ISM | April 17, 2015
This week’s Friday demonstration in Kafr Qaddum followed the same violent pattern as the previous ones during the past weeks. The Israeli occupation forces began their shooting before the demonstration even started. Soldiers and border police fired tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammonition at the protestors. Hammam Khalid Aqil, age 19, was hit by two rubber-coated steel bullets, one in his leg and one in his head.
He was badly injured and while he was still unconscious the Israeli army arrested him and took him to a hospital in Israel where he is now under intensive care. His condition is extremely serious, even so it took several hours before his parents were allowed to come and see him at the hospital.
This is one of the more unintentionally humorous videos I’ve seen in a while. Congressman Ed Royce is a Republican from California who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On Wednesday the committee held a hearing in which Royce launched a vitriolic attack upon Russian media, accusing it of employing an “information army” for purpose of “demonizing the West.”
Sedki al-Meket, a member of the Druze community in the Golan Heights, reportedly imprisoned and tortured by Israel for spilling the beans on the Jewish state’s secret alliance with Al-Nusra.
By Asa Winstanley | April 16, 2015
Middle East Monitor
Sedqi al-Maqet, a Syrian activist who lives in the Israeli-occupied part of Syria known as the Golan Heights was interned after a dawn raid on his home by Israeli secret police at the end of February. Until quite recently, the Israeli media was absolutely banned from mentioning his case at all, even from referring or linking to foreign press reports on the issue.
Onlookers in Washington gather on the west front of the Capitol after the suicide of Leo P. Thornton on Saturday, April 11.
By Pam Martens | April 14, 2015
At approximately 1:07 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, April 11, during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating springtime in the Nation’s Capitol, a 22-year old man took his own life with a gun on the Capitol grounds with a protest sign taped to his hand. According to the Washington Post, the sign read: “Tax the one percent.”
Congress is apparently doing everything in its power to kill any agreement reached between the US and Iran, and with the Obama administration now entering into a “compromise” with congressional hawks on the matter, prospects for a final deal are looking pretty slim. The Senate bill, approved yesterday, seems to have been passed pretty much at the behest of AIPAC, and one Israeli official, Yuval Steinitz, has even come out and called it “an achievement for Israeli policy.”
While Russia has sent a ship to Yemen to evacuate its own citizens (and even some Americans, as the above video mentions) US citizens trapped in Yemen have received little to no help from their own government. This is actually not an unprecedented situation. If you’re not familiar with it, you might be interested in the story of Charles Horman, a US journalist who was trapped in Chile as the US carried out a coup in 1973.
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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder (center) speaks to Congress members.
According to the report below, Danish Jews are so fearful of anti-Semites they are now scared to wear their yarmulkes in public–and by golly, it’s the responsibility of the United States to step up and do something about this situation!
An Interview with Dr. Basman Alashi
International Solidarity Movement
“You corner me, you kill me, and on top of that you ask me not to defend myself. Human beings in this world have the right to defend themselves. We, as Palestinians, have the right to defend our land and our families by all means available…”
On July 17, 2014, Israeli forces bombed the Al Wafaa Hospital in the Gaza Strip. This is an interview with Dr. Basman Alashi, the hospital’s director…
Last Friday a conference focusing on the power of the pro-Israel lobby in America was held in Washington. Organized by IRmep and the Washington Report on Mideast Affairs, the conference was entitled “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?” Speakers included Grant Smith, founder and director of IRmep; Richard Falk, professor emeritus at Princeton University and former UN special rapporteur for Palestine; former Congressman Paul Findley; Huwaida Arrraf, a Palestinian-American lawyer and human rights advocate; radio host Jeffrey Blankfort, and quite a number of others–some twenty speakers in all.