Tag Archives: Israel

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

“The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion. Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along with Haley, the rightwing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is moving fast to cultivate the unique opportunity of dismissing the United Nations, thus, any attempt at criticizing the Israeli Occupation.” (06/22/17)


Israel: Regime reduces Gaza electricity to four hours daily to aid Abbas v. Hamas

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The Israeli government has agreed to cut down its electricity supply in the Gaza Strip, at the behest of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA), Israeli officials said. According to Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), President Mahmoud Abbas requested Israel to stop supplying electricity to Gaza back in April. The PA declined to comment to Al Jazeera. Khalil Shaheen, a Ramallah-based political analyst, said the PA was applying heavy pressure on the Hamas government to relinquish its control over the Gaza Strip.” (06/13/17)


UN human rights chief calls for end to Israel’s occupation of Arab areas

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The UN’s top human rights official has marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories by calling for its quick end, insisting that such an outcome would benefit both sides. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the Jordanian prince who heads the UN Human Rights Council, echoed the strong language of the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, who earlier this week condemned the occupation’s ‘heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people,’ which he said had ‘fuelled recurring cycles of violence and retribution.’ The remarks follow a series of critical reports by humanitarian and rights organisations that reveal the impact of the 50-year occupation, and come as Israeli politicians celebrate the bicentenary of the 1967 six-day war, in which Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the Old City.” (06/06/17)


Trump waives law requiring US to move its Israel embassy out of Israel

Source: ABC News

“President Donald Trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the U.S. to move its embassy in [sic] Israel to Jerusalem. Trump’s move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv for now. Trump has said he’s reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to Jerusalem.” (06/01/17)


How the free market overcomes religious coercion in Israel

Source: Students For Liberty
by Idan Eretz

“State-religion relations are a tough issue in Israel. Israelis come from very different religious backgrounds; from totally secular atheists to hardline ultra-orthodox and everything in between; and that’s only the Jews. This creates a lot of tension about the 70 year old compromise called ‘The Status Quo.’ But in recent weeks, without any political action, something happened. Something big.” (05/22/17)


Palestine: Trump becomes first sitting US president to visit Western Wall

Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall on Monday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism’s holiest sites. The historic visit is part of Trump’s efforts to highlight ‘the need for unity among three of the world’s great religions’ on his first foreign trip, senior administration officials said. Trump’s stop at the Western Wall came between Sunday’s visit to Saudi Arabia where he called on Muslim leaders to ‘drive out the terrorists and extremists,’ and his forthcoming visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Trump stood alone with his hand on the wall for several moments before tucking his note between the cracks. … The Western Wall is not officially recognized as Israeli territory, and the Trump administration has not been clear about whether they believe the holy site is part of Israel.” (05/22/17)


West Bank: Israeli troops abduct at least 14

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and [abduct]ed at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said ‘a large force’ of Israeli soldiers arrived at their home in the West Bank city of al-Bireh at 4:30 am local time and [abduct]ed her husband. … Qatamesh’s [abduction] comes as Palestinian prisoners enter the 28th day of a mass hunger strike inside Israeli jails. Palestinian media outlets estimate that more than 1,300 prisoners are currently refusing food behind bars, while Israeli officials have said the number is slightly lower. Barghouti, Qatamesh’s wife, suspects that his writing and campaigning in solidarity with the hunger-striking prisoners is part of the reason Israeli forces targeted him for [abduction].” (05/14/17)


Palestinian Arabs call for Pizza Hut boycott after Facebook post “mocked hunger strikers”

Source: Newsweek

“Palestinians want to take a slice out of Pizza Hut’s profits in Israel, launching a boycott campaign against the American chain after it allegedly mocked the leader of a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons in a Facebook post on Monday. According to Palestinian social media users, Pizza Hut posted a picture of strike leader Marwan Barghouti in his cell, taken from footage the Israeli Prison Service released on Sunday, alleging that he had broken the hunger strike on two occasions to eat cookies and a candy bar. Text accompanying the post on Pizza Hut’s 100,000-strong Israeli Facebook account is alleged to have read: ‘Barghouti, if you’re going to break a strike, isn’t pizza better?'” (05/09/17)


Human Rights Watch slams Hamas for holding two Israelis in Gaza

Source: Beloit Daily News

“Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on Gaza’s Hamas rulers to release two Israeli citizens with a history of mental illness believed to have been detained by the militants, saying their extended detention and isolation was ‘cruel and indefensible.’ In a detailed report based on interviews with the men’s families and with Israeli and Palestinian officials, the New York-based group said Avera Mangistu and Hisham al-Sayed likely wandered into Gaza on foot and had no connection to hostilities between Israel and Gaza. Hamas has indirectly acknowledged holding them but will not provide confirmation until Israel releases dozens of its jailed members.” (05/03/17)


Syria: Overnight explosion rocks Damascus; regime blames Israel

Source: ABC News

“An large overnight explosion on Thursday rocked Syria’s capital, the country’s state media and opposition activists said. The explosion occurred at a military installation near the Damascus airport, according to both SANA state TV and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring organization with on the ground contacts in Syria. State television blamed the explosion on Israel, saying it had attacked the location with several missiles from inside the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel controls. In an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz stopped short of saying Israel was behind the attack, but said ‘the incident in Syria is absolutely in line with Israeli policy to act to prevent advanced weapons from Syria going to Hezbollah in Lebanon with the help of Iran.'” (04/27/16)