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Sep 18 10:43

Disaster in Gaza’s darkness

Every morning for the past two weeks, Omar Huzeen has sat down outside what remains of his home. He thinks constantly about the fire that killed all three of his children.

The three boys had spent 1 September with their grandfather. When they returned to their parents that evening, the family had dinner, after which 2-year-old Muhammad asked for a drink of milk.

There was no milk at home, so Omar went searching for some.

“I put a candle beside the window to light the room and went to see my mother,” said Omar. “But she didn’t have milk at her home and most of the supermarkets were closed due to the lockdown. I finally managed to buy some milk and came home. By the time I returned, our house was on fire.”

Muhammad and his brothers Yusif and Mahmoud – aged 5 and 4 respectively – were trapped in the blaze.

Sep 18 05:59

New Ambassador Attracts the Usual Enemies: Doug Macgregor Feels the Wrath of the Jewish Lobby

There is an old saying that allegedly came out of the French Revolution, that revolution, like the god Saturn, devours its own children. It was reportedly uttered by Georges Danton at the trial that preceded his execution and could be applied equally to the demise of Trotsky after the Russian Revolution. It meant that the leaders that drove the dramatic political developments frequently get a taste of power and become resistant to any further change. They often end up turning on their own former followers who have different ideas on how to run the country.

Sep 17 11:50

84% of Canadians think the ICC should investigate Israeli officials over alleged war crimes

A new survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates shows that an overwhelming majority of Canadians would support International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of Israel.

The poll, which was co-sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), and the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine-Israel (UNJPPI), found that 84% of Canadians think the ICC should investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israeli officials. 86% of Canadians do not believe that the human rights record of Israel should be overlooked because the country is an ally of Canada. 82% want Canada’s current policy toward Jerusalem to be maintained, with the city being shared rather than it being recognized as Israel’s capital exclusively.

Sep 17 10:40

Israel Asks US for $8 Billion in Warplanes for ‘Qualitative’ Edge

With the US set to use the peace treaty as a chance to sell F-35 warplanes to the United Arab Emirates, Israel has been pushing for a bunch of free US equipment based on pledges for a region-wide qualitative edge. On Wednesday, Israel offered its first list of demands.

The way Israel envisions this going down, they’ll get some $8 billion in equipment, mostly advanced US-made aircraft. This would include an entire squadron of F-35s, the very plane that was supposedly the cause of all this.

While Israel was previously objecting to the sales to the UAE as threatening their military edge, officials are now revising it, based on the reality that they’re not going to get their way on blocking sales.

Now, Israeli officials say that the F-35 sales are expected to start a new region-wide arms race, and it is the arms race for while they need all these new arms. They did not elaborate on this, but also said that they expect leadership changes in some Gulf countries.

Sep 17 10:38

Trump Says He Would Sell Other Gulf Countries Same Advanced Weapons Given To Israel

In an interview ahead of the signing ceremony for the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Trump said he would be willing to sell other countries in the Middle East "the same advanced weapons" the US sells to Israel.

“They’re very wealthy countries for the most part,” Trump told Fox News. Trump also mentioned the UAE’s desire for US-made F-35s and said he would “personally not have a problem” with the UAE acquiring the warplanes.

Sep 17 10:33

Regarding Possible ICC Investigation into Alleged Israeli War Crimes, Canadians Reject Double Standard for Israel

Amid growing controversy over a possible International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into Israel, newly published results from a survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates show that Canadians do not want Israel to be treated differently than other countries when it comes to consequences for alleged war crimes or human rights violations. The survey found that Canadians support an ICC investigation of any country accused of war crimes, including Israel, and they do not want Canada to overlook Israel’s human rights violations. The survey further found that Canadians do not support recognizing Jerusalem as exclusively Israel’s capital.

Sep 16 06:12

Peace In Our Time: Nine Additional Arab Countries 'Lined-Up' To Sign Trump's Plan

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that it was a "historic day for peace" as two historic Middle East peace agreements were signed between various Gulf states and Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the three nations agreed on a plan to normalize relations.

Donald Trump also said on Tuesday that "five more countries" will soon establish diplomatic relations with Israel, shortly before participating in the White House in the signing of the Abrahamic Accords of the Israeli government with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, respectively.

Sep 15 08:54

How Israel lit match for deadly fire

The Israeli siege of Gaza affects us in myriad ways.

It is not just about being starved of fuel and electricity, as we have been recently.

Of course, that is bad enough. The vulnerable are even more vulnerable, nights are dark, work is almost impossible to do – if you are lucky enough to have any – and there is no relief from sweltering summers.

But Israel’s blockade is all encompassing. It affects every aspect of our lives here, from our ability to travel and trade, to career prospects, to whether or not we will eat tomorrow.

And it has knock-on effects. Things happen that normally wouldn’t happen.

Things that shouldn’t happen.

In March, a fire broke out in Nuseirat refugee camp that ultimately would take the lives of 22 people.

The fire started in a bakery. It was the result of poor judgement from many local parties.

Sep 15 06:42

Israel Is Proud to Have Halted International Projects for Palestinians in Area C

In the battle over Area C, where Israel maintains full security and civilian authority, it’s chalking up successes against the Palestinians and the European Union and has significantly reduced the number of internationally (mainly European) financed Palestinian projects. That’s the news provided by the head of Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank, Brigadier General Ghassan Alian, to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in two meetings in late July and mid-August. The subject: “the Palestinian takeover of Area C,” referring to 61 percent of the occupied West Bank.

Sep 15 06:41

Israel court issues demolition order for mosque

A court in Israel has issued a demolition order for a mosque in a town in occupied East Jerusalem for "lack of a construction permit", Palestinian media reported citing local residents.

In response to the demolition notice, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza issued a statement, circulated by Palestinian media, to condemn the order and warn Israel against the move.

It also called on the international community, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to protect Muslim holy sites and places of worship in Jerusalem.

Sep 15 06:28

Democrats Go All-Out for Israel

Those of us who have longed for an end to America’s military engagement in the Middle East have hoped for a candidate who was not tied hand and foot to Israel, which is the root cause of the badly-broken and essentially pointless U.S. foreign policy in the region. But the real tragedy is that in spite of Israel’s near-constant interference in government process at all levels in the United States, no candidate will mention it except in the most laudatory fashion. It will be praised as America’s best friend and closest ally, but the price the U.S. has paid for all that balderdash while it has simultaneously been turning itself into the slave of the Jewish state will never surface.

Sep 14 13:03

After Arabs Reportedly Removed From Park, Israeli City Told It Can't Bar Non-residents

The mayor of a town in northern Israel acted in violation of the law when he banned non-residents from a public park in the community, the Justice Ministry said Sunday.

Sep 14 07:09

Trump, Biden both backed by Zionists in November election: Analyst

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are both backed by the Zionist lobby and the election of neither portends anything good for the country, says a former US Senate candidate.

Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster in San Antonio, Texas, made the remark during a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has brokered normalization deals between the Israeli regime and two Arab states -- the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

For Trump, the trend of Arab-Israeli normalization has become closely linked to his reelection campaign. The embattled incumbent views this as a foreign policy achievement that could please the Zionist lobby and energize his base after his other big foreign policy initiatives—from the so-called Deal of the Century to containing North Korea and Iran—have all failed.

Sep 14 07:08

Outrage growing over Bahrain’s normalization with Israel

Palestinian factions and the broader international Muslim community have expressed outrage at a fledgling trend of Arab-Israeli normalization that has so far seen the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cozying up to the occupying regime under Washington’s auspices.

Palestinians have declared the upcoming Tuesday a “day of rage” over an earlier decision by Bahrain to normalize its ties with Israel under a US-brokered agreement, according to Israel’s Walla! website. A similar deal helped the UAE take the same move last month.

Sep 14 07:06

Israel: A rogue state

Last week, US President Donald Trump’s administration announced that it was imposing economic sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The decree was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who reported that the US would: “Not tolerate [the ICC’s] illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction.”

This is the US’ vindictive response to investigations announced by the court into US war crimes in Afghanistan, and Israeli war crimes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

These ICC investigations are still at an early stage, but the US has already acted in a most draconian manner in order to evade justice.

It has also acted to protect Israel – one of the world’s worst human rights abusing countries, and a key ally.

Sep 14 06:24

Infighting & Resignations Rock Knesset As Israel Imposes 2nd Sweeping Nationwide Lockdown

Israel is set to return to a controversial nationwide coronavirus lockdown after a recent spike in cases, with the details of how far restrictions on businesses are expected to go being hotly debated in Knesset Sunday morning.

The entire country will be declared a 'hot zone' and the lockdown will take effect at 6:00am Friday morning, Sept.18, which is about 12 hours before the the start of Rosh Hashanah, the two day festive celebration marking the Jewish New Year.

The Health Ministry has ordered all schools closed starting Friday (changing from initial plans to shutter them Wednesday), though it remains uncertain if they'll be allowed to open after two weeks of closure.

Sep 14 06:06

U.S. is in Middle East ‘to protect Israel’ not for oil, Trump says

Four days ago, Donald Trump said the U.S. isn’t involved in the Middle East for oil, but because we “want to protect Israel.” The comments have gone all but unreported in the mainstream press.

Trump made the comment during a rally in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sept. 8, when he was bragging about America’s energy independence, which he said Joe Biden would undermine if he gets the White House (minute 47):

Sep 14 06:02

Israel normalisation may partition Al-Aqsa Mosque: Analysts

A statement embedded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain normalisation agreements with Israel, brokered by the United States, may lead to the division of the Al-Aqsa compound because it violates the status quo, analysts say.

According to a report by NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem (TJ), the statements mark a "radical change in the status quo" and have "far-reaching and potentially explosive ramifications".

Under the status quo affirmed in 1967, only Muslims can pray within al-Haram al-Sharif, also known as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which consists of 14 hectares (35 acres).

Sep 13 08:41

How a Senate Inquiry Revealed the Israeli Surveillance Industry’s Role in Orchestrating Russiagate

Alleged Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election is headline news, once again, as a Ukrainian lawmaker is charged by the Trump administration “in a sweeping plot to sow distrust in the American political process,” reports the Associated Press. Microsoft also made claims that it detected “hacking attempts targeting U.S. political campaigns, parties and consultants” by agents from Russia, China, and Iran. In a September 10 blog post, Microsoft’s Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President of Customer Security & Trust, listed three groups from each region that Microsoft “observed” carrying out their cyber operations.

Sep 13 08:06

Pro-Israel groups reportedly break law, media & Congress look the other way

Documents obtained from the Israeli government show US pro-Israel organizations secretly used Israeli money to influence US policies. Such behavior is illegal under US law. Yet, mainstream media so far are ignoring the information, and Congress shows no interest in investigating this evidence of foreign tampering. A Congressional caucus with 80 members is connected to one of the groups…

Sep 13 07:38

An Israeli soldier killed their son, and got three months of community service.

Jamal Manasra is seeking justice for his son Ahmad, who was killed by an Israeli soldier in 2019 while helping the victims of a car accident. Israel's High Court will hear the Manasra's appeal against the plea deal made with the soldier.

Sep 13 06:54

Defiant Bahrainis protest normalization, set fire to Israeli flags

Bahrainis have rallied throughout the island kingdom, condemning the ruling regime’s normalization of relations with Israel and setting Israeli flags on fire in defiance of a government ban on protests.

On Saturday, Bahrain's main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, posted pictures of the rallies that were held in the capital Manama as well as many other places across the country.

Bahrain's normalization of ties with the Israeli regime was announced Friday by US President Donald Trump roughly a month after Washington brokered a deal enabling a similar rapprochement between the United Arab Emirates and the occupying regime.

Sep 12 14:40

The Jew Who Cried Wolf: Extended, 9-11 2020

A history of Jewish false flags! Busted red handed, and thrown behind bars!

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Sep 12 14:36

The Jew Who Cried Wolf: Extended, 9-11 2020

A history of Jewish false flags! Busted red handed, and thrown behind bars!

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Sep 11 11:42

Biden runs to Trump’s right on Israel in Florida

The latest polls show Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump in battleground states, but Florida is a toss-up. And as the fight for its 29 electoral votes heats up, there’s a lot of emphasis on Jewish voters. Florida Jews are older and more conservative than the national average, and Republicans have said if they can get 30-35 percent of the Jewish vote they can win the state. Democrats seem to believe this too; so they are determined to show that they won’t be out-Israel’d by the Republicans.

Now Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Netanyahu cheerleader (literally), who represents Miami Dade, has stepped up for Biden by publishing an op-ed in The Miami Herald saying that Trump is endangering Israel by agreeing to give F-35 fighter jets to the UAE.

Sep 11 11:41

Rep. Brad Sherman calls on pro-Israel groups to help him take control of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

When progressive insurgent Jamaal Bowman beat incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel in New York’s 16th district this summer, he didn’t just change things in the Bronx. Engel is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and now he needs to be replaced.

In a zoom event hosted by the lobbying group Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) made it clear that, if appointed to the position, he would defend Israel with the same zeal that Engel has. He also called on pro-Israel organizations to support his effort to become chairman of the committee. “You went to bat for Eliot Engel in a huge way, and demonstrated that you understood how important that chairmanship is,” he told DMFI members. “Eliot Engel was Plan A. I strongly supported him. But now I’m going to try to ask you to go with Plan B. And I won’t compare myself to my good friend Eliot Engel, except to say that when it comes to having one’s heart in the right place, Eliot and I are in the exact same place.”

Sep 11 11:35

Israel Funds America’s Israel Lobby, While U.S. Taxpayers Pay for Endless Fraud Against Themselves

Imagine for a moment that there is a foreign government that receives billions of dollars a year in “aid” and other benefits from the United States taxpayer. Consider beyond that, the possibility that that government might take part of the money it receives and secretly recycle it to groups of American citizens in the United States that exist to maintain and increase that money flow while also otherwise serving other interests of the recipient country. That would mean that the United States is itself subsidizing the lobbies and groups that are inevitably working against its own interests. And it also means that U.S. citizens are acting as foreign agents, covertly giving priority to their attachment to a foreign country instead of to the nation in which they live.

Sep 10 11:29

TURKISH GENERAL DIED FROM “HEART ATTACK” IN IDLIB. 3 MOSSAD AGENTS ALLEGEDLY CAPTURED

A Turkish general died of a heart attack in the combat zone of the Syrian province of Idlib, the Turkish Defense Ministry reported on September 9. According to Turkish state media, the general started to feel bad in the combat zone and was evacuated to a hospital. However, he died despite doctors’ best efforts. Afterwards, his body was moved to the Turkish province of Hatay.

The announcement came just a few days after the Syrian Army and the Turkish Armed Forces exchanged strikes in southern Idlib. Pro-Turkish sources on social media immediately became pretty active arguing that these developments and the death of the general from a supposed ‘heart attack’ are not related.

Sep 10 07:35

Israel Did 911 And Israel Killed JFK

Nothing can be done to bring Israel to justice as long as the Jewish Lobby controls the Corporate Media, both political parties, the Foundations and Academia.

We are currently being frightened into accepting a dubious vaccine that comes with digital certificates which will function like an electronic version of the Mark of the Beast. We will not be allowed to work, to travel, to assemble, to buy or sell without the permission of Bill Gates and the National Security Agency.

That is the future those who run the world currently have planned for us. These are the same people who tell us the world will be a much better place for them when 6.5 to 7 billion Common folk like you and me die.

Sep 10 07:05

79 Israeli strikes target Syria in 32 months: report

A total of 79 Israeli strikes have targeted Syria over the past 32 months, destroying 250 targets, a war monitor reported on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it had documented the strikes from the beginning of 2018 until the beginning of September 2020.

The Britain-based watchdog group said that the Israeli strikes had killed 509 people and destroyed 250 targets, including weapon depots, buildings, and military headquarters.

Sep 10 03:01

US Military Testing "Skylord" Counter-Drone AR Interception System

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with an Israeli-based startup, called Xtend, to pilot test the Skylord drone, initially developed for the gaming world, which would be used as a drone interception system on the modern battlefield.

The Skylord drone is small and extremely fast and uses a net to disable small enemy drones. Skylord is equipped with a camera and automatic tracking software. The operator can control the drone via virtual reality and augmented reality glasses.

"Using an augmented reality (A.R.) device and single-handed controller, a military operator may employ the ... system to control the drone and perform complex tasks remotely, with great ease and precision. Its interface enables the operator to immerse themselves or 'step into' a remote reality and engage targets effectively yet safely," according to a statement from Xtend.

Sep 09 08:10

Matrix.org created by Amdocs: a wiretapping firm implicated in 911 terrorist attacks and Israeli Espionage in The USA

Purism forum staff, developers of the "worlds most private phone" de-platformed my comment after I exposed to the developers their native software's connections to 911; It is now only visible via the link above!

The Purism Librem 5 phone, the worlds first linux and Matrix native phone is widely touted as the worlds most private and secure mobile. Why would the worlds most private phone use technology developed by an Israeli wiretapping and espionage firm implicated in the deaths of 3000 Americans, who compromised communications of the FBI, L.A.P.D, DEA, and Secret Services in their investigations into organized Israeli criminal activities?

Sep 09 02:36

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation and “Normalization”. Towards “Greater Israel”

As the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on with no end in sight, Israel and the US have launched an all-out push to resolve the conflict once and for all, on Israel’s terms. If the manoeuvre is successful, Israel will end up with all of the territories it conquered during the 1967 war, including all of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem and most of the Palestinian Territories, including the best sources of water and agricultural land. The West Bank will find itself in the same situation as the Gaza strip, cut off from the outside world and surrounded by hostile Israeli military forces and Israeli settlements.

Palestine in the regional and international geopolitical context.

Sep 09 01:42

Iran Seeks Revenge For Sabotage Attack On Natanz Nuclear Plant

Iran has identified the perpetrators of an act of sabotage at Natanz nuclear facility in the central part of the country in July, according to a spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Behrouz Kamalvandi said that while the details of the act of sabotage are still being investigated, the security forces “have detected the agents [who committed the act of sabotage] as well as the motive, methods and manner of the sabotage.”

The AEOI for the first time described the July 2 incident at the Natanz nuclear facility as a sabotage attack on July 23, and since then pro-Iranian sources have repeatedly vowed to take revenge for the attack.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Defence Minister Amir Hatami announced that the country is working to expand its missile capabilities even further. In particular, the military is working on air-launched cruise missiles that would be able to hit targets in the range of up to 1,400km.

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And we have a companion piece, also from antiwar.com, with the following title:
Iran moves its centrifuge-manufacturing in Natanz deep Underground.

Sep 08 11:47

Israeli government set up front company to conceal its actions around the world

The Israeli government set up a company called “Concert” so that individuals and groups around the world could conceal the funding they received from Israel to promote projects aimed at improving Israel’s image. Americans doing this would be violating US law. Will they be investigated? Will US media report this to Americans?

Sep 08 11:46

Israel’s plan to secretly fund pro-Israel groups in the U.S.

‘The repeated efforts to push Israeli government money into American Jewish institutions comes at a time of heightened sensitivities over foreign governments’ quiet attempts to use money to influence American discourse. And they come from a ministry whose actions, even within Israel, are veiled in secrecy.’

The extent to which groups are ‘seeking to go around FARA regulations and disguise the role of foreign governments in these activities, that does raise some problematic questions.’

Sep 08 11:45

Israel: intelligence minister insists no F-35s for UAE

Israel’s Minister of Intelligence insisted on Sunday that it is impossible for the UAE to be allowed to buy advanced US-made F-35 jet fighters, Kan TV has reported.

“We will act against the sale of F-35s to the UAE,” said Eli Cohen. “We oppose [it].”

Cohen stressed that Israel would not allow the UAE or, indeed, any other countries in the Middle East to purchase the jets. This is, he explained, because the sale of such military hardware would affect Israel’s military hegemony in the region.

He made his comments despite the announcement of a full normalisation deal between Israel and the UAE on 13 August. They echo similar remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Office.

Sep 08 11:42

War of nerves: Israel begs Hezbollah to retaliate

As we explained in our article What happened —and didn’t happen— at the Israel-Lebanon border?, Israel has been on high alert at its northern border since its July 20 strike in Damascus that killed a Hezbollah fighter. Three similar experiences have proven, in 2014, 2015 and 2019, that a bloody retaliation is inevitable, and fear has paralyzed northern occupied Palestine for more than a month.

Sep 08 09:43

When Gaza City became a ghost town

The nickname became increasingly relevant lately. The shutdown of Gaza’s only power plant meant that lights often could not be switched on at nighttime.

“I used to meet up with friends in the evening hours,” said Ahmad Khalid, 29, during the power outages. “But with the electricity crisis, I hate going out of the house now and seeing darkness everywhere. It’s as if we are ghosts walking in the street.”

The crisis was caused because Israel banned fuel deliveries to Gaza’s power station last month.

Sep 08 07:30

Hypocrisy Thy Name Is Zion

There is a tendency on the part of major Jewish groups in the United States and in Europe to discover what they describe as anti-Semitism wherever one turns. Last month, a statue of the well-known and highly respected 18th century French writer and political philosopher Voltaire was removed from outside the Académie Française in Paris. Voltaire was a major figure in the “Enlightenment,” during which what we now call science and applied rationalism challenged the authority of the church and the King.

Sep 08 07:04

‘Iron wall’ and ‘Villa in the jungle’ – Israel’s colonialism has many names

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chalked up more victories in his “normalization” efforts – Serbia and Kosovo will be opening embassies in Jerusalem, going against UNSC resolutions, since Israel unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem in flagrant violation of international law. They follow in the footsteps of USA and Guatemala. For Kosovo, which had only declared independence in 2008, this is a first recognition of Israel, and it is jumping head-first into the Jerusalem pool. Netanyahu made it a central point that Kosovo is a “Muslim majority” state:

Kosovo will be the first country with a Muslim majority to open an embassy in Jerusalem. As I’ve said in recent days – the circle of peace and recognition of Israel is expanding and more countries are expected to join.

Sep 08 07:04

Israel demands compensation from US for sale of F-35s to UAE

Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth revealed yesterday that Tel Aviv demanded compensation in return for the US-UAE arms deal which would see the Emirates provided with F-35 fighter jets.

The newspaper said that the Israeli security establishment is now discussing the compensation package that Israel will demand, adding that among the options being examined is advancing the date for the supply of advanced American weapons systems to Israel by one year.

According to the newspaper, the compensation request indicates that the Israeli defense establishment has realised the fact that the arms deal between the US and the UAE will certainly be concluded in spite of their objections.

It is expected that the possible arms deal with the UAE will be discussed in Congress in the near future, and the Trump administration hopes that the deal will be approved, as the sale appears to be an integral part of the Israeli-Emirati normalisation agreement announced last month.

Sep 07 09:04

Israel DEMOLISHES 51 Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem as destruction continues in 'unprecedented manner' – rights group

Israeli authorities escalated demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem in August, knocking 51 Palestinian buildings and displacing 85 people, many of whom were children, a Palestinian rights group said.

The demolition of homes, which Israel says were built without proper permits, have been conducted in an "unprecedented manner" in the past month, Palestinian rights group, Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said in a fresh report.

The authorities have been acting in this way despite a difficult situation with coronavirus in Israel and particularly in Jerusalem, which is claimed as the capital by both Israelis and Palestinians.

Sep 07 06:35

Thousands of anti-government protesters gather in Jerusalem to denounce Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of coronavirus pandemic and demand he quits over corruption charges in 11th week of demonstrations

Thousands of Israelis protested have gathered outside the official residence of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pressing ahead with a months-long campaign demanding the embattled Israeli leader resign.

The protest on Saturday came as Israel copes with record levels of coronavirus infections.

Demonstrators have been protesting at Mr Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus crisis, which has led to soaring unemployment, and they say he should step down while on trial for corruption charges.

Sep 05 06:08

Iranian Resistance Axis Strikes Back: Convoys With US Equipment Blowing Up In Iraq

Submitted by South Front,

On September 3, an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a convoy with equipment of the US-led coalition in the southern Iraqi province of Dhi Qar.

Iraqi troops that were escorting the convoy suffered no casualties. According to local sources, no significant damage was caused to the equipment. Following the incident, security forces detained 2 suspects near the explosion site. The investigation is ongoing.

However, it is no secret that the attack was likely conducted by one of multiple pro-Iranian Shiite groups that surfaced in the country following the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and several prominent Iraqi commanders by a US strike in Baghdad in January.

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The Pentagon and the US government will not allow an orderly withdrawal from Iraq, because it would telegraph that despite the blood and money spent, we have lost this one.

Sep 04 13:22

Israeli Gas Giant Found Ancient Shipwrecks. Israel Covered It Up

Noble Energy, which holds the franchise for the Leviathan marine natural gas field, submitted a comprehensive environmental report to the Antiquities Authority before starting to drill in March 2016. The report included an appendix summarizing the underwater archaeological finds the company had discovered in a series of sonar scans. However, anyone who looks for this appendix will find only a white page with but a single word on it: Secret.

Sep 04 08:52

You Can Have Peace Or The US Empire. You Can’t Have Both.

Just in the last few days Israel has reportedly dropped cluster munitions and white phosphorus on southern Lebanon, bombed Gaza, and fired missiles on Damascus, because Israel is a nation whose existence depends on unceasing military violence.

In order for Israel to continue existing as the imperialist apartheid state that it is, it needs to wage war in all directions at all times, both against its neighbors and against the increasingly brutalized Palestinian population. If the bombings end, so too does Israel as we know it, because the regional population will never stand for its oppression, tyranny, and multiple illegal occupations.

Peace and Israel are therefore two mutually exclusive concepts. You can have peace or you can have today’s Israel; you can’t have both.

Sep 03 14:15

JCPOA Signatories in Vienna Reject Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Hegemon USA increasingly finds itself isolated on the world stage.

The harder it pressures, bullies, otherwise threatens and/or bludgeons other countries to bend to its will, the further its isolation longer-term.

On Tuesday, Joint Commission of the JCPOA signatories Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and Iran met in Vienna, a statement by Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov saying the following:

“We are witnessing an important process of consolidation of parties to the JCPOA against this American venture.”

“We are certain that the results of today’s event will help our colleagues in New York continue their work in the right direction.”

Ministers attending the meeting stressed the importance of preserving the landmark JCPOA agreement.

By abandoning it illegally in May 2018, the Trump regime has no say on matters relating to it.

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Please read this very carefully; if the US takes any unilateral action against Iran, it will have zero support from the other P4+1 members.

The current ban on foreign weapons being sold to Iran ends Sunday, 18 October; last summer, at a conference including Iranian delegates, the Russian diplomat leading the conference made the following statement:
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The Russian diplomat making that promise was one Zamir Kabulov, a career diplomat who is very close to Putin, and would not have made that statement without Putin's express approval.

He went on to state: "“But it’s not just Russia, many other countries sympathize and empathize with Iran,” the Kommersant business daily quoted him as saying. “Tehran won’t be alone if the U.S., God forbid, takes wild and irresponsible actions against it.”

War with Russia over Iran>?!? What the hell are those in the bowels of power in DC thinking?!?

Sep 03 08:30

Israel Hit T-4 Airbase in Homs, Syria Says, in Second Strike in Two Days

Syria's air defense on Wednesday shot down most of a series of Israeli rockets launched in the direction of T-4 airbase in the central province of Homs, the state news agency reported, citing a military source.

Syrian state news agency SANA said the Israeli warplanes fired the missiles from southern Syria soon after 10 p.m.

Sep 03 06:06

What the UAE-Israel Deal Really Means for the Middle East

A key part of this joint intelligence initiative between the UAE and Israel (and, by extension, the U.S.) has been the dramatic increase in the past two years of the purchase of commercial and adjunct residential properties in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province – a key sector for its oil and gas reserves – by UAE-registered businesses, particularly those based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, said the source.

“Around 500,000 Iranians left Iran around the time of the [1979 Islamic] Revolution and settled in Dubai, in the first instance, and then Abu Dhabi, and they have never been in favour of the IRGC having the key role in Iran, so some of them have been used to front businesses or commercial property developments in Khuzestan that are being funded from business registered in those two states of the UAE,” he added.

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There you have it, folks!!

Sep 03 05:42

Israel Attacks Airport in Syria’s Central City of Homs

Continuing Israel’s trend of growing attacks on Syria, the airport in Homs was struck Wednesday. The Syrian state media confirmed the incident, saying they’d intercepted most of the rockets, and limited the attack to material damage without casualties.

The Israeli military declined to comment, saying it was in accordance with policy not to comment on reported Israeli attacks. This has been particularly true in Syria, where almost none of their strikes are officially commented upon.

There is little question that these are Israeli attacks, however. Most such Israeli strikes target Shi’ites, which Israeli media will portray as Iranian whether or not any Iranians are actually involved.

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My big question here, is why Russia is apparently doing nothing to prevent these attacks, when it was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of US funded/trained jihadists (and their allies)?!?

Sep 03 05:40

Report: UAE Letting Israel Send Spies Into Yemen

Reports originating in the Turkish state media are claiming that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia are allowing Israel’s intelligence agencies growing access into Yemen, with the UAE in particular giving Israeli agents access to the strategic island of Socotra.

There is still not a lot of evidence of how far-reaching this is. One Socotra tribal elder was quoting in the media saying this is the case. Socotra’s tribes have been trying to build up opposition to the UAE’s assertion of control over the island during the ongoing Yemen War.

Socotra has regional strategic value, which is why the UAE wants a presence there, and presumably why Israel would also want a presence there. Couple this with the Israel-UAE peace, and the allegation practically writes itself.

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I frankly wouldn't be surprised if this story proves true.

Sep 02 11:37

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them.

Soon after the incident, I spoke with one of these fishermen. His name is Fathi.

"My wife, my eight children and I, we all live off fishing. The Israeli navy shot at us today and asked us to leave the sea. I had to return to my family empty-handed, without any fish to sell and nothing to give to my children," Fathi told me.

This fisherman’s story is typical. According to the Israeli rights group B’tselem, "about 95% of fishermen in Gaza live below the poverty line".

Sep 02 11:07

Making a hash of Brexit wasn’t enough: Boris Johnson is now set to hire another Israel stooge as trade envoy

Stuart Littlewood comments on reports that Britain’s Zionist Prime Minister Boris Johnson is about to appoint Australia’s Zionist former Prime Minister Tony Abbott as UK new trade envoy, and notes pledges by Johnson to forge even stronger trade relations with the racist state of Israel.>>

Sep 02 06:44

Hamas deputy: We’ll give Israel two months to implement ceasefire

Khalil al-Hayya says truce brought $30 million in aid to Gaza, threatens return to violence if Israel doesn’t hold up its side of the deal.

If Israel does not fulfill the terms of the ceasefire agreement with Hamas by the end of two months, there could be another round of escalation of violence on the southern border, a senior official in the Gaza-based terror group, Khalil al-Hayya, said on Tuesday night.

“Our demand is for the occupation to follow all of prior agreements without procrastinating or delay,” al-Hayya said in an interview with official Hamas al-Aqsa TV. “We will give the occupation two months, and we will monitor its behavior in implementing projects and bringing in other projects. They need to implement the projects.”

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Fingers crossed here, but I am not holding my breath that the cease-fire will actually hold; Israeli political and military history with Hamas doesn't make me hopeful here.

Aug 31 06:32

Blasts hit Dubai, Abu Dhabi ahead of first flight from Israel

One person has been killed and several people injured in two separate explosions in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub Dubai, police and local media say.

The incidents came as the first direct flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates entered the Saudi airspace before landing in Abu Dhabi, which was hit by a rare blast shortly before the arrival of US and Israeli officials.

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It appears that not all Emeratis are really happy with the UAE's rapprochement with Israel.

Aug 31 06:29

“This is How Armed Gangs Operate” Israel Admits its Troops Planted IEDs in a Palestinian Town

Aseven-year-old Palestinian boy was walking with his mother just outside the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum a few miles to west of the city of Nablus. Seeing a strange orange and black package held down with some rocks, the boy approached, thinking it was a toy. His mother quickly stopped him, summoning a relative to investigate. Foolishly, the man shook the package and it exploded, injuring his face and hands.

Along the popular path they found another device, this time photographing it and throwing stones at it until it too exploded.

Aug 31 06:19

Hezbollah Chief Vows Not to Stop Attacks Until Israeli Soldier Killed

Hezbollah will slaughter an Israeli soldier for every militant killed as a means of “deterrence,” the Iran-backed terror group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday.

“Let the Israelis understand that whenever they kill one of our mujahideen [jihadists], we will kill one of their soldiers,” he said in a televised speech. “We are committed to an equation. Our objective is not revenge but punishment and to establish a balance of deterrence.”

Recent weeks have seen an escalation in provocations by the Lebanon-based group, triggered by the alleged killing of Hezbollah commander Ali Kamel Mohsenwith on July 20 by the Israel Defense Forces. Since then, the IDF has thwarted at least three infiltrations as well as bringing down a Hezbollah drone flown into Israeli territory.

Aug 31 04:19

Israeli tanks hit Hamas after balloon attacks from Gaza

The Israeli army says its tanks have hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Palestinian balloon attacks across the border continued.

An early-morning military statement said there had been airborne explosive and incendiary attacks into southern Israel on Saturday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from any of the incidents.

Palestinian sources said an Israeli artillery shell was fired towards a field control point east of Khan Younis, and another shell east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli fire brigade, the fire bombs - crude devices fitted to balloons, inflated condoms or plastic bags inflated with helium - have triggered more than 400 blazes in southern Israel.

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Hamas, a word, please; the launching of these incendiary devices is NOT going to get you your desired outcome; Israel can launch indefinite, continued strikes against Gaza until there is nothing left but a bombed out series of craters, and the stench of seared flesh.

You need to look at those international and regional legal bodies which can give your cause (the cessation of the blockade) both media coverage, and legitimacy.

But these acts, of launching incendiary attacks, just makes Hamas look like a really bad actor on the world stage.

Aug 31 04:12

IDF troops accused of firing tear gas into Palestinian hospital

Army says it has ‘no knowledge of what happened inside the hospital,’ after Hebron facility head says soldiers gassed coronavirus ward Sunday morning, hurting 25.

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The IDF keeps doing these kinds of horrific actions, because they know that they can get away with it, with impunity; in fact, such acts must be broadly encouraged by their COs, because of the frequency at which this stuff happens.

Aug 31 04:10

20,000 at anti-Netanyahu protest, including 200 Hasidim; events in world cities

Jerusalem demonstration ends largely peacefully; group from Bratslav sect, angry over Uman pilgrimage, joins in; man in passing car said to brandish pistol at Herzliya activists.

Thousands of Israelis took part in nationwide protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening, with the largest gathering taking place in Jerusalem where demonstrators have staged weekly rallies across from the premier’s residence. Some 200 Bratslav Hasidim joined the Jerusalem rally, angry at a government policy aimed at preventing their traveling to Uman, Ukraine, for an annual pilgrimage to the grave site of a venerated rabbi.

Media reports indicated some 20,000 took part in the demonstration in Jerusalem. Meanwhile organizers, citing bracelets they hand out to to all participants, said attendance was at 37,000.

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The big question right now is, just what is Prime Minister Netanyahu willing, and capable of doing, to hang on to power, in the midst of these demonstrations?!?

The short answer is, anything with which he thinks he can get away; and that should concern "adults in the room" geopolitically, the world over.

Aug 30 05:30

UAE And Israel Plan To Create Intelligence Bases On Yemen’s Socotra Island

By South Front,

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are going to create a military intelligence-gathering infrastructure on Yemen’s Socotra Island, according to Arab and French sources.

According to reports, a delegation of Israeli and UAE officers recently visited the island and examined several locations for establishing the planned intelligence facilities. Earlier in August, the UAE and Israel with assistance from the United States reached a historical peace agreement relaunching diplomatic, economic and even military cooperation between the states on the highest level. The security and military cooperation in the Bab al-Mandab Strait was among the expected goals.

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So the first item on the cooperation agenda between UAE and Israel is.... surveillance?!?

Aug 29 01:22

Iran calls for international pressure to force Israel to sign NPT

Iran has urged the international community to pressure the Israeli regime into joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Deputy Representative of the Islamic Republic to the United Nations Es’haq Al-e Habib says the international community must force Tel Aviv to join the NPT and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to access its nuclear facilities considering the Israeli regime's destructive role in the region.

Addressing a virtual meeting on the anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on Thursday, Al-e Habib stressed that the destructive role of the United States and Israel has prevented the realization of a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Free Zone in the Middle East.

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THAT... took "male attributes" on the part of the Iranian government, and one can only say, "bravo, and well done!!"

Aug 29 00:36

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All: The U.S.-brokered pact makes no pretense of peace for Palestinians. Instead, it sharpens a regional coalition against Iran.

In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries – Egypt and Jordan – had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did.

So, it was a pretty big deal when the announcement was made. Except, actually, not so much.

Despite the UAE’s claimed adherence to a decades-long position that no Arab country should normalize relations with Israel until it ended its occupation of Palestinian land, ties between the UAE and Israel had been quietly underway for years. The same is true of many other Arab states.

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Wow, this looks more like a cynical "same-old same-old", than a real move for peace in the region.

Aug 29 00:08

On "Unconditional" Military Aid To Israel, Biden-Harris Far To The Right Even Of Bush Admin

Authored by Brett Wilkins via CommonDreams.org,

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris told a group of Jewish donors Wednesday that a Joe Biden White House would not place any conditions on military aid to Israel, and that a Biden-Harris administration would continue the "unprecedented" military and intelligence cooperation with the Jewish state the country received from the Obama administration.

Haarretz reports the California Democrat's comments came during a virtual campaign call with donors in which she assured attendees that "Joe has made it clear he will not tie security assistance to political decisions Israel makes," adding that she "couldn't agree more" with that policy.

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And of course, the "normalization" of regional governments with that of Israel are supposed to "magically occur" with absolutely ZERO PROVISION FOR A PALESTINIAN STATE.

What is flipping wrong with this picture?!?

Nothing short of utterly everything.

Aug 28 14:28

Palestine: Rabbi's and Jews expose the Hipocricy and Racism of the Synagoge

We are two rabbis and other members of the Hamilton, Ontario, Jewish community who call on the religious institutions of our community to take the clear moral stand of opposing Israel’s plan to annex large areas of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jordan Valley.

We are deeply pained that some synagogues in our community enforce misplaced ethnic loyalty more than the ethical values of our religious tradition. src

Aug 28 08:03

Kamala Harris pledges unconditional support for Israel

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris reiterated that Joe Biden will not impose any conditions on US aid to Israel, saying that assistance would not be linked to "any political decision" made by the Israeli government.

Her remarks, about eight weeks before the election, come at a time when the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still considering annexing large parts of the occupied West Bank.

"Joe has made it clear he will not tie security assistance to any political decisions that Israel makes, and I couldn't agree more," Harris told a virtual fundraiser with Jewish-American voters on Wednesday.

That California senator went on to promote Biden's "unwavering support" for Israel and his role in securing military assistance for the Israeli government when he served as Barack Obama's vice president.

Aug 28 08:01

Israel military plants booby trap explosives near Palestinian village

A 7-year-old Palestinian boy discovered a box full of stun grenades planted in his village by Israeli soldiers the night before, one of 3 such boxes set to explode when touched, camouflaged with stones and scraps of cloth…
The boy narrowly escaped injury by that particular IDF action (his relative was not so lucky – neither was a 15-year-old who was shot in the head on Thursday, or a 9-year-old shot in the head last year).

Aug 28 07:55

Biden is most pro-Israel nominee ever (and he will ‘defeat’ ‘hypercritical’ voices in the party)

Pro-Israel advocates are overjoyed at the prospect of Joe Biden becoming the Democratic nominee for president this week. They say there has Never been a nominee from any party who is so pro-Israel, that Joe Biden personally wrote the Democratic platform that is “straight down the line” behind Israel, and that his choice of Kamala Harris as veep reflects his love of Israel. And as for the “hypercritical” new members of Congress, that attitude will be “defeated” under Biden.

Aug 28 07:51

Hoping to Seize on UAE-Israel Deal, Pompeo and Kushner Head East in Search of New Allies for Israel

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and unelected advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, are embarking on a tour of the Middle East beginning with a stop in Israel to discuss “regional security issues related to Iran’s malicious influence” with Prime Minister Netanyahu, followed by visits to Sudan, Bahrain and now official U.S. partner, the United Arab Emirates.

Spun as an effort to speed up a U.S.-brokered “normalization” between Arab countries and Israel, the trip comes just four days after the White House sent the Secretary of State to the U.N. Security Council with the message that all UN sanctions against Iran were to be restored; invoking a clause in the Iran nuclear deal “that allows participants to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran.”

Aug 28 07:50

A UN Vote Exposed Canada’s Blind and Unconditional Support for Israel

The notion that ‘Canada is better’, especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada’s global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel.

On June 17, Canada lost its second bid for the coveted UN Security Council seat, which, had it won, would have allowed Ottawa the opportunity to become a world leader, pushing its own agenda – and those of its allies – on the global stage.

However, this, too, was a wasted opportunity. Only 108 countries voted for Canada while 130 and 128 voted for Norway and Ireland respectively. Both these countries will be admitted to the Security Council, starting January 1, 2021.

Aug 28 07:49

The Democratic Party won’t be out-Israel’d this fall

The Democratic Party is not going to get out-Israel’d this fall.

Yesterday, Kamala Harris had a conference call with 1800 Jewish Democratic donors and assured them a President Biden will never condition aid over any “political decisions that Israel makes and I couldn’t agree more.” Biden-Harris will show “unwavering support” for Israel. And Biden backed the “largest military aid package” to any country when the Obama administration signed that $38 billion MOU in 2016.

The fact is that despite deep misgivings about Israeli human rights violations in the Democratic base, the Democratic Party has brilliantly and effectively squelched the issue as a possible wedge in the coming election.

Yesterday the Republicans sought to drive the wedge with an ad of four Jewish Democrats voting Trump. But just look at the ad. It’s pathetic. It’s not going to convince anyone.

Aug 28 04:41

Kamala Harris pledges unconditional support for Israel

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris reiterated that Joe Biden will not impose any conditions on US aid to Israel, saying that assistance would not be linked to "any political decision" made by the Israeli government.

Her remarks, about eight weeks before the election, come at a time when the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still considering annexing large parts of the occupied West Bank.

"Joe has made it clear he will not tie security assistance to any political decisions that Israel makes, and I couldn't agree more," Harris told a virtual fundraiser with Jewish-American voters on Wednesday.

That California senator went on to promote Biden's "unwavering support" for Israel and his role in securing military assistance for the Israeli government when he served as Barack Obama's vice president.

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Looks like the Palestinians have lost out completely with these campaign pledges yet again.

Aug 28 04:15

FIRST AREA OF UAE-ISRAEL COOPERATION: SPYING ON DISSIDENTS AND JOURNALISTS

OURCE: GEOPOLITICS ALERT
ABU DHABI (AMA) – ONCE AGAIN, MEDIA OUTLETS REVEAL ISRAELI COOPERATION WITH GULF COUNTRIES IN THE FIELD OF ESPIONAGE AND THE SALE OF SPECIAL CAPABILITIES AND EXPERTISE THAT WILL HELP GULF GOVERNMENTS TRACK DOWN DISSIDENTS. THE ISRAELI NSO COMPANY IN QUESTION IS ALSO MENTIONED IN A VERY IMPORTANT AND SENSITIVE TOPIC RELATED TO ITS ADVANCED SPYWARE, “PEGASUS,” WHICH ENABLES PENETRATION OF MOBILE PHONES.
This time, the Hebrew newspaper, Haaretz, discussed the issue of Israeli-Gulf cooperation in terms of espionage, stating that the NSO company recently sold programs to opponents like the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries. According to what the newspaper on Sunday, deals, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were carried out through official mediation.

The report came to confirm that the Emirati normalization with Israel was an inevitable result of deep and sensitive cooperation between them.

WHAT IS NSO?

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How WONDERFUL!!

Aug 27 12:58

Israel fires phosphorous shells at Lebanon’s southern border: Media

Lebanese media say Israeli forces have fired phosphorous shells at areas along the country’s border with the occupied territories.

Lebanon’s al-Manar television channel announced late on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation forces had fired phosphorus bombs at Lebanese territories in the southern towns of Houla and Mays al-Jabal.

Witnesses also said Israel had fired dozens of illumination flares at border villages in southern Lebanon over what the regime claimed was a "security-related incident.”

Israeli media initially said the firing was amid concerns over a possible infiltration near Kibbutz Menara in the Upper Galilee area, located near the Lebanese border and the Israeli-occupied side of Golan.

The firing of more than 30 flares was followed by orders compelling Israeli settlers in five communities to stay at home.

Aug 27 10:10

Netanyahu vows 'forceful' response if more attacks from Lebanon

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel views with "great gravity" the latest flare-up on the Lebanese border and pledged a tough response in the event of further incidents.

"We shall react forcefully to any attack against us," Netanyahu said in a statement. "I advise Hezbollah not to test Israel's strength. Hezbollah is once again endangering Lebanon due to its aggression."

Israel and Hezbollah fought a devastating month-long war in 2006.

Israel said earlier it had launched air strikes against Hezbollah observation posts in Lebanon after shots were fired from across the border towards its troops the previous evening.

The border flare-up came hours after Lebanon rejected an Israeli call to reform the UN peacekeeping force which patrols the border ahead of a UN Security Council vote to renew its mandate.

Aug 27 09:40

Qatari envoy travels to Gaza to help ease tensions amid Israeli raids

A Qatari envoy has visited the Gaza Strip to help calm down tensions in the blockaded enclave, which has been the scene of daily Israeli attacks for more than two weeks.

Mohammed el-Emadi entered Gaza late on Tuesday for negotiations to help ease the tensions, AFP reported.

Since August 6, the regime has been carrying out daily airstrikes and occasional ground attacks against Gaza in response to what it calls the launch of balloons fitted with “incendiary devices” from the direction of coastal enclave.

Concomitantly, it has shut down Kerem Shalom, the crossing bringing in the majority of the enclave’s requirements, and completely cut off supplies of fuel to the territory. The combined measures have brought about a closure of Gaza’s sole power plant.

Aug 26 07:09

IDF: Security incident on Lebanese border; residents told to stay home for hours

The Israeli military reported an unspecified “security incident” along the Lebanese border on Tuesday night, ordering residents of the surrounding area to remain in their homes. (Update: Restrictions were lifted on Wednesday morning.)

The Israel Defense Forces fired flares into the sky around the northern Galilee, near the community of Manara, as the military searched the area to ensure that no one had breached the border after troops reportedly heard gunshots at an outpost along the frontier.

Aug 26 06:48

Hamas: Gaza will not 'remain silent' as Israel escalates siege

The threat of a new Gaza war continues to rise as Palestinians demand an end to the devastating 13-year-long blockade and Israel tightens the screws on Gaza's economy while targeting Hamas positions.

Aug 25 07:25

Zionists ultimate winner of US 2020 election, analyst suggests

Zionists in control of the United States are the ultimate winners of the US 2020 presidential election regardless of who wins: Donald Trump or Joe Biden, an analyst says.

In his interview with Press TV on Monday, former US Senate candidate Mark Dankof further predicted that the Republican president will be reelected despite polls demonstrating otherwise.

"The Zionist entity controls the candidates and both major political parties. The relationship of Donald Trump and Mike Pence and the Zionist entity is very clear. It's also quite obvious that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's choice to be the democratic chicken," he said. "The end result is going to be a landslide victory for Donald Trump with all of the problems that await this country, regardless of who is elected."

Aug 25 07:17

IAEA Chief Visits Tehran, Asks for Access to Former Sites

The sites in question are a pair of sites that the IAEA has claimed might have been nuclear sites, based on Israeli allegations and US backing of Israeli allegations. The US has pushed the IAEA to investigate the sites.

Iran did grant the IAEA access before, and it didn’t find anything definitive one way or another. They’ve kept asking for extra visits, even though Iran insisted neither was relevant to their nuclear program, and that letting them just keep visiting keeps it unresolved forever.

This puts things in an endless loop, where the US will ensure the IAEA keeps saying the issue is open, and Iran can’t resolve the matter outright, and has to just keep responding or be accused of a coverup.

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I have to wonder what new strictures will be placed against Iran between now, and 18 October, when the UN ban on Iranian purchases of foreign weapons ends; I sense that in order to keep his numbers up, President Trump may well find a way of declaring war against someone; Iran is high on his list, I am sure, because very few Americans understand the history of this Middle Eastern country, and the role the US played in its subjugation, when the legitimately and democratically elected elected Prime Minister, Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, was overthrown and the Shah was empowered as Iran's ruler by the US' CIA.

I don't want to be Mrs. Chicken Little of Indiana 2020 here; but the stench of blood is in the air for me right now, and I am telling Mike that my "nesting instincts" are running at full tilt boogie right now.

And IF President Trump declares a "national emergency", he is fully within his FEMA designated capability of suspending the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

I am hoping and praying that I am completely wrong on this; but please remember the immortal words of George Carlin, who, in retrospect, was half comedian, half prophet; and note - for some of our more think-skinned readers, the obscenities might be a little much for you, but Carlin's observations in this monologue are bang spot-on:

We Like War!!

Aug 25 06:52

Outrage as Pompeo Gives Convention Speech in Jerusalem: Critics say unacceptable to give political speech during official travel

As the mouthpiece of US foreign policy, the State Department isn’t meant to be a political body. That’s a growing issue today, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an official State Department visit to Jerusalem as an opportunity to deliver his speech to the Republican National Convention.

Critics say giving a political speech while on duty is inappropriate, and especially for the State Department. It’s not clear there is a specific law about this, however, as the State Department said they’d reviewed the speech and decided it didn’t cross lines.

Democratic groups said that in addition to going against historical acts by top US secretaries, that having the speech in Jerusalem risks making Israel a wedge issue politically. The Trump Administration is playing up moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is likely to be part of why it was chosen as a location for the speech.

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It appears... that Pompeo has been taking graduate-level classes in hubris from his "very great friend", Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And even though the deal between the UAE and Israel was supposed to stop the annexation process, Netanyahu has made it crystal clear that this process has not stopped, but has been put "on hold" one has to imagine for how long before it restarts, and when Palestinians are left again, stateless, homeless, and enduring cruel physical and emotional punishments from Israel on a daily basis.

For many years, I have warned both Hamas and Fatah on this blog, that if they couldn't get their act together, that whatever homeland they wound with would be smaller than Lichtenstein or Andorra; now, there will be no place for them to call their own, when the Israeli annexation machine starts rolling forward again, like an inescapable juggernaut.

Aug 24 09:47

Ignore at your peril: Palestine ranks high in Arab public opinion

James Dorsey explains that while domestic issues such as provision of jobs, education and health care, good governance and protection of personal rights are of primary concern to Arab citizens, opinion polls indicate that Palestinian rights remain at the top of citizens’ agendas.>>

Aug 24 09:44

How the Israel-UAE pact undermines international law

Lawrence Davidson says the United Arab Emirates’ "normalisation" of relations with Israel in effect provides a seal of approval for Israel’s illegal creeping annexation of Palestinian lands and gives a green light for other states to acquiesce in undermining International law.

Aug 24 07:53

Biden’s point man on Israel issues lives in Tel Aviv, works for Israeli thinktank, and should register as a foreign agent

Daniel Shapiro, President Obama’s former ambassador to Israel, has been all over the Democratic Party’s discussion of Israel policy. As a member of the platform committee, he helped shut down any language about cutting or even conditioning aid to Israel over human rights violations, or about the “occupation,” and afterward Shapiro was a lead spokesperson for the Biden effort, spinning the platform as critical of both sides.

Shapiro is a regular speaker at J Street and other Zionist organizations, explaining the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship– and why it’s in the American interest. He often writes political opinion pieces. He is now actively promoting Joe Biden among American Jews and could surely have a top foreign-policy role if Biden wins in November.

Aug 24 07:51

Israeli Soldiers Tear-gas Patients, Staff at Jerusalem Hospital

Israeli forces, on Friday, invaded Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem while firing of tear-gas bombs, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that dozens of patients and medical staff suffered breathing difficulties as a result of tear-gas inhalation, making it necessary to evacuate many patients.

Sources added that soldiers violently stormed the hospital, searched several rooms and offices while firing tear-gas canisters.

Field interrogations were held with a number of Palestinian civilians before the armed troops withdrew from the hospital.

Aug 24 07:50

Over 10,000 protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem; 7 arrested

Demonstrators hold march through capital despite police opposition; officer filmed shoving, striking protesters in Paris Square

Aug 24 07:26

Israel cuts fuel, Gaza goes dark

The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down on Tuesday after Israel stopped the transfer of fuel to the territory.

The halting of fuel transfers is among a series of collective punishment measures Israel has imposed on Gaza.

Israel has claimed the measures are a response to incendiary balloons released from Gaza. The launching of such balloons by some Palestinians is, in reality, a symbolic effort to draw attention to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, long subject to an Israeli siege.

Although incendiary balloons caused several fires in Israel, “no injuries or damage have been reported,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

Israel has also bombed Gaza on an almost a daily basis over the past week.

Aug 24 06:56

‘My Name is Joe Biden, and Everybody Knows I Love Israel’

“I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist,” current Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said in April 2007, soon before he was chosen to be Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2008 elections.

Biden is, of course, correct, because Zionism is a political movement that is rooted in 20th-century nationalism and fascism. Its use of religious dogmas is prompted by political expediency, not spirituality or faith.

Unlike US President, Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders, Biden’s only serious opponent in the Democratic primaries, Biden’s stand on Israel is rarely examined.

Trump has made his support for Israel the cornerstone of his foreign policy agenda since his inauguration into the White House in January 2017. The American President has basically transformed into Israel’s political genie, granting Tel Aviv all of its wishes in complete defiance of international law.

Aug 24 06:34

How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History

When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 – filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake – he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth.

Jenin had been sealed off from the world for nearly three weeks as the Israeli army razed the neighboring refugee camp and terrorized its population.

Bakri’s film Jenin, Jenin shows the young man hurrying silently between wrecked buildings, using his nervous body to illustrate where Israeli soldiers shot Palestinians and where bulldozers collapsed homes, sometimes on their inhabitants.

It was not hard to infer Bakri’s larger meaning: when it comes to their own story, Palestinians are denied a voice. They are silent witnesses to their own and their people’s suffering and abuse.

Aug 24 06:33

Palestinian child shot by Israel dies in detention

A Palestinian boy who was shot and detained by Israeli occupation forces in the central West Bank on Wednesday died of his injuries.

The family of Muhammad Matar was informed on Thursday that the 16-year-old had been killed. Israel has not transferred the teen’s body to his family, Defense for Children International Palestine stated on Friday.

Aug 22 10:30

How the UK government provides cover for Israel’s crimes

Stuart Littlewood highlights the gap between the UK government’s meaningless platitudes and mealy-mouthed declarations in relation to Palestinian rights on the one hand, and its actual deeds on the other, which serve to provide cover for Israeli crimes.>>

Aug 21 10:26

How Israel wages war on Palestinian history

Jonathan Cook highlights Israel’s systematic and comprehensive policy of seeking to eradicate Palestinian history in order to to accomplish its desire to destroy Palestinian society and pressure Palestinians to leave their homeland, to be replaced by Jews.

Aug 21 06:58

How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History

When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 – filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake – he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth.

Jenin had been sealed off from the world for nearly three weeks as the Israeli army razed the neighbouring refugee camp and terrorised its population.

Bakri’s film Jenin, Jenin shows the young man hurrying silently between wrecked buildings, using his nervous body to illustrate where Israeli soldiers shot Palestinians and where bulldozers collapsed homes, sometimes on their inhabitants.

It was not hard to infer Bakri’s larger meaning: when it comes to their own story, Palestinians are denied a voice. They are silent witnesses to their own and their people’s suffering and abuse.

Aug 20 09:28

Incendiary balloons continue to land in Israel as talks falter

Incendiary balloons landed throughout southern Israel on Wednesday, as tensions continue to rise between Israel and terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.
Police sappers handled a number of balloons that landed within and near towns and residential areas in southern Israel. Israel Fire and Rescue Services announced on Wednesday evening that there were 28 fires throughout the day.

Aug 20 06:25

Videos: IDF Jets Launch Retaliatory Strikes on Hamas Posts in Gaza

Multiple retaliatory strikes were launched by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) late Tuesday against Hamas position in Gaza, an act in response to a rocket that was launched from Gaza toward the Israeli territory earlier in the day.

The IDF noted in a late Tuesday tweet that the service's jets "attacked a number of other Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. During the attack, a military compound of one of the special units of the Hamas terrorist organization was attacked."

"The attack was carried out in response to the launch of a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier in the evening and the blowing up of explosive and incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory during the day," the statement added.

Aug 20 06:18

PM Khan: Pakistan can’t recognize Israel until Palestine gets its rights, state

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country will never recognize Israel until the issue of Palestine is resolved days after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a normalization deal with Israel.

In an interview with the private Dunya News television network on Tuesday, Khan said Islamabad will not follow suit in recognizing Israel, in a reference to Abu Dhabi, which has reached a highly controversial deal with Tel Aviv to establish full diplomatic ties.

“Our stance is very clear from day one and Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had said Pakistan can never accept Israel until the people of Palestine get rights and state,” Khan said.

The Pakistani prime minister further noted that recognition of Israel equals to abandoning Pakistan’s stance on the Muslim-majority Kashmir region.

Aug 20 06:05

Pompeo Says Keeping Saudis From Nukes a Top US Priority

Following reports that this is a specific concern of Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he believes it is a “real risk” that Saudi Arabia will get nukes, and that the US views it as a “top priority” to try to prevent the Saudis from getting such arms.

Recent reports, all centering on the Israeli narrative, claim the Saudis are processing yellowcake uranium, and that they are getting secret help from China that could lead to the acquisition of nuclear arms in the future.

This is an unusual place for the administration to be in, as they general support arming the Saudis to the teeth, and Pompeo has repeatedly gone to bat for the idea that the Saudis need more arms for their “emergency” state. Those are US-made arms, of course.

Aug 20 06:05

Saudi Arabia says no Israel deal without Palestinian peace

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it will not follow the United Arab Emirates in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognised peace accord with the Palestinians.

Aug 20 04:41

Five days before deadline, Israeli election appears imminent as Netanyahu, Gantz lock horns

The two leaders have not spoken in over a week, and Israel appears to be headed straight to its fourth election in less than two years.

With no compromise in sight between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and Defense Minister Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan parties over the state budget, parliament could dissolve on Monday and Israel will head to its fourth election in less than two years.

Negotiations are deadlocked over a proposed bill to extend the deadline for passing a new budget, which expires on Monday. With talks stalled, Netanyahu and Gantz have not spoken in over a week.

Likud wants the bill, which would give the government until November to pass a budget, to include “exit points” every 10 days that allow revoking the extension, which would effectively force a new election. Kahol Lavan opposes the proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that apparently, the Israeli voters don't have much of a choice in this next election; no matter for whom they vote, they are voting for more war, and more destruction.

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