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JCPOA Vienna Talks and Two Elections

by Oui Tue May 25th, 2021 at 11:37:49 AM EST

Ahead of meeting top US representative Antony Blinken ...

On the eve of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's first visit to Israel and neighboring countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made unusually tough remarks regarding Iran, including hinting that Jerusalem could take military action against the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites without Washington's okay.

Israel still in a political quagmire ...

To meet with lame duck PM Bibi Netanyahu awaiting trial for corruption as soon as his immunity transpires.

Israel: Witnesses testify in Netanyahu corruption trial

Antony Blinken will meet with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Israel's de facto opposition leader, this evening.

Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 stop the war - stop incitement - unify, don't divide. Accept International rule of law.

Talking Human Rights in Jerusalem?

Calorie count of a Fascist Jewish State

Violence inside Israel

Nakba Today: Ethnic Cleansing in Lod

Many Palestinians in Israel live in the mixed cities of Jaffa, Acre, Ramla, Lod, Haifa where Jews and Arabs coexist. Many of them protested during airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, leading to clashes with Jewish extremists. 

The city of Lod has experienced an unprecedented outbreak of violence, jeopardising the coexistence between Arab and Jewish communities in the town. These events revealed a build-up of resentment towards the Israeli state, which is accused of working to progressively oust Arabs from the city to the benefit of "Jewish colonisers".

How are the Abraham "Business" Accords developing?

The Saudi Crown Prince Salman too wants some attention from Secr. Antony Blinken 😄

IAEA agrees one month extension for camera monitoring

7 Presidential Hopefuls in Iran

Final list of seven candidates released for June 18 election

Iran's Interior Ministry has released a final list of the candidates found qualified by the Constitutional Council to run for president in the June 18 election, officially clearing them to start campaigning.

The much-awaited list, which was released on Tuesday, includes Saeed Jalili, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Mohsen Rezaei, Alireza Zakani, Seyyed Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, Albdolnasser Hemmati, Mohsen Mehralizadeh.

Besides a potential new Iran nuclear deal and a moderate administration turning more extreme ... more bad news for Israel, already losing the hasbara trolls war on the Internet.

Longing for yesteryear ...

Netanyahu to meet an old friend

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 01:40:22 PM EST

Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in the State of Palestine

by Oui on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 01:42:35 PM EST
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Decades of Policy Targeting Children and Unborn

Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

Monster of Terror: David or Goliath

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A tenfold of the symbolic funds approved as relief aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Joe Biden Seeks $75 Million From Congress to Aid Palestinians | Newsweek |

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 05:35:10 AM EST
Citizen Journalists Targeted by IDF

Same as in Iraq and Afghan War ... buildings of International media such as Doha based Al Jazeera were targeted. If you are not an embedded reporter, your life was put in danger.

Gaza-based journalists say their accounts blocked by WhatsApp | Al Jazeera |

This Gaza War resulted in domestic turmoil, unrest and violence inside mixed communities.

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:31:23 AM EST
CPJ calls on Israeli authorities to protect press freedom, journalist safety amid Israeli-Palestinian conflict

On May 12, Israeli forces in the West Bank city Tulkarem arrested Hazem Naser, a Palestinian camera operator for the Amman-based broadcaster Al-Ghad, according to a report by his employer; he remains in detention today, and authorities have not disclosed the reason for his arrest.

Separately, two members of a right-wing Israeli demonstration in Tel Aviv assaulted a TV crew working for the Israeli public broadcaster Kan News yesterday, according to News reports.

Also, an Israeli air strike injured at least two Palestinian journalists with the Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency yesterday in Gaza, their employer reported.

"Israeli authorities must cease arresting and attacking journalists, who play a vital role reporting the news and bringing clarity amid chaos," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa representative Ignacio Miguel Delgado.

RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:32:24 AM EST
Admirers of Kahane were elected to parliament in March as allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, and one of the most prominent has become a fixture on Israeli TV.

Dozens of far-right Jewish activists in Israel, including the wife of lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, said Tuesday that they had been blocked from using Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app.

Opponents of Ben-Gvir accuse him and his allies of inciting followers to violence.

In its 2020 report, advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said that journalists in Israel "are exposed to open hostility" by politicians.

[How familiar after four years of Trumpism in America! - Oui]

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on trial for corruption charges, routinely accuses the media of being on a "witch hunt" against him. Critics say he has done little to stop supporters from harassing or threatening journalists.

His son Yair, known for his abrasive social media presence, regularly accuses leading media outlets of acting against the interests of the country.

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:34:48 AM EST
Israeli TV reporters face attacks and threats from Jewish extremists | The Guardian |

Telegram channel displaying the emblem of a Jewish ultranationalist group | AP News |

Last week, the journalists' union and Israel Democracy Institute issued a similar call to the country's attorney general and Facebook. They said violent calls that started on social networks have progressed to messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and private Facebook groups, leading to physical attacks on journalists.

Earlier this month, a Telegram channel displaying the emblem of a Jewish ultranationalist group [Kahanists] swelled from a few hundred members to more than 6,000 in just a few days. It was used to mobilize mobs of Israeli Jews to flashpoints, including the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, where a crowd pulled an Arab man from his car and beat him severely.

Radical rabbi's followers rise in Israel amid new violence

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Days of Kahane Terror Returns

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:51:17 AM EST
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Returning the favor from the Obama years ... and worse moments with settlement expansion and Biden visits to Israel.

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 10:57:29 AM EST
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Read: Time for change, anyone but Bibi Netanyahu.

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Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has not been a voice of an united Palestinian state
and would be voted out of power. As president he held this post since 2007 when he lost the Gaza Strip to Hamas majority.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Statements to the Press

Palestinian President Abbas postpones first elections since 2006 as Hamas denounces `coup' | France 24 - April 30, 2021 |

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 11:36:08 AM EST

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U.S. Embassy Jerusalem - The Palestinian Affairs Unit

The U.S. diplomatic presence in Jerusalem, first established in 1844, was designated a Consulate General in 1928.  In March 2019, the U.S. Consulate General was merged into U.S. Embassy Jerusalem.  As part of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem, the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU) operates out of our historic Agron Road property to promote our overarching strategic objective of achieving a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


We seek to move the Palestinian economy to a model of healthy and sustainable private sector-led investment, growth and job creation.  Through public diplomacy, we harness the power of U.S. higher education and promote U.S. values and interests, including through collaborative academic and professional exchanges, English language learning, and promoting women's empowerment and entrepreneurship development, as well as initiatives for young Palestinians to tap into career-enhancing opportunities involving science, technology and innovation.

The Palestinian Affairs Unit is led by PAU Chief and Assistant Deputy Chief of Mission George Noll.

    In 1844, US President John Tyler appointed the first US consul to Jerusalem, Warder Cresson. This move was not unique to the US as the 19th century saw various Western powers jockeying for position often through missionary activities in the Ottoman Empire domains especially in the city of Jerusalem by, inter alia, extending protection to Christian churches and holy places in the city. Initially, Britain, France, Russia, Austria and the United States opened consulates in Jerusalem and were followed by others. A permanent US consular presence was as such established in 1857, in a building just inside the Jaffa Gate in the Old City. That building today houses the Swedish Christian Study Center.  

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 01:44:10 PM EST
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Egypt was the true broker of a cease-fire between warring parties Israel and Hamas, governing the Gaza Strip.

Where are Netanyahu's key allies of the Gulf States in this part of the game? Abu Dhabi-KSA-Bahrain-Kuwait-Qatar are kept "informed" by both Egypt and the US.

Not quite the regime change president Obama had in mind back in 2015 ...

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 11:55:49 AM EST
Israel and the Palestinians: From the Two-State Solution to Five Failed "States" | CSIS - Cordesman |

There is an important distinction between prediction and warning. No one can now predict how the current fighting between Israel and the Palestinians will end, or if it will even pause for a prolonged period - a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas can easily become the prelude to a new low-level, sporadic war of attrition or Intifada. History teaches all too well that any form of new agreement can become the prelude to new acts of political extremism and polarization - to acquiring new arms and defenses, taking new security measures, and creating forms of resistance and terrorism.

The latest rounds of Israeli and Palestinian violence have already reached levels where they are a further barrier to any real and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel has reported that more than 3,400 Hamas rockets had been fired at Israel in the week ending on May 17th. Israel had responded with steadily intensifying precision air strikes on 766 targets, and Hamas claimed that they had resulted in 200 casualties, including 59 children and 35 women - 1,305 injured by the same date - although Israel claimed that more than 130 of those killed were Palestinian militants.

There were reports that Hamas might be seeking a ceasefire, but the fighting and air strikes continued to intensify.1 Even once this fighting does end, it seems far more likely to polarize both sides than bring them together. At the same time, they already seem to be dividing outside states over support of Israel versus support of given Palestinian factions - further making the Palestinian issue one that divides Israel's neighbors or one that they might attempt to exploit.

The Abraham Accords between Israel, Bahrain, Morocco, the Sudan, and the UAE occurred between Israel and states that had never really backed the Palestinians in war and that needed U.S. aid and political support or major U.S. weapons transfer like the F-35. They might, however, have still been the prelude to a broader accommodation between Israel and the Arab world.

However, the renewed attention to the Palestinian issue, the sheer intensity of the current fighting, and the level of civilian casualties and collateral damage caused by Israeli efforts to suppress Hamas's rocket attacks seem likely to reverse such limited progress. It also opens up the risk on added divisions over the peace and Palestinian issues in Jordan, Egypt, and other moderate nations in the Arab world - an issue that Syria, Iran, and the Hezbollah will likely exploit for the Palestinian cause, and one that Russia, China, and Turkey will likely attempt to exploit to their own strategic advantage.

by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 11:56:40 AM EST

It's more than an embrace ... an union consumed.

Pics with Mossad chief, settlement wines: Pompeo's departing pro-Israel posts | TOI - Jan. 16, 2021 |

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Susan Pompeo, Aya Cohen and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, January 15, 2021. (State Department/Twitter)

With less than a week remaining in office, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to Twitter to boast of his perceived accomplishments as top US diplomat, and has talked up President Donald Trump even as he bleeds support following the storming of the US Capitol last week.

From Tuesday through Friday, Pompeo issued a stream of posts highlighting pro-Israel moves advanced by the Trump administration and other measures he moved forward as secretary of state.

Pompeo is reportedly considering a run for president in 2024, and as an evangelical Christian, he would likely rely on the support of both his own religious community as well as the broader pool of conservative, pro-Israel voters.

Pompeo didn't manage a farewell in Europe ... there were no takers ☹.

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by Oui on Wed May 26th, 2021 at 12:15:40 PM EST
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Qatar raises annual aid to Gaza to $360 million | TOI - Jan. 31, 2021 |

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"We hear people talk about how the world, their environment and their cities have become dangerous places," said Shiri Daniels, ERAN's director. "They feel that the people around them have become hostile. Their views of themselves are also changing. They no longer feel capable and balanced, but instead have become scared and anxious."

Many of the calls came from mixed Arab-Jewish cities that emerged as flashpoints of mob violence during the recent conflict, according to Daniels. Both an Arab and Jewish Israeli were killed in the fighting.

"We got a call from one woman who said she's so worried about her mother, who lives in Acre, that she is dropping everything and going to be with her," Daniels said. "Some callers say that they are not afraid of the hundreds of rockets being fired at Israel, but what they call `civil war.' That is what is making them feel insecure and unprotected."

Requests for `psychological first aid' spiked in Israel during the recent conflict, suggesting possible long-term effects | JTA/Shomrim |

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"Like other forms of bigotry -- racism, sexism, homophobia -- antisemitism is used by the right to divide people from one another and prevent us from fighting together for a shared future of equality, peace, prosperity and environmental justice," Sanders wrote in 2019 in Jewish Currents, a left-wing magazine.

Representative Jamaal Bowman of New York wrote, "We've seen an increase in antisemitic and Islamophobic hate, in NYC and nationwide -- hateful words, hate crimes, and other forms of violence."

"Antisemitism has no place in our country or world. Neither does Islamophobia," Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted late Tuesday. "That means standing together and condemning all forms of bigotry and hate."

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Analysis in Jewish Currents claims that the alleged increase in antisemitism is greatly exaggerated.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 01:39:31 PM EST
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After 9/11 attacks Israel exploited and encouraged Islamophobia across the Western World ... Jewish lobby groups in America found it beneficial to fund prophets of hate ... the likes of Geert Wilders and Ayaan Hirsi Ali... combined efforts by Netanyahu, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman followed to confront Iran and sabotage the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal.

International Coalition to Defeat Democrats and Hillary in 2016

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 01:04:46 PM EST
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Trump's Dangerous Empowerment of White Supremacy | March 22, 2019 |

We are former colleagues and friends leading organizations in the Jewish and Muslim American communities. While we may not agree on every issue, we are in full agreement about the danger of white supremacy and the Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racism it promotes. In light of the devastating massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 50 Muslim worshipers were gunned down during Friday prayer, it is high time that Jews and Muslims came together to speak with one voice against the divisive and hateful rhetoric in our political discourse.

Our two communities have been targeted by a common enemy seeking to proliferate xenophobia and hatred around the world. Those perpetrating violence against synagogues and mosques are not Muslims or Jews. They are white supremacists emboldened by the Trump presidency, and we condemn their acts -- as well as the president's refusal to denounce white nationalism -- in the strongest possible terms.

Berkeley Univ. - Islamophobia Sudies Journal

Trump and the Collapse of Neoliberal Economic Order!

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 01:06:16 PM EST
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Crying Crocodile Tears

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 01:09:09 PM EST
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Wishful thinking ... w/o Palestinians there can be no peace or stability as we witness by renewed hostilities and Israel war crimes in occupied Gaza. From the Trump/Kushner friends a plot to overthrow the Jordan King ...

How the Biden Win Saved the King!

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 01:15:31 PM EST

There are Lies, Damn Lies, and Ron Dermer

Islamophobe Frank Gaffney Honors Israeli Ambassador Dermer

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 03:17:31 PM EST
Reply to Donna Brazile - Kahane

Alex Odeh: Trailblazing Palestinian-American Human Rights Activist | IMEU - Apr. 2, 2021 |

Palestinian-American Alex Odeh was a passionate defender of Palestinian human rights and advocate of inter-faith unity between Jews, Muslims, and Christians, a loving husband and father, and a talented poet.

Born into a Christian family in the town of Jifna, Palestine, on April 4, 1944, Alex lived through the mass expulsions of Palestinians during Israel's establishment as a Jewish state in 1948 and following Israel's occupation of the West Bank in 1967, becoming a committed advocate for Palestinian rights. As a result of his outspoken support for Palestinian rights, he was assassinated at the office of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), in Santa Ana, California, where he was regional director, in 1985.

The California Murder Case That Israel Is Sweeping Under the Rug : Justice: In 1985, Alex Odeh was killed by a pipe bomb in Orange County. The FBI has three suspects, but they are in Israel; extradition is unlikely. | LA Times - May 1990 |

Alex Odeh Was Assassinated. Two Suspects Live Openly in Israel | The Intercept |

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Days of Kahane Terror Returns in Israël

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 04:01:10 PM EST
Greenblatt did propagate the symbol of hatred "Kahane Chai" by his retweet ... extreme ugly ... same as a request for commemoration of the Holocaust with a burning swastika Nazi symbol.

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 04:03:03 PM EST
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At last!

UNHRC starts a permanent fact-finding mission Israel war crimes ... after many investigations from 2006 - 2007 - 2009 - 2012 - 2014 - etc. - 2021.

OCHA Report Charts and Maps - Humanitairen Impact of Illegal Settlement Activity

by Oui on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 05:27:19 PM EST
Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution | HRW - April 2021 |

For the past 54 years, Israeli authorities have facilitated the transfer of Jewish Israelis to the OPT and granted them a superior status under the law as compared to Palestinians living in the same territory when it comes to civil rights, access to land, and freedom to move, build, and confer residency rights to close relatives. While Palestinians have a limited degree of self-rule in parts of the OPT, Israel retains primary control over borders, airspace, the movement of people and goods, security, and the registry of the entire population, which in turn dictates such matters as legal status and eligibility to receive identity cards.

A number of Israeli officials have stated clearly their intent to maintain this control in perpetuity and backed it up through their actions, including continued settlement expansion ...

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by Oui on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 07:02:04 AM EST
Revealed: The British military hardware used in Israel's bombardment of Gaza

And on Friday Boris Johnson, on a visit to a new British aircraft carrier, personally boasted that the warplane "shows how we're driving investment right across the UK, levelling up the country with new technology and new skilled jobs".

The manufacturer says that "more than 100 UK-based suppliers" were involved in the construction of the F-35 including "BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Martin-Baker, SELEX, Cobham, Ultra Electronics, UTC Actuation Systems and Rolls-Royce".

by Oui on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 08:59:02 AM EST
HMS Queen Elizabeth's deployment 'won't be confrontational' say Boris Johnson during visit to Portsmouth

by Oui on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 09:00:53 AM EST
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