2019-01-07: News Headlines

Whitney Webb (2019-01-07). With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan. mintpressnews.com Understanding the significance of the Golan Heights is in many ways key to understanding why the Syrian conflict was engineered by foreign powers in the first place.

aljazeera (2019-01-07). PA pulls staff from Rafah crossing after 'abuse' of its members. aljazeera.com Palestinian Authority cites "arrest and abuse" of its members as reasons to withdraw staff – a move slammed by Hamas.

Nasim Ahmed (2019-01-07). Source of Pro-Israel Guerrilla Warriors on Social Media Exposed. globalresearch.ca A number of prominent Jewish-American leaders are funding covert, anonymous campaigns targeting pro-Palestinian student activists, The Forward has found. The Jewish daily newspaper, which has been publishing valuable information concerning the source of funding for these hyper-aggressive and shadowy groups …

Alison Weir (2019-01-07). First Senate Bill of 2019 Would Give Billions to Israel, Undermine BDS. mintpressnews.com The four-part bill, designated S.1, is composed of various measures on behalf of Israel that Congress tried and failed to pass in 2018. Some of which were pioneered by AIPAC.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-07). New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts. mintpressnews.com "It says quite a bit about the priorities of the new Congress when in the midst of a government shutdown, when federal workers are not receiving their paychecks, the new Congress is more concerned with curtailing the First Amendment rights of the people." — Chip Gibbons, U.S. Constitutional Law Expert

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Overnight Israeli Air Strikes in Gaza Cause Heavy Damage. telesurenglish.net Israeli warplanes made several air strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Monday. No injuries were reported but there was heavy damage to property. | RELATED | 8 Photos That Capture 2018's Global Resistance | According to the Wafa News Agency, two warplanes fired missiles norwest of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. The targeted structure was completely destroyed and homes were damaged. | Hours before, other Israeli air raids caused damage to other areas in Gaza, for Israel says is in r…

ACLU (2019-01-07). Instead of Ending the Shutdown, Senators Plan to Encourage Punishment of Israel Boycotts. aclu.org The Senate wants to provide legal cover to the many states violating the First Amendment by punishing people for their views on Israel. | In the middle of a government shutdown, the Senate leadership's first order of business in the 116th Congress is not legislation to reopen the government. | Instead, and incredibly, the Senate is again trying to slip a measure intended to suppress protected political expression past public scrutiny. The bill is the " Combatting BDS Act," which would express federal approval of state laws that place re…

Hanna Alshaikh (2019-01-07). Thanks to Rashida Tlaib, Palestinians Finally Have a Voice in Washington. thenation.com Thanks to Rashida Tlaib, Palestinians Finally Have a Voice in Washington…

Morning Star (2019-01-07). Palestinian left groups form Democratic Rally. peoplesworld.org Five progressive Palestinian groups have announced the formation of a Democratic Rally party to break the "duopoly" of Fatah and Hamas. Organizers say the new force is needed to cut through a deadlock over holding new elections. No all-Palestine elections have been held since 2006 because of disputes between Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip …

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Pink Floyd Cover Band Breaks Promise to Waters, Plays in Israel. telesurenglish.net An English Pink Floyd cover band played to a packed house in Tel Aviv Saturday night despite having initially promised mastermind behind the original band's (and British rock for that matter) most successful albums, Roger Waters. | RELATED: | Roger Waters Tells teleSUR: Progressive Action Will Save Planet | "Experience" tried to get around their pledge to boycott the Israeli state by employing an Israeli-based Pink Floyd cover band, "Echoes" to play to a packed crowd in Tel Aviv…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-07). Headlines for January 7, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens to Call Nat'l Emergency as Shutdown Shows No Sign of Abatement, Bolton Says Syria Troop Withdrawal Contingent on Defeating ISIS, Netanyahu Calls for U.S. to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights, Yemen: U.S. Airstrike Kills Plotter of 2000 USS Cole Attack, Pentagon Chief of Staff Resigns in Wake of Mattis Departure, France: Yellow Vests Protesters Take to Streets as Impasse with Gov't Persists, Intercept: Senate Set to Vote on Anti-Israeli Boycott Bill, 49 Migrants Stranded at Sea as European Countries Refuse to Host Them, Scientists Identify Recording of Noise Targeting U.S. Diplomats…

Ryan Grim (2019-01-07). U.S. Senate's First Bill a Bipartisan Defense of Israeli Government from Boycotts. zcomm.org When each new Congress is gaveled into session, the chambers attach symbolic importance to the first piece of legislation to be considered. For that reason, it bears the lofty designation of H.R.1 in the House, and S.1 in the Senate. In the newly controlled Democratic House, H.R.1 — meant to signal the new majority's priorities Read more…

Miriam Berger (2019-01-07). Gaza's Opioid Problem. thenation.com Gaza's Opioid Problem…

teleSUR (2019-01-07). Egypt's el-Sisi Tries to Hush Statement on Israel Cooperation. telesurenglish.net The President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi acknowledged a close cooperation held with Israel's government over security issues in the Sinai peninsula in an interview with a U.S. media agency, Sunday. | CBS reported that Sisi had asked them not to air the interview, but did not give further details on the matter. | Sisi has kept a low-profile Sinai-security-cooperation with Israel for some time. The peninsula became a demilitarized zone under the U.S.-sponsored 1979 peace treaty, w…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-07). Early Elections: Who Will Dethrone 'The King of Israel'? counterpunch.org "A historic mistake" is how Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu responded to calls for early elections last November. A few weeks later, he spoke, in exaggerated confidence of the "unanimous" agreement of his right-wing coalition that early elections must be held next April. So why the change of heart? Netanyahu may not be a good More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-07). Senators Push Bill to Punish Boycotts of Israel Amid Shutdown. truthout.org After The Intercept reported over the weekend that a bipartisan group of senators is pushing, as its first legislative priority, a bill that would hand states more power to punish boycotts of Israel — even as the prolonged and deeply harmful government shutdown continues into its third week — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday condemned the legislation itself and urged Democrats to block any bills that are not related to reopening the gove…

RT (2019-01-07). 'Boycott Israel, we'll boycott you': How US Senators & state lawmakers put foreign power first. rt.com With the US Senate opening 2019 with a bill aimed at protecting Israel from boycott, similar state-level laws are facing opposition. One newspaper in Arkansas is suing the state, calling the boycott ban unconstitutional. |

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-07). 'Let's Get Our Priorities Right': Outrage as Bipartisan Group of Senators Pushes Bill to Punish Boycotts of Israel Amid Shutdown. commondreams.org "It's absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity," declared Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rubio_schumer_israel_bds.jpg

Yves Engler (2019-01-06). Canada's CBC Exposes Jewish National Fund's Support of Israeli Military, Where Does The NDP Stand. globalresearch.ca An explosive CBC expose Friday on the Jewish National Fund should be the beginning of the end for this powerful organization's charitable status. But, unless the NDP differentiates itself from the Liberals and Conservatives by standing up for Canadian and …

RT (2019-01-06). America's last? First Senate bill of 2019 aims to protect Israel from boycott, report reveals. rt.com With the start of the 2019 legislative session, one might hope the US Senate would prioritize ending the two-week government shutdown. Instead, the Senate's first bill of the year reportedly aims to protect Israel from boycotts.

Ryan Grim (2019-01-05). U.S. Senate's First Bill, in the Midst of the Shutdown, Is a Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government From Boycotts. theintercept.com Attacks on the free speech rights of Americans in the name of defending Israel seem to have no end in sight.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-05). Durham NC Becomes First City to Ban Training By Israeli Police and Then be Forced to Reconsider It. therealnews.com Jazmynne Williams of Jewish Voices for Peace discusses the organizing efforts underway to ensure the ban remains

ACLU (2019-01-03). Why Should My Newspaper Pledge Not to Boycott Israel? aclu.org An unconstitutional Arkansas law requires companies contracting with the state to certify that they will not boycott Israel. | Last year, letters from the state of Arkansas began drifting across my desk, demanding that our weekly newspaper, the Arkansas Times, either sign a pledge not to boycott Israel or forfeit all state advertising. | The letters were the result of an obscure, cookie-cutter law passed in 2017 by our Republican-controlled legislature. Specifically, it requires any company entering into a contract with a public entity to certify that it "is not currently engaged in, and agrees for the duration o…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-02). Headlines for January 2, 2019. democracynow.org Brazil Swears In Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro, Gov't Shutdown Enters 12th Day, Causing Chaos for Workers, Border Agents Tear-Gas Migrants at U.S.-Mexico Border, Texas: Activists Block Access to Tornillo Youth Immigration Jail, AZ: Prosecutors to Investigate Child Abuse at Immigrant Prison, Sec. of State Pompeo Reaffirms U.S. Military Relationship with Israel, Israeli PM: Bolsonaro Pledged to Move Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man at Protest, U.S. and Israel Formally Leave UNESCO, North Korea: Kim Jong-un Offers Both Threats and Peaceful Overtures to U.S., Netflix Pull…

Amy Wilentz (2019-01-02). Remembering Amos Oz, the Humane Heart of Israel. thenation.com Remembering Amos Oz, the Humane Heart of Israel…

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.

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…

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…

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