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    Israel cuts fresh water supplies to Gaza

    March 20, 2018

    Israel has been cutting drinking water supplies for the Gaza Strip since last Wednesday, Quds Press reported on Monday. The move was made without any prior notice being given.

    “Mekorot, the Israeli water supplier, told us last Wednesday that they would cut water for a couple of hours for maintenance purposes,” explained Maher Salem, the Director of Gaza’s Water Authority. “Since then, the water has been off. The pumping of water was not resumed as was agreed with them. This has affected the distribution of water in Gaza.”

    According to Salem, up to 200,000 Palestinians in the coastal enclave are benefitting from the water supply from the Israelis, which comes from deep wells located along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip. Mekorot sells water to Gaza following an agreement signed last year.

    All of the irrigation wells used by farmers near the Gaza border have collapsed due to Israel taking the underground water sources through their deep wells. The Palestinians in Gaza are not allowed to dig wells more than 100 metres deep.

    The residents of Gaza suffer from a severe lack of drinking water. Up to 95 per cent of water in the territory is unfit for human consumption, according to World Health Organisation standards.



    U.S. Condemns Palestinians for Protesting in Gaza

    Apr 06, 2018

    In Gaza, Palestinians are staging another round of protests near the Israeli border a week after Israeli troops opened fire on a peaceful demonstration. Over the past week Israel has killed at least 21 Palestinians, including a Gaza man on Thursday who died in an Israeli airstrike. While Israel’s actions have been widely criticized internationally, the United States has condemned Palestinians for protesting. On Thursday, White House envoy Jason Greenblatt said, “We condemn leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters—including children—to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed.” Greenblatt’s statement made no reference to Israeli forces, who have opened fire on those protesters, including children.


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    Israel’s online incitement of violence against the Palestinians

    by Asa Winstanley - March 16, 2018

    A major Israeli propaganda talking point is the concept of “Palestinian incitement”. The idea behind it is that Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation is so self-defeating, so irrational, that it can only be the work of outside agitators.

    The Official Enemy of the past, supposedly responsible for such “incitement”, was the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Before that it was Gamal Abdel Nasser, the leader of Egypt, who allowed some Palestinian fighters to operate out of territory he controlled.

    Today, the main “inciter” of Israeli mythology is probably Hamas, Palestine’s Islamic Resistance Movement. Nevertheless, the Palestinian Authority, despite its craven policy of “security coordination” with Israel, is still used as a scapegoat for the source of “incitement” of Palestinian youth to resist Israeli occupation by demonstrating, throwing stones or even attacking Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers.

    Even the BDS movement – aiming to encourage boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it stops violating basic Palestinian human rights – is considered “incitement” by Israeli propagandists.

    The reality, of course, is very different. In fact, Palestinians need no “incitement” by anyone as a motivation to resist Israel’s occupation. The only genuine source of incitement is Israel itself and its actions.

    Every time Israeli occupation soldiers shoot and kill another unarmed Palestinian youth for daring to raise a voice in opposition to the brutal military regime, then that is a source of incitement.

    Every time thuggish soldiers perpetuate Israel’s 70-year-long campaign of ethnic cleansing by bulldozing another Palestinian home, that is a source of incitement.

    Every time fanatical Zionist settlers in Hebron attack another Palestinian child, and every time they steal yet another Palestinian home through direct force because the Israeli state gives them carte blanche to do so, that is a source of incitement.

    In reality, Palestinians need no outside incitement for them to react to their daily reality. As long as Israel continues to deny Palestinians their basic rights, they will continue to resist by any means necessary.

    A new report on Israeli incitement from a Palestinian human rights group based in Haifa shows that – as is so often the case – the reality is very different to Israel’s false claims.
    Everything that the Israelis falsely accuse their enemies of doing they themselves are, in reality, guilty of that much and more.

    7amleh (also transliterated Hamleh) is a relatively-new centre for digital rights and free speech in the social media realm. Its new report analysed the Israeli social media sphere during 2017, and found some shockingly hateful results.

    Palestinian citizens of Israel are typically very well educated in Hebrew as a second language, and so 7amleh was able to look comprehensively into the realm of Hebrew-language social media. The organisation found that, on average during 2017, there was a new
    Israeli social media posting containing incitement to violence or hate speech against Palestinians every 71 seconds. Some 445,000 Israeli social media postings contained calls for violence, hate speech or curses against Palestinians.

    Such popular Israeli online incitement has in the past included a 2015 campaign for Palestinian “terrorists” to be executed – into which many Israelis sickeningly drafted their own children (many openly published their children’s photos, but the article to which I’ve linked has carefully pixelated out the faces of all minors).

    According to 7amleh, this “
    exposes Facebook’s complicity in perpetuating the double standards of the Israeli government of silencing and shutting down Palestinian content whilst allowing for the spread of Israeli incitement. Furthermore, the Israeli government fails to hold any Israeli accountable for online violence while at the same time it jails hundreds of Palestinians based on this unfounded claim of incitement.”

    Palestinians often face Israeli prison cells for daring to criticise Israel online. Perhaps the most notorious example of this in recent times has been the arrest and imprisonment of Dareen Tartour for daring to write a poem calling for Palestinians to “Resist them, my people, resist them.” She too was accused of “incitement”.

    Facebook (on which 82 per cent of the incitement and hateful Israeli social media posts recorded in the 7amleh report took place) has been complicit in this censorship effort. The extent to which the social-media monolith helps Israel to remove and censor legitimate Palestinian political speech from the platform was revealed recently; it does this under the pretext of “incitement” or “terrorism”.

    However, Facebook does nothing when official Israeli spokespeople, MPs and ministers openly incite violence, ethnic cleansing and even outright genocide against the entire Palestinian people, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure,” in the words of a text that the woman who is now Israel’s “justice” minister posted infamously on Facebook in 2014.

    It is time for these unaccountable social media corporations to be forced to become more transparent.

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    Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

    Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.

    They are dressed like Palestinian protesters, speak with the same accents and expressions, and show the same mannerisms. Their faces covered with checkered keffiyehs or balaclavas, they chant against the Israeli army and sometimes throw stones in the direction of the soldiers, all while drawing in other protesters as they get closer and closer to the army.

    Then, quick as a bang, the scene erupts, and this group suddenly turns on the rest of the Palestinian protesters, brandishing guns that were concealed under their shirts, firing in the air, grabbing those nearest to them and wrestling them to the ground.

    The army advances and takes into custody the Palestinians that were caught, as the rest of the protesters disperse, screaming out one word as a warning to others: "Musta'ribeen!"
    Disguised as Arabs

    Musta'ribeen, or mista'arvim in Hebrew, is a word that is derived from the Arabic "musta'rib", or one that is specialised in Arabic language and culture. In Israeli security terms, the word denotes security forces who disguise themselves as Arabs and carry out missions in the heart of Palestinian societies or other Arab countries.

    The agents are given rigorous training, and in operations concerning the occupied territories, are taught to think and act like a Palestinian. Their main missions, according to Israeli affairs expert Antoine Shalhat, include gathering intelligence, arresting Palestinians, and - in their eyes - counterterrorist operations.

    "The first musta'ribeen unit was established in 1942 before the state of Israel came into being until 1950," Shalhat said. "This unit was part of the Palmach, an elite division of the Haganah militia, which went on to later become the core of the Israeli army."

    Not much is known about these agents because they operate in secret, he added. The Israeli army dissolves these units once their work is found out, and forms new ones to take their place.

    "The agents must speak Arabic as if it is their mother tongue," Shalhat said. "They undergo courses to master Palestinian dialects and Arabic accents according to which Arab country they operate in, such as Yemen or Tunisia."

    These courses take between four to six months and include how to master customs and religious practices, such as fasting and praying.

    The agents use makeup and wigs to complete their disguise but are chosen according to how similar their physical features are to Arab countenances.

    In total, the training can take up to 15 months, and consists of operational field work such as driving and sniping, how to move around in crowded Palestinian settings, and arms training.

    "One of the most well-known units was the Rimon, which was established in 1978 and remained active until 2005," Shalhat said. "Their work was mostly concentrated in the Gaza Strip. Another unit that operated in Gaza was called Shimshon during the 80s and 90s."

    "The Duvdevan 217 elite unit is still operative within the army. It was established during the 1980s by [former Israeli prime minister] Ehud Barak and currently functions in the West Bank and is considered the most active and secretive."

    Presence in recent protests

    In December, Palestinians protested US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Hundreds were arrested by Israeli forces, and 10 people were killed across the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the first two weeks.

    During one of the protests at Ramallah's northern entrance near the illegal Bet Il settlement, a group of musta'ribeen infiltrated the protest and arrested three young Palestinian men, according to journalist Rasha Harzallah.

    "They were only there for 10 minutes," said Harzallah, who was standing the closest to the first Palestinian protester arrested on Wednesday, December 13. "They were dressed exactly like the other Palestinian protesters, and threw a sound grenade at them."

    "They were about five in total, and pulled out their guns and began firing in the air," she continued. "The army then suddenly advanced in huge numbers, and they began firing live bullets at people and in the air, even at the journalists."

    Harzallah, who works for the official Wafa news agency, said that the agent nearest to her was wearing a dark red shirt and had his face covered with a keffiyeh.

    "Before, he was standing on the front line with the other Palestinian protesters throwing rocks at the Israeli army," she said.

    "The army then suddenly advanced quickly. Then I noticed the red-shirted man on top of a Palestinian protester, and he was waving his gun towards me and the photographer next to me shouting 'don't get close!'"
    'How can they tell who they are?'

    Harzallah explained that before the musta'ribeen made their presence known, the protesters were throwing stones at the Israeli army. But the soldiers did not respond, which immediately raised suspicions.

    "They did not do anything," she said. "From experience, the protesters know that when the Israeli army stops firing sound grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets … then there's a big probability that the musta'ribeen are present among them. But how can they tell who they are?"

    In the 2015 protests commonly referred to by Palestinians as the "Intifada of the knives", Harzallah witnessed another raid by the musta'ribeen, which she described as much worse.

    "They fired their weapons at two Palestinians, one in the head and the other in his leg from point-blank range," she said.

    "I saw them drag the Palestinian they had shot in the head…I thought he was dead because I saw bits of his flesh on the ground."

    The young man, Mohammed Ziyadeh, lived; he remains partially paralysed.

    In an interview with Al Jazeera shortly after the incident, Ziyadeh relayed from his hospital bed that after being beaten by the musta'ribeen, they fired a bullet at his head and he lost consciousness.

    "When I came round, they began interrogating me, but I told them I could not remember anything," he said, his speech slurred. "They took me to the hospital and beat me up again."

    Ziyadeh underwent two surgeries and was interrogated and beaten after each one. His lawyer finally managed to set him free, and shortly after he was able to move one of his legs again.

    With the emergence of the musta'ribeen in protests, Palestinians have learned to become more vigilant.

    One way of differentiating themselves from the undercover Israeli agents is tucking their shirts into their waistbands, where concealed weapons would be seen.

    "They should also take caution when a group drags other protesters closer to the army," Harzallah said, "and make sure that there is a group monitoring other protesters."


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    Israel, shooting a child and anyone trying to rescue him


    Israel, shooting a child and anyone trying to rescue him. BDS at UNICEF.. UN Human Rights Why Did Israeli Police Ambush and Shoot at Palestinian Kids?.. Khaled Shtaiwi, eleven, is seen lying on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops in Kafr Kadum.

    video: https://www.facebook.com/prolifefirs...8655861481070/

    article: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...l-dura/302735/

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    Facebook censors Palestinian news outlet

    Facebook continues to violate Palestinian free speech, this time by shutting down – without warning – Safa Palestinian Press Agency, a major news outlet. This in spite of the great amount of anti-Palestinian incitement on Israeli Facebook accounts, including that of justice minister Ayelet Shaked. This bowing to Israeli pressure does not bode well for other social media (or for Palestinian free speech).

    by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

    Facebook has shut down the page of a major Palestinian news outlet, in what appears to be a blatant instance of pro-Israel censorship.

    The Safa Palestinian Press Agency reported that on Saturday its page, which had more than 1.3 million followers, was shut down without warning.

    According to Safa, the next day its website was hijacked and replaced with threatening statements, before the publication’s technologists managed to restore control of their site.

    On Monday, Safa reported that its page on the photo sharing network Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, had also been shut down without any warning. The account had more than 70,000 followers.

    This appears to be an escalation of Facebook’s persistent blocking of the accounts of Palestinian journalists and publications.

    Safa reports a mix of local and international news typical of other news organizations and asserts it has done nothing to violate Facebook’s rules.

    According to Safa, Facebook has in recent days shut down about 100 accounts belonging to Palestinian media and activists.

    In a statement Monday, Safa managers condemned Facebook’s action as a continuation of Israel’s assault on the Palestinian people and an attempt to silence reporting about reality.

    The publication urged local and international press freedom defenders to speak out against the censorship, and called on Facebook to restore Safa’s accounts.

    Earlier this month, journalists in Gaza held a demonstration to protest censorship by Facebook.

    A request for comment has been sent to Facebook.

    Bowing to government pressure

    In 2016, Israel made an agreement with Facebook to collaborate in monitoring what Israel claims to be “incitement” by Palestinians.

    That year, Facebook apologized for disabling the accounts of several Palestinian journalists, claiming it had been a mistake.

    But with the shuttering of Safa’s accounts, it appears that the targeting of Palestinian journalists continues.

    The European Union also appears to be supporting Israel’s social media censorship as part of the 28-member bloc’s deepening commitment to silencing support for Palestinian rights.

    Last week, three EU justice ministers signed a joint declaration with their Israeli counterpart Ayelet Shaked on “combating online incitement” and anti-Semitism.

    In recent years, Israel has been pushing to broaden the definition of anti-Semitism – which simply means bigotry against Jews as Jews – to include criticism of Israel and its state ideology, Zionism.

    The event was attended by Delphine Reyer, Facebook’s policy director for Africa and the Middle East.

    Israeli incitement

    While Facebook colludes with governments to crack down on Palestinians, violent and racist incitement by Israelis continues unabated.

    More than 10 percent of Facebook posts written about Palestinians include denigrating language or calls for violence, according to a recent study by 7amleh, an advocacy group for Palestinian citizens of Israel.

    One of the most notorious examples of online incitement against Palestinians was posted by none other than justice minister Ayelet Shaked.

    On the eve of the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza that left more than 550 Palestinian children dead, Shaked promoted a call for genocidal violence, including the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

    Shaked’s call received thousands of “likes” before she removed it, embarrassed by the global exposure it gained after The Electronic Intifada translated it into English.

    Last week, Shaked claimed that “terror groups” – the Israeli government’s catch-all term for Palestinian political parties and resistance organizations – were switching to Twitter, because so far that social network has been less willing to comply with government censorship than Facebook.

    This indicates that after Facebook’s capitulation, other social media networks will be in Israel’s crosshairs.


    How Israel and its partisans work to censor the Internet

    Numerous well funded, organized projects by and for Israel work to flood social media with pro-Israel propaganda, while blocking facts Israel dislikes. The projects utilize Israeli soldiers, students, American teens and others, and range from infiltrating Wikipedia to influencing YouTube. Some operate out of Jewish Community Centers in the U.S.

    By Alison Weir

    Recently, YouTube suddenly shut down the If Americans Knew YouTube channel. This contained 70 videos providing facts-based information about Israel-Palestine.

    People going to the channel saw a message telling them that the site had been terminated for “violating YouTube guidelines”—implying to the public that we were guilty of wrongdoing. And ensuring they didn’t learn about the information we were trying to disseminate.

    When we tried to access our channel, we found a message saying our account had been “permanently disabled.” We had received no warning and got no explanation.

    After five days, we received a generic message saying YouTube had reviewed our content and determined it didn’t violate any guidelines. Our channel became live once more.

    So why was it shut down in the first place? What happened and why?

    As it turns out, Israel and Israeli institutions employ armies of Internet warriors—from Israeli soldiers to students—to spread propaganda online and try to get content banned that Israel doesn’t want seen.

    Perhaps like our videos of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

    What happened

    A few days before the termination of our channel, we received a form email from YouTube, telling us we had gotten “one strike” for a short video about a Palestinian man killed by Israeli soldiers. The video was part of our series of videos to make Palestinian victims, usually ignored by US media, visible to Americans.

    It takes three minutes to view the video and see that it contains nothing objectionable, unless revealing cruelty and oppression is objectionable:

    YouTube’s email claimed we had somehow violated their long list of guidelines but did not tell us which one, or how. It simply stated:

    “Your video ‘Ahmad Nasser Jarrar’ was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.”

    Such a penalty is not public and does not terminate the channel.

    Three days later, before we’d even had a chance to appeal this strike, YouTube suddenly took down our entire channel. This was done with no additional warnings or explanation.

    This violated YouTube’s published policies.

    YouTube policies say there is a “three-strike” system by which it warns people of alleged violations three times before terminating a channel. If a channel is eventually terminated, the policies state that YouTube will send an email “detailing the reason for the suspension.”

    None of this happened in our case.

    We submitted appeals on YouTube’s online form, but received no response. Attempts to find a phone number for YouTube and/or email addresses by which we could communicate with a human being were futile.

    YouTube’s power to shut down content without explanation whenever it chooses was acutely apparent. While there are other excellent video hosting sites, YouTube is the largest one, with nearly ten times more views than its closest competitors. It is therefore enormously powerful in shaping which information is available to the public–and which is not.

    We spent days working to upload our videos elsewhere, update links to the videos, etc. Finally, having received no response or even acknowledgment of our appeal from YouTube, we decided to write an article about the situation. We emailed YouTube’s press department a list of questions about its process. We have yet to receive any answers.

    Finally that evening we received an email with good news:

    “After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service. As such, we have unsuspended your account. This means your account is once again active and operational.”

    Our channel was visible once more. And YouTube had now officially confirmed that our content doesn’t violate its guidelines.

    Ultimately, the YouTube system seems to have worked, in our case. Inappropriate censorship was overruled, perhaps by saner or less biased heads. In fact, we felt that there might at least be one positive result of the situation—additional YouTube employees had viewed our videos and perhaps learned much about Israel-Palestine they had not previously known.

    But the whole experience was a wakeup call that YouTube can censor information critical of powerful parties at any time, with no explanation or accountability.

    Israeli soldiers paid to “Tweet, Share, Like and more”

    Israel and partisans of Israel have long had a significant presence on the Internet, working to promote the Israel narrative and block facts about Palestine, the Israel lobby, and other subject matter they wish covered up.

    Opinionated proponents of Israel post comments, flag content, accuse critics of “antisemitism,” and disseminate misinformation about Palestine and Palestine solidarity activists. Many of these actions are by individuals acting alone who work independently, voluntarily, and relentlessly.

    In addition to these, however, a number of orchestrated, often well-funded projects sponsored by the Israeli government and others have come to light. These projects work to place pro-Israel content throughout the Internet, and to remove information Israel doesn’t wish people to know.

    One such Israeli project targeting the Internet came to light when it was lauded in an article by Arutz Sheva, an Israeli news organization headquartered in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

    The report described a new project by Israel’s “New Media desk” that focused on YouTube and other social media sites. The article reported that Israeli soldiers were being employed to “Tweet, Share, Like and more.”

    The article noted, “It is well known nowadays that what happens on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has great influence on events as they occur on the ground. The Internet, too, is a battleground.” It was “comforting,” the article stated, to learn that the IDF was employing soldiers whose job was specifically to do battle on it.

    Israeli students paid to promote Israel on social media

    Another project to do battle on the Internet was initiated in 2011 by the 300,000-strong National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS). The goal was “to deepen and expand hasbara [state propaganda] activities of students in the State of Israel.”

    Under this program, Israeli students are paid $2,000 to work five hours per week to “lead the battle against hostile websites.”

    An announcement for the program (translated here into English) noted that “many students in Israel master the Internet and are proficient at using the Internet and social networking and various sites and are required to write and express themselves in English.” Students can work from the comfort of their own homes, points out the announcement.

    “Students work in four teams: Content, Wikipedia, Monitoring and New Media,” according to the program description. It details the responsibilities for each team:

    The content team is responsible for creating original content in a news format.

    The monitoring team is responsible for “monitoring efforts while reporting and removing anti-Semitic [sic] content from social networks in a variety of languages.” (The program conflates criticism of Israel with antisemitism; see below.)

    The New Media team is responsible for social media channels, “including Facebook accounts in English, French and Portuguese, Twitter, YouTube channels, and so on.”

    The Wikipedia team is “responsible for writing new entries and translating them into languages that operate in the program, updating the values of current and relevant information, tracking and preventing bias in the program’s areas of activity.”

    This program sometimes claims it is working against antisemitism, but it conflates antisemitism with criticism of the state of Israel. This is in line with an Israel-backed initiative to legally define “antisemitism” to include discussing negative facts about Israel and its treatment of Palestinians.

    Campaign to infiltrate Wikipedia

    The pro-Israel organization CAMERA infiltrated Wikipedia for a time. (Illustration by Electronic Intifada.)

    Several years ago, another project came to light that targeted Wikipedia. While manipulating Wikipedia entries doesn’t directly impact YouTube, it provides a window into some of these efforts to manipulate online content.

    A 2008 exposé in the Electronic Intifada revealed: “A pro-Israel pressure group is orchestrating a secret, long-term campaign to infiltrate the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia.”

    While it is common and appropriate for individuals to edit Wikipedia entries to add factual information and remove inaccurate statements, this project was the antithesis of such editing. As EI, reported, its purpose was “to rewrite Palestinian history, pass off crude propaganda as fact, and take over Wikipedia administrative structures to ensure these changes go either undetected or unchallenged.”

    Author Ali Abunimah reported that a source had provided EI with a series of emails from members and associates of the pro-Israel group CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) that showed the group “was engaged in what one activist termed a ‘war’ on Wikipedia.”

    CAMERA called for volunteers to secretly work on editing Wikipedia entries. It emphasized the importance of keeping the project secret. Volunteers were schooled in ways to elude detection. After they signed up as editors, they were to “avoid editing Israel-related articles for a short period of time.”

    They were also told to “avoid, for obvious reasons, picking a username that marks you as pro-Israel, or that lets people know your real name.”

    CAMERA also warned them: “Don’t forget to always log in… If you make changes while not logged in, Wikipedia will record your computer’s IP address.”

    A Wikipedia editor known as Zeq helped in the effort, telling volunteers: “Edit articles at random, make friends not enemies—we will need them later on. This is a marathon not a sprint.” He emphasized the importance of secrecy: “You don’t want to be precived [sic] as a ‘CAMERA’ defender’ on wikipedia that is for sure.”

    Zeq recommended that they work with and learn from an independent, pro-Israel Wikipedia editor known as Jayjg, but directed them to keep the project secret even from him.

    When this all came to light, Wikipedia took measures against such manipulation of its system and the CAMERA program may have ended.

    If it did, others stepped into the breach. In 2010 two Israeli groups began offering a course in “Zionist editing” of Wikipedia entries. The aim was “to make sure that information in the online encyclopedia reflects the worldview of Zionist groups.” A course organizer explained that the use of the word “occupied” in Wikipedia entries “was just the kind of problem she hoped a new team of editors could help fix.”

    Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper reported: “The organizers’ aim was twofold: to affect Israeli public opinion by having people who share their ideological viewpoint take part in writing and editing for the Hebrew version, and to write in English so Israel’s image can be bolstered abroad.”

    There was to be a prize for the “Best Zionist Editor”—the person who over the next four years incorporated the most “Zionist” changes in the encyclopedia. The winner would receive a trip in a hot-air balloon over Israel.

    Full article/report at : https://israelpalestinenews.org/isra...nsor-internet/

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    Israel MASSACRES Over Fifty Palestinian Protesters, Thousands Injured

    Eight children under 16 among Gaza dead: Palestinian envoy to UN

    Israeli fire claimed the lives of eight children under the age of 16 on Monday during violent clashes on the Israel-Gaza border over the US embassy opening in Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian envoy to the UN.

    "We condemn in the strongest terms these atrocities by the Israeli occupying forces, using this massive fire power against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully - and they have been demonstrating peacefully," said Ambassador Riyad Mansour.

    The diplomat gave a toll of 45 Palestinian dead and more than 2,000 injured. The Gazan health ministry reported shortly afterwards that the number killed had risen to 52.

    Mansour said Palestinians demand an immediate stop to the violence and, pointing to Israel, said "we want those responsible to be brought to justice."

    The diplomat added that his colleague at the UN in Geneva was urging the UN Human Rights Council to hold an emergency meeting to launch an independent investigation into the clashes.

    Mansour said the "massacre" was occurring as the US "illegally and unilateraly and in a provocative way is opening its embassy."

    "It is very tragic that they are celebrating an illegal action while Israel is killing and injuring thousands of Palestinians civilians."

    Monday's bloodshed make it the deadliest day of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war


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    Messianic U.S. Israel Axis Showcased at Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony

    Twenty-nine countries attended the US ceremony to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

    Today, unarmed Gazans died by the dozens simultaneously with a star-studded celebration in Jerusalem. American pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress, well-known bigots, preached and prayed. Donald Trump was practically worshiped. No amount of spin could turn this debacle into a genuinely admirable day for Israel.

    by Chemi Shalev, Ha’aretz

    The stark contrast that played out on split screens throughout the world Monday, between the Israeli celebration in Jerusalem and the Palestinian casualties in Gaza, was worthy of Charles Dickens’ immortal opening to “A Tale of Two Cities:” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

    Whether one accepts the Palestinian narrative of hungry masses demonstrating for dignity, or the Israeli version of a cynical exploitation of human lives as cover for homicidal intent, there is no doubt that the scores of dead and many hundreds of wounded on the Gaza border spoiled Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump’s extravaganza. The more the casualties in Gaza mounted, the more those assembled at the site of the new American embassy in Jerusalem seemed arrogant, detached and mainly devoid of compassion. As more and more reports and tweets came in about the mounting casualties in Gaza’s day of bloodshed, the worst since the 2014 Protective Edge operation, the more the claim that the embassy move could actually help achieve peace seemed both cynical and ridiculous.

    The knockout to Israel’s image was built-in in the script. When a modern, sophisticated and armed-to-the-teeth army confronts unarmed masses sporting kites and stones, the propaganda debacle is inevitable. Even the best hasbara points – sorely lacking in this case, except for domestic consumption – cannot contend with so many killed and wounded. Hamas recruited the embassy ceremony as a catalyzer for its Nakba campaign, which could escalate in the coming days, and exploited the international media’s coverage of the Jerusalem ceremony to its own ends. But while Israelis told themselves that they’re dealing with a terrorist organization that is callous to the lives of its own people and rules over a territory that Israel supposedly withdrew from, international public opinion could only see strong versus weak, occupier against occupied, a heartless state confronting despair and desperation.

    At the same time, the makeup and participants in the Israeli-American Jerusalem hoopla made clear – if there were any doubts – that Netanyahu and his colleagues couldn’t care less these days about international public opinion. Israel has only one king, and his name is Donald Trump. He is Israel’s salvation and his word – or at least his benefactor Sheldon Adelson’s – is the bond that fuses Jerusalem and Washington together. The participation of pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress in the ceremony accentuated this new axis of fundamentalist, messianic End-Times-adoring elements that increasingly dominate ties between the two countries. Hagee once described Adolf Hitler as God’s hunter and Jeffress consigned unrepentant Jews to hell, but in the era of Trump-Netanyahu, old-style aversion to Jews is cast aside for the sake of unqualified support for Israel’s rejectionist, settler-dominated agenda. A shared hostility to Islam, which Jeffress once depicted as a religion of pedophiles, underpins the ties that bind the two countries together.

    In this regard, the ceremony also marked the demise of bipartisan support for Israel and even dispelled the notion that anyone really cares. The U.S. delegation didn’t include even one Democratic legislator – an absence that spoke volumes. And even though most Israeli opposition leaders came to the ceremony, out of true conviction or fear of public opinion, Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg was right to stay at home. A genuine, peace-loving leftist, even one who supports the embassy move in principle, shouldn’t be seen in the nationalistic-messianic forum that convened in Jerusalem under the guidance and orchestration of left-loathing U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

    For most American Jews, especially those who still see themselves as supporters of Israel, the ceremony was nothing less than a punch in the gut. Not only do they consider Hagee and Jeffress beyond the pale, but the tumultuous standing ovation that preceded Trump’s videotaped greetings highlighted the growing schism between Israel and the largest Jewish Diaspora. For American liberals, Jews and non-Jews alike, there is no more incriminating evidence of their distance from Netanyahu’s Israel and its steady veer toward the rabid right than Israel’s adoring embrace of a president who is seen as a clear and present threat to the enlightened values they cherish.

    All of this probably doesn’t bother Netanyahu at all. The Israeli prime minister is riding an unprecedented wave of public support for what is seen as his unstoppable stream of successes, from Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal all the way to singer Netta Barzilai’s victory in Saturday’s Eurovision contest. Netanyahu has chosen to put all of Israel’s chips on a U.S. president whose foreign policy, according to Monday’s Washington Post, is based on a principle of “buy now – pay later.” Trump is already a hero for unilaterally reneging on the nuclear accord, despite the immediate damage to the trans-Atlantic alliance and the still-unknown repercussions and ramifications of his decision. On Monday he was anointed “King of Mercies” by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef – who recently compared black people to monkeys – even though the consequences of his decision to move the embassy, including the smothering of faint hopes for peace and the threat of a third intifada, will only become known in the coming weeks and months.

    In the meantime, Israelis rejoice and Palestinians remain despondent. Only time will tell, as the cliche goes, whether the “historic day” so joyfully pronounced in Jerusalem on Monday heralds the arrival of a spring of hope or a winter of despair, or, as only the Middle East can sustain, of both together.


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    Western leaders betrayed Palestinians 70 years ago. There is no sign that is about to change

    Israel has been crafting a dishonest counter-narrative ever since the Nakba, one that historians scouring the archives have exploded, writes Jonathan Cook

    On Tuesday, Palestinians will commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new state of Israel was built on the ruins of their homeland. As a result, most Palestinians were turned into refugees, refused by Israel the right to return to their homes.

    Israel is braced nervously for many tens of thousands to turn out in the occupied territories this week to protest against decades of its refusal to make amends or end its oppressive rule.

    The move tomorrow of the US embassy to Jerusalem, a city under belligerent occupation, has only inflamed Palestinian grievances – and a sense that the West is still conspiring in their dispossession.

    The expected focus of the protests is Gaza, where unarmed Palestinians have been massing every Friday since late March at the perimeter fence that encages two million of them.

    For their troubles, they have faced a hail of live ammunition, rubber bullets and clouds of tear gas. Dozens have been killed and many hundreds more maimed, including children.

    But for more than a month, Israel has been working to manage western perceptions of the protests in ways designed to discredit the outpouring of anger from Palestinians. In a message all too readily accepted by some western audiences, Israel has presented the protests as a “security threat”.

    Israeli officials have even argued before the country’s high court that the protesters lack any rights – that army snipers are entitled to shoot them, even if facing no danger – because Israel is supposedly in a “state of war” with Gaza, defending itself.

    Many Americans and Europeans, worried about an influx of “economic migrants” flooding into their own countries, readily sympathise with Israel’s concerns – and its actions.

    Until now, the vast majority of Gaza’s protesters have been peaceful and made no attempt to break through the fence.

    But Israel claims that Hamas will exploit this week’s protests in Gaza to encourage Palestinians to storm the fence. The implication is that the protesters will be crossing a “border” and “entering” Israel illegally.

    The truth is rather different. There is no border because there is no Palestinian state. Israel has made sure of that. Palestinians live under occupation, with Israel controlling every aspect of their lives. In Gaza, even the air and sea are Israel’s domain.

    Meanwhile, the right of Palestinian refugees to return their former lands – now in Israel – is recognised in international law.

    Nonetheless, Israel has been crafting a dishonest counter-narrative ever since the Nakba, myths that historians scouring the archives have slowly exploded.

    One claim – that Arab leaders told the 750,000 Palestinian refugees to flee in 1948 – was in fact invented by Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. He hoped it would deflect US pressure on Israel to honour its obligations to allow the refugees back.

    Even had the refugees chosen to leave during the heat of battle, rather than wait to be expelled, it would not have justified denying them a right to return when the fighting finished. It was that refusal that transformed flight into ethnic cleansing.

    In another myth unsupported by the records, Ben Gurion is said to have appealed to the refugees to come back.

    In truth, Israel defined Palestinians who tried to return to their lands as “infiltrators”. That entitled Israeli security officials to shoot them on sight – in what was effectively execution as a deterrence policy.

    Nothing much has changed seven decades on. A majority of Gaza’s population today are descended from refugees driven into the enclave in 1948. They have been penned up like cattle ever since. That is why the Palestinians’ current protests take place under the banner of the March of Return.

    For decades, Israel has not only denied Palestinians the prospect of a minimal state. It has carved Palestinian territories into a series of ghettos – and in the case of Gaza, blockaded it for 12 years, choking it into a humanitarian catastrophe.

    Despite this, Israel wants the world to view Gaza as an embryonic Palestinian state, supposedly liberated from occupation in 2005 when it pulled out several thousand Jewish settlers.

    Again, this narrative has been crafted only to deceive. Hamas has never been allowed to rule Gaza, any more than Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority governs the West Bank.

    But echoing the events of the Nakba, Israel has cast the protesters as “infiltrators”, a narrative that has left most observers strangely indifferent to the fate of Palestinian youth demonstrating for their freedom.

    Once again, these executions, supposedly in self-defence, are intended to dissuade Palestinians from demanding their rights.

    Israel is not defending its borders but the walls of cages it has built to safeguard the continuing theft of Palestinian land and preserve Jewish privilege.

    In the West Bank, the prison contracts by the day as Jewish settlers and the Israeli army steal more land. In Gaza’s case, the prison cannot be shrunk any smaller.

    For many years, world heads of state have castigated Palestinians for using violence and lambasted Hamas for firing rockets out of Gaza.

    But now that young Palestinians prefer to take up mass civil disobedience, their plight is barely attracting attention, let alone sympathy. Instead, they are criticised for “breaching the border” and threatening Israel’s security.

    The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved.

    Western leaders and the public betrayed the Palestinians in 1948. There is no sign, 70 years on, that the West is about to change its ways.


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    15 Quotes About Israel’s Slaughter Of Unarmed Gazan Protestors (Part II)

    Over the past five weeks, Israeli snipers have killed almost 50 Palestinians protesting from Gaza about the continued occupation of their country, and the theft of their land. In the second of this special two-part feature, Michael Brull maps out the slaughter through 15 quotes ranging from human rights experts to the Israeli military and government.

    I am running out of ways to explain the horrors in Gaza. For weeks the Israeli military has openly announced it is going to gun down unarmed peaceful protesters, and prepared mounds for the Israeli snipers so they could be well prepared for all the shooting that ensued.

    Rather than editorialising, I thought I would try to lay out some facts. I’m going to compare a few videos at the start, Palestinian figures for casualties, and various statements by UN experts and human rights groups. These will be contrasted with statements by the Israeli Defense Minister, and the Israeli army. Readers can make up their own minds.

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    Brief guide to casualties

    Infographics: Source of casualties data: Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza

    1 | Amnesty

    Amnesty International, “Israel/OPT: Stop the use of lethal and other excessive force and investigate deaths of Palestinian protesters”, 31 March 2018“Following the deaths of 17 Palestinians during protests that started yesterday in the Gaza Strip and the injuring of hundreds of others, Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to put an immediate end to its heavy handed, and often lethal, suppression of Palestinian demonstrations.The organization is also calling for independent and effective investigations to be launched immediately into reports that Israeli soldiers have unlawfully used firearms against unarmed protesters. Israel must respect the human rights to life and to peaceful protest amid concerns that the crackdown against protesters demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees will continue.…Videos posted on social media appear to show unarmed Palestinian protesters being shot by Israeli soldiers while waving the Palestinian flag or running away from the fence.

    2 | B’Tselem

    B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, 30 March 2018, “Shooting unarmed demonstrators is illegal and the command that allows it is manifestly illegal”“Since today’s morning hours, Israeli soldiers have been shooting at Palestinian demonstrators standing on the other side of the fence surrounding Gaza. At least ten Palestinians have been killed so far, including one minor, and at least a thousand have been wounded. Shooting at unarmed demonstrators is illegal and any command allowing such an action is manifestly illegal. Yesterday, B’Tselem warned against relating to demonstration areas as combat zones and against shooting live fire at demonstrators. Armed soldiers and unarmed demonstrators are not “at war.” The illegal open fire regulations and the compliance with them are the reason for the number of dead and injured today in the Gaza Strip.”

    3| B’Tselem

    B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, “Why Israeli soldiers must refuse to fire at unarmed Palestinian protesters”, 3 April 2018“An order that permits live gunfire at unarmed civilians is blatantly unlawful. As Justice Benjamin Halevy ruled in the Kafr Qasem case back in the 1950s, the illegality of such orders “is not a question of form, nor is it imperceptible, or partially imperceptible.” On the contrary, it is a case of “unmistakable illegality patently evident in the order itself, it is a command that bears a clearly criminal nature or that the actions it orders are of a clearly criminal nature. It is an illegality that pains the eye and outrages the heart, if the eye be not blind and the heart be not callous or corrupt.”The responsibility for issuing these unlawful orders and for their lethal consequences rests with the policy makers and – above all – with Israel’s prime minister, defense minister, and the chief of staff. They are also the ones who bear the obligation to change these regulations immediately, before this Friday’s planned protests, in order to forestall any further casualties.That said, it is also a criminal offense to obey manifestly illegal orders. Therefore, as long as soldiers in the field continue to receive orders to use live fire against unarmed civilians, they are duty-bound to refuse to comply.

    4 | Human Rights Watch

    Human Rights Watch, “Israel: Gaza Killings Unlawful, Calculated”, 3 April 2018.The high number of deaths and injuries was the foreseeable consequence of granting soldiers leeway to use lethal force outside of life-threatening situations in violation of international norms, coupled with the longstanding culture of impunity within the Israeli army for serious abuses.…The Israeli government has not shown that the demonstrators throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails posed a grave threat to the well-protected soldiers deployed on the other side of the border fence, nor has Israel claimed that any Palestinian crossed the border on March 30.Human Rights Watch reviewed footage it believes authentic based on an interview with the videographer that appears to show a demonstrator shot in the leg while praying and another video showing a man shot while throwing a rock. Other videos reviewed appear to show demonstrators shot while slowly walking toward the border empty-handed or holding only a Palestinian flag orretreating from the border. Interviews with six witnesses, including three journalists, indicated that soldiers shot at men who were in the area between the encampments and the fence but who posed no grave threat to anyone across the fence.”

    5 | UN experts

    Statement on 6 April 2018 by UN Rights experts:Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.UN human rights experts have condemned the killings by Israeli security forces of at least 16 Palestinian protesters near the Gaza fence, and urged the international community to ensure accountability through an independent and impartial investigation into the Israeli response.‘There is no available evidence to suggest that the lives of heavily armed security forces were threatened,’ the experts said. ‘Israel has ignored repeated demands by the internationalcommunity to credibly investigate and prosecute substantial allegations of wrongful killings by its security forces,’ they added.”

    6 | International Criminal Court

    Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the worsening situation in Gaza, 8 April 2018“It is with grave concern that I note the violence and deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip in the context of recent mass demonstrations. Since 30 March 2018, at least 27 Palestinians have been reportedly killed by the Israeli Defence Forces, with over a thousand more injured, many, as a result of shootings using live ammunition and rubber-bullets. Violence against civilians – in a situation such as the one prevailing in Gaza – could constitute crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), as could the use of civilian presence for the purpose of shielding military activities.”

    7 | Amnesty

    Amnesty International, “Israel/OPT: Israeli forces must end the use of excessive force in response to “Great March of Return” protests”, 13 April 2018.“The Israeli authorities must urgently reverse their policies and abide by their international legal obligations. Their horrifying use of live ammunition against unarmed protesters, and the resultant deaths, must be investigated as possible unlawful killings.“The Israeli authorities must respect the Palestinians’ right to peaceful protest and, in the event that there is violence, use only the force necessary to address it. Under international law, lethal force can only be used when unavoidable to protect against imminent threats to life.”Eyewitness testimonies as well as videos and photographs taken during demonstrations point to evidence that, in some instances, unarmed Palestinian protesters were shot by Israeli snipers while waving the Palestinian flag or running away from the fence.”

    8 | More UN experts

    Statement on 17 April 2018 by UN Rights Experts:Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Idriss Jazairy, Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights;Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967;Nyaletsossi Clément Voule, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association.Despite Israel’s commitment to investigate the events of the past few weeks, security forces continue to use live ammunition and rubber bullets against the protesters, killing and wounding dozens of mostly unarmed protesters, women, men and children alike,’ said the UN experts. ‘We express our outrage over these shootings that may have resulted in unlawful killings and the incomprehensibly high number of injuries sustained.’‘No evidence has emerged showing that such a situation occurred during the demonstrations that would make the lethal force used legal,’ they said.…Referring to a recent statement issued by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, the experts said that the deadly use of force against demonstrators could constitute crimes under the Rome Statute.”

    9 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, “Gaza deaths: Israel must address excessive use of force, Zeid says”, 27 April 2018“Every week, we witness instances of use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators,” said the High Commissioner. “Warnings by the United Nations and others have seemingly gone unheeded, as the approach of the security forces from week to week does not seem to have changed.”…“The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators – not once, not twice, but repeatedly,” said Zeid. “I am doubly concerned by reports of unusually severe injuries resulting from the use of live ammunition. Furthermore, many of those seeking treatment outside of Gaza have been refused permits by Israel to leave, which has increased the suffering.”The impact on children is of great concern. Since 30 March 2018, four children have been shot dead by Israeli forces, three of them by a bullet to the head or neck. A further 233 children have been injured by live ammunition, with some sustaining injuries that will result in lifelong disabilities, including through the amputation of limbs.“The use of excessive force against any demonstrator is reprehensible, but children enjoy additional protection under international law,” said Zeid. “It is difficult to see how children, even those throwing stones, can present a threat of imminent death or serious injury to heavily protected security force personnel.” “Images of a child being shot as he runs away from Israeli security forces are downright shocking,”he added, referring to the case of 14 year-old Mohammad Ayyoub who was killed by a bullet to the head on 20 April. “

    10 | UN Special Envoy

    Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nation’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, 20 April 2018‏ (and second tweet here)It is OUTRAGEOUS to shoot at children! How does the killing of a child in #Gaza today help #peace? It doesn’t! It fuels anger and breeds more killing. #Children must be protected from #violence, not exposed to it, not killed! This tragic incident must be investigated.Here’s another idea. Stop shooting at children”

    11 | Amnesty

    Amnesty International, “Israel: Arms embargo needed as military unlawfully kills and maims Gaza protesters”, 27 April 2018,Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them, Amnesty International revealed today, based on its latest research, as the “Great March of Return” protests continued in the Gaza Strip.The Israeli military has killed 35 Palestinians and injured more than 5,500 others – some with what appear to be deliberately inflicted life-changing injuries – during the weekly Friday protests that began on 30 March.Amnesty International has renewed its call on governments worldwide to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel following the country’s disproportionate response to mass demonstrations along the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel.‘For four weeks the world has watched in horror as Israeli snipers and other soldiers, in full-protective gear and behind the fence, have attacked Palestinian protesters with live ammunition and tear gas. Despite wide international condemnation, the Israeli army has not reversed its illegal orders to shoot unarmed protesters,’ said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.The time for symbolic statements of condemnation is now over. The international community must act concretely and stop the delivery of arms and military equipment to Israel. A failure to do so will continue to fuel serious human rights abuses against thousands of men, women and children suffering the consequences of life under Israel’s cruel blockade of Gaza. These people are merely protesting their unbearable conditions and demanding the right to return to their homes and towns in what is now Israel.’…In most of the fatal cases analysed by Amnesty International victims were shot in the upper body, including the head and the chest, some from behind. Eyewitness testimonies, video and photographic evidence suggest that many were deliberately killed or injured while posing no immediate threat to the Israeli soldiers.“

    12 | The Israeli Army

    13 | The Israeli Defence Minister

    Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman (Yaniv Kubovich, “Lieberman Warns Gaza Protesters: ‘Hamas Is Playing With Your Lives’”, 30 March 2018)“The leadership of Hamas is playing with your lives. Anyone who comes close to the [border]fence today puts himself at risk. I suggest to you to continue your lives and not participate in a provocation,” Lieberman wrote.

    14 | The Israeli Defence Minister

    Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman (Jewish Telegraph Agency, “Israeli soldiers ‘did what was necessary’ on Gaza border, defense minister says”, 1 April 2018)“Israeli soldiers did what was necessary. I think all our soldiers deserve a medal,” Lieberman told Army Radio Sunday. “As for a commission of inquiry – there won’t be one.”…On Saturday night Liberman tweeted: “I do not understand the choir of hypocrites who are calling for a commission of inquiry. They got confused and thought Hamas organized a Woodstock festival and we had to meet them with flowers.”

    15 | The Israeli Defence Minister

    Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman (Michael Bachner, “Liberman signals Trump didn’t consult with Israel on Syria withdrawal”, Times of Israel, 8 April 2018).“It has to be understood that there are no innocent people in Gaza,” Liberman added. “Everyone is affiliated with Hamas, they are all paid by Hamas, and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the border are operatives of its military wing.”A statement from the Defense Ministry later on Sunday said: “The defense minister in the interview intended to the word tamim (naive). Any other translation is mistaken.”

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    Turkey: Egypt and Israel prevented transfer of injured people from Gaza


    Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said that the Israeli and Egyptian governments prevented Turkish aircraft to transport injured persons from the Gaza Strip to Turkey.

    He pointed out that Turkey is seeking to engage the World Health Organization to put pressure on the Israeli government in order to get permission to land.

    Akdag was speekingat Ercan International Airport in the Turkish Cyprus during an official visit. He added that under the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Ankara demanded to bring the injured from Gaza to be treated in Turkey. He asserted:

    The Chief of Staff and the Directorate of Emergency Affairs sent aircraft for this purpose, and the Ministry of Health staff are ready and waiting for permission. However, the Israeli and the Egyptian governments have not allowed our planes to land so far. Turkish Foreign Ministry seeks to resolve the issue.

    “I called the head of the World Health Organization and asked for support, similar to what they have done in the 2014 crisis when they put pressure on them,” he said.

    These developments came as Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the Turkish Foreign Ministry asked the Israeli consul in Istanbul to temporarily leave the country. The move came in response to Israel’s expulsion of the Turkish consul in Jerusalem yesterday.

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry called yesterday the Israeli ambassador in Ankara, and informed him of Ankara’s official protest on the events in Gaza two days ago. Turkey asked the Israeli ambassador to leave the country for an unspecified period.

    On the other hand, the Israeli Foreign Ministry asked the Turkish Consul in Jerusalem to leave Israel in response to the Turkish move. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has attacked the Turkish president after his statements which criticized Israeli practices in Gaza.

    Netanyahu posted on Twitter: “Erdogan is a big supporter of Hamas. He understands well terrorism and slaughter and he should not preach morality to Israel.”

    The Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, he announced the suspension of vegetables import from Turkey in response to Ankara’s expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

    Ariel said that Israel would not allow Erdogan to teach moral lessons, while providing support to the terrorist movement Hamas, as he put it. On the other hand, the Turkish president said in a tweet on Twitter that Hamas is a resistance movement, not a terrorist organization, in response to Netanyahu’s accusations.

    "Reminder to Netanyahu:
    Hamas is not a terrorist organization and Palestinians are not terrorists.
    It is a resistance movement that defends the Palestinian homeland against an occupying power.
    The world stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine against their oppressors."


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    Israel's Internet Censorship War

    This is from the article iakn.us/2Ixc6LC, which contains additional information and sources for all the facts in the video, including the ways that American teens are being recruited to work for Israel. (To see the video with captions go to iakn.us/2rX7xDE)

    (A new development relevant to the video is Twitter's announcement on May 15th that it is going to suppress tweets that receive a large number of complaints. Since Israel orchestrates social meda efforts against information it dislikes, Twitter's new policy will likely be used to suppress tweets with facts about Israel-Palestine that Israel wishes hidden.)

    This video is posted on video websites under the title "Israel's Internet Censorship War – If Americans Knew."

    video: https://www.facebook.com/ifamericans...5598102029632/


    Australia is the only other country aside from the US to vote against a UN Human Rights Council resolution to investigate Israeli killing of Palestinians, including journalists and children, in Gaza.


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    Israel kills 55, injures 2,771 Gaza protesters as US embassy opens in Jerusalem

    14 May, 2018

    Fifty-five Palestinian protesters, including six children under 18, have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations on the day of the US embassy's inauguration in Jerusalem
    , the Palestinian health ministry said Monday.

    More than 2,700 protesters have been injured in Gaza on what has been the most violent day of the six week long Great March of Return. Those wounded on Monday include 203 children and 78 women, according to the ministry.

    The Palestinian government denounced Monday’s violence as a “terrible massacre” perpetrated “by the forces of the Israeli occupation”, and called for an immediate international intervention to prevent further deaths. A day of national mourning has been declared by the government in Ramallah, to be held Tuesday.

    *حصيلة إصابات مسيرة العودة الكبرى السلمية الناتجة عن إعتداءات الإحتلال الإسرائيلي*
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    �� 5اطفال دون سن ال 18عام.
    �� 1انثى طفلة.
    ��من... https://t.co/BNLVo9Czgx— د.أشرف القدرة (@press221) May 14, 2018

    Around 35,000 protesters gathered at the border fence and thousands more within half a mile of the vicinity, according to Israeli Defence Forces.

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    State of Palestine: Clashes reported as March of Return protests continue

    Clashes have also reportedly broken out between protesters and the Israeli Defense Forces in Bethlehem.

    The first of Monday's deaths was 21-year-old Anas Hamdan Qudeih, killed east of Khan Yunis, a spokesperson for the ministry said. A 29-year-old man, Mosaab Yousef Ibrahim Abu Laila, was later killed east of Jabalya. Some of the dead have yet to be identified. Six children under the age of 18, including one girl, are among the fatalities.

    Amnesty International has called the Israeli violence in Gaza “an abhorrent violation of international law & human rights.”
    We are witnessing an abhorrent violation of international law & human rights in #Gaza. 38 confirmed dead, including 6 children, with close to 2000 people injured. Many are reporting injuries to the head and chest. Over 500 injured with live ammunition. This must end immediately.
    — AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) May 14, 2018

    Around half of all injuries were caused by live bullets while hundreds more were targeted with teargas, according to the ministry. The Palestinian Health Ministry claims that Israeli forces are directly targeting emergency services and journalists and are calling on citizens to urgently donate blood to help save the lives of those wounded.

    Six journalists have reportedly been injured while covering Monday’s demonstrations, according to the Journalist Support Committee.

    The toll of injured Journalists in #Gaza so far amounted 6:
    Ettihad Press correspondent Mohammad Al Dweik
    Reuters Journalist Ahmad Zaqout
    Photojournalist Omar Hamdan
    Journalist Farhan Abu Hadayed
    Al-Aqsa Cameraman Ashraf Shamiyeh
    Al Esteklal correspondent Abedallah Al Shourbajy pic.twitter.com/uK6kDrw0Gn
    — JSCommittee (@jscommittee) May 14, 2018

    Meanwhile, the IDF said Israeli Air Force planes targeted Hamas posts near Jabalya after its soldiers came under fire in the area.

    In addition, IAF aircraft targeted Hamas military posts near the Jabalia area after IDF troops were fired upon from the northern Gaza Strip. No IDF soldiers were injured in the incident pic.twitter.com/EWHOAOzZcA
    — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 14, 2018

    The latest deaths bring the number killed since the Great March of Return protests began six weeks ago to 100.

    Dr. Mkhaimer Abuseda, professor of political sciences at Alazhar University in Gaza, told RT that the relocation of the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem is “a very sad day for the Palestinians, reminding them of their first Nakba some 70 years ago.”

    “It seems to me that the Palestinians have decided that the US is no longer an honest broker in the MidEast peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis,” he said, adding that it will likely lead to further Palestinian rage and resistance.

    Scuffles have reportedly broken out outside the new US embassy in Jerusalem as the inauguration ceremony took place inside.
    Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has condemned Monday’s violence, claiming the US, as well as Israel, is responsible for the “massacre” because of their “unjust decision” to move the embassy.

    6) Bu katliamlardan dolayı İsrail’i ve aldığı haksız/hukuksuz kararla bu hadiselere ve ölümlere neden olan ABD yönetimini kınıyorum.
    Kudüs’ün tarihi,manevi ve akdi statüsü,oldu bitti ile değişmez/değiştirilemez.
    Bu katliamdan,İsrail hükümeti kadar ABD Yönetimi de sorunludur.
    — Bekir Bozdağ (@bybekirbozdag) May 14, 2018

    Tuesday marks the commemoration of Nakba Day, a term which Palestinians use to describe their forced mass exodus from their homes during the establishment of the State of Israel. It is celebrated among Israelis as Independence Day. Thousands of people have gathered near the border to take part in Monday's protests.

    Huge demonstrations are expected to mark the May 15 event, which brings to a close the six-week Great March of Return demonstrations.
    The IDF dropped leaflets warning people in Gaza to stay away from the security fence ahead of Monday’s protests. Demonstrators in North Gaza brought down an IDF drone that was allegedly dropping fire bombs on tents, according to the Great Return March movement.

    The Palestinian civilians who were killed by the Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of the #GreatReturnMarch protests in #Gaza on March 31.
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    Israeli police teach schoolchildren how to shoot Palestinians


    Israeli police just got caught teaching Israeli kids how to shoot Palestinians, part of a disturbing, racist trend in recent years. Police and school staff claim they “noticed” they had hung up pictures of people in kuffiyehs for target practice, and removed them before any children saw them. The Israeli education minister called it a “serious mishap.” What mishap? Did they accidentally hang up pictures of Palestinians instead of their usual bullseye targets? Or was the “mishap” getting caught?

    by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

    Israeli police planned to teach children how to shoot at Palestinians as part of a training exercise in a school.

    The incident in the Menashe Regional Council, near Haifa in northern present-day Israel, was brought to light in recent days when Palestinian citizens of Israel took photos of what was happening.

    Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Israeli parliament from the Joint Arab List, is demanding an investigation into the training sponsored by the Israeli police and the education ministry, which he said “prepares students psychologically to kill Arabs.”

    One photo shows a person – most of their body blurred with a black marker – using a paintball gun to fire at cutouts of men and women wearing checkered kuffiyeh headscarves that are associated with Palestinians.

    Zahalka made his demand in a letter to public security minister Gilad Erdan, according to the publication Arab48.

    The activity in Menashe Regional Council is part of widespread training of children by police in Israeli schools, according to Arab48.

    In 2011, the newspaper Haaretz reported on how a group of Israeli high school students from Herzliya took part in a simulated shooting attack at a military base “in which the targets were figures decked out with the Arab kuffiyeh headdress.”

    One source told Haaretz that the exercise, which was also supported by the education ministry, was tantamount to “educating toward hatred of Arabs.”

    The training in the Menashe Regional Council school is also reminiscent of an incident last year in which Israeli police put on a demonstration for a group of fifth-graders for how to “confirm a kill” – in other words how to perpetrate an extrajudicial execution.

    Early this year, American comedian Jerry Seinfeld visited a training center in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank where tourists are given demonstrations on how to kill Arabs.

    And in a disturbing parallel in 2015, police in North Miami Beach, Florida, were found to be using photos of African American men for target practice at a shooting range.

    Separate and unequal

    Zahalka noted that the incident occurred in Menashe Regional Council, which bills itself as a paragon of coexistence between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

    There are approximately 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel. They are the survivors and their descendants of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

    Unlike Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, they hold Israeli citizenship and a right to vote, but nonetheless live under dozens of laws that discriminate against them because they are not Jewish.

    Israel operates a separate and unequal school system for Jewish and Arab students.

    Anti-Arab incitement and indoctrination is endemic in schools for Jewish children from the earliest grades.

    Proud to kill

    The Israeli police said that the targets in the Menashe Regional Council school had been set up as part of an activity day to teach children “about good citizenship” and that to “engender interest among participants, a paint gun station was erected.”

    “Before the activity began, the activity’s commanders and the school staff noticed the matter and hid the images, and no children saw them during the activity itself,” the police claimed.

    The education ministry also called the use of the targets, according to the publication Ynet, a “serious mishap.”

    Zahalka also wrote to Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett calling for those responsible for organizing the shooting training to be punished.

    He stated that it was unacceptable for the ministry to merely cancel the activity without seeking accountability, and to try to shift the blame to the police alone.

    Zahalka quipped that had a similar activity taken place in a school run by the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “would have demanded a meeting of the UN Security Council.”

    Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky, an Israeli college lecturer, expressed shock at the training, tweeting, “This is the type of thing you see in history books and wonder how it could be allowed to go on.”

    Yet this is only a small part of what the so-called international community is allowing Israel to do with impunity.

    The European Union, for instance, which never ceases to issue reminders of the importance of learning “lessons from the past,” is currently pretending not to see how Israel is deliberately massacring unarmed civilians besieged in the Gaza Strip.

    And there is little chance of accountability, since the incitement comes from the top, with Israeli ministers regularly calling for or applauding extrajudicial executions.

    Naftali Bennett, the education minister, himself notoriously declared in 2013, “I have killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there is no problem with that.”

    Ending complicity

    Last December, Belgium’s KU Leuven university announced that it would end its role in an EU-funded “research” project carried out in partnership with Israeli police.

    “The participation of the Israeli public security ministry indeed poses an ethical problem taking into account the role which the strong arm of the Israeli government plays in enforcing an unlawful occupation of the Palestinian territories and the associated repression of the Palestinian population,” university rector Luc Sels explained.

    In light of Israel’s ongoing premeditated killing and maiming of unarmed protesters in Gaza, Palestinian activists recently renewed their calls for an international arms embargo on Israel, including a ban on cooperation and joint training with Israel’s police and military.

    In a major victory for this campaign, Durham, North Carolina, recently became the first city in the US to pass such a ban.

    “What the Israeli police did is not that unusual, especially in the current atmosphere of racism against Arabs,” Zahalka wrote.

    “In any case, the Israeli police do not require such an atmosphere as their record is full of disregard for the lives of Arab citizens, whom they continue to treat as enemies and not as citizens.”

    Zahalka concluded that firing on cutouts of Arab citizens “falls within the racist policies of Netanyahu and his government, and therefore everyone is called upon to confront this racism until it is defeated.”


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    David vs Goliath: Palestinians ‘shoot’ down Israeli drone with rocks

    Palestinian takes down 'Israeli UAV' with rock & slingshot

    8 May, 2018

    Palestinian protester near the Gaza border managed to bring down what appears to be an Israeli drone with a rock and a slingshot, a video posted online revealed.

    video: https://www.facebook.com/RTvids/vide...8880256455551/
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    The footage by Press TV shows Palestinians hurling stones at an object which looks like a drone, with a slingshot. A heavy cloud of gray smoke can be seen, while sirens are heard in the background.

    One of the demonstrators is eventually successful, prompting the protesters to erupt in celebration. It is unclear when the incident took place, though similar reports emerged on Friday.

    There has been no reaction from Israel, although Tel Aviv has been using drones to monitor Palestinian protests. In March, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used tear gas-deploying UAVs to disperse huge crowds of protesters along the Gaza border.

    Palestinians have been protesting near the Gaza border as part of the Great Return March since the end of March. The demonstrations are slated to continue until Nakba on May 15, a day when Palestinians mark what they regard as a mass evacuation from their land as a result of Israel’s establishment. At least 45 people have been killed and 6,800 have been injured since the protests began, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

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    US Ambassador to Israel Receives Picture of #Jerusalem With Third Temple Replacing Muslim Mosques...

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    Israeli Settlers Invade Masjid Al-Aqsa, Leave Drugs for Kids

    At least 55 Israeli settlers invaded Masjid Al-Aqsa this morning under the protection of Israeli forces.

    This is what they left behind; a bag full of colourful drugs so that they would attract Palestinian children!



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