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17 Oct 2019

US ‘concerned’ over untrackable China ships carrying Iran oil

The White House has warned Chinese shipping companies against turning off their ships' transponders to hide Iranian oil shipments in violation of United States sanctions, two senior administration officials said.
The White House has warned Chinese shipping companies against turning off their ships' transponders to hide Iranian oil...

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2 Oct 2019

Israel is trying to hide its arms sales to Duterte’s Philippines

An Israeli court imposed a media blackout on hearings held in March regarding a state sale of weapons to the Philippine regime. The petitioners to halt the sale argued that Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, was credibly accused of having committed mass atrocities, as well as grave violations of human rights and of international law.
An Israeli court imposed a media blackout on hearings held in March regarding a state sale of weapons to the Philippine...

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1 Oct 2019

Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi says Riyadh wants to avoid war with Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi says he believes Saudi Arabia is looking to de-escalate tensions with its regional arch foe, Iran, adding that it is in everybody's interest to prevent further war in the region.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi says he believes Saudi Arabia is looking to de-escalate tensions with its regional...
1 Oct 2019

Open your eyes in Hebron and see the whole of the occupation

The settlements, checkpoints, and walls that have been the reality for Hebron's Palestinian population are now being copied everywhere across the West Bank. First-time visitors to the Jewish settlement in Hebron’s ancient city center might feel as though they have stepped into the heart of darkness. This is where the Israeli military occupation’s policies have reached the pinnacle of barbarism:
The settlements, checkpoints, and walls that have been the reality for Hebron's Palestinian population are now being...

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19 Sep 2019

How the Houthis overturned the chessboard

We are the Houthis and we’re coming to town. With the spectacular attack on Abqaiq, Yemen’s Houthis have overturned the geopolitical chessboard in Southwest Asia – going as far as introducing a whole new dimension: the distinct possibility of investing in a push to drive the House of Saud out of power.
We are the Houthis and we’re coming to town. With the spectacular attack on Abqaiq, Yemen’s Houthis have overturned...

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16 Sep 2019

The Toxic Trash That Is Poisoning the West Bank

Constant fires of e-waste and trash are sickening residents and contaminating fields where sheep once grazed in the southern West Bank. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s 50 million tons of e-waste is recycled. The rest is burned or traded by the world’s poorest. In the Hebron region of the West Bank, processing Israeli electronic waste has become a lucrative, if illegal, industry.
Constant fires of e-waste and trash are sickening residents and contaminating fields where sheep once grazed in the...

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11 Sep 2019

Netanyahu Pledges to Annex Much of West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Tuesday that he would move to annex much of the occupied West Bank if voters return him to power in the election next week, a change that could dramatically reshape the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The move would give the nation “secure, permanent borders” for the first time in its history, he said. But it would also reduce any future Palestinian state to an enclave encircled by Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Tuesday that he would move to annex much of the occupied West Bank if...
30 Aug 2019

The Israel-Iran Shadow War Escalates and Breaks Into the Open

Israel has carried out a series of attacks across the Middle East in recent weeks to prevent Iran from equipping its Arab allies with precision-guided missiles, drones and other sophisticated weapons that could challenge Israel’s defenses.
Israel has carried out a series of attacks across the Middle East in recent weeks to prevent Iran from equipping its...

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28 Aug 2019

Iraqi bloc calls for US troop withdrawal after Israeli air raids

A powerful bloc in Iraq's parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from the country, following a series of air raids targeting Iran-backed Shia militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel. The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, "which we consider to be a declaration of war on Iraq and its people".
A powerful bloc in Iraq's parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from the country, following a series of...
27 Aug 2019

Iran imprisons environmentalists seeking to protect endangered Asiatic cheetah

The Revolutionary Guard Corps has increasingly targeted academics, researchers, business executives and dual nationals for arrest, and the repressive campaign is taking a particular toll on Iranian efforts to address a mounting environmental crisis. In addition to concerns about vanishing species, the country faces dwindling water resources because of rapid urbanization and excessive dam building.
The Revolutionary Guard Corps has increasingly targeted academics, researchers, business executives and dual nationals...

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27 Aug 2019

Iran Sentences Journalist and Activist Marzieh Amiri to 10 Years & 148 Lashes | Democracy Now!

Iran has sentenced journalist and activist Marzieh Amiri to 10.5 years in prison and 148 lashes, charging her with “collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state” and “disturbing public order.” Amiri was arrested along with other labor activists as they protested in Tehran on May 1, International Workers’ Day.
Iran has sentenced journalist and activist Marzieh Amiri to 10.5 years in prison and 148 lashes, charging her with...

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26 Aug 2019

Iran’s Zarif holds surprise talks with Macron at G7 summit

Iran's top diplomat has held talks with France's President Emmanuel Macron at the sidelines of the G7 summit following a surprise invite to the gathering.  Mohammad Javad Zarif landed on Sunday in the French seaside town of Biarritz, where leaders of the G7 nations - the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan - were meeting to discuss a host of issues, including global trade, climate change and Iran's nuclear programme.
Iran's top diplomat has held talks with France's President Emmanuel Macron at the sidelines of the G7 summit following a...

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23 Aug 2019

Iran unveils new missile defence system, calls US talks ‘useless’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has inducted a locally built air-defence system into the country's missile defence network at an unveiling ceremony in the capital, Tehran. The display of the new system, Bavar-373, on Tuesday came amid heightened tensions with the United States, which last year unilaterally withdrew from a multinational nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran and reimposed crippling sanctions on it.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has inducted a locally built air-defence system into the country's missile defence...
20 Aug 2019

Philippine police are executing people with Israeli weapons

For much of the past two years, Israel has been exporting weapons and military training to the Philippine security forces under President Rodrigo Duterte. As part of Duterte’s brutal drug war, police officers and masked militiamen have been raiding the country’s poorest neighborhoods, where they execute men and young boys suspected of criminal activities or drug use. Their weapons of choice? Israeli-produced rifles such as the Tavor and the Negev, and handguns such as the Masada.
For much of the past two years, Israel has been exporting weapons and military training to the Philippine security...
15 Aug 2019

Five Lies on Iran We Need to Refute to Stop Another Illegal War

The Trump administration’s lies on the topic of Iran are now beyond parody. There is, however, nothing funny about them. U.S. government lies can have deadly consequences: Never forget that hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children, not to mention more than 4,400 U.S. military personnel, are dead today because of the sheer volume of falsehoods told by the George W. Bush administration.
The Trump administration’s lies on the topic of Iran are now beyond parody. There is, however, nothing funny about...
15 Aug 2019

VOA Persian Has Turned Into a “Mouthpiece of Trump”

Journalists at the U.S. government-funded VOA Persian have been lashing out at people they deem unsupportive of President Donald Trump’s Iran policy. The public attacks are the most visible manifestation of a transformation that’s been underway since November 2016. VOA Persian and many of its staffers have become rabidly pro-Trump, abandoning their stated mission of providing balanced news to Iranians. So perhaps it’s not surprising that its reporters are now acting on social media like Trump himself.
Journalists at the U.S. government-funded VOA Persian have been lashing out at people they deem unsupportive of...

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13 Aug 2019

Israeli forces fire tear gas and rubber bullets inside Al-Aqsa on first day of Eid

Israeli police fired rubber bullets and tear gas inside the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on Sunday after worshipping Muslims objected to around 450 Israeli settlers being allowed into the holy site despite it being the first day of Eid al-Adha.   The Muslim celebrations coincided with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'av, which sees an increase in Jewish visits to the Al-Aqsa compound.
Israeli police fired rubber bullets and tear gas inside the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on Sunday after worshipping...

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13 Aug 2019

Zarif: US arms sales make Gulf into ‘tinderbox ready to blow up’

Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned against an arms race in the Middle East, saying recent US weapons sales have turned the Gulf region into a "tinderbox ready to blow up". "The US [sold] $50bn worth of weapons to the region last year. Some of the countries in the region with less than a third of our population spend $87bn on military procurement," Zarif told Al Jazeera in Qatar's capital, Doha.
Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned against an arms race in the Middle East, saying...
12 Aug 2019

IAEA chief’s death could spell the end of the Iran nuclear deal

With the recent death of the head of the IAEA, Netanyahu is finding renewed opportunity to bring the ‘atomic archives’ back to center stage and further sabotage the Iran nuclear deal. This is a grave strategic mistake. A series of statements and leaks this summer provide an indication of Netanyahu’s intentions – with the assistance of United States national security advisor John Bolton – to bring about a quick and final dismantling of the JCPOA.
With the recent death of the head of the IAEA, Netanyahu is finding renewed opportunity to bring the ‘atomic...

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10 Aug 2019

Iran warns Israel against aiding US mission in Strait of Hormuz

Iran has warned Israel against aiding a United States-led maritime mission in the Gulf, saying it reserved the right to confront such a "clear threat". The comments on Friday by foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi came after Israeli media reported that Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz had told colleagues in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday that the country was assisting the US-led coalition with intelligence and other unspecified aid.
Iran has warned Israel against aiding a United States-led maritime mission in the Gulf, saying it reserved the right to...

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6 Aug 2019

Israel fears a visit by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, introduced bill HR-496 which is meant to affirm Americans' "right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution".
On July 16, Somali-American Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, together with Representatives John Lewis and...
5 Aug 2019

In East Jerusalem, nightly raids leave Palestinian neighborhood reeling

For the past six weeks, Israel has been sending special police forces to raid the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. The raids, which affect the entire population of the neighborhood, have left one young Palestinian dead and hundreds wounded. In the meantime, Issawiya residents doing what they can to protect themselves.
For the past six weeks, Israel has been sending special police forces to raid the East Jerusalem neighborhood of...

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1 Aug 2019

Israel approves 6,000 new homes for Israeli settlers in West Bank

Israel approved the construction of 6,000 new homes for Israeli settlers and 700 new homes for Palestinians in an area of the occupied West Bank where it has full control. The announcement by an unnamed Israeli official on Wednesday came ahead of an expected visit to Israel by United States envoy Jared Kushner to discuss a White House plan for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
Israel approved the construction of 6,000 new homes for Israeli settlers and 700 new homes for Palestinians in an...
30 Jul 2019

No One Is Safe: How Saudi Arabia Makes Dissidents Disappear

Prince Khaled bin Farhan al-Saud sat in one of the few safe locations he frequents in Düsseldorf and ordered each of us a cup of coffee. With his close-cropped goatee and crisp gray suit, he looked surprisingly relaxed for a hunted man. He described his constant fear of being abducted, the precautions he takes when venturing outside, and how German law enforcement officials routinely check on him to make sure he is all right.
Prince Khaled bin Farhan al-Saud sat in one of the few safe locations he frequents in Düsseldorf and ordered each of...

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29 Jul 2019

Iran calls European fleet in the Gulf ‘hostile’ and ‘provocative’

Iran denounced as "provocative" and "hostile" a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships. The condemnation on Sunday came as a Royal Navy warship arrived in the Gulf to accompany British-flagged vessels passing through the vital Strait of Hormuz.
Iran denounced as "provocative" and "hostile" a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in...

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26 Jul 2019

Iran: All about Saudi, not about nukes

When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was inked between Iran and its longtime Western rivals in July 2015, it was not simply a nuclear non-proliferation treaty – it was the invitation for Iran to retake its rightful seat at the table of nations.
When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was inked between Iran and its longtime Western rivals in July 2015, it was...

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25 Jul 2019

We Could Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict Tomorrow

Despite the ongoing conflict being framed as increasingly hopeless, especially given the rise of the far right in both Israel and the U.S., there is substantial reason to hope a resolution is within reach. As the three journalists point out, there’s a high-profile Jewish-American whose election in 2020 as U.S. president could bring lasting peace to the Middle East.
Despite the ongoing conflict being framed as increasingly hopeless, especially given the rise of the far right in both...

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23 Jul 2019

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near separation wall

Hundreds of Israeli troops with bulldozers tore down homes in the Palestinian village of Sur Baher despite local protests and international criticism. Residents of the village's Wadi al-Hummus neighbourhood told local media on Monday that 16 residential buildings with about 100 apartments were being demolished.
Hundreds of Israeli troops with bulldozers tore down homes in the Palestinian village of Sur Baher despite...

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23 Jul 2019

UK tells Iran to release seized oil tanker and crew immediately

The United Kingdom has called on Iran to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero oil tanker by the Iranian forces as illegal. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commandos rappelled from helicopters and seized the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier.
The United Kingdom has called on Iran to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the...

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21 Jul 2019

The protest dispersed then an Israei sniper shot a 9-year old boy in the head

In the freezer of their home in Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank, the family is preserving the last memories they have of their youngest child: a chocolate-banana popsicle and a piece of watermelon on a toothpick. Abd el-Rahman Shatawi had bought them about half an hour before an Israel Defense Forces sniper knelt on the slope of the rocky hill overlooking the village, and from a distance of 100 meters fired one live round into the 9-year-old’s head. The bullet exploded into dozens of pieces of shrapnel in his brain.
In the freezer of their home in Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank, the family is preserving the last memories they have of...

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18 Jul 2019

Iran accuses US of ‘deliberately targeting civilians’

US sanctions on Iran are "deliberately targeting innocent civilians" and amount to economic terrorism, its foreign minister said. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York City. Earlier he said Iran needed ballistic missiles to protect itself from US-backed foreign invaders - an arsenal the United States argues must be curtailed.
US sanctions on Iran are "deliberately targeting innocent civilians" and amount to economic terrorism, its foreign...
17 Jul 2019

Israeli Submarines Suspected of Sabotaging Shipping in Gulf of Oman

It is known that the US has for long had a comprehensive and combined plan with Israel to attack Iranian targets with huge, non-nuclear, bunker-busting, 10 ton, GBU-43  air-blast bombs capable of destroying the deepest underground  installations – these are the most powerful non-nuclear ordnance pieces ever produced – but first the Trump-Netanyahu war-plan needed a credible excuse.
It is known that the US has for long had a comprehensive and combined plan with Israel to attack Iranian targets with...

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10 Jul 2019

Intermarriage Among Diaspora Jews Is ‘Like a Second Holocaust,’ Israel’s Education Minister Says

Israel's education minister has likened intermarriage among diaspora Jews, and particularly North American Jews, to the Holocaust in a recent cabinet meeting. A spokesman for Education Minister Rafi Peretz confirmed Tuesday that Peretz said that "assimilation is like a second Holocaust."
Israel's education minister has likened intermarriage among diaspora Jews, and particularly North American Jews, to the...

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10 Jul 2019

Netanyahu warns Iran it is within range of Israeli airstrikes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Tuesday that it would be within range of Israeli airstrikes.Speaking at an Israeli air force base, Netanyahu cited Iran's threats against Israel, according to Reuters.“Iran recently has been threatening Israel’s destruction,” Netanyahu said. “It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Tuesday that it would be within range of Israeli...

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10 Jul 2019

Prominent anti-occupation activist assaulted in Tel Aviv

A prominent left-wing activist was physically assaulted by two unknown assailants as he left work in Tel Aviv on Sunday. The attackers reportedly yelled “leftist asshole” as they beat him before one of them pulled out a knife and lightly wounded him in the face and arms.
A prominent left-wing activist was physically assaulted by two unknown assailants as he left work in Tel Aviv on Sunday....

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9 Jul 2019

Iran: World powers won’t get a better nuclear deal

Iran warned world powers they will not be able to negotiate a better deal than the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, as the United States vowed the Islamic Republic will never acquire an atomic weapon. Tehran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity as its next potential big moves away from the agreement that Washington abandoned last year.
Iran warned world powers they will not be able to negotiate a better deal than the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, as...

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6 Jul 2019

Iran demands UK release of oil tanker held in Gibraltar

Iran has condemned the "illegal" seizure of an oil tanker by the United Kingdom in Gibraltar and demanded its immediate release. A senior Iranian foreign ministry official "described the UK move as unacceptable" in a meeting with the British ambassador, who had been summoned to hear a formal protest, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Iran has condemned the "illegal" seizure of an oil tanker by the United Kingdom in Gibraltar and demanded its...

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5 Jul 2019

Burying the Nakba: How Israel Systematically Hides Evidence of 1948 Expulsion of Arabs

Four years ago, historian Tamar Novick was jolted by a document she found in the file of Yosef Vashitz, from the Arab Department of the left-wing Mapam Party, in the Yad Yaari archive at Givat Haviva. The document, which seemed to describe events that took place during the 1948 war, began: “Safsaf [former Palestinian village near Safed] – 52 men were caught, tied them to one another, dug a pit and shot them. 10 were still twitching. Women came, begged for mercy. Found bodies of 6 elderly men. There were 61 bodies. 3 cases of rape, one east of from Safed, girl of 14, 4 men shot and killed. From one they cut off his fingers with a knife to take the ring.”
Four years ago, historian Tamar Novick was jolted by a document she found in the file of Yosef Vashitz, from the Arab...

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4 Jul 2019

Top court throws out case demanding Palestinian kids be allowed to call parents from prison

Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners” are subject to restrictions identical to those imposed on adult prisoners, including the denial of telephone contact with their parents. The prison service allegedly refuses to treat minors classified as “security prisoners” according to Israeli laws and rules regulating the treatment of children.
Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners” are subject to restrictions identical to those...

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3 Jul 2019

Iranians say punishing US sanctions hurt people, not officials

US sanctions hurt the average Iranian, not those in charge - that was the sentiment at Tehran's Grand Bazaar on Tuesday. Most Iranians have suffered economic hardship sparked by reimposed and newly created American sanctions after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the historic 2015 nuclear deal involving Iran and world powers.
US sanctions hurt the average Iranian, not those in charge - that was the sentiment at Tehran's Grand Bazaar on Tuesday....
1 Jul 2019

Israel Demolishes 70 More Palestinian Apartments in East Jerusalem

Around five or six hundred Palestinians have lost their homes. On Monday, hundreds of Israeli troops descended on the village of Wadi Hummus on the outskirts of East Jerusalem. They led a team of demolition experts and heavy bulldozers at four in the morning, rousing people from their beds so they could begin the demolition of thirteen buildings containing about 70 apartments.
Around five or six hundred Palestinians have lost their homes. On Monday, hundreds of Israeli troops descended on the...

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1 Jul 2019

PA condemns US envoys’ presence at Israeli settler-linked event

Palestinians have condemned the attendance of two United States officials at the inauguration of a tunnel at a contested archaeological site in occupied East Jerusalem that was organised by an Israeli settler-linked group. White House adviser Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman took part in Sunday's event, which marked the completion of the project next to the Old City in the neighbourhood of Silwan, according to the group, the City of David Foundation.
Palestinians have condemned the attendance of two United States officials at the inauguration of a tunnel at a...

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1 Jul 2019

Should Palestinian children be able to call parents from prison? Israeli court will decide ]

Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners,” including those awaiting trial for crimes such as stone throwing, are subject to numerous restrictions identical to those imposed on adult prisoners such as the denial of telephone contact with their parents.
Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners,” including those awaiting trial for crimes such as...
29 Jun 2019

Poisoned toothpaste and exploding phones: Israel linked to 2,700 assassination operations in 70 years

Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target’s life. Armed drones. Exploding cell phones. Spare tires with remote-control bombs. Assassinating enemy scientists and discovering the secret lovers of Islamic holy men.A new book chronicles these techniques and asserts that Israel has carried out at least 2,700 assassination operations in its 70 years of existence. While many failed, they add up to far more than any other Western country, the book says.
Poisoned toothpaste that takes a month to end its target’s life. Armed drones. Exploding cell phones. Spare tires with...

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19 Jun 2019

The Israeli academics who helped design Palestinian emigration

Mere weeks after nearly tripling the size of Israeli controlled territory in the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel enlisted teams of academics in the country to find ways to encourage Palestinians to emigrate from the newly occupied territories.
Mere weeks after nearly tripling the size of Israeli controlled territory in the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel enlisted teams...

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11 Jun 2019

System to circumvent US sanctions on Iran ready soon: German FM

A European payment system designed to circumvent US sanctions on Iran will be ready soon, Germany announced on Monday. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran as part of European efforts to salvage the historic JCPOA nuclear pact and defuse rising US-Iranian tension.
A European payment system designed to circumvent US sanctions on Iran will be ready soon, Germany...

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11 Jun 2019

Tehran closes 547 restaurants for breaking ‘Islamic principles’

Iranian police have shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for not observing “Islamic principles”, the capital’s police chief said Saturday. “The owners of restaurants and cafes in which Islamic principles were not observed were confronted, and during this operation 547 businesses were closed and 11 offenders arrested,” Hossein Rahimi said in statement on the policeforce website.
Iranian police have shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for not observing “Islamic principles”, the...
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11 Jun 2019

‘To sing is not a right in the Gaza Strip’

Abed Nasser, the owner of Cedar restaurant in Gaza City, broke the news to his customers in a Facebook post: the highly-anticipated music night scheduled for later that Ramadan evening had to be cancelled due to harassment and interference by the Hamas government.
Abed Nasser, the owner of Cedar restaurant in Gaza City, broke the news to his customers in a Facebook post: the...

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8 Jun 2019

Prince Charles blames ‘foreign Jews’ for Middle East turmoil in 1986 letter

Prince Charles has come under fire after it came to light that he blamed the “influx of foreign Jews” for causing unrest in the Middle East and called on the US to “take on the Jewish lobby” in a letter penned in 1986.  Writing to his friend Laurens van der Post, the Prince argued that the exodus of European Jews in the middle of the last century “helped to cause the great problems” in the Middle East.
Prince Charles has come under fire after it came to light that he blamed the “influx of foreign Jews” for causing...

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4 Jun 2019

Qatar expresses reservations over Mecca summit outcome

Qatar said on Sunday it had reservations about hardline statements on Iran made at emergency summits in Mecca organised by Saudi Arabia. "The statements condemned Iran but did not refer to a moderate policy to speak with Tehran," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, told Al Jazeera.
Qatar said on Sunday it had reservations about hardline statements on Iran made at emergency summits in Mecca...
3 Jun 2019

Israel to auction prefab classrooms donated by EU to Palestinians

Israel’s defence ministry plans to hold an auction next week to sell two prefabricated classrooms that were donated to Palestinian schoolchildren by the EU. The Civil Administration, the body tasked with running the occupation, tore down and confiscated the classrooms last October. They had been intended for 49 students, in grades one to six, in Ibziq, in the northern occupied West Bank.
Israel’s defence ministry plans to hold an auction next week to sell two prefabricated classrooms that were donated to...

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1 Jun 2019

Iran rejects Saudi Arabia’s ‘baseless’ allegations at Arab summit

Iran has rejected what it calls "baseless" accusations made at an Arab summit, saying Saudi Arabia had joined the United States and Israel in a "hopeless" effort to mobilise regional opinion against Tehran, state media reported.
Iran has rejected what it calls "baseless" accusations made at an Arab summit, saying Saudi Arabia had joined the...

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31 May 2019

12,000 Palestinians Fought for U.K. in WWII Alongside Jewish Volunteers, Historian Finds

In 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked an uproar when he claimed that Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini was the one who’d urged Hitler to annihilate the Jews. But it turns out that there was another side to the story that also escaped mention by Netanyahu, the historian’s son: the forgotten role played by thousands of Palestinians who did not heed the Mufti of Jerusalem’s call to support the Axis countries, and went so far as to take up arms to fight the Nazis, often shoulder to shoulder with young Jews from Mandatory Palestine.
In 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked an uproar when he claimed that Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini was the one...
30 May 2019

Israel will hold unprecedented second election after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a governing coalition

During a dramatic day in Israeli politics, Netanyahu failed to bring Avigdor Liberman, his former defense minister, into a coalition to form a majority government, with the two at loggerheads over legislation to draft ultra-Orthodox Israelis into the military. Netanyahu’s party won the largest proportion of the vote in elections in April but needed to form a majority in the 120-seat Knesset to govern.
During a dramatic day in Israeli politics, Netanyahu failed to bring Avigdor Liberman, his former defense minister, into...

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28 May 2019

Declassified: Israel Made Sure Arabs Couldn’t Return to Their Villages

Israel lifted its military rule over the state’s Arab community in 1966 only after ascertaining that its members could not return to the villages they had fled or been expelled from, according to newly declassified archival documents.
Israel lifted its military rule over the state’s Arab community in 1966 only after ascertaining that its members could...

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23 May 2019

Supreme leader criticises Iran’s politicians amid US tensions

Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's president and foreign minister on Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's criticised both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington's withdrawal from the accord.
Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's president and foreign minister on Wednesday, saying he disagreed...

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22 May 2019

‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

The Palestinian leadership has not been consulted about a US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of Washington's Middle East peace plan, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said. Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as the unveiling of the first part of US President Donald Trump's long-awaited proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinian leadership has not been consulted about a US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of...

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18 May 2019

Iran calls for ‘concrete action’ to save nuclear deal

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged "friends", including China and Russia, to take "concrete action" to safeguard the 2015 nuclear deal following the United States's decision to tighten sanctions on Tehran after exiting the agreement last year.  During a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Friday, Zarif said: "Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged "friends", including China and Russia, to take "concrete action"...
17 May 2019

Why Israel Has No ‘Right to Exist’

The proper framework for discussion therefore is the right to self-determination, and it is precisely to obfuscate this truth that the propaganda claim that Israel has a “right to exist” is frequently made. It is necessary for Israel’s apologists to so shift the framework for discussion because, in the framework of the right to self-determination, it is obviously Israel that rejects the rights of the Palestinians and not vice versa.
The proper framework for discussion therefore is the right to self-determination, and it is precisely to obfuscate this...

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15 May 2019

One Day in Gaza review – an almost unwatchably vivid vision of carnage

Hostile, false and biased.” That was how Israel described a UN report concluding that Israeli soldiers may have committed crimes against humanity on 14 May 2018, when more than 60 Palestinians were killed and well over 2,000 injured during protests at the Gaza border. Could anyone honestly say the same of Olly Lambert’s film One Day in Gaza, assembled from stunningly clear footage and extensive interviews on both sides of the fence?
Hostile, false and biased.” That was how Israel described a UN report concluding that Israeli soldiers may have...
11 May 2019

‘The world stands disgraced’ – Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15

United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday. At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza. More than 100 people were injured.
United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a...

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10 May 2019

EU rejects Iran nuclear deal ‘ultimatum’, regrets US sanctions

The European Union has rejected Iran's 60-day "ultimatum", referring to Tehran's decision to quit parts of the 2015 nuclear agreement a year after the US withdrew from the landmark accord signed with major world powers. In a joint statement with the foreign ministries of France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, the EU urged Iran to respect the nuclear deal, and said it regretted new US sanctions imposed on Tehran.
The European Union has rejected Iran's 60-day "ultimatum", referring to Tehran's decision to quit parts of the 2015...

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8 May 2019

‘No other way’: Iran to reduce commitments to nuclear deal

Iran is expected to announce plans to scale back compliance with a landmark nuclear deal on the anniversary of the United States's decision to withdraw from the international accord, state media reported on Tuesday. Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, will convey details of the "decision to reduce its commitments" to ambassadors of the five countries still party to the agreement - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - at a meeting on Wednesday, state news agency IRNA reported.
Iran is expected to announce plans to scale back compliance with a landmark nuclear deal on the anniversary of the...
6 May 2019

Israel-Gaza Clashes Intensify as Death Toll Rises

Fighting between Israel and Gaza escalated rapidly on Sunday in the worst combat since the last full-blown war in 2014. Three Israeli civilians were killed in Palestinian rocket and missile attacks and Israeli forces began to take aim at individual Gaza militants, killing at least seven.
Fighting between Israel and Gaza escalated rapidly on Sunday in the worst combat since the last full-blown war in 2014....
2 May 2019

Iran’s economic crisis and ideological woes

Six months after the US sanctions came into effect, Iran's economy appears to be struggling. Efforts by the international community to salvage the nuclear deal and provide an economic lifeline to Iran to dampen the fallout of the sanctions have not borne fruit so far and recent devastating floods in the oil-producing southwest of the country have only exacerbated the situation.
Six months after the US sanctions came into effect, Iran's economy appears to be struggling. Efforts by the...
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1 May 2019

Netanyahu’s Israel will declare an apartheid state. Will the West do nothing?

Chosen to lead Israel for the fifth time, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to instal the most nationalist and rightist government in the country’s history – and meanwhile the world seems to proceed as usual. For decades now, Israel has continually spat in the face of the rest of the planet – with casual disdain for international law, and with complete disregard for the explicit decisions and detailed policies adopted by global institutions and by most of the world’s national governments.
Chosen to lead Israel for the fifth time, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to instal the most nationalist and rightist...

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17 Apr 2019

Australian film ‘Stone Cold Justice’ on Israel’s torture of Palestinian children on Vimeo

A film which has been produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv's use of torture against Palestinian children.
A film which has been produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel...

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9 Apr 2019

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt

A high-ranking IDF leader has revealed that Israel orchestrated the downfall of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the rise of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s thinly disguised military dictatorship. Israel preferred this normalizing leader to his somewhat pro-Palestine predecessor.
A high-ranking IDF leader has revealed that Israel orchestrated the downfall of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the...
8 Apr 2019

Netanyahu vows to annex Jewish settlements in occupied West Bank

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories if he wins his country’s election on Tuesday, a dramatic last-minute rallying call to his nationalist base. In interviews with domestic media ahead of the polls, Netanyahu repeated his promise and said he would prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state by “controlling the entire area”.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian...

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2 Apr 2019

Israel kills four during March of Return anniversary protest

Tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, marking the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return protest movement that has rocked the besieged enclave. Gaza's health ministry reported four deaths from gunfire: a 21-year-old man and three 17-year-old boys. However, a repetition of previous protests, in which as many as 60 people have been killed in one day, was averted.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, marking the one-year anniversary of the...
29 Mar 2019

Everywhere you go in Gaza, you see people wounded in the Return March

According to figures released by the United Nations this week, since the protests began last March 30th, Israeli forces have shot and killed 195 participants, including 41 children. More than 29,000 protesters were injured or wounded, more than half of them by Israeli gunfire. Some estimate even higher numbers.
According to figures released by the United Nations this week, since the protests began last March 30th, Israeli forces...

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29 Mar 2019

WitchHunt, a documentary film by Jon Pullman

WitchHunt explores the connections between the attacks on Labour, the ongoing tragedy of Palestine and the wider struggle against race-based oppression. In particular it examines accusations made against black, Jewish anti-racist campaigner Jackie Walker, of being 'antisemtic'. It asks questions about the interests of her accusers, and points to a series of distortions and factual inaccuracies which it appears the media have been willing to reproduce without interrogation or contestation.
WitchHunt explores the connections between the attacks on Labour, the ongoing tragedy of Palestine and the wider...

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26 Mar 2019

Israeli military begins striking Hamas targets in Gaza

The Israeli military has begun striking Hamas targets throughout Gaza, according to local residents and the Israeli military.  Residents in the northern part of the Gaza Strip reported hearing the sounds of explosions on Monday evening. Local media reported  that air strikes landed in an agricultural area east of Khan Younis in Gaza’s south.
The Israeli military has begun striking Hamas targets throughout Gaza, according to local residents and the Israeli...
26 Mar 2019

This doesn’t need to happen: Another pre-election war on Gaza

The rocket fired from Gaza that destroyed a home and wounded seven people in central Israel Monday morning, took Israelis by surprise. On the one hand, that’s totally understandable; we aren’t used to rocket fire in the Tel Aviv area, and certainly not rockets that exact such a devastating price. An attack on civilians, on a sleeping family, is a terrifying thing.
The rocket fired from Gaza that destroyed a home and wounded seven people in central Israel Monday morning, took...

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25 Mar 2019

Israel tears down Palestinian school in Jerusalem

Israeli occupying forces today demolished a Palestinian school in occupied East Jerusalem.According to eyewitnesses, a large number of Israeli occupation forces broke into the Shuafat refugee camp and evacuated the students and faculty before the demolition of the two-story building. No warning was given prior to the demolition and no official reason has been released as to why it took place.
Israeli occupying forces today demolished a Palestinian school in occupied East Jerusalem.According to eyewitnesses, a...

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21 Mar 2019

Israel pharmaceutical firms test medicines on Palestinian prisoners

Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners, Felesteen.ps reported.
Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to...
19 Mar 2019

U.N. experts urge Israel to rein in security forces

U.N. war crimes investigators called on Israel on Monday to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters on the border with Gaza, as the anniversary approached of the start of demonstrations there last year in which 189 Palestinians were killed.
U.N. war crimes investigators called on Israel on Monday to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters on...

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16 Mar 2019

‘Endless Trip to Hell’: Israel Jails Hundreds of Palestinian Boys a Year. These Are Their Testimonies

At any given moment, there are about 270 Palestinian teens in Israeli prisons. The most widespread reason for their arrest – throwing stones – does not tell the full story. Conversations with many of the youths, as well as with lawyers and human rights activists, including those from the B’Tselem human-rights organization, reveal a certain pattern, even as they leave many questions open: For example, why does the occupation require that arrests be violent and why is it necessary to threaten young people.
At any given moment, there are about 270 Palestinian teens in Israeli prisons. The most widespread reason for their...

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15 Mar 2019

US drops ‘Israeli-occupied’ designation from Golan Heights

The United States no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human rights report, published on Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn't mean a policy change. The report now calls the area the "Israeli-controlled Golan Heights".
The United States no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human...

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12 Mar 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ‘not a state of all its citizens’

Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is “not a state of all its citizens”, in a reference to the country’s Arab population. In comments on Instagram, the prime minister went on to say all citizens, including Arabs, had equal rights, but he referred to a deeply controversial law passed last year declaring Israel the nation state of the Jewish people.
Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel is “not a state of all its citizens”, in a reference to the country’s Arab...
12 Mar 2019

Iranian human rights lawyer who defended hijab protesters sentenced to seven years in prison

According to Iranian news agency ISNA, Judge Mohammad Moghiseh ruled that 55-year-old lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh will spend five years in jail for “colluding against the system” and a further two years for insulting Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
According to Iranian news agency ISNA, Judge Mohammad Moghiseh ruled that 55-year-old lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh will...
8 Mar 2019

Israeli settler violence against palestinians in the west bank jumps

Palestinians in this town woke one morning last month to find their mosque vandalized, with a Star of David painted on the exterior alongside Hebrew graffiti accusing it of preaching “incitement.” “We are at an alarming point,” said Barakat Mahmoud, the mosque’s imam. “We’ve never had direct confrontation with the settlers in this town.”
Palestinians in this town woke one morning last month to find their mosque vandalized, with a Star of David painted on...

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5 Mar 2019

Palestinian peace activist denied entry to U.S. for speaking tour

A Palestinian peace activist was denied entry to the United States last week after being extensively questioned by American border authorities about his political views and affiliations and asked about the funders and leadership of the Israeli-Palestinian group for which he works. After landing in New York City’s JFK Airport, Iliwat was supposed to join a Jewish American member of the organization as they spoke in synagogues, churches, and university campuses across the United States.
A Palestinian peace activist was denied entry to the United States last week after being extensively questioned by...
1 Mar 2019

Prosecutor Moves to Indict Netanyahu on Corruption Charges

Israel’s attorney general announced his intention on Thursday to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, imperiling Mr. Netanyahu’s political future just 40 days before he is to stand for re-election.
Israel’s attorney general announced his intention on Thursday to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges...

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28 Feb 2019

Israelis May Have Committed Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza Protests, U.N. Says

United Nations investigators said on Thursday that Israeli troops may have committed crimes against humanity in shooting unarmed civilians — including children — who posed no threat during the mass protests last year at the border with Gaza.
United Nations investigators said on Thursday that Israeli troops may have committed crimes against humanity in shooting...
26 Feb 2019

Israel’s fascist sideshow takes center stage

The last week has been an eventful one in the annals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dalliances with the racist ultra-right. Fresh from upsetting his authoritarian, antisemitic allies in Europe by failing to adequately maintain his recent efforts at Holocaust revisionism, Netanyahu has now paved the way for homegrown Israeli fascists to take their place — once again — in the Knesset.
The last week has been an eventful one in the annals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dalliances with the racist...

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21 Feb 2019

Adelson, Israeli Banks Must Defend Palestinians’ U.S. Suit

Bank Leumi Le-Israel BM, Bank Hapoalim BM, and billionaire Sheldon Adelson must defend a lawsuit in the U.S. accusing them of conspiring to force Palestinians out of Israeli-occupied territories and of war crimes, a U.S. appeals court ruled.
Bank Leumi Le-Israel BM, Bank Hapoalim BM, and billionaire Sheldon Adelson must defend a lawsuit in the U.S. accusing...

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18 Feb 2019

Israel’s Judaisation of Palestine is failing

Israel's disregard for the historical rights of Palestinians is deeply rooted in Zionist ideology. Indeed, from the very start, Zionist ideologues promoted the idea that Palestine was a place bereft of culture or heritage - an arid desert, waiting for Zionist pioneers to make it "bloom".
Israel's disregard for the historical rights of Palestinians is deeply rooted in Zionist ideology. Indeed, from the very...

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15 Feb 2019

Love in times of Israeli apartheid

One of the primary ways in which Israel prevents Palestinians from being together is through its racist and colonial ID system. Colonial and settler colonial entities have long employed different tiers of identification in order to divide and conquer native and indigenous peoples.
One of the primary ways in which Israel prevents Palestinians from being together is through its racist and colonial ID...
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