May 08 05:55

Violent clashes break out at Temple Mount, hundreds injured

Violent clashes broke out at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Friday, the last day of Ramadan.

Clashes broke out between worshipers and security forces on the scene of the Temple Mount, where tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered to mark the last Friday prayers of the Ramadan month of fasting.

May 07 06:17

Rampaging Israeli Settlers - Call for "Death to Arabs" in Jerusalem

Last week there were some interesting stories that were very definitely underreported partly due to the fact that the mainstream media was heavily into the distraction provided by its beatification of George Floyd. For example, the tale of how a mob consisting of hundreds of Israeli Jews, composed mostly of settlers and the extremist so-called Kahanists, rampaging through Jerusalem and calling for “Death to Arabs,” was largely ignored. Right-wing Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir sent a message to the settlers, encouraging participants to “hang Arabs.” One member responded to the advice to bring their firearms with them with “We’re burning Arabs today, the Molotov cocktails are already in the trunk.”

May 07 06:17

Jerusalem protests: The mob 'breaking faces' learned from Israel's establishment

Inside the Israeli parliament and out on the streets of Jerusalem, the forces of unapologetic Jewish supremacism are stirring, as a growing section of Israel’s youth tire of the two-faced Jewish nationalism that has held sway in Israel for decades.

Last week, Bezalel Smotrich, leader of the far-right Religious Zionism faction, a vital partner if caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands any hope of forming a new government, issued a barely veiled threat to Israel’s large Palestinian minority.

May 07 05:45

FM Zarif says Palestine yardstick for justice, Iran proudly stands with Palestinians

The Iranian foreign minister describes Palestine as a yardstick for justice, reiterating Iran's unwavering support for Palestinian people who "resist the brutality of an apartheid regime" in the Israeli occupied territories.

“Palestine is a yardstick for justice,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a tweet on Thursday, adding, “#QudsDay is yearly reminder of moral imperative of global solidarity for Palestine.”

Zarif also pointed out that a referendum in Palestine is the only democratic solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian issue.

May 06 06:17

Regavim: The Israeli Faux Environmental Org Converting US Donations into Palestinian Evictions

OCCUPIED WEST BANK — In the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank, dozens of Bedouin families are at risk of losing their homes and becoming refugees again by July. While it is the Israeli government and military that are enacting the demolitions and evacuations, their efforts are largely driven by a pro-settler nonprofit supported by American charities.

May 06 05:33

Video shows Israeli settler trying to take over Palestinian house

“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will steal it,” was the answer given by an Israeli settler to Mona al-Kurd, a young Palestinian woman who accused him of stealing her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied East Jerusalem.

The dialogue, captured on video by Palestinian activist Tamer Maqalda on Saturday, shows 22-year-old al-Kurd confronting the settler in the garden of her family home.

May 06 05:32

Israeli settlers burn Palestinian lands in northern West Bank

Bashir Hmeid was at home with his family on Tuesday night when he found out his lands were burning through social media.

At first, he did not realise it was his olive trees that had been set alight by Israeli settlers near his village of Burin, in the occupied West Bank.

But a few moments after his children mentioned seeing the information on Facebook, the 65-year-old Palestinian received a call from one of his neighbours.

“[He] told me that the Israeli settlers were on our land and burning everything,” Hmeid recounted to Middle East Eye. “I ran up to the rooftop of my house to look at the fire, and saw there were multiple fires scattered across the land everywhere.”

According to the official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency Wafa, residents of the settlement of Bracha torched swathes of farmland east of Burin overnight while under Israeli army protection and attacked three Palestinian homes in the village.

May 06 05:27

Israeli Man Trying To Take Over Palestinian Home Says ‘If I Don’t Steal It, Someone Else’ Will

In what Palestinian observers and advocates call a glaring example of settler colonialism in action, a video circulating on social media this week shows a Palestinian woman confronting an Israeli man who admits he is trying to steal her family’s home in occupied East Jerusalem.

According toAl Jazeera, Palestinian activist Tamer Maqalda recorded the footage of the exchange between Mona al-Kurd and a man with a North American accent named Jacob, whom al-Kurd knows because his family has already stolen half of her home.

“Jacob, you know that this is not your house,” al-Kurd tells the man in her backyard, who replies: “What’s the problem? Why are you yelling at me?”

“I didn’t do this,” the man insists. “It’s easy to yell at me, but I didn’t do this.”

Al-Kurd then pleads, “You are stealing my house!”

Jacob replies: “And if I don’t steal it, someone else is going to steal it.”

May 06 05:27

Israel, a settler colonialist project, craves recognition as a real state

We look back on seven decades of Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation and the international support, or lack thereof, for the Palestinian cause as violence from Zionist mobs unfolds against Palestinians in the heart of the capital of Palestine, the Holy City of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian cause has always been a core pillar of the Arab and Muslim homeland, the ummah, as well as an important religious issue.

The capitol of Palestine, Jerusalem, is home to the three major monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

And of course, the Palestinian issue is also an issue of anti imperialism.

Israel was created in the wake of a mandate under the British Empire. And the Zionist ideology consists of dispossessing Palestinians of their homes and giving them to Jewish settlers from Europe and elsewhere.

Let's take a look at 73 years of Israeli occupation and Palestine, and international support for the Palestinian struggle.

May 05 07:20

Rouhani censures Israel as enemy of Palestine, entire region

As supporters of the Palestinian cause prepare to mark the International Quds Day worldwide, Iran’s president has denounced Israel as the enemy of Palestinians and other nations in the region, but said the Zionist regime’s occupation of Palestine will not last forever.

“The Zionists are the enemies of the region, of security, of Palestinian people and of their neighbors, and they are the executioners and tyrants of [contemporary] history, who have displaced millions of people from their homes,” President Hassan Rouhani said at a weekly cabinet session on Wednesday.

Referring to International Quds Day, which falls on May 7 this year, Rouhani said the occasion would be a “mourning day for the Zionists” this year.

He said Quds Day, which was named by the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini to champion the Palestinian cause, is a source of pride for the Islamic Republic of Iran and a legacy of the late Imam.

May 05 06:48

Israeli apartheid in Palestine devastatingly exposed by senior Palestinian

May 05 06:45

Palestinians 'beaten, arrested' by Israeli police as Sheikh Jarrah protests continue

Five Palestinians were arrested on Monday after a protest against the planned eviction of families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood was suppressed by Israeli police, AlQastal has reported.

Twenty people were injured in the crackdown on the demonstration against the evictions with AlQastal media group releasing a video showing one man with a bloodied face being taken away by police.

The man was released on a 10,000 shekel bail and ordered to stay away from Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days, the website added.

Activists are protesting the planned eviction of Palestinian families from the East Jerusalem suburb of Sheikh Jarrah, to make way for Israeli settlers.

May 04 04:54

Israel police disperse Palestinian protest over mass eviction in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces dispersed a protest against the eviction of Palestinian residents of the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem and arrested one activist on Sunday evening after an Israeli court set a deadline for the mass eviction of Palestinian families to Thursday.

Israeli forces used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd protesting in solidarity with Palestinian families facing Israeli eviction orders in Sheikh Jarrah, an area less than a kilometre away from the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

May 03 08:19

Palestinian behind Mars drone says visiting home is no small step

Space engineer Loay Elbasyouni was part of the NASA team that made history this month by launching an experimental helicopter from the surface of Mars.

But he said an expedition to his hometown in the Gaza Strip, where posters celebrate his achievement, feels even farther away because of Israeli and Egyptian restrictions.

May 03 07:15

Hamas warns Israel against forceful eviction of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned Israel against evicting Palestinians in East Jerusalem al-Quds, as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its home demolition and land expropriation policies in the occupied territories.

In a statement on Sunday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, held the Israeli regime responsible for harming the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah district of Jerusalem al-Quds, where Palestinian homes and structures are being demolished for the construction of a new settlement outpost in the area.

“The mass displacement of our people in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the seizure of their homes is an obvious targeting of the Palestinian identity of Jerusalem and the Palestinian presence in the city,” Barhoum said.

May 03 06:03

Israeli Authorities Ban West Bank Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Israeli police have prevented West Bank Palestinians from entering Jerusalem for Ramadan’s third Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Anadolu Agency reported.

Israel recently set a requirement that those wishing to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque must be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Amid a vaccine shortage in the West Bank, jabs are currently limited to those with pre-existing chronic illnesses and the elderly, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Apr 30 07:22

Missing Palestinian Found In Israeli Prison

On Thursday, a Palestinian man, who went missing several days ago, was found to be imprisoned in an Israeli detention center.

The family of Malek Wafiq No’eirat, 23, said that several days ago, he went to the al-Jalama Israeli military roadblock, north of Jenin in northern West Bank, to receive a shipment of supplies for his store.

They added that Malek never returned home and that they contacted a human rights center, which in turn contacted the Israeli authorities who told them that he was taken prisoner and will have a hearing at the Salem military court, today.

In related news, Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at night and Thursday morning, three Palestinians from Jenin and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian political prisoner from occupied Jerusalem, instantly after his release from prison after he spent nearly seven years in prison.

Apr 30 07:22

Why can’t the EU say the word apartheid?

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch issued a landmark report concluding that Israel commits the crimes of apartheid and persecution against the Palestinian people.

Israel has “pursued an intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians throughout the territory it controls,” the group states.

The crime of apartheid is one of the crimes against humanity enumerated in the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court – putting it in the same category as enslavement and extermination.

With its report, Human Rights Watch joins growing calls for an approach based on rights and accountability, rather than the long dead “peace process” that has for decades provided an alibi for international inaction as Israel entrenches its colonial grip on the Palestinian people and their land.

Apr 30 06:46

'In Jerusalem as in Ramallah': Abbas Delays Palestinian Elections After Israel Blocks City's Votes

Israel's separation wall cordoning off large portions of the West Bank from Israel has divided East Jerusalem's suburbs from its central city. As a result, about 150,000 of its 314,000 Palestinian residents live outside the walls under Palestinian Authority governance, while the rest are under the city's Israeli administration.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said early Friday morning that the anticipated Palestinian elections will be postponed "until the participation of our people in Jerusalem is guaranteed."

Apr 29 06:58

Israel deploys drones to drop tear gas on Gaza protesters

Israel on Friday used new technology to counter violent protests along the Gaza border, with Border Police using small drones to drop tear gas on Palestinian protesters.

An AFP correspondent saw a drone release around 10 gas canisters as protesters on the border with Israel cursed the small craft. People quickly scattered when they saw the drones approaching.

A police spokesman acknowledged operational deployment of the new technology.

Apr 29 06:51

Palestinian political alliance says it will protest election cancellation

A number of Palestinian political groups have pledged to launch a series of protests if upcoming Palestinian elections are cancelled.

The electoral lists said in a press statement warned that a supreme coordination committee had been formed and will announce on Wednesday a range of political activities from parties and civil society groups if the elections are postponed.

The Palestinian leadership is set to meet on Thursday to discuss the scheduled legislative legislative elections, due to take place on 22 May - the first in over 15 years.

The supreme council said it will "affirm the rights of the Palestinian people to participate in the legislative elections on time, in all governorates. At the heart of it is Jerusalem".

They also agreed on the need to "allow the people of Jerusalem to speak and determine the appropriate form for their partici

Apr 27 09:57

Israel condemns 'preposterous' report accusing it of 'crimes against humanity' and 'apartheid' towards Palestinians

Israel has condemned a report by an international rights watchdog that accused the country of pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians and its own Arab minority that amount to crimes against humanity.

Israel's foreign ministry said claims made in Human Rights Watch's report were 'both preposterous and false' and accused the New York-based organisation of harbouring an 'anti-Israeli agenda,' saying it had sought 'for years to promote boycotts against Israel'.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the 213-page report, published on Tuesday.

Apr 27 06:49

Rampaging Israeli Settlers

Last week there were some interesting stories that were very definitely underreported partly due to the fact that the mainstream media was heavily into the distraction provided by its beatification of George Floyd. For example, the tale of how a mob consisting of hundreds of Israeli Jews, composed mostly of settlers and the extremist so-called Kahanists, rampaging through Jerusalem and calling for “Death to Arabs,” was largely ignored. Right-wing Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir sent a message to the settlers, encouraging participants to “hang Arabs.” One member responded to the advice to bring their firearms with them with “We’re burning Arabs today, the Molotov cocktails are already in the trunk.”

Apr 27 05:58

Palestinians hold Israel responsible for al-Quds tensions

The Palestinian Authority, along with different political factions held Israel fully responsible for the serious deterioration in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds over the past few days and called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli regime to stop its provocations.

Israeli police and settler violence erupted in the area on Thursday night and continued through Friday, leaving over 100 Palestinians wounded and scores more arrested.

But the issue is not only between the Israeli police and the Palestinians. Since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, every night, hundreds of Israeli settlers rush to the streets of the holy city and assault Palestinians under the protection of the Israeli forces.

The extremist settlers chant “death to Arabs” during their marches. hundreds of ultra-nationalist Israelis marched through central Jerusalem al-Quds towards the Damascus Gate, which police had barricaded as a precaution.

Apr 27 05:56

Israeli Authorities Ban Palestinian Fishermen from Going to Sea until Further Notice

The Israeli government has banned Palestinian fishermen from working off the coast of Gaza, Wafa news agency has reported. Already prevented from fishing in the full 12 nautical miles of occupied Palestine’s own territorial waters, the Israeli occupation authorities have now set a zero limit until further notice.

According to the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the [Palestinian] Territories (COGAT), the measure has been imposed “due to the continuation of the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards the State of Israel during the night.”

Apr 27 05:55

Hamas warns Israel will ‘bear the consequences’ of closing Gaza fishing zone

The Hamas terror group reacted furiously Monday to Israel’s full closure of the Gaza fishing zone in response to continuing rocket fire from the Strip, saying it would not accept the restrictions and that the policy would have serious repercussions.

Meanwhile, Israel’s security cabinet was set to convene at 3 p.m. to discuss steps in response to the escalation on the Gaza front as well as in East Jerusalem, where daily clashes have been taking place for the past week.

“Israel will bear the consequences,” Hamas said, according to the Ynet news site. “The closure of the Gaza Strip to fishermen is a blatant violation of their rights and constitutes a form of ongoing aggression against our people. Israel’s aggressive policy toward the Palestinian people will not break its steadfast spirit or weaken its fist or limit its determination.

Apr 27 05:55

Palestinian Authority reportedly set to announce election delay within days

The Palestinian Authority has decided to postpone the upcoming elections and has informed representatives of the international community as well as Egypt of its decision, Army Radio reported Monday.

It is expected there will be an official announcement from Ramallah in the coming days, and the Kan public broadcaster reported that the Palestinian leadership was set to meet on the matter on Thursday.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been widely expected to postpone the May vote as well as the planned presidential election in July, which various opinion polls have him losing.

Apr 27 05:29

Jerusalem escalation could be how Israel's next war starts - analysis

The recent string of events leading to greater clashes in Jerusalem and rocket fire from Gaza is part of the cycle that has led to conflicts in the past.

The recent Jerusalem escalation coincided with Ramadan and TikTok videos of Orthodox Jews being attacked. Numerous arrests were made, but that didn’t calm tensions. A massive far-right rally this past Thursday then led to further tensions, including early-Saturday morning rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Apr 27 05:28

Report: Gaza preparing for escalation with Israel

Gaza is preparing for a continued war with Israel, Al Akhbar newspaper reported.

The Lebanon-based newspaper quoted a Gaza source who said that Gazans are preparing to renew the "balloon terror," in which Gaza terrorists send explosive and incendiary balloons into Israeli territory.

According to the source, this move is intended to pressure Israel. At the same time, the "night units" which operate on the Gaza-Israel border are preparing to increase their activities and have "completed their preparations all along the borders."

On Monday, Israel reduced Gaza's fishing zone in response to the continued rocket attacks from Gaza.

In response, Hamas spokesperson Abad al-Latif al-Qano said that "the closure of the fishing zone by the Zionist occupation is a gross violation of human rights and constitutes another form of aggression against our nation. It will not break our steadfastness."

Apr 26 10:53

Lest we forget: Israel’s armed aggression against the Christian Church

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of the gratuitous brutality visited upon the Church of the Nativity – the most famous of Christian churches — by the Israeli occupation army and the wanton, murderous brutality inflicted by the Israelis on the church's occupants.>>

Apr 25 04:20

Israel strikes Gaza targets after rockets fly

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired some three dozen rockets into Israel overnight Saturday, while the Israeli military struck back at targets operated by the ruling Hamas group. The exchange tookplace as tensions in Jerusalem spilled over into the worst round of cross-border violence in months.

The barrage of rocket fire occurred as hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in east Jerusalem. The clashes, in which at least four police and six protesters were injured, have become a nightly occurrence throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and show no signs of stopping.

Apr 25 04:19

36 rockets fired at Israel overnight.

Apr 24 07:30

'Death to Arabs': Chaos erupts in Jerusalem after far-right march

Hundreds of far-right and anti-Palestinian activists took to the streets in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday chanting "Death to Arabs" as they protested through the city centre.

The march, led by Lehava, a far-right Israeli group, was organised as a call to "restore Jewish dignity" in Jerusalem.

It came after a week of increased violent assaults against Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Old City.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the uptick in anti-Palestinian violence began after a video was posted to TikTok of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man being slapped - seemingly at random - on Jerusalem's light rail train.

Two 17-year-old Palestinians were subsequently arrested in relation to the incident.

Apr 24 07:25

Over 100 Palestinians Injured after Israeli Extremists March through Jerusalem

Over 100 Palestinians were injured and 50 others were detained in nightly violent clashes with Israeli police and Jewish settlers amid simmering tensions surrounding the holy month of Ramadan in the occupied city of East Jerusalem.

Violent clashes broke out between extremist Jewish settlers and Palestinians after some 300 extremist Jewish settlers marched towards Damascus Gate outside the Old City of Jerusalem, shouting “Death to the Arabs” and “Arabs get out” late on Thursday.

Apr 24 07:05

Sirens in Israel throughout night as multiple rocket salvos launched from Gaza

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired at least 18 rockets toward Israel in multiple salvos Friday night, the worst attack from the Strip in long months, after days of clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank that involved Palestinian and Israeli civilians as well as Israeli security forces.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attacks.

Around 11 p.m. Friday the IDF said three rockets were launched from Gaza, with the Iron Dome system intercepting one of the projectiles. Two other rockets fell in an open area and there were no reports of injuries or damage. Iron Dome is programmed to not deploy at rockets that are projected to hit non-populated areas.

Apr 23 06:12

(video) Ask An Israeli: Do you believe that gentiles (non Jews) will be slaves for the Jews?

We will not be bought!
We will not be sold!
I am not your slave!

Quoting sanitized Wikipedia "Jewish Views on Slavery"

The Torah and the Talmud contain various rules about how to treat slaves. Biblical rules for treatment of Jewish slaves were more lenient than for non-Jewish slaves and the Talmud insisted that Jewish slaves should be granted similar food, drink, lodging, and bedding, to that which their master would grant to himself.

Apr 22 05:35

Vicious new COVID-19 wave hits besieged Gaza: Red Cross

The International Red Cross says Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip have been coping with an alarming increase in reported COVID-19 cases amid a critical shortage of essential medicines and medical equipment.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a report on Tuesday that hospitals in the Palestinian enclave were struggling with insufficient ICU capacity and had been under immense pressure to admit new patients.

Almost all of Gaza has been currently declared as a red zone by the Palestinian health authorities because of widespread community transmission, it said.

Gaza has faced more than 1000 new infections each day for the past couple of weeks, with positivity rates of between 30 percent and 38 percent for all tested persons.

Palestinian health workers have voiced serious concerns about the rising infections across Gaza.

Apr 21 05:12

Neither the Israeli Elections Nor the Palestinian Elections Are About Democracy

Chances are, you are unaware that Palestinian elections are in the offing. But if you are following them, there is a lot to ponder.

If you are like me, you followed the US elections with disbelief, and now, things are “back to normal.” You followed the Israeli elections with disgust, and now, “safely past another election, Israel turns attention back to de-Arabization of the Zionist state.”

As Miko Peled writes:

“The Zionists openly say that they will allow Palestinians to choose whether they remain in “Israel” as residents without rights, leave, or fight and be killed by the Israeli forces?—?these same forces that have been killing them for more than seventy years.”

Apr 19 07:30

Report: Israeli Army Prepares Bank of Targets in Gaza

The Israeli army has revealed a plan including simultaneous attacks on hundreds of targets in Gaza based on a prepared bank of targets, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Friday.

According to the London-based newspaper, this was revealed after a series of Israeli strikes had been carried out in various areas of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Apr 19 07:30

Israeli Forces Attack Palestinian Worshipers at Damascus Gate, Injure Nine (VIDEO)

Israeli occupation police last night attacked hundreds of Palestinian worshipers as they were leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound via Damascus Gate in the occupied capital Jerusalem, injured nine of them, and detained one, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Israeli police officers were seen firing stun grenades and teargas canisters at the worshipers and chasing them in the Damascus Gate area, while also physically assaulting some of them during the attack. Nine worshipers reportedly sustained light injuries.

Apr 19 05:23

Israelis Treat Palestinians Like Nazis Treated Jews

The US Congress has long been owned by the Israel Lobby. Indeed, members of the US Congress routinely put Israel ahead of the interests of Americans and human rights. As far as Israel and the US Congress are concerned, Palestinians have no rights to life, to medical care, to their homes, to their farms, or to their country. Indeed, the entire history of Israel in the 20th and 21st centuries consists of slow genocide of the Palestinians. If Israel had exterminated the Palestinians all at once, it would have caused an uproar, but done bit by bit it has become acceptable.

The US Congress has supported this genocide with endless billions of American taxpayers’ dollars, thus turning every American taxpayer for a second time into an accomplice of genocide and the theft of a country. Israelis have said that having done in centuries past the same thing to the Indian tribes, Americans have no basis for complaining about Israel repeating the policy.

Apr 17 07:17

Bill would block US from funding Israel’s abuse of Palestinian children

A new US congressional bill would prevent taxpayer funds from being used by Israel to violate Palestinian rights and international law.

The measure, HR 2590, was introduced this week by Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum, who called on Congress to “stop ignoring the unjust and blatantly cruel mistreatment of Palestinian children and families living under Israeli military occupation.”

Proud to introduce new legislation: Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act. It's time for Congress to support peace & justice for Palestinians and Israelis.

Read my full statement here:

— Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) April 15, 2021

Apr 17 07:04

Israeli settlers attack Palestinians, steal land with impunity. Imagine outrage & calls for sanctions if any other state did it

Every aspect of their existence on occupied Palestinian land is illegal. Still, the violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers against civilians continues, propped up by Israel’s legal system and the world’s blind eyes.

Periodically, we will hear in the news something about the illegal colonies (settlements), but increasingly rarely over the years, and generally without a human face: just numbers and false promises to end the expansion of these colonies choking Palestinians from their land.

Recently, UN Special Rapporteurs and experts shed light on the uptick of brutality and land theft by Israeli colonists. In a new UN report, they noted:

Apr 17 05:24

Videos showing Palestinian experience of violent apartheid deserve an American audience

In January the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem declared that Palestinians face an “apartheid… regime of Jewish supremacy” in all the lands under Israel’s control, including the state of Israel, but the declaration has gotten very little attention in the U.S. The media, politicians and liberal Zionist organizations have all sidestepped it because it contradicts the idea that Israel is a Jewish “democracy” — and the occupation is something bad going on in a different land.

B’Tselem’s finding is the latest in the “mounting recognition” of a reality: Israel and Palestine are one entity, with more than 680,000 Jewish settlers living in what was supposed to be a Palestinian state, and almost all Israel’s political leaders are fine with the arrangement. So we are past the era of a two-state outcome and seeing an active struggle for equal rights.

Apr 17 05:22

UN Report: Settler Violence against Palestinians Rising Drastically

UN human rights experts have warned that violent attacks against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, including physical assaults and property demolitions carried out by Jewish settlers, have increased drastically in recent months.

More than 210 violent incidents by settlers were recorded during the first three months of 2021, including one Palestinian death, the report said.

During the course of 2020, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented 771 incidents of settler violence, which caused injuries to 133 Palestinians, mostly in the areas of Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah.

Apr 17 05:20

Israel restricts entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan

Israeli forces blocked thousands of Palestinians from towns and villages of the occupied West Bank from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem to perform the first Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, observed by hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world.

The Palestinian Wafa official agency reported that Israeli military forces blocked roads and installed makeshift checkpoints from the early hours of Friday around occupied East Jerusalem, allowing only small numbers to pass through.

Around 70,000 Palestinians, mostly residents of East Jerusalem and Palestinians inside Israel, made it through to the Al-Aqsa compound, despite restrictions in the city, according to Wafa.

Apr 15 07:42

Israel said to muzzle Al-Aqsa muezzin as Memorial Day observed at Western Wall

Israeli security forces disconnected the power supply to the Islamic call to prayer on the Temple Mount as an official Memorial Day service was held in the adjacent Western Wall square on Tuesday evening, the site’s Muslim administrators said.

“[Israeli forces] forcibly stormed the minarets of Al-Aqsa Mosque after cutting the door locks with special equipment, then they cut the wires of the main minarets in the mosque,” Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, who manages the Temple Mount for the Jordanian-backed Islamic Waqf, said on Wednesday.

The Israel Police declined to comment on the alleged operation, refusing to answer over the phone or to a written email query.

Apr 14 06:19

Jewish Settlers, Including Former Israeli Spy, Storm Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus (VIDEO)

A former Israeli spy Tuesday overnight joined scores of settlers in storming Joseph’s Tomb in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to Israeli media.

Jonathan Pollard, an American who served a 30-year sentence for spying for Israel, joined a convoy of buses packed with scores of fanatic Jewish settlers who broke into the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, where they performed religious rituals as Israeli forces secured the road and location for them.

The site of Joseph’s Tomb is contentious. Palestinians believe the site to be the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure, while Israeli settlers believe it belongs to the Biblical Patriarch Joseph.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Apr 14 06:18

Palestinians face ‘scandalous exploitation’ working in Israel, illegal West Bank settlements: report

Palestinians working in Israel and illegal West Bank settlements are subject to "scandalous exploitation", a report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has found.

The document reveals that violations are visible even in the permit scheme, the pathway through which Palestinians gain employment with Israeli companies.

For instance, it says that the system has the effect of "bonding workers to employers".

Permit requests are filed by Israeli companies on behalf of prospective Palestinian employees.

Once approved the permit lasts for six months and the holder is only allowed to work for that organisation.

However, the ITUC says this "can be arbitrarily annulled at any time" by Israeli authorities or host companies.

Apr 14 05:29

Palestinian Al Araby TV journalist 'interrogated by Mossad in Spain over Israeli intelligence report'

A Palestinian journalist based in Spain has claimed he was interrogated by Israel's Mossad intelligence services at the headquarters of the Spanish Civil Guard earlier this year.

Muath Hamed, a reporter for Al Araby TV and freelance contributor for The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, said he was targeted due to an investigation he wrote alleging efforts to recruit Palestinians living in Turkey as spies for Israel.

A report detailing Hamed's experience was published by Spanish news outlet Publico last week, drawing outrage from journalists on social media.

Apr 13 06:41

Palestine election: Israel's wave of arrests sweeps up Palestinians before polls

Israeli forces arrested 24 Palestinians on Monday morning ahead of May's Palestinian legislative election, which Israel fears the Hamas movement will win with a landslide majority.

This latest round of arrests targeted several towns in the West Bank, according to a statement by the Palestinian prisoners' rights group Asra Media Office, and included a former female political prisoner and Hamas members in the West Bank.

In Arraba village, south of Jenin town, Mona Kadan, 46, a former political prisoner who spent six years in Israeli jails, was arrested on Monday morning.

Israeli forces also arrested two leaders of Hamas in Hebron, Anas Rasras and Omar al-Qawasmeh, as well as Sheikh Mustafa Shawar, head of the Palestinian Scholars League.

Apr 13 06:39

Palestinian bystander, 14, loses eye from rubber bullet allegedly fired by IDF

A 14-year-old Palestinian bystander lost his eye on Friday afternoon in the West Bank city of Hebron after apparently being hit by a rubber-tipped steel bullet fired by an Israeli soldier, although the Israeli army said it could neither confirm nor deny the matter.

A spokesperson for the IDF did not deny the possibility and acknowledged that Israeli soldiers had fired rubber bullets at a crowd of Palestinians nearby.

“There was a violent protest, including stone-throwing and stone-slinging, and the military responded with riot dispersal mechanisms, including rubber bullets,” the Israeli military’s spokesperson said.

Apr 13 05:53

More Palestinians think Israel supports apartheid than two states - poll

The results showed that, among those surveyed, 45% would consider Israel an apartheid state, while only 13% believe Israel to be serious about a two-state solution to the conflict.

Apr 13 00:29

Palestinians in Chicago Defeat Extremist Pro-Israel Candidate in Local Elections

The Palestinian community in Chicago, Illinois, succeeded in defeating extremist right-wing and pro-Israel candidate, Sharon Brannigan, in the local election, news agencies reported yesterday.

According to news agencies, the Palestinian community mobilized other Arab communities and supporters of the Palestinian cause to take part in a campaign to ensure Brannigan does not win in the Palos Township Council of Chicago election race.

Apr 12 05:58

Threatened by cultural defiance, Israel throws dancer in prison

In occupied Palestine, even dance can land you in prison. Especially if that dance draws inspiration from Palestinian history and heritage.

The arrest, in February, and continued detention without charge of acclaimed dance choreographer Ata Khattab underlines just how threatening Palestinian culture and identity is considered by Israel’s occupation forces.

Dance communities and rights groups across the globe are now calling for the release of Ata, who has been detained in a notorious Israeli prison since a raid on his West Bank home in the middle of the night on 2 February.

Family members and neighbors were awakened by the sound of Israeli soldiers breaking into his family home in al-Bireh, near Ramallah, and calling out Ata’s name at 4 am.

Apr 12 05:57

Israel to close West Bank, Gaza crossings for Memorial Day, Independence Day

The Israel Defense Forces announced on Sunday that it would close all crossings into Israel from the West Bank and Gaza Strip for two days beginning Tuesday night for the country’s Memorial and Independence days.

The closure — a standard practice for religious and national holidays — was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and last until 12:01 a.m. Friday, pending a “situational assessment,” the military said.

The IDF said exceptions would be made for “humanitarian, medical and special cases” with approval from the Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

Apr 10 08:15

Israeli settlers take control of Palestinian property and land in East Jerusalem

More than 100 Israeli settlers took over Palestinian properties and land in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan on Thursday morning, according to the Wafa news agency.

Accompanied by Israeli police and private security guards, the group arrived at 2am in Silwan, an area on the outskirts of the contested city, and moved into three buildings and a plot of land owned by Palestinian residents.

Since 2007, the area of Silwan has been a site of excavation for Israeli archaeologists hoping to find the biblical city of David.

Wadi al-Hilweh Information Centre, which monitors Israeli violations and settler archaeological excavations in the area, said in a statement that the owners of the buildings were not present when the settlers and police arrived.

Apr 10 07:16

Republicans Block US Aid to Palestinians

Congressional Republicans are blocking the Biden administration from sending approximately $75 million in aid to Palestinians through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Senator James Risch (R-ID) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the ranking members of their respective committees on foreign affairs, put a hold on the notification for USAID on the reinstated funding that was eliminated by the Trump administration. The aid will be delayed but is expected to eventually go through.

The $75 million is part of the $235 in aid the Biden administration announced on Wednesday. Risch and McCaul have not commented on their efforts to block the aid, but they did put out a statement denouncing Biden’s decision to resume assistance to the Palestinians.

Apr 10 06:52

Israeli MK Threatens to Expel Muslims Who Do Not Recognize Israel as Land of Jews

Leader of the far-right Religious Zionist party MK Bezalel Smotrich on Thursday threatened to expel an Arab MK and other Muslims who do not accept the rule of Jews in Israel.

Earlier in the day, MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List gave an interview with Radio 103FM, during which he was asked his opinion on remarks made by Chief Rabbi of Safed Shmuel Eliyahu, who in 2019 stated: “The land [of Israel] vomits out the Arabs.”

Apr 09 07:54

Israel tells International Criminal Court it doesn't have authority to investigate crimes in Palestinian territories

Tel Aviv has formally responded to the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s plans to investigate possible war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, claiming the tribunal does not have jurisdiction over Israel.

"Israel has decided to respond to the notice sent by the ICC and make clear it is acting without having the jurisdiction to do so," the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, in a statement carried by Israeli media on Thursday.

"Moreover, it should be noted that Israel is a law-abiding country that is capable of carrying out its own investigation."

Israel had been given until April 9 to respond to an ICC notification letter sent on March 9 and was required to say whether it would launch its own investigation into potential war crimes in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Apr 07 07:25

Palestinian media claims Holocaust refugees 'bit the hand that fed them'

A program titled From the Israeli Archive was aired on the Palestinian Authority's TV channel this week and claimed that Jews who immigrated to Israel during the Holocaust were helped by Arabs, and later betrayed them.

The program's episode on "The Expulsion of the Jews from Germany," aired and was immediately translated and distributed by Palestinian Media Watch.
"How was the expulsion (i.e., the Nazi genocide) of the Jews carried out? German [Nazi] Minister of Propaganda [Joseph] Goebbels, together with Hitler, disseminated that the Jews are like rats: They spread diseases, rob the wealth of Germany, and must be expelled... They reached the land of Palestine hungry, sick, lacking everything, infected with typhus and malaria. We gave them fresh water to drink and fed them oranges, and they betrayed the hand that was extended to help them," the episode began.

Apr 06 07:42

The Jewish community excommunicates Jews who support Palestinian freedom

When you are Jewish and come out as an anti-Zionist, you get excommunicated. That is how the Jewish community works to support Israel. The Jewish community says directly, You may choose your community or what you call your sense of ethics. And if you persist, forget about your community, because Jewish life as we know it is committed to supporting Israel, the miraculous achievement of the Jewish people in the 20th century in the wake of the extermination.

Apr 05 04:09

A Palestinian mother called the Israeli police to help her son with a mental illness. They shot him instead.

When Itaf Anabtawi called the police to her home in the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood of Haifa on the morning of March 29th, she never imagined that it would result in the death of her son, Munir.

Itaf had just returned home after a week-long stay in the hospital, and says she was lovingly welcomed back home by her 33-year-old son Munir, who his family said had a mental illness.

“He kept telling me that he loved me and missed me so much while I was gone,” Itaf told Mondoweiss from the living room of her home, surrounded by mourning relatives.

According to Itaf, Munir, who receives routine medical treatment for his illness in the nearby neighborhood of Kiryat Eliezer, seemed like he had not been taking his medication.

Apr 05 04:08

Palestinian Farmers Confront And Prevent Colonists from Uprooting Their Lands Near Bethlehem

Palestinian farmers from Battir town, west of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, in the West Bank, confronted and managed to prevent a group of illegal Israeli colonists from uprooting their lands.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the incident took place on Sunday at dawn, when a group of colonists, accompanied by Israeli soldiers invaded the Palestinian lands and tried to uproot them.

It added that the Palestinians noticed the attack, rushed to their lands, and prevented the destruction of their crops and plants.

Omar al-Qaisi, an owner of one of the targeted lands, said the colonists brought a bulldozer into the al-Khamar and al-Qusayr areas, northeast of the town, and tried to bulldoze them.

He added that the attack started approximately at 1 after midnight, and that came only three days after the colonists bulldozed and uprooted sections of the same lands three days ago.

Apr 05 04:07

Israeli Military Shoots Young Palestinian Man Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers shot and injured young Palestinian man Saturday night in the village of Qatanna, northwest of Jerusalem. Local sources reported that the soldiers abducted him while he lay bleeding on the ground.

According to the Palestinian Wafa News Agency, Yaaqoub Mohammad Faqih, 20, was shot in the foot by the Israeli soldiers. The circumstances around the shooting are unknown.

The soldiers, according to eyewitnesses, then surrounded the young man as he lay bleeding from the gunshot wound and, instead of taking him by ambulance to a hospital, loaded him into a military vehicle and took him away.

His location remains unknown, although his family suspects he was taken to an Israeli military base.

Apr 05 04:07

Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Own Home In Jerusalem.

A Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home, Sunday, in Jabal al-Mokabber, in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of not obtaining a permit.

Local sources said the Palestinian, Amer Shqeirat, had to demolish his home to avoid paying more excessively high fines and fees, in addition to the exaggerated demolition costs if the City Council uses its workers and machines.

The Palestinian lived in the property along with his wife and four children, who were all rendered homeless despite all appeals and fines he already paid.

Israel’s policy of home demolitions is an illegal act of collective punishment against entire families.

According to data by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), more than 120,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished in Israel and the Occupied Palestine Territory (OPT) since 1948.

Apr 05 04:06

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinians holding the weekly nonviolent procession in the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured six Palestinians, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Palestinians were marching against the Israeli closure of the eastern entrance of the village, in addition to marking Palestinian Land Day.

They marched towards the eastern entrance while chanting against the ongoing closure, the illegal Israeli occupation, and its colonies, in addition to the escalating violations against the Palestinian people.

The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters wounding six, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Apr 02 03:19

Senate seeks to enhance Arab-Israeli normalization at the expense of the Palestinians

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill last week to advance the normalization of ties between Israel and Arab governments in a move to further politically isolate the Palestinian people and give Israel greater latitude to entrench its ongoing settler-colonialism against them.

S.1061, the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021, was introduced on March 25 by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID), Todd Young (R-IN), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and cosponsored by 13 additional Senators, including some Democrats, such as Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), who have previously spoken out in support of Palestinian human rights.

The bill was supported by AIPAC during its virtual lobbying conference earlier this month.

Mar 31 07:00

US judge dismisses lawsuit linking Palestine solidarity group to 'terrorism'

A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit that aimed to link a Washington-based Palestinian rights advocacy group to "international terrorism", in a decision that activists hailed as a victory for free speech.

In a ruling released on Monday, federal judge Richard Leon rejected a claim that the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is liable for militant attacks against Israelis because of its support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and Gaza's Great March of Return.

The lawsuit was led by the Israeli government-aligned Jewish National Fund and group of US citizens living in Israel.

They argued that the USPCR aided and abetted acts of "international terrorism" by supporting the Great March of Return and the BDS National Committee (BNC). The plaintiffs sought a jury trial demanding compensation under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), a US law that allows victims of terrorism to sue accomplices in militant attacks for damages.

Mar 31 06:58

How Israeli rights groups prevent Palestinians from framing their own reality

In recent years, people of colour working in the human rights and international development sector have called on NGOs and agencies to examine institutional racism, and to look at how their structures, discourses and programmes reinforce colonialism and white supremacy.

Last year, 1,000 former and current staff of Doctors Without Borders called for an independent investigation to dismantle "decades of power and paternalism". A year earlier, a report by an independent commission determined that Oxfam International was plagued by "racism, colonial behaviour and bullying behaviours".

But this emerging global conversation appears to have skipped over Israeli human rights organisations, still praised for their courageous fight against Israel’s occupation and their advocacy of Palestinian rights. The recent report from B’Tselem, which declared Israel to be an apartheid state, offers an opportunity to speak about the racial politics of Israeli human rights work.

Mar 31 06:35

Report: Thousands in Gaza to get vaccine to be able to cross Israel to West Bank

Planning is underway for an internationally led effort to vaccinate thousands of merchants in the Gaza Strip against coronavirus, so that they can cross the border into Israel and travel to the West Bank, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper reported Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources.

Israel is said to be willing to cooperate with the idea, which would see the traders vaccinated by teams of doctors from abroad at special sites set up on the Israeli side of the Erez border crossing. The doctors would likely be from an international aid organization, according to the report.

The report said Israel would approve such a plan as part of ongoing arrangements with the Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza.

Mar 30 05:56

After filming arrest of five boys, B’Tselem field researcher says Israeli Shin Bet ‘threatened’ him

Earlier this month Palestinians in the occupied West Bank’s South Hebron Hills made headlines, after a video was published of Israeli soldiers arresting five young Palestinian children, all between the ages of 8 and 13.

The video, which showed a large group of armed soldiers detaining the frightened young boys, was filmed by a field researcher with Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, and went viral on social media.

Human rights organizations and activists from around the world condemned the Israeli military’s handling of the boys, claiming that they were wrongfully detained while picking wild herbs and vegetables in a mountainous area close to an illegal Israeli settlement.

Mar 30 05:43

‘Cut Aid Over Israeli Apartheid’ Say Americans: Poll

Israel’s American lobby has long categorically rejected assertions that Israel is or would ever become an apartheid regime. That position has become more difficult to maintain over time.

Former President Jimmy Carter’s 2006 New York Times bestseller "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" argued that Israel’s construction of settlements and control of occupied territories were the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East. The word "apartheid" provoked an immediate firestorm within the U.S. Israel affinity ecosystem. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) even accused Carter of "engaging in anti-Semitism" in the book.

Mar 25 10:45

Pro-Israel think tank wants Progressives to adopt “Progressive Except Palestine”  

In a moment when support for Israel is slipping a bit in Congress, this Israel-right-or-wrong group proposes a new category of antisemitism in hopes of persuading Progressives to alter their agenda to accommodate pro-Israel Jewish Americans.

It’s called “Progressive Except Palestine.”

Mar 23 06:57

‘Finished With the Bluffing’: Jewish National Fund Goes Public With Its Aid to Settlers

For decades, Jews around the world have cherished the Jewish National Fund’s supposedly “charitable” work buying and managing land in Israel. Generations of Jewish children have been encouraged to drop pennies into its iconic blue collection boxes.

The Fund is held in similar high esteem by western governments, which typically subsidize their citizens’ donations to the JNF by treating them as tax exempt. Meanwhile, international agencies seek out its advice on environmental and sustainability issues.

But a vote last month by the JNF’s board threatens to unmask the Zionist charity, even to its most faithful supporters. For the first time, the organization has agreed to publicly allocate funds to expand Israel’s illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Mar 23 06:57

PCBS: Only 4% of Households in Gaza have Access to Safe Water

A study released today by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the Palestinian Water Authority suggests that only four percent of households in the Gaza Strip have access to safely managed water, compared with 39.5 percent in the rest of Palestine.

In the West Bank, the study shows that 66.2 percent of households have access to safe water.

The daily allocation per capita from consumed water is less than the internationally recommended rate, and it is decreasing

The daily allocation per capita from consumed water for domestic purposes is 81.9 liters/capita/day in Palestine: 85.6 (l/c/d) in the West Bank, while it is 77 (l/c/d) in the Gaza Strip in 2019.

Mar 23 05:54

Israel seizes Palestinian foreign minister’s travel permit after visit to International Criminal Court over war crimes probe

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, who was returning to the West Bank from a meeting at the International Criminal Court (ICC), was held up at a border crossing and got his VIP travel permit revoked by Israel.

Senior Palestinian official, Ahmed al-Deek, said that agents of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence service have questioned al-Maliki for around 30 minutes at the Allenby crossing from Jordan into the West Bank on Sunday. Members of the FM’s entourage were questioned for around an hour, he added.

Al-Maliki’s special travel permit has been revoked and he left the border crossing without it. The VIP pass allows top Palestinian officials to move freely through the Israeli-operated checkpoints. It was unclear if the FM will be getting the papers back, al-Deek added.

Mar 22 11:16

Joe Biden’s heartfelt illogic about Israel

Lawrence Davidson argues that in contrast to his domestic policies, US President Biden's foreign policy in the Middle East in general and towards Israel in particular is not only stale and worn out, but is also riddled with hypocrisy and contradictions. >>

Mar 20 06:48

Shin Bet head asked Abbas to scrap Palestinian elections if Hamas runs — report

The head of the Shin Bet security agency recently urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to scrap the upcoming elections for the Palestinian parliament if the Hamas terror group takes part, Israeli television reported Friday.

Citing a Palestinian source, the Kan public broadcaster said Nadav Argaman was rebuffed by the PA chief.

The report said the request was made in the past two weeks during a meeting in Ramallah, the PA’s seat of government.

Mar 20 06:47

ICC gives Israel a month to seek deferral of war crimes probe

The International Criminal Court confirmed on Thursday it has sent formal notices to Israel and the Palestinian Authority about its impending investigation into possible war crimes, giving them a month to seek deferral by proving they are carrying out their own investigations.

Earlier this month, the ICC announced it would investigate possible war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinians following a request by the Palestinians, who joined the court in 2015 after being granted nonmember observer status in the UN General Assembly.

Israel has fiercely condemned the investigation, accusing the ICC of bias, noting that it is demonstrably capable of investigating any alleged IDF crimes through its own legal hierarchies, and saying the ICC has no jurisdiction since the Palestinians do not have a state. Israel is not a member of the ICC, but its citizens could be subject to arrest abroad if warrants are issued.

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The ICC just opened an escape hatch for Israel!

Mar 20 06:46

California has adopted an ethnic studies curriculum, but Palestine has been scrubbed out of it

California has become the first state in the country to adopt an ethnic studies curriculum for its high schools, but the history of Palestine has been scrubbed from the educational program.

On Thursday, California State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the curriculum. “We are reminded daily that racism is not only a legacy of the past but a clear and present danger,” said the board’s president Linda Darling-Hammond. “We must understand this history if we are finally to end it.”

In 2019, the bill was held up after some claimed the program singled out Israel and failed to adequately address antisemitism. The backlash was fueled by right-wing, pro-Israel groups and the app Act.IL (which is partially funded by the Israeli government) called on its users to oppose its implentation.

Mar 19 09:47

Palestinian MP: Rachel Corrie’s Blood is a ‘Witness to Israeli Crimes’

A Palestinian MP said on Tuesday that Rachel Corrie’s blood is a “witness to Israeli crimes”.

Huda Naim made her comment in a statement issued on the anniversary of the death of the US-born pro-Palestine activist, who was killed on March 16, 2003, as she was trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer demolishing Palestinian homes in Rafah.

“The blood of freedom fighter Rachel Corrie will remain Israel’s shame,” said Naim. “The [Israeli] occupation violated human rights and international law by killing Corrie.”

Mar 19 08:28

Israeli settler attacks surge against Palestinians

Palestinian Saeed Alyan Awad was on the way to his land with his wife when 10 Israeli settlers attacked them near the illegal Mitzpe Yair settlement.

The Awads’ land lies east of the town of Yatta, south of Hebron, and the family goes there every Saturday in an effort to prevent the Israelis from expanding their outpost onto their property.

One of the attackers, wielding an iron pipe, cracked Saeed’s skull and broke his jaw on March 10, while his wife suffered severe bruises on her leg. With Awad’s children and nephews screaming in horror inside their vehicle, the settlers then moved towards them and smashed the windscreen and pelted it with rocks.

“The assault on my family and me lasted about seven minutes,” Awad, 49, told Al Jazeera. “My face was bleeding and I lost consciousness for a few minutes. I underwent an operation to re-attach my left jaw and heal the wounds on my face.”

Mar 19 08:09

Covid-19: West Bank hospitals inundated while Israel tosses surplus vaccines

When Issa Saafi rushed his ill mother to the Ramallah government hospital, one of the primary hospitals in the occupied West Bank city, he never anticipated that it would turn into one of his worst nightmares.

Safiya Saafi, 70, had fallen ill with Covid-19-like symptoms at her home in Ramallah’s Jalazone Refugee Camp. At the time, her children didn’t think much of it, as she seemed to be doing okay.

But on 10 March Safiya’s condition took a turn for the worse, and Issa and his brothers rushed her to the hospital. What they found, Issa said, shook him to his core.

Mar 19 08:08

Rivlin urges France to oppose ICC’s ‘legally, morally bankrupt’ war crimes probe

President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday called on France to reject the International Criminal Court’s “legally and morally bankrupt” decision to investigate Israel for war crimes in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Rivlin made the plea via op-ed in the Le Figaro French daily, hours before his planned meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

“Friends may not always agree, but I believe we are committed to hearing each other in order to better understand each other’s perspectives, motivations and decisions,” the president wrote, explaining why he would be raising his objection over the ICC probe with Macron. The ICC investigation will also examine alleged war crimes by Palestinian terror groups.

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Tête de merde!

Mar 19 07:33

Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in West Bank increased by 65%: UN office

The Israeli regime has shot up the monthly rate at which it destroys the Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank by 65 percent compared to last year, a UN office reports.

The world body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA) raised the alarm in a report on Tuesday.

According to the office, Israel's actions resulted in the displacement of 305 Palestinians, including 172 children. At least 435 people also had their livelihoods or access to services affected, the body said.

Last month alone, Israeli forces either laid waste to or seized 153 Palestinian-owned structures across the Tel Aviv-occupied territory, including in the East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israel’s destructive march in February also broke the record of monthly demolitions since 2009, when the UN began to keep track of the times, when the regime would render another Palestinian family homeless.

Mar 19 06:45

Afghanistan: How Long Must This Go On?

The United States military and mercenary forces need to leave Afghanistan now.
Note: Does anyone remember why we are there in the first place!
The Cactus Moon is crying!

Mar 17 06:47

The ICC and Israel’s Charge of Anti-Semitism

We are at a critical historical juncture in which it is becoming increasingly difficult to criticize Israel without being branded an anti-Semite. You are an anti-Semite if you support the International Criminal Court’s recent ruling that it has jurisdiction to open a war crimes investigation against Israel. But you are also likely to be called an anti-Semite if you reject the logic informing the court’s decision.

Target List

The ICC is on Israel’s target list. This becomes clear when searching for the terms “ICC ruling” and “Israel” together; instantaneously, an ad pops up at the very top of Google’s list of 1,390,000 results: “ICC & Israel: No Standing. No Jurisdiction. No Case.” Clicking the ad, will take you to a slick blue and white website (i.e., the color of Israel’s flag) called “ICC Jurisdiction” with the large “No Standing….” slogan at the center of the page.

Mar 16 12:31

Rachel Corrie Foundation

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.

Mar 16 08:23

GOP Rep wants Biden to target BDS movement over false terror links

A GOP lawmaker is claiming that a popular fundraising app could be funneling money to terrorists and is calling for the Biden administration to investigate.

ActBlue is an organization that allows Democratic candidates and progressives groups to raise money. One of the groups that uses the platform is the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). Last week, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that falsely claims the BNC is an “umbrella organization for foreign terrorist groups” and asserts that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) “runs counter to our nation’s interests.”

Mar 16 08:01

ICC war crimes probe in Palestine angers US and Israel

The ICC probe into war crimes committed by the United States and Israel in Palestine, headed by chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, has concluded war crimes were committed by Israel, the US and their allies.

In December 2019 Bensouda announced that such crimes have been, or were being committed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. She named the Israeli military, which has for years unleashed a reign of terror on Palestinians, as a perpetrator of war crimes.

The ICC prosecutor further noted that there was a reasonable basis to launch a probe into Israeli military actions in the besieged Gaza Strip, as well as illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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Mar 16 07:46

The Intellectually Superior Perpetual Victim Again on Display

Those who have followed developments in the Middle East would likely agree that Israel covers up its war crimes and other human rights violations by regularly invoking its own victimhood. Whether the subject is U.S. aid to the Jewish state or media coverage of the illegal expansion of Israel into the West Bank, one will always find references to the so-called holocaust or claims of anti-Semitism to discredit any criticism. And the results of this assiduous effort to assign guilt are clearly seen as the mainstream media in both the United States and Europe exhibits considerable reluctance to report honestly on what is being done to the Palestinians while politicians in the west sometimes appear to count themselves more as “friends of Israel” than as representatives advancing the interests of their own constituents.

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Mar 16 07:35

Israel’s FBI gives human rights researcher a “warning”

Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet, interrogated a field researcher for rights group B’Tselem who they said was always around during Palestinian activity, and has been “making trouble and threatening the army.”
His troublemaking includes reporting on an unarmed Palestinian who was shot in the neck and paralyzed.

by Amira Hass, reposted from Ha’aretz, March 14, 2021

A field researcher for Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem was investigated and warned by the Shin Bet Security service last week.

Mar 16 07:34

WATCH: Palestinian Rockets – The Hidden Facts

U.S. media reports focus on Palestinian rockets fired into Israel from Gaza, but the reports leave out essential facts, making the aggressors seem victims, and the victims, aggressors.

Mar 16 07:31

Vaccinating Palestinians only when it serves Israel

COGAT is back on its bullshit, as the kids like to say.

Earlier this week, the Israeli military body tweeted photos of Palestinian workers being vaccinated against COVID-19 at West Bank checkpoints.

COGAT, infamous for its mediocre and exploitative propaganda, stated that the vaccine initiative “is an important step in order to maintain public health and economic stability.”

“Get vaccinated!” implored COGAT, which all too often delays or denies Palestinians’ travel permits to access medical treatment.

However, the vast majority of Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation cannot get vaccinated, even if they wanted to.