Tag Archives: Palestine

Gaza: Israeli forces strike Hamas targets, citing rocket attack

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Israeli forces struck targets in the Gaza Strip five times Monday in retaliation to earlier rocket fire, the army said in a statement. Earlier a rocket fired from Gaza struck in an open area, causing no casualties, prompting Israel to return fire with tanks and from the air. According to the army, in response to the rocket fire, a tank destroyed a Hamas position in the southern part of the strip. Earlier, the army said, a tank hit another Hamas position and Israel Air Force planes targeted three different sites in Gaza.” (02/06/17)


West Bank: Sixteen Israeli cops wounded in clashes as they attempt to shut down illegal squat

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Security forces have started evacuating residents from the illegal outpost of Amona in the West Bank on Wednesday, after hundreds of youths streamed into the outpost to fight the evacuation. A number of lawmakers, including a cabinet minister, have joined the protesters. … The number of police officers wounded in the evacuation has risen to 16, according to police. One of the officers was wounded in moderate condition, and the rest were lightly wounded. … Four protesters were arrested, while dozens of others were pushed beyond the confines of the outpost. Youths have barricaded inside the outpost’s homes, with some chaining themselves in. Nine families left the outpost peacefully.” (02/01/17)


The wrecking ball

Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“We interrupt this broadcast from America’s airports with an economic bulletin: Already, Donald Trump is creating jobs — not by action but simply by his amoral aura, by his projection of chaotic cluelessness, by the mere fact of taking power. OK, the jobs will be offshore: in the West Bank, building new homes in Israeli settlements—and in the process, burying Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects. The simple version of the story is this: Two days after that under-attended inauguration in Washington, the Jerusalem City Council (suddenly liberated from U.S. pressure) gave the go-ahead to build over 560 new homes in Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Soon after, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman signed off on 2,500 more homes in the rest of the West Bank.” (01/30/17)


West Bank: Israeli regime approves construction of 2,500 new illegal squats

Source: The Hill

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday approved the expansion of [squatter] blocs in the West Bank despite international pressure to halt construction in the occupied territories. Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced the development of 2,500 new housing units, with most located within [squatter] blocs. … The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in December calling for an immediate end to Israeli [squat] expansion.” (01/24/17)


Belgium: Livni cancels Brussels trip after threat of arrest for war crimes

Source: Independent [UK]

“A prominent Israeli politician has cancelled a visit to Belgium over fears she may be arrested on her arrival in Brussels over war crime allegations. Tzipi Livni, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2006 – 2009 under former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was due to arrive in the Belgian capital on Monday to unofficially attend a conference on tackling anti-Semitism in Europe and advancing the continent’s relations with the Jewish state. However, her trip was cancelled after the Brussels prosecutor’s office said last week that Ms Livni is the subject of a 2010 complaint to the federal prosecutor, and the authorities could detain or question her on arrival ‘to try and advance the investigation.’ … Ms Livni was previously forced to cancel a 2009 trip to London after a British court issued a warrant for her arrest following an application by UK lawyers acting for Palestinian victims of Cast Lead.” (01/23/17)


Trump, Netanyahu speak as Israeli regime moves on squats

Source: NDTV [India]

“US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak on Sunday for the first time since his inauguration, with Israel already taking advantage of his support by pushing through settlement [sic] plans. Netanyahu said he was to speak with Trump later in the day, while Israeli officials also approved hundreds of new [squatter] homes that had been postponed until after he took office. Beyond that, hardline Israeli ministers were pushing a plan to unilaterally annex a large Jewish [squat] near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, a move many say could badly damage prospects for a two-state solution.” (01/22/17)


Report: Many Palestinian Arabs don’t want that two-state solution

Source: Christian Science Monitor

“On Sunday, 70 countries and international organizations met in Paris in a last-ditch effort to save something Palestinian leaders have been seeking for decades: a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel. ‘Today two states is possible; tomorrow … [it] might be too late, because Israel is slipping into a situation in which it will be an apartheid state by de jure and by de facto,’ said Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior adviser to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on negotiations, at a briefing ahead of the Paris conference. But even as the conference’s closing statement urged Israelis and Palestinians ‘to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution,’ 2 in 3 Palestinians say that model is no longer viable, according to a recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) in Ramallah.” (01/16/17)


Netanyahu — running from the law

Source: OpEdNews
by Lawrence Davidson

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw a temper tantrum (24 December 2016) after the U.S. failed to veto United Nations Security Council Resolution 2234 condemning Zionist settlements on Palestinian territory. Netanyahu called the resolution “shameful.” He went so far as to tell the foreign secretary of New Zealand, one of the countries that brought the resolution forward for a vote, that this action was the equivalent of ‘an act of war.’ He then started recalling Israeli ambassadors from the Security Council states that backed the resolution. Finally, Netanyahu said Israel would ‘not abide by it [the resolution].’ All in all, it was quite a performance. In order to put the prime minister’s outrage in context, let’s look at what, in part, the resolution actually says. … UNSC Resolution 2234 told the Israeli government that it is obliged to follow the rule of law — in this case international law.” (01/05/17)


The US abstains at a UN vote on Israel settlements

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Walter E Block

“The international news at the close of 2016 is all about the abstention of the United States regarding a United Nations condemnation of the state of Israel for its settlement policy. What has the libertarian to say about this situation? From the anarcho-capitalist point of view, matters are simple. There should not be a government of the U.S. There should not be a state of Israel. The governments of the member nations of the U.N. should all be disbanded. And, since that organization consists of the governments of many countries, it, too, should be terminated.” (01/03/17)


Kerry’s eureka moment on Israel and Palestine

Source: CounterPunch
by Mouin Rabbani

“It has been a bizarre week for US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On 23 December, the Obama administration narrowly avoided becoming the first since Harry Truman’s to leave office without a single United Nations Security Council resolution censuring Israel to its credit. Washington has spent the past eight years shielding what John Kerry on 28 December called ‘the most right-wing [government] in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme elements’ from international scrutiny. As the United States neither supported nor vetoed Resolution 2334, the Security Council unanimously confirmed that all Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute ‘a flagrant violation under international law.’ It was a rare victory for an international community that has been consistently thwarted by Barack Obama’s indulgence of Binyamin Netanyahu’s appetite for Palestinian land.” (01/02/17)