Israhell Admits

Israel initially (traditionally) denied bombing the area and claimed the deaths were caused by a misfired Palestinian rocket.

Israel on Friday launched a series of air strikes and artillery fire on Gaza in an attack that has left at least 15 Palestinians dead, including a five-year-old girl.

At least 75 people have been wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, as one of the air strikes hit a residential building in central Gaza.

Palestinian and Israeli analysts told Middle East Eye that Israel’s latest assault on the besieged territory is unprovoked and strange.

How did it start? 

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Earlier this week, Israel arrested Bassam el-Saadi, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) armed faction, in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. 

Although the group did not respond, Israel launched air strikes that killed several Palestinians, including a top member of the group, Tayseer Jabari, in Gaza.

Israel claimed that the organization was planning an attack. However, it provided no evidence for that.

In response to the bombardment of Gaza, the PIJ said, it fired more than 100 rockets into Israel, and that “there are no red lines in this battle” and the city of Tel Aviv will fall under rocket fire.

Hamas, the de facto ruler in Gaza, and the PIJ, the second-biggest armed group in the Strip, have promised a heavy response to the Israeli aggression.

Why did Israel attack Gaza?

Not everyone is buying the Israeli account that it was attempting to prevent an attack by the PIJ.

“The bottom line is that after Israel allegedly tried to prevent Islamic Jihad attacks, it is now receiving rockets that apparently would not have happened if Israel did not attack first,” veteran Israeli analyst Meron Rapoport told MEE.

The analyst noted that Israel was essentially punishing the PIJ for not attacking in retaliation to Saadi’s arrest, given that the group only launched rockets after Israel made air strikes on Gaza.

Israel is expected to go to the polls in November, and Israeli politicians may be seeking to burnish their strong-man credentials in a bid to out-manoeuvre former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is leading the polls.

“One possibility is that [Prime Minister Yair] Lapid wants to establish his position as a ‘strong’ prime minister, less than three months before the general elections, while the [opposition] Benjamin Netanyahu bloc is gaining strength in the polls,” said Rapoport.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament, Sami Abu Shehadeh, slammed the military operation in Gaza as part of an election campaign by caretaker Prime Minister Lapid and Defence Minister Benny Gantz. 

“Israel’s latest aggression in Gaza shows the will of Lapid and Gantz and their [governing] coalition to do anything to stay in power, including the killing of a five-year-old girl.

The Holocaust gave Israel the money, population, resources and approval from other countries, which allowed Israel to survive and thrive.

This new war crime is part of an immoral electoral campaign to show they can be as criminal as Benjamin Netanyahu,” Shehadeh told MEE.

Netanyahu, now leader of the opposition, led three military campaigns against Gaza during his time as prime minister.

“The Palestinian people are in urgent need of international protection.

The Israeli government has increased its attacks and crimes in Palestine, and this isn’t only about a particular faction: their attacks go from human rights organizations to the families of Sheikh Jarrah,” Shehadeh, a lawmaker with the Joint List, said, referring to people evicted, and facing the threat of eviction, from their homes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

Unhinged Jewish Sadism Unleashed


Israel is getting away with these many crimes for a single reason: They use Mafia gangster tactics to anyone who opposes them.

What does this mean? First they use polite smiling face bribery to get Congress to do their bidding.

If that fails, then everyone in Congress knows that some relatives may have accidents or disappear from the landscape or more.

Israel is run by very evil criminal thugs who must be stopped.

Who did 9/11/01 to our country with the aid of criminals Bush, Cheney and some four star generals?

Israel again!

It was deliberately blamed on Muslim Patsies but Israel did it!

Congress has been bribed and threatened to support this evil group of cowards.

Congress must all resign today or be voted out of office and replaced by other Americans who will reject the evil criminal activities of the despicable Al Capone Gang running Israel and aided by Donald Adolph Hitler our reprehensible coward so called President or orders murders of officials of other countries he hates like General Solemani of Iran.

Israel hits Gaza (the original, legal owners of the Israeli land) with air attacks

A young girl – and 55 wounded in a series of missile attacks throughout Gaza.

the original, legal owners of the Israeli land

How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which – in any other conflict – journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza.
That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it – Askalaan in Arabic – were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza.
They – or their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren – are among the one and a half million Palestinian refugees crammed into the cesspool of Gaza, 80 per cent of whose families once lived in what is now Israel.
This, historically, is the real story: most of the people of Gaza don’t come from Gaza.
But watching the news shows, you’d think that history began yesterday, that a bunch of bearded anti-Semitic Islamist lunatics suddenly popped up in the slums of Gaza – a rubbish dump of destitute people of no origin – and began firing missiles into peace-loving, democratic Israel, only to meet with the righteous vengeance of the Israeli air force.
The fact that the five sisters killed in Jabalya camp had grandparents who came from the very land whose more recent owners have now bombed them to death simply does not appear in the story.”
Robert Fisk: Why bombing Ashkelon is the most tragic irony,
The Independent, Tuesday, 30 December 2008

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The health ministry in Gaza said at least 10 people were killed including al-Jabari and a five-year-old girl. At least 55 people were wounded and being treated at hospitals as a result of the Israeli raids.

Smoke poured out of the seventh floor of the building in Gaza City. Civil defence teams rushed to the scene to evacuate people and put out a fire caused by the attack.

“We’ve just had Friday lunch and my children were playing. Suddenly a huge explosion hit the tower in which we live. We ran away. The sound was massive. We were very shocked as the place is full of civilians.

I saw many casualties that were evacuated,” one resident told Al Jazeera with blood covering his clothes.

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A Palestinian woman reacts as people gather at the site of an explosion in Gaza City [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

Gaza-based author and activist Rana Shubair, who lives in the al-Remal neighbourhood in the western side of the Gaza Strip, said she heard “four to five loud bangs” when Israel attacked the Palestine Tower nearby.

“I was asleep and found myself waking up running, wondering what happened,” Shubair said.

“There was panic in the area, people running. You can imagine … the amount of horror that this caused for the people living in the building,” she added. “There were children playing … this was something really unpredictable for us.”

Multiple blasts could be heard and seen throughout Gaza. Israeli reconnaissance drones could be heard hovering over the besieged enclave.

Attacks also struck the southern areas of Khan Younis and Rafah, as well as the al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood.

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In the first response to the attack, rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel could be seen as Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system lit up the night’s sky with explosions.

‘Duty to defend ourselves’

Renewed air strikes also struck the eastern Gaza Strip, with Israeli fighters jets continuing to roam above the densely populated city on Friday evening, Al Jazeera’s Youmna al-Sayed reported.

The attacks follow days of tension with the Islamic Jihad after the arrest of senior Palestinian leader Bassam al-Saadi in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

They also came after days of border closures, including the closure of the Karam Abu Salem commercial crossing, which is responsible for the flow of fuel needed for Gaza’s sole power plant.

In a statement, the Islamic Jihad said: “The enemy has begun a war targeting our people, and we all have the duty to defend ourselves and our people, and not allow the enemy to get away with its actions which are aimed at undermining the resistance and national steadfastness.”

Ghazi Hamad, a senior official for Hamas – the group that governs the strip – said the latest attack is “a brutal crime, a massacre done by the Israeli occupation against our people”.

Hamad told Al Jazeera there is “no justification” for the attacks, adding that the Palestinian factions have the right to defend themselves and “protect” their people.

According to him, factions in Gaza have maintained “good coordination” and are exploring the “best option for the Palestinian people”.

“I think Israel is not interested in any mediation … there is no place for mediation, no place for peaceful talks,” Hamad said. “Our people are waiting for the Palestinian resistance to take the decision and retaliate.”

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Palestinians react at a hospital following Israeli strikes in Gaza City [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

An Israeli military spokesman said “we are assuming about 15 killed in action” in Gaza, referring to Palestinian group fighters.

“We haven’t finished yet,” spokesman Richard Hecht told reporters, adding Israel expected retaliatory rocket fire against by Palestinian factions in Gaza.

Israeli also announced 25,000 reserve troops were being activated.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said his country has “zero tolerance” for attacks from Gaza but “no interest” in a broader battle.

‘A special situation’

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli army said it was striking Gaza, adding “a special situation has been declared on the Israeli home front”.

Israel closed roads around Gaza earlier this week and sent reinforcements to the border as it braced for a response after the arrest of a senior member of the Islamic Jihad group in the occupied West Bank on Monday.

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said in a statement it would respond to Friday’s “escalation”.

“The Israeli enemy is the one who started the escalation against the resistance in Gaza, and a new crime was committed, and it bears the full responsibility,” said Barhoum.

“The resistance will defend our people in the Gaza Strip with everything it has and will continue to respond.”

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An injured Palestinian child is carried to a hospital following the Israeli air strike on Gaza City [Anas Baba/AFP] 

‘External strength’

Ahmed Mudalal, an Islamic Jihad official in Gaza, said the group had made demands on Israel through Egyptian mediators, including the release of detained leader al-Saadi and another prisoner, a halt to West Bank raids, and the lifting of the Gaza blockade. He said they have not yet received a response.

Israel and Hamas, which govern Gaza, have fought four wars and engaged in several smaller skirmishes over the past 15 years.

Washington defended Israel’s deadly air strikes on Friday.

“The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist groups that have taken the lives of innocent civilians in Israel,” a White House National Security Council official told Al Jazeera. “We are urging all sides to avoid further escalation.”

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz visited communities near Gaza on Friday, saying authorities were preparing “actions that will remove the threat from this region”, without elaborating.

“We will operate with internal resilience and external strength in order to restore routine life in Israel’s south,” he said. “We do not seek conflict, yet we will not hesitate to defend our citizens, if required.”

Israel and Egypt have maintained a tight blockade on Gaza for 14 years, and critics say the policy amounts to the collective punishment of the region’s two million Palestinian residents.

US: Tlaib secures comfortable victory despite pro-Israel ‘dark money’

August 4, 2022

Palestinian American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has secured a comfortable victory in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District Democratic primary elections which have been dominated by the “dark money” funnelled by the influential pro-Israel lobby group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Tlaib won the Democratic Party’s nomination for a newly-drawn congressional district with 63.8 per cent of the votes cast.

The 47-year-old was the first Palestinian American woman to be elected to Congress in 2018.

In this latest election she secured 61,401 votes after 95 per cent of the votes had been cast.

Her closest rival, Janice Winfrey, managed to get only 22.4 per cent.

The new district, which includes parts of Detroit as well as the suburbs of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights – home to large Arab American communities – is a safe Democrat seat.

This suggests that Tlaib is likely to cruise to re-election in November.

Disney’s Jewish Peddler apropos

Read: Founder of WhatsApp doubled donation to AIPAC to defeat pro-Palestine candidates

For several other incumbent Democrat congress members, however, the primary elections have been anything but plan sailing.

Next door to Tlaib, Andy Levin, a two-term Jewish congressman from Detroit, was defeated in a primary election in which AIPAC reportedly spent $3.3 million in recent weeks, mostly on negative TV and online ads against him.

Levin warned against what he called AIPAC’s “dark money” before the votes were being cast.

“We need to get dark money out of elections. Billionaires and corporate interests should not dominate free and fair elections,” he said in a tweet commenting on AIPAC’s “Super Political Action Committee” (PAC) which led the hostile campaign against him.

Following his defeat Levin repeated the warning. “These Super PACs involve a double deception.

They don’t say where the money is coming from — much of it is from Republican billionaires that are completely hostile to everything Democrats stand for — and then they don’t talk about the issue that they’re giving money for.”

Read: US Democrats face ‘existential threat’ from AIPAC’s growing influence

AIPAC has dumped millions of dollars through its Super PAC — the United Democracy Project — to defeat progressive candidates critical of Israel, while undermining Democrats by endorsing 100 Republicans who embraced election falsehoods about former US President Donald Trump.

The most controversial aspect of its strategy is the revelation that donations used to defeat progressive candidates critical of Israel come from Republican donors.

“It’s corrosive to our democracy. Democrats need to have a serious family discussion about letting our candidates take millions of Republican dark money,” added Levin.

“Today it may be right-wing on Israel, tomorrow it could be Exxon Mobil or tobacco or big pharma, and we will lose control of our party’s values if we don’t stop this.”

Tlaib echoed Levin’s words when speaking to a crowd of her supporters last week.

“Out-of-state billionaires and dark-money Super PACs are pumping obscene amounts of money into our districts.

They’re trying to come here and tell us what to think.” She went on to accuse them of “running misleading ads, mailers full of lies and nasty social media ads.

It just makes me want to work harder.”

The Israel Lobby Is Spending Millions to Defeat Progressive Democrats in Primary Races

Pro-Israel lobby groups have spent “shocking” amounts of money to change the course of multiple Democratic congressional primaries over the past year alone, reports our guest Peter Beinart. The latest is in Maryland, where former Congressmember Donna Edwards is being outspent sevenfold by corporate attorney Glenn Ivey in her bid to win back her old seat in the state’s 4th Congressional District. Beinart, the editor-at-large of Jewish Currents, says the AIPAC-led PACs disguise their attack ads with local issues but in reality are designed to oust candidates who take stances in support of Palestinian rights and working people.

 

Fmr amb. to Palestine Occupation “access to Saudi airspace: ‘Not significant’

 

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, contradicted President Biden’s tout that opening airspace over Saudi Arabia to allow for flights to and from Israel is a “big deal,” contrarily remarking that he had flown over Saudi territory many times.

Friedman also told “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday that Biden’s Middle East trip was a “huge missed opportunity.”

AMB. DAVID FRIEDMAN: It’s not significant because I’ve flown over Saudi Arabia lots of times already on the way to Abu Dhabi, on the way to Bahrain, on the way to Dubai.

I think most significantly, I don’t think the Saudis themselves view this as significant.

I mean, they’ve made it clear that this has nothing to do with any normalization or reconciliation with Israel.

They’ve walked it back already.

You know, by the time the president was on Air Force One, this was being walked back.

So, no, it’s not significant then… I think we would expect much more in the future with that relationship.

US amb. to “Israel” : The US State Department’s two-state policy is grounded in anti-Semitism “The US State Department – with a hundred-year history of anti-Semitism – promotes the payoff of corrupt Palestinians in exchange for their completely duplicitous agreement to support a two-state solution.” (August 2015)

New group wants Jews to ‘unlearn’ Zionism, support Palestine

July 16, 2022

A new City University of New York group is pledging to have Jews “unlearn Zionism” and to support the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The “Anti-Zionist Jewish Coalition at CUNY” recently began circulating a pledge with its goals, garnering 36 signatures from students, faculty and alum.

The document notes that a dozen CUNY honchos recently traveled to the “illegitimate state of Israel” calling that “an act of ultimate betrayal towards Palestinian students, workers, and their allies.”

The group’s launch, which was first reported by the Forward, came just days after the City Council last month heard testimony from CUNY students and staffers about rampant anti-Semitism at the public university’s campuses.

CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez was blasted for failing to attend the June 30 hearing, where one Law School student said she transferred because she was demonized by other students over her Jewish faith and Zionist beliefs.

“I am deeply troubled by the continued attacks against Zionists and Jewish students,” Bronx Councilman Eric Dinowitz, chairman of the higher education committee and head of the Council’s Jewish Caucus, said of the coalition.

 

US must cancel plans to build embassy on Palestinian land in Jerusalem

Owners of the land, which include US citizens and Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem, demand the Biden Administration and Israeli government cancel plans to build a US embassy on privately-owned land.

New evidence reveals that US plans to build an embassy in Jerusalem would place the diplomatic compound on privately-owned Palestinian land that was confiscated from its owners by Israel, following the Nakba and the establishment of the state in 1948. 

The owners of the land, which include US citizens and Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem, are now demanding that the Biden Administration and the Israeli government move to cancel the plan. 

In February of last year the US government coordinated with the Israeli government to draft plans for a large diplomatic complex in Jerusalem that would eventually house the US embassy.

The plans to build the embassy at the site date back to the 1990s, when the same Palestinian residents in question asked the US government to cancel the plans. 

In a statement on Sunday, two days before US President Joe Biden’s arrival in Israel, legal rights group Adalah said that documents from Israeli state archives prove that the land was owned by Palestinian families, and leased temporarily to British Mandate authorities before 1948. 

Like much of the land that became state land after the establishment of the state, the land in question was confiscated from its Palestinian owners after they were made refugees in 1948 during the Nakba. 

Under the 1950 absentee property law, Israel seized large swaths of privately owned Palestinian land on the grounds that their owners, who were made refugees by Israel and prevented from returning to their homes, were “absentees.”

The Absentee Property Law has been criticized by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch “as a major tool of Israel’s oppression and domination of Palestinians within a broader Apartheid system.”

According to Adalah, archival lease agreements prove the Palestinian landowners include individuals from the Habib, Qleibo, El Khalidi, Razzaq, and El-Khalili families, among others. 

“The fact that the US government is now participating actively with the Israeli government in this project means that it is actively infringing on the property rights of the legitimate owners of these properties, including many US citizens.”  

Rashid Khalidi

Palestinian-American historian Rashid Khalidi, one of the descendants of the owners of the land, said in a statement: “The fact that the US government is now participating actively with the Israeli government in this project means that it is actively infringing on the property rights of the legitimate owners of these properties, including many US citizens.”  

“If built, the US embassy compound will be located on land that was seized from Palestinians in violation of international law,” Adalah said in its statement, adding that using the Absentees’ Property Law to confiscate land in Jerusalem also violates the city’s special status under international law.

“Given these flagrant violations, in Adalah’s view, the US and Israel must cancel this plan immediately to avoid building a diplomatic complex on this land, belonging to the descendants of the original Palestinian owners, who are both East Jerusalem residents and US citizens,” Adalah said. 

 

Ukraine Sells U$ Weapons on Black Market

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The arms sent to Ukraine using the money of taxpayers in the United States, United Kingdom, and elsewhere are being used to line the pockets of the Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine has received billions and billions of dollars in donated arms from the United States and its allies such as the United Kingdom and other NATO states in the past few months.

The Biden administration alone, as of July 1, has committed nearly $7 billion, the US State Department said last week.

Just last Thursday, the White House announced that the United States was sending a new batch of military supplies to Ukraine. The new batch of arms supply is worth $450 million in shipments.

Earlier that day, Ukraine received a batch of HIMARS, weapons set on top of the Ukrainian wishlist, and the Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov thanked, via his Twitter account, his “colleague and friend Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools!”

An initial four units of the rocket system have already been delivered, kicking off the training program required for Ukrainian soldiers to operate the sophisticated and highly accurate weaponry.

Though the United States has been taking care of providing training for the Ukrainian soldiers when it comes to arms they are not accustomed to, Kiev is still selling its arms to the black market due to “inexperience”.

Even the HIMARS are likely to be sold, according to the former defense official, Pentagon policy chief Colin Kahl said Kiev’s forces recently completed training on HIMARS delivered to Ukraine by Washington and London.

Anything for we the people?

 

 

Zionism is the latest anti-Semitic cult

Bigots were Zionism’s avid fans—it was the anti-Semites who championed the Zionists.

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Our topic is of course the so-called “conflict” in Israel-Palestine, a tragedy that has dragged on for so long that it feels static, indeed almost normalized.

But unlike other deadly conflicts, this one is wholly in our power to stop—“our” meaning the United States and Europe.

It is in our power to stop it, because we are the ones empowering it.

We are now approaching the centennial of the British Original Sin in this tragedy, the Balfour Declaration.

The British role in Palestine was a case of ‘hit & run’: The Balfour Declaration, in which the British gave away other people’s land, was the hit; and thirty years later, Resolution 181—Partition—was the run, leaving the Palestinians abandoned in a ditch.

Zionism was of course among the incarnations of racial-nationalism that evolved in the late nineteenth century.

Bigots were Zionism’s avid fans—it was the anti-Semites who championed the Zionists.

Gertrude Bell, the famous English writer, traveler, archaeologist, and spy, reported, based on her personal experience, that those who supported Zionism did so because it provided a way to get rid of Jews.

The London Standard’s correspondent to the first Zionist Conference in 1897 I think described Zionism perfectly. He reported that

…the degeneration which calls itself Anti-Semitism [bear in mind that ‘anti-Semitism’ was then a very new term] has begotten the degeneration which adorns itself with the name of Zionism.

Indeed, most Jews and Jewish leaders dismissed Zionism as the latest anti-Semitic cult.

They had fought for equality, and resented being told that they should now make a new ghetto—and worse yet, to do so on other people’s land.

They resented being cast as a separate race of people as Zionism demanded.

They had had quite enough of that from non-Jewish bigots.

For others, the idea of going to a place where one could act out racial superiority was seductive.

As the political theorist Eduard Bernstein put it at about the time the Balfour Declaration was being finessed, Zionism is “a kind of intoxication which acts like an epidemic”.

By the time the Balfour Declaration was finalised, thirty-plus years of Zionist settlement had made clear that the Zionists intended to ethnically cleanse the land for a settler state based on racial superiority; and it was the behind-the-scenes demands of the principal Zionist leaders, notably Chaim Weizmann and Baron Rothschild.

Israel’s labeling of Palestinian NGOs as ‘terrorists’ is unconscionable

Israel designated six leading Palestinian human rights groups “terrorist organizations,” but refused to reveal any evidence to prove the accusation.

Israel has failed to provide any “evidence” that would justify a designation of such severe implications, and there is no reason to expect that any forthcoming information would be more convincing.

Mohammed El Halabi, United Nations Humanitarian Hero and head of the US-based World Vision (WV) office in Gaza, has been in prison since 2016 – until last week unconvicted. He was charged with funneling $50 million in donations away from the charity. 

Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision, called the charge “profoundly incomprehensible,” given that “our total budget in Gaza for 10 years was only $22.5 million.”

El Halabi had been managing Gaza operations for less than two years before his arrest.

In addition to embezzlement, he was also accused of redirecting thousands of tons of iron to Hamas – iron which World Vision had allegedly imported through the Kerem Shalom crossing for construction projects. 

Once again, the organization explained that it neither uses the Kerem Shalom crossing nor imports iron into Gaza. 

In fact, according to his attorney, El Halabi actively rejected WV requests to import items that could fall into Hamas’ hands. (The designation of Hamas as a “terror organization” is a matter of opinion.)

Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision's area development programme manager, 8 August 2016
Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision’s area development program manager, 8 August 2016 (Mohammad Awed / APA)

Favoring a 3rd party “confession” over the defendant’s testimony

Israeli authorities allege that Mohammed El Halabi made a confession which, according to the Guardian, “was based on notes made by an investigator, who talked to another prisoner who heard it.”

The Times of Israel adds that El Halabi’s “confession was coerced by an informant who “faked and distorted key details.”

When El Halabi explained the circumstances of the “confession” and disavowed it, judges rejected his testimony as not credible.

The subsequent verdict was based heavily on the sham confession, which Justice Natan Zlotchover described as “detailed, coherent, with signs of truthfulness.”

The NGOs targeted by Israel include:

This continued lack of evidence strongly indicates that the purpose of Israel’s designation is to eliminate the advocacy of Palestinian NGOs, and to severe their relationships with international donors.

Believing nonexistent “evidence” rather than trustworthy sources

Regarding World Vision’s argument that the alleged amount of the embezzled funds is outside the scope of reality, the Israeli justices claimed that the exact figures were irrelevant: “There is no need to make accurate calculations…Evidence for the transfer of significant sums suffices” – evidence that is “secret.”

In addition to regular audits by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Australian government, World Vision ordered a major law firm to conduct an investigation into the charges against El Halabi. The Washington Post recently reported,

A team of around a dozen lawyers, including several former assistant U.S. attorneys, reviewed nearly 300,000 emails and conducted over 180 interviews. Forensic auditors scoured nearly every financial transaction at World Vision from 2010 until 2016.

In July 2017, they submitted an over 400-page report of their findings to World Vision…the report found no evidence that El Halabi was affiliated with Hamas or had diverted any funds. 

The Australian government, a major donor to World Vision, also conducted a special review and found no wrongdoing; the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) reached the same conclusion.

In spite of these consistently exemplary reports, the Israeli court remained unconvinced.

Israeli torture & other failures of due process

In violation of international law, Israel kept Mohammed El Halabi in prison for weeks before he was allowed access to an attorney, and before informing his family of his whereabouts. He reported that his Israeli interrogators beat him – the UN says his treatment “may amount to torture.” 

When his attorney was brought in, his access to Israel’s supposed evidence was severely restricted.

As the judicial process dragged on for 6 years, El Halabi’s wife and 5 young children only rarely got to visit him in prison (read more about Administrative Detention here). He attended over 160 court sessions.

According to his attorney, the Israeli court system has refused to provide El Halabi with qualified translators, impairing his ability to respond effectively to questioning.

Representatives from the UN, World Vision, and other groups, concerned about the legitimacy of his trial, have tried to observe court proceedings or view trial documents, but were routinely blocked by Israel.

These refugees from Europe are illegal immigrants and terrorists in Palestine

Speaking to DAWN, Democracy for the Arab World Now (co-founded by the late Jamal Khashoggi), Mohammed El Halabi’s attorney revealed how uncooperative Israeli officials were about witnesses for the defense:

They said, “If you bring witnesses from Gaza, we will arrest them.” We said, okay, no problem. 

The witnesses agreed to be arrested because they said the allegations are nonsense, so we brought them, they testified, and they contradicted every allegation in the charge sheet. 

They couldn’t address the evidence because the state doesn’t have any evidence; they could only dispute the allegations in the charge sheet.

In an interview for Mondoweiss, El Halabi described the court evidence as “fabricated” by the collaborator, who is a convicted criminal and forgery specialist.

A number of human rights organizations have called for El Halabi’s release, citing Israel’s improper handling of the case. Omar Shakir of Human Rights Watch stated,

It makes a mockery of due process and the most basic fair trial notions to hold someone for nearly six years in pretrial detention based largely on secret evidence.

A left-wing activist holds a placard outside an Israeli court during the trial of Palestinian Mohammed Halabi, the Gaza director of World Vision, a major US-based Christian NGO, in Beersheva on June 15, 2022.
An activist holds a placard outside an Israeli court during the trial of Palestinian Mohammed Halabi, the Gaza director of World Vision, a major US-based Christian NGO, in Beersheva on June 15, 2022. (AFP)

Israel claims to “care about Gaza’s children” while keeping WV funding on hold for 6 years

When Mohammed El Halabi was arrested in 2016, World Vision suspended its Gaza operations, halting the distribution of medical supplies, food aid, and psychosocial support for 40,000 children. The charity remains shuttered in Gaza today.  

According to Save the Children, 4 out of 5 children in Gaza struggle with depression, grief, and fear.

In 2016, when El Halabi was arrested, then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remarked

Let that sink in. [Through El Halabi] Hamas stole critical support for Palestinian children so that they could kill our [Jewish] children. So I ask you – who cares more about Palestinians?”

The same Israel that “cares” about Palestinian children, has killed over 2,300 of them since 2000; Palestinians have killed 137 Israeli children in the same time period. Israel has kept Gaza under a brutal blockade for 15 years, bombed children’s hospitals and schools, prevented children with cancer from getting the help they needed, poisons their water, and more.

Israel claims to support the work of aid organizations like World Vision – but the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a direct result of Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians. 

Israel recently outlawed 6 excellent Palestinian human rights orgs, claiming they have ties to terrorism – a move that – like the El Halabi case – was baseless and drew swift condemnation from around the globe.

So many secrets

Much of the evidence on which Mohammed El Halabi was indicted is “classified”; much of the proceedings were closed. 

When a colleague of El Halabi was called to testify, Israel denied him permission to cross the border from Gaza to appear in court.

Even the text of the verdict – 254 pages long – is classified.

Yumna Patel writes that this is a favorite strategy in Israel:

It’s a classic move in the Israeli toolbox: in the face of lack of any real evidence of a crime, Israel pulls out the “secret evidence” card. 

Is a Palestinian politically active in their community, and could pose a potential ‘threat’ to the state? Imprison them under secret evidence. 

Is a human rights advocate working to bring attention to Israel’s apartheid? Ban them from traveling under secret evidence. 

Are Palestinian civil society organizations threatening to hold Israel accountable for its crimes at the International Criminal Court? Criminalize the organizations and outlaw their work under secret evidence. 

Sentencing for El Halabi is expected in the next few weeks. World Vision supports his appeal against the ruling will and calls for “a fair and transparent appeal process based on the facts of the case.”

Israel’s justice system is broken

In the US or any other country with a developed legal system, courtroom practices such as those described above are illegal. “Due process” – the idea that legal matters must be resolved according to established rules, and that individuals must be treated fairly – is enshrined in the laws of many countries, including Israel.

Yet, Israel routinely defers in its dealings with Palestinians to so-called secret evidence, coerced confessions, and other highly problematic practices.

Israel is hyper-prosecutorial against Palestinians – trying “crimes” in its military court as minor as alleged stone-throwing, punishable with up to 20 years in prison; locking up Palestinians by the thousands each year; over-using administrative detention; employing “enhanced interrogation” methods (i.e. torture); coercing confessions and plea bargains, resulting in a 99.7% conviction rate.

On the other side of the coin, the Israeli justice system goes easy on Israelis – illegal Israeli settlers enjoy impunity when they attack Palestinians; Israeli soldiers who participate in gratuitous violence may get a slap on the wrist; there are many examples of Israelis’ freedom to deprive Palestinians of life, liberty, and property without consequences.

US government believes Israeli fantasy, ignores facts

The US government has since the birth of Israel overlooked documented, fact-checked reports of Israel’s blatant misconduct, instead standing by Israel’s side – in essence, blessing its crimes.

In spite of Israel’s reputation for human rights abuses against Palestinians, its well-documented collaboration with authoritarian regimes (including arms sales and spyware), and even its attack on a US Navy ship – the United States government consistently calls Israel an ally.

A number of major human rights organizations have published detailed, documented reports characterizing Israel as an apartheid regime – the United States has condemned each report out of hand.

On over 50 occasions in the last half century, following egregious violations of international law by Israel, the UN Security Council has tried to pass resolutions censuring Israel – only to have the United States use its veto power to block them.

Mohammed El Halabi is just one of 800,000 Palestinians who have been arrested by Israel since 1967; at this moment, about 5,300 Palestinians are political prisoners of Israel or locked up in administrative detention. The United States government is aware of these practices, yet continues to subsidize Israel’s military to the tune of $10 million a day.

While US leaders, heavily influenced and represented by Israel partisans, choose to believe myths about Israel, it turns a blind eye to truths about Palestine – and is currently pressuring the International Criminal Court to drop its war crimes case against Israel.

Israeli criminality runs deep; so does US governmental complicity.

A long trail of assassinations in Iran fuel hostilities with the Wests’ “Israel” Outpost in Palestine

This photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” Friday, state television said. (Fars News Agency via AP)

June 22, 2022

Iran said, this week, it will soon put on trial what it said were three Mossad-linked agents arrested in April amid simmering tensions between the Islamic Republic and arch-foe, Israel, which has been waging a shadow war in the Middle East for years.

A prosecutor said the three detained men were planning to assassinate nuclear scientists.

Iran has long accused Israel, which the Islamic Republic refuses to recognise, of sabotaging nuclear sites and killing scientists to disrupt its nuclear programme.

The West and Israel fear Iran’s programme is aimed at producing weapons, which Iran denies.

Israel, itself widely believed to possess nuclear weapons, sees Iran’s nuclear programme as an existential menace.

Here are some details of attacks on Iranian scientists and other figures in recent years:

Revolutionary Guards, Colonel Sayad Khodai

Two people on a motorcycle open fire on Revolutionary Guards Colonel Khodai in Tehran on 22 May. Although Khodai was not involved in Iran’s nuclear programme, Israel accused him of plotting attacks against its citizens worldwide.

His death was the latest in a series of what Iranian officials say are Israeli attacks. Israel does not comment on such incidents.

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that members of an Israeli intelligence service network were arrested by the Guards. Tehran blamed Israel and vowed revenge.

Nuclear Scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Top Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was killed in an ambush near Tehran in November of 2020. A senior Revolutionary Guards commander said the killing was carried out remotely with artificial intelligence and a machine gun equipped with a “satellite-controlled smart system.”

Shortly after his death, Iran pointed the finger at Israel, with the Foreign Minister alleging “serious indications of (an) Israeli role”.

Israel neither confirmed nor denied responsibility.

Fakhrizadeh had been described by Western and Israeli intelligence services for years as the mysterious leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003, which Israel and the United States accuse Tehran of trying to restore. Iran says its nuclear programme is solely for civil uses.

Nuclear Scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan

Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old chemical engineering graduate, was killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran in January 2012. Another passenger died in hospital and a pedestrian was injured.

Iran said the victim supervised a department at the country’s underground Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility. Iran blamed Israel and the United States for the attack.

Scientist, Darioush Rezai

Rezai, 35, was shot dead by gunmen in eastern Tehran on 23 July, 2011. The university lecturer had a PhD in physics. Deputy Interior Minister, Safarali Baratlou, said he was not linked to Iran’s nuclear program after early reports in some media said he was.

Massoud Alimohammadi 

Alimohammadi, an elementary-particle physicist, was killed in January 2010 when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded.

Western sources said the professor worked closely with Fakhrizadeh and Fereydoun Abbassi-Davani, who were both subject to UN sanctions because of their work on suspected nuclear weapons development.

A list of Alimohammadi’s publications on Tehran University’s website suggested his specialisation was theoretical particle physics, not nuclear energy, a Western physics professor said.

An Iranian man pleaded guilty to the murder of Alimohammadi. Prosecutors said the man had travelled to Israel to receive training from the Mossad intelligence agency, and was paid $120,000.

Nuclear scientist, Majid Shahriyari 

Nuclear scientist, Shahriyari, was killed and his wife was wounded in a car bomb blast in Tehran on 29 November, 2010, in what Iranian officials called an Israeli or US-sponsored attack.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Shahriyari had a role in one of the country’s biggest nuclear projects, but did not elaborate, the official news agency, IRNA, reported.

Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani 

Abbasi-Davani and his wife were hurt in a car bomb blast on the same day as Shahriyari was killed.

Abbasi-Davani, who was head of physics department at Imam Hossein University, had been subject to UN sanctions because of what Western officials said was his involvement in suspected nuclear weapons research.

The Intelligence Minister at the time, Heydar Moslehi, later said: “This terrorist act was carried out by intelligence services such as the CIA, Mossad and the MI6.”