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Sep 19 14:11

How Netanyahu’s son became the poster boy for white supremacists

Jonathan Cook says racists in Israel and American and European white supremacists are counting on a revival of anti-Semitism in the United States and elsewhere in the Western world that will benefit them both.>>

Sep 19 14:09

Israel’s chief stooge at Westminster shames us again

Stuart Littlewood looks at how UK Prime Minister Theresa May and other Zionist stooges in her government are fawning over Israel ahead of the Balfour Declaration centenary instead of apologising for was in fact a criminal conspiracy.>>

Sep 19 13:51

Israeli soldiers shoot and injure Palestinian boy, 13; military prevents parents from sitting by his bed

On 23 July 2017, soldiers shot N.R., 13, after he went through an opening in the Separation Barrier near Jayus. He was hospitalized in Israel for a month and underwent three operations. For the first eight days, soldiers guarding his room prevented his parents from staying with their son and briefly tied him to the bed. His parents were not present when he was interrogated and when his detention was extended. This grave conduct of the security forces is far from unusual, reflecting both declared policy and norms that have developed.

Sep 18 12:06

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

James Dorsey explains why there should be no reason for optimism that violence and instability in the Middle East, whether in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or the Gulf states, will come to an end anytime soon.>>

Sep 18 09:56

Palestinian orchestra uses 'music as resistance'

Birzeit, Occupied West Bank - On a humid summer evening in Birzeit, the atmosphere in the Naseeb Azeez Shaheen Auditorium turned raucous when it was announced that two musicians from Gaza would be performing.

The audience had barely settled by the time the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) launched into the familiar, dramatic opening bars of the Star Wars main theme.

For its 2017 tour, the PYO had scheduled two concerts in Amman, Jordan, followed by two dates in the occupied West Bank, in Nablus and Birzeit.

"We try to make a point to come to Palestine because this is home," PYO manager Zeina Khoury told Al Jazeera. "We do it once every few years, when we feel it is possible, and when we have the funding to do it. We tried this year and it worked out, but not as we had planned originally."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Music as resistance; that has a lovely, peaceful ring to it! :-)

Sep 18 08:55

Israeli rightist Smotrich lays out the vision for apartheid

On Tuesday, Bezalel Smotrich, a member of the Israeli Knesset from the Jewish Home party, delivered his ‘baby’ at a right wing conference. The baby has an official name: The ‘Decision Plan’. But its real name is Apartheid. It lays out a way for Israel to annex Palestinian territory, officially so, and to coerce the population to either live under Apartheid, explicitly relinquishing “national aspirations”, or be expelled.

Sep 18 08:53

ZIO TV SMEARS ROGER WATERS’ SUPPORT OF BDS

Roger Waters brought his national tour to New York this week. Tonight he is on Long Island, and regrettably the New York media have given a platform to Israel fanatics to smear the songwriter/bassist. Local TV stations have passed on outrageous statements, that Waters is an anti-Semite and that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is bigoted.

Sep 17 08:32

REMEMBERING THE MASSACRE AT SABRA AND SHATILLA

The massacre at the Sabra and Shatilla camps is remembered as a notorious chapter in modern Middle Eastern history, clouding the tortured relationships among Israel, the United States, Lebanon and the Palestinians.

Sep 16 07:19

Defying Israel’s eviction orders in East Jerusalem

It was supposed to have been Nizar Shamasneh’s first day back at school.

At around 5:30am, a large number of Israeli police descended on the Sheikh Jarrah area in occupied East Jerusalem. They had arrived to evict the Shamasneh family.

“They took everything: my schoolbag, our clothing, my grandfather’s identity card,” Nizar, aged 15, said. “It was heartbreaking to be thrown out in the street without being able to defend yourself.”

The family were caught somewhat off-guard by the 5 September eviction.

As the family had secured a court injunction, they thought that they could remain in their home for at least another five days.

Yet on 4 September, Israeli settlers appealed successfully against the injunction. As a result, the eviction was allowed to proceed immediately.

The family was not informed that the injunction had been overturned.

Sep 16 07:18

Video: Soldiers assault woman who resists as they weld her door shut

This video shows Israeli occupation forces violently assaulting and attempting to handcuff 55-year-old Zleikhah al-Muhtaseb in a family-owned building in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Israeli forces invaded the home in order weld shut one of its two entrances, and Zleikhah tried to stop them.

Zleikhah’s niece Rania al-Muhtaseb lives in the building with her husband Bassem and their three children.

Sep 15 08:17

RACISM HAS BECOME AMERICA’S GREATEST EXPORT

Another Facebook posting shows Packer applauding Israeli settlers as he marched with them through the Silwanneighborhood of East Jerusalem in August. Among them is Arieh King.

Both Packer and King were celebrating the placing of a new Torah in a synagogue. The synagogue is located in a building that had been seized two years ago from a Palestinian family. Proponents of the seizure argue that Jews owned the property decades ago. Israeli law, however, prohibits Palestinians who similarly own properties in West Jerusalem and elsewhere from returning to them.

This instance of dispossessing Palestinians was by no means isolated. The day after Packer posted his videos, the Israeli authorities instructed several Palestinian families in the Silwan area to collect demolition orders on their homes.

Sep 15 07:48

Trump administration backs bill to halt aid to Palestinians

The Trump administration declared its firm support Thursday for a bill that would suspend U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what critics have described as a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis.

Sep 15 06:54

US-born rabbi aids East Jerusalem eviction

Ben Packer, a US-born rabbi, is helping to push Palestinians out of their homes.

Last week, the Shamasneh family was evicted from a house where family members had lived for more than 50 years in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Packer, who runs a hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City, swiftly welcomed the eviction. Writing on Facebook, he stated that “our guys were there to help move out the Arabs’ stuff and are now helping to guard the property.”

Packer did not respond to a request asking what he meant by the phrase “our guys” and if staff or residents in his hostel – the Jerusalem Heritage House – had assisted the eviction.

Sep 15 06:53

EU refuses to condemn Israeli genocide plan

A party with members in Israel’s government has just endorsed a plan to force Palestinians out of their homeland.

A prominent Holocaust scholar previously called the plan potentially genocidal and likened the values of its chief proponent to those of the Nazi SS.

Yet the European Union, which claims a moral mission to combat extremism, racism and xenophobia, is refusing to condemn it.

The National Union faction, which has members in Israel’s parliament as part of the Jewish Home party, approved the plan at a conference this week.

Sep 15 06:52

Israel’s expulsion of Jerusalem lawmakers overturned for now

Human rights groups said that a ruling this week by Israel’s high court confirms that the state cannot revoke the residency of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem on the vague grounds of “breach of loyalty.”

After a 10-year legal battle, the high court decided that Israel’s interior minister did not have the authority to expel four Palestinian lawmakers from the city.

Legal advocacy group Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said that the court’s decision to accept the lawmakers’ appeal affirms that the expulsion was done “in violation of the rule of law while gravely harming their constitutional rights.”

The groups added: “It is unfortunate that this ruling was made only after more than a decade, during which time the petitioners’ rights were brutally violated.”

Sep 13 12:19

Israeli rabbi Calls for Extermination of Palestinians:Kill a Palestinian “every hour”

Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto who leads a global organization called Mosdot Shuva Israel,Based in Ashdod,took up the cudgel (Hebrew) on behalf of Biblical Judaism. He said that if Erekat wanted to be a Canaanite, very well then, we Israeli Jews should give him his wish; while remembering the Biblical command to exterminate those tribes which inhabited the land before the Israelites (among them, the Canaanites ‘natch):

Sep 13 07:12

Amnesty slams Israeli threats to punish it over settlement boycott call

Amnesty International is condemning Israeli threats to punish the human rights group over its call on countries to ban the import of goods made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

“The reports that the Israeli government plans to punish Amnesty International over its settlements campaign are deeply alarming,” the group said. “While we have not been officially informed of any such action by the authorities, if true, this would be a serious setback to freedom of expression and an ominous sign for the ability of human rights nongovernmental organizations in Israel to operate freely and without arbitrary interference.”

Last June, Amnesty urged countries around the world to ban the import of all goods produced in Israeli settlements, saying this was necessary to “put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fueled mass human rights violations against Palestinians.”

Sep 12 08:32

ICE CREAM AS A ROAD TO PEACE

Five years after teaming up to produce ice cream, Adam Ziv from Kibbutz Sasa and Alaa Sweitat of Galilee village of Tarshiha are now proud owners of successful chain with five stores in northern Israel and Tel Aviv, becoming first Israeli business to win prestigious UN prize.

Sep 11 12:26

Video: Grabbed By The Throat: Israeli Police Detains 2 Protesting Against Eviction Of Palestinian Family

Hundreds of protesters marched in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Friday, against the eviction of the Shamanseh family.

Sep 10 08:18

IS PALESTINE DOOMED FOR ETERNITY IN GERMANY?

What happened last Sunday during the so called “Chancellor-Duel” between the CDU chancellor and the Social Democratic challenger Schulz makes me speechless. In fact, the Social Democratic candidate just negatively focussed on Turks and Palestinians.

Sep 07 09:09

RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM PALESTINE TO HELP YOU BE HOPEFUL IN BAD TIMES

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on
the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of
compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in
this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it
destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and
places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this
gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this
spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in
however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we
think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us,
is itself a marvelous victory.”

Sep 06 08:48

Israeli Seller Hit Palestinian Youth with Car in Occupied West Bank

Sep 06 08:30

REVERSING ISRAEL’S DIVIDE AND CONQUER TACTICS

Palestinians are 12 million in number, and stuck in institutional paralysis. The nearly 25-year-old Oslo Peace Process successfully, and sadly, facilitated Israel’s strategic desire to utilize the age-old divide and conquer strategy to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive.

Sep 06 08:03

The Arab American radicals who paved way for BDS

One of the earliest boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, victories in the United States came in 1973 when United Auto Workers Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan, voted to divest its Israeli bonds after a campaign waged by the Arab Workers Caucus and the American Arab Coordinating Committee. The campaign drew comparisons with apartheid South Africa and won the support of many Black autoworkers in Michigan.

Was it just an oddity that decades before Palestinian civil society called for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in 2005, industrial workers in the US heartland were already waging a BDS struggle? Or, far from being a rogue wave, was it an integral part of the oceanic upheavals among workers, students, immigrants and people of color during the heady maelstroms of the 1960s and ’70s?

Sep 06 07:59

Issa Amro, persecuted by Israel, is arrested by PA

A prominent Palestinian human rights defender who is already facing a military trial by Israel is being detained by the Palestinian Authority after criticizing the arrest of a journalist.

Issa Amro has declared a total hunger strike until he is released.

On Sunday, Amro made two posts on Facebook condemning the detention by the PA’s Preventive Security force of Ayman al-Qawasmi, the director of the Minbar al-Hurriya radio station in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Just days ago, the radio station was raided and ordered closed by Israeli occupation forces.

Sep 06 07:59

Activists disrupt entry of Israeli weapons to London arms fair

Protesters attempted to stop Israeli weapons entering a massive arms fair in London on Monday.

Activists are this week protesting the event as it sets up shop. The conference showcases the arms industries of countries all over the world, including notorious human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition, or DSEI – which advertises itself as “the world leading” arms industry fair – opens for business next week.

Amnesty International and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have both called for the event to be scrapped.

Sep 05 07:03

Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academics

Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees and PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, are calling on Belgium’s KU Leuven university and Portugal’s INESC-ID research institute to pull out of the EU-funded LAW-TRAIN program.

They also urge three British academics listed as advisors – Portsmouth University’s Claire Nee and Jo Taylor and William Finn, both of the College of Policing – to end their roles in the project.

Sep 05 06:25

US & Israel threaten to cut UN Funding over ‘Settlement Blacklist’

Both Israel and the United States have threatened to cut their funding to the United Nations Human Rights Council if the Council moves ahead with its promise to publish a list of companies that do business in Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land.

The threats come in the midst of a wider crackdown on the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement that was created to pressure Israel economically, in order to push the Israeli government to comply with its obligations under international law.

Sep 01 15:43

Israel seeks “Jewish” non-Jews in numbers battle with Palestinians

Jonathan Cook argues that to make up for its demographic shortfalls and ensure that Israel remains Jewish, Israel is considering broadening the definition of “Jew” to include “crypto-Jews”, “emerging Jewish” communities and descended from Jewish “lost tribes”.>>

Sep 01 15:43

Surprise! Congressional Candidate Michael Snyder (of EconomicCollapseBlog) on Israel

Israel: The Bible says that those that bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed. I will always stand with Israel, and if I am elected the Jewish people will have no greater ally in the United States Congress than me. I am 100% against a "two state solution", and I would use the full power of my office to fight against the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Sep 01 09:52

Palestine Photo Project

Sep 01 09:09

FRIDAY’S TOON ~~ THE OCCUPATION IS FOREVER!

Aug 31 10:47

Netanyahu declares West Bank is Israel ‘forever,’ as liberal Zionists cry out for ‘make-believe peace process’

The never-ending deathbed vigil for the two-state solution has reached a new stage. Government officials in Washington and Jerusalem are now openly abandoning the idea of partition, while U.S. establishment figures, including many liberal Zionists, are bewailing the pronouncements.

Last night Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended an event celebrating the settlements deep in the West Bank. And he assured Israelis that Jews are never leaving the colonies in what was supposed to be a Palestinian state.

Aug 30 08:55

Check out how many Gazans died after Israel denied them treatment

At least 15 of Gaza residents have died since the start of 2017 after Israel denied terminally ill patients the necessary permits to travel outside the besieged Strip for medical treatment.

Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights revealed the figures in a statement yesterday, condemning the Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave that has resulted in its healthcare service being brought “to its knees”, in the words of the World Health Organisation...

Aug 30 08:28

Netanyahu uses fake “ancient” coin to justify settlements in West Bank

Numerous media outlets reported last week on the find of a rare 2,000-year-old half-shekel coin by an eight-year-old girl, Hallel Halevy, in the Israeli illegal settlement of Halamish in the West Bank.

The find excited many Israelis who argued it provided evidence of the historical Jewish connection to the West Bank, usually referred to as Judea and Samaria by Israelis.

Among those lauding the find, Netanyahu claimed in a Facebook post that “the "2,000-year-old silver coin" was used during the Second Temple period in Jewish history which lasted between 530 BCE and 70 CE.

“This exciting discovery is additional evidence of the deep connection between the people of Israel and its land – to Jerusalem, to our temple, and to the communities in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu wrote in his post.

Aug 29 13:53

Lebanese Daily: Hamas Turning to Tehran, Damascus

A leading Lebanese newspaper referred to the recent remarks by Hamas' new chief in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar about ties with Iran, and said the Palestinian resistance group is much likely to try to resume relations with Damascus through Hezbollah. "After tensions in relations between Hamas and Tehran on the crisis in Syria, the Hamas leaders have decided to revive the ties that they had with Iran before 2011," the Arabic-language al-Akhbar wrote in an analysis on Tuesday. "Meantime, there are signs showing that Hamas has no problem with the establishment of relations with Damascus," it added. The Arab daily underlined that election of Hamas's former chief in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya, as the head of the Palestinian resistance group and Sinwar, freed in a 2011 prisoner swap with Israel after more than 20 years in jail, as Hamas' new chief in the Gaza Strip following an internal election also caused certain changes in the group's strategies.

Aug 29 12:19

EU lets Israel destroy West Bank schools it funded

“The demolition of a school building the night before the start of the year epitomizes the administrative cruelty and systematic harassment by authorities designed to drive Palestinians from their land,”

Aug 29 11:12

Israel treated unfairly, Netanyahu complains to visiting UN chief

The UN is treating Israel unfairly by diminishing its ties to Jerusalem and not doing enough to curb arms deliveries to Hezbollah, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, complained to visiting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday.

Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the UN in the presence of Guterres, who is in the Middle East to try and facilitate the resumption of peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

Netanyahu said the United Nations treats Israel unfairly and “absurdly denies” Jewish connections to Jerusalem which Israel claims as its capital, while the UN views East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory which Israel occupied illegally under international law.

Aug 28 04:53

Izvestia: Palestinian leadership frustrated by Trump’s Middle East policy

Washington’s contribution to a Middle East settlement is next to nothing, a senior Palestinian official from the Fatah movement, Nabil Shaath, who is part of Palestinian delegation at bilateral talks with Israel, told Izvestia. US representatives have not put forward any particular proposals on overcoming the conflict between Palestine and Israel, he said. Russian diplomatic sources expressed doubt over the competence of the US chief negotiator for Palestinian-Israeli settlement Jason Greenblatt. "When Donald Trump assumed power in the US, he declared his plans to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In fact, during the visits his representatives only asked questions and tried to clarify the situation. Meanwhile, the Americans’ position was not based on international law and the already reached agreements. In our turn, we want the peace process to reflect the situation on the international arena.

Aug 25 14:03

Kushner Arrives In Palestine Amid Protests

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has arrived in Palestine amid protests over Washington’s favoritism towards Israel in resolving the decades-long stalemate in the occupied territories.

Aug 25 10:32

Kushner arrives in Palestine amid protests

Dozens of angry protesters marched in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, as Kushner entered the city to meet with Palestinian authorities in hopes of sealing the “ultimate deal” that Trump has so ardently touted ever since taking office.

Chanting “the American is not welcome,” the protesters expressed their disappointment with the Trump administration and its Israel-first approach.

Aug 25 09:48

Ben & Jerry’s is Selling Ice Cream in Illegal Israeli Settlements

In August, 2011, an Israeli Jewish activist working with us contacted Ben & Jerry’s factory in Israel, by e-mail and telephone, and confirmed that the company delivers ice cream to Israeli settlements in the occupied territory. Here is an e-mail communication, translated into English, between an employee at the factory and the Israeli activist, discussing arrangements for an ice cream cart to travel to the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim:

Aug 24 07:42

Israel demolishes new school for Palestinian children

On the evening of Tuesday, 22 August 2017, at around 7:00 P.M. Israeli Civil Administration officials and security forces arrived at the village of Jub a-Dib, southeast of Bethlehem. The forces demolished the community's recently constructed school building. The demolition, which ended around midnight, took place the night before the start of the Palestinian school year, and left eighty pupils without an educational facility. In previous years, the children of Jub a-Dib had to walk to school in the Dar Salah and Beit Ta'mir areas, outside the village.

Aug 22 15:21

Education and ideology: The case of Israel and Zionism

Lawrence Davidson argues that, in the case of Israel, “education has been subordinated to ideology to such an extent that it cannot promote diversity, shared values and a common identity with non-Jews”.>>

Aug 22 11:24

NY TIMES ASSERTS THAT JEWS ARE SAFER IN ISRAEL THAN IN AMERICA … CAUSE THEY CAN KILL PALESTINIANS THERE

The subject is Charlottesville, and the rise of neo-Nazis. Israel-promoter Daniel Gordis is granted an op-ed to say that Jews are safer in Israel than America, because in America, Jewish kids don’t know how to play with guns. Here’s the heart of the piece:

Israel has a military draft, and all of our kids served. Those years of service, of coming home on weekends with M-16s that we had to remind them not to leave on the sofas, inculcated in them a confidence about the world that I never had at their age.

Of course Gordis doesn’t tell us where those kids served. The occupied territories, surely, making certain that Palestinians who are resisting their lack of rights for 50 years stay fairly quiet.

Aug 22 08:45

21st Century: ID Politics Vs. The People

This week we deliver another LIVE broadcast from the UK, as SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen is joined by two incredible guests to discuss the disturbing political situation in America. In the first hour we’ll be joined by artist and the brilliant and controversial best-selling author and internationally acclaimed jazz artist, Gilad Atzmon, to discuss Charlottesville and the problem of Left vs Right identity politics in the West, as well its roots in Jewish ID politics, and how society might be able overcome the downward spiral it currently finds itself in. In the second hour we’re joined by author and analyst, Jay Dyer, from JaysAnalysis.com to talk about America’s new culture wars and why Leftist activists are now pulling down statues across the country and how this might accelerate to more censorship and ceremonial ‘book burning’ activities.

Aug 21 08:36

NYT JUSTIFIES APARTHEID IN ISRAEL ~~ ‘WALLS ARE US!’

Omitted is a racist quote early last year from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his determination to build walls all around Israel, though some of this construction would clearly be on occupied Palestinian territory.

Likening Palestinians to animals, Netanyahu stated, “In our neighborhood, we need to protect ourselves from wild beasts.”

Aug 20 07:50

PALESTINIAN CHILDREN CAUGHT IN ISRAEL’S ‘CAT AND MOUSE’ GAME

It is commonly said that the all worst nightmares move silently in the dark and wear military uniforms and escaping with light steps along the asphalt street. This night in the village not even the engine sound of the armoured vehicle distracts. The vehicle remains there, without moving, in the night, and next to it there is a street light with a faint light. The man is watching, and with each movement he seems to be counting steps, three forward, one to the side, and again three paces backwards, without taking his eyes off the houses, with his rifle under his arm, and the barrel kept at eye level, ready to interrupt the silence. It is totally silent, and the silence seems almost begging to be interrupted by a roar, a scream, or a lament, while from behind a curtain a child, one of the numerous children, records the scene with his cell phone.

Aug 18 15:18

Voices Of The Palestinian Diaspora: Ramzy Baroud And Rima Najjar On Identity And Resistance

Uprooted from their native dwellings, loved ones and joint heritage, Palestinians have embraced a steadfastness (sumud) that has been one of the principles of their struggle for justice.

Aug 18 11:58

Balfour’s shameful legacy: UK government must say sorry and protect Christian churches in Palestine

Stuart Littlewood asks UK minister David Mundell why the British government plans to celebrate the injustice it facilitated in Palestine through the Balfour Declaration and why it continues to support Israeli crimes.

Aug 17 14:19

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse To Surrender 116 Times

On August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the premises, the village resident immediately began rebuilding their homes.

Aug 17 11:07

Video: Kicked Out: Israeli Authorities Evict Palestinian Couple From Home They Lived In For 53yrs

An elderly Palestinian couple who have lived in the same house in East Jerusalem for more than 50 years are about to be evicted by Israeli authorities.

Aug 16 08:08

Video: Israeli forces bring terror to Jerusalem hospital

This video shows Israeli occupation forces bringing terror and violence inside East Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed hospital.

At one point, Israeli occupation forces tried to seize a critically wounded man who was being taken to surgery.

The video shows medics and civilians attempting to protect the man, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, from being seized. But the 20-year-old died about 20 minutes after the commotion.

Aug 16 08:07

DSA backs boycott as campuses fight Israel’s censorship

A recent vote by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) overwhelmingly endorsed the 2005 Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel.

At the DSA’s annual convention in Chicago on 5 August, the organization resolved to respond to Palestinian civil society’s call by “fully supporting BDS,” as well as affirming that “any political solution to the ongoing crisis must be premised on the realization of basic human rights, including all rights outlined in the BDS call.”

“It was important to me to see that [the resolution] was very unwavering in saying that it is apartheid; this is our support against an anti-colonial struggle,” Rawan Tayoon, a Palestinian activist with Young Democratic Socialists, told The Electronic Intifada Podcast.

Aug 15 08:54

ARMED TO KILL WITH ‘NON-LETHAL’ WEAPONS

While Palestinian protesters are generally armed with rocks and a few sporadic Molotov cocktails, Israeli forces are armed with some of the world’s leading crowd control weapons.

Live bullets larger than .22 caliber are the only ammunitions used during clashes that are considered lethal by Israeli standards, but the classifications of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge rounds and .22 caliber live bullets as non-lethal, is, according to medical professionals, misleading.

Aug 15 08:53

CHALLENGING THE BLACKLIST ~~ BDS FIGHTBACK

Human rights activists are challenging Israeli blacklists of supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, or BDS.

Aug 14 08:42

ECHOS OF McCARTHYISM IN THE ANTI BDS CAMP

“All human beings deserve human and civil rights, including the Palestinians,” Waters said. “And we’re winning it. This is why they want to silence me, this is why they call me an anti-Semite and this why they don’t want me on Charlie Rose or Stephen Colbert, speaking.”

Aug 13 08:43

SPOTLIGHT ON SAM BAHOUR IN THE JERUSALEM POST

Sam Bahour is eager to open up the discussion concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But is there anyone to engage in the conversation? And why do some members of the younger Palestinian generation prefer talking of civil rights rather than statehood?

Aug 11 10:10

ROGER WATERS EXPLAINS WHY BDS MOVEMENT IS VITAL

Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel & explains why the BDS movement is vital

Aug 11 07:44

EU funds firm supplying Israel with banned cluster weapons

The European Union is giving millions of dollars of “research” funding to a company that is helping Israel evade an international ban on cluster weapons.

Israel has specifically chosen the company, Elbit Systems, to supply new artillery cannons because a European manufacturer would restrict Israel from using cluster munitions.

Yet the European Commission, the EU’s executive bureaucracy, is shrugging its shoulders, insisting to The Electronic Intifada that the funding follows ethical guidelines.

Aug 10 09:57

RABBIS IN SUPPORT OF LIFTING BDS TRAVEL BAN

“Boycotts are a legitimate nonviolent tactic that have been used both in our own country and around the world in order to create justice for marginalized and oppressed communities. Whether we support boycott is a controversy for the sake of heaven. It endures because we struggle together and debate how we can create peace, justice, and equality for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

Aug 10 08:44

Israeli settlers torch cars, vandalize property during attack on Ramallah-area village

Israeli settlers set fire to two Palestinian-owned vehicles on Wednesday in the village of Umm Safa in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah in an alleged revenge attack for three Israeli settlers who were killed by a Palestinian in the nearby Halamish settlement last month.

Palestinian news agency Wafa received testimony from Marwan Sabah, the village council head, who said that Israeli settlers had set fire to the vehicles around 2:30 a.m.

While Israeli soldiers were reportedly stationed at the entrance of the village at night, the settlers attacked homes on the outskirts of the village after the soldiers had left, Sabah said.

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Aug 10 08:41

Report: Israeli forces detain 880 Palestinians, including 144 children, in July

Israeli forces detained 880 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip in the month of July alone, according to joint report from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS), al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Among the detainees were 144 children and 18 women, the report pointed out, adding that the majority of the detentions took place in East Jerusalem and the Jerusalem district of the West Bank, with a total of 425 detentions.

The Jerusalem area was followed by by Hebron with 120 detentions, Nablus with 85, Jenin with 49, Qalqiliya with 47, Bethlehem with 45, Ramallah with 37, Tulkarem with 36, Tubas with 14, Salfit with 10, and Jericho with 10, while two people from the Gaza Strip were detained.

Aug 10 07:56

Mahmoud Abbas decrees sweeping internet speech restrictions

Palestinian media and human rights groups are calling on the Palestinian Authority to suspend the new “Electronic Crimes” law that critics say is a sweeping attack on the right to free expression and privacy.

Meanwhile, an Israeli minister is facing difficulties in his effort to shut down Al Jazeera.

Aug 09 14:23

Graphic pictures (18+): Israeli warplanes bomb Palestinians

Israeli combat drones and F-16 fighters took to the dark skies over northern Gaza last night, bombing several targets.

The IDF released a statement after the raids claiming that they had struck two Hamas targets in response to a rocket which landed in the Hof Ashkelon region of Israel although no damage was done and no one was injured.

Hamas have not claimed this rocket attack, but Israel insists that every rocket from Gaza is a government (Hamas) action. A Hamas-controlled news agency, Al-Aqsa TV, was the first to report on the Israeli areal bombardments in northern Gaza.

Aug 09 11:54

HISTORY OF WESTERN TERROR IN TOONS

REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI AND PALESTINE

Aug 09 08:49

Stripping Palestinians of residency is a war crime: HRW

Human Rights Watch has warned that stripping some 15,000 Palestinians of their right to live in Jerusalem al-Quds since 1967 could amount to a “war crime.”

“Israel claims to treat [occupied] Jerusalem as a unified city, but the reality is effectively one set of rules for Jews and another for Palestinians,” said the international right group’s Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, in a report published on Tuesday.

Aug 09 08:48

YouTube Moves To Censor “Controversial” Content – Brings ADL On Board As Flagger

With the war between mainstream and independent media heating up, YouTube has weaponized a new content censorship program, calling it an effort to “fight terror content online.” With standards set by groups like the Anti-Defamation League, political agendas are sure to intrude.

Aug 09 08:36

Gilad Atzmon sings Hava Nagilah (video)

In this video Gilad Atzmon sings Hava Nagilah but also addresses some ludicrous Zionist accusations. This video was taken 10 minutes before Will McClure was subject to an anti Atzmon attack in proximity to the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford (during the break)

Aug 08 17:24

BREAKING: Israeli air force fires back at Gaza after rocket launched into southern Israel

THE Israeli air force has carried out several air strikes on sites used by the terror group Hamas after a rocket was fired into the south of the country.

The rocket which was fired from the Gaza strip eater today is believed to have caused no injuries after landing in the open area of Chof Askelon, south Israel.

Aug 08 14:31

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel

The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck an open area outside the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries or damage.

Moments earlier on Tuesday air raid sirens sounded in areas of southern Israel bordering the Palestinian enclave.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket launch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu needs a distraction from his coming corruption charges. So he's going to bomb the Palestinians!

Aug 08 08:47

Roger Waters: ‘On the Altar of Zionism, They Want to Tear Up the Constitution’

Radio Sputnik’s Eugene Puryear of By Any Means Necessary spoke with Roger Waters, founding member of the legendary Pink Floyd, about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and exercising free speech even when it comes to the inflammatory Israel-Palestine conflict.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters stopped by Radio Sputnik’s Washington offices to discuss the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement on Monday morning with By Any Means Necessary, amid charges from the Jewish Community Relations Council that Waters’ activism has "crossed the line into anti-Semitism."

"Here we have a non-violent movement steeped deeply in [the methods pioneered by] Martin Luther King, Ghandi, so many people who are so revered worldwide. But when you put BDS and Israel together the vitriol toward it seems so out of whack with how we’re taught to remember non-violent civil disobedience," By Any Means Necessary host Eugene Puryear said.

Aug 08 07:51

Democratic socialists give joyous thumbs up to BDS

The Democratic Socialists of America overwhelmingly voted to endorse the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel in support of the Palestinian liberation struggle.

Aug 07 15:17

Oxford Jazz concert-goer violently attacked after veiled threat from UK Jewish organisation

Drummer Will McClure, 73, who attended my concert on the evening of 6 August was subjected to an attack outside the concert by some anti Atzmon hooligans. He was injured in his eye and suffered from shock.

A week ago, the Oxford Albion Beatnik Book Shop, which hosted my concert, received a threatening letter from Stephen Silverman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA). Silverman hinted that something may happen unless the club surrendered to his demand and cancelled the concert. On the night of 6 August we saw the first violent attack against a Jazz audience. Will’s eyes bled for an hour...>>

Aug 07 10:21

First Violent Attack Against Jazz Audience

Drummer Will McClure (73) who attended my concert last night was subject to an attack outside my concert by some anti Atzmon hooligans. He was injured in his eye and suffered a shock.

A week ago, Oxford Albion Beatnik Book Shop that hosted my concert received a threatening letter from Stephen Silverman (CAA). Silverman hinted that something may happen unless the club surrendered to his demand and cancelled the concert. Tonight we saw the first violent attack against Jazz audience. Will was bleeding from his eye for an hour.

Aug 06 08:47

SILENCE IS AS DEADLY AS GUNS

While the judaization of Palestine continues untroubled, the illegal occupation of Palestine is maintained, and the Haram al-Sharif and al-Aqsa mosque are deprived of all rights because of the Netanyahu regime, and politicians of the extreme right, from Lieberman to Bennett, already talk about the “transfer” of Palestinian citizens, by mentally sending more and more Israeli citizens to the illegally occupied West Bank, the Federal Republic of Germany is silent on all Jewish crimes.

Aug 06 08:42

Israeli rights group: Not even a sandwich can get through Erez to Gaza

A new directive has been instituted on the few Palestinians allowed to exit Gaza through Erez Crossing, Israeli Gisha rights group has learned in an email detailing new restrictions for passage through Israel-run Erez Crossing.

According to Gisha, as of August 1, it is forbidden to exit the Strip carrying electronic devices other than cellular phones, Gisha said. Exiting with food, even food intended for personal consumption on the long hours of travel out of Gaza, has also been newly prohibited.

Aug 06 07:51

McMaster solidifies power at NSC — and supports Iran deal, sees Israel as occupier

Updated. Last night President Trump issued a statement affirming his support for National Security adviser H.R. McMaster in the face of a storm of criticism from rightwing outlets. The statement is a sign that Trump and his new chief of staff are taking the realist side of the debate inside his administration over foreign policy.

So while Trump claims to be doing everything he can to trash the Iran deal, the good news is that his foreign policy team is for it. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson clearly advocated for the deal at a press briefing earlier this week, while suggesting that he could differ with the president on how effective it’s been.

Aug 05 08:00

EU removes video featuring Israeli genocide advocate

The European Union embassy in Tel Aviv has removed from its Facebook page an official EU promotional video featuring Avishai Ivri, an Israeli “comedian” who incites genocidal levels of violence against Palestinians.

This came a day after The Electronic Intifada published an exposé of Ivri’s long record of extreme anti-Palestinian racism.

In posts on Twitter, Ivri has called on Israel to kill “1,000 Arabs” for every Israeli who dies in conflict-related violence and has urged that Israel “wipe out Gaza.”

Aug 05 07:59

IT disruption panics Gaza’s new Internet entrepreneurs

No Internet?

Hussain Mahdi, 24, looked shocked. “Our lives would be paralyzed,” the young T-shirt designer said.

He has cause for concern. On 11 July, the Palestine Telecommunications Company, Paltel, announced that its main generator had broken down because of high loads and long power cuts. Tens of thousands of landline customers and some 8,000 Internet subscribers lost service because, as the company explained on its Facebook page, it was not able to import parts for its backup generators or bring in new, better ones.

Aug 04 14:31

US Lawmakers Advance Bill Slashing $300mn Annual Aid To Palestinians

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a bill that could cut roughly $300 million in financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority, some of which it says, is allegedly being distributed among the families of slain Palestinian attackers and prisoners tried and convicted by Israel of murder and terrorism.

Aug 04 12:17

US Senate Panel Approves Bill To Suspend Aid To Palestinians

The US Senate has approved suspension of American financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the payments it makes to the families of Palestinians arrested or slain by Israel.

The Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-4 on Thursday in favor of the bill.

Aug 04 09:33

“Fuck it, wipe out Gaza,” says spokesman for new EU campaign

The European Union has hired an Israeli who advocates genocidal violence against Palestinians as the face of a new promotional campaign.

Avishai Ivri appears in a video the EU embassy in Tel Aviv posted on its Facebook page last month.

“The European Union. You think it’s anti-Israel, right?” Ivri begins. “Let me surprise you.”

Ivri then rattles off trade and tourism statistics meant to convince Israeli viewers of just how much the European Union benefits Israel. He also boasts that the EU is a customer for Israel’s weapons industry, particularly drones.

The EU “are the best neighbors we have,” Ivri concludes.

Aug 04 08:42

Israel to starve Palestinians with underground wall between Gaza and Sinai

In the short term, such a wall will starve Gaza, in the long term it helps place Israel in a strong position to invade and occupy Sinai once again, leaving Egypt increasingly defenceless.

Aug 03 09:38

Netanyahu boasts of record on Israeli illegal settlements

Israeli PM says no Israeli government has done more, as he opens new district in occupied West Bank's biggest illegal settlement

Aug 03 08:33

Surge in Israeli attacks on journalists

During the two weeks of sustained Palestinian protests in occupied East Jerusalem over Israel’s attempts to tighten control over the al-Aqsa mosque compound, press groups monitored a surge in violations against journalists.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) recorded dozens of violations committed by Israeli occupation forces, who reportedly attacked, arrested and threatened journalists covering Palestinian protests in the city.

Israeli police barred journalists from entering the Old City of Jerusalem, while Israeli settlers and tourists entered freely.

Aug 02 09:45

No time for shallow diplomacy, Christians, in the religious war on churches in the Holy Land

Stuart Littlewood examines the indifference of the Western Church establishments to the desperate cry for help from the National Coalition of Christian Organisations in Palestine, and argues the case for resetting the Christian-Jewish dialogue.>>

Aug 02 08:35

CORPORATE MEDIA BLACKOUT NEWS ~~CAUGHT ON VIDEO ~~ SHOOTING TO KILL IN PALESTINE

This video shows an Israeli soldier firing at Palestinian youths who are running away across a field. One of them, a 17-year-old boy, is hit and falls down. The Israeli soldier then strikes the boy on the head with the barrel of a gun as he lies on the ground, causing serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.

Aug 02 08:35

PALESTINE IS NOT A PIZZA PIE! ~~ TOON FOR THE DAY

My beloved Palestinians, please don’t be fooled, Israel removed metal detectors from al-Aqsa but land grabbing in East Jerusalem continues!

Aug 01 14:03

Zion declares war on British Jazz

In the past my detractors at least attempted to counter my arguments and debate with me. They didn’t get too far. But since the publication of my new book Being in Time: A Post-Political Manifesto, they have changed their tactics: they are now determined to obliterate my international jazz career...>>

Aug 01 12:33

Crackdown aims to 'silence' Palestinian journalists

Earlier this month, Jihad Barakat, a journalist with Palestine Today TV, was on his way from the northern West Bank city of Nablus to a village in the Tulkarem area to visit family, when he noticed something unusual at an Israeli military checkpoint.

In contravention of protocol, Israeli soldiers were searching the convoy of Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Barakat took out his phone and documented the incident; hours later, he was detained by Palestinian security forces.

Media rights activists and journalists quickly took to social media to voice frustration and demand that Barakat be released. A hashtag "Where is Jihad" was assigned to social media posts condemning his detention, and a protest was held by journalists in front of the prime minister's office. The local journalists' union was contacted to act on his behalf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the PA and Israeli politicians don't like the unfavorable coverage they believe they are getting from Palestinian news outlets, I have a terrific idea; just please stop the behaviour which is leading to such negative coverage!!

You're welcome!! :-)

Aug 01 11:59

Zion Declares War on British Jazz

Back in the day, my detractors at least attempted to encounter my arguments and debate me. They didn’t get too far. Since the publication of my new book Being in Time: a Post-Political Manifesto, they have changed their tactics: they insist on obliterating my international jazz career.

Earlier today, a book shop in Oxford that regularly hosts my concerts posted the attached letter (see below) to my Facebook page. The Oxford venue received the letter from the ultra-Zionist Campaign Against Antisemitsm (CAA). The CAA letter is blatantly and intentionally defamatory and duplicitous.

The CAA and other Zionist institutions have been busy subjecting every British jazz venue that features my music to intense harassment. It is no secret that Zionism has been destroying Palestine, its people and its culture for decades. However, eradicating British culture and British jazz in particular may be taking this carnage one step too far.

Aug 01 09:36

Israel stole sensitive al-Aqsa documents: Trust

The documents comprise title deeds proving the body’s ownership of a large number of immovable properties, as well as secret files bearing information on the mosque and religious courthouses, he said.

Khater said the papers feature data on around 90 percent of the properties lying in Jerusalem al-Quds’ Old City, where the compound is located, which could enable Tel Aviv to confiscate the properties upon misuse.

Aug 01 09:04

Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Calls on Muslims to Oppose Israel Over Temple Mount

The Jerusalem Post reports: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims to take the opportunity of the Hajj rituals to take a united stance against “Israeli efforts to control the Aksa Mosque.”

Aug 01 09:03

Thousands of Anti-Israel Islamists in Turkey Protest: ‘Hit, Hit Zionists’

Thousands of Turkish anti-Israel Islamists took to the streets in Istanbul Sunday to protest Israel’s since-removed security measures on the Temple Mount, while a jingle blasting from loudspeakers declared, “Hit, hit Zionists.”

Aug 01 03:52

Palestine: Apartheid, Stolen Lives and Land, History Erased, United Nations Deaf Mute

Israel - ever presented as the eternal victim - has not just made a mockery of the words but also of the Balfour letter of 2nd November 1917 and trampled on both ever since. Balfour: "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine ..." (Emphasis added.) So much for the "rights" of the Palestinians. Between November 1947 and November 1948 five hundred and thirty one Palestinian towns and villages had been "ethnically cleansed." (1) By 1952 it was six hundred and fifteen.(2)... The land grabs are illegal and violate: U.N. Charter, Article 2(4) & 51 (1945); Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations..., Principle 1 (1970). Settlements on occupied lands violate Geneva Conventions IV, Article 49(6) (1949).

Jul 31 13:30

Palestinians to be removed from Jerusalem census

A hundred thousand Palestinians in neighbourhoods outside the security barrier surrounding occupied East Jerusalem face removal from the city’s census. Under Israeli proposals, they would be placed in a new municipality, thus losing their residency status.

The move is seen as a ploy to placate far-right Jewish groups outraged at the removal of security measures at Al Haram Al Sharif.

Jul 31 10:19

My child died before my eyes

Wisam, a 6-year-old boy, coughs harshly as his father watches over his bed. Wisam has cystic fibrosis; Gaza’s hospitals lack the enzyme treatments he needs to stay alive.

The uncertainty about what will happen to Wisam is causing his father, Bahjat Abu Rashid, great anxiety. Two years ago, Bahjat’s only other son, Muhammad, died. Bahjat said that Muhammad had a heart problem and was prevented from receiving surgery in Israel.

“If this situation continues, I will lose my second son,” Bahjat said. “We’re paying the price of political conflicts.”

Wisam is being treated in Gaza City’s Abdelaziz al-Rantisi pediatric hospital. Doctors have told Bahjat that his son could die at any moment.

As treatment for cystic fibrosis is expensive, providing for the medical needs of people with this genetic disorder is difficult under any circumstances. Yet the problems of patients in Gaza have worsened a great deal recently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shame on Israel, Fatah, and the Palestinian Authority for not allowing people to be treated with appropriate drugs or therapies for their illnesses!

This is....just bloody criminal, particularly in the case of children, dying needlessly.

Jul 31 09:56

Mass rally in Istanbul over Israel's Jerusalem measures

Thousands of supporters of a conservative Turkish party rallied in Istanbul on Sunday to protest measures taken by Israel in Jerusalem and show solidarity with the Palestinians.

Israel had angered Turkey by installing metal detectors and security cameras at the Haram al-Sharif holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following a July 14 attack in which gunmen killed two policemen.

Jul 31 09:50

Ayatollah Khamenei calls on Hajj pilgrims to take stand on al-Aqsa

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Muslims should use the Hajj rituals this year to take a united stance against Israeli efforts to control the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Tensions are still high at Islam's third holiest site in Jerusalem al-Quds where Israel deployed troops last week to restrict access to Palestinian worshipers but had to climb down amid fears that the standoff could turn to a large-scale revolt.

"The Zionists have become emboldened and rude, giving themselves the right to get tough with the owners of the al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent them," Ayatollah Khamenei told a group of officials in charge of annual Hajj in Tehran Sunday.

Jul 31 09:24

New York Times ignores Israeli calls for ethnic cleansing

The seven Palestinians and three Israelis killed since last Friday – after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque compound – were all slain in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as in the Gaza Strip.

Just as misleading, Kershner referred Wednesday to “Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem” with no mention of the fact that this is occupied territory or that the UN Security Council and all governments in the world reject Israel’s unilateral claim to have annexed the city.

Jul 30 10:42

BDS, human rights and the Jews

Lawrence Davidson examines the achievements of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement as it enters its 13th year, and debunks the Israeli arguments intended to destroy it, including the attempt to identify it with anti-Semitism.>>

Jul 30 10:06

Bibi Ignited Al-Aqsa Tensions to Divert Attention from Probes: Ex-Israeli PM

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak says the current premier Benjamin Netanyahu sparked recent tensions at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a bid to distract public attention from the investigations into the corruption allegations against him.

Jul 30 09:13

WONDERFUL TOON TO START THE WEEK ~~ ISRAEL’S BITTER DEFEAT

Israeli police said they were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem’s Old City for Friday Muslim prayers as tensions rose over new security measures at a supersensitive holy site.

“Entry to the Old City and Temple Mount will be limited to men aged 50 and over. Women of all ages will be permitted,” a police statement said.

Tensions have risen after Israeli police installed metal detectors at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following an attack nearby that killed two policemen.

The move angered Palestinian and other Muslims who saw it as Israel asserting further control over the site.

Palestinians have been refusing to enter the compound since then, and hundreds have been holding prayers outside, with clashes occasionally breaking out with Israeli police.

Jul 30 08:48

These are the Israeli leaders who want to destroy al-Aqsa

Missing from commentaries across the board has been any acknowledgment of the role played by fanatical settlers intent on wresting control of the al-Aqsa compound in occupied East Jerusalem and eventually destroying it as part of an apocalyptic vision.

The compound, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, includes the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. It is one of the holiest shrines for Muslims all over the world, as well as a touchstone of Palestinian identity.

Jul 29 16:02

Gaza, this “poor desperate place”: Waiting for the end?

A Palestinian mother of three writes to Stuart Littlewood from the Gaza Strip explaining how her life, and the lives of others from the strip, have become near-impossible in the three years since she wrote to him last.>>

Jul 29 13:24

Hate plc: UK’s taxpayer-funded hate-crime industry

In March 2016 the British government pledged £13.4 million to the Community Security Trust (CST), a Jewish body that is committed to fighting hatred against one group only. One would expect that, with all that money, the CST would do its job and curb anti Semitism. But the miracle is that the opposite has occurred. Just two weeks later, according to the CST’s statistics, anti Semitism went through the roof...

This conclusion to be drawn from the CST’s statistics is that the more public money is allocated to fight anti Semitism, the more anti Semitic the Britons become.

If this is the case, the cure for British anti Semitism may be within reach:  to fight anti Semitism, deprive the CST and similar organisations of taxpayers’ money! >>

Jul 29 08:50

RABBIS CALL ON JEWS TO VISIT TEMPLE MOUNT ‘TO STRENGTHEN OUR CLAIM TO THIS HOLY PLACE’

The Temple Mount is the holiest place in Judaism, and is believed to be the site of variou Biblical accounts, including the Binding of Isaac.

Jul 29 08:40

Muslim countries to hold urgent Istanbul meeting on al-Aqsa crisis

Foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will convene in Istanbul on Aug. 1 to discuss ongoing tension in east Jerusalem after Israel attempted to restrict the use of the Harem al-Sherif for Muslims, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

According to the statement, Turkey made the call for the extraordinary meeting as the term president of the OIC.

The OIC Executive Committee will discuss recent developments, read the statement without giving details.

The statement came on July 28, when Israel banned men under 50 from disputed Jerusalem holy site for the day in anticipation of more mass protests.

Jul 28 15:42

Video: ‘Tipping Point’: Israel & Palestine Trade Barbs At UNSC Over Jerusalem Protests

Clashes broke out in Jerusalem again on Tuesday, as a standoff continues between Muslim worshippers and Israeli police.

Jul 28 09:36

The German People Cannot Ignore the Crimes Committed by Israel?

The German People Cannot Repeat Their Past Disingenuous Claim of "Not Having Known About What Was Happening"

Jul 28 09:25

Violence breaks out in Jerusalem as Muslim worshippers throw stones at Western Wall and Israeli police fire stun grenades in violent dispute over entry to holy site amid warning of 'religious war'

Israeli police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinians following a dispute over a holy site in Jerusalem.

Muslim worshippers retaliated by throwing stones at the Western Wall following days of intense violence in Jerusalem's Old City.

Fighting erupted shortly after Palestinians rushed to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was reopened following an 11-day boycott by Muslims over Israeli security measures.

The head of the Arab League warned Thursday that Israeli attempts to control highly sensitive religious sites in Jerusalem by force risk igniting a 'religious war'.

Jul 28 09:00

A PALESTINIAN VOICE FROM THE PAST

Peace has two parents: Freedom and Justice. And occupation is the natural begetter of violence.

My friends and colleagues, thank you for your noble act of solidarity. Thank you for your brave initiative to break the psychological siege inflicted upon us. Thank you for resisting the invitation to dance on our graves. Know that we are still here; that we still live.

Jul 27 15:03

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY

The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

Jul 27 10:27

America’s BDS Law: Attack on Far More than Free Speech

But the efforts to stymie boycott efforts in the United States and elsewhere — similar legislation has popped up in Europe — are far more sinister than just restricting the free speech and political expression of American and other supporters of Palestinians. Its true purpose is to block one of the few remaining legitimate, nonviolent tactics Palestinians have for achieving national self-determination and individual rights.

When the Israeli government and its supporters (the Senate bill is being promoted by AIPAC) attempt to delegitimize the Palestinian-led boycott — a political and economic pressure tactic well within the normative democratic toolbox — they are actually saying that Palestinians do not have the same political rights as others with regards to individual political expression, but more importantly, the right to national self-determination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's government wants to make it illegal for anyone to criticize the actions of Israel's government; the sure sign of growing dictatorship!

Jul 27 09:31

Israel’s Deliberate Trajectory Towards an Escalating Conflict

The short-term policies of the now discredited Netanyahu government that are aligned towards ensuring another war with Hezbollah and Hamas, treat the future of the next generation of both Israelis and Arabs, with complete contempt.

Netanyahu and his cabinet know full well that they are on a deliberate trajectory towards an escalating conflict with the blockaded peoples of Gaza and the West Bank who are forced to exist with virtually no electricity, or power, whilst Israelis in Tel Aviv’s affluent marina playground, in Herzliya, cavort about in their power boats as they plan their next luxury vacation to New York and the capitals of Europe.

Jul 27 09:12

REVEALED: Jewish Extremist Plan to Destroy al-Aqsa in Jerusalem

The level of incitement surrounding one of the most sensitive holy sites in the world has never been higher, and now Jewish Israeli extremists are coming to the fore to reveal the true Israeli fundamentalist Zionist desire regarding the formerly ‘neutral’ city of Jerusalem.

According to writer Dan Cohen (see article below), the following Israeli leaders and politicians who support a Jewish takeover of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem:

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Jul 27 09:02

Netanyahu's dangerous delusion

The Israeli right no longer bothers to conceal its abhorrence of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would provide the Palestinians with an independent state alongside Israel. It also rejects a one man, one vote solution, the fundamental principle of democratic rule, for one binational state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Instead, the right boasts of its ability to manage the conflict with reasonable or negligible cost to Israel’s diplomacy, security or economy. It argues that Israel can manage quite well without resolving the conflict and by accelerating development of its settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

Jul 27 08:56

IN VIDEOS ~~ REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA AND PALESTINE

Hiroshima before the U.S. destroyed it.

Jul 26 10:55

Israeli settlers occupy historical building in al-Khalil

A large group of Israeli settlers have occupied a historical building in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

"Tens of Israelis entered a restricted building adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and security forces are currently on the spot," said an Israeli military spokeswoman on Tuesday.

Local residents said that after forcefully entering the building, the settlers proceeded to rise an Israeli flag above it. They also noted the Israeli forces had arrived at the scene, but were not approaching the occupied building.

The occupied structure is next to Ibrahimi Mosque, which is believed to be the burial site of various biblical figures such as Abraham.

Jul 26 10:55

Al-Aqsa administrator urges continued refusal to enter holy site

A religious trust that manages Islamic edifices at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound has called on worshipers to keep refusing to enter the holy site until changes in Israel’s restrictions there have been assessed.

The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf said in a statement on Tuesday that Muslims should continue to stay away from the compound in protest pending a review of the new Israeli measures.

“No entry into al-Aqsa Mosque until after an assessment by a Waqf technical committee and the return of the situation to how it was before the 14th of this month,” the statement read, referring to the date when a deadly shootout outside the Haram al-Sharif, which Jews call Temple Mount, provoked tensions in Jerusalem al-Quds.

Jul 26 10:23

Dozens injured in latest al-Aqsa clashes over Israeli restrictions

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured as Israeli forces attack protesters gathered outside the main entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The latest round of violence erupted on Tuesday as Israeli troops resorted to force in order to disperse Palestinians demonstrating against the Tel Aviv regime’s restrictive measures at the compound.

According to local reports, several reporters and a young child were among those injured.

On Tuesday morning, Israeli authorities removed metal detectors installed at the Bab al-Asbat and Bab al-Nather entrances of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, but kept surveillance cameras to monitor Muslim worshipers.

Jul 26 09:07

TOON OF THE DAY ~~ 3 EASY WAYS TO ESCALATE TENSION IN JERUSALEM

Jul 25 11:33

Erdogan: ‘Israeli soldiers pollute Al-Aqsa grounds with combat boots, easily spill blood’

Muslims should use every opportunity to go to Jerusalem to help protect the Al-Aqsa mosque, which Israeli soldiers are “carelessly polluting” while “easily spilling blood,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Muslims should support their brothers in faith suffering from Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Erdogan told members of the ruling AK Party on Tuesday.

“From here I call upon all Muslims. Those who are able to should visit Al-Aqsa… Those who cannot visit Al-Aqsa should send aid to our brothers there,” Erdogan said in Ankara, as cited by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Jul 25 08:31

Israel airstrikes pound Gaza amid ongoing Jerusalem tensions

Five Israeli airstrikes hit a Hamas position in southern Gaza on Monday, a security source said, amid tensions in Jerusalem over Israel's actions at Al-Aqsa mosque.

Separate strikes hit farming land in central Gaza, hours after a missile was fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave, with no injuries reported in either incident, the source confirmed.

Jul 25 08:30

UN warns of catastrophic outcome of al-Aqsa tensions

The UN has warned that recent tensions caused by restrictions imposed on the al-Aqsa Mosque may have a catastrophic outcome.

"I call on the parties to refrain from provocative actions, show restraint and work towards finding a solution. It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday this week. I think the dangers on the ground will escalate if we go through another cycle of Friday prayer without a resolution to this current crisis," said United Nations Middle East Envoy Nickolay Mladenov on Monday.

Jul 24 14:00

Video: 3 Israelis & 3 Palestinians Killed In Protests In Jerusalem, Palestine Freezes Contacts With Israel

New reports say three Israelis have been killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank.

Jul 24 12:07

Livni warns Israel close to 'pan-Muslim conflict'

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni on Monday told Israeli Army Radio that the country is facing a "serious deterioration" in its current crisis situation. "We are a step away from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and cooperation with Jordan and other Sunni states turning into a pan-Muslim event against the State of Israel," Livni said.

Jul 24 11:44

Israel 'to close embassy and consulate' in Turkey after Jordan incident

Israel has reportedly closed its embassy and consulate in Turkey amid rising tensions over the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry ordered the closure of its embassy in Anakara and consulate in Istanbul as as a "precautionary" measure, Israeli news website NRG reported, citing a political source.

Jul 24 09:33

Palestinian leader halts security co-operation with Israel over mosque dispute

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said he had halted security cooperation with Israel after authorities refused to remove metal detectors at the entrance to al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, raising fears of an escalation of violence.

The halt came after a bloody weekend in which three Israelis were murdered by a Palestinian in a West Bank settlement and four Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces, in some of the worst violence in recent years.

The Palestinian attacker, Omar al-Abed, wrote on his Facebook before the attack that he wanted to “die for al-Aqsa”.

Jul 24 09:20

Israel advances settlement plans despite Donald Trump's plea

Israel has advanced plans for more than 3,000 homes in West Bank settlements this week, despite US President Donald Trump's call to hold back on such projects as he seeks ways to restart peace efforts.

Israel pushed forward with the plans as it also marked 50 years since the Six-Day War, fought from June 5-10, 1967 and which began its continuing occupation of the West Bank.

Jul 24 09:13

Five things you need to know about al-Aqsa

The last couple of weeks have seen daily demonstrations and confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tensions have risen in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City after Israel shut down al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the first time since 1969, after a deadly gun battle between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Israeli forces.

The attack, which took place on July 14, ended in the deaths of two Israeli police officers and three Palestinian attackers. Israel subsequently closed the site for Friday prayers and reopened it the next Sunday with new measures of control, including metal detectors and additional cameras, at the compound's entrances.

Jul 24 09:10

Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will 'increase resistance'

New Israeli measures of control will fuel the uprising in the occupied Palestinian territories, experts say.

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Which is what Netanyahu wants!

Jul 24 09:07

IN PHOTOS ~~ SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIANS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT

With the increasing intensity of conflict at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Zionist state and the deaths of three Palestinians the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) of New Jersey called for a protest street demonstration at the cross roads of the world: New York City’s Times Square.

Here where hundreds and hundreds of people pass every hour about five hundred people took to the street to shout their anger and demand a free Palestine. Older people and younger ones, mothers with their children in strollers carried the Palestinian colors.

Jul 24 09:02

Enraged worshipers again confront police near Temple Mount

In yet another display of violence over Temple Mount metal detectors, Muslim worshipers conclude prayers outside the compound by clashing with Israeli security forces: 'We'll continue to be here until the death, even if you shoot us.'

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It isn't the metal detectors. Israel has banned everyone under the age of fifty from entering.

Jul 24 08:48

The al-Aqsa metal detectors aren't a security measure

Israel has been using the pretext of security to quietly continue the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their land.

Jul 24 08:36

Paul Joseph Watson Exposes Israeli Genocide of Palestinians in Gaza

Jul 24 08:00

Video: Israel’s extremism stoking Jerusalem violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to remove metal detectors at the gates of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, despite advice from the Israeli army and Shin Bet secret police that he should do so.

I told Al Jazeera English on Saturday evening that Netanyahu’s rejection of this advice is a further indication that his move is political – part of Israel’s plan to consolidate its control over al-Aqsa, one of the holiest sites for Muslims.

Jul 24 07:56

Gaza in Context

Jul 23 09:16

Israeli attack in E. Jerusalem


Twenty people were wounded in violent clashes between worshipers and occupation forces in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque after Friday prayers, which thousands of Palestinians carried out at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli occupation forces prevented Palestinian men under 50 from entering the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The mini decided to keep the electronic gates in front of the entrances of Al-Aqsa Mosque to search the worshipers before entering the courtyards of the Temple Mount.

Jul 23 08:52

Arab League chief warns Israel not to trespass "red line"

The Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Ghiet warned Israel on Sunday that Jerusalem is "a red line" that cannot be bypassed.

"Israel is playing with fire and is igniting a big crisis with the Arab and Muslim world because of its measures in Jerusalem," Aboul-Ghiet's spokesman said in a press statement.

He added that Israel is attempting to impose a new reality in East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslims' third holiest site.

Jul 23 08:51

British protesters hold anti-Israel rallies in London

Hundreds of British people have held a protest in front of the Israeli embassy in London amid rising tensions over Israel’s imposition of restrictive measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.

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