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White House Warns Israel to Limit Settlements in Palestinian Territory

The expansion of settlements “may not be helpful in achieving” peace, the Trump administration unexpectedly said in a statement Wednesday.

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Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move Is an Invitation to Terrorism

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank is a severe security problem for the United States. Now the president-elect is planning to ratchet up tensions even further. (Pictured, Trump and his choice for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.)

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



In 2013, Trump’s Defense Nominee Compared Israeli Occupation With Apartheid

Gen. James Mattis, who has been tapped for secretary of defense, also said he was against getting involved in Syria and warned that military action can’t resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

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President Obama: ‘Patron’ of the Israeli Occupation

Despite the ups and downs in his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facts and figures from Obama’s presidency tell a story of unprecedented support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: Palestinians Celebrate Eid al-Adha in Israel

Smiling, chatting, diversely clad. It’s a depiction of relations between Muslims and Jews that Americans are rarely shown.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. to Give Israel $38 Billion Over 10 Years

The U.S. will provide Israel with a “windfall of hardware and technology,” the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to the Jewish state.

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Is Tel Aviv Mayor Right That Israel Is Unique in Occupation and Denying Civil Rights?

Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv, reacted with enormous sadness to last week’s terrorist attack on the Sarona Market area of his city, committed by a teenager from the occupied Palestinian West Bank, killing four. But he then went on to put the attack in context.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Israel-First McCarthyism: Andrew Cuomo’s Vow to Spy On and Punish BDS Activists (Video)

After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing the state to monitor activists in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, critics called the order McCarthyism.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Sandy Tolan Confront the Grimness of Life in the West Bank

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks to the author of the book “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” about music’s role in the life of children in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Posted on May 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Fight Israel in Self-Defense? You’re a ‘Terrorist.’ Boycott? You’re ‘Anti-Semitic.’

How are Palestinians and their allies supposed to resist oppression when critics deem every recourse available to them illegitimate? Glenn Greenwald poses the question at The Intercept.

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Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow

The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

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Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

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Exasperated by Netanyahu, France Prepares to Recognize Palestinian State

Even the staunchly pro-Israel French Socialist Party has had it with Israeli expansionism and aggression.

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Why Israel’s Netanyahu Has No Standing to Accuse U.N. Chief of Inciting Terrorism (Video)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out this week in an address to the U.N. Security Council against Israel’s policy of stealing Palestinian land in the West Bank and building ever more squatter homes in occupied Palestine.

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How Airbnb and RE/MAX Profit From Israel’s Colonization of Palestine

The two American companies are making money from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. And that’s not all.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



Too Bad, So Sad: Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Is Hurting His Company

Apparently, being a loudmouth racist politician doesn’t put you in the best place with your customers when you own a business; the rise of a “Jewish Islamic State” in the West Bank is quite alarming; and at this point, we should be able to eradicate AIDS, so why haven’t we? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Israeli Court Sentences Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar to 15 Months in Prison

Israel’s army announced Tuesday that an Israeli military court had sentenced Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian Parliament member who has frequently spoken out against Israel, to 15 months in prison.

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Netanyahu, Seeking $5 Billion a Year From U.S., Hires Man Who Called Obama a Muslim Hate Sympathizer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed West Bank squatter Ran Baratz to be his director of communications on the eve of his procession Monday to Washington to demand a vast increase in annual U.S. aid to Israel.

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Shimon Peres Doubts Israel Can Win Permanent War or Survive Annexation of the West Bank

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 92, gave an interview with The Associated Press on Monday in which he spoke bluntly about the mistakes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but did not name him.

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The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

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Israel Bars Cabinet Ministers From Holy Site Amid Spate of Attacks

A series of attacks by Arabs on Israelis in recent days has raised fears of a new uprising as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers along the West Bank.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

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Israel Plans to Demolish Up to 13,000 Palestinian Structures in West Bank, U.N. Says

A record number of demolition orders has been issued against Arab buildings in Area C, mostly on privately owned Palestinian land that is under full Israeli control, leaving residents and homes “in a state of chronic uncertainty and threat,” according to the U.N.

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President of Israel Says Israeli Squatting in the Palestinian West Bank Is a ‘Right’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, a former chairman of the far-right Likud Party that is now in power, is known to favor a paternalist form of the one-state solution. On Monday, he declared Israeli squatting on the Palestinian West Bank a “right” and an essential Zionist principle.

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A Brutally Frank Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

The former president, foreseeing the darkness to come, says there’s “zero chance” of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

To bring justice to Palestine, there are no mechanisms left except BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



Israel Brands Rock-Throwing as Terrorism; Charge Could Carry Up to 20 Years in Prison

Palestinian activists and officials have condemned the law as repressive and racist.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



U.N. Report: Palestinian Death Toll in 2014 Highest Since 1967

An annual U.N. report states that last year, more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 injured at the hands of Israel.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Is There a Civil War Brewing in Jerusalem and the West Bank?

The killings at the Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday and the spate of Israeli killings of Palestinians in the West Bank are all small harbingers of a coming civil war.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



Israeli Firm Sodastream Leaves Palestinian West Bank Under Boycott Pressure (Video)

The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



Teenage Palestinian Killed by Israeli Troops

Israeli forces shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in a village near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



Palestine Goes to U.N. Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016

Palestine will argue that Israel has systematically and over decades violated all the international laws regulating military occupations, and that it is quickly marching toward being an apartheid state.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



Israel to Take Over Land in West Bank in Its Biggest Seizure in 30 Years

Days after a cease-fire in Gaza was agreed to by Hamas and Israel, the latter announced it was taking over 1.5 square miles of West Bank territory south of Bethlehem as “a response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teenagers in the area” this summer.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaida Captures Golan Checkpoint, U.N. Peacekeepers

Israel now has a border with al-Qaida!

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Poet Naomi Shihab Nye Discusses What It Was Like Growing Up in Palestine and Ferguson

Naomi Shihab Nye, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and an award-winning writer, was raised in two of the most frequently discussed conflict zones in the news today. In a recent piece for The Washington Post, Nye talks about the lessons she learned while living in lands that are still divided by racial tensions.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Peter Beinart

The historical corrections cited in a major column by the American critic of Israel are key to understanding the latest turmoil engulfing Gaza, the West Bank and the Jewish state.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s ‘Articulate, Sophisticated, Passionate Defense’ of Netanyahu’s Deplorable Acts

Israel’s best spokesperson is none other than our very own former secretary of state, according to Haaretz columnist and professor Peter Beinart, who argues that Hillary Clinton’s empathy for Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisions is exactly why she “gets so much wrong” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year

The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians.

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Israel’s Waning Stock of Sympathy

Operation Protective Edge has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,400 Palestinians in recent weeks, compared with 56 Israeli soldiers and four civilians. It’s long past time for Israel to consider a two-state solution, stop the creeping encroachment of the occupation, and end a blockade that “ensures that ever more Palestinians grow up angry,” The Economist writes.

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A Pollster Strategy Sheet Is Helping Israelis Hide Facts, Writer Argues

Israeli spokesmen are working from a secret PR playbook to “influence the media and public opinion” on their bloody military campaign on the Gaza Strip, Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn contends at The Independent.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Rage in Gaza, Ukraine, Obamacare and Paul Ryan

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss growing violence in the West Bank as casualties in Gaza continue to rise. What is Israel’s right to self-defense while it “keeps people without basic human rights?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Netanyahu’s Assignment of Blame for Teen Deaths Cast Into Doubt

A BBC reporter claims an Israeli police official told him the men responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens last month were not acting under instruction from Hamas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the U.N. School/ Refugee Center (Video)

Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



Night of Destiny in Palestine: A Third Uprising? (Video)

A new element entered the current Gaza war on Thursday, as Israel shelled a U.N. school full of displaced persons taking refuge there and large protests broke out in the Palestinian West Bank.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE


Gaza: Doctors Plead End to Attack, Netanyahu’s Impunity Denounced

After a week of relentless bombing by Israel’s Netanyahu government, foreign and local doctors on the scene in Gaza and a Palestinian attorney plead with the international community to make the assault on civilians there stop, “Democracy Now!” reports.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Indiscriminate Compassion of Haneen Zoabi

In a government driven mad and violent by self-interest and fear, the Israeli legislator is battling enemies many of her peers appear not to see.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



Mahmoud Abbas Names Prime Minister as Unity Government Talks Stall Over Foreign Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose a prime minister to head a unity government Thursday but announcement of the lineup was held up over the foreign affairs portfolio, officials said.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Israelis, Palestinians Meet About Peace Talks Stalemate

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held U.S.-mediated talks Thursday to try to revive their crisis-hit peace process, a Palestinian official said, as a report of a possible breakthrough was played down.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama to Netanyahu: Israel Faces International Sanctions Over ‘Permanent Occupation of West Bank’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, D.C., this week was even more of a disaster for him than might have been expected.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



The Folly of Arming Israel

Consider that the top recipient of U.S. foreign aid over the past three decades isn’t some impoverished land filled with starving kids, but a wealthy nation with a per-head gross domestic product on par with the European Union average, and higher than that of Italy, Spain, or South Korea.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE


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