Category: Israel

Israel Won’t Investigate Soldiers Who Fired at Journalist

JENIN, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2022/05/18: Palestinians lay flowers at the site where Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank. Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by the Israeli army while covering the raid on the city. (Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Israel won’t investigate soldiers who fired in the direction of Shireen Abu Akleh, even though new evidence undermines their account of what happened. Robert MackeyRobert Mackey May 20 2022, 3:39 a.m.

Source: Israel Won’t Investigate Soldiers Who Fired at Journalist

International Silence over Israel’s media Repression is also an Attack on the Palestinian Narratives

While there is still much focus on the extrajudicial killing of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, calls for justice will remain resonant, at least presently. However, Israel has perfected its tactics of denial and impunity. The international community has not gone beyond its usual statements and Israel has already got away with the assault on Abu Akleh’s funeral at the time, despite the repugnance it evoked. US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken’s glossing over Israeli violence by reframing it as an intrusion is ample proof of what Israel expects and what it receives.

Regardless of what violation Israel commits and on what scale, there is always a corresponding value of impunity which the settler colonial enterprise establishes and the international community approves of.

Source: International Silence over Israel’s media Repression is also an Attack on the Palestinian Narratives

How media reports of ‘Clashes’ mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian Violence

U.S. journalists themselves are also working to change how outlets cover Israeli violence. Last year several of them – including reporters from The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and ABC News – issued an open letter calling on fellow journalists “to tell the full, contextualized truth without fear or favor, to recognize that obfuscating Israel’s oppression of Palestinians fails this industry’s own objectivity standards.” So far, over 500 journalists have signed on.

Accurate language in the reporting of Israeli-Palestinian violence is not only a concern for journalists’ credibility – it would also provide U.S. news consumers with a deeper understanding of the conditions on the ground and the deadly consequences.The Conversation

Source: How media reports of ‘Clashes’ mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Shireen Abu Akleh Exemplified Speaking Truth to Power

The assassination of Abu Akleh places an onerous responsibility on the shoulders of journalists armed with their pens and cameras to not flinch in the face of brutal suppression.

Her untimely death has allowed the world to witness a colonial settler regime that, to date, has escaped consequences for its gross violations and abuses of fundamental human rights.

Unless this changes, expect Israel’s illegal occupation and war crimes to continue unabated. The agency of change possessed by media activists must thus be utilised to the optimum.

 

Source: Shireen Abu Akleh Exemplified Speaking Truth to Power

Israel Killed Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. It Must Be Held Accountable.

The Israeli military’s killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is simply a more flagrant display of commonplace Israeli assaults on Palestinians. The only way to truly end the impunity is to cut off US funding.

Source: Israel Killed Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. It Must Be Held Accountable.

Shireen Abu Akleh: A Quarter of a Century of Coverage ended with an Israeli Bullet to the Head

She carried her belongings and went with the Press team into the field to begin the news coverage. She was ready to deliver her visual news report, as she had done for the past 25 years, but her last report made her the topic of the coverage, which was both shocking and bloody. The Israeli occupation army targeted her with a live bullet to the head during Press coverage from Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank and she fell to the ground, while her colleague, Press Producer, Ali Al-Samoudi, was wounded. Her colleagues rushed her in a car in a desperate attempt to rescue her, while the features of her exploded head changed, according to shocking clips documenting the incident. These were the last clips of Shireen Abu Akleh, who is renowned, as she is the Palestinian journalist who has always been present on Al-Jazeera TV and known by generations in every Arab home, present during the daily incidents and major events.

Source: Shireen Abu Akleh: A Quarter of a Century of Coverage ended with an Israeli Bullet to the Head

Israeli Snipers Murder Prominent American Journalist in Cold Blood, attempt to Kill her Camera Crew, as US Press Equivocates

Shireen Abu Akleh, reporting in Jerusalem for Al Jazeera, was one of the best known Palestinian journalists.

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Israeli snipers murdered prominent American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Wednesday in an attempt to prevent the veteran Al Jazeera correspondent and her camera crew from filming an Israeli military attack on the Jenin refugee camp in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. The Israeli army has killed 50 Palestinian journalists in the past two decades. During the Great March of Return protests in Gaza, Israeli snipers routinely shot unarmed protesters, as well as journalists and medics. In 2018 alone they killed 180 and wounded 6,000 innocent civilian protesters.

Source: Israeli Snipers Murder Prominent American Journalist in Cold Blood, attempt to Kill her Camera Crew, as US Press Equivocates

Israel Assassinated Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Earlier today, Israeli forces killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in cold blood. Tragically, it’s nothing new for Israel, which has made a regular practice of killing reporters.

Source: Israel Assassinated Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

US Double Standard: Russia Sanctioned for Ukraine Occupation, but 4,000 new Israeli invaders of Palestinian West Bank merely “Opposed”

If the US were genuinely interested in some sort of political solution to the Israeli Apartheid practices regarding the Palestinians, nothing would be easier than to just step aside and let the world punish the Bennett government for these policies, which amount to war crimes. Washington wouldn’t even have to be proactive itself. Or Israeli officials could start being targeted for economic sanctions by the Treasury Department the way Russian high officials are being fingered. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made $200 million with software and would feel the pain if he were sanctioned. But official Washington is so in the tank for Israeli Apartheid that making such a suggestion sounds outlandish.

In contrast, Washington is attempting to reshape the entire world so as to get Putin back out of Ukraine, and we see exactly what it looks like when an illegal Occupation is genuinely unacceptable to the White House.

Source: US Double Standard: Russia Sanctioned for Ukraine Occupation, but 4,000 new Israeli invaders of Palestinian West Bank merely “Opposed”

Who enjoys freedom of worship in Israel?

 

Images of at least one Israeli drone dropping tear gas on Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan marked a new phase in the occupation’s aggression against Palestinian land and people . . .

In another troubling scene, Palestinian Christians were not allowed into their church in Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation police, while foreigners were welcomed in. The Israeli occupation’s police lined people up into two lines, one for foreigners and the other for Palestinians and all those who speak Arabic. The latter, police mandated, were not allowed into the church.

 

Source: Who enjoys freedom of worship in Israel?

Israeli Authorities still haven’t taken sides on Ukraine Invasion, but Denounce Russia for saying Hitler was Jewish

The Israeli and Ukrainian governments have lambasted the Russian Federation for remarks of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a video interview with an Italian TV station. Lavrov defended Moscow’s creepy allegation that the Ukrainian government is dominated by Nazis, even though the president, Volodomyr Zelensky, is Jewish. Lavrov said that to his recollection, Adolf Hitler was part Jewish, and he alleged that some of the worst antisemites are Jewish.

Source: Israeli Authorities still haven’t taken sides on Ukraine Invasion, but Denounce Russia for saying Hitler was Jewish

Israeli Apartheid toward Palestinians isn’t Just a Human Rights Issue; it is about Colonialism

If both the Israeli military occupation and apartheid are derivatives of Israeli colonialism, then colonialism needs to be addressed when speaking about both manifestations of violence.

Source: Israeli Apartheid toward Palestinians isn’t Just a Human Rights Issue; it is about Colonialism

Israel: Release Long Detained Gaza Aid Worker: 6 Years After Arrest, Mohammad al-Halabi Has Not Been Convicted of a Crime

Human Rights Watch – (Jerusalem) – Israeli authorities should immediately release Mohammad al-Halabi, a humanitarian worker from Gaza detained for nearly six years both before and during his trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The Israeli Supreme Court on February 17, 2022, renewed al-Halabi’s detention for 90 days: its 23rd such renewal. Israeli prosecutors have charged al-Halabi, the 45-year-old head of the Gaza office of the Christian charity World Vision, with diverting tens of millions of dollars to Palestinian armed groups. But after more than 160 hearings, the court has yet to convict him. The trial has been marred by

Source: Israel: Release Long Detained Gaza Aid Worker: 6 Years After Arrest, Mohammad al-Halabi Has Not Been Convicted of a Crime

E. Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem accuse Israel of Violating Freedom of Worship over Easter Holy Fire Ceremony

E. Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem accuse Israel of Violating Freedom of Worship over Easter Holy Fire Ceremony

This year the Israeli state placed severe restrictions on how many Christians could attend, and on Saturday they set up metal barriers to enforce those limits, of only 4,000 attendees. Israeli government officials said they were afraid of a stampede. The Eastern Orthodox authorities in Jerusalem dismissed this fear as a pretext, pointing out that the ceremony had been held annually without incident. Controlling the some 370,000 Palestinians of East Jerusalem has become an obsession of the Israeli security forces, as the state and Israeli civil society make a press to implant Jewish squatters on Palestinian property there and to exercise increased control over civic and religious life.

Source: E. Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem accuse Israel of Violating Freedom of Worship over Easter Holy Fire Ceremony

How Israel uses Judaism as a settler-colonial weapon | The Electronic Intifada

At its heart the situation in Palestine is not a religious conflict, but rather a struggle by the indigenous Palestinians to survive and resist the settler-colonial takeover of their land by Zionism, a violent colonial movement founded in Europe. Zionism and the settler-colonial state it created have always been ready to weaponize Judaism as a pretext to conquer the land of the Palestinians.

Source: How Israel uses Judaism as a settler-colonial weapon | The Electronic Intifada

Israel terrorizes Ramadan worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli occupation forces attacked Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, wounding more than 150 Palestinians while it was filled with Ramadan worshippers on one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

Source: Israel terrorizes Ramadan worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque | The Electronic Intifada

Ukraine-Russia war: Israel’s defence minister Benny Gantz rejects criticism for not condemning Russia

Benny Gantz, Israel’s defence minister.

Rest assured if it meant “a sale” of arms to Ukraine rather than “a donation” Israel would have little or no concern. Its record of who it sells arms to is highly tainted and questionable, as is its sale of spyware which it even uses on its allies. The question for us, however, is why doesn’t our government comment on a country that,like Russia, invades and occupies territories illegally?

We seem to prefer dealing with and supporting these, do whatever you want, regimes like Russia.  Maybe indirectly by dealing and trading with their friends like Israel and India while banging our drum about how opposed we are. Like sending coal to Ukraine what was that about when Dutton can’t logistically get it there for months and its readily available from Poland? Shouldn’t our main stream media take a more investigative approach to what seems such two-faced posturing on the part of our government?

But it has refrained from joining in Western sanctions on the regime, nor offered arms to Ukraine’s government, in line with the miliary aid offered by its allies the United States, Britain and Australia. Speaking to The Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank on Tuesday AEDT, Gantz said of criticism of Israel’s position: “I hear it, I don’t accept it.” “We are a small country with lots of regional considerations that we need to take into consideration,” he said.

Source: Ukraine-Russia war: Israel’s defence minister Benny Gantz rejects criticism for not condemning Russia

Collective punishment shouldn’t be normal – +972 Magazine

Israeli undercover police officers arrest a man outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, April 3, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Israel’s application of ‘Collective Punishment’ is currently being taken to the extreme by Putin in Ukraine when the orders like “Slay all of them” are given. In the case of Putin, he no longer cares about any negative fallout in the Trumpian world of “fake news” because  news is today it seems whatever you say it is and who controls the technology to spread it.

Israel’s response to a series of deadly attacks in Be’er Sheva, Hadera, and Bnei Brak over the past two weeks was as predictable as it was malicious. So far, the authorities seem to believe that the four Palestinian assailants — three citizens of Israel and one West Bank resident — acted of their own accord and without organizational backing, despite the first three identifying with the Islamic State. That didn’t stop the authorities from reacting in their usual habit. Over the ensuing days, the police ramped up patrols of Arab towns in Israel; carried out stop-and-frisks of Palestinian citizens in Jewish neighborhoods and public spaces; and clamped down on Palestinians working in Israel without permits. Several municipalities ordered construction companies to freeze their employment of Palestinian laborers, while some Israeli schools told Arab maintenance staff to work only after students had gone home. Along with raids in the West Bank, soldiers blocked Palestinian workers from entering Israel through open parts of the separation barrier, which for years had been left unperturbed with the army’s quiet consent.

This proclivity for collective punishment forms a bedrock of Israeli policy toward Palestinians.

Source: Collective punishment shouldn’t be normal – +972 Magazine

During Ramadan, Israel Seems to Relish Attacking Palestinians

Ramadan is the most important holiday in the Islamic calendar. But for Palestinian Muslims, Ramadan is characterized by constant harassment, attacks, and brutal violence by Israel.

Source: During Ramadan, Israel Seems to Relish Attacking Palestinians

All of a sudden, Israel cares about illegal weapons

An Israeli police officer seen looking over a display of confiscated illegal weapons during a ceremony following the largest ever police operation against illegal gun dealers, Nazareth, November 9, 2021. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

On Sunday night, a shooting attack in the Israeli city of Hadera left two police officers dead and several more people injured. It was the second attack in Israel linked to the Islamic State group in less than a week, after four people were killed in a stabbing and car-ramming attack last Tuesday in Be’er Sheva. The photos and videos released last night by the police show that the two perpetrators arrived at the scene in Hadera with an enormous amount of firearms and weapons. After the incident, which ended when undercover Border Police officers killed the two attackers during a shootout, Israeli military commentator Yoav Limor wrote in the right-wing Israel Hayom daily that the attackers had “slipped under the Shin Bet’s radar.”

Source: All of a sudden, Israel cares about illegal weapons

How the most Powerful Israel Lobby started Preferring anti-Democratic White Christian Nationalism to American Jews

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee or AIPAC, the major coordinator of thousands of organizations making up the Israel lobbies, can no longer call itself “non-partisan.” That they would openly endorse 37 Republican Members of Congress who voted to overturn the 2020 Election quashes any notion of non-partisan standing. Previously, their mutual, self-aggrandizing endorsements of Donald Trump and former Israeli PM Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu sealed the alliance of Israel’s far-far right with their American counterparts.

Source: How the most Powerful Israel Lobby started Preferring anti-Democratic White Christian Nationalism to American Jews

Happiness Apartheid: UN Ranks Israel 9th for Happiness, Occupied Palestinian Territories 122nd

But in the Gallup polling and the UN criteria we can see the psychological effect of that Apartheid on peoples’ well-being. The Occupier is happy as a clam. The Occupied are miserable, and if it were not for pulling together and providing social support for one another, they would be more miserable still.

Source: Happiness Apartheid: UN Ranks Israel 9th for Happiness, Occupied Palestinian Territories 122nd

Palestinian Refugee Families expelled from Israel can’t Come Home, but 100K Ukrainians Admitted

The majority of the World’s Jews shun the call of a return to Israel

The Jewish Agency’s acting chairman Yaakov Hagoel called the Ukrainian Jews’ arrival: “An important contribution to the development of the State of Israel, which today welcomes you with open arms and brotherly love.” A political admission that is completely void of the humanitarian veneer that fails to shroud Israel’s colonising intent. This means that Jewish Ukrainian refugees choosing Israel must be acknowledged as settlers – active participants in the Zionist colonial project with rights that exceed those of the Palestinians living under colonial apartheid. Meanwhile, the international community keeps silent about decades of hypocrisy over the Palestinian right of return – purposely inherently flawed to prevent Palestinians from ever claiming their place in historical Palestine.

Source: Palestinian Refugee Families expelled from Israel can’t Come Home, but 100K Ukrainians Admitted

Gigi Hadid’s Palestine Pledge and ‘Anti-Palestinianism’: The Great Vogue Controversy

When Influencers are politically and economically influenced like Vogue  they set their standards extremely low.  The Murdoch business model is proof.

The Arab News reports that Vogue did an instagram posting about model Gigi Hadid’s pledge to donate her fall earnings to Ukraine and Palestine, but erased the Palestine part. The erasure attracted widespread condemnation from progressives, and Vogue has now amended its Instagram posting to restore the model’s pledge to help Palestinians, as well. Vogue’s erasure of Palestinians from its Instagram notice has been seen as part of a pattern in which Palestine as a subject has been made taboo by pro-Israeli right wing nationalists, who deny Palestinian rights to peoplehood and statehood just as Vladimir Putin denies Ukrainians rights to peoplehood and statehood. The Israeli Right insists that all Palestinian territory actually belongs to Israel and that Palestinians can never be allowed to have their own state.

Source: Gigi Hadid’s Palestine Pledge and ‘Anti-Palestinianism’: The Great Vogue Controversy

The US supports illegal annexations by Israel and Morocco. Why the hypocrisy? | Peter Beinart | The Guardian

ISRAEL-SYRIA-CONFLICT-GOLAN<br>Israeli soldiers walk near Moshav Sha'al in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on February 9, 2022. - Israel launched strikes against targets in Syria early today, hitting anti-aircraft batteries in response to a missile fired from Syria, the military said. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP) (Photo by JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images)

Putin called America’s hypocritical support of Israel’s illegal occupation CONTEMPT of International Law. He, Trump and Israel are all hypocrites.

In 2019, the Trump administration made the United States the only foreign country to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 War. Tel Aviv University Law Professor Eliav Lieblich noted that the decision – which contradicted a unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution supported by the US itself – constituted a “significant departure from the bedrock legal prohibition of unilateral annexation.” Yale Law School’s Oona Hathaway called the move “outrageous and potentially destabilizing to the postwar international order.” The Russian government called it an “indication of the contempt that Washington shows for the norms of international law.”

Source: The US supports illegal annexations by Israel and Morocco. Why the hypocrisy? | Peter Beinart | The Guardian

Russia’s Leverage over Israel in the Ukraine Crisis

Although the U.S. gives Israel billions every year, Tel Aviv either declines to or has been unable to offer the U.S. very much in return. It may offer some intelligence, but it was the Syrian Kurds and the Iraqi Shiites who helped the US defeat ISIL, for instance. Article continues after bonus IC video WION: “Israel PM Bennett holds talks with Russian President Putin & Ukraine President Zelensky amid crisis” Only after vigorous US lobbying did Israel even decide to vote against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the UN General Assembly. The US also convinced Israel to lobby the United Arab Emirates, which has extensive business ties to Russia, to vote against Moscow, as well. It is possible that the far-right Bennett also is wary of the precedent of boycotting aggressor states who invade and occupy their neighbors, since most of the world views Israel’s seizure and occupation of the Palestinian Territories in 1967 in the same light that they view Putin in Ukraine. Anyway, a vote at the UN General Assembly is pretty toothless.

Source: Russia’s Leverage over Israel in the Ukraine Crisis

The Antisemitic Face of Israel’s Evangelical Allies

When Israel cosies up to its enemies and calls them friends

Evangelical Zionists want Jews to move to Palestine to set the stage for the divine requital of Armageddon. This hasn’t stopped Israel from sealing alliances with even nakedly antisemitic evangelicals, so long as they support the dispossession of Palestinians.

Source: The Antisemitic Face of Israel’s Evangelical Allies

Amnesty says Israel is an apartheid state. Many Israeli politicians agree | Chris McGreal | The Guardian

Israeli forces intervene during a protest against construction of Jewish settlements in Kafr Qaddum.

Who speaks for Israel? Rightwing lobby groups in Washington and US politicians would have Americans believe that it is them – and not Israel’s own former prime ministers and others who actually live in the Jewish state. Earlier this week Amnesty International released a report making a 280-page case that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians constitutes apartheid. The response in the US was a wave of orchestrated outrage – outrage that not only denies what many prominent Israelis say is true but, in effect, denies their right to say it.

Source: Amnesty says Israel is an apartheid state. Many Israeli politicians agree | Chris McGreal | The Guardian

Human Rights in Prolonged Occupation: Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians (HRW)

You won’t hear any of this in Australia’s MSM or hear the L-NP even raise it for discussion. Israel has spied and probably still does on Australia. It has kidnapped not extradited people from Australia. Mossad has used false Australian documentation to cover assassinations in other countries yet our government supports them blindly. Their ex-PM Netanyahu and his wife were caught and are facing bribery charges and Morrison’s response is ” No Nations are perfect”. His claim is “equivalence” like Trump at Charlottsville  when the extreme-right murdered a woman ” It’s Ok because everybody does it”. The truth is he doesn’t! He’s soley accuses China but not Israel? Morrison is purely politically focused on himself. It’s patently clear he needs an enemy as a distraction for the up and coming election so why not ISRAEL??

This memorandum provides an overview of several of Human Rights Watch’s central concerns with respect to the Israeli government’s human rights practices in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of Israel in March 2022. This submission, which draws on years of research and documentation by Human Rights Watch, covers freedom of movement, the right to due process and humane treatment, freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, residency rights, and right to equality before law. We hope it will inform the Human Rights Committee’s assessment of the Israeli government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Source: Human Rights in Prolonged Occupation: Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians (HRW)

Apartheid 2.0: Amnesty International Joins Chorus condemning Israeli rule over stateless Palestinians

Apartheid 2.0:  Amnesty International Joins Chorus condemning Israeli rule over stateless Palestinians

The Israeli state has won the trifecta of condemnation by major human rights organizations, as, on Tuesday, Amnesty International joined with Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem in calling Israeli rule over the 5 million Palestinians of the Occupied Palestinian Territories a form of Apartheid.

Source: Apartheid 2.0: Amnesty International Joins Chorus condemning Israeli rule over stateless Palestinians

It’s Undeniable: Israel Is an Apartheid State

A new Amnesty International report terms Israel an apartheid state. Israel’s defenders have replied by smearing the authors — but there’s no denying that this is a state built on the systematic brutalization of Palestinians.

Source: It’s Undeniable: Israel Is an Apartheid State

In Parable for Occupation, Autopsy Shows Israeli Troops mistreated American on West Bank, leading to his Death

In Parable for Occupation, Autopsy Shows Israeli Troops mistreated American on West Bank, leading to his Death

Why is this only Fringe News?

Last week was another in a long line of public relations disasters for the Israeli state, as its unacceptable military occupation of millions of stateless Palestinians continues. It isn’t just that the Palestinians are deprived by Israel of basic human rights. Israeli policy is to strip from them in piecemeal fashion their land, property, dignity and identity.

Source: In Parable for Occupation, Autopsy Shows Israeli Troops mistreated American on West Bank, leading to his Death

The new hasbara campaign Israel doesn’t want you to know about

Young Jews from around the world celebrate 10 years of the Birthright program at an event held at the International Conference Center in Jerusalem, May 12, 2010. (Dudi Vaknin/FLASH90)

This isn’t in any way new!

The Israeli cabinet approved on Sunday a project that could inject up to NIS 100 million [$30 million] toward covertly funding government propaganda in the United States and other Western countries. Led by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, the initiative is expected to revive a failed plan entrusted until recently to the now-defunct Strategic Affairs Ministry, which closed in 2021. The plan is to transfer money indirectly to foreign organizations that will spread Israeli propaganda in the countries in which they operate, all while hiding the fact that they are backed by the Israeli government.

Source: The new hasbara campaign Israel doesn’t want you to know about

When Israel Kills an American, Washington calls for “Investigation;” Hundreds of Palestinians? Not so Much

The establishment and foundations laid for the creation of Israel’s Fake News

Last week, 80-year-old Palestinian-American Omar Asad was kidnapped, tied up, and apparently tortured by Israeli army thugs in the West Bank. He was found dead soon after. It’s the kind of brutality habitually imposed upon Palestinians by the illegitimate Zionist regime to maintain a “pure” Jewish state in historical Palestine. But because Assad held a US passport, his case generated ever so slightly more attention over there than usual. The US State Department and several US lawmakers called for Israel to “investigate” itself over the apparent killing. This is worse than pointless.

Source: When Israel Kills an American, Washington calls for “Investigation;” Hundreds of Palestinians? Not so Much

Leaked Report Suggests Impunity for IDF Troops in Deadly Stop of Palestinian-American Elder

Omar Assad

IDF kills another American and it’s asked to investigate itself.

“This is a policy: Israel does not prosecute those responsible for harming Palestinians, thus making their lives miserable,” said the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

After Rachel Corrie, an American activist volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement, was crushed to death by an IDF armored bulldozer while defending Palestinian homes in occupied Gaza in 2003, Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador at the time, expressed his dissatisfaction with Israel’s investigation of the incident. Attempts by Corrie’s family to hold Israel accountable for the woman’s death ultimately proved futile.

Source: Leaked Report Suggests Impunity for IDF Troops in Deadly Stop of Palestinian-American Elder

How Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ plans to control all Palestinian content online

Some analysts argued that Netanyahu had feared that a law aimed at suppressing Palestinian freedom of speech online could be exploited by his enemies to control his own speech and incitement. Now that Netanyahu is no longer in the picture, the bill is back, and so is Sa’ar. Gideon Sa’ar is currently Israel’s justice minister and deputy prime minister. While his boss, Naftali Bennett, is moving rapidly to expand settlements and to worsen already horrific realities for Palestinians on the ground, Sa’ar is expanding the Israeli military occupation of Palestinians to the digital realm. What is known as the ‘Facebook Law’ is set to grant “Israeli courts the power to demand the removal of user-generated content on social media content platforms that can be perceived as inflammatory or as harming ‘the security of the state,’ or the security of people or the security of the public.”

Source: How Israel’s ‘Facebook Law’ plans to control all Palestinian content online

Pegasus Used Against Activist Women in Middle East

An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. - Apple iPhone owners, earlier in the week, were urged to install a quickly released security update after a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident exposed vulnerabilities targeted by cyber arms dealers.Lookout and Citizen Lab worked with Apple on an iOS patch to defend against what was called "Trident" because of its triad of attack methods, the researchers said in a joint blog post.Trident is used in spyware referred to as Pegasus, which a Citizen Lab investigation showed was made by an Israel-based organization called NSO Group. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel wants a “closer relationship” with Australia’s defense. It already has a very close relationship unbeknown to many nations that have purchased Pegasus spyware. Mossad operates freely amongst friends and enemies alike assassinating, kidnapping spying and influencing everyone in it’s favour and shares very little of it’s own secrets. Mainstream medias are very much propagandist for Israel. Murdoch media has always promoted positive news about the nation. After all Murdoch is heavily invested in Genie Oil in the occupied Syrian territories of the Golan Heights.

Andrew Bolt with his close family connections to Aalsmere the notorious historic pro Nazi town of WW2 is today a grand, loud but questionable supporter of the right-wing apartheid State. More so than even the Jewish diaspora that is increasinly ashamed. Israel is today the proud ally and supplier of military hardware and spyware to many of the worlds dictators in the Middle East, Africa and has a history of involvement in maintaining a division among any formation of a pan Arabic state.

Dozens of women journalists and human rights defenders in Bahrain and Jordan have had their phones hacked using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, according to a report by Front Line Defenders and Access Now. The report adds to a growing public record of Pegasus misuse globally, including against dissidents, reporters, diplomats, and members of the clergy. It also threatens to increase pressure on the Israel-based NSO Group, which in November was placed on a U.S. trade blacklist.

Source: Pegasus Used Against Activist Women in Middle East

Elderly Palestinian American Man Found Dead After Being Detained In Israeli Raid | HuffPost Latest News

Oxymoron = IDF Investigates the IDF

The Israeli Defense Force told Reuters that soldiers carried out an overnight raid in Jiljilya and that a Palestinian was “apprehended after resisting a check.” The IDF claimed the man was alive when soldiers released him, despite other detainees claiming they witnessed otherwise. Israeli army spokesperson Amnon Shefler said the incident would be investigated “in a thorough and professional manner.”

Source: Elderly Palestinian American Man Found Dead After Being Detained In Israeli Raid | HuffPost Latest News

Israel’s Response to Human Rights NGOs’ finding that it practices Apartheid has been to Shoot the Messenger

( See also: Democracy Now! ““It Is Apartheid”: Rights Group B’Tselem on How Israel Advances Jewish Supremacy Over Palestinians” ) The International Criminal Court has determined that Israel has committed war crimes, and the UN Human Rights Council’s open-ended Commission of Inquiry will also be looking at such crimes committed by the settler-colonial state. Israeli rhetoric treats both as intrusions in its domestic affairs completely dissociated from its violations of international law. The state and its apologists simplify the slightest semblance of justice as an anti-Israel campaign instigated by the Palestinian people. When B’Tselem spoke, the world listened, even if only briefly. Next up was Human Rights Watch in April last year when its report, “A Threshold Crossed” pointed out that, “Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”

Source: Israel’s Response to Human Rights NGOs’ finding that it practices Apartheid has been to Shoot the Messenger

What were the top BDS victories of 2021? | The Electronic Intifada

Two men wear masks while holding signs

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was a year of accelerated boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigning, successful grassroots actions and significant legal victories for Palestinian rights.

Source: What were the top BDS victories of 2021? | The Electronic Intifada

A most moral violence

Soldiers from the Kfir Brigade at an IDF swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, December 24, 2015. (Israel Defense Forces/CC BY-NC 2.0)

Where no moral justification exists but where it is manufactured. Israel’s Shame. Israel supports despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia supplying them with the spyware and logistics that saw the assasination Jamal Kashoggi and bombing of Yemen. It supplies and suoports African despots in their most immoral violence.

Two complementary projects lie at the heart of the status quo: Israel’s military control over nearly five million Palestinians in the occupied territories, and the gradual colonization of the West Bank. Technically, Israel views the West Bank as “disputed” rather than occupied, and, since the 2005 disengagement, Israelis no longer believe Gaza to be under Israeli occupation. Yet in practice, the Israeli military controls both.

Source: A most moral violence

Top Three Ways Israeli Policies Caused the Oslo Peace Accords to Collapse – According to former Shin Bet director Ami Ayalon

Israel increased illegal settlements and failed to deliver promised occupied territory. The predictable result was violent resistance from the Palestinian street and greater popular support for Hamas.

Source: Top Three Ways Israeli Policies Caused the Oslo Peace Accords to Collapse – According to former Shin Bet director Ami Ayalon

Canadian diplomat gets caught lying about Israel arms sales | The Electronic Intifada

Woman in face mask stands in front of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock

Canadian Diplomat acts like drug dealers do legal or not they Lie

It is unclear to me why Wettlaufer thinks she can get away with a lie so easily disproved. Perhaps she is unused to having journalists question Canada’s self-image as a benign force promoting human rights, instead of what it is: one settler colony built on genocide, standing shoulder to shoulder with another.

Source: Canadian diplomat gets caught lying about Israel arms sales | The Electronic Intifada

How do you shrink colonialism? – +972 Magazine

Israeli soldiers guard thousands of settler youth as they march near the outpost of Homesh following the murder of a settler by Palestinians, West Bank, December 23, 2021. (Oren Ziv)

It is a reality of settler pogroms, Palestinian resistance, and retributive attacks. It is a reality in which the radical wing of the settler movement has the backing of the most powerful military in the region to violently clear Palestinians off their land, while the settler elite enjoys infrastructure projects that allow Israel to continue swallowing the West Bank piecemeal without ever having to declare “annexation” as state policy. It is, at the bottom of it all, the story of Israel’s incomplete colonial project — from the South Hebron Hills to the Naqab/Negev to Jerusalem to Gaza. As much as Israeli leaders may say they are tired of “the conflict,” what they really seek is to minimize Palestinian resistance in all its forms, and to shrink any attention to Israel’s ever-expanding ambitions.

Source: How do you shrink colonialism? – +972 Magazine

‘Very interested’: Israel eyes closer spy network with Australia

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says Israel wants a closer security relationship with Australia.

Problem is Israel doesn’t have a history of “sharing” it does have a history of “spying ” on it’s allies and transactional arrangements in its interests. It has kidnapped people from this country used imprisoned and killed Australians and has carried out its spying activities in other coutntries using false documents pointing to Australia. Of course it’s “Very Interested” in a closer network with Australia, It’s an opportunity for trade and further spying “on” us and not “with” us. We have just formed AUKUS and opened up to wider activities and Israel has jumped at it. “Beware of the Trojan horse” should go down in history as ” Beware of an Israeli Handshake” Meanwhile spyware is on sale to friends of Israel my ass spyware is on sale to anybody ready to pay. Simply look at the military equipment Israel has sold to African, Middle East and world dictatorships.

Mr Lapid said striking a free trade agreement with Australia was also a priority which would “expand trade and help create jobs in both our countries”, and floated the prospect of direct flights between the two countries.

Source: ‘Very interested’: Israel eyes closer spy network with Australia

‘The system is defending police shooters instead of putting them on trial’

Palestinians clash with Israeli police during a protest at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem Old City, June 17, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)

 

Less than a week after Israeli Border Police shot dead a Palestinian who had stabbed an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, the State Attorney’s Office decided last Thursday to close an internal investigation into the conduct of the officers. Footage of the incident showed Muhammad Salima, 25, carrying out the stabbing attack before being shot once by the nearby police officers. While Salima lay on the ground wounded and incapacitated, an officer circled around and fired two additional shots directly at him, killing Salima instantly. The Justice Ministry said that the investigation was shelved because “there was a real and tangible danger to the lives of the soldiers and civilians,” and as a result, “there was a legal justification for the use of [lethal] weapons.”

Source: ‘The system is defending police shooters instead of putting them on trial’

CNN erases West Bank and Gaza Strip | The Electronic Intifada

Map excluding West Bank and Gaza Strip

America’s MSM view of the Middle East, in this case CNN leaves Palestinian Gaza and the West Bank out of its picture of the Middle East as if the territories illegally occupied by Israel are legal. While the Golan Heights are shown here as Syrian territory CNN fails to mention Israel’s illegal occupation of it as well. Their’s is a totallt fake view of the region. Meanwhile, the Jewish Diaspora, the majority of Jews living outside of Israel, are fast becoming Anti- The Israel State. Israel may once have has claims to self defence but that fake claim was lost years ago when it became the primo aggressor and occupier in the region.

No such correction has been forthcoming from CNN or GPS, which raises the prospect that CNN’s cartographers do not recognize the reality of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Until corrected, the map seemingly portrays just one uninterrupted Israeli apartheid state. This is, of course, the political reality – one that makes more likely the struggle for equal rights in one state rather than Palestinian statehood in disconnected West Bank and Gaza bantustans.

Source: CNN erases West Bank and Gaza Strip | The Electronic Intifada