Not Forgetting Palestine

19 July 2021 — Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Once you have been active in politics for a few decades, you get used to the popular convulsions of support for Palestine every few years when Israel military action against Gaza becomes particularly intense. Then follows a ceasefire, the media move on and Israel resumes the daily routine of low level evictions, destruction of tree crops, imprisonments and murders that accomplishes the gradual extinction of the territories that the Western powers pretended to intend for a Palestinian state. Continue reading

International outrage at forced closure of office of Palestinian agricultural organization

11 July 2021 — Peoples Dispatch

During a crackdown against Palestinian activists across the West Bank, Israeli soldiers stormed the office of the Union of Agricultural Workers Committee and closed it under military order

by Peoples Dispatch

Members of UAWC in Gaza organized a protest against the closure of the organization’s office in the West Bank by Israeli authorities. Photo: UAWC

Organizations across the globe have condemned the latest Israeli attack on Palestinian activists and movements. On Wednesday July 7, Israeli forces launched a series of violent raids across the West Bank. According to reports, heavily armed Israeli soldiers raided the headquarters of the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC) in Al-Bireh, outside of Ramallah, breaking down the door, seizing computers and memory drives, and then sealed the entrance to the office and ordered its closure under military notice for six months.

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The Fight to Save Lifta, the Last Remaining Palestinian Village

11 July 2021 — MintPress News

Plan 6036

Lifta, the only town Israel did not demolish after the Nakba, stands as a symbol of the Palestinian right of return, but an Israeli government “development” plan may soon change that.

by Jessica Buxbaum

LIFTA, JERUSALEM — Yacoub Odeh is 81 years old but he can still remember his childhood in the Palestinian village of Lifta as if it were yesterday. Children playing together in the gardens, swimming in the pools and laying in the grass.

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How Israel’s Hasbara Went Belly-up in the Face of Global Protest

8 July 2021 — SP – The Bullet

For 11 days in May of this year, the world watched in horror as Israel’s missile onslaught on the civilians of Gaza went into full swing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this latest barrage on the strip resulted in the killing of 278, including 66 children, 39 women, and 17 elderly people, and the wounding 9,000. Nearly 17,000 residential and commercial units were smashed, displacing over 90,000 people.

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DECLARATION OF THE CRIME OF APARTHEID: ISRAEL

6 July 2021 — Global Justice in the 21st Century

by Richard Falk

[PREFATORY NOTE: The Declaration on Apartheid below is an initiative initiated by the wellknown Tunisian mathematician, Ahmed Abbes, and endorsed by scholars and artists worldwide. If impressed please distribute widely as there is a campaign underway to reach 1,000 signatures.]
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Israel: Racist, violent policing is at the heart of apartheid

1 July 2021 — Middle East Eye

Jonathan Cook

Amnesty International report highlights how Israeli police protect Jewish supremacism from any challenge by Palestinian citizens 

Israeli forces arrest an activist in occupied East Jerusalem on 25 June 2021 (AFP)

Police made sweeping arrests of Israel’s large minority of Palestinian citizens after protests rocked the country in May during Israel’s 11-day attack on Gaza. Officers were documented beating demonstrators, and in some cases torturing them while in detention. Police also failed to protect the Palestinian minority from planned, vigilante-style attacks by far-right Jewish extremists.

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Palestanian Protesters Recount Harrowing Details of Torture at the Hands of Israeli Police

28 June 2021 — MintPress News

The Nazareth Torture Room

Officers wounded the detainees, terrorized them, and whomever dared to lift his head upwards risked more beatings by officers. According to affidavits, the floor of the room was covered in blood from the beatings.

by Jessica Buxbaum

NAZARETH, ISRAEL — In May, the world watched Israel’s brutal occupation on full display: The forcible displacement of Sheikh Jarrah residents was underway; Israeli security forces attacked Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan; Israeli rocket fire rained down on Gaza; and Jewish extremists chanted “Death to Arabs!” in the streets.

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Bennett’s Fragile Hookup with the Zionist Left Offers Little Promise for a Post-Apartheid Israel

22 June 2021 — MintPress News

Opinion & Analysis

On the racist reality of Israeli politics, the absurdity of calling any Zionist party “Left,” and why the so-called Zionist Left could join a coalition government headed by Naftali Bennett: their differences are inconsequential.

by Miko Peled

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Israel’s night raids on Palestinian families aren’t over, whatever the courts say

23 June 2021 — Jonathan Cook

Masked soldiers will still terrorise Palestinian children in the middle of the night, but new military jargon will hide the true purpose

Middle East Eye – 23 June 2021

The videos are all over YouTube. Masked Israeli soldiers storm a Palestinian family’s home in the middle of the night. Parents, dressed in nightwear, are suddenly surrounded by heavily armed men in balaclavas.

Young children are forced awake. With a mix of bleary-eyed confusion and fear, they are made to answer questions posed to them in broken Arabic by these faceless, armed strangers. They are lined up in one room while the soldiers take photographs of them holding their identity cards. And then, just as suddenly as they arrived, the masked men disappear into the night.

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If Bibi Was the Frying Pan, Is Bennett the Fire? What To Expect from Israel’s New PM

18 June 2021 — MintPress News

A history of racist rhetoric

“It’s not like [Israel is] replacing Netanyahu with a person who believes in equality for all, who believes in freedom for all, who believes in human rights for all. They’re replacing Netanyahu with an ultra-nationalist who is going to put forward his ultra-nationalist agenda.” – Diana Buttu, former PLO spokesperson

Palestine: Smashed Houses, Crushed Orchards, A Trail of Unrestrained Malice

19 June 2021 — Barbara Nimri Aziz

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Christian Science Monitor Illustration accompanying my 1996 article, below

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah’s resistance to eviction by Israeli Jews evolved into a military confrontation so lopsided, the Israeli bombardments against Gaza so terrifying, it drew widespread condemnation (the US government excepted).

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