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Thousands of Palestinians take part in weekly protests along Gaza border

Several thousand Palestinians were taking part in weekly protests along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel Friday afternoon. According to the Walla news site, some of the demonstrators attacked Israeli soldiers with improvised explosive devices, and others attempted to sabotage the security fence. Palestinians were reporting that several had been injured by Israeli military fire. […]

Orphan of victims killed in attack on Mumbai Chabad House celebrates bar mitzvah

Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were killed in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai when he was 2-years-old, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah by donning phylacteries for the first time during a ceremony in New York. Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were the directors of the Nariman Chabad House in the Indian city when it was […]

IDF officer hit by rock while driving in West Bank, moderately hurt

An Israeli military officer on leave was moderately wounded Friday afternoon after being hit in the face with a rock while driving in the northern West Bank. The 23-year-old was hit when the rock flew through the windshield of his car near the settlement of Ma’aleh Shomron, west of Nablus. The officer’s father was with […]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. De Blasio struggled to gain traction in a sprawling field of Democrats seeking the presidency. He announced his decision in an MSNBC interview on Friday. De Blasio launched his bid in May, but his campaign largely failed to […]

Swastika painting in Brussels art gallery sparks outcry

A Hitler-themed swastika painting by a local politician that was recently put on display at a Brussels art gallery has sparked outcry in the Belgian Jewish community. Fatmir Limani is an artist and the Socialist Party alderman in charge of cultural affairs in the Brussels-area municipality of Koekelberg. His painting, titled “God created A. Hitler,” […]

Trump doesn’t want war with Iran, so Pompeo changes tone accordingly: Analyst

US President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has changed his tone accordingly, a former American Senate foreign policy analyst has said. Pompeo has said the United States prefers a peaceful resolution to the crisis sparked by the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company. […]

Ireland: ‘Civil unrest’ on UK border if Brexit fails

The Irish Deputy Prime Minister has dispelled any “spin” over recent Brexit progress, warning of potential “civil unrest” on the UK border if talks fail. Simon Coveney, The Tanaiste, said on Friday that Ireland would not be “collateral damage” for Britain’s Brexit plans, while also urging all sides to be honest and admit that […]

North Korea welcomes Trump’s firing of ‘nasty’ Bolton

North Korea has welcomed the move by US President Donald Trump to fire his national security adviser John Bolton, who espoused a standoffish view of how America had to deal with Pyongyang. “[I] would like to welcome the wise political decision of President Trump to approach the DPRK-US relations from a more practical point of […]

Resource: Tracking Israel’s support for illegal outposts

The Israeli government has been quietly authorizing illegal settlement outposts in recent years. A criminal activity, the trend also exposes Palestinians to increased violence and harassment from settlers. Text by Rachel Shenhav-Goldberg Jewish settlers prepare to resist an evacuation operation at the illegal outpost of Amona in the West Bank, February 1, 2017. (Miriam […]

Otzma Yehudit is out. Does that mean Israelis reject Kahanism?

While the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit party failed to pass the electoral threshold, the latest national elections in Israel saw the normalization of Kahane’s particular brand of overt racism. Right wing activists attend a ceremony honoring the late Rabbi Meir Kahane in Jerusalem on November 17, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Twenty-one years ago, Rabbi Meir Kahane […]

Elections reveal a seismic split within Israel’s right

Once the ascendant elite, the settler movement’s political power is on the decline. By Meron Rapoport Israeli security forces guard as Jews tour the Palestinian side of the old city market in the West Bank city of Hebron, June 15, 2019. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90) While political analysts wonder if we have come to the […]

Netanyahu might be on his way out, but Israelis remain firmly right wing

Voters might be weary of Netanyahu’s decade-long reign, but the numbers show that the vast majority of Israelis remain consistent in their voting habits. Israelis protest against a joint Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony in Tel Aviv on April 17, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90) The cashier at an organic food shop in Tel Aviv was a burly man […]

The end of the Netanyahu era doesn’t mean the end of the occupation

If Netanyahu is replaced, things might actually get worse for Palestinians. A giant portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law in Tel-Aviv on July 30, 2018. (Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90) As election results started pouring in Tuesday night, one could hear a sigh of relief – […]

America has a serious weight problem, but is ‘fat shaming’ the cure?

As an American living abroad, it’s hard not to feel a sense of shame when the United States looks bad, really bad, on the world stage. It’s even worse when we smash the world stage to splinters just by standing on it. Yet, as citizens of the so-called ‘indispensable nation,’ we rarely admit to our […]

Will Russia be driven from the West? (by Stephen Cohen)

Two years ago, I asked, “Will Russia Leave the West?” The world’s largest territorial country—sprawling from its major European city St. Petersburg to its vast Far Eastern territories and long border with China—Russia cannot, of course, depart the West geographically. But it can do so politically, economically, and strategically. Indeed, where Russia belongs, where it […]

Washington’s Iran policy is backstreet thuggery masquerading as statecraft

“An act of war,” Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, proclaimed upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on a ‘working visit,’ a visit that will be largely if not solely taken up with discussions over what form the response to the missile strike against key Saudi oil installations on September 14 should take. Pompeo’s bombastic pronouncement […]

Israeli army raids Palestinian NGO’s office, a direct attack on human rights

Reposted from Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association Israeli occupation forces raided today, Thursday, 19 September 2019 at around 2:00am the office of Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association. The Israeli forces stole five laptops, memory cards, three laptop memories, one laptop card, several books and additionally searching through the belongings of the […]

Ala’ Nafeth Wahdan

September 18, 2019: Ala’ Nafeth Wahdan, 28, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers at Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem. Israeli sources have confirmed that the wounded Palestinian woman, who was shot by the soldiers after an alleged stabbing attempt, later died from her injuries. The slain Palestinian woman was later identified as Ala’ Nafeth Wahdan, […]

Israel: democracy or apartheid state?

A bloodied Israeli flag hangs on the main building at the University of Cape Town during Israel-Apartheid Week 2018. (photo credit: SAUJS/FACEBOOK) Racism was part of the birth of the state of Israel; apartheid is part of its fabric. Nelson Mandela agreed. Palestinians struggle for equality, as do people of color (both Jewish and non-Jewish). […]

In Tuesday’s election, Israelis made it clear: Netanyahu’s time is up

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end? Barring a last-minute […]

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