Posts Tagged ‘ Israel ’

Jerusalem: Israeli regime re-abducts Arab hunger striker

September 16, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"A Palestinian [Arab] prisoner who nearly died during a 66-day hunger strike resumed his protest Wednesday after he was re-arrested following his release from an Israeli hospital. The move sparked renewed Palestinian [Arab] outrage after days of unrest at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site and a spurt of violence that killed an Israeli motorist on the Jewish New Year. ... Supporters of Mohammed Allan said he was detained in a hospital courtyard in the southern city of Ashkelon just moments after being discharged. Allan had been hospitalized for the past month after suffering brain damage and other health issues during his hunger strike. ... Allan staged the hunger strike to protest Israel's controversial practice of 'administrative detention,' which allows it to hold suspected militants without charge for months at a time." (09/16/15)

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Who is Mordechai Vanunu and why should you care?

August 20, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Will Porter  

"Not everyone is capable of striking as strong a blow to the menace of nuclear weapons as Mordechai Vanunu, but libertarians, peaceniks, humanitarians -- humans -- should reject them on principle." (08/20/15)

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Israeli soldiers injured in West Bank car attack; Gaza blast kills four

August 6, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Three Israeli soldiers were injured when a Palestinian driver rammed his car into them in the West Bank early Thursday, according to medics. Israel's military said that three pedestrians had been wounded in the attack near Nablus. It said forces shot and struck the assailant. ... In a separate incident, four Palestinians were killed and another 30 wounded in the southern Gaza town of Rafah along the Egyptian border, medical officials and local residents said. Reports suggested that an unexploded Israeli missile from last year's war was blamed for the blast." (08/06/15)

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The battle over BDS

August 4, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by L Michael Hager  

"While Netanyahu's agents lobby Congress in an all out effort to overturn the Iran nuclear deal, Israeli strategists have opened a second front: an escalating propaganda war to derail BDS. Inspired by the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa, BDS is a global movement that seeks to end Israel's longstanding impunity for its continuing ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination and military occupation -- international crimes that have denied Palestinian[ Arab]s their fundamental rights of freedom, equality and self-determination." (08/04/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/04/the-battle-over-bds/  

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West Bank: Israeli regime approves 300 new squats

July 29, 2015
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Reuters    

"Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish [squat] in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocks in the same enclave. Dozens of Jewish [squatters] have gathered over the past several days at Beit El settlement to protest against the demolition. Israel's Supreme Court ruled the two partially built blocks had been constructed illegally on Palestinian-owned land." (07/29/15)

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ICC judges demand reopening of probe into Mavi Marmara raid

July 19, 2015
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Times of Israel [Israel]    

"The International Criminal Court on Thursday requested that chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda reopen a probe into the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, in which nine Turkish activists died in clashes with Israeli forces on a ship attempting to break the Gaza blockade. Israel condemned the decision, and said the judges had been mobilized by Palestinian 'incitement.'" (07/16/15)

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Bibi’s bombast bamboozles Boehner

July 17, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"At a news conference the other day, House Speaker John Boehner took up his role as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pro bono publicist by announcing that 'a majority of Congress' opposes the Iran deal. You could almost hear the laughter emanating from the White House as the Speaker underscored his own irrelevance. The uproar surrounding the Vienna accord signed by the P5+1 and Iran has reached such heights that it's become mere background noise: it's like we bought a house next to a freeway and quickly inured ourselves to the racket. After all, how seriously are we supposed to take Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's loud hysterics?" (07/17/15)

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The troubling implications of Hillary Clinton’s anti-BDS letter

July 13, 2015
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CounterPunch
by Stephen Zunes  

"On July 2, former secretary of state and frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, a strong supporter of the right-wing Netanyahu government, denouncing human rights activists who support boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli occupation. In the letter, made public a few days later, Clinton made a number of statements which are not only demonstrably false but raise serious concerns regarding what kind of policies she would pursue as president." (07/13/15)

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Hasbara industry: Why Israel’s army of spin doctors is doomed to defeat

July 7, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jonathan Cook  

"For years the Israeli government has relied on paid workers -- and thousands of volunteers in Israel and abroad -- to surf the net posting pro-Israel comments. At Israel's international airport, Israeli holidaymakers are offered brochures explaining the importance of persuading those they meet that Israel is misunderstood. Advice suggests emphasising successes such as Israel's invention of drip irrigation and popular varieties of the cherry tomato. And yet the latest hasbara drive is as unlikely to reverse Israel's slow slide into ignominy as its predecessors. The hasbara industry's chief flaw, as Israeli political scientist Neve Gordon observes, is its assumption that 'the merchandise is fine, and only the packaging needs to be replaced.'" (07/07/15)

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The Hague: Palestinian minister hands war crimes files to ICC

June 26, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki handed International Criminal Court prosecutors a file Thursday detailing possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The file, based on findings by a Palestinian commission of inquiry and information from non-government groups, feeds into a preliminary investigation by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda into possible crimes on Palestinian territory. ... The move comes just days after a separate investigation by the U.N. Human Rights Council accused both sides of committing possible war crimes in last summer's Gaza War. The council's report is also being studied by investigators at the ICC." (06/25/15)

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Israel battles the boycotts

June 18, 2015
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Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"Gandhi forced a seemingly unassailable imperial occupying power to pull up stakes and go home. And he did it through nonviolence. Commentary clearly understood that if the Palestinians were to copy Gandhi it would create possibly insurmountable difficulties for the Israeli occupation, which was even then beginning to build permanent settlements for 100,000 settlers in East Jerusalem, on the West Bank and the Golan Heights, as well as in Gaza. It could also expose Israel's denial of basic human rights to many of the Palestinians under its control. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and numerous other friends of Israel have essentially declared war on the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which one might describe as the Palestinian version of Gandhi, as it is nonviolent and nonconfrontational." (06/18/15)

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Swiss, Austrians probe possible cyberattack on Iran nuclear talks

June 12, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Swiss authorities have searched a house in Geneva and seized computer material in connection with a possible cyberattack on nuclear negotiations between Iran and major powers in the city, Switzerland's attorney-general said on Thursday. Austria is also investigating the case, which came to light when Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday a computer virus was used to hack into locations including three luxury hotels that had hosted negotiations between Iran and six world powers. ... Israel, Iran's arch-enemy and a strong critic of the talks between Tehran, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, on Thursday dismissed as baseless reports that it may have had a connection to the computer virus." (06/11/15)

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The Israeli-Saudi alliance

June 8, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Suddenly the news of a Saudi-Israeli-Gulf states alliance is all over the news, and we're shocked -- shocked! -- that such strange bedfellows have been found in bed together. Readers of Antiwar.com, however, are neither shocked nor surprised, since that breaking news broke here months if not years ago. (Thanks to Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks published a diplomatic cable revealing the covert Israeli-Gulf states flirtation some time ago.) Now it appears that the relationship is coming out of the closet, so to speak, as the war drums in the Middle East grow louder." (06/08/15)

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Asa Winstanley on The Scott Horton Show

June 1, 2015
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The Scott Horton Show
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"Asa Winstanley, an associate editor with The Electronic Intifada, discusses how Israel is aiding the Nusra Front (al-Qaeda's official franchise in Syria), and the media's failure to cover the story." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/29/15)

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Israel and nonproliferation

May 26, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"This has become a familiar pattern with the Obama administration. It will make some noises about possibly taking a tougher line with Israel, it will have a few officials make anonymous threats in the press, and when it comes time to do something that might actually inconvenience or annoy the Israeli government the administration balks and backs Israel's position. The fact that the administration typically backs down and yields to the preferences of a client government doesn't win it any goodwill or cooperation from that government on other issues. It does tell the client government that it doesn't have to worry about any consequences for its blatant and public efforts to derail a major U.S. diplomatic initiative." (05/26/15)

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Israel looks for bribe from US over Iran deal

May 20, 2015
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Haaretz    

"The United States and Israel have begun preliminary, unofficial contacts regarding special American military aid for Israel due to developments in the Middle East. Although neither side has said so explicitly, the Obama administration plans to provide Israel substantial defense compensation if an agreement is signed between Tehran and the world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program. ... The United States is likely to provide Israel with, among other things, more F-35 combat aircraft and another battery of a missile interception system." [editor's note: In other words, a bribe. Although it's difficult to say what for, since Netanyahu doesn't seem to be offering to stop his bellyaching or anything like that in return - TLK] (05/20/15)

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Syria: Two UN troops wounded by mortar fire in Golan Heights

May 5, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"he Israeli military says two U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been wounded by mortar fire from neighboring [sic] Syria. The military says the peacekeepers were hit at a U.N. base in the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan. It says they were taken to an Israeli hospital, but gives no details on their condition or nationality." (05/04/15)

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Israel: 46 injured in Ethiopian Israeli protest against police brutality in Tel Aviv

May 4, 2015
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Haaretz    

"Clashes erupted in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Sunday as thousands of people gathered to protest police brutality toward Israeli Jews of Ethiopian descent. At least 46 people were injured -- at least 23 of them police officers. Police made 15 arrests. Police fired stun grenades and tear gas while some protesters tried to break into the Tel Aviv City Hall, located at the square. Other protesters hurled rocks, planks and plastic and glass bottles at police." (05/03/15)

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Israel: State announces tender for 77 new squats on stolen land

April 27, 2015
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Business Standard [India]    

"Israel has announced a tender for the construction of 77 homes in Jewish [squats] in east Jerusalem, according to Peace Now, the Israeli NGO that monitors proliferation of [squats], Efe news agency reported. The organisation revealed that the Israeli ministry of construction and housing invited bids for the construction of the new units on Sunday, the first [squat] advancement to be issued by authorities since the elections on March 17. ... Israel occupied east Jerusalem along with the West Bank and Gaza in the Six Day War in 1967, and later incorporated the east with the rest of the city, which it considers its 'eternal and indivisible' capital." (04/27/15)

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Israeli forces kill four in Golan strike

April 27, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Israeli aircraft killed four armed militants who crossed from Syria into the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights to attack Israeli troops, the military said. The militants were carrying an explosive device, an army spokeswoman said by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity according to military rules. The military didn't say whether the armed men were Syrians or members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group backed by Iran." (04/27/15)

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Israel: Likud to force future coalition partners to pass anti-Court laws

April 20, 2015
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Haaretz [Israel]    

"Likud will require its future coalition partners to vote in favor of bills that would weaken the Supreme Court, a senior Likud official said Sunday. Likud and Habayit Hayehudi lawmakers are planning a series of controversial laws that would change the face of the Supreme Court, including changing the seniority policy in the appointment of the Supreme Court president, and reducing the number of Supreme Court justices on the Judicial Appointments Committee, all of which would give the government more control over the court. Likud on Sunday presented to Kulanu the list of bills involving the judicial system that it intends to promote in the next Knesset, and Kulanu is expected to give its response over the next few days." (04/20/15)

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Religious fanaticism is a huge factor in Americans’ support for Israel

April 16, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"It is inconceivable that a substantial portion of Americans would want to support any other foreign country even where doing so was contrary to U.S. interests. Only Israel commands anything near that level of devoted, self-sacrificing fervor on the part of Americans. So it's certainly worth asking what accounts for this bizarre aspect of American public opinion. The answer should make everyone quite uncomfortable: it's religious fanaticism. The U.S. media loves to mock adversary nations, especially Muslim ones, for being driven by religious extremism, but that is undeniably a major factor, arguably the most significant one, in explaining fervent support for Israel among the American populace." (04/15/15)

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The real nuclear threat in the Middle East

April 9, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"To get a sense of how badly the regime in Iran wants sanctions relief for the Iranian people, you have to do more than contemplate the major concessions it has made in negotiations with the United States and the rest of the P5+1. Not only is Iran willing to dismantle a major part of its peaceful civilian nuclear program, to submit to the most intrusive inspects, to redesign a reactor, to eliminate two-thirds of its centrifuges, to get rid of much of its enriched uranium, and to limit nuclear research -- it must do all this while being harangued by the nuclear monopolist of the Middle East -- Israel -- which remains, unlike Iran, a nonsigner of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and faces no inspections or limits on its production of nuclear weapons. This is something out of Alice in Wonderland." (04/08/15)

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West Bank: Palestinian Arab killed after stabbing two Israeli troops

April 8, 2015
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Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]    

"A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers outside a West Bank [squat] before one of them fatally shot the assailant, the Israeli military said. One of the soldiers was critically wounded by a stab wound to the neck while the other was lightly hurt before he opened fire and killed the attacker. Both soldiers were taken to hospital." (04/08/15)

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Hackers hit Israeli websites after Anonymous threats

April 7, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Pro-Palestinian [Arab] hackers disrupted Israeli websites on Tuesday, following threats from the Anonymous hacking collective that it would carry out an 'electronic Holocaust,' though Israeli cyber experts said the coordinated attacks caused little damage. The hacking campaign, which has taken place every April 7 since 2013, is meant to be in protest of Israeli policies toward the Palestinian[ Arab]s. In 2013, the hackers first waged the coordinated campaign, dubbed OpIsrael, on the eve of Israel's annual Holocaust remembrance day." (04/07/15)

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