Oct 17 08:13

Turkish and Israeli Weapons Fueling Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Weapons-makers — aka merchants of death and mass destruction — fuel conflicts when occur.

The US by far dominates the global arms trade.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US accounted for 36% of major conventional weapons sales from 2015 – 2019.

Throughout most of the post-WW II period, the US dominated the global arms market.

Arms and security expert William Hartung explained that for 25 of the past 26 years, “the United States has been the leading arms dealer on the planet, at some moments in near monopolistic fashion.”

Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries are major buyers of US arms.

In areas where large amounts of heavy weapons are sold, wars often follow.

Oct 17 07:18

Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome Is Ominous Sign of Things to Come

A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a "powerful" pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in Italy is just as dangerous.

The latest episode began on September 24, when the Palestinian community in Rome announced plans to hold ‘Falastin – Festival della Palestina’, a cultural event that aims at illustrating the richness of Palestinian culture in all of its grandeur. The idea behind it is not to simply humanize Palestinians in the eyes of ordinary Italians, but to explore commonalities, to cement bonds and to build bridges. However, for Israel’s allies in Italy, even such unthreatening objectives were too much to bear.

Oct 16 16:03

Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli jail ‘on verge of death

Maher al-Akhras, 49, is protesting his incarceration by Israel for nearly 80 days without even charging him with a crime…
Reposted from Aljazeera

A Palestinian man on a hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in “administrative detention”, a policy Israel uses to hold suspected fighters without charge.

The married father of six launched his hunger strike to protest the policy. He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad armed group.

On Monday, about 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to support him.

“Our people will not let Maher al-Akhras down,” said Khader Adnan, who was one of those taking part in the rally and who has himself carried out several hunger strikes in Israeli captivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Administrative detention, where political prisoners can be held in Israeli jails, is one of the most vile aspects of Israeli law; this is immoral in the extreme.

Either they have the evidence to charge the guy, OR THEY DO NOT; PERIOD, END OF DISCUSSION!!

Oct 16 16:03

Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli jail ‘on verge of death

Maher al-Akhras, 49, is protesting his incarceration by Israel for nearly 80 days without even charging him with a crime…
Reposted from Aljazeera

A Palestinian man on a hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in “administrative detention”, a policy Israel uses to hold suspected fighters without charge.

The married father of six launched his hunger strike to protest the policy. He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad armed group.

On Monday, about 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to support him.

“Our people will not let Maher al-Akhras down,” said Khader Adnan, who was one of those taking part in the rally and who has himself carried out several hunger strikes in Israeli captivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Administrative detention, where political prisoners can be held in Israeli jails, is one of the most vile aspects of Israeli law; this is immoral in the extreme.

Either they have the evidence to charge the guy, OR THEY DO NOT; PERIOD, END OF DISCUSSION!!

Oct 16 11:50

Criticizing Israel isn’t anti-Semitic, say 80 percent of Canadians

Most Canadians don’t believe that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic, a new poll conducted by the research firm EKOS shows.

This means that ordinary citizens do not support the government’s announcement last year that it would formally adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Jewish bigotry.

According to the survey’s results, 80 percent of Canadians believe that accusing Israel of committing human rights violations is not an anti-Semitic act. Neither is calling for a boycott of Israel, 76 percent say.

Nearly 70 percent say that comparing Israel’s apartheid policies to South African apartheid laws is not tantamount to anti-Jewish bigotry.

And three quarters of Canadians polled think that students who advocate for Palestinian rights exhibit legitimate political expression.

Oct 16 11:39

EXCLUSIVE: Israel stops granting visas to UN human rights workers

Israel has stopped granting any visas to employees at the United Nations’ human rights agency, effectively forcing the body’s top staff to leave, Middle East Eye can reveal.

In February, Israel announced it was suspending ties with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) after a report highlighted more than 100 companies that work in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Since June all requests for new visas have gone unanswered, with passports sent off for renewals coming back empty.

Oct 16 05:40

Trump's Mideast Peace Plan Reaping Rewards As Lebanon & Israel Hash Out Agreement

Lebanon's parliament speaker met Thursday with a traveling U.S. official, a day after Beirut began complicated negotiations with Israel over their debated maritime border.

David Schenker, a U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, the best American diplomat for the Middle East, did not talk to reporters after he met with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Berri has been the main Lebanese official dealing with U.S. mediators concerning the conflict with Israel over the past decade.

Oct 15 09:07

Bully-boy minister’s Christmas message to UK universities: Adopt anti-Semitism definition that’s “too vague to be useful”, or I’ll axe your funding!

Stuart Littlewood highlights the ignorance of Gavin Williamson, an Israel pimp serving as UK Education Secretary, who has threatened to cut the funding of universities that do not succumb to the Zionist definition of “anti-Semitism” – contrary to legal advice and the UK government’s own rules.>>

Oct 15 06:33

IDF Special Forces carry out covert operation, destroy two Syrian outposts

In a secret operation that took place last week and was made known to the public on Tuesday, IDF Special Forces crossed the border into the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria and destroyed two outposts belonging to the Syrian army.

The operation was carried out following Syria’s continued violation of the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria from 1974, which determines that a designated buffer zone between the borders would only be occupied by a special UN force called the Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

Oct 15 05:46

Congress wants to let Israel nix US weapon sales

Earlier this month, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced a bill with potentially far-reaching and unprecedented implications for Israel’s ability to nix US weapons sales to the Middle East.

H.R.8494, the Guaranteeing Israel’s QME Act of 2020, would mandate the president “to consult with appropriate officials of the Government of Israel for information regarding Israel’s qualitative military edge” before the proposed sale or export of weapons to other Middle Eastern countries.

Although the bill would not give Israel the official ability to veto US weapons sales decisions, it would nevertheless provide it with a formal mechanism to throw a monkey wrench into those plans and make it more difficult for a president to override Israeli concerns.

Oct 15 05:45

Israel Approves Over 2,000 New Settler Homes After Deals With UAE, Bahrain

On Wednesday, Israel approved the construction of 2,166 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, putting to bed rumors that the normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain included a freeze on settlements.

The new homes are the first to be approved after an eight-month pause on settlement construction. Another 2,000 homes are expected to be approved for construction on Thursday.

Since President Trump unveiled his “Vision for Peace” in January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been hoping to annex portions of the West Bank allocated to Israel in the plan. The plan gives Israel about 30 percent of the West Bank, including areas already controlled by Jewish settlers and parts of the Jordan Valley.

Oct 15 05:44

Israeli Troops Entered Syria, Destroyed Two Military Outposts

The number of times Israel attacks Syrian territory in a given month make an individual incident normally unexceptional. Israel rarely admits to such attacks, however, and Wednesday, we got a rare case where the Israeli Army spokesman retroactively confirmed one.

On September 21, Israeli ground troops crossed the border into the Syrian Golan, destroying two military outposts, which Israel accused of being used for “routine security.” The Israeli Army official said it was retaliation for Syrian troops chasing rebels into the demilitarized zone.

The Israeli troops entered the area, planted explosives at the sites, and detonated both simultaneously. Other officials said they feared that leaving the outposts could see them used by Iran or Hezbollah some day.

Oct 15 05:32

Israeli Army Razes Palestinian-owned Farm Lands in Gaza

The Israeli army razed, on Tuesday, large areas of Palestinian-owned agricultural land, east of Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that five armored D-9 bulldozers carried out a limited incursion into the area of Abasan and Khuza’ah and leveled dozens of dunams of land with produce.

In the same context, the Israeli authorities ordered, on Tuesday, owners of agricultural structures to stop construction in the central occupied West Bank village of al-Khader, west of Bethlehem, according to a local activist.

Oct 15 05:31

PPS: “Thirty Detainees Join Hunger Strike In Ofer Prison”

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that thirty detainees held in Ofer Israeli detention center has launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Maher al-Akhras, who continues his strike for the 80th consecutive day.

The PPS stated that the thirty detainees started the strike on Wednesday, expressing their solidarity with al-Akhras, who is demanding an end to his arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

Israel also transferred Hasan Shouka, Wahid Abu Mariya, and Shaher al-Heeh, from Ofer prison to solitary confinement cells in Shatta.

Oct 14 07:26

In a first, British trade unions commit to challenging Israeli ‘apartheid’

On September 15th, the Annual Congress of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) representing nearly 6 million members in the UK adopted a motion which reaffirmed its solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for the right to self-determination, condemning the occupation and expansionist policies of the Israeli government.

The resolution expressed outright opposition to the annexationist ambitions of the Netanyahu government, backed by the United States Administration and called for an end to British government complicity. Demanding a cessation of the blockade of Gaza and support for “the right of Palestinian refugees to return”, it committed the TUC to “communicate its position to all other national trade union centres in the International and European Trade Union Confederations and urge them to join the international campaign to stop annexation and end apartheid”.

Oct 14 07:23

Recent censorship by the Israel lobby: five incidents

How much is too much? When will Israeli nationalists in North America completely discredit themselves by overusing their power to crush those defending Palestinians?

The recent ruthlessness of the Israel lobby is remarkable. Recently they’ve convinced Zoom to cancel a university-sponsored talk, a prominent law program to rescind a job offer, a public broadcaster to apologize for using the word Palestine and companies to stop delivering for a restaurant.

Oct 14 07:23

Pro-Israel groups audition Dems seeking top congressional foreign policy seat

The three U.S. House of Representatives Democrats seeking the influential chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs Committee are meeting with donors and staff of pro-Israel groups and asking them to lobby the party leadership.

Reps. Brad Sherman of California, Gregory Meeks of New York and Joaquin Castro of Texas have or will soon have Zoom meetings with the Democratic Majority for Israel, a group that embraces pro-Israel policies close to the establishment pro-Israel community, as well as with J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group.

Eliot Engel of New York, the current committee chairman, was defeated in a primary this summer by a progressive, Jamaal Bowman. Engel is seen as one of the most reliable pro-Israel voices in Congress and opposed the Iran deal. Whoever replaces him will face growing calls from the party’s left-wing to put more pressure on Israel when it comes to reaching a two-state agreement with the Palestinians.

Oct 14 06:13

Normalization with Israel equal to neocolonialism: Kuwaiti analyst

A prominent Kuwaiti political expert has denounced attempts by a number of Arab states to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, describing normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime as a form of “neocolonialism.”

Dr. Abdullah al-Nefisi, in a post published on his Twitter page, said signing of normalization agreements between Israel and Arab states will turn the latter into new colonies.

Oct 14 06:11

Israeli Occupation Army Forbids Palestinians from Harvasting Their Olive Groves

Israeli Occupation Army Forbids Palestinians from Harvasting Their Olive Groves

God’s Chosen People at work

Oct 14 05:53

Israeli-US delegation to visit Bahrain on second ‘historic’ flight to ready pact

A joint US-Israel delegation is planning a trip to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates early next week to continue working on implementing normalization agreements with Israel signed in Washington last month.

The delegation is expected to fly from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to Manama on Sunday in what would be the first-ever commercial nonstop flight from Israel to the Gulf kingdom.

Oct 14 05:52

Israeli and Lebanese officials hold first border negotiations in 30 years

Israeli and Lebanese officials on Wednesday morning sat down in the same room — or tent, to be exact — for indirect maritime border negotiations in what has been called a “historic” achievement with the potential to bring more stability and prosperity to the region.

However, both countries have stressed that the talks, which lasted for about two hours, are merely aimed at resolving a decade-old dispute on the exact delineation of each other’s territorial waters in an area that may contain undersea natural gas reserves, and do not presage peace negotiations or a normalization process.

Oct 14 05:46

Israeli Army Orders Closure of 3,000 Dunums of Land on Olive Harvest Season

The Israeli occupation army issued 63 military orders to close areas and lands planted with olives in separate parts of the West Bank, coinciding with the start of the olive harvest season in the Palestinian territories.

The olive harvest season, one of the biggest events and sources of income for Palestinian farmers, starts on the seventh of October, as announced by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

The military orders bore the signature of the commander of the occupation army in the West Bank on September 17, 2020, and come under the title (Zone Closure – Prevention of Entry and Stay), attached to maps and aerial photos showing the locations of the lands targeted by these orders, which seem to be specific to the current olive season.

Its clauses clarified that its entry into force will be from the date of its signature until the date of 12/31/2020.

Oct 13 06:24

Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners

"No one cares about the prisoners." Over the past few years, I have heard this phrase – or some variation of it – uttered many times by freed Palestinian prisoners and their families. Whenever I conduct an interview regarding this crucial and highly sensitive topic, I am told, repeatedly, that "no one cares."

But is this really the case? Are Palestinian prisoners so abandoned to the extent that their freedom, life and death are of no consequence?

The subject, and the claim, resurfaces every time a Palestinian prisoner launches a hunger strike or undergoes extreme hardship and torture, which is leaked outside Israeli prisons through lawyers or human rights organizations. This year, five Palestinian prisoners died in prison as a result of alleged medical negligence, or worse, torture.

Oct 13 05:45

21 Israeli troops injured as two companies turn on each other in brawl at IDF training base

A massive brawl erupted between Israeli troops from two different training companies over who was going to eat first at the canteen. Some 21 soldiers were injured in what the IDF called an “unusual and serious” incident.

The confrontation between training companies representing the Bedouin 585th reconnaissance unit and the Shaked Battalion occurred at the Har Keren training base on Sunday.

Things became so heated in the fracas that one of the troops even started loading his gun, according to one witness who was cited in local reports.

The brawl lasted several minutes and involved around 30 people – some 21 of whom were injured in the altercation. The majority of the soldiers were treated on site, but eight required hospitalization with light injuries.

Oct 12 07:09

Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes with IDF: report

Fifty-three people injured in Israeli military operation to apprehend three Palestinians

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded Sunday in clashes with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank.

Villagers in the camp said that the IDF blocked several key roads in the area, before going into the camp in large forces to arrest three Palestinians, outlet Haaretz reported.

Two brothers were detained, Muhammad and Rajab Sana Abu Arab, and the spouse of one of them, according to Haaretz.

The Red Crescent said in a statement that a total of 53 people were treated to their wounds, all in light to moderate condition.

Oct 12 07:08

Tens of thousands nationwide rally against Netanyahu

Tens of thousands of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in over 1,000 socially distanced gatherings throughout the country Saturday, the fourth such event since the government instituted a ban on mass protests as part of the national coronavirus lockdown.

Clashes were reported in Tel Aviv between demonstrators and police as authorities tried to stop activists marching through the streets. Police said they had detained eight protesters in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Oct 12 07:08

Israeli Soldiers Raid a Palestinian Village at Night, Terrifying Residents – for Training Purposes

The whole story in brief: Dozens of Israel Defense Forces soldiers stage a nighttime raid among the houses of a tranquil Palestinian village, some of whose inhabitants are fast asleep, as part of a training exercise. The troops don’t enter any of the homes, but wander about, armed, in backyards and streets, peeking through windows and terrifying the occupants. The IDF would never dream of behaving like this in any of the nearby Jewish settlements – a nocturnal drill in Maskiot? Combat exercises in Mehola? – certainly not without permission and prior coordination. But in a Palestinian village anything goes, and residents’ nights belong to them as little as the days do. Indeed, that was the case last week, on Tuesday, in the small village of Aqaba.

Oct 12 07:05

Israel and Hamas said to reach agreement for 6-month ceasefire

Israel and the terror group Hamas have reached a truce agreement mediated by Qatar that will see quiet on the southern border for a period of six months, Channel 12 news reported on Sunday.

In return, Qatar will transfer $100 million to Hamas in a deal coordinated with Doha by Mossad head Yossi Cohen alongside the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), according to the report.
Mohammad al-Emadi, Qatar’s envoy to Gaza, has regularly visited Gaza in recent years with Israeli approval, bringing funds to the Strip for purchasing fuel, paying civil servants and helping Gaza’s poor. The most recent set of funding was set to run out within weeks, Channel 12 reported.

Oct 12 07:01

Trump’s Planned Sale of F35s to UAE Hits Snag in the Senate

Since Israel’s peace deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a sale of arms, including F35s, to the UAE seemed inevitable. Israel first bristled at this idea, but has recently seemed to tolerate the sale so long as they get free equipment from the US in return.

Nothing’s ever that easy, however, and Senators from both parties, Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), are now resisting the idea, saying they believe the sale doesn’t meet legal requirements to assure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.

Menendez argued that Israel couldn’t be said to retain its edge, in having F35s, if someone else got F35s. That was roughly the argument Israel was making as well, though the fact that the sales went to a nation that they are now friends with seemingly changes things, at least somewhat.

Oct 12 06:21

Israel’s Coalition At Risk as Senior Lawmaker Says ‘Elections Excellent Option’

The Likud/Blue and White unity Government was forged in May after three consecutive elections between April 2019 and March 2020 failed to allow either party or its allies to form a majority. In the months since, tensions fuelled by a row over the budget and protests related to corruption charges against the Prime Minister have split the coalition.

Senior Likud Party Knesset member and coalition chairman Miki Zohar added fuel to speculation of an imminent breakup of Israel’s coalition government on Sunday, saying that the Blue and White Party was “not a coalition partner anymore,” but “a danger to Israel” and that “elections are an excellent option".

“Blue and White have made a deal with [Yair] Lapid [the chairman of centrist political party Yesh Atid] to form a government with the Joint Arab List. This is a new low for them. They should be ashamed,” Zohar suggested, his remarks to Radio 103FM quoted by Israel Hayom and The Jerusalem Post.

Oct 12 05:39

IDF troops assigned to Haifa mitigation efforts meet ultra-Orthodox resistance

Troops instructed to communicate politely with residents but face opposition in religious seminaries in Haredi areas of northern city as well as in Ashdod; forces brought in to assist local authorities meet population's needs during lockdown

Oct 11 06:43

‘Bibi, you are destroying my future’: Anti-Netanyahu protesters defy lockdown, clash with police in Tel Aviv (VIDEO)

Demonstrators opposing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu descended on the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night, despite only being allowed to rally outside their homes. Four people were detained following scuffles with police.

Clashes broke out when police tried to contain thousands of protesters who poured into Habima Square in central Tel Aviv to demand that the PM step down.

Officers were filmed dragging people along the ground and struggling to push the crowd away from the square.

Demonstrators held up signs reading “Go!” and “Bibi, you are destroying my future,” referring Netanyahu’s popular nickname.

Oct 11 06:37

Jewish Settlers Throw Stones at Palestinian Car, Injure Toddler

A one-year-old Palestinian toddler was injured last night when Jewish settlers threw stones at a car he was in as it drove on a West Bank road, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Daniel settlement – built on expropriated Palestinian land – threw stones at Palestinian cars driving on a highway between Bethlehem and Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the southern West Bank.

The toddler, Mahmoud Iyad Banat, was injured in the eye from glass after stones hit and broke a window of a car he was in, said the witnesses.

Oct 10 11:43

The Campaign to “Kill” the BDS Movement Against Israel Extends Far and Wide

Israel is facing declining public support in the United States and sees the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign as a key threat to its legitimacy. That’s why Israel is enlisting the US government, American university administrators, and even tech companies like Zoom and Facebook to try to destroy the BDS movement.

Oct 10 11:03

David Friedman is furthering the Kosher Nostra extremist Likudnik Israeli agenda: Scholar

"...US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is an organized crime figure who is furthering the Kosher Nostra extremist Likudnik Israeli agenda, an American political analyst has said.

Kevin Barrett, an author, journalist and radio host with a Ph.D. in Islamic and Arabic Studies, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday..."

Oct 10 09:32

More on the Anti-Semitism Scam: Jewish Students Get Protected Status

In both the United States and Europe there has been an increase in the passage of laws that are intended to protect Jews. Indeed, one might say that one of the few growth industries in Donald Trump’s United States has been the protection of Jewish citizens and their property from a largely contrived wave of anti-Semitism that is allegedly sweeping the nation. Even while potentially catastrophic developments both in the Middle East and the United States continue to unfold, the threat of anti-Semitism continues to find its way into much of the news cycle in the mainstream media.

Oct 10 07:14

Erdogan: 'Jerusalem is our city, a city from us'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an opened the Turkish parliament's legislative session on Thursday with a long speech that addressed the city of Jerusalem and the Palestinian people, in which he stated: "Jerusalem is our city."

Erdo?an referred to the Ottoman Empire's rule over Jerusalem, which lasted four centuries (1517-1917), to justify his claim.

Oct 10 06:50

Israel to massively expand settlements after UAE normalization

Israel is moving ahead with thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

This represents a dramatic expansion of Israel’s settler-colonial efforts: The vast majority of the housing units are planned in “isolated” settlements outside the large blocs already eyed for Israeli annexation under President Donald Trump’s so-called “Peace to Prosperity” plan.

About 350 units will be added to each of the Beit El settlement, north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the Geva Binyamin settlement, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and the Nili settlement, in the central West Bank.

Almost 1,000 new housing units are set to be approved in the so-called Har Gilo settlement, sandwiched between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Israel is also advancing plans for almost 700 new housing units in Eli settlement in the central West Bank.

Oct 10 06:45

Signs Saudis are edging towards historic Israel peace

Will they or won't they? It's a question on a lot of people's minds in the Middle East right now.

Are Saudi Arabia's rulers, historically critics of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians, finally edging closer to normalising relations with the country often dismissively referred to in the past by Arab media as "the Zionist entity"?

Prompting feverish speculation on social media has been the scathing set of interviews given to Al-Arabiya TV by former Saudi intelligence chief and longtime ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan al-Saud, who lambasted Palestinian leaders for criticising recent peace moves with Israel by Gulf Arab states.

"This low level of discourse is not what we expect from officials who seek to gain global support for their cause," said Prince Bandar in the three-part interview.

Oct 10 06:37

Netanyahu tells Ethiopian PM he plans to airlift 2,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Friday with Ethiopian leader Abiy Ahmed, informing him of his plans to airlift 2,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

“I updated Prime Minister Abiy that I intend to immediately bring some 2,000 people from Addis Ababa and Gondar, as part of our commitment to continuing the Aliyah of Jews to Israel,” Netanyahu tweeted.

Oct 10 06:12

Non-Aligned Movement Demands Israel Withdraw to 1967 Borders With Syria

Israel occupied about 1,200 sq km of Syria’s Golan Heights in 1967 after launching a surprise air attack against Damascus’s Egyptian allies and sparking the Six Day War in June of that year. In 1981, Tel Aviv formally annexed the territory. The UN condemned that decision as “null and void and without international legal effect.”

The 120 member-strong Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has issued a political declaration whose demands include Israel withdrawing from occupied Syrian territories in the Golan Heights.

Oct 09 04:57

Egypt vexed by Israel, UAE plans for 'rival Suez Canal'

Warming economic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates have forced a wedge between Abu Dhabi and ally Cairo amid talk of plans to build a rival Suez Canal.

Around 10 percent of the global trade volume passes through Egypt's Suez Canal, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

The Suez Canal has remained a vital lifeline for the Egyptian economy during the Covid-19 pandemic, with maritime traffic and revenues actually having risen in the first four months of 2020 before taking a dip in the second quarter.

A burgeoning economic partnership between Israel and the UAE could threaten Egypt's important role in global trade, however.

Oct 08 12:21

Israeli PM's wife, Sara Netanyahu may have violated lockdown with haircut

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife may have violated the country's coronavirus lockdown by inviting a hairdresser into the official residence last week to prepare her for a public service video advocating the wearing of masks.

The Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported that Sara Netanyahu had a hairdresser visit on the eve of the festive Sukkot holiday. Hair salons and barber shops are closed as part of a nationwide lockdown imposed last month, and people have been ordered to remain within 1,000 meters (yards) of home except for essential activities.

The Netanyahus have long been criticized for enjoying a lavish lifestyle out of the reach of most Israelis. Sara has been fined thousands of dollars over the years for using public money for her own extravagant tastes and for abusive behavior toward her personal staff.

Oct 08 06:42

As Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Expands, Israel-Azerbaijan Arms Trade Thrives

Ben­­-Gurion Airport is quiet with civilian flights almost at a standstill. However, cargo flights on the Azerbaijan route have been very busy over the last two weeks. The high number of flights is a direct result of the renewal of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. No fewer than four Ilyushin­­-76 planes, operated by the Azeri cargo airline Silk Way, which serves the Azeri defense ministry, have touched down and taken off from the Uvda air base in southern Israel – two, before the outbreak of fighting, and two, afterwards. According to flight regulations, that is the only airport from which planes loaded with explosive material are allowed to take off.

Oct 08 06:40

How rivals Turkey, Israel and Pakistan ended up siding with Azerbaijan

Having clashed once again over decades-old claims in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the brink of war.

The South Caucasus region had previously experienced flare-ups of violence in 2014 and 2016, with the last having been in July this year.

Various countries are embroiled in the latest escalation, with Russia, Iran and India more inclined towards Armenia, while Turkey, Israel and Pakistan are siding with Azerbaijan.

Announcing support for Baku as soon as hostilities broke out, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue the struggle until the end of the Karabakh occupation, declaring that "Turkey stands with and will continue to stand with friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all our means and all our heart."

Oct 08 05:51

Bibi’s tycoon ally threatens to use Mossad connections for business

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tycoon ally James Packer has admitted to threatening to use Mossad connections against a business associate if he did not comply with the billionaire’s wishes.

In a report on Tuesday carried by multiple Australian media publications, it was said that Packer had demanded from an unidentified business associate to invest $1.5 billion in his Crown casino concern in order to privatize it.

Oct 07 07:07

Pro-Israel groups audition Dems seeking top congressional foreign policy seat

The three U.S. House of Representatives Democrats seeking the influential chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs Committee are meeting with donors and staff of pro-Israel groups and asking them to lobby the party leadership.

Reps. Brad Sherman of California, Gregory Meeks of New York and Joaquin Castro of Texas have or will soon have Zoom meetings with the Democratic Majority for Israel, a group that embraces pro-Israel policies close to the establishment pro-Israel community, as well as with J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group.

Eliot Engel of New York, the current committee chairman, was defeated in a primary this summer by a progressive, Jamaal Bowman. Engel is seen as one of the most reliable pro-Israel voices in Congress and opposed the Iran deal. Whoever replaces him will face growing calls from the party’s left-wing to put more pressure on Israel when it comes to reaching a two-state agreement with the Palestinians.

Oct 07 07:06

WATCH: Pro-Israel group airs ad for Biden in Florida & battleground states

The Democratic Majority For Israel PAC has announced that it’s airing this 30-second ad for Vice President Joe Biden, starting in Florida, and then in other battleground states across the country. DMFI says the ad is “targeted to pro-Israel voters.”

Oct 07 07:03

UK pro-Israel lobby welcomes racist ambassador

Israel’s incoming ambassador to the UK arrived last week and was welcomed by the pro-Israel lobby.

A former senior government minister with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling hard-right Likud Party, Tzipi Hotovely is a religious extremist and open anti-Palestinian racist.

Oct 07 07:03

Human rights defenders sue German parliament over anti-BDS resolution

Three human rights defenders are mounting a court challenge to the German parliament’s resolution condemning BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

The BDS supporters are suing the German parliament for violation of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Based on the widely criticized IHRA definition that is promoted by Israel and its lobby, the resolution passed by the Bundestag in May 2019 smears BDS activism as anti-Semitic.

The IHRA definition deliberately conflates criticism of Israel’s anti-Palestinian policies and Zionist state ideology, on the one hand, with anti-Jewish bigotry, on the other.

Oct 07 06:52

WATCH police engage in brawl as hundreds of protesters vent anger at Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

Israelis flocked to the streets to decry the government's ban on mass demonstrations, which they see as a distraction from PM Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial. The noisy gathering ended up in scuffles with police.

The crowd, numbering hundreds, amassed in Tel Aviv when night fell on Tuesday, carrying homemade placards that demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Others were seen waving flags and chanting slogans in unison.

At some point, the demonstration became chaotic although police began to get things under control. Officers – some armed, some wearing riot gear – didn't deploy any crowd control measures but used their hands to push protesters away.

Demonstrators flocked to the streets in defiance of new measures passed last week, which prohibit Israelis from traveling more than a kilometer from where they live to protest – and limit rallies to socially-distanced groups of up to 20 people.

Oct 06 12:23

Israel lobby pressures Univ of Toronto to rescind scholar hire

The University of Toronto has allegedly rescinded a job offer to a prominent human rights scholar after a sitting Canadian tax court judge complained about her research on Palestinian rights.

Oct 06 10:30

Facing down Israel's stooges at the heart of UK Parliament

Stuart Littlewood highlights the deep flaws and astounding hypocrisy of Israel’s stooges in the British Parliament, and of the spineless, time-serving church leaders, who are blind – or have blinded themselves – to Israel’s criminal oppression and persecution of the Palestinians – Christians and Muslims.>>

Oct 06 08:15

WATCH: Israel and the World Refugee Crisis

26 million people worldwide have fled to other countries as refugees, more than half of whom are under the age of 18. We are now witnessing the highest levels of forced displacement on record, and it’s happening at an alarmingly increasing rate, putting pressure on countries like ours to absorb refugees.

There is no question immigration is a divisive topic. Yet, almost no one discusses what’s driving this crisis. This 3-minute video by If Americans Knew describes a major factor.

Oct 06 08:14

Israel constantly meddled in Yemen’s internal affairs under slain dictator: Army spokesman

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, says Israel constantly intervened in the internal affairs of the Arab country during the reign of slain dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Speaking at a press conference broadcast live from the capital Sana’a on Sunday evening, Saree highlighted that the Yemeni nation is confronting a Saudi-led military aggression, which seeks to accomplish the desired objectives of the Tel Aviv regime.

“Yemen has long been at the main target of US-Israeli plots and the ongoing onslaught clearly proves this. The Armed Forces call upon Yemenis from all walks of life to raise their awareness about the real intentions of foreigners. Our struggle is nothing but a fateful battle for liberation and independence,” he said.

Oct 06 08:12

Pure Friendship or Vested Interest? Israel-Azerbaijan Relations Explained

Armenia decided to recall its ambassador to Israel following allegations that the Jewish state has supplied Azerbaijan with advanced weapons and provided military support to Baku as escalations over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted again.

Israel officially maintains neutrality over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority region that is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has enjoyed de facto independence from Baku for decades.

The region remains at the heart of a raging conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, who have been engaged in a fresh round of hostilities since last Sunday, accusing each other of carrying out provocations along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Oct 06 07:28

Worshiping the state of Israel on Yom Kippur, in a leading NY synagogue

From time to time we try to cover the injection of pro-Israel messaging into American Jewish worship, and here is a prime example. Park Avenue Synagogue is a prominent conservative synagogue in New York; and on Yom Kippur a week ago the rabbi offered a mini-sermon about his son’s proud service in the Israel Defense Forces, saying it shows that Israel is the true Jewish home. He then had the (virtual) congregation stand for Israel’s national anthem.

“There is no mistaking it: Zionism is the synagogue’s core value that takes over at a key moment in the Yom Kippur service,” says the religious friend who pointed the incident out to me.

Rabbi Neil Zuckerman breaks into the liturgy [at 2:32:00 of the Yom Kippur service] to explain the meaning of the Jewish exile. Then he tells of his son joining the Israeli army.

Oct 06 07:27

When will the word ‘Palestine’ be allowed on Canadian airwaves?

On August 18, 2020, renowned cartoonist Joe Sacco was interviewed by Canadian public radio host Duncan McCue, who is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, for his program The Current, which is produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The two discussed colonization, resource extraction, and Sacco’s latest graphic novel Paying the Land, about the Dene people of Canada’s Northwest Territories. All seemed kosher until the editors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) determined that they must scrub the word “Palestine” from the official transcript of the show and from future broadcasts.

When the show aired that same day, three hours later on the West Coast and in the published transcript of the show, McCue introduced Sacco’s art simply by saying “your work in conflict zones, Bosnia, Iraq.” The word “Palestine” had been cut.

Already concerning — but there’s more.

Oct 06 07:25

The Zionist dream has become a nightmare

The future of Israel is hanging in the balance as the number of immigrants has dropped by more than a third, according to the latest statistics. While the coronavirus pandemic is being blamed for this, stories of a broken economy and general decline in living standards are thought to be behind the decrease.

Figures released by the Jewish Agency between January and April show that 6,368 immigrants arrived in Israel, which represents a drop of 36 per cent on the same period last year. April alone saw a record low influx of immigrants for any month, just 350 people, down a staggering 86 per cent from April 2019.

Popular British-born blogger Yoni Leviatan, who moved to Israel in 2009 after spending most of his life in America, believes that Israel could be in decline and is urging “a million American Jews” to follow him and move in order to salvage the Zionist dream. “Israel is teetering,” he says in his latest blog. “The societal walls are crumbling along with the economy.”

Oct 06 07:20

U.S. Envoy David Friedman: A Biden Win Is Bad for Israel, Arab allies

U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, on Sunday warned a Joe Biden victory would have serious consequences for Israel and the Gulf states, especially with regards to Iran.

Iran was the “most consequential issue of the election,” Friedman told the United Arab Emirates-based media outlet Al Ain News.

Oct 06 07:09

Netanyahu’s Dirty Laundry Tells All

Staff in Washington D.C.’s Blair House, where the U.S. president houses his V.I.P. foreign guests, report that they have begun counting towels and robes after visitors depart. Soap and shampoo resupply is also being closely monitored and a metal detector has been installed in the downstairs breakfast room to prevent silverware losses. The heightened security comes in the wake of revelations regarding the all-too-frequent visits by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been accused of regularly arriving at Blair House with multiple suitcases and bags containing many months’ worth of his dirty laundry, all of which he has washed, dry cleaned and pressed at U.S. taxpayer expense. While most visitors choose to deal with their soiled linen as a private matter, Bibi evidently is quite happy to have his washed for him in Washington.

Oct 06 06:52

Ultra-Orthodox violently clash with police at funeral of hassidic rebbe

Violent confrontations broke out between police and the ultra-Orthodox community on Monday, this time at a funeral procession in Ashdod for the grand rabbi of the Pittsburgh hassidic group Rabbi Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer.

The hassidic rebbe died Monday night aged 64 from COVID-19.

Oct 06 06:38


Recall that following last month’s historic UAE-Israeli peace deal, which marked the first time in history Israel inked a peace deal to open formal diplomatic relations with an Arab gulf state, Iran angrily reacted by telling UAE it’s “now made itself a target” in response to any future Israeli aggression.

Iran interpreted the White House brokered agreement as yet more bolstering of what was already an increasing Gulf Sunni and Israeli alliance to break the so-called ‘Shia crescent’ – which is largely what regime change efforts targeting Syria’s Assad were all about.

It now appears Tehran is ready to heighten its own pressure campaign on its weaker but wealthier neighbor which sits just across the volatile Strait of Hormuz by pressing Iran’s claim over three small contested islands.

Oct 06 06:37

Bipartisan Bill Would Give Israel Veto Powers Over US Arms Sales

A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill in the House that would effectively give Israel the power to veto US arms sales to countries in the Middle East. Since the UAE and Israel agreed to normalize relations, a possible F-35 sale to Abu Dhabi has caused concern in Congress over Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME).

The QME is mandated by US law and means Washington will ensure Israel maintains military superiority over its neighbors. Currently, it is up to Congress to ensure Israel’s QME. The new bill would require Israel to be consulted before any arms sales are made that could jeopardize the QME.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL). In a press release, Rep. Schneider said the bill would “require the President to consult with the Israeli government to ensure QME concerns are settled” regarding arms sales to Middle Eastern countries.

Oct 06 06:37

Israel to Advance Plans for 4,400 New Settlement Homes

The Israeli body responsible for authorizing settlements is expected to advance plans for over 4,400 new settler homes. The Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee will meet next week to sign off on the final approval for around 2,500 settler units in the West Bank. The committee will begin early stages of approval for the other units.

It will be the first approval of settlements and meeting of the committee since February. There has been a de facto freeze of settlement construction due to the coronavirus pandemic and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failed attempt to annex portions of the West Bank. Despite the settlement freeze and the pandemic, Israel has demolished a record number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year.

Oct 06 06:13

“Israel’s Presence Near the Iranian Border Would Also Put Them in Direct Confrontation with Iran.” Dr. Javad Heirannia

Recently, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the “Abraham Accord” with Israel. More Arab countries are rumored to be willing to also sign an alliance with Israel. Analysts agree that the common perceived threat they share is Iran. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” is the glue which cements the once unthinkable alliances. In an effort to better understand the various issues between Iran, the US, Israel and the region, Steven Sahiounie of MidEastDiscourse reached out to Dr. Javad Heirannia, a Middle East expert and director of international relations at Tahlil Bazaar News Agency.

Oct 05 07:39

Israeli navy prepares for arrival of new upgraded warships

After a coronavirus-related delay, Israel’s navy is preparing for the long-awaited arrival of its next generation of missile boats — giving it a powerful new tool to defend its strategic natural gas industry from the threat of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

The first missile boat of “Project Magen” is scheduled to arrive by early December, with three more of the German-made corvettes scheduled to arrive over the next two years.

“It’s bigger. It’s newer. It’s faster. It’s better,” said Rear Adm. Eyal Harel, head of Israeli naval operations, during a rare tour of Israel’s offshore Leviathan gas field. A massive gas platform stood just a few hundred meters (yards) away.

Oct 05 07:16

Analysis | Netanyahu and Erdogan in Unlikely Alliance Against Iran in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Azerbaijani cargo planes landing at Israeli air force bases in the Negev are a relatively common sight, attesting to the extensive arms deals between the two countries. But the frequency of arrivals and timing of Ilyushin Il-76 freighters – two of which landed at Uvda last Thursday, just two days before a major escalation in the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, followed by two more on Tuesday and Wednesday – suggest both the preparation and replenishing of Azerbaijani forces for the latest bout of fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, now in its fourth day.

Oct 05 07:12

PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF attacks rendered 9 Palestinian civilians wounded in excessive use of force, including a child and a journalist in the West Bank. IOF also continued its policy of demolishing and destroying Palestinian houses and facilities for its settlement expansion schemes.

Oct 05 07:12

Jewish Soldiers and Civilians Looted Arab Neighbors' Property en Masse in '48. The Authorities Turned a Blind Eye

Refrigerators and caviar, champagne and carpets – a first-ever comprehensive study by historian Adam Raz reveals the extent to which Jews looted Arab property during the War of Independence, and explains why Ben-Gurion stated: ‘Most of the Jews are thieves’

Oct 05 07:11

Palestine condemns Israel’s plan to build 5,400 new settlement units – Middle East Monitor

The Palestine Authority (PA) condemned on Friday Israeli plans to build 5,400 new settlement units in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, a statement revealed.

The statement, which was issued by the PA’s Foreign Ministry, stated: “Expanding Jewish settlements is part of Israel’s unilateral moves to implement the US deal of the century and its plan to annex large parts of the West Bank.”

It added: “This disproves the Israeli claim that it has frozen settlement to enable its normalisation with Arab states, and reflects the systematic American and Israeli violations of international law and United Nations resolutions.”

This came after an Israeli radio station reported on Thursday evening that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed the approval of the construction of 5,400 units in the West Bank’s settlements.

Oct 05 06:23

Defending cops’ handling of protests, acting police chief vows to keep enforcing

Facing accusations of heavy-handed policing against protesters, acting Israel Police Chief Motti Cohen on Sunday defended the force’s actions at anti-Netanyahu demonstrations the day before and said police would continue to enforce the law.

His remarks drew condemnation from protest movement leaders, who accused the police of surrendering to the political leadership.

Oct 05 06:22

Thousands defy lockdown as they call for Netanyahu to resign

Thousands of Israelis have protested across the country for the 15th week in a row, flouting a new law meant to curb anti-government demonstrations during a coronavirus lockdown.

The street protests on Saturday and into Sunday, just three days after parliament approved an edict to limit the scope of such demonstrations, kept pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, as well as allegations of corruption, which he denies.

Oct 05 06:19

After criticism, IDF pulls troops from assisting police with lockdown

The military on Saturday said it was no longer loaning soldiers to the Israel Police to assist in the enforcement of the national lockdown, following internal concerns that the program was ineffective and external criticism over the use of troops to break up political protests.

The Israel Defense Forces said the troops currently involved in such police operations would return to their units in the coming days.

Oct 05 06:18

Columbia students voted overwhelmingly to divest from Israel, and president responds dismissively — Rashid Khalidi

Two days ago Columbia College undergraduates voted overwhelmingly to divest from companies that profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians under “apartheid” law. The university’s president Lee Bollinger promptly repudiated the vote saying it was a “complex” issue on which no campus consensus exists.

Speaking to the Arab Center Wednesday, Columbia history professor Rashid Khalidi said the vote, in a city that has the largest Jewish population in the world, was a remarkable sign of change. I called Khalidi, who is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, to elaborate.

Oct 05 05:46

Israeli police clash with Covid-19 lockdown-defying ultra-Orthodox Jews in Bnei Brak & Jerusalem

Violent clashes have erupted in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak and some areas of Jerusalem as authorities tried to enforce Covid-19 lockdown rules on ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities and break up ‘illegal’ prayer gatherings.

Hundreds of people in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak defied the latest ban on gatherings in enclosed spaces and restriction of outdoor prayers to groups of 20 or less on Sunday.

Oct 05 05:43

Israeli City to Be 'Shock-proofed' in Rockefeller Initiative

The Rockefeller Foundation in New York announced Wednesday that the Israeli city of Ashkelon will be one of the first 33 cities to be part of its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.

Oct 05 05:34

De-facto freeze broken, IDF to approve new West Bank settler homes

The Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria is set to approve and advance new homes in at least 25 West Bank settlements on October 14, thereby breaking the eight month de-facto freeze on such action.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged last week to convene the council, which last met in February, but a date and a schedule for the meeting was only posted on Sunday night.

Oct 04 07:56

38 anti-Netanyahu protesters arrested, several attacked

Numerous demonstrators left injured after being attacked by some opposing the protests • Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai was slightly injured during protests amid the havoc that ensued.

Oct 04 07:55

Azerbaijan uses Israeli LORA missile in conflict with Armenia - WATCH

A video shared from the clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region show Azerbaijani forces using an Israeli "LORA" missile to shell a bridge in Armenia, according to Channel 12 News.

Azerbaijan is currently fighting ethnic Armenian forces in the mountainous enclave after fighting broke out on Sunday between the two sides. The area is not recognized internationally as independent, and has been the subject of conflict since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Oct 04 07:54

Bipartisan bill would give Israel a veto on Middle East arms sales

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives would enhance protections for Israel’s qualitative military edge to include an effective Israeli veto on US arms sales to the Middle East.

The bill “would require the President to consult with the Israeli government to ensure [qualitative military edge] concerns are settled” when it comes to arms sales to Middle Eastern countries, said the news release Friday announcing its introduction the previous day. The release came from the office of the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill.

Oct 04 06:59

Partners in Crime: Are Abbas, Hamas and Israel United Against Palestinian Elections?

The Palestinian president is bluffing by saying he will be setting dates for legislative, presidential and national council elections, says a member of Fatah, adding that Abbas will never give up on his "absolute powers".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to set the dates for legislative, presidential and national council elections in the coming days, after representatives of all factions met in Istanbul at the end of September for reconciliation talks.

According to reports, the elections are supposed to take place within the next six months in the West Bank and Gaza but Dimitri Diliani, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Guard, who is critical of the President, says the vote is unlikely to happen, just as it didn't a year ago, when Abbas vowed to take Palestinians to the polls while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

Oct 04 06:59

Clashes, arrests & fines as Israelis hold multiple ‘socially-distanced’ rallies in defiance of lockdown measures (VIDEOS)

Dozens have been detained and fined as anti-government protesters held numerous smaller rallies in Israel in defiance of coronavirus lockdown measures that ban people from gathering more than 1km from home.
At least 38 activists were detained in Tel Aviv alone for “violating public order” and allegedly “attacking police officers,” according to the Times of Israel.

Oct 03 10:56

Armenia withdraws ambassador to Israel over Azerbaijan arms sales

Armenia has recalled its ambassador to Israel over the country's arms sales to Azerbaijan, as the two Caucasus countries continue to clash over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Protesting against the Israeli weapons exports on Thursday, Anna Naghdalyan, Armenia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, said: "Israel's workstyle is unacceptable. The ministry has to call back its ambassador in Israel."

Israel's foreign ministry said Armenia's decision to withdraw its ambassador was regrettable.

Oct 03 07:11

A pipeline built for Iran may turn Israel into a major crude oil transportation hub

Following the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, it is possible the UAE will make use of a crude oil pipeline originally built by Israel and pre-revolution Iran – and turn Israel into a major center for the transport of oil between regions, 246 Mag reports. In using the pipeline, the UAE could bypass transporting oil through the Suez Canal and save a great deal of money on shipping costs.

The Eilat-Ashkelon-Haifa oil pipeline was built in 1959, following the Suez Crisis of 1956. The pipeline was predominantly used to ship Iranian crude oil from Shah-era Iran to Europe, avoiding the Egypt-controlled Suez Canal. The transfer of oil from Iran to Europe through Israel was terminated after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, 246 Mag reports.

Oct 02 07:19

Anti-Defamation League Circulates Petition Urging Jews to Denounce Trump

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is circulating a petition among Jewish organizations urging them to criticize President Donald Trump for failing to denounce white supremacy during the first presidential debate on Tuesday — though he did so then, and has done so, often, before.

Oct 02 07:10


Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Tuesday that there was “no way” the country’s second nationwide coronavirus lockdown would be lifted after three weeks as originally planned. Israelis are going to be on house arrest for the foreseeable future.

Israel imposed its second lockdown on September 18 after the coronavirus infection rate soared. It was originally scheduled to end on October 10, however, “the authorities” insist on keeping people locked up with no freedom for as long as possible. On Friday, the totalitarian measures were tightened further after the initial eight days of house arrest failed to bring down the world’s highest infection rate per capita.

Israel has closed schools and cultural events and the lockdown has closed the vast majority of workplaces, markets, and places of worship, according to a report by Medical Express.

Oct 02 06:44

Students at two universities just voted to divest from Israel

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Columbia University have both passed historic resolutions calling for divestment from Israel.

Last week, the Illinois Student Government passed a resolution calling for the school to divest from transnational companies that contribute to the American and Israeli military, prisons, police forces, or ICE. The resolution was first brought to the student government in February, but was originally vetoed.

Oct 02 06:44

Promoting Zionism is not ‘education to end hate’

Last week, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced a new initiative, “Education to End Hate.” “Our country is facing two pandemics: coronavirus and hate,” he said. “It’s time to double down on our efforts to combat all forms of hate, bias and bigotry.” He contrasted his new initiative with President Trump’s attacks on the 1619 Project Curriculum, classroom materials developed by the New York Times that investigate how slavery has shaped America. As a result, Thurmond got great press for standing up for anti-racist, anti-bias education.

Oct 02 06:43

Dangerous Sainthood: How the Rabin cult undermined the peace camp

A couple of days ago, Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez delivered a sharp shock to the remnants of the Liberal Zionist camp: She announced her withdrawal from a memorial to Yizhak Rabin. The reactions were angry, sometimes hateful, but mostly they had a distinct whiff of sacrilege about them.

Because that’s precisely what it was: Contempt of the cult of a saint. I’ll try to touch on the relevant history briefly, and then devote more space to the cult and damage it caused.

Oct 02 06:42

The Leahy Laws: Why Biden’s Promise to Israel Is Illegal

While co-hosting an interview on the Palestine Chronicle, I asked Dr. Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, about his thoughts on Kamala Harris’ promise to maintain unconditional aid to Israel.

"I am disappointed of course by the Harris-Biden positions on Israel. I would have hoped for something closer to what Bernie Sanders was saying as a way of shifting the policies closer to what I think a majority of American people would support and want." Dr. Falk stated. "Again, it illustrates this disparity between the will of the people and the will of the governing elites…I don’t think we can be very hopeful. Possibly on the annexation issue…but I am not very optimistic that there will be any changes."

Once again, this presidential election cycle has given American voters once again a choice: the lesser of two evils.

Oct 01 10:30

'War To Come': Israel Exposes Iran-Linked Missile Sites As Iran Readies 'Final Battle'

The Israel Defense Forces revealed two alleged Hezbollah missile production sites in Beirut Tuesday night, on top of another one Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed to reveal during an address to the United Nations earlier that night.

IDF claims, all three sites are tied to the precision-guided missile project the terror group have been trying to make for the past couple of years, an effort to convert its massive arsenal of simple rockets into highly accurate missiles, which will greatly challenge the Israeli’s air defense and could be a game changer between the two rivals.

Oct 01 10:05

Analysis | Netanyahu and Erdogan in Unlikely Alliance Against Iran in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Azerbaijani cargo planes landing at Israeli air force bases in the Negev are a relatively common sight, attesting to the extensive arms deals between the two countries. But the frequency of arrivals and timing of Ilyushin Il-76 freighters – two of which landed at Uvda last Thursday, just two days before a major escalation in the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, followed by two more on Tuesday and Wednesday – suggest both the preparation and replenishing of Azerbaijani forces for the latest bout of fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, now in its fourth day.

Oct 01 09:45

Israel Is Sending Weapons to Azerbaijan as Fight With Armenia Continues

Israeli arms are fueling Azerbaijan’s fighting with Armenia in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Hikmet Hajiyev, assistant to the president of Azerbaijan, told Israeli media that the Azeri military has been using Israeli-made attack drones in the recent violence.

Israel and Azerbaijan are major trading partners. The two countries have signed defense agreements together, and it is believed that Israel provides the Azeri military with 60 percent of its weapons. Israel also gets a large amount of its oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan. Azeri cargo planes have been recently spotted at an air force base in southern Israel.

Oct 01 09:40

Israel makes hundreds of Palestinians homeless during pandemic

Israel has made hundreds more Palestinians homeless during the pandemic.

Since March, when the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have demolished or confiscated almost 400 Palestinian structures.

That’s almost 65 per month – the highest average in four years.

So far this year, Israel has forcibly displaced about 700 Palestinians – most of them during the pandemic and half of them children.

In August alone, Israel forced more than 200 Palestinians into homelessness.

Oct 01 09:39

US Army receives 1st of 2 Iron Dome batteries, unlikely to buy more

The United States received its first of two Iron Dome batteries from Israel on Wednesday just over a year after signing a purchase agreement, the Defense Ministry said, though the American military will likely not buy additional systems going forward.

“These batteries will be employed in the defense of US troops against a variety of ballistic and aerial threats,” the ministry said.

Sep 30 12:15

BDS win: Columbia University votes to boycott Israeli companies

The pro-Palestine Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement recorded yet another win on Tuesday after Columbia University voted in favour of boycotting Israeli companies complicit in violence against Palestinans.

The university’s student body voted 61% in favour of divesting from companies that are complicit with Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
Some 27% of students rejected and 11% abstained, according to figures, JNS reported.

Sep 30 07:28

French Writer Hervé Ryssen Jailed for Criticizing Jews

The French identitarian writer and critic of Jewish power Hervé Ryssen was jailed on 18 September after having been found guilty of hate speech on three occasions. He has exhausted his right to appeal. He faces 17 months in jail and potentially more as he has other trials awaiting him.

Ryssen was found guilty of “insult, provocation, and public defamation due to origin, ethnicity, nationality, race, or religion.” In 2016, he was sentenced to 5 months in jail for passages in his books Understanding Judaism, Understanding Anti-Semitism. In 2017, he was sentenced to 6 months in jail for “anti-Semitic messages” on Twitter and Facebook.

Sep 30 07:26

Incoming ambassador to UK called for “expanding” Israel’s borders

Israel’s incoming ambassador to the UK has called for “expanding” Israel into neighbouring Arab countries, a video of an old speech shows.

In it, Tzipi Hotovely expressed her preference for right-wing Zionist anthem “Two Banks to the Jordan,” a Hebrew song which in 1929 laid claim to the entirety of Palestine and what became the state of Jordan.

Having earlier in the speech criticized some Israeli politicians for the “mentality that doesn’t look 20 years ahead,” she articulated her vision for what she has called Greater Israel.

She explained in the speech: “We must not settle for preserving what exists. We must always look forward and ask ourselves: What do we want for the next generation? Do we want to see our enemies continuing the Islamic revolution on our eastern frontline? Or do we want to see the state of Israel expanding?”