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Aug 18 12:49

We’ve Become A Group Of COWARDS’: New Report Exposes CRISIS In IDF

A new report prepared by reserve Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Brik, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) commissioner for the rights of IDF soldiers, has become the topic of sensational discussions in Israel.

The report to the country’s parliament, the Knesset, reveals a serious crisis in the IDF, reports the Hebrew edition of Haaretz.

Brik conducted an exceptionally blunt critique of the personnel policy of the Israel Defense Forces. In an official letter, the military based its criticism on a long list of talks with dozens of army officers.

The report describes a mediocre organization that suffers from overburden and exhaustion.

(*sounds like the
hounds caught whiff , and are baying for Trump to throw them a bone , from that piping hot new Defence Spending Bill he just signed , to me !)

Aug 18 12:22

Saudi Dissident Figure: Bin Salman under Israeli Training on How to Massacre Civilians

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman deliberately attacks civilian targets in Yemen to break the resistance of the Yemeni army and Ansarullah, a prominent Saudi dissident living in exile in London, said, adding that he has learned the lesson from Israel.

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(*now that's an interesting insight to how The MoneyGoRound spins .
Trump cuts foreign aid , except for what he famously dishes out to his friends in Israel , and another exception to his foreign aid prohibition , Saudi Arabia , here we see that a percentage of their share goes straight to Israel . )

Aug 18 10:32

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday.

The protesters threw rocks and firebombs from behind clouds of black smoke of burning tires at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and sometimes live fire.

Israel's military said some Palestinians also threw improvised explosives and firebombs at the fence and that several were spotted briefly crossing into Israeli territory. It said troops "fired live rounds selectively according to standard operating procedures."

Hamas officials have been meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo for days, hammering out details of a possible truce with Israel.

Aug 18 10:32

How Many Settlers Need to Be Evacuated to Make Way for a Palestinian State

A look at the map suggests the two-state solution could be achieved with a minimal evacuation of Jews from the West Bank

Aug 18 10:31

Why we continue to march in Gaza

At the protest, we found the usual: tear gas canisters falling thickly, leaving us barely able to breathe or talk; ambulances and paramedics fanning out everywhere; and the sound of live bullets whizzing past.

The sound of a bullet elicits contradictory feelings. All of us know that it will hit someone. But if we hear it, we are safe, just like when we hear shelling it means it has exploded but not on us.

Then my phone began to ring. I saw my brother’s name on the screen. Before I had a chance to say anything, he urged me to come to the European Hospital, “Now! Ali was shot.”

Aug 18 10:30

Classical music censored for Israel

In March 2008 Angela Merkel became the first German chancellor to address the Israeli parliament.

In a speech that never once mentioned the occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, she described Israel’s security as “part of my country’s raison d’être” – Staatsräson – more precisely, “reason of state,” and asserted that “only if Germany accepts its enduring responsibility for the moral disaster in its history will we be able to build a humane future.”

However, Germany accepts no responsibility for the fact that its “reason of state” has led to a moral disaster perpetrated against the dispossessed Palestinians, violently deprived of a humane future by Israel, with which Merkel claimed Germany shares “the values of freedom, democracy and respect for human dignity.”

Aug 18 10:29

Israel lobby group J Street withdraws Rashida Tlaib endorsement

The Israel lobby group J Street has withdrawn its endorsement from Rashida Tlaib.

“After closely consulting with Rashida Tlaib’s campaign to clarify her most current views on various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that a significant divergence in perspectives requires JStreetPAC to withdraw our endorsement of her candidacy,” J Street announced on Friday.

JStreetPAC is the political action committee of J Street. It endorses and channels contributions to political candidates.

“JStreetPAC was created to demonstrate the wellspring of political support that exists for candidates who take pro-Israel, pro-peace positions, including support for a two-state solution,” J Street said.

Aug 18 10:28

Israel kills two Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli occupation forces killed two Palestinians amid protests in the Gaza Strip for the 21st consecutive Friday under the banner of the Great March of Return.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Karim Ahmad Ali Fatayer, 28, was fatally shot in the head when Israeli soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters near the boundary fence in Gaza’s central district, the human rights group Al Mezan reported.

Israeli forces also fatally shot in the head Saadi Akram Muhammad Abu Muammar, 27, near Rafah in southernmost Gaza.

More than 100 others were shot with live ammunition on Friday, according to Al Mezan.

Aug 18 10:27

New Information Reveals How Israel Covered-Up the Killing of Four Boys in Gaza

Shir Hever discusses the Intercept report, revealing that the Israeli military used an armed drone to kill four children playing football and injure four others. The Israeli investigation of the killing is exposed as a sham

Aug 18 07:47

Nice-guy Jeremy Corbyn needs to get mean: UK's prime-minister-in-waiting must zap the circling sharks

Stuart Littlewood argues that UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn “clearly has a problem with his spin doctors and media team” who should by now have deflected the orchestrated ‘anti Semitism’ slurs and turned the tables on his detractors.>>

Aug 17 14:33

‘Inciting violence’: Israel arrests Palestinian journalist for live-streaming IDF soldiers

A Palestinian journalist has been arrested by Israeli authorities for filming soldiers operating in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Facebook Live. They claim he was inciting violence against Israel and the army.
Ali Dar Ali live-streamed two videos on Facebook on Tuesday morning, which showed Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers operating in the Al-Amari refugee camp. They were drawing up a plan of a Palestinian home, a procedure typically done before demolishing a building, according to Gaza-based journalist Hind Khoudary.

Aug 17 14:24

Corbyn’s UK Labour Party is being made to fail – by design

Jonathan Cook says by adopting the full Zionist definition of ‘anti-Semitism’, the UK Labour Party “will jettison the principle of free speech and curtail critical debate about… Israel’, and with it betray its grassroots supporters and Palestinian victims of Israeli crimes. >>

Aug 17 12:20

Can the US Keep Lying About Israel’s Nukes?

Governmental lying by omission involves intentionally leaving out important facts to foster broad popular misconceptions. In 2012 the Obama administration promulgated a gag order in the form of a secrecy classification guideline – WNP-136 (PDF) – banning all federal agency employees and contractors from discussing, writing about, or releasing government information about Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

When two agencies enforcing the gag order received a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015, they released WNP-136 only after redacting most of the content.

Aug 17 12:19

FLASHBACK 2016 - Lawsuit Aims to Contest US Aid to Clandestine Nuclear Power Israel

A new lawsuit filed by the director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy aims to put an end to some 40 years of the US government violating its own International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976, related to providing military aid to clandestine nuclear weapons power.

In this case the focus is on Israel, which is widely acknowledged to have a substantial nuclear weapons arsenal, but is not a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Since 1976, the US has provided some $234 billion in military aid to Israel, with a new record deal expected to be finalized soon.

Aug 17 12:15

Paris Mayor Names Street In Honour Of Palestine - French Jews Threaten To Kill Him

A Parisian Mayor was threatened and warned that he will be "blown up" after he named a street in honour of Palestinians who were forced out of their homes by the creation of the state of Israel. The Mayor, Dominique Lesparre and his colleagues at Bezons town hall said that they had received "a multitude of threatening calls." Lesparre was called a "Nazi Communist" and was warned "we will kill you", and "we will blow up the mayor".

After the illegal UN sanctioned partition of Palestine in 1948, Israeli terrorist organisations like the Haganah, Irgun and Stern gang expelled nearly 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and their land. The street in Bezons, in the north west of Paris, is now called Nakba Alley.

Aug 17 11:00

Israel Demolishes Palestinian Flats in Jerusalem

Israeli bulldozers demolished a residential building in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem.

Aug 17 09:51

Gaza’s lifeline is the sea

Aug 17 07:41

The lovely folks at Sussex Friends of Israel might not want this to go viral

The ‘Sussex Friends of Israel’ Twitter account is full of bile against Jeremy Corbyn. You have to scroll a long way down its Twitter feed as of this moment to find a tweet that isn’t directly about the Labour leader – and even then, it looks indirectly about him.

The politics of its comments are not hard to discern and it seems to consider being a friend of Israel amounts to a single issue at the moment – yet it seems to consider itself a serious source of comment.

So this video of a founder member being abusive to four people innocuously leafleting outside a shop five or so years ago is something they probably don’t want to see widely shared:

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Aug 16 15:12

Pompeo Forms "Iran Action Group" To Coordinate All Iran Strategy, Reports Directly To White House

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that the United States has formed an "Iran Action Group" within the State Department to guide Washington's post-nuclear deal policy. The group will coordinate all activity and policy related to Iran, including inter-agency initiatives after President Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.

Pompeo told reporters the action group would be "directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department's Iran-related activity."

It is to be headed by current State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook, who will in turn report directly to Pompeo. Hook has been a lead negotiator attempting to pressure European allies to significantly alter prior commitments related to the international deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the brilliantly coordinated demonization propaganda to start rolling out of the White House, Pentagon, State Department in huge fertilizer tubs soon, most probably after the Labor Day holiday.

What the hell has Iran actually done to deserve so much attention from the US government?!?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing; but of course, that will not be good enough for Israel, which wants to see Iran regime changed and balkanized.

But of course, Israel is ordering these actions from the US government only at the costs.... of American blood and American money.

Aug 16 14:36

Israel Again Tests Chemical Weapons on Gaza Protesters

Also on Friday, a 14-year-old child inhaled an unknown neurotoxin that has left him in a coma.

The child’s father released this statement August 14th:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Josef Mengele would be so proud of these Israeli "medical experiments" on Palestinian kids!!!

Aug 16 14:27

'You Won't See Your Kids': Reza Aslan Reveals He Was Detained by Shin Bet at Israeli Border

Aslan posted on Twitter that Peter Beinart's expose of his detention by the Shin Bet while entering Israel has prompted him to tell his own detention story.

(THREAD) Peter’s experience has spurred me to share mine.

2 weeks ago, as I was crossing back into Israel from Jordan, I was separated from my family and detained by Shin Bet. “We can make it so you don’t see your kids for a long time” I was warned.

The Shin Bet lady, who already knew everything about me and my family’s journey around the world, began with “You think because you’re a public person I can’t do whatever I want with you?”

I was floored. This is how interrogations begin in police states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Mr. Aslan, did you not understand that Israel has become one of the most Stazi-like nations on earth, and has devolved into an horrifically apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

How in the world could you NOT have known this?!?

But the question I would raise here, is... what else will you do with your new-found knowledge?!?

Most probably, if you want to keep your job, absolutely nothing; as we well understand, criticism of Israel, even for any absolutely legitimate reason, is the journalistic equivalent of swallowing the Koolaid.

Mike and I would love to see Israel, but because of the honest criticism we have leveled at the actions of its government against the Palestinians, even if we got to Ben Gurion Airport, we would most probably be beaten up within an inch of our lives, and turned back around.

Aug 16 14:04

US Military Spending Bill Could Target al-Jazeera as ‘Foreign Agent’

Foreign-owned media outlets that don’t always tow the line in the US could find themselves under dramatically increased scrutiny under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with analysts predicting that al-Jazeera will be the first news media outlet to fall victim.

The NDAA provisions were designed by groups openly hostile to al-Jazeera, and are aimed at forcing the news outlet, and others, to register as “foreign agents” because of their ties to overseas governments, and especially because of their content.

Al-Jazeera is already facing hostility across the Middle East, because they’re based in Qatar, and Saudi Arabia really doesn’t like Qatar. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others called on the Justice Department to investigate al-Jazeera in particular for being “anti-semitic and anti-Israel,” saying they believe that makes it a ‘state-controlled propaganda arm.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this government.

I would very much suggest to our readers and listeners that they read the foreign press in English is much as they can; it will give you some kind of clue about what the US government is doing that domestic outlets won't dare to mention (like the current US-enabled Saudi genocide in Yemen.)

Aug 16 14:01

Michigan Dem Rashida Tlaib Says She'll 'Absolutely' Vote Against Aid to Israel

The Democratic establishment is completely losing control of their party.

Aug 16 10:19

Rashida Tlaib repudiates views of Israel lobby group J Street

Tlaib expressed clear public support for people who engage in the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

“I‘m an ACLU card member,” she said, referring to the American Civil Liberties Union, a group that defends First Amendment rights. “I stand by the rights of people who support BDS. Allow the students to be a part of the movement. I am so proud of the Center for Constitutional Rights in support of student movements for BDS. If you don’t support freedom of speech, you’re in the wrong country.”

Aug 16 10:18

Siege stops chemotherapy in Gaza

Israel reopened Gaza’s sole commercial crossing on Wednesday, one month after shutting it down in an act of collective punishment inflicting millions of dollars of additional economic damage on the besieged territory’s long-suffering population.

Meanwhile a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, mediated by Egypt and the United Nations, was approved by the Israeli government.

Hamas had been observing a unilateral ceasefire after Israel bombed more than 150 sites across Gaza last Wednesday and Thursday, killing a pregnant woman, her toddler daughter and a Palestinian fighter, as well as destroying a prominent cultural center.

Three Palestinians in Gaza were fatally wounded by Israel on Friday.

Aug 16 09:44

Anti-Semitism 'Invented to Prevent Criticism of Jews' – Malaysian PM

Anti-Semitism is an artificial construct created to stop people from criticizing Jews for any wrongdoing, making them the only race that is beyond reproach, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday.

“There is one race that cannot be criticized. If you are anti-Semitic, it seems almost as if you are a criminal … anti-Semitic is a term that is invented to prevent people from criticizing the Jews for doing wrong things,” noted.

Aug 16 08:25

BBC bows to pressure from Israel and changes Gaza headline

From MEMO (Middle East Monitor). This is truly shocking: media giant BBC is bossed around by Israel. The headline “Israeli air strikes kill pregnant woman and baby” magically become “Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel” when Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman ordered it to be changed “IMMEDIATELY.” A BBC spokesperson admitted that “although the original headline was not factually incorrect, we updated it to add more context to the story”. They added something else too, and it ain’t truth. One BBC senior producer confided, ‘We wait in fear for the phone call from the Israelis,’” whenever they publish negative stories about Israel.

Aug 16 08:15

Speakers oppose racism in the U.S. while supporting it in Israel

Progressive Except Palestine Department: Individuals recently spoke out against racism and injustice at U.S. rallies, while supporting racism and injustice against Palestinians in Israel…

Aug 16 05:38

Why Confronting Israel Is Important - The Jewish State is no Friend

I am often asked why I have this “thing” about Israel, with friends suggesting that I would be much more respected as a pundit if I were to instead concentrate on national security and political corruption. The problem with that formulation is that the so-called “special relationship” with Israel is itself the result of terrible national security and foreign policy choices that is sustained by pervasive political and media corruption, so any honest attempt to examine the one inevitably leads to the other. Most talking heads in the media avoid that dilemma by choosing to completely ignore the dark side of Israel.

Israel – not Russia – is the one foreign country that can interfere with impunity with the political processes in the United States yet it is immune from criticism.>>>

(*WE have to make some concessions here , Trump Likes Israel ! )

Aug 16 04:37

Report: Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons

A study published by Princeton University’s Science and Global Security journal claims Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test off the southern tip of Africa.

Aug 15 11:28

Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test

Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years ago was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test.

On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a ‘double flash’ near the Marion and Prince Edward Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Ever since, there has been speculation that it was actually a nuclear weapon test carried out by Israel. According to the memoirs of then-US President Jimmy Carter, this was also the assumption of American generals who briefed him on the incident. The official position of the Israeli state is to neither confirm nor deny having a homegrown military nuclear program.

Aug 15 10:52

THE MUSIC CONTINUES DESPITE IT ALL! GAZA WILL CONTINUE TO SING TILL IT IS FREE!!

‘When Israeli forces destroyed the cultural centre, they thought they would also destroy our dreams’

Aug 15 08:12

Islamic Jihad Envoy: Zionists Begging to Survive

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement Representative in Iran Nasser Abu Sharif underlined that security has turned into a dream for the Zionists as Israel is begging to prolong its survival.
"Now, after the regional equations were changed by Iran, the Zionists are begging for their survival," Abu Sharif told reporters in the Northern city of Rasht on Tuesday.

He referred to Israel's failure during the 33-day war against Lebanon and against the Palestinians in Gaza, and said Iran blocked implementation of the Zionists' expansionist policies.

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(*Just You Wait! Once Goldman Sachs Rubber Stamps The US Defence Spending Budget for 2019 , in the room formerly known as The Office of The U.S. Treasurer , We'll Show You !
nodding yayhoo )

Aug 15 07:32

Israel Is 'Becoming a Full-Blown Police State

Israel Is 'Becoming a Full-Blown Police State,' Reza Aslan Says After Interrogation at Border
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The Shin Bet lady, who already knew everything about me and my family’s journey around the world, began with “You think because you’re a public person I can’t do whatever I want with you?” I was floored. This is how interrogations begin in police states.

“Why do you hate Israel?” She asked. “I don’t hate Israel,” I replied. “But you hate our Prime Minister.” “I’m sorry is your Prime Minister Israel?” “He was democratically elected!” (No he wasn’t but let’s just drop that) “So was Trump and I hate him and still love America.”

“Oh I know all about you and Trump,” she spat. I forgot the Israeli Right Wing’s affection for our racist Neo-Nazi loving president. “You don’t think Israel should exist yes?” That’s absurd. I’m against the occupation not Israel. Then the police state part began in earnest.

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Aug 14 09:55

Israel normalizing war crimes in Gaza

Gaza’s fuel crisis remains unresolved a week after a United Nations humanitarian official warned that hospitals and water sanitation facilities would soon shut down as a result.

“Despite our continued engagement with the concerned bodies, we have not encountered any preparations to contain the fuel crisis that threatens health services and facilities in the Gaza Strip,” the health ministry in the territory stated on Monday.

Six human rights groups urgently petitioned Israel’s high court on Thursday to reverse all restrictions on the movement of goods through Gaza’s sole commercial crossing, which is controlled by Israel.

Israel tightened its blockade on Gaza a month ago, banning imports to and exports from the territory with the exception, at its discretion, of food and medicine.

Aug 14 09:55

Rashida Tlaib dodges questions about pro-Israel endorsement

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib was asked directly by the UK’s Channel 4 on Monday whether she would vote against US military aid to Israel if, as expected, she is elected to Congress in November.

Tlaib avoided the question at first, giving a lengthy answer about her Palestinian ancestry and emphasizing that she is “for equality for all, for making sure every single person there has every right to thrive.”

She also mentioned how her grandfather had been “displaced” but did not say by whom, and she talked about the suffering of “families when they are attacked, when they’re unarmed, when they don’t know what exactly is happening.”

Only when the interviewer asked a second time if she would vote against military aid to Israel, did Tlaib give a qualified answer: “Absolutely, if it has something to do with inequality and not access to people having justice.”

Aug 14 09:48

British Media is not waving, it’s drowning…in a sea of its own mendacity

“Israel has taken out a contract on Jeremy Corbyn” writer Gideon Levy wrote in Ha'aretz. As the contract crescendos, what does it tell us about Corbyn, the media, and Israel?
“The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him (Corbyn), to foil his election…” Levy wrote in an opinion piece last week. This remarkable piece by Israel's finest journalist Gideon Levy, published in Israel's finest newspaper Ha'aretz, is remarkable not just in that it is a fine piece of writing on a par with what he writes every other day.

But it reminds those whose rushes of blood to the head too often lead them to erroneously believe that Israel is (not yet, at any rate) a "fascist" country. If it were, Levy would be dead, Ha'aretz long closed down and the strategic damage done internationally to Netanyahu by the steady stream of free journalism staunched in the interests of the state.

Aug 14 09:43

ZIONISM DECLARED NOT KOSHER

Beit Din Tzedek, or Badatz, the ultra-Orthodox body that grants kosher certificates and serves the Haredi community, told Psagot Winery to remove its kosher certificate from its labels celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary. As the wine labels, which featured a big number ’70’ had already been printed, the winery complied by covering up Badatz’s kosher seal with a sticker.

I spoke to one of the owners of the winery in question …. here is what he said;

“Good for sales — people have seen that article and because of it want to buy full cases of wine! “

Aug 13 19:08

US Sanctions Are Pushing Russia To War

The new round of sanctions this week unleashed by the United States on Russia has only one meaning: the US rulers want to crush Russia’s economy. By any definition, Washington is, in effect, declaring war on Russia.

The implemented economic measures may have a seemingly abstract or sterile quality about them: banning electronic exports to Russia, rattling financial markets, stock prices falling. But the material consequence is that American officials are intending to inflict physical damage on Russian society and Russian people.

It’s economic warfare on a sliding scale to military warfare, as the Prussian General Karl von Clausewitz would no doubt appreciate.

It seems all the more significant that this week also saw US internet services launching a major clampdown on anti-war websites, suggesting that the powers-that-be want to shut down any criticism or public awareness of their reckless warmongering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is absolutely correct in his assessment.

Unfortunately, the the timing of this unloosing of the "dogs of war" against Russia, via these sanctions, and these attempts at silencing the independent media right now, which generally are pro-peace, were no accidents.

I cannot know when a physical false flag will be turned loose against Russia; I might suggest, potentially, that it may happen at the "drop-dead moment" President Trump has declared, as the absolute moratorium against all governments on the planet to stop buying oil from Iran; that "drop dead date", is Sunday, 4 November, the Sunday before the mid-term elections which happen in the US on Tuesday, 6 November.

This will be largely unenforceable, in light of the fact that Russia, China, and Turkey, have all spurned this veto against trade, and will continue to trade with Iran.

I would suggest that there may be something significant, happening either on Monday 5 November, on on the mid-term election date proper, against both Iran and Russia, although I see a potential attack against Iran coming sooner, as President Trump's pollsters may well see that there is a very real concern among the American people, that such an attack has absolutely no US legal "cover", (which it does not), so may feel they want to go in early, perhaps during, or right after the Labor Day holiday coming up, with yet another ginned up, concoction of lies, so that the American people will generally have just come back from a holiday, before they realize that their country has gone to war against Iran.

OF course, for the country of Israel, such a war against Iran cannot possibly happen soon enough.

For his next vacation this summer at any of the hotels he owns, I would politely suggest that President Trump should be reading Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." I have archived a version for him here, from the MIT classics Library.
Sun Tzu: The Art of War.

H needs to see where the US government and military stack up to any of the thoughts this military genius had about why wars are successfully won, or horrifically lost, then move accordingly.

I would like to politely remind President Trump, Congress, the Pentagon, Congress and the State Department, that right now in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the manufacturing, or the weaponry to insure a successful outcome in a war against both Russia and /or China.

And when any wars the United States undertake, go nuclear, as may well go any wars against China or Russia by the United States, I would suggest extreme caution by President Trump in what he wishes for as the outcome, from such a conflagration; the results may well be both horrific..... and irreversible.

Aug 13 11:20

How Israeli Tech Firms Act as Global Agents of Repression

Two private intelligence companies hack political enemies in Africa, Europe, the Mideast, and the United States, for a price.

Aug 13 10:27

EXPOSED! ‘Nazi’ Azov Battalion Receives Armaments From ISRAEL

An investigation into Ukrainian and Israeli armaments show a deep connection between the Zionist entity and the Nazi-Banderist Battalion, that is also now part of the police forces of the oligarchic and pro-Atlanticist regime of Kiev.

Aug 13 10:26

ISRAEL’S STRATEGIC COLLAPSE: How Putin Sandbagged Netanyahu

Resulting from Russia’s declaration that it would be establishing eight militarized outposts along the de facto Syria-Israel border, the UN has been prodded into action, and is re-engaging its own responsibilities to monitor the region. The UN previously was unable to perform, due to pressure from the US, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia chiefly, to pressure the UN not to guard the demilitarized zone.

The result of a lacking UN presence was that the area was more easily used by Israel to provide safe harbor, arms, equipment, and medical care to Al-Qaeda and ISIS groups, under these and several related brands. Russia has been looking for a solution ever since. With the US’s waning influence in the region, and significantly reduced force projection capacity, we entered into a new period.

Aug 13 10:21

Israel Now Has a Supersonic Air-Launched Ballistic Missile. Here's What It Can Do.

Two Israeli companies together have tested a new, supersonic air-launched ballistic missile with a conventional warhead that could allow fighters to strike heavily-defended targets at long range.

But the new Rampage ALBM isn’t without its drawbacks. The weapon is bulky. Its warhead is probably small compared to other missile types.

Aug 13 09:59

THE RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN WAR OF AUGUST 2008 WAS ACTUALLY THE RUSSIAN-‘ISRAELI’ WAR

Now ten years on, the Russo-Georgian War that began on this day in 2008 is one of the most lopsided but nevertheless important geopolitical events of the last 20 years. And all fingers point to the usurping Zionist entity as being the prime mover and shaker behind the bloodshed–despite such an awful few analysts and commentators digging deep enough to find the evidence.

Before tackling the battle itself however, a note needs to be made about just how the ground became fertile for conflict and it can be done in three words: The Rose Revolution. A destabilization operation bankrolled and pushed through by George Soros through his Open Society Foundation, Peter Ackerman through CANVAS, Peter Lewis, a frequent coreligionist partner of the first two regime-change-obsessed Zionists, USAID, the NDI, the NED and bloodthirsty Iraq Genocide architect Paul Wolfowitz.

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Aug 13 09:05

The danger of conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism

Enfolding criticism of Israel within the definition of anti-Semitism would risk rendering the word meaningless.

Aug 13 02:12

To Hell With US Jobs, Let's Get Iran!

President Trump keeps vowing to create more jobs in America. But his actions often speak differently. The most egregious example was Trump’s cancellation of the multi-national Iran nuclear treaty that had been welcomed by the world as a major step to Mideast denuclearization.

In abrogating the international treaty signed by the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, the US humiliated its allies and rivals who were strongly in favor of the accord. Iran had already handed 97% of its enriched uranium to Russia, shut down reactors and centrifuges, and allowed UN inspectors to run all over its nuclear facilities when Trump tore up the deal that had been under negotiation since 2015.

Iran has been under a harsh US-led trade embargo since its 1979 revolution>>>

Aug 13 01:50

Flotilla Sails from Gaza to Break Israeli Siege

A group of Palestinian fishing boats that sailed off the shore of Gaza to challenge an Israeli naval blockade of the coastal enclave drew warning shots from the Israeli navy. [PHOTOS]

Aug 12 10:03

Israel kills medic during Gaza protests

Two Palestinians lost their lives on Friday as Israel used lethal force against Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s eastern perimeter.

One of those killed, Abdallah al-Qatati, 22, was a volunteer medic on duty at the time of his fatal injury in eastern Rafah, southern Gaza.

Aug 12 10:02

Palestinian flags in Tel Aviv as Arab minority protests Nationality Law

Thousands rally against the Nationality Law in Tel Aviv, demanding the legislation to be repealed; Despite a ban imposed by organizers on waving flags, many people were seen carrying Israeli and Palestinian flags; 'The law tries to delegitimize the Arab sector.'

Aug 12 10:02

PayPal censors journalists who criticize Israel

An operative of Israel’s global censorship campaign has admitted to exaggerating claims of anti-Semitism in order to engineer crackdowns on supporters of Palestinian rights.

In the latest instance, Benjamin Weinthal has apparently succeeded in persuading PayPal to close down the account of the French online publication Agence Media Palestine.

This constitutes censorship as it denies journalists the means to raise money for their work and retaliates against them for ideas they express.

Agence Media Palestine says it is considering legal action.

Weinthal presents his efforts as reportage for The Jerusalem Post on the actions of companies like PayPal, but what he really does is instigate crackdowns by feeding information – by his own admission distorted – about those he is targeting.

Aug 12 09:11

Judicial Watch Sues Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security to Obtain Anti-Israel ‘Boycott, Divestiture, and Sanctions’ (BDS) Lobbying Records

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense for all records of communications regarding anti-Israel group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS) efforts to lobby the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:18-cv-01721)).

The suit was filed after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests seeking:

Aug 12 09:04

IMAGES OF THE DAY ….. ‘IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO, THE THINGS THAT YOU’RE LIABLE TO READ IN THE BIBLE’ ~~(THE WESTERN PRESS)

Israeli air forces pummel Gaza, killing pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old daughter

Aug 12 09:03

URGENT APPEAL FROM THE CHILDREN IN GAZA

This is difficult to write. Gaza Children’s Cinema team is mourning the destruction of the Said Al-Mishal Cultural Center which was levelled to the ground yesterday after Israeli fighter jets struck the five-story building with 10 rockets. The second largest cultural centre in Gaza was a venue for theatre and music performance in the besieged and isolated Gaza Strip. This cultural centre was one of the main places where Gaza Children Cinema team organised movie screening for children. The Said Al-Mishal Cultural Center provided spaces of entertainment and joy for generations of children and young people in Gaza; it is in total ruins now.

Aug 11 09:24

ISRAELI AIRCRAFT STRUCK GAZA DAY AFTER PALESTINIANS KILLED IN PROTESTS

An Israel aircraft on Saturday struck targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for incendiary aerial devices launched into southern Israel a day after three Palestinians were killed during violent protests along the border fence.

Earlier in the day an incendiary balloon was found near the dining room of a community in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Aug 11 08:33

Jared Kushner’s sleight of hand

It’s simple really: 750,000 people and their millions of descendants are actually under the misapprehension that they are refugees and therefore have rights that need to be addressed. Redefine their status, do away with the UN agency that caters to their needs, pay host countries to settle them and convince them that they are actually not Palestinians at all (another confusion of language) and, hey presto!

They may still be poor, disempowered, dispossessed and unwanted, but they are no longer an issue to be grappled with under the Ultimate Deal™. With the deftest of diplomatic sleights of hand, a thorny problem disappears.

Just like the issue of Jerusalem.

Aug 11 07:49

NEOCONS HYPE THREAT OF “IRANIAN HACKERS” TO JUSTIFY PREEMPTIVE “COUNTERATTACK”

Several reports in both American and Israeli media have recently been circulating the claim that Iran is increasingly likely to respond to draconian U.S.-imposed sanctions by conducting “cyberattacks” against the United States. According to this narrative, “Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and on private companies,” prompting the U.S. to consider launching a preemptive “counterattack” in response.

Quoting anonymous U.S. government officials, think tanks and “experts,” these articles assert that the sanctions the U.S. re-imposed on Iran this Tuesday are “likely to push that country to intensify state-sponsored cyber-threat activities,” activities that one expert called “the most consequential, costly and aggressive in the history of the internet, more so than Russia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has been trying to goad both the US and Saudi Arabia in a potentially brutal attack against Iran, in the name of "regime change" in this country, and they are thoroughly frustrated that all their collective propaganda in this area, cannot seem to get the American people, now war-weary, and very war skeptical, after 17 years of America's failures in places like Afghanistan; Somalia; Iraq; and Libya, on it s"Bomb, Bomb Iran" War Train.

And I find it ironic, in looking at the region, that those who so deeply advocate war against Iran, are those countries in desperate need of regime change themselves.

Let's start with Israel, with its current and its painfully corrupt Prime Minister Netanyahu, who must always keep Israel's citizens in a psychological attitude of fear, and dread, against both the Palestinians, and against all their neighbors, who, it is said, want to kill them all, and create a 2nd holocaust.

Never mind that Israel appears pathologically incapable of getting along with its neighbors, and is always advocating regime change; never mind that it is constantly trying to figure out how to assassinate more Palestinians, and get away with it without the world noticing.

Then, let's shift to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's thoroughly embarrassing 21st century autocratic ruler, and the current Butcher of Yemen, who the United States is assisting militarily in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen.

Let's take a look at what the "good Prince" has caused to happen in Yemen, shall we?!? Warning: graphic images.

Images: Yemeni infants and children being killed, courtesy of Saudi bombing Runs

Starvation and disease (possibly weaponised cholera) are running rampant in Yemen, courtesy of joint US/Saudi bombing of the Yemeni ports, so food cannot get in.

Images:
Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US/Saudi port blockades

And please do not forget that Prince Salman, one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, has ordered the use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen:
Video:
Saudis using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

And the use of these DU weapons in Yemen, is having the same effect as they had in Iraq, both on Iraqis... and American military professionals, who discovered to their horror, that their children were born, just as maimed and deformed, as were their Iraqi counterparts.

Images: Yemeni children born with massive deformities due to their parents' exposure to DU

So to our very own Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, who has authorized the sale of billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia, and to His Highness, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince bin Salman, , all I have for you both is the polite, reiteration of two profoundly insightful sayings.

The first by the late US President John F. Kennedy, who said: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

And the second, by philosopher George Santayana, observes: ""Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.".

Just some food for thought, gentlemen.

Aug 11 07:37

Israel’s IDF Sets New Annual Record for Killing Children in Palestine

Despite the IDF’s killing of over 160 and the wounding of 17,000 unarmed Palestinian protesters, and despite the great international outcry this has caused, the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that the IDF’s rules of engagement are in line with “international parameters.”

(*let's go In Depth with Alex Jones >>>)

Aug 11 07:25

Haaretz Reports Israel Targeting Civilians in Gaza as “Collective Punishment”

(*Have Alex Verify it for you !)

Aug 11 05:40

Israel continues to mistreat relatives of thousands of Palestinians held illegally in its territory

(*Take Your Pick: Fact check at InfoWars or CNN )

Aug 10 14:21

MAYHEM: 300+ Civilian Injuries As Israeli IDF Shoots Uniformed Palestinian Medic Through The Head

Palestinian medic dies after sustaining serious gunshot wound to the head, Gaza’s Health Ministry reports. Committee leading demonstrations began calling on Gazans to join in protests before cease-fire had been declared.

Two Palestinians, one of whom was a medic, were killed and 307 Palestinians were wounded in clashes near the Gaza-Israel border, Gaza’s Health Ministry reported Friday. 131 of the casualties were taken to local hospitals and 85 were said to be wounded from live fire. Five are currently in serious condition.

The Palestinian medic was identified as Abdullah Al-Qatati, while the second fatality was identified as a 55-year-old man.

Aug 10 09:46

ISRAELI MINISTER REGEV CALLS TO ASSASSINATE HAMAS LEADERS

Regev spoke with mayors of towns in the South, and commended them for their strength.

Aug 10 09:40

LESSONS LEARNED

It has been ten years since I returned to Palestine after living in the US for nearly three decades. Those ten years in Palestine have been truly phenomenal and inspirational despite the pain and agony associated with them. For example, they are bracketed by an attack on Gaza in 2008 when we saw hundreds of Palestinian civilians murdered and by the attacks on Gaza and on the freedom flotilla trying to break the siege on Gaza in 2018. In between much pain that I relayed in my weekly email messages including losing 19 of my personal friends killed by the Israeli colonization army. But also in between we have much to be proud of in Palestinian community achievement with help of others. Personally I am proud of publishing over 50 articles, books, building a museum and an institute for biodiversity (palestinenature.org). I took time to update the lessons I learned from life especially from those ten years (but also from >40 years of human rights activism):

Aug 10 09:35

BBC bows to pressure from Israel and changes Gaza headline

The BBC has once again come under sharp criticism over its coverage of violence perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians. Critics called the BBC out over its bias after the broadcaster bowed to pressure from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and changed the headline of a news piece concerning Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

The BBC headline read: “Israeli air strikes ‘kill woman and baby’” for a news piece related to the killing of three Palestinians including a pregnant mother and toddler in Gaza on Wednesday night.

The headline attracted the attention of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who is currently leading a bitter campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over a definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel with racism against Jews.

Aug 10 09:34

Israel Stamps Approval on Europe’s Largest Post-WWII Ethnic Cleansing

Back in February, we warned about the prospect of Israel selling F-16s to Croatia, a state in which WWII revisionism and Holocaust denial are running rampant, and memories of the Nazi puppet Independent State of Croatia are routinely glorified. In the meantime, that has become a done deal. But there is more. Not only will Israel sell half a billion dollars worth of fighter jets to Croatia, but on August 5, three Israeli F-16s, crewed by Israeli pilots, took part in a parade to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the “Operation Storm,” in which more than 2,300 Serbs were killed, including more than 1,200 civilians, among which more than 500 women and 12 children, and which forced the exodus of a quarter million Serbs from their ancestral homes in this former Yugoslav republic, reducing their numbers from the pre-war 600,000 to fewer than 190,000 today.

Aug 10 09:32

Israel mayoral candidate killed Palestinian teen in 1989

A candidate for mayor in the central Israeli town of Rosh Ha’ayin was convicted of killing a Palestinian teenager during the First Intifada, reported Haaretz.

Raz Sagi, then serving as a company commander in the occupied West Bank, shot Zuhein Abu Hiya in the back as he fled, following confrontations between stone-throwing youth and soldiers in a Ramallah-area village in October 1989.

Chasing the boy, Sagi first shot a plastic bullet in the air, then shot him in the back.

A court subsequently determined “that the boy posed no danger to the soldiers” and sentenced Sagi to three months community service within the military, but he “was not demoted”.

Aug 10 09:32

Palestinians in Israel army ‘firing zone’ at risk of forcible transfer

Palestinians living in an Israeli army-designated “firing zone” in the eastern Nablus area are “at risk of forcible transfer”, according to a United Nations agency update.

The report, published this week by UN OCHA, highlights how “recent developments have exacerbated the vulnerability of Palestinians living in, or dependent on access to, an area in eastern Nablus governorate designated in the 1970s as closed for Israeli military training”.

According to UN OCHA, military exercises by Israeli occupation forces in so-called “Firing Zone 904A” have led to “temporary displacement, property damage, disruption to life and new access restrictions”, developments that have occurred in parallel to “increasing settlement activities, including violence and intimidation, alongside a reduced Palestinian presence”.

Aug 10 09:30

Major UK donor to Israel denounces ‘apartheid’ legislation

One of the UK’s “largest donors to Israeli charities”, Dame Vivien Duffield, has likened the new “Jewish nation state” legislation to South African apartheid, in an interview with Haaretz.

Over the decades, Dame Vivien’s foundations have donated several hundred million pounds to Israeli charities and infrastructure projects, as well as Jewish and non-Jewish British institutions.

“Every step Mr. Netanyahu takes is a catastrophe, and it is very difficult to defend Israel right now, to represent it in England,” she told the paper.

Aug 10 09:30

Living through Gaza’s horror from afar

The radio was playing in the background and my dad would interrupt the conversation, and both sounded distracted. Something was wrong.

“Bombings are everywhere. May God protect us and have mercy upon us. If you were here, you would have thought it was the beginning of another full-scale attack,” my mom said.

“The sky lights up and then a massive bombardment is heard, and within seconds another one, and another one, shaking the ground underneath us. The walls feel like they’re falling down.”

Aug 10 08:52

It’s time to talk about Zionism’s racism problem

We seem to be hearing a lot these days about an “antisemitism problem” on the Left – and particularly, in the growing part of the Left that is starting to embrace the cause of Palestinian rights.

Aug 10 08:52

Jabal al-Baba update: ethnic cleansing on Vatican land

Palestinians can still squeeze through this choke-hold separating the northern and southern West Bank, but once Israel fully commandeers E-1, the West Bank will be contiguous only for settlers. For Palestinians, it will be dissected into two. Politicians who can still enunciate “two state solution” with a straight face fret that E-1 may be the final nail in the two-state coffin; yet, as with everything that has happened over the past seven decades, they wring their hands in faux powerlessness to stop it.

Aug 10 08:26

Dockworkers force Israel-linked ship away from Tunisia

Activists in Tunisia are celebrating victory after dockworkers forced a cargo ship chartered by the Israeli shipping company Zim to abandon efforts to land at the port of Radès.

The Cornelius A, which had disappeared from maritime tracking websites early Wednesday, reappeared on Thursday.

On Thursday morning the vessel was north of the Algerian coast and heading away from Tunisia and towards Spain.

Aug 10 08:25

Israel destroys Gaza cultural center

Israel bombed and destroyed a building housing a cultural center in Gaza City before reportedly agreeing to a ceasefire with Hamas late Thursday.

Aug 10 08:23

Can the US Keep Lying About Israel’s Nukes?

Backers of the gag order hope to undermine informed public debate about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, ongoing illicit transfers of know-how, material and technology from the US to Israel, to maintain a spotlight on Iran as the region’s nuclear proliferation threat as well as quell debate about whether the US is truly a champion of nuclear non-proliferation. But the overarching purpose of WNP-136, curiously titled "Guidance on Release of Information Relating to the Potential for an Israeli Nuclear Capability," is even more nefarious. The core objective behind WNP-136 is to perpetuate a single massive and ongoing violation of US law.

Since the Symington & Glenn Amendments became law in the mid-1970s, all administrations have faced public pressure to explain why the US gives away the lion’s share of the foreign aid budget to a country has long been known to have a disqualifying secret nuclear weapons program.

Aug 10 08:16

RAW: Moment Israeli air strikes hit Gaza

Rockets unleashed by Israeli F16 aircrafts demolished the cultural centre of Saeed Al-meshal in the west of Gaza city on Thursday.

Drones targeted the building with two warning rockets before eight F16 rockets levelled the building, reducing it to rubbles.

Aug 10 07:32

Police investigate convicted Holocaust revisionist Alison Chabloz over fresh blog posts

A Holocaust revisionist who narrowly avoided jail after publishing "grossly offensive" songs mocking Jews is being investigated by police again after she called Shoah [Holocaust] "a gargantuan accumulation of nonsense". Alison Chabloz, of Charlesworth, near Glossop, Derbyshire, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence on June 14, after being convicted of charges relating to three songs she posted to social media sites. Chabloz, 54, performed her songs in YouTube videos, titled Nemo's Antisemitic Universe, I Like It How It Is, performed at the right-wing London Forum in 2016, and a third, titled (((survivors))). In the latter, Chabloz mocked Jewish figures, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, as well as Anne and Otto Frank, to the tune of Hava Nagila.

Aug 10 06:33

Our Government Is Awash With Foreign Citizens

So what’s the problem?

Dual citizenship in the United States poses a hitherto unappreciated issue for policy-level members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The divided national loyalties of dual citizens can create real or apparent conflicts of interest when such legislators, judges or senior officials make or speak out on policies that relate to their second country.

The potential damage to our democracy is the greater when such potential conflicts of interest are concealed in undisclosed dual citizenship.

The lack of transparency regarding citizenship erodes trust in government, raising credibility doubts where there should be none, and allowing some apparent conflicts of interest to continue undetected.

>>>

Aug 10 06:33

Israel Is The Real Problem

Aug 10 05:28

ISRAEL ELECTED TO HEAD UN COMMITTEE

In yet another new low for the United Nations, Israel has been elected to head a permanent committee at the upcoming General Assembly, despite intense efforts by Arab and Muslim states to stop the controversial nomination.

In a secret ballot Monday in New York, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon was elected chairman of the GA’s Sixth Committee, which deals with legal issues. Among the issues it is expected to deal with at this fall’s GA are “measures to eliminate international terrorism,” and “the rule of law at the national and international levels.”

The move is a mockery of international legal system. Rewarding Israel for its flagrant violations of International Law and acts of collective punishment and violence also defies logic:

- Israel has been assassinating citizens of the world countries, including several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has even been assassinating individuals in third party states, including Hezbollah Commander Imad Mughniyeh in Syria, in complete violation of their sovereignty rights.

- According to CIA>>>

Aug 09 14:23

"Step Back From The Brink" UN Warns As Major War Looms After Overnight Gaza Airstrikes

In the third serious flare-up of violence in the last month, a major escalation began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza overnight, which involved approximately 180 projectiles fired towards Israeli territory, and more than 150 Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Gaza, according to statements by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Reports citing Israeli sources say of about 180 projectiles launched from Gaza overnight, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted over 30, while most hit open fields. However, official statements also noted strikes on playgrounds, houses, cars, and factories.

The BBC reports up to seven Israeli civilians wounded by the rocket and mortar fire, with Palestinian health officials confirming the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman and a toddler. The AFP identified the victims as 23-year old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, killed in the Jafarawi area of central Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel wants this war, and it wants it now; Palestine is to be completely obliterated, and the formerly recognized Palestinians lands completely claimed by the settlers.

The problem facing Israel, is that it cannot control this war, and how far, or how rapidly it will spread.

It has the all the earmarks, right now, of a becoming a larger ranging regional war, with Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia, NATO on one side, and Iran, Russia, China, and Lebanon on the other.

I hope I am dreadfully wrong on this, but I think Israel believes that the timing is right for it to go in and kill as many Palestinians as is humanly possible.

Aug 09 10:21

Toddler and her pregnant mother are killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza after 'more than 180 rockets and bombs' were fired into its territory amid warnings of full-blown military confrontation

A Palestinian toddler and her pregnant mother were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza early Thursday, officials in the strip said, as Israel hit a series of sites in retaliation for '180 rockets and mortar bombs' allegedly fired from the strip.

Enas Khammash, 23, and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said, while her husband was injured.

Gaza militants halted rocket fire by mid-day, with a Palestinian official saying 'they consider this round of escalation over.'

However, the Israeli military appear to disagree, warning that 'a full-blown military confrontation in the Gaza Strip' is near and that its government could start evacuating citizens near the border.

Aug 09 10:15

Israël resumes assassinating scientists from the Middle East

Israel has resumed its campaign of assassinations targeting scientists from the Middle East

Israel’s approach has been systematic. First it crossed off Iraqi military scientists, then it moved onto Iranian nuclear scientists. Now, the Hebrew State has sponsored the elimination of General Aziz Asber, one of Syria’s leading military scientists.

Aug 09 10:04

Mass protest in Israel over ‘discriminating’ nation-state law

Tens of thousands are protesting in Tel Aviv against ‘nation-state’ law that prioritized Jewish values in Israel and has been criticized as discriminating sparking local and international condemnation.

Protesters have been holding signs "If we are brothers we must be equals" and "Our force is in our unity – the nation-state law differentiates between us," according to the Haaretz newspaper. They were waving Israeli and Druze flags.

Aug 09 09:08

Norwegian Daily Outrages Israel With Netanyahu 'Swastika' Cartoons

One of Norway's leading newspapers, Dagbladet, has triggered an international scandal with its "satirical" cartoon featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaped in the form of a swastika and bearing allusions to both segregation in the US and South African apartheid.

The Israeli Embassy in Norway has demanded an apology from Dagbladet for its "anti-Semitic" depiction of the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that it be removed.

In the polarizing caricature, Netanyahu, whose body is shaped like a swastika, is punching a member of Israel's Druze minority off a bench, reading "whites only." This was Dagbladet's reaction toward a recent law adopted by Israel, which evoked a lot of controversy both inside the country and on the international arena, with many arguing that it made non-Jews (including the sizable, 150,000 strong, Druze community) second-class citizens.

Aug 09 09:01

TWO NEW NEGEV TOWNS APPROVED TO BE BUILT

The National Board for Planning and Building today recommended to the government construction of two new communities in the Negev: Daniel and Ir Ovot. Also recommended was Nitzanit, an expansion of the Nitzana youth village. The committee on principle planning matters approved the plans in recent months, but the National Board for Planning and Building's approval is needed before the plan can be brought to the cabinet. The plan will now be submitted for cabinet approval. The Ministry of Construction and Housing submitted the proposals.

Aug 09 09:00

High Court grants three-month extension to enact new draft law

The High Court of Justice (HCJ) gave the government a three-month extension on Tuesday in order to implement a current IDF draft bill.

Last month, the state submitted a petition to the HCJ asking to postpone the implementation of the ruling on the draft law and allow it to complete legislation regarding Haredi enlistment into the IDF by the end of the Knesset’s winter session.

The existing Israeli Defense Service Law expires in September after the HCJ deemed it unconstitutional, meaning that the Knesset is obliged to pass an alternative law before then.

Aug 09 08:40

Israel bombs Gaza as hospitals run out of fuel

Israel pummeled the occupied Gaza Strip in more than a dozen strikes Wednesday night amid warnings from a United Nations official that hospitals in Gaza were about to run out of emergency fuel.

Gaza’s health ministry stated that Inas Muhammad Khamash, a pregnant 23-year-old, was killed by bombing in central Gaza along with her daughter Bayan, one and a half years old. The woman’s husband, Muhammad Khamash, was moderately injured.

Aug 09 08:26

FLASHBACK - Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

IN SEPTEMBER OF last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

Aug 09 08:22

Deported Swedish activist: ‘This is how Israel treated us in prison’

Divinia Levrini’s description of Israel’s treatment of the freedom flotilla activists includes withholding of medication and medical treatment, beatings, psychological mistreatment, strip searching, theft, and death threats – but she reflects that this is nothing compared to Palestinian suffering.

Aug 09 08:22

Ha’aretz: Archives Reveal that PR Motive Guided Israel in Aiding Rwanda Genocide Victims

Newly published letters show that the desire to ‘score a PR victory’ – not empathy – was key in decision to offer help to victims of the massacres

Aug 09 08:21

Flashback: Alison Weir’s exposé on NY Times report in which injured Israeli goats were more important than injured Palestinian infant

In 2012 FAIR highlighted Alison Weir’s exposé on a NY Times’ report on Israel-Palestine that had reversed the chronology of an attack, & had reported that “several goats were killed in a petting zoo in an Israeli communal farm,” but failed to mention that Israeli forces had injured a one month old Palestinian infant, a two year old, a three year old, a 10 year old, and others….

Aug 09 08:20

Israeli airstrikes kill Palestinian in northern Gaza, wound 8 others

Israeli soldiers continued, on Wednesday night, the bombardment of several parts of the Gaza Strip, killing one man in northern Gaza, and wounding at least eight others.

Aug 09 08:15

Israel is ‘killing Palestinian children at record rates,’ group says

The first half of 2018 has been deadly for Palestinian children, with at least 35 children killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, according to Defense for Children International — Palestine (DCIP).

In a report published on Monday, DCIP said that between January and July, the number of slain Palestinian children was three times higher than during the same time period in 2017.

According to the group, Israeli forces have killed more Palestinian children since January this year than in any previous year of the past decade, outside of large-scale Israeli military offensives.

On August 5th, the day before the report was published, 17-year-old Ahmad Jihad Ahmad al-Aydi from Gaza succumbed to wounds he had sustained on the first day of Great March of Return protests on March 30th.

Aug 09 08:15

The real occupation is Zionism, Ahed Tamimi explains

On Monday, the now legendary Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi was interviewed on Democracy Now! by Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh.

And what an interview. 34 minutes, and the 17-year-old Ahed, who just got out of jail after 8 months for slapping an Israeli soldier, is as sharp as a knife, mild, succinct, exact, focused, warm but never overly emotional. She has a seriousness and a maturity that can be hard to find in many adults. It is just so inspiring. Israel has good reason to fear her. Not for her slapping soldiers really – but for her clear mind, that cuts through so much of the nonsense that Israel, and indeed Zionism, have managed to inculcate in the world as Hasbara, to complicate things so that they would not be resolved.

Ahed had some things to say about Zionism, very clear things.

Aug 09 08:14

Ambassador’s visits to settlements suggest Trump administration sees no Green Line

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visited an Israeli settlement last week during a long weekend of visits to settlements by senior Republicans that was splashed across social media, including a shindig in Jerusalem where former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee performed the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Sweet Home Alabama.”

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