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May 13 10:31

REVEALED: New 'deal of the century' details shows minimal Israeli concessions

Under the US plan known as "the deal of the century", the Israeli military would retain control over settlements, the Jordan Valley and borders for five years as final status negotiations continue, a senior US diplomat working on the deal has told Middle East Eye.

The plan, as described by the official, would cement the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians and the only concession asked of the Israelis would be freezing settlement building at the heart of the West Bank during the initial five-year period.

May 13 10:16

Israel counters Eurovision boycott campaign with Google ads

Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, using Google ads which refer to the boycott but lead to a glossy website extolling Israel.

May 13 09:39

'Dare to Dream – of Freedom': Anti-occupation Billboard Greets Eurovision Tourists

A billboard protesting Israel's occupation of the West Bank was put up Sunday on the road leading from Ben-Gurion International Airport to Tel Aviv, two days ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest

May 13 09:28

MUST SEE VIDEO ~~ MAKING LIFE FROM DEATH IN GAZA

These Palestinians in Gaza make sculptures and art pieces out of Israel’s weapons.

Majdi Abu Taqiyeh, 40, got the idea of making sculptures out of Israeli bullets when his brother was shot during the Great March of Return demonstrations along Gaza’s eastern boundary.

Israeli snipers have killed more than 200 Palestinians since the demonstrations started in March last year.

“I chose the occupation’s bullets as a medium to work with so they become messages to the world,” Abu Taqiyeh told The Electronic Intifada.

“I wanted to make human figures out of bullets to represent the lives of martyrs who died from those bullets and others who were injured.”

May 12 09:12

Israeli home demolitions skyrocket in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces have sharply escalated their demolitions of Palestinian properties in East Jerusalem.

As a result, more Palestinians have been made homeless this year than in all of 2018.

United Nations humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick decried the alarming trend, calling on Israel to immediately halt all destruction of Palestinian property.

“Demolitions in East Jerusalem have increased at a staggering pace over the last month, leaving tens of Palestinians displaced and others who have lost their livelihoods overnight,” McGoldrick said last week.

May 12 09:11

Video: Israel throws death at us and we make life

These Palestinians in Gaza make sculptures and art pieces out of Israel’s weapons.

Majdi Abu Taqiyeh, 40, got the idea of making sculptures out of Israeli bullets when his brother was shot during the Great March of Return demonstrations along Gaza’s eastern boundary.

Israeli snipers have killed more than 200 Palestinians since the demonstrations started in March last year.

“I chose the occupation’s bullets as a medium to work with so they become messages to the world,” Abu Taqiyeh told The Electronic Intifada.

May 11 10:32

13 attacks by Israel settlers on Palestinians over two-week period

Israeli settlers carried out 13 attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank over a two-week period 23 April-6 May, reported United Nations OCHA.

According to the monitoring body, the attacks “resulted in the injury of three Palestinians” as well as in “damage to Palestinian property across the West Bank”.

In one incident, “a group of Israeli settlers, some of whom were armed, physically assaulted and injured three Palestinian men, who were surveying land” in Kafr Ni’ma village near Ramallah.

Meanwhile, “Israeli settlers accompanied by the Israeli army, vandalized Palestinian property in Ein Harrasheh water spring and a public park in Area B of Al Mazra’a Al Qibliya village” near Ramallah on five separate occasions over the two-week reporting period in question.

May 11 10:31

Lebanon won’t survive with Palestine, Syria refugees, says Aoun

Lebanon would never survive if half a million Palestinian refugees and 1.6 million Syrian refugees remained in the country, the Lebanese president, Michel Aoun, said yesterday.

Aoun remarks came during a meeting held at the presidential palace in the Lebanese capital of Beirut with a delegation from the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), headed by its secretary general Souraya Bechealany.

Aoun called on the MECC to help the Lebanese government resolve the Syrians refugees’ issue “by persuading Western countries to accept the refugees return to their countries as soon as possible.”

May 11 10:30

Hundreds of Gaza protesters shot by Israeli forces risk limb amputation

Israeli soldiers have shot 7,000 demonstrators in Gaza over the past year with live ammunition. Now 1,700 of them have shattered limbs that may need to be amputated if Gaza doesn’t receive emergency help. Already, over 120 people have had arms or legs amputated, including 20 children.

May 11 10:30

P.A: “Deal Of The Century; An Official American Recognition of Israeli Apartheid In Palestine”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Thursday, denouncing the so-called “Deal of the Century,” proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, and stated that this “deal” is an official American recognition, and sponsorship of Israel’s illegal colonization and apartheid in occupied Palestine.

In its statement, the Foreign Ministry said the American statements, and the unconditional support for Israel, and now the so-called “Deal of the Century,” are just providing Israel, and its ruling right-wing extremist parties, with more support to illegally occupy and annex more Palestinian lands.

It added that that the stances of Trump, and his government, are also encouraging Israel to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people and their lands, in addition to encouraging Israel’s illegal colonization of Palestinian lands, including the holy sites.

May 11 10:29

Has Israel Already Annexed The West Bank?

While the international community and media created an uproar when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intent to annex the West Bank in a bid to garner votes during last month’s elections, many Palestinians living in the occupied territory were not fazed by the right-wing leader’s words.

“It’s obvious that the West Bank is already de facto annexed,” Wael Abdul Raheem, a 35-year-old lawyer residing in Ramallah, told Al Jazeera.

He recounted a recent incident when he was handed a traffic fine by an Israeli police officer on Road 60 – an Israeli road that cuts through the occupied territory used by both Israelis and Palestinians – near his village of Madama in the northern West Bank.

“I had to go to Beit El (an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank) in order to pay the fine. Israel already treats this area as its own. So, no, I definitely was not shocked by Netanyahu’s statement,” he said.

May 11 10:02

Attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance will spark war this summer: Islamic Jihad

Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad resistance movement Ziad al-Nakhala has said that attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance factions will spark a war in the coming summer.

"We, the resistance, will face any war against us with complete readiness," said al-Nakhala, speaking to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel.

"What happened in Gaza was a maneuver with live fire in preparation for the upcoming war," added al-Nakhala, referring to last week's confrontation between Israel and the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza strip.

The Gaza escalation erupted last Friday following the deaths of four Palestinians in an Israeli air raid on the coastal sliver of land and the regime’s live fire targeting Gaza protesters.

Israeli warplanes struck some 350 sites in Gaza, claiming the lives of 27 Palestinian people.

May 11 09:58

TRUMP’S “DEAL OF THE CENTURY” WILL USE SANCTIONS, MILITARY THREATS TO FORCE PALESTINIAN ACCEPTANCE

The Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, owned by top Trump donor Sheldon Adelson, has published in Hebrew a leaked draft of the Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century” for the Israel-Palestine conflict. The draft was given to the newspaper by an official from Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which is currently headed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The plan, which has been drafted by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, is expected to be released this June after the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to Mondoweiss.

May 10 09:13

EU diplomats dance on Palestinian graves

On 15 May European diplomats will be holding a party featuring the Dutch DJs Detroit Swindle at Charles Clore Park in Jaffa.

They will be dancing – figuratively, if not literally – on the graves of Palestinians.

The party, hosted by the Dutch, European Union and German embassies, among other European institutions, is supposed to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest that will be going on simultaneously in Tel Aviv.

May 09 14:54

Top UK Journalist Craig Murray Blocked by Facebook After Criticising Israel

On April 23rd, the great independent investigative journalist, Craig Murray — a former British diplomat — headlined at his blog, “Condemned By Their Own Words”, and he posted there the translated-to-English transcript (excerpted below) to this Israeli radio Hebrew broadcast on April 21st, in which an Israeli Brigadier-General, named Fogel, explained why Israel’s troops are doing the right thing to shoot and even to kill Gazans who come (an unspecified) too close to the wall which separates Israel from Gaza:

May 09 11:35

Thinking fast and slow in reporting Israel-Gaza fighting

At some level, you have to feel sorry for the members of the American corporate media reporting on the periodic clashes between Israel and the resistance forces in Gaza. Reporting in any situation of war or civil conflict is a harrowing, high-stake business. You have some amount of fear about your own safety and that of your loved ones. Getting details of a murky, fast-moving story can be really hard. You have to tread numerous super-fine lines of journalistic judgment/ethics in how you gather the news and report it. And meantime, you’re working under pressure of very tight deadlines on a “big”, high-stakes story…

May 09 11:34

Calls for protests in support of Palestine against ‘attempts to annihilate the cause’

As the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba approaches, the Palestinian Forum of Britain (PFB) has called on everyone who believes in freedom and human rights to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against attempts to “annihilate” their cause.

In a statement the group said that since the occupation began, Palestinians have successfully confronted scores of plot and campaigns to eradicate their cause and will continue to do so.

The call comes as leaked reports in the Israel press have revealed details of the US’ peace plan, dubbed the “deal of the century”, which will expected to be unveiled next month. The details appear to show that the Palestinians will continue to live under Israel’s military control and be subjected to its rule. They will also suffer the loss of Jerusalem as their capital and large swathes of the occupied West Bank would be annexed by Israel, under the terms of the deal.

May 09 11:33

Israel forces attack Palestinian worshippers leaving Al-Aqsa

Israeli occupation forces attacked worshippers leading the old city through Damascus Gate after performing night prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque last night.

In video footage which has circulated on social media, occupation officers could be seen assaulting Palestinians in the area before sound bombs and tear gas were used to disperse the peaceful crowds.

May 09 11:32

Palestine factions warn Israel is delaying implementation of ceasefire terms

Palestinian factions have warned of the consequences should Israel continue to delay implementation of the ceasefire terms, reported Haaretz.

According to the paper, “three days after the announcement of a truce between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, the coastal enclave is still waiting for measures that could improve the situation, and warn of the risks of continued deadlock.”

Specifically, “on Wednesday morning, Gazan fishermen reported that the sea was still closed off and that they have not been able to go to work for several days now.”

Meanwhile, “there is no official word yet as to when the Qatari money to pay Hamas bureaucrats’ salaries and aid needy families will arrive.”

May 09 11:31

Report: 19 violations against Palestine media in April

In its monthly report, the Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) reported 19 violations against media freedoms in Israel and the occupied territories, Safa said yesterday.

In a statement, MADA said the Israeli occupation committed 11 of these violations, the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank committed five and the authorities in Gaza committed three.

This number is much lower that the number of violations which have been witnessed in previous months, when the Israeli occupation committed 80 violations and the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip together carried out 37 violations.

May 09 11:31

Behind the biased headlines of Israel’s occupation

Every day, Western media headlines showcase intense conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis, with the Palestinians more often than not getting the blame. Some are major news stories, as we saw in the three-day war that took place last weekend between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip which received much high-profile coverage.

But many incidents get little mainstream media attention or coverage, putting the civilians and journalists, especially the Palestinians, at risk and taking the edge off of the harsh reality of Israel’s excessive use of force, the racism that underlines Israeli policies and the cost on the everyday lives of Palestinian civilians who often are the victims of the crossfire.

As the world focused on the rocket battle between Hamas and Israel this week, life went on as usual in the Israeli occupied West Bank were Palestinians are forced to accept an inferior status, denied civil rights that can range from survivable clashes to the loss of life.

May 09 10:56

Australian, Canadian firms pull out of Israeli settler railway

The Electronic Intifada can exclusively reveal that Canadian engineering giant Bombardier has pulled out of a bid to expand and operate an Israeli tramway linking settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Bombardier is one of several global firms – two others being Australia’s Macquarie and Germany’s Siemens – to drop out of the tender to build the next phase of the Jerusalem light rail.

The light rail system links settlements to each other and to Jerusalem, helping to entrench and facilitate Israel’s colonial expansion in the occupied territory – a war crime.

The tramway is a symbol of oppression for Palestinians.

May 08 11:34

Israeli Paper Claims to Have DETAILS of US 'DEAL OF CENTURY' For Middle East

According to newspaper, the deal will suggest the creation of a Palestinian state on the lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that will be called "New Palestine". The document doesn't specify the political structure of a new state, but indicates that democratic elections will be held within a year after its creation to form a government, with each Palestinian receiving the right to cast a vote.

At the same time, Israeli settlements will remain under Tel Aviv's control with addition of several other settlements. Israel Hayom didn't specify the settlements that will be added.

May 08 11:30

Video: The Occupation of the American Mind. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Over the past few years, Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.

May 08 10:36

Kushner’s peace plan is ‘pretext’ for Israeli land grab: Palestinian UN ambassador

The Trump administration’s long-awaited plan peace for the Middle East is really a cover for Israel’s annexation of West Bank settlements, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Riyad Mansour said Tuesday.

A peace deal devised by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is expected to be released in June, after Ramadan, following repeated United States moves that appear to embolden Israel and hurt the Palestinians.

“If what we read is what is to be expected from this plan, then it seems that the objective of it is not a solution to the conflict, but to give pretext to the Israeli government to annex other portions” of the West Bank, Mansour told a small group of reporters at UN headquarters.

May 08 10:35

Israeli Apartheid Week: futures of freedom from Massachusetts to Palestine

From March 30 until April 8, Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) held its eighth annual Israeli Apartheid Week. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is a globally recognized series of events, featuring movie screenings, lectures, discussions, performances, and direct actions, to educate community members on Israel’s apartheid regime and occupation of Palestine, the importance of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and Palestinian struggle and resistance. Currently, IAW takes place in 200 cities and college campuses throughout the world. Since 2012, Tufts SJP has annually organized an Israeli Apartheid Week, providing educational opportunities for the Tufts community to learn more about the apartheid policies and practices of Israel’s settler colonial state.

May 08 10:35

Photo Essay: Israeli forces attack a Jewish-Palestinian joint action in Southern Hebron

On the morning of Friday, May 3, Israeli forces suppressed a joint action organized by Palestinian, Israeli and International Jewish activists to rehabilitate historical roads that are used by Palestinian communities in South Hebron Hills in the West Bank.

The Israeli troops arrived 30 minutes after the beginning of the action declaring the area as a closed military zone and notified the participants to evacuate the area in five minutes. Around 17 were arrested, including two photojournalists, who were interrogated in Kiryat Arba police station before getting released after 8 hours of detention.

May 08 10:33

The EU’s destructive “peace” partner

While the defenseless population of Gaza was being pummeled by the Israeli military on Saturday, the European Union’s foreign policy chief condemned the firing of rockets from the territory in a nakedly one-sided statement.

“These attacks provoke unspeakable suffering to the Israelis and serve only the cause of endless violence and of an endless conflict,” Federica Mogherini admonished, making no mention of the Palestinian victims of massive Israeli bombing.

“Together with the international community, we will keep working to bring relief to all those suffering from this conflict and cooperating with those who serve the cause of peace,” she added.

May 08 09:55

‘Watch my proficiency in toppling your 7-story building’ — Israeli taunts Gaza landlord

Azmi Doghmush, a building owner in Gaza, says that he received a taunting phone call from an Israeli intelligence officer on Sunday: “Sheikh Doghmush! How are you doing?… Count down five minutes and watch my proficiency and accuracy in toppling your building, but keep 50 meters away.”

The seven-story al-Qamar residential building in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in the Gaza City was then leveled by six Israeli missiles.

May 08 09:39

SELF DEFENSE FOR THE AGGRESSOR? ONLY IN GAZA

Let’s never forget that the international community, led by the US, Germany and a large part of the “Western community of values” repeatedly reaffirms that Israel has a “right to self-defense”. Given all these decades of Israeli international crimes, it is a mockery to speak of “self-defense.” Never: occupiers and land robbers never have a right to self-defense against a defenseless people they occupy!

May 07 11:36

In pictures: Gaza under attack

As the latest Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip enters its third day, so far nine Palestinians, including a 14-month-old girl and a pregnant woman, have been killed in Israeli raids, which have also inflicted heavy damage on the enclave’s economic infrastructure.

Here’s a selection of photos from Gaza under Israeli attacks.:

May 07 11:31

Expose´: The Labour Party Treats Palestinian Supporters as Mental Cases

If you need further evidence that the Labour Party is a dark political force that doesn’t deserve the light of day, the following will supply the confirmation you need.

Mrs. Marianne Northam (74) joined the Labour Party so she could cast a vote in favour of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership as she believed him to be “a man with integrity and principles.”

May 07 11:12

Ceasefire in Gaza — for now

A ceasefire was declared by Israel and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza early Monday, halting intense violence that claimed 25 Palestinian lives and four civilians in Israel in just over 48 hours.

However, without any meaningful change to the status quo in Gaza – under Israeli air, land and sea blockade for 12 years – a resumption of the deadly fighting is only a matter of time.

May 07 11:11

Israeli Apartheid Week: futures of freedom from Massachusetts to Palestine

From March 30 until April 8, Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) held its eighth annual Israeli Apartheid Week. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is a globally recognized series of events, featuring movie screenings, lectures, discussions, performances, and direct actions, to educate community members on Israel’s apartheid regime and occupation of Palestine, the importance of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and Palestinian struggle and resistance. Currently, IAW takes place in 200 cities and college campuses throughout the world. Since 2012, Tufts SJP has annually organized an Israeli Apartheid Week, providing educational opportunities for the Tufts community to learn more about the apartheid policies and practices of Israel’s settler colonial state.

May 07 11:10

Israel Again Bombs Gaza - But Is It "In Response"?

Most readers do not read further than the headline and maybe the first paragraph. Their impression will understandably be that "militants in Gaza" started the fight and that the Zionists "responded". But that is far from the truth.

One has to read down to the fifteenth paragraph to learn that those 'facts' are probably false:

The Israeli military reported on Friday that two soldiers were lightly wounded in a shooting incident along its border with Gaza. In response, Israel struck sites belonging to the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, killing two fighters.
Also on Friday, two Palestinian protesters were killed taking part in ongoing weekly demonstrations at the border fence with Israel, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Note the sequencing. The exchange is again described as a "response" by Israel. The two murdered demonstrators, who were unarmed and posed no threat to Israel, are mentioned as an aside.

May 07 11:10

The Gaza Ghetto uprising

The cruelty and temerity of the people in Gaza once more reached new heights Saturday: dozens of rockets on Israel before the week of its Independence Day, just after its Holocaust Remembrance Day, and worst of all, two weeks before its Eurovision. How dare you Gaza, how dare you.

Israel still hasn’t recovered from the Holocaust, is preening itself for its Independence Day, the musicians are starting to arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport, and you’re firing Qassam rockets. How will we be able to celebrate? News reports give the impression that Israel is under siege; Gaza is threatening to destroy it. Twitter has already suggested “Eva’s Story on the Gaza Border” – a play on the social media campaign about the Holocaust.

Pundits explain that it’s all because of Hamas’ greed. Ramadan is beginning and “they’re under crazy pressure for cash.” Or, “It’s all because of the weak security policy that has gotten the terror groups used to Israel; we only strike buildings.”

May 07 10:55

Gaza has made its choice: It will continue to resist

We have spent sleepless nights under Israeli bombs before - in 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2018. On Saturday, apartheid Israel decided to launch yet another murderous campaign of bombardment against one of the most densely populated areas on earth.

Again, the victims were children and women. Fourteen-month-old Palestinian toddler, Siba Abu Arrar, was killed along with her pregnant aunt, Falastine, who succumbed to her wounds shortly after American-made, Israeli warplanes targeted their home in Zeitoun neighbourhood.

On Friday, like all the previous 57 Fridays, I joined thousands of peaceful protesters at the eastern fence of the Gaza concentration camp, where Israeli snipers shot and killed four Palestinians and injured 51, including children. One of those killed was 19-year-old Raed Abu Teir, who was walking on crutches, having been injured during previous protests.

May 07 10:34

The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse

We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the Palestinian Authority is not crying wolf as it warns of imminent collapse.

The crisis is entirely of Israel and Washington’s making. Keen to pander to hawkish public opinion in the run-up to last month’s election, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck a severe blow against Mahmoud Abbas and his government-in-permanent-waiting.

He announced that Israel would withhold a portion of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians, and which it is obligated under the Oslo accords to pass on to the PA, based in the West Bank.

The money deducted is the sum the PA transfers as stipends to the families of political prisoners and those killed and maimed by the Israeli army.

May 06 11:28

Palestine in Pictures: April 2019

Six Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces and settlers during the month of April, or died from wounds sustained previously.

Muhammad Ali Dar Adwan, 23, was killed during a raid on Kufr Aqab, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem in the West Bank, in the early hours of 2 April. Video shows that Dar Adwan came under heavy gunfire as he ran away from soldiers.

That same day, Faris Yusif Faris Abu Hijris, 26, died from injuries he sustained two days earlier when he was shot in the stomach during a protest in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, marking the Great March of Return’s one-year anniversary.

Two additional Palestinians were shot and fatally wounded by Israeli soldiers along the Gaza-Israel boundary during the month.

May 06 11:23

HAMAS, ISLAMIC JIHAD: WE’RE CLOSE TO OPEN WAR WITH ISRAEL

The warning came as leaders of the two Palestinian groups continued their discussions in Cairo with senior Egyptian intelligence officials on ways of ending the current round of fighting with Israel.

May 06 10:12

Once again, ‘NYT’ distorts the news, dishonestly making Gazans the aggressor and Israel the victim

Here’s today’s misleading headline in the Times; “Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, and Israel Responds With Airstrikes.” This is a classic Times tactic to rig its Israel/Palestine coverage; distort the timeline to make it seem like the Palestinians started the violence, and that Israel is (reluctantly) “responding.”

Amos Harel, who covers the military for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is hardly a supporter of Hamas. But he is an honest reporter, and you can turn to him (or one of his colleagues), rather than to the New York Times whenever there is a new outbreak of violence so you can try and figure out what is actually happening.

Amos Harel tells a more complicated story. He reports that the day before the rocket barrage, during Friday protests along the Gaza border, an Israeli jeep came under fire; one Israeli officer received “moderate” wounds and a soldier was wounded lightly. Then,

May 06 09:53

Gaza sees cautious calm after two-day Israeli onslaught

A state of cautious calm prevailed in the Gaza Strip on Monday, two days after an Israeli military onslaught against the blockaded territory left 25 Palestinians dead – including two infants and three women – and scores more injured, reports Anadolu Agency.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Israeli military pounded the coastal enclave with airstrikes and artillery barrages, while Gaza-based resistance factions responded by firing rockets towards southern Israel.

The violence ended at dawn Monday when a ceasefire went into effect.

According to the Al-Aqsa television channel, the truce began at 4:30 AM local time.

May 06 09:52

Trump backs Israel ‘100%’ amid airstrikes on Gaza

US President Donald Trump on Sunday threw his support behind Israel amid ongoing airstrikes in the blockaded Gaza Strip, reports Anadolu Agency.

“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens,” Trump tweeted.

May 06 09:52

Israel strikes 320 sites in blockaded Gaza Strip

Avichay Adraee, spokesman of the Israeli army claimed that reconnaissance points, underground warehouses and military centres of Hamas and Islamic Jihad were targeted, Anadolu reports.

Since Saturday, 25 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and two infants, were killed and more than 100 others wounded by Israeli air strikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Anadolu agency in the Gaza strip was targeted by Israel over the weekend.

May 06 09:49

Gaza ceasefire holding following bloody weekend

A ceasefire has been reached between Israel and Palestinian factions, according to the latter, seeming to put an end to violence that has rocked the Gaza Strip since Friday, and left 23 Palestinians and four civilians in Israel dead.

According to Palestinian officials, the ceasefire came into effect at 4.30am local time (01:30 GMT), after Israel and Hamas, the movement that governs the Strip, agreed to taper the fighting that reached a peak on Sunday.

As is common in such situations, Israel has not publicly commented on whether a ceasefire has been reached.

However, there appeared to be no rocket fire coming from Gaza following the Palestinians’ announcement.

May 06 09:48

'We are more tired than afraid': Finding strength amid darkness in Gaza

Living in a neglected part of the world - Palestine is not completely forgotten, but recognised as something else - we struggle to bring the truth into the spotlight.

We fight every day to recollect the scattered pieces of who we are, hoping to secure a better today, tomorrow and forever for ourselves and for the generation to come.

May 06 09:46

Palestinians to German Newspaper NWZ: Don’t Give Platform to Israeli Official Justifying War Crimes

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, urges you not to host the May 16 event featuring Arye Sharuz Shalicar and to deny him a platform at your newspaper where he is a frequent contributor.

Shalicar is Head of Foreign Relations for the Israeli Ministry of Intelligence. The notorious Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has been condemned by the UN Committee Against Torture over its use of violent interrogation tactics on Palestinians. Shin Bet has been the object of hundreds of complaints of torture. Not a single one has resulted in prosecution.

May 06 09:33

Palestinian journalist shot in head by rubber bullet while covering Gaza protest

Israel forces shot and injured a Palestinian journalist with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Friday, and three others were killed, including a 19-year-old protester, as demonstrations continued in Gaza.

Safinaz Allouh was covering the ongoing Great March of Return campaign along the Gaza-Israel border fence when she was hit in the head and injured.

East of Khan Younis, a teenager identified as Raed Khalil Abu Tair was shot in the abdomen and later died from his wounds, according to the Gaza health ministry.

May 06 09:04

In a first, Israel responds to Hamas hackers with an air strike

For the first time, Israel has used brute military force to respond to a Hamas cyberattack, three years after NATO proclaimed "cyber" an official battlefield in modern warfare.

The "bomb-back" response took place on Saturday when Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched an air strike against a building in the Gaza Strip. They claimed it housed Hamas cyber operatives, which had been engaging in a cyberattack against Israel's "cyberspace."

"We were ahead of them all the time," said Brigadier General D., the head of the IDF's cyber defense division. "The moment they tried to do something, they failed."

Israeli officials did not disclose any details about the Hamas cyberattack; however, they said they first stopped the attack online, and only then responded with an air strike.

May 06 06:15

Video: Ceasefire Agreed To In GazaThanks

May 05 17:45

RAMADAN IN GAZA~~ EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS

This is Bibi’s ‘Peace Process’ caught live on camera …

May 05 13:27

Israel kill Hamas commander in airstrike and 'prepares Gaza ground invasion' as it hits back after 600 militant rockets kill four and injure 66

An Israeli man, 58, became the first citizen to be killed in the Middle East hostilities since the 2014 war.

Seven Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby daughter, were also reportedly killed.

Israeli PM Netanyahu said Hamas is paying a 'heavy price' and has ordered ground troops up to Gaza's border.

Three Israelis, including an 80-year-old woman, were also wounded by rocket fire in the weekend of combat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People who have been following the demonstrations at the border knew that this was coming; it was only a matter of time, until the israeli military felt that the "optics" of such an invasion would most probably be seen as a "Justified retaliation" by the rest of the world.

And this time, the IDF is going to kill as many innocent non-combatants as humanly possible; it will be a no holds barred situation, and the Israelis will not negotiate a cease fire this time.

May 05 09:50

Netanyahu Fiddles While Gaza – and Israel's South – Burn

Despite promises to 'restore peace and security,' Israel's newly re-elected prime minister is offering nothing more than the same old platitudes.

May 04 19:06

The Occupation of the American Mind (45-minute version)

Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -- except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.

Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor.

May 04 09:37

The wounded around me

It’s been more than a year since the Great March of Return protests started in Gaza.

The weekly demonstrations were launched as a way to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians living under a draconian siege that has left Gaza on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.

They are also a reassertion of the Palestinian right of return to the lands and homes from which Palestinians were dispossessed in 1948. Two-thirds of Gaza’s population of approximately two million people are refugees.

But the activism of demonstrators has come at a high and deadly cost. Still, people march.

May 04 09:36

Illegal Israeli Colonists Destroy Gate Of A Mosque In Jerusalem’s Old City

A group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Saturday, Sheikh Makki Mosque in al-Qadisiyah Street in Jerusalem’s Old City, and destroyed its gate.

The colonists broke the lock, and sabotaged its gate, for the third time in just a few months, the Palestinian Waqf and Islamic Endowment Ministry has reported,

May 04 09:35

Updated: Army Kills Two Palestinian, Injures 82, Including 34 Children, 2 Journalists and 3 Medics

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly Great Return March processions in the Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinian, and injuring 82 others, including 34 children, two journalists and three paramedics.

Update: One Palestinian, identified as Ramzi Rawhi ‘Abdo, 31, died from serious wounds he suffered, Friday, after the soldiers shot him with a live round in the head, east of al-Boreij in central Gaza.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has reported that the soldiers killed Ra’ed Khalil Abu Teir, 19, after shooting him with a live round in the abdomen, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

May 04 09:31

VIDEO of Gaza Skyline Following IDF Attacks on Terrorist Targets

IDF have attacked 30 targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of 150 rockets from the region on Saturday. According to an official statement, Israeli forces carried out the attacks against two main groups of the Palestinian enclave: Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and its ally, the Islamic Jihad movement.

May 04 09:25

The Brussels conference set out to whitewash Israel’s policies

The European Union and donor countries held a conference yesterday to discuss a new financial proposal to solve the crisis of Israel deducting or “stealing” about $139 million of the tax revenues collected by the occupation state on the Palestinian Authority’s behalf. This is the amount that the PA pays as stipends to the families of prisoners and martyrs, and Israel’s reluctance to pay the cash puts the PA at risk of financial collapse.

The new proposal actually involves accepting Israel’s policy and convincing PA President Mahmoud Abbas to back down from his nationalist, principled position of refusing to accept the entire amount as long as Israel continues to use Palestinians’ money as a means to punish them and put pressure on the authority. What is this new mechanism? How does it serve Israel?

May 04 09:23

Air strikes and artillery pound Gaza as dozens of rockets fired at Israel

In a joint statement, the Palestinian factions in the enclave said: "We have launched 150 rockets at the Israeli neighbourhoods and military sites near the Gaza Strip in response to the continuous Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip."

The violence has broken a fragile ceasefire under which Israel and Hamas, Gaza's rulers, were negotiating a truce agreement that the Palestinian movement hoped would see Israeli restrictions on the enclave lifted.

"The Israeli occupation must commit to terms of understanding in the ceasefire deal," Khalil al-Hayya, a member of Hamas' politburo, said.

May 04 09:20

The attacks on a great Palestinian charity by UK Lawyers For Israel must end

Earlier this month, Interpal, the British charity that does notable work providing humanitarian aid, education, health and community development for Palestinians in need, hosted a lunch in central London to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

About 40 diplomats, politicians, charity workers and others attended. Sir Terence English, the pre-eminent cardiac surgeon, talked movingly about rebuilding the limbs of the many young Palestinian men shot by Israeli snipers in the knee during the Gaza protests over the past year.

May 04 08:38

In video - Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Urif, attack Palestinians

Dozens of Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar stormed the Urif village, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, overnight on Thursday.

Head of Urif village council, Mazen Shehadeh, told Ma'an that heavily armed Israeli forces provided protection to dozens of Israeli settlers as they stormed the village and attacked Palestinian residents.

Shehadeh added that Israeli forces repeatedly fired tear-gas bombs towards Palestinian residents under the pretext that “unknown individuals” stole sheep from the illegal Yitzhar settlement.

Shehadeh also confirmed that Israeli settlers vandalized one Palestinian-owned vehicle, belonging to Urif resident, Muataz Najeh al-Safdi.
Over 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

May 04 08:37

New Gaza Documentary "Shocks The Conscience" w/Abby Martin

May 03 10:44

Israel’s UN Ambassador waves a bible at the Security Council

Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon is now claiming the bible as proof to Israel’s fundamental right to all of Palestine.

During his speech at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, Danon held up a bible at for all the ambassadors present to see and said, “This is our deed to our land.”

Danon is claiming ownership to all of Palestine, which he calls “Eretz Yisrael” at a time when the international community is worried about Netanyahu realizing his recent election promise to annex the occupied West Bank.

May 03 10:41

Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank

Jewish settlers today sprayed racist slogans on Palestinian homes and slashed the tyres of Palestinian care in the northern occupied West Bank

Ghassan Daghlas, head of the settlement file, told the Anadolu Agency that a group of settlers raided the town of Huwwara in the Nablus governorate and sprayed graffitied racist slogans in Hebrew on the walls of a number of houses.

According to Daghlas, three vehicles had their tyres damaged as a result of the attack.

May 03 10:35

Netanyahu bars all 181 Palestinian participants from attending joint Memorial Day ceremony

The unique joint Memorial Day ceremony brings Israelis and Palestinians on both sides together to mourn and acknowledge each other’s grief for loved ones killed in the conflict

Israel turned down all 181 applications of Palestinians from the West Bank invited by the organizers of a joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony in Tel Aviv. Sources told Haaretz that the order banning the Palestinians came from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister. Netanyahu’s bureau declined to comment.

A statement in response to the applications said: “The requests were denied because there is a closure on the eve of Memorial Day.” Such a closure is imposed every year, but in previous years, invited Palestinians were allowed to enter Israel on the eve of the ceremony, which has been held since 2006.

May 03 10:19

Kushner: US to Discuss Israel Annexing W Bank Possibility when New Gov't Formed

On 6 April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex settlements in the West Bank if he secures another term as prime minister in Israel's parliamentary elections on 9 April.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Thursday that the Washington would discuss possibility of Israel annexing West Bank settlements when new Israeli government is formed, Reuters reported. Kushner noted that Israel and the Palestinians should wait to see his Middle East peace proposal before making any unilateral moves.

May 03 05:05

TRUMP’S CRUSADERS MARCH TO WAR

This is the latest attempt by the United States to crush Iran's independent-minded government and return it to American tutelage. The Trump administration has demanded that the principal importers of 1.2 billion barrels of Iranian oil halt purchases almost immediately. This imperial diktat includes China, South Korea, Turkey, India and Japan. The comprehensive embargo is very close to an all-out act of war ... The oil embargo not only violates international law, it sets the US on a collision course with some of its most important allies and vassal states ... Iran, a proud, ancient nation of 80 million, has become, with Turkey, the most effective opposition to America's imperial domination of the Mideast and a key supporter of Palestinian rights and statehood. This has put Iran on a collision course with Israel and its influential American supporters

May 02 10:22

Israel blocks Palestinian family reunification hearings over ‘workload’

Israeli authorities are blocking Palestinian family unification applications at the Interior Ministry’s office in occupied East Jerusalem, because of the “intolerable workload”, reported Haaretz.

For the last 18 months or so, the paper reported, “a Palestinian grandfather living in East Jerusalem has been trying to obtain resident status for his three grandchildren, who were all born in East Jerusalem and suffer from mental disabilities”.

“The three live with the grandfather, who is their guardian, but don’t have resident status in Israel because their father is dead and their mother lives in the West Bank,” the paper added.

After 11 reminders were sent to the Interior Ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority, the Authority answered, “asking a ministry appeals tribunal to reject the family’s appeal” – a rejection based not on the merits, but due to the workload at the ministry’s East Jerusalem office.

May 02 10:21

NGO: ‘Demonstrable rise’ in Israel demolitions across East Jerusalem

An Israeli human rights NGO has identified a “demonstrable rise” in demolitions of Palestinian properties in occupied East Jerusalem during 2019.

According to Ir Amim, since the start of 2019 “there have been 93 demolitions across East Jerusalem, 41 of which were residential units”, revealing “a demonstrable rise in demolitions when compared to the same period in 2018”. Fifty-five demolitions were carried out in April alone, Ir Amim added.

The group was responding to fresh demolitions by Israeli occupation authorities in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Wadi Yasul, “destroying two residential units and three animal stalls”.

May 02 10:21

12,000 Jewish Israel settlers raid historic West Bank cemetery

Some 12,000 Israeli Jewish settlers yesterday raided several historic Muslim tombs belonging to scholars and prophets in the village of Kafl Haris, east of the West Bank city of Salfit, Quds Press reported.

Local sources told the news site that a large number of Israeli occupation forces also raided the city to secure the invasion of the settlers.

The settlers performed Talmudic rituals near the Islamic tombs.

Israeli settlers regularly raid Islamic sites to perform Talmudic rituals that provoke Palestinians.

May 02 10:20

Israeli settlers destroy more olive trees in occupied West Bank

A group of Jewish Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farms on Wednesday and cut down 150 mature olive trees in the village of Burqa east of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Quds Press has reported. The settlers came from the illegal Atzaf colonial outpost built on Palestinian land, said witnesses, who added that they were protected by Israeli occupation forces.

Meanwhile, another group of Jewish settlers attacked a Palestinian family and damaged the fence at their house in Tel Al-Remeida in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Local sources said that the settlers were joined by soldiers of the Israeli occupation army in the attack on the Abu Aisha family home.

May 02 10:19

What defines the EU’s relations with Israel and the Palestinians?

As the Palestinian Authority’s financial deficit continues to get worse, the European Union has announced that it will be assisting humanitarian endeavours for Palestinians with an additional $24.7 million of aid. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, declared that the EU will retain its role as “the most reliable donor to the Palestinians.”

A reliable donor, however, does not compensate for the absence of a political partner which takes Palestinian demands seriously. The EU continues to distinguish between humanitarian aid for Palestinians and economic relations with Israel, putting the latter at a very distinct advantage.

May 02 10:17

New push to stop US funding torture of Palestinian children

Israel would be banned from using US aid to detain and torture Palestinian children if a new bill becomes law.

The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act was brought before the US Congress on Wednesday by Betty McCollum, an elected representative for Minnesota.

McCollum introduced a similar bill in 2017, the first in US history that called for accountability and transparency for aid to Israel.

May 02 09:43

SAUDI ARABIA OFFERED ABBAS $10 BILLION TO ACCEPT TRUMP’S PEACE PLAN - REPORT

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas $10 billion if he accepts US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century,” the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Tuesday.

A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah refused to comment on the report.

May 02 09:42

Sanders: ‘Israel now run by a right wing — dare I say — racist government’

Democratic presidential hopeful insists he is ‘100 percent pro-Israel’ at town hall event; says if elected he would be more sympathetic to Palestinian concerns

May 01 12:10

Gaza now has a toxic ‘biosphere of war’ that no one can escape

Gaza has often been invaded for its water. Every army leaving or entering the Sinai desert, whether Babylonians, Alexander the Great, the Ottomans, or the British, has sought relief there. But today the water of Gaza highlights a toxic situation that is spiralling out of control.

A combination of repeated Israeli attacks and the sealing of its borders by Israel and Egypt, have left the territory unable to process its water or waste. Every drop of water swallowed in Gaza, like every toilet flushed or antibiotic imbibed, returns to the environment in a degraded state.

May 01 12:08

Jewish students sue to oust pro-Palestinian panel from UMass

A group of Jewish students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is asking a judge to order a panel discussion about Palestinian human rights off campus because it is anti-Semitic.

The panel, titled "Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights" is scheduled for Saturday and features Roger Waters, a member of the rock band Pink Floyd. The panelists are expected to argue that pro-Israel groups have tried to silence Palestinian points of view.

A Superior Court judge heard arguments Monday but did not rule.

The panel is sponsored by an organization run by a UMass faculty member, and co-sponsored by two academic departments.

May 01 11:55

4/26/19 Grant Smith on the Shifting of American Support for Israel

Grant Smith comes back on the show to explain the polling around American support for Palestine. Last month Gallup quietly revealed that support for Palestine among Americans is now higher than support for Israel. In the past these polls, which always claimed Americans favored Israel, have been used to justify Israel’s privileged status in American foreign policy—so it’s no wonder powerful forces want to keep results like this quiet.

May 01 10:09

AFTER YOU READ THIS YOU WILL HAVE NO DOUBTS THAT ZIONISM IS RACISM

Embracing racism, rabbis at pre-army yeshiva laud Hitler, urge enslaving Arabs
Recordings show instructors at settlement academy openly promoting Jewish supremacy; principal says Arabs want to live under Israeli occupation due to their genetic inferiority

May 01 10:08

ANTI ZIONISM MUST NOT BE CONFUSED WITH ANTI SEMITISM

We must not let up in the fight for a free Palestine from the River to the Sea. We must defend ourselves against it if Israel criticism is compulsorily criminalized as anti-Semitism

Apr 30 15:30

Scott Adams: The “Fine People” Hoax Funnel

After a few years of trying to deprogram people from this hoax, I have discovered a fascinating similarity in how people’s brains respond to having their worldview annihilated in real time. I call it the “fine people” hoax funnel. When you present the debunking context to a believer in the hoax, they will NEVER say this: “Gee, I hadn’t seen the full quote. Now that I see it in its complete form, it is obvious to me that my long-held belief is 100% wrong and the media has been duping me.”

That doesn’t happen.

Apr 30 12:53

Blame Palestinians for GazaIsrael is the perpetual victim

If you have read a recent New York Times op-ed entitled “Care about Gaza? Blame Hamas” written by none other than the White House “special representative for international negotiations” Jason Greenblatt you would understand that the misery being experienced by Palestinians in Gaza is all their own fault. Greenblatt, who is Jewish of the Orthodox persuasion, just happens to be a strong supporter of Israel’s settlements, which he claims are “not an obstacle to peace.” He is very upset because some naysayers are actually putting some of the blame for the human catastrophe in Gaza on Israel, which we Americans all know is our best friend in the whole world and our most loyal ally. If that were not so, the New York Times and those fine people in Congress and the White House would surely inform us otherwise. And anyway, what are a few lies and war crimes between friends?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Kushner and Greenblatt are pathologically incapable of realizing, (or just flat don't want to), is that for the Palestinians, this is not an issue about money; it is an issue of homeland, where generations of their ancestors once lived.

And money... even as attractively as I am sure the White House and Tel Aviv are spinning this proposal...is no compensation for Palestinians who cannot forget their history, or their homelands.

Apr 30 09:21

Israel cuts offshore Gaza fishing limit after rocket launch by militants

Israel reduced the offshore fishing limit it imposes for vessels operating out of Gaza on Tuesday. The move follows rocket fire from the territory by Palestinian militants.

A military spokeswoman said the rocket fell into the Mediterranean, a few kilometers off the Israeli coast. It was fired by Gaza’s second largest militant group, Islamic Jihad, an ally of the territory’s Islamist rulers Hamas, an army source told AFP.

The fishermen’s union said that a number of fishing boats came under Israeli naval fire early on Tuesday after the military accused them of breaching the fishing boundaries. The statement did not report any casualties.

Gaza fishermen will now be able to operate no more than six nautical miles into the Mediterranean, down from up to 15 nautical miles, which Israel had allowed since April 1.

Apr 30 09:15

ICC public hearing to look into case of Mavi Marmara

International Criminal Court (ICC) is to hold a public hearing tomorrow to look into the Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla the Mavi Marmara in 2010, the International Committee for Breaking the Siege announced yesterday.

Five of the Appeals Chamber judges are to attend the hearing, a statement by the organisation said, adding that they would look into the Public Prosecutor’s decision based on which no investigation was opened on the case.

Earlier, the Appeals Chamber turned down an appeal made by the Public Prosecutor against the Pre-Trial Chamber which requested that the Public Prosecutor review her decision on closing the case without investigation.

“Holding a hearing on this issue is considered very important as it came as a result of the efforts exerted by the legal team of the Freedom Flotilla, which is being recruited by the Turkish IHH, the owner of the Mavi Marmara and member of the Freedom Flotilla,” the statement said.

Apr 30 09:14

Israel government to fund hotels in illegal West Bank settlements

The Israeli government will subsidise hotels in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, as part of a plan to attract more tourists to the area.

According to an article in Arutz Sheva, citing a report by Israel Hayom, Israel’s Tourism Ministry “will aid entrepreneurs who want to invest in building or expanding hotels in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank]”.

The entrepreneurs can now apply for a grant of up to 20 per cent of their intended investment.

Israel Hayom reported that a meeting held earlier this year between senior settler officials and the managers of Israeli travel agencies in the occupied West Bank “showed that the number of guest units is insufficient, causing tourists to avoid staying in the area for more than a day”.

According to the report, the government grants “are intended to encourage investors to open additional guest units in [illegal settlements in] Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley [the occupied West Bank]”.

Apr 30 09:13

Rise in unemployment in Palestine in 2018

Unemployment in Palestine increased in 2018 to reach about 31 per cent of the labour force compared with about 28 per cent in 2017, where the number of unemployed individuals increased from 377,000 in 2017 to 426,000 in 2018, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) revealed ahead of International Labour Day tomorrow.

Apr 30 09:13

Palestinians are suing the illegal Israeli settlers who list stolen property on AirBnB

Last year, AirBnB declared that it would withdraw listings on its site from Israeli settlers based in Jew-only colonies in the West Bank. All such colonial-settlements are illegal under international law.

The move came after years of campaigning by Palestine solidarity activists. The effect of their efforts was acknowledged by AirBnB when the property lettings company announced the initial withdrawal.

However, under pressure, AirBnB has now capitulated to demands from Israel and its supporters to reverse the move. Part of this pressure was a lawsuit by Israeli and Israeli-American settlers and supporters against the company in a US court.

Apr 30 09:12

France and the EU, Recognising Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine

A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy.

The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.

Ambassador Gerard Araud was, of course, right when he told the US magazine, the ‘Atlantic’, that Israel is already an apartheid state.

Noting the “disproportion of power” between Israel and the Palestinians, Araud said, “The strongest (meaning Israel) may conclude that they have no interest to make concessions.”

And since Israel “won’t make (Palestinians) citizens of Israel … they will have to make it official, which we know the situation, which is apartheid.” Araud added, “There will be officially an apartheid state. They are in fact already.”

Apr 30 09:11

FLASHBACK - How The Guardian told me to steer clear of Palestine

I very much enjoyed contributing to The Guardian. Having previously worked for quite a stuffy publication, it felt liberating to be able to express opinions.

There was one issue, however, on which I felt my freedom curtailed: Palestine. Although The Guardian did publish a few of my articles denouncing Israeli atrocities, I began to encounter obstacles in 2009.

Apr 30 08:58

Blame Palestinians for Gaza

If you have read a recent New York Times op-ed entitled “Care about Gaza? Blame Hamas” written by none other than the White House “special representative for international negotiations” Jason Greenblatt you would understand that the misery being experienced by Palestinians in Gaza is all their own fault. Greenblatt, who is Jewish of the Orthodox persuasion, just happens to be a strong supporter of Israel’s settlements, which he claims are “not an obstacle to peace.” He is very upset because some naysayers are actually putting some of the blame for the human catastrophe in Gaza on Israel, which we Americans all know is our best friend in the whole world and our most loyal ally. If that were not so, the New York Times and those fine people in Congress and the White House would surely inform us otherwise. And anyway, what are a few lies and war crimes between friends?

Apr 30 08:49

Video: Palestinian killed while running away from soldiers

“You killed him! You killed him!”

So shouts a Palestinian man after Israeli soldiers gun down Muhammad Ali Dar Adwan, 23, in Kufr Aqab, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

“Help him, you killed him!” the man shouts in Hebrew seconds later.

Soldiers carry away Dar Adwan’s body. He is declared dead.

The young man’s killing early on the morning of 2 April is shown in video footage compiled by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem:

Apr 29 09:45

Arab League warns of erasure of Palestinian history in school curriculum

Palestinian history is being wiped out in school text books through the Judaisation of the Arab curriculum, the Arab League warned in a meeting this weekend.

During the Palestinian Children Educational Affairs Council meeting, Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine and Arab Territories, Ambassador Said Abu-Ali, said education is the most important type of resistance so Israeli occupation authorities are working to undermine it.

Israel is working to impose its syllabus on Palestinian students in Jerusalem in order to erase the Palestinian identity, it also bans new schools from being set up in Arab areas and existing schools from being renovated.

The Arab League official said that this plan aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause and put pressure on the Palestinians to accept a peace plan which offers them far less than the two-state solution.

Apr 29 09:44

Israel lets settlers spend Passover at former outpost where Palestinian landowners remain excluded

Israeli occupation authorities allowed settlers to celebrate Passover at the site of the former Amona outpost in the northern West Bank, despite the fact that the location is a closed military zone.

According to Haaretz, the site “became a recreation spot for Jewish settlers during the Passover holiday”, even though the Palestinians who own the land on the hill “are still not allowed access”.

The outpost was evacuated in 2017 on orders of the Israeli Supreme Court, who ruled it had been established on privately-owned Palestinian land.

As reported by Haaretz, shortly before the removal of settlers from Amona, “the army issued the order barring access to the site by civilians”, an order “now strictly enforced to keep Palestinian landowners from the nearby villages of Ein Yabrud and Silwad from farming their land at the site”.

Apr 29 09:43

For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing ‘Apartheid,’ but Never Quite Gets There

Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times’ editorial board (4/11/19) wrote:

Under Mr. Netanyahu, Israel is on a trajectory to become what critics say will be an apartheid state like the former South Africa—a country in which Palestinians will eventually be a majority, but without the rights of citizens.

A harsh criticism? Actually, the paper has been saying that Israel/Palestine could “become” an apartheid state for the better part of two decades. It ran a piece in 2003 (1/29/03) arguing that

if Israel does not give up the territories, it will face a choice: relinquish either democracy or the ideal of a Jewish state. Granting Palestinians in the territories the right to vote would turn Israel into an Arab state with a Jewish minority. Not allowing them to vote would result in a form of permanent apartheid.

Apr 29 07:18

Flashback: Don't sell books that deny the Holocaust

The World Jewish Congress today demanded that Amazon.com remove from its website books that deny the Holocaust and promote anti-Semitism and white supremacy.
Note: In many countries in is a prison to "deny" the holocau$t. Never question anything about it because it exposes the lies!!

Apr 29 07:13

Palestinians keep up refusal of tax revenues after Israel cuts

The Palestinians on Monday restated their refusal to accept tax revenues collected on their behalf by Israel so long as the Jewish state deducts millions of dollars over a dispute about prisoners.
"Our position is as it was: We will not receive any money from Israel if it is incomplete," Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmud Abbas told the weekly cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Apr 28 09:51

OCCUPATIONAL FUN IN PALESTINE CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Watch Israeli soldiers laugh and cheer after one of them shoots a Palestinian protester in the village of Madama

Apr 27 09:46

Will New Netanyahu Coalition and Kushner’s “Deal” Bring Destruction to Jerusalem’s Golden Dome?

There is a story about the Khalifa Umar bin al-Khattab, the Muslim leader who conquered Jerusalem in 637 C.E. It is said that upon entering the city he asked to see the site of the temple built by King Solomon, but could find no one who knew where it was. According to the story, he then came across a poor Jewish beggar sitting in the street. The beggar told the Kalifa that he could take him to the site where the temple once stood. When they arrived at the site Umar realized that the site had been used as the city trash dump. He then went down on his knees and, together with the Jewish beggar, cleaned the site and vowed to build a sanctuary that would for all eternity protect the holy site.

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