PALESTINE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


PALESTINE

Jun 21 12:31

BEX ALERT - Hamas paid family to claim Gaza baby was killed by Israeli tear gas, says cousin

Mahmoud Omar, arrested by Israel for terror-related offenses, tells interrogators his relatives lied: 8-month-old Layla actually died from fatal blood condition that runs in family

Jun 21 11:20

RINGO LANDS IN ISRAEL WITH MESSAGE OF 'PEACE AND LOVE

Starr arrived in the country and sent his fans a message of "Peace and Love," inviting them to attend the Saturday and Sunday shows. He will become the second – and final – former Beatle to perform in Israel, after Paul McCartney took the honors with a monumental show at Yarkon Park in 2008. Ex-bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison died, in 1980 and 2001, respectively, without having made it to the Promised Land.

Jun 21 11:17

WATCH: Far-Right Israeli Protesters Celebrate Palestinian Baby Burned to Death

On Tuesday, two dozen far-right protesters celebrated the death of an 18-month-old Palestinian child murdered in July 2015 as the toddler’s remaining family members walked out of the Central District Court in Lod, Israel.

In July 2015, 18-month year-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was killed in an arson attack by Jewish right-wing terrorists on his Palestinian family's home in Duma, a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank. The toddler's parents, Riham and Saad Dawabsha, also died from their injuries within weeks of the attack. The couple's other child, Ahmed Dawabsha, who was five years old at the time of the attack, survived, although he suffered severe burns that required months of treatment.

Jun 21 11:06

Freedom Flotilla ships arrive in Lisbon

Two days after leaving Gijon in northern Spain Al-Awda and Freedom – two boats that are part of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza – arrived in Lisbon, Safa reported.

A statement issued by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said that hundreds of people celebrated the arrival of the two boats, which plan to remain in Lisbon until Friday.

There are 25 pro-Palestinian activists on board the two boats which are heading to Gaza in a new attempt to break the 11-year Israeli siege.

On Sunday two other boats also part of the Freedom Flotilla arrived in Paris but the French police prevented them from stopping at the Seine River for pro-Palestine supporters to celebrate them. However, hundreds of supporters waved Palestinian flags while standing on the banks of the river.

Jun 21 09:41

MORNING STAR REMOVES ARTICLE BLAMING JEWS FOR ANTI-SEMITISM

The communist Morning Star newspaper has removed from its website an article which blamed mainstream Jewish groups for rising anti-Semitism. The article by John Elder, headlined “Rising anti-Semitism cannot be tackled without addressing Israel’s crimes”, argued:

“‘Mainstream’ Jewish organisations protesting about growing anti-Semitism must see that, by failing to condemn Israeli brutality against Palestinians, they will be regarded by some as being indirectly complicit in that country’s actions.”

It has now disappeared from the Morning Star website:

Jun 21 09:22

Roger Waters plays Munich despite mayor’s effort to stop concert over his support for BDS

“I believe all people, all of us, all of our brothers and sisters, all of our fragile globe, whatever their ethnicity or religion or nationality, deserve the same basic human rights under the law,” Roger Waters told the crowd at a Munich concert last week.

Waters performed in Munich following a campaign to cancel his concert backed by the city’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, who accused Waters of anti-Semitism. An attorney for Waters asked Reiter to retract his statement, according to the Jerusalem Post, and Waters addressed the row himself from the stage at Munich’s Olympic Hall and later posted to social media. The musician explained that the mayor was championing a petition that alleged Waters is anti-Semitic because he endorses the Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Munich passed a law last year that prohibits the use of public facilities to persons who support the BDS movement.

Jun 21 09:21

‘SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY’ …. FOR SOME

According to the country currently housing migrant children in cages, the body responsible for upholding international standards for human rights, the UN Human Rights Council, is no longer “worthy of its name.”

Jun 21 09:09

World Refugee Day 2018 Report: Palestinians are the Largest Population of Refugees

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released a statement Wednesday to mark the occasion of World Refugee Day. The report stated that Palestinians make up the world’s largest refugee population, with around 5.9 million Palestinian refugees around the world.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Palestinian refugees live in 58 camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and other countries, while many others have settled in refugee camps in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

“Palestinian refugees in the West Bank who are registered with UNRWA in 2017 accounted for up to 17% of the total registered refugees against 24.4% in the Gaza Strip,” said the PCBS in the statement, which was released on the occasion of the World Refugee Day.

Jordan has the largest number of Palestinian refugees with 39% of the total refugee population, followed by Syria and Lebanon 10.5% and 9.1% respectively.

Jun 21 08:55

Jewish extremists taunt ‘Ali’s on the grill’ at slain toddler’s relatives

Far-right activists chanted slogans cheering for the death of an 18-month old Palestinian outside a courthouse in central Israel as the late toddler’s family walked near them following a hearing Tuesday.

Referencing toddler Ali Saad Dawabshe, killed in a 2015 arson attack carried out by Jewish terrorists, right-wing extremists chanted “Where is Ali? Ali’s dead,” “Ali’s on the grill” and other hate slogans.

Roughly two dozen youth had gathered outside the Central District Court in the city of Lod for a ruling regarding the admissibility of the confessions given by the two suspects in the firebombing of the Dawabsha home, which killed toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha and parents Riham and Saad Dawabsha.

Jun 21 08:21

Why Europe must halt support for Palestinian Authority’s police

Each summer the European Union’s governments decide to help preserve an unjust situation.

The decision – which involves renewing the annual mandate for a policing operation in the occupied West Bank – is presented as largely procedural. No real scrutiny takes place on how the EU trains the Palestinian Authority to oppress fellow Palestinians.

Almost certainly, the same ritualistic rubber-stamping will occur again this year. That is despite how the argument for refusing to extend the mandate when it expires at the end of June has just become much stronger.

Last week, the PA’s forces used tear gas and sound grenades against West Bank residents determined to display solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza. That violent suppression of a protest occurred in Ramallah, the city where the EU’s policing operation is headquartered.

Disgracefully, EU representatives are claiming that the thuggery has nothing to do with them.

Jun 21 08:05

‘Occupied’ East Jerusalem: Prince William infuriates Israel with statement on royal visit

Prince William has angered Israel’s Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin by referring to East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), in a statement detailing his upcoming trip to the Middle East.

In a facebook post, Israel’s Elkin was enraged by the Prince’s OPT reference, claiming Jerusalem was “unified” and “has been the capital of Israel for over 3,000 years.”

Elkin wrote: “It’s regrettable that Britain chose to politicise the Royal visit. Unified Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for over 3,000 years and no twisted wording of the official press release will change the reality. I’m expecting the prince’s staff to fix this distortion.”

Jun 20 10:37

Israel soldiers set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teens in Jenin refugee camp

Israeli occupation forces set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teenagers in their homes during a raid of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank last month.

According to rights group B’Tselem, on 7 May, a group of some ten Israeli soldiers raided Jenin refugee camp at around 4am, along with “two attack dogs”. The soldiers “forcibly entered two homes, woke up all the residents, turned the homes topsy-turvy, and detained two people”.

In one house, home to Zahra Ya’qub, 85, her son Salah, 44, his wife Sabah, 40, and their three children, soldiers “muscled in”, and “assaulted the couple with dogs that knocked down Sabah”.

B’Tselem continued: “One soldier kicked Sabah while she was lying on the ground and shoved her into the bedroom. Salah pulled her into the bedroom and then helped his mother in. Two soldiers stood by the door and prevented the members of the family from leaving.”

Jun 20 10:37

UN chief Antonio Guterres: Gaza 'on brink of war'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the "most serious escalation" of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the "brink of war", urging Israel and Hamas to recommit to a 2014 ceasefire.

The UN chief said in a report obtained by news agencies that he is "shocked" by Israel's use of live fire since border protests began in Gaza on March 30.

Guterres said its military has "a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint" except as a last resort.

The report was sent to the council last week in advance of a meeting on Tuesday on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jun 20 09:07

Occupation Forces Residents to Remove Clothing before Entering Homes

Israeli forces, on Tuesday morning, demanded the residents of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, in Hebron, to take off their clothes before allowing them to enter their homes.

An activist against settlement policy, Imad Abu Shamsieh, said that Israeli soldiers stationed at checkpoints in the neighborhood, at the center of Hebron’s Old City district, were humiliating citizens and forcing them to take off their clothes in order enter their homes through the checkpoints.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just like the Nazis used to do!

Jun 20 09:03

This Is Why People Don't Understand Palestine Israel

Jun 20 08:37

Night Raids and Attack Dogs: For West Bank Palestinians, Their Homes Are Not Their Castles

Israel's Border Police are increasingly using dogs to attack people in the middle of the night, while soldiers have used creative solutions like welding a door shut and keeping a family prisoners in their own house

Jun 20 08:36

Hiding The Occupation Doesn’t Make It Go Away

If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out.

A new bill, proposed by four members of Avigdor Liberman’s far-right Israel Beiteinu party, would make “videotaping, recording, or photographing Israeli soldiers carrying out their duty with the intention of eroding morale” a crime punishable by five years in prison. If the intent is to harm state security, the punishment doubles to 10 years in prison. The law would also apply to those disseminating such documentation.

According to a Haaretz report, the bill was expected to gain the support of the entire government in a vote on Sunday.

Jun 20 08:31

Israel Kills Palestinian, Bombs 9 Targets in Gaza

The Israeli army killed on Monday a Palestinian and injured four others after they tried to approach the border fence, meanwhile, another Palestinian died from a sustained injury.

An Israeli military statement described them as “five terrorists who tried to sabotage the (border) security infrastructure”.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qadra said that Sabri Abu Khader, 24, arrived dead at Shifa Hospital, after occupation forces shot him, and four others were wounded.

Jun 20 08:29

Israeli government intensifies efforts to link BDS to ‘terrorism’

Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan upped his government’s efforts to link the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign with “terrorism”, in a presentation to pro-Israel activists on Tuesday night, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Erdan unveiled what he described in a post on Twitter as a “map of the Delegitimization Network – aka, the Hate Net”, which the minister claimed “mapped out the 42 leading #BDS orgs, their hub in Ramallah & the connections between them”.

The minister told an audience of Israel advocates that “a coordinated and financed network of [boycott] organizations is led from Ramallah and Gaza, a quarter of which have links to terrorist organizations, including Hamas and the PFLP [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine]”.

Jun 20 08:28

UK Jews condemn Board of Deputies of British Jews for endorsing Gaza massacre

Some 75 members of the Jewish community have sent an open letter to the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemning its support for Israel’s violence against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.

“We are appalled that the Board of Deputies (BoD) which claims to be ‘the voice of British Jews,’ has once again attempted to justify the massacre of unarmed Palestinian people by the Israeli military,” the statement read.

Jun 19 15:32

Breaking: Israeli warplanes launch heavy attack over Gaza

The Israeli Air Force launched a powerful attack over the Gaza Strip this evening, local Palestinian activists reported near the Egyptian border.

According to the reports, the Israeli Air Force repeatedly struck the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing a number of explosions that could be heard throughout this Palestinian region.

Jun 19 10:38

Soldiers Attack A Celebration Of The Palestinian Russian Friendship Society In Jerusalem

A large police force and intelligence officers invaded, on Monday evening, a hall of a hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked a celebration held by the Palestinian Russian Friendship Society, and detained several Palestinians.

The participants were celebrating the Russian National Day, before the officers stormed the hotel and attacked the celebration which was attended by many Palestinian officials and intellectuals, including the deputy governor of East Jerusalem Abdullah Siyam, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna, the head of the Joint Arab List Ayman Odah, and various other figures and leaders, including Palestinian author, journalist and intellectual Rassem Obeidat.

Jun 19 10:38

Army Opens Fire At Shepherds In Gaza

Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Tuesday morning, at many Palestinian shepherds, hundreds of meters away from the border fence, in the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed in Kissufim Crossing, fired many live rounds at shepherds, east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

Jun 19 10:36

France prevents Gaza-bound flotilla from docking in Seine

Police in France have prevented two boats from a Gaza Strip-bound flotilla from docking in Seine River, despite subjecting the vessels to extensive searches in advance.

The boats and two other vessels are part of the Freedom Flotilla, which is to set sail for Gaza in the hope of breaking Israel’s siege of the coastal enclave.

The river police confronted the vessels on Sunday as dozens of pro-Palestinian activists were celebrating the flotilla’s imminent departure and chanting “Stop the massacre of Palestinians.”

The honorary president of the France-Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS) Taoufiq Tahani confirmed that the boats had undergone a thorough inspection.

“We were unfortunately surprised and didn’t know that Israeli waters now begin in the Seine (river) in Paris. That’s unimaginable,” he said sarcastically.

Jun 19 09:03

The fallacy of Israel's human shields claims in Gaza

To some, the Palestinian march might look suicidal, but to Palestinians, it is the ultimate act of peaceful resistance. Malnutrition, lack of drinking water, daily electricity outages, massive unemployment, and extreme poverty are not abstract slogans for the civilians who have participated in these demonstrations.

So, week in and week out, they march towards the fence in the hope that the world will hear their anguish and that some country, some leader, or even some movement will support their cause and help them break the siege.

But each week, Israel is trying hard to push a different narrative. The Israeli military has been disseminating on social media images and videos of young children at protests. One short clip plays a lullaby interrupted by the sound of gunfire and rhetorically asks: "Where are the children of Gaza today?" After showing children amid the protesters, it then displays the word "here" in all caps across the screen.

Jun 19 08:59

Israeli public swimming pool separates Jewish and Palestinian citizens

A public swimming pool in southern Israel has “separate hours” for Jewish and Palestinian citizens, “a practice that is undeclared but nevertheless familiar to visitors”, reported Haaretz.

The pool in question is located in Mabu’im, a community settlement operated by the Merhavim Regional Council. According to Haaretz, citing an employee, the pool has activities for the local Bedouin Palestinians during the week after 6pm, and on Friday night.

“There is a tacit agreement here”, a resident of Mabu’im said. “Bedouin will not enter the pool when there are Jews because the residents threatened to stop coming”.

The paper explains that “the separation is the result of the pool establishing designated hours during which only members may use the pool, even though this is not specified in its regulations”, adding that “several members of a Bedouin family who tried to use the pool on Saturday were refused entry based on this condition”.

Jun 19 08:34

Artists boycott Germany’s Ruhrtriennale for banning Palestinian rights

Rock legend Roger Waters has voiced support for Young Fathers after the group was banned from a German music festival for backing Palestinian rights.

This comes as other artists are expressing their solidarity with Young Fathers by pulling out of the Ruhrtriennale festival, which is sponsored by the government of North Rhine-Westphalia state.

And in the face of continued repression, activists and academics in France are escalating their protests against their government’s complicity in Israel’s massacres of Palestinians.

“First respect to the Young Fathers,” Waters tweeted, and asked why Ruhtriennale had decided to “distance itself in all forms from the BDS movement?”

Jun 19 08:33

Villagers resist threatened demolition

On 24 May, an Israeli high court ruling authorized the demolition of the entire occupied West Bank village “any time the government sees fit,” as of June.

Israeli authorities are planning to relocate the Bedouin village’s inhabitants to a location near the garbage dump adjacent to Abu Dis, in the vicinity of Jerusalem. Any such action would require ignoring warnings by rights groups that this sort of forcible transfer amounts to a war crime.

On 11 June, more than 300 public figures from around the world, including parliamentarians, artists, musicians and intellectuals, signed an open letter opposing the transfer and describing it as a war crime.

“They can come any time. We know they will surprise us, at night or in the morning. And they will do it when you are not here to see it,” Nour, 30, who lives in the village, affirmed.

All villagers who spoke to The Electronic Intifada spoke on condition of anonymity and all names have been changed.

Jun 19 08:31

Israeli use of live fire in Gaza triggers 'unprecedented' crisis: Red Cross

Israel's use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza has left health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis, with more than 13,000 wounded, a senior Red Cross official said Monday.

At least 132 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests at the border with Gaza began at the end of March.

Robert Mardini, head of Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told reporters that the "vast majority" of the 13,000 hospitalized protesters had suffered severe wounds, including multiple gunshot wounds.

"This is I think a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the Gaza Strip," said Mardini.

The wounded caseload from the seven weeks of protest had surpassed that of the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

Jun 18 10:00

“Palestinian” Muslims prep 5,000 kite bombs to mark end of Ramadan in Gaz

“Palestinian” Muslims prep 5,000 kite bombs to mark end of Ramadan in Gaza (The poor Israelis only have Tanks, machine guns, attack helicopters....)

Jun 18 09:30

‘I wake up screaming’: Child trauma in Gaza deepens after bloody protests

In a modest house on a sandy patch of land near the border fence separating Gaza from Israel, fourteen-year-old Riham Qudaih stands next to her wounded father's bed as she describes the night terrors that plague her daily.

“I see blood, injured people, ambulances. I hear the sound of rockets. I have these nightmares every night, and I wake up screaming,” she says.

Riham speaks little, and when she does her teenage voice is awkwardy out of kilter with her diminutive looks. Her slight frame belies her age, and her stooped posture give her the appearance of someone who does not want to be there.

Jun 18 09:19

Nothing to see here! Israeli ministers approve ‘unconstitutional’ bill to ban filming of IDF actions

A controversial bill that criminalizes filming IDF soldiers has been advanced by an Israeli government committee. The Israeli Attorney General, however, said it would not withstand a constitutional review in its current form.

Jun 18 08:03

Israel lifts last veil disguising its West Bank planning policy

On 17 June 2018, a new military order (Order No. 1797) will enter into effect. The order removes any option for Palestinians to challenge demolition orders that the Civil Administration issues for new structures, allowing Israel to demolish homes summarily.

Jun 17 20:49

ISRAEL PLANS TO JAIL ANYONE FILMING SOLDIERS IN THE WEST BANK

The proposed Israeli law that would ban the filming of soldiers carrying out their duties is problematic from a constitutional standpoint which may prevent its enactment, says Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit.

Jun 16 09:26

Palestinians deserve better than PA brutality

Human rights workers seldom agree with Donald Trump and his entourage.

Yet this week I found myself echoing a view expressed by Jason Greenblatt, a Middle East envoy for the US president. For very different reasons to the ones he cited, I arrived at the same conclusion as Greenblatt: the Palestinian people deserve better than the Palestinian Authority.

This was evident as I observed the PA’s handling of a protest on Wednesday evening.

Jun 16 09:22

Settlers Obstruct Palestinian Access to Al-Aqsa on Last Night of Ramadan

On Thursday night, June 14, 2018, a group of settlers tried to invade al-Aqsa Mosque through the Hotta and Faisal gates. Palestinians inside the Mosque’s courtyard confronted them and prevented them from entering. Shortly after, Israeli police arrived and removed the settlers, all of whom were young women.

Thursday night was the last evening of Ramadan. Though Israeli authorities usually ban settlers from provocatively touring al-Aqsa Mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadan, this year they shortened that time period to seven days. Settler groups, nevertheless, protest any restrictions on their access to the holy site, where they seek to perform religious rituals – a practice forbidden by the agreement between Israeli authorities and Jordan regarding the compound.

Jun 16 08:46

Bennett: ‘The West Bank will soon become part of Israel’

The occupied West Bank and all the illegal settlements in it “soon become part of the State of Israel”, the head of the Jewish Home Party and Minister of Education in the Israeli government, Naftali Bennett, said yesterday.According to Hebrew news site 0404, Bennett’s statements came in response to the Israeli occupation forces’ evacuation of 15 houses in the settlement of Netiv HaAvot on a hill belonging to Palestinian civilians in the town of Al-Khader, west of occupied Bethlehem.

Bennett confirmed that the government had approved the establishment of a settlement in the area, adding that a huge neighbourhood will be built on this hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And anyone who thinks it is wrong for us to steal Palestinian land is a filthy jew-hating anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Jun 16 06:04

The Zionist lobby’s erosion of freedom of speech in UK: The case of Alison Chabloz

"Chabloz was guilty of introducing new lyrics to the Jewish folk song Hva Nagila. Will she now have now to learn to sing the song in Yiddish, or maybe to try to fit her own original “subversive” lyrics to the music of Richard Wagner? Who is going to take care of Chabloz’s education, and what happens if the singer insists on continuing to mock the primacy of Jewish suffering or, far worse, compare Gaza to Auschwitz?" >>

Jun 16 06:02

The Zionist lobby’s erosion of freedom of speech in UK: The case of Alison Chabloz

"Chabloz was guilty of introducing new lyrics to the Jewish folk song Hva Nagila. Will she now have now to learn to sing the song in Yiddish, or maybe to try to fit her own original “subversive” lyrics to the music of Richard Wagner? Who is going to take care of Chabloz’s education, and what happens if the singer insists on continuing to mock the primacy of Jewish suffering or, far worse, compare Gaza to Auschwitz?" >>

Jun 16 05:56

Jews Are Not Descended From Khazars, Hebrew University Historian Says

New study finds no evidence that Ashkenazi Jews are the descendants of Khazars, or that subjects in the medieval kingdom converted to Judaism en masse.
Note: OK, I give up where the hell did they come from they are certainly not Jews of the book!

Jun 15 09:51

EID al FITRE MUBARAK

The Glorious Holy Month of Ramadan came to an end last night at sundown … ushering in the wonderful feast days of Eid-al-Fitr. A time for joyous celebrations with families, a time to feel completely renewed and refreshed.
*
That’s how it’s spelled out in the books…
*
Unfortunately in Palestine the book is written differently… families are divided, family members are denied entry to join in the celebrations, families are mourning their loved ones killed by Israeli forces.
*
It’s time for all to celebrate! It’s time for all families to be together!
Damn those that won’t let this be!!

Jun 15 09:50

‘The Israeli military said,’ the New York Times reports

According to human rights organizations, the weekly Gaza demonstrations have been overwhelmingly nonviolent. But from day one, Halbfinger and his Times colleagues have recurrently portrayed them as armed confrontations in which Israeli snipers return the fire of protesters. They rely on official Israeli statements that are quoted without demurral, without further investigation, and without independent corroboration from, say, human rights monitors:

Jun 15 09:49

Silencing pro-Palestinian professors – Israel’s academic army

American universities pride themselves on fostering free speech and protecting their communities’ academic freedom. But for Palestinian students, faculty, and their supporters, both freedoms have been sharply limited.

A small army of pro-Israeli watchdog organizations keeps a close eye on everything Palestinian academics do and say, every Tweet they post and group they join. Those who go too far in criticizing Israel or standing up for Palestine may pay with their jobs, their academic standing, their future admission and employment opportunities.

All these groups claim they are defending Jewish students from anti-Semitism. In reality, the watchdogs rarely address anti-Jewish incidents – there aren’t many to address — but they will be all over anyone who calls out Israeli crimes.

Jun 15 09:40

Violence erupts as police respond to Palestinian protests against PA in West Bank

Protests in the West Bank descended into violence last night after Palestinian Authority (PA) police attempted to break up demonstrations demonstrating against the PA’s policies in the Gaza Strip.

Riot police arrested journalists and dozens of protesters and fired tear gas and stun grenades into the crowds in Nablus and Ramallah. Security forces in civilian clothing were also present, with many reporting having been beaten, having their cameras and smartphones confiscated, as the new ban on public protests was enforced; the move has been justified by the PA as necessary in the run up to Eid Al-Fitr holiday tomorrow.

The protesters called for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to remove sanctions he imposed on Gaza in an effort to pressure Hamas into handing over control of the Strip, following failed reconciliation talks at the end of last year.

Jun 15 09:39

The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

Two years later, when the majority of Palestinians were forced from their land during the “Nakba” that founded the state of Israel, the farms and orchards that had previously been tended by Palestinians were left abandoned, as their owners fled under the threat of death at the hands of Zionist militias.

As Israeli historian and journalist Meron Benvenisti detailed in his book Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land Since 1948:

By April 1948 Jewish farmers had already begun harvesting the crops that had ripened in the abandoned fields and picking the citrus fruit in Arab groves. […] by mid-1949 two-thirds of all land sown with grain in Israel was abandoned Arab land.”

Thus, it was land theft that was largely responsible for Israel’s initial agricultural production, not the labor or agricultural expertise of Zionist settlers.

Jun 15 09:38

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 – 12 June 2018)

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 11th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period, in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the Israeli forces killed 4 civilians, including a child, and wounded 287 Palestinian civilians, including 43 children, 9 women, 3 journalists, and 4 paramedics; 8 of the wounded are in serious condition. In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded an Israeli human rights defender and 9 Palestinian civilians, including a child; one of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

Jun 15 09:37

Israeli bill would criminalise critical documentation of soldiers’ activities

Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation is expected to approve a draft bill on Sunday that aims to ban the documentation of Israeli soldiers’ treatment of Palestinians by human rights groups.

The legislation would prohibit the “documentation and distribution of any report about confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians with the intent either to harm national security or to ‘break the spirit of Israeli soldiers and inhabitants’”, reported Haaretz.

The law, proposed by MK Robert Ilatov of Yisrael Beitenu, enjoys support from faction head Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Kulanu party, headed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

Jun 15 09:35

Palestinian teen shot by Israeli soldier: 'My leg is gone'

More than half of 15,000 total injuries in Gaza demos since March 30 are from explosive bullets, leading to amputation.

Jun 15 07:40

Impose sanctions on Netanyahu for Gaza war crimes, says HRW

Israeli leaders responsible for the killings of more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators in the occupied Gaza Strip since 30 March should face sanctions, Human Rights Watch says.

“The international community needs to rip up the old playbook where Israel investigates itself and the US blocks accountability with its UN Security Council veto,” Sarah Leah Whitson, the group’s Middle East director, states in a new report on Israel’s fatal shooting of more than 60 Palestinians in a single day on 14 May.

Whitson says the world must begin to “impose real costs” on Israel for its “blatant disregard for Palestinian lives.”

Those killed that day included seven children, one of them a 14-year-old girl, Wesal Khalil. Five were shot in the head or neck and two in the abdomen.

“Third countries should impose targeted sanctions against officials responsible for ongoing serious human rights violations,” Human Rights Watch states.

Jun 14 14:06

US Blocks UN Investigation Into Israeli Military Killings In Gaza

Col. Larry Wilkerson says the United States is "in the back pocket of Israel like we have never been associated with any other country in the world."

Jun 14 11:23

‘Imagine outcry if Israelis were held in open air prison like Gaza & 120 were shot dead’

Sterling claimed that “the situation is very biased” saying that “you’ve got approximately 2 million [Palestinian] people in what amounts to an open air prison.”

“Just imagine the reverse scenario: imagine that 2 million Israelis were held captive in an open air prison and when they protested, 120 of them were shot and killed. Just imagine what kind of outcry there would be about that. The situation is biased. That is the reality. It is totally unjust and it needs to be called to account for the good of everyone,” he explained.

Israel and the US claims Hamas is responsible for much of the violence. “The resolution is one-sided, makes not one mention of Hamas which routinely initiates violence,” the US envoy Haley said during the debate preceding the vote, adding that: “What makes Gaza different is that attacking Israel is their favorite political sport.”

Jun 14 10:06

UN ambassador Nikki Haley just Said Something that SHOCKED the International Security Council

Jun 14 10:01

120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence.

The resolution deplores Israel's use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinian civilians and calls for protection measures for Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during protests near the border with Gaza that began at the end of March. No Israelis have died.

Presented by Algeria and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, the measure won a decisive 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed the resolution as "one-sided" and accused Arab countries of trying to score political points at home by seeking to condemn Israel at the United Nations.

Jun 14 09:57

Bernie Sanders’ Criticism Of Israel Is Radical. And He’s Taking It Mainstream

In 2020, when Sanders likely runs for president, and journalists begin paying attention, they’re going to be shocked. The Israeli government and the American Jewish establishment will be scared out of their minds.

Last month, Sanders crossed one of the red lines demarcating politically acceptable Washington discourse about Israel. He organized the first letter written by multiple senators criticizing Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. Then, last week, he raced past that line again with a video that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen from an American senator.

Jun 14 09:32

Israeli army arrest Hebron band over ‘incitement’ music

Israeli occupation forces yesterday [Monday] arrested members of a Palestinian music band in the southern West Bank town of Hebron under the pretext of “incitement”. According to a statement by the Israeli army, six Palestinians were arrested over “producing songs and provocative videos that incite to resistance.” The videos were circulated on social media, the army added. Local sources told Quds Press that the occupation forces raided and confiscated the homes of Nabil Al-Horoub, Bilal Al-Tawil, Bara‘a Al-Talahoma and Bashar Zahida, who formed the Al-Anwar band. The arrest comes several months after the detention of other two other members of the band, Ahmed Al-Masri and Moussa Al-Horoub, who were accused of “supporting Hamas”.

Jun 14 09:26

Israel protests against sale of home to non-Jewish citizens

Residents of northern Israeli town Afula demonstrated yesterday against the sale of a house to a family of Palestinian citizens, reported Haaretz.

The protest, which was attended by Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz and Deputy Mayor Shlomo Malihi, saw some 150 local residents wave Israeli flags and carry signs condemning those who sold their house to Palestinians; one sign read: “Traitors against the Jews will get no rest.”

Mayor Elkabetz declared:

The residents of Afula don’t want a mixed city, but rather a Jewish city, and it’s their right. This is not racism.

Jun 14 09:26

German festival cancels Young Fathers for supporting Palestinian rights

Young Fathers is standing firm despite how a German festival canceled a scheduled show by the award-winning band because it refused to renounce support for Palestinian rights.

Palestinians are now calling for a boycott of the Ruhrtriennale festival.

“Regrettably, Young Fathers will not appear at Ruhrtriennale festival this year as the organizers have decided to cancel our show due to our views opposing the current Israeli government’s grave violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people and our support of the nonviolent and anti-racist human rights movement, boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS),” the Scotland-based band announced on Wednesday.

“We feel it is a wrong and deeply unfair decision by the festival to take this stance and to also ask us to distance ourselves from our human rights principles in order for the appearance to go ahead,” Young Fathers added.

Jun 14 09:25

Gaza’s bloody Monday

Throughout the past seven decades, the UN General Assembly has repeatedly recognized that Palestinian refugees are entitled to go home. The Great Return March has asserted that right, while drawing attention to how Israel violates it.

Ahmed was the son of Mahmoud al-Rantisi, an information technology teacher at the Islamic University of Gaza and a leading member of Hamas.

Ahmed’s connections to Hamas give Israel no excuse for killing him and other unarmed demonstrators. Under international human rights law, it is illegal for Israeli snipers – shielded by two fences – to open fire on protesters.

Jun 14 09:24

Palestinian Authority violently suppresses West Bank protests

Palestinian Authority forces violently suppressed demonstrators in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday evening.

The protesters were demanding an end to PA sanctions that are compounding the suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier in the day, the PA decided to stop granting permits for protests during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, to “make it easier for citizens to conduct their normal lives.”

Hours later, PA forces fired tear gas and sound grenades, attacked protesters and arrested journalists and activists before the holiday had even begun.

Palestinian Authority forces are funded by and trained under the supervision of the United States and the European Union.

Jun 14 08:52

Palestinian Embroidery

Malak Al-Husseini holds up a square piece of cross-stitch embroidery, with strong colours and patterns stitched with small, uniform, crosses. A small motif embroidered in red reappears across the piece, resembling an elongated pot with flowers. ‘This pattern comes from Jaffa,’ Al-Husseini says. ‘I know that from the flower pots, they are typical of Jaffa. I can immediately see where a piece of embroidery comes from – what specific part of Palestine,’ she says.

Many more pieces are spread out on the table in front of her – large ones with a multitude of colours, smaller ones with minimalist designs. Behind her, inside a wardrobe, is a literal archive of embroidery: sample after sample with different patterns and colour combinations hang tightly together. Some have embroidered palm trees and cypresses, others tiny apples and chickpeas – or figures with names like ‘cow’s eye’, ‘old man’s teeth’ or ‘the baker’s wife’.

Jun 14 08:52

The politicisation of Palestinian embroidery

Palestinians have had their land taken away, their music misappropriated and their food hijacked — but their embroidery and its significance for their identity proudly remains one of the most iconic symbols of their resistance.
Last month, the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, located outside of Ramallah, launched Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian Embroidery, which will run through August.

Building on years of research and fieldwork, this new exhibition seeks to critically re-orientate approaches to Palestinian embroidery, its history and contemporary significance. The exhibition also examines the politicisation of the handicraft, its use in paintings and posters, the implications of its commodification and the nature of its production by NGOs today.

Jun 14 08:27

Kill and Kill and Kill

Saree Makdisi, author of Palestine Inside Out, writes boldly and succinctly about the program of ethnic cleansing upon which Israel as a whole, and the ongoing Gaza massacre, are built: it’s all about Jewish identity and Jewish majority.

Jun 14 08:04

The Knesset officially declares that Israeli democracy is for Jews only

In a rare act, the Presidency of the Knesset (a ten-member group representing most parties) last week disqualified a bill moved by Israeli Palestinian parliamentarians from coming to a debate or vote. The bill in question was named “Basic Law: Israel [is a] State of All Its Citizens.”

As the names hints, the bill would have declared that Israel belongs not to its Jews but to all its residents. The Knesset Presidency decided the bill was too dangerous to come to a vote.

Jun 13 16:29

120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence

Presented by Algeria and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, the measure won a decisive 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed the resolution as "one-sided" and accused Arab countries of trying to score political points at home by seeking to condemn Israel at the United Nations.
Note: Finally.

Jun 13 13:52

Will the slaughter in Gaza finally prick the international conscience for firm action?

Stuart Littlewood highlights a rare moment of honesty in the British Parliament in which former Liberal Democrat leader David Steel – one of the very few UK politicians with integrity – gave a frank and honest summary of the situation in Palestine. >>

Jun 13 12:32

Israeli forces take over archaeological house in Hebron, turn it into outpost

Hebron Rehabilitation Committee said Israeli forces blocked the windows with sand bags and turned the roof into a military outpost.

Director General of the committee, Imad Hamdan, said archaeological buildings in Hebron’s Old City are considered a strategic target for both the Israeli authorities and settlers.

He explained that Israeli authorities take over the archaeological buildings in the area, turn them into military outposts and prevent Palestinians from living there and from rehabilitating them, while settlers steal their stones and use them on their own homes to give the houses a historic landmark status in an attempt to falsify history.

Jun 13 10:48

A FATHER SPEAKS ABOUT HIS IMPRISONED DAUGHTER >>> MUST WATCH VIDEO

‘Why Ahed slapped the soldier’ –an interview with Bassem Tamimi

This interview with Bassem Tamimi was recorded on May 4, 2018 in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, by International Solidarity Movement activists.

His daughter Ahed Tamimi, 17, is serving an eight-month prison sentence for slapping an Israeli soldier on the family’s property on December 15 of last year, after Israeli soldiers shot her cousin in the face.

Jun 13 08:39

Youngsters “disabled for life” by Israel’s shoot-to-cripple policy in Gaza

The number of dead is outrageous; the number injured – especially gunshot victims, and particularly victims of “butterfly bullets” – is unconscionable. These young protesters will need multiple, complex surgeries (or amputation) and intensive rehabilitation, in a region where medical facilities and staff are already stretched beyond their limits. We can only hope for an authentic investigation via the UN Human Rights Council.

Jun 13 08:39

UN will vote whether to condemn Israel for Gaza violence, as US fumes that it should be Hamas

The United Nations General Assembly will vote Wednesday on whether to condemn Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza, in a resolution fiercely opposed by the United States, which instead wants Hamas to face condemnation.

Jun 13 08:31

Israel to limit helium supplies to Gaza, restricting hospitals

Helium gas is used for a range of medical purposes and equipment, including MRI machines. Hospitals in Gaza regularly suffer adverse conditions, a lack of resources and power outages due to daily restrictions on electricity as a result of Israel’s siege. In January 2018, generators at seven health centres in the Strip stopped working due to the shortage in fuel.

Jun 13 08:27

No, Israel Is Not a Democracy

Before 1967, Israel definitely could not have been depicted as a democracy. As we have seen in previous chapters, the state subjected one-fifth of its citizenship to military rule based on draconian British Mandatory emergency regulations that denied the Palestinians any basic human or civil rights.

Local military governors were the absolute rulers of the lives of these citizens: they could devise special laws for them, destroy their houses and livelihoods, and send them to jail whenever they felt like it. Only in the late 1950s did a strong Jewish opposition to these abuses emerge, which eventually eased the pressure on the Palestinian citizens.

Jun 13 08:26

The Corporate Media’s World of Illusions

It is easy for me to identify my own process of awakening. It began with the dislocation of moving to Nazareth and being immersed in someone else’s narrative – that of the Palestinians. Then, I faced for the first time in my career as a journalist an impenetrable wall of opposition, even from my own former newspaper, the Guardian, as I tried to explain that counter-narrative. In fact, I found that the Palestinian narrative was invariably misrepresented as anti-semitism. These were dark years of disillusionment and the loss of a professional and ideological compass.

Jun 13 08:25

300 prominent global figures accuse Israel of committing ‘war crimes’

Israel’s forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinians has been denounced as a war crime by over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders and activists from around the world.

The universal show of solidarity to the Palestinians was published in an open letter which voiced strong opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the occupied West Bank.

Signatories include 90 members of parliament, many of whom are from the EU and UK parliaments. Other notable signatories include ten Israel Prize laureates, film director Ken Loach, artists Ai Weiwei, author Alice Walker, academic Noam Chomsky and several musicians. Dozens of Rabbis have also signed the letter denouncing Israel for what many would describe ethnic cleansing.

Jun 13 08:24

Spanish City Oviedo Rescinds Invitation to Israeli Orchestra, Ballet Amid Support Surge for BDS

The Spanish city of Oviedo disinvited an Israeli orchestra and ballet group arguing “Israeli organizations are not wanted” in its premises in yet another victory for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Presentations by the orchestra and ballet group were scheduled for this autumn, in the city’s cultural program, but Monday an Israeli news site reported the cancellation over political reasons.

Last week, the city of Valencia approved a motion proposed by progressive party Podemos, to declare itself as an “Israeli apartheid-free zone,” becoming the largest city in the world to do so.

Jun 13 08:04

‘Every bullet has a precise address’ – another Israeli journalist justifies the massacre

This logic has been uttered by a prominent Israeli journalist: Mass shootings of Palestinians have saved their lives. Reporting from the sniper positions near the Gaza fence, Dan Margalit writes in his Hebrew-only Haaretz opinion (Saturday):

From this position, the events looked a bit different than from the Karni crossing near Nahal Oz. Now I am convinced, more than at the beginning of the fighting about 10 weeks ago, that the massive shooting at the beginning of the battles [sic] has saved many Palestinian lives, and of course, first and foremost, lives of Israelis.”

And just how does he get to the logic, that mass shooting of Palestinians is good for them (and of course, first and foremost for us, and despite the fact that no real “battles” have really occurred in these demonstrations)?

Jun 12 16:01

US Blocks UN Investigation Into Israeli Military Killings In Gaza

Col. Larry Wilkerson says the United States is "in the back pocket of Israel like we have never been associated with any other country in the world."

Jun 12 14:30

British Nationalists Face-Off With Pro-Palestine Al Quds Marchers

Pro-Israeli British nationalists scuffled with police and pro-Palestine demonstrators at this year’s Al Quds march in London.

The protest was part of Quds Day, an annual protest against Zionism the current and historical actions of Israeli state. Counter-protests were arranged by supporters of Israel and were attended by British nationalists opposed to the event’s link to Lebanese group Hezbollah. A large police presence mostly kept the two groups apart.

Jun 12 11:36

Palestinians protest in Ramallah against the ‘Authority of Shame’

Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah city Sunday night, demanding that the Palestinian Authority (PA) end its sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip that have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the small Palestinian enclave.

At least 1,500 protesters marched downtown starting at the central Manara Square at 9:30 p.m., a time when the streets are bustling with people shopping, eating, or enjoying ice cream after breaking their fasts during the holy month of Ramadan.

The protest, led by an independent youth movement, was the largest show of support for Gaza in the occupied West Bank since the Great March of Return was launched in the besieged territory on March 30.

The crowd consisted of mostly young Palestinians, but older protesters and children also joined the demonstration. Palestinians traveled from across the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Haifa, among other places, to attend the protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not blame these people for their upset at lack of progress with the PA, which has only had punitive sanctions against the people of Gaza.

Jun 12 10:25

UK Seeks No Assurances From Israel Over Use Of British Arms In Killing Of Palestinians

The UK is conducting a “business as usual” relationship with Israel, seeking no assurances from the country regarding the use of British arms in the recent ‘massacre’ of Palestinians in Gaza, according to a UK historian.

Jun 12 09:30

‘SPECIAL’ TREATMENT AT THE US BORDER

Officer doing the extra special security inspection upon my arrival in
Washington DC: so what is the purpose of your trip to the US?

Me: Doing lectures but the reason you are troubling me as a US citizen is
that you are obeying orders that come down to you from Tel Aviv

Officer (puzzled): What are you talking about

Me: I have gone through this many times and wrote to homeland security and
will likely sue them for continued harassment on behest of Israel. Here is
the letter I received from them with a redress number. Basically,
Washington is being forced by a Zionist lobby to do things on behest of
Israel and that is not good for the US or its taxpayers like you and I

Officer: So what do you lecture about?

Me: various topics from environmental conservation to environmental justice
to human rights and how the colonial apartheid state of Israel uses our US
tax money to ethically cleanse fellow Palestinians…..you can check my

Jun 12 08:42

Young Fathers bullied by German festival to renounce support for Palestinian rights

A German music festival is trying to bully artists into dropping their support for Palestinian human rights.

The Ruhrtriennale festival is threatening to cancel the 18 August performance by the Scotland-based band Young Fathers unless they publicly renounce the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

“This McCarthyite political testing should be opposed by all who care about free speech,” PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, stated.

Jun 12 08:13

Prince William is to hold talks with Israeli PM Netanyahu and Palestinian president on historic trip to Middle East that will also see him visit Kate's childhood home in Jordan

Prince William will sit down for talks with the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president during his historic visit to the Middle East.

The Duke of Cambridge's visit will be the first official trip on behalf of the government by a member of the monarchy to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

William will also visit Jordan, and the capital Amman where his wife the Duchess of Cambridge lived from May 1984 until September 1986.

Jun 11 15:46

Corbyn Allies In Labour Attacked For Supporting Palestinian Struggle

The strategy to undermine Jeremy Corbyn within the Labour Party includes, charging his supporters with anti-semitism and then suspending them.

Jun 11 11:19

Israeli Soldiers Conduct A Limited Invasion Into Central Gaza

Several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded, Monday, Palestinian agricultural lands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp in central Gaza, and bulldozed sections near the border fence while firing live rounds.

Media sources said the invasion was carried out by four tanks and three D9 armored military bulldozers.

They added that the vehicles advanced approximately 150 meters into the agricultural lands, east of the refugee camp.

The soldiers bulldozed large sections of the invaded lands, and installed sand hills and barbed-wire fences, before firing live rounds at random while military drones flew overhead.

Jun 11 11:15

Michael Oren on Conflict Zone

After weeks of protest in Gaza, over 100 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli forces at the border. Michael Oren, an Israeli deputy minister, says the military action complies with international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Show me in international law where the military has a right to open fire on unarmed protesters using expanding bullets.

Because if international law says that is permissible, then I say to hell with international law!

Jun 11 11:10

Israeli troops open fire on Gaza protesters as Middle East marks anti-Israel Al-Quds Day

Gaza medics have said four people have been killed and some 600 wounded during rallies along the border fence. The demonstrations coincided with Al-Quds Day, an anti-Israeli day of protests held across the Middle East.

Jun 11 11:08

Riverdale Private School Investigates Teacher Over Israel Comments

A history teacher at an elite Riverdale private school is being investigated after some parents took issue with statements he made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to administrators and reports.

Riverdale Country School instructor Shawn Redden’s job was in limbo after he engaged students in a history class following the killing of 60 Gazans by Israeli soldiers during protests in May. Redden went on a “diatribe” against Israel, one parent told the New York Post.

School administrators said Redden is being investigated.

“At Riverdale Country School we believe that there should always be robust dialogue and debate of different points of view. At the same time, all community members –- students, faculty, and staff — must be treated at all times with respect as outlined specifically in our Principles of School Life,” said Head of School Dominic Randolph in a statement.

Jun 11 10:56

BEX ALERT - EXPERT: PALESTINE FAILS INTERNATIONAL LAW TEST FOR STATEHOOD AT ICC

Tucker said while he recognized that the ICC Prosecution and the ICC’s legislative body – the Assembly of State Parties – recognized Palestine as a state in 2015, enabling it to ask the ICC Prosecution to probe alleged Israeli war crimes, he said a party could file a motion with the ICC’s Pretrial Chamber to veto the ICC Prosecution’s acceptance of Palestine as a state.

If Palestine was ruled not to be a state by the ICC Pretrial Chamber, then the ICC Prosecution’s probe of Israelis would likely fall by the wayside.

While Tucker would argue numerous points for why Palestine fails the test of international law for statehood, he emphasized the Palestinian Authority’s inability to effectively govern the West Bank and Gaza as a single state.

Jun 11 09:49

A MUST SEE VIDEO ~~ POWERFUL WORDS ABOUT PALESTINE

Listen to Anthony Bourdain’s powerful words about Palestinians.

Jun 11 04:22

Video: Michael Oren on Conflict Zone

A person has to watch this one to get the full extent of Israeli lies. Excellent!

Jun 11 04:16

Israeli troops open fire on Gaza protesters as Middle East marks anti-Israel Al-Quds Day

More than 600 Palestinians were reportedly wounded as protesters came under Israeli gunfire as they headed to the Gaza fence. According to Gaza's Health Ministry, at least four Palestinians were killed, including a 15-year-old.
"veral protesting Palestinians also donned uniforms similar to those worn by Jewish prisoners in World War Two. Ahmed Abu Artima told the AP news agency: "We want to remind the world that the Israeli occupation is committing the same massacres that the Nazis committed."
Denying, trivializing or mocking the Holocaust is not uncommon in the Muslim world."
Note: No pictures on the prisoners uniforms and here we go again bringing in the holocau$t. Excellent video link here.

Jun 10 15:34

The role of the Israeli media in the mass brainwashing of citizens

Uri Avnery highlights the role of the Israeli media in the mass brainwashing of citizens and turning them into passive, uncritical swallowers of state propaganda, and explores the little that can be done to counter this.>>

Jun 10 09:34

The Israeli Army Edited This Clip Of A Medic They Killed To Make Her Look Like She Was Acting As A Human Shield

The IDF's video was immediately criticized.

Jun 10 09:30

‘New York Times’ teams up with Israel to smear slain medic Razzan al-Najjar as ‘complex,’ not innocent

The article parrots Israeli hasbara, or propaganda, about al-Najjar: that in a video interview of the medic that the Israelis passed along she described herself as a “human shield.”

Not till paragraph 20 of 22, does the Times state what Jonathan Ofir reported yesterday, the Israeli video cut short al-Najjar’s actual statement in an effort to misrepresent her.

In the longer video, the comment that the military translated as “I act as a human shield” was part of a sentence in which Ms. Najjar said, “I’m acting as a human rescue shield to protect the injured inside the armistice line.”

Jun 10 09:29

‘I’m targeted by the Israeli army,’ Razan al-Najjar said before she was killed

“We are stones standing in front of bullets”.

That’s how 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar explained the situation to us last April regarding the unarmed Palestinian demonstrators on the ground facing Israeli snipers from across the fence.

In the first two weeks since the March of Great Return kicked off, Razan had already escaped death and serious injury numerous times.

She recalled how Israeli soldiers had shot directly at her more than once, threatening her to back off from reaching the wounded.

She felt a bullet narrowly miss her head and another time, a bullet flew past her leg, while she was tending to demonstrators near the fence, on the field which had turned into a shooting range.

Jun 10 09:26

Israeli Forces Assault Medics near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers, on Saturday evening, assaulted Palestinian medics while they were attempting to reach the wounded in a traffic accident which occurred outside the illegal settlement of Gush Etzion, to the south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC).

Director of PRC in Bethlehem, Mohammad Awad, said PRC staff were attempting to reach the accident to help the wounded, but Israeli soldiers and policemen who were present at the scene prevented them from reaching the wounded.

A wrangle later developed between the soldiers and the medics who sought to provide first aid to the injured of the accident, before the soldiers assaulted one of the PRC medics, Jamal Balboul, and reportedly beat him, according to WAFA.

Jun 10 09:26

Military Order says Palestinians Have 96 Hours to Appeal House Demolition

ven if Palestinians fulfill the appeal requirements put in place by military order 1797, Israeli authorities maintain complete authority to proceed with demolition.

Jun 10 09:25

Sheldon Adelson: the casino mogul driving Trump’s Middle East policy

The Las Vegas billionaire gave Republicans $82m for the 2016 elections and his views, notably staunch support for Netanyahu’s Israel, are now the official US line

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA