04/16/24

Permalink 3,000+ Palestinians from Gaza detained, tortured in Israeli prisons

"Israel" has been carrying out mass detention and torture campaigns against innocent Palestinian detainees from Gaza, while denying them any form of legal protection. | A recent investigation launched by Al Mezan showed that since October 7 and the genocidal war "Israel" has launched on Gaza, Israeli occupation forces abducted over 3,000 Palestinians in mass arrest campaigns.  Evidence shows that women, children, the elderly, as well as professionals, such as medical personnel, teachers, and journalists, were all targeted and subjected to extreme forms of torture. Al Mezan noted that no legal protection was provided for detainees, a blatant violation of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests
Torture, Executions, Babies Left to Die, Sexual Abuse… These Are Israel’s Crimes (03/18/24)
Iron bars, electric shocks, dogs and cigarette burns: How Palestinians are tortured in Israeli detention (03/12/24)


Permalink Iran to respond to any fresh Israeli mistake ‘within seconds’: Deputy FM

Iran's deputy foreign minister has warned that the Islamic Republic would respond to any fresh Israeli "mistake" against the country “within seconds.” | Ali Bagheri Kani, deputy foreign minister for political affairs, made the remarks in a televised interview on Monday. 💬 “In case of repetition of another mistake, they should expect a harsher, faster, and more immediate response,” he said. “This time, the Zionists should know this that they will not have a 12-day-long timespace,” the official noted, adding, “The response that they are going to receive [this time around] cannot be measured by [such time standards as] days or hours, but [will come in a matter of] seconds.” On April 1, the Israeli regime committed a terrorist attack against Iran’s diplomatic premises in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Israel prepares air force to hit Iran ‘clearly and forcefully’ in response to missile barrage: report (New York Post)
Smallest action against Iran to be met with severe response (Mehr News)
Iran ready to use weapon never used before (Mehr News)
Israeli media: Israel ‘totally defeated’ – and terrified of Iran (Skwawk Box)
Another Meeting of Israeli War Cabinet Has Begun - Response to Iran Strike (Hal Turner)
Iran's Strikes on Israeli Bases Establish Deterrence (Scott Ritter)


Permalink As Israel supporters weaponise Sydney attack as ‘Muslim’, early reports suggest killer was Cohen

No name of knife attacker killed by police has been officially released, despite senior officers saying the killer was known to the New South Wales force | Pro-Israel apologists who tried to exploit today’s mass-casualty knife attack in Sydney, Australia, by claiming it was committed by ‘Islamists’ or ‘Jihadists’ and linking it to protests against Israel’s genocide in Gaza look to have been humiliated after early, though still unconfirmed, reports indicated the killer was a pro-Israel fanatic named Benjamin Cohen.


04/15/24

Permalink Israeli authorities release Palestinian after amputating his leg in custody

Israeli authorities released dozens of Palestinians back to Gaza today, having arbitrarily arrested them at different points throughout the war. One of them, Sofian Abu Saleh, had his leg amputated by Israeli forces during custody. "My leg got infected [in custody], and [the Israelis] refused to take me to a hospital," he said. "After seven days, the infection spread quickly, like gangrene, they then took me to the hospital on did an operation." Abu Saleh says he never suffered of any diseases that could have led to this infection. "I went into [detention] with my two legs, and have returned like this," he said, alluding to this one remaining leg.


Permalink US, Europe Conducting the Genocide, and Their Colony in Palestine, 'israel', is Executing It

Daniel Lobato | Europe and the USA are leading, in practice, this genocide and exploration of ethnic cleansing to culminate their colonial project in Palestine. | We are entering the climax of the sadistic experiment to determine whether millions of Palestinians will be expelled from Palestine, or whether the Palestinians will hold on to their land. What happens will depend on whether Europe and the US secure another overseas colony or whether the Israeli colonial regime will fall in a few years in the face of greater native demography and resistance.  Will we have a new North America or Australia, where the natives were eradicated and white-framed states were erected, functional for Western world domination, or will we have another Algeria or South Africa where the natives defeated the European colonial plan?  In the status quo prior to the October 7 Gaza uprising, the Israeli regime was inevitably headed for collapse. In the three zones of Palestine (the occupied territories, Gaza, and the West Bank), nearly 8 million native Palestinians are witnessing a higher birth rate and a much younger population, compared to the Jewish Israelis, who number less than 7 or even less than 6 million, alongside increasing abandonment of the territory. To survive, this Western stronghold in Asia had to exterminate or expel millions of Palestinians from Palestine, and so I argued in other articles.


Permalink Israel's interception of Iranian missiles costs $1.35 billion

Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israel cost up to 5 billion shekels ($1.35 billion) to intercept the Iranian missile attack on Saturday night. | The Israeli newspaper cited Brig. Gen. Ram Aminach, the former financial advisor to the Israeli chief of staff, on Sunday, who confirmed that "the cost of defense last night was estimated at between 4-5 billion shekels ($1.08-1.35B)."  “One ‘Arrow’ missile used to intercept an Iranian ballistic missile costs $3.5 million, while the cost of one ‘Magic Wand’ missile is $1 million, in addition to the sorties of aircraft that participated in intercepting the Iranian drones,” the financial advisor further noted.

Israel's debt borrowing doubles in 2023 due to its war on Gaza (TRT World)
Iran Hit Secret Israeli Intel Base at Golan Heights! Smashed by Missile Attack (Hal Turner)


04/14/24

Permalink Regional War in Mideast Unavoidable If Israel Continues Strikes on Iran - Ex-Iranian Envoy

A regional war in the Middle East will be unavoidable if Israel continues strikes against Iran, former Iranian Ambassador to Germany Seyed Hossein Mousavian told Sputnik.

💬 "The current Iranian retaliation should be the end," former Iranian Ambassador to Germany Seyed Hossein Mousavian told Sputnik. "If Israel repeats attacking Iran and/or the US joins Israel; a regional war would be unavoidable."

Iran says concluded retaliatory strikes on occupied territories, warns against Israeli response (04/14/24)
Statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the attack on Israeli territory


Permalink Iran says concluded retaliatory strikes on occupied territories, warns against Israeli response

The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, says Iran has concluded its retaliatory strikes on the occupied territories, warning of a “stronger” reaction if the Israeli regime responds. | "The operation is over from our point of view, but the armed forces are ready and we will act if necessary,” Baqeri said Sunday morning.  His remarks came hours after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched extensive missile and drone strikes against the occupied territories in response to Israel’s deadly attack on the Iranian diplomatic premises in Syria early this month.  Baqeri downplayed the extent of the operation compared to what Iran is capable of, saying that it was merely a punishment and the country’s response to any further military action by the Israeli regime “will be much greater.”

Iran Forcefully Retaliates, Subjects Entire Zionist Entity to Attack (Al Manar TV)
Russia Expresses 'Utmost Concern' About Potential Escalation in Wake of Iran's Self-Defense Strikes (Sputnik News)
Iranian response to be tougher if 'Israel' makes any move: Ghalibaf (Al Mayadeen)
IRGC chief: Much harsher response awaits Israel should it attack Iran (PressTV)
US worried about 'Israel's' response to Iran's attack: NBC News (Al Mayadeen)
Biden tells Netanyahu US will not take part in Israel's counterattack on Iran (PressTV)
Tel Aviv confirms key airbase damaged by Iranian strikes (The Cradle)
Confirmed Hit: Footage captures moment Iranian missiles strike Ben Gurion airport (albawaba.com)
Iran's Retaliatory Attack 'Reestablished Deterrence' to Hold Israel, US in Check (Scott Ritter)
Ex-Shin Bet Chief: Bibi Unfit for Office, Leading ‘Israel’ to its Doom (Alahed News)(Nadav Argaman)
Iran starts offensive against Israel, dozens of missiles launched (04/13/24)


Permalink Israeli settlers brutally attack Palestinian West Bank villages

Hordes of Israeli settlers attack villages in the West Bank hurling stones, firing their guns, and setting ablaze homes and cars. | Israeli settlers, under the protection of Israeli occupation forces, attacked the homes of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank town of al-Mughayyir to the northeast of Ramallah, on Friday. Then, Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported that after withdrawing, the occupation forces re-stormed the West Bank village.  Multiple illegal settlers ransacked Palestinian property in al-Mughayyir, destroying and setting ablaze several cars, while opening fire from their rifles and guns on the homes of Palestinians in the village. At least one Palestinian man has been killed in the ongoing attack after he was shot by settlers in al-Mughayyir.


04/13/24

Permalink Iran starts offensive against Israel, dozens of missiles launched

Iran has launched Dozens of drones toward Israel, The Jerusalem Post said citing Israeli and US intelligence. Moreover, IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari confirmed that Israel is ready to defend itself against the expected Iranian strike. | The Israeli army said that it is ready to shoot down Iranian drones which are expected to reach Tel Aviv's airspace in a few hours. Israeli airspace is closed until 7 a.m. on Sunday, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority said on Saturday night. Both Jordan and Iraq have also announced the temporary closure of their airspace amid fears of growing tension in the region. Iran has warned to respond to the Iranian consulate attack in Syria's Damascus during which seven Revolutionary Guards, two of them generals, were killed. Tehran blamed Israel for the attack and threatened to respond to the attack.

Massive power outage reported in Tel Aviv | News sources have told the Zionist regime's local media, a large part of Tel Aviv, the capital of occupied Palestine, went dark due to a power outage, Lebanese Al Mayadeen TV Network reported. A cyber hacking group by the name of "Cyber Avengers." has announced in an statement that it took responsibility for cutting off electricity in various parts of the occupied territories. The group emphasized that it carried out this cyber attack from the south to the north in response to the Zionist regime's crimes in Gaza.

Iran launches swarm of kamikaze drones at Israel – Axios (RT.com)
Iran attacks Israel: Live updates (RT.com)


Permalink Iran Seizes Israeli-Owned Merchant Ship in Strait of Hormuz — VIDEO

The special naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have seized Israel-linked MSC Aries container ship near the Strait of Hormuz, official news agency IRNA reports. | The ship was impounded by the Sepah Navy Special Force (SNSF) in a heliborne operation and rappelling of forces on the ship's deck, the agency said Saturday. The ship has now been directed towards the territorial waters of our country," IRNA said. The Portuguese-flagged ship, operated by Zodiac Maritime, is owned by Israeli real estate, energy, technology and shipping magnate Eyal Ofer, it added. Zodiac Maritime is part of the Israeli billionaire's Zodiac Group.

IRGC seizes Israel-linked ship near Strait of Hormuz (IRNA)


Permalink Israel/OPT: Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests

Amnesty International has for decades documented widespread torture by Israeli authorities in places of detention across the West Bank. | [O]ver the past four weeks, videos and images have been shared widely online showing gruesome scenes of Israeli soldiers beating and humiliating Palestinians while detaining them blindfolded, stripped, with their hands tied, in a particularly chilling public display of torture and humiliation of Palestinian detainees.  In one image analysed by Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab, three Palestinian men, blindfolded and stripped of their clothes can be seen beside a soldier, wearing a green olive uniform like those worn by the Israeli ground forces. A Haaretz investigation published on 19 October found that the image was taken in Wadi al-Seeq, a village East of Ramallah, on 12 October. One of the three victims depicted in the photograph told Amnesty International that he had initially been held and beaten by settlers but two hours later an Israeli military jeep arrived: 💬 “One of the Israeli officers who came, approached me and kicked me on my left side, then jumped on my head with his two legs pushing my face further into the dirt and then continued kicking me as I was head down, into the dirt, with my hands tied behind my back. He then got a knife and tore all of my clothes off except for my underwear, and used part of my torn clothes to blindfold me. The beating to the rest of my body did not stop, at one point he started jumping on my back – three or four times – while yelling ‘Die, die you trash’ … in the end before this finally stopped, another officer urinated on my face and body while also yelling at us ‘to die’.”

Palestinians have died in detention facilities under the custody of the Israel Prison Services (PHRI))(.pdf)
Physician at Israeli Field Hospital for Detained Gazans: 'We Are All Complicit in Breaking Law' (Haaretz)


Permalink US sends reinforcements to ‘defend Israel’

American ships and troops in the Middle East prepared for a likely Iranian attack on Israel on Friday, as US President Joe Biden urged Tehran to think twice. | Iranian leaders have vowed to “punish” Israel for the April 1 airstrike on the consulate in Damascus, Syria that killed seven officers of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, including two of its generals. [...] The Pentagon is moving additional troops and equipment to sites in the Middle East, to “bolster regional deterrence efforts and increase force protection,” an anonymous official said in a background briefing.

Russia trolls U.S and Israel with new Ballistic Missile test (The Times of India)
Turkey DENIES U.S. Permission To Use Airspace to Attack Iran (Hal Turner)
Qatar and Kuwait Forbid US From Using their Bases to Attack Iran (Hal Turner) (12 April 2024)
Iran readies '100+ cruise missiles' for possible retaliation against Israel (TRT World)
Iran Warns It Will Attack US Forces in Mideast If It Helps Defend Israel (Sputnik News)
US Moving More Assets to Mideast to Bolster Deterrence Ahead of Iran Retaliation (Sputnik News)
Iran: UN condemnation of Israeli airstrike could have 'obviated' retaliation (04/12/24)


Permalink Israel reportedly bars items like crutches, croissants from entering Gaza

Humanitarian aid items blocked by Tel Aviv include anesthetics, chocolate croissants, generators for hospitals, maternity kits, power supply equipment and solar panels, reports Washington Post. | Israel has rejected or restricted access to aid items ranging from life-saving medical supplies to toys to chocolate croissants from entering the besieged Gaza, the Washington Post reported. The US news outlet contacted 25 aid groups, UN agencies and donor countries to ask about aid delivery to Gaza. Food, water and blankets do not require approvals, but agencies submit requests for items they think have a chance of being rejected, such as communications equipment and sanitation or shelter items.


Permalink CNN report on Gaza 'Flour Massacre' reveals Israeli disinformation drive

CNN investigation, with accounts from multiple eyewitnesses and expert forensic analysis of video footage of the incident, seeks to challenge Israeli military's claims that more than 110 killings resulted from stampede rather than direct gunfire. | A CNN investigation has unveiled significant discrepancies in the Israeli military's account of a devastating incident on February 29 in Gaza, now widely referred to as the "Flour Massacre."  The CNN report, substantiated by eyewitness testimonies and video evidence, raises serious questions about the transparency of Netanyahu's extremist government, casting doubt on their official narrative.

Al least 19 Palestinians killed as Israeli troops open fire on Gaza aid seekers (03/24/24)
US gave Israel ‘green light’ for Gaza aid carnage: Hamas official (03/03/24)
For What It's Worth, Israel admits army shot dead over 100 Palestinians seeking aid (03/02/24)


Permalink The New York Times fires a journalist who supported turning Gaza into a “slaughterhouse”

After a series of scandals, The New York Times fires a journalist who supported turning Gaza into a “slaughterhouse” | Israeli journalist Anat Schwartz supported a post on social media platforms calling for turning the Gaza Strip into a “slaughterhouse” She was also criticized for her role in publishing a false report about sexual violence in Operation Al-Aqsa Flood. Schwartz is not primarily a journalist, and she previously worked for Israeli Air Force intelligence (social networking sites) It was later revealed that Schwartz does not have the experience that qualifies her to work with one of the most important newspapers in the world on a subject of such importance.


04/12/24

Permalink Iran: UN condemnation of Israeli airstrike could have 'obviated' retaliation

Iran’s mission to the UN has said that the UN Security Council condemnation of Israel’s attack on its consular section in Syrian capital could have prevented the need for retaliation. |

💬 "Had the UN Security Council condemned the Zionist regime’s reprehensible act of aggression on our diplomatic premises in Damascus and subsequently brought to justice its perpetrators, the imperative for Iran to punish this rogue regime might have been obviated," it said on the social media platform X Thursday. Iran has pledged retaliation for the Israeli airstrike that killed seven Iranian military advisors at its diplomatic annex in Damascus along with six Syrians on April 1. [...] "Russia had drafted a press statement condemning the Israeli attack on the diplomatic premises in Syria but was stopped by the insistence of our Anglo-Saxon colleagues," Moscow's UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told reporters.

US missile ship anchors off Israeli coast: Report (Anadolu)
US Moving More Assets to Mideast to Bolster Deterrence Ahead of Iran Retaliation (Sputnik News)
Qatar and Kuwait Forbid US From Using their Bases to Attack Iran (Hal Turner)
France Evacuates Families of Diplomats from Israel; UK Tells Citizens to Leave Israel (Hal Turner)
‘Islamic world will celebrate the destruction of Israel’: Is war inevitable between Tehran and West Jerusalem?


Permalink Dozens killed in Israeli bombing of Palestinian home in Gaza City

Israeli warplanes have conducted fresh air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, killing a total of 30 Palestinians and wounding dozens. | The Palestinian WAFA news agency reported on Friday that 29 people lost their lives in the aerial assaults that targeted the Tabatibi family home in Gaza City's Daraj neighborhood.  Also on Friday, the report added, Israeli warplanes bombed areas in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, including a primary school. One civilian was killed and dozens more were injured in the Israeli strikes on the school housing displaced people. The injured were transferred to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.  Earlier, Palestinian media reports said Israeli forces had bombed several parts of northern Gaza. The reports said some of the bombings occurred in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, while a mosque in central Gaza City was also targeted.  Israeli forces also bombed a vacated residence in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. Earlier, Al Jazeera reported that six people were killed after Israeli forces bombed the Firas market in Gaza City.  The Israeli strikes come amid growing calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where more than six months of a brutal Israeli aggression has killed at least 33,634 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 76,214 others.

Over 60 members of Gaza family killed in separate Israeli strikes (Digital Journal)


Permalink Resistant Factions Joined by Global Outcry Over Assassination of Haniyeh’s Sons

Various resistance groups erupt in a chorus of condemnation and condolence after an “Israeli” airstrike claimed the lives of Hamas’ leader, Ismail Hanieyh’s sons and his grandchildren. | On Wednesday, three sons and three grandchildren of Haniyeh, Hamas’ Political Bureau chief, were martyred in the strike that targeted a vehicle at the al-Shati refugee camp in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, which is enduring a genocidal “Israeli” war. The Islamic Jihad, Hamas’ fellow Gaza-based resistance movement, condemned the atrocity “in the strongest terms,” calling it...

💬 "...a “war crime” and a “barbaric massacre committed by the criminal Nazi entity.” “This cowardly operation confirms that the enemy is in a state of confusion as a result of the failure to achieve its goals on the ground, and seeks to compensate for it by directing the arrows of its blind hatred in revenge against the sons of the fighters and their families,” it added.

The group vowed that such acts of barbarity would only increase the resistance’s determination and steadfastness in committing to the rights of the Palestinian people. Such resistance, the Islamic Jihad asserted, would continue “until the occupation is defeated and the enemy is forced to stop the genocidal war.” The “Israeli” entity launched the war on Gaza on October 7 following Operation Al-Aqsa Flood by the territory’s resistance groups against the occupied territories. Nearly 33,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been martyred in the brutal military onslaught so far.

Hamas’ Haniyeh: Interests of Palestinians Our Only Priority (Alahed News)
Haniyeh says Hamas won’t back down on its goals after Israeli murder of his sons (04/11/24)


Permalink 'Israel Was Defeated': The Collapse of its AI Algorithm-led Wonder-Weapon

Israeli journalist, Yuval Abraham, has written a detailed, multiple-sourced detailing how the Israeli forces have marked tens of thousands of Gazans as suspects for assassination using an AI targeting system.

💬 “Formally, the Lavender system is designed to mark all suspected operatives in the military wings of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), including low-ranking ones, as potential bombing targets. The sources told +972 and Local Call that during the first weeks of the war, the army almost completely relied on Lavender, which clocked as many as 37,000 Palestinians as suspected militants — and their homes — for possible air strikes”.

💬 “During the early stages of the war, the army gave sweeping approval for officers to adopt Lavender’s kill lists, with no requirement to thoroughly check why the machine made those choices or to examine the raw intelligence data on which they were based. One source stated that human personnel often served only as a “rubber stamp” for the machine’s decisions, adding that, normally, they would personally devote only about “20 seconds” to each target before authorizing a bombing”.

‘Lavender’: The AI machine directing Israel’s bombing spree in Gaza (04/04/24)


Permalink Leaked Documents Expose how Israeli war Ministers Created IDF Policy of Mass Killing With US Support

Nafeez Ahmed | US State Department documents show just how involved America is – and how they coached Israeli officials on how to undermine findings and defend themselves | Secret US State Department documents reveal how senior Israeli figures involved in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) campaign in Gaza, Operation Swords of Iron, played key roles in IDF military doctrines justifying the use of “disproportionate force” against civilians, with the knowledge and support of senior US Government officials.  The documents show that US officials have known for over a decade that a deliberate IDF policy of using disproportionate violence against civilians could result in targeting of civilian aid convoys, but worked to conceal this, creating a climate of impunity that has led to what many UN experts consider genocide in Gaza.  As early as 2010, in the wake of Operation Cast Lead’s destruction of significant swathes of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, US officials were privately told by independent Israeli legal and human rights experts that the IDF was incapable of conducting meaningful reforms to avoid breaches of international humanitarian law and that only “international pressure” on the Israeli Government could hold the IDF’s “senior leadership accountable”.


04/11/24

Permalink Haniyeh says Hamas won’t back down on its goals after Israeli murder of his sons

The head of the political bureau of Hamas says Israel’s assassination of his children will not make the Palestinian resistance group back down on its goals and demands in the latest round of talks aimed at reaching a truce in the Gaza war. | Ismail Haniyeh made the remarks in a phone interview with Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV network on Wednesday night, after an Israeli airstrike killed three of his sons — Hazem, Amir and Mohammad — and four grandchildren in the al-Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

💬 “Our demands are clear and specific and we will not make concessions on them. The enemy will be delusional if it thinks that targeting my sons, at the climax of the negotiations and before the movement sends its response, will push Hamas to change its position.”

“Israel” Murders 3 Sons of Hamas Chief Haniyeh in Gaza (Alahed News)
Death toll in Israeli airstrike on Hamas leader’s family rises to 7 (Anadolu)
Hamas Rejects US Truce Plan in Gaza, Will Present Its Own Plan (Sputnik News)
Israel killing Hamas leader’s sons proof of its brutality: Iran president (Iran Front Page)
Iran Top Gen.: Unable to Change Palestinians Calculations, “Israel” Resorts to Terror Crimes (Alahed News)


04/10/24

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