February, 2019 Week 4
02.22.2019 Stop calling AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar ‘Radical’ start calling everyone else cowards Splinter by Samantha Grasso. The alternative press is full of articles like this.
02.22.2019 In video- Palestinians open Al-Aqsa gate sealed since 2003 Maan News. Palestinian remove the chains Israel placed on the, ‘Gate of Mercy’ video shows them holding prayers there.
compare the Palestinian headline above with the Israeli headline in Haaretz below
02.22.2019 Hundreds of Palestinians break into flash point Temple Mount building. Haaretz by Nir Hasson. Israeli headline for the same story as above. Haaretz claims the Palestinians are trying to start trouble at the Gate of Mercy. For a graphic, they don’t use today’s picture of Palestinians standing or kneeling quietly in prayer. They use an old file photo of an Israeli occupation trooper and a Palestinian yelling at each other in a distant, outdoor part of the mosque compound.
02.22.2019 3 Palestinians shot, injured by Israeli forces near Ramallah Maan News. Occupation troopers fired live ammunition, rubber coated steel bullets and gas grenades. Injuries were from rubber coated steel bullets and gas.
02.22.2019 Israeli forces injure 6 Palestinians, including child, in Gaza Maan News. Jewish siege troops shot 5 people with live ammunition, and hit a 16-year-old with a gas grenade.
02.22.2019 Israel releases 3 Gazan fishermen, 1 remains in custody Maan News. Siege troops attacked the fishermen and shot 2 with rubber coated steel bullets.
02.22.2019 Israeli forces injure Palestinian teen, suppresses Hebron march Maan News. Jewish occupation troops shot a 13-year-old in his abdomen and thigh with rubber coated steel bullets. The also gassed unarmed participants who were taking part in memorial march for the 25th anniversary of Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein killing 25 Palestinian worshipers, and wounding over a hundred others, while they were at prayer in the Ibrihimi Mosque.
02.22.2019 Polish Prime Minister to Haaretz: Tens of thousands of Poles aided Jews. We won’t give in to the lies. Haaretz by Ofer Aderet. Polish leader lays out some facts for Bibi Netanyahu and his friends.
02.22.2019 Mississippi, which punished civil rights boycotts, moves against BDS Electronic Intifada by Nora Barrows-Friedman. Mississippi, which calls itself the ‘hospitality state’ is trying to become the 27th American state to ban citizens’ constitutionally protected right to boycott. Article notes that Mississippi tried to ban boycotts and declared boycotts illegal during the 1960’s Civil Rights movement. White merchants sued the NAACP for calling on Blacks to boycott White businesses. In 1982 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that boycotts are an exercise of free speech as guaranteed under Article 1 of the Constitution.
02.23.2019 Palestinian minor killed as Israeli forces suppress Gaza protests Maan News. A Jewish siege trooper shot 15-year-old Youssef al-Dayeh in his chest with live ammunition. Siege troops in at least 41 others including a youth hit in his neck with a tear gas grenade.
02.23.2019 U.S. lawmakers bully Ireland over move to ban Israeli’s settlement goods Electronic Intifada by CiaranTierney. In what is being called, “a brazen effort by a major power to interfere with the democratic process in Ireland.” 10 US congress people sent a letter to the Irish government threatening economic actions against Ireland by the United States if Ireland passes a bill supporting the boycott of goods from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territories.
02.24.2019 Israel releases Palestinian prisoner after 17 years imprisonment Maan News. 38-year-old Abed Mahmoud was 21 when Israel arrested him in 2002 for joining the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) which Israel banned.
02.24.2019 Israel releases top Waqf officials, bans them from al-Aqsa Maan News. The Waqf is an Islamic religious trust that has managed the Al-Aqsa mosque since1187 A.D. In today’s effort to inflame the Palestinians, Israel arrested 3 top officials of the Waqf council, then released them, saying that they’re banned for the next week from the mosque they are charged with protecting.
02.25.2019 Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the occupied Palestinian territory. UN Human Rights Council 25 February-22 March, 2019, Agenda Item 7. Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. www.ohcr.org/coioptprotests #Standup4HumanRights Report covers 9 month period from March 30, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
It contains a table of numbers on each side killed or injured. Palestinians killed 183-nearly all civilians, including journalists, medical workers, and dozens of children. Israeli civilians killed 0, Israeli civilians injured 0, Israeli children killed 0, Israeli military troops killed 0, Israeli military troops injured 4. Commission members included: Mr. Santiago Canton-Argentina, Ms. Sara Houssain-Bangladesh, Ms. Kaari Betty Murungi-Kenya.
As part of the documentation presented to the Commission, there is a 4 minute composite video of Jewish state snipers killing and maiming Palestinians at the border. None of the Palestinians shot pose any threat at all to the siege troops. Video is available online. Tough to watch.
Among other things the Commission found Israel guilty of using “high velocity weaponry at close range resulting in long-term, life changing injuries including paralysis and amputations. Although this was well known as early as April 2018, Israeli forces continued this practice throughout the period under review.”
02.25.2019 Israeli navy opens fire at Palestinian fishermen in Gaza Maan News. Jewish siege troops in naval gunships drove Palestinian fishermen back to shore in their little boats again today.
02.25.2019 Israeli settler expropriates Palestinian lands using electric fence. Maan News. Jewish colonist has been using Palestinian land to graze his cattle under the protection of Jewish occupation troops who installed surveillance cameras to monitor the 150 acres that the colonist has now placed an electric fence around.
02.25.2019 NY school playground vandalized with Nazi symbols Haaretz daily dose of Nazi. Article leads with picture of neo-Nazi adults saluting in front of huge burning swastika. Actual story is that someone drew a few swastikas with chalk.
02.25.2019 Israeli bulldozers uproot 300 Palestinian owned trees near Jenin Maan News. Occupation troops driving armored bulldozers razed another 6.9 acres of Palestinian farmland, destroying hundreds of almond and olive trees.
02.25.2019 Israeli settlers destroy 2 solar panels near Hebron Maan News. Jewish occupation troops escorted Jewish colonists onto Palestinian land where two solar panels provided electricity to two Palestinian homes. The occupiers smashed the solar panels, destroyed the electrical system components in the homes, trashed 3 homes, and confiscated security cameras to cover their crimes. Article has multiple photos of the damages.
02.25.2019 Israeli forces detain 7 Palestinians in West Bank. Maan News. Night and fog raids.
02.25.2019 Israeli forces confiscate road roller, detain owner in Salfet Maan News. Occupation troops stop work on another Palestinian agricultural road.
02.25.2019 The real reason for Netanyahu’s ferocious attacks on Israel’s Arab Citizens Haaretz. Bibi pandering to his base by promoting anti-Arab incitements.
02.26.2019 Israeli made bombs used in Pakistani attack, Indian media outlets say Haaretz/AP. 1,000 kg bombs. India says they fired the bombs at terrorists and killed many of them. Pakistan says the bombs landed in the woods and didn’t hurt anyone.
02.25.2019 Watch the Oscar nominated short documentary about a 1939 Nazi rally in NY Haaretz daily dose of Nazi.
02.26.2019 Minor among 21 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces Maan News. Night and fog raids across the occupied West Bank. Youngest kidnap victim was 14-years-old.
02.26.2019 Israel stops parents from joining seriously ill children during treatment Electronic Intifada by Sarah Algher. Proper medical care for 9-year-old girl with leukemia is not available in Gaza because of Israel’s 12-year-long siege (the siege is older than this kid). Parents trying to get her to Beit Jala Hospital in occupied Bethlehem in the West Bank just a few miles away. Israel won’t give mother a permit. The child was suffering from missed appointments. Israel finally said a 72-year-old distant relative the child didn’t know could accompany her.
Mother contacted human rights organizations about the family plight. As it became public Israel contacted the mother and told her to go to a check point. They kept her waiting there for hours until a female occupation trooper made her take off most of her clothes for a humiliation search. The Israel let her go Bethelehem to be with her daughter.
02.26.2019 In video-Israeli minister, group of settlers, storm al-Aqsa Maan News Stormed is probably not the word but Israel’s fanatic Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, escorted by Jewish occupation troops, tried to stir up trouble again by tramping around Al Aqsa compound in violation of agreements.
02.26.2019 In video-workers suffocate as Israeli forces fire tear gas at check point 300 Maan News. Israeli occupation troops gassing hundreds of men packed tight in iron bar lined corridor of notorious checkpoint 300. The Bethlehem checkpoint, built on Palestinian land in 2005. Palestinian workers, who must work in Israel or starve, wait hours to cross the border starting at around 3:00 a.m. Sometimes men faint from being so tightly squeezed together.
02.26.2019 Israel orders construction halt to several homes in Hebron Maan News. Occupation stopped work on 500 meter long agricultural road being graded for field access and also stopped work on Palestinian homes.
02.26.2019 Netanyahu’s Mussolini-style ‘red menace’ scare tactics threaten Israeli democracy Haaretz by Chemi Shalev. For what it’s worth if you believe Israel is a democracy.
02.26.2019 UK’s Labour asks for ‘clear and new evidence’ to justify Hezbollah ban Haaretz/Reuters. Brittan’s Interior Minister wants to widen a ban on Hezbollah to include all factions, not just the military wing. A Labour spokesman has challenged that pointing out that London banned Hezbollah security and military wings in 2001 and 2008 respectively, saying, “the Home Secretary must therefore now demonstrate that this discussion was taken in an objective and impartial way and driven by clear and new evidence, not by his leadership ambitions.”
02.26.2019 Poland vs Israel: who’s really winning the war over Holocaust history? Haaretz daily dose of Nazi.
02.26.2019 ‘You are the rabbi of the Jews’//Chief rabbi of Argentina assaulted in his home Haaretz Article says thugs who broke into the elderly rabbis home and beat him almost to death told him, ‘We know you are the rabbi of the Jews.’ *update, tomorrow’s news indicates that the attack was probably organized out of revenge by a member of the Jewish community who was mad at the rabbi.
02.27.2019 Argentina’s chief rabbi unsure if attack against him was anti-Semitic Haaretz/JTA Soooo, yesterday there was the lurid headline that Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich was beaten almost to death in a home invasion inspired by anti-Semitism. Today it comes out that the Rabbi, who suffered nine broken ribs, a punctured lung and other injuries, had been receiving death threats after ordering a ‘prominent member of the Jewish community’ to give his wife the religious divorce she wanted.
02.27.2019 13-year-old among 34 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces Maan News Night and fog raids across the occupied West Bank again last night.
02.27.2019 Israeli forces detain Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem Maan News. No reason given. Jewish occupation troops have attacked the governor’s house multiple times and they’ve arrested him multiple times.
02.27.2019 4 Palestinians injured, dozens suffocate during Gaza protests Maan News. Jewish siege troops shot 4 people with live ammunition and gassed dozens of others.
02.27.2019 Israeli MK Glick storms al-Aqsa compound Maan News Stormed might not be the right word but, be that as it may, Jewish fanatic Glick and equally fanatic Jewish colonists toured the compound against established protocols put in place to keep the peace with the mosques Arab guardians.
02.27..2019 Israel retracts entry ban on Gaza-born American whose mother is dying Haaretz by Amira Haas. Israel’s Military Governor aka the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) wasn’t going to let an American doctor who lives in Tampa, Florida see his mother who is dying of pancreatic cancer, and who has had a stroke and gone blind. They let in the man’s wife, who is also a doctor, and their kids, but not him. Once they found out Haas was doing a story on it for Haaretz. The Israelis backpedaled, cited half a dozen baloney reasons why they were refusing to allow the man to see his mother but then gave him a pass for ‘humanitarian considerations.’
02.27.2019 Al-Quassam member dies inside tunnel in Khan Younis Maan News24-year-old Muhammad Qudeih died inside one of the resistance tunnels used for smuggling supplies and weapons into besieged Gaza. Rest in Peace.
02.27.2019 EU announces contribution of 82 million euros to UNWRA Maan News. The European Union donated the money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to help pay for education and health care for millions of Palestinians.
02.27.2019 Why is Adelson-backed Zionist Organization of America defending Israel’s KKK slime? Haaretz by Bradley Burston. Bradley is on a roll.
02.27.2019 Ikea Israel sued for erasing women from catalog. Haaretz by Judy Maltz. Furniture company’s catalog, special edition for ultra-Orthodox Jews-deleted the women and girls.
02.27.2019 Israel lobby funders back break away British MPs Electronic Intifada by Asa Winstanley. Multi millionaire, pro-Israel lobbyist, David Garrard, who bankrolled pro-Israeli front groups in England is meddling in British politics again by pitting MPs against Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party which supports human rights for Palestinians.
02.27.2019 Save the children holds closing workshop for EU funded project YALA Maan News YALA stands for Youth Advocacy for Leadership and Action. It’s the second year the European Union has promoted the learning program aimed at helping mitigate some of the damage to children living under occupation as they experience violence, poverty, lost social services, untreated health problems, etc. YALA promotes self-awareness and esteem, job skills, etc.
2.27.2019 EU4Youth brings higher education opportunities to Palestinian universities Maan News. EU campus tour of three Universities: Palestine Polytechnic, Birzeit University, and An Najah National University to improve opportunities for Palestinian students living under Israeli occupation.
02.27.2019 Mayor Garcetti calls controversial downtown LA mural anti-Semitic CBSLA. LQ’s Jewish mayor is all upset because he just found out about a large mural that’s been in place on an outside wall for seven years. It’s an anti-war mural with the grim reaper draped in an American flag with a bomb in his lap holding a dead baby. The reaper’s shroud is the blue field of the stars and stripes with some of the stars being the star of David. update from LATACO: story was picked up by Jewish news sources all over the country and next day vandals threw paint all over the mural and spray painted graffiti on it.
02.28.2019 Without saying a word, Israeli troops beat up a blind man in his bed Haaretz by Gideon Levy. “Israeli soldiers invaded the home of a Palestinian family at night, and battered a man in the face in front of his wife and children. He’s 47, blind, and on dialysis, and his toes have been amputated because of diabetes.”
02.28.2019 Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in Gaza night protests Maan News. Siege troops shot one Palestinian in the thigh.
02.28.2019 Israeli airstrikes target Hamas sites in Khan Younis Maan News. No injuries reported.
02.28.2019 Minors among 14 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces Maan News. Night and fog raids.
02.28.2019 Palestinian family left homeless after demolition in Lod City Maan News. Israel throws more humans out in the cold.
02.28.2019 Israel releases Palestinian lawmaker held for nearly 2 years without charges Haaretz by Jack Khoury. [background: Apartheid South Africa could arrest and hold dissidents for up to 3 months with no charges. Israel is the same except they can hold dissidents up to 6 months without charges, and, at the end, add on another 6 months, then another, and another. Some Palestinians have spent years in the can with never a trial or even being charged with anything.]
Popular Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, a mother, human rights activist, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested and jailed 20-months ago. She was locked behind the wire 6 months, then for another 6 months, then 4 more months, then another 4. It’s not the first time she’s been locked away in Jewish state prisons without charges. In addition, her family has been targeted and Israel has prohibited her from leaving the West Bank for the past 20 years.
02.28.2019 Israel extends detention of Palestinian officials Maan News. Two Palestinian officials, one a lawyer of the Prisoner’s Affairs Committee and the other a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council arrested earlier in the week are being held for another 8 days of interrogations.
02.28.2019 Israel rejects U.N. probe’s accusation of committing war crimes Maan News. Some quotes from the U.N. Independent Commission of Inquiry statement issued by Chairman Santiago Canton, “Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.” “More than 6,000 unarmed demonstrators were shot by military snipers, week after week, at the protest site.” “The commission found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children, and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such.” The investigators determined that Jewish state snipers killed and injured Palestinians, “who were neither directly participating in hostilities, nor posing an imminent threat.”
Newly minted Israeli interim Foreign Minister Yisarel Katz, (who last week derailed the V-4 summit by saying, “every Pole suckled anti-Semitism with his mother’s milk), spouted the threadbare Israeli canard that Israel has a right to defend itself. Katz and other Israel luminaries like Netanyahu also went for victimhood claiming that the U.N. is picking on the Jewish state.
02.28.2019 Euro-Med records Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem Maan News. Another report, in case you need more documentation. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights is a youth-led NGO with a main office in Geneva. They work in the Middle East and North Africa.
02.28.2019 Nature brings part of Israel’s separation wall down as Palestinians rejoice RT with video footage. Jerusalem got about ¾ of an inch of rain, which is a lot for them. Running water undermined the wall that segregates 30,000 Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem. Video shows how multiple concrete slabs of wall, a total between 30 and 40 feet wide, just fell down like a row of dominos. Interesting to see how shabby the wall is built. Slabs are over 20 feet tall by about 6 feet wide. They’re stood up like a row of patio tiles with pretty much no support base. Dirt is piled about ten feet on one side with a steep hill above, (which would create huge hydrostatic pressure in with wet ground) and there’s a road following along the bottom of the wall on the other side. In the video, some kids are laughing at the wall’s collapse. [Haaretz says the wall collapsed in the same area last year and in 2013. It’s enough to make a person think about the maintenance costs of the proposed 2,000 mile wall between the U.S. and Mexico].
02.28.2019 Czech FM reaffirms commitment to UN resolutions on Jerusalem Maan News. The Czechs tell the Arab Parliament that the Republic will respect the U.N. and E.U. positions on Jerusalem and keep its embassy in Tel Aviv.
02.28.2019 How a private Israeli intelligence firm spied on pro-Palestinian activists in the U.S. The New Yorker by Adam Entous and Ronan Farrow. Another amazing article in the New Yorker penned by Entous who wrote the equally amazing New Yorker piece, Deception, Inc. two weeks ago (see February week 3, in the Palestine Headlines).
Israelis, operating covertly as private companies, funded by wealthy Jewish Americans who don’t want their connections with the operation exposed, are spying on, setting-up, and smearing Americans on American soil. They target people who support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement for Palestinian rights.
Employees are recruited from Israeli spy agency Mossad, and Israeli military intelligence. Article focuses on Psy-Group, whose tactics include spying on people online, physically following people, attacks on social media, setting up fake websites, social media pages, and emails to attack people, and other sleazy activities designed to intimidate and discourage activists. While the groups claim to be successful, these campaigns have led to more support for BDS when Americans find out what’s going on.
Psy-Group was dissolved when the FBI began looking into it as part of the Muller Investigation.
02.28.2019 Boy, 12, arrested for vandalizing NY school playground with swastikas Haaretz/JTA. Chalk swastikas made international news.
02.28.2019 German police under fire for handling of neo-Nazi rally DPA/Haaretz daily dose of Nazi.