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McCaul introduces House bill to give Israel billions of dollars, combat BDS
By Alison Weir. A powerful Congressman with ties to a controversial donor has introduced a House version of S.1, the Senate bill that would give Israel $38 billion & combat BDS…  Read the rest of this entry
In Three Years, Israeli Military Courts Have Fined Palestinians $16 Million
From Ha’aretz. Israeli military courts not only have a 99% conviction rate when it comes to Palestinian prisoners, but in many cases they also impose exorbitant fines and unreasonable prison sentences. Last month, one Palestinian was convicted of throwing a stone at security forces from an unknown distance. The stone did not hit anyone and caused no damage. He was sentenced to six months and a day in prison and fined 2,000 shekels (about $500). Read the rest of this entry
Pro-Israel, Pro-War Neocons ally with “Progressives” to Destroy Donald Trump
From the American Herald Tribune. Philip Giraldi writes that Israelist Neocons have moved back & forth between the left and the right… currently they’re working with progressives, funded by Pierre Omidyar, featured as “pundits” from Fox News to Rachel Maddow, & promoting anti-Russian conspiracies.  Read the rest of this entry
Israeli snipers kill Palestinian woman, target medics, injure 25 with live fire, tear gas
From Ma’an News and Electronic Intifada. A new year brings Palestinians more injustice and tragedy, as Israeli soldiers shoot and tear gas unarmed protesters in Gaza, and shoot alleged attackers with liberality.  Read the rest of this entry
Democracy Now Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked
Activist and scholar Angela Davis is compelling as she speaks with Amy Goodman about injustice in Palestine and the injustice of those groups trying to shut down dialogue. She is gratified that the outcome of her controversial loss of the Shuttlesworth Award includes a robust conversation about justice for Palestinians; she also notes the fact that many groups, including some Jewish groups, support her.  Read the rest of this entry
House passes bill to force Trump to nominate “anti-semitism” head who would monitor criticism of Israel
By Alison Weir. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-1 for a bill that would force President Trump to nominate an anti-Semitism envoy, a position that has been vacant since he took office. The definition of anti-Semitism the position uses includes certain criticisms of Israel.  Read the rest of this entry
Opinion: Americans Need a Congress that Represents Americans
Paul Craig Roberts: US Senator Marco Rubio poses as a representative of Florida Republicans, but in truth he represents the interests of Israel. He is sponsor of legislation that punishes Americans who boycott Israel as their way of protesting Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people. That Rubio is doing his best to dismantle what little is left of the First Amendment doesn’t seem to bother the media, who are no longer protective of the First Amendment.  Read the rest of this entry
Senate Democrats again block pro-Israel S.1 from going to vote during government shutdown
By Alison Weir. Senate Republicans again failed to obtain the 60 votes necessary to move the bill to a quick vote, as Democratic leaders complained of what they say is Republican intransigence in ending the government shutdown. Rubio says the bill was crafted to help Israel, says he opposes Trump troop withdrawal from Syria because it would hurt Israel… Read the rest of this entry
The pro-Israel billionaires & neocons behind Marco Rubio
Rubio’s career has been funded from the beginning by multi-billionaire Israel partisans such as Normal Braman, Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson, and Larry Ellison. Rubio has close ties to the pro-Israel neocons who pushed the U.S. into the disastrous Iraq war, and he advocates positions that would likely lead to still more war and violence…  Read the rest of this entry
Ten years after the first war on Gaza, Israel still plans endless brute force
From The Guardian. Operation Cast Lead (winter 2008-9) is emblematic of everything that is wrong with Israel’s approach to Gaza. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political conflict to which there is no military solution. Yet Israel persists in shunning diplomacy and relying on brute military force – and not as a last resort but as a first resort.Operation Cast Lead, the first of several incursions by Israel, killed 1,417 Palestinians and just 13 Israelis. Chillingly, the generals call their repeated bombardments ‘mowing the lawn.’ Read the rest of this entry

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