• People in 110 Countries Were Killed by COVID Vaccines
    Landmark Study: Worldwide Rise in All Cause Mortality after COVID Shots. IN 110 COUNTRIES, deaths from all causes spiked upward right after COVID shots. Every inhabited continent was hit hard.

    Dr. Colleen Huber
    Denis Rancourt, PhD and colleagues Hickey and Linard have just released a 521-page opus on excess all-cause mortality throughout the world, 2020 through 2023. (The reader may be aware that what is termed ”excess mortality” is the difference between observed and expected numbers of deaths in a given country over a year.) The authors examine governments’ reported mortality statistics from 125 countries around the world, which were those with sufficient data to make comparisons.

    Below, I break down these countries by continent, showing deaths increased sharply in ALL inhabited continents after the COVID vaccine rollouts.

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    The researchers’ report may be found here: [1]

    https://correlation-canada.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/2024-07-19-Correlation-ACM-World-125-countries-Rancourt-Hickey-Linard.pdf

    Rancourt et al show that COVID vaccine rollouts to billions of people around the world increased all-cause mortality. That is to say that the COVID vaccines may have caused the deaths of individuals in several ways primarily, but if one considers the aggregate increase in all-cause mortality, comparing heavily vaccinated with least vaccinated countries, the mortality was far greater in the heavily vaccinated countries after the vaccine rollout when compared to the least vaccinated countries.

    Many of these countries had no increase in all-cause mortality whatsoever through the first years of COVID, until right after rollout of the first COVID vaccine dose. This list of those countries is from every major populated continent. Those countries with no increase in all-cause mortality until shortly after the first COVID vaccines include:

    Bahamas, Cuba, Finland, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Surinam, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay. [2]

    Countries that had a large excess all-cause mortality peak after the booster rollout of December 2021 to January 2022 included the following:

    Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Later those same countries had another peak of excess all-cause mortality after the December 2022 to January 2023 rollout of yet another booster, along with Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Macao, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. [3]

    Of the 125 countries examined by the authors, “37 countries (30% of countries) have no detectable excess all-cause mortality in 2020” for at least the first nine months of the declared pandemic. Again, this list spans all inhabited continents (only excluding Antarctica). [4] India is a 38th country on this list, but because of its unusual COVID circumstances, is considered separately.

    Of the 125 countries examined, there are 110 countries that have sufficient vaccination data and mortality data to determine if there exists a temporal association between the two categories.

    The authors found that in all 110 countries there were significant correlations between COVID-19 vaccine rollouts on the one hand and temporally close peaks or increases in excess all-cause mortality on the other hand. [5]

    These countries span the entire inhabited world. However, Africa was much less affected than the other inhabited continents, to the extent that I discuss here:

    Africa Is Starkly Unvaccinated

    Africa Is Starkly Unvaccinated
    Africa as a whole is very strikingly unvaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University, Our World in Data.

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    For the Rancourt team’s analysis of 110 countries showing mortality and vaccination data, here I break them down alphabetically by continent / region. ALL of the following 110 countries showed spiking and rising deaths shortly following the deployment of the COVID vaccines.

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    Africa and the Middle East

    Egypt

    Iran

    Israel

    Jordan

    Kuwait

    Lebanon

    Mauritius

    Namibia

    Oman

    Palestine

    Qatar

    Seychelles

    South Africa

    Tunisia

    United Arab Emirates

    The Americas and the Caribbean

    Argentina

    Aruba

    Bahamas

    Barbados

    Belize

    Bermuda

    Bolivia

    Brazil

    Canada

    Chile

    Colombia

    Costa Rica

    Cuba

    Dominican Republic

    Ecuador

    French Guiana

    Guadalupe

    Guatemala

    Jamaica

    Mexico

    Nicaragua

    Paraguay

    Peru

    Puerto Rico

    Saint Kitts and Nevis

    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Suriname

    U.S.A.

    Uruguay

    Asia

    Azerbaijan

    Brunei

    Cyprus

    Georgia

    Hong Kong

    Japan

    Kazakhstan

    Macau

    Malaysia

    Maldives

    Mongolia

    Philippines

    Singapore

    South Korea

    Taiwan

    Tajikistan

    Thiland

    Uzbekistan

    Europe

    Albania

    Armenia

    Austria

    Belgium

    Bosnia

    Bulgaria

    Croatia

    Czechia

    Denmark

    Estonia

    Faroe Islands

    Finland

    France

    Germany

    Gibraltar

    Greece

    Hungary

    Iceland

    Ireland

    Italy

    Latvia

    Liechtenstein

    Lithuania

    Luxembourg

    Malta

    Moldova

    Monaco

    Montenegro

    Netherlands

    North Macedonia

    Norway

    Poland

    Portugal

    Romania

    Russia

    Serbia

    Slovakia

    Slovenia

    Spain

    Sweden

    Switzerland

    Turkey

    Ukraine

    United Kingdom

    Oceania

    Australia

    French Polynesia

    New Caledonia

    New Zealand

    ---

    It would be an injustice to the Rancourt team to suggest that their book-size research is entirely about the COVID vaccines, or that it would attribute all excess mortality in recent years to that cause. The authors cover two additional causes of increased all-cause mortality during the COVID years: One is harmful hospital procedures such as excessive and improper use of ventilators and toxic medications such as remdesivir on the one hand, exacerbating respiratory illness to the point of respiratory failure. The other is a phenomenon that Rancourt has examined more than many other COVID era writers about excess mortality during the COVID years, and that has to do with the psychologically debilitating impact of the defeat of one’s assertions of bodily autonomy under crushing authoritarian vaccine mandates, as a potential cause of depletion of immune system resources to defeat any microbes. Psychologists and sociologists could debate that phenomenon, whether it is significant or not, for a long time to come. Rancourt et al’s thorough data compilations and analysis have shown more than adequate data to defend their thesis that “the public health establishment and its agents fundamentally caused all the excess mortality in the COVID period” . . . . ,“ and that “nothing special would have occurred in terms of mortality had a pandemic not been declared and had the declaration not been acted upon.” [6]

    Rancourt’s team seems to be on their strongest footing in their reporting of excess mortality in the 125 countries that reported adequate mortality and COVID vaccination data for comparison and analysis. The results are overwhelmingly high for correlation of vaccination uptake with subsequent mass deaths, all over the world. This link has met several of the Bradford Hill criteria for causation – overwhelming correlation with strength of association, consistency, temporal association, biological plausibility.

    Rancourt’s team also found positive correlation between number of vaccine doses and excess deaths for each of the countries examined. [7] The graphs in Appendix B, showing raw, excess and cumulative results for each country, show the tightness of this correlation. [8] This satisfies yet another of the Bradford Hill criteria to determine if correlation rises to the threshold of causation: that is dose-dependent effect.


    Rancourt, et al. Excess all-cause mortality in 2021, p. 507.
    The results that Rancourt’s team reports should be so persuasive as to be irrefutable in ending all use of COVID vaccines.

    Denis Rancourt’s summary of his team’s research may be seen here:

    Breaking: Our largest study of its kind "Spatiotemporal variation of excess all-cause mortality in the world during the Covid period regarding socio economic factors and medical interventions"

    By Denis Rancourt, PhD, Joseph Hickey, PhD, and Prof. Christian Linard, PhD…

    Read more

    4 days ago · 469 likes · 107 comments · Denis Rancourt, CORRELATION, and No One


    [1] D Rancourt, J Hickey, C Linard. Spatiotemporal variation of excess all-cause mortality in the world (125 countries) during the COVID period 2020-2023 regarding socio-economic factors and public health and medical interventions. Jul 19 2024. Correlation, Research in the Public Interest, Report. https://correlation-canada.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/2024-07-19-Correlation-ACM-World-125-countries-Rancourt-Hickey-Linard.pdf

    [2] Ibid Rancourt p. 255.

    [3] Ibid Rancourt p. 256

    [4] Ibid Rancourt p. 268

    [5] Ibid Rancourt pp. 268-269.

    [6] Ibid Rancourt p. 315

    [7] Ibid Rancourt pp. 277-289.

    [8] Ibid Rancourt pp. 371-496.


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    https://donshafi911sars-cov-2.blogspot.com/2024/07/people-in-110-countries-were-killed-by.html
    People in 110 Countries Were Killed by COVID Vaccines Landmark Study: Worldwide Rise in All Cause Mortality after COVID Shots. IN 110 COUNTRIES, deaths from all causes spiked upward right after COVID shots. Every inhabited continent was hit hard. Dr. Colleen Huber Denis Rancourt, PhD and colleagues Hickey and Linard have just released a 521-page opus on excess all-cause mortality throughout the world, 2020 through 2023. (The reader may be aware that what is termed ”excess mortality” is the difference between observed and expected numbers of deaths in a given country over a year.) The authors examine governments’ reported mortality statistics from 125 countries around the world, which were those with sufficient data to make comparisons. Below, I break down these countries by continent, showing deaths increased sharply in ALL inhabited continents after the COVID vaccine rollouts. Share The researchers’ report may be found here: [1] https://correlation-canada.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/2024-07-19-Correlation-ACM-World-125-countries-Rancourt-Hickey-Linard.pdf Rancourt et al show that COVID vaccine rollouts to billions of people around the world increased all-cause mortality. That is to say that the COVID vaccines may have caused the deaths of individuals in several ways primarily, but if one considers the aggregate increase in all-cause mortality, comparing heavily vaccinated with least vaccinated countries, the mortality was far greater in the heavily vaccinated countries after the vaccine rollout when compared to the least vaccinated countries. Many of these countries had no increase in all-cause mortality whatsoever through the first years of COVID, until right after rollout of the first COVID vaccine dose. This list of those countries is from every major populated continent. Those countries with no increase in all-cause mortality until shortly after the first COVID vaccines include: Bahamas, Cuba, Finland, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Surinam, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay. [2] Countries that had a large excess all-cause mortality peak after the booster rollout of December 2021 to January 2022 included the following: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Later those same countries had another peak of excess all-cause mortality after the December 2022 to January 2023 rollout of yet another booster, along with Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Macao, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. [3] Of the 125 countries examined by the authors, “37 countries (30% of countries) have no detectable excess all-cause mortality in 2020” for at least the first nine months of the declared pandemic. Again, this list spans all inhabited continents (only excluding Antarctica). [4] India is a 38th country on this list, but because of its unusual COVID circumstances, is considered separately. Of the 125 countries examined, there are 110 countries that have sufficient vaccination data and mortality data to determine if there exists a temporal association between the two categories. The authors found that in all 110 countries there were significant correlations between COVID-19 vaccine rollouts on the one hand and temporally close peaks or increases in excess all-cause mortality on the other hand. [5] These countries span the entire inhabited world. However, Africa was much less affected than the other inhabited continents, to the extent that I discuss here: Africa Is Starkly Unvaccinated Africa Is Starkly Unvaccinated Africa as a whole is very strikingly unvaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University, Our World in Data. Read full story For the Rancourt team’s analysis of 110 countries showing mortality and vaccination data, here I break them down alphabetically by continent / region. ALL of the following 110 countries showed spiking and rising deaths shortly following the deployment of the COVID vaccines. Share Africa and the Middle East Egypt Iran Israel Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Mauritius Namibia Oman Palestine Qatar Seychelles South Africa Tunisia United Arab Emirates The Americas and the Caribbean Argentina Aruba Bahamas Barbados Belize Bermuda Bolivia Brazil Canada Chile Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador French Guiana Guadalupe Guatemala Jamaica Mexico Nicaragua Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname U.S.A. Uruguay Asia Azerbaijan Brunei Cyprus Georgia Hong Kong Japan Kazakhstan Macau Malaysia Maldives Mongolia Philippines Singapore South Korea Taiwan Tajikistan Thiland Uzbekistan Europe Albania Armenia Austria Belgium Bosnia Bulgaria Croatia Czechia Denmark Estonia Faroe Islands Finland France Germany Gibraltar Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands North Macedonia Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Oceania Australia French Polynesia New Caledonia New Zealand --- It would be an injustice to the Rancourt team to suggest that their book-size research is entirely about the COVID vaccines, or that it would attribute all excess mortality in recent years to that cause. The authors cover two additional causes of increased all-cause mortality during the COVID years: One is harmful hospital procedures such as excessive and improper use of ventilators and toxic medications such as remdesivir on the one hand, exacerbating respiratory illness to the point of respiratory failure. The other is a phenomenon that Rancourt has examined more than many other COVID era writers about excess mortality during the COVID years, and that has to do with the psychologically debilitating impact of the defeat of one’s assertions of bodily autonomy under crushing authoritarian vaccine mandates, as a potential cause of depletion of immune system resources to defeat any microbes. Psychologists and sociologists could debate that phenomenon, whether it is significant or not, for a long time to come. Rancourt et al’s thorough data compilations and analysis have shown more than adequate data to defend their thesis that “the public health establishment and its agents fundamentally caused all the excess mortality in the COVID period” . . . . ,“ and that “nothing special would have occurred in terms of mortality had a pandemic not been declared and had the declaration not been acted upon.” [6] Rancourt’s team seems to be on their strongest footing in their reporting of excess mortality in the 125 countries that reported adequate mortality and COVID vaccination data for comparison and analysis. The results are overwhelmingly high for correlation of vaccination uptake with subsequent mass deaths, all over the world. This link has met several of the Bradford Hill criteria for causation – overwhelming correlation with strength of association, consistency, temporal association, biological plausibility. Rancourt’s team also found positive correlation between number of vaccine doses and excess deaths for each of the countries examined. [7] The graphs in Appendix B, showing raw, excess and cumulative results for each country, show the tightness of this correlation. [8] This satisfies yet another of the Bradford Hill criteria to determine if correlation rises to the threshold of causation: that is dose-dependent effect. Rancourt, et al. Excess all-cause mortality in 2021, p. 507. The results that Rancourt’s team reports should be so persuasive as to be irrefutable in ending all use of COVID vaccines. Denis Rancourt’s summary of his team’s research may be seen here: Breaking: Our largest study of its kind "Spatiotemporal variation of excess all-cause mortality in the world during the Covid period regarding socio economic factors and medical interventions" By Denis Rancourt, PhD, Joseph Hickey, PhD, and Prof. Christian Linard, PhD… Read more 4 days ago · 469 likes · 107 comments · Denis Rancourt, CORRELATION, and No One [1] D Rancourt, J Hickey, C Linard. Spatiotemporal variation of excess all-cause mortality in the world (125 countries) during the COVID period 2020-2023 regarding socio-economic factors and public health and medical interventions. Jul 19 2024. Correlation, Research in the Public Interest, Report. https://correlation-canada.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/2024-07-19-Correlation-ACM-World-125-countries-Rancourt-Hickey-Linard.pdf [2] Ibid Rancourt p. 255. [3] Ibid Rancourt p. 256 [4] Ibid Rancourt p. 268 [5] Ibid Rancourt pp. 268-269. [6] Ibid Rancourt p. 315 [7] Ibid Rancourt pp. 277-289. [8] Ibid Rancourt pp. 371-496. https://substack.com/home/post/p-146965211 https://donshafi911sars-cov-2.blogspot.com/2024/07/people-in-110-countries-were-killed-by.html
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  • As Israel-First politicians embrace Netanyahu, many people say No Thanks – Day 290
    [email protected] July 24, 2024 gaza displacement, gaza evacuation, israeli settler violence, jewish activists, jewish voice for peace, kamala harris, khan younis, labor unions, netanyahu speech, Olympics, palestinian unity government, starlink, targeting aid workers, us complicity in war crimes, West Bank
    Israel's assault on Khan Younis: Displaced Palestinians seek shelter near hospital (screenshot)
    2 million Gazans are squeezed into 20% of their land, as Israeli bombers and snipers keep killing; UNICEF vehicles hit by Israeli gunfire; peace activists arrested in US Capitol; Israeli luminaries call Netanyahu an “existential threat” to Israel and US; Rashida Tlaib: “Netanyahu’s Congress speech is a celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians”; Schumer says he will attend Netanyahu’s Congress speech; Israeli gov’t heavily funding illegal Israeli outposts; 350 “experts” endorse Kamala Harris for her Israel support; Olympics news; Israeli forces killing spree in West Bank; seven major labor unions demand that Biden pull the plug on Israel aid; China brokers reconciliation deal with Palestinian factions

    By IAK staff, from reports.

    Israel blocks Palestinians from 80 percent of Gaza

    The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says the Israeli military has placed more than 80 percent of the Gaza Strip “under evacuation orders or designated as a no-go zone”.

    “We just keep hearing the same question: Where do I go?” UNRWA said on X, quoting its spokeswoman’s remarks to the BBC’s Radio 4.

    It comes a day after Israel ordered thousands of people to flee from the eastern parts of the Khan Younis governorate to al-Mawasi in the west.

    Death toll from Israeli bombing in Khan Younis rises to 89

    At least 89 people have been killed in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis governorate, according to the enclave’s Government Media Office, since Israel launched a new military operation in the area yesterday morning, without giving civilians time to flee. Hundreds of people are also reported injured.

    Palestinians, including women and children, living in the east of Khan Younis city move towards safe areas with whatever belongings they can take with them after Israel announced that an operation will be carried out and ordered the Palestinians to evacuate the area immediately in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 22, 2024.
    Palestinians, including women and children, living in the east of Khan Younis city move towards safe areas with whatever belongings they can take with them after Israel announced that an operation will be carried out and ordered the Palestinians to evacuate the area immediately in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 22, 2024. (photo)
    UNICEF vehicles attacked with gunfire in central Gaza


    NOTE: The targeting of aid workers in Gaza by Israel has been a long-standing pattern. Since October 2023, at least 278 aid workers were reported killed in Gaza, including 201 UN staff members.

    Following an Israeli attack on a high-profile humanitarian aid convoy in early April, MSF official Christopher Lockyear decried what was already a norm: “This pattern of attacks is either intentional or indicative of reckless incompetence.”


    US Capitol Police arrest activists calling for Israel arms embargo

    Al Jazeera reports: The rotunda of an office building in the United States Capitol complex filled in minutes with hundreds of people who appeared as if from nowhere, as part of a surprise protest against Israel’s war in Gaza.

    “Let Gaza live,” they chanted in unison inside the Cannon House Office Building, removing their outer garments to reveal matching red T-shirts.

    One side of the shirt read, “Jews say stop arming Israel.” The other side: “Not in our name.”

    Tuesday’s coordinated protest, led by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), took Congressional staffers and law enforcement agents aback, as it came together within minutes.

    But the crackdown started almost immediately after the protesters assembled. Capitol Police quickly declared the area a closed “zone” and arrested hundreds of demonstrators who refused to leave.

    “This is a moment in history where we have to say we stood up for Palestinian freedom. We stood up to end this genocide,” said protester Liv Kunins-Berkowitz.

    “For so many of us, we are the descendants who survived ethnic cleansing and genocide. Our ancestors and grandparents taught us that the worst thing to do in these moments is to be a bystander.”

    The activists are of all faiths, races, and ethnicities. They’re working to overcome the powerful Israel lobby.

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    Seven major US labor unions call on Biden to ‘shut off military aid to Israel’

    The Guardian reports: Seven major US labor unions representing about 6 million workers sent a letter to Joe Biden on Tuesday calling on his administration to “immediately halt all military aid to Israel” ahead of a visit to the US from Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, this week.

    The unions that signed on to the letter include the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), American Postal Workers Union (APWU), International Union of Painters (IUPAT), National Education Association (NEA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Auto Workers (UAW) and United Electrical Workers (UE).

    “Our unions are hearing the cries of humanity as this vicious war continues,” said Mark Dimondstein, the APWU president, in a press release. “Working people and our unions are horrified that our tax dollars are financing this ongoing tragedy. We need a ceasefire now, and the best way to secure that is to shut off US military aid to Israel.”

    The UAW stated, “This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to come to Congress to ask our government to keep supporting this war [in Gaza]. We reject this insult to all those calling for peace and justice.”


    Amnesty issues fresh warning about US complicity in Israeli war crimes

    Middle East Monitor reports: Amnesty International has issued a fresh warning about US complicity in Israeli war crimes as Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington. The human rights NGO also called on the US to halt arms exports to Israel with Netanyahu set to meet Joe Biden and possibly Kamala Harris during his trip.

    In the absence of a UN Security Council arms embargo, Amnesty is calling on all countries to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel immediately, until there is no longer a substantial risk that arms could be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international human rights or humanitarian law.

    Countries which continue to transfer arms to Israel with knowledge that the recipient state or group is using these arms to commit “internationally wrongful acts” — which include crimes under international law such as war crimes and crimes against humanity — are not only violating their obligation to ensure respect for international humanitarian law, said Amnesty today, but are in fact also assisting these violations.

    Companies manufacturing and exporting arms also have a responsibility to respect human rights and international humanitarian law throughout their value chains. Any companies providing material assistance in the commission of a war crime can be found legally liable for such a crime.

    “The US government has been presented with ample evidence from experts around the world that US-origin arms have been used in war crimes and unlawful killings by the Israeli government.”

    Continued weapons transfers will make the US “complicit” in violations of international law committed with these arms, explained the Amnesty official.

    NOTE: Weapons transfers to armed Palestinian groups also fall within Amnesty’s call for embargo – although in reality, international law supports the efforts of resistance groups against an occupying power, the UN extending that right to the point of armed resistance.

    Israel carries out major strikes on three regions in one day
    Israel carries out major strikes on three regions in one day (collage)
    Israeli executives, former security officials denounce Netanyahu ahead of address to US Congress

    Andalou Agency reports: Dozens of Israeli executives, academics, and former national security officials denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, warning in a letter to US congressional leaders that he represents an “existential threat” to the US and Israel.

    The letter signed by 31 Israelis comes on the eve of Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress where many lawmakers are expected to not attend or stage protests to interrupt the Israeli leader’s speech. It is addressed to House Speaker Mike Johnson, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    “We cannot overstate this: Prime Minister Netanyahu poses an existential threat to the State of Israel. He has no clear strategic objectives for the war in Gaza, no plan for the day after, nor a strategy for how to deal with the existential threat of Iran. For decades, he has been inciting Israelis against each other, damaging our national social fabric, dramatically harming our defense capabilities, eroding our economy and devastating our international standing,” the authors wrote. A copy of the letter was posted publicly by CNN.

    “Further, Netanyahu severely harms the US national security interests through his approach to this war, which adversely impacts American policy in the Middle East and beyond and further endangers Israel,” they added.

    Prominent signatories include former Israeli military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Haloutz, ex-Mossad Director Tamir Pardo, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Nobel Prize Laureate Aaron Ciechanover and Israel’s former UN envoy Gabriela Shalev.

    Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is a ‘celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians’

    Middle East Eye reports: Palestinian-American Representative Rashida Tlaib called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress “a celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians”.

    Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American member of Congress, said that “Netanyahu is a war criminal committing genocide against the Palestinian people. It is utterly disgraceful that leaders from both parties have invited him to address Congress. He should be arrested and sent to the International Criminal Court.”

    She further remarked, “Make no mistake: this event is a celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. It is a sad day for our democracy when my colleagues will smile for a photo op with a man who is actively committing genocide.

    “It is hypocritical to claim concern about the massive death toll of innocent civilians, then turn around and welcome the person responsible for these war crimes to our Capitol. Their silence is betrayal, and history will remember them accordingly. Our government must stop supporting and funding this genocide now.”

    Israel was founded in 1948 through a war of ethnic cleansing.

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    Schumer says he will attend Netanyahu’s Congress speech despite ‘disagreements’

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at Congress:

    “Even though I disagree with many of Bibi Netanyahu’s policies, I will attend this speech because the United States’ relationship with Israel remains ironclad and transcends any prime minister.”

    Schumer endorsed Kamala Harris for president.





    Ha’aretz reports: The Democratic Majority for Israel wholeheartedly endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for the party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election.

    Israeli government quietly sends millions to unauthorized West Bank settler outposts

    Associated Press reports: The Israeli government has budgeted millions of dollars to protect small, illegal, unauthorized Jewish farms in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, underwriting tiny outposts meant to grow into full-fledged , illegal settlements, according to an anti-settlement monitoring group.

    Documents uncovered by Peace Now illustrate how Israel’s pro-settler government has quietly poured tens of millions of dollars into the unauthorized outposts, which are separate from its more than 100 officially recognized – but also illegal – settlements. Some of those outposts have been linked to settler violence against Palestinians and are sanctioned by the U.S.

    The group estimates approximately 500 people live on the small, unauthorized farms and 25,000 more live in larger outposts. Those outposts, while not officially authorized by the government, often receive tacit support before they are retroactively legalized.

    Rights groups say the expanding network of remote farms atop West Bank hilltops are the primary drivers of violence and displacement of Palestinians.

    On Friday, the top United Nations court said Israel’s presence in the Palestinian territories is unlawful and called for an immediate halt to settlement construction.

    NOTE: While there has been an uptick in settler violence since October 7th, every one of the more than 700,000 Israeli settlers living on Palestinian land are violating international law.

    Israel has illegally built around 280 settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and incentivized Israeli Jews to live in them.

    Many Palestinians believe that Israeli settlements and settlers on Palestinian land are the main barrier to any lasting peace agreement.

    Settlers, moreover, have a history of violence against Palestinians, often with the assistance of Israeli military forces.

    NOTE: The International Solidarity Movement recently posted this video of Israeli settlers brutally attacking both Palestinians and international volunteers – one day after the ICJ ruled that the Israeli occupation and settlements are illegal.

    350 foreign policy and national security personages endorse Kamala Harris, highlighting her involvement in the U.S.’ ‘defense of Israel when Iran attacked in April’

    Ha’aretz reports: 350 leading foreign policy and national security experts endorsed U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s candidacy for U.S. President, calling her “the best qualified person to lead our nation as commander in chief.”

    “She has been by the president’s side in the Oval Office and in the Situation Room managing high-stakes international crises and advising on the toughest decisions,” they wrote, highlighting “the United States’ defense of Israel when Iran attacked in April 2024.”

    Among those to sign the letter include former U.S. Ambassadors to Israel Tom Nides and Daniel Kurtzer, former Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Frank Lowenstein, former national security advisers Susan Rice and Thomas E. Donilon, former secretaries of state John F. Kerry and Hillary Clinton; former secretaries of defense Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta; and former top intelligence officials Michael Hayden and James Clapper.

    NOTE: While it’s not hard to find cheerleaders for Israel in its genocidal war on Gaza, voters themselves are not so enthusiastic: A Gallup poll in March showed that 55 percent of respondents disapproved of the Israeli military’s actions in the Gaza Strip. Among Democratic Party voters, the percentage was even higher, with 75 percent of respondents expressing a negative view of Israel’s actions, while 60 percent of independents also said they disapproved.

    Politicians have failed to grasp the significance of millions of Americans across the country protesting for ceasefire and an end to military aid to Israel – wrongly accusing them of antisemitism and ignoring their message.

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    Palestinians accuse Israel of Olympic Truce breach

    Al Jazeera reports: The Palestine Olympic Committee has called for the “immediate exclusion of Israel from the Paris Olympics 2024”.

    In a letter to Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee, the Palestinians said Israel has been engaged in violations that include illegal colonial settlement, occupation and annexation, as well as genocidal incitement.

    The letter also stressed that there has been a breach of the Olympic truce. The UN General Assembly Resolution on the Paris 2024 Olympics mandates an Olympic truce from July 19 to September 15, 2024, to ensure a peaceful environment for the Games.

    “However, Israel has violated this truce within the first 24 hours by continuing its bombing on Gaza, resulting in the killing of at least 70 Palestinians. This contravention underscores the urgent need for OIC and FIFA to act in line with its statutes and promote respect for international human rights law,” the letter said.

    The letter was also sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino by the Palestine Football Association.

    NOTE: At least 265 Palestinian sportsmen have been killed in Israeli attacks since last October, according to the Palestinian Football Association.

    “The victims include players, administrators and technical staff, including 11 in the West Bank” Jibril Rajoub, head of the association, told reporters.

    “Dozens of athletes remain under the rubble, and we are unable to count their number,” he said. “Many athletes are also held in Israeli jails.”

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    Many West Bank deaths on Tuesday

    Five Palestinians were killed Tuesday by Israeli occupation army gunfire in Tulkarm camp, including three men, a young girl, and a 50-year-old woman. Four of the bodies were confiscated by Israeli forces. The men were reportedly a Qassam commander and two members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
    A 13-year-old child from the town of Bal’a, east of Tulkarem, succumbed Tuesday to critical injuries he sustained by Israeli forces’ live bullets about two weeks ago.
    A 39-year-old Palestinian man was Tuesday morning killed by Israeli occupation forces in the town of Sa’ir, northeast of Hebron.
    A young man, age 22, was Tuesday killed by Israeli occupation army gunfire from the town of Shuyoukh, northeast of Hebron.

    Palestinians hail new reconciliation deal amid Israeli opposition

    Andalou Agency reports: A China-mediated agreement to heal the years-long rift between Palestinian factions and form a national unity government has been met with Palestinian praise and Israeli opposition.

    The Palestinian groups on Monday reached a reconciliation agreement following three days of intensive talks in the Chinese capital Beijing to end their political division since 2007.

    Representatives of 14 Palestinian groups, including the rival Fatah and Hamas movements, signed a new statement pledging to end the division and strengthen unity.

    The agreement aims at maintaining Palestinian control over the Gaza Strip following the end of Israel’s ongoing offensive on the enclave.

    Signatories of the agreement said they would form an interim national unity government to supervise the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip and hold new elections.

    “The Beijing declaration is an additional positive step towards achieving Palestinian national unity,” Husam Badran, a member of Hamas political bureau, said in a statement.

    He said the factions agreed to form a national unity government to supervise Gaza reconstruction and prepare the conditions for holding elections.

    The agreement also underlined the right of the Palestinian people to resist the Israeli occupation and to self-determination based on international laws and UN Charter.

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    STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 23:

    Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 23: at least 39,668* (39,090 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.]

    This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 587 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths.

    Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza.

    Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza.

    At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank).
    At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**.
    About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced.
    2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity.
    Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 23: at least 95,567 (including at least 90,147 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children). [It remains unknown how man Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.]

    Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 23: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured.

    Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%.

    NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers.

    *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.**

    Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals.

    † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics.

    Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here.

    Hover over each bar for exact numbers.
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    As Israel-First politicians embrace Netanyahu, many people say No Thanks – Day 290 [email protected] July 24, 2024 gaza displacement, gaza evacuation, israeli settler violence, jewish activists, jewish voice for peace, kamala harris, khan younis, labor unions, netanyahu speech, Olympics, palestinian unity government, starlink, targeting aid workers, us complicity in war crimes, West Bank Israel's assault on Khan Younis: Displaced Palestinians seek shelter near hospital (screenshot) 2 million Gazans are squeezed into 20% of their land, as Israeli bombers and snipers keep killing; UNICEF vehicles hit by Israeli gunfire; peace activists arrested in US Capitol; Israeli luminaries call Netanyahu an “existential threat” to Israel and US; Rashida Tlaib: “Netanyahu’s Congress speech is a celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians”; Schumer says he will attend Netanyahu’s Congress speech; Israeli gov’t heavily funding illegal Israeli outposts; 350 “experts” endorse Kamala Harris for her Israel support; Olympics news; Israeli forces killing spree in West Bank; seven major labor unions demand that Biden pull the plug on Israel aid; China brokers reconciliation deal with Palestinian factions By IAK staff, from reports. Israel blocks Palestinians from 80 percent of Gaza The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says the Israeli military has placed more than 80 percent of the Gaza Strip “under evacuation orders or designated as a no-go zone”. “We just keep hearing the same question: Where do I go?” UNRWA said on X, quoting its spokeswoman’s remarks to the BBC’s Radio 4. It comes a day after Israel ordered thousands of people to flee from the eastern parts of the Khan Younis governorate to al-Mawasi in the west. Death toll from Israeli bombing in Khan Younis rises to 89 At least 89 people have been killed in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis governorate, according to the enclave’s Government Media Office, since Israel launched a new military operation in the area yesterday morning, without giving civilians time to flee. Hundreds of people are also reported injured. Palestinians, including women and children, living in the east of Khan Younis city move towards safe areas with whatever belongings they can take with them after Israel announced that an operation will be carried out and ordered the Palestinians to evacuate the area immediately in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 22, 2024. Palestinians, including women and children, living in the east of Khan Younis city move towards safe areas with whatever belongings they can take with them after Israel announced that an operation will be carried out and ordered the Palestinians to evacuate the area immediately in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 22, 2024. (photo) UNICEF vehicles attacked with gunfire in central Gaza NOTE: The targeting of aid workers in Gaza by Israel has been a long-standing pattern. Since October 2023, at least 278 aid workers were reported killed in Gaza, including 201 UN staff members. Following an Israeli attack on a high-profile humanitarian aid convoy in early April, MSF official Christopher Lockyear decried what was already a norm: “This pattern of attacks is either intentional or indicative of reckless incompetence.” US Capitol Police arrest activists calling for Israel arms embargo Al Jazeera reports: The rotunda of an office building in the United States Capitol complex filled in minutes with hundreds of people who appeared as if from nowhere, as part of a surprise protest against Israel’s war in Gaza. “Let Gaza live,” they chanted in unison inside the Cannon House Office Building, removing their outer garments to reveal matching red T-shirts. One side of the shirt read, “Jews say stop arming Israel.” The other side: “Not in our name.” Tuesday’s coordinated protest, led by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), took Congressional staffers and law enforcement agents aback, as it came together within minutes. But the crackdown started almost immediately after the protesters assembled. Capitol Police quickly declared the area a closed “zone” and arrested hundreds of demonstrators who refused to leave. “This is a moment in history where we have to say we stood up for Palestinian freedom. We stood up to end this genocide,” said protester Liv Kunins-Berkowitz. “For so many of us, we are the descendants who survived ethnic cleansing and genocide. Our ancestors and grandparents taught us that the worst thing to do in these moments is to be a bystander.” The activists are of all faiths, races, and ethnicities. They’re working to overcome the powerful Israel lobby. Embed from Getty Images Seven major US labor unions call on Biden to ‘shut off military aid to Israel’ The Guardian reports: Seven major US labor unions representing about 6 million workers sent a letter to Joe Biden on Tuesday calling on his administration to “immediately halt all military aid to Israel” ahead of a visit to the US from Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, this week. The unions that signed on to the letter include the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), American Postal Workers Union (APWU), International Union of Painters (IUPAT), National Education Association (NEA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Auto Workers (UAW) and United Electrical Workers (UE). “Our unions are hearing the cries of humanity as this vicious war continues,” said Mark Dimondstein, the APWU president, in a press release. “Working people and our unions are horrified that our tax dollars are financing this ongoing tragedy. We need a ceasefire now, and the best way to secure that is to shut off US military aid to Israel.” The UAW stated, “This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to come to Congress to ask our government to keep supporting this war [in Gaza]. We reject this insult to all those calling for peace and justice.” Amnesty issues fresh warning about US complicity in Israeli war crimes Middle East Monitor reports: Amnesty International has issued a fresh warning about US complicity in Israeli war crimes as Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington. The human rights NGO also called on the US to halt arms exports to Israel with Netanyahu set to meet Joe Biden and possibly Kamala Harris during his trip. In the absence of a UN Security Council arms embargo, Amnesty is calling on all countries to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel immediately, until there is no longer a substantial risk that arms could be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international human rights or humanitarian law. Countries which continue to transfer arms to Israel with knowledge that the recipient state or group is using these arms to commit “internationally wrongful acts” — which include crimes under international law such as war crimes and crimes against humanity — are not only violating their obligation to ensure respect for international humanitarian law, said Amnesty today, but are in fact also assisting these violations. Companies manufacturing and exporting arms also have a responsibility to respect human rights and international humanitarian law throughout their value chains. Any companies providing material assistance in the commission of a war crime can be found legally liable for such a crime. “The US government has been presented with ample evidence from experts around the world that US-origin arms have been used in war crimes and unlawful killings by the Israeli government.” Continued weapons transfers will make the US “complicit” in violations of international law committed with these arms, explained the Amnesty official. NOTE: Weapons transfers to armed Palestinian groups also fall within Amnesty’s call for embargo – although in reality, international law supports the efforts of resistance groups against an occupying power, the UN extending that right to the point of armed resistance. Israel carries out major strikes on three regions in one day Israel carries out major strikes on three regions in one day (collage) Israeli executives, former security officials denounce Netanyahu ahead of address to US Congress Andalou Agency reports: Dozens of Israeli executives, academics, and former national security officials denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, warning in a letter to US congressional leaders that he represents an “existential threat” to the US and Israel. The letter signed by 31 Israelis comes on the eve of Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress where many lawmakers are expected to not attend or stage protests to interrupt the Israeli leader’s speech. It is addressed to House Speaker Mike Johnson, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We cannot overstate this: Prime Minister Netanyahu poses an existential threat to the State of Israel. He has no clear strategic objectives for the war in Gaza, no plan for the day after, nor a strategy for how to deal with the existential threat of Iran. For decades, he has been inciting Israelis against each other, damaging our national social fabric, dramatically harming our defense capabilities, eroding our economy and devastating our international standing,” the authors wrote. A copy of the letter was posted publicly by CNN. “Further, Netanyahu severely harms the US national security interests through his approach to this war, which adversely impacts American policy in the Middle East and beyond and further endangers Israel,” they added. Prominent signatories include former Israeli military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Haloutz, ex-Mossad Director Tamir Pardo, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Nobel Prize Laureate Aaron Ciechanover and Israel’s former UN envoy Gabriela Shalev. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is a ‘celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians’ Middle East Eye reports: Palestinian-American Representative Rashida Tlaib called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress “a celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians”. Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American member of Congress, said that “Netanyahu is a war criminal committing genocide against the Palestinian people. It is utterly disgraceful that leaders from both parties have invited him to address Congress. He should be arrested and sent to the International Criminal Court.” She further remarked, “Make no mistake: this event is a celebration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. It is a sad day for our democracy when my colleagues will smile for a photo op with a man who is actively committing genocide. “It is hypocritical to claim concern about the massive death toll of innocent civilians, then turn around and welcome the person responsible for these war crimes to our Capitol. Their silence is betrayal, and history will remember them accordingly. Our government must stop supporting and funding this genocide now.” Israel was founded in 1948 through a war of ethnic cleansing. Embed from Getty Images Schumer says he will attend Netanyahu’s Congress speech despite ‘disagreements’ Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at Congress: “Even though I disagree with many of Bibi Netanyahu’s policies, I will attend this speech because the United States’ relationship with Israel remains ironclad and transcends any prime minister.” Schumer endorsed Kamala Harris for president. Ha’aretz reports: The Democratic Majority for Israel wholeheartedly endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for the party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election. Israeli government quietly sends millions to unauthorized West Bank settler outposts Associated Press reports: The Israeli government has budgeted millions of dollars to protect small, illegal, unauthorized Jewish farms in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, underwriting tiny outposts meant to grow into full-fledged , illegal settlements, according to an anti-settlement monitoring group. Documents uncovered by Peace Now illustrate how Israel’s pro-settler government has quietly poured tens of millions of dollars into the unauthorized outposts, which are separate from its more than 100 officially recognized – but also illegal – settlements. Some of those outposts have been linked to settler violence against Palestinians and are sanctioned by the U.S. The group estimates approximately 500 people live on the small, unauthorized farms and 25,000 more live in larger outposts. Those outposts, while not officially authorized by the government, often receive tacit support before they are retroactively legalized. Rights groups say the expanding network of remote farms atop West Bank hilltops are the primary drivers of violence and displacement of Palestinians. On Friday, the top United Nations court said Israel’s presence in the Palestinian territories is unlawful and called for an immediate halt to settlement construction. NOTE: While there has been an uptick in settler violence since October 7th, every one of the more than 700,000 Israeli settlers living on Palestinian land are violating international law. Israel has illegally built around 280 settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and incentivized Israeli Jews to live in them. Many Palestinians believe that Israeli settlements and settlers on Palestinian land are the main barrier to any lasting peace agreement. Settlers, moreover, have a history of violence against Palestinians, often with the assistance of Israeli military forces. NOTE: The International Solidarity Movement recently posted this video of Israeli settlers brutally attacking both Palestinians and international volunteers – one day after the ICJ ruled that the Israeli occupation and settlements are illegal. 350 foreign policy and national security personages endorse Kamala Harris, highlighting her involvement in the U.S.’ ‘defense of Israel when Iran attacked in April’ Ha’aretz reports: 350 leading foreign policy and national security experts endorsed U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s candidacy for U.S. President, calling her “the best qualified person to lead our nation as commander in chief.” “She has been by the president’s side in the Oval Office and in the Situation Room managing high-stakes international crises and advising on the toughest decisions,” they wrote, highlighting “the United States’ defense of Israel when Iran attacked in April 2024.” Among those to sign the letter include former U.S. Ambassadors to Israel Tom Nides and Daniel Kurtzer, former Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Frank Lowenstein, former national security advisers Susan Rice and Thomas E. Donilon, former secretaries of state John F. Kerry and Hillary Clinton; former secretaries of defense Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta; and former top intelligence officials Michael Hayden and James Clapper. NOTE: While it’s not hard to find cheerleaders for Israel in its genocidal war on Gaza, voters themselves are not so enthusiastic: A Gallup poll in March showed that 55 percent of respondents disapproved of the Israeli military’s actions in the Gaza Strip. Among Democratic Party voters, the percentage was even higher, with 75 percent of respondents expressing a negative view of Israel’s actions, while 60 percent of independents also said they disapproved. Politicians have failed to grasp the significance of millions of Americans across the country protesting for ceasefire and an end to military aid to Israel – wrongly accusing them of antisemitism and ignoring their message. RECOMMENDED READING: How Israel twists antisemitism claims to project its own crimes onto Palestinians. AIPAC: Has the pro-Israel lobby bribed and bought the US Democratic Party? It isn’t Netanyahu who is acting against the will of his people, it’s Biden Palestinians accuse Israel of Olympic Truce breach Al Jazeera reports: The Palestine Olympic Committee has called for the “immediate exclusion of Israel from the Paris Olympics 2024”. In a letter to Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee, the Palestinians said Israel has been engaged in violations that include illegal colonial settlement, occupation and annexation, as well as genocidal incitement. The letter also stressed that there has been a breach of the Olympic truce. The UN General Assembly Resolution on the Paris 2024 Olympics mandates an Olympic truce from July 19 to September 15, 2024, to ensure a peaceful environment for the Games. “However, Israel has violated this truce within the first 24 hours by continuing its bombing on Gaza, resulting in the killing of at least 70 Palestinians. This contravention underscores the urgent need for OIC and FIFA to act in line with its statutes and promote respect for international human rights law,” the letter said. The letter was also sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino by the Palestine Football Association. NOTE: At least 265 Palestinian sportsmen have been killed in Israeli attacks since last October, according to the Palestinian Football Association. “The victims include players, administrators and technical staff, including 11 in the West Bank” Jibril Rajoub, head of the association, told reporters. “Dozens of athletes remain under the rubble, and we are unable to count their number,” he said. “Many athletes are also held in Israeli jails.” RECOMMENDED READING: Palestinians launch first national amputee football team in Gaza Many West Bank deaths on Tuesday Five Palestinians were killed Tuesday by Israeli occupation army gunfire in Tulkarm camp, including three men, a young girl, and a 50-year-old woman. Four of the bodies were confiscated by Israeli forces. The men were reportedly a Qassam commander and two members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. A 13-year-old child from the town of Bal’a, east of Tulkarem, succumbed Tuesday to critical injuries he sustained by Israeli forces’ live bullets about two weeks ago. A 39-year-old Palestinian man was Tuesday morning killed by Israeli occupation forces in the town of Sa’ir, northeast of Hebron. A young man, age 22, was Tuesday killed by Israeli occupation army gunfire from the town of Shuyoukh, northeast of Hebron. Palestinians hail new reconciliation deal amid Israeli opposition Andalou Agency reports: A China-mediated agreement to heal the years-long rift between Palestinian factions and form a national unity government has been met with Palestinian praise and Israeli opposition. The Palestinian groups on Monday reached a reconciliation agreement following three days of intensive talks in the Chinese capital Beijing to end their political division since 2007. Representatives of 14 Palestinian groups, including the rival Fatah and Hamas movements, signed a new statement pledging to end the division and strengthen unity. The agreement aims at maintaining Palestinian control over the Gaza Strip following the end of Israel’s ongoing offensive on the enclave. Signatories of the agreement said they would form an interim national unity government to supervise the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip and hold new elections. “The Beijing declaration is an additional positive step towards achieving Palestinian national unity,” Husam Badran, a member of Hamas political bureau, said in a statement. He said the factions agreed to form a national unity government to supervise Gaza reconstruction and prepare the conditions for holding elections. The agreement also underlined the right of the Palestinian people to resist the Israeli occupation and to self-determination based on international laws and UN Charter. Embed from Getty Images Palestinians living inside Israel face home demolition MORE NEWS: MintPress News: Meta’s Policy On Zionism Exposed: Cyberwell Scrambles After Israel Ties Revealed Declassified UK: UK Covers Up Gaza Spy Footage From Day of Aid Worker Massacre Mondoweiss: Biden staffers who resigned over Gaza say US has destroyed international law and endangered Americans Middle East Eye: Cambridge University to review investments in response to pro-Gaza protests STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 23: Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 23: at least 39,668* (39,090 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.] This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 587 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths. Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza. At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank). At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**. About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced. 2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity. Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 23: at least 95,567 (including at least 90,147 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children). [It remains unknown how man Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.] Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 23: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured. Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%. NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers. *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.** Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals. † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics. Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here. Hover over each bar for exact numbers. Source: IsraelPalestineTimeline.org Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated) Hundreds of social media influencers attend Israel strategy summit in NYC Supporting Israel Is Big Business in the U.S. for Israel partisans Toys, spices, sewing machines: the items Israel banned from entering Gaza Synopsis of ICJ’s decision on Israeli occupation, reactions, and take-aways Russia attacks hospitals in Ukraine; Israel does the same in Gaza. 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  • Cumhuriyet: The US plan for the Black Sea – Caucasus.
    The United States and NATO want to subordinate Turkey and the Black Sea to their interests.
    One provision of the final declaration of the recent summit of NATO leaders in Washington was regarded by the Turkish pro-government media as a success of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey. Thus, in the 31st paragraph of the communique there is a reference to the 1936 Montreux Convention.
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    2) NATO should expand its presence on land, sea and in the air in the Black Sea region as a whole.
    In addition to the western front opened against Russia through Ukraine, the United States is trying to open a southern front in the Caucasus, but they have not been able to do so.
    Saakashvili's attempt to start an uprising in Georgia after returning from Ukraine was thwarted due to Tbilisi's resolute position. To prevent the continuation, the Georgian government has adopted the "law on foreign agents".
    Now the United States is trying to play the Armenia card. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan was invited to the events of the NATO summit in Washington. Then there was the question of the US Army having its representative in the Ministry of Defense of Armenia. US Deputy Secretary of State Uzra Zeya confirmed this news and announced the "beginning of a new strategic stage" in relations between the United States and Armenia.
    With this move, the United States is trying to achieve a double goal:
    1) open the southern front against Russia;
    2) to put a wedge into the Astana triangle (Turkey – Russia – Iran).
    It is also important that it was at this time that the United States announced its position on the normalization of relations between Ankara and Damascus, the most important topic on the agenda of the Astana triangle. The US State Department openly announced that it "does not support efforts to normalize relations between Turkey and Syria."
    It is clear and obvious what needs to be done in these conditions:
    1) to accelerate the normalization of relations between Ankara and Damascus;
    2) to implement the 3+3 cooperation platform (Turkey– Russia – Iran plus Azerbaijan –Georgia – Armenia).
    As you can see, Turkey's membership in NATO does not prevent the alliance from targeting Turkey!
    The way out is not to be inside, but outside of NATO...
    @eurasianchoice
    https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/yazarlar/mehmet-ali-guller/abdnin-karadeniz-kafkasya-plani-2229164
    Cumhuriyet: The US plan for the Black Sea – Caucasus. The United States and NATO want to subordinate Turkey and the Black Sea to their interests. One provision of the final declaration of the recent summit of NATO leaders in Washington was regarded by the Turkish pro-government media as a success of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey. Thus, in the 31st paragraph of the communique there is a reference to the 1936 Montreux Convention. Indeed, it is present, but with one significant detail ... The concept of "freedom of navigation" has also been added to the words "security, stability of the Black Sea". However, the existing Montreux Convention is an agreement to restrict the "freedom of navigation" of warships precisely in the name of the safety of the Black Sea. There is no "freedom of navigation" for warships in the Black Sea, there is a "restriction of navigation". Of course, the United States knows this best, this is why it wants a "free/open Black Sea." For 75 years, the United States has been looking for "open doors" for "unhindered" entry into this area. Moreover, for the United States, the Black Sea is a strategic goal and is crucial in the "new iron curtain" that they are trying to lower at a distance from the Arctic Ocean to the Eastern Mediterranean. That is why the United States subtly noted this goal in the NATO declaration even before the start of the Ukrainian conflict. One of the important guiding texts for understanding today's events is the NATO Declaration of June 14, 2021. The United States added two critical points to the statement: 1) NATO members should develop bilateral relations, especially military relations, with Ukraine and Georgia, up to their membership in the alliance; 2) NATO should expand its presence on land, sea and in the air in the Black Sea region as a whole. In addition to the western front opened against Russia through Ukraine, the United States is trying to open a southern front in the Caucasus, but they have not been able to do so. Saakashvili's attempt to start an uprising in Georgia after returning from Ukraine was thwarted due to Tbilisi's resolute position. To prevent the continuation, the Georgian government has adopted the "law on foreign agents". Now the United States is trying to play the Armenia card. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan was invited to the events of the NATO summit in Washington. Then there was the question of the US Army having its representative in the Ministry of Defense of Armenia. US Deputy Secretary of State Uzra Zeya confirmed this news and announced the "beginning of a new strategic stage" in relations between the United States and Armenia. With this move, the United States is trying to achieve a double goal: 1) open the southern front against Russia; 2) to put a wedge into the Astana triangle (Turkey – Russia – Iran). It is also important that it was at this time that the United States announced its position on the normalization of relations between Ankara and Damascus, the most important topic on the agenda of the Astana triangle. The US State Department openly announced that it "does not support efforts to normalize relations between Turkey and Syria." It is clear and obvious what needs to be done in these conditions: 1) to accelerate the normalization of relations between Ankara and Damascus; 2) to implement the 3+3 cooperation platform (Turkey– Russia – Iran plus Azerbaijan –Georgia – Armenia). As you can see, Turkey's membership in NATO does not prevent the alliance from targeting Turkey! The way out is not to be inside, but outside of NATO... @eurasianchoice https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/yazarlar/mehmet-ali-guller/abdnin-karadeniz-kafkasya-plani-2229164
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  • Horrific Israeli attack in Khan Younis with almost no warning – Day 289
    [email protected] July 23, 2024 garbage in Gaza, israeli attack on UN convoy, israeli hostages killed, kamala harris, khan younis attack, knesset, october 7th myths, Palestinian journalists, polio vaccine, unrwa, west bank children, Yemen
    Palestinians, including women and children, living in the east of Khan Younis city move towards safe areas with whatever belongings they can take with them after Israel announced that an operation will be carried out and ordered the Palestinians to evacuate the area immediately in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 22, 2024. (photo)
    A77 Gazans killed in Khan Younis with no chance to flee; Israeli army admits leaving Palestinian man with Down Syndrome to die; journalists killed by Israel reaches 163; Israeli forces fire on UN convoy; water and garbage crisis in Gaza; polio vaccines for Israeli soldiers, but not for Gazan civilians; Israel killed 2 more Israeli hostages; 250% increase in killing of West Bank children; Yemeni harbor still ablaze after Israeli strike; Knesset members listen to debunked myths of Oct 7; our founding fathers supported Israel?; JD Vance to skip Netanyahu speech; Dem Majority for Israel endorses Harris; potential VPs regarding Israel; more.

    By IAK staff, from reports.

    Israel gives 400,000 Palestinians minutes to flee Khan Younis before latest blitz

    The Cradle reports: The Israeli army ordered the sudden evacuation of over 400,000 Palestinians taking shelter in eastern Khan Younis on 22 July, dropping leaflets in the besieged city moments before warplanes began their raids.

    At least 77 deaths and 200 wounded have been reported in the aftermath of the attacks.

    Ha’aretz reports that the death toll from this operation has risen to 89, that 68 are reported missing, and 263 more people were injured. 13 houses in the city were reportedly directly targeted.

    Authorities at Nasser Medical Complex appealed for urgent blood donations, saying it faces a shortage of blood units, “which poses a serious threat to the lives of the sick and injured in light of the ongoing massacres carried out by the occupation forces against the innocent and civilians.”

    “The IDF is about to forcefully operate against the terror organizations and therefore calls on the remaining population left in the eastern neighborhoods of Khan Younis to temporarily evacuate to the adjusted humanitarian area in Al-Mawasi,” the Israeli military said in a statement on Monday morning.

    NOTE: The use of the word “terrorist” for a group that resists occupation and oppression is a political, not fact-based choice. In reality, international law supports the efforts of resistance groups against an occupying power, the UN extending that right to the point of armed resistance.

    Israeli Army Radio reported that Monday’s air raids in Khan Younis are the most violent since the end of the military operation in the city earlier this year.

    Local reports say many victims are still under the rubble and scattered along the streets, with ambulance and civil defense crews unable to reach them due to the violent and continuous shelling.

    AL JAZEERA ADDS: Many fleeing Palestinians are hesitant to join the swelling tent camps in al-Mawasi, declared a humanitarian zone in May, after a recent attack on the area killed at least 92 people and wounded more than 300, according to figures from the Health Ministry. That attack caused global outrage.

    OCHA ADDS: The new evacuation order by the Israeli military encompasses about 8.7 square kilometres (3.4 square miles) in the so-called “humanitarian zone” in Al Mawasi area of Khan Younis decreases the area of the zone by nearly 15 per cent.




    Gaza: Israeli army admits abandoning Palestinian man with Down syndrome

    Middle East Eye reports: The Israeli army has admitted that a Palestinian man with Down syndrome who died after being attacked and injured by an army dog was abandoned by its soldiers.

    The army’s admission comes two weeks after Middle East Eye originally reported on the death of Muhammed Bhar following a raid by Israeli soldiers on his family home in eastern Gaza City’s Shujaiya neighborhood on 3 July.

    His family told MEE they had been forced at gunpoint to leave behind the 24-year-old after he was mauled by the dog. Relatives described Muhammed as “like a one-year-old”, and said he needed help eating.

    Family members contacted the Red Cross daily for a week, pleading for Muhammed’s release or medical treatment, but were told that the Israeli army was not cooperating.

    After a week, and once Israeli troops withdrew from Shujaiya, they returned to find his decomposing body at their home.

    An Israeli spokesperson said, “The IDF regrets the harm to civilians during the fighting.”

    Number of journalists killed in Gaza rises to 163

    The Israeli army struck a tent sheltering journalists in Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, central Gaza on Monday

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    At least one person, journalist Haydar Ibrahim al-Msaddar, was killed while several others were wounded and suffered serious injuries.

    Msaddar was a media researcher and a specialist in media affairs, according to local authorities.

    According to his friend and fellow journalist Islam Bader, Msaddar had specialized in the study of propaganda and public opinion.

    “All the contents in the tent are journalistic equipment,” Youssef al-Hindi, a rescue worker who attended the scene after hearing the explosion, told Middle East Eye.

    Holding up a press helmet he found at the scene, Hindi said that he believes the journalists’ tent was intentionally targeted.

    Khalil al-Dakran, a doctor at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, agreed. It was the second time a tent in the grounds of the hospital had been hit, he said.



    Israeli forces shoot at UN convoy heading for Gaza City

    Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency for Palestinians (UNRWA), said that Israeli forces shot at a UN convoy heading towards Gaza City on Sunday.

    The movement of the convoy was coordinated and approved by the Israeli authorities.

    “One vehicle received at least five bullets while waiting just ahead of the Israeli Forces’ checkpoint south of Wadi Gaza,” Lazzarini said on X.

    “The car was severely damaged, it left the convoy. The teams re-assembled & finally reached Gaza City.”

    He concluded saying that “those responsible must be held accountable.”


    Medical Threat: Water and Garbage in Gaza

    A new report by PAX, an international NGO, highlights the growing public health risks of solid waste exposure in Gaza due to the collapse of the waste management system and blocked access to designated landfills by Israeli forces.

    The report especially highlighted the potential medical threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), whereby patients in conflict areas fail to respond to antibiotic treatments, which health experts have linked to the degradation and damage of water and wastewater treatment infrastructure as well as to heavy-metal exposure including munition remnants.

    The environmental consequences of the crisis are also enormous, according to the report, as they can render Gaza wholly uninhabitable and cause grave ecosystem and public health problems in the overall region due to the contamination of agricultural lands and the aquifer and the possible penetration of toxic substances into the food chain.

    The report presents a number of short-term and long-term recommendations for policymakers.

    FOR A SAMPLING OF REPORTS ON ISRAEL’S RECENT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SEE Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated)

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    Israel launches polio vaccination campaign for soldiers in Gaza, nothing for Palestinians

    The New Arab reports: On Sunday, the Israeli army launched a campaign to vaccinate its soldiers who are carrying out military operations in the Gaza Strip to avoid the infection of poliovirus, while ignoring the Palestinian population.

    Israel’s vaccination campaign occurs after an official announcement issued by the Palestinian health ministry said it discovered the spread of the poliovirus in the wastewater in the war-torn, besieged Gaza Strip.

    “The coastal enclave has been suffering from the lack of medicine and even vaccines that would be enough for the local people to avoid the spread of the poliovirus,” said sources.

    Meanwhile, Israel claimed “it sent about 300,000 polio vaccines to Gaza in cooperation with international organizations since the beginning of the war […] which is enough for more than a million citizens in Gaza.”

    “All the Israeli claims are not true […] it seems that the Israeli authorities decided to kill all the Palestinians in Gaza, either through the strikes or diseases and starvation,” Ismail Thawabta, the director of the Palestinian government media office in Gaza, remarked to TNA.

    HA’ARETZ ADDS: The IDF stresses that the soldiers not make any use of the local Gazan water system, and that the army regularly brings in large quantities of water from Israel, including millions of bottles of water for drinking and bathing, and tons of ice, as well as field showers, soap and disinfectant wipes.

    According to a recent Lancet study, the death toll in Gaza could be at least 186,000 dead due to direct and indirect impacts of Israel’s war on Gaza.

    RECOMMENDED READING (March 2021): Israel’s pattern of broken Covid vaccine promises to Palestinians – is it genocide?

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    Knesset passes bills to close UNRWA, label it ‘terrorist organization’

    Middle East Eye reports: Israel’s parliament has passed three bills in their first readings to close the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and designate it a “terrorist organization”.

    The first bill prohibits UNRWA from operating any mission, providing any service or conducting any activity on Israeli territory. It was passed 58-9, The Times of Israel newspaper reported.

    The second bill was approved 63-9 and calls for stripping UNRWA personnel of their legal immunities and privileges offered to UN staff in Israel.

    The third bill calls for designating the UN agency as a “terrorist organization” and requires Israel to cut ties with it. It was passed by a 50-10 vote.

    The three bills will now go to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for further deliberation. They will require two more readings to become effective.

    Israel has lobbied hard to have UNRWA closed, especially since it began its war on Gaza in October.

    RECOMMENDED READING: Designation of Palestinian Rights Groups as Terrorists is an Attack on the Human Rights Movement

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    Two Israeli hostages confirmed dead – IDF admits likely at fault

    Jerusalem Post reports: The Israeli military confirmed on Monday that two more hostages are dead, and that they were probably mistakenly killed by IDF forces during battles in Khan Younis some months ago.

    On March 10, Hamas had announced that the two hostages had been killed, but Israeli officials chose to assume the announcement was a bluff, and did not believe it. Now, based on “new, unspecified intelligence,” they have accepted their deaths as fact.

    The IDF did not disclose the exact circumstances of the hostages’ deaths, but did admit it is likely that they were mistakenly killed by Israeli forces.

    NOTE: Hamas offered a prisoner swap immediately after October 7th, but Israel rejected it.

    RECOMMENDED READING: Israel has repeatedly rejected Hamas truce offers

    Israel’s Netanyahu says deal could be nearing for hostages

    The New Arab reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told families of hostages held in Gaza that a deal that would secure their loved ones’ release could be nearing, his office said on Tuesday.

    “The conditions are undoubtedly ripening. This is a good sign,” Netanyahu told the families on Monday in Washington, where was expected to meet US President Joe Biden later this week after making an address to Congress.

    Efforts to reach a Gaza ceasefire deal, outlined by Biden in May and mediated by Egypt and Qatar, have gained momentum over the past month. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said negotiators were “driving toward the goal line.”

    Ruby Chen, father of dual US-Israeli citizen Itai Chen, a soldier whose body is being held in Gaza, was one of the family members who met with Netanyahu.

    “He did say that conditions were ripening but I’m taking that with a pinch of salt,” Chen told Israeli Army Radio.

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    Israel’s West Bank Assault Sparks 250% Surge in Killings of Palestinian Kids

    Common Dreams reports: Three days after the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion stating that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is unlawful, the United Nations children’s rights agency said that after decades of being “exposed to horrific violence,” the number of children who have been killed in the West Bank since last October has skyrocketed.

    Since Israel began its bombardment of the Palestinian territories nearly 10 months ago, 143 Palestinian children have been killed in the West Bank, according to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    The number represents a 250% increase compared to the nine months preceding October 7th.

    “The situation has deteriorated significantly, coinciding with the escalation of hostilities inside Gaza,” said Catherine Russell, executive director of UNICEF. “We are seeing frequent allegations of Palestinian children being detained on their way home from school, or shot while walking on the streets. The violence needs to stop now.”

    Some of the killings of children in the West Bank over the last 10 months have received international attention, like the Israeli forces’ shooting of two children, Basil Suleiman Abu al-Wafa and Adam Samer al-Ghoul, during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in November.

    Al-Ghoul, who was nine, was shown on CCTV footage trying to run away from IDF soldiers when he was gunned down.

    Since October, two Israeli children have been killed in fighting the West Bank, said UNICEF.

    RECOMMENDED READING: Genocide alert issued over Israeli violence in West Bank

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    Yemeni harbor still ablaze two days after Israeli attack, as US says Israel justified

    Al Jazeera reports: Firefighting teams are struggling to contain a blaze at Yemen’s Hodeidah port, two days after a deadly Israeli strike damaged oil storage facilities and endangered aid ships in the harbor, AFP reports.

    Firefighting teams appear to have made little progress. The blaze appears to be expanding in some parts of the port amid fears it could reach food storage facilities.

    High-resolution satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies showed flames consuming a heavily damaged fuel storage area at the harbor in Hodeidah, a city on the Red Sea.

    An analysis of satellite imagery from Planet by the Dutch peace organization PAX showed at least 33 destroyed oil storage tankers, said Wim Zwijnenburg, a project leader with the organization.

    “We expect [to find] more damage as not all storage tanks are visible because of heavy smoke” from the fire and burning fuel, Zwijnenburg said.

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    Knesset hears [fictitious] accounts of Hamas rape, infanticide from “casualty identification unit”

    Israel Hayom reports: In a chilling testimony before Knesset, Rabbi Moshe Dickstein, who served as a reservist in the IDF’s Southern Command, provided disturbing details of the alleged atrocities committed by Hamas members during the October 7 attack on Israeli communities.

    NOTE: Israel has disseminated numerous atrocity stories about the October 7th attack that have since been proven untrue. In addition, an unknown but significant number of the Israeli soldiers and civilians killed on October 7 were shown to have been killed by Israeli fire. The Israeli military has also disseminated false stories about civilians captured.

    Visit https://www.oct7factcheck.com/index for a growing list of debunked myths.

    “The first body we came across was an overturned stroller. Inside the stroller was a baby, and his head was thrown aside with a knife in it. The woman we found, presumably the mother, was lying on the couch with blood flowing from her private area. We were told to collect only the bodies. In the next stage, they would come to clean up the blood and everything else,” Rabbi Dickstein said, choking back tears.

    The rabbi continued with the difficult [and fabricated] descriptions: “And so we went from house to house and found women lying on the floor with legs spread, it’s indescribable. Another house and another house, then also in the field. They cut off men’s genitals, and we found women with severed breasts. A pregnant woman with her belly opened up to reveal the umbilical cord and the baby with a knife in its body.”

    NOTE: There is zero evidence that any of these alleged incidents actually occurred. Israeli media and others have thoroughly debunked these and similar stories months ago.



    Colonists break into Jerusalem’s Aqsa Mosque, perform Talmudic rituals

    WAFA reports: Israeli colonists, under the protection of Israeli police, Monday morning broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem.

    Eyewitnesses said that dozens of colonists entered the holy site in groups, conducted provocative tours throughout the compound, and performed Talmudic rituals.

    During the incursion, Israeli police imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshippers to the mosque.

    Additionally, Israeli police intensified the restrictions at the gates of the Old City, effectively turning the area into a military zone.

    Ahistorical statement by Speaker Johnson: Supporting Israel Is One of America’s ‘Founding Principles’

    Antiwar reports: House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) described US support for Israel as one of America’s “founding principles” during a speech at an event hosted by the Republican Jewish Committee on July 18.

    “It is an important principle that America and Israel stand together resolutely. That is part of who we are as a country. It’s one of our founding principles. I believe that we maintain peace through strength, and I think that the relationship with Israel is essential to who we are as Americans,” Johnson said.

    Since the modern state of Israel was created in 1948, it’s unclear what Johnson meant when he said the US-Israel relationship is a “founding principle.” The most well-known Founding Fathers would also disagree with Johnson since they strongly warned against permanent alliances and “attachments” to other nations.

    In his farewell address in 1796, George Washington said, “A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification.”

    Johnson also threatened Democratic lawmakers with possible arrest if they protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, which is scheduled for this Thursday.

    “There’s a number of Democrats in the House who have said they are going to boycott the event, and then some others are gonna protest,” he said. “We’re gonna have extra sergeants at arms on the floor, and if anybody gets out of hand the Speaker of the House will bang the gavel. We’re gonna arrest people if we have to do it. We’re gonna get the message out.”

    RECOMMENDED READING: Netanyahu purveyed a fictional history of Israel to Jordan Peterson


    Palestinian families flee their village of Tantura, May 1948. During its founding war to create a Jewish state in Palestine, Israeli forces committed numerous massacres like the one in Tantura and worked to expel the indigenous population of Palestinian Muslims and Christians. Photo from National Library of Israel. (photo)
    Democratic Majority for Israel endorses Harris: ‘She stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel’

    Ha’aretz reports: The Democratic Majority for Israel has wholeheartedly endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for the party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election.

    “We proudly endorsed Kamala Harris as part of the Biden-Harris ticket in 2020 and again in 2024. Since then, the Vice President has helped lead the most pro-Israel administration in American history, standing shoulder to shoulder with Israel as it has faced unprecedented attacks on its homeland and people,” said DMFI President & CEO Mark Mellman.

    RECOMMENDED READING: Democratic bigwigs create group DMFI to promote Israel to progressives

    GOP Jewish group slams Harris for ‘snubbing’ Netanyahu; J.D. Vance won’t attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

    Ha’aretz reports: The Republican Jewish Coalition has described as “disgraceful” what it described as “Kamala Harris’ first official act as the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States […] to snub the leader of America’s key strategic ally, the Jewish state. Kamala Harris would be a total disaster for the US-Israel relationship,” the RJC said.

    Prior to Biden’s withdrawal from the presidential race, Harris was scheduled to be on the road campaigning for him during Netanyahu’s address to Congress. She was also supposed to meet with the Israeli prime minister, though it remains unclear if this meeting will still occur.

    Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s running mate and the Republican senator from Ohio, J.D. Vance, has opted to hit the campaign trail rather than attending Netanyahu’s speech. It remains unclear whether he or Trump will speak or meet with the Israeli prime minister during his U.S. visit.


    Trump’s Ambassador to Israel David Friedman: VP Harris ‘never expressed sympathy for the Israelis suffering from Hamas’

    Ha’aretz reports: Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that Vice President and 2024 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris “has never expressed sympathy for the Israelis suffering from Hamas’ barbarism with the same fervor that she exhibits when speaking of Palestinian suffering.”

    He continued criticizing Harris, saying, “she wrongly accused Israel of overseeing a famine in Gaza, proven to be totally false. She said that Palestinians in Rafah ‘had no place to go’ just before 900,000 were successfully evacuated in a week. Apart from that, she plainly is not up to the task of protecting Americans from the growing threats around the world — threats that will intensify further if our enemies see her campaign gaining strength.”

    RECOMMENDED READING: This is the truth about “there is no famine in Gaza”

    The Forward says Harris’s past statements on Israel-Hamas, “broadly speaking, do not differ much from those of President Biden”

    Both centrist Democrats and those to the left are seeing what they want in Harris…

    Jewish Republicans are smearing Harris as anti-Israel. “The shock troops of misinformation deserve high marks for speed, but not so much for accuracy…”

    The veepstakes…

    Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona has strong ties to Jews and Israel, starting with his marriage by a rabbi to Gabby Giffords, the Jewish former congresswoman who survived a mass shooting in 2011. Kelly, a former astronaut and Navy captain, co-sponsored the bipartisan Countering Antisemitism Act and has visited Israel at least twice since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. Read the story ➤

    Gov. Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania is proudly and publicly Jewish, and the experts we interviewed said that should help — not hurt — the campaign if he were chosen as Harris’ running mate. “The interesting thing is that, historically, that has always been a much greater concern for Jews,” while most other voters don’t care, said Jonathan Sarna, one of the leading historians of American Jewry. Read the story

    Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado was asked Monday on CNN if he’d accept the offer to be vice president. “Look,” he quipped, “if they do the polling, and it turns out that they need a 49-year-old, balding gay Jew from Boulder, Colorado, they got my number.”

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    STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 22:

    Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 22: at least 39,668* (39,090 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.]

    This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths.

    Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza.

    Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza.

    At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank).
    At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**.
    About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced.
    2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity.
    Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 22: at least 95,567 (including at least 90,147 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children). [It remains unknown how man Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.]

    Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 22: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured.

    Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%.

    NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers.

    *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.**

    Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals.

    † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics.

    Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here.

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    ‘Revealer of Inconvenient Truths’ – Julian Assange’s Impact on Palestine
    Fact or Fiction: Is Israel Unfairly Singled Out for Global Condemnation?
    How an Israeli colonel invented the burned babies lie to justify genocide
    Widely reported Palestinian father-son ‘rape’ confession contradicted by piles of evidence
    The Gaza Project reveals how Israel has targeted the press – in 3 stories
    ‘Buying Our Own Stolen Water’ in Bethlehem – Scorching Summer Awaits Palestinians in the West Bank
    Israel’s covert info bots targeting America met with hypocritical silence
    AIPAC: Has the pro-Israel lobby bribed and bought the US Democratic Party?
    Israel’s war on Gaza is the deadliest conflict on record for journalists.
    Israeli army hits Gaza family, uses them as human shields, and runs over their mother.
    Strangling Israeli restrictions were in place long before October 7th.


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    Horrific Israeli attack in Khan Younis with almost no warning – Day 289 [email protected] July 23, 2024 garbage in Gaza, israeli attack on UN convoy, israeli hostages killed, kamala harris, khan younis attack, knesset, october 7th myths, Palestinian journalists, polio vaccine, unrwa, west bank children, Yemen Palestinians, including women and children, living in the east of Khan Younis city move towards safe areas with whatever belongings they can take with them after Israel announced that an operation will be carried out and ordered the Palestinians to evacuate the area immediately in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 22, 2024. (photo) A77 Gazans killed in Khan Younis with no chance to flee; Israeli army admits leaving Palestinian man with Down Syndrome to die; journalists killed by Israel reaches 163; Israeli forces fire on UN convoy; water and garbage crisis in Gaza; polio vaccines for Israeli soldiers, but not for Gazan civilians; Israel killed 2 more Israeli hostages; 250% increase in killing of West Bank children; Yemeni harbor still ablaze after Israeli strike; Knesset members listen to debunked myths of Oct 7; our founding fathers supported Israel?; JD Vance to skip Netanyahu speech; Dem Majority for Israel endorses Harris; potential VPs regarding Israel; more. By IAK staff, from reports. Israel gives 400,000 Palestinians minutes to flee Khan Younis before latest blitz The Cradle reports: The Israeli army ordered the sudden evacuation of over 400,000 Palestinians taking shelter in eastern Khan Younis on 22 July, dropping leaflets in the besieged city moments before warplanes began their raids. At least 77 deaths and 200 wounded have been reported in the aftermath of the attacks. Ha’aretz reports that the death toll from this operation has risen to 89, that 68 are reported missing, and 263 more people were injured. 13 houses in the city were reportedly directly targeted. Authorities at Nasser Medical Complex appealed for urgent blood donations, saying it faces a shortage of blood units, “which poses a serious threat to the lives of the sick and injured in light of the ongoing massacres carried out by the occupation forces against the innocent and civilians.” “The IDF is about to forcefully operate against the terror organizations and therefore calls on the remaining population left in the eastern neighborhoods of Khan Younis to temporarily evacuate to the adjusted humanitarian area in Al-Mawasi,” the Israeli military said in a statement on Monday morning. NOTE: The use of the word “terrorist” for a group that resists occupation and oppression is a political, not fact-based choice. In reality, international law supports the efforts of resistance groups against an occupying power, the UN extending that right to the point of armed resistance. Israeli Army Radio reported that Monday’s air raids in Khan Younis are the most violent since the end of the military operation in the city earlier this year. Local reports say many victims are still under the rubble and scattered along the streets, with ambulance and civil defense crews unable to reach them due to the violent and continuous shelling. AL JAZEERA ADDS: Many fleeing Palestinians are hesitant to join the swelling tent camps in al-Mawasi, declared a humanitarian zone in May, after a recent attack on the area killed at least 92 people and wounded more than 300, according to figures from the Health Ministry. That attack caused global outrage. OCHA ADDS: The new evacuation order by the Israeli military encompasses about 8.7 square kilometres (3.4 square miles) in the so-called “humanitarian zone” in Al Mawasi area of Khan Younis decreases the area of the zone by nearly 15 per cent. Gaza: Israeli army admits abandoning Palestinian man with Down syndrome Middle East Eye reports: The Israeli army has admitted that a Palestinian man with Down syndrome who died after being attacked and injured by an army dog was abandoned by its soldiers. The army’s admission comes two weeks after Middle East Eye originally reported on the death of Muhammed Bhar following a raid by Israeli soldiers on his family home in eastern Gaza City’s Shujaiya neighborhood on 3 July. His family told MEE they had been forced at gunpoint to leave behind the 24-year-old after he was mauled by the dog. Relatives described Muhammed as “like a one-year-old”, and said he needed help eating. Family members contacted the Red Cross daily for a week, pleading for Muhammed’s release or medical treatment, but were told that the Israeli army was not cooperating. After a week, and once Israeli troops withdrew from Shujaiya, they returned to find his decomposing body at their home. An Israeli spokesperson said, “The IDF regrets the harm to civilians during the fighting.” Number of journalists killed in Gaza rises to 163 The Israeli army struck a tent sheltering journalists in Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, central Gaza on Monday . At least one person, journalist Haydar Ibrahim al-Msaddar, was killed while several others were wounded and suffered serious injuries. Msaddar was a media researcher and a specialist in media affairs, according to local authorities. According to his friend and fellow journalist Islam Bader, Msaddar had specialized in the study of propaganda and public opinion. “All the contents in the tent are journalistic equipment,” Youssef al-Hindi, a rescue worker who attended the scene after hearing the explosion, told Middle East Eye. Holding up a press helmet he found at the scene, Hindi said that he believes the journalists’ tent was intentionally targeted. Khalil al-Dakran, a doctor at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, agreed. It was the second time a tent in the grounds of the hospital had been hit, he said. Israeli forces shoot at UN convoy heading for Gaza City Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency for Palestinians (UNRWA), said that Israeli forces shot at a UN convoy heading towards Gaza City on Sunday. The movement of the convoy was coordinated and approved by the Israeli authorities. “One vehicle received at least five bullets while waiting just ahead of the Israeli Forces’ checkpoint south of Wadi Gaza,” Lazzarini said on X. “The car was severely damaged, it left the convoy. The teams re-assembled & finally reached Gaza City.” He concluded saying that “those responsible must be held accountable.” Medical Threat: Water and Garbage in Gaza A new report by PAX, an international NGO, highlights the growing public health risks of solid waste exposure in Gaza due to the collapse of the waste management system and blocked access to designated landfills by Israeli forces. The report especially highlighted the potential medical threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), whereby patients in conflict areas fail to respond to antibiotic treatments, which health experts have linked to the degradation and damage of water and wastewater treatment infrastructure as well as to heavy-metal exposure including munition remnants. The environmental consequences of the crisis are also enormous, according to the report, as they can render Gaza wholly uninhabitable and cause grave ecosystem and public health problems in the overall region due to the contamination of agricultural lands and the aquifer and the possible penetration of toxic substances into the food chain. The report presents a number of short-term and long-term recommendations for policymakers. FOR A SAMPLING OF REPORTS ON ISRAEL’S RECENT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SEE Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated) Embed from Getty Images Israel launches polio vaccination campaign for soldiers in Gaza, nothing for Palestinians The New Arab reports: On Sunday, the Israeli army launched a campaign to vaccinate its soldiers who are carrying out military operations in the Gaza Strip to avoid the infection of poliovirus, while ignoring the Palestinian population. Israel’s vaccination campaign occurs after an official announcement issued by the Palestinian health ministry said it discovered the spread of the poliovirus in the wastewater in the war-torn, besieged Gaza Strip. “The coastal enclave has been suffering from the lack of medicine and even vaccines that would be enough for the local people to avoid the spread of the poliovirus,” said sources. Meanwhile, Israel claimed “it sent about 300,000 polio vaccines to Gaza in cooperation with international organizations since the beginning of the war […] which is enough for more than a million citizens in Gaza.” “All the Israeli claims are not true […] it seems that the Israeli authorities decided to kill all the Palestinians in Gaza, either through the strikes or diseases and starvation,” Ismail Thawabta, the director of the Palestinian government media office in Gaza, remarked to TNA. HA’ARETZ ADDS: The IDF stresses that the soldiers not make any use of the local Gazan water system, and that the army regularly brings in large quantities of water from Israel, including millions of bottles of water for drinking and bathing, and tons of ice, as well as field showers, soap and disinfectant wipes. According to a recent Lancet study, the death toll in Gaza could be at least 186,000 dead due to direct and indirect impacts of Israel’s war on Gaza. RECOMMENDED READING (March 2021): Israel’s pattern of broken Covid vaccine promises to Palestinians – is it genocide? Embed from Getty Images Knesset passes bills to close UNRWA, label it ‘terrorist organization’ Middle East Eye reports: Israel’s parliament has passed three bills in their first readings to close the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and designate it a “terrorist organization”. The first bill prohibits UNRWA from operating any mission, providing any service or conducting any activity on Israeli territory. It was passed 58-9, The Times of Israel newspaper reported. The second bill was approved 63-9 and calls for stripping UNRWA personnel of their legal immunities and privileges offered to UN staff in Israel. The third bill calls for designating the UN agency as a “terrorist organization” and requires Israel to cut ties with it. It was passed by a 50-10 vote. The three bills will now go to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for further deliberation. They will require two more readings to become effective. Israel has lobbied hard to have UNRWA closed, especially since it began its war on Gaza in October. RECOMMENDED READING: Designation of Palestinian Rights Groups as Terrorists is an Attack on the Human Rights Movement Embed from Getty Images Two Israeli hostages confirmed dead – IDF admits likely at fault Jerusalem Post reports: The Israeli military confirmed on Monday that two more hostages are dead, and that they were probably mistakenly killed by IDF forces during battles in Khan Younis some months ago. On March 10, Hamas had announced that the two hostages had been killed, but Israeli officials chose to assume the announcement was a bluff, and did not believe it. Now, based on “new, unspecified intelligence,” they have accepted their deaths as fact. The IDF did not disclose the exact circumstances of the hostages’ deaths, but did admit it is likely that they were mistakenly killed by Israeli forces. NOTE: Hamas offered a prisoner swap immediately after October 7th, but Israel rejected it. RECOMMENDED READING: Israel has repeatedly rejected Hamas truce offers Israel’s Netanyahu says deal could be nearing for hostages The New Arab reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told families of hostages held in Gaza that a deal that would secure their loved ones’ release could be nearing, his office said on Tuesday. “The conditions are undoubtedly ripening. This is a good sign,” Netanyahu told the families on Monday in Washington, where was expected to meet US President Joe Biden later this week after making an address to Congress. Efforts to reach a Gaza ceasefire deal, outlined by Biden in May and mediated by Egypt and Qatar, have gained momentum over the past month. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said negotiators were “driving toward the goal line.” Ruby Chen, father of dual US-Israeli citizen Itai Chen, a soldier whose body is being held in Gaza, was one of the family members who met with Netanyahu. “He did say that conditions were ripening but I’m taking that with a pinch of salt,” Chen told Israeli Army Radio. Embed from Getty Images Israel’s West Bank Assault Sparks 250% Surge in Killings of Palestinian Kids Common Dreams reports: Three days after the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion stating that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is unlawful, the United Nations children’s rights agency said that after decades of being “exposed to horrific violence,” the number of children who have been killed in the West Bank since last October has skyrocketed. Since Israel began its bombardment of the Palestinian territories nearly 10 months ago, 143 Palestinian children have been killed in the West Bank, according to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The number represents a 250% increase compared to the nine months preceding October 7th. “The situation has deteriorated significantly, coinciding with the escalation of hostilities inside Gaza,” said Catherine Russell, executive director of UNICEF. “We are seeing frequent allegations of Palestinian children being detained on their way home from school, or shot while walking on the streets. The violence needs to stop now.” Some of the killings of children in the West Bank over the last 10 months have received international attention, like the Israeli forces’ shooting of two children, Basil Suleiman Abu al-Wafa and Adam Samer al-Ghoul, during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in November. Al-Ghoul, who was nine, was shown on CCTV footage trying to run away from IDF soldiers when he was gunned down. Since October, two Israeli children have been killed in fighting the West Bank, said UNICEF. RECOMMENDED READING: Genocide alert issued over Israeli violence in West Bank Embed from Getty Images Yemeni harbor still ablaze two days after Israeli attack, as US says Israel justified Al Jazeera reports: Firefighting teams are struggling to contain a blaze at Yemen’s Hodeidah port, two days after a deadly Israeli strike damaged oil storage facilities and endangered aid ships in the harbor, AFP reports. Firefighting teams appear to have made little progress. The blaze appears to be expanding in some parts of the port amid fears it could reach food storage facilities. High-resolution satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies showed flames consuming a heavily damaged fuel storage area at the harbor in Hodeidah, a city on the Red Sea. An analysis of satellite imagery from Planet by the Dutch peace organization PAX showed at least 33 destroyed oil storage tankers, said Wim Zwijnenburg, a project leader with the organization. “We expect [to find] more damage as not all storage tanks are visible because of heavy smoke” from the fire and burning fuel, Zwijnenburg said. Embed from Getty Images Knesset hears [fictitious] accounts of Hamas rape, infanticide from “casualty identification unit” Israel Hayom reports: In a chilling testimony before Knesset, Rabbi Moshe Dickstein, who served as a reservist in the IDF’s Southern Command, provided disturbing details of the alleged atrocities committed by Hamas members during the October 7 attack on Israeli communities. NOTE: Israel has disseminated numerous atrocity stories about the October 7th attack that have since been proven untrue. In addition, an unknown but significant number of the Israeli soldiers and civilians killed on October 7 were shown to have been killed by Israeli fire. The Israeli military has also disseminated false stories about civilians captured. Visit https://www.oct7factcheck.com/index for a growing list of debunked myths. “The first body we came across was an overturned stroller. Inside the stroller was a baby, and his head was thrown aside with a knife in it. The woman we found, presumably the mother, was lying on the couch with blood flowing from her private area. We were told to collect only the bodies. In the next stage, they would come to clean up the blood and everything else,” Rabbi Dickstein said, choking back tears. The rabbi continued with the difficult [and fabricated] descriptions: “And so we went from house to house and found women lying on the floor with legs spread, it’s indescribable. Another house and another house, then also in the field. They cut off men’s genitals, and we found women with severed breasts. A pregnant woman with her belly opened up to reveal the umbilical cord and the baby with a knife in its body.” NOTE: There is zero evidence that any of these alleged incidents actually occurred. Israeli media and others have thoroughly debunked these and similar stories months ago. Colonists break into Jerusalem’s Aqsa Mosque, perform Talmudic rituals WAFA reports: Israeli colonists, under the protection of Israeli police, Monday morning broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem. Eyewitnesses said that dozens of colonists entered the holy site in groups, conducted provocative tours throughout the compound, and performed Talmudic rituals. During the incursion, Israeli police imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshippers to the mosque. Additionally, Israeli police intensified the restrictions at the gates of the Old City, effectively turning the area into a military zone. Ahistorical statement by Speaker Johnson: Supporting Israel Is One of America’s ‘Founding Principles’ Antiwar reports: House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) described US support for Israel as one of America’s “founding principles” during a speech at an event hosted by the Republican Jewish Committee on July 18. “It is an important principle that America and Israel stand together resolutely. That is part of who we are as a country. It’s one of our founding principles. I believe that we maintain peace through strength, and I think that the relationship with Israel is essential to who we are as Americans,” Johnson said. Since the modern state of Israel was created in 1948, it’s unclear what Johnson meant when he said the US-Israel relationship is a “founding principle.” The most well-known Founding Fathers would also disagree with Johnson since they strongly warned against permanent alliances and “attachments” to other nations. In his farewell address in 1796, George Washington said, “A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification.” Johnson also threatened Democratic lawmakers with possible arrest if they protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, which is scheduled for this Thursday. “There’s a number of Democrats in the House who have said they are going to boycott the event, and then some others are gonna protest,” he said. “We’re gonna have extra sergeants at arms on the floor, and if anybody gets out of hand the Speaker of the House will bang the gavel. We’re gonna arrest people if we have to do it. We’re gonna get the message out.” RECOMMENDED READING: Netanyahu purveyed a fictional history of Israel to Jordan Peterson Palestinian families flee their village of Tantura, May 1948. During its founding war to create a Jewish state in Palestine, Israeli forces committed numerous massacres like the one in Tantura and worked to expel the indigenous population of Palestinian Muslims and Christians. Photo from National Library of Israel. (photo) Democratic Majority for Israel endorses Harris: ‘She stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel’ Ha’aretz reports: The Democratic Majority for Israel has wholeheartedly endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for the party’s nomination for the upcoming presidential election. “We proudly endorsed Kamala Harris as part of the Biden-Harris ticket in 2020 and again in 2024. Since then, the Vice President has helped lead the most pro-Israel administration in American history, standing shoulder to shoulder with Israel as it has faced unprecedented attacks on its homeland and people,” said DMFI President & CEO Mark Mellman. RECOMMENDED READING: Democratic bigwigs create group DMFI to promote Israel to progressives GOP Jewish group slams Harris for ‘snubbing’ Netanyahu; J.D. Vance won’t attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Ha’aretz reports: The Republican Jewish Coalition has described as “disgraceful” what it described as “Kamala Harris’ first official act as the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States […] to snub the leader of America’s key strategic ally, the Jewish state. Kamala Harris would be a total disaster for the US-Israel relationship,” the RJC said. Prior to Biden’s withdrawal from the presidential race, Harris was scheduled to be on the road campaigning for him during Netanyahu’s address to Congress. She was also supposed to meet with the Israeli prime minister, though it remains unclear if this meeting will still occur. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s running mate and the Republican senator from Ohio, J.D. Vance, has opted to hit the campaign trail rather than attending Netanyahu’s speech. It remains unclear whether he or Trump will speak or meet with the Israeli prime minister during his U.S. visit. Trump’s Ambassador to Israel David Friedman: VP Harris ‘never expressed sympathy for the Israelis suffering from Hamas’ Ha’aretz reports: Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that Vice President and 2024 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris “has never expressed sympathy for the Israelis suffering from Hamas’ barbarism with the same fervor that she exhibits when speaking of Palestinian suffering.” He continued criticizing Harris, saying, “she wrongly accused Israel of overseeing a famine in Gaza, proven to be totally false. She said that Palestinians in Rafah ‘had no place to go’ just before 900,000 were successfully evacuated in a week. Apart from that, she plainly is not up to the task of protecting Americans from the growing threats around the world — threats that will intensify further if our enemies see her campaign gaining strength.” RECOMMENDED READING: This is the truth about “there is no famine in Gaza” The Forward says Harris’s past statements on Israel-Hamas, “broadly speaking, do not differ much from those of President Biden” Both centrist Democrats and those to the left are seeing what they want in Harris… Jewish Republicans are smearing Harris as anti-Israel. “The shock troops of misinformation deserve high marks for speed, but not so much for accuracy…” The veepstakes… Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona has strong ties to Jews and Israel, starting with his marriage by a rabbi to Gabby Giffords, the Jewish former congresswoman who survived a mass shooting in 2011. Kelly, a former astronaut and Navy captain, co-sponsored the bipartisan Countering Antisemitism Act and has visited Israel at least twice since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. Read the story ➤ Gov. Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania is proudly and publicly Jewish, and the experts we interviewed said that should help — not hurt — the campaign if he were chosen as Harris’ running mate. “The interesting thing is that, historically, that has always been a much greater concern for Jews,” while most other voters don’t care, said Jonathan Sarna, one of the leading historians of American Jewry. Read the story Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado was asked Monday on CNN if he’d accept the offer to be vice president. “Look,” he quipped, “if they do the polling, and it turns out that they need a 49-year-old, balding gay Jew from Boulder, Colorado, they got my number.” MORE NEWS: IMEMC Daily Reports. Al Jazeera: Israel’s Netanyahu goes to the US: All to know about the visit Mondoweiss: Looking at Kamala Harris’s record on Israel Middle East Eye: Netanyahu’s US visit solidifies Israel’s upper hand in Washington Middle East Eye: Even the US propaganda machine can’t whitewash Biden’s sordid record The New Arab: Over half of European Jews feel ‘ashamed’ of Israel’s actions, survey shows STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 22: Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 22: at least 39,668* (39,090 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.] This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths. Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza. At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank). At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**. About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced. 2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity. Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 22: at least 95,567 (including at least 90,147 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children). [It remains unknown how man Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.] Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 22: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured. Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%. NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers. *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.** Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals. † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics. Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here. Hover over each bar for exact numbers. Source: IsraelPalestineTimeline.org Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated) Hundreds of social media influencers attend Israel strategy summit in NYC Supporting Israel Is Big Business in the U.S. for Israel partisans Toys, spices, sewing machines: the items Israel banned from entering Gaza Synopsis of ICJ’s decision on Israeli occupation, reactions, and take-aways Russia attacks hospitals in Ukraine; Israel does the same in Gaza. The US response couldn’t be more different. ‘I have the prison inside me’: The emaciated Palestinian bodybuilder broken by Israel Israel has manufactured an industrial-scale version of Jim Crow rape hoaxes If Americans Knew Mobile Billboard Truck at Republican Convention Col. Douglas MacGregor: US is under the control of Israel, likens Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto Israel’s leading paper says its own army deliberately killed Israelis on October 7 Gaza has turned into Biden’s most perplexing moral and foreign policy failure ‘Suffering horrifically’: 10 months of Israel’s ‘war on children’ in Gaza Pro-Israel ADL ‘spied on’ African American activist over opposition to US-Israel police exchange programme ‘I’m bored, so I shoot’: The Israeli army’s approval of free-for-all violence in Gaza Lancet: Counting the dead in Gaza – difficult but essential ‘Revealer of Inconvenient Truths’ – Julian Assange’s Impact on Palestine Fact or Fiction: Is Israel Unfairly Singled Out for Global Condemnation? How an Israeli colonel invented the burned babies lie to justify genocide Widely reported Palestinian father-son ‘rape’ confession contradicted by piles of evidence The Gaza Project reveals how Israel has targeted the press – in 3 stories ‘Buying Our Own Stolen Water’ in Bethlehem – Scorching Summer Awaits Palestinians in the West Bank Israel’s covert info bots targeting America met with hypocritical silence AIPAC: Has the pro-Israel lobby bribed and bought the US Democratic Party? Israel’s war on Gaza is the deadliest conflict on record for journalists. Israeli army hits Gaza family, uses them as human shields, and runs over their mother. Strangling Israeli restrictions were in place long before October 7th. https://israelpalestinenews.org/horrific-israeli-attack-in-khan-younis-with-almost-no-warning-day-289/
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  • ‘I’m a Zionist’: Biden’s 50-year political career defined by ironclad support for Israel
    Tuesday, 23 July 2024 9:28 AM [ Last Update: Tuesday, 23 July 2024 9:33 AM ]
    By Xavier Villar

    Almost three weeks after his disastrous televised debate performance, Joe Biden announced that he would not run for a second term as the president of the United States.

    In a letter to "My Fellow Americans", dated July 21, Biden expressed that, while serving as president has been "the greatest honor of my life," he now believes that "stepping down is in the best interest of my party and the country."

    In a follow-up post on X (formerly Twitter), the Democratic president expressed his "full support and endorsement" for vice president Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee.

    "Democrats, it’s time to unite and defeat (Donald) Trump," he wrote. "Let’s do this."

    He also announced plans to address the nation later in the week to elaborate on his decision.

    While it appeared inevitable that Biden would withdraw from the race given his failing physical and mental health, many Democrats expressed relief over the decision.

    On the other hand, Republicans, who had centered their campaign on Biden, projecting him as a weak candidate who cannot even speak or walk properly, now have to look at Plan B.

    It’s still unclear whether Biden will continue to be the president until the November general election or quit but commentators are already discussing his political legacy.

    His most significant foreign policy legacy is tied to Gaza. His administration will be remembered for its unwavering support for Israel’s genocidal war against Gaza, which has already claimed more than 39,000 lives, most of them children and women.

    Biden’s ironclad support for Israel was evident even before he took office. However, since October 2023, he has gone out of his way to not only support but sponsor the war against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

    “You don’t have to be Jewish to be a Zionist. I consider myself a Zionist. Without Israel, no Jew in the world is safe,” he declared a few months ago.

    As someone proud to call himself a 'Zionist,' Biden appeared determined to remain true to his commitment to Israel that goes back more than half a century.

    He considered his meeting with the head of the Israeli regime, Golda Meir, in 1973 as "one of the most consequential" of his life.

    As a young senator, Biden returned from his visit to the occupied Palestinian territories so inspired that he began to identify as a "Zionist," a fervent commitment he reiterated publicly on numerous occasions, always reiterating, "I don't believe you have to be a Jew to be a Zionist."

    In June 1982, he supported Menachem Begin's regime in its invasion of Lebanon, despite the significant civilian casualties that resulted from it.

    His support was so strong and enthusiastic that many had to remind him that the warring parties were obligated to protect women and children.

    Four years later, Biden passionately defended the substantial military aid to Israel in US Congress, terming it the “best $3 billion investment” the US had made.

    The US military has dismantled its floating "aid" pier off the coast of Gaza which observers believe was meant to facilitate the Israeli genocide instead of delivering aid.
    “If Israel didn't exist, the United States would have to create one to safeguard its interests in the region," he said at the time, words that have been registered in the annals of history.

    In October 1995, Senator Biden cast his vote in favor of a Congressional resolution to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

    Upon taking office in 2021, President Biden chose not to reverse Donald Trump's decision to relocate the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, a move enacted in 2018, nor to reopen the consulate in the occupied East Jerusalem, which had previously served as the US representation to the Palestinians.

    Biden, like his megalomaniac Republican predecessor, also saw the so-called “Iranian threat,” rather than the Palestinian issue, as the primary challenge in the West Asia region.

    As international policy expert Bruno Maçaes recently pointed out, the Biden administration has “systematically avoided any reference to international law or human rights, instead emphasizing Israel as a close partner.”

    “To a partner, much is permitted, including the deliberate destruction of hospitals and schools,” he wrote, pointing to the US complicity in Israeli genocidal war on Gaza.

    “When Russia conducted similar attacks in Ukraine, Blinken and Kirby condemned them as barbaric. Kirby described attacks on playgrounds, schools, and hospitals as ‘utter depravity.’ However, these remarks were directed at Russia, not Israel. When asked about what the Biden administration would do if Israel continued committing war crimes, the response was strikingly straightforward: ‘We will continue to support it.’”

    Biden escalated his support for the Zionist colonial actions in Gaza to extreme levels.

    In a fundraising event, he candidly stated, “We are not going to do a damn thing other than protect Israel. Not a single thing.”

    This explicit endorsement of the genocidal campaign in Gaza has led the president to perform significant rhetorical gymnastics to justify his unjustified stance.

    A few months ago, Biden publicly declared that “Israel should not go into Rafah,” the border town with Egypt housing over a million Palestinians.

    However, when it became clear that Israeli forces had indeed invaded Rafah, Biden attempted to downplay the situation by stating that the soldiers had not “entered the city center.”

    The Biden administration has been characterized by granting Israel total freedom to bombard and destroy lives and infrastructure in Gaza and across the occupied Palestinian territories.

    International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week ruled that Israel’s occupation of Palestine constitutes illegal apartheid, which also serves as a devastating critique of US policy.

    Twelve former US officials have denounced Biden’s policies on Gaza as “a failure and a threat” to the country’s national security.
    It is noteworthy that Biden also dismissed the request by Karim Khan, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for the arrest of Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and military affairs minister Yoav Gallant on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Biden’s refusal to adhere to international law has facilitated the intensification of Israel's illegal military occupation. The latest advisory opinion from the ICJ, published on Friday, emphasizes that all states have a legal obligation "not to offer aid or assistance to maintain the situation" created by Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.

    Biden’s view on Palestine reflects a classic Orientalist perspective. This is evident from his statement during the so-called "Holocaust Remembrance Week," where he claimed that Hamas is "driven by an ancient desire to eliminate the Jewish people from the face of the earth."

    He distorted history and reinforced the Zionist narrative that seeks to obscure the reality of Israel's colonial occupation of Palestine, instead portraying it as a supposed "ancient Muslim enmity against Jews."

    The issue with such statements is that they fail to justify how Hamas, a resistance group founded in Gaza in 1987 in response to Zionist occupation and settlement colonialism, could be responsible for the alleged “ancient hatred” toward Jews in the region.

    The only way to interpret these statements is that they serve as a megaphone for the Zionist discourse, which attempts to present itself as an innocent victim, a victim that is allowed to bomb four countries in one day and get away with it.

    Biden and his administration have stood by Israel throughout the genocide in Gaza, using their veto power to prevent any ceasefire, despite public statements to the contrary.

    The United States vetoed up to three distinct ceasefire resolutions in the UN Security Council and rejected two proposals in the UN General Assembly.

    The US government spearheaded the movement to suspend funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the main aid organization in Gaza, which the Knesset has declared a “terrorist organization.”

    Israel launched a smear campaign against UNRWA, baselessly accusing it of being a front for Hamas, with the support of American media such as The New York Times, and without any challenge from the US administration regarding the disinformation campaign.

    It’s clear that the United States has been a direct accomplice in the Israeli genocide in Gaza. The country has been actively involved in the slaughter, bombings, and attacks on defenseless civilians and has led the international effort to cut funding to the most vital aid organization in Gaza.

    However, to portray Biden as a messiah, just a few weeks ago, several Western media outlets reported that Biden was "losing patience with Netanyahu."

    As political science professor Amal Saad explained in an interview, "The United States has tried to achieve politically what Israel has not achieved militarily."

    In other words, the Biden administration and Israel share the same political agenda for Palestine. The only difference lies in how they communicate this agenda to their respective publics.

    Xavier Villar is a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and researcher based in Spain.

    (The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV)

    https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/07/23/729900/im-zionist-biden-50year-political-career-defined-unwavering-support-israel
    ‘I’m a Zionist’: Biden’s 50-year political career defined by ironclad support for Israel Tuesday, 23 July 2024 9:28 AM [ Last Update: Tuesday, 23 July 2024 9:33 AM ] By Xavier Villar Almost three weeks after his disastrous televised debate performance, Joe Biden announced that he would not run for a second term as the president of the United States. In a letter to "My Fellow Americans", dated July 21, Biden expressed that, while serving as president has been "the greatest honor of my life," he now believes that "stepping down is in the best interest of my party and the country." In a follow-up post on X (formerly Twitter), the Democratic president expressed his "full support and endorsement" for vice president Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee. "Democrats, it’s time to unite and defeat (Donald) Trump," he wrote. "Let’s do this." He also announced plans to address the nation later in the week to elaborate on his decision. While it appeared inevitable that Biden would withdraw from the race given his failing physical and mental health, many Democrats expressed relief over the decision. On the other hand, Republicans, who had centered their campaign on Biden, projecting him as a weak candidate who cannot even speak or walk properly, now have to look at Plan B. It’s still unclear whether Biden will continue to be the president until the November general election or quit but commentators are already discussing his political legacy. His most significant foreign policy legacy is tied to Gaza. His administration will be remembered for its unwavering support for Israel’s genocidal war against Gaza, which has already claimed more than 39,000 lives, most of them children and women. Biden’s ironclad support for Israel was evident even before he took office. However, since October 2023, he has gone out of his way to not only support but sponsor the war against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. “You don’t have to be Jewish to be a Zionist. I consider myself a Zionist. Without Israel, no Jew in the world is safe,” he declared a few months ago. As someone proud to call himself a 'Zionist,' Biden appeared determined to remain true to his commitment to Israel that goes back more than half a century. He considered his meeting with the head of the Israeli regime, Golda Meir, in 1973 as "one of the most consequential" of his life. As a young senator, Biden returned from his visit to the occupied Palestinian territories so inspired that he began to identify as a "Zionist," a fervent commitment he reiterated publicly on numerous occasions, always reiterating, "I don't believe you have to be a Jew to be a Zionist." In June 1982, he supported Menachem Begin's regime in its invasion of Lebanon, despite the significant civilian casualties that resulted from it. His support was so strong and enthusiastic that many had to remind him that the warring parties were obligated to protect women and children. Four years later, Biden passionately defended the substantial military aid to Israel in US Congress, terming it the “best $3 billion investment” the US had made. The US military has dismantled its floating "aid" pier off the coast of Gaza which observers believe was meant to facilitate the Israeli genocide instead of delivering aid. “If Israel didn't exist, the United States would have to create one to safeguard its interests in the region," he said at the time, words that have been registered in the annals of history. In October 1995, Senator Biden cast his vote in favor of a Congressional resolution to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds. Upon taking office in 2021, President Biden chose not to reverse Donald Trump's decision to relocate the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, a move enacted in 2018, nor to reopen the consulate in the occupied East Jerusalem, which had previously served as the US representation to the Palestinians. Biden, like his megalomaniac Republican predecessor, also saw the so-called “Iranian threat,” rather than the Palestinian issue, as the primary challenge in the West Asia region. As international policy expert Bruno Maçaes recently pointed out, the Biden administration has “systematically avoided any reference to international law or human rights, instead emphasizing Israel as a close partner.” “To a partner, much is permitted, including the deliberate destruction of hospitals and schools,” he wrote, pointing to the US complicity in Israeli genocidal war on Gaza. “When Russia conducted similar attacks in Ukraine, Blinken and Kirby condemned them as barbaric. Kirby described attacks on playgrounds, schools, and hospitals as ‘utter depravity.’ However, these remarks were directed at Russia, not Israel. When asked about what the Biden administration would do if Israel continued committing war crimes, the response was strikingly straightforward: ‘We will continue to support it.’” Biden escalated his support for the Zionist colonial actions in Gaza to extreme levels. In a fundraising event, he candidly stated, “We are not going to do a damn thing other than protect Israel. Not a single thing.” This explicit endorsement of the genocidal campaign in Gaza has led the president to perform significant rhetorical gymnastics to justify his unjustified stance. A few months ago, Biden publicly declared that “Israel should not go into Rafah,” the border town with Egypt housing over a million Palestinians. However, when it became clear that Israeli forces had indeed invaded Rafah, Biden attempted to downplay the situation by stating that the soldiers had not “entered the city center.” The Biden administration has been characterized by granting Israel total freedom to bombard and destroy lives and infrastructure in Gaza and across the occupied Palestinian territories. International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week ruled that Israel’s occupation of Palestine constitutes illegal apartheid, which also serves as a devastating critique of US policy. Twelve former US officials have denounced Biden’s policies on Gaza as “a failure and a threat” to the country’s national security. It is noteworthy that Biden also dismissed the request by Karim Khan, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for the arrest of Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and military affairs minister Yoav Gallant on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Biden’s refusal to adhere to international law has facilitated the intensification of Israel's illegal military occupation. The latest advisory opinion from the ICJ, published on Friday, emphasizes that all states have a legal obligation "not to offer aid or assistance to maintain the situation" created by Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights. Biden’s view on Palestine reflects a classic Orientalist perspective. This is evident from his statement during the so-called "Holocaust Remembrance Week," where he claimed that Hamas is "driven by an ancient desire to eliminate the Jewish people from the face of the earth." He distorted history and reinforced the Zionist narrative that seeks to obscure the reality of Israel's colonial occupation of Palestine, instead portraying it as a supposed "ancient Muslim enmity against Jews." The issue with such statements is that they fail to justify how Hamas, a resistance group founded in Gaza in 1987 in response to Zionist occupation and settlement colonialism, could be responsible for the alleged “ancient hatred” toward Jews in the region. The only way to interpret these statements is that they serve as a megaphone for the Zionist discourse, which attempts to present itself as an innocent victim, a victim that is allowed to bomb four countries in one day and get away with it. Biden and his administration have stood by Israel throughout the genocide in Gaza, using their veto power to prevent any ceasefire, despite public statements to the contrary. The United States vetoed up to three distinct ceasefire resolutions in the UN Security Council and rejected two proposals in the UN General Assembly. The US government spearheaded the movement to suspend funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the main aid organization in Gaza, which the Knesset has declared a “terrorist organization.” Israel launched a smear campaign against UNRWA, baselessly accusing it of being a front for Hamas, with the support of American media such as The New York Times, and without any challenge from the US administration regarding the disinformation campaign. It’s clear that the United States has been a direct accomplice in the Israeli genocide in Gaza. The country has been actively involved in the slaughter, bombings, and attacks on defenseless civilians and has led the international effort to cut funding to the most vital aid organization in Gaza. However, to portray Biden as a messiah, just a few weeks ago, several Western media outlets reported that Biden was "losing patience with Netanyahu." As political science professor Amal Saad explained in an interview, "The United States has tried to achieve politically what Israel has not achieved militarily." In other words, the Biden administration and Israel share the same political agenda for Palestine. The only difference lies in how they communicate this agenda to their respective publics. Xavier Villar is a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and researcher based in Spain. (The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV) https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/07/23/729900/im-zionist-biden-50year-political-career-defined-unwavering-support-israel
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    [email protected] July 22, 2024 israeli settler violence, itamar ben gvir, kamala harris, nuseirat, sanctions
    Palestinians examine the destroyed makeshift tents and shelters after Israeli attack hits a UNRWA school, killing and injuring many in Nuseirat Refugee Camp of Deir al-Balah, Gaza on July 14, 2024 (Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency)
    Densely populated Nuseirat refugee camp targeted nine times a day; another Palestinian journalist killed; Kamala Harris’ Gaza ceasefire speech was “watered down” by NSC; TOI says Harris has “ironclad commitment” to Israel’s security; friends and foes of Joe Biden weigh in on his withdrawal; brutal Israeli settler attack on international volunteers; threats by Itamar Ben Gvir in face of possible personal sanctions; French lawmaker does not welcome Israeli athletes at Olympics; more.

    By IAK staff, from reports.

    Israel bombed Nuseirat camp 63 times in 7 days


    Middle East Monitor reports: Gaza’s Government Media Office revealed that the Israeli occupation army has bombed the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip 63 times in seven days, killing 91 Palestinians and wounding 251 others.

    In a statement, the media office said that the occupation army has intensified its barbaric bombing of the Nuseirat refugee camp in an unprecedented manner. More than 75 per cent of the victims arrived at hospitals with their corpses and bodies burned as a result of the occupation’s use of thermal and chemical weapons.

    It also noted that the Nuseirat refugee camp is inhabited and there are currently 250,000 citizens and displaced persons in it. It is being subjected to barbaric bombing by the Israeli occupation which is not taking into account the fact that the camp is overcrowded with people.

    The media office pointed out that the occupation deliberately bombs neighbourhoods, inhabited homes, buildings and residential towers, aiming to harm the largest possible number of people, either killing or wounding them. The most horrific massacre committed by the occupation during the past seven days was that committed at Al-Razi School in the camp, which claimed the lives of 23 people and wounded 73 others.

    “We condemn in the strongest terms the Israeli occupation committing these horrific massacres against civilians in the Nuseirat camp, in particular, and we also condemn the American administration siding with the occupation as it commits the crime of genocide,” the statement said.

    “We hold the Israeli occupation and the American administration fully responsible for the continuation of these massacres against the displaced and civilians, and we hold them fully responsible for the occupation’s use of thermal and chemical weapons that are burning the bodies of the martyrs and the wounded.”


    Number of journalists killed by Israel rises to 162

    Gaza’s Government Media Office has confirmed that Israeli forces killed Palestinian journalist Mutasim Mahmoud Gharab.

    It said in a statement the number of journalists killed since October 7 has risen to 162.

    The office added that Gharab had been working for years as a journalist for various media outlets.





    Administration officials watered down Kamala Harris’ Gaza speech before delivery

    NBC News reported in March: Before Vice President Kamala Harris delivered pointed remarks Sunday about the need for an immediate six-week cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as part of a deal to release hostages, officials at the National Security Council toned down parts of her speech, three current U.S. officials and a former U.S. official familiar with the speech told NBC News.

    The original draft of Harris’ speech, when it was sent to the National Security Council for review, was harsher on Israel about the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the need for more aid than were the remarks she ultimately delivered, according to one of the current officials and the former official.

    Two of the U.S. officials said the initial draft specifically called out Israel more directly about the need to immediately allow additional aid trucks in. One of them described Harris’ original language as strong but not controversial. (Read the full article here.)

    Harris’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security

    The Times of Israel says Biden officials “argue those claiming vice president will take a harder line with Jerusalem are engaged in wishful thinking, say she shares ironclad US commitment to Israel’s security’”

    See Harris’ 2023 speech below:



    Reactions to Biden’s departure from the presidential race:

    U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights: “It was not Biden’s failed debate that showed he is unfit to lead. It was the tens of thousands of bombs he sent to kill Palestinian families,” the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights said in a statement.

    “Biden’s refusal to adhere to international law or enforce U.S. law has deepened Israel’s illegal military occupation. The International Court of Justice’s latest advisory opinion on Friday asserted that every state has a legal obligation ‘not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation’ created by Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.”

    Waleed Shahid, co-founder of the Uncommitted National Movement — which has garnered over 700,000 people nationwide casting protest votes against Biden’s hard-line support for Israel: “While by no means a champion of the cause, I’ve heard numerous people note that Vice President Harris exhibited a deeply different emotional reaction to the stories of Palestinian suffering than President Biden.

    While the Vice Presidency is limited, many feel that she would be an improvement from Biden’s severe lack of empathy for Palestinians and his ties to the AIPAC old guard in the party. However, challenging AIPAC’s power within the Democratic Party establishment remains a formidable task regardless of who the nominee is.”

    Israeli President Isaac Herzog: I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Joe Biden for his friendship and steadfast support for the Israeli people over his decades long career. As the first US President to visit Israel in wartime, as a recipient of the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor, and as a true ally of the Jewish people, he is a symbol of the unbreakable bond between our two peoples.”

    NOTE: Conflating Israel with “the Jewish people” leads more or less directly to conflating criticism of Israel with antisemitism.

    Some 1,200 Jewish university professors signed a statement in May that warned against “the dangerous notion that Jewish identity is inextricably linked to every decision of Israel’s government… Far from combating antisemitism, this dynamic promises to amplify the real threats Jewish Americans already face.”

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: “President Biden is a true friend of Israel who stood by us in our most difficult moments,” he wrote on X. “During my tenure as prime minister, I witnessed his unwavering support of the State of Israel. Thank you for everything.”

    Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant: “Thank you for your unwavering support of Israel over the years. Your steadfast backing, especially during the war, has been invaluable. We are grateful for your leadership and friendship.”

    NOTE: Biden’s “unwavering support” for Israel has led him to support genocide, dismiss international law, and disregard the global justice system. It also flies in the face of American public opinion – which he chose to ignore throughout his campaign.

    Israeli Settlers Brutally Attack Palestinians and Int’l Volunteers One Day After ICJ Rules Israeli Occupation, Settlers Illegal

    International Solidarity Movement reports: On the heels of the ICJ decision pronouncing Israeli occupation illegal as a whole and pointing out to systematic lack of accountability for settler violence, three international volunteers were evacuated to a hospital in Nablus after being attacked by settlers in the West Bank village of Qusra, south of Nablus.

    Settlers who descended from the extremist Esh Kodesh south of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers tending to their lands, as well as international volunteers accompanying them for protection against such attacks. The Israeli settlers carried out the attack using metal pipes, batons and threw stones at the people from close range.

    Three of the international volunteers sustained wounds requiring hospitalization with suspected fractures. A German national was hit in the face and arm with a metal pipe, and two American volunteers were clobbered using wooden batons. A fourth American volunteer suffered more minor injuries after being hit by stones thrown at her by the settlers, who also stole her phone.

    Soldiers who arrived at the scene failed to carry out any arrests. Additionally, the Israeli Police emergency hotline refused to dispatch forces, telling the volunteer who called them for help that “the army notified them there is no need to send forces.”

    (Read the full incident description here, see video below – TW.)

    One of the American ISM volunteers, in hospital
    One of the American ISM volunteers, in hospital (photo)
    Such attacks have gone on for years. For example, see: “Heroism in the Holy Land,
    Chris Brown Beaten for Walking Children to School” and the video below:



    View another recent settler attack below.

    NOTE: The first moments of the video below show the actual attack; after that is a slightly longer clip showing the context – which included a conversation with an Israeli soldier.


    Israel’s Ben-Gvir threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority if US imposes sanctions on him

    Al Jazeera reports: Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has warned that if the US imposes sanctions on ultranationalist ministers including himself, they would respond by “completely dismantling the Palestinian Authority, including all its institutions and economy”, Israeli media has reported.

    Reports suggest the Biden administration has been considering imposing sanctions on Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich in response to their policy of expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    “The very act of imposing sanctions on Israeli citizens by the American administration, which has already begun, constitutes a severe violation of Israeli sovereignty,” Ben-Gvir said, according to the Jerusalem Post.

    NOTE: ABC News describes Itamar Ben-Gvir: Ben-Gvir has been convicted eight times for offenses that include racism and supporting a terrorist organization. As a teen, his views were so extreme that the army banned him from compulsory military service.

    Ben Gvir gained notoriety in his youth as a follower of the late racist rabbi Meir Kahane. He first became a national figure when Ben-Gvir famously broke a hood ornament off then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s car in 1995.

    “We got to his car, and we’ll get to him too,” he said, just weeks before Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist opposed to his peace efforts with the Palestinians.

    He was first elected to parliament in 2021.

    Ben-Gvir has called for deporting his political opponents, and in the past has encouraged police to open fire on Palestinian stone-throwers. As national security minister, he has encouraged police to take a tough line against anti-government protesters.

    Ben-Gvir has been a magnet of controversy throughout his tenure — encouraging the mass distribution of handguns to Jewish citizens, backing Netanyahu’s contentious attempt to overhaul the country’s legal system and frequently lashing out at U.S. leaders for perceived slights against Israel.

    Among Itamar Ben Gvir's radical actions are creating an even harsher environment inside prisons holding Palestinian detainees by reducing their food rations, to the point of starvation.
    Among Itamar Ben Gvir’s radical actions are creating an even harsher environment inside prisons holding Palestinian detainees by reducing their food rations, to the point of starvation. (photo)
    French lawmaker says Israelis ‘not welcome’ at Olympics

    Al Jazeera reports: A French member of parliament has sparked a political row by saying Israeli athletes were not welcome at the Paris Olympics because of Israel’s war on Gaza.

    Portes said at a rally in support of Palestinians that “the Israeli delegation is not welcome in Paris. Israeli sportspeople are not welcome at the Paris Olympic Games” and called for “mobilization” around the event.

    He later told the Parisien newspaper that “France’s diplomats should pressure the International Olympic Committee to bar the Israeli flag and anthem, as is done for Russia”.

    “It’s time to end the double standard,” Portes added.

    Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a limited number of Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in Paris as individuals and not under their country’s colors, and only after being vetted to ensure they have not expressed support for the war.



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    STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 21:

    Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 21: at least 39,584* (39,006 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.]

    This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths.

    Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza.

    Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza.

    At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank).
    At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**.
    About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced.
    2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity.
    Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 21: at least 95,228 (including at least 89,818 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children).

    [It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.]Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 21: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured.
    Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%.

    NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers.

    *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.**

    Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals.

    † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics.

    Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here.

    Hover over each bar for exact numbers.
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    Israel’s relentless bombing of Gaza; reactions to Biden’s departure, a look at Kamala Harris – Day 288 [email protected] July 22, 2024 israeli settler violence, itamar ben gvir, kamala harris, nuseirat, sanctions Palestinians examine the destroyed makeshift tents and shelters after Israeli attack hits a UNRWA school, killing and injuring many in Nuseirat Refugee Camp of Deir al-Balah, Gaza on July 14, 2024 (Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency) Densely populated Nuseirat refugee camp targeted nine times a day; another Palestinian journalist killed; Kamala Harris’ Gaza ceasefire speech was “watered down” by NSC; TOI says Harris has “ironclad commitment” to Israel’s security; friends and foes of Joe Biden weigh in on his withdrawal; brutal Israeli settler attack on international volunteers; threats by Itamar Ben Gvir in face of possible personal sanctions; French lawmaker does not welcome Israeli athletes at Olympics; more. By IAK staff, from reports. Israel bombed Nuseirat camp 63 times in 7 days Middle East Monitor reports: Gaza’s Government Media Office revealed that the Israeli occupation army has bombed the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip 63 times in seven days, killing 91 Palestinians and wounding 251 others. In a statement, the media office said that the occupation army has intensified its barbaric bombing of the Nuseirat refugee camp in an unprecedented manner. More than 75 per cent of the victims arrived at hospitals with their corpses and bodies burned as a result of the occupation’s use of thermal and chemical weapons. It also noted that the Nuseirat refugee camp is inhabited and there are currently 250,000 citizens and displaced persons in it. It is being subjected to barbaric bombing by the Israeli occupation which is not taking into account the fact that the camp is overcrowded with people. The media office pointed out that the occupation deliberately bombs neighbourhoods, inhabited homes, buildings and residential towers, aiming to harm the largest possible number of people, either killing or wounding them. The most horrific massacre committed by the occupation during the past seven days was that committed at Al-Razi School in the camp, which claimed the lives of 23 people and wounded 73 others. “We condemn in the strongest terms the Israeli occupation committing these horrific massacres against civilians in the Nuseirat camp, in particular, and we also condemn the American administration siding with the occupation as it commits the crime of genocide,” the statement said. “We hold the Israeli occupation and the American administration fully responsible for the continuation of these massacres against the displaced and civilians, and we hold them fully responsible for the occupation’s use of thermal and chemical weapons that are burning the bodies of the martyrs and the wounded.” Number of journalists killed by Israel rises to 162 Gaza’s Government Media Office has confirmed that Israeli forces killed Palestinian journalist Mutasim Mahmoud Gharab. It said in a statement the number of journalists killed since October 7 has risen to 162. The office added that Gharab had been working for years as a journalist for various media outlets. Administration officials watered down Kamala Harris’ Gaza speech before delivery NBC News reported in March: Before Vice President Kamala Harris delivered pointed remarks Sunday about the need for an immediate six-week cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as part of a deal to release hostages, officials at the National Security Council toned down parts of her speech, three current U.S. officials and a former U.S. official familiar with the speech told NBC News. The original draft of Harris’ speech, when it was sent to the National Security Council for review, was harsher on Israel about the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the need for more aid than were the remarks she ultimately delivered, according to one of the current officials and the former official. Two of the U.S. officials said the initial draft specifically called out Israel more directly about the need to immediately allow additional aid trucks in. One of them described Harris’ original language as strong but not controversial. (Read the full article here.) Harris’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security The Times of Israel says Biden officials “argue those claiming vice president will take a harder line with Jerusalem are engaged in wishful thinking, say she shares ironclad US commitment to Israel’s security’” See Harris’ 2023 speech below: Reactions to Biden’s departure from the presidential race: U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights: “It was not Biden’s failed debate that showed he is unfit to lead. It was the tens of thousands of bombs he sent to kill Palestinian families,” the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights said in a statement. “Biden’s refusal to adhere to international law or enforce U.S. law has deepened Israel’s illegal military occupation. The International Court of Justice’s latest advisory opinion on Friday asserted that every state has a legal obligation ‘not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation’ created by Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.” Waleed Shahid, co-founder of the Uncommitted National Movement — which has garnered over 700,000 people nationwide casting protest votes against Biden’s hard-line support for Israel: “While by no means a champion of the cause, I’ve heard numerous people note that Vice President Harris exhibited a deeply different emotional reaction to the stories of Palestinian suffering than President Biden. While the Vice Presidency is limited, many feel that she would be an improvement from Biden’s severe lack of empathy for Palestinians and his ties to the AIPAC old guard in the party. However, challenging AIPAC’s power within the Democratic Party establishment remains a formidable task regardless of who the nominee is.” Israeli President Isaac Herzog: I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Joe Biden for his friendship and steadfast support for the Israeli people over his decades long career. As the first US President to visit Israel in wartime, as a recipient of the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor, and as a true ally of the Jewish people, he is a symbol of the unbreakable bond between our two peoples.” NOTE: Conflating Israel with “the Jewish people” leads more or less directly to conflating criticism of Israel with antisemitism. Some 1,200 Jewish university professors signed a statement in May that warned against “the dangerous notion that Jewish identity is inextricably linked to every decision of Israel’s government… Far from combating antisemitism, this dynamic promises to amplify the real threats Jewish Americans already face.” Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: “President Biden is a true friend of Israel who stood by us in our most difficult moments,” he wrote on X. “During my tenure as prime minister, I witnessed his unwavering support of the State of Israel. Thank you for everything.” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant: “Thank you for your unwavering support of Israel over the years. Your steadfast backing, especially during the war, has been invaluable. We are grateful for your leadership and friendship.” NOTE: Biden’s “unwavering support” for Israel has led him to support genocide, dismiss international law, and disregard the global justice system. It also flies in the face of American public opinion – which he chose to ignore throughout his campaign. Israeli Settlers Brutally Attack Palestinians and Int’l Volunteers One Day After ICJ Rules Israeli Occupation, Settlers Illegal International Solidarity Movement reports: On the heels of the ICJ decision pronouncing Israeli occupation illegal as a whole and pointing out to systematic lack of accountability for settler violence, three international volunteers were evacuated to a hospital in Nablus after being attacked by settlers in the West Bank village of Qusra, south of Nablus. Settlers who descended from the extremist Esh Kodesh south of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers tending to their lands, as well as international volunteers accompanying them for protection against such attacks. The Israeli settlers carried out the attack using metal pipes, batons and threw stones at the people from close range. Three of the international volunteers sustained wounds requiring hospitalization with suspected fractures. A German national was hit in the face and arm with a metal pipe, and two American volunteers were clobbered using wooden batons. A fourth American volunteer suffered more minor injuries after being hit by stones thrown at her by the settlers, who also stole her phone. Soldiers who arrived at the scene failed to carry out any arrests. Additionally, the Israeli Police emergency hotline refused to dispatch forces, telling the volunteer who called them for help that “the army notified them there is no need to send forces.” (Read the full incident description here, see video below – TW.) One of the American ISM volunteers, in hospital One of the American ISM volunteers, in hospital (photo) Such attacks have gone on for years. For example, see: “Heroism in the Holy Land, Chris Brown Beaten for Walking Children to School” and the video below: View another recent settler attack below. NOTE: The first moments of the video below show the actual attack; after that is a slightly longer clip showing the context – which included a conversation with an Israeli soldier. Israel’s Ben-Gvir threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority if US imposes sanctions on him Al Jazeera reports: Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has warned that if the US imposes sanctions on ultranationalist ministers including himself, they would respond by “completely dismantling the Palestinian Authority, including all its institutions and economy”, Israeli media has reported. Reports suggest the Biden administration has been considering imposing sanctions on Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich in response to their policy of expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank. “The very act of imposing sanctions on Israeli citizens by the American administration, which has already begun, constitutes a severe violation of Israeli sovereignty,” Ben-Gvir said, according to the Jerusalem Post. NOTE: ABC News describes Itamar Ben-Gvir: Ben-Gvir has been convicted eight times for offenses that include racism and supporting a terrorist organization. As a teen, his views were so extreme that the army banned him from compulsory military service. Ben Gvir gained notoriety in his youth as a follower of the late racist rabbi Meir Kahane. He first became a national figure when Ben-Gvir famously broke a hood ornament off then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s car in 1995. “We got to his car, and we’ll get to him too,” he said, just weeks before Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist opposed to his peace efforts with the Palestinians. He was first elected to parliament in 2021. Ben-Gvir has called for deporting his political opponents, and in the past has encouraged police to open fire on Palestinian stone-throwers. As national security minister, he has encouraged police to take a tough line against anti-government protesters. Ben-Gvir has been a magnet of controversy throughout his tenure — encouraging the mass distribution of handguns to Jewish citizens, backing Netanyahu’s contentious attempt to overhaul the country’s legal system and frequently lashing out at U.S. leaders for perceived slights against Israel. Among Itamar Ben Gvir's radical actions are creating an even harsher environment inside prisons holding Palestinian detainees by reducing their food rations, to the point of starvation. Among Itamar Ben Gvir’s radical actions are creating an even harsher environment inside prisons holding Palestinian detainees by reducing their food rations, to the point of starvation. (photo) French lawmaker says Israelis ‘not welcome’ at Olympics Al Jazeera reports: A French member of parliament has sparked a political row by saying Israeli athletes were not welcome at the Paris Olympics because of Israel’s war on Gaza. Portes said at a rally in support of Palestinians that “the Israeli delegation is not welcome in Paris. Israeli sportspeople are not welcome at the Paris Olympic Games” and called for “mobilization” around the event. He later told the Parisien newspaper that “France’s diplomats should pressure the International Olympic Committee to bar the Israeli flag and anthem, as is done for Russia”. “It’s time to end the double standard,” Portes added. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a limited number of Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in Paris as individuals and not under their country’s colors, and only after being vetted to ensure they have not expressed support for the war. MORE NEWS: IMEMC Daily Reports. The Cradle: Yemen gears up for ‘long war’ against Israel Mondoweiss: Polio and the destruction of Gaza’s health infrastructure The New Arab: Pro-Palestine Bella Hadid ‘to sue Adidas’ after axe for 1972 Olympic shoe ad STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 21: Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 21: at least 39,584* (39,006 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.] This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths. Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza. At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank). At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**. About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced. 2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity. Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 21: at least 95,228 (including at least 89,818 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children). [It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.]Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 21: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured. Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%. NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers. *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.** Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals. † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics. Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here. Hover over each bar for exact numbers. Source: IsraelPalestineTimeline.org Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated) Toys, spices, sewing machines: the items Israel banned from entering Gaza Synopsis of ICJ’s decision on Israeli occupation, reactions, and take-aways Russia attacks hospitals in Ukraine; Israel does the same in Gaza. The US response couldn’t be more different. ‘I have the prison inside me’: The emaciated Palestinian bodybuilder broken by Israel Israel has manufactured an industrial-scale version of Jim Crow rape hoaxes If Americans Knew Mobile Billboard Truck at Republican Convention Col. Douglas MacGregor: US is under the control of Israel, likens Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto Israel’s leading paper says its own army deliberately killed Israelis on October 7 Gaza has turned into Biden’s most perplexing moral and foreign policy failure ‘Suffering horrifically’: 10 months of Israel’s ‘war on children’ in Gaza Pro-Israel ADL ‘spied on’ African American activist over opposition to US-Israel police exchange programme ‘I’m bored, so I shoot’: The Israeli army’s approval of free-for-all violence in Gaza Lancet: Counting the dead in Gaza – difficult but essential ‘Revealer of Inconvenient Truths’ – Julian Assange’s Impact on Palestine Fact or Fiction: Is Israel Unfairly Singled Out for Global Condemnation? How an Israeli colonel invented the burned babies lie to justify genocide Widely reported Palestinian father-son ‘rape’ confession contradicted by piles of evidence The Gaza Project reveals how Israel has targeted the press – in 3 stories ‘Buying Our Own Stolen Water’ in Bethlehem – Scorching Summer Awaits Palestinians in the West Bank Israel’s covert info bots targeting America met with hypocritical silence AIPAC: Has the pro-Israel lobby bribed and bought the US Democratic Party? Israel’s war on Gaza is the deadliest conflict on record for journalists. Israeli army hits Gaza family, uses them as human shields, and runs over their mother. Strangling Israeli restrictions were in place long before October 7th. https://israelpalestinenews.org/israels-relentless-bombing-of-gaza-reactions-to-bidens-departure-a-look-at-kamala-harris-day-288/
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  • Kamala Harris has been criticised for laughing during a press conference about Ukraine.

    The US Vice President Kamala Harris broke into inappropriate laughter after she was asked whether the US will take in Ukrainian refugees.

    The awkward moment took place during a joint press conference with Ms Harris and Poland President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.

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    Kamala Harris has been criticised for laughing during a press conference about Ukraine. The US Vice President Kamala Harris broke into inappropriate laughter after she was asked whether the US will take in Ukrainian refugees. The awkward moment took place during a joint press conference with Ms Harris and Poland President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. https://youtu.be/0QJbuFMpnio?si=wm848fl65c89BxW4
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  • Israel attacks Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon with US, NATO weapons – Day 287
    [email protected] July 21, 2024 aid to Israel, biden withdrawal, houthis, icj ruling, israel lobby, lebanon attack, nato, palestinians at the olympics, polio, Sir Alan Duncan, West Bank, yemen attack
    Israel carries out major strikes on three regions in one day (collage)
    Baby born after mother killed in Gaza; Israeli raids in West Bank tripled; Palestinians at the Olympics; Israel gets weapons from countries that have officially halted arms sales; Israel bombs Lebanon, Yemen; Israel’s privileged soldiers will be vaccinated against polio, as Gazans remain at risk; Netanyahu’s intransigent response to ICJ; UK minister calls out pro-Israel lobby; how much aid has the US given Israel since October 7th?; Biden’s withdrawal may be linked to Netanyahu’s visit; Germany criticizes Israel’s opposition to Palestinian state; more.

    By IAK staff, from reports.

    AFP reports: A Gaza hospital said Saturday it saved a baby boy from his mother’s womb after she died from wounds sustained in an Israeli strike.

    Ola Adnan Harb al-Kurd, who was nine months pregnant, barely survived a punishing night of missile strikes that reportedly killed more than 24 people, including six members of the same family.

    Doctors were unable to save the mother, but quickly staged an emergency cesarean section “and extracted the fetus,” the surgeon told AFP.

    The newborn was initially in critical condition, but after receiving oxygen and medical attention was stabilized, said Raed al-Saudi, head of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department.

    He was placed in an incubator and transferred to Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah.

    Kurd was among three women and a child killed by an Israeli missile fired on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, according to a medical official at Al-Awda Hospital. Her husband was also wounded in the strike on the family home.

    Israel has not confirmed individual strikes, but a military statement said troops were “conducting targeted raids on terrorist infrastructure sites” in central Gaza.



    Gaza ministry warns residents of Israel’s safe passage hoax

    Israeli raids more than triple in occupied West Bank

    Al Jazeera’s Nour Odeh reports from Ramallah: The number of daily raids in the West Bank, whether at night or in the morning, has more than tripled in these past months. We’ve also seen an escalation in attacks by illegal Israeli settlers.

    Yesterday, as that ruling at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was being read against the Israeli occupation, settlers attacked Palestinians in the Nablus area in Huwara; they burned businesses and fields.

    Also in the South Hebron Hills, there was an attack by a group of Israeli settlers against a family. A woman, who was severely beaten, is now being treated in hospital.

    In all those attacks of Israeli settlers, the Israeli soldiers were close by defending the settlers and protecting them and barring the Palestinians from defending themselves, which is something again referenced by the judges at the ICJ in The Hague.

    Palestinians are winners by just being at Paris Games, say athletes

    Reuters reports: The presence of Palestinian athletes at the Paris Olympic Games is already a major victory for the team amid the conflict in the Middle East, they said on Saturday, less than a week before the start of the Olympics.

    The Palestinian team for the Games starting on Friday consists of six athletes who will be competing in boxing, judo, taekwondo, shooting and swimming, with slim hopes of a medal. “Whether a medal or not, we already win,” swimmer Yazan Al Bawwab told Reuters.

    “The fact that we’re here. The fact that people don’t want us to be here, they don’t want us to play sports. They don’t want us to exist.”

    “People don’t want Palestinians to exist. They look at the flag and they don’t want it. So to be here is a win,” said Al Bawwab, who will be the team’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony.

    Palestinian sports officials have said that since the start of the conflict in October 2023 more than 300 athletes, referees and sports officials have been killed and all sports facilities in Gaza demolished.

    “I said it before but I’m one of the luckiest people in the world,” swimmer Valerie Tarazi said. “I have the opportunity to compete for my country, to raise the flag for my country.”

    “My heart is with them. Every time I swim, every time I jump in the pool, I’m thinking about the people of Palestine, their struggles. And I just want to represent them in the best way possible.”

    Valerie Tarazi and Yazan al-Bawwab, swimmers for Palesitne in Paris Olympics
    Valerie Tarazi and Yazan al-Bawwab, swimmers for Palesitne in Paris Olympics (screengrab)
    Israeli official implies call for Olympics ban for athletes is ‘unsportsmanlike’

    Al Jazeera reports: An official with Israel’s Foreign Ministry has suggested that calls from the Palestine Olympic Committee (POC) for a ban on Israeli athletes participating in the Paris Olympics over the war on Gaza is unfair.

    POC has called for a ban on Israeli athletes at the games in Paris, which start on July 26, as they say some have failed to uphold the Olympic spirit.

    The POC cited examples including Israeli Olympians visiting troops and posting pictures of signed missiles used by Israel in its war on Gaza, in which about 39,000 people have been killed.

    “The reason why we’re doing this – for the human rights violations happening in Gaza, and the killings and murders of every single person,” said Nader Jayousi, the deputy secretary-general of the POC.

    European countries use 3rd-party countries to keep arming Israel: British journalist

    Andalou Agency reports: European countries continue providing weapons to Israel through third countries and secret deals, according to some media reports.

    Although countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and the UK have announced a halt to arms sales to Israel, international media reports suggest otherwise.

    The UK maintains that it has not directly supplied arms to Israel since Oct. 7 last year, which marks the beginning of Tel Aviv’s devastating Gaza offensive that has killed over 38,800 Palestinians. However, estimations suggest that private British companies have continued to sell Israel weapons.

    Italy, meanwhile, has reportedly halted arms supplies to Israel as required by law. But according to a report in business magazine Altreconomia, the country’s Customs Agency data confirmed that Rome exported arms and ammunition to Tel Aviv between December 2023 and January 2024.

    Despite Norwegian law prohibiting arms sales to any country at war, media reports have said Israel continues to procure weapons produced in a US subsidiary of a defense company in which Oslo has a 50% stake.

    While the Greek Cypriot administration appears on paper to be one of Tel Aviv’s smallest arms suppliers, it has been claimed that Western nations are using it as a military stockpile site for their own weapons destined for Israel.

    Media reports indicate that the British base in Southern Cyprus has facilitated more than 30 military transport flights delivering weapons and equipment to Israel since the attacks on Gaza began.

    British journalist Iain Overton told Anadolu that almost all European countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK, have exported arms to Israel in the past, and many continue to do so today.

    Overton cited the example of the UK, which issued 100 export licenses for arms sales to Israel since Oct. 7, hiding this fact for months, only to later reveal the truth.

    He noted that many other European countries also sell arms to Israel, adding that this is often concealed from the public.

    (Read the full article here.)

    Relentless Israeli airstrikes cause widespread damage across Gaza.
    Relentless Israeli airstrikes cause widespread damage across Gaza. (photo)
    NATO/US Complicity in The Relentless Israeli Genocide of Gaza


    World Beyond War reports: According to NATO documents, NATO and Israel have worked together for almost 30 years, cooperating in science and technology, counter terrorism, civil preparedness, countering weapons of mass destruction and women, peace and security.

    To strengthen NATO naval interoperability NATO brought on Israel as a partner for its Operation Sea Guardian. Israel’s military medical academy now serves as a “unique asset” for NATO’s Partnership Training and Education Centers community.

    Israel is not officially integrated in NATO but is part of the Mediterranean Dialogue, a program sponsored by NATO in cooperation with seven countries of the Mediterranean.

    NATO’s long-standing working relationship with Israel has translated into NATO countries selling weapons to Israel and other countries buying weapons from Israel’s big weapons industry.

    Israel ranks 98th in world population, with a population of 9.4 million, only 0.11 percent of the world’s population, and ranks 154th of all countries in land mass. Despite its small population and land, a study by SIPRI ranks Israel as the world’s 15th top weapons importer, receiving 2.1 percent of all imports, according to globally available data from 2019-2023. Israel is the world’s 9th top weapons exporter, responsible for 2.4 percent of exports.

    With the exception of Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and Belgium, the remainder of the 32 NATO members continue to sell/send weapons to Israel as Israel conducts genocide operations on Palestinians in Gaza.

    All of the Israeli Air Force’s manned aircraft that are bombing people in Gaza are American-made, with the exception of one helicopter built by France’s Airbus Helicopters. Israel is the first international operator of the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most technologically advanced fighter jet ever made, and had taken delivery of 36 of 75 F-35s by the end of 2023, paying for them with U.S. assistance.

    (Read the full article by Colonel (Ret) Ann Wright, here.)

    Israeli jets bomb Yemen city in response to Tel Aviv drone strike

    The Cradle reports: Israeli warplanes launched heavy raids on Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah on 20 July, targeting fuel depots and oil refineries as well as the province’s power station, according to reports in Saudi media and Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV.

    Local reports say the air raids left several dead and wounded. Videos shared on social media show massive fires blazing at the Port of Hodeidah.

    Nasr El-Din Amer, Vice President of the Ansarallah Media Authority, stressed on Saturday evening that the Israeli raids “will not change” Yemen’s steadfast support for the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

    “We are also a people who, when targeted, do not retreat but instead increase in determination and conviction in the necessity of confrontation and response. We are Yemen, the land of faith, wisdom, jihad, and steadfastness.”

    Ansarallah spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam issued a similar statement, saying that by targeting civilian facilities, Israel “aims to double the suffering of the people and pressure Yemen to stop supporting Gaza. This is a dream that, Allah willing, will never come true.”

    Israel’s first-ever direct attack on Yemen comes one day after Sanaa launched an unprecedented drone strike on the city of Tel Aviv, bypassing all air defense systems before hitting a building near the US consulate.

    Hours after this attack, the Israeli prime minister said in a televised address that Israel will “defend ourselves by all means…I have a message for Israel’s enemies: Make no mistake. We will defend ourselves by all means, on all fronts. Anyone who harms us will pay a very heavy price for their aggression.”


    Israel strikes Hezbollah ammunition depot in south Lebanon, sources say

    Reuters reports: Israeli strikes late on Saturday targeted a depot storing ammunition belonging to Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, three security sources told Reuters.

    The strikes on the town of Adloun, about 40 km (25 miles) north of Lebanon’s border with Israel, set off a string of loud explosions heard by witnesses across the south of Lebanon.

    At least four civilians in Adloun were wounded in the strikes, a medical source and a security source told Reuters.


    IDF to Vaccinate Israeli Soldiers Against Polio After Virus Found in Gaza Sewage

    Ha’aretz reports: The Israeli army will begin on Sunday to vaccinate against polio all soldiers operating in Gaza or due to enter there soon, after a high concentration of the virus was found in sewage in Gaza.

    The IDF stresses that the soldiers not make any use of the local Gazan water system, and that the army regularly brings in large quantities of water from Israel, including millions of bottles of water for drinking and bathing, and tons of ice, as well as field showers, soap and disinfectant wipes.

    Regarding a possible polio outbreak in Gaza, the IDF says that, according to the information it has, there is no confirmation of any clinical cases of the disease, but that there is real concern over a possible outbreak, especially given the conditions in Gaza.

    NOTE: Palestinians in Gaza have no choice but to use local water. An Oxfam report released July 18, Water War Crimes, reveals how Israel has been systematically weaponizing water against Palestinians in Gaza, showing disregard for human life and international law. 

    The report, finds that Israel’s cutting of external water supply, systematic destruction of water facilities and deliberate aid obstruction have reduced the amount of water available in Gaza by 94% to 4.74 liters a day per person – just under a third of the recommended minimum in emergencies and less than a single toilet flush.

    Israeli military attacks have damaged or destroyed five water and sanitation infrastructure sites every three days since the start of the war. 

    Israel has destroyed 70% of all sewage pumps and 100% of all wastewater treatment plants, as well as the main water quality testing laboratories in Gaza, and restricted the entry of Oxfam water testing equipment. 

    Gaza City has lost nearly all its water production capacity, with 88% of its water wells and 100% of its desalination plants damaged or destroyed. 

    The report also highlighted the dire impact of this extreme lack of clean water and sanitation on Palestinians’ health, with more than a quarter (26%) of Gaza’s population falling severely ill from easily preventable diseases. 

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    Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated)

    The polio virus has been detected in Gaza's sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, and “represents a new health crisis.”
    The polio virus has been detected in Gaza’s sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, and “represents a new health crisis.” (photo)
    Netanyahu filed draft decision rejecting ICJ’s advisory opinion –without consulting Israel’s AG

    Ha’aretz reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu filed on Sunday a draft decision that rejects the advisory opinion published by the International Court of Justice on Friday about the illegality of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

    The draft was written without the collaboration of Israel’s Attorney General, Gali Baharav-Miara, and the legal opinion attached to it was written by Professor Talia Einhorn.

    “The people of Israel are not occupiers in their own land and in their eternal capital, Jerusalem!” the document reads, and “Israel rejects the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, that blatantly ignored the natural and historic right of the Jewish people over the state of Israel, that was recognized in International law.”

    The statement adds that the ICJ opinion ignores the right of Israeli citizens to settle in any parts of the land, “from accepted international legal principles regarding territories that did not have a foreign sovereign, and from Israel’s duty and right for self-defense and safe boundaries.”

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    Root out the ‘poison’ of the pro-Israel lobby, says former Tory minister cleared of anti-Semitism


    Middle East Monitor reports: A former Conservative minister and Foreign Office official has been cleared of anti-Semitism allegations following an internal party investigation. Following his exoneration, Sir Alan Duncan issued a stark warning to his party, asserting that if the Conservative Party hopes to recover from its huge defeat in the recent General Election, it must confront and address what he termed the “poison” in its midst.

    According to Duncan, this “poison” is the undue influence of pro-Israel lobbying groups, particularly the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), on party policy and decision-making. He argued that this influence has led to a distortion of UK foreign policy, prioritising Israeli interests over Britain’s, and has undermined the party’s integrity.

    Anti-Semitism allegations against Duncan — a major target of the pro-Israel lobby — stemmed from comments he made during an interview in which he took aim at the CFI over its influence on government policy and criticized senior Conservative figures for not acknowledging the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. “The Conservative Friends of Israel has been doing the bidding of Netanyahu,” Duncan told Ferrari, “bypassing all proper processes of government to exercise undue influence at the top of government.”

    He argued that “money, improper influence, and the promotion of Israeli interests above our own [British interests] have contributed to the destruction of the UK’s independent foreign policy.”

    Drawing on his experience in the Foreign Office, Duncan revealed that there is “a lot of deep concern amongst officials and ambassadors about this undue influence.”

    (Read the full article here.)

    NOTE: Actual antisemitism is not as prevalent as Israel partisans would like us to think. A large portion of what they call antisemitism is simply criticism of Israel, the self-proclaimed “Jewish State.” Most of the animosity Israel experiences is opposition to Zionism. Zionism is not a benign philosophy, but a racist ideology – the ideology under which Israel dispossessed 750,000 Palestinian people and exiled them to Gaza and other locations. The so-called “demonization” of Israel is in most cases a legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies of occupation, apartheid, and genocide, and other illegal practices.

    A few of the many children wounded by shrapnel – some also severely burned – in the course of Israel's now nine-month-long attack on Gaza. The weapons create small pieces of shrapnel that leave barely discernible entry wounds but create extensive destruction inside the body.
    A few of the many children wounded by shrapnel – some also severely burned – in the course of Israel’s now nine-month-long attack on Gaza. The weapons create small pieces of shrapnel that leave barely discernible entry wounds but create extensive destruction inside the body. (collage)
    Pakistan calls Netanyahu a ‘terrorist’

    Voice of America reports: Under pressure from right wing protesters, Pakistan’s government declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a terrorist Friday, demanding the leader be brought to justice for alleged war crimes against Palestinians.

    The statement by Rana Sanaullah, adviser to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on political and public affairs, was part of a deal with a religious political party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP, to end its days-long sit-in on a key road outside the capital.

    Thousands of TLP supporters rallied near the capital last Saturday to condemn Israeli strikes in Gaza. They demanded the government declare Netanyahu a terrorist, boycott Israeli products and send aid to Palestinians.

    How much aid has the US given to Israel since October 7th?

    Middle East Monitor reports: In the aftermath of the Hamas attack of 7 October, 2023, the Biden administration announced its support for Israel in the form of a $105 billion national security package, including military and humanitarian assistance for Israel and Ukraine.

    Of this $105 billion, $14.3 billion – as supplementary funding – was meant to provide security support to Israel, release hostages, provide humanitarian aid to Israel and Gaza and replenish Israel’s stockpile of interceptors for its Iron Dome missile defense system, artillery shells and other munitions.

    The assistance further included support for air and missile defense, investments in the industrial base and replenishment of US stocks to aid Israel. This aid is intended to improve Israel’s air and missile defence systems’ readiness and help procure and develop various missile defence components.

    Additionally, $3.7 billion in aid and assistance continued under the Ten-Year Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Israel, enhancing Israel’s military capabilities and security. In comparison, approximately $3.3 billion in aid is given to Israel every year to purchase arms from the US and Israeli companies.

    More recently, in April 2024, the Biden administration approved an additional $95 billion assistance package for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. Of this package, $26 billion would go to Israel and $9.15 billion in humanitarian assistance to Gaza, the West Bank and Ukraine.

    POTUS tweet, October 18, 2023 "I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding the situation on the ground, security assistance and humanitarian needs, and information on unaccounted Americans. I asked tough questions as a friend of Israel. We will continue to deter any actor wanting to widen this conflict."
    POTUS tweet, October 18, 2023 “I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding the situation on the ground, security assistance and humanitarian needs, and information on unaccounted Americans. I asked tough questions as a friend of Israel. We will continue to deter any actor wanting to widen this conflict.” (photo)
    Biden may delay his withdrawal from presidential race until after Netanyahu’s speech in Congress: Report

    New York Times reports: While Mr. Biden and his team publicly insist that he is staying in the race, privately people close to him have said that he is increasingly accepting that he may not be able to, and some have begun discussing dates and venues for a possible announcement that he is stepping aside.

    One factor that may stretch out a decision: Advisers believe that Mr. Biden would not want to do it before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel visits Washington on Wednesday at the initiative of Republicans to address Congress, unwilling to give the premier the satisfaction given their strained relations lately over the Gaza war.

    Germany: ‘Israel is isolating itself by refusing to establish Palestine state’


    Middle East Monitor reports: The German government expressed its deep concern about the Israeli Parliament’s refusal to establish a Palestinian state.

    A German Foreign Ministry spokesperson shared on Friday in Berlin: “The decision contradicts many UN Security Council resolutions. Israel is, therefore, distancing itself from the overwhelming majority of the international community and isolating itself. We all know that isolation is the enemy of any security.”

    The spokesperson said that although the resolution is non-binding, it: “Poses a setback to our efforts to achieve a balance between the legitimate security interests of Israel and the Palestinians’ right to self-determination,” adding that the German government believes that there is no alternative to a two-state solution that also protects the rights of the Palestinians. He noted that Israel’s long-term security can only be guaranteed through a two-state solution, adding: “Just like the Israelis, the Palestinians also have the right to live in security and dignity through their ability to determine their fate in a state of their own.”

    The majority of Knesset members voted on Thursday in favor of a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state.

    Footage shared by local media shows the destruction caused by Israel’s attack on the Shati refugee camp where at least 24 Palestinians have been reported killed.
    Footage shared by local media shows the destruction caused by Israel’s attack on the Shati refugee camp where at least 24 Palestinians have been reported killed. (screenshot)
    MORE NEWS:

    IMEMC Daily Reports.

    The Guardian: Slowly but surely, Israel tightens its grip on Gaza’s lifeline to Egypt

    Jacobin: Getting Rid of Netanyahu Is Not Enough – an interview with Gideon Levy

    STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 20:

    Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 20: at least 39,497* (38,919 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.]

    This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths.

    Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza.

    Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza.

    At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank).
    At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**.
    About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced.
    2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity.
    Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 20: at least 95,042 (including at least 89,622 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children).

    [It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.]
    Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 20: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured.

    Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%.

    NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers.

    *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.**

    Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals.

    † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics.

    Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here.

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    Israel attacks Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon with US, NATO weapons – Day 287 [email protected] July 21, 2024 aid to Israel, biden withdrawal, houthis, icj ruling, israel lobby, lebanon attack, nato, palestinians at the olympics, polio, Sir Alan Duncan, West Bank, yemen attack Israel carries out major strikes on three regions in one day (collage) Baby born after mother killed in Gaza; Israeli raids in West Bank tripled; Palestinians at the Olympics; Israel gets weapons from countries that have officially halted arms sales; Israel bombs Lebanon, Yemen; Israel’s privileged soldiers will be vaccinated against polio, as Gazans remain at risk; Netanyahu’s intransigent response to ICJ; UK minister calls out pro-Israel lobby; how much aid has the US given Israel since October 7th?; Biden’s withdrawal may be linked to Netanyahu’s visit; Germany criticizes Israel’s opposition to Palestinian state; more. By IAK staff, from reports. AFP reports: A Gaza hospital said Saturday it saved a baby boy from his mother’s womb after she died from wounds sustained in an Israeli strike. Ola Adnan Harb al-Kurd, who was nine months pregnant, barely survived a punishing night of missile strikes that reportedly killed more than 24 people, including six members of the same family. Doctors were unable to save the mother, but quickly staged an emergency cesarean section “and extracted the fetus,” the surgeon told AFP. The newborn was initially in critical condition, but after receiving oxygen and medical attention was stabilized, said Raed al-Saudi, head of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department. He was placed in an incubator and transferred to Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah. Kurd was among three women and a child killed by an Israeli missile fired on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, according to a medical official at Al-Awda Hospital. Her husband was also wounded in the strike on the family home. Israel has not confirmed individual strikes, but a military statement said troops were “conducting targeted raids on terrorist infrastructure sites” in central Gaza. Gaza ministry warns residents of Israel’s safe passage hoax Israeli raids more than triple in occupied West Bank Al Jazeera’s Nour Odeh reports from Ramallah: The number of daily raids in the West Bank, whether at night or in the morning, has more than tripled in these past months. We’ve also seen an escalation in attacks by illegal Israeli settlers. Yesterday, as that ruling at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was being read against the Israeli occupation, settlers attacked Palestinians in the Nablus area in Huwara; they burned businesses and fields. Also in the South Hebron Hills, there was an attack by a group of Israeli settlers against a family. A woman, who was severely beaten, is now being treated in hospital. In all those attacks of Israeli settlers, the Israeli soldiers were close by defending the settlers and protecting them and barring the Palestinians from defending themselves, which is something again referenced by the judges at the ICJ in The Hague. Palestinians are winners by just being at Paris Games, say athletes Reuters reports: The presence of Palestinian athletes at the Paris Olympic Games is already a major victory for the team amid the conflict in the Middle East, they said on Saturday, less than a week before the start of the Olympics. The Palestinian team for the Games starting on Friday consists of six athletes who will be competing in boxing, judo, taekwondo, shooting and swimming, with slim hopes of a medal. “Whether a medal or not, we already win,” swimmer Yazan Al Bawwab told Reuters. “The fact that we’re here. The fact that people don’t want us to be here, they don’t want us to play sports. They don’t want us to exist.” “People don’t want Palestinians to exist. They look at the flag and they don’t want it. So to be here is a win,” said Al Bawwab, who will be the team’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony. Palestinian sports officials have said that since the start of the conflict in October 2023 more than 300 athletes, referees and sports officials have been killed and all sports facilities in Gaza demolished. “I said it before but I’m one of the luckiest people in the world,” swimmer Valerie Tarazi said. “I have the opportunity to compete for my country, to raise the flag for my country.” “My heart is with them. Every time I swim, every time I jump in the pool, I’m thinking about the people of Palestine, their struggles. And I just want to represent them in the best way possible.” Valerie Tarazi and Yazan al-Bawwab, swimmers for Palesitne in Paris Olympics Valerie Tarazi and Yazan al-Bawwab, swimmers for Palesitne in Paris Olympics (screengrab) Israeli official implies call for Olympics ban for athletes is ‘unsportsmanlike’ Al Jazeera reports: An official with Israel’s Foreign Ministry has suggested that calls from the Palestine Olympic Committee (POC) for a ban on Israeli athletes participating in the Paris Olympics over the war on Gaza is unfair. POC has called for a ban on Israeli athletes at the games in Paris, which start on July 26, as they say some have failed to uphold the Olympic spirit. The POC cited examples including Israeli Olympians visiting troops and posting pictures of signed missiles used by Israel in its war on Gaza, in which about 39,000 people have been killed. “The reason why we’re doing this – for the human rights violations happening in Gaza, and the killings and murders of every single person,” said Nader Jayousi, the deputy secretary-general of the POC. European countries use 3rd-party countries to keep arming Israel: British journalist Andalou Agency reports: European countries continue providing weapons to Israel through third countries and secret deals, according to some media reports. Although countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and the UK have announced a halt to arms sales to Israel, international media reports suggest otherwise. The UK maintains that it has not directly supplied arms to Israel since Oct. 7 last year, which marks the beginning of Tel Aviv’s devastating Gaza offensive that has killed over 38,800 Palestinians. However, estimations suggest that private British companies have continued to sell Israel weapons. Italy, meanwhile, has reportedly halted arms supplies to Israel as required by law. But according to a report in business magazine Altreconomia, the country’s Customs Agency data confirmed that Rome exported arms and ammunition to Tel Aviv between December 2023 and January 2024. Despite Norwegian law prohibiting arms sales to any country at war, media reports have said Israel continues to procure weapons produced in a US subsidiary of a defense company in which Oslo has a 50% stake. While the Greek Cypriot administration appears on paper to be one of Tel Aviv’s smallest arms suppliers, it has been claimed that Western nations are using it as a military stockpile site for their own weapons destined for Israel. Media reports indicate that the British base in Southern Cyprus has facilitated more than 30 military transport flights delivering weapons and equipment to Israel since the attacks on Gaza began. British journalist Iain Overton told Anadolu that almost all European countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK, have exported arms to Israel in the past, and many continue to do so today. Overton cited the example of the UK, which issued 100 export licenses for arms sales to Israel since Oct. 7, hiding this fact for months, only to later reveal the truth. He noted that many other European countries also sell arms to Israel, adding that this is often concealed from the public. (Read the full article here.) Relentless Israeli airstrikes cause widespread damage across Gaza. Relentless Israeli airstrikes cause widespread damage across Gaza. (photo) NATO/US Complicity in The Relentless Israeli Genocide of Gaza World Beyond War reports: According to NATO documents, NATO and Israel have worked together for almost 30 years, cooperating in science and technology, counter terrorism, civil preparedness, countering weapons of mass destruction and women, peace and security. To strengthen NATO naval interoperability NATO brought on Israel as a partner for its Operation Sea Guardian. Israel’s military medical academy now serves as a “unique asset” for NATO’s Partnership Training and Education Centers community. Israel is not officially integrated in NATO but is part of the Mediterranean Dialogue, a program sponsored by NATO in cooperation with seven countries of the Mediterranean. NATO’s long-standing working relationship with Israel has translated into NATO countries selling weapons to Israel and other countries buying weapons from Israel’s big weapons industry. Israel ranks 98th in world population, with a population of 9.4 million, only 0.11 percent of the world’s population, and ranks 154th of all countries in land mass. Despite its small population and land, a study by SIPRI ranks Israel as the world’s 15th top weapons importer, receiving 2.1 percent of all imports, according to globally available data from 2019-2023. Israel is the world’s 9th top weapons exporter, responsible for 2.4 percent of exports. With the exception of Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and Belgium, the remainder of the 32 NATO members continue to sell/send weapons to Israel as Israel conducts genocide operations on Palestinians in Gaza. All of the Israeli Air Force’s manned aircraft that are bombing people in Gaza are American-made, with the exception of one helicopter built by France’s Airbus Helicopters. Israel is the first international operator of the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most technologically advanced fighter jet ever made, and had taken delivery of 36 of 75 F-35s by the end of 2023, paying for them with U.S. assistance. (Read the full article by Colonel (Ret) Ann Wright, here.) Israeli jets bomb Yemen city in response to Tel Aviv drone strike The Cradle reports: Israeli warplanes launched heavy raids on Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah on 20 July, targeting fuel depots and oil refineries as well as the province’s power station, according to reports in Saudi media and Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV. Local reports say the air raids left several dead and wounded. Videos shared on social media show massive fires blazing at the Port of Hodeidah. Nasr El-Din Amer, Vice President of the Ansarallah Media Authority, stressed on Saturday evening that the Israeli raids “will not change” Yemen’s steadfast support for the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. “We are also a people who, when targeted, do not retreat but instead increase in determination and conviction in the necessity of confrontation and response. We are Yemen, the land of faith, wisdom, jihad, and steadfastness.” Ansarallah spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam issued a similar statement, saying that by targeting civilian facilities, Israel “aims to double the suffering of the people and pressure Yemen to stop supporting Gaza. This is a dream that, Allah willing, will never come true.” Israel’s first-ever direct attack on Yemen comes one day after Sanaa launched an unprecedented drone strike on the city of Tel Aviv, bypassing all air defense systems before hitting a building near the US consulate. Hours after this attack, the Israeli prime minister said in a televised address that Israel will “defend ourselves by all means…I have a message for Israel’s enemies: Make no mistake. We will defend ourselves by all means, on all fronts. Anyone who harms us will pay a very heavy price for their aggression.” Israel strikes Hezbollah ammunition depot in south Lebanon, sources say Reuters reports: Israeli strikes late on Saturday targeted a depot storing ammunition belonging to Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, three security sources told Reuters. The strikes on the town of Adloun, about 40 km (25 miles) north of Lebanon’s border with Israel, set off a string of loud explosions heard by witnesses across the south of Lebanon. At least four civilians in Adloun were wounded in the strikes, a medical source and a security source told Reuters. IDF to Vaccinate Israeli Soldiers Against Polio After Virus Found in Gaza Sewage Ha’aretz reports: The Israeli army will begin on Sunday to vaccinate against polio all soldiers operating in Gaza or due to enter there soon, after a high concentration of the virus was found in sewage in Gaza. The IDF stresses that the soldiers not make any use of the local Gazan water system, and that the army regularly brings in large quantities of water from Israel, including millions of bottles of water for drinking and bathing, and tons of ice, as well as field showers, soap and disinfectant wipes. Regarding a possible polio outbreak in Gaza, the IDF says that, according to the information it has, there is no confirmation of any clinical cases of the disease, but that there is real concern over a possible outbreak, especially given the conditions in Gaza. NOTE: Palestinians in Gaza have no choice but to use local water. An Oxfam report released July 18, Water War Crimes, reveals how Israel has been systematically weaponizing water against Palestinians in Gaza, showing disregard for human life and international law.  The report, finds that Israel’s cutting of external water supply, systematic destruction of water facilities and deliberate aid obstruction have reduced the amount of water available in Gaza by 94% to 4.74 liters a day per person – just under a third of the recommended minimum in emergencies and less than a single toilet flush. Israeli military attacks have damaged or destroyed five water and sanitation infrastructure sites every three days since the start of the war.  Israel has destroyed 70% of all sewage pumps and 100% of all wastewater treatment plants, as well as the main water quality testing laboratories in Gaza, and restricted the entry of Oxfam water testing equipment.  Gaza City has lost nearly all its water production capacity, with 88% of its water wells and 100% of its desalination plants damaged or destroyed.  The report also highlighted the dire impact of this extreme lack of clean water and sanitation on Palestinians’ health, with more than a quarter (26%) of Gaza’s population falling severely ill from easily preventable diseases.  RECOMMENDED READING: ‘Buying Our Own Stolen Water’ in Bethlehem – Scorching Summer Awaits Palestinians in the West Bank Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated) The polio virus has been detected in Gaza's sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, and “represents a new health crisis.” The polio virus has been detected in Gaza’s sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, and “represents a new health crisis.” (photo) Netanyahu filed draft decision rejecting ICJ’s advisory opinion –without consulting Israel’s AG Ha’aretz reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu filed on Sunday a draft decision that rejects the advisory opinion published by the International Court of Justice on Friday about the illegality of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. The draft was written without the collaboration of Israel’s Attorney General, Gali Baharav-Miara, and the legal opinion attached to it was written by Professor Talia Einhorn. “The people of Israel are not occupiers in their own land and in their eternal capital, Jerusalem!” the document reads, and “Israel rejects the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, that blatantly ignored the natural and historic right of the Jewish people over the state of Israel, that was recognized in International law.” The statement adds that the ICJ opinion ignores the right of Israeli citizens to settle in any parts of the land, “from accepted international legal principles regarding territories that did not have a foreign sovereign, and from Israel’s duty and right for self-defense and safe boundaries.” RECOMMENDED READING: Netanyahu purveyed a fictional history of Israel to Jordan Peterson Root out the ‘poison’ of the pro-Israel lobby, says former Tory minister cleared of anti-Semitism Middle East Monitor reports: A former Conservative minister and Foreign Office official has been cleared of anti-Semitism allegations following an internal party investigation. Following his exoneration, Sir Alan Duncan issued a stark warning to his party, asserting that if the Conservative Party hopes to recover from its huge defeat in the recent General Election, it must confront and address what he termed the “poison” in its midst. According to Duncan, this “poison” is the undue influence of pro-Israel lobbying groups, particularly the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), on party policy and decision-making. He argued that this influence has led to a distortion of UK foreign policy, prioritising Israeli interests over Britain’s, and has undermined the party’s integrity. Anti-Semitism allegations against Duncan — a major target of the pro-Israel lobby — stemmed from comments he made during an interview in which he took aim at the CFI over its influence on government policy and criticized senior Conservative figures for not acknowledging the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. “The Conservative Friends of Israel has been doing the bidding of Netanyahu,” Duncan told Ferrari, “bypassing all proper processes of government to exercise undue influence at the top of government.” He argued that “money, improper influence, and the promotion of Israeli interests above our own [British interests] have contributed to the destruction of the UK’s independent foreign policy.” Drawing on his experience in the Foreign Office, Duncan revealed that there is “a lot of deep concern amongst officials and ambassadors about this undue influence.” (Read the full article here.) NOTE: Actual antisemitism is not as prevalent as Israel partisans would like us to think. A large portion of what they call antisemitism is simply criticism of Israel, the self-proclaimed “Jewish State.” Most of the animosity Israel experiences is opposition to Zionism. Zionism is not a benign philosophy, but a racist ideology – the ideology under which Israel dispossessed 750,000 Palestinian people and exiled them to Gaza and other locations. The so-called “demonization” of Israel is in most cases a legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies of occupation, apartheid, and genocide, and other illegal practices. A few of the many children wounded by shrapnel – some also severely burned – in the course of Israel's now nine-month-long attack on Gaza. The weapons create small pieces of shrapnel that leave barely discernible entry wounds but create extensive destruction inside the body. A few of the many children wounded by shrapnel – some also severely burned – in the course of Israel’s now nine-month-long attack on Gaza. The weapons create small pieces of shrapnel that leave barely discernible entry wounds but create extensive destruction inside the body. (collage) Pakistan calls Netanyahu a ‘terrorist’ Voice of America reports: Under pressure from right wing protesters, Pakistan’s government declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a terrorist Friday, demanding the leader be brought to justice for alleged war crimes against Palestinians. The statement by Rana Sanaullah, adviser to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on political and public affairs, was part of a deal with a religious political party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP, to end its days-long sit-in on a key road outside the capital. Thousands of TLP supporters rallied near the capital last Saturday to condemn Israeli strikes in Gaza. They demanded the government declare Netanyahu a terrorist, boycott Israeli products and send aid to Palestinians. How much aid has the US given to Israel since October 7th? Middle East Monitor reports: In the aftermath of the Hamas attack of 7 October, 2023, the Biden administration announced its support for Israel in the form of a $105 billion national security package, including military and humanitarian assistance for Israel and Ukraine. Of this $105 billion, $14.3 billion – as supplementary funding – was meant to provide security support to Israel, release hostages, provide humanitarian aid to Israel and Gaza and replenish Israel’s stockpile of interceptors for its Iron Dome missile defense system, artillery shells and other munitions. The assistance further included support for air and missile defense, investments in the industrial base and replenishment of US stocks to aid Israel. This aid is intended to improve Israel’s air and missile defence systems’ readiness and help procure and develop various missile defence components. Additionally, $3.7 billion in aid and assistance continued under the Ten-Year Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Israel, enhancing Israel’s military capabilities and security. In comparison, approximately $3.3 billion in aid is given to Israel every year to purchase arms from the US and Israeli companies. More recently, in April 2024, the Biden administration approved an additional $95 billion assistance package for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. Of this package, $26 billion would go to Israel and $9.15 billion in humanitarian assistance to Gaza, the West Bank and Ukraine. POTUS tweet, October 18, 2023 "I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding the situation on the ground, security assistance and humanitarian needs, and information on unaccounted Americans. I asked tough questions as a friend of Israel. We will continue to deter any actor wanting to widen this conflict." POTUS tweet, October 18, 2023 “I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding the situation on the ground, security assistance and humanitarian needs, and information on unaccounted Americans. I asked tough questions as a friend of Israel. We will continue to deter any actor wanting to widen this conflict.” (photo) Biden may delay his withdrawal from presidential race until after Netanyahu’s speech in Congress: Report New York Times reports: While Mr. Biden and his team publicly insist that he is staying in the race, privately people close to him have said that he is increasingly accepting that he may not be able to, and some have begun discussing dates and venues for a possible announcement that he is stepping aside. One factor that may stretch out a decision: Advisers believe that Mr. Biden would not want to do it before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel visits Washington on Wednesday at the initiative of Republicans to address Congress, unwilling to give the premier the satisfaction given their strained relations lately over the Gaza war. Germany: ‘Israel is isolating itself by refusing to establish Palestine state’ Middle East Monitor reports: The German government expressed its deep concern about the Israeli Parliament’s refusal to establish a Palestinian state. A German Foreign Ministry spokesperson shared on Friday in Berlin: “The decision contradicts many UN Security Council resolutions. Israel is, therefore, distancing itself from the overwhelming majority of the international community and isolating itself. We all know that isolation is the enemy of any security.” The spokesperson said that although the resolution is non-binding, it: “Poses a setback to our efforts to achieve a balance between the legitimate security interests of Israel and the Palestinians’ right to self-determination,” adding that the German government believes that there is no alternative to a two-state solution that also protects the rights of the Palestinians. He noted that Israel’s long-term security can only be guaranteed through a two-state solution, adding: “Just like the Israelis, the Palestinians also have the right to live in security and dignity through their ability to determine their fate in a state of their own.” The majority of Knesset members voted on Thursday in favor of a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state. Footage shared by local media shows the destruction caused by Israel’s attack on the Shati refugee camp where at least 24 Palestinians have been reported killed. Footage shared by local media shows the destruction caused by Israel’s attack on the Shati refugee camp where at least 24 Palestinians have been reported killed. (screenshot) MORE NEWS: IMEMC Daily Reports. The Guardian: Slowly but surely, Israel tightens its grip on Gaza’s lifeline to Egypt Jacobin: Getting Rid of Netanyahu Is Not Enough – an interview with Gideon Levy STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 20: Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 20: at least 39,497* (38,919 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.] This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths. Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza. At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank). At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**. About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced. 2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity. Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 20: at least 95,042 (including at least 89,622 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children). [It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.] Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 20: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured. Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%. NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers. *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.** Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals. † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics. Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here. https://israelpalestinenews.org/israel-attacks-gaza-yemen-lebanon-with-us-nato-weapons-day-287/
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    THE WHITE HATS WANT TO INSURE THE DEEP STATE AND WORLD CABAL FAKE SKY EVENT WILL LEAD TO EXPOSURE OF THE DEEP DARK UNCONSTITUTIONAL OPERATIONS HAPPENING IN UNDER GROUND D.U.M.Bs THROUGH THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE PRESIDENT'S AND CONGRESS AND SOCIETY AT LARGE.
    _
    _
    >IN THE END FAKE ALIEN INVASION AND INITIATION OF THE PROJECT BLUE BEAM WILL BRING DOWN THE CIA. AND WORLD DEEP STATE OPS AND BLACK OPS AND DARK OPERATIONS. AND EVERYTHING [WILL] LEAD TO MILITARY TRIBUNALS ON WORLD SCALE. ( FOR THE MASS MURDER OF THE WORLD POPULATION THROUGH CREATION OF THE VIRUS. THE DEATH VACCINES AND PROJECT BLUE BEAM FEAR PANIC DEATH FALSE FLAG EVENT .
    _
    These EVENTS must happen and WILL be stopped in the END. >BUT IT WILL REVEAL THE TRUE TECHNOLOGY HIDDEN BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND EXPOSE THE FINISHED GLOBALIST KILLING MACHINE OF THE CIA. [ DS] PENTAGON OPERATORS. DARK GENERALS////....... We are headed to the EVENTS of military occupation. LAWS OF WAR. 11.3
    ___
    I'm not giving you this information to scare you or create fear mongering.... I have given you this information several times.
    I stated back in 2020-2021 that the Alien invasion would happen during the Ukraine war ( well it's going to happen and both sides of the military.. Black hats and white hats are preparing the operations that is going to SHOCK THE WORLD<)

    I have always been honest to tell you these EVENTS were coming and is here now!
    > Near death civilization EVENT. (NEAR)///
    >>> WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS EVENT,
    ///// It's all for a global important reason to happen and bring in FULL EXPOSURE of the Satanic cabal operations controlling wars, governments, sex trafficking, pedophilia. Weapons trade. Control of society through taxes and hundreds of trillions of Dollars to dark operations....

    This EVENT IS GOING TO LEAD TO REAL
    ]]]] DISCLOSURE [[[ aliens among us for thousands of years, peacefully living beneath the earth, in the skys and among humans<
    _ Just as there are good and bad humans. Good and bad military . Good and bad angels there are good and bad Aliens..... Good and bad spirits....
    ___
    Remember Q told you. In post #2222
    Question ; Q are we alone.? Roswell?

    Answer>No. Highest classification .
    Consider the vastness of space.
    Q
    ____
    I told you my dear friends and Patriots that i wasn't going to talk about aliens till the time was right. .
    . In early 2024 ( i have you hints out was time)
    But NOW I'm openly telling > IT'S TIME<

    SKY EVENT. PROJECT BLUE BEAM.
    RED SKY. BLUE SKY. SOUND SKY.
    _SKY EVENT
    ___
    Prepare.

    Join, it's not too late!
    https://t.me/BenjaminFulfordJ
    ROTHSCHILDS. ___ >> WHITE HATS want to mimic the SKY EVENT ( Game Theory ops) that WILL LEAD TO MASS AWAKENING AND> SHOCK<.... THE OPERATION ARE PINNED TOWARDS THE REAL ]] DISCLOSURE [[ PROJECTS OF ADVANCED MILITARY WEAPONS AND REAL ALIEN TECHNOLOGY > > THE WHITE HATS WANT TO INSURE THE DEEP STATE AND WORLD CABAL FAKE SKY EVENT WILL LEAD TO EXPOSURE OF THE DEEP DARK UNCONSTITUTIONAL OPERATIONS HAPPENING IN UNDER GROUND D.U.M.Bs THROUGH THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE PRESIDENT'S AND CONGRESS AND SOCIETY AT LARGE. _ _ >IN THE END FAKE ALIEN INVASION AND INITIATION OF THE PROJECT BLUE BEAM WILL BRING DOWN THE CIA. AND WORLD DEEP STATE OPS AND BLACK OPS AND DARK OPERATIONS. AND EVERYTHING [WILL] LEAD TO MILITARY TRIBUNALS ON WORLD SCALE. ( FOR THE MASS MURDER OF THE WORLD POPULATION THROUGH CREATION OF THE VIRUS. THE DEATH VACCINES AND PROJECT BLUE BEAM FEAR PANIC DEATH FALSE FLAG EVENT . _ These EVENTS must happen and WILL be stopped in the END. >BUT IT WILL REVEAL THE TRUE TECHNOLOGY HIDDEN BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND EXPOSE THE FINISHED GLOBALIST KILLING MACHINE OF THE CIA. [ DS] PENTAGON OPERATORS. DARK GENERALS////....... We are headed to the EVENTS of military occupation. LAWS OF WAR. 11.3 ___ I'm not giving you this information to scare you or create fear mongering.... I have given you this information several times. I stated back in 2020-2021 that the Alien invasion would happen during the Ukraine war ( well it's going to happen and both sides of the military.. Black hats and white hats are preparing the operations that is going to SHOCK THE WORLD<) I have always been honest to tell you these EVENTS were coming and is here now! > Near death civilization EVENT. (NEAR)/// >>> WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS EVENT, ///// It's all for a global important reason to happen and bring in FULL EXPOSURE of the Satanic cabal operations controlling wars, governments, sex trafficking, pedophilia. Weapons trade. Control of society through taxes and hundreds of trillions of Dollars to dark operations.... This EVENT IS GOING TO LEAD TO REAL ]]]] DISCLOSURE [[[ aliens among us for thousands of years, peacefully living beneath the earth, in the skys and among humans< _ Just as there are good and bad humans. Good and bad military . Good and bad angels there are good and bad Aliens..... Good and bad spirits.... ___ Remember Q told you. In post #2222 Question ; Q are we alone.? Roswell? Answer>No. Highest classification . Consider the vastness of space. Q ____ I told you my dear friends and Patriots that i wasn't going to talk about aliens till the time was right. . . In early 2024 ( i have you hints out was time) But NOW I'm openly telling > IT'S TIME< SKY EVENT. PROJECT BLUE BEAM. RED SKY. BLUE SKY. SOUND SKY. _SKY EVENT ___ Prepare. Join, it's not too late! 👇 https://t.me/BenjaminFulfordJ ✅️
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  • Revising WW2 History=Preparation for War
    Hat tip to Andrei Martyanov

    Karl Sanchez

    My interest in learning history began with WW2 history as I was exposed to the Victory at Sea series of programs at an early age and my step-Grandfather captained a destroyer in the Pacific during the war, and my interest grew from there. I’m familiar with the rewriting of history for political purposes and the sweeping under the rug of inconvenient facts on all sorts of topics which complicates the quest for objectivity. Today as I made my rounds of my favorites, I found an excerpt from the following essay at Andrei Martyanov’s blog and opened the provided link to read the entire article, which is in Russian and published by the Donetsk News Agency or DAN, “Revising History Is the West's Strategy for Preparing for War.” The author’s background is supplied by the publication as follows:

    Independent military analyst Ralph Bosshard is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Swiss Army and a former senior OSCE official, who has worked in Ukraine and Donbass, among other things, as a representative of the organization. In an article for the Donetsk News Agency, he analyzes the systematic efforts of the West to distort the history of World War II, attempts to downplay the feat of the Soviet people and, moreover, to rehabilitate the Nazis and their accomplices.

    As you read, he’s neutral and then some as you’ll discover by reading further. He puts forth a disturbing thesis that’s backed by much evidence. I haven’t examined the SMO here very much, although I extensively covered its outset at my VK site and have made many comments at the Moon of Alabama blog as well as at Simplicius’s substack. Bosshard’s essay certainly has geopolitical ramifications:

    There are people all over the world who love to talk and write about things they don't really know about. Such people usually make a career in politics and journalism. Now they like to write about the war in Donbass. They know neither Russia, nor Ukraine, nor the war, but this does not prevent them from spreading their beliefs about it. They perceive the facts as persecution.

    After my discharge from the Swiss Army, I was interested in two topics: military operations and history. Preparing for military operations has been my job as head of the operations preparation department of the Swiss Armed Forces for five years. The necessary training in the Swiss army and NATO was weak, but at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation it was much better. At the end of my career in the Swiss Army, I taught operational training at the Operational Training Staff. I know what I'm talking about when I use the term "military operation." I studied history at the University of Zurich. In summary: I am a professional in the field of military history.

    Revisionist nonsense

    And since I returned to military history, I have been increasingly confronted with revisionist theories about World War II. Recently I was told that the Soviet partisans were militarily "useless" and that they were "a bunch of deserters and criminals" who were supposedly more dangerous to the civilian population of Belarus than to the German occupiers. Historiography about them is allegedly a mixture of Soviet propaganda and romanticism. I then studied the Soviet partisans and came to the conclusion that they were definitely much more effective than the French Resistance.

    Estonian members of the Waffen-SS were "fighters for Estonia's freedom from the Soviet Union," Estonia's permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, where I worked for six years, said a few years ago. The ambassador then said that it was unpleasant that they wore a black SS uniform, but they were still "freedom fighters." When I heard this, I was surprised: I had not previously associated the Waffen-SS with the struggle for freedom.

    I also vividly remember an elderly gentleman in Austria who claimed that the German Wehrmacht had "prevented" the Soviet attack on Western Europe on June 22, 1941, and had launched a preventive war. Aha, I thought, this man was probably trying to convince me that the German attack was an act of legitimate self-defense by the National Socialist Third Reich against the Soviet Union. The theory that the Nazis "fought Bolshevism" for Western Europe is just around the corner. A young man tried to explain this theory to me many years ago in a bookstore in the center of Kiev, and also wanted to use this opportunity to sell me a portrait of Adolf Hitler. Then I saved this money and instead of a portrait, I spent it on a cold beer – definitely the best investment.

    These are just three examples of a series of similar experiences that I have experienced.

    Ignorance and surprise

    Recently, in Switzerland, I took part in a discussion event dedicated to the Second World War, at which my Belarusian colleague made an introductory speech. It was interesting to observe the reaction of about 60-80 journalists, historians and teachers present: information about the suffering of Belarusians in 1941-1945 was new to them. They knew neither about the tragedies of Ozarichi and Khatyn, nor about Operation Bagration. They were hardly aware of the countless crimes committed by the German Wehrmacht, not just the SS and the Gestapo.

    The reason for this is clear to me as a military historian: After 1945, the U.S. Army Military History Service hired a large number of German generals to write the history of the war that had just ended. And the gentlemen took the opportunity to embellish their role, to invent a fairy tale that the German Wehrmacht had always fought honestly, and to explain why they—in fact, supposedly superior soldiers—were still defeated by the Red Army. Many of them remained true to their National Socialist beliefs and still considered the soldiers and officers of the Red Army to be "subhuman." Their self-justification has defined the historiography of German-speaking countries for decades. And today, this spirit once again defines reporting on the Russian army and the war in Donbass.

    History Revision Strategy

    Behind all this is a treacherous strategy: the West now wants to reconsider the order that was created in San Francisco in 1945 by the UN Charter. The guardians of this order should in fact be the victorious powers in World War II – along with the United States, Great Britain and France, as well as Russia, as the successor of the Soviet Union, and China. For years, the West has wanted to dismantle this order and install in its place a new "rules-based order" that it can define without consulting countries that it has already declared enemies. Therefore, the contribution of the Soviet Union to the victory over National Socialism is now being minimized. And since European neo-Nazis are sent to war against Russia as useful and fanatical idiots, one must be careful about criticizing the Nazis. The direction of these efforts is clear: to discredit, isolate and marginalize Russia.

    But things go even further: in general, they seek to demonize Russians as a people, deny that they are a cultured nation, and portray them not as people, but as aggressive monsters who must not be allowed to attack the "civilized West."

    The authors of this strategy also know that the borders of several republics of the former Soviet Union were determined at the Yalta Conference of 1945. One of these republics is Belarus. Today, many Russians still live in many republics of the post-Soviet space, and these republics are faced with the task of clarifying their national identity. These people also know that the memory of the Great Patriotic War is important to many people and plays an important role in the national identity of these countries. Weakening this national identity and the cohesion of societies is part of a broader strategy: its goal is division and domination.

    Germany waged war on foreign territory for five years, from the autumn of 1939 to the autumn of 1944. The United States and Western European colonial powers fought wars on foreign continents for 45 years after the end of the war. And since 1991, NATO, which was actually created as an instrument of self-defense, has been waging wars outside the territory of its alliance. These peoples do not know what war means in their own country, and therefore take war lightly. The revision of history is a preparation for war, and we must put up a determined resistance before it is too late. [Bolded italics my emphasis.]

    It appears that the essay was also published in elsewhere in Europe given the author’s appeal at the end as Russia’s already resisting with determination. The ongoing mystery for me as historian is the reversal of the UN’s intent by the USA when it knew it would be in violation of the UN Chater when it came into force on 24 October 1945 and clearly desired to pursue its traditional behavior of doing whatever it wanted to do and damn what the world thought despite the wise words of George Washington and the message within the Declaration of Independence. Fortunately, in the last polling I read, 80% of Europeans were against a wider war in Europe, so the strategy doesn’t appear to be working, although those currently in office aren’t heeding their public’s desires. Russia also doesn’t have any desire to go beyond its SMO.

    Recently, RT publicized the release of a new book, and linked to its pdf version, aimed at refuting the falsified WW2 history circulating in the West—I won’t call it revisionist because the intent is to falsify and propagandize, which isn’t what genuine revisionist history seeks to do—Miracle in the East: Western War Correspondent Report, 1941-1945, which I again link to. It in turn is part of a bigger project as this prefatory comment informs us:

    This book is a part of the multimedia grant project named The Return of Stolen Meanings. The Truth about the Great Patriotic War in English and American press from 1941 to 1945, prepared by the Foundation for Historical Outlook and sponsored by the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.

    I made a search to try and find more info of the above effort but only came up with a similar media announcement like RT’s in the English version of Pravda. However, a link to The Archive revealed it having available for download The Great Patriotic War: The Russian Version Of WWII—”The History of the War as Taught to Soviet Schoolchildren”—which was published in 1974 in English as an abridged version of the 1970 Russian edition. Between those two publications there’s almost 900 pages of objective history that deal with a portion of WW2 history, which we must remember has one of two earlier starting points depending on one’s POV, both being invasions of China by Japan in 1931 and 1937, my preference being 1931—the war between Japan and China is now mostly forgotten in the West since it now wants Japan in NATO to again confront China.

    One last note on the veracity of the Thucydides Trap hypothesis that’s a clear example of revisionist history that borders on falsification as proven by Dr. Michael Hudson and discussed in his The Collapse of Antiquity on page 111:

    The “Thucydides trap” theory recently in vogue trivializes this conflict [The Peloponnesian War] as one simply of geopolitical rivalry, depicting the War as resulting from Spantan jealousy of Athens as a rising rival. But the conflict was domestic as much as foreign, because it was fundamentally about democratic attempts to limit oligarchic wealth. There was no commercial rivalry between Sparta and Athens, because Sparta was not a commercial economy. The conflict was between oligarchic and democratic power and the alliances resulting from domestic class antagonisms. This conflict existed within both Athenian and Spartan society, not merely between the two. [My Emphasis]

    A great many people were deluded by the hypothesis and tried to use it as justification for a more aggressive Outlaw US Empire policy toward China, which IMO is why the hypothesis was formulated. Hudson proved beyond doubt that Sparta wasn’t a commercial/trading nation so there’s no way any sort of rivalry/jealousy could emerge between Athens and Sparta on those grounds. The difference is as summarized above and explained further in the text that preceded it. And the differences between China and the Outlaw US Empire are rather similar in that they’re grounded in their political-economies and governing philosophies which are the reasons for China’s rise and the Outlaw Empire’s fall.

    There’re other examples of propaganda and the suppression of Truth later leading to justifications for war. The suppression of George Seldes interview with Marshal Von Hindenburg at the immediate end of hostilities in November 1918 where he confessed the real reasons for Germany’s surrender allowed Hitler to use the Stab in the Back as propaganda for his rise to power and subsequent warmaking. That interview was finally published in 1929 in You Can’t Print That, which can be freely downloaded at the link, but was too late to halt Hitler’s rise. The Warren Commission also published a lie. The 911 Establishment Narrative is a lie. It was proven in court that the US Government conspired to murder Matin Luther King, and it’s now admitted Sirhan Sirhan was a patsy for the assassination of Robert Kennedy. The investigation into the attempt on Trump’s life is also revealing some rather unsavory information that can be read about here.

    Seeking Truth is difficult at times, but the quest must be made no matter where it leads or who it indicts.

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    Revising WW2 History=Preparation for War Hat tip to Andrei Martyanov Karl Sanchez My interest in learning history began with WW2 history as I was exposed to the Victory at Sea series of programs at an early age and my step-Grandfather captained a destroyer in the Pacific during the war, and my interest grew from there. I’m familiar with the rewriting of history for political purposes and the sweeping under the rug of inconvenient facts on all sorts of topics which complicates the quest for objectivity. Today as I made my rounds of my favorites, I found an excerpt from the following essay at Andrei Martyanov’s blog and opened the provided link to read the entire article, which is in Russian and published by the Donetsk News Agency or DAN, “Revising History Is the West's Strategy for Preparing for War.” The author’s background is supplied by the publication as follows: Independent military analyst Ralph Bosshard is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Swiss Army and a former senior OSCE official, who has worked in Ukraine and Donbass, among other things, as a representative of the organization. In an article for the Donetsk News Agency, he analyzes the systematic efforts of the West to distort the history of World War II, attempts to downplay the feat of the Soviet people and, moreover, to rehabilitate the Nazis and their accomplices. As you read, he’s neutral and then some as you’ll discover by reading further. He puts forth a disturbing thesis that’s backed by much evidence. I haven’t examined the SMO here very much, although I extensively covered its outset at my VK site and have made many comments at the Moon of Alabama blog as well as at Simplicius’s substack. Bosshard’s essay certainly has geopolitical ramifications: There are people all over the world who love to talk and write about things they don't really know about. Such people usually make a career in politics and journalism. Now they like to write about the war in Donbass. They know neither Russia, nor Ukraine, nor the war, but this does not prevent them from spreading their beliefs about it. They perceive the facts as persecution. After my discharge from the Swiss Army, I was interested in two topics: military operations and history. Preparing for military operations has been my job as head of the operations preparation department of the Swiss Armed Forces for five years. The necessary training in the Swiss army and NATO was weak, but at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation it was much better. At the end of my career in the Swiss Army, I taught operational training at the Operational Training Staff. I know what I'm talking about when I use the term "military operation." I studied history at the University of Zurich. In summary: I am a professional in the field of military history. Revisionist nonsense And since I returned to military history, I have been increasingly confronted with revisionist theories about World War II. Recently I was told that the Soviet partisans were militarily "useless" and that they were "a bunch of deserters and criminals" who were supposedly more dangerous to the civilian population of Belarus than to the German occupiers. Historiography about them is allegedly a mixture of Soviet propaganda and romanticism. I then studied the Soviet partisans and came to the conclusion that they were definitely much more effective than the French Resistance. Estonian members of the Waffen-SS were "fighters for Estonia's freedom from the Soviet Union," Estonia's permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, where I worked for six years, said a few years ago. The ambassador then said that it was unpleasant that they wore a black SS uniform, but they were still "freedom fighters." When I heard this, I was surprised: I had not previously associated the Waffen-SS with the struggle for freedom. I also vividly remember an elderly gentleman in Austria who claimed that the German Wehrmacht had "prevented" the Soviet attack on Western Europe on June 22, 1941, and had launched a preventive war. Aha, I thought, this man was probably trying to convince me that the German attack was an act of legitimate self-defense by the National Socialist Third Reich against the Soviet Union. The theory that the Nazis "fought Bolshevism" for Western Europe is just around the corner. A young man tried to explain this theory to me many years ago in a bookstore in the center of Kiev, and also wanted to use this opportunity to sell me a portrait of Adolf Hitler. Then I saved this money and instead of a portrait, I spent it on a cold beer – definitely the best investment. These are just three examples of a series of similar experiences that I have experienced. Ignorance and surprise Recently, in Switzerland, I took part in a discussion event dedicated to the Second World War, at which my Belarusian colleague made an introductory speech. It was interesting to observe the reaction of about 60-80 journalists, historians and teachers present: information about the suffering of Belarusians in 1941-1945 was new to them. They knew neither about the tragedies of Ozarichi and Khatyn, nor about Operation Bagration. They were hardly aware of the countless crimes committed by the German Wehrmacht, not just the SS and the Gestapo. The reason for this is clear to me as a military historian: After 1945, the U.S. Army Military History Service hired a large number of German generals to write the history of the war that had just ended. And the gentlemen took the opportunity to embellish their role, to invent a fairy tale that the German Wehrmacht had always fought honestly, and to explain why they—in fact, supposedly superior soldiers—were still defeated by the Red Army. Many of them remained true to their National Socialist beliefs and still considered the soldiers and officers of the Red Army to be "subhuman." Their self-justification has defined the historiography of German-speaking countries for decades. And today, this spirit once again defines reporting on the Russian army and the war in Donbass. History Revision Strategy Behind all this is a treacherous strategy: the West now wants to reconsider the order that was created in San Francisco in 1945 by the UN Charter. The guardians of this order should in fact be the victorious powers in World War II – along with the United States, Great Britain and France, as well as Russia, as the successor of the Soviet Union, and China. For years, the West has wanted to dismantle this order and install in its place a new "rules-based order" that it can define without consulting countries that it has already declared enemies. Therefore, the contribution of the Soviet Union to the victory over National Socialism is now being minimized. And since European neo-Nazis are sent to war against Russia as useful and fanatical idiots, one must be careful about criticizing the Nazis. The direction of these efforts is clear: to discredit, isolate and marginalize Russia. But things go even further: in general, they seek to demonize Russians as a people, deny that they are a cultured nation, and portray them not as people, but as aggressive monsters who must not be allowed to attack the "civilized West." The authors of this strategy also know that the borders of several republics of the former Soviet Union were determined at the Yalta Conference of 1945. One of these republics is Belarus. Today, many Russians still live in many republics of the post-Soviet space, and these republics are faced with the task of clarifying their national identity. These people also know that the memory of the Great Patriotic War is important to many people and plays an important role in the national identity of these countries. Weakening this national identity and the cohesion of societies is part of a broader strategy: its goal is division and domination. Germany waged war on foreign territory for five years, from the autumn of 1939 to the autumn of 1944. The United States and Western European colonial powers fought wars on foreign continents for 45 years after the end of the war. And since 1991, NATO, which was actually created as an instrument of self-defense, has been waging wars outside the territory of its alliance. These peoples do not know what war means in their own country, and therefore take war lightly. The revision of history is a preparation for war, and we must put up a determined resistance before it is too late. [Bolded italics my emphasis.] It appears that the essay was also published in elsewhere in Europe given the author’s appeal at the end as Russia’s already resisting with determination. The ongoing mystery for me as historian is the reversal of the UN’s intent by the USA when it knew it would be in violation of the UN Chater when it came into force on 24 October 1945 and clearly desired to pursue its traditional behavior of doing whatever it wanted to do and damn what the world thought despite the wise words of George Washington and the message within the Declaration of Independence. Fortunately, in the last polling I read, 80% of Europeans were against a wider war in Europe, so the strategy doesn’t appear to be working, although those currently in office aren’t heeding their public’s desires. Russia also doesn’t have any desire to go beyond its SMO. Recently, RT publicized the release of a new book, and linked to its pdf version, aimed at refuting the falsified WW2 history circulating in the West—I won’t call it revisionist because the intent is to falsify and propagandize, which isn’t what genuine revisionist history seeks to do—Miracle in the East: Western War Correspondent Report, 1941-1945, which I again link to. It in turn is part of a bigger project as this prefatory comment informs us: This book is a part of the multimedia grant project named The Return of Stolen Meanings. The Truth about the Great Patriotic War in English and American press from 1941 to 1945, prepared by the Foundation for Historical Outlook and sponsored by the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives. I made a search to try and find more info of the above effort but only came up with a similar media announcement like RT’s in the English version of Pravda. However, a link to The Archive revealed it having available for download The Great Patriotic War: The Russian Version Of WWII—”The History of the War as Taught to Soviet Schoolchildren”—which was published in 1974 in English as an abridged version of the 1970 Russian edition. Between those two publications there’s almost 900 pages of objective history that deal with a portion of WW2 history, which we must remember has one of two earlier starting points depending on one’s POV, both being invasions of China by Japan in 1931 and 1937, my preference being 1931—the war between Japan and China is now mostly forgotten in the West since it now wants Japan in NATO to again confront China. One last note on the veracity of the Thucydides Trap hypothesis that’s a clear example of revisionist history that borders on falsification as proven by Dr. Michael Hudson and discussed in his The Collapse of Antiquity on page 111: The “Thucydides trap” theory recently in vogue trivializes this conflict [The Peloponnesian War] as one simply of geopolitical rivalry, depicting the War as resulting from Spantan jealousy of Athens as a rising rival. But the conflict was domestic as much as foreign, because it was fundamentally about democratic attempts to limit oligarchic wealth. There was no commercial rivalry between Sparta and Athens, because Sparta was not a commercial economy. The conflict was between oligarchic and democratic power and the alliances resulting from domestic class antagonisms. This conflict existed within both Athenian and Spartan society, not merely between the two. [My Emphasis] A great many people were deluded by the hypothesis and tried to use it as justification for a more aggressive Outlaw US Empire policy toward China, which IMO is why the hypothesis was formulated. Hudson proved beyond doubt that Sparta wasn’t a commercial/trading nation so there’s no way any sort of rivalry/jealousy could emerge between Athens and Sparta on those grounds. The difference is as summarized above and explained further in the text that preceded it. And the differences between China and the Outlaw US Empire are rather similar in that they’re grounded in their political-economies and governing philosophies which are the reasons for China’s rise and the Outlaw Empire’s fall. There’re other examples of propaganda and the suppression of Truth later leading to justifications for war. The suppression of George Seldes interview with Marshal Von Hindenburg at the immediate end of hostilities in November 1918 where he confessed the real reasons for Germany’s surrender allowed Hitler to use the Stab in the Back as propaganda for his rise to power and subsequent warmaking. That interview was finally published in 1929 in You Can’t Print That, which can be freely downloaded at the link, but was too late to halt Hitler’s rise. The Warren Commission also published a lie. The 911 Establishment Narrative is a lie. It was proven in court that the US Government conspired to murder Matin Luther King, and it’s now admitted Sirhan Sirhan was a patsy for the assassination of Robert Kennedy. The investigation into the attempt on Trump’s life is also revealing some rather unsavory information that can be read about here. Seeking Truth is difficult at times, but the quest must be made no matter where it leads or who it indicts. * * * Like what you’ve been reading at Karlof1’s Substack? Then please consider subscribing and choosing to make a monthly/yearly pledge to enable my efforts in this challenging realm. Thank You! https://substack.com/home/post/p-146833725
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  • ICJ ruling offers some vindication after 76 years of Palestinian struggle; Israeli strikes keep killing Gazans – Day 286
    [email protected] July 20, 2024 Christina Assi, eilat port, genocide, hind rajab, houthis, icj, illegal occupation, international law, netanyahu congress, recognition of israel, reparations, tel aviv attack, unseat israel, west bank deaths
    The International Court of Justice says Israel's ongoing presence in Occupied Palestinian territory is illegal and violates international law. Judges determined Israel is obligated to end its unlawful presence as quickly as possible and must stop all new settlement activity. (photo)
    Int’l Court of Justice deals a severe blow to Israel; at least 50 killed in Gaza; Israel’s killing of Hind Rajab a war crime; West Bank deaths; Yemeni drone hits Tel Aviv; Eilat Port in Israel declares bankruptcy; calls for Israel to be “unseated” from UN; 200 Congress staffers call for boycott of Netanyahu’s Congress speech; Calls to investigate Israel for genocide; more.

    By IAK staff, from reports.

    Israel should evacuate settlements, pay reparations, ICJ says


    Washington Post reports: The International Court of Justice, the top judicial arm of the United Nations, said Friday that Israel should end its occupation of Palestinian territory, evacuate existing settlements, stop building new ones and pay reparations to Palestinians who have lost land and property.

    In a sweeping 83-page legal opinion, the court, based in The Hague, said Israel is responsible for “systematic discrimination” against Palestinians based on race or ethnicity, has breached the right of Palestinians to self-determination and has effectively annexed large swaths of land.

    “Israel has an obligation to bring an end to its presence in the occupied Palestinian territory as rapidly as possible,” Nawaf Salam, the court’s president, said from the bench Friday. He added that the court considers Israel’s continued presence illegal and a “wrongful act.”

    The searing advisory opinion is nonbinding but still holds legal weight and could have broader consequences in the international arena, including in trade and diplomacy. The court said member states should not recognize as legal the situation arising from Israel’s presence in occupied territory, nor should they render aid or assistance in maintaining it.

    The key points in the ICJ’s opinion

    Israel’s ongoing presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is deemed illegal.

    Israel must end its presence in the occupied territories as soon as possible.

    Israel should immediately cease settlement expansion and evacuate all settlers from the occupied areas.

    Israel is required to make reparations for the damage caused to the local and lawful population in the Palestinian territories.

    The international community and organizations have a duty not to recognize the Israeli presence in the territories as legal and to avoid supporting its maintenance.

    The UN should consider what actions are necessary to end the Israeli presence in the territories as soon as possible.



    At least 50 killed across Gaza over last day

    Al Jazeera reports: As the world responded to a landmark ICJ ruling declaring Israel’s occupation of the West Bank in violation of international law, Israeli forces continued attacks across Gaza.

    At least 24 people were killed in attacks in the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, according to local authorities.

    Other killings included three people in an Israeli raid on a house south of Khan Younis and another Palestinian killed north of Nuseirat. Attacks were also reported in Deir el-Balah.

    Video shows strike near Civil Defense, journalists in az-Zawayda

    Al Jazeera reports: A video, which has been verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad unit, shows a man wearing a “press” vest standing next to a member of the Civil Defence with a fire hose over his shoulder in the central Gaza area.

    An Israeli strike then hits just metres (yards) away as the men dive for cover.

    In a post on Instagram, the man who took the video, activist Saleh Aljafarawi, said the Israeli attack “deliberately targets the place where the ambulance crews, Civil Defence and press crews are located”.

    Gaza’s Government Media Office said on Wednesday that 160 journalists and 79 members of the Civil Defence have been killed since the war began.

    Gaza: Killing of Hind Rajab and her family – a war crime

    OHCHR reports: The killing of five-year old Hind Rajab, her family and two paramedics may amount to a war crime, independent experts warned Friday.

    “The brutality of these killings seem to illustrate how reckless the army has been in its Gaza campaign: all instances of extrajudicial killing must be duly investigated and accounted for,” the experts said.

    “These killings are not isolated cases,” the experts said. “We are extremely troubled by the pattern of apparent indiscriminate and targeted attacks against civillians in Gaza, including on locations used for humanitarian assistance or to shelter IDPs,” they said.

    “The firing of heavy-calibre projectiles at a humanitarian zone near an office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza, killing 22 displaced civilians, and most recently the attacks on IDP tents in Al Mawasi area, on Ash Shati’ Refugee Camp, and on the UNRWA Abu Oreiban school sheltering IDPs, among others, killing nearly 320 Palestinians, half of them women and children, have reinforced the fact that there is no safe place in Gaza” the experts said.

    “Such attacks amount to grave violations of international humanitarian law, must be promptly and reliably investigated, and should be severely punished.

    “The willful or indiscriminate killing of protected persons, including civilians, medical personnel and humanitarian workers, amount to war crimes, and if systematic, crimes against humanity, and should be prevented at all costs,” the experts warned. “We remain deeply troubled by the total impunity and apparent lack of investigations, and prevention of these crimes. This is all the more worrisome in the context of the recent order from the International Court of Justice for Israel to take immediate measures to protect Gaza’s population from the risk of genocide,” the experts said.

    RECOMMENDED READING: You need to meet this little girl named Hind

    West Bank: Israeli forces kill 20 year old; 22 year old dies of injuries

    IMEMC reports: Israeli forces shot and killed Palestinian Ibrahim Hamza Zaqaqiq, age 20 on Friday night, in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

    Israeli soldiers reportedly fired live rounds, tear gas canisters, and concussion grenades at citizens, shooting Zaqaqiq in the head with a live round, causing serious injuries; he was transported to Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, where he later died.

    WAFA reports: Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin, north of the West Bank, announced this evening the passing of 22-year-old Yaman Ahmed Asfour, who succumbed to injuries sustained from Israeli army gunfire in January.

    The medical staff worked tirelessly to save his life, but his condition remained critical until his passing earlier today.

    Israeli forces, and in some cases settlers, have killed over 570 Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7th, with near total impunity.
    Israeli forces, and in some cases settlers, have killed over 570 Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7th, with near total impunity. (photo)
    PIJ, Hamas call on PLO to ‘withdraw recognition’ of Israel

    The Cradle reports: Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement called in a joint statement on 19 July for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to drop its recognition of Israel.

    The statement called on the PLO and its affiliated legislative body, the Palestinian Authority (PA), to “withdraw its recognition of the Zionist entity, in response to the Knesset’s decision not to recognize a Palestinian state.”

    Yemen declares Tel Aviv ‘unsafe zone’ after successful drone attack

    The Cradle reports: The Yemeni Armed Forces has claimed responsibility for a deadly drone attack that hit the Israeli city of Tel Aviv during the early hours of 19 July, killing at least one and injuring several others.

    The drone did not set off any alarms as it entered Israeli airspace from the south before hitting a building near the US consulate.

    The Yemeni drone also bypassed US warships.

    The Armed Forces of Yemen’s Sanaa government reportedly has a “very large” stock of this type of drone.

    The Yemeni Houthis’ attacks target ships linked to Israel, the United States or Britain, as part of the rebels’ support for Gaza

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    A view of the destruction following an explosion caused by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack near the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 19, 2024
    A view of the destruction following an explosion caused by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack near the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 19, 2024 (photo)
    Israel’s Eilat Port declares bankruptcy

    Middle East Monitor reports: The Israeli port of Eilat officially declared its bankruptcy, after eight months of complete paralysis of commercial activity and its cessation of receiving ships and containers, especially coming from the Asian countries’ markets, carrying with them the needs of the economy and its industrial sector.

    The reason for this was the successive attacks launched by the Yemeni Houthi group on Israeli ships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, as well as the targeting of ships from countries supporting the Occupation in the genocidal war it is waging against the people of Gaza, most notably American and British ships.

    According to the World Cargo website that reports global shipping news, the port of Eilat has officially declared bankruptcy due to the lack of commercial activity.

    Special rapporteur supports call for Israel’s ‘unseating’ from UN

    Francesca Albanese, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, has added her voice to a call for Israel to be unseated from the United Nations.

    Reposting an earlier call on social media for the “unseating” of Israel by the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Albanese said it was “time” to remove Israel from the world body.

    The UN rapporteur on housing, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, said on Tuesday that it was “high time” to take action as Israel continued its “criminal attacks” on the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza “without any consequences”.

    Israel should be unseated “from the UN, as was done with apartheid South Africa”, Rajagopal said in a post on social media.


    Over 200 congressional staffers sign letter protesting Netanyahu address

    The Hill reports: More than 200 anonymous staff members across 122 Democratic and Republican congressional offices signed a letter this week calling for Congress to protest or boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech next week on Capitol Hill, citing concerns about the ongoing war in Gaza.

    The letter, organized by the Congressional Progressive Staff Association and signed by 230 House and Senate staffers, said speaking out against Netanyahu’s July 24 joint address to Congress was an “issue of morality” and not politics.

    “Citizens, students, and lawmakers across the country and the world have spoken out against the actions of Mr. Netanyahu in his War on Gaza,” the letter reads. “Israelis have been protesting in the streets for months, decrying his failure to negotiate a ceasefire and release of hostages. We hope you will join your fellow Members of Congress in protest at his speech or in refusing to attend it.”

    Rights Group Urges DOJ to Investigate US-Bound Netanyahu for Genocide

    Common Dreams reports: As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Washington, D.C. next week, an American legal group on Friday pressured the U.S. Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into him and other officials for committing or authorizing genocide, war crimes, and torture targeting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

    “We believe ample credible evidence exists to sufficiently establish that serious crimes falling within U.S. criminal jurisdiction are systematically being perpetrated in Gaza,” says the Center for Constitutional Rights’ (CCR) 23-page letter to Hope Olds, who leads the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) of the DOJ’s Criminal Division.

    “Given the frequent travel of Israeli officials and citizens to the United States resulting in their presence within U.S. jurisdiction, and recalling that HRSP is part of a coordinated, interagency effort to deny safe haven in the United States to human rights violators,” the letter states, “the Department of Justice must urgently investigate and hold accountable those responsible for war crimes and other serious crimes being committed on a wide-scale basis in the occupied Gaza Strip, including potentially U.S. and U.S.-dual citizens.”

    (Read the full article here.)



    MENA sports headlines:

    Belgium and Italy refuse to host Israel match over Gaza war

    The Belgian Football Federation (RBFA) said it would not host a Nations League match against Israel on 6 September as the event was likely to spark demonstrations.

    The city of Brussels said last month that the match would not be played at the King Baudouin stadium as authorities had deemed it “impossible to organize this very high-risk match” in the city due to tensions linked to Israel’s war on Gaza.

    Other Belgian cities also refused to host the match.

    Similarly in Italy, a northeastern city has refused to host the Israeli national team for a Nations League game in October.

    “Hosting such a match at a time when Israel is a country at war carries risks of causing divisions and social problems […],” the mayor said. “We refuse to associate the name of our city with this match”.

    Lebanese journalist who survived Israeli strike to carry Olympics flame

    Lebanese photojournalist Christina Assi who was severely wounded by an Israeli strike in southern Lebanon last October while on assignment, is set to carry the Olympic Flame on Sunday, 21 July, in Vincennes, France.

    The AFP photographer made the announcement on her Instagram page on Wednesday, which she described as a tribute to journalists who had lost their lives while doing their job.

    Assi, 29, was struck by an Israeli shell on 13 October 2023 while reporting on cross-border attacks from southern Lebanon, and has since had her right leg amputated.

    “When AFP was asked to carry the Olympic Flame, we thought of Christina, whose courage and tenacity are admired by everyone at the Agency. Having her carry this symbol of peace sends a powerful message for her and for all journalists affected in the line of duty,” said Pierre Galy, AFP’s head of sport.

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    STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 19:

    Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 19: at least 39,497* (38,919 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.]

    This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths.

    Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza.

    Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza.

    At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank).
    At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**.
    About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced.
    2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity.
    Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 19: at least 95,042 (including at least 89,622 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children).

    [It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.]
    Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 19: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured.

    Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%.

    NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers.

    *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.**

    Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals.

    † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics.

    Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here.

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    ICJ ruling offers some vindication after 76 years of Palestinian struggle; Israeli strikes keep killing Gazans – Day 286 [email protected] July 20, 2024 Christina Assi, eilat port, genocide, hind rajab, houthis, icj, illegal occupation, international law, netanyahu congress, recognition of israel, reparations, tel aviv attack, unseat israel, west bank deaths The International Court of Justice says Israel's ongoing presence in Occupied Palestinian territory is illegal and violates international law. Judges determined Israel is obligated to end its unlawful presence as quickly as possible and must stop all new settlement activity. (photo) Int’l Court of Justice deals a severe blow to Israel; at least 50 killed in Gaza; Israel’s killing of Hind Rajab a war crime; West Bank deaths; Yemeni drone hits Tel Aviv; Eilat Port in Israel declares bankruptcy; calls for Israel to be “unseated” from UN; 200 Congress staffers call for boycott of Netanyahu’s Congress speech; Calls to investigate Israel for genocide; more. By IAK staff, from reports. Israel should evacuate settlements, pay reparations, ICJ says Washington Post reports: The International Court of Justice, the top judicial arm of the United Nations, said Friday that Israel should end its occupation of Palestinian territory, evacuate existing settlements, stop building new ones and pay reparations to Palestinians who have lost land and property. In a sweeping 83-page legal opinion, the court, based in The Hague, said Israel is responsible for “systematic discrimination” against Palestinians based on race or ethnicity, has breached the right of Palestinians to self-determination and has effectively annexed large swaths of land. “Israel has an obligation to bring an end to its presence in the occupied Palestinian territory as rapidly as possible,” Nawaf Salam, the court’s president, said from the bench Friday. He added that the court considers Israel’s continued presence illegal and a “wrongful act.” The searing advisory opinion is nonbinding but still holds legal weight and could have broader consequences in the international arena, including in trade and diplomacy. The court said member states should not recognize as legal the situation arising from Israel’s presence in occupied territory, nor should they render aid or assistance in maintaining it. The key points in the ICJ’s opinion Israel’s ongoing presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is deemed illegal. Israel must end its presence in the occupied territories as soon as possible. Israel should immediately cease settlement expansion and evacuate all settlers from the occupied areas. Israel is required to make reparations for the damage caused to the local and lawful population in the Palestinian territories. The international community and organizations have a duty not to recognize the Israeli presence in the territories as legal and to avoid supporting its maintenance. The UN should consider what actions are necessary to end the Israeli presence in the territories as soon as possible. At least 50 killed across Gaza over last day Al Jazeera reports: As the world responded to a landmark ICJ ruling declaring Israel’s occupation of the West Bank in violation of international law, Israeli forces continued attacks across Gaza. At least 24 people were killed in attacks in the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, according to local authorities. Other killings included three people in an Israeli raid on a house south of Khan Younis and another Palestinian killed north of Nuseirat. Attacks were also reported in Deir el-Balah. Video shows strike near Civil Defense, journalists in az-Zawayda Al Jazeera reports: A video, which has been verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad unit, shows a man wearing a “press” vest standing next to a member of the Civil Defence with a fire hose over his shoulder in the central Gaza area. An Israeli strike then hits just metres (yards) away as the men dive for cover. In a post on Instagram, the man who took the video, activist Saleh Aljafarawi, said the Israeli attack “deliberately targets the place where the ambulance crews, Civil Defence and press crews are located”. 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Gaza: Killing of Hind Rajab and her family – a war crime OHCHR reports: The killing of five-year old Hind Rajab, her family and two paramedics may amount to a war crime, independent experts warned Friday. “The brutality of these killings seem to illustrate how reckless the army has been in its Gaza campaign: all instances of extrajudicial killing must be duly investigated and accounted for,” the experts said. “These killings are not isolated cases,” the experts said. “We are extremely troubled by the pattern of apparent indiscriminate and targeted attacks against civillians in Gaza, including on locations used for humanitarian assistance or to shelter IDPs,” they said. “The firing of heavy-calibre projectiles at a humanitarian zone near an office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza, killing 22 displaced civilians, and most recently the attacks on IDP tents in Al Mawasi area, on Ash Shati’ Refugee Camp, and on the UNRWA Abu Oreiban school sheltering IDPs, among others, killing nearly 320 Palestinians, half of them women and children, have reinforced the fact that there is no safe place in Gaza” the experts said. “Such attacks amount to grave violations of international humanitarian law, must be promptly and reliably investigated, and should be severely punished. “The willful or indiscriminate killing of protected persons, including civilians, medical personnel and humanitarian workers, amount to war crimes, and if systematic, crimes against humanity, and should be prevented at all costs,” the experts warned. “We remain deeply troubled by the total impunity and apparent lack of investigations, and prevention of these crimes. 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These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.] This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 578 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths. Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza. At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank). 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  • New worries as polio virus detected in Gaza sewage – Day 285
    [email protected] July 19, 2024 American Federation of Teachers, Amnesty International, democratic platform, gaza pier, healthcare in gaza, houthis, humanitarian aid, icc arrest warrant, itamar ben gvir, microsoft, mike johnson, Netanyahu, netanyahu speech, oxfam report, palestinian statehood, polio virus, republican national convention, torture
    The polio virus has been detected in Gaza's sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, and “represents a new health crisis.” (photo)
    Polio risk added to long list of crises in Gaza; Amnesty speaks out on Israeli torture, Oxfam speaks out on Israeli water weaponization; LA may hire ex-IDF soldiers to patrol streets; 1,000+ attacks on Palestinian healthcare; Ben Gvir’s provocative prayer visit to Al Aqsa; Netanyahu nixes children’s hospital for Gaza kids; ICC arrest warrants expected soon; Republican and Democratic parties scramble to ingratiate with Israel; much more.

    By IAK staff, from reports.

    New health crisis unfolds in Gaza as poliovirus found in sewage

    Andalou Agency reports: A new health crisis unfolded in the bombarded Gaza Strip with the detection of poliovirus in sewage, the Gaza Health Ministry revealed on Thursday.

    A ministry statement noted that “tests on sewage samples, conducted in coordination with UNICEF, confirmed the presence of the poliovirus.”

    The statement added that the presence of the virus in sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, “represents a new health crisis.”

    The situation is exacerbated by severe overcrowding, scarce and contaminated water supplies, accumulated garbage, and the Israeli blockade on hygiene supplies.

    The ministry warned that the detection of the virus in sewage puts thousands of residents at risk of contracting polio.

    UNICEF and other organizations have been warning for months of the possibility of an outbreak if they weren’t able to get on top of vaccination programs and decontamination efforts in Gaza. But that has been impossible due to Israel’s ongoing war and the limits imposed by the Israeli military on the entry to Gaza of hygiene kits, vaccines and other essential medicines.

    Amnesty Int’l calls on Israel to end mass incommunicado detention and torture of Palestinians from Gaza

    From Amnesty’s website: Israeli authorities must end their indefinite incommunicado detention of Palestinians from the occupied Gaza Strip, without charge or trial under the Unlawful Combatants law, in flagrant violation of international law, said Amnesty International.

    The organization documented the cases of 27 Palestinian former detainees, including five women, 21 men and a 14-year-old boy, who were detained for periods of up to four and a half months without access to their lawyers or any contact with their families, in connection with this law. All those interviewed by Amnesty International said that during their incommunicado detention, which in some cases amounted to enforced disappearance, Israeli military, intelligence and police forces subjected them to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

    The Unlawful Combatants Law grants the Israeli military sweeping powers to detain anyone from Gaza that they suspect of engagement in hostilities against Israel or posing a threat to state security for indefinitely renewable periods without having to produce evidence to substantiate the claims.

    “While international humanitarian law allows for the detention of individuals on imperative security grounds in situations of occupation, there must be safeguards to prevent indefinite or arbitrary detention and torture and other ill-treatment. This law blatantly fails to provide these safeguards. It enables rampant torture and, in some circumstances, institutionalizes enforced disappearance,” said Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

    “Our documentation illustrates how the Israeli authorities are using the Unlawful Combatants Law to arbitrarily round up Palestinian civilians from Gaza and toss them into a virtual black hole for prolonged periods without producing any evidence that they pose a security threat and without minimum due process. Israeli authorities must immediately repeal this law and release those arbitrarily detained under it.”

    (Read the full statement here.)



    Oxfam report: Water War Crimes: How Israel has weaponized water in its military campaign in Gaza

    Oxfam’s new 66-page report, released Wednesday, documents how since October, Israel has systematically reduced the water available in Gaza by 94%, with just 4.74 liters per resident obtainable each day—less than a third of the recommended minimum amount in emergencies.

    An average of five of Gaza’s water and sanitation sites have been taken out of service every three days, Oxfam found, reducing water production from sources in the Gaza Strip by 84% by late May.

    Gaza City, the enclave’s most populous city before it was largely destroyed by the bombardment, has lost 88% of its water wells.

    With Israel blocking fuel deliveries as well as food, medical, and other necessary aid, 100% of the city’s water desalination plants have been put out of service, making it impossible to treat seawater and brackish water to make it safe to drink.

    Seventy percent of sewage pumps and 100% of wastewater treatment plants have also been destroyed throughout the enclave.

    (Read the full report here, or a summary here.)



    West Bank – Israeli military drops threatening leaflets over Jenin camp

    The Israeli military has reportedly dropped leaflets in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, threatening to kill wanted young men if they do not surrender themselves.

    The leaflets, dropped via reconnaissance aircraft, were dropped near a mosque on Mahyoub Street in the camp.

    The Jenin area has long been a center of Palestinian resistance to Israel’s occupation in the West Bank and has witnessed some of the most intense fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups since October 7.

    L.A. city council considers funding former IDF soldiers to patrol its streets

    The Intercept reports: The Los Angeles City Council is considering whether to give public funds to private, armed security patrols to protect its religious communities, following a protest against the marketing of West Bank settlement properties at an LA synagogue last month that turned violent.

    Anti-war group CodePink, which organizes pro-Palestine protests, said of the event, “The protest was solely focused on the illegal sale of Palestinian land. We respect religious practices and make sure our actions are directed toward real estate activities, not against worshippers,” No religious services were scheduled at the time of the real estate event.

    Pro-Israel counter protesters were also present at the same time, and reportedly used violence and racial slurs.

    Codepink claimed that Los Angeles police employed a double standard against the pro-Palestine protestors.

    In the immediate wake of the incident, city council members introduced a motion to give $1 million to several Jewish security organizations that would expand their work around Jewish schools, religious institutions, and neighborhoods – in spite of the fact that the protest was not against Jews.

    Magen Am, a nonprofit that runs armed patrol services and firearm training programs for the Jewish community, was named as the recipient of $350,000 in the motion. The group is largely made up of former Israeli soldiers, along with U.S. military veterans, according to the group’s website and social media posts.

    The majority of the former Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the group are “lone soldiers,” according to several reports, the term for individuals with no direct ties to the state of Israel who immigrate there to serve in the nation’s military.

    The city council has since introduced a new motion, which would give $2 million to various faith groups that want to hire additional security and does not mention Magen Am or any recipients by name. But LA activists are still concerned that city funds will go to an armed group with hard-line political stances.

    “The fact that Magen Am was even named in that original motion as a recipient of money, that exposes the intention,” said Miguel Camnitzer, an activist with Jewish Voice for Peace. The group is alarmed that city leaders are choosing to fund individuals who served a military that commits ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank.

    “It’s the same military that’s enacting this genocide, and we’re going to have them patrolling our streets with guns seems wild to me,” Camnitzer said. The group also notes that the new motion does not include any provisions for keeping the recipients of city money accountable to the public interest. “We’re talking about essentially a private militia that can use force and detain people, and has no accountability.”

    (Read the full article here.)

    Over 1,000 attacks on healthcare in Occupied Palestinian Territory since October

    ReliefWeb reports: The World Health Organization (WHO) has registered more than 1,000 attacks on healthcare facilities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since the October 7 terror attacks in Israel sparked the on-going war in Gaza, the agency’s top official in the region said on Wednesday.

    In a press briefing, Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, WHO representative for the West Bank and Gaza, told journalists there are currently no functional hospitals in the enclave’s southernmost city of Rafah, following Israel’s recent offensive there.

    The availability of hospital beds has drastically declined, dropping from 3,500 before the conflict erupted, to just 1,400 today, he added.

    He said 600 of those 1,400 are being provided by field hospitals “so currently from the Ministry of Health and NGO fixed hospitals, there’s only 800 hospital beds in service from the 3,500, plus 600 field hospital beds, for a population of 2.2 million people”.

    The WHO official also highlighted the urgency of allowing critically ill patients to leave Gaza, stating that around 10,000 patients still require urgent evacuation, half of whom are suffering from severe trauma – including spinal injuries and amputations.

    Palestinians start to fix and restore the Shifa Hospital after being heavily damaged by Israeli attacks and demolished some parts to prepare it to service again in Gaza City, Gaza on June 05, 2024
    Palestinians start to fix and restore the Shifa Hospital after being heavily damaged by Israeli attacks and demolished some parts to prepare it to service again in Gaza City, Gaza on June 05, 2024 (photo)
    Israeli legislature votes overwhelmingly against Palestinian statehood, days before PM’s US trip

    Times of Israel reports: The Knesset late Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state.

    The initiative was passed just days before Netanyahu’s visit to the US to address a joint session of Congress and meet with President Joe Biden at the White House. The move was likely to further irk Democrats uncomfortable with embracing an Israeli government that increasingly rejects a two-state solution.

    The resolution — passed 68-9 — altogether rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state, even as part of a negotiated settlement with Israel.

    “The Knesset of Israel firmly opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state west of Jordan. The establishment of a Palestinian state in the heart of the Land of Israel will pose an existential danger to the State of Israel and its citizens, perpetuate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and destabilize the region,” the resolution stated.

    NOTE: The reality is the opposite of what the resolution states: rather than a Palestinian state being created in the “heart of the land of Israel,” the state of Israel was created in the heart of historic Palestine.

    Al-Aqsa Mosque stormed by far-right Israeli minister for fifth time

    Middle East Monitor reports: Israel’s far-right National Security Minister stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem yesterday, accompanied by a group of Israeli soldiers. Palestinian worshippers were barred from entering the site while Itamar Ben-Gvir was there.

    “I came here, to the most important place of the State of Israel [sic] and to the people of Israel, to pray for the return of the abductees to their home,” said right-ring extremist Ben-Gvir, “but without an illegitimate deal and surrender.” This was a reference to any ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which he opposes.

    The incident on Wednesday marked the fifth time that Ben-Gvir has raided the mosque by force since becoming an Israeli minister in December 2022. The leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party is well-known for encouraging Israeli settlers to storm Al-Aqsa.

    Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is the third-holiest site in the world for Islam and Muslims. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, and there are plans to knock down the mosque and other Islamic buildings across the Noble Sanctuary, including the iconic Dome of the Rock Mosque, and build a temple in their place.



    Israeli government shelves plans to block terror convicts from running for Knesset: Report

    Middle East Eye reports: The Israeli government has shelved plans to pass legislation that would prevent terror convicts from running for the Knesset over concerns that it would impact far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reports.

    in 2008, Ben Gvir was convicted by the Jerusalem District Court of incitement to racism and supporting a terror organisation.

    Kan says that Likud MK Nissim Vaturi proposed the legislation on Sunday, which aims at preventing anyone who has ever been involved in terrorist activity from running from a Knesset seat, regardless of the severity of the crime.

    Netanyahu vetoes Gallant’s planned field hospital for Gaza kids

    The Times of Israel reports: A public fight broke out between Yoav Gallant and Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday over the medical treatment of Gaza children.

    Gallant announced on Wednesday that a field hospital for children would be established by the IDF in Israel, near the Gaza border, due to the extended closure of Gaza’s Rafah Crossing into Egypt, which Gazans had previously used in order to travel overseas for medical treatment.

    But Gallant’s announcement was apparently not coordinated with the prime minister. Netanyahu’s office reportedly informed Gallant that he would not approve the establishment of the field hospital “and for this reason it will not be established.”

    ICC to issue arrest warrants for Israeli leaders Netanyahu, Gallant ‘within two weeks’

    The New Arab reports: The International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to issue arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant within the next two weeks, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

    A report by Israel’s Channel 14 cited unnamed Israeli officials who said they believed that it was “highly probable” that the arrest warrants would be issued in that time frame.

    This comes weeks after Netanyahu said in June that he expected the warrants to be issued before his address to the US Congress on 24 July, according to Ynet.

    ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan applied for warrants against the two Israeli leaders on 20 May for the war crimes of using starvation as a weapon of war and wilful killing, among other charges.

    Ukraine makes humanitarian flour shipment to Palestinians

    The New Arab reports: Ukraine said Thursday that it had sent flour to the Palestinian territories as part of an initiative to ship free agricultural supplies to poor countries and regions.

    “Palestine received 1,000 tons of wheat flour,” Ukraine’s foreign ministry posted on X.

    “The shipment is the first of three deliveries intended for Palestine… It will support over 101,000 Palestinian families for a month,” it said.

    Kyiv launched the “Grain for Ukraine” initiative in a bid to ensure Russia’s invasion did not threaten its position as one of the world’s largest agricultural exporters.

    Ukraine did not say whether the flour was intended for Gaza, which is facing a humanitarian crisis and steep drops in the amount of aid that has reached the coastal strip during the war between Israel and Hamas.

    Kyiv was a major grain exporter to the Palestinians before Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022.

    US declares ‘mission complete’ for Gaza Aid Pier after delivering one day’s worth of food

    The Cradle reports: The Pentagon announced on 17 July that the floating pier built off the coast of Gaza would be dismantled for good, declaring its “mission complete” two months after it started operations.

    “Our assessment is that the temporary pier has achieved its intended effect to surge a very high volume of aid into Gaza and ensure that aid reaches the civilians in Gaza in a quick manner,” Cooper said, adding that nearly 20 million pounds of aid entered Gaza via the pier – the equivalent of about 600 truckloads.

    For months, the UN and other human rights organizations have established that a minimum of 500 to 600 truckloads of aid need to enter Gaza daily to alleviate critical famine conditions. A large part of the aid that reached Gaza via the pier rotted under the sun for weeks after the US and Israel used the alleged humanitarian corridor to launch a bloody rescue operation in Nuseirat camp that killed nearly 300 Palestinians.

    Cooper also announced that efforts to deliver aid to Gaza by sea would shift to the Israeli port of Ashdod. He added that, after US troops failed to re-attach the pier last week for a final time, about five million pounds of aid stranded in Cyprus and at sea will be heading to Ashdod.

    “Having now delivered the largest volume of humanitarian assistance ever into the Middle East, we’re now mission complete and transitioning to a new phase,” Cooper claimed. “In the coming weeks, we expect that millions of pounds of aid will enter into Gaza via this new pathway.”

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    US elections 2024: Democratic Party platform backs Biden’s approach to Gaza, Middle East policy

    Middle East Eye reports: There will be very little change to President Joe Biden’s widely unpopular approach to Israel’s war on Gaza if he is reelected, a leaked draft of the Democratic Party’s platform for 2024 has revealed, indicating the party’s refusal to envisage any new headway in ending a war that has killed close to 40,000 Palestinians in 10 months.

    The 80-page platform, released by Politico and which will be endorsed next month during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, includes a two-page section on the Middle East, in which it categorically condemns the Hamas-led attacks on southern Israel that took place on 7 October and reiterates that “the United States wants to see Hamas defeated”.

    The platform lists examples of Biden’s unwavering support for Israel’s war on Gaza, including the sending of arms shipments and providing a diplomatic shield for Israel at the United Nations during votes for a ceasefire and regarding concerns about human rights violations.

    (Read the full article here.)

    Speaker Mike Johnson Threatens to Arrest Lawmakers Who Disrupt Netanyahu’s Congress speech

    Ha’aretz reports: At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s “Salute to Pro-Israel Elected Officials” on the sidelines of the GOP convention, the only thing more palpable than leading officials’ support for Israel is their resentment toward Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.

    The event, attended by hundreds and including addresses from among the most senior Republican officials in America, was the convention’s clearest and firmest argument from the GOP that it is “the only-pro Israel party” amid the Democratic Party’s leftward shift amid the Gaza war. [EDITOR’S NOTE: The Democratic Party is also pro-Israel – see above article – but has made a few concessions to its constituents during the current war.]

    “We have been demonstrating that over and over and over,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said, noting the Republican efforts to attack the Biden administration over the delay of a shipment of 2,000 pound heavy-payload weapons. [Read about the effects of heavy bombs here.]

    “This is a moment for moral clarity and it’s unconscionable to us that the president and some leaders in Congress are unable to say what is good and what is evil,” he continued, addressing the pro-Palestinian protest movement on college campuses. [Read the truth about campus protests here.]

    He additionally forecasted future legislative action aimed at college endowments and protesters in America on student visas.

    Johnson further attacked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for delaying the invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress.

    “The only reason this got done is because I went to the press corps,” he said, vowing that Capitol Police will arrest anyone who tries to disrupt Netanyahu’s speech.

    Former President Donald Trump spoke during the Republican National Convention saying: “We want our hostages back,” adding: “They better be back before I assume office or you will be paying a very big price.”

    Trump commented in his speech on Israel’s Iron Dome system, highlighting its part in intercepting a drone and missile attack from Iran in April.

    NOTE: Many conservative analysts disagree with this Israel-first position:



    US teachers’ union pushes for Israel divestment

    Members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of the largest US unions, have put forth a resolution to divest from Israel bonds.

    “The AFT holds only one bond of a foreign government, … a country internationally accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide,” they wrote in a statement.

    The AFT’s Israel bond, “which helps fund Israel’s scholasticide and genocide, and pays for Israel’s longstanding occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the apartheid regime against Palestinians everywhere”, is valued at $150,000.

    Groups Condemn Microsoft’s Unjust Blocking of Palestinian Skype and Email Accounts

    Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization, reports: The Palestinian Digital Rights Coalition and other groups released a statement Thursday condemning discriminatory actions by Microsoft against Palestinian users:

    The Palestinian Digital Rights Coalition and undersigned allies strongly condemn Microsoft’s recent treatment of Palestinian customers. The company’s recent actions of blocking Palestinian users’ email and Skype accounts, an unjust disruption that has severe consequences on their daily lives during a time of war, is not only an affront to basic human decency but also a violation of their fundamental rights.

    Access to technology and communication is crucial, especially in conflict zones where information and connectivity can mean the difference between life and death. Furthermore, Microsoft accounts provide access to communication platforms, bank accounts, and job opportunities.

    By blocking its services, Microsoft is effectively cutting Palestinians off from social, professional, and financial opportunities during a time of immense suffering and devastation. Microsoft’s decision to restrict its services to Palestinians at such a critical juncture is deeply troubling and cannot be justified.

    (Read the full statement here.)

    Houthis suggest Gaza aid deal with Israel for decrease in attacks on shipping

    Al Jazeera reports: A senior Houthi official in Yemen says if Israel allows desperately needed humanitarian aid into northern Gaza, the militia will cease some attacks on ships that visit the Umm al-Rashrash port, known in Israel as Eilat.

    Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said on X: “We say to the enemy if you allow the entry of aid into the north of Gaza, as much as you allow the Yemeni Mujahideen army will allow the delivery of similar quantities to the occupied port. The ball is in your court.”

    Al-Houthi suggested Egyptian and Qatari mediators could work out such a deal with Israel in consultation with Palestinian armed groups.

    The Houthis have for months targeted Israel-linked cargo vessels with missile and drone strikes in support of Palestinians, promising to continue the attacks until Israel ends it war on Gaza.

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    STATISTICS OCTOBER 7 – JULY 18:

    Palestinian death toll from October 7 – July 18: at least 39,424* (38,848 in Gaza* – 11,445 women (30%), 16,034 children as of June 17. [The Ministry’s figures have been contested by the Israeli authorities, although they have been accepted as accurate by Israeli intelligence services, the UN, and WHO. These data are supported by independent analyses, comparing changes in the number of deaths of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff with those reported by the Ministry, which found claims of data fabrication implausible.]

    This is expected to be a significant undercount since thousands of those killed have yet to be identified – and at least 576 in the West Bank (~140 children). This does not include an estimated 10,000 more still buried under rubble (4,900 women and children). Euro-Med Monitor reports 46,848 Palestinian deaths.

    Lancet: “Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death9 to the 37,396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza.

    Ralph Nader earlier estimated 200,000 Palestinians may have been killed in Gaza.

    At least 46 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons (27 from Gaza, 18 from West Bank).
    At least 40 Palestinians have died due to malnutrition**.
    About 1.7 million, or 75% of Gaza’s population are currently displaced.
    2.15 million (out of total population of 2.3 million) are projected to face Crisis or worse levels of food insecurity.
    Palestinian injuries from October 7 – July 18: at least 94,879 (including at least 89,459 in Gaza and 5,420 in the West Bank, including 830 children).

    [It remains unknown how many Americans are among the casualties in Gaza.]
    Reported Israeli death toll from October 7 – July 18: ~1,481 (~1,139 on October 7, 2023, of which ~32 were Americans, and ~36 were children); 326 military forces since the ground invasion began in Gaza; 16 in the West Bank) and~8,730 injured.

    Times of Israel reports: The IDF listed 41 soldiers killed due to friendly fire in Gaza and other military-related accidents – nearly 16%.

    NOTE: It is unknown at this time how many of the deaths and injuries in Israel on October 7 were caused by Israeli soldiers.

    *Previously, IAK did not include 471 Gazans killed in the Al Ahli hospital blast since the source of the projectile was being disputed. However, given that much evidence points to Israel as the culprit, Israel had previously bombed the hospital and has attacked many others, Israel is prohibiting outside experts from investigating the scene, and since the UN and other agencies are including the deaths from the attack in their cumulative totals, if Americans knew is now also doing so.**

    Euro-Med Monitor reports that Gaza’s elderly are dying at an alarmingly high rate. The majority die at home and are buried either close to their residences or in makeshift graves dispersed across the Strip. There are currently more than 140 such cemeteries. Additionally, according to Euromed, thousands have died from starvation, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care; these are considered indirect victims as they were not registered in hospitals.

    † For most of the conflict, women and children accounted for about 70% of deaths in Gaza, with children making up a little over 40% of those killed, according to official statistics.

    Find previous daily casualty figures and daily news updates here.

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    New worries as polio virus detected in Gaza sewage – Day 285 [email protected] July 19, 2024 American Federation of Teachers, Amnesty International, democratic platform, gaza pier, healthcare in gaza, houthis, humanitarian aid, icc arrest warrant, itamar ben gvir, microsoft, mike johnson, Netanyahu, netanyahu speech, oxfam report, palestinian statehood, polio virus, republican national convention, torture The polio virus has been detected in Gaza's sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, and “represents a new health crisis.” (photo) Polio risk added to long list of crises in Gaza; Amnesty speaks out on Israeli torture, Oxfam speaks out on Israeli water weaponization; LA may hire ex-IDF soldiers to patrol streets; 1,000+ attacks on Palestinian healthcare; Ben Gvir’s provocative prayer visit to Al Aqsa; Netanyahu nixes children’s hospital for Gaza kids; ICC arrest warrants expected soon; Republican and Democratic parties scramble to ingratiate with Israel; much more. By IAK staff, from reports. New health crisis unfolds in Gaza as poliovirus found in sewage Andalou Agency reports: A new health crisis unfolded in the bombarded Gaza Strip with the detection of poliovirus in sewage, the Gaza Health Ministry revealed on Thursday. A ministry statement noted that “tests on sewage samples, conducted in coordination with UNICEF, confirmed the presence of the poliovirus.” The statement added that the presence of the virus in sewage, which flows through areas with displaced persons and residential zones due to infrastructure destruction, “represents a new health crisis.” The situation is exacerbated by severe overcrowding, scarce and contaminated water supplies, accumulated garbage, and the Israeli blockade on hygiene supplies. The ministry warned that the detection of the virus in sewage puts thousands of residents at risk of contracting polio. UNICEF and other organizations have been warning for months of the possibility of an outbreak if they weren’t able to get on top of vaccination programs and decontamination efforts in Gaza. But that has been impossible due to Israel’s ongoing war and the limits imposed by the Israeli military on the entry to Gaza of hygiene kits, vaccines and other essential medicines. Amnesty Int’l calls on Israel to end mass incommunicado detention and torture of Palestinians from Gaza From Amnesty’s website: Israeli authorities must end their indefinite incommunicado detention of Palestinians from the occupied Gaza Strip, without charge or trial under the Unlawful Combatants law, in flagrant violation of international law, said Amnesty International. The organization documented the cases of 27 Palestinian former detainees, including five women, 21 men and a 14-year-old boy, who were detained for periods of up to four and a half months without access to their lawyers or any contact with their families, in connection with this law. All those interviewed by Amnesty International said that during their incommunicado detention, which in some cases amounted to enforced disappearance, Israeli military, intelligence and police forces subjected them to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The Unlawful Combatants Law grants the Israeli military sweeping powers to detain anyone from Gaza that they suspect of engagement in hostilities against Israel or posing a threat to state security for indefinitely renewable periods without having to produce evidence to substantiate the claims. “While international humanitarian law allows for the detention of individuals on imperative security grounds in situations of occupation, there must be safeguards to prevent indefinite or arbitrary detention and torture and other ill-treatment. This law blatantly fails to provide these safeguards. It enables rampant torture and, in some circumstances, institutionalizes enforced disappearance,” said Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International. “Our documentation illustrates how the Israeli authorities are using the Unlawful Combatants Law to arbitrarily round up Palestinian civilians from Gaza and toss them into a virtual black hole for prolonged periods without producing any evidence that they pose a security threat and without minimum due process. Israeli authorities must immediately repeal this law and release those arbitrarily detained under it.” (Read the full statement here.) Oxfam report: Water War Crimes: How Israel has weaponized water in its military campaign in Gaza Oxfam’s new 66-page report, released Wednesday, documents how since October, Israel has systematically reduced the water available in Gaza by 94%, with just 4.74 liters per resident obtainable each day—less than a third of the recommended minimum amount in emergencies. An average of five of Gaza’s water and sanitation sites have been taken out of service every three days, Oxfam found, reducing water production from sources in the Gaza Strip by 84% by late May. Gaza City, the enclave’s most populous city before it was largely destroyed by the bombardment, has lost 88% of its water wells. With Israel blocking fuel deliveries as well as food, medical, and other necessary aid, 100% of the city’s water desalination plants have been put out of service, making it impossible to treat seawater and brackish water to make it safe to drink. Seventy percent of sewage pumps and 100% of wastewater treatment plants have also been destroyed throughout the enclave. (Read the full report here, or a summary here.) West Bank – Israeli military drops threatening leaflets over Jenin camp The Israeli military has reportedly dropped leaflets in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, threatening to kill wanted young men if they do not surrender themselves. The leaflets, dropped via reconnaissance aircraft, were dropped near a mosque on Mahyoub Street in the camp. The Jenin area has long been a center of Palestinian resistance to Israel’s occupation in the West Bank and has witnessed some of the most intense fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups since October 7. L.A. city council considers funding former IDF soldiers to patrol its streets The Intercept reports: The Los Angeles City Council is considering whether to give public funds to private, armed security patrols to protect its religious communities, following a protest against the marketing of West Bank settlement properties at an LA synagogue last month that turned violent. Anti-war group CodePink, which organizes pro-Palestine protests, said of the event, “The protest was solely focused on the illegal sale of Palestinian land. We respect religious practices and make sure our actions are directed toward real estate activities, not against worshippers,” No religious services were scheduled at the time of the real estate event. Pro-Israel counter protesters were also present at the same time, and reportedly used violence and racial slurs. Codepink claimed that Los Angeles police employed a double standard against the pro-Palestine protestors. In the immediate wake of the incident, city council members introduced a motion to give $1 million to several Jewish security organizations that would expand their work around Jewish schools, religious institutions, and neighborhoods – in spite of the fact that the protest was not against Jews. Magen Am, a nonprofit that runs armed patrol services and firearm training programs for the Jewish community, was named as the recipient of $350,000 in the motion. The group is largely made up of former Israeli soldiers, along with U.S. military veterans, according to the group’s website and social media posts. The majority of the former Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the group are “lone soldiers,” according to several reports, the term for individuals with no direct ties to the state of Israel who immigrate there to serve in the nation’s military. The city council has since introduced a new motion, which would give $2 million to various faith groups that want to hire additional security and does not mention Magen Am or any recipients by name. But LA activists are still concerned that city funds will go to an armed group with hard-line political stances. “The fact that Magen Am was even named in that original motion as a recipient of money, that exposes the intention,” said Miguel Camnitzer, an activist with Jewish Voice for Peace. The group is alarmed that city leaders are choosing to fund individuals who served a military that commits ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank. “It’s the same military that’s enacting this genocide, and we’re going to have them patrolling our streets with guns seems wild to me,” Camnitzer said. The group also notes that the new motion does not include any provisions for keeping the recipients of city money accountable to the public interest. “We’re talking about essentially a private militia that can use force and detain people, and has no accountability.” (Read the full article here.) Over 1,000 attacks on healthcare in Occupied Palestinian Territory since October ReliefWeb reports: The World Health Organization (WHO) has registered more than 1,000 attacks on healthcare facilities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since the October 7 terror attacks in Israel sparked the on-going war in Gaza, the agency’s top official in the region said on Wednesday. In a press briefing, Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, WHO representative for the West Bank and Gaza, told journalists there are currently no functional hospitals in the enclave’s southernmost city of Rafah, following Israel’s recent offensive there. The availability of hospital beds has drastically declined, dropping from 3,500 before the conflict erupted, to just 1,400 today, he added. He said 600 of those 1,400 are being provided by field hospitals “so currently from the Ministry of Health and NGO fixed hospitals, there’s only 800 hospital beds in service from the 3,500, plus 600 field hospital beds, for a population of 2.2 million people”. The WHO official also highlighted the urgency of allowing critically ill patients to leave Gaza, stating that around 10,000 patients still require urgent evacuation, half of whom are suffering from severe trauma – including spinal injuries and amputations. Palestinians start to fix and restore the Shifa Hospital after being heavily damaged by Israeli attacks and demolished some parts to prepare it to service again in Gaza City, Gaza on June 05, 2024 Palestinians start to fix and restore the Shifa Hospital after being heavily damaged by Israeli attacks and demolished some parts to prepare it to service again in Gaza City, Gaza on June 05, 2024 (photo) Israeli legislature votes overwhelmingly against Palestinian statehood, days before PM’s US trip Times of Israel reports: The Knesset late Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state. The initiative was passed just days before Netanyahu’s visit to the US to address a joint session of Congress and meet with President Joe Biden at the White House. The move was likely to further irk Democrats uncomfortable with embracing an Israeli government that increasingly rejects a two-state solution. The resolution — passed 68-9 — altogether rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state, even as part of a negotiated settlement with Israel. “The Knesset of Israel firmly opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state west of Jordan. The establishment of a Palestinian state in the heart of the Land of Israel will pose an existential danger to the State of Israel and its citizens, perpetuate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and destabilize the region,” the resolution stated. NOTE: The reality is the opposite of what the resolution states: rather than a Palestinian state being created in the “heart of the land of Israel,” the state of Israel was created in the heart of historic Palestine. Al-Aqsa Mosque stormed by far-right Israeli minister for fifth time Middle East Monitor reports: Israel’s far-right National Security Minister stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem yesterday, accompanied by a group of Israeli soldiers. Palestinian worshippers were barred from entering the site while Itamar Ben-Gvir was there. “I came here, to the most important place of the State of Israel [sic] and to the people of Israel, to pray for the return of the abductees to their home,” said right-ring extremist Ben-Gvir, “but without an illegitimate deal and surrender.” This was a reference to any ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which he opposes. The incident on Wednesday marked the fifth time that Ben-Gvir has raided the mosque by force since becoming an Israeli minister in December 2022. The leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party is well-known for encouraging Israeli settlers to storm Al-Aqsa. Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is the third-holiest site in the world for Islam and Muslims. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, and there are plans to knock down the mosque and other Islamic buildings across the Noble Sanctuary, including the iconic Dome of the Rock Mosque, and build a temple in their place. Israeli government shelves plans to block terror convicts from running for Knesset: Report Middle East Eye reports: The Israeli government has shelved plans to pass legislation that would prevent terror convicts from running for the Knesset over concerns that it would impact far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reports. in 2008, Ben Gvir was convicted by the Jerusalem District Court of incitement to racism and supporting a terror organisation. Kan says that Likud MK Nissim Vaturi proposed the legislation on Sunday, which aims at preventing anyone who has ever been involved in terrorist activity from running from a Knesset seat, regardless of the severity of the crime. Netanyahu vetoes Gallant’s planned field hospital for Gaza kids The Times of Israel reports: A public fight broke out between Yoav Gallant and Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday over the medical treatment of Gaza children. Gallant announced on Wednesday that a field hospital for children would be established by the IDF in Israel, near the Gaza border, due to the extended closure of Gaza’s Rafah Crossing into Egypt, which Gazans had previously used in order to travel overseas for medical treatment. But Gallant’s announcement was apparently not coordinated with the prime minister. Netanyahu’s office reportedly informed Gallant that he would not approve the establishment of the field hospital “and for this reason it will not be established.” ICC to issue arrest warrants for Israeli leaders Netanyahu, Gallant ‘within two weeks’ The New Arab reports: The International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to issue arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant within the next two weeks, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. A report by Israel’s Channel 14 cited unnamed Israeli officials who said they believed that it was “highly probable” that the arrest warrants would be issued in that time frame. This comes weeks after Netanyahu said in June that he expected the warrants to be issued before his address to the US Congress on 24 July, according to Ynet. ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan applied for warrants against the two Israeli leaders on 20 May for the war crimes of using starvation as a weapon of war and wilful killing, among other charges. Ukraine makes humanitarian flour shipment to Palestinians The New Arab reports: Ukraine said Thursday that it had sent flour to the Palestinian territories as part of an initiative to ship free agricultural supplies to poor countries and regions. “Palestine received 1,000 tons of wheat flour,” Ukraine’s foreign ministry posted on X. “The shipment is the first of three deliveries intended for Palestine… It will support over 101,000 Palestinian families for a month,” it said. Kyiv launched the “Grain for Ukraine” initiative in a bid to ensure Russia’s invasion did not threaten its position as one of the world’s largest agricultural exporters. Ukraine did not say whether the flour was intended for Gaza, which is facing a humanitarian crisis and steep drops in the amount of aid that has reached the coastal strip during the war between Israel and Hamas. Kyiv was a major grain exporter to the Palestinians before Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022. US declares ‘mission complete’ for Gaza Aid Pier after delivering one day’s worth of food The Cradle reports: The Pentagon announced on 17 July that the floating pier built off the coast of Gaza would be dismantled for good, declaring its “mission complete” two months after it started operations. “Our assessment is that the temporary pier has achieved its intended effect to surge a very high volume of aid into Gaza and ensure that aid reaches the civilians in Gaza in a quick manner,” Cooper said, adding that nearly 20 million pounds of aid entered Gaza via the pier – the equivalent of about 600 truckloads. For months, the UN and other human rights organizations have established that a minimum of 500 to 600 truckloads of aid need to enter Gaza daily to alleviate critical famine conditions. A large part of the aid that reached Gaza via the pier rotted under the sun for weeks after the US and Israel used the alleged humanitarian corridor to launch a bloody rescue operation in Nuseirat camp that killed nearly 300 Palestinians. Cooper also announced that efforts to deliver aid to Gaza by sea would shift to the Israeli port of Ashdod. He added that, after US troops failed to re-attach the pier last week for a final time, about five million pounds of aid stranded in Cyprus and at sea will be heading to Ashdod. “Having now delivered the largest volume of humanitarian assistance ever into the Middle East, we’re now mission complete and transitioning to a new phase,” Cooper claimed. “In the coming weeks, we expect that millions of pounds of aid will enter into Gaza via this new pathway.” RECOMMENDED READING: What would you do with an extra $320 million? US elections 2024: Democratic Party platform backs Biden’s approach to Gaza, Middle East policy Middle East Eye reports: There will be very little change to President Joe Biden’s widely unpopular approach to Israel’s war on Gaza if he is reelected, a leaked draft of the Democratic Party’s platform for 2024 has revealed, indicating the party’s refusal to envisage any new headway in ending a war that has killed close to 40,000 Palestinians in 10 months. The 80-page platform, released by Politico and which will be endorsed next month during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, includes a two-page section on the Middle East, in which it categorically condemns the Hamas-led attacks on southern Israel that took place on 7 October and reiterates that “the United States wants to see Hamas defeated”. The platform lists examples of Biden’s unwavering support for Israel’s war on Gaza, including the sending of arms shipments and providing a diplomatic shield for Israel at the United Nations during votes for a ceasefire and regarding concerns about human rights violations. (Read the full article here.) Speaker Mike Johnson Threatens to Arrest Lawmakers Who Disrupt Netanyahu’s Congress speech Ha’aretz reports: At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s “Salute to Pro-Israel Elected Officials” on the sidelines of the GOP convention, the only thing more palpable than leading officials’ support for Israel is their resentment toward Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. The event, attended by hundreds and including addresses from among the most senior Republican officials in America, was the convention’s clearest and firmest argument from the GOP that it is “the only-pro Israel party” amid the Democratic Party’s leftward shift amid the Gaza war. [EDITOR’S NOTE: The Democratic Party is also pro-Israel – see above article – but has made a few concessions to its constituents during the current war.] “We have been demonstrating that over and over and over,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said, noting the Republican efforts to attack the Biden administration over the delay of a shipment of 2,000 pound heavy-payload weapons. [Read about the effects of heavy bombs here.] “This is a moment for moral clarity and it’s unconscionable to us that the president and some leaders in Congress are unable to say what is good and what is evil,” he continued, addressing the pro-Palestinian protest movement on college campuses. [Read the truth about campus protests here.] He additionally forecasted future legislative action aimed at college endowments and protesters in America on student visas. Johnson further attacked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for delaying the invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. “The only reason this got done is because I went to the press corps,” he said, vowing that Capitol Police will arrest anyone who tries to disrupt Netanyahu’s speech. Former President Donald Trump spoke during the Republican National Convention saying: “We want our hostages back,” adding: “They better be back before I assume office or you will be paying a very big price.” Trump commented in his speech on Israel’s Iron Dome system, highlighting its part in intercepting a drone and missile attack from Iran in April. 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Groups Condemn Microsoft’s Unjust Blocking of Palestinian Skype and Email Accounts Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization, reports: The Palestinian Digital Rights Coalition and other groups released a statement Thursday condemning discriminatory actions by Microsoft against Palestinian users: The Palestinian Digital Rights Coalition and undersigned allies strongly condemn Microsoft’s recent treatment of Palestinian customers. The company’s recent actions of blocking Palestinian users’ email and Skype accounts, an unjust disruption that has severe consequences on their daily lives during a time of war, is not only an affront to basic human decency but also a violation of their fundamental rights. Access to technology and communication is crucial, especially in conflict zones where information and connectivity can mean the difference between life and death. Furthermore, Microsoft accounts provide access to communication platforms, bank accounts, and job opportunities. 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    Matt Brooks, CEO of Republican Jewish Coalition, holds a kippa branded with Donald Trump's name during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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    "If you tried that at the Democratic convention, you'd be booed off the stage," he said, describing the 2024 election as a critical moment for both the American-Jewish community and Israel.
    "This is our chance to continue the incredible pro-Israel legacy of the most pro-Israel president in history: Donald J. Trump," Brooks said, highlighting the former president's frequently cited list of accomplishments like moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, weakening Iran and the Abraham Accords.

    "Under President Trump, we will repair and rebuild the U.S.-Israel relationship that has deteriorated after four disastrous years under President Biden," he continued.

    "Nine months after the historic Hamas attacks, President Biden is still withholding critical arms that Israel needs to defend itself," Brooks said. Biden is withholding half of a single shipment of 2,000-pound bombs amid concerns that Israel would use them in highly concentrated civilian areas.

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    "We must stand with the Israeli people," he continued. "My message here today to the Jewish community is clear: there is only one pro-Israel party and it's the Republican Party."

    Brooks vowed that Trump would "put a stop to the rising tide of antisemitism. President Trump will bring back law and order so that American Jews can once again wear a kippah and walk the streets," holding a red kippah adorned with Trump's name.
    "President Trump will stop Hamas on the college campus and Jewish students feel safe when they go into class," he continued. "The Jewish community is ready to help elect Donald Trump and J.D. Vance. The Jewish vote continue to increase for Republicans year after year, and I promise you 2024 will be no different."
    Brooks stressed Trump will "stand up to the Hamas sympathizers in the squad" while thanking the Republican Party for "elevating Jewish voices."

    Speaking to Haaretz and other reporters after his speech, Brooks stressed this is the first time he can remember true insecurity among the Jewish community.

    "This is a dangerous time for the for the Jewish community," he said. "People can trust him to take a firmer hand on cracking down on the chaos on the college campuses and really temper the rise of antisemitism and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community."

    Attendees hold and Israeli flag as CEO of Republican Jewish Coalition Matt Brooks speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
    Attendees hold and Israeli flag as CEO of Republican Jewish Coalition Matt Brooks speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Tuesday.Credit: REUTERS
    Brooks' speech comes 24 hours after Trump tapped J.D. Vance as his running mate. While the RJC praised Vance's appointment, the Ohio senator notably voted against providing Israel with $14 billion in emergency assistance due to its pairing with Ukraine aid.
    Brooks' organization notably halted fundraising for other Republicans who voted alongside Vance, begging the question why Vance could be excepted.

    "Fundamentally these guys have a difference of opinion on the bill," Brooks said, noting that he and RJC Chair Norm Coleman held a Zoom call with Vance 72 hours before Trump's announcement.

    "I am confident if you look at everything that he has said," encouraging people to watch his recent speech at the Quincy Institute. "Everything he has said at other speeches, he is going to be an absolute stalwart friend of Israel and a rock-solid supporter."

    Brooks further noted that "he's also the vice president to the most pro-Israel president in history. The president sets the foreign policy agenda, and I don't think there's any daylight between Donald Trump and J.D. Vance when it comes to Israel and making sure Israel is safe and secure."

    Attendees hold signs with Republican presidential nominee and former U.S. President Donald Trump's name in English and Hebrew at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Attendees hold signs with Republican presidential nominee and former U.S. President Donald Trump's name in English and Hebrew at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, WisconsinCredit: Brian Snyder/ REUTERS
    Vance's political ascendance is the greatest victory yet for the America First isolationist wing of the GOP — a development inherently at odds with Brooks' organization, which he describes as "Reaganesque" with a robust foreign policy with peace-through-strength at its core.

    "It's a debate we're having within our party, there's no question about it. But at the end of the day, through the leadership of people like Speaker Johnson and others — we got aid to Ukraine through with strong Republican support — so it's just a debate that we're going to have."

    "America has got a unique role in the world to help defend liberty and support democracy and fight back against totalitarianism. We're going to continue to wage that battle in the party and make sure the Tucker Carlson-wing of the party doesn't get a foothold," he said.

    Carlson and Vance notably flanked Trump in his booth at the convention on Monday, illustrating just how much of a battle may lie ahead for the RJC and likeminded Republicans.

    Brooks further defended Trump amid criticism of his frequent allegation on the campaign trail that American Jews who vote for Democrats are "disloyal" — a brazen statement that many U.S. Jews consider an antisemitic trope.
    Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition, speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition, speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, WisconsinCredit: Mike Segar/ REUTERS
    "Disloyal in his mind to Israel because they're supportive of the Squad and Biden's efforts to hold back critical arms and weapons it needs to fight back against Hamas. It's hard to disagree with that. This is an existential threat that Israel faces," he says.

    "There's literally not a day that goes by, whether someone is Jewish or not Jewish," he says, "where somebody doesn't call me and say 'I don't understand the Jewish community, how can they continue to vote Democrat,'" citing the rise of the progressive left. "It's the same question that Donald Trump is asking, but in a Trumpian way."

    "You've got to look at all these data points," he continues, "and it's clear there is one pro-Israel party. That's what has people like Donald Trump and others who come up to me every day perplexed."

    Despite this, American Jews are still widely expected to vote for Biden over Trump — consistent with years of the U.S. Jewish community voting Democratic over Republican.

    "Our goal is to continue to make inroads and do better than we did in the last election. This is a process. If you look at the trend lines, we keep growing incrementally year-after-year and my hope is that we will continue to still do that," he says.

    Brooks' appearance comes one night before Israeli-American hostage Omer Neutra's parents will address the convention and one week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit Washington, where he will meet with Biden and address a joint session of Congress.
    When asked what he hopes to see in Netanyahu's speech, Brooks says he wants the prime minister to "help shift public opinion back" to why Israel is conducting the Gaza war to begin with.

    Attendees hold up the Israeli flag during the speech of Republican Jewish Coalition head Matt Brooks on the second day of the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Attendees hold up the Israeli flag during the speech of Republican Jewish Coalition head Matt Brooks on the second day of the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, WisconsinCredit: AFP
    "The farther we get away from October 7, it looks more and more like Israel is not being the victim but being the aggressor. I hope that he's able to tug at the heartstrings of the American people," he says.
    "It is not our position to tell the democratically elected Government of Israel what they should or shouldn't do," Brooks says when asked if Netanyahu should accept the cease-fire deal currently on the table.

    "We will support the decision of the government when the decision is made, but it's not for us here in America to be offering our opinion as to what we think they should or shouldn't do on something of this significance," he says.

    While this appears to contrast with Trump and Vance's calls for Israel to conclude the war "as quickly as possible," Brooks says people are misinterpreting the statement.

    "What he's basically saying is 'you have a blank check: if you need to carpet-bomb the area, do it, just get it done. Rip the band-aid off, finish the job because Hamas needs to be destroyed.'"

    "This is just taking months and months," he continues. "All he's saying — and he's exactly right —is that time is not Israel's ally. The longer this continues, the more public support erodes and the more international support erodes. Trump's point was 'do what you have to do, get it done and get out.'"

    Brooks further insists that should Trump win the election, there will be "a number of high-profile folks who are pro-Israel — some who are Jewish, some who are not — very interested" in serving the administration.

    He adds he has no concern about a relationship between Trump and Netanyahu, despite their well-established tensions of recent years.
    "As somebody who has had conversations with the president and prime minister, I can assure you that he and the prime minister, that the two of them, will have a very positive and productive working relationship," he says.

    "I will not share conversations that I have had with the president, but I have absolute certainty, based on my conversations the relationship between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump will be productive, fruitful and pick up right where it left off," he says.

    When asked if he expects Trump and Netanyahu to meet next week during the prime minister's visit, he played coy. "I do not know the answer to that."

    When asked if it is possible they will meet, he responded: "They're in the same country, anything's possible."



    https://archive.ph/2024.07.17-091229/https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2024-07-17/ty-article/.premium/top-jewish-republican-uses-gop-convention-to-make-case-for-trump-to-u-s-jews/00000190-be06-d3a7-a79e-fe57603f0000
    As Trump Taps America First VP, Top Jewish Republican Insists GOP Is … Jul 17, 2024 3:29 am IDT Matt Brooks, CEO of Republican Jewish Coalition, holds a kippa branded with Donald Trump's name during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin MILWAUKEE – Republican Jewish Coalition CEO Matt Brooks addressed the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, offering the most significant plea toward American Jews to date on why they should defy decades of precedent and vote for Donald Trump over Joe Biden. Brooks, in a three-minute address during a prime speaking slot, implored the crowd to cheer with Israel — which they did enthusiastically. Amos Harel: 'Netanyahu is using the Trump shooting to vilify Israel's protest movement' Subscribe "If you tried that at the Democratic convention, you'd be booed off the stage," he said, describing the 2024 election as a critical moment for both the American-Jewish community and Israel. "This is our chance to continue the incredible pro-Israel legacy of the most pro-Israel president in history: Donald J. Trump," Brooks said, highlighting the former president's frequently cited list of accomplishments like moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, weakening Iran and the Abraham Accords. "Under President Trump, we will repair and rebuild the U.S.-Israel relationship that has deteriorated after four disastrous years under President Biden," he continued. "Nine months after the historic Hamas attacks, President Biden is still withholding critical arms that Israel needs to defend itself," Brooks said. Biden is withholding half of a single shipment of 2,000-pound bombs amid concerns that Israel would use them in highly concentrated civilian areas. Where will J.D. Vance stand on Israel? Wherever Trump tells him to U.S. antisemites spin conspiracies blaming Israel for Trump assassination attempt Trump picks 'America First' fan J.D. Vance, who blocked military aid to Israel, as VP "We must stand with the Israeli people," he continued. "My message here today to the Jewish community is clear: there is only one pro-Israel party and it's the Republican Party." Brooks vowed that Trump would "put a stop to the rising tide of antisemitism. President Trump will bring back law and order so that American Jews can once again wear a kippah and walk the streets," holding a red kippah adorned with Trump's name. "President Trump will stop Hamas on the college campus and Jewish students feel safe when they go into class," he continued. "The Jewish community is ready to help elect Donald Trump and J.D. Vance. The Jewish vote continue to increase for Republicans year after year, and I promise you 2024 will be no different." Brooks stressed Trump will "stand up to the Hamas sympathizers in the squad" while thanking the Republican Party for "elevating Jewish voices." Speaking to Haaretz and other reporters after his speech, Brooks stressed this is the first time he can remember true insecurity among the Jewish community. "This is a dangerous time for the for the Jewish community," he said. "People can trust him to take a firmer hand on cracking down on the chaos on the college campuses and really temper the rise of antisemitism and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community." Attendees hold and Israeli flag as CEO of Republican Jewish Coalition Matt Brooks speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Attendees hold and Israeli flag as CEO of Republican Jewish Coalition Matt Brooks speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Tuesday.Credit: REUTERS Brooks' speech comes 24 hours after Trump tapped J.D. Vance as his running mate. While the RJC praised Vance's appointment, the Ohio senator notably voted against providing Israel with $14 billion in emergency assistance due to its pairing with Ukraine aid. Brooks' organization notably halted fundraising for other Republicans who voted alongside Vance, begging the question why Vance could be excepted. "Fundamentally these guys have a difference of opinion on the bill," Brooks said, noting that he and RJC Chair Norm Coleman held a Zoom call with Vance 72 hours before Trump's announcement. "I am confident if you look at everything that he has said," encouraging people to watch his recent speech at the Quincy Institute. "Everything he has said at other speeches, he is going to be an absolute stalwart friend of Israel and a rock-solid supporter." Brooks further noted that "he's also the vice president to the most pro-Israel president in history. The president sets the foreign policy agenda, and I don't think there's any daylight between Donald Trump and J.D. Vance when it comes to Israel and making sure Israel is safe and secure." Attendees hold signs with Republican presidential nominee and former U.S. President Donald Trump's name in English and Hebrew at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Attendees hold signs with Republican presidential nominee and former U.S. President Donald Trump's name in English and Hebrew at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, WisconsinCredit: Brian Snyder/ REUTERS Vance's political ascendance is the greatest victory yet for the America First isolationist wing of the GOP — a development inherently at odds with Brooks' organization, which he describes as "Reaganesque" with a robust foreign policy with peace-through-strength at its core. "It's a debate we're having within our party, there's no question about it. But at the end of the day, through the leadership of people like Speaker Johnson and others — we got aid to Ukraine through with strong Republican support — so it's just a debate that we're going to have." "America has got a unique role in the world to help defend liberty and support democracy and fight back against totalitarianism. We're going to continue to wage that battle in the party and make sure the Tucker Carlson-wing of the party doesn't get a foothold," he said. Carlson and Vance notably flanked Trump in his booth at the convention on Monday, illustrating just how much of a battle may lie ahead for the RJC and likeminded Republicans. Brooks further defended Trump amid criticism of his frequent allegation on the campaign trail that American Jews who vote for Democrats are "disloyal" — a brazen statement that many U.S. Jews consider an antisemitic trope. Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition, speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition, speaks on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, WisconsinCredit: Mike Segar/ REUTERS "Disloyal in his mind to Israel because they're supportive of the Squad and Biden's efforts to hold back critical arms and weapons it needs to fight back against Hamas. It's hard to disagree with that. This is an existential threat that Israel faces," he says. "There's literally not a day that goes by, whether someone is Jewish or not Jewish," he says, "where somebody doesn't call me and say 'I don't understand the Jewish community, how can they continue to vote Democrat,'" citing the rise of the progressive left. "It's the same question that Donald Trump is asking, but in a Trumpian way." "You've got to look at all these data points," he continues, "and it's clear there is one pro-Israel party. That's what has people like Donald Trump and others who come up to me every day perplexed." Despite this, American Jews are still widely expected to vote for Biden over Trump — consistent with years of the U.S. Jewish community voting Democratic over Republican. "Our goal is to continue to make inroads and do better than we did in the last election. This is a process. If you look at the trend lines, we keep growing incrementally year-after-year and my hope is that we will continue to still do that," he says. Brooks' appearance comes one night before Israeli-American hostage Omer Neutra's parents will address the convention and one week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit Washington, where he will meet with Biden and address a joint session of Congress. When asked what he hopes to see in Netanyahu's speech, Brooks says he wants the prime minister to "help shift public opinion back" to why Israel is conducting the Gaza war to begin with. Attendees hold up the Israeli flag during the speech of Republican Jewish Coalition head Matt Brooks on the second day of the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Attendees hold up the Israeli flag during the speech of Republican Jewish Coalition head Matt Brooks on the second day of the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, WisconsinCredit: AFP "The farther we get away from October 7, it looks more and more like Israel is not being the victim but being the aggressor. I hope that he's able to tug at the heartstrings of the American people," he says. "It is not our position to tell the democratically elected Government of Israel what they should or shouldn't do," Brooks says when asked if Netanyahu should accept the cease-fire deal currently on the table. "We will support the decision of the government when the decision is made, but it's not for us here in America to be offering our opinion as to what we think they should or shouldn't do on something of this significance," he says. While this appears to contrast with Trump and Vance's calls for Israel to conclude the war "as quickly as possible," Brooks says people are misinterpreting the statement. "What he's basically saying is 'you have a blank check: if you need to carpet-bomb the area, do it, just get it done. Rip the band-aid off, finish the job because Hamas needs to be destroyed.'" "This is just taking months and months," he continues. "All he's saying — and he's exactly right —is that time is not Israel's ally. The longer this continues, the more public support erodes and the more international support erodes. Trump's point was 'do what you have to do, get it done and get out.'" Brooks further insists that should Trump win the election, there will be "a number of high-profile folks who are pro-Israel — some who are Jewish, some who are not — very interested" in serving the administration. He adds he has no concern about a relationship between Trump and Netanyahu, despite their well-established tensions of recent years. "As somebody who has had conversations with the president and prime minister, I can assure you that he and the prime minister, that the two of them, will have a very positive and productive working relationship," he says. "I will not share conversations that I have had with the president, but I have absolute certainty, based on my conversations the relationship between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump will be productive, fruitful and pick up right where it left off," he says. When asked if he expects Trump and Netanyahu to meet next week during the prime minister's visit, he played coy. "I do not know the answer to that." When asked if it is possible they will meet, he responded: "They're in the same country, anything's possible." https://archive.ph/2024.07.17-091229/https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2024-07-17/ty-article/.premium/top-jewish-republican-uses-gop-convention-to-make-case-for-trump-to-u-s-jews/00000190-be06-d3a7-a79e-fe57603f0000
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