Daily Archives: January 1, 2019

2019-01-01: News Headlines

aljazeera (2019-01-01). US and Israel formally quit UNESCO. aljazeera.com Allies have quit UNESCO after announcement in 2017, arguing it fosters anti-Israel bias.

STAFF (2019-01-01). U.S. and Israel Exit U.N. Cultural Agency at Stroke of Midnight. truthdig.com While mainly procedural, the departure represents a major blow to UNESCO, which was established after World War II to foster peace.

teleSUR (2019-01-01). Netanyahu Says he Won't Resign if Indicted. telesurenglish.net The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not consider putting forth his resignation in the event that the attorney general accepts police recommendations to indict him. | RELATED: | Israel: Netanyahu's Coalition Collapses, Early Elections Called | Netanyahu seems concerned about allegations against him and is not willing to resign in c…

Madlen Davies (2019-01-01). Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic. globalresearch.ca Fahed Zuhud was shot in the thigh by Israeli soldiers in February 2018 but because of superbug infections the wound hasn't healed and he may still lose his leg. | Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank warn they are battling …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-01). As UNESCO Says Its Only Wish for 2019 is World Peace, US and Israel Officially Ditch UN Body. commondreams.org Critics on Tuesday said the joint decision by the U.S. and Israel to leave the United Nations' organization dedicated to promoting peace and education speaks volumes about the two countries' current worldview, as they continue to defend ongoing attacks on the rights of Palestinians. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-01). Human Rights Abuses: Israel Most Condemned Country At UN In 2018. iranian.com Israel was the most condemned country at the UN in 2018 with the General Assembly passing at least 20 resolutions against Tel Aviv for human rights abuses, illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory and its continued occupation of East Jerusalem says Anadolu Agency. At least six efforts passed at the end of November sought to draw attention to the […]

Blooming Barricade (2019-01-01). The New York Times and Rouzan al-Najjar. indybay.org The Times did a valuable service by investigating the murder of a Palestinian medic by Israeli snipers, but undermined their own work with pro-apartheid framing and both-sides tropes.

Democracy Now! (2018-12-31). Noam Chomsky on Pittsburgh Attack: Revival of Hate Is Encouraged by Trump's Rhetoric. democracynow.org On October 27th, a gunman stormed the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 Jewish worshipers. The massacre has been described as the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. After the shooting, we spoke with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident, about Pittsburgh, Israel's policies toward Gaza and other recent white supremacist and right-wing attacks in the U.S.

teleSUR (2018-12-31). Palestine: Antibiotic Resistant Superbug Threatening Gaza. telesurenglish.net Doctors in Palestine are worried about an antibiotic-resistant superbugs epidemic in Gaza and the West Bank, which is packing up the already deficient medical services in the strangled territories. | RELATED: | UN: Palestinians Must Have Control Over Natural Resources | The situation in Gaza, subject of a blockade by Israel and Egypt, has prevented health professionals and institutions to get a hand on antibiotics, medicine or even get basic services such as electricity and water, maki…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2018-12-31). School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract. globalresearch.ca In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the Boycott, Divestment …

Richard Falk (2018-12-31). In Praise of the Syria Withdrawal. zcomm.org Trump's withdrawal of American troops from Syria that defied the bipartisan consensus that has shaped U.S. foreign policy since 1945 poses the biggest challenge to the Trump presidency, especially as it shook Israel's confidence and coincides with woes of Wall Street…

Middle East Eye (2018-12-31). In 2018, Israel's Mask Was Finally Removed. theantimedia.com (MEE) — 2018 wasn't a good year for Israel. It was even worse for Palestinians, of course. On the surface, it wasn't an especially dramatic year — just a lot more of the same, without major new wars, and without much bloodshed if you compare it to most previous years. Things appeared frozen in place. The occupation …

Marjorie Cohn (2018-12-30). School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract. zcomm.org In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the BDS movement…

Telesur (2018-12-30). Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu'. globalresearch.ca Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to deepen ties during a meeting Friday. However, Bolsonaro did not confirm whether his government will move the Brazilian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city …

The Intercept (2018-12-29). Seeing Is Believing: The Intercept's 2018 Visual Journalism. theintercept.com Visual journalism, in its many forms, is a vital part of news: It can provide evidence that allows us to hold people and institutions accountable, and it can help us build empathy for the plight of others. This year, The Intercept sent photographers and video journalists into the field to bring viewers to places they might not otherwise see, and to move them with human stories — from the release of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi to the reunification of families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Our illustrations and data visualizations helped elucidate complex issues, from the scope of sexual abuse in…

Ariel Gold (2018-12-28). Elections Don't Make Israel a Democracy. counterpunch.org It's official, Israel is racing towards early elections. But no one is talking about who can vote in them. New elections were nearly called in November 2017 after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned in protest of Israel not going to war with Gaza and right-wing leader Naftali Bennett threatened to pull his party from the More

Richard Hugus (2018-12-27). Banned: The Smear Campaign Against British-Israeli Peace Activist Gilad Atzmon. mintpressnews.com Jazz saxophonist and writer Gilad Atzmon was recently banned from playing at an assembly hall in Islington, a borough of London, by order of the Islington Town Council. This came about as a result of an e-mail from one person — Martin Rankoff — saying nothing more than that if Atzmon was going to be […]

Dave Zirin (2018-12-27). How to Respond to LeBron James. thenation.com How to Respond to LeBron James…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-26). Headlines for December 26, 2018. democracynow.org 8-Year-Old Guatemalan Migrant Dies in U.S. Custody, Trump Warns of "Very Long" Government Shutdown over Border Wall, 800,000 Federal Employees Furloughed or Working Without Pay, Supreme Court Blocks Trump's Asylum Ban, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Lung Cancer Surgery, ICE Strands Hundreds of Migrants in Winter Cold for Christmas, Stocks Plunge as Trump Assails Federal Reserve, Syria: Israeli Warplanes Bomb Sites Near Damascus, U.S. Ends Support to Kurdish Militias as Turkish Troops Mass for Invasion, Trump to Replace James Mattis with Patrick Shanahan on January 1, U.S. Anti-ISIS Envoy Quits over…

Fight Back (2018-12-26). Israel launches Christmas missile attack on Damascus. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is reporting that Israel struck the region around Damascus, December 25. | According to the report, "Syrian air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes from over the Lebanese territories and downed most of them before reaching their targets, affirming that the damages of the aggression were limited to a munition warehouse and the injury of three soldiers." | U.S. and Israeli-backed forces in Syria are in the final stages of defeat.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-12-24). Dem. Rep. of Congo Postpones Election While US Props up President Kabila. therealnews.com After 58 years of repression, the battle for democracy picks up in the DRC, while PResident Joseph Kabila continues to enjoy unquestioned support from the US and has an Israeli security company working for him. We speak to Maurice Carney

Alex Kane (2018-12-21). States Are Cracking Down on the Movement for Palestinian Rights—but Cities Are Pushing Back. thenation.com States Are Cracking Down on the Movement for Palestinian Rights—but Cities Are Pushing Back…

LEILI (2018-12-08). German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly. bdsmovement.net German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly: In the NewsA German court confirms that advocating for BDS and Palestinian rights constitutes freedom of expression and assembly, rights that are protected by the German constitution and are essential for democracy. The court ruled that the German city of Oldenburg unlawfully violated these fundamental rights when it revoked a perm…

PEDRO (2018-12-06). Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance. bdsmovement.net Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance: BNC StatementWhile Brazil's new president wants to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump moving the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro's new governor wants to buy Israeli weaponized drones, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro's favelas' social movements call for a joint and global struggle agains…

LEILI (2018-11-26). Palestinian Civil Society Urges World Governments to Impose a Military Embargo on Saudi Regime Over Khashoggi Murder and War Crimes in Yemen, On Israel for War Crimes and Apartheid Against Palestinians. bdsmovement.net Palestinian Civil Society Urges World Governments to Impose a Military Embargo on Saudi Regime Over Khashoggi Murder and War Crimes in Yemen, On Israel for War Crimes and Apartheid Against Palestinians: Update"We appeal to progressives and social movements everywhere to pressure their governments to impose strict military embargoes on all states that are perpetrating crimes against hu…

ziyaad (2018-11-20). Airbnb's Decision to Exit Israel's Illegal Settlements: A Partial Victory for Human Rights & Accountability. bdsmovement.net Airbnb's Decision to Exit Israel's Illegal Settlements: A Partial Victory for Human Rights & Accountability: BNC StatementAirbnb's decision to end its business in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory is an important first step. It unfortunately fails to cover settlements in East Jerusalem, which is also occupied according to international law. All Isr…

Phyllis Bennis (2018-11-14). The Crisis in Gaza and a Potential Ceasefire. zcomm.org Discussing the recent Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip that killed 7 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, as well as Israeli air strikes and a potential ceasefire…

2019-01-01: Social Media Postees

Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic
Madlen Davies | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-01
Fahed Zuhud was shot in the thigh by Israeli soldiers in February 2018 but because of superbug infections the wound hasn't healed and he may still lose his leg. | Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank warn they are battling … | The post Unseen Enemy: Doctors in Gaza Battling Superbug Epidemic appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/unseen-enemy-doctors-i…

U.S. and Israel Exit U.N. Cultural Agency at Stroke of Midnight
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-01
While mainly procedural, the departure represents a major blow to UNESCO, which was established after World War II to foster peace. | The post U.S. and Israel Exit U.N. Cultural Agency at Stroke of Midnight appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-and-israel-exi…

US and Israel formally quit UNESCO
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-01
Allies have quit UNESCO after announcement in 2017, arguing it fosters anti-Israel bias.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/israel-formal…

Netanyahu Says he Won't Resign if Indicted
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-01
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not consider putting forth his resignation in the event that the attorney general accepts police recommendations to indict him. | RELATED: | Israel: Netanyahu's Coalition Collapses, Early Elections Called | Netanyahu seems concerned about allegations against him and is not willing to resign in c…
telesurenglish.net/news/Netanyahu-Says-h…

As UNESCO Says Its Only Wish for 2019 is World Peace, US and Israel Officially Ditch UN Body
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-01
Critics on Tuesday said the joint decision by the U.S. and Israel to leave the United Nations' organization dedicated to promoting peace and education speaks volumes about the two countries' current worldview, as they continue to defend ongoing attacks on the rights of Palestinians. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/01/01/unesco-…

Human Rights Abuses: Israel Most Condemned Country At UN In 2018
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2019-01-01
Israel was the most condemned country at the UN in 2018 with the General Assembly passing at least 20 resolutions against Tel Aviv for human rights abuses, illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory and its continued occupation of East Jerusalem says Anadolu Agency. At least six efforts passed at the end of November sought to draw attention to the […] | The post Human Rights Abuses: Israel Most Condemned Country At UN In 2018 appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/12/31/human-rights-abus…

The New York Times and Rouzan al-Najjar
Blooming Barricade | indybay.org | 2019-01-01
The Times did a valuable service by investigating the murder of a Palestinian medic by Israeli snipers, but undermined their own work with pro-apartheid framing and both-sides tropes.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/30/1882003…

Noam Chomsky on Pittsburgh Attack: Revival of Hate Is Encouraged by Trump's Rhetoric
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-31
On October 27th, a gunman stormed the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 Jewish worshipers. The massacre has been described as the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. After the shooting, we spoke with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident, about Pittsburgh, Israel's policies toward Gaza and other recent white supremacist and right-wing attacks in the U.S.
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/31/noam_cho…

School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-31
In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the Boycott, Divestment … | The post School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/school-employee-sues-d…

In Praise of the Syria Withdrawal
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2018-12-31
Trump's withdrawal of American troops from Syria that defied the bipartisan consensus that has shaped U.S. foreign policy since 1945 poses the biggest challenge to the Trump presidency, especially as it shook Israel's confidence and coincides with woes of Wall Street…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/in-praise-of-the-s…

Palestine: Antibiotic Resistant Superbug Threatening Gaza
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2018-12-31
Doctors in Palestine are worried about an antibiotic-resistant superbugs epidemic in Gaza and the West Bank, which is packing up the already deficient medical services in the strangled territories. | RELATED: | UN: Palestinians Must Have Control Over Natural Resources | The situation in Gaza, subject of a blockade by Israel and Egypt, has prevented health professionals and institutions to get a hand on antibiotics, medicine or even get basic services such as electricity and water, maki…
telesurenglish.net/news/Palestine-Antibi…

In 2018, Israel's Mask Was Finally Removed
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2018-12-31
(MEE) — 2018 wasn't a good year for Israel. It was even worse for Palestinians, of course. On the surface, it wasn't an especially dramatic year — just a lot more of the same, without major new wars, and without much bloodshed if you compare it to most previous years. Things appeared frozen in place. The occupation …

In 2018, Israel’s Mask Was Finally Removed

School Employee Sues District for Israel Loyalty Oath in Contract
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2018-12-30
In a return to the bad old days of McCarthyism, Bahia Amawi, a US citizen of Palestinian descent, lost her Texas elementary school job after refusing to pledge in writing that she would not participate in the BDS movement…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/school-employee-su…

Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu'
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-30
Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to deepen ties during a meeting Friday. However, Bolsonaro did not confirm whether his government will move the Brazilian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city … | The post Brazil's Bolsonaro: 'We Need Good Brothers Like Netanyahu' appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/brazils-bolsonaro-we-n…

Seeing Is Believing: The Intercept's 2018 Visual Journalism
The Intercept | theintercept.com | 2018-12-29
Visual journalism, in its many forms, is a vital part of news: It can provide evidence that allows us to hold people and institutions accountable, and it can help us build empathy for the plight of others. This year, The Intercept sent photographers and video journalists into the field to bring viewers to places they might not otherwise see, and to move them with human stories — from the release of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi to the reunification of families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Our illustrations and data visualizations helped elucidate complex issues, from the scope of sexual abuse in…
theintercept.com/2018/12/29/the-intercep…

How Israel's Conscription Law Assaults its Own Ultra-Orthodox Community
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-28
Not unlike the Palestinian people whose stance against Zionism is anchored in historical and moral rights, the Haredi community's heroic stance on military conscription is anchored in faith and principle that no power has been able to defeat. | The post How Israel's Conscription Law Assaults its Own Ultra-Orthodox Community appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/israel-conscription-la…

Elections Don't Make Israel a Democracy
Ariel Gold | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-28
It's official, Israel is racing towards early elections. But no one is talking about who can vote in them. New elections were nearly called in November 2017 after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned in protest of Israel not going to war with Gaza and right-wing leader Naftali Bennett threatened to pull his party from the…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/28/elections-do…

How to Respond to LeBron James
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2018-12-27
How to Respond to LeBron James…
thenation.com/article/lebron-james-insta…

Banned: The Smear Campaign Against British-Israeli Peace Activist Gilad Atzmon
Richard Hugus | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-27
Jazz saxophonist and writer Gilad Atzmon was recently banned from playing at an assembly hall in Islington, a borough of London, by order of the Islington Town Council. This came about as a result of an e-mail from one person — Martin Rankoff — saying nothing more than that if Atzmon was going to be […] | The post Banned: The Smear Campaign Against British-Israeli Peace Activist Gilad Atzmon appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/the-smear-campaign-aga…

Israel launches Christmas missile attack on Damascus
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2018-12-26
Washington, DC – The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is reporting that Israel struck the region around Damascus, December 25. | According to the report, "Syrian air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes from over the Lebanese territories and downed most of them before reaching their targets, affirming that the damages of the aggression were limited to a munition warehouse and the injury of three soldiers." | U.S. and Israeli-backed forces in Syria are in the final stages of defeat.
www.fightbacknews.org/2018/12/26/israel-…

Headlines for December 26, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-26
8-Year-Old Guatemalan Migrant Dies in U.S. Custody, Trump Warns of "Very Long" Government Shutdown over Border Wall, 800,000 Federal Employees Furloughed or Working Without Pay, Supreme Court Blocks Trump's Asylum Ban, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Lung Cancer Surgery, ICE Strands Hundreds of Migrants in Winter Cold for Christmas, Stocks Plunge as Trump Assails Federal Reserve, Syria: Israeli Warplanes Bomb Sites Near Damascus, U.S. Ends Support to Kurdish Militias as Turkish Troops Mass for Invasion, Trump to Replace James Mattis with Patrick Shanahan on January 1, U.S. Anti-ISIS Envoy Quits over…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/26/headline…

Dem. Rep. of Congo Postpones Election While US Props up President Kabila
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-12-24
After 58 years of repression, the battle for democracy picks up in the DRC, while PResident Joseph Kabila continues to enjoy unquestioned support from the US and has an Israeli security company working for him. We speak to Maurice Carney | The post Dem. Rep. of Congo Postpones Election While US Props up President Kabila appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/dem-rep-of-congo…

States Are Cracking Down on the Movement for Palestinian Rights–but Cities Are Pushing Back
Alex Kane | thenation.com | 2018-12-21
States Are Cracking Down on the Movement for Palestinian Rights–but Cities Are Pushing Back…
thenation.com/article/jvp-cities-israel-…

German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly
LEILI | bdsmovement.net | 2018-12-08
German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly: In the NewsA German court confirms that advocating for BDS and Palestinian rights constitutes freedom of expression and assembly, rights that are protected by the German constitution and are essential for democracy. The court ruled that the German city of Oldenburg unlawfully violated these fundamental rights when it revoked a perm…
bdsmovement.net/news/german-court-confir…

Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance
PEDRO | bdsmovement.net | 2018-12-06
Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance: BNC StatementWhile Brazil's new president wants to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump moving the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro's new governor wants to buy Israeli weaponized drones, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro's favelas' social movements call for a joint and global struggle agains…
bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-and-br…