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


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


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!


    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


    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.

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    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


    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


    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


    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


    18-09-19 02:43:00,



    Israel News

    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


      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)

      Haaretz Weekly Ep. 40Haaretz

      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


      16-09-19 07:39:00,




      B. Michael

      Sep 15, 2019 11:15 PM



      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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        Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan at a countrywide 'Kashmir Hour' demonstration to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, at the Prime Minister's House, Islamabad, Pakistan, August 30, 2019

        Is Pakistan Preparing to Recognize Israel?

        U.S. Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, denied entry to Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after pressure by U.S. President Donald Trump

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        Chana Boteach at her Kosher Sex store in Tel Aviv, August 2019.

        This Tel Aviv Sex Shop Is Keeping It Kosher

        Sahne Park.

        This Israeli Park Is Heaven on Earth

        Khen Elmaleh in Morocco.

        Returning to Morocco,
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        Israel approves settlement in West Bank days before crucial elections


        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


        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


        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


        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.


        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


        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


        03-09-19 12:26:00,


        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


        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.

        — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 29, 2018

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


        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.

        Congressman Ted W. Lieu Official Photo.jpg

        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


        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


        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?


        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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        Israel’s ‘last struggles’? Netanyahu vigorously battles Iranian menace, threatens entire STATES


        26-08-19 08:24:00,

        Tehran has mocked Israel’s intensified efforts to root out the Iranian presence in the region after the IDF struck targets in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in one day, while threatening to continue attacks against Iran’s ‘accomplices.’

        “These insane operations are absolutely last struggles of the Zionist Regime,” Qassem Soleimani tweeted after the IDF accused the chief of Iran’s Quds Force of personally devising a plot to strike Israel with a flock of ‘killer drones.’

        Tensions in the region heated up over the weekend after the IDF struck targets on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, in order to thwart what it called an imminent attack by Iranian proxies against the state of Israel. While Syria claims it downed most of the missiles, Israel called the pre-emptive strike a success, releasing a blurry video as proof.

        TO: Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani,

        RE: Last Night

        “We will carry out a large-scale attack of killer drones on the ‘Zionist entity’ from Syria.”

        It sounded good in your morning meeting, didn’t it?

        — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 25, 2019

        Hours later, Israel allegedly sent drones to hunt for Hezbollah targets in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. One surveillance UAV was downed by rock-throwing youths over Hezbollah’s media office, while a second “suicide drone” exploded in the air.

        Another attack against Iran-linked targets rocked the Iraqi Anbar province near the border with Syria on Sunday afternoon, when two unidentified UAVs targeted transport vehicles belonging to the Hezbollah faction known as Brigade 45. The strike, which the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) blamed on Israel, killed at least one Shiite fighter.

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        Tel Aviv, which admitted responsibility for the Syrian raid but has so far remained tight-lipped about the strikes in Lebanon and Iraq, did make it crystal clear on Sunday that it will go out against any nation-state that supports Iran in the region.

        “We won’t tolerate attacks on Israel from any country in the area. Any country that allows its territory to be used for attacks against Israel will bear the consequences,” said Netanyahu.

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        Feeding the Israel Lobby


        06-08-19 09:44:00,

        If you have been wondering when the twenty Democratic aspirants for the presidency will begin a serious discussion of American foreign policy in the Middle East, where Washington has been bogged down in both current and impending wars, you are not alone. With the honorable exception of Tulsi Gabbard, no one seems keen to touch that particular live wire.

        Part of the problem is the journalists who are asking the questions in the debates. To be sure, the publication of “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt back in 2007 opened the door to a frank discussion of why the United States is involved in unresolvable conflicts on behalf of a tiny client state. But unfortunately, while it is now possible to find in the mainstream media some honest analysis of Israel’s ability to corrupt policy formulation in Washington, in general the Jewish state continues to get a pass from both the press and politicians on all issues that matter.

        And then there is the problem of Congress itself, which is precisely the institution that has been most corrupted by Israel and Jewish money. Almost thirty years ago, American politician Pat Buchanan described Congress as “Israeli occupied territory.” As a result, he was viciously attacked by the mainstream media and the political leadership of both parties, demonstrating beyond all doubt that he was correct in his observation. Today the Israel Lobby in the United States is far more powerful than it was in 1990, so much so that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually boasts to his voters that he directs U.S. policy.

        The hypocrisy inherent in the Israel-philia of America’s political leadership is such that it sometimes produces comic results. The whiney head of the House Intelligence Committee Congressman Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, was beside himself prior to the Robert Mueller testimony before Congress on July 24th, denouncing Russia and President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s actions amounted to “Disloyalty to country… Those are strong words… But disloyalty to country violates the very obligation of citizenship, our devotion to a core principle on which our nation was founded, that we, the people, not some foreign power that wishes us ill, we decide, who shall govern,

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        Aanduiding ‘Made in Israel’ is ‘onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk’ – The Rights Forum


        04-08-19 07:16:00,



        Consumentenmisleiding Nederzettingenproducten Psagot Winery Shilo Winery Druiven Canada Christenen voor Israël Teperberg 1870 HEMA Etikettering Wijn Kolonisten-producten Made in Israel Tweede Kamer EU Kolonisering Westoever

        Canada / Aanduiding ‘Made in Israel’ is ‘onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk’

        Het Federale Gerechtshof van Canada heeft geoordeeld dat wijn uit Israëlische nederzettingen in bezet Palestijns gebied niet langer als ‘Israëlisch product’ mag worden verhandeld.

        Onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk: wijnen uit bezet Palestijns gebied die worden verhandeld als ‘Israëlisch’ product. Daarmee worden consumenten misleid en wordt de illegale Israëlische kolonisering van Palestijns land gestimuleerd.  

        Het oordeel van het Canadese hof heeft verstrekkende gevolgen. De betreffende wijnen mogen niet langer als ‘Israëlisch’ worden verkocht en moeten nu worden voorzien van een etiket dat de correcte herkomst weergeeft. Bovendien dient de uitspraak als opstap tot het aanpakken van talloze andere producten die ten onrechte als ‘Made in Israel’ worden verhandeld. En tenslotte zal de uitspraak aanleiding geven tot rechtszaken tegen dezelfde praktijk in andere landen.


        Bij gebrek aan relevante jurisprudentie is het hof diep ingegaan op de argumentatie die door de eiser en de verdediging werd ingebracht, om zich tenslotte te baseren op de kern van de zaak: het onomstreden feit dat de Israëlische kolonies in bezet gebied geen deel uitmaken van de staat Israël.

        Etikettering van producten uit die kolonies als ‘Made in Israël’ is daarom ‘onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk’, stelde het hof, en voorkomt dat consumenten een beredeneerde keuze kunnen maken:

        One peaceful way in which people can express their political views is through their purchasing decisions. To be able to express their views in this manner, however, consumers have to be provided with accurate information as to the source of the products in question.

        Daarnaast stelt het hof dat etikettering van de betreffende producten als ‘Israëlisch’ in strijd is met Canadese federale wetgeving. Die schrijft voor dat de herkomst van voedingsproducten, waaronder wijn,

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        Israel bombardiert im Irak


        01-08-19 07:58:00,

        Die kuwaitische Zeitung Al Dscharida hat enthüllt, dass mittels einer israelischen Drohne, die von einer US Base in Syrien gestartet war, ein iranischer Stützpunkt in Irak am 20. Juli 2019 bomÎbardiert wurde.

        Darüber hinaus hat die Al-Arabiya Saudi TV enthüllt, dass am gleichen Tag eine Bombardierung durch ein ausländisches Flugzeug einen iranischen Revolutionsgarden im Irak getötet hat.

        Die saudische Zeitung mit Sitz in London, Asharq al-Awsat, hat enthüllt, dass in Wirklichkeit zwei israelische Bombardierungen stattgefunden haben, darunter eine durch eine F-35. Laut einem westlichen Diplomaten, war das Ziel dieser Aktion ein Hangar mit ballistischen Raketen.

        Letztes Jahr hatte der israelische Premier-Minister davor gewarnt, dass sein Land nicht zögern würde, im Libanon, in Syrien und im Irak, Ziele zu bombardieren, die er verdächtigt, mit iranischen Revolutionsgarden verknüpft zu sein.

        Horst Frohlich

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        Israel has “the most moral army in the world”?


        30-07-19 11:24:00,

        Eight days ago eleven Palestinian buildings containing seventy family apartments located in the illegally Israeli occupied East Jerusalem village of Wadi al-Hummus were demolished in a military-led operation by more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers, policemen and municipal workers using bulldozers, backhoes and explosives. Residents who resisted were beaten by the soldiers, kicked down flights of stairs and even shot at close range with rubber bullets. The soldiers were recorded laughing and celebrating as they did their dirty work. Occupants who did not resist and who held their hands up in surrender were also not spared the rod, as were also foreign observers who were present to add their voices to those who were protesting the outrage. The injuries sustained by some of the victims have been photographed and are available online.

        Twelve Palestinians and four British observers were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. The British reported that they were “stamped on, dragged by the hair, strangled with a scarf and pepper sprayed by Israeli border police.” One who was hospitalized described how Israeli soldiers dragged him by his feet, lifting him up, and kicking him in the stomach, while one soldier stamped on his head four times “at full force” before standing on his head and pulling his hair. Another suffered a fractured rib after “[the policeman] then stamped on my throat and others started punching my torso. It was a sadistic display of violence…”

        Yet another foreign observer was dragged out of the house, “…her hands were crushed so badly that she suffered a fractured knuckle on her left hand, and her right hand suffered severe tissue damage ‘which will be permanently misshapen unless she gets cosmetic surgery.’”

        Edmond Sichrovsky, an Austrian activist of Jewish origin, who was in one of the houses, described how Israeli forces broke the door down, first dragging out the Palestinians, “knocking the grandfather to the floor in front of his crying and screaming grandchildren.” Cell phones were forcibly removed to eliminate any picture taking or filming before soldiers began attacking him and four other activists. “I was repeatedly kicked and kneed, which left a bloody nose and multiple cuts, as well breaking my glasses from a knee in the face. Once outside, they slammed me against a car while shouting verbal insults at me and women activists,

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        Israel Launches New Criminal Aggression; Bombs Tal al Harrah Again


        24-07-19 12:53:00,

        Israel Bomb Syria - Syria News ArchiveArchive Photo

        Israel has again breached international law in its criminal bombings of Syria. After midnight 24 July, the criminal aggressor bombed Tal al Harrah in Daraa countryside.

        Material damages were reported.

        Israel deliberately, under the US protection, shows its disregards to International Law and in specific to the United Nations, to its charter, and the Security Council and its resolutions, this latest aggression was committed while the United Nations Security Council was convening to discuss the ongoing ‘Situation in the Middle East’ which started with the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and been on the agenda ever since.

        Bombing Syrian land from the occupied Golan shows how much the Zionist regime relies on the support and protection of the United States of America and its Gulfies sponsors, the superpower and super-rich.

        The mini-US previously engaged in illicit aggression against al Harrah on 30 June and 12 June. On both those occasions, Syrian air defenses intercepted several of Israel’s missiles.

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        Israel’s Agents of Influence


        23-07-19 07:33:00,

        Some journalists in the Jewish media are starting to complain that President Donald Trump is “loving Israel” just a little too much since he keeps citing his concern for the Jewish state as the driving force behind some of his erratic behavior. It is a viewpoint that I most definitely share, though I would describe the apparent White House lovefest with the Israel as a “lot too much.” When the President of the United States calls a congresswoman an anti-Semite and demands that she apologize to him personally and also to Israel it is definitely a lot too much.

        So Israel is always in the news, or so it seems, though it is often not in the news when the story might be derogatory. The story disappears from sight as soon as it is determined that Israel might be involved, as is currently the case with Jeffrey Epstein, or Israeli activity is excised completely as was the case with the Mueller investigation where Russiagate should have really been called Israelgate as it was Israel that was seeking favors from the incoming Trump Administration, not Russia. As Noam Chomsky put it, Israeli interference in American politics “vastly overwhelms” anything Russia has done.

        I have recently written about how the Jewish state works hard to brainwash the American people and limit the foreign policy options of the U.S. government, to include aggressive efforts to obtain what the intelligence agencies would call “agents of influence.” Agents of influence live and work in one country while simultaneously and treacherously advancing the interests of another nation. It is what George Washington warned about in his Farewell Address when he counseled “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”

        Foreign influence as a potential national security threat is also a status defined in legal terms by the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA), which requires anyone working on behalf of a foreign government to register and make transparent sources of income.

        Uniquely, no foundation or individual working in America to advance the interests of the Jewish state has ever been required to register under FARA even though many,

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        Israel to make exception in allowing BDS-supporting Omar & Tlaib into the country


        21-07-19 01:22:00,

        Israel said it will allow BDS-supporting US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to enter the country, in a departure from its travel ban on supporters of the pro-Palestinian movement.

        “Out of respect for Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to pro-BDS congresswomen,” Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, said.

        The congresswomen are scheduled to make an official visit to Israel and the West Bank in August, and there was uncertainty around whether they would be turned away at the airport due to the 2017 law Israel passed that bans anyone who “makes a public call for boycotting Israel” or “any area under its control,” in reference to the settlements built in the West Bank. 

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        The Foreign Affairs Ministry can grant exemptions as a denied entry could affect Israel’s foreign relations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces elections in September, was urged by some to ban the women from entering, but the optics of barring the first two Muslim US congresswomen and a Palestinian American could tarnish Israel’s international reputation.  

        Tlaib, whose parents are Palestinian, came up with the idea for a congressional trip to Israel and the West Bank as an alternative to the annual trips run by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby group, which will take place in August. Omar said earlier this month she would visit along with Tlaib. 

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        Israel hat vermutlich den Stützpunkt einer schiitischen Miliz im Irak bombardiert


        21-07-19 09:30:00,

        War es eine israelische Drohne? Bild: MathKnight und Zachi Evenor/CC BY-SA-3.0

        Völkerrechtswidrige militärische Interventionen nehmen überhand, die UN hat nichts mehr zu melden, der Stärkere hat das Sagen

        In der Nacht von Donnerstag auf Freitag beschoss eine israelische Drohne einen Stützpunkt einer schiitischen Miliz in Amirli, in der nordirakischen Provinz Salaheddin. Es soll Tote und Verletzte gegeben haben. Die Miliz, die zu den Volksmobilmachungskräften (PMF) oder Hashed al-Shaabi gehört, die dem irakischen Militär großenteils eingegliedert wurden, aber ziemlich eigenmächtig bleiben, sprach von zwei verwundeten Iranern, ein Polizist von einem toten Iraker und zwei Verwundeten, die iranische Militäringenieure seien. Getroffen worden sei ein Hauptquartier von “Beratern” aus dem Iran und dem Libanon sowie ein Waffenlager, das in Flammen aufging.

        Vermutet wird, dass zum Stützpunkt iranische Raketen geliefert wurden. Zunächst war man von einem Anschlag des IS ausgegangen, bis man dann doch Israel dahinter vermutete, was auch der Fall sein dürfte.

        Israel selbst schweigt erst einmal wie üblich, die amerikanischen Streitkräfte weisen jede Beteiligung zurück. Die irakischen schiitischen Milizen, die auch in Syrien kämpfen und dem Iran nahestehen, lehnen die Präsenz von US-Truppen im Irak ab und haben immer mal wieder deren Abzug gefordert. Die USA fordern deren Auflösung, die irakische Regierung hat sie der Armee unterstellt, wodurch sie u.a. auch amerikanische Waffen erhalten.

        Der Zeitpunkt ist heikel, da sich zwischen dem Iran und den USA und Großbritannien der Konflikt hochschaukelt. Letzten Monat hat der Iran eine amerikanische Drohne abgeschossen, gerade will die US Navy eine iranische Drohne abgeschossen haben, Iran behauptet allerdings, die Amerikaner hätten eine eigene Drohne getroffen (Drohnenabschuss: Iranische Revolutionsgarden kündigen Gegenbeweis an). Die USA haben weitere Truppen nach Saudi-Arabien verlegt. Möglich wäre, dass Israel sich den Konflikt zunutze macht, um mal wieder einen Angriff auf iranische Ziele zu starten. Zwist gibt es gerade, weil Iran einen unter britischer Flagge fahrenden Öltanker beschlagnahmt hat, der nach dem Iran angeblich in einen Unfall verwickelt war.

        Es wäre der erste israelische Luftangriff seit vielen Jahren auf ein Ziel im Irak

        Am am 7. Juni 1981 bombardierten israelische Kampfflugzeuge den irakische Reaktor Tammuz-1 oder Osirak, um die Entwicklung von Atomwaffen zu verhindern. Überflogen wurde damals Saudi-Arabien,

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        USA und Israel werden das Erdöl des besetzten Syrien plündern


        18-07-19 09:59:00,

        Die Vereinigten Staaten haben ihren im Norden von Syrien präsenten kurdischen Söldnern erlaubt, das Öl dort auszubeuten und es an Israel zu verkaufen.

        Die libanesische Tageszeitung Al-Akhbar hat den Missionsbrief des israelischen Geschäftsmannes Mordechai Kahana veröffentlicht. Anfänglich haben die Sprecher der Marionettenregierung von “Rojava” die Nachricht geleugnet. Dann hat sie Herr Kahana in der israelischen (und nicht in der US) Presse bestätigt, und erklärt, er handle nicht als Israeli, sondern als US-Amerikaner. Falls das aber tatsächlich der Fall wäre, würde das Pentagon gegen die Genfer Konvention verstoßen, die einer Besatzungsmacht verbietet, die Bodenschätze des besetzten Landes zu plündern (was Daesch und die Türkei vorher gemacht hatten).

        Wenn auch in ganz Syrien Erdöl- und Erdgasvorkommen entdeckt wurden, befinden sich 90% der funktionierenden Ölfelder in dem von amerikanischen und französischen Truppen besetzten Gebiet.

        “Rojava” ist ein auf syrischem Gebiet befindliches Pseudo-Kurdistan, außerhalb des von der Kommission King-Crane 1919 zugestandenen und von dem Sèvres-Vertrag 1920 genehmigten Raumes. Während der westlichen Aggression gegen Syrien haben die Vereinigten Staaten ethnische Säuberungen durchgeführt, christliche und arabische Bevölkerungen vertrieben und die kurdische Einwanderung aus der Türkei und dem Irak gefördert.

        Mordechai Kahana hat sich an der Auswanderung der syrischen Juden während der westlichen Aggression von 2011 beteiligt. Er hat die Reisen von Senator John McCain nach Syrien finanziert und Synagogen in dem Land [Rojava AdÜ] restauriert.

        Der libanesischen Presse zufolge, war er einer der Verantwortlichen des israelischen Programms der Schaffung einer Pufferzone an der israelisch-syrischen Grenze. Es galt, ein “Druzistan” zu schaffen, rund um den syrischen Major Khaldun Zainuddin, nach dem Vorbild des “Kurdistans” im Norden des Landes. Aber dieses Projekt hat aus Mangel an Kollaborateuren nie wirklich funktioniert.

        Horst Frohlich

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        World should cut ties with Israel to deter its new settlements – UN human rights rapporteur


        13-07-19 08:38:00,

        Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) has long been dismissed by the US and Israel as a fringe “hate movement,” but now, a similar set of tactics has been endorsed by a United Nations’ (UN) expert on human rights.

        Al Jazeera reported on Thursday that Michael Lynk, who serves as the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, said that the European Union (EU) and other world powers should consider isolating Israel on the world stage until it stops building new settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

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        Lynk said that “cutting economic, political and cultural ties” could deter new settlements as well as help pave the way for Palestinian statehood. Amongst his suggestions was suspending Israel’s UN membership until it unequivocally ends settlement construction.

        He added that the EU could play a decisive role as around 40 percent of Israel’s external trade flows to the 28-nation bloc. Whereas the United States has consistently voted against UN resolutions condemning Israel, European governments have been more willing to back measures such as official UN recognition of Palestinian statehood.

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        Lynk stressed that the international community does, in fact, have considerable leverage of Israel that it is not currently utilizing.

        “The international community actually holds a lot of cards with Israel… [and] has to look at the available menu of countermeasures that is commonly used to a wide range of countries involving gross human rights violations,” he said to Al Jazeera.

        Though his proposals are not legally binding, they could serve as a blueprint for an alternative means of achieving a Palestinian state given the growing stalemate over peace negotiations.

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        Lynk also points to two other mechanisms from international institutions that could be used to put greater pressure on Israel.

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        “Go Forth and Lie” Israel Rolls Out Mandatory Course for Students Travelling Abroad – Global Research


        12-07-19 06:01:00,

        While Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the outside world, internally it is promoting racism and violence at levels that are more alarming than ever before. A course to prepare young high school students traveling overseas to be good “ambassadors” stands in contrast to racist policies and the advancement of a military that is encouraged to exercise unprecedented violence against civilians. 

        Young ambassadors

        Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, recently demanded that the Israeli Education Ministry halt an online course that was designed to prepare young Israelis traveling abroad to be “good ambassadors.” The content, particularly regarding anti-semitism and BDS (the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement), is so offensive to Arabs and Muslims that a school in Nazareth canceled an exchange program for high school students from the city to go to Sweden, rather than having the students exposed to the content of the course.

        To actually see the content of the course, one has to enroll, and so I did. The course has 12 chapters, starting with an introduction by former Minister of Education Naftali Bennett. Bennett begins by explaining “what is an ambassador,” and then gives examples of how to be a good one.

        Bennett’s introduction is friendly, straightforward and full of praise for Israel. He provides students with tools with which they can “explain” Israel. For example:

        If it wasn’t for Israel, you could never wake up in the morning, because the chip in your cell phone that works as an alarm is made in Israel. You couldn’t find your way to work because the application WAZE is an Israeli product, so you’d get lost. If you made it to work somehow you wouldn’t have a computer because Intel produces its parts in Israel, and then your account would be hacked because cyber security is made in Israel. On top of that, you would have no cucumbers to eat because Israel invented the irrigation systems that make it possible to grow cucumbers.”

        Bennett also mentions that the students may encounter people saying crazy things about Israel like that it is an “apartheid state,” and that Israeli soldiers are killing Palestinians, and that, of course, this is all nonsense.

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