Israel Resumes Aerial Herbicide Spraying Along Gaza’s Perimeter Fence, Deliberate Destruction of Palestinian Farming – Global Research

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27-01-20 03:22:00,

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Israeli crop-duster planes flew along the perimeter fence separating Gaza and Israel, spraying chemicals assumed to be herbicides into the Strip. Israel continued to conduct aerial herbicide spraying along additional sections of the perimeter fence on Wednesday, January 15, as well on the morning of January 16. Each morning, the spraying was conducted sporadically for about four hours, with the sprayed chemicals reaching Palestinian farmlands inside Gaza.

Palestinian farmers who were working the land west of the perimeter fence on Tuesday morning told Al Mezan that at about 7:20 am, they saw plumes of black smoke emanating from Israel’s side of the fence, a practice used in the past as a means to discern wind direction. A few minutes later, crop-duster planes flew along the perimeter fence spraying chemicals believed to be herbicides, carried by westward-blowing winds into the Strip. Over the course of the three days, aerial spraying was conducted in areas adjacent to the fence stretching from Beit Hanoun in the north of the Strip and all the way south to the section of the fence to the east of Khan Yunis. Samples from affected fields have been sent for lab testing, and the results are expected next week.

On Thursday, January 16, human rights organizations Gisha, Adalah and Al Mezan sent a letter (Hebrew) to Israel’s Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett, Military Advocate General Sharon Afek, and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit with an urgent demand to refrain from conducting further aerial spraying of herbicides inside and near the Gaza Strip, due to the severe damage to crops and the health risks to Gaza residents.

The last time Israel conducted aerial herbicide spraying was in December 2018. No incidents of spraying were recorded in 2019, which was the first year without spraying since Israel first implemented the hazardous practice in 2014. In a clip produced by human rights organizations Gisha, Adalah and Al Mezan over the summer, farmers and shepherds whose livelihoods depend on access to the lands closest to the fence with Israel described the damage caused by spraying over the years and emphasized the potential of a season without spraying.

In response to Freedom of Information requests submitted by Gisha over the years,

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Putin’s Trip to ‘Israel’ Will be Remembered as an Important Part of His Legacy – Global Research

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24-01-20 07:58:00,

Putin’s trip to “Israel” on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a defining moment of his 20-year-long presidency and will forever be remembered as an important part of his legacy due to the extremely emotional symbolism that was on display during that solemn day.

Very rarely does President Putin ever do anything without receiving unfair treatment from the Western Mainstream Media, but his trip to “Israel” on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was an unforgettable exception. The Russian leader was invited by caretaker “Prime Minister” Netanyahu as the guest of honor among more than 40 other heads of state who arrived to participate in what was billed as the biggest diplomatic event in the self-professed “Jewish State’s” history. He earned this VIP treatment because it was the Soviet Union that stopped the Nazi’s genocidal machine, something that “Foreign Minister” Katz emotionally brought up in his exchange with President Putin when he personally thanked him for what the Russian Federation’s predecessor state did in saving his mother from the world’s most notorious death camp.

Before reporting on and then subsequently analyzing some of the other memorable moments from that solemn occasion, it’s important to share the highlights of President Putin’s visit from the Kremlin’s official website so that the reader can peruse it all if they’re interested:

As can be glimpsed by even just the headlines themselves, President Putin’s visit saw him participate in events that are very dear to his heart — strengthening Russian-“Israeli” relations, remembering the siege of Leningrad and the Holocaust, and fighting anti-Semitism.

Many in the Alt-Media Community have unfortunately been indoctrinated with the completely false narrative that President Putin is supposedly “against Israel” for whatever reason they imagine but which usually has something to do with their dogmatic belief that he’s secretly allied with the Iranian-led Mideast “Resistance” that’s dedicated to removing the Zionist occupation entity from Palestine.

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The Mad Geopolitics of Israel’s EastMed Gas Pipeline | New Eastern Outlook

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20-01-20 10:29:00,

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At just a time when the world holds its collective breath over risk of a World War over the US assassination of Iran’s leading general and other provocations, Israel has chosen to sign a natural gas pipeline deal with Greece and Cyprus that is the equivalent of tossing a loaded hand grenade into the hyper-tense region.

Until some months ago it was doubtful whether Israel’s long-touted EastMed gas pipeline deal with Cyprus and Greece would see the light of day. Despite being backed by the US and the EU as an alternative to Russian gas, the EastMed as it is known, is dubious on many grounds, not the least its high cost compared with alternatives. The January 2 signing by the governments of Israel, Greece and Cyprus is directly connected to provocative moves by Turkey’s Erdogan to conspire with Libya to illegally declare almost all of the Eastern Mediterranean waters to be a Turkish and now Libyan Exclusive Economic Zone.

If Mideast tensions were not already at the breaking point, the Israeli move throws a huge monkey wrench into the region’s troubled geopolitics.

As recently as December, 2019 the Israeli companies involved in their offshore Leviathan gas field were openly discussing further options for export of the gas following an export agreement with Egypt and Jordan. The EastMed pipeline was not mentioned in Israeli media.

What has changed the situation was the announcement by Turkey’s President Erdogan that he was sending Turkish troops to defend the Tripoli UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli of Fayez al Sarraj, on their request, to counter the forces of General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

Libya has the potential to become a major new explosion point in the rapidly-deteriorating Middle East terrain. Haftar is backed by Russia, Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and yes, France, and secretly since 2017 by Israel. Since April 2019 Haftar has been moving to take Tripoli from his stronghold in the oil-rich east. The GNA in Tripoli in turn is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Italy. The EU is desperately trying to mediate a truce between the GNA and Haftar after Putin failed some days ago.

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As Cyprus has discovered rich offshore fields of natural gas in addition to those of Israel at Leviathan,

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Israel, Palestine, and Torture

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05-01-20 10:06:00,

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There is something quite unseemly in the sordid public spectacle of Benjamin Netanyahu trying so desperately to maintain a failing grasp of prime ministerial power in Israel. As long as he stays in public office Mr. Netanyahu can apparently hold at bay the criminal charges against him for bribery and such.

The crimes threatening to engulf Netanyahu call attention to a broad array of more heinous crimes that so far have yet to be formally reckoned with in the arena of international jurisprudence. The top tier of Israel’s leadership, including prominently Netanyahu himself, has so far been shielded from legal accountability for war crimes and crime against humanity. This unchecked crime spree has as its goal the violent replacement of the indigenous Palestinians with Jewish settlers whose proliferating settlements have become Greater Israel’s dominant emblem.

The virtual immunity from criminal prosecution protecting those responsible for a Palestinian version of the Trail of Tears is contributing to the Israelification of ethnic cleansing in the Western Hemisphere. Wayne Madsen writes, “Israel’s genocide advisers and technicians” are “returning to Latin America in force.” He continues,

Fascist-oriented regimes in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Paraguay, and Chile, eager to displace Indigenous peoples, have invited the Israelis back to their nations to provide advice on depopulating indigenous regions as systematically as Israel has done to Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

In Israel a complex network of officials has conspired together to deploy torture as a key expression of the dominant group’s power over the group targeted for repression, displacement and elimination. The jurisprudence concerning the practice of torture in Israel is replete with loopholes and exceptions. The result is that Shin Bet agents and others are afforded wide discretionary powers to torture Palestinians on the grounds of “necessity” and “ticking-bomb” scenarios.

It has come to light that many medical doctors and other health professionals are deeply involved in falsifying evidence to downplay accusations of torture.

Since 2001 the Israeli agency, Shin Bet, has received over 1200 complaints that the torture of Palestinians has taken place in Israeli prisons. This large body of complaints did not result in even a single indictment.

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Israel Demolishes Newly Built Houses of Palestinian Families on New Year’s Day – Global Research

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02-01-20 03:05:00,

Israeli forces demolished two houses 0n Wednesday belonging to Palestinian families in the Silwan neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

After two years of construction, the al-Khalialeh families had made ready their houses to move into in the near future, their relative Jamal al-Khalialeh told Middle East Eye.

The two families were shocked to wake up on the first day of the new year to hear that Israeli bulldozers accompanied by military forces were demolishing the two houses.

They were not at the scene when Israeli security forces had earlier broken into the two properties, local media reported.

“They had an Israeli court hearing at 10am to look into the issue of demolishing the houses, but at 8:30 am they were surprised to hear the demolishing vehicles had come to knock down their houses,” said Jamal.

The two houses are 100 metres square and located next to each other.

The first house is owned by Wafa al-Khalialeh with her husband and their seven children. The second house belonged to Mohanad al-Khalialeh and his wife and their two children.

Both families declined to comment for MEE, as they were still in a state of shock.

Jamal said that the families’ lawyer had managed to get a halt decision from an Israeli judge at around 9:15am but that the Israeli authorities had refused to stop the demolition.

“They started demolishing at around 9am and said that they cannot leave the house half demolished as it is unsafe for the public,” Jamal said.

‘Nearly impossible to obtain building permits’

The demolishment of the houses was carried out based on the basis that “building without permit” had occurred.

Israel rarely issues building permits for Palestinians in East Jerusalem or in Areas B and C of the occupied West Bank.

Since Jewish settlements are allowed to grow in the same area, many Palestinians consider the policy an effort to “Judaise” the areas by preventing Palestinian construction.

The Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan is a hotbed of Israeli settler activity, often promoted by the right-wing Elad settler group.

Ali Jaabis, an activist in Silwan, told MEE that despite supporting their building application with documents from regulated lawyers,

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Turkey and Israel: Enemies or Allies? | New Eastern Outlook

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27-12-19 01:52:00,

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After Israel was created in 1948, Turkey became its most important partner in the Middle East. Ankara recognized the Jewish state as far back as 1949, establishing official diplomatic relations with it, which clearly illustrated the direction of Turkey’s foreign policy. The first two Israeli prime ministers, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Sharett, spoke Turkish.

However, relations between the two countries over the past decades have often been characterized by periods of both rapprochement and distancing, the latter even leading to the emergence of a very significant wave of anti-Israeli sentiment in Turkish society. This was especially evident after the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, when a convoy of ships tried to break through the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Upon reviewing the history of relations between Israel and Turkey, one can say that the first significant blow to them occurred after 1973, when Ankara distanced itself from Israel because of the Arab oil embargo. The cool relations persisted for over two decades. In the 1980s, anti-Semitic sentiments in Turkey intensified and began to appear in official party platforms. The main ideological source of anti-Semitism in Turkey was Islamism, left-wing anti-Zionism and right-wing nationalist extremism.

Afterwards, Ankara aimed for rapprochement with Israel once more after the 1993 agreement between Tel Aviv and the PLO. Both parties hoped that the revival of their alliance would help change the strategic balance of power and the geopolitical situation in the oil-rich Middle East. In addition, Israel saw this as an opportunity to exit political and economic isolation, in the hope that other Muslim countries would draw closer to Tel Aviv as well.

However, despite the West’s support for this renewal of friendship, other countries in the region, such as Greece, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian National Authority began to accuse Ankara of a ‘Zionist and imperialist conspiracy’, especially with regard to its stance on the Middle East peacemaking process. Nevertheless, during this period Turkey saw its ties to Israel as more important than those to the Islamic world, hoping to gain access to new military technologies based on rebuilt relations. This was facilitated by the establishment of a close bilateral military strategic partnership. Israel, in turn, never stopped perceiving Turkey as a partner which it influenced in cahoots with the United States.

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Israel and al-Qaeda Coordinate Drone Attacks against Syria

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23-12-19 05:16:00,

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Israel and al Qaeda have coordinated drone attacks against Syria. On 22 December, a Syrian Arab Army unit neutralized a Kamikaze drone (explosives-carrying drone) deployed by al-Qaeda terrorists in the Tal al Dara and al Hamra farm area in Hama governate.

On 22 December, SAA air defenses responded to missiles fired by Israel in the area of Damascus countryside. This coordinated attempt in the ongoing plot of a final solution against the Syrian Arab Republic is likely a perverse celebration of the Trump regime signing of the new ‘defense’ bill, which includes the criminal Caesar legislation.

Israel and al Qaeda have a long history of war crimes against Syria. In May 2013, Israel bombed a food supply center for the SAA, a Syrian Arab Army air defense unit, and an SAA weapons and munitions depot — while al Qaeda blasphemed and videoed the Kodak moment with expensive cameras.

In early 2017, Israeli media bragged about providing state of the art trauma care to injured members of al Qaeda, on the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel, and bringing others into Israeli hospitals, for extended free medical care.

In short, Israel has functioned as al Qaeda’s air force against Syria. The US did not become al Qaeda’s second air force until September 2016, when the Obama regime ‘accidentally’ bombed a Syrian military position at al Thardeh Mountain near Deir Ezzor airport, slaughtering 83 soldiers, rescuing al Qaeda terrorists.

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The Trump regime continued as ISIS’ second air force, beginning 7 April 2017, when he bombed Ash Sha’irat Airbase based on al Qaeda news on Khan Sheikhoun, much of which was provided by an illegal Brit whose medical license was permanently revoked in his homeland, via fake news! CNN.

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The US as Israel’s Colony – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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13-12-19 02:45:00,

The US as Israel’s Colony

by Philip Giraldi

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Jewish groups in the United States are adept at creating mechanisms that benefit themselves and also frequently Israel at the expense of the American taxpayer. The proliferating holocaust museums are a good example, sometimes built by private donations but then paid for and operated by the local government. The national holocaust museum in Washington is, for example, supported by the taxpayer to the tune of $54 million per year. When one considers that the so-called holocaust occurred nearly eighty years ago and did not involve the United States at all, it is a remarkable achievement to so memorialize the claimed uniqueness of Jewish suffering, which then is used to justify other abuses and excuse Israel’s ongoing war crimes.

For those who deny that claims of the uniqueness of Jewish suffering are exploited and even promoted in order to be able to influence public opinion while also obtaining special favors from government, one might cite specific instances where that has most definitely been the case. Jewish organizations receive over 90% of discretionary grants from the Department of Homeland Security, for example, and Israel benefits from $3.8 billion in aid annually plus another $10 billion through bogus charities, trade concessions and U.S. government funded projects approved by Congress that the American public knows little or nothing about.

And benefiting Jews worldwide is also part of the agenda. Apart from the creation of the state of Israel itself, which was opposed by most of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, the first major effort to condition U.S. foreign policy to benefit Jews specifically came with the Jackson-Vanik Amendment of 1975, which made some aspects of relations with the Soviet Union conditional on that country’s willingness to let Jews emigrate. Far more outrageous was the so-called Lautenberg Amendment enshrined in the 1990 Public Law 101-167 that granted refugee status to Russian Jews even though they were not actually being persecuted or in any way endangered. The refugee status is significant as it provided food stamps, housing, social security, Medicaid and educational benefits along with a free ticket into the U.S. to an “estimated…350,000 to 400,000 Jews [who] entered the United States …”

Holocaust education is mandatory in the public schools of 15 states and Jewish groups are active in determining just what appears in textbooks about Israel,

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The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

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11-12-19 05:10:00,

KIRKUK, IRAQ — “We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” President Trump stated on November 3, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.” 

Though he had promised a withdrawal of U.S. troops from their illegal occupation of Syria, Trump shocked many with his blunt admission that troops were being left behind to prevent Syrian oil resources from being developed by the Syrian government and, instead, kept in the hands of whomever the U.S. deemed fit to control them, in this case, the U.S.-backed Kurdish-majority militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Though Trump himself received all of the credit — and the scorn — for this controversial new policy, what has been left out of the media coverage is the fact that key players in the U.S.’ pro-Israel lobby played a major role in its creation with the purpose of selling Syrian oil to the state of Israel. While recent developments in the Syrian conflict may have hindered such a plan from becoming reality, it nonetheless offers a telling example of the covert role often played by the U.S.’ pro-Israel lobby in shaping key elements of U.S. foreign policy and closed-door deals with major regional implications.





Indeed, the Israel lobby-led effort to have the U.S. facilitate the sale of Syrian oil to Israel is not an isolated incident given that, just a few years ago, other individuals connected to the same pro-Israel lobby groups and Zionist neoconservatives manipulated both U.S. policy and Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in order to allow Iraqi oil to be sold to Israel without the approval of the Iraqi government. These designs, not unlike those that continue to unfold in Syria,

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Why Israel can and must help as Jordan’s economy implodes | Opinion

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10-12-19 06:54:00,





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The kingdom’s economy risks going the route of Lebanese chaos. Its neighbor can help by creating business and jobs before it’s too late

It s perfectly understandable that here in Israel we can look on at the collapse of the Lebanese economy with studied indifference. That s the plus side of being in a perpetual state of war with your neighbor….

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    Russia–Israel Rapprochement for “Coordination” on Syria? – Global Research

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    10-12-19 03:37:00,

    Is Russia changing her position in the Middle East? – Not likely. To the contrary, Russia is ascertaining her role in the Middle East and assuring her allies of Russia’s full and alert presence.

    When reading a recent article in the Anadolu Agency (AA) News, Ankara (screenshot below) one would have the impression of witnessing a growing love affair between President Vladimir Putin and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. This is deceiving. And it is important to be pointed out, because of transparency vis-à-vis Russia’s partners and allies in the Middle East.

    This rightwing news-outlet, AA, also falsely talks about the Syrian ‘civil war’ – Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.” The article goes on saying, “Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced,” – fraudulently implying that the killing and displacing of the people happened at the hands President Assad’s. When in reality the mass-killing, destroying of infrastructure and entire cities was the result of US, UK, French, Israeli and Saudi air strikes.

    Yes, President Putin has accepted an invitation to visit Israel in January 2020. In addition to attending together with French President Emmanuel Macron the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem, there will, for sure, be other items on the Russian – Israeli agenda, including cooperation in Syria. And, who says Syria, must also say Iran and Hezbollah.

    Let’s not forget, Russia has vital interests in Syria, not only because of Russia’s involvement in and fight against the Western War on Syria – and that by invitation of President Bashar al-Assad – but also because of Russia’s military bases in Syria, i.e. Russia’s naval facility at Tartus, and the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia. Israel’s hundreds if not thousands of Syrian airspace violations present a permanent danger for Russia’s military bases and for thousands of Russian troops stationed in Syria.

    Earlier this month Russian war planes intercepted Israeli jets over southern Syria. According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro,

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    Zur Abschreckung: Israel zerstört Häuser palästinensischer Terrorverdächtiger

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    28-11-19 11:41:00,

    Die israelische Armee hat im Westjordanland die Häuser von vier Palästinensern zerstört, die im August einen israelischen Soldaten getötet haben sollen. Während der Zerstörung der Häuser, die Israel als eine Abschreckungsmaßnahme ansieht, kam es zu einem Zusammenstoß zwischen Soldaten und Dutzenden Palästinensern.

    Israelische Sicherheitskräfte haben die Häuser von vier mutmaßlichen palästinensischen Attentätern im besetzten Westjordanland zerstört. Die vier Männer seien Teil einer Terroreinheit gewesen, die Anfang August einen 19 Jahre alten Soldaten südwestlich von Bethlehem getötet habe, teilte die Armee am Donnerstag mit.

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    Die Häuser hätten sich in einem Dorf nordwestlich von Hebron befunden. Die Männer wurden kurz nach der Tat festgenommen und sitzen seither im Gefängnis.

    Nach Militärangaben vom August hatten Sicherheitskräfte die Leiche des 19-Jährigen im Bereich Gusch Etzion südlich von Jerusalem gefunden. Sie habe mehrere Stichverletzungen aufgewiesen. Eine Armeesprecherin sagte, das Opfer habe zur Tatzeit zivile Kleidung getragen.

    Während der Zerstörung der Häuser ist es nach israelischen und palästinensischen Angaben zu Konfrontationen zwischen Dutzenden Palästinensern und israelischen Sicherheitskräften gekommen. Es gab zunächst keine Berichte über palästinensische Verletzte.

    Die Zerstörung der Häuser mutmaßlicher, verurteilter oder auch getöteter Terroristen ist umstritten. Menschenrechtsorganisationen lehnen die Maßnahme als Kollektivstrafe und Kriegsverbrechen ab. Israel rechtfertigt sie hingegen als wichtige Abschreckung. In den Häusern leben in der Regel die Familien der Attentäter, die durch die Zerstörung häufig obdachlos werden.

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    Israel cuts Palestinian farmers’ access to their land behind separation wall with yearly quotas

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    24-11-19 10:47:00,

    Palestinian farmers, whose land ended up on the wrong side of Israel’s West Bank separation wall, have had their access further restricted with yearly quotas. Those affected see it as part of a creeping theft of their property.

    In the early 2000s, Israel began the construction of a long barrier between itself and the West Bank, saying it was a necessary temporary measure in response to the Second Intifada. Two decades on, the wall is still in place, and its impact on the life of Palestinian civilians is increasingly harsh.

    Large sections of the separation wall have been built across land seized from Palestinian farmers, trapping some of their lots on the Israeli side. The owners now have to receive permits from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank to gain access to tend to the land. The rules on what kind of access can be granted have been recently tightened, the newspaper Haaretz reported.

    The changes include a limit on how many times a farmer can travel through a wall checkpoint each year, depending on the type of produce he grows on his land. The quota is 40 times a year for olives, 50 times for figs, 30 for barley, and 220 for tomatoes or strawberries.

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    Once exhausted, a new request for access will need to be obtained, provided the Israeli officials agree there is a need for extending the quota, which is not a certainty. In fact, the rejection rate for entry permits has jumped to 72 percent in 2018 from just 24 percent four years earlier, the newspaper noted.

    Pretty restrictive limitations for land access existed even before the latest change, based on factors such as seasons. For example, olive growers are given a month to collect their harvest – regardless of whether a particular family has enough labor to complete the job in the allocated period of time. Some farmers have to take lengthy trips to the nearest gate before backtracking on the other side, whereas they had only to walk a short direct path before the erection of the wall.

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    Jordanians now see Israel as an implacable enemy, despite 25 years of peace | Opinion

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    03-11-19 12:51:00,


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    Jordan’s King Abdullah II is trapped between an aggressively pro-Israel Trump, a hardline Israel and an increasingly radicalized grassroots clamoring to cut all diplomatic and trade relations with Israel

    Jordan banked more heavily than any other Arab state on hefty returns from peace with Israel and the vision of a future Middle East Common Market.

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      Israel: König Bibi ist tot, lang lebe König Bibi!

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      14-10-19 12:42:00,

      Nach den Knesset-Wahlen im April gab es ein Kopf-an-Kopf-Rennen und war es ungewiss, ob Benjamin Netanyahu (in Israel gemeinhin nur „Bibi“ genannt) sein fünftes Kabinett zusammengestellt bekommen würde.

      Heute, fünf Monate später, befindet sich Israel nach den Neuwahlen vom 17. September in der exakt selben Situation. Bevor das Land vielleicht bald zum dritten Mal an diesem Punkt steht – „Neuneuwahlen“ werden schon zaghaft diskutiert – hier nun ein Blick auf die Wahlen, das Phänomen Netanyahu und das aus linker, friedensorientierter Sicht katastrophale Parteiensystem Israels. Von Jakob Reimann.

      Seit Ende 2018 brodelt es in der israelischen Regierung. Im November kam es nach einer vermasselten israelischen Geheimdienstoperation in Gaza zum heftigsten Schlagabtausch seit dem letzten großen Gaza-Krieg im Sommer 2014. Aus Protest über den folgenden Waffenstillstand verließ Verteidigungsminister und Ultra-Falke Avigdor Lieberman die Regierung. Der rechtsaußen angesiedelte Bildungsminister Naftali Bennet wollte dessen Amt – und bekam es nicht. Das Kabinett Netanyahu IV begann, sich zu zerfleischen, und hatte in der Konsequenz nur noch eine hauchdünne Knesset-Mehrheit von einem Sitz (die NachDenkSeiten berichteten).

      Ausschlaggebend wurde ein Streit zwischen den säkularen und religiösen Kräften um das Recht orthodoxer Jüdinnen und Juden, den mehrjährigen Militärdienst zu verweigern. Zwar schwebt über allen Konflikten der massive Korruptionsskandal um Netanyahu und seine bevorstehende Anklage wegen Bestechung in mindestens drei Fällen, doch zerbrach die Regierung letztendlich am Streit um die Wehrpflicht der Orthodoxen.

      Im Dezember 2018 lösten sich Regierung und Parlament auf und es wurden vorgezogene Wahlen für April 2019 ausgerufen. Diese gewann Netanyahus Likud im Nachkomma-Bereich und erhielt genau wie die neugegründete Wahlgemeinschaft Blau-Weiß unter Generalleutnant Benny Gantz 35 der insgesamt 120 Knesset-Sitze. Präsident Reuven Rivlin beauftragte Netanyahu mit der Regierungsbildung innerhalb von sechs Wochen, doch scheiterte dieser daran, die erforderlichen 61+ Sitze zusammenzubekommen. In der letzten Nacht des Ultimatums boxte die Knesset einen Likud-Vorstoß durch, das Parlament aufzulösen – schon wieder. Nur so konnte verhindert werden, dass Präsident Rivlin Blau-Weiß und Benny Gantz das Mandat übertrug. Die Times of Israel spricht zu Recht von einer „schockierenden Wendung der Ereignisse“ – nie zuvor in der israelischen Geschichte scheiterte eine Regierungsbildung.

      Wiederum wurde die Frage um die Wehrpflicht zur entscheidenden Bruchlinie, Netanyahu war unfähig,

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      Israel condemned this Gazan fisherman to life in eternal darkness | Opinion

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      05-10-19 06:32:00,

      This is what Israel should have done. A military vehicle should have waited last week for Khader al-Saaidy on the Israeli side of the Erez crossing point from Gaza, waiting to take him to the hospital to examine whether his remaining eye, the one that wasn’t ripped out, could be saved.

      Then Israel should have seen to his rehabilitation, providing him with a guide dog, buying him a new fishing boat instead of the one it took away – and that was returned to him as a pile of wood. And of course, Israel should have properly compensated him for his blindness and ruining his life.

      Read more: At odds with military, Netanyahu uses Gaza fishing zone for collective punishment | Analysis ■ A Gazan blinded by Israeli navy gunfire loses a final glimmer of hope

      The soldiers who inflicted this upon him should have been tried and severely punished. Those in every course in the navy should be told his story, from time to time bringing him in as a guest lecturer – living testimony of the hell he has endured.

      Let the sailors in their white uniforms know what they do in the name of the rite of security to helpless fishermen who endanger no one and who have done no harm. They should know what happens when they recklessly fire at Gaza fishermen.

      This is what Israel has done: For months, a blinded Saaidy knocked at Israel’s door, desperately trying to get to the appointment that had been made for him for tests at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he was operated on after the soldiers shot him. The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, an agency of the occupation, refused for months to approve his entering Israel, so he missed several checkups at the hospital.

      Al-Saaidy with his children, Gaza, June 12, 2019.Al-Saaidy with his children, Gaza, June 12, 2019.Khaled Aziza

      In desperation, he went to Egypt, where they said they had nothing to offer him, but maybe in Israel they would be able to save his eye. Only the wondrous intervention of Prof. Dan Turner, deputy director of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, who is a West Bank settler from Kfar Adumim,

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      Malaysian PM: Israel is the origin of modern terrorism

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      04-10-19 07:34:00,

      The creation of Israel by seizing Palestinian land and expelling its 90 per cent Arab population is the root cause of terrorism, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his speech at the UN, reports Malay Mail.

      The Malaysian PM stated that since the creation of Israel “…wars have been fought in many countries, many related to the creation of Israel. And now we have terrorism when there was none before, or at least none on the present scale.”

      Making his comments at the General Debate of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, he added: “Military action against acts of terrorism will not succeed. We need to identify the cause and remove it. But the great powers refuse to deal with the root cause.”

      General view of the 74th session of UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, United States on September 24, 2019 [Erçin Top / Anadolu Agency]

      General view of the 74th session of UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, United States on September 24, 2019 [Erçin Top / Anadolu Agency]

      The prime minister added that Malaysia accepts the state of Israel “as a fait accompli”, adding:

      …Malaysia cannot accept the blatant seizure of Palestine land by Israel for their settlements as well as the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. The Palestinians cannot even enter the settlements built on their land….

      He went on to add: “Because of the creation of Israel, there is now enmity towards the Muslims and Islam. Muslims are accused of terrorism even if they did nothing. Muslim countries have been destabilised through the campaign for democracy and regime change. Muslims everywhere have been oppressed, expelled from their countries and refused asylum.”

      “Thousands have died at sea and in the severe winters. One cannot deny that in the past there were no massive migration. Now the wars and instability due to regime change have forced them to run away from their countries,” he added.

      Dr Mahathir also said that the application of the rule of law has been selective.

      He said: “Friends may break any law and get away scot-free. Thus, Israel can break all the international laws and norms of the world and it will continue to be supported and defended. The unfriendly countries can do nothing right.

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      How Israel Controls Its Narrative

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      01-10-19 08:09:00,

      It is interesting to note how the Israel Lobby is able to manage and contain the commentary of groups in America that might normally be critical of Israeli policies vis-à-vis the United States. A recent article by Professor Andrew Bacevich entitled “President Trump, Please End the American Era in the Middle East” is a good example of how self-censorship by authors works. The piece appeared as one of Bacevich’s regular weekly contributions to The American Conservative website under the rubric “Realism and Restraint.”

      The article particularly focused on the foreign policy pronouncements of Bret Stephens, the resident neocon who writes for The New York Times. Stephens, per Bacevich, has been urging constant war in the Middle East and worrying lest “we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the American era in the Middle East.” Bacevich, unlike Stephens, is a genuine foreign policy expert, a realist, an Army veteran, and always quite sensible. He correctly described how “in the Middle East, the military power of the United States has played a large part in exacerbating problems rather than contributing to their solution.”

      The overall message is sound, but in this case, it is interesting to note what Bacevich left out rather than what he included. It is easy to understand the “realism” part when he writes and it is sometimes also possible to perceive the “restraint.” He cited Iran seven times as well as Saudi Arabia, but, strangely enough, he never mentioned Israel at all, which a number of commenters on the piece noted. It rather suggests that there is a line that Bacevich is reluctant to cross. The omission is particularly odd as Israel is absolutely central to and might even be described as driving American policy in the Middle East and Bret Stephens, whom Bacevich excoriates, is a notable Israel-firster who once worked as the editor of the Jerusalem Post. Almost everything Stephens writes is basically a promotion of Israel and its interests coupled with a call for the United States to do what it must to attack and destroy the Jewish state’s principal perceived enemy Iran.

      The reticence is perhaps understandable as Bacevich is president of a newly organized group called the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft,

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      Der Wandel, der in Israel anbricht

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      19-09-19 07:01:00,

      Vor fünf Jahren unterstützte Präsident Obama die Zusammenkunft wichtiger pensionierter israelischer Militärs, um jede regionale Friedenspolitik zu unterstützen. Es war die Schaffung von “Kommandanten für Israels Sicherheit” [1]. Gleichzeitig unterstützte er ein Bündnis der israelischen arabischen Parteien. Ziel war es, die “Zwei-Staaten-Lösung” voranzubringen.

      Diese Strategie ist an den Parlamentswahlen 2015 an Benjamin Netanjahu gescheitert. Der Likud-Führer, unterstützt von der kostenlosen Tageszeitung Israel Hayom, die dem amerikanischen Casinobetreiber Sheldon Adelson gehört, führte eine Kampagne, in der er die bevorstehende Zerstörung Israels anprangerte. Am Ende gewann er doch eine Mehrheitskoalition in der Knesset.

      Im Laufe der nächsten vier Jahre wiederholte Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu seine aufsehenerregenden Äußerungen über die Gefahr von Hamas, Hisbollah und Iran, vermied aber so weit wie möglich jegliche Konfrontation. So begannen die Wähler, die Realität der drohenden Bedrohung in Frage zu stellen.

      Der Rücktritt von Verteidigungsminister Avigdor Lieberman, der die Bedingungen des Waffenstillstands mit der Hamas ablehnt, löst im April 2019 Parlamentswahlen aus. Der ehemalige Generalstabschef Benny Gantz gründet um ihn herum eine Partei mit zwei laizistischen Personen und zwei anderen ehemaligen Stabschefs. Er behauptet, er wolle mit den Palästinensern verhandeln, aber ohne die israelische Identität zu entwerten; und die Demokratie stärken zu wollen, ohne jedoch die jüdische Identität des Landes zu entwerten. Diese zweideutige Position erlaubt ihm nicht, sich durchzusetzen.

      Doch Benjamin Netanjahu gelingt es nicht, eine neue Regierung zu bilden. Tatsächlich prangert Avigdor Lieberman plötzlich die rechtliche Verwirrung an, die der Premierminister aufrechterhält, um sein Bündnis mit religiösen Parteien aufrechtzuerhalten. Die Debatte über die Befreiung vom Wehrdienst für Jeschiwa-Studenten geht weiter in einer Reihe von anderen Themen, einschließlich verbotener Aktivitäten am Schabbat Tag. Daher sind Neuwahlen für September 2019 einberufen. Der ehemalige Ministerpräsident Ehud Barak kehrt in die Politik zurück, um “die Apartheid zu bekämpfen”. Die einheitliche arabische Liste von 2015 wird neu konstituiert, sie umfasst alle arabischen Parteien, von Kommunisten bis zu Islamisten.

      Wegen der Sommerferien dauert der Wahlkampf selbst, eigentlich nur zwei Wochen. Lieberman schafft es, das Thema des staatlichen Säkularismus durchzusetzen, während Netanjahu ein Referendum über sich selbst fordert. Die diplomatischen und militärischen Fragen werden nicht viel diskutiert. Der Premierminister kündigt plötzlich seine Absicht an, bestimmte Gebiete des Westjordanlandes zu annektieren, und erwähnt dann einen möglichen Militärbündnisvertrag mit den Vereinigten Staaten. Er vervielfacht die Hilferufe angesichts des möglichen Eintritts israelischer Araber in die Regierung an der Seite von Benny Gantz.

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      Israel election results: Netanyahu will pull out all the stops – including military action – to hold on to power | Opinion

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      Israelis voted to save their democracy. But the country may soon face a severe constitutional crisis if Netanyahu, facing political failure and criminal prosecution, adopts Nixon-style desperate measures

      The final results from Israel s do-over elections are not yet in, but barring entirely unrealistic developments, Benjamin Netanyahu s long reign as king-premier will soon be over.

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        Israel election: Time to replace Netanyahu | Opinion

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        17-09-19 07:19:00,

        Today’s election for the 22nd Knesset gives Israelis another opportunity to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s regime, which is beset by corruption and incitement. (For the latest election polls – click here)

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        The campaign, which began with the Knesset’s dissolution on May 30 and climaxed over the past two weeks, has revealed Netanyahu in all his ugliness: agitating for war, spreading lies, denying the rule of law and the authority of state institutions, and accusing the Arab community of wholesale voter fraud during the April election, while hinting that he won’t accept the results of this election if he loses it. Netanyahu’s conduct shows that there’s no limit to the damage and destruction he’s prepared to cause Israeli democracy just to remain in his position and evade the three indictments pending against him, subject to a hearing.

        Replacing Netanyahu requires a blocking majority of 61 MKs who will not support a government he heads and who will force him to yield his seat. The rival candidate, Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz, is more worthy of being prime minister than Netanyahu. While Gantz doesn’t have much political experience, he resisted diving into the sewer into which Netanyahu dragged this election campaign despite the character assassination he was subjected to by Likud. He displayed self-control, restraint, and respect for the state and its threatened institutions.

        Voters who want to save Israeli democracy, the rule of law, and civic equality must vote for parties committed to those values: Kahol Lavan, Democratic Union, Labor-Gesher or the Joint List – whose head, Ayman Odeh, presented for the first time terms for supporting Gantz and entering a government led by him, sparking a crucial debate on the role of Arab society in the political system.

        But there are two crucial conditions that must be met to form this blocking majority and end the Netanyahu era. The first is that the left-wing Zionist parties – Democratic Union and Labor-Gesher – pass the electoral threshold so their votes don’t go down the drain. Voters deliberating over whether to vote for one of them must consider this need. Even if Amir Peretz erred when he refused a Labor-Meretz union and thus put the entire bloc at risk,

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        Israel’s election, the corrupt and the corrupting occupation | Opinion

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        We are once again going to the polls. Because of the corruption, the battle this time is over the corrupt and the corrupters.

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          Israel approves settlement in West Bank days before crucial elections

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          15-09-19 07:08:00,

          The Israeli government has issued its approval for a settlement in the occupied West Bank, in what looks like a desperate attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to boost his waning support ahead of the upcoming vote.

          All Israeli settlements on the occupied territories are deemed illegal under international law, yet Tel Aviv distinguishes between those it approved and those it did not. On Sunday, the cabinet issued a decree recognizing one such squatter settlement – Mevoot Yericho located in the Jordan Valley – as an official one.

          “The government passed the prime minister’s motion to build Mevoot Yericho,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said following a weekly government meeting, which was conspicuously held in the Jordan Valley this time.Such movements are quite rare, as, according to the Israeli media, only five similar decisions were taken over the past decade.

          The fact that this step was made just days ahead of the upcoming snap elections prompted some people, including Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, to believe that it is for the sake of Netanyahu’s electoral campaign.The prime minister earlier vowed to annex the whole Jordan Valley, which accounts for roughly one third of the occupied West Bank, if elected.

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          Mandelblit criticized the settlement approval, arguing that there was “no vital or urgent need” for it and adding that it could be detrimental to Israel’s international posture.

          Meanwhile, the situation for Netanyahu indeed appears to be desperate. Mired in corruption scandals, the troubled prime minister barely managed to squeak out a victory against his rival, ex-military chief Benny Gantz leading a centrist Blue and White Alliance, in April.

          Yet, he still failed to form a ruling coalition in a development that proved to be quite humiliating for him as he became the first ever prime minister to commit such a blunder.

          Now, with his popularity gradually fading, he seems to be ready to stop at nothing to win the support of the rightwingers, which may be crucial for him.However, his trump card of annexing the Jordan Valley might still be turned against him as it could effectively spell an end to the two-state solution and stir up a hornet’s nest of geopolitical tensions.

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          Israel Accused Of Spying On White House: Trump Ignores While Bibi Denies

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          12-09-19 07:30:00,

          A shocking exposé in Politico reveals the Israelis have for years been planting spy devices near the White House. The report cites former senior US officials, who describe that forensic analysis of recovered cell phone surveillance devices point back to Israeli intelligence, which is believed to have conducted the operation for the past two years. 

          “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” one former senior intelligence official told Politico. The report spells out, citing officials, that the planted devices are believed by the FBI and US intelligence agencies “likely intended” to spy on President Trump and his top aides.

          Via The Times of Israel

          Though it’s easy to imagine the outpouring of fury and wall to wall media coverage complete with urgent Congressional hearings — should such allegations center on any other foreign country caught spying on the White House (let’s say Russia for example), the bombshell Politico report has barely made a dent in the mainstream media or big cable networks’ coverage.

          This is partly because the administration’s own reaction has been muted, as the report notes that “the Trump administration took no action to punish or even privately scold the Israeli government” after being informed by US intelligence that Israel likely planted the devices. 

          Politico’s sources in most instances held top intelligence and national security posts, who describe the following of the recovered spy devices

          The miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” mimic regular cell towers to fool cell phones into giving them their locations and identity information. Formally called international mobile subscriber identity-catchers or IMSI-catchers, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.

          The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates  though it’s not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful.

          From the moment the report was unveiled early Thursday, Israel’s stance has been to vehemently deny, and to even suggest the accusations are tinged with “anti-Semitism”. 

          StingRay surveillance devices have long been known and used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies,

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          How Israel Steals Palestine’s Offshore Oil and Gas Revenues. Outright Theft. Billions of Dollars Stolen – Global Research

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          11-09-19 07:26:00,

          Executive summary

          “In 2018 and early 2019, the performance of the Palestinian economy and humanitarian conditions reached an all-time low. Per capita income fell, mass unemployment increased, poverty deepened and the environmental toll of occupation has been rising in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

          The Palestinian people are denied the right to exploit oil and natural gas resources and thereby deprived of billions of dollars in revenue.

          The international community should help the Palestinian people to secure their right to oil and gas in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and ascertain their legitimate share in the natural resources collectively owned by several neighbouring States in the region.

          In March 2019, the Government of Israel started to deduct $11.5 million monthly (equivalent to $138 million annually) from Palestinian clearance revenues.

          The Palestinian National Authority responded that it would not accept anything less than the full amount of its rightful clearance revenues, which represent two thirds of Palestinian fiscal revenue. This fiscal shock is compounded by declining donor support.

          UNCTAD continues to respond positively to the needs of the Palestinian people. However, securing extrabudgetary resources remains critical to fulfilling the requests in the Nairobi Maafikiano and in General Assembly resolutions for UNCTAD to report on the economic costs of occupation for the Palestinian people,”

          ***

          The UNCTAD report focusses on the impoverishment of the Palestinian population: “Falling per capita income and worsening depression-level unemployment”

          It also examines in length how Israel took control of Palestine’s offshore oil and natural gas reserves in derogation of both Israeli and international law.

          This constitutes an act of outright theft by Israel of billions of dollars of revenue, which is barely acknowledged by the Western media.

          Below are selected excerpts of the UNCTAD Report pertaining to the theft of oil and gas revenues (emphasis added by Global Research):

          Studies by geologists and natural resources economists have separately confirmed that the Occupied Palestinian Territory lies above considerable reservoirs of oil and natural gas wealth off the coast of Gaza and in the West Bank. Within this context,

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          Israel: “Wiped off The Map”. The Rumor of the Century, Fabricated by the US Media to Justify An All out War on Iran – Global Research

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          04-09-19 01:08:00,

          Global Research Editor’s Note

          The following text by Arash Norouzi first published by the Mossadegh Project and Global Research in January 2007 confirms that the alleged “Wiped Off the Map” statement  by Iran’s (former) president was never made.

          In the light of recent US threats directed against Iran, we are reposting this important article.

          Iran does not constitute a threat to Israel.

          The rumor was fabricated by the American media with a view to discrediting Iran’s head of state and providing a justification for waging an all out war on Iran.

          Iran is blamed for refusing to abide by the “reasonable demands” of “the international community”.

          In recent developments, Iran is persistently described as threatening the security of Israel. And Israel is described as instrumental in determining US foreign policy.

          Realities are twisted and turned upside down. Iran is being accused of wanting to start a war.

          The threat to global security comes from the US-NATO-Israel military alliance, which is now threatening Iran. The use of  tactical nuclear weapons against Iran on a preemptive basis is contemplated.

          If Iran is attacked, we are potentially in a World War III scenario.

          It is essential to dispel the fabrications of the Western media.

          Iran does not constitute a threat to Global Security.

          Iran does not possess a nuclear weapons program. Iran does not constitute a threat to Israel.

          Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 25 September 2010,  24 May 2019, September 4, 2019

          ***

          Wiped off  The Map: The Rumor of the Century

          by Arash Norouzi

          Global Research, January 20, 2007

          The Mossadegh Project

          Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran’s President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, “Israel must be wiped off the map”. Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as the following article will prove.

            BACKGROUND:

          On Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 at the Ministry of Interior conference hall in Tehran, newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at a program,

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          Israel’s Many Wars

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          03-09-19 12:29:00,

          Two years ago I wrote an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” Though I made clear in the piece that I was writing about specific, identifiable Jews who fund and staff the think-tanks and foundations that make up the Israel Lobby, I was immediately fired by the Editor of The American Conservative (TAC) magazine and website, a timid little man who had been trying to get rid of me for some time. He evidently wished to do so because I did not share his “restraint” in my allusions to Jewish power in the United States and was particularly incensed over my suggestion that when Zionist propagandists like Bill Kristol appear on television the network should be required to display a warning label under the picture advising that Kristol was toxic.

          As I had been writing for TAC for fifteen years and had been regarded as very popular among the magazine’s supporters, my dismissal was noted by many. I therefore followed up with a second article entitled “How I got fired,” which, inter alia, noted that Pat Buchanan, the TAC co-founder, had pretty much written the same thing that I did back in 2003 in a famous essay entitled “Whose War?”, though he had definitely been more polite than I was.

          Pat Buchanan continues to be one of the few publicly visible political analysts currently active who dares to tell it like it is when it comes to Israel’s power in America. His article last week “Will Israel’s War Become America’s War” as always gets to the heart of the problem, i.e. that the completely contrived “special relationship” with Israel could easily lead the United States into another totally unnecessary war or even a series of wars in the Middle East.

          Pat starts with “President Donald Trump, who canceled a missile strike on Iran after the shoot-down of a U.S. Predator drone to avoid killing Iranians, may not want a war. But the same cannot be said of Bibi Netanyahu.” He observes that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is facing re-election on September 17th, and though most polls indicate that he will win, the opposition to him is strong based on his personal corruption and his pandering to the country’s most extreme right-wing parties.

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          Hezbollah and Israel A New War Coming

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          03-09-19 12:26:00,

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          The wall in South Lebanon on the outskirts of Markaba, the wall dividing Lebanon and Israel. Picture: Sonja van den Ende@ 2018, Markaba, South Lebanon

          Last days tensions rose high with Hezbollah and the Zionist State of Israel. Israel as, usual provoking Hezbollah in the South, the heartland of Hezbollah.

          It all started when the Irsaelian army send drones to Southern Beirut, as they say to the HQ of Hezbollah. Actually, they hit just a media building in Dahieh, close to Bourj al Baranjneh, the slums of Beirut, I often visit it, I have made some good friends there when visiting Beirout, last years, also in the South of Lebanon. Close to Bourj al Baranjneh is the Hezbollah Mausoleum for the martyrs of the 2006 war, which Hezbollah won from Israel and recently the martyrs from the war in Syria.

          The Mausoleum, from Hezbollah for the fallen martyrs in the 2006 war and the Syrian war. Photo: Claudius Lucassen @ 2018

          Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp

          The Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp is located at the edge of Beirut. The Red Cross established the camp in 1948 to accommodate an influx of Palestinian refugees from present-day northern Israel. The camp was laid siege to by the Israeli army and Lebanese Christian Phalangists during 1982, after Israel invaded Lebanon earlier that year.

          It (and other Palestinian Camps) was also laid siege to by Amal militia from February 1984 to February 1987 for the control of West Beirut. According to UNRWA more than 20,000 Palestinian refugees live in the camp, though originally only 10,000 were planned to live in the one square kilometer camp. After the crisis in Syria, many Syrian refugees moved to the camp, dramatically increasing its population. The camp conditions are horrible, and many deaths are recorded every year from electrocution and collapsing buildings. The camp is a distaster and the differences between the rich area, right next door is immense.

          Last year (2018) I was a guest and by invitation in Lebanon, southern Lebanon, where construction of the wall between Israel and southern Lebanon has started since February 2018. That is, an initiative of Israel,

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          Israel Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapons to ‘Wipe Out’ Its Enemies – Global Research

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          03-09-19 09:34:00,

          Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory. Beyond shameless in the gall. pic.twitter.com/MBoFac8Bvv

          — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 29, 2018

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          Lying for Israel: Why Nearly Everyone in Washington Does It – Global Research

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          29-08-19 03:27:00,

          It is not often that one hears anything like the truth in today’s Washington, a city where the art of dissimulation has reached new heights among both Democrats and Republicans. Everyone who has not been asleep like Rip Van Winkle for the past twenty years knows that the most powerful foreign lobby operating in the United States is that of the state of Israel. Indeed, by some measures it just might be the most powerful lobby period, given the fact that it has now succeeded in extending its tentacles into state and local levels with its largely successful campaigns to punish criticism or boycotting of Israel while also infiltrating boards of education to require Holocaust education and textbooks that reflect favorably on the Jewish state.

          Occasionally, however, the light does shine in darkness. The efforts by Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to challenge the power of the Israel Lobby are commendable and it is worth noting that the two women are being subjected to harassment by their own Democratic Party in an effort to make them be silent.

          President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has attempted to make them the face of the Democrats, calling them “Jew haters” and “anti-Semites” while also further claiming that they despise the United States just as they condemn Israel. This has developed into a Trump diatribe claiming that American Jews who vote for Democrats are “disloyal.” By disloyal he meant disloyal to Israel, in a sense ironically confirming that in the president’s mind Jews have dual loyalty, which, of course, at least some of them do.

          And Trump has further exercised his claim to the Jewish vote by accepting the sobriquet “King of Israel” bestowed by a demented talk radio host. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already asserted that Trump’s election victory was the result of divine intervention to “save Israel from Iran,” the kingship is presumably an inevitable progression. One can only imagine what will come next.

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          One Democratic congressman who has apparently become fatigued by all that bipartisan pandering to Israel is Ted Lieu (image on the right) of California. Last Thursday Lieu rebuked Trump’s US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman over his support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to visit the West Bank where Tlaib’s grandmother lives under Israeli occupation.

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          Israel’s collective abuse operation in East Jerusalem | Opinion

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          29-08-19 07:21:00,

          For two and a half months a police operation has been going on in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah. Every day dozens of members of the police and Border Police come to the small village for policing duties whose purpose isn’t clear. The police patrol the streets, set up ambushes, write tickets and get stones thrown at them. Early in the morning they also raid homes, conduct searches and make arrests.

          Some 340 of the neighborhood’s young people have been arrested during this period; most have been released for a lack of evidence after a day or two of detention. Only five have been charged with anything, while three are still awaiting a decision. The dozens of middle-of-the-night home searches haven’t yielded a single gun. The police ended up confiscating books and cellphones.

          These numbers show how ridiculous and purposeless this operation is. The police are using arrests, searches and tickets as a form of collective punishment.

          Read more: Israel’s collective punishing exacts price from this East Jerusalem neighborhood | Analysis ■ Let the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah be | Editorial

          The residents pay the price; the overwhelming majority of them don’t throw stones, yet people’s daily lives have been destroyed. Dozens of residents have been wounded in confrontations with the police, parents are afraid to let their kids play in the streets, storekeepers report a sharp drop in business, and the local parents’ committee has announced a strike against the neighborhood’s schools until the police operation is halted.

          The futility of the operation also stems from the fact that the police aren’t pointing to any event that justifies it. In the months before the operation, there were no unusual events in or around Isawiyah. Even during the 10 weeks of the operation, no police officers or Jewish civilians have been wounded except for two officers who were hurt by a grenade thrown by a colleague.

          The residents of Isawiyah repeatedly say that the reason for the confrontations is the security forces’ aggressive entrance into the village and their deliberate provocations. They say that if the operation continues, it will lead to an increase in violence and in the end someone will do something extreme,

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          US/Israel Upping the Stakes for More Middle East War – Global Research

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          28-08-19 02:44:00,

          US Military

          No nation may legally attack another state preemptively — what US-dominated NATO and Israel do time and again unaccountably.

          It’s what aggression is all about — defined by UN General Assembly Res. 3314.

          Calling it the “most serious and dangerous form of the illegal use of force,” the resolution defined aggression as “the (unjustifiable) use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations.”

          The Nuremberg Tribunal called aggression the key offense committed by Nazi war criminals above all others — the supreme international crime.

          At the same time, UN Charter Article 51 affirms the right of self-defense if attacked, stating:

          “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.”

          Last weekend, Israeli warplanes preemptively (without just cause) attacked targets in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon on the phony pretext of countering an Iranian threat that doesn’t exist and never did.

          The Islamic Republic is the region’s leading peace and stability proponent, never attacking another nation preemptively throughout its history — threatening none except in self-defense if attacked, its legal right.

          Last Sunday, Lebanon’s Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah warned of retaliation against Israeli aggression, saying:

          “I say to the Israeli army on the border from tonight, stand guard. Wait for us one, two, three, four days.”

          “Do not rest. Do not be reassured, and do not bet for a single moment that Hezbollah will allow…aggression of this kind.”

          US-dominated NATO and Israel are waging endless regional wars without declaring them. The Netanyahu regime upped the stakes by striking targets in three countries last weekend.

          Netanyahu responded to Nasrallah, saying

          “I heard what (he) said. I suggest to Nasrallah to calm down. He knows well that Israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies” — a veiled threat of possible Israeli war on Lebanon, with full US support if occurs.

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          Does Israel Interfere in American Elections?

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          27-08-19 07:29:00,

          Does anyone remember what the Mueller investigation was all about? It was to determine whether the team surrounding candidate and then president-elect Donald Trump had colluded with a foreign power, presumed to be Russia. It did not discover any such collaboration to get Trump elected president, but it did discover a foreign nation that had directly intervened with key players surrounding president-elect Trump to get them to do it a favor. That country was Israel, but somehow the media never quite managed to pull it all together even if leading public intellectual Noam Chomsky was able to, saying “…if you’re interested in foreign interference in our elections, whatever the Russians may have done barely counts or weighs in the balance as compared with what another state does, openly, brazenly and with enormous support. Israeli intervention in US elections vastly overwhelms anything the Russians may have done, I mean, even to the point where the prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu, goes directly to Congress, without even informing the president, and speaks to Congress, with overwhelming applause, to try to undermine the president’s policies…”

          This is how Jewish power works on behalf of the Jewish state. It is done right out in the open, at least if one knows where to look, and it operates by what the intelligence community would refer to as misdirection. That means that you never talk about Israel itself, except in a positive, laudatory fashion, you never mention Jewish power in America, and, finally, you have in reserve some fabricated threats that can be surfaced to dominate discussion and render Israel’s malign activity invisible.

          Currently, the Russian threat is the enemy du jour. Even though we now know that “Russiagate” never existed in any serious form, it continues to be hyped by both the Democratic Party and by the accommodating media as the over-the-horizon threat to American democracy. It is now being claimed, minus any real evidence, that the Kremlin has a plan to ruin the upcoming 2020 election by way of nationwide tampering with the voting machines and the electronic tallying procedures. Oddly enough, the states, where the voting actually takes place, have not noticed any attempted Russian interference. As the story goes, if the Russians are successful, no one will have any confidence in the results and the American republican experiment will collapse in ruins.

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