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Feb 27 10:19

Your Digital Papers Please: Verification ‘passports’ to Prove your Clean start in Israel and EU

It seems the same people who can’t stop talking about how they were forced to wear stars and show their papers, are now the champions of modern-day totalitarianism. -- How a government that can’t stop yapping about oppression can now push policies on their people and the world that literally reflect the same policies that they have bitched about for 80+ years is beyond belief – but here we are, Jews now begging to carry modern day badges to identify themselves as clean!

Feb 27 07:50

Hot off the Press: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla admits Israel is the 'world's lab.’ 

If Israelis are confused by the fact that their government treats them like laboratory pets, if they wonder why their freedom to travel, to socialise or even earn a living have evaporated, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla produced a genuine answer yesterday. In an interview on NBC Bourla said:

"I believe Israel has become the world's lab right now because they are using only our vaccine at this state and they have vaccinated a very big part of their population, so we can study both economy and health indices."

I have no issue with medical experiments involving humans if the participants are fully aware of all possible circumstances and considerations involved in their consent. This didn’t happen in Israel. By means of ‘green passports,’ the government practically threatens to penalise anyone reluctant to participate in a ‘lab’ experiment for a giant pharmaceutical company with a very problematic record.

Feb 26 08:23

AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS ARE CRUSHING OPPOSITION USING ISRAELI SPYWARE

As internet penetration and smartphone usage increases across Africa, digital spaces have become increasingly important for organising political uprisings and opposition movements. In response, several of the continent’s regimes have shut down the internet or blocked social media apps. To sidestep the economic costs and global criticism that these online shutdowns incur, governments have turned to digital surveillance technology as a shrewder way to crush all opposition.

Feb 26 07:54

KKL-JNF board advances controversial $11.5 million purchase of West Bank land

In a contentious vote that passed Thursday by the slimmest of margins, the Jewish National Fund’s board of directors advanced the controversial allocation of NIS 38 million ($11.58 million) in order to purchase lands in the West Bank.

The board of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) will meet once again after the March 23 election to determine its policies beyond the Green Line and rule on whether to give final approval for the purchase itself.

Left-leaning groups represented on the KKL-JNF board, which includes international Jewish organizations and representatives from Israeli political parties, had been optimistic that they would be able to quash the measure, according to the Haaretz daily.

Feb 26 07:52

50,000+ Petition Delivered to Facebook. “Not to Include ‘Zionist’ in Is Hate Speech Policy”

From Menlo Park to Dublin, Johannesburg to Tel Aviv-Yaffo, activists in 17 cities across the globe delivered petitions with over 54,000 signatures to Facebook corporate offices today. The petitions call on the social media giant to not include “Zionist” in its hate speech policy, as Facebook is currently considering. The COVID-safe petition delivery in New York City was live-streamed on Facebook, during a virtual petition delivery event.

Signed by leading human rights activists, academics and artists, the petition calls on Facebook to ensure that any amendments to its hate speech policy keep all people safe – and connected.

Feb 26 07:42

US Brings Israel into CENTCOM, The US Military’s Command in the Middle East

he move formalizes regular military exercises among the US, Israel and Arab states, which is “crucial for developing effective theater missile defenses, as well as boosting readiness and interoperability in cyber, counterterrorism, special operations, and maritime security.”

Though the move will take some time to go into effect, the Pentagon’s recent decision to relocate Israel to the area of responsibility (AOR) of the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM, which operates in the Middle East) is a direct operational reflection of the Abraham Accords, in which Israel normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, with Saudi support.

The head of CENTCOM, General Kenneth F. McKenzie, recently told the Middle East Institute,

“We do a lot of business with Israel now just as a practical matter of fact because their threats generally emanate from the east. In a certain way, this is just a natural recognition of that at the operational level.”

Feb 26 07:18

New report by Israeli NGOs evaluates impact of military invasions of Palestinian homes on families’ mental health

“It happens nearly every night. Without warning, without a search warrant, without a court order. While you are sleeping peacefully, a Palestinian family is woken up abruptly.

“Their children are gathered in a room, afraid, trying to understand why they were suddenly yanked out of bed by masked soldiers who are now standing in the middle of their living room, photographing them, opening their drawers, speaking to them in broken Arabic.

“When the soldiers leave the house, they leave behind much more than a mess in the living room. The Palestinian family is left with trauma: with fear of what the next night will bring, children who wet their beds, and a feeling of being unsafe in their own home, of a loss of control. Every such invasion shatters the most basic premise of being a parent – the knowledge that they can protect their children.”

Feb 25 13:49

Netanyahu: Israel will prevent a nuclear Iran whether or not a deal is in place

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday vowed Israel would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, regardless of whether a multilateral accord is in place to prevent Tehran from doing so.

The comments came hours after Iranian state TV reported that the Islamic Republic has officially begun restricting international inspections of its nuclear facilities.

“On the eve of the Purim holiday, I say to those who seek to harm us — Iran and its proxies in the Middle East: 2,500 years ago, another Persian tyrant tried to destroy the Jewish people and just as he failed then – you too will fail,” Netanyahu said at a memorial ceremony in the northern town of Tel Hai, referencing the Purim story.

Feb 25 13:48

Top US lawmaker links Palestinians to antisemitism and hate crimes

Congressman Gregory Meeks, a key Democrat, linked Palestinians to the rise of global bigotry, and said he would address the upsurge of racism and hate crimes when he talks to Palestinian leaders.

Meeks, who serves as the chair of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, lavished praise on Israel at a Brookings Institution virtual conference on Wednesday, and vowed to bolster America's "social, economic and political ties" with its Middle Eastern ally.

"I know how important Israel is to us as a partner, and I am committed to that partnership," Meeks said.

When addressing a question about resuming humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, Meeks spoke vaguely about providing assistance to those who need it and instead highlighted his strong support for Israel and the need to combat antisemitism.

Feb 25 13:47

The Israeli Mutant, the IDF prophecy and the Reality on the Ground

As of writing this article, 75.4% of Israel’s new Covid-19 cases are under 39. Only 5.5% were over 60. Only 59.9% of critical patients are over 60 years old. 40% are under 60. The country has also detected a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases amongst pregnant women. Many are in hospital, with 8 currently in critical condition.

In Israel, cases in new-born Covid-19 have seen a significant 1300% spike (from 400 cases in under two-year-olds on November 20 to 5,800 in February 2021).

Feb 25 07:58

Israeli PM urges Biden to keep Trump's sanctions on International Criminal Court to stave off war crimes investigation – media

Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly urged US President Joe Biden to maintain his predecessor’s sanctions against the International Criminal Court, arguing that even if he disagrees with them, the US and Israel must stick together.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu personally called up Biden last week to request he keep the Trump administration’s sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in place, lest the court launch its long-threatened war crimes investigation into Tel Aviv’s atrocities in Gaza and the West Bank, Axios reported on Wednesday.

Feb 25 07:53

Iran: Israel’s expansion of Dimona nuclear site threatens global security

Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN office in Geneva has raised the alarm at the Israeli regime’s quiet expansion of its highly-secretive Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev Desert, renewing the call for the “irreversible destruction” of nuclear weapons by the possessors of such internationally-banned arms.

Addressing the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Wednesday Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh said that Israel’s reported attempts to expand facilities that the regime uses to build nuclear bombs are a big threat to regional and international peace and security.

He was reacting to newly-released satellite images, which have revealed that the Israeli regime — the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East — is conducting “significant” constructive activities at the Dimona nuclear facility.

Feb 24 10:17

Analysis | Top Guns or Mavericks? Israel’s Fighter Pilots Have Taken Control of U.S. Military Aid Budget

The first stage of the Israel Air Force’s new procurement plans was approved last week by the ministerial committee on defense spending.

The ministers signed off on the purchase of another 25 Lockheed F-35 stealth fighters and four Boeing KC-46 refueling tankers. It’s only part of a larger $9.4 billion shopping list presented by the IAF, but the political paralysis and personal rivalry between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz meant it took long months to authorize this stage, and no one knows when the next stages will be approved.

Feb 24 10:16

Israeli cyber firm: Chinese hacking tool was modeled on NSA spyware

An Israeli cybersecurity firm announced Monday that China has used a hacking tool initially developed by the US National Security Agency.

In a new report, Check Point Software Technologies said the Chinese malware, which it dubbed “Jian,” exploited a vulnerability in Windows. It said the exploit was a replica of one used by the secretive “Equation Group” at the NSA.

Check Point said the tool was developed in 2014 and has been used since at least the following year, two years before cyber weapons made by the Equation Group were leaked online. The Tel Aviv-based firm hypothesized that Chinese spies may have obtained the code during an Equation Group operation against a target in China, captured it while monitoring an Equation Group attack against a third party, or acquired it during a Chinese operation against the Equation Group.

Feb 24 10:15

Opinion | I’m Tired of American Jews Making Excuses for Netanyahu and His Proud Boy Allies

No more excuses, please.

Not for the vicious racism and neo-fascism of Itamar Ben Gvir and the band of thugs that he has gathered around him.

Not for Benjamin Netanyahu, who, in a despicable display of political narcissism, stage-managed a merger of right-wing parties that will bring Ben Gvir and his racist cronies into the Knesset.

Feb 24 09:18

Israel’s foul play against football in Gaza

The football player Sadiq Lulu was awoken by a big explosion. He could sense that the houses in his neighborhood were shaking.

It was 26 December and at that early hour Gaza was under a curfew introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the curfew, Lulu decided to check on al-Tuffah stadium, the headquarters of his club.

Lulu – the team’s 30-year-old captain – was shocked to see the destruction wrought by Israel, which had attacked the grounds.

“It broke my heart to see the damage to our stadium,” he said. “Al-Tuffah stadium is like a second home. Unfortunately, the bombing of our stadium shows that nowhere is safe in Gaza.”

Feb 24 08:36

Another Conspiracy Turns Out True - Israel Pays Families of Missing Children

Feb 24 08:08

Truth Behind SNL’s Controversial Israel Joke

Feb 23 13:24

Israel expands nuclear facility previously used for weapons material

Israel is carrying out a major expansion of its Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev desert, where it has historically made the fissile material for its nuclear arsenal.

Construction work is evident in new satellite images published on Thursday by the International Panel on Fissile Material (IPFM), an independent expert group. The area being worked on is a few hundred metres across to the south and west of the domed reactor and reprocessing point at the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center, near the desert town of Dimona.

Pavel Podvig, a researcher with the programme on science and global security at Princeton University, said: “It appears that the construction started quite early in 2019, or late 2018, so it’s been under way for about two years, but that’s all we can say at this point.”

Feb 23 11:35

New symbolic role for the Israeli flag: A standard for white nationalists, Christian nationalists and nationalist thugs in suits

Lawrence Davidson: Israel "has attracted the rising wave of today’s rightist fringe like bears to honey. Whether they are white nationalists, Christian nationalists or just nationalist thugs in suits, they all sense something laudable in Israel.">>

Feb 23 11:06

'Proud' Zionist group leading campaign to sack UK professor for criticising Israel

In another example pointing to the dangerous rise of cancel-culture and the abuse of allegations of anti-Semitism within anti-Palestinian groups, "Israel's fanatical advocates" are demanding the expulsion of prominent British Professor, David Miller, from his post over his remarks about Zionism at a virtual meeting last week.

Miller has spent 15 years tracking the nefarious effects of the fossil fuel lobby, the pharmaceutical lobby, the tobacco lobby, as well as state lobbies that promote Islamophobia, such as those of Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

During the zoom meeting, the sociology professor, considered one of the world's leading experts on Islamophobia, denounced the state ideology of Israel as racist and called for an end to Zionism as a "functioning ideology of the world". He also blasted a number of pro-Israel groups who for a number of years have been leading a hostile campaign to have him sacked from his post at the University of Bristol.

Feb 23 09:11

What to Do About Israel?

Critics of U.S. policy with and about Israel like myself have been relatively successful in describing the considerable downside in the bilateral status quo. We have demonstrated that the lopsided relationship supports absolutely no U.S. interest and that, on the contrary, considerable damage is done to the American people, to include involvement in armed conflict in the Middle East which serves no purpose beyond “protecting Israel.”

Feb 23 08:01

Covid-19: Former Israeli minister urges denial of vaccine to Palestinians in Gaza

Former Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked called on Saturday for Israel to prevent Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip from receiving the Russian coronavirus vaccine.

“As long as they hold our soldiers' bodies they can deal on their own… not even humanitarian aid,” she said on Israel's Kan 11 news channel, referring to the Hamas-led authorities ruling in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas holds the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed during the Israeli military operation launched on the Gaza Strip in 2014, and it captured another two Israelis in September 2014 and another in 2015.

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Feb 23 07:59

'They destroyed our dreams': Israel’s bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers

After a five-kilometre walk from her home in the northern occupied West Bank, 49-year-old Khitam Ismail arrived on her plot of land at six in the morning, a routine she has maintained for years, and began to work.

Her constant cries over the recent loss of her beloved olive trees, which she has spent more than a decade growing, can be heard in the area.

On 6 December, Israeli bulldozers and dozens of army personnel raided the Khallet al-Abhar area in Deir Ballout, on the outskirts of the Palestinian city of Salfit, and carried out one of the largest tree uprooting operations to date in the West Bank, destroying 3,400 olive trees in one day.

According to officials in the local council, Israeli authorities also levelled hundreds of dunams of land with bulldozers in Area C, which residents fear comes in preparation for mass land confiscation in the village in the near future.

Feb 23 07:58

Report: Raed Salah Held in Solitary Confinement by Israel

The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, has been held in solitary confinement since he was jailed by Israel on August 15 last year, Arabi21.com reported on Sunday.

His lawyer Khalid Zabarqeh said that Sheikh Salah has been facing harsh treatment and difficult conditions in the Israeli prison in the Naqab Desert.

The leading Palestinian human rights activist is serving a 17-month sentence in a small, isolated cell. He is allowed out for one hour a day.

Feb 23 07:57

Government expresses ‘regret,’ will compensate for disappeared Yemenite children

The government on Monday approved a NIS 162 million (almost $50 million) compensation plan for the families of immigrants to Israel during the state’s formative years who say their children and siblings were taken from them by the authorities when they arrived in the country in the 1950s and then disappeared.

Known as the Yemenite children affair, the issue involves over 1,000 families — mostly immigrants from Yemen, but also dozens from the Balkans, North Africa, and other Middle Eastern countries — who have alleged their children were kidnapped from Israeli hospitals and put up for adoption, sometimes abroad.

Feb 22 13:43

TOP RABBI: AMERICA IS COLLAPSING, ISRAEL MUST STEP UP AS NEW WORLD SUPERPOWER

One of Israel’s most respected rabbis, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, has released a statement on the status of America as a waning world superpower and a message of hope for Israel to fill the void. Rabbi Eliyahu is the Chief Rabbi of Safed and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council

THE BIG CRISIS THAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN AMERICA

Regarding the outcome of the US elections, Rabbi Eliyahu explains that the schism is deeper than last week’s incident on Capitol Hill saying: “The big crisis that is currently happening in America didn’t start with the storming of Capitol Hill. It started with the Democratic party’s’ lack of confidence in Trump’s presidency expressed in fiery protests across the United States, and his being labeled in every possible derogatory manner.”

Feb 22 08:42

Could Israel invade the Hague?

It has been a long time coming.

Earlier this month, a panel of judges ruled that the International Criminal Court (ICC) could investigate Israel for war crimes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

A coalition of Palestinian human rights lawyers celebrated the "landmark" ruling as "a critically important step towards ensuring the rule of law" and "towards ending impunity".

As the saying goes, justice delayed is justice denied, and in the case of Israeli war crimes, accountability has been delayed for years – for decades.

More than a year ago, the ICC's Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda concluded her preliminary examination of the situation. She decided that the criteria for war crimes investigations had been met.

But that initial examination in itself had taken no less than five years, with the entire weight of Israel's network of overseas lobby groups bearing down on Bensouda. Outrageously, she was also sanctioned by the Trump administration.

Feb 22 08:37

Israel's Massive Oil Spill: From North to South, Concerned Citizens Clean Tar From Beaches

Volunteers arriving at Nitzanim Beach, just south of the port city of Ashdod on Saturday were greeted by the pungent smell of tar. They could smell it all the way from the parking lot, the first sign of the disaster that had compelled them to show up on a Saturday morning.

All those present had signed up, signed in and were given instructions and equipment. “About 200 people came today. There are children, families, all ages,” said Shani Tubul, coordinator for the southern district of a coalition of environmental groups, which organized the cleanup together with the Hof Ashkelon local council. “They’re from all over the country, from Tel Aviv and even from Jerusalem,” she added.

Feb 22 07:32

Fury as SNL joke about Israel vaccinating ‘Jewish half’ of population comes too close to calling it ‘apartheid state’

The comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL) was accused of peddling hateful anti-Semitic tropes after joking that the half of Israel’s population already vaccinated against Covid-19 must be Jewish.

The punchline was delivered by Michael Che in the Weekly Update segment of the show, accounting for just a few seconds amid numerous dunks on Ted Cruz taking a vacation in Mexico amid the Texas power crisis. Critics say the joke was “stoking hatred against Jews by perpetuating libels.”

Feb 22 07:30

Court invalidates Balfour Declaration, holds UK responsible for Palestinian plight

A Palestinian court has declared as invalid the Balfour Declaration, a document issued by the British government in 1917 that paved the way for the creation of Israel, as it violates the rules of international law.

The Court of First Instance in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Sunday also held Britain legally responsible for the consequences of the Balfour Declaration, demanding an apology to the Palestinians.

The Balfour Declaration came in the form of a letter from Britain’s then-foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, addressed to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a figurehead of the British Jewish community. It was published on November 2, 1917.

The declaration was made during World War I (1914-1918), and included in the terms of the British Mandate for Palestine after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

Feb 21 07:31

Arguing in favor of Iran deal, 2 ex-officers refuse to fall in behind Netanyahu

They are both politicians, both ex-army officials with deep security credentials who have served on the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and both are on the front line of opposition to the Iran nuclear deal resistance spearheaded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a political climate in which nearly the entire mainstream has fallen in line behind Netanyahu on the Iran nuclear issue, Meretz MK Yair Golan and likely future Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev stand out as those likely to lead the charge in challenging the prime minister’s tactics.

Six years ago, as the Barack Obama administration was at the height of talks with Iran to put together the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, barely any of Israel’s senior government or political figures dared to question Netanyahu’s strident opposition to the agreement.

Feb 21 07:31

Americans on Jewish National Fund board might be prosecuted by ICC over settlements –Alpher

Last weekend, the Jewish National Fund, which exists to “redeem” the land of Israel for Jews, moved forward on a plan to buy Palestinian lands that surround illegal Jewish settlements on the West Bank so as to expand the settlements, give them green spaces and room to develop.

The move has been hammered by liberal Zionist organizations, the Reform Jewish movement, one of the JNF’s own board members,and even the State Department as a threat to the “two-state solution.” Americans for Peace Now says the policy will lead to “perpetual occupation and annexation.” The JNF says what’s the big deal, it has always operated in the West Bank! “Throughout the years and till this very day, KKL-JNF [Keren Kayemet Le’Israel] has been operating in all parts of the land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria [biblical term for West Bank],” the JNF said.

Feb 21 07:28

Israeli press review: Report finds widespread racism among Israel's youth

A comprehensive study conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem revealed widespread racism and belief in stereotypes among a majority of teenagers from various backgrounds in Israel.

The study, which was conducted by the university's aChord Center, aimed to draw a “map of hatred” in Israel, according to Haaretz, and reached 1,100 youngsters between the ages of 16 and 18 - including Palestinian citizens of Israel, secular, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israelis - between May and July 2020.

The study showed that 66 percent of the ultra-Orthodox, 42 percent of religious Israelis, and 24 percent of secularists “hate Arabs”, meaning the Palestinian community that makes up 20 percent of the Israeli population and who participate in the Knesset and government institutions.

Feb 21 07:24

Israeli Forces Open Floodgates near Gaza, Destroy Palestinian Crops

Israeli occupation forces today opened floodgates near the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip for the second day, flooding vast tracts of Palestinian agricultural land.

Palestine Chronicle correspondent Wafaa Aludaini reported that the water devastated hundreds of dunums of land east of the Shujaiyyah neighborhood, while dozens of other cultivated lands were flooded near Beit Hanun in northern Gaza Strip.

Feb 21 07:21

The Greater Danger of Israeli Provocations in Syria

Continued airstrikes carried out by Israeli warplanes in Syria presents – at face value – an obvious and persistent threat to Syria. In a wider context, the threat runs much deeper and extends to Syria’s allies in Tehran.

Israel has been an eager participant in the US-led proxy war on Syria beginning in 2011. It has provided safe-haven and support for Western-backed militants along and within its borders. It has also at various junctures carried out airstrikes in Syria in a bid to impede Damascus’ ability to reestablish peace and stability within Syria’s borders.

And according to US policy papers written before and after the beginning of the 2011 proxy war against Syria – Washington had long ago slated Israel a role in undermining and aiding in the overthrow of the Syrian government – and admittedly as part of a wider strategy to isolate and eventually target Iran.

Feb 19 08:54

An Israeli Startup Is 3D Printing Cultured Ribeye Steaks

The market for meat alternatives is booming, but so far most products are only able to replicate the formless ground meat found in burgers, sausages, and nuggets. The world’s first 3D printed steak may be set to change that, opening the door to replicating any cut of meat we want.

Growing sensitivity to the environmental and ethical impacts of industrial animal agriculture has seen interest in plant-based diets boom. But companies have been quick to spot a major gap in the market: the morally conflicted carnivore who is swayed by the vegan’s argument but can’t imagine ever completely giving up on their favorite food.

This is leading to an explosion in companies looking to fill that gap with a variety of faux meats made from plant material or slaughter-free meat that’s grown in a lab rather than being cut from a carcass.

Feb 19 07:44

Biden Finally Accepts First Call From Netanyahu After Month-Long Delay

After going weeks since his inauguration without answering Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's request for a customary first call, with growing concern in Tel Aviv over what was increasingly looking like an intentional snub, on Wednesday President Biden finally spoke with the Israeli leader. Though few details were made public as to the details of the content discussed, the conversation "was very friendly and warm and lasted about an hour," according to the prime minister's office.

As for the White House, Biden "affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel’s security and conveyed his intent to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership, including our strong defense cooperation," according to a statement.

Feb 19 07:05

Spike in settler attacks creates “living hell” for Palestinians

When Aref Jaber went to investigate reports that a group of Israelis were planning to build a settlement outpost on his land near the Kiryat Arab settlement in Hebron, he did not foresee the violence about to come his way.

But the 45-year-old taxi driver was forced to abandon his car – his private car – when he was set upon by what he described as a gang of seven settlers.

By the time Jaber returned, the men had pummeled his car with rocks and stones and smashed the windows.

“Two Israeli soldiers were there watching and didn’t do anything to stop them,” Jaber told The Electronic Intifada.

The attack occurred in early January.

Feb 18 13:36

Israel to bar unvaccinated people from some jobs, says health minister

Israel’s health minister has confirmed the country plans to stop unvaccinated people from working in certain jobs but failed to elaborate on what they might be, adding anyone found forging vaccine certificates will be jailed.

“There will soon be jobs where, in order to work, the workers will have to either be vaccinated or undergo a Covid-19 test every 48 hours,” Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Thursday.

Flanked by senior Ministry of Health officials, Edelstein did not elaborate on which jobs people would be excluded from, but he urged everyone to get vaccinated in order to help bring life back to “almost normal.”

Feb 18 11:38

Jewish Americans Call Out Democrats’ Appointment of Anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar to Vice Chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee

Representative Ilhan Omar was recently appointed as the Vice-chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She shouldn’t even be in the US based on prior suspected immigration fraud, but with no Justice Department or FBI, the Democrats are fine with her in this important Congressional Committee.

Newsmax reports:

Over 1,500 Orthodox rabbis are calling on Congress to rescind the appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to vice chair of a House foreign affairs subcommittee concerning human rights over accusations of anti-Semitism.

Omar was recently named vice chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, a move that sparked backlash from conservatives and the Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents about 1,500 traditional Orthodox rabbis in matters of public policy.

Feb 18 09:55

Israel to Allow ‘Green Pass’ Holders to Access Public Spaces

Israel will soon allow ‘Green Pass’ holders who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine to access public spaces including sports events, restaurants and hotels while those who haven’t had the shot will remain on lockdown.

The two tier system will go into effect from Sunday onwards, when those who have had two doses of the vaccine or can prove they’ve recovered from the infection will display the certificate on their phone which will allow them to resume normal life.

“With some 43 percent of Israeli citizens inoculated with at least one shot of the jab developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the cabinet moved to permit malls, open-air markets, museums and libraries to reopen next weekend, gradually scaling back controversial restrictions brought in late December,” reports RT.

Feb 18 09:34

Finkelstein: Palestine's ICC victory thwarted by Israel's apartheid reality

Feb 18 08:34

EU gives $15 million in “creative” aid to Israel’s war industry

Let us never forget the miracles performed by the Donald Trump Dating Agency.

For a little while in 2020, we could stop worrying about a deadly virus and celebrate the peace agreements between Israel and countries with which it had never been at war. By arranging those accords, Trump could seek a second presidential term posing as part-Cupid part-Gandhi.

That election didn’t go as well as he would have hoped. But the beautiful love story that Trump scripted has now endured beyond Valentine’s Day.

Next week it will continue with a weapons fair in the United Arab Emirates.

Feb 18 08:14

Israeli army asks Wikipedia to label Hezbollah a 'terrorist organisation'

Israel wants Wikipedia to 'update' its entry on the Lebanese militia and political movement Hezbollah, according to a tweet posted by the Israeli army on Tuesday.

The Israeli military has taken issue with the online encyclopedia's description of Hezbollah as a "political party and a militant group".

The group is "much more than that", the tweet said.

"Since its foundation in 1982, Hezbollah has become globally recognised as a terrorist organisation including [emoji flags of various countries]," it continued.

The post includes a mobile screen shot of the first few sentences of Wikipedia's entry on Hezbollah for illustration purposes.

Feb 17 11:30

Israel blocks shipment of Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Gaza

Israel has stopped 1,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that are intended for front-line medical workers from entering the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian group Hamas which governs the Gaza Strip on Tuesday blasted Israel’s refusal to allow vaccine doses destined for Gaza health workers through its blockade of the territory as a “violation” of international law.

Feb 17 09:13

Ministers sign off on pricey purchase of F-35s, refuelers and bombs

The ministerial committee for military acquisitions signed off on the purchase of another squadron’s worth of F-35 fighter jets, as well as four Boeing KC-46 refueling planes and advanced missiles and bombs on Tuesday, following government approval last week for a contentious funding scheme to pay for the equipment involving massive loans from the United States, the government said.

The approval for the purchases came after some three years of requests from the military for the equipment, which was held up due to political squabbles and fights over the budget.

The committee still needs to approve the purchase of new heavy transport aircraft to replace the Israeli Air Force’s aging fleet of Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters and what type of fighter jet will be purchased for a second new squadron.

Feb 17 09:07

ICC to Investigate Israeli War Crimes

Well, as usual, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has finally received authorization to proceed with the investigation of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel-Palestine, to include both the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and also Hamas in Gaza.

On February 5th ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that her office is now studying the decision made to confirm ICC’s jurisdiction and would be “guided strictly by its independent and impartial mandate” to investigate and prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC has already ruled in December 2019 that “war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip” but was waiting for confirmation that it had jurisdiction to proceed. Both the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and armed groups including Hamas were named as possible perpetrators.

Feb 17 07:46

Hezbollah: Any Israeli aggression on Gaza, Lebanon could turn into all-out war

In a televised speech, Hezbollah’s secretary general warned Israel that any act of aggression on the Gaza Strip or Lebanon could turn into an all-out war.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah reiterated that the Israelis, especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will continue to magnify normalization deals with some Arab states and use the agreements for political and electoral gains. Hezbollah’s leader, however, stressed that the people of the region will continue to boycott Israel.

Experts believe the resistance has had exceptional achievements in its struggle against the Israeli regime.

Nasrallah was speaking on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hezbollah’s former Secretary General Sayyed Abbas Moussawi, Scholar Sheikh Ragheb Harb, and military Commander Imad Mughniyeh.

The martyrdom of these leaders represents the continued path toward liberation, although they were martyred at different intervals in the history of the resistance,

Feb 17 06:30

Take 2: Facebook once again shuts down Israeli anti-immunity passport group accused of sabotaging national vaccination

A Facebook group with thousands of members, which opposes Israel’s vaccination deployment and has devised strategies for sabotaging it, has been shut down by the tech giant for the second time in as many weeks.

The group is one of many in Israel that stands accused of spreading misinformation about vaccines against Covid-19 and causing a slowdown in the pace of immunization in the country.

Israel has vaccinated some 43 percent of its population with at least one shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, but some officials have complained about growing refusal from the remaining part of the society to take the shot.

Feb 17 05:49

Israeli Soldiers Cut And Uproot Thousands Of Trees In Jordan Valley

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, large areas of Palestinian lands, in the West Bank’s Northern Plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, before cutting and uprooting more than 10,000 trees.

Mo’taz Bisharat, the Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the Northern Plains, said the soldiers “committed a massacre against 10,000 evergreen trees, and more than 300 olive trees.

Bisharat added that the trees were planted 8 to 10 ago on about 400 Dunams (98.84 Acres) of Palestinian lands, in Einoun forest, as part of a project to plant trees funded by Brazil.

The Israeli attack took place in the morning hours, Wednesday, under the pretext that the trees are in a “military training zone.”

Feb 17 05:45

OCHA: West Bank Demolitions and Displacement – January 2021

In January, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 81 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. This resulted in the displacement of 69 people, including 32 children, and otherwise affected the livelihoods, or access to services, of over 700 others. All the structures were located in Area C or East Jerusalem and were targeted due to a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain. January’s total represents a 14 % increase, compared with the monthly average in 2020.

Feb 16 14:27

Israel’s ‘Fake News War Room’ Set Up To Tackle Vaccine Disinformation Loses Battle To Telegram

As Israel’s record-setting inoculation drive slows down, it has set up a special unit to combat ‘fake news’ about coronavirus vaccines, but messaging app Telegram turned out to be too much to handle for official cyber warriors.

More than 2.4 million Israelis have already been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by getting both shots of the Pfizer jab.

Feb 16 09:54

Nine Non-Syrians Killed in Overnight Israeli Attack on Damascus

Following up on last night’s Israeli attack on Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the incident Monday, saying it targeted arms depots, and killed at least nine pro-government forces, all identified as “non-Syrian,” though the Observatory was unsure where they were from.

The attack started after midnight, and lasted a half hour. Syrian state media reports that most of the Israeli missiles were intercepted. The Israeli government has refused to comment on the attack.

Rumors are that the slain were Afghan or Pakistani Shi’ite militia members, which is common for Israeli attacks. Israel only rarely targets Syrian troops, despite attacking Syrian territory several times per month.

Israeli media tends to spin these actions as attacks on Iran, because the targets are Shi’ites. Since Iran has relatively few people in Syria, they too are rarely directly targeted, and this is mostly just a question of spinning it.

Feb 16 09:15

Arkansas’ anti-BDS law violates the First Amendment, says court

The Arkansas Times has successfully challenged a law that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

The Little Rock-based weekly filed the lawsuit in 2018 and was represented by the ACLU. The paper takes no official position on BDS, but it launched the legal challenge after the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College refused to sign an advertising contract with The Arkansas Times, unless it signed the pledge. A U.S. district court judge dismissed the case in 2019, but last week the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found the law unconstitutional in a 2-1 decision.

Feb 16 09:11

Palestinians accuse Israel of preventing COVID-19 vaccine transfer to Gaza

The Palestinian Authority (PA) accused Israel on Monday of holding up the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines into Gaza, where Palestinians have yet to receive any doses.

A Palestinian official told Reuters that the PA tried to send 2,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine from the occupied West Bank to Gaza on Monday, but that Israel stopped the shipment at a West Bank checkpoint “and informed the Palestinians there was no approval to continue to Gaza.”

An Israeli security official said the PA’s request to send the 2,000 doses was “still being examined” and that “an approval hasn’t yet been given”.

The body charged with approving the transfer is Israel’s national security council, part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, the Israeli security official said.

Netanyahu’s office did not immediately provide comment.

Feb 16 09:10

Palestinian man killed while hiking is latest victim in spate of settler violence

A Palestinian man was killed in a car-ramming attack on Friday as he was hiking with friends in the northern Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

Fifty-two year-old Bilal Bawatneh, along with a group of Palestinians from around the West Bank, were hiking on Friday morning on a trail between the Ein al-Beida and Bardala villages in the northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas city.

Known for its sprawling mountains, which bloom and flourish in the winter time, the Jordan Valley attracts many hikers and visitors from across Palestine during this time of year.

The rural nature of the Jordan Valley has also attracted thousands of Israeli settlers in recent decades, who live in illegal settlements and outposts

Feb 16 09:09

Palestinian Child Injured Due to Explosion of Israeli Army Remnant

A ten-year-old child was injured after an explosive device left behind by the Israeli army exploded in the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The child was admitted into the hospital after a stun grenade left behind by the Israeli army exploded in his hands near the cemetery area in the camp, where clashes are usually witnessed with Israeli forces.

Feb 16 08:31

Canada Buys Drones ‘Israel’ “Tested” on Palestinians

Canada is purchasing a “civilian” version of the Hermes 900 drone made by Israel’s largest privately-owned arms company, Elbit Systems, Electronic Intifada reported.

The deal which was announced in December by Canada’s transport ministry is worth $28 million.

As Israeli media reported, the Hermes 900 was first “tested” by ‘Israel’ during its 2014 war on Gaza, when it killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 children, in attacks that frequently obliterated entire families.

“The air force used the Hermes 900 in Gaza in the final days of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, even though it was still in the initial stages of being adopted by the IDF,” said the Globes, Israel Business News.

Aa a major weapons supplier to the Israeli military, Elbit was deeply involved in, and reaped huge profits from, that attack on Gaza.

Feb 16 06:59

Unvaccinated citizens’ names should be DISCLOSED, new proposal by Israeli PM suggests amid slowdown in immunization campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a law that would allow the names of people who have not taken the vaccine to be sent to local authorities. The idea has raised concerns over possible privacy violations.
The PM said that the proposed “quick legislation” would allow local authorities to “receive data” on those who have not been vaccinated yet. The aim is to “encourage them to be vaccinated and save lives,” Netanyahu explained at a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

According to the Haaretz newspaper, the idea was approved by the country’s coronavirus cabinet and by the National Security Council. After some additional work it will be presented before Israel’s parliament.

Netanyahu said that 570,000 people over the age of 50 have not been administered the vaccine yet, which is 220,000 higher than the government’s previous estimate.

Feb 16 06:40

Repeated Israeli acts of aggression on Syria won’t help to protect terrorists: Damascus

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has censured the Israeli regime over its repeated attacks on the Arab country, saying such acts of aggression will not help to protect the terrorist groups, which are wreaking havoc on the nation with the support of Tel Aviv and its allies.

The ministry, in two identical letters addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and rotating President of the Security Council Barbara Woodward, said Israeli forces launched a barrage of missiles at 01:18 local time on Monday from the direction of the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Height and al-Khalil (Hebron) in the occupied West Bank on some targets near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Feb 16 06:40

ICC expands its Jurisdiction to include occupied Palestine, enrages Israel

The International Criminal Court has announced that it has jurisdiction in the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. This decision will allow the ICC to investigate potential war crimes carried out by Israel for the first time.

On February, 5 2021, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, headquartered in The Hague, published a ruling, establishing its jurisdiction in Palestine. This jurisdictional ruling from the ICC's pre Trial Chamber one establishes that Palestiness West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, which Israel has been illegally occupying since 1967, are indeed in the scope of the ICC's territorial jurisdiction, and therefore it can proceed with investigating potential war crimes committed by Israel.

Feb 16 06:37

Israel will face ‘toughest response’ if it crosses red lines in Syria: Iranian diplomat

Iran’s presence in Syria is upon an official request from Damascus, says a senior advisor to the Iranian foreign minister, warning that Israel will face the ‘toughest response’ if it crosses red lines in the Arab country.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Russia's Sputnik news agency on Sunday, Ali Asghar Khaji said the Iranian forces’ “presence in Syria is aimed at combating Daesh and other terrorist groups, but if Israel wants to cross the 'red lines', it will face the toughest response, which will make it regret its actions."

The Iranian official reiterated that the Islamic Republic's military presence in Syria is upon a request from the Damascus government, adding that Tehran has not received any message demanding it to leave the Arab country.

Feb 16 06:36

Syrian air defenses thwart Israeli attack on Damascus

Syria's air defenses have neutralized the latest Israeli aggression against the western outskirts of Damascus.

The Syrian forces responded to the Israeli attacks in the skies over the capital, Damascus, for several hours early Monday, the Syrian official news agency SANA reported.

The report did not give details of the possible casualties or damages caused by the aggression.

Since the start of the foreign-backed war on Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in the country, targeting government troops and their allies.

Feb 16 06:04

Rabbis: Ilhan Omar’s Promotion Shows ‘Anti-Semitism Now Accepted in Congress’

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, declared Monday that the promotion of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to a senior committee position shows that Congress accepts antisemitism.

As Breitbart News reported Sunday, Omar was promoted to the position of Vice Chair on the Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights subcommittee within the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

She was elevated despite her long track record of antisemitic statements, and her virulent hostility toward Israel — an issue that would affect her current committee assignment, as many international human rights bodies are deeply biased against Israel.

Feb 15 11:19

Calculator and coffins

Almost six decades ago when I was just a child I remember that almost daily I visited my uncle’s house. He was the elder of the Qumsiyeh clan. He was a mayor of my town for a while. He was highly respected for solving any issue in town between families. He was a quiet man and he would listen carefully but when he spoke with his raspy soft voice, everyone would listen. People who wronged others would apologize and social order was restored. The whole town admired this man who they respectfully called Abu Jalal (father of Jalal). Behind every man indeed is a great woman and Um Jalal was one of the kindest people I knew. When my uncle Abu Jalal was not working (teacher, school principal, superintendent of schools in Bethlehem) or acting as the elder to resolve crises, he would spend time with his eight children or he would play cards with his brothers (my father & uncles). He was one of eight children and he had eight children.

Feb 15 11:18

Centenary

From The Times of London Centenary anniversary of the Mandate on Palestine (thanks to Michael for sharing this). The British empire was complicit with the Zionists in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in these 100 years (and killing over 100,000 natives and injuring nearly a million) and that is precisely why we have 7.5 million displaced or refugee Palestinians and the rest squeezed into 8% of their historic lands and living under racist apartheid policies. The prosperity of the Israeli economy like that of the US or Australia is baptized by the blood of the native Palestinians. Lest we forget, the latest "Israeli" nationality law calls the whole land the land of the Jews and only Jews have a right to "self-determination" in this land (Palestine). Britain owes us an apology and restitution. We have a right to return to our homes and lands and a right to end racist apartheid laws.

Feb 15 10:45

Even AIPAC was alarmed by rise of Israeli racist party in 2019. Now, who cares!

What happens when Israel just keeps turning into such a rightwing Jewish-supremacist country that American Israel-lovers lose their stomach for defending it? Or they get tired of telling us all about the Good Israel that’s waiting to be redeemed? I think that’s happening, and here is a news story that supports that view.

Two days ago Benjamin Netanyahu, eager to lose no rightwing votes in his bid for reelection in March, signed a vote-sharing agreement with a party that includes extremist racists. Vote-sharing deals mean that two parties can get another seat in parliament by combining their “leftover” votes. Otherwise those extra votes would simply be parcelled to other parties. Netanyahu needs to keep those seats on his side.

Feb 15 10:45

‘NY Times’ and ‘Washington Post’ have still said nothing about B’Tselem’s finding a month ago that Israel is an ‘apartheid regime’

One month after one of Israel’s leading human rights organizations declared that the country is ruled by an “apartheid” state, liberal Zionists in the U.S. are breathing more easily. The New York Times and the Washington Post have still published nothing on the landmark finding by the human rights group B’Tselem, nor have any of their editorial writers or main columnists chimed in.

Liberal Zionists can relax. With the apartheid designation still a secret to most Americans, groups like J Street don’t have to explain why they still oppose the nonviolent global campaign for Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS).

Feb 15 09:58

US threatens to ban Israeli planes landing in America - report

If American planes are not allowed to operate emergency flights to Israel, Israeli planes will not be allowed to land in the US, N12 reported Saturday.

The Biden administration accused Israel of violating the freedoms of the air and creating a crisis with the new administration following the Israeli border closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, N12 reported. The administration then demanded that planes from the US be allowed to land in Israel.

Feb 15 09:52

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Gaza Farmers, Force Them Back

Israeli forces stationed on the border with the Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian farmers working in their lands near the border today, forcing them to leave the area, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported

Israeli occupation soldiers, stationed at the military watchtowers overlooking the border area east of Gaza City, fired several rounds of live bullets and teargas at the farmers, forcing them to leave the area to avoid being shot.

Feb 15 09:51

Jewish Settlers Desecrate Muslim Cemetery below Old City Wall in Jerusalem

A group of Jewish settlers today trespassed and desecrated a Muslim cemetery located just below Jerusalem’s old city wall, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Munther Siam, A member of the committee in charge of Muslim cemeteries in Jerusalem, told WAFA that the Israelis first walked through the Muslim cemetery known as Bab al-Rahma cemetery, under police protection, before reaching Lions’ Gate, one of the gates to the old city located near the cemetery, where they performed Jewish rituals.

Feb 15 08:59

Israel will ‘regret’ its actions if it crosses ‘red lines’ in Syria, senior Iranian official warns

Continued Israeli “aggression” in Syria will be met with the “toughest” response, a senior Iranian diplomat told Sputnik news agency. Damascus had earlier accused the Israel Defense Forces of conducting airstrikes on Syrian soil.

Ali Asghar Khaji, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s senior aide for special political affairs, blasted Israel for its “aggressive and hostile” policies in Syria, in an interview published by Sputnik on Sunday.

“While the Syrian government is fighting terrorists, Israel supports them,” he said.

Our presence in Syria is aimed at combating ISIS [Islamic State] and other terrorist groups, but if Israel wants to cross the ‘red lines,’ it will face the toughest response, which will make them regret their actions.

Feb 15 08:20

Taking a closer look at Israel’s weapons wish list

Eyeing Iran and its terrorist proxies in Syria and Lebanon, Israel’s Cabinet approved on Feb. 7 an Israeli Air Force request to use U.S. foreign military financing and loans to fund approximately $9 billion worth of U.S. military aircraft and weapons. Jerusalem’s decision initiates a process intended to culminate in the Air Force’s acquisition of new American fighter aircraft, air refuelers and helicopters. These purchases would help address vital Israeli military requirements and support efforts to maintain its qualitative military edge over any potential regional adversary.

Under the approved plan, Israel will use both existing funding mechanisms and new loans. The former will come from annual foreign military financing Washington provided pursuant to a 2016 U.S.-Israel memorandum of understanding.

Feb 15 08:01

Syrian State Media Confirms Israeli Attacks Near Damascus

Syrian state media is reporting a new round of Israeli airstrikes near the capital city of Damascus. Video footage showed explosions near the ground, and the media say that the air defense systems activated and contested the attack.

Details are still emerging, and Israel is as usual refusing to comment at all on the matter. Syria has yet to confirm any casualties or damage, though the explosions suggest at least some damage was done.

Also unclear is what the target of this latest attack was meant to be. Israel attacks Syria very often, and its not unusual for those attacks to target Damascus, and be nominally meant to hit some Shi’ite militia.

Feb 15 07:37

Bought-And-Paid-For: Biden’s Long History Pandering to the Israeli Lobby

In the late 1980s, Rannie Amiri, an independent commentator on political affairs, challenged then-Senator Joe Biden on his stance toward the Israel-Palestine conflict following a campus speech that Biden gave, asking him:

Rather than succumb to the influence of various lobbying groups in Washington, such as AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee—which promotes the views of Israel’s right-wing Likud Party], and the untold amount of money they use to dictate policy, wouldn’t it be more prudent to examine the real effects that collective punishment, daily humiliation, and countless civilian casualties inflicted by the Israelis have on an occupied population, and use that understanding to formulate a more rational approach toward the Palestinians?

Feb 15 07:28

Israel tanks invade Gaza, open fire at farmers

A number of Israeli tanks today carried out incursion in the east of the city of Jabalya in the north of the Gaza Strip and opened fire at Palestinian farmers, Palestinian security sources said.

According to the sources, three bulldozers and three tanks breached the borders and trampled on agricultural land and farms inside Gaza.

They destroyed land and building dirt mounds and opened fire and shot smoke canisters.

Israeli occupation drones were flying overhead during the incursion.

On Sunday, six Israeli tanks invaded areas east of Bet Lahiya and opened fire at Palestinian farmers, apparently to force them to leave their farms as they razed several agricultural facilities.

Palestinian farmers and fishermen suffer almost daily attacks at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.

Feb 14 08:13

Israel Will Face 'Toughest Response' If It Crosses 'Red Lines' in Syria, Iran Warns

Over the past few years, Israel has reportedly carried out a number of airstrikes on Syria, which Tel Aviv says are aimed at countering the alleged Iranian military presence in the Arab republic. Damascus condemns such attacks as violations of Syria's national sovereignty.

Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior aide to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, has warned Israel against crossing "red lines" in Syria, in an apparent reference to the Jewish state's alleged ongoing air raids on Syrian soil.

The diplomat described "the nature of the Zionist entity" as "aggressive and hostile towards the region, the Palestinians, and neighboring countries".

"While the Syrian government is fighting terrorists, Israel supports them. Our presence in Syria is aimed at combating ISIS [Daesh*] and other terrorist groups, but if Israel wants to cross the 'red lines', it will face the toughest response, which will make them regret their actions", Khaji argued.

Feb 14 07:30

Under pressure, ICC to replace chief prosecutor probing Israeli, US crimes

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who has been probing war crimes committed by Israel, the US and their allies, is set to hand over office soon, amid reports of the Tel Aviv regime’s intense international lobbying for pressure on her over a recent jurisdiction-related ruling.

On Friday, the ICC’s member states are set to elect a new chief prosecutor to take over from Fatou Bensouda, who has been investigating the Israeli military and officials and those of the United States and other countries for possible war crimes in Gaza, the Israeli-occupied territories, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

Bensouda, born in Gambia, is slated to leave office in June after nine years in one of the most challenging jobs in the international justice system.

Feb 14 07:27

OCHA: Israel demolishes 178 Palestinian buildings in West Bank since beginning of 2021

Since the beginning of 2021, Israeli forces have destroyed at least 178 Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank rendering at least 259 Palestinians homeless, including 140 children.

According to a report by the Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA), the recent demolitions took place in mainly the Bedouin community of Humsa village in the northern Jordan valley.

Israeli authorities continue with the demolition of Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem al-Quds and area C, which makes up 60 percent of the West Bank.

The area C is under Israel’s full military, security and administrative control. Lack of Israeli-issued building permit is typically cited as the reason for demolition, even though, due to the restrictive and discriminatory planning regime, Palestinians can almost never obtain such permits.

Feb 13 08:59

Biden's refusal to call Israeli PM Netanyahu sparks questions over leaders' relationship

US President Joe Biden's seeming reluctance to call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more than three weeks after taking office is raising questions about the possible message the US leader could be trying to send.

Having made at least 11 calls to foreign leaders, including a two-hour conversation with the president of China, Biden has taken heat for failing to reach out to Netanyahu as his first month in office comes close to an end.

Feb 13 08:59

Israel’s Leaders Are Trying to Cancel the Debate Because They Know They’re Losing

Israel and its supporters are ramping up efforts to outlaw solidarity with Palestinians in the name of combating antisemitism. But these authoritarian maneuvers can’t hide the fact that Israel is losing the battle for public opinion over its denial of Palestinian rights.

Feb 13 07:16

Rivlin urges army to protect West Bank shrine said damaged by PA construction

President Reuven Rivlin on Friday urged Defense Minister Benny Gantz to investigate damage to an archeological site on Mount Ebal (Har Eival in Hebrew) in the West Bank that many believe to contain the biblical Joshua’s altar.

“The reports of damage to the altar site at Har Eival concern me deeply,” Rivlin wrote to Gantz after Channel 12 broadcast footage it said was of Palestinian Authority workers grinding stones from the site to use as gravel in a road being built between a nearby village and the city of Nablus.

Local settlement council officials reported that the damage at the site was caused to 35 meters (114 feet) of an external retaining wall of the complex and not the actual altar compound.

Feb 13 07:13

Police chief transfers cop who killed Ethiopian-Israeli teen to fire department

Amid mounting anger, Israel’s police chief said Friday that an officer charged with causing the shooting death of a teenager of Ethiopian descent in 2019 will not return to his former position, but will be transferred for now to the Fire and Rescue Department.

The decision came after Police Commissioner Yaacov (Kobi) Shabtai and Deputy Public Security Minister Gadi Yevarkan, who is also from the Ethiopian community, met Friday with the family of 19-year-old Solomon Tekah, a day after it was announced that the officer will return to his former position on Sunday.

“After serious deliberations regarding the decision to reinstate him to active duty, I have decided the best path will be to second him to the Fire and Rescue Department where he will serve until the end of the legal proceedings against him,” said Shabtai, who called Tekah’s killing “regrettable and tragic.”

Feb 13 07:13

Report: PM to tap national security adviser to lead nuclear deal talks with US

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat to lead talks with Washington regarding the Iranian nuclear deal, according to a report Friday by Walla news.

Senior officials told Walla’s Barak Ravid that Ben-Shabbat will be appointed to conduct discussions with world powers and other regional partners on the future of the moribund accord.

The report said Ben-Shabbat spoke Thursday with his American counterpart Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor to US President Joe Biden, and discussed Iran, among other subjects.

Feb 12 12:47

How the Media Cracks Down on Critics of Israel

The moment I irritated defenders of Israel on social media, I was summarily fired from my job as a newspaper columnist…

I have noticed that a lot of people who are ostensibly pro-free speech have little to say when critics of Israel are met with professional consequences.

Feb 12 12:46

Torture of Palestinian prisoners: Time to end Israel’s impunity

On 25 September 2019, a Palestinian man was arrested by Israeli soldiers and transferred to the Russian Compound detention facility in Jerusalem for interrogation by Israel’s internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet.

Samer Arbeed’s arrest marked the beginning of a wave of arrests in the ensuing months throughout the occupied West Bank. Later, media publications would describe this operation as a crackdown on the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which was allegedly linked to the murder of Rina Schnerb, a young Israeli woman killed in a bombing attack earlier that year.

Feb 12 12:45

London university board urges it to drop IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

UCL's Academic Board has today voted in favour of urging the university council to retract its adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism as it "is not for purpose within a university setting and has no legal basis for enforcement."

The vote came following a detailed study of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The Working Group tasked with this released its findings in December, saying it is their "considered judgement that the IHRA working definition of antisemitism is not fit for purpose in a university setting, and that UCL's symbolic adoption of this confusing and ambiguous document will be of little help in addressing the serious problem of antisemitism in our community; indeed, it may in some ways complicate and undermine it."

Feb 12 12:42

A Group Of Israelis Secretly Built And Tested Suicide Drones For An Unknown Asian Customer

Agroup of more than 20 Israelis, among them former defense officials, are under investigation for allegedly illegally designing, producing, and selling “armed loitering missiles,” also known as “suicide drones,” to an unnamed Asian country. The news comes less than two weeks after the announcement of three legitimate sales of these kinds of weapons by the Israeli arms industry, including to unnamed Asian countries.

Feb 11 13:40

Israel Threatens to Abandon America, Ally With China And Russia After Securing $40B In U.S. Aid

Knesset member Ayoob Kara, who is part of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, on Tuesday threatened that Israel is prepared to abandon America and ally with China and Russia if Biden "reneges on America's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and signs a nuclear deal with Iran."

Feb 11 11:17

IRANIAN ROCKETS BECOME EVEN MORE POWERFUL AS ISRAEL LACKS OPTIONS TO CONTAIN TEHRAN INFLUENCE

Despite Israel’s best efforts, Iran’s influence and presence in the Middle East, and in Syria specifically is spreading.

One could blame that on the Biden administration’s halt in the “maximum pressure” campaign, but that influence was increasing even when Donald Trump sat in the White House.

Currently, Iran is furthering its interests and there is little to truly deter it.

On February 1st, Iran carried out its first successful missile launch since Joe Biden became president.

The missile is the Zuljanah, Iran’s newest domestic built satellite-carrying rocket. It is hailed as Tehran’s “most powerful rocket engine” and it can either carry a 220-kilogram satellite, or up to 10 smaller ones.

The Trump Administration, and also Israel have repeatedly accused Iran of using such tests as a way to develop capability for ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead.

Feb 11 10:15

Leftist Guardian Writer Who Said 'There Is No Cancel Culture' Gets Canceled For Criticizing Israel

A leftist Guardian writer who proclaimed "there is no cancel culture" just got canceled himself for tweeting a sarcastic joke criticizing US military aid to Israel.

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