Israel declares West Bank village ‘closed military zone’

By Al-Bawaba
April 13, 2014

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Israeli forces surrounded the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and declared it a “closed military zone” on Saturday, subsequently injuring two Palestinian civilians, a local group said.

The attack by Israeli forces comes a day after Israeli forces detained five – including two Palestinian women and three foreign journalists – and lightly injured a French journalist during a protest in the village, which has held weekly protests for four years against Israeli confiscation of village lands. (more…)

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Israel orders $2 billion worth of US V-22 Osprey aircraft

By Digital Journal
April 9, 2014

Israel has announced that it will order $2 billion of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey planes. The purchase will be on a “deferred payment plan.”

The “deferred payment plan” might be compared to a layaway provision. The payment will kick in when Israel convinces the U.S. to make the purchase part of a future aid program probably after Sept. 2018 when the present aid package expires. Up until that time Israel would pay interest and fees but not the principal on the loan. The former ambassador to Israel said that it is reasonable for Israel to assume that it has the support in Congress to eventually receive the planes as part of the US aid to Israel program. (more…)

Unsuspecting Victims of Israel’s ‘Non-Lethal’ Weapons

By Patrick Strickland
The Huffington Poast
April 9, 2014

Ahmad S.* was on his way to a wedding when he was shot in the head. It was the afternoon of April 5, 2013 and Ahmad, then 16, was making his way through the streets in the Jalazoun refugee camp where he lives.

“There were clashes and soldiers were firing tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets,” he said. “The soldier was about 10 meters away when he fired at me. I was hit in the head and the arm. I fainted and fell to the ground.” (more…)

Israeli forces shoot, seriously wound Palestinian cameraman during West Bank protest

By Edo Konrad
+972 Magazine
April 5, 2014

Israeli security forces shot and wounded Basman Yasin, a volunteer cameraman for the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, during a protest in the West Bank city Betunia on Friday. According to B’Tselem, Yasin was shot in his stomach while filming the protest, causing severe damage to his internal organs – specifically his liver and one of his kidneys – which the doctors say they may have to remove. At the time of this report he was hospitalized at a hospital in Ramallah.

The clashes erupted after dozens of Palestinians marched to the nearby Ofer Prison, protesting the Israel government’s refusal to release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners, as promised during the Kerry-led peace talks. According to Ma’an News Agency, 13 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire.

Israel has already spent US aid through 2018

By Ran Dagoni
Globes English
April 3, 2014

Israel has already used up its annual $3.1 billion in this year’s US military aid, and has committed all the aid through 2018, when the current aid package expires. The funding has been allocated for the procurement of F-35I stealth fighters, transport aircraft, heavy troop carriers, and other equipment. (more…)

Israel Banks on Ten More Years of US Aid

Promised funding pact to cover commercial debt.

By Barbara Opall-Rome
Defense News
March 30, 2014

Despite misgivings over US President Barack Obama’s Mideast agenda and deep-rooted doubts about his ability to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, the Israeli government is taking the US president at his word that it can expect another decade of military aid.

In fact, it’s banking on it. (more…)

US isolated in latest UN vote on Palestine

By Ali Abunimah
The Electronic Intifada
March 28, 2014

The international community today took a firm stance totally isolating the United States over its opposition to Palestinian rights and its support for Israel’s criminal violations of international humanitarian law.

The UN Human Rights Rights Council in Geneva passed four resolutions on the question of Palestine, and as these tweets from the Palestine Liberation Organization indicate, the United States was the sole “no” vote in every single case. (more…)

UN rights chief blasts Israel over colony construction

Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay says colonies are at the core of human rights violations in the West Bank.

By Reuters
March 25, 2014

The building of Israeli colonies and attacks by colonists on Palestinians are a major source of much abuse of rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, the United Nations’ top human rights official said on Monday.

Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay also expressed concern at a recent surge in violence in and around the Gaza Strip by both local groups and Israeli forces. (more…)

The Western devil wears Prada

The annexation of Crimea may be problematic, but it is less problematic than the occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel.

By Gideon Levy
Haaretz
March 20, 2014

Saddam Hussein has already been executed, and so has Osama bin Laden. But all is not lost for the enlightened West. There is a new devil, and his name is Vladimir Putin. He hates gay people, so the leaders of the enlightenment did not go to Sochi. Now he is occupying land, so sanctions and boycotts will be imposed upon him. The West is screaming bloody murder from wall to wall: How dare he annex territory in Crimea? (more…)