Blacks and Jews

Blacks and Jews: The Tragedy of Jackson, the Logic of Coalition March 20, 1984 What Jesse Jackson said is a tragedy: for him, for black-Jewish rela­tions, for champions of compromise in the Mid­dle East, and for the noble concept for a rain­bow coalition of the re­jected. What Jesse Jack­son said will profit and please all the little dema­gogues who feed off fear and hate. All we can do now is try to convert this calamity into something
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Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes in Hebron

Jewish  settlers carried out overnight attacks on  Palestinian  homes in the occupied city of  Hebron (Al-Khalil) , local media reported. Dozens of settlers from the illegal Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba threw rocks and glass bottles at Palestinian homes in the Hebron neighborhood of Jaber, according to Palestinian Authority’s official news agency WAFA. A horde of armed Israeli settlers attacked under military protection #Palestinian homes in Jaber neighborhood in al-Khalil
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Israeli Soldiers Raid School, Terrorize Students near Ramallah (VIDEO)

Israeli forces raided today a school and terrorized its students in the village Deir Nizam, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources. Israeli Soldiers raided the school and ransacked classrooms, causing horror and fear among students as they threatened to detain some of them. IOF break into school in Ramallah #Watch| Israeli soldiers on Sunday morning broke into a school in
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Israel: Free Palestinian rights Activist Jonathan Pollak

( Middle East Monitor ) – Back in my mid-twenties, I went off to Palestine to become a solidarity activist. I volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) – a group which used to take part in non-violent Palestinian protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. All told, I spent the best part of two years in the West Bank, with Palestinians living under the Israeli occupation regime. I was lucky enough to
| Israel/ Palestine |

Chris Hedges: From Jerusalem to Gaza and Iraq, the Sacred Bonds of Kindness that Make us Human (Video)

Emir-Stein Center | Chris Hedges | – “Evil, even in the darkest moments, is impotent before the miracle of human kindness. This miracle defies prejudices and hatreds. It crosses cultures and religions. It lies at the core of faith. Take a brief journey through the eyes of American, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges to Jerusalem, Gaza, and Iraq, and discover the sacred bonds that make us human.” The Miracle of Kindness (Chris Hedges)
| Iraq, Israel/ Palestine |

Three Songs about Palestine to Help You through the Cold Weekend

Singing for and about Palestine is one of the most popular genres in Arab music. Below are samples of three Arab singers – a Palestinian, a Lebanese, and an Egyptian – who defined the hopes and aspirations of three generations os Arabs. Sun of Love – by Rim Banna  Rim Banna, who passed away on March 24, 2018 after a long battle with cancer, was born in the Palestinian city of Nazareth in 1966. 
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Massive demonstrations in Jordan against Israel gas deal

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman on Friday, demonstrating against the gas deal signed between Jordan and Israel, Quds Press reported. Quds Press reported that demonstrators called for ousting the government , and holding the officials accountable for signing the “shameful” deal. Prominent national, youth and Islamic leaders took part in the demonstrations, where placards displaying anti-Israeli occupation slogans were raised. The slogan placards read: “Together against the gas
| Israel, Jordan, Middle East |

PA denies importing gas from Israel

Head of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) delegation to the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum in Cairo, Mohammed Mustafa , denied that the PA is to import natural gas from Israel, news agencies reported on Friday. Mustafa announced, according to news agency Wafa , that the news reports about this were “not precise”. His remarks came several hours after the announcement by the Israeli energy minister,  Yuval Steinitz , that there were discussions with the PA
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Leaked pictures show torture of Palestine prisoner in Israel prison

A number of pictures leaked to mass media show the grave effects of the severe torture of Palestinian prisoner, Walid Hanatsha, inside an Israeli prison, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday. The pictures demonstrated the effects of torture on different parts of the prisoner’s body, including his neck, thighs and legs. Bayan Hanatsha, the prisoner’s wife, revealed that her husband was subjected to three rounds of torture – the first lasting
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Christian Delegation Call for Application of International Law in Holy Land

A delegation of bishops from across Europe and North America called on their governments to insist on the application of international law in Israel and Palestine, following their visit to the Holy Land this week. The bishops of the Holy Land Coordination, who visit the region every year to promote dialogue and peace, said they were  “ inspired by the enduring resilience of the people they met in Gaza, East Jerusalem and Ramallah despite the
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Free Jonathan Pollak

Back in my mid-twenties, I went off to Palestine to become a solidarity activist. I volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) – a group which used to take part in non-violent Palestinian protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. All told, I spent the best part of two years in the West Bank, with Palestinians living under the Israeli occupation regime. I was lucky enough to be able to travel all over the
| Article, Israel, Middle East |

Israeli Forces Detain Palestinian Elderly Woman in Jerusalem (VIDEOS)

Israeli police  detained today a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate, one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem, under allegation she attempted a stabbing attack. Fully armed Israeli soldiers were caught on camera while brutally assaulting the woman, whose identity was not immediately known, before taking her away. #WatchThe moment when IOF brutally assaulted an elderly women before arresting her at
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Tom Hurndall is commemorated in Gaza action — ‘when comrades fall on path of freedom’

Gaza Press Release. Gaza 2020: Breaking the Siege Wed Jan 15 — International activists including Finnish MP arrested for trying to cut Gaza fence in protest of Israeli siege — An international delegation of activists was arrested by Israeli police for attempting to cut through the Gaza barrier fence and break the siege. The group, Gaza 2020 Breaking the Siege... Source
| News, Gaza, Tom Hurndall |

Khamenei: Trump Killed Soleimani to help ISIL Terrorists, but is Impotent; Trump: “Be careful with your Words”

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump on Friday warned Iran’s clerical Leader , Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to be “careful with his words” after the ayatollah gave a fiery sermon against the US and Europe on Friday in Tehran. Trump urged Iran to give up “terrorism’ and to “make Iran great again.” Khamenei, Iran’s “August Leader” gave the Friday prayers sermon to a massive crowd in Tehran for the first time since 2012, seizing an opportunity to capitalize
| Donald Trump, Featured, Iran |

Palestine isn’t only Under Israeli Military Occupation– Its History and Culture are Colonized, Too

By Asaad Abdel Rahman | – ( Middle East Monitor ) – Although the Palestinian-Israeli conflict takes place within a relatively small geographic region, it receives great political and media attention, due to the involvement of many international parties and even major countries in the conflict. This is a result of sensitivity in the Arab world and the Middle East region, and their countries’ richness in many natural resources. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has become the central issue in the
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What has Driven US – Iranian Enmity for over 40 Years?

By Jeffrey Fields | – Relations between the United States and Iran have been fraught for decades – at least since the U.S. helped overthrow a democracy-minded prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh, in August 1953. The U.S. then supported the long, repressive reign of the shah of Iran, whose security services brutalized Iranian citizens for decades. The two countries have been particularly hostile to each other since Iranian students took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran
| Iran, US Foreign Policy |

8 things children of Arab women married to foreigners are forced to do

8 things children of Arab women married to foreigners are forced to do "It's not my fault that I was born into this family but I feel like I am being punished for it," Salem, the son of a Saudi mother and foreign father, told us. January 18th, 5:00 am January 14th, 2:12 pm Mariam Nabbout [ Sharika Walaken ] Who knew passing on citizenship would still be a
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Noam Chomsky Makes the Case for the Lesser of Two Evils

After a harrowing discussion about humanity’s undeniable march toward a dystopian future, world-renowned thinker Noam Chomsky and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer move on to other pressing topics related to current events and end on a positive note. Beginning with the issue that inspired the two-part interview, Scheer explains that an episode of his podcast, “Scheer Intelligence,” which featured Susie Linfield discussing her book, “The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to
| Scheer Intelligence, donald trump, hannah arrendt |

Israeli Forces Raid Bethlehem, Arrest Three Palestinians

Israeli forces on Friday detained at least three Palestinians from the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem. Security sources confirmed that Israeli forces raided Bethlehem city, and arrested two Palestinians, including a former prisoner. "THESE CHAINS WILL BE BROKEN" by Dr. Ramzy Baroud , the story of Palestine written by its heroes & heroines ❁ #GroupPalestine ❁ ❁ #قروب_فلسطيني .❁ — Marwa (@MarwaLahouimel)
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David Wurmser and Trump’s Zionist Occupied Brain

It’s antisemitism time. If you criticize Israel and the cadre of chickenhawk neocons steering Donald Trump’s foreign policy, you will be pilloried and exiled to the political wilderness, forever condemned as a white supremacist. Scratch a little bit beneath the surface and you will discover at the core of this anti-free speech campaign a rabid Zionist, the same Zionist agitators responsible for advocating and organizing the murder of over a million Iraqis.   It’s no longer permissible to criticize
| Israel, David Wurmser, Trump |

Israel army demolishes school to disrupt education for Palestinians

A school that was in the middle of construction in the town of Yatta located in the south Hebron hills of the occupied West Bank has been destroyed by Israeli soldiers, reported the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. The foundations of what would have been an elementary school was built between Yatta and Bani Naim, in an area close to the illegal Israeli settlement of Beni Hefer. The demolition came just one week after Defence Minister Naftali
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Canada citizens fighting for Israel given warm reception by embassy

The Canadian embassy in Tel Aviv hosted a party yesterday for its citizens serving in the Israeli army. It was organised by Ambassador Deborah Lyons, who told The Jerusalem Post that she wanted to show the appreciation and care felt by the embassy for the “lone soldiers” who left their homes to serve in the Israeli army. “Lone soldiers” are Jewish citizens of a foreign country serving in the Israeli army. As many as 6,000 such soldiers
| Asia & Americas, Canada, Israel |

Palestine is under multiple occupations

Although the Palestinian-Israeli conflict takes place within a relatively small geographic region, it receives great political and media attention, due to the involvement of many international parties and even major countries in the conflict. This is a result of sensitivity in the Arab world and the Middle East region, and their countries’ richness in many natural resources. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has become the central issue in the region given its Arab and Islamic aspects. Military occupation is carried out by
| Article, Israel, Middle East |

Christian delegation urges international community to recognise state of Palestine

A group of bishops from across Europe and North America have voiced their deep concerns over Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The group, who visit the region every year to promote dialogue and peace, described at length the grim situation following their return from the occupied territory. “Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by their enduring resilience and faith in a worsening situation,” announced the 15-member group in a
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East |

Official: Hamas relations with Saudi Arabia ‘estranged’

A member of Hamas’ political bureau Khalil Al-Hayya said Thursday that relations with Saudi Arabia are “estranged,” denying enmity with Riyadh. “Perhaps [there] is a rupture of relations that the brothers of Saudi Arabia have imposed,” Al-Hayya said in an interview published by the movement’s official website. “These are our people, our pride… and we ask them to support our people and their steadfastness and stand by our side,” he said in reference to the Saudi rulers, stressing that
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Hamas: PA committed 424 violations against university students in 2019

Hamas has said that the Palestinian Authority’s security apparatus has committed 424 violations against university students in 2019. Hamas’ media office said in its annual report that in 2019, female university students were attacked and their families were threatened in order to prevent them from participating in activities run by Hamas’ student arm. According to the report, Palestinian security services and the Israeli army have launched a fierce campaign of arrests against the movement’s student members during the months
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Israeli Forces Assault Palestinian Worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEOS)

Israeli police on Friday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and assaulted Palestinian worshippers. Thousands of Palestinians rallied at the mosque compound following the Fajr Prayer, chanting slogans slamming frequent Israeli intrusions into the site. #Watch |The moment a girl was injured during the Israeli forces pursuit of worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque. — Rawan #Jerusalem (@Rawan_quds) January 17, 2020
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Dutch government criticises pro-Israel lobby group NGO Monitor’s ‘half-facts and insinuations’

The Dutch government has criticised the conduct of pro-Israel advocacy group NGO Monitor, singling out the unreliability of their accusations against human rights defenders. Responding to a parliamentary question , Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok stated that the Netherlands is “concerned about the shrinking civil space in Israel”, and “therefore consistently brings this matter up in conversations with Israeli authorities”. In recent years, Israeli politicians have pursued legislation that targets, as well as publicly incited against, organisations focusing
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East |

Knesset speaker advances process to remove Netanyahu’s immunity

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein is expected to announce a date at the beginning of next week for the plenum “to convene to pass the final proposal necessary to ensure that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity will be removed”, reported The Jerusalem Post .   As the paper reports, “there is a majority for removing Netanyahu’s immunity in the Knesset plenum and there will also be in the House Committee that will legislate the rejection of his request
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Human rights groups urge Israel to halt aerial herbicide spraying along Gaza fence

Human rights organisations have urged Israel to immediately halt renewed aerial herbicide spraying along the Gaza Strip perimeter fence, stated legal rights centre Adalah . Israeli crop dusters flew along the fence on Tuesday “and sprayed chemicals purported to be herbicides”, which was “conducted sporadically for about three and half hours”. The chemicals reached Palestinian farmlands inside the Gaza Strip, mainly east of Gaza, North Gaza, and Deir al-Balah districts. Gisha, Adalah, and Al Mezan Centre for
| Israel, Middle East, News |

France and US request to join East Mediterranean Gas Forum

During the third ministerial meeting of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum in Cairo, France officially requested to join. The deputy assistant US secretary of energy also expressed his country’s desire to join as a permanent observer. Egyptian minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Tarek El-Molla , welcomed France’s participation in the meeting and its official request to join the forum, as well as the US’ request to join. He explained that these requests will be approved by
| Africa, Asia & Americas, Cyprus |

Saudi Arabia has seen major progress in 'gender equality' in the past 2 years

Saudi Arabia has seen major progress in 'gender equality' in the past 2 years Saudi Arabia was deemed to be the country that made "the biggest improvement globally" since 2017. January 17th, 9:12 am January 17th, 9:14 am Leyal Khalife [ ADHRB ] This week, people were made aware of the efforts countries around the world have made with regards to gender equality following the release of a report
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Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know about Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank

Photograph Source: Soman – CC BY 2.5 A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians living inside an Israeli military firing zone in the West Bank,” according to Haaretz. The Palestinian community that was denied
| articles 2015 |

Across the Balkans: Into Kosovo

An account of a journey from Croatia to Kosovo, by way of Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia, and with a detour into Montenegro. This is part IX, and last installment, of a series. Street art in the divided town of North Kosovska Mitrovica, where Serb meets Albanian. The inscription, below the picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reads: “…BECAUSE FROM HERE THERE IS NO RETURN.” Photo: Matthew Stevenson. At 6:10 a.m. I found a taxi across
| articles 2015 |

How the first Palestinian woman is disrupting the finance industry with her fintech start-up

Fuelled by a supportive ecosystem and a tech-savvy population, the fintech industry in the Middle East has been growing rapidly in the last few years, disrupting the financial landscape and attracting billions in investment globally. In the future, it’s believed that the whole world will move to the digital space in terms of finance, and the idea of physical money will disappear completely. The catalyst of such a development will be the various fintech companies and start-ups that are starting
| Interviews, Israel, Middle East |

Israel prevents student missions from visiting Ethiopia

Israel has banned its student missions from visiting Ethiopia following a recent security report about a “possible threat” on the African continent, local media reported yesterday. “Following warnings against travelling to Africa by the foreign office, the Israeli government had decided not to send any student missions to Ethiopia at this stage,” the country’s education ministry said in a statement. Following the move, all Israeli flights scheduled this year to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa were reported to
| Africa, Ethiopia, Israel |

Hamas and Iran: More than an understanding, not quite a complete alliance

The Palestinians and Iranians are still reading the consequences of the US assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Qods Force on Iraqi soil, in early January. This occurred amid great interaction, especially Hamas and Iran, as the movement used this event to try to restore its relationship with Tehran, which has been somewhat lukewarm in recent years. The head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, visited Tehran, with a high-level leadership delegation. This is his first visit
| Article, Iran, Iraq |

UN says around 350,0000 Syrians have fled Russian-led assault in Idlib

Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December, and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said on Thursday, Reuters  reports. The humanitarian situation continued to deteriorate as a result of the “escalating” hostilities, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report. Russian jets and Syrian artillery have pounded towns and villages in recent
| Europe & Russia, International Organisations, Middle East |

Feeling the Pressure, UNRWA Accuses US, Israel of Lobbying to End Its Services

The interim head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Christian Saunders, directly accused the US and Israeli governments of working against the relief agency, which is responsible for the welfare of millions of Palestinians. In an interview with Reuters from his Gaza office on Thursday, Saunders said that the US is lobbying foreign parliaments to stop donations to the organization, following a decision by Washington to completely cut its funding to UNRWA in August
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Acting head of UN Palestinian refugee agency says US, Israel working against it

The interim head of the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees accused the United States on Thursday of lobbying foreign parliaments to stop donations to the organisation, to which Washington cut off funding in 2018, Reuters  reports. Christian Saunders, in an interview with Reuters in his Gaza office, also said Israel was seeking to replace United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) services for Palestinians, mandated by the UN General Assembly, in occupied East Jerusalem with those of its
| Asia & Americas, International Organisations, Israel |

Israel Announces Approval of Seven ‘Nature Reserves’ in West Bank

The Israeli defense minister Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday the approval of seven nature reserves and the expansion of 12 others in Area C of the occupied West Bank. Bennett’s announced in a statement: “Today we provide a big boost for the Land of Israel and continue to develop the Jewish communities in Area C, with actions, not with words”. #Israeli Defense Minister: #Israel is Fighting a
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Israeli Army Demolishes School Foundations East of Yatta

Israeli forces today demolished the foundations of a new school in Southern West Bank, according to Rateb Jabour, a member of the National and Popular Committee Resisting the Wall and Settlements. Jabour told WAFA that Israeli soldiers stormed the area and began to demolish the foundation of the building. ‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools (VIDEO) – Palestine Chronicle — maria avanidou (@pinatumbo)
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Israeli Forces Raid West Bank Town

Israeli forces raided today the town of Beit Ummar, in Southern West Bank, prompting clashes with local residents, according to activist Mohammad Awad. Dozens of Palestinian citizens choked on tear gas on Tuesday evening when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked a mosque and several houses in Beit Ummar town north of al-Khalil. #gazaunderattack #FreePalestine — Asad Shafiq (@asadshafiq097) January 15, 2020
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Israel’s fear of prosecution strengthens Palestine narratives

Israeli media has reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) could issue secret arrest warrants for Israeli officials involved in war crimes against the Palestinian people. According to a senior Israeli official who spoke to Israel Hayom , “The very fact that an ICC investigation will be launched will make Israel synonymous with the darkest regimes in Africa, where truly horrific war crimes have been committed. It’s unthinkable.” It is unthinkable to speak of comparisons when Israel
| Blog, Blogs - Politics, ICC |

Key Architect of 2003 Iraq War Is Now a Key Architect of Trump Iran Policy

David Wurmser was a longtime advocate of war with Iraq in the Bush administration. Eventually, he got what he wanted, and it was a total disaster. Now, Wurmser again has the ear of a president — this time, Donald Trump — and his sights are set firmly on Iran. An influential neoconservative in President George W. Bush’s White House who became a significant force behind the push for war with Iraq in 2003, Wurmser has recently been serving
| National Security, Politics |

Science against all the odds: ‘Scientists for Palestine’ holds its third international conference

Over the weekend from Friday the 10th January through Sunday the 12th Scientists for Palestine (S4P) held their third international conference, this year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In front of an audience of about 200, there were thirty Palestinian scientist presenters and panel participants, nine of whom had made the journey from Palestine to Cambridge. Source
| Activism |

A reading of Israel intelligence predictions for 2020

An Iranian nuclear bomb, high possibility of war in the north, and a continued truce with Gaza. These are the predictions of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate known as Aman for the year 2020. They were published last night after being postponed from last Tuesday in an attempt to measure the impact the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani would have on conditions in the area and the Middle East. These predictions are the ones published for the public,
| Article, Iran, Israel |

New train ride in Gaza theme park imitates journey to Jerusalem

A new train ride that tours historical sites of Jerusalem’s Old City, including a small building representing the Dome of the Rock Mosque , has opened at the Asdaa City theme park in Gaza, reported The Times of Israel . The new ride is called ‘The train of Return to Jerusalem’, and the entire journey spans 550 metres and features two elevated tracks, taking more than two years to build, and was
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