Tag Archives: Israel

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)


Israel: Regime punishes hunger-striking prisoners

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israeli prison officials have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners after more than 1,100 political detainees launched an open-ended hunger strike on Monday. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials had forcibly moved hunger-striking prisoners to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscated clothes and personal belongings and placed leading figures in solitary confinement. Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, Karim Younis and Mahmoud Abu Srour were moved from Hadarim prison to solitary confinement in Jalama prison on Monday evening, according to the Prisoners’ Affairs committee. Barghouthi is to be ‘prosecuted in a discipline court’ as punishment for his op-ed published by the New York Times on Monday, where he described the daily struggle of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and the ambition behind the hunger strike, the statement said. Israeli prison officials reportedly accused Barghouthi of using his wife to ‘smuggle’ the article out of prison and to the New York Times.” (04/17/17)


Israeli regime: No talks with prisoner on hunger strike

Source: Washington Post

“Israel will not negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who launched a hunger strike to press for better conditions, a government minister said Tuesday, adding that the organizer of the protest has been placed in solitary confinement. If sustained, the strike led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed during the second Palestinian uprising, would be the largest in recent years. … The Palestinian prisoners seek better conditions, including more contact with relatives, and an end to Israel’s practice of detentions without trials.” (04/18/17)


Israel: Palestinian Arab prisoners launch mass hunger strike

Source: Yahoo! News

“Palestinian prisoners have launched one of the biggest hunger strikes in recent years in a protest against prison conditions. As many as 1,500 prisoners could be participating in the strikes, which have been planned to coincide with the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day. The strike also comes ahead of commemorations this summer marking 50 years since the 1967 Six Day War and the start of Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The strike has been called for by prominent Palestinian prisoner and leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently serving a life sentence over his role in the second Palestinian intifada — or uprising.” (04/17/17)


The true cost of Israel

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“[H]ow Israel gets money from the United States is actually quite complex and not very transparent to the American public, going well beyond the check for $3.8 billion handed over at the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1. Even that check, uniquely given to aid recipient Israel as one lump sum on the first day of the year, is manipulated to produce extra revenue. It is normally immediately redeposited with the U.S. Treasury, which then, because it operates on a deficit, borrows the money to pay interest on it as the Israelis draw it down. That interest payment costs the American taxpayer an estimated $100 million more per year. Israel has also been adept at using ‘loan guarantees,’ an issue that may have contributed to the downfall of President George H.W. Bush. The reality is that the loans, totaling $42 billion, are never repaid by Israel, meaning that the United States Treasury picks up the tab on principle and interest, a form of additional assistance. The Bush-era loan amounted to $10 billion.” (04/12/17)


Israel: Regime shutters Egypt border crossing following terror warning against tourists

Source: New York Daily News

“Israel closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt Monday following a warning by its anti-terrorism office of an ‘imminent’ militant attack there. The closure comes hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many Israelis. Soon after the announcement, sirens wailed in parts of southern Israel alerting residents to a rocket attack. The military said a rocket fired from Sinai exploded in an open field, causing no injuries.” [editor’s note: As often as rockets explode in open fields, causing no injuries, in Israel, providing convenient excuses for something just done or about to be done by the Israeli government, I have to suspect that maybe Israel’s enemies aren’t always the ones firing them – TLK] (04/10/17)


West Bank: Israeli killed in car attack near squat

Source: CBS News

“A Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a group of people in the West Bank on Thursday morning, killing one Israeli and injuring another, the Israeli military said. The incident comes after a wave of Palestinian attacks on civilians and security forces erupted in 2015. At times the attacks were daily but they have subsided in recent months. The military said Thursday’s assault took place near the settlement of Ofra and that the Palestinian was apprehended after the attack.” (04/06/17)


Pence openly meets with, pledges fealty to, lobbyists for foreign power

Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“US Vice President Mike Pence took the main stage at AIPAC’s Polic[y] Conference event on Sunday night with one clear assignment: fire up the audience about the Trump administration’s commitment to supporting Israel. … Pence strategically wove his lengthy pro-Israel Washington bona fides — decades of work with AIPAC, multiple trips to Israel — together with name-drops of his boss, US Donald Trump, whom he described as ‘a true friend of Israel and courageous defender of freedom.’ AIPAC is traditionally a venue for administration officials to trumpet their pro-Israel actions and agenda.” (03/27/17)


Israel: Netanyahu threatens election over rift with finance minister

Source: Bloomberg

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to call early elections after clashing with his finance minister over the fate of the nation’s public broadcaster, roiling the political landscape just hours before he headed to China on a trade trip. Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud party on Saturday that if Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon doesn’t agree to scrap plans for a new public broadcaster that has already been set up and keep the old one running, then he will dismantle the government, according to two party members who spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private. … Early elections would come as police gather evidence in two criminal probes against Netanyahu that have weakened him politically and could increase pressure on him to resign should they lead to charges.” (03/19/17)


Jordan: Regime releases murderer of seven schoolgirls

Source: Daily Star [Lebanon]

“A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 was released on Sunday after serving 20 years in prison, his family said. … Ahmad Dakamseh was released from the Bab al-Hawa prison in Irbid, 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital Amman. In March 1997, he fired an automatic weapon at Israeli schoolgirls on a trip to the Jordan-Israel border, killing seven of them and wounding five others and a teacher. He had been sentenced to life imprisonment, which in Jordan is equivalent to 20 years. … His motives were never entirely clear, but he told the national security court at the time that he fired his weapon at the schoolgirls after they mocked him while he was praying. Jordan’s then ruler King Hussein condemned the attack and later traveled to Israel to offer his condolences to the families of the murdered schoolgirls. Amman also paid compensation.” (03/12/17)