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Feb 01 13:05

Teen Sustains Multiple Fractures after Beating from Israeli Soldiers

A Palestinian has teenager sustained multiple fractures in his legs after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers near Jenin city, in the northern West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

PRC official, Mahmoud Saadi, told WAFA that 17-year-old Majdi Abu Ghali, from Jenin, was beaten severely, by Israeli soldiers, after he entered the site of the abandoned Israeli settlement of Ghanim, east of Jenin.

The teen was reportedly unaware of the Israeli soldiers who had raided the evacuated settlement, and was surprised by soldiers who shortly attacked and brutally beat him for no reason.

The teenager was moved to nearby Khalil Suleiman public hospital for medical treatment.

Feb 01 13:04

The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics

There are signs that we’ve reached a tipping point in US public recognition of Israel’s suppression of the rights of Palestinians as a legitimate human rights concern. Increasingly, students on campuses across the country are calling on their universities to divest from companies that do business in Israel. Newly elected members of Congress are saying what was once unsayable: that perhaps the US should question its unqualified diplomatic and financial support for Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East, and hold it to the same human rights scrutiny we apply to other nations around the globe. Global companies such as Airbnb have recognized that their business practices must reflect international condemnation of the illegality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Natalie Portman, Lorde, and other celebrities have declined appearances in Israel, acknowledging the call to boycott the Israeli government on account of its human rights violations.

Feb 01 13:00

Israel rabbis call for funds to support teen accused of killing Palestinian mum

Four senior Israeli rabbis yesterday called on the public to donate to the Jewish teen accused of killing Palestinian mother of eight, Aisha Al-Rabi, last year.

The funds, the rabbis said, would be used to pay for the legal proceedings to defend the teen, whose name has not been released.

The letter was signed by four leading figures in the religious Zionist movement; head of the Ohr Etzion Yeshiva and former Knesset member Rabbi Chaim Druckman; the former chief rabbi of the Kiryat Arba settlement, Rabbi Dov Lior; former Ramat Gan, Chief Rabbi Yaakov Ariel; and Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira of the Ramat Gan Yeshiva, Israeli media reported.

Feb 01 12:59

Fatah: Israel planning for a second massacre in Hebron

Israel is banning international observers from Hebron to perpetrate a second massacre against Palestinians in the occupied city and take control of the Ibrahimi Mosque, the Fatah movement warned yesterday.

Member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, Osama Al-Qawasmi, said in a statement that the only explanation for the Israeli decision is that it plans to seize the Old City and the Ibrahimi Mosque and complete its colonial plan in Hebron.

Al-Qawasmi said the Palestinian Authority has succeeded in reviving the Old City of Hebron by rebuilding houses and shops there and opening schools and institutions.

Jan 31 10:43

CONCEPT OF PEACE GOING VIRAL IN ISRAEL

Now hear this, all you energized political partisans out there. You’re feuding about the wrong stuff! Certainly a national crisis (or an election) raises the decibel level of our social discourse to deafening levels, but politics as usual is a fateful distraction. The truly foundational operative distinction awaiting our collective attention is not about politics.

Jan 31 10:31

Israel to ban Amnesty International for slamming tourism in settlements

Israel has threatened to bar Amnesty International from access to the country over its charge on Wednesday that digital tourism companies are profiting from "war crimes" in the occupied West Bank.

The London-based rights group called on online giants Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor to stop listing tourist accommodation, activities and attractions in settlements in the occupied territories, including east Jerusalem.

"The hypocritical Amnesty International speaks in the name of human rights and in practice promotes boycotts against Israeli citizens as part of the anti-Semitic boycott and delegitimisation campaign," Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan said in a Hebrew-language statement released Tuesday night.

Jan 31 10:28

Dem presidential hopefuls vote against anti-BDS bill, as Van Hollen says it will ‘strengthen’ the peaceful BDS movement

The Senate is once again debating boycott against Israel today, in a sign that Middle East policy is politicized as never before.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday, 76 to 22, to proceed forward on S.1, a bill sponsored by Marco Rubio– and AIPAC, the leading Israel lobby group– that encourages states to adopt measures to financially punish “entities using boycotts, divestments, or sanctions to influence Israel’s policies.”

The anti-BDS language is an unconstitutional limitation of free speech, the ACLU has said; state laws aimed at crushing BDS have already cost employment to a number of people of good faith who are opposed to Israeli policies.

Jan 31 10:26

‘More AIPAC Than J Street’: Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy

California’s junior senator Kamala Harris has announced her presidential candidacy, joining what will likely become an unusually large field of Democrats seeking the nomination.

Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she’s branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she’s taken some foreign policy positions that should give pause to supporters of human rights and international law.

Jan 31 10:25

Amnesty calls for tourism ban in Israeli settlements

Human rights organization Amnesty International on Wednesday called for online travel sites to ban listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The London-based rights group's report, titled "Destination: Occupation," said rental sites Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are promoting tourism in Israeli settlements within the Palestinian-occupied West Bank that most of the world considers illegal.

Jan 31 10:04

How Did Israeli Elections Get So Racist?

Israeli politicians all seem to share a platform plank of vitriol and threats toward Palestinians. Their campaign ads are full of mocking, insults, and accusations against Palestinians. It’s been like this for years, and it’s worse now than ever. And it’s not good for Israel.

Jan 31 10:04

Israeli Colonialist Settlers Attack Shepherds In Northern Plains

A group of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinian shepherds in grazing lands in the al-Farisiyya area, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian Human Rights activist Aref Daraghma, said the colonists chased the shepherds, and hurled stones at them and the flocks.

He added that the Israeli assailants came from the illegal Rotem colony, which was built on Palestinian lands.

The attack is part of numerous similar violations and assaults by the illegal colonists against the Palestinians, their homes and property in several parts of the occupied West Bank, especially in the Northern Plains.

Jan 31 10:03

111 cases of Israel occupation ‘interference’ to Palestinian education in 2018

The United Nations yesterday urged Israeli occupation authorities to end “interference” in Palestinian children’s education in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

“Alarmed by a high number of reported incidents of interference in or near Palestinian schools in the West Bank since the beginning of the school year in September,” the press release stated, the UN called for children “to be better-protected from the effects of Israeli occupation”.

In 2018 alone, the UN noted, there were 111 different documented cases of interference to education in the West Bank affecting more than 19,000 children.

Jan 31 10:03

Israel pays $17.5m compensation to illegal Amona settlers

Israel has begun paying compensation worth 64 million shekels ($17.5 million) to illegal Israeli settlers forcibly evacuated from the occupied West Bank.

The money will be paid to settlers from three illegal Israeli outposts – Amona, Ofra and Netiv Ha’avot – which were forcibly evacuated after being built in the occupied West Bank without approval from the Israeli government. Though Israel differentiates between outposts and settlements, both are illegal under international law.

The Israeli government today announced that it would pay 64 million shekels in compensation to the families of the three outposts, Arutz Sheva reported. The head of the Israeli regional council where the outposts were located, Yisrael Gantz, said of the decision: “I thank the government secretariat, the interior minister […] for their energetic action. I am certain that the aid money will be invested in building permanent homes in Amichai. Beyond that, we pray and hope for our return to Amona.”

Jan 31 10:02

Saleh Barghouthi shot by Israel forces ‘point blank’ in ‘extrajudicial killing’

Israeli occupation forces shot Saleh Barghouthi “point blank” in an apparent “extrajudicial killing”, according to an investigation by human rights group B’Tselem.

The results of the investigation directly contradict the official version of events, B’Tselem added.

On 12 December 2018, two vehicles “blocked the path of a taxi driving along the main road of Surda, a Palestinian village in Ramallah District” – “driving the taxi was Saleh Barghouthi, 28, husband and father of a 5-year-old boy from the village of Kobar, which lies north of Ramallah”.

Around ten members of various Israeli units exited the vehicles, “surrounded the taxi and shot Barghouthi point-blank”; they then pulled “the wounded Barghouhti out of the taxi, handcuffed him and drove away with him”.

Jan 31 10:00

“It Can’t be Fixed:” Senior ICC Judge Slam John Bolton, Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling

A senior judge at the United Nations’ International Court in The Hague has resigned in protest of “shocking” interference from the Trump administration into a preliminary war-crimes investigation into U.S. troops.

The judge, Christoph Flügge, who hails from Germany, slammed National Security Advisor John Bolton over his response last year to a preliminary investigation into American soldiers accused of torturing people in Afghanistan. That investigation ultimately found “a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity” were committed by U.S. forces, MintPress News reported.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said in September.

He also called for sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and warned the body against pursuing any investigations into “Israel or other U.S. allies.”

Jan 31 09:53

Amnesty rejects Israel’s ‘anti-Semitism’ claim over report on settlements and tourism

Amnesty International has forcefully rejected claims of “anti-Semitism” by Israeli officials in response to a new report on tourism and illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

The report, published Tuesday, urges four major online booking sites – Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor – to boycott listings in hotels, rentals and tourism sites in illegal settlements.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan tweeted that Amnesty “has become a leader in the anti-Semitic #BDS campaign”, describing the new report as “an outrageous attempt to distort facts, deny Jewish heritage & delegitimize Israel”.

Jan 31 09:32

Palestinian girl fatally shot at Israeli checkpoint

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian girl at al-Zaayim checkpoint in the occupied West Bank east of Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Israeli police claimed that Samah Zuhair Mubarak attempted to stab a security guard at the checkpoint before she was fatally shot.

The Palestinian Authority health ministry gave Mubarak’s age as 16, and media reported she was in the 11th grade.

No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, as in many previous cases in which an alleged Palestinian attacker was killed.

An Israeli police spokesperson tweeted a photo of the knife he claimed Mubarak had carried:

Jan 30 14:53

Spotlight on UK Zionist bullyboy Steve Silverman

Devon Nola examines the key traits of the UK’s “Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’s” so-called “Director of Investigations and Enforcement”, Steve Silverman, as manifested in his public pronouncements which denounce, belittle, demean and smear musicians and artists.>>

Jan 30 12:42

Israeli PM plans to boot TIPH observers protecting Palestinians out of al-Khalil

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to expel an international observer group tasked with safeguarding Palestinians in the flashpoint city of al-Khalil (Hebron), in the occupied West Bank, claiming the mission is working against Israel.

Netanyahu announced in a statement on Monday that the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (al-Khalil) would not be extended, saying, “We will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us.”

The Israeli premier did not give further details on the alleged misconduct of TIPH, nor did he specify a date for ejecting the international mission.

TIPH is an international civilian observer group that, according to its mandate, “assists in monitoring and reporting efforts to maintain normal life in the city of Hebron, thus creating a sense of security among the Palestinians in Hebron.”

Jan 30 12:34

15 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza

Palestinian medics carry a wounded man during clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, in northern Gaza Strip, on Jan. 29, 2019. At least 15 Palestinians were shot and wounded on Tuesday afternoon by Israeli soldiers' gunfire during clashes that broke out in northern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Jan 30 12:34

Palestinians say Israel removing witnesses by ejecting Hebron monitors

Palestinians in Hebron accused Israel on Tuesday of trying to rid the flashpoint city of witnesses to its actions in the occupied West Bank by ejecting a foreign observer force that helps safeguard residents.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he will not renew the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), accusing the observers of unspecified anti-Israel activity.

Norway, which has headed the multi-country observer mission for the past 22 years, said "the one-sided Israeli decision can mean that the implementation of an important part of the Oslo accords is discontinued".

"The situation in Hebron is unstable and characterized by conflict," Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement to Reuters, adding that the end of the observer mission was therefore "worrying".

Jan 30 12:33

Palestinians ask UN to deploy observer force in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday asked the United Nations to deploy a permanent international force in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, after Israel announced it was suspending operations of an observer force that had been in the city of Hebron for more than 20 years.

The U.N. should "guarantee the safety and protection of the people of Palestine" until "the end of Israel's belligerent occupation," said Palestinian official Saeb Erekat. Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, and the Palestinian want both to be part of their future state.

Jan 30 12:32

Anti-Zionism is a rejection of racism and imperialism, not just criticism of Israel

We applaud Jewish Voice for Peace’s (JVP) recent statement, “Our Approach to Zionism,” for its “unequivocal opposition to Zionism.” We share the values and goals of justice, equality, and freedom that JVP outlined in its statement.

Jan 30 12:30

“Birthright Exodus” is a sign of hope

As more and more young American Jews recognize Israel’s unethical policies, Birthright Israel is becoming a moment of truth. Those who speak up and/or walk away are prioritizing the value of justice. These are future leaders in the struggle for justice for Palestinians.

Jan 30 12:29

Settlers, Glick Perform Wedding Ceremony inside Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound

American born Israeli ultra-Orthodox Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday morning, to perform a wedding ritual inside the compound in violation of standing rules.

Locals told Ma’an News Agency that Glick, who was escorted by other Israeli settlers, performed and filmed a wedding ritual inside the compound alongside his fiancee.

An Al-Aqsa guard described the step as a provocative and dangerous challenge to the feelings of Muslims and worshipers.

Jan 30 12:28

Israel’s Story: Lies from Top to Bottom

A study by a Toronto-based consulting and research company has revealed that over the past fifty years mainstream reporting about Israel has been distorted to portray the Jewish state in positive terms while ignoring the plight of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation. The media study, based on a computer analysis of 50 years of data, found that major U.S. newspapers have provided consistently skewed, pro-Israel reporting on Israel-Palestine. The slanting in news coverage included subtle manipulations like using word associations favorable to Israel and derogatory to Palestinians as well as persistent publication of stories praising Israel while also avoiding reporting anything supportive of the dispossessed Arab point of view.

Jan 30 11:08

“Jews” only highway opens next to giant Israeli border wall

Route 4370 in the Jerusalem area has opened. It’s for “Jews” only. It connects Israeli settlements to Route 1, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. It’s divided in the middle by a huge border wall which keeps the Palestinian goyim out of Jerusalem. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the US Congress think it’s great.

The head of the Binyamin Regional Council, Yisrael Gantz, who took part in the opening ceremony, called the road “no less than an oxygen line for the region’s residents, who work, study and go out for entertainment in the city. In a successful cooperation venture between the regional council, the Jerusalem municipality and the Ministry of Transportation, access to the capital has been revolutionized,” he said.

When Mr. Gantz says “region’s residents,” he is referring to the human beings, i.e. the residents of the Judaic settlements. In Israeli eyes, the non-humans, i.e., the Palestinians may not have free access to Jerusalem.

Jan 30 10:05

CANADA TO STOP SUPPORTING ILLEGAL SETTLEMENT ACTIVITIES

Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) welcomes news that Beth Oloth Charitable Organization has had its tax-deductible status revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

According to a Global News story published this morning, Beth Oloth had been funding activities deemed non-charitable under Canadian law, including those that increase “the efficiency and effectiveness of the Israeli armed forces.” The organization had also been funding Israeli projects in the occupied Palestinian territory, which the CRA has noted runs contrary to Canada’s policy on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“Well-meaning donors to Jewish community foundations may be surprised to learn that they have been funding illegal Israeli settlement activity,” said Rabbi David Mivasair of Hamilton, Ontario. “The CRA doing its job and removing Beth Oloth’s illegitimate charitable status strengthens our confidence that our generosity is not being abused.”

Jan 30 10:04

REMEMBRANCE CULTURE

Time and again, attempts are being made to establish the Holocaust as the break with civilization, which it was, as the ONLY day of remembrance. Why is there no Nakba day of remembrance so inextricably linked to the Holocaust? And what about the 872 days (from 1941 to 1944) of the siege of Leningrad by German troops, which also ended on January 27? During this siege with the aim of the Nazis to systematically starve the Leningrad population, estimates estimated that between 630,000 and 1.5 million people died.

Jan 28 13:53

Israeli general mounts challenge to Netanyahu by flaunting Gaza carnage.

Jonathan Cooks says if Benny Gantz becomes Israel’s next prime minister, he is likely to reinforce in Israelis’ minds the need not for peace but for an ultra-nationalist right that bathes itself in an ethnic supremacist philosophy and dismisses any recognition of Palestinian rights.>>

Jan 28 11:19

Israeli Campaign Ad Stars Former Soldier Lauded for Executing Palestinian Suspect

ELOR AZARIA, a former Israeli Army medic who became a hero to that nation’s far right by publicly executing a wounded Palestinian suspect in the occupied West Bank in 2016, is the star of a new political advertising campaign for a deputy minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

The former soldier, who was convicted of manslaughter based on video evidence of the crime, served just nine months in jail before being released last summer. In a poster and video message published on Facebook this week by the deputy environment minister, Yaron Mazuz, Azaria is seen grinning and shaking the politician’s hand.

Jan 28 11:18

1 Palestinian killed, 22 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: medics

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of southern Gaza Strip City of Khan Younis, on Jan. 25, 2019. One Palestinian demonstrator was killed and at least 22 others injured on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed on the border area between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said. (Xinhua/Khaled Omar)

Jan 28 11:13

UN ‘shocked’ at ‘terror’ waged by Israeli settlers

The United Nations has voiced “shock” at the “terror” carried out by Israeli settlers that killed a Palestinian father of four in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“Today’s violence in al-Mughayer is shocking and unacceptable!” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov tweeted on Sunday, referring to a Palestinian village that was violently stormed by Israeli settlers and where they killed one Palestinian.

“Israel must put an end to settler violence and bring those responsible to justice,” he said. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the Palestinian man killed and those injured. All must condemn violence, stand up to terror,” the envoy added.

Jan 28 09:58

Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza being interviewed for jobs in Qatar

A Qatari team arrived in the occupied West Bank yesterday and met Palestinian Education Minister Sabri Saidam in preparation to holding interviews with teachers who have applied to work in the Gulf state, Al Jazeera reported.

The team consists of the Deputy Qatari Education Minister Fawzia Al-Khater and are to conduct the interviews in the head office of the Palestinian ministry in Ramallah and in Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip.

Saidam stressed on the “deep” relationship between Palestine and Qatar, mainly in the field of education.

He pointed out that the ongoing recruitment of Palestinian teachers is one of the outcomes of a deal signed between Palestine and Qatar.

Jan 28 09:57

Israel’s reliance on forgery and violence is rooted in its history

A recent investigation by a group of experts showed conclusive evidence that Israel doctored one of its propaganda videos from Gaza. Two Palestinian teenagers were minding their own business in July 2018, taking a selfie on a roof in Gaza City, when they were bombed to death by Israel.

Israel’s online propaganda accounts then promoted a video that it is now clear was actively fabricated and doctored. This was by no means the first time Israel has fabricated “evidence” of its supposed benevolence. In many ways, the state of Israel itself is founded on fabrication.

The first fabrication was the idea that Palestine was empty of any population, a “desert” which should be handed over to the Zionist movement for colonisation. The slogan – first adopted by Christian Zionists and later by Jewish Zionists – was “a land without a people, for a people without a land,” meaning Palestine is empty so should be handed over to the Jews, who had no land of their own anyway.

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Jan 28 09:55

Israeli leaders appeal to voters with pride in their crimes against Palestinians

Earlier this week, the former chief of staff of the Israeli Army, General Benny Gantz, started his election campaign by taking pride in the destruction of the Gaza Strip and his troops’ killing of hundreds of Palestinians. He published a series of short videos, one of which included horrific scenes of the massive destruction inflicted in 2014 on the coastal enclave, which has been under a strict Israeli-led siege for over 12 years. Gantz is proud that he could send Gaza “back to the Stone Age” and boasted that he destroyed 6,231 targets and killed 1,364 “terrorists” in exchange for three and a half years of quiet. He concluded with the slogan “Only the Strong Win”.

Jan 28 09:51

Israeli ex-general Benny Gantz ‘uses stolen Palestinian film’ for campaign video boasting of destruction in Gaza 

A former Israeli general running for prime minister allegedly used stolen Palestinian footage for a series of campaign ads in which he boasted of sending parts of Gaza “back to the Stone Age” during the 2014 war.

Benny Gantz was the head of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during the 2014 conflict but has now entered politics and is running against Benjamin Netanyahu in April's elections.

The 59-year-old has said little about his political positions so far but released a series of videos burnishing his military credentials.

One boasts of killing 1,364 Palestinian terrorists during the war, while another says that under Mr Gantz’s command “parts of Gaza were sent back to the Stone Age.” The videos make no mention of the 1,462 civilians killed during the conflict, according to a UN count.

Jan 28 09:08

Palestinian killed during attack by West Bank settlers

A Palestinian father of four was fatally shot on Saturday as Israeli settlers, protected by soldiers, stormed the village of al-Mughayyir, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Hamdi Talib Saadeh Naasan, 38, a former prisoner, was taken to hospital in critical condition where he died of his injuries.

The settlers entered the village Saturday afternoon “and rioted on the streets while opening fire at several houses,” according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

Palestinians gathered to resist the settler and army incursion with stones and empty bottles.

In response, “the settlers immediately and randomly fired a barrage of bullets,” wounding Naasan “with a bullet that entered his lower back, hit the lungs and then exited from the chest,” PCHR stated.

“Following that, the Israeli forces moved into the village to provide protection for settlers and opened fire at the Palestinian protesters,” PCHR added.

Jan 28 04:53

A Tale of Two Walls

Many of the Democrats who are currently criticizing the southern border wall on moral grounds have failed to apply the same standard to another infamous wall, that which is being built by Israel ... The Israeli wall is at many points larger and more intimidating than that planned by Trump, and it is also designed to physically and economically devastate the Palestinian population adjacent to it ... So, for many in Washington a legal and relatively apolitical wall by the United States to protect its border is a horrible prospect while the Israeli version built on someone else's land with the intention to damage the local Arab population as much as possible is perfectly fine. The reality is that America's Establishment, which is dominated by veneration of Israel for a number of reasons, is completely hypocritical

Jan 26 11:10

1 Palestinian killed, 22 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: medics

One Palestinian demonstrator was killed and at least 22 others injured on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed on the border area between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza's health ministry spokesman, told reporters that Eihab Aabed, 25, was shot dead in his chest by Israeli gunfire in the east of Rafah town in southern Gaza.

Among the 22 injured is a local photojournalist and a paramedic, he said, adding that dozens suffered suffocation after inhaling the Israeli tear gas.

Jan 26 10:33

Israel kills child in West Bank, protester in Gaza

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian child in the West Bank as well as a man during Great March of Return protests in Gaza on Friday.

The deaths bring to four the number of Palestinians who died by Israeli military fire during the week after soldiers shot and killed a man in the West Bank on Monday and fired an artillery shell at a Hamas observation post in Gaza on Tuesday, killing a fighter.

Ayman Ahmad Hamid, 16, died on Friday after being shot by Israeli soldiers along Route 60, a highway used by settlers, near Silwad village in the central West Bank.

The Israeli military claimed that it fired at three persons suspected of throwing stones at vehicles traveling along the highway. A second Palestinian was injured in his hand during the incident and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Jan 26 09:02

QATAR BEGINS DISTRIBUTING CASH TO GAZA RESIDENTS

Thousands of impoverished Gazans received $100 payments from Qatar on Saturday, the AFP news agency reported, after the Gulf state brought in over nine million dollars in aid funds for the Palestinian territory.

Hundreds of people queued at post offices in the Gaza Strip to each collect a $100 bill.

Palestinian media earlier quoted the Qatari ambassador to Gaza as saying the money would go to Gaza's poor.

"The Qatari grant for needy families will enter Gaza Saturday and be distributed ... to 94,000 families," Mohammed al-Emadi was quoted as saying.

Half the funds would be distributed Saturday and the rest Sunday, he said, with each family receiving $100.

Emadi was not immediately available to confirm the arrangement.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that families in Gaza would receive $400 in total, paid in four monthly instalments.

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The Gazan Palestinians, are some of the poorest of the poor in this region of the Middle East. I seriously hope that most of the money will be distributed as intended, if Tel Aviv is not, at the end of the day, demanding some other perk with which to scotch the deal.

Jan 25 15:14

ROGER STONE DRAWS THE SAME JUDGE WHO THREW PAUL MANAFORT IN JAIL

Self-anointed political dirty trickster Roger Stone will have to tread carefully as he prepares to defend against charges of obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and lying about his communications with WikiLeaks.

Jan 25 12:11

Israel deploys Iron Dome missile defence system near Tel Aviv

The Israeli army yesterday deployed the Iron Dome missile defence system in Tel Aviv amid growing tension on the northern border with Lebanon and Syria, local media reported.

The army also deployed the system in southern Israel in anticipation of any tension with the Gaza Strip.

Jan 25 11:23

Qalandiya: How Palestinians experience the largest Israeli checkpoint, in photographs

Ramallah, occupied West Bank — On a typical day at the largest Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, hundreds of mostly West Bank Palestinians line up and patiently stand in between metal bars, their hands gripped around their “hawiya”, or identity cards, waiting to cross the maze of concrete called Qalandiya.

Their voices are drowned out by the beeping of metal detectors and the rattling of steel as Palestinians push through turnstiles, one after the other. Orders are shouted by an Israeli soldier from a loudspeaker in Hebrew — a language most Palestinians in the West Bank do not understand.

Jan 25 11:22

Don’t use the murder of my family members to suppress criticism of Israel

What I observed at the vigil would be indicative of how the tragedy came to be framed on a much broader scale. In the same way that the profound horror of the Holocaust has been weaponized in the service of Jewish nationalism, the Pittsburgh massacre would soon be cynically exploited by those who have decided that Palestinian blood is cheap.

Jan 25 09:52

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17 – 23 January 2019)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 17 – 23 January, 2019.

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 7 others, including 3 children and a journalist, in the West Bank. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 125 civilians, including 41 children, 6 women, 4 journalists, and 6 paramedics, were wounded; the injury of one of them was reported as serious.

Jan 25 09:41

Irish parliament passes bill to ban Israeli settlement goods

A bill to outlaw trade in goods from Israeli settlements has been passed by the lower house of Ireland’s parliament, a major step on its journey into law.

On Thursday, the Dáil overwhelmingly approved the Occupied Territories Bill by a vote of 78-45, dealing a big defeat to the government of Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister.

Frances Black, the independent senator who initiated the legislation last year, greeted the result as “amazing,” adding that “Ireland will always stand for international law and human rights, and we’re one step closer to making history.”

Jan 24 15:30

University of California Regents: Distance yourself from Canary Mission

U.S. campuses are sites of political controversy and, at their best, spaces for debate and engagement across different perspectives. At universities across the U.S., the question of whether and how professors and students can exercise free speech has emerged as the most salient of our time. Often ignored in the discussion of academic freedom is the power dynamic inherent to the space of communication. On campuses, both funding and political influence privilege certain actors to exercise “free speech,” while others are censored and even vilified. In this climate, exposure of power is in itself a political act. The California Scholars for Academic Freedom has decided to be pro-active in challenging the online website the Canary Mission, because of the serious harm it has caused to students and faculty in California institutions of higher learning and, more broadly, to academic freedom in the United States.

Jan 24 15:30

Jewish stones are better than Palestinian stones

Following the killing-by-stones of Palestinian Aisha al-Rabi, 48, on October 12th, allegedly by Jewish settler youths, Israel is facing an ideological question of how to regard stones, and whether stones have a nationality.

“A stone thrower is a terrorist,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in 2015, when Israel was amending a law that establishes stiff prison terms for stone-throwers (up to 20 years if harmful intent is proven, 10 years even if the stone-thrower does not intend harm).

In the al-Rabi case, there has now reportedly been found forensic evidence– that is DNA on the very stone that killed her as she, her husband, and daughter were traveling in a car on the occupied West Bank– tying it to one of the five Jewish suspects (as Nir Hasson reported yesterday in Haaretz).

Jan 24 10:48

The Times of Israel’s Flawed Attack on the NY Times’ MLK and Palestinian Rights

Michelle Alexander, a now-famous scholar for her work on race relations and her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, wrote a New York Times op-ed titled “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” calling for public discourse on how Israel oppresses Palestinians. A significant part of her column analyzed how Martin Luther King would not have stayed silent on the current state of affairs.

Jan 24 09:24

BLOCKING APARTHEID

Over a dozen Palestinian activists, along with Israeli and international supporters, blockaded the entrance to Israel’s new ‘Apartheid Road’ in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

The group of activists closed the gates to the newly opened road and formed a human chain, raising banners in Arabic, English, and Hebrew saying “No to Apartheid” and “No to Annexation.”

Israeli forces arrived to the scene, which is located adjacent to an Israeli military base, shortly after the activists closed the road and attempted to forcibly remove them.

Two protesters were arrested and at least four others were injured. One of the detained protesters was identified as Ibrahim Musalem, from the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Jan 23 15:35

Charity of bullies: The Campaign Against anti-Semitism

harity of bullies: The Campaign Against anti-Semitism. Eve Mykytyn examines the behaviour of Britain’s “Campaign Against anti-Semitism”, a secretive organisation bizarrely registered by the British authorities as a “charity”, which uses bully tactics to silence organisations and individuals with whom it disagrees.>>

Jan 23 11:11

The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics

While Palestinian rights are getting more attention than ever, advocates still face accusations of Israel-centric anti-Semitism, anti-BDS harassment, and most of all, censorship on college campuses – as evidenced in the Marc Lamont Hill incident. The Anti-Defamation League and Zionist Organization of America have put pressure wherever they see criticism of Israel, endangering both free speech and academic freedom.

The capacity to critically evaluate the exercise of state power is vital to responsible citizenship, and the US – and Israel – should encourage, not discourage, healthy dialogue.

Jan 23 11:09

Crimes against Humanity: Israeli Snipers have shot down 45 Child Gaza Protesters

56 children were killed by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territories in 2018; 45 of them were killed in the Gaza Strip since March 30. In the overwhelming majority of cases, DCIP was able to confirm children did not present any imminent, mortal threat or threat of serious injury when killed by Israeli forces.

The report concludes Israeli forces and officials are responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law for the killing of Palestinian child protesters in Gaza.

Jan 23 11:08

Israel army website lists ‘State of Judea and Samaria’, erasing West Bank

An Israeli army website has listed the “State of Judea and Samaria” as an option for recruits to list their place of birth, erasing the occupied West Bank.

The website – which belongs to the Meitav military unit that sorts new army recruits – asks new soldiers to fill out an online form before their arrival at the recruitment office. The soldiers are asked to state their mother’s country of birth by selecting from two options: the State of Israel or the State of Judea and Samaria.

Judea and Samaria is Israel’s name for the West Bank, which it has occupied since the Six Day War of 1967.

Jan 23 10:46

Gaza Escalation: Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Strip, Withholds Qatari Cash

The Israel Air Force struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the Israeli army said in statement. According to the statement, Israeli fighter jets bombed several targets at a Hamas training camp.

"The strike was executed following earlier strikes during the day and in response to the shooting incidents against our forces," said the statement.

The strikes came hours after an Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to allow a Qatari money transfer into the Strip following Tuesday's escalation along the Gaza border, which saw one Israeli soldier lightly wounded and one Palestinian killed.

Jan 23 10:31

ZION STILL REELING AT THE (FINAL) TRUTH IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

We are delighted here at the site that Michelle Alexander’s excellent long New York Times column is getting huge attention.

Jan 23 10:30

ZIONISM …. ‘NO GUILT, NO ATONEMENT’

While Palestinian rights are rarely taken into account, the “Jewish state” has increasingly established itself as the only power in Palestine.

Jan 22 15:54

Want to boycott Israel? The 1st Amendment allows it — but Texas doesn’t

Bahia Amawi worked for nine years as a speech pathologist for a Texas school district. But in September, when it came time to renew her contract for the coming year, she was asked — under the provisions of a recent state law — to affirm that she does not and would not boycott Israel.

That put her in a tough position. As an American of Palestinian descent, she does try to avoid buying products from Israel. So she declined to sign the contract. And she lost her job.

That is as ludicrous as it is un-American. Regardless of one’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, it should be clear that a U.S. citizen like Amawi has a right to make choices for herself about what kind of hummus or olive oil she does or does not want to buy, and about what kind of political statements she wants to make through her purchases.

Jan 22 13:57

IDF chief turned PM candidate touts body count & bombing Gaza into ‘stone age’ in campaign ad

Parts of Gaza were returned to the stone ages,” one clip boasts over footage of the bombed-out shells of Palestinian buildings. As chief of general staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Gantz led the offensive that bombarded Gaza for 51 days, killing – as the ad boasts – “1,364 terrorists” and bringing “3.5 years of quiet.”

The second ad in the series shows a running tally of deaths over scenes of Palestinian funerals, and a third shows the targeted assassination of a Hamas leader whose car explodes in a ball of flame.

Haaretz notes that even the official Israeli military figures counts less than half of the Palestinian casualties as militants – meaning Gantz included close to 500 civilian casualties in his “terrorist” tally.

These people were the real Nazis, Hitler and the Germans were just caught in their crossfire.

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Jan 22 11:08

Israeli Espionage Operations against Hamas Commander Exposed

The Palestinian resistance forces could discover an advanced system mounted near the house of a senior Hamas commander in Gaza to spy on him.

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper quoted informed security sources affiliated to the Palestinian resistance as saying that the system was due to eavesdrop on Mrwan Issa, a senior commander of al-Qassam Brigades, but the resistance forces could find and dismantle it.

The sources said that the system received sound waves from Issa's house and sent it to the receivers inside the occupied territories, adding that it is considered as a new method used by the Israelis to spy on Palestinians.

According to the paper, the resistance forces also could find and arrest the "mercenary who had planted the system in the region.

The military wing of Hamas said earlier this month that the botched undercover Israeli operation in the Palestinian enclave in November was aimed to plant spying devices in their communications network.

Jan 22 10:32

Israeli Forces Storm Al-Aqsa, Take Measurements and Photographs

Israeli forces stormed into Al Aqsa Mosque, on Monday morning, and began to photograph the mosque’s landmarks and take measurements without mentioning any reasons for it.

Later this morning, groups of Israeli settlers renewed the provocative incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, carried out tours inside the mosque, under high security reinforcement, until they left the mosque.

In the same context, Israeli occupation authorities decided, on Sunday, to temporarily expel five guards from Al-Aqsa Mosque for periods ranging from four to six months.

According to Al Ray, the six-month deportation decision included guards Fadi Alian, Louai Abu Saad, Ahmed Abu Alia and a member of the Jerusalem district Awad Salaymeh.

The occupation decided to expel Yahya Shehadeh and Salman Abu Miyaleh, for 4 months, from the mosque.

Israeli settlers storm the Islamic holy site on a daily basis, in an attempt to divide the mosque temporally and spatially.

Jan 22 08:19

INSS: Israel could face three-front war in 2019

Institute for National Security Studies says the volatile situation along the northern border as well as in the Gaza Strip could lead Israel to war against Iran, Hezbollah and the Palestinians at the same time.

Jan 22 07:45

Israeli election ad boasts Gaza bombed back to “stone ages”

Benny Gantz, the former Israeli army chief, is bragging about how much killing and destruction he committed in Gaza in a series of campaign videos for his new political party posted on YouTube and social media over the weekend.

Gantz hopes to replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister in elections scheduled for April.

One of the videos, above, shows drone footage of a devastated neighborhood in Gaza in August 2014, following Israel’s 51-day assault on the territory.

The video’s title includes the words “Parts of Gaza were returned to the stone ages.”

Against the swell of dramatic music, captions on screen announce, “6,231 targets destroyed,” and “1,364 terrorists killed.”

Jan 22 07:44

Israel intends to persecute Palestinians, rights groups say

Israel is persecuting Palestinians – a crime against humanity – a Palestinian human rights group and an American law center state in a report submitted to UN investigators earlier this month.

“Israeli occupation policies and practices, including the now 11-year-closure of Gaza, that actively deny Palestinians the right to self-determination collectively amount to persecution, a crime against humanity under international law,” the submission to the UN commission of inquiry into Israel’s use of lethal force against Gaza protesters states.

The 57-page submission was authored by Defense for Children International Palestine and the Human Rights and Gender Justice Law Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law.

Jan 21 10:12

Michelle Alexander explodes an open secret in the ‘NYT’: progressives keep quiet about Palestine out of fear for their careers

Everyone is talking about one thing this morning, the outstanding piece by Michelle Alexander in the New York Times, yes, the New York Times, titled, “Time to Break the Silence about Palestine,” in which she says she can’t be quiet about Palestine any longer. The author of “The New Jim Crow” is a regular columnist now, and she has changed the discourse about Palestine in one explosive swoop, stating that progressives have been silent about Palestine partly because of fear for their careers, but the time has come to end that silence.

Jan 21 10:11

Israel just ‘lost Cronkite’ — the struggle for Palestinian rights at ‘The New York Times’

In late January 1968, after the series of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attacks known as the Tet Offensive, Walter Cronkite, the anchor of the CBS Evening News and the most trusted journalist in America, came back from a trip to Vietnam to report on what was going on over there. At the end of his February 27 report, Cronkite, who rarely ventured his opinions on the air, rendered his verdict:

“[I]t seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate .?.?. [I]t is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.”

Jan 21 10:09

Israel advocates land on Alexander’s MLK/Palestine piece as ‘strategic threat’ and ‘shameful appropriation’ of King’s memory

The US discourse was rocked this weekend by the opinion piece in the New York Times by columnist and “New Jim Crow” author Michelle Alexander saying that it was time for her to break her silence on Palestine no matter the career cost, in the spirit of Martin Luther King coming out against the Vietnam War in 1967.

Advocates for Israel have responded accordingly. Perceiving the piece as a huge blow to Israel’s reputation among elites, and to the traditional alliance of blacks and Jews, Israel’s cheerleaders have leaped to denounce Alexander as vicious in her views, and dead-wrong on facts.

Michael Oren, the American-born scribe, former Israeli ambassador and now member of the parliament, sees the piece as an attempt to delegitimize Israel and a “strategic threat.”

Jan 21 09:41

Pro-Palestine group wins UK High Court battle over ‘terrorist’ label

In a blow to Israel, a British high court has ordered World-Check, a subsidiary of Reuters, to pay compensation and offer an apology to a pro-Palestine organisation listed as a terrorist group on its global online database.

A two-year legal battle concluded with World-Check offering a public apology in open court and a legal settlement of $13,000 plus legal costs to Majed Al-Zeer, the chairman of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), for classifying them as “terrorists”.

It was found that Israel’s designation of PRC and its chairman as terrorists was adopted by World-Check which supplies private information on potential clients for corporations, businesses and even governmental agencies, such as police and immigration.

Jan 21 09:40

UK Palestine advocacy group hosts meeting at European Parliament

A UK-based Palestinian advocacy group is to hold a conference on Israel’s “Nation-State Law” at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, tomorrow.

Parliamentarians, jurists and activists are expected to attend EuroPal Forum’s event which will be hosted by Member of the European Parliament Keith Taylor.

Palestinian member of the Israeli Kneseet, Yousef Jabareen will attend the session to highlight the racist violations committed by the occupying state against Palestinian citizens and the attempts to legitimise their racism.

David Kronin, a journalist and writer who specialises in monitoring Israel’s human rights violations, will discuss the “Nation-State Law” and the effects it has on Palestinians in Israel who makes up 20 per cent of the population.

Jan 21 09:39

Tlaib and Omar’s support for BDS is now a lightning rod for Republicans

Two first-term congresswomen’s support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is shaking up the House. Yesterday, Republicans issued statements condemning Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar for their endorsement of the non-violent campaign for human rights in Palestine. Their statements sound a lot like the hysteria about BDS from Israel’s leadership.

Jan 21 09:34

New Study Finds 50-Year History of Anti-Palestine Bias in Mainstream News Reporting

A recent media study based on an analysis of 50 years of data found that major U.S. newspapers have provided consistently skewed, pro-Israel reporting on Israel-Palestine.

The study, conducted by 416Labs, a Toronto-based consulting and research firm, is the largest of its kind.

Using computer analysis, researchers evaluated the headlines of five influential U.S. newspapers: the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal from 1967 to 2017.

Jan 21 09:17

Palestinians condemn Israel's decision to close UN schools in Jerusalem from early 2020

A Palestinian official on Saturday condemned the Israeli decision to close schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) from early 2020.

"The Israeli decision was made to complete the U.S. government's measures of targeting the global agency and seeking to end its activities in Jerusalem," Adnan Husseini, Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs, told Xinhua.

Husseini, also a member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee, accused both Israel and the United States of trying to remove the two crucial issues of Jerusalem and the refugees from the negotiating table.

Jan 19 17:36

'Jewish state' will soon cease to exist: Israeli historian

Influential Zionist historian Benny Morris, professor of the Middle East studies department of the Israeli Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, has foreseen a bleak future for the Zionist establishment.

"Already today there are more Arabs than Jews between the [Mediterranean] sea and the Jordan. The whole territory is unavoidably becoming one state with an Arab majority," said Morris in an interview published by the Israeli Haaretz newspaper on Thursday.

"Israel still calls itself a Jewish state, but a situation in which we rule an occupied people that has no rights, can not persist in the 21st century, in the modern world. And as soon as they do have rights, the state will no longer be Jewish," added Morris.

"I do not see how we get out of it."

Jan 19 09:25

Israeli historian Benny Morris doubles down on his advocacy for ethnic cleansing

Benny Morris, the Israeli historian who has documented Israeli-Palestinian history so meticulously, is again bemoaning that a full ethnic cleansing was not completed in 1948.

In a long interview with Ofer Aderet in Haaretz (published in English today), Morris says:

If the War of Independence had ended with an absolute separation of populations – the Palestinian Arabs on the east side of the Jordan River and the Jews on the west side – the Middle East would be less volatile and both peoples would have suffered less over the past 70 years. They would have been satisfied with a state of their own, not exactly what they wanted, and we would have received the whole Land of Israel.

Jan 19 09:24

Jordan condemns Israel violations near Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Jordanian foreign ministry yesterday condemned Israel’s actions near Al-Buraq (the Western Wall), stressing it is an inalienable part of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israel had reportedly set up steel and wooden structures near Al-Buraq, in contravention of the status quo agreement with Jordan over the administration of Al-Aqsa compound.

Foreign ministry spokesman, Sufian Al-Qudat, said that only the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for dealing with issues related to Al-Aqsa Mosque, as stipulated by international law. Al-Qudat also stressed that Israel, as an occupying power, has to respect this agreement, Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

Al-Qudat also emphasised that Jerusalem’s Awqaf Department (which administers Al-Aqsa) is the only party with the power to carry out maintenance and renovation works in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the surrounding compound, an area which consists of 144 dunams (35 acres) of land.

Jan 19 09:24

Russia ready to host Palestine reconciliation conference

Russia has reiterated its readiness to host a reconciliation conference between rival Palestinian factions.

In a phone call with the Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, Russia’s special envoy to the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the possibility of holding a comprehensive Palestinian reconciliation meeting in Russian capital Moscow.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Bogdanov had reiterated Russia’s “strong and firm intention to restore Palestinian national unity as soon as possible and find a solution to the Palestinian issue following international law”.

“Bogdanov stressed that Russia is ready to go on establishing intensive contacts with all the leading Palestinian political forces and organise a comprehensive Palestinian meeting in Moscow,” the statement added.

Jan 19 09:23

Palestinian rejects $100m Israel offer to buy his Hebron home

A Palestinian from Hebron has rejected a $100 million Israeli offer to buy his home.

An inhabitant of the West Bank city of Hebron, Abdul Raouf Al-Mohtaseb rejected an Israeli offer worth $100 million for his house and shop, located in the centre of the old neighbourhood of Al-Sahla, Hebron, Arabi 21 reported on Friday.

Al-Mohtaseb has rejected all previous Israeli offers made to him for his house and shop, which overlook Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the old city.

“I rejected $100 million,” Al-Mohtaseb said, adding: “I will reject all the money on earth. I will not betray my land or my people. Money is fine, but only when it is clean.”

Jan 19 09:21

A village under occupation

For the residents of Issawiyeh, a Palestinian village of some 20,000, surveillance, military raids and building demolitions are a daily reality.

Nestled in the hills of East Jerusalem, the village is plagued by poor infrastructure, residents are constantly harassed by the Israeli Border Police and anyone, including children, run the risk of arbitrary arrest.

The village has seen its lands gradually disappear. Before Israel occupied the area in 1967, the village included some 12,500 dunams (1 dunam = 1,000 square meters) of land.

Since then, and due to a combination of Israeli settlements, illegal under international law, the nearby Hebrew University and, more recently, Israel’s West Bank wall, village land has been reduced to around 9,400 dunams, according to Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a local council member.

Jan 19 09:20

White House: Israeli TV Report on Peace Plan Not Accurate

White House officials have issued a statement on Friday rejecting Israeli Channel 13’s report on the Israeli peace deal, declaring the deal to be “inaccurate,” and saying that “very few people on the planet know what is in it.”

Channel 13’s report cited a “senior American official,” and presented a very broad-brush summary of the plan, including giving the Palestinians a state that included the majority of the occupied West Bank, and some of the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem as their capital city.

Though this fairly unspecific report is in keeping with what most plans could be expected to contain, US special envoy Jason Greenblatt not only rejected the idea, but added that any speculation about what the US plan actually is “is not helpful.”

Jan 19 09:10

30 Palestinians injured in clashes in eastern Gaza: medics

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on Jan. 18, 2019. At least 30 Palestinians were injured in clashes on Friday between hundreds of protesters and Israeli soldiers stationed at the borderline of eastern Gaza Strip, according to Gaza medics.

Jan 19 08:53

USAID to end all Palestinian projects on Jan. 31st

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, confirmed on Thursday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Harden expressed deep concern over the move to shut down USAID and said that the US administration "demonstrates again a lack of nuance, sophistication, and appreciation for the complexity of the situation.”

He stressed, “Who suffers when USAID leaves schools and water systems unfinished? Palestinians, of course, but also Israelis and Americans. The administration just gave Hamas more running room.”

Jan 19 08:48

On 43rd Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 119 Civilians, including 30 Children, 5 Women, 5 Paramedics, and 2 Journalists

The Palestinian Center For Human Right (PCHR): On Friday evening, 18 January 2019, Israeli forces wounded 119 Palestinian civilians, including 30 children, 5 women, 5 paramedics, and 2 journalists, in the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip despite the decreasing intensity of the demonstrations there for the twelfth week consecutively and absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning of the Return and Breaking the Siege March 10 months ago.

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, though the demonstrators were around tens of meters away from the border fence, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them.

Jan 18 14:59

The beauty and the beast: Gilad Atzmon on Rachel Riley

In recent weeks Rachel Riley, a British TV celebrity, has tossed the anti-Semitism slur in the direction of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, Noam Chomsky, Ken Loach, Aaron Bastani, yours truly and others.

In her first extended Channel 4 interview it became clear that Riley isn’t exactly an astute political philosopher.

But first watch and listen to my analysis of Riley’s long and tedious interview...>>

Jan 18 14:39

Amos Oz and the real Israel

Lawrence Davidson examines the contradictions of the late liberal Zionist Israeli writer Amos Oz which placed him at odds with democrats who shun the idea of an ethnic/religious states as Israel is, and Zionists whose beliefs are underpinned by imperialism combined with racism.>>

Jan 18 11:18

Poverty rate in Gaza exceeds 80%

The General Federation of Palestinian Trade Unions (PGFTU) warned yesterday that the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip has exceeded 80 per cent.

The federation warned that both poverty and unemployment rates have reached unprecedented levels in the Gaza Strip, with poverty exceeding 80 per cent. Meanwhile, unemployment rates have reached more than 54.9 per cent in the besieged enclave, both of which are serious indicators of the deteriorated economic situation in Gaza.

The number of unemployed persons has reached more than 295,000 during the year 2018, it explained.

Jan 18 11:18

Israel minister calls to expel international observers from Hebron

Israel’s Security Minister Gilad Erdan has called for international observers to be expelled from Hebron.

Erdan yesterday sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that he end the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), in the south of the occupied West Bank.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Erdan claimed that the mission is “hostile to Israel rather than a neutral force, and is harmful to both the Israeli soldiers stationed in Hebron and the [illegal] Jewish settlers that live there”. Erdan reportedly gave Netanyahu a secret police report “with data to back up his assertion”.

Jan 18 11:05

War on BDS: How AIPAC-Israel agenda became US priority

The Israeli-US war declared on the Palestinian boycott movement is coming to a head, culminating in a well-orchestrated effort aimed at suffocating any form of tangible protest of the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine.

But an Israeli ‘victory’, even with blind US government support, is still too elusive if at all guaranteed. Killing unarmed protesters at the fence separating besieged Gaza from Israel is often whitewashed as Israel ‘defending itself’. However, legislating unconstitutional laws against the rights of ordinary people to boycott a state that practices war crimes might not be an easy endeavor.

The fact that 26 US states have already passed legislation or some form of condemnation of the civil act of boycott, as championed in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) should, in fact, raise more awareness of the iniquitous Israeli influence on the United States, rather than actually thwarting BDS.

Jan 18 11:03

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10 – 16 January 2019)

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. A woman and a child were killed during the 42nd week of the Return and Breaking the Siege March. 143 civilians, including 34 children, 3 women, 3 journalists, and 3 paramedics, were wounded; the injury of 3 of them were reported as serious.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 42nd week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian, including a child and woman, and wounded 143 civilians, including 34 children, 3 women, 3 journalists, and 3 paramedics. The injury of 3 of those wounded was reported serious. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 7 civilians, including 2 journalists and a paramedic in separate shooting incidents.

Jan 18 10:46

Anti-BDS bill: For Israel, the terrain is shifting unfavourably

Dehumanising Palestinians used to be easier but decades of deep-rooted, civil society activism by Palestinian Americans and their allies is bearing fruit

Jan 18 05:38

Flashback: In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases

A second-year student named Rachel Beyda was seeking an appointment to the student government’s judicial board. A member of the student government, Fabienne Roth, asked her a question: “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community…. how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” (That is supposed to be anti-semitic!)
Note: Ms. Roth, in an email Thursday evening, expressed distress about the episode. “I have already apologized profusely for what happened during our council meeting and I deeply regret how I phrased my questions to Rachel,” she said.

Jan 18 05:27

When Jewish Leaders Decide to Harass College Kids - To 'Support' Israel

In 2015, the Jewish community's strategy shifted. Leaders who favored aggressive confrontation with perceived enemies, particularly critics of Israel, won out. Jewish and pro-Israel groups both in the U.S. and Israel used significant resources to direct hard-line, often secretive tactics against their targets. In recent months, the Forward has reported on how this strategy played out: An online blacklist called Canary Mission, which went live in 2015, targeted college students critical of Israel. Professional pro-Israel operatives posed online as college students. Pro-Israel campus groups hired top-tier professional Washington, D.C. political consultants and sent them to work on college campuses. An Israeli spy firm pitched U.S. Jewish donors with a proposal to covertly undermine the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel.
Note: Please read this article slowly and absorb the evil.

Jan 17 21:01

Palestinian Sniper Takes out Israeli Soldier - (GIF)

2009 flashback

Jan 17 11:44

WHY THE ISRAELI RIGHT DESPISES THE LEFT

An IDF soldier has been charged with assault for striking an Arab teen in the city of Hevron in Judea.

The footage of the incident was recorded by the far-left organization B’Tselem in November 2017.

Jan 17 11:43

THE UNGENTRIFICATION OF PALESTINE

They are “demolishing our Palestinian heritage.”

“The Palestinian identity of [Haifa] city is being reinvested and reshaped for the benefit of the hegemonic Zionist narrative.”

Jan 16 12:48

After Gaza slaughter, Obama officials met with Israeli generals to counter ‘poisonous’ Goldstone Report and get ‘Israeli story out’

This is the tenth anniversary of “Cast Lead,” Israel’s three-week-long onslaught on Gaza that took nearly 1,400 lives, 318 of them children, and that as much as anything helped shift the American view of the conflict and caused progressives to side with Palestinians.

During those three weeks of horrifying images, President-elect Obama had nothing critical to say and Israel did him a favor in return: it ended the bombing/invasion two days before he was inaugurated.

Then in September 2009 the UN Human Rights Council issued a bombshell of its own, the Goldstone Report, which documented war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the campaign, chiefly the Israeli pattern of deliberately striking civilian targets, including schools, mosques, homes, and a flour mill and a chicken farm.

Jan 16 12:47

Beyond free speech

When a delegation of pro-justice activists and community leaders met with Washington state governor Jay Inslee in 2017, to urge him not to endorse the “Governors United against BDS” letter (which, sadly, he signed onto, like every single US state governor, as well as the mayor of Washington, DC), he spoke of it as a foreign policy matter. I strategically “corrected” him, pointing out that the right to boycott was not a foreign policy issue, but one of American free speech. As a member of Washington Freedom to Boycott (which we have since renamed Washington Advocates for Palestinian Rights), I helped circulate the following call to action to thousands, asking them to tell Inslee that “whatever your views on Israel, Palestine, or the BDS movement, anti-BDS legislation is anti-freedom of speech…”

Jan 16 12:42

Israel’s military courts fines Palestinians $16m in three years

Israel’s military courts have imposed fines topping 60 million shekels ($16 million) on West Bank Palestinians from 2015 to 2017, “even though the great majority of the offenses don’t involve the harming of people or property”, reported Haaretz.

According to the report, “the money is deposited in the Israeli Civil Administration’s accounts in the West Bank and is managed by an officer also subordinate to Israel’s Finance Ministry”.

The report cites examples of fines, such as the December 2018 conviction of a Beit Ummar resident of throwing a stone at Israeli occupation forces “from an unknown distance”. Although “the stone did not hit anyone and caused no damage”, he was jailed for six months and fined 2,000 shekels.

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