"Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to lie." -- Michael Rivero

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Joe Biden’s history with Israel’s illegal settlement project is a lot longer than anyone else’s in U.S. politics. More than 40 years ago when he was a young senator, he banged the table and told Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, If you don’t stop building illegal settlements across the Green Line we’re going to slash aid!

Geneva cancels Palestinian prisoner art exhibition amid claims of Israeli pressure MikeRivero Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:27

Geneva has banned an exhibition that highlights the suffering of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, just days before its scheduled start.

The exhibition was set to be held from May 25-27. It was a collaboration between the Palestinian prisoner solidarity network Samidoun and the Rouge secour organisation, a group that works to highlight the plight of political prisoners.

Israel advances bills to tighten control over Palestinian schools MikeRivero Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:27

The Israeli parliament has advanced two bills that would bring Palestinian schools and staff in Israel under increased scrutiny from the security and intelligence services.

If passed, one of the bills proposed on Wednesday would require the education ministry to carry out background security checks on potential teachers.

Hamas Slams Israel over Decision to Turn Jerusalem Citadel into Jewish Museum MikeRivero Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:26

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas condemned on Wednesday Israel’s transformation of the ancient Palestinian historical site, the Citadel of Jerusalem, into a Jewish museum with the new name of the Tower of David Museum, the Middle East Monitor reported.

“Hamas condemns in the strongest possible terms the Israeli occupation’s decision to turn the Citadel of Jerusalem, an ancient fortress located near the Hebron Gate in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, into the Tower of David Museum,” an official statement announced.

BDS Movement Declares Victory as G4S Decides to Divest Completely from Israel MikeRivero Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:26

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement declared victory on Thursday in its years-long campaign against corporate security giant G4S.

“In a major win for human rights activism against corporate complicity, the world’s largest private security company Allied Universal, which owns G4S, has decided to sell all its remaining business in apartheid Israel,” BDS said in a statement, adding:

Endless Israeli aggression leaves Gaza's children with mental health challenges MikeRivero Fri, 06/02/2023 - 08:22

Despite the quiet after the latest Israeli aggression on the besieged coastal enclave, Gaza's children continue to grapple with significant mental health issues.

Bullying campaign after US graduate speech criticises Israel MikeRivero Thu, 06/01/2023 - 07:17

It is not often that Republicans and Democrats in the United States find common ground, but this week, officials from both major parties pursued a shared cause – bashing a New York law school graduate for a speech criticising Israel.

Israel to bolster construction sector with thousands of Indian workers MikeRivero Wed, 05/31/2023 - 08:07

Israel is planning to bring around 10,000 workers from India to fill positions in the construction and nursing industries, in a sign of deepening economic and political cooperation between Tel Aviv and New Delhi.

According to Hebrew news outlets, the workers will arrive in stages, with half destined for the construction sector and the remaining half designated for nursing roles.

At least 5,000 workers are due in the first year. The final labor agreement is still being negotiated between Israeli and Indian officials.

Israel plunders its own treasury to prepare for a far-right future MikeRivero Wed, 05/31/2023 - 08:06

A few minutes after the Israeli parliament approved the budget for the next two years, a triumphant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to announce: "It's a great day for the people of Israel."

Israel 'complicit' in perpetuating crime in Palestinian towns: community leaders MikeRivero Wed, 05/31/2023 - 08:04

Leaders of the Palestinian community within Israel on Monday set up a "protest tent" in front of the government buildings in West Jerusalem to press authorities to address an escalating crime wave.

The protest, set to last three days, comes as scores of Palestinians in Israel have been killed in crime-related incidents this year.