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Jan 21 08:19

Israel inks $3.4-billion deal with Germany to purchase three military submarines

Israel has signed a deal worth 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) with Germany to purchase three advanced submarines from the country's Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

The agreement was inked by director-general of the Israeli ministry of military affairs Amir Eshel and Thyssenkrupp CEO Rolf Wirtz at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Among the small number of senior officials at the ceremony was Israeli Navy commander David Salama.

The Dakar-class diesel-electric submarines will be produced by the Essen-based Thyssenkrupp industrial giant, and are expected to be delivered within nine years, the Israeli ministry of military affairs said.

Jan 21 07:47

Nine Israeli military vehicles found in Gaza Strip carrying out sabotage operations

Nine Israeli military vehicles were found north of the town of Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian News Agency WAFA.

WAFA said that the military vehicles were carrying out combing and sabotage operations in the area, noting that seven other vehicles were found carrying out similar activities east of Khuza’a, south of the Gaza Strip.

According to eyewitnesses on Monday, Israeli bulldozers moved into these areas amid sweeping operations and intermittent shooting, but no injuries were recorded.

Meanwhile, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested three Palestinians from Hebron.

Security sources told WAFA that the occupation forces stormed Hebron and arrested a young man and a 57-year-old Palestinian from the town of Al-Shuyoukh after searching their homes.

Jan 21 06:46

Israel DM: Iran’s Proxies Must Be an Issue at Nuclear Talks

Israeli officials had tried to argue that they don’t really oppose the Vienna nuclear talks with Iran, but today’s comments from Defense Minister Benny Gantz show that the goal is, as ever, to prevent diplomatic progress.

Gantz blamed Iran for the “terror attack on the United Arab Emirates” earlier this week, a missile strike by Yemen’s Houthi movement, a Shi’ite group and therefore often tied to Iran, even if the depth of their actual relationship isn’t entirely clear.

Gantz called for the Vienna talks to take into account the actions of Iranian proxies in addition to the nuclear talks. In practice this is a chance to vilify Iran for a myriad of regional issues, and to divert attention away from the important nuclear negotiations.

Jan 21 06:42

Sharp rise in anti-Arab and Palestinian hate speech reported on Israeli social media

A new report published by the non-profit organisation 7amleh, which campaigns for Palestinian digital rights, has revealed that online hate speech against Arabs and Palestinians on Israeli social media rose significantly in 2021.

In its “Index of Racism and Incitement on Israeli Social Media in 2021,” the group monitored 620,000 conversations that included violence and incitement against Arabs and Palestinians, an increase of eight percent since 2020.

The annual report, which monitors the overlap of racist speech online and violent actions against Arabs and Palestinians throughout the year, showed a three-fold increase in incitement since 2020.

Jan 21 06:41

Israeli forces detain disabled man until his son surrenders

A disabled Palestinian man and his son were arrested by Israeli forces on Thursday in the West Bank town of Qabatyah south of Jenin, local sources said.

Abdel Qader Khuzaimiyah, a physically disabled man in his sixties and his son, Nabil Khuzaimiyah, who is in his twenties, were arrested before dawn.

“Israeli forces raided Qabatyah around 3:00 am and headed for the house of the Khuzaimiyah family”, Shatha Hanayshah, a Palestinian journalist based in Qabatyah told The New Arab.

Jan 20 12:02

For A Country Filled With Really Smart People, Israel Is Sure Acting Stupid

Arguably, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, and certainly the one country which led the charge on vaccines has proven that using your citizenry as guinea pigs has its pitfalls. According to the preliminary trial results, even a fourth dose of a COVID vaccine isn't enough to prevent people from getting infected with Omicron.

Despite the disappointing data, the government is still proceeding with the fourth dosage for the elderly and those who are immunocompromised. One would think a country with some of the world's greatest scientific minds would heed the advice of those minds, but the government seems set on ignoring the results and maintaining the 'Jabfest'.

Jan 20 10:49

Jewish Settlers March, Attack Palestinians across West Bank

Dozens of Jewish settlers organized marches across the West Bank on Tuesday evening, attacking Palestinian vehicles and threatening to attack nearby homes, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Dozens of extremist settlers gathered near the northern entrance to the town of Al-Bireh in the occupied West Bank, under the protection of the Israeli forces, and organized a march, threatening to aggressively attack nearby homes and vehicles.

Jan 20 10:48

Arab League Describes Israeli Demolitions in Occupied Jerusalem as Ethnic Cleansing (VIDEO)

The Arab League condemned on Wednesday Israeli demolition of Palestinian-owned houses in occupied Jerusalem, describing it as ethnic cleansing, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The comments came following the demolition of the Salhia family home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which displaced 13 people, mainly children.

Jan 20 10:47

Israel to probe alleged use of Pegasus to spy on its citizens

Israel’s justice ministry has pledged a full investigation into allegations that the controversial Pegasus spyware was used on Israeli citizens, including people who led protests against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli police firmly denied a report by the business daily Calcalist that Pegasus, a surveillance product made by the Israeli firm NSO, was used on citizens at the forefront of last year’s protests against Netanyahu, as well as on journalists and dissidents worldwide.

Jan 20 10:44

Palestinians fight ongoing ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah

A Palestinian man threatened to set himself and his house ablaze on Monday if Israeli occupation forces moved to expel him and his family.

It was the latest dramatic escalation amid Israel’s ongoing effort to ethnically cleanse the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Mahmoud Salhiya stood on the roof of his home while holding a tank of gasoline, refusing to surrender.

The Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality seeks to expel the family of seven supposedly in order to build a school in its place.

The municipality plans to take over the entire neighborhood, Salhiya told reporters, warning that his house would be the first of many.

During a day-long standoff with Israeli police, Salhiya remained on his rooftop, with support from other Palestinians in the community.

Jan 20 07:43

'War crime': Israel widely condemned for Sheikh Jarrah demolition

Israel has been widely criticised for the overnight demolition of a Palestinian home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestinian groups and international rights organisations condemned the tearing down of the home of the Salhiya family, which left 18 people homeless including children, as a “war crime”.

The demolition was carried out overnight on Wednesday by a large Israeli security operation, which violently raided the home of Mahmoud Salhiya before arresting him with a number of his relatives and supporters.

Jan 20 07:43

Jewish Settlers Uproot, Steal 30 Olive Trees in Masafer Yatta

Jewish settlers, on Tuesday, uprooted and stole more than a dozen olive trees in Masafer Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to Fouad Al-Imour, a local activist, a group of Jewish settlers cut the fence surrounding a 2-dunum plot of land and stole around 30 olive saplings.

Jan 20 07:42

In Pictures: Palestinian home demolished in Sheikh Jarrah

Israeli police and special forces have destroyed the home of a Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

Dozens of Israeli officers violently raided the Salhiyeh home and cordoned off the surrounding area at 3am (01:00 GMT) on Wednesday, just days after the family tried to stave off the demolition by threatening to blow up the house.

Family members told Al Jazeera they were waken up by the heavily armed forces who cut off electricity to their home and fired tear gas canisters. Six members of the family, including the head of the household, Mahmoud Salhiyeh, were arrested in the raid.

“They pulled my father out of bed, beat him along with my brothers and cousins,” said Yasmeen Salhiyeh. “[The officers arrested them] without giving them the chance to put clothes on,” added the 19-year-old.

Jan 20 07:38

‘Two-time refugees’: Israel forcibly expels Palestinian family from Sheikh Jarrah, demolishes their home

After a standoff that captured global attention, Israel forcibly displaced a Palestinian family from their home and demolished it in the middle of the night on Wednesday, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

At around 3:00 am Wednesday morning Israeli forces raided the Salhiya family home in Sheikh Jarrah and forcibly removed the 15 family members living inside the house.

Jan 20 07:38

State archive glitch reaffirms Israel’s genocidal intent

A technical glitch in Israel’s State Archives has revealed quotations from Israel’s founder David Ben-Gurion and Israel’s first agricultural minister Aharon Zisling stating that “we must wipe them [Palestinian villages] out” and that forgiveness was to be offered to Jewish forces found to have committed “instances of rape” against Palestinian women. These long-censored writings illustrate the brutal reality Palestinians have testified to, and been subjected to, since Al Nakba, or The Catastrophe, in 1947-48.

While the quotations are intensely disturbing, even more so is the apparent shock with which they have been received. Such reactions are only due to blatant disregard for the Palestinians’ powerful indigenous testimony, and ignoring the long history of statements from Israeli leaders themselves that reveal similar genocidal intent.

Jan 20 07:37

Hero rabbi of Texas is said to have leveled ‘apartheid’ accusation against Israel

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker is being hailed as a hero for his leadership when a gunman entered the sabbath service at his Colleyville, Texas, Reform temple last Saturday and took Cytron-Walker and three others hostage. After an 11-hour standoff, Cytron-Walker reportedly threw a chair at the man to facilitate an escape. The hostagetaker was killed.

There are reports today that the synagogue had been divided by Cytron-Walker’s dovish stance on Israel, including a report that he said that Israel is an apartheid state. That report has been picked up by pro-Israel media citing a Facebook post by Itamar Gelbman, of Austin, TX:

This is my old synagogue, I left due to a few issues, first, the Rabbi called Israel an apartheid state against Islam, and a second, he didn’t allow his members (including myself) to be armed during services. Now he is held hostage by a Muslim man with a gun…

Jan 20 07:37

The Israeli campaign to shut down Palestinian civil society

In October 2021, the Israeli government designated six Palestinian civil society organizations, “terrorist institutions”, claiming the groups had ties and were channeling money to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP is a secular Marxist-Leninist, and revolutionary socialist organization founded in 1967 and, like several other Palestinian political factions, is considered by Israel to be a “terrorist organization.”

The Israeli designation aimed to criminalize the work of the six organizations and cut their international funding. It sparked widespread condemnation from human rights groups across the globe.

Recently, our Palestine News Director, Yumna Patel, sat down with Sahar Francis, the General Director of the Ramallah-based group Addameer, one of the civil society groups targeted by the Israeli government.

Jan 19 09:46

UN General Assembly passes vote affirming Palestinian sovereignty over their natural resources

Some 156 member states of the UN General Assembly have voted in favor of a resolution affirming the sovereignty of the Palestinian people over their natural resources.

Seven countries – Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the United States – voted against the motion, with 15 abstentions.

The draft resolution affirms the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.

The resolution also calls on Israel, the occupying power, to cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Jan 19 08:16

This Filmmaker Dares to Question the Figure of 6 Million Jewish Victims in WWII

How did the devastating, albeit too round number of 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust become so profoundly embedded in our minds? In his new documentary Israeli filmmaker David Fisher dares to try and recount

Jan 19 08:15

America’s Wild 'World War III' Plan for Iran, and Israel’s Part in It

It may sound fantastic now, and was probably not really feasible even then.

But according to the Pentagon’s own Joint Chiefs of Staff, sometime in the mid-1980’s, American military planners wanted Israel to take part in a war which would start in Iran and spread to the Eastern Mediterranean, where the Israel Air Force would be tasked with striking Soviet ships and other military units.

Jan 19 07:53

Jesus a Palestinian? or Palestine as Jesus? How the Palestinian Fire May Heal and Save the World

A controversy made the US news some years back. It was about whether Jesus was a Palestinian or not, and the arguments got rather amusing. Jews, who hate Jesus(and wish He’d never existed) and despise Christianity above all religions, suddenly got very possessive of Him. He was a Mizrai Jew, not a Palestinian Jew, they insisted. Jews can’t conceive of anything worse than their own kind converting to Christianity — for many Jews, it’s worse than death, more unfathomable than the Holocaust. When Jews go secular or take up Buddhism, they are still regarded as members of the Tribe. But Jews who convert to Christianity are beyond the pale. So, why not let the Palestinians, a people Jews hate almost as much as Jesus, have Mr. Christ for themselves? But that cannot be allowed.

Jan 19 07:51

Opinion: Israel must choose: Withdraw from the occupied territories or grant Palestinians under its control full rights

When Israel’s new president, Isaac Herzog, marked the first night of Hannukah in December by lighting candles in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where some 850 Israeli settlers live under military protection among over 200,000 Palestinians, he offered yet another insulting reminder of Israel’s brutal occupation. Herzog talked about the need to denounce “all forms of hatred and violence” in a place where systemic violence against Palestinians is blatant.

Jan 19 07:49

Pegasus: Israeli police 'used spyware to hack phones of citizens, activists and mayors'

Israeli police have used the notorious spyware Pegasus to hack the phones of political activists, mayors, senior officials in a state-owned company, a person close to a Knesset member, and criminals, without a court order, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Calcalist.

Calcalist, which previously revealed the use of Pegasus against Israeli citizens, said that it was the most blatant exploitation of the spying technology as Israeli regulations lag behind.

NSO Group's Pegasus spyware was authorised for use by senior police officers in recent years and was handled by the police's Signet unit. The Israeli police, under the leadership of a former Shin Bet officer, bought the spyware in 2013, and has since been using it.

Jan 19 07:43

Israel lawmakers outraged over claim police used NSO spyware

Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into the police’s alleged use of sophisticated spyware on Israeli citizens, including protesters opposed to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following a newspaper report on the surveillance.

Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist reported that in 2020, police used the NSO spyware Pegasus to surveil leaders of protests against Netanyahu, who was then prime minister. It said police also hacked the phones of two sitting mayors suspected of corruption and numerous other Israeli citizens, all without a court order or a judge’s oversight.

The Israeli police denied the allegations, saying they operate according to the law, and the NSO Group said it does not identify its clients.

Jan 19 07:42

Police chief doesn’t deny use of spyware, says it wasn’t deployed against protesters

Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai on Tuesday did not deny that police used NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against Israeli citizens, but said some of the allegations made in an explosive report on police tracking were incorrect, and insisted that everything was done with the appropriate warrants and oversight.

Shabtai denied claims the technology by the controversial Israeli surveillance firm had been used against anti-Netanyahu protesters, local authorities and people opposed to pride parades.

“The Israel Police does not use its advanced technological abilities against innocent civilians and protesters,” Shabtai said in a statement released by police.

“I ordered an investigation into all the cases from the article, which allegedly occurred years ago. The investigation showed that some of them are incorrect, and everything was done with all required legal approvals,” Shabtai said.

Jan 19 07:40

West Bank: Thousands mourn revered activist killed by Israeli tow truck

Suleiman al-Hathalin, 75, was the closest thing to an icon that many Palestinians and foreign activists in the occupied West Bank had encountered.

"Hajj Suleiman", as he was affectionately called by those who knew him, was a resident of the Palestinian village of Umm al-Khair in Masafer Yatta, a collection of Palestinian hamlets in the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank.

A fierce activist, who had dedicated his life to resisting the Israeli occupation, Hathalin succumbed on Monday to wounds sustained when an Israeli police tow truck ran him over two weeks ago.

Jan 19 07:40

Israel extends detention of ill Palestinian teenager Amal Nakhleh

Israel has extended the detention of a Palestinian teenager with a rare neuromuscular disorder who has been held without charge for a year in what authorities refer to as administrative detention, his father said Tuesday.

Amal Nakhleh, who was detained in January 2021 and turned 18 this week, was one of just a handful of minors being held in administrative detention.

He had a tumor removed from his lung in 2020 and suffers from myasthenia gravis, a nerve disorder that causes severe muscle fatigue.

His father, Muamar, confirmed that his detention has been extended until mid-May. He said Israel has yet to charge his son or provide any justification for detaining him.

“We are very worried about his health,” he said.

Jan 19 07:38

US tells Israel it no longer supports EastMed pipeline project: Report

The Biden administration has informed Israel, Greece, and Cyprus in recent weeks that the US no longer supports the proposed EastMed natural gas pipeline from Israel to Europe, a diplomatic source told the Jerusalem Post.

State Department officials conveyed the new position to the Israeli foreign ministry, a diplomatic source in Jerusalem confirmed to the newspaper on Tuesday.

Middle East Eye reported earlier this month that Washington had silently abandoned the pipeline project, sending Greece its concerns about it in a "non-paper", an unofficial diplomatic correspondence.

Jan 19 07:29

Police Using Pegasus Spyware Against Israelis Shows: NSO Is an Arm of the State

When the coronavirus pandemic was just starting, then-Defense Minister Naftali Bennett had a brilliant idea.

At the time, Israel's Shin Bet security service was making a great effort to exempt itself from the dubious mission the government had imposed on it: Using sophisticated cellphone traffic tracking systems (also known as the “tool”) to trace contacts between people infected with the virus and those they could have infected.

Former Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman really didn’t like his agency being inserted into what was an expressly non-security mission, and Bennett thought he had found a replacement. The offensive cyber company NSO Group offered to the then-defense minister – and today’s prime minister – that the firm take over the huge project.

Jan 19 07:28

Soldiers Injure 18 Palestinians, Invade Several Villages, In Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, on Monday evening, eighteen Palestinians in Burqa village, northwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and invaded many surrounding communities before storming shops and a gas station, and confiscating surveillance recordings, in several parts of the governorate.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded Burqa, leading to protests before they fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

He added that a young man was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet and at least seventeen Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Daghlas also said that protests also took place near Anza village, and at the main entrances of Jaba’s town, south of Jenin.

Jan 19 07:01

Israel Used Pegasus Spyware Against Own Citizens For Warrantless Surveillance

Digital privacy advocates were alarmed but not surprised Tuesday by a report alleging that police in Israel used NSO's Pegasus spyware against Israeli citizens, including opponents of former right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to Calcalist, the special operations cyber unit of Israel's police remotely planted the private company's spyware on phones belonging to political activists, mayors, former government employees, and others, "taking over their devices and having the ability to listen to all their calls and read all their messages."

The reporting indicates that the extrajudicial surveillance occurred without court supervision, and police did not request search or bugging warrants for the targeted individuals—who were suspected of no crimes. "After all the other surveillance scandals have been exposed, the chickens come home to roost," tweeted Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein. "Not surprising. What will be is if justice is served."

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Israel is probably not alone in this.

Jan 19 06:58

Israel Offers UAE 'Intelligence & Security' Help After Deadly Houthi Drone Attack

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for a deadly drone and ballistic missile attack which rocked the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi on Monday. The strike, which demonstrated an increasingly sophisticated capability among the Houthis, hit an oil facility owned by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. A Houthi military spokesman said that the group "carried out… a successful military operation" against "important and sensitive Emirati sites and installations."

"The attack killed two Indian nationals and one Pakistani as three tankers at the site exploded, police said," The Associated Press reports. "Six people were also wounded at the facility, which is near Al-Dhafra Air Base, a massive Emirati installation also home to American and French forces."

Jan 18 10:27

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were not simply perverted sex traffickers

?Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were not simply perverted sex traffickers; they were agents of the Israeli state and were running a sophisticated, well-funded and extremely far-reaching honey pot operation. They supplied underage girls to leading politicians, influential figures and dignitaries – including US Presidents and members of the British Royal family – and recorded the interactions. Those caught on tape then had their ‘interactions’ leveraged against them to ensure that they always did the ‘right thing' when it came to matters that were of interest to Israel.

This is how Israel controls your politicians and shapes foreign and domestic policy in Western nations.

Jan 18 10:06

Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in Khirbet Ibziq

For Palestinian residents of Khirbet Ibziq, the Jordan Valley, the end of 2021 was a tragic one. Eleven families cannot help but recall the moment when Israeli soldiers invaded their community, announced it a closed military zone and demolished their property on December 28.

Forty structures- residential tents and animal shacks were razed to the ground.

Six of the targeted families were watching Israeli bulldozers while reducing their homes to rubble. The five other families were forced to hold a hammer and self-demolish their own homes with the same hands that once built them.

Jan 18 10:05

The Jewish National Fund is Ethnically Cleansing the Naqab

At dawn today, January 12, 2022, Israeli bulldozers and combat-ready soldiers raided the Palestinian village of Al-Atrash in the Naqab desert in southern 1948 Palestine [present-day Israel]. For the third day in a row, Israeli bulldozers have been bulldozing large swathes of land belonging to Palestinians from the village.

The escalated ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Al-Atrash is part of a scheme that is being implemented jointly by both the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and Israel’s Land Authority.

As a response to this, Palestinians from Al-Atrash and the surrounding areas have been protesting for three days now in an attempt to stop the seizure of their land.

Jan 18 08:24

Absurd ‘antisemitism’ charge against Emma Watson has exposed witchhunt strategy of Israel supporters

It’s an obvious point, but the obvious bears repeating. The absurd accusations of antisemitism against actress Emma Watson last week for expressing solidarity for Palestinians have backfired against Israeli leaders and in one bright flash helped to discredit an ancient tried-and-true strategy of the Israel lobby: maligning critics of Israel’s policies as antisemites.

Israel’s supporters have been effective for years at muzzling critics by doing just that. The good news of the Emma Watson’s smearing is that this time even establishment types raised an eyebrow over the strategy– and may even have noticed the anti-Palestinian bigotry that animates it.

So we should embrace the Emma Watson moment, as another landmark in the march to the mainstream of Palestinian solidarity.

Jan 18 08:14

Reports: Israel's ex-PM Netanyahu accepts plea deal in corruption trial

The former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's demand that a plea deal in his criminal trial include a clause banning him from public office for seven years, Israeli TV, KAN, reported Monday.

Israel's Channel 12 news quoted an unnamed associate of Netanyahu as saying that he has "decided to go for a deal and accept the attorney general's bottom line," referring to the "moral turpitude" designation.

Netanyahu is on trial in three separate graft cases; for fraud and breach of trust in Case 1,000 and in Case 2,000, and for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in Case 4,000.

According to media reports, the details of a plea agreement that have already been agreed would include dropping the most serious charge against him, for bribery Case 4,000, as well as the entire Case 2,000, and seeing Netanyahu admit to fraud and breach of trust in both Cases 4,000 and 1,000.

Jan 18 08:13

Palestinian Prisoners Join Mass Hunger Strike in Support of Critically Ill Abu Hamid

Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons are taking part in a mass hunger strike on Monday, in protest against Israel’s refusal to release critically ill Nasser Abu Hamid, Anadolu has reported.

Abu Hamid, 49, is suffering from cancer and is in a coma due to acute pneumonia.

“The prisoners are going on hunger strike for one day in protest against the medical negligence of sick prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid and to exert pressure for him to be released,” said the Prisoners Information Office.

Jan 18 08:12

FLASHBACK - The Balfour Declaration: Britain's fatal mistake in Palestine

More than a century after Lord Balfour made his declaration, there is little agreement about what former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George’s foreign secretary or subsequent governments intended to do with Palestine.

It should not be such a mystery. Britain wanted Palestine for its own empire, for simple geostrategic reasons born of World War I. Towards that end, the British government sought to exploit the Zionist movement - not to create a Jewish state, but to partner with Zionist settlers in managing Palestine over the predictable opposition of the Palestinian Arab majority.

If one were to compare Palestine to the French mandate in Lebanon, the Zionists were the Maronites of British Palestine: a compact minority community that would openly advocate for a British mandate at the Paris Peace Conference and cooperate with the British in governing the territory.

Jan 18 08:03

Israeli trash is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank

The Times of Israel recently reported on what sounds like a complicated story of environmental pollution and cancer in an area near the West Bank city of Hebron. The tragic issue can be boiled down to one main reason: Israel’s brutal occupation.

The pollution comes from the burning of discarded electronic equipment, or e-waste, most of it smuggled out of Israel by companies trying to reduce disposal costs. In an area where the average day labor wage is about $35 a day, Palestinians can earn double that by dismantling and reselling Israeli trash. But It’s possible to pull in $160 a day burning the plastic coating off electronic cables to get the copper inside.

The clouds of black smoke from the process have resulted in soaring cancer rates. A woman whose home is in range of the smoke said, “There isn’t a house on our street without someone who’s had cancer or passed away.” Her own four-year-old son has leukemia.

Jan 18 07:38

Israel should repeat 1948 military operation in Negev against Palestinians, says general

A top Israeli reserve general had called for a repeat of the 1948 military operation that led to Israel's control over the Negev ("Naqab") Desert and the displacement of thousands of Palestinians.

The general was commenting on protests by Palestinians in the Negev against Israeli razing of their lands.

Major General Yom-Tov Samiah, who served as commander of the Southern Zone in the Israeli Army during the Second Intifada, said in a tweet: "Operation 'Yoav' will soon return to liberate the Negev. Luckily General Shaike Gavish [who led the operation at the time] is alive. He will pass on some lessons."

He added: "If we continue at this rate of loss of control we will have to retake the Negev and Galilee. Civil war is on the doorstep."

Jan 18 07:37

Committee advances plans for new Jerusalem homes beyond Green Line

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee advanced a 1,465-unit plan for a new neighborhood in the capital, half of which would be in the contested area over the 1967 ceasefire line.

The new neighborhood — known as the Lower Aqueduct — has been planned for the land between the Jewish neighborhoods of Givat Hamatos and Har Homa, both of which are located beyond the Green Line. About half of the planned construction would be in the Mateh Yehudah Regional Council inside Israel; the rest would be in municipal East Jerusalem.

Following the committee’s approval, the Lower Aqueduct plan advanced to the “deposit” stage, meaning that it only needs one more approval before ground can be broken on the construction.

Jan 18 07:32

Standoff in Sheikh Jarrah: Israeli police attempt to forcibly remove Palestinian family from their home

Social media was flooded on Monday morning with photos of members of the Salhiya family standing on top of the roof of their Sheikh Jarrah home as armed Israeli forces attempted to remove them from their home. News outlets quoted Mahmoud Salhiya as saying that he would set himself on fire and blow the house with the gas tank if the eviction was carried out.

Jan 18 07:14

Israeli trial, world’s first, finds 4th dose ‘not good enough’ against Omicron

Nearly a month after Sheba Medical Center launched a landmark study to test the efficacy of a fourth COVID shot, the hospital said Monday that this fourth booster was only partially effective in protecting against the Omicron strain.

“The vaccine, which was very effective against the previous strains, is less effective against the Omicron strain,” Prof. Gili Regev-Yochay, a lead researcher in the experiment said.

“We see an increase in antibodies, higher than after the third dose,” Regev-Yochay said. “However, we see many infected with Omicron who received the fourth dose. Granted, a bit less than in the control group, but still a lot of infections,” she added.

Jan 18 07:12

Establishment Jewish groups’ fake support for anti-racism

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protest movement that followed, thousands of organizations have taken to social media, expressing their support for Black lives and the right to protest injustice. Among those jumping on the bandwagon were 130 Jewish organizations, 800 rabbis, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

But talk is cheap. Several Israeli and Jewish human rights groups have called out AIPAC and others for their duplicity.

+972 Mag – an independent, nonprofit website run by Israeli and Palestinian journalists – recently posted an article entitled, “U.S. Jews are standing up for Black lives. Why aren’t we doing so for Palestinians?” The article boldly declared,

Jan 18 06:50

Zionist Power Over Washington

There have appeared a couple of stories recently that illustrate how there is only one “red line” that no one dares cross in Washington and that is criticism of Israel and its associated supportive mythologies of increasing “holocaust denial” and “surging anti-Semitism.” The rule is ruthlessly enforced by the Israel Lobby, often by its redoubtable Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which is based in New York City but has a regional office in the capital, conveniently close to government offices, from which vantage point it can observe possible deviations and mete out instant punishment.

Jan 18 06:26

FLASHBACK - Israel's Ethnic Weapon?

ISRAEL IS REPORTEDLY developing a biological weapon that would harm Arabs while leaving Jews unaffected, according to a report in London's Sunday Times. The report, citing Israeli military and western intelligence sources, says that scientists are trying to identify distinctive genes carried by Arabs to create a genetically modified bacterium or virus.

Jan 17 14:38

Prince Andrew suspected of ‘intimate relationship’ with Ghislaine Maxwell

In an ITV documentary scheduled to air Tuesday, Paul Page, who protected the Duke of York from 1998 to 2004, alleges that Maxwell was so close to Prince Andrew that she was allowed to enter and exit Buckingham Palace at will.

While working in the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command unit, former officer Page stated that a colleague of his “remembered her coming in four times in one day,” as she regularly visited the prince when he was living at the palace.

Maxwell visited Buckingham Palace in 2001, according to Page, the same year that Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre alleges Prince Andrew had sex with her at the British socialite’s London townhouse.

Jan 17 13:31

Reports: Fauci Has Investments In Chinese-Tied Fund

Republican senators find NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci has questionable investments in Chinese-tied companies.

On Saturday, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) released Fauci’s financial disclosures showing his investments in the Matthews Pacific Tiger Fund among other things. That fund has nearly 43 percent of its portfolio invested in Hong Kong and China, including a Chinese pharmaceutical company.

Overall, Fauci has almost $10.5 million invested in various companies and critics are sounding the alarm over his potential conflicts of interests. Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton specially commented on the matter.

“His daily calendar from January 1, 2009 to the present in time…confidentiality documents, conflict documents and economical disclosure documents — it’s all about Dr. Fauci, his current job description.”

Jan 17 10:14

The US Enables Criminal Israeli Behavior

Given all the attention focused on the covid-19 pandemic, the Build Back Better bill, the January 6th attack on the Capitol and the media-hyped crises over Ukraine and Taiwan this past year, many other important issues have not received much attention. One example is the Palestinian/Israeli situation.

Views of Israel

Jan 17 10:13

HRW: Israel Doubled Down on Policies to Repress Palestinians in 2021

Israeli occupation authorities doubled down on policies to repress Palestinians and privilege illegal Jewish settlers during the last year, Human Rights Watch stated in a new report.

“The government’s policy of maintaining the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), coupled with the particularly severe repression against Palestinians living in the OPT, amounts to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution,” the report reads.

Jan 17 10:13

Israeli Police Ran Over a Palestinian Anti-occupation Protester – Then Fled the Scene

In the intensive care ward at Al-Mizan Hopsital in Hebron, Suleiman Hadalan lies sedated and intubated, a gash in his head. No one is allowed to enter his room, not even his two wives or his three daughters and seven sons – though one of the latter managed to sneak in for a moment. It’s not clear how old Hadalan is. His ID card says 65, but he has said for some time that he passed the 70-year mark a while ago and that the ID data is wrong.

Hadalan is a shepherd and a well-known occupation resister and activist in his unrecognized village of Umm al-Khair in the South Hebron Hills. There is barely no demonstration or act of resistance in this beleaguered and remote area that takes place without his participation. “He is the village’s clock,” his son Eid says of him, in his fine Hebrew.

Jan 17 10:12

Radical Israelis raid East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with Israeli forces protection

Radical Israelis raided occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex en masse on Sunday, the Islamic Waqf Department said.

The Israelis encroached on Islam's third-most-sacred site with Israeli security looking after their safety, Anadolu Agency reported.

They came in via Al-Mugharbah Gate, the Jordanian-administered religious endowment organisation said.

Starting in 2003, Tel Aviv began permitting its citizens to encroach on the Al-Aqsa complex on a near-daily basis.

Jan 17 10:11

In nod to opposition, ministers advance new bill to renew ‘Citizenship Law’

Cabinet ministers gave first-stage approval Sunday to a bill that would bar Palestinians who marry Israelis from receiving permits to live with their spouses in Israel, months after an earlier ban expired following a dramatic coalition fight.

The bill — widely referred to as the “Citizenship Law” — passed a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which allows it to be fast-tracked through the legislative process. From there, the bill goes to the Knesset, where it must still pass three votes before becoming law.

Sunday’s bill was submitted by opposition MK Simcha Rothman (Religious Zionism), and was nearly identical to legislation sponsored by the government last week.

Jan 17 08:57

Israel Reportedly Made 'Wish List' of Weapons for US to Engage Iran, Hezbollah

The new Israeli government of Naftali Bennet, which came to power last year, has repeatedly warned that it might act preemptively to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Tehran insists that it doesn't seek to build nukes and that its nuclear programme is peaceful.

Tel Aviv compiled a secret "wish list" of weapons it wants the US to store in its Israeli-based War Reserves Stock Allies (WRSA-I) – stockpiles of American weapons stored for the country's use in case of war, the military news outlet Breaking Defense has reported, citing anonymous military sources in Tel Aviv.

The "wish list" reportedly contained various "aerial munitions" that Tel Aviv believes might be needed in the event of a conflict between Israel and either Iran or Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

Jan 16 10:18

Florida State Drops Middle East Studies Association Membership As Group Moves Towards Israel Boycott

As previously reported, on December 2, 2021, the business meeting at the annual meeting passed a resolution endorsing the BDS boycott against Israel. The resolution now goes to a full membership vote expected to start in mid-to-late January 2022.

If MESA’s membership ratifies the academic boycott of Israel, it will have profound implications for the academic freedom of American students and scholars, not just Israelis, as I explored in an Op-Ed at The NY Post:

BDS represents a full-frontal assault on academic freedom at American universities and colleges, not just against Israeli institutions. BDS academic boycott guidelines bar almost all interactions with Israeli academic institutions and “representatives” of such institutions.

Jan 16 09:09

Government response to omicron variant triggers uproar in Israel

The Israeli government’s response to the omicron variant of coronavirus has triggered controversy among health officials.

In a post published on the Ichilov Hospital's official Facebook page, Dr. Idit Matot, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain, accused Israeli health authorities of exaggerating the fear of the omicron variant.

"We have seen in the past month that omicron is highly contagious but causes minimal damage," Matot said.

The Israeli doctor noted that the Icholov Hospital, a main hospital complex serving Tel Aviv, does not have a single omicron patient on a ventilator or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

She said the publication of the number of serious patients with coronavirus in the media was “misleading”, calling for easing quarantine rules.

Jan 16 08:58

Jewish Settlers, Accompanied by Israeli Soldiers, Attack Palestine TV Crew

Jewish settlers attacked the Palestine TV crew on Friday morning while they were returning from a filming assignment in the Jordan Valley, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to a WAFA correspondent, the crew, composed of three members, were stopped and forced out of their vehicle near the village of Bittin, east of Ramallah.

Jan 16 08:45

Professor Ehud Qimron: “Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure”

Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University and one of the leading Israeli immunologists, has written an open letter sharply criticizing the Israeli – and indeed global – management of the coronavirus pandemic.

Original letter in Hebrew: N12 News https://www.mako.co.il/news-columns/2022_q1/Article-dfd99ca599e2e71026... (January 6, 2022); translated by Google/SPR. See also: Professor Qimron’s prediction from August 2020: “History will judge the hysteria”

Jan 16 07:23

The mandates are falling apart in Israel

Efrat Fenigson with an update on how the mandates are falling apart in Israel. The majority of the public no longer has a valid green pass now and only 10% of eligible children have been vaccinated. Also the government was caught lying about the number of unvaccinated (much like what just came out in the UK (https://dailyexpose.uk/2021/12/17/23-million-not-vaccinated-in-england/)). The powers-that-be want you demoralized. Don't give in. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Jan 15 08:06

New US envoy says ‘absolutely won’t’ visit settlements, to avoid inflaming tensions

New US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides said Friday that he’d never visited an Israeli settlement in the West Bank and had no plans to do so, as part of his effort as envoy not to take steps that could inflame the situation on the ground.

When pressed, during his first interview with Israeli media since arriving in Israel, as to whether he might make such a visit, Nides told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, “I absolutely will not.”

The interview, while conducted in English, was published in Hebrew. A spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Jerusalem confirmed that the ambassador was accurately quoted. The quotes presented in this story were translated from the Hebrew report.

Jan 15 07:24

Senior Israeli immunologist blasts mass vaccination, COVID restrictions in powerful letter

A top immunologist in Israel criticized mass vaccination for COVID-19 and blasted officials who have “branded” the unvaccinated “as spreaders of the disease” in a powerful letter to the Israeli Ministry of Health.

The letter, written by Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University, picks apart vaccine-focused COVID strategies embraced by governments around the world, which Qimron derided as “doomed to fail.”

“Two years late, you finally realize that a respiratory virus cannot be defeated and that any such attempt is doomed to fail,” he wrote to the Israeli health ministry. “You do not admit it, because you have admitted almost no mistake in the last two years, but in retrospect it is clear that you have failed miserably in almost all of your actions, and even the media is already having a hard time covering your shame.”

Jan 14 08:59

Israel’s Bennett Tells Putin World Must Take Strong Stance Against Iran

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and called on the world powers involved in the Vienna talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal to take a strong stance against the Islamic Republic.

“Against the backdrop of the nuclear talks in Vienna, the prime minister stressed the importance of a strong and determined stance against Iran’s progress in the nuclear project,” Bennett’s office said in a statement.

Russia is one of the participants of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, and has been attending the Vienna talks. Israel’s opposition to the talks is no secret, and Bennett has publicly called on the US to “immediately” halt the negotiations and increase the pressure on Iran.

Jan 14 07:42

US Calls for Investigation into Death of Palestinian-American in West Bank

The US State Department on Wednesday called for a thorough investigation into the death of a Palestinian-American after being detained and harassed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

80-year-old Omar Abdelmajid As’ad died early Wednesday after Israeli soldiers detained, blindfolded, handcuffed and assaulted him in the village of Jiljilya, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Jan 14 07:15

Thousands of right-wing activists rally in Jerusalem to ‘overthrow evil government’

Thousands of people turned out Thursday night for a right-wing demonstration against the government outside Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office in Jerusalem.

Religious Zionism MKs Bezalel Smotrich, Itamar Ben Gvir and Simcha Rothman, as well as Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, were among several opposition lawmakers and officials who spoke at the protest, organized by Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

The demonstration was originally aimed at protesting the government’s attitude toward illegal outposts, claiming it was delegitimizing the settler movement.

Jan 14 07:14

How Palestinian Christians are being driven out of Jerusalem

Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and Israel are at risk of disappearing in the face of systematic attempts to drive them out of the Old City and other parts of the Holy Land.

Like every year at Christmas, Christian patriarchs and heads of churches warned of the fate of their communities in the region.

In a campaign launched ahead of festivities, Jerusalem’s church leaders issued a joint statement in mid-December saying that “Christians have become the target of frequent and sustained attacks by fringe radical groups” alluding to Israeli far-right settlers who aim to “diminish" the Christian presence.

Jan 14 07:14

Gaza child dies after West Bank hospital refuses to receive him

Residents of the besieged Gaza Strip have expressed anger after the death of a Palestinian child who was ill with cancer.

Salim al-Nawati, 16, was supposed to attend medical procedures at a West Bank hospital but Israel, which controls crossings from the Gaza Strip, prevented him from doing so.

His condition deteriorated shortly afterwards and this led to his death.

Two months ago, al-Nawati's family discovered that he had leukemia after he received a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus.

Jan 14 07:13

Israel's crackdown on Palestinians in Negev threatens Bedouins and its own government

A brutal crackdown on Bedouins in south Israel's Negev this week amid a controversial forestation plan has once again cracked open tensions between Palestinian citizens and the Israeli state - providing a new and perhaps even existential challenge to the government.

Both right-wing Israeli nationalists and Palestinian citizens sit in Israel's unwieldy coalition, and attempts by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to claim land in the Negev long cultivated by Bedouins have exposed their disparate views and electorates.

Since late December, Israel has deployed dozens of police officers, military vehicles, dogs and horse units to crush Palestinian protesters and protect the JNF's workers and bulldozers in the al-Naqe area.

Jan 14 07:12

Israeli forces violently suppress Palestinian protest in Naqab

Dozens of Palestinian Bedouins have been wounded in a crackdown by Israeli forces on a protest against continuing Israeli forestation work on land residents say they privately own near the southern city of Beer al-Sabe (Beer Sheva).

Some 500 protesters took part in Thursday’s demonstration, which began at 3pm (13:00 GMT). They were met with hundreds of Israeli forces who fired rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, as well as skunk water.

Jan 13 15:53

New Revelations in the US + What’s Happening in Israel Today

This is important to watch because what is happening in Israel today is what will be happening in the US tomorrow as Biden keeps pursuing the senseless mandates, despite the clear evidence they are making things worse. He doesn’t care.

Jan 13 07:58

Israel founders were 'thieves', Israeli historian says

Early Jewish settlers in Palestine "looted Arab property", a new book by an Israeli historian has said, adding "authorities turned a blind eye".

In what has been described as the "first-ever comprehensive study" by Israeli historian Adam Raz described "the extent to which Jews looted Arab property" during the Jewish gangs' attack in 1948 on Palestinians and their homes, and explains why Ben-Gurion said "most of the Jews are thieves."

Writing in Haaretz, Ofer Aderet's review of Raz's book was entitled: "Jewish soldiers and civilians looted Arab neighbors' property en masse in '48. The authorities turned a blind eye."

Another senior writer at Haaretz, Gideon Levy, commented that the words "most of the Jews are thieves", "wasn't uttered by an antisemitic leader, a Jew hater or a neo-Nazi, but by the founder of the State of Israel, two months after it was founded."

Jan 13 07:27

West Bank: Elderly Palestinian-American dies after violent arrest by Israeli forces

An elderly Palestinian with US citizenship died of a heart attack on Wednesday morning after he was violently detained by Israeli soldiers during a raid on Jaljulia village, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, his family said.

Omar Muhammad Asaad, 80, was driving home after midnight when soldiers stopped him, dragged him out of the car and assaulted him before leaving him lying unconscious on the ground, eyewitnesses told the family.

Abd al-Ilah Asaad, Omar's cousin, told Middle East Eye he spent the night with Omar at a family house nearby. At around 2am, Omar left to go to his home in the village, where he was arrested by Israeli forces, Abd al-Ilah said.

Two young men who were detained in the same location as Omar told the family that he was pulled out of the car and dragged for about 200 meters. Soldiers aggressively handled Omar, handcuffed him, gagged his mouth and forced him to lie on his stomach, they added.

Jan 13 06:10

Israel’s prime minister pressures teenage girl to take COVID injection on live television

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recently pressured a reluctant teenage girl to take a COVID vaccine on live television.

The girl, the daughter of one of Bennett’s friends, was said to have been afraid and reluctant to get vaccinated. In front of a primetime TV audience, she is seen squirming in a chair while a nurse prepares to inject her with Pfizer’s COVID shot.

Jan 12 11:36

Netanyahu Was in Plea Talks for Corruption Cases, Report Says

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in lengthy negotiations for a plea agreement in the criminal cases against him, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Wednesday.

The talks ended because Netanyahu demanded the deal not include jail time or a finding of moral turpitude, according to the report by journalist Ben Caspit.

Jan 12 09:40

Diminishing respect for Christianity in Israel? Patriarchs of Jerusalem with critique of Jewish Radicals’ intimidation

Herland Report: Diminishing respect for Christianity in Israel? The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem recently voiced growing concern of Jewish Orthodox and other radicals who are continually persecuting the Christian communities in Jerusalem.

They argued that if the continuous intimidation of local Christian communities, the regular assault of priests and churches attacked is not stopped or dealt properly with by Israeli authorities, they fear for the presence of Christians in the Holy Land.

The statement was signed by the leadership of all the city’s major churches, including the Custody of the Holy Land representing the Vatican, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the head of the Anglican Church.

Jan 12 09:00

Israeli PM Expects War Soon in Either Gaza or Lebanon

Israeli premier Naftali Bennett has been telling parliament about the Israeli military preparing to attack Iran. Tuesday, he told parliament that they’re also preparing for smaller wars.

Bennett says he expects an escalation soon with either Lebanon or the Gaza Strip, and that the military is preparing for either. These are small neighbors that Israel remains hostile toward, and goes to war with intermittently.

It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility there might be a conflict there, but it’s not clear why either case would escalate at any given time. These wars tend to be popular in Israel for the ruling party though, so they may be wishful thinking.

Jan 12 08:57

Israeli Paramilitary Gangs Block Roads, Invade Village Near Nablus

A group of several hundred armed paramilitary colonizers, accompanied by dozens of Israeli soldiers, stormed the village of Awarta, south of Nablus, on Monday to perform religious rituals at a site located on Palestinian land in Awarta.

To prepare for the arrival of the paramilitary colonizers, Israeli troops fired sound bombs at the roofs of Palestinian homes in the village, causing distress to the residents and terrifying the children in their homes.

According to Saad Awad, the head of the Awarta Village Council, after terrorizing the villagers with military vehicles and sound bombs, the paramilitary settlers invaded with more than twenty buses. They entered the shrines of al-Fadil and al-Eizar, which are ancient sites in the village.

Awad added that although right-wing extremist Jews believe that there is a religious significance to the site for people who practice Judaism, he said that no archaeological evidence supports the colonizers’ claims.

Jan 12 08:56

US quietly ditches Greece's EastMed pipeline project to ship Israeli gas to Europe

The US government silently abandoned an eastern Mediterranean pipeline project that would carry Israeli gas through Cyprus to Europe this week by submitting a non-paper to Athens explaining its reasons, Middle East Eye has learned.

The US non-paper, according to the Greek media, described the project as a “primary source of tension” and something “destabilising” the region by putting Turkey and regional countries at loggerheads.

A non-paper is an unofficial diplomatic correspondence.

A Greek diplomat, speaking anonymously to Middle East Eye, said the media reports were exaggerations.

Jan 12 07:37

Absurd ‘antisemitism’ charge against Emma Watson has exposed witchhunt strategy of Israel supporters

It’s an obvious point, but the obvious bears repeating. The absurd accusations of antisemitism against actress Emma Watson last week for expressing solidarity for Palestinians have backfired against Israeli leaders and in one bright flash helped to discredit an ancient tried-and-true strategy of the Israel lobby: maligning critics of Israel’s policies as antisemites.

Israel’s supporters have been effective for years at muzzling critics by doing just that. The good news of the Emma Watson’s smearing is that this time even establishment types raised an eyebrow over the strategy– and may even have noticed the anti-Palestinian bigotry that animates it.

So we should embrace the Emma Watson moment, as another landmark in the march to the mainstream of Palestinian solidarity.

Jan 11 08:11

Preparing for Iran Strike: Bennett Says Israel Undergoing Largest Rearmament in Years

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) on Monday that Israel is undergoing its largest rearmament in years, according to Israeli media.

Bennett’s remarks come as the Israeli army is preparing for a potential strike on Iran.

Jan 11 07:18

Israeli Cabinet Approves New ‘Family Separation Law’ (VIDEO)

The Israeli cabinet approved a bill on Sunday that would again ban Palestinians married to Israeli citizens from living with their spouses in the occupation state, Israeli media reported.

The bill, commonly referred to as ‘Citizenship Law’, was submitted by extreme right-wing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked. months after an earlier ban expired following a government coalition fight.

Jan 11 07:17

West Bank: Israeli forces storm Birzeit University, shoot and arrest students

At least one Palestinian student has been wounded by Israeli fire and four others were arrested as soldiers stormed Birzeit University near Ramallah on Monday.

A group of undercover Israeli agents, known as Mustarebeen, entered the university's campus from the northern gate and fired live bullets at the students, Birzeit University said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The soldiers opened fire to keep students away as they made their arrests, wounding two people, according to Palestinians news agency Wafa.

A video shared by local Palestinian media shows Ismail Barghouti, one of the arrested students, receiving treatment in a hospital after the raid.

Jan 11 07:16

Eight Homeless as Israeli Authorities Force Palestinian to Demolish His Home in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

The Israeli Jerusalem Municipality forced a Palestinian family to demolish their house in the village of Sur Baher, southeast of the occupied holy city, Palestinian news agencies reported on Sunday.

According to Safa, Israeli occupation forces said the house, belonging to the Abu Kaf family, had been built without the necessary planning permits.

Jan 11 07:15

A deadly trash trade is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank

When Israa’s four-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia, she spent little time wondering why. The answer was all around her: the acrid, toxic smog created by Palestinians burning Israeli electronic waste to extract valuable raw metals.

“There isn’t a house on our street without someone who’s had cancer or passed away,” said Israa, who lives in Beit Awwa, a small town near Hebron.

Jan 11 06:33

Germany must treat Ukraine like Israel – Kiev

Germany has a moral responsibility for the future of Ukraine and is therefore obliged to sell Kiev arms so the country can defend itself against purported Russian aggression, its ambassador to Berlin has claimed.

Speaking as part of an interview with Funke media group published on Monday, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnik said, “we call on the [German] government to abandon its current position, which from the point of view of morality is absolutely unnecessary, and urgently provide Ukraine with the necessary defensive weapons. We have the right to self-defense.”

At present, Berlin does not supply arms to countries where there are military conflicts. The Eastern European nation has seen bloody internal fighting since the 2014 Maidan, which saw the government toppled by violent street protests, with clashes escalating in the Donbass region in recent months.

Jan 10 11:50

Unjustly smeared as “anti-Semitic” (whatever that means)?

Stuart Littlewood highlights Israel's and its Zionist terror networks' abuse of the term "anti-Semitism", and recalls former Israeli Director of Military Intelligence Yehoshafat Harkabi's warning that "Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world".>>

Jan 10 09:27

Palestinian church leader says Israeli extremists threaten Christian presence in Jerusalem

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem has accused radical Israeli groups of threatening the presence of Christians in the holy city, in remarks that Israeli officials rejected as baseless.

In a column in the Times of London on Saturday, His Beatitude, Theophilos III, said he believed the aim was to drive the Christian community from Jerusalem's Old City, which has sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the Old City, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in a 1967 war. It annexed East Jerusalem after the war in a move that has not won international recognition.

Jan 10 09:26

WATCH: Armed Jewish Settlers Attack Susiya Village

Armed Jewish settlers on Friday evening attacked the village of Susiya, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), and terrified its residents, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Fo’ad Emour, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that a group of armed Jewish settlers attacked the village, opened fire at homes and shouted profanities at local Palestinian residents.

Jan 10 08:48

Bennett Warns Israel Won't Be Bound by Any Iran Nuclear Deal, Will 'Reserve Freedom of Action'

Tehran, other signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran nuclear deal, and the United States have been negotiating on bringing the agreement back online. Israel has repeatedly threatened to carry out strikes against the Islamic Republic targeting its nuclear programme, either unilaterally or in coordination with Washington.
Israel is not part of the talks in Vienna on the JCPOA, and will not be bound by their terms, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said.

"In regard to the nuclear talks in Vienna, we are definitely concerned...Israel is not a side to the agreements. Israel is not bound by what will be written in the agreements, if they are signed, and Israel will continue to maintain full freedom of action anywhere, any time, with no constraints," Bennett said, speaking at a briefing of the Knesset's foreign affairs and defence committee on Monday.

Jan 10 07:25

The hurdles to leaving Gaza for medical care (Or, what can you really hide inside a tube of toothpaste?)

We were aware of the “security” issues the Israelis impose on Palestinians crossing Erez. No food. No water. Lipstick? No. Eyeliner? No. Sunblock? No. And no luggage with wheels. We didn’t want to be sent back after all.

In 2019 doctors had finally figured out the cause behind my migraines, and decided I should immediately undergo an operation which Gaza’s hospitals couldn’t handle. Little did anyone know this “immediately” would take forever. Five whole months!

My mother and I applied for the Israeli permits to travel to the West Bank to seek medication. A few months later, a message was received. Noor, me, yes. Ibtisam, my mom, no.

Jan 10 07:24

Israeli Army Bulldozes Palestinian Wheat Fields to Make Way for Tanks

Dusk descended; in a moment the valley would be blanketed by darkness. For a fleeting moment, the white smoke curling up from the taboon mingled with the black smoke disgorged by the bulldozer. It was an optical illusion: a few dozen meters separated the oven from the armored bulldozer. Bread was baking in the taboon, the machine was demolishing fields of wheat. The scenes blended into a surrealistic image.

Jan 10 07:12

High-profile cases shine harsh light on Israel’s draconian interrogation tactics

The subjects at the center of two high-profile cases are alleging that Israeli interrogators forced them to endure humiliating and inhumane conditions outlawed in most Western countries in order to extract information — and it turns out that they’re far from alone.

Moshe Hogeg, a prominent businessman and owner of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, says that while in police custody he was interrogated after being deprived of sleep for days, and in between questioning was confined to a cockroach-infested holding cell.

In a recording of an interrogation of Nir Hefetz, who had been an aide to former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a detective can be heard warning that Hefetz’s family is in terrible danger, citing an imminent “bombshell” about to be released about him.

Jan 10 07:11

Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Child Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Saturday, a Palestinian child and caused many residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp, leading to protests before the soldiers fired a few live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

They added that one child, 14 years of age, was injured by shrapnel of live fire in the chest, before he was rushed to Beit Jala governmental hospital, suffering moderate-but-stable wounds.

Jan 09 06:36

Israel-China trade caught between US pressure and BDS

On Monday, sources in the Israeli government leaked the news that Israel had informed the US State Department that, from now on, all major business deals between Israel and China would be cleared with Washington first.

According to Haaretz, this was an Israeli initiative rather than succumbing to a direct US demand.

The announcement comes after the Israeli government has been pushing the boundaries of US goodwill towards the country in recent months.

Jan 08 08:08

UK-Based NGO Launches Campaign to Stop Israel’s Administrative Detention

UK-based NGO Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) launched a campaign in London, calling for an end to the administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial – of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces.

The #StopAdministrativeDetention campaign urges people to write to their MPs to “condemn this disgraceful treatment of Palestinians” and “to stop Israel imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial.”

Jan 08 07:42

My Paper on Jewish Influence Blows Up

My paper “The Default Hypothesis Fails to Explain Jewish Influence” has generated considerable controversy. Springer Nature has put up the following statement at the beginning of the article:

04 January 2022 Editor’s Note: The Editor-in-Chief and publisher are aware of concerns raised with the content of this article and are investigating. Editorial action will be taken as appropriate once investigation of the concerns is complete and all parties have been given an opportunity to respond in full.

The good news, of course, is that they are saying that I will be able to “respond in full.” This could get very interesting.

Jan 08 07:30

Emma Watson’s Advocacy of Palestinian Rights is Justified

On January 3, 2022, Emma Watson, a famous English actress, posted an image of a pro-Palestinian rally, with the words "Solidarity is a verb" written across it. It was accompanied by the following quote about the meaning of solidarity from the academic Sara Ahmed: "Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground."

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