Category: Israel

Lies Are Being Told About Sally Rooney Because She Refuses to Ignore Israeli Apartheid

Baseless claims of anti-Semitism and allegations of hypocrisy have been leveled for decades at anyone who rejects the fiction that Israel is a normal state.

Source: Lies Are Being Told About Sally Rooney Because She Refuses to Ignore Israeli Apartheid

Band of 30 militant Israeli Squatters attack Palestinian Farmers, Steal Olive Harvest in continued Sabotage that has seen 1 mn Olive Trees destroyed by Israelis since 1967

On Friday, some thirty militant Israeli squatters on Palestinian land in the West Bank attacked Palestinian farmers harvesting olives from their orchards at Salfit. At the same time the Israeli occupation army blocked other farmers from reaching their olive orchards near the large squatter settlement of Ariel, built on land stolen from Palestinian families. So reports al-Quds [Jerusalem] and the Associated Press. Fall is harvest time for Palestinian olive growers. Murad Ishtiwi, a Palestinian activist against the Israeli government project of settling squatters on other people’s private property, told al-Quds that the Occupation forces attempted to stop the farmers from the hamlet of Yasuf near Salfit when they sought to reach their land near to an Israeli squatter outpost. They were shocked that a large band of squatters from Rahalim, allegedly abetted by the Israeli army, attacked and beat the farmers, injuring four of them. The Israelis then made off with the olive harvest.

Source: Band of 30 militant Israeli Squatters attack Palestinian Farmers, Steal Olive Harvest in continued Sabotage that has seen 1 mn Olive Trees destroyed by Israelis since 1967

Sally Rooney Is Right to Boycott Israel

Rooney’s statement, published today, made that absolutely clear: The Hebrew-language translation rights to my new novel are still available, and if I can find a way to sell these rights that is compliant with the BDS movement’s institutional boycott guidelines, I will be very pleased and proud to do so. In the meantime I would like to express once again my solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. Modan publishes books in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Defense. It’s exactly the kind of firm that the BDS campaign had in mind when it called for a boycott of Israeli cultural institutions that are “complicit in maintaining the Israeli occupation and denial of basic Palestinian rights.” Rooney previously gave her support to the Pakistani-British novelist Kamila Shamsie when she rejected an offer to have her work published in Israel. The 2019 open letter in support of Shamsie, signed by Rooney and other writers including Arundhati Roy and J. M. Coetzee, came after the German city of Dortmund had stripped her of a literary prize because she endorsed the BDS campaign.

Source: Sally Rooney Is Right to Boycott Israel

Israeli media attack journalist who exposed settler violence | The Electronic Intifada

The “Jewish Diaspora” is fast becoming a shrinking myth because Israel really isn’t representative of Jews living outside the State. Jews around the world are turning their backs on a State that no longer reflects the fundamental beliefs they were brought up with. Israel shames them  and it’s reflected in the propaganda put out by the Mainstream Media.

After masked settlers attacked a Palestinian community as soldiers looked on last month, the response in Israel has been to attack and silence the messenger.

Source: Israeli media attack journalist who exposed settler violence | The Electronic Intifada

Water Justice for Occupied Palestinians is demanded by UN, as Israeli Squatters Use 87% of Aquifers

The UNHCR director of field operations, Christian Salazar Volkmann, adds, “In addition, Israeli authorities treated the nearly 450,000 Israeli settlers and 2.7 million Palestinians residing in the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem) under two distinct bodies of law. This resulted in unequal treatment on a range of issues, including access to water.” The Israeli squatters on land owned by Palestinian families are, in fact, water hogs. The draft report said, “as estimated in 2014, 87 percent of the mountain aquifer waters were used by Israelis and only 13 percent by Palestinians.” Aquifers are non-renewable underground water resources that are being drawn down, and I think it is clear who is drawing them down most rapidly.

Source: Water Justice for Occupied Palestinians is demanded by UN, as Israeli Squatters Use 87% of Aquifers

Dozens of masked Israeli Black Shirts attack homes in small Palestinian Town, Injure Residents, including a Toddler

Palestinian rights organizations said that on Tuesday, 60 armed squatters with clubs and handguns and stones went berserk as they attacked the small town, with unprecedented ferocity. It began when twenty masked individuals attacked a shepherd and slaughtered several of his lambs in front of his eyes and those of his two children. Then dozens of masked squatters joined the first group of attackers, all of them carrying batons, and they started throwing stones at the houses and slashed the water pipes of house after house. They then invaded the homes and broke up whatever was in them and beating the people inside. Several residents were injured, one in the head. Eyewitnesses told the human rights organizations that Israeli occupation troops stood by behind the attackers the whole time without stopping them. Instead, they fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at the Palestinian residents.

Source: Dozens of masked Israeli Black Shirts attack homes in small Palestinian Town, Injure Residents, including a Toddler

After Palestinians Buried Their Martyrs, Western Media Buried Israel’s Crimes

Hammam Chott is famed in UK media as the Tunis cemetery where Jeremy Corbyn supposedly laid a wreath to terrorists. But “wreathgate” was a lie — and it erased the real crime that happened here on October 1, 1985, when Israeli jets murdered 60 people.

Source: After Palestinians Buried Their Martyrs, Western Media Buried Israel’s Crimes

In Height of Hypocrisy, Nuclear-Armed Israeli PM Bennett slams Iran, which has no weapons or program, for “crossing all red Lines”

. Iran has a civilian nuclear enrichment program. It does not have a military nuclear weapons program. There isn’t a scintilla of evidence that Iran is attempting to produce nuclear weapons. There is evidence that it is demonstrating a capacity to go in that direction if it is severely threatened. This is called “nuclear latency” or the “Japan option,” and it is a form of deterrence. Israel, in contrast, defied President Kennedy and President Johnson, who wanted it to avoid proliferating nukes and wanted to avoid a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Helped behind the scenes by France and Britain, Israel made a nuclear weapon and by now has a stockpile of hundreds of them. That kicked off an Iraqi interest in nuclear weapons, though Baghdad’s program was never very advanced, which in turn helped draw the United States in the Iraq War. So Bennett accusing Iran of crossing red lines is the height of hypocrisy. Iran does not have a nuclear bomb. It isn’t even close. It doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program. Israel has hundreds of atom bombs. You really need a stronger word than hypocrisy.

Source: In Height of Hypocrisy, Nuclear-Armed Israeli PM Bennett slams Iran, which has no weapons or program, for “crossing all red Lines”

Israeli Diplomat Pushed UNC to Remove Israel Critic Teacher

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An Israeli consul general baselessly accused a graduate student of antisemitism and said she shouldn’t teach a course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Welcome to an Israeli Book Burning

The intervention by an Israeli government official, Consul General to the Southeastern United States Anat Sultan-Dadon, followed a pressure campaign by right-wing pro-Israel websites and an advocacy group to remove the graduate student, Kylie Broderick, from teaching the history department course called “The Conflict over Israel/Palestine.” The websites and pro-Israel advocacy group pointed to postings Broderick had made on Twitter that criticized Israel and Zionism and, without evidence, cited the postings as evidence of antisemitism.

Source: Israeli Diplomat Pushed UNC to Remove Israel Critic Teacher

Israel’s PM says at least five Palestinians killed in shootout with Israeli military as tensions spike – ABC News

Palestinian demonstrator burns tires in clash with Israeli soldiers

The Israeli PM says soldiers acted against Hamas operatives that were “about to execute terror attacks” Hamas praised the men as “martyrs” and confirmed some were members of the group The Palestinian Authority said the Israeli government was “fully and directly responsible for this bloody morning”

Source: Israel’s PM says at least five Palestinians killed in shootout with Israeli military as tensions spike – ABC News

Palestinian Parties, Organizations Greet Abbas’s Pledge to take Israel to Int’l Criminal Court as “Historic” and Roadmap

Imagine Israel the newly formed and self-declared Jewish State being brought before the ICC

President Mahmoud Abbas’s UN speech, in which he pledged to take Israel to the International Criminal Court if its squatter-settlements weren’t withdrawn within a year, with widespread acclaim. The International Criminal Court decided in March of this year that it has jurisdiction over the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza because the Palestine Authority has invited it to consider rights abuses there. Palestine is a signatory to the Statute of Rome, which established the ICC at the Hague in the late 1990s, and member states can ask the court to take up cases. Palestine was able to become a signatory because it was granted the status of non-member observer state at the UN by the General Assembly in 2012. This is the same status enjoyed by the Vatican.

Source: Palestinian Parties, Organizations Greet Abbas’s Pledge to take Israel to Int’l Criminal Court as “Historic” and Roadmap

Israel offers COVID booster vaccine for ages 12 and above | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Morrison is telling us it will be “safe” to open up when fully vaccinated. Israel proves he’s bullshitting and pandering for the next election.

Israel has begun offering a COVID-19 booster to children as young as 12, and its prime minister says a campaign that began a month ago among seniors has slowed a rise in severe illness caused by the Delta variant.

Source: Israel offers COVID booster vaccine for ages 12 and above | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

Bennett’s “Natural Growth” Rhetoric can’t conceal Israel’s colonial Land Grab

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is playing with words to advance the colonial state’s de-facto annexation of the occupied West Bank. In an interview with the New York Times, Bennett used spin about compromise which amounted to nothing other than promoting colonial expansion while retreating on formalising another land grab. “This government will neither annex nor form a Palestinian state, everyone gets that,” Bennett said. “I’m prime minister of all Israelis, and what I’m doing now is finding the middle ground – how we can focus on what we agree upon.” While diverging political views among Israelis may have prompted Bennett to shift towards a compromise, particularly as his is a coalition government, the issue at stake is still the colonisation of Palestinian land. Moreover, the Palestinians have been removed from the equation.

Source: Bennett’s “Natural Growth” Rhetoric can’t conceal Israel’s colonial Land Grab

Israel kills 15-year-old in night attack on refugee camp | The Electronic Intifada

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What goes unreported in the West’s Media. Just another Israeli training exercise.

Using live bait to train greyhounds is illegal here. The IDF however trains and bloods it’s recruits using live Palestinians and their children and do it at night in the cover of darkness. If an Israeli was killed which is a very rare occurrence indeed the media noise would thunder around the globe.

A Palestinian child was killed by Israeli forces as he stood on the roof of his home on Tuesday. The noise of gunshots awoke Imad Khaled Hashash, 15, and his brother at 3 am as Israeli forces raided Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Israel conducts such night raids into West Bank towns and cities on a daily basis, arresting Palestinians. The brothers went up to the roof of their house to see what was happening, according to a field investigation by Defense for Children International Palestine. As Imad was reaching for his phone to take a picture or a video, Israeli forces shot him in the head with live ammunition. Imad’s brothers couldn’t evacuate him at first because Israeli troops were firing tear gas. A neighbor’s taxi took Imad to Rafidia hospital in Nablus, where he was pronounced dead. Israeli soldiers enjoy near-total impunity for their killing of Palestinian children in their homes “without fear of any consequences,” Ayed Abu Eqtaish, DCIP’s accountability program director, said.

Source: Israel kills 15-year-old in night attack on refugee camp | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli snipers attack Gaza children | The Electronic Intifada

Paramedic carries wounded boy

When the world’s attention is on other things Israel always reveals itself

Israeli occupation forces injured more than 40 Palestinians, including at least 24 children, during protests in the Gaza Strip on Saturday. One of the injured is photojournalist Asem Muhammad Shehade, who was wounded in the face by shrapnel from a live bullet. Another is a 13-year-old boy reportedly in critical condition. Israeli snipers deployed on the Israel-Gaza boundary fired machine guns, live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians who were peacefully gathered near the eastern fence.

Source: Israeli snipers attack Gaza children | The Electronic Intifada

Want to report settler violence? You may soon be under investigation

“These settlers are doing the dirty work of a racist system,” Sam’s post continued. “As soon as they finished assaulting me, they went to the police and filed a complaint that *I* actually assaulted *them,* and a corrupt police system is in place that allows this to actually yield results. The police officer interrogating me literally invoked antisemetic [sic] conspiracy theories reminiscent of the George Soros obsession. I was the victim of an act of terrorism and *I* was the one who was arrested. These incidents are also exactly why I’m doing what I’m doing.

Source: Want to report settler violence? You may soon be under investigation

Israeli cities impose beach apartheid on Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Women and children play on a beach in the sea

Three Israeli coastal cities are being slammed by a civil rights group for effectively banning Palestinians from their beaches. Hadera, Netanya and Akka – known in English as Acre – are guilty of “apartheid initiatives that express a goal of achieving racial segregation,” said a lawyer for the group Adalah. Video shot by journalist Rafat Aker last week shows a busload of Palestinian men on an apparent day trip from the city of Jenin being denied access to the beach by police and local authorities. You can watch the full video in a mixture of Arabic and Hebrew below.

Source: Israeli cities impose beach apartheid on Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Israel uses fake photo to justify shooting woman | The Electronic Intifada

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The Israeli army lied about a weapon it claimed a Palestinian woman tried to use before soldiers shot her on Tuesday. A picture posted on Twitter by the army spokesperson shows a hand holding a chef’s knife with a brown handle. But the photo is more than three years old.

Source: Israel uses fake photo to justify shooting woman | The Electronic Intifada

Living in the Dark: Palestinians in Gaza, besieged by Israel and deprived of Electricity, Can’t even Refrigerate their Food

Under international law, Israel is the Occupying power in Gaza and therefore is responsible for the health and well-being of the civilian population there. Israel is rather falling down on the job. The Red Cross says, “the demand for electricity in the Gaza Strip is estimated at 470 megawatts, of which approximately 45% are currently being met.”

Source: Living in the Dark: Palestinians in Gaza, besieged by Israel and deprived of Electricity, Can’t even Refrigerate their Food

Israel kills child out shopping with his dad | The Electronic Intifada

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An 11-year-old Palestinian child was killed by Israeli occupation forces as he rode in his father’s car on Wednesday. Israeli forces then fatally shot another Palestinian youth during the child’s funeral in the village of Beit Ummar on Thursday. On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers also killed the water engineer for the West Bank village of Beita. The child, Muhammad Muayyad Abu Sara, was running errands with his family near the entrance of Beit Ummar near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. The boy’s father, Muayyad Abu Sara, was in the car with Muhammad and his other children, Anan, 9, and Ahmad, 5, he told media. Six Israeli soldiers reportedly ordered him to stop and opened fire while the car was around 50 meters away. The soldiers fired at least 13 bullets at the vehicle, witnesses told Defense for Children International Palestine. A bullet struck the boy in the chest. He was taken to hospital for surgery, but died hours later. The father told media that as they were driving, Muhammad reminded him that they had forgotten to go to the grocery store. The father said he turned the car around and felt bullets “raining” on them. He told his children to lower their heads. His 5

Source: Israel kills child out shopping with his dad | The Electronic Intifada

Pfizer vaccine: Israel to offer third COVID-19 booster shot to older citizens

An Israeli paramedic prepares to administer a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Jerusalem: Israel’s Prime Minister has announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated. The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale.

Source: Pfizer vaccine: Israel to offer third COVID-19 booster shot to older citizens

Half of Palestinians Killed by Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza in May were Civilians and other War Crimes: HRW

Human Rights Watch conducted a detailed study of military actions by Israel and the Hamas party-militia in Gaza and concluded that both committed war crimes during the Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave this spring, but that deaths of Palestinians at Israeli hands were 21 times higher than Israeli deaths.Three of the Israeli airstrikes killed 62 Palestinians without any discernible military target in the area, wiping out entire families. HRW concludes that the seriousness of the war crimes justifies referral to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, a step Israel and the United States have resisted. The ICC nevertheless has determined that it has jurisdiction in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Source: Half of Palestinians Killed by Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza in May were Civilians and other War Crimes: HRW

State of Surveillance: if Pegasus can hack Jeff Bezos’ phone, is there anywhere to hide? – Michael West

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Israeli firm NSO Group has created spyware which can hack a smartphone, beat encryption and access every bit of our data, live-time, just like reading over somebody’s shoulder. Human rights activist and cyber-security expert Manal al Sharif examines the implications. This is the first exclusive in Manal’s Tech4Evil series of investigations which expose the threat of Big Tech on our minds, our humanity and democracy itself.

Source: State of Surveillance: if Pegasus can hack Jeff Bezos’ phone, is there anywhere to hide? – Michael West

“No ice cream for you” – Ben & Jerry’s ceases distribution to Israeli Squatter-Settlements in Palestinian West Bank

this move was driven by progressive Northeast Jewish Americans. Cohen and Greenfield are big Bernie Sanders supporters. Significant percentages of younger Jewish Americans, especially on the left, are alienated from the Israeli government policy of colonizing the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

Source: “No ice cream for you” – Ben & Jerry’s ceases distribution to Israeli Squatter-Settlements in Palestinian West Bank

A third of young US Jews see Israel as genocidal, poll finds | The Electronic Intifada

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Efforts by Israel and its lobby to equate criticism of Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people with anti-Jewish bigotry are in overdrive. Yet a new poll indicates that this campaign has failed even with the vast majority of Jewish American voters. The survey commissioned by the Jewish Electorate Institute, a group led by supporters of the Democratic Party, contains several eye-catching findings. A quarter of Jewish American voters agree that Israel is an apartheid state – a number that shoots up to 38 percent among those under age 40. Twenty-two percent of Jewish voters overall agree that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, a figure that rises to an astonishing 33 percent among the younger group. Moreover, Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to racism in the US, according to 34 percent of Jewish voters surveyed. That figure exceeds two in five among those aged under 40.

Source: A third of young US Jews see Israel as genocidal, poll finds | The Electronic Intifada

100 Israeli Troops who Served in Occupied West Bank call on Defense Minister Gantz to Halt Settler Violence against Palestinians and against Israeli Police

some 100 Israeli troops who served in the Palestinian West Bank have called on Defense Minister Benny Gantz and on Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev to intervene to halt the violence of Israeli squatter-settlers toward indigenous Palestinians, which they say they saw with their own eyes. The call came in a letter that was sent on Wednesday by troops who had recently completed their military service, according to Israeli Army Radio. The troops said in their letter, “We, the undersigned, call upon you, male and female soldiers who served in the West Bank, to act now firmly against the phenomenon of settler violence.” They underlined that “Settler violence has been raging for years with tacit support” from the Israeli state.

Source: 100 Israeli Troops who Served in Occupied West Bank call on Defense Minister Gantz to Halt Settler Violence against Palestinians and against Israeli Police

Israeli Supreme Court affirms Apartheid law limiting Sovereignty to Jewish Israelis, excluding 20% of Population

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the Democratic primary at a polling station in Houston, Texas, last year.

The Israeli newspaper Arab 48 reports in an article edited by Mahmud Mujadalah that the Israeli Supreme Court on Thursday refused to strike down the basic law passed by the parliament or Knesset in 2018 declaring Israel a Jewish nation such that sovereignty is solely invested in the Jewish population. Over 20 percent of Israel’s population is not Jewish. This would be like a law in the United States declaring that the U.S. is a white nation and that sovereignty and self-determination is solely invested in its white population.

Source: Israeli Supreme Court affirms Apartheid law limiting Sovereignty to Jewish Israelis, excluding 20% of Population

United Nations Accuses Israel of ‘Grave Violations’ against Palestinian Children

This week, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres presented a report to the 75th General Assembly on the “Promotion and protection of the rights of children: promotion and protection of the rights of children: Children and Armed Conflict” It had a damning section on the situation in Israel and Palestine The report notes some violations by the Palestinian Muslim fundamentalist party-militia, Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, but the number is minor compared to the violations charged against Israel. The Guterres’ report begins,

Source: United Nations Accuses Israel of ‘Grave Violations’ against Palestinian Children

Jewish parties ‘compromise’ against Palestinians and call it democracy

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett sits with Labor Party head Merav Michaeli in the plenum hall of the Knesset, Jerusalem, June 2, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Negotiations over a settlement outpost and a racist law show that Zionist parties of all stripes will find common ground to deny Palestinian rights.

Source: Jewish parties ‘compromise’ against Palestinians and call it democracy

73 Dems in Congress demand Biden Brand Israeli Squatter-Settlements in Palestine “Illegal,” Dump Trump’s “Deal of the Century”

73 Democratic Congressional representatives wrote a letter to President Biden on Friday urging him formally to withdraw from Trump’s so-called “deal of the century,” which actually authorized Israel unilaterally to steal large swathes of Palestinian land. And these representatives frankly say this. They want an outbreak of frank talk and a reversion to the discourse of international law. The Palestinian Territories are militarily occupied by Israel. Period. The late casino mogul and Likudnik Sheldon Adelson attempted to make calling Palestine “occupied” taboo in US politics, wielding his checkbook in that battle and sidelining Chris Christie when he would not agree. Not only are the Palestinians an occupied population, these representatives say, Israel’s squatter-settlements in Palestine are illegal. They are illegal, by the Fourth Geneva Convention. Except in the anti-Palestinian US, this point of law is disputed nowhere in the world.

Source: 73 Dems in Congress demand Biden Brand Israeli Squatter-Settlements in Palestine “Illegal,” Dump Trump’s “Deal of the Century”

A lesson in collective gaslighting

Israeli police officers during clashes with protesters following a visit of right-wing politician Itamar Ben Gvir at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem Old City, June 10, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Gaslighting describes the practice of making someone question their perception of reality in order to control and abuse them for the perpetrator’s benefit. The term is often talked about in the context of relationships, romantic or other, and usually refers to individual behaviors. But what happens when an entire group acts as gaslighters? Or worse, when an entire society becomes the victim of gaslighting?

Source: A lesson in collective gaslighting

Israel kills teen friends one week apart | The Electronic Intifada

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Israeli occupation forces killed the fourth Palestinian from the occupied West Bank village of Beita since May as settlers steal nearby Palestinian land. Israeli forces shot 15-year-old Ahmad Zahi Ibrahim Bani-Shamsa with a live bullet to the head on Wednesday afternoon during ongoing confrontations with villagers protesting the Israeli theft of nearby land. Bani-Shamsa and his 16-year-old friend Mahmoud had gone to a hilltop on the outskirts of the village to set some tires on fire, according to a field investigation by Defense for Children International Palestine. Israeli forces were deployed some 300 meters away. The boys approached an Israeli soldier and started chanting on a megaphone about their friend Muhammad Said Hamayel, a 16-year-old boy killed by an Israeli bullet to the chest last week. A soldier then fired a single live bullet, causing the boys to flee for cover. The boys returned to the area shortly after. The same soldier “assumed a kneeling sniping position” and fired approximately 10 bullets at the boys, DCIP said. Bani-Shamsa fell to the ground as a bullet entered one side of his head and exited the other.

Source: Israel kills teen friends one week apart | The Electronic Intifada

Far Right Israeli PM Bennett slams Iran Nuclear Talks for Tehran’s Poor Rights Record (Israel has 200 Nukes and has Killed Thousands of Occupied Palestinians)

New extreme-right Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett came out on Sunday to argue that the election of an extreme-right Iranian cleric (Ebrahim Raisi) as president of that country should cause the Biden administration to back off reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Bennett called Raisi the “hangman of Tehran” and said, “of all the people that (Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei could have chosen, he chose the hangman of Tehran, the man infamous among Iranians and across the world for leading the death committees that executed thousands of innocent Iranian citizens throughout the years.”

Source: Far Right Israeli PM Bennett slams Iran Nuclear Talks for Tehran’s Poor Rights Record (Israel has 200 Nukes and has Killed Thousands of Occupied Palestinians)

Palestinian Authority rejects Israel offer of soon-to-expire vaccines

Is it any wonder Palestinians are reluctant to get vaccinated?

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has cancelled a deal to receive soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccines from Israel, just hours after the deal was announced on Friday. The initial Israeli shipment showed an expiration date sooner than had been agreed, the PA health minister said. Israel and the PA announced a vaccine swap deal earlier on Friday that would have resulted in Israel sending up to 1.4 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses to the PA in exchange for receiving a reciprocal number of doses from the PA later this year. The doses were due to “expire soon,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said in a statement announcing the deal. The PA said they had been “approved in order to speed up the vaccination process” in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. “They told us the expiration date was in July or August, which would allow lots of time for use,” PA Health Minister Mai Alkaila told reporters later on Friday. “But (the expiration) turned out to be in June. That’s not enough time to use them, so we rejected them,” she said.

Source: Palestinian Authority rejects Israel offer of soon-to-expire vaccines

How Israel tried to put Gaza out of business | The Electronic Intifada

A smashed sewing machine is one of the few things that Muhammad al-Madhoun has been able to retrieve from his workshop.He and his staff used to design and make clothes in the Shorouq tower. The clothes were sold – along with fashion accessories and cosmetics – in a store within the same building.Al-Madhoun had been hoping to do a brisk trade on 12 May.Eid al-Fitr – a holiday when many people don new clothes and give each other gifts – would begin that evening. In his own words, al-Madhoun wanted to “sell like crazy” as business had been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“But on 12 May, we got a phone call that made us jump out of our skin,” he said. “We were told that a bunch of missiles would be fired at the building in 10 minutes.”Israel bombed and destroyed the Shorouq tower soon after that call.

Source: How Israel tried to put Gaza out of business | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli mob chants for genocide in Jerusalem | The Electronic Intifada

A large group of flag-carrying Israelis gathers outside Damascus gate

Thousands of Israeli Jewish nationalists marched through Jerusalem chanting racist and genocidal slogans against Palestinians on Tuesday. This was part of an annual “March of the Flags” by far-right Israeli Jews to celebrate Israel’s occupation and colonization of East Jerusalem. Like in previous years, the mob waving Israeli flags spewed racist and genocidal slogans against Palestinians and denigrated the Prophet Muhammad.

Source: Israeli mob chants for genocide in Jerusalem | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli police ran a ‘torture room’ in Nazareth, says rights group

An Israeli police officer arrests a Palestinian during confrontations in the city of Lydd, central Israel. (Oren Ziv)

Testimonies collected by Adalah reveal that officers beat detainees and deprived them of medical treatment during police crackdown on Palestinian citizens.

Source: Israeli police ran a ‘torture room’ in Nazareth, says rights group

Israel Launches Airstrikes On Gaza As Cease-Fire Crumbles | HuffPost

The Israeli military confirmed it attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, marking the definitive end of a cease-fire that followed 11 days of violence last month in which over 250 people were killed, most of them Palestinians. In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said it had attacked Hamas’ armed compounds in Gaza City in response to the reported launching of incendiary balloons from the territory, which the Israeli fire brigade said caused 20 fires in open fields near the Gaza border but apparently no casualties. HuffPost has not been able to confirm whether Hamas militants were responsible for the balloons. Advertisement The IDF said it was “ready for all scenarios, including renewed fighting in the face of continued terrorist attacks emanating from Gaza.”

Source: Israel Launches Airstrikes On Gaza As Cease-Fire Crumbles | HuffPost

Ceasefire broken as Israel targets Gaza, incendiary balloons launched

The Israel-Palestine ceasefire has broken, with Israel launching air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military reportedly confirmed hitting several targets it claimed were housing “Hamas operatives”. It came after Israel said incendiary balloons had been launched from Gaza on Wednesday (Australian time). The Israeli fire brigade said the balloons sparked at least 20 blazes in open fields in communities near the divided frontier.

Source: Ceasefire broken as Israel targets Gaza, incendiary balloons launched

Israel’s New Secular Government: Lieberman Crows that he Sidelined Fundamentalist Ultra-Orthodox and, read his lips: “No new taxes”

A lot of attention is focused on Naftali Bennett, the new prime minister of Israel. But it should be remembered that he had been a bit player, and his 7 coalition allies are often headed by much more prominent and powerful figures who are in the coalition precisely in order to carry out their own agendas.

Source: Israel’s New Secular Government: Lieberman Crows that he Sidelined Fundamentalist Ultra-Orthodox and, read his lips: “No new taxes”

The transformative legacy of Mr. Status Quo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a conference organized by the Jewish Agency at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, October 25, 2009. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Early during Netanyahu’s term as prime minister, I argued that his rise signified a strategic choice by Israelis to maintain the so-called “status quo” of control over millions of Palestinians. Almost everything that has happened since has reaffirmed this observation — or more accurately, everything that didn’t happen. The blockade of Gaza was never lifted; the Palestinian Authority remained a subcontractor for Israel in the occupied West Bank rather than a state in the making; settlement activities continued without Israel formally annexing any occupied territory; and the Knesset adopted the Jewish Nation-State Law, designed to prevent challenges to the state’s character by its Palestinian citizens while entrenching the superior status of the Jewish majority.

Source: The transformative legacy of Mr. Status Quo

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu out after 12 years in office

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12 years in office has come to an end, as the country’s parliament narrowly approved a new coalition government. Naftali Bennett, the head of a small ultra-nationalist party, was sworn in as prime minister on Monday (Australian time) after 60-59 vote in parliament. Mr Netanyahu immediately declared to stay on to fight the new government, and then took to Twitter to tell supporters “do not let your spirit fall. We’ll be back – and faster than you think”.

Source: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu out after 12 years in office

Like an Arab Dictator faced with Massive Protests, Israel’s Netanyahu offers to Resign if his Likud Party can remain in ruling coalition

Netanyahu sent people from his circle to talk to people in the circle of Benny Gantz, leader of the center-right Blue and White Party, offering to resign “today” as prime minister in favor of Gantz if only the latter would defect from the Change coalition and join his far right likud-led government.

Source: Like an Arab Dictator faced with Massive Protests, Israel’s Netanyahu offers to Resign if his Likud Party can remain in ruling coalition

Israeli Security Forces won’t Vaccinate Occupied Palestinians, Ban Palestinian Health Worker Committees that Do

Israeli forces invaded the headquarters in Ramallah of the Palestinian Health Worker Committees. They stole the computers and memory drives in the office and banned the organization for six months. The HWC has been a key actor in the Palestinian response to the coronavirus pandemic, which is still ongoing in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza. Its workers have helped get the word out about the dangers of the virus, have told the public how to avoid it through social distancing and masking, and the HWC hospitals and clinics have treated victims, even sending out mobile clinics to remote communities. Despite being the Occupying power with responsibilities for the health of the occupied population, Israel has refused to vaccinate the Palestinian population, and its attacks on the Palestinian economy have left the Palestine Authority, which only has influence in 40 percent of the West Bank, unable to afford expensive Western vaccines. Only about 6.5 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have had at least one shot, whereas over 80 percent of Israelis are vaccinated.

Source: Israeli Security Forces won’t Vaccinate Occupied Palestinians, Ban Palestinian Health Worker Committees that Do

Another Tinderbox: 1,500 Palestinians in Silwan, East Jerusalem, under threat of Expulsion from Homes by Israeli Authorities

Al-Watan reports that the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality on Tuesday issued a letter to 13 families in Silwan near the Old City of Jerusalem giving them 21 days to get their families and possession out of their homes, after which the homes would be demolished. The homes were built on land owned by the Palestinian residents, but Israel had refused to issue them building permits, so from the point of view of Israeli officials, the buildings were erected illegally. This is typical of the mind games the Israeli government plays with the 370,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem (pop. 900,000). Actually it is Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem and part of the West Bank that is illegal in international law.

Source: Another Tinderbox: 1,500 Palestinians in Silwan, East Jerusalem, under threat of Expulsion from Homes by Israeli Authorities

Netanyahu’s Poison Pill: Militant Squatter-Settler March through Palestinian E Jerusalem set for Tuesday after New Israeli Gov’t is Installed

At the insistence of outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli cabinet authorized the so-called “Flag Day” march of militant Israeli squatter-settlers through Palestinian East Jerusalem for next Tuesday. So reports Mahmoud Mujadala at the Arab 48 Israeli newspaper. Netanyahu denied charges that his fixation with humiliating Palestinians with this march through their neighborhood was intended to cause a social explosion and forestall the formation of a new government, which will be voted on this Sunday, and which will end his 12-year run as prime minister. However, it seems likely that he is hoping that the ensuing tensions with Palestinians and with Israelis of Palestinian heritage (20% of the population of Israel proper) will damage the incoming government.

Source: Netanyahu’s Poison Pill: Militant Squatter-Settler March through Palestinian E Jerusalem set for Tuesday after New Israeli Gov’t is Installed