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Apr 18 14:23

Israel bans Gaza Christians from going to Jerusalem, Bethlehem for Easter

Israeli occupation authorities refused to issue travel permits for hundreds of Palestinian Christians from Gaza who planned to visit holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem during Passover, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Reporting Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Safa said that Israel allowed only 200 Christians from Gaza, who are over 55 years old, to travel to Jordan only and did not issue permits for those wishing to visit the Church of Nativity in occupied Bethlehem or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli rights group Gisha reported complaints against the Israeli occupation regarding the restrictions imposed on people who want to travel during the Jewish Passover holiday which coincides with Easter.

“This is a flagrant violation of the freedom of movement, freedom of worship and freedom of enjoying family life for the Christians in Gaza,” Gisha said, noting that Gaza is an example of a “wider Israeli racist policy”.

Apr 18 14:06

DEATH OF FREE SPEECH: CRITICIZING ISRAEL WILL LAND YOU IN PRISON

Soon, this blog will be illegal.

No, I’m not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America’s wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars—to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with Saudi Arabia. All US foreign policy in that region centers on those two nations.

The following may soon be classified as hate speech and antisemitism (as increasingly criticism of the Jewish state and its Zionist political ideology are considered crimes).

Trump took the baton from Obama after he told us he wasn’t into “nation-building” and was a populist “America First” noninterventionist. The American people were lied to again, but then this is now normal behavior.

Such criticism of Israel will soon be illegal. Democrats and Republicans are working together to make criticism of Israel a criminal offense. .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Criminalization of free speech, is the beginning of the end of any Republic, and folks, we are right here, and right now.

In order to do this, Congress would have to neutralize the First Amendment to the Constitution, by having this ratified by a two-thirds of the House and Senate, then send it to the states for ratification, which will mean that 3/4 of the states must approve.

How are Constitutional Amendments created?The article goes on to state:

The Constitution

What is an amendment?

An amendment to the Constitution is an improvement, a correction or a revision to the original content approved in 1788. To date, 27 Amendments have been approved, six have been disapproved and thousands have been discussed.

How is the Constitution amended?

Article V of the Constitution prescribes how an amendment can become a part of the Constitution. While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment."

Should such legislation against the First Amendment be passed, followed along swiftly by anti-Israel hate speech legislation, we will know, unequivocally, that the US has absolutely surrendered its geopolitical sovereignty to Israel, and that Israel will now have complete control over US foreign policy in the Middle East(as though it doesn't exert that control, to the absolute detriment of We the People, already.)

IF such legislation is passed, I hope that the counter-argument be heard all the way up to the Supreme Court, and that it will be struck down.

Apr 18 12:52

German Nazi camp guard, 92, charged as accessory to thousands of murders

German prosecutors have charged a 92-year-old former concentration camp guard with being an accessory to murder, in what will be one of the last ever cases against Nazi-era war crimes.

Hamburg prosecutors accused the man, identified only as Bruno D., of aiding and abetting 5,230 cases of murder during the almost nine months he spent on duty at a concentration camp watch-tower at the end of World War Two.

According to Die Welt newspaper, which first reported the charges, the man admitted to prosecutors during a voluntary interrogation last year that he had seen people being taken to gas chambers to be murdered.

Apr 18 09:45

Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

Jonathan Cook says Netanyahu may be about to give the Israeli far-right and the settlers what they want – annexation of parts or all of the West Bank – and in return, they back immunity legislation, thereby saving him from prosecution on corruption charges. >>

Apr 18 05:58

Perry Prepares To Exit

Rick Perry is preparing to exit Trump’s cabinet — here’s why that will further damage US national security
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Perry “is finalizing the terms and timing of his departure,” Bloomberg News reports Wednesday night, literally hours before Attorney General William Barr is to address the press on the impending release of his version of the Mueller report.

Bloomberg adds that “Perry’s exit isn’t imminent,” and is not one-hundred percent definite but that Perry, a former governor of Texas, has been planning his exit for weeks.

President Donald Trump reportedly asked Secretary Perry if he would become Secretary of Homeland Security before Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was fired. Perry refused.

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(*CNBC UPDATE:)

Apr 18 05:15

North Korea Tests Mysterious ‘Tactical Guided Weapon’ After Failed Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test of a new “tactical guided weapon” just months after the summit in Vietnam failed to achieve any results as the US continues to demand unconditional denuclearization before any sanctions relief.

The North Korean leader personally observed the new weapon test on Wednesday, KCNA reported, without providing details, other than saying it has a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” with a “powerful warhead”.

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(*It's wombley , it may or may not clear Japan , Pompeo Out , or we try it on that test launch route next!)

Apr 18 05:01

8 in 10 Americans Believe Muslims Face More Intolerance Than Any Other Group

Eight in ten Americans believe Muslims face more discrimination than any other group in the United States, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center.
82 percent of respondents said Muslims face discrimination, while 80 percent of those surveyed said blacks faced some discrimination, Daily Sabah reported.

Pew released the figures Monday after US President Donald Trump tweeted a video that attacked Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota.

The video was of a speech delivered by Omar in which she discussed how Muslim Americans came to be seen as second-class citizens after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.>>>

Apr 18 04:44

Dispute Among US Officials Over Trump Administration Iran Arms Control Report

A new Trump administration report on international compliance with arms control accords provoked a dispute with US intelligence agencies and some State Department officials concerned that the document politicizes and slants assessments about Iran, five sources with knowledge of the matter said, Reuters reports.

US President Donald Trump is intensifying a drive to contain Iran’s power in the Middle East, which has raised fears that his administration wants to topple the Tehran government or lay the groundwork to justify military action.

The administration says it is trying to halt Iranian “malign behavior” in its support for Islamist militants in the region and denies seeking the overthrow of the Islamic republic’s government.

The clash among US officials emerged on Tuesday>>>
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The State Department spokeswoman said that the US position that Russia is in violation of the INF Treaty “is clear.”

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Apr 17 13:33

PALESTINIANS TURN TO RUSSIA TO BYPASS US PEACE PLAN

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to visit Moscow in the coming months with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Apr 17 13:31

Annexation of West Bank May Provide Key to Unlocking Netanyahu’s Legal Troubles

After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister.

The culmination of his dirty tricks campaign was an election-day stunt in which his Likud party broke regulations – and possibly the law – by arming 1,200 activists with hidden cameras, to film polling stations in communities belonging to Israel’s large Palestinian minority.

Netanyahu justified the move by saying it would ensure the election was “kosher”. Yet again, Israel’s prime minister made it clear that the country’s 1.7 million Palestinian citizens were unwelcome interlopers in what he regards as an exclusively Jewish political process.

Apr 17 11:02

Jewish Right-Wing Extremism and Bibi’s Election hit “Annexion” (annexation)

Those who still had doubts, should finally be better informed. “Jewish state”, Zionism and democracy are mutually exclusive. When the beginning of the Passover feast with the first Seder begins this Friday night, it would be time to liberate the country not from bread crumbs but from far-right political politicians who want nothing more than religious Zionism as the weapon of the eternal Judaization. This affects not only the oppressed and occupied Palestinians deprived of their liberty, but also the secular Jewish citizens of Israel.

Apr 17 07:07

What Trump And His Religious Supporters Can Learn From Cyrus The Great

Many of Trumps’ supporters who delve into their Bible from time to time have managed to see the likeness of Cyrus the Great in President Trump.

Cyrus was the founder of the world’s first major empire and “is mentioned 23 times by name and alluded to several times more” in the Bible. And a few of his titles include, “shepherd”, “anointed” and “smoothing the way,” which meant Jews’ trouble free return from captivity. However, Trump’s religious supporters refer to Cyrus as a ‘pagan’ king, only used by God for his purposes as Trump is today. Freeing the Jews was only one of King Cyrus’s great deeds. A byproduct of his vision for a new world
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Trump is looked upon as the liberator. But who is Trump liberating? King Cyrus freed the Jews from slavery in Babylon that’s why he was hailed as the liberator. He was equally welcomed by other nations who were being oppressed by their rulers. But where are the enslaved people now?>>>

Apr 17 06:44

Ankara Deeply Concerned over US Arms Shipments to Syrian Kurds

A prominent Turkish political analyst underlined Ankara's concerns about Washington's continued arms shipments to the Kurdish militia, warning of the US plans against Syria's territorial integrity by setting the stage for Kurdish
independence.

The Arabic-language service of Sputnik quoted Turki Mahmoud Othman as saying on Tuesday that the US has supplied the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with a large amount of weapons and military equipment.
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Othman claimed that the US intends to protect and support the SDF with the help of the European forces as it promises Turkey to create a demilitarized zone in Northern Syria to buy time, and warned that the demilitarized zone is likely a trap for Turkey by Washington.

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US To Increase Pressure On Defiant Turkey Over S-400 Deal

Apr 17 05:59

TRUMP VETOES BILL TO END US INVOLVEMENT IN YEMEN WAR

Congress had earlier voted to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try and stop US involvement in a foreign conflict.

President Donald Trump has vetoed a bill Congress passed to end the United State's military assistance in the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen.>>>

This is a MOVEMENT.

Apr 16 14:24

1,600-Year-Old Coin found in northern Israel

Apr 16 11:14

AMERICA’S WAR AGAINST IRAN & VENEZUELA’S “DEEP STATES” IS GOING PUBLIC

it’s clear that the US desires to dismantle Iran and Venezuela’s supposedly interconnected influence networks in Latin America as the next step in fortifying “Fortress America“, and while “deep state” wars such as this one have been going on for decades, it’s hitherto unprecedented for any country to make such a crusade public since the end of the Old Cold War when the US used to make similar claims about the USSR and its communist proxies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The trajectory that US foreign policy has taken of late, should scare the stuffing out of reasonable people; a category within which I hope,, I still belong.

You have a President who appears, at this point in his Presidency, to be a President In Name only, has now been thoroughly subsumed by the US Deep State, and ever willing to do its bidding.

The Neocon Mouthpiece, the Mouth that Pours, belongs to no other than Mike Pompeo, who appears to let his Dominionist faith rule his foreign policy. If you haven't read the following article, perhaps now is the time to do so.

The Rapture and the Real World: Mike Pompeo Blends Beliefs and PolicyThe article goes on to state:

"Though Mr. Trump is secular, white evangelicals are a big part of his voter base, and some of his major foreign policy moves, planned or supported by Mr. Pompeo, are intended to shore up political support.

The most notable examples involve Israel. When Mr. Trump moved the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, evangelicals applauded.

Studies show that white evangelicals are much more likely than other Americans to believe that Israel fulfills a biblical prophecy. Known as Christian Zionists, they believe God promised the land to the Jews, and that the gathering of Jews in Israel is foretold in the prophecy of the rapture — the ascent of Christians into the kingdom of God."

Of course, Netanyahu just stands there, and smiles, knowing that whatever he wants from the US, he will get, even if it is a massive war against Iran, which will surely translate as a war against Russia, paid for only in American money, and American blood.

Mr. Pompeo talks about the rapture. “We will continue to fight these battles,” he said at a “God and Country Rally” in 2015, because there is a “never-ending struggle” until “the rapture.”

Folks, I am having a palm to forehead moment, at his having said this. This denotes ancient friends (the original Hebrews, not the Khazars who currently run Israel) and ancient enemies, with whom this flavor of Christianity wants to engage, militarily, like present day Iran, for no logical reason other than an horrific mis-read of what Christian "destiny" looks like.

What would be a "logical, sane " foreign policy, would be one of engaging, not enraging, potential geopolitical assets, like China and Russia; being a part of the belt and road economy; and learning to live within one's means as a nation.

But Dominionists (and I am certain Pompeo is one of these people), believe that by bringing the world into a living hell of a total world war, they will will pave the way for Jesus to come down, and transition all living faithful up to heaven, in what is described by them as, "THE RAPTURE".

And folks, if what I am about to post, doesn't give you the heebe-jeebies, I do not know what will. And the article is datelined last December

"Anyone wondering what the true impetus was behind U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital needed only to view the image of the president when he made the formal announcement" from Harretz:

The U.S. evangelical community is in raptures over Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, believing it moves the world closer to Armageddon

The article continues to state: "Glittering Christmas decorations festooned across the White House hallway enveloped Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence deliberately – if a bit awkwardly – placed directly behind the president’s shoulder, ensuring that no camera angle could leave him out of the picture."

So folks, what we have here is a very religiously deranged person, setting US foreign policy, with unending visions of wars and more wars with which to "open the gates of both Heaven (and Hell) to attempt to achieve what Secretary of State Pompeo believes is the Bible's "last stand in Armageddon". He is, of course, aided and abetted in these manners by John Bolton, Security Council to the President.

So I submit to you; can a person whose religious fantasies rule his both life, and his illogically insane foreign policies, be a proper person to set US foreign policy, when ALL he wants, due to his eshatology, is to create a world where wars are certain, but responsible, fence-mending with potential allies is considered idiocy and lunacy?!?

Because folks, this completely off the course/on the skids path upon which we are moving, due to Pompeo's beliefs, will most likely see us at war with Russia; China; and God only knows what part of the rest of the world.

Right now, it is too damned bad that the US doesn't have a 25th Amendment equivalent to that for the President, for the Secretary of State; and it is high time that Trump see the reasons behind the wars Pompeo is trying to ignite,but are not necessary for the US or the World; they are, unfortunately, necessary for Pompeo's distorted view of the world, and its most dystopian future possible, to come to pass.

Apr 16 09:52

FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE AS VICE HEAD OF ISRAEL’S TOP-SECRET AGENCY D.S.D.E

A woman was appointed to serve as the vice head of the Director of Security of the Defense Establishment (D.S.D.E), a press release said on Tuesday. This is the first time a woman was selected to serve in this role.

The D.S.D.E. is in charge of handling weapons security for various arenas, including weapons of mass destruction and those connected to the Ministry of Defense.

Apr 16 09:48

Trump says Israelis should be immune from International Criminal Court prosecution

The Trump administration again named Israelis along with Americans as deserving immunity from International Criminal Court prosecution.

In a statement Friday, President Donald Trump declared victory after the ICC rejected a request to investigate U.S. personnel for actions in Afghanistan.

“Since the creation of the ICC, the United States has consistently declined to join the court because of its broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers; the threat it poses to American national sovereignty; and other deficiencies that render it illegitimate,” the White House said in a statement it attributed to Trump. “Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once again, the U.S. declares itself to be an outlaw nation with nothing but contempt for humanity and the rule of law.

Apr 16 08:48

Supporting Israel is now ‘liability’ for Democrats, but ’60 Minutes’ doesn’t trouble Pelosi about it

Yesterday in a surprising move, Nancy Pelosi met with three British members of Parliament who have left the Labour Party over its position on Israel, which they say is anti-Semitic. Pelosi tweeted the meeting with the message that we must fight anti-semitism everywhere.

The meeting was another sign that Pelosi is going to lay down the law on support for Israel. Remember, she has said that the Capitol will crumble and fall before the Democratic Party abandons its support for Israel. Remember, that she groveled at AIPAC 3 weeks ago without a word of criticism of Netanyahu, despite appeals by liberal Zionists to do so.

Then last night “60 Minutes” did a glowing profile of Nancy Pelosi as the progressive dragonslayer opposed to Donald Trump, the force that will keep the Democratic Party unified, and Israel was never mentioned. There was brief reference to the new progressive wave in the party. Pelosi got to dismiss those women out of hand and claim the mantle for herself:

Apr 16 08:46

New Miles of Smiles convoy heading for Gaza next month

A new Miles of Smiles convoy is set to arrive in the Gaza Strip early next month, the Head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza has revealed. The announcement was made yesterday by Dr Essam Youssef, who is also the coordinator of the series of convoys which first entered Gaza back in 2009.

The Egyptian authorities have given permission for the group of humanitarian activists to enter the territory through the Rafah Crossing, reported Quds Press.

“The Gaza Strip,” said Youssef, “is under an Israeli-led siege and economic sanctions, so the people need a lot of humanitarian assistance.” The healthcare sector is in particular need of urgent support, he added.

Apr 16 08:44

Europe holds no moral high ground in protecting Israeli colonialism

Discussions which frame Palestine’s precarious future within the context of US President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” versus the two-state compromise continue. Apparently with just these two dangerous options on the table, Palestine is being pushed into oblivion.

In anticipation of Trump’s deal, a group of former officials from European countries have sent a letter to EU Foreign Ministers and the EU High Representative for Foreign affairs and Security Policy. They call upon the EU to reject the US deal and affirm “the internationally agreed parameters for a two-state solution.”

Apr 16 08:43

Retired US Colonel: Israel Is Dragging the United States Into World War III

Israel is in the process of plunging America into a war with Iran that could destroy what’s left of the Middle East and ignite a third world war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned in Washington approximately a week ago.

Wilkerson, a retired army colonel who now teaches at Washington-area universities, didn’t hold back in his critique of where the status quo is leading the United States via its client state, Israel.

At the annual Israel lobby conference at the National Press Club, sponsored by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, Wilkerson explained that Israel is headed toward “a massive confrontation with the various powers arrayed against it, a confrontation that will suck America in and perhaps terminate the experiment that is Israel and do irreparable damage to the empire that America has become.”

Apr 16 08:35

Blaze Erupts at Jerusalem’s Historic al-Aqsa Mosque as Notre Dame Burns (VIDEO)

Notre Dame de Paris wasn't the only beloved house of worship that caught fire Monday. Part of the Haram ash-Sharif, the huge Jerusalem mosque built where a pivotal event in the prophet Muhammad's life is believed to have occurred, also caught fire, damaging a part of the structure dating to Judean King Herod the Great's reign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmmmmm...

Apr 16 07:52

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Schoolchildren And Teachers In Hebron

Israeli soldiers attacked, Monday, dozens of schoolchildren and teachers in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, causing dozens of teachers and schoolchildren to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades into and around Hebron Elementary School for Boys, Khadija Bint Khweiled Emanatory School for Boys, Thu Nurain Elementary School for Bays, and Tareq Bin Ziad School for Boys, while the students were standing in line, in the yards of their schools, preparing to start the school day.

Apr 16 07:47

Palestinians launch mass hunger strike against prison repression

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners entered day five of their mass hunger strike in several Israeli prisons on Friday.

On 8 April, 400 Palestinians launched an open-ended mass hunger strike with a long list of demands, including improved medical care and conditions, more family visits and access to a public telephone, among others.

Prisoners are also calling for an end to repressive measures imposed by a newly formed committee headed by Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan to worsen conditions for detained Palestinians and reduce their standard of living to “the minimum required,” including imposing water rations.

Apr 16 07:46

Trump Dances to Israel's Tune

So newly reelected Israeli monster-in-chief Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted, with a grin, that America’s President Donald J. Trump followed through on his proposal to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist group. Bibi was smiling because the timing of the move, one day before the Israeli election, strongly suggests it was done to assist him against what had become a very strong opposition challenge. That Trump likely colluded with Netanyahu to blatantly interfere in the election has apparently bothered no one in Israel or in the tame American media.

Apr 16 03:34

(*Phony) Liberals and the Attack on Ilhan Omar

The Democrats’ treatment of Ilhan Omar isn’t just shameful. It feeds into the rhetoric of the global far right.
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>>>One doesn’t need to even watch Omar’s full speech — all about how Muslims have been historically marginalized, treated as second-class citizens, and associated with violence — to understand what she was doing with those words: divorcing the murderous actions of a small group of extremists from the lives of a billion ordinary people, in order to point out the unfair treatment Muslims received because of what those few individuals had done.

Unsurprisingly, Omar’s critics here all have histories of anti-Muslim rhetoric>>>

(*"Phony" injected to header rather then replacing the free standing word "Liberals" with the proper culprits title; "Establishment Democrats")

Lawsuit Seeks Answers on Five Men Arrested on 9/11

Apr 16 02:57

'Some Arab rulers killing Muslims; serving US, Zionists'

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has blasted leaders of “certain Islamic nations” for serving Israel and the United States in stark contrast to the teachings of Islam’s holy book, the Qur'an.
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Addressing the closing ceremony of the 36th International Qur'an Contests, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Today, many leaders of Arabic countries are of this kind.”

The Leader noted that some of those rulers “colluded with Israelis and stepped on the blood of Palestinians.”

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Apr 16 02:23

TEHRAN (FNA) Time to Ditch US Dollar

The United States government has been using the dollar as a convenient weapon of choice to preserve its global economic and geopolitical position for many decades.

This has been evident through illegal sanctions for Iran, Russia and Venezuela, as well as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

For instance, in the last week, and in a response to a potential passage of the bipartisan No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, known as NOPEC, in Congress that would enable the US Justice Department to sue OPEC for coordinating production, Saudi Arabia threatened to sell its oil in currencies other than the dollar. It said the plan had been discussed with OPEC members and that Riyadh had communicated the threat to senior US energy officials. Then later, Riyadh denied the report that it was threatening to sell its oil in currencies other than the dollar for passing NOPEC.

The implications of this new development are immense>>>

Apr 16 02:11

Ilhan Omar says death threats increased after Trump tweet

(*she's closer to an assassination attempt then they ever tried to hoax us into beli~eving Trump was!)

Apr 15 11:50

ISRAEL LAUNCHES OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA MERE DAYS AFTER NETANYAHU "MANAGED" TO HOLD ON TO POWER IN A CLOSE "ELECTION"

Earlier this morning, the Israeli Air Force launched several airstrikes on the key Syrian city of Masyaf in the Hama Governorate. According to a military source near the scene of the airstrikes, the Israeli warplanes hit a number of sites near the Masyaf National Hospital.

The source said the Israeli airstrikes targeted some of the military storages in Masyaf; this resulted in several loud explosions that could be heard as far east as Hama city. He added that the S-300 system was not in use during the Israeli attack.

Masyaf is an important city because it is considered headquarters of the Tiger Forces and several other military units. The S-300 system has also been installed around the city.

Apr 15 10:56

Israel court approves demolition of scores of Palestinian homes

An Israeli court ordered the demolition of Palestinian homes because they were allegedly built in the “Peace Forest” but has given settlers permission to build there gives permission for settlers to build their homes, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported yesterday.

Palestinian residents of the homes appealed to the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem against the demolition order, but the court turned down their appeal.

According to Haaretz, the Israeli court upheld the demolition because, as claimed by the Israeli municipality, the houses are being built in what the municipality calls the “Peace Forest’ in the Abu Tor neighbourhood. It added that they had also been built without the impossible to obtain building permits.

Apr 15 10:55

Israel withdraws forces deployed near Gaza

Israel yesterday withdrew the military forces it had deployed around the Gaza Strip, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported.

The Arabic paper said Israel’s Channel 12 revealed that the decision was made after a military evaluation of the current situation in Gaza was carried out. The forces will now return to their bases and resume training to “be ready for any emergency”.

“The Israeli army is still prepared very well for any emergency,” an army spokesperson said.

Israel had deployed reinforcements along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone ahead of the one year anniversary of the Palestinian Great March of return which was due to take place on 30 March.

Apr 15 10:51

Pompeo: Imposing Israel sovereignty over West Bank won’t harm ‘deal of the century’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election pledge to annex the West Bank will not harm the US’ “deal of the century”.

Asked if he thought Netanyahu’s pledge to annex the West Bank would harm the “deal of the century”, Pompeo replied “I do not think so”.

Pompeo told CNN that the US peace plan will present a different model from the ones that have been used.

Apr 15 10:39

The West Bank: Israeli annexation, the deal of the century and the pursuit of Hamas

The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has announced that his country understands Israel’s need to have dominant security control in the West Bank as part of any peace agreement reached with the Palestinians. He said that this is because Washington understands the threat to Israel’s existence if Hamas ever took control of the occupied Palestinian territory in the way that it has controlled the Gaza Strip following the evacuation of Israeli settlers in 2005.

This suggests that the “deal of the century” includes a clear position that Israel will not withdraw from the West Bank to ensure that it does not come under Hamas rule. That is also consistent with recent Israeli statements about its protection of the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority, which would fall immediately into Hamas hands if such protection is lifted.

Apr 15 10:38

Shoot and lie

The video is an apparent attempt to suggest that Mizher forfeited special protection afforded to medics under international law by taking off his vest and throwing a stone at a soldier.

But like most of Israel’s attempts to justify its use of lethal force against Palestinians, it doesn’t hold water.

It is based on a lie, intended to cover up the intentional killing of a medic.

An investigation by the human rights group Al-Haq found that Mizher had not been on the rooftop before he was killed.

Additionally, the figure seen in the video is wearing a white shirt under his high-visibility vest. Mizher was wearing a black shirt under his vest, as is shown in a group photo of the volunteer medics taken hours before a bullet to the stomach took his life, published as an appendix in Al-Haq’s report.

Apr 15 10:07

ISRAEL STRIKES ‘IRANIAN TARGETS’ IN HOMS. ONLY SYRIAN MISSILE LAUNCHER FOUND TO BE DESTROYED

Overnight on April 13, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force delivered strikes on targets near the town of Masyaf in the Syrian province of Homs from Lebanese airspace.

According to the Syrian version of the events, most of Israeli missiles were intercepted, but the rest of them destroyed several buildings and injured at least 20 people, including 3 service members. Fragments of at least one Israeli missile were found near the Lebanese border.

The College of Management, the Scientific Research center and the Accounting School were among the targets inside Masyaf itself.

Apr 15 10:04

Lawsuit Seeks Answers on Five Men Arrested on 9/11

They were among the few individuals we know of to be arrested on 9/11. Five men were pulled over in a white Chevrolet van and taken into custody on the afternoon of September 11, 2001, after they were seen celebrating the World Trade Center attacks from a parking lot across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

The FBI had alerted local police departments to be on the lookout for the van, which was pulled over in East Rutherford, N.J., by Bergen County police. The van was searched by a bomb-sniffing dog, yielding a positive test for the presence of explosive traces, and samples were taken for testing, but the public has never been told whether actual explosive residues were found.

The men were held for 71 days, according to ABC News, before they were deported to their home country of Israel without being charged. Much of the findings of the FBI’s investigation were redacted and have yet to be released to the public.

Apr 15 09:52

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ ANNEXATION OR ANNIHILATION?

Israel annexation of occupied Palestine territories: will Netanyahu decide to act on his threat?

Apr 15 09:48

Dimona nuclear reactor official arrested for corruption

Police revealed Monday that a senior employee at Israel’s top-secret nuclear research center in Dimona is under investigation for suspected corruption.

The court-ordered gag order on details surrounding the case was partially lifted to reveal that a covert investigation by defense officials and the Israel Police has been ongoing for two months, but all other details were barred from publication.

Apr 15 09:03

SECRET REPORT REVEALS SAUDI INCOMPETENCE AND WIDESPREAD USE OF U.S. WEAPONS IN YEMEN

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
SINCE THE BRUTAL murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi last October, Congress has increasingly pressured the Trump administration to stop backing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen and halt U.S. arms sales to Riyadh. In response, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that if the U.S. does not sell weapons to the Saudis, they will turn to U.S. adversaries to supply their arsenals.

“I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States,” Trump told reporters in October, referring to a collection of intent letters signed with the Saudis in the early months of his presidency. “You know what they are going to do? They’re going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China or someplace else.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, unfortunately, is what happens when a country elects a Merchant of Death in Chief, who also happens to be the President of the US.

It is also unfortunate, that he has placed every citizen of this country, into the category of being a citizen of a government which commits war crimes, as has happened, and will continue to keep happening, in Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia; and Yemen.

Apr 15 07:22

Roman Catholicism and Zionism Are Irreconcilable:

(Guest column by a Catholic seminarian at DCDave.com)

Apr 15 06:56

U.S. Gov’t Dodges Statute of Limitations Issue by Treating Assange Like a ‘Terrorist’

Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London on Thursday morning. Assange was handed over to English authorities on charges of skipping bail and at the behest of U.S. federal prosecutors who have charged him with a conspiracy to facilitate the hacking of a Department of Defense computer. But how is it that Assange has been charged with conspiracy — when the statute of limitations for it is five years and the alleged offense dates back to 2010? Enter the government’s magic word here: “terrorism

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Apr 15 06:08

Why Isn’t The Democratic Party Leadership Coming To Ilhan Omar’s Defense?

The leadership of the Democratic Party is not coming to the defense of Rep. Omar because Ilhan Omar is a liberal. And let me tell you, the leadership of the Democratic Party has kept liberals twisting in the wind since forever.
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The Republicans are attempting to tag the Democratic Party as the party of Muslims and to imply that it makes the party unpatriotic and anti-Semitic. The prominence of Ilhan Omar and her searing leftwing critiques of the miserable status quo are seen by Trump and Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell as an opportunity to Mondalize the Democrats.
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If the Democratic leadership were smart, they’d come out vocally in Omar’s defense and do a photo op with her at one of her events for the working class or for the 9/11 firest responders. She cares about those people, she is from poverty and displacement. She is authentic. The Democratic leadership is tied to corporations and big banks and big money. If they run on that, as they did in 2016, Trump will have them for lunch.

(*whatever it takes to keep Trump to the Right and Pelosi to the Left of Netanyahu's Center !)

How the left also dehumanises Palestinians in Gaza

Apr 15 05:42

Trump campaign has unrivalled funds before US election

Donald Trump's re-election campaign raised more than his two main Democratic rivals combined in 2019's first quarter.

SOURCE: AP NEWS AGENCY>>>

Apr 14 21:47

Israeli Apartheid Week stands out for especially virulent antisemitic tactics

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Harvard University’s undergraduate council voted on Sunday to give $2,050 to the Palestine Solidarity Committee to add to their IAW a physical “Wall of Resistance,” sponsored by 14 students groups, including Harvard College Democrats, Palestinian speakers and a student panel, reported the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.

The anti-Israel speakers included Princeton University professor and political activist Cornel West and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, who was fired by CNN in November as a contributor for calling for “a Free Palestine From the River to the Sea.”

“This openly anti-Zionist event frequently crossed the line into outright antisemitism, including conflations of Zionism with ‘white supremacy,’ and enthusiastic chants to free Palestine ‘from the river to the sea,’ which is commonly understood as a call for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state,” CAMERA campus coordinator Zac Schildcrout told JNS. “These radical ideas that demonize Jews are bigoted and should be passionately countered by the Harvard community.”

The funding came from the student government’s Grant for an Open Harvard College that subsidizes “compelling interests”>>>

Apr 13 19:41

Latest Attacks On Ilhan Omar: Democratic Leadership Has Been Eerily Silent

Latest Attacks On Ilhan Omar Show That Anti-Muslim Hate Isn’t A Partisan Issue
As members of the GOP perpetuate anti-Muslim harassment toward the congresswoman, Democratic leadership has been eerily silent

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In addition, her Democratic colleagues have mostly been tepid in their support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reacted to Trump’s tweet with a lukewarm response that didn’t acknowledge Omar’s name.

“The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence,” Pelosi tweeted. “The President shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”

While the GOP and right-wing media continue to target Omar, America has watched the congresswoman navigate her new position with little support from her own party.>>>

(*She seems to be Uniting The Swamp , Faster Then Trump Is

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DRAINING THE SWAMP!!!
FASTER THEN TRUMP IS DRAINING THE SWAMP!!! , I Mean )

Apr 13 14:02

Tell Congress: The Golan Heights does not belong to Israel!

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressuring the U.S. to support Israel's illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights. Accordingly, President Trump has announced that the U.S. will now recognize this as Israeli territory, and some Republican Congressmen have introduced legislation that would make it law.

Please contact your representatives by filling out the form below. Tell them to oppose House of Representatives bill H.R. 1372 and Senate bill S.567

Apr 13 13:36

FORMER RADICALPRESS.COM PUBLISHER ARTHUR TOPHAM ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED BREACH OF PROBATION!

Dear Supporters of Freedom of Speech,

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: this is a fundraiser for legal defense/challenge purposes.

As many of you are likely aware I was arrested again at my home in Cottonwood, B.C. on Monday, August 6th, 2018 by the Surrey based BC Hate Crime Team, allegedly for breaching my Probation Order. I was held in jail at the Quesnel, B.C. RCMP detachment while the "Team" awaited approval for a search warrant. When it was signed by a judge they entered my home and removed my computers and electronic files plus my hardcopy password book. I was released around 10 pm and driven back to my home by Cpl. Anthony Statham, lead officer for the "Team" after signing a "Promise to Appear" form stating that I would be present at the Quesnel Provincial Courthouse on October 16, 2018.

Apr 13 11:13

Zionist terror pits Christians vs. Muslims

MSM propagandists, including phoney alt-right outlets run by Zionists, want to confound patriots by hyping the ‘Muslim immigrant’ or ‘Islamic invasion’ threat. What they don’t want you to know about Islam is that Muslims are the world’s biggest potential allies of Christianity. Hindus and Buddhists have no use for Jesus; Jews and atheists detest Jesus, but Muslims love and revere Jesus. Given half a chance, real Muslims, the ones who pray five times a day and attend the local mosque would step forward to defend Christian holy places against pussy rioters and other vandals.

Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508), Netanyahu's family hero and role model, was the first modern Zionist. Abravanel preached a pragmatic plan to create a Jewish state in the Holy Land while taking revenge on Christians and Muslims by tricking them into fighting each other in an apocalyptic war that would destroy both religions and leave Zionist Jews masters of the world. A little over five centuries later, Abravanel's plan' hyped by Bibi's father Benzion Netanyahu' is nearing fruition.

A key Zionist weapon is Satanism.>>>

(*oh christ!)

Apr 12 14:52

Cheney’s One-Percent Doctrine Lives On

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After 9/11, something had changed in Cheney’s thought process. Perhaps it was the prospect of having been personally targeted by those 19 al Qaeda members on that fateful day. Or, perhaps the uncertainty of what might come next was simply too overpowering for Cheney to ever return to the measured, realistic approach to foreign policy that he once held.

On that day, the formulations of Cheney’s infamous “one-percent doctrine” came about. The one-percent doctrine went like this: If there was even a one-percent chance that a terrorist or other American enemy could pull off another 9/11 — or worse — the United States had to commit 100 percent of its time, capabilities, and efforts to thwarting that one-percent threat, no matter the cost. According to this view, despite the existence of a massive, entrenched defense and intelligence bureaucracy, the United States missed the warning signs of 9/11. Cheney worried about what else America’s elite institutions could be missing. The one-percent doctrine was Cheney’s best solution for ensuring another devastating attack did not surprise the United States.

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(*I don't know about the 1% Doctrine , but the 9/11 Official Story sure seems to have been brought back to life , recently !)

Apr 12 14:21

Trumps Warns ICC of Prosecuting Israeli Actions

U.S. president promises 'swift and vigorous response' to any attempt to charge Washington and its allies after court rejects investigation of possible American war crimes in Afghanistan

Apr 12 12:10

Founder of BDS movement is denied entry to the U.S. — as Congress circulates bills to curtail BDS

On Wednesday the man regarded as the founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel (BDS), Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, headed to the airport outside of Tel Aviv intending to embark on a U.S. speaking tour and attend the wedding of a relative. Despite possessing a valid visa through 2021, he was prevented from boarding.

According to a statement released by the Arab American Institute (AAI), the group sponsoring his talks, Barghouti was told his travel block was due to an “immigration matter.” Airline staff told him they had orders from the U.S. Consulate in Tel Aviv and and U.S. immigration services not to let him on the plane.

The denial sparks questions whether legislation circling on Capital Hill to curtail boycotts against Israel has come with a shadow policy to prevent its most vocal advocates from entering the country.

Apr 12 12:09

President Carter: Congress should reject unconstitutional anti-BDS laws

Former President Jimmy Carter encourages the House of Representatives to reject S.1, the anti-BDS bill: “Under our Constitution, people and legal entities have the right to express political views without fear of consequences.”

Apr 12 11:02

Students At Top Evangelical School Reject Pence As Speaker

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“Inviting Vice President Mike Pence to Taylor University makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with an ethic of love,” the students and their supporters say via a Change.org petition, as Newsweek reports.
In just a few hours the petition has earned hundreds of signatures.

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(*students could be forced to take an illegally rebelious knee during their graduation commencement address , which worked at that Indianapolis Colts / San Francisco 49ers game . He Buttoned up the coat , and left !)

Apr 12 10:07

Israel: Are democracy and despotic racism compatible?

Lawrence Davidson argues that rather than being a Western-style democracy, Israel is in fact “an elitist pseudo-democracy with racist despotism – the realisation of an elitist fortress from which Israel maintains distinctly undemocratic control of a hinterland full of conquered people”.>>

Apr 12 09:52

Trump Admin Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa

Trump Admin Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over Probe of Potential US War Crimes in Afghanistan

(*because the last thing that prosecutor needs to find out is that Some People Did Something in Afghanistan , too !)

Apr 12 09:10

Madonna Plays Apartheid

It may be difficult for some to understand the impact that a pop icon has on social and political events, but these cultural figures possess enormous psychological sway in the minds of millions. Their actions make a difference. So it can be quite jarring when one of those icons goes against the justified demands of an entire people, especially when they have been oppressed and persecuted for decades.

This May Madonna is set to perform two songs at Eurovision in Tel Aviv. She will reach an estimated 180 million viewers. She has moneyed backing too. Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams has pledged to pay $1 million dollars for her performance at Eurovision. And she will simultaneously flip the bird to millions of Palestinians who languish under a brutal system of colonial oppression, ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Madonna is no stranger to this controversy. In 2012 she launched her MDNA tour in Tel Aviv against the urging of BDS activists.

Apr 12 09:05

Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt

Israel's first moon lander came up just short in its historic touchdown bid this afternoon (April 11).

The robotic Beresheet spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), aimed to become the first Israeli craft, and the first privately funded mission, ever to land softly on the moon. But the little robot couldn't quite make it, crashing into the gray dirt around 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT). Mission control lost communications with the spacecraft when it was about 489 feet (149 meters) above the moon's surface.

"We had a failure in the spacecraft; we unfortunately have not managed to land successfully," Opher Doron, the general manager of IAI, said during a live broadcast from mission control. "It's a tremendous achievement up 'til now."

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Apr 12 07:36

OAC SLAMS MSM (*who , oddly enough Can't Stand Her , either)

Ocasio-Cortez defends Omar over 9/11 comments, rips Post cover

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted criticism at The Post for its coverage of Omar’s remarks — which included how “some people did something” on 9/11 — but offered no similar rebuke of her close pal.

“I’m not going to quote the NY Post’s horrifying, hateful cover,” AOC wrote. “Here’s 1 fact: @IlhanMN is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support healthcare for 1st responders – yet are happy to weaponize her faith.”

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9-11 Index of What Really Happened
(*what ? some people did do something . at least she didn't mention the people who did nothing !)

Apr 12 05:36

'I know nothing about WikiLeaks.' Trump has no comment on Julian Assange arrest

President Donald Trump, who declared "I love WikiLeaks" during the 2016 presidential campaign, refused Thursday to comment on the arrest of the website's founder Julian Assange in London.

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Apr 12 05:10

Putin Speaks Out For First Time On US Recognition Of Golan As Israeli Territory

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed, on Monday, that the United States’ recognition of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory is “a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

Following talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin for the first time commented on US President Trump’s recent decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Putin stressed, “As for recognition of the Golan Heights as a part of Israel, you know Russia’s position on that. It was laid bare in the Russian foreign ministry’s statement.”

He added, “This decision runs counter to the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.”

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Apr 12 04:29

Trump says sanctions on North Korea to stay in place

In meeting with South Korea's Moon, Trump says it's 'not the right time' to ease sanctions on Pyongyan

US President Donald Trump and South Korea's Moon Jae-in agreed on Thursday on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea, but the two leaders aren't completely aligned on whether sanctions would pressure Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons or drive him away from the negotiating table.

Trump, in his first meeting with Moon since the unsuccessful US summit with Kim in Hanoi, said the United States wanted to keep economic sanctions in place to pressure Kim>>>

Apr 11 15:31

All Votes Counted in Israeli Election: Likud 36 Seats, Blue & White 35 - Reports

After 100 percent of the ballots had been counted on Thursday, the Likud Party got 36 mandates in the Knesset, while the main rival Blue and White alliance secured 35 seats, local media reported, citing the official results of the Israeli general election.

Apr 11 13:42

Israel fails attempted Moon landing as comm with spacecraft lost

Israel’s private spacecraft Beresheet crashed into the Moon on Thursday after being hit with problems during descent, denying the Jewish state a place in the elite club of nations that mastered a lunar landing.

“Small country, big dreams,” the engraving on the spacecraft’s body read, but those dreams weren’t destined to come true.

Beresheet’s engine stopped working around 10 kilometers from the surface, with the vehicle crashing into the Moon at a speed of over 130 meters per second.

Apr 11 11:57

Israeli Beresheet Spacecraft to Attempt Historic Moon Landing Today! Watch Live

To date, three countries have landed on the moon. Today, that number may become four.

Israel launched its first lunar mission, a spacecraft called Beresheet, on Feb. 21, riding piggyback on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It spent six weeks orbiting Earth in leisurely, ever-widening circles before slipping into orbit around the moon on April 4. It remained there for a week, preparing for the defining moment of the mission: attempting to touch down softly on the moon's surface.

That moment comes today (April 11), around 3 or 4 p.m. EDT (1700 or 1800 GMT) — the exact time has yet to be announced. The Beresheet mission partners — nonprofit organization SpaceIL and government-owned aerospace company Israel Aerospace Industries — will livestream events surrounding the landing from mission control. You can watch the broadcast on Space.com or on SpaceIL's Facebook page.

Apr 11 10:33

Netanyahu confirms his party spied on Palestinian voters in apparent effort at voter suppression

A few Likud activists were caught Tuesday morning as the polls opened in Israel, carrying hidden cameras (one was disguised as a pen) into poll stations in Palestinian towns. An unofficial Likud statement later said Likud deployed 1,300 such cameras in Palestinian poll stations; this number is so far unconfirmed. Netanyahu himself acknowledged the deployment of cameras, claiming they’re supposed to “keep the voting process kosher.”

The Israeli public relations firm Kaizler Inbar claimed credit for dispatching 1350 volunteers with cameras in a post on Facebook today, stating they pleaded “guilty” to suppressing Arab voter turnout and alluded to coordinating with the Likud party.

Apr 11 10:32

Israel delivers demolition notices to 13 homes in Jerusalem

The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem delivered demolition notices to residential structures in the Issawiya neighbourhood yesterday.

Muhammad Abu Al-Hummus, member of a local follow-up committee, said that joint teams from the Israeli municipality and police raided the neighbourhood and delivered demolition notices for 13 residential structures, under the pretext that they were built without the necessary building permits.

Abu Al-Hummus pointed out that some of the buildings were erected more than 15 years ago.

Apr 11 10:32

Palestinian doctors take bullet from heart of Gaza child

A team of Palestinian surgeons at Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem led by professor Nizar Hajja took out a bullet from the heart of Gazan child, Al-Watan Voice reported yesterday.

Eight-year-old Ibrahim was shot while playing with his friends in courtyard outside his house in the north of the Gaza Strip two weeks ago.

Due to the lack of medical equipment in Gaza, Ibrahim was transferred to Al-Makassed where he had a six-hour laparoscopy which allowed doctors to remove the bullet.

Apr 11 10:31

Weasel words and chutzpah can’t sustain the myth of democratic Israel, but nobody cares

The word “chutzpah” has its roots in the old Hebrew “?utspâ” and, as adopted by Yiddish, basically means “audacity bordering on downright cheek”. We’ve seen and heard plenty of that in Israel this week as triumphant right-wing blocs head to the Knesset after Tuesday’s General Election.

Predictably, Benjamin Netanyahu has been ladling out chutzpah in huge dollops, insisting that his was a convincing political victory despite a historically low voter turnout in the Arab community after it emerged that his Likud Party had deployed 1,200 hidden cameras on its activists to monitor — and, no doubt, to intimidate — Arab voters in local polling stations. It was a sinister move in what is supposed to be a democracy — the only one in the Middle East, we are told ad nauseam — and one which has already compelled Israel’s Central Elections Committee to lodge an official police complaint.

Apr 11 10:31

EU project linking Israeli settlements falsely claimed UNICEF support

UNICEF says that EuroAsia Interconnector, a European Union-financed project to link Israel and its illegal settlements to Europe’s energy grid, used its logo without permission. A screenshot from the official EuroAsia Interconnector website taken on 9 April showed the logo at bottom right. It has now been removed.

UNICEF has confirmed that a megaproject financed by the European Union to link Israel and its settlements to Europe’s electricity grid fraudulently used its logo to claim support.

Apr 11 10:30

PLO On Israeli elections: Israelis Voted No To Peace, Yes To Apartheid

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials said today in reaction to the results of the Israeli elections that Israelis have voted no to peace and yes to apartheid.

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said that after Israeli voters have chosen their representatives, “regrettably, Israelis overwhelmingly voted for candidates that are unequivocally committed to entrenching the status quo of oppression, occupation, annexation and dispossession in Palestine and escalating the assault on Palestinian national and human rights.

Apr 11 10:13

The Trump-Netanyahu Ticket Wins the Israeli Election

Under Trump, the U.S. is no longer playing good-cop-bad-cop with Israel in the Middle East. Now, it’s just two bad cops.

Apr 11 09:57

FL Governor DeSantis Announces Cabinet Meeting In Israel

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that he would hold the next meeting of the Florida State Cabinet in Jerusalem at the U.S. Embassy he fought to move there when he was in Congress.

Yes, you read that right. The business of Florida State will be conducted in a foreign country whose interests may not be entirely aligned with Florida's.

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Repeat after me:

"Israel/AIPAC has no influence on American politicians",
"Israel/AIPAC has no influence on American politicians",
"Israel/AIPAC has no influence on American politicians",
"Israel/AIPAC has no influence on American politicians"

Apr 11 09:52

PR Firm Behind Likud's Hidden Cameras in Arab Polling Sites Boasts of Lowering Voter Turnout

An Israeli public relations company headed by a settler leader boasted Wednesday that it was behind the Likud initiative to place 1,200 hidden cameras in Arab polling stations on Election Day.

Apr 11 09:44

Trump flags being waived at the Bibi @Netanyahu VICTORY celebration last night!

Apr 11 08:56

TIME ONCE AGAIN TO CLEANSE THE LAND OF BREAD AND ARABS

Jewish mothers used to go into a cleaning frenzie a week or so before the Festival of Passover. All traces of leaven (chametz) had to be removed from the home before the onset of the holiday.
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Modern folk have determined that dust is not chametz, so there is less madness involved in the cleaning process, but Israel has added a new dimension to the situation; Arabs must be removed as well as the leaven.

Apr 11 06:04

AOC blames GOP groups for death threats

WASHINGTON – Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced a conservative group on Twitter on Wednesday after it labeled her as a "domestic terrorist," saying similar rhetoric consistently leads to a spike in threats against her life.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat representing New York who has become both a social media star and a favorite target for Republicans, was criticizing a fundraising email sent out by the Ohio College Republican Federation with the subject line: "AOC is a domestic terrorist."

The email, which was posted by Dave Levinthal, a politics editor at The Center for Public Integrity, included that the conservative group was asking for donations to "stop the brainwashing">>>

Ocasio-Cortez grills bankers on if more should have gone to jail for financial crisis

(*isn't she awful !)

Apr 11 04:30

Presidential Candidate Cory Booker Loves Himself Some AIPAC And Israel

How do you take a typical progressive and turn him or her into a fascist? One possible way is to send the poor bastard off on an all expenses paid trip to Israel where a meticulously crafted and sophisticated brainwashing program will make one believe almost anything regarding the noble and God-chosen Israelis versus the satanic Arab terrorists. Add into that the fact that being pro-Israel is a plus in many career fields and it is easy to understand why a monster like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets favorable press and commentary in the United States even as he is reviled in most of the rest of the world.

The liberal to fascist metamorphosis is most evident among Democratic Party politicians, who have been successfully targeted by the Israel Lobby and its deep pocketed supporters for many years. It is all part of a massive public relations campaign, which some might instead refer to as disinformation, planned and executed by the Israeli foreign ministry and its diaspora supporters to advance Israeli interests in spite of the fact that the government of Netanyahu has implemented and executed fundamentally anti-democratic programs while at the same time committing war crimes and violating a whole series of United Nations resolutions.

Israel works hard to influence the United States at all levels>>>

(*Nothing says Trump Wins 2020 Louder)

Apr 11 04:15

Israel converts historical mosque into a bar and events hall

The Israeli municipality in Safed has turned Al-Ahmar Mosque into a bar and events hall, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported yesterday

As one of the most historical mosques in the Arab city, which was occupied by the Jewish gangs in 1948, the building was first turned into a Jewish school, then into a centre for Likud’s elections campaigns and then into a clothes warehouse before finally being converted into a nightclub

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Trump congratulates Israel’s Netanyahu on election victory

Apr 11 04:04

Egypt Withdraws From US-Led “Arab Nato” Initiative Against Iran

Egypt has pulled out of the US effort to forge an “Arab NATO” with key Arab allies, according to four sources familiar with the decision, in a blow to the Trump administration’s strategy to contain Iranian power, Reuters reports.
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Egypt withdrew because it doubted the seriousness of the initiative, had yet to see a formal blueprint laying it out, and because of the danger that the plan would increase tensions with Iran, said an Arab source who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Uncertainty about whether US President Donald Trump will win a second term next year and whether a successor may ditch the initiative also contributed to the Egyptian decision>>>

Apr 10 10:03

LISTEN: Netanyahu – the Political Genius Leading Israel Into the Abyss

Israel's longest-serving prime minister just secured another term of office, using tactics perfected by despots and dictators. What happens next?

Apr 10 09:04

Trump’s Betrayal of White America

Trump has kept some of his promises. So far, he has kept every promise that he made to the Jewish community. Yet he has reneged on his promises to white America – the promises that got him elected in the first place. It is a betrayal of the highest order: millions of white Americans placed their hopes in Trump and wholeheartedly believed that he would be the one to make America great again. They were willing to endure social ostracism and imperil their livelihoods by supporting him. In return, Trump has turned his back on them and rendered his promises void.

Apr 10 08:36

ISRAELI ELECTIONS ~~ PREDICTIONS OF THE WORST KIND ARE NOW TRUE

We can assume that after the elections, one way or another, things will get worse than before.

Apr 10 08:22

Rouhani Lambasts US "Stupid, Unwise" Move against IRGC

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rapped Washington's designation of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a "terrorist organization", describing it as a "stupid and unwise" move in favor of the Likud party in Israel.

The US recognition of annexation of the Golan Heights to Israel and designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization is a "stupid and unwise measure in support of a criminal group in the occupied territories", President Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

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Apr 10 08:20

Netanyahu thanks Trump for ‘answering another of my important requests’ on eve of election

The foreign collusion story is mainstream. Not Russia. Israel. On NPR this morning, the host asked a State Department official whether Donald Trump designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization so as to make an offering to Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of the Israeli election.

“I want to ask you about the timing of this,” David Greene said. “The response from from Israel was quick and I should say pretty jubilant. Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu… wrote on twitter in Hebrew that President Trump was ‘answering another of my important requests.’ Is that what’s happening here?

Brian Hook of State said Israel will benefit from the decision, but it was made in the U.S. interest.

Apr 10 08:19

Dem presidentials ‘slam’ Netanyahu, and Israel advocates start doing post-election damage control

Three Democratic candidates have “slammed” Benjamin Netanyahu over his promise to annex West Bank settlements, NBC says. The slammers are Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg, though Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro have issued milder criticisms of the prime minister.

Buttigieg said of the annexation idea:

This provocation is harmful to Israeli, Palestinian, and American interests. Supporting Israel does not have to mean agreeing with Netanyahu‘s politics. I don’t.

Netanyahu appeals to “racism,” Sanders said. “I’m not a great fan of his, and, frankly, I hope he loses his election.”

Well, not to worry. Here comes the Israel lobby to clean up after the parade. Jewish Insider reports today on several Israel advocates who are already trying to bring the Democrats and Israel back into the fold.

Apr 10 08:17

Israel to seize hundreds of dunams in Jordan Valley

Israel yesterday distributed notices to Palestinians informing it of its plan to seize 95 acres of Palestinian agricultural land in the northern Jordan Valley.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the Jordan Valley/Tubas district, told Ma’an that the Israeli Civil Administration staff distributed notices to Palestinian residents of Tubas, Tayasir, and Tamoun regarding seizure of their lands.

Bisharat confirmed that 384.49 dunams (about 95 acres) of Palestinian-owned lands would be seized by Israeli authorities.

He added that Israel intends to build new roads for Israeli settlers on the land.

Apr 10 08:17

Netanyahu claims right-wing bloc won Israeli election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Tuesday that the right-wing bloc led by his Likud party has won a clear victory in Israel’s general election, reports Anadolu Agency.

“I want to thank the citizens of Israel for your trust,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

“I will begin forming a right-wing government with our natural allies this very night.”

However, one of the leaders of the Blue and White political alliance, former Israeli army chief Benny Gantz, also claimed victory.

“The Israeli public had their say! Thank you to the thousands of activists and over a million voters,” Gantz said.

Apr 10 08:16

Report: 150 Israel violations against journalists in three months

Israeli occupation forces committed 150 violations against Palestinian journalists during the first quarter of 2019, the Journalist Support Committee (JSC) revealed yesterday.

In a report, the JSC said that 66 violations were committed against journalists, including 43 during their coverage of the Great March or Return protests in Gaza Strip.

The report noted that ten were shot with live explosive bullets, 23 were hit directly with tear gas canisters, six fainted due to heavy inhalation of tear gas and four shot with rubber coated metal bullets.

Apr 10 08:15

More than 19,000 illegal settlement units built in Netanyahu era

Israeli rights group Peace Now has pointed out that more than 19,000 settlement units were built in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem during the Netanyahu era, Quds Press reported on Tuesday. All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

According to the rights group, 13,608 settlement units (70 per cent) were built in isolated settlements which Israel might evacuate if a permanent deal is ever reached with the Palestinians. This number of housing units means an increase in the number of illegal Jewish settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories of at least 60,000.

Between 2008 and 2017, Peace Now noted, 132,300 settlers were moved into the occupied territories, raising the total number of settlers to 413,100 by the end of 2017.

Apr 10 08:15

The unfinished Gaza war: What Netanyahu hopes to gain from attacking Palestinian prisoners

The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the “party is over.”

“Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end,” Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem Post.

Then, the so-called Erdan’s Committee recommended various measures aimed at ending the alleged “party”, which included placing limits on prisoners’ use of water, banning food preparations in cells, and installing jamming devices to block the alleged use of smuggled cell phones.

The last measure, in particular, caused outrage among prisoners, for such devices have been linked to severe headaches, fainting, and other long-term ailments.

Erdan followed his decision with a promise of the “use of all means in (Israel’s) disposal” to control any prisoners’ protests in response to the new restrictions.

Apr 10 08:14

There’s Something Rotten in Virginia: Israel Is a Malignant Force in Local Politics

Among the many state and local orgs that work in the shadows for Israel is the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board (VIAB), funded by Virginia taxpayers. VIAB’s main objective is to provide preferential and unconditional funding to oftentimes secretive Israeli business projects designed to entwine Israeli industries into Virginia industries and government. VIAB is currently being scrutinized by the state Attorney General over its handling of government funds.

Apr 10 08:13

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt

A high-ranking IDF leader has revealed that Israel orchestrated the downfall of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the rise of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s thinly disguised military dictatorship. Israel preferred this normalizing leader to his somewhat pro-Palestine predecessor.

Apr 10 08:12

Remembering the Massacre at Deir Yassin

The massacre took place against the backdrop of the bitter conflict that preceded the end of the British Mandate in Palestine, Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports. Just months before, in November 1947, the UN had proposed the division of Palestine into an Arab state and a Jewish state, with Jerusalem administrated independently of either side by an international body. The Arabs rejected the UN proposal and the conflict became even more intense.

Deir Yassin was a peaceful village of around 400 people that had signed a non-aggression pact and was excluded from clashes elsewhere. Due to its proximity to West Jerusalem, it came under the UN Partition Plan as part of the independent Jerusalem area.

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Airbnb reverses decision on delisting illegal Israeli settlements

Airbnb will not implement a planned delisting of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and would donate proceeds from any bookings in the territory to international humanitarian aid organisations, the company said.

"Airbnb will take no profits from this activity in the region," a statement posted on the company website said on Tuesday.

"Any profits generated for Airbnb by any Airbnb host activity in the entire West Bank will be donated to non-profit organisations dedicated to humanitarian aid that serve people in different parts of the world," it added.

However, the company did not mention that settlers will continue to profit from subletting.

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