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2021-04-16: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-16). Recognition of Palestine is 'Symbolic' But also Critical: the Australian Case. counterpunch.org Australia's Labor Party's recognition of Palestine as a State on March 30 is a welcomed position, though it comes with many caveats. Pro-Palestinian activists are justified to question the sincerity of the ALP's stance and whether Australia's Labor is genuinely prepared to fully adopt this position should they form a government following the 2022 elections.

MEE staff (2021-04-16). Israel restricts entry to al-Aqsa mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan. middleeasteye.net Israel restricts entry to al-Aqsa mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan | The Israeli military blocked roads and installed makeshift checkpoints around the mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, allowing access to small numbers of Palestinians | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 13: 00 | A Palestinian woman takes part in the first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at al-Aqsa mosque, 16 April 2021…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-16). Israel Concludes Independence Day Celebrations By Bombing Gaza. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Starting on April 14th and continuing until the evening of April 15th, Israel celebrated its Independence Day. | And what better way to commemorate the event than by exchanging fire with the Gaza Strip. | In the late hours of April 15th, and early hours of April 16th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that a rocket had been fired at southern Israel from Gaza. | A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said alerts went off in the city of Sderot and the surrounding area. Th…

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-04-16). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. counterpunch.org Just as talks between the US and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and as

Daniel Beaumont (2021-04-16). The Palestinians: "We Shall Not Be Moved" counterpunch.org The resolve of the Palestinians to live on the land that is rightly theirs, despite all the Israeli efforts to dislodge them and drive them out, has never wavered. Just as the long struggle of African Americans has persisted since in the face white resistance which has employed an evolving array of tactics to block their way, 'voting reform, being only the last.

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-16). Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn', activists say. middleeasteye.net Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn', activists say | Former leader's disciplinary code, which was criticised by pro-Israel groups, is still being used under Starmer, party officials admit after court hearing | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10: 02 | Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in London at a protest against proposed new police powers, in April 2021 (AFP) | A gro…

Staff (2021-04-16). Biden Sanctions Russia for Cyber Espionage While Remaining Silent over Israeli Cyberattack on Iran. democracynow.org The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats after the Biden administration accused Moscow of being involved in major cyberattacks. The Treasury Department claimed Russia interfered in the 2020 election and was behind the SolarWinds hack, which compromised the computer systems of nine U.S. government agencies and scores of private companies. The sanctions target 32 Russian entities and individuals and bar U.S. banks from purchasing Russian government debt. Russia vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions and accused the Biden administration of degrading bilateral rela…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-15). Jewish Voice for Peace Action Endorses McCollum Bill Placing Conditions on US Aid to Israel. commondreams.org "Congress must stop ignoring the unjust and blatantly cruel mistreatment of Palestinian children and families living under Israeli military occupation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/palestinian_child_0_0.jpg

Jessica Buxbaum (2021-04-15). Just Like in the US, Policing in Israel is Rooted in Racist Violence. mintpressnews.com In the US, policing can be traced back to nineteenth-century slave patrols. In Israel, security forces have roots in Haganah, a Zionist militia group involved in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

samidoun (2021-04-15). Boycott Israeli Dates — Stand with Palestine, Boycott Apartheid! samidoun.net Boycott Israeli Dates!: | Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are marking Ramadan inside Israeli prisons, deprived of their families and loved ones, while their communities and loved ones are kept from these strugglers for freedom by iron bars and prison walls of the occupation. Millions more Palestinians mark the holiday facing home demolitions, land confiscation, systematic racism and apartheid, a killer siege, extrajudicial executions, military occupation, and settler colonialisn. For 72 years, Palestinian refugees have been denied their right to return to their homes, lands and properties by the Zionis…

_____ (2021-04-15). After Election, Israel Turns Attention To De-Arabization Of The Zionist State. popularresistance.org Jerusalem – As these words are being typed, The Holy Month of Ramadan is about to begin and I want to begin by wishing my Muslim brothers and sisters, friends, and all Muslims around the world Ramadan Karim. I was born and raised in Jerusalem, which has been an Arab and Muslim city for over 1,500 years. The sight of this beautiful ancient city during Ramadan is unforgettable. The lights and decorations, the festivities, and the families enjoying all of this are heartwarming. | Sadly, since the Zionist invasion of Palestine 73 years ago, and particularly since the savage conquest of the Old City 54 years ago, this…

Committee on Academic Freedom (2021-04-15). Protesting Ongoing Israeli Army Arrests, Detention of University Students in Occupied Palestine. juancole.com By Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association. To: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Yoav Galant, Minister of Higher Education Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Justice Avi Nissenkorn, Brigadier General Rasan Alian, Head of Civil Administration in the West Bank, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Chief Clerk Init …

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Palestinians in Israel mark 73 years since Nakba, affirming right of return. middleeasteye.net Palestinians in Israel mark 73 years since Nakba, affirming right of return | As Israel celebrates independence day, Palestinian citizens participate in the annual March of Return | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 15: 01 | Palestinians demonstrate along the controversial separation barrier at the western entrance of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, marking the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, 16 May 2020 (AFP) | As Is…

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Palestine accuses UK of giving 'carte blanche to Israel' in opposing ICC probe. middleeasteye.net Palestine accuses UK of giving 'carte blanche to Israel' in opposing ICC probe | PA's UK diplomatic mission responds to Boris Johnson's objection to international court's probe into abuses in the occupied Palestinian Territories | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 16: 48 | A Palestinian man on 4 March walks past a mural of journalists killed during Israel's 2014 offensive in Gaza (AFP/File photo) | The Palestinian Authority's…

RT (2021-04-15). Israeli jets & helicopters strike Gaza Strip in reprisal for rocket attack. rt.com Explosions lit up the night sky over Gaza as Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters bombed several locations inside the Palestinian enclave. Tel Aviv said the strike was a reprisal for a rocket fired into Israel earlier. | Reports of the bombing came shortly after 1am local time on Friday, with eyewitnesses sharing videos purportedly showing explosions and claiming F-16 fighters were attacking. | The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the bombing and said it was in "response to the rocket fired from Gaza at Israel earlier tonight." | Fighter jets and helicopters struck "a Hamas weapons manufacturing s…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-15). Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility. counterpunch.org Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day. The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Unfortunately, the stars did not shine and President Hassan Rouhani and his officials were left with a reminder of the previous time the centrifuges at Natanz crashed. In

Ariel Gold, Medea Benjamin (2021-04-15). War Hawks Are Working Overtime to Derail US-Iran Diplomacy. commondreams.org As the saboteurs of diplomacy hope for a violent escalation, let's keep in mind—and hope Iran agrees—that the best revenge would be a revived JCPOA. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/netanyahu_8.jpg

Steven Sahiounie (2021-04-15). The Israeli Attack on Iran May Sabotage the US Goal of a New Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Natanz uranium enrichment site was attacked. An …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). UN experts warn of increasing attacks on Palestinians by extremist settlers. peoplesdispatch.org The group of three experts also expressed grave concern at the heightened rate of settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories by the state of Israel…

WSWS (2021-04-15). Major powers respond to Israel's criminal attack on Natanz with a shrug of the shoulders. wsws.org The blast was criminal and reckless. The loss of electrical power for any length of time could have had catastrophic consequences, as the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan demonstrated.

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2021-04-15: News Headlines

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Palestine accuses UK of giving 'carte blanche to Israel' in opposing ICC probe. middleeasteye.net Palestine accuses UK of giving 'carte blanche to Israel' in opposing ICC probe | PA's UK diplomatic mission responds to Boris Johnson's objection to international court's probe into abuses in the occupied Palestinian Territories | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 16: 48 | A Palestinian man on 4 March walks past a mural of journalists killed during Israel's 2014 offensive in Gaza (AFP/File photo) | The Palestinian Authority's…

Workers World Party (2021-04-15). PDF of April 15 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Amazon workers: The struggle has just begun Daunte Wright's life matters! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. COVID crisis: Michigan surge, Vaccines — Capitalism vs. Socialism. PRO Act: petition & editorial. Paul Robeson remembered; On the picket line; DREAMERS confront Cruz. GLOBAL: Vieques, Culebra; Greenland; Gaza; Venezuela. TEAR DOWN . . . |

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-15). Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios? zcomm.org "it's a breakthrough even to consider the investigation, let alone the indictment and the prosecution of either Israelis or Americans that was put on the agenda of the ICC, which led to a pushback by these governments."

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-15). Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility. counterpunch.org Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day. The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Unfortunately, the stars did not shine and President Hassan Rouhani and his officials were left with a reminder of the previous time the centrifuges at Natanz crashed. In

Jessica Buxbaum (2021-04-15). Just Like in the US, Policing in Israel is Rooted in Racist Violence. mintpressnews.com In the US, policing can be traced back to nineteenth-century slave patrols. In Israel, security forces have roots in Haganah, a Zionist militia group involved in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

samidoun (2021-04-15). Boycott Israeli Dates — Stand with Palestine, Boycott Apartheid! samidoun.net Boycott Israeli Dates!: | Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are marking Ramadan inside Israeli prisons, deprived of their families and loved ones, while their communities and loved ones are kept from these strugglers for freedom by iron bars and prison walls of the occupation. Millions more Palestinians mark the holiday facing home demolitions, land confiscation, systematic racism and apartheid, a killer siege, extrajudicial executions, military occupation, and settler colonialisn. For 72 years, Palestinian refugees have been denied their right to return to their homes, lands and properties by the Zionis…

_____ (2021-04-15). After Election, Israel Turns Attention To De-Arabization Of The Zionist State. popularresistance.org Jerusalem – As these words are being typed, The Holy Month of Ramadan is about to begin and I want to begin by wishing my Muslim brothers and sisters, friends, and all Muslims around the world Ramadan Karim. I was born and raised in Jerusalem, which has been an Arab and Muslim city for over 1,500 years. The sight of this beautiful ancient city during Ramadan is unforgettable. The lights and decorations, the festivities, and the families enjoying all of this are heartwarming. | Sadly, since the Zionist invasion of Palestine 73 years ago, and particularly since the savage conquest of the Old City 54 years ago, this…

Committee on Academic Freedom (2021-04-15). Protesting Ongoing Israeli Army Arrests, Detention of University Students in Occupied Palestine. juancole.com By Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association. To: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Yoav Galant, Minister of Higher Education Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Justice Avi Nissenkorn, Brigadier General Rasan Alian, Head of Civil Administration in the West Bank, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Chief Clerk Init …

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Palestinians in Israel mark 73 years since Nakba, affirming right of return. middleeasteye.net Palestinians in Israel mark 73 years since Nakba, affirming right of return | As Israel celebrates independence day, Palestinian citizens participate in the annual March of Return | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 15: 01 | Palestinians demonstrate along the controversial separation barrier at the western entrance of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, marking the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, 16 May 2020 (AFP) | As Is…

Steven Sahiounie (2021-04-15). The Israeli Attack on Iran May Sabotage the US Goal of a New Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Natanz uranium enrichment site was attacked. An …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). UN experts warn of increasing attacks on Palestinians by extremist settlers. peoplesdispatch.org The group of three experts also expressed grave concern at the heightened rate of settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories by the state of Israel…

Global Research News (2021-04-14). Selected Articles: Fearmongering Goes Nuclear — 'We're in Brand-New Pandemic'. globalresearch.ca By Israeli researchers found people who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine were eight times more likely to be …

Ted Kelly (2021-04-14). After 'Great March of Return,' Gaza still under threat. workers.org Philadelphia Gaza is located on the western side of occupied Palestine and has been under Israeli military control since 1967. With a population of 2 million, it is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. It is frequently referred to as an "open-air prison," as the Israeli . . . |

Megan Redshaw (2021-04-14). Pfizer Vaccine May Put People at Higher Risk for COVID Variants, Israeli Study Shows. globalresearch.ca Israeli researchers found people who received two doses of the Pfizer …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-14). Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios? counterpunch.org The Israeli government's position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself," Netanyahu said in a statement on April 8. Subsequently, Israel "completely rejects" any accusations that it has committed war crimes.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-14). Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios? dissidentvoice.org The Israeli government's position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself," Netanyahu said in a …

Editor2 (2021-04-14). Israel Refuses to Cooperate with ICC on War Crimes Probe. orinocotribune.com Israel will tell the International Criminal Court (ICC) that it does not recognize the authority of the tribunal, which is set to investigate alleged war crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian Territories, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday. | "Netanyahu, after meeting with senior ministers and government officials ahead of a Friday deadline to respond to an ICC notification letter, said Israel would not cooperate with the inquiry, but it will send a response," Reuters reported. | Israel's decision to "not cooperate" stems from knowing that its army has indeed committed war crim…

MEE staff (2021-04-14). 'Palestinians must be protected': UN warns of rise in Israeli settler attacks. middleeasteye.net 'Palestinians must be protected': UN warns of rise in Israeli settler attacks | UN rights experts document 210 attacks carried out by settlers so far in 2021, and call on Israel to halt settlement expansion | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 16: 42 | Israeli settlers targeted the "livelihoods of rural Palestinians, vandalising livestock, agricultural lands, trees and homes", according to UN experts (AFP) | UN human rights ex…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-14). Iraqi Sources Reveal New Details About Alleged Attack On Mossad Center In Erbil. southfront.org Mossad logo | Ten Israeli intelligence officers were killed or injured in the alleged attack on an information and operation center of the Mossad in Iraq's Erbil, Iraqi sources reported on April 14. | A special force of the "resistance" in Iraq raided the alleged center late on April 13. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) denied these claims, which remains without a proof. | The

Anonymous007 (2021-04-14). Iran To Enrich Uranium To 60% In Response To Nuclear Deal Signatory "Evilness" southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 13th, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has called Tehran's decision to enrich uranium up to 60% after saboteurs attacked a nuclear site a necessary response. | He called it "an answer to your evilness," linking the incident to ongoing talks in Vienna over the Iran Nuclear Deal. | Israel is suspected of carrying out this weekend's assault at the Natanz nuclear facility. | The escalation in enrichment could see further retaliation as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vow…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-14). Iraqi Sources Reveal New Details About Alleged Attack On Erbil Mossad Center. southfront.org Mossad logo | Ten Israeli intelligence officers were killed or injured in the alleged attack on an information and operation center of the Mossad in Iraq's Erbil, Iraqi sources reported on April 14. | A special force of the "resistance" in Iraq raided the alleged center late on April 13. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) denied these claims, which remains without a proof. | The

Meron Rapoport (2021-04-14). Israel celebrates its Independence Day more fractured than ever. middleeasteye.net Israel celebrates its Independence Day more fractured than ever | Israelis used to be divided along secular, ultra-Orthodox, national religious and Arab lines. Now even those four groups are riven within | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 16: 46 | Israeli flags and people are seen through a Star of David-shaped hole in a stone wall on Israel's Memorial Day (Reuters) | Haaretz is Israel's liberal Jewish newspap…

Sheren Khalel (2021-04-14). 'Enables UAE's reckless conduct': Anti-war advocates slam $23bn US arms sale. middleeasteye.net 'Enables UAE's reckless conduct': Anti-war advocates slam $23bn US arms sale | Citing the UAE's role in Yemen and Libya, arms experts and rights groups say the sale 'undermines stability in the region' | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 16: 22 | Israel is the only other country in the Middle East to be approved for F-35 purchases (AFP/File photo) | When the Biden administration announced in late January that it p…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Globalink: How Will Iran Respond to Nuclear Facility Incident?>. telesurenglish.net Iran says Israel behind sabotage at nuclear facility to disrupt Vienna talks. How will Iran respond to this kind of action? Will Iran and U.S. hold talks in Vienna?>

VINS (2021-04-14). "Colonizing the Atmosphere": How Rich, Western Nations Drive the Climate Crisis. projectcensored.org Writing for In These Times, Sarah Lazare lays out how countries in the so-called Global North (the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan) are creating a…

Miko Peled (2021-04-14). Safely Past Another Election, Israel Turns Attention Back to De-Arabization of The Zionist State. mintpressnews.com The Zionists openly say that they will allow Palestinians to choose whether they remain in "Israel" as residents without rights, leave, or fight and be killed by the Israeli forces — these same forces that have been killing them for more than seventy years.

Miko Peled (2021-04-14). Safely Past Another Election, Israel Turns Attention Back to De-Arabization of The Zionist State. mintpressnews.com The Zionists openly say that they will allow Palestinians to choose whether they remain in "Israel" as residents without rights, leave, or fight and be killed by the Israeli forces — the same forces that have been killing them for more than seventy years.

ecns.cn (2021-04-14). Wounded turtle returns to sea after treatment in Israel. ecns.cn Kfir, a 30-kilogramme wounded female green sea turtle was released into the Mediterranean after receiving treatment at the Israeli Sea Turtle Rescue Center.

ecns.cn (2021-04-14). Israel decides to reopen schools by Sunday. ecns.cn Israel's coronavirus cabinet decided to fully reopen the country's education system, an official statement said Tuesday.

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