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Charlotte Silver – “We are the masters,” says Israeli mayor as 3 more Palestinians are killed

On Monday, Israeli forces shot dead three Palestinian youths, bringing the total number of Palestinians killed since heightened violence erupted on 1 October across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and inside present-day Israel to 27. More than 1,300 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the Palestinian Authority health ministry. In the same period, four Israelis have been killed …

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Stephen Lendman – Netanyahu’s War on Palestine. Premeditated State Terror

Netanyahu’s premeditated state terror against defenseless Palestinians continues. Multiple Israeli provocations began things. Palestinians responded in self-defensNetanyahu’s War on Palestine. Premeditated State Terrore as expected and justified. Israel calls it terrorism. The latest incident involved murdering six Gazan youths on Friday, wounding 60 others, 10 in serious condition. Scores of Palestinians protested Israeli West Bank violence by throwing stones across …

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Prof. James Petras – The Two Faces of Capitalism and Left Options

Introduction Rightwing politics now dominate the globe. Broadly speaking, the Right can be divided into a US-centered rightwing bloc and a variety of anti-US rightwing regimes and social forces. Israel is a special case of a rightwing regime, allied with the US, which acts more independently to pursue its own colonial priorities and hegemonic ambitions. The anti-US rightwing includes capitalist …

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Leid Stories – 08.25.15

Israeli President Affirms Zionist ‘Right’ to Build in West Bank

A ‘Fresh Start’ for Ferguson’s Court System, But Is It Justice?

A month after Israeli extremists firebombed a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, killing a father and his 18-month-old son, President Reuven Rivlin yesterday affirmed to leaders of the settler movement that, contrary to international law, Israel had a “right” to build settlements, as “a basic fact of modern Zionism.”

Mark LeVine, professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of California-Irvine and distinguished visiting professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden, addresses Rivlin’s assertion and related issues.

Five months after the U.S. Department of Justice skewered the police department and criminal-justice system in Ferguson, Missouri, for targeting blacks and treating them largely as source of revenue for the city, newly appointed Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin yesterday announced a series of changes—chief among them dropping all arrest warrants for minor crimes and infractions issued before December 31, 2014.

It’s a good sign, says Leid Stories in a commentary. But is it justice?

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Clashes break out following Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa mosque, 10 wounded

At least 10 Palestinian worshipers on Sunday morning were injured during clashes with Israeli police private units, after they broke into and severely assaulted Al-Aqsa mosque. The clashes are still ongoing. Private units in the morning broke into the mosque, vandalized it, threw rubber-coated metal bullets on the worshipers and assaulted some youths. In addition, more than 250 settlers have broke into the mosque from …

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Binyamin Netanyahu’s household spending under criminal investigation

Israel’s attorney general has ordered a criminal investigation into suspected mismanagement in the running of the residences of the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. A report by Israel’s state auditor covering 2009-2013 said some of the taxpayer-funded running costs at the prime minister’s official and private residences were unreasonably high and called for steps to improve efficiency. A justice ministry statement said the attorney …

New Probe Exposes Horrific Child Abuse by Israeli Forces – Sarah Lazare

Israeli forces are choking, beating, and abusing Palestinian children as young as 11, arresting and coercing them into confessions without granting them access to lawyers or even informing their parents of their whereabouts, a new investigation from Human Rights Watch reveals. The findings are contained in a report—Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian Children—based on interviews with six children between the …

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Forget Sports: Geopolitics is Behind the FIFA Scandal As the War Against Russia Enters a New Front By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

There is no question that there is a lot of corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Bribes and behind the scene deals have been going on for decades. The sport federation is responsible for the most watched and popular sport in the world and is part of a lucrative business venture that has a lot of soft …

Israeli army commander recorded ordering attack on Gaza clinic – Charlotte Silver

An Israeli military commander has been recorded ordering troops to shell medical facilities during the 2014 attack on Gaza.  Nerya Yeshurun, a lieutenant colonel, instructed that a clinic in the Shujaiya neighborhood be fired upon on 23 July last year to “honor” an Israeli soldier who had been killed a day earlier.  His statement amounts to a clear, though perhaps unintended, admission of war crimes.  Targeting civilians as …

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Netanyahu keeps promise to drive Palestinians from Jerusalem – Patrick Strickland

The Israeli authorities have issued a new raft of demolition orders to Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem. On Sunday, an Israeli court approved the demolition of eight Palestinian homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Semiramis. The court said the owners must destroy the homes themselves and pay fines of 49,000 shekels ($12,667) by 1 August, Ma’an News Agency reports. The demolition orders …