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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.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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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Now Peace Talks, John Kerry, Are ‘Anti-Semitic’ in Eyes of Israeli Far Right

The Likud-led Israeli government doesn’t like U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at all.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Government Really Needs to Regulate Wall Street

Five years after destroying the world economy, big banks are back and bigger than ever; a new laptop charger promises to be smaller than the plug; meanwhile, Israeli police are ignoring Palestinian villagers’ complaints about violence in the West Bank. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Sebastian Scheiner

Israeli Home Construction Could ‘Destroy the Peace Process’

Israel has approved the construction of 1,600 new homes in existing settlements on territory that was seized from the Palestinians, Reuters reports.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



Imploding the Myth of Israel

Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” is one of the most fearless, honest and important books ever written about the Jewish state.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Israel to Drill for Oil in the West Bank

A new oil reservoir holding as many as 3.5 billion barrels was discovered directly beneath the 1948 armistice line that formally divides Israel from the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel has moved the border to get access to the well. Will Palestinians get a cut?

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE



Snooping Around Your Skull

Scientists are working on tiny intelligent dust particles that can be inserted to monitor brain functions; the EU is cracking down on Israel by excluding its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem from future agreements; meanwhile, reporters at several news journals are getting “camera ready” in order to compete with broadcasters for video views. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

Prominent Israeli Journalist Accused of Incitement

Amira Hass, the groundbreaking reporter who has lived in the Palestinian territories for most of the last two decades, defended the rights of Palestinians to throw stones at occupying Israeli forces.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire on Palestinian Protesters

Two teenagers were hospitalized Monday after Israeli soldiers tried to end a Palestinian demonstration near Bethlehem by firing on the crowd, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Protesters Dispute SodaStream Company’s Claims

SodaStream has marketed itself as being beneficial to the Palestinian economy, but demonstrators take issue with that assertion.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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What Exactly Would Israel Like to Do With Its Palestinian Population?

If Israel has its (present) way, there will be no Palestinian state.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



World Economic Forum

Arafat Exhumed: Was the Palestinian Leader Poisoned?

Swiss, French and Russian scientists will conduct tests on samples taken from the body of Yasser Arafat, the first Palestinian Authority president whose official cause of death eight years ago is listed as stroke, but whose personal items were found to contain traces of polonium-210.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Washing One’s Hands Is Not So Easy

“Embracing ‘screw-both-sides’ nihilism and doing nothing else [about the Israel-Gaza conflict] is so tempting because it appears to provide relief from the burden of paying any further attention to the horrific violence or bearing responsibility for any of it,” but it means ignoring the U.S. government’s total support for Israeli aggression, Glenn Greenwald writes.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Population Booms in West Bank

Israeli spending on West Bank settlements has increased 38 percent under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the population of Jewish residents there has doubled in a dozen years.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco was 30 years old when he tossed his ambitions to be a hard-news writer aside and wandered into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to write a comic book with a social purpose.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Israeli Settlers Open Fire on Palestinians (Video)

Footage released by an Israeli human rights group shows Israeli police and soldiers standing by while settlers fire on a group of Palestinians in the northern region of the West Bank. It is unclear which side provoked the incident. One Palestinian was wounded in the confrontation.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Abbas to Seek Palestinian Statehood at the U.N. Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council next week, a move that intensifies already considerable tensions in one of the Middle East’s most intractable conflicts. (more)

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE


West Banksy in New York

A contemporary art gallery in New York opened an unauthorized show of works by England-based renegade graffiti artist Banksy on Aug. 25 that has incensed art critics, Banksy fans and residents of the West Bank in the Middle East. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Sarkozy Urges ‘One Voice’ for EU on Issue of Palestinian Statehood

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday in a speech to French ambassadors that he wanted all 27 countries of the European Union to speak with “one voice” in September on the issue of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations General Assembly. (more)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel Bans the Boycott

Israeli legislators passed a law Monday prohibiting any and all domestic boycotts against the country and its West Bank settlements as part of an attempt to oppose what they see as a global attack on the state’s legitimacy. (more)

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / JerandSar Gimbel (CC-BY)

Israel Braces for Pro-Palestinian ‘Flytilla’

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists are expected to arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport Friday in a “flytilla” that the organizing campaign “Welcome to Palestine” says is simply an invitation to supporters to visit friends in the West Bank and Gaza. An ever-jittery Israeli government, however, isn’t taking any chances. (more)

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Bachar

Ex-Israeli Soldier Admits Leaking Secrets

In a plea deal with Israeli authorities, former soldier Anat Kamm has admitted to leaking more than 2,000 classified military documents to the Haaretz newspaper, including information on an Israeli operation aimed at killing West Bank Palestinian militants.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

The Palestine Papers

Thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records spanning a decade of peace negotiations have been obtained by The Guardian. The documents show a surprising history of concessions by Palestinian negotiators in trying to resolve the long-simmering conflict.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Depriving Palestinians in the West Bank

Even while it builds settlements on Palestinian territory, Israel is actively preventing Palestinian development in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem by denying basic infrastructure such as electricity and running water to Palestinian communities, according to a report from the group Human Rights Watch.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE


Helen Thomas: ‘It Was a Sneak, Stealth Attack’

In this sit-down discussion with the Real News Network, Helen Thomas, deposed doyenne of the White House press corps, discusses her moment of infamy last spring that led to her resignation, claiming she didn’t ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Offers F-35s for Extension of Settlement Freeze

Although the U.S. never has been a neutral arbiter in the Middle East, it’s still surprising that Washington has now reportedly promised Israel a long-term security agreement—including 20 F-35 fighter jets and a pledge to veto any damaging U.N. resolution—in exchange for a 90-day extension of the Israeli freeze on constructing settlements in the West Bank. Updated

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Israel Offers Settlement Freeze ... With Strings Attached

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a public offer that Israel will again put a hold on building settlements in the West Bank if Palestinians officially recognize Israel as a Jewish state, according to the BBC.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Netanyahu Urges Settler Restraint

With a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank about to expire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging Israeli settlers to show restraint. President Barack Obama has prodded Israel to extend the moratorium, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says Israel must choose between peace and the continuation of Jewish settlements.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Hamas Claims Responsibility for West Bank Shooting Deaths

The timing was conspicuous and apparently intentional regarding Tuesday’s news of the fatal shooting of four Israeli settlers in the West Bank by Hamas gunmen a day before Israeli-Palestinian talks were set to start in Washington.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Theatrical Resistance

It may be obvious to some, but Palestinians aren’t the only people upset about Israel’s settlement activity. More than 60 Israeli theater professionals have joined a boycott against a new West Bank cultural center in Ariel, an Israeli settlement 12.5 miles within Palestinian territory.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


Pollution and Occupation

We all know the violent side of occupation, but what about the environmental? It may sound ridiculous, but Israeli settlements are dumping untreated waste into a canal that runs into the West Bank while the Israeli government is banning attempts by Palestinians to divert or treat that waste.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Obama, Netanyahu Make Conciliatory Noises in White House

President Barack Obama spent time Tuesday talking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, where the two leaders made a show of unity for the cameras ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


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World Economic Forum

Israel to Loosen Up on Gaza Blockade

Responding to mounting international pressure in the wake of its bloody raid on an aid flotilla in May, Israel announced it will ease its three-year-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, forbidding only weapons and related material.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


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