40% of Palestinian Children Detained by Israel Are Sexually Abused; Virtually All Are Tortured

By: Sunday November 23, 2014 4:00 pm

According to a new report by the independent, non-governmental, human rights organization the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC), at least 600 Palestinian children have been arrested in Jerusalem alone in the past five months. Of these, roughly 40% were sexually abused.

This horrific, grotesque abuse is not the only crime of which the Israeli military is guilty. Israeli Occupation Forces are not supposed to engage in night and predawn raids, but they regularly conduct them. Israeli law says that minors undergoing investigation are supposed to be accompanied by their guardians, yet Israel virtually never allows this.

 

Israel To Take Largest Amount Of Land From West Bank In 30 Years

By: Monday September 1, 2014 9:15 am

Butchering Gaza was not enough. As punishment for the kidnapping and killing of three Israelis, Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank has decided to take a large amount of Palestinian land for a new settlement to be called Gvaot. The land being taken represents the largest land appropriation in the West Bank in 30 years according to Peace Now, a group that monitors Israeli settlement activity. Five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area will be effected by the land grab.

West Bank Marches on Night of Power

By: Friday July 25, 2014 6:40 am

By now you may have heard that there was a Palestinian march and at least two people were shot last night on the West Bank. You may not know why this matters so much.

Let’s take a closer look at what happened and why last night was special.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ali Abunimah, The Battle for Justice in Palestine

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 1:59 pm

I’ve been predicting since late 2013 that 2014 would turn out to be a watershed year for the advancement of Palestinian rights, and for a deeper understanding of the reality of the inevitability of the single-state solution to the Palestine-Israel dilemma. This book, more than any other yet published, puts a humane and achievable face on that goal.

Firedoglake Book Salon Preview: The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 9:45 am

2014 is a year seeing rapid changes in how the world views and reacts to relations between Israel and Israelis, and their co-inhabitants, in the so-called “Land Between the River and the Sea.” Terms used to describe Israeli policies and laws, words such as “racist” or “apartheid,” for instance, are quickly gaining more currency, more acceptance. Pushback against use of such terms by ardent Zionists seems to get less traction in the public at large by the day.

Facebook Says “Jewish Ritual Murder” Page Is Not Hate

By: Saturday February 1, 2014 10:30 am

With over gajillion users, and as useful tool of law enforcement, the NSA, marketers, cats and their humans, Facebook is a huge part of everyday life, and fraught with complex social rules and seemingly arbitrary community standards. Usually Facebook’s actions don’t affect me personally, but pro-dog fighting pages will get me riled up, and Facebook censoring art, legitimate journalism and editorials ticks me off. Especially when they ban a journalist (full disclosure: who happens to be my housemate), for posting a link to photo essay about drug abuse which (oh noes!) shows a naked breast in a non-porny context, and when Facebook takes down a post calling out racism in the Academy Awards process as a violation of community standards, yet allow an absolutely vile page about “Jewish ritual murder” to stay up.

The International Criminal Court, The Palestinians, The Israelis, The American Veto – Some Resources for the Perplexed

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 11:55 am

Now I hate to rain on anyone’s parade following the excellent news of the vote taking Palestine from being classified as a “non-member observer entity” to a “non-member observer state”. It’s very good news as it means that Palestine can sign treaties and join such bodies as the International Criminal Court (ICC). But perhaps some parade ground raining is in order before people make unwarranted assumptions and statements about what the court is and what it can and cannot do.

Israel’s Barak Calls for Unilateral Withdrawal From Parts of West Bank

By: Monday September 24, 2012 6:30 pm

In the US press, a big story on the Middle East today is another ignorant comment by the President of Iran, who holds very little power in the Islamic Republic relative to the Supreme Leader. But the really big story comes out of Israel, where Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for a settlement pullout from the West Bank, another dramatic development in his evolution away from the Likudnik faction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lakeside Diner

By: Monday September 17, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

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