JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have delivered orders to the village of Beit Iksa north of Jerusalem ordering the confiscation of 12,852 dunums (3,176 acres) of Palestinian land, locals said on Saturday.
Locals told Ma’an that soldiers deployed at the military checkpoint at the entrance to the village delivered confiscation orders signed by the Israeli military commander in the West Bank Nitzan Alon that gave them until Dec. 31, 2017 to remain on their land.
Villagers said that soldiers informed them that an official from the Israeli military liaison would arrive on Monday to specify which lands that would be confiscated, adding that the lands confiscated would be used for “military purposes.” Continue reading Usurping Jewish entity to confiscate 3,200 acres of Palestinian land near Jerusalem
Police shot dead a young Palestinian with Israeli citizenship during an attempted arrest Saturday, threatening to inflame Palestinian anger as the top EU diplomat pushed for progress on the political front.
The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Occupied Palestine comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed East Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes. Continue reading Israeli forces kill Palestinian with Israeli citizenship resisting cousin’s arrest
by Ahmad Jamaleddine, Al-Akhbar English
It seems clear that the ties between Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the exception of Qatar, are evolving dramatically in economic and military matters, at a time when the unrest in Yemen and Egyptian concerns over the continued chaos in Libya are leading to a profound military cooperation between the two sides.
Cairo – An Associated Press report published earlier this week, quoting Egyptian and Gulf officials, said that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait were discussing the creation of a military pact to take on extremists in the region, particularly in Libya and Yemen, with the possibility of creating a joint force to intervene around the Middle East. The report said this alliance would operate separately from the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States. Continue reading The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs
(EDITOR’S NOTE: While “travesty of justice”, as well as “moral outrage” and “inexplicably shameful” are all appropriate phrases to be used in the wake of this putrescent ICC decision, it is in fact perfectly congruent with the way that the so-called “international community” and its various organs have dealt with the usurping Zionist regime since it came into existence via ethnic cleansing and genocide almost seven decades ago. Due to the overwhelming power that the organized Jewish community wields in the name of International Zionism, particularly its seemingly all-encompassing influence over Washington, Ottawa, London, Paris, Brussels and other Euro-Atlanticist strongholds, Western governments — and therefore, the global organizations that they chair and fund — are beholden to the hegemony of their Zionist financial overlords and out of sheer fear of losing their positions in the intersected worlds of business and politics, make sure that the Jewish gangster “state” stays out of harm’s way. It is time, after over 130 years of illegal Jewish colonization and 67 years of Jewish occupation in the Holy Land of Palestine, to unequivocally state that the liberal democratic paradigm, which is hegemonic and enshrines such concepts as “human rights” and “international law” into its socio-political foundation, is dead. It cannot secure justice for the Palestinian people — or their allies like those on the Freedom Flotilla — in any way, shape or form. It cannot punish Zionist war criminals. It cannot regain land and it sure as hell cannot stop Jewish colonialism from devouring village after village and threatening holy site after holy site. There is only one solution to the Zionist problem, and that is the Hizbullah-Algeria option. Hizbullah’s methodology not only deters Zionism, not only defeats it, but beats it up, and this is proven by the Lebanese Islamic Resistance’s successful three-decade history; the Algerian anti-colonial model, which collapsed a 132-year French colonial occupation, could work as well, undoubtedly. Anything and everything else is a sham… Let the liberals choke on that reality. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading ICC: Israel’s killing of 9 Gaza flotilla protesters ‘not of sufficient gravity’ for war crimes probe
by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Global Research
Iran Trip: September – October 2014
Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time. This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes. I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes. It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.
Part I – Women of the Islamic Republic of Iran
It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages. However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.
Western media with help from feminists and Iranians living outside of Iran portray Iranian women as being “oppressed” — foremost because women in Iran have to abide by an Islamic dress code – hijab. Yes, hijab is mandatory and women choose to either wear either a chador or to wear a scarf. But what is crucial to understand is the role chador played in pre 1979 versus the post Revolution era. Continue reading Discovering Iran: Women’s Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
by Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
The film version of Animal Farm was released to acclaim 60 years ago. There was a gala launch at the United Nations in New York and the film was praised by national newspapers. “The British out-Disney Disney” was one headline.
George Orwell’s novella remains a set book on school curriculums, and his satire has lost none of its relevance in the modern age (“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”). The story of how his book was turned into Britain’s first animated feature film is fascinating, not least because the movie was funded by America’s Central Intelligence Agency. Continue reading How the CIA brought Animal Farm to the screen
by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The 18th Tank Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, backed by the National Defense Forces and Liwaa Al-Qalb Al-Suqour Sahra’a (Syrian Arab Army Special Forces), have captured the remaining gas fields of Jabal Al-Sha’ar (Poet Mountains) in east Homs. This marks the 2nd time in 4 months that this mountain area in the Homs Governorate has been recaptured by SAA and their allies. Continue reading ISIS Suffers Their Biggest Setback in Syria; Jabal Al-Sha’ar Captured by the Syrian Arab Army
NEW YORK (JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League’s new national director will be social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt — a special assistant to President Obama who earlier in his career co-founded the bottled water brand Ethos.
Greenblatt, 43, will succeed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February that he would be stepping down effective July 2015. Foxman, 74, has been the ADL’s national director since 1987. Continue reading White House aide Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed Abe Foxman as ADL chief
Belgian police and a few hundred protesters, including many dockers, clashed in central Brussels on Thursday after a largely peaceful march against reforms and cost-cutting measures of the new centre-right government.
Several cars were overturned or set on fire and assorted projectiles thrown at the lines of police, who responded with pepper spray and water cannon. Police finally cleared the area with a charge late in the afternoon.
A police spokesman declined to say how many people had been detained and how many police and protesters injured.
Around 100,000 Belgians had earlier marched through central Brussels in protest against the new government’s savings measures. It was the first in a series of demonstrations and strikes planned over coming weeks. Continue reading 100,000 Belgium protesters clash with police after austerity march