New Film Reveals History and Consequences of Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land: Interview with Shimon Dotan
- ‘The Settlers’: Sundance Review
- Sundance documentary looks at Israelis in West Bank
- At Sundance, ‘The Settlers’ trains lens on movement’s extremist fringe
- Ending Reported ‘Freeze,’ Israel Approves More Settlement Expansion
- U.S. Donors Gave Settlements More Than $220 Million in Tax-exempt Funds Over Five Years
- Netanyahu Demands International Endorsement of Settlement Expansion
- Yitzhak Rabin in 1976 Interview: Settlements Are a Cancer
- Photo Essay: Life in the West Bank Settlements
- Maps: West Bank Settlements and Checkpoints
- The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin – Wikipedia
- Israeli settlement – Wikipedia
Ex-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert Sentenced in Bribery Scandal But Remains Popular: Interview with Shir Hever
Jessica Desvarieux talks to Shir Hever, an economist from the Alternative Research Center. Hever explains why the majority of Israeli society remain in strong support of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert despite his being sentenced to 18 months in jail for bribery. (The Real News)
Afshin Rattansi talks to Jeff Halper, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and the author of a new book: War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification. Halper gets into how Israel uses its military might to influence some of the most powerful countries in the world and how Britain helped lay the legal framework for the demolishment of homes in Palestine. (Going Underground)
- Jeff Halper on his new book: War Against the People
- Jeff Halper: The Global Pacification Industry
- Interview with Max Blumenthal One Year After Israel’s Gaza War
- Breaking the last taboo – Gaza and the threat of world war
- Defense Industry: The Business of War in Israel
- For Israeli Arms Makers, Gaza War Is a Cash Cow
- Palestine Is Still The Issue (2002 Documentary)
“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australia, in this epic crime.
The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.
When Nelson Mandela called the struggle of Palestine “the greatest moral issue of our time”, he spoke on behalf of true civilisation, not that which empires invent. In Latin America, the governments of Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, El Salvador, Peru and Ecuador have made their stand on Gaza. Each of these countries has known its own dark silence when immunity for mass murder was sponsored by the same godfather in Washington that answered the cries of children in Gaza with more ammunition to kill them.
Unlike Netanyahu and his killers, Washington’s pet fascists in Latin America didn’t concern themselves with moral window dressing. They simply murdered, and left the bodies on rubbish dumps. For Zionism, the goal is the same: to dispossess and ultimately destroy an entire human society: a truth that 225 Holocaust survivors and their descendants have compared with the genesis of genocide.
A new United Nations report says Gaza could be “uninhabitable” in less than five years if current economic trends continue.
The report released Tuesday by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development points to the eight years of economic blockade of Gaza as well as the three wars between Israel and the Palestinians there over the past six years.
Last year’s war displaced half a million people and left parts of Gaza destroyed.
The war “has effectively eliminated what was left of the middle class, sending almost all of the population into destitution and dependence on international humanitarian aid,” the new report says.
‘“A fourth operation in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, just as a third Lebanon war is inevitable,” declared Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in February. His ominous comments came just days after an anti-tank missile fired by the Lebanon-based guerrilla group Hezbollah killed two soldiers in an Israeli army convoy. It, in turn, was a response to an Israeli air strike that resulted in the assassination of several high-ranking Hezbollah figures.
Lieberman offered his prediction only four months after his government concluded Operation Protective Edge, the third war between Israel and the armed factions of the Gaza Strip, which had managed to reduce about 20% of besieged Gaza to an apocalyptic moonscape. Even before the assault was launched, Gaza was a warehouse for surplus humanity — a 360-square-kilometer ghetto of Palestinian refugees expelled by and excluded from the self-proclaimed Jewish state. For this population, whose members are mostly under the age of 18, the violence has become a life ritual that repeats every year or two. As the first anniversary of Protective Edge passes, Lieberman’s unsettling prophecy appears increasingly likely to come true. Indeed, odds are that the months of relative “quiet” that followed his statement will prove nothing more than an interregnum between Israel’s ever more devastating military escalations.
Three years ago, the United Nations issued a report predicting that the Gaza Strip would be uninhabitable by 2020. Thanks to Israel’s recent attack, this warning appears to have arrived sooner than expected. Fewof the 18,000 homes the Israeli military destroyed in Gaza have been rebuilt. Few of the more than 400 businesses and shops damaged or leveled during that war have been repaired. Thousands of government employees have not received a salary for more than a year and are working for free. Electricity remains desperately limited, sometimes to only four hours a day. The coastal enclave’s borders are consistently closed. Its population is trapped, traumatized, and descending ever deeper into despair, with suicide rates skyrocketing.’
- Gaza in 2020: A liveable place?
- On the One-Year Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on Gaza: An Interview with Max Blumenthal
- Israeli defense minister promises to kill more civilians and threatens to nuke Iran
- Rights organizations losing Gaza battle against Hamas teen recruitment camps
- Suicide rates on rise in Gaza
- War on Gaza: A promise Israeli politicians can keep
- Politicide in Gaza: How Israel’s Far Right Won the War
- The Lab: New Film Exposes the Israeli Weapons and Security Industry
- The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel’s Intentional Mass Slaughter in Gaza
- Under cover of reconstruction, UN and PA become enforcers of Israel’s Gaza siege
- International Community Promises to Rebuild Gaza… with Sweat Shops to Exploit Palestinian Workers
- Gruesome Tales Surface of Israeli Massacres Against Families in Gaza Neighborhood
- Over 90% of Jewish Israelis say Gaza op justified
- Israeli lawmaker’s call for genocide of Palestinians gets thousands of Facebook likes
- With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn ‘Gaza into Ramallah’
- Report: Hamas offers Israel 10 conditions for a 10 year truce
- ‘Wars on Gaza have become part of Israel’s system of governance’: Interview with Yotam Feldman
- Lieberman: Third Lebanon war is inevitable
- Forbes ranks Israel’s wealthiest politicians
‘Israeli forces are choking, beating, and abusing Palestinian children as young as 11, arresting and coercing them into confessions without granting them access to lawyers or even informing their parents of their whereabouts, a new investigation from Human Rights Watch reveals.
The findings are contained in a report—Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian Children—based on interviews with six children between the ages of 11 and 15, and corroborated by witness testimony and video evidence. All of the children were accused of throwing rocks between March and December 2014—a common charge that can lead to decades in prison.
“Israel has been on notice for years that its security forces are abusing Palestinian children’s rights in occupied territory, but the problems continue,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for HRW. “These are not difficult abuses to end if the Israeli government were serious about doing so.”‘
‘In the summer of 2014, our screens were inundated with videos of the carnage from the streets of Gaza. The European media was outraged, and the sense of moral urgency was amplified across social media. Similar outrage greeted the destruction of UNESCO heritage sites in both Iraq and Syria with the condemnation of Islamic State’s barbarism reaching a crescendo when it overtook Syria’s majestic city of Palmyra.
Compare this coverage to the almost universal silence on the ongoing war in Yemen, which is largely absent from our TV screens, Facebook and Twitter trending topics sections and the front pages of broadsheet papers.
Admittedly, the Yemen conflict is a complicated matter, where the Saudi “bad guys” in the northern half of the country are looked upon as potential saviours in the southern half. The war includes a number of factions, and provides no easy narratives for the casual news watcher to follow.
Of course, neither the Israeli-Palestinian conflict nor the Islamic State’s onslaught are simple matters, but the Western media has plenty of simplified narratives and stereotypes at its disposal to structure its coverage. And crucially, the media coverage of both Israel-Palestine and Islamic State is loud and clear in its condemnation of the human cost, both civilian and cultural.
So it may come as a surprise to learn the the damage inflicted upon Yemen and Yemenis since March 2015, when the Houthi rebels’ march toward Aden was met with a massive Saudi-led offensive, has already claimed more casualties than the last Israeli offensive in Gaza and has destroyed parts of a UNESCO world heritage site. Worse yet, it shows no signs of stopping.’
- Yemen: “Everything is collapsing”
- Yemen’s Peace Talks Stay Dysfunctional, While Civilian Death Toll Keeps Rising
- U.S. Aid to Yemen Has Been Rotting Away in Virginia Warehouse for 8 Years
- UN launches fresh Yemen aid appeal as WHO confirms dengue fever outbreak
- Saudi-led naval blockade leaves 20 million Yemenis facing humanitarian disaster
- Yemen: ‘A family destroyed’ by air strikes
- Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used Cluster Munitions
- UN: Strikes on Yemen’s Saada breach international law
- Humanitarian crisis of immense magnitude looms in Yemen
- As battle for Aden rages, Yemen is set for a messy and violent future
- Yemen conflict: Guns but no drugs in Yemen hospital
- Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
‘One year ago today, Israel invaded, bombed and shelled Gaza, and continued to do that for the next seven weeks. According to the U.N., at least 2,104 Gazans were killed — 1,462 of whom (69 percent) were civilians, including 495 children. A total of 6 Israeli civilians, and 66 soldiers, were killed. The shockingly high civilian death rate in Gaza included the now-iconic imagery of four young boys from the same family being killed by Israeli warships while they played on a beach in front of a hotel filled with foreign journalists.
Months after the attack concluded, U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza and labeled the destruction “beyond description,” far worse than prior Israeli attacks. At least 17,000 homes “were obliterated or severely damaged during the conflict,” and it will take two decades to rebuild them; that means that “nearly 60,000 people have lost their homes.” On countless occasions, entire large families of Gazans were instantly extinguished by Israeli violence. Because the population of Gaza is so young — 43 percent are under the age of 15, while 64 percent are under the age of 24 — the majority of its residents know little beyond extreme suffering, carnage, violence and war.
As harrowing as that data is, it tells only a small part of the story. Statistics like these have an abstract property to them: cold and clinical. Viewing the devastation of Gaza through their lens can have a distancing effect. They erase the most affecting facts: the stories of human suffering and devastation caused by this attack, the sadism and savagery that drove it.’
- Gaza, one year on: The body is tired, but our spirit is strong
- Gaza Remains in Ruins a Year After Deadly Israeli Assault: Interview with Mohammed Omer
- Gaza, one year on: Going Underground Interview with Mohammed Omer
- Amnesty launches online tool documenting Israeli strikes on Gaza
- Gaza one year on: Jon Snow finds the wreckage remains
- Gaza one year on: a city scarred by war
‘As Gaza marks one year since the launch of Israel’s devastating 50-day assault, it remains in a state of crisis. The assault killed 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 children. On the Israeli side, 73 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers. A year later, none of the 12,000 homes destroyed in Gaza have been rebuilt, in part due to the ongoing Israeli blockade. The World Bank is warning the Gaza economy is on the verge of collapse. Overall unemployment now stands at 43 percent — the highest in the world. We speak with Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer, author of “Shell-Shocked: On the Ground Under Israel’s Gaza Assault.”‘ (Democracy Now!)
- Gaza, one year on: The body is tired, but our spirit is strong
- Gaza, one year on: Going Underground Interview with Mohammed Omer
- Israel Attacked Gaza One Year Ago Today: Interview with Max Blumenthal
- Amnesty launches online tool documenting Israeli strikes on Gaza
- Gaza one year on: Jon Snow finds the wreckage remains
- Gaza one year on: a city scarred by war
- One year after the war, Gaza’s homeless are suffering
- UNRWA Says The Situation In Gaza Is Worse Than Last Year
- Gaza One Year After The War, A City In Ruins
- Hamas Marks 1st Anniversary Of Israel’s 50 Day War On Gaza
- Children in Gaza struggle with ‘constant fear’
- Gaza families displaced by Israeli invasion still homeless
‘Gaza reconstruction is moving at a “snail’s pace” and at this rate, it would likely take 30 years to rebuild the extensive damage from last summer’s Israel-Hamas war, a senior UN official said. Roberto Valent, the incoming area chief of a UN agency involved in reconstruction, blamed the delays on the slow flow of promised foreign aid and continued Israeli curbs on the entry of building material to Gaza.
Speaking in the Gaza City office of the UN Development Programme, he said his tour of destroyed neighbourhoods this week was “very, very disheartening”.
Israel and Egypt have severely restricted access to Gaza since the militant Hamas seized the territory in 2007.
After last year’s 50-day war, Israel allowed the import of some cement and steel under UN supervision to ensure the materials would not be diverted by Hamas for military use.
Mr Valent said on Wednesday that the system is too slow and Israel must open Gaza’s borders to allow for the speedy rebuilding or repair of 141,000 homes he said suffered minor to severe damage or were destroyed.’
- UN Report: Israel Committed Unprecedented Devastation and Killings in 2014 Gaza War
- Israel’s Ravagement Of Gaza
- ‘People are losing hope’ – Gaza’s slow recovery from the war
- Gaza’s unemployment rate highest in world, World Bank says
- World Bank: Gaza facing ‘dangerous fiscal crisis’
- Egypt reports 521 tunnel openings destroyed on Gaza border
- Israel doubles water supplies to Gaza
- Gaza: Children in crisis
- How Israel’s war on Gaza blitzed 17,000 jobs
- ‘Gaza Reconstruction Could Take 30 Years’
- Palestinians to Seek War Crimes Charges Against Israel at Hague Court
- US Slams Palestinians’ Israel War Crimes Suit
- UN Gaza Report: Five Palestinians’ Harrowing Stories From the Horror of the IDF Bombardment of 2014
- Israel’s Ravagement Of Gaza
- UN: Possible war crimes by both sides in Gaza
- UN Gaza War Crimes Report May Bolster Palestine’s ICC Case, Experts Say
- Head of UN Gaza Probe Tells Haaretz: Main Message Is Israel Can’t Drop One-Ton Bomb on a Neighborhood
- Gaza ‘war crimes’: Israeli spokesman Mark Regev responds to UN allegations
- UN report blasts Gaza war tactics Israel has defended
- Israel Furious that UN Report on Israel Mentions Israel So Much
- Israeli Officer: Attacking Gaza Medical Clinic ‘Boosted Morale’
- Israel Insists Only 56% of Those Killed in Gaza War Were Civilians
- Hamas blasts ‘unfair’ Amnesty report alleging war crimes in Gaza
- “Kill Anything”: Israeli Soldiers Say Gaza Atrocities Came from Orders for Indiscriminate Fire
‘In a revelation that’s getting a lot of play in the Israeli press but remarkably little in the United States, Secretary of State John Kerry is revealed to have been using his post to push Israel on issues of natural gas policy in ways which would have bolstered Noble Energy, a company which at the time he owned roughly $1 million in stock in.
Noble Energy and its partner Delek have been under intense pressure in Israel for having formed an effective monopoly on the nation’s natural gas, controlling the nation’s sole import facility as well as having a majority interest in its two large offshore gas fields, Tamar and Leviathan.
Israel’s antitrust commissioner had been pushing the government to move against the monopoly, which prompted Kerry to call Netanyahu and urge him to follow through on a plan to retroactively “forgive” the monopoly, telling Netanyahu it was important for Israel to have a “consistent regulatory environment.”’
- In Israel’s explosive natural gas debate, US interests may win out
- When it comes to natural gas, Netanyahu’s hatred of cartels melts
- John Kerry held up to $1m in Noble Energy stock
- Israel’s looming gas empire requires a final solution in Gaza
- Nafeez Ahmed Censored By The Guardian For Writing About Israel’s War For Gaza’s Gas
- Is the Control of Gaza’s Offshore Gas Reserves a Factor in Israeli Military Operations?
- Israeli-U.S. energy partnership agrees to export natural gas to Jordan
- Gaza: Israel’s $4 billion gas grab
- IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis
- Israel’s War for Gaza’s Gas
- Leviathan gas field – Wikipedia
- Tamar gas field – Wikipedia
Israeli Report Finds 2014 Gaza War “Lawful” and “Legitimate” Ahead of Critical U.N. Investigation: Interview with Yousef Munayyer and Gideon Levy
‘The Israeli government has released a report that concludes its military actions in the 2014 war in Gaza were “lawful” and “legitimate.” The findings come ahead of what is expected to be a critical United Nations investigation into the 50-day conflict that Israel has dismissed as biased and refused to cooperate with. More than 2,200 Palestinians died in what was called “Operation Protective Edge,” the vast majority civilians. On Israel’s side, 73 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers. In its report, Israel says it made “substantial efforts” to avoid civilian deaths, insisting Hamas was to blame for the high number of civilian casualties and accusing Hamas militants of disguising themselves as civilians and of converting civilian buildings into military centers. We are joined by Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the former executive director of The Jerusalem Fund. We also go to Tel Aviv to speak with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist, whose latest piece is “Israel washed itself clean of Gaza’s dead beach children.”‘ (Democracy Now!)
- Israeli military kills Palestinian kids, United Nations whitewashes it
- Israel washed itself clean of Gaza’s dead beach children
- On the Most Moral Army In the World (Sic) Washing Itself Clean of Dead Children, Again
- Israel Accused of ‘War Crime’ Over Bulldozing of Palestinian Olive Groves
- Netanyahu: UN Inquiry Commission’s Report on 2014 Gaza War Is ‘Waste of Time’
- Israel Insists Only 56% of Those Killed in Gaza Were Civilians
- Israel Issues Its Own Gaza War Report, Pre-Empting UN Inquiry
- Israel Defends Gaza Conflict as ‘Moral War’
- Israel ‘Exceeded Legal Standards’ in Gaza Conflict, Military Group Tells UN
‘In what’s been described as the largest scandal in modern sports history, nine high-ranking soccer officials, including two current vice presidents of soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, were indicted along with five sports marketing executives on federal corruption charges by the U.S. Justice Department. Among those arrested in connection with the probe is Jack Warner, former vice president of FIFA, who is accused of taking a $10 million bribe to cast his ballot for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. Despite the arrests, FIFA is holding an election today to pick the next president of the organization. FIFA President Sepp Blatter is seeking re-election for the post he has held since 1998. Many commentators have predicted he will be re-elected, though some nations, including the United States, have vowed to vote against him. We speak to sportswriter Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff, former professional soccer player who represented the U.S. Olympic soccer team.’ (Democracy Now!)
- Sepp Blatter re-elected as Fifa president for fifth term
- The 12 people who ruined world football
- Congolese FIFA official claims Germany also paid for right to host World Cup 2006
- FIFA scandal: Jack Warner pictured dancing after leaving hospital with ‘exhaustion’
- Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner responds to corruption charges
- The shady world of FIFA’s Trinidad Jack
- A timeline of FIFA scandals under Blatter
- Crackdown on FIFA… Can the Banksters be Next? Interview with Mike Papantonio
- Corrupt FIFA Has Clinton Foundation Ties; World Cup Host Qatar Gave Millions
- Sepp Blatter Re-Elected Just In Time for the Women’s World Cup
- Documentaries: FIFA’s Dirty Secrets (2010) and Football’s Shame (2011)
‘Israelis were expecting some big news to come out of the annual FIFA Congress this week. But they probably weren’t expecting this.
[…] The allegations are damning, but frankly, they couldn’t have come at a better time for Israel. Until Wednesday, much of the coverage of the FIFA Congress surrounded whether delegates would vote to suspend Israel from world soccer.
The Palestinian Football Association is introducing the motion to suspend Israel, accusing it of unjustly restricting Palestinian soccer players’ freedom of movement and claiming that Israel’s West Bank settlement teams violate FIFA rules. Israeli officials have called the effort blatantly political and said that the Palestinians’ complaints all concern Israel’s security forces — not Israel’s soccer teams.
For Israel to be suspended, three quarters of delegates would need to approve the motion. If that were a long shot before, it’s even more unlikely now.’
- Palestinians complain to FIFA: Israel delays our soccer players at checkpoints
- The final straw: The real reason why Palestine wants Israel out of FIFA
- Palestinian soccer players tell FIFA Israel violates their ‘basic rights’
- Palestinians confident Fifa will ban Israel from world football
- Fifa president Sepp Blatter proposes Israel v Palestine ‘peace match’
‘The Israeli group Breaking the Silence issued a report this morning containing testimony from Israeli soldiers about the savagery and criminality committed by the Israeli military during the attack on Gaza last summer. The Independent has a good article describing the report’s findings: “The Israeli military deliberately pounded civilian areas in the Gaza Strip with incessant fire of inaccurate ordinance” and “was at best indifferent about casualties among the Palestinian population.” At best.
This should surprise nobody who paid any attention to the brutal Israeli destruction of Gaza or, for that matter, countless Israeli attacks before that. The U.N. has said that 7 out of 10 people killed by the Israelis were civilians, “including 1,462 civilians, among them 495 children and 253 women”;video of Israelis killing four Gazan boys as they played on a beach sickened anyone decent.
Nonetheless, reading the accounts from these Israeli soldiers is revolting and important in equal parts. It shines considerable light on the reality of what Israeli loyalists have long hailed as “the most moral army in the world,” one unfairly held to a difference standard that ignores their great “restraint.”’
- ‘Fire at every person you see’: Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians
- The U.N. says 7 in 10 Palestinians killed in Gaza were civilians. Israel disagrees.
- Gaza-Israel conflict: Four boys killed on beach by rocket fire
- When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more
Of the 2,220 Palestinians killed during Israel’s 51-day bombing campaign, at least 1,492 were civilians, including at least 547 children.
A total of 535 of those children were killed as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Moreover, 68 percent of children Israel killed in Gaza were under the age of twelve, according to the report.
An additional 3,374 children were injured, including over 1,000 who have been left with lifelong disabilities, many of which require medical care that is inaccessible in Gaza due to a crushing Israeli siege that has yet to be lifted. Another 373,000 children are suffering from deep trauma and require desperately needed psychosocial support that is severely lacking in the Gaza Strip.
As a matter of policy, Israel deliberately and indiscriminately targeted the very spaces where children are supposed to feel most secure. Such acts violate international law and amount to war crimes, according to the report.’
- Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Gaza’s Children
- International aid agencies call for sanctions on Israel over Gaza “stalemate”
- Sixty percent of global drone exports come from Israel
- High civilian death toll in Gaza house strikes
- Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields
- Probe of Gaza op’s ‘Black Friday’: Soldiers faced ‘unreasonable’ situation
- Israeli officer admits ordering lethal strike on own soldier during Gaza massacre
Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries, compared with 39 deaths and 3,964 injuries in 2013, according to the annual report (pdf) by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The conflict in Gaza in July and August was largely responsible for the dramatic increase in fatalities. It claimed the lives of 2,220 Gazans, of whom 1,492 were civilians, 605 militants and 123 unverified.’
- Israel’s election result: Netanyahu wins decisively
- Deep Wounds and Lingering Questions After Israel’s Bitter Race
- Obama snubs Binyamin Netanyahu and criticises Israel PM’s ‘divisive rhetoric’
- Netanyahu’s shock re-election leaves Israel’s pollsters red-faced
- Netanyahu Win Sets Stage for Far-Right Government
- Palestinians Better Off with Netanyahu: Interview with Ali Abunimah
- Netanyahu: No Palestinian State If I’m Reelected
- Netanyahu Vows Tens of Thousands of New Settlement Homes if Reelected
‘The rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted, aid agency Oxfam said on Thursday.
Gaza needs more than 800,000 truckloads of building materials to repair infrastructure damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, yet less than a quarter of one percent of the materials needed have entered Gaza in the last three months, Oxfam said.”
- Gaza donations fall way short of pledges
- Gaza resident: ‘Everyone has forgotten us’
- Banksy video takes aim at Gaza destruction
- The world has broken its promises about rebuilding Gaza – and the children will suffer
- Palestinian political stalemate is stalling Gaza rebuilding, says U.N. envoy
- Israel to use frozen Palestinian tax funds to offset PA electricity debt
- Quartet links rebuilding Gaza with ceding Palestinian rights
‘The Israel Defense Forces broke international law at least in some of the dozens of strikes it made against homes during the fighting in Gaza last summer, according to a report released this week by the human rights group B’Tselem.
[…] More than 70 percent of the people killed in 70 incidents examined by B’Tselem were non-combatants, according to the report, a copy of which was also given to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In these 70 strikes, 606 Palestinians were killed, B’Tselem says, including 93 children under age 5, 129 children ages 5 to 14, and 42 teens, ages 14 to 18. This figure also included 135 women ages 18 to 60, and 37 men over 60 years old.’
‘A hundred years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have a pair of Muslim men enter a cafe or a public transportation vehicle, and then blow themselves up, killing dozens. Or to massacre the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris! Things like that were simply not done.
When you read the memoirs of Edward Said, or talk to old men and women in East Jerusalem, it becomes clear that the great part of Palestinian society used to be absolutely secular and moderate. It cared about life, culture, and even fashion, more than about religious dogmas.
The same could be said about many other Muslim societies, including those of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Indonesia. Old photos speak for themselves. That is why it is so important to study old images again and again, carefully.
Islam is not only a religion; it is also an enormous culture, one of the greatest on Earth, which has enriched our humanity with some of the paramount scientific and architectural achievements, and with countless discoveries in the field of medicine. Muslims have written stunning poetry, and composed beautiful music. But above all, they developed some of the earliest social structures in the world, including enormous public hospitals and the first universities on earth, like The University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.
The idea of ‘social’ was natural to many Muslim politicians, and had the West not brutally interfered, by overthrowing left-wing governments and putting on the throne fascist allies of London, Washington and Paris; almost all Muslim countries, including Iran, Egypt and Indonesia, would now most likely be socialist, under a group of very moderate and mostly secular leaders.’
‘Throughout the past several months, Jerusalem has been a scene of clashes and violent attacks. Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood just steps away from Jerusalem’s Old City, has been at the heart of the unrest, and is becoming one of the most contentious neighborhoods in the most contested city in the world. As settlement expansion into East Jerusalem continues, Israeli authorities have ramped up their practice of demolishing homes built without proper permits — permits which are near impossible for Palestinians to acquire. In addition to the demolitions due to lack of permits, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in early November the reinstatement of the policy of demolishing terrorists’ homes, which Palestinians claim is a form of collective punishment. VICE News traveled to Silwan and met with Palestinians and Israelis living in this contested neighborhood at a time when Jerusalem is more divided than ever.’ (VICE News)
‘The US State Department said on Friday that the Palestinian application to join the International Criminal Court will have “implications” for US aid to the Palestinian Authority.
“It should come as no surprise that there will be implications for this step, but we continue to review,” the official told Reuters.
“US assistance to the Palestinian Authority has played a valuable role in promoting stability and prosperity not just for the Palestinians, but also for Israel as well,” the official added.
Washington sends about $400 million in economic support aid to the Palestinians every year. Under US law, that aid would be cut off if the Palestinians used membership in the International Criminal Court to make claims against Israel.’
‘“There was a clear message from international community to the Palestinians: Do not try to use tricks to replace negotiations,” a top Foreign Ministry official told Ynet, but the American effort to torpedo the Palestinian’s UN Security Council resolution demanding Israel end its ‘occupation’ of the West Bank proved once again the importance of maintaining good relations with Washington.
Furthermore, the abstention by African nations also demonstrated the importance of the visits made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to the African continent. However, the change of power set to take place in the Security Council on Thursday will change the balance of power against Israel.
The rejection of the Palestinian resolution by the UN Security Council on Tuesday night was a reminder of the great extent to which Israel-US relations serve as a critical factor in Israeli national security. It only strengthens the need for Israel to maintain good relations with Washington in general and more specifically with the White House, and prevent disagreements such as the one that occurred between Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Israeli diplomats say that the US played a crucial role in the effort to block the Palestinian resolution which sought to set a time table for Israel’s disengagement from territories for a future Palestinian state without direct negotiations.’
- Abbas mulls another UN Security Council bid for Palestinian state
- France to Israel: We backed Palestinians in Security Council to prevent ICC bid
- US and Israeli intervention led UN to reject Palestinian resolution
- Palestinians plan next steps after failed UN bid
- UK declares it cannot support Palestinian UN bid
- Palestinian statehood bid fails at UN Security Council as US, Australia vote against