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

Ireland says moving closer to recognising Palestinian State

Ireland is close to formally recognising a Palestinian State and would like to do so in concert with Spain and other like-minded countries, new Prime Minister, Simon Harris, said on Friday after meeting his Spanish counterpart, Reuters reports. Spain and Ireland, long champions of Palestinian rights, last month announced, alongside Malta and Slovenia, that they would jointly work toward the recognition of a Palestinian
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Malta

UN says waterborne illnesses spread in Gaza due to heat, unsafe water

Waterborne diseases are spreading in Gaza due to the lack of clean water and rising temperatures, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Gaza said on Friday, Reuters reports. “It is becoming very hot there,” Jamie McGoldrick told reporters via video link from Jerusalem. “People are getting much less water than they need and, as a result, there have been waterborne diseases due
| International Organisations, Israel, Middle East

Denials of access, delays, and impediments continue in Gaza: WHO

Humanitarian operations in Gaza continue to face denials of access, delays, impediments and multiple dangers amid the ongoing conflict, said the World Health Organisation representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. “The de-confliction mechanism is not working,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, who represents the UN agency, referring to its efforts to navigate through the months-long conflict,
| Big Slide, International Organisations, Israel

German government trying to stop Palestine Congress, says organiser

The German government is actively and illicitly trying to stop or delay a Palestine Congress in Berlin from happening, an organiser of the event said Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. There is “pressure from the federal government” to cancel the Palestine Congress, Nadija Samour told Anadolu. She also accused Berlin of intentionally delaying the start of the Congress, citing technical reasons
| Europe & Russia, Germany, Israel

Israel on edge for Iran retaliation after embassy strike

Israel, on Friday, nervously awaited an attack by Iran or its proxies as warnings grew of retaliation for the killing last week of a senior officer in Iran’s embassy in Damascus, Reuters reports. Countries, including India, France and Russia have warned their citizens against travel to the region, already on edge over the war in Gaza, now in its seventh month.
| Iran, Israel, Middle East

Dramatic fall in optimism as Israel suffers ‘a total defeat’

A recent survey has revealed a significant drop in optimism among Israelis concerning the future of democratic rule and national security in the country. The findings, released this week, indicate that both measures are approaching really low points in the country’s history. The survey found that only 37 per cent of Jewish respondents and 24 per cent of Arab respondents
| Israel, Middle East, News

Apple to fix ‘bug’ that shows Palestine flag when users type Jerusalem

Apple has announced its plan to address a “bug” that prompts an emoji of the Palestinian flag when iPhone users type Jerusalem in messages. In a statement provided to Apple news outlet iMore, it has claimed the change is a keyboard bug that was not intentional and will be rectified at the next iOS operating update. Typically, when iPhone users
| Israel, Middle East, News

‘Permanent Ceasefire is Key’ – Hamas on Negotiations with Israel

“Our most prominent priority in the ongoing negotiations is the return of the displaced without restrictions and a complete withdrawal of (Israeli) forces from the Gaza Strip.” Khan Yunis Regained Rising Death Toll Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7. According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health,
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GAZA LIVE BLOG: Israel, US Anticipate Iranian Response | Lebanon Front Escalates | Israel Attacks Gaza Targets | Many Killed in Central Strip – Day 189

The Israeli attack on the central region of the Gaza Strip continued, with scores of Palestinians killed and injured. Quoting a reserve officer, The Economist revealed that there are no rules of engagement in Gaza. Citing sources familiar to the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported that an Iranian attack is expected in the next 48 hours. According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health,
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Assassinating Humanity: Why Israel Killed the WCK Workers in Gaza

The latest killing of the internationals in Gaza was done to serve the same goal: ensuring that no aid distribution mechanism is allowed. – Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak
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A change in rhetoric, not in humanitarian aid

To keep reading that Israel’s strike on the World Central Kitchen (WCK) that killed foreign aid workers besides Palestinians was the pivot point to slightly alter US President Joe Biden’s rhetoric, is nothing more but an ongoing affirmation that Palestinian lives do not matter. Referring to an interview which Biden did with Univision on Tuesday this week, the Times of
| Asia & Americas, Blog, Blogs - Politics

Exclusive: Unite officers accuse Graham & team of breaching collective to ‘crush’ staff

National Officers’ group complains to exec and legal about ‘anti-trade union’ actions, intimidation by union management and breach of collective agreement Emphases added by Skwawkbox banned Unite officials and national banners from pro-Gaza protests banned and smeared films and books exposing the ‘Labour antisemitism’ scam placed an official under investigation who refused to cancel a Palestine solidarity fringe event at Labour’s 2023 annual conference told her chief of staff to threaten a
| Analysis, Exclusive, abuse

Activists target Britain’s defense ministry over arms sales to Israel

A group of pro-Palestine activists sprayed red paint on the UK Ministry of Defence London headquarters Wednesday to protest arms sales to Israel. The joint action was carried out by members of the groups Palestine Action and Youth Demand, who called on both the Conservative and Labour parties to commit to imposing a two-way arms embargo on Israel. “This ministry
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East

Activists target Britain’s defence ministry over arms sales to Israel

A group of pro-Palestine activists sprayed red paint on the UK Ministry of Defence London headquarters Wednesday to protest arms sales to Israel. The joint action was carried out by members of the groups Palestine Action and Youth Demand, who called on both the Conservative and Labour parties to commit to imposing a two-way arms embargo on Israel. “This ministry
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East

US supports Israel against any threats by Iran, its proxies: Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Wednesday that the US will “stand with Israel against any threats by Iran and its proxies.” Blinken and Gallant spoke over phone, said State Department spokesman Matthew Miller, adding they also discussed “ongoing efforts to secure the release of all hostages through an agreement for an immediate
| Asia & Americas, Iran, Israel

The unenviable position of the Palestinian Authority

The position of the Palestinian National Authority, known as the PA, has really been very awkward, to say the least. Here, the top Palestinian Authority, supposedly representing all the people inside and outside Palestine, is standing helpless and hopeless, while Israel, its “partner in peace”, slaughters, maims and jails thousands of innocent people. After the Hamas attack on Israel last
| Article, Israel, Middle East

Palestinian Priest to Tucker Carlson: ‘Washington’s Support for Israel Threatens Palestinian Christians’ – VIDEO

“We will not survive as a Christian community if the situation of Palestinians in general is not solved.” Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire’.
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Israel mulling conditional release of 900 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for 40 hostages

Tel Aviv is considering a proposal by the US CIA Director to release 900 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for 40 Israeli hostages held captive by Hamas, with the condition that they be deported to another country and not be allowed to return to their homes in the Gaza Strip, local media reported. “A proposal by CIA Director, William Burns, would
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

USAID chief Power sees 'sea change' in assistance for Gaza, wants more

US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, Samantha Power, acknowledged on Tuesday that humanitarian aid into Gaza had risen sharply in the past few days, and said the higher level of aid should be sustained and increased further, Reuters reports. “We are seeing a sea change, which we hope is sustained and expanded upon,” Power said at a hearing of the
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

GAZA LIVE BLOG: Israeli Sources: Defeating Hamas is Impossible Now | Iran Threatens Israel | Biden Blames Netanyahu – Day 187

Defeating the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas is not possible now, according to army officers cited in Israeli media. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reiterated that Israel will be punished for its attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus. US President Joe Biden upped his criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s war on Gaza. “I think what he’s doing is a mistake,”
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Biden says Netanyahu is making 'a mistake' with his approach to war on Gaza

US President Joe Biden criticised Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday over the war on Gaza, calling his approach a “mistake”, Anadolu Agency reports. “I think what he’s doing is a mistake. I don’t agree with his approach,” Biden told the US-based Spanish language TV network, Univision, in an interview. “What I’m calling for is for the Israelis to
| Asia & Americas, International Organisations, Israel

Massive fire erupts at Nasser Hospital in Gaza on Eid Al-Fitr eve

A massive fire erupted in a warehouse at Nasser Hospital in the city of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Fitr, Anadolu Agency reports. The Civil Defence in the enclave said in a statement that its teams had rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire that broke out on
| Israel, Middle East, News

Activists protest UK Labour leader, demanding end arms sales to Israel

A group of activists held a protest outside Labour Party head Keir Starmer’s home in London, calling on the main opposition leader to support an arms embargo on Israel, Anadolu news agency reported. Activists from the Youth Demand group placed dozens of children’s shoes outside Starmer’s home and a banner that read: “Starmer, stop the killing.” Since the beginning of ongoing Israeli
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East

What’s Really Behind Snap Israeli Military Withdrawal from Gaza Fronts?

Islam Times - The Israeli regime on Sunday in an important announcement said that it withdrew a major part of its forces from southern Gaza, and in the north only two divisions remain stationed for what they said helping to maintain the military's freedom of action and its ability to accurately continue operations.
| Palestine

Exclusive: Graham to be subpoena’d to testify in Ogle tribunal if she declines to appear

Latest news from today’s session of discrimination case brought by Irish trade unionist against Unite and Sharon Graham as witnesses again ‘rattle’ union barrister – and former GS Len McCluskey will be called again banned Unite officials and national banners from pro-Gaza protests banned and smeared films and books exposing the ‘Labour antisemitism’ scam placed an official under investigation who refused to cancel a Palestine solidarity fringe event at Labour’s
| Exclusive, abuse, adjudicator

US does not believe Israel is committing genocide in Gaza: Defence chief

The US does not believe Israel is committing genocide in the Gaza Strip, Defence chief, Lloyd Austin, said Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports. “We don’t have any evidence of genocide being created,” Austin said at a Senate hearing on the Pentagon’s budget request. Austin reiterated that the US is committed to assisting Israel in defending its territory and people by providing
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

‘No force in the world’ to stop Israel from invading Rafah, Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Tuesday that “no force in the world” will prevent his army from invading Rafah in the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports. “We will complete the elimination of the Hamas battalions, including in Rafah,” Netanyahu told recruits being drafted to the army’s Border Defence Corps. “No force in the world will
| Israel, Middle East, News

‘On All Fronts’ – Has Israel Been Strategically Defeated?

Today, the Palestinian movement for national liberation is more popular than ever before and the Palestinian Resistance remains steadfast. Military Capabilities Israeli Captives Stiff Resistance International Law Information War Internal Divisions – Robert Inlakesh is a journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. He focuses on the Middle East, specializing in Palestine. He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.
| Articles, Features, gaza

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

Iran says Israeli presence in the UAE is a threat

Israeli President Isaac Herzog meets with the UAE’s Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on 4 February 2022 [@MohamedBinZayed/Twitter] " data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.middleeastmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FKWjRMaaUAILLuy.jpg?fit=500%2C333&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.middleeastmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FKWjRMaaUAILLuy.jpg?fit=1200%2C798&ssl=1" />The Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy said, on Tuesday, Israel’s presence in the United Arab Emirates was a threat to Tehran and this “should not happen”, Reuters reports. Iran has threatened to retaliate for suspected Israeli airstrikes on
| Iran, Israel, Middle East

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

Chaos of Gaza war forces Christians to bury dead in Muslim cemeteries

Too frightened to travel on dangerous roads that lead to their graveyards in Gaza, Palestinian Christians are lowering their loved ones into the ground in Muslim cemeteries amid the chaos of war between Israel and Palestine, Reuters reports. “I’ve been working at this cemetery for almost 10 years and this is the first time in my life,” said Ihsan Al-Natour,
| Israel, Middle East, News

‘What crime is Israel hiding?’ asks Foreign Press Association

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) has called for Israel to allow international journalists “expanded and unfettered access to Gaza,” noting that “six months is far too long” for journalists to be banned from the enclave. No foreign journalists have been allowed into Gaza since Israel launched its deadly military offensive in October, since when more than 33,000 Palestinians have been
| Israel, Middle East, News

Spain Premier to embark on European tour to rally support for recognition of Palestine

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, will embark on a European tour to try to convince more nations to recognise an independent Palestinian State, the government spokesperson announced on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports. Madrid has vowed to recognise the Palestinian State before July, but it hopes more countries will follow its lead. Starting on Friday, Sanchez will begin a series of
| EU, International Organisations, Israel

Australia to consider recognising Palestinian state, FM says

Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Canberra would consider recognition of a Palestinian state, a shift in policy, Reuters reports. In a speech today, Wong backed comments by Britain’s Foreign Minister David Cameron who has said that recognising a Palestinian state, including at the United Nations, would make a two-state solution irreversible. Wong said the international community is discussing Palestinian
| Australia, Israel, Middle East

Air drops & air strikes: Gaza's aid fallacy

Why is the international community calling for more aid without calling for a permanent ceasefire and an end to hostilities? This is the aid fallacy in Gaza, encapsulated in Israel's recent announcement that it will allow more humanitarian aid in but only so it can continue with the war, the air strikes and the killing.
| Asia & Americas, ICJ, International Organisations

Israel defence minister says now is the time to conclude truce with Hamas

Israeli Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant, has suggested that now is the right time for Tel Aviv to conclude a truce with Hamas in Gaza in exchange for releasing prisoners of war taken by the group on 7 October. Addressing army recruits, Gallant said: “There will be difficult decisions. We must be prepared to pay the price to return the hostages
| Israel, Middle East, News

‘The world wants Gaza to burn, why else are they all just sitting and watching us die?’

Ahmed Suhail Al-Hattab had eagerly awaited for the month of Ramadan, anticipating the warmth of family and friends gathering for the cherished tradition of iftar – the break fast meal – at his home in Tel Al-Hawa, nestled in the southern reaches of Gaza City. For as long as he can remember, the spirited atmosphere of visiting night markets and
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, International Organisations

Tel Aviv has failed in its war on Gaza, Israeli political analyst says

The Israeli government has lost its war on Gaza and is more isolated than ever, Yedioth Ahronoth’s political analyst Nadav Eyal said yesterday. “Not only has [Israel] lost support in most of the West, and is very close to an arms embargo from Europe, even among its great ally the tectonic plates are in motion,” Eyal wrote in an op-ed.
| Israel, Middle East, News

Guyana president announces $72m Gaza donation

President of the Republic of Guyana, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, announced the collection of over $72 million in donations to provide immediate humanitarian relief to the residents of Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories. Ali made the announcement during his visit to the Ramadan Village organised by the Islamic Youth Association in Guyana on Saturday evening, under the slogan “A Night
| Asia & Americas, Guyana, International Organisations

Amnesty urges Israel to return body of Palestinian who died of ‘medical negligence’ in custody

Amnesty International yesterday said Israel must release the body of Palestinian Walid Daqqa, who died a day earlier in Israeli custody after a long battle with cancer, Reuters reported, with prisoner rights groups saying he died of medical negligence. “It is heart-wrenching that Walid Daqqah has died in Israeli custody despite the many calls for his urgent release on humanitarian
| Amnesty International, International Organisations, Israel

US says it destroyed Houthi air defence, drone systems in Red Sea area

The US military said yesterday it destroyed air defence and drone systems of Yemen’s Houthi forces in the area of the Red Sea, with no injuries or damage reported to commercial, US and coalition ships, according to Reuters. The US Central Command said on X its forces had destroyed an air defence system with two missiles ready to launch, a
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East

Killed in Uniform – The Gaza Medic Who Saw His Murder in a Dream

Even before the April 1 killing of six international humanitarian workers with the World Central Kitchen Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza did not spare anyone. ‘He Saved Dozens from Death’ Died in Uniform Prophetic Dream – Abdallah Aljamal is a Gaza-based journalist. He is a correspondent for The Palestine Chronicle in the Gaza Strip.
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Drone footage shows Gaza turned to wasteland since start of Israeli offensive

Drone footage of Gaza over the six months of Israel’s military offensive against the Palestinians in the coastal enclave shows how the Palestinian territory has been transformed into a vast wasteland of rubble and twisted steel by Israeli bombs and missiles. During normal days, Reuters has reported, Palestinians used to be able to stand on their balconies and take in
| Israel, Middle East, News

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
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GAZA LIVE BLOG: Hamas: No Progress in Negotiations | Ben-Gvir Threatens Netanyahu over Rafah | Famine Spreads – Day 185

A top official with the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas told Al-Jazeera that there was no progress in the negotiations in Cairo, and the Israeli delegation did not respond to any of Hamas’ demands. Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said Netanyahu’s post as prime minister is at risk if he does not invade Rafah. Reports by Israeli media highlighted that the withdrawal
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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