2019-05-16: Social Media Postees

Where Is the Democratic Alternative to Forever War?
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
There sure are lots to choose from. By now, more than 20 candidates have announced a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And with national security adviser John "Regime Change" Bolton, along with the others in the four Bs cabal–Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates–seem poised to pull President Trump into war with Iran, now would seem the time for D…
truthdig.com/articles/where-is-the-democratic-alternative-to-forever-war/

Palestinian Authority No Longer Crying Wolf
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-16
Jonathan Cook reports on the bind that Netanyahu has created by withholding tax transfers as a reelection tactic. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/16/palestinian-authority-no-longer-crying-wolf/

Trump's deal of the century — a new headache for the Middle East?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-16
Israeli media came up with a shocking story at the beginning of May. They had obtained details of Donald Trump's notorious deal of the century that pertains to settling one of the most dragged-out conflicts in the Middle East. Israel Hayom newspaper that has close links to the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote …
uwidata.com/3420-trumps-deal-of-the-century-a-new-headache-for-the-middle-east/

Israel Defense Forces Shoot 16 Palestinians at Nakba Day Protests
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-16
Israeli forces opened fire Wednesday on Palestinians protesting the 71st anniversary of the Nakba and their decades long life under the boot of a merciless occupation, which is slowly starving the Gaza Strip's population with the explicit backing of the U.S. government. | The Nakba, or "disaster," is the Palestinian name for the remembrance of the 1948 forced removal of Palestinians from the newly created state of Israel, which marked the beginning of the occupation and subjugation of the Palestinian people that has continued for seven decades. | On Wednesday, members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) shot 16…
truthout.org/articles/israeli-defense-force-shoots-16-palestinians-at-nakba-day-protests/

Eurovision's Muddled DNA
Patricia J. Williams | thenation.com | 2019-05-16
Pop genetics don't belong in a musical event–or its marketing.
thenation.com/article/eurovision-israel-23andme-myheritage/

Facebook Bans Israeli Company Over Election-Disruption Campaigns
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
JERUSALEM–Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. | Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. | Although Facebook said the individuals behind the network attempted to conceal their identities, it discovered that many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying…
truthdig.com/articles/facebook-bans-israeli-company-over-election-disruption-campaigns/

Israel/America or Netanyahu/Trump?
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
The late Uri Avnery (1923-2018), the doughty Israeli seeker of peace with the Palestinian people, posted almost weekly on CounterPunch.Avnery was savvy enough to know that the Zionist failure to achieve peace with the Palestinians meant that Israel could never be a "normal" state, no matter how much it pretended, hypocritically, to be a "democracy" adhering to "Western values".
counterpunch.org/2019/05/15/israel-america-or-netanyahu-trump/

Eurovision Artist Boycott Curbed by Qatari Aid
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
As'ad Abukhalil discusses the role which Qatar plays in the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Qatar has saved the Palestinian Authority from financial collapse. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas has allied himself with Qatar's staunch enemy Saudi Arabia…
therealnews.com/stories/eurovision-artist-boycott-curbed-by-qatari-aid

Trump peace plan shrinks Palestine, expands Israel
Allison Deger | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-15
A leaked document of "main points" from the Trump administration's so-called "deal of the century" was published last week by Yisrael Hayom, outlining a plan for a two-state solution that includes the creation of a demilitarized state of "New Palestine," Israeli annexation of all settlements in the West Bank, a land deal with Egypt, and shared capitals …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-peace-plan-shrinks-palestine-expands-israel/

Israel Was Forced on Palestinians‚Ää. Trump Deal is a US Rubber Stamp of the Status Quo
Rima Najjar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-15
It's been 71 years now, to the day, and the Jewish State of Israel is still "thriving" among us as the fictitious "ancestral homeland" of Jews‚Ää–‚Ääa deceptive rhetorical ploy Thomas Friedman, among many others, has been spouting, without …
globalresearch.ca/israel-forced-palestinians%e2%80%8a-%e2%80%8arape/5677477

Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/15/israels-common-denominator-why-israel-will-continue-to-bomb-gaza/

Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canadian-green-leader-supports-same-old-pro-imperialist-foreign-policies/

History's Dire Warning: Beware False-Flag Trigger for Long-Sought War with Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Israel's "false flag" attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 cost 34 American lives. Dick Cheney planned to disguise U.S. troops as Iranians to fire on American ships to start a war. With Bolton and Israel on the warpath, the risk of another similar act is higher than ever.
mintpressnews.com/historys-dire-warning-beware-false-flag-trigger-for-long-sought-war-with-iran/258478/

Jerusalem Cable Car Project Passes Over Objections from Many Quarters
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington's decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital. Planning for the $55 million tourism …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/jerusalem-cable-car-project-passes-over-objections-from-many-quarters/

With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.
mintpressnews.com/with-the-us-iran-war-ball-now-rolling-will-accident-or-false-flag-serve-as-pretext/258431/

Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/israels-common-denominator-why-israel-will-continue-to-bomb-gaza/

°Palestina será libre!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
Otro ataque horrible a la población palestina ocurrió durante el fin de semana del 4 al 5 de mayo. Una vez más, las muertes incluyen algunas de las personas más vulnerables, de un pueblo que ya se ha vuelto completamente vulnerable por décadas de condiciones de apartheid, incluida la inanición . . . | Continue reading °Palestina será libre! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/14/palestina-sera-libre/

Monday's Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-13
This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and people of the Pacific; UN condemnation after a deadly attack in Burkina Faso.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038421

Gaza blockade causes 'near ten-fold increase' in food dependency, says UN agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-13
At a time when Muslims globally are observing the holy month of Ramadan, more than half the population in Gaza depends on the international community for food aid, the director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Monday, citing a "near ten-fold increase" in need.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038401

"Now I Can No Longer Call Myself a Zionist . . ."
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman | progressive.org | 2019-05-10
A new book explores the nuances behind the opposition to Zionism and effectively dispels the myth that Jewish people who criticize Israel are "self-hating Jews."
progressive.org/dispatches/now-i-can-no-longer-call-myself-a-zionist-zimmerman-190510/

Nakba 2019: Eurovision fails to hide suffering of Palestinians
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The annual commemoration of al Nakba on May 15 — the 1947 catastrophe when 750,000 Palestinians were evicted from their homes and thousands of Palestinian villages wiped off the map — coincides this year with the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. | Ramadan has also begun, and Israeli crackdowns during Ramadan and around al Nakba commemorations are a given. What is different this year is the viciousness of the attacks and Israel's determination that its Eurovision PR showcase will proceed, uninterrupted by questions about its human rights record. | As Palestine…
greenleft.org.au/content/nakba-2019-eurovision-fails-hide-suffering-palestinians

'A Nice Guy, Everybody Loved Him' – With San Diego synagogue shooter, media once again normalize white male violence
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-05-10
After opening fire at worshipers celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover at the Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, 19-year-old John T. Earnest was arrested. Earnest killed one woman and injured three other worshippers before his semi-automatic weapon jammed and he fled the scene, calling 911 himself to report the shooting. The shooter published …
fair.org/home/a-nice-guy-everybody-loved-him/

Congress, Laws Suppressing Boycotts of Israel Are Unconstitutional. Sincerely, Three Federal Courts
aclu.org | 2019-05-09
Congress has a constitutional duty to protect the rights of the American people, including the First Amendment right to participate in boycotts. | Congress just got yet another reminder that the First Amendment right to political boycotts is alive and well in the United States, and any legislative attempt to infringe on that right puts them squarely against the Constitution. | Last week a federal district court in Texas blocked as unconstitutional a state law that required government contractors to certify that they d…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/congress-laws-suppressing-boycotts-israel-are-unconstitutional-sincerely-three

Jacksonville celebrates May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-09
Jacksonville, FL — About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers' Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus. | The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/8/jacksonville-celebrates-may-day

Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-08
Pledge to #deactivateAirbnb on May 15, Nakba Day: Action AlertAfter initially committing to stop listing rentals in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Airbnb did a complete reversal, and will now continue to allow rentals on stolen Palestinian land. | Economic BoycottMay 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
bdsmovement.net/deactivateairbnb

Israeli offensive, North Korean missiles, Venezuela, Assange
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-06
Israel offensive On May 4, the Israel Defense Forces announced an air strike on dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip. The office of the Turkish news agency Anadolu in the Gaza Strip was hit in the course of the offensive. Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu called the incident an example of aggression on the Israeli side, and …
uwidata.com/3324-israeli-offensive-north-korean-missiles-venezuela-assange/

Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-26
Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…
bdsmovement.net/news/hatari

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