Israel attacks Palestinians as they fight COVID-19

31 March 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

Women pour dry beans into bagsWorkers for the United Nations agency UNRWA in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, prepare food rations to be delivered to the homes of Palestinian refugee families on 31 March, in an effort to avoid people congregating at distribution centers, as a measure to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in the densely populated territory.  – Ashraf Amra APA images

Israeli occupation forces continue to attack Palestinian communities as they struggle to hold back the threat from the coronavirus pandemic.

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First NATO-ME War Overturns Regional Order

24 March 2020 — Voltaire Network

by Thierry Meyssan

While Europeans and Arabs are being absorbed by the coronavirus, Anglo-Saxons are changing the world order. Under US command, the United Kingdom took control of the Red Sea entrance; the United Arab Emirates turned on Saudi Arabia and inflicted a bitter defeat on South Yemen, while the Houthis did the same in North Yemen. Yemen is now split into two separate states and the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia is threatened.

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The coronavirus could force rival Benny Gantz to shake Netanyahu’s hand

15 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Having postponed his own trial for two months, Prime Minister Netanyahu may have left his rival with no option but to accept an offer to form a unity government

The National – 15 March 2020

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s caretaker prime minister, is preparing to squeeze every last drop of personal advantage from a local and global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He has needed to move fast.

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US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria

11 March 2020 — Land Destroyer 

(Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Turkey’s ongoing fighting in northern Syria’s Idlib governorate was – from the beginning of recent escalations – clearly a continuation of Washington’s wider now 9 year-long proxy war against Damascus.

Whatever gains Turkey had made in terms of reducing its role in Washington’s proxy war and repairing ties with Syria’s allies Russia and Iran – were clearly less important to Ankara amid these recent weeks of renewed aggression than whatever Washington has either promised Anakara or threatened it with.

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Netanyahu may yet prove himself the Houdini of Israeli politics

4 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The Israeli prime minister has worn down voters by refusing to go, while his rival Benny Gantz has no visible path to power

Middle East Eye – 4 March 2020

It may have taken him a year and three elections to achieve it, but on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu started to look like the Great Houdini of Israeli politics – escape artist extraordinaire.

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With Head Lowered And Eyes Averted – Israeli Racism And The ‘Honourable’ Robert Peston

26 February 2020 — Media Lens

Robert Peston is one of the UK’s most high-profile broadcast journalists, renowned for his theatricality and… curious… halting… delivery. As political editor of ITV News he has enormous influence, including 1 million followers on Twitter, just behind the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, with 1.1 million. He also hosts a weekly ITV political discussion show, ‘Peston’. From 2006-2014, Peston was the business editor for BBC News and from 2014-2015 economics editor. Before that, he worked at the Financial Times 1991-2000, becoming the financial editor in charge of business and financial coverage. He then became a contributing editor of the hard-right magazine The Spectator and a weekly columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In 2001, he switched to the Sunday Times, where he wrote a weekly business profile, ‘Peston’s People’. The son of a Lord, Baron Peston of Mile End, he is entitled to use the ‘courtesy’ title, ‘The Honourable’.

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Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues unchecked

18 February 2020 — Jonathan Cook

UN efforts to protect Palestinian land from economic exploitation are failing, and exposing the hypocrisy of western states 

The National – 18 February 2020

After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel’s illegal annexation and settlement activity in the West Bank.

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How Iranian airliner was saved in Syrian skies

14 February 2020 — InfoRos

The Russian Defense Ministry has pulled back the curtain on the rescue of an Iranian airliner in the Syrian airspace

Yuri Veselov, military observer with the Inforos news agency

How Iranian airliner was saved in Syrian skies

Details of a possible tragic incident were released due to an accusation by Israel of the Russian Khmeimim air base’s command of the use of the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system against Israeli air targets. As a result, an Israeli UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) was destroyed and an F-16 fighter was damaged.

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