iranian-backed faction’s top Gaza commander in an air strike, deeming him an imminent threat.

Occasional rocket fire from Gaza and a retaliatory Israeli air strike broke the calm, but the ceasefire largely held.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping, and praying, that the cease-fire will hold; that being said, I am not holding my breath, that this is a done deal.

Nov 15 09:36

Israel security minister threatens to assassinate more Palestinian 'enemies'

Israel's temporary security minister Naftali Bennett threatened yet more Palestinian leaders after the killing of an Islamic Jihad commander in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Far-right Naftali Bennet on Wednesday morning sent a threat to Palestinian officials as Israel's military continues to bomb civilians in Gaza.

"This morning we send a clear message to all our enemies on all fronts: whoever plans to target us in the daytime will never be safe for the night to pass," he said.

Nov 15 09:34

No justifying Israel’s bloodshed in Gaza

A truce was declared by Israel and Islamic Jihad early Thursday, bringing an end to 48 hours of violence across the Gaza-Israel boundary that teetered on the brink of a full-blown war.

Gaza’s health ministry stated that Israeli forces killed 34 Palestinians during the fighting, nearly half of them civilians, including eight children and three women. No Israeli fatalities were reported.

Three members of the Ayyad family, among them a 7-year-old child, were killed as they were on a motorcycle in front of their Gaza City home on Wednesday, 13 November.

They were targeted as they were rushing to a hospital after a relative had been injured in a separate attack.

Nov 15 09:33

Three days in hell: Gaza takes stock after Israeli offensive

Residents of the Gaza Strip spent three days and nights under bombardment by Israeli forces between Tuesday and Thursday, after the Israeli army assassinated Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu al-Atta on Tuesday, prompting the Palestinian resistance group to launch a barrage of rockets at Israel.

For three days, Islamic Jihad and the Israeli army exchanged fire, with the Israeli army killing at least 34 Palestinians in Gaza, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

These days put Gaza residents under intense pressure, stoking fears that they might be reliving the devastation of the month-long 2014 war, whose consequences are still visible across the besieged Palestinian enclave.

The government information office in Gaza reported that 48 housing units were completely or partially damaged by Israeli air strikes over the span of those three days. (MEE/Mohammed al-Hajjar)

Nov 15 09:28

One-third of Gazans slain by Israel were women & children

A third of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the 3-day offensive on Gaza were women and children. 111 Palestinians, including 46 children and 20 women, were injured. The bombardment damaged dozens of homes, 15 schools, farmland. 8 members of one family were killed in their home. No Israelis were killed

Nov 15 09:12

Major defense technology leak? Israeli missile interceptor reportedly falls in Gaza Strip and is intact

Like many other interceptors, the Tamir missile destroys enemy projectiles by approaching them mid-course and detonating its warhead to send out an expanding ring of shrapnel. The tricky part is correctly identifying the right time for the detonation and executing the defensive explosion exactly when needed.

The timing must be perfect, considering the astounding speeds at which both the targeted projectile and the interceptor travel. So, it’s no surprise that the components responsible for it, the active radar seeker and the fuse section, are highly classified (and sought-after by anyone wishing to reverse engineer the Israeli technology). Usually an interceptor that fails to hit its target self-destructs to protect its secrets.

But one Tamir missile seems to have been recovered by someone in the Gaza Strip with this highly-sensitive part still intact, defense news website The Drive reports.

Nov 14 08:41

UN condemns rockets fired from Gaza; ignores deadly Israel air strikes

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said today that “the indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars against population centres is absolutely unacceptable and must stop immediately.”

In a statement he ignored the continuous Israeli strikes in Gaza, which have resulted in the death of 24 and injured 69 over the past two days, in addition to demolition and damaging residential buildings in the besieged enclave.

“I am very concerned about the ongoing and serious escalation between Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel, following the targeted killing of one of the group’s leaders inside Gaza yesterday,” Mladenov said.

Nov 14 08:38

NETANYAHU’S LAST ATTEMPT TO STAY IN POWER ~~ BOMB GAZA!

Benjamin Netanyahu’s motivation in killing a Palestinian commander in Gaza was partly political, a former Israeli negotiator said today: Netanyahu aims to show that his chief rival to be prime minister, Benny Gantz, cannot be counted on to provide security to the country.

Nov 14 08:37

THE STAR OF DAVID AS A SYMBOL OF OPPRESSION

It is to be thanked for the criticism of the left-wing town councilor Simon Aulepp that finally a dispute and a basis for discussion arise in Germany. Who is Jewish and what does Judaism mean in Germany? (1) He asks the legitimate question of whether the city council would raise the flag of Saudi Arabia at the town hall, if Muslims were killed in an attack in Germany? However, in this context, Saudi Arabia seems unhelpful. I would find Turkey the right state in this context when it comes to expressing sympathy in racist murders. After all, about 3.5 million Turkish citizens live in Germany.

Nov 14 08:34

Three children killed as Israel escalates Gaza attacks

The number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip rose to at least 25 on Wednesday as Israel escalated its lethal attacks on the territory that began on Tuesday morning.

Three children are among those slain.

Gaza’s health ministry said that more than 85 Palestinians have been injured, including 30 children.

Israel extrajudicially executed Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu al-Ata early Tuesday along with his wife, provoking an exchange of Israeli missile strikes on Gaza and rocket fire from the territory.

Israel is targeting civilian areas, homes, vehicles, stores, security sites and fields, the human rights group Al Mezan stated on Wednesday.

Nov 14 08:33

Media use of “targeted killing” whitewashes Israeli attacks

The “pinpoint” strike or “targeted killing” is back. Mainstream media simply can’t resist such terms even when the wording is clearly misleading.

The New York Times described Baha Abu al-Ata, who was killed in an Israeli air strike early Tuesday, as a senior commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Adopting the language of the Israeli army, The Times wrote that “Targeted strikes against militant leaders have led to war before, and Israel has sworn them off in the past.”

But this was no “targeted” strike.

In the third paragraph, the newspaper of record notes that Asma Abu al-Ata, the commander’s wife, was also killed in the attack on their home in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City.

Not until the 24th paragraph is it noted that one of Abu al-Ata’s young sons was injured as well.

Nov 14 08:19

Israeli group opposes: ‘A war to keep Netanyahu on his throne’

At least 50 Israeli airstrikes & artillery shelling over the past 2 days have killed 23 Gazans, injured 69, and destroyed homes and farmland. Israeli peace group Gush Shalom opposes ‘a war that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is dragging Israel into… a war that will only bring death, suffering, and pain on both sides…’

Nov 14 08:19

Israel kills 8 members of same family in Gaza 

Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed eight members of the same family, the Ministry of Health announced today.

Witnesses said Israeli occupation fighters targeted the Al-Sawarka family home at 1:15am local time today, destroying it.

The house is located east of the city of Deir Al-Balah, in the middle of the Gaza Strip.

Nov 14 08:18

Hundreds of Israel settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque

Protected by the Israeli police, 244 Israelis today raided Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Endowment said.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, 99 settlers, 97 students from religious schools, 40 government employees and eight intelligence officers raided the holy site.

Nov 14 07:46

Israel’s precision propaganda tries to justify the slaughter of innocents

The seriously misnamed Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and its supporters get very upset when members of the fifth largest army in the world are accused of targeting innocent women and children. They issue vehement denials to the world even though that is exactly what happens as a direct consequence of firing high explosives into densely populated civilian areas.

Even as the bombs are falling, Israeli propaganda goes into top gear. An IDF tweet yesterday announced dramatically: “BREAKING: We just targeted Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, Baha Abu Al Ata. Al Ata was directly responsible for hundreds of terror attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. His next attack was imminent.” This was followed quickly up by another post which claimed that the deadly attack was a “precision strike”.

Nov 13 08:12

Ten killed in Gaza as Israel instigates new war

Israeli missile strikes on Gaza and rocket fire from the territory continued late Tuesday evening after the assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader earlier in the day set off the most serious military confrontation in months.

Ten Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes during the day, according to Gaza’s health ministry. Meanwhile, Israel closed the besieged territory’s crossing points and reduced the fishing zone to six nautical miles off of Gaza’s coast.

The spokesperson for Islamic Jihad’s military wing vowed late Tuesday that the “coming hours will mark a victory for the Palestinian people. Israel began this campaign, but it will be notified when it ends.”

Nov 13 08:11

EU’s top court upholds right to boycott Israeli settlement goods

The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that goods from Israeli colonies on occupied Palestinian land must be labeled as originating from settlements.

The judgment is a severe blow to Israel’s efforts to legitimize its colonies in the occupied West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights – the construction of which is a war crime.

The court, the highest judicial authority for interpreting EU law, stated that labeling settlement goods is mandatory “in order to prevent consumers from being misled as to the fact that the State of Israel is present in the territories concerned as an occupying power and not as a sovereign entity.”

The ruling also acknowledges that Israel’s settlements are part of a “policy of population transfer” by Israel “in violation of the rules of general international humanitarian law.”

Nov 13 08:10

Israel calls up reserve soldiers as Gaza death toll mounts

The Israeli government has called up several hundred reserve soldiers, as the Israeli army continues to strike the Gaza Strip following the assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad military leader in the besieged Palestinian territory.

At least 10 Palestinians have been killed and 45 others wounded in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip that began early on Tuesday morning, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said that most of those killed were civilians.

Nov 13 08:06

Israel carried out 30 attacks in Gaza Strip, says army

The Israeli army carried out at least 30 airstrikes and artillery attacks Tuesday on several areas of the Gaza Strip, according to the government’s media office in the Strip, reports Anadolu Agency.

“More than 20 Israeli airstrikes and 10 artillery shelling have been marked in different parts of the enclave since early Tuesday,” it said in a statement.

Targets included agricultural lands, residential buildings and a number of sites of Palestinian factions.

Nov 13 07:40

When a whole society supports a terrorist organization

After the 2008-9 Israeli onslaught on Gaza that took 1500 lives, a UN fact-finding mission concluded that the three-week campaign was “a deliberately disproportionate attack, designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population.” Note the word “terrorize.”

But was this an isolated incident? Not at all. Israel has a long and sordid history of state-terrorist activity. There was the pre-state terror, which eventually served as a means of ethnic cleansing, known as the Nakba of 1948. Those Palestinians who tried to return were shot by the thousands, most of them unarmed.

Nov 13 07:38

The shared trauma of Palestinian life

The most alarming messages to me and my siblings are those messages that come in the middle of the night.

My mother, Halima, is writing to us in our private family chat group that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza started again. She tells us our one-year-old niece is traumatized and shaking of fear. They start to comfort her or play with her to distract her, but the home is shaking and the windows might blow in anytime from the impact of the falling F16 bombs.

My parents and my brother continue to write throughout the day about how horrible last night was in Gaza. How the Israeli warplanes and drones are still above them; bombing areas every now and then. I just wake up to realize Gaza was attacked all night, and that warplanes and drones are still hovering.

Nov 13 07:11

Israel’s war on Islamic Jihad

srael launched two attacks simultaneously on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad yesterday, one targeting Bahaa Abu Al-Ata — a senior commander of its military wing, Al-Quds Brigades — in Gaza, and the other targeting the movement’s Damascus-based political bureau member Akram Al-Ajouri. Abu Al-Ata and his wife were killed in the former, while Al-Ajouri’s son was killed in the latter.

Nov 13 07:10

Palestinian, Regional, and International Groups Submit Report on Israeli Apartheid to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

In November 2019, eight Palestinian, regional, and international organisations, including Al-Haq, BADIL, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Addameer, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (CCPRJ), the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), and Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network (HIC-HLRN), submitted a comprehensive 60-page report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) ahead of Israel’s upcoming review in December 2019.

Nov 13 06:58

Netanyahu says Israel-Gaza fighting 'could take time'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said fighting with Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants that erupted after Israel killed their top field commander in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday could prove protracted.

“Israel is not interested in escalation, but we will do everything required to protect ourselves,” Netanyahu told reporters at military headquarters. “This could take time. What is needed is stamina and cool-headedness.”

Nov 13 06:56

A wall, arrests and close surveillance: How Israel fences in a Palestinian family

Their every move is filmed, every exit from their house depends on the army and they may access their land three times a year at most. The Gharib family has been living this way since Israel surrounded them with settlers

Nov 12 13:34

Israel is silencing the last voices trying to stop abuses against Palestinians

Jonathan Cook highlights recent cases of extraordinary human rights abuses by Israeli soldiers, and argues that it is a sign of Israel’s overweening confidence in its own impunity that it is also openly violating the rights of those whose job it is to monitor human rights.>>

Nov 12 09:55

Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza after Israel assassinates senior Islamic Jihad leader

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel does not seek to escalate tensions with the besieged Gaza Strip, just hours after the Israeli army announced that it had assassinated a senior military leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

In a statement, Islamic Jihad confirmed the death of 42-year-old Bahaa Abu al-Atta, the group's commander in the northern Gaza Strip, and his wife Asmaa, 39, in an Israeli attack on their house in the east of Gaza City.

Around an hour after the killings in Gaza, dozens of missiles were launched into Israel from Gaza after Palestinian groups vowed retaliation for the killings. Israeli forces have carried out several subsequent strikes in Gaza

At least two more Palestinians, who Israel claimed was part of an Islamic Jihad rocket launching unit, were reported to have been killed, the Gaza Ministry of Health said, raising the death toll to four Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza on Tuesday.

Nov 12 09:54

Israeli settlement products must be clearly labelled, rules European court

The European Union's top court has ruled in favour of clearly labelling products made in Israeli settlements as having been produced in the occupied West Bank, an announcement that could have wide-reaching implications.

The ruling, which the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered on Tuesday morning, clarifies labelling rules for Israeli settlement products sold in France specifically.

"Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indication of that provenance," the ECJ said in a statement - adding that such labelling would allow consumers to make choices based on "ethical considerations and considerations relating to the observance of international law".

Nov 12 06:13

Israeli forces kill another young Palestinian man ‘for no reason’ in Hebron refugee camp

Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, was shot in the abdomen near the front steps of his home in the camp during protests commemorating the death of revered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Eyewitness reports said that al-Badawi was exiting his home in an attempt to put out a small fire that had started nearby as a result of clashes between Israeli forces and local protesters.

Nov 12 06:12

Israel murders senior Islamic Jihad official and his wife in Gaza

The Israeli occupation army announced on Tuesday that it had killed a senior military official of Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Bahaa Abu Al-Ata was killed in what was described as a complicated joint operation with the internal security agency Shin Bet.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that Abu Al-Ata and his wife Asmaa were killed in an Israeli air strike on their house in the east of Gaza City. It also confirmed that their children Salim, Mohammed Layan and Fatima, as well as their neighbour Hanan Hellis, were wounded in the same attack. All are in a stable condition in hospital.

Nov 12 06:11

Israeli troops kill West Bank Palestinian, UN demands probe

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said, drawing a UN demand for the incident to be investigated, reports Reuters.

They said 22-year-old Omar Badawi was shot in the chest in Al-Aroub refugee camp, near Hebron city. It was not immediately clear if he had taken part in the protests marking the 15th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Nov 12 06:11

The crime rate against Arab Israelis exposes intolerable state discrimination

Palestinian citizens of Israel — the Arab Israelis — are witnessing a steady increase in violence and use of firearms against their community. The number of murder victims has risen alarmingly. According to Israeli police data, 77 Arab citizens have been killed this year alone, including 11 women. In 2018 the figure was 75, including 15 women; in 2017, 72, including 10 women; in 2016, 64, including 10 women; and in 2015, 58 were killed, including 14 women.

There are 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, almost 20 per cent of the total population, but the murder rate is disproportionate to their numbers. This has led community leaders to accuse the Israeli authorities and police of not pursuing criminals adequately and seizing illegal weapons. Demonstrations have been held to condemn Israel’s official silence about the crime rate.

Nov 12 06:06

Israeli forces kill another young Palestinian man ‘for no reason’ in Hebron refugee camp

Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, was shot in the abdomen near the front steps of his home in the camp during protests commemorating the death of revered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Eyewitness reports said that al-Badawi was exiting his home in an attempt to put out a small fire that had started nearby as a result of clashes between Israeli forces and local protesters.

A video, published by Quds News Network, shows al-Badawi slowly exiting an alleyway next to his home and waving a white towel — seemingly to indicate to soldiers that he meant no harm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The Only Democracy in the Middle East" where innocent Palestinians get assassinated in the prime of their lives.

GIVE ME A BREAK, HERE!!

Nov 11 12:14

‘Hey Boston! Thanks for the guns!’ Guerrilla ads oppose U.S. aid to Israel

Yesterday a Palestinian solidarity group in Boston posted photographs of ads opposing US military aid to Israel that were put up in Boston bus kiosks. Richard Colbath-Hess, who has placed Palestinian solidarity ads in Boston in the past, says that the group doing this action is anonymous because such ads are banned, and these ads were placed in kiosks in guerrilla manner, swapped out for existing ads. “The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority took down our ads twice over about a year,” he says of his own efforts. “The first time we got the ACLU to get the ad back up then they banned political ads entirely. The governor got involved. Most subways in the country have followed suit.”

Nov 11 12:13

Panic over BDS reaches fever pitch

The Czech parliament’s decision to pass a resolution condemning the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as anti-Semitic last week is only the most recent example of how the panic over BDS has reached a fever pitch.

This latest round of attempts to stop public criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians began in Britain in May. Jeremy Hunt, at the time foreign secretary and running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, attacked supporters of BDS by declaring that “boycotting Israel – the world’s only Jewish state – is anti-Semitic.”

Far more unnerving, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed a resolution that same month that condemned BDS as inherently anti-Semitic.

Nov 09 06:48

Israel's Netanyahu appoints far-right Bennett as defence minister

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed the head of a far-right political party as defence minister of his caretaker government, a spokesman for the premier’s right-wing Likud party said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This move (and under Israeli law, as the leader of a caretaker government, can Netanyahu actually do this?!?) does not augur well at all for peace with the Palestinians, which is precisely why Netanyahu made this choice.

Nov 08 07:07

Vegan Washing: How Israel Uses Veganism to Gloss Over Palestinian Oppression

Israel, its government tells us, is a vegan paradise of tolerance and open-mindedness, where its soldiers can serve their country according to their ethical principles, eating vegan food and wearing clothes free from leather, wool, or other animal products. There are now around 10,000 vegan soldiers in the IDF, and that figure is quickly rising. Meanwhile, Tel Aviv markets itself to foreigners as the “vegan capital of the world”.

Nov 08 07:05

Former Israel commander says Israel’s ‘unjust’ war in Palestine fuels ‘anti-Semitism around the world’

Last week a former Israeli security official urged American Jews to restrain Israel’s “unjust” war in Palestine because it fuels anti-Semitism around the world. The statement is remarkable because that view is generally seen as anathema: saying that Israel’s actions have any role in the growth of anti-Semitism.

Ami Ayalon, a Navy commander and former head of the Shin Bet, spoke at J Street last week and said that Israelis believe they are fighting a just war of defense for their existence, and that the world refuses to acknowledge that. But in fact Israel’s existence is established, and American Jews can see that Israel is engaged in an unjust war.

Nov 07 07:38

Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s nothing friendly about Israeli apartheid

Last year, letters from Palestine, a huge outpouring on social media and actions on the ground in Buenos Aires and Barcelona convinced Argentina to cancel a planned friendly match in Jerusalem.

Israel uses the prestige of championship teams like Argentina and Uruguay and star players Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to sports-wash its regime of oppression, apartheid and occupation.

We’ve stopped this before. We can stop it again.

Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s Nothing Friendly About Israeli Apartheid

Nov 07 07:33

Settlers Steal Olive Harvest in Nablus Area

Israeli settlers, today, stole an olive harvest belonging to Palestinian farmers in the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, to the south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to a local source.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that, according to a number of Palestinian farmer, Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Elieh had stolen the harvest of about 900 of their olive trees.

The West Bank has been witnessing a wave of settler attacks and agricultural terrorism as Palestinian farmers began the year’s olive harvest. Attacks were mainly in northern villages near Nablus and Salfit governorates, which have the largest concentration of illegal Israeli settlements.

Nov 06 08:49

U.S. Press Horrified By Trump’s “Shoot Migrants in the Legs” But Ignores What Israeli Snipers Do to Palestinian Protesters

AMERICANS WERE HORRIFIED to hear that President Donald Trump wanted to have U.S. forces at the U.S.-Mexico border charge migrants with bayonets or shoot them in the legs. Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis at the New York Times reported that Trump wanted U.S. forces to fire on migrants as they sought to come into the country, aiming for their legs so as to injure but not kill them.

Trump has denied that he urged these courses of action, but the Washington Post was able to confirm the conversation with staffers (who objected that these steps would be illegal and who simply disregarded Trump’s instructions. Among those who pushed back was then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who is said to have insisted that U.S. troops not “interact” with the migrants in any way.)

Nov 05 09:51

PALESTINOPHOBIA … THE LATEST FROM JARED KUSHNER

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law is at it again. In June, he cast doubt about the ability of the Palestinian people to govern themselves. And, as if that was not enough, he made it absolutely clear this week that Israel is not responsible for Palestinian hardship.

“Israel is not the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Kushner told the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. He went on: “If you want to go and invest in the West Bank or Gaza, the issue that’s holding you back is the fear of terrorism and that your investment could be destroyed.”

Nov 05 09:50

LOVE IN JERUSALEM CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Israeli occupation forces brutally beating number of Palestinians in Al wad road in the old city of Jerusalem

Nov 05 09:49

Gilad Atzmon on Truth, Faith and Palestine – Chester Interfaith Palestine Conference

In the last few days Zionist and Israeli advocacy groups were desperate to cancel the gathering of many local peace enthusiasts, intellectuals and religious leaders. Every Hasbara trick was put into play: Social media abuse, intimidating phone calls, smears and lies. But none of it worked. The pro- Israeli bigoted efforts backfired - - interest in the conference grew immediately, the local community stood for Palestine, peace, harmony and free speech!

Roderick Heather MBE, Chairman of Hoole Community Centre was subjected to vitriolic abuse. I learned yesterday that Mr Heather decided to attend the conference meetings and to judge for himself whether it was a ‘hateful’ gathering. Apparently he was impressed and announced to the group at the end of the first day that they will always be welcome at the Hoole Centre. Here is the message Mr Heather sent to North West Friends of Israel, the advocacy pressure group that led the campaign.

Nov 05 09:13

Israel has ‘stolen 90% of Jordan Valley’

The Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee said on Monday that Israel’s occupation has stolen 90 per cent of the Jordan Valley, Felesteen.ps has reported. Saeb Erekat made his comment during a press conference after a tour organised jointly by the Palestinian Ministry of Information and the PLO’s refugee department in the area.

“The biggest danger regarding the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlement is Israel’s attempt to extend its sovereignty over the Valley under security pretexts that are aimed at tightening restrictions on the Palestinians,” said the veteran PLO official. He pointed out that the occupation state has taken an estimated $450m worth of property stolen from local Palestinian residents.

Nov 05 09:09

Twitter censors news from Palestine

Twitter shut down the accounts of Quds News Network, a major Palestinian news publication, without warning or explanation.

Twitter has provided no explanation for why it shut down the accounts of Quds News Network, a major Palestinian news service, over the weekend.

This alarming act of censorship is another indication of the complicity of major social media firms in Israel’s efforts to suppress news and information about its abuses of Palestinian rights.

QNN said on Monday that its four main accounts were suspended without warning or explanation early on Saturday.

Nov 03 04:40

Netanyahu Accuses Hamas of Firing Rockets at Israel From Gaza

On Friday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said that a total of 10 rockets had been fired from Gaza, including eight projectiles that had been intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas was responsible for all rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza.

“We are in a very sensitive security period, that is explosive in several spheres in the east, north, and south,” Netanyahu said.
“Immediately after the rocket fire on the Gaza envelope, I convened a top level security meeting in the military headquarters in Tel Aviv,” he stressed.

The Israeli military reported that the rockets were fired late on Friday. Eight of them were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defence system. One of the rockets hit a residential building in southern Israel, damaging it.

Tensions near the Gaza Strip border heightened on Friday amid the 81st anti-Israeli protest, dubbed the Great March of Return.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can only wonder at what targets the IDF will hit in Gaza, or elsewhere, when it uncorks the next time; I am having a sense, however, that the next time may well be very soon; the crisis in Lebanon, with Al-Harari's resignation last Tuesday, may,, for Tel Aviv's taste, be just... too good NOT to attempt some kind of intense disturbance there.

Nov 01 08:41

Israeli govt approves over 2,300 settler homes – watchdog

Israel has approved the construction of 2,342 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said Thursday.

The decision was taken on October 10, the watchdog said, adding that 59 percent of the new homes will be erected in “settlements that Israel likely may evacuate under a peace agreement” with the Palestinians.

According to Peace Now, plans for 8,337 housing units in the settlements have been approved since the beginning of the year.

This represented an increase of close to 50 percent compared with 2018, when plans for 5,618 housing units were approved, AFP reports. Some 600,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem among almost 2.9 million Palestinians.

Oct 31 09:58

UN expert Michael Lynk: International community must end Israel’s ‘belligerent’ occupation

Canadian law professor and UN human rights expert Michael Lynk is no stranger to media attention.

As the Special Rapporteur on Palestinian territories, Lynk has reported on Israel’s human rights violations in the territories for years, drawing criticism from Israel and its allies, and widespread support from human rights defenders in Palestine and across the globe.

Lynk’s latest round of media scrutiny came last week when he released his latest report on the human rights situation in Palestine, and called for an international ban on Israeli settlement goods.

Oct 31 09:56

‘The agony’ — Young Jews shattered by Israel’s conduct dominate J Street stages

If there was one moment that conveys the crisis that the J Street conference this week revealed inside the official American Jewish community, it was when a young Jewish foreign policy professional who works at an Obama thinktank said she had avoided the Israel question all her life out of disgust at what she saw in news stories, before finally going on a semi-official delegation early this year because it included Palestine.

“I am still highly disturbed and unsettled, and I don’t know if that will ever go away,” Brett Rosenberg said quietly.

Oct 31 09:55

UMass SJP open letter to chancellor on statement attacking BDS

Open Letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy:

The UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine read your statement on October 21st, 2019 regarding the November 12th panel event titled: “The Attack on BDS [Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions] & American Democracy.” We were appalled that as Chancellor of a University which prides itself on being “revolutionary” you would use your position of power to alienate students and provide false information regarding the reality of the non-violent, non-anti-Semitic, Palestinian-led BDS movement.

Oct 31 06:08

Facebook COO ignores Palestinian complaints of censorship, pledges $2.5 mill to Israel advocacy group 

The Israeli government & the ADL, which advocates for Israel, help Facebook executives decide which content to censor. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Palestinians’ Facebook pages are increasingly being removed. At a time when social media have become the new ‘public square,’ Palestinians are being denied equal access...

Oct 31 06:06

Israeli sniper gets community service over killing of Gaza boy

An Israeli soldier has been sentenced to a month of the military’s equivalent of community service and his rank downgraded for firing his weapon toward an unarmed boy during protests in Gaza last year.

The child, Uthman Rami Hillis, 14, died after he was hit in the chest with a live bullet that exited through his back east of Gaza City on 13 July 2018.

Video documenting the fatal shooting shows Hillis climbing a fence along the Gaza-Israel boundary before he falls and other protesters rush to his aid:

Oct 31 06:05

Israel worried European court ruling will force labelling of illegal settlement produce

The Israeli government is “worried” that a court decision in November will compel European countries to label produce made in illegal West Bank settlements, reported the Times of Israel.

On 12 November, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) will issue a final decision on a case that began when an Israeli settlement winery “appealed a French court’s decision that determined that wines produced by Israeli settlers may not be labelled as ‘Made in Israel’”.

Oct 31 06:04

Israel re-arrests Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar

Just eight months after her release, Israeli occupation forces today arrested Palestinian female lawmaker Khalida Jarrar from her house in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Her lawyer Sahar Francis said Shin Bet security services stormed Jarrar’s house in the early morning and arrested her.

Jarrar was released from Israeli jail in February after spending 20 months in administrative detention.

Oct 30 10:22

Trump’s Syria Trifecta?

According to Friedman, “(t)he job of the (US) president is to…oppose any foe to ensure the survival of freedom with the fact that US interests and values still require us to remain engaged around the world in a sustainable way.”

Translation: Preemptive wars on targeted nations threatening no one are OK as long as waged by Pentagon and allied forces, the rule of law a nonissue.Fact: The so-called global war on terrorism is a colossal hoax. It’s war OF terrorism on humanity at home and abroad, not on it.

Fact: ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups are used as US imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and virtually anywhere else where the Pentagon and CIA want them deployed.

The notion of involvement by US forces in combatting ISIS is one of the biggest Big Lies about US wars of aggression.

Oct 30 09:06

Israel’s new moves to airbrush the occupation

Jonathan Cook highlights moves in Israel designed to make the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank permanent by legalising land theft by Jewish settlers who would thereafter be treated as “locals”, in an attempt to bypass the international prohibition on altering the demography of occupied land. >>

Oct 30 08:43

The PA is doing Israel’s dirty work; that’s why it was created

Despite what you may have heard, the Palestinian Authority is not a “Palestinian government”. Indeed, “Palestinian Authority” is a misnomer, as the entity has no genuine authority, and does not act in the interests of most Palestinians.

Above all else, it is certainly not a democratic body. There have been no Palestinian Authority elections for almost 14 years now, internal ballots aside.

The last time the PA’s sham parliament held genuinely democratic elections was in 2006. From the perspective of US imperialism and its allies, though, the wrong party won. Palestine’s Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, won on an anti-corruption and social welfare ticket, with an electoral list of candidates called Change and Reform. Palestinian voters opted for Hamas as a change from the corruption viewed as rife in the ruling Fatah movement of Mahmoud Abbas.

Oct 29 14:00

Video: Jordanian Woman Locked Up in Israel Sent to Hospital After Monthlong Hunger Strike

Jordanian woman Heba al-Labadi was admitted to the Bnei Zion Hospital in the city of Haifa Thursday, after going on a monthlong hunger strike to protest her detention without trial by Israeli officials.

According to a report by The Times of Israel, Labadi, 32, received fluids at the hospital on Thursday and Monday before being sent back to the Kishon Prison in northern Israel where she is being held. She was arrested by Israeli officials on August 20 at the Allenby Bridge that connects the West Bank with Jordan “because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations,” according to the Israeli Shin Bet security service.

Labadi has been held in administrative detention for months without any formal charges, with Israeli authorities claiming that she is a danger to the country’s security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Indefinite detention, coupled with torture and solitary confinement, without any real shred of something approximating evidence, is a common set of tools used by Shin Bet.

Oct 28 09:00

Israel destroyed record number of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 2019

Israel has demolished a record number of homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, the most in the past 15 years, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported on Thursday.

More than 140 Palestinian homes were demolished, resulting in the displacement of 238 Palestinians, 127 of them minors.

Of the homes that were destroyed, 39 were destroyed by the owners themselves after they received demolition orders from Israel, in order to avoid incurring the municipality’s demolition fees.

Oct 28 08:59

Israel considers halting Palestinian exports and imports

The Israeli occupation government is planning to suspend exports and imports with the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, due to the Palestinian decision to suspend imports of Israeli calves, Al-Wattan Voice reported on Friday.

According to the Israeli Public Broadcaster KAN, Al-Watan Voice have revealed that Israel is proposing to stop passing commodities from abroad to the occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as prohibiting the export of olive oil and dates from the Occupied Territories.

Oct 28 06:28

Settlers steal olives from Palestinian groves in Nablus

Palestinian farmers reported that Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Itamar had stolen olives from their groves and caused damage to trees near the separation fence in the southeast of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Palestine Information Centre reports.

Awarta town chief Saad Awwad said that several local farmers managed to enter the area behind the fence where their groves are located and were shocked to see that all the olive fruits had been removed from the trees.

Awwad added that branches of many trees had also been broken by settlers.

Oct 28 06:08

Farmers Denied Entry to Their Land Behind Israeli Apartheid Wall

Israeli occupation forces today prevented Palestinian farmers from accessing their own groves located on the other side of the Israeli segregation barrier near the central West Bank town of Salfit, local sources told WAFA.

Ibrahim Hamad, director of the Salfit Directorate of Agriculture, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers manning one of the barrier’s gates, denied farmers access to their own lands for the annual olive harvest. The farmers had proper Israeli permits allowing them to cross through the gate, yet were still denied.

Israeli army also denied access of more farmers to their lands, behind the segregation barrier near the village of Mas’ha, west of Salfit.

Oct 28 06:03

Israel Prevents UN Special Rapporteur from Traveling to Palestine

Special rapporteur of the United Nations Organization on human rights in Palestine Michael Lynk condemned Israel for preventing him Thursday from traveling to the Palestinian territories, violating thus established procedures and protocols.

Oct 28 03:26

95 Demonstrators Injured in Gaza Protests: Protests Mark the 80th Friday of the Great March of Return

This past Friday marked the 80th Great March of Return in the occupied Gaza Strip. Since March 2018, protesters have gathered near the Israel border fence every Friday. Israeli forces have killed over 300 Gazans since the protests started, most near the border fence.

At the most recent demonstrations, 95 protesters were injured, among them 43 children, 2 paramedics, and a journalist. 36 of those wounded were shot with live bullets, the rest either hit with rubber bullets or tear gas canisters.

Demonstrators are demanding an end to the blockade that has been in effect since 2007. The economy of Gaza is in dire straits, unemployment is around 50 percent, and about 70 percent for the occupied territories’ youth.

Israeli forces have killed children, journalists, paramedics, and disabled people since the protests began. In February, the UN released a report accusing Israeli soldiers of war crimes for how they targeted the civilian protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What else can we expect from a hideously apartheid, self-declared theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

This is why the BDS movement needs to move forward, and rapidly; most Israelis speak Hebrew, but are bilingual in economics.

Oct 25 10:07

Washington's Palestine museum brings new voices to the US capital

The centre of American political power didn't have a gallery or museum devoted to Palestine - until now

Oct 25 10:06

Israeli troops desecrate mosque, abduct 8-year old in al-Issawiya

Israeli forces on Thursday evening invaded the town of al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem, desecrated a mosque, and fired tear gas at Palestinian residents of the town.

Local sources told WAFA that a number of heavily armed Israeli soldiers had desecrated their shoes at the Al-Arba’een mosque in the middle of Issawiya, under the pretext of “searching for children.”

Earlier on Thursday afternoon, the Israeli forces abducted Majd Rafat Tariq al-Issawi from the center of the town.

Oct 25 07:09

Army Attacks Farmers, Volunteers, In Olive Orchards Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers attacked Thursday, Palestinian farmers and volunteers picking olive trees in orchards owned by the residents in the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers invaded the Palestinian orchards, near the illegal Aliya colony, which was installed on private lands.

It added that the soldiers fired any gas bombs, and concussion grenades, in addition to assaulting several Palestinians with their batons.

Oct 25 07:09

Israel Attempts to Wipe out Palestinian Curriculum in Jerusalem

Up to 100,000 Palestinian students are facing the threat of using distorted schoolbooks in occupied Jerusalem, Deputy Palestinian Education Minister Basri Saleh said on Sunday.

During a meeting held in Cairo, Basri said that the Israeli occupation has been working hard to impose the distorted Israeli narratives related to the history of Palestine and the conflict in the schoolbooks.

He also said that the Israeli occupation has been exerting efforts to impose the Israeli curriculum on Palestinian schools in occupied Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem is waiting intensified efforts from us,” he told the meeting, calling on the Arab League to address the urgent educational needs of Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Oct 25 06:43

Vital medicines run out in Gaza

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