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Erasing history: Israeli state archives kept secret

Files in the Israel State Archives|Ofer Aderet

Ninety-five per cent of the Israeli state archives are concealed from public access. The suppression of history is a precondition for the all-round falsification of history of the enforced dispossession of the Palestinian people – “to make possible the Zionist lies about ‘a land without a people for a people without a land’ and to weaken Palestinian resistance as much as possible.” The state’s own chief archivist has condemned the widespread censorship of historical documents containing information that the public has a right to know about | Four articles 

Haaretz Editorial (January 18) – It was hard to believe that the manifesto posted this week on the website of the Israel State Archives was written by a state official subordinate to the Prime Minister’s Office. The text, by the outgoing chief archivist, Dr. Yaakov Lazovik, gives expression to all those values that the state has been trying to destroy in recent years – democracy, liberalism, humaneness and transparency. Continue reading

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This Day. Faris Awdah martyred

Seventeen years ago the Palestinian hero, Faris Awdah (Fares Udah), 13, was martyred while facing Israeli occupation tanks during an attack on the outskirts of Gaza City on 29 October 2000. The youth survived the encounter with the tank only to be assassinated by an Israeli sniper a week later on November 8th under the pretext the youth was a “terrorist”. Faris was memorialized on the front cover of the acclaimed Dossier on Palestine (Shunpiking Magazine, Halifax, 2002).

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100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration: Palestine – Ethnic cleansing and dispossession (Excerpt)

By Dr. ISMAIL ZAYID*

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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It was the second of November 1917 when Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, issued his infamous declaration in the form of a letter written to Lord Rothschild. It read:

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people…, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”

It is interesting to note that the four-letter word “Arab” occurs not once in this document. To refer to the Arabs who constituted, at the time, 92 per cent of the population of Palestine and owned 98 per cent of its land, as the non-Jewish communities is not merely preposterous but deliberately fraudulent. I do not need to tell you that this letter has no shred of legality, as Palestine did not belong to Balfour to assume such acts of generosity. Dr. Arnold Toynbee described the British role, in issuing this document, accurately:

“We were taking it upon ourselves to give away something that was not ours to give. We were promising rights of some kind in the Palestinian Arabs’ country to a third party.”

Similarly, the well-known Jewish writer, Arthur Koestler, summed it up aptly when he described the Balfour Declaration as a document in which “one nation promised a second the country of a third.” Continue reading

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The United States was responsible for the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in Beirut

Washington had explicitly guaranteed their safety – and recently declassified documents reveal that US diplomats were told by the Israelis what they and their allies might be up to | RASHID KHALIDI*

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The Hebrew neo-Nazis and Trump

Why Israelis are remaining silent about U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about ‘many fine people’ taking part in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville | Gideon Levy in Haaretz.

(Aug. 20) – Israel has no moral right to judge U.S. President Donald Trump over his forgiving remarks about the neo-Nazis in his country.First, Israel wasn’t really shocked by what he said. After all, it is willing to accept anything from anyone who supports the Israeli occupation. That’s axiomatic at this point. Whether it’s a Hungarian fascist or an American neo-Nazi, as long as they support the occupation – even if they secretly hate Jews – they are considered friends of Israel and moral people. Continue reading

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On the Causes of the 1967 Israeli-Arab War

Interview with Dr. Ismail Zayid, President, Canada Palestine Association, June 2007 by Tony Seed for Shunpiking Online

HALIFAX (5 June 2007) – THE 1967 war commenced forty years ago on June 5, 1967 by Israel against the Arab States carried in its wake an aftermath which became of great concern both to the Middle East and to the world at large: the military occupation by Israel of the West Bank of Jordan, the Sinai Desert and the southern heights of Syria; the expulsion or flight of over 250,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes or refugee camps and the destruction of many more of their villages; the subjection to Israeli domination and oppression of nearly 3.5 million Palestine Arabs in the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip; the occupation of the Christian and the Islamic Holy Places and the attempted annexation of Jerusalem; the shattering of the economy of Egypt, Jordan and the occupied territories and finally the interruption of navigation through the Suez Canal.  Continue reading

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The genocide of the Palestinian people: An international law and human rights perspective

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Center for Constitutional Rights, August 25, 2016

While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide. Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favouring the elimination of Palestinians. Continue reading

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The most infamous act

The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was then, and continues to be the most infamous act of the British empire. Writing on the occasion of the anniversary, Stuart Littlewood points out that this declaration “began the still-ongoing colonisation of Palestine and sowed the seeds of an endless nightmare for the Palestinian people, both those who were forced to flee at gunpoint and those who have managed to remain in the shredded remains of their homeland under Israel’s brutal military occupation.”[1]

Stuart Littlewood substantiates the events which set the stage for a century of ethnic cleansing and denial of Palestinian rights. TML Weekly provided an extract of his account of how this tragedy “was allowed to overtake the Palestinians.” Continue reading

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Palestinian Authority presents claims against Israel to International Criminal Court

Graffiti in Ramalla, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

Graffiti in Ramalla, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

Settlement enterprise, expropriation of land and settler aggression discussed in Amman meetings with the International Criminal Court. JACK KHOURY | Haaretz.

(March 20) – Senior officials from the Palestinian Authority met with representatives of the International Criminal Court in Amman on Saturday, and presented them with Palestinian claims against Israel concerning cases they have already filed with the court.

The Palestinian delegation consists of lawyers and activists from the committee responsible for the ICC cases on behalf of the PLO and human rights organizations within the PA.
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Israeli settlement expansion and settler terror

Land Day 2016 marked in Burka village, Palestine | Xinhua (Click to enlarge)

Land Day 2016 marked in Burka village, Palestine | Xinhua (Click to enlarge)

The following is a letter sent by Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the President of the United Nations General Assembly on March 22, 2016 Continue reading

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How impunity defines Israel and victimizes Palestinians

Israeli security forces confront Land Day protest near Nablus, March 30, 2016. (Click to enlarge)

Israeli security forces confront Land Day protest near Nablus, March 30, 2016. (Click to enlarge)

by RAMZY BAROD*

Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif was killed. In the style typical of Israeli aggression against unarmed Palestinians, he was first wounded after allegedly attempting to stab an Israel occupation soldier in the occupied city of Hebron. Continue reading

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Israel: Hebron assassination – ‘never have so many cheered such a vile murderer’

A mob supporting the detained Zionist murderer outside the court in Occupied Palestine where his hearing was taking place, March 29, 2016 | Ilan Assayag

A mob supporting the detained Zionist murderer outside the court in Occupied Palestine where his hearing was taking place, March 29, 2016 | Ilan Assayag

For your information: Articles from the Israeli press on the cold-blooded assassination of an incapacitated man in Occupied Palestine

Abed al-Fatah al Sharif was lying clearly unconscious on the ground, one of two men who had allegedly attacked an Israeli soldier, wounding him slightly on March 24. Despite having already been shot to the ground, where he lay wounded for several minutes, after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier. He was then shot in the head at point-blank range by another IDF soldier.

“The soldier was not acting in self-defence,” reported Al-Monitor. “He did not fear for his life or for those of other soldiers, and from initial examination of the incident, it turns out that he wasn’t even part of the force operating in the area when the man attacked. Rather, he arrived after the incident was over. He apparently acted the way he did because that was the way the wind was blowing.” Amos Harel of the Israeli paper Haaretz described the killing as nothing less than a “cold-blooded execution.” 

The assassination is hardly exceptional, nor is the Israeli culture of impunity: killing Palestinians is a way of life in the Zionist utopia, which is given carte blanche by the United States, Canada and the European Union and its media. The heroization of the executioner seems to be. Even by the barbaric standards of Zionist forces in Occupied Palestine, the cold-blooded execution of a wounded Palestinian has sent shockwaves around the world, with one senior UN official branding it an “extrajudicial execution” and a “gruesome, immoral, and unjust act,” but not among soldiers on the scene or the wider Israeli public.

On Thursday, March 30, a military judge, Lt. Col. Ronen Shor, ordered that the soldier be released from jail and instead kept under open arrest at his base.

Since last October, more than 200 Palestinians have now been shot dead by Israeli forces, some in clashes, the majority after they had been accused of attacking or attempting to attack Israelis, with nearly 30 Israelis killed in the same period. – TS

  • Never have so many cheered such a vile murderer
  • IDF grovels – downgrades charges against soldier-executioner who shot subdued Palestinian to manslaughter
  • Video shows soldier shaking hands with far-right activist after shooting subdued Palestinian attacker
  • Soldier said Palestinian assailant ‘needs to die’ before shooting, army probe finds
  • Hebron murder was no exception, but the inevitable result
  • The shooting in Hebron was a cold-blooded execution
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Canadian photographer shot by Israeli sniper in West Bank: six questions for the Trudeau Liberals

2014.Rehab Nazzal speaking in Ottawa in 2014Canadian photographer Rehab Nazzal, shown here speaking in Ottawa in 2014, was shot last week in Bethlehem by an Israeli sniper. Six questions of the Trudeau Liberal’s new Global Affairs Minister, Stephane Dion, from a letter by Peter Larson. Continue reading

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Graphic details. Mapping Zionist murders in Palestine

Tracking the human toll of the wave of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. Basma Atassi in Al Jazeera

(November 24) – Since the beginning of October, 94 Palestinians have been killed in shootings and clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, while 16 Israelis have been killed in knife and gun attacks. Continue reading

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On Human Rights Day: Israeli occupation continues to carry out mass arrests of Palestinians and subject them to abuse

2014.07.18.CalgaryEndAttacksOnPalestine-50Occupied Ramallah (10 December) –This year, Palestinians mark International Human Rights Day mourning over 118 Palestinians including 25 children who were killed by IOF in the past two months. Palestinians mark this day following two months of nonstop violence and widespread human rights violations by Israeli Occupation Forces against the Palestinian civilian population in response to a popular uprising in the occupied territory. Today, over 6,500 Palestinians remain imprisoned by Israeli occupation including at least 450 children, 587 Palestinians held under arbitrary administrative detention without charge or trial and five members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Continue reading

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Israeli Zionist police attack Jewish Ethiopians

“We in Israel need immigrants from countries with a high standard, because the future of our social structure is worrying us. We have immigrants from Morocco, Libya, Iran, Egypt and other countries with a 16th century level. Shall we be able to elevate these immigrants to a suitable level of civilization?” – Prime Minister Golda Meir addressing the Zionist Federation of Great Britain in 1964.

Ethiopian Jews clash with Israeli police officers in a protest in Tel Aviv, May 4, 2015 | Tomer Appelbaum

Jewish Ethiopians clash with Israeli police officers in a protest in Tel Aviv, May 4, 2015 | Tomer Appelbaum

Dozens injured in Tel Aviv during anti-racism protests Continue reading

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Israel’s little known concentration and labour camps 1948-1955

Civilians captured during the fall of Lydda and Ramle around the time of July 12, 1948 and taken to labour camps. In the July heat they were thirsty and were given a drop of water carried by a child under soldiers’ guard. | Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society

By YAZAN AL-SAADI*

Much of the grim and murky circumstances of the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the late 1940s have gradually been exposed over time. One aspect – rarely researched or deeply discussed – is the internment of thousands of Palestinian civilians within at least 22 Zionist-run concentration and labour camps that existed from 1948 to 1955. Now more is known about the contours of this historical crime, due to the comprehensive research by renowned Palestinian historian Salman Abu Sitta and founding member of the Palestinian resource center BADIL Terry Rempel.

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This day. Remembering Sabra and Shatila (1982)

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Thirty-two years ago on 16 September 1982, the Lebanese Christian Phalange Party militia entered the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut during the 1982 nvasion f Lebanon by Israel. Israeli forces commanded by Gen. Ariel Sharon occupied the surrounding city and facilitated the militia’s entry into the camp, accompanied by an Israeli death squad. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon eariler that year had been given the “green light” by the Reagan administration. Over the following three days (15-18 September), as many as 3,000 civilians were massacred as Israeli-manned checkpoints turned back fleeing Palestinians and Israeli troops fired flares to illuminate the camp at night. This conscience-searing event marks a defining moment in the Palestinians’ struggle to be rid of the decades-long illegal military occupation of their lands and lives by the so-called State of Israel. It continues to be commemorated wherever Palestinians and their friends gather.

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Infographic. Ceasefire violations

Ceasefire violations in Gaza

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Brave Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

Criminal states should be blocked and isolated, as Zionist Israel maneouvres to insinuate itself into the AmericasIsrael and Latin Ameria

(July 30) – Bolivia has declared Israel a “terrorist state” and revoked a visa exemption agreement with Tel Aviv in protest at the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The move “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” President Evo Morales said during talks with a group of educators in the Andean city of Cochabamba on Wednesday.

Morales added that the Israeli aggression shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.” Continue reading

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Occupation is a crime – Resistance Is a right!

By MARGARET VILLAMIZAR*

2014.07.11.Baird stop.CalgaryPalestineRally-53International law and principles that came out of the experience of the second World War establish that occupation is a crime and resistance to occupation is a right. The Palestinian people are affirming their rights by defending themselves from Israel’s occupation and attacks. They are affirming everyone’s right to be. By resisting the occupation they say No! to war crimes, to occupation and violations of human rights. By standing with them we affirm our own rights and the rights of all.

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Crime against humanity: Israel destroys Gaza hospital

Along with prima facie evidence of war crimes and atrocities having been committed by the Israeli army in Gaza over the past ten days, whereby unarmed civilians including whole families with children have been executed with impunity by Israeli forces under authority of prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, U.S. and Canada-backed Israel is destroying hospitals. 

Patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City. (Photo: Rina Andolini)

Patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City |Rina Andolini

Allison Deger*, Mondoweiss (July 18) – The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled  causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities. All of the patients have some degree of paralysis, require around the clock care and many are on oxygen support and feeding tubes. Continue reading

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Israeli military demand to evacuate rehabilitative hospital in Gaza unlawful

Dr. Basman al-'Ashi, Director of al-Wafa Hospital and two of the patients | Anne Pak, ActiveStills, 15 July 2014.

Dr. Basman al-‘Ashi, Director of al-Wafa Hospital and two of the patients | Anne Pak, ActiveStills, 15 July 2014.

B’Tselem issued the following press release on July 16, 2014. It rightly condemns an Israeli military order to evacuate a rehabilitation hospital, but “The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories” does not even condemn the order to evacuate the neighbourhood in which the hospital is located:

B’Tselem has discovered that the Israeli military included the al-Wafaa rehabilitative hospital in a-Shuja’iyeh neighbourhood in the demand it issued to residents of the a-Shuja’iyeh and a-Zeitun neighbourhoods to evacuate their homes by today, July 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM.  Hospital Director Basman al-‘Ashi told B’Tselem over the phone that the hospital received a recorded message last night at around 11:10 PM, saying that a-Shuja’iyeh residents must leave the area and move north to the city center. Shortly thereafter, at around 11:30 PM, the hospital received another phone call from a person saying he was from the military who repeated the demand to evacuate the hospital specifically. Continue reading

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Kitchener-Waterloo demonstration in solidarity with Gaza

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On July 11th over 200 people gathered at Waterloo Town Square at the end of the work day to take a stand against the genocide being carried out against the people of Gaza. The demonstration organized by Students For Palestinian Rights (SFPR) was part of the international outcry manifesting itself through demonstrations around the world denouncing the ongoing criminal Israeli assault on the Palestinian people and the media collusion accompanying it. Continue reading

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Israeli missile kills eight watching World Cup semi-final at café

Gaza health ministry says most of at least 105 killed in ongoing Israeli assault are non-combatants, half are women and 22 children, with another 700 injured

Remains of the Fun Time Beach bar at Khan Younis beach, Gaza, where nine friends were watching the World Cup when they were struck by a fatal Israeli strike | Robert Tait, Telegraph

Remains of the Fun Time Beach bar at Khan Younis beach, Gaza, where nine friends were watching the World Cup when they were struck by a fatal Israeli strike | Robert Tait, Telegraph

Khan Younis (July 10) – They never lived to see the final score.

Inside the Fun Time Beach café on Gaza’s Mediterranean shore, nine friends and siblings gathered around a portable television powered by a generator to watch Argentina take on Holland in the semi finals of the World Cup. Continue reading

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Palestine: Hold occupying power to account

Palestinians living in Israel shout slogans at solidarity protest with administrative detainees and other Palestinian prisoners, Umm al-Faham, June 27, 2014. The action also denounced Israel’s military operation in the West Bank the week before. Police used harsh violence to suppress the demonstration, also preventing proper evacuation of injured protesters | Activestills

On June 21, amidst Israel’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper” allegedly searching for three missing Israeli settler youth, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council published an open letter to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The Council called for action against Israel’s crime of collective punishment and other human rights violations, in particular pertaining to its position as the occupying power in Palestine. We are posting below excerpts from that letter. Continue reading

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Israel: Disinformation used to launch state terror

Ruins of a building struck by Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, July 8, 2014.

TML Daily (July 9) – Since June 13, the Zionist government in Israel has been spreading disinformation about the case of three Israeli youth, 16-year-olds Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrac, whom the government initially reported as being kidnapped by forces linked to the Hamas government of Gaza. On this basis, the Zionists launched “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” on June 13 allegedly to recover the youth. This massive campaign of state terror has seen more than 2,200 house raids and more than 700 arrests, including many youth. According to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, as of July 4, 475 Palestinians are still detained while 170 have been placed under administrative detention.

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Widespread resistance demands a Free Palestine: End Israeli occupation and aggression!

Palestinian youth fight back against heavily armed Israeli Defense Forces in the Shufat neighbourhood of Jerusalem, July 3, 2014.

Widespread resistance is unfolding in Palestine in response to the U.S.-backed mass arrests, indefinite detention and bombing raids by Zionist Israel. Using the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12 as justification to unleash retribution against the Hamas government of Gaza, who they call a terrorist organization, the Zionists have once again unleashed a murderous assault mainly against Gaza but also the West Bank.

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Special focus: Gaza under attack

Gaza Under Attack Banner At present (9 July 2014), 53 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 500 injured since the Israeli military assault of the Gaza Strip began Tuesday, July 8th. Many of those dead from the most recent assaults are women and children; the youngest victim was 18-month-old Mohammed Melkiye, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike along with his 27-year-old mother. Continue reading

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Sighting: Israeli terrorist soldiers flee in terror

Watch Israeli terrorist soldiers being terrified and turning tail when Palestinians throw firecrackers at them.

: كيف هرب جنود الاحتلال من المفرقعات التي اطلقها الشبان باتجاههم واتجاه المستوطنين في المواجهات التي اندلعت في حي #الصوانة ..
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