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Image by Carlos Latuff

Someone on FaceBook shared a post from my archives yesterday resulting in over 2,000 hits. It pretty much clarifies why the present situation in Israel/Palestine is raging out of control. 

Anyone who still might think that Israel is the victim may think twice after seeing the following photo essay which was originally posted here in January of 2009 …


This photo essay was put together by the head of the Norweigan Embassy in Saudi Arabia. It origanilly appeared on MWC News.



Hitler Yesterday ~ Israel Today







Those who already know that this was all a terrible mistake, that no U.S. personnel would ever purposely call for a strike on a hospital even if they thought there were Taliban inside, should be the ones most eager for the most credible investigation possible: namely, the one under the Geneva Conventions, which MSF this morning demanded, by the tribunal created exactly for such atrocities.

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Image by Carlos Latuff

Why Is the US Stonewalling the Afghan Hospital Bombing Investigation?

By Glenn Greenwald

n Geneva this morning, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) demanded a formal, independent investigation into the U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz. The group’s international president, Dr. Joanne Liu (pictured above, center), specified that the inquiry should be convened pursuant to war crime-investigating procedures established by the Geneva Conventions and conducted by The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. “Even war has rules,” Liu said. “This was just not an attack on our hospital. It was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.”

Liu emphasized that the need for an “independent, impartial investigation is now particularly compelling given what she called “the inconsistency in the U.S. and Afghan accounts of what happened over the recent days.” On Monday, we documented the multiple conflicting accounts offered in the first three days by the U.S. military and its media allies, but the story continued to change even further after that. As The Guardian’s headline yesterday noted, the U.S. admission that its own personnel called in the airstrike — not Afghan forces as it claimed the day before — meant that “U.S. alters story for fourth time in four days.” All of this led Liu to state the obvious today: “We cannot rely on internal military investigations by the U.S., NATO and Afghan forces.”

An independent, impartial investigation into what happened here should be something everyone can immediately agree is necessary. But at its daily press briefing on Monday, the U.S. State Department, through its spokesperson Mark Toner, insisted that no such independent investigation was needed on the ground that the U.S. government is already investigating itself and everyone knows how trustworthy and reliable this process is:

QUESTION: The — so MSF is calling for an independent investigation of this incident by a neutral international body. Is that something the administration would support?

MR TONER: Well, we’ve got three investigations underway. Certainly, we’ve got our own DOD-led investigation. We obviously strongly believe that can be a very transparent and accountable investigation. Let’s let these three investigations run their course and see what the results are.

I would say — and I know the White House spoke about this earlier — we have reached out to some of the leadership in Médecins Sans Frontières to express our condolences over this tragic incident. But as to whether there needs to be an independent fourth investigation, we’re satisfied, I think, at this point that enough investigations are underway that we’ll get to the truth.

QUESTION: You don’t think that with the U.S., which is — which has an interest in how this investigation proceeds and what the outcome is, and being involved in all three investigations somehow affects the legitimacy of it?

MR TONER: I mean, frankly, I think we’ve proven over time that we can investigate incidents like these — like this, and as I said, hold anyone accountable who needs to be held accountable, and do it in such a way that’s transparent and, I think, credible.

QUESTION: Just along those lines —

MR TONER: Please.

QUESTION: — MSF has said that this is a clear presumption of a war crime that’s been committed here. Some have suggested that the ICC take it up. Is it a safe bet that the U.S. would vote against/veto any attempt in the Security Council to bring this incident for — up for an ICC investigation?

MR TONER: I don’t want to answer a hypothetical. On the war crime question itself, we’re just not there yet, and I don’t want to prejudge any outcome of any investigation.

Please, sir.

QUESTION: What do you mean, “We’re just not there yet”?

MR TONER: I mean we’re conducting investigations, we’re looking at this very closely, and we’re going to, as multiple folks have said including the president over the weekend — that we’re going to hold those accountable and it’s going to be a credible investigation.

QUESTION: Does that mean —

QUESTION: So it’s conceivable to you that this could have been a war crime?

MR TONER: I said we’re not — we’re letting the investigations run their course.

QUESTION: Well, regardless of whether or not you —

MR TONER: I’m not going to — I’m not even — yeah, please, Matt.

QUESTION: No, but I want to —

MR TONER: Sure, go ahead. Sorry.

QUESTION: Is it not — I mean, it’s always been assumed, I think — and I just want to know if this assumption is still safe — that the U.S. would oppose an attempt to refer an incident involving U.S. troops to the International Criminal Court.

MR TONER: That’s —

QUESTION: I mean, as it’s — as it was being formed, you guys ran around signing these Article 98 —

MR TONER: That’s a perfectly sound assumption.

Can anyone justify that? So predictably, American journalists have announced without even waiting for any investigation that this was all a terrible accident, nothing intentional about it. Those U.S.-defending journalists should be the angriest about their government’s refusal to allow an independent, impartial investigation since that would be the most effective path for exonerating them and proving their innocent, noble intentions.

Many Americans, and especially a large percentage of the nation’s journalists, need no investigation to know that this was nothing more than a terrible, tragic mistake. They believe that Americans, and especially their military, are so inherently good and noble and well-intentioned that none would ever knowingly damage a hospital. John McCain expressed this common American view and the primary excuse now accompanying it — stuff happens — on NPR this morning:

Quote from Sen. John McCain. (photo: The Intercept)

Quote from Sen. John McCain. (photo: The Intercept)

They’re certain of this despite how consistent MSF has been that this was a “war crime.” They’re certain of it despite how many times, and how recently, MSF notified the U.S. military of the exact GPS coordinates of this hospital. They’re certain of it even though bombing continued for 30 minutes after MSF pleaded with them to stop. They’re certain of it despite the substantial evidence that their Afghan allies long viewed this exact hospital with hostility because — true to its name and purpose — the group treated all wounded human beings, including Taliban. They’re certain of it even though Afghan officials have explicitly defended the airstrike against the hospital on the ground that Taliban were inside. They’re certain of it despite how many times the U.S. has radically changed its story about what happened as facts emerged that proved its latest claims false. They’re certain of it despite how many times the U.S. has attacked and destroyed civilian targets under extremely suspicious circumstances.

But they are not apparently so certain that they desire an independent, impartial investigation into what actually happened here. The facially ludicrous announcement by the State Department that the Pentagon will investigate itself produced almost no domestic outrage. A religious-like belief in American exceptionalism and tribal superiority is potent indeed, and easily overrides evidence or facts. It blissfully renders the need for investigations obsolete. In their minds, knowing that it was Americans who did this suffices to know what happened, at least on the level of motive: It could not possibly be the case that there was any intentionality here at all. As McCain said, it’s only the Bad People — not Americans — who do such things deliberately.

But those who already know that this was all a terrible mistake, that no U.S. personnel would ever purposely call for a strike on a hospital even if they thought there were Taliban inside, should be the ones most eager for the most credible investigation possible: namely, the one under the Geneva Conventions, which MSF this morning demanded, by the tribunal created exactly for such atrocities.




By Sam Bahour

Still from AFP video shows Israeli agents who moments before were posing as demonstrators pull guns on Palestinians.

Still from AFP video shows Israeli agents who moments before were posing as demonstrators pull guns on Palestinians.

It happened today, only five minutes from my house. Watch closely as the impostor (IDF) demonstrators (dressed as Palestinians) instigate violence to lure real Palestinians to clash, then capture them. If you watch even more closely, the “most moral army in the world” actually shoots point-blank the person they are trying to arresting in the leg while soldiers take turns punching and kicking him. Israel is begging for widespread violence, it is the only game book they have.


P.S. Here is what I posted on Facebook yesterday morning:


Related report by Ali Abunimah (Click on link)

Video: Israel plants armed “stone throwers” among Palestinian protestors

And THIS report from Ma’an

Undercover Israeli forces injure, detain 3 youths near al-Bireh



14th Intifada on the way and its global ramifications

            ............. Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff


Below I discuss briefly why I think Israel is intent on ethnic cleansing in
the occupied territories, the recent upheaval here and the killing of
children, who is Benyamin Mileikowsky (aka Netanyahu) behind the spate of
recent war crimes including murdering a 13 year old child (pictures below),
ask whether a 14th Intifada on the way and its global ramifications, and
progress in building something positive in Bethlehem.

There has been a significant escalation of violence in the apartheid
country in the past few days. If this is a new uprising it is expected as
we have one on average every 10 years (we had nearly 14 in the past 140
years of Zionist onslaught). When we analyze the straw that broke the
proverbial camel’s back for this particular wave of unrest, we see the
arson attack 31 July 2015 on the Dawabshe family (father, mother and child
murdered) and the calls for revenge. Since then some 30 Palestinians and 4
Israelis were killed.The past week saw further escalation that started with
storming Al-Aqsa mosque area with extremist settlers who call for
destroying the mosque to build a Jewish temple. A Jewish settler husband
and wife were killed by a cell from Hamas (probably acting without direct
orders from hierarchy). They were residents of an illegal Israeli colony
built on Palestinian land and the husband was a high level Israeli officer
(the wife also served in the Israeli military). Whether one supports such
actions or not, the action predictably unleashed a torrent of settler
revenge attacks supported by the Israeli military. Netanyahu came back from
his US tour after receiving a green light from Washington for ethnic
cleansing in Jerusalem and for killing Palestinians. He told his commanders
to shoot any Palestinian throwing stones and if they arrest such youth to
give them mandatory minimum sentences of 4 years. Settlers and soldiers in
turn got the green light to torch cars, shoot civilians, burn crops and
more. Tensions escalated and 650 Palestinian civilians were injured and
many killed. Here in Bethlehem a 13 year old child Abdelrahman Obeidallah
was gunned down when he was returning from school. Pictures showed he was
not participating in the demonstration. It is hard to justify shooting a
child in the chest who is not posing a threat. I cried as I paid a visit
and extended condolences to his father and other family members today.  In
a videotaped incident in Jerusalem, there was clear execution of a young
man who was posing no threat. Israeli settlers chased a 19 year old Fadi
Alloon heading for his early morning prayers. He tried to get protection
even from Israeli police officers but settlers screamed at the police
telling them to shoot him and the police followed settler orders without
the victim posing any threat to anyone. Full evidence with translation by
Ronni Barkan from Hebrew of the Nazi like behavior is found here:

The murderers like in thousands of similar
incidents will remain free and even be praised for their actions. It is
clear now that there is an orchestrated campaign to destroy native presence
here to extend the geography and hegemony of the racist “Jewish state” and
western media have done little or no reporting on what is going on in here.
The few local reporters trying to cover events are targeted physically and
shot at regularly.
Father of 13 year old AbdelRahman, victim of Israeli terrorism on the spot
where he was murdered.

Israeli military occupiers decided to close down the old city of Jerusalem
selectively to Palestinians while Israeli Jews were allowed in to rampage
and taunt and attack the native Jerusalemites (Christians and Muslims).
Such a military order shows once again that we are deeper into fascist
apartheid. Palestinians rightly wonder why the cell that firebombed the
Dawabsheh family is still free while those who killed the settler couple
were tracked down within 24 hours? Denying a city to the native people
while opening it up for colonizers is against International law. Murdering
at will, injuring hundreds, kidnapping citizens (600 in September alone)
and holding them for months and years without trial, torturing people,
demolishing homes. Many consider it a beginning of a new (14th) uprising
against the Zionist colonization of Palestine. The conditions of an
uprising are indeed there and I explained in detail in my book about its
trajectory (see) 

The "Arab and Islamic world" and the USA are increasing exposed as
collaborators with Netanyahu and company in the slaughter stretching from
Yemen to Syria passing through Palestine. Palestinians in the streets are
increasingly frustrated at their own leaders (whose terms have expired and
can't seem to let go of their seats). Political paralysis  New actors are
coming to fill the gap left after the mess created by imperialism here.
Russia entered the fray in Syria. Russia entered Syria at the request of
the Syrian government while the US did not have such permission nor a
decision by the UN Security Council. But more importantly, Russian jets did
more damage to ISIS in the first 48 hours that US “coalition” did in one
year.  Russia says it will talk to the “moderate rebels” that the US claims
to exist if they can be found. Problem is all non-government held territory
is in the hands of Nusra, ISIS or others (many of them equipped by USA and
its coalition).  US security establishment already admitted that most of
the weapons they sent to supposed moderate people (mercenaries?) switched
to be held by the extremist rebels. Perhaps the US was interested in what
Henry Kissinger described as policy is “to get them to kill each other”.
Perhaps Russia will upset this and finally succeed in ending 5 years of
stalemate in Syria. The pivot remains here. Leaders of the Zionist forces
ordered soldiers to shoot children, to torture prisoners, and to demolish
homes and repeat the ethnic cleansing done in 1948. Since he is in the
headline for staring down the UN and meeting with world leaders to bully
and threaten them, it is worth looking who is Netanyahu.

Benyamin Mileikowsky (aka Netanyahu) was born to Benzion Mileikowsky (later
changed names to Netanyahu), a Polish settler who came to Palestine and to
the USA (dual citizenship acquired). His American father became secretary
to terrorist leader Vladimir Yevgenyevich Zhabotinsky (aka Zeev Jabotinsky)
founder of "revisionist" Zionism and supported groups like Irgun terrorist
organization during the mandate in Palestine. His son continues to idolize
these early Jewish terrorists. Both Benjamin and his brother served in
units of the Israeli forces responsible for assassinations on foreign lands
(in violations of international law) and committed war crimes. He is known
both among Israelis and globally as a consummate liar who refused to accept
the Oslo accords (even though they were partial to Israel) and has gotten
rich off of his political activities. Here is a video of him thinking the
camera was off explaining his true contributions during his first stint as
Israeli prime minister in the 1990s.
 see also this 

 This is after all the same terrorist who gave a speech to dozens of Likud
Party members in Eilat in which he admitted this is his strategy. According
to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (15 July 2001): " his audience a
bit of advice on how to deal with foreign interviewers (Netanyahu said):
'Always, irrespective of whether you're right or not, you must always
present your side as right.' In 2011 at the G20 summit, the French
president, Nicolas Sarkozy, described Netanyahu as a liar in a private
exchange with US President Barack Obama  (it was inadvertently broadcast to
journalists). "I cannot stand him. He's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama. US
President Obama responded by saying:
 "You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day."
But Obama was exagerrating: he does not have to deal with Nothingyahu every
day. We do and we are sick and tired of it and that is why Abbas's efforts
to stem an uprising will fail.

​Sadly civilians suffer for US/Israeli policies of destabilization and
mayhem. My view is that Palestine will remain an Achilles heel of western
hypocrisy, and the key to conflict generation in Western Asia. Our freedom
will be a key to regional and global stability. Perhaps that is why
demonstrations were in over 50 cities and towns in occupied Palestine
(including Jaffa, Haifa, Nazareth etc) and dozens of cities around the
world. The world is waking up. We pray that politicians do not be the last
to wake-up.

Besides engaging in popular resistance, we continue to build for the
future. We have several new volunteers at our Palestine Museum of Natural
History and Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem
University (see)  We just had our first rains of
the season. Olive picking will commence shortly. We have visitors daily. We
plan and execute projects that help people stay on their land and do
productive work. We have students learning and growing in their skills. We
learn new things every day. Life goes on even in the midst of decades of
Zionist genocidal actions. We teach life. Join us, visit us.

Missing the target, forgetting the point, forgetting the profession by Dr
Paola Manduca


It is amply clear that the chances for a new intifada are now greater than ever before in light of the deep anger and indignation generated among most Palestinians by Israeli provocations and crimes.

Are Palestinians on the verge of a new Intifada?

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

Palestinians, especially youngsters, are taking to the streets in large numbers to protest increasingly determined efforts by Jewish fanatics to take over or demolish al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place in Islam.

A number of protesters, including a child, have been shot dead by trigger-happy Israeli soldiers, instructed by the Israeli government to shoot to kill even peaceful protesters.

According to eyewitnesses, Abdul Rahman Ubaydullah, 12, was shot dead early Tuesday by an Israeli sniper as he was playing outside his home at the Ayda refugee camp near Bethlehem.

Israel murdered thousands of Palestinians, including hundreds of children, in three devastating wars on the Gaza Strip in 2008-9, 2012, and 2014.

On Monday, another Palestinian youngster named Huthayfa Suleiman was shot dead at the Shweika neighborhood near the town of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank.

Palestinian medical sources have reported that as many as 600 protesters were injured in the last three days, 300 by rubber-coated bullets, and the rest as a result of suffocation from tear-gas inhalation.

The hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed to take “harsh” measures against “rioters.”

The measures include instructions to kill stone-throwers, and demolish the family homes of Palestinians accused of killing Israeli settlers as well as imposing hefty fines on their families.

The measures seem to represent a stark contrast to the extremely lenient measures adopted against Jewish terrorists responsible for murdering Palestinians.

Nearly two months ago, Jewish terrorists burned alive an entire Palestinian family at the village of Duma near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The father, mother and a small toddler succumbed to their massive burns while a second and only remaining child of the family is still fighting for his life in hospital.

Israel vowed to catch the perpetrators. However, two months after the ugly incident, none of the murderers has been apprehended.

It is widely believed that the Israeli security agencies as well as justice system are reluctant to pursue the Talmudic settler terrorists who are backed by powerful political figures as and top-ranking army officers.

The Israeli justice system, which is rife with right-wing judges sympathetic to the terrorists, often treats Jewish suspects as “innocent even if proven guilty,” using the words of Israeli peace activist.

Al-Aqsa, the epicenter

The main reason behind current Palestinian protests is the recurrent and increasingly bold Jewish attempts to take over the Aqsa Mosque from Muslim hands in order to build on its site a Jewish temple.

Messianic Jewish groups, backed by powerful parties within the coalition government led by Netanyahu have been storming the Islamic sanctuary, nearly on a daily basis, under the protection of the Israeli security forces.

Muslims who tried to defend the sanctity of the place were severely beaten, shot at, or arrested and given hefty fines.

On Monday, crack Israeli soldiers expelled Muslim worshipers from the place.

Messianic Jews believe that the destruction of the Aqsa Mosque and building a Talmudic temple on its site would usher in the beginning of the so-called “redemption age” and appearance of a Jewish Messiah or redeemer, who will bring salvation for Jews and establish a world-wide Jewish empire.

Some Jewish circles, including religious Zionists, whose main political arm, ha-Bayt ha Yehudi, (Jewish home), is the second largest party in the current Israeli government, believe that bloodshed and violence on a very large scale must precede the redemption and appearance of the redeemer.

Believers in this  cataclysmic theology, who are in the hundreds of thousands and include most settlers in the West Bank, often seek to expedite these doomsday whims  by provoking violence in Occupied Palestine, especially by torching mosques and even churches and by committing outrageous acts of murder like what happened to the Dawabsheh family.

However, Messianic Jews know well that nothing would provoke the Palestinians like the recurrent storming of the Aqsa Mosque.

Life- and- death issue

In a certain sense, the millenarian Jews are correct.

Assaults on the Aqsa Mosque, even under the deceptive rubric of “innocent visits” do provoke Palestinians as nothing else would.

After all, the Aqsa Mosque is an integral part of the Islamic belief itself.  The Mosque is mentioned by name in Suratul Isra (Chapter- 17)

Most Palestinians actually believe that the majestic Muslim sanctuary, to which the Prophet Muhammed made his night journey from Mecca and subsequently flew from there to the seventh heaven in what is known in Muslim traditions as Israa and Mi’iraj, symbolizes their very existence in Palestine.

Hence, targeting the Mosque by Jews is viewed as a direct, brazen and flagrant attack or declaration of war on the very existence of the Palestinians, not only in Palestine, but also in the Levant region.

That is why; nearly every Palestinian considers the issue a matter of life and death even at the personal level.

A new Intifada

It is difficult to say with certainty whether an intifada or uprising is occurring or going to occur soon.

However, it is amply clear that the chances for a new intifada are now greater than ever before in light of the deep anger and indignation generated among most Palestinians by Israeli provocations and crimes.

Hence, it is probably logical to say that the evolution of the present protests in the West Bank into a full-fledged uprising depends very much on Israeli behaviors, especially at the Aqsa Mosque.

More to the point, the virtual death of the so-called peace process and the practical elimination by Israel of all realistic prospects for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state are likely to make the eruption of a third Intifada more likely if not inevitable.


SodaStream’s big move

SodaStream offers 1,000 jobs to Syrian refugees in Israel

Company, which was targeted by BDS over its West Bank plant, says it could employ refugees in southern Israel

(Click HERE to see report)

It’s easy to look like the ‘good guy’ when the situation is impossible thanks to the Israeli government’s policies ….

See my recent post HERE


All of the below by Carlos Latuff

Making America more American 'Great Dictator Style'

Making America more American
‘Great Dictator Style’


Welcome to the quagmire

Welcome to the quagmire















Minneapolis protest outside Star Tribune slams lack of coverage of Israeli settler violence. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Minneapolis protest outside Star Tribune slams lack of coverage of Israeli settler violence. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

The Western Media has been going viral over the past few days over terrorist murders of Israelis.

What about the murders of Palestinians? That you won’t read about in the West ….

Below are the latest reports from the Palestinian Press (Click on links below the photos)



We waited decades to see the flag of Palestine raised at the United Nations Building in New York. It is a sure sign that Statehood of that Nation will soon become a fact.

But, there are elements that wish to stop this process via terrorism, on both sides of the wall.

This flag MUST fly FOREVER as part of the family of nations .... Don't allow it not to.

This flag MUST fly FOREVER as part of the family of nations …. Don’t allow it not to.

On Thursday, a Jewish father and mother of four were gunned down in their car while driving through the occupied West Bank as their children watched in horror.  This is part of a never ending process of hate that only leads to more hate and more terror from both sides.

Last night, two more Jewish Israelis were killed on their way to pray at the Western Wall.

DesertPeace condemns these actions and those responsible for them. We also condemn any Palestinian Website that condones these actions as well as any zionist Website that advocates the continuation of the occupation of Palestinian territories.


Peace and the creation of a Palestinian State will only become realities when both sides realise that is the only possible way to survive …. there is an alternative to terror. Below is a letter penned by Roger Waters, showing how the BDS Movement IS THAT ALTERNATIVE  …

Roger Waters to Jon Bon Jovi: “You stand shoulder to shoulder with the settler who burned the baby”

Letter to the pop group Bon Jovi: 

Dear Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Tico Torres,

Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government’s apartheid policies by performing in Israel. Having read Jon’s comments last week in Yedioth Ahronoth, I won’t waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians.

So the die is cast, you are determined to proceed with your gig in Tel Aviv on October 3. You are making your stand.

You stand shoulder to shoulder

With the settler who burned the baby

With the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie

With the soldier who shot the soccer player’s feet to bits

With the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach

With the sniper who killed the kid in the green shirt

And the one who emptied his clip into the 13-year-old girl

And the Minister of Justice who called for genocide

You had a chance to stand

On the side of justice

With the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps

With the teenager who chose eight prison terms over army service

With the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom

With the doctor banned from entry for saving lives

With the farmer who was cut down marching to the wall

With the legless child growing up in the rubble

And the 550 others who won’t grow up at all

Because of the missiles and tank shells and bullets we sent

The dead can’t remind you of the crimes you’ve ignored. But, lest we forget, “To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.”

Roger Waters


Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff



The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.


Palestinian Flag Raised at United Nations for First Time

The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.

The ceremony on Wednesday afternoon was attended by diplomats in the U.N.’s Rose Garden shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, criticized Israel and said that the Palestinians were no longer bound by the Oslo Accords.

On Thursday, the flag will be hung in a permanent location alongside U.N. member flags, CNN reported.

The General Assembly voted 119-8 on Sept. 10 to allow the Palestinian flag at headquarters. Israel and the United States were among the dissenters, along with Canada and Australia.

Since 2012, the Palestinian Authority has had nonmember observer status at the world body. The Vatican, which is also a nonmember observer, won the flag-raising right in the same vote as the Palestinian Authority and raised its flag on Friday without ceremony.

Abbas dedicated Wednesday’s ceremony to “the martyrs, the prisoners and the wounded, and to those who gave their lives while trying to raise this flag,” Al Jazeera reported. Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Yasser Arafat Square in the West Bank city of Ramallah to watch a live broadcast of the ceremony on a large screen.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council, told Al Jazeera that the flag raising was as “an important symbolic step.”

“In essence, it will honor the many Palestinians who were killed by Israel while trying to raise that flag in the occupied Palestinian territories,” he said.

Before the Sept. 10 vote, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the General Assembly that “raising the Palestinian flag outside the U.N. headquarters is not an alternative to negotiations and will not bring [Israel and the Palestinians] closer to peace.”


Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff


From WRH

From WRH


The Double Standard by Latuff

The Double Standard by Latuff



The myth …

Leaving for UN, Benjamin Netanyahu Blames Palestinians for Jerusalem Violence

See full report HERE


The reality … it’s not just the Temple Mount … (click on links)

Israeli forces cross into Gaza, level land


Nablus police chief, 3-year-old daughter injured by Israeli fire


Israeli forces continue entry restrictions to Aqsa compound


New clashes as Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound


Israel imposes lockdown on East Jerusalem neighborhoods


There are more examples, many more …. none of which you will read about in the Western Media.

That’s why WE ARE HERE!


For this they cry for and open investigations ….

Dogs burnt to death in shelter arson

One of wounded dogs (Photo: Bashir Amin)

One of wounded dogs (Photo: Bashir Amin)

All the dogs that were found in the compound after the fire have been transferred to “Let the animals live” ambulances, which are now treating them on the scene according to the organization. The majority of the animals will spend the night in a different animal shelter.

As far as I know a ‘Let the Palestinians Live’ organisation DOES NOT EXIST

Vandals apparently set fire to dog shelter in northern Israeli town, killing two dogs and severely burning 13 others.

Full report HERE


While THIS is almost a forgotten issue as the murderers remain protected by authorities

What remains of the  Dawabsha family (MaanImages)

What remains of the Dawabsha family (MaanImages)

The 27-year-old mother of two was buried in the village’s cemetery, next to her husband and son who were laid to rest last month.

Thousands of Palestinians mourn the death of slain infant’s mother

Report from the archives HERE


This brilliant poster was created by Shaul Hanuka Help us realise justice by circulating it widely

This brilliant poster was created by Shaul Hanuka
Help us realise justice by circulating it widely


In Memory of Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18-yo Palestinian Student murdered by Israeli Troops in Hebron


Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff


Related report FROM

Palestinian teen shot in Hebron by Israeli forces dies from injuries

A Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in Hebron died from her injuries on Tuesday, Israeli medical sources said.

The teenager, identified as 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, was shot three times by Israeli soldiers after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, Israel’s army said.

A spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek Medical Center where she was taken for treatment said the teenager was “terribly injured, and underwent surgery upon her arrival.

“She later died from her injuries, the spokesperson confirmed.

No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, and the Israeli army did not release photographs of a knife, as they have done on several other recent occasions.

The army spokeswoman said that the attack had been “thwarted.”

A local activist group Youth Against Settlements later released what it said were photos of the incident, appearing to show Israeli soldiers aiming their weapons at the woman, as first she faced them and afterward turned away from them.

Another photo appeared to show the woman slumped on the street, after she was shot and wounded.

Video footage from Palestinian news agency PalMedia showed al-Hashlamon left bleeding on the pavement, reportedly for up to 30 minutes before she received treatment.

The footage shows the woman being dragged out of camera frame, while soldiers and heavily armed settlers look on.

Al-Hashlamon’s death marks at least 25 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, according to UN documentation, not including Palestinian deaths caused by Israeli settlers.


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Tens of cattle owned by Palestinians died after Israeli water firm cut off water supplies for Palestinian village in Nablus. 



New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

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Thanks to Shaul Hanuka for the above


Preparations are underway to usher in a week long holiday in Israel. It is called Succot, or The Feast of the Tabernacles. We eat all of our meals in little booths and the ceilings are usually made of tree branches, allowing the sky to be visible. It is a reminder of the 40 years we roamed in the desert and dwelled in such structures. It is actually quite a fun holiday and a very community oriented one, it is one of my favourites.
A non Jewish visitor to Jerusalem this week might get the impression that the entire city stands in solidarity with the homeless Palestinians illegally evicted from their homes by settlers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Tents have appeared (actually booths) in preparation of the Festival
Family homes were STOLEN, many families have been living in makeshift tents for over five years…. and neither the Municipality of Jerusalem nor the Palestinian Authority gives a damn. As winter approaches, a new meaning is given to the term ‘settlement freeze’ as these homeless literally freeze in their abodes. Sheikh Jarrah is no longer headline news, but the problems there remain the same.
I had some flashbacks this morning to my Succot celebrations in Brooklyn as a child, they were much different than here. Here there is a Jewish community and an Arab community. In the neighbourhood I grew up in, there was a Eastern European Jewish Community (Ashkenazi) and a community made up of Spanish Jews and Jews from Northern Africa (Sephardi). Both communities had their own traditions and practices, but basically both were members of the same religion. One of the major differences between the two communities at the time were language, the Ashkenazi Jews spoke Yiddish; a language with Germanic roots, while the Sephardi Jews spoke a language called Ladino; a mixture of Hebrew and Spanish.
What I remembered this morning was the following; The Synagogue of the Sephardi community was situated very close to the home of my grandparents. They used to build a large enough booth to accommodate their entire congregation. As a child, I used to help them with the preparations. I remembered my grandmother screaming at me from her window to get away from them, not to play with their kids…. I could never understand why. It seemed that part of her ghetto mentality was to distrust anyone that was in any way different. These people were different than we were, as mentioned; they spoke a different language and, for the most part, had darker skins than the Ashkenazi Jews. The younger generation, like myself did not see these differences as our common language was English and skin colour was never an issue with me or my immediate family. I therefore could never understand my grandmother’s logic, or lack of…. So I secretly maintained my friendships with the kids there.
Today, I started thinking about prejudice, why it exists, how to overcome it…. It seems to exist because of ignorance and fear, two very real factors. How to overcome it? Learn about each other and the fear factor will be eliminated. Very simple! It worked in my case.Things are different today, in Israel at least. The Jewish community celebrates together. We have a common language, Hebrew. There are still some remnants of the old world prejudice, but for the most part it’s gone. Now to overcome the prejudices between the Jewish and Arab communities here. My way is to open my booth, as well as my home, to ALL members of the community, both Arab and Jew.  It’s the only way to guarantee an end to the hatred… live together! So, instead of fearing the differences of the others, my philosophy is to say
Let us all live together as neighbours and brothers.Shalom-Salaam!


Photos of the Ceremony © by Bud Korotzer



Michael and Robert Meerapol

Michael and Robert Meerapol








Miriam Moskowitz was there as well at age 99

Miriam Moskowitz was there as well at age 99

More photos and links HERE

DesertPeace is proud to join in with the City Council of New York City as they celebrate the 100th birthday of Ethel Rosenberg.

After years of concealing the truth about the Rosenberg spy case, evidence came to light recently  proving the innocence of Ethel.

It was her brother that turned her in to save the life of his wife.

May he burn in hell for eternity!

Sketches of the Rosenbergs by Pablo Picasso

Sketches of the Rosenbergs by Pablo Picasso

A note from Ethel’s granddaughter Jenn …

After years of hard work by my father, RFC Founder Robert Meeropol, and others, I am delighted to announce that on Monday, September 28th, members of the New York City Council will issue a proclamation honoring my grandmother, Ethel Rosenberg, on what would be her 100th birthday. My father and I, and other members of our family, will be at the announcement at 11 am on the steps of City Hall in New York.

If you’re nearby, we invite you to join us for this historic occasion, which will be open to the public and members of the media. Whether or not you are able to be with us in person, please visit our website for further details, and to read the exact language of the proclamation once we are able to release it following the ceremony on Monday.

Thank you all for being part of the community of support which helped make this possible,


Jenn Meeropol


Pontiff visits Cuba before his arrival in USA

Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff

Related report ….. click on link

Pope Francis to stop off in Cuba on way to United States in September



Why Israelis can burn Palestinians alive and get away with it

Watch this before YouTube removes it

By Maureen Clare Murphy

“I was on the balcony of my home. I heard Saad screaming, ‘Help me. They’ve killed me,’” explains Ibrahim Dawabsha in a new short documentary produced by the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq (watch it at the top of this page).

Ibrahim rushed out to find Saad Dawabsha and his wife, Riham, lying on the ground, their bodies on fire.

A masked figure stood near Saad, and another stood near his wife.

Ibrahim carried Saad and then Riham away from their burning home, and then rescued their 4-year-old son Ahmed from inside.

“I took him to my neighbor’s house. The neighbor told me that there was also another child inside the house. His name was Ali. I went back to Saad’s home. At that time, the whole house was on fire.”

While villagers waited for firefighters to arrive, they tried in vain to rescue baby Ali, who perished in the fire.

Violent cell

Six hours before the Dawabsha family home was set ablaze in the occupied West Bank village of Duma on 31 July, Israel’s Channel 2 aired an exposé on a group of settlers who had set fire to the historic Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee region of present-day Israel.

When they were arrested, Channel 2 reported, the members of the cell admitted that they had set fire to the church as well as to homes and mosques in the West Bank. Investigators found a CD they produced which describes how Arabs can be burned alive: break the windows of a home, throw flammable material into the rooms and set fire to the exits.

“This way Arabs are burned to death,” the instructions assure.

After the Dawabsha home was set on fire, the Israeli military held a press conference outside it.

Al-Haq’s documentary shows an army spokesperson stating, in Arabic, that Israel promises “to arrest those who did this and bring them to justice.”

No one knows the emptiness of such promises more than Hussein Abu Khudair.

His 16-year-old son Muhammad was abducted from outside his Jerusalem home and burned alive in June 2014, hours after a right-wing rally in the city during which protesters chanted “Death to the Arabs.”

“Those who abducted my son had participated in the demonstration, which provided moral support for them to kidnap and set my son Muhammad on fire,” Hussein explains in the documentary.

“For four days, the Israeli police claimed that my son had been killed on grounds of family disputes,” he adds.

“If it had not been for surveillance cameras that documented the abduction and the abductors, the Israeli police would have registered the case against unknown persons.”

“When the judge is your enemy”

The perpetrators of Muhammad’s murder are being brought to trial. But Hussein doesn’t believe that it will bring justice for his family.

“The Israeli judiciary is not impartial. When the judge is your enemy, who can you complain to? The Israeli judiciary is sympathetic to these criminals.”

Hussein insists that the people who killed his son should not have been able to commit the crime in the first place.

“The police cooperated with them in spite of the fact that they should have arrested them before they burned and killed Muhammad,” he says.

One can only imagine that Saad and Riham Dawabsha would say the same about those who murdered 18-month-old Ali.

But Saad died of his injuries one week after the attack, and then Riham succumbed to hers one month later.


Nearly two months since the attack, no one has been charged in connection with the crime, though the Israeli government knows who did it.

The Israeli army spokesperson’s promise to catch the Dawabsha family’s killers is cynical enough, given the long history of settlers attacking Palestinians and their crops, homes and places of worship without punishment.

But it is also totally insincere, as the army protects those settlers’ very presence in the West Bank through its violent occupation that robs Palestinians of their most basic rights.

Israel’s army exists in service to the settlers, who are a necessary component of the state’s settler-colonyenterprise.

Why would the army inflict worse punishment on settlers when its own uniformed soldiers routinely get away with murdering Palestinians at checkpoints, like they did 18-year-old Hadil Salah Hashlamoun on Tuesday?

To believe that a Palestinian family could obtain justice in Israel’s courts is to completely ignore the reality of the system and who it is designed to serve.

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