Daily Archives: March 4, 2020

2020-03-04: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-04). India & Pakistan officially becoming nuclear powers would spell 'disaster' for non-proliferation treaty — Moscow. rt.com Extending the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on the entire world is generally a good idea, but an official recognition of India and Pakistan as nuclear powers is not — their accession to the pact would ruin it, Moscow warned. | "The fact that Pakistan, India and Israel — according to some estimates — possess nuclear weapons does not indeed help strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT]," Vladimir Yermakov, head of the Russian foreign ministry's arms control and non-proliferation department, told media on Wednesday. | At any rate, pushing India and Pakistan — two nuclear-armed…

Staff (2020-03-04). Netanyahu Still Short of Majority After Israel's Election. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen short of capturing the majority needed to form a government, near-final election results showed Wednesday, deepening a year of political deadlock and appearing to dash the long-serving leader's hopes for a decisive victory as his trial on corruption charges nears. | In an angry tirade, Netanyahu conceded that he did not have the parliamentary support to form a new government right away. But he still tried to claim victory as he lashed out at his main opponent and disparaged the leading Arab party — the third largest in parliament — as irre…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Palestine Slams Pompeo's Support of Illegal Israeli Settlements. telesurenglish.net Palestine on Wednesday slammed senior U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for remarks supporting settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | During the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday, Pompeo said that the U.S. will take action against the UN Human Rights Council "blacklist" of the businesses working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

WSWS (2020-03-04). Victory for Netanyahu leaves him short of a majority. wsws.org Netanyahu is focusing all his efforts on persuading the leader of Blue and White, or some of its party members, to dump their pledge not to serve under an indicted prime minister.

Ira Glunts (2020-03-03). The Brooklyn Yeshiva Anthem Protest and Why It Is Not Antisemitic. dissidentvoice.org An anti-Semite used to be a person who disliked Jews. Now it is a person who Jews dislike. — Hajo Meyer, Jewish German-born Dutch physicist and Auschwitz survivor. Antisemitism is a trick we always use. — Shulamit Aloni, Jewish Israeli, former Israeli Minister of Education, longtime member of the Israeli parliament. On Sunday, February 23 …

Johan Valentin (2020-03-03). Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm al-Aqsa Mosque. imemc.org On Monday, 226 Israeli Settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque while accompanied by a squadron of Israeli police. In 2016, protests erupted at the embattled area after Israeli sSettlers invaded the compound during the last 10 days of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, in contravention of tradition. The Islamic …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-03). Surprise Israeli Election Results. Netanyahu Has a Narrow Lead over Benny Gantz. globalresearch.ca Pre-election polls showed a likely dead heat between Netanyahu's Likud party and lead challenger Benny Gantz's Blue and White party. | Both parties were projected to win 33 of 120 Knesset seats. A 61-seat majority coalition is required to form a …

Staff (2020-03-03). Headlines for March 3, 2020. democracynow.org Super Tuesday Kicks Off as Moderate Dems Coalesce in Support of Joe Biden, 6 Dead in Washington from Coronavirus, as Criticism Mounts over CDC Handling of Outbreak, U.S. to Start Troop Withdrawal as Taliban Vows to Resume Attacks and Afghan Gov't Rejects Prisoner Swap, Migrant Child Drowns Off Greek Coast, Refugees Attacked as Asylum Crisis Deepens, Iraqi Power Vacuum as Caretaker PM and Designated Successor Both Walk Away from Post, Benjamin Netanyahu Holds Lead Over Rival Benny Gantz But Falls Short of Outright Majority, Report: 80,000+ Uyghur Muslims Forced into Factory Labor for Nike, Apple, Revolutionary Nic…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-03-03). Analysis: On Hanging from the Blades of a Bulldozer: Al-Naem is Every Palestinian. imemc.org By Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle How is one to apply rational political analysis to what is inherently irrational? What kind of political theory must one consult to formulate and test hypotheses when the information at hand is so grizzly, sadistic, and reeking with unbearable contradictions? Seeing the gaunt body …

Ali Salam (2020-03-03). On Israeli Election Day, Israeli Forces Impose Total Closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. imemc.org The Israeli army imposed a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and Gaza due to the Israeli elections on Monday. The closure was imposed from midnight on Sunday until early Tuesday morning, due to the Israelis going to the polls for the Presidential and "Knesset" elections. The Israeli army said …

IMEMC News (2020-03-03). Israeli Troops Abduct 9 Palestinians, Including Two Children, in Pre-Dawn Raids Tuesday. imemc.org Israeli occupation forces abducted nine Palestinian citizens from the West Bank, including two teen boys, on Tuesday night. This was accompanied by searches and vandalism of homes, attacks on citizens, and the issuing of summonses to a number of Palestinians. The Palestinian News Agency Wafe said that two citizens were …

teleSUR (2020-03-03). Netanyahu Declares Victory After Israeli Elections. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party gained 36 seats in Monday's parliamentary elections, becoming once again the largest party, the Central Elections Committee said Tuesday after 97 percent of the votes have been counted. | RELATED: | Figures by the Committee, which oversees the elections, showed Netanyahu's main rival, Benny Gantz and his centrist Blue and White party, garnered 32 seats. | The L…

Ali Salam (2020-03-03). Dozens of Olive and Grape Vines Uprooted by Illegal Settlers near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli settlers, on Monday, uprooted dozens of olive and vine trees belonging to Palestinians in the town of Husan, west of the occupied city of Bethlehem, according to local sources. Mohammad Sbateen, head of Husan village council, told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Bitar Illit uprooted …

Stuart Munckton (2020-03-03). Free doco makes case for Palestine solidarity. greenleft.org.au

Miko Peled (2020-03-02). Imagining Return: Palestinians in Jordan's Sprawling Refugee Camps Still Yearn for Home. mintpressnews.com Miko Peled recounts his visits to Jerash's Gaza Camp, a refugee camp housing tens of thousands of Palestinians just hours away from their ancestral homeland.

Staff (2020-03-02). Headlines for March 2, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Sees First 2 Coronavirus Deaths in Washington as Cases Worldwide Mount, U.S. and Taliban Sign Deal Aimed at Ending 18-Year War, Joe Biden Claims Decisive South Carolina Victory, Buttigieg & Steyer Drop Out Ahead of Super Tuesday, North Korea Fires Projectiles as It Carries Out Military Drill, Study Reveals No Fraud in 2019 Bolivian Election That Ousted Evo Morales, Voters in Israel Go to Polls for 3rd Time in Under a Year, Greece Attacks Refugees After Turkey Loosens Restrictions on Border, Assange Extradition Hearings Suspended Until May, Wet'suwet'en Chiefs in Talks with Canadian Ministers as Fight Against…

Ali Salam (2020-03-02). 12 Palestinians Shot by Israeli Forces, 50 Exposed to Tear Gas, near Nablus. imemc.org Several Palestinians, on Monday, were injured, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at them as they peacefully defended a mountain in Beita town, south of Nablus, against a settler takeover, local sources reported. Palestinians gathered on the Jabal al-Arma mountain to protect their land, located in the northern occupied West Bank, …

Rami Almeghari (2020-03-02). Israeli Settlers and Soldiers Attack Non-Violent Protest, Wounding Several Palestinian Villagers. imemc.org Palestinian media reported on Monday that several Palestinian villagers from the West Bank village of Beeta, south of Nablus city, have been treated for injuries caused by live and rubber-coated steel Israeli bullets and tear gas. Medical sources said that at least three of those villagers were shot and wounded by …

Ali Salam (2020-03-02). VIDEO: Soldiers, Settlers Break into Palestinian Home in Hebron. imemc.org Israeli forces and settlers, stormed the house of a Palestinian family in Hebron, on Sunday, after settlers accused the family of 'opening fire' at them. Palestinian Abu Shamsiyyeh family attempted to fight off the intrusion, the video footage shows Israeli soldiers and settlers breaking into the house. The United Nations …

Ali Salam (2020-03-02). Israeli Settlers Raze Palestinian Land in Northern West Bank. imemc.org Illegal Israeli settlers on Sunday began razing tracts of land in the Palestinian villages of Qusra and Jurish, to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to local sources. Ghassan Daghlas, a local official in charge of monitoring settler violence, told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that …

Staff (2020-03-02). Closing Arguments Held in Case of Admitted Dawabsha Family Killer. imemc.org 5 years after a brutal act of terror by a gang of Israelis, who set a family's home on fire, causing the deaths of the mother, father and baby, and leaving only the 4-year old alive, critically wounded with burns all over his body, the final arguments were presented Sunday …

Jonathan Cook (2020-03-02). Israeli Election Race Increasingly Desperate as Voters go to Polls. dissidentvoice.org Few in Israel expect the country's third general election in a year to end with a markedly different outcome from the previous two. Barring a last-minute upset, most of those turning out on Monday assume the political stalemate will continue. There are already rumblings from politicians of an imminent fourth round of voting. Paradoxically, much …

news.un (2020-02-28). US Israel-Palestinian peace plan a 'mockery', upends long-standing consensus — International Conference hears. news.un.org The United States' announcement of a new vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, touted as the "Deal of the Century", is a "mockery", the Prime Minister of Malaysia told an international conference in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Alon Ben-Meir (2020-02-28). Israel's Moral Culpability. dissidentvoice.org Four ethical theories — Kantian, utilitarian, virtue-based, and religious — demonstrate the lack of moral foundation in the continuing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and especially in Trump's "deal of the century". In my previous article I discussed Kantian and utilitarian moral theories, and in the following I cover the virtue-based and religious theories …

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

CounterSpin (2020-01-31). Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'Peace' Plan, Rainey Reitman on Greenwald Persecution. fair.org MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a "win-win," but also say to the unconsulted party, "You better take it, or else." Yet …

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Palestine Slams Pompeo's Support of Illegal Israeli Settlements
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Palestine on Wednesday slammed senior U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for remarks supporting settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Election Results Prove Israeli Society is Turning 'More Right' | During the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday, Pompeo said that the U.S. will take action against the UN Human Rights Council "blacklist" of the businesses working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
telesurenglish.net/news/Palestine-Slams-Pompeos-Support-of-Illegal-Israeli-Settlements-20200304-0011.html

Netanyahu Still Short of Majority After Israel's Election
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-04
JERUSALEM

Victory for Netanyahu leaves him short of a majority
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
Netanyahu is focusing all his efforts on persuading the leader of Blue and White, or some of its party members, to dump their pledge not to serve under an indicted prime minister.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/isra-m04.html

The Brooklyn Yeshiva Anthem Protest and Why It Is Not Antisemitic
Ira Glunts | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-03
An anti-Semite used to be a person who disliked Jews. Now it is a person who Jews dislike.

Hundreds of Israeli Settlers Storm al-Aqsa Mosque
Johan Valentin | imemc.org | 2020-03-03
On Monday, 226 Israeli Settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque while accompanied by a squadron of Israeli police. In 2016, protests erupted at the embattled area after Israeli sSettlers invaded the compound during the last 10 days of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, in contravention of tradition. The Islamic …
imemc.org/article/hundreds-of-israeli-settlers-storm-al-aqsa-mosque/

Surprise Israeli Election Results. Netanyahu Has a Narrow Lead over Benny Gantz
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-03
Pre-election polls showed a likely dead heat between Netanyahu's Likud party and lead challenger Benny Gantz's Blue and White party. | Both parties were projected to win 33 of 120 Knesset seats. A 61-seat majority coalition is required to form a …
globalresearch.ca/surprise-israeli-election-results-netanyahu-has-a-narrow-lead-over-benny-gantz/5705417

Analysis: On Hanging from the Blades of a Bulldozer: Al-Naem is Every Palestinian
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-03-03
By Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle How is one to apply rational political analysis to what is inherently irrational? What kind of political theory must one consult to formulate and test hypotheses when the information at hand is so grizzly, sadistic, and reeking with unbearable contradictions? Seeing the gaunt body …
imemc.org/article/analysis-on-hanging-from-the-blades-of-a-bulldozer-al-naem-is-every-palestinian/

Dozens of Olive and Grape Vines Uprooted by Illegal Settlers near Bethlehem
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-03
Israeli settlers, on Monday, uprooted dozens of olive and vine trees belonging to Palestinians in the town of Husan, west of the occupied city of Bethlehem, according to local sources. Mohammad Sbateen, head of Husan village council, told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Bitar Illit uprooted …
imemc.org/article/dozens-of-olive-and-vine-trees-uprooted-by-illegal-settlers-near-bethlehem/

Israeli Troops Abduct 9 Palestinians, Including Two Children, in Pre-Dawn Raids Tuesday
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-03-03
Israeli occupation forces abducted nine Palestinian citizens from the West Bank, including two teen boys, on Tuesday night. This was accompanied by searches and vandalism of homes, attacks on citizens, and the issuing of summonses to a number of Palestinians. The Palestinian News Agency Wafe said that two citizens were …
imemc.org/article/israeli-troops-abduct-9-palestinians-including-two-children-in-pre-dawn-raids-tuesday/

Netanyahu Declares Victory After Israeli Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-03
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party gained 36 seats in Monday's parliamentary elections, becoming once again the largest party, the Central Elections Committee said Tuesday after 97 percent of the votes have been counted. | RELATED: | Election Results Prove Israeli Society is Turning 'More Right' | Figures by the Committee, which oversees the elections, showed Netanyahu's main rival, Benny Gantz and his centrist Blue and White party, garnered 32 seats. | The L…
telesurenglish.net/news/Netanyahu-Declares-Victory-After-Israeli-Elections-20200303-0015.html

On Israeli Election Day, Israeli Forces Impose Total Closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-03
The Israeli army imposed a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and Gaza due to the Israeli elections on Monday. The closure was imposed from midnight on Sunday until early Tuesday morning, due to the Israelis going to the polls for the Presidential and "Knesset" elections. The Israeli army said …
imemc.org/article/on-israeli-election-day-israeli-forces-impose-total-closure-on-the-west-bank-and-gaza-strip/

Free doco makes case for Palestine solidarity
Stuart Munckton | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-03
National liberation Film & theatre Middle East Nora Barrows-FriedmanIssue 1256 PalestineMarch 3, 2020Often, I am asked for recommendations of video primers on the situation in Palestin…
greenleft.org.au/content/free-doco-makes-case-palestine-solidarity

Imagining Return: Palestinians in Jordan's Sprawling Refugee Camps Still Yearn for Home
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-02
Miko Peled recounts his visits to Jerash's Gaza Camp, a refugee camp housing tens of thousands of Palestinians just hours away from their ancestral homeland.
mintpressnews.com/palestinian-refugees-yearn-for-home-jordan-sprawling-refugee-camps/265392/

12 Palestinians Shot by Israeli Forces, 50 Exposed to Tear Gas, near Nablus
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-02
Several Palestinians, on Monday, were injured, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at them as they peacefully defended a mountain in Beita town, south of Nablus, against a settler takeover, local sources reported. Palestinians gathered on the Jabal al-Arma mountain to protect their land, located in the northern occupied West Bank, …
imemc.org/article/twelve-palestinians-shot-by-israeli-forces-including-a-journalist-near-nablus/

Imagining Return: Palestinians in Jordan's Sprawling Refugee Camps Still Yearn for Home
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-02
Miko Peled recounts his visits to Jerash's Gaza Camp, a refugee camp housing tens of thousands of Palestinians just hours away from their ancestral homeland.
mintpressnews.com/palestinian-refugees-yearn-for-home-jordan-sprawling-refugee-camps/265392/

Israeli Settlers and Soldiers Attack Non-Violent Protest, Wounding Several Palestinian Villagers
Rami Almeghari | imemc.org | 2020-03-02
Palestinian media reported on Monday that several Palestinian villagers from the West Bank village of Beeta, south of Nablus city, have been treated for injuries caused by live and rubber-coated steel Israeli bullets and tear gas. Medical sources said that at least three of those villagers were shot and wounded by …
imemc.org/article/israeli-settlers-and-soldiers-attack-non-violent-protest-wounding-several-palestinian-villagers/

Pipeline or a Pipedream
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2020-03-02
Israel, Turkey Hydrocarbon Conflict is Brewing in the Mediterranean…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/pipeline-or-a-pipedream/

Israeli Election Race Increasingly Desperate as Voters go to Polls
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-02
Few in Israel expect the country's third general election in a year to end with a markedly different outcome from the previous two. Barring a last-minute upset, most of those turning out on Monday assume the political stalemate will continue. There are already rumblings from politicians of an imminent fourth round of voting. Paradoxically, much …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/israeli-election-race-increasingly-desperate-as-voters-go-to-polls/

Closing Arguments Held in Case of Admitted Dawabsha Family Killer
Staff | imemc.org | 2020-03-02
5 years after a brutal act of terror by a gang of Israelis, who set a family's home on fire, causing the deaths of the mother, father and baby, and leaving only the 4-year old alive, critically wounded with burns all over his body, the final arguments were presented Sunday …
imemc.org/article/closing-arguments-held-in-case-of-admitted-dawabsha-family-killer/

VIDEO: Soldiers, Settlers Break into Palestinian Home in Hebron
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-02
Israeli forces and settlers, stormed the house of a Palestinian family in Hebron, on Sunday, after settlers accused the family of 'opening fire' at them. Palestinian Abu Shamsiyyeh family attempted to fight off the intrusion, the video footage shows Israeli soldiers and settlers breaking into the house. The United Nations …
imemc.org/article/video-soldiers-settlers-break-into-palestinian-home-in-hebron/

Israeli Settlers Raze Palestinian Land in Northern West Bank
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-02
Illegal Israeli settlers on Sunday began razing tracts of land in the Palestinian villages of Qusra and Jurish, to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to local sources. Ghassan Daghlas, a local official in charge of monitoring settler violence, told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that …
imemc.org/article/israeli-settlers-raze-palestinian-land-in-northern-west-bank/

Israel's Moral Culpability
Alon Ben-Meir | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-28
Four ethical theories

Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-07
Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes