Now he’s “Boo Boo!” Netanyahu! The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin aka “Bibi” Netanyahu received a chorus of boos from the most American of audiences: New Yorkers who paid exorbitant sums to see the ever sold out smash hit “Hamilton.”
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Ma’an reports: “More than 1,000 Palestinian minors have been detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said on Saturday, in a reported increase from 2015. The Committee said that at least 1,000 Palestinian minors between the ages of 11 and 18 had been detained by Israel since January, including around 70 children from occupied East Jerusalem who were placed under house arrest.”
A 13-year-old Palestinian boy, Ramzi Abu Ajamiyeh, was reported to be in dire condition in Ofer Prison after being taken from his home in a refugee camp on Tuesday, a month after Israeli forces shot him in both legs.
For Arab travelers through Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, it is common knowledge that lengthy questioning and strip searches come before boarding. As it turns out, forcing passengers into airport back rooms and requiring them to remove clothing is illegal under Israeli law, says legal rights group Adalah.
Skylar Lindsay reports from Jisr al-Zarqa, the only town on the coast of Israel today with an entirely Arab population. Despite being on the Mediterranean, Jisr al-Zarqa is trapped. Fourteen thousand residents occupy a little 1.5 square kilometer strip of coastline where 80 percent of families live below the poverty line. The town is pushed up against the sea by Highway 2 and squeezed from the north by a kibbutz and on the south by Caesarea, the luxurious suburb Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu calls home. “Have you seen Netanyahu’s house?” Palestinian fisherman Khalid Jurban asks, jokingly. “See? Here there are Palestinians and Israelis living right beside.”
A Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor analysis of UN data show that a recent surge in reports of deportations of individuals attempting to transit through Israel to work with Palestinians is apparently the result of an official strategy implemented by the Israeli government beginning in January of this year.
Last November Israeli soldiers killed 24-year old Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi at a roadblock, as she approached with a knife. Yesterday a soldier shot her 13-year-old niece Baraa Ramadan ‘Oweissi at a nearby checkpoint. She was unarmed.
Bassem Abu Rahma was killed by Israelis during a protest in occupied Bil’in in 2009. His sister Jawaher was killed three years later. Last night 8 helmeted Israeli soldiers raided the family’s home.
Ha’aretz reports: “The key to Israeli defense firms not losing business under the new U.S. military aid deal will be to follow Elbit Systems and set up subsidiaries in the United States to bid for defense orders, industry officials said over the weekend. They were speaking days after the United States and Israel signed a 10-year memorandum of understanding that will provide Israel with $3.8 billion in annual grants. In the deal, Israel will no longer be entitled to spend 26.3% of the money – equal to around $815 million annually in recent years – in Israel.”
The clearest message from Israel’s new $38 billion aid package is one delivered to the Palestinians: Washington sees no pressing strategic interest in ending the occupation. It stood up to Netanyahu over the Iran deal but will not risk a damaging clash with Israel and its loyalists in Congress over Palestinian statehood.
A video shot by Ma‘an News Agency videographer Mahmoud Abu Yousef shows an Israeli military sniper wounding 22-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Amassi during a raid on al-Fawwar refugee camp in the southern West Bank city of Hebron in mid-August. Amassi was standing on his roof talking on the telephone when the sniper shot him four times.
An all-female crew has set sail on two vessels headed towards Gaza on Wednesday in attempts of breaking the nine-year Israeli blockade on the coastal Mediterranean strip. The “Women’s Boat to Gaza” is the fourth of its kind, captained by women-only with 30 female activists and high-ranking officials aboard the Arabic-named Zaytouna (“Olive”) and the Amal (“hope”).
A dark anniversary: Israel invaded Lebanon in June 1982 to drive out the PLO, and in September it handed over control of Palestinian refugee camps Sabra and Shatila in western Beirut to Christian Phalange militias, which carried out a massacre of about 3000 residents over three days in mid-September.
Israeli occupation forces raided Beit Reema village in northern Ramallah city in the West Bank at dawn Monday the first day of Islamic Eid al-Adha [the most important Islamic holiday]. The soldiers wreaked havoc on a house while searching it and deliberately terrified women and children in the process.
Saying Israel should not exist is anti-Semitic, novelist Amos Oz says on BBC. But what anti-Zionists and proponents of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) say, is that Israel does not have a right to exist *as an exclusively Jewish state at the expense of another people*.
A new Israeli political group called Decision at 50 aims at ending the occupation of the West Bank, but its guiding assumption is that yet again the Israeli public should determine unilaterally the Palestinians’ fate. It has nothing to say about the occupation of Gaza or East Jerusalem, and offers no answer to the subjugation of Palestinians.
A six-year-old Palestinian girl, Lama Marwan Mousa, was run over and killed by an Israeli settler Saturday evening in the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, on the road to the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat in the southern occupied West Bank.
When Iyad Hamed, 38, a father of four, got confused near an Israeli checkpoint last month and started to run, he was shot and killed– and labeled a terrorist. But he had a mental disability and had just bought candy for his children. His killing highlights the special vulnerability of disabled Palestinians under occupation,
The world is taking a dim view of Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest effort to justify the erasure of Palestine with a false video narrative about the “ethnic cleansing” of Jews from illegal West Bank settlements.
At least 28 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since a wave of violence first erupted last October. The majority were shot dead during protests along the security barrier near Israel.
Upcoming municipal elections in the West Bank and Gaza were cancelled yesterday by a Palestinian high court in Ramallah, after ruling in favor of a lawyers guild’s petition to strike down the race because East Jerusalem Palestinians were not eligible to cast ballots, or compete for seats in the government. Although the decision was said to have been made over a procedural technicality, some speculated political motives from members of the West Bank-based Fatah were at play.
Smacked with a travel ban after Israel denied permits to leave Gaza through the northern Erez crossing, the musical group Dawaween performed a protest concert on the strip’s border with a windswept demilitarized buffer zone and chain-linked fence in the background.
Warnings of a civil war among Jews in Israel reflect the divide over the manslaughter trial of Elor Azaria, with Israeli generals determined to prosecute the medic. The generals want Benjamin Netanyahu gone; and a comment by Jeffrey Goldberg indicates that the Prime Minister may have lost an important American ally.
Israeli bulldozers demolished a house in occupied Al Aqaba in the Jordan Valley early today on just one day’s notice and despite repeated appeals to the US government from Mayor Haj Sami Sadeq
Israeli intelligence on Tuesday informed the family of Mustafa Nimir, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday during a military raid on the Shu‘fat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, that the 27-year-old was “killed by mistake.”