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Jan 17 00:00

Netanyahu Blasts Abbas Speech: He Revealed Truth About Conflict and Did Israel a Service

Speaking to reporters while visiting India, Netanyahu says he supports economic relief for Gaza; on Iran, the prime minister warns West: Last chance to fix nuclear deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's comments that Israel killed the Oslo accords by saying that his remarks did Israel a service. Netanyahu, speaking to Israeli journalists in his entourage during his visit to India, also said that he supports economic relief for the Gaza Strip.

However, Netanyahu added that the main problem in the enclave was "the failure of Gaza itself to take care of the basic infrastructure that people need, such as electricity, water and housing. That's our problem. When they talk about collapse, that's the infrastructure they mean. It is an absurd situation that the State of Israel has to handle the most basic needs of life, which are neglected by the Hamas government.">>>

Jan 15 16:54

Palestinian leaders vote to urge PLO to suspend recognition of Israel

Final decision likely to rest with Abbas; if implemented, move would apply until Israel 'recognizes state of Palestine,' cancels annexation of East Jerusalem, stops settlements

Jan 15 09:26

THE MAKING OF THE PALESTINIAN MANDELA

Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance–16 year old Ahed Tamimi. While in the West Bank in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation and it becomes clear why her subjugators are trying to silence her voice. Her brother Waad and father Bassem also talk about their experiences with Israeli soldiers harassing their village and targeting their family. In this exclusive episode, Abby outlines the Tamimi family’s tragic tale and unending bravery in the fight for justice and equality in Palestine and how the story of their village of Nabi Saleh is emblematic of the Palestinian struggle as a whole.

Jan 15 06:07

Russia ‘completely understands’ Palestinian anger at Trump

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“We completely understand the emotions the Palestinians currently have. For years they made concessions without receiving anything in return,” Lavrov said at an annual press conference in Moscow.

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Jan 15 05:48

Abbas Calls Israel A ‘Colonial Project’ Unrelated To Judaism

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday night implied European Jews during the Holocaust chose to undergo “murder and slaughter” over emigration to British-held Palestine, and alleged that the State of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion imported Jews from Yemen and Iraq to the country against their will.

The Palestinian leader further asserted that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.

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Jan 15 05:47

Labor head attacks Abbas for pushing ‘anti-Semitic fabrications’

(*instead of using Flat Out , Easy To Understand , Universal; PROFANITY !)

Jan 14 18:21

US ready to hold millions of dollars from UN agency for Palestinians: report

President Trump is reportedly ready to cut part of the United States's aid package to the United Nations (U.N.) agency that oversees aid to Palestinian refugees, The Associated Press reported on Sunday.

The news outlet, citing anonymous officials, said Trump is mulling cutting aid for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency from $125 million to $60 million but has not yet made a decision.

A decision may come as soon as Tuesday, according to the AP.

Jan 14 09:16

The voice of resistance in Palestine is an 11-year-old

Jan 14 09:02

THE OCCUPATION WON’T BREAK US!

Support for Ahed Tamimi is going viral internationally

Jan 14 08:18

Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela.

Eventually, colonised peoples bring to the fore a figure best suited to challenge the rotten values at the core of the society oppressing them. Ahed is well qualified for the task.

She was charged last week with assault and incitement after she slapped two heavily armed Israeli soldiers as they refused to leave the courtyard of her family home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Her mother, Nariman, is in detention for filming the incident. The video quickly went viral.

Ahed lashed out shortly after soldiers nearby shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face, seriously injuring him.

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Jan 14 06:56

New Orleans Resolution Is Victory, Test for Palestinian Rights Movement

On Thursday, the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed a resolution to start screening investments and contracts and divest from corporations that profit from human rights abuses.

New Orleans becomes the first major city in the US South to pass such a measure.

The resolution was drafted by members of the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee, which has organized protests and called on municipal leaders to declare New Orleans “an apartheid-free city” by banning financial ties to Israel, in accordance with the demands of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

“This overwhelming support is the product of only one thing,” Max Geller of the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee told The Electronic Intifada, “and that is consistent direct action and pressure.”

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(*HOW did The New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee get overwhelming support for Palestinian Human Rights , without employing any foul language ?)

Jan 13 14:43

The voice of resistance in Palestine is an 11-year-old

Janna is young, ambitious, fearless, stubborn and dreams of a better world for her people. She became a journalist at seven-years-old and never looked back.

Jan 13 10:35

Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter

Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance--16 year old Ahed Tamimi.

(*no tag for THE TRUMP PEACE PLAN)

Jan 13 10:03

No charges for Israel soldier who killed Palestinian child returning from swimming

An Israeli army officer who opened fire on a car of Palestinian civilians, killing a 15-year-old boy, will not be prosecuted, it was reported today.

Mahmoud Badran was killed, and four friends wounded, after returning from a swimming pool on the night of 21 June 2016.

At the time, the Israeli military claimed the forces responsible believed the car of youngsters were responsible for throwing stones at Route 443 in the occupied West Bank.

An investigation by the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division (MPCID) has now concluded that the “mistake” was a reasonable one to make in the circumstances, despite the fact that the officer opened fire in violation of the regulations.

Jan 13 09:27

Over 100 Palestinians Injures as Israel Cracks Down on Protests

Friday in Palestine once again means large demonstrations across both Gaza and the occupied West Bank, as locals continue to demonstrate against President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jan 13 09:04

Israel arrests another Tamimi teenager

Another member of the Tamimi family has been arrested by Israeli forces occupying the West Bank.

Muhammad Bilal Tamimi, 19, was taken prisoner during a night raid on the village of Nabi Saleh early Thursday.

Israeli forces will keep Muhammad under investigation until Sunday, and may extend his detention beyond that, Muhammad’s father Bilal Tamimi stated in a Facebook post.

Bilal wrote in another post that Israeli forces transferred Muhammad to Petah Tikva detention center near Tel Aviv.

Muhammad’s mother Manal Tamimi wrote that Petah Tikva is “the worst interrogation center in all occupation prisons, where they torture prisoners.”

Jan 13 09:03

Israel has already killed three Palestinian children in 2018

The second week of 2018 is not yet over and already Israeli occupation forces have killed three Palestinian children.

Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were killed by soldiers and police in all of 2017.

Two children were shot and killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday. A third child was seriously injured.

Amir Abd al-Hamid Abu Musaad, 15, died immediately after being hit in the chest with a live bullet during a protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary, Defense for Children International-Palestine stated.

“An eyewitness said that soldiers fired live ammunition from across the Israeli border fence at a group of around 20 protestors throwing stones toward the fence,” the rights group stated.

Jan 13 09:02

The right to own property — for Jews alone

A central problem of the implementation of the Levy Report by the government is the effective abolishment of Palestinians’ property rights

Jan 12 09:18

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter

Jan 11 10:44

U.S. Catholic Bishop's Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson Requesting that the U.S. Embassy Remain in Tel-Aviv

Dear Secretary Tillerson: As Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I write with urgency regarding Israel and Palestine.

Jan 11 10:19

Israel Step Closer To Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City

The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state.

One of the most aggressive measures to date is a bill that was approved by the Israeli Knesset on Tuesday, January 2.

The bill, which passed with the support of Israel’s ruling rightwing and far-right coalition has several dangerous stipulations.

Jan 11 10:06

Israeli soldiers protect Jewish settlers attacking Palestinian village

Israeli occupation forces did nothing to stop Jewish settlers from attacking Palestinian villagers, according to videos released by the Yesh Din rights group, showing soldiers pointing guns at Palestinians while Israelis are throwing stones from behind the soldiers.

The soldiers appear to be protecting the masked and armed Jewish settlers from Yitzhar during their attack on Palestinians in the village of Urif in the West Bank on Tuesday.

Jan 11 10:00

Israeli teens tell Netanyahu they won’t serve in IDF, slam occupation of Palestine

Sixty-three Israeli students signed a letter stating they would defy mandatory military service despite the risk of jail. Citing the occupation of Palestine, the letter criticizes the policies of Israel’s “racist government.”

The letter, signed on Thursday by sixty-three high school students from across Israel, is addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

Jan 11 09:35

IN TOONS ~~ FACEBOOK JOINS THE WAR AGAINST PALESTINE

Facebook has been on a censorship campaign against Palestinian activists, deleting accounts at the direction of the US and Israeli governments.

Jan 11 09:34

IMAGES THAT GO VIRAL

We seem to be used to cruel images showing children in the middle of wars, misery, and starvation. Calls for donations for children in Yemen, Syria, or Africa are often made. But what has become more apparent is that images of Palestinian children under Jewish occupation are almost never shown, and calls for donations are never made.

Jan 11 09:22

Israel implements a deliberate policy to terrorise Palestinian children

Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion once said about the Palestinians: 'The old will die and the young will forget.' How wrong was he about the Palestinian people

Jan 11 09:15

Israel seizes Gaza fishermen featured in photostory

The new year has brought no respite for Gaza fishers, who continue to be targeted by Israeli occupation forces.

On Tuesday morning, Israeli gunboats opened fire on two fishing boats as they were approximately five nautical miles from the coast of northern Gaza and one mile from the Israel-Gaza maritime boundary, according to the human rights group Al Mezan.

The Israeli forces detained six fishers on board including two children.

Two of those detained – Akram Abu Foul, 34 and his son Muhammad, 11 – were featured in a photostory for The Electronic Intifada last October about the annual crab catch.

Jan 11 09:15

These are the Palestinian children Israel killed in 2017

Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the year.

Jan 10 13:21

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter

Jan 10 10:30

If you genuinely back the Palestinian cause, you must support the right of return

There are some Israeli movements and individuals who show support for the Palestinians, but hide the fact that they are Zionist. There are also international activists that genuinely believe in these groups and support them because they are not aware of their real intentions. These groups, such as Breaking the Silence and others, do not recognise a clear definition of the two-state solution, one that is based on several UN resolutions – starting with Resolution 194, adopted in 1948, which stipulates the Right of Return for the Palestinian refugees.

Jan 10 10:26

Israel issues BDS blacklist against 20 organizations– ‘badge of honor,’ Munayyer says

“Israel’s new McCarthyism is reaching a new low. By waging an all-out war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning international human rights organizations and advocates from entry, Israel’s desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring.

Jan 09 09:48

Finkelstein: Hamas Isn't The Threat That Israel Claims

In part 2 of our interview on his new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," Norman Finkelstein argues that Israeli propaganda -- sometimes with Hamas' help -- has wildly exaggerated Hamas' arsenal and the effectiveness of the "Iron Dome" missile defense system

Jan 09 09:47

Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi

Jonathan Cook explains the background to Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who slapped an Israeli solder desecrating her home, and the furious reaction by Israelis, noting that “Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis”. >>

Jan 09 09:45

Quaker group honored by Yad Vashem for helping Jews during Holocaust is now banned from Israel

One of the special ironies of the weekend’s news that Israel is barring 20 international organizations from entry because they support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is the appearance on that list of the venerable American Friends Service Committee, or AFSC, which was founded 101 years ago as an antiwar organization.

AFSC earned distinction and a Nobel Prize for helping Jews and other refugees escape the Holocaust. Now it is on that list because it is helping Palestinians!

Jan 09 09:45

Israel says will resume power supply to Gaza on Monday

Israel said it will restore full electricity supply to the Hamas dominated Gaza Strip on Monday following a request last week by the Palestinians who said they will resume payments.

Jan 09 09:25

Israel follows apartheid South Africa with activist blacklist

Campaigners say they will not be bowed by Israel’s publication of a blacklist barring members of 20 human rights organizations from territory it controls.

Israel’s strategic affairs minister Gilad Erdan, who is in charge of efforts to thwart the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement announced the blacklist on Sunday.

It includes Palestine solidarity and BDS activist organizations across Europe, in South America, South Africa and the United States, as well as the Palestine-based BDS National Committee.

Jan 09 09:25

How Israel hopes to make Palestinian refugees disappear

Israel has confirmed that it aims to destroy UNRWA, the UN agency that provides basic health, education and other humanitarian services to more than five million Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

This comes days after the Trump administration suggested it planned to cut funding to the agency in retaliation for the Palestinian Authority’s objections to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jan 09 09:19

AND BOYCOTT WE WILL HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!

We boycott to support the right to resist! ….

Jan 08 08:30

WARS ~~ FROM HEAD TO TOE

Who speaks about the uncountable arrests by the Jewish occupiers or the air raids against Gaza? All that this Judaic State terror regime does, is allowed because it is all justified as “self-defence,” To every desperate rocket from the staved concentration camp of Gaza the “Jewish State” reacts with massive murderous bombing attacks.

As long as the “Jewish State” is focusing on war, from head to toe, we will be obliged to oppose to it!

Jan 08 08:29

IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS BRAVE THE COLD TO FREE AHED TAMIMI

JVP NYers and 100s of others showed up at Grand Central Station to support Ahed Tamimi, her mother Manal, and all children being held in military detention by Israel.

Jan 07 14:11

Nothing like a wacky fatwa to begin the New Year

Stuart Littlewood shows with examples how the worlds of Jewish and Christian Zionists, extortionists and the deranged meld into one murky sphere inhabited by sad and deluded individuals with no life, principle or morality. >>

Jan 07 10:40

Palestine: Over 100 Artists Sign Pledge in Support of Lorde’s Israel Decision

More than 100 actors, musicians, writers and directors have signed a pledge of support of New Zealand pop singer Lorde after she was criticized for cancelling a concert in Israel.
The pledge, which was published as an open letter in the Guardian on Friday, was signed by well-known artists including Mark Ruffalo, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Morello, John Cusack, Julie Christie, Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Angela Davis, Talib Kweli, and James Schamus, WAFA reported.

Lorde has been making headlines since canceling a show scheduled for June in Tel Aviv heeding calls by activists in the boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) movement.

The letter of support came in response to a full-page ad featured in the Washington Post that attacked Lorde for her decision. The ad was sponsored by the Word Values Network, an organization run by, Shmuley Boteach, a supporter of US President Donald Trump whose main donors include right-wing settlement funder, Sheldon Adelson.

Jan 07 10:37

Israel Step Closer To Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City

According to the bill, two thirds of the Knesset majority is required for Israel to relinquish sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem. International law insists that Israel has no sovereignty over East Jerusalem, illegally occupied and annexed in 1967 and 1980 respectively.

An equally disturbing stipulation in the bill is that it removes two Palestinian neighborhoods from the municipal jurisdiction of the city.

The two affected neighborhoods are Kufr Aqab and the Shufat refugee camp.

By doing so, the Israeli government would have achieved another milestone in its demographic war on Palestinians.

Jan 07 09:59

Palestinians attack ‘traitor’ Patriarch’s convoy for sale of lands to Israel

Palestinian Christians have attacked the convoy carrying the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem al-Quds as he was visiting the Israeli-occupied West Bank, blaming him for controversial land sales to Israeli investors.

The protesters blocked Patriarch Theophilos III's motorcade as he was being driven towards a church in Bethlehem on Saturday, chanting "traitor, traitor," The Jerusalem Post reported.

The religious leader is accused of allowing controversial sales of the church’s property to groups contributing to Israel’s illegally-built settlements in East al-Quds. Palestinians consider East al-Quds the capital of their future state.

The protesters smashed the windows of three cars in the convoy, but not the Patriarch's vehicle.

Jan 07 09:19

Israel declares itself to be a light unto the nations. It also violates 15 of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As every person living in Israel knows, assuming their eyes are open and their hearts are not blocked, Israel and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have a rocky relationship. In the beginning of 2010, Gideon Sa’ar’s Ministry of Education decided to stop teaching the Declaration at schools (Hebrew), since it informs tender children of their right to convert to another religion and even, heaven forbid, live somewhere other than Israel. However, this is just a minor problem; reading the text of the Declaration shows that the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories violates 15 of its articles. Given that there are only 30 of them, that’s quite impressive.

Jan 07 09:14

IS ISRAEL A SPADE OR A SHOVEL?

know it is still a taboo to call Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like state. However, an honest writer should always be guided by his or her moral conscience and never succumb to the tyranny of public opinion or prevailing media discourse. An honest writer, let alone an honest person, should therefore never flinch from calling the spade a spade. If this task proved too risky, then another job ought to be sought immediately.

Jan 07 09:14

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR ASSOCIATE AND THE GERMAN BDS MOVEMENT

Here are a few examples. In Germany, the BDS movement has Evelyn Hecht-Galinski at its service. She is the daughter of Heinz Galinski, a former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and chairman of the Jewish congregation of Berlin, who was one of the greatest and outspoken fighters against any form of anti-Semitism.

Jan 06 09:01

Gilad Atzmon on Israel, The Lobby, Yinon Plan & Trump (Turkish TV)

Jan 06 00:53

ISIS Declares War On Hamas Over Jerusalem Loss To Trump & Israel

(*It appears as though Trump is getting his War Through Deception groove on , with his tantrum throwing partner Netanyahu . In lieu of aid we Send ISIS and it's MADE IN THE USA Reliabilty to defend Israel's , the most victimized soldiers on the face of Earth , from the unspeakable horrors of bottle rockets , and face slaps from young Palestinian girls )

Jan 06 00:07

US Mediator Role in Palestine-Israel Row Likely to Fade Away

A senior representative from the governing Palestinian party, Fatah, said on Wednesday that his people are "fighting an open political battle with the US and will not accept, under any condition, the US as a partner in a peace process before it reverses its Jerusalem decision."

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Jan 05 09:03

Israel imprisons Palestinians for YEARS without charges or trial

Jan 05 06:33

Palestinian Authority Asks Israel to Increase Power Supply to Gaza After Rocket Attacks

The Palestinian Authority government has asked Israel to increase the amount of electricity supplied to Gaza, according to the PA’s official WAFA news agency.

The Palestinian Authority government said in a statement the decision was made “to ease the hardships faced by Gaza residents

The request came on a day in which Gaza terrorists launched three separate mortar and rocket attacks on Jewish communities in southern Israel —>>>

(*TRUMP! 100% VINDICATED
in an article from Jewish Press)

Jan 05 04:02

Poll: Americans Oppose Cutting Aid to Countries That Condemn US Jerusalem Policy

Foreign countries unlikely to respond like US politicians to Israeli initiatives
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The IRmep poll was fielded by Google surveys >>>

(*google's anti-Trump . they polled a 2016 Hillary Win , too .if that's what you want to hear .)

Jan 05 03:53

Ahed Tamimi and Her Family Aren't the Palestinian Saints You Want Them to Be

Ahed Tamimi and her family aren't fighting for peace, and they're not just fighting the occupation: They're fighting to destroy Israel, and their fight is seasoned with Jew-hatred

(*thankfully President Trump recognizes the threat to our freedom , posed by the slap from a 16 year old girl in Palestine To really understand Israel and the Middle East - subscribe to Haaretz https://bitly.com/2y8nVDi )

Jan 05 03:25

Trump Will Cut Aid To Palestinians If They Spread Lies About The U.S.

President Donald Trump remains committed to brokering “the ultimate peace deal” between Israelis and Palestinians, but he won’t “tolerate falsehoods being spread about America” or fund those who spread them, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.
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“The President is a master dealmaker and is as committed to trying to achieve the ultimate peace deal as ever, but he will not tolerate falsehoods being spread about America and our positions — and he certainly will not spend taxpayer dollars to subsidize those who spread them.”>>>

Jan 04 15:34

British anti-witch-hunt group expels half of its supporters!

"Just when you thought the British “left” had reached rock bottom, you wake up to learn that its political comedy act has no limits.

"We learned on 3 January that the “anti-witch-hunt” Labour Party group Labour Against the Witch-Hunt (LAW) has expelled half of its members over 'anti-Semitism'." >>

Jan 04 12:09

The slap that was heard around the world

Today, I think about Ahed Tamimi, the 16 year old Palestinian girl from Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, who was recently dragged from her bed and her family in the dead of night, handcuffed and thrown in jail in by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). She was charged by an Israeli military prosecutor with five counts of assaulting security forces and for throwing stones.

In fact, Ahed slapped the soldier who had hit her after she verbally protested his troop's midnight invasion of her family's front yard. Minutes before, an Israeli soldier had fired a rubber bullet into the head of her 15-year-old brother Mohammad, which left him in a coma. The IDF had also just lobbed tear gas canisters to break windows in the Tamimi family home.

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Jan 04 09:16

THE PALESTINIAN HEROINE THAT WENT VIRAL

Ahed Tamimi: A symbol of Palestinian resistance

Jan 04 08:01

What happens if Trump does stop aid to Palestinians?

What would happen if Donald Trump carries out his threats to stop US aid to Palestinians?

If he means a cutoff of US funding to the Palestinian Authority, potentially bringing about its collapse, he would be robbing Israel of one of its key tools for maintaining its regime of occupation and apartheid over millions of Palestinians.

That is something many Palestinians might welcome.

But if he means cutting US funding for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, that could cause a humanitarian catastrophe.

It would inflict suffering on millions of people who have been forced to depend on UNRWA’s provision of health and education services and emergency food and shelter because Israel denies them their rights.

Jan 04 08:00

Is Israel testing new types of tear gas in Bethlehem?

In a November speech, Pierre Krähenbühl, the top official with UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, said such research suggests that Aida’s residents “are exposed to more tear gas than any other population surveyed globally.”

Jan 04 07:57

Palestine in Pictures: December 2017

Twelve Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during the month of December as Israel cracked down on protests against Donald Trump’s proclamation that the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – a move roundly condemned in a vote by the United Nations General Assembly.

Jan 04 07:56

Is Israel deliberately killing Gaza protesters?

I had looked on as Mahmoud ran towards the fence separating the Khan Younis area of Gaza from Israel. Mahmoud was brave and defiant. He kept running despite that Israeli forces were firing tear gas canisters in his direction.

Mahmoud climbed the fence, waving a Palestinian flag. He was shot in the back by Israeli soldiers.

When Mahmoud fell down, the Israeli soldiers kept on firing. He lay on the ground, bleeding for around an hour before the shooting had stopped. By the time anyone could offer him assistance, Mahmoud had lost consciousness.

“We reached Mahmoud when he was taking his last breaths,” Musab Abu Shawish, a paramedic, told me. “We were not able to do anything for him, except give him some oxygen.”

Jan 03 14:50

What do you call somebody who supports Israel?

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of what it really means to be a “Friend of Israel”, and asks: Why is supporting a racist regime like Israel not only tolerated but actively encouraged in the West's corridors of power and often rewarded with high office? >>

Jan 03 08:02

'Jerusalem Is Not For Sale'

'Jerusalem Is Not For Sale': Palestine Fires Back at Trump After Aid Threat

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off aid payments to Palestine if the country does not return to the negotiating table with Israel.

Palestinian officials said Wednesday that Jerusalem was “not for sale” after Donald Trump, notoriously active on his Twitter feed, made a statement warning he could end annual aid of more than $300 million to force the warring parties to resume negotiations.

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Jan 02 12:19

FEAR THEE NOT!

Do not be afraid, as the right and the facts concerning Palestine are on our side, and Zionists fear nothing more than the truth.

Jan 02 12:09

Israeli jets strike Gaza after shelling with ‘Iran-supplied missiles’

Israel conducted airstrikes in Gaza for a second straight day after shells reportedly launched from the area landed in its territory. The IDF blamed Iran for the attack, claiming it supplied the unknown attackers with weapons.
The Israeli military said its warplanes targeted a Hamas position in southern Gaza late Saturday in response for the shelling carried out by the yet unidentified militants on Friday. While Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it’s “too early” to name those culpable in the attack, he promptly blamed Tehran for the incident. “Iran has supplied these missiles to numerous groups,” Lieberman told Israeli media, saying that an initial examination of the shells fired “confirms they are from Iran.”

Jan 02 12:03

Palestinians at home and in the diaspora: Let 2018 be the year of true unity

Palestinians are embarking on 2018 with harrowing statistics of deaths, injuries, home demolitions, land confiscation and more; but also with the pride and resilience of a new generation symbolized by Ahed and many of her peers. This new generation refuses to abide by the subservient culture espoused by the Palestinian leadership, which is growing irrelevant and marginal at all fronts.

Jan 02 11:43

Israel agrees to EU deal excluding settlements

Israel’s government has approved an agreement with the EU that includes a provision excluding funding for settlements, seemingly consenting to the EU’s boycott of settlements.

The agreement centers on Israel’s part in the EU’s ENI Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean (CBC Med) program, which provides funds for projects for non-EU countries in the Mediterranean area, such as Israel, Egypt and Jordan, Haaretz reports. The projects are largely focused on promoting development, education, technology and environmental sustainability.

Jan 02 11:37

Israel Seized 2,500 Acres of Palestinian Land, Destroyed 500 Buildings in 2017

Israel seized Palestinian lands with “military aims” and the “aim to construct Jewish settlement units” in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem, according to the report of the center, Anadolu Agency reported.

The report also recorded 900 incidents of violence and attacks of Israeli forces in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Israeli and Palestinian law institutions, activities of Jewish settlement in West Bank and East Jerusalem have increased by three times in 2017 compared with the previous year.

Peace Now movement also announced that Israeli government approved the construction of 1,982 houses in 2015, 2,629 houses 2016 and this figure increased to 6,500 in 2017.

Jan 02 11:37

Hamas Condemns Racist Comment by US Envoy to Tel Aviv

Hamas says a comment by US Ambassador to the Israeli entity on Palestinian reactions over the controversial American move to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as an Israeli capital is a “reflection of his racism”.

On Thursday, US Ambassador David Friedman in an interview with the Jerusalem Post described Palestinian reactions as “ugly, needlessly provocative, anti-Semitic”.

In a statement Saturday, Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: “Friedman’s description to the Palestinian reactions … reflects this ambassador’s racism, his ignorance of history as well as his disregard for Palestinian rights and international law”.

Jan 02 11:32

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.

Jan 02 11:32

Pop Star Lorde Slammed as ‘Bigot’ In Full-Page Washington Post Ad After Canceling Israel Concert

A full page advertisement calling pop singer Lorde a bigot appeared in the Washington Post this week on the heels of her cancellation of a concert in Israel, after the New Zealand native publicly caved to pressure from the anti-Israel movement known as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

Lorde had been scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv in June, but reversed course and canceled the performance late last month.

Jan 02 10:34

Israel indicts Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi

Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

The teenager was detained on December 19, four days after the video showing her confronting the soldiers outside her family's home in the village of Nabi Saleh went viral.

The incident occurred moments after Israeli forces had shot Ahed's 15-year-old cousin point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet.

The wounded minor experienced severe internal bleeding and was put in a medically-induced coma for 72 hours.

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