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Latest News, Palestine, Middle East, Commentary & Analysis
Articles Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The ‘Stable’ West Bank Dilemma By Ramzy Baroud Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent… What Other Torturous Measures Will They Inflict on the Tortured? By Tamar Fleishman The thousands of people who arrive at Qalandiya checkpoint and its surroundings each day didn’t hold their breaths when they heard Israel’s…

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Analysis: From now on, it gets harder The stolen mathematics matriculation exam could have asked the following question: If a group of ships carrying anti-Israel activists and wanted Hamas terrorists are on their way to Gaza from Turkey, how long does it take for Israel to get attacked in the foreign press? The answer would obviously be no time at all. As happened when civilians were killed by an Israeli air strike on the village of Kafr Kana in the Second Lebanon War and when a UN compound in Gaza was hit during Operation Cast Lead, the IDF waited too long to tell Israel’s side of the story.

226 The Clinton Peace Plan- 23 December 2000 In a last ditch effort to revive the peace process, the United States invited Israeli and PA negotiators back to Washington, D.C. for separate talks with the American peace teams. They came on 18 December and met for two days separately with the American officials. On 20 December, Foreign Minister Ben-Ami and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat met in the White House with President Clinton and Secretary Albright. These talks had not yielded much progress, and at one time the PA walked out. On 23 December, Clinton presented the sides with his parameters for a final status agreement.

Six Palestinians killed in 24 hours by Israeli forces Funeral of Saji Darwish, 18, killed on Monday, March 10, 1014 by Israeli soldiers, Beitin, West Bank. (Photo: Allison Deger) Tuesday marked a day of funerals as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza mourned six killed by Israeli forces within twenty-four hours. A brutal ambush at sea Ron Ben Yishai recounts bloody clash aboard Gaza-bound vessel: The lacking crowd-dispersal means, the brutal violence of ‘peace activists,’ and the attempt to bring down an IDF helicopter Our Navy commandoes fell right into the hands of the Gaza mission members. A few minutes before the takeover attempt aboard the Marmara got underway, the operation commander was told that 20 people were waiting on the deck where a helicopter was to deploy the first team of the elite Flotilla 13 unit. The original plan was to disembark on the top deck, and from there rush to the vessel’s bridge and order the Marmara’s captain to stop. Officials estimated that passengers will show slight resistance, and possibly minor violence; for that reason, the operation’s commander decided to bring the helicopter directly above the top deck. The Navy commandoes were prepared to mostly encounter political activists seeking to hold a protest, rather than trained street fighters.

The three truths the U.S. needs to accept about Gaza Israel and its U.S. allies perpetuate a number of mistruths about Gaza, its role in the conflict and its centrality moving forward. If they are not challenged, violence will continue and the U.S. risks losing even more credibility in the region. By Samer Badawi A Palestinian farmer walks through fields near Gaza’s eastern border, Al Montar, February 17, 2014. Occupied Palestine Aug 1, 2014 by occcpal | 16:32 Last Update Aug 5, 2014 11:04 Those who abuse and exploit the Holocaust and it’s victims, every year, over and over again and again, as a shield and pretext to commit silent and violent genocide since 1937 on the Palestinians themselves. By all means imaginable have now the audacity to even publish in “Times of Israel” an all morals and red-lines crossing essay on when genocide is permissible. Disgusting! You are an utter shame and disgrace to every single victim of the second worldwar, whether Jewish, Resistance, POW, Soldier or Civilian who died in a genocide equal to the one you perform now for 77 years!

Journey into an Invisible war in Occupied Palestine “We recognise that the Palestinian state must be big enough to be viable, to be independent, to be prosperous. We will be generous,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. But his words have rang hollow. ElectronicIntifada Right now, none of the 1.8 million Palestinians living in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip has access to a safe and secure supply of water. The water situation was already severe before Israel’s bombardment began on 7 July. But now water experts are calling it a disaster. Israel, stop apologizing Israelis are not the ones who should be apologizing for what happened here Monday. We acted just like any progressive country is supposed to act when its sovereignty is being undermined. We tried to do it in diplomatic means, we attempted to appeal to logic, yet when hundreds of “peace activists” armed with bats and knives are determined to fight the “Zionists,” the result is predictable. Nobody in this country wanted to see blood being spilled; neither that of soldiers nor that of the “liberal” lynch mob. Yet this is war; there are casualties. Many questions can be raised regarding the military tactic, available intelligence information, and the operational alternatives (those who are waiting around the corner, your time shall come with all the inquiries and committees.)

Israeli army launches air raids on Gaza Strip Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:42AM GMT The Israeli army has launched several attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip under the pretext of finding three Israeli settlers who have allegedly gone missing since a few days ago. On Tuesday, four airstrikes were carried out in the city of Khan Yunis, the Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties have been reported so far. Israeli air force has recently carried out at least a dozen strikes on the Gaza Strip. The Israeli troops frequently target Palestinians, particularly along the border with the besieged enclave.

Israeli settler runs over B'Tselem photographer in Hebron HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A photographer for the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem was injured on Sunday after being hit by an Israeli settler vehicle in Hebron, the man told Ma'an. Raed Jihad Abu Rmeila, 28, told Ma'an he "suffered from bruises" after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler while walking to work near the Ibrahimi mosque. He was taken to Hebron governmental hospital in moderate condition. Abu Rmeila said he could not determine whether he was hit on purpose or by mistake. He said he was walking on the pedestrian side of the yellow line when he was struck. A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

Why some BDS activists are buying stock in Boeing While companies like Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard have taken the center stage of the BDS movement, activism against Boeing has also been making its way to the front over the past year. Boeing has been targeted by anti-war activists for decades because of its production of drones and fighter jets. In the case of Palestine, Boeing recently signed a contract with Israel for an $83 million resupply of JDAMs. These “smart bomb kits” convert unguided bombs into guided weapons. In Chicago, the Anti-War Committee has spearheaded the campaign at the country’s headquarters.