Tag Archives: Israel

Palestinian Arab officials freeze communications with Trump regime

Source: CNN

“The Palestinian leadership has frozen communications with the Trump administration following the White House’s threat to close the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington. Ashraf Khatib, a spokesman for the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, confirmed the move to CNN on Tuesday. The decision comes after the Trump administration threatened to shut down the PLO office last week, citing a rarely invoked 2015 law saying that if the Palestinians move against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the US can close the PLO’s base in the US capital.” (11/21/17)


Israel: Police interrogate Netanyahu for four hours in graft probes

Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was grilled by police on Sunday for over four hours in a pair of criminal investigations involving suspicions he received illegal gifts and favors from businessman for advancing their business interests. … Channel 10 reported that police confronted Netanyahu with evidence from the driver and personal assistant of Arnon Milchan, an Israeli film producer suspected of giving the Netanyahus tens of thousands of shekels worth of gifts. Last week, Netanyahu was also grilled by police for over four hours at the Prime Minister’s Residence, in his first questioning in the investigation since March.” (11/19/17)


UK: Patel resigns from cabinet over unofficial meetings with Israelis

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week after Priti Patel was forced to step down as international development secretary. The minister quit after being summoned back from a trip to Uganda and Ethiopia by Downing Street after it emerged she failed to be candid with May about 14 unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers, businesspeople and a senior lobbyist. The prime minister will now need to carry out another reshuffle that will create disruption and add to the sense of instability across Whitehall and Westminster as her minority government battles to retain control of the political agenda.” (11/08/17)


West Bank: Israeli occupation troops murder Arab driver, wound his sister

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian driver who the military said attempted to run over them near a West Bank settlement. The Palestinian driver, 26-year-old Muhammad Abdallah Mussa from the West Bank village of Deir Ballut, was seriously wounded and taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, after receiving initial medical treatment on the scene. He later died of his wounds. Mussa’s sister, Latifa Abdullah, 33, who was also in the car, was wounded by the gunfire. Israeli medical sources said she was evacuated by car to Ramallah. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that Israeli forces prevented them from treating her.” (10/30/17)


West Bank: Israeli troops raid multiple media outlets

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“The Israeli army raided the offices of TV channels and production companies in the West Bank overnight on Tuesday, confiscating equipment and closing some of them down. The IDF Spokesperson said that eight media companies were raided and two Palestinians were arrested. The Palestinian Authority condemned the raids, stating that the operation’s central goal was to ‘sabotage’ those ‘exposing the occupation’s crimes.’ … The Israeli army said the media companies, raided by joint forces of the IDF, the Shin Bet, and the civil administration, are suspected of distributing incitement materials, and that Israel will ‘continue to take action against incitement to terror’ because it ‘leads directly to terrorist attacks.'” (10/18/17)


Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft ‘incapacitated’ the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.” (10/16/17)


Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited ‘anti-Israel bias.’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as ‘brave and moral,’ a statement said. The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon. Unesco head Irina Bokova earlier called the US withdrawal a matter of ‘profound regret.’ The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018 – until then, the US will remain a full member. The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation, the state department said. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted he had instructed his foreign ministry to ‘prepare Israel’s withdrawal … in parallel with the United States.'” (10/12/17)


Trump regime withdraws from UNESCO, saying it’s biased against Israel

Source: Bloomberg

“The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the United Nations cultural organization, saying it’s biased against Israel and citing its decision to admit the Palestinian territories as a member state. The decision to quit the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which the U.S. co-founded in 1945, ‘was not taken lightly,’ State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Thursday. She cited the need for ‘fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.’ … The U.S. also withdrew from the organization in 1984 but rejoined in 2003.” (10/12/17)


Gaza: Israeli forces destroy Hamas post after rocket attack that didn’t happen after all

Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip failed to reach Israeli territory, the IDF said Sunday night, upending its earlier statement on the incident and confirming retaliatory Israeli artillery fire on a border post. According to the IDF, Israeli tanks destroyed a Hamas lookout post in the central Strip, near the border fence, some two hours after alert sirens blared in the Israeli communities adjacent to the Strip, warning of an impending rocket. Gadi Yarkoni, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, said in a statement that contrary to earlier reports, the projectile did not land in Israel.” (10/09/17)


West Bank: Three Israelis killed in attack at squat

Source: Bloomberg

“A Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis at a West Bank [squat] near Jerusalem after approaching an entrance gate with a group of day laborers, police said. After being told to halt, the 37-year-old assailant took out a pistol and started shooting, killing two guards and a border policeman and seriously injuring a fourth Israeli, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a text message. Israeli security services identified the assailant as Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, a father of four, who had a permit to work in the Har Adar [squat].” (09/26/17)