Friday, June 26, 2015

Israel/Palestine News

UN Report: Israel Committed Unprecedented Devastation and Killings in 2014 Gaza War

Next Step: Palestine Submits Thousands of Pages Documenting Israeli War
Crimes to the International Criminal Court; if the prosecutor fails to
act, legitimacy of the court will further erode, says CCR’s Michael

A racist joke about President Obama posted on Twitter by Judy Shalom
Nir-Mozes, the wife of Israeli interior minister Silvan Shalom, sparked
international outrage on social media on Sunday. The joke, which read,
“Do you know what Obama coffee is? Black and weak,” was quickly deleted
after it was posted and was followed by an apology from Mozes. We
discuss the offensive message on the Lip News with Nik Zecevic and
Margaret Howell.

Israeli forces continue to increase the tension in the old city of
Hebron. Armed Israeli forces attempted to facilitate a settler tour
whilst the Palestinian market was full of families shopping for food to
break their fast.  Palestinians peacefully confronted the Israeli
forces and settlers by showing their objection chanting Allahu Akbar.
But were then faced with violence as the Israeli forces started
throwing stun grenades.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

In case you assumed that Israeli economy is not heavily invested in occupation & apartheid.
U.S. Counter-Terrorism and the Saudi-Turkish-Israeli Strategic Alliance To Overthrow Assad 

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss U.S.
policy in Syria and Iraq as its allies in the region push for the
overthrow of the Assad regime  In an extended discussion, they discuss how weakening Hezbollah is driving Israel's
interest in collaborating with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to overthrow the
Assad regime.


A fire has destroyed parts of a church in Israel where Christians believe Jesus performed a miracle.

Panel discussion featuring Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO, Hillel
International, Alan Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, BICOM, and Akiva
Tor, Head of the Bureau for World Jewish Affairs,
Israeli Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. Moderated by Daniel Elbaum, AJC Assistant Executive,
Director and Director of Regional Offices.

hat tip to Mondoweiss

Friday, June 19, 2015

Israel/Palestine News

Israeli Report Says Attacks on Palestinian Children and Civilians Were "Legitimate"

Vijay Prashad, says according to this report even the boys playing ball
on the beach that was killed by Israeli military last year before the
international press, was deemed a legitimate act of war.


Internal information in the Yusef a-Shawamreh killing reveals:

ordered live fire ambush of teens, though they posed no danger. The
result: a 14-year-old killed, no one held accountable

In March
2014, soldiers killed Yusef a-Shawamreh, 14, as he crossed the
Separation Barrier to pick edible plants for his family. He was shot
although he posed no danger, in broad daylight. In July 2014, the MAG
Corps declared the investigation closed with no charges. Examination of
the military file revealed a sloppy investigation and corroborated
B’Tselem’s suspicion of unlawful conduct in the incident. The MAG Corps
effectively sanctioned this conduct by accepting a flawed investigation
and releasing the commanders from accountability.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry released a cartoon recently about Gaza. But
it's not funny ha-ha. Instead, it ridicules journalists. Check it out.

A young Palestinian boy sings in a cistern.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

A Palestinian man told Israeli soldiers to stop firing tear gas, so they
beat him up. The army accused him of trying to grab a soldier's gun.

Chef Wareef Hameedo fled Syria and arrived in Gaza through an
underground tunnel. Despite the odds, he's opened a new restaurant
serving popular Syrian dishes – and locals love it. He'll even star in a
local cooking show next month.

Tens of thousands of people turned out on Friday for Israel's annual Gay
Pride parade, dancing in the streets of Tel Aviv and waving rainbow-colored flags.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel,
has gained momentum across American college campuses. In response,
anti-BDS efforts have also intensified. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is preparing an “offensive” against boycott efforts, while
American casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson convened an emergency summit
in Las Vegas to raise money to fight BDS. But can BDS be stopped?

Here's a glimpse into Israeli media and its misinformation of the BDS
campaign. In this 'interview', Ronnie Barkan explain the campaign to a
less than appreciative journalist.
June 4th, 2015.

Police in Jerusalem harass the weekly demo in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Women in Black demonstrate against the Occupation in Jerusalem.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Israel/Palestine News

Israel Fears the Boycott Movement as an 'Existential Threat'

 Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says Israel's real problem isn't BDS;
it's the increasing international isolation due to the ongoing
occupation of Palestinian territory and other abuses.

Music from the 2015 Nabi Saleh Festival.

A film of the 2015 Israeli arms exhibition in Tel Aviv.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh,

part of an interview with Aviav Ben Israel.
Israel Second Most Unequal Economy in World

Shir Hever says the current OECD statistics on inequality in Israel
would be even worse if the Palestinian population in the occupied
territories was taken into account.

Demonstration marking 48 years since the occupation began in June 1967,
by the old city in Jerusalem, organized by various groups active
against the occupation from inside the '67 borders. Speakers included
Orly Noi, Aiman Ouda, Reuven Abergel.

IDF soldiers harass over & over the Abu Haya family in Hebron after they accuse their son of stone throwing.

It's a city where women have been forced to sit at the back of buses.
Now Israel's women are demanding equal rights in Jerusalem with a

Miri Regev, Minister of Culture & Sport, vows to fight BDS & 'pluralism'.


A non-violent Palestinian protest in Beit Ummar faces excessive violence
from Israeli forces. One Palestinian has his arm broken while the
military and police arrest him. And an Israeli activist is pepper
sprayed in the eyes.

African Hebrew Israelites and African Bedouin Palestinians visit African
asylum-seekers imprisoned by Israel in a desert detention center

Demanding that the Israeli government expel all non-Jewish African
asylum-seekers from the country, Israeli Jews blast music to disrupt an
African church service in Tel Aviv. Lyrics of the song they are
blasting: "Remove the black, the rats"

Wynette Williams talks about growing up in Dimona Israel.

Part of an interview with a black woman who grew up in Dimona Israel.
Manifestations of Apartheid Israel

Shir Hever, economist at the Alternative Information Center, says
segregation begins five seconds after disembarking in Israel and there
is blatant racism of various kinds isolating Arabs

Settlers uproot 750 olive seedlings planted by Palestinians.

Could Israeli soccer players soon be banned from playing international
matches? Members of the world soccer body, FIFA, are going to vote on a

After 8 years, former British prime minister Tony Blair is stepping down
from his role as Middle East Peace envoy for the U.S., the EU, Russia
and the UN. No one seems very sad.

Protest by the village of Nabi Saleh, on Friday, May 22, 2015, against
the occupation, against the theft of their land and water and against
Not a Single House Has Been Rebuilt One Year After Israeli War on Gaza

Dan Cohen, Correspondent for Mondoweiss says Gaza looks the same as it
did the day of the ceasefire and this is an intentional policy of