Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel

10 Aug


VIDEO: RT America, 8 August, 2017

Musical legend Roger Waters is calling out fellow performers for refusing to participate in the boycott movement for Palestinian rights (BDS). He explains his views in an exclusive interview, coming up Thursday on RT America.


Remembering Mahmoud Darwish (VIDEO)

10 Aug


Today marks the death anniversary of renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941 – 2008). In this video, Darwish performs his iconic piece “There is on this land that which makes life worth living”.


Pregnant women, newborns contaminated with heavy metals linked to Israeli attacks

8 Aug

Remnants of war….

By Julie Webb-Pullman, Gaza, 7 August 2017

Newborn babies and their mothers exposed to Israeli attacks in 2014 have a high level of heavy metal contamination in their hair, reports a study published in the latest British Medical Journal (BMJ Open). The research was carried out in Gaza on 502 women who were pregnant at the time of the 2014 Israeli offensive.

Italian, Finnish and Gazan researchers analyzed the quantities of 23 kinds of metal in the hair of the women and the children they subsequently gave birth to, and compared them with the metal content in women’s hair outside of war zones. They also studied in utero transmission of heavy metals, as well as the hypothesis of contamination unrelated to war.

“Heavy metals used during wars are toxic, teratogenic and carcinogenic, and this study has shown they pose a health risk to pregnant women and their children, now and in the long-term” said lead researcher, Paola Manduca.

Teratogens disrupt the development of the embryo and can cause birth defects, while carcinogens can cause cancer.

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Israeli navy fires on homes and fishermen in Gaza

7 Aug

File photo.

IMEMC News & Agencies, Gaza Strip, 6 August 2017

The Israeli navy, Sunday morning, fired at Palestinian fishermen in their boats, as they were sailing off al-Sudaniya shore, north of the Gaza Strip, local sources said.

According to WAFA correspondence, the attack caused damage to the boats, but no casualties were reported among the fishermen, who fled the sea in fear of arrest or harm.=

Despite the signed agreements with Israel, which allow fishermen to sail as far as 12 nautical miles, Israeli navy targets Gaza’s fishermen on daily basis, and doesn’t allow them to go further than three nautical miles, which is not enough as fish is not dense.

PNN further reports that, according to local sources in Gaza, Israeli naval boats fired both shells and heavy machine-gun fire at the boats.

At least one fishing boat was damaged.

Israeli forces, on Sunday, also detained a young man near the border fence to the north of Beit Lahia town, in the northern Gaza Strip. He was taken to an unknown destination.

IOF also opened heavy machinegun fire towards farmers’ lands and residential homes in the area. No injuries were reported.

The deal: Israel’s endgame

7 Aug

Israeli forces stand guard as Muslim worshippers pray at the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on 30 May 2015 [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

By Jeff Halper, Opinion, Middle East Monitor, 4 August 2017

De facto what we have in Palestine today is precisely what the Zionist movement, the pre-state Yishuv and successive Israeli governments have been working towards since the start of the twentieth century: the complete “judaisation” of Palestine – transforming an Arab country into the Land of Israel.

Having reached the de facto stage of complete judaisation, Netanyahu’s government is now “mopping up” – constructing infrastructure and settlements, eliminating along with the Palestinian Authority (PA) effective sources of resistance, normalising the occupation itself and transforming it into a non-issue, both domestically and on the international scene. He has been tremendously enabled by the combined ability of his own government and military to quiet the situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), helped, of course, by the PA and one could today argue, by Hamas.

Indeed, taking advantage of the Sunni-Shia split and the many conflicts it has engendered, Israel has placed itself – with its weaponry, systems of repression and population control and gatekeeper status to US political, military and financial aid – squarely on the side of the Sunnis, led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt. As a result, it has managed to marginalise the Palestinian issue to the level of lip service; if the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative conditioned normalisation with Israel on resolving the Palestinian issue that no longer seems the case.

The Netanyahu government is now poised to transform de facto judaisation into de jure apartheid. In my reading, this is how Israel’s end-game dovetails with Trump’s “ultimate deal” which the US president and Israeli prime minister have said will end the 70-year occupation and analysts have said will see Egypt governing the besieged Gaza Strip:

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Israeli govt moves to impose ban on al-Jazeera news network

7 Aug

Ayoob Kara, Israel’s communications minister. [Photograph: AP]

By Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent, The Guardian, 6 August 2017

Israeli government moves to impose ban on al-Jazeera news network. Reporters have press cards revoked and cable and satellite broadcasters asked to block transmission of Qatar-based network

Israel has moved to ban al-Jazeera from operating in the country and in the occupied territories, joining a boycott by Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia which have all accused the network of sponsoring terrorism.

The communications minister, Ayoob Kara, said press cards for al-Jazeera reporters would be revoked. His announcement follows a vow the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made in July to close the Jerusalem office of the Qatari state-funded news network.

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Palestinian youth beaten & tortured in Israeli prison

6 Aug

IMEMC News, 6 August 2017 

The lawyer of the prisoners and ex-prisoners’ commission, Loay Akeh, revealed the testimony of the Mohammed Shamasneh, aged 18, from the town of Qutneh in Jerusalem, where he recounts the harsh interrogation, assaults and beatings he was subjected to by the Israeli Prison Service.

Shamasneh explained to the lawyers, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that he was arrested on 4/4/2017, after Israeli occupation forces raided his house and took him to a nearby military checkpoint.

He said that soldiers did not stop beating him and hitting him with their rifle butts on various parts of his body.

Shamasneh stated that he was taken to Afula hospital for treatment, after he suffered fractures and injuries in his body, and was later taken to the Maskoubiya detention center for interrogation.

He reported that during his 32-day stay at the Muskubiya interrogation center, his health condition worsened as a result of injuries sustained, as well as being held in narrow, dark cells, causing respiratory failure.

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