Author Archives: admin

2020-03-28: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2020-03-28). No Mercy even in a Pandemic. zcomm.org Israeli Occupation Authorities Demolish Makeshift Field Hospital in Palestinian Hamlet…

yenisafak (2020-03-28). Coronavirus cases rise in five Arab states. yenisafak.com Health authorities in five Arab countries reported fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday.In a statement, Morocco's Health Ministry said 13 coronavirus cases were recorded, taking the total infections in the country to 358.The ministry put the death toll from the disease at 23 and 11 recoveries.In Palestine, six new coronavirus infections were reported, taking the total cases to 97, according to a spokesman for the Palestinian government.In Oman, the Health Ministry said 21 new infections were registered, bringing the total coronavirus cases in the Gulf state to 152.According to the ministry, a total of 23 patients…

yenisafak (2020-03-28). COVID-19 continues to spread in Arab countries. yenisafak.com Morocco's online bulletin that announces new COVID-19 cases said the total number of the cases in the country increased to 358, with 13 new patients.According to the website, the death toll in the country is now 23.It also said 11 people were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus.In Palestine, government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem reported six more confirmed cases of the virus in the country, bringing the total to 97.Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Health Ministry said the total number of confirmed cases rose to 235, with 10 new cases confirmed.It also said that the number of discharged people from hospi…

yenisafak (2020-03-28). COVID-19 cases in Israel near 3,500. yenisafak.com The number of COVID-19 cases in Israel has reached 3,460 after 425 more people are diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the statement by the country's health ministry.50 of the patients are in critical condition and 89 have recovered, the statement added.Until now, COVID-19 claimed the lives of 12 in the country.As part of measures, all schools have been closed in the country, all meetings in public, open or closed areas with more than 10 people have also been banned.All trading firms except supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks have also been closed beginning with March 15.Tel Aviv also banned the en…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-27). BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India's Democracy. counterpunch.org It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being 'the largest democracy in the world' has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities — chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence.

Ali Salam (2020-03-27). Three Palestinian Homes Demolished by Israeli Forces near Jericho. imemc.org Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished three Palestinian-owned homes in the village of al-Diyouk, west of the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, under the pretext they were built without permits, local sources said. The sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers and police accompanied bulldozers as they invaded …

Rami Almeghari (2020-03-27). VIDEO: Israeli Soldiers Spit on Palestinian-owned Property in Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers, on Friday morning, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, reportedly spat on Palestinian-owned vehicles and property in a Hebron suburb, according to a local official. In video footage, shown on social media, Israeli soldiers were seen spitting on Palestinian vehicles, which were parked in an industrial …

Ali Salam (2020-03-27). Palestinian Building Equipment, Tents Seized by Israeli Forces in Jordan Valley. imemc.org Israeli forces demolished a residential structure and seized tents, on Thursday, in the Jordan Valley village of Ibziq, north of the occupied West Bank city of Tubas, according to a local official. Abdul Majeed Khdeirat, head of Ibziq village council, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers stormed the …

Ali Salam (2020-03-27). Palestinian Shed and Water Well Destroyed by Israeli Forces in West Bank. imemc.org Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished a farming shed and a water well in Deir Ballut town, west of Salfit city, according to a local official. Governor of Salfit, Abdallah Kmeil told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer into Wadi Sarida area, where the heavy machinery tore …

BIICFHRIOT (2020-03-27). B'Tselem: "During the Coronavirus crisis, Israel confiscates tents designated for clinic in the Northern West Bank" imemc.org The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights In The Occupied Territories (B'Tselem): Communities Facing Expulsion: On Thursday, 26 March 2020, at around 7:…

Neve Gordon (2020-03-27). The Gaza Strip Has Been Under Siege for Years. Covid-19 Could Be Catastrophic. commondreams.org The fact that most Palestinians are living literally from hand to mouth suggests that the coronavirus's impact in Gaza will be exponentially harsher than in many other countries. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1046064888_1.jpg

Rami Almeghari (2020-03-27). PA's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Seeks Protection of Palestinian Population. imemc.org The Palestinian Authority's (PA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday, called on the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people, amidst growing concerns over the widely-spread Coronavirus worldwide, including the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. The call came in response to a recent series of attacks, carried out …

Miko Peled (2020-03-27). From Electoral Politics to Coronavirus Response: In Israel, Apartheid Mentality Reigns. mintpressnews.com Israel's longstanding political crisis didn't end due to some altruistic desire to pull together in a time of crisis, it ended because Israelis were faced with a choice, work with Arabs or throw it all away, writes Miko Peled.

Ali Salam (2020-03-26). Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa under Police Protection. imemc.org Several illegal Israeli settlers, on Wednesday morning, invaded the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque, under police guard, despite the closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Days of Palestine. Local sources said that dozens of extremist settlers, escorted by police officers, forced their way into al-Aqsa Mosque and performed Talmudic rituals …

Ali Salam (2020-03-26). Olive Trees, Grapevines Damaged by Israeli Settlers near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, damaged 50 olive trees and grapevines in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem city, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local source. Hisham Mohammad Sbeih, the landowner, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that upon entering his grove, near the Gush Etzion colonial settlement bloc, …

PCHR (2020-03-26). PCHR Calls upon Palestinian Government to Find Mechanisms to Protect and Support the Poor and Low-Income Families in light of the State of Emergency in the Gaza Strip. imemc.org The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of the state of emergency announced to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). PCHR warns of catastrophic deterioration in the living conditions of the Gaza Strip population if the state of …

Rami Almeghari (2020-03-26). Israel Releases Post Packages for Palestinian Territories. imemc.org Israeli authorities released on Thursday a large shipment of postal packages sent to the occupied Palestinian territories, from abroad. A statement, released by the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, said that the released shipment includes posts, delivered directly by three new countries to the Palestinian Authority's …

teleSUR (2020-03-26). Shock in Israel as Benny Gantz Is Elected Speaker of Parliament. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival, Benny Gantz, was elected Thursday speaker of the Knesset (parliament) in a surprise move that suggests a unity government paving the way for Netanyahu to remain in power. | RELATED: | The shift plunged Gantz's Blue and White Party into disarray just a year after its creation as a coalition of centrist opponents to the 70-year-old right-winger who is Israel's lon…

Fight Back (2020-03-25). MN shows solidarity with Palestine during COVID-19 pandemic. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The MN Anti-War Committee (AWC) wanted to be a part of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network's global week of action for Palestinian Land Day but they couldn't do it as a protest the way they had originally planned. Instead on March 24 the MN AWC reorganized their protest as a call-in day, and then did a five-person social distancing bannering protest. | In 1976, Land Day marked a turning point as the first mass mobilization by Palestinians within Israel against colonialism and land theft. Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel for protesting the Israeli go…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-24). The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports. dissidentvoice.org The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for …

Miko Peled (2020-03-24). King David's Ancient Road: How Israeli Archaeologists Are Aiding the Theft of Silwan. mintpressnews.com Claiming "science" as their reason and in total disregard for the wellbeing of the population, tunnels are dug under Palestinian homes in Silwan, destroying foundations and forcing residents to flee.

Staff (2020-03-23). Headlines for March 23, 2020. democracynow.org Global COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 15,000 as Italy Drafts Military to Enforce Lockdown, Angela Merkel to Self-Quarantine After Her Doctor Tests Positive for COVID-19, First COVID-19 Cases Reported in Occupied Gaza, War-Stricken Syria and Afghanistan | , Coronavirus Cases Mount Across Africa, Two Nigerians Overdose Self-Medicating with Chloroquine After Trump Praised Anti-Malaria Drug as Possible COVID-19 Treatment, Coronavirus Leads to Lockdowns, Travel Bans in Latin America, as a Colombian Prison Riot Turns Deadly | , Fate of Tokyo Olympics Still Unknown as Canada, Australia Refuse to Send Athletes | , India Lock…

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 …

2020-03-28: Social Media Postees

Please be social by posting these 'POSTEES' on social media!

No Mercy even in a Pandemic
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Israeli Occupation Authorities Demolish Makeshift Field Hospital in Palestinian Hamlet…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/no-mercy-even-in-a-pandemic/

Coronavirus cases rise in five Arab states
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-28
Health authorities in five Arab countries reported fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday.In a statement, Morocco's Health Ministry said 13 coronavirus cases were recorded, taking the total infections in the country to 358.The ministry put the death toll from the disease at 23 and 11 recoveries.In Palestine, six new coronavirus infections were reported, taking the total cases to 97, according to a spokesman for the Palestinian government.In Oman, the Health Ministry said 21 new infections were registered, bringing the total coronavirus cases in the Gulf state to 152.According to the ministry, a total of 23 patients…
yenisafak.com/en/world/coronavirus-cases-rise-in-five-arab-states-3515264

COVID-19 continues to spread in Arab countries
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-28
Morocco's online bulletin that announces new COVID-19 cases said the total number of the cases in the country increased to 358, with 13 new patients.According to the website, the death toll in the country is now 23.It also said 11 people were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus.In Palestine, government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem reported six more confirmed cases of the virus in the country, bringing the total to 97.Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Health Ministry said the total number of confirmed cases rose to 235, with 10 new cases confirmed.It also said that the number of discharged people from hospi…
yenisafak.com/en/world/covid-19-continues-to-spread-in-arab-countries-3515278

COVID-19 cases in Israel near 3,500
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-28
The number of COVID-19 cases in Israel has reached 3,460 after 425 more people are diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the statement by the country's health ministry.50 of the patients are in critical condition and 89 have recovered, the statement added.Until now, COVID-19 claimed the lives of 12 in the country.As part of measures, all schools have been closed in the country, all meetings in public, open or closed areas with more than 10 people have also been banned.All trading firms except supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks have also been closed beginning with March 15.Tel Aviv also banned the en…
yenisafak.com/en/world/covid-19-cases-in-israel-near-3500-3515269

BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India's Democracy
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being 'the largest democracy in the world' has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities

Three Palestinian Homes Demolished by Israeli Forces near Jericho
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-27
Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished three Palestinian-owned homes in the village of al-Diyouk, west of the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, under the pretext they were built without permits, local sources said. The sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers and police accompanied bulldozers as they invaded …
imemc.org/article/three-palestinian-homes-demolished-by-israeli-forces-near-jericho/

B'Tselem: "During the Coronavirus crisis, Israel confiscates tents designated for clinic in the Northern West Bank"
BIICFHRIOT | imemc.org | 2020-03-27
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights In The Occupied Territories (B'Tselem): Communities Facing Expulsion: On Thursday, 26 March 2020, at around 7:…
imemc.org/article/btselem-during-the-coronavirus-crisis-israel-confiscates-tents-designated-for-clinic-in-the-northern-west-bank/

Palestinian Building Equipment, Tents Seized by Israeli Forces in Jordan Valley
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-27
Israeli forces demolished a residential structure and seized tents, on Thursday, in the Jordan Valley village of Ibziq, north of the occupied West Bank city of Tubas, according to a local official. Abdul Majeed Khdeirat, head of Ibziq village council, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers stormed the …
imemc.org/article/palestinian-building-equipment-tents-seized-by-israeli-forces-in-jordan-valley/

VIDEO: Israeli Soldiers Spit on Palestinian-owned Property in Hebron
Rami Almeghari | imemc.org | 2020-03-27
Israeli soldiers, on Friday morning, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, reportedly spat on Palestinian-owned vehicles and property in a Hebron suburb, according to a local official. In video footage, shown on social media, Israeli soldiers were seen spitting on Palestinian vehicles, which were parked in an industrial …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-spit-on-palestinian-owned-property-in-hebron/

Palestinian Shed and Water Well Destroyed by Israeli Forces in West Bank
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-27
Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished a farming shed and a water well in Deir Ballut town, west of Salfit city, according to a local official. Governor of Salfit, Abdallah Kmeil told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer into Wadi Sarida area, where the heavy machinery tore …
imemc.org/article/palestinian-shed-and-water-well-destroyed-by-israeli-forces-in-west-bank/

PA's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Seeks Protection of Palestinian Population
Rami Almeghari | imemc.org | 2020-03-27
The Palestinian Authority's (PA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday, called on the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people, amidst growing concerns over the widely-spread Coronavirus worldwide, including the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. The call came in response to a recent series of attacks, carried out …
imemc.org/article/pas-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-seeks-protection-of-palestinian-population/

The Gaza Strip Has Been Under Siege for Years. Covid-19 Could Be Catastrophic
Neve Gordon | commondreams.org | 2020-03-27
The fact that most Palestinians are living literally from hand to mouth suggests that the coronavirus's impact in Gaza will be exponentially harsher than in many other countries. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1046064888_1.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2020/03/27/gaza-strip-has-been-under-siege-years-covid-19-could-be-catastrophic?cd-origin=rss

From Electoral Politics to Coronavirus Response: In Israel, Apartheid Mentality Reigns
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-27
Israel's longstanding political crisis didn't end due to some altruistic desire to pull together in a time of crisis, it ended because Israelis were faced with a choice, work with Arabs or throw it all away, writes Miko Peled.
mintpressnews.com/electoral-politics-coronavirus-response-israel-apartheid-mentality/266093/

Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa under Police Protection
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-26
Several illegal Israeli settlers, on Wednesday morning, invaded the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque, under police guard, despite the closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Days of Palestine. Local sources said that dozens of extremist settlers, escorted by police officers, forced their way into al-Aqsa Mosque and performed Talmudic rituals …
imemc.org/article/settlers-invade-al-aqsa-under-police-protection/

Shock in Israel as Benny Gantz Is Elected Speaker of Parliament
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-26
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival, Benny Gantz, was elected Thursday speaker of the Knesset (parliament) in a surprise move that suggests a unity government paving the way for Netanyahu to remain in power. | RELATED: | Amid COVID-19, India Buys $116M Worth Of Weapons to Israel | The shift plunged Gantz's Blue and White Party into disarray just a year after its creation as a coalition of centrist opponents to the 70-year-old right-winger who is Israel's lon…
telesurenglish.net/news/Shock-in-Israel-as-Benny-Gantz-Is-Elected-Speaker-of-Parliament-20200326-0017.html

Olive Trees, Grapevines Damaged by Israeli Settlers near Bethlehem
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-26
Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, damaged 50 olive trees and grapevines in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem city, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local source. Hisham Mohammad Sbeih, the landowner, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that upon entering his grove, near the Gush Etzion colonial settlement bloc, …
imemc.org/article/olive-trees-grapevines-damaged-by-israeli-settlers-near-bethlehem/

PCHR Calls upon Palestinian Government to Find Mechanisms to Protect and Support the Poor and Low-Income Families in light of the State of Emergency in the Gaza Strip
PCHR | imemc.org | 2020-03-26
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of the state of emergency announced to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). PCHR warns of catastrophic deterioration in the living conditions of the Gaza Strip population if the state of …
imemc.org/article/pchr-calls-upon-palestinian-government-to-find-mechanisms-to-protect-and-support-the-poor-and-low-income-families-in-light-of-the-state-of-emergency-in-the-gaza-strip/

Israel Releases Post Packages for Palestinian Territories
Rami Almeghari | imemc.org | 2020-03-26
Israeli authorities released on Thursday a large shipment of postal packages sent to the occupied Palestinian territories, from abroad. A statement, released by the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, said that the released shipment includes posts, delivered directly by three new countries to the Palestinian Authority's …
imemc.org/article/israel-releases-post-packages-for-palestinian-territories/

Malaysian socialist calls out dangerous myth of COVID-19 'mitigation'
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-26
Asia & the Pacific Healthcare Jeyakumar DevarajIssue 1258 Malaysia COVID-19March 26, 2020I received a video on March 22 featuring an Israeli minister making an argument supporting "mitigation" as a strat…
greenleft.org.au/content/malaysian-socialist-calls-out-dangerous-myth-covid-19-mitigation

BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India's Democracy
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-25
It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being 'the largest democracy in the world' has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities

MN shows solidarity with Palestine during COVID-19 pandemic
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-25
Minneapolis, MN – The MN Anti-War Committee (AWC) wanted to be a part of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network's global week of action for Palestinian Land Day but they couldn't do it as a protest the way they had originally planned. Instead on March 24 the MN AWC reorganized their protest as a call-in day, and then did a five-person social distancing bannering protest. | In 1976, Land Day marked a turning point as the first mass mobilization by Palestinians within Israel against colonialism and land theft. Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel for protesting the Israeli go…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/25/mn-shows-solidarity-palestine-during-covid-19-pandemic

The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-24
The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/the-not-so-shocking-report-on-israeli-weapons-exports/

King David's Ancient Road: How Israeli Archaeologists Are Aiding the Theft of Silwan
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-24
Claiming "science" as their reason and in total disregard for the wellbeing of the population, tunnels are dug under Palestinian homes in Silwan, destroying foundations and forcing residents to flee.
mintpressnews.com/how-israel-archeologists-aiding-theft-silwan/266005/

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/