Yanis Varoufakis – My Berlin speech on Palestine that German police entered the venue to ban

Are 2 million Israeli Jews, who were thrown out of their homes and into an open air prison 80 years ago, still being kept in that open air prison, without access to the outside world, with minimal food and water, no chance of a normal life, of travelling anywhere, while bombed periodically for these 80 years? No. Are Israeli Jews being
| Geopolitics, Article, Yanis Varoufakis

Israel to buy 40,000 tents for Rafah evacuation

The Israeli defence ministry is buying 40,000 tents ahead of its forced evacuation of the southern Gaza city of Rafah, Reuters has reported. The occupation state has said that it plans to carry out a ground offensive in the city with the aim of killing what it believes are the remaining battalions of the Hamas armed wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, Israeli
| Israel, Middle East, News

Palestine hails Turkiye export restrictions on Israel amid Gaza onslaught

Palestinian Economy Minister, Mohammed Alamour, on Tuesday welcomed a Turkish decision to restrict exports of certain goods to Israel amid Tel Aviv’s deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports. In a statement, Alamour said the Turkish decision confirms Turkiye’s support for the Palestinian people and “its relentless efforts to force the (Israeli) Occupation government to stop its genocide”
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East

6 months on, where do Israel and the Palestinian resistance stand?

Six months have now passed since the start of Israel’s war on the Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip. From day one, Israel has been killing innocent civilians under the pretext of fighting the Palestinian resistance, which it says carried out a brutal massacre against Israeli troops and settlers living in settlements on the peripheries of Gaza on 7 October
| Africa, Article, Asia & Americas

Gaza gets ready to greet Eid with hunger, bombs and bullets

It is probably fair to say that most of the world’s population stands in solidarity with the bombed and besieged Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. As Eid al-Fitr approaches to signal the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, people are wondering how to celebrate the festival. Many believe that it is inappropriate to celebrate in the customary joyous
| Article, Israel, Middle East

Turbulence in Israel Amid Expectation of Iran’s Retaliation

Islam Times - The Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus has more complicated the situation for the occupied territories than for Iran and Syria. In fact, the Israelis are now very much worried and anticipating Iran's response after the Monday attack on Iran's diplomatic mission in the Syrian capital and this has seriously disheveled the living conditions in
| Palestine

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution to hold Israel accountable for Gaza war crimes

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on Friday calling for the Israeli occupation to be held accountable for possible war crimes and crimes against humanity it committed in Gaza. The UNHRC called for a halt to any arms sales to Israel against the backdrop of the war in the Gaza Strip in a resolution that expressed
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

Aid deliveries almost impossible in Gaza, rights groups warn

International non-governmental organisations have once again warned that it is impossible for them to work in Gaza amid the ongoing war, which the president of Doctors Without Borders described as “approaching the level of genocide.” The warning comes days after seven members of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) were killed in Israeli air strikes on their armoured vehicles on a
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

GAZA LIVE BLOG: Aid Trucks to Enter Gaza | Death Toll Rises | UN Human Rights Coucil Calls for Arms Ban on Israel – Day 182

Following the US ultimatum, Israel announced it will allow 350 aid trucks to enter Gaza daily, through land crossings. Israeli occupation forces committed five massacres in the last 24 hours, resulting in the killing of 54 Palestinians and the wounding of 82 more. Australia said it will not condone Israel’s attack on aid workers while British Foreign Secretary David Cameron vowed to
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The Elders call for suspension of arms transfers to Israel to end Gaza atrocities

The Elders called today on political leaders who have influence to use their leverage to end Israel’s atrocities in Gaza by suspending arms sales to the occupation state; to secure the immediate release of hostages held by Hamas; and to compel the parties to commit to a permanent ceasefire and the two-state solution. “All states providing arms to Israel —
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Israel

Appeasing Israel prevents neither deliberate air strikes nor genocide

The World Central Kitchen charity has just lost seven of its staff as a result of an Israeli air strike targeting their vans, and yet, in an op-ed for Ynet News, the organisation’s founder Jose Andres conveys a contradictory message: Israel has deliberately targeted the organisation but, at the same time, Israel is better than that. I’d say it is
| Blog, Blogs - Politics, Israel

Israel occupation forces raid Jenin amid outbreak of firefights

The Israel occupation forces raided the city of Jenin and its refugee camp in the northern West Bank late on Wednesday evening. Eyewitnesses told Anadolu that the troops were accompanied by armoured bulldozers and stormed into Jenin from various directions. The witnesses said that “sirens sounded in the Jenin refugee camp,” while “Israeli soldiers stationed themselves on the rooftops of
| Israel, Middle East, News

Israel ramps up security at its embassies around the world

Israel has decided to “enhance security” at its embassies and missions around the world “in anticipation of a possible Iranian attack” after a senior Iranian official was killed in Syria earlier this week, local media reported yesterday. Iran has accused Israel of targeting its official in Damascus, with the US saying it had no prior knowledge of the attack. Security
| Iran, Israel, Middle East

‘Under the Rubble’ – Gaza is Final Nail in ‘Canada as Honest Broker’ Coffin

It now seems quaint to call Canada an “honest broker”. Ottawa’s support for Israel’s holocaust in Gaza has made the idea seem absurd. – Yves Engler is the author of Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid and a number of other books. He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle. Visit his website: yvesengler.com.
| Articles, Commentary, canada

Anti-government protests could lead to ‘dangerous places’, Israel’s security chief warns

The head of Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency warned, Wednesday, that violent protests could lead to “dangerous places” in the country, Anadolu Agency reports. “The violent discourse online and some of the scenes we saw tonight in Jerusalem go beyond acceptable protest, harm the ability to maintain public order, could lead to violent clashes with law enforcement, disrupt their
| Israel, Middle East, News

US tells Israeli banks not to freeze accounts of sanctioned settlers

The US has told the Israeli Finance Ministry that banks in Israel do not need to freeze the accounts of settlers who have been placed under sanctions by Washington. According to the Times of Israel, banks had frozen the accounts of the settlers after the US announced the sanctions in an effort to tackle settler violence in the occupied West
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

Thousands of people cancel Easter celebrations in Sweden, march in support of Gaza

Thousands of people in the Swedish capital Stockholm canceled Easter celebrations in solidarity with the people of Gaza and demonstrated in support of Palestine on Saturday, Anadolu news agency reported. Approximately 5,000 demonstrators gathered in Stockholm’s Odenplan district on the call of many non-governmental organisations, demanding Israel stop the war crimes in Gaza. Along with banners reading “Children are being killed in
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East

Like the establishment of Israel, the ‘Red Heifer’ is yet another forced prophecy

Beyond the political dimensions to the ongoing war in Gaza, there exists a deep religious undertone on both sides, which traces back to the very establishment of the Zionist occupation state in 1948, justified on the grounds of religious scripture as a God-given right to Jews. Yet despite its religious exterior, Zionism is a secular ideology committed to forcing prophecies,
| Article, Israel, Middle East

Decline in Nestle's sales in Lebanon reflecting ‘popular will’

The Boycott Department of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), a faction of the PLO, has said the recent decline in Nestle’s sales in Lebanon is a sign of the public’s determination to boycott companies that support the Israeli occupation. According to reports from Lebanese media sources, Nestle’s sales in Lebanon have experienced a significant drop from
| Israel, Lebanon, Middle East

Ex-chief of staff: Netanyahu leading Israel ‘from bad to worse’

Former Israeli Chief of Staff Dan Halutz criticised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he was leading Israel “from bad to worse”, Anadolu reported. Speaking during an interview on Israeli Channel 13 yesterday, Halutz said in reference to the 7 October attack: “He [Netanyahu] is responsible, and I don’t know a country in the world where a prime minister would
| Israel, Middle East, News

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli seizure of 800 hectares of Palestinian land in West Bank

Saudi Arabia has condemned Israel’s decision to seize 800 hectares of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, joining the growing list of nations opposing the move, which violates international law. Last week, the Israeli authorities seized more land in the Jordan Valley area of the occupied West Bank, in a move overseen by far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich for
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

Al-Azhar University demands ‘permanent cessation’ of Israeli crimes

Egypt’s venerable Al-Azhar University has called for continuous international and popular pressure to implement the UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan Quds Press has reported. China has reiterated that the resolution is binding on Israel, despite the claim to the contrary by the US. “This resolution was long overdue due
| Africa, Asia & Americas, Egypt

Finland condemns Israel seizure of 800 hectares of land in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Finland, on Tuesday, condemned the Israeli seizure of 800 hectares (1,976 acres) of land in the Jordan Valley in the Occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reports. “This runs counter to not only international law but also international efforts to de-escalate,” the Finnish Foreign Ministry said on X. “We do not recognise changes to the 1967 borders unless agreed by the
| Europe & Russia, Finland, Israel

Complicit in genocide: Where Israel gets its weapons from

Over 9,000 Palestinian women have been killed since the start of Israel’s war against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Mothers have been the largest civilian population group killed by the occupation state, at an average of 37 per day since 7 October. These statistics, from the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza and the Red Crescent Society respectively, only convey
| Article, Asia & Americas, Canada

Singapore forces Israel embassy to delete ‘insensitive’ Quran post from Facebook

Singaporean authorities have ordered the Israeli embassy to remove a controversial post on its official Facebook page which was used to justify the existence of the occupation state. The post, which was published yesterday and removed the same day, asserted that “Israel is mentioned 43 times in the Quran. On the other hand, Palestine is not mentioned even once.” The
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

Israel confiscates 8,000 dunums in Jordan Valley for settlement construction plan

The Israeli occupation authorities confiscated an area estimated at 8,000 dunams (1,977 acres) in the Jordan Valley area east of the occupied West Bank to expand the Yafit settlement by building hundreds of new housing units and establishing an industrial and commercial area near the Palestinian village of Fasayil, according to reports by Kan. Israeli public radio station Kan reported
| Israel, Jordan, Middle East

Egypt official describes occupation as ‘hotel, not a state’

The statements of the Head of the Egyptian Information Service Diaa Rashwan sparked widespread anger among Israeli media after Rashwan described the occupying state as a “hotel, not a state”. During an interview with an Egyptian television channel, the Egyptian official spokesperson commented on the issue of religious Jews’ refusal to serve in the Israeli occupation army, sharing his view
| Africa, Egypt, Israel

Netanyahu proposes using ‘new port’ to displace Palestinians from Gaza

The head of the Israeli occupation government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has proposed the use of the “new port” to be built by the US on the Gaza coast to displace Palestinians from the enclave, Israel’s Kan broadcaster has reported. Kan noted that the proposal was presented by Netanyahu at a special meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

PA security forces attack funeral procession in Jenin

Fighting broke out in Jenin in the occupied northern West Bank on Wednesday when Palestinian security forces opened fire on the funeral procession of the martyrs who were killed by the Israeli occupation forces. According to the occupation army, it used a drone to target “terrorist activists” in the city. One of those killed, claimed the army, was “the perpetrator
| Israel, Middle East, News

Palestinian prisoner Emad El-Shaer released after 11 years in prison

Israeli authorities yesterday released Imad Al-Shaer, a 32-year-old Palestinian from Jerusalem, who served 11 years in the occupation’s jails. The occupation deported Al-Shaer from Jerusalem for three days and ordered him to pay bail to comply with the conditions of his release. The 32-year-old was released from Nafha Prison, and immediately transferred to the Moskobiya Detention Centre in West Jerusalem,
| Israel, Middle East, News

Israel responded ‘negatively’ to Hamas’ truce proposal, official says

Hamas leader, Osama Hamdan, said yesterday Wednesday that Israel’s response to the movement’s latest truce deal and prisoner swap proposal was “generally negative”. “On Tuesday evening, our brothers, the mediators, informed us of the [Israeli] occupation’s position on the proposal … it is a negative response in general and does not respond to the demands of our people and their
| Israel, Lebanon, Middle East

Haniyeh: Israel seeks to sabotage truce talks by targeting Gaza police

Israel targeted police officers and members of government agencies in the Gaza Strip in an effort to sabotage the truce negotiations in Qatar, the head of the Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said yesterday. “What the occupation forces are doing in Al-Shifa Medical Complex confirms that this enemy is fighting the return of life to the Gaza Strip and is
| Israel, Middle East, News

Security and Israel’s demographic dilemma

There have been major repercussions within Israel since Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on 7 October, including economic losses. The occupation state has witnessed serious divisions in society and political parties. Moreover, it is almost certain that the operation will continue a trend of reverse Jewish migration from occupied Palestine at a time when the demography of the state is a fundamental
| Africa, Article, Asia & Americas

Calls for vote of no confidence in Netanyahu's gov’t

Hundreds of people gather for a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government and demanding his resignation and early elections in Tel Aviv, Israel on March 16, 2024. [Saeed Qaq – Anadolu Agency] " data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.middleeastmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/AA-20240316-34011272-34011256-ISRAELI_PEOPLE_PROTEST_AGAINST_NETANYAHUS_GOVERNMENT.jpg?fit=500%2C333&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.middleeastmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/AA-20240316-34011272-34011256-ISRAELI_PEOPLE_PROTEST_AGAINST_NETANYAHUS_GOVERNMENT.jpg?fit=1200%2C800&ssl=1" />The leader of the opposition in Israel, Yair Lapid, yesterday called on the Knesset to vote in favour of withdrawing confidence from the
| Israel, Middle East, News

EU likely to impose sanctions on violent Israeli settlers, says Spain’s foreign minister

The EU is likely to impose sanctions on a group of violent Israeli settlers on Monday, Spain’s top diplomat said ahead of an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Anadolu has reported. During the last such foreign ministers’ meeting, 26 states were in favour of the sanctions, just one short of the needed consensus. However, Jose Manuel Albares told the
| EU, Europe & Russia, Israel

Dune 2: a tale of Palestinian resistance against Israel’s occupation

Stories have always conveyed messages to the human subconscious. From the bedtime stories children are taught, to the movies we watch and the novels we read, the art of the story is possibly the most effective tool a propagandist can use. Speeches and the spoken word may impact the mind at a greater scale than books and writing ever can,
| Article, Israel, Middle East

Hamas praises the ‘responsible’ national stance of Gazan tribes

Hamas yesterday praised the “responsible national position of the families and tribes of Gaza, which refused to comply with the occupation’s plans.” The movement said in a statement received by Quds Press that it praises the responsible national position of the families and tribes of Gaza that resolutely refused to respond to the malicious plans of the Zionist occupation, which
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

US to impose new sanctions against occupied West Bank outposts

The Biden Administration is expected to impose new sanctions on two illegal outposts in the occupied West Bank that were used as a base for attacks by extremist illegal Israeli settlers against Palestinians, Axios reported late yesterday, citing three US officials, according to Reuters. The sanctions, expected to be imposed as soon as Thursday, are intended to send a message
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

Delta Air to resume flights to Israel starting 7 June

Delta Air Lines said late on Wednesday that it will resume flights to Israel starting 7 June, becoming the second major US carrier to do so following the 7 October Hamas attack on the occupation state, Reuters has reported. The airline said that it will begin daily flights between New York’s John F Kennedy Airport and Tel Aviv following an
| Asia & Americas, Austria, Europe & Russia

Israel parliament set to approve amended 2024 budget to fund Gaza war

Israeli lawmakers were set to give their final approval on Wednesday to an amended 2024 state budget that adds tens of billions of shekels to fund the occupation state’s military offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Reuters has reported. The amended budget envisages more spending on defence and compensation to households and businesses damaged by the offensive, which
| Israel, Middle East, News

Israel killed more children in Gaza in 5 months than all global conflicts for last 4 years: UN rapporteur

In just five months, Israel has killed more children in a strip of land the size of the US state of Philadelphia than all conflicts worldwide did in the past four years combined, said a UN special rapporteur today. In a scathing report presented to the United Nations, Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, decried
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

Israel violence against Palestinian children increased after 7 October, UN told

The UK-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) has submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on the “increasing Israeli violence against Palestinian children since October 7, 2023.” The report, which was issued during the UN body’s 55th session in Geneva, stressed that Israel violates children’s rights, where Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation in the West
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

Humanitarian aid is a genocidal tool in the hands of Israel and the US

Israel has no intention of allowing any meaningful amount of humanitarian aid to reach Gaza. Even its settler society has been recorded as saying that Palestinians in Gaza do not deserve aid until all the Israeli hostages are released, despite there being no link between imposing a genocidal famine and securing the hostages’ return to the occupation state. Apart, that
| Asia & Americas, Blog, Blogs - Politics

Israel once again takes aim at Gazans waiting for aid

A number of Palestinians were killed and others were injured yesterday as the Israeli army once again targeted hundreds of people as they waited for aid trucks near the Kuwait Roundabout, south of Gaza City. Mahmoud Basal, spokesman for the Palestinian Civil Defence in the Gaza Strip, told Anadolu news agency that a number of Palestinians were killed and others
| Israel, Middle East, News

Israel Brigadier-General found guilty of blowing up university in Gaza, officially reprimanded

The Israeli army, on Monday, officially reprimanded its Brigadier-General for blowing up Al-Isra University in the northern Gaza Strip without prior approval from his superiors, Anadolu Agency reports. On Brigadier-General Barak Hiram’s orders, Israeli forces blew up Al-Isra University on 18 January, which they had used as a military headquarters prior to its demolition. Major-General, Yaron Finkelman, the Southern Region
| Israel, Middle East, News

Inspired by the people of Gaza, US activist Shaun King and wife embrace Islam

Prominent US social justice activist and writer, Shaun King has converted to Islam along with his wife Rai King on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. The couple took their shahada, or testimony of faith, in the presence of well-known imam, Dr Omar Suleiman, at the Valley Ranch Islamic Centre in Dallas, Texas. Writer and activist Shaun King
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

Israel prevents hundreds of worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa on first night of Ramadan

Israeli occupation forces prevented hundreds of Palestinian worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque and beat a number of them as they tried to reach the muslim holy site on the first night of Ramadan, eyewitnesses reported. Only Palestinians aged over 40 were allowed into Al-Aqsa yesterday to perform Taraweeh prayers. The eyewitnesses reported that Israeli occupation forces attacked worshippers and prevented
| Israel, Middle East, News

Award-winning film director speaks about Gaza at Oscars

Zone of Interest, a UK film, wins Best International Feature Film at the Oscars. The film’s director Jonathan Glazer made a statement about Gaza in his speech. ‘Right now we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people,’ he said during his
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East