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Feb 23 10:32

Trump’s ambassador says the unspeakable: Uprooting settlers could ’cause civil war’

Last Sunday, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the unspeakable behind closed doors to American Jewish leaders (as reported by Israeli television).

[T]he settlers are going nowhere. The uprooting of hundreds of thousands of settlers could cause a civil war in Israel.

The comment was a depth charge against the two-state solution– from a former bankruptcy lawyer who has helped fund the settlements. And leading liberal Zionists have pushed back. Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street wrote angrily that the Trump administration and the settlers were “dragging Israelis and Palestinians further into a one-state nightmare.”

Feb 23 10:01

Failed British politician hired by leading Israel lobbyist

In between working for the weapons industry, Britain’s top pro-Israel advocate Stuart Polak is known to give charities a helping hand. Rivals can even benefit from his benevolent deeds, judging by one barely noticed addition to his entourage.

Although Polak has supported the Conservative Party for decades, he recently came to the “rescue” of a Labour Party politician who had been abandoned by voters.

Natascha Engel, the politician in question, lost her parliamentary seat in last year’s general election. Since then, she has been appointed to the advisory board of Polak’s consultancy firm TWC Associates.

The firm’s clients include Israel’s Elbit Systems, a manufacturer of drones and white phosphorus and other munitions which Israel has used while attacking Gaza.

Feb 23 10:00

Palestinian dies after beating by Israeli soldiers

The Israeli military changed its story about the events surrounding al-Saradih’s death after a video emerged showing soldiers striking him.

The video shows a number of soldiers gathered around al-Saradih, some apparently beating him while he is on the ground. They then drag his body away. The video does not show al-Saradih posing any threat to them.

Feb 23 10:00

Why BDS movement deserves a Nobel prize

When Norwegian lawmaker Bjørnar Moxnes nominated the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month, he called it an effort towards “stopping an ascendent, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world.”

Moxnes heads Rødt (Red) Party, one of several relatively small groups on the left of Norway’s political spectrum. The party won enough votes to have a member in parliament for the first time last fall.

It was a significant gain for Norway’s left while the lackluster vision of the more mainstream Labor Party was blamed in part for a narrow victory by a coalition of right-wing parties at the polls.

With a seat in parliament came new possibilities for promoting Rødt’s platform which supports a full “economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.”

Feb 23 09:59

Making ends meet on Gaza’s streets

Al-Duhadar is a street vendor who sells turmos – a lupin bean snack often sold in market stalls. The snack takes preparation: the beans are soaked over 24 hours before being cooked for a couple of hours and then seasoned with salt and cumin and drizzled with lemon. It’s cheap, healthy and portable and an ideal product for street vendors for whom mobility is important.

Mobility allows al-Duhadar the luxury of chasing his custom. And on this particular January morning, the custom was there to be chased. A demonstration had been called to protest the US decision to cut funding for the UN’s Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, that caters to the needs for Palestinian refugees.

The decision will have disastrous results for the Gaza Strip where 1.3 out of 2 million Palestinians are registered refugees and some one million people rely on UNRWA for food aid and other basic necessities.

Feb 23 07:29

AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy

The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Lawyers at the State Department are looking into the legality of accepting private donations to cover some or all of the embassy costs, the administration officials said. The discussions are occurring as the new embassy clears its final bureaucratic hurdles. On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended weeks of delay by signing off on a security plan for moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, according to the officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the issue publicly and demanded anonymity.

Feb 22 18:41

Entire Gaza Strip Declared Extreme, Complex, State of Emergency - Leak Project


When guys like this are seeing Palestine for what it is you have consider we might be hitting that threshhold number! Bibi is in a corner and we all know what comes next, let us hope he can be stopped!

Feb 22 13:21

BLOWBACK: HOW ISRAEL WENT FROM HELPING CREATE HAMAS TO BOMBING IT

That it’s sworn to destroy Israel? That it’s a terrorist group, proscribed both by the United States and the European Union? That it rules Gaza with an iron fist? That it’s killed hundreds of innocent Israelis with rocket, mortar, and suicide attacks?

But did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym for “Islamic Resistance Movement” — would probably not exist today were it not for the Jewish state? That the Israelis helped turn a bunch of fringe Palestinian Islamists in the late 1970s into one of the world’s most notorious militant groups? That Hamas is blowback?

Feb 22 11:31

Israel propaganda festival canceled at French university

Activists are celebrating a victory for Palestinian rights after a festival to promote Israel was canceled at the University of Lille in northern France last week.

Meanwhile, the French government is continuing its complicity with Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, which it claims to oppose.

The Escale en Israel – “a stop in Israel” – festival was supposed to run from 14-17 February, featuring lectures, music, films, wine tasting and cookery. It was sponsored by the university and several private firms.

Feb 22 11:30

Palestinian prisoners boycott Israeli military court

Palestinian prisoners have announced a boycott of Israeli military courts and will refuse to attend court hearings and encourage lawyers and human rights organizations to similarly stay away as a way to delegitimize the Israeli legal system.

The boycott started on 15 February, and will last, prisoners say, until Israel ends its practice of administrative detention – the widespread Israeli practice of imprisonment without charge or trial that can be renewed indefinitely and which is rooted in British colonial practices.

“The Israeli military court and laws are in complete harmony with the occupation’s policies against our people and represent a complete disregard for international norms,” detainees wrote in their statement.

Palestinians who are taken to military court are faced with a near 100 percent conviction rate.

Feb 22 11:19

GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM IN ISRAEL

Visitors can sign up for a variety of courses, including a two-hour “Shooting Adventure” where they learn to fire assault rifles and sniper rifles .

Feb 21 12:04

Polish Restitution Law - Holocaust vs. Nakba

One may wonder how is it possible that Jewish institutions are so dedicated to the restitution of Jewish property while being completely dismissive of the exact same right when it comes to the Palestinians. I guess that choseness is a possible answer. Jewish victimhood is to often blind to other victims, especially those who were victimised by the Jewish State.

Feb 21 09:23

Abbas Leaves UNSC After Palestinian Statehood Call Rather than Hear US Response

During a speech before the UN Security Council (UNSC), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walked out on US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s rebuttal to his speech - provoking a sharp rebuke from the Washington rep.

The main subject of Abbas' Tuesday speech was a call for the UN to formally recognize Palestinian statehood. "I call upon members who have yet to recognize the state of Palestine to do so. In the future, we will intensify our efforts to achieve membership in the United Nations," he said.

Feb 20 10:15

TWITTER STORM OVER TAMIMI SUPPORT

It all started on February 16 when Silverman tweeted in support of Ahed Tamimi – the Palestinian teenager who was detained by Israel in December after she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier. She has since become a global symbol of the Palestinian resistance movement.

Feb 20 10:15

Israeli forces kill two boys in Gaza boundary area

Two Palestinian boys were killed by shelling amid a series of attacks on Gaza by Israeli occupation forces since Saturday.

Israeli forces hit several sites allegedly used by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza over the weekend and early Monday after four soldiers were wounded by an explosive device Israel says was planted along the Gaza-Israel boundary midday Saturday.

Feb 19 11:08

ISRAEL IS TIGHT-ROPE WALKING AROUND ANOTHER DEVASTATING CONFLICT

For a second week in a row, Israel has seen severe security incidents on its borders which, with one small miscalculation, could have very easily somersaulted into another devastating conflict in the region.

Last week an Israeli F-16 was downed after Syrian air defenses launched some 20 missiles towards Israeli jets carrying out retaliatory strikes deep inside the war-torn country after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace.

Feb 19 11:07

IDF STRIKES 18 TERROR TARGETS IN GAZA AMID HEAVIEST FIGHTING IN YEARS

After an intense Saturday, IDF forces struck 18 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Air sirens were heard in communities close to the operations, yet no rockets were fired on Israel.

Feb 19 11:04

ISRAEL HITS TARGET IN GAZA WITH TANK FIRE AFTER ‘DEVICE EXPLODES’ NEAR IDF PATROL

An Israeli tank fired at an observation post located in the southern Gaza Strip, the country’s Defense Forces (IDF) said. The shelling followed an explosive device being detonated near the Israeli patrol in the area.

IDF troops were patrolling an area near the security fence in the Gaza Strip, the military tweeted. It is still unclear if the explosion resulted in any casualties. In response, the IDF used a tank to target an observation post in the area.

Feb 19 09:06

This B’Tselem report exposes Israel’s pollution of the occupied West Bank

Israel remains the only UN member state which has never declared where its borders are. In fact, it has refused to demarcate any borders due to the Zionist intention to colonise the whole of historic Palestine. For less desirable requirements, however, it does not hesitate to apply a temporary suspension of its agenda, recognise separate areas and impose additional hardships on Palestinians.

As with several other discriminatory policies, Israel acknowledges Palestinian existence and land only when it can use such recognition to suit its nefarious purposes. Human rights group B’Tselem’s December 2017 report called “Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Israeli Waste” reveals that there are 15 Israeli waste treatment facilities in the occupied West Bank. Six of these facilities process hazardous waste.

Feb 19 09:02

Israeli soldiers attack Palestinians planting olive trees

At least nine Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces’ live bullets or rubber-coated steel rounds as the forces quelled a number of protests across the occupied West Bank on the eleventh Friday of Rage, according to the Ministry of Health. The ministry said three Palestinian protesters were injured, two of them by rubber-coated steel rounds and the third by live shots, during clashes in Ramallah area. The injured were admitted to Palestine Medical Complex in the city for medical treatment. Meanwhile, five others who were injured were admitted to Rafidia public hospital in Nablus. Another injured protester was also admitted to Salfit public hospital, in the central West Bank, with a moderate injury. Clashes erupted in many areas of the occupied West Bank and at Gaza border following Friday prayers on the eleventh Friday of Rage against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Feb 19 07:25

FBI targets US Palestine activists

"No arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with this investigation," he said, leading activists to call the searches a trolling expedition targeting Americans who object to their government's foreign policy ventures.

Feb 19 00:38

Irish artist behind famous Che Guevara poster flies the flag for Palestine

Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, the man behind the renowned red and black print of Che Guevara, has his focus on a new hero, Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi.

Feb 18 20:01

ISLAMIC TERRORIST RELATIONS AT THE BROWARD SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Nezar Hamze (Nezar Jason Nazih Hamze) is the Regional Operations Director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Essentially, he is the number two leader of the statewide chapter. Prior to that, he held the position of Executive Director for the chapter. Today, Hamze is a gun-toting Deputy Sheriff in the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO).

CAIR was established, in June 1994, as one of four groups under the leadership of then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook, who had been residing in the US for decades.

Feb 18 08:37

EXPOSING THE MYTH OF THE THREAT TO ‘THE JEWISH STATE’

A drone flew, a David star bomber fell from the sky, and it was a hell which could destroy us all. Was there such a concern when the “David Star Drones” circled all day over sovereign states like the Lebanon or terrorized people in the concentration camp in Gaza?

Feb 18 08:36

SARAH SILVERMAN LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO FREE AHED TAMIMI

Silverman promoted an email campaign launched by Amnesty International which called on supporters to write to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and protest Tamimi’s detention. “There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a 17-year-old child,” Amnesty wrote in its appeal.

Feb 17 09:39

Israeli lawmaker’s call for genocide of Palestinians gets thousands of Facebook likes

A day before Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair was kidnapped and burned alive allegedly by six Israeli Jewish youths, Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked published on Facebook a call for genocide of the Palestinians.

It is a call for genocide because it declares that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and justifies its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

It is a call for genocide because it calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

If Shaked’s post does not meet the legal definition of a call for genocide then nothing does.

Feb 17 08:35

Liquor Up Those S.O.B.s: NFL Stars Savor The Stolen Wine Of Palestine

Seven American football players landed in Tel Aviv this week before being whisked away for propaganda purposes to “Greater Israel,” that is to say the occupied West Bank and the occupied Golan Heights. A trip to occupied East Jerusalem is scheduled for later in the visit.

A similar effort last February backfired with National Football League players such as brothers Martellus and Michael Bennett speaking out against being used.

Michael Bennett tweeted that he would “not be used in such a manner” and that when he did visit the region it would be not only to see Israel, but the West Bank and Gaza “so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.”

This year, however, organizer America’s Voices in Israel kept the tour under wraps until the group landed.

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Feb 17 08:13

Mankind Rise Up - thecrowhouse


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Feb 17 06:16

The Slap Heard Round The World: Chile Protests Israeli Incarceration Of Ahed Al-Tamimi

Chile Protests Israeli Incarceration of Palestinian Teenager Ahed Al-Tamimi
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"The government of Chile has expressed to the Embassy of Israel in Chile its enormous concern over the case of the Palestinian citizen, Ahed al-Tamimi, a minor of 17 years of age, who is being detained and tried by an Israeli military court on the charge of incitement to violence,” a Chilean government statement said on Friday

"In view of this unfortunate situation affecting a minor, the Chilean government reiterated to the Diplomatic Representation of Israel the need for the rights of the Palestinian minor to be fully observed, with the guarantees of a due process and to be adequately weighed by the judicial authority the circumstances and area of tension in which the events that gave rise to this investigation took place, it added.

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Feb 17 04:26

Call for Papers

Following the nomination of Quds as the capital city of Israel by the US president, Turkey which is known for its political and international exploitation of affairs immediately held the leaders’ summit.

To pursue the goal of political exploitation and as requested by KSA, Foreign Ministers of Arabian countries also had the Arab League Summit...

Feb 16 10:14

Washington no more: Palestine turns to Moscow for future Israel talks

It is no secret that Palestinian trust in Washington as an impartial broker and mediator in future peace talks with Israel has been shredded.

And given the Trump administration’s reckless, not to mention illegal, decision to declare Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017, who can blame them?

This historic rupture with Washington on the part of the Palestinian Authority was articulated by President Mahmoud Abbas, at the start of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

Feb 16 09:58

Guardians of Judea

In The Wandering Who I argue that Jews appear to disagree on many things but rather often they agree on the most ‘important things’. I contend that that which appears as harsh political polarity within the Jewish world is more than often a mere camouflage.

To learn more read this.

Feb 16 09:51

TODAY’S IMAGE ~~ THE REAL WONDER WOMAN

Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick Gallery, famous for creating the iconic image of Che Guevara, has released an image of Ahed Tamimi cast as the real Wonder Woman.

Feb 16 09:51

ISRAELI JOURNALIST ADMITS THAT PALESTINIANS ARE RIGHT ~~ SOMETIMES

We can keep talking about Palestinian rejectionism, anti-Semitic propaganda and support for terror, but the images produced by 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and 11-year-old Janna Jihad—and the images dispatched to the world from Hebron’s Shuhada Street—are much stronger.

Feb 16 09:37

Emboldened by Trump, Israel tightens grip on Jerusalem

Israel has started work on a major new settlement project in occupied East Jerusalem.

The construction of a center for Jewish religious studies began in Jerusalem’s Old City late Tuesday evening, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

The center is a short distance from the al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

PCHR stated that the project is in direct violation of Palestinians’ rights to Jerusalem, and that it “would seriously distort and change the city’s historical characteristics.”

It is part of plans to erase Palestinian culture, reinvent Jerusalem’s history according to a Zionist narrative and push Palestinians out of the city.

The project is taking place at the same time that Israeli authorities are installing a military checkpoint at Damascus Gate, an entrance to the Old City widely used by Palestinians.

Feb 15 14:10

The Jewish timeline – from Moses to Netanyahu

"If Zionism was born to teach the Jews how to self-reflect so they could become a “people like all other people”, Netanyahu, Israel and contemporary Zionists are the proof that the Zionist project was futile. As the Jewish state surrounds itself with ever more walls of separation, as the Zionist lobbies and Zio-cons push for more global conflicts for Israel, it becomes clear that Zionists are actually a people like no other – people who can’t self-reflect or bear responsibility for their own actions." >>

Feb 15 14:08

The coward’s way: Israel’s war on the young

Stuart Littlewood describes the context under which the Israelis arrested a 14-year-old epileptic Palestinian girl for begging and, as punishment, dumped her in the Gaza Strip where she knew no-one and was cut off from her parents. >>

Feb 15 09:21

ISRAEL HAS ITS OWN BOYCOTT~~ ANOTHER FILM THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE

Israel hates the word ‘BOYCOTT’ unless they are the ones doing it

Why is Israel boycotting an Israeli film? Because it shows Palestinian deaths being covered up by Israeli soldiers.

Feb 15 08:53

TODAY’S IMAGE ~~ THE REAL WONDER WOMAN

Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick Gallery, famous for creating the iconic image of Che Guevara, has released an image of Ahed Tamimi cast as the real Wonder Woman.

Feb 15 08:32

Israel’s Justice Minister endorses apartheid — the Jewish state ‘at the expense of equality’

Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli justice minister has done it again: She has spelled out Israeli Apartheid in unequivocal terms, and tied it directly to Zionism:

“There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.”

she said yesterday (Monday) at the Congress on Judaism and Democracy, as reported by Haaretz.

Shaked was speaking about Israel’s “Nation State of the Jewish People” bill, and made it clear that equality was essentially anathema to the “Jewish State”:

On the coalition’s intent to keep the word “equality” out of the nation-state bill, Shaked said that

“Israel is a Jewish state. It isn’t a state of all its nations. That is, equal rights to all citizens but not equal national rights.”

Feb 15 08:30

In propaganda coup for Israel, NYT frontpager ascribes Gaza’s misery to Palestinian infighting

The New York Times has published a long article about Gaza’s misery that begins on the front page today, and then takes up an entire inside page, under the headline, “With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming.’” The article is a manifesto from Hasbara Central — the Israeli propaganda arm — explaining the worsening Gaza tragedy as the product of Palestinian infighting. An Israeli general is quoted at length by reporter David Halbfinger; United Nations and human rights officials are not quoted at all.

Feb 14 10:37

CAITLYN JENNER’S PROUD DEFENSE OF ISRAEL AGAINST BDS ENEMIES

Having announced that Caitlyn Jenner is one of the main honorees at our March 8 Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday, I was inundated with criticism for giving a “Champion of Israel and Human Rights Award” to the world’s most famous transgender woman. As fortune would have it, at the very same time, Caitlyn was herself in Ireland, a country increasingly hostile to Israel, speaking publicly and proudly of the Jewish state.

“I really judge a people and a country by the way they treat the LGBT community, I just have to say Ireland has done such a good job when it comes to these issues... There’s other countries around the world, in fact I’ll be in Israel, who have done a wonderful job in the face of civil rights.” Caitlyn went on to say that if you’re LGBT in countries that are not like Israel, “they’ll hang you; it’s an amazing thing.”

Feb 14 10:19

Ahed Tamimi remains in Israeli prison as “trial” adjourned

More than two dozen prominent US Black artists and public figures are speaking out in support of Ahed Tamimi, as the teenager’s trial began in an Israeli military court.

On Tuesday, Ahed was brought before the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank.

Amid the presence of many journalists and diplomats, the military judge ordered the session to be held behind closed doors, claiming this was for Ahed’s own good.

Feb 14 10:18

New York bookseller bowed to Israel supporters after violent threats

A New York City bookseller faced threats of violence from Israel supporters before it caved in to demands to sign a statement repudiating the nonviolent BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement for Palestinian rights.

The statement, written by a local rabbi, also declares that Israel has a “right to exist.”

Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine and Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace are reaffirming a call to boycott the bookseller, Book Culture, unless it rescinds the statement.

Book Culture issued the statement in the wake of threats and intimidation because it was promoting a children’s book called P is for Palestine.

Feb 14 10:18

Gaza in a vice

They say there is no color darker than black.

It is a Persian proverb that applies well to Palestinians’ current situation.

A US decision to cut funding for the UN’s Relief and Works Agency, the body that caters to Palestinian refugees who in Gaza number 1.3 million or some two-thirds of the population, could push the situation there over the brink.

Feb 14 08:35

Patriarch calls for upholding Jerusalem’s ‘special status’ at meeting with Abbas

The preservation of the special status of Jerusalem and guarantees for different religions is the principal condition for preserving peace on this land, the Patriarch stresses

Feb 14 08:34

IMAGE FOR TODAY ~~ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Feb 14 05:42

Jerusalem Political Conference

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 6th International Conference of Independent Thinkers and Artists (New Horizon). The conference will host academics, politicians, authors, journalists, activists, filmmakers, and media commentators from around the world to discuss different viewpoints and show worldwide solidarity with PALESTINIAN oppressed people.....

Feb 13 10:15

60% of Palestine children arrested by Israel tortured

Sixty per cent of Palestinian children who were arrested by Israeli occupation forces were verbally, physically or psychologically tortured, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) revealed yesterday.

In a statement, the PPC said that the Palestinian minors detained by the Israeli occupation were prevented from sleeping, beaten and threatened by interrogators in order to confess.

The statement also said that the Palestinian children were prevented from eating and drinking for long periods and were insulted. They were also subjected to hours of interrogations.

Accounts of three Palestinian minor prisoners, who are currently inside Israeli prisons, were included in the PPC’s report.

Feb 13 09:58

ZIONISTS REWRITE HISTORY BY CREATING A FALSE ONE

The Israeli press reported recently that Knesset member Michael Oren had conducted a “secret parliamentary investigation” into the Tamimi family, suspecting that their “blond hair, freckles and Western clothes” proved that they were not “real”’ Palestinians but part of the “Pallywood’ industry”

Feb 12 12:53

Israel demands payment for jeep that killed Palestinian

Less than three years ago, an Israeli military jeep flipped over and killed 21-year-old Abdulla, the family's eldest son.

On January 3, 2018, the Ghneimat family got a bill from Israel, demanding $28,000 in compensation for the jeep damage.

Abdulla was crushed to death by the Israeli army jeep during a raid in his village of Kufr Malek, northeast of Ramallah before dawn on June 14, 2015.

According to a lawsuit filed by the family against Israel in June 2017, Abdulla was trapped under the jeep and bled to death after Israeli forces denied him medical aid.

Feb 12 10:55

House Democrats urge Trump to back aid for Palestinian refugees

Two members of the US House of Representatives, Peter Welch of Vermont and David Price of North Carolina, sent a letter Thursday to Donald Trump expressing concern over the president’s freeze on “vital US contributions” to UNRWA, the UN agency that provides basic humanitarian services to more than five million Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

The letter additionally backs “bilateral assistance” to the Palestinians, though in fact funds given to the Palestinian Authority are used disproportionately on internal suppression in collaboration with Israel.

Even protests against Israeli occupation and Israel’s deadly assaults on Gaza are frequently deemed unacceptable by the PA.

Feb 11 15:13

Calls To Ban Israeli Poet After Poem Compares Ahed Tamimi To Anne Frank

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“A pretty girl 17 years old did a terrible thing,” Geffen’s poem reads. “…on the day that the story of the struggle will be told – you, Ahed Tamimi… You will be in the same ranks as Joan of Arc, Chana Senesh and Anne Frank.”

In a fiery Facebook post, Liebermann condemned the poem and called on the Israeli media to boycott the 70 year old poet.

“The State of Israel will not give a stage to a drunk comparing a girl who perished in the Holocaust and a heroine fighter who fought against the Nazi regime to Ahad Tamimi”>>>>

(*and yada-yada-yada !)

Feb 11 14:56

Resistance Shoots Down Israeli Plane Over Gaza

Local sources confirmed on Sunday that the Palestinian resistance movement shot down an Israeli plane flying over Northern Gaza Strip.

http://english.pnn.ps/2018/02/11/resistance-shoots-down-israeli-plane-... >>>

Feb 11 09:08

THE WARSAW GHETTO OF TODAY

I am forwarding to you an article I wrote more than seven years ago on the situation in the Gaza Strip. Today, Gaza is in a very worse shape than ever before. Gaza is more or less a real concentration camp where people are dying a slow but agonizing death due to the 12-years-old Israeli siege which is no less harsh than the Nazi siege of Ghetto Warsaw..

Feb 10 08:43

US ambassador clashes with Israeli Haaretz paper over who lacks more ‘decency’

An Haaretz columnist, who has been attacked for an opinion piece criticizing David Friedman’s support for Israeli settlements, has told RT he stands by the freedom of speech, something the US ambassador knows little about.

“I still think, and cannot think otherwise, that all the settlements are in violation of international law,” Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, at the center of the recent scandal, told RT. “I guess the ambassador knows too little about freedom of speech, about the right to criticize even his Excellency the Ambassador to the United States.”

Feb 10 08:42

Narendra Modi, first Indian PM to visit Palestine, receives highest honour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently touring West Asia, was on Saturday conferred with the 'Grand Collar' of the State of Palestine.

Ther award was bestowed on him by Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in recognition of his contribution to strengthening the age-old relationship between India and Palestine.

Feb 10 06:57

Palestinian Groups Felicitate Syria on Downing Israeli Fighter Jet

Different Palestinian resistance groups congratulated Syria for downing an Israeli F-16 fighter jet after it bombed a Syrian army base, stressing that the era of Tel Aviv's "rampage" has ended.
"Time has come to an end for the Zionists' rampage," Palestine's Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) said in a statement quoted by al-Mayadeen on Saturday.

Also, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine underlined that the shooting down of the Israeli F16 fighter means that Syria is able to confront the Zionist regime as the enemy of Islamic Ummah.

Meantime, the Palestinian Mujahedeen Movement felicitated Syria for this victory, stressing, "The Zionist regime doesn’t understand anything but the language of force and downing the fighter jet was a natural response to fight against the enemy's policies."

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(*Awaiting A 'Tweet' From The President)

Feb 09 12:20

Netanyahu: ‘We Will Sanctify Life’

Netanyahu: ‘We Will Sanctify Life’ And Grant Legal Status to Outpost in Samaria
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The decision to grant Havat Gilad legal status was in response to a terror attack last month in which Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a 35-year-old resident of the outpost, was murdered. He left behind a widow and 6 children.

Before the Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu had informed Shevach’s widow of his government’s decision to endorse the legalization of Havat Gilad.

“I told her that our policy is being carried out in two spheres. First, exacting justice.”

In that regard, Netanyahu touched upon the IDF’s ongoing pursuit of all those responsible for Rabbi Shevach’s murder.>>>

Feb 08 09:07

WHEN ‘THIS’ DOESN’T JUSTIFY ‘THAT’

Whenever Israel is criticized for it manifestly criminal repression of Palestinians, Israeli officials and Zionists apologists cite Arab regimes’ repression of their own peoples as a convenient “red herring” or defensive reflex to divert attention away from Israel’s crimes against humanity, especially in the Gaza Strip.

They argue that Israeli repression of Palestinians, however, brutal and criminal, , can not be compared to the level of genocidal crimes perpetrated by some neighboring Arab regimes against their own masses as in Syria.

Feb 08 09:06

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION TO FREE THE TAMIMIS

Free the Tamimis Campaign calls on allies, comrades and supporters around the world to protest the ongoing incarceration and systematic targeting of members of the Tamimi family and the village of Nabi Saleh.

On Tuesday the 19th of December 2017, 17 year old Ahed Tamimi was arrested from her family home in Nabi Saleh by the Israeli army under the cover of darkness. Ahed is one of over 300 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. Her mother, Nariman Tamimi was arrested later on the same day when she went to inquire about her daughter. On Thursday the 11th of January 2018, Mohammad Tamimi, Ahed’s cousin, was arrested from his home in Nabi Saleh. 11 days later, his brother Osama was also arrested on his way home from work. All of them remain incarcerated and have been subjected to sleep deprivation, emotional abuse and inhumane interrogation.

Feb 07 13:03

BDS has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Nominating BDS for this prize is a ‘humble but necessary step towards bringing forth a more dignified and beautiful future for all peoples.’

Feb 07 09:44

FINALLY, A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINATION THAT DESERVES IT

Awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement would be a powerful signal, emphasizing the international community’s commitment to support a just peace for the Palestinian people and by that – for the Israeli people and all people in the Middle East – and the world at large.

Feb 07 08:59

Palestinians: One Killed, Dozens Wounded in Clashes With Israeli Army in Nablus

One Palestinian was killed and fifty others were wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The military said clashes broke out while it was searching for an assailant who killed an Israeli man in a stabbing attack. Eye witnesses told Haaretz that soldiers surrounded a house belonging to the father of Abed al-Hakim Asi, who stabbed and killed Itamar Ben Gal, 29, on Monday.

Feb 07 08:56

Gaza hospitals shut down as deadly siege tightens

Emergency generators have run out of fuel in at least 19 health facilities in the Gaza Strip as Israel’s deadly decade-old siege on the territory tightens.

The health ministry in Gaza announced Tuesday that the generators have shut down in 16 primary care clinics and three major hospitals, but that medical staff have been ordered to stay at their posts and do what they can to assist patients.

On Tuesday, the UN humanitarian coordination agency OCHA warned that “emergency fuel for critical facilities in Gaza will become exhausted within the next 10 days,” unless donors step in to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

But for patients and medical personnel on the frontlines, the catastrophe is already happening, and it is only the latest chapter in the forced collapse of Gaza’s healthcare system.

Feb 07 08:55

Israeli leaders celebrate extrajudicial execution

In the early morning hours on Tuesday Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian man who they claim was involved in the shooting death of an Israeli settler in early January.

A second Palestinian was reportedly killed during confrontations with soldiers in the northern occupied West Bank on Tuesday night. The confrontations erupted as the Israeli military surrounded a house in Nablus belonging to the father of a Palestinian who Israel suspects of fatally stabbing another Israeli settler a day earlier.

Feb 06 15:10

Israel dumps young Palestinian girl in Gaza where she knows no one

Jonathan Cook describes how Israelis have sunk into the “darkness of a banal evil”, dumping a 14-year-old girl in a place she does not know, and an MP saying he would kick 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi who slapped a soldier desecrating her home. >>

Feb 06 10:58

Japan to recognise Palestine state, increase aid

Japan is to recognise the State of Palestinian and increase aid to UNRWA, Quds Press reported a senior Palestinian official saying yesterday.

Speaking to media, senior aide to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Shaath, said Japan had pledged to support the Palestinian right to create an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital during the latest talks between the two countries.

Japan, according to Shaath, rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

He also noted that Japan would start collecting signatures from MPs who would call for the government to recognise the State of Palestine, then raise its diplomatic representation in Ramallah and conclude with full recognition.

Feb 06 10:56

REPORT: HAMAS BELIEVES WAR WITH ISRAEL WILL BREAK OUT IN THE COMING DAYS

The report claims a potential war would involve Israeli combat units across ground, naval and air forces.

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