Category Archives: Israeli Politics

23 Mar
7:28

BNC Responds to New Israeli Database Targeting Israeli Citizens Who Support BDS

On March 21st, Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan, announced that his ministry seeks to create a new database of Israeli citizens who support the grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to secure Palestinian human rights. In response, Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), […]

23 Mar
7:18

Trump Envoy Asks Israel to Halt Construction Outside Settlement Blocs

U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East reportedly asked, during last week’s meeting, for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to freeze settlement construction in Jerusalem and outside the large settlement blocs. According to Al Ray, Netanyahu expressed reservations at an official freeze. Channel 2 News reported, on Wednesday, that […]

22 Mar
6:54

National Bureau: Israel Continues Settlement Activities, Further Establishing Apartheid Regime (Report)

  In its weekly report, the Palestinian National Bureau noted a number of colonial schemes carried out by the Israeli government in an attempt to seize more Palestinian lands, as well as Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor  Lieberman’s approval of the completion of the Apartheid Wall around the Beit Eil settlement […]

21 Mar
9:51

Ex-Mossad Chief: Occupation Is Israel’s Only Existential Threat

Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo asserted, on Tuesday, that the Israeli occupation and the conflict with the Palestinians are the only existential threat facing Israel. Pardo stated, according to Haaretz: “Israel has one existential threat. It is a ticking time bomb. We chose to stick our head in the sand, […]

17 Mar
9:20

Netanyahu “Will Keep His Word” to Amona Settlers through Expected US Deal

Before meeting with US President Donald Trump’s envoy, Netanyahu has told the Amona settlers that Israel and the US are working on a “mutually agreed settlement policy”, saying that he will keep his word on the illegal settlement outpost, which was demolished by Israel upon court order. Netanyahu’s statements, as […]

15 Mar
8:51

Netanyahu Defies International Law by Holding Official Meeting in Occupied Zone

~ Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for Defending of Land and Resisting Settlements/PNN The  National Bureau for Defending of Land and Resisting Settlements has warned against Israeli PM Netanyahu’s maneuvers to hold a celebratory cabinet meetings in the illegal settlements built in the West Bank, on the occasion of what he […]

13 Mar
9:11

How Israel Uses Gas to Enforce Palestinian Dependency and Promote Normalization

Overview Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory does not only exist above ground. Since 1967, Israel has systematically colonized Palestinian natural resources and, in the field of hydrocarbons, has prevented Palestinians from accessing their own oil and gas reserves. Such restrictions have ensured the continued dependence of Palestinians on Israel for […]

13 Mar
7:25

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Chairman Banned from Israel

Shortly after the Israeli Knesset passed a law to bar BDS activists from entering Israel, Israeli Authorities  have banned the chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). PSC chair, Hugh Lanning, has been denied entry into Israel, raising the likelihood he is the first high profile figure to fall foul […]

27 Feb
11:48

German University Suspends Course After Instructor Criticized Israel (VIDEO)

TRNN Transcript: SHIR HEVER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Shir Hever in Heidelberg, Germany. The Department of Political Science at the University of Berlin, the Freie University of Berlin, reneged on its promise to a young lecturer at the university to teach a course next semester. The reason? […]

26 Feb
8:46

(VIDEO) Sentencing of Israeli Soldier for Killing of Palestinian Exposes Contradictions of Occupation

Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions […]

23 Feb
10:24

Israel Denies Five EU Parliamentarians Entry To Gaza

The Israeli authorities prevented, Wednesday, five European Union parliamentarians from entering the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip. Israeli Walla News Agency quoted one of the parliamentarians, from Belgium, denouncing the order and stating, “this is inappropriate; I do not know what is it that Israel is trying to hide from […]

14 Feb
3:08

Revised Version of ‘Azan Bill’ Approved by Knesset

A revised version of the controversial ‘Muezzin Bill’, which imposes further restrictions on the Muslim call to prayer, traditionally known as the Azan, in Israel and occupied Jerusalem, was approved for vote in the Knesset by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation, on Sunday afternoon. A draft of the bill, which […]

14 Feb
12:54

UN Suggests Tzipi Livni for Assistant Secretary of State

Media sources report, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that the United Nations has advanced a suggestion to assume former Foreign Minister of Israel, Tzipi Livni, the post of the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. The reports point out that, if that happens, it will be the […]

12 Feb
9:02

Israeli Transportation Minister: ‘Bennett wants to drag the entire country into a war’ (VIDEO)

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, on Sunday, slammed the Education Minister Naftali Bennett, saying that he wants to drag the “entire country into a war.” “Cabinet members should not criticize things just to gain political points. Here is a Cabinet minister and the head of a small party who wants […]

09 Feb
6:27

Israel Approves 1162 New Illegal Colonialist Units In The West Bank

The Israeli committee, in charge of settlements’ affairs at the Higher Planning Council of the military-run “Civil Administration Office” in the occupied West Bank, has approved the construction of 1162 new units for illegal colonists. Among the approved buildings is what was dubbed as “a new neighborhood,” near Shvut Rachel […]

08 Feb
9:36

US Citizens File Complaint against Israeli Officials

The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) reported, on Wednesday, that Palestinian and Jewish activists have filed a lawsuit with a US court against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials over war crimes committed against Palestinian citizens. The legal complaint, made by 35 Palestinian and Jewish activists, all American […]

08 Feb
7:07

UK Invites Netanyahu to Balfour Centennial Celebrations: Palestinian Presidency Protests

By Christof Lehmann (nsnbc): Nabil Abu Rodeina said Britain is responsible for the disaster that befell the Palestinian people a hundred years ago. “Instead of correcting the historic mistake and recognizing the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, it is preparing to celebrate an incident considered by the […]

06 Feb
5:01

Demolition of Ammona Settlement Outpost Begins

Israeli police have embarked on demolishing the Mona settlement outpost that was built on private Palestinian lands north of Ramallah, central West Bank. Walla Israeli newspaper said, according to the PNN, that the demolition has started, after the area was evicted of settlers a few days ago on court order, […]

06 Feb
5:20

Netanyahu Asks for Deferment on Settlement Vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a request to defer a Knesset vote that would legalize settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land, Israeli media reported Sunday. The request, which was made at a weekly meeting of coalition party leaders, came after Netanyahu said that the bill is expected […]

06 Feb
4:51

Trump Aides Met with Mossad

Senior officials from Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, two weeks ago, made a covert visit to Washington D.C. and met with U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security aides in order to coordinate their policies on a range of Middle East issues, Ha’aretz daily newspaper reported Sunday. According to the report, which […]

05 Feb
11:55

Statement: “The Lie Of Amona Eviction”

This is a translation of a statement posted by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, regarding the “eviction of Amona illegal Israeli colony.” At the same time as the eviction, Israel approved thousands of new units for illegal colonizers, living on stolen Palestinian land. “The Lie […]

03 Feb
10:51

In Surprise Move, Trump Warns Israel Against Settlements

The Israeli settlement of Tzofim seen behind amputated olive trees near Qalqilya, in the occupied West Bank, 15 January. Hundreds of olive trees on private Palestinian agricultural land were cut as part of an Israeli plan to build a bypass road for settlers in the area. Keren ManorActiveStills The administration […]

02 Feb
9:51

Netanyahu Prepares For New Colony In The Occupied West Bank

On Wednesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, of the Likud Party, announced that he was working on appointing a team tasked with creating a new colony in the occupied West Bank, to fulfill what he called “a promise” to the illegal colonists of Amona outpost. Netanyahu stated that the […]

01 Feb
6:51

Israel Approves 3000 Colonialist Units, After One Illegal Outpost Was Scheduled For Removal

Following the Israeli decision to remove the “Amona” illegal colonialist outpost, in the occupied West Bank, the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided to build more than 3000 units for Jewish settlers, on illegally confiscated Palestinian lands. The decision was officially announced by the office of Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, […]

31 Jan
10:09

The Checkpoint Regime: Israel and the Fragmentation of Palestinian Society

31st January 2017 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team There are 17 permanent checkpoints in the H2 area under full Israeli military control in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), manned by Israeli forces and impeding Palestinian freedom of movement. The official rhetoric of the Israeli government is that these checkpoints serve […]

30 Jan
8:32

Knesset to Pass Bill “Legalizing” Settlements, New Sanctions for Palestinians Building without Permits

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset is expected to pass a bill legalizing settlements built on private Palestinian private lands, in its second and third reading. This issue was activated again by direct orders of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Al Ray reports that, according to Haaretz Israeli daily, the bill […]

30 Jan
6:47

Netanyahu Advances Settlement Legalization Bill

The Israeli Prime Minister encourages the Knesset to issue a final vote on the ‘formalization bill’ as early as tomorrow. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked coalition chairperson David Biton (Likud) to present the “formalization bill” to the Knesset for a final vote, this week, Israeli media reports. The […]

30 Jan
6:13

Israeli PM Hails Trump’s Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, hailed U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on his decision to build a wall along the 3,200km U.S.- Mexico borders to “prevent illegal immigration.” On his Twitter page, Netanyahu wrote that “President Trump is right,” likening Trump’s wall idea to the a 240-kilometre wall Israel completed […]

30 Jan
5:31

Army Abducts Father Of A Slain Palestinian

January 30, 2017 5:31 AM IMEMC News Israeli Politics, News Report, Ramallah, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, Shafiq al-Halabi, the father of Mohannad, 19, who was killed by the army on October 3rd, 2015, after summoning him for interrogation in Ofer detention center, west of Ramallah, in the central west Bank. The family said that the soldiers phoned them, directly after […]

27 Jan
9:45

After Court Ordered Removal Of Nine Illegal Colonist Units, Netanyahu Decides To Build 68

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to build 68 new colonialist units on private Palestinian lands, near Ofra illegal colony, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after the Israeli High Court ordered the removal of nine illegal units. Israeli daily Haaretz said the decision was part of an […]

Israeli settlement near Nablus (image from wikimedia)
26 Jan
12:01

New report reveals top Israeli official living in illegal colonial settlement

An Israeli Finance Minister, who is in charge of implementing a law to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank, is himself living in an unlicensed building in an illegal colonial settlement on Occupied Palestinian land – and he is just one of many Israeli officials living in illegal settlements, […]

25 Jan
11:34

PCHR: Belgium is Not Britain — Israeli War Criminals Under Prosecution (VIDEO)

Tzipi Livni, who was the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time of the Israeli 2008-2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip, has cancelled her scheduled visit to Brussels in Belgium when the Attorney General there announced that she would be arrested to question her about war crimes committed in […]

25 Jan
10:33

Settler Living in Illegal Outpost Orders Demolition of Palestinian Homes

~ Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for the Defending of Land and Resisting Settlement/PNN The racism in Israel is reflected in every aspect of life, the most recent of which comes within the context of disclosing that the head of the Regional Unit for enforcing laws of planning and building at the […]

24 Jan
11:25

2,500 Houses Approved for Illegal West Bank Settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved plans for the construction of 2,500 housing units in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli media reported. According to The Times of Israel, the vast majority of the new housing will be built in […]

24 Jan
10:47

Livni Cancels Belgium Visit Following Arrest Threat

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has reportedly cancelled her trip to Belgium, according to the PNN, over threats of arrest for war crimes in Gaza. On 23 June, 2010, a group of victims filed a complaint in Belgium, with the Federal Prosecutor, against a number of Israeli military officials, […]

24 Jan
3:06

Tzipi Livni to Face Belgian Arrest Warrant

via the BDS National Committee. (Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org) 23/01/2017 – Brussels  Belgian police have confirmed that they intend to question former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at her arrival in Brussels, today, for suspected war crimes. Livni is listed as a speaker  at a European Parliament […]

20 Jan
11:22

2700 Colonialist Units Awaiting Trump’s Inauguration

Dozens of Americans flags have been raised, Thursday, at the junctions and roads leading to the Gush Etzion Israeli colony, built on Palestinian lands south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, as the “Settlements Council” is preparing to celebrate Trump’s inauguration and the pending approval of 2700 news colonialist […]

16 Jan
8:17

US Had ‘Secret Accord’ to Continue ‘Natural Growth’ of Israeli Settlements

A leaked cable from Paris reveals that the Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak advertised the fact that the US and Israel had a ‘secret accord’ to ‘continue the natural growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.’ ~ Rory Wood, Wikileaks According to the cable [09PARIS827], the MFA Middle East […]

15 Jan
3:36

Israeli Navy Injures A Palestinian Fisherman In Northern Gaza

Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Saturday evening, at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, wounding one fisherman. Medical sources in Gaza said the fisherman suffered moderate wounds, and was moved to the Indonesian Hospital, in the northern part […]

07 Jan
10:39

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Ni’lin

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The Popular Committee in Ni’lin said the protest came in solidarity with local nonviolent […]

05 Jan
11:52

Gaza Fisherman Missing After Israeli Navy Capsized A Palestinian Fishing Boat

Israeli navy ships attacked, on Thursday morning, several Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea, northwest of Gaza city, causing one boat to capsize while a fisherman went missing in the aftermath of the assault. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said the fisherman, identified as Mohammad Ahmad al-Hassi, went […]

05 Jan
5:54

Israeli Soldier Found Guilty of Manslaughter (VIDEO)

An Israeli military court has just announced its verdict, against 19-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot dead a disarmed and wounded Palestinian, of manslaughter.   Azaria’s sentence will be decided within a month, according to the PNN. On 24 March, 2016, Abdul-Fatah al-Sharif, aged 21, was killed by the last […]

31 Dec
7:12

New East Jerusalem Settlement Units Were Approved Prior to Kerry Speech

The Israeli Jerusalem municipality, this past week, approved a plan to build a three-story housing complex for Israeli settlers in the center of Silwan, East Jerusalem. According to Haaretz, the project was introduced by an Israeli pro-settlement nonprofit organization called Ateret Cohanim, and its approval was postponed many times in the past, due […]

28 Dec
7:22

Committee Cancels Vote to Approve East Jerusalem Settlements

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality has reportedly cancelled plans to vote on approving the construction of new Israeli settlement units, in occupied East Jerusalem, that were initially put forward to defy a new United Nations Security Council resolution, which has reaffirmed that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international […]

28 Dec
5:55

Netanyahu Cancels Israeli Aid to Angola over Security Council Resolution

nsnbc : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to cancel all Israeli aid to Angola. The decision came in response to the country’s support for UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) which, among others, calls on Israel to end its illegal settlements in Palestinian territories. Netanyahu has been instructing the Israeli […]

28 Dec
6:05

Knesset Member Ghattas Released, Placed Under House Arrest

The Israeli Central Court released, Tuesday, Arab Member of Knesset (MK) Bassel Ghattas, after ordering him under strictly-monitored house arrest for ten days, in the town of ar-Rama, in the Galilee, for the ‘crime’ of visiting Palestinian prisoners.   The Israeli prosecutor’s office demanded the court to hold Ghattas under house […]

25 Dec
8:25

Israeli Government to Approve Thousands of Settlement Units in Response to UN Vote

The Local Planning and Building Committee of the West Jerusalem municipality is expected, next Wednesday, to approve about 5,600 illegal housing units in East Jerusalem settlements, according to Israeli Hayom daily. The Israeli daily, in its Hebrew bulletin Sunday, said the foreseen decision comes in response to the United Nations […]

25 Dec
7:59

Rabbis Launch War on Christmas Tree

‘Israeli leaders expect the US to be religiously inclusive, but then they refuse to practise the same at home,’ Hanna Swaid told Al Jazeera. ~Jonathan Cook/Days of Palestine As tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on the Holy Land, this week, to celebrate the birth of Jesus, senior Israeli […]

22 Dec
5:21

Israeli Authorities Consider Fine on Muslim Prayer

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation Affairs is scheduled to discuss, next Sunday, a new proposal to lift the ban on the Azan (prayer call) in Palestinian mosques, made by a member of the Knesset, Moti Yogev and David Bitan. The new proposal that been developed in the wake of […]

21 Dec
7:42

Ghaith-Sub Laban Family Allowed to Stay in their Home for 10 Years, but Without Children

The Israeli High Court released, late on Tuesday, its decision regarding the Ghaith-Sub Laban eviction, in which the court partially accepted the family’s appeal and stopped their eviction. The decision keeps the family’s protected tenant status for 10 more years, after which the family would be evicted and the house […]

20 Dec
1:52

Batan al-Hawa neighborhood, Silwan: The next target for “Judaization” of East Jerusalem

Report By B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: The Batan al-Hawa neighborhood, in the heart of Silwan, is the setting for the most extensive expulsion in recent years in East Jerusalem. To date, eviction claims have been filed against 81 Palestinian families that […]

19 Dec
7:21

Amona Settlers Accept Relocation Plan

Residents of the illegal settlement outpost of Amona, in the central occupied West Bank. voted on Sunday to approve a relocation plan put forward by the Israeli government, after weeks of discussions trying to assuage settler anger over the mandated evacuation of the outpost. Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported that […]

17 Dec
7:30

Amona Settlers Reject Plan to Relocate

Israeli media, on Wednesday, said that 40 Israeli families have rejected a government plan to be relocated from their houses. PNN reports that, according to Israeli media, the offer proposed by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, and approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was to “relocate the homes to abandoned Palestinian […]

14 Dec
5:24

Netanyahu Refusing to Meet Swedish FM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly refused to meet with pro-Palestinian Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, who is due to visit on Thursday. According to Haaretz, Wallstrom will arrive in Israel on Thursday, but will be met by no Israeli officials, who claimed the move is due to scheduling conflicts, but […]

13 Dec
6:54

(Video Series) The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay of Baltimore’s Real News Network that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but, he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and […]

12 Dec
7:45

Israeli Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Deheishe

December 12, 2016 7:45 AM IMEMC News Bethlehem, Israeli Politics, News Report, West Bank 0

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, searched many homes, before shooting and injuring four Palestinians during ensuing clashes. The soldiers invaded the refugee camp from three separate directions, and searched many homes, an issue that […]

11 Dec
3:19

East Jerusalem: Israeli Strategy Explored in New Video

A new video released by the Negotiations Affairs Department, titled “East Jerusalem: Israel’s Colonial Project Unraveled,” declares that Israel’s policy in the city, since the 1967 occupation, is three fold: creating a Jewish majority, reducing Palestinian presence and isolating East Jerusalem and dividing it from its West Bank parts. According to WAFA, […]

08 Dec
6:27

New Checkpoints, Access Control-buildings and Street-signs in the Historical Center of Hebron

12/06/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team As for colonial Israel, nothing happens without a reason. Periods of extreme violence are followed by relative calm periods with more intense colonial construction activities and preparations for the next facts on the ground. Palestinian  daily life is inhumanly restricted by the […]

08 Dec
5:57

Continued Demolitions in Negev, West Bank

Israeli bulldozers demolished two houses in Bedouin villages unrecognized by Israel in the southern Negev region, Wednesday morning. Local sources said that forces from the Yoav, the special Israeli police unit created to implement demolitions of Bedouin homes in the Negev, escorted by Israeli bulldozers, demolished a house in the village of […]

08 Dec
5:29

(VIDEO) Growing Voices Among Palestinians Calling for a Single Democratic Secular State

With negotiations for a two state solution going nowhere, more Palestinians are calling for a single state solution. TRNN transcript: YOUSEF ALHELOU, TRNN CORRESPONDENT, GAZA: Ever since the Israeli occupation of historic Palestine in 1948, the Palestinians, who are the natives of the land, have been struggling for self-determination, which […]

08 Dec
2:26

Colonial Misogynists

The Israeli military appoints a settler as chief rabbi who once said soldiers can rape ‘enemy’ women, and relieves a decorated war criminal of prison time for rape.  Eyal Krim, the new chief rabbi of the Israeli army, and Ofek Buchris, a former Israeli colonel, are inspirational symbols to national-religious […]

07 Dec
8:00

Israeli Set To Approve 20 Colonialist Projects In The West Bank

The Israeli “Construction and Planning Committee” of the Jerusalem City Council is set to discuss and approve, Wednesday, 20 new colonialist projects to be built in illegal colonies, commercial and tourist centers on Palestinian lands. The largest project is the construction of a new settlement on the southern hills of Gilo illegal […]

05 Dec
7:45

John Kerry to Israel: Choose Settlements or Two-state Solution

Israel cannot have both, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, in unprecedented comments, Sunday, at the annual Saban Forum hosted by the Brookings Institution, in Washington DC. “There is no status quo. It is getting worse,” said Kerry, according to Al Ray, referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “It is […]

03 Dec
6:46

UN General Assembly Adopts “Paper Tiger” Resolution on Israel’s Withdrawal from the Syrian Golan

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : The UN General Assembly adopted yet another resolution demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupies Syrian Golan Heights in line with the resolution of June 4, 1967. However, UN General Assembly resolutions are non-binding and no more than a paper tiger without a unanimous decision by […]

03 Dec
6:33

(VIDEO) Shady Submarine Deal Ties Netanyahu to Another Corrupt Scandal, Threatens Israeli-Germany Ties

The German arms company, ThyssenKrupp, pushed enormously expensive weapons on Greece while Germany was imposing austerity on the nation, says political economist Shir Hever. (Photo: PNN archive image.) Transcript: SHARMINI PERIES: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. A German multinational arms conglomerate, […]

02 Dec
6:13

Attack on Free Speech in U.S. Senate

via Jewish Voice for Peace Update, 4:18 PM, December 1, 2016. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent. Palestine Legal calls on all lawmakers in the House to vigorously oppose this attack on cherished First Amendment freedoms to criticize the government. December 1, 2016 – The US Senate will […]

27 Nov
6:29

As firefighters try to control wildfires, Israeli troops abduct 23 Palestinians for ‘arson’

Despite a total lack of evidence of any human cause of the wildfires that have burned in Israel for nearly a week, Israeli troops have detained 23 Palestinians. This follows a statement Thursday by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who claimed “only someone who this land does not belong to […]

22 Nov
3:36

Historic Names of Palestinian Landmarks in Jerusalem to be Changed by Israeli Authorities

The Israeli government reportedly intends to change the historic names of Jerusalem landmarks into Israeli ones, Hebrew channel 7 reported. According to the site, the  government will change the name of Damascus Gate, one of the most ancient gates of Jerusalem, to “Heroes Square”, in honor of Israeli settlers and soldiers. […]

20 Nov
8:46

With Trump in Power, Israel to Resume Construction of Thousands of “Frozen” Settlement Units

The Israeli Planning and Construction Committee, on Sunday, announced that Israel intends to build thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, now that Donald Trump has been elected to the United States presidential office, saying that the settlement project was “frozen for years, for fear of angering Obama.” […]

18 Nov
5:31

Knesset Advances Bill to Legalize Vigilante Confiscation of Palestinian Land

A bill to retroactively legalize Israeli settlements advances in the Knesset. Israeli defense minister begs: wait for Donald Trump presidency. The so-called formalization bill, which would retroactively legalize illegal settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land, passed its first reading on Wednesday afternoon, Haaretz reports. In essence, the bill rewards […]

17 Nov
11:57

Barkat Threatens Destruction Of Hundreds Of Palestinian Homes If Illegal Outpost Is Removed

Israeli mayor of occupied Jerusalem Nir Barkat, threatened to demolish hundreds of Palestinian homes in the city, should Israel implement a high court ruling regarding the removal of Amona colonialist outpost, defined by Israel itself as illegally built on Palestinian land, in the occupied West Bank. Barkat claimed that the […]

16 Nov
7:33

Trump’s Win Has Emboldened Racists in Israeli Government

Senior Israeli government officials see Trump’s victory as a free rein to finally bury the two-state solution. They should think seriously, however, about what could come next. By Dr. Saeb Erekat- PNN/ Ramallah/ Last week’s election of Donald Trump has sent shock waves throughout the world. In the U.S., it […]

16 Nov
7:03

Israeli Security Company’s Stock Soars after Trump Election

Magal Security Systems built the walls around Gaza and the West Bank. Now, its sights are set on the U.S.-Mexico border.  ~ Alternative Information Center (AIC) Bloomberg reports that, since Donald Trump was elected as the next U.S. president, shares in Magal Security Systems Ltd., which trades under the name Yehud […]

14 Nov
5:58

Palestinian Leadership to Approach UN Security Council over New Israeli Laws

Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina warned of the danger of Israel’s latest procedures of establishing legislation outposts and preventing prayer call through mosque loudspeakers, which is said will drag the region into a disaster. Abu Rudeina , on Sunday evening, said that these measures are completely unacceptable, adding that […]

12 Nov
2:25

Israel Prepares to Build Thousands of Settlement Units Following Trump’s Victory

Israeli Public radio reported, Friday morning, that the Israeli occupation municipality of Jerusalem is to announce plans for building thousands of settlement units in different parts of the city, which had been frozen because of the international criticism of settlement activity, over the last three years. PNN reports that, according to […]

11 Nov
4:53

Settlements Aren’t an Obstacle to Peace says Top Trump Advisor

Jason Greenblatt, prospective advisor to Donald Trump on Israel, emboldens Israeli hopes of annexing the West Bank.  ~Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center (AIC) The U.S. election results, on Wednesday, were welcomed with excitement in Israel. Israeli minister of education Naftali Bennett (Habait Hayehudi) called the election of Donald Trump a […]

10 Nov
6:26

Israeli Politicians Enthusiastically Ally with the Temple Movement

A conference of Israelis seeking to change al-Aqsa’s status quo takes place in parliament. A Temple Mount Lobby is born. The tenth annual the Seekers of Zion conference was held in Israeli parliament on Monday, Haaretz reports. Israeli citizens and politicians gathered at the event to discuss and organize around […]

09 Nov
3:12

Knesset Authorizes Bill to Ban BDS Supporters from Israel

A bill preventing supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering Israel was authorized on Monday,  for its first reading in the Israeli parliament, according to Israeli media. Ma’an News Agency reports that, according to the Jerusalem Post, the interior committee of the  Israeli parliament (Knesset) approved […]

08 Nov
3:50

Tayseer Khaled: US Administrations Selling Illusions Regarding “Peace Settlement”

Tayseer Khaled, member of the executive committee of the PLO and head of the Palestinian Expatriate Affairs Department ( PEAD ), commented on the recent leaks concerning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying that USA administrations have to get used to selling illusions, regarding the so-called “peace settlement”. Clinton wrote, […]

07 Nov
12:08

Israeli Report: “In Collaboration With P.A. Security Forces, Israeli Army Foils Attacks Against Soldiers”

According to a report by Walla Israeli news agency, the Israeli army and security forces, in direct collaboration with the Palestinian security forces, have managed to foil an attack against Israeli soldiers in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Walla stated that the Palestinian security forces […]

06 Nov
5:59

VIDEO: Life On Hold – The Policy of Administrative Detention

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization is pleased to announce the launch of a new film that tackles the issue of administrative detention as a policy used by the Israeli government to hold Palestinians indefinitely on secret information without charge or trial. The film specifically focuses on the psychological effects […]

06 Nov
5:23

Israeli Activist: No Difference Between Democrats and Republicans on Israel

via the Real News Network Miko Peled, whose father was a general in the Israeli army, tells Paul Jay that Bernie Sanders opened the door for mainstream politicians to criticize U.S. policy towards Israel. Miko Peled is an Israeli-American activist and author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli […]

06 Nov
5:03

Muslim Call to Morning Prayer Banned from 3 Mosques in Jerusalem District

(PNN archive image) Israeli authorities reportedly banned the Muslim call to dawn prayer, from being projected over loudspeakers, in three different mosques in the Jerusalem district town of Abu Dis, on Friday, according to local sources. Lawyer Bassam Bahr, head of a local committee in Abu Dis, said that Israeli forces […]

04 Nov
5:20

Jerusalem Mayor Wants to Ban Muslim Call to Prayer

Hebrew Radio, on Thursday, announced that the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Brakhat, has issued a resolution to Israeli officials and police, calling for halting the Azan (Muslim call to prayer) in Jerusalem, because it is “noisy.” According to the PNN, Brakhat sent a letter to the head of the Israeli […]

03 Nov
7:00

Looting Palestinian Cultural Heritage

Israel illegally transfers rare archaeological artifacts from East Jerusalem into a new Israeli museum. Where is the international community? by Sergio Yahni The construction of Israel’s National Archaeology Campus (NAC), designed by architects Moshe Safdie and Irit Kohavi, has slowly but steadily progressed since 2012. NAC will sit next to […]

02 Nov
8:54

Netanyahu: “Peace With The Palestinians Is Not A Precondition For Peace With The Arab World”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, Thursday, that comprehensive peace with the Palestinians in not a precondition for peace with Arab countries, and that many Arab states consider Israel a partner in “the war on Islamic terrorism.” Netanyahu’s statements came during his meeting with the visiting Italian President Sergio Mattarella. […]

02 Nov
6:13

Jordan Valley: 9 Families Forced Out of Homes for Israeli Military Drills

Israeli forces have ordered nine Palestinian Bedouin families in the northern Jordan Valley to leave their homes, in order to make way for Israeli military training in the area, local sources said on Wednesday. Palestinians believe, according to WAFA, that the military exercises are part of a larger Israeli scheme […]

02 Nov
6:00

Further Demolitions in Al Araqib and Occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli bulldozers, on Wednesday morning, have reportedly demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 105th time. Local activist Salem Araqib said, according to Al Ray, that Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by police units, invaded the village in the morning, drove out the villagers from their homes and, then, demolished them. He added […]

02 Nov
2:17

Israeli Naval Forces Continue to Chase Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Sea; 6 Fishermen, including Child, Arrested and 2 Fishing Boats Confiscated

01 November 2016: The Palestinian Centre For Human Right (PCHR) On Tuesday, 01 November 2016, Israeli gunboats chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.  They then arrested 6 fishermen, including a child, and confiscated two fishing boats and nets on board. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) noticed […]

27 Oct
4:39

181 Settlement Units to be Built in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation authorities are planning to build 181 new housing units in Jerusalem, next week, according to the Bilateral Committee for Planning and Municipal Building in the “Gilo” neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem. According to the report published by Israeli Channel 2, last night, the approval was delayed in order not […]

26 Oct
8:39

Israel To Temporarily Expand Gaza’s Fishing Zone To Nine Nautical Miles

The Israeli Authorities have decided, Tuesday, to expand the fishing zone allotted for Palestinian fishers in the besieged Gaza Strip to nine nautical miles instead of six, during the fishing season. The expansion still falls short of the twenty nautical miles set in the Oslo agreement. The Coordinator of Israeli […]

24 Oct
6:42

Lieberman: Israel Will Lift Seige on Gaza Strip if Hamas Demilitarizes

In a controversial move, the leading Palestinian newspaper, Al-Quds, has conducted a long interview with Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman,  raising sharp criticism within the Palestinian community who called the interview an act of “normalizing occupation”. In the interview, Lieberman said, according to the PNN, that Israel is ready […]

23 Oct
10:15

General Closure on West Bank Enforced ahead of Jewish Holiday

The Israeli army, on Saturday evening, slapped a total closure on the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which is to last until Monday night, ahead of the Jewish holiday of “Sukkot”. Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers will not be able to enter  or exit the occupied territories […]

20 Oct
5:49

MADA Report: Social Media a “New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists”

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has released a special report regarding the prosecution of Palestinian journalists, in relation to what they post on social media sites. The report, entitled “Social Media 
 A New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists” — which, according to the PNN, […]

17 Oct
6:45

Israelis Exert Pressure to Cancel UNESCO Vote

Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, says that communications have been underway to reach a consensus over a recent resolution denying Jewish ties to al-Aqsa Mosque, in annexed East Jerusalem. Worbs said, according to the PNN, that more time and dialogue between the members of the board are needed […]

16 Oct
6:11

Israeli PM Blasts Human Rights Organizations for Speaking Out against Military Occupation

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted two Israeli rights groups for speaking against illegal Israeli settlements and occupation at a UN Security Council meeting. B’Tselem and Americans for Peace Now, affiliated to the Israeli Peace Now movement, on Friday, joined an informal UN Security Council session on Tel Aviv’s continued […]

16 Oct
5:19

Israel Places West Bank And Gaza Under Strict Siege During Sukkot

The Israeli authorities have placed the West Bank and the Gaza Strip under a very strict siege, while Israeli celebrates the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). The decision was made by both the political and military branches of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The closure remains in effects from Saturday […]

11 Oct
7:23

Israel Tightens Closure on Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem for Yom Kippur

Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a full security cordon, beginning last night, on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for the Jewish holiday of “Forgiveness”. According to Israeli public radio, all Gaza crossings will be closed from today until Thursday night, except for emergency cases. For his part, the […]

08 Oct
6:40

Israeli Soldiers, Police, Demolishes Al-Araqeeb Bedouin Village

For the 104th time in just a few years, Israeli soldiers and police officers demolished, Friday, the al-Araqeeb Bedouin village, in the Negev. Several Israeli army and police vehicles surrounded the Bedouin community, before invading it, and demolished it. Resident Aziz SIyah Touri, who was repeatedly kidnapped and imprisoned by […]

07 Oct
6:58

No Matter Who Wins the US Presidential Election, Palestine Has Already Lost

October, 2016 | International Solidarity Movement (ISM) | al-Khalil Team One week ago, the United States and much of the world turned on their televisions to tune into the 2016 Presidential debate. (photo credit: Brian Snyder – Reuters) Advertised as the most anticipated debate in a generation, millions watched as Democrat […]